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Apple announces $329 iPad with Pencil support to take on Chromebooks

Apple today announced a new, $329 iPad at an education-focused event in Chicago. The tablet is clearly aimed at Chromebooks, looking to stave off Google’s increasing dominance for cheap laptops in classrooms. For schools, the tablet will only cost $299. The new iPad looks pretty much identical to the standard...

2018-03-27
Apple announces Classkit, an app framework for classroom surveillance

Apple today announced its new Classkit API, a framework specifically designed for educational apps, as part of its push to bring the iPad into more classrooms. The company debuted Classkit at alongside its new $329 iPad, along with Apple Pencil support for several of its apps. Apple bringing Classroom to Mac, reveals...

2018-03-27
How Amazon Helped Cambridge Analytica Harvest Americans’ Facebook Data

A personality quiz on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk received multiple complaints in 2014, but the quiz-makers continued to use the platform for at least another year. Facebook has been rocked by reports of a massive data scrape carried out by Cambridge Analytica and one of its then-contractors, a Cambridge...

2018-03-27
Apple’s new iPad is about the Pencil and more school apps, not price

I’m at Apple’s education-themed event at Lane Tech College Prep high school in Chicago. Some of the pre-event scuttlebutt involved the company releasing a cheaper new iPad to compete with Google’s Chromebooks for adoption in schools. But the new 9.7″ iPad, which Apple’s Greg Jozwiak...

2018-03-27
Here’s Apple’s hella cute video from its education event in Chicago today

Apple is holding an event in Chicago this morning to announce a new lower-priced iPad and to try to get its mojo back in the classroom amid fierce competition from Google and its ubiquitous Chromebook. The company kicked off the event with this incredibly cute video: Apple is holding an event in Chicago this morning...

2018-03-27
Bad to worse: Now Facebook is being sued over housing discrimination

The National Fair Housing Alliance, along with three other nonprofit housing advocacy organizations around the country, has filed a lawsuit against Facebook over its alleged discriminatory advertisements. The nonprofits, over the last few months, created a fake real estate company and used the Facebook ad platform to...

2018-03-27
Facebook is hiring more Washington lobbyists as privacy scandal continues

The company is looking to hire 11 policy managers for its Washington, D.C., office amid increasing scrutiny from governments in the U.S. and U.K., reports Bloomberg. Because of the privacy scandle involving data given to Cambridge Analytica, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has already been asked to appear before Congress...

2018-03-27
Judge tosses lawsuit alleging YouTube censored conservative voices

A California federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit brought by conservative radio host and YouTuber Dennis Prager, alleging the Google-owned site placed age restrictions on some of his videos and refused to run ads on them without a “compelling, significant, or legitimate reason,” reports the Hollywood...

2018-03-27
A Slovakian court has ordered the suspension of Uber in the country

The court made its decision on March 6, though it wasn’t made public until today, reports Reuters. In January, a Bratislava-based association of certified taxi drivers took Uber to court, saying the ride-hailing service was unfairly competing with licensed taxi drivers. The defendants alleged that Uber drivers...

2018-03-27
Mark Zuckerberg is refusing to face U.K. lawmakers

Facebook has announced that Zuckerberg has declined a request from the U.K.’s parliament to appear before it to answer questions about the data scandal that is engulfing the company on both sides of the Atlantic, reports Bloomberg. Instead, Zuckerberg “has personally asked one of his deputies to make...

2018-03-27
Elon Musk’s Boring Company will now sell “Lego-like” rocks

The rocks are the excavated leftovers of the Boring Company’s tunneling machines. They’ll be formed into large bricks that can be interlocked with one another. Musk announced the upcoming “I know I can sell anything to my fans” sale on Twitter, saying the rock bricks will be bored on the...

2018-03-27
An Uber driver just suffered an embarrassing loss to a flight of stairs

An Uber driver in San Francisco took a wrong turn, and got their car stuck after attempting to drive down a flight of stairs. The poor car hung out there for several minutes before a tow truck arrived to rescue it. #Uber tries to drive down stairs, gets stuck in #SanFrancisco's #Castro. No injuries reported...

