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Facebook bans employees from non-essential travel to China amid coronavirus fears

Facebook’s decision to ban employee movement to China was probably easier to make than it would be for other tech giants like Apple and Google. Facebook has become the first major technology company known to have put a ban in place on its employees traveling to China as the spread of the coronavirus worsens....

2020-01-28
Ring’s Android app reportedly sends data to third-party trackers

Ring, the Amazon-owned security camera company, has been caught in another privacy mishap. A report published by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) earlier today, suggests Ring’s Android app sends a ton of personally identifiable information (PII) to third-party trackers without explicit user consent. The report...

2020-01-28
How to back up your Google Docs (in case Drive goes down again)

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. As some of you probably know, Google Drive and its accompanying suite of apps, like Docs and Sheets, went down for a while earlier today. Considering Google Drive has over one...

2020-01-28
YouTube nabs Activision esports streaming deal from Twitch

Activision revealed over the weekend that it’d signed an exclusivity deal with Google, meaning YouTube will host the company’s esports tourneys for the foreseeable future. Up to now, Activision‘s had a contract with Twitch, the major player in the streaming space. This could be a big feather in Google’s...

2020-01-27
Despite Kobe’s crash, MIT statistician says it is safer than ever to fly

It’s 10 times safer to fly now than 40 years ago. MIT statistician Arnold Barnett wants you to know that it’s profoundly safer to fly than ever before. “The risk is so low that being afraid to fly is a little like being afraid to go into the supermarket because the ceiling might collapse,”...

2020-01-27
Report: Tinder’s new panic button is sharing your data with Facebook and YouTube

Last year, an investigation by ProPublica, BuzzFeed, and Columbia Journalism Investigations found more than 150 instances of sexual assault involving dating apps. Approximately 10 percent involved users being matched with dates who had previously been accused or convicted of sexual assault. Last week, Tinder took a...

2020-01-27
After nearly 6 months, Kashmir’s internet opens up – but only to 300 sites

After enduring the longest internet shutdown in a democracy, people in Kashmir are being allowed back online, but with major restrictions. On January 15, the state authorities allowed limited 2G access and broadband access to select institutes in a few areas. Over the weekend, it issued orders to restore 2G...

2020-01-27
A brief history of UX design and its evolution

When you think about user experience design it’s a term we instantly associate with apps and websites. And especially when considering a typical job description of a UX designer, it can trick you into thinking that it’s a modern concept. The term was first coined in 1993 by the cognitive psychologist and designer...

2020-01-26
It’s 2020 and we still have a data privacy problem

There are only a few $100 billion dollar industries out there — yet Facebook and Google sell personal data to advertisers for more than this amount on an annual basis. When the tech giants exploit consumers’ personal data for revenue gain, this data often gets sold and used without any regard to the individual....

2020-01-25
Vine’s successor Byte is here to take on TikTok

Remember Vine? It’s much-awaited successor, Byte, is finally here. The app, developed by one of the Vine’s co-founders, Dom Hofmann, who has been working on the app for years, quietly announced the release on Twitter last night.  In 2018, Hofmann had announced he’s going to release the app in Spring 2019....

2020-01-25
Google is testing how to make ads sneakier in search results

Last year, Google introduced a small but meaningful change to the way it presented search results on mobile – it started to display favicons. This would,  in theory, make it easier to visually distinguish trusted sites from shady ones and ads. But when the company started to implement a similar change on its...

2020-01-24
Google is “experimenting” with changes after backlash over Search redesign

After making search ads look more like organic results, Google backtracks. Google is rethinking its latest search page redesign after critics said it made advertisements look too much like regular search results.Read Full Story

2020-01-24
How to set up a birthday fundraiser on Facebook

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. One of Facebook’s most subtly ingenious features is the birthday fundraiser. It prompts users to set one up on or near their birthday to raise money for various nonprofits —...

2020-01-24
Which celebrity can do it all? The Dolly Parton social media challenge has the answer

Such celebs as Viola Davis, Mark Ruffalo, Conan O’Brien, and Martha Stewart have posted their ideal Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, and LinkedIn pics. Dolly Parton may have just inspired the first “Yas Boomer!” in social media history.Read Full Story

2020-01-24
Private celebrity Twitter groups for political activism is the latest splintering of public social media

Celebs such as Debra Messing and Don Cheadle are organizing privately online before broadcasting on public social media. When Don Cheadle and Debra Messing talked about what they thought of a New York magazine piece about Bernie Sanders saying the 2016 primary was rigged, it wasn’t at a cocktail party. Or a...

2020-01-24
How tiny startup teams handle big privacy issues

Four social-impact startups reveal how they manage privacy laws and concerns—even if they’re not required to. Privacy headlines often focus on big tech behemoths—and for good reason. Last year alone, the Federal Trade Commission settled a $5 billion civil penalty against Facebook and a $170...

