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Ikea’s most-hyped collaboration yet is finally here

Prepare your credit card: Ikea’s Virgil Abloh collaboration will drop more than a year after the designer and artist first gave fans a sneak peek. As a designer, Virgil Abloh is fascinated with taking things out of context, prompting his audience to rethink everyday objects. That’s exactly what he...

2019-10-02
Some 2020 candidates are calling for an assault weapons buyback. How would it work?

A buyback is not an original concept, with precedents on the local level and in other countries. But how candidates assure U.S. voters it’s not a “gun grab” may prove to be challenging. As he struggled to pass gun safety legislation during his tenure, President Obama repeatedly had to bust the...

2019-10-02
WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to steal files and messages by sending GIFs

You better update WhatsApp right now. A researcher has discovered a nasty vulnerability in the Facebook-owned privacy-oriented messenger that made it possible to for attackers to gain access to your files and messages ⁠— by sending you a malicious GIF. The danger stems from a double-free bug in WhatsApp,...

2019-10-02
You’ll soon be able to tell your Google Assistant to forget search history

At times, we thoughtlessly give away our data. Remember that free, unsecured wi-fi connection that you gave your email, name, home address, mother’s maiden name, and the name of your first-born. As technology creeps into almost every aspect of our lives, it seems like we’re losing control over our own data and how...

2019-10-02
Here’s how to shadow ban your Instagram bullies with the new ‘Restrict’ feature

Instagram says Restrict is designed to empower you to quietly protect your account while still keeping an eye on a bully.  It’s no secret that bullying is rife on social media—Instagram being no exception. Of course, most major social media platforms allow users to block online bullies. Yet this...

2019-10-02
Facebook wants to infiltrate your home, your face, and your brain. But there’s a problem

After a series of privacy scandals, many users don’t trust Facebook anymore—which could doom the company’s plans. When I told a friend of mine about a recent event in which Facebook unveiled its new Portal home video chat device, which contains an array of sensitive microphones and a camera that...

2019-10-02
This new Google tool protects you against dangerous passwords

Password Checker will warn you if you’re making life easier for hackers—which, Google’s survey says, you probably are. Either you’re terrible at passwords, or the two people on either side of you are.Read Full Story

2019-10-02
Google’s leaked voice recorder app has a built-in transcription feature — hallelujah!

As a reporter, I often need to record interviews or Q&A sessions. But it’s painfully tiring to go back and manually transcribe the recordings. Surely, there are few apps that can help me out. However, most of them have a limit on free transcriptions and you usually have to go through the whole process of...

2019-10-02
WhatsApp is testing a ‘self-destructing’ feature for your secret chats

Several popular messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and Signal offer a “self-destructing messages” feature. You can set a timer for messages in your conversation with someone, and those will disappear after the specified time. This feature might soon be coming to WhatsApp. According to a report...

2019-10-02
Where to watch Microsoft reveal its new Surface devices

Microsoft is planning to announce new hardware tomorrow, and all signs suggest it’ll be one of the company’s biggest Surface events yet. The event is taking place in New York City at 10 AM Eastern Time, and it’s one of relatively few Microsoft will be streaming live – further pointing to some major reveals....

2019-10-02
Zuck says he’s ready for a fight if Elizabeth Warren is elected

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is getting his employees ready for what could turn out to be the biggest threat his company’s faced yet: a 70-year-old woman from Oklahoma. Of course, democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren isn’t just anyone. She’s the woman with a plan for everything. Healthcare? Fixing...

2019-10-01
Michael B. Jordan and Coach just dropped an anime-inspired fashion line, and it’s great

Who would’ve guessed Killmonger loves manga? Coach just dropped its inaugural collaboration with actor, producer, and newly minted fashion designer Michael B. Jordan. The actor was named the fashion company’s first-ever brand ambassador last month, a partnership that includes Jordan’s...

2019-10-01
Sony slashes price of PS Now as cloud gaming war approaches

Sony today revealed it’s repackaging PlayStation Now, halving the price and adding several popular current-gen games. Now the service is priced to compete with its upcoming cloud gaming competition, and it might also survive the transition to the next generation. A monthly payment for PS Now has dropped from $19.99...

2019-10-01
Nikki Glaser’s Netflix special hilariously explains #MeToo stuff—without mentioning #MeToo

The comedian deflates the idea that women on dates with men are under obligation to grant them sexual favors. (Warning: This post contains NSFW subject matter.) Saying that Nikki Glaser is sex-positive is like calling Frank Lloyd Wright “architecture-curious.”Read Full Story

2019-10-01
Elizabeth Warren has the perfect response to Mark Zuckerberg attacking her policies in a meeting

It seems safe to say that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not be voting for Elizabeth Warren in the upcoming Democratic primary. It seems safe to say that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not be voting for Senator Elizabeth Warren in the upcoming Democratic primary. In new leaked audio, obtained by The...

