Twitter Launches Digits, A Way For People to Sign Into Apps and Websites With Their Phone Number


Twitter recently launched Digits, a way for people to sign into apps and websites with their phone numbers. The method — launched as part of the social network’s announcement of their mobile platform Fabric at the recent Flight mobile developer conference — sends a confirmation code to the phone number presented to verify it, allowing users to sign in and sign up to websites and apps. Twitter has posted a detailed overview of Fabric for developers, as well as a blog post further explaining Digits.

We built Digits after doing extensive research around the world about how people use their smartphones. What we found was that first-time Internet users in places like Jakarta, Mumbai and São Paulo were primarily using a phone number to identify themselves to their friends. But until Digits, there has been no simple way for app developers to integrate phone-based sign-up and sign-in to your apps.

Mat Honan has also written a lengthy article about both of the releases on Wired.

image via Twitter

Teddy Bear the Talking Porcupine Chatters Away While Devouring His Halloween Pumpkin

“I think Teddy Bear found some pumpkins for Halloween”

In the fall of 2013, Teddy Bear the Talking Porcupine (previously) encountered a bowl of pumpkins on a table outside of his home at Zooniversity in Dallas, Texas, picked out his favorite and adorably chattered away while devouring the orange gourd as fast as he could. According to his official website, pumpkins are a rare treat for Teddy.

Does he eat a lot of corn or pumpkin? No, these are not part of his daily diet, only for videos, appearances or special occasions. In the wild they eat leaves and bark. At Zooniversity, he eats his natural foods, as well as a balanced zoological diet.

Here’s a close-up video of Teddy Bear devouring a different pumpkin, also in 2013.

Teddy Bear and His Pumpkins

image via Teddy Bear the Porcupine

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Kids Cry Tears of Joy When Mom Surprises Them With the Return of Their Missing 13-Year Old Cat

“Now you’ve got your Minecraft buddy back”

A mom surprised her kids with the return of their 13-year old cat who had been missing for more than two months. The children were so happy that they were crying tears of joy and saying how very happy they were that their feline buddy came home. Per Rumble Viral, the cat was found at a nearby gas station.

Anyone who’s ever gone through the experience of having their pet go missing knows how stressful the situation can be. The best you can hope for is a safe return. Luckily, this family got exactly that! After their 13-year-old cat had been missing for 2 months, Sheryl M. spotted her at a nearby gas station and brought her back home.