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Understanding quantum computers: The basics

Theoretical physics isn’t the easiest field in science to translate into laymen’s terms. Until recently it’s solely been the domain of geniuses like the late Stephen Hawking and fictional characters such as The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper. As companies like Google, IBM, and Intel work to build quantum...

2018-03-15
Google Ventures wants to help TheSkimm give young feminists even more to skim

TheSkimm, a popular email newsletter for millennial women, has raised a $12 million round of funding led by Google Ventures, Recode reports. The newsletter, which is more or less a euphemistic news digest for millennials, boasts a subscriber base of seven million—the number of readers who open it once a...

2018-03-15
Elon Musk Tried To Buy “The Onion,” And Now They’re Owning Him On Twitter

Elon Musk is creating a satirical news site after failing to buy “The Onion.” And if you thought they’d let that slide, you’ve never read “The Onion.” It was a story so satirically ludicrous, it might as well have been in The Onion. And now, of course, it is.Read Full Story

2018-03-15
Google Maps gets more inclusive with wheelchair-accessible routes in six cities

Google has finally figured out a way to make one of its most popular services more useful to the estimated 2.2 million people in the United States who depend on a wheelchair to get around. Today, the company said it is adding “wheelchair accessible” routes to Google Maps, which will help people find...

2018-03-15
How Techies Are Helping Aid Groups Tackle The Global Refugee Crisis

Advancements in mobile technology are connecting refugees with jobs and resources–and helping aid groups to better manage their on-the-ground work. It’s a question we quietly ask ourselves every time we fire up Twitter or read the news: Are things really this bad? For the ongoing worldwide refugee...

2018-03-15
Google is rebranding Android Wear because a third of new users have iPhones

Google’s smartwatch platform has a new name. Instead of Android Wear, it’s now called Wear OS by Google. The explanation for the rebrand is simple enough: Android Wear has supported the iPhone since 2015–albeit without some of Android’s notification actions–and Google says a third of...

2018-03-15
BitGrail will refund $195M worth of stolen Nano – but only if you promise not to sue

Back in February, Italy-based cryptocurrency exchange desk BitGrail reported that hackers had made off with $195 million worth of Nano (XRB) coins. But it seems not all hope is lost for duped investors: the exchange desk has revealed its intentions to issue refunds to affected customers in the near future. Founder...

2018-03-15
Google rebrands Android Wear as Wear OS to attract more iPhone users

A few days ago, rumors started floating around that Google would rebrand Android Wear. While we expected that change would happen at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, it turns out the company had a faster timeline. As of today, Android Wear is now ‘Wear OS’. Though Google doesn’t say so...

2018-03-15
TNW’s Big Spam: CHEGH-chew jaj-VAM jaj-KAK... we mean it...

Our TNW Answers session with Adeo Ressi is starting RIGHT NOW!!! HAVE YOU ASKED YOUR QUESTION YET??? Top trending tech news: 💍 This jewelry site leaked personal info of 1.3M users (TNW) 😬 YouTube prankster was jailed for shooting boyfriend dead (BBC) 🇬🇧 Facebook-WhatsApp data plan was blocked in the...

2018-03-15
How To Update Your LinkedIn Without Making Your Boss Suspicious

Updating your LinkedIn profile is something you should be doing regularly. Here’s how you can do it without raising alarm bells at work. Updating your LinkedIn profile can be a major stress point if you feel like it could alarm your boss or cause tension at work. However, the truth of the matter is that you...

2018-03-15
Uber will share its London ride data with the public

The company has announced it will make its anonymized ride data for London, including past travel conditions and how journey times are impacted by road closures and other events, with the public in an effort to get its London license renewed, reports Reuters. Announcing the move, Uber’s Head of UK Cities, Fred...

2018-03-15
Leaked documents reveal Amazon Prime Video numbers

The company has been notoriously secretive about any kind of data about its Amazon Prime Video service, but now documents leaked to Reuters reveal some numbers for the first time. The documents revealed: That Prime Video content drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shipping service. In the U.S.,...