2019-10-01
3 things the leaked Zuckerberg tapes taught us about Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’

Since it was announced earlier this year, Facebook‘s “cryptocurrency” Libra has been dragged over the coals many times. And now it seems staff at the Big F are also apprehensive about its launch. Internal interviews between Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook employees were leaked today, by The Verge, and appear to...

2019-10-01
Facebook election interference study delayed over privacy concerns

Facebook’s plans to open up its data vault for researchers to analyze the platform’s influence on elections has run into privacy concerns. In April 2018, the social media giant announced a new initiative to share a database of URLs its users have linked to between January 1, 2017 to February 19, 2019. To that...

2019-10-01
Zuck says Facebook will never curb offensive content — but vows to protect its moderators

For the past five years, we’ve heard countless reports on how hard content moderation really is, and moderators at social networking giant Facebook could have it the toughest. Earlier this year, The Verge’s Casey Newton published an article titled “The Trauma Floor” which revealed the secret lives of Facebook...

2019-10-01
These colorful maps reveal the hidden logic of your city’s street names

A bird’s-eye view helps you understand how cities work in a new way. Urban planning demands agile thinking; after all, cities are a beautifully (or sometimes messily) choreographed dance between policy and design. The excitement that comes from visiting a new one can be credited in part to the fact that...

2019-10-01
Video: How Seoul will become one of the world’s best startup cities

South Korea is one of the world’s technological powerhouses, home to giants such as Samsung, LG, and Kia. The small Asian country truly punches above its weight as it’s starting to rival the digital prowess of its much bigger neighbors, China and Japan. But what might come as a surprise, is that Korean innovation...

2019-10-01
172 malicious apps with 335M+ installs found on Google Play

Google desperately needs to curb the spread of Android malware. In September alone, researchers uncovered a total of 172 infected apps on the Play Store. The worst part? These apps had racked up over 335 million installs by the time they were detected by security experts. Adware accounted for a staggering 300,600,000...

2019-10-01
Facebook now blocks Pirate Bay links — but you can still bypass the ban

You can forget about sharing links from popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, with your Facebook friends. Well, sort of. The social media giant has started blocking all links from thepiratebay.org, TorrentFreak has noticed. The ban applies to both posts and private chats. “Your message couldn’t be shared because...

2019-10-01
Everything we know about Google’s upcoming Pixel 4

We’re just two weeks away from Google’s big Pixel 4 reveal on October 15. But it’s not a Pixel launch if the phone’s not leaked a gazillion times before then. So, we’re going to take a look at what we know about these devices so far. We know that there are going to be two devices: the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4...

2019-10-01
Uber is testing a ‘record audio’ feature to help you feel safer during your ride

Last week, Uber recently rolled out a bunch of safety features including an optional PIN number to authenticate your ride. But it might roll out more stuff soon. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, the ride-hailing company is testing a feature in its mobile app that lets you record audio if you feel...

2019-10-01
How to Rank for Local Search on Google – The Ultimate Guide

Boosting local SEO results is no easy task. This overview will help give some places to start when optimizing your website to rank high in Google!

2019-10-01
Are you a CEO obsessed with tracking your sleep? There’s a ring for that

Tech leaders in pursuit of self-optimization are turning to the Oura ring—a sleep tracker endorsed by Jack Dorsey. Last December, Jack Dorsey infamously went off the grid. For 10 days, he meditated in silence at a vipassana retreat in Myanmar, where he reported being deprived of devices and even eye contact....

2019-09-30
Video: Google’s budget Pixel 3a range are the phones it was born to make

Google‘s Pixel range of devices have quickly established themselves as some of the most popular flagship phones around. They’ve enter that rarified segment of devices populated by the Apple and Samsungs of the world, but — as much as I like them — this has always seemed like a strange fit to me. There’s no...

2019-09-30
Facebook and WhatsApp will share ‘electronic communications’ with UK police under new treaty

Update at 6:30 PM IST: The treaty between the US and the UK to disclose information of individuals suspected of serious criminal acts will not require social media platforms to install backdoors or break end-to-end encryption, a further analysis of the CLOUD Act reveals. While the original reports from Bloomberg and...

2019-09-30
Uber is testing letting users record audio if they feel unsafe on their rides

The new feature would be part of Uber’s existing Safety Toolkit—a collection of tools that allows Uber riders to learn about safety, share their trip with friends, and report issues. The next time you feel unsafe on your Uber ride, you may have the ability to use the Uber app to record audio of your...

2019-09-30
Being a great designer doesn’t automatically make you a great design leader

Becoming an effective manager takes time and effort. This is the advice I would give to my younger self. Dear younger me,Read Full Story

2019-09-30
Facebook and WhatsApp will be reportedly ‘forced to disclose encrypted messages’ to UK police

Social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp will be forced to share users’ ‘encrypted messages’ with British police as part of a new treaty between the US and the UK, according to multiple reports from Bloomberg and The Times. The accord is expected to be be signed next month, and will force social media...

2019-09-30
Use LinkedIn like a pro with this marketing and sales package, now just $34

You can get trained in leveraging all the power of LinkedIn for yourself with the courses in The Complete LinkedIn Marketing & Sales Bundle. Right now, it’s hundreds of dollars off the regular price, only $34 from TNW Deals.

