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Google’s first ‘Pixel feature drop’ brings portrait mode to your old photos

Google today announced some pretty neat news for Pixel owners. Starting today, the company will regularly update its Pixel devices through a series of Pixel feature drops meant to improve Pixels old and new. The company is kicking things off with a series of genuinely useful additions. Most notably, Google will now...

2019-12-09
Bioshock is back, says 2K Games

Yes, the rumors are true: 2K Games is working on yet another entry in the BioShock series. Come on, you knew 2K Games wasn’t about to let one of its most acclaimed franchises stagnate forever. Today, 2K announced the founding of Cloud Chamber, its newest development studio. This team of storytellers has begun work...

2019-12-09
You can finally buy the Mac Pro on December 10

Apple kept us waiting until the last minute. In a sneaky bit of weekend news, the company sent out a Saturday email informing users the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR would be ‘available to order’ on December 10. 👀 pic.twitter.com/JUIFMMcWUF — Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) December 8, 2019 …And that’s about...

2019-12-09
Google Maps’ new Incognito mode comes to iOS

Google normally keeps a record of your rough location, which can be handy if you want to remember a place you’ve visited recently, or get restaurant recommendations, but kind of creepy at other times. The company recently introduced an Incognito Mode in Google Maps to assuage your concerns, but so far it’s been...

2019-12-09
Byte Me #10: Very old dildos, deadly lipstick, and a tanned asshole

Welcome back to Byte Me, our feminist newsletter that makes everyone mad <3 Sorry, we’re late this month. Since we last spoke, Anouk went to Thailand, Cara trained with Chelsea FC, and Georgina started her new role as *editor + content creative.* WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN’T HAVE IT ALL??? Each month, our...

2019-12-09
If you use your personal phone for work, say goodbye to your privacy

The recent firing of a Google employee demonstrates how you relinquish your privacy—and private data, including personal photos—when you put work accounts on your personal device. The Bill of Rights covers only what the government can do to you. Unless you work for the government, many of your rights to...

2019-12-09
20 years ago, the world as we know it was born

On the twentieth anniversary of Y2K, here’s what the people behind the era’s most influential products have to say about design in the third millennium. “This is not one of the summer movies where you can close your eyes during the scary parts,” then-President Bill Clinton said to a group...

2019-12-09
Inside Intel’s billion-dollar transformation in the age of AI

The storied chip maker is dealing with the reality that Moore’s Law is slowing just when the demands of AI are asking for more and more computing power. As I walked up to the Intel visitor center in Santa Clara, California, a big group of South Korean teenagers ran from their bus and excitedly gathered round...

2019-12-07
There’s now a chatbot to give refugees instant legal advice

Using Facebook Messenger and Telegram, refugees can get important information from Mona much faster than emailing an aid organization. For a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who is trying to navigate the legal path to resettlement, it can be difficult to find answers—and overstretched humanitarian organizations can...

2019-12-07
Fired employees invoke Google’s ‘Don’t be evil’ motto in their workplace complaint

Four fired Google workers have shared their complaint to the National Labor Relations Board with ‘Fast Company.’ It accuses Google and Alphabet of unfair and illegal treatment. “And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right—speak...

2019-12-07
Captain Obvious FTC rules Cambride Analytica ‘engaged in deceptive practices’

In today’s edition of “Well, duh!” news, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook users from whom it harvested valuable data. This comes a full year-and-a-half after the scandal originally broke and after Cambridge Analytica is no more, but hey… better late than...

2019-12-07
Taking voice notes on Google just got a lot better

Now you can use Google Assistant with Google Keep, Any.do, Bring!, or AnyList. One of the more useful things you can do with Google Assistant is take notes by voice, but until now, the feature has only worked with the Assistant’s built-in notes and lists.Read Full Story

2019-12-06
Fired employees invoke Google’s “don’t be evil” motto in their workplace complaint

Four fired Google workers have shared their complaint to the National Labor Relations Board with Fast Company. It accuses Google and Alphabet of unfair and illegal treatment. “And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right—speak up!”Read Full...

2019-12-06
One horny Netflix tweet and we’ve officially hit peak Brand Twitter

“What’s something you can say during sex but also when you manage a brand twitter account?” Netflix has built a pretty stellar reputation for how it manages itself on social media as a branded participant in the cultural banter around its shows. It’s done this largely by hiring TV and movie...

2019-12-06
The Cybertruck looks right at home in this Goldeneye mod

A clever modder has put the Cybertruck in an environment where its striking appearance fits in — namely, a Nintendo 64 game. The Nintendo 64 game: Goldeneye 007. And damned if it doesn’t suit it perfectly. One of the most common jokes at the expense of the Cybertruck was that it looked like a polygonal model...

2019-12-06
Google has a plan to stop digital distraction (and it’s smarter than Apple’s)

“Focus Mode” shows how more nuanced controls can curb screen time. Some of my worst smartphone habits occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. That’s supposed to be family time for playing with the kids, having dinner, and putting them to bed. But it’s all too easy to be distracted...

