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Instagram might soon hand your location to Facebook

Instagram might soon hand your location to Facebook

Instagram’s co-founders have resigned over their disagreement with how Facebook mishandled of users’ privacy. Now it seems their fears were well founded, if there were still any doubts in people’s minds. Not long after their resignation, there are already leaks pointing to how Facebook might use its now greater controller over Instagram to its benefit. Including handing over Instagram location history for Facebook’s own use.

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Fitbit Charge 3 launch date, price set, Sleep Lab next month

Fitbit Charge 3 launch date, price set, Sleep Lab next month

The wearable market seems to have plateaued a bit, perhaps partly due to most users being satisfied with the trackers they already have. So what can fitness tracker makers do to increase sales? Make consumers realize they will need more. The Fitbit Charge 3 is an example, adding a new sleep tracking feature that won’t exactly guarantee you the most peaceful slumber but could at least help you understand why you’re not getting any.

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Yahoo Together is the new Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo Together is the new Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo still wants your data. Despite having basically proven its inability to protect its own customers, it’s still having a go at getting users to put more and more of their personal lives under its care. After all, it has a new owner, Verizon’s Oath, so maybe a new culture. And most importantly, it has a new chat service. After finally putting Yahoo! Messenger to rest and experimenting with a Yahoo-less Squirrel Chat, the company is now bringing out Yahoo Together. And, no, it doesn’t have an exclamation point in its name this time.

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Windows 10 October 2018 update reportedly deleting users’ files

Windows 10 October 2018 update reportedly deleting users’ files

Computers have become such an integral part of both professional and personal life that people have come to expect that software, especially operating systems, will protect and at least keep their hands off their personal files. Apps and systems files may come and go especially during system updates but users’ personal files are considered sacrosanct. Someone at Microsoft, however, may have forgotten that principle because some users are not claiming that files in their Documents and Pictures folders are disappearing after upgrading to the latest Windows 10 version.

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ASUS ROG Phone coming to the US after all

ASUS ROG Phone coming to the US after all

Some may see it as a quickly passing fad but Razer sees gaming smartphones as a potential cash cow. But that might just be because it remains uncontested in the US, where none of the other gaming phones are available. That may change this month if its potentially biggest threat arrives stateside. That seems to be the implication with ASUS’ invitation for an October event that has ROG Phone written all over it. Figuratively, of course.

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Nokia Android Pie update: when it’ll happen

Nokia Android Pie update: when it’ll happen

HMD Global has just announced the new Nokia 7.1 and with its increasing number of devices, users might be starting to worry that the manufacturer has already forgotten about them. Not quite because right in the middle of its presentation, HMD laid out its timetable for rolling out Android 9 Pie. The good news: the rollout will start sometime this month. The bad news: that only applies to the more recent and slightly more expensive Nokia phones.

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New MacBook Pros rendered inoperative after 3rd party repair

New MacBook Pros rendered inoperative after 3rd party repair

Apple, like many device manufacturers, are dead set against self-repairs or third-party repairs. These companies often cite safety, integrity, and trade secrets as reasons for discouraging those while consumer advocates accuse them of deplorable business strategies. That has never really stopped the third-party repair industry though companies increase their efforts to curb it. The latest from Apple is probably the most radical, making a 2018 MacBook Pro or even an iMac Pro practically useless if it has been repaired by an unauthorized service provider.

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Huawei Mate 20 leak: larger screen, smaller bezel

Huawei Mate 20 leak: larger screen, smaller bezel

Huawei's big reveal is barely two weeks away but that's not stopping the continuous leaks. Most of those, however, have revolved around the more premium Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It isn't Huawei's only late 2018 flagship, of course, and the Huawei Mate 20 might have a bit more screen space to offer. Unfortunately, it seems it won't be offering at least two things that will make its more expensive sibling also more special.

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Xperia XA3, XA3 Ultra, L3: Sony’s upcoming mid-range roster

Xperia XA3, XA3 Ultra, L3: Sony’s upcoming mid-range roster

Sony is perhaps known for its relatively expensive flagships (though it's no longer unique in that regard) but it also has phones on other tiers to satisfy fans with less expendable budgets. We don't have to go far from Sony's Xperia X line to see the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra, the latest entry into the mid-range family. And if that's still too much, there's always the upcoming Xperia L3 for even more budget-constrained Sony fans.

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Nintendo Switch 2 coming next year, features still undecided

Nintendo Switch 2 coming next year, features still undecided

The Switch is arguably one of the biggest things to happen in the gaming industry in recent years. But as it approaches its second year in the market, sales numbers are reportedly starting to plateau and Nintendo is getting a bit worried. Times like this, the most common solution is a Switch version 2. Indeed that might be coming as early as next year but now the problem is figuring out what to put in the next gen handheld console.

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Samsung mid-range phones to get wireless charging too

Samsung mid-range phones to get wireless charging too

Just after launching the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh made a promise that is both puzzling yet also daring. The OEM was going to shift its focus towards bringing new features to mid-range phones first before the higher end flagships. That has already started with the Galaxy A7 (2018) and its triple cameras, with Samsung's first quad camera expected to debut next week. Now it seems Samsung will also be adding an existing feature to its mid-range in the form of wireless charging for Galaxy A and even Galaxy J phones.

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OnePlus 6T official teaser highlights fingerprint on display

OnePlus 6T official teaser highlights fingerprint on display

The OnePlus 6T won't differ substantially from the OnePlus 6 save for a few features, and one of the most important of those is Screen Unlock. That's OnePlus marketing name for what is technically called in-screen fingerprint sensors or fingerprint on display (FOD). OnePlus has made no secret that its upcoming phone, officially confirmed as the OnePlus 6T, will have that feature and the latest teaser video frames it as just the latest in a series of great inventions in human history.

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