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How scientists are fighting back against the coming deepfake sh*t-show

USC scientist released a new method of detecting deepfake video stacking frames and running it through a neural network model. Deepfake audio and video distributed widely on social networks have the potential to cause untold chaos and violence. Imagine a deepfaked video of Joe Biden (or some other presidential...

2019-06-20
Update: You can unfollow me on Twitter now

A glitch means whoever you unfollow may be notified of your treachery. There’s an unspoken rule of Twitter etiquette that if you’re going to unfollow someone, you either loudly yell “UNFOLLOW” into the feed of whichever celebrity or writer or stranger on the internet has ticked you off, or...

2019-06-20
Google is giving businesses new ways to promote themselves

Local businesses will be able to beef up their profile in Search and Maps with photos, offers, and more. 150 million businesses have taken advantage of Google’s My Business, which lets retailers, restaurants, and other local businesses enter information about themselves that shows up in Search results and...

2019-06-20
Do not unfollow me (or anyone) on Twitter right now

A glitch means whoever you unfollow may be notified of your treachery. There’s an unspoken rule of Twitter etiquette that if you’re going to unfollow someone, you either loudly yell “UNFOLLOW” into the feed of whichever celebrity or writer or stranger on the internet has ticked you off, or...

2019-06-20
Bitcoin healthy AF following Zuckbuck reveal, hash rate hits all-time high

Bitcoin‘s hash rate is skyrocketing, setting a new all-time-high and flying in the face of Facebook’s ambitious Libra cryptocurrency — a remarkably healthy sign for the world’s most popular blockchain. Bitcoin‘s “hash rate” measures the total processing power of the network at any one time. As more...

2019-06-20
We ranked Google’s new search icons by how evil they look

In case you hadn’t noticed, Google got a facelift. Yep, the tech giant’s search page received some rather fancy new icons. Slap your peepers on this: While before there were just words, now there are words and images. Truly, we live in exalted times. Now these have been rolled out globally, we knew what we had...

2019-06-20
At Cannes, Amazon’s Twitch makes its pitch to advertisers

Amazon’s popular gaming streaming service (and a whole lot more) is live, interactive, community-based, and full of young people. What’s not to like? Well, it’s complicated. Here in Cannes, while Sheryl Sandberg managed to charm a roomful of advertising and marketing folks, rivals for...

2019-06-20
UI/UX design is a top 10 tech job for grads; this $24 bundle can get you started

Career monitoring website Comparably recently put together their list of the top 10 tech jobs for grads -- and right at no. 7 is UI/UX designer. Of course, understanding both the front end interface of web design along with the back end hardware analytics and technical know-how isn’t easy. But with starting salaries...

2019-06-20
Messaging app Line is reportedly launching a cryptocurrency exchange in Japan soon

Japanese messaging company Line Corp is reportedly gearing up to launch a cryptocurrency exchange, days after fellow tech giant Facebook announced the launch of Libra. According to Bloomberg, which cites people close to the matter, Line could receive its license this month, with exchange operations expected to begin...

2019-06-20
This robot fish has synthetic blood and a circulatory system

Robots are one step closer to becoming more animal-like. Researchers from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania have created a lifelike robotic lionfish with a circulatory system, reports Gizmodo. That circulatory system enables the fish to circulate synthetic blood throughout its body.Read Full Story ...

2019-06-20
Australia: Cryptocurrency unlikely for retail payments, Facebook or not

The world is still processing the specifics of Facebook‘s Libra digital currency, but even the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has realized it’s set to rub cryptocurrency purists the wrong way. In a whopping 5,800-word paper published earlier today, four RBA analysts argued there’s “little likelihood of a...

2019-06-20
Bought a used Nest security cam? The previous owner can spy on you

If you are thinking about buying a used Nest cam, you may want to hold off on that purchase. According to a new report by the Wirecutter, some users who sold their Nest cam devices are able to access images from their old cameras even after performing a factory reset — only the images are those from the new owners....

2019-06-20
Google open-sources cryptographic tool to keep data sets private

Poorly secured databases are a top privacy and security concern — and Google now wants to plug that leak. The internet giant has said it’s open sourcing Private Join and Compute, a new secure multi-party computation (MPC) tool designed to help organizations work together with confidential data sets. The tool is...

2019-06-20
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the magical new AR game, launches this week

Niantic just revealed the launch date of its much-anticipated Harry Potter-branded AR follow-up to Pokémon GO. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite starts its world domination attempt in two days — hope you didn’t have any better plans this weekend, because I no longer do. The worldwide launch of Harry Potter: Wizards...

2019-06-19
Congrats to Bill de Blasio, the most searched 2020 Democrat in Luce County, Michigan

California loves Kamala. Texas is Beto country. Maine is lousy with Bernie bros. California loves Kamala. Texas is Beto country. Maine is lousy with Bernie bros.Read Full Story

2019-06-19
Samsung exec says “most” of the Galaxy Fold’s display problems have been fixed

When Samsung sent the first batch of Galaxy Folds to reviewers, it quickly became apparent there were some problems. Phones failed due to dust getting caught under the screen, due to reviewers removing a protective layer that appeared to be a standard screen protector, and seemingly just by being used as regular...

