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Instapaper Premium goes free for everybody

Instapaper Premium goes free for everybody

Instapaper just announced that its Instapaper Premium service is now free for everybody, something we have to thank that somewhat recent Pinterest acquisition for. According to the company’s Brian Donohue, the company is able to make Premium open and free because the Pinterest acquisition has enabled the team to “focus on just delivering the best product to our users.”

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The best mobile MMORPG games of 2016

The best mobile MMORPG games of 2016

Before mobile gaming was a thing, before even smartphones were a thing, gamers have been playing on the Internet in what was commonly regarded as MMORPGs, short for the wordy Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. Games like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Lineage, and more filled gaming news and chats, The advent of mobile devices, as well as the rise of MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), have mostly pushed MMORPGs to the sidelines.

As smartphones become more powerful, Internet access move ubiquitous, and mobile users mode engaged, MMORPGs have started to make a comeback, but on a smaller screen and with somewhat fewer controls. Here are our top picks for this year’s best MMORPGs, with some dating back even older, proving their massively multiplayer appeal.

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Google Play Store hardened: here’s how to protect yourself

Google Play Store hardened: here’s how to protect yourself

In an ideal world, users will only install software from, usually a single, blessed source, like a repository or app store, containing only trustworthy and quality software. But we don’t live in an ideal world and even with app stores like Google Play or iTunes, some questionable apps still manage to get through the cracks. In an attempt to protect the integrity and image of its Play Store, Google has announced new security measures to weed out fraudulent or downright malicious apps. But users also have a role to play in protecting themselves from such “soft” attacks.

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Google’s Pixel cords go “Pro” while MacBook wavers

Google’s Pixel cords go “Pro” while MacBook wavers

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL include a set of cords that put the new MacBook Pro to shame. Even Apple's newest iPhone includes a dongle which connects Lightning to a headphone jack. Now, here in 2016, as Google makes its best effort at a consumer-grade phone, they've gone Pro. Meanwhile Apple has released a MacBook "Pro" with some distinctive non-pro features.

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iOS bug that DDoSed 911 allegedly “accidental” only

iOS bug that DDoSed 911 allegedly “accidental” only

You’ve heard of horror stories of people, sometimes celebrities, “accidentally” sharing compromising photos of themselves online. But have you heard of one that accidentally shared an iOS bug online that nearly brought the US’ 911 system down to its knees? No? Well, that is supposedly the case for 18-year old Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai who did such a thing in the hopes of getting Apple’s attention and getting into its exclusive bug bounty program. He got attention alright, but the police’s, who arrested the young hacker for felony computer tampering instead.

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Windows 10 Creators Update release comes with Paint 3D [UPDATE]

Windows 10 Creators Update release comes with Paint 3D [UPDATE]

This morning Microsoft presented their Windows 10 Creators Update, an update that'll enable 3D sculpting for all users. What users will be able to do is utilize creative tools unlike any available to the generations that've preceded them. If not in output, then in ease of use. Microsoft showed a video with a set of young adults trying out the tools for the first time to demonstrate.

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Duet Display Pro turns the iPad Pro into a Wacom Cintiq

Duet Display Pro turns the iPad Pro into a Wacom Cintiq

The iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil shook the tablet world, demonstrating that things that can be created digitally using a rather unassuming accessory. But while the Pencil might be precise and accurate, the iPad Pro itself sometimes becomes the bottleneck, especially for illustrators and artists who need more muscle than the mobile device can provide. Such creators usually go to their Macs or PCs to do “real work”, usually with a Wacom drawing tablet. With Duet’s new Duet Pro subscription, you can have all that without burning a hole through your pocket to buy a Wacom Cintiq.

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Samsung Pay adds online shopping, in-app payments

Samsung Pay adds online shopping, in-app payments

Samsung Pay just recently celebrated its first birthday, not an insignificant feat for a mobile payment system limited to a single device vendor and very few devices. Of course, Samsung’s work is far from over. Following Google’s announcement of Android Pay supporting Visa Checkout and MasterCard’s Masterpass, Samsung is similarly boasting of new support for buying things through the mobile web. But via Masterpass only this time. In exchange for a lack of Visa support, Samsung Pay gains support for in-app payments as well as three new countries.

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Apple seeing no benefit from Galaxy Note 7 fires

Apple seeing no benefit from Galaxy Note 7 fires

Apple's earnings call this afternoon included a mention of the Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung's disaster of a recall therein. On the call that accompanied the earnings release, Apple made clear that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall wasn't affecting iPhone sales negatively or positively. This, they said, was because Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet current demand as it is - so nothing else is going to affect them either way.

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Android Pay support for Visa Checkout, Masterpass inbound

Android Pay support for Visa Checkout, Masterpass inbound

Mobile payment systems don’t make headlines nowadays. While that might imply that they’re not the hot items many thought they would be, it could also be because they’ve become so normal, so ingrained in modern lives. Aiming for the latter, more optimistic scenario, Google has announced that Android Pay will be embracing more purchases done on the mobile web. In particular, it will be supporting online shops that use Visa’s Checkout and MasterCard’s Masterpass platforms, offering convenience not just for buyers but for merchants as well.

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iPhone 7 Plus update: Portrait Mode enabled

iPhone 7 Plus update: Portrait Mode enabled

Apple releases iOS 10.1 to the public for several devices including the iPhone 7 Plus with a new camera mode. The iPhone 7 Plus now has its own Depth-of-Field Effect in Beta mode with this newest update. This mode was first introduced by Apple at the event at which they also revealed the iPhone 7. This mode makes for some rather interesting results, especially if the photographer likes their photographs to look super fancy.

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Galaxy Tab A 10.1 keeps Note alive with S Pen

Galaxy Tab A 10.1 keeps Note alive with S Pen

Samsung has revealed the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with an S Pen aboard, chopping down rumors that the Note 7 killed the stylus. That would be completely absurd, of course, as Samsung has also been rumored to release a Note 8 next year. One recall wont kill the beast, of that you can be certain. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 will feature a 10.1-inch TFT LCD with 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and an Exynos 7870 processor inside.

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