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    Creating apps that give users powerful new ways to access Twitter has long presented an uncomfortable situation for developers: get too successful, and your app essentially shuts down. The problem's been Twitter's use of tokens that allow distinct users to connect with a third-party app, and so far there's been a hard limit of 100,000 per title – hit that many, and you couldn't sign on any new users. Earlier this week, popular Android Twitter app Fenix found itself running into that all-too-familiar fate, causing its developer to pull the app from the Play Store. Today Fenix returns, ...

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    How should we measure engagement? What makes a story popular? Social networks as businesses have a problem. To maximize revenue, you need to keep users engaged with that platform to serve those users advertising. As each social network collects data and trends on individual users, those platforms have a remarkable amount of data on what each participant enjoys. From a financial position, there’s little incentive to serve that individual content which might challenge their preferences. The common wisdom is to feed the user what they enjoy, and that user should stay on the site or in the ...

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    We know what it's like: you're browsing Pocketnow's Titter feed full of all the hottest mobile tech news, reviews, and video, and you see a new post you simply have to share. And while you could easily retweet that message to everyone, what if you just want to share it with a single user – it's just something that's exactly right up their alley. Today Twitter's making that process a bit easier, as it upgrades its Android and iOS apps to support easy tweet sharing via DM. This sort of functionality not sound that new? There's a good reason for that, as it's not: Twitter picked up the ...

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    Forget wearable technology and virtual reality. The industry’s “next big thing” could be a service much simpler to implement and market, which has been around for years in some form or other, and is only now taken seriously by behemoths Twitter, Facebook and Google. We’re talking live video streaming, particularly mobile apps capable of broadcasting “original content” in real time for friends and fans, with Twitter getting an important head start on its social networking arch-rival last year, and FB slowly recovering lost ground. Since Facebook Live Video is still new, ...

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    While Apple’s legal battles with the FBI, San Bernardino County, NYPD and US Department of Justice remain at a standstill, the tech giant’s many declared allies might be looking to take further action against potential government snooping on people’s private data and e-conversations. The world’s most popular messaging application in particular will reportedly add voice call encryption before long to a set of security features that already includes end-to-end text protection. WhatsApp would thus become essentially impenetrable from the ground up, and unless crystal clear laws are ...

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    If you're in Austin this weekend for SXSW, we're jealous. Major jelly going on. And for those of you who aren't participating in the hours of tech, music, thought-provocation and the mad dash to Franklin Barbecue, you can grasp at the straws of fun or grasp at a few Nexuses or a Moto 360 or two. LIVE on #Periscope: #GoogleStoreClaw Live https://t.co/Xaomk4JN9F — Google Store (@GoogleStore) March 12, 2016 The Google Store Claw machine is up and running at the Google Fiber Space over there and it's had some exciting action on its first day of use. Several winners have been crowned just ...

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    Why do users choose Apple over competing mobile brands? High quality hardware? A polished software experience? Peer pressure? Sure, all solid reasons. But maybe one of the most compelling reasons to go with an Apple device, and one that's especially attractive to novice users intimidated by other platforms, is Apple's reputation for outstanding customer support. Bolstered by a nationwide fleet of brick-and-mortar stores that not only connect users with the latest Apple gear, but also give them a place to turn to for asking questions, attending classes, and seeking assistance with broken ...

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    You don’t need boots on the ground, armed drones or bombs to assist in stopping ISIS from spreading its global reign of terror. The war has long been about ideology as much as public beheadings, and in the digital age, it’s equally important to hinder the dissemination of hateful online propaganda and apprehend leaders of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State.” But when is censorship really an acceptable reaction to anything? Apparently, now, since the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center deems the “more aggressive takedowns across social media platforms” of late “a ...

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    What draws you to one social network over another? They've all got their particular hooks, but sometimes it's less what one offers, and more what it doesn't. For Twitter, that's meant a focus on simplicity: you follow users, and you see their tweets – and when you follow multiple users, everyone's tweets get sorted chronologically, with no Facebook-style editorializing getting in the way of which messages you see, and which you don't. So when rumors started circulating earlier this month that Twitter was about to introduce an algorithm-driven sorting method of its own, users ...

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    It comes out of nowhere and looks like a scam: a notification telling you that someone has stolen your Twitter account. It actually came from a new social media app that was a mix of Risk! and Foursquare in which users would "buy" a friend's Twitter account — not the actual account, but in the form of a "trading card" within the app's social sphere — and then be able to "sell" or "trade" it along with making status posts on behalf of that account. Still, Stolen! was an iOS app up until today, when it was taken down its owners, Hey, Inc., at the request of lawmakers and after consumer ...

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    @Pocketnow covers tablets on a basis secondary to smartphones, but even at that number two level, it's been a fairly staid year for big slab news up until the last quarter or so. Sure, there's the Pixel C, but until we grab hold of a retail unit, it's all vaporware to us. And there's also those convertibles that Microsoft seems to like so much. But alas, we come back to the object of Steve Jobs's puzzlement, the iPad. Apple's tablet reigns supreme in ownership, sales and the mindspace. With a new iPad and an almost freakish enterprise product, an amazing showing during Black Friday sales ...

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    In addition to being a delicate, polarizing issue that the world’s largest provider of online search services is still fighting in courts around the old continent, the right to be forgotten concept put into practice by the European Union last year apparently requires a lot of time and resources spent by Google. And we mean a lot, with a grand total of 348,508 claims filed since May 2014, concerning more than 1.2 million URLs, of which the now Alphabet-owned search giant only removed 42 percent. That’s a lofty 441,778 results nonetheless, and of course, Google had to properly evaluate ...

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    Twitter is one of those companies that isn't doing bad at all, but wishes it could do better about its growth. As a result the company has scrambled to re-invent itself over and over in finding ways to become useful, up to the point of even switching its leadership in the process. Those of you who believe this service's obsession overrated might be right, but more changes continue. In a change that actually does make sense, Twitter has decided to rename its "Favorites" button for a "Like" button that will be represented by a heart. If you think of it, many users have actually decided to ...

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    Twitter's practically an old man in the social media scene, coming up on its 10-year anniversary next year. While that's a testament to its staying power, it can also be a problem when users are always looking for fresh new ways to consume content: how do you stay relevant while also not alienating long-time fans? Twitter thinks it has just the ticket, and today launches Moments for Android, iOS, and the web. You'll see the lightning-bolt link to Moments up next to your notifications and DMs, and clicking through will bring you to what aims to give you a quick, convenient look at all ...

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    Just because iOS 9's getting a quick take-up doesn't mean people aren't having a hard time wading through the curds and whey. While not on the scale of iOS 8.0.1 bad, we're looking at some a crowd of countenance that iOS 9 is causing trouble of some sort. Since the new software push on Wednesday, Twitter has been able to tack iOS 9 as a trending topic with hundreds of thousands of volleys sent so far. Let's see what the iOS 9 hoopla is all about. — Tony Bermudez (@BerMEWdez728) September 18, 2015 Some have complained about battery issues, others are providing manuals on how to ...

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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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