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Feb

Use multiple accounts on Instagram with new account switching feature


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Instagram faces little criticism from users because the service’s strategy is to just display your feed filled with photographs and videos from friends, family, celebrities, and brands that you’re interested with. This afternoon, Instagram finally alleviated the pain for users and social media managers that have multiple accounts. Now you can simultaneously use five Instagram accounts on a single app without being forced to logout of one account before singing in to another.

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Here’s the official comment from Instagram:

Starting this week, you can quickly and easily switch between multiple accounts on Instagram! 🎉

Go to your profile settings to add an additional account. From there, tap your username at the top of your profile to switch between accounts. Once you have multiple accounts added, you’ll see your profile photo appear in places throughout the app so you can always tell which one you’re using at the moment.

Multi-account support is limited to a maximum of five Instagram accounts per app, and you can try it starting today because Instagram is rolling out the feature as we speak to v7.15 of the Android app.

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8
Feb

Best Android games [2016]


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Are you in search of better games for your Android device? Maybe you want to switch up your rotation or simply discover what’s out there. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered with a list of our favorite 20 Best Games for Android. We’ve taken a look at these twenty different games, gauging and comparing to find the best ones possible to show and recommend to you. We believe these truly are the best games for Android right now, so we hope you’ll find this list helpful!

Hearthstone

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Hearthstone is Blizzard Entertainment’s first collectible card game based on its hit Warcraft franchise. In Hearthstone, players accrue cards different types of cards for each available class to take to the battlefield and best their opponents. Players can purchase card packs with real money, but many basic cards can be earned for free by leveling up, completing campaign missions, and finish challenges. Hearthstone has become a highly competitive game where many players are facing off for grand prizes of thousands of dollars, but it can also be played as a casual game as well. Grab a cup of coffee, the tablet, and sit back in the recliner and watch this game unfold!

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Angry Birds 2

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Angry Birds, the game we all know and love, is back and better than ever! Defeat bad piggies in all new terrain with brand new birds and power ups like never before. You now get to choose the bird you fling, but you better hope it’s the right one! In Angry Birds 2, players will need to pick the best bird for the level they’re facing. If you pick the wrong bird and can’t fully complete the level, you might not get all three starts.

Players can also challenge your friends in the Arena, and even overtake boss piggies, adding a whole new element of entertainment to Angry Birds 2!

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Clash of Clans

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Clash of  Clans is a dynamic game that gets better as you play it, and you can play with your friends, or even people in other countries! In Clash of Clans, pillage and destroy your enemies’ villages while they’re away. Build your base and upgrade your barbarians to better protect your own army, and defend yourself against the evil forces of others. And be careful, don’t look away for too long—your friends might try to steal from or demolish your village while you’re away!

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Monument Valley

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Monument Valley is a simple, yet complex game where you have to guide lost, mute Princess Ida through towers and windmills, castles and mazes, and so much more. If you’re not sure about Monument Valley, don’t worry—you’ll catch on quick! The design is sleek and beautiful, but diverse and colorful in unique ways we haven’t seen with other games. Will you be Princess Ida’s next trusted guide?

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Godus

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In Godus, your role is the creator, the God. Mold and shape the landscape so that your people will thrive. Watch as centuries go by and humanity further develops, worshipping you and fighting their way through life. You have the power to bring goodness or destruction upon your people through an array of different powers and “blessings.” Choose wisely!

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Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

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Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is a game where you collect characters to build a strong team of galactic warriors fit to fight against the most powerful of enemies. Level up your characters and enhance their abilities by upgrading and unlocking new powers, choose from the Light or Dark Side, and scope out stunning landscapes! Players can go up against the AI to unlock new and old Star Wars characters on both the Dark and Light side. Once unlocked, you can then create a new squad to keep battling the AI or take the fight to other players in an attempt to overtake them in the multiplayer ladder!

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Crossy Road

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In Crossy Road, you start out as a chicken, and you have to cross the roads, streams, and train tracks to get to your destination. Collect coins on your way, and later you can purchase different characters! With each new character, your terrain will change and you’ll have a new set of challenges to conquer. Can you cross the road?

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Candy Crush Saga

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Candy Crush Saga is equipped with an excessive amount of levels and candy for your gaming pleasure! With each level comes a new objective, like collecting all of the gummy bears, or maybe just discovering a new power-up. Whatever the case, Candy Crush Saga will keep you coming back for more!

