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Apple Arcade gets some real gaming cred with PS4 & Xbox controller support

During its WWDC keynote yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple‘s tvOS would now support third-party controllers such as the PS4‘s Dualshock and the Xbox One S gamepad. Later, game companies confirmed iOS 13 would also support said controllers — meaning Apple‘s upcoming game service, Arcade, just got...

2019-06-05
#KuToo: Women in Japan are fighting for the right to wear flats

Where the #MeToo movement meets the Japanese words for shoes, “kutsu,” and pain, “kutsuu” High heels are a pain in the neck—and the foot and the back and the legs for the people who have to wear them. Sure they can look good and feel empowering, but wearing the sky-high footwear...

2019-06-04
Stonewall 50 years later: Google’s digital monument marks LGBT history

It’s been 50 years since the Stonewall uprising. It’s been 50 years since police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. And it’s been 50 years since the gay men and women who saw the bar as a safe harbor in an unwelcoming world decided they weren’t going to take it...

2019-06-04
Unlike social media, Fortnite actually makes you feel better

Survey says that unlike Facebook and Snapchat, Fortnite helps players forget their real-world problems. As Fortnite starts to resemble a new kind of social network, it’s eating into the time that players spend with other social media–and other forms of entertainment for that matter. A survey by National...

2019-06-04
Why does macOS Catalina use Zsh instead of Bash? Licensing

Yesterday, at its WWDC developer conference, Apple unveiled the latest version of the MacOS operating system. Codenamed Catalina, it’s a fairly significant update for the platform, not least because of the changes that have taken place under the hood. Take, for example, the default shell, which has been migrated...

2019-06-04
Justin Sun paid $4.57M to shill TRON to Warren Buffet, Twitter trolled him mercilessly

Justin Sun revealed he’s paid millions of dollars for a lunch date with investing legend Warren Buffet. As expected, Crypto-Twitter had lots to say. Sun, founder of the TRON blockchain and BitTorrent CEO, confirmed the ball-twisting $4.57 million bid late yesterday, a new record for the annual auction for dining...

2019-06-04
Google Maps’ new features for India just made my commute a lot less painful

As someone who mostly relies on public transport to get around Bangalore, aka India’s IT capital, I’m happy to report that Google has just rolled out a bunch of commuter-friendly updates to Maps for users in the country, that will make it easy to optimize my daily trips to and from work. First off, Google Maps can...

2019-06-04
Twitter buys AI startup to help it fight fake news

Fabula AI created machine learning tools to find manipulation over networks. Twitter has purchased a U.K.-based company in order to help it crack down on the amount of fake news that is spread on its platform. Twitter announced the acquisition of Fabula AI in a blog post, saying the company’s approach to using...

2019-06-04
Apple is designing for a post-Facebook world

At WWDC, Apple debuted a slew of new features that let users connect with their families and friends right inside Apple’s apps–no social networks needed. “Contacts.” It’s such an impersonal word for the friends and family in your life, stored in your iCloud under their names and...

2019-06-04
Privacy is Apple’s most premium product

Apple announced a bunch of cool stuff at its developer conference yesterday: a new Mac pro, iOS 13 with dark mode, a new photos app, and iPadOS with USB stick support. However, Apple was selling another feature to all of us – privacy. No, it wasn’t just an “oh we keep your data safe and secure” kind of facade....

2019-06-04
Apple’s privacy-focused features risk trapping users in its walled garden

During its WWDC keynote, Apple fired several shots against Facebook and Google with a number of privacy-focused features. But the one that deserves a special mention is the company’s single sign-on (SSO) feature. Apple’s SSO is a lot similar to log in with Facebook, Google, or Twitter buttons you see on...

2019-06-04
“Sign in with Apple” is a great new privacy feature—and a weapon

Apple has been jousting with Facebook and Google over privacy. At WWDC, it did its talking through a major new feature that could hurt its rivals. For years, Apple has done a lot of talking about privacy. It’s also tweaked its major products in ways that helped users protect their personal data from prying...

