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How Nate Berkus has kept his creativity flowing for 25 years

The celebrated interior designer unpacks his career, from how having his own show was his worst job ever to flexing new creative muscles in Hollywood. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Google Play, or Stitcher.Read...

2020-01-16
Google is making it easier to browse for clothes directly in Search

Google wants to make it easier for you to find your style and browse for clothes directly in Search. The company is releasing a revamped shopping experience that aims to bring a wide array of clothes in one place, where you can sort items by style, department, and size type, among other things. The new experience also...

2020-01-16
Foxconn teams up with Nanox to make futuristic X-ray machines

Foxconn announced it has invested in Israel-based startup Nanox, to produce futurist and affordable X-ray machines. Apart from investing $26 million, the Taiwanese company will also help with manufacturing these machines. The X-ray machine, called Nanox.arc, looks quite cool and only weighs around 70 kg. So, it’s...

2020-01-16
Jack Dorsey on Twitter’s edit button: “We’ll probably never do it”

The edit button, a feature just about every avid Twitter user has wanted at some point, will probably never become a reality. At least, that’s what Jack Dorsey says in a new Wired video. Dorsey answers several questions from Twitter users in the video, and inevitably someone asks whether we’ll get an edit button...

2020-01-16
Google may soon let you record phone calls on Android

I’m pretty sure most of have wished we could record our phone calls at one point or the other. I often interview people over the phone, and it’s annoying to have to jerryrig a microphone setup. Maybe you want proof of a spam caller’s harassment. Or maybe you just want to give that you want to give your bank a...

2020-01-16
Google update turns your iPhone into a physical account security key

Google today updated its iOS Smart Lock app with a feature that essentially replaces a physical security key with your actual phone. Android phones have had this feature for months, but now iPhone owners can also use it. The update notes for the new version of the Smart Lock app read “With this new update, you can...

2020-01-15
People disagreeing with the ‘Never Warren’ hashtag helped it trend on Twitter

Think twice before you tweet out a hashtag you disagree with. The thing about algorithms is they’re not very good at reading a room. Read Full Story

2020-01-15
Facebook now sends you a notification when you log in to third-party sites

Facebook today revealed a new login feature that actually tells you info you’re volunteering. Considering how much info Facebook both keeps and distributes on its users, I can see this coming in handy for lots of users. The new feature is called, appropriately, Login Notifications, and it sends you an in-app...

2020-01-15
Microsoft’s rebooted Edge web browser is out now: Here’s where to download it

The new Microsoft Edge browser is similar to Chrome, but with some helpful features on top. Microsoft has once again rebooted its desktop web browser, replacing its Edge browser with a new version that borrows a lot from Google Chrome. The new Microsoft Edge is now available for manual download on Windows 10,...

2020-01-15
Instagrammers rejoice: A face filter for your clothes is here

The iconic white T-shirt gets a 21st-century update. Instagram is well-known as the social media playground for fashion influencers. Most of the activity to date is seen with apparel designs the person is actually wearing, though—showing off a new purchase or favorite look. #ootd’s (“outfit of...

2020-01-15
Bloomberg haunted the Dem debate with fake irony on Twitter. Here’s how the other absent candidates fared.

They didn’t make it onto the debate stage, but here’s what the outside-shot Democratic candidates were doing on Twitter during last night’s debate. Tuesday night’s Democratic debates had a clear winner, and it was Donald Trump.Read Full Story

2020-01-15
LinkedIn’s SlideShare is a vast emporium for pirated e-books. Authors are paying the price

From bestsellers to textbooks, stolen content is easily found on a 14-year-old hosting service operated by Microsoft’s social network. Mid-level writers are hurt the most. If you want to purchase a copy of The Institute, Stephen King’s latest novel about supernatural kids, you could find it at your...

2020-01-15
Instagram’s decision to hide photoshopped images is a disservice to art

In a controversial turn of events, Instagram has begun hiding photoshopped images on its platform — even in the case of creative uses. San Francisco-based photographer Toby Harriman was scrolling through his Instagram feed when he suddenly spotted a post flagged for “False Information,” PetaPixel writes. It was...

