If you’re a commuter that frequently finds themselves on a subway or bus, aren’t willing to pay a ridiculous amount of money to get extra data or are just heading out on a road trip with the family, this story is for you!
The last 7 days have been big in the world of tech and social media! Instagram is finally letting users moderate comments, Twitter is finally nixing the 140 character limit, and of course – last week’s Apple Event brought big changes to the iPhone. So let’s get to it!
After the release of the immensely popular game last week, I, like many other Canadian Pokémon fans were a little disappointed when it wasn’t officially released in the Canadian App & Play Stores. There were workarounds for both Android and iOS users, but there was speculation that downloading the unreleased version affected long-term battery performance, and resulted in some users being banned from the Play Store for up to a year.
Unless you’ve literally been under a rock with no access to the online world, last week announced and subsequently launched a major rebrand of the very popular photo sharing app.
It looks like Instagram is stepping up their game and looking very much more like an ad-based, influencer-filled platform, rather than just any other photo sharing app where people go to share pictures of their food and pets.
This cleaner redesign also meshes nicely with the particular aesthetic that the majority of influencers use on their pages.
One thing I’m truly not a fan of (and publications like Mashable and AdWeek seem to agree) is that terrible logo. The original Instagram logo was iconic. That retro camera was easily recognizable and now it looks like any other photo app you can find on Google Play or the App Store.
As much as I like the newer, much cleaner feed, that terrible logo is really holding me back from updating it. But like with ever other major rebrand, we’ll all freak out over it for a week or two, then forget about and eventually be indifferent to it. Until then, I’ll keep chuckling at these delightful jabs at the cartoony logo.
What do you think of Instagram’s new logo?
I love Photoshop. I’ve been using it for over 10 years now and obviously Adobe is doing something right over there because it’s now almost 30 years since the first version of Photoshop was made available. What I don’t like about Photoshop is the price. When Adobe was still selling the physical version of Photoshop (by physical I mean the actual CDs) it could run you anywhere from $700-$1500 if not more. Now that they’ve moved everything into the Creative Cloud, you’re looking at $10-80 a month for an individual license. There is only one version of Photoshop you can (legally) get for free, as long as you don’t mind you’re using software that’s now 10+ years old. Unfortunately, if you have an iMac or MacBook that’s 2015 or newer, you’re completely SOL. Apple stopped using the hardware that supports older software like CS2. Yay, structured obsolescence.
Photo: Digital Trends
This week, Instagram announced that they were beginning to test a new timeline for its users – one that uses an algorithm to determine the posts they think you might want to see the most, rather than just adding them to your timeline in chronological order like the current version is now.