Everything you need to know about using Instagram’s archive feature

Use Instagram's Archive feature to hide posts for a while.
Use Instagram’s Archive feature to hide posts for a while.

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Instagram released its Archive feature in June, but you might not know what it’s for or how to use it. 

Archive lets you hide photos and videos from your profile without completely deleting them. That way, you can bring them back later if you want to do so. 

Instagram phrases it as giving you the flexibility to represent how you evolve over time, but Archive is really just a way to hide embarrassing selfies or videos that didn’t get enough likes. Because we’ve all seen the classic “felt cute, might delete later” post. 

Here’s everything you need to know about actually using Archive.

Archiving a photo is pretty simple. Just click on the post you want to archive. Go to the “…” menu in the upper righthand corner of the photo. 

Go to the "..." menu to Archive a photo.

Go to the “…” menu to Archive a photo.

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When you’re in the menu, one of the options will be “Archive.” Choose this to hide the selected post from your feed. 

Choose "Archive" in the menu.

Choose “Archive” in the menu.

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Clicking “Archive” will send your selected posts into the Archive folder that isn’t shown on your profile. You’re the only one that can see anything living in this folder. 

But don’t worry, your archived photos and videos are super easy to find. Hit the little clock icon that sits in the upper righthand corner of your profile and all of your Archived photos will appear there.

You archived posts have their own folder that only you can see.

You archived posts have their own folder that only you can see.

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If you feel like bringing those posts back to your profile at any point, there’s a way to do it. Click on the photo you want to repost in the Archive folder. Once again, hit the “…” menu above the photo. This time you’ll want to choose “Show on Profile.”

And just like that, your post is back to the chronological place in your profile! Archiving a photo won’t take away any of the likes of comments it originally garnered, so it’ll look as good as new if you choose to put it back on your feed. 

There you have it. Archiving on Instagram sounds a little complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. So, if you’re feeling a little self-conscious about that selfie you posted earlier, take two seconds to hide it for a while if that’s the best move. 

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Amazon encourages ‘influencers’ to shill even in our post-Fyre Fest world

Influencers don’t always know what’s best. 

On Instagram, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, and other models once encouraged people to attend Fyre Festival. Yeah, we’re talking about the music event that ended up featuring no music and landing itself seven fraud and class action lawsuits

Even with high-profile scams like that one, this type of influencer marketing is on the rise. Now, Amazon is taking a bigger bite into the industry. The e-commerce giant announced this week influencers on Twitch can earn commissions on products sold via their livestreams. Earlier this year, Amazon introduced a similar program for YouTube influencers. 

For Amazon, these types of partnerships mean more revenue opportunities as they compete against the digital ad duopoly between Google and Facebook and simultaneously bolster their e-commerce business. For the influencers on Twitch — which Amazon owns — and on YouTube, the programs help them earn more money, rather than just a percentage of in-stream ads, commissions from gigs or games, or sales of their own merchandise. 

“Feels like a win-win to me,” said Jack Appleby, senior director of creative strategy for marketing agency Laundry Service. “It gives streamers and eSports athletes another very-needed revenue stream, and it gives Amazon some of the most effective, influential salespeople around.”

The program will allow Twitch streamers to feature their favorite products in a section of their page. The broadcaster receives a commission of up to 10 percent of each sale, Bloomberg reported. YouTube influencers receive a vanity URL, where they can direct viewers to their hand-selected products. 

In addition to revenue gains, Amazon and participating influencers also could receive valuable data on purchase habits, Appleby noted. Amazon can compare the revenue gains of big-name influencers versus ones with smaller followings. 

So far, the program is fairly small. Commissions are available to 22,000 Twitch partners, those streamers who also receive a share of subscription and ad revenue of the streaming platform. About 100,000 more Twitch “affiliates,” those who are working their way up to being partners can also be a part of the Amazon product program. Amazon declined to disclose how many YouTube partners it has, TechCrunch reported. The program is still designated as in beta. Amazon also plans to extend the program to influencers on other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, according to TechCrunch

It’s still early days to really understand if influencer marketing is as great as some advertisers make it out to be. But regardless of how it may compare to TV advertisements, brands are projected to spend more than $1 billion on influencer marketing on Instagram alone this year, according to a study by Mediakix

Yet, the industry remains riddled with scams. There’s events like Fyre Festival, and then there’s the fact that many influencers do not disclose their sponsorships. The Federal Trade Commission regulates the industry and requires that people disclose any sponsorships on social platforms like Twitch and YouTube. 

