Twitter debuts “expanded tweets” for major news outlets on web, mobile soon following

Part of what has made Twitter so successful was its 140 character limit. But now, news outlets like The New York TimesDer Spiegel and Tim (among others) will have the ability to use Twitter’s in-house expanded tweets option, which changes the dynamics of the whole ecosystem Twitter has created for the past few years. Publications will be able to embed video and photography into the expanded tweet, along with an introduction to the article. Is this a “bad” move by Twitter? It will take time to see exactly what happens, but the idea is actually rather solid — skimming the news becomes a more detailed experience, but it does take more time.

And lest I forget: this experience is also coming to the official Android and iOS apps.

Via: Twitter

Google Debuts Retina Display Version Of Chrome Via Canary Channel

With the debut of the Retina Display on the new 2012 15-inch Macbook Pro, Google has created a high-resolution version of Google Chrome, via their Canary bleeding-edge development channel, reserved for only the newest Chrome developments. Early word is that the app performs just as it should for the Retina display. Mac OS X users 10.5 and above can check it out at the source link.

ViaGoogle Chrome BlogChrome Canary for OS X

XKCD Shows Us The Awkwardness Of Smart Keyboards

And in case you don’t know what they’re referring to, SwiftKey is an Android keyboard that works like every other keyboard out there, but is filled with complex algorithms that can understand what you’ve typed before, and predicts what you’ll type, before you do. So, someone else using your phone would be very surprised once they start playing around. Yikes. Via: XKCD

Spotify For Android 4.0 Released On Google Play, With New Design Elements

While it has been a beta for more than a month, Spotify for Android 4.0 is official as of now on the Google Play Store. New features include a completely new design, better sharing, ‘Extreme’ sound quality at 320kbps, crossfade between songs, high quality album art, and related artist views. That being said, the app is fully compatible with Android 4.0 and below (essentially, it works with similarly modern Android smartphones). You can grab it now off the Google Play store.

Via: Google Play

The New Macbook Air Gets Torn Apart To Reveal Tasty Parts By iFixit Crew

So, the Macbook Air 2012 edition is still uber-thin, but one thing that has changed is the faster, more powerful internal chips and systems. So, veteran teardown site iFixit is currently disassembling a brand new Macbook Air, just to figure out what is inside. Head on over to the source link to enjoy the gore that is a $1000 and up disassembled laptop. Via: iFixit

Samsung Galaxy Note With T-Mobile 3G Waves Spotted At FCC

Here’s the story: A Galaxy Note for the some time has been swimming around the FCC with bands compatible for its 3G network. Filed under the SGH-T879 codename, the giant smartphone phablet has passed through the agency with the needed 1,700MHz HSPA band for T-Mobile 3G while also supporting 850MHz and 1,900MHz 3G in the same breath. When and if a Galaxy Note for T-Mobile debuts is the question. Oh, and with bits of news floating about a successor to the very successful Galaxy Note, what would the point of an LTE-less version that would be outdated?

Via: FCC

Apple Debuts iOS 6 For iPad, iPhone, And iPod Touch With Slew Of Features

iOS 6. It brings Facebook integration, Passbook (an app that hold all sorts of passes), enhancements to Siri (as well as bringing it to the new iPad), Maps with turn-by-turn navigation (an in-house app by Apple) with Flyover (3D rendition of cities), improvements to Safari, FaceTime, Phone, and a whole suite of new improvements, like UI tweaks, all detailed at Apple’s iOS 6 page. The update is coming this fall, with a dev preview available to theiPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 4th generation iPod touch, the latest iPad and iPad 2 (no original iPad seen here).

Best of all, the iOS 6 update shows that Apple is willing to mix things up (e.g. the in house Maps or tweaks to the UI), so it keeps promise of more exciting things in the future.

Via: Apple