Twitter’s Stock Price Hits All-Time Low


The news comes just days after the new CEO Jack Dorsey announced the firm was exploring the idea of doing away with the 140-character limit to Tweets. Trading on the New York Stock Exchange left Twitter down 1.38 percent for the day yesterday and continued falling after-hours.

Twitter Stock Price 1Traders are obviously not too happy with the move to abandon the 140 characters. Dorsey has also been trying to placate the developers who abandoned the company when it changed its API access several years ago, but the stock price has been falling nevertheless.

One of the main concerns seems to be around how Twitter will attract and maintain new users. Dorsey has stated that “hearts” and “moments” are intended to attract more people to the site/app. Recent figures however show that the firm’s subscriber base hit a plateau in late 2015, although Facebook and Instagram continue to grow strongly. There has also been talk of a potential tech slowdown during 2016, so it may turn out to be a tough year for social media companies in general.

Majority Indians support FB’s Free Basics: TRAI


Facebook is calling on Indian users to send an email to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), asking the government agency to support its Free Basics program. The campaign, which shows up when users sign onto the social media platform and includes a pre-filled form so they don’t even have to write an email, has already proven controversial, with opponents saying its message undermines net neutrality in India.

Free Basics, which became available throughout India last month, is a program by Facebook initiative to provide basic Internet services, like search, Wikipedia, health information, and weather updates, for free to all users. While it sounds altruistic, Free Basics has the potential to drive reams of traffic to sites from certain providers (including Facebook) at the expense of others, which violates the principles of net neutrality. The TRAI plans to hold a public hearing on net neutrality next month.

India is currently Facebook’s second-biggest market after the U.S., with 130 million users, and many net neutrality advocates believe that its campaign is another example of how the company is misusing its size and influence to form the opinions of Internet users in emerging economies.

New iOS 9.3 Feature Will Make Reading At Night Easier on Your Eyes


Apple will soon be making it easier for you to use your devices at night.

The upcoming iOS 9.3 update will include a new feature called “Night Shift” that will change the colors of the light emitted by your iPhone or iPad’s display, based on the time of day.

The feature uses your current location and the clock on your iPhone or iPad to figure out what time the sun sets, and will automatically “shift the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum,” according to Apple.

The idea is very similar to f.lux, a popular Mac and Windows app that changes your display’s lighting based on the time of day. When it starts to get dark outside, the app gradually makes the colors warmer to reduce eye strain. That app has been downloaded more than 15 million times, according to the company.

Despite its popularity, the company hasn’t been able to release an official iOS app because Apple doesn’t allow developers to access those features on the iPhone. The company did briefly find a way around this restriction last year, when it released a version that users of non-jailbroken iPhone could download outside of the App Store.

Soon after it was released, Apple removed the download, saying it violated its Developer Program Agreement.

Studies have shown that using smartphones, tablets and other devices with lit screens before bed can interfere with sleep, but changing the color tone of your display from a harsh, blue-tinged light to a warmer color can, at least, make night time browsing significantly easier on the eyes.

The update has only just been seeded to developers, so it will likely be at least a few weeks before it officially makes its way into iOS. If you really can’t wait to try it out, though, you can get an early when the public beta for iOS 9.3 rolls out — with the usual caveats that beta software can be unstable and shouldn’t be used on a primary device.