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Twitter will now let you add pictures, GIFs, and videos to RTs

Starting today, Twitter will now let you add pictures, videos, or GIFs to your retweets with comments. This update is rolling out to its iOS, Android, and mobile web app worldwide. In a strange way of showing off the feature, the company responded to one of the users’ older tweets demanding the feature, with a GIF....

2019-05-07
$25K Wix SEO Battle – Who can rank the best?

Wix is looking for two agencies to battle for the highest ranking on Google for the query “Wix SEO”. The winner takes home $25K. Think you have what it takes?

2019-05-07
Met Gala: Here’s all the campiest, most outrageous fashion

For this year’s Met Gala, celebrities and designers paid homage to camp in the most ostentatious of ways. This year’s Met Gala and accompanying Costume Institute exhibition opted for an often hard-to-describe theme: camp. Not like “let’s go camping in the woods,” but as in...

2019-05-07
Prince Harry’s paternity leave shines spotlight on changing U.K. gender norms

Prince Harry is expected to take at least two weeks off from royal duties. Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby son has made his royal entry into the world (and onto Instagram), Prince Harry is expected to take time off to learn how to be a parent.Read Full Story

2019-05-06
Google may be about to kill affiliate marketing links

Google is building up its commerce business. Media companies should be scared. Media companies could soon become collateral damage in Google’s escalating shopping war with Amazon.Read Full Story

2019-05-06
Twitter runs wild with a cryptic clue about the royal baby’s name

We’re not sure if the royal baby’s name actually will help “unify the U.S. and the U.K.,” but this hint is certainly bringing together all of Twitter to make jokes. The royal baby has arrived in the United Kingdom, bringing along with him sporting speculation about what his name will...

2019-05-06
Siri and Alexa struggle with your questions about detergent and cheese

Siri and Alexa are great for music, but terrible for thirsty brands. Voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Assistant can do all kinds of useful things, from playing music and creating reminders to controlling lights and thermostats, but they still have some major blind spots....

2019-05-06
Microsoft rebuilds its Edge browser on Chromium. Nice move

The company has started announcing new user-friendly features made possible by the Chromium framework. Microsoft has rebuilt its Edge web browser on the Chromium framework–the same open-source framework used in Google’s Chrome browser–and now the company is adding some user-friendly features made...

2019-05-06
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just gave Instagram birth announcements the royal seal of approval

It’s a boy! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now the proud parents of a human baby boy. Like happy families all over the globe, the royal couple announced the news on Instagram to their nearly six million followers—specifically, the @SussexRoyal account they launched on April 2.Read Full Story

2019-05-06
A popular Barron Trump Facebook page operates out of Pakistan and shares anti-AOC memes

Think Facebook is getting better at moderating political content? Think again. Many times over, Facebook has admitted that it missed the mark on rampant misinformation being shared on its platform, as well as foreign interference that may have had an impact on political elections. The company has also vowed to do...

2019-05-06
Facebook contract workers look at your private posts to help train its AI

A new report from Reuters has revealed how contract workers for Facebook and Instagram are looking at your private posts to help the social media platforms train their AI systems. Reuters suggests contractors are annotating the posts based on five “dimensions”: the content of the post (selfie, food, landmarks),...

2019-05-06
Bitcoin has nearly 100,000 nodes, but over 50% run vulnerable code

On May 5, the Bitcoin network briefly boasted over 100,000 ‘full nodes,’ but most are still running out-of-date versions of the software. PSA: a lot of people believe there are about 10,000 Bitcoin nodes. This is incorrect, this number is the amount of *listening* nodes. The total number of Bitcoin full nodes now...

2019-05-06
Just buy the f***ing latte

Ellevest’s Sallie Krawcheck has no patience for a brewing trend in personal-finance mansplaining. It’s springtime and it’s shaping up to be the season of patronizing financial advice . . . oddly, involving coffee. Last week, Chase tweeted to millennials to shore up their bank accounts by...

2019-05-06
Logo Package Express – An Essential Tool for Any Logo Designer!

Saving out logos for clients is so boring. This new extension for Illustrator automates the coloring, exporting, and sorting of logo files. BOOM!

2019-05-06
Ian Spalter steps down as Instagram’s head of design

He will be replaced by Facebook head of design Luke Woods. Instagram’s Ian Spalter has stepped away from his position as the company’s head of design. Spalter shaped the look and feel of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms and oversaw its design team at a time of tremendous...

2019-05-03
Three years in, Google’s hardware honcho is just getting started

Rick Osterloh has shaped the modern era of Google gadgets. Signs of progress are tangible, but the vision is much bigger. When Google senior VP of devices and services Rick Osterloh greets me at his offices and leads me up a sweeping staircase to a second-floor conference room, he doesn’t have to begin our chat...

2019-05-03
Ian Spalter, one of America’s most influential designers, steps down at Instagram

He will be replaced by Facebook head of design Luke Woods. Today, Instagram’s Ian Spalter is stepping down from his position as the company’s head of design. Spalter shaped the look and feel of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms and oversaw its design team at a time of...