2020-01-24
The impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump is underway—and here are the best memes so far

Just when you wondered if anyone was watching, people are—and they’re making the best of it. Donald Trump officially became the third president in history to be impeached shortly before last Christmas. News of the announcement was dubbed #MerryImpeachmas on Twitter, because it was holiday season, and,...

2020-01-24
Hiring managers use a screening tool that’s dangerous and possibly illegal

Survivors of domestic violence are cautioned not to be searchable on social media. But when many hiring managers rely on that as a screening tool it can be nearly impossible to form the networks needed to get a job. It shouldn’t require an act of bravery to update a LinkedIn profile. For domestic violence...

2020-01-24
Report: Japan is working on its own digital currency in retaliation to China’s

A group of lawmakers in Japan are reportedly working to create a state-issued digital currency. According to Reuters, one of the lawmakers said its creation was a direct response to Facebook‘s Libra and China’s digital yuan. [Read: Japan doesn’t want to fight Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra on its own]...

2020-01-24
Trump is taking full advantage of Facebook’s lie-friendly ad policy

There’s no warning of any kind on the ads showing that their statements may be false. What did Facebook expect? The company has doubled down on its policy of allowing political ads that contain lies, explaining that it shouldn’t be in the business of evaluating ads. One unfortunate (and predictable)...

2020-01-24
I’m a trans woman. Google Photos doesn’t know how to categorize me

“Is this you?” Platforms like Google Photos, Apple Photos, and Facebook are forcing trans people to interact with—and classify—photos of our past selves. There are two people on my phone screen. At least, I think there are two people; Google isn’t quite so sure. And neither is any...

2020-01-24
Soros: Facebook is conspiring to reelect Trump

“Facebook will work together to reelect Trump, and Trump will work to protect Facebook so that this situation cannot be changed, and it makes me very concerned about the outcome for 2020.” Facebook is a platform where conspiracy theories are rife. But the latest conspiracy theory puts the social network...

2020-01-24
The UK now has 30,000 EV charging connectors — but there’s a long way to go

The United Kingdom‘s electric vehicle charging network continues to grow. There are now more than 30,000 EV charging connectors located across the nation, according to a tweet from UK-based online vehicle charging point locator Zap-Map. EV charging #milestone reached! ⚡️🚗 There are now over 30,000 charging...

2020-01-24
The Value Ladder for Designers & Brands

As a designer, the higher you go on the value ladder, the more you get paid. As a business, the more strategic your brand, the more valuable it can be.

2020-01-24
Pornhub now has a Tor mirror site for your private browsing pleasure

The popular porn site Pornhub has just launched a mirror site on Tor so you can watch videos privately without worrying about being tracked online. The adult entertainment company has disabled login and user upload functions for the Tor site, but you can still view content anonymously. For the uninitiated, the Tor...

2020-01-24
EA’s Tetris mobile game is dead, but an alternative is already here

Tetris is one of those nostalgic puzzle games that has stayed somewhat relevant with times. However, earlier this week, Electronic Arts (EA) announced that its popular mobile games, Tetris and Tetris Blitz, will be taken off the App Store and Play Store on April 21. In an announcement on Twitter, the company noted...

2020-01-24
20 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Maps could do

Some of the best features of Google’s mapping app are among the hardest to find—until you know where to look. Google Maps is great for just getting around. But don’t be fooled: the app is much more than a glorified Garmin. Maps has all sorts of powerful features and timesaving shortcuts that...

2020-01-24
How to add people to Twitter lists without notifying them

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. Twitter lists are a useful, if little-discussed feature that allow you to group your many different follows into coherent categories. If you’re like me and follow people from a...

2020-01-24
Tyler Perry’s Netflix film ‘A Fall From Grace’ is a mess—and Twitter has the receipts

Tyler Perry may not have a writers room, but could he at least get a continuity editor? Tyler Perry is one of Hollywood’s most prolific showrunners—and he won’t let you forget it either.Read Full Story

2020-01-23
This smart speaker for kids is a godsend for modern parents

With no screen and no spying, Pentagram designed the Yoto player to do less, not more. Finding a kid-friendly device like an e-reader or audio player is a pain point for a lot of modern parents. Kids’ content, like educational podcasts, shows, or audio books, are often part of bigger catalogs when using a...

2020-01-23
What designers have to gain by thinking like social workers

“I’ve got a soul that can’t sleep at night when something ain’t right.” These are the song lyrics to “Power of Equality” which is the first song on Red Hot Chili Pepper’s, breakthrough album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The song goes on to address racial injustice, white supremacy, and self-serving...

2020-01-23
Google and Microsoft shouldn’t decide how technology is regulated

A researcher who studies AI principles warns that giving too much credence to Big Tech is like “asking the fox for guidance on henhouse security procedures.” When it comes to AI, Big Tech wants a hand in developing regulation. In a January 20 piece for the Financial Times calling for the regulation of...

2020-01-23
Big banks vs. Big Tech: Citi’s president on the existential threat facing finance

Financial services companies are at risk of becoming “dumb pipes” for innovative tech platforms. You might think large financial companies with brand equity stretching back into the 19th century would have little to worry about when it comes to disruption. But with much younger tech players encroaching...

2020-01-23
Software ate the world. Now it’s design’s turn

We are entering a Golden Age of product design, in which even niche enterprise products are finally becoming sensible, easy to use, and even beautiful, writes MasterClass cofounder Aaron Rasmussen. In 2011, Marc Andreessen famously predicted that software would “eat the world.” Although the trend lines...

2020-01-23
Google’s new ‘Digital Wellbeing’ tools, ranked from ingenious to offensive

Google Creative Lab’s well-being experiments try to be playful, but one of them is just joking about something that’s not funny to begin with. Since 2018, Google (and Apple) have been addressing the 4.5-inch glass elephant in the room: that while smartphones have become essential to modern life,...

2020-01-23
Google found vulnerabilities in Apple’s Safari that allowed user tracking

In December, Apple fixed multiple bugs found in its Safari browser that allowed third-party websites to track users’ browsing habits. According to a paper published by Google’s security team, the company notified Apple of various flaws in its anti-tracking technology, Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), in...

2020-01-23
Apple and Google’s tough new location privacy controls are working

As users opt out of tracking en masse, advertisers will have to make do with limited location data. Spare a thought, if you will, for the digital advertisers who have grown dependent on knowing your exact whereabouts at any instant.Read Full Story

2020-01-23
How to turn your iPhone into a Google security key

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. Google recently revealed it was giving iPhone users the same security as their Android brothers, by making your phone the equivalent of a key. No more dealing with SMS codes…...

2020-01-23
Scientists figured out why stress turns your hair gray

It might not come as a shock to learn that stress can turn your hair gray, but a team of Harvard scientists recently discovered the surprising reason why. Scientists have long understood that gray hair is the result of the natural aging process, certain pigment/follicle disorders, and stress. But until now, we’ve...

2020-01-23
Google’s Collections now remind us of a certain website called Pinterest

What’s Google doing with this sneaky little Pinterest competitor? Google is using AI to put all of the stuff you search for into collections and honestly, the new features may very well remind you of Pinterest.Read Full Story

2020-01-22
Apple’s anti-tracker feature in Safari did just the opposite, say Google researchers

Yikes. The Safari feature reportedly introduced serious flaws that could’ve been exploited by hackers. An Apple feature so privacy-minded it upset the ad industry also could have been exploited by hackers to reveal what you do as you browse the web, Google researchers claim in a paper described by the Financial...

2020-01-22
Priyanka Chopra has the perfect advice for Gen Z activists like Greta Thunberg on dealing with trolls

“Go to sleep at night knowing that you created a revolution,” the Indian actress said in an interview at Davos. With more than 73 million followers on Twitter and Instagram alone, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has surely dealt with her share of trolls. So when the Indian superstar was asked this afternoon if...

2020-01-22
Scientists working with Google just published the most detailed brain scans ever created

Google and its partners at the Janelia Research Campus today released the largest, most detailed set of brain scans ever published. The project encompasses nearly one-third of the brain of a fruit fly and includes detailed mappings for more than 25 thousand neurons featuring more than 20 million synapses. The best...

2020-01-22
Xbox Series X photos allegedly leak on Twitter

Leaked photos of a console purported to be the new Xbox Series X show us what the back of the console looks like. Considering these are the first photos we have that seem even somewhat legit, seeing the rear end of this particular console is actually kind of exciting. The images first surfaced on Neogaf, and later...

2020-01-22
‘Hunger Games’ fans are rage-tweeting about the President Snow prequel

Suzanne Collins’s upcoming fourth book in her bestselling series is not exactly what fans were hoping for. The minds behind The Hunger Games are catching fire from fans of the books upset that President Snow is going to be the subject of a prequel entitled The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, due in stores May...

2020-01-22
4 strategies to redesign entry-level work to be more productive

Automation is changing the nature and potential of entry-level jobs. It’s on everyone to adapt. Automation is changing the world. Namely, it’s changing the way we work by eliminating many of the more menial, repetitive tasks that employees currently focus on multiple hours a day. And while this is...

2020-01-22
Data sharing is key to an AI-driven medical revolution

It is not often that one witnesses a transformational advance in medicine. But the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the early detection of disease is exactly that. I was a co-author of the paper recently published in Nature showing that an AI system developed by Google was better at spotting...

2020-01-22
Vodafone ditches Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ to focus on M-Pesa

Vodafone has bailed on Facebook‘s cryptocurrency project, Libra, to focus on expanding its own solution for faster cross-border payments beyond Africa. The telecommunications giant is the latest in a string of companies to have left the Libra Association, alongside Mastercard, Visa, Stripe, and Ebay, CoinDesk...

2020-01-22

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