2019-06-04
The Apple Xserve lives on (kinda) in the rack-mountable Mac Pro

This year’s WWDC conference was probably the most memorable in years, and it’s all because of three little words: The Mac Pro. This modular, extensible machine is strongly reminiscent of the Power Mac G5 (remember that?) and is easily the most powerful Apple computer money (can’t yet) buy. This machine, which...

2019-06-03
The Apple Pro Display XDR is an ultra-expensive, ultra-powerful HDR monitor

The new Mac Pro is unabashedly aimed at visual creatives: videographers, photographers, and the like. But what good is a souped-up machine if it’s paired with a naff monitor? Enter the new Apple Pro Display XDR, which will arrive this fall, retailing at $4,999. Pricey, but when you compare it to professional...

2019-06-03
Everything Apple just announced to protect your privacy

New features to block location tracking, and a new secure sign-in button. Apple has spoken out loudly against rivals like Facebook and Google for abusing user privacy. Now Apple is starting to offer privacy-respecting features to rival their rivals.Read Full Story

2019-06-03
WWDC 2019: Everything Apple announced at its annual developer conference

It’s June, which means it’s time once again for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The annual developer event shifts the focus from hardware to software and services, detailing the best new features in watchOS, tvOS, iOS, and macOS. Occasionally we’ll get a hardware announcement or two, but make no...

2019-06-03
Apple finally kills iTunes

After long anticipation, Apple finally announced that its killing iTunes its developer conference WWDC held in San Hose. Instead, it will be replaced by three new apps: Music, TV, and the Podcasts app.  You can sync your iPhone directly through the finder app. Last week, Bloomberg reported that Apple is...

2019-06-03
Apple introduces privacy-focused ‘Sign in with Apple’ button for sites and apps

Apple addressed privacy problems by calling out trackers around the world at its WWDC developer conference. To address that, the company introduced a new sign in method: Sign in with Apple. Just like ‘login with Google’ and ‘login with Facebook,’ you can sign in into an app by ‘login with Apple‘ button....

2019-06-03
The new iOS Photos app makes it easier to manage and edit photos

The iOS Photos app received a significant overhaul at WWDC. In addition to new editing features, there’s also a new focus on making it easier to appreciate and manage the photos you’ve already got. So, let’s talk about the viewing features. Photos now lets you break photos into three distinct groups: Days,...

2019-06-03
Awkward: Apple leaks ‘iPadOS’ before WWDC 2019 even starts

Apple’s biggest secret is out, and it leaked in the minutes leading up to its annual WWDC developer conference, taking place today at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center. The company is set to launch iPadOS, which presumably is a variant of iOS designed specifically to take advantage of a tablet environment....

2019-06-03
These designers want to hide a cryptocurrency mining farm in a skyscraper water park

The cryptocurrency and blockchain industry has thrown out its fair share of zany ideas over the last few years. But a group of designers is taking wild blockchain concepts to new heights with their plans for a cryptocurrency mining facility hidden in a skyscraper water park in Tehran, Iran. Yeah, I don’t know where...

2019-06-03
‘Crypto-Twitter’ is explaining Bitcoin in 280 characters or less

Self-professed cypherpunk Jameson Lopp has set the cryptocurrency community a seemingly impossible task: efficiently explain Bitcoin in less than 280 characters. A global, neutral payment network that allows anyone on earth to transact a huge or tiny amount of value with anyone else within minutes, without needing to...

2019-06-03
Twitter ‘accidentally’ blocked accounts of China dissidents ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

Twitter has apologized after it suspended hundreds of accounts that were critical of the Chinese government, merely days ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4. The microblogging service said it suspended “a number of accounts” as part of its efforts to curb various methods of...

