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Twitter Makes Its Photos More Accessible for the Visually Challenged

The hard truth is that not every company is working as hard as it should be to make its services accessible to people who are physically challenged. Which is what makes Twitter’s recent announcement laudable. The micro-blogging platform on Tuesday announced that it is adding a layer of compatibility to photos which improves accessibility for the visually challenged. Twitter is ... Read More »

Instagram Boosts Video Length Limit to 60 Seconds

Instagram, the popular Facebook-owned image sharing service, back in 2013 first introduced support for videos as well. Until now, the service let users upload videos with a time limit of 15 seconds. However, the company on Tuesday announced that it has extended the video length limit to 60 seconds. “We want to bring you fun, flexible, and creative ways to ... Read More »

Tweet2Quit an Effective Smoking Cessation Method: Study

Not just news alerts, micro-blogging website Twitter can help smokers kick the butt in a more efficient way than traditional methods, scientists have revealed. The team from the University of California-Irvine and Stanford University found that a real-time, fully automated, Twitter-based smoking intervention programme called “Tweet2Quit” was twice as successful at kicking the habit as those using traditional ways. “The ... Read More »

BlackBerry Launches New ‘Web-Based Facebook App’ for BB10, BBOS Users

BlackBerry 10 customers can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The Canadian technology company says that it has worked with Facebook to launch an updated “web-based Facebook app” which people can use to continue enjoying the features of the BlackBerry 10 OS and BlackBerry OS app for Facebook.BlackBerry is now urging users to switch to the mobile Web client as ... Read More »

Hamas Slams Twitter for Closing Its Accounts

The Palestinian militant group Hamas lashed out at Twitter on Friday, after the social media giant allegedly closed a number of its accounts. The party’s military wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, said its English and Arabic-language accounts had been closed for the third time in two weeks. One of the closed accounts had more than 140,000 followers, it said in ... Read More »

Twitter Makes It Easier to Share Tweets Through Direct Messages

Twitter on Tuesday added a button that lets people easily share ‘tweets’ in direct messages. The move came as an acknowledgement of the appeal of one-to-one connections to users of the popular one-to-many messaging service, and as Twitter worked to ramp use of its platform. Millions of direct messages are sent daily at Twitter, and the number of tweets shared ... Read More »

Facebook Ramps Up Live Video to Challenge Twitter’s Periscope

Facebook on Wednesday ramped up its challenge to Twitter-owned Periscope with upgrades to the social network’s live video broadcasting feature. People using the Live streaming feature at Facebook will be able to “broadcast” to groups at the social network or in scheduled “events.” Scheduled events can even be used for online question-and-answer sessions. “We hope this new ability to both ... Read More »

Video Button to Replace Messenger in Facebook Notification Panel

Facebook is rearranging the notification panel on its mobile apps in an effort to widen the audience watching live video on its social network. The shift announced Wednesday is part of Facebook’s effort to turn its live video feature into a marquee attraction as more people use their smartphones to record and share snippets of their lives. (Also see: Facebook ... Read More »

Kik Messenger Gets a Bot Store, ‘Wubbles’, and More

Kik Messenger app on Wednesday announced a new bot store from where users can easily pull information, find gifs, play games, and more using the help of artificial intelligence – bots. The messenger application in the past already has offered bots that converse with the users over text and perform common Web tasks. However, now users can do a lot ... Read More »