2019-05-03
Ian Spalter, one of the most influential designers in America, steps down at Instagram

He will be replaced by Facebook Head of Design Luke Woods. Today, Instagram’s Ian Spalter is stepping down from his position as the company’s head of design. Spalter shaped the look and feel of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms and oversaw its design team at a time of...

2019-05-03
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voices support for Elizabeth Warren’s Big Tech breakup plan

Ocasio-Cortez’s support signals that the younger, far-left wing of the party may be warming up to Warren’s ideas. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has voiced support for presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up parts of the tech industry, including Amazon and...

2019-05-03
How Facebook is designing for an incoming avalanche of dead users

A new study finds that by 2050, the dead will outnumber the living on Facebook. Here’s how the company is designing user experiences to face the billions of dead users to come. By 2050, the dead will outnumber the living on Facebook. That’s a conservative estimate, according to a study published by...

2019-05-03
What should happen to users’ data when they die?

By 2050, the dead will outnumber the living on Facebook. How should the company design for an avalanche of dead users? By 2050, the dead will outnumber the living on Facebook. That’s a conservative estimate, according to a study published by researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute, which aimed to estimate...

2019-05-03
Google Maps will now show you photos of a restaurant’s most popular dishes

Someone finally finds your lunch pics useful. Google Maps has gained a nifty new feature, reports 9to5Google. As spotted by a Twitter user, Google maps now offers a “popular dishes” section in a restaurant’s listing under the “Menu” header. The “popular dishes” section...

2019-05-03
This designer wants to make robots less scary

Humans have a weird relationship with robots, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. We’re simultaneously delighted and appalled by their capabilities and autonomy. When we see what the latest inventions can do to make our lives easier, we immediately hear a voice in the back of our mind: “Great, but how...

2019-05-03
Gen Z think they’re better at online security than they actually are

The cockiness of youth seeps into the digital realm too. Generation Z, that is, the group of people who are currently between the ages of 16 and 24, are cocky when it comes to online security—even though they have no right to be. That’s according to a recent Harris Poll that surveyed 3,000 adults in the...

2019-05-03
Facebook is developing a fiat-backed stablecoin payment system

While details have remained scarce, Facebook’s plans to create its own cryptocurrency have not exactly been secret. But with its latest announcement, Facebook looks to be developing its own stablecoin-backed payment system, The Wall Street Journal reports. In what it’s calling Project Libra, Facebook is developing...

2019-05-03
A Twitter bot that translates jungle sounds to existential questions might just help save the rainforest

On Thursday, March 21, at 00:36, a cricket in Borneo chirped “fuck me and you and he he he and his and what he really?” At least, that is what a not-particularly-good speech-to-text algorithm turned some live jungle sounds into, and then posted to Twitter. Wed 13 Mar 02:58: uh? — Existential Jungle Bot...

2019-05-03
Online extremism is taking a mental toll on researchers studying it

Social media platforms do an indispensable job of connecting us with our families, friends and like-minded people. But of late, they have also become conduits for bad actors to hijack users’ attention to manipulate news, spew conspiracy theories, and propagate toxic viewpoints with an intent to radicalize...

2019-05-03
17 Essential Tools for Graphic Designers

Whether you are just getting into graphic design or you are an expert with years of experience, there are certain tools that you just can’t live without as a professional. This list covers the most essential hardware, software and equipment that every graphic designer should have on hand. Top Essential Tools for...

2019-05-03
“Mayochella” memes: How Beyoncé fans took on Taylor Swift for her Billboard Awards performance

Taylor Swift’s Billboard Music Awards performance inspired a round of scathing Twitter memes that accused her of ripping off Beyoncé. Last night’s Billboard Music Awards featured soaring performances from an eclectic collection of pop stars, including Mariah Carey, Khalid, and BTS with Halsey. Of...

2019-05-02
Facebook gave Milo and Laura Loomer plenty of time to prepare for their Instagram bans

This gave the personalities time to alert their followers. For those of us who are Very Online, you may have noticed what’s known as an “embargo drop.” That’s when a piece of planned news goes live, and multiple organizations all report on it at the same time. In this case, it was news...

2019-05-02
Instagram just made it much easier for influencers to help drive charitable giving

A new design lets you give with a click instead of clicking on the link in their bio. It also keeps you from leaving Instagram. Stories is Instagram’s customizable, Snapchat-like photo and short video-sharing feature. It allows users to post dispatches that evaporate within 24 hours. This drives plenty of...

2019-05-02
These are the best airlines if you’re flying with a pet

They aren’t the airlines you might expect. If your dog is an Instagram influencer and constantly churning out that sweet click-worthy content, at some point your pup is going to need a full digital detox and a vacation off the grid. And even if you’re a just normal dog lover who is moving across...

