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Free Instagram Downloader review

Free Instagram Downloader allows you to browse and download all the photos from specific Instagram users' accounts.

Pros

Guided downloads: After you download a photo or album, Free Instagram Downloader always prompts to take you to the download location.

Batch processing: Free Instagram Downloader lets you download entire albums at once from a single user, eliminating the hassle of clicking through individual images and checkboxes. In fact, the app assumes you're going to do that, as every photo is checked by default when you first open the app. Images are also renamed as numbers, instead of keeping the inexplicable … Read more

Instagram Downloader review

Instagram Downloader is a photo-scraping utility for Windows that lets you look up and download Instagram photos in batches.

Pros

Grid design: The app gives you a top-level glance at your photos by displaying them in a grid.

Cons

Users not available: Instagram Downloader sometimes fails to find and load an Instagram user's photos, even when they exist on the website. It's a critical and unpredictable bug that makes looking for photos a guessing game.

No organization: Without a logical sorting of photos, such as chronological order, you can't tell which photos are new or old. Photos … Read more

Star Apps: Cody Simpson

Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson first found fame performing an acoustic mix of original songs on YouTube, among the Jason Mraz and Justin Timberlake covers. For his new "Surfboard" single, he takes inspiration from Elvis and the Beach Boys, urban dance music, and his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid, daughter of Beverly Hills "Housewife" Yolanda Foster. I chatted with Simpson about his change in musical direction, working with Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun, making his long-distance relationship work, and his favorite apps.

What's your new "Surfboard" single about? It's a real reflection on a … Read more

Save-o-gram Instagram Downloader review

Save-o-gram Instagram Downloader eases the process of downloading images from Instagram to your computer. It also gives you some features to enhance your Instagram experience.

Pros

Handy interface and search box: Save-o-gram Instagram Downloader has a modern, clean, and accessible interface with a search feature to help you find your favorite Instagram accounts in no time.

Multiple image download options: Once you've found the account you want to save photos from, you choose how to grab them. You can use a "select them all" feature, or you can pick out individual photos to download only your favorites. … Read more

Instagram review

Instagram provides a platform for you to apply filters and other effects to your photos and then share them with friends. You can choose to post only to Instagram, or you can share simultaneously on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare right from the app.

Pros

Hashtag searches: In addition to adding your own photos to Instagram, you can also browse through the millions of photos other users have posted. One great way to see the kinds of pictures you're interested in quickly is to search for certain hashtags. And you can also include hashtags along with your own photos … Read more

The 404 1,447: Where we put on our party hats (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Seven people around the world collectively possess a set of keys that can dismantle the Web.

- Turn your Instagram pics into real photos with the Lifeprint.

- Skirmos system levels up laser tag with open-source Arduino microcomputer.

- Almost time to panic: 95 percent of the ATMs in the world run on Windows XP.… Read more

Madonna cosplays as the Mother of Dragons

If Emilia Clarke is ever unable to continue in the role of Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones," the producers could always call Madonna to step in. The pop singer shared an image of herself on Instagram, all kitted up as the Mother of Dragons, to celebrate the Jewish festival Purim. It wasn't just some half-baked effort either, she's really rocking the cosplay.… Read more

Chrome extension turns ads into social media feeds

If you want to rid your Web browsing experience of ads, your best bet is AdBlock. If you want to replace the ads on some sites with equally or arguably more distracting feeds from Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, however, then there is the Post Forward extension for Chrome.

After you install the Post Forward, you can then head to the extension's site or click the button the extension installs to the right of Chrome's URL bar to connect to any of three aforementioned social networks. The extension will then replace ads on some sites -- a select few … Read more

Instagram tailors Android app to devices of all sizes

Facebook-owned Instagram has released a new version of its Android application that speeds things up a bit and better suits the particular needs of those toting around a device running Google's operating system.

Instagram for Android, version 5.1, was released Tuesday on Google Play.

The revamped application is said to be easier to use and overall more responsive in nature. The app's look has also been modified to accommodate devices of varying sizes, with simplified visuals for smaller phones, and more-reachable buttons for bigger devices.

"It's the same Instagram for Android you know and love … Read more

Instagram adds pizzazz to Lux on iPhone

Avid Instagram users know that Lux works like magic -- except when it doesn't.

The Facebook-owned photo and video app is hoping to solve for those overly oversaturated scenarios with an iOS-only revamp to its auto-enhance feature, known as "Lux," that gives people the power to adjust the auto-effects to their liking.

The adjustable version of Lux, denoted by the brightness icon in the app, was delivered Monday in an update to the iOS app.

The change amounts to a slider that people can use to strengthen or soften their shots. Though a minor improvement, the new … Read more