Digital Deep Dive: Facebook Stories’ AR Drawing, Linked In’s GIF Searches, Instagram’s Focus Portrait Mode, and more!

The online landscape is ever-changing. New devices, platforms and features are introduced on what feels like a daily basis. We’ve put together a roundup of this week’s biggest stories to help you stay ahead of the curve!

Facebook Stories adds funky AR drawing and Instagram’s Boomerang

Facebook’s camera is having a re-vamp, which will no doubt see its use increase. The AR drawings will allow users to scribble on images whilst recording, and see the markings stay in place when the camera moves.

You’ll also be happy to learn that Boomerang will be rolled out on Facebook Stories too, an improvement on the old GIF option they used to have.

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Instagram will let you download your content after criticism about portability

Instagram have announced that we will soon be able to download our images once they have been posted, improving the user experience and allowing users to have better control and ownership over their content.  More details are to follow, as the timeline and functionality have been vague so far.  Stay tuned!

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GIF search is coming to LinkedIn messaging through Google’s GIF engine Tenor

LinkedIn messaging is being utilised much more, so it’s particularly exciting to hear that they’ll be introducing GIFs. Recently acquired by Google, Tenor has worked across a number of different platforms as a GIF search tool, including Facebook. Tenor currently powers more than 12 billion GIF searches per month.

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Instagram rolls out Focus portrait mode for video and photos

Instagram is rolling out Focus, which blurs the background while keeping someone’s face sharp when taking a photo or video.  This will be found in Stories alongside Boomerang and Superzoom. Users will be able to take advantage of this feature in both selfie and rear-facing cameras.

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