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AI rejects conservative human views on furniture, designs wacky chair

If you’re lucky enough to be in Italy for Milan Design Week this year, do yourself a favor and check out the world’s first “chair designed using artificial intelligence to be put into production.” With language that specific you know it must be interesting. Kartell, Philippe Starck, and Autodesk, a 3-D...

2019-04-13
Facebook taps Peggy Alford as its first black female board member

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who has sat on the board since 2011, will not be nominated for re-election at the 2019 shareholder meeting in May. Facebook has nominated Peggy Alford as the third woman to sit on its board of directors.Read Full Story

2019-04-12
Facebook taps Peggy Alford as first its black female board member

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who has sat on the board since 2011, will not be nominated for re-election at the 2019 shareholder meeting in May. Facebook has nominated Peggy Alford as the third woman to sit on the advertising and social media giant’s board of directors.Read Full Story

2019-04-12
This $40 bundle is your ticket to becoming a full-stack developer

You can make it easier on hiring bosses by becoming a mythical creature in your own right with the training in The Complete Full Stack Developer Bundle. Considering the average full stack pro can earn $110,000 a year or more, following this coursework to prosperity is worth the discounted $39 (over 90 percent off)...

2019-04-12
What design tools get wrong

Designers have more digital design tools than ever before. Yet some key problems remain. Modern design tools–both the vector and code kind–are amazing pieces of software that in recent years have transformed the design profession, but none of them seem to really understand the context that we currently...

2019-04-12
Incognito mode won’t keep your browsing private. Do this instead

Browser compartmentalization can help you escape the clutches of the data gathering machine. The big tech giants, online advertising companies, and data brokers use a ton of tricks to track you around the web. These include things like cookies, location and device logging, fingerprinting, and even share buttons, the...

2019-04-12
Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are changing how we interact with the world by doing it for us

Innovation shapes our daily experiences, offering us the chance to seize the convenience offered by modern technology. Since the advent of smart speakers and voice-enabled digital assistants, voice-user interface (VUI) technology has experienced an explosion in popularity among consumers and developers alike. VUI...

2019-04-12
Facebook Messenger might be returning to the main Facebook app

Facebook is in the early testing stages of reintegrating Messenger and the primary Facebook app. App and security researcher Jane Manchun Wong has discovered news that might make a lot of Facebook app users very happy: It appears Facebook is conducting limited tests to return Facebook Messenger to the main Facebook...

2019-04-12
Facebook may soon let you chat with friends on mobile without Messenger

Five years ago, Facebook began encouraging users to use its standalone Messenger app to chat with their contacts, instead of using the built-in feature in the social network’s mobile apps. It appears that it’s now looking to bring messaging back to the primary Facebook app experience – which indicates a change...

2019-04-12
YouTube’s plan to reward ‘quality’ content has some problems

After a turbulent year, YouTube is allegedly doing some damage control with its advertisers. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company is looking for a way to reward constructive and quality content. The problem is that’s not something that can be done by algorithms. That’s something that’s going to...

2019-04-12
Hallelujah! Google Assistant finally has access to your G Suite calendar

Google yesterday announced Calendar support via Google Assistant for G Suite customers at its Google Next event. This means employees and students using G Suite accounts will finally be able to edit, update, and check their Calendar using Assistant. It’s about damn time. G Suite users have been forced to live with a...

2019-04-11
Why the best way to file your taxes will probably never exist in America

Many governments around the world have eliminated the need for third-party tax assistance by making it easy to pay taxes. Not so in the United States. $16,000. I’ll write it again. $16,000. That’s the number I want you thinking of every time you painfully file your taxes–as you curse confusing...

2019-04-11
This Twitter account answers video games’ biggest question: Can you pet the dog?

You cannot pet the dogs in Minecraft or Fortnite, but you can pet the dogs in Butterfly Soup. You couldn’t pet the dog in Enter the Gungeon, but now you can following an update. This is the feed of @CanYouPetTheDog, a Twitter account that, well, answers whether you can pet dogs in popular video games, with...

2019-04-11
Parasites keep impersonating black hole researcher Dr. Katie Bouman on Twitter

Yesterday, the world got to see the first photograph of a black hole. It was a truly historic moment, and it couldn’t have happened without MIT CSAIL researcher Dr. Katie Bouman, who was catapulted overnight into the halls of global celebrity. And, of course, the Internet has found some way to ruin it. Because,...

2019-04-11
The coach behind Jobs, Brin, and Sandberg had a secret weapon: love

Google leaders Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle recall the teachings of the late Bill Campbell, who coached some of tech’s biggest luminaries. They’re still talking about Bill Campbell, the ex-football coach who came to work at Apple in 1983 and ended up one most effective, beloved, and...

2019-04-11
Move over, graphene. The world’s next wonder material is here

Borophene, a single-atom layer of the element boron, is super-strong and super-flexible–plus it’s a superconductor. For years, the material graphene has entranced the scientific world because of its incredible strength and flexibility. It can conduct electricity better than any other material at room...

2019-04-11
How to use your Android phone as a security key for your Google accounts

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. Google has been working to make it easier to secure your accounts for its services with two-factor authentication over the past few years. Now, it’s enabled a handy feature you...

2019-04-11
Instagram is demoting posts to hide offensive and sexually explicit content

Yesterday, Instagram announced that it will start demoting content that doesn’t violate its Community Guidelines, but might be ‘inappropriate.’ The announcement says that posts that are ‘sexually suggestive’, ‘hurtful’, or ‘violent’ can be removed from discovery sections and hashtag pages. This...

2019-04-11
You can now directly edit Microsoft Office files with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

It’s a great week for productivity. First, Slack announced that it’ll let you view documents without leaving the app, and then Dropbox enabled editing Google Docs within its own cloud storage app. Now, Google has announced that you can edit Microsoft Office files directly in Google’s suite of apps, without...

2019-04-11
YouTube TV’s looking more like a cable package every day

Google today announced the price of YouTube TV was going up from $40 to $50, in return for 8 more channels. The service, one of many which bills itself as an alternative to cable packages, is starting to look very similar to those same packages — and, like all tv streaming services, the prices are going to keep...

2019-04-11
Google takes a break from being evil to announce AI Platform

Weather alert: be on the lookout for flying pigs. Google‘s new AI Platform looks to make good on the company’s promise to democratize machine learning. Between developing weapons platforms for the military and censored search engines for China, we forgot it was even capable of doing things that were good for...

2019-04-11
This experiment found new uses for Google Glass to help children with autism

Superpower Glass helps children learn to recognize the emotions of people they’re talking to. Google Glass has been used for everything from opera glasses to helping workers on factory floors. More recently, it’s been used to help children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to better...

2019-04-10
Creepy Facebook patent uses image recognition to scan your personal photos for brands

Facebook may soon know if you’re holding a Starbucks cup or drinking Grey Goose vodka. Facebook has just been awarded a patent for technology that could let the social network scan through your photos, see what products you like, and then send that data to advertisers in the hopes of selling you more of the...

2019-04-10
The wallpaper of the future is here

Design Mario Romano carves building-size murals and patterns into Corian using robotics. The results are unlike any wall coverings out there. Last year, the Venice, California-based designer Mario Romano invented a new kind of wallpaper. Except this “wallpaper” isn’t made out of paper at...

2019-04-10
Why diverse teams make better business decisions

Probably one of the most well-known brand fails in the past few years was Pepsi’s 2017 ad featuring Kendall Jenner. Released in the midst of the Black Lives Matter and Women’s March movements, the ad features the supermodel leading a group of ambiguous protestors and ends with a Pepsi peace offering to a police...

2019-04-10
Facebook will stop asking you to wish your dead friends a happy birthday

Hey, that’s one less insincere birthday wish you need to send. What’s more insincere than sending someone a happy birthday wish because Facebook told you to? Sending a dead friend a happy birthday wish because Facebook told you to.Read Full Story

2019-04-10
For the first time ever, Snapchat is expected to lose U.S. users this year

And Instagram will benefit the most from Snapchat’s loss. That’s according to marketing research firm eMarketer. The firm has released its latest forecast on U.S. social network users and says that 2019 will be the first time Snapchat loses users. In 2018, Snapchat had 79.7 million users, but eMarketer...

2019-04-10
Facebook’s AI prevents deceased users’ profiles from popping up in your suggestions

It’s hard to cope with the loss of a loved one, and it’s harder when their profile pops up on Facebook as a suggestion, as if they were still alive. Now, the social network is using AI to make sure that the profile of the deceased doesn’t “appear in a painful way,” along with some new tools for...

2019-04-10
You can now create and edit Google Docs right within Dropbox

Google Drive and Dropbox might be competitors, but that doesn’t mean the two companies can’t get along. Case in point: they are announcing tighter integration between their respective services, allowing to Dropbox Business users to create Google Docs, Sheets, Slides documents right within Dropbox. It’s a...

2019-04-10
After TurboTax and H&R Block lobbying, IRS could be banned from offering free tax-filing app

Tax-prep companies like TurboTax-maker Intuit, as well as tax-fighting conservatives, have long opposed such an IRS tool. Congress is likely to pass a law making it illegal for the Internal Revenue Service to develop a free tax-filing app, ProPublica reports.Read Full Story

2019-04-09
Facebook has created an insanely detailed map of where everyone in Africa lives

Based on satellite images, the company hopes aid workers can use it to make their work more efficient (and it’s also good for helping telecom companies spread internet connections). One of the biggest challenges in humanitarian aid is actually delivering the product to the people who need it most. Vaccines,...

2019-04-09
Dropbox and G Suite’s new integration is more like a mind meld

The long-awaited ability to keep your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in your Dropbox isn’t just about plumbing. Thirteen months ago, Dropbox and Google announced that they were working together to let users store G Suite documents in their Dropbox storage. The news addressed what must have been a common...

