Newsletter: Instagram Releases New Feature Focus & Spotify To Release New Version Of Music Streaming Plan

Newsletter: Instagram Releases New Feature Focus & Spotify To Release New Version Of Music Streaming Plan

QUOTE OF THE DAY

You can’t be on the cusp of innovation and at the forefront of technology if you’re wearing blinders. If you don’t have an exploration program where you’re exploring your world here on Earth, underwater, and in space, then you’re wearing blinders and handicapping yourself. ~ Gwynne Shotwell

INSTAGRAM LAUNCHES FOCUS PORTRAIT MODE FOR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

THE STORY

Now click photos and capture videos with Focus Portrait Mode and focus more on what you capture.

HOW THE FEATURE WORKS?

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So all the rumors of Instagram getting a portrait mode feature prove to be true. Instagram launches focus which is most popularly known as portrait mode feature on a wide range of smartphones. However, Instagram has gamed it up by adding an extra crunch. The feature works with videos too.

The feature works by blurring the background while focusing on keeping subject’s face sharp for a professional photography look. According to Instagram representative stated when asked how it works without a dual camera on a smartphone, “Focus mode leverages background segmentation and face detection technology.”

WHERE CAN IT BE FOUND?

You can access focus when you are trying to capture Instagram Stories. It is located beside Superzoom and Boomerang in both the selfie and rear-facing cameras. It is launching on iPhone X,8, 8+, 7, 7+, 6s, 6s+ and some Android devices as well. Although, the portrait mode is only available on iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X, and for Android, it only exists on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

This feature will steal the attention which is now grabbed by apps that claim to provide portrait modes such as FabFocus, Point Blur and more. These apps are capable to blur background “bokeh effects” to images.

If we compare iPhone’s portrait mode to Instagram’s feature, Instagram’s Focus blurs the background but the focus is not that clear. Whereas iPhone’s latest models with dual cameras let you get a sharp focus on your face leaving the rest of the background blur but can’t get you a portrait mode effect in videos

WHY IS THE MOTIVE BEHIND LAUNCHING THIS FEATURE?

The focus is a great option to keep your photos and videos more focused on the subject rather than the background. This might seem to be another reason to choose Instagram over Snapchat. This will give it a new perspective and should engage more users.

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Moreover, Instagram is working on improving the app in a different manner as well. One of them is Mentions stickers which will help you tag your friends in a Story with a stylized graphics instead of simple text. Instagram was testing this feature last month and finally, there are available for iOS users. Adding Mention sticker is just like adding emoticons to your videos and photos. To do that, use the typeahead to find a friend’s username and tag them with a sticker. This will make people tap through to view their profile and also sends alerts to the tagged user.


NEW VERSION OF FREE MUSIC STREAMING PLAN BY SPOTIFY

THE STORY

Spotify is said to be planning to launch a new free music streaming platform.

WHAT IS THE MOTIVE BEHIND THE STEP?

Lately, Spotify is in the news for various reasons, be it going public or rumors about hardware device coming out. This time, it is on it due to plans of launching a new version of free music platform. It is said that it is making changes to make it simpler to use.

The main objective behind this is to make the usage of free platform easy on mobile devices. In other words, users on mobile will be able to access playlists and will have better control over what they hear.

Spotify’s free, ad-supported platform has been condemned since it has been out. Some of the critics claim that the free service undermines music and harms artists. The Streaming services’ aim to launch the platform was to grow user base which seems to be happening.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE EXISTING AND NEW VERSION?

When the new version comes out, the users of the free music platform will have better control over the songs and playlists. Moreover, they will be able to access playlists swiftly. This one will emulate Spotify’s ad-free version. The basic package is $9.99 a month.

The current version doesn’t allow users to pick exact songs that they wish to listen from an album or playlist, they were compelled to listen on Shuffle. However, with the new version, they will get better control on the playlist and what they want to hear though not all the things are still under users’ control.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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