2020-01-15
The iconic white T-shirt gets a 21st-century redesign

Instagrammers rejoice: A face filter for your clothes is here. Instagram is well-known as the social media playground for fashion influencers. Most of the activity to date is seen with apparel designs the person is actually wearing, though—showing off a new purchase or favorite look. #ootd’s...

2020-01-15
Low-CO2 food labeling will be the next ‘low fat’ craze

Meat substitute Quorn is about to start labeling the carbon footprint of its foods. This could change the way we shop forever. Cheeseburgers may be delicious, but they have a terrible environmental footprint. Look away from the 660 gallons of water that a single, third-of-a-pound beef patty takes to produce, and...

2020-01-15
Bitcoin sextortionists target Google Nest cameras in latest campaign

Bitcoin-hungry criminals are targeting owners of Google Nest home security cameras in their latest sextortion campaign, Computer Weekly reports. Email cybersecurity company Mimecast says the campaign mostly targeted individuals in the US earlier this month. Kiri Addison, Mimecasts’s head of data science overwatch,...

2020-01-15
Microsoft is rolling out its Chromium-based Edge browser today

Microsoft is set to begin rolling out its new Chromium engine-based Edge browser to Windows 10 users today. The updated Edge browser brings support for Chrome extensions, user profiles, and faster web browsing. Once the update starts rolling out, all Windows users will eventually have to switch to the updated Edge...

2020-01-15
Jeff Bezos says Amazon will invest $1 billion in small businesses in India

At a company event in New Delhi today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the ecommerce giant is investing $1 billion to digitize small businesses in India. He added the company aims to export goods worth $10 billion by 2025 via the country’s ‘Make in India‘ program. The news comes just after the Competition...

2020-01-15
Instagram brings DMs to web — over 6 years after they arrived on mobile

Starting today, Instagram will be rolling out its Direct messaging system to its desktop site, meaning you can finally keep up with your conversations from your browser. After the feature has been in testing for what seems like forever, it’s good to see confirmation that it is actually on the way. For those of you...

2020-01-14
Let’s hope these key tech issues aren’t ignored on tonight’s less-diverse debate stage

Startup adviser and former Facebook counsel Bärí Williams wants the potential impact of automation on the working class, including black and brown people, to be addressed tonight. The boom and potential bust of the tech sector have taught us many things in recent years. First, every idea that includes an app...

2020-01-14
It is time to stop caring about Trump’s typos

Late-night hosts and Twitterers alike can’t resist making a meal out of every Trump typo. Here’s why they should. Nobody knows how covfefe happened or what it meant. The best guesses generally were “the president fell asleep mid-tweet” and “nothing.”Read Full Story

2020-01-14
Dive into a trove of France’s most famous art, now available for free

Paris Musées has digitized hundreds of thousands of paintings, photographs, and manuscripts for the public to enjoy—and use for commercial or noncommercial purposes. As it operates today, the World Wide Web exists as a bit of a misnomer. After all, news publications are obscured by paywalls, and Twitter...

2020-01-14
Indian court demands data relating to university violence from WhatsApp, Google

In a ruling today, the Delhi High Court has asked Google and WhatsApp to store and provide data to the police relating to attacks on students by masked goons at Jawaharlal Nehru University. On January 5, a bunch of masked attackers entered the New Delhi-based university and attacked students with rods and destroyed...

2020-01-14
It actually happened — Akon just founded his own crypto city in Africa

Akon really did it. He’s founded his own fucking city — Akon City — and cryptocurrency is reportedly set to power it. This is supposedly real. According to the rap star’s Twitter feed, an agreement between Akon and the country of Senegal has been finalized, which means that Akon City is officially here....

