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The Iranian developer deadlock: Stuck between censorship and US sanctions

On August 2, Iranian programmer Saber Mesgari received an email from Amazon Web Services stating that the company had to stop providing its cloud services because he lives in a country that is on the US sanctions list. Amazon shut down his account immediately after. AWS and other services such as GitHub and Google...

2019-10-24
iOS 13 is the new arena for all the best app designers. Master it first for just $20

This collection includes four courses that help you develop in and take full advantage of the iOS 13 environment. In The Complete iOS 13 Developer Course & SwiftUI, you get a full introduction to app creation, then actually get your hands dirty building several iOS 13 projects, including clones of Uber and...

2019-10-24
Twitter’s stock plummets after shortfall on ad revenue and earnings

Users grew a healthy 17% but Twitter’s advertising revenue fell short in Q3 2019. President Trump’s favorite social media network is having a rough morning.Read Full Story

2019-10-24
The great rebranding of body hair

Flamingo, Billie, and Fur want to give you permission to grow out your pubes. Thanks, brands! These days, I often find myself toodling around on Instagram, minding my own business, when boom! A brand serves me an ad about pubic hair. To be clear, I have no problem with body hair. To each their own. It’s just...

2019-10-24
Zuckerberg tells Congress he’ll delay Libra until regulatory issues are sorted (yeah right)

Facebook‘s billionaire co-founder Mark Zuckerberg stood before US Congress yesterday, in an attempt to change the rhetoric around his company‘s controversial ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra. During the lengthy session, Zuckerberg sought to defend the digital currency, which has faced mounting criticism from...

2019-10-24
When you Google your company’s name — do you like what you see?

In business, reputation counts for a lot. And its constituent parts, the contributing factors, are many and complex, from the opinions that customers form about your products or services, to the manner in which you interact with your various stakeholders, to your corporate governance and ethical practices – they all...

2019-10-24
Google’s new live wallpaper will guilt you into using your phone less

Last night, Google released six new Android apps under its digital wellbeing program to balance your digital diet. These apps ranges from a special launcher to serve up relevant apps based on the time of the day and location, to a group game that challenges you and your friends not to unlock your phone. However, the...

2019-10-24
Google accused of creating ‘surveillance tool’ to monitor employees’ unionizing efforts

Google employees have accused the internet giant of creating an “internal surveillance tool” to monitor gatherings of more than 100 people with an intent to crush their attempts to organize protests. Per Bloomberg, which cited an memo from an anonymous Google staffer, employees discovered that the company was...

2019-10-24
Watch AOC leave Mark Zuckerberg speechless on the topic of Facebook’s political ad rules

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pressed the CEO on Facebook’s rules for lies in political ads. Facebook’s controversial (yet only mildly interesting) Libra cryptocurrency plans brought Mark Zuckerberg before the House Financial Services Committee today, but the chief executive’s...

2019-10-23
The Pixel 4’s screen doesn’t stick to 90Hz. Here’s how to fix it

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. The Pixel 4‘s 90Hz display is supposed to be one of the best things about the phone. Once reserved to gaming phones and VR applications, high refresh rates can lead to a much...

2019-10-23
One Congresswoman perfectly summed up Facebook’s hypocritical stance on privacy

Katie Porter grilled a squirmy Mark Zuckerberg for claiming to care about consumer privacy publicly while his lawyers fight against it in federal court. Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg underwent yet another grilling from members of Congress, this time focused in part on the company’s Libra cryptocurrency...

2019-10-23
Google Stadia pre-orders may not ship at launch

Google’s Stadia pre-orders are turning out to be a bit of a mess. Apparently, even those true believers who pre-ordered the pricey Founder’s Editions may not get access at the launch date. Google officially announced yesterday that the Founder’s Edition was sold out. It pointed any latecomers to the Premium...

