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How to upload to Instagram using Mac or PC

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Have you ever edited a photo on your laptop with the intention of posting it on Instagram? But then you had to transfer the photo from laptop to smartphone first. Here’s a tool that will take out the latter step.

It’s called Gramblr, and it lets you upload photos and videos to Instagram directly using a Mac or a PC. You can get it here.
When you click the app after installation, it will open a link on your browser that will look like this:
Gramblr functions mainly as an upload tool, so you can’t use it to browse your feed (you can always do that on IG for web, anyway).
It lets you crop the photo first before uploading. You have aspect ratio choices of 4:3, 1:1, or any. Choose one, crop accordingly, then proceed to upload.
What’s cool is that you can add more than one account:
You can also schedule posts. It follows a 24-hour format; there’s no toggle for a.m. or p.m.
I had trouble uploading videos exceeding 15 seconds, but I think that’s more of a problem with my account than anything else. I had no problems whatsoever uploading a 15-second video.
If you need to delete one of the uploads you made using this tool, simply go to History to see a list of images and/or videos you uploaded. From there, you can delete the upload and it will be taken off Instagram.
To summarize:
PROS:
1) Upload photos and videos using Mac or PC
2) Schedule uploads
3) Ability to switch accounts
4) Delete posts uploaded using this tool and it will be deleted directly from IG
5) It’s FREE ?
CONS:
1) Can’t choose thumbnail for video
2) Videos over 15s might take a while to upload
3) Can’t browse your feed
It’s not a tool you can rely on to run an Instagram account, but it does have helpful features.
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Google introduces encrypted group chats

Using RCS

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It’s easy to send messages from one Apple device to another through iMessage. However, for all the system’s pomp and circumstance, iMessage ignores the entire Android population, leaving an entire swath of the smartphone-using world without accessibility and end-to-end security. For months, Google has tried convincing Apple to switch messaging systems and work together. Now, in a new push to bring equality, Google has launched its own RCS group chatting system with end-to-end encryption.

Rolling out in open beta during the next few weeks, the new system will allow Android users to chat with a group of other Android users. Using RCS technology, messaging is free, secure, and easy to use.

For accessibility, users can send high-quality media, react using emojis, and see any typing in real time. It works much like other messaging services these days. One advantage, however, is that the new feature will come automatically with Google Messages, an app already baked into a lot of Android devices. Users might not need to download another app — and that also plays into security.

Speaking of security, end-to-end encryption will ensure that only the users can see what the conversation is about. Neither the user’s network nor Google itself can snoop in and gather data.

Unfortunately, the system does have a massive caveat: It won’t work between Android to Apple conversations. Because Apple uses a different system, it’s currently impossible for cross-platform conversations to have the same level of security and convenience.

In the feature’s announcement, Google even calls Apple’s texting “stuck in the 1990s,” renewing its call to get Apple to convert. The company then names several global companies who have already switched to RCS messaging, including Globe.

SEE ALSO: Google is bringing its VPN to PC and Mac

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Netflix might ask more users to watch films before they premiere

An exclusive group

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Watching a movie before it comes out thrusts viewers into an exclusive sweet spot beyond normal moviegoers. Not everyone gets into this club, though. Usually, the privilege of an advanced screening goes to people involved in the moviemaking industry. However, with the current zeitgeist revolving around streaming services like Netflix, it’s easier to catch a movie before anyone else can.

Offering more users a chance to enter this club, Netflix is expanding its pool of preview viewers starting next year. First reported by Wall Street Journal, the platform will reportedly include tens of thousands of viewers — a gigantic climb from its current base of around 2,000 users.

Members of this group will have access to unreleased movies and series over a period of six months. After which, users will answer surveys to help Netflix determine which movies are worth seeing or skipping. It works like a focus group but automated by Netflix’s system.

If the program does expand next year, the company has not confirmed how it will do so or who is eligible to join. If anything, they have been asking subscribers their interest in taking part in the program.

Focus groups and advanced screenings are a common part of Netflix’s content cycle. Besides asking users for feedback before releasing content, the platform also releases content in other formats prior to a streaming launch. For example, the upcoming sequel to Knives Out, Glass Onion, premiered in select theaters for a week before its streaming release on December 23.

SEE ALSO: IN PHOTOS: Dubbing with Netflix, HIT Productions

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Pre-booked parking now possible with Dibz app

Call dibs on your parking space

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Dibz

Ever encountered a situation where you saw a vacant parking slot while scouring the parking area of a mall or any other establishment – only to find out that someone is standing on the actual slot to “reserve” it?

It has got to be one of the most frustrating moments for any vehicle owner. Fortunately, an app to address parking concerns has finally been born: Dibz.

MPT Mobility’s Dibz pre-booked parking is a secure and convenient app which allows drivers to search, pre-book, and pay in advance for a smooth and hassle-free parking experience.

Dibz guarantees parking space close to one’s destination, and offers reward points for users.

A detailed history of a customer’s bookings will also be made accessible – which comes in handy for reimbursements or simply tracking expenses.

Initially launched in Makati City, the service is now available in Dela Rosa Car Park 1 and 2 and Valero Car Park.

Dibz is downloadable on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

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