2018-03-15
These Gaza Students Designed A School Where They Could Feel Safe

The Jamal Abdul Nasser School is designed to serve as a physical sanctuary for kids too used to bombing and violence. When plans began to rebuild a school in Gaza that was destroyed by Israeli bombs in 2014, the foundation funding the new school decided to involve some extra designers: the students.Read Full Story

2018-03-15
The latest Firefox browser is big on privacy

Specifically, Firefox 59 blocks untrusted websites from being able to access your computer’s camera, microphone, and location data, reports TechRepublic. The update is a boon to users concerned about their privacy being hijacked by websites that are designed to literally hear and see you without your knowledge....

2018-03-15
Toys R Us is closing or selling all of its U.S. stores

Those stores total more than 800, reports CNBC. There may be hope for 200 of those stores, however. Toys R Us says those stores may remain open–if they can find a buyer. The store closures come as the company is struggling under $5 billion in debt and struggled to pay its loans. The closings aren’t...

2018-03-15
This Chrome extension enables two-factor authentication logins by watching you type

Two-factor authentication is a great way to protect your online accounts, but it can be a tad cumbersome: you need to have your phone handy so you can either receive a one-time password via SMS (which frequently fails me), or set up an app like Google Authenticator to generate codes offline. The folks at New...

2018-03-15
Google open-sources AI for improving Portrait Mode in camera apps

Unlike most premium phones released over the past year, Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don’t come with a dual rear camera – but they still manage to pull off impressive depth-of-field effects that separate the background from the foreground with natural-looking blur. It actually uses AI to pull that off – and...

2018-03-15
The Nest Product Lineup Finally Feels Like A System

It took longer than most would have expected, but the company that’s synonymous with smart thermostats is poised to capitalize on a vision it helped create. When Nest shipped its first smart thermostat in 2011, it wasn’t just a strikingly new take on the mundane matter of controlling a home’s...

2018-03-15
Outdoor Voices nabs $34 million in funding, plans more stores

Outdoor Voices, much like its fitness-fueled customers, isn’t slowing down. The cult athleisure label just raised $34 million in a series C round, totaling $57 million to date, reports CNBC. The latest round was led by GV (formerly known as Google Ventures), which previously invested in Jet.com and Blue Bottle...

2018-03-14
Twitter has a fix for its news problem—make a new Twitter!

Last week, Facebook waffled yet again about which #content people want to see on Facebook. Cue the launch of a new feature that lets publishers label one breaking news story a day. With Facebook experimenting with breaking news, it seems only fitting that Twitter would do the same. The company is now testing...

2018-03-14
Why is Siri struggling? Report cites infighting and lack of vision

Although Apple’s Siri is the most widely-used virtual assistant with more than a half billion monthly active users, it’s been shown up over the past few years by Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, especially in smart speakers. And according to a new report by The Information‘s Aaron...

2018-03-14
TNW’s Big Spam: Space Boobs in Space is the Citizen Kane of our time

Tomorrow we have a TNW Answers session with Adeo Ressi, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor who has made a shit ton of money mentoring startups. Also, he’s really into space innovation… and was Elon Musk’s college roommate. What did you think of Falcon Heavy’s environmental impact? Can I pitch you...

2018-03-14
The fast-food industry is facing record turnover, but it’s not Flippy’s fault yet

The fast-food industry is currently grappling with record employee turnover, and new technologies have a lot to do with it. According to MIT Technology Review, the turnover rate in the fast-food industry is 150%, the highest since researchers began recording data in 1995. While robots may eventually come to the...

2018-03-14
Unannounced Tomb Raider sequel leaked through teaser site source code

This is an excellent lesson in how not to do an online promo campaign. Gaming studio Square Enix updated the official Tomb Raider website to tease an upcoming announcement for the new Shadow of the Tomb Raider sequel – but not without accidentally leaking the secret announcement way ahead of time. As spotted by...

