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The best way to transcribe an interview without having to do shit

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. Transcribing interviews is a pain, there’s no doubt about it. Listening back to the conversation, it becomes painfully obvious how often people sniff, how incoherent their...

2019-06-26
Review: Oculus Quest is exactly what VR needs to hit the mainstream

Wanna feel old? It’s been seven years since Doom-creator John Carmack first unveiled his ski-goggles contraption that would eventually become the Oculus Rift. A lot has happened in the years that have since passed, including Oculus’ 2 billion dollar acquisition by Facebook. What was then only a finicky but...

2019-06-26
Facebook and Yelp pages for Aviary bar are a battleground after Eric Trump’s spitting claims

A high-end Chicago restaurant is getting rants and raves after the president’s son said he was spit on by an employee. Ryan recommends the Aviary. “The staff is excellent,” he writes on Facebook.Read Full Story

2019-06-26
Inside the shadowy spyware that is helping governments track down the next Jamal Khashoggi

There’s some new competition for NSO, the Israeli company accused of helping the Saudi government track down Jamal Khashoggi. Last month, Facebook said that WhatsApp users were vulnerable to a sophisticated exploit capable of hacking into phones with little more than a few unanswered calls. The new exploit was...

2019-06-26
5 types of connections you need in your LinkedIn network

The number of connections to kick-start the value of LinkedIn’s network is 30. Are yours the right ones? Having a robust professional network can be a game changer when thinking about your career journey. The people in your network can help make future connections, refer you for a job, provide advice, and so...

2019-06-26
In a first, Facebook will hand over hate speech data to France

Facebook has agreed to hand over identifying information on French users suspected of using hate speech on its platform, making it the first deal of its kind between the social media giant and a government. According to Reuters, the decision appears to have been a result of successive meetings between Facebook chief...

2019-06-26
Swedish court fines Facebook group admin for failing to delete hate speech

Patrik Markström, an administrator of the Facebook group “Stå Upp För Sverige” (Stand Up For Sweden), has been fined by a Swedish court for not regulating and deleting eight “grossly offensive comments” that other people had posted on the Facebook page.  Markström denied responsibility claiming he had not...

2019-06-26
How to mute Trump on Twitter during the Democratic debates

If for some reason you decide you want to mute the president this week, Twitter has you covered. The first round of Democratic primary debates is taking place over two nights this week in Miami, where 20 candidates will face off against each other—10 candidates each night—in an attempt to win over...

2019-06-26
Razer drops streamer for tweeting ‘men are trash’ in response to sexual harassment

Gaming hardware brand Razer announced that it won’t renew Gabriela Cattuzzo’s contract, a popular Brazilianvideo game streamer with almost 90k followers on Twitch. The decision comes after Cattuzzo posted a series of tweets stating that “men are trash” in response to the online sexual harassment she has faced...

2019-06-26
Oppo reveals the world’s first under-the-display selfie camera

Oppo just unveiled its first phone with under-the-display selfie camera at Mobile World Congress Shangai. A few weeks ago, the Chinese company had shown its concept of hosting a camera under the display via a tweet. This technology is the latest attempt from the company at hiding components to make for a bezel-less...

2019-06-26
Twitter’s bringing lists to the home screen and I’m jumping with joy

Twitter is considered to be a handy tool for journalists looking to stay on top of the news – I”ve written some great news stories based on tips and leads from the social network. However, I’m always bummed out that Twitter’s lists feature, that lets me curate different feeds to cater to my interest, is buried...

2019-06-26
Facebook’s Libra partners remain cautious amid growing scrutiny from regulators

Facebook‘s Libra partners have reportedly signed non-binding agreements, meaning they’re not obliged to promote or use the digital token and can abandon the project if they decide to do so. According to the New York Times, which cites anonymous executives from seven of Facebook‘s partners, some of the companies...

2019-06-26
Vivo claims its new 120W tech can charge your phone in just 13 minutes

Vivo said it just showed off its new charging tech at Mobile World Congress Shangai that can juice up your phone in just 13 minutes. The Chinese phone maker said that phones with this technology can support charging at 120W.  The new method, called Super FlashCharge 120W, uses Vivo‘s custom USB-C cable and travel...

2019-06-26
Apple buys Drive.ai, showing its autonomous car project is still alive

Mountain View, California-based Drive.ai made kits that turned regular cars into self-driving ones. Axios’s Kevin Waddell and Ina Fried are reporting that Apple will buy Drive.ai for an undisclosed sum. Their story confirms an earlier San Francisco Chronicle article that said Apple was kicking the tires on...

2019-06-26
These are the deceptive design tricks and dark patterns that steer your clicks each day

The terms may be new to you, but you experience them nearly every day. When I visit my aging mother in the Midwest, I watch as she sits at her computer endlessly scrolling on Facebook. In earlier times, she would have been joyfully soaking up the time with her visiting kids and grandkids. Like many of us, her use of...

2019-06-25
Inside Shopify’s brave API gamble

A platform-as-a-service company is only as good as its APIs, and Shopify has dozens of them. These expose a specific part of the Shopify’s product to third-party developers, who can then incorporate them into their own applications. And last week, at the annual Shopify Unite summit, the company announced it was...

