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Instagram will warn kids if they consume too much ‘sensitive’ content

After accusations of ignoring mental health impact on teens using Instagram, Facebook will roll out new measures to make amends. These measures include warnings for consuming too much harmful content, parental control on content, and a “take a break” prompt. Speaking on CNN’s State of Union show last night, Nick...

2021-10-11
How Google wants to be your primary choice to track breaking news

When I think of breaking news, I think about scrolling my timeline on Twitter to catch up on the latest developments in the story. Google wants to change that with a feature called Big Moments. Google News is a good platform to catch up on some news that you might have missed or read articles on different topics....

2021-10-11
All Pythonistas should switch to Go... or okay, maybe just half

Your average software engineer is still in love with Python. Married, even. But not those at Google, Uber, Dropbox, Soundcloud, Slack, and Medium. The programmers at top corporations have long fallen for the language with the cute mascot. That’s not to say that Python is no good. It’s great! But whether it’s...

2021-10-09
Transport for London expands escooter trials

This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates, follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities...

2021-10-09
You can now tune your guitar right on Google Search

You can now tune your guitar — or any other instrument — on Google Search. How, you ask? Simply type “google tuner” into the search box, as noted by Android Police. You’re then presented with a chromatic tuner that tells you how close you are to the right pitch. It works on both desktop and mobile devices....

2021-10-09
Why digital twins emerge as the ‘ultimate’ tool for resilient cities

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray in partnership with Cityzenith on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates, follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube,...

2021-10-08
Facebook’s ‘mental health tools’ reek of half-assing

Facebook announced a bunch of tools and resources to spread awareness about mental health last night. This move comes ahead of Mental Health Day on October 10. But it also comes along with the recent allegations against the company about ignoring the mental health impact of Instagram’s algorithms on teens. The firm...

2021-10-08
Android exec wants to help Apple bring RCS on iPhones

Google has been trying to push carriers all around the world to adopt Rich Communication Services (RCS) since 2017. For the uninitiated, RCS is like SMS 2.0 with the ability to send pictures, videos, voice notes, and QR codes across. While more than 88 mobile network operators support this communication standard, you...

2021-10-08
Google AI recreates Gustav Klimt paintings destroyed during WWII

Gustav Klimt created some of the world’s most expensive masterpieces, but around 20% of his artworks have been lost. Among them are the so-called Faculty Paintings: Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence. The three pieces are believed to have been destroyed in a fire during World War Two. Only black and white...

2021-10-07
Twitter’s ‘heated discussion’ prompt sounds complex to execute

Twitter has been experimenting a lot with features related to conversations on the platform over the last few months. Its latest test involves a warning for when you’re about to enter a ‘heated discussion.’ The social network said that it’ll display a prompt on Android and iOS for conversations it thinks can...

2021-10-07
Facebook whistleblower has an obvious solution to fix the news feed

Whistleblower Frances Haugen has exposed major problems at Facebook, but the data scientist has also proposed some solutions. One of her most eye-catching suggestions is changing the ordering of news feeds on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook’s algorithms currently steer users to content that generates more...

2021-10-06
Google Maps can now suggest the most fuel-efficient route

AI can leave a staggering carbon footprint, but it can also help us fight climate change. Unsurprisingly, Google has been keen to highlight the field’s more positive impacts. On Tuesday, the tech giant unveiled two new AI-powered attempts to support sustainable travel. The first is eco-friendly routing for Google...

2021-10-06
Google is automatically turning on 2FA — how to check your settings

If you think passwords provide enough security for your accounts, you’d be wrong. It’s important to protect your accounts with additional security measures like two-factor authentication (2FA), which allows you to use an app or a device for verification. Google already provides you an option to use hardware...

2021-10-06
It’s official: Google’s Pixel 6 event happens October 19

At long last, we now know when Google will reveal the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: October 19. The company today sent invites to the press for its upcoming virtual event, which will be streamed to all at 10 AM Pacific Time. Well, “reveal” is a bit of a stretch. Google itself has already given us a solid look at the...

2021-10-05
EARBUD BATTLE ROYALE: OnePlus Buds Pro vs. Nothing Ear 1 vs. Google Pixel Buds A

I’m a fan of neck buds because I don’t need to put them in a case when I’m not using them, and that’s no secret. But wireless buds are getting more and more popular, and they have their perks, such as increased mobility and active noise cancellation. I got to use three popular buds in the sub-$150 range: the...

2021-10-05
Russia’s trying to control the internet, and Google and Apple are helping

On September 17, the first day of Russia’s parliamentary elections, Apple and Google agreed to demands from the Russian government to remove a strategic voting app developed by opposition leader Alexei Navalny from the iOS and Android app stores. Apple then disabled its Private Relay feature (which enhances web...

2021-10-05
Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger are all DOWN

In news that will surely be greeted warmly at Twitter HQ, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger have all gone down in a huge global outage. Tens of thousands of users have reported issues accessing the four Facebook-owned platforms, according to the DownDetector website. Reports of problems began flooding in at...

2021-10-04
Google is monopolizing online ads in Australia — and that’s bad

In the pre-digital world, advertising was largely carried by print media, radio, and television. Today, digital advertising has surpassed those channels, pervading our desktops and laptops, smartphones, tablets, and a variety of other internet-connected devices. And perhaps the biggest player in the online advertising...

2021-10-04
3 ways to build customer loyalty in 2021

The ecommerce industry has been growing steadily for many years, but since the pandemic, the quantity of online shopping options has exploded. With brick-and-mortar stores around the world having to close their doors, and many people only able to shop from home, brands have been forced to expedite their digital...

2021-10-04
Who is Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen?

Over the last few weeks, the Wall Street Journal published a series of reports against Facebook, alleging the company allowed the proliferation of hate speech on its platform, and ignored the safety of teens on Instagram. These reports were based on internal documents WSJ reviewed. Today, the whistleblower behind...

2021-10-04
How tech is helping people remember their deceased loved ones

TNW Conference 2021 is live! You can watch the live stream here.  It’s hard to make up for a loss of a loved one, however, technology is helping people remember them in different ways. For example, social networks like Facebook offer features for the memorialization of the accounts of the deceased. You can also...

2021-10-01
10 Best Huion Tablets for Graphic Designers & Artists in 2021 (October)

Are you in the market for a drawing tablet? Huion tablets can be some of the best value out there, take a look at the best Huion tablets for graphic designers.

2021-10-01
2021 Digital Marketing Trends: 8 Proven Lessons From This Year

Take this year's most successful marketing activities into 2022 to grow your brand. Our 2021 digital marketing trends will ensure you hit the ground running.

2021-10-01
Top 5 Business Models For Freelance Graphic Designers

Need to ensure that your new design business is a success? Choose the best option for you from our 5 business models for freelance graphic designers.

2021-10-01
Snap thinks AR will become the new norm in online shopping

TNW Conference 2021 is live! You can check out the schedule here. Augmented reality effects and filters are fun to use on apps like Instagram and Snapchat. However, now many brands like Gucci and Nike have been using AR to promote new products. Speaking at the TNW 2021 conference, Jacqueline Rutgers, Head of...

2021-09-30
Instagram now lets you add Messenger contacts to groups

Facebook began merging Messenger and Instagram DMs last year. The company said today that more than 70% of Instagram users have opted into this experience. The company also launched the ability to create cross-app groups on both apps today. This means you can create a group on Instagram DMs with your Messenger...

2021-09-30
Google’s new AI wants to supercharge contextualized search results

Google announced a new AI model for multimodal search called MUM (Multitask Unified Model) at its developer conference Google IO in May. Last night, the firm announced a bunch of consumer-facing features, including visual search, that’ll be coming to your screen in the coming months.  The Big G currently serves...

2021-09-30
Researcher banned from Facebook beseeches Congress to regulate social media

Did you know Neural is taking the stage on Sept 30 and Oct 1? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! An NYU researcher who was shut out of Facebook has taken her fight for transparency to the US Congress. During Congressional...

2021-09-29
Developers hate WordPress — and so should marketers

WordPress is hands down the most popular CMS out there. Since it started in 2003, it’s accumulated a market share of 39% of websites on the internet. BBC America, the Washington Post, Walt Disney World, the government of Sweden, and, hell, even your favorite news source (TNW by the way) all use WordPress to build...

2021-09-29
Amazon’s new fitness offerings aim to rival Apple and Fitbit

Amazon’s Astro robot was certainly the most eye-catching announcement of the last night. However, the ecommerce giant also launched a new version of its Halo fitness band, along with health-related services, including workout and nutrition guidance. The new $80 Halo View has an AMOLED screen to display time,...

2021-09-29
Twitter’s down for many users (Update: It’s back)

Update (9:30PM CET): The service is now returning to normal. Our original report follows. Twitter has gone down today for many users, who are reporting issues logging into the service’s website. The Downdetector website said it’s been receiving reports of problems since 11:49AM EDT. Users have reported seeing...

2021-09-28
Twitter’s down for many users, who are reporting error messages

Twitter has gone down today for many users, who are reporting issues logging into the service’s website. The Downdetector website said it’s been receiving reports of problems since 11:49AM EDT. Users have reported seeing error messages suggesting that they refresh the page, but the recommendation seems to have had...