2019-10-23
Watch Mark Zuckerberg defend letting politicians lie on Facebook to Maxine Waters

Under tough questioning by Congresswoman Maxine Waters today, Mark Zuckerberg ended up defending letting politicians lie on Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the House Financial Services Committee today is not going as smoothly as a video of a puppy cuddling with a baby on Facebook.Read Full...

2019-10-23
Q4 digital report: Pinterest gains on Instagram and TikTok don’t stop

A wealth of new data has contributed to impressive growth across various aspects of digital over the past three months, so my new Digital 2019 Q4 Global Digital Statshot report – produced in partnership with We Are Social and Hootsuite – has plenty of juicy headlines, as well as essential insights for...

2019-10-23
These are the 5 best and 5 worst states for online privacy

Your legal right to online privacy varies greatly depending on which state you live in. Online privacy is probably the hottest topic in tech right now–and that’s not going to change any time soon. Tech giants including Facebook and Google are increasingly under scrutiny from regulators and privacy...

2019-10-23
Google says it’s achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ but IBM says nope

Quantum computers will be able to perform calculations in seconds that would take a normal classical computer tens of thousands of years to perform. Quantum computing is the next frontier of computing that promises to upend what we think a computer is capable of. The term comes from the fact that a quantum computer...

2019-10-23
Ex-Cambridge Analytica employee: If Trump wins in 2020, blame Facebook

Brittany Kaiser, who formerly worked at Cambridge Analytica, argues that Trump’s 2020 campaign is benefiting from Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to allow politicians to lie in ads. This week, Mark Zuckerberg made what appeared to be a big announcement: Facebook is implementing new measures to stop foreign...

2019-10-23
This man says Big Tech is ‘the greatest threat to democracy since the Civil War’

Barry Lynn of the Open Markets Institute talks about his “vision of an alternative political economy” based on the nation’s founding principles. One of Elizabeth Warren’s signature 2020 proposals is to break up big tech companies such as Facebook and Google—but this isn’t new...

2019-10-23
Here’s why Disney+ may not work on your phone

Disney+ is set to launch next month with plenty of exciting titles at the offer. But you might not be able to stream all of them because of DRM (Digital Rights Management) constraints. What is Widevine? Streaming services use a special DRM called Widevine, which is owned by Google. It requires Android manufacturers to...

2019-10-23
Chrome and Firefox will now alert you about data breaches involving your accounts

Mozilla has launched Firefox 70 for Windows, Mac, and Linux with new features such as social tracking protection, a Privacy Protections report, and a native data breach notification service for your saved logins. The company — which began offering granular control over third-party tracking last October with...

2019-10-23
Facebook pledges $1B to help fix California’s housing crisis (good luck with that)

Facebook today announced it was partnering with the state of California to try and fix the state’s housing crisis. It’s promised $1 billion from its redoubtable coffers — which sounds generous until you realize it’s companies like Facebook that are both feeding the problem and feeling its effects. According to...

2019-10-23
Spotify users: Here’s how to claim your free Google Home Mini

Spotify is giving away free Google Home Mini speakers with individual and family plans—even if you’re already a subscriber. For a while last year, Spotify was giving away free Google Home Mini speakers to its Spotify Premium for Family subscribers. Now, it’s bringing back the offer and extending...

2019-10-22
Report: Facebook usage drops a stunning 26% since 2017

The rise of niche social networks, young people leaving, and consumer mistrust may all be contributing factors. A new research report from Activate Inc. says we’re spending much less time on Facebook than we used to.Read Full Story

2019-10-22
There’s another big reason why you should ditch Chrome for Firefox

In the last four months, the browser has blocked 450 billion trackers by default—and has launched a new feature explaining what exactly those trackers do and what that means for you. It’s not paranoia: You are being followed. Marketers are embedding dozens of trackers per website to follow your online...

2019-10-22
There’s another big reason why you should switch to Firefox

In the last four months, the browser has blocked 450 billion trackers by default—and has launched a new feature explaining what exactly those trackers do and what that means for you. It’s not paranoia: You are being followed. Marketers are embedding dozens of trackers per website to follow your online...