2018-03-14
Facebook bans far-right hate group Britain First

Facebook has announced it has permanently deleted the accounts of the far-right extremist group Britain First, and its leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen. Britain First are perhaps one of the most controversial elements in British politics. Although the party has never known success at the ballot box, it’s...

2018-03-14
Do This 20-Minute Morning Routine Before Answering A Single Email

The most creative teams at Herman Miller warm up in the morning by playing around with the tools of their craft. In 1957, the designers Charles and Ray Eames created a “Solar Do-Nothing Machine” for the Aluminum Company of America. It’s a solar-powered gizmo whose artful welter of spinning...

2018-03-14
Privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Verge (XVG) got its Twitter hacked

In an ironic turn of events, privacy-focused cryptocurrency Verge (XVG) got its Twitter account hacked yesterday. According to Verge team members on Telegram, no funds were at risk at any point in time and the breach was exclusively limited to its social media profiles. Once in control of the account, the hackers...

2018-03-14
Google is banning all cryptocurrency-related ads

The search giant has announced that it is cracking down on ads promoting virtually anything related to cryptocurrencies, reports CNBC. Google is updating its financial services-related advertising policies to forbid any ads related to cryptocurrencies, including ads about wallets, initial coin offerings (ICOs), or...

2018-03-14
Melania Trump will meet with tech giants to talk about “kindness online”

The First Lady will meet with execs from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Snap to discuss ways to combat online harassment, reports the Washington Post. The meeting will take place next week at the White House. Melania Trump wants to find out how the tech companies are, among other things, planning to combat the...

2018-03-14
Adidas sold a million shoes made out of ocean plastic last year

The German sportswear giant teamed up with environmental group Parley for the Oceans to help clear plastic from the world’s oceans and also put that plastic to good use, reports CNBC. The resulting plastic went into Adidas’s UltraBoost shoe line, with three UltraBoost models being made out of ocean...

2018-03-14
Google will ban cryptocurrency ads starting this June

In a bid to prevent web users from falling prey to scammy and risky cryptocurrency products and services, Google will begin banning “any advertising about cryptocurrency-related content, including initial coin offerings (ICOs), wallets, and trading advice,” on its AdWords platform starting this June. That’s from...

2018-03-14
YouTube turns to Wikipedia to help debunk conspiracy theories spreading on its platform

For years, YouTube has been plagued with videos that spread hoaxes, hateful speech, and all manner of misinformation. Its latest move to combat that is to display links to Wikipedia articles when you watch conspiracy theory videos, said YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at SXSW this week. Wired noted that the new Information...

2018-03-14
Apple and Google see their reputations tumble in new survey

Sorry, Google and Apple, consumers just aren’t that into you right now. The annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll came out on Tuesday and, according to the survey of 25,880 people, Google and Apple don’t have the reputation they used to. In this year’s poll, Apple dropped to No. 29 from...

2018-03-13
A look at the services changing how we interact with money

From Bitcoin to Facebook, the economy of how we interact with money is changing. When was the last time you paid for something substantial with cash, or even a check? Technology has continued to make the process of receiving funds and making payments so much easier than ever before and with that, a need for new...

2018-03-13
Nintendo’s latest update highlights what the Switch is missing

Nintendo today announced an update to the Switch, with the portable console adding support for social media friendships. Unfortunately, it feels like a blatant reminder of the features the console is missing. One of the features packed into the 5.0.0 update is the ability to add friends from Facebook and Twitter, if...

2018-03-13
The Soles Of These Shoes Are Made From Recycled Gum

The blue soles of a new brand of shoes are made from an unlikely source: recycled chewing gum. The shoes, which are expected to launch later this year, are the latest project from a U.K. designer who has spent nearly a decade working on ways to turn discarded gum from sticky sidewalk blight into something …...

