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Social Media Influencers: How to Find, Evaluate and Work with Social Media Influencers

If you are building out an influencer program, or already have one in place, and you are working (or intend to) work with social media influencers, you need to read this guide. There’s a very good reason why Google trends shows massive growth in search traffic for influencer marketing. And later on we’ll show you...

2019-05-29
Regulate Big Tech? That’s not a top priority for most voters

Sorry, Elizabeth Warren! One of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) top agenda items should she be elected president of the United States is to regulate big tech companies and break up the likes of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple on antitrust grounds. However, she may want to focus her campaign on...

2019-05-29
This $150 console could shake up the $135 billion video game industry

The world’s most anticipated game console is a 1-bit handheld. Microsoft and Google are promising to stream vast, high-resolution games to smartphones in a race to become the Netflix of gaming. Sony recently teased a Playstation 5 that can illuminate 3D objects just as they are in Pixar films....

2019-05-29
Report: Google is running a “white-collar sweatshop,” according to Assistant contractors

Google has launched an investigation into the alleged practices. Yesterday leaked documents revealed that Google now has more temp and contract workers than actual employees. Today a report from the Guardian reveals what it’s like to be one of those temp or contract workers, and according to one current...

2019-05-29
The world’s most anticipated game console is a 1-bit handheld

This $150 handheld could shake up an industry of tropes. Microsoft and Google are promising to stream vast, high-resolution games to smartphones in a race to become the Netflix of gaming. Sony recently teased a Playstation 5 that can illuminate 3D objects just as they are in Pixar films. Nintendo’s Switch has...

2019-05-29
This game reveals the hidden racial bias of dating app algorithms

It should be no surprise that racial bias factors into swiping matches on dating apps, like Tinder — but algorithms used by these apps may also reinforce prejudice. This is why developer, Ben Berman, and designer, Miguel Perez created MonsterMatch, a game that simulates a dating app while exposing the inherent...

2019-05-29
Here’s how much Binance paid to move $1.26 billion worth of Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance moved a gut-wrenching $1.26 billion worth of Bitcoin today – and it paid just $124.60 in network fees for the service. The epic transfer was signaled by Binance CEO Changpang Zhao earlier this morning in a tweet. We will be moving some funds between our cold wallets. A tell tale sign...

2019-05-29
This street mural was inspired by overworked designers

And their messy digital file-keeping practices. Visitors to the D&AD design festival in London last week would have noticed something on the side of a building that looked wryly familiar, even at several stories tall. It’s an augmented-reality street mural–dubbed “GIF-ifi” by its...

2019-05-29
The Best Gear for Graphic Designers (Sorted by Career Level & Price)

The best software, hardware, equipment and tools for graphic designers, for all stages of their design career.

2019-05-29
Leaked doc: Google has more temporary and contract workers than full-time staff, raising concerns about its growing reliance on them

There are fears Google is creating a caste system of workers inside the company. Google and other tech giants are known for their workplace cultures where employees are paid handsomely, 401K plans are generous, and the company health insurance offerings are second to none. And while this may be relatively true for...

2019-05-28
Facebook is so insanely big, it had to design a brand new DHCP server

You can tell a lot about the direction of a company by looking at its tech stack. A great example of this comes from Facebook, which today announced the creation of a brand new open-source DHCP server, as it had outgrown the existing products. This tool, called DHCPLB, will allow it to more efficiently scale its data...

2019-05-28
I miss blind, dumb enthusiasm for new tech

Today marks 10 years since Google stoked great excitement in the tech community by unveiling a new product called Wave. I remember it clearly, because that day I sat down on my sofa 5,000 miles away from Google’s developer conference and wrote my first ever post as a paid tech journalist, trying to make sense of...

2019-05-28
Apple’s privacy reputation at risk with new iTunes class-action lawsuit

Apple has marketed itself as a company that puts customers’ privacy first, but a new class-action lawsuit claims to the contrary. Leigh Wheaton, Jill Paul, and Trevor Paul — three iTunes users from Rhode Island and Michigan — have filed a federal lawsuit against the Cupertino-based tech giant alleging that the...

2019-05-27
WiFi alliance and SD Associates’ ban won’t affect Huawei (badly) (yet)

If you think you’re life sucks, you should look at what’s happening to Huawei. Last week, a bunch of companies stopped doing business with the Chinese tech giant. The list included Google, Intel, Qualcomm, and ARM. Now, over the weekend, WiFi alliance and SD association have broken up with Huawei. Nikkei Asian...

2019-05-27
[Freebie] Brand Personality Slider – An Essential Brand Strategy Tool

Download your free customizable Brand Personality Matrix, an essential brand strategy tool that promotes discussion between designers & their clients.

2019-05-27
7 Top-Notch Notebooks for Creatives

Are you a designer, artist or illustrator looking for the the best notebook available on the market? Look no further.

