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external Rumor: Instagram to Add Private Messaging in the Near Future —GigaOm

instagramlogo_1First came photos, then 15-second videos and now it seems Instagram is getting ready to add yet another major feature to its uber-popular app: private messaging.

According to GigaOM‘s ‘well-placed’ sources, private messaging (and possibly group messaging) are expected to arrive in the next major update of Instagram, which will launch sometime before year’s end.

 
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external Google+ Updates iOS App with Full-Res Photo Uploads —Google+

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It took them a month, but Google’s promise to bring full-sized photo uploads to iOS devices everywhere has finally come to fruition. As of version 4.6, the Google+ app on iOS7 can now back up all of your photos and videos in full-resolution automatically.

 
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Adobe Opens Up CC Photography Bundle to Everyone for a Limited Time

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When Adobe officially announced its special Creative Cloud plan/bundle for photographers, there was a catch: you had to own Photoshop CS3 or above in order to qualify for the special $10/month pricing. Well, no more. For a limited time, Adobe is lifting that restriction and making the special bundle available for everyone. Read more…

Google Working to Bring RAW Capability to Android Phones

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Given the incredibly positive response Nokia got from the photo community when it announced that Lumia phones would soon be able to capture images in DNG RAW, it makes sense that operating systems other than Windows Phone would soon follow suit. Lo and behold, it seems Google is on the cusp of just such an announcement itself. Read more…

external Nokia ‘Refocus’ App Now Available for All PureView Lumia Devices —Nokia Conversations

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When we first told you about Nokia’s new “take now, focus later” app called Refocus, we had no idea how long it would take for the app to trickle down the pipeline to some of Nokia’s older Lumia phones. Well, it didn’t take long. As of today, all PureView Lumia devices — the Lumia 920, 925, 928, 1020 and 1520 — support the app.

 
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SmugMug’s Camera Awesome App Finally Makes it to Android Devices

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It took a year and a half, but the folks over at SmugMug have finally managed to bring their much-loved camera app, Camera Awesome, over to the Google Play store for Android users to take advantage of and enjoy. Read more…

external Facebook Locking Out Users Affected by the Adobe Hack —Krebs on Security

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It looks like users affected by the Adobe hack who use the same email/password combo to access their Adobe account as they do their Facebook account are being locked out by Facebook as a security measure.

According to Krebs on Security, affected FB users are being greeted by the message above and asked to change their password as well as answer a few security questions before being allowed back onto their accounts.

 
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external Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.3 and Camera Raw 8.3 RC, Fixes Bugs and Expands Compatibility —Adobe Labs

Adobe Lightroom 5 Screencap 1Early adopters of some of the newest gear on the market will be happy to hear that Adobe has finally released the Lightroom 5.3 and Camera Raw 8.3 release candidates, adding tons of camera compatibility and smashing some bugs along the way.

Bugs addressed include issues with auto white balance and Flickr publishing, while RAW compatibility has been extended to cameras such as the Sony a7 and a7R, Nikon AW1, Fujifilm XQ1 and many more. Both updates are free for Lightroom 5 owners/Adobe CC users.

 
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Google Brings Advanced Non-Destructive Photo Editor to Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat was officially announced a few days ago, but one of the coolest features (especially for us camera folk) wasn’t mentioned in the announcement at all: an impressive new non-destructive photo editor is built right in. Read more…

Google+ Update Includes Lots of Photo Enhancements

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No doubt feeling pressure from certain other social media sites raking in the dough, Google announced Wednesday a slew of new features for Google+ intended to enhance the way users share, organize and tweak photos.
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