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22 incredibly useful Google Assistant tips

With the right voice commands, a Google Home speaker can boost your productivity. A keyboard and mouse might still be the best way to get work done, but sometimes it helps to use your voice instead.Read Full Story

2019-07-29
Google Chromecast’s surprising origins—and uncertain future

At six, Google’s breakout streaming player is at a crossroads. When Google launched Chromecast on July 24, 2013, product manager Rishi Chandra wasn’t sure whether it would succeed or fail.Read Full Story

2019-07-29
Just because sex toy apps can count calories doesn’t mean they should

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...

2019-07-28
Why following your dreams is a destructive startup myth

Ignore the cliché that you need to grind every day. It’s more important to go at your own pace. Lace up your Allbirds, finish that keto smoothie, and grab an electric scooter. It’s time to rise and grind and hustle until the haters ask if you’re hiring. You need to pivot, scale, disrupt, and...

2019-07-27
Here’s how to delete or temporarily hide your YouTube 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. Tired of Facebook too? We’ve got a guide for that. Oh, and Instagram? Yep, here’s how to delete that too. What, and Twitter? Here’s all you need to know. And Snapchat. Social...

2019-07-27
The strange afterlife of Cambridge Analytica and the mysterious fate of its data

As the U.S. announces a lawsuit against Cambridge Analytica, the Mercer-controlled Emerdata discloses that it now owns the disgraced Trump data firm and its parent company. On Wednesday the U.S. government announced a long-awaited $5 billion penalty against Facebook and a complaint against Cambridge Analytica,...

2019-07-27
How to switch Android Q’s gesture navigation back to the old buttons

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 Google pushed out beta after beta of Android Q, it became clear the company was taking a page out of Apple’s UI. This is most notable with regards to Android Q’s new...

2019-07-27
Your conversations with Apple’s Siri may not be so confidential

Amazon and Google understand Apple’s plight. Ahead of this year’s CES conference, Apple made a billboard-sized privacy statement: “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone,” it declared. It was a thumb to the nose of tech companies (*cough* Facebook) that peddle users’...

2019-07-26
This is what the busiest air travel day in aviation history looks like

More planes in the air. More heat on the ground. Wednesday was the busiest day since Flightradar24, a site that monitors real-time air traffic, started tracking flights. On July 24, more than 225,000 flights took to the skies, according to a tweet from Flightradar24.Read Full Story

2019-07-26
The mysterious afterlife of Cambridge Analytica and its trove of data

As the U.S. announces a lawsuit against Cambridge Analytica, the Mercer-controlled Emerdata discloses that it now owns the disgraced Trump data firm and its parent company. On Wednesday the U.S. government announced a long-awaited $5 billion penalty against Facebook and a complaint against Cambridge Analytica,...

2019-07-26
This retro-styled OS is actually a delightful feed of 90s-inspired tunes and videos

I’m a sucker for old-school operating system aesthetics – especially when they’ve been repurposed to run modern web services. This is why Poolside.FM – a gorgeous music and video feed disguised as a retro Mac OS – immediately piqued my curiosity. The summer-styled website comes with its own music player, a...

2019-07-26
Twitter Q2 2019 earnings: revenue up 18%, daily active users up 14% to 139 million

Twitter is no longer reporting monthly active users (MAUs) in favor of monetizable daily active users (mDAUs). The social media company has announced its Q2 earnings for fiscal 2019. Results, for the most part, were better than what analysts had expected. Twitter saw revenue rise 18% year-over-year to $841 million....

2019-07-26
Australia to start policing Facebook’s and Google’s algorithms

The plan is the first in the world that proposes keeping tabs on tech companies’ algorithms. Australia’s antitrust watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has announced that it plans to set up an office that is dedicated to nothing else other than policing the algorithms tech...

2019-07-26
India doesn’t want WhatsApp sharing your payment data with Facebook

Even as WhatsApp readies to launch its mobile payment service in India later this year, the government is concerned about its privacy and security ramifications. “Indian authorities are concerned that WhatsApp’s payment service might share user data with group companies Facebook and Instagram, compromising the...

2019-07-26
Alphabet stock soars as Google ad sales signal a return to form

After a bummer Q1, ad sales growth appears to be gaining ground again. The company beat analyst expectations on revenue and earnings per share. Alphabet reported a solid second quarter Thursday on the strength of improving growth in its Google online advertising business.Read Full Story

2019-07-25
Netflix canceling ‘Tuca and Bertie’ is a bad sign for all the distinctive, weird shows streaming is supposed to keep alive

If we’re all supposed to watch the same thing, why not just tune in CBS? There’s an incisive quote about creating television that has stuck with me for years. I forget which showrunner said it, although it was probably The Good Place’s Mike Schur, and the exact quote has proven un-Googleable, but...

