Instagram Drops New Features and Kills One

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By: Hazel Lovely Saunders

A couple of weeks ago Instagram released a surprising new feature called Stories, which allows you to share all the moments throughout your day. Similar to rival app Snapchat, stories consists of mini video clips or pictures stay up for 24 hours, appearing as a mini slideshow or video series. Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, attempted to purchase Snapchat a couple of years ago. They couldn’t buy the app, but that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t integrate their ideas in their app.

But Instagram released a feature that Snapchat doesn’t have: zooming. This gives the users the ability to zoom in on other users’ photos and videos by pinching the post. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for iPhone users, but they say it will be released soon on Android.

The new zoom feature allows marketers to get even more creative with content on Instagram. Instead of watching a video in one perspective, users can now zoom around and choose a certain focus to view.

Courtesy of Tech Crunch.

Instagram will also take advantage of the new iPhone 7 plus dual camera. Courtesy of Tech Crunch.

The problem with this new feature is that Instagram images content can look grainy if you zoom in too much. But this isn’t stopping users from using this new feature—there’s even a trending hashtag about Instagram’s latest addition.

These features are here to stay, but the photo map feature is on its way out. This classic feature allowed you to see a map of where a users’ photos were taken (if you allowed it). Instagram said in a statement to Mashable, “Photo Map was not widely used, so we’ve decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities.”

So what are your thoughts? Are you sad to see the Photo-Map feature go? Or are you happy that you can zoom? Tweet us your thoughts @NewsWatchTV.

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The 5 Kickstarter Campaigns You Need To Watch For

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Courtesy of Kickstarter.

By Hazel-Lovely Saunders

Kickstarter has built a crowdfunding platform focused on creativity. They give creative minds an opportunity to showcase their product on a campaign so people can take a took at what creative products are surfacing. Their mission is to bring creative projects to life. Here is a list of five projects to watch for on Kickstarter.

  1. KeyMAX G5 Titanium Clip-On Key Ring & 22 in 1 Multi-tool EDC

Need something convenient? Ready to go and lightweight? There’s the new Clip-On G5 Titanium Unibody Key Ring & Multi-Tool EDC. With 22 features that is built for anything that comes your way, its like a mini on-the-go tool box and survivor gadget.

KeyMax Dimensions: 3.70” Wide x 1.20” Deep x .140” Thick

22 Features

Uni-Body Key Ring, Bottle opener, 10 Wrench sizes, 2 Spoke Wrenches, ¼” Hex Driver with Built-in Hex bit Holder and added O-Ring, Letter opener, Wire Stripper, Emergency Can Opener, Glass Breaker, Soda can popper, Paint Can Opener, and many more.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

There will also be versions of the classic RocketHEX and MicrosharkHEX with O-Rings.

  1. LIFT

A new innovative levitating system that charges your Apple Watch or Pebble. Life is the only smartwatch charges that levitates your device in midair. The charging base is lightweight and portable. Lift is also a portable battery charger giving you two full charges on your smartwatch. Although it’s the only system to charge and levitate your smartwatch, it can also charge your phone (but it won’t levitate it.)

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

What’s it made of?

High quality aluminum and ceramic, and more.

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The Orb

When your smartwatch it’s not being charged, it can also be used as a smart lamp. The Orb is the very first wireless smart lamp in the business. It even magnetically attaches to any metal surface for your convenience.

The best thing about this charging system is that it doesn’t kill your battery life. Once your watch reaches 100% it will intelligently turn off to protect the lifespan of your smartwatch.

  1. ALCHEMA
Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

ALCHEMA is a new brewing system that enables you to turn your fruits into your own flavor of hard cider in three easy steps. With Alchema you can create your cider within 2 weeks. This new system is great for everyone especially beginners. With just three easy steps you can make your own drinks.

How it works?

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Don’t forget about the Alchema app on iOS and Android devices. The app helps you explore a variety of recipes, monitor your brewing process, and even share a recipe you created.

  1. RoVa4D Full Color Blender 3D Printer
Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

The RoVa4D works by extruding spate cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white filaments into a single patent pending hot end where they blend together into a single nozzle. This new printer lets you print unlimited colors in one single print. The RoVa4d has three separate hot ends. One prints in any color, hue, tone, tints, or shade. The second one is dedicated to flexible materials like Ninjaflex, and the third is a dissolvable support material.

How does it work?

