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Twitter isn't attracting enough new users

Twitter's had a busy fourth quarter. It's been dropping new features like Moments and today's best tweets announcement. Also it's Jack Dorsey's first full quarter as CEO. So how did it do? Well it made $710 million in total revenue a 48-percent year-over-year increase. Show More Summary

Make massive mechanizations with Minecraft's Overworld update

Following on from last fall's update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition, which saw the introduction of basic redstone components, Microsoft today announced that the game's next update will deliver even more advanced mechanisms as well as new enemies and achievements. Show More Summary

'Final Fantasy IX' is now on iOS and Android

You could argue that Final Fantasy IX is the long-running series' high point. It's certainly the highest-rated Final Fantasy game on Metacritic, even if its sales and nostalgic value pale in comparison to Final Fantasy VII. Putting that argument aside for a moment, it's easy to say that it's definitely a game worth playing if you like JRPGs. Show More Summary

Twitter's timeline option puts important tweets up top

Twitter is doing its best to make sure you see the best content in your timeline. At least that's what it's hoping it's doing with today's announcement of a new timeline option. The new feature drops what Twitter determines are the best tweets at the top of your timeline. Show More Summary

Iranians are using crowdsourcing to avoid 'morality police'

In spite of their overbearing government, the people of Iran remain culturally liberal. And now a new app named Gershad aims to help young Iranians avoid Ershad, the country's infamous "morality police." Ershad agents are tasked with ensuring Iranians follow strict rules on clothing and conduct. Show More Summary

LG teases G5's 'Always On' display

While the G5 teaser GIF LG's mobile division posted on Twitter doesn't say much, it has enough info to tell us that the device will have an "Always On" display. According to Android Authority's sources, the flagship phone will have a screen that is literally always on. Show More Summary

Vine update lets you reorder an account's videos

While Twitter is firmly behind keeping things in chronological order, Vine announced that users could reorder the videos of their favorite accounts from newest to oldest, oldest to newest and most importantly by the account's most popular videos. Show More Summary

Google backs away from banning dedicated Android ad blockers

Google's tough stance on dedicated Android ad blockers might be softening a bit. The company has reversed its decision to yank Adblock Fast from the Play Store following an appeal from the app's developer, Rocketship. Google hasn't officially...Show More Summary

Vertu's sudden CEO swap spells trouble after Chinese buyout

It's only been three months since we met Vertu's then freshly-appointed CEO Billy Crotty, an Irishman who was brought in by the company's new Chinese owner, but for reasons unknown, it appears that he's already left the luxury phone maker. Show More Summary

Twitter's 'First View' ads put videos at the top of your feed

For Twitter, a lot can happen in a week. After it was reported to be readying a change that would shift the placement of tweets, the company has pushed forward with a new feature that changes what you'll see in your feed. It's called "First View" and it allows brands to pay more to position a video ad at the top of every timeline. Source: Twitter

You can get the Nexus 9 for 40 percent off, but only today

Just in time for Valentine's Day, HTC is offering the Nexus 9 at a deep discount. The US-only promotion, available until 11:59PM PT/2:59AM ET tonight, takes 40 percent off of Google's flagship tablet. That includes the 16GB, 32GB and 32GB with LTE models, which are priced at $239, $287 and $359, respectively, until the deal ends. Show More Summary

ICYMI: Robot news round-up, 3D hand scanner and more

Today on In Case You Missed It: iRobot sold its line of military robots to a US-based firm to focus on Roomba and a new chameleon robot changes color to blend in; a student built a 3D scanner with cameras and Raspberry Pi that is much...Show More Summary

1Password gets Material Design makeover and fingerprint unlock

1Password has pushed out an update for Android devices at last, and it brings huge changes to the app. The password manager will look like a brand new application the moment you upgrade to version 6, thanks to its Material Design makeover. Show More Summary

Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge say hello in leaked photos

We're in prime flagship leak season since Mobile World Congress is just a few weeks away, and we might have just gotten our first in-the-wild looks at Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. If this pace keeps up, we could all the most important details down before Samsung's February 21st press bonanza in Barcelona.

The OnePlus 2 now costs $349

If you need a high-end phone but have budget issues, OnePlus has permanently lowered the price of its OnePlus 2 smartphone from $399 to $349 (€345 and £249 in Europe and the UK). That makes it just $100 more than its entry-level OnePlus X phone, and could push it from "kinda expensive" to "okay, I can handle that" for a lot of folks. Show More Summary

Super Bowl 50: the ads, not the football

You've probably seen plenty of this year's Super Bowl ads already, especially as YouTube offered many companies the option to get their videos out in advance, hopefully ensuring more views during the barrage of The Big Game itself. So,...Show More Summary

Chip promises brain-like AI in your mobile devices

There's one big, glaring reason why you don't see neural networks in mobile devices right now: power. Many of these brain-like artificial intelligence systems depend on large, many-core graphics processors to work, which just isn't practical for a device meant for your hand or wrist. Show More Summary

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact arrive in the US

As promised, Sony has brought its latest and greatest smartphones to the US. Both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are now on sale in unlocked form through Amazon, Best Buy, B&H and other shops at respective prices of $599 and $499. Show More Summary

Google is reportedly releasing a VR headset this year

There were hints that Google was interested in making virtual reality hardware, and now some of the first details of that gear seem to be trickling out. Financial Times sources claim that Google's first true VR headset is effectively...Show More Summary

Hangouts gives you better call quality by skipping Google

If you don't think Hangouts calls on your phone are passing muster, don't worry -- relief might be in sight. The latest version of Hangouts for Android is telling users that it'll boost audio and video quality on future calls by making...Show More Summary

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