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Amazon’s workers in Spain are striking over pay

More than one thousand Amazon workers in Spain have called a two-day strike, reports Reuters. The strike has been called by Spain’s largest union, the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO). The union says Amazon has been aiming to cut wages, block salary increases, and reduce holiday and weekend pay. The two-day strike...

2018-03-13
Chinese bike-sharing start-up 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 fund to...

2018-03-13
Larry Page’s self-flying air taxis to take off in 3 years

Kitty Hawk, an aeronautics firm funded by Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page, is inching closer to its plans of creating Uber for flights: it’s unveiled Cora, a fully electric self-flying air taxi that can cover 100 km (62 miles) on a single charge – and you’ll soon be able to hail one with your...

2018-03-13
Austin package explosions: Police chief issues warning to residents after third bomb

Police in Austin are warning residents not to open suspicious packages after a third explosion rocked the Texas capital this month. In each case, the blasts occurred after people picked up packages outside residences. Austin police chief Brian Manley said via Twitter than residents should immediately call 911 if they...

2018-03-12
TNW’s Big Spam: If Monday were a face, I’d punch it

Top trending tech news: 😬 A judge advised Trump to mute his Twitter critics (BBC) 🔈 London’s mayor warned big tech on hate speech (BBC) 🎮 Warner Bros.’s Westworld game opened pre-registration (TechCrunch) What we’re talking about: The FBI is cracking down on BlackBerrys customized for drug...

2018-03-12
Google now previews Stack Overflow answers directly in Search

Google is making it easier for developers to find the best answers to questions submitted on Stack Overflow: the company has started displaying previews for answers directly in Search. This means that you can easily scan through the most popular answers to Stack Overflow submissions without having to load the page....

2018-03-12
People searching for Lorde tour dates on Google will now hear from her directly

Google just unveiled a new feature where searching for a musician will unearth a comment from the artist themselves. “When you look up one of these musicians, you’ll find updates from them in their Search results,” Google explains in a blog post outlining the feature. “There,...

2018-03-12
YouTube TV price hike: Hurry up, curious cord-cutters, unless you want to pay more

The clock is ticking, cord-cutters. YouTube’s cable-like subscription service is getting a price bump, but there’s still time to save a little money if you were thinking about signing up for the service. The Google-owned video site is raising the price of YouTube TV to $40 a month, up from $35 a month....

2018-03-12
Former Google Recruiter: This Is How To Improve Your Interviews

You expect candidates to be prepared, but it’s a two-way street. Here are six ways companies can improve their interview process. I worked in recruitment at Google for six years, and like all companies we wanted the best talent. We believed that we were only as good as our next hire. But we also realized that...

2018-03-12
The Latest XPrize Is For Building Remote-Controlled Humanoid Robots

From caring for distant parents to entering burning buildings, there are lots of ways that people might use robot avatars to be in places they can’t go themselves. The X Prize Foundation is offering $8 million if someone can build one by 2021. Imagine that your parents are aging and need help doing chores...

2018-03-12
Designing Wakanda: An interview with Black Panther’s production designer

Note: This article contains a few spoilers from the Black Panther movie. When this article was originally published, Black Panther was on the second day of its opening weekend in Chinese cinemas. Before opening in China on Friday, the Marvel Studios movie directed by Ryan Coogler had already grossed well over $900...

2018-03-12
Here’s how you access the super creepy data Facebook has on you

Since 2010, Facebook allows you to download an archive file of all your interactions with the network. It’s a 5-click easy process that your grandmother can do (more details below). Inside the .zip, lies an ‘index.html’ page that acts as a portal to your personal data. Visually, it looks like an ad-free...

2018-03-12
Cycle Media Revolves Around Culture

The next-gen marketing conglomerate’s modern sensibility for making media and engaging with culture and brands put it among 2018’s Most Innovative Companies. When the Houston Rockets–L.A. Clippers matchup on Martin Luther King Day in January erupted into a bizarre fight scene after the game, NBA...

2018-03-12
Senator Chuck Schumer: The world would be a “worse place” without Amazon

The minority leader in the U.S. Senate made the comment when he discussed the state of tech and tech companies standing in the public eye on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher (via Recode). While Schumer says he supports legislation requiring transparency in political ads on platforms like...

2018-03-12
The Latest X-Prize Is For Building Remote-Controlled Humanoid Robots

From caring for distant parents to entering burning buildings, there are lots of ways that people might use robot avatars to be in places they can’t go themselves. The X Prize Foundation is offering $8 million if someone can build one by 2021. Imagine that your parents are aging and need help doing chores...

2018-03-12
You can now delete embarrassing WhatsApp messages an hour after you send them

Back in October, WhatsApp introduced its “delete for everyone” feature that allowed senders to delete unread messages up to seven minutes after they sent them–saving users the world over from embarrassing drunk text messages. Now WABetaInfo has noticed that WhatsApp has extended that time limited...

