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The coffee cup gets a radical, desperately needed redesign

Unocups, the brainchild of a product designer and an architect, are able to hold hot liquids without the use of a conventional plastic lid. In 2015, two New York-based designers conceived of a sustainable alternative to the ubiquitous city coffee cup. Tom Chan, then a sophomore at Cooper Union, developed...

2019-11-21
Trump and Zuckerberg had a secret meeting at the White House

The undisclosed dinner with Trump is the second-known meeting Zuckerberg has had with the president in as many months. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had an undisclosed meeting with President Trump in October, reports NBC News. The meeting saw Zuckerberg attend dinner at the White House with the president and first lady...

2019-11-21
Actress Carrie Coon is a ‘Motherhacker’ who’s always fishing in the dark side of motherhood

Carrie Coon, who stars in Gimlet’s new podcast ‘Motherhacker,’ explains how she’s redefining the mom archetype and how the physical side of creativity changed her life. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,...

2019-11-21
Trust issues loom large over Google’s ambitious healthcare plans

Google‘s healthcare deal with Ascension has rightly attracted a lot of scrutiny, and now the search giant has stepped in once again to clarify the controversial undertaking. David Feinberg, the head of Google‘s health initiatives, said the company is working towards building an “intelligent suite of tools to...

2019-11-21
Google finally takes a stance on political ads with microtargeting restrictions

Google has become the latest company to reconsider its approach to political ads. The internet giant has announced a crack down on political ads that limits advertisers from targeting ads based on voters’ political leanings or public voter records. Outlining its new approach to microtargeting of election ads, the...

2019-11-21
Bombshell is the word of the day: Here are the 3 biggest from Sondland’s impeachment testimony

President Trump’s ambassador to the E.U. is getting more attention today than a K-pop boy band. It’s day four of the House’s open impeachment hearings, and testimony from President Trump’s ambassador to the European Union is trending higher on Twitter’s worldwide...

2019-11-20
Google opens Earth, offering tools for anyone to create tours

Google’s adding some new features to Earth, allowing users to create their own comprehensive stories and presentations using Google’s model of the globe. When Google updated Earth in 2017, it added a section to the site called “Voyager,” which offered guided tours of parts of the globe. The Voyager tours were...

2019-11-20
A studio exec wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman. Naturally, Twitter reacted

In 1994, a suit had what is perhaps the worst casting idea ever after reading Gregory Allen Howard’s script about the legendary abolitionist. Even when taken in the context of the long history of mind-boggling awful notes from studio execs who care about nothing but dollar$, this one stands on its own as...

2019-11-20
You can now create the ultimate vacation slide show inside Google Earth

Now anyone can create custom multimedia presentations about locations around the world in Google Earth. I just used it to post pictures from a recent trip. From high-up satellite images to close-up Street View panoramas, Google Earth is a great way to see the world—at least as Google wants to present it. But...

2019-11-20
Hackers inject ‘coin-stealing’ malware into official Monero cryptocurrency wallet

Privacy-focused cryptocurrency Monero has warned users that hackers compromised its official website after a coin stealer “CLI binaries available on http://getmonero.org  may have been compromised at some point during the last 24h. Investigations ongoing,” a Monero core developer said on Twitter. Although...

2019-11-20
It’s time to stop designing “minimum viable products”

John Maeda reveals how companies such as Google have heightened what users expect from products in an excerpt from his new book, “How to Speak Machine.” The very nature of business is being transformed by the cloud. In a world where products are no longer finished before they reach users, and incremental...

2019-11-20
‘It’s sort of the Wild West’: How Instagram influencers are disrupting healthcare

More and more social media influencers are being tapped to spread the word about public health campaigns, pharmaceuticals, even medical devices. It’s a booming but complicated business. Earlier this year, Ashley Haby spotted a gig that piqued her interest: Walgreens was asking social media influencers to apply...