2019-06-19
Advertisers still love Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg

At the Cannes Creativity festival, Facebook’s chief operating officer took responsibility for mistakes made in the 2016 election and argued against being broken up. You know, the usual. Plus: inside the Spotify X Obama collab. If Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s appearance at Cannes wasn’t the most...

2019-06-19
Here’s a short history of Facebook flops

Facebook is primed to launch its blockchain project Libra, but looking back at other fails may provide a cautionary tale. Yesterday was Facebook’s big blockchain day. It finally went public with its plans to upend the global payments industry by introducing a new program called Libra, which would be both its...

2019-06-19
Whoopi Goldberg blames Bella Thorne for her own nude photo hack

A hacker was threatening to leak nude photos stolen from Thorne. Actress Bella Thorne says she was hacked and had nude photos swiped. When the hacker blackmailed her, threatening to release the intimate photos to the public unless she paid, Thorne beat the hacker to it, sharing the photos on Twitter on Saturday along...

2019-06-19
How an IDEO.org designer created a Yelp for refugees

At Ideo.org, Jennifer Rose helped develop Kuja Kuja, a platform refugees can use to rate and suggest services. Now she’s Kuja Kuja’s global design director. Jennifer Rose is the global design director of Kuja Kuja, a platform for tracking satisfaction ratings and ideas from refugees around the world. She...

2019-06-19
These 4 designers wear the same thing every day. Here’s how to copy their look

“Having a uniform is not just better for you, because it saves you so much time in the morning, but it also means you don’t have to own as much.” You’ve probably seen Sophia Amoruso in a fabulous gown at a red carpet event or launch party. As the founder of Girlboss, a global community and...

2019-06-19
Adult performers and models will protest over account removals at Instagram’s HQ today

They say Instagram doesn’t provide clarity of why an account is removed, and removals seem to be arbitrary. If you go past Instagram’s headquarters in Silicon Valley today, you’ll probably notice a large crowd of people outside protesting the company. Those people will likely be dozens of adult...

2019-06-19
Google’s new extension will help you report dubious sites with a click

Google’s just rolled out a new Chrome extension called Suspicious Site Reporter, that’ll help you report sketchy sites with just the click of a button. The extension will help you to stay away from sites that might steal your data or financial information. Google’s developed it to warn you of deceptive sites,...

2019-06-19
CHEAP: Photograph your loved ones’ SOULS with $200 off the Google Pixel 3 XL

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! One of the best things to come from the smartphone revolution is the camera. If you were around before this period (read: old), you’ll remember having to lug around a dedicated device to snap weird pictures. But, today, you’ve...

2019-06-19
Blockchain is the fastest growing skill in Singapore, says LinkedIn

Blockchain is one of the fastest growing skills among workers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, according to a LinkedIn report published Wednesday. LinkedIn analyzed the skills listed by its members from the APAC region over the last five years to identify the top 10 rising skills. The report found blockchain to be...

2019-06-19
Twitter disables precise location tagging in tweets

The company said people weren’t using the feature. For years Twitter has given users the option of tagging their precise location, down to the exact latitude and longitude, in a tweet so their followers could know exactly where they were when they tweeted. Soon, that feature will be no more.Read Full Story

2019-06-19
Google wants to be a ‘good neighbor’ by pledging $1B to Bay Area housing

San Francisco is home to the tech elite, and is one of the most expensive places to live in the world, thanks to scores of tech firms moving in over the past couple of decades. Now, Google wants to make it a little more affordable. The internet giant said it will help build 20,000 homes in the Bay Area over the next...

2019-06-19
YouTube will soon let you try out makeup with AR

If you’re obsessed with makeup tutorials on YouTube, we’ve good news for you. You can now try out makeup with your favorite YouTubers using augmented reality. The tool is called AR Beauty Try-On, will let you virtually try products on your face with AR while following along with guides on YouTube. The streaming...

2019-06-19
New bill makes Section 230 protections contingent on tech platforms’ “political neutrality”

GOP Senator Josh Hawley’s bill was prompted by his belief that left-leaning tech companies like Twitter, Google, and Facebook may be actively removing right-wing viewpoints. Republican Senator Josh Hawley introduced a bill on Wednesday requiring that big tech platforms to be certified as “politically...

2019-06-19
Facebook’s cryptocurrency effort is about far more than Facebook

Libra’s goals are ambitious and many details remain sketchy. But from Visa and MasterCard to Uber and Lyft, it’s backed by a lot of big names. Facebook’s much-rumored move into cryptocurrency is official. On Tuesday, the Facebook-led Libra Association introduced itself and its mission to the...

2019-06-19
Facebook’s Libra could win the crypto game without Facebook winning back our trust

If Libra proves to be convenient and user-friendly, people may gravitate toward it despite broader concerns about Facebook’s data misuse. Facebook has announced some details of its planned cryptocurrency project Libra, slated for launch next year with launch partners including Uber, Lyft, Spotify, PayPal,...

