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B.J. Novak: Social Media Is Making Us Better Writers

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Could the next great novel be simply a collection of tweets and status updates? For most, the idea may seem preposterous. The depth allowed in literary fiction couldn’t be more dissimilar to the brevity valued by social media. But for producer and actor B.J. Novak, the idea of social media as literature might not be so far-fetched.

“[Social media] makes everyone aware of the minutia of conversation in literary form,” Novak told Mashable. “A status update contains so much fear and hope and…

Google Glass Update Adds iPhone SMS Messaging and Calendar App

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Just a week after Google made Glass available for purchase to the entire public for one day, it unveiled a new software update for the wearable computer

The latest software update adds SMS messaging for the iPhone, and includes a Calendar Glassware app

Scheduled to be released over the next few days, the update will allow Google Glass users to view texts from their iPhone by turning on the “show notifications”…

Microsoft’s Windows Phone User Review Policy Puts Spotlight on Apple

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Microsoft, ever eager to cozy up to developers, is making a change to the Windows Phone Store that should please them. App developers will now be able to respond to user reviews, leaving Apple the only major platform manager to lack the feature.

The responses are private — they won’t post to the app’s page in the store, Trip Advisor-style. Instead, when a developer responds to a review, the user will receive an email that they can reply to or choose to ignore.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone User Review Policy Puts Spotlight on Apple

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Microsoft, ever eager to cozy up to developers, is making a change to the Windows Phone Store that should please them. App developers will now be able to respond to user reviews, leaving Apple the only major platform manager to lack the feature.

The responses are private — they won’t post to the app’s page in the store, Trip Advisor-style. Instead, when a developer responds to a review, the user will receive an email that they can reply to or choose to ignore.

Google Glass Gets Updated With Kit Kat, Loses Video Calling

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Google Glass, which goes on sale later today, has gotten a last-minute update — and it’s a big one

The biggest improvement is the switch to Android Kit Kat, meaning developers can write apps for Glass using the latest Android SDK. It doesn’t bring much in terms of new features right away though — Google points out improved battery life, better reliability, and easier updating in the future

Other features of note are Photo…

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Is This the Nest of Air Conditioners?

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Summer in New York is pretty awful if you don’t have air conditioning. Even if you do, your boxy window air conditioner might leave you wanting more.

Now a company called Quirky has teamed up with GE to make the Aros, a Nest-like smart AC for your window that lets you control your cooling via an app.

The Aros will cool a medium-sized studio apartment (around 350 square feet) and integrates with Wink — an iOS and Android

You Need to Stop Using Windows XP. Here’s What to Do Next.

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After almost 13 years, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP. That means that unless you are a major government, no further security updates or patches will be available for the operating system.

Despite Microsoft’s best efforts to convince everyone to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, Windows XP is still running on nearly 28% of all computers connected to the Internet. That’s a lot of computers — and users. So what can those users do now?

We’ve created a checklist:

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Hands on with Vine Messages: The Creative Way to Chat

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Get ready to waste a whole lot more time on Twitter’s Vine video creation and sharing tool

The 6-second video creation app, a favorite of animators and artists, got a major update on Thursday, including an entire suite of new tools called Vine Messages

Vine Messages is a new private messaging system that sits within the Vine App ecosystem. If you want to use it, you’ll need to download the Vine 2.0 app from the App Store for iOS, or from Google’s Play store for Android devices

As soon as the…

Vine Releases Private Messaging Feature

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Vine released a new private messaging feature Thursday.

Users can now send video and text messages to one another through the app. Users can record a video message, add text, and send it to those in their Vine network, as well as those in their phone’s address book

Messages sent to multiple users at one time will result in multiple 1-to-1 conversations, according to the company’s blog, so it does not appear the messaging feature…

Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 Update

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Microsoft announced a significant update to Windows 8.1 today at the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco.

The Windows 8.1 Update, announced in conjunction with Windows Phone 8.1, comes just five months after the previous major upgrade, Windows 8.1 itself. Although Microsoft announced Windows 8.1 in June last year, it didn’t debut until October.

Today’s update leaked last month when Microsoft put the…