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How Android 10 is making your phone more private and secure

Google released Android 10 last night to all Pixel phones. The update brings some nifty features like system-wide dark mode, a new gesture navigation system, and smart replies in notifications. But the release is actually focused on privacy and security upgrades; let’s take a closer look at what’s under the hood....

2019-09-04
Facebook now asks for consent to scan your photos (but only on new accounts)

Facebook today announced it’d be rolling out its facial recognition settings to everyone — and that and that it’d be turned off by default for new users. Anyone who doesn’t already have this setting will be able to notified and asked if they want to turn it on. The new Face Recognition setting will replace...

2019-09-04
Android 10 is out on Pixel phones and more – here’s how to get it

Android 10 has finally landed, despite my reservations that it’s not named after a dessert. After several betas introducing everything from new gestures (again) to chat bubbles to a more pervasive dark theme, Google‘s latest OS update is rolling out to Pixel devices and a few others right now. Though rollouts are...

2019-09-03
Now is a good time to check your Facebook face recognition settings

Facebook has once again updated its policy regarding the collection of face data. It’s as confusing as ever, but at least you have some control. Yes, Facebook is changing how face recognition works on its service. And no, it still isn’t doing enough to respect users’ privacy.Read Full Story

2019-09-03
Watch: Sledgehammer-wielding goons jack $300k in goods from two Apple Stores

Six people broke into two Australian Apple Stores early this morning, making off with nearly $300,000 worth of products. The group, according to a Facebook post by the Western Australia Police Force, used a sledgehammer to gain entry to both stores. The first attempt was an unsuccessful one. After smashing the front...

2019-09-03
Eighteen-year-old Harrison McNeill made bean jokes on Twitter for fun. Now it’s his job

Why Bush’s Beans hired a college freshman who ran a meme account to be its Brand Twitter Harrison McNeill started his @goodbeanjokes Twitter account in 2018 while on spring break from the 11th grade.Read Full Story

2019-09-03
These YouTubers used Google Maps to find the world’s longest possible footpath. It’s a doozy

If you’ve ever wondered how far on Earth you could possibly travel between two points by foot, this popular scientific YouTube channel has got the answer for you. What: A video tracing the longest possible distance a person could hypothetically walk on the Earth’s surface.Read Full Story

2019-09-03
Bitcoin dominance exceeds 70% for the first time since March 2017 — but that doesn’t mean shit

Bitcoin‘s market capitalization has exceeded 70 percent of the total cryptocurrency market for the first time since March 2017 — when it was worth just $1,000 per coin. This metric is commonly referred to as its “dominance.” It’s a rather simple estimate that’s typically used to show how popular...

2019-09-03
Samsung will reportedly launch a foldable luxury clamshell next year

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold phone is set to launch this month. However, there are rumors suggesting the company might be working on a second luxury foldable already. According to a report by Bloomberg, the Korean tech giant is working on a clamshell phone which folds inwards. The report notes that the device will have a...

2019-09-03
CHEAP: A Google Pixel 3 for $499 is a tasty deal... FEED ME

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! If you ask any tech reviewer about top camera phones out there, almost every one of them will mention Google’s Pixel 3. While other phones rely on two, three, or even four cameras, the search giant’s phone banks on a single...

2019-09-03
Surveillance campaign targeting Uyghur Muslims affected not just iOS, but Android too

The malware campaign targeting the Uyghur Muslim minority in China’s autonomous region of Xinjiang may have been more extensive than previously thought. According to a new report published by Washington, DC-based cybersecurity firm Volexity, the community has been been at the receiving end of a large-scale...

2019-09-03
Facebook is testing hiding like counts from users

The move could severely damage egos everywhere. Jane Manchun Wong, the researcher and developer who first discovered that Instagram was testing a feature that would hide a photo’s number of likes from other users, has now made another discovery that is sure to strike terror in the hearts of influencers...

2019-09-03
Facebook to test removing the ‘like’ counter from posts

Facebook is finally testing a much-needed change to its social network – hiding Like counts on posts. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong posted this development with screenshots on Twitter. Wong’s post suggests the social network is testing this feature in its Android app. However, the feature isn’t live for any...

2019-09-03
Facebook is testing removing like count from its post

Facebook is finally testing a much-needed change to its social network – hiding Like counts on posts. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong posted this development with screenshots on Twitter. Wong’s post suggests the social network is testing this feature in its Android app. However, the feature isn’t live for any...

2019-09-03
Tesla owners reportedly got locked out of their cars because the app was down

Connected things are wonderful until they fail on you. Numerous Tesla owners allegedly experienced this today as they got locked out of the car because the app was apparently down for maintenance. Several users took Twitter to pour out their agony. Some of them were logged out of the app and weren’t able to use it...

2019-09-03
XKCD forum goes offline after discovery of data leak affecting 562K members

XKCD forum, the bulletin board associated with the popular webcomic XKCD, has been taken offline after personal information of more than 562,000 members was exposed online. According to security researcher Troy Hunt, the breach occurred two months ago (on July 1 2019). The compromised data has been added to breach...