With just 5 colors you can produce ANY color in the world, any hue, tint, shade or tone.

  1. WOOLF: Speed Trap Ahead

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WOOLF is the perfect for bikers and car drivers to be warned about speed traps, red light camera, and school zones. It is made of high quality water-resistant leather and it wraps around your wrist so your eyes are paying attention on the road.

How it works?

woolf1WOOLF pairs with iOS and Android devices. The app measures speed and constantly updates zones around you. The wristband vibrates in different levels so you know when to slow down.

The testing prototype provides 15 days of battery (2 hours per day) while “driving” and recharging takes approximately 3 hours.

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freetel Japanese Inspired Smartphone

A lot of the smartphone available today are similar in design, which can get very boring.

Some think it’s hard picking between an iPhone and an Android, but in reality the phones have gotten to the point where they are very similar in design. Almost all major smartphones out right now have the same look to them. Even when one brand of phone decided to change up its look in size, it didn’t take long before all the others were copying the “original” design. freetel is a company that wants to offer something new.

Japanese company, freetel, has created a new smartphone. The Samurai Project by freetel is causing quite the buzz. We caught up with the CEO at Mobile World Congress who told us more about the exciting new device.

To learn more, visit http://www.freetel.jp today.

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Picking a smartphone can be overwhelming. It is difficult to pick one without getting caught up in whats just popular at the moment.

There are a lot of smartphones out there – I mean a lot. If you only look to Apple and Samsung when picking your phone, you’re not looking at the whole picture. It is better to pick your based on your lifestyle and how you intend to use your phone. It’s time for you to think outside of the box and look at what Saygus has to offer.

The Saygus V² is a smartphone with a ton of unique added features. Its edge-to-edge borderless 5 inch screen gives you a large viewable screen in the front, while the phone is protected by kevlar on the front edges- making it one of the more durable phones. Another great feature is its sunlight viewable screen. It’s also got a 13 megapixel camera on the front and a 21 megapixel camera on the back, both with optical image stabilization. The V² also has up to 64 GB of onboard data storage and has dual micro SD card slots for an additional 256 gigs, that’s a potential of 320 gigs of memory. And it has wireless HD technology that lets you project movies, games or video to any television in full HD with no delay. The Saygus V² goes for $599 and initially works on any GSM network in the world.

To learn more, head to http://www.saygus.com/ today.

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Enhance Your Keyboard Experience With Falcon

Most technology today gives you everything you need with a touchscreen keyboard. But when it comes to writing long emails, blogging, or even keeping up with your Facebook, having a physical keyboard is the best way to go.

I know it’s probably been a while since you last had to look at keyboards, so if you need a little help check out the bluetooth capable Falcon Keyboard. Keep the convenience of using your tablet and just connect your keyboard using bluetooth.

Falcon Keyboard is a multi-platform keyboard that’s compatible with any Bluetooth capable tablet, smartphone, laptop or desktop computer. With it you become more efficient typing as you reduce the need to move back and forth from the keyboard to a mouse or track pad. There are some extra features, including the ability to set the keyboard for left or right hand operation, the ability to link it with up to three Bluetooth devices at once and switch between them with a two key shortcut. The keyboard is sealed with silicon rubber and uses a USB port seal to provide protection from liquid spills, dust, and dirt. You can pick up one of your own for $99.

To learn more, head to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SWSAPYS today.

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Fonebud

A portable phone charger has become an essential phone accessory for everyone, but picking the best one can be difficult. Here’s a power bank that does a little more than just charge your phone from fonebud Malaysia.

The Fonebud Essential Plus is a power bank that can save you in an emergency. This smart power bank can charger your phone as well as use Bluetooth features to allow you to answer your phone. To learn more about the Fonebud Essential Plus, visit https://www.facebook.com/fonebud.

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Optrix

This is a phone case for all travelers, thrill seekers, and anyone who wants to capture their wild adventures. Optrix by Body Glove includes new accessories that help to that your smartphone along for all of your adventures.

The Optrix is an ultra-rugged waterproof case with an interchangeable lens system that turns your iPhone into an action sports camera. Whether you want to attach your iPhone to a helmet, surfboard, or your chest, there is a solution with over 20 mounts and accessories available. You can purchase the Optrix with two interchangeable lenses for only $99.95. There is also a four lens Pro version. Learn more at http://www.optrix.com.

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