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Pixel 4 hands-on: I almost wish I didn’t like it this much

I’ll be honest: I wasn’t expecting to like the Pixel 4 all that much. So much of it had leaked that there were few surprises left, and on paper, the hardware lags behind some of its immediate competition. Even significantly cheaper phones like the OnePlus 7T have a clear advantage when it comes to specs per...

2019-10-16
Twitter details what world leaders would have to do to be banned

Twitter today revealed its list of rules specific to world leaders, and exactly what they can and can’t do. It also revealed how it intends to punish them should they step over the line… but it’s probably not the punishment critics are hoping for. In a new post to its blog, Twitter addressed a topic that’s...

2019-10-15
San Francisco is radically redesigning a major street to get rid of cars

The city just approved a plan to redesign Market Street, making it safer for pedestrians, adding protected bike lanes, and eliminating private vehicles to help speed up buses and lower the injury count on the street. San Francisco’s Market Street, which leads from the city’s iconic Ferry Building through...

2019-10-15
Every new device at Google’s big Pixel 4 event

Google held its big Made by Google event today, officially revealing the Pixel 4 and a handful of other new products today. Since the company has been pretty bad (okay, awful) at keeping secrets, we already knew many of the devices and features announced, but the company still had a few surprises up its sleeve....

2019-10-15
Google Stadia set to launch on Nov 19 — but not for everyone

Google today revealed the official launch date of its Stadia streaming service — at least, the date when those who’ve paid the Chromecast Ultra toll will get it. No word yet for the rest of us. The mention of Stadia was cleverly slipped in at the beginning of the event, and then quickly eclipsed by bigger news...

2019-10-15
An overview of Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ supporters — who’s in and who’s out

Facebook sent the world into a frenzy when it announced its intention to enter the payments space with the launch of its controversial ‘cryptocurrency‘ Libra earlier this year. Initially, Facebook said it had garnered support from 28 companies, including some of the world’s top financial and technology giants....

2019-10-15
Here’s why the Pixel 4 won’t be coming to India

Google launched its new flagship the Pixel 4 today, but sadly the phone won’t be coming to India. The reason is the Soli Radar chip used in the new phones. The chip uses a 60 GHz ISM band which is not listed for commercial use in India as per National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP). The company said in a...

2019-10-15
Google announces the dual-camera, notchless, & face-unlocking Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Yes, Google has now officially launched the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. After months of leaks, the search giant has finally confirmed at today’s event what we’ve all known for some time now: the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL both have two rear cameras, a face unlocking feature, gesture controls, and a 90Hz display. The lack...

2019-10-15
Google’s new Pixel Buds cost $179, have adaptive sound, and arrive next... spring

At its hardware event in New York City today, Google seemed a bit too excited about its upcoming earphones, the Pixel Buds. Sure, they’re smaller, and they’ll likely be better than the previous version – but they aren’t expected until next spring. The $179 earphones were merely previewed on screen at the...

2019-10-15
Google’s new Pixelbook Go is a $649 laptop with 13.3-inch touchscreen

Google just launched its new laptop called the PixelBook Go with a 13.3-inch touch screen and runs Chrome OS. The Pixelbook Go weighs less than 900 grams and it’s just 13.3mm thin, making it quite easy to carry it around the town. The company claims the laptop can last for 12 hours on a single charge, and you can...

2019-10-15
Google’s next big play for your house is here

Two new nest products articulate Google’s understated blitz on your home. Isabelle Olsson, design lead at Nest, has a simple test when designing new products. She brings them home to her three year old daughter and asks, “what is this?”Read Full Story

2019-10-15
Silicon Valley’s biggest investors want your kids to play with these low-tech toys

Toy startup Lovevery just landed $20 million from investors like Google Ventures and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The $28 billion toy industry is buzzing with high-tech battery-operated gadgets for kids. And yet, Silicon Valley investors, including Google Ventures and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (founded by...

2019-10-15
This is the impact of Instagram’s accidental fat-phobic algorithm

The Visible Collective founder Jessica Richman explores the impact of Instagram’s unintentional algorithm that discriminates against fat bodies. I have heard for months that Instagram had an algorithm that disproportionately flagged images of fatter bodies. This September, my fears were confirmed.Read Full...

2019-10-15
CHEAP: Stop staring, the Amazon Fire TV stick 4K is really selling for just $35

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! In the past year or so a lot of companies including OnePlus and Motorola released their smart TVs. However, smart TVs don’t always feature apps like Netflix, and sometimes struggle when it comes to streaming locally-owned...

2019-10-15
Video: Explore Seoul’s cool startup kitchens — plus a robot restaurant!

If there are two things that South Korea should be known for, it’s tech innovation and delicious food. Seoul houses giants such as Samsung and LG, and its startup ecosystem is seeing amazing growth. The city’s food culture is also to die for (I mean, who doesn’t love kimchi?), so it’s the perfect place to...

2019-10-15
What’s the deal with the ‘Epoch Times’? Here’s why you’re seeing so much pro-Trump content

The news outlet was one of the biggest pro-Trump advertisers on Facebook until it was removed from the platform in August. If you’ve been seeing a lot of ads online from the Epoch Times, you’re not alone. The newspaper, founded in 2000 by adherents of the Falun Gong religious movement “as an...

2019-10-15
What’s the deal with the Epoch Times? Here’s why you’re seeing so much pro-Trump content

The news outlet was one of the biggest pro-Trump advertisers on Facebook until it was removed from the platform in August. If you’ve been seeing a lot of ads online from The Epoch Times, you’re not alone. The newspaper, founded in 2000 by adherents of the Falun Gong religious movement “as an...

2019-10-15
Walmart will now deliver groceries to your fridge

And yeah, they know people are paranoid about letting a stranger into their home. Walmart has announced a new service called InHome that allows customers to order groceries from Walmart’s website and have them delivered directly to their fridge, reports CNBC. The new program launches today in three cities:...

2019-10-15
Google’s auto-delete tools are practically worthless for privacy

By the time Google deletes your activity data, it’s already extracted most of the advertising value. By default, Google collects a vast amount of data on users’ behavior, including a lifelong record of web searches, locations, and YouTube views.Read Full Story

2019-10-15
Disney just posted a massive Twitter thread revealing ‘basically everything’ coming to Disney+

The streaming service is launching on November 1 with an insane amount of content. Disney+, the highly anticipated streaming service from Disney, is launching in just a little over two week’s time. It’s no surprise that Disney now is kicking its social media marketing into high gear.Read Full Story

2019-10-15
Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra unveils official backers, but its future is still uncertain

Facebook has managed to officially sign up 21 organizations to its Libra Association following several high-profile departures from its controversial ‘cryptocurrency’ project. According to a press release, Andreessen Horowitz, Ribbit Capital, Spotify, Coinbase, Uber Technologies, Vodafone, and Xapo are among those...

2019-10-15
Facebook is reportedly locking users out for reporting fake accounts

In a completely bizarre incident, Facebook is locking people who report scammers, fake accounts, and impersonators out of the accounts for days. Due to this, #FacebookLockout is trending on twitter with many users angry at the social network’s strange behavior. Here’s what’s happening, if you report an...

2019-10-15
Google’s Titan key for locking your online accounts is now available with USB-C

Do you have a laptop or a phone with USB-C port? Then Google has got you covered when it comes to securing your online accounts and preventing unauthorized access. The internet giant has announced a USB-C Titan Security Key, manufactured by Yubico, that’s compatible with Android, Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows...

2019-10-15
Mozilla unveils 28 horror stories about YouTube’s recommendation algorithm

Mozilla just launched a site featuring 28 user-submitted stories, detailing incidents where YouTube’s recommendation algorithm served bizarre and horrifying videos the users had shown no interest in. This included recommendations featuring racism, conspiracies, and violence. YouTube’s recommendation algorithm has...

2019-10-15
Disney reveals its Disney+ launch titles in the mother of all Twitter threads

Disney today revealed the titles its bringing to Disney+, its streaming service. And by “revealed,” we mean one-by-one, on Twitter — a drip-feed of over 300 movies and shows. The reveal started with a rather ominous tweet that began, “It. Is. Time.” You’d be forgiven for thinking Disney had completely...

2019-10-14
The Google Nest Mini sure looks a lot like the Home Mini

It’s the start of a new week, time for yet another Google leak. This time it’s for Google‘s latest voice assistant device, the Google Nest Mini. As far as we can tell, it looks a whole lot like the original Google Home Mini, except it has a wall mount. That’s something, I guess. Google has slowly been renaming...

2019-10-14
Kuo: iPhone SE2 will arrive early 2020 and cost $399

Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple analyst and phone leaker extraordinaire, believes the iPhone SE2 is not far away. According to MacRumors, Kuo expects the successor to Apple‘s popular budget device will arrive in Q1 2020, or approximately four years after the original model. It will also arrive at a genuinely midrange price of...

2019-10-14
The fake video of Trump gunning down journalists isn’t the problem—Trump’s rhetoric is

Anyone condemning the fake video of Trump gunning down reporters needs to consider the language that inspired it. Over the weekend, a mildly viral tweet documented one man’s inability to remove another from an airplane.Read Full Story

2019-10-14
8 CEOs on their mindfulness practices

CEOs and founders share the mindfulness practices they’ve incorporated into their routines—and how these techniques have changed their leadership. Mindfulness is an age-old practice that has perhaps never been trendier in workplaces across the nation. Massive companies like Google and Intel offer...

2019-10-14
Dear Apple and Google: It’s time to stop releasing a new phone every year

“I don’t think it’s sustainable. But currently, nobody wants to admit it.” You used to need a new smartphone every year or two. It’s hard to remember now, but upgrading to a new generation of phone once meant gaining access to crucial features: The internet became browsable, photos...

2019-10-14
ING says bank-owned digital currencies are coming — and we’re all doomed

Whether you like it or not, central bank digital currencies are coming. We just don’t know when exactly. According to Dutch bank ING’s financial and banking experts, a “fully-fledged central bank digital currency is coming.” In an article published today on THINK, the bank’s economic and financial analysis...