2019-06-25
This IBM Code Pattern makes it easy to create your own object recognition AI

IBM developer Nicholas Bourdakos recently created a new Code Pattern that lets just about anyone develop and train an AI model to recognize objects using computer vision. Bourdakos’ Code Pattern, called “Create a real-time object detection app using Watson Machine Learning,” relies on a tool called Cloud...

2019-06-25
Hackers target major UK supermarket’s Twitter with phoney Bill Gates Bitcoin scam

Hackers took control of British multinational retailer Tesco’s Twitter account yesterday, urging followers to send Bitcoin to a wallet address and promising to return twice the value received. Luckily, though, Tesco’s followers did not fall for the Bitcoin scheme as no funds were deposited in the wallet address...

2019-06-25
A Facebook designer creates the most delightfully absurd way to tell time

The Anicorn Redundant Watch by Ji Lee is the ultimate anti-minimalist timepiece–campaigning now on Kickstarter. Analog watches use hands to point at numbers. The small hand marks the hours and the long one marks the minutes. Depending on their position, our brain interprets the time. It’s pretty...

2019-06-25
Stained glass gets a sleek, 21st-century update

The new glass panels, by the Bouroullec Brothers, aim to capture the impression of different colors and light in everyday life, using abstract shapes. Can you capture impressionistic ideas of light and color as an abstract shape that changes its appearance depending on how you look at it? That’s what French...

2019-06-25
Google’s staff banned from protesting YouTube under the company’s banner

Google has warned its employees that those who plan to ride the company’s sponsored float will not be allowed to protest against YouTube’s LGBTQ+ policy decisions.  The tech giant points out it would be in violation of the company’s code of conduct. However, employees are allowed to peacefully protest YouTube...

2019-06-25
MySpace employees reportedly read your mid-2000s DMs

Long before Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram ruled the social media world, there was Myspace. One of the earliest social networks crossed the mark of 100 million users in 2006. However, a report published by Vice today suggests that its employees used a specific tool to spy on its users. The report notes that...

2019-06-25
This $29 bundle can get you savvy with Google’s own programming language

You may not have heard a lot about Google Go, but your friends in web development sure have. Go code runs fast, is easy to use and is perfectly suited to designers creating nimble, yet powerful web experiences.

2019-06-25
This is the perfect app for quitting Chrome (without actually quitting it)

Bumpr makes it easy to escape the self-imposed monopoly that stems from accessing the web with any single web browser. Google’s Chrome browser is remarkably convenient, especially if you use an Android smartphone, since it syncs to the cloud to not only keep your URLs straight, but feed much of your data into...

2019-06-25
Here’s how to delete or deactivate your Facebook 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. Social platforms like Facebook walk a fine line between being handy and consuming your whole life. Whether your screen time notification says you’ve spent a horrendous amount of...

2019-06-25
Sidewalk Labs reveals the key to its smart city plans: An $80M building factory

The Google sister company plans to build an entire supply chain to support its plan for a mass timber neighborhood—but only if Toronto adopts its plan wholesale. Today, Google sister company Sidewalk Labs released a draft of its master plan to transform 12 acres on the Toronto waterfront into a smart city. The...

2019-06-24
Google doubles down on its project to teach kids how to spot fake news

YouTube has a reputation for feeding kids inappropriate videos. A digital literacy program from parent company Google hopes to combat it by teaching kids to spot and report it. The internet can be a disturbing, destructive place, especially for children. In just a few clicks, kids can find explicit images, racist...

2019-06-24
Frustrated by the job hunt? These surprising numbers show it’s not you, it’s the system

Even going viral on LinkedIn may not land you a job. But there’s a way to make the search less demoralizing for both candidates and recruiters. Back in April, Zach Bragg posted his résumé on LinkedIn hoping to get exposure and land a job in sports media. The graduating senior’s post...

2019-06-24
98% of Bitcoin Satoshi Vision’s activity comes from a dumb weather app

The majority of transactions running through the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) network haven’t anything to do with cryptocurrency. In fact, pretty much all of its current on-chain activity comes from weathersv.com, an automated weather service that simply copies data from another (centralized) weather site and...

2019-06-24
Bruce Lee Elementary? Twitter weighs in on plan to rename Robert E. Lee schools

Renaming would save schools lots of money. And if they were named after Rush frontman Geddy Lee, it might lead to stratospheric levels of school spirit. A rose by any other name would probably smell just as sweet. However, if the rose were named after leather-faced thespian Tommy Lee Jones, who cares how it smells?...

2019-06-24
Bitcoin price rises past $11,000 following Facebook’s Libra announcement

Bitcoin’s price continues to rally surpassing the $11,000 mark over the weekend for the first time in 15 months. At the time of writing, Bitcoin‘s price had decreased by approximately 1.15 percent, with each coin being worth $10,873.04, according to Coinmarketcap. Bitcoin’s rise in value comes after Facebook...

