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Your Instagram photo might end up in an ad

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 12:17 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 12:17 PM


            Instagram is demonstrated on an iPhone Monday, April 9, 2012, in New York. Facebook is spending $1 billion to buy the photo-sharing company Instagram in the social network's largest acquisition ever. Instagram lets people apply filters to photos they snap with their mobile devices and share them with friends and strangers.
            Karly Domb Sadof
Instagram is demonstrated on an iPhone Monday, April 9, 2012, in New York. Facebook is spending $1 billion to buy the photo-sharing company Instagram in the social network's largest acquisition ever. Instagram lets people apply filters to photos they snap with their mobile devices and share them with friends and strangers.(Karly Domb Sadof)

Instagram, whose parent company is Facebook, released an updated version of its privacy policy that's gotten quite a bit of backlash from users. The brouhaha is over how photos will be used.

The New York Times was the first outlet to report on this.

From USA TODAY: "Initially, Instagram's privacy policy update seemed innocent enough: make sharing data with its new owner Facebook easier while fighting spam and other unenjoyable stuff for users.

"But new details on its revised Terms of Use suggest Instagram may start pulling user photos and incorporating them into ads -- without pay."

"To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf. " (Instagram Terms of Use)


Kashmir Hill, over at Forbes.com, raises a good point: Uh, aren't most grams ALREADY ads? "It’s almost flattering: your grams are worth paying for. You are as good a photographer as you imagine yourself to be as you take that smartphone snap and choose the perfect filter to highlight the exquisite texture of the home-whipped cream you just applied to your bounty of winter fruits. It’s just that you’re not the one who gets paid for the right to use the photo.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a page from the Facebook book. It sounds like Instagram is planning something along the lines of “Sponsored Stories.” So if you go into a business and gram your experience, the business can use the gram in ads, probably targeted at your friends to encourage them to do the same."

If you're not a fan of the new policy and want to delete your Instagram account, here's the official help page with instructions. Basically, it will direct you to "request removal" and prompt you to log in to the site. If you want to back up your photos before deleting your account, here's a how-to from the media news site CNET.

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Apple iOS11 update brings new emojis, bug fixes and more

Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 7:28 PM

New Apple iOS11 Update Unveils New Emojis, Bug Fixes and More

Apple’s first major iOS 11 update since its September release includes several new emojis, bug fixes and security improvements.

Earlier this month on World Emoji Day, Apple previewed more than two dozen of the new emojis, including a woman in a headscarf and more expressive smileys.

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On Tuesday, they’ll finally be available with the iOS 11.1 update.

New emojis include a variety of mythical creatures, such as mermaids, wizards and vampires as well as new activities, including rock climbing and curling.

The emoji closet just got a lot bigger, too, just in time for winter. You’ll now find gloves, a trench coat and a scarf.

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Some other emojis have been redesigned to look more realistic or detailed, such as the bumblebee, snail and whale.

In addition to the new emoji and usual “bug fixes and improvements,” the iOS 11.1 update will feature the return of the 3D Touch option.

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This option allows users to force-press the left edge of the screen and swipe to go to the next app. 

According to TechCrunch, the gesture is more efficient than what users more commonly do: double-press on the home button to swipe for open apps.

A significant bug fix included in the new update solves the KRACK vulnerability issue, which puts many wireless internet users at risk of being hacked.

Users can update an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 11.1, by going to Settings, General and then tapping on Software Update.

Other iOS 11.1 features, according to Apple, are below:

Photos

  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud backup.
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots.

Accessibility

  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input.
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multipage PDFs.
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications.
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher.
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing.
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail.
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch.
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen.
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps.
  • Fixes an issue with some third-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data.
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation).
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch.
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Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to robot

Published: Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 2:34 PM

WATCH: Saudi Arabia First County to Grant Citizenship to Robot

Saudi Arabia has become the first country in the world to grant citizenship to a robot.

Sophia, a robot designed by Hanson Robotics, received the honor Wednesday at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.

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Fortune reported that Sophia was designed to look like the late actress Audrey Hepburn.

The robot spoke for several minutes at the event, and said she was "honored and proud" to receive citizenship status.