2019-06-03
Lenovo’s Google-powered Smart Clock won’t save you from your phone—yet

The $80 Lenovo Smart Clock could be more than just a high-tech alarm someday. For now, its software feels like a rough draft. Whenever I wake up in the middle of the night, I indulge a bad habit of looking at my smartphone. It starts off innocuously enough, with me wanting to check the time, but then I notice an email...

2019-06-03
We asked two of our female editors to wear the same thing every day. Here’s what happened

“We assume that other people are paying attention to what we are wearing when they are all really more focused on their own lives.” Susan Sorokanich, a freelance interior decorator in her early sixties, has worn the same outfit every day for two decades. Every morning, she opens her closet and takes out...

2019-06-03
That major Google outage meant some Nest users couldn’t unlock doors or use the AC

The perils of a cloud-connected smart home. If you’re a Google user, you probably noticed some trouble last night when trying to access Google-owned services. Last night, Google reported several issues with its Cloud Platform, which made several Google sites slow or inoperable. Because of this, many of...

2019-06-03
Oppo shows off a selfie camera hidden beneath a phone display

Smartphone companies are trying really hard to get rid of the notch by accommodating the selfie camera in many different ways: pop-up modules, flip-up camera, and sliding camera modules. Now, Oppo today announced through a tweet that it’s working on an under-display selfie camera. The company posted a video on...

2019-06-03
Google resolves cloud outage that took down YouTube, Snapchat, and Discord

Gmail, YouTube and other services that rely on Google’s backend technology were disrupted for more than four hours on Sunday by what the company blamed on “high levels of network congestion.” Apple iCloud, Snapchat, Nest, Discord, Vimeo, and a number of third-party applications that host their services on...

2019-06-03
Google could be targeted in the first antitrust probe of Big Tech under Trump

The investigation into the company’s search and “other businesses” may signal the end of Washington’s recent hands-off approach to regulating tech giants. The Justice Department’s antitrust division is laying the groundwork for an investigation of Google, according to reports in The...

2019-06-01
DOJ is preparing an investigation of Google, report says

The investigation may signal the end of Washington’s traditional hands-off approach to regulating Big Tech. The Justice Department’s antitrust division is laying the groundwork for an investigation of Google, the Wall Street Journal reports (paywall) late Friday.Read Full Story

2019-06-01
Social media pages for Dominican Republic resort vanish after woman claims violent attack

The pages were flooded with angry comments from users wondering why the resort hasn’t responded to the woman’s claims. The social media accounts for an all-inclusive resort chain in the Dominican Republic have vanished after a woman’s Facebook post about an alleged attack in January at one of the...

2019-05-31
If you want to change Facebook, you have to change Zuckerberg

An investor asked Mark Zuckerberg if he would give up some of his power for the good of the company. She didn’t get an answer, but she asked the right question. At Facebook’s annual shareholder meeting, a shareholder stepped up to the microphone and asked Mark Zuckerberg if he’d be willing to cede...

2019-05-31
This $20 affiliate marketing super-course could change your career

You can find out if you’ve got what it takes to launch successful campaigns with the skills learned in the SEO Affiliate Domination course. It’s available now at 90 percent off the regular price, just $19 from TNW Deals.

2019-05-31
Google is cracking down on Drive and Chrome extensions that abuse your data

Google is expanding its privacy audit to make third-party developer access to Chrome and Google Drive more secure. To that effect, developers must rework their Chrome extensions to request only minimum permissions without compromising their functionality “We’re requiring extensions to only request access to the...

2019-05-31
Facebook board votes yay on Zuck, nay on Conservatives

A mutiny attempt today by a coalition of anti-Zuckerberg Facebook shareholder groups resulted in a resounding defeat as the social network voted to retain its founder as CEO. In a separate smack-down, a right-wing advocacy group found its demand for Conservative voices on Facebook‘s board rejected wholesale....

2019-05-31
The Best Keyboards for Designers in 2019

The top 8 best keyboards for designers, including the best wireless keyboards, the best travel keyboard, and the most ergonomic keyboards.

