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Instagram now allows you to add music to your Stories
Unlike with YouTube, Instagram users have been playing copyrighted music in the background of their Stories without the fear of any negative consequences. But this was done by just playing a song out of the phone while capturing a photo or video. Starting today, Instagram is adding an official feature for adding music to Stories.
Instagram will no longer notify users if someone screenshots their Story
Back in February, some Instagram users started to receive notifications whenever someone took a screenshot of their Story. After experimenting with this feature for several months, Instagram has decided to cancel it altogether.
Instantly reshare Instagram Stories that you’ve been mentioned in to your Story
Last month, Instagram rolled out a new feature that allows you to share other people’s posts to your Story as a sticker. Now, if someone mentions you in their Instagram Story, you can reshare that picture or video to your Story.
July 23, 2017
Update: Here is Apple’s The Rock x Siri Dominate the Day full commercial:
Update: Despite initially touting it as a “movie, ‘Johnson now says his partnership with Apple is a “crazy fun” commercial.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has announced on his personal Twitter account that he will soon be starring in a movie created in partnership with Apple. Co-starring alongside The Rock is none other than Siri, Apple’s artificial intelligent assistant.
July 18, 2017
In today’s world, it is important to have strong, unique, and secure passwords protecting all of your online accounts. Services like LastPass make this easy to do with tools that generate random passwords and store them with strong encryption. Today, LastPass has announced that it will soon make family sharing a priority…
Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip
June 26, 2017
Google is unique in that it allows its employees to spend 20% of their time working on personal projects on top of their daily tasks. To help employees, Google has an incubator called Area 120 where projects can come to life. One of the latest apps to come out of Area 120 is called Uptime, and it allows friends to watch, comment, and react to YouTube videos in real-time. Previously in an invite-only beta, Uptime is now available to all as an iOS exclusive…
June 7, 2017
DirecTV Now dropping support for Safari, Chrome exclusive starting in July
DirecTV Now, a live-TV streaming service that piggybacks on AT&T’s television services, is one of the ways that cable cord-cutters can still access their favorite shows online. Now, without any official notice as of this writing, customers visiting the site on Safari and Internet Explorer are being told to download Google Chrome as other browsers will no longer be supported after June…
June 6, 2017
Over on the Android side of the world, leaked renders of the upcoming OnePlus 5 flagship have hit the web today. While they don’t unveil anything too crazy about the handset itself, we do get our first look at its design. Instead of keeping with its previous design language, the OnePlus 5 will most likely ship looking almost identical to the iPhone 7 Plus…
May 10, 2017
Uber now allows you to save custom locations other than home and work
Rolling out today, Uber is making it easier for you to remember destinations other than your home and work addresses with Saved Places. Whether you visit a particular friend or relative’s house, restaurant, or even a park fairly often, it can get annoying trying to remember the exact address when hailing an Uber. Now, these saved locations can be saved as a shortcut…
May 5, 2017