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Twitter’s Android app is testing a new design

Twitter’s Android app is testing a new design

Brace yourself Twitter users, more of the thing you fear the most might be on the way — the much dreaded changes. The social network has begun testing some design and layout adjustments, as they've been known to do, but specifically within the beta version of the Android app. So far, the changes mostly focus on the navigation bar at the top of the screen, making it easier to switch between the main sections.

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Watch a Vine channel story from start to finish with just one tap

Watch a Vine channel story from start to finish with just one tap

Vine is all about watching short, usually funny, clips. They're specifically bite-sized videos, which deliver the maximum punch in this fast-paced world. But what happens when you want to dedicate some time to watching a whole bunch of Vine clips at once? Well, it's about to get a lot easier.

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Twitter finally lets you easily share tweets via DM

Twitter finally lets you easily share tweets via DM

The internet is all about sharing things. Sharing photos, ideas, information, and anything else that can be converted into a digital format. So why is it so hard to share a tweet in a DM conversation? Users have long wondered why the simple act of sharing a tweet in a private conversation between other Twitter users is such a complicated process. Well Twitter has listened, and there's now a new button to solve this problem.

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China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

Reports that swear they're not April Fools' pranks claim China has banned April Fools' day, citing annoyance and incompatibility with the "western tradition." April Fools' day is, of course, a day for unabashed suspicion — it’s also fun, and companies have fully embraced it to release all sorts of amusing (and sometimes incredibly frustrating) jokes. China will have none of that, though; the nation’s state-run news agency has stated that April Fools' isn’t inline with its “cultural traditions, or socialist core values."

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Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft's AI chatbot, Tay, is becoming quite the internet sensation. Unfortunately, it's not for the reasons that Microsoft wanted. The very same day that she was brought online, she was taken down. Or, according to her final tweet of the day, she was just going to sleep. She was woken back up early today, only to be shut back down.

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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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