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As Google and Epic Games go to war over Fortnite, players take the hit
2018-09-04

On Friday, Google disclosed a serious security flaw in the Android version of Epic Games’ famous online game Fortnite. According to Google, Fortnite’s Android installer had a vulnerability that could allow malicious apps to be installed on devices. Google’s decision to probe Fortnite for Android was aimed at...

Samsung is opening up Bixby to third-party developers this November
2018-09-04

In a bid to take on Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, Samsung will allow developers to build apps for Bixby, its own voice-activated assistant, this November, reports CNBC. That should give people more of a reason to use the Korean giant’s service in the future. Bixby currently works on Samsung’s phones, home...

Google sics its new AI on child abuse images online
2018-09-04

Google’s latest attempt to battle the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online comes in the form of an AI that can quickly identify images that haven’t been previously catalogued. It’s part of the company’s Content Safety API, which is available to NGOs and other bodies working on this issue. By...

Never guess about the right color again — the Nix Mini Color Sensor is $40 off
2018-09-03

The Nix Mini Color Sensor knows. It’s an absolutely essential accessory for any artist, interior designer or style maven -- and right now, it’s $40 off, just $58.65, from TNW Deals during this limited time sale with coupon code: LABORDAY15.

Reading novels on Instagram has validated my social media addiction
2018-09-03

I used to have an app that tracked how long I spent on my phone and reminded me of how often I picked it up during the day. After discovering that I spend around five hours a week just endlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed, filled with glamorized holiday pictures and perfectly structured lunches, I took the...

Five years ago, Microsoft bought Nokia’s smartphone business
2018-09-03

It was going to be the deal that would Microsoft’s rightful place as a mobile superpower. This time five years ago, Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile business (and a meaty patent portfolio to boot) for a cool $7.6 billion. A steal, when you consider the Finnish icon once controlled 41 percent of the global handset...

Now we know everything about Google’s Pixel 3 XL, the only option left is to make a movie about it
2018-09-03

Well, Google seems about as good as keeping its latest phones away from the public as a colander is at holding water. Yes, as reported by the Android Police, the Pixel 3 XL has been leaked again. The site was sent images from a figure they call “Anonymous Alligator,” a Lyft driver who took some snaps of the phone...

Google releases tools for probing Ethereum’s blockchain
2018-09-03

Google isn’t slowing down with the new blockchain tech. A few months after releasing Bitcoin support for its BigQuery database tool, Google has debuted a new plug-in for analyzing the Ethereum blockchain. Google has provided users with a new avenue for directly interacting with Ethereum data. Services already...

10 Best Tablets for Graphic Design, Drawing & Art 2018
2018-09-03

Discover the best graphics tablets for drawing, art and design and how to choose a tablet that is right for you as an artist, graphic designer or illustrator.

Ecommerce platform gives Latin American entrepreneurs the digital tools needed to export their products
2018-09-02

Just like Proust had his madeleines and Salman Rushdie had his pickles, the association of identity, memory, and a different time can be related back to the foods that one ate as a child. Which is how Colombian national Nestor Taveras, who had a digital development agency with his brother, decided to open up Brands...

Social media is the source of the Infowars problem, not the solution
2018-09-01

The swirling maelstrom of fake news and absurd conspiracy theories that’s surrounded the ongoing Infowars mess has perplexed today’s leading social media platforms like no other, and major companies like Twitter are still struggling to formulate a game plan for handling these situations in the future. Despite...

Human intelligence and AI are vastly different — so let’s stop comparing them
2018-09-01

These days, it’s easy to believe arguments that artificial intelligence has become as smart as the human mind—if not smarter. Google released a speaking AI that dupes its conversational partners that it’s human. DeepMind, a Google subsidiary, created an AI that defeated the world champion at the most...

YouTube’s new tools help creators give back
2018-08-31

YouTube this week revealed new tools that allow users to more easily raise money for charities. It’ll also help by paying the fees for donations up to a point. The primary tool, which I expect will be the most frequently used by followers, is Super Chats for Good. It takes YouTube‘s Super Chat donation service...

Google and Mastercard are secretly tracking your offline purchases
2018-08-31

Google has quietly been providing select advertisers a “stockpile” of offline credit card transaction data. After a four year negotiation, Google and Mastercard reached a deal that would pay the latter millions in exchange for coughing up data on its card holders, according to a Bloomberg report. Google then...

Regulating Google search is a dumb idea that could actually happen
2018-08-31

Trump’s misplaced anger over the lack of right-wing news in search results could act as a catalyst for a renewed antitrust investigation of Google. Much of Donald Trump’s power comes from setting up bogeymen for his base, and then railing against them. This week Trump’s bogeyman is the tech...

Google has been secretly tracking your offline purchases with help from Mastercard
2018-08-31

Google wants to know what you buy, and Mastercard is here to help. The Holy Grail of advertising data is offline sales. Every marketer wants to know if an ad for something online led to someone going into a physical store and buying it. And data companies have long offered services trying to measure this. Nielsen...

Stop annoying everyone with these common email mistakes
2018-08-31

“You’d think years of using the tool would make us proficient, but email is considered one of the biggest time wasters at work.” Email has been around for decades, and even though a lot of companies are moving to communication platforms like Slack, it’s not going away anytime soon....

Buckminster Fuller made his own fan art posters
2018-08-31

And now they’re for sale in a Los Angeles gallery for $7,000 a pop. Buckminster Fuller was an engineer, architect, inventor, designer, and all around Renaissance man. He was also his own number one fan–and at the end of his career, he even made his own fan art.Read Full Story

Senator wants FTC to investigate Google again
2018-08-31

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) has penned a letter to the FTC asking the governing body to “reconsider the competitive effects of Google’s conduct in search and digital advertising.” Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) has penned a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking the governing body to...

Top 10 Best Graphics Tablets for Drawing, Art & Design in 2018
2018-08-31

Discover the best graphics tablets for drawing, art and design and how to choose a tablet that is right for you as an artist, graphic designer or illustrator.

Twitter fixed the biggest problem with its promoted political tweets
2018-08-30

Twitter announced it was making a change to its policy on political ad tweets, and in doing so it’s fixed on of the biggest problems with those promoted tweets — namely, that the information about them wasn’t easily accessible. The policy applies to ads that “advocate for legislative issues of national...

Google Assistant is now way better for bilingual homes
2018-08-30

Using voice assistants in a multilingual home is an exercise in frustration, as they can usually only be set to one language at a time. That’s a particular inconvenience if someone in your family isn’t fully fluent in the language of choice. An update to GoogleAssistant will now remove that hassle, if your...

Here’s a rundown of all the smart speakers announced at IFA 2018
2018-08-30

Voice control is becoming table stakes for all kinds of speakers. Speaker makers are lining up behind Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa at the IFA conference in Berlin, with companies announcing a slew of new voice-controlled speakers. Here’s a rundown:Read Full Story

Google’s Assistant is now bilingual
2018-08-30

Google says a large and growing number of households regularly speak two languages. Google’s Assistant can now differentiate between two languages commonly used in a household, and respond in kind. You no longer have to go into the Assistant’s Settings to choose which language you want to use, Google...

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