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Instagram Direct gets disappearing photos and videos

Instagram Direct gets disappearing photos and videos

Instagram announced today that its Direct feature has pulled in an additional 75 million users since November 2016, bringing the total number of users up to an impressive 375 million. To celebrate that milestone, it's making some changes to Direct that are centered around making the feature more streamlined and seamless.

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Pokemon GO prep for inevitable Easter Event

Pokemon GO prep for inevitable Easter Event

How we prepare for the Easter Event in Pokemon GO starts with Ratata and Pidgey and ends with some of the most high-level Pokemon in the game. The methodology is legendary for the most hardcore of Pokemon GO players. The way to get the most XP out of a single Lucky Egg has been a question pondered by all those well on their way to the promised land: Level 40. Once there, the highest-level Pokemon in Pokemon GO can be attained - with Bunny Ears, we're hoping.

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Apple Clips now available to download

Apple Clips now available to download

Apple Clips has hit the App Store, with the new social video editing app a free download for those with an iPhone or iPad. Announced back in March, Clips joins iMovie for iOS rather than replacing it, as a second way to edit videos on the go. In fact, the two are very different animals: whereas iMovie is, like its desktop counterpart, focused on time-based edits, Apple Clips is more freeform in its approach.

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Niantic’s Pokemon GO Easter surprise: Virtual Trespassing Lawsuits!

Niantic’s Pokemon GO Easter surprise: Virtual Trespassing Lawsuits!

This week it's become clear that Niantic isn't easily going to duck a number of lawsuits filed against them in courts in both the United States and abroad. In The Hague (in the Netherlands), authorities were successful in pressuring Niantic to remove virtual monsters from certain areas of their beloved city. Just before a court date set for October of 2016, Dutch authorities cancelled Niantic's appointment in favor of a (then pending) simpler solution. Whether or not this same sort of solution is being sought here in the United States - we'll see very soon.

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Twitter starts testing auto Night Mode in its mobile app

Twitter starts testing auto Night Mode in its mobile app

Some apps automatically dim at night, such as Google Maps. This feature is generally designed to make the usage experience at night more pleasant, such as looking at your phone in the dark without being blinded by bright white backgrounds, and now such a feature may be coming to the official Twitter mobile app. The feature has popped up in testing, and prompts users to select one of three Night Mode options.

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Starbucks for iOS updated with iMessage gift cards

Starbucks for iOS updated with iMessage gift cards

Starbucks has updated its iPhone app to version 4.3.4, adding multiple changes including the addition of a new iMessage gift card option. Those who use iMessage can now send their friends or family members a Starbucks gift card directly within the app, eliminating the need to toggle between apps or purchase a card in-store. Joining this are improvements to Mobile Order & Pay and more.

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Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

The developers at Microsoft have successfully created another distraction to our everyday massacre of a modern life with an app called Sprinkles. With the app, users will be able to see how old the machine thinks they are - though that's not a strictly new trick from Microsoft, it's still wonderful to be able to do, if you look young. Another feature is matching your face with the celebrity that looks most like you.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 launcher leaked [APK Download]

Samsung Galaxy S8 launcher leaked [APK Download]

It's time - just before the launch - to gain access to and download the Samsung Galaxy S8's own Android software launcher. Samsung's Galaxy S8 has been revealed in full and we've got a full Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Hands-on if you'd like to take a look. For those that want to experience the software for themselves, the APK for the launcher has become available just this morning.

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Pokemon GO update: the Easter event we’ve been waiting for

Pokemon GO update: the Easter event we’ve been waiting for

The Pokemon GO news world should not be surprised to find that this week there's chatter around the possibility of a major Easter Event. The folks at Niantic are likely ruminating over the exact set of temporary bonuses they should release during the next event - double-xp, half-distance eggs, and half-distance Pokemon Buddy Candy notwithstanding. To make certain we're making the most of the time we're about to have, we've created a set of "need to know" points for Pokemon GO players of all sorts. Whether the event coming up next ends up starting tomorrow or three weeks from now, it's important that we keep these bits and pieces in mind.

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SoundCloud iOS app updated with Chromecast support

SoundCloud iOS app updated with Chromecast support

While still an underdog in the streaming music market, SoundCloud is still pushing ahead with new updates and features. Or, in the case of their iOS app, an update with an old feature that's been on Android for some time now. The streaming service's app for iPhone and iPad has just been updated to support Google Chromecast, allowing users to play music through more devices. At least it's better late than never.

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Snapchat Stories in Search makes it easy to find content

Snapchat Stories in Search makes it easy to find content

Snapchat has introduced Stories in Search, the ability to search for specific types of stories within the app. The feature is being rolled out as of today and will be making its way to 'select cities' to start. With it, users can, as one example, search for their favorite sports team and then see Snapchat Stories related to it, helping users get right in on the action as quickly as possible.

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Ms. Pac-Man pays a visit to Google Maps today

Ms. Pac-Man pays a visit to Google Maps today

If you find yourself out and about this afternoon and decide you're in the mood for some classic video game action, Google Maps has you covered. In anticipation of April Fools Day, Google has dropped its very own version of Ms. Pac-Man into Google Maps, allowing you to play the famous arcade title using real-world maps as the playing field.

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