2019-05-27
These 9 courses can turn you into a digital marketing pro—and they’re on sale for $15

For those ready to tackle 21st century commerce, but unsure where to start, The Complete Digital Marketing Super Bundle ($37, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) is a smart place to begin.

2019-05-25
How to access Android’s hidden developer options

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. One of the advantages Android has over iOS is the control Google gives you over its operating system. Case in point is Android’s ‘developer options,’ a secret menu that...

2019-05-25
Ikea won’t sell customers this rug until they take a heart and brainwave scan

For the last five years, Ikea has teamed with notable designers and artists to create high-dollar goods. Its “Art Collection” offered customers the opportunity to buy limited edition furnishings and art at prices customers could stomach. Ikea’s 2019 Art Collection was to feature rugs, eight of them from notables...

2019-05-25
“Drunk” Nancy Pelosi video provokes starkly different reactions from Facebook and YouTube

Video manipulation technology is only going to get more sophisticated. Where will social media companies draw the line? Facebook has apparently decided to permit the posting of an altered video making House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appear drunk or otherwise impaired, while YouTube has taken the video down from its...

2019-05-24
The cult classic Little Printer is back

Berg’s popular product was sunset after the pioneering studio shut down. But a new, open-source app is bringing it back to life. In 2012, we were all still figuring the internet of things out. And while most of the tech world was asking if our toasters could connect to the cloud, a London studio called Berg...

2019-05-24
Hey Google, bring me a chalupa! Hangry people can now order food without a separate app

Google integrates restaurant ordering, no apps required. Hey Google, what’s for dinner?Read Full Story

2019-05-24
These are the top 10 programming languages in blockchain

Okay, okay: we all know that blockchain and cryptocurrency developers are in demand these days, but what are the most popular programming languages in blockchain development? It turns out that Ethereum‘s Solidity takes the top spot, followed by JavaScript and Java in second and third spot respectively, according to...

2019-05-24
Brave now lets you tip people on Twitter with cryptocurrency

You can now tip your favorite Twitter users directly with cryptocurrency with the latest build of the Chromium-based open source browser Brave. The latest Nightly build of Brave will let users send digital tokens as a tip to tweeters of their choosing. Bear in mind though, the Nightly build is the latest beta of the...

2019-05-24
Report: Facebook will launch “GlobalCoin” cryptocurrency in 2020

The end game for Facebook in the cryptocurrency wars is to elevate its coin above all others and make it the de facto leader among cryptocurrencies that people turn to. Facebook is on the verge of launching its cryptocurrency next year, reports the BBC. Internally the currency is known as...

2019-05-24
Leave your DSLR at home: The Huawei P30 Pro is the only camera a traveller needs

A few weeks ago, when my colleagues were busy listening to Mark Zuckerberg yanking about a ‘Privacy-first future’ of Facebook, I was exploring the streets of Europe, drinking fresh beer. The iPhone Xs, with my main SIM card, was one of the phones I was carrying for the trip. But, I had to decide what my secondary...

2019-05-24
Facebook is launching a ‘global’ cryptocurrency in 2020 – we’re all doomed

Rumors that Facebook has been working on a cryptocurrency haven’t exactly flown under the radar. And with the latest revelation, the Facebook cryptocurrency machine looks set to step up a gear. Facebook says it will be launching its cryptocurrency – GlobalCoin –  “in about a dozen countries” by the first...

2019-05-24
Meet Karen Wickre, the editor who helped Twitter and Google find their voice

We often think of tech companies as faceless platforms; social networks where we imprint our personalities, empty documents we fill, and conduits for communicating. But tech giants do have their own voices, carefully crafted by editors, designers, and product developers. Karen Wickre is one such editor, and she’s...

2019-05-24
Fake Facebook accounts are influencing African elections

Facebook has issued a statement on how it removed fake accounts originating from Israel that ran Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts that carried false information looking to influence elections in several African countries. This forms part of Facebook looking to redeem itself and act proactively in its...

2019-05-24
Review: Brilliant’s smart home controllers are the antidote for smart-speaker hell

My home is inundated with smart speakers. I’ve got Echo Dots aplenty, Google Minis to spare, and enough third-party voice-assistant devices to reproduce Plugged’s Bluetooth speaker symphony. And that’s not even getting into all the other “smart” gear I have. I need help. We were promised smart homes by...

2019-05-24
Google data shows 2-factor authentication blocks 100% of automated bot hacks

Two-factor authentication is annoying. Getting flustered because you have to find your phone and tap on a prompt every time you log into your accounts from a new device is peak first-world problems. But if you ever had any doubt whether it really made you that much safer, Google has the data to dispel that...

2019-05-23
Facebook catches 3 billion fake accounts, but the ones it misses are the real problem

The company, which reports 2.39 billion monthly active users, says it zapped 3 BILLION fake accounts in two quarters alone, and that it caught only “most of them.” Facebook held a press call today to report to the world that it has removed 3 billion fake accounts during the last quarter of 2018 and the...

