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Instagram tests letting you rethink your terrible new username

Instagram is about to give its users some time to think over that name change.

An automatic username lock feature has been discovered in the latest alpha version of Instagram’s Android application. The change, which is currently in testing, would give the previous owner of an Instagram handle up to 14 days to revert back to their old username after changing it.

Instagram will start locking old usernames for 14 days after changing so the previous owner can revert to it within the grace period

This is the end of username grabber bots 😀 pic.twitter.com/mAAgbDYny2

— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) March 20, 2019 Read more…

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Apple AirPod, Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, HP laptops, and more deals for March 21

It’s officially spring. We can finally go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather after months of harsh cold, wet winters. Listen to your music on the go with the newly announced 2nd generation Apple AirPods which are now available to pre-order at B&H Photo-Video. They are one of Apple’s most popular product, so we highly recommend you order now. The first generation AirPods had backorders for months even after the initial release. New features include H1 Chip with up to 50 percent more talk time, hands-free “Hey Siri” capability, and now you can wirelessly charge your case. 

Why carry around heavy and chunky books to read in the park, when you can store thousands of books on one deviceAmazon has the All-new Kindle on pre-order which now comes with a built-in front light that lets you read comfortably for hours in almost any environment. Read more…

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Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Review: A fantastic point-and-shoot for a steep price

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Review
$999.99
The Good

Fast autofocus • Versatile

The Bad

Non-adjustable touchscreen • Hefty price tag

The Bottom Line

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is a very good point-and-shoot that offers compelling quality, but at a steep price.

⚡ Mashable Score
3.5
😎 Cool Factor
4.0
📘Learning Curve
4.0
💪Performance
3.0
💵 Bang for the Buck
3.0

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II may be the nicest camera you didn’t know you needed. It’s a point-and-shoot camera in an age where they’ve seemingly been replaced by smartphones. DSLRs are available for enthusiasts and pros who want more versatility. Mirrorless cameras are versatile without being bulky. But, point-and-shoot cameras still serve a purpose for enthusiasts seeking a fast and compact option. Read more…

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Pick up your used car at Carvana’s newest car-sized vending machine

For online car buyers, there’s another option to get your car.

Sure, you could pick it up from a used lot or have it delivered. But online car site Carvana has another car vending machine, this time in the Pittsburgh area. Opening Thursday, the eight-story tall glass building holds 27 cars.

After buying online through the Carvana site, buyers get an oversized commemorative “coin” to bring down the car — just like a bag of chips in a vending machine after inserting coins, only a bit bigger. Also in Pennsylvania, two other cities, Erie and Reading, now have next-day vehicle delivery — to your door. But you don’t get the vending machine experience. Read more…

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Jack Dorsey is recruiting his own personal bitcoin posse

If reporting directly to an eccentric billionaire and getting paid in bitcoin sounds like your cup of tea, then does Jack Dorsey have an offer for you. 

On March 20, the CEO of both Twitter and Square made use of the former to announce a new and very specific job opportunity in the land of cryptocurrency. Specifically, Dorsey wants you to join his personal super crypto posse — saving the bitcoin-maximalist world one open source contribution at a time. 

“Square is hiring 3-4 crypto engineers and 1 designer to work full-time on open source contributions to the bitcoin/crypto ecosystem,” he wrote. “Work from anywhere, report directly to me, and we can even pay you in bitcoin!” Read more…

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Website secretly livestreamed 1,600 unwitting hotel guests for paying members

No, you’re not being paranoid. 

Four individuals have been arrested for a scheme allegedly involving spy cams in 42 motel rooms across South Korea and the livestreaming of up to 1,600 unwitting guests. The intended audience, however, was much larger than just those four — a website broadcast the videos to its over 4,000 members, at least some of whom paid for access. 

So reports the Korean Herald, which notes that the hidden IP cameras had 1-millimeter lenses and were installed in TVs, power outlets, and other seemingly innocuous hotel room fixtures. The paper adds that, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s cyber investigation unit, the scheme reached 30 different motels in 10 cities across the country.  Read more…

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