2019-11-20
Politico’s Natasha Bertrand never unplugs. You’re welcome

The news-breaking journalist feels compelled to be online 24-7. This is the Trump era, after all. Twitter is definitely a distraction. But at the same time, I see it as a tremendous asset. If you’re constantly fighting with people, and you just see it as a tool to waste time and be frivolous, then it’s...

2019-11-20
Google Assistant will now give you a personalized feed of the daily news

Finding all the news you want to read in one place isn’t easy. You’ll probably find yourself hopping from one site to another and listening to various podcasts, but Google’s Assistant has launched a feature to make this easier for you.  Starting from today, if you say “Ok Google, play me the news,” your...

2019-11-20
Netflix’s documentary ‘Bikram’ sheds light on how #MeToo men get away with it

Eva Orner talks about why she made ‘Bikram,’ a look at the rampant sexual abuse by the founder of Bikram yoga and the cult-like atmosphere that kept it hidden. Eva Orner didn’t set out to make a #MeToo movie. But by the time she finished shooting Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, which comes out...

2019-11-20
This ‘elitist’ dating app matches you up for 2-minute livestream dates

The League dating app — you know, the elitist one that pairs users with other singles in their ‘league’ and requires LinkedIn verification — is launching a speed-dating tool that matches people up for a live two-minute video call dates.  Starting from December 1, the League Live feature will automatically...

2019-11-20
Bug in Google Camera put Android users at risk of being secretly recorded

Not one to let Facebook get ahead, Google has disclosed a vulnerability in Android which made it possible for hackers to hijack your camera, and secretly capture photos and record footage — even when the phone is locked or the screen is off. The bug, discovered by researchers from Checkmarx, stemmed from permission...

2019-11-20
Google will sell a $15 ‘Claw’ to attach your Pixel to the Stadia controller

Google Stadia launched to mixed reviews, but it remains an intriguing concept for the future of gaming. If you’re one of the people who bought into the device and was fascinated by the idea of playing console-quality games on your smartphone, Google will soon begin to sell a ‘claw‘ accessory that will allow you...

2019-11-19
A frightening Android camera flaw could’ve let apps secretly record you

Samsung and Google say they’ve addressed the issue already, but a security firm says some phones may still be vulnerable. Sometimes it only seems like your smartphone is recording you, like when you say something about Oreos and then lock eyes with an eerily similar Facebook ad moments later. Other...

2019-11-19
What this fashion hackathon tells us about the future of luxury fashion

Online retailer Moda Operandi just had its first hackathon. The winners tell us about what we can expect from fashion in the near future. Moda Operandi is an eight-year-old startup best known for bringing designers’ entire collections to customers before they launch. The company has filled its leadership team...

2019-11-19
Facebook’s testing a meme-creation app called Whale

Facebook’s testing out its latest bizarre spin-off app aimed at recapturing its youthful audience — in this case, a meme creation app called Whale. From what we can tell, the purpose of the app is to make meme creation easier by packaging together stock images and basic photo-editing tools. You can apply filters,...

2019-11-19
After conquering print, Google News is invading audio

Google Assistant’s personalized newscasts aim to do for audio what Google News did for text. But the audio aggregator could spell trouble for publishers—and frustration for listeners. Google is launching a new way to listen to the news on phones and Google Home speakers. By saying, “Hey Google,...

2019-11-19
Spend a day inside the design studios you wish you worked for

Public Works is like take your child to work day—but you’re an adult and you can just live stream it. Andrew Herzog and Nicky Tesla were coming off the closure of their previous studio, HAWRAF, when they founded New York City-based design studio School in the summer of 2019. The duo had learned a lot...

2019-11-19
See the states where designers make the most money for their work

The catch? Living there will cost you. Many designers make a very respectable living. According to a new survey of over 17,000 designers across the globe, conducted by the digital networking platform Dribbble earlier this year, product designers are doing quite well in particular.Read Full Story

2019-11-19
5 ways to find the best online deals on Amazon, Google, and more

Shop the sales, track prices, and make sure you’re not getting ripped off with these apps, sites, and services. The jack-o’-lanterns are peacefully composting, Thanksgiving’s just around the corner, and Hallmark Channel is airing holiday movies faster than you can microwave popcorn. Yes, friends:...

