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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 13, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 13, 2012

Happy Friday, everyone! It's the end of another week. Have you all taken care of your taxes, or will you be waiting until 11:59 PM on Sunday? the last minute? If that's got you stressed out, here's some tech news to take your mind off things. Starting off with - Samsung confirms Windows Phone 8 for October and Samsung leaks Espresso tablet line. Oh, and if you were wondering how much that Facebook acquisition is already impacting Instagram, the site now has 40 million users.

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Facebook’s next app grab is TagTile

Facebook’s next app grab is TagTile

The cash Facebook has on hand isn't nearly ready to run out, this evidenced by the purchase this week of TagTile, a startup dedicated to making mobile payments as easy as possible. This company's purchase comes amid Facebook changing the mobile landscape by picking up Instagram for a whopping 1 billion dollars. Neither Facebook nor TagTile have yet announced the purchase price for the latter company as yet, but in that Facebook today launched their coupon program called Facebook Offers just this morning, we're guessing it wasn't a cheap pick-up (if TagTile was smart, that is.)

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Hands on with Viddy: Instagram for Videos

Hands on with Viddy: Instagram for Videos

The developers at Viddy Inc have had no qualms about riding the coattails of Instagram as the latter company shot to stardom over the past few weeks - and with an interface nearly identical and videos instead of photos to boot, why shouldn't they? Made by a completely separate set of developers than the folks who brought you Instagram, this app has been described many times in it short history as "Instagram for Videos." Imagine our surprise then when we had a peek at it and it actually was!

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 11, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 11, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It's April 11 and it's time to take a look at the stories that made heads turn in the world of tech today. Or, at least, the stories that made eyes roll, like this - Verizon upgrade fee last to the party. Yep, now on all carriers you'll have to pay more to get the newest technology. Speaking of new technologies, LG Google TV 2.0 takes on future Apple TV this week. And in other Google news, Google+ refresh triggers social fury.

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Four alternatives to Instagram

Four alternatives to Instagram

As Instagram gains some intense success after it's been released to Android, gets a bump for iPhone, and is purchased by Facebook for a billion dollars, you might find yourself looking for alternative apps that do essentially the same thing. We just happen to have three alternative apps ready for you to peek at right here - each of them more high quality and powerful than the last! Will you be able to pull yourself away from the simplicity and coolness of Instagram long enough to switch?

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Instagram may be first in a line of Facebook purchases

Instagram may be first in a line of Facebook purchases

After making a blockbuster purchase of the number one and rising app hit Instagram this month for a whopping one billion dollars, Facebook board members are now being asked what the company plans on picking up next. Facebook is currently working with at least $4 billion MORE in cash right this minute as SF Gate reminds us, with a couple more billion on the way thanks to their $5 billion IPO announced months ago. Will Facebook start picking up 3rd party apps and services left and right now that they've perhaps opened the flood gates with Instagram?

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Instagram gets HTC One X support with Tegra 3 tweak

Instagram gets HTC One X support with Tegra 3 tweak

Instagram has updated its Android app to support the HTC One X, as well as making GPS tagging of photos on all devices more accurate. Released less than a week ago - but already notching up over 5m downloads - Instagram for Android has already seen several minor tweaks, but v1.0.4 addresses the biggest complaint among users: that high-profile new phones like the One X weren't supported thanks to a reported glitch with the Tegra 3 chipset.

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Three easy ways to save your Instagram photos to desktop

Three easy ways to save your Instagram photos to desktop

Those of you using Instagram for the first time in these recent weeks when it's just come to Android may well be wondering how you can easily access and save your content to your desktop - as it turns out, there's three apps for that. Though the recent purchase of Instagram by Facebook may bring more desktop-related features in the future, for the moment we're stuck moving photos one by one if we want to save them offline or off-phone. Three projects with inspired names have filled that hole with their own solution: Copygram, InstaBackup, and Instaport.

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