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I love Instagram but have always had a first-world problem with its paltry photo resolution. In today’s age of ultra-crisp mobile screens, 640-by-640 pixel images just don’t cut it anymore. Well, it took only a couple of years but Instagram just announced that it is rolling out support for bigger, crisper images on both iOS and Android.

“We’re rolling out 1080×1080 uploads (and higher-quality viewing) for Instagram on iOS and Android,” Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger wrote in a tweet today.

The company’s iPhone application wasn’t updated today with support for uploading and viewing crisper photos so it’s likely a silent update on Instagram’s servers. The official company blog did not share details about the sharper photography experience at post time…. Read the rest of this post here

At long last, Instagram is increasing photo resolution to a sharper 1,080-by-1,080 pixels” is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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In an interesting move, the folks over at TaiG have released a new version of their iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool for Windows, but have labeled it as a beta. Version 2.3.1 beta incorporates the latest version of Cydia, version 1.1.20, and that’s about all.

According to the change log, no other changes were implemented into the TaiG tool outside of the Cydia update. For such a small change, it’s weird that they’ve labeled it as being a beta, but maybe this will become a new trend going forward until they have enough successful testers to deem it a stable release…. Read the rest of this post here

TaiG releases version 2.3.1 beta to include latest Cydia update” is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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Apple is said to be planning to introduce new packaging for some third-party accessories in its Apple Retail Stores. Backing up reports last month that it would be re-vamping its in-store accessory displays to include fewer third-party options overall, it appears that Apple has worked with some companies to design new packaging for their products.

From 9to5Mac

According to a notice that Apple has sent to retail store employees, new packaging will start to appear on store shelves for accessories from Tech21, Sena, Incase, Mophie, Logitech, and Life Proof. According to the memo, the packaging will be mostly white to match the Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch boxes, while they will also include simpler fonts, new photography, higher-quality materials, and more consistent compatibility labeling.

Apple is said to have been working with these accessory manufacturers for the last six months. The new packaging will reportedly begin showing up in select retail stores at some point next week.

Source: 9to5Mac

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From their iPhone and iPad cases to new Apple Watch accessories, they offer a unique and stylish line of accessories for your favorite gadgets. And now, they’ve outdone themselves again. Brian and Kari (Mr. and Mrs. P&Q) have designed a backpack and a briefcase that are the epitome of style and function. We teamed up with Pad & Quill to give away one of each of these to two of our readers, so let’s see now who the lucky winners are!

iMore reader trooperoutlaw is going to be all ready for adventure with his new leather Backpack from Pad & Quill, while aboveaverage12 will be making a great impression at the office with his new leather P&Q Briefcase. Congratulations aboveaverage12 and trooperoutlaw, you’re going to love your new bags! We’ll be in touch soon to get you squared away with those prizes.

Big thanks to Kari and Brian at Pad & Quill for sponsoring the giveaway! Thanks for entering everyone, and be on the lookout for the next great contest here at iMore!

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Basketball player Matt Bonner didn’t have his greatest season, but at least he can blame his new iPhone! Wait… what?

Matt Bonner plays for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. He’s got a career average of 41.3% on 3-pointers but last season he only managed 36.5%. That’s apparently due to an elbow injury—inflammation of the tendons, which is commonly referred to as “tennis elbow”. The cause could be postural misalignment or unilateral motion that hasn’t been identified or balanced, but Bonner seems to have something else he wants to blame—his iPhone. No, that wasn’t a typo. Here’s what Bonner told Tim O’Sullivan of the Concord Monitor:

“Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it,” he said. “When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it.”

More silly than hilarious, as almost anyone reading it would take it as either the worst excuse ever or as a passingly funny joke. Unfortunately, when pro athletes say something, even in jest, some people believe it, and those who might otherwise benefit from an iPhone, including it’s accessibility features, are instead subject to fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

Take for example, Rolling Store. World-renowned gadget comedians that they are, they re-blogged the zinger and quipped, “Maybe it’s time he got a Galaxy?”

At 6’10” tall, it’s hard to imagine Bonner’s fingers would have to stretch much, even to wrap themselves several times around a full-sized iPad. (See, that’s how you drop gadget jokes!)

Better advice for Bonner would be to get himself to a top-notch physiotherapist who can identify whatever issues are causing the inflammation and give him specific exercises to clear them out. That’s what anyone who cares about him or his career would do.

That and point him to iMore where he could not only find out how to use even an iPhone 6 Plus one-handed, but be correctly informed that a Galaxy is bigger than an iPhone. Yes, even the mini.

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Instagram will now display photos at a higher resolution inside its mobile apps. Previously displayed at a resolution of 640×640, Instagram will soon show users their photos at 1080×1080. The rollout is currently in progress and seems to be limited, for the moment, to the iPhone and Android apps, with no mention being made of the web interface or the beta app on Windows Phone.

From Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger:

This change means that images will generally be displayed at a resolution much closer to that of the original image. As Instagram is currently rolling out higher resolution display and storage, it might take some time for higher-quality images to show up in your feed.

Source: Mike Krieger

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Microsoft Tossup 1.0 for iOS iPhone screenshot 001

Microsoft has released a brand new iPhone and iPad application in the App Store. Called Tossup, it was designed to make event planning and opinion-gathering a cinch by basically collecting answers from your friends to any questions you pose to them.

You can present people with a quick Yes/No poll, ask them to find and pick a restaurant, to agree on when to meet, invite them to extend the opinion about any topic and more…. Read the rest of this post here

Microsoft’s new opinion-gathering app removes the friction around event planning” is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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We’ve got another batch of fine new gadgets that play nice with your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Everything we’ve rounded up is a very new release, and includes stuff like speakers, cases, photography aides, and anything else that enhances your Apple experience. We’re always eager to hear what you’ve been checking out lately, so be sure to sing out in the comments!

iStabilizer Gimbal

For those that are super-serious about shooting video with their iPhone, there’s a new three-axis motorized gimbal system that makes sure your shots are particularly smooth. Phones up to 3.5 inches wide can be mounted with minimal fuss. A handful of shooting modes allow the system to follow where you’re pointing smoothly, or stay locked in orientation. The on-device buttons also allow you to tweak orientation to make sure your iPhone is level before shooting. iOS and Android devices can take advantage of a remote shutter button to start and stop filming from the handle. The iPhone 6 will need to use an included counterbalance, but on the whole, this looks leagues easier to use than traditional mobile gimbal systems, such as the Smoothee.

BRAVEN Balance Bluetooth speaker

BRAVEN announced a new waterproof Bluetooth speaker just in time for the peak summer season here in the northern hemisphere. You can crank out a whooping 18 hours of wireless music and charge your iPhone with the built-in 4000 mAh battery. There’s a microphone on there so you can take calls as well. A variety of bright colors offer plenty of style choice to boot. Snag one of these if you figure you’ll be spending some time on the beach this summer.

Olympus Air AO1

Preorders have begun for the Olympus Air A01, a camera body with a 16 megapixel sensor that can beam RAW photos wirelessly to your iPhone. It accepts any standard micro four-thirds lenses, so your existing collection of glass can be put to good use. A companion app helps you frame your shots, add filters, tweak brightness, contrast, and other settings, backup your photos to the cloud, and share them out to whoever you like. For those that aren’t quite satisfied with the pictures taken on their iPhone alone, the Olympus A01 may fit the bill.

Sound Blaster FRee speaker

Sound Blaster has a new feature-packed speaker that can handle just about anything you toss at it. You can stream your tunes to the Sound Blaster FRee over one of two simultaneous Bluetooth connections. You’ll find an SD card slot on the back to play music locally. There’s also USB functionality if you want to play sound directly from your Mac, which can be tweaked and enhanced with a dedicated software suite. Both upright and horizontal orientations ensure it will fit into whatever your set-up may be. Between the 10 hours of playback, extra-loud, 360-degree audio, and water resistance, this speaker is built to handle life on the move.

OtterBox Symmetry case

OtterBox has expanded their Symmetry lineup of cases for the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 with metallic finishes. The darker of the two simulates a carbon fiber look, while the “Slate Gridlock” finish adds a brighter shine. A variety of other subtle and eye-catching colors are still available, and the cases maintain the same reliable two-level protection that OtterBox is known for. Snag one of these if you need some extra protection while doing outdoorsy stuff this summer.

Your favorite new gadgets?

We’re eager to hear your feedback for this weekly series, so shout out in the comments and let us know about what kind of tech you’re interested in hearing about.


Source: iMore


Amazon Cloud Drive 1.0 for iOS iPhone screenshot 001

Online retail giant Amazon on Monday launched a brand new application in the App Store to give iPhone and iPad owners a quick way to access their documents, spreadsheets, music, photos and videos stored in Cloud Drive, Amazon’s storage locker in the cloud.

The new app, called Amazon Cloud Drive, is available at no charge in the App Store. For the uninitiated, Amazon’s Cloud Drive service offers you a choice between unlimited storage for your photos in exchange for twelve bucks per year, or $60 per year for an Unlimited Everything plan.

A free 90-day trial of Cloud Drive is available here…. Read the rest of this post here

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Skype for iPhone updated with location sharing

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Skype for iPhone has picked up the ability to share a location with others in its latest update in the App Store.

The Microsoft-owned VoIP program was bumped to version 5.14 Monday to make it trivial to share your current geographical location, or your favorite place, with friends and family using the paperclip icon in the chat window. Moreover, this edition of Skype introduces unspecified improvements.

The new version of Skype arrived hot on the heels of a recent update which brought out handy web link previews in the chat window and replying with dictation on Apple Watch…. Read the rest of this post here

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