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IDG Contributor Network: Kubernetes becomes more scalable, gets support for hybrid clouds

Earlier this week, Google released version 1.3 of Kubernetes, the open source container orchestration software.

The release brings support for deploying services across “multiple clouds (including on-prem), support for multiple node types, integrated support for stateful services (such as key-value stores and databases), and greatly simplified cluster setup and deployment on your laptop. Now, developers at organizations of all sizes can build production scale apps more easily than ever before,” Aparna Sinha, a product manager at Google, wrote in a blog post announcing the release.

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Twitter app ads now support autoplay video

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App ads are about on Twitter are about to get a bit more lively; brands can now promote their products with video. Previously, companies had to use regular old promoted text or image tweets as their best bet to advertise apps to their audiences. Twitter says video leads to higher user engagement and nearly triple the app installs, given nearly 90 percent of its video views are on mobile devices. WATCH: Bring your app to life with the Video App Card — Twitter Advertising (@TwitterAds) September 24, 2015   Overall, 82 percent users watch video on the platform, so the ads…

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Oculus unveils $99 Gear VR with Netflix, Facebook and Twitch Support

In what is perhaps a long time coming for VR enthusiasts who have expressed faith in Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey’s vision for mainstream consumer hardware, the Facebook-acquired brand is finally putting it all together. Today at the keynote for Oculus Connect 2 in Hollywood, Samsung VP of Mobile Peter Koo announced a $ 99 Gear VR headset that will make use of Oculus technology and be ready in time for holiday shopping. The hardware will be compatible with all of Samsung’s Gear products, including the Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, S6 Edge. Koo said it will be available to ship on Black Friday. The Gear…

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Instagram breaks out of the box with portrait and landscape support for photos and videos


Instagram is making it easier for people to post photos to its service without having to unnecessarily crop and adjust their work. The company announced that it’s adding support for landscape and portrait formats. This applies to both photos andvideos starting today.

That’s right, folks. You no longer have to abide by the square ratio that Instagram has had for years. Although the company says that the iconic square format “has been and always will be part of who we are,” it’s more about the visual story that users want to tell, and sometimes constraining that to a ratio that works for Instagram, probably isn’t sufficient.

So when you choose a photo or a video within Instagram, tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to be portrait or landscape. After you’ve shared the photo, the full-sized version will appear to your followers, but in your profile grid, it’ll be shown as a center-cropped square — Instagram wants to keep the clean feel in some places.

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Filters are also being tweaked: now you just need one set of filters for all types of moments, no matter whether you’re sharing a photo or a video. Instagram says you can also adjust the intensity of the filters for videos.

For a long time, photographers have been using workarounds to share their uncropped photos on Instagram. Tools like Instasize have become popular for helping modify entire photos into the square format so it can be shared on the Facebook-owned photo social network. But slowly, Instagram has started to adapt these features into its service, starting with its collage-enabling app Layout.

Here’s an example of the new possibilities on Instagram, featuring the trailer for the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”:

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