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Microsoft removes Huawei laptop listings from its online store

Google may have killed Huawei’s ambitions to become the world’s top smartphone brand, but Microsoft is quietly following suit. The Windows maker has stopped selling the Huawei MateBook X Pro in its online store in the wake of the US government’s blacklisting of the Chinese firm. A listing for the laptop has...

2019-05-22
Exploring the dark underbelly of smart home technology

This past holiday season, AI-powered devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home were among the hottest gifts across any product category – a trend that speaks to the rising popularity and acceptance of smart home technology in the U.S. But as innocuous as it all seems on the surface, does a darker reality...

2019-05-22
Google stored some G Suite passwords in unhashed form for 14 years

Google revealed that it recently discovered a bug that caused a subset of its enterprise G Suite customers to have their passwords stored in an unhashed — albeit encrypted — form for about 14 years. “This is a G Suite issue users only — no free consumer Google accounts were affected — and we are working...

2019-05-22
Google’s new policy update cracks down on misleading anti-abortion ads

This week, Google announced its plans to crack down on misleading advertisements from anti-abortion groups that present themselves as abortion clinics online. Google updated its “Healthcare and medicines” policy after recent allegations that it provided $150,000 in free adverts to an anti-abortion group known for...

2019-05-22
How Adobe designer Khoi Vinh is bringing voice controls to app development

For helping developers incorporate voice controls into their apps, Adobe principal designer Khoi Vinh is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019. 100 Most Creative People In Business Apps are getting easier to use largely because they’re getting easier to build: Better software enables...

2019-05-22
How the founder of DuckDuckGo created the ultimate privacy-oriented search engine

For developing a browser that keeps your online activity private, DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019. 100 Most Creative People In Business Gabriel Weinberg‘s privacy-focused search engine doesn’t track users or log their search...

2019-05-22
How the Diet Prada cofounders became the fashion industry’s most influential watchdogs

For calling out copycat fashion designers and championing new ones, Diet Prada cofounders Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler are among Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019. One of the most influential voices in the fashion industry right now belongs to Diet Prada, an Instagram account with 1.3 million...

2019-05-22
How this entrepreneur found a way to take on the AI giants–with synthetic data

For finding a way to compete in AI without having to amass massive amounts of data first, Element AI CEO Jean-Francois Gagné is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019. 100 Most Creative People In Business The AI revolution has been led by a handful of tech giants—think Amazon, Google,...

2019-05-22
Alfonso Cobo’s Unfold app is bringing curated, beautiful Instagram stories to more than 16 million users

For creating Unfold, an app that helps celebrities, brands, and regular users create gorgeous Instagram stories, Alfonso Cobo is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019. 100 Most Creative People In Business Kim Kardashian West, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and other megawatt stars posted Instagram...

2019-05-22
How a UX designer created a Capital One chatbot so good, some people want to marry it

For creating the first natural-language chatbot for a U.S. bank, Steph Hay is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019. 100 Most Creative People In Business After transitioning from journalism to user experience design, Steph Hay found herself at Capital One helping to create an AI assistant that...

2019-05-22
Google stored some G Suite passwords in plaintext for 14 years

Google revealed that it recently discovered a bug that caused a subset of its enterprise G Suite customers to have their passwords stored in an unhashed — albeit encrypted — form for about 14 years. “This is a G Suite issue users only — no free consumer Google accounts were affected — and we are working...

2019-05-22
Report: Female-sounding voice assistants fuel gender bias

AI-powered voice assistants from Google, Amazon, Apple, and others could be perpetuating harmful gender biases, according to a recent UN report. The report, titled “I’d blush if I could” — Siri’s response to provocative queries or flirtatious statements — says the female helpers are often depicted as...

2019-05-22
Urban Outfitters tries to stay relevant with an $88 monthly rental service

This is a big move for a heritage company that first launched in 1970. Watch out Rent the Runway! Urban Outfitters, Inc. is coming for your lunch.Read Full Story

2019-05-21
Alibaba’s colossal influence, visualized in 9 art projects

Like any incomprehensibly huge e-commerce platform, Alibaba can feel like a separate, virtual world unto itself. If you’re reading this post, you almost certainly have an Amazon account–but you’ve probably never used Alibaba, sometimes referred to as “the Amazon of China.”...

2019-05-21
After WhatsApp hack, NSO faces scrutiny from Facebook and UK public pension fund

Facebook is examining its legal options and a U.K. pension fund is asking questions amid ongoing lawsuits against the Israeli firm linked to a string of abusive attacks. In March, a London-based human rights lawyer started receiving video calls from unknown numbers on Facebook’s popular messaging app WhatsApp....

2019-05-21
If anyone can give us a real Facebook alternative, it’s Apple

You’d like to leave Facebook, but there’s nowhere to go. A new social network from a company with a proven reputation for privacy isn’t such a crazy idea. Facebook is so big, and its reach so wide, that few rival networks even get out of the starting gates, much less gain the critical mass of...

