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Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo team up to create an AirDrop competitor

Three of China’s biggest phone makers – Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo – are teaming up to create a file-sharing system like Apple‘s AirDrop. Xiaomi announced this “inter-transfer alliance” through a post on WeChat. The new technology will use a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transfer files between phones...

2019-08-19
5 Google Maps tricks to make your travels more efficient, fast, and fun

Retrace your steps, keep your friends informed, conquer your commute, and more. For many of us, Google Maps is an indispensable tool—but not one whose advanced features we spend that much time exploring. While it’s a solid choice for simply getting from point A to point B without much fuss, here are some...

2019-08-19
Facebook should stop trying to disrupt payments with Libra and focus on repair

Facebook has had quite a run operating in the completely unregulated, wild world of social media, finally ending with a mea culpa that it needs government regulation in order to manage the massive social and democratic disorder it has created. With its new Libra cryptocurrency, Facebook wants to disrupt the most...

2019-08-18
Get Google Analytics-savvy with this $14 course

Used by over 40 percent of web stat-crunchers, Google Analytics is the gold standard — and official GA certification is a true bar of entry acknowledgment that you understand the power of Google Analytics and can mine the knowledge gems found inside.In the Google Analytics Certification: Get Certified In 2 Days...

2019-08-18
Xbox confirms Project Scarlett is the only console it has in the works

Xbox this week revealed that, contrary to popular rumor, we aren’t going to be getting multiple models of next-generation Xbox after all — meaning there’s no xCloud console in development. We’re also not likely to see cloud gaming consoles for quite some time. A persistent rumor surrounding the next console...

2019-08-16
The OPPO Reno 2 packs four cameras and supports 20x zoom

It’s no secret that OPPO is quietly working on the successor to its popular Reno handset. Today, courtesy of the company’s Twitter account, we got a glimpse of what it’ll look like. Introducing #OPPOReno2 #Quadcam with #20xZoom. Coming first to India on 28.08.2019 pic.twitter.com/ySwRdeoXLa — OPPO India...

2019-08-16
Twitter is testing a way to make unwanted DMs less obnoxious

A small step, but we’ll take it. If people keep sliding into your DMs with unique yet uninvited offers of sexual acts that are not physically possible, relentless photos of Ed Sheeran, and opportunities to fund new ventures from Nigerian princes, Twitter has some good news. The social media site is testing a...

2019-08-16
Why this Google product manager left to work on criminal justice reform

Recidiviz, the only nonprofit in the current cohort at the tech accelerator Y Combinator, is using data analytics to determine the best strategies to reduce incarceration. As a product manager at Google working on Google Maps, Clementine Jacoby started thinking about how the analytics tools she used to build products...

2019-08-16
Why this Google project manager left to work on criminal justice reform

Recidiviz, the only nonprofit in the current cohort at the tech accelerator Y Combinator, is using data analytics to determine the best strategies to reduce incarceration. As a product manager at Google working on Google Maps, Clementine Jacoby started thinking about how the analytics tools she used to build products...

2019-08-16
Google and Apple are courting the education sector with new tools for students

The new semester is fast approaching and Big Tech is wasting no time in bringing the education sector a swathe of new offerings. With this in mind, Google has announced it’s expanding its college search feature, which it introduced a little over a year ago. While the feature previously made it possible to sift...

2019-08-16
Google study says people are still using old passwords after being compromised

A new study by Google found that approximately 1.5 percent of all sign-ins used across the web involved credentials that have been already hacked. The findings come from a telemetry analysis of its Password Check Chrome browser extension that it launched earlier this year. Google is presenting details of the study...

2019-08-16
Software giant Oracle sues blockchain startup over similar name

Software giant Oracle is suing a blockchain venture capital startup for trademark infringement and “cybersquatting,” reports Computer Reseller News. Oracle, based in Redwood City, California, has alleged CryptoOracle LLC and its owner Louis Kerner purposefully sought to leverage Oracle‘s reputation as an...

2019-08-16
Learn how to optimize your site for just $12.99

The secret most web design pros don’t want you to know is that much of website management isn’t difficult. In fact, with the training like these Technical SEO courses from TNW Deals, you’ll quickly learn how to do 90 percent of what your web guy does for collecting those big fees. Right now, you can get either...

2019-08-16
Facebook thinks a free latte will trick you into believing it cares about your privacy

The company is opening pop-up “Facebook Cafe’s” in which people can stop in for a Facebook privacy checkup. Facebook, the company that has one of the worst privacy track records in the history of tech, is opening multiple pop-up “Facebook Cafe’s” in which people can stop in...

2019-08-16
How Desus and Mero make their late-night show feel off the cuff—and why Twitter should be shut down

With their free-flowing show, now running twice a week on Showtime, the Twitter-born duo are giving late-night comedy new...

2019-08-16
Twitter is testing a safety feature to detect and hide offensive DMs

Yesterday, Twitter announced it’s testing a feature to filter out potentially offensive direct messages. Any DMs in the “Message requests” folder containing abusive or inappropriate content will be automatically moved to a section marked “Additional messages,” giving people the option to view the message or...

