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5 things to do while Instagram is down

Like me, you probably logged into Instagram today and noticed THE APP IS DOWN. I REPEAT: THE APP IS DOWN. This is not a drill. And while this of course brings to mind the memes that were created the last time this happened, perhaps you haven’t subconsciously drafted an In Case Instagram is Down plan. But don’t worry, I have.

Asus slaps 64-bit Intel Moorefield chip on Fonepad 7, only in China for now

It’s a known fact Asus tablets and hybrids are big in Asia, where users appreciate quirkiness, uniqueness and that productivity edge so often offered by PadFones, Fonepads or Transformers. As such, it shouldn’t come as a shocker the Taiwan-based device manufacturer is kicking the 64-bit festivities into gear in China.

Lenovo has a high-end (-ish) 8-inch Android tablet in the pipeline for IFA

Unlike Samsung, Sony, LG, Asus, HTC or Huawei, which have all confirmed and teased their presence at the IFA tech expo in Berlin, Lenovo is yet to come forward with any kind of formal confirmation for product announcements early next month.

Simplicam is a new alternative to Dropcam

Arcsoft has released Simplicam, its own home security product that will compete against Google-owned Dropcam. Just like Dropcam, Simplicam lets users place cameras around their house and then monitor live feeds from the cameras from smartphones and tablets. The costs associated with Simplicam and Dropcam are nearly identical, but the former is meant to be easier to setup.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini heading to India as Flipkart Exclusive

Not too long ago, Samsung unveiled the miniature version of their flagship device dubbed as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is also heading to India, but it appears that it will be exclusive to Flipkart, a popular Indian retailer when it launches in the coming weeks.

A wild sub-$200 Windows 8.1 laptop appears – Asus F205TA

Google-powered Chromebooks may have had the upper hand against Windows-based notebooks thus far in affordability, allowing them to surprisingly break into the mainstream PC décor. But once they became a real threat, it was only a matter of time until Microsoft cooked up the perfect Chrome OS antidote.

Alcatel unveils T-Mobile-exclusive One Touch Fierce 2, One Touch Evolve 2

Well, would you look at that, Alcatel and T-Mobile’s unlikely love story carries on, with Magenta once again scoring exclusivity rights on two of the little known manufacturer’s budget Android soldiers. The One Touch Fierce 2 and Evolve 2 follow in the footsteps of the first-gen Fierce/Evolve pair and subtly raise the hardware bar while keeping things humble in the retail costs department.

HTC Desire 510 heading to O2 in the UK

Earlier today, HTC unveiled the budget-friendly, 4G LTE enabled Desire 510 handset. The handset is expected to hit Europe and Asia, as well as select carriers in the US, but there’s no word about the pricing and availability dates. If you’re based in the UK, you’ll be glad to know that O2 has confirmed that it will sell the affordable HTC Desire 510 in the coming weeks.

Surface Pro 3 spreads its wings in 25 extra markets, docks also on pre-order

In a traditionally cryptic manner, Microsoft recently implied its largest tablet, pardon, laptop replacement to date, the Surface Pro 3, was the line’s bestseller through its first month on the market.

Deal alert: Nokia Lumia 635 for $80 with AT&T prepaid via Fry’s

Well, this is certainly unexpected. So soon, I mean. Nokia, er, Microsoft’s Lumia 635, though a measly a month and a half old stateside, is up for grabs for a discounted price via Fry’s Electronics. Namely, $79.99, which is $20 off.

Jabra introduces workout earbuds with built-in biometric heart rate monitor

Jabra announced the availability of its Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, claiming them to be the first stereo earbuds with a built-in biometric heart rate monitor and related app.

The man who voices Mario has the perfect Instagram account

So, last week I advised Instagram-users to just give up on Instagram because Nathan Fielder had won the non-existent competition for best Instagram account ever. If you manage to slyly sneak pictures of old, naked men into your seemingly innocent Instagram posts, that’s a win in my book. Not sure what that says about me. However, thanks to Reddit I have discovered Charles Martinet’s Instagram account, and it’s safe to say he has given Nathan Fielder a run for his money.