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Instagram Archive and Highlights make your Stories permanent

Instagram Archive and Highlights make your Stories permanent

Throughout 2017, we've seen Instagram roll out new features Stories at a fairly consistent pace. Today, Instagram Stories is getting two new features that might be bigger than all of the rest. Stories Highlights and Stories Archive are both being introduced today, and they're both meant to give your stories a little more longevity.

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Target Wallet launched for in-store mobile payment

Target Wallet launched for in-store mobile payment

If you’ve been wondering why Target hasn’t yet adopted the use of the likes of Apple Pay in its stores, you know have your answer. Not unlike fellow retailer Walmart, Target has just announced its own Target Wallet system to enable the use of smartphones to pay at checkout counters. While this is promised to greatly speed up the payment process, it does put the burned on the customer to have yet another mobile payment system to mind.

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You can now really use Apple Pay Cash to send money directly

You can now really use Apple Pay Cash to send money directly

Apple rolled out iOS 11.2 over the weekend earlier than scheduled in order to immediately address a critical bug that had devices crashing left and right on that date. Because of the rush, however, it also rolled out a feature that was practically useless at that time: Apple Pay Cash. The peer-to-peer payment feature was indeed included in iOS 11.2 but wasn’t actually enabled yet. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait that long as Apple Pay Cash is now starting to become available for use for those in the US.

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iPhone X, unlocked and SIM-free, arrives in US

iPhone X, unlocked and SIM-free, arrives in US

Consumers coveting the iPhone X can now buy an unlocked SIM-free version of the handset directly from Apple, giving them the freedom to use it on whatever carrier they want whenever they want. The unlocked version has appeared on Apple's website, where it is listed alongside the existing carrier-centric versions. Customization options remain.

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Facebook Messenger Kids goes heavy on parental controls for safe chatting

Facebook Messenger Kids goes heavy on parental controls for safe chatting

With more than 2 billion monthly users, Facebook can't exactly guarantee that it's going to be a safe place for kids. In fact, Facebook bars anyone younger than 13 from creating a profile, and has done so from the start. While that's probably for the best, Facebook still offers tools that are handy for keeping in touch - specifically Messenger - and now you have an new option if you'd like to let your child have a presence on Messenger while at the same time staying away from the larger Facebook ecosystem.

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Happy 25th birthday, text messaging!

Happy 25th birthday, text messaging!

There are just some inventions that are so disruptive and so pioneering that it changed history forever. Inventions like the wheel, electricity, the Internet, and, of course, text messaging. Nowadays, most markets take for granted this almost ancient way of communicating with text using mobile phones, but the first text message, which was sent 25 years ago to date, started the ball rolling that would influence many of the trends we also take for granted today.

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iOS 11.2 released: Apple Pay Cash and Dec. 2 bug fix for iPhone

iOS 11.2 released: Apple Pay Cash and Dec. 2 bug fix for iPhone

Apple has released iOS 11.2, pushing out the major iPhone and iPad update in what appears to be an early launch to address devices affected by the December 2 crash bug. The update was released to iOS users this morning, and includes Apple Pay Cash which allows individuals to send and receive money through Messages or by asking the Siri assistant. There's also improvements in the update for wireless charging.

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Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS is now available for all

Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS is now available for all

One of the advantages of using the same browser across all your devices is that you mostly have a consistent experience, not to mention possibly syncing bookmarks, browsing history, and the like. If, however, you’ve fallen head over heels for Microsoft’s latest web browser, you’re out of luck on mobile. Until now, that is. Microsoft has just taken off the “Preview” label on the mobile version of Microsoft Edge, giving iOS and Android the ability to sync browsing data with their Windows 10 PCs.

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Google Maps iOS update adds iPhone X support

Google Maps iOS update adds iPhone X support

Google Maps has received an update on iOS that adds support for the iPhone X's display. With the support comes a better experience for iPhone X users, though all iOS users benefit thanks to some bug fixes tossed into the mix. Google hasn't gone into detail about what those bug fixes pertain to, saying only that they improve the user's ability to find new places and travel to them.

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iPhone X sales forecast: What Android move comes next?

iPhone X sales forecast: What Android move comes next?

The folks at IHS Markit released their first analyzation of initial sales for the iPhone X this week, and we're running down the numbers. We're also having a peek at what's happened to the Android universe since Apple revealed their "10." The first and most important part of this set of information is the IHS Markit forecast of iPhones shipped by Apple in Q4 2017: a cool 88.8 million units*. That'd be Apple's most iPhones sold in a single quarter in their whole history.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s first big in-game event starts today

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s first big in-game event starts today

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has only been available for about a week, but Nintendo is wasting little time in kicking off the game's first big event. As you probably already guessed, this first in-game event will be a seasonal one centered around the holidays. This keeps with the tradition of mainline Animal Crossing games, which generally also offer seasonal events like this.

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Snapchat update: What just happened?

Snapchat update: What just happened?

Today Snap updated Snapchat in a major way, fully packed with an experience "organized around your relationships and personalized just for you!" There's now a split between friends and everyone/everything else. On the left you'll see Stories and Chats with Friends. On the right you'll see "Stories from publishers, creators, and the community are on the right."

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