 

Sophia used humor in an attempt to downplay any concerns about a future filled with robots.

David Hanson, the robot's creator, told Business Insider that he hopes such robots can assist older people in nursing homes and serve as assistants at attractions and events.

Is Facebook down? Users report problems worldwide

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 12:11 PM

5 Things About Facebook You Didn't Know You Could Do

Thousands of social media users across the globe reported that Facebook was down on Wednesday morning.

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Instagram users also reported problems with the photo sharing social media site starting around 11:05 a.m. EDT, according to downdetector.com, a website that tracks site issues.

Problems with Facebook first surfaced around 8:20 a.m. EDT, according to downdetector.com. A map compiled by the website showed reports were most prevalent in the United States, Europe and parts of South America.

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Apple iPhone X and iPhone 8: Everything you need to know

Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 5:22 PM

Apple Unveils New iPhones

It’s September, and new iPhones are in the air. Apple invited the press to the Steve Jobs Theater on its new Cupertino, California, Apple Park campus Tuesday to show off the new products after a brief memorial to the theater’s namesake.  

iPhone X: A new, expensive iPhone

Apple finally unveiled the iPhone X, pronounced “iPhone Ten.”

“It is all screen,” Apple Vice President Phil Schiller said. “It is incredible to hold.”

The phone comes in space gray and silver. It is engineered to be water- and dust-resistant. 

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The screen is called Super Retina. It measures 5.8 inches diagonally with a 458 ppi pixel density, the highest ever in an iPhone. The Super OLED screen stretches edge to edge with minimal bezel on the front. It supports HDR vision and True Tone, which matches your screen coloring to your surroundings. 

CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: The new iPhone X is displayed during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. Apple held their first special event at the new Apple Park campus where they announced the new iPhone 8, iPhone X and the Apple Watch Series 3.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Getty Images)

The iPhone X wakes up when you pick it up or tap the screen, even when it’s turned off. To unlock the phone, users swipe up from the bottom. This gesture also acts as a virtual home button. If you swipe up from the bottom and pause without swiping all the way, it opens multitasking. 

Face ID

For security, the iPhone X will use  Face ID. The iPhone will recognize you using a bevy of sensors built into the front of the phone. Schiller claimed the system will work even in the dark. 

The new phones will have better cameras. Again, the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 will have one camera and the 5.5-inch 8 Plus will have two. Having two rear cameras allows the 8 Plus to have photography features such as portrait lighting, which adds portrait-style light and shadow to photos. The features will ship in beta this fall.

The iPhone 8 starts at $699 for 64 GB of storage. iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799. Preorders begin Friday. Phones will be released Sept. 22.

New Apple Watch with LTE data

Apple Watch Series 3 was announced; it has Long Term Evolution, or LTE, built in. The watch, by having its own data connection, allows users to get texts and stream Apple Music without an external data connection. There is no word on how much this feature will affect battery life.

Related: Apple unveils iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

The new watch model includes a faster processor that supports conversations with Siri. There will be an altimeter -- most useful for skiing and snowboarding -- and a W2 chip for AirPods. 

Despite all this, Apple claims the Series 3 is just “two sheets of paper” thicker than previous models. 

Apple also showed off watchOS 4, the newest operating system for its wearable. WatchOS 4 adds more health-focused features, such as notifying you when your heart rate becomes irregular but you don’t appear to be working out. 

The new Apple Watch is $399 with cellular service and $329 without. Orders begin on Friday, and watches are available on Sept. 22. 

Apple TV 4K

Apple pushed a refreshed version of its set-top box, Apple TV. This version will support 4K resolution for videos. 

It will support high dynamic range videos, or HDR. HDR videos show more detail across different lighting amounts within one shot. 

The TV app, available on iOS and Apple TV, will support live news and sports. 

The new Apple TV is $179, or $199 for more storage. Preorders start Friday, and it launches on Sept. 22. 

iOS 11 details and release date

The iOS 11 will include something called animojis. These are emojis whose faces move to match your expressions. These can be sent to people over iMessage. 

The iOS 11 will release on Sept. 19. 

How to watch the speech

On its website, Apple has a recap of the event, introducing the new products, which was the first from Steve Jobs Theater.