Microsoft’s $25 Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 is now shipping to retailers worldwide

Microsoft announced that they have begun globally shipping the Wireless Adapter for Windows10 to retailers. The $25 dongle will allow up to eight controllers to be simultaneously connected to one PC. Read more…

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Twitter Officially Removes 140-Character Limit From Direct Messages

Twitter today announced a major change to the way Direct Messages work on the Twitter platform, removing the 140-character limit that restricted the length of private messages. With the change, Twitter’s Direct Message feature is on par with other chat and messaging apps, allowing for unrestricted conversation.

Twitter first announced its plan to remove the 140-character limit from Direct Messages in June, but the change began rolling out to users around the world today and will continue to become available to users over the next few weeks. The 140-character limit has been removed across the Twitter platform, which encompasses the Twitter app for iOS, the Twitter app for Android, Twitter.com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac.

While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages let you have private conversations about the memes, news, movements, and events that unfold on Twitter. Each of the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent across Twitter every day is an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what’s happening in your world. That’s why we’ve made a number of changes to Direct Messages over the last few months. Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.

There are no plans to remove the limit from the public side of Twitter, so tweets will continue to be restricted to 140 characters. To get access to Direct Messages that have no character limits, Twitter advises users to upgrade to the latest version of the company’s apps.

Twitter for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Twitter for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free. [Direct Link]

TweetDeck can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free. [Direct Link]



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Upcoming ‘Modern Family’ Episode Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras

The upcoming February 25 episode of ABC’s multiple Emmy-winning sitcom „Modern Family“ will take place solely on a MacBook screen (via The Verge). The episode, being shot by director and series co-creator Steve Levitan, used an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 to shoot every scene.

The episode’s story focuses on Claire Dunphy’s (Julie Bowen) attempt to reach her daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) by contacting various other members of the Dunphy/Pritchett clan via multiple forms of MacBook apps, all while stuck in an airport.

The show will not only use various chat apps like Apple’s own FaceTime and Messages, but include references to everything from Reminders to the now-obsolete iPhoto. Levitan mentioned that the idea for the episode came from his own experience communicating with his kids in college through the vast array of chat software available today.

„I have two daughters at college, and we do a lot of FaceTiming,“ he said at a recent press event in Los Angeles. He was working one day with a number of emails and websites open on his machine, when a video chat from his daughter popped up. On the screen he saw his work, his daughter, himself, and his wife doing something behind him all at the same time. „And I realized on that screen you could tell so much about my life. So the original idea was from there.“

The show has been a proponent of Apple-related gadgets in the past, with an early-series episode mostly dedicated to Claire’s attempt to get Phil the original iPad. Apple was even reported to lend the show a slew of iPhones, iPads, and MacBook Pros for shooting the video chats and for allowing the show’s editors to conduct post-production work once the shoot was done.

The episode has been so long in production – with motion graphics artist John Brown at the head – the team had been working on it since OS X Yosemite itself was in beta. „It was frustrating to be like, ‘Act one, totally locked,’ and then come in Monday and hear the FaceTime notification has changed,“ Brown said.

Besides a few slight liberties to the Apple OS X platform, including giving FaceTime the ability to handle multiple calls at once and a few aesthetic alterations to Yosemite’s transparency options, The Verge reports the environment created by the episode „felt all too familiar.“

The episode, entitled „Connection Lost“ airs Wednesday, February 25 on ABC.




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