2018-03-26
Snapchat’s new Explore feature makes Maps a social experience

Snapchat recently announced it would be updating Snap Map to bring you notifications of what your friends (and Snapchat itself) are up to. This is one of Snapchat’s steps towards becoming more of a social network, as opposed to a person-to-person photo-sharing app. As reported by The Verge, you will now see a feed...

2018-03-26
Chrome OS looks to replace Android on tablets. Good riddance

For all of Android’s dominance on smartphones, Google’s never been able to nail the tablet experience. Now it seems companies are getting ready to give up on it altogether for a more sensible alternative: Chrome OS. Asus today announced the  Chromebook Tab 10.  It has a 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 display, 32 GB of...

2018-03-26
Digital evolution’s most beautiful (and terrifying) contribution is mutant AI

Machines have become deft at exploiting rules and seeking the greatest possible rewards in surprising and creative ways. Facebook’s AI once created its own language to make arguing with itself easier and another AI found a way to cheat at Q-bert which had eluded humans for decades. Yet, most of these tales of the...

2018-03-26
Cook County sues Facebook: “It is the largest data-mining operation in existence”

The hits just keep on coming for Facebook and its media-narrative frenemy Cambridge Analytica. Earlier today, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it was investigating Facebook for its privacy practices, and now Cook County, Illinois, is suing the two companies, accusing them of misusing the data of millions of...

2018-03-26
HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Takes A Jab At Facebook’s Russian Headache

The hit cable series returned for season five, along with a subtle dig at Facebook’s ongoing drama involving Russia’s influence of the 2016 election. HBO’s Silicon Valley returned Sunday night, and with the premiere came a very subtle, and oh-so-topical, jab at Facebook.Read Full Story

2018-03-26
What To Expect From Apple’s Big Education Event In Chicago On Tuesday

The event will likely be an expression of Apple’s desire to recapture some of the hold on the market it’s lost to Google and Chromebook. It’s been a fun ride. Back in 2012, Apple became the most valuable company in the world, its revenues grew to unprecedented levels with the massive popularity of...

2018-03-26
Facebook is taking its local news initiative global

After a week of international headlines, Facebook is ready to focus on events a little closer to home. The social media network has just announced that it is taking its local news initiative international. Back in January, Facebook tweaked the site’s algorithm to give users a bigger dose of local news, perhaps...

2018-03-26
The FTC is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices

The Federal Trade Commission has opened a “non-public probe” into the company’s privacy practices. In a statement just posted on its website, the FTC wrote that it “takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook.” The...

2018-03-26
Streetwear icon Virgil Abloh is Louis Vuitton’s new menswear designer

Louis Vuitton has just made streetwear designer Virgil Abloh the artistic director of menswear, making Abloh one of the few black executives at the helm of a European heritage luxury brand. And by bringing on a designer whose work has centered on streetwear and its intersection with hip-hop and rap culture, Louis...

2018-03-26
What To Expect From Apple’s Education Event In Chicago Tuesday

The event will likely be an expression of Apple’s desire to recapture some of the hold on the market it’s lost to Google and Chromebook. Apple’s revenues grew to unprecedented levels with the massive popularity of the (larger) iPhone 6 circa 2013. Apple became the most valuable company in the...

2018-03-26
TNW’s Big Spam: Pay me $3M and I’ll tell you about my love life

Monday freakin’ fun day. Top trending tech news: 📞 Facebook said we allowed it to snoop on our calls (TNW) 🚗 Grab acquired Uber’s Southeast Asia operations (TNW) 📰 Zuck took out newspaper ads to apologize (BBC) What we’re talking about: Verge cryptocurrency asked users for $3M to reveal a...

2018-03-26
Facebook tracking is present in 41% of the most popular Android apps

In response to several privacy blunders, netizens are flocking to #DeleteFacebook. But research from AdGuard suggests that escaping Zuckerberg’s panopticon is easier said than done, as Facebook-built tracking software exists in a staggering number of apps. Facebook Audience Network is a tool used by developers, and...

