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HTC’s new $300 blockchain phone will double as a Bitcoin node

Taiwainese mobile phone manufacturer HTC is launching a more affordable blockchain phone with full Bitcoin node capabilities. Originally announced last month, the Exodus 1S will be launching in Q3 this year and will have an extra SD card to support its blockchain capabilities. For what it’s worth, HTC was gunning to...

2019-05-13
POWr can outfit your site with a full set of growth tools for only $35

For new businesses with a small staff (or in many cases, a staff of one), that’s a lot of critical real estate that can go untended. Thankfully, services like online digital marketing aide POWr are stepping up to fill some of those gaps. Right now, you can land a lifetime subscription to POWr Website Plugins Starter...

2019-05-12
The Oculus Quest VR headset will make you sweat, and that’s great

What this PC-free headset lacks in image resolution, it more than gains in mobility. Oculus’s new Quest VR headset may be worth its $399 price tag solely for the exercise using it gives you. In fact, I bet you could get just as good a workout from the Quest as from a much pricier Peloton bike. And maybe even...

2019-05-11
Twitter tears into Delta for its tone-deaf anti-union, pro-video game poster

Delta Airlines is passing around anti-union posters comparing union dues to the price of a new console, implying the latter will bring employees more joy than the former. And this particular message is uniting both gamers and pro-union labor leaders in a single message: WTF, Delta? The message, a poster emblazoned...

2019-05-10
Rihanna’s new brand will sit alongside Dior, Givenchy, and Celine

Rihanna will create a new brand for the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, LVMH. Rihanna Robyn Fenty–better known as simply Rihanna–is finally getting the recognition she deserves as a designer. Today, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group, which is...

2019-05-10
Elon Musk trolling Jeff Bezos is the ridiculous space race 2019 deserves

Why can’t the two space companies just get along? In the wake of Jeff Bezos’s announcement that Blue Origin will shoot for the moon, Elon Musk is shooting off his mouth on Twitter, again.Read Full Story

2019-05-10
Google brings playable podcasts to search results

At I/O 2019, Google announced that it will start including podcasts in search results so that you can listen to them right away without the need for a standalone podcast app. The feature, as of today, has gone live across both desktop and mobile web. Searching for a relevant podcast now surfaces a card of the most...

2019-05-10
Military spouse unemployment is startlingly high. Google wants to help

The force behind the Force is getting a boost from Google. It’s not easy being a military spouse. Not only is your partner off endangering their lives somewhere in the world, but frequent moves can make it hard to put down roots and find a flexible job that works with a military schedule.Read Full Story

2019-05-10
Google’s Jonathan Rochelle is live at TNW2019 – tune in now!

What makes a school? Teachers, perhaps? Definitely classes. Maybe not, according to Jonathan Rochelle, Director of Product Management at Google, and the kids from the Agora School in the Netherlands. The Agora School is an interesting experiment that focuses on self-directed education. Kids are in charge of their own...

2019-05-10
How the founder of Google Creative Lab turned it into a juggernaut

The Google Creative Lab lives in a murky space between culture, tech, and marketing. But cofounder Robert Wong has a clear North Star. For the past 11 years, Robert Wong has run the Google Creative Lab. At a company known for its engineering efficiency, the NYC lab was an early bright spot for quirky thinking inside...

2019-05-10
This supercut of Mark Zuckerberg promising Facebook growth is literal art

The artist Ben Grosser watched hundreds of interviews to create his latest project, a video spanning 14 years of the Facebook CEO’s statements on growth. “I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks.” In a recent op-ed for the New York Times,...

2019-05-10
Android Q’s new gestures are an iPhone rip-off–and a missed opportunity

The iPhone X’s gesture navigation could use improvement. Too bad Google just copied it wholesale. In the grand tradition of tech companies shamelessly imitating one another, the next version of Android includes a straight-up copy of the gesture navigation Apple introduced with 2017’s iPhone X.Read Full...