2019-07-25
Hate Twitter’s new design? Here’s how to get the old look back

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. You’ve probably heard about it: Twitter redesigned its platform to make it snappier and give you more color themes. But there’s a problem: a lot of people absolutely hate its...

2019-07-25
Dwayne Johnson dives into bottled water with new Voss Water deal

The Rock takes an ownership stake in the company, while becoming the latest celebrity duking it out for your thirst in the bottled-water aisle. Dwayne Johnson has added to his laundry list of career titles—wrestler, actor, producer, shoe and apparel designer—by taking an ownership stake in Voss Water,...

2019-07-25
Zuckerberg’s word use suggests Facebook is selling ‘experiences’ and not ‘ads’

Facebook’s been through a tumultuous period, to put it mildly. From the disruption of global democracy due to the misuse of personal data, to unfavored algorithmic changes resulting in especially gen z fleeing the platform for alternatives like Snapchat and TikTok. This tumultuousness is reflected by Facebook’s...

2019-07-25
This snack curator for Google is one of the most powerful people in food

Meanwhile, it won’t surprise you to learn that Google takes a data-driven approach to choosing snacks—and making sure the peanut M&Ms never run out. On Glassdoor, the site where people can rate and review workplaces anonymously, a Google employee begins a list of “pros” with:...

2019-07-25
Dwayne Johnson faces off against Jason Momoa, Will Smith—and Gwyneth Paltrow?—in the bottled water wars with new Voss deal

The Rock is more than just the brand’s first-ever celebrity endorser, he’s also got an ownership stake in the company. Dwayne Johnson has added to his laundry list of career titles—wrestler, actor, producer, shoe and apparel designer—by taking an ownership stake in Voss Water, also becoming...

2019-07-25
Make Sense of SEO & Kick off a Digital Marketing Career with This $49 Bundle

But even if you’re unschooled in the ways of 21st century web commerce, the boatload of training in The Complete SEO & Digital Mega Marketing Bundle can definitely start getting you up to speed. You can get your hands on this giant collection of digital wisdom for at literally thousands off the regular price,...

2019-07-25
The best way to make money out of Libra? Put a bet on it not launching on time

Facebook’s digital currency Libra is looking less and less likely to launch next year as originally planned. Policy expert, Angela Walch from University College London’s Centre for Blockchain Technologies told Quartz: “The odds that Libra receives regulatory approval anytime soon (ie, in the next six-12 months)...

2019-07-25
How to mute annoying chats on WhatsApp, Messenger, and 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. Modern-day chat apps have allowed us to stay connected with our friends and family. But there are some pesky people and groups whom you don’t want to interact with all the time....

2019-07-25
Russians caught peddling spyware disguised as legit Google and Pornhub apps

The Russian surveillanceware saga continues. Canadian cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new set of Android surveillance tools originating from Russia. The kicker? The spyware can be found in numerous fake apps disguised as legitimate software from Google, Pornhub, Skype, and many other familiar brands. The...

2019-07-25
TRON’s Justin Sun confirms he’s a ‘big-mouthed over-marketer’ in Warren Buffett lunch apology

Justin Sun, the founder of cryptocurrency platform TRON, has issued a public apology after postponing a highly publicized charity lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett. And it seems Sun is finally becoming aware of his “over-marketed hype.” Sun issued an apology earlier today saying he “sincerely apologizes...

2019-07-25
Dating app ‘reviews’ won’t tackle harassment

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...

2019-07-25
FTC sues now-bankrupt Cambridge Analytica over ‘deceptive practices’

Facebook may have been slapped with a $5 billion fine for its handling of repeated data violations on the platform, but Cambridge Analytica isn’t getting off the hook either. In an administrative complaint, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) initiated a separate legal action against the controversial data analytics...

2019-07-25
The Best Chromebooks for Designers and Creatives in 2019

Looking for the best Chromebooks for your design & creative needs? Look no further. We've reviewed and ranked the best Chromebooks you can buy today in 2019.

2019-07-25
Google’s ‘Sound Amplifier’ Android app helps you hear better in noisy areas

There are millions of people with varying degrees of hearing loss throughout the world, but modern technology means we have some tools to tackle this problem with the very devices in our pockets. Case in point: Google has an app simply named ‘Sound Amplifier‘ that can make it easier to hear speech in situations...

2019-07-25
For now, Facebook is still crying all the way to the bank

The company may be battling the feds on multiple fronts, but business is still booming. For all the self-inflicted problems Facebook is dealing with—such as the $5 billion fine it must pay after an FTC investigation into its privacy practices—the news is usually good when it comes to its financial...

2019-07-24
Google confirms Search results are broken for ‘some’ Android users

No, you’re not the only one: a bunch of Android users are complaining they’re unable to load Google Search results in full on their phones. Numerous reports claim Search result pages aren’t completely rendering, randomly leaving a “white wall” at the bottom. The issue has persisted for at least “the past...

