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Google listed the wrong number for its product hotline, nobody noticed

Not so long ago, Google set up a consultation hotline in case you needed to be convinced why your home needs a smart speaker – or any other smart device. But if you were wondering why nobody was picking up the phone, don’t worry, it wasn’t personal: the Big G had listed the wrong number on product pages for...

2019-08-22
CHEAP: $150 off a Samsung Galaxy S4 tablet (and a free S Pen)? Yes please

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is showing its age, but it’s still a worthy iPad alternative for those wedded to Google’s Android ecosystem. As Samsung gradually rolls out its successor, vendors are dropping the price of the S4 to...

2019-08-22
Open-source spyware bypasses Google Play defenses — twice

Google Play Store continues to attract sketchy Android apps despite its best efforts to vet incoming apps for malware. In a new report published by security firm ESET, researchers have discovered the first known instance of an open-source spyware bypassing the internet giant’s app store vetting process — twice....

2019-08-22
Don’t believe the Business Roundtable has changed until its CEOs’ actions match their words

Business culture is shifting. But words alone won’t make necessary system change happen. In an announcement Monday, the Business Roundtable added their voice to a steady drumbeat of important market signals stating the need to move away from the failed ideology of shareholder primacy toward a new culture of...

2019-08-22
Fitbit beats Apple to supply health trackers to hundreds of thousands of Singaporeans

The initiative hopes to use technology to help fight the rising rates of diabetes and heart disease in the country of 5.6 million. Fitbit has won a massive contract with the government of Singapore to supply its citizens with health trackers, reports CNBC. Fitbit won the contract for the country’s “Live...

2019-08-22
Ikea is quietly changing its brand again—for a very good reason

In the company’s 2020 catalog, Ikea swapped its custom typeface for something much simpler: a Google-designed font called Noto. The global design powerhouse Ikea is known for tweaking the way it markets products in different countries to suit local tastes. But as the furniture giant continues to expand...

2019-08-22
iPhone 11’s new Face ID could make upgrading from iPhone X, XS worth it

The new sensor that is said to be bound for the iPhone 11 could make using Face ID much more fluid and less annoying. Bloomberg is out today with what is essentially a roundup of what it expects Apple to release until the end of 2019 and into the first few months of 2020. Many of the products have already been well...

2019-08-22
Google, Intel, and Microsoft partner to improve cloud security

Some of the biggest names in tech have banded together in an effort to promote industry-wide security standards for securing data in use. The initiative — dubbed Confidential Computing Consortium (CCC) — has Alibaba Cloud, Arm, Baidu, Google Cloud, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, Swisscom, and Tencent as its...

2019-08-22
France sticks to its unilateral ‘Google tax’ — even though Trump is pissed

French President, Emmanuel Macron, has started turning up the heat before this weekend’s G7 summit. At a press meeting yesterday, Macron stuck to France’s policy of upping taxes on big tech, calling the system which provides companies with a “permanent tax haven status” simply “crazy,” The Local reports....

2019-08-22
Apple might finally bundle a fast charger with the iPhone 11

Apple launched fast charging support for iPhones in 2017, starting with the iPhone 8. But until now, the company has only been including chargers capable of a measly 5W power delivery with its iPhones. If ChargeLAB – a website focused on charging peripherals – has it right, the iPhone 11 will be shipped with a...

2019-08-22
14 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Drive could do

Make Google’s online storage service better than ever with these unexpected options and productivity-boosting add-ons. If you’re thinking of Google Drive as a mere place to plop your files, you’re missing out on some pretty powerful possibilities.Read Full Story

2019-08-22
4chan users pose as Jews to peddle anti-Semitic propaganda on Twitter

A group of 4chan users have taken to Twitter, impersonating Jews and promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories following a call to arms on the popular message board. In the original post, the unknown user urged readers to “create a massive movement of fake Jewish profiles on Facebook, Twitter” and other social...

