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Google Stadia will take on game consoles and PCs in 2019, but many questions remain

Google’s game streaming service will lean on YouTube, multiplayer, and a whole lot of cloud computing power to stand out. