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RIP: How to stop Google from stealing all your data after you die

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. Inevitably, one day you’re going to die. While you may think your online identity will go to the grave with you, that’s not always how it works out. Without setting your...

2019-10-20
Hideo Kojima’s games rely on sexist tropes — and Death Stranding will probably be no different

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. Death Stranding, the long-awaited first game...

2019-10-19
Google Maps just made it easier to report traffic incidents

Few things are more annoying than coming across an unexpected delay in traffic. Thankfully modern mapping services are generally pretty good at warning you about hindrances on the road, but someone has to report those incidents first. Now Google is making it easier to do so. The update most affects iOS users, as some...

2019-10-18
AOC, Ted Cruz, and others blast Apple’s Cook for ‘censorship’ of HKmap.live

A group of six high-profile US Senators from both sides of the aisle sent a letter critical to the CEO to criticize Apple’s removal of the app under pressure from China. Most of the tech world and Twittersphere has already forgotten about Apple’s removal of the Hong Kong mapping app HKmap.live last week....

2019-10-18
Zuckerberg’s take on political ads is tone-deaf in the Trump Age

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook’s political ad policy is in the service of democracy and the public good. But this claim is undermined by its profit motive. If Facebook wants to continue hosting political ads, including half-true ones, then it should stop profiting from them and handle them like public service...

2019-10-18
Supply-chain sources say Facebook Portal sales are ‘very low’

After the company’s many privacy sins, people are apparently hesitant to put a Facebook device with a camera in their living rooms. Imagine that. Surprise, surprise. Facebook’s Portal video-chat device—which puts a camera and a sensitive microphone in your living room—isn’t flying...

2019-10-18
Google’s iMessage alternative is still struggling, not supported by Verizon in new Pixel 4

Verizon and T-Mobile won’t support RCS messaging on Google’s Pixel 4. Google’s big plan to push RCS messaging as an alternative to iMessage appears to be regressing, at least in the United States. Verizon has confirmed that it will not support the upgraded texting protocol on Google’s Pixel...

2019-10-18
Hey Google, why the hell doesn’t the Pixel 4’s camera app have a pro mode?

I was giddy to get my review unit of Google’s brand new Pixel 4. I ripped the plastic seal around the box like a wild animal that hasn’t been fed for weeks, turned the handset on, and rushed through the setup menus so I can get to the camera app. And then it struck me like a dagger in the back: there’s no pro...

2019-10-18
Google Maps will now let you report speed traps on iPhone

Users will also be able to report debris in the roadway, construction work, disabled and broken-down vehicles, and lane closures. Google has announced that Google Maps users will soon be able to report new types of incidents via the app on their iPhones. In a blog post, Google said it is adding the ability to report...

2019-10-18
Researchers find fake WordPress plugins that secretly mine cryptocurrency

Researchers have discovered several malicious WordPress plugins that are being used to surreptitiously mine cryptocurrency by running Linux binary code. According to the researchers at website security company Sucuri, the plugins are also being used to maintain access to compromised servers. It seems their use has...

2019-10-18
Facebook’s double standard for political ads shows its true intentions

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook’s political ad policy is in service of democracy and the public good. But this claim is undermined by its profit motive. If Facebook wants to continue hosting political ads, including half-true ones, then it should stop profiting from them and handle them like public service...

2019-10-18
The iPhone 11 convinced me that Apple’s a photography powerhouse again

It’s kind of poetically funny to post an iPhone camera review during the week of the new Pixel launch. Google’s phones have been fierce, and often overpowering rivals to iPhones, especially in the camera department. Last month, when Apple announced its new set of iPhones, it talked about cameras and their new...

2019-10-18
The best way to fix your open plan office? Plants, and lots of them

The design studio New Territory is launching a collection of office planets meant to serve as privacy screens—and tiny gardens. These days, the average individual spends 90% of their time indoors, a feature—not a bug—of our world’s computer-heavy labor economy. In light of this sedentary...

2019-10-18
Lebanon backtracks on plans to tax FaceTime and WhatsApp calls

The government quickly canceled plans on a VoIP tax after protests broke out nationwide. On Thursday Lebanese officials announced plans to tax VoIP calls in the country in hope of raising much-needed revenue to keep public services running, reports Al Jazeera. Under the plan, citizens would have been taxed 20¢ a...

2019-10-18
Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Republican congressman says Facebook should embrace Bitcoin and drop Libra’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Schopenhauer used to say: Yolo! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 17 2019, at a price of...

2019-10-18
G7 countries caution against Facebook’s ‘risky’ Libra

Earlier this week I told you Facebook‘s ‘cryptocurrency‘ saga had turned into a soap opera and that it was going to be a long season, and it seems I wasn’t wrong. The technology giant is facing a new challenge after the G7 said on Thursday that such stablecoins shouldn’t be allowed to launch until...

2019-10-18
Moto’s foldable Razr might launch next month

Motorola might finally give us want we’ve been asking for – a reincarnated Razr phone. According to a report by CNET, the company has sent an invite for an event scheduled for next month that hints towards a flip phone’s launch. The invite shows a device folding and unfolding with “An original, unlike any...

2019-10-18
Pixel 4’s ‘Face Unlock’ works even if you’re asleep or dead — and that’s a problem

Google’s new Pixel 4 smartphone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. Instead it relies on “Face Unlock,” a proprietary facial scanning system similar to the one found in Apple’s Face ID. Early reports show a system that works well, perhaps too well, in fact, according to some security experts. To unlock a...

2019-10-18
Deleting Yahoo Groups will leave a permanent stain on Yahoo’s legacy

The once-popular community site is part of internet history. Now Verizon plans to bulldoze much of it. Quick, what was the most important internet company of the 1990s? There are several legitimate contenders, but any list that didn’t have Yahoo at or near the top would be woefully incomplete. In the pre-Google...

2019-10-17
Mark Zuckerberg speaks out on political ads, free speech, and China

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a talk today at Georgetown University, covering his views on free expression. During the speech, he repeated that Facebook stood for free expression, made vague noises towards its improvement, and pointed out that — as far as values go — it’s at least standing against the likes...

2019-10-17
Here are the members of the Fast Company Impact Council

Fast Company assembled a diverse group of entrepreneurs, technologists, corporate chieftains, and designers for its inaugural business council. Mercedes Abramo President and CEO, Cartier North AmericaRead Full Story

2019-10-17
Rant: Google has no good excuse for the Pixel 4’s missing ultrawide camera

“Most popular SLR lenses do magnify scenes, not shrink them. So while wide-angle can be fun, we think telephoto is more important.” In those two sentences, Google tried to dismiss the omission of an ultrawide-angle lens while announcing the Pixel 4. Instead, the company just reminded everyone that when it comes to...

2019-10-17
6 of the 2020 Democrats now list their pronouns in their Twitter bios

“The identities and silos of the past are over. We need to check with each other more.” When it comes to pronouns, norms are changing fast. Yesterday was International Pronouns Day, a new holiday that debuted only last year. According to organizers, it has American roots, but last year, some 25...

2019-10-17
The comments on Mark Zuckerberg’s free-speech address sure look censored

Almost every single one includes the words “thank you.” As Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech on free speech today, there was something funky happening in the comments on his Facebook Live broadcast.Read Full Story

2019-10-17
PSA: The Pixel 4 comes with neither earbuds nor dongle

When Google revealed the Pixel 4 would start $799, I was surprised the company hadn’t raised prices over the previous year. But now we know it’s cutting corners in at least one way: the Pixel 4 doesn’t come with earbuds or a wired headphone dongle. The company is sending a clear message: Go wireless. This is a...

2019-10-17
RIP Clips: Palm-sized AI-powered camera joins the Google graveyard

Google purged Clips, those tiny little cameras that could fit in your palm and which would take pics of you autonomously, from its store, meaning they join the graveyard of products quietly killed off by the company. The company revealed Clips two years ago. The conceit behind them is that you’d put them in...

2019-10-17
Andrew Yang vaults to the front of the 2020 pack with a surprisingly big haul from Big Tech

After a slow start, the tech entrepreneur turned presidential candidate is neck and neck with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in raising money from employees at Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Maybe the besieged residents of Silicon Valley have finally found their savior. Under attack on all...

2019-10-17
The new Pixel is the iPhone’s peer. But Android is flailing

On tablets, wearables, TVs, and beyond, Android is in disarray. Given Apple’s ability to keep users happy with a multidevice ecosystem, that’s a problem. For the past couple of years, I’ve been a mostly happy Pixel 2 XL user, after jumping over from an iPhone 6.Read Full Story

2019-10-17
The most important announcement Google didn’t mention at its keynote

Its ambitious Daydream project is dead. This week’s Google keynote revealed new Pixel 4 smartphones and new Nest home assistants. But one piece of news went unspoken: Google quietly killed off another project. This time, it was Daydream VR, Google’s ambitious play to make virtual reality both...

2019-10-17
The pope’s first wearable is a $110 rosary that tracks your prayers

Think of it as a Fitbit for your spiritual health. One hundred and sixty years before the advent of social media, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network existed as a network of millions of Catholics from across the globe, all praying for a singular purpose. In the modern era, it has evolved right alongside...

2019-10-17
You can’t use Western digital marketing tactics for emerging markets — so adapt

For digital marketers targeting urban audiences within emerging markets — such as India, Indonesia, and Pakistan — it’s imperative that your marketing strategy employs a dynamic approach in identifying and assigning potential customers on either side of two broad market segments: the haves and have-nots. While...

2019-10-17
Congrats, Google: The new Pixel looks amazing. But that’s not enough

On tablets, wearables, TVs, and beyond, Android is in disarray. Given Apple’s ability to keep users happy with a multidevice ecosystem, that’s a problem. For the past couple of years, I’ve been a mostly happy Pixel 2 XL user, after jumping over from an iPhone 6.Read Full Story

2019-10-17
Here’s how to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘unfiltered’ talk on free speech and the internet

Zuckerberg will give his thoughts on “voice and free expression” in a live-streamed speech this afternoon. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced (via a Facebook post, of course) that he will be giving a live speech about his “unfiltered” and “most comprehensive” views on...