Still, we can expect some questionable practices ahead as Amazon expands its programs.

“Obviously some kids will try to schlep every product under the sun, but the market will self-correct quickly. They’ll see short-term cash increase, then annoy their audience. I’m all for this program,” Appleby said. 

UPDATED: Sept. 3, 2017, 4:10 p.m. EDT with a new header image. An earlier version of this story included a photo of Michael Jones, from Achievement Hunter. Since Amazon hasn’t disclosed a full list of partners, we removed the image of Mr. Jones to avoid creating the impression that he’s a part of this program when he hasn’t said so himself.

CORRECTION: Sept. 3, 2017, 7:04 p.m. EDT This story was updated to include that Twitch affiliates are eligible for the program.

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New programs grease eBay Motors online car and truck sales

Why it matters to you

eBay Motors adds services to help you feel confident buying or selling vehicles on the marketplace.

Online buying and selling of light vehicles continues to increase, and eBay Motors, a subsection of the original online marketplace, keeps moving the puck down the ice as it adds services to simplify transactions and inspire buyer and seller confidence. In August 2017, eBay Motors launched online repair manual rentals for vehicles, parts, and accessories.

Recent figures of eBay Motors online car and truck sales list the numbers and types of vehicles shipped, as well as the most popular models and international destinations. The marketplace claims to ship approximately 20,000 vehicles across state lines each month.

The top five states where buyers import vehicles purchased from sellers in other states are, in order of import quantity: California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The most popular vehicles purchased from out of state in the same five states are the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Corvettes, Mercedes E-Class, BMW 3-Series, and Toyota Camry.

The same five states lead the pack in interstate sales, but the order is slightly different, with New York and Pennsylvania switching places. Three of the same car models are also on the top export list for those states including the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Corvette, and BMW 3-Series. The Mercedes SL-Class and Toyota Prius join the top five exported models.

Not limited to sales only in this country, eBay motors U.S. sellers export sold vehicles most often to Germany, the U,K., Canada, Netherlands, and France. For international vehicle transactions, both imports and exports are led by four Ford models: the F-Series, Mustang, Explorer, and Thunderbird.

eBay Motors now has three programs to assure vehicle buyers and sellers. The Vehicle Purchase Protection Program protects buyers from fraud such as nondelivery of the vehicle, undisclosed vehicle defects, and undisclosed problems with titles. WeGoLook is a remote pre-purchase vehicle inspection program. The Assurant Protection Program covers buyers for vehicle breakdown or failure.

eBay Motors online repair manuals are purchased for 14 days, 90 days, or a full year. The marketplace sells three vehicle parts or accessories every second so the manuals come in handy, according to Todd Madeiros, eBay Motor’s Vice President of Parts and Accessories.

“With Online Repair Manuals, we are taking the shopping experience one step further for our buyers by providing them with the parts and resources – including expert instructions – that can help shoppers make their rides an extension of their unique individuality and meet their needs,” Madeiros said.

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Self-healing gear bags and 3D-printed jewelry

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there – alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. That said, keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

Wooden Word Watch — Alphabetical timepiece

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Ever seen that sweet typographical clock that spells out the time in full words instead of numbers? The Qlocktwo, as it’s called, hit the scene a few years ago and has since gone on to win numerous awards for its innovative and visually appealing design. A couple years after its big debut, the company behind the clock released a smaller, more wrist-friendly version called the Qlocktwo W. It’s basically a watch with the same typographic clock face, just miniaturized a bit. The only problem, however, is that both the original and wrist-borne iterations of the Qlocktwo are outrageously expensive.

But don’t fret — there’s a fresh new project up on Kickstarter for a wristwatch that boasts a very similar design — but for a tiny fraction of the price. The blandly-named Wooden Word Watch is exactly what it sounds like: a wooden watch that bears a striking resemblance to the Qlocktwo clock, and displays time typographically instead of numerically. The best part, however, is that you can reserve one now on Kickstarter for just $219 — nearly a quarter of the price of the Qlocktwo W. If you’re a fan of good design or a watch collector looking to add a unique piece to your collection, this thing should definitely be on your radar.

