Instagram Stories turns pretty pictures into buying opportunities

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Instagram is starting to feel like a giant advertisement.
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Your favorite Instagram Story feeds are about to get invaded by more advertisements.

The photo-sharing social network revealed today that it is expanding its shopping features beyond the regular feed and will start letting users share shopping advertisements in their Stories.

Gemini Photos saves your iPhone storage from unwanted photos

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Gemini Photos makes cleaning your library a breeze.
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Apple shows off iPhone X’s studio skills in new video

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Up your selfie game with iPhone X's portrait lighting feature.
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Apple debuted a new ad today that showcases the incredible powers of Portrait Mode on the iPhone X.

The fun new ad is similar in style to some of the wild Face ID ads Apple put out earlier this year and highlights how having an iPhone X is like literally carrying an entire array of studio lights in your pocket.

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Retrobatch for Mac means you can finally ditch Photoshop

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Even Retrobatch's icon is fantastic.
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Acorn is one of the two best1 Mac image editors for normal humans. Retrobatch, from the same developer, is a batch-processor for images, letting you build simple or fancy workflows that can do pretty much anything to your images, automatically. If you regularly resize photos, remove location data, add watermarks, or anything else, this is for you.

Even crazier is Retrobatch’s machine-learning component, which can apply filters and operations based on what it sees in the image. For instance, you could drop a folder of images onto Retrobatch, and it would check them all and only apply filters to pictures of hot dogs. That’s right. It can detect pictures of hot dogs.

Apple throws shade at Android in hilarious iPhone ads

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Up your selfie game with Portrait Lighting.
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Apple is back with a new set of ads aiming to get Android users to switch to iPhone. The two new ads showcase Portrait Mode and Portrait Lightning on the newest iPhones, while also bragging about the App Store’s security compared to Google Play.

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How to add extra filter packs to the iPhone’s Photos app

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Captured, edited, and filtered, all inside the Camera and Photos apps.
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One lesser known ability of the Photos app on your iPhone is that is can use third-party filter packs. If you install a photo-editing app that supports them, then you can apply that apps filters without ever leaving the Photos app. This makes it super quick to add sophisticated effects to your pictures, and you can revert to the original photo at any time in the future.

Today we’ll see how to use these filter packs, and look at a couple of great apps that have them.

Instagram will soon let you download all your old photos

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Instagram is eyeing more of Snapchat’s features.
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Leaving Instagram is about to get a lot easier.

With pressure rising on its parent company to give users access to all of their data, Instagram says it plans to release a tool that will let you download all of the content you’ve shared on the social network.

iPhone could get third rear camera lens in 2019

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Three is better than two, right?
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Apple plans to increase the number of rear cameras on the iPhone next year, according to the latest rumor out of Asia.

2018 iPhone rumors are just starting to kick into full swing, but a Tawainese newspaper claims to have some inside info on some upgrades that are coming to next year’s model.