2018-03-12
Twitter is for soccer. Facebook is for baseball

Twitter has scored a mini-coup over its social media competitor by nabbing the rights to stream Major League Soccer games for three years, reports Variety. The deal will allow Twitter to live stream at least 24 MLS games and other content throughout the year. That’s surely a gut punch to Facebook, who had MLS...

2018-03-12
Android Wear may soon be renamed ‘Wear OS’

In a post published over the weekend, Redditor H3x0n pointed to a new name and logo for Google’s Android Wear platform as they set up a smartwatch for use with their phone – which leads us to believe that the company may soon rebrand it with the label ‘Wear OS.’ H3x0n’s post included a screenshot that shows...

2018-03-12
20 Great Resources to Learn Graphic Design

Want to become a graphic designer? Teach yourself with these 20 great resources to learn graphic design, quick fast!

2018-03-12
“Stranger Things” Title Sequence Designers Protest Netflix’s “Skip Intro” Tool

At SXSW, title design shop Imaginary Forces launches #DontSkipTheTitles campaign to raise awareness about creative work that goes into opening sequences. You’ve done it, don’t deny it: Skipping through the title sequence of a show you’re binge-watching. We all have, even when we know we’re...

2018-03-11
Will remote work ever become mainstream?

For the past five years of my professional career, I’ve been blessed to work remotely from my home. First, as an SEO freelancer, then as an employee, and currently, as a content marketing consultant. Working remotely has meant I’ve been able to work from the comfort of my home (or a coffee shop, whenever I’m...

2018-03-11
Twitter reportedly suspended users that steal memes and force viral tweets

Friday went poorly for a select group of Twitter users that have earned a reputation for their expertise  at gaming the system. The social media company moved to suspend a number of popular accounts with millions of followers between them, Buzzfeed reports. Their offense? Stealing people's tweets without credit...

2018-03-10
Dan Rather on Facebook spreading fake news: “They lost their humility”

When Dan Rather began posting topical essays to his Facebook page years ago, he didn’t think much of it. Younger members on his staff prodded him to do it, but he was a little skeptical of social media. To his surprise, Rather started to build a devoted and sizable following, leading him to create his …...

2018-03-10
To ensure stability, Facebook will “help” Nigeria with its upcoming general elections

Facebook will be helping Nigeria with its upcoming 2019 presidential elections. This comes after a team from Facebook, led by Ebele Okobi (Facebook’s Public Policy Director for Afrika) visited and met with Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to explore various ways in which they could...

2018-03-10
Reminder: Don’t put your satellites in space without FCC permission

The Federal Communications Commission believes a Silicon Valley space tech startup launched four small satellites without permission, an unprecedented move by a commercial space company, IEEE Spectrum reports. The startup, Swarm Technologies, aims to provide connectivity to internet of things devices in remote areas....

2018-03-10
Here’s some awesome games to spend those Oculus apology credits on

Thousands of $400 VR headsets were temporarily rendered useless earlier this week because, presumably, someone at Oculus forgot to update some paperwork. Worse, they remained inoperable for most of the day. Just as we were ready to unload a torrent of vitriol at the Facebook-owned company for it’s ineptitude,...

2018-03-10
We should be getting paid to use Facebook and Google

Humans generate more data on Facebook in a single day than exists in all the books ever written combined. That’s not even counting Google Search trends, Amazon and Alibaba’s shopping insights, and Microsoft’s gleanings from having Windows installed on a gazillion devices. Data, unlike gold and oil, is a nearly...

2018-03-09
Amazon now lets you talk to Alexa without saying ‘Hey Alexa’ EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Amazon is today giving Alexa perhaps its most useful update since its inception: You can now speak to the assistant without saying “Hey Alexa” for every single command. The feature, called Follow-Up Mode, simply allows Alexa to listen for another command for five seconds after your last request. That should make...

2018-03-09
Lenovo just laid off a chunk of its Motorola smartphone team

The team behind Lenovo’s most interesting phones is getting downsized. On Friday, Lenovo confirmed layoffs for the Motorola group in Chicago, where the company designs its modular Moto Z smartphones. In a statement to 9to5Google, Lenovo denied that it was axing 50% of the workforce, as the site had suggested,...

2018-03-09
Big tech takes on its next big challenge—saving animals

Twenty-one tech companies are banding together to save animals. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Instagram are founding members of the first-ever Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online. Other internet giants taking part in the important work are Alibaba, Baidu, Baixing, eBay, Etsy, Huaxia...

2018-03-09
Google brings Mario Kart to Maps to celebrate MAR10

Google is showing its nerdy side tomorrow by bringing Nintendo’s mustachioed star to Maps in a new Mario Kart Easter Egg. He and his signature Kart take the place of the in-map arrow showing the user’s location. Mario, a serious contender for the world’s most famous fictional character, will be available...

2018-03-09
Waymo is testing self-driving trucks in Atlanta

Waymo announced Friday morning that it’s beginning a self-driving truck pilot in Atlanta, Georgia. The company says it’s spent the past year testing its trucks in California and Arizona. Mostly known for its self-driving cars, Waymo has integrated its technology into Peterbilt Class 8 trucks, which...

