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Sometimes our App of the Week is about finding the newest apps or ones you've never heard of.  This week, even if you don't have a smart phone, chances are good you have heard about Instagram.  But maybe not it's newest feature.

With more than 130 million users Instagram is one of the most popular apps out there.

It started as a social network for photos, snap a pic, customize it with cool filter effects and share it with the world.

The biggest change to Instagram in the last month, and the reason we wanted to test it out, the new video feature.

Rolled out in June as a response to Twitter's "Vine" video service, Instagram users can shoot up to 15 seconds of video, add filters just like with photos, and like with photos, share it with the world.

It seems even the movie industry is taking to Instagram video.  The Ashton Kutcher - led Steve Jobs biopic, titled "Jobs," was the first to roll out a movie trailer using the tool.  Some comedians have even started using it to make movies.

If you follow this stuff you may have heard there were some issues when the service first went online.  Fact is they may have rolled it out a little too fast. 

But to it's credit Instagram offered updates and have cleared up most if not all of the problems.

Overall I give it a two thumbs up.  It's a great addition to what was already one of my favorite apps.

If you are still having trouble make sure you're using the most current version of Instagram "4.0.2".

You can also check out this troubleshooting guide from my friend, fellow TV Newser, and tech expert Josh Benson.

To download Instagram and check it our for yourself click here.

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