Instagram will finally give businesses an official presence on its platform

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Businesses will soon be able to find a new home on Instagram.

The photo sharing app previewed new profiles and tools for businesses Tuesday, which will be available to people in the U.S., New Zealand and Australia in the next few months.

The update, which we first got a look at earlier this month, will add a prominent “contact” button to profiles, detailed analytics tools and easier access to promotion tools, which turn Instagram posts into ads.

For users, the most noticeable change will be the addition of a contact button to profiles of businesses, which will make it easier to interact with stores and brands outside of the app. Companies will be able to add an email address, phone number, or text message option to their profile, along with directions (if they have a physical location.) Read more…

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Mophie's new iPhone cases let you charge wirelessly

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One of the rumored features headed to the iPhone 7 is wireless charging. But if you have an iPhone 6/6S or iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus, you don’t have to wait, thanks to a new charging case from Mophie.

Dubbed the Juice Pack Wireless, the new cases from Mophie bring wireless charging to the classic Mophie ecosystem.

The case – which is the same size as the standard Juice Pack (Mophie’s thinnest case ever) – adds another 50% of battery life and supports wireless charging. The iPhone 6/6S version sells for $100, which includes a charging base. The case for the iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus is $129. Read more…

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The Batman-themed Galaxy S7 Edge is more than just aesthetics

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Samsung announced a new souped-up, Batman-themed Galaxy S7 Edge and it looks like something Bruce Wayne would bring along in his late-night jaunts for justice. It’s called the Injustice Edition and is coming out in June, three years after the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us was released.

The new phone is sleek and jet black with gold accents, including a golden Batman symbol on the back. It also has a Batman-themed interface that makes the phone more than just a standard S7 Edge with a different case.

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8-year-old developer wows Satya Nadella with his game

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On his recent visit to India, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met the Indian Prime Minister, entrepreneurs and various government officials. Yet, it was an eight-year-old Indian gaming developer who wowed him with his vision of balancing technology and environmental sustainability.

Mumbai-based student, Medansh Mehta, presented his app “Let There Be Light” during a meeting between Nadella and student developers from India. The boy left Nadella so impressed that the Microsoft CEO later mentioned him in a keynote speech.

“I met an eight-year-old, and this is perhaps the time where I felt the most inadequate,” Nadella said. “And, the eight-year-old’s dream is to create a society that knows how to balance economic growth with environmental sustainability. This is the goal he has and then he translated that vision, that goal, into a novel game that he’s built.” Read more…

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BBC's $22 computer is now available to everyone

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The BBC micro:bit, a small, Raspberry Pi-like computer that was sent to 1 million year 7 students in British schools over the last two months, can now be bought by everyone. 

The computer, which starts at about $22, is available online in several configurations. 

The BBC micro:bit is a small, 32-bit computer, with LED lights and buttons which can be programmed to do your bidding. 

It also has Bluetooth support, an accelerometer and a compass, widely expanding the number of usage scenarios. I’ve spent some time with the device in May and found it to be a great learning tool for both complete beginners and intermediate students.  Read more…

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Hacker steals Katy Perry's Twitter account, sends insults to her 89 million followers

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Katy Perry’s Twitter account — the largest on the social network, with a whopping 89 million followers — got hacked Monday. The hacker, identified only by Twitter handle @sw4ylol, used it to send racist and homophobic slurs to the pop singer’s followers, as well as love messages to rival singer Taylor Swift. 

Additionally, the hacker, whose Twitter account was still active at the time of writing, appears to have posted an unreleased Katy Perry song to SoundCloud. 

Control over the singer’s Twitter account has apparently been restored by its owner, and offending tweets were deleted, but not before they were immortalized in the form of screenshots on many of Katy Perry’s followers’ accounts.  Read more…

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