2019-05-10
Google’s Cassie Kozyrkov on why we shouldn’t fear AI

At TNW2019, Google’s Chief Decision Scientist Cassie Kozyrkov took to the main stage to share her thoughts on humans’ responsibility behind creating and using AI tools. In a talk titled “Automating Beyond Human Expression,” Kozyrkov explained why she believes we shouldn’t fear AI, but the humans building it....

2019-05-10
The 4 fastest ways to protect your online privacy, starting right now

Here’s how to keep Google, Facebook, and your ISP out of your personal data, with just a few steps. You’d have to have been living under a rock for the past few years to not have heard of at least a few of the major data and privacy scandals that show just how reckless some of the biggest tech companies...

2019-05-10
Instagram is cracking down on vaccine misinformation

The image-centric social network will hide hashtags associated with vaccine-related hoaxes and misperceptions. Instagram is many things to many people. For some, unfortunately, it’s a place to marinate in myths relating to the fallacy that vaccinations are dangerous. But the social network announced today that...

2019-05-09
Marketers shouldn’t base their plans on click-bait — get the real data

Simon Kemp is a global thought leader in digital marketing, CEO of Kepios, and the author of Hootsuite and We Are Social’s renowned Global Digital reports. In his talk ‘Don’t believe the hype: what people are really doing online’ at TNW2019 he explained how the imminent “social media apocalypse” that’s...

2019-05-09
If you read one Mark Zuckerberg takedown today, read this one

Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes has harsh words about Facebook and its founder. Thursday morning, the New York Times published an op-ed by Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes that pulled no punches. Hughes’s message was right there in the headline: “It’s time to break up Facebook.”Read...

2019-05-09
Passwordless web gets a boost from Windows Hello FIDO2 certification

Microsoft‘s attempt to kill the password is going ahead with full steam. The company has announced that Windows Hello, the passwordless authentication method that allows Windows 10 users to sign in to their devices using biometric information, is now a FIDO2 certified authenticator, joining the list of...

2019-05-09
Reddit’s CTO: Designers should know these two things

At TNW2019, Reddit’s Chief Technical Officer, Chris Slowe, shared some behind-the-scenes insights into what makes the message board tick. Perhaps more importantly, he spoke of two important lessons learned from tackling the challenges Reddit faces as one of the world’s most popular websites. Reddit is a giant,...

2019-05-09
The quest to extend women’s fertility to 50

Science is changing pregnancy for women over 40. But many doctors remain cautious about age-related fertility. In 2015, Cynthia Griner delivered a baby girl at the age of 48. Griner already had four sons, but in her early forties, she felt an overwhelming desire to try one last time to have a...

2019-05-09
Top 8 Best Monitor Calibrators for Designers in 2019

Searching for the best monitor calibrator? Look no further. We’ve rounded up the best monitor calibrators and ranked them, with their price.

2019-05-09
Google is embracing Nest to make homes helpful—not just “smart”

Once distinct, the Google and Nest brands are coming together in the interest of clarifying the company’s vision for its at-home hardware. When I met with Rishi Chandra, Google’s VP of product for Nest/Home products, at the company’s I/O conference yesterday, he was wearing a jacket sporting both...

2019-05-09
The Internet is wrong about Liquid Death, the controversial ‘punk rock’ canned water

I have an opinion I wish to share that you almost certainly won’t agree with. (Not like that’s stopped me in the past) Mike Cessario, a former creative director at Netflix, recently raised $1.6 million from a swathe of top-tier investors, including Twitter founder Biz Stone, to launch a canned water company. The...

2019-05-08
Google just nonchalantly rebranded its smart home arm

The company announced it would rebrand its Google Home gadgets under the Nest umbrella, an about-face from the past several years. At Google’s annual I/O conference today, the company dropped a surprising bit of branding news: The Nest name will now be applied to Google’s Home devices. Rick Osterloh,...

