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Instagram for Android now works offline, iOS may be next

Instagram for Android now works offline, iOS may be next

Instagram is introducing offline features in its Android app that will enable users to in some way utilize the service without an Internet connection. The same features may make their way to the iOS version eventually, but that rollout hasn't taken place yet. The move appears to be a new way to cater to users in developing countries where mobile Internet access is limited and where users may want to download content while on a WiFi hotspot before venturing out beyond it.

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Ming-Chi Kuo chimes in on Galaxy S8 sales, Galaxy Note 8 features

Ming-Chi Kuo chimes in on Galaxy S8 sales, Galaxy Note 8 features

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is best known for his insights on Apple's devices, particularly iPhones, that hit the mark most of the time. So when he does make the rare Android forecast, it's probably a good thing to listen. With the Galaxy S8 already well into its first week in the market, Kuo is making some predictions on the Galaxy Note 8's features. Particularly, its dual cameras. At the same time, he is revising KGI's expectations for the Galaxy S8 because of its "better than expected" reception.

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Cabana video watch and chat is Tumblr’s attempt to remain relevant

Cabana video watch and chat is Tumblr’s attempt to remain relevant

Yahoo, once a giant and a darling of the Internet, has a reverse Midas touch these days. Anything it touches seem to be in danger of dying, one way or another. And, yes, that includes Yahoo itself. Although Tumblr still has a massive following, it has recently fallen out of favor among netizens and has even gained a questionable reputation. In order to adapt to the the latest trends, most of which revolve around video chats and live streaming, Tumblr has launched Cabana, which, in a nutshell, lets you watch a video with friends while also having a video chat with them.

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Moto Z video ad is beyond weird

Moto Z video ad is beyond weird

We're no stranger to smartphone ads. Some are joyfully entertaining, while some are woefully abhorrent. Some, however, defy description. Like this latest ad to come from the creative minds at Motorola and Lenovo. It is, at the end of the day, an advertisement for the Moto Mods system that takes a not so subtle shot at Apple. But, as some would say, delivery is key, and in this case, you'll completely forget about the message because of the out of this world delivery.

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Sharp AQUOS R comes with high-end specs, rotating dock

Sharp AQUOS R comes with high-end specs, rotating dock

While we're looking to either Sony or OnePlus to bring the next smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, we might have overlooked one potential candidate. Granted, Sharp isn't exactly a common name in the smartphone market outside of Japan. So when it comes out with something like the AQUOS R, it's hard not to take notice. While not as glamorous as an LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8, the Sharp AQUOS R still packs top-tier hardware and throws in its own AI-assistant and a rather strange charging dock to go along with it.

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Galaxy S8+ iFixit teardown could reignite battery fears

Galaxy S8+ iFixit teardown could reignite battery fears

Given the scathing experience Samsung suffered over the Galaxy Note 7's battery, you'd think they'd have learned their lesson by now. That might actually be true but, based on iFixit's surprising discovery, that might also not be the case completely. Doing a teardown of both the Gaalxy S8 and the larger Galaxy S8+, the team discovered that the Galaxy S8+ virtually has the same battery as the Galaxy Note 7. Although Samsung might be confident that it has sufficiently addressed the QA issues that led to the explosive batteries, consumers might not be completely convinced.

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Some Galaxy S8 users complain of reddish screens

Some Galaxy S8 users complain of reddish screens

No smartphone is perfect, of course, but manufacturers are expected to at least avoid glaring bugs and issues, especially at launch. Considering how much Samsung is banking on the Galaxy S8's success, you'd expect it to be very careful not to mess things up so soon. As some early Korean users have discovered to their dismay, however, that just isn't the case. Some are reporting that their screens are exhibiting a very reddish tint that won't go away, no matter the settings.

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Android Pay is adding PayPal to your digital wallet

Android Pay is adding PayPal to your digital wallet

Android Pay is about to get a whole new payment method, with PayPal announcing that it'll soon be an option rather than your credit or debit card. The integration is expected to launch in the US within the next few weeks, initially only for existing balances already in a PayPal account. However, that will be enhanced over the coming months, the payments provider says.

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Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 leaks in new pair of photos

Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 leaks in new pair of photos

A handset said to be the upcoming iteration of the Samsung Galaxy J5 has leaked in a pair of phones, one showing the back of the handset and the other showing the rear of the phone with the panel removed. This leak follows the phone's appearance via the Wi-Fi Alliance and FCC, stoking hopes that we'll see the handset make an official appearance in the near future. As with the past iterations of this model, the J5 (2017) phone will target those seeking something cheaper than the S8.

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The Galaxy S8’s ergonomic compromise is giving me iPhone 8 worries

The Galaxy S8’s ergonomic compromise is giving me iPhone 8 worries

If all goes according to plan (or, at least, the rumor machine's version of the plan) Apple's anniversary iPhone 8 will be a huge departure in design. After three years of iterative iPhones, the new model - one of three expected to launch later in 2017, alongside updated versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - will usher in a huge number of changes. Curved glass and OLED displays; reworked dual cameras; and tiny bezels. I'm excited, certainly, but I'm also worried, and I'm not alone.

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5 Pokemon GO Art Drop projects to keep kids creating

5 Pokemon GO Art Drop projects to keep kids creating

Today we examine a collection of awesome ways in which Pokemon GO fans are making the most of the game offline. Without needing Niantic to do an update to Pokemon GO, without waiting for an event to occur, these intrepid artists have turned the physical world of Pokemon GO into an awesome opportunity for sharing artwork. That's what we're focusing on today - sharing outside the game using the game as a map!

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5 tips for new Galaxy S8 users: our Day 1 experience

5 tips for new Galaxy S8 users: our Day 1 experience

There are several facts that a first-time Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus user should know when running the device right out the box. What we're doing today is speaking about the pieces of this smartphone that might not be immediately obvious and/or should be addressed before any other part of the phone is either switched on or handled extensively. This device is slightly unusual, and not just because Samsung removed the home button.

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