2019-09-30
Facebook Portal’s invasion of ‘Modern Family’ violated the modern rules of product placement

The premiere of the ABC hit show’s 11th season kicked off with a rather awkward brand integration. “Hey Portal, call Dad.”Read Full Story

2019-09-30
Moonday Mornings: NBA blocks player’s plan to tokenize contract with Ethereum

Good morning Forkers, you know what time it is. It’s Moonday Mornings, Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekends top cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines you can’t afford to miss. Check it out. 1. The Ukrainian government is allegedly preparing plans to legalize cryptocurrency in the country, The Block reports. The...

2019-09-30
Byte Me #8: Eating tampons, triggering men, and a horny pen

Subscribe to our monthly Byte Me newsletter NOW! Welcome back to Byte Me, our feminist newsletter that makes everyone mad <3 Since we last spoke, Anouk was made the first-ever queen of editorial, Cara’s edgy football club won their division (and she scored a bajillion goals), and Gigi’s mum won a big tech...

2019-09-30
I study vaccine misinformation. Big tech must do more to fight it

Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest have made inroads in preventing their platforms from being overrun with disinformation. But more change is still needed. Social media have become one of the preeminent ways of disseminating accurate information about vaccines. However, a lot of the vaccine information propagated across...

2019-09-29
CHEAP: Yes, I will take 54% off this Google Home Hub thank you very much

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! For a long time I wasn’t really a fan of smart speakers. The idea was cool, but relying only on audio seemed like a clumsy way to interact with technology. Then, I started using smart speakers with screens. It changed everything....

2019-09-28
This ancient baby bottle is a 3,000 year-old lesson for today’s designers

Our ancestors designed beautiful, useful products out of natural materials that eventually returned to the earth. We should look to them for guidance.In the In the Bronze and Iron Age, the world was a different place. Humans had only just invented flint tools, which allowed them to build homes, weave cloth, and plant...

2019-09-28
How to easily free up space on your phone using Google Photos

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. I’ve owned iPhone after iPhone. Ever since my first iPhone 5c, I’ve never backed it up to iCloud — and for no good reason, really. It was just something I refused, which...

2019-09-28
Like it or not, Facebook is hiding more and more likes

A life-free Facebook may be coming. Facebook is a popularity contest. If you post a photo of your dog and no one likes it, it stings. Is there something wrong with your dog? Or because that’s not possible, is there something wrong with you? Not getting likes on a post can lead to a shame spiral that could lead...

2019-09-27
You can now make money selling your own health data, but should you?

Hu-manity.co and other firms want to help people monetize their own medical info, but the potential market raises plenty of ethical concerns for civil liberties advocates. Selling your own health data is completely legal—if you wanted to, you could request a copy of your electronic health record from your...

2019-09-27
‘You have the wrong Heather Patton,’ pleads Kaiser Permanente after racist CVS video

The healthcare company has been tweeting at users who have mistakenly identified a doctor as a woman seen going off on a racist rant in a viral video. Kaiser Permanente has a message for Twitter users: You have the wrong Heather Patton.Read Full Story

2019-09-27
What the first porta-potty can teach designers about digital privacy

Our insecurities about public bathrooms have evolved over time—and so, too, should the way we design for digital privacy. In 16th-century Paris, the starkly primitive clashed with the beautifully refined. The dainty bourgeois would gather dressed in their finest frocks, wearing tall, veiled, conical headpieces...

2019-09-27
Libra exec promises Facebook’s plan isn’t to replace existing currencies

The Libra Association really wants us to know that Facebook cryptocurrency is not being created to replace existing currencies. Manager Director Bertrand Perez, speaking at a blockchain conference hosted at the United Nation headquarters in Geneva today, said: “We are not in the area of implementing any monetary...

2019-09-27
Before you agree to any app’s Terms of Service, check this site

Nobody reads terms of service agreements. Guard puts a computer to work reading them for us. I don’t need to tell you that we live in a privacy nightmare, in which it seems there’s no social network or app you can truly trust to protect your personal identity and everything you do online. But the worst...

2019-09-27
This game shows you how bots and trolls spread fake news on social media

Social media platforms off late have come under criticism for poisoning public discourse, even to the extent of getting labeled as “toxic swamps full of trolls, liars and bots.” But as Facebook and Twitter become a conduit for bad actors to manipulate news, set agendas, and propagate toxic viewpoints, they’ve...

2019-09-27
Google’s hyperlocal news app Bulletin makes headlines as it shuts down after just a year

Google is killing one of its products, again. This time it’s the company‘s hyperlocal news app Bulletin. In a letter to users obtained by Android Police, the company states it’s shutting down the app on November 22. The company had introduced the app last year as a pilot in the US and Canada. However, it never...

2019-09-27
‘Accessibility’ and ‘playability’ in video games are not the same thing — here’s why that matters

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 features produced by a diverse team of games journalists, designers, and enthusiasts. It was founded by games journalist and product...

2019-09-27

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