2019-05-02
Virtually violated: How Facebook is trying to fix abuse on social VR before it goes mainstream

Invasion of digital space can feel every bit as real is invasion of personal space. Facebook says it’s working on a fix, but some remain skeptical. Social VR has yet to go mainstream, but people have already had their personal space invaded in virtual reality, and Facebook is working on security tools to...

2019-05-02
How Facebook and Google are using algorithms to predict your next thought

Advertisements follow you everywhere. Google and Facebook have become the de facto diarchs, mining your online attention to track every single move to serve their needs. While it’s becoming increasingly impossible to quench the big tech’s thirst for user data, collect they must in order to sell ads, and for them...

2019-05-02
10 things we learned from the Democratic candidates’ Instagrams

In a crowded pool of candidates, one stacked from top to bottom with political icons and young upstarts hoping to unseat them, it’s time to put up or shut up. The Presidential Election is still more than 18 months away, but we find ourselves quickly encroaching on primary and caucus season. The first, in Iowa, is...

2019-05-02
Want a blockchain job in big tech? This course might help you land one

What do Facebook, Visa, Shell, IBM, and EY have in common (other than being stupid rich)? They’re all hiring blockchain talent. Indeed, blockchain jobs are popping up all over the place these days. If you ever thought about learning the ins and outs of distributed ledger tech, now might be a good time – and...

2019-05-02
ASUS made a souped-up gaming phone... so I used it to play Snake

With phones getting endlessly more powerful, it sometimes feel like a pointless arms race. Like, what do we need all that juice for? Faster scrolling on Instagram? 3D GIFS? Fucking Animoji? Well, with its beefed up ROG phone, ASUS has an answer: gaming. Muscular mobiles should be for gaming. I first covered Asus’...

2019-05-02
This Chrome plugin removes search bias to give women the visibility they deserve

Throughout history, women in STEM have contributed massively to build the world as we know it today — from Rosalind Franklin, a chemist whose research helped reveal the components of DNA, to Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. But with a quick search of...

2019-05-02
PSA: You can now auto-delete your location and web history on Google

It’s no secret that, unless you explicitly opt out, Google keeps an extensive record of your every activity on its digital real estate. From your location history to the searches you perform on Google and YouTube, the company goes to great lengths to glean more information about you in the hope that it can serve...

2019-05-02
Here’s what Facebook announced at its F8 developer keynote

As Facebook continues to weather a string of legal battles and harsh criticism for its never-ending privacy disasters and a generally lackadaisical attitude towards consumer data, the social networking site kicked off its annual F8 annual developer conference at San Jose yesterday. It took to the event to outline a...

2019-05-01
Julian Assange: Convicted, unrepentant, and behind bars

It was an ignoble end for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. After having spent almost seven years defiantly hiding in Ecuador’s London embassy, where he spread state secrets and bodily excretions alike, his tenancy was ended by several burly coppers who dragged him by into a waiting police van as he yelled...

2019-05-01
Revenge of the nerds: Facebook is developing human-level AI to fight bullying

Facebook might be taking its bullying problem a lot more seriously than you think. Rather than hire more humans to flag troubling content, it plans on developing AI with human level intelligence to do the job. An official company blog post today, on the subject of content moderation, laid out a road map for machine...

2019-05-01
Your Google data is getting the auto-delete tool it always needed

Google will soon let you delete past searches, location history, and other data on a regular basis. While Google has spent years insisting that users are in control of their privacy, it’s never given users a way to wipe old data automatically. If you wanted to keep Google from building up a lifetime of...

2019-05-01
Facebook’s CTO: AI is already screening out bad stuff, with more to come

Software handles a significant part of the world’s biggest content-moderation job, says Mike Schroepfer. And it’s poised to take on more heavy lifting. In 2017, as Facebook was roiled by an array of controversies relating to content on its platforms—from fake news, hate speech, and more—it...

2019-05-01
Facebook’s privacy push puts Messenger in the spotlight—but pitfalls abound

Messaging apps are by nature places for more private interactions than open social networks. But will users trust Facebook to facilitate those experiences? And will Wall Street let it? Facebook now says people need both public and private spaces in their digital lives—just like they do in their real lives. This...

2019-05-01
Fine, I want this insufferable TV for millennials

Samsung’s latest TV is set up to support regular content–but also smartphone-friendly portrait video. You can almost picture the boardroom of VPs who came up with Samsung’s latest TV. Half-eaten Domino’s boxes are strewn everywhere. There are whispers that no one gets to leave until...

2019-05-01
A controversial design strategy is helping sixth graders do better in school

A study by researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education found that when middle-school students use design-thinking strategies, they perform better. The value of design thinking, which has been popularized by design firm Ideo and the Stanford d. school, is hotly debated in the design...

2019-05-01
The Bulbing Bankers Lamp is an intricately designed visual trick

This flat, whimsical lamp looks 3D when the light is turned on. Made by Israeli designer Nir Chehanowski, this whimsical lamp creates an optical illusion via a flat acrylic sheet that’s been laser cut into an intricate, curving pattern. When the dimmable LED light is turned on, the glowing sheet looks...

2019-05-01

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