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Google’s new feature will correct your pronunciation

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you might know how to properly say “Leviosa.” But many muggles don’t know how to pronounce that, and other difficult words. No worries. Google’s new feature will help you pronounce tricky words just directly from the search results. All you have to do is type “How do you...

2019-11-15
Google’s data misdeeds are haunting its healthcare plans

After a report that Google is accessing 50 million patient records without people’s knowledge, its future in the medical field may depend on regaining people’s trust. This week, Google was strung up in the public square for a deal with a very large U.S. healthcare provider that netted it access to some...

2019-11-15
GitHub launches Security Lab to spot vulnerabilities in open-source code

GitHub has officially launched a new Security Lab with an aim to secure open-source software. The objective is to “bring together security researchers, maintainers, and companies across the industry who share our belief that the security of open source is important for everyone,” the Microsoft-owned code...

2019-11-15
Facebook is quietly testing an Instagram feed-like feature

Facebook is trying to really hard to tell people it owns Instagram and WhatsApp. Earlier this month, the company introduced new branding for all of its apps. On Wednesday, it introduced Facebook Pay, a service that’ll work across all apps. Now, it’s testing an Instagram feed-like feature in its main app. A report...

2019-11-15
YouTube’s next big change could penalize anyone who creates for kids

YouTube just changed a major rule for anyone who uploads videos, ostensibly to protect kids — but now content creators are confused as to how to follow it. Starting next year, all YouTube content creators will have to tick a box when they upload a video, indicating whether or not said video is “kid-directed.”...

2019-11-15
Google is rolling out RCS, text-messaging on steroids, in the US

Rich Communication Services (RCS) has been a long time coming. Billed as the future of text messaging and the technology that will eventually replace SMS and MMS, it’s been Google’s pet project as the way to ‘fix’ messaging on mobile devices ever since the company gave up on Hangouts and Allo. Instead of using...

2019-11-14
Facebook let anti-vaxxers run rampant with misinformation ads, because money

Earlier this year Facebook said it would crack down on ads from groups peddling misinformation about vaccines. The announcement was heralded by medical professionals and pundits as a capstone in their efforts to fight the pro-disease movement. However, in the time since the announcement, Facebook‘s done the exact...

2019-11-14
Instagram just took its divisive ‘hidden likes’ experiment global

Instagram today announced it’s expanding its test of hidden likes to users around the world. This means that a significantly higher number of people will be logging into Instagram today and seeing their friends’ posts sans numbers. The test was run in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New...

2019-11-14
Wikipedia’s co-founder takes on Facebook with ad-free social network

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales thinks he can create a better social network. Called WT:Social, the network has no financial association with Wikipedia, but operates on a similar business model: donations, not advertising. WT:Social went live last month and is currently nearing 50,000 users. The company is rolling...

2019-11-14
This former Apple designer is taking on Amazon’s Twitch with $146 million and Fox’s backing

Caffeine founder and CEO Ben Keighran talks about why live streaming is much more than gaming—it’s the future of TV. A new streaming platform launching this week may be giving us a peek at the future of broadcast entertainment.Read Full Story

2019-11-14
Report: Google whistleblower explains decision to leak the company’s medical-data project

An anonymous author claims Americans’ medical data is at risk. The Google whistleblower who revealed to the world that millions of Americans’ medical data was at risk has written an anonymous essay, explaining what led to the decision to tell everyone what was going on.Read Full Story

2019-11-14
Google reportedly plans to offer checking accounts starting next year

A report from the Wall Street Journal indicates Google is getting into the banking industry — specifically, it’ll soon offer checking accounts. The project is codenamed Cache (hmm, fitting), and is set to launch sometime next year. The accounts will be managed by Citibank, and a credit union at Stanford....

2019-11-14
Google is upgrading Android text messages—no thanks to mobile carriers

RCS Chat will be “broadly available” in the United States by the end of the year. Google is pushing ahead with plans to upgrade Android text messaging in the United States. By the end of this year, the company expects to broadly roll out RCS Chat through its Android Messages app. Users who opt into Chat...

2019-11-14
5 soft skills you need to succeed at work

Our emotional intelligence is what sets us apart. It’s no secret that interpersonal skills are the way of the future. In fact, it’s likely they will define your future. A 2018 LinkedIn global survey of 4,000 professionals concluded that “training for soft skills is the number-one...

2019-11-14
Patagonia’s new line is made from old clothes damaged beyond repair

Patagonia’s designers are turning unusable clothing into jackets, vests, and other items as part of its new ReCrafted collection. There’s something sad about an article of clothing reaching the end of its life. After the fabric wears out and it develops a couple of holes, its owner will throw it in the...

2019-11-14
The logos of Starbucks, Google, and more get redesigned by a bot

“I think people read different things into the logos. Some of them like the aesthetic of the glitchiness, and for others there’s a political or even anti-consumerist message to them,” says the artist behind @glitchlogos. Three years ago, self-proclaimed internet artist Darius Kazemi launched a...

2019-11-14
The Outer World will satiate your need for character-driven RPG experience

This article was originally published by Super Jump Magazine, an independent publication all about celebrating great video games and their creators through carefully-crafted, in-depth featured produced by a diverse team of games journalists, designers, and enthusiasts. I have been playing a lot of great games...