2019-10-22
Why Miller Lite is scorning social media to fight the new war in beer advertising

Its new campaign uses the flattery of being a nonconformist to try to get users to get off Facebook and into a bar. A man peeks out his apartment’s peephole and discovers a hallway full of lurkers staring at his closed door. Another man looks up from his phone on a street corner to see a crowd of...

2019-10-22
Instagram will remove filters promoting cosmetic surgery amid mental health concerns

If your Instagram feed is anything like mine, it’s littered with timelapses of injected lip fillers, Kardashian-promoted beauty products, and Story filters that “enhance” your face. The subliminal pressure to be “perfect” is no longer subliminal, and it’s putting more more of a strain on young users more...

2019-10-22
Firefox blocked 450 billion privacy invasions in less than 4 months

The browser has now blocked billions of trackers by default—and has launched a new feature explaining what exactly those trackers do and what that means for you. It’s not paranoia: You are being followed. Marketers are embedding dozens of trackers per website to follow your online wanderings and build up...

2019-10-22
Two top designers debate the value of “design thinking”

Pentagram partner Natasha Jen and Adobe principal designer Khoi Vinh discuss the virtues and pitfalls of design thinking. First popularized by Ideo in the 1990s, design thinking has since become ubiquitous in the business world but not everybody’s a fan. Pentagram partner Natasha Jen and Adobe principal...

2019-10-22
Lilium is one step closer to making its flying car a reality

The Lilium Jet requires no runway for takeoffs and could get people from Manhattan to JFK in six minutes. German flying carmaker Lilium has announced a major milestone in the development of its Lilium Jet today, reports CNBC. The company says it has successfully completed more than a hundred tests of the vehicle...

2019-10-22
Facebook’s fight to prevent deepfake dystopia gets a powerful partner in Amazon Web Services

Amazon will contribute cash and expertise to the challenge, which aims to mobilize developers to create effective deepfake detection tools. Amazon Web Services is joining the Deepfake Detection Challenge, a contest started by Facebook in which developers will try to create the most accurate deepfake detection...

2019-10-22
I want my buttons back, Google

The Pixel 4 is a technologically advanced phone. But it’s missing a lot of what made past Pixels great. After years of threatening to leave the iPhone for Android, I finally did in 2017 with the launch of the Google Pixel 2. I thought I’d never look back.Read Full Story

2019-10-22
Uber will let you book Delhi metro tickets on its app (at some point)

Uber India said today it’s partnering with Delhi metro to let you plan your whole journey through a new transportation mode. The company said you will be able to book Metro tickets right from the app in the future. The transport mode, rolling out today for users in Delhi, will only show information regarding...

2019-10-22
Facebook will clearly label fake news to prevent 2020 ‘election interference’

Social media, a tool created to guard freedom of speech and democracy, has increasingly been used in more sinister ways. From its role in lowering the levels of trust in media, to inciting online violence, and amplifying political disinformation in elections— Facebook isn’t just a space to share “what’s on...

2019-10-22
Amazon joins Facebook and Microsoft to fight deepfakes

Deepfakes have come across as serious problems this year and big companies are now paying attention. Amazon announced today it’s joining the DeepFake Detection challenge (DFDC) driven by major corporations such as Facebook and Microsoft to boost efforts to identify manipulated content. The company is going to...

2019-10-22
Twitter top lawyer says new regulations would only hurt startups

Vijaya Gadde says only big incumbents (like Twitter) would be able to afford the costs of complying. Smaller tech companies would have trouble growing. Twitter’s chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde believes new government regulation of tech companies will only stifle innovation and create barriers for new...

