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#ILookLikeAnEngineer Is Changing The Face Of Women In Tech #STEM

August 6th, 2015 by Christen

While the STEM community continues to grow and slowly become inclusive, there’s still a stigma in the appearance of women in tech. Of course there are coding courses for girls and great programs for women active in the industry of STEM, but there’s still a long way to go! Discover how one woman ignited a movement behind a hashtag that is changing the face of women in tech below.

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Isis Anchalee, an engineer in Northern California wrote an essay recently about how she sometimes felt like her work environment was toxic. “Most people are well intentioned but genuinely blind to a lot of the crap that those who do not identify as male have to deal with,” she says in her essay on Medium. Isis says she’s faced weird sexist interactions at work including a male coworker throwing dollar bills at her and sexist backlash from a recruitment campaign with her face on it. The consensus seems to be that most of the men she works with are “nice” and “well intended” but that “this industry’s culture fosters an unconscious lack of sensitivity towards those who do not fit a certain mold.”

 

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Isis wanted to challenge this mold so she put out a simple call to action to women in her field to post pictures of themselves on Twitter (and Instagram). The pics came in under the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer and show just a small sampling of the huge amount of diverse, beautiful and talented engineers that’s taking the world of STEM by storm! Way to go ladies!!!

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You Can Now Schedule Your Instagram Posts (Using This Hootsuite Hack) #Latergram

August 5th, 2015 by Tech Staff

 

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Hootsuite is rolling out an Instagram integration that gives users of the popular social management tool several handy time-saving features. Social teams using Hootsuite will be able to share access to Instagram accounts across teams, monitor Instagram activity and create approval workflows, and respond to comments and engage with users. Because the Instagram monitoring exists side-by-side with other social streams, marketers will have an easier time, cross-promoting their Instagram activity on Facebook and Twitter, Hootsuite said in a release.

More from Hootsuite’s release: “This integration will also make you a more efficient social media manager. You will no longer have to switch between your phone and your computer to track all aspects of a social media campaign. If you launch a new product, you can respond to comments and engage users on Instagram from the same window you’re using to engage followers on Twitter and Facebook. Everything is in one place.”

 

Because Instagram’s terms and conditions still prohibit third-party posting, Hootsuite has created a scheduling workaround, similar to the one used by services such as Latergram. Essentially, Hootsuite has created a system to remind social marketers that they have an Instagram post ready to go.

Here’s how it works: A user can schedule posts to be published immediately or at a later time, uploading a photo and caption. When the scheduled time arrives, the Hootsuite Instagram app will send a push notification to the user’s mobile device. Clicking on the notification pulls up the Instagram app with the photo and caption loaded, and the user can publish at will.

Not exactly a seamless solution, but for marketers looking for more efficiency with their Instagram efforts, it’s a start.  The Instagram app will be available from Hootsuite’s app directory beginning today.

Are you looking forward to using the new automated Instagram feature via Hootsuite?  Share your thoughts below!

Instagram’s Latest Update Is Pretty Mind Blowing! (This Is What A Photo Social App Should Look Like!)

June 25th, 2015 by Christen

Unless you’ve been under a rock – (which I kinda, sorta have for the last few days…) you may have noticed that Instagram released a new update that looks and feels pretty amazing! On Tuesday, Instagram debuted its latest version (7.0, for those keeping track) with a fully redesigned search + explore experience.

Instagram introduced its redesigned “Explore” tab, which features plenty of trending content + sort of looks like the iTunes Store, and the improved “Search” toolbar today. Before clicking on the new instagram update on US iOS + Android devices immediately, check out all the deets on the new features below.

 

1. See What’s Trending: Instead of just having an “Explore” tab to discover popular images related to things you are already liking, the photo sharing outlet went all FB/Twitter and added tabs for real-time trending tags + trending places. Now it’s easier than ever before to get in on the visual conversation to achieve more likes on that #TBT vacation shot. Or, you know, just look at pretty pictures on your commute 😉

 

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2. Discover Hand-Picked Collections: This is Instagram’s take on a playlist. Once you update your app, the top of your “Explore” tab will feature rotating curated categories — from Glimmering Islands, Ancient Ruins — that feature people and places to discover, aka a tool created solely for increasing your following number. It’s totally useful as it will without a doubt be the place where you wind up finding your new fave accounts and your next vacation destination.

 

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3. Use the Ultimate Search: Searching solely by people or tags (emoji tags, that is) is over as now you can search places as well as quickly tap on your top searched users/hashtags for quick + efficient creepin’ 😉 The time has finally come to see what your double tapping competition looks like by location by viewing the top posts + most recent uploads to a certain geotag before you get your filtering on.

 

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Instagram for iOS version 7.0 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.0 is available today in Google Play.

 

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Discover Instagram’s Newest App For Collage-Loving Grammers – Layout

March 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

Instagram is rolling out Layout, a free, standalone app that merges multiple images into one. It’s available on iOS now (on the App Store), and an Android version is expected in the next few months.