2019-10-14
How to watch Google’s Pixel 4 launch event

Goddamn I love this time of year. Yeah, the days are getting shorter, the weather is going to shit, and I won’t be able to sit in a park for another six months, but there’s so much sweet new technology being launched. That makes all the other nonsense a bit more bearable. We’ve already had Apple announce its...

2019-10-14
CHEAP: Screw Google’s Pixel 4 — there’s 39% off the 3XL

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Phone upgrades are an odd one. There are very few thousand-dollar items that we’d happily replace each year. Yet, here we are. Stuck in a loop. Buying the freshest and new devices every 12 months. But, for the savvy amongst us,...

2019-10-14
Moonday Mornings: eBay, Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, and Mercado Pago leave Facebook’s Libra Association

Good morning forkers, it’s that time of the week again. It’s Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekend’s cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines you shouldn’t miss. Let’s get to it. 1. Facebook‘s “cryptocurrency” Libra is facing yet more challenges as Mastercard, Visa, eBay, payment system provider Stripe,...

2019-10-14
Apple under scrutiny for sending Safari browsing data to China’s Tencent

Apple is attracting scrutiny for its practice of checking if the websites you’re visiting visiting are fraudulent and malware-infested after Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent was found listed as a Safe Browsing provider. The Safari feature — dubbed “Fraudulent Website Warning” in iOS and macOS — is meant...

2019-10-14
For $25, learn to build a brand and sell online like a pro through SEO

By 2021, digital marketing spends worldwide are expected to top $375 billion. You can join the short, but growing roster of professionals who both understand and can utilize those kind of resources in messaging online with the training in The Complete 2020 Google SEO & Growth Hacking Bundle ($25, over 90 percent...

2019-10-12
RIP: How to stop Facebook from stealing 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...

2019-10-12
Top 10 Fastest & Most Powerful Laptops for Graphic Designers

Are you in the market for a new laptop? One that has the power & speed to handle everything? See our list of the fastest & most powerful laptops.

2019-10-12
Riot’s message to esports pros: We want no part of Hong Kong controversy

Earlier this week the bottom fell out at Blizzard when it banned an esports pro from competing after he spoke out in support of the Hong Kong protests. It seems half the gaming industry (to say nothing of the wider tech industry) has gotten caught up in the ensuing fallout — and now Riot Games is downright begging...

2019-10-12
Not so fast: Survey says Google’s Stadia will chew through data caps

A new survey suggests that Google’s Stadia might bump up against millions of gamers’ data caps, meaning a large contingent of potential customers won’t be able to use the platform’s features. This might kneecap some bold claims Google‘s recently made about what the service is capable of. The survey is from...

2019-10-11
Now Facebook friends eBay, Stripe, and Mastercard are bailing on Libra too

In the span of one week, four big corporate partners have backed out of Facebook’s controversial plan to launch a digital currency called Libra. In the span of one week, four big corporate partners have backed out of Facebook’s controversial plan to launch a digital currency called Libra.Read Full Story ...

2019-10-11
Pixelbook Go laptop leaks in hand-on video, Google is still very bad at secrets

At this point, we’d given up on Google having any major secrets about the Pixel 4 left to reveal, but surely the company would be able to keep its other hardware under wraps until next week? …What’s that, you say? Google’s new Chromebook just leaked? An entire hands-on article and video from a reputable...

2019-10-11
How to manage remote work based on your personality type

While many workers say they’d prefer to work remotely, knowing how to leverage your strengths (whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between) is key. There’s been a seismic shift in remote work opportunities in the past decade. Now 70% of hiring managers’ companies offer...

2019-10-11
Frequent Jeff Bezos critic Donald Trump just joined Amazon’s Twitch

Twitter is sooo 2016. President Donald Trump is expanding beyond Twitter.Read Full Story

2019-10-11
An ode to Japan’s vibrant, influential graphic design culture

Nearly a century of branding, advertising, and graphic art are showcased in a new exhibit celebrating Japanese designers. Japanese media has long been celebrated for its uniquely graphic visual language. Think of Takashi Murakami’s colorful “superflat” flowers, or the bright, bold storytelling...

2019-10-11
Google is funding climate-change deniers

The search giant donated to the organization that was instrumental in convincing the Trump administration to abandon the historic Paris Agreement. Despite the company often publicly calling for action on climate change, Google has been caught actively funding organizations that deny climate change and lobby against...

2019-10-11
What operating rooms can teach us about ‘calm’ design

Proprio’s Evie Powell shares what she’s learned about not bombarding users by creating new VR tools for surgeons. Evie Powell is a virtual reality engineer and the lead UX designer for Proprio, a surgical imaging company that fuses human and computer vision to create a powerful system for surgical...

2019-10-11
WhatsApp for Android has mysteriously disappeared from Google Play

WhatsApp, one of the world’s most popular privacy-oriented messengers, has disappeared from Google Play — and nobody knows why. The reason for its sudden vanishing remains unclear, but its sibling, WhatsApp for Business, remains on Google’s software distribution platform, as spotted by WhatsApp serial leaker...

2019-10-11

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