2018-03-26
What Recruiters Pay Attention To When They Look At Your Social Media

You already know that recruiters stalk you on social media. Here are the things that they look out for. You probably already know recruiters are looking at your LinkedIn page, but what about your other social media platforms? You know, the ones where you post pictures of your latest vacation, share what you had for...

2018-03-26
Here’s how to see if Facebook knows who you’ve called and texted

If you’re using Facebook’s Messenger app today, it may have asked you for permission to track “your call and text history” to help “friends find each other on Facebook.” But Ars Technica reports that on earlier editions of Android, prior to version 4.1, Facebook’s apps...

2018-03-26
Apple CEO: more data oversight needed in wake of Facebook scandal

Apple CEO Tim Cook made the comments while attending the three-day China Development Forum in Beijing, where he was serving as co-chair, reports Bloomberg. When asked if the user of a user’s data should be restricted following the revelations that 50 million Facebook users unknowingly had their data shared with...

2018-03-26
As Facebook runs ads apologizing, trust in company plummets

The embattled social media network has taken to old-fashioned newspaper advertising to apologize for the data sharing scandal that has rocked the company for the past several weeks. The ad is signed by Mark Zuckerberg and states that if Facebook can’t protect users’ information, it doesn’t deserve...

2018-03-26
Facebook says you allowed it to snoop on your call logs

Following tips from some Facebook users Last week, Ars Technica reported that the social network was collecting call logs and text message history from Android devices on which its apps were installed, without users’ permission. The company is now denying that it does this. Per Ars Technica’s story, call and SMS...

2018-03-26
More landing page optimization tips than you can handle! (45, to be precise)

We all know that the websites we work on could be better — way better in fact — but it can be difficult to realize exactly how they could be improved. As an experienced digital marketer and SEO specialist, I  absolutely love A/B testing and conversion rate optimization (CRO) because they are two of the few tools...

2018-03-25
Elon Musk deletes Facebook pages he didn’t even know he had

Elon Musk has jumped on the #deletefacebook train, deleting the pages for SpaceX and Tesla from the disgraced social media site and erasing their millions-strong followings. In case you’ve been living in seclusion for the last week or so, Facebook has found itself embroiled in a scandal involving a data analysis...

2018-03-23
Stocks keep dropping as fears of a trade war sink the Dow Jones even lower this week

Wall Street is not having a good week. Stoked by fears of a global trade war and a selloff of tech stocks driven by Facebook’s data scandal, stocks tumbled again on Friday, with the Dow Jones finishing out its worst week in two years. Tariffs announced by President Trump have sparked a retaliatory response from...

2018-03-23
Sonos is yanking its Facebook ads in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal

While some Facebook users have been busy tweeting #DeleteFacebook in the wake of the company’s data-privacy scandal this week, one business is taking matters into its own hands. Sonos today announced that it is pulling advertising from Facebook–as well as Google and Twitter–and donating the money...

2018-03-23
Elon Musk just deleted the Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX

I guess today is Delete Facebook Day. Elon Musk, after being questioned on Twitter, seems to have taken the Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX, two companies he runs, offline. Musk, who has a reputation being cagily trolly online, replied to a WhatsApp cofounder’s tweet telling people to delete Facebook with...

2018-03-23
Apple’s foldable iPhone: Here’s more evidence that it’s real

Citing Asian supply-chain partners, Merrill Lynch analyst Wamsi Mohan claims that Apple is working on a foldable iPhone that can double as a tablet, possibly for a 2020 launch. While the sourcing is thin, the Korea Herald reported a similar rumor in October, pointing to LG Display as a potential supplier. Apple...

2018-03-23
Verge cryptocurrency asks users for $3M to reveal a ‘potential partnership’

This can only happen in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain. Privacy-oriented digital currency Verge has taken to Twitter to ask its users to donate 75,000,000 XVG (approximately $3 million) so it can reveal a mysterious, “potential partnership” next week. For the record, this is completely unheard of –...