2019-07-24
Hipcamp raises $25 million to lure more people out of the great indoors

Nature is not just an Instagram phenomenon. Hipcamp has a bold plan to get cubicle jockeys into the great outdoors, and now it has $25 million more to do it. The Airbnb of camping just announced that it has raised that hefty sum in a funding round led by noted cubicle jockeys Andreessen Horowitz. Andrew...

2019-07-24
How the FTC settlement could let Facebook off the hook

In agreeing to $5 billion, Facebook appears to be off the hook for any other FTC claims that it violated a 2012 settlement with the agency. Facebook has agreed to pay $5 billion and implement new practices to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations it violated a 2012 settlement on user privacy.Read Full Story

2019-07-24
Survey finds adults couldn’t care less about Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’

Facebook Libra’s potential to help cryptocurrency go mainstream has been touted in recent weeks, but recent survey results indicate otherwise.  According to a poll conducted by CivicScience, which looked into general interest and public concerns surrounding Libra following the announcement of its launch, only five...

2019-07-24
Facebook tries to make the FTC settlement sound like a cool new privacy feature

The company was hit with a record-setting $5 billion fine for privacy violations. In a blog post this morning, Facebook officially announced the news of its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which includes a record-setting $5 billion fine along with strict new rules regarding how the company must...

2019-07-24
Google’s Gallery Go is a lightweight Photos alternative that works offline

Google has boosted its app lineup for Android Go – a lightweight alternative of its operating system for low-end phones – with a new addition: Gallery Go, a stripped-down substitute for Photos that uses machine learning to automatically organize your pics. The best part about the new app is that it also works...

2019-07-24
Android vulnerability lets hackers hijack your phone with malicious videos

If you use a phone running any version of Android between 7.0 and 9.0 (Nougat, Oreo, or Pie), you ought to immediately install the latest security update – or risk getting your handset hijacked by devious video malware. The culprit is a vulnerability in the aforementioned Android versions (CVE-2019-2107), which...

2019-07-24
Facebook gets away with $5B FTC fine for leaking your data

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has slapped a $5 billion fine on Facebook in wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and its other data leaks. In an agreement filed today, the FTC has also ordered the social network to make privacy-related changes to avoid such mishaps in the future. The new order requires the...

2019-07-24
Design legend Stefan Sagmeister steps down from his firm

His partner Jessica Walsh will take over the firm’s commercial projects, and its employees will shift over to a new business called &Walsh. Ten years ago, esteemed graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister opined in a TED Talk about how every seven years, he takes a yearlong sabbatical from his work to focus more...

2019-07-24
JBL’s Android TV-powered soundbar finally goes on sale at $399

At Google’s developer conference in May 2018, the company had announced an Android TV soundbar in partnership with JBL. Now, the device is finally on sale for $399. The soundbar can connect to your TV and drive your streaming needs with apps for popular services like Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. Plus,...

2019-07-24
Study: Humans’ racial biases extend even to black and white robots

If you do a quick Google search for ‘robot,’ you’ll be faced with a wall of white robots. According to a recent study called “Robots and Racism,” human’s tendency to stereotype racial bias is seeping into the world of robotics. Research by the Human Interface Technology (HIT) Lab in NZ found that the...

2019-07-24
How to find and remove fake accounts on Twitter

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. Are fake followers hindering your influence in the Twittersphere? Do you want to get rid of them once and for all? I’m here to show you how. You could manually go through your...

2019-07-24
Why the average Facebook user needs to watch Netflix’s ‘The Great Hack’ right now

Here are nine of the more explosive revelations in the Cambridge Analytica documentary ‘The Great Hack,’ for anyone who may not have learned all the facts in real time. A top-10 worst feeling in the world is learning that you’ve been manipulated.Read Full Story

2019-07-24
How Google Photos joined the billion-user club

The surprising story of the Google gambit that stripped Google+ of some of its best features—and turned them into a photo app that’s become a blockbuster. In a tech industry obsessed with scale, no aspiration is more iconic than building something that reaches a billion users. And nobody has achieved it...

2019-07-24
Facebook releases AI-powered tools to map the world

Facebook today released a bunch of machine learning-powered tools to help create maps of the world. The company’s tools, called Map with AI, will help the community-based OpenStreetMap organization to create crowd-sourced maps easily. The social network spent two years in developing these tools, and is now making...

2019-07-24
Google will remove shady data-stealing Chrome extensions starting October 15

Google is making good on its “root-and-branch review” of third-party developer access to user data. The company has now said its new policy for Minimum Permission and updated User Data policy will be enforced starting October 15, 2019 — in other words, Chrome will no longer support sketchy extensions that...

2019-07-24
Google’s supersized Nest Hub Max lands September 9 (maybe)

Google’s Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub) is an impressive piece little smart display except for that one tidbit – it might be too little.  It’s intuitive to use, and it’s ambient light adaptation works remarkably well, but the small size somewhat limits its primary function as a photo frame. That’s...

2019-07-24

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