Doctors warn against internet, gaming disorders in UAE

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Medical professionals in the UAE are warning that addiction to smartphones and technology among young people can be as powerful as addiction to gambling and drugs, with its own host of health and psychological problems. In many developed nations – the UAE included – it isn’t uncommon to see young children on a tablet or smartphone, with their parents besides them seemingly oblivious to any potential health risks. “Mental health risks of increasing addiction to technology are clear and present,” said Dr Binu George, Consultant Paediatrician (paediatric neurodevelopment and neurodisability)…

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Twitter to broadcast live video 24 hours a day

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Twitter is making a play to dominate even more of your time by streaming live video around the clock. The social networking platform is hoping to land deals for streaming pay TV channels on its site and apps. Users have to subscribe to existing TV service for this to work, but it would be much more powerful. “We will definitely have 24 hours  a day content on the platform,” Twitter’s Anthony Noto said during an extensive interview about the company’s live video strategy last week. “Our goal is to be…

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Twitter unveils a new API platform, roadmap and vision for its developer community

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Twitter traditionally has had a rocky relationship with its developer group. The social media platform is making an attempt to reset developer relations but once more with the unveiling of its imaginative and prescient for the Twitter API platform and, for the primary time, publishing its public road map of what it has deliberate. The apparent goal here is to be more transparent about what the social platform has in store for developers, which includes a unification of its API platform along with the launching of new APIs and endpoints for developers.…

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The Popular Social Media is no longer social, chat Bots are taking over

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The rise of social bots has thrown up a wide range of new issues in the social media world. Chat bots have become a common part of online interaction for major consumer companies and celebrities. The popular networking scene is slowly turning out to be unsocial as robots are taking over the communications with users disguising themselves as humans. As technology develops, robots as well improve their interactions with humans trying to emulate and possibly alter their behavior. Currently, celebrities are using Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to lend a personal…

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Twitter rolling out updated profile design on iOS

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Twitter has gradually started rolling out a new profile interface for its iOS app. While it’s unclear how many users currently have the new interface, it first started appearing earlier this week. The new profile interface, as you can see in the screenshot above, streamlines the interface of the tabs along the top. Additionally, the redesign breaks the what was previously just a “Tweets” tab into two different feeds: “Tweets” and “Tweets & Replies” feed. The “Tweets” tab shows only original tweets sent out by a user.Users won’t see a…

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New Update Makes Twitter Look Like Tweetdeck on Windows 10

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Twitter’s Windows 10 app has now received a useful feature with its latest update as the company has now added Tabs to make it more like TweetDeck PC Tech reports. Apart from the Tabs, with the latest update, pinned tweets can now be viewed and created inside the app, the number of replies for each tweet will now be visible, and Direct Messages can now display rich content instead of just plain text links. TweetDeck, which was launched in 2008 and acquired by Twitter three years later and , has…

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Google acquires Fabric developer platform and team from Twitter

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Google is acquiring Twitter’s suite of developer products as well as its Crashlytics crash reporting system, that it acquired in 2013 Techcrunch reports. The two companies are not sharing deal terms, but every member of Twitter’s Fabric team has been offered a job at Google. But as Twitter tries to get into better financial shape, it’s cutting non-essential divisions. By passing the platform off to Google, it can remove the costs of running Fabric without screwing over its developers by suddenly shutting it down. Google will continue to operate Fabric and…

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Twitter is shutting down its business app, Twitter Dashboard

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Twitter Dashboard, the app aimed at business users, is shutting down on February 3 — just over seven months since it was launched. However, its demise may not be so bad for the larger Twitter community. Twitter released the new app called Dashboard which was designed to help businesses make the most of their Twitter presence without having to refer to third-party options. Dashboard was described as a “a powerful tool designed to help businesses connect with their customers and community.” Among its features is a customized feed, tweet scheduling, personalized notifications, and tweet recommendations. In a…

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British Airways check-in systems outage causes flight delays

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British Airways has apologised to passengers for delays after a technical problem hit check-in systems. Travellers complained of hours queuing at airports and some reported they had been told the problem was worldwide. Airline employees had to manually process passengers at airports including San Francisco, Seattle and Phoenix, delaying the departures of dozens of London-bound transatlantic flights. Responding to passengers on Twitter, the airline wrote: “We apologise to our customers for the delay and we appreciate their patience as our IT teams work to resolve this issue.” It added: “Our…

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Study: Retailers Ignore Over 80% of Customers’ Requests via Social Media

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Sprout Social has found most that merchants fail to respond to consumer questions on Facebook and Twitter, a problem compounded during the holiday shopping season when the volume of requests increases. The stats from the Spout Social’s Q4 2015 Index are damning. Retailers failed to respond to more than 80 percent of consumer questions and requests on social media in the last year. And the cold shoulder from merchants was coldest when you’d think they could least afford it, during the holiday shopping season. During the fourth quarter of 2014,…

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