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Young Instagrammers use app 32 minutes each day

Instagrammers are spending more time than ever looking at photos, videos and memes. In fact, users under the age of 25 now spend more than 32 minutes each day on the platform, the company told CNN Tech. Users age 25 and older use the app for more than 24 minutes. Facebook-owned Instagram released on Wednesday its time-spent figures for the first time since 2014. At the time, users accessed Instagram for about 21 minutes daily. The news came on the one-year anniversary of Instagram Stories, a feature long called a Snapchat copycat. Stories are photo and video posts shared...

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Lyft adds former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to board

Obama administration alum Valerie Jarrett has a new role in Silicon Valley. Lyft announced on Monday the former senior adviser to President Barack Obama has joined its board. Jarrett was one of Obama’s longest-serving advisers and his assistant for pubic engagement and intergovernmental affairs. The company’s board now consists of nine members, including Lyft’s cofounders Logan Green and John Zimmer, Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz, GM President Dan Ammann and Sean Aggarwal, an investor and the former CFO of Trulia. Jarrett, who is the first independent board member, is the second woman on the board, joining Ann Miura-Ko, a...

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Carjojo will negotiate the price of a new car for you

A new car is a big expense — and most people hate haggling over the price. Studies have shown that as many as 80% of consumers don’t like buying a car due to the negotiating process, according to a report from the University of Toronto published in June. More consumers are turning to technology to alleviate some of that stress. Stacey Cahn, a 45-year-old clinical psychologist from Glassboro, New Jersey, used a service called Carjojo to buy her new 2017 Honda CR-V. The startup, which launched last November, has experts negotiate with dealerships on behalf of customers who are...

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Apple discontinues iPod nano and iPod shuffle

It’s been a rough week for nostalgic tech. First, Microsoft Paint was on the chopping block. Adobe then announced its Flash plug-in will removed by the end of 2020. Now, Apple is discontinuing the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. The company confirmed on Thursday its classic media players have been removed from its website. Although they’re still available for purchase in stores, the devices will no longer be in production. “Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch now with double the capacity, starting at just $199, and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle...

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When 5G is here, a wireless supercomputer will follow you around

Next-generation tech like self-driving cars and augmented reality will need huge amounts of computing power. AT&T on Tuesday detailed its plan to use “edge computing” and 5G to move data processing to the cloud, in order to better support these new technologies. “[Edge computing] is like having a wireless supercomputer follow you wherever you go,” AT&T said in a statement. Rather than sending data to AT&T’s core data centers — which are often hundreds of miles away from customers — it will be sent to the company’s network of towers and offices, located closer to users. For example, let’s...

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Snapchat adds features as rivalry with Instagram intensifies

Snapchat is adding more unique features as it continues to battle against Facebook. The latest update, announced on Tuesday, makes it easier to record consecutive videos. Snapchat’s new tool lets users take up to six consecutive, 10-second video Snaps at once. Previously, users were limited to recording one 10-second video at a time. In recent months, Snapchat has released a slew of other features — such as photo-editing tools and 3D filters — as it faces heightened competition from Facebook-owned Instagram. Last August, Instagram launched its own Stories feature and has recently copied many of Snapchat’s other tools, such...

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