Instagram is no longer square

Instagram is updating its Android and iOS apps to enable native support for full-size landscape and portrait photos and video inside the app. They’ll run alongside the traditional square photos, which will remain the default for photos shared on Instagram.

Up is down, left is right, and Instagram now allows you to pos non-square images!

Pour one out for the millions of now useless apps that litter the respective app stores for making your standard images square.

Source: You can now post full-size landscape and portrait photos on Instagram | The Verge

How I Keep My Precious Data Safe

Some of you don’t need to read this because you’ve got your backup regime down so well that the Australian Defence Force wants you to be a drill Sargent at Puckapunyal. You can carry on with peace of mind that your data is safe. But most of you are playing fast and loose with valuable 1s and 0s. You’re pretty much Vincent D’Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket. I bet you don’t follow the 3-2-1 rule. You probably don’t even know what the 3-2-1 rule is! This article is for you. Continue reading

Samsung tells Galaxy Note 5 users to RTFM

You might have heard that you can really bugger up a new Galaxy Note 5 if you re-insert the pen backward into the device. Vlad Savov from The Verge got a comment from Samsung about the issue:

“We highly recommend our Galaxy Note5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S pen in the other way around.”

Thing is though, according to Ars Technica, the manual doesn’t ship with the device. You have to hunt it down online.

Also, is it really that unexpected? I dunno, I fiddle with my devices all the time. If I had a Note, I’d probably try this just out of curiosity at least once.

Source: Samsung on Galaxy Note 5’s broken stylus slot: read the manual | The Verge

Samsung’s Gear S2 looking pretty thin

Samsung wants everyone to remember that it has a new smartwatch coming. Over the past two weeks, Samsung has been releasing glimpses (and a fashion shoot) of the Gear S2, and today we’re getting another look at it — one that’s probably a lot more representative of how the watch will actually look.

Speaking of smart watches, the Samsung Gear S2 looks incredibly sexy. The latest teaser photo from Instagram suggest this watch isn’t as chunky as most smart watches. The question remains, is this Tizen or Android Wear based? All will be revealed at IFA.

Source: Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch looks really good on Instagram | The Verge

The NBN’s blowing out under the Coalition

NBN’s new cost forecast is a range of between $46 billion to $56 billion with the company aiming for $49 billion. By comparison, Labor’s final draft corporate plan predicted its NBN would cost $37.4 billion – a figure the Coalition has said was wildly inaccurate.

Surprise, surprise. Who would’ve thought introducing a mix of technologies to deliver sub-par services and buying back an aged copper network would result in any problems at all?! Idiots.

And while they’re at it: Why not cut 780k homes from the already planned FTTP rollouts too.

Again… idiots.

Source: NBN will have to raise $26.5b to fund costs of national broadband network