2019-10-22
Diablo 4 leak may have just spoiled a BlizzCon reveal

We may be seeing the resurrection of an iconic franchise soon. A leak in German magazine Game Star may have just spilled the existence of Diablo IV, the latest entry in the dungeon crawler series. The telltale reveal was in an ad for a Diablo art book. It claims the book (which you can pre-order on Amazon) contains...

2019-10-21
Scientists create cancer-resistant mouse chimeras that age 25% slower

A team of researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre have developed a method for creating a sort of ‘super mouse’ that’s slimmer, cancer resistant, and lives 25% longer than regular mice. Astonishingly, this feat’s been accomplished without gene therapy. Rather than cut and paste genes...

2019-10-21
Drones from CVS and Walgreens are finally here—and they’re bringing Band-Aids

With UPS and Google sister company Wing as partners, the big pharmacies are starting to deliver pills, Cheez-Its, and first-aid supplies by drone. Pharmacies will soon be flying drugs directly to you. On Monday, UPS announced that it’s partnering with CVS to launch drone delivery for the pharmacy, where drones...

2019-10-21
CVS and Walgreens’s drones are finally here—and they’re bringing Band-Aids

With UPS and Google sister company Wing as partners, the big pharmacies are starting to deliver pills, Cheez-Its, and first aid supplies by drone. Pharmacies will soon be flying drugs directly to you. On Monday, UPS announced that is partnering with CVS to launch drone delivery for the pharmacy, where drones will...

2019-10-21
6 ways Facebook says it will beef up election security for 2020 and beyond

The company is ramping up efforts to let people understand where election information is coming from and remove misleading facts about voting. Facebook has been under fire for years for its role in spreading misleading political information. On Monday, the company announced new plans to help safeguard the 2020...

2019-10-21
The internet crowdsourced some other songs for Joker to dance to besides Gary Glitter

Thank you, the internet. We can always count on you. By now, most moviegoers have seen Joaquin Phoenix’s surprisingly nimble Joker Fred Astaire his way down a stairway, whether they’ve seen the movie or not. It’s in the trailer. It’s been immortalized in a deft SNL parody. It’s...

2019-10-21
The iPhone Pro 11’s 4k 60fps recording gives it a leg-up on the Pixel 4

These days cameras have become the de facto differentiation factor between phones. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this became the battleground for handset manufacturers, but we’re currently deep in an arms race for photography supremacy. But there’s one element of this scrap we rarely talk about: video...

2019-10-21
This artificial island is a home for sea creatures displaced by climate change

Currently bobbing in the waters near Oakland, CA, the habitat is a prototype three years in the making. Last year, the California Ocean Protection Council estimated that by 2050, water levels along the West Coast will likely increase by one foot. The only way to guard against this rapid rise is to significantly...

2019-10-21
Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’ gets desperate as it considers stablecoins

Facebook‘s controversial ‘cryptocurrency‘ Libra could be based on national currencies such as the dollar, the tech giant said on Sunday, following increased scrutiny from regulators and governments in recent months. “We could do it differently,” he said. “Instead of having a synthetic unit … we could...

2019-10-21
Instagram is testing a feature to clean up your pity follows

We’ve all been there: You meet someone who wants to stay in touch later, but you don’t want to share your number with them. So you turn to the next best thing — Instagram. These are people whom you follow out of courtesy, but don’t interact with much. Don’t worry, Instagram is testing a feature that might...

2019-10-21
Facebook begins testing dark mode and a Twitter-like interface for desktop

In May, Facebook said it was going to redesign the website and bring dark mode to its website and mobile apps. While it began testing dark mode for its Android app in August, it has now started rolling out a beta version of its website with that option to some users too. Multiple people are being invited to test the...

2019-10-21
Halloween costume ideas from the designers of Glow and Stranger Things

Tips on how to pull together a winning look, whether you want to dress as Eleven, Liberty Belle, or something more topical (um, impeachment hearing?) Let’s start this off strong: If you’re not excited about your Halloween costume, you’re not doing it right. “The key to making a great...

2019-10-20

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