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Twitter’s trying really hard to make itself a news app

New experiments at Twitter show it’s trying to further establish itself as the go-to news app for its users around the world. Today, the company announced its testing a way for you to follow specific interests, such as sports teams and celebrities. Once you choose these topics, Twitter’s machine learning algorithm...

2019-08-14
The ultimate guide to WhatsApp’s powerful privacy options

WhatsApp encrypts your chats, and that’s great. But for true privacy, you need to tweak the app to keep Facebook, stalkers—and even friends—from snooping. WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in the world. According to Statista, as of July 2019, 1.6 billion people were using the messaging...

2019-08-14
Facebook paid people to listen to and transcribe your voice clips

Facebook doesn’t need any more bad press, but here we go again. According to a report by Bloomberg the company has paid “hundreds” of contractors to transcribe audio snippets from your conversations within its services – without making it sufficiently clear these clips were being recorded. The employees...

2019-08-13
Snap’s new Spectacles capture 3D video and aim for the luxury crowd

When Snap first revealed its Spectacles in 2016, they were something of a mini-phenomenon. Here was a pair of wacky sunglasses sold through wacky vending machines that could record video in a circular format. At the time, some thought pivoting into hardware could be the company’s defense against increasing...

2019-08-13
Another chunk of the Bitcoin stolen from Bitfinex has mysteriously moved

Another chunk of the 119,756 Bitcoin stolen from cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has been mysteriously moved. Twitter-based transaction monitor @whale_alert signaled the transfer late yesterday, when the hackers’ wallet suddenly transferred just over 30 BTC ($351,000) to a fresh, previously unused Bitcoin...

2019-08-13
This subreddit documents the most delightful fuckups on Google Maps

What do a couple of kids pointing guns at an adult, a man about to fall off stairs, a group of people wearing pigeon masks, and a taxi driver pissing himself have in common? These are the type of unusual moments curated by a small Reddit community known as Google Maps Shenanigans. The subreddit, which recently...

2019-08-13
A San Francisco startup guide for international entrepreneurs

San Francisco is hallowed ground for tech entrepreneurs. Every year thousands of founders travel to the city, set on starting the next unicorn. However, while the birthplace of Twitter and Uber certainly can provide connections, investors, and talent to help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level,...

2019-08-13
Chrome for Android will now let you log in to some services without password

Google announced today that you can use the fingerprint sensor to sign in to some of its services when you’re using Chrome for Android. The company said this functionality is available for all Pixel users today, and will be rolling out to all using Android 7 or above in coming days. At the moment, you can go...

2019-08-13
23 job sites to report Google’s job search for EU antitrust violation

In a letter seen by Reuters, 23 job search websites in Europe are calling for an antitrust investigation into Google’s job searching tool. The letter, which will be sent to EU Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestager today, demands the EU stop the company’s its unfair practices until the it has concluded a...

2019-08-13
Hong Kong International Airport cancels all departures for the second day in a row

Arriving flights are still able to land at Hong Kong International Airport, though that may change if the protests grow. Officials at Hong Kong International Airport have announced that they have canceled all departures from the airport for the second day in a row, reports Bloomberg. Today’s cancelations are...

2019-08-13
Designer Misha Nonoo has read ‘The Alchemist’ five times

The fashion designer known for dressing British royals takes our career questionnaire. Fast Company: What’s your best habit, and your worst?Read Full Story

2019-08-13
Mountain Dew insulted Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and its cool apology won it 300,000 fans for life

A graphic geographical error has led to a special-edition Upper Peninsula label and a brand trip to the State Fair. In the grand scheme of things, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula isn’t very big. The jagged, 26,000-square-mile jut of land—mostly wild—separating Lake Superior and Lake Michigan is...

2019-08-13
Tumblr was bought for the same price as a modest family home in San Francisco

Yesterday, Automattic, the creator of WordPress, announced it had acquired Tumblr for “less than $3 million” from its previous owner, Yahoo. It’s an inauspicious fall from grace for the site, which was previously sold to the search giant for $1.1 billion. Why did Yahoo sell one of its prized possessions for a...

2019-08-13
Chrome for Android will now let you login to some services without password

Google announced today that you can use the fingerprint sensor to sign in to some of its services when you’re using Chrome for Android. The company said this functionality is available for all Pixel users today, and will be rolling out to all using Android 7 or above in coming days. At the moment, you can go...

2019-08-13
FBI proposal outlines plans for large scale collection of social media data

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning to step up its efforts to monitor social media platforms more aggressively in order to detect potential threats. The move, according to the Wall Street Journal, clashes with Facebook’s privacy policies and “possibly its attempts to comply with a record $5...

2019-08-13
Facebook is finally testing Dark Mode

From Android to iOS, and from Twitter to Slack, almost every app now has a dark mode. The only app that hasn’t joined the dark side is Facebook’s main app. However, according to reliable app leaker Jane Manchun Wong, the social network giant is now testing dark mode on its Android app Wong also took to twitter to...

