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Instagram Updated With Brand New Icon and Flat Design

Instagram has been updated today with an all-new colorful icon, moving away from its iconic brown and beige logo that still had an iOS 6-style skeuomorphic design, long after many popular developers have since adopted flatter aesthetics. "Today we're introducing a new look," the company wrote in a blog post. "You'll see an updated icon and app design for Instagram. Inspired by the previous app icon, the new one represents a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form." The app itself has also received a major redesign with a flatter black and white appearance in line with the overall look of iOS 9. Instagram says "the simpler app design puts the focus on your posts and keeps your features in the same place." Instagram is free on the App Store for iPhone. The version 8.0 update should be rolling out worldwide for all users today. Instagram's other apps Layout, Boomerang, and Hyperlapse have also received new icons.

Instagram is Testing a Flatter, Simpler Design for iPhone App

Instagram has selected a group of users to test a version of its app with an overhauled design, which can be seen in a series of screenshots sent to MacRumors by reader Sebastien. Unlike the previous Instagram design, which utilizes a white feed bookended by blue and black borders and blue accents, the new design features a more monochromatic look. The new color scheme appears to be part of an effort to help photos, specifically color photos, pop more in a user's feed. The icons have also undergone design changes. The camera button on the bottom bar is no longer singled out with a blue box around it, and the camera button in camera mode is now a grey ring rather than a blue circle. The activity button on the bottom bar is a simple heart rather than a heart in a speech bubble and the profile button on the bottom is the outline of a person rather than a user's photo. Instagram tells Mashable that the company often tests "new experiences with a small percentage of the global community" and that this test was "a design test only." It's unclear whether this design will become official in a future update or whether the company decides to not move forward with it. More recently, Instagram has been making tweaks and changes to how its app works. Two weeks ago, the company added video channels to its "Explore" feature. Before that, it expanded video clips from 15 seconds to 60 seconds and announced that it would introduce an algorithm-based feed. Instagram is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Instagram's 'Explore' Feature Updated With New Video Channels

Instagram today updated its built-in "Explore" feature with a revamped look and new content that includes dedicated video channels. A personalized channel called "Videos You Might Like" aggregates videos from around the world, and Instagram's Explore grid, designed to let users find content built around hashtags, events, and specific locations, will also include some featured channels focused on video. Explore, for those unfamiliar with the feature, is Instagram's content discovery tool. Content displayed in Explore, including photos and videos, is based on a user's interests and accounts already followed. Liking images or choosing "See Fewer Posts Like This" refines the feature to further match each individual's tastes. The video updates to Explore will be available over-the-air in the newest version of the Instagram app. Instagram is rolling out the video feature to users in the United States today, with plans to bring it to additional countries "soon." Instagram can be downloaded from the App Store for free. The most recent version, 7.20, was released earlier this week. [Direct Link]

Instagram Expands Video Clips From 15 to 60 Seconds, Adds Support for Multi-Clip Video on iOS Devices

Instagram today announced plans to increase the maximum length of videos uploaded to the social network from 15 seconds to 60 seconds, giving iOS users an opportunity to upload and share much longer videos.We want to bring you fun, flexible and creative ways to create and watch video on Instagram. As part of our continued commitment, you'll soon have the flexibility to tell your story in up to 60 seconds of video. This is one step of many you'll see this year.iOS users are also regaining the ability to create videos out of multiple clips from the camera roll, a feature that was available once before but was removed when Instagram simplified its video tools. With Instagram version 7.19, iOS users will once again be able to make videos from several different video clips. As for longer 60 second videos, Instagram is rolling out the feature starting today. Some customers will have immediate access to the longer video option, while others will gain it in the coming

Password-Stealing Instagram App 'InstaAgent' Reappears in App Store Under New Name

