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Instagrammers go turkey-wild with Thanksgiving Day photos

Photos of golden-crisp cooked turkeys, dark red cranberry sauce, family football, and the lighting of menorahs crowded Instagram on Thursday. In fact, so many people took to the photo-sharing social network that the company announced it was its busiest day ever.

"We saw record usage as Instagrammers shared a heaping helping of holiday cheer," the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. "Your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah-related photos and videos helped make yesterday our busiest so far -- and for that we give thanks to you."

Thanksgiving this year was historic in that for the first … Read more

CNET's Tech Turkeys of 2013

Ah, 2013. The year Microsoft continued to be, well, Microsoft, everyone tried to get their mobile on, and Samsung tried to show the world that it's going to be king of wearable tech.

Yup, there were gaffes. There always are. We also saw the launch product for a now-failing platform (and failing company), and the company that wanted to the entire planet to phone Home. And who can forget our nation's Capitol: A stream of leaks that showed the world that, yes, Uncle Sam is watching every click you make, not to mention those of foreign dignitaries. And … Read more

Eat your Instagrams in marshmallow form

Some Instagrams look good enough to eat, especially when they're glorious food photos. You could just pop them in your mouth. With a little assist from Boomf, your Instagram-eating dreams could come true.

You start by connecting your Instagram account with Boomf. The service takes your chosen Instagram images and prints them out on edible marshmallows. Imagine the possibilities. You could go meta and eat marshmallows printed with pictures of marshmallows. You could snack on adorable photos of your cats. You could roast your buddies over a campfire.

Each package consists of nine marshmallows with your choice of images and costs about $20 with free shipping in the UK. Boomf recommends avoiding images with large dark areas because the details get washed out.… Read more

How to automatically back up Instagram photos to SkyDrive

Backing up photos from your iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone is easier than ever and doesn't even require you to use a computer. Services like Dropbox and SkyDrive can automatically back up your photos so you can access them from practically any device.

Instagram photos, however, aren't typically included in the automated backups. After carefully cropping your image and selecting the perfect filter, you might like to keep a backup of it as well. Here's how to automatically back up your Instagram photos to SkyDrive using an IFTTT recipe:

Create your own recipe

Step 1: Go to … Read more

Focal shift: Press photogs riled by White House social media

Apparently disrupting commerce, education, and entertainment wasn't good enough for the Internet. Now it's disrupting the White House press photographers, too -- and they don't like it.

The photographers are objecting that the Obama administration is saturating its social media channels with its own photographers' photos while often denying access to the White House press corps' photographers, according to a New York Times report.

In a letter, the photographers likened the White House restrictions to the propaganda-heavy style of government-supplied press materials from the Soviet Union: "As surely as if they were placing a hand over … Read more

The end of an era as Winamp shuts down

CNET Update whips the llama:

In this episode of Update:

- Download Winamp before AOL pulls the plug on the media player next month.

- Rejoice for Windows Phone users as more big-name apps arrive, including Instagram and Waze.

- Keep track of places you want to visit with Pinterest's new Place Pins tool.

- Automatically backup your iPhone or iPad photos to the cloud with the new SkyDrive app.

- Show your hate for Google (huh?) with Microsoft's Scroogled gear.

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Instagram, Waze land on Windows Phone

Update, 4:38 p.m. PT: Instagram originally said that you couldn't take photos in the app. After playing around with Instagram for Windows Phone, we found that you can take photos. For a step-by-step process to shoot and post a photo in the app, check out our full review.

After much anticipation, the official Instagram app launched on Windows Phone on Wednesday. The app comes just one week after the Twitter-owned video social network Vine popped up for Windows Phone.

The news isn't much of a surprise, as we've known that Instagram would eventually show up, … Read more

Alleged thieves shoot selves in foot with Instagram burger pic

You know the drill.

People are accused of doing something not quite legal, and the authorities catch up with them through a social network.

You know the thrill.

Whenever you've done something vaguely exciting like trimming your fingernails or buying a lot of burgers, you just have to let someone know. Actually, these days you just have to let everyone know.

And so it came to pass that four young men in California stand accused of breaking into a car, stealing a credit card (among other things), and then eating at Carl's Jr.

The last might not seem … Read more

The great new scourge: Instagram envy

Do you feel inadequate?

Do you look around and wonder if you could have been a contender? A contender for most interesting man or woman in the world?

Do you believe that, if a court case had gone your way, or if you hadn't been a touch tipsy when you met the heir or heiress to a substantial fortune, you would be living the life of your dreams -- and, importantly, posting pictures of it every day?

Some who feel this way are, apparently, resorting to living vicariously through society's latest mirror: Instagram.… Read more

Space geeks, show us your Instagram best

Here at Crave, astronomical happenings like the weekend's rare "hybrid" solar eclipse always make the space geek in us soar. And no small part of that is the amazing photos that often result from such celestial events -- be they said eclipses, blue moons, or NASA shuttle flybys.

So for the next installment in our series of CNET reader Instagram galleries we'd love to see your skyward-looking shots. … Read more