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Zombie Catchers

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Zombie Catchers is an adventure game, doing exactly that—catching zombies! If Earth will ever be safe again, it’s up to you. In this riveting app, arm yourself with weapons and exciting new gadgets. Prepare your lab and your pockets for your new zombie-catching business. The world’s fate lies in your hands. It’s your time to shine!

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Pocket Troops

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Pocket Troop is a hilarious turn-based game where you fight to get back your troop from the evil professor. Equip, level, and upgrade your team to make them stronger than ever before. By doing this and finishing side-missions, you can advance the story and eventually make your way to save your teammates. Choose from different attacks to find which one is best for the problem at hand. Collect weapons, obtain new skills, and carefully strategize your next plan of action against the enemy!

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Smash Hit

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Smash Hit is a spectacular, fast-moving game where you have to quickly destroy the obstacles in front of you. You’ll get a specific amount of metal balls, and you have to strategically shatter your way through the course before an obstacle runs into you. As the courses continue, they’ll get faster and faster, which makes this a race against the clock.The design and simplicity of this game will make it your go-to app when you’re in need of some R&R.

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Triple Town

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Triple town is a calm and fun game of elimination. Maximize the space of your town to earn the most coins by turning grass to bushes, bushes to trees, trees to houses, and houses to mansions! Beware of the bears and ninja bears that will take up needed space in your village, make sure to play the daily challenge every day, and save up for upgraded objects. One of my favorite parts about this game is that for the game itself, it isn’t timed! Begin your town before you leave for work and finish up the round when you get home at night.

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Auralux

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Auralux is an immersive strategy game that will keep you on your toes. With a ton of different levels to choose from, you can conquer the galaxy. In Auralux, you play as the blue constellations, and the goal is to overtake all the other constellations and planets in the universe before they overtake you. It’s a game of speed, precision, and even patience. Will you own the galaxy?

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Fruit Ninja

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Slash fruit to beat your high score in Fruit Ninja. Earn enough points to buy new blades and backdrops by playing in either Original or Festival Mode, which includes various different challenges and minigames that switch things up enough to keep it fun! Fruit Ninja also keeps up with the holidays, so make sure you’re always checking back for an awesome new updates.

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Temple Run 2

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In Temple Run 2, you will run, zip line, jump, and duck your way across the temple away from the cursed idol. There are endless new challenges, new outfits, and you can even ride the luge. See how far you can run from the cursed idol before it gets to you, and don’t forget to dodge those obstacles!

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Ruzzle

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Ruzzle is one of the best word games out there for word-lovers. Challenge your friends to a game, and see if you can beat your experience, accuracy, swipe distance, and word length each time! See how many words you can manage in such a short amount of time. During Christmas, even Santa Claus will challenge you to a game. The best part? As you learn to spot hidden words, you’ll only get better with time!

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Pop the Lock

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Pop the Lock is an addicting game of, well, popping the lock! Beat each level by cracking the “code” without missing a beat. Every ten levels, you get a change of scenery, too! And if you miss one part of the sequence, you’ve got to start over at that level. This will be your go-to game in the waiting room, at the airport, and even on lunch break.

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Coin Drop

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With Coin Drop’s extensive content, including 75 different levels, this game is massive. Drop coins to jail the evil pirate coins, and earn extra points by hitting all of the pins. Earn new coin skins, advance your score, and save the world from pirate pennies! With their simple tutorial, this game is easy and quick to catch on to.

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The Room Three

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The Room Three is a mysterious puzzle game with ominous sound effects. You will work your way through the story by unlocking the next clue. You’ll find notes from “The Craftsman,” leading you to the following objective. As you find new items and discover hidden passageways, you never know what you will find, or what will find you, next. This is a great game for anyone who loves puzzles and is up for a challenge!

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Minecraft: Story Mode

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The popularity of Minecraft hasn’t died down, and we don’t think it will anytime soon. Adults and kids alike have been able to enjoy this fun, block-based game on the go, but never like this! In Minecraft: Story Mode, be the hero as you tackle adventures not for the faint of heart. Ward off enemies and save your friends from destruction, including the evil Ender Dragon. If you’re a big fan of story, Telltale Games has done a phenomenal job bringing a rich and expansive story to the game in the form of Minecraft: Story Mode. It won’t disappoint you!

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Closing

Whatever games you decide on, remember to have fun, and always be on the lookout for what’s coming next! With so many tools at their fingertips, developers are releasing new games for Android all the time, and so often for free, or even just a dollar.

