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I tried and failed to quit Facebook. Here’s what I did instead

Despite Facebook’s annoyances and privacy violations, abandoning the largest community in human history may have more downsides than benefits. I dislike Facebook and am generally much happier when I’m away from it. But I can’t stay away completely. I’m a journalist, and many companies and...

2019-07-08
Exclusive: The Harvard professor behind Facebook’s oversight board defends its role

The idea seems to have its merits, but how Facebook implements the plan will speak volumes about the company’s real motivations. With Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube facing widespread criticism for the way they manage hateful, abusive, threatening, or fake content posted by users or content partners on their...

2019-07-08
Black Mirror’s ‘Striking Vipers’ episode is a surprisingly refreshing depiction of future sex

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...

2019-07-08
Binance hackers suddenly move $8 million worth of stolen Bitcoin

More than $8 million worth of Bitcoin stolen from cryptocurrency exchange Binance has suddenly moved. Earlier today, a combined 707.1 BTC was sent from one of the hacker‘s Bitcoin wallets to a separate pair of addresses. The two transfers, for 706.1 BTC ($8 million) and 1 BTC ($11,384) respectively, were detected by...

2019-07-08
Haiku review: Cowboy e-bike

Welcome to Haiku Review, a feature where we review gear and gadgets using the Japanese poetry form. The Cowboy is a Belgian electric bike. Here’s a haiku about it:   Panther-lithe, sexy Too. Pedal power slick, but no mudguards? “Wet ass.”   Read the full review here.For more gear, gadget, and hardware news and...

2019-07-08
India isn’t keen on Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’

Facebook’s new digital currency Libra has received an early jolt from the Indian government. The authorities in Asia’s third-largest economy are no more keen on the social media giant’s project than any cryptocurrency that came before it. “Design of the Facebook currency has not been fully explained,”...

2019-07-08
You don’t have to quit Facebook to manage your relationship with it

Despite Facebook’s annoyances and privacy violations, abandoning the largest community in human history may have more downsides than benefits. I dislike Facebook and am generally much happier when I’m away from it. But I can’t stay away completely. I’m a journalist, and many companies and...

2019-07-08
We design our life. Why not design our death?

From our need for shelter, we’ve built Fallingwater; from our need to eat, soufflé. What art of living could we occasion out of knowing we must die? The morning my father died in my sister’s childhood bedroom, she and I sat down at the old desktop computer a few feet away from where he lay cold and...

2019-07-08
Here’s how to delete or deactivate your Twitter 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.  Social platforms like Twitter walk a fine line between being handy...

2019-07-08
Lady Bits #5: Facebook’s prude policies, ‘LinkedIn’ for LaDiEs, and #unwantedivanka

Welcome back to Lady Bits, our feminist newsletter that makes everyone mad <3 Sorry we’re late this month… we had women stuff to do. We have a new feature! Each month, our gloriously talented designer, Saïna, will illustrate one of the many shitty replies, comments, or tweets we receive from one of TNW’s...

2019-07-08
How to read your first tweet (and all your other old ones)

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. Whether you’re looking for that hilarious joke you tweeted last year, or worried that some of your old tweets might contain embarrassing information, there are several ways to go...

2019-07-06
10+ million Android users installed a fake Samsung update app

In recent months, we’ve seen quite a few reports of the Google Play Store hosting counterfeit apps that are designed to dupe users and earn money through ad farms. In the latest reveal, CSIS Security Group’s report suggests that a fake app  – promising updates for Samsung phones – has been installed by over...

2019-07-05
Here’s the next big step Apple should take to protect our privacy

Using a VPN is a must. Yet, they’re often finicky, and you never know which one to trust. Apple can fix all that. Just about every major tech company and startup is talking about security these days—and it’s about time. For over two decades, most consumers have given their online privacy about as...

2019-07-05
‘User in yer face’ is an online museum of design horrors

If you think the design of Facebook, Twitter, or any other popular site you use regularly is bad, hold your horses. I’m going to introduce you to a website that’ll make you spill your coffee, pull your hair, scream in agony, and punch the wall. Maybe all at the same time. The website, aptly named User in yer...

2019-07-04
How to know for sure if Facebook (or any social network) is down

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. In the past couple of months, Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks have faced a lot of outages. But how can you make sure that if the site’s actually down or if it’s...

2019-07-04
India’s largest 4G network teams up with Facebook on a digital literacy program

India‘s second biggest network provider, Reliance Jio, has teamed up with  Facebook to launch a digital literacy program for people coming online for the first time. Jio, which has over 300 million subscribers in the country, will launch this program in 200 locations across 13 states. The company said...

2019-07-04
How to reset Chrome to its default settings

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. Maybe you’ve used Chrome for years, so long that you’ve forgotten what a “clean” install looks like. You have dozens of theme files, new default search engines, and so many...

2019-07-04
It’s official: 2019 had the hottest June ever recorded

Yet another disturbing record directly linked to climate change. When the temperature in Agra, India, climbed above 113 degrees in mid-June, the asphalt on roads started to melt. In San Francisco, where the average temperature in June hovers in the 60s and air-conditioned apartments are nearly nonexistent, it hit 100...

