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Snapchat Stories just copied an Instagram idea (for once)

Snapchat Stories just copied an Instagram idea (for once)

When it comes to the war between Instagram and Snapchat, we're usually covering the features that the former borrows from the latter. Instagram has repurposed a lot of Snapchat's features in its quest to compete, and it has had no bones about naming the source of its inspiration. Today, however, those roles are reversed, as Snapchat is launching a new feature that actually came to Instagram first.

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Swype Keyboard app updates are dead

Swype Keyboard app updates are dead

The folks at Nuance confirmed that their direct-to-consumer app Swype (the keyboard) was going out-of-business on February 20th, 2018. To be clear - the company that made Swype wasn't quitting altogether right there and then, they'd just no longer be updating their Swype keyboard apps for consumers. Nuance said they'd be continuing to develop their tech for other parts of the technology universe, especially for AI.

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Apple iOS 11.2.6 fixes iPhone Telugu message crash bug

Apple iOS 11.2.6 fixes iPhone Telugu message crash bug

Apple has pushed out an iPhone update, iOS 11.2.6, fixing the Telugu character bug that left iOS messaging apps crashing. The new patch comes less than a week after Apple confirmed the problem, which affected not only the company's own Messages app but third-party messaging software like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, and WhatsApp.

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Apple’s WWDC 2018 expected to fall on June 4-8

Apple’s WWDC 2018 expected to fall on June 4-8

2018 is now in full-swing, and for those who follow Apple it means it's time to start looking forward to this year's Worldwide Developers Conference. It's a huge event for Apple, where it introduces some of the big new upcoming features coming to its numerous platforms, not only for the company's customers but for developers in the Apple-ecosystem as well. WWDC has been held in June for some time now, and now we can narrow down the likely dates.

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Snapchat update isn’t going away, unless…

Snapchat update isn’t going away, unless…

Over the past week, Snapchat's been the subject of quite a bit of ire from the likes of teens across the planet. There've been hashtags, social media campaigns, memes, and even some rather official petitions with thousands of signatures. But only one thing can actually be done to change Snapchat's mind. Just one.

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Microsoft Photos Companion for Android, iOS transfers photos to PCs easily

Microsoft Photos Companion for Android, iOS transfers photos to PCs easily

For all our advancements in computing, mobile devices, and wireless technologies, transferring photos from phone to computer can still be a hassle. Plugging in via cable is fast but sometimes just as unreliable. Relying on cloud storage is a roundabout solution that is beholden to the quality of your Internet connection. But if you’re on Windows 10 with the Microsoft Photos, your prayers may have just been answered with this new Photos Companion app that’s has just been launched for both Android and iOS.

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iPhone sales are now worth more than every other phone combined

iPhone sales are now worth more than every other phone combined

Apple took 51% of the revenue in the smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2017. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple dominated the market, accounting for the most massive revenue in smartphone sales compared to every other company, worldwide. Much like Apple's reports of its own sales, the number of units sold is going down at the same time as revenue is going up - industry-wide.

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Hero Vision AR kit puts you in Iron Man’s head

Hero Vision AR kit puts you in Iron Man’s head

With Avengers: Infinity Wars fast approaching, Marvel and parent company Disney are putting the marketing machine in full gear. Which means we’re going to see tons of merch trying to capitalize on the hype. Not all tie-in products, however, are created equal, but this one coming from Hasbro definitely takes the cake. Hero Vision has nothing to do with the synthetic android from the last Avengers flick. Instead, it’s all about harnessing the powers of augmented reality to put you in Iron Man’s shoes. Or his helmet rather.

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iOS 12 could bring universal iPhone apps with Mac support

iOS 12 could bring universal iPhone apps with Mac support

Apple's iOS 12 will focus on a few headline features, including apps that can run across both iPhones, iPads, and macOS desktop computers. The upcoming release is expected to be previewed at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, WWDC 2018, this summer, though not arrive on devices until the fall.

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Your days of Instagram creeping may soon be over

Your days of Instagram creeping may soon be over

Instagram has had no problem in re-purposing features that first appeared in Snapchat for its own use, and today is no different in that regard. Instagram has started testing a new feature that alerts users when someone tries to snap a screenshot of the stories they share. Of course, snapping a screenshot goes against the whole "disappearing message" thing, which is one of the key draws of both Instagram Stories and Snapchat.

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Snapchat redesign is bad: How to go back

Snapchat redesign is bad: How to go back

Snapchat released a new redesign of their social networking app this month and throngs of users hate it. They cannot fathom how developers at Snapchat could possibly have come up with something so bad. They've gone so far as to download old versions of the app to attempt to keep their tapping and swiping the way it was. But they can't. They can't have anything the way they want it, because Snapchat is dragging them kicking and screaming into the future, just like Facebook.

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iOS 12 to keep iPhone promises, not bait Android

iOS 12 to keep iPhone promises, not bait Android

Apple is slowing the pace on iOS updates, with the Cupertino firm allegedly opting to get absolutely right a smaller number of changes in its flagship iPhone software. Traditionally, Apple has released major iOS updates on an annual cycle. The company usually previews its next big update at WWDC, its developer conference over the summer, giving coders and app-makers an opportunity to get to grips with what changes are in the pipeline.

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