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How to get to your Camera Roll fast in Instagram

If you want to share a photo you’ve already shot on Instagram, you can long press on the camera button to go straight to your Camera Roll.

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Tumblr now lets you pin posts

Drop $5 and you can pin a post to the top of your followers’s dashboards. This is in addition to the Highlight option they added a while ago, which lets you attach a colored banner, icon, and message next to your post.

Google+ Events can be Hangouts or on air

Google+ just gained an Events feature, allowing you to schedule an event with an optional location and invite specific people or Circles.

Under Event Options > Advanced, though, you can specify that the upcoming event will be a Hangout or an event on air.

ThisLife photo service has a great tutorial for first-time users

On your first run through ThisLife, a new photo hosting and sharing service that can collect your photos from a bunch of different services, you’ll get a clear, straightforward tutorial that does a great job at covering the key features for getting started.

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Apple’s new Podcasts app lets you download or subscribe, goes old school skeuomorphic

Apple just released its standalone, simply titled Podcasts and there are plenty of interesting features and unique polish. For starters, it’s very easy and obvious to subscribe to a show for automatic episode delivery or stick to downloading individual episodes. And if you’re feeling nostalgic, Podcasts displays an old-school, animated tape-to-tape reel on the Now Playing screen.

Boom [sponsor]

Thanks to the smashing folks at Global Delight for sponsoring Finer Things in Mac and DavidChartier.com this week with Boom, their Mac utility for boosting and enhancing your audio. Fun fact: Boom is so good at its job that it won a Best of Macworld 2011 award last year. Buy Boom through Global Delight’s site using coupon code FINERTHINGS, and you’ll get nearly 30 percent off the regular price of $6.99.