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How to use the newest Instagram features

Instagram is getting a slew of new features, including a camera tool called Create Mode, enhanced shopping tools and support for starting a fundraiser within the app.

Instagram has already started rolling out the new tools. Here's how to use them.

SEE: Facebook at F8 announces an Instagram experience less focused on likes

Using Instagram's new camera Create mode

The new camera uses a wheel-like design with multiple camera modes, including the new Create. This option allows you to... Read More »

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How to use the new Facebook Marketplace feature

During the F8 conference on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new and improved layout that includes an updated Facebook Marketplace.

The new Marketplace, which lets you buy anything from furniture to clothing, now lets buyers order items directly through the app and seller ship items within the US. This means you'll no longer have to schedule a pickup time on either end of the transaction.

Here's how to use it.

Buying items on Facebook Marketplace

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Best ways to repurpose your old Android or iPhone

Sure, you could trade in your old phone, give it to a relative or friend, or recycle it. Or, you could give it new life by turning it into something new that you'll actually want to use

After all, smartphones are small, powerful computers with storage space and a camera. Instead of spending cash on a new device you've been eyeing, you might be able to DIY it yourself. Your smartphone is capable of being a handy substitute... Read More »

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Academics gain access to Facebook data trove to study election influence

How does Facebook affect elections? Sixty academics are getting the chance to find out.

The social media giant is opening up its privacy-protected data to researchers from 30 academic institutions across 11 countries, according to a Facebook post on Monday. The data spans from January 2017 to February 2019. The researchers were chosen by Facebook's partners at Social Science One and the Social Science Research Council.

The selected researchers will gain access to data from a... Read More »

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Best 9 party-planning apps for hosting a Kentucky Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby is almost here. On Friday, May 3, Oaks Day kicks off the festivities, and the famous race happens the next day. For many, May is the time of year for big hats, brightly colored seersucker suits, placing bets and mint juleps.

Instead of venturing into the unpredictable weather and crowds, you might host a Kentucky Derby party at home and watch the race on a big screen. Check out these party-planning apps to throw a bash your guests... Read More »

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How to tell if you've been affected by Facebook's contact storing

Last week, Facebook admitted that it "unintentionally" imported the email contact lists from 1.5 million people without their consent since May 2016. That means, if your friend signed up for a new account, Facebook may have ingested your email address to feed its ad targeting and friend recommendation systems.

While the social network no longer requires your password to sign up for an account, this is the latest incident to shake confidence in Facebook's ability to protect its... Read More »

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How to schedule emails to send later with Gmail

Gmail's new scheduling feature should have arrived in your account by now, and if you haven't been using it, you definitely should. You can schedule emails to send on a specific day and time, rather than trying to remember to send them. The new feature is similar to Boomerang, except it's built right into Gmail, which makes it a million times more convenient. You can schedule emails up to 49 years in advance (a great way to say... Read More »

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Galaxy Folds screens are breaking and this might be why

Review units of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Fold began malfunctioning last week -- right before its official (and now-delayed) release. An iFixit teardown, released Wednesday, found some possible explanations for what's going wrong with the $1,980 foldable phone.

The phone is "alarmingly fragile," according to iFixit's teardown notes. The fragility makes potential repairs difficult and could account for the quick demise of screens on several phones sent to reviewers last week. iFixit noted that its slim bezels... Read More »

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Google reenables Android TV casting from Google Home for most users

Many Android TV users again have the ability to cast from Google Home.

In response to a privacy bug, Google last month temporarily pulled the ability for Google Assistant to cast content to Android TV devices. This meant users couldn't do things like ask their Google Home speakers to play a YouTube video or set a Google Photo album as a screensaver on their smart TV.

SEE: NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

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Kohl's to accept Amazon returns in-store this summer

Returning your Amazon deliveries just got a bit easier. You can return packages for free at your local Kohl's store starting in July. The stores will accept "eligible Amazon items," without a box or label, regardless of the reason, and ship them to Amazon for free, according to a release Tuesday.

The program is expanding to all Kohl's stores in the US after operating in 100 stores previously. Amazon and Kohl's have worked together on the return program since 2017.

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