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Facebook just doubled the resolution of photos in Facebook Messenger

Photo messaging has been around for a long time, but as smartphone cameras get better and better, this form of ‘visual communication’ is only becoming more common. That’s why, earlier today, Facebook announced a major update to Facebook Messenger that doubles the resolution of the photos you send from 2K to 4K—or, more specifically, to a max of 4096 x 4096 pixels.

“We heard that people want to send and receive high resolution photos in Messenger,” reads the release from Facebook, “and considering people send more than 17 billion photos through Messenger every month, we’re making your conversations richer, sharper, and better than ever.”

And just in case you’re wondering: this resolution bump should not affect speed. According to Facebook, “your photos will also be sent just as quickly before, even at this new, higher resolution.”

Here are a few before and after samples that show what doubling the resolution from the previous 2K looks like IRL.

*The images on the left were reproduced to reflect the previous default resolution at 2K. The images on the right reflect the new default resolution at 4K

To take advantage of the new feature yourself, update your FB Messenger app to the latest version and every photo you send should automatically send at up to 4096 x 4096 pixels.

For now, the feature is limited to iPhone and Android users in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. Additional countries will be added in the ‘coming weeks.’

Press Release

Making Visual Messaging Even Better – Introducing High Resolution Photos in Messenger

By Sean Kelly & Hagen Green, Product Managers, Messenger

The way people message today is no longer limited by just text; visual messaging as our new universal language is much more emotional and expressive. Whether you’re catching → continue…

From:: DPreview

10 Great Cult Movies That Are Never on Movie Lists

By Velimir Grgic

There are cult movies and there are cult movies. Some of them are more and some of them are less known, but they all have something in common: they don’t particularly care about the rules and regulations of mainstream cinema, and they stand out in movie history as either brave or just plain mad.

Dig deeper and you will always find… something. The 10 titles in our first part of the exploration of cult/exploitation/grindhouse are definitely more than something – something for every fan of “different cinema.” Sometimes fresh, sometimes trash, but always fun, interesting, disturbing and absolutely engaging. The way movies should be.

1. Ninja Terminator (1985)

Ninja Terminator (1985)

Richard Harrison is – the moustached ninja!

Although he looks like he failed casting for a whiskey commercial, Harrison was a different type of “American Ninja” – older, extremely busy (five to 10 movies a year), and not so swoony as Michael Dudikoff, although both movies – “Ninja Terminator” and “American Ninja” – came out in the same year, 1985, THE year for most memorable B-action titles.

“Ninja Terminator” is a diamond in the mine called “80’s action cinema,” a chaotic martial arts “epic” directed by one and only Godfrey Ho, a guy who bore the nickname the “Ed Wood of Hong Kong,” so you can roughly imagine how his filmography looks.

It’s probably not how he would called or branded himself, but Ho actually used around 40 different pseudonyms for directing and he also used this many sources for editing, as he often combined several of his own films with other obscure and unreleased Asian titles to make a collages of pure nonsensical but nonstop fun. This ride is no different as “Ninja Terminator” is really, really, reeeaaaaally fun. And funny.

It’s a story about a supernatural ninja sculpture that → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema