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R. Kelly has been arrested on federal sex trafficking charges

The new charges include child pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice. R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on Thursday night in relation to new federal charges brought against him. According to the Associated Press, the singer was arrested by Homeland Security Investigation agents and an NYPD...

2019-07-12
400,000 people have joined a Facebook event pledging to raid Area 51

Announcing you’re going to attack a U.S. military installation three months in advance probably isn’t the best idea. A group of alien hunters has launched a Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” in which the organizers are pledging to literally invade Area...

2019-07-12
Here’s how to mute those Instagram Story spammers

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. I’m not a huge fan of Instagram accounts posting lengthy strings of Stories each day. It clogs my feed, makes it tougher to scroll back and forth between Stories, and generally...

2019-07-12
Donald Trump’s critique of Bitcoin is antiquated and irrelevant

US President Donald Trump, known for his complicated relationship with technology and his incessant need to share his ill-advised thoughts with the world, has admitted he’s not a fan of cryptocurrency. The controversial billionaire–cum–leader of the free world shared his disdain with cryptocurrencies such as...

2019-07-12
My search for compostable Ziplocs shows the huge branding problem for sustainable products

SC Johnson says it’s made a huge breakthrough in making a compostable Ziploc bag. But just try to buy one. Fisk Johnson, CEO of the SC Johnson company, has been using his Twitter feed to shed light on the problem of global plastic pollution, and the results have had me glued to my screen even more than usual....

2019-07-12
Facebook now tells you where brands are getting your ad targeting data

Facebook will now begin to show you more information about the ads you see on the social network. The tech giant has announced a series of updates to its “Why am I seeing this ad?” and Ad Preferences tools with an aim to bring users greater transparency and control. First off, the “Why am I seeing this ad?”...

2019-07-12
Facebook now tells your where brands are getting your ad targeting data

Facebook will now begin to show you more information about the ads you see on the social network. The tech giant has announced a series of updates to its “Why am I seeing this ad?” and Ad Preferences tools with an aim to bring users greater transparency and control. First off, the “Why am I seeing this ad?”...

2019-07-12
How to play Google’s addictive Wimbledon game on your phone or desktop

July means the tennis world is abuzz with action and drama, as the Wimbledon final approaches. As a nod to this epic sporting event, Google has released a hidden tennis game you can play on your browser or phone. Here’s what you have to do to find it: Open your browser, and Google “Wimbledon Scores.” Scroll to...

2019-07-12
Google declutters its news tab on desktop search pages with a fresh look

The News tabon Google’s search results pages is a pretty big deal when you’re trying to keep up with the world: for many people, it’s their quickest way to find news stories on topics they’re interested in. The search giant is now revamping this section on desktop – where it looks cluttered and hard to scan...

2019-07-12
The humble desk toy gets reimagined for 24/7 work culture

Stressed at work? These desk gadgets remind you to take a step back and breathe. Back in the ’90s, yuppies had useless desk toys to find some amusement in their daily work lives. Today, your only down time may be when you eat some Seamless in front of your computer—if you are lucky to have a desk in...

2019-07-11
Twitter suffers global crash on White House Social Media Day

On the day Trump hosts right-wing media at the White House, his go-to social media site Twitter (which was not invited) crashes. Twitter is down for millions of users around the world. The cause, for now, is unknown, as is the exact number of users affected.Read Full Story

2019-07-11
Why social media is key to keeping employees engaged at work

When it comes to social media and the workplace, platforms like Facebook and Twitter are typically viewed as distractions, rather than assets. However, when used properly, social media can become an invaluable tool for keeping employees more engaged, happy and connected at work. While companies certainly need to...

2019-07-11
Even when it comes to Texas Hold’em, card sharks can’t out-bluff the AI

Beating humans in multi-player poker has been a coveted prize in AI circles because winning involves comprehending unknowns, and bluffing. Researchers from Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University have built artificial intelligence that consistently defeats expert human players in six-player, no-limit “Texas...

2019-07-11
When you talk to Google Assistant, a human might get to listen

Google says it sends off about 0.2% of all Google Assistant voice recordings for human transcription. Amazon Alexa isn’t the only voice assistant that ships off users’ voice recordings for human review. Google also has workers listen to audio recordings from Google Home speakers and the Google Assistant...

2019-07-11
Cloudflare acquired an old Sun Microsystems slogan and I’m feeling nostalgic

Sun Microsystem is a name seldom uttered in 2019. That’s a damned shame, because if it wasn’t for this hugely influential firm, the Internet would be a completely different place. Suffice to say, we owe it a tremendous debt. In addition to the Solaris operating system and the Java programming language, Sun...

2019-07-11
Bitmain lost $150,000 because it mined an invalid Bitcoin block

Bitmain-owned mining pool Antpool appears to have squandered at least $150,000 worth of Bitcoin mining rewards, reports BitMEX Research, the analytic arm of cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX. At 14:35 UTC, June 10, the Bitcoin network rejected a block after it had been mined, which effectively cancelled the 12.5 BTC...

2019-07-11
You can build a thriving eCommerce shop with fesh.

If you haven’t tried to tackle one before, raising an eCommerce site to function correctly takes some serious back-end know-how. Or you can just let fesh. do all the heavy lifting for you with their all-in-one fesh. eCommerce Shop Builder plan. A lifetime subscription is available now for over 90 percent off, just...

2019-07-11
What to expect at Trump’s “social media summit” today

Whatever you do, don’t expect YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter to be there. But do expect a lot of far-right social media stars. The White House is to host a “social media summit” today, which President Trump promises will be “very big and very important.” However, despite the alleged...

2019-07-11
Apple might be planning to ditch Face ID in iPhones

By 2021 no new iPhones introduced could have Face ID. That’s according to a report from the China Times that quotes an analyst at investment firm Credit Suisse in Asia who says Apple will begin phasing out its Face ID biometric authentication system in iPhones starting in 2020. The analyst believes that next...

2019-07-11
Done with Facebook and Twitter? Try building your own private social network

As part of a Mozilla Foundation fellowship, internet artist Darius Kazemi created a guide for building small social networks. It may be a glimpse at the future of the web. On programmer and internet artist Darius Kazemi‘s private social media network, he and 50 other handpicked users are the arbiters of...

2019-07-11
North Korea launches an ebook to spread ideology among its people

North Korea is bringing its political indoctrination tactics to the digital age. The self-proclaimed republic is developing software designed to teach ideology to party members and workers, North Korean party daily Rodong Sinmun reports. Dubbed Chongseo 1.0, the software is practically an encyclopedia-like ebook...

2019-07-11
Google Translate’s camera feature now detects and translates a whopping 88 languages

As someone who’s writing this from a foreign country, I know it’s often insanely hard for foreigners to navigate a town when every sign is written in a different language. At times like this, Google Translate app’s instant camera translate feature becomes really handy. Now, Google has updated it with faster...

2019-07-11
Google’s taking another crack at building a social network

After shutting down failed Google+ in April, the big G is giving this social network thing another go. It’s currently trialing Shoelace, a hyperlocal network for people who want to find others to join them in activities like sports and attending shows. It’s currently invite-only, and promises to help you...

2019-07-11
Even conservatives balk at Trump’s claim of “anti-conservative bias” in tech

Silicon Valley is certainly liberal, they say, but it’s not plotting against conservatives. Tomorrow, President Trump will convene a social media summit on anti-conservative bias—lacking the leaders of the biggest social media companies and prominent conservatives but featuring plenty of the...

2019-07-10
Starbucks wants you to suck down 3 days’ worth of sugar in one Tie-Dye Frappuccino

On the plus side, it’s pretty and flavored like banana candy. If you go to Starbucks today, brace yourself for a wait. The ubiquitous coffee chain has unleashed a new ultra-Instagrammable summer drink called the Tie-Dye Frappuccino, and it reportedly tastes like banana candy.Read Full Story

2019-07-10
Winkevoss twins consider joining Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ despite beef with Zuckerberg

The Winklevoss brothers, co-founders of cryptocurrency exchange Gemini and renown for their well-documented legal battle with Facebook, are seemingly willing to ‘get into bed’ with the tech giant in an attempt to spread the adoption of digital currencies. In an interview with CoinDesk, the twins said they were...

2019-07-10
Google contractors are secretly listening to your Assistant recordings

Not only is your Google Home device listening to you, a new report suggests there might be a Google employee who’s listening as well. Even if you didn’t ask your device any questions, it’s still sending what you say to the company, who allow an actual person to collect data from it. A new report from Belgian...

2019-07-10
Scary video shows Delta plane engine malfunction before emergency landing

In a terrifying incident on Monday, a Delta airplane was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its engines malfunctioned mid-flight. The crew was able to safely land the plane with its 148 passengers, all of whom made it home without a scratch. Now all that’s left is a gnarly video of the faulty engine....

2019-07-10
For years, automakers wildly overpromised on self-driving cars and electric vehicles—what now?

Big and small auto company execs are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the future of AVs—and they are far less sanguine about electric vehicles (EVs) as well—because the raft of rosy projections in recent years have not even remotely come true. Just before Uber’s IPO in May, court documents...

2019-07-10
Some conservatives think Trump’s social media summit on ‘anti-conservative bias’ is a waste of time

Silicon Valley is certainly liberal, they say, but it’s not plotting against conservatives. Tomorrow, President Trump will convene a social media summit on anti-conservative bias—lacking the leaders of the biggest social media companies and prominent conservatives but featuring plenty of the...

2019-07-10
This dystopian film was supposed to critique today’s tech. Instead, Silicon Valley loved it

‘Sight’ rocked the internet in 2012. Now its creators are back for a sequel. I want you to close your eyes and try to remember 2012. You’re listening to Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” when Google announces its augmented reality headset Google Glass. Later that...

2019-07-10
Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘new rules’ for the internet happen to benefit Facebook

Facebook has recently outlined how it intends to clean up its content, making much of the fact that it has expunged 3.3 billion fake profiles in the last six months. After 18 months of mounting criticism, culminating in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s promise to break up so-called Big Tech – she is now a leading...

2019-07-10
These beautiful electric charging points are the gas station of the future

Denmark is reimagining what it means to refuel your car. At this new ultra-fast charging station for electric cars along a highway in Denmark, it takes 15 minutes to recharge a vehicle—far faster than plugging in at home, but still slower than pumping gas. The designers took advantage of those extra minutes:...

2019-07-10
Amazon Prime Video now works with Chromecast, and YouTube comes to Fire TV devices

Couch potatoes rejoice: you can finally stream Amazon Prime Video using Chromecast dongles, and YouTube support has returned to Amazon‘s Fire line of streaming devices. The double whammy is the result of Google and Amazon making good on their promise from April to bury the hatchet over their streaming video...

2019-07-10
President Trump can’t block you on Twitter, federal court rules

A US federal court has ruled today that President Donald Trump can’t block his haters on Twitter. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit situated in New York said that since Trump uses the social network to communicate matters related to government affairs, he can’t bar some Americans from...

2019-07-10
Remembering Phil Freelon, a visionary architect who championed diversity

Freelon has died at the age of 66. He worked tirelessly to make architecture more diverse and inclusive—and designed some of the most influential American architecture of the 21st century. Phil Freelon, the renowned architect behind the National Museum of African American History and Culture and many other...

2019-07-09
Microsoft may still have a streaming-only console on the drawing board

Microsoft’s new baby, the console codenamed Project Scarlett, is currently getting the lion’s share of attention. Despite not having a working model to show, Microsoft lavished the next-gen device with showtime during E3, including the world’s vaguest sizzle reel ever. But that might not be the only console the...

2019-07-09
France is adding an ‘eco tax’ to flights out of its airports in 2020—and that’s a good thing

Consumers will barely feel this tax, but the planet will. One of the saddest facts about travel aside from over-tourism and generally gross tourist behavior is that air travel is truly bad for the planet, responsible for at least 2 to 3% of man-made carbon dioxide emissions globally. While hybrid and electric...

2019-07-09
You know someone crossed a line when people are defending Brand Twitter

How a dumb Vice story somehow became a Mr. Peanut Twitter empowerment moment It’s a funny thing, Brand Twitter. That amorphous, alt-social universe—where corporations and their mascots parade themselves as actual people in order to forge what marketers call “emotional...

2019-07-09
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders want the U.S. to declare a climate emergency

With a new resolution proposed in Congress, progressive lawmakers including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders want to designate climate change a national emergency to mobilize a national effort to combat it. To date, 744 local governments and 16 countries have declared a climate emergency to spur action in...

2019-07-09
Earthquake kit list: Here’s everything that should be in your disaster go-bag

Brace yourself for paper maps, a compass, and coins for the pay phone. Were you shaken up by the earthquakes that rocked Southern California last week? The recent seismic activity damaged roads, sparked fires, rattled Dodger Stadium, and left a crack in the Earth so large it could be seen from space. It also scared...

2019-07-09
Amazon and Google are finally supporting each other’s streaming TV devices

Amazon Fire TV gets an official YouTube app, while Google Chromecast and Android TV get Prime Video. As promised back in April, Amazon and Google have brought their popular video apps to each other’s respective streaming platforms.Read Full Story

2019-07-09
The laziest, cleverest UI hack of the summer helps you watch Netflix at work

The new season of ‘Stranger Things’ isn’t going to watch itself! Keeping up with pop culture is hard. It used to be that you just needed to catch a two-hour movie in the theater the week of release. Now, in the age of whole seasons of TV being dropped on Netflix at once, you need to mainline 10...

2019-07-09
A Tyler the Creator tweet? A Melania Trump statue? What is ‘Midsommar’ really about?

A24’s horror hit is inspiring lots of Twitterers to explain what the film’s about in one image, gif, or news story. Midsommar is writer-director Ari Aster’s folk-horror followup to the 2018 sleeper hit, Hereditary. It’s a rare daytime horror movie, set in the Swedish hinterlands, and...

2019-07-09
Instagram will now ask you to think twice before posting profanities

Instagram today released two new features with a view to curb bullying on the platform: a warning when you try to post an abusive comment, and a ‘Restrict’ function to limit another person’s interaction with you. Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, said the AI-powered warning feature has stopped some people from...

2019-07-09
The ultimate focus secret: Turn your smartphone into a dumb phone

Modern phones can do just about anything, and that can be a problem. Here’s how to get back to the basics: phone calls and text messages. Have the pressures of modern society gotten you down? Do you spend 95% of your free time cruising Instagram, with very little benefit to your soul? Does your phone do so much...

2019-07-09
Review: Microsoft’s Windows 1.11 is an Upside Down mess

Microsoft today announced that it was the year 1985. We checked the Microsoft store to confirm this and, as Windows 1.11 was just made available, the Redmond company’s story checks out. Here’s the message, as we received it: Microsoft and Netflix have partnered up to celebrate the release of Stranger Things third...

2019-07-08
Hey Instagram bully, you might want to rethink that hurtful comment

Facebook-owned Instagram wants to weed out hateful comments before they appear. Facebook’s Instagram said today it is launching new tools designed to combat bullying on its platform, especially among teens.Read Full Story

2019-07-08

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