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Instagram now tells Stories too

Kids these days love Snapchat. That's my understanding, anyway. And news like this only feeds into that impression. Instagram is now introducing Stories, a feature similar to one Snapchat launched three years ago.

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Remix OS Marshmallow now available for the Pixel C and Nexus 9

When the Pixel C was first released, there was a lot of speculation that it was originally intended to run a tablet version of Chrome OS instead of the Marshmallow build it eventually shipped with. There's still no easy way to get Chrome OS running on it, but today you can try the next best thing: the desktop-flavored version of Android developed by Jide. Remix OS, which was just recently upgraded to add code based on Android 6.0, is now available for the Pixel C. The Nexus 9, HTC and Google's 2014 offering, gets the same treatment.

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Samsung's new Gear VR is compatible with both USB Type-C and microUSB, has wider field of view

Now that Samsung has finally given in to the pressures of progress and moved to USB Type-C on the Note7, what will become of the Gear VR? They're making a new one for you to buy, of course. The new Gear VR will work with the Note7, but also with older Samsung phones. It should offer a more immersive experience too.

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The Nexus Launcher will probably not be an update to Google Now Launcher, but a standalone app

The APK for the new "Nexus Launcher" we detailed yesterday is now floating around the internet, but I've yet to see anyone point out one rather important detail about the whole thing: it doesn't replace Google Now Launcher when installed, but rather is clearly separate in name and branding. Going to the launcher picker with Nexus Launcher and Google Now Launcher installed, you can see both sport different logos and, obviously, names.

Now, this in and of itself is not direct confirmation of the Nexus Launcher being a standalone app, but it seems like a pretty decent bet to make. This leads us to another question: will the Nexus launcher only work on Nexus devices, or does Google plan to make "Nexus" a software branding?

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Here are all the Galaxy Note7 launch details we have so far [Continuously updated]

The Galaxy Note7 has been announced by Samsung with a Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, and a spiffy curved AMOLED screen. It can even look deeply into your eyes with its iris scanner. If you just can't wait to wrap your hands around this slab of metal and glass, all the major carriers will be happy to take your money very shortly. Here are all the specifics.

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Tuesday app and game sales: Lara Croft GO, CamScanner, Backdrops Pro, and more

You should spend money on good content to support developers, but that doesn't mean you have to always pay full price. I mean, if there's a sale, shouldn't you take advantage of it? Of course, and here are all the best sales live in the Play Store.

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Specs showdown: Samsung Galaxy Note7 vs Note 5, S7 Edge, and Nexus 6P

With the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 today, I'm sure many of you are curious about how the newest member of the original phablet phamily stacks up with some of the other jumbo-sized phones on the market. For your convenience, I've thrown together a quick spec comparison.

Here's a rundown of how the Note7 stacks up against the S7 Edge, the always popular Nexus 6P, and, for old times sake, the Note5.

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The Galaxy Note is no longer Samsung's "enthusiast" smartphone series (opinion)

When the Galaxy Note was introduced in September 2011, it was a revelation - to some. (I, personally, did not get it, much to my disappointment in hindsight.) It was big. It was bold. It was aggressively powerful. Put side by side with Samsung's earlier Galaxy S (i9000) phone, the Galaxy Note was borderline overkill. A screen a full 1.3" larger. Twice the CPU cores, RAM, and storage. A 1280x800 resolution - scarcely believable on a smartphone at the time. The Note was, as many remember, openly ridiculed for being too much - too big, too expensive, too niche. How wrong we were.

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[Update: Fixed] Nexus 5 users are encountering serious volume bugs after the July OTA

The incremental security updates that Android gets are generally regarded as a good thing, but with every software update comes the chance that something could get borked. That's doubly true with faster updates, and it seems to be the case with the latest Marshmallow release for the Nexus 5. According to our own readers, commenters on XDA and Reddit, and not least users on the official AOSP issue tracker, the original Nexus 5 is encountering some serious problems with volume control on the latest build, MOB30P.

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Hands-on with the Galaxy Note7: Eyeball scanning is standard

There is perhaps no better-selling “enthusiast” or “power-user” smartphone than Samsung's Galaxy Note series. When it debuted in 2011, it was dismissed as ridiculous by many (myself included). It was too big, we said - too big to hold, “and for what? Who needs this?” many of us barked at the time (how wrong we were). But the Note series became a runaway success, and each year, millions of Samsung fans await the latest iteration.

Last year’s Note, though, may have been the biggest letdown in the Note series yet. It had no microSD slot, no removable battery, and it didn’t even launch in Europe - perhaps a signal of the Note series entering a wind-down phase.

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