2018-03-09
Google Assistant At SXSW: More Spectacle And A Few New Features

Google is making it easier to talk to its AI helper–and boosting the variety of audio it can play, from info-by-subscription to crackling fireplace noises. Once again, Google would like to divert some attention away from Amazon’s Alexa.Read Full Story

2018-03-09
Mario just drove his kart right into Google Maps

In case you weren’t aware, tomorrow, March 10, is also known as MAR10 Day, a holiday marked each year by Nintendo to honor its most famous character. And this year, Google is getting in on the celebration by enhancing Google Maps with Mario for a week. You’ll need to install the newest version of the...

2018-03-09
Train as a full stack web developer, and learn at your own price

Companies are hiring workers with full stack credentials at an astronomical rate. So join the ranks of those talented, immensely hirable workers with this Full Stack Web Development training...and pay any price you want for it.

2018-03-09
Should you buy a Juicero in 2018? (I’m serious)

Remember Juicero? The utterly-ridiculous Silicon Valley juicing machine that cost $600, and turned pouches of medical-looking gunk into foul-tasting vegetable juice? And do you remember when Bloomberg realized that this overpriced machine was no more effective than actually squeezing out the pouches by hand? Good...

2018-03-09
Twitter might verify everybody to stop bots and fake news

The social media network is thinking of expanding verification to all its users in an attempt to make fake accounts and bot-run accounts more obvious, reports Business Insider. It’s unknown what form Twitter’s mass verification system would take, but on a Periscope live stream Twitter’s CEO Jack...

2018-03-09
LinkedIn is cracking down on hate speech and abuse

You’d think a social network for professionals would be a professional place, yet LinkedIn can be no different from Facebook or Twitter at times when some bad actors choose to abuse and insult other LinkedIn users. With that in mind, LinkedIn appears to be cracking down on abuse and hate speech on its platform....

2018-03-09
How Instagram Paved The Way For A New Generation Of Home Brands

We now buy sheets the way we buy clothes, so our bedrooms are always Instagrammable. That’s created a new market for brands like Brooklinen and Parachute. When Instagram first exploded into our lives in 2010, it was quickly co-opted by the fashion set. Style-focused millennial bloggers like Aimee Song, Julia...

2018-03-09
EasyEmail uses AI to autosuggest sentences as you write replies in Gmail

Google already lets you reply to emails quickly in Gmail and Inbox by selecting from a bunch of suggested responses in their mobile apps (Inbox’s feature works on desktops too) – but if you’re looking for something a little more substantial, EasyEmail might be worth a look. The free service requires you to...

2018-03-09
Google Chrome makes it easy to switch to a password manager of your choice

Google Chrome does an okayish job of saving your logins on various sites, but dedicated password management apps are way better. If you’ve been meaning to switch, you’ll be glad to know that a recent update to the browser now lets you export your passwords so you can import them into a different app easily....

2018-03-09
Twitter is working to expand its verification to everyone

Now you can feel special too: Twitter is looking to open up its verification process to regular folk. CEO Jack Dorsey revealed in a Periscope stream on Thursday that the company is working to expand its blue verification checkmark to all users. SEE ALSO: Twitter’s murky verification process is helping...

2018-03-09
Online election ad rules may only come after U.S. midterms

While members of Congress and transparency advocates have urged the Federal Election Commission to institute disclosure rules for online election ads, the FEC’s chairwoman said Thursday that any new rules might not be ready until after this year’s midterm elections, The Washington Post reports. The...

2018-03-09
Twitter CEO wants to open up verification to everyone

In a Periscope livestream today, Twitter CEO revealed the platform intends to open up the verification process to all accounts. The intention is to open verification to everyone. And to do it in a way that’s scalable, where [Twitter] is not in the way and people can verify more facts about themselves and we don’t...

2018-03-09
Even violent games teach positive lessons, President Trump

President Donald Trump is today bringing together the higher-ups of a few video game companies with anti-video game activists to have a confab about violence in games. Specifically, he’s invited Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Rockstar, Robert Altman, CEO of Zenimax, and Mike Gallagher of the Entertainment Software...

2018-03-08
Here’s how Amazon could shake up the Google-Facebook ad duopoly

One of the reasons digital media is such a hard business right now is because two companies–Google and Facebook–control over 60% of the advertising spend. But it’s anyone’s guess how long their dominance will last. As Facebook sees users spending less time on the platform–and...

2018-03-08
Chances are, you’re spending 24% less time on Facebook

It was less than a month ago that I wrote about a trend that should be very worrying for Facebook. Namely, that users were spending less time on the platform. According to Nielsen numbers through November of last year, interpreted by Pivotal, the social network lost about 4% in aggregated time spent. Now new numbers...

2018-03-08
This song addresses what it's like to grow up surrounded by social media

Rising star Hailey Knox is serving some serious truth with 'Don't Got One' - her song that directly confronts what it is like to grow up in the age of social mediaDespite the 19-year-old artist emerging with the help of platforms like YouTube and YouNow, she isn't afraid to speak about the not-so-glossy side of...

2018-03-08

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