Prisma Bringing Offline Styles to Android “Very Soon”

Prisma, that one app everyone was talking about for a few days, then was forgot about because Pokemon GO was conquering the world, made an important announcement yesterday. Taking to its Facebook page, the company announced that offline styles will be available for Android users “soon,” while iOS users can apparently benefit from the change already.

The way Prisma works, or at least, did work, was you would send your image up into Prisma’s servers, which would then use a neural net algorithm to produce a stunning work of art based on a style you liked. The process is actually quite complex, and sometimes, the servers would crash and users couldn’t utilize the service. Now, with the move to offline, a device’s onboard CPU will handle the computing, meaning we won’t need to worry about overcrowded servers anymore. It remains to be seen for Android users if this move will be seen as positive or negative.  (more…)

Instagram’s New Event Channels Brings Live Events Straight to You

Instagram is rolling out Event Channels via the Explore tab inside of the Android and iOS apps. With this feature, users can watch video clips and view photos from live events taking place across the world. For example, if a super hot Adele concert is taking place or a big sports match, you can expect to see videos for it coming straight to your device. (more…)

Instagram Intros Stories Feature, Because Forget Snapchat

Snapchat introduced Stories this morning. Oh, wait, I mean Instagram. Let’s try this again. Instagram introduced Stories this morning, a feature that 100% copies Snapchat’s Stories feature. With Instagram Stories, users can upload different clips and shots into the same Story, then share that Story with whoever they want on Instagram. If this sounds like Snapchat Stories, it should, because it’s the exact same thing.  (more…)

Official: Get Ready to Hate Your Instagram Feed

According to Instagram, users miss an average of 70% of their photo/video feeds. Sure, if you follow 1K+ people, that’s likely, but why are you following so many people in the first place? How is that a meaningful experience? Apparently that doesn’t matter to Instagram, and starting today, as the company announced in March, a new algorithm is rolling out to everyone’s feeds, bringing the most popular posts directly to the top of your feed. FML. FML! (more…)