2019-09-02
Byte Me #7: TNW’s Lady Bits has a new name!

Welcome back to… Byte Me! Confused? Due to some copyright issues, we had to rename. But we love OUR new name, and nothing else has changed — this is still our feminist newsletter that makes everyone mad <3 Each month, our gloriously talented designer, Saïna, illustrates a shitty comment or tweet we...

2019-09-02
European Central Bank bigwig outlines why Facebook’s Libra isn’t real cryptocurrency

A representative of the European Central Bank (ECB) has slammed Facebook‘s quasi-cryptocurrency Libra, referring to its proposed ecosystem as a “siren call.” Yves Mersch, Luxemborgian lawyer and ECB executive board member, even told attendees of the European System of Central Banks’ legal conference the Libra...

2019-09-02
8 Tips for a Thriving Design Career

Let’s make one thing clear; you won’t get very far as a graphic designer if you do not possess the skills needed to thrive. This includes the creative imagination. Whether you’re starting your career in design or have decades of experience under your belt, it’s imperative that you keep developing. After...

2019-09-02
Moonday Mornings: North Korea denies earning $2B by hacking cryptocurrency exchanges and banks

If you’re reading this, that means we successfully lured you into clicking our Bitcoin-related headline. Sucked in. What it really means, though, is that you and I have now entered into a (rather loose) social contract. It demands you are provided with enough interesting cryptocurrency tidbits so that you don’t...

2019-09-02
iPhone spyware campaign reportedly targeted Uyghur Muslims for 2 years

The data-stealing iPhone exploits detailed by Google last week may been used for state-sponsored campaigns targeting the Uyghur Muslim minority in China‘s autonomous region of Xinjiang. “The websites were part of a campaign to target the religious group by infecting an iPhone with malicious code simply by visiting...

2019-09-02
These hackers are supercharging your sex toys for increased pleasure

This article was originally published on SEXTECHGUIDE, an independent publication that looks at the intersection between sex and technology in a non-explicit, as close to a ‘safe for work’ way as possible – including app reviews, adult VR info, sextech devices, privacy, security issues, and much more. It was...

2019-08-31
YouTube settles with FTC over child privacy violations

Within days of launching its YouTube Kids site and adding more age categories to the Kids app, YouTube is settling with the Federal Trade Commission over child privacy violations. According to a report from Politico, YouTube agreed to pay $150-200 million to the Justice Department to settle the FTC investigation....

2019-08-30
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account has been hacked

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey‘s had his account hacked. Several tweets have been sent from his verified @Jack account, many of them containing racist epithets, threats, and extortion demands. We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened. — Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 30, 2019   At...

2019-08-30
How to see what ads Instagram thinks you’ll care about

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. Instagram‘s one of the prime social networks, and its ads are sometimes marginally less obtrusive than the likes of its big brother, Facebook. But they’re still there and they...

2019-08-30
Breaking: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account has been hacked

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey‘s had his account hacked. Several tweets have been sent from his verified @Jack account, many of them containing racist epithets, threats, and extortion demands. We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened. — Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 30, 2019   At...

2019-08-30
Opinion: Facebook’s brain computer interface will be the instrument of society’s collapse

Anyone else think giving Facebook literal access to our brains is a catastrophically stupid idea? If you missed it: Facebook‘s building a brain computer interface (BCI). In the company’s words, the gadget will be: A non-invasive, wearable device that lets people type by simply imagining themselves talking. That...

2019-08-30
Gaming’s ‘MeToo’ moment continues as more women come forward

For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. What started as a small collection of voices on Twitter has now ballooned into a full-blown movement, as more and more women in...

2019-08-30
“Alexa, roll down the windows!” Inside Amazon’s quest to get in your car

Competing with Apple and Google when you don’t have your own smartphone platform is tough. But Amazon has a plan—and lots of patience. The demo house Amazon built inside one of the towers at its Seattle headquarters to show off its Echo smart speakers has a new room, and an important one: a garage.Read...

2019-08-30
Muji’s brand-new pop-up is half store, half design gallery

The company is celebrating the designer who shaped it for two decades, Ikko Tanaka, and his prescient vision of how branding can do more with less. Muji already has three locations in Manhattan, including its flagship store. But today, it’s opening a new kind of location in the city: a pop-up in Soho that...

2019-08-30
Hurricane Dorian live cams will stream the storm from Florida cities

The storm could make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. While the exact path of Hurricane Dorian is still uncertain, it now seems to be destined to make landfall somewhere on the coast of Florida or perhaps Georgia. The storm is currently a Category 2 hurricane, and those already 100-mph winds are expected to...

2019-08-30
Inside Amazon’s long game to put Alexa in your car

Competing with Apple and Google when you don’t have your own smartphone platform is tough. But Amazon has a plan—and lots of patience. The demo house Amazon built inside one of the towers at its Seattle headquarters to show off its Echo smart speakers has a new room, and an important one: a garage.Read...