2019-11-14
Create a Responsive Website in Minutes with This Beginner-Friendly WordPress Builder

But, for how great WordPress is, it can be frustrating to use if you're new to coding and want something that's a little more sophisticated than your run-of-the-mill WordPress site. That's why there's WP Page Builder, and it's now over 90 percent off at just $49 from TNW Deals.

2019-11-14
Try a free game that demonstrates Google’s latest UI tech

‘Headed South’ is a beautiful experience, but it’s also a demonstration that one of Google’s most experimental technologies is still just an experiment. Google’s Pixel 4 phone gives up on a lot of what made the Pixel line great. At least in my personal opinion! But it does feature an...

2019-11-14
Google Maps will now ‘speak’ the name of a place in the local language

Google Maps has been my hero and savior many times I traveled abroad – or even in India where I don’t speak the local language. It’s not always perfect, however. While the app might help me get near the place, I often have a hard time locating it, and I end up roaming around like a headless chicken. Thankfully,...

2019-11-14
Moto Razr is back officially in a foldable avatar

Motorola launched its much-awaited foldable phone Razr today at an event in Los Angles. The phone costs a whopping $1,500 and it’s exclusive to Verizon in the US. The clamshell phone has a 6.2-inch display that folds in.   The new Moto Razr will be available from December 26. Developing…For more gear, gadget, and...

2019-11-14
Facebook fixed that bug that opened your camera without permission

It was just yesterday we reported on a disconcerting bug in Facebook’s iOS app that would sometimes open your camera in the background while scrolling through your feed. It appears Facebook has fixed the bug; The Verge reports the updated version of the App is now available in the App Store. As a recap, users found...

2019-11-14
Google Maps is rolling out a Star Trek-style universal translator for foreign travelers

With Map’s new text-to-speech feature, you no longer have to look like an idiot pointing to an app to tell your driver where you want to go. Google Maps is introducing a cool feature this month that will make navigating a foreign country where you don’t speak the local language easier. Leveraging the...

2019-11-13
6 predictions on where European tech is headed in 2020, according to experts

2020 is set to be a defining year for European tech. While startups and scaleups have been supported over the years through a number of EU-based programs, newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has made achieving technological sovereignty a rallying cry for more globally competitive European...

2019-11-13
Verizon’s new TV streaming box has a bizarre omission: a little streaming platform called Netflix

Verizon’s Stream TV is a $70 streaming box with no clear selling points over Roku or Fire TV devices. Verizon is getting into the streaming box business with its new Stream TV player. As 9to5Google reports, the $70 device runs Google’s Android TV operating system and includes a free month of YouTube TV....

2019-11-13
Just talk of a trade war is already threatening your holiday shopping

Spooked by possible tariffs, Chinese suppliers are demanding full upfront payments from strapped ecommerce companies, squeezing stock for the holiday buying season. Retail is risky. Sellers have to shell out for product, in the hopes that they will sell enough to pay off suppliers and earn a profit. The U.S.-China...

2019-11-13
5 interview questions an ex-Google recruiter asks before hiring remote workers

The number of remote workers is surging, but it’s not for everyone. Here are the five interview questions Jennifer Farris asks to see if candidates can hack it. Whether from home or at a satellite office, more people are working remotely. A study done by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics found that the...

2019-11-13
Amy Klobuchar is concerned about Google’s plans to gather your health data

Google’s ongoing quest for your health data isn’t going over smoothly with lawmakers. Google’s ongoing quest for your health data isn’t going over smoothly with lawmakers.Read Full Story

2019-11-13
How to watch the impeachment hearings live online without cable

The first open hearings on the presidential impeachment inquiry are happening on Capitol Hill today. They’re easy to stream online. If you were on Twitter early this morning, you probably noticed the hashtag #ImpeachmentDay was already trending before most people were awake, but it’s not because actual...

2019-11-13
Facebook’s black employees say the company has a racism problem

Last year, former Facebook manager Mark S Luckie accused the tech giant of having a “black people problem.” Specifically, Luckie alleged that the company was racist against African American employees, and said the site was “biased against black users.” One year on, and an anonymous group of black Facebook...

2019-11-13
Exclusive: The second generation of Adidas’s Loop shoe is here

A few months ago, Adidas took its first step toward making new shoes out of old shoes. The second phase of its ambitious Loop project will go further. I’m on a Skype call with half a dozen Adidas designers and engineers in Germany, and they want their shoes back.Read Full Story

2019-11-13
CHEAP: Get a $30 discount when you pre-order the new Echo Show 8

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! In August, I wrote about the Google Nest Hub as my top choice for a smart device in the kitchen. It has a good screen that’s just the perfect size, and nice loudspeakers. In September, Amazon announced its response to the Nest...

2019-11-13
Top the Google’s search rankings with this sweeping, all-in-one SEO tool kit for under $30.

Seobility puts all the web optimization abilities into one easy-to-use package dedicated to supercharging your site’s visibility. Right now, their suite of features is available at the limited time discounted price of just $29 from TNW Deals.

