Twitter fans rejoice! After years of having a low character limit when sending private messages, the company is finally dropping the limitation. The new limitation will be set at 10,000 characters which is much higher than the previous limit of only 140 characters per message.
Pushbullet has received a new update in the Play Store. Users will be glad to know, the update brings a major enhancement to privacy. Notification mirroring, universal copy and paste and SMS will now be encrypted on both ends. Information sent through Pushbullet is now kept private and your data is only visible to you. The update won’t bring any changes to features in the app and everything will remain untouched.
Password management app LastPass is receiving an update to their subscription model which could result in users being able to use the service for free if they are willing to limit themselves to one type of device. If they decide they want to expand to include other devices, an upgrade option to premium is then available. LastPass says the move was prompted by a desire to make LastPass “accessible for all users, including mobile-only users who need help managing their passwords and apps.” Read more
Fresh off their acquisition by AT&T, the DIRECTV app for Android has received an update that brings some handy new features along with a slightly refreshed user interface. DIRECTV has made some changes that make it easier to use all of your devices – smartphones and tablets – along with the DIRECTV receivers to start, stop and resume programs on different devices. Read more
Google has announced the launch of the latest version of Google Hangouts for Android devices taking the app up to version 4.0 and bringing with it a simpler, faster interface with some new features. The Google development team says they are striving to make Hangouts easy to use so that conversations “just flow” without the technology getting in the way of communication. Read more
Shazam has announced some new features that will work in connection with Rdio and Spotify and will be especially useful for users of those services who opt for free accounts. Before settling on a free account with Rdio, Shazam is working with Rdio to offer a free 48-hour long trial of Rdio Unlimited if a user signs up via the Shazam app. The Unlimited trial gives users the ability to playback full tracks from Rdio from within Shazam.
Users of Spotify and Rdio who also use Shazam to identify songs will find they can add tracks to their playlists with a few taps. Shazam can be setup to automatically add tracks to a “My Shazam Tracks” playlist or they can choose specific playlists.
You can read the full press release from Shazam after the break. Read more
Google’s latest Android 5.1.1 update is now available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013, WiFi), Nexus 9 (LTE and WiFi) and Nexus 10. You can download the upgrade instantly as a factory image or you can wait for it to roll out as an OTA later today.
Sony is currently rolling out an update for the dual-SIM variant of the Xperia M4 Aqua in Asia and Europe to fix the heating issues that some users have been experiencing. This bumps the build number up to 26.1.B.2.102 and comes a couple of weeks after the company acknowledged that the integrated Snapdragon 615 chipset was the reason for the devices overheating problem.
Google has just started rolling out an update via the Play Store for its official Chrome Beta application. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings support for Custom Tabs, improved media playback controls, a revamped Bookmarks interface, and a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.
Hit the break for the full changelog.