2019-11-19
Facebook has launched a meme-making app called Whale

Whale is just another example of Facebook wanting to have a hand in the creation of any type of content you post on its platforms. Facebook has quietly launched a new app called Whale that allows users to quickly make memes and share them on social media, reports The Information (via The Verge). Right now Facebook...

2019-11-19
Unlike Facebook, Snapchat will fact-check political ads

With just over a year left until the 2020 US presidential elections, social media giants are preparing by updating their policies around the spread of misinformation and political advertising. Last month, Facebook released a bunch of new tools to better “protect the democratic process,” while Twitter completely...

2019-11-19
CHEAP: Let Google be your health instructor with $50 Fitbit Versa

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Fitbit has always been a ‘cool’ thing to have. People gift Fitbit bands to friends and family so they can start ‘working out.’ Or at least spend a few days harping about the importance of health and try to beat the daily...

2019-11-19
Czech gov wants to slap a 7% ad tax on internet giants like Google and Facebook

The Czech government has approved a new 7-percent digital tax on global internet giants, Reuters reports. The tax will be imposed on companies’ revenue from services provided to Czech users; such as targeted advertising, digital market places, and user data sales. The tax will still need to be confirmed by lawmakers...

2019-11-19
Instagram cracks down on app that allowed users to stalk private profiles

Instagram is cracking down on an app that allowed users to look into private profiles without their permission. According to Android Police, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network has confirmed that the app — named Ghosty — violates its terms. It also added it will be sending a cease and desist letter to the...

2019-11-19
Google built a weird DJ rig to promote the Pixel 4’s Motion Sense

The Pixel 4‘s radar-based Motion Sense was supposed to be the phone’s coolest feature. When the ‘Soli’ sensor inside the device was first announced in 2015, it promised intuitive gestures to let us interact with our devices in new ways. Yet, in its first public iteration, the sensor is reliable but does little...

2019-11-19
Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s next big game – and it’s in VR

After almost a decade of making non-Half Life things — much to the frustration of fans — Valve today announced via Twitter it’s making something called Half-Life: Alyx, a “flagship VR” game. We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time. Can’t wait to...

2019-11-19
Apple is holding a surprise event in December, but don’t expect much

Here’s a surprise: Apple has one more event in store for the year, and this time it’s for… apps? The company sent out invites to an event “honoring our favorite apps and games of 2019” taking place in NYC on December 2. This is unexpected. Apple Event. December 2 in NYC. pic.twitter.com/ok4UtcAylC — Lance...

2019-11-18
Microsoft’s killing the Cortana app in most markets next year

The latest blow to the world’s greatest Halo shout-out, Microsoft revealed via support pages that it’ll soon be shutting down the Cortana app — not for everyone, but certainly for some of its biggest markets. The change was quietly revealed in a Cortana support article on Microsoft‘s site. Microsoft said...

2019-11-18
Ubisoft turns Assassin’s Creed into an audio drama with Audible

Ubisoft today revealed it’s collaborating with Audible on a new audio drama, set in the Assassin’s Creed series. This new venture, called Assassin’s Creed Gold, is the company’s latest effort to branch out into new ventures using the Assassin’s Creed series. The battle between Assassin and Templar...

2019-11-18
The big problem with virtual reality? It’s almost as boring as real life

No one needs a virtual Toyota. We need to give users good reasons to leave their reality behind and immerse themselves in a new one. Just a few years ago, virtual reality was being showered with very real money. The industry raised an estimated $900 million in venture capital in 2016, but by 2018 that figure...

