Google might want to rethink its Android naming game

Google needs your help with names.
Google needs your help with names.
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Asking the public to name your product is one of the worst ideas in the world, just ask the captain of Boaty McBoatface.

Google is undeterred though and has decided to take name suggestions for the next version of Android, which for now is officially called ‘Google N-Word’. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

Any names starting with ‘N’ are fair game, and while Google usually picks desert for its names, Twitter has some funner name ideas in mind.

Here are the best suggestions so far:

Twitter will stop counting links against 140 character limit

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Twitter wants to give you more flexibility.
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Don’t you just hate it when you compose the perfect tweet and then insert a link that takes it over the 140 character limit? Well, that could soon become a thing of the past.

According to sources familiar with Twitter’s plans, the company will soon stop counting the URLs and photos inserted into your tweets.

Periscope takes to the skies with live drone streaming

Broadcast from your GoPro, iPhone, or DJI drone with Periscope.
Broadcast from your GoPro, iPhone, or DJI drone with Periscope.
Photo: Periscope

Now you can stream live from your drone when you take to the skies with Periscope, Twitter’s service that lets you broadcast live video, provided you have the app on iOS and a DJI drone.

In addition to live drone streaming, Periscope is also rolling out a new search function that will let you look for specific live streams and saved broadcasts. You’ll be able to search for topics or hashtags with the new system.

A save function, currently in beta, is also expected to arrive in a few weeks.