2020-01-14
Vantablack is the world’s blackest black. Get ready to see it everywhere

The floodgates are opening! The world will soon be full of products coated in the darkest color on the planet. Luxury watch brands are known for encasing timepieces in rare, beautiful materials, including diamonds, gold, and titanium. But a new product by Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie features a far newer...

2020-01-14
Two ways social networks could control toxic content

Ron Porat, CTO of L1ght, discusses why platforms are failing to keep their sites free of hate speech, harassment, and other inappropriate content and how to fix it. From headlines about YouTube allowing racist and homophobic harassment in the comments section to revelations that GIPHY is playing host to child...

2020-01-14
Grindr is sharing users’ sexual orientation and location data, says study

The data includes a Grindr user’s location, age, gender, and sexual orientation, which malicious individuals or parties could then use to identify and target LGBTQ people. The LGBTQ dating app Grindr has been caught sharing users’ sensitive data with thousands of ad partners, reports Bloomberg....

2020-01-14
Get ready for Vantablack, the world’s blackest black, to be everywhere

The floodgates are opening! The world will soon be full of products coated in the darkest color on the planet. Luxury watch brands are known for encasing timepieces in rare, beautiful materials, including diamonds, gold, and titanium. But a new product by Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie features a far newer...

2020-01-14
Vegan fast-food options: From Taco Bell to McDonald’s, Americans are at least searching

A new analysis of Google data shows searches in the United States with major fast-food chains alongside words like “vegan” and “vegetarian” are on the rise. Many fast-food chains have been slow to embrace the needs of vegan diners. Even when they do offer plant-based options, the results...

2020-01-14
Google topped app downloads in Q4 2019, but Facebook dominated the year

For the first time in five years, Google has snatched the reins from Facebook to become the world’s top publisher of mobile apps — sort of. In the last quarter of 2019, Google amassed close to 850 million downloads compared to Facebook‘s nearly 800 million, according to data from app intelligence monitor Sensor...

2020-01-14
Twitter is experimenting with new solutions to reduce toxicity

One of the biggest challenges Twitter has right now is to reduce abuse and bullying on its platform. Last week, the company’s head of product, Kayvon Beykpour, sat down with Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to discuss toxicity on the platform, the...

2020-01-14
It’s past time for interior designers to make climate commitments

Architects and landscape designers have pledged radical changes in how they work to help combat climate change. Interior designers need to follow suit—now, writes Studio O+A’s Verda Alexander. At a recent design panel I cohosted with Metropolis magazine, we talked about the fact that as designers, we...

2020-01-13
Oscars 2020: Still so white and unaware of any women directors

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the lack of women directors and only one person of color getting nominated in all four acting categories. Today is Oscar Nomination Day, and everyone is angry online. Again. (Well, except for Bong Joon-ho stans, who are excited to see him become the first-ever South Korean nominee...

2020-01-13
Sorry, Tom Hanks and Oprah: Americans think Amazon and Google are much more trustworthy

USPS, Amazon, Google, PayPal, The Weather Channel, and Chick-fil-A, are among the most trusted brands in America. This just in: Tom Hanks and Oprah have been trounced in a large-scale survey of trustworthiness by . . . Amazon and Google. Yes, Americans think giant tech companies are much more likely to “do the...

2020-01-13
Urban designers should focus on biodiversity to improve our mental well-being

Mental health in our cities is an increasingly urgent issue. Rates of disorders such as anxiety and depression are high. Urban design and planning can promote mental health by refocusing on spaces we use in our everyday lives in light of what research tells us about the benefits of exposure to nature and biodiversity....

2020-01-13
‘Total chaos’: How Trump’s Washington is killing the next generation of tech

When an Act of Congress becomes a miracle, cities and states start to take matters into their own hands. The result is a disaster for everyone. It’s impossible to read Twitter, watch CNN, or glance at YouTube these days and not feel bombarded by the thousand ways our federal government is failing us. From its...

