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MIT created a new algorithm that’s really, really good at counting

Imagine. You spend your formative high school years with your nose in a weighty textbook, at the same time avoiding parties and dating. Then, clutching a 4.0 GPA, you head to a top-tier university to study Computer Science. Four years and a mountain of student debt later, you start your Master’s Degree. The goal is...

2019-04-01
Gmail will soon let you schedule emails

A new Gmail feature lets you write an email now and send it later. With Gmail, you’ll soon be able to write emails at 2 a.m. without weirding out your recipients. A forthcoming “schedule send” feature will let you compose an email ahead of time, then pick a future date and time to send it out....

2019-04-01
Facebook is cracking down on fake accounts before India’s election

The first phase of the Indian Assembly’s election kicks off on April 21, but the increase in propaganda has already begun. Facebook has announced it’s removed numerous pages and accounts that used practices like fake accounts and cross-posting to increase their spread. In a post, the company’s Head of...

2019-04-01
Facebook finally answers the perennial question about News Feed: “Why am I seeing this?”

The new tool is one of the few bright spots from Facebook so far in 2019, allowing users to get more context on why they see what they see in their feeds. Facebook has made no secret over the years that it uses complex algorithms to determine what you are shown in your News Feed with the intent of getting you to use...

2019-04-01
United, Southwest, and Delta are experiencing systemwide outages

If you have a flight today, you may want to check with the airlines. The three airlines have confirmed that they are experiencing systemwide outages that are disrupting flights, reports CNBC. Word of delayed flights quickly spread on Twitter in the early hours of Monday morning:Read Full Story

2019-04-01
How Mark Zuckerberg wants governments to regulate content on online platforms

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg’s now into blogging. In an op-ed in the Washington Post, the Facebook CEO asked governments around the world to consider introducing more transparent rules for moderating content on the internet. Zuck said that the authorities need to upgrade regulations in four key areas: harmful...

2019-04-01
These mobile homeless shelters fit in a backpack

The Sheltersuit has been distributed to refugees and homeless people across Europe. Now the organization is producing a warm-weather version in the U.S. Five years ago, Dutch designer Bas Timmer heard tragic news: A friend’s father, who had become homeless, had died of hypothermia one night while sitting...

2019-04-01
Rebuilding trust in democracy starts with digital identity verification

As Mark Zuckerberg recently wrote, “free and fair elections are the heart of every democracy.” Despite controversy over Facebook’s role in Federal elections and misinformation campaigns, he makes an excellent point. I know this all too well from personal experience. Born and raised in South Africa during...

2019-04-01
How to add Facebook events to your Google Calendar

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. Facebook might not be the ideal social network for everyone right now, but it’s pretty handy when it comes to discovering or planning events. And it’s never a bad idea to port...

2019-04-01
Hacking firm NSO battles abuse claims with PR and Google ads

Google Search ads are the latest weapon in a PR blitz by Israel’s NSO Group, which denies claims that its spyware helped track a slain Saudi journalist. Since it began selling its powerful smartphone spyware to governments in 2011, the Israeli cyber-intelligence firm NSO Group has cultivated an air of strict...

2019-04-01
A comprehensive (and honest) list of UX clichés

“You are not your user” A reminder that you are not designing the product for people like yourself. Often used as a way to encourage more user research in a project. “If Henry Ford had asked people what they wanted, they would have told him faster horses”Used as a counter-argument to the previous statement,...

2019-03-31
SNL’s clever Us parody is tethered to a fake Discover ad

It’s a comedic twist that nobody saw coming. Us, Jordan Peele’s terrifying followup to Get Out, has only been in theaters for a week and has already established itself as a record-breaking hit. More importantly, though, because it’s a detail-packed superpuzzle with a relevant message, Us has also...

