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Twitter now lets you add alt text to photos, for the visually impaired

Twitter now lets you add alt text to photos, for the visually impaired

For most of us, seeing a picture in our Facebook or Twitter feed isn't anything special. We glance at it quickly, and move on. However, for those who are visually impaired, knowing that there is an image attached to a post can be frustrating. Unless the caption is very specific, they're not going to have any idea what that picture contains. Twitter will soon offer a way to assist those who might not be able to properly see the images you post.

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Glitch sends Facebook Lahore Safety Check to the whole world

Glitch sends Facebook Lahore Safety Check to the whole world

Following catastrophic events like the 2011 tsunami that hit Tokyo, Facebook launched its new Safety Check feature to utilize the vast reach of the social network to connect affected people with their families and friends. It basically works by sending out a notification asking you if you're OK when Facebook detects you're within the affected area. This weekend, however, some Facebook users from different places around the world were being asked by Safety Check if they were alright, saying they were in Lahore, Pakistan where a suicide bomb killed dozens and injured hundreds.

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Microsoft’s AI bot turns racist, gets shut down

Microsoft’s AI bot turns racist, gets shut down

When a child reaches an age where they are able to read, the worst thing you can do is set them loose on social media, and encourage them to talk to as many strangers as possible. They're probably going to pick up some choice new phrases, and some warped viewpoints. Unfortunately Microsoft didn't account for this sort of thing when they sent out their AI teen, Tay into the wild.

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Microsoft’s AI is a teen named Tay that wants to assimilate your Twitter feed

Microsoft’s AI is a teen named Tay that wants to assimilate your Twitter feed

We've seen countless movies and read plenty of books on what the possibilities of artificial intelligence could be. Such a creation could help foster the future of mankind, and take it to new heights. It could also end up using time travel to attempt to destroy us. But for now, it's just here to tweet like a teenager, for funsies.

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Twitter tests photo stickers as a social experiment

Twitter tests photo stickers as a social experiment

Back in my day, if you wanted to express your emotions online, you typed out a simple smiley face using a colon and parentheses. Nowadays kids have it easy, what with their emoji, and their stickers. Well, the latest company to jump on the stickers bandwagon is Twitter.

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Miitomo, Nintendo’s first app, hits Japan on March 17

Miitomo, Nintendo’s first app, hits Japan on March 17

Nintendo will be making its official smartphone debut next week with the long-awaited released of Miitomo. Well, in Japan at least. The gaming giant has revealed that the free-to-play-but-not-really-a-game app will be released on iOS and Android in Japan on March 17th. Sadly there's no word on release outside the country just yet, but during an investors meeting last fall, Nintendo said Miitomo would be available worldwide by March of this year, so hopefully we'll get access in the following week or two.

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Facebook finally rolls out reactions

Facebook finally rolls out reactions

If you've used Facebook at all, you've noticed the "Like" button underneath every status, picture, and news post. And you've probably wished that there were a "Dislike" button to go along with it. Well, the company thinks that disliking things is too negative, but starting today, you'll see some other options.

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Tweet NASA your artwork and they’ll send it to an asteroid

Tweet NASA your artwork and they’ll send it to an asteroid

If you've ever thought of your artwork floating among the star, NASA has the opportunity for you. The space agency has launched a campaign dubbed "We The Explorers," where their OSIRIS-REx will be traveling to the asteroid Bennu and back, carrying art from anyone sent in via Twitter. It's basically a public time capsule that's being sent into space and deposited on an asteroid, where it will remain for all time.

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Twitter adds native GIF support to their app

Twitter adds native GIF support to their app

The internet has completely changed the way that we communicate. First, we were able to send emails. Then, we started sending instant messages, and eventually tweeting at each other in 140 characters or less. But we have finally reached what I'd like to refer to as the Golden Age of Communication. A time where we can communicate using nothing more than relevant GIFs.

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ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

If you've ever wanted to participate in a live, Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything)-like session with an astronaut in space, your chance is RIGHT NOW. All you have to do is head on over to Tumblr, where NASA astronaut, and current commander of the International Space Station, Scott Kelly is answering questions from space. He's participating in an "Answer Time" session, or Tumblr's take on the AMA, where readers can ask any question they like, with the chance Kelly will respond.

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Twitter debuts controversial new algorithmic timeline

Twitter debuts controversial new algorithmic timeline

Starting today, Twitter is rolling out its new and improved timeline feature that nearly caused a revolt over the weekend. Originally rumored as a replacement for the social network's traditional reverse-chronological order timeline, the new un-named feature aims to make sure users don't miss important or popular tweets from the people they follow. Once in place, the feature adds a selection of said tweets to the top of users' timelines, similar to the existing "while you were away" feature.

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Facebook’s app might be killing your battery

Facebook’s app might be killing your battery

It's 2016, and my phone can't last more than a day or so on a full charge. For whatever reason, phone manufacturers still seem to care more about the size of the phone than how long the battery will last. And as it turns out, app developers aren't helping matters, either.

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