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PWAs can start building fancier install screens, making them feel more like traditional apps

PWAs can start building fancier install screens, making them feel more like traditional apps

Progressive web apps are great alternatives to installing applications from the Play Store, offering many of the same features at a fraction of the size. Google is constantly working to improve the experience of using PWAs on Chrome across all platforms, aiming to match what most expect from traditional apps. Going forward, developers can start including content for an all-new installation screen for their progressive web apps, with Twitter being the first to implement the changes.

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The Twitter app now lets you use multiple hardware 2FA keys

The Twitter app now lets you use multiple hardware 2FA keys

Twitter has had two-factor security based on physical keys, like the Yubikey or Google's Titan keys, for a long time. You've been able to log in with said keys on your phone (assuming your key works with your phone) for a few months. But what if you have to manage your company's PR Twitter account while on the go? Or more typically, what if you have a USB-A key for your desktop and an NFC key for mobile usage?

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This is the only way I can keep my sanity while doomscrolling on Twitter

This is the only way I can keep my sanity while doomscrolling on Twitter

My relationship with Twitter has ebbed and flowed a lot since I first joined the service in 2008. There were years when I was happily engaging with every follower and forging beautiful friendships that transcend time and distance, and years when I nearly disconnected completely, preferring to invest my time and efforts in in-person relationships. Now I live somewhere in the middle: I check Twitter a couple of times per day and I engage every now and then. I'd love to avoid using Twitter altogether, but sadly, doomscrolling is the best way to stay in touch with what's happening in Lebanon (the local news are a joke) and catch up on other tidbits of tech and medical news.

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The Twitter app will stop cropping photos in the timeline

The Twitter app will stop cropping photos in the timeline

Twitter has been aggressively restricting access to third-party mobile apps, frustrating users by pushing them onto the company's branded version. But at least they've kept working on it, if not as fast as some would like. Case in point: the annoying image crop on the timeline is going away, making it easier to see vertically-oriented images without an extra tap.

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Twitter 'undo' button for tweets may emerge as a paid feature

Twitter 'undo' button for tweets may emerge as a paid feature

Since time immemorial, users have been begging Twitter for the ability to edit tweets. While it's unlikely that this will be a reality anytime soon — Jack Dorsey hinted at this in an interview — we may see a feature that addresses the problem, at least partially.

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Twitter expands Spaces beta for Android users

Twitter expands Spaces beta for Android users

Audio conversations on social media are all the rage today, but Android users have been left out in some quarters — both Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces have been exclusive to iOS users. While this remains the case for the former (it has announced plans for an Android app, though), Spaces is now opening up its test for Android users.

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Twitter’s got a way for you to make money from your silly tweets

Twitter’s got a way for you to make money from your silly tweets

Only a couple of weeks back, Twitter was said to be exploring ways to reduce its dependence on ad revenue by monetizing some of its features. A part of that leak turned out to be true as Twitter shared some details of its new subscription model — Super Follows — at this year’s Analyst Day.

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Twitter is testing a way to let people literally shout at you in DMs

Twitter is testing a way to let people literally shout at you in DMs

Audio communication seems to be the next big focus for Twitter. Last year, the micro-blogging platform introduced audio tweets (on iOS, anyway) and began testing its answer to Clubhouse, Spaces (again, iOS only). Now, it's experimenting with voice messages in DMs — a feature that's been available on social platforms such as Facebook and Instagram for a while now.

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Koo is India's hot alternative to Twitter, and it's...Twitter?!

Koo is India's hot alternative to Twitter, and it's...Twitter?!

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for aatmanirbharta (Hindi for self-sufficiency) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have permeated through a substantial chunk of his audience. The call for self-sufficiency even extended to smartphones and apps, and Indian developers didn't fail to show up when the country banned several Chinese apps over unspecified privacy and security issues. While some have been honest attempts, others are just copy-my-homework-but-just-change-it-up-a-little-so-that-it-isn't-obvious. Koo, an alternative to Twitter, falls in the latter category.

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Twitter may monetize Tweetdeck and introduce a subscription service

Twitter may monetize Tweetdeck and introduce a subscription service

Twitter is keen on reducing its dependence on advertisements as the primary source of revenue. In a bid to achieve that, the social media company is thinking of new income streams. According to a report by Bloomberg, one such avenue is a subscription service.

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