Do you have a favorite Android game? Be sure to let us know what it is and what it’s all about in the comments below!

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8
Feb

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge say hello in leaked photos


We’re in prime flagship leak season since Mobile World Congress is just a few weeks away, and we might have just gotten our first in-the-wild looks at Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. If this pace keeps up, we could all the most important details down before Samsung’s February 21st press bonanza in Barcelona.

Let’s start from the back. The first photo — obtained by ReviewDao.vn — doesn’t offer the most tantalizing view of Samsung’s new S7, but it does seem to validate a handful of reports that have made the rounds these past few weeks. Consider that camera, for instance — while we can’t tell if Samsung actually swapped the S6’s 16-megapixel sensor for a 12-megapixel affair, the hump that houses the lens is much slimmer than it used to be. Moreover, the photo matches up pretty nicely with a render shared by noted leaker/VentureBeat writer Evan Blass, while the curvy back (which should house a bigger battery than in last year’s model) syncs up with previously leaked CAD diagrams.

Meanwhile, a separate photo of what appears to be the Galaxy S7 Edge came from China and shows off the device’s trademark curved display. Weibo user JKwan managed to get the device running a benchmarking app that identifies the phone as an SM-G9350, a model number that was tied to the S7 Edge when it passed through China’s Compulsory Certification organization. Really though, none of us should be surprised that Samsung has a new Edge to go with the regular S7; the company underestimated demand for the S6 Edge last year, and it even accidentally confirmed the phone’s existence on its own site. Juicy details like the phones’ chipsets and pressure-sensitive screen have yet to be full-on confirmed, but with any luck, we’ll learn plenty before we even fly off to sunny España.

8
Feb

Screen Off Pro (Screen Lock) – Certainly locks screens. [Review]


Overview

Screen Off Pro does what it sets out to do; it locks your screen at the push of a software button, negating the use of the hardware button for this use. There are a number of other options within the app, including assigning vibration, sound and animation to the screen off function, but many of these are hidden behind the paywall of the $0.99 ‘unlock’ version.

Developer: Yogesh Dama

Price: Free (Unlock: $0.99 / Unlock + Tip: $1.49)

Highlights:

  • Turn off and lock screen without use of a hardware button.
  • Various icons to stay consistent with your theme.
  • Floating Screen Off Button. (Unlock only)
  • Vibration, animation, and vibration options. (Unlock only)

Setup

Screen Off Pro requires minimal effort to set up. The app guides you through the process, which is as follows:

  1. Tap ‘Create Screen off Shortcut.’
  2. Activate Device Administrator* (Tap button, tap ‘Activate.’)
  3. Choose Icon and Label.
  4. Tap ‘Create Shortcut to home screen.’
  5. Enjoy.

* See below.


Opening splash screen.

Opening splash screen.


Tap the first option to allow Administrator Privileges.

Tap the first option to allow Administrator Privileges.

Features

As far as Screen Lock apps go, Screen Off Pro is pretty full-featured, if limited. Unfortunately, many of these features are hidden behind the paid version of the app. These features are not marked in any way as pro features; you’re only informed of such once you try to use them. At best, this is a minor inconvenience. Below is a list of the features as provided by the developer. My annotations follow in parenthesis.

  1. Number of best Screen off Shortcut icons (FREE)
  2. Change the label, name of the screen lock shortcuts (FREE)
  3. Play sound you like on screen lock (Pro Only)
  4. Vibrate on screen lock if you like (Pro Only)
  5. Lock with style, Choose the best animations (Some options free, most Pro Only)
  6. Notification shortcut to easily lock the screen from anywhere  (Pro Only)
  7. Floating screen off button over all apps, with option to set transparency and size of floating Screen off button (Pro Only)
  8. Best UI design with minimal option for simple use

This app also requires Administrator permissions, which may be concerning to some. To see if it was an isolated incident with this particular app, I downloaded a number of other screen off apps – they all require Administrator permissions, in order to turn off the screen. Looks like if you’d like this functionality, you have to play ball. I also ran into a number of instances where the app force-closed on my Nexus 6P, possibly due to inactivity.


Lots of icon choices.

Lots of icon choices.

Conclusion

Screen Off Pro does what it sets out to do; provide an app that turns your phone’s screen off without using the hardware button. However, I find the app description and, indeed the app itself, to be misleading in that it does not mention that many features are hidden behind a paid app. If you’re looking for a free app that turns off your screen and little else, this app is for you; if you’re looking for a free app that does the features described, you’re out of luck.

