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Twitter’s new “140” rules made simple

Twitter’s new “140” rules made simple

Today Twitter updated rules on which bits of your tweet count towards the service's 140-character limit - there are new rules. This isn't like your old Twitter. This is a brand new dawn, a place where up is down and down is counted towards your limit - unless it has an @ symbol in front of it and was tweeted as a reply to another tweet. These rules and a whole lot more can be simple - we've gone ahead and made a list of rules for you.

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Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Why would Apple consider adopting a hardware and software model similar to Google's ChromeOS for an Apple Chromebook? Would that be absolute madness? Or would Apple be smart to make use of the ecosystems of apps it already has in place in new and interesting ways? We've not yet seen Google's newest move with ChromeOS take shape in the wild, it's clear that there's some real interest in adopting - nay, accepting - apps made for Android coming to a desktop environment. Now is the time when Apple should open the path from mobile to laptop.

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O6 rotary controller frees your eyes, lets your fingers do the work

O6 rotary controller frees your eyes, lets your fingers do the work

While we spend a lot of time on our smartphones, a good majority of the actions we do usually require no more than a few seconds of tapping. Those, however, require us to look at the screen, even for a short while, which can sometimes be dangerous. Voice control tries to mitigate that, but not all actions, or voices for that matter, can be accommodated. That is why Fingertips Lab, a company formed by former GM Innovation head P.K. Mishra, is introducing O6 ("oh-six"), a wireless rotary controller that lets your fingers do the talking, leaving your eyes free from distraction and keeping you out of danger.

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iPhone 7 confusion continues: schematics, back panel leaked

iPhone 7 confusion continues: schematics, back panel leaked

Leaks are sometimes what they are, just leaks. Sometimes, however, they also represent some wishful thinking. That may perhaps be the cause of much of the conflicting information and dumps we've been getting around the iPhone 7, which is shaping up to be a more interesting smartphone more for its leaks than its actual expected features. In this latest batch from two different sources, we see some confirmation of the camera placements for both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a noticeable lack of smart connectors.

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Apple hit with patent suit because iPhones are phones

Apple hit with patent suit because iPhones are phones

Patent trolls are nothing new. They may have even existed as long as it became profitable to sue people for patent infringement. Of late, however, they have increased in their aggressiveness and boldness, whether out of desperation or out of greed. Case in point this latest patent lawsuit levied upon Apple by a Texas company named Corydoras Technologies, LLC. Its beef is that all of Apple's iPhones, and some of its iPads, can make calls, take selfies, do video chats, and block incoming calls. Practically what makes a smartphone a smartphone.

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Leaked iPhone 7 casing suggests 4 speakers, larger camera

Leaked iPhone 7 casing suggests 4 speakers, larger camera

Given how we're still quite far away from Apple's usual September affair, it's no surprise that the iPhone 7 rumors that keep piling up don't always stack up with one another, nor do they always make sense. While some of the more "wild" speculation have been offloaded to the iPhone 7 Plus, or Pro, this latest batch of photos give the regular iPhone 7 something crazy of its own. Allegedly from an Italian accessory maker, the photos show the back case of the iPhone 7 bearing four speakers and a vertically stacked camera and flash arrangement.

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iPhone 7 part leaks reveal dual-cameras, up to 256GB of storage

iPhone 7 part leaks reveal dual-cameras, up to 256GB of storage

iPhone 7 fever is beginning to escalate, as more and more leaks and rumors begin to pour out. The latest news comes in the form of a part leak that reveals a dual-camera module, which, if authentic, confirms several months of rumors about the larger iPhone 7 Plus (or the iPhone 7 Pro) featuring such a camera layout. Photos of the parts, which were posted to Chinese site Weibo, also show a storage option of 256GB.

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Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

While Apple's next iPhone seems to show little potential for great change, Google announces Android software integration with one of their most forward-thinking projects ever: Tango. Apple has built a massive consumer following with the idea that their iPhone is reliable, secure, and ubiquitous - unavoidably present in the public eye. Google, on the other hand, creates the software that manufacturers of all sorts then use to create their own, unique smartphones. This week, Google announced that they'd be adding Tango software to the next version of Android. This could change the public's expectations for a great smartphone entirely.

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Google’s new ATAP movie moves when you move in a virtual vehicle

Google’s new ATAP movie moves when you move in a virtual vehicle

Just the latest in a series of "360 Google Spotlight Stories" is a vision called Pearl, released to YouTube in its entirety this morning. This video comes from Oscar award-winning director Patrick Osborne, known for his work on movies like Wreck It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Bolt. This video is by far the most complicated 360 video released by the group - but not the most jarring. This video can be viewed in full interactive 360 on Android or iOS.

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Everything you need to know from Google IO 2016

Everything you need to know from Google IO 2016

This morning we've collected every bit of news from Google I/O 2016, sorting it all out into easily digestible bits. Each of the news items you'll find in our list below has a link (or more than one link) to a more in-depth related story. You can get the basics here, or drop in on whichever subjects you like to keep your mind reeling. Learn a little or learn a lot - whatever you want!

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Rawr messaging app lets you hug, twerk, and kick your friends in the crotch

Rawr messaging app lets you hug, twerk, and kick your friends in the crotch

If you want to message your friends, but don't want to use plain old text messaging, you have plenty of apps to choose from. If you want to send photos, you can use Snapchat. If you want to make sure that all of your messages are encrypted, you can use WhatsApp. And now, if you want to virtually kick your friend in the crotch, then you can use Rawr.

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Key supplier claims next year’s iPhone will have glass case

Key supplier claims next year’s iPhone will have glass case

It is perhaps a bit too late to save this year's model, but the iPhone next year might be more different than ever before. In addition to possibly going with an OLED screen, the 2017 iPhone is now believed to sport a glass case. Yes, Apple is going back to glass, implied by one of its key suppliers, but it is glass enveloping a metal frame. That design decision is supposedly to meant to visually differentiate the iPhone 8 or 7s, whatever its name will be, from the masses.

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