Today Weather, the award-winning weather app, has upgraded its radar and is offering Premium features for $2.49 ($2 off) [Sponsored Post]

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There are many weather apps to choose from, but the average ones are bloated, confusing, and sometimes even annoying. Today Weather, named one of the Play Store’s best apps of 2017, strips away all the clutter and provides a great deal of information in a clear, elegant way. And to entice you to check out their new and improved radar functionality, you can get Today Weather’s Premium features for $ 2.49 for a limited time, a $ 2 discount.

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Facebook may soon let users appeal if a post was wrongly removed

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In an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, Mark Zuckerberg says he is exploring the option for Facebook users to independently appeal to the content moderation team if their content gets taken down for violating community policies. The CEO likens the appeal process to Facebook operating more like a government, with the goal of creating a network that “reflects more what people in the community want than what short-term-oriented shareholders might want.”

Currently, Facebook only allowed appeals for content that was removed for violating copyright laws, and they must be filed through a United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) counter-notification. In Zuckerberg’s vision, the ability to independently appeal should be available like…

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[Update: Post deleted] LG wants to know how you really feel about displays with notches

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Love ’em or hate ’em, notches are quickly making their way to nearly every Android phone. What the iPhone X started (yes, we know the Essential Phone came before it) is now spreading to phones from ASUS, OnePlus, Huawei, and more.

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How to unlock your Samsung Galaxy S9 with UnlockUnit [Sponsored Post]

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You get your new Samsung Galaxy S9 and decide you need to switch to a new carrier. No problem, right? Well, that depends — you might find that the S9 is locked after you put in your new SIM card. Thanks to services like UnlockUnit.com, getting your phone working on a new carrier is fast, easy, and cheap.

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Sometimes things change. You might move to a new area where you current provider doesn’t have good coverage.

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Instagram Stories gets ‘quote tweet’-style feed post resharing

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Instagram’s next big Stories feature could let you compliment or trash talk other people’s feed posts, or embed a “see post” button to promote your own. A TechCrunch reader sent us these screenshots of the new feature, which Instagram confirmed to us is appearing to a small subset of users. “We’re always testing ways to make it easier to share any moment with friends on Instagram” a spokesperson wrote. Now those moments can include dunking on people. 

Instagram has never had a true “regram” feature with the feed, just slews of unofficial and sometimes scammy apps, but this is perhaps the closest thing. Users often screenshot feed posts and share them in Stories with overlaid commentary, but this limited the cropping and commentary options. Making an official “reshare could unlock all sorts of new user behaviors, from meme curation to burn book shade throwing to social stars teasing their feed posts in their Stories. Brands might love it for using their Stories to cross-promote a big ad campaign. Employing Stories to drive extra Likes and comments to permanent posts could help them gain more visibility in Instagram’s feed ranking algorithm.

Here’s how the feed post to Instagram Stories sharing feature works. You pick any public, permanent Instagram post and tap a button to embed it in your Story. You can tap to change the design to highlight or downplay the post’s author, move and resize it within your Story post, and add commentary or imagery using Instagram’s creative tools. When people view the story, they can tap on the post embed to bring up a “see post” button which opens the permanent feed post.

Users who don’t want their posts to be “quote-Storied” can turn off the option in their settings, and only public posts can be reshared. Facebook says it doesn’t have details about a wider potential rollout beyond the small percentage of users currently with access. But given the popularity of apps like Repost For Instagram, I expect the feature to be popular and eventually open to everyone.

Quote-Storying could help keep the feed relevant as more users spend their time sharing to the little bubbles that sit above it. And it offers a powerful viral discover mechanism for creators who can now ask fans to quickly reshare their post rather than having to awkwardly screenshot and upload them.

While both Instagram and Snapchat have let people privately send other people’s posts to friends as private messages, Snapchat lacks a way to embed other Stories or Discover content in your Story. Snapchat may have pioneered the Stories format, but Instagram has been rapidly iterating with features like Super Zoom and Highlights to extend its user count lead over the app it cloned.

