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Instagram will now let you follow your favorite #trends

By Brett Williams

Facebook

Instagram is widening the scope of its feed and officially opening up its follow feature to your interests by allowing users to follow hashtags. That’s right, you’ve been #blessed — and now you can give that topic a follow, too.

No longer will you be forced to manually search through the platform’s public posts for some extra …

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Instagram becomes an interest network with hashtag following

By Josh Constine

Instagram has always been a social network where you follow friends and creators, but today it’s evolving with a new way to follow hashtags so you see top posts and Stories about a topic on your home page. Rather than having to dig this content out of search or the Explore tab, can see the best #Slime videos or #FloralNails tutorials no matter who posts them. Today’s change… Read More

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Vinci 2.0 smart headphones are looking to take your phone out of the equation

By Carlos Cadorniga

Facebook

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Isn’t it about time for your wireless headphones to do more than just play music and answer your calls? Vinci 2.0 is a set of headphones on Kickstarter that are aiming to take the technology to the next level — sans smartphone.

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Watch what could happen if you forget to water your Christmas tree

By Chelsea Candelario

Facebook

The last thing you want to do is ruin Christmas… and your entire house. You probably don’t want that either.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission posted a video Dec. 5 of the difference between a dry and watered tree. The outcome of the dry tree is something out of the pits of hell.

It takes less than a minute for a dry tree to erupt in flames, so they suggest you water your tree like you’re taking care of a plant.

But if the first video doesn’t give you any indication to keep you and your family safe, another recent video published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology will show your tree burning up in seconds. …

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