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Football (or American Football, for those of you outside of the U.S.) season is finally among us! Well, preseason football anyway, which is still an exciting time for fans of the sport. There are plenty of intriguing story lines leading into this season, such as Tom Brady's four game suspension that will see backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo get the start for the New England Patriots, and you may get to watch some of them play out live on Apple TV using Twitter's mobile app.Having outbid Facebook and other tech giants to secure the rights to live-stream National Football Games (NFL) games on Thursday... Read more...
Fans of animated GIFs (pronounced with a soft "G," according to Steve Wilhite, inventor of the Graphics Interchange Format) have reason to rejoice. Twitter has silently bumped up the file size limit for posting GIFs to 15MB on the web, which is triple the amount of the original 5MB limit. Expect to see more animated GIFs as a result of the change. Posting GIFs on Twitter is already a popular thing to do. According to Twitter, its users shared over 100 million GIFs in 2015, which prompted the microblogging site to add a GIF search function in early 2016. "Whenever you’re composing a Tweet or Direct... Read more...
For a brief moment, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe experienced a far less threatening version of what Captain Phillips went through when a Somalian pirate commandeered his ship and declared, "I'm the captain now." But instead of guns and a boat, Iribe seemingly lost control of his company when a hacker took control of his Twitter account and used it to announce a new boss."We here at Oculus are very excited to announce our new CEO, @Lid!," the Twitter post declared, followed by a smiling emoticon. To keep the ruse going, @Lid stated on his own Twitter account, "Lol just became CEO of this sh*t company,... Read more...
Facebook definitely recognized the growth opportunities in Instagram when it bought the company for $1 billion in stock and cash back in 2012. First launched as an iPhone app in 2010, the service had 50 million monthly active users by September 2011. By December 2014, that number had ballooned to 300 million. And today, Instagram has announced that it has over 500 million users worldwide. Of those 500 million monthly active users, over 300 million are active on a daily basis and 80 percent of its user base comes from outside the United States (this metric stood at 75 percent in September). Instagram... Read more...
Cyanogen 13.1 is rolling out to the OnePlus One. The OnePlus One will feature MOD, an integrated mobile platform that was first announced in February and is now officially available. MOD enables mods on phones or “ intelligent, contextually aware, and lightweight experiences built natively into the mobile operating system.” Third party apps can now take advantage of platform APIs, with a prominent one allowing you to view Twitter feeds on your lock screen. Users will simply need to wake up their phone and swipe left in order to have access to their Twitter feed. Users can also call... Read more...
It may be time to update your Twitter password. A Russian hacker under the alias “Tessa88” claims to hold 32 million stolen Twitter account credentials and is selling the database for 10 bitcoins, or roughly $5,810 USD. The hacker supposedly also has links to the recent breaches of LinkedIn and Myspace. Another Russian hacker claimed to have stolen passwords from Gmail and Yahoo in May. LeakedSource argues that this was not a leak and that the supposed “hacker” is blowing smoke. LeakedSource claimed that out of the fifteen users they asked, all fifteen were able to verify their passwords.... Read more...
You wouldn't know it by the way people with smartphones tend to ignore their physical surroundings in favor of whatever is on their digital screens, but use of social media apps is down. That's according to market research firm SimilarWeb, which compared data on Android apps over a yearlong period. What the study found was that in almost all countries, Android users are spending less time on all four major social media apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. In some territories, the drop was significant. That was the case for Twitter usage in France, which dropped from an average... Read more...
It doesn't matter who you are or how much money you make, if you don't practice good security habits on the web you're likely to get hacked. Case in point, Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire whiz kid and co-founder of Facebook, the most popular social media site on the planet, had his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked into over the weekend. To be fair, Zuckerberg is a bigger target than most people, but that wasn't the real reason his social media accounts outside of Facebook were compromised. It's because he was lazy with security, both with the password he chose and in reusing the same one... Read more...
One week ago, we first learned that Twitter would likely be easing up on its hard 140-character limit with respect to tweets. Word on the street was that the social media company would no longer count links and photos towards the character limit, giving users more room to express themselves. Twitter today confirmed that changes are indeed coming to the platform, and clarified what exactly will be excluded from the 140-character limit. For starters, usernames will no longer be counted, so you’re free to include @hothardware and not worry about wasting space for your entire message. In addition,... Read more...
Part of Twitter's charm is that messages are short and to the point. The 140-character limit on tweets makes them easily and quickly digestible, negating the need for tl;dr summaries at the end. On the flip side, it can sometimes be tough getting an idea across in 140 characters. and it's even more challenging when links and photos take up part of the character count. That's going to changeAt present links take up 23 characters, and that's after Twitter automatically shortens the URL. That leaves users posting a link with 117 characters to get their message across, though not for long. Citing "a... Read more...
It was with good intentions that Comcast took to Twitter to promote Comcast Cares Day, an annual event in which thousands of its employees go out and volunteer in their communities. What Comcast didn't take into account is the snarky nature of Twitter and backlash it would receive on the social network. Comcast created its own hashtag to draw attention to its philanthropic outreach effort—#ComcastCaresDay—but instead of good vibes and high fives, it attracted a mountain of mockery. Some if it came from ticked off Comcast subscribers who were taken aback by what they viewed as obvious irony, while... Read more...
By this point, everyone and their dog knows that driving while pecking away on a smartphone dramatically increases the chance of accidents, yet many remain defiant, and sometimes even proud about their foolish deeds. Apparently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has had enough of that, and has decided to begin calling out those who brag about it on Twitter. AT&T's #ItCanWait Don't Text and Drive Simulator from 2014 More often than not, it's a poor idea for a company (or agency) to use social media to call people they don't even know out. But when it comes to something... Read more...
And this is why we can’t have nice things! Microsoft's Technology and Research Division along with Bing developed Tay as an exercise in testing its advancements in artificial intelligence. In the case of Tay, it’s a “female” chatbot that is targeted at millennials ranging in age from 18 to 24. “Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful conversation,” writes Microsoft. “The more you chat with Tay the smarter she gets, so the experience can be more personalized for you.” Microsoft unleashed Tay onto the world this week via... Read more...
Apple is spreading its wings when it comes to using social media to engage its vast user base. That expansion kicks off today with the launch of @AppleSupport on Twitter, which not only will provide Apple Customers with tips and tricks for its products, but also field questions from those in need of technical assistance. @AppleSupport made itself useful this morning by providing iOS users some helpful tricks to get the most out of the Notes app. Customers can simply mark their tweet with #AppleSupport to enlist the help of Apple Support. The Notes app has some awesome hidden tricks. A favorite... Read more...
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