2020-01-13
LinkedIn: Blockchain beats AI and cloud computing for hottest skill in 2020

Bitcoin isn’t exactly en vogue in 2020, but its underlying technology (blockchain) is apparently still cool. At least, that’s according to employment service LinkedIn, which listed “blockchain” as tech’s most sought after “hard skill” this year. A LinkedIn blog published last week notes that...

2020-01-13
Your Tesla will soon talk to passing pedestrians like Knight Rider

And it might also fart at them. Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to announce an upcoming feature upgrade to your Tesla: the ability for it to talk to passing pedestrians. In a tweet, Musk posted a short video clip showing a Tesla Model 3 “speaking” to a pedestrian as the car drives slowly by. Musk writes:...

2020-01-13
New deepfake app pastes your face onto GIFs in seconds

Last year, we saw some horrific apps that use deepfake tech with malicious intent. Following that, Facebook banned ‘misleading’ deepfakes from its platform — except parody. However, the tech can be used freely in fun applications such as Doublicat, which lets you superimpose your face onto any GIF. The app —...

2020-01-13
Moonday Mornings: Ethereum dev released on $1M bail over North Korea case

Hello Hard Forkers, welcome to another Moonday Morning where we wrap-up the weekend’s hot cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines. Take a look. 1. Illegal Bitcoin mine in Ukraine rail building busted A small but illegal Bitcoin mine has been located and dismantled in the Ukraine, according to a Facebook post...

2020-01-13
Canadian food giant CEO took to his brand’s Twitter to blast President Trump’s recklessness with Iran

Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain blames American action in Iran for the death of an employee and his family on Flight 752. Maple leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain took to Twitter on Sunday night to vent his anger and frustration over the death of a company colleague and his family in the tragic plane crash of Ukrainian...

2020-01-13
How to hide your Instagram Stories from strangers

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. As much as Instagram Stories encourages us to overshare pretty much every detail of our lives, you might want to consider taking more control of who can actually see your life in...

2020-01-11
Jeopardy! adds Bitcoin ransomware to its GOAT tournament

Bitcoin appeared on last night’s Jeopardy!, when three champions fighting to be crowned Greatest of All Time were quizzed on cybersecurity. The world’s most popular cryptocurrency was the correct answer for the category’s $800 question: “A ransomware attack that encrypted 3,800 city of Atlanta computers...

2020-01-10
Facebook is reportedly planning to launch TikTok competitor in India by May

Facebook might launch its ambitious app Lasso to fight off TikTok in India this year. According to a report from Entrackr, the social network giant is planning to launch the short video app by mid-year. The American tech company launched Lasso in the US in 2018 and later introduced it to Mexico last year. According...

2020-01-10
Google purged 1.7K malicious ‘Joker’ apps from the Play Store

No, we’re not talking about the movie. Google has removed 1,700 instances of family of billing fraud malware dubbed Bread, but also known as Joker. The best bit? These Big G says the apps were nixed before users could even download them. The bad news? They still made their way to the Play Store. What’s special...

2020-01-10
Heartburn drug recall: What to do if you’re taking generic Zantac or antacids

More harrowing carcinogens were found in popular generic medications. Here’s what the FDA says to do. This is an excellent week to stop taking generic Zantac: The FDA announced recalls of batches of ranitidine from two more manufacturers, Appco Pharma and Northwind Pharmaceuticals, due to the presence of a...

2020-01-10
Mark Zuckerberg ditches New Year’s resolutions—so don’t feel bad about not completing yours

He also predicts that smartphones will lose their computing crown to augmented reality glasses. Most of us have rather mundane New Year’s resolutions: eat less, exercise more, read more books. While noble enough in their own right, those seem to always pale to the breath and aspiration of Facebook CEO Mark...

2020-01-10
How to avoid feeling burned out when traveling for work

Being on the road an be grueling. Here’s how to protect your mental well-being. If you travel for business, inconveniences like flight delays and lost luggage aren’t your only concerns. A new report by NexTravel found that nearly one in four (22%) business travelers feel that their road time wears on...

2020-01-10

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