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24 March 2017: We've rounded up all the biggest mobile tech stories of the week...
This week: Bitesize mobile news

Super Mario Run finally lands on Android

Super Mario Run finally arrived on Android devices this week with some new features. Nintendo’s first smartphone game encourages you to run, jump and collect gold coins in familiar Mario-style levels. The latest update gives you more character choices, and the chance to play more levels by completing challenges.

McDonald’s mobile ordering arrives in the UK

McDonald’s has updated its iOS and Android apps to let you order and pay for food before your visit, BuzzFeed reports. The way it works is simple. Just press the “Ordering” tab, and pick your items. Then head to the store and scan a QR code for the staff to begin prepping your order.

McDonald’s will only start making the food once your code has been scanned, which ensures your food isn’t left to get cold while you make your way there. The service is currently available in just 22 stores, however Maccy D plans to roll out mobile payments to the majority of its UK restaurants within 18 months.

Google Maps now lets you see where you parked your car

Google Maps has been updated with a new feature that helps you remember where you parked your car, news site, TechRadar, has spotted. Once you’ve parked, simply open up Google Maps and tap on the blue dot that shows your location. Doing so will open a menu that lets you save your parking spot as a blue “P” marker on the map. If there’s a parking meter, you can set how much time you’ve got left, and a timer will count down the time remaining.

If you can’t see this option just yet, it’ll be coming as an update shortly.

Instagram now lets you save your live videos

Instagram has released an update that lets you save your live videos once you’re done broadcasting. Previously live videos would vanish from the app. Now with the update you get to keep a version for yourself by clicking a Save button in the top right hand corner of the screen.

The video will appear in your camera roll, but will no longer be visible on you feed. The update is available now for iOS and Android phones.

Facebook comments could get a Messenger style makeover

Facebook comments could soon resemble those on Facebook Messenger. The social network is testing a new design that puts comments in speech bubbles in the hope we’ll all talk to each other a little more.

“We’re testing multiple design updates in News Feed, including a more conversational way to comment on posts,” a Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

The design is currently being tested by a small sample of users, so barring negative feedback, the update could arrive soon. Fingers crossed the redesign finds a way to tidy up comments sections overcrowded by name tags when sharing a post with friends.

Alexa now works with Amazon’s same day delivery service

If you’ve got an Amazon Echo, you can now order items using voice commands and have them delivered to you within two hours using Amazon Prime Now. According to Wareable, you just need to say “Alexa, order [name of order] from Prime Now,” and the voice assistant will suggest items for you.

Prime Now is currently only available in some parts of the UK, however it’s surely a matter of time before it reaches more postcodes.

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