For as long as Instagram has been around, users have only been able to upload one photo per post at a time. If you happened to have multiple photos or videos that you wanted to share, there unfortunately has never been an easy way to do that. Well, until now. In the latest Instagram update, users will be able to share up to 10 photos and videos in one post.

Now, you’ll no longer have to choose the best photo or video from the experience you want to share. When uploading photos or videos to your feed, you’ll see a new icon that will let you select multiple photos and videos from your library. You can even customize the order in which each photo shows up. Just tap and hold to change the order, apply a filter to everything at once, or edit them one at a time.


Instagram says these posts have a single caption and are square-only for now, but we’d imagine support for non-square posts will be added in the future.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to head to the Play Store link below to grab the latest Instagram update.

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Instagram Live Stories now available

January 25: Instagram Live Stories, which have been rumored to launch for a few weeks now, are now available to all users globally. This rollout is following a limited regional release in December.

Hands-free mode and new stickers

December 21: In this holiday-themed update to version 10.3, Instagram introduced several new features including a hands-free recording mode, more stickers and holiday content. The new camera interface lets users record a video by tapping the record button once, rather than pressing and holding it like previously. You can also now add customizable weather, time and location stickers to snaps. Limited-time-only Christmas-themed stickers and plans for New Year’s stickers were also announced.

Bookmarks

December 14: Instagram now lets you save posts that you’d like to revisit later. You should see a new bookmark icon underneath each and every post in your feed. When you find a photo or video that you’d like to save, tap the bookmark icon, and that’s it. The post will be saved to a new, private tab on your profile, where you can see all the posts you’ve saved. The best part? Posts saved in your bookmarks tab are only visible to you.

Live video streaming

December 12: Instagram is the latest social networking giant to support live video streaming. Users can stream up to one hour of live video at a time, though video clips from the live streaming feature can’t be saved at this time. It’s only live in the US for now, but more regions will gain support for the feature soon.

Boomerang videos and Story mentions

November 10: Boomerang videos are now baked into the Instagram app. Just swipe right from the main feed page, select Boomerang, then you’ll be able to create short GIF-like clips that you can share directly to your account. In addition, Instagram has added support for mentioning users in Stories.

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Huawei, which officially announced its Honor V9 phone in China earlier this week, has also revealed plans to release a 360-degree camera add-on device. It’s called simply the Honor VR Camera, and it was developed in partnership with Insta360, which has previously released similar add-ons for smartphones.

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According to a statement from Insta360, the Honor VR Camera will support “3K photography and seamless livestreaming”. The company also helped to develop the app for the camera, which it says will allow users to “download to capture, share and livestream their 360-degree creations.”

That’s pretty much all we know so far about the Honor VR Camera in terms of its hardware specs. Huawei and Insta360 did not reveal a price or release date for the product. The press release said Huawei does plan to begin international sales of the add-on sometime soon. That likely means the camera will be available outside Huawei’s home country.

Insta360 is already selling a consumer camera add-on, the Insta360 Nano, which is available for the iPhone 6 and 7 for $195. It can take 360-degree videos at up to 3040 x 1520 resolution at 30 frames per second. The company recently announced another product, the Insta360 Pro, that is aimed at the professional photographer. It will have six lenses that can take 360-degree videos in up to 8K resolution, along with support for high-def livestreaming and 3D video. It will be released later this year, but it will have a much higher price tag of $2,999.

Since we know so little about this new Honor VR Camera, it’s hard to tell if its capabilities will be similar to the Insta360 Nano, or closer to the Insta360 Pro, but without the super-high price tag. Hopefully Huawei will reveal more about its plans for its latest device later this week at the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

We’d probably all thought that we’d heard the last of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, but up popped speculation yesterday that the company may end up selling refitted Note 7 models in a selection of countries. Vietnam and India were among the names suggested, however Samsung India has since stated that “the report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect.”

Done and dusted? Well perhaps not quite. While we may not see the Galaxy Note 7 reappear under the same branding, or even with the same aesthetic design, there are still some merits to the argument that Samsung will seek to recover some of its losses through reclaiming and reselling handsets and/or components. According to The Korean Economic Daily’s sources, such a device could have its 3,500mAh battery swapped with a smaller 3,000 to 3,200mAh cell, and could even feature a new case, look, and branding. So, it wouldn’t really be a Note 7 relaunch at all then?

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Wasted materials and costs

We don’t really want to see the return of another set of Note 7’s with battery replacements, but otherwise the handset was full of perfectly serviceable AMOLED display and main-board parts, which had nothing to do with the defect. Samsung may be eyeing up using these components for use in a new device, especially as mainboards are the most expensive portion of a phone. They house processor, memory, radio, and other expensive integrated circuits on them, which the company will already have ordered in bulk.