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Users pick up to nine photos from their phone’s Camera Roll — whether they were snapped via Instagram doesn’t matter. The app organizes them in three sections: recent photos snapped, photos with people’s faces in them, and an area with all your shots. There’s also a “Photo Booth” feature, which employs the smartphone’s front-facing camera to snap four shots in quick succession.

Layout suggests up to 10 collage templates to choose from, depending on the number of selected photos, and lets folks tweak their work any number of ways, like dragging and dropping photos in the collage, pinch-to-zoom, and a sci-fi-like “mirror” effect that duplicates part of a shot. Afterwards, they can share their creations from inside the app to platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Flipboard, Slack and others. (Twitter integration is noticeably absent.)

 

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Why collages? Look at the numbers. According to Instagram, one in five active users — at least 60 million people — already use third-party mobile apps like Diptic, Moldiv and Stitch to make collages.

Layout is the second companion app from Instagram. Last fall, the company rolled out an app called Hyperlapse that lets users create image-stabilized, time lapse videos.  Are you a Hyperlapse user?  Looking forward to using Layout for your next photo-sharing collage? Tell us below!

 

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Say Goodbye To #NoFilter – New Instagram Update Adds 5 New Filters You’ll Love

December 16th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Say goodbye to #NoFilter – Instagrammers: You’re getting new filters for the first time in two years.

The company rolled out a massive update to its iOS and Android app Tuesday that adds five new filters and the ability to rearrange how filters appear within the app. Check out what the new Instagram update will bring to a smartphone near you below…

Instagram’s new filters, Crema, Slumber, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua, will now appear first in the filter tray of the updated app. It also made the filter tray itself smarter as the filter choices now display mini previews of what that filter would like if applied to your photo.

 

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Users also now have the ability to reorder the app’s filters or hide the ones they don’t use. Scroll to the end of the filter tray to find the new “Manage” setting, which allows you to quickly personalize how and where your favorite filters appear in the Instagram app.

This is the first time the company has updated its filter set since adding the Mayfair and Willow filter in December 2012 (the app now has 24 total filter options.) Instagram says the new filters were inspired by camera improvements on smartphones and the creativity of its users.

 

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“Photography trends have evolved, and the capabilities of the camera on your phone have vastly improved” the company wrote in a blog post. “We’ve seen tremendous creativity within the community, not only in the moments they share, but in the time spent carefully composing and editing photos and videos to bring out emotions and make them beautiful.”

What do you think about the new Instagram update? Share your thoughts below.

 

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The Latest Instagram Updates Will Make You Feel Great

November 11th, 2014 by Tech Staff

Did you know: 40% of daily users visit the Explore page on an average day! If you’re one of the four people who live by navigating the Explore page, then this latest Instagram update is especially for you! To help us find even more accounts to follow Instagram has made the search bar more prominent and smarter with typeahead search, like predictive text but better.

 

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Another new feature is the People tab on the Explore page. With this in mind, you’ll see that the Explore icon at the bottom of your screen has changed to a magnifying glass. When you open Explore, you’ll now see two tabs: Photos and People. The Photos tab has not changed. It contains the same scrolling grid of photos and videos you already know. The new People tab highlights interesting accounts for you to discover.

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Finding new accounts to obsess over is fun and all, but two thing that aren’t are typos and dull captions. With the intro of caption-editing, this update fixes that headache as now you can edit those captions until you (and the grammar police on your page) are satisfied. You’ll find a new “Edit” option in the menu beneath your image. Tap it to edit your caption.

 

Instagram for iOS version 6.2 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 6.10 is available today on Google Play.

 

 

Are you excited about the latest Instagram updates that enable you to discover new photos, accounts and edit dull captions? Are there any other Instagram updates you’d like to see soon?  Sound off with your suggestions below!

 

 

 

Meet Snapwire (And Make Money Off Your Instagram Photos Today!)

October 22nd, 2014 by Tech Staff

So you’re addicted to mobile photography and you’ve found the perfect mix of natural light, composition and editing for flawless flicks everytime!  Why not make money on those photos that you put all that effort into?  Meet Snapwire – the platform that allows companies to bid and pay you for your Instagram photos online.

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Meet Snapwire

Snapwire is a platform (on desktop and iOS) for photographers of all experience levels to make money from their photos via specific requests from companies, profile galleries and Snapwire’s company challenges. Requests are the major component of Snapwire. A person or company posts a request for a photo. It can be specific or general, like “Apples” or “Friends hanging out in NYC.”

 Snapwire began earlier this year with a limited number of users that they handpicked from their network of photographers. But now, anyone with quality photos can take on a challenge. To get started, create a profile and add some of your most killer photos — ones that best show your personal style. From there, scroll through the requests and see if you have a great photo to submit to any of them, or you can go out and capture a new one.

