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Mobile apps are great when you're away from your desk, but there are times when you might just want a full keyboard, gigantic screen, and comfortable chair while you fiddle with your apps. If that's the case, you might be surprised to learn that many of your favourite apps can run on a laptop or desktop with very little fuss. Here's how you can get started.

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We've been posting on Instagram for a little while now, and unless you're following us you've been missing out on some behind-the-scenes gems from our Sydney office. Now our friends at Lifehacker and Kotaku have joined us too. Here's a little bit of what you can expect!

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Earlier this week, Instagram rolled out an update that finally gave users the ability to zoom into photos. But for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and after installing the update, many users complained that the text size in the app had gotten notably smaller.

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In early August, Instagram introduced "Stories," a new feature the company asserted would let users "share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile." What the platform neglected to mention, however, was that a near-identical feature exists elsewhere — on Snapchat.

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Instagram released its Stories feature earlier this month — which is basically a rip-off of Snapchat Stories — in order to tap into the ephemeral social media market. In both features, Snapchat and Instagram let your pictures and videos expire after 24 hours, but viewers can still take screenshots. Snapchat lets you know who took a screenshot of your story; Instagram doesn't. Snapchat doesn't allow viewers to download other people's videos, but there are a host of third party apps that give you that option.

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I didn't want to like Instagram stories, not one bit. I think it's not very nice of Instagram — which, if you don't remember, is owned by Facebook — to basically rip off the concept of a smaller competing app for its own benefit. Instagram has 300 million daily active users, while Snapchat has half that. Still, here I am, already four images deep in my first ever Instagram story — I have yet to update my Snapchat story today — and I must admit, dang Instagram, you did goooood on this one.