Furthermore, Samsung produced many of these components itself, including PoP flash and RAM, and the Exynos 8890 SoC found in some regional Note 7’s. The recall was a double hit for Samsung in this sense, and there’s a strong incentive to repurpose these parts for another phone. Especially as the company would have to pay out even more to dispose of these components anyway.

Rather than simply selling refurbished units, Samsung may launch entirely new models built from remaining, unused production line components. With a new case and design, such a phone probably won’t resemble the Note 7 anyway.

Even if Samsung has no intention of using returned Note 7 parts, there’s still the question of what to do with all of the component orders placed for the Note 7 global roll out. Samsung will have invested considerable time and expense into its AMOLED production line, securing fab time and space for its processors and memory, and will have built production lines to actually put all of the parts together. It’s a potentially huge write off, but one that could be mitigated by putting these orders to use elsewhere.

It’s unlikely that these parts could be used for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8, as orders and production plans will be difficult to change just months before launch. Not to mention that there’s an all new processing package and different display sizes tipped for the S8.

So what does Samsung do with these AMOLED displays, spare flash memory, and Exynos 8890 processors? It could sell them to some of its competitors, like Meizu, or reuse these components in some of its own new devices. After all, the Exynos 8890 will be a bit old in comparison to the Snapdragon 835 and/or Exynos 9 series in the Galaxy S8, so a lower mid-range handset is a possibility. Combined with a new case design to prevent any battery issues, and we’re looking at a pretty good use for all those spare parts.

Just don’t recycle the name

If any of this turns out to be true, the biggest question remains – how to market such a ‘not quite flagship’ phone?

It’s extremely unlikely that Samsung would relaunch the Note 7 name for at least two reasons. A: the two recalls have tainted the name that no-one would trust a third launch. B: it’s been too long and runs the risk of conflicting with the Galay S8 and even Note 8 launches.

A lower cost model might not sell so well in the Note range’s typical markets, but Samsung could introduce such a phone to more price competitive regions.

However, without the familiar Note branding, it seems unlikely that Samsung would be able to shift this Frankenstein phone in its traditional high-end markets, where branding is key. Consumers in South Korea, Japan, Europe, and the US are unlikely to flock to a lower cost off-schedule release instead of paying the usual premium for the Galaxy S8 or Note 8.

This is perhaps where the original report’s mention of other markets comes in to play, ones that are more discerning on price and features than just a brand name. A lower cost Note 7 alternative would probably sell a lot better in Asia and perhaps even Southern America than in the US. Samsung India has already confirmed that refurbished Note 7’s won’t be reappearing in the country, but this doesn’t rule out any number of different Galaxy ranges, or even an entirely new one, which could sneak in a few of the Note 7’s unused components.

Wrap Up

There’s certainly a fair amount of logic behind the original rumor, but we’re almost certainly not looking at a Note 7 relaunch or the direct sale of refurbished units. Of course, Samsung will likely never tell us if it’s reusing part of its Note 7 production line for a new handset. But we shouldn’t shy away from an Exynos 8890 powered phone with a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, as these are great components that had nothing to do with the Note 7’s battery problem.

That being said, Samsung is a large and profitable enough company to be able to suck up the costs and simply move on to its new devices. We will just have to wait and see what Samsung announces over the next few months.

Would you like to see Samsung launch a device using Note 7 parts, or is the handset tainted too much that you would rather avoid anything associated with it?

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After AT&T announced its 5G Evolution network, we knew it was only a matter of time before its wireless rivals chimed in with their own plans. It seems that Verizon is now up to the plate.

In partnership with Samsung, Big Red is nearly ready to pilot test its new gigabit-class wireless service in 11 cities. According to Samsung, the first markets to offer fixed 5G wireless will be New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington, D.C., with a fifth location in Michigan starting trials later in Q2 2017. The remaining cities will probably be rolled out sometime shortly after that. Verizon says that the entire network should be up and running by the middle of the year.

Keep in mind this is a “pre-commercial” network service that will only be offered to select consumers in the 11 chosen cities. It is hard to say how long this pilot will go on before it becomes commercially available, though its very possible that they could launch it to more consumers by the year’s end.

It’s hard to believe that we are already nearing the age of 5G, a standard that seemed like a fairy tale concept not that terribly long ago. Of course, networks like Verizon’s 5G and AT&T’s 5G Evolution aren’t quite ‘real 5G’ at this stage, especially since no formal standard has yet to be announced. Still, we’ve come a long way and AT&T and Verizon’s latest moves bring us just one more step closer.

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A dictionary can be a handy tool. Many have features such as a word of the day to help expand your vocabulary. Those learning languages for the first time can find them useful in defining words they don’t know. They’re valuable learning tools. It’s even better when you conveniently have them on your mobile phone. Here are the best dictionary apps for Android!

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Dictionary

Dictionary

Price: Free / $1.99
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The simply named Dictionary app is a pretty decent option. It has three sources. You’ll find words from Webster’s dictionary, The American Heritage dictionary, and Roget’s Thesaurus. The app contains a word of the day feature along with a thesaurus, a dictionary, translations to more than 40 languages, and more. Most parts of the app are also available offline. Additional features include idioms of the day, audio pronunciations, word etymologies, and various other dictionaries (financial, medical, etc). The free version contains advertising while the $1.99 pro version does not. It’s definitely among the better dictionary apps.
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Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com

Price: Free / $2.99 with in-app purchases
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Dictionary.com is one of the most popular dictionary apps out there. It has a ton of features, including a word of the day, audio pronunciations, a translator for over 30 languages, and even the word origins. You can buy additional dictionaries as in-app purchases. They include a slang dictionary, idioms and phrases, and even a medical dictionary. Overall, it’s a fairly solid app. However, it does play fast and loose with permissions. That has chased some of the more security conscious away. Otherwise, it’s pretty good.
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Dictionary Linguee

Dictionary Linguee

Price: Free
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Dictionary Linguee is one of the newer free dictionary apps. It specializes in cross-language translations and definitions. It supports English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and about a dozen other languages. You’ll also get a search (which includes translations), audio pronunciations, example sentences, and more. Comparatively speaking, it’s a rather simple dictionary app. However, the whole app is entirely free with no in-app purchases or advertising. That makes it a pretty decent option.
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Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Price: Free / $2.99
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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary is one of the more well-known dictionary apps out there. The name recognition alone has made it extremely popular. Thankfully, it’s also riddled with features. On top of the standard word definitions, the app features word games to increase your vocabulary. It also features an integrated thesaurus, example sentences, audio pronunciations, word of the day, and many more. The free version is riddled with apps while the $2.99 version is not. Aside from the aggressive advertising, the app is pretty decent overall.
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Merriam-Webster Dictionary

English Dictionary

English Dictionary

Price: Free
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English Dictionary is another one of the better free dictionary apps. It boasts a word base of 239000 words. That’s probably more than you’ll ever need. It also has a variety of features that you don’t see every day. There is a randomizer that lets you look up random words. You can also choose between a light and a dark theme if you prefer. There are even some cute little animations like you’re flicking through a book. Best of all, it’s completely free with no in-app purchases or advertising. It’s worth checking out.
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Google Search

Google Search

Price: Free
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It’s true that Google’s app isn’t officially a dictionary app. It can be used to look up words, though. Using either the voice or text command, you can simply ask Google the definition of any given word. It’s a good option for those who don’t need a full-fledged dictionary app but still want to know the definition of things. It also comes with all of its usual features, like Google Now, Now on Tap, translation features, news features, and reminders. Again, it’s not great if you need a dictionary app that does more than provide definitions. However, it is more than good enough for looking up a word really quickly.
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Google Search

Idioms and Phrases Dictionary

Idioms and Phrases Dictionary

Price: Free / $1.99
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Idioms and Phrases Dictionary is something a little bit different. It allows you to search and view entire phrases along with their meanings. It features 3500 phrases along with their meanings. You can search for phrases, bookmark your favorites, and even view them by category. Aside from that, it’s a relatively simple app. You just open, search, read, and close it out. It’s a fun app to check out, especially if you’re a non-English speaker and you want to learn what some of these otherwise nonsensical phrases actually mean.
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Idioms and Phrases Dictionary

Offline Dictionary

Offline Dictionary

Price: Free / $4.49
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Offline Dictionary is another one of the dictionary apps that focuses on multiple languages. It supports over two dozen languages. Each language has its own dictionary that can be downloaded for offline use. You can download as many or as few as you want. It also includes a built-in thesaurus if you need one of those. Aside from that, it’s surprisingly light on features. The app does cover the basics, including sentence examples, word correction, and audio pronunciation. It’s a good option for those looking for something a little more simple.
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Offline Dictionary

Pocket Thesaurus

Pocket Thesaurus

Price: Free / $2.61
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Pocket Thesaurus is another app that’s technically not a dictionary app. It can be used with one to give you an even greater understanding of the English language. The app boasts a 20MB install size which is fairly reasonable considering that it covers 90,000 common words. There is also a floating thesaurus mode that lets you see synonyms of words simply by selecting them. It works well when paired with a similarly simple dictionary app for a one-two combo. The free version has ads while the paid version does not. Otherwise, the two apps are pretty much the same.
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WordWeb Dictionary

WordWeb Dictionary

Price: Free
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WordWeb Dictionary is one of the more popular free dictionary apps for Android. It features 285000 words, 225000 word sense definitions, and more. There is also a built-in thesaurus, pronunciations, and more. Perhaps its most unique feature is the ability to find commonly misunderstood words or know the difference between words that sound similar. It’s also usable offline, is completely free, and has no in-app purchases or advertising. It’s relatively simple and doesn’t have common features like audio pronunciations. Otherwise, it’s a solid app.
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There’s little denying that the continued advancement of AI will be an important part of our future, and companies like Samsung will be a big part of this push forward, at least if the latest claim proves correct. A new report from The Korea Herald indicates Samsung is considering the creation of a $1 billion fund to invest in the future of artificial intelligence.