Google Play Store – Screen Off Pro (Screen Lock)

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8
Feb

Galaxy S7 photo leaks show refinement to familiar designs


The unveiling of Samsung’s latest Galaxy handsets is fast approaching, but if you’re too antsy to wait, thankfully leakers have our backs. Today, we’ve gotten our best looks yet (allegedly) at the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. We also have some juicy details to round out the leaks.

First up is a rear shot of the Galaxy S7. We’ve previously heard that Samsung was working on slimming that unpopular camera hump from last year’s flagship, so many folks have been itching to get a visual of that effort.

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While the camera component doesn’t look completely flush with the chassis, it does seem like a big improvement. If you’ve missed recent murmur about the S7’s camera module, it supposedly uses BRITECELL technology and underwent a reduction in megapixel count, from 16MP in the Galaxy S6 to 12MP (f/1.7 aperture lens).

Another interesting observation on the leaked image is that the back cover appears to be plastic rather than glass. But we shouldn’t jump to conclusions yet. It’s likely that this unit is a prototype. Also, notice that the Note5‘s curved back made a return.

Fortunately, that’s not all we have. Another image, of the alleged Galaxy S7 Edge, also surfaced.

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This image doesn’t really show us anything we didn’t already know. We’re familiar with those sexy curved edges. The S7 Edge is supposed to be the larger of the pair (5.5″ vs 5.1″ on the S7), and it does look like it from these pictures.

Samsung is said to have refined the metal frame on the Galaxy S7, replacing it with a stronger magnesium alloy. Water resistance and considerable battery capacities have also been reiterated.

We all know that the chipset will be a beast (they always are). The AnTuTu benchmark score on the S7 Edge image is thought to be achieved with the newest Exynos SoC. But keep in mind that various sources have suggested that some markets will get the Snapdragon 820 (likely the U.S.). Quick charging will also get a significant boost, with a claim of 0 to 80% in just 30 minutes. Lastly, the Galaxy S7 is said to join LG in the high quality audio game, also packing the HiFi ESS Sabre 9018 DAC (digital-to-analog converter).

What do you think about the Galaxy S7 pair so fair? If these details are true, are you sold on one or the other?

Source: SamMobile

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8
Feb

[TA Deals] You need the Luminid Touch Light-Up Cable in your life (52% off)


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Have you ever tried to plug your smartphone in after the lights were shut off? If you’ve ever brought your smartphone to bed and ended up surfing the web for another couple hours, it’s likely you know the struggle of getting the charger in the right place in the dark. Fortunately, the Luminid Touch Light-Up Cable over on Talk Android Deals won’t have you guessing in the dark any longer!

  • Activate the automated touch light w/ your fingertips
  • Use consistently; strong PVC jacket cord & strain relief won’t tear
  • Sync & charge your phone simultaneously
  • Use safely w/ micro USB compatible devices
  • Get the flexibility of 40″ in length

It’s a neat cable, as the lights are operated by touch, letting you quickly and easily find the charging port on your smartphone in the dark. The suggested price of this cable sits at a meager $20, but you can grab the cable for a measly $8 over on Talk Android Deals. That’s maybe two cups of coffee from Starbucks! You’re saving a whopping 54% on this cable, not to even mention the included free shipping.

The cable is available in both micro-USB and Lightning options. Anyone plan on picking one up?

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8
Feb

Law Firms Consider ‘Error 53’ Lawsuits Against Apple as Some Stores Authorized for Repairs


iPhone6s-back-frontSeveral law firms are considering lawsuits against Apple following news that the company disables iPhone 6 models that use third-party parts for repairs that affect Touch ID, reports The Guardian. The “Error 53” controversy started last week when news circulated about customers who have had their iPhones disabled and rendered unusable by a mysterious “error 53” message.

It turns out Apple disables the iPhones of customers who have had unauthorized repairs on their devices with non-genuine parts. An Apple spokesperson explained that any inauthentic part affecting the Touch ID sensor will trigger the error message in an intentional effort to keep Touch ID and the secure enclave that stores fingerprint information safe. Damaged phones also have the potential to give the error.