2019-04-09
Senators just unveiled a bill to stop deceptive design and dark patterns

User interface designers, meet federal regulators. U.S. senators are reaching across the aisle in an effort to stop the dark patterns in software, according to Axios.Read Full Story

2019-04-09
How to clean up your personal brand

Everyone has a personal brand. Here’s how to improve yours if it doesn’t reflect who you want to be. While you may not be an Instagram influencer or a prolific YouTube personality, whether you like it or not, you have a personal brand. And it affects you.Read Full Story

2019-04-09
HomeShare lays off almost all of its staff

And the company is radically changing some core parts of its service. HomeShare has cut a majority of its staff, reports the San Fransisco Chronicle. The San Francisco-based startup matched applicants who lived in luxury apartment buildings with roommates with the goal of helping people find more affordable housing in...

2019-04-09
Alphabet launches its Wing drone delivery service in Australia

Google’s parent company wants to fly food and coffee to you. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has launched its first commercial drone delivery service through its Wing subsidiary. In a blog post on Tuesday, Wing said it had launched its first air delivery service in North Canberra, Australia. Users of...

2019-04-09
These 8 presidents chanced into office–here’s what you can learn from their unplanned ascent

Author and Jigsaw CEO Jared Cohen talks about power, successorship, and what he learned from studying Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and other accidental presidents. By day, Jared Cohen uses technology to fight terrorism–he’s the CEO of Jigsaw, previously part of Google and now under Alphabet. Before...

2019-04-09
Tech is crashing the world’s biggest design fair

Google, Samsung, LG, and other giants are showing up to show off gadgets at Salone del Mobile–evidence of the subtle way they’re reframing themselves as design-led companies. Every April, thousands descend upon Milan for the most important event of the year for the design industry. Centered around...

2019-04-09
Yes, there’s a subreddit that skewers those targeted Facebook t-shirt ads

Facebook ads are usually weird and funny when they’re not showing off spooky knowledge of your life and hobbies. Those targeted ads for graphic t-shirts somehow manage to be all three — and a subreddit is celebrating them in all their bizarre glory. You probably know the kinds of shirts I’m talking about — I...

2019-04-09
Ian Goodfellow’s hiring hints at what Apple’s next ‘one more thing’ could be

Apple recently scored the hottest free agent in AI when it managed to lure Ian “The GANfather” Goodfellow away from his highly-salaried perch at Google. His hiring indicates Apple’s placing a higher priority on machine learning technology. And it may tell us a little about the Cupertino company’s next big...

2019-04-09
Twitter is automatically removing about 10 accounts every second

Twitter’s battle with the bots is nonstop, still not enough. Twitter is working to fight “platform manipulation” by automatically removing 6 million to 7.5 million accounts per week in efforts to combat the practice. That works out to about 10 to 12 accounts a second, or 312 million to 390...

2019-04-08
Inside the secretive, long-term collaboration between Sonos and Ikea

Ikea’s new Symfonisk line, developed with Sonos, is three years in the making. Here’s why it took so long to come to market. In 2016, a team of Swedish designers from Ikea flew to Santa Barbara. They weren’t there for the sunshine or the seaside boardwalk. They were there to learn how to build...

2019-04-08
You can now try Microsoft’s Chromium-powered version of Edge

Back in December, Microsoft surprised everyone – those who hadn’t been following the rumors, anyway – by announcing it was shifting Edge to Google’s ubiquitous Chromium platform. Chromium promises better and faster support for constantly evolving web standards. You can now give this shinier version of Edge a...

2019-04-08
Snapchat’s reinventing itself to fight Instagram

Last week, Snapchat held its first partner summit, where it described the company’s new approach to standing out from competitors like Instagram. Key announcements included new AR features for lenses, new Snap original content, a multiplayer gaming platform, and a new developer kit to integrate Snapchat stories in...

2019-04-08
Average life of a dead Google product is just four years

Google shut down Google+ and Inbox last week, and and we’re still in mourning (for the latter). Recently, we’ve seen sites like Killed By Google and Google Cemetary crop up to show us the Mountain View company’s notorious habit of killing off products. Now, a new feature in the Google Cemetery site shows us...

2019-04-08
TNW2019 Daily: Over 300 speakers confirmed!

Fun fact: 31 days is the gestation period of a baby chipmunk, and it’s also the amount of days left until TNW Conference! Coincidence? Probably. 300 speakers and counting 300 is the name of a movie, and it’s also the amount of speakers we have confirmed so far for TNW Conference! That’s definitely a coincidence,...

2019-04-08
Europe’s first underwater restaurant has gorgeous, otherworldly tableware

When you eat at Under, Norway’s new sub-sea fine-dining restaurant, your food will be served on plates and in bowls that were created with sand and minerals from the nearby ocean. At first sight, the new Norwegian restaurant Under seems to have sourced its tableware from a nearby shipwreck: It...

2019-04-08
Pinterest surprises by setting its IPO price range at $15 to $17 per share

By pricing its IPO moderately, shares in Pinterest could pop the first day they’re traded, which would provide good optics for the company. The image discovery social media site has announced that shares will cost between $15 to $17 in its initial public offering. That’s according to a filing the company...

2019-04-08

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