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Twitter tests longer character limit

Twitter tests longer character limitYou may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won’t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...


Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:43:10 -0400

Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free

Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for freeMac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.


Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:31:47 -0400

Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects

Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effectsWant to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?


Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:54:40 -0400

MIZUHO: Here's why Facebook has 'a realistic opportunity' to enter China in 2018

MIZUHO: Here's why Facebook has 'a realistic opportunity' to enter China in 2018Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.


Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:27:46 -0400

Apple's wireless charger may not ship with the new iPhones at launch

Apple's wireless charger may not ship with the new iPhones at launchApple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...


Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:48:21 -0400

The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhone

The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhoneApple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:13:35 -0400

Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11

Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.


Sat, 09 Sep 2017 08:32:49 -0400

Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked

Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hackedEquifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.


Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:15:39 -0400

The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone

The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhoneApple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.


Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:57:20 -0400

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectationsSamsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.


Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:13:11 -0400

Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post

Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook postYahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.


Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:05:24 -0400

4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US

4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the USThere are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.


Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:09:11 -0400

Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display

Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K displayMore laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.


Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:44:29 -0400

The most important iPhone features ever

The most important iPhone features everApple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.


Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:23:07 -0400

Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history

Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is historyHope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”


Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:21:51 -0400

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity"Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.


Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:00:58 -0400

Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.

Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.


Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:26:17 -0400

Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatch

Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatchSamsung's new Gear Sport is a fitness-centric smartwatch aimed squarely at the Apple Watch.


Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:03:41 -0400

The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign

The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesignThis is a big week for YouTube. It’s getting a new design and new features—all of which have been in the works, carefully and methodically, for a very long time, and all of which, as far as I’m concerned, are welcome!


Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:56:27 -0400

Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VR

Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VRMicrosoft is bringing VR to the masses with its low-cost headsets.


Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:53:20 -0400

Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake news

Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake newsFacebook is taking its crackdown on fake news even further.


Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:05:13 -0400

Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch

Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple WatchFitbit’s all-new smartwatch is designed to do battle with the Apple Watch.It’s no secret that Fitbit (FIT) has been working on a smartwatch — Co-founder and CEO James Park said as much during the company’s Q2 2017 earnings call earlier this month. This is the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first “true” smartwatch.


Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:07:17 -0400

Meet Uber's pick for its next CEO

Meet Uber's pick for its next CEOExpedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is expected to take on the role of Uber CEO.


Sun, 27 Aug 2017 21:10:08 -0400

Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcripts

Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcriptsBelieve it or not, YouTube creates a written transcript for every single video. Just click More and Transcript and boom!


Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:06:56 -0400

Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet

Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big betSamsung is bringing the Galaxy Note brand back from the brink with the Galaxy Note 8. But can it bury the ghosts of the Note 7?


Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:00:20 -0400

The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone

The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhoneThe Essential Phone is the first handset from the father of Google's Android, and it's a solid alternative to Apple's iPhone.


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:49:22 -0400

Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech

Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home techThe Norton Core is a Wi-Fi router designed to protect all of your connected devices.


Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:14:38 -0400

Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement

Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvementQualcomm's new depth-sensing camera technology could improve smartphone's and virtual reality headsets.


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:32:43 -0400

How companies leave your data online without your knowledge

How companies leave your data online without your knowledgeYour private data could be freely available online and there's little you can do about it.


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:57:22 -0400

Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’

Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.


Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:24:47 -0400

Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders

Pogue's Basics: Alexa remindersAmazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.


Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:09:54 -0400

NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this book

NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this bookAn alarming fifteen percent of NFL players end up declaring bankruptcy. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012 and is currently a free agent, is making sure he won't fall into that category.


Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0400

How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographer

How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographerApple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11 should take your iPhone photography to the next level with these new features.


Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:47:23 -0400

Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawless

Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawlessMotorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it's got its drawbacks.


Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:17:17 -0400

The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and Target

The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and TargetIf you or your kids are heading back to school, these are the tech deals you'll want to check out.


Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:50:32 -0400

Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basics

Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basicsLego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.


Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:37:06 -0400

A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumers

A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumersA new European Union regulation could impact how social networks handle your data in the U.S.


Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:24:13 -0400

Pogue's Basics: The secret Start menu in Windows 10

Pogue's Basics: The secret Start menu in Windows 10Windows 10’s Start button harbors a secret: It can sprout a tiny utility menu. To see it, right-click the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen, or (on a touchscreen) hold your finger down on it. There, in all its majesty, is the Start menu’s secret utility menu.


Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:30:31 -0400

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' might be the next big hit for Nintendo's Switch

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' might be the next big hit for Nintendo's SwitchNintendo’s Mario is teaming up with Ubisoft’s bizarre rabbids in a new game that might be your next favorite Switch title.Mario is coming to Nintendo’s (NTDOY) new Switch console, but he’s sharing the spotlight with some relative unknowns. Ubisoft’s “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” is a turn-based strategy-style game co-starring Ubisoft’s (UBSFF) own rabbids, cartoonish bugged-eyed rabbits.


Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:57:29 -0400

Here’s what you need to watch for in Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings

Here’s what you need to watch for in Apple’s Q3 2017 earningsApple will announce its Q3 2017 earnings on August 1, and this is what you'll want to pay attention to.


Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:56:59 -0400

Apple's decision to drop privacy apps in China might not be the last of its kind

Apple's decision to drop privacy apps in China might not be the last of its kindApple may soon be force to remove more privacy apps from its App Store if it wants to continue selling its products in certain countries.


Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:18:05 -0400

How Microsoft wants to bring broadband to rural Americans

How Microsoft wants to bring broadband to rural AmericansMicrosoft is helping to bring broadband to underserved rural Americans.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:35:06 -0400

The biggest problems with putting microchips in employees

The biggest problems with putting microchips in employeesRFID chip implants can be convenient for some, but they raise both privacy and security questions.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:23:25 -0400

Why Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are fighting

Why Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are fightingTesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are having a very public spat about artificial intelligence.


Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:47:10 -0400

Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too late

Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too lateElon Musk's dire predictions of a robot apocalypse may be a bit over dramatic, but experts agree that we need some kind of regulation to protect us from artificial intelligence.


Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:51:27 -0400

Amazon launches a social network for spending money

Amazon launches a social network for spending moneyAmazon's Spark is a social network for spending cash.


Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:46:14 -0400

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flawThe back-to-school shopping season is just around the corner, and Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping its new Surface Laptop will be the computer you or your child brings to the classroom. Starting at $999, the Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s attempt to fight back against the growing popularity of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) low-cost Chromebooks and Apple’s (AAPL) own MacBook line. The Surface Laptop also marks the debut of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S operating system, a more security- and performance-minded variant of Windows 10.


Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:08:07 -0400

Sprint doesn’t want you to buy your next phone

Sprint doesn’t want you to buy your next phoneSprint wants you to lease your next smartphone.


Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:01:58 -0400

Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realize

Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realizeHarman Kardon’s Invoke is Microsoft’s first true Amazon Echo competitor. When Amazon first debuted its Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker in 2014, expectations for the device were relatively high. More than two years later, the Echo’s success has spurred a new war of the tech titans: Companies including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT), Samsung and a slew of their Chinese counterparts have either released their own smart speakers or will likely release them soon.


Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:57:19 -0400

Another fitness-band company shuts down. But why?

Another fitness-band company shuts down. But why?This week, according to the Information, Jawbone shut down.


Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:45:38 -0400