2019-06-24
Watch out: Calìbra.com isn’t the same as Facebook’s Calibra.com

Headlines have been saturated with news of Facebook’s new “cryptocurrency,” called Libra, over the past week. Well, some opportunistic scammers are taking advantage of the interest and trying to con people with a fake Libra token pre-sale. Over the weekend, a fake website surfaced that, on first look, is the...

2019-06-24
Full moon patents: Futuristic airplane ‘slingshot’ and Google’s painted solar panels

Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This June-ish roundup lands on the tasty Strawberry Moon! Since...

2019-06-24
Obsessing over first-page load time sabotages ecommerce businesses

A flawed approach to page speed measurement is sabotaging ecommerce sites. There, I said it. Now I know this might be an exaggeration, but it really is time for a change. A historical focus on network-based metrics — bytes downloaded per page or assets per page, for example — and an excessive emphasis placed on...

2019-06-24
Facebook is expanding its tools to make content moderation less toxic

The company says that video blurring and face blocking will help protect more moderators from disturbing imagery. Facebook says it will soon expand the set of tools used by its content moderators to limit the psychological effects some may feel after reviewing harmful or disturbing Facebook posts.Read Full Story

2019-06-24
Someone made a choose-your-own adventure Twitter game where you play Beyoncé’s assistant—and it’s amazing

User @CornyAssBitch’s choose-your-own-adventure Twitter game even has celebrities like Questlove and Chrissy Teigen playing. Twitter, take note. You’ve just landed the job of a lifetime: being Beyoncé’s personal assistant. Your only objective now is not to make the one foolish decision that...

2019-06-24
Google double downs on its project to teach kids how to spot fake news

YouTube has a reputation for feeding kids inappropriate videos. A digital literacy program from parent company Google hopes to combat it by teaching kids to spot and report it. The internet can be a disturbing, destructive place, especially for children. In just a few clicks, kids can find explicit images, racist...

2019-06-24
Ravelry, a popular social network for knitters, places ban on Trump supporters

The crochet community isn’t having any more of Trump. A popular social media site for knitters and the crochet community isn’t putting up with support for Donald Trump or his administration any longer. Ravelry describes itself as a “place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers, and...

2019-06-24
Study: Google Play is riddled with thousands of data-stealing counterfeit apps

Google’s Android is facing a tough battle against malware apps, and there seems no end in sight. According to new research, Google’s Play Store is riddled with thousands of possible malware-ridden counterfeit apps and games. The two year study, conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney and...

2019-06-24
Why focus group man from Tim Robinson’s Netflix show is the meme of 2019

“I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson” has inspired one of the most irrepressible memes of 2019. Here’s why you keep seeing this guy all over Twitter. Have you seen this man? You must have by now.Read Full Story

2019-06-22
France to create a joint G7 cryptocurrency task force amid Facebook’s Libra woes

France is putting together a Group of Seven Nations (G7) task force to explore how central banks can make sure cryptocurrencies adhere to money-laundering and consumer protection rules. That’s according to the country’s central bank governor who announced the news today. The announcement comes days after Facebook...

2019-06-21
Facebook’s currency could threaten democracy. Let’s not rush into it

Libra could prove as dangerous as misinformation spread over Facebook. Until we understand its implications, regulators should press pause on the whole idea. Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra, adding another layer to its efforts to dominate global communications and business....

2019-06-21
Sorry, ads are coming to TikTok

Director of U.S. marketing Stephane Henrich is in Cannes on a mission to educate brands and advertisers on what the app is, and find out how ad creatives want to use it. Barely a year old, yet reportedly boasting more than a billion downloads, short-form mobile video app TikTok doesn’t need to work too hard to...

2019-06-21
Photographer and entrepreneur Joshua Kissi says you must follow this Instagram account

The creative director, photographer, and Tonl cofounder shares his media diet. Joshua Kissi is a creative director, photographer, and cofounder of Tonl, a culturally diverse stock photo company. Here, he shares his favorite media makers.Read Full Story

2019-06-21
Report: Google Maps hosts ‘millions’ of fake business listings

Many of us rely on Google Maps to find electricians, hair salon, and other services in our area.  Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google Maps hosts an estimated ’11 million falsely listed businesses on any given day.’  The majority of the bogus listings are found in categories that Google calls...

2019-06-21
Google will no longer make tablets, but Chrome OS lives on

In case you were holding out for a Google or Pixel-branded tablet, I’ve got some bad news: the company is no longer interested in building these devices in-house. Computerworld reported that Google reportedly just killed off its plans to make two tablets to follow the Pixel Slate from 2018. In addition, its chief of...

2019-06-21
Facebook’s recent logo drama is a problem on multiple levels

The company’s new Libra currency features branding that’s very similar to an existing online bank. But that’s only the tip of the Zuckerberg. This week, Facebook announced a new pseudo-cryptocurrency called Libra, which you can access through a Facebook spinoff company called Calibra. The...

2019-06-20
The Jeff Goldblum guide to getting someone’s attention

At Cannes Lions, the ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Thor: Ragnorok’ star shares his approach to commercial work, why he’s killing it on Instagram, and more. When you meet Jeff Goldblum in person, the very first thing, the VERY first thing you notice is just how JEFF GOLDBLUM he is. The tone,...

2019-06-20

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