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[Update] It’s not just you: Instagram is down right now

Instagram is down as of this writing on Thursday afternoon. Facebook, which owns Instagram, is also experience an outage, as is Messenger. All three services seem to have gone down around 5:30PM ET, with no word on what’s causing the problem. This is actually the second time in less than a month that Facebook and owned...

OnePlus ditches its own File Dash file transfer feature for Google’s Nearby Share

New phone releases typically come with a few surprise features the manufacturer didn't talk about. In the case of the OnePlus 9 series, some users have noticed that a feature is actually missing. A couple of days ago, users on Reddit noticed that the File Dash feature was missing from the OnePlus File Manager app on...

Amazon Prime Day could happen earlier than expected this year

Amazon moved last year’s Prime Day from July to October because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the company’s annual event will reportedly move back to its typical summer timeframe, according to a new report. According to Recode, citing internal and external sources, Prime Day will be held in June this year — possibly in the...

Amazon Music gets Car Mode for easier access to your music

Amazon has updated its Music mobile app with a new feature that will make it easier to access your tunes while driving. Aptly titled “Car Mode,” the feature simplifies Amazon Music’s interface with shortcuts to popular music options, large buttons, and voice assistance with Alexa. According to Amazon, Car Mode will launch automatically when your device...

HMD Global will deliver 3 years of OS updates to its new Nokia X phones

HMD Global has just announced a whole lot of new budget Nokia smartphones running on Android 11. The new Nokia X series, G series, and C series mark HMD's departure from the numeric naming and return to alphanumeric names, just like in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Among these smartphones, the Nokia X10 and...

Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen 5600H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 launches in India

Acer has launched a refresh for its popular budget gaming laptop, the Nitro 5, in India. The new update now offers the notebook with the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPU and the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. Last month, the company introduced the same laptop powered by Intel’s 10th-gen CPU with the same...

OnePlus says it’s working on a fix for the OnePlus 9 Pro’s overheating issues

It hasn't even been a month since OnePlus unveiled its all-new flagship lineup, and the company has already pushed three software updates for the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro. These updates have introduced several optimizations and improvements for the system, connectivity, and cameras on the two devices, and they've also included the latest...

LineageOS 18.1 builds are here for the OnePlus 7 Pro/7T Pro, Redmi Note 5 Pro, and Moto X (2014)

Earlier this month, the team behind the LineageOS custom ROM officially rolled out LineageOS 18.1 based on Android 11. The update introduced a slew of features over the previous version, including a new calendar app, a built-in backup solution, the latest Android security patches, and much more. The initial release was made available for nearly...

THX Onyx is a $200 DAC that can transform your audio experience

THX has launched its first mobile DAC shaped like a tiny USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio adapter. Called the THX Onyx, you can plug it into your smartphone, laptop, desktop, or any audio player with a USB-C port. There is also a USB Type-A converter if your laptop doesn’t have the former and a Lightning...

Google Play Store’s new UI gets rid of the hamburger menu

It’s been a while since the Google Play Store received a significant UI revamp. The last major UI refresh came in 2019 when the app received a Material Theme redesign. Since then, barring some small tweaks, the app has been stuck with the same design. But Google is now rolling out a new UI that...

Realme refreshes its entry-level lineup in India with Realme C25, C21, and C20

Realme is expanding its entry-level C series in India with three new phones. The company just launched the Realme C25, Realme C21, and Realme C20. All three phones have already launched in markets like Indonesia and Malaysia, but it’s only now they’re hitting the Indian shores. Realme C25 The Realme C25 is a successor to the Realme...