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What’s the path forward for electric planes?

The airline industry needs to curb its emissions, and a few bold startups are experimenting with electric engines. But the future of electric aviation requires more than sustainability and technological advancement. At the recent annual meeting of world airline leaders in Seoul, it was clear that something in the...

2019-07-17
Nintendo announces new Switch with better battery life

Nintendo revealed this week it’ll be releasing an upgraded version of the Switch, with a longer-lasting battery. So now we can play Breath of the Wild for over five hours — as if we weren’t doing that already. The company first revealed the new model via the Nintendo Japan Twitter:...

2019-07-17
Twitter data reveals the agony and the ecstasy of Amazon Prime Day

Prime members purchased more than 175 million items during the online sales extravaganza. Amazon’s latest Prime Day event is now behind us, and the e-commerce giant would like you to know that it delivered all the appropriate superlatives.Read Full Story

2019-07-17
Find out how long until John McAfee must eat his own dick (cos Bitcoin)

Two years have passed since cybersecurity wild-man John McAfee first told the world he would eat his own dick if his Bitcoin price prediction didn’t come true — and things still aren’t looking good. if not, I will eat my dick on national television. — John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 17, 2017 When I...

2019-07-17
I built a multimillion-dollar business on Instagram, and you can, too

Millennial entrepreneur Natalie Ellis, cofounder of BossBabe, spills the secrets to building a loyal following and monetizing Instagram. With over 1.4 million followers and up to 600,000 people seeing each post we put out, BossBabe is one of the largest and fastest-growing communities of ambitious women on social...

2019-07-17
Here are the Senate’s sickest burns dished out to Facebook’s Libra

Facebook‘s digital currency, Libra, has been causing a bit of a ruckus lately. Since its plans became public a few weeks ago, headlines have largely been awash with why it’s probably a bad idea. Nations all over the globe started to wake up to the reality of a currency controlled by the data hoarding Goliath that...

2019-07-17
Suspicious of Google’s reCaptcha? Here’s a popular alternative

hCaptcha helps machine learning companies get their data labeled, pays publishers for their trouble, and users don’t know the difference. In the fall of 2018, Google released a new version of reCaptcha, the company’s widely used bot detector. reCaptcha v3, as its called, is great at detecting bots but...

2019-07-17
This ‘career accelerator’ helps applicants get dream tech jobs—for a cut of their salary

Pathrise offers a formal job-coaching program that has landed people at companies like Amazon and Google. But you’ll have to fork over 9% of your first year’s salary. Most of us have a dream employer. According to LinkedIn’s 2019 list of companies where Americans want to work, Google, Facebook,...

2019-07-17
See the world’s oldest emoji in this new archive of 650 ancient symbols

A new project catalogues hundreds of icons, making it easier for contemporary designers can use them. Today, we are bombarded with a never-ending stream of images and logos and symbols. In this time of over-stimulation, how do you create symbols that stand out? One designer is looking to the past for inspiration. A...

2019-07-17
This jewelry is a brilliant shield against face-recognition intrusions

For now, it’s an art project, not a product—but it’s a powerful and stylish one. Ever upload a photo of friends to your Facebook, only to have the system accurately identify those pictured and ask if you’d like to tag them? Thanks to DeepFace, this is becoming more common, as the social...

2019-07-17
The dark secret behind the coolest viral animal videos will make you despise drones

As human- and AI-driven tech encroaches on the secret world of the wild things, animal researchers and advocates are demanding protective rules of engagement. The aerial video of a bear and her cub struggling to climb a near-vertical snowy mountain was both gut-wrenching and inspirational. The clip, which...

2019-07-17
CHEAP: Stop reading, start buying — the latest Chromecast is only $25

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! I’m a big fan of media streamers. Honestly, I think they’re one of the coolest aspects of modern household technology. Being able to send a YouTube video straight from your phone to a television still feels, well, magical. And...

2019-07-17
Over 3.5 billion people are on social media; Facebook still biggest with teens; Esports on the rise

The new Global Digital Statshot report from Hootsuite and We Are Social is packed with all the latest data you need to understand how people are using the internet in July 2019. You’ll find the complete report in the SlideShare embed below, but read on for my summary of this quarter’s essential headlines....

2019-07-17
PSA: FaceApp can use your uploaded photos and your likeness for “commercial purposes”

FaceApp appears to be having a viral moment, again. The two year old AI-driven photo editor from Russian company Wireless Lab, which rose in popularity for its realistic facial transformations in photos, is back in the spotlight. This time it’s for a new aging feature that allow you to edit a person’s face...

2019-07-17
Chinese vertical dramas made for phone viewing show the future of mobile video

Mobile video is a big deal, but you don’t need me to tell you that. Big Tech has been fast-moving into the mobile video space for a few years now, and recently a slew of mobile-specific content has arrived. Instagram launched IGTV in 2018, and is pushing creators to explore what’s possible for mobile video....

2019-07-17
French government to create ‘ICO white list’ with new regulations

While the world is looking at Facebook’s Libra and its recent senate hearing, France is knuckling down and is set to approve the first wave of cryptocurrency businesses under new legislation. Under the rules, cryptocurrency-related firms will voluntarily abide by a regulatory framework that requires them to pay tax,...

2019-07-17
Lawmakers slam Amazon for how it treats competing merchants

Congressional “antitrust” hearings included Apple, Facebook, and Google. But most of the heat was on Amazon’s sales practices. Temperatures hit nearly 100 degrees in Washington, DC on Tuesday. But it seemed even hotter inside a House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing where lawmakers...

2019-07-17
This next-level Google Calendar hack lets you focus on what matters

No matter how maxed-out your agenda is, you can transform Google Calendar into a clutter-free space for getting stuff done. Not long ago, I experienced an “aha!” moment with my Google Calendar agenda organization.Read Full Story

2019-07-17
5+ Awesome Passive Income Ideas for Designers

Learn how to start making passive income as a designer on the side to grow your business!

2019-07-17
5 Awesome Ways to Start Making Passive Income Today

Learn how to start making passive income as a designer on the side to grow your business!

2019-07-16
Leana Wen wanted to broaden Planned Parenthood’s mandate. Now she’s out as president

“I believe that the best way to take on abortion care is to contextualize it as the fundamental healthcare that it is.” Newly installed Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen is leaving the nonprofit after just seven months on the job, following a break with her board of directors over the...

2019-07-16
Senators tee off on Facebook cryptocurrency chief in banking hearing

Facebook’s head of Calibra, David Marcus, hoped to convince D.C. lawmakers that Facebook can be trusted with financial products. They weren’t convinced. Facebook’s David Marcus, the man leading the development of Facebook’s new cryptocurrency wallet, Calibra, got some rough treatment in...

2019-07-16
Our favorite Twitter reactions from this year’s Emmy nominees

This year’s Emmy nominations have just been announced, and the nominees had many different ways of reacting to the news online. When someone wins an Emmy, several very expensive cameras are always standing by to capture every facet of their instant reaction.Read Full Story

2019-07-16
Why MIT’s social tech incubator is launching an investment fund

MIT Solve is now going to start backing small, for-profit ventures taking on global issues, from access to clean water to the need for a circular economy. As the executive director of MIT Solve, a tech incubator launched in 2016 that sources and supports solutions to global challenges, Alex Amouyel has watched the...

2019-07-16
What’s a cryptocurrency exit scam and how do I spot one?

Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and info to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. Google ‘cryptocurrency’ and the likelihood is you’ll see ‘exit scam’ somewhere in the results. But, what are they, how do they work, and more importantly, how can you...

2019-07-16
There’s a secret hidden inside the binary code on Alan Turing’s new £50 note

On July 15, the Bank of England revealed Alan Turing, a pioneer of computer science and artificial intelligence, will be the face of the new £50 note. One thing the announcement didn’t touch on, however, is that there’s a witty easter egg permanently embedded in the note’s design. The note, which will be...

2019-07-16
People are flooding Instagram with pink clouds to drown out grisly images of slain teen

Instagram is having trouble scrubbing its platform of graphic images related to the murder of a teenager. Two days after the brutal murder of an upstate New York teenager, Instagram is still having trouble scrubbing its platform of gruesome images and offensive memes related to the incident.Read Full Story

2019-07-16
The fashion industry is secretly obsessed with your backside

What our backsides say about us, from wedding gown trains to to Melania Trump’s “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket At a fashion show, models file down the catwalk one at a time, as the audience and photographers eagerly take in the designer’s aesthetic for the season. By the time...

2019-07-16
It’s 2019 and Google still can’t keep malware out of its Android app store

Google appears to have a problem with stopping malicious apps from sneaking into the Play Store. In what appears to yet another case of malware disguised as a legitimate app, security researchers from Symantec have found a new app that advertised itself as an unofficial version of Telegram messaging app — only to...

2019-07-16
Area 51 invasion force reaches 1.2 million brave souls, making it the world’s fourth-largest “army”

The Facebook event’s pledged attendees are now larger than the armies of North Korea and Russia. The number of Facebook users who have joined an event pledging to raid Area 51 on September 20 has now reached 1.2 million people. To put that in perspective, the five largest armies in the world are:Read Full...

2019-07-16
Here are the questions Congress should ask Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google at today’s antitrust hearing

As a few tech giants increasingly dominate their respective sectors, there’s a growing bipartisan consensus that their size and reach raises major concerns when it comes to competition, privacy, and free expression. Amazon bought Whole Foods, and prices scarcely went down (per a new study). Spotify claims that...

2019-07-16
Abigail Disney rails against the company after finding staff have to forage garbage for food

The heir to the Disney fortune has said she is “livid” due to the work conditions at one of the company’s theme parks after going undercover there. The heir to the Disney fortune has said she is “livid” due to the work conditions at one of the company’s theme parks after going...

2019-07-16
Trump and his ex-banker treasury secretary are really scared of Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrency)

US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin is apparently super concerned about the impact Facebook‘s Libra “cryptocurrency” will have on national security, reports Bloomberg. In a White House briefing, Mnuchin mirrored president Trump‘s recently-found tough stance on digital assets by claiming that its potential to...

2019-07-16
UX and SEO: No Longer Enemies

Why are UX and SEO the perfect partners in crime? What are the sources of tension between them? Kick back and let me take you through the process.

2019-07-16
A brief history of not being able to edit your tweets

The story of a request that people have been making since 2006, and why I haven’t given up hope. On Tuesday, Twitter rolled out a new version of Twitter for those of us who use the service in a desktop browser. (The company has been testing the new look for awhile, so you may have already had it.)Read Full...

2019-07-16
Twitter launches its faster, cleaner design, including new color themes

We’ve been hearing rumblings of a redesigned Twitter.com for months, but it’s finally here. The social network today revealed its new look – designed to better line up with its mobile apps – is rolling out to users today. Woah, what’s this? A shiny new https://t.co/q4wnE46fGs for desktop? Yup. IT’S HERE....

2019-07-15
Report: WhatsApp had security flaw that could let hackers alter photos and videos

Files received in WhatsApp and with certain configurations of Telegram can be tampered with before you even see them, Symantec warns. Messaging apps like Telegram and Facebook-owned WhatsApp are known for using end-to-end encryption, which makes it difficult for anyone to read or tamper with messages while...

2019-07-15
Offset, DJ Khaled, Russell Westbrook, and the brave new world of celebrity digital avatars

In a world of proliferating digital representations, how many avatars will each person have—and who will control them? What did Atlanta rapper Offset’s mom do when her son went missing on a day when he was expected to create content for a multi-million-dollar brand sponsorship opportunity? She called the...

2019-07-15
The best Amazon Prime Day alternative sales from Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and eBay

Deals on iPhones, MacBooks, Google Homes, and televisions are just some of what’s on offer from competitors fighting Prime Day. Amazon Prime Day 2019 has officially kicked off and Amazon is putting so much effort into this year’s sale it’s actually running for two days, until tomorrow, July 16....

2019-07-15
Here’s how to delete or deactivate your Snapchat 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.  Social platforms...

2019-07-15
Study: Influencers can’t even influence anymore

It’s become impossible to scroll through Instagram without seeing a #sponsored post, perfectly staged product photos, or an influencer selling her own bathwater. The industry seemed unstoppable, but a recent study has revealed that influencer engagement rates are nearing an all-time low.  Littered Instagram feeds...

2019-07-15
Moonday Morning: US college hit by ransomers demanding $2M in Bitcoin

Welcome back to another Moonday Morning, Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekend’s top cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines that you can’t afford to miss. Let’s check it out. 1. Leaders in US congress have drafted a bill that would prevent big tech companies from offering financial products and services like...

2019-07-15
Massive NYC power outage slows midtown Manhattan to a crawl, cripples subways

Con Edison, the city’s power supplier, said it was responding to the situation as #blackout trended on Twitter. Parts of midtown Manhattan were slowed to a crawl tonight as a widespread power outage affected a busy swath of New York City. Some of the city’s typically most bustling...

2019-07-14
These two comedians are DESTROYING internet culture—and it’s hilarious

Nick Ciarelli and Brad Evans are writer-performers whose comedy dissects and satirizes digital culture. Now they’re moving beyond internet videos to make their comedy go viral offline. The apartment Nick Ciarelli and Brad Evans share smells unmistakably like urinal cakes at the moment.Read Full Story

2019-07-13
Apple Maps is catching up to Google Maps. Here’s how it can beat it

Apple is already beating Google in some key areas—and others should be easy fixes. Apple Maps turns seven in September. When it launched, it was so bad at the basics of mapping—like getting you from point A to B—that it became an iconic example of an Apple failure. Yet in recent years, it’s...

2019-07-13
Facebook gets its $5 billion slap on the wrist, now will it change its ways?

It’s the FTC’s largest fine ever. But for Facebook, is it enough to make a differerence? The Federal Trade Commission voted to approve a $5 billion settlement with Facebook as a final point on an investigation into the company’s missteps in handling user data, according to The Wall Street Journal....

2019-07-12
This is exactly what women want at work (and it’s super simple)

There are more than 165 million women in the United States, and about 75% of them do paid work. Isn’t it time employers listened to their talent? In 2017, GE announced that it had set a gender diversity goal: hire 20,000 women in STEM roles by the year 2020. Microsoft, after two years of declining female...

2019-07-12
6 executives on what no one ever told them about breastfeeding at work

Breastfeeding and pumping introduces any number of challenges into the average workday. Here’s how 6 women managed—and their best tips for how to do it well. Back in 2017, mom Jenny Tamas posted a viral picture on Instagram, estimating in the caption that over the course of her baby’s first year,...

2019-07-12

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