2019-03-31
Despite ban on spyware ads, Google shows ads for firm tied to hacking abuses

Google ads are the latest weapon in a P.R. blitz by Israel’s embattled NSO Group, which denies claims that its spyware helped track a slain Saudi journalist. Since it began selling its powerful smartphone spyware to governments in 2011, the Israeli cyber-intelligence firm NSO Group has cultivated an air of...

2019-03-30
Instead of surveillance, what if we told advertisers what they wanted to know?

Companies may one day decide to forget everything they think they know about us, and just use the data we give them. After last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook announced a major change to its ad targeting system. As of October, the company has permanently eliminated its “Partner...

2019-03-30
CHEAP: This Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant is HALF OFF

Welcome to CHEAP, our brand-new series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Yes, this is my hype. The Lenovo Smart Display (with, of course, Google Assistant) is on offer for only $99.99 – in other words, HALF PRICE! Fast, go get it! I have this exact device and, well, I’m sorry to say it...

2019-03-30
No, viewing publicly shared Google Docs don’t reveal your identity

Every day, millions of people use Google Docs to share and collaborate on documents. And when it comes to working on documents online, few tools match the power and versatility of Google Drive and Google Docs. But like all online tools that provide an open environment for many people to share data, Google Docs...

2019-03-30
Learn the email and newsletter marketing essentials from this $15 course

If you’re going to do digital marketing, do it right. Jeff Goins knows the ways of business email -- and you can learn those ways for yourself with the Effective Email and Newsletter Marketing course. It’s only $14.99, almost 59 percent off, right now from TNW Deals.

2019-03-30
The rise of the ubiquitous voice assistant

Apple, Amazon, and Google have done a great job educating users that voice is here! Voice recognition has been getting better over the years but, finally, over the last few years, is good enough to be viable in various environments. Baidu, Google and Microsoft have taken great strides towards making AI-based speech...

2019-03-29
Here’s why Cuba has painfully slow Internet – and what Google’s doing to fix it

Yesterday, Google announced it’s teaming up with Cuba’s telecommunications monopoly, ETECSA, in order to bring faster Internet access to the island. The news is no doubt a relief for Cuba’s citizenry, who have to endure high Internet costs and excruciatingly slow speeds. These factors combine to give Cuba one of...

2019-03-29
Digital medicine startups are booming. What are the side effects?

Direct-to-consumer medicine companies like Hims and Hubble certainly have an appeal, but are they truly safe for patients? If you’re on Instagram or if you’ve taken the New York City subway lately, chances are you’ve heard of Hims, the men’s health and wellness company with a...

2019-03-29
Facebook took down hundreds of “inauthentic” Philippines pages

The accounts were allegedly tied to a businessman who helped Rodrigo Duterte’s 2016 campaign. Facebook announced that it took down 200 pages, accounts, and groups that were performing “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” These accounts, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel...

2019-03-29
How to get Twitter’s new ‘Lights out’ dark mode on iOS

Twitter introduced a dark theme in its mobile apps in 2016, and for its site the following year. But after a lot of people complained that the social network’s feature is not a true dark mode – as it’s based on a shade of blue instead of black – CEO Jack Dorsey said the company was working on it. It’s...

2019-03-29
Facebook expands ad transparency beyond politics: Here’s what’s new

The Library will include all active U.S. ads running on Facebook and Instagram—not just politics or issue ads—following criticism over the limits of its Ad Archive. Facebook said Thursday it’s rolling out an improved and expanded transparency measures for political elections, including an Ad...

2019-03-29
The U.S. Census Bureau is buying up URLs to combat disinformation

The U.S. Census Bureau approached Google, Facebook and Twitter to assist in fending off foreign and domestic disinformation that could impact its 2020 count. The U.S. is asking tech giants for their help to counter the next fake news blitz.Read Full Story

2019-03-28
Facebook expands transparency for political ads: Here’s what’s new

The Library will include all active U.S. ads running on Facebook and Instagram—not just politics or issue ads—following criticism over the limits of its Ad Archive. Facebook said Thursday it’s rolling out an improved and expanded transparency measures for political elections, including an Ad...