2019-05-31
How Donna Zuckerberg is helping resist the racists who exploit ancient history

White supremacists and misogynists see the ancient Mediterranean as a touchstone. A group of concerned scholars, including the Facebook founder’s sister, are sounding the alarm. When members of the Unite the Right rally marched through Charlottesville on August 11, 2017 in polo shirts and carrying tiki torches,...

2019-05-31
Why I think Facebook investors should vote no on Zuckerberg

For years, my organization has engaged deeply with Facebook’s leadership to address an ongoing pattern of dangerous and racist practices. But they have not truly prioritized solutions to these problems. Outside investors in Facebook should vote no on reelecting Mark Zuckerberg to Facebook’s board of...

2019-05-30
When companies say they’re using “100% renewable energy,” take it with a grain of salt

There’s a big difference between “100% renewable” and “100% carbon-free.” When companies commit to 100% renewable electricity–or reach that goal, like Apple, Lego, Google, and others already have–they celebrate it as a win for the climate. But a new study makes clear...

2019-05-30
How Donna Zuckerberg and other classicists resist hate groups’ use of antiquity

White supremacists and misogynists see the ancient Mediterranean as a touchstone. A group of concerned scholars have taken to the web to sound the alarm. When members of the Unite the Right rally marched through Charlottesville on August 11, 2017 in polo shirts and carrying tiki torches, Twitter went wild with jokes....

2019-05-30
Russia! Russia! Russia! Dictionary.com explains Trump’s palilogy

Here’s why Trump’s tweet sounded familiar. This morning, the Tweeter in Chief of the United States issued a bite-size missive on the “Witch Hunt Hoax,” which he believes was orchestrated by angry Democrats who are bitter that they lost the White House (even though the U.S. intelligence...

2019-05-30
Why Facebook investors should vote no on Zuckerberg

For years, my organization has engaged deeply with Facebook’s leadership to address an ongoing pattern of dangerous and racist practices. But they have not truly prioritized solutions to these problems. Outside investors in Facebook should vote no on reelecting Mark Zuckerberg to Facebook’s board of...

2019-05-30
Facebook is investing hundreds of millions in a gigantic new solar farm

The Texas installation is part of the company’s goal to get to 100% renewables by next year. On a huge piece of land in West Texas about five and a half times larger than Central Park, a massive new solar farm–one of the largest in the U.S.–is now under construction. For Facebook, which is...

2019-05-30
Some Facebook shareholders want Mark Zuckerberg to step down

They want Zuck to give up his role as chairman so he could better focus on being CEO. Today a vote of Facebook shareholders will take place regarding whether Mark Zuckerberg should step down from his role as Facebook’s chairman, reports the BBC. Zuckerberg is currently both the chief executive of Facebook as...

2019-05-30
How to land a job you’re not qualified for

It doesn’t hurt to apply, even if you feel underqualified. But there is a strategy you should follow. Laszlo Bock says he wasn’t qualified to be the head of people operations when Google hired him for the job in 2006.Read Full Story

2019-05-30
Exclusive photos go inside the home of one of the century’s most important designers

Documentarian Gary Hustwit takes us inside the home of Massimo Vignelli just a year before the legendary designer’s death in these never-before-seen photos. Massimo Vignelli was one of the 20th century’s most prominent designers, creating everything from New York’s subway map to logos for...

2019-05-30
Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes has a $2.5 trillion plan to lift up the working class

Hughes, who made waves with his call to break up the company, helps lead the Economic Security Project, which is building support for boosting tax credits for working people. You may well have seen plenty of headlines about Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes’s recent essay, in which he spelled out the dangers that...

2019-05-30
This neat Excel trick uses your phone to import paper spreadsheets

Microsoft flexes its AI muscle by digitizing spreadsheets from photos. Microsoft has added an impressive new feature to Excel on mobile devices, letting users digitize paper spreadsheets by snapping a photo. Excel’s spreadsheet scanner started rolling out on Android in March, and is now launching on iPhones as...

2019-05-29

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