2019-11-18
Hands-on: Google Stadia works as advertised, but lacks a killer app

While both Microsoft and Sony are waiting until next year to release their next generation of game consoles, Google is beating them to the fight. With the launch of its streaming console: Google Stadia tomorrow, we see the search giant’s vision of the future of gaming. Unlike its established competitors, Google is...

2019-11-18
John Legere, T-Mobile’s influential CEO and cheerleader, is leaving next year

T-Mobile CEO John Legere will exit the company in May 2020, leaving COO Mike Sievert as his successor. T-Mobile CEO John Legere isn’t waiting to complete the carrier’s Sprint merger to announce his departure. On Monday, Legere announced to his 6.5 million Twitter followers that he’ll step down on...

2019-11-18
The designer who illustrated racism, inequality, and black life in America, 120 years ago

W.E.B. Du Bois was a sociologist and civil rights activist—as well as a groundbreaking designer. A show of his work underlines its relevance today. At the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris—a global trade fair which welcomed the new century—visitors enjoyed attractions like a giant...

2019-11-18
WhatsApp fixes bug that would have let hackers exploit devices using MP4 files

WhatsApp has fixed a vulnerability involving malicious MP4 video files that could potentially allow an attacker to remotely access messages and files stored in the app. The flaw — identified as CVE-2019-11931 — made it possible for attackers to send a specially crafted MP4 file to remotely execute malicious code...

2019-11-18
‘Witness intimidation is a crime’: Why Trump’s tweets about Marie Yovanovitch are a problem

Witness intimidation could be added to the list of Trump’s offenses seen as impeachable. “Witness intimidation is a crime,” tweeted Kamala Harris, moments after Adam Schiff paused the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearing today. Schiff, the top Democrat leading the hearing,...

2019-11-15
5 things you can do to make your conferences diverse and inclusive

You need to be intentional about it. Sometimes, I think I should update my LinkedIn job title to “Manel,” which stands for all-male panels preventer. Several times a year, I get requests to participate on a panel of all men at a big conference. It happens in both of my core fields: national security and...

2019-11-15
Uniqlo will help you re-create that perfect outfit you just spotted on the internet

Upload an image of an outfit, and Uniqlo will suggest a similar outfit from its site. If you’re scrolling through Instagram and find an outfit you love, Uniqlo wants to help you re-create it. The Japanese apparel brand worked with design firm I&Co to create a mobile app called StyleHint that...

2019-11-15
Uniqlo will help you recreate that perfect outfit you just spotted on the internet

Upload an image of an outfit and Uniqlo will suggest a similar outfit from its site. If you’re scrolling through Instagram and find an outfit you love, Uniqlo wants to help you recreate it. The Japanese apparel brand worked with design firm I&Co to create a mobile app called StyleHint that allows...

2019-11-15
Proof that type design is all about tricking people’s brains

The letters you see on your screen are not as they seem. You may think you see the letters you read in books, emails, signs, and, well, the world, as plain as day, but you don’t. In reality, the individual letterforms that make up words have to be drawn in counterintuitive and idiosyncratic ways to adjust for...

2019-11-15
Every social media company should copy Pinterest’s newest feature

The platform continues to demonstrate that treating users like people doesn’t have to be so hard. Twitter still can’t get its ongoing harassment problems under control. Facebook refuses to take a stand on protecting what’s true. But Pinterest continues to make doing the obvious, right thing look...

2019-11-15
Watch the highlights from Seoul’s leading startup event

South Korea and its capital Seoul are best known for cutting-edge tech giants like Samsung and LG, but now there’s a big push to put its startups in the spotlight. One way the country is doing this is through events, specifically Start-Up Seoul: Tech-Rise 2019 — Seoul city government’s flagship event. TNW flew...

2019-11-15
Amazon will fight the awarding of the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI contract to Microsoft

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project is one of the initiatives the U.S. Government is taking to modernize its critical computer infrastructure. Last month the Pentagon awarded a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft after months of three of the largest cloud-computing players companies vying...

2019-11-15

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