2019-05-08
The calls to rein in Mark Zuckerberg have never been louder

Facebook activists and shareholders are doubling down on efforts to partly or fully reduce the influence of the company’s founder, CEO, and board chairman. A year ago, under Senate questioning, Mark Zuckerberg dodged, denied, and deflected criticisms of the company he cofounded. A year later, with major fines...

2019-05-08
Delta Air Lines now lets loyal travelers reclaim their elite status after certain life events

Now you can keep that Platinum Medallion status even if you can’t fly. A friend recently posted one of those above-the-clouds plane photos on Instagram saying that he was on a “status run” to Tokyo and asking for food suggestions. (I told him to go to the Kawaii Monster Cafe, of course.)...

2019-05-08
Prince Charles on Bitcoin: ‘It’s a very interesting development’

A Twitter user posted a video of them asking the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, what he thought of Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain yesterday. The Prince’s response? “Oh yes, it’s a very interesting development.” Asked Prince Charles what he thinks of #bitcoin….. legendary response...

2019-05-08
Here’s the coolest stuff announced at Google I/O 2019

Google held its annual developer conference yesterday, and it announced tons of cool stuff including new budget pixel devices, Android Q, better privacy controls, and new search features. Here’s a summary of some amazing stuff the company unveiled: New Pixel mid-range phones Google introduced a couple of budget...

2019-05-08
Google’s case for privacy is more convincing than Facebook’s

Google, the search giant which has made its business to make money off our digital habits, is getting serious about privacy. The company, at its annual Google I/O developers conference yesterday, announced a number of fancy software updates, in addition to unveiling new hardware like Nest Hub Max and cheaper versions...

2019-05-08
My kid is an Instagram Influencer. Here’s what I do with her money

Kid influencers can be big business on Instagram. Three parents share how they manage their kids’ earnings–without spoiling them. By next year, the Instagram influencer marketing business may be valued at anywhere between $5 billion and $10 billion. A growing demographic is the kid influencer, who can...

2019-05-08
These 20 social enterprises and nonprofits just won Google’s AI Impact Challenge

From improving fire department response times to tracking illegal logging, these organizations are using artificial intelligence in innovative ways to drive impact. Now they’ll get a technological boost from Google. As the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning grows in the business world,...

2019-05-08
Google’s Sundar Pichai pitches privacy for folks who can’t afford Apple

Google’s new privacy features include Incognito Mode for Maps, easier access to data deletion tools, and less intrusive machine-learning systems. In keeping with the current privacy-conscious zeitgeist, Google says it’s coming up with new ways to lock down your personal data while using its products.Read...

2019-05-08
Google’s smart-home strategy: Doubling down on the Nest brand

With the Nest Hub Max, Google is deemphasizing its own name just a bit. Fifteen months ago, Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh took charge of Nest, the smart-home pioneer that was formerly an independent arm of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. But while Nest is part of Google, that doesn’t mean that...

2019-05-08
Focus Mode might be Android’s best new feature

Android will let you mute distracting apps while still getting important alerts Among all the new products and features that Google announced at its I/O developer conference today, arguably the most useful is an upcoming Android feature called Focus Mode. Once enabled, it’ll mute notifications from whichever...

2019-05-08
Google’s $399 Pixel 3a attacks Apple’s iPhone on the headphone jack . . . and price

Google’s new Pixel phones also offer the powerful AI assistant, which, for now, puts Siri to shame. The new Google Pixel 3a phone is the anti-iPhone. It seems to include all the features missing in Apple’s signature device, and it removes the biggest annoyances–like the iPhone’s high price,...

2019-05-08
You may be surprised at who got the biggest Instagram bumps from their Met Gala outfits

Broadway actor Billy Porter saw the most dramatic jump in followers—his Egyptian sun god entrance earned him a nearly 20K bump in Instagram followers, a 4.21% bump, giving him a new grand total of 457.9K followers. This year’s Met Gala theme, Camp, sparked a lot of creativity on the red carpet, with...