Wolverine Pack – Self-healing utility bag

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High-performance textiles have come a long way in the past couple decades, and now gear manufacturers have a veritable boatload of different materials to choose from when designing stuff. There’s super lightweight stuff like cuben fiber, waterproof stuff like GoreTex, and even super durable slash-proof fabric like Dyneema. But the material the Wolverine Pack is made from makes the aforementioned textiles seem like they’re from the Stone Age. This compressible utility pack is made from something called FuseFabric — a new material that allegedly has self-healing abilities.

In the unfortunate event that your Wolverine Pack should get punctured, all you need to do is pinch the fabric around the hole and rub it between your fingers. Due to the material’s unique construction, this slight bit of friction and heat will cause the fibers to bond with each other and fuse together again — thereby filling the puncture. We haven’t seen this stuff in person yet, so we’re still a bit wary about how effective it is — but there’s a pretty convincing video in the “prototyping” section of the campaign. Check it out and see for yourself!

FlexSafe — flexible, portable lockbox

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Lock boxes come in just about every shape, size, and configuration these days. There are ones you can unlock with your fingerprint, ones that link to your smartphone, and even ones that call the cops if tampered with. Despite all this diversity and technological sophistication, however, most lockboxes suffer from the same drawback: they’re heavy as hell. Because safes by definition should be hardy and tough to break into, the vast majority of them are made out of metal, which is inherently rigid, heavy, and inconvenient to carry along with you. But what if there was a lightweight, flexible option that still offered the same level of protection against thieves?

That’s precisely the idea behind FlexSafe. It’s totally unlike any lockbox you’ve ever seen. Instead of layered steel, this badboy is made from a variety of special textiles that make it slash proof, smash-proof, and otherwise impervious to thieves. On top of that, the bag’s unique locking mechanism allows you to attach it to just about anything — be it a bike frame, a telephone pole, or even your deck chair at the pool. FlexSafe also boasts a variety of high-tech features as well, including an RFID-blocking interior, a motion-triggered alarm, and an optional power bank that recharges in the sun.

Tofu — Universal travel adapter/charger

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If you ever plan to visit different countries in a single trip, bringing along a universal travel adapter is crucial. Depending on where you land, the outlets are likely to be completely different than what you’re used to — which means you’ll need an adapter to juice up your electronics. Luckily, there are tons of universal travel adapters on the market right now. You can pick one up for under $20 on Amazon right now — but the thing is, most of them aren’t so great. The vast majority of adapters you’ll find aren’t equipped with fuses, and virtually all of them are bulky and inconvenient for travel. Tofu is an attempt to change that.

Unlike most universal travel adapters, this one is designed to be slim, sleek, and travel friendly. On top of that, it’s also equipped with a fuseless design. Generally speaking, fuses are a good thing — as they prevent power surges from frying your devices. But they also have to  be replaced after they burn up — which is inconvenient when you’re traveling around a foreign country and don’t know where to find a replacement. To avoid this, Tofu employs a fuseless system that’s allegedly still capable of protecting your laptop from unexpected power surges.

Bezel — 3D printed jewelry

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Ever wished you could design custom jewelry the same way you design a custom t-shirt? Well if Chicago-based upstart Bezel succeeds with its freshly-launched Kickstarter campaign, you might soon be able to. In an effort to disrupt the jewelry industry, Bezel has developed an innovative platform that allows you to design, scale, and print jewelry from your smartphone or tablet. And we’re not talking about cheap plastic either. Thanks to recent advances in 3D printing technology, anything you design on Bezel can be printed in real, jewelry-grade metal.

What’s more, that’s not even the coolest part. Once you’ve uploaded your design, you can actually use the app to “wear” your creation virtually to see how it looks on you. The real innovation, however, is in Bezel’s sizing process. The app uses your smartphone’s camera (and a bundle of highly-sophisticated algorithms) to calculate the circumference of your fingers and determine your ring size. Believe it or not, Bezel’s software is so precise that it can approximate ring circumference for every digit on your hand, with millimeter accuracy. All that information is stored in the cloud and can be applied to any future designs you upload.

Nokia 8 hands-on review

In the nine months of HMD Global’s existence, it has released nine smartphones under the Nokia brand name. Fans waiting for a Nokia flagship phone, however, have been disappointed — until now. This is the Nokia 8: a high-spec, camera-centric Android smartphone that should do the much-loved brand name proud. In our Nokia 8 hands-on review, we explain why.