2019-05-23
A peek at legendary architect John Storyk’s design process

John Storyk, the founder of WSDG studios, is a legend in the music world. He’s a world-class architect and acoustic designer whose built recording studios for everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Jay-Z. As someone whose built more than 4,000 audio/video studios, he knows a thing or two about getting a project started,...

2019-05-23
The dramatic moment when an Amazon worker asked Jeff Bezos to protect planet Earth

The Amazon CEO stayed backstage as employees stood up to demand change in an unusual show of force. “Speed is everything,” Amazon employee Emily Cunningham said during a speech at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Seattle on Wednesday. It sounded like a company motto or one of CEO Jeff...

2019-05-23
Watch a plastic water bottle decompose over 450 years in the longest live stream ever

This live stream is built to last until at least 2469. It’s pretty clear that humans cannot handle plastic water bottles responsibly. If they’re not leaving them in the finale of Game of Thrones, they’re leaving them in the bottom of the ocean, rivers, streams, and littered along the beaches...

2019-05-23
Facebook stops paying employees commissions for political ad sales

Facebook now reportedly views political ads on its platform as a civic duty rather than a revenue driver. Political ads on Facebook have been an albatross around the company’s neck since 2016 after it became known that Russia was buying up political ads to try to influence elections in the United States and...

2019-05-23
Yelp fights to combat an anti-Yelp documentary with Google ads and a domain name

Yelp is using Google ads to redirect users who may be searching for a movie that accuses it of extortion. Yelp is still hoping to avoid a Blackfish-style takedown after the recent release of a long-gestating documentary in which business owners take aim at the review platform for what they say is an extortion...

2019-05-23
The problem with aspirational design (and what designers should do instead)

Design often exploits people’s anxieties about who they think they should be. Instead, it should focus on who they actually are, says sex-tech designer Ada-Rhodes Short. Ada-Rhodes Short is the senior mechatronics design engineer at the sex-tech company Lora DiCarlo. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo...

2019-05-23
Here’s a first look at Ikea’s utopian urban gardening project

The Swedish company, alongside British designer Tom Dixon, is now turning its ambitious vision for local farming into a series of real products, coming to stores in 2021. The title of Ikea and the designer Tom Dixon’s urban farming experiment, which has opened at the Chelsea Flower Show in...

2019-05-23
Huawei’s next big challenge is building its own OS

After a bunch of companies stopped trading with Huawei, the company is preparing for life after that. Most important of them all was Google, whose ban means the Chinese tech giant can’t use Android, Google Play Store, Play Services, and apps like Gmail for its upcoming devices. As Ars Technica’s breakdown...

2019-05-23
Thailand’s oldest bank hints at new blockchain app powered by Ripple

Thailand‘s oldest bank, Siam Commerical Bank (SCM), has hinted it will be experimenting with blockchain technology powered by Ripple. Earlier this week, rumors of its blockchain pilot surfaced online after eagle-eyed users took to Twitter to share images of what appears to be a Ripple-based app for cross-border...

2019-05-23
As Bitcoin surges, hackers rush to spread cryptocurrency malware on Google Play

An unfortunate consequence of Bitcoin’s price revival in recent weeks is the resurgence of cryptocurrency malware on Google Play. ESET security researchers, have verified that there were at least two apps on Google Play specifically designed to steal users’ coins. One such app, called Trezor Mobile Wallet, was...

2019-05-23
Google and Facebook are gonna hate Apple’s new privacy-preserving online ads

Apple has outlined a new plan to make online ads private. A new Safari feature, called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, aims to stop ads from tracking you across the web. The company says the proposed solution will allow advertisers to measure the effectiveness of their ad campaigns on the web without...

2019-05-23
The Best Phones for Creatives in 2019

Looking for the best phones available today? We've ranked the top mobile smartphones for creatives & designers including the best Apple & Android phones.

2019-05-23
The Best Apple MacBooks for Designers & Creatives in 2019

Looking for Apple's best Macbooks & their cheapest deals? We list the best Apple laptops inc. Macbook Pro, Macbook Air & Macbook models from 2018 and 2019.

2019-05-23
Gen Z’s 20 most-loved brands, ranked

Morning Consult Brand Intelligence, a brand tracking platform that surveys thousands of brands daily, announced which companies are favorited by Gen Z. Google is a hit with Gen Z. In a new poll, those born between 1995 and 2015 ranked it as their generation’s most beloved brand.Read Full Story

2019-05-22
Google Search has a new design — see if you can spot the difference

Google today announced it’s making a visual change to Search on mobile devices. Behold: Can you spot the difference? The “visual refresh,” as Google calls it, is a small one. But it’s also an important one: It makes sure the first thing you see in a search result is where information is coming from, including...

2019-05-22
Prada is finally going fur-free

The Italian fashion house is taking a stand. Italian fashion house Prada is going fur free in 2020. The company made it official in a tweet this morning.Read Full Story

2019-05-22

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