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There’s been a lot of things happening on Twitter recently, but this Wednesday was a busy one for the social network. The day began with the expansion of Twitter Blue to more countries and then the roll out of long tweets of up to 4,000 characters. But then Twitter went through a major outage, and now the social network has announced new limitations to its API (or what’s left of it).

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Apple announced the transition from Intel-based Macs to its own Apple Silicon chips almost three years ago, but there are still some apps that haven’t been updated to take full advantage of the M1 and M2 chips. Luckily, another app will soon join the updated list, as Microsoft is finally working on a version of Skype for Apple Silicon Macs.

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Flipboard for iOS and Android gets Notes feature to share ideas and create conversation

Popular customizable media app Flipboard is out with an update today that makes it fun and easy to connect with others. The new Notes feature is now available on Flipboard for iOS and Android.

Keeping a unified smart home – where any smart phone or home assistant can be used to control any smart home device you have – can be a bit of challenge. Previously, many iPhone users have used Homebridge to connect otherwise unsupported devices to Apple’s Home app. But the Matter standard could make that unnecessary, as Matter compatible devices will be compatible with Amazon, Google, and Apple’s smart home ecosystems. That begs the question: Will Matter make Homebridge obsolete?

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Shortly after Twitter launched its huge increase in max character count to 4,000 today, many users aren’t able to tweet this afternoon. It’s unclear for now if the two are related but the timing comes right after a notable spike in long tweets.

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Following up after launching Twitter Blue in three more countries this morning, the platform has made a big change to tweets this afternoon. The new max for Twitter Blue subscribers in the US has been supersized all the way up to 4,000 characters.

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If you’re having trouble with Instagram this afternoon, it’s not just you. Instagram appears to be down for many users, with the outage primarily impacting the ability to create new posts and stories. Here’s what we know right now…

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Apple has added a new face to its executive leadership team. The company has named Carol Surface its new Chief People Officer, who joins Apple after nearly a decade at the medical device company Medtronic. Surface is Apple’s first-ever Chief People Officer.

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Spotify announced on Wednesday a long-awaited feature for its users. Starting today, Spotify app will have a new option to exclude playlists from impacting users’ recommendations. As a result, the songs in that playlist will no longer be considered to show the user suggestions for other songs and playlists.

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Netflix has announced an update on its efforts to crack down on password sharing. In a blog post published today, Netflix explained that “over 100 million households are sharing accounts,” which impacts its “ability to invest in great new TV and films.”

With that in mind, Netflix says that it is expanding its restrictions on password and account sharing to new countries. There’s also a new way to easily manage who has access to your account via the Netflix website…

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Twitter last December relaunched its Twitter Blue subscription after Elon Musk decided to suspend it due to the whole blue checkmarks controversy. Now that Twitter Blue is back, the company is now expanding its subscription to three more countries: Brazil, India, and Indonesia.

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The popular camera app Halide introduced support for the new virtual 2x zoom for the iPhone 14 Pro last year. Now with its first update of 2023, Halide is rolling out a new feature called “Neural Telephoto,” which enhances zoomed photos for non-Pro iPhone users.

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Just one day after Microsoft announced its new Edge browser and updated Bing search engine that integrates a ChatGPT experience via OpenAI, the company has seen a huge burst of demand. The Bing app and Edge browser for iOS have shot to the top of the App Store charts.

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Super Bowl LVII is set for Sunday, February 12 with the Kansas City Chiefs up against the Philadelphia Eagles. Follow along for several ways to watch the Super Bowl including free on Apple TV, iPhone, or any device. We’ll also cover the Apple Music halftime show details.

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9to5Mac Daily: February 8, 2023 – Apple Pay Later, new browsers for iPhone

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UnitedHealthcare has announced a new program that it hopes will entice its members to use wearables like Apple Watch to stay active and focus on their health. Through the new UnitedHealthcare Rewards program, “eligible members” can earn up to $1,000 per year in incentives when they complete certain one-time and ongoing activities with their Apple Watch or other devices.

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M2 MacBook Air with 16GB RAM now $200 off in today’s best deals, Apple Watch Series 8, more

We’ve made it halfway through the work week, and today’s edition of the best deals have delivered some notable Apple offers. For Wednesday, we’re tracking a $200 discount on Apple’s upgraded M2 MacBook Air with 16GB of RAM. That’s alongside a chance to save on the more premium stainless steel Apple Watch Series 8 with Milanese Loop at $109 off, as well as some in-house Sport Bands at $35 each in several colors. Hit the jump for all of the best deals and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Chat AI tech is without a doubt the most exciting thing to have happened in the world of technology for quite some time – providing answers to questions, writing essays, generating working code, or even passing an MBA exam through a conversational UI.

Microsoft announced that a version of ChatGPT will power a conversational search feature within its Bing search engine. Google has been quick to announce that it, too, will use its own AI chatbot, Bard, for searches. Does all this mean that Apple too will climb aboard this next-generation chat AI tech to finally make Siri smarter … ?

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A pair of recent rumors (with contradicting timelines) have suggested that Apple could overhaul the Apple Watch lineup with the introduction of a so-called “Apple Watch Series X.”

Here’s why we’d treat these rumors with a major dose of skepticism, even though it’s totally possible Apple releases an “Apple Watch Series X” at some point down the line.

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Mujjo classes up AirPods Pro 2 with Echelon leather case, adds built-in clip to first-gen users

Mujjo is out with its latest Apple accessory, this time for AirPods Pro. The Echelon leather case comes in multiple colors of premium leather with an integrated clip and works with both AirPods Pro 2 and the first generation.

Google Maps ‘glanceable directions’ coming to iPhone (as Live Activities) and Android lockscreens

Google is expanding the availability of AR features in Maps, as well as adding glanceable directions to the Android and iOS lockscreens.

Microsoft Activision acquisition provisionally blocked; might be forced to sell Call of Duty

The planned Microsoft Activision acquisition has been provisionally blocked by the UK’s antitrust watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) …

CIRP is out with an interesting report today that looks at ownership patterns for Apple customers. With Apple having just crossed the milestone of 2 billion active devices for the first time, here’s how many products the average Apple customer owns, how popular iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch are compared to iPhone, and more.

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Robotics engineer Ken Pillonel was the first to transform iPhone to work with a USB-C port in 2021. Since then he created a way to do the same for the AirPods case and even open-sourced his process. Now Ken is back with the first USB-C AirPods Pro. Here’s how he did it and how you can too if you’re adventurous enough.

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