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Twitter removes 140 character limit on Direct Messages

Twitter is famous for its 140 character limit. It is this limit that makes users keep their Tweets short and simple. That’s the beauty of Twitter.

While 140 char limit is great for Tweets, it is too short for Direct Messages. And perhaps that’s the reason why not many people use the DM feature of Twitter. That’s why I’m glad that Twitter is now removing the 140 characters limit on Direct Messages.

You can now send DM up to 10,000 characters. Hopefully with this new limit and the addition of Group DM recently will increase the number of people using the DM feature.

Twitter has began rolling out the changes to Direct Messages across both Android and iOS apps, on twitter.com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac, and will continue to roll out worldwide over the coming weeks. So don’t panic if you still can’t send DM more than 140 char. They are coming soon.

First Look: Samsung Galaxy Note 5

As expected, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ last night at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. I’ll talk more about the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ later. I’ll talk about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 first since it is launching this Saturday in Singapore.

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The Galaxy Note 5 is the latest in Samsung’s successful Galaxy Note line. Or we like to call it the phablet line. And although it is a phablet, I don’t really feel that its too big when holding it. The thinness and curve at the back makes the Galaxy Note 5 feels good in the hand. For a moment I forgot that I’m actually holding a 5.7 inch phablet. But Samsung sacrifice the removable battery in order to achieve this. Personally, I think it is a good move. It’s difficult for Samsung to continue to make thin phablet with a removable battery. But fans of removable battery will have 1 less option now.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Powered by 14nm processsor with 64bit platform and 4GB RAM. The Note 5 feature Samsung’s fast wired and wireless charging technology with long lasting battery life and embedded wireless charging technology compatible with most Wireless Charging Pads available in the market. Through wired Ultra Fast Charging, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is able to charge fully in approximately 90 minutes.

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The S Pen on the Galaxy Note 5 is now enhanced to offer improved writing capabilities and detection for faster, more intuitive access to its features. The S Pen is great for doodling or writing a personalised message. One of my favourite feature is the Screen Off Memo that launches immediately upon the removal of the S Pen so that user can quickly jot down quick memo without turning on the screen.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be available in Singapore from 15 August 2015 in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum colour. Retail at S$1088 and S$1188 for 32GB and 64GB respectively without contract.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Livestream

Samsung is having an Unpacked event at New York today. (11pm Singapore time) No prize for guessing correctly what they will be announcing.

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As usual, the event will be live streamed on YouTube. To catch the announcement as it happen, visit Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Livestream page.

Are you ready for #TheNextGALAXY?

Xiaomi announces ‘Make in India’ plans

Xiaomi announced yesterday that it will manufacture its devices locally in India, in a show of commitment to India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Xiaomi revealed its ‘Make in India’ plans at a special event in Visakhapatnam, located in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global and Honourable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu unveling India manufactured Redmi 2 Prime

‘Make in India’ was launched by Shri Narendra Modi in September 2014 as a major national programme designed to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property and build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure.

Xiaomi has partnered with Foxconn to manufacture its smartphones in India. The factory is based in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. The choice of location is strategic as Andhra Pradesh is known to have highly skilled technical manpower, an enterprising population and a dynamic emerging leadership.

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The first Mi phone to be manufactured in India is Redmi 2 Prime, an enhanced version of Redmi 2 with 2GB RAM and 16GB Flash. Redmi 2 Prime features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor, 4G Dual SIM support, and a 4.7″ HD display.

The Redmi 2 Prime will be available for Rs. 6,999 (S$152) on Mi.com and other partner sites (Flipkart, Amazon, and Snapdeal) starting 10 August.

National Day Parade 2015 sets new Twitter record for one-day event in Singapore

A new Twitter record for a one day event in Singapore was set yesterday as Singapore celebrate its 50th Birthday. Over 230,000 Tweets about #NDP2015 and all things related to the National Day Parade with a peak of 570 Tweets per minutes at around 8:30pm.

The Tweets about National Day Parade includes nostalgic and humorous views of Singapore’s development over the past 50 years, amazing and funny highlights of NDP 2015, and well-wishes from Singaporean leaders and influencers.

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Previous Twitter record for one-day event in Singapore was over 100,000 Tweets for the One Direction concert on 11 March 2015.