Instagram's Boomerang App Creates 1-Second Video Loops
Instagram today released Boomerang for Android and iOS, an application that stitches together a burst of photos to create moving images. The app automates most of the creation process; users need only press the shutter button. Boomerang works in portrait or landscape orientations and can easily share Boomerang loops to Instagram and other social networks. Instagram itself can already create longer looping videos, and Instagram offers a time-lapse app called Hyperlapse and a collage app called Layout. Like Hyperlapse and Layout, Boomerang is separate from the main Instagram app and is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.
Google Photos Debuts Create-Your-Own Themed Movies
Feb 7, 2018
Google today added the ability for people to craft their own themed movies in Google Photos. Google Photos' themed movies assemble photos of people, places, pets, or events and stitches them together — complete with soundtrack — into a shareable montage.
Instagram Throws Boomerang Into Stories
Nov 10, 2016
Instagram today made its stories feature more fun and powerful with the addition of Boomerang and @mentions support. Moving forward, people using the stories function will be able to record Boomerangs directly within Instagram.
Vine Making Major Changes, Expands Video Length
Jun 21, 2016
Vine today announced a significant shakeup to its core product that it hopes will entice more people to use the video-looping app. Vine is now allowing people to capture and attach video up to 140 seconds, a huge increase from the 6-second limit that's been a core part of the service since it launched.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Offer Refined Hardware, Improved Camera, AR Emoji
Feb 25, 2018
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones, updates to last year's S8 models. The devices bear a striking resemblance to their predecessors and make only modest changes to the hardware.
Sony's Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact Let You Scan 3D Objects
Aug 31, 2017
Sony today announced the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact smartphones, two metal-clad flagships that pair novel features with classic Sony looks. The phones share nearly all specs and capabilities, with the XZ1 Compact downgrading only a few components due to its smaller size.