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Google’s Oscar Night Ads Aim For A More Human Side Of A Tech Future

Google Assistant and Google Nest are making lives easier, one privacy concern at a time. What: A pair of Oscar night ads from Google Assistant and Google NestRead Full Story

2018-03-05
A Facebook survey asks if it’s acceptable to solicit sexual images from teenagers

All companies make mistakes, of course. But some mistakes are so mystifying, they force us to ask who signed off on them. Today’s case in point: Facebook reportedly gave users a survey this weekend with some very inappropriate questions, including one that asked about the appropriateness of soliciting...

2018-03-05
TNW’s Big Spam: Reporting live from the Fox-penis-no-women-allowed network

We’re baaaaaaaack!  Top trending tech news: 🚗 Uber denied MIT’s claims drivers earn less than minimum wage (TNW) 😮 30% of the web now runs on WordPress (TNW) 😬 Zuckerberg lost $3 billion last week (Bloomberg) What we’re talking about: Fox created a misleading viral video about how “Liberals”...

2018-03-05
Here’s Why Twitter’s 2017 Diversity Numbers Don’t Add Up

A sizable portion of Twitter’s employees were excluded from the company’s latest diversity report, and Twitter wasn’t exactly transparent about it. Something is rotten in the state of Twitter’s diversity report. A year ago, Twitter was 57% white. Now, the tech company claims it is...

2018-03-05
Twitter Vows To Do More For Women With #HereWeAre Oscars Ad

The ad sent an uplifting message of diversity and inclusivity—which prompted lots of cries of hypocrisy. What: A new ad about improving women’s experiences online.Read Full Story

2018-03-05
4 Ways To Avoid Social Media Overload (Without Quitting Completely)

Stopping social media cold turkey may just not be an option. Agonizing over your number of likes on Facebook and Instagram, or itching to get more followers on Twitter and LinkedIn? Don’t blame yourself. Tech leaders have finally begun to admit lately what the rest of us already know: Social platforms are...

2018-03-05
Signal and Telegram are down for many users [Update: they’re coming back]

You might want to move your private chats to WhatsApp or Telegram for the time being: it appears popular encrypted messenger Signal is currently down globally, according to numerous reports from users. The company behind the private messaging platform, Open Whisper Systems, has yet to inform its users what is causing...

2018-03-05
Shady cryptocurrency touting Ryan Gosling as their designer raises $830K in ICO

This is a pretty wild case: A shifty cryptocurrency startup which used a stock photo of Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling for the headshot of their lead graphic designer has managed to raise almost a million in an initial coin offering (ICO). Miroskii – as the company is called – has since attracted the attention of...

2018-03-05
This app wants to pay university students for not looking at their phones

University is really bloody expensive. In the UK, squeezed students are paying more than ever for tuition after fees were tripled in 2010 by David Cameron’s government. But you could be forgiven for thinking some students haven’t really noticed. They skip lectures and contact hours they’ve paid hundreds of...

2018-03-05
Signal has been down worldwide for hours [Update: Telegram is down too]

You might want to move your private chats to WhatsApp or Telegram for the time being: it appears popular encrypted messenger Signal is currently down globally, according to numerous reports from users. The company behind the private messaging platform, Open Whisper Systems, has yet to inform its users what is causing...

2018-03-05
Signal messenger has been down worldwide for hours

You might want to move your private chats to WhatsApp or Telegram for the time being: it appears popular encrypted messenger Signal is currently down globally, according to numerous reports from users. The company behind the private messaging platform, Open Whisper Systems, has yet to inform its users what is causing...

2018-03-05
30% of all sites now run on WordPress

The folks at San Francisco-based Automattic have a good reason to celebrate this Monday: its WordPress content management system (CMS) now powers 30 percent of all sites on the web. That’s according to W3Techs, a service run by Austrian consulting firm Q-Success that surveys the top 10 million sites ranked on Alexa....

2018-03-05
Instagram Stories Ultimate Marketing Guide: Tips & Tactics

Follow these 10 tactics to improve your Instagram Stories marketing strategy.

2018-03-05
UPDATE: Kobe Bryant Just Won An Oscar At The #MeToo Academy Awards

And Twitter isn’t having it. UPDATE: Gary Oldman just won the Oscar for Best Actor despite the domestic abuse allegations from his ex-wife Donya Florentino resurfacing earlier this year.Read Full Story

2018-03-05
Kobe Bryant Just Won An Oscar At The #MeToo Academy Awards

And Twitter isn’t having it. Going into the 90th Annual Academy Awards, it was evident that the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements were going to charge the night with a certain expectancy: How will host Jimmy Kimmel address the rampant sexual assault allegations in Hollywood? What statements will the people...

2018-03-05
The ecommerce industry could be a lot better — here’s how

Every single day hundreds, if not millions of websites get successfully launched. A good number of them are ecommerce stores that try to sell everything from pins to planes. But, only a handful of them taste the success of the notoriety of the famed ones like Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and the likes. Almost every ecommerce...

2018-03-04
Voice assistants aren’t built for kids — we need to fix that

Voice assistants have recently made the leap from your personal smart device into the home via home devices, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home. It’s been estimated that 39 million Americans now own a voice-activated smart home speaker. These assistants are now being integrated into other smart devices in the home...

2018-03-03
Get a complete web development education for less than $5 per e-book

Dive into this 16-book collection and you’ll be carried through the entire web development lifecycle. You’ll start with making sure you’ve got the basic understanding to know and use a variety of programming languages and tools like HTML5, CSS3, PHP, Git, and more.

2018-03-03
Jack calls in reinforcements to measure Twitter’s toxicity

Twitter’s CEO has officially waved the white flag and called for outside help fixing the site’s toxicity. Specifically, he’s asked for help defining a metric of “conversational health” on Twitter. While it’s good to see Twitter attempt to find a system for controlling the behavior of its users, human...

2018-03-02
Ex-Google CEO is relatively certain robots aren’t going to kill us for another decade or two

Rest easy, fellow humans; robots probably aren’t going to enslave or eliminate humans for at least another decade or so. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference last week, ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt downplayed the popular doomsday scenario, stating: Everyone immediately then wants to talk about all the...

2018-03-02
Stella McCartney and PETA want students to invent vegan wool

Vegan wool sounds like an oxymoron. But designer Stella McCartney believes we might soon be wearing sweaters made of the stuff. She’s partnering with PETA and investment firm Stray Dog Capital to launch a biodesign challenge for college students throughout the United States. This year the competition will...

2018-03-02
Powerful photos capture young girl marveling over Michelle Obama portrait

Now that the Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits have been unveiled, they hang in the  Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. for all to enjoy. While many may have assumed there would be nothing more powerful than seeing the portraits themselves, it turns out seeing a child gaze...

2018-03-02
Why social media surveillance isn't the answer to our gun crisis

In 2014, Tashfeen Malik's family in Pakistan started to worry about her Facebook posts.  It was the religious extremism that concerned them, a family member told the Los Angeles Times. A year later, Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, declared their allegiance to ISIS on social media. Then they killed 14...

2018-03-02
Sheryl Sandberg: Women are missing “informal mentoring” from senior male execs

Facebook COO Sandberg spoke to Re/code’s Kara Swisher today at the Lesbians Who Tech conference in San Francisco. and surprised some in the audience with her thoughts on #MeToo. “We need a world where women don’t get harassed,” she said. “But that is not enough.” Male...

2018-03-02
How This Tech CEO With A Liberal Arts Degree Hires Great Engineers

Shift founder George Arison has hired tech talent from Facebook, Google, and other Silicon Valley giants by sticking to these seven rules. As the founder and co-CEO of an en engineering-driven transportation company, most people wrongly assume I’m a car nut or an engineer. It’s an understandable error....

2018-03-02
These emergency igloo shelters are helping homeless people in France survive freezing temperatures

Geoffroy de Reynal is an engineer who designed waterproof shelters, which are made of polyethylene foam and aluminum foil. His invention intends to tackle the high rates of homelessness in urban centers like Paris and help those who are most vulnerable when temperatures drop drastically. Read more...More about...

2018-03-02
DeepMind’s new robots learned how to teach themselves

The minute hand on the robot apocalypse clock just inched a little closer to midnight. DeepMind, the Google sister-company responsible for the smartest AI on the planet, just taught machines how to figure things out for themselves. Robots aren’t very good at exploring on their own. AI that only exists to parse data,...

2018-03-02
5 easy-to-use tools to discover new ICO’s and cryptocurrencies

The last few decades have witnessed the rise of people who made their fortunes off the internet. Some of these enterprising individuals built companies from an initial idea to global behemoths worth billions, while others became rich by investing in the stocks of internet-driven firms such as Amazon, Google, and...

2018-03-02
Take your smart assistant with you with Jinni

Jinni is a curious little device that combines the Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri (iPhone only) smart assistants into one small black box, paired to your phone by Bluetooth. When you want to access an assistant, pull Jinni out of your pocket, hold your finger on the appropriate button and off you go. Thanks to the...

2018-03-02
Google’s Song Maker lets you easily compose music within your browser

Google has added a new tool to its Google Music Labs effort, called Song Maker. As you’ve probably figured out, Song Maker allows you to make songs. Everything happens in the browser. You’re able to define a sequence of notes from a chessboard of sounds, and Song Maker loops over them repeatedly. Think of it as a...

2018-03-02
Instagram seems to be planning video and voice calling features

Image files for icons representing unreleased “call” and “video call” features in the app have been uncovered, reports TechCrunch. The icon files were discovered in the APK file of the most recent Instagram Android app. This suggests Instagram is getting ready to launch voice and video...

2018-03-02
This New Tool Tells You If You Can Build A House In Your L.A. Backyard

A startup called Cover is smoothing the process of building backyard homes by helping with the permitting, design, and construction. If you live in Los Angeles, a new digital tool will tell you if you can build a small second house in your backyard, and how much it might cost. It’s a solution that the...