2019-10-17
US Fed Reserve: Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ dream faces core legal, regulatory challenges

The US Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said yesterday that Facebook must overcome a “core of legal and regulatory challenges” before facilitating payments with its ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra. Brainard went on to note that life could become more complicated for central banks overseeing monetary policy if an...

2019-10-17
How to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘free expressions’ speech

Buckle up for some snarky headlines later this night – Mark Zuckerberg is going to stream a speech about his views on free speech and expression. It’s scheduled to take place at 10 am PT/1 pm ET / 10.30 pm IST/ 6.00 pm CET, and you can stream it right from Zuck’s page. In a Facebook post last night, the...

2019-10-17
Google’s Datally app for saving on mobile data is dead

Google’s data-saving app, Datally, has disappeared silently from the Play Store after two years since its release, noted the eagle-eyed folks at Android Police. The app, launched in 2017, helped you keep a tab on data used by different apps and find Wi-Fi hotspots near you. AP’s report notes the app is active for...

2019-10-17
The Pixel 4’s Live Captions can transcribe any audio to text (others too, soon)

One of the coolest new Android features Google announced at I/O this year was the ability to perform real-time captioning on your smartphone. No, not just live captions for video, but rather for any audio that might pass through your phone’s speakers. We now know that feature will be available at launch with the...

2019-10-16
Popular blockchain influencer gets caught plagiarizing academic paper

Those who follow me on Twitter (and you should, because I’m funny) know I have some strong feelings about the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. In short, I think it’s the equivalent of Herbalife for nerds, with bad technology that’s propagated by a Dickensian cast of grifters and hucksters. Among them, in my...

2019-10-16
Lululemon’s shapeshifting puffer transforms into 26 different coats

The brand’s collaboration with designer Roskanda Ilinčić has a high fashion price tag to match: $1,000. To refer to Lululemon’s newest garment, made in collaboration with London-based designer Roskanda Ilinčić, as a “coat” doesn’t do it justice:...

2019-10-16
What digital success looks like without all those Instagram likes

Ali Grant, the founder of digital communications agency Be Social, says we need to redefine how influencer marketing measures success. The announcement of Instagram removing visible likes was twofold. The general public responded positively as it is an opportunity for improved mental health, removing the validation...

2019-10-16
I was on the verge of burnout. Here’s what happened when I took almost a month off

Designer Autumn Adeigbo was watching her dreams come true but simultaneously felt exhausted and had a hard time staying positive. Then she forced herself to take time off. This past year was a major year of growth for me and my company. In 2019, I raised more investment capital and launched our collection on Rent the...

2019-10-16
How the earbud advertising of Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft gets in your head

Each brand takes a different approach, but all revolve around the growing value of your ears. Aside from our phones, earphones are the next best way for any company to connect with us. They’re always with us, and in the AirPods era of “smarter” earbuds, they can hear everything we do, know where...

2019-10-16
The real reason Apple and Google still hold big launch events

The key function of product launches is not actually to launch products. Google has launched its latest flagship phones, Pixel 4 and 4XL. Although the new models feature relatively marginal improvements to their predecessors, the launch was staged with much fanfare by Google, as if it represented a major...

2019-10-16
Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’ is turning into a soap opera — and it’s gonna be a long season

Facebook’s controversial ‘cryptocurrency’ project is turning into a bit of a soap opera, starring the tech giant and regulators as the main characters. Just yesterday, Germany’s finance minister Olaf Scholz said the departure of several high-profile partners from the project was a good sign, but...

2019-10-16
Google’s Daydream VR project is no longer a reality

Google’s senior VP of hardware, Rick Osterloh, talked about sustainability on the stage last night at the Pixel event. While it’s nice to see the company talking about making their products green, it seems to be finding it hard to ‘sustain’ projects they start. In its latest product killing, the search giant...

2019-10-16
China’s Tencent will seamlessly embed video ads directly into movies

It’s quite common to see ads that interrupt your videos mid-stream on the web. However, Chinese tech giant Tencent is trying something different – embedding the ad into an object right within the video you’re watching. For instance, if an actor is holding a cup of coffee, you’ll see an ad on the cup. Check...

2019-10-16
Instagram now lets you control which apps can access your account data

Close on the heels of making it easy for users to spot phishing scams, Instagram is tightening its grip over third-party access to user data. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing social network is now adding a new feature that allows individuals to “manage all of the third-party services they connect to their Instagram...

2019-10-16
Hands-on: Google’s Pixelbook Go feels way fancy for a $649 laptop

Leaks don’t always give you the full picture. When the Pixelbook Go leaked extensively last week, I found it somewhat underwhelming, and I mistakenly assumed Google had a more ‘premium’ Chromebook to announce as well. But much like I found with the Pixel 4, actually using the device in person swayed my opinion...

2019-10-16

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