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How It Works

From there, Snapwire photographers submit photos, and the company nominates then purchases one or several of them for their project. The company making the request sets the price. Most are $15-$100, but it’s pretty common to see some priced at upwards of $300. Snapwire is free to use, but they get a 30% cut of photographs sold. (Wondering about making some serious cash?  There are some rare buyout exceptions that could be worth you while. In the case of Pat Grant: He sold the rights to a photo of his friends having a piggyback race. For five years of exclusivity, the company paid him $6k cash money!)

When you join the platform, you start off under the title of Explorer, and you can get bumped up through the ranks all the way to Pro. When a photo of yours gets nominated or sold, you are accelerated to a higher level, which gives you the opportunity to have your profile featured or even get a spotlight in Snapwire’s buyer emails (even after your photograph is purchased, you still keep the copyright). You’re just licensing that image for the buyer to use.

 

Snapwire has already collected 50,000 photographers in 86 countries, and they’ve worked with big companies like Marriott and Denny’s.

Working with novice and professional photography fans is only the beginning for Snapwire –  (don’t worry Android folks, there will be an app launching for your mobile devices very soon), until then, get to snapping Instagram fiends – it could mean big bucks in your pockets for doing something you already love pretty soon!

 

What do you think?  Would you pimp out your favorite photos for a little extra cash?  Yay or Nay?

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Instagram Adds 10 New Features, But First, Let Me Take A Selfie

June 3rd, 2014 by Tech Staff

Hey Selifie lovers!  The ever popular photo-sharing app Instagram, announced 10 new editing tools just moments ago for both iOS and Android. In addition to new adjustments like contrast, brightness and saturation, Instagram’s filters have also been tweaked; users can now adjust the filter’s intensity with a slide bar.

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Instagram first started utilizing the slide bar in March with the app’s Lux tool, which serves as a fill light of sorts for dark photos. That slide bar is now available on a number of editing features, giving users more control over how dramatic their edits appear.

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The full list of editing tools include Adjust (lets you crop and straighten photos simultaneously), brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation, highlights, shadows, vignette, sharpen and filter strength (the border tool is now within the filter strength setting, too).

More Instagram editing tools are on the way, and we’re told they will be added to the app as they are finished. Instagram expects the new editing tools to be available to iOS and Android users throughout the day as the app updates are pushed through to the App Store and the Google Play Store.  To learn more about these new tools, check out help.instagram.com.

Instagram for iOS version 6.0 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 6.0 is available today on Google Play.

Direct Messages On Instagram? Here’s Instagram Direct!

December 12th, 2013 by Christen

Instagram is bringing the power of direct connections allowing users to share pictures and videos directly to friends and not all followers with a new feature called Instagram Direct.

 

 

Announced earlier today during a press event, Instagram proclaimed over today’s festivities by sending physical Instagram images printed on canvas to members of the press.  The company clarified that only those who you follow can send direct pictures and videos. If you don’t follow them, you will receive a pending request to view the content.

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“Communication is really core,” an Instagram spokesperson said. “It’s not about photography necessarily. We aren’t built into cameras. We are built into phones, and phones are communication devices.”  The update is available for iOS download and Android starting today. The Windows Phone version is in beta.

Now that Instagram has given users a little privacy to “protect the thirst” – it’s going to be a whole new playing field and #ManCrushMondays and #WomanCrushWednesdays will never be the same again? (LOL)  At the moment, you can only send direct photos or videos but with the continued evolution of the app, I’m sure messaging (or creative captioning) will get thrown into the mix somehow.  It’s a brave new world when it comes to social media and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

 

First there were photos, then videos, then ads and now direct messaging – what do you think about the latest Instagram upgrade? Do you plan on sending Instagram Direct messages anytime soon?  

 

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Instagram And Other Noteworthy Apps Are Finally Coming To Windows Phone

October 22nd, 2013 by Rod
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After years of struggling to attract top developers to their platform, Microsoft & Nokia appears to be finally winning.  Earlier this morning at Nokia World 2013 that took place in Abu Dhabi, the Finnish company unveiled 2 6-inch Lumia phones and their 1st Lumia tablet to the world.

Apps Coming to Windows Phone

Instagram – imagine what great images will come thanks to Lumia high-end Pure View cameras.
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Nokia Camera – this combines their three different camera apps of Basic, Pro, & Smart into one app.  This is actually available right now as you can download it here.
Temple Run 2 – the popular game makes its way to Microsoft as you outrun, jump, & slide your way past the evil monkeys.
Vine – Twitter’s very own 6-second video loop app will expand also thanks to Lumia Pure View shooters.
Xbox Video – Microsoft’s Xbox media streaming app allows you to sign up and watch the latest movies & TV shows that you buy or rent.
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These are just a few of the apps coming as I am sure that Microsoft is hard at work to obtain even more apps.  Hit the source for the full list of apps on the way.
Which ones are you the most excited for?  We’re excited to finally have Instagram come to Windows Phones. Can you imagine how the pics will look? What will Instagram do for sales and popularity of Windows Phones?

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