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App automatically 'Likes' your friends' Instagram photos

What are you supposed to do when so many of your friends suddenly think they're photographers?

The minute they got Instagram, they believed in their hearts and eyes that they were Mario Testino or Ansel Adams. At the very least, they cannot imagine why National Geographic hasn't called.

You know that, at heart, they're more fragile than "American Idol" contestants. So you dutifully click "Like" on every one of their photos.

But if you're following more than 20 people, this can become more taxing than making sure there's no dirt under … Read more

Facebook crowdsourcing gives lonely boy 1.4 million friends

Being 10-years-old is hard enough -- and add in an isolating syndrome like Asperger's and making friends can be even more difficult.

Such is the case of Colin. He is a 10-year-old boy who lives in Michigan and is on the lower end of the autism spectrum. Despite his efforts to make friends, he is usually made fun of and eats his lunch in the school office because other kids won't let him sit at their tables, according to his mother.

When Colin's mother, Jennifer Cunningham, asked him if he wanted a birthday party, he responded that there wasn't any point because he didn't have friends. That's when she decided to surprise him by creating a "Happy Birthday Colin" Facebook page. … Read more

How to 'dislike' something on Facebook...Messenger

For years Facebook users have been asking for the ability to dislike a post on the social network. It only makes sense users would want to express disapproval for some of the posts they're subjected to. Up until now, Facebook hasn't provided an easy way to do this short of leaving a nasty comment.

Earlier this week, Facebook finally gave in and provided a method for users to show displeasure. But instead of providing a dislike button on status updates, Facebook has released a sticker pack for Facebook Messenger that includes a thumbs-down icon, as first reported by … Read more

The 404 1,388: Where we turn on the lights (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- CNET's Xbox One review: The game console that would rule your living room (but shouldn't quite yet).

- Interactive Dylan video takes surreal roll through TV land.

- Keep your phone from getting stolen (and what to do if it is).

- Microsoft says Xbox One can use up to 15 Kinects at once for maximum next-gen gaming.

- How to use voice commands with the all new Kinect.… Read more

Interactive Dylan video takes surreal roll through TV land

Almost 50 years after Bob Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone" as a single, the song is finally getting an official music video. And as one might imagine from a song about alienation and aimlessness, it features a cartoon cat and the host of "The Price of Right."

The vid, which went live on Bob Dylan's official Web site Tuesday, employs interactive technology to let viewers flip though 16 faux TV channels in real time. The channels feature snippets from real shows -- ESPN sports updates and History Network programs, for example -- alongside others that mimic reality TV shows like "The Bachelor." All the while, recognizable TV personalities such as Drew Carey, comedian Marc Maron, and the cast of "Pawn Stars" mouth the words to the classic song. … Read more

Review: [InstLike -Free instagram likes] feels sketchy, but actually works

InstLike -Free instagram likes doesn't seem like it should work, but it really does boost your likes and followers on Instagram. It makes you jump through hoops to unlock more of the credits you need, though. If you don't mind giving up your Instagram account information, it's a good way to buy popularity.

InstLike -Free instagram likes makes you earn credits to buy likes on Instagram. You start with 20 credits (which equals 20 likes) and can earn more by promoting the app or by using the app's "auto-liker" feature to like hundreds of … Read more

Teen suspect 'likes' his pic on police Facebook page

We just can't resist it when people talk about us, write about us, or post our picture.

It's a validation which, in these socially networked times, we hope will spread far and wide.

True, like swans staring at their own reflection, we might lose our sense of place and propriety.

But I wonder if all of us, on seeing our picture on a police Facebook page, would not merely stare and admire, but actually click on that pesky "Like" button.

Yet this is what 18-year-old Luis Rodriguez is said to have done.

According to CBS Los Angeles, … Read more

View every Instagram 'like' you've ever given a photo, video

When browsing Instagram, be it your timeline, popular page or through hash tags it doesn't take long to find terrific photos (and maybe videos). Remembering who posted the content isn't always as easy. Thankfully, Instagram has made it possible to view every photo or video you've ever liked; you just have to know where to look.

iMore originally posted this quick tip, and to be honest, it's one of those tips that's so obvious it's easily overlooked.

To view your like history on Instagram, in either the Android or iOS app, launch the app … Read more

The 404 1,299: Where we disrupt your transmission (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Did Florida just ban all smartphones and laptops?

- Google interns are terrorizing their neighbors at a San Jose apartment complex.

- We interrupt this program to warn that the Emergency Alert System is hackable.

- Tumblr hugs its stuffed animals in support of a lost best friend.… Read more

'Liking' this art project makes it disappear

Usually, "Liking" something gives it broader exposure -- and thus a better chance of propagating in the digital realm. A new online art project called "Like to Death" is the opposite. It disappears bit by bit as people "Like" it.

"Social media is the fifth dimension that fabricates our online existence," reads a screen that appears when visitors enter the flickering black and white site for Like to Death. "Imagine a life without it, if you can't you have been possessed. Break the curse, like it to death."

A collaboration for Adidas Originals by digital artist Geoffrey Lillemon and Stooki, an independent U.K. jewelry and apparel label that's also an art collective, Like to Death presents an ominous-looking seated robed figure of death wearing four heads like rings on its fingers. The artists describe these symbols as "demons," toying, they say, with the idea "that everyone possesses a social-media demon" -- be it an unhealthy addiction to social networks or the traces of ourselves we leave online that we might later wish we could make disappear. … Read more