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VSCO adds GIFs, a new blocking feature, and more

VSCO adds GIFs, a new blocking feature, and more

VSCO, a mobile photography app similar to Instagram, has announced an update that brings new features, including support for GIFs. VSCO calls these ‘animated images’ and ‘DSCOs,’ and they can be made directly within the app, where they can also be shared. The app is also making it easier to curate one's social experience by introducing a new blocking feature to cut off certain users.

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How to get the Gboard for Android update on your phone (APK download)

How to get the Gboard for Android update on your phone (APK download)

This week we're having a peek at the newest version of Gboard for Android, a keyboard made by Google. This keyboard goes above and beyond what the normal, traditional onscreen keyboard offers, giving suggestions for all sorts of thing. This newest update - which requires a new download - includes web, GIF, and emoji search, as well.

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Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook seems to be taking quite a few pages out of Snapchat's book lately, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Messenger's newest feature seems awfully familiar. Dubbed Messenger Day, this new feature allows you to take photos and videos you share within Messenger discussions and add them to collection that your friends can view. In other words, this is Facebook's version of Snapchat's Stories, right down to the 24 hour time limit.

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Pokemon GO News: Updates for the Easter Event

Pokemon GO News: Updates for the Easter Event

It's time again to speak about the next Pokemon GO event, here focusing on the upcoming (not yet official) Easter event both inside and outside the USA. This event has been a long time coming - Pokemon Eggs have just been BEGGING to see a special event they can call their own. With Easter well on the way, it's time to discuss strategies for users preparing to make the most of their eggy adventures at break-time.

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Tinder Select is real, but only for the rich and beautiful

Tinder Select is real, but only for the rich and beautiful

Tinder has found a lot of success among singles because of its streamlined approach to online dating, but we're learning today that there may be more to Tinder than meets the eye. According to a new report, Tinder has been operating a separate dating service called Tinder Select for months now. Only a few people know about it too, thanks to its invite-only nature.

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Instagram Stories adds geostickers for NYC and Jakarta

Instagram Stories adds geostickers for NYC and Jakarta

Instagram has launched new geostickers for its Instagram Stories product, the company announced today, describing the products as an ‘early version’ of its geostickers. The first geostickers are for Jakarta and New York City, with each city getting more than 12 stickers each. The stickers, of course, can be used on content captured in the cities to add extra style.

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Facebook testing Dislike button, reactions in Messenger

Facebook testing Dislike button, reactions in Messenger

Facebook may finally be giving users one of their most long-desired features: a Dislike button. There's a catch, however. It's not exactly turning up in form that users have asked for — as a response in the News Feed — instead it may be coming to Messenger, along with the already popular reactions. The social network has confirmed that it's testing the two features within its Messenger platform, but only on a limited basis for now.

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Samsung Pay early access arrives in India ahead of full launch

Samsung Pay early access arrives in India ahead of full launch

We’ve known for a while now that Samsung Pay is inbound for India, and now it looks like users in the nation are able to sign up for early access to the mobile payment platform. It’s still not clear when exactly the service will be available in India, but the early access registration is a reassuring sign that it must be inbound, at least for those who own a Galaxy A5, A7, S7, S7 edge, or Note 5.

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How to get Google Assistant on your phone (APK download)

How to get Google Assistant on your phone (APK download)

This morning Google revealed that it was finally time to bring Google Assistant to more Android devices. Users that've purchase Android devices over the past couple of years likely have access as of today. To make this possible, Android device owners will need to download the newest version of Google Play services, which isn't necessarily out on the Google Play app store as of publishing time for this article.

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Pokemon GO trading update is almost here

Pokemon GO trading update is almost here

A Pokemon GO Trading update, one of three major upgrades to Pokemon GO for the year 2017, has been revealed to SlashGear this week. In addition to a strong indication of this notion from our own anonymous source with information on the subject, an interview with Niantic this week seems to seal the deal. In the interview published this week, Niantic suggests that the trading update is indeed scheduled to be released this year, and will include user trading within a certain set proximity - real life up close and personal deals, that is to say.

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Prisma will soon let anyone create their own photo filters

Prisma will soon let anyone create their own photo filters

Prisma, the photo app that enables users to turn images into works of art, is planning to give users one of their top requested features: the ability to create their own filters. This feature is only available online and to superusers at the moment, though it should eventually make its way to everyone. In addition, the app has been updated with a new filter store that, despite the name, provides free access to new filters.

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Pokemon GO: all the updates shared by Niantic CEO this week

Pokemon GO: all the updates shared by Niantic CEO this week

Niantic CEO John Hanke spoke at Mobile World Congress today about Pokemon GO with a brief barrage of facts. He began his chat speaking about how unexpected the game's success was. "It was probably the worst job of forecasting of my career," said Hanke, referring to the relatively large number of times Niantic servers were down in the first few weeks after Pokemon GO launched and millions of players logged on.

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