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Twitter lets US users hide replies in their threads

Social media can be thought of as an ant colony: if you want to introduce a new factor in how people can or can't communicate with each other, you should probably test it out with a sequestered region before introducing it to the whole place. Such was the case as Twitter began testing hidden replies in Canada beginning in July. Today, it is expanding that test to Japan and the United States.

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Google Photos gets nostalgic with AI-curated Memories, lets you show off favorites with canvas prints

Google Photos isn't just resting on its laurels today by making 4x6" prints available within the same day at your local pharmacy or big box store — the cloud storage service is amping up its own boutique print offerings and using artificial intelligence to help you stroll through the tons of memories you've backed up.

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Samsung leak hints at big 6,000mAh battery in upcoming Galaxy M phone

There's no shortage of mid-range phones with multi-day batteries in these times. If you want a 4,000mAh phone for a couple hundred bucks, you've got it. A 5,000mAh brick for even less? Cheers. A 6,000mAh device? You'll either have to wait to spend beaucoup bucks on the Asus ROG Phone II or, perhaps better yet, you should move to India: there have been some signals that Samsung is ready to ride that power pack with a new Galaxy M series phone.

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Snap's newest Spectacles coming this fall with dual cameras for 3D, bigger price tag

It turns out even with a shrunken user base and diminished investor enthusiasm — SNAP shares are down by more than a third since their NYSE debut in March 2017 — that Snap, Inc. still wants to carve a place for itself in the social media ecosystem. It's tried to do so by making actual camera hardware in the form of sunglasses with cameras that stream to users' Snapchat accounts. Today, the company is incorporating two cameras to its third iteration to its Spectacles.

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[Update: Pixel 3a] Google's summer of zero Pixel 4 secrecy continues with possible camera sample featuring 20x zoom

The Pixel 4 is rumored to be the first in Google's own series of Android phones to feature more than one rear camera — one of them is said to be a 16MP telephoto camera. With Chinese smartphones going full-on brag with composite zoom figures of up to 50x, you'd like to believe that the already-great Pixel imaging software could help out. Now we're seeing what may be our first look at how far away a Pixel 4 can zoom in... and still bring out a nice picture.

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[Update: Spotted in the wild] Spotify will soon let you share control of your music queue with others

A good party should be an open party. Namely, it should have a few open things: an open door, an open bar (or two), and an open jukebox. That last bit can get more awkward than one would like as people fumble around with a computer or figure out how to connect their phones to the Wi-Fi network. Well, Spotify is cooking up a new feature that will let other users take control of a host's playlist with a simple scan of a code or tap of a link.

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[Update: Official tweet] Oppo's new 'Waterfall' display has the most extreme curved edges we've ever seen

How many ways can you build a rectangle? When it comes to smartphone displays, it can get quite excessive. Chinese manufacturer Oppo recently revealed its work on a panel with a highly-translucent portion containing a phone's front cameras. Now, the company is circulating images and video of what it calls a "waterfall display" — basically a curved edge screen, but with the curves on steroids.

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It looks like Xiaomi's next Redmi phone will have a 64MP camera

In April, Samsung announced its largest smartphone camera sensor, one that could take in up to 64 megapixels of information. The rumor mill was quick to point to a new Galaxy phone that would be the first to feature said sensor. But it seems that Xiaomi has shown up the crowd with a couple of samples from what is supposedly its first phone with a 64MP camera. And there's reason to believe that it will be fairly affordable, too.

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Instagram’s new anti-bullying tools remind commenters not to be dicks

As with many things in life, bullying is a two-way street. To prevent it from taking place, the bully should be able to be prevented from harming someone else and the bullied should be empowered to take action and represent themselves without fear of repercussions. Instagram, which can be a hotbed for interpersonal conflict, has been ramping up anti-bullying measures in recent months and has just brought in two new tools to let bullies rethink what they want to say and to let the bullied manage their counterpart's presence on their posts.

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Facebook introduces Avatars because every app needs its own Bitmoji wannabe

Facebook is trialing a way to personalize the engagement its users can have with the content on its platform. Avatars are currently being tested in Australia as a Bitmoji-like addition to standard reactions and generated GIFs. A global roll-out is reportedly targeted for later this year at the earliest, but there are questions about how big of a draw this feature will be for existing users as well as departed users that may want to make a return.

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