The move by Instagram further ties together the three parts of its app: the permanent feed, ephemeral Stories, and private Direct messaging. You can imagine someone finding a post in the feed, resharing it their story, then joking about it with friends over Direct. It’s this multi-modal social media usage that turns casual users into loyal, ad revenue-generating ‘Grammers.

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Post Here for ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ iOS Invites

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Are you not in the Fortnite Invite Event for iOS yet, and want in? Are you a player with invite codes left to share? This thread is where you can meet. Use the comment section below to post your requests for Fortnite invite codes, and link up with other players to get access to the game. Each invite code can be sent from the game itself, and will offer up the instructions on how to download and sign up for Fortnite on iOS. This invite code will also add the player you invite to your friends list on your Epic Games account.

If you’re out here giving out invite codes, thank you. If you are requesting codes, please be polite, and if you get invite codes, please pass on the love. And be sure to play in some games together and let us know what you think. Invites are still going out while Epic Games adds more server capacity, so be sure you signed up and check your email to see if you got an invite already or not. Or hope some generous player drops an invite code here!

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ZeroLemon introduces Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ models of their industry-leading battery cases [Sponsored Post]

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Just about anyone who has spent much time shopping around for a battery case for their smartphone knows ZeroLemon, one of the category’s top-selling and top-rated companies. With the recent announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, it was only a matter of time before ZeroLemon unveiled their battery case solution for the latest flagships. That time has now come.

Let’s start with the basics. The ZeroLemon S9 and S9+ battery cases come with 4700 mAh and 5200 mAh capacities, respectively, which means you more than double your battery life when using these cases.

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Saurik Talks About Electra iOS 11 Jailbreak, Cydia, Substrate And More In New Post

Saurik has once again come out, this time talking about Electra iOS 11 jailbreak, Cydia, Substrate and more in a new detailed post.

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Guest Post: Sony Pictures Entertainment CTO Don Eklund on the power of mobile HDR

First off I want to thank Sony Mobile for letting me join Furumi-san on stage at MWC 2018. The XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are incredible devices packed with features, but what really excites me is screen technology, in particular, their HDR displays.

In the 27 years I’ve worked at Sony I have seen dramatic improvements in picture quality, from analog VHS to digital DVD, Standard Definition to High Definition, and now the availability of High Dynamic Range in place of Standard Dynamic Range.

As I mentioned today, when people see HDR for the first time you can see their eyes widen. It’s easy to see why, HDR provides a means of delivering pictures that look “real” because image fidelity has reached a new level.

One of the best things about a company like Sony is that our technology reaches from end to end. Sony products start at the camera lens on the film set and continue all the way to living room. Now, with Xperia smartphones, you can see extraordinary pictures from the camera lens accurately realized in the palm of your hand.

And because they are Sony products it means those pictures really are extraordinary. It’s a mistake to think all HDR is created equal. A given camera can capture an image in an HDR format and a display can decode the HDR picture, but unless the devices are made with adequate quality and precision, the result will be sub-par. You can easily witness this fact in today’s televisions. A 65″ TV can be purchased for five times the cost of a cheaper model of the same size, but the cheaper device will not impress you with HDR.

I know there are doubters out there who wonder if this kind of screen tech is really needed in a mobile device. The reality is that HDR performance is independent of screen size. On a 65” TV in your living room or a 5.7” Xperia XZ2 in your pocket, the difference HDR delivers in terms of quality is unmistakeable.

Of course, it’s not just about watching content, this has implications for capturing quality as well. Mobile devices are great for sharing pictures and video with others. With the ability to shoot in HDR (supported natively by YouTube), you can make your content stand out from the ordinary.

I hope you will enjoy watching and creating cutting edge images with Xperia smartphones that bring a level of realism never seen before – I know I will.

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Get S9 and S9+ cases for every taste and other great accessories from Spigen [Sponsored Post]

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With the release of the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, it’s time for the release of must-have accessories for the new flagship. Spigen’s S9 and S9+ collections are available for orders starting today on Amazon, so you can start checking out your options and even get your gear lined up for when your S9/S9+ arrives. Across the entire product line, the cases were designed to show off the new Infinity Screen and have precise camera cutouts to let you use all of the new photography features.

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