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Yesterday, a system failure prevented Visa card payments from working for many Irish customers. 

However, this morning things are back to normal. 

In an update, Visa said: 'Visa Europe’s payment system is now operating at full capacity.' 

'Visa account holders can now use Visa for any of their purchases and at ATMs, as they normally would.'

The company have maintained that the issue was a system failure, and not down to a 'malicious event.'

'Our goal is to ensure all Visa cards work reliably 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We fell well short of this goal today and we apologise to all of our partners, and most especially, to Visa cardholders,' read the update, according to The Irish Times.

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When Instagram introduced the new albums feature, which allows you to upload multiple pictures at once in a carousel, we were pretty delighted. 

Now our Insta followers can be subjected to up to 10 of our selfies at once, mwuhahaha.

However, people soon became irritated that pictures which do not fit into the regular insta picture frame could not be made portrait or landscape, like they can when just uploading one image.

Instagram clearly took note, as the social platform has installed a new feature which allows the images to take these forms. 

However, there is a bit of a catch. 

All of the shots in the album have to have the same format, so they have to all be square, all be portrait or all be landscape. 

You're not able to mix and match different image formats in the one album.

At least it's a step in the right direction, right?

Install your Insta update to check it out for yourself.

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So, are you sick of living vicariously through your friend's Sanpchat stories?

Wish you could be right there with them?

If so, the app's latest update is going to help you do just that (though we're not sure how we feel about it). 

Introducing Snap Map – a new feature that allows you to view your friends location, and the location of other featured stories on a map.

And yep. It's pretty much as stalker-y as it sounds.

The Snap Map is accessed through the camera mode – simply pinch the screen in a 'zoom out' motion and violà – explore stories from around the world.

Once in the map, users can choose whether all friends, some friends, or only themselves can see their location.

Many users have taken to Twitter to criticise the 'creepy' nature of the new feature, and quite frankly, they've got a point.

So, what do you think? Are you on board with the latest update? 

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Yesterday, fans of Gay Byrne were saddened to learn that the legendary broadcaster is facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Making the candid announcement on his Lyric FM radio show on Sunday afternoon, the former Late Late Show host revealed that he will be absent from the programme next week because he is expected in hospital to undergo a series of tests.

Last night, the 82-year-old offered The Irish Sun a glimpse at how he intends to cope with his health concerns when he told the paper he has no option but to maintain a positive outlook.

“You don’t have any choice but to have a positive outlook,” said Gaybo.  “You have to have the best outlook possible.”

“You have to remember there are a huge collection of fellas who have survived prostate cancer.  They all survived and are doing well and why couldn’t that apply to me?”

Discussing his decision to make the news public, the father of two said he wanted stop the production of rumours.

 

“I just made the announcement because I wouldn’t be doing the show next week and to stop the rumours starting that I was dead or gone.”

He explained that doctors think he has “a little cancer of the prostate” but admitted that they won’t know for sure until the end of next week.

 

Feat image: RTÉ

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Just one day after Rihanna made a desperate appeal to fans, her former backup dancer, Shirlene Quigley, has been found.

The 32-year-old dance teacher was located in New Jersey and – according to TMZ – is currently receiving an unspecified form of medical treatment.

Shirlene was reported missing on Monday after her friends and family failed to make contact with her.

She was reportedly seen boarding a Manhattan-bound bus, but it was unclear as to where exactly she was going.

Her phone was then located in a Chelsea bridal shop.

She was described as being in a “euphoric” state of mind in the lead-up to her disappearance, with one friend alleging that they received a strange Facebook message from the dancer telling them to “get ready, it’s about to happen”.

 

 its @_nina_christina_ wedding!!!!!! #TheTateWedding #hair #makeup #weddingday #bridesmaid #HairandMakeupready

A photo posted by Princess In Pumps (@shirlenequigley) on

We hope Shirlene makes a speedy recovery.

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Kris Jenner has updated fans on the condition of her daughter, Kim, after a brutal Paris Fashion Week robbery saw her lose $10 million worth of jewellery.

Speaking to E! News at the launch of Khloé’s new denim line, the famous momager described Kim’s recovery as “a process”.

The 60-year-old reality star also explained that she is “doing what a mother does” by ensuring her daughter is surrounded by friends and family who can make her feel safe as she comes to terms with the trauma of being bound and gagged by a gang of armed robbers.

The Kardashian matriarch also stated that Kim’s main focus right now is spending time with her own children.

Yesterday, Kim’s personal assistant, Stephanie Sheppard, updated the star’s app for the first time since the October 3 break-in.

Using a handwritten note to communicate with users, Stephanie wrote: “Keeks is taking some much needed time off.”

 

#familysquad @balmain #balmainss17

A photo posted by Kris Jenner (@krisjenner) on

“But not to worry. We’ve called upon Kim’s closest friends, fam and yours truly to serve up some exclusives. Stay tuned for new posts and app takeovers!”

“Thank you so much for your support for my girl. Love you mean it.”

 

#goodsquad @goodamerican @khloekardashian @kourtneykardash @joycebonelli @steph_shep #dreamcometrue

A photo posted by Kris Jenner (@krisjenner) on

 

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Professor Green fans have had a worrying few hours after the star shared a picture last night from his hospital bed.

The British rapper had been suffering from pains for six hours when he was admitted to hospital and had to be kept in overnight to ensure he didn't have a strangulated hernia.

Thankfully, he has since posted an update to his Instagram account saying: "Woke up to a million text messages – I’m fine, apart from the builders outside my house and the lack of sleep X."

 

Woke up to a million text messages – I'm fine, apart from the builders outside my house and the lack of sleep X

A photo posted by Stephen Manderson (@professorgreen) on

The news comes just weeks after Pro Green – who has recently been linked to Irish model Vogue Williams – revealed he needs surgery to treat his 10cm hernia "Henry".

Fans have been expressing their relief by commenting on his latest post.

Awh!  We're delighted to hear the star is okay.

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It’s been four years since messaging app Snapchat entered – and in many cases took over – our lives and it seems that’s time enough for the app’s owners to cash in on their success.

According to The Verge, one big change is coming to the app over the next few weeks and we’re not sure it’s one people will be overly pleased with.

Advertisements – which will have sound, be full screen and allow the companies who own them to redirect users towards their sites – will soon begin to play between friends’ stories on the app.

Because the ads will not be made by Snapchat themselves – as any ads which have previously appeared on the app have been – they are expected to look different to what's been seen up to now.

Thankfully the ads will be skippable and are expected to only feature occasionally between stories – rather than annoyingly break up any individual stories you may be watching.

The news comes just a week after the hugely successful app changed the layout of its Discover page.

Since users already watch 8 billion videos per day on the app, we hope the new ads are short – otherwise we’ll never get anything done.

 

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