2021-09-28
Facebook won’t force WhatsApp and Messenger integration on you, VP claims

In 2019, Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the project to merge Facebook Messenger, Instagram DMs, and WhatsApp. Last year, the company started unifying Instagram and Messenger by allowing you to message contacts across both networks. But this is just the beginning of the work, and the final aim for the social network is to...

2021-09-28
Unsurprisingly, running Facebook groups to reduce stress leaves women more stressed

Would you share your most intimate thoughts with strangers? For many women, during the pandemic and associated lockdowns, closed Facebook groups have been a place to do just that. These groups offer a chance to escape the house virtually and spend time with like-minded souls, sometimes chatting, often venting, and...

2021-09-27
Instagram Kids put on ice after backlash from lawmakers and child safety groups

Instagram is pausing plans to build a kids’ version of the app after a fierce backlash from lawmakers, child safety groups, and parents. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, announced the move in a blog post published Monday: While we stand by the need to develop this experience, we’ve decided to pause this...

2021-09-27
Become a full stack Java programmer with this top-to-bottom bootcamp learning package

TLDR: The Premium Java Programming Certification Bundle offers the skills to learn Java coding as well as ace interviews to land a Java programming job. If you really want to understand programming, there are few more proactive steps you can take in your journey from novice to expert than learning Java. Java has been...

2021-09-26
Become a Google ad master with this marketing growth hack training package

TLDR: The Premium Google Ads and Marketing Growth Bundle offers a roadmap for crafting Google ad campaigns that achieve the reach any business wants. Google serviced more than 2.5 trillion searches in 2020. That translates to a still staggering 6.9 billion searches each and every day. The most visited website on the...

2021-09-24
Bitcoin dives after China declares all crypto transactions illegal

Did you know Hard Fork is taking the stage on Sept 30 and Oct 1? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of crypto during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! Cryptocurrencies nosedived on Friday after China’s central bank declared that all crypto-related transactions are...

2021-09-24
4 ways Facebook’s departing CTO Mike Schroepfer shaped the company

Did you know Neural is taking the stage on Sept 30 and Oct 1? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! Today, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer announced that he’s stepping down from the position after spending 13 years at the...

2021-09-23
4 ways Facebook’s departing CTO Mike Schroepfer shaped the company

Did you know Neural is taking the stage on Sept 30 and Oct 1? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! Today, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer announced that he’s stepping down from the position after spending 13 years at the...

2021-09-23
Mumbai wants India’s EV crown — and it’s buying 1,900 buses to prove it

Did you know SHIFT is taking the stage on Sept 30 and Oct 1? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of mobility during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! Mumbai, the western city of India, has put out a tender to purchase 1,900 EV buses that will add to its existing fleet of...

2021-09-22
This is a positive story about Facebook. No, really

Facebook is using one of its most engaging places on the site to spread positive stories about the company: the News Feed. That’s right. Over the past couple of months, the social network has amplified — under the fitting name of Project Amplify — stories written by the firm to bolster its image. According to a...

2021-09-22
No Apple, I don’t need my iPhone to tell me I’m depressed

Tech companies like Apple and Google want to measure your health in multiple ways possible. But they’re running out of physical attributes to gauge such as heart rate, steps taken in a day, and blood oxygen. So the focus might shift to mental health, and that’s a slippery slope. According to documents reviewed by...

2021-09-21
DeepMind tells Google it has no idea how to make AI less toxic

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! Opening the black box. Reducing the massive power consumption it takes to train deep learning models. Unlocking the secret to sentience....

2021-09-20
Save hundreds on a subscription to this top-rated SEO tool that helps you craft content that ranks

Online, SEO is arguably the most powerful way to spread the word about a business. As an incredibly effective marketing tool, it helps organizations reach more of their audience without spending much. It’s not surprising why companies of all sizes harness its power to extend their reach and influence. For smaller...

2021-09-20
What does Facebook mean when it says it supports “internet regulations”?

Erin Simpson, associate director for technology policy at Washington, D.C.–based think tank The Center for American Progress, had a message for Facebook. Last year, she co-wrote a pair of reports advising major social media platforms, like Facebook, on how to better address the twin crises of election...

2021-09-20
Google is in hot water over its Indian Android monopoly

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found Google guilty of anti-competitive behavior regarding Android‘s dominant position in the country’s mobile operating system market. The watchdog began the investigation in April 2019, and found the Big G guilty of using its position to gain an unfair advantage in...

2021-09-20
UK’s first shared e-cargo bike scheme launches in London

This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates, follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities...

2021-09-18

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