2019-08-13
The Trump administration drafted an executive order to censor the internet

CNN has obtained a draft of an executive order that could potentially censor huge portions of the internet. In an attempt to stop a perceived “bias” against conservatives, Trump’s plan attempts to strip certain protections from companies like Facebook and Twitter, particularly those protected under Section 230...

2019-08-13
Verizon sells Tumblr for a pittance of what it was once worth

Wordpress parent company Automattic is taking embattled free blogging site Tumblr off Verizon’s hands for perhaps less than 2% of what it was once worth. In 2013, Yahoo snapped up free blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Now it’s worth less than 2% of that sum, with Automattic, Inc., the parent of...

2019-08-13
Verizon sells Tumblr to WordPress, but don’t expect NSFW posts back

After spending a few years doing pretty much nothing of note with the site, Verizon’s offloading Tumblr to Automattic, the company that owns WordPress. However, despite the new management, the site apparently won’t reinstate its NSFW content. We have big news to share today: @tumblr is joining Automattic, and we...

2019-08-12
Bill Nye partners with Google Chromebook to explain the science of fear

In a new campaign with Google, pop culture’s resident scientist Bill Nye breaks down why we have such a hard time letting go of something. While brand loyalty certainly plays a role in the almost tribe-like mentality some people have around certain companies or products, there could be another factor at play:...

2019-08-12
This is how to fight fake news at work in a post-trust era

Loss of truth also inevitably means loss of trust, arguably the single most important factor in the employer-employee relationship. Here’s how to fight back. Earlier this month, a video clip surfaced on Instagram of Mark Zuckerberg delivering a short, troubling speech. In it, he touched on Facebook’s...

2019-08-12
These 5 great alternative search engines do what Google can’t

Whether you’re privacy conscious or just on the hunt for the perfect grilled-cheese sandwich, the best search engine for you might not be Google. You’d be hard-pressed to find the cross section of living people who have searched for something on the web and who haven’t ever—never, ever,...

2019-08-12
Twitter users keep abusing the wrong Jeffrey Epstein

“Rot in hell you pervert,” wrote one. “Go to hell, child rapist,” said another. These were all tweets directed to Jeffrey Epstein, a publicist at the Walt Disney Company, whose sole connection to the late disgraced financier is his name. Imagine sharing a name with the most loathed human being on the planet,...

2019-08-12
Here’s how to stop your job search from consuming all your time and energy

If you’ve already got a full-time job but are looking for something new, these 3 tips can help you be more efficient in your job search. Hop on Google to look for job search advice, and you’ll find plenty of articles, podcasts, and LinkedIn posts with tips that require hours each day to implement.Read...

2019-08-12
Here’s how anonymized personal data should be used to create better services

Ask anyone their opinion on companies using their data and the response will almost always be negative. It’s not surprising; revelation after revelation has revealed that the likes of Google and Facebook not only profit off of user data, but are often reckless or intrusive in the way that they do so.  The level of...

2019-08-11
HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ creator and ‘SNL’ writer Julio Torres can help you be more creative

As his first comedy special, ‘My Favorite Shapes,’ premieres on HBO, comedian Julio Torres dissects his own creative process for your benefit. Self-selected nicknames are always a risky proposition. Few have ever been as accurate, though, as Julio Torres’ Instagram handle: Space Prince Julio.Read...

2019-08-10
This is what job seekers think about CEOs who take a stand on social issues

Research shows that a CEO’s stance on social issues can impact a job seeker’s perception of the company, but not in a simple way. Chief executives around the globe have become increasingly vocal about social and political issues. In the U.S., many have criticized Donald Trump’s hardline stance on...

2019-08-10
Best Power Banks for Designers in 2019

The top best power banks and portable chargers available today, plus tips on how to choose what is right for you!

2019-08-10
How to download YouTube videos to watch offline

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. YouTube videos are great ways to keep yourself entertained for a short period of time — but what happens when you don’t have access to the internet? How do you save YouTube...

2019-08-10
The GOP and Republican groups won’t advertise on Twitter over bias claims

Republican groups want Mitch McConnell’s account unlocked. The GOP is reportedly taking its advertising money out of Twitter’s pocket.Read Full Story

2019-08-09
The 20th-century designer whose work could help cities survive in this century

Roberto Burle Marx, a pioneer in garden design, emphasized the importance of working with native plants. Today, deforestation is a leading contributor to global warming, a harrowing reminder that we need trees to survive. But when plants are cultivated in their natural habitat, they absorb harmful carbon dioxide...

2019-08-09
This fake Ikea manual explains Sweden’s laws to Trump in a way he’ll understand: pictures

Created by two Swedish designers, the manual explains why Sweden’s prime minister can’t meddle in investigations, including A$AP Rocky’s. The American rapper A$AP Rocky is currently awaiting a verdict in Swedish court for an alleged assault—a case in which President Donald Trump attempted...

