TECHNOBYE for 19 September 2016

Twitter is about to make a big change to the way that tweets work, The Verge can independently confirm. Beginning September 19th, the company will cut down on exactly which types of content count toward the platform's 140-character limit. Media attachments (images, GIFs, videos, polls, etc.) and quoted tweets will no longer reduce the count. The extra room for text will give users more flexibility in composing their messages.

Twitter first announced plans to stop counting extras like photos, videos, and user polls toward the limit back in May, but gave no firm date on when the shift would occur. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by The Verge. The date comes from two sources familiar with the company's business, but plans for the rollout could change.

Another new adjustment to the character limit is that usernames will no longer count when they're at the beginning of replies, giving users additional room for discussion. It's unclear whether all of these changes will occur simultaneously; certain content types may gradually stop counting against the character limit in stages. But the company will at least kick off the move next Monday.

www.theverge.com

Fitness tracking companies number 1 products is now available in South Africa. The FitBit Charge 2 has many changes frim the previous model, justifying the upgrade for most users. The Charge 2 now features multi-sport tracking as well as a built in GPS. It still has constant heart rate monitoring but the newer device comes with a slightly larger screen and has and new feature that monitors your stress levels and encourages you to breathe in order to help you relax.

www.fitbit.com

There is nothing worse than when your phone battery goes flat and you have no power point to charge it. The powerstation 5X external battery is one of the thinnest, yet most powerful universal power solutions ever created by mophie. Designed to provide an enhanced charging experience, its functionality plus sophistication will impress any power user.

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