2019-11-13
Pharrell’s latest collaboration: Designing ultra-minimal luxury towers

The Grammy Award-winning musician teamed up with architects for his most recent creative project. The 2010s can arguably be described as the era of the polymath. We’ve seen athletes become entrepreneurs, visual artists become activists, and musicians become designers. Earlier this year, the public’s eyes...

2019-11-13
Facebook Pay will let you make payments through Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram

Last night, Facebook launched its new payment service called Facebook Pay in the US. The service will let you pay other people and businesses across Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. You can add your debit or credit card to Facebook Pay and choose if you want it available in certain apps or all Facebook...

2019-11-13
Here’s how to make absolutely certain that Facebook is not hijacking your iPhone camera

The latest Facebook bug sounds almost comically sinister, but Facebook says it already has a fix in the works. Facebook probably isn’t violating your privacy now any more than it usually does, but an unsettling bug in the company’s iOS app sure makes it look like it’s sneakily accessing your...

2019-11-12
The coolest, most design-savvy holiday gifts you can buy at Target right now

Designer handbags, black toothbrushes, and a CD player you weren’t expecting to find. With Black Friday falling late this year—November 29—and just under four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, retailers are scrambling to get people to do their holiday shopping earlier that usual. What...

2019-11-12
These arctic blast maps show America plunging into a deep freeze

Meteorology terminology can sometimes be overdramatic. Not today. Catastrophic meteorology terminology (severe! unprecedented! deep freeze! blizzard!) is accurate today, as much of the United States is under an actual arctic blast. It is, quite literally, a fast-moving air mass from the north: You can see it roll over...

2019-11-12
Black fashion of the 1990s was groundbreaking. This new exhibit celebrates its rise

Cross Colours, the innovative apparel line that gave shape to today’s trends, is the focus on a retrospective at the California African American Museum. 21st-century platforms such as Instagram have made it easier than ever before for businesses to exercise direct-to-consumer advertising. With each swipe...

2019-11-12
We reviewed the hate tweets that ‘dark mode’ fans sent us

Friends, this weekend I made a terrible mistake: I shared an opinion on the internet. Actually, that’s a bit disingenuous and very boomer of me. Let’s be a bit more accurate. I wrote a deliberatively provocative, unpopular opinion piece for our Just Putting It Out There series. My view? Fuck dark mode. I’m not...

2019-11-12
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey attends Bitcoin meetup in Ghana

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has attended a Bitcoin meetup in Ghana just weeks after he invested in a cryptocurrency startup. Dorsey, who has long defended Bitcoin, has been traveling in Africa, and has so far visited Nigeria and Ghana. Mini bitcoin Ghana meetup with @atsudavoh @sy_boahen...

2019-11-12
Traveling abroad? Google Maps will now tell your taxi driver where your hotel is in their own language

With Map’s new text-to-speech feature, you no longer have to look like an idiot pointing to an app to tell your driver where you want to go. Google Maps is introducing a cool feature this month that will make navigating a foreign country where you don’t speak the local language easier. Leveraging the...

2019-11-12
Instagram tries to mimic TikTok with its new ‘Reels’ feature in Brazil

Instagram has finally launched its first weapon in the war against TikTok– Reels. TechCrunch and Variety reported The editing feature residing in the Stories section launched today in Brazil. The feature lets anyone shoot 15-second videos that can be edited with music from other videos – just like TikTok. The...

2019-11-12
What if our clothes could sequester carbon? This raincoat does

Charlotte McCurdy talks about ancient sunlight, climate change, and how design can de-politicize tough issues. Charlotte McCurdy has a telling phrase for the things she creates in her practice. They are “charismatic objects,” she says, that “let people talk and think.”Read Full Story

2019-11-12
Aussie ‘E-Crime Squad’ arrests crypto exchange owner, seizing his Bitcoin ATM

Australian detectives have arrested a 38-year-old man as part of an investigation into an unregistered cryptocurrency exchange. The man, a resident in Cairnlea — a Melbourne suburb — was arrested at home, where police seized “a substantial amount of cash and false identification documents.” Authorities also...

2019-11-12
Twitter wants your help to figure out its half-baked deepfakes policy

Last night, Twitter released its draft policy on deepfakes and opened up its feedback process for users. The policy is still in a very early stage and a lot of details, like determining and identifying manipulated photos and videos, are unstructured. The company defines deepfakes as “any photo, audio, or video that...

2019-11-12
Facebook is secretly using your iPhone’s camera as you scroll your feed

iPhone owners, beware. It appears Facebook might be actively using your camera without your knowledge while you’re scrolling your feed. The issue has come to light after a user going by the name Joshua Maddux took to Twitter to report the unusual behavior, which occurs in the Facebook app for iOS. In footage he...

2019-11-12
Former Federal Reserve chair says bank issued digital currencies are pointless

The former chairman of the US Federal Reserve says there’s no point to central bank digital currencies (CBDC). Speaking at Chinese finance magazine Caijing’s annual conference today in reference to CBDCs, the former chairman Alan Greenspan said: “There’s no point for them to do it,” CNBC reports. Greenspan...

2019-11-12

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