2019-05-21
The utter joy of watching 50 designers try to reinvent the chair

Any human can see “The Chair,” a new exhibit of 50 chair designs from 50 designers, and get something out of it. Seeing designers create and show off fancy chairs is like watching ants build an anthill. On the one hand, it’s easy to smirk: Look at them scurry! Putting so much effort in! How cute...

2019-05-21
Google searches for how to cancel HBO spiked after Game of Thrones’ finale

BEWARE! If you haven’t finished Game of Thrones yet, there might be some spoilers in here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Been on the internet recently? Then you’ll be aware that the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is all wrapped up. And you know who was happy with how one of the most popular and...

2019-05-21
The U.S. Post Office is testing self-driving trucks this month

But your postal service worker shouldn’t worry about their job just yet. The United States Post Office will run a set of limited tests this month that will see an autonomous tractor trailer deliver mail between distribution centers in Phoenix and Dallas, reports CNBC.Read Full Story

2019-05-21
Trump delays Huawei ban by 90 days

After a horrid 24 hours, there’s finally some respite for Huawei. The US Commerce Department has given the company a 90-day extension to provide support for existing handsets and network components.  The department has issued a “temporary general license ” to the company “necessary to maintain and support...

2019-05-21
Private data (including rates) of 49M Instagram influencers leaked due to agency’s malpractice

Last night, TechCrunch reported that a massive database containing info of over 49 million Instagram influencers, celebrities, and brand accounts found in the open. Security researcher Anurag Sen found the growing database hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) without a password. As per the report, the data contained...

2019-05-21
You can now try out Microsoft’s Edge browser for macOS

Microsoft has officially announced a preview of its Microsoft Edge browser for the macOS. Microsoft originally unveiled plans for the browser at its annual BUILD developers conference held on May 6. The browser is based on Google’s open-source Chromium rendering engine, which also powers other popular browsers like...

2019-05-21
How an engineer at a crypto-security startup lost $100K in a SIM-swapping hack

Nobody is immune to SIM-swapping attacks – and one engineering lead at a cryptocurrency security startup had to learn this lesson the hard way. In a blog post, Sean Coonce, engineering manager at security-oriented cryptocurrency startup BitGo, has detailed how he lost $100,000 in an unfortunate SIM-swapping hack,...

2019-05-21
Some Facebook users can’t turn off face recognition, study suggests

Consumer Reports filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission after finding that 8 of 31 test accounts lacked the ability to turn off facial recognition. A small, qualitative, Consumer Reports study suggests that many Facebook users may lack the ability to prevent the social networking company from using facial...

2019-05-20
Amid abortion debates, Laverne Cox hits on something no one is talking about

Cox used her commencement speech at Pitzer College to highlight the importance of language, specifically the erasure of trans men in abortion debates. Amid the roiling abortion debates with multiple states adopting the so-called “heartbeat bill,” actor and activist Laverne Cox retweeted a tweet that...

2019-05-20
Google says the new Google Glass gives workers ‘superpowers’

A new version of the device–Glass Enterprise Edition 2–comes with a new look, a faster processor, and a brighter display. In the workplace, nobody calls them Glassholes. Employees at hundreds of companies are wearing Google Glass, the heads-up display glasses that have found a new home in factories and...

2019-05-20
I’m walking Huawei: here are 4 great Android phones you can buy instead

Huawei‘s in a spot of bother. Google has suspended its business operations with the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, meaning Huawei no longer has access to Android and a raft of other Google services. So what does this mean for you as a consumer? Well, there’s more info here, but if you already have a Huawei...

2019-05-20
Why designers are your development team’s secret weapon

It’s no question that design is becoming more important throughout our lives. Having or using something well-designed makes all the difference. Companies are starting to understand this as well: Design plays a key role in the success or failure of their products or services. With design becoming a key focus in the...

2019-05-20
What Trump’s Huawei blacklisting means for you

In just 24 hours, Huawei smartphones have gone from thriving to endangered. Last night, Google announced that it’s ceasing business with the company. This means it won’t be allowed to use Google Play services, or proprietary apps like Gmail and Google maps for its upcoming phones. And it’s getting worse for...

2019-05-20
Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom all cut ties with Huawei

Google revoked Huawei’s Android license as Trump banned U.S. companies from supplying products to Huawei. In a major escalation with Trump’s trade war with China, last week the president declared a national economic emergency and passed an executive order banning American companies from supplying Chinese...

2019-05-20
I applied for a design job at Google–and turned my interview task into a startup

I didn’t get the job, but the infamous interview task led to much more. Over a year ago, I was lucky enough to bag an interview at Google for the role of visual designer. After getting through several tough rounds, I was faced with the notorious Google interview task. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get...

2019-05-20
Our education system is so underfunded that the classroom donation industry is booming

Teachers need money for supplies, field trips, and amenities–and there are now multiple organizations competing to give it to them. In early May, the New York Times reported that while public schools remain chronically underfunded and teachers woefully underpaid, there’s at least one online platform...

