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Deactivating Twitter’s “Direct Messages from anyone” as fast as possible

Deactivating Twitter’s “Direct Messages from anyone” as fast as possible

Worried Twitter's newest feature "direct message from anyone" will put a kink in your private life? You're not the only one. Earlier today Twitter's update and blast on their newest feature update made more than one social network explode in a fury of misdirected madness. The key to this puzzle wasn't that this new feature was coming, however, but that it wasn't turned on by default. This feature, as it turns out, is something you need to turn on for it to work.

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Twitter DM feature is opt-in: NOT on by default

Twitter DM feature is opt-in: NOT on by default

Please feel free to chill - today's announcement of direct messaging for everyone on Twitter is not just a Wild West situation. You will not be flooded with DMs this afternoon. While you CAN turn on DMs from anyone, this is not an open-door policy sort of deal. You DO NOT HAVE TO TURN THIS FEATURE ON. Twitter is just allowing DMs to appear in your inbox - IF YOU WANT THEM TO - from anyone on Twitter. Again - if this isn't clear enough - you DO NOT need to turn this feature on if you do not want to, and it isn't on by default.

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Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

It's been suggested today by two unnamed informants that Nokia will be returning to the smartphone arena in 2016. How they'll do this, exactly, remains a mystery - especially given their current lack of manufacturing power as a result of their sale to Microsoft back in early 2014. But they've made a tablet since then - right, so what's to stop them from making a collection of smartphones? Nothing, really - they've just got to team up with a manufacturing partner and begin to smash the nail with the hammer, so to speak.

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Sony Xperia Z4 unveiled without fuss or fanfare

Sony Xperia Z4 unveiled without fuss or fanfare

Sony is being strange lately, at least when it comes to its mobile devices. We already know that the Xperia Z4 would be coming soon, considering it was a no show at MWC last February even while the Xperia Z4 Tablet debuted with the name. The OEM seems to also flip flop on its position about releasing a flasghip once or twice a year. And now it just revealed the Xperia Z4 and, unlike its rivals in the market, it didn't even hold a special event to do so, which is a weird treatment of a flagship.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Moore’s Law

Happy 50th Birthday, Moore’s Law

In an industry which sees the latest and greatest outdated within months or even weeks, sticking around for fifty years is impressive indeed. Then again, Moore's Law - the infamous observation on how computer chip density increases exponentially over time - is anything but a constant, instead more a ticking metronome that has variously haunted and chivied the electronics world into constant movement.

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SpaceX CRS-6 mission success: Tweets from space

SpaceX CRS-6 mission success: Tweets from space

The SpaceX mission known as CRS-6 had two points of success - one up in space at the ISS, another in the Atlantic Ocean. While the Earthbound piece of this pie did not land successfully - but came OH SO CLOSE - the package delivered to the ISS did, indeed, arrive completely safely. Onboard were 2 tons of science and supplies - including coffee - for the crew of the International Space Station for all nations aboard. No more instant coffee for those above our heads doing science!

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer 2 Analysis

Star Wars The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer 2 Analysis

Today we're having a peek at the Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer 2, as shown at Star Wars Celebration 2015 for the first time. What you're about to see is our rundown of the trailer by both SlashGear and a collection of film specialists as hosted by Lucasfilm at the event. They all stand next to one another in the partial recreation of the original Cantina in the midst of thousands of Star Wars fans in Anaheim. Behold, the light look at the extremely massive second teaser trailer for the 7th installment of the Star Wars series.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer: just a teaser 2

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer: just a teaser 2

This afternoon Lucasfilm and Disney have released the second teaser trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens. This is the second "teaser" trailer for the full trailer, which we still can safely assume will be attached to the next Avengers film, coming out in May. This trailer teaser has a crashed Star Destroyer, Darth Vader's mask, and just about everything you could possibly imagine being spoiled for you all at once. You've been warned - plot elements included!

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Apple Watch in-store stock a no-go until at least June

Apple Watch in-store stock a no-go until at least June

On launch day (early morning?), we saw Apple Watch’s shipment timeframe slip from April 24 to a few weeks later. Then, it was four to six weeks out; later, Apple would only promise your Apple Watch would ship sometime in June. That leaves many impulse shoppers with no avenue for getting their Apple Watch unless they pay exorbitant amounts on eBay. If you can hold out until June (at the earliest), Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts says they’ll have the Apple Watch in-store and ready for purchase.

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Jawbone UP4 puts American Express on your wrist

Jawbone UP4 puts American Express on your wrist

Jawbone is taking on mobile payments, with the fitness wearable firm partnering up with American Express to show Apple Pay and others how the cashless society should go. Based around a new flagship wristband, the Jawbone UP4, the payments system embeds NFC into the strap for frictionless transactions across any wireless-capable cash register where a regular American Express card could be used. I caught up with Jawbone and AMEX to find out why UP4 is special.

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