“We protect fingerprint data using a secure enclave, which is uniquely paired to the touch ID sensor. When iPhone is serviced by an authorised Apple service provider or Apple retail store for changes that affect the touch ID sensor, the pairing is re-validated. This check ensures the device and the iOS features related to touch ID remain secure. Without this unique pairing, a malicious touch ID sensor could be substituted, thereby gaining access to the secure enclave. When iOS detects that the pairing fails, touch ID, including Apple Pay, is disabled so the device remains secure.”

A UK barrister told The Guardian disabling iPhones “could potentially be viewed as an offense” under the Criminal Damage Act 1971, which covers the destruction of property, and a Seattle-based law firm, PVCA said it wants to bring a class action lawsuit against Apple, calling on affected customers to get in contact. PVCA is planning to represent customers for free and has outlined the issue on its website, suggesting Apple is violating consumer laws by forcing customers to use Apple-sanctioned repair services.

We believe that Apple may be intentionally forcing users to use their repair services, which cost much more than most third party repair shops. Where you could get your screen replaced by a neighborhood repair facility for $50-80, Apple charges $129 or more. There is incentive for Apple to keep end users from finding alternative methods to fix their products.

Apple may be planning to proactively head off lawsuits and assuage customer outrage. MacRumors has heard from a retail source that certain Apple Stores have received the go ahead from Apple to replace third-party screens and other third-party components to resolve the error 53 issue. The standard out-of-warranty fee is charged for the repairs and the replacement of non-genuine parts with Apple parts is limited to those affected by the error.

It is not yet clear if all Apple Stores have been authorized to repair error 53 iPhones as Apple’s only official statement is that it’s a security measure required to prevent fraudulent Touch ID sensors from being installed.

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8
Feb

Smart strap brings payments to your Pebble smartwatch


Right now, you have slim pickings if you want to pay for things from your wrist: there’s the Apple Watch, an upcoming Swatch model, eventual Samsung Gear S2 support and… that’s about it. However, Fit Pay might just widen the field a bit. It’s crowdfunding the Pagaré smart strap, which brings NFC-based tap-to-pay support to any Pebble Time smartwatch — yes, including the Round. It should work at most shops that accept Apple Pay or Android Pay (it uses a similar, token-based system), and it shares familiar security measures, such as disabling access when you remove your timepiece. You don’t even need to bring your phone once you’ve set things up.

If you’re interested, you’ll want to get in early. It takes a relatively modest $49 pledge to get a strap if you’re part of the first wave, but that price will go up to $69 if you’re late, or $89 if you wait until the official release. That’s a lot to shell out to add one feature to a smartwatch, especially when you won’t get the Pagaré until July at the earliest. With that said, this could be the ticket if you either have a smartphone that doesn’t do tap-to-pay (hi, OnePlus 2) or simply prefer Pebble’s lower-priced, longer-lasting smartwatches over the alternatives.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fitpay/pagare-contactless-payment-smartstraps-for-pebble/widget/video.html

Via: The Verge

Source: Kickstarter, Fit Pay

8
Feb

Instagram confirms multiple account support is coming this week


The ability to post from multiple accounts inside the Instagram app is a feature users have begged the company to add for quite some time. After making an appearance in both the Android and iOS apps, the tool will go live this week. In addition to making things official today, Instagram says you’ll soon be able to add up to five accounts to the app. Of course, this means that you can toggle back and forth without having to log out and log back in each time you want to switch. What’s more, you’ll be able to receive notifications from each, so long as you have them turned on. It’s about freakin’ time.

Source: Instagram

8
Feb

Google brings back Security Checkup reward scheme just in time for Safer Internet Day


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In preparation for Safer Internet Day which is will take place tomorrow Tuesday, February 9, Google has brought back its popular free storage reward. If you happened to miss the celebration last year, the search engine giant offered all users 2GB of additional Drive space to participate in a simple security checkup. The same scheme will run this year, but a couple of extra steps have been added in order to make your account more secure than ever before.

The audit itself takes around 2-to-3 minutes and requires you to sift through your account recovery options, trusted devices, permissions and 2-step verification settings. If everything appears to be in order and it doesn’t look like any of your details have been compromised, simply read through the Staying Safe tips, hit the OK button and Google will credit your account with the free storage.

It’s important to note, however, that tons of people all round the world will be partaking in this program, so if you notice that the extra space hasn’t shown up on your account immediately, don’t worry. It can take up to 24-hours for the system to process your request, verify that you have completed the checkup and credit your account.

Source: Google Security Checkup

 

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