2019-06-18
Google just committed $1 billion to build new housing in the Bay Area

In a blog post, CEO Sundar Pichai says the company wants to help address the housing crisis that the tech boom has helped cause. Tech companies have helped fuel the housing crisis in the Bay Area. But they’re also making attempts to tackle the problem. Google, now one of the largest employers in the area, just...

2019-06-18
‘Alternatino’ creator Arturo Castro explains making the definitive sketch about woke teens

The new sketch show ‘Alternatino’ premieres on Comedy Central tonight. Here, the creator and star breaks down one of its funniest, most incisive sketches. Arturo Castro is an emotional chameleon. He’s inspired fear as a ruthless drug dealer on Narcos and conjured laughter as Ilana...

2019-06-18
Microsoft will fix your sexist PowerPoint presentations with AI

A new AI coach will help you think and speak more inclusively. Since 2015, a small AI feature inside PowerPoint has quietly revolutionized the way we work. A tool called PowerPoint Designer analyzes images and words to automatically suggest a handful of visually pleasing layouts–and even turn text into complex...

2019-06-18
Interview nerves getting the best of you? LinkedIn’s latest tools may help

80% of millennials admit to getting stumped by interview questions. LinkedIn is offering new ways to practice and ditch the anxiety. Sweaty palms and nervous stomachs are apparently par for the course when interviewing for a job you really want, according to new LinkedIn data.Read Full Story

2019-06-18
Crypto Twitter responds to the reality of Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’

Following months of speculation, Facebook finally confirmed the release of Libra next year. The tech giant also unveiled details about Calibra, its corresponding custodial digital wallet, but failed to provide specifics about its launch plans. Given the buildup to the announcement, it didn’t take long for Twitter to...

2019-06-18
How to avoid spilling coffee on your expensive laptop

DON’T DRINK COFFEE NEAR YOUR EXPENSIVE LAPTOP. For more gear, gadget, and hardware news and reviews, follow Plugged on Twitter and Flipboard.

2019-06-18
Western Union stock tanks after Facebook unveils Libra cryptocurrency

There’s a new cross-border payments player in town. This morning, Facebook finally went public with its big blockchain plans. Its new project, called Libra, is absolutely ambitious and, like all things Facebook, has the distinct possibility of taking a dark turn. But never mind all that because cryptocurrency...

2019-06-18
See inside a prison without walls

California built an open prison in 1941, the California Institution for Men. Here’s what it looked like — and what we can learn from it today. In a country with mass incarceration, horrific prison conditions, and a penal system suffused with racism, some American prison reform activists wistfully look...

2019-06-18
How YouTube became the app parents love to hate

Over the last several months, YouTube has reeled from a wave of criticism. It has been accused of radicalizing young voters, ignoring harassment of LGBT content creators, and most importantly not doing enough to address toxic videos on the platform. Now it’s got a new problem: the YouTube Kids app. According to a...

2019-06-18
Why Samsung’s virus scans for smart TVs are a UX disaster

Samsung was lambasted and mocked in the press and on social media yesterday, after the company tweeted a reminder to owners of its smart TVs to periodically run virus scans on their panels – along with a video demonstration of how to go about it. Let’s point and laugh at Samsung for a bit: for anyone that didn't...

2019-06-18
Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’ is missing one thing: monetary policy

Facebook has outlined the economics of its new Libra cryptocurrency, revealing it will create a secondary token intended specifically to pay dividends to early backers. It’s called the Libra Investment Token, and it will only be available to members of the Libra Association (which maintains the network) and...

2019-06-18
Facebook will launch its Libra digital currency in 2020

Facebook has finally revealed plans to launch its new digital currency Libra next year. The tech giant said users would be able to use the coin through its apps and on Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp. Once it’s launched, users will be able to purchase Libra and store it in its own digital wallet called...

2019-06-18
Google is rolling out RCS messaging without waiting for carriers – here’s what that means

Almost two years after showing off the first glimpse of  its Rich Communication Services (RCS), Google is rolling it out without waiting for carrier support. The Verge today reported that The Verge reported today that Android users in the UK and France will be able to use RCS by the end of this month. But, how will...

2019-06-18
How to recover your hacked Instagram 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. Previously, if your Instagram account was taken over by an attacker, recovering it would require wading through choppy customer support, or calling for assistance from white-hat...

2019-06-18
Here’s why Minecraft: Story Mode episodes are $100 each on Xbox 360 right now

Something strange is happening with Minecraft: Story Mode. The game is currently on the verge of disappearing, at least from digital storefronts, but it’s reappeared on the Xbox 360’s digital storefron, and at an insanely high markup? So what’s going on? Unfortunately, the price is more of a last gasp designed...

2019-06-18
Marie Kondo is the future of marketing

At the 2019 Cannes Lions festival, the Netflix star and best-selling author charmed the ad industry, while P&G launched a new initiative it says will improve your life. For 66 years, the advertising industry has gathered in the South of France to make deals, get inspired by work from around the globe, and of...

2019-06-17
Watch Anderson Cooper’s moving tribute to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt

His on-air tribute is heartbreaking. Fashion designer, artist, author, and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday morning at home surrounded by friends and family. She was 95.Read Full Story

2019-06-17

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