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Usernames no longer count against the 140-character limit on Twitter

There was some consternation last year as rumors swirled that Twitter was set to drop its long-standing 140-character limit. The company ended up keeping the limit, but it's been working to make sure you can actually use all 140-characters. For example, Twitter decreed a while back that photos and videos no longer count against the limit. Now, it's doing the same for usernames. Finally

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Gangstar New Orleans OpenWorld is celebrating Mardi Gras a little late with its official release

You have to love Gameloft's persistence. This is a company that seems to exist solely to bring generic copies of popular games to mobile. With their new game, Gangstar New Orleans Open it blatantly appears to fill the shoes of the wildly more popular Grand Theft Auto franchise. Despite GTA already having numerous releases on Android, Gameloft is still going to try and compete in the market with their inevitably half-hearted attempt.

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[Deal Alert] Here are some free and discounted apps from the last few days

We're back again with some more free and cheap apps for your enjoyment and perusal. I've taken great care to note how much longer the free ones are... free, so pay attention. Remember that adding the freebies to your Google account means they're permanent, unless you uninstall in the usual refund window.

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Telegram v3.18 adds new voice calls and video compression options

Users of the messaging app Telegram may have noticed an update waiting for them today. This new version, 3.18, adds in five compression options for videos and the much-requested voice calls. But before we get too carried away on that last one, let's look at the changelog.

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Not one to let a franchise sit on its laurels, Ubisoft is bringing its Tom Clancy series to Android

Ubisoft has just announced a new Tom Clancy game for Android titled Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak. Something that has been noticeably absent from the Play Store, it was only a matter of time before Ubisoft brought the Tom Clancy series to mobile. From what I have seen, this looks to be an online multiplayer title that mixes sniper combat with Clash Royale lane-based combat — an odd mix for sure. Only time will tell if it pans out for them.

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Inbox v1.43 prepares to give users more control over notification frequency by looking for high priority messages [APK Teardown]

Everybody tackles email in their own way. Some people want to deal with every message that rolls in while others only really care about a couple of key messages. But it's not just about which messages you're going to look at, timing can also matter quite a bit. Many of us can get away with checking our mail when it's convenient, but we still need to know if something truly urgent shows up. In its interminable quest to cut down on noise, Inbox is going to give users an option to cut notifications down to just the most important.

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Peel remote app upsets users with a ton of ads and lock screen overlays

You've probably heard of the Peel Smart Remote app. It was pre-loaded on a lot of phones back when everything had an IR blaster for like two minutes. Recently, this app has made some changes that have users up in arms. It's popping up full-screen ads and deploying a lock screen overlay. The first one is not uncommon, but the second is totally uncool.

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[Much Screenshot. Very Description] Lenovo's APPShot is a crime against all Play Store listing common sense rules

There's ridiculous. There's shady. There's borderline pathetic. And then there's the new Lenovo APPShot listing on the Play Store. This one page, I swear, is a treasure trove of things that have gone wrong, driven past wrong, fallen off a cliff of wrong, drowned in a sea of wrong, and maybe even caused a cataclysmic explosion of wrong that resulted in a new astronomical black hole of wrong.

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[Update: It's back!] The option to save your parking location has disappeared from Google Maps

A few days ago, we reported one unofficial feature in Google Maps 9.49 beta that allowed you to manually save your parking location for future reference. Unlike Google's automatic parking saving that guesses the location based on where you approximately stopped driving and surfaces the info in your Feed, this one was a more manual and more accurate way of pinning down your parking spot. It also let you add notes, set a time limit for metered parkings, and attach photos for your reference. That was saved as a notification you could tap when you had to go back to your car.

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[Neat] Google Keep can autocomplete movie and TV show titles

Google Keep can already autocomplete items in a grocery list saving you lots of time from typing things repeatedly, but it turns out that it can also autocomplete movie and TV show titles. We're not sure when exactly the option became available, it may have been there for months or it might be recent. Either way, it's there now, so consider this post a PSA for those of you who hadn't seen it before.

In order for Keep to start suggesting movies or TV shows for you, your list has to have something like "movies" in the title for the former, or "TV shows" for the latter.

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