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Twitter reportedly set to extend character limits on Sept. 19th

You'll soon be able to pack more content into each of your tweets, according to a report from The Verge. The new changes, which should activate on September 19th, will no longer count media attachments such as gifs, pictures, video and polls against the message's 140-character limit. developing Source: The Verge

Facebook Messenger chatbots now support payments

The latest version of Facebook Messenger adds a new feature to the 30,000 or so chatbots that currently inhabit its platform. Starting today with version 1.2, those Messenger bots can now accept payments directly in the chat without sending users to an external website. Via: TechCrunch Source: Facebook Newsroom

ZTE wants your help bringing crowdsourced ideas to life

When ZTE launched its Project CSX challenge to crowdsource ideas for a mobile device, it was hard not to wonder which of those grandiose visions would make the cut. Well, now we know: ZTE has unveiled the three ideas that made it to phase two of the competition, where people will submit product concepts that translate those ideas to reality. Show More Summary

Twitter can tell you when friends and celebs start livestreaming

Twitter is all about live content on this fine Monday morning. First up, Twitter has added a new notification option that alerts users when someone they follow shares live video in a tweet. To enable the function on mobile, navigate to the page of someone you follow and tap the new notification icon next to the follow icon. Show More Summary

HP buying Samsung's printer business for $1.05 billion

Samsung's board has approved the sale of its printer operation to HP for $1.05 billion "to concentrate on its core business areas," it said in a press release. It plans to spin off the printer division into a separate company as of November 1st, then sell it its US rival, pending shareholder approval. Show More Summary

Action Launcher brings Google's rumored Android tweaks early

Why wait for Google's rumored Pixel / not-Nexus phones, when you could use some of their software right now? The latest release of Action Launcher has arrived, and it cribs some of the features noted in Android Police's leak of the software Google is apparently preparing for its Android devices. Show More Summary

Google fixes two serious Android security flaws

Google's mobile security team has definitely been busy cleaning house this week. The company has released an Android update that closes two security holes that could pose a major threat if intruders found a way to exploit them. The first...Show More Summary

Anti-encryption bill changes would limit some effects on security

A Senate bill that would demand encryption backdoors may be on ice for now, but it's now poised to come back -- with a few limitations. Just Security claims to have obtained proposed changes to the bill that would scale back its requirements to placate critics of its effect on privacy and security. Show More Summary

Samsung plans formal Note 7 recall with the US government

While Samsung has already announced its own recall and replacement program for the Galaxy Note 7, following reports about the phone's potentially explosive batteries, it hasn't yet gone through the formal process with the US government. Show More Summary

The iPhone 7 is the walled-off computer Apple has always wanted

So Apple killed the headphone jack with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But what does that really mean? Think back to Apple's origin story and the tale of the two young Steves, Jobs and Wozniak, building their first computer in a garage. From...Show More Summary

iPhone 7 trade-in programs require two-year contracts

If you're looking to get your hands on an iPhone 7 in the coming weeks but wasn't fast enough to secure one when preorders open, there's still hope. All four major phone carriers have implemented their own iPhone 7 promotions, but despite their seemingly generous offers, there are quite a few caveats that might keep you from cashing in. Via: 9to5Mac

European commission pulls free roaming plan after complaints

The European Commission has pulled down its free roaming plan for European residents, just days after it first posted it. "In light of the initial feedback received, President [Jean-Claude] Juncker has instructed the services to withdraw that text and to work on a new proposal," the EC said in a statement. Show More Summary

The Engadget Podcast Ep 5: Applesauce

Editor in Chief Michael Gorman, executive editor Christopher Trout and managing editor Dana Wollman join host Terrence O'Brien for a special all Apple edition of the podcast from San Francisco. On the show they'll search for the definition of courage, tell you what it's really like on the floor of a major press event and give a state of the Apple union.

iPhone 7 contracts on EE, O2, Vodafone and Three: which is best?

For many smartphone fans, today is Christmas morning. Apple unwrapped the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus earlier this week and now, they're available to pre-order. Both smartphones are an upgrade over their 6s predecessors, boasting better cameras, processors and water-resistant shells. Show More Summary

Relive Apple's iPhone 7 event right here

If you were busy at work yesterday and couldn't watch Apple's iPhone 7 stream unfold live, you can fix that. As is tradition, the Cupertino company has uploaded the whole shebang to YouTube so you can relive seeing Shigeru Miyamoto introduce...Show More Summary

The iPhone 7 Plus packs 3GB of RAM for extreme multitasking

Besides that extra camera lens, the iPhone 7 Plus is packing additional hardware. Specifically, an extra gigabyte of RAM according to 9to5Mac. That brings the total amount up to 3GB if you're keeping track at home. More than that, this...Show More Summary

FAA officially warns against using Galaxy Note 7 on airplanes

Samsung's slightly explosive new phone is drawing more critical attention, this time from the FAA. The government agency has apparently heard about the Galaxy Note 7 recall, and after some consideration issued a statement. The FAA "strongly...Show More Summary

Google Photos will compensate for your shaky-cam Live Photos

The latest update for Google Photos brings some of the same features introduced in the standalone Motion Stills app into the main product, making it easier to edit, stabilize and share Live Photos taken on an iPhone. Like Motion Stills,...Show More Summary

Those new AirPods will work with non-Apple devices

Despite listing software requirements to the contrary in yesterday's press release, The Verge reports that Apple's new AirPods will work with devices other than its own. By doing so, you'll forfeit the proximity pairing feature that using the wireless earbuds with an iPhone affords and you won't be able to use Siri. Show More Summary

Google Maps adds Lyft and Gett to its ride hailing options

Users searching for directions from Point A to Point B in Google Maps just got a few more options for getting there. According to the official Google Maps blog, both the iOS and Android versions now include estimated fares and wait times for ridesharing services Lyft and Gett when searching in cities in the United States. Source: Google Maps

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