2019-03-28
It shouldn’t take a tragedy for tech companies to fight hate on their platforms

Roughly two weeks after the terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Facebook has committed to clamping down on white nationalism and white separatism on its platform, as well as on Instagram. Finally. The company has previously tried to implement policies to tackle hate-fueled content from racial...

2019-03-28
World’s most famous nightclub designers create world’s coolest dental office

If the Berghain had an attached dental practice, it would look like this. I hate going to the dentist. But if I lived in Berlin, I would gladly go to The Urban Dentist. Instead of your regular squeaky-clean doctor’s office, this looks like a cool club or a cocktail bar.Read Full Story

2019-03-28
The woman behind the Instagram influencer penthouse has a new brainstorm: Turn influencers into creative directors

Village Marketing is launching a new model that aims to tap Instagram influencer talent behind the camera as ad creatives. Last year, Vickie Segar made news for a 2,400-square-foot, $15,000-per-month Manhattan apartment that nobody actually lived in. The entire place was designed, decorated, and managed as a studio...

2019-03-28
The big business of ruins

Phaidon’s latest book collects demolished, forgotten, and transformed architectural ruins–a topic that has obsessed popular imagination for centuries. What’s the value of a ruin? On the internet, it can be a few million clicks. In a city like New York, a few billion dollars. Eighteenth-century...

2019-03-28
Are you a white nationalist? Facebook just banned you

Facebook says there is no difference between white nationalism and white supremacy. Facebook has announced a sweeping ban on white separatists and white nationalists after the tragic shooting earlier this month at mosques where 50 people were killed by a suspected white supremacist. The man behind the massacre...

2019-03-28
HUD has charged Facebook with housing discrimination over its advertising platform

The Department of Housing & Urban Development is taking Facebook to court over its targeted advertising platform. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has filed a legal motion against Facebook, claiming that the company violated the Fair Housing Act and discriminated against people based on...

2019-03-28
Australian celebs targeted in long-running Bitcoin scam on Facebook

Bitcoin fraudsters are still using celebrities to promote their scams on Facebook and dupe investors out of money. According to reports, Australian TV presenters Karl Stefanovic and Waleed Aly are the latest names in a long list of celebrities to fall victim to the scam. In order to set up the scam, fraudsters create...

2019-03-28
Sony will stop selling PS4 game codes in physical stores

Sony revealed it’s eliminating one of the only ways for gamers to buy games for list price without having to hand over their credit card details — namely, in-store digital codes. So if you wanted to buy a game from an actual retailer, your only options now are physical discs or PlayStation cash cards. Twitter user...

2019-03-27
Facebook fights for the right to follow users–and nonusers–around the web

The social network is fighting a Belgian ban on tracking people’s cookies and other digital markers. Facebook is hunkering down for a fight over its burning desire to follow users–and nonusers–around the web.Read Full Story

2019-03-27
3 artificial Intelligence experts won this year’s Turing Prize, including Facebook’s AI chief

One winner is Yann LeCun, the chief artificial intelligence scientist at Facebook AI Research. Artificial intelligence experts Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio, and Geoffrey Hinton all have a new line to add to their resume–Turing Award winners.Read Full Story

2019-03-27
What Priyanka Chopra Jonas learned from Simone Biles, Awkwafina, and Diane von Furstenberg can help you live your best life

“If I Could Tell You Just One Thing” follows Chopra as she interviews three women on their lives and careers–and there are definitely some words to live by here. Priyanka Chopra Jonas channeled her “inner Oprah” for a YouTube Originals special based on Richard Reed’s...