2018-03-23
Apple’s and Google’s CEOs are heading to China amid burgeoning trade war

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and other tech CEOs including IBM’s Ginny Rometty, and Qualcomm’s Steven Mollenkopf are headed to China this weekend to attend the China Development Forum, which Cook will co-chair, reports 9to5Mac. The delegation of tech giants comes at the beginning of a...

2018-03-23
Grief Is A Seismic Force For Social Change

After Parkland, like many people before then, the students have used the power of grief and loss to power a social movement. For years, we could predict the response to any mass shooting with almost scientific precision: variations of “thoughts and prayers” would overwhelm our Twitter feeds. The Onion...

2018-03-23
The Gawker/Peter Thiel legal battle is being turned into two movies

Two production companies are turning the lawsuit, which saw billionaire venture capitalist Thiel financially back Hulk Hogan in a suit against the former online media giant Gawker, into films, reports Engadget. The first, titled Gawker v. Thiel, will be helmed by Modern Family director Jason Winer and will focus on...

2018-03-23
YouTube is bringing movies involving Susan Sarandon and Eminem to theaters this year

YouTube has been producing original content for subscribers of its paid Red tier for a while now, but it’s graduating from shows and web series to feature films this year, starting with the Susan Sarandon-starrer, Vulture Club. IndieWire notes that the film, directed by Iranian-American Maryam Keshavarz, sees...

2018-03-23
Sheryl Sandberg defends Facebook’s data-hungry business model

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke publicly on Thursday for the first time about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, nearly a week after users and investors began to voice alarm at the revelation that the data-analytics firm had improperly gained access to the personal data associated with millions of Facebook user...

2018-03-22
How the Cambridge Analytica scandal could harm data research efforts

The scandal that has erupted around Cambridge Analytica’s alleged harvesting of 50m Facebook profiles assembled from data provided by a UK-based academic and his company is a worrying development for legitimate researchers. Political data analytics company Cambridge Analytica – which is affiliated with Strategic...

2018-03-22
While Facebook crashes and burns, Instagram finally answers a common user complaint

Instagram would probably like you to forget that its parent company is in the midst of a massive data privacy scandal. How does it do that? Well, it’s finally fixing one of the most common quibbles people have about the platform. Have you ever had your Instagram feed automatically refreshed,...

2018-03-22
7 Ways To Make It Easier For Recruiters To Skim Your Resume

Recruiters rarely read your resume from start to finish. Follow these tips in order to grab their attention right away. It’s easy to think that after all the work you’ve put into perfecting your resume, recruiters will at least spend the time thoroughly reading it from start to finish. Unfortunately,...

2018-03-22
57 billion Facebook friendships: Giant data dump given to Cambridge Analytica’s academic

Even though Facebook broke all ties with researcher Aleksandr Kogan last week (after news broke about Kogan misusing Facebook data to help Cambridge Analytica), the social network sure shared a lot of user information with the academic. The Guardian reports that Kogan and his research partners were given access to an...

2018-03-22
Instagram mixes it up by putting new posts first again

Instagram today announced it would be updating timeline settings for users, offering some extra control for users, as well as a concession to those who’ve long wanted their photo feeds to be ordered by timeliness again. Instagram officially switched from a chronological feed to an algorithmic one back in 2016, and...

2018-03-22
Pot Meet Kettle Alert: Google’s AI Guru Attacks Facebook’s Algorithms

A Google software lead is scared of Facebook’s power, but shouldn’t he be scared of himself too? Last night Google’s deep-learning expert François Chollet tweeted a long and slightly illuminating thread, decrying the state of artificial intelligence programming. In light of Facebook’s...

2018-03-22
7 ways to boost your conversion with Instagram ads

Instagram is one of the hottest social media platforms on social media right now. The people on this platform are the individuals who make this platform so great. There is so much to do and find on Instagram it’s actually overwhelming at times. This also means that you might have some trouble pushing your brand out...

2018-03-22

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