Last November, a malicious app called InstaAgent was caught storing the usernames and passwords of Instagram users, sending them to a suspicious remote server. After the app's activities came to light, Apple removed it from the App Store, but it now appears Turker Bayram, the developer behind the app has managed to get two new apps approved by Apple, (and Google) both of which are stealing Instagram account info. Peppersoft developer David L-R, who discovered the insidious password-sniffing feature in the first InstaAgent app, last week wrote a post outlining new password stealing apps created by Bayram. Called "Who Cares With Me - InstaDetector" and "InstaCare - Who Cares With Me," the apps are available on Android and iOS devices. The original InstaAgent app attracted Instagram users by promising to track the people who visited their Instagram account, and the two new apps make similar promises. Both apps say they display a list of users who interact most often with an Instagram account, asking users to log in with an Instagram username and password. David L-R investigated Bayram's new apps and discovered a suspicious HTTPS packet, leading him to uncover a complex encryption process used to covertly send usernames and passwords to a third-party server and hide the evidence. He found both the Android and iOS versions of the app send Instagram account information to unknown servers.As I had a closer look to the iOS app I found out that the app steals the Instagram password & username to send it encrypted to "unknown" servers. The "password-stealing" algorithm

Instagram Will Shift From Chronological to Algorithm-Based Feed

Instagram today announced that it will introduce a new algorithm-based feed in the coming months, shifting from its current chronological-based feed. The move follows Twitter's announcement that it was moving to an algorithm-based feed. Instagram parent company Facebook has used an algorithm-based news feed for years. You may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds. As Instagram has grown, it’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share. This means you often don’t see the posts you might care about the most.The photo sharing company says that the new feed will be re-ordered to show moments Instagram believes users will care about the most. The algorithm will largely be based on a user's relationship to the person posting and the timeliness of their post. For instance, Instagram says if a user's favorite musician posts a video from the previous night's concert or a best friend posts a picture of a puppy, the new algorithm will ensure that the user does not miss it. Instagram stresses that, as they begin on this process, the company only wants to optimize the order of posts. All the posts in a person's news feed will still be there, but in a different order. While it's unclear exactly when in the coming months users' feeds will begin to change, the company says that it wants to take its time to "get this right" and that they'll listen to user feedback along the way. Instagram did not mention whether the new feed will be an optional feature that allows users to opt out. Instagram can be downloaded from the

Instagram Rolling Out Two-Factor Authentication to Protect Users From Hacking Attempts

Following a testing phase that started in late last year, Instagram today started rolling out two-factor authentication to its users, reports TechCrunch With two-factor authentication, Instagram accounts will have another layer of security to keep them safe from hacking attempts. Instagram's two-factor authentication allows users to establish a verified phone number, which will be used to generate authentication codes that must be input before someone can log into an account with an Instagram username and password. Instagram has lagged on implementing additional security measures to keep user accounts safe. Facebook, Instagram's parent company, has had two-factor authentication available for several years. Other major social networks like Twitter and Snapchat also already support two-factor authentication. According to an Instagram spokesperson who spoke to Engadget, the rollout of two factor authentication will happen "slowly," so it could take awhile for the feature to disseminate to all users. Today's announcement of two-factor authentication support follows the implementation of another much-desired feature, the support for multiple accounts. Instagram began rolling out multi-account support at the beginning of February. Instagram can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Instagram Institutes API Changes That Will Kill Off Malicious Third-Party Apps

Following the recent discovery that malicious app InstaAgent was stealing Instagram passwords from users, Instagram has instituted much stricter rules for accessing its API, effectively killing off a large number of apps that read Instagram feeds. In a notice posted today on its developer site, Instagram explains it will no longer permit apps that access the Instagram feed API, as that API is being shut down. In the future, third-party Instagram apps will have much more limited capabilities.We've updated our Platform Policy to explicitly list the use cases we will support moving forward. These include apps and services that: Help individuals share their own content with 3rd party apps, such as apps that let you print your photos and import an Instagram photo as a profile picture. Help brands and advertisers understand and manage their audience, develop their content strategy, and get digital rights to media. Established apps in this space may apply for our newly announced Instagram Partner Program. Help broadcasters and publishers discover content, get digital rights to media, and share media using web embeds.Starting today, Instagram is instituting a new review process and preventing new apps from using its APIs until it starts conducting reviews on December 3. Existing apps have until June 1, 2016 to comply with Instagram's new platform rules, and the users/self/feed and media/popular API endpoints will be available until the end of the review period. Instagram is also launching a new Sandbox Mode to allow developers to privately build and test apps using