HMD Global is the driving force behind new Nokia, as it has struck a licensing agreement to use the iconic brand name for its smartphones. But its success comes from some well-chosen and carefully cultivated partnerships with companies such as Google, Qualcomm, and now Zeiss.

Nokia’s name has always been synonymous with camera phones, with Zeiss often providing the lenses. Now the two are working together again. While this is great news, as Zeiss optics are highly respected, it’s not the main reason to be excited about the Nokia 8’s camera.

No, you need to be excited about the Bothie. It’s a bit of a buzzword name, but don’t let that detract from its promise. This is a camera feature that has been well thought out, pushing the hardware to the max, and we think it could inspire plenty of creativity among video creators.

Bothie refers to the Nokia 8’s ability to take a picture with both the front and the rear camera at the same time, and display the results next to each other in a single image. Both images are taken at 13 megapixels, and both have autofocus, so the quality is the same for each.

Fans waiting for a Nokia flagship phone have been disappointed — until now.

Questioning who would use this? You’re not alone. HMD Global’s product marketing lead Katerina Karellas, who spent the last eight months perfecting the feature, told Digital Trends there was some resistance to the concept at first. But once the team was on board, they went all-out to get it exactly right.

This actually resulted in the phone’s development taking longer than planned, so the Bothie feature operated at its best. The two cameras caused overheating issues at first, but with Qualcomm’s help and the addition of a copper cooling pipe inside the phone’s body, this problem was ultimately solved.

 We like the Bothie. It will appeal to anyone who loves live streaming, reaction videos, and selfies. It’s two photos in one, and can combine a reaction to an event or surroundings. This is the essence of the selfie. How many are of people smiling in front of a landmark, for example? It’s great to see a fun twist on an old classic.

Nokia 8 hands on review

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The Nokia 8’s two rear lenses shoot in color and monochrome, and by default, combine the two for a higher quality image. The camera interface is very simple, illustrated with icons that make functionality immediately obvious.

You need to be excited about the Bothie.

Best of all, there are built-in Facebook Live and YouTube Live functions in the camera app. Going “live” is only a few taps away, and broadcasting in Bothie mode is simple. Bothie is ideal for live broadcasts, negating the need for switching between cameras at different intervals.

We took sample Bothies, and some pictures in color, monochrome, and dual-lens mode with the Nokia 8. The results were great, especially in monochrome, which remains a favorite camera feature of ours. Nokia’s camera interface makes everything easy. This continues through the operating system, where only small changes have been made to pure Android 7.1.1 by Nokia, all with Google’s assistance.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll covet the polished copper version seen in some of our pictures. It’s beautiful in real life, with an eye-catching gleam and a high-gloss finish. In-hand comfort is also supreme, with perfectly rounded side panels blending into the 2.5D curved glass over the 5.3-inch screen. Although the screen isn’t large, the phone itself feels quite sizeable, mainly because we’ve become more used to bezel-less designs from Samsung and LG.

Nokia 8 hands on review

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Beyond the bells and whistles, we were pleased to see that the flagship specifications are all there to match the Nokia 8’s competitors. The 5.3-inch screen has a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution; the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835; there’s 4GB of RAM; and 64GB of base internal storage (plus a MicroSD card slot if you need more space). You’ll find improved range with Bluetooth 5, Gorilla Glass 5 screen protection, and a 3,090mAh battery keeping it all alive.

It’s beautiful in real life, with an eye-catching gleam, and a high-gloss finish.

Bothies aren’t going to be for everyone. There’s no doubt such a function will appeal to a particular type of person, but as live streaming becomes more mainstream, more people will look for ways to have fun with friends and show off their exploits. The Bothie has arrived on the cusp of that movement, and Nokia’s implementation of the dual-image is slick enough for it to really capitalize on it.

Nokia 8 Compared To

Outside of the Bothie, the Nokia 8 doesn’t shout about its speed, ability, classy style, or simplicity of use; but don’t take that to mean it’s not extremely capable. In our short time with the phone, it impressed us. However, if the Bothie isn’t for you, then you may find the phone a little too shy-and-retiring, due to the unwillingness to shout about how good it is.