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    If you are a mobile technology fan, chances are you are on Twitter. You tweet, mention, retweet, and favorite with abandon those accounts that tickle your fancy. Mobile technology geeks are no strangers to the wonders of social media, so when one of them has some unusual goings on it’s enough for us to stand up and take notice. While not directly related to mobile, which is our bread and butter here at Pocketnow, Twitter is still an enormous part of our lives, so we wanted to take a look at what it’s doing right, and more specifically, what Twitter is missing. Reeling them in When you ...

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    Even though opinions for live streaming services like Periscope and Meerkat are still mixed, there is a significant market out there that actually likes this idea. The only problem users faced is that using services like Periscope required you to have an iPhone, something truly odd given Android's popularity. That said, we knew that once Meerkat left beta, it would only be a matter of time for Periscope to launch on Android, and that just happened today. Twitter, which currently owns Periscope, has just made it official that you can start live streaming your content from an Android device. ...

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    On its surface, Twitter seems like such a simple service: post short messages, and read those from users you follow. But once you start following account after account, each one retweeting a seemingly endless stream of content, it can quickly become a bit much to handle. Rather than driving you mad trying to keep up with everything, or hitting you with a bad case of FOMO over what you're not reading, Twitter has come up with a new tool to bring you content you might not want to miss, with the introduction of Highlights. Highlights delivers a twice-a-day summary of content Twitter's ...

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    As popular as Twitter is when it comes to social media, there's no denying that this is the most barebones service there is. Surely that simplicity is what most people enjoy, but if any of you remember how crazy it was to retweet something a few years ago, you'll understand what it means when too much simplicity isn’t practical. The good thing is that Twitter fixed retweets a while ago, and now Quotes is the next frontier. As of today, the updated "Quote Tweet" feature that we saw reach iOS a few days ago is now available for Android users. The advantage is that instead of having to ...

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    Cyanogen Inc. has its eye on expanding well beyond its roots as a custom ROM for tinkerers and hackers, and has spent over a year now working to get its software onto more and more commercial handsets. As it continues to grow, the firm has been looking to take on new investors, and rumors from earlier this year suggested that Microsoft could find itself becoming a major investor in Cyanogen. However, just last week we heard that this Microsoft investment would be occurring, after all. So who would end up funding Cyanogen's dreams for expansion? Today the company announces the details ...

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    Over the years, Twitter's been evolving from a blank 140-character slate to deliver users more and more features. It used to be that you had to manually shorten URLs, until Twitter automated the process. And you used to need third-party image hosts until Twitter started accepting uploads itself. With video, the situation's been a little more complicated, and while the company purchased Vine, that service has continued to exist more as a companion to Twitter itself. But now Twitter's finally ready to address video head-on, announcing integrated video capture and sharing tools for its mobile ...

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    Social apps often find themselves caught in a cycle of constant one-upmanship. New kid on the block just started embedding photos in its messages? You'd better start working on the same feature. Your competition moves past photos and now supports video? Gotta get some of that for yourself, too. So it's no surprise that following Instagram's rise in popularity, everyone else found themselves working on photo-enhancing filter effects of their own. Twitter's has just such a feature for a while now, but today delivers an update for its iOS and Android apps that breathes a little new life into ...

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    How closely do you pay attention to the permissions your apps request? If you're dealing with software from a developer you're not familiar with, maybe you'll give them a close look, making sure the app's not overtly up to anything shady, but do you put apps from major companies under the same magnifying glass? Twitter's in the news today because of some new behavior coming to its app on both Android and iOS, wherein it looks beyond its own borders to check out what other programs you have running on your phone. Why the heck is an app like Twitter doing something like that, and should you ...

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    We're well used to learning about current events through social media by this point; reacting to news of anything from a celebrity break-up to a natural disaster with “yeah, I heard about it on Twitter” is hardly uncommon these days. But while the service may have become a ubiquitous tool for thought-sharing, Twitter would like to see people start using it for other things – things that can help make Twitter money. Someday soon, you may even find yourself saying “yeah, I bought that on Twitter,” as today the company starts rolling-out in-tweet purchasing opportunities for its ...

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    Talon has quickly become one of the most popular Twitter clients on Android, and it's managed to stay consistent with the OS's design guidelines really well for the most part. Today in a new preview version of the app we're taking a look at Talon Android L support -- meaning, the app has been redone to show off the new Material Design. Two main things have been redesigned -- the tweet viewer and the timeline. You can take a look at both above, and get a feel for how Material Design encompasses the whole new app. Things such as the color of the notification bar and the positioning of the ...

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    Twitter started its life as a very bare-bones communications service; the 140-character limit that's still in place today is a direct consequence of its SMS roots. Over the years, new features have slowly arrived, like native support for photos, URL shorteners, and even video, by means of Vine. Still, the general pace of advancements has felt quite restrained, which makes it a big deal when anything actually does arrive. Today we learn about a couple very interesting tweaks to how Twitter handles photos, with the changes debuting on the company's Android and iOS apps. Just like Facebook ...

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    Less than a year ago, back in mid-April 2013, we saw Twitter introduce the world to its Twitter #music app for iOS. We gave you an overview of the software in action, showing how it helped you discover new music based on what's trending at the moment. It took advantage of iTunes to offer users previews of any songs they ran across, and by tying into an account with a streaming provider like Spotify, you could even pull up full tracks. Twitter talked about its big plans, like making #music available in additional countries and coming out with an Android version... and that's pretty much the ...