Malicious App 'InstaAgent' Sends Instagram Passwords to Unknown Server, Posts Spam in Users' Feeds

InstaAgent, an app that connects to Instagram and promises to track the people that have visited a user's Instagram account, appears to be storing the usernames and passwords of Instagram users, sending them to a suspicious remote server. An app developer from Peppersoft downloaded InstaAgent -- full name "Who Viewed Your Profile - InstaAgent" -- and discovered it's reading Instagram account usernames and passwords, sending them via clear text to a remote server - instagram.zunamedia.com. InstaAgent is also using the credentials to log into accounts and post unauthorized images. Instagram does not permit third-party apps to upload photos to user accounts. While InstaAgent isn't particularly popular in the United States, it is currently the number one free app in both the United Kingdom and Canada, with thousands of downloads that puts a huge number of Instagram users at risk of having their information stolen. In the Google Play store, the app had between 100k and 500k users, and the install numbers could be similar for iOS. Google has removed the InstaAgent Android app from the Google Play store, but InstaAgent is still available in the iOS App Store for the time being. Anyone who has downloaded InstaAgent should delete the app immediately and change their Instagram password. I would say "Who Viewed Your Profile - InstaAgent" is the first malware in the iOS Appstore that is downloaded half a million times.— David L-R (@PeppersoftDev) November 10, 2015 Passwords for other sites and accounts that were the same as the Instagram password should also be

Instagram Begins Testing Ads That Use 3D Touch and Apple Pay

Instagram has begun testing various ads that will allow users to shop for everything from clothing to menu items at local restaurants, integrating new iPhone features like 3D Touch and Apple Pay as well (via Digiday). The social network has had ads appear in users' feeds for a while now, but hopes that more unobtrusive shopping experiences that keep users in the app itself will attract bigger brands to the service. “From an innovation standpoint, Instagram is where a lot of brands are putting the most eggs,” said an ad agency executive familiar with the tests. “Force touch gets interesting, because instead of quickly tapping Shop Now to buy this one thing, you can choose from two or three offers. It makes for more frictionless shopping.” 3D Touch integration will let users press harder on the ad to toggle between various selections from a clothing brand, for instance. The addition of Apple Pay aims to add to the "frictionless shopping" experience by letting users purchase something they see directly within Instagram, without having to visit the brand's own app or Safari to complete the purchase. Instagram, owned by Facebook, is attempting to get a cut from the sales of many of the products that its service generates naturally, according to Digiday's sources. Some of those sources fear Instagram's commercialization due to the heavily-marketed advertisements being tested on the platform, suggesting the photo-focused service is best left as a "branding opportunity" for companies and leaving the sales portion to its parent site,

Instagram Improves 'Instagram Direct' Private Messaging Capabilities

Instagram today announced a major update to the Instagram Direct feature that it first introduced in 2013, allowing users to send threaded messages and content from their feeds through the private messaging function. Prior to today, Instagram Direct could only be used to send a single photo privately to a friend or a group of friends, where it could be commented on away from the public eye. There was no way to share content from a user's feed to a direct message, and there were no conversation management tools, both feature oversights that Instagram has now corrected. Following an app update, it will be possible to share a photo in your Instagram feed privately with a group of friends, a function that Instagram believes will replace the practice of @mentioning people to draw their attention to a particular photo. A new arrow located next to the "Like" and "Comment" icons on each photo will allow an image to be sent to a friend or a group of friends through Instagram Direct. Instagram Direct is also gaining threaded messages, making it easier to manage conversations. It will no longer be necessary to start a new conversation each time you want to share a photo or a video. Threaded messages make it easier to go back and forth with the people you talk to the most. Instead of creating a new conversation every time you send a photo or video, your threads are based on the people in them -- and your moments flow along naturally. We've also added the ability to name your groups, a quick camera feature to respond with a selfie on the fly, and larger-than-life emoji