2018-03-02
The Navy wants lasers to blow drones out of the sky

And they just awarded Lockheed Martin $150 million to make their wish a reality, reports Bloomberg. The Navy is becoming increasingly concerned that enemies could use small drones to surveil their ships or even attack them, which is why it wants Lockheed to develop the “directed-energy” (aka laser gun)...

2018-03-02
Rovio’s head of games is leaving the company

Just a week after the Finnish game maker and animation studio announced its profit warning, the company has now announced that its head of games, Wilhelm Taht, will be leaving effective immediately, reports Reuters. For now, it doesn’t appear that Taht’s departure and Rovio’s profit warning are...

2018-03-02
The magic behind the EU’s most lit Twitter account

The EU isn’t exactly know for its litheness or its ability to relate to young people, being the massive and cumbersome governmental institution it is. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this tweet the other day: 🇪🇺🇨🇱 #EUtrade transparency at work: We’ve published our negotiating...

2018-03-02
Instagram might add audio and video calling features that I didn’t ask for

TechCrunch reports that Instagram’s Android APK includes icons for an interface that would allow audio and video calls, indicating that the service might soon make those features available. That’s Instagram mimicking Snapchat again, and it seems to me like it’s copying this functionality at the risk of diluting...

2018-03-02
Facebook’s ad policies are infuriatingly sexist

Facebook is again under fire over policies meant to curb adult content in ads. The company has recently faced scrutiny for scattershot enforcement of its own rules, seemingly penalizing women for showing skin that men get away with. Several people reported to the New York Times that they’d had pictures taken down or...

2018-03-02
Facebook pumps the brakes on its secondary News Feed, ‘Explore’

One of the largest changes to Facebook’s News Feed in recent years is finally getting the axe it deserves. Last October, The Guardian first reported that Facebook intended to split its algorithmic News Feed into two: one for non-promoted posts from Pages and publishers (called “Explore”), and one for your...

2018-03-02
YouTube sued for limiting white, Asian male hires for diversity purposes

YouTube will likely incur the wrath of people who think diversity is a four-letter word in the wake of a lawsuit that accuses the streaming giant of limiting its hiring of white and Asian men as a way to ensure more diversity. The Wall Street Journal writes that Google-owned YouTube is being sued by former...

2018-03-02
Facebook is using facial recognition — here's how to turn it off

Facebook has rolled out yet another update that has users worrying about their privacy: face recognition. Luckily, there's an easy way to turn the feature off for good. Here's how. Read more...More about Facebook, Iphone, Privacy, Security, and Mashable Video

2018-03-01
This dating site matches people based on their shared use of awful passwords

It’s never been easier to find a partner who sucks at picking passwords as bad as you do. Words of Heart is a dating site that will match you to other people who use the same password you do. It’s also not a real thing. I mean, it is. But it’s also not. The site works as intended, and does indeed pair you to...

2018-03-01
Help Jack Dorsey figure out how to take Twitter’s temperature

How might you describe—and measure—the “collective health” of your conversations on Twitter? Jack Dorsey wants to know: We’re committing Twitter to help increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation, and to hold ourselves publicly accountable towards...

2018-03-01
Facebook comes to the realization that one feed is better than two

Facebook has announced that it’s getting rid of its “Explore” feed. What is this “Explore” feed? you may ask. And indeed that question proves why the social network is getting rid of it. Explore was meant to create another feed for all content from publishers and companies. The...

2018-03-01
Women in gaming have a powerful new ally: Facebook

Facebook this week announced its new Women in Gaming Initiative, dedicated to encouraging more women to join the games industry. The social media company focuses on providing role models and success stories, and it’s actually a pleasant approach. Though gender and diversity in gaming is a sensitive topic at times,...

2018-03-01
February in Africa: Kenya’s ‘blockchain taskforce’ and Uber’s exodus

Long seen as one of the fastest growing and most opportunity-laden markets on the continent, Nigeria’s ecommerce space had a challenging February. One of the country’s flagship ecommerce ventures, Konga, which raised substantial backing from the likes of multinational conglomerate Naspers and was once seen as the...

2018-03-01
Facebook is letting BuzzFeed down, so it’s turning to Tasty-branded kitchenware

Media is a hard business. But if you’ve watched even one episode of Shark Tank, you know that retail is also a hard business. So it’s interesting to learn that BuzzFeed is launching a new line of kitchenware that will be sold in 4,000 Walmart stores. According to Recode, the media company is going...

2018-03-01
Everyone on LinkedIn is a “passionate, experienced, motivated” leader

 LinkedIn just ran the latest numbers on the most overused “buzzwords” on the platform, and you will not be surprised in the slightest to learn what they are: Specialized Experienced Leadership Skilled Passionate Expert Motivated Creative Strategic Successful LinkedIn releases a new such roundup...

2018-03-01
Disconnect with this minimalist phone

'Light Phone 2' is an updated version of 'Light Phone,' a smartphone that only gives you the necessities. It has no apps, no camera, and no frills — allowing you to be in the moment. Read more...More about Technology, Mashable Video, Cell Phone, Phone, and Social Media

2018-03-01

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