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Update allows you to import videos to Instagram

It’s finally here, perhaps the most requested update for Instagram. Now users of the app can import videos to Instagram. Both iPhone and Android users will be able to import, trim, filter and post their greatest archived videos into 15 seconds of fame. Instagram posted the update (version 4.1) on Wednesday and in doing so, take a major leap on Vine with the new import option. Many users...

Years of interruptible foldback

If you watch any amount of television news, chances are you’ve seen a news anchor or reporter put their finger up to the side of their ear as if they’re trying to hear something. That’s what’s happening. A tiny earpiece with a long cord attached is how producers, directors, camera operators, live truck operators and anyone else with control of a live situation in...

GeekLift: Save Instagram photos without posting, iPhone screen grabs & AT&T selling data opt-out

Good Thursday to you all. Today’s GeekLift centers around the iPhone (forgive me) and has a nod to privacy if you’re an AT&T customer. If you’re an Instagram user, maybe you’ve always wondered how to save a photo after you’ve applied a filter WITHOUT posting it for the world to see.  Also, have you ever seen something on your iPhone screen and wish you could take...

Lav microphone for iPhone could help TV news stations

If you work in television news, you know all about budget cuts. Actually, if you work in any industry, you may have noticed the effects of slimmer budgets at some point. In TV News, there are certain things that crews go ‘without’ when times are tough and the belt is tightened. Vending machines, reporter notebooks, Sharpies, free company Polo shirts…the list is long. Some things...

GeekLift: DirecTV box lagging, carrier settings update, make fireworks in iTunes

It may be the 4th of July, but that doesn’t mean your tech problems go away. Happy Independence Day, first and foremost. We should all be thankful for our freedoms and to those who fought for them. Today’s GeekLift includes fixing a lagging DirecTV box and slow-scrolling channel guides. I’ll also help you understnad what ‘your carrier settings have been updated’...

10 funny patent ideas for ridiculous inventions

Apple recently filed for a trademark for “iWatch” in Japan. Despite the fact that Apple already offers consumers the Nano watch option, they look like they’re interested in designing a full, smart-watch from the ground up. Reports signal that the iWatch could be released by the end of 2014. With all the patent talk, I thought it would be fun to look back at some funny patent...

Suits, custom-suits and custom, laser-cut suits?

I’ve always been a fan of a really good suit. I can’t say I’ve owned anywhere near the best kind of suit a guy can buy, but I’m happy with some I currently own. The best kind of suit in my opinion is custom-made.  But for me, it’s hard to find suits that fit without a lot of work thanks to my long arms and torso.  It took me several years of discounted Hugo Boss...

GeekLift: Instagram video problems, tackling tasks and screen zoom

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or two and a half years, Instagram has allowed users to channel their inner Ansel Adams to snap, filter and post beautiful pictures whether it’s a crisp, complex black-and-white landscape or a simple, self-absorbed ‘selfie‘. Whatever your flavor, Instagram has changed the way people tell their stories online by displaying beautiful images in a stream for most...

GeekLift: Digitize your signature, edit PDFs, and speed up your cell phone practices

Welcome to Thursday! You’ve almost made it to the weekend. In today’s installment of the GeekLift, I’m going to try to wean you off that old fax machine. Yes, they still come in handy from time to time, but they’re really not necessary. I’ll teach you a two-fer: digitize your signature and use it with PDFs so you can dump that fax. I also have some quick nuances to...

Make Google Maps default in iPhone

I had a buddy text me the other night wondering if there was a way to make Google Maps default in iPhone. If you’ve used Apple Maps for any stretch of time, you’ve probably been misguided at some point. It’s happened to me several times. Apple Maps tried to send through a brick wall….literally. Yes, Apple Maps is pretty. But I need it to work and get me where I need to go...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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