2019-08-09
Updated: Roku is rethinking its answer to Alexa and Siri

Roku’s entertainment-focused voice assistant may never fully materialize as originally conceived. While Roku’s big bet on smart TV licensing is paying off, its more recent venture into developing a voice assistant isn’t going as well. A report by the Wall Street Journal claims that Roku is...

2019-08-09
How to (selectively) hide Instagram Stories like a pro

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 Stories are a handy way of sharing fleeting moments from your life without immortalizing them on your feed. But sometimes you might want to shield those ephemeral...

2019-08-09
Video: Burn in hell, Twitter — a guide on deleting or deactivating your account

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.  Were you on old Twitter? Back before the brand proliferation, before the Nazis, before the President of the USA was doing his best to kick off a global confrontation? When people...

2019-08-09
How to use Google to find podcast episodes on a specific topic

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. Podcast discovery is already a hard task. Companies like Spotify are investing a lot of money in improving recommendation. But it’s almost impossible to find a particular episode...

2019-08-09
Google Cloud is an emerging cloud giant—learn how to use it for under $40

Google, whose Google Cloud platform is on a serious upswing, has dumped millions into improving its cloud offerings. That investment has paid off handsomely, with Google Cloud revenue rising from $4 billion annually to $8 billion over the past two years.

2019-08-09
I’m one of the rare few who needs only 4 hours of sleep per night

Physician Sindi van Zyl is a natural short sleeper, the rare person who doesn’t need caffeine, naps—or delusional thinking—to thrive on limited sleep. Sindi van Zyl, 43, is a physician based in Johannesburg, South Africa, who specializes in treating HIV patients. After hours, she hosts a radio...

2019-08-09
This YouTuber redesigned the logos of Starbucks, Coffee Bean, and Folgers—and they’re brilliant

Graphic designer Kelly Lauren gave each coffee brand a new look, dividing commenters with her design decisions. The Starbucks logo is so iconic that it’s hard to imagine an image that could represent the brand as effectively as the mermaid. But graphic designer and YouTuber Kelly Lauren has boldly attempted...

2019-08-09
Blockstream takes on Bitmain with new Bitcoin mining centers (and it’s already getting flak)

Blockstream, the blockchain infrastructure firm that sent a Bitcoin satellite into space, has entered the cryptocurrency mining space. The company revealed details about its Bitcoin mining data centers in Quebec, Canada and Adel, Georgia earlier this week. Currently, Blockstream is working with customers including...

2019-08-09
Tall buildings are leaving cities in darkness. These architects have a radical fix

As cities get denser, designers are getting more creative about preserving precious access to sun and air. At 4 p.m. on a bright spring day, if you’re positioned along the High Line, you’ll feel the sun’s rays beating down on you. This makes sense—the High Line is an elevated outdoor park...

2019-08-09
Huawei just announced Harmony OS, its answer to Android

Huawei just announced a new operating system called Harmony OS  at its developer conference in China. The company said the Harmony OS is a microkernel-based distributed OS for all platforms including mobile phones, wearables, laptops, and televisions. HarmonyOS has just been announced at #HDC2019! How are we going to...

2019-08-09
Facebook is courting publishers with multi-million dollar deals to launch its news tab this fall

Facebook is keen to become a major news distributor again, after being lambasted for years over its role in aiding the spread of misinformation. A report from the Wall Street Journal last night indicated that the social network is offering major publications multi-million dollar deals to bring them on board its...

2019-08-09
We keep falling for phishing emails, and Google just revealed why

Here’s what Google has learned by blocking 100 million phishing attacks on Gmail users—every day. You should feel cranky about all the phishing emails you get. Because getting your brain in a grumpy gear will elevate the odds of your not getting fooled by the next phony invitation to log into your...

2019-08-09
These startups aim to smash Apple and Google’s smartphone duopoly

Two privacy-first, open-source platforms want to give consumers what the tech giants won’t. But starting from scratch isn’t easy. For years, the devices and services we use have ever more aggressively monitored our activities and mined our data. But as consumers have grown increasingly attuned to...

2019-08-09
Facebook might be fined billions after losing facial recognition lawsuit

Facebook — inarguably the world’s largest facial database — has a lost a federal appeal in a class-action lawsuit that claimed it illegally collected and stored biometric data of millions of users without their consent. The lawsuit began in 2015 when Illinois-based Facebook users sued the company for violating...

2019-08-09
Roku has reportedly scrapped its answer to Alexa and Siri

Roku’s entertainment-focused voice assistant may never fully materialize. While Roku’s big bet on smart TV licensing is paying off, its more recent venture into developing a voice assistant seems to have sputtered. A report by the Wall Street Journal claims that Roku is “no longer developing a...

2019-08-08
In a big blow to Facebook, court lets class-action lawsuit over biometric data move forward

Is it awkward to post this story on Facebook? For years, Facebook has been fighting a potentially devastating lawsuit on the grounds that its collection and storage of biometric data (namely, face data) on Illinois residents violates that state’s privacy laws, and now it looks as if that case can proceed as a...

2019-08-08

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