Google might want to rethink its Android naming game


Google needs your help with names.
Google needs your help with names.
Photo: Google

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


twitter #unused
Twitter wants to give you more flexibility.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

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.

App Store search is completely busted


Get ready to delete your unwanted Apple apps.
The App Store is broken.
Photo: Sam Mills/Cult of Mac

It’s not just you. Finding major apps in the App Store has become practically impossible this morning for iPhone and iPad users, according to numerous reports on Twitter.

Apple has acknowledged that there is currently an problem with the App Store for all users. The glitch replaces search results for apps like Twitter, Instagram and Spotify with third-party apps from the same category.

Oliver Stone amps up spy action in first Snowden trailer


The first Snowden trailer reveals how he leaked the NSA's secrets.
The first Snowden trailer reveals how he leaked the NSA's secrets.
Photo: Open Road Films

Joseph Gordon-Levitt busts out his best nerd voice in the first trailer for Oliver Stone’s new film, Snowden.

The film is based on the true story of how Edward Snowden went from enlisting in army reserve, to exposing the illegal surveillance activities conducted by the NSA and thus becoming the most wanted man in the world.

Check it out:

Facebook whipping out its crystal balls to ‘improve’ your feed


Oh, Facebook. You've done it again.
Photo: Thomas Ulrich/Pixabay

Facebook is bringing more algorithms to bear to predict exactly what you’ll want to see in your News Feed, according to a post on its Newsroom site today.

The social-media platform has been tinkering for years with the processes that determine what actually makes it to your screen. But these latest “improvements” might prove even more restrictive and detrimental to publishers than the loss of the chronological feed, and they could inspire other services to make similar changes.

Here’s what Facebook is doing to your News Feed now.

Donald Trump’s Apple boycott disappears in a flurry of tweets


Yeah, we're pretty incredulous about your ideas, too, Mr. Trump.
Yeah, we're pretty incredulous about your ideas, too, Mr. Trump.
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr CC

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s bid to make America great again by boycotting its most valuable company has already failed.

Three weeks ago Trump called for a boycott of all Apple products because the company has refused to comply with a federal order to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c, but it looks like his love for iPhone ultimately won.

This morning, Trump unleashed a flurry of tweets. Only instead of going with an Android, his itsy-bitsy hands embraced the iPhone once again: