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A feature that identifies who screenshots your public posts is not a bad feature, unless you learn about it the hard way - trying to creep surreptitiously. And it appears that Instagram is now quietly testing such a feature within Instagram Stories, the Snapchat-like service that lets users create a sequence of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.

If you're in the market for a new smartphone then you're naturally going to want to look up key details such as processor speed, RAM, storage space, battery size and the camera's megapixel rating, but weighing up these raw specifications is increasingly becoming a waste of time. Here's why.

Despite all the hype and hoopla for Google's "first" homegrown phone, the Pixel was met with a lukewarm reception when it launched back in the spring of 2016. It wasn't very pretty and its build quality wasn't great either, and it often suffered from a host of issues. But the most frustrating of these problems was that a number of Pixels shipped with a defective microphone, which made it difficult for people to use their Pixel as an actual phone.

Apple is well known for keeping a notoriously tight grip on the code powering its iPhones, only rarely revealing the inner workings to the public. But in a move that some Mac and iOS experts are calling the "the biggest leak in history," an unknown source appears to have laid bare parts of the iPhone's critical boot code on Github.

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For the past year, Google has been pumping out lightweight versions of its most popular apps designed specifically for low-cost smartphones. Under the Android Go banner, we've already seen YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, and even a brand new service called Files Go meant to clear up storage space on your device. Now Google is rolling out its latest lightweight app: Assistant Go.

France is taking new measures to keep drivers off of their phones while they are on the road. The country's highest court has ruled that drivers cannot use their phones even after pulling over; they will need to park in a designated parking spot and shut off their engine. The only exception the court provided is in the event of an emergency. The fine for violating the ban, according to Le Figaro, is €135 ($212).

With less than three weeks to go until Samsung officially unveils it next flagship Galaxy S phone, leaks and rumours have already given us what seems to be a pretty good look at the phone. And despite a body that's almost indistinguishable from last year's phone - especially from the front - the Galaxy S9 is shaping up to be a solid update. However, there is one tidbit of info regarding the S9 that is much less encouraging: Its price, which according to multiple reports will be higher than any Galaxy S phone ever before.

On Friday, the US National Toxicology Program (NTP), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, threw fresh kindling onto the smouldering debate over whether mobile phones are harmful to our health. It released two draft reports on its extensive, expensive efforts to study the effects of mobile phone radiation on both mice and rats. The verdict was decidedly mixed.

Where does all the time go? When it comes to the time you spend on your phone, your computer, and the web, this doesn't have to be a vague and rhetorical question - plenty of tools out there will track and monitor your time automatically, telling you exactly which apps and sites are sucking up most of your precious minutes of existence.

Apple, a company best known for its affiliation with U2 and James Corden, had a big announcement today. It's earnings week, when giant multibillion dollar companies announce how many millions they made during the holiday season. Apple, which sells watches, set-top boxes, and, soon, speakers, revealed that it made a shit ton of money selling...telephones?