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Instagram launches new Bolt app in 3 markets outside US

Ah, so the “leaked” banner ads in Instagram about a new photo-sharing app are apparently, true indeed. The Facebook-owned Instagram has just announced they are introducing their first stand-alone app called Bolt, but for now, it will only be available in three markets: New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa. It will reportedly make messaging photos to your friends easier by eliminating a few steps in the process.

Did Facebook leak on Instagram a new photo sharing app?

Some Instagram users were surprised and baffled when a link to a “one tap photo messaging app” called Bolt suddenly appeared on their feed last night? Did we miss a big announcement from the powers that be about another new photo sharing app? Or was it another one of their “accidental leaks” to test out new features or apps, which Facebook is notorious for doing so?

Facebook Messenger now allows short videos, bigger likes

We really don’t know how far the ubiquitous Facebook is willing to carry its Messenger app, but for now the social networking platform is still churning out updates for its chat and messaging app. In this new update that appeared at the Google Play Store just today, it looks like Messenger app users will now be able to embed short videos into their chat threads, as well as get a “bigger” way to express your Facebook likes.

Facebook earnings show messaging is the way to profit

With their earnings call today, Facebook announced the typical myriad of financial statistics. A giant increase in both revenue and profit carry the day, but additional news from their various entities more than suggest their direction. When it comes to Facebook and the user, the message is clear: messaging is their new direction.  

Timehop app hands-on: providing a daily trip back in time

Timehop, as a service, has been around for many years now. But given the app just recently arrived in the Play Store, it may be one that flew under the radar of many Android users. The premise here is simple, Timehop takes you back in time. The app is one that you'll only need to launch once per day, and it will show you what you were doing one, two, three and four years earlier.

Instagram may ditch Foursquare for location tagging

Instragram may be migrating away from Foursquare. The photo sharing service currently uses Foursquares database for their location services. It seems that Instagram is now testing Facebook Places for that location tagging feature, an odd move considering the breadth of other popular services currently sing Foursquare.

Instagram v5.1 arriving with focus on design and speed

Instagram has announced the latest Android app update. This one is arriving as version 5.1, and should be immediately noticeable due to the new look. Instagram for Android now has a flat design. This is described as being a "cleaner" design, however the folks at Instagram are also touting the new speed.
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