2019-08-30
Even if you hate your job, you can use it to build a career you love

Building three companies where I struggled to find meaning taught me that even the most vacuous undertakings can help you build a career you care about. Since the glory days of ’80s self-help books, we’ve been told that if you’re stuck in a career rut you should just “do what you love and...

2019-08-30
Google discovered websites that could hack your iPhone just by visiting them

The hackers could then monitor the iPhone’s location and upload virtually any files from the device–including iMessage and WhatsApp messages. Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has published a blog post detailing a number of exploits in iOS that allowed hacked websites to hack into an iPhone...

2019-08-30
Android phone brands ranked by OS update frequency: Nokia is #1

One of the major concerns when you buy an Android device is the frequency of updates you’ll receive over the years.. Google has been trying to solve that problem by pushing more fixes through the Google Play services, and initiatives like Project Treble and Project Mainline. Still, a lot of onus falls on phone...

2019-08-30
Google researchers reveal data-stealing, web-based iPhone exploit that was active for years

Researchers from Google have uncovered what appears to be a concentrated malware campaign targeting iPhones for at least two years. Thankfully this may be over now, although they warn it’s possible there are others that are yet to be seen. Project Zero, the search giant’s security team tasked with finding...

2019-08-30
Red-light traffic deaths keep rising. Is distracted driving to blame?

An alarming study from the AAA Foundation could show one of the dangers in distracted driving. The rise of smartphones has led to easy, relentless connectivity, kids begging for Snapchat accounts, and Instagram influencers making real money. The rise of phones may also have helped drive up the number of people killed...

2019-08-29
YouTube’s adding more age gates to YouTube Kids — this should go well

YouTube just revealed it’s added new age categories to its YouTube Kids app, offering different videos depending on whether the child is preschool or preteen. In theory, anyway — I’m not sure I trust YouTube Kids, of all apps, to be able to make that kind of subtle differentiation. The new age categories,...

2019-08-29
Trump tweets 2020 campaign logo linked to alt-right and white supremacy groups

It isn’t the first time Trump has shared content from white supremacists and neo-Nazis. President Trump likes to use content and images from some of his supporters, tweeting their memes and opinions out to his 63.7 million followers. Now, a video supporting his 2020 campaign that he tweeted on Wednesday...

2019-08-29
Think twice before referring all your friends to your company

It’s a nice gesture to refer friends for jobs at your workplace. But don’t forget: Your own reputation’s also on the line. An employee referral is when an employee puts forward a candidate for a job opportunity within their organization. Referring a friend can seem like an easy win for...

2019-08-29
Pinterest is escalating its fight against anti-vaxxers as measles surge in the U.S.

“We’re taking this approach because we believe that showing vaccine misinformation alongside resources from public health experts isn’t responsible.” In early 2019, as most social networks were still rubbing their beards about how to deal with fake news, Pinterest took an aggressive,...

2019-08-29
Facebook doesn’t actually let you unlink your Instagram account

Yeah, there’s an “Unlink Account” button, but–surprise!-it doesn’t do what it says. Thought you unlinked your Instagram and Facebook accounts? Well, you haven’t. As Wired reports, the “Unlink Account” option in Instagram, which allows a user to unlock their...

2019-08-29
Huawei might launch the Mate 30 without Play Store and Google apps

Despite President Trump’s approval to allow Huawei to resume trade with US companies and extend its temporary license, the company’s troubles are not over/ According to a report by Reuters, the Chinese manufacturer’s upcoming flagships – the Mate 30 and the Mate 30 Pro – will be released without official...

2019-08-29
Facebook’s ‘technical error’ in Messenger Kids allowed children to chat with adults, unsupervised

Facebook has admitted to a design flaw in Messenger Kids app that allowed young users on the platform to participate in group chats with adults, without their parents’ permission. The acknowledgement comes weeks after US Democratic senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal urged the social media giant to...

2019-08-29
Who will be impacted by Hurricane Dorian? This map will tell you

An interactive map lets you track Dorian’s path and includes demographic data on affected areas. Dorian has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane and could strengthen to a Category 3 by the time it reaches Florida, the National Hurricane Center said today. Puerto Rico will be spared the worst of the storm,...

2019-08-28
YouTube Kids will finally get its own website this week

Four years after launching on iOS and Android, YouTube Kids is getting a web version. Although Google has always insisted that the regular version of YouTube is not for children, it’s never offered a web version of the separate YouTube Kids app, which restricts content based on age and disables certain features...

2019-08-28
Hands on: Insta360’s GO camera packs a lot of features in a tiny, wearable package

Insta360 today launched its GO camera, a wearable shooter that’s about as big as your thumb. I’ve had my mitts on one for a couple of weeks and I’m simply twitterpated with its clever engineering and thoughtful trough of accessories. The GO’s meant to be worn or stuck somewhere. Its back is magnetic so it’ll...

2019-08-28
Exactly how to build your tribe when you’re working solo

Natalie Ellis of BossBabe explains the five ways to beat the lonely trap of building a business and career all by yourself. Being a solo entrepreneur is challenging for a variety of reasons, but there’s one thing I never expected: loneliness. I’m a serial entrepreneur and currently cofounder and...

2019-08-28

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