2019-12-06
Skip pointless presents and give the gift of useful design

This year, designers created beautiful, problem-solving products for every room of the home. There’s something here for everyone on your list. If you’re struggling to come up with winter holiday presents for everyone on your list, home gifts are a good place to start. During the colder, winter months,...

2019-12-06
Watch YouTube’s ‘Rewind 2019’ year-in-review video, which people really seem to hate

But they don’t hate it as much as last year’s year-in-review YouTube video—yet, anyway. The latest platform to release a year-in-review look-back over 2019 is Google-owned YouTube. YouTube says the “Rewind 2019” video celebrates “the creators, music, and moments that mattered...

2019-12-06
Want to start 2020 as an in-demand coder? Check out these online courses.

From absolute beginners to experts looking to sharpen their game, The Ultimate 2020 Web Designer and Developer Bundle ($29, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) is all you need to know about creating for the web in one all-inclusive package.

2019-12-06
Hot coffee lover? Cold brew fan? The FrankOne does both drinks at lightning speed

Since those premium java hits are also putting a healthy hit on their wallet, the FrankOne Cold Brew and Coffee Maker is a holiday gift option worth checking out. Right now, TNW Deals has this innovative, super efficient brew system for under $100 with promo code "GREENMONDAY20."

2019-12-06
YouTube completely gives up trying for Rewind 2019

YouTube today released Rewind 2019, its year-end video summing up the biggest things that happened on the site this year. And it’s… kind of sad, honestly. The number of dislikes is rocketing up – the dislike ratio is rapidly approaching last year’s, and it’s been less than 6 hours – while the comments are...

2019-12-06
OnePlus built a piano out of 17 phones because why not

Tech companies love to advertise their products with musical gimmicks. Last month, a Google ad showed off an incredibly impractical DJ rig built out of Pixel 4s to show off the phone’s gesture controls in the most basic way possible. And now OnePlus has built a full-sized piano out of seventeen 7T Pros to show off...

2019-12-06
DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman joins Google AI

DeepMind and co-founder Mustafa Suleyman have decided to go their separate ways. Earlier this year there were disputed reports the two were arguing, some even suggested he’d been placed on leave. But now it seems he’s actually left the UK-based enterprise. And for its sister. Ouch. After a wonderful decade at...

2019-12-06
Google’s developing a feature to show brightly lit streets on Maps

It seems Google is working on a feature for Maps to highlight brightly lit streets at night. The new functionality — dubbed “Lighting” — aims to make your night time travels safer by helping you avoid streets with poor or no lighting. Well-lit streets will be marked in yellow, according to code hidden inside...

2019-12-05
This portable color matcher is perfect for the designer on your gifting list

TLDR: The Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor is a visual artist’s dream, instantly identifying any color found virtually anywhere. And right now, it’s $15 off. From artists and designers to stylists and beyond, color matters. Whether it’s a paint shade, a fabric dye or a swirl on a digital screen, a pro needs the ability...

2019-12-05
Google brings the Pixel 4’s amazing voice recorder app to older Pixels

One of the Pixel 4‘s best features may also be its most unassuming. Not the fantastic camera or cool-but-inconsequential radar gestures, but rather the phone’s voice recorder app. Instead of just taking simple audio clips, the app is able to actually automatically transcribe speech, making it easy to copy the...

2019-12-05
The cofounder of Refinery29 has some frank truths about creativity and leadership you need to hear

Piera Gelardi explains how she built Refinery29 into the media powerhouse it’s become—and the steep learning curves she rode to get there. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Google Play, or Stitcher.Read...

2019-12-05
We study the UX industry. Here’s what will change in 2020

Most of us have participated in at least one “2020 vision” project at work. Now that 2020 is finally here, it’s time to bring our so-called visions into fruition. Every year, the UX Collective publishes a report on the state of the UX industry, covering everything from the tools we use to the...

2019-12-05
50 designers reinvent the Christmas tree ornament

The designs are being auctioned off to benefit an organization that promotes underrepresented groups in creative fields. It’s easy to get lost in the all-out consumerism that the holiday season has come to equate. Coming off the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, you might find that you’ve...

2019-12-05
WhatsApp deactivates Kashimiri accounts after 4-month internet ban

Chat app WhatsApp has kicked out several users from Kashmir after four months of internet shutdown in the state, BuzzFeed News reports. In August, the Indian government scrapped Article 370 to remove the state from its autonomous stature. It also enforced an internet ban to maintain law and order. On December 4,...

2019-12-05
Twitter to introduce stricter content NSFW guidelines — worrying adult content creators

Over the past year, social networking platforms Facebook and Instagram have made it almost impossible for NSFW artists to exist on the platforms in their efforts to ‘clean up’ the sites. The measures employed have ranged from banning any discussion around “sexual preference,” “sexual roles,” “breasts,”...

