Great News From Foursquare, Uber, Amazon, and Twitter

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This morning, a wonderful “Week In Review” e-mail came in from Patrick Lupinski at Seiden & Friends featuring some helpful tech-related tidbits that can help us as New Yorkers.

Among the highlights linked by Patrick and team:

– Twitter users will now be able to tweet out more than 140 characters. Or at least, the 140-character limit no longer includes replies, re-tweets, or media attachments. Also new is that users no longer have to follow the “.@” convention to mention other users in posts.

– Foursquare will now be providing Points Of Interest (POI) data to Uber. In turn, Uber riders can now enter in the name of the destination into the app more easily, rather than the address. This will surely make things easier for a lot of riders.

– Amazon’s voice-powered assistant Alexa is now able to provide medical advice. Boston’s Children Hospital is the first major hospital to utilize this service, which is called KidsMD. Any device that is Alexa-enabled — including Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV and Echo Dot — can download this app, which reportedly does not store any personal information.

Thanks to Seiden & Friends for spreading the good news about how tech can make things better.

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