Instagram adds location and hashtag Stories in the Explore section

Over the past few months or so, Instagram has been relentlessly adding new features almost every week. Sure, most of those have been ‘inspired’ by Snapchat, but it’s still interesting to note how it doesn’t seem to want to slow down in this respect.

Case in point: today the Facebook-owned social network has added two more features – location and hashtag Stories can now be found in the Explore section.

When you enter the Explore tab, you’ll see a Story ring at the top, showcasing Stories that are happening near you. These come from people who have used location stickers. When you search…

Google’s new Family Group enables sharing on Photos, YouTube TV, Calendar and Keep

May 22, 2017
New family-oriented features have just been announced by Google, aimed at users who like to share music, photos, and other entertainment. Family Group allows users to share stuff on various Google services like YouTube TV, Photos, Calendar and Keep. Let’s have a look at how families can share to-do-lists, photos or practice schedules and more on these services.

Google announced that up to six household members will be able to get their own cloud DVR for $35 a month. They will be able to stream live TV from many popular cable networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. Keep in mind though that …

iPhone 9 to come in 5.28″ and 6.46″ sizes, both with OLED screens, rumor claims

No, the title doesn’t contain a typo. No, the iPhone 8 hasn’t magically become official already. Still, the rumor mill has considered that it’s time to move on from discussing Apple’s tenth anniversary smartphone. So, just for today, let’s talk about the iPhone 9. The one that will come in 2018.

Apparently this will be offered in two sizes, both sporting much bigger touchscreens than we’ve gotten used to. The small iPhone 9 will come with a 5.28″ display, while the larger model will accommodate a 6.46″ panel.

In both cases, the screen tech used will be OLED, and the supplier of the…

Huawei outs MateBook X, MateBook E, and MateBook D with Windows 10

It’s been a very busy day for Huawei today, but aside from the Honor 6A, some Honor tablets, and a new sports band, it’s also found time to introduce a trio of new Windows 10 devices at a special event in Berlin.

The Huawei MateBook E is the successor to the original MateBook 2-in-1. This comes with a 12-inch 2,160×1,440 IPS touchscreen, 4 or 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and 128, 256, or 512GB of storage (on SSD). To power it you get a choice of 7th Generation Intel Core m3 or i5 processors (both Y-series), along with Intel HD615 graphics. It’s kept running by a 4,430 mAh battery which should…

Samsung Gear S3 software update brings bucketloads of new features for users in the US

May 22, 2017

The Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S3 is already available in the United States in both versions: frontier and classic. The smartwatch already offers a full array of great features, but Samsung is now rolling out a new update that brings more improvements to the Gear S3 in the US.

The changelog of the newest software update for the Samsung Gear S3 looks intimidating (in a good way). Aside from many of the new features, the update adds a couple of new Partner Apps will be available for download in Galaxy Apps Store.

Spotify, BMW Connected, Gear for Nest, Facer, …

Want to toughen up your Samsung Galaxy S8? LifeProof FRE cases are now available to pre-order

May 22, 2017

Current and future owners of a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ can now pre-order a seriously tough protective case for their handset: the LifeProof FRE.

First announced back in March, the LifeProof FRE for Galaxy S8 and S8+ is a rugged, yet not too bulky case (15 mm in thickness) that’s made for adventurous people. The new case is part of the “Made for Samsung” program, thus having passed both LifeProof’s, and Samsung’s quality standards.

A  LifeProof FRE case will make your Galaxy S8 or S8+ drop-proof, as long as you’re not dropping the phone …

mophie releases new juice pack battery case for Pixel XL

mophie has announced a new battery case for the Google Pixel XL. The case is priced at $99.95 and available from mophie.com and Verizon retail stores.

The mophie juice pack for the Pixel XL has a 2950mAh battery to extend your phone’s talk time to over 50 hours. The cool thing about this case is that it includes wireless charging support, something the phone itself doesn’t have. The case is compatible with Qi and other popular wireless charging solutions.

The juice pack has a USB-C connector and supports 15W fast charging from the Pixel XL charger. The Priority+ feature lets the…

Best Accessories for Apple Watch

May 22, 2017
What are the best accessories for your Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch may technically be an accessory for your iPhone, but it’s also a powerful device in its own right — cataloging workouts, monitoring your heart rate, helping you pay for items, playing music, and, of course, telling time. The more you use your Apple Watch, the more you may find yourself wanting to accessorize your accessory with new bands, protective coverings, external monitors, stands, travel cases, or headphones.

Here are our must-have accessories to pick up for Apple Watch.

Get more bands

You can completely change the look and style of your Apple Watch with a lightning-quick band swap — but to do that, you need new bands!

Apple offers a wide variety of bands for casual and formal use alike, but the band market goes far beyond Cupertino: There are tons of third-party designs out there, along with ways to make your old watch band Apple Watch-compatible and customize the lugs.

Apple Watc…

Lens a dish, get a meal: Pinterest lets users scan food for recipe info

May 22, 2017
Imagine if it were possible to scan the dinner you’re eating at a restaurant and get all the ingredients: well with Pinterest, you can!

Back in February, Pinterest introduced a new feature for iOS called Lens that allowed you to point your camera at your surrounding environment and discover new ideas, objects, and details based on what was situated around you.

Now, Pinterest is taking their Lens feature a full step further with the new ability to scan food and get the ingredients that went into making said food – if you’re pinterested, of course!

Pinterest in the App Store

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And now we’re rolling out a way for you to Lens an entire dish and get recipes to recreate the meal. So the next time you want to copycat the waffles at your favorite brunch spot, Lens them to see what ideas turn up.

How does it work?

It seems like all you have to do is launch the app and scan whatever food you want some info on!

You’ll then be able to look for recipes “by time, diet, a…

How to stop Facebook from accessing your Microphone

May 22, 2017
Facebook has gone on record to state that it is not listening in on your conversations, but those coincidental ads seem really creepy. You can turn off the microphone.

If you’ve ever received an advertisement in your Facebook feed that was eerily related to something you were just discussing with a friend, you might be thinking that Facebook is listening in on your conversations through the Messenger app, of which you may have given permission to access the microphone when you started using it.

Facebook has gone on record to state that it does not listen in on your conversations.

Facebook does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed. Some recent articles have suggested that we must be listening to people’s conversations in order to show them relevant ads. This is not true. We show ads based on people’s interests and other profile information – not what you’re talking out loud about.

We only access your microphone if you ha…