2019-12-05
[Podcast] Beyond Branding (w/ Brand Designer Jacob Cass of JUST Creative)

Learn how his brain ticks when designing branding for such iconic locations like San Francisco. Plus passive income streams & starting a career in design.

2019-12-05
A Guide to Storytelling for Designers & Business Owners

Storytelling gives brands a competitive advantage! Discover how to use storytelling to harness the power of this incredible marketing technique.

2019-12-05
Best Bluetooth Speakers for Designers & Creatives

Looking for the best Bluetooth speakers right now? Look no further. Check out our list of the top bluetooth speakers, including wireless & portable speakers!

2019-12-05
I became part of the alt-right at age 13, thanks to Reddit and Google

An anonymous teenager writes about his brief infatuation with the alt-right, which made him critical of how big tech platforms influence the way we think. When I was 13, I was convinced that Jews controlled global financial networks and that black Americans committed homicide at a higher rate than whites. I believed...

2019-12-05
Here’s why Instagram suddenly wants to know your age

Conveniently, the new rules might pad Facebook’s bottom line. Facebook’s younger, cooler social network would like to know your date of birth, please.Read Full Story

2019-12-05
Elizabeth Warren congratulates Google’s outgoing Larry Page with fun reminder that he can’t hide from Congress

Retirement “will not exempt you from accountability,” Warren said. Larry Page may be halfway out the door with Oakleys on now that he’s no longer CEO of Alphabet, but make no mistake: Page and his cofounder, Sergey Brin, still call the shots when it comes to the pair’s voting control...

2019-12-05
Pichai is a mistake

Silicon Valley is still politely shrugging after the mildly interesting, but definitely important news broke yesterday that Alphabet’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, also the founders of Google, were “stepping aside” from their leadership positions. In a company blog post, the duo said it was time to...

2019-12-04
Even Facebook’s employees don’t trust it with their financial info

Facebook is not exactly a platform that’s engendered a lot of trust over the last couple of years. Its users have shown an increasing distrust in it, and a new survey suggests they aren’t the only ones. The survey was run by TeamBlind, the company behind the Blind anonymous social networking app. The app’s...

2019-12-04
Culture—not products or moonshots—is Sundar Pichai’s biggest challenge

Giving Google’s CEO control of Alphabet makes eminent sense. But dealing with the company’s current cultural breakdown will require everything he’s got. The last time that Larry Page tweaked his job responsibilities at Google—by creating a new holding company called Alphabet and focusing...

2019-12-04
Instagram just recreated Céline Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” as a shoppable video

Celine Dion stars in Instagram’s first spot for its shopping feature—and it’s a very meta throwback. Instagram reimagined the video for Celine Dion’s 1996 classic “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” as an ad for its Instagram Shopping feature—and it gets pretty...

2019-12-04
A Google manager perfectly spoofs Facebook’s PR bot for employees facing tough questions

Facebook’s bot helps its employees answer thorny questions about the company’s practices during the holidays. The spoof bot uses the same Facebook-speak to answer questions about just about everything. Over Thanksgiving weekend, Facebook equipped its employees with “Liam,” a chatbot that...

2019-12-04
The best designer-made holiday cards to send before it’s too late

From handmade craft to architectural brute, these cards are sure to delight the designer in your life. I know, I know, you were going to get those holiday cards out yesterday. So was I. But here we are, in the prime-time greeting card season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and we haven’t sent...

2019-12-04
How to find someone to mentor on LinkedIn

If you want to help someone develop their career, here are three steps to consider. Your career journey is just that—a journey. And you’ve likely learned a lot along the way from how to handle tricky office situations, to how to have tough conversations with your manager, to how to negotiate a salary...

2019-12-04
This site is running better deals on MacBooks than anything you saw on Cyber Monday

Good discounts come to those who shop after Cyber Monday. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over (whew), and for all of those who didn’t shop the “deals” and didn’t bust any doors, we got news: you didn’t miss out. Although these two massive shopping days do boast some of the most...

2019-12-04
The first crystal-clear eraser will delight young and old designers alike

The future is here. The Pepto Bismol pink eraser is an icon, and for good reason. Early erasers were made in part of pumice, a ruddy, Italian volcanic ash that helped the eraser wipe away pigment. So an eraser’s pink color was a byproduct of its function. Yet in the modern era, even though eraser manufacturers...

2019-12-04
Fired Google employees will charge the company with ‘unfair labor practices’

Over the past month, Google has found itself in yet another problematic situation with its employees. It started when some employees of the tech giant protested outside its HQ offices in San Francisco over the suspension of two activist employees, Rebecca Rivers and Laurence Berland, who were put on leave for — what...

2019-12-04
North Korean hackers may be behind malware distributed by cryptocurrrency trading platform

A new macOS malware packaged by a cryptocurrency trading platform has been uncovered by security researchers. The malware is believed to be the work of notorious North Korean hacking group Lazarus. Security researcher Dinesh Devadoss tweeted their discovery of the malware yesterday. A detailed analysis of the malware...

2019-12-04

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