Instagram Announces In-App Support for Portrait and Landscape Modes

Instagram today announced that the popular app would begin letting users post photos and videos in both portrait and landscape modes, expanding upon the all-inclusive square format for which the service is well-known. The company notes it discovered that nearly one in five posts aren't in the square format, so today's decision comes from its mission statement of putting each user's "visual story" first and the format second. Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to. It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end. Now, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square. Once you share the photo, the full-sized version of it will appear to all of your followers in feed in a beautiful, natural way. The company believes that the update makes videos "more cinematic than ever" thanks to widescreen, and that instead of a segregated selection of filters for photos and videos, now all filters can be used on any type of moment. The update is live now and should be rolling out to all Instagram users today. Those who have yet to download Instagram [Direct

Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time

Instagram has offered access to images uploaded to the Instagram iOS app on the web for several years now, and as of today, the site's gained a new highly desired feature - search. Prior to today, Instagram users could not search for content on the Instagram website, with search being limited to the company's apps. With the new website search feature that's rolling out today, it's possible to search for hashtags, locations, and user accounts directly from a web browser. The new capabilities are designed to make the web experience better complement the mobile browsing experience. Searching for a location will bring up images from that location alongside a map, while searching for a username will bring up individual accounts and searching for a hashtag will bring up a landing page that shows all images tagged with that label. Search pages display both top posts that have received the most likes and most recent posts. Today's new web search feature follows a major June iOS update that made it easier to discover content within the Instagram app. That update expanded the "Explore" tab with curated collections of images and enabled the ability to search by location for the first time. Instagram for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Instagram Updates Explore Tab With Dynamic Content and Curated Collections

Instagram today began rolling out a small but noteworthy update to its iOS application, namely focusing on expanding and deepening the features of the "Explore" tab inside the app. The first feature focuses on showcasing trending topics and places, with "dynamically updated content" that promises to give each user a real-time look at events and pictures happening nearby. Users will also be able to select from locations around the globe if they prefer to not be locked into local content. Secondly, curated collections will let Instagram users explore a constantly rotating array of people and places -- from topics like extreme athletes to national parks -- all hand picked by the Instagram team. The new update will also allow users to search by location in "Places search," to explore exotic destinations across the world, or even see what users in your local town are posting. The new redesigned Explore tab is unfortunately only available for Instagram users in the United States, but the team has taken steps to improve basic search functionality for everyone else. These features include search by location and the traditional search all posts option. Speaking with Wired, Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom pointed toward the new update as a way for people to have instant visual updates on world news in one convenient place. It's "what we've been shooting for all along," Systrom said of the real-time spotlight focus on news and information. Early on, he and cofounder Mike Krieger “had this vision that if we could grow large enough and have a system that

Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags

Instagram for iOS received a major update today, adding three new filters to the app: Lark, Reyes, and Juno. Lark brightens up images and adds purple tones, while Reyes adds a vintage-looking fade with yellow tones. Juno is the boldest of the three new filters, brightening images and bumping up the contrast for a more stylized look. Today's three new filters come four months after Instagram added Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua, the first new filter additions to the app in two years. With those five filters, Instagram began focusing more on subtle improvements, a trend continued with the three new filters added today. Lark filter on left, Reyes filter on right Instagram has also gained emoji hashtags with the latest update, so it's possible to use emojis to create hashtags to enable new ways of tagging and finding photos on the image sharing service.Introducing 3 new photo filters! Lark, Reyes and Juno have been added automatically so you can start using them right away. Emoji hashtags. Use your favorite emojis to create, share and search for hashtags. Get the best of Instagram from the Apple Watch. Browse your feed and like your favorite photos, or even leave emoji comments. Plus stay up to date with interactive notifications right on your wrist.Instagram can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]