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Twitter is testing a new 280 character limit, allowing crazies to ramble on for twice as long

One of the biggest complaints and simultaneous strengths of Twitter is the platform's forced brevity. Whatever you want to say, you only have 140 characters in which to say it. That restriction makes you seriously sit and think about the content of your message. Like it or hate it, now Twitter is testing a larger 280 character limit with a small select group. 

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Limited edition Oktoberfest Android mini (and optional mug) goes on sale tomorrow (September 27)

Andrew Bell and Dead Zebra have been making Android mini collectibles for a long time. We've had hot dog bugdroids, panda bugdroids, and even Nexus bugdroids. Tomorrow, there's a new special edition Android mini launching in celebration of Oktoberfest. It's an Android drinking beer, which makes sense. You can even get a mug with your Android so you can have some beer, too.

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Plex launches Plex News with over 190 sources and growing

Plex is mainly a way to get your own media library organized and streaming to all your devices, but today Plex is announcing a new source of content called Plex News. As the name implies, it's a feed of news and information from various sources that you access from your media library. There are over 190 sources at launch, and Plex says more are on the way.

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[Update: Out of beta] MyScript Nebo is a handwriting recognition and note-taking app for devices with active styluses

MyScript, the makers of the very popular MyScript Calculator, have just pushed out a new app called MyScript Nebo. It is a note taking application that seems to use the same handwriting recognition tech that MyScript Calculator does, but now you can apply it outside of mathematical equations. It only works with devices that have an active stylus like the recent Note series devices or Galaxy Tab S3. The current release is labeled "preview," so don't expect a finished product quite yet.

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Android has become so ubiquitous even Bill Gates uses it

Bill Gates, of perennial Microsoft fame, admitted in a recent interview with Fox News that he doesn't actually use a Windows-powered phone anymore. In fact, he's switched to Android. Or at least, an Android Phone "with a lot of Microsoft Software." After all, Gates might not be the CEO of Microsoft anymore, but he still needs to push the brand. 

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Zoho Cliq is the fun, easy, and feature-packed way for teams to chat and collaborate [Sponsored Post]

Teams have to communicate and for many situations, email isn't cutting it. Real time chat is how many of the most effective groups collaborate, but the right software can make a huge difference. This is where Zoho Cliq comes in with its user-friendly interface, laundry list of features, and numerous integrations.

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Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch and Flyer headphones available October 1st

Fitbit has been making fitness trackers for years, but we now have a launch date for the company's very first smartwatch. The Ionic launches on October 1st for $299.95, but that's not all. Fitbit is also releasing its first Bluetooth headphones on that same day for $129.95.

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WeDJ app arrives in the Play Store to drop a sick beat

Your phone has a big fancy touchscreen, so why not use it to render some DJ tools? WeDJ was released on iOS last year, and it's just now launched on Android. This app pipes your music collection into a virtual DJ station with support for multiple tracks, audio effects, and more.

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Phiaton BT 390 review: A competent, compact pair of Bluetooth headphones that sounds great

You all know how I feel about Bluetooth audio products by now, especially my opinions about the inverse relationship between portability/convenience and sound quality. It's true that most of my Bluetooth audio reviews here on AP have been negative, however, what I have today completely blew my expectations. I know, I know, I'm not supposed to judge anything before I actually get it and test it, but I'm jaded, so I was very surprised here.

Meet the Phiaton BT 390, an extremely competent pair of Bluetooth headphones that pack very good and balanced sound, and even amazing battery life, into a foldable, portable body.

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Alexa voice controls are now available in the Amazon Music app

 

You can already ask Alexa to play you the latest Ed Sheeran hit on various music platforms, either through the Alexa app on your phone or via an Amazon Echo device. Starting today, you'll also be able to call on Alexa to control your music playback from directly within the Amazon Music app.

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