The unnamed source is a Samsung official from the USA, claiming this money is to be used towards AI tech company acquisitions and investments in stakes.

“Despite several recent deals, the management pointed out the company still needed more fundamental investments into AI.” -Samsung official

This report seems to imply Samsung sees great potential in the future of AI. So much that it could be Samsung’s attempt not to repeat a past mistake from 2005, when they declined to purchase Android from Google. This would make sense, as it has already been reported Samsung is open to working with google on AI, as well as investing in its own artificial intelligence services.

Other large companies like Facebook and LG are also looking into the integration of AI in their products and services, so it looks like the proliferation of such services is not too far away. We just hope the robot apocalypse is nothing to worry about!

Update 2/21 – 6:18PM: For Samsung India’s part, they have denied plans to sell the Note 7 refurbished in India.

Here’s the statement straight from a Samsung India company rep: “The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect.”

The company has yet to specify whether or not the phone will be sold in other markets though. Honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung keeps the Note 7 buried in order to move past last year’s blunder, but we’ll update this post again if/when we learn more about this supposed plan.

Original 2/21 – 3:56PM:

Samsung is said to be putting refurbished Galaxy Note 7 handsets on sale with new batteries following the cancellation of the device late last year. The speculation arrives via South Korean news website The Korean Economic Daily, which suggests that the smartphones could be relaunched this June.

Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 last September following reports of units catching fire. After replacing the batteries, Samsung later resold them — however, they continued to catch fire and the Note 7 was eventually aborted. Samsung announced in January that the cause of the of Note 7’s problems had indeed been related to batteries but by then it was too late to recover.

Now, Samsung is said to be swapping the Note 7’s 3,500 mAh batteries with a “3,000 to 3,200 mAh” batteries, according to The Korean Economic Daily’s sources, predominately for sale in emerging markets such as India and Vietnam.

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The move is said to be part of Samsung’s plan to recover costs from the initial device recall and avoid environmental penalties from the estimated 2.5 million or so Galaxy Note 7s it would have to dispose of.

Samsung hasn’t made any official announcements in this vein, but before the battery investigation concluded, a spokesperson did tell us that the company was: “Reviewing possible options that can minimize the environmental impact of the recall.” Shifting refurbished units would certainly be one way to achieve that.

We’ve reached out to Samsung again regarding this matter and will update this story should we receive a response.

Even as wireless carriers and smartphone makers hype up their plans to offer 5G speeds sometime in the future, the current 4G LTE technology continues to get refined and improved. Today, ahead of the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, chip rivals Qualcomm and Intel have both announced new LTE modems with support for faster network speeds.

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE chipset is the 7th such product from the company to support LTE networks, and the second that uses its Gigabit LTE technology. According to Qualcomm, the modem can support download speeds up to 1.2Gbps. It can achieve these kinds of speeds through the use of carrier aggregation, which allows a device with the modem to access as many as 12 unique streams of data, each with speeds of up to 100Mbps. Upload speeds with the Snapdragon X20, while not as fast as its download rates, are still pretty solid at up to 150Mbps.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? However, there are a few things to keep in mind. The biggest one is that the Snapdragon X20 LTE chipset has just started sampling to phone makers, and they are not expected to be put inside new handsets until mid-2018. Another thing to keep in mind is that current LTE networks will likely not be able to handle 1.2Gbps speeds in the real world.

Intel is not sitting down and letting its big competitor have all the LTE fun today. The company also announced its new smartphone modem, the Intel XMM 7560, which is its 5th such product to support LTE networks. The XMM 7560 is supposed to handle download speeds “exceeding 1Gbps” and upload speeds up to 225Mbps. Like Qualcomm’s new modem, the Intel XMM 7560 also uses carrier aggregation to achieve these new speed records.

As with Qualcomm’s solution, the claimed speeds on Intel’s chips sound good but likely won’t be able to be reproduced in the real world on current LTE networks. Intel says the XMM 7560 will start sampling to smartphone makers sometime in the first half of 2017. Once again, that means we won’t likely see any devices with Intel’s hardware inside until sometime in 2018.

VTech’s tablets and other kids’ gadgets have always focused on creating a child-safe walled garden, but it’s fallen far short of having an ecosystem like what children can get on an iPad or Amazon Fire Kids Edition. Its new Android tablet for children four and older opens things up a bit by allowing app downloads from outside the VTech ecosystem, as well as messaging with iOS and Android devices — all with a parent’s supervision.

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