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Instagram is testing a ‘follows you’ feature on Android

Instagram is testing a ‘follows you’ feature on Android

It appears Instagram will finally add a 'follows you' feature that makes it possible to see whether another user is following you on the social network. This feature has popped up in testing for users in the Android app, though it doesn't seem to be widespread at this time. The new 'follows you' tag appears on the the Instagram user's bio page, though if you're not seeing one now, the feature simply may not be available to you yet.

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Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Earlier this year, Instagram added face filters to its service, allowing users to add special effects to their selfies. Those face filters served to further blur the line between Instagram and Snapchat, and today Instagram is taking it one step forward by adding those same face filters to Live Videos. With this new feature, you'll be able to swap between your face filters as your friends watch you in real time.

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Flappy Bird killed for good by iOS 11

Flappy Bird killed for good by iOS 11

It's been quite some time since we heard from our old friend Flappy Bird. What began as something of a phenomenon on iOS and Android was quickly snuffed out by its creator. As long you downloaded the game in the short window of time it was available, you were able to keep playing it, but for iOS users, that all changes with the release of iOS 11.

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Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Today is the biggest day in Minecraft history - if you don't count that one time the game went mobile. This is the first day when cross-platform play is live for all major Minecraft platforms. That means that Minecraft on Xbox One, Minecraft Mobile, Minecraft VR, and Minecraft for Windows 10 are all in the same universe. As Microsoft said in a release today, "Say goodbye to 'Minecraft: Xbox One Edition' or 'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' and hello to a universal 'Minecraft!'"

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Pokemon GO event update: Equinox, time to start over!

Pokemon GO event update: Equinox, time to start over!

Starting soon is the next Pokemon GO event, set right on top of the Summer Equinox. This event will allow users to jump in and start their game over again from the start, rewarding them for doing so. The biggest - and perhaps most tantalizing - reason to start over is triple-bonus XP for registering a new Pokemon to a player's Pokedex!

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Gmail just hyperlinked a LOT of emails

Gmail just hyperlinked a LOT of emails

Google's Gmail was updated to include hyperlinks for contacts, phone numbers, and addresses too. This is the first time these specific elements have been updated to include such links, while other links in emails in Gmail have been active for some time. This service was announced to be coming to both Gmail and Inbox by Gmail for the web, iOS, and Android starting today.

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Apple starts banning scammy, misleading apps on iOS

Apple starts banning scammy, misleading apps on iOS

In the years since its debut, the iOS App Store has grown to include a ridiculous number of apps, and while Apple takes occasional steps to clear out the crud, there's still cases of shady, scammy apps making their way to the store in the first place. Fortunately the company has updated its developer guidelines to prohibit misleading apps altogether, including those that claim to perform a "virus scan" on the device.

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Gmail for Android update brings archiving interface tweak

Gmail for Android update brings archiving interface tweak

Google has pushed out a Gmail for Android update, and it brings some relatively minor -- but visually distinct -- changes. Namely, swiping to archive an email is now presented in a different way, giving users access to an undo button located at the bottom of the screen. This placement makes it easy to undo the archiving using your thumb while gripping the phone.

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Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE

Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE

Exploring our fine planet in Google Earth VR can already be a awe-inspiring thing, but today Google is making the experience a little more immersive by adding Street View to the app. Assuming your Earth VR app is up-to-date, you'll now be able to drop down to street level in a variety of different locations around the world. When you do, you'll see a 360-degree image of the location, giving you a good idea of what it looks like in real life.

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Facebook Snooze temporarily mutes your incredibly annoying friends

Facebook Snooze temporarily mutes your incredibly annoying friends

Depending on how many friends you have on Facebook, your News Feed might be a fairly crowded place, filled with stuff you may not necessarily want to see. In an effort to let us manage what we see and what we don't, Facebook is testing a new feature called "Snooze." This allows you to temporarily mute your friends for a pre-determined amount of time, giving you a little more flexibility when it comes to hiding posts you don't want to see.

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Nintendo Switch online update makes voice chat slightly less awful

Nintendo Switch online update makes voice chat slightly less awful

It isn't exactly a secret that the online systems for Nintendo Switch launched in a sorry state. After not being present on the console at launch, features like voice chat released alongside Splatoon 2 back in July. What players were given certainly wasn't an encouraging sign for a service that Nintendo wants us to pay for at some point in the future.

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Hulu for Android gets full-screen scrubbing previews

Hulu for Android gets full-screen scrubbing previews

Hulu has just pushed out an update for it Android app, which is itself blessed (or cursed, depending on your tastes) with the video platform's newest interface. The update brings some tweaks that refines things and, in one case, makes actually watching content on the app a whole lot easier. Those who update to the latest version get full-screen previews with simplified scrubbing.

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