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Back in May Twitter announced that the tweet length was getting a healthy tweak for the first time in the company’s history. While limits as high as 10,000 were rumored (and did make its way into direct messages), Twitter’s current CEO Jack Dorsey, said that instead, certain concessions would be made with elements of tweets. Above it all though, no set time frame was given for the relaxes character limit counting. According to an updated post on The Verge posted today, that day is September 19th. On this day, Twitter will start — all at once or gradually increase over…

There’s no beating around the bush – breaking your screen sucks. Paying to have that screen replaced sucks even more. While it’s not so bad for iPhone owners thanks to AppleCare+, $100 is still a tough pill to swallow, especially if you have to do that a few times over the life of your phone. But, Apple has a new option. Specicially, if you come in and show them your spiderwebbed iPhone screen, you now only have to pay $29 to get the screen fixed instead of the full $99. That said, anything other than a broken screen and you’re…

Via: 9to5 Mac

Facebook had bittersweet news this week depending on what side of the fence you’re on. Specifically, they’re changing the algorithm, again. This time though, they’re returning more focus to individual (read: personal, non-business) posts. For business and media entities however, it may mean more paid FB promoting for the same level of exposure they currently enjoy. Twitter had a relatively big week, too. They announced and released a new “Dashboard” app (think of it as the “engage” app, but for businesses/normal people), announced more precise location tagging powered by Foursquare (they’re still around!), and….stickers. There was also a…

You know how it goes. Awesome startup has bright future. Google buys them. Everything goes to hell. Such is the story of Nest, the latest Google acquisition to see a seemingly upward trajectory stall, and the management/CEO leave. Just a little bit ago, news broke that Tony Fadell, designer of the original iPod and more recently, creator of Nest, is leaving his CEO position atop Nest. He will stay on board with Alphabet in an advisory role, however. That said, we’d say his new company (Actev Motors) is going to take a majority of his time now that he’s free…

This week was a rather quiet one as far as “big” news goes save for one very large elephant in the room: the Oracle vs. Google trial over Android and Java APIs. Many were worried that a terrible verdict would be levied in Oracles favor. But alas, justice was served, with the jury finding Google not guilty and absolving them of the ~$9 billion Larry Ellison was looking forward to scooping up as a down payment on his own planet. And true to form, mere minutes after Oracle (by way of their lawyer) promised to appeal, spewing forth that they…

Over the last year or so, iOS has gotten dumped on with quite a few good email apps. While email has long been “broken” as some would say, we personally just like email apps, the different features the come with and the different UI/UX experiments different developers use. One client we’ve been using a lot of lately is Nylas N1. This open source email client for OS X comes with a robust set of normal features you’d expect in an email client plus a few more notable, niche options such as (a growing list of) plugins and robust theme support. As…

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There was definitely a lot this week to take in. Between Google I/O and just the normal uptick in summer tech news, we had a lot to digest. That said, as always, there are a small subset of things to really focus on if you’re looking for the most important things. Wearables and mobile payments got a nice little surprise this week with Fitbit’s announcement that they are purchasing Coin, a smart credit card company. It’s no secret that wearables are going to be a big part of the “future” along with IoT devices and things. The mobile payment…

Another week in the books as we finish out this Friday, May 13th. While this time of year can be a tad slow, this week was at least rather eventful. Here are a handful of the more interesting and important things from the past week. For starters, Nvidia announced their brand new GTX 1070 and 1080 GPUs at $370 and $599 respectively. The former promises greater-than-Titan performance for a fraction of the price someone would plunker down just a short few months ago. T-Mobile became one of the first big U.S. carriers to extend an olive branch to customers who…

Is it time to buy a VR headset, Time to snap your smartphone into some crazy contraption and strap it to your face? According to our friend RoguePixel on Medium, there is an answer. It might be time to buy a VR headset. Here is a small taste of the article and the link to the full article. It’s well worth the read! If you’re not sure what Virtual Reality (VR) is all about or what its current state is then it is only fair to let you know that VR headsets that are currently available are awesome. Best of all,…

Source: State of Casual VR: Is It Ready

T-Mobile often has snarky and/or aggressively priced plans or offerings for customers of competing carriers in an effort to entice them to team Magenta. Their latest marketing tactic is dubbed “Never Settle: For Verizon” and (obviously) more directed than normal. Specifically, T-Mobile is giving Verizon customers a free 2-week trial period with phone to try out their network. If said customer doesn’t like it they simply hand the phone back to T-Mobile and make the walk of shame back out the door to Verizon. If they do like it however, T-Mobile will then proceed to pay up to $650 in…

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