2019-07-03
HP and Dell may sharply cut China production to dodge tariffs

Even with a Trump-China truce, electronics makers are drawing up contingency plans. Although the United States has temporarily agreed not to impose new tariffs on Chinese exports, electronics vendors are still looking to take some production elsewhere. Citing unnamed sources, Nikkei reports that HP and...

2019-07-03
I’m a VP at LinkedIn and here’s what I learned about hiring people for AI jobs

John Jersin explains which four areas to focus on to figure out how to find and hire AI talent, or how and when to retrain existing teams. Just about every industry is being reshaped by AI. That means there’s a good chance the company you work at is or soon will be building AI as part of its products, services,...

2019-07-03
Android creator Andy Rubin accused of running a ‘sex ring’

Android founder, Andy Rubin, may have left Google long back in 2014, but his departure is beginning to attract more unsavory attention as more information is released. According to documents made public by a California superior court, Rubin left the company after having an “inappropriate relationship” with a...

2019-07-03
Girlboss launches its first-ever social network, a ‘LinkedIn’ for women

Not only is LinkedIn painfully boring, but it often feels like a sausage party filled with senior level white men. And research backs this up: in 2017, a study by LinkedIn revealed how sexist norms infiltrate the way men and women present themselves on LinkedIn. By analyzing over 141 million profiles in the US, it...

2019-07-03
Android creator Andy Rubin is accused of running a ‘sex ring’ in new unsealed complaint

Android founder, Andy Rubin, may have left Google long back in 2014, but his departure is beginning to attract more unsavory attention as more information is released. According to documents made public by a California superior court, Rubin left the company after having an “inappropriate relationship” with a...

2019-07-03
These are the sneaky new ways that Android apps are tracking you

Google’s operating system manages access to your personal information. But what happens when apps refuse to play by the rules? You could admire the tenacity if it didn’t come with such trickery: After years of effort by Google to stop Android apps from scanning users’ data without permission, app...

2019-07-03
Actually, it’s good to be bored at work

Designers like Paula Scher have long embraced boredom as a productivity tool, and new research supports the idea. Being bored is no fun, especially at work. There’s nothing worse than finding yourself bored in your cubicle on a Monday morning only to realize there’s still four and a half more days to...

2019-07-03
Jony Ive’s real legacy, according to Apple designers who worked with him

“I thought to myself, Jony has no idea how we work in software.” Everyone had an opinion last week, when news broke last that Apple’s longtime design chief Jony Ive was stepping down. But what of the people who worked with him? What better way to evaluate the legacy of a design leader than through...

2019-07-03
iOS 13’s new FaceTime feature automagically fakes eye contact for you

Apple‘s latest software for iPhones, iOS 13, is packed with some nifty features like smart battery charging, Sign in with Apple, and better location tracking control. While the company has rolled out the public beta, it’s not done trying out new features. In its third developer beta, it’s introduced a FaceTime...

2019-07-03
Walmart, Target offer to help the government investigate archrivals Amazon and Google

A retail association is urging the Federal Trade Commission to step up its antitrust investigations for Big Tech. A retail association, whose members include Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, has thrown its support behind the U.S. government’s antitrust investigations into Big Tech’s dominance of the online...

2019-07-02
When it comes to streaming devices, Roku crushes rivals like Apple TV and Fire TV

A new report says 41 million Roku devices are being used in the United States, far ahead of Fire TV, Apple TV, and others. A new study by Strategy Analytics puts Roku far ahead of other platforms in the streaming device wars, at least within the United States. The firm estimates that more than 41 million Roku devices...

2019-07-02
Is Microsoft teasing a Netflix tie-in? Stranger Things have happened

Microsoft yesterday took to Twitter and Instagram to tease social media denizens with a cryptic Windows 1.0 video. After you check your calendar to make sure it’s still 2019, check out the posts below: Introducing the all-new Windows 1.0, with MS-Dos Executive, Clock, and more!! 😲 💾 pic.twitter.com/guU4QxwsGG...

2019-07-02
Facebook removes accounts used to distribute malware since 2014

Facebook has shut down more than 30 accounts that were found to be spreading Remote Access Trojans (RATs) through malicious links that claimed to inform users about the ongoing political crisis in Libya. Dubbed ‘Operation Tripoli,’ the large-scale campaign — uncovered by cybersecurity vendor Check Point Research...

2019-07-02
Ohio real-estate developers ditch ‘blockchain hub’ plans over lack of interest

Real-estate developers attempting to reinvigorate a failing shopping mall with the blockchain are stepping away from the idea after realizing it’s not what the public want. The shopping mall, located in Cleveland, Ohio’s Tower City was originally planned to become a “blockchain-focused technology hub,”...

2019-07-02
3 easy ways to remove backgrounds from images

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 might have noticed that we have some pretty bad ass header images on our articles at TNW. Take this one. Or this one. Or maybe even this one, for example. People seem to really...

2019-07-02
Why Nike was right to listen to Colin Kaepernick over Betsy Ross flag kicks

The swoosh canceled the launch of a new limited edition Air Max 1 that featured a 1776 version of the American flag. Over the weekend, Nike decided to cancel a planned launch of a special edition July Fourth version of the Air Max 1 that featured the 1776 version of the American flag stitched on the heels. They...

2019-07-02
These birthday cakes are designed to evade YouTube’s controversial copyright algorithm

Copyright-spotting algorithms could change the way people on the internet share pop culture. Artist Fabian Mosele uses cake to explain how. Earlier this year, the European Union passed a controversial copyright law that will force platforms like YouTube and Facebook regulate the unlicensed use of copyrighted...

2019-07-02
Firefox’s hilarious new tool trolls advertisers to protect your privacy

Are you more of a doomsday prepper or just a really rich person? Firefox’s Track This creates an online persona to confuse the cookies that follow you around the web. Advertisers have me pegged as a millennial woman who cares about art, goes to cultural events in New York City, and definitely wants to buy...

2019-07-02
Google 3D-prints replica of historic Assyrian statue destroyed by ISIS in 2015

Ordinary people weren’t the only victims of ISIS. The terror group also waged war on humanity’s cultural heritage, destroying ancient libraries, monuments, and statues. And now, thanks to the magic of technology, they’re coming back. Google today announced a collaboration with Historic England and the Imperial...

2019-07-02
This is the women’s health resource you’ve been missing your whole life

Say goodbye to frustrating Google searches about your personal health: A woman-led team has made a website that will answer all your questions. If you are a woman or have a female-assigned body, you probably know this personally: There is a lot of bad information out there on the internet about your reproductive...

2019-07-02
Google wants to make the 25-year-old robots.txt protocol an internet standard

Google’s main business has been search, and now it wants to make a core part of it an internet standard. The internet giant has outlined plans to turn robots exclusion protocol (REP) — better known as robots.txt — an internet standard after 25 years. To that effect, it has also made its C++ robots.txt parser...

2019-07-02
These 11 Facebook privacy tweaks put you back in control

Quitting Facebook is hard. But using it without handing over too much data is easier than you think. Death. Taxes. Facebook. The first two you can’t avoid. And the third isn’t that much easier to escape. A long history of privacy backtracking and goofs—like a longstanding vulnerability that...

2019-07-02
Samsung CEO admits pushing Galaxy Fold ‘before it was ready’

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was supposed to change smartphone form factors forever, but as we all know by now, the revolution will have to wait. After numerous problems were revealed days after the first batch of phones was sent to reviewers, Samsung was forced to delay the device’s April launch with no firm release...

2019-07-02
Secret US Border Patrol hate group exposed on Facebook

Investigative journalist A.C. Thompson from ProPublica today exposed a secret Facebook group for US Border Patrol agents full of racist and misogynistic comments and memes, including calls for violent action against immigrants and Democrats. The group, called “I’m 10-15,” a reference to the Border Patrol code...

2019-07-01
Alphabet’s Loon balloons take flight in first commercial trial

After eight years in development, we’ll finally see if Loon can soar. Could Alphabet’s big internet project finally catch wind? In the next few weeks, the company’s internet via balloon skunkworks Loon will come to Kenya for a commercial test in partnership with Telkom Kenya, the country’s...

2019-07-01
Border Control agents have a secret Facebook group that’s full of racist, sexist memes

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex was a particular target. “Let’s start a go fund me for one CTX agent to throw a 10-15 burrito at these bitches,” posted a member of the Facebook group “I am 10-15” in response to a planned visit by U.S. representatives Alexandria...

2019-07-01
Here’s the easiest way to find, lock, or wipe your lost Android phone

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. Losing your phone always sucks, but in 2019, it’s easier than ever to make sure the loss isn’t permanent. For Android users, it’s particularly easy. While some Android...

2019-07-01
Four ways companies can build a culture of learning

LinkedIn vice president Tanya Staples breaks it down to easy strategies that can foster growth and skills in the workforce. Company culture, workplace flexibility, and wellness perks all play a role in keeping employees happy and engaged. But there’s another driver that’s often overlooked: learning.Read...

2019-07-01
Kyoto’s mayor tells Kim Kardashian “kimono” shouldn’t be “monopolized”

In a letter, mayor Daisaku Kadokawa asks Kim Kardashian West to reconsider Kimono, the poorly chosen name of her new line of shapewear and intimates. Last week, Kim Kardashian West unveiled her latest brand, Kimono, a line of size- and skin tone-inclusive shapewear and intimates. However, the announcement was met with...

2019-07-01
Twitter hate speech draws a felony charge in North Carolina

Virginia senate candidate Qasim Rashid gets the kind of results more Twitter victims should receive. A North Carolina man is being indicted in federal court for “transmitting an interstate threat” after heavily insinuating in a tweet that he would lynch Virginia senate candidate Qasim...

2019-07-01

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