2019-08-22
Google will keep classic Hangouts on life support a little longer

Basically, Google doesn’t want to piss off its paying customers. Google’s messaging-apps strategy is still as confusing as ever, but fans of the “classic” Hangouts service can breathe a quick sigh of relief today. Google says it’s keeping the old service alive for a little...

2019-08-21
Mark Ronson’s interactive Instagram Story might just be the future of music videos

Someone needs to pick up where MTV and YouTube left off. If you happen to follow Mark Ronson on Instagram, you may have noticed that he dropped a new music video for “Pieces of Us” on his Instagram Story. This wasn’t just a snippet or a highlight reel—it was the entire video for the...

2019-08-21
Google, Apple, and Mozilla won’t budge on Kazakhstan’s sneaky plot to spy on citizens

Google and Mozilla stepped up their efforts to block Kazakhstan’s government from intercepting web traffic within the country. In a joint announcement made today, the two companies said they are deploying a technical solution to prevent the use of ‘Qaznet Trust Network’ root CA certificate in Chrome and...

2019-08-21
The Museum of Ice Cream is returning to New York City with a permanent location

Instagram’s favorite museum is opening a flagship location in NYC this fall. Here’s how the company is building a more permanent business from a pop-up. The Museum of Ice Cream, which opened its first pop-up experience in New York City three years ago, is announcing today that it is returning to the...

2019-08-21
Behold the astronaut lounge at Virgin Galactic’s $250K-per-flight spaceport

It’s part first-class lounge, part office, and part red carpet for the ultra-wealthy customers who will take flight beginning next year. If space-obsessed billionaires get their way, people who can pay a whopping amount of money—about $250,000—will be hopping on a commercial rocket for a space...

2019-08-21
Jigsaw CEO Jared Cohen still loves Funnyordie

The Jigsaw CEO tells us his media diet Instagram @HumansofnyRead Full Story

2019-08-21
Celebrities including Rob Lowe and Adriana Lima are falling for a 7-year-old Instagram hoax today

The hoax originated on Facebook all the way back in 2012. If you follow a lot of celebrities and influencers on Instagram, you might have seen some of them post an image of an alarming block of text in the last 24 hours that claims Instagram is about to change its privacy and photos rules, and anyone who does not...

2019-08-21
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry fell for an old-school Instagram hoax

You know, in many respects, I admire former Texas Governor Rick Perry. He’s accomplished so much, despite clearly being an absolute fucking moron that, in Europe, wouldn’t be trusted with a pair of safety scissors. In the years after landing the top job in Texan politics, Perry has since wrangled his way into...

2019-08-21
Intel takes on Google and Amazon with 2 new AI-focused chips

Intel has unveiled two new processors as part of its Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP) lineup with an aim to accelerate training and inferences drawn from artificial intelligence (AI) models. Dubbed Spring Crest and Spring Hill, the company showcased the AI-focused chips for the first time on Tuesday at the Hot...

2019-08-21
Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra reportedly facing EU competition probe

Facebook’s controversial ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra is facing a competition probe by the European Union Commission, according to a document seen by Bloomberg. The European Union’s antitrust regulators are “currently investigating potential anti-competitive behavior” amid concerns Facebook would monopolize the...

2019-08-21
Gmail will soon automatically correct your typos and grammar goof-ups

Ever made a typo in an email so bad that your life flashed before your eyes as you sent it? Worry not, Google‘s making sure it doesn’t happen again with a new update for Gmail that’ll point out basic spellings and grammar mistakes as you type. The update, presently rolling out for G Suite users on web, will use...

2019-08-21
How to Write a Better Bio – 6 Tips to Sell Yourself

Our top tips on how to write a better bio & sell yourself… because no one else will. 1. Know your bio’s purpose Your bio is there to show who you are, what you’ve done and to give others a feel for what makes you unique. Use it to showcase your most relevant skills and experiences, for an intended audience....

2019-08-21
Louisiana State University Twitter warns of armed intruder, tells students to “Run, Hide, or Fight” UPDATE: Normal operations have resumed on campus

The official Twitter account for the Louisiana State University (LSU) today tweeted a warning to students, faculty and staff at approximately 2:54 PM local time (US central) indicating an armed intruder was on campus The tweet advises those on the premises to “Run, Hide, or Fight.” LSUPD: Reported armed intruder...

2019-08-20
Sony’s acquisition of Insomniac mirrors Microsoft’s aggressive expansion

Sony this week revealed it’d acquired Insomniac Games, its perennial partner studio and the developer of Spider-Man, Ratchet & Clank, and the Resistance series. Insomniac joins a conga line of game studios that have been acquired by the console makers in the last few years — indeed, it almost seems like a...

2019-08-20
Facebook is looking for a few good humans for its news department

Good news, journalists? Good news for job-hunting reporters: Facebook is looking for a few “seasoned journalists”—real human journalists—to curate stories for its News Tab, a new service that will aggregate news from reliable publishers, the New York Times reports.Read Full Story

2019-08-20
Facebook lets you (sorta) control what info it gets from other sites

Facebook is offering new privacy tools that allow users to personally manage how much dirt on your browsing and spending habits Facebook gets from other websites — in theory, at least. Have you ever been browsing Facebook and noticed an ad for something you were looking up on another website not five minutes ago? If...

2019-08-20
You only have 11 days left to watch the world’s oldest webcam before it’s shut off for good

“Our webcam is a throwback to the early days of the internet when anyone could do anything.” Administrators of what is billed as the world’s oldest webcam have announced that the live stream from the camera will be shut off for good on August 30, reports the SFGate. That camera, known as the...

2019-08-20
Google disproves Trump’s accusation of vote manipulation

Last night, President Donald Trump tweeted in his signature style accusing Google of manipulating 2.6 to 16 million votes in Hilary Clinton’s favor in the 2016 Presidential Elections. However, Google swiftly responded by denying all allegations made by Trump. Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6...

2019-08-20
Anti-abortion groups found a way around Google’s new ad policy

In May, Google announced plans to crack down on misleading advertisements from anti-abortion groups that present themselves as abortion clinics online. In the tech giant’s initial update, it changed its “Healthcare and medicines” policy after numerous allegations that it provided $150,000 in free adverts to an...

2019-08-20
iOS 12.4 makes it possible to jailbreak your iPhone again

Apple’s most recent iOS update — 12.4 — has reopened a vulnerability that was previously patched, making  it easy to jailbreak iPhones and iPads. As reported by Motherboard, hacker Pwn20wnd exploited the flaw to release a public version of the jailbreak on Monday, making it the first time an up-to-date firmware...

2019-08-20
Best Laptop Backpacks and Bags in 2019

While we have featured a lot of tech on our website, there has been one area where we seemed to be lacking in and that’s with laptop backpacks and bags. Bags have become something more than what your child may carry their books in on the way to school. With more and more personal tech and things that we bring with...

2019-08-20
Twitter bans advertising from state-run media after disinformation about Hong Kong

Twitter issued an update to its advertising policies to ban state-run media from spreading misinformation and propaganda. Leadership at Twitter stated today that they want to “protect healthy discourse and open conversation.” To that end, they are no longer accepting advertising...

2019-08-19
Twitter announces complete advertising ban on state-run media outlets

Twitter earlier today announced it’s banned more than 900 accounts purported to be linked to a China-sponsored disinformation campaign against the citizens of Hong Kong, now it’s extending its policies to ban advertising from all state-sponsored news sources globally. The ban will encompass any news-media...

2019-08-19
Apple Arcade will reportedly set you back just $5 a month

A new report offers more details about Apple’s rather opaque plans for its game subscription service, Arcade. If the details are accurate, an Arcade subscription could be one of the more cost-effective gaming plans out there. According to a report from 9to5Mac, Arcade will cost subscribers $4.99 a month after the...

2019-08-19
The 10 fastest-growing jobs for women are not what you think

SmartAsset analyzed employment data, and the two top jobs may surprise you. If you ask Google what a taxi driver or construction laborer looks like, you’ll see a plethora of images of men hanging out the driver’s side windows of bright yellow sedans or stern faces under hard hats. Google clearly has to...

2019-08-19
Get More Impressions, Sales, and Downloads With This $13 Facebook Marketing Course

Over the years, Facebook has evolved from a way to stay in contact with friends to a crucial growth platform for businesses. It’s no wonder why Facebook now has over seven million advertisers and reported $16.9 billion in profit during Q4 of 2018. 

2019-08-19
Binance to launch a blockchain for fiat-backed stablecoins, but who even cares?

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has been announced launch of a new blockchain and it’s called project “Venus.” I’m not sure why it chose that name because Venus has no moons. Sad. In an announcement published this morning, Binance described Venus as an “initiative to develop localized stablecoins and digital...

2019-08-19
The latest claim to Satoshi Nakamoto is the stupidest one yet

For years, Faketoshis have been fighting to claim the Bitcoin throne, trying to make us all believe they were responsible for the cryptocurrency’s creation. But things took a different turn this weekend after an unknown person(s) decided it was time to reveal their identity as the ‘real’ Satoshi Nakomoto in a...

2019-08-19
Google stops sharing your network data with carriers over privacy concerns

For once, Google is putting an end to a data collection practice before it attracts closer inspection from lawmakers and regulators. Reuters is reporting that Google has shut down its Mobile Network Insights service over concerns that “sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of...

2019-08-19
The untold story of America’s brilliant National Parks branding

Leave it to graphic design legend Massimo Vignelli to come up with a clever system that saved the government money– and is still in use today. Today, the national parks are represented in our visual culture primarily through photographs posted on social media. But long before people posted selfies in...

2019-08-19
How Adobe turns cutting-edge research into everyday features

The creative tools kingpin’s researchers get to dream big—but they’re responsible for ensuring that tools like Photoshop never feel like yesterday’s news. San Francisco’s Moscone West convention center has hosted its share of giant developer conferences over the years, from...

2019-08-19
Twitter is displaying ads by Chinese state-run media condemning the Hong Kong protests

In one paid Twitter ad, the Xinhua News Agency claims that “escalating violence” at the protests is taking a “heavy toll on the social order.” It goes on to claim that “all walks of life in Hong Kong” are calling for order to be restored. Except it’s not. Twitter, which...

2019-08-19
Tech billionaires haven’t killed Burning Man’s anti-capitalist spirit—but influencers might

The annual mecca for the experimental and weird has become one of the world’s most iconic arts events by keeping the forces of commercialization at bay. If only it weren’t so Instagrammable. It was midweek in Black Rock City, Nevada, and the burners were looking disheveled. Days of camping, cooking,...

2019-08-19
Facebook has coffee shops now. It’s only the beginning of the branded city of the future

Free coffee, loaner bikes, and public events: These are some of the amenities that tech brands and banks offer at a new generation of retail spaces. After facing years of privacy scandals, Facebook has announced plans to open a series of five “Facebook Cafes” across the U.K. by early September. There,...

2019-08-19
Welcome to housing Twitter, the shoutiest debate on the internet

Every day, there’s a vital (and vitriolic) debate happening in Twitter comment threads about how we solve the country’s housing crisis. Is the issue too complex to be grappled with on a platform that encourages single-sentence thoughts? Probably—but that isn’t stopping anyone from...

2019-08-19
China is paying Twitter to publish propaganda against Hong Kong protesters

Twitter has caught itself in a propaganda war after it was found running ads from China’s state-backed media outlet Xinhua attacking the Hong Kong protesters. The promoted tweets (aka ads) — which were captured on social bookmarking site Pinboard — talk about how the escalating violence in the territory has...

2019-08-19

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