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So long, 140. Hello, 280: Twitter doubles character count on tweets
Call it double trouble: Twitter is rolling out a 280-character limit for single tweets after testing the option among a handful of users since September.
The new character limit applies to languages where cramming is an issue, such as English. The change won't apply to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages because the density of those languages' writing allows users to say more with fewer characters.
San Francisco-based Twitter says the move is designed to remove the frustration of shoe-horning thoughts into 140-characters, a limitation that regularly makes for awkward grammar and creative spelling.
Apple is ramping up work on AR headset to succeed iPhone
Apple, seeking a breakthrough product to succeed the iPhone, aims to have technology ready for an augmented-reality headset in 2019 and could ship a product as early as 2020, Bloomberg reports.
Unlike the current generation of virtual reality headsets that use a smartphone as the engine and screen, Apple’s device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, according to sources quoted in the report.
While VR immerses the user in a digital world, augmented reality overlays images and data on the real one. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook considers AR less isolating than VR and as potentially revolutionary as the smartphone.
After earnings miss, Snapchat says it will redesign its app
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel finally admitted that the Snap app is confusing for some people, so it's being significantly redesigned to make it easier to use.
Snap famously had to include a how-to-use Snapchat manual in its February IPO filing.
Maybe the makeover will lift the top and bottom lines: Snap stock dropped more than 18 percent yesterday after the company delivered its third straight disappointing quarterly earnings report, including a $40 million writedown on its failed experiment with video-recording Spectacles.
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