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11th May, 2016

Instagram gets a new monochrome look to focus on your media

By Devindra Hardawar

There’s also a revamped, modern Instagram app icon.

After testing a black and white design with a few users, Instagram officially rolled out the look as part of its major redesign today. The idea is that the monochrome interface will put a greater emphasis on your photos and videos. Judging from the screenshots and videos, media does tend to stand out more now on its iOS and Android apps. Additionally, the company has redesigned its app logo with a simple, multi-colored icon that drops the original’s skeumorphic design — it only vaguely looks like a camera. Instagram also updated logos for its other apps, Hyperlapse, Layout and Boomerang, [...]

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6th May, 2016

LinkedIn reportedly looking to rival Facebook’s Instant Articles

By Edgar Alvarez

It’s all about keeping you in one place.

LinkedIn is said to be considering an Instant Articles feature of its own,BuzzFeed News reports. According to the publication, which cites sources familiar with the matter, LinkedIn recently started floating this idea to “various” publishers, inspired by what Facebook is doing in the space. For the unaware, Instant Articles are links to stories that you can read within Facebook’s app, elimitating the need to visit a third-party site — such asThe New York Times, BuzzFeed and other news outlets.

Naturally, LinkedIn would benefit heavily from a similar product, as it would keep more [...]

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6th May, 2016

Apple Music’s new student plan cuts subscriptions in half

By Matt Brian

If you can prove you’re studying, you’ll only have to pay $5/£5 a month.

Although it may soon give it a welcome revamp, Apple is finding new ways to lure new listeners to its Music streaming service. The company confirmed today that it has launched a new student membership in seven countries, which offers the same features as regular plans with at least a 50 percent discount. Users simply need to prove they’re studying at an eligible college or university to take advantage of the new tier.

Currently, student memberships are live in Australia (A$5.99) and New Zealand (NZD $6.49), but will also be available in the US ($4.99), UK (£4.99), [...]

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5th May, 2016

YouTube will reportedly start streaming live TV in 2017

By Nathan Ingraham

A new ‘Unplugged’ service would compete with options from Sony and Sling.

Streaming live TV over the internet is the latest entertainment land grab — as more consumers cut the cord, plenty of companies are finding new ways to offer potential customers a way to get their live TV fix. According to a report from Bloomberg, YouTube might get in the action in 2017 with a new service called Unplugged. The plan calls for YouTube to offer a bundle of cable TV channels, but what channels will be included remains to be seen.Bloomberg notes that discussions are ongoing with major media companies like Comcast / NBCUniversal, Viacom, Fox and CBS but no [...]

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