Sony now rolling out Android 4.4.4 to Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z


According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.

The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.

Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:

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Twitter’s “Buy” button has begun testing in the United States


Whether or not you intend on using it, a “Buy” button will soon be present while using Twitter. A very small percentage of users in the United States will see the new button starting today. Over time, Twitter will be expanding the feature to more and more of its users. The “Buy” button will make purchases possible without ever having to leave the service with a few taps here and there.

Worrying about the security of purchasing items through Twitter? Feat not. Payment and shipping information will be encrypted and stored after a user’s first transaction; therefore, repeatedly entering information is not necessary. If you feel that you do not want Twitter to have any of this information, you can simply remove it.

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Twitter forces Twitpic shutdown


On Sept. 25, Twitpic users will find their image and video sharing service to be no more. Recently the Twitpic crew was contracted by Twitter, demanding that it abandon its application for trademark. If it didn’t, Twitter would pull Twitpic’s access to the Twitter API. The company has been around since early 2008 and started the application process with the USPTO in 2009.

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Verizon’s @DroidLanding Twitter account awakens from slumber before Motorola’s launch event


Verizon has used the @DroidLanding Twitter account since 2010 to post cryptic messages regarding the release of different DROID devices.

Seeing as the release of the newest Motorola DROID devices are imminent (Motorola has a scheduled event for Sept. 4), the Verizon employees running the account took to the page to send out a new tweet, about nine months since its last tweet.

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Samsung’s U.S. market share grows as LG, Motorola, and HTC all see small dips


For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.

Hit the break for details on what mobile applications have the most reach.
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‘Buy Now’ buttons appear in tweets, suggesting Twitter Shopping is on its way


It looks as though Twitter Shopping is finally about to make an appearance. Some users have been reporting that they’ve seen “Buy Now” buttons in tweets, mostly in the Twitter mobile app.

The products that are being shared with the “Buy Now” buttons come from a shopping app called Fancy. Fancy originally pitched the idea to Twitter back in January, but Twitter didn’t do anything about it. Until now, it seems.

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Twitter acquires SnappyTV in order to bolster its video content for media partners


Twitter has announced the acquisition of a company that it has worked over time with. That company is SnappyTV, who works partners with various media entities to better serve video content through social media. The kind of video content served involves live events such as sports, award shows, or breaking news. Twitter’s acquisition of SnappyTV will allow it to expand its offering for media partners and improve the quality of video content. Rather than working separately, Twitter can provide direction to improve SnappyTV for itself.

Source: Twitter, SnappyTV

Twitter starting to officially roll out new mute feature


Twitter was already working on a new mute feature to help users better control what shows up in their timelines and notifications. Today they announced that they are making this feature an official part of the Twitter experience and will be rolling it out to users over the next several weeks.

Using the new Mute feature, a user you may be following will no longer appear in your home timeline nor will you receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will not know that you have them muted and they can still favorite, reply to or retweet your Tweets. To mute another user, you can tap on a tweet from the user you want to mute and access the “More” menu to mute them. You can also visit a user’s profile page, tap the gear icon and choose mute.

source: Twitter