Once you enable audio on Instagram, sound now continues until you close the app

A change to Instagram rolled out to the app recently and this is how it works. When you open the picture and video sharing app, videos will autoplay with the sound off. But when you tap on the screen to turn the volume on one video on, all other videos will autoplay with the sound on for the remainder of your Instagram session. We’d say that makes common sense. And if you tap on the screen again turning the audio off on the current video, all of the subsequent videos will go silent. If you disable the sound on your Instagram videos, they will remain off when you finish your session and start up …


The Essential Phone is unreasonably difficult to repair, close to impossible

When Andy Rubin announced its start-up will launch an Android smartphone called Essential Phone, many have been reluctant that the device will find its place among the flagships launched by more experience and tradition in the industry.

After a couple of missed deadlines, it became clear that the Essential Phone was not ready for prime time. Now that the smartphone is shipping to those who placed pre-orders, people are probably wondering whether or not to purchase it.

At first glance, the Essential Phone looks like an unusual device, but not necessarily in a bad way. But how easy …

High-quality iPhone 8 dummy in the new copper "Blush Gold" color, up close and personal

So, Apple is definitely moving some pieces around with how its iPhones look and feel this year around — some would say “finally”. While the “s” models that will succeed the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are said to be same in form factor, but sporting a glass back and wireless charging, it’s the iPhone 8 (a.k.a. iPhone X, iPhone Edition, iPhone Prime) that will have a revolutionary form factor, a proportionally radical price tag, and a bunch of premium colors to entice users to get the special handset.

On that note, we’ve been seeing a new gold shade for the all-screen iPhones. A descendant …

Smart Invert in iOS 11 is as close to Dark Mode as Apple gets for now

Perhaps it has something to do with joining the dark side, but Apple has teased us for years about a system-wide Dark Mode and has never delivered. Perhaps the force is not strong enough to make this a feature on iOS even though every year there is a rumor that it is coming. While iOS does have an Invert Color feature, this is not exactly what the Apple faithful have been hoping for. The latter feature will invert colors used on photos, emoji and Message attachments.

But with iOS 11 comes Smart Invert. This brings users the same features as Invert Color, but is smarter. In other …

This AR lunar model takes you as close to the moon as you can get (without a spaceship)

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The moon may be 238,900 miles away from Earth, but with a new lunar model and accompanying AR app, it might as well be in the palm of your hand.

AstroReality, a Bay Area-based startup whose co-founder is an astro-photographer, is creating hand-painted, 3D-printed moon models to bring the moon’s surface down to Earth.

The Lunar Pro is a softball-sized, one-pound orb that recreates the moon and all its craters, edges, and other topography based on NASA’s lunar orbiter data. It’s made at a resolution of 4,000 DPI, which is incredibly precise. It’s then molded with a poly resin material that is hand-painted to mimic what the moon looks like. It comes shockingly close. Read more…

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The mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor comes surprisingly close to top-end Snapdragon 835 chip in performance test

Earlier this month, US chip maker Qualcomm announced its brand-new Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors for mid-range phones and other smart devices. Benchmark scores of the 660 model appeared online, showing the chip is capable of surprisingly high performance that hovers near the flagship Snapdragon 835 model’s teritorry.

In GeekBench (a prominent CPU performance test), the Snapdragon 660 – as present inside an unidentified smartphone code-named Heart – racked up 5,455 points in the multi-core test. Compared to the flagship Snapdragon 835 as present in the Samsung …

Android Instant Apps on Android O up close


At last year’s Google I/O conference, we were greeted with a preview of Android Instant Apps. The idea behind them is to broaden exposure while also saving on data and storage. Where a natively downloaded Android application may be several dozen megabytes (or a few hundred megabytes) in size, not including related overhead storage or amount of data used, Android Instant Apps use only a fraction of both.

With Android Instant Apps, developers can choose to “deep link” connection requests from compatible Android devices and instead of opening a Chrome browser page, or prompting to install …

Pebble releases firmware update to allow its smartwatches to function even after servers close

After being acquired by Fitbit back in December, Pebble informed customers that it would continue to support its platform and preserve smartwatch functionality for at least a year. Based on that statement, we can assume that Pebble servers are likely to go dark at the end of this year if Fitbit doesn’t have other plans.

Four months after the acquisition announcement, Fitbit comes out with a new firmware update that is meant to offer its customers what was promised. Regardless of what smartphone you use (Android or iOS), you will soon be able to download the update for free.

The main …

Gestures used with the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ will open and close apps?

According to what is alleged to be the settings page on the Samsung Galaxy S8, the fingerprint scanner will support gestures that will open and close apps. While the page itself is in Spanish, running the words through Google Translate results in something interesting. Under the heading “Gestos para sensor de huella” (Gestures for the fingerprint sensor), it reads “abir y cerrar aplicaciones y funciones con el sensor huella digitales.” Translated, it reads “Open and close applications and functions with the fingerprint sensor.” And there is a toggle switch right next to the sentence that allows …

FreedomPop's first smartphone isn't free, but is close enough

You may remember FreedomPop as the free-to-use mobile network, but the company has been expanding its operations for some time now. After getting into the refurbished smartphone market last year, FreedomPop has now announced it will be releasing a device of its own, called the V7, and will sell it for a measly £59 ($72).

Considering its price, the phone is pretty good specs-wise, even if it’s a far cry from most serious contenders on the market. It features a Snapdragon 210 processor and a 5-inch 720p display, along with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal …