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Official Netflix and Marvel Twitter accounts hacked by OurMine

A new round of Twitter account hacking from the self-labeled white hat security group OurMine made the rounds today. The accounts that were hit included the official US Netflix and Marvel Comics Twitter pages, along with verified accounts for several of Marvel’s super hero characters like Captain America, Tony Stark and others.

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July 9, 2016

The same group previously managed to briefly take over the official Twitter accounts of its own CEO and founder Jack Dorsey earlier this summer, along with Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai. As with their previous hacks, OurMine’s takeover of the Netflix and Marvel accounts stated that there was no overt malicious intent. They simply were trying to test the security of those pages.

CNET stated they contacted a representative from OurMine via email, who indicated that the group directly hacked into the Marvel Twitter feed, which led to all the other official Marvel accounts getting exposed because they were linked via Tweetdeck.

The OurMine group also indicated that their Twitter hacking may not be done yet. The rep told CNET that the team was “70%” sure there would be another takeover sometime on Thursday.

Vine app will be paired down and relaunched as Vine Camera in January

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In October, Twitter stated it was going to shut down its Vine six-second video app and service as part of an overall restructuring of the social networking company. The response from the many popular Vine content creators and fans was one of shock, and now Twitter is backtracking a bit from that move, stating that the Vine app will be paired down and relaunched as the new Vine Camera app in January.

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September 10, 2016

In an announcement on Medium, Twitter stated that the new Vine Camera app will still be able to take 6.5 second videos, and those clips can be uploaded to a Twitter account, or stored in a phone’s camera roll. However, users won’t be able to upload new videos to the Vine site; that will still be turned into an archive of older Vine clips.

The good news for Vine creators is that Twitter will now allow them to download any of their older videos from the site or through the new Vine Camera app. Finally, Twitter will soon set up a way for people to link their Vine and Twitter accounts so that fans can quickly find Vine creators on Twitter.

Previous rumors claimed that several companies were planning to acquire Vine from Twitter, but so far, those reports have yet to come to fruition.

Twitter update adds live video integration from Periscope

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The latest Twitter update has officially added live broadcasting functionality into the Twitter app itself. According to a blog post announcing the addition, “starting today, you can create and tweet live video from the Twitter app, powered by Periscope”. The live video feature is available in the Twitter update to version 6.26.0, available now in Google Play.

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January 22, 2016

All you need to do is hit the Compose tweet button, then tap the camera icon. At the top of your gallery you’ll see a new icon for Live. Tapping that will bring up the pre-broadcast screen, where you can frame up your shot, compose your tweet and then hit Go Live to start broadcasting.

If you are prompted to install Periscope after tapping the Live icon in your gallery, this is just a temporary fix while Twitter rolls out the integrated live video feature.

Twitter update adds live video integration from Periscope

Do note that your live tweet is visible to anyone on Twitter or Periscope though: not just your followers. You will have the opportunity to create a group for your live video in the pre-broadcast screen though. Just tap the drop down at the top where it says Public. When you’re watching a live video on Twitter you’ll be able to heart it and comment by tapping the screen.

Twitter live video is a pretty bold move for the company that throws down the gauntlet to the likes of Facebook Live, Snapchat and Instagram Live Stories. But whether adding live video last out of the major social platforms will be enough to get everyone on board remains to be seen. Perhaps this is why Twitter was so happy to kill off Vine recently?

Previous updates

Comment ranking system

November 29: Twitter updated its app to implement a new comment ranking system, replacing the chronological approach with the comments Twitter thinks you’ll want to see first based on a new popularity algorithm. While seeing comments from your friends and followers first makes sense, there is no way to go back to the old system. The asme update also added a Direct Reply counter on tweets.

QR codes

November 17: Twitter made getting new followers and following others easier by adding QR codes to the social platform. Simply swipe open the nav drawer and tap QR code. You can then use the reader to scan someone else’s QR code or bring up your own code to let someone else follow you in an instant.

Twitter app for Android TV

November 16: Twitter officially launched its Android TV app for streaming live Thursday Night Football games and watching Periscope videos. While it is also possible to browse Twitter using the Android TV app, it is not possible to compose tweets with it. Twitter already has an app on Apple TV, Fire TV and Xbox One.

Silencing the trolls

November 15: Twitter cracks down on online harassment, with a new suite of tools aimed at weeding out the less-than-friendly types in your Twitter feed. The new tools include the ability to mute hashtags and specific words, phrases and even emoji you don’t want to see in your feed. It’s a small step, but definitely one in the right direction.

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Twitter enforces controversial new ‘comment ranking’ system

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Some of you will have noticed a new Direct Reply count in Twitter, conveniently letting you know how many folks have replied to a tweet directly. This is good. But alongside this change, Twitter has also implemented a controversial new comment ranking system that discards the old chronological approach in favor of a popularity algorithm.

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January 22, 2016

Unlike Twitter’s previous introduction of a Facebook-like ‘relevancy algorithm’ to your feed, the new comment ranking system is not opt-in (or opt-out for that matter). From now on, Twitter will sort the order of the comments on your tweets according to those it deems ‘the most interesting content in the conversation’.

Here’s what Twitter had to say about the new system:

“You may notice that some replies in a conversation are not shown in chronological order. Replies are grouped by sub-conversations because we strive to show you the best content first, and what we think you’d be most interested in. For example, when ranking a reply higher, we consider factors such as if the original Tweet author has replied, or if a reply is from someone you follow.”

Twitter enforces controversial new ‘comment ranking’ system

Direct Reply count (left) and comments not in chronological order (right)

Ultimately, what Twitter is trying to do is ensure the comments you’re most likely to want to read first are the ones you see first. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as most of us would prefer to see comments from our friends and follow-backers before random commenters in chronological order. This is the same theory applied to the ‘best tweets first’ option in your Twitter settings.

The problem lies in the fact that you can't opt out of comment ranking if you prefer the existing chronological approach.

The problem lies in the fact that you can’t opt out of comment ranking if you prefer the existing chronological approach. This detail alone is sure to irk more than a few users, and perhaps justifiably so.

As is well known, a large part of Twitter’s immense popularity is(was) based on its real-time chronological flow. Shifting to a more Facebook-like popularity contest is a big sea change for the platform. But it’s one that seems to be working.

At this point it’s not clear if Twitter will eventually allow users to choose whether or not to use the comment ranking system, but as always, if you want the choice to be yours, be sure to let Twitter know your thoughts. Maybe your tweet will get enough likes and replies to rise to the top where it’ll actually be visible.

Do you like the relevancy approach or would you prefer to be able to opt-in or out?

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 167th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Google Play is currently trying out individual game ratings. The way it works is you rate titles based on game play, controls, and graphics. The scores for each category lets people know how good those qualities are for a more comprehensive look at the game. It can also warn people if games don’t have good controller support or have great graphics but otherwise suck. We’re not sure if this is going to roll out to everybody, but it seems like a good idea.
  • So Twitter banned its own CEO this week. In an act that essentially summed up how bad it’s been at Twitter lately, Jack Dorsey spent a good portion of the day not being able to view his own Twitter account. He did eventually make it back on and told everyone that it was an internal problem that caused the ban. There’s nothing of real note here, but it was kinda funny.
  • It was announced this week that Google is ending Google Play Services support for Android Gingerbread. The change will happen in early 2017. By removing Gingerbread, Google Play Services will become a little more modern in nature and give developers more options for building apps. The number of devices that even use Gingerbread is only about 1.3%. Also, most apps don’t support Gingerbread anymore anyway.
  • The latest Humble Bundle is live! This bundle features tons of games from HandyGames and includes Clouds & Sheep, Rocket Island, 1942 Pacific Front, and plenty of other games that would cost you $42 to buy individually. You can pay what you want and get five games, pay a $3 minimum and get up to 11 games, or pay $5 or more to get the whole bundle. It’s a good way to get some games on the cheap and give to charity.
  • Google Play is tossing a huge games, apps, books, movies, and more sale in honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can get stuff for up to 80% off and some of the titles are rather expensive without deals. It’s a good time to stock up on some stuff. We don’t know how long these deals will last, though, so be sure to get them while you can. Click the previous links to see the deals!

For even more Android apps and games news, updates, releases, and more, check out this week’s newsletter by clicking here! There you’ll find a bunch of stuff that we didn’t have the space for here. You can sign up for the newsletter using the form below if you’d like and we’ll send it to your inbox every Sunday! Also, don’t forget to check out the Android Authority app!

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Eisenhorn: Xenox

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Eisenhorn: Xenos is an adventure game that takes place in the Warharmmer 40,000 universe. It’s an adaptation from a book of the same name. You’ll be able to explore the world, take part in various quests, and the game comes with full voice acting. The graphics are also pretty decent. Unlike most Warhammer games these days, this one is a pay-once title with no in-app purchases. It also has full game controller support if that matters to you.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyChase Pay

[Price: Free]
Chase Bank has released its own NFC payment app called Chase Pay. It’s about what you’d expect from an NFC payment app. You’ll be able to log into an existing Chase account and use the cards on file to make purchases. It’s brand new which means there are plenty of bugs that need to be worked out. Also, the app only works at Best Buy and a few other places right now but we expect that to increase over time. It’s not very good right now, but members of Chase Bank should keep an eye on it.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyGear.Club

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Gear.Club is a racing game that boasts a realistic experience. Underneath its bravado, it’s a fairly standard freemium racing game. You’ll race various tracks at various locations to win various championships. Above that, there is a large selection of cars to collect, optimize, and upgrade. The graphics are simply astounding although other parts of the game could use a little bit of work. It’s not quite prime time yet but we’re sure it’ll get there eventually.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyPulse SMS

[Price: Free / $0.99 per month / $1.99 per 3 months / $5.99 per year / $10.99]
Pulse SMS is a hybrid of a texting app and a Pushbullet competitor. On its own, the Android app functions as a good, if slightly basic SMS app. However, you can download the app on various platforms and share the SMS messages between them. That means you can text on your tablet or your computer if you want to. Like Pushbullet, there is a subscription service although you can get a lifetime license and not have to worry about it if you want to. It’s a little buggy as new apps are, but it’s definitely going to get better over time.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyMicrosoft Solitaire Collection

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Microsoft Solitaire Collection is an Android port of the popular Solitaire games available on most Microsoft Windows machines. The game includes five total variants of Solitaire, including Klondike (classic), Spider, Freecell, Tripeaks, and Pyramid. This adaptation also includes daily challenges as well as Xbox Live login support where you can earn actual achievements. It’s a time waster through and through. You can also get a premium membership for a recurring charge that removes advertising and gives you in-game boosts.

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Twitter bans its own CEO: Jack Dorsey temporarily suspended

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Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account was recently suspended by the company he co-founded back in 2006. Well, for around 15 minutes at least. The reasons behind it are still unknown, but it’s probably the result of a bug or human error. At least Twitter didn’t claim he was dead like Facebook recently did.

Nevertheless, people on Twitter found it quite funny that Dorsey (@jack) was suspended from the social network he helped create. Quite a few of his almost 3 million followers that realized Dorsey’s account was axed decided the best thing to do was make fun of the situation.

Twitter bans its own CEO: Jack Dorsey temporarily suspended

Thankfully, the issue was sorted out quickly. Jack announced he was back on the network with a tweet saying “just setting up my twttr…again”, which is a reference to the first tweet ever posted back in 2006. Dorsey also stated that the account suspension was an internal mistake, but did not provide any further info.

Let’s just hope no one gets fired over this. After all, accidents happen: remember that Dorsey’s Twitter account was hacked a while back.

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Although Twitter is one of the best known social networks in the world with over 313 million active monthly users, it has been facing quite a few problems lately. It has been on the market for a new owner for a few months now but hasn’t been able to find one yet.

But the company hopes to turn things around by venturing into video content and by bringing a few new features to the table – QR codes, anti-harassment features, and shortcuts, multi-window and more…

What do you think about the latest flop over at Twitter? Did you get a kick out of it?

Twitter has released an app for Android TV

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Twitter, one of the largest social networks in the world, has experienced its share of problems this year. It has recently killed off Vine, the short-form video app, and is still in the market for a new owner. Meanwhile, it seems like no one is interested in buying Twitter either.

In order to keep its existing users engaged and hopefully gain a few new ones, the company has recently been focusing on video content. Twitter, which already has an app on Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox One, has now also released an app for Android TV.

The app lets you watch various news and sports clips as well as live Periscope videos. Twitter also struck a deal with the NFL and streams live Thursday Night Football games to your big screen.

Additionally, you can check out the latest popular tweets, but you can’t post any through the app. Which does make sense, as it’s a lot easier to just pick up your smartphone to tweet than it is trying to share your thoughts in 140 characters with the help of a TV remote.

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Twitter introduces QR codes to make following users even easier

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By venturing into video content, Twitter hopes to appeal to the masses even more. Having video apps for different platforms is, therefore, a must for the company. Hopefully, it will be able to make them even more interesting in the future by adding more features and even more video content.

Do you own an Android TV? Will you be trying out Twitter’s latest app?

Twitter introduces QR codes to make following users even easier

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If searching for a Twitter handle is simply too complicated, you may enjoy the latest solution the popular social network has just launched. Are you a fan of QR codes? Yep, those are now available on Twitter!

You may be familiar with these thanks to Snapchat, another popular social network, which just so happens to use these handy tools.

So, what is this QR code thing? Twitter can create a link between an image and your account, making it easy for others to add you by simply pointing their smartphone cameras at the QR code.

Accessing the QR code options is easy. Simply open the Twitter app, swipe from the left side to pull out your options and select “QR code”. You will then get the option to scan a code, but you can also select “My QR code”. This will create your very own code, which you can take a screenshot of and share away.

That’s it! But we do have to wonder just how helpful this tool is. Is it something you will be using? So far I haven’t even touched the QR codes on Snapchat. I just tell people my username. But hey, hit the comments to let us know if you disagree.

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Twitter gets tougher on trolls with new anti-harassment features

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Twitter has been front and center lately in the war against online harassment, and today the company revealed some new features that are designed to make using the social network easier for its members. The biggest new feature will allow users to mute items in notifications.

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May 12, 2016

In a blog post, Twitter says that users will be able to mute any words, phrases, and even conversations from their notifications, in case they don’t want to get any alerts about them. Previously, users were only able to mute individual accounts. This feature, which will also include support for muting hashtags and emoji, will be rolled out over the next few days. It stated:

This is a feature we’ve heard many of you ask for, and we’re going to keep listening to make it better and more comprehensive over time.

This will certainly offer its users a more direct way to report any hateful or harassing speech they encounter. Finally, the company says it has retained its support teams on its policies and will offer them an ongoing refresher program on its anti-harassment efforts.

While Twitter admits these new efforts won’t wipe out hate speech or harassing users on their service for good, it does say it is committed to improving itself as it learns more about these kinds of situations. Do you think these changes and additions will make Twitter a safer place to express yourself?

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