2018-03-13
YouTube officially brings the Dark Theme to mobile and iOS gets first dibs

Ever since YouTube introduced the dark theme to its website last year, we’ve been wondering when it would hit mobile. Fret no more ninjas, goths, and other creatures of darkness – the feature is rolling out today to iOS, while it’ll arrive for Android “soon.” Aesthetic preferences aside, Dark Theme is a lot...

2018-03-13
Web traffic isn’t a mystery... for $19, Google Analytics will help you unlock data insights

Stop for a second and think. If you’ve got a web presence, but you don’t fully understand the makeup of your audience, what message brings them to your product and the behaviors that satisfy their needs? Why even have a web presence in the first place? It’s not enough to have a website. You need to understand...

2018-03-13
TNW’s Big Spam: Why Björk needs her own tech show

Hey. Top trending tech news: 🙏 The UK’s online porn age check has been delayed (BBC) 🎁 HQ Trivia gave out its largest prize yet (TNW) 😮 The US military might begin drafting hackers (TNW) What we’re talking about: Device makers need to STOP IT WITH THE ROSE GOLD. Meet the production designer...

2018-03-13
How I Got My Dream Job At LEGO

Here’s how Dan Winger landed a job as one of the few U.S.-based LEGO designers. Imagine showing up at work every day with the same excitement you had as a kid rushing home after school to play with your favorite toy. That’s what many days are like for Dan Winger, the senior innovation designer at...

2018-03-13
Baths Are So Hot Right Now: The Cultural (And Lucrative) Soaking Industry

Bath time has become the symbol of self care for stressed American women. Now, numerous industries are cashing in on the soothing suds. There are hundreds of thousands of Instagram photos dedicated to a simple yet mesmerizing invention: the bath bomb. Countless fans document their fixation with the explosive personal...

2018-03-13
Is Your Morning Routine Making You Less Productive?

Working smarter doesn’t always mean getting up at 5 a.m. If you google “morning routine,” chances are you’ll see lots of articles (including from Fast Company) touting the benefits of waking up early–before everyone else in your house gets up. After all, what’s not great...

2018-03-13
Acting NASA chief is retiring, with no clear successor

Rex Tillerson’s departure isn’t the only example of White House turnover this week. Acting NASA chief Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. just announced that he’s retiring on April 30, leaving no clear successor. Though President Trump nominated Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma to the position last year, he...

2018-03-13
Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo just raised $866 million

The massive haul is the largest investment in a single funding round for a bike-sharing startup, reports CNBC. The funding round was led by Chinese internet giant Alibaba. Ofo says it currently has 200 million users around the world and operates in 250 cities in 21 countries. It will use its latest round of funding...

2018-03-13
Google’s cofounder has revealed his flying car

Google cofounder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page has revealed Cora, the first flying car to come out of Kitty Hawk, a startup Page invested in in 2016, reports CNBC. Cora is fully autonomous and can travel at a speed up to 93 mph. It’s all-electric engine can see Cora fly for just over 60 miles … Continue...

2018-03-13
Facebook looks to launch news programs on its Watch video platform

The company is working with around 10 existing news publishers to try out various national news show formats that would fit with its Watch program, says Axios. The social media giant is reportedly in touch with both traditional and digital-first news publishers to test daily video news features. Facebook plans to...

2018-03-13
UN: Facebook is a “beast” of dissension and conflict

UN investigators have blamed Facebook for playing a role in the possible genocide in Myanmar by disseminating hate speech, reports the Guardian. Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the country following the murder of their people by Myanmar security forces. Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent...

2018-03-13
Women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints against Microsoft

The complaints were filed between 2010 and 2016 and only included women in technical jobs working in the U.S., reports Reuters. The number of complaints were made public due to a pending lawsuit alleging Microsoft was systematically denying pay raises and promotions to women. The suit is seeking class-action status...

2018-03-13

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