2019-03-27
North Korean dissidents raise $14K with 100th ‘post-liberation visa’ on Ethereum blockchain

North Korean crypto-revolutionary crew Civil Cheollioma Defense (CCD) has issued its 100th “post-liberation blockchain visa” via the Ethereum blockchain. The group says it has been selling its tokenized visas (G-Visas) since Monday morning, after it claimed it necessary to delay sale for roughly 12 hours due to...

2019-03-27
CabbageTech owner charged with running $200K cryptocurrency and cash swindle

The operator of New York-based company CabaggeTech has been accused of defrauding investors out of more than $200,000 in cash and cryptocurrency, according to a nine-count indictment unsealed in federal court in New York, on Tuesday. Patrick McDonnell, also known as Jason Flack, is thought to have defrauded at...

2019-03-27
Japan court lets Monero cryptojacker walk away free

A Japanese web designer has been given the right to walk, despite “borrowing” the computing power of unsuspecting users to mine cryptocurrency. The 31-year-old web designer appeared in court today and was acquitted of stealing his user’s computing resources with a Monero mining script called Coinhive, local news...

2019-03-27
Most Americans are unaware of the local news crisis: Pew

Seventy-one percent said they thought local news outlets were doing well financially; 84% said they didn’t pay for local news. The media industry is facing some tough headwinds. The meteoric rise of social media has changed the way that people consume news–and many of the small outlets have had...

2019-03-27
I tried the $110 baby swaddle for adults. I’m sold

A former Apple and Harley Davidson designer invented the Sleep Pod, a cocoon-like device designed to make you feel like you’re being hugged all night long. When Matt Mundt goes to sleep, he first lies on his bed, then crawls into a small sack he invented out of stretchy fabric, which he has dubbed the...

2019-03-27
PSA: Don’t change your birth year to 2007 on Twitter, or you’ll be locked out

There are tons of hoaxes constantly doing the rounds on Twitter, including the recent Bitcoin scam. Today, I want to warn you about one that’s taken over the platform over the past couple of days: the “birth year hoax“. It’s as simple as it is stupid: it encourages you to head into your settings and change...

2019-03-27
Gmail will now let you interact with messages just like web pages right in your inbox

Google is bringing a major upgrade to Gmail that will let you interact with emails in your inbox just like you would with the web pages they often lead you to: look up hotel listings, fill out forms, and browse products you want to buy. That’s thanks to Google’s AMP technology, which also powers many of the...

2019-03-27
Google wants to turn your emails into mini apps

AMP for Email will make emails more interactive, but not without some downsides. Google is moving ahead with a plan to add interactive elements to email messages. The company’s new “AMP for Email” spec allows for things like buttons, check boxes, and image carousels within the message window....

2019-03-27
Here’s why the Huawei P30 Pro’s camera could redefine smartphone photography

Huawei‘s P20 Pro and Matte 20 Pro had the best camera hardware of any smartphone in 2017, bar none. Sure, the Pixel 3 had my favorite camera – Google’s image processing is still the best – but Huawei managed to combine solid, versatile software with a giant camera sensor and triple lens setup that remains...

2019-03-26
Google is turning your emails into mini apps

AMP for Email will make emails more interactive, but not without some downsides. Google is moving ahead with a plan to add interactive elements to email messages. The company’s new “AMP for Email” spec allows for things like buttons, check boxes, and image carousels within the message window....

2019-03-26
This app exposes which cryptocurrency a user is most likely to shill on Twitter

It’s a challenge to navigate the cryptocurrency space. The entire community pretty much resides within the confines of the Twitter hellscape, where differences in investment portfolios often lead to in-fighting and disinformation. This is why one ingenious software developer created a new browser extension to help...

2019-03-26
Google accidentally promoted a malicious Bitcoin wallet on YouTube

Google-owned YouTube inadvertently advertized an illegitimate version of the Bitcoin wallet Electrum. A Redditor unearthed the issue, noting how the malicious advert was disguised to resemble a real Electrum advertisement. “It even tells you to go the correct link (electrum.org) in the video but when you click on...

2019-03-26

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