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    If you're just not a Facebook fan, and continue to fight the good fight against Google's non-stop Google+ pressure, Twitter offers a relatively straightforward, unencumbered platform through which you can share your photos with your social media friends. Thus far Twitter's photo support has been a pretty bare-bones experience, and while it's not about to fundamentally shift anytime soon, today does see the Twitter Android app learn some new tricks that give it some basic, yet functional image manipulation tools. How basic are we talking about? Really, the extent of its manipulation tools ...

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    For the most part, my favorite social networking platform is Twitter. I love that information is limited to only 140 characters, it makes authors get to the point and take time crafting what message they're trying to convey. This helps me browse through a lot of information quickly, compared to some of the other social networks out there. My favorite mobile platform, you might have guessed, is Android. Unfortunately, the official Twitter client for Android isn't all that great. But, you're in luck! There are a few other apps out there that are very much worth your time. Hit play, and let's ...

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    Windows Phone users have learned to live with the app selection on their platform being what it is. While it gets better every day, there are still too many times when official apps simply aren't available, and users instead turn to third party solutions or outright knockoffs. But then there are those good days, where after a wait that can only be characterized as excessive, we finally see an official port get delivered; that's where we find ourselves today, getting word that Vine is launching for Windows Phone. Last month, at the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, we got the good news that ...

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    How Twitter-crazy are you? Do you fight the urge to place an “@” before your name when filling out forms at the doctor's office? Have you taken to saying the word “hashtag” aloud in fully offline conversations? You may have a real problem, and while we're not sure this is exactly a “solution” per se, it sounds like Twitter's got just the thing for hardcore users looking to align themselves even more closely to the platform, offering Android users the ability to get involved with development at the alpha stage. Now, Twitter already has a beta program, hooking interested users up ...

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    Twitter is all about communication at a glance: its inherent character limitations keep messages short, and hashtags can simplify things further still into a few bullet points. Despite all this airy simplicity, the mobile app itself has been sort of tap-heavy. Today Twitter announces efforts to do something about that, cramming more information and controls into the main timeline view. It used to be that if you wanted to see an attached image, reply to a tweet, favorite it, or retweet, you first had to tap through to an individual screen for that message. Instead, updates to the Twitter ...

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    Remember when Windows Phone 7.8 came out, and some users making the upgrade reported their phones eating way too much data all of a sudden? The software introduced some unwanted behavior in how Live Tiles update, and when icons for them couldn't be successfully retrieved from remote servers, the phone would keep on trying, over and over, burning through a nice chunk of your monthly data plan in the process. We're seeing shades of that again this week, with word of a new Windows Phone data-related issue, this time tied to Twitter and the People hub. Apparently Twitter has recently started ...

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    Twitter is synonymous with brevity, so it's not entirely surprising that its creators have struggled with how best to bring an experience built around 140-character messages to larger tablet screens. It's been a long time coming, but today Twitter for Android tablets has finally become available... for some users, at least. The problem is that the new tablet Twitter has launched as an exclusive for the 2014 edition of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1. Pre-orders for the tablet got underway last month, but it's taken until today for the hardware to actually arrive. Now that it's here, this new ...

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    There's no denying that one of the biggest annoyances of buying a 10-inch Android tablet, is that even though almost every Android app can work on it, all you'll get is a stretched experience of a phone app that's not optimized for it. Probably the most ridiculous example of this was, and still is Twitter, given the popularity of the social network, and its reluctance to enhance their Android app to support 10-inch tablets. Still, many of us dream of the day that this'll change, and it seems this will happen very soon. Many of you probably didn't notice this, but one thing that struck the ...

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    While smartphones are now capable of doing more than many of us ever thought possible, such as graphic-intensive gaming, taking impressive photos, or data speeds faster than most home Internet connections, I explained in May that the majority of our use is still communication and social networking. For most, modern smartphones are pure overkill, which is why I assumed a switch back to BlackBerry might not be so bad, why it might be refreshing. Obviously, that wasn't the case. I digress. I spend the majority of my time on my phone staring at social feeds, posting status updates and ...

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    Time and time again, we find ourselves talking about aspects of the global smartphone market: which brands are already popular where, what markets are under-served and prime targets for expansion, and so on. While all of that sort of thing can be discussed in terms of raw statistics, it can be much easier to visualize these sorts of global trends, which is why it's great that there's a MapBox map all set to give us just such a look. This map plots a subset of mobile Twitter users who have accessed the service through their smartphones. We can filter the data by platform: Android, iOS, ...

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    One week ago Monday, we learned that Vine would no longer be an iOS exclusive, and the Twitter acquisition was finally releasing an Android port of its app. While Apple users had access going back to January, the floodgates were now open for their Android brethren, and given how much more popular Vine's grown since its launch, we were curious to see just how strong this Android interest might be. So far, the app is off to a very respectable start, and Vine has just managed to squeeze past Instagram on the Android top app list. That's a big deal, as when it comes to apps built for sharing ...

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    Feature-for-feature, the official Twitter app for Windows Phone may lag behind the software available on platforms like iOS or Android, but it still endeavors to do improve, and today we see the arrival of an update that manages to pack in a whole bunch of new features. More than one of these improvements are photo-based, like the app now supporting external lens apps in Windows Phone 8. The app itself gets eight new built-in effects filters. It's also now more convenient to embed a pic in a tweet your composing, and the app supports saving tweeted photos. Windows Phone may not have a ...

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    Back in January, Twitter took the logical step beyond text, beyond photos, and with the help of Vine - which it acquired the previous fall - gave users the option to embed short video clips. We've seen Vine shoot up in popularity since then, but there's been one big problem with using the service: so far, the Vine app has been iOS-only. Back in April, we heard that an Android port of Vine was in the works and would be out "soon," but the subsequent weeks passed without any news. That all changes today, with the Android version of Vine finally going public. All the core functionality is ...

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