2019-05-08
Watch 2 Chainz and Awkwafina list all the dope things Google’s new Pixel phone can do

The two artists pitch for the new Pixel 3a phone, listing off everything they need their phone to do. Today, Google announced its new Pixel 3a phone, and by all appearances it’s pitched as the anti-iPhone. As my colleague Mark Wilson pointed out, the new Pixel includes all the features missing in...

2019-05-08
3 ways to effectively explain your creative process to your colleagues

As an amateur designer and as someone who has worked with designers in marketing positions previously, I came to understand that designers of all sorts have their own creative process and each one is a little bit different. And that’s okay. Learning this as someone managing the designer‘s projects (in a project...

2019-05-08
10 Best External Hard Drives for Creatives in 2019

Looking for a hard drive to back up and store your files? Here are the best external storage drives for designers, photographers & creatives in 2019.

2019-05-08
Google’s new Assistant is so fast that ‘tapping to use your phone would seem slow’

Google Assistant is pretty fast, but it’s hardly as conversational as a real person. That’s in large part because using the Assistant requires a constant connection to the cloud, where a server sorts through 100GB worth of AI models, and beams the relevant information back down to you. But what if you could shrink...

2019-05-07
Google launches its cheaper Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones with flagship cameras

Google today launched its much-awaited mid-range Pixel phones – the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL – at its developer conference Google IO. The Pixel 3a is priced at $399 / Rs 39,999 and the Pixel 3a XL is priced at $479 / Rs 44,999. The devices are pretty much like their flagship cousins, with a mid-tier processor...

2019-05-07
How this music YouTube series succeeds at ‘dancing about architecture’

If you look past the raft of misattributed, inspirational quotes plastered over your uncle’s Facebook profile, there are actually some gems out there. You know, phrases that, well, contain actual wisdom. One of these nuggets, and a favorite of mine, is a quote attributed to Martin Mull: “writing about music is...

2019-05-07
CHEAP: Smarten up your house with a Google Home Hub for just $87 (down from $149)

When you’re busy cooking, looking up a recipe on your phone or watching it on YouTube can be a messy affair with sticky hands. You can do all this and more – hands-free – by snapping up a Google Home Hub for just $87, down from the original price of $149. The smart display has Google Assistant built-in to help...

2019-05-07
Facebook’s approach to fighting fake news is admirable, but not sustainable

With the huge EU elections around the corner, the issue of fake news has started to crop up again in headlines — and Facebook seems determined to make up for its mistakes from when the platform was abused in the 2016 US Presidential election. It’s now created a dedicated ‘war room‘ to fight misinformation...

2019-05-07
WeChat quietly bans cryptocurrency fundraising

The Chinese equivalent of WhatsApp, WeChat, has updated its terms of service to ban merchants from fundraising by using tokens or cryptocurrencies. The Tencent-operated chat messaging app quietly revised its policy last month; the new policy will take effect on May 31. Merchants violating the update will have their...

2019-05-07
How to watch Google’s I/O 2019 developer conference

Google‘s developer conference, Google IO, is set to kick off today at 10 am PT / 4.30 pm CET / 10.30 pm IST. The company will expectedly announce new mid-range Pixel devices, Android Q, new Nest Hub Max smart display, and updates to Stadia gaming platform. How to watch: You can head to this link to see the live...

2019-05-07
Managers, it’s time to give up on the annual review once and for all

There’s plenty of evidence that shows annual reviews don’t improve an employee’s performance. A workplace expert suggests alternatives that companies can adopt instead. Back in the day, managers and employees across a wide variety of industries and employer sizes lived and died by the annual...

2019-05-07
Twitter now lets you add photos, videos, or GIFs to retweets

The feature is available on iOS, Android, and Twitter’s mobile website. Twitter aficionados broke out in collective applause last night after Twitter announced it is finally allowing users to add photos, videos, and GIFs to retweets and quoted tweets. The feature had long been requested by users. Of course,...

2019-05-07

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