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Reply with photos and videos in Instagram Direct

Private messaging on Instagram is about to get more fun. The social network has introduced a new way to reply with photos and videos on Instagram Direct, by being able to reply with a photo or video of your own.

Your reply will automatically include a picture-in-picture sticker of what you’re replying to. Tap on the sticker to add your own personal touch by drawing on it. The next time someone sends you a selfie, you can immediately use Instagram’s drawing tools to doodle a comedy moustache on it. The update is available to download now.

Snapchat a Pikachu selfie before it’s too late

Snapchat filters and Pokémon continue to be popular. But what if you combine the two? Snapchat has done just that, with a new Pikachu Lens. For a short time only you can now give yourself a Pokémon makeover complete with cute Pikachu ears and rosy cheeks. Opening your mouth makes your face explode with lightning to mimic Pikachu’s signature attack. Go on, give it a try.

Your cracked phone screen could fix itself in future


As spotted by The Verge, Motorola has patented a display capable of identifying cracks, and applying heat to the affected area to heal itself. The display would be made from a “shape memory polymer” material that can be deformed through damage caused by a drop, and then repair itself through heat and a repair function on your device. The concept’s still far from reality, so for now we’ll just have to learn to be more careful with our gadgets.

Amazon Instant Pickup promises two-minute delivery

Amazon has launched a new service called Instant Pickup. It lets Prime and Prime Student members order essential everyday items ready for collection in just two minutes. The collection points will be fully staffed by Amazon employees, and be based around or near university campuses.

The service is currently restricted to the US, where customers can order through the Amazon Shopping app. Amazon says it will extend its Pickup locations to other areas throughout the year, although it may be a while before the service hits the UK.

Pinterest adds pinch to zoom (finally)

Pinterest has updated its app to help you find what you want more easily, and enjoy your favourite pictures in more detail. First off, is the new pinch to zoom feature. You can now zoom in on pictures from the app for a closer look at things such as texture and colour – a handy feature if you’re using the app for design inspiration.

The visual search tool has also been updated to make it easier to find and use for new users. Visual search lets you select an object, and find items that look similar. The update has already rolled out, just update your app to see the change.

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