2019-05-20
Dutch bank ABN AMRO ditches its Bitcoin wallet because it’s ‘too risky’

Dutch bank ABN AMRO has decided to cancel its plans for a custodial cryptocurrency wallet, called Wallie, claiming that digital assets are “just too risky.” Back in January, the rumor mill spun into action after images surfaced on Twitter that appeared to suggest Dutch bank ABN AMRO was designing a cryptocurrency...

2019-05-20
After Google, Qualcomm and Intel reportedly stops dealing with Huawei

After Google announced that it’s ceasing some business with Huawei, Bloomberg reported today that chipmakers like Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom are stopping component supplies to the Chinese tech giant until further notice. This is a huge blow to the company’s future as a device maker. Google’s ban means that...

2019-05-20
Moonday Mornings: Banks pour $50M into blockchain, Bitcoin gets on CBS’ 60 Minutes

Another weekend, another batch of stories you might’ve missed. Or as we like to put it: welcome back to another edition of Moonday Mornings, Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekend’s top cryptocurrency and blockchain stories. So, without further ado, let’s get into it: 1. Facebook has set up its secretive...

2019-05-20
Get ready for the great Huawei-Android war of independence

Last night, Reuters broke the news that Google, in response to a government order, was cutting ties with Chinese technology conglomerate Huawei. While the order is live, future devices from the company won’t have access to Google’s proprietary software – like Maps, the Google Play Store, and more. This news is,...

2019-05-20
The Best Pens & Pencils for Designers, Artists & Creatives in 2019

Searching for the perfect pen for your creative needs? See our guide for the best pens & pencils for designers, artists & illustrators.

2019-05-20
Google breaks up with Huawei, blocking it from Android apps and services

In a surprise bit of weekend news that could have major implications on the smartphone market, Reuters reports that “Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing.” Translation: Huawei can...

2019-05-20
Report: Google breaks up with Huawei, blocking it from Android apps and services

In a surprise bit of weekend news that could have major implications on the smartphone market, Reuters reports that “Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing.” Translation: Huawei can...

2019-05-20
Have you tried plogging, the Instagram trend that might be the sustainable sport of the future?

Plogging is a portmanteau of jogging and the Swedish word for “pick up.” I was scrolling through Instagram last week when an ad suggesting I go “plogging” caught my eye. I decided not to look it up on Urban Dictionary, but assumed it would be there, and wouldn’t be pleasant. The next...

2019-05-18
Why Snapchat’s new gender swap feature is problematic for trans people

You’ve probably seen it all over your social media timelines and stories this week — friends using Snapchat’s new gender-bending filter to create uncanny and slightly creepy versions of themselves as men, women, and babies. SNAPCHAT FILTER IS CRAZY! 😂🤣 pic.twitter.com/OzflHJylPC — Aaron Aberasturi C....

2019-05-18
Google tracks nearly all your online (and some of your offline) purchases — see it for yourself, here

For years Google has been keeping track of nearly every online purchase we’ve made. A CNBC report today reveals that, thanks to purchase receipts sent to personal Gmail accounts, the company has amassed a mountain of purchasing data on each of us, including offline spending, in some cases. Better still, Google has a...

2019-05-18
Learning from late architect I. M. Pei: “Architecture is not fashion”

Pei, who died this week at the age of 102, reshaped cities all over the world, practicing a brand of humane modernism that influenced what many people thought of 20th-century architecture. Few of us will live a full century. But the architect I. M. Pei, who died this week at 102, endured long enough to see the...

2019-05-17
One year in, GDPR seems to have helped Google & Facebook

A year ago, Europe enacted new digital privacy standards. How did they impact the big tech companies? Last year, the long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws went into effect throughout the European Union. They were essentially new rules that overhauled how digital companies gathered data and...

2019-05-17
PixelMe’s $40 growth plan is a must-have for your company’s marketing toolbox

If you’re trying to drive an effective digital marketing campaign for your company or brand, that’s not an audience you dismissing casually. You can do digital advertising the right way with a lifetime subscription to a PixelMe Pro Plan, which is on sale right now at over 90 percent off, just $39 from TNW Deals. ...

2019-05-17
Facebook tweaks News Feed to favor close friends and ‘worthwhile’ content

Facebook’s biggest money-spinner is its News Feed, and the company has announced yet another key change to the algorithm. In a fresh announcement, the social network said that it’s leveraging new signals such as user surveys to prioritize posts from close friends and content you might find worthwhile. The shift...

2019-05-17
Social media is an assault on our senses. Now it’s a literal gun, too

This gatling gun fires emoticons at your face, just like Facebook! Facebook’s emoticons help you express support, grief, and amusement with a tap. But they can also feel like an assault on our senses. We post photos of our kids or a fancy dinner and anxiously await the affirmation of our friends. We get...

2019-05-17
Amazon granted patent for Bitcoin-style system to fight DDoS attacks

Cryptocurrency rumor mongers are likely to be dancing today as Amazon has successfully filed a patent for a Bitcoin-styled Proof-of-Work system. But don’t get ahead of yourself, it doesn’t look like the Seattle-based ecommerce giant will be accepting Bitcoin for payments. Despite first being filed in December...

2019-05-17

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