2019-08-16
How to report fake news on Instagram

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 announced today it’ll let you flag posts for false content. The feature will start rolling out to users in the US from today, and it’ll roll out to other parts of the...

2019-08-16
Apple will soon treat online web tracking the same as a security vulnerability

Apple is taking a hard stance on online privacy with a new anti-tracking policy in Safari. The iPhone maker has published a “WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy” that goes into specifics about the types of anti-tracking methods it has developed, the practices it believes are harmful to users, and the unintended...

2019-08-16
Twitter invests in ShareChat, an Indian social network for regional language users

Twitter announced today it has invested an undisclosed amount into ShareChat, an Indian social media app for local languages. The company led the investment round of $100 million along with TrustBridge Partners, Shunwei Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, SAIF Capital, India Quotient, and Morningside Venture...

2019-08-16
Project Veritas and ‘whistle-blower’ published bullshit ‘data-leak’ to dox Google employees

Project Veritas, a non-profit conspiracy theory outlet, today dropped the ‘bombshell’ that it’d obtained hundreds of leaked internal documents from a whistle-blower showing Google‘s bias against Conservatives. Unfortunately, as is almost always the case with Project Veritas, the claims are crap. As TNW’s...

2019-08-16
CVS faces boycott threats after dispute with birth-control delivery startup Pill Club

Pill Club has made its private dispute with CVS Health over reimbursement rates very public. On Thursday, prescription delivery startup Pill Club posted a missive concerning CVS that has the Twitterverse in a frenzy.Read Full Story

2019-08-15
Google Assistant can now nag your family with assignable reminders

Reminders are one of the most useful features of AI assistants. Pick up some groceries, take out the trash, set up a dentist appointment. But what about those times you need to nag other people to do something? Google Assistant can soon do that for you too. The feature, dubbed assignable reminders, simply requires...

2019-08-15
Nest users are mad about Google’s new privacy policy regarding camera status lights

For privacy reasons, Nest Cam users can no longer disable the status light while recording or live-streaming footage. Back in May, Google published a set of privacy principles for its smart home devices, one of which said that it would provide a “clear visual indicator” when a camera is turned on and...

2019-08-15
Google Assistant now helps family members boss each other around

Now you can assign reminders to other people by voice. Google Assistant is already an efficient way to at set your own reminders, but now you can use it to delegate tasks as well. Tell your kids to take out the trash, or ask your spouse to pick up milk on the way home, and they’ll get a reminder at the...

2019-08-15
Finally, a Google Doodle really worth your drunken attention

Hungry yet? Drop what you’re doing, and go eat nachos.Read Full Story

2019-08-15
BBC’s English language lesson about cryptocurrency isn’t terrible

The BBC is helping non-native English speakers sharpen up their cryptocurrency language skills and knowledge with a 6-minute primer on Bitcoin. In today’s episode of BBC Learning English hosts Catherine and Sam discuss cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, and Facebook’s controversial digital currency Libra. If you’re a...

2019-08-15
The humble shipping container home gets a luxurious upgrade

Designed by Brazilian architect Marilia Pellegrini, the 194-square-foot minimalist home was inspired by the famous Japanese designer Kenya Hara. Shipping containers have been used to create emergency housing, dorms, breweries, and even a Taco Bell. But rarely do these adaptive reuse projects look so beautiful that...

2019-08-15
These are the funniest passport photos we’ve ever seen

Passports are designed to be mundane. This photographer fixed that. For our safety, passport photos have highly stringent requirements. You must be facing the camera head-on. The background needs to be clear, without shadow. You can’t have anything in your hair. Glasses must be removed. Your head must take up...

2019-08-15
Project Veritas releases ‘internal documents’ from Google and alleges anti-conservative bias

A former Google employee has released nearly 1,000 documents which he says is evidence of the search giant’s anti-conservative bias on the platform. Zachary Vorhies, the employee in question, shared the documents with Project Veritas — a right-leaning investigative journalism non-profit founded by James O’Keefe...

2019-08-15
WhatsApp played a big role in the Nigerian election — not all of it was bad

There is growing concern about the potential for the message and media sharing platform WhatsApp to undermine democracy in a number of countries across the world including Brazil and India. Because WhatsApp is encrypted – and so offers users far greater protection from prosecution than Twitter or Facebook – it has...

2019-08-15
Clip this tiny gadget to your backpack and get real-time reports of the air quality around you

Government air quality measurements only come from a few locations. Now you can find out how clean the air is on your block, on your commute, or even in your house. You might be surprised by what you find. A few years ago, when product designers from a San Francisco-based design studio traveled to China to visit...

2019-08-15
Huawei is building its own Google Maps (and Yandex and Booking.com are already on board)

Huawei is gearing up to take on Google Maps. The Chinese giant is developing its own mapping service called Map Kit, state-owned outlet China Daily reports. There’s a catch, though: the service is not exactly meant for consumers. Instead, the idea is to give developers tools to build new applications based on its...

2019-08-15
Nintendo seems to be striking its music off YouTube, and that sucks

After apparently resolving its troubled relationship with YouTubers, Nintendo‘s now coming down on those who upload music from its games. At least two popular channels have been hit, and if this starts a trend, there aren’t a lot of alternatives for listening to this music. The channels GilvaSunner...

2019-08-15
Exclusive: See 300 items Target is rereleasing from its designer collaborations

Remember that Lily Pulitzer or Rodarte dress you missed out on at Target? Or the Michael Graves vase? You might get to snag it this time around. I remember when the Lily Pulitzer x Target dropped in 2015. I showed up on Friday morning a few minutes before the store opened to see if I could pick up a colorful summer...

2019-08-15
These are the 4 surprising lessons I learned when I started managing people for the first time

You’ll probably realize that you have more empathy for managers, and you might not realize what it was like not to have explicit power. When I first moved into team management from product management, I quickly learned that managing people is very different than managing a product. As it turns out, people are...

2019-08-15
This spooky Monero-mining malware waits to be controlled remotely

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a mysterious new strain of cryptocurrency mining (cryptomining) malware that employs powerful techniques to avoid detection and analysis. Software firm Varonis determined the malware is based on Monero mining software XMRig, which is open source and hosted on GitHub. Hard Fork...

2019-08-14
Facebook’s group privacy settings actually make sense now

Until today, Facebook has given you three options for creating a user group: Open, closed, or ‘secret.’ While the first is pretty obvious, the other two were occasional sources of confusion – an admin might set a group to ‘closed’ without realizing it was still searchable, for instance. Instead there are now...

2019-08-14
Stock photos of hackers are hilariously bad. OpenIdeo wants you to redesign them

Cybersecurity needs a rebrand. Do a quick Google image search for “hacker,” and you’ll find a hilarious (and hilariously inaccurate) collection of stock photos. In one example, a man in a black windbreaker is chipping away at a keyboard with a hammer and comically large nail. In another, the...

2019-08-14
Take a tour of Google Earth with speakers of 50 different indigenous languages

Hear Cherokee, Rarotongan, Fulfulde, and more thanks to Google Earth. “It is a human right to be able to speak your own language,” says Tania Haerekiterā Tapueluelu Wolfgramm, a Māori and Tongan person who works as an educator and activist. “You don’t have a culture without the...

2019-08-14
LGBTQ+ creators file lawsuit against YouTube for discrimination

A group of LGBTQ+ YouTubers this week filed a federal lawsuit against Google, claiming the site has engaged in discriminatory practices that deliberately suppress their ability to make money. Part of the problem is that YouTube has kept its algorithms so mysterious, there’s no way to know if it’s deliberately...

2019-08-14
Google will give out $3 million in cash to victims after the next natural disaster in the U.S.

It’s part of a project with GiveDirectly to measure if giving cash is the most effective form of disaster relief. Every natural disaster is different, and how people respond in their aftermath is different, too. For aid groups that help in recovery efforts, this makes it difficult to figure out what exactly is...

2019-08-14
Stock photos of hackers are hilariously bad. Ideo wants you to redesign them

Cybersecurity needs a rebrand. Do a quick Google image search for “hacker,” and you’ll find a hilarious (and hilariously inaccurate) collection of stock photos. In one example, a man in a black windbreaker is chipping away at a keyboard with a hammer and comically large nail. In another, the...

2019-08-14
These are the most surprising apps for professional networking

Forget LinkedIn or Twitter. What about TikTok or Goodreads for finding that new job? You might use Hinge to look for a special someone or Fitbit to track your health goals, but have you ever thought of using the apps for career building? Platforms that are meant for social connection could also help your...

2019-08-14
This is the computer you’ll wear on your face in 10 years

Snap’s new Spectacles 3 camera glasses are an important step toward the augmented reality glasses that could one day replace the smartphone as our go-to computing device. Snap’s new Spectacles 3 don’t look that different from their predecessors. They consist of a metal designer frame with a couple...

2019-08-14
Humans have been listening to our ‘AI-transcribed’ conversations for over a decade

It was a scandal. Third-party contractors, many working from places where data protection legislation is lax (or even non-existent), were listening and transcribing recordings of conversations from people who unwittingly believed robots were doing all the work. Conversations about work, finance, and romance were...

2019-08-14
Why developers shouldn’t fear Friday code deployments

I’ve seen the advice of not deploying products on Fridays over and over in my Twitter feed and internet memes. I even stumbled upon a job offer that mentions ‘no Friday deployments’ policy as one of their perks. Most of the industry is now sold on the idea that pushing code to production on a Friday is a bad...

2019-08-14
Over 50% of Google searches result in no clicks, data shows

Google is hungry for your clicks. But it turns out that more than half of all Google Search queries now result in no clicks. As of June 2019, 50.3 percent of Google searches received zero clicks. By contrast, searches with organic clicks to non-Google websites now make up only 45 percent of all traffic. That...

2019-08-14
Teen finds way around parents’ tech confiscation: Tweeting from the smart fridge

You hear the word “innovation” a lot in tech, and half the time, it’s never really that impressive or even innovative. But last week, for the first time, I was bewildered by the tech that is a LG Smart Refrigerator and the innovation of one Ariana Grande twitter fan account, @thankunext327. For today’s teens,...

2019-08-14

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