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Instagram now lets you save your live videos to your phone

Engadget

There's a new "save" button in the top right corner of the screen after you finish a live session. Instagram explains that you can only take the video with you without any of the likes, comments or other interactions. As you might expect, the file is saved to your camera roll for easy access. Facebook Live already allows users to save videos for later, so it's not really a surprise that Instagram would add the ability to do the same. The company says the save function is now available inside both the Android and iOS versions of the photo app so you shouldn't have to wait to use it.


This just might be the greatest Musical.ly video of all time

Mashable

It takes a special kind of teen to make a Musical.ly The popular app, which allows users to create short videos to music or specific audio, is a hub of creative clips that mostly stick to the platform they were created on. But user @IsaiahXavier10 has a video that blows all other attempts out of the water, and as a result, has created one of the most original viral Musical.ly SEE ALSO: Musical.ly has a new video chat app, but you can't use it yet It's hard to even figure out what he's doing and how, but it's enough to keep thousands on Twitter and Instagram mesmerized. The video, which shows him singing along to "Addicted to My Ex" by M-City J.R., has been shared widely on social media and is continuing to rack up the views and accolades.


2016's most viewed YouTube videos might surprise you

Mashable

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But, 2016 is finally drawing to a close. As we reflect on the events that have defined the year, YouTube has revealed which trending videos dominated 2016 -- be they viral challenges, adverts or music videos. And -- needless to say -- there are a few surprising contenders. Unsurprisingly, Adele's hilarious stint on Carpool Karaoke topped the list of the UK's most viewed YouTube videos, followed by a diverse array of videos that have tickled the UK's fancy this year.


Instagram TV is pulling us ever closer to a future full of tall videos

Popular Science

If you have ever tried to view a movie on your phone in vertical orientation, you know it looks kind of ridiculous--it's a small band of an image, which makes the rise of vertical video on smartphones seem like an obvious evolution. One crucial piece of the in-app viewing puzzle is leaving room for the app's interface on the videos. The original Instagram videos remained square like the photos, but even the full-screen vertical video clearly leaves room for things like related videos and in-app buttons. In 2015, Snap pushed hard on its initiative for original vertical content and a wide variety of well-known media brands adopted--or at least attempted--to use the full potential of the skinny screen. Carmine explains that shooting vertically is extremely difficult for a typical cinematic shoot, in which filmmakers typically set up a pair of shots on a single scene.


TikTok is trying to stop a suicide video from spreading

Engadget

Since Sunday evening, TikTok has been trying to stop the spread of a graphic video showing a man committing suicide with a gun (via The Verge). The clip opens with an image of a grey-bearded man sitting in front of his desk. The seemingly innocuous nature of the video's start and its appearance in TikTok's For You feed, which automatically surfaces content based on a person's interests, has led to people accidentally exposing themselves to the clip. TikTok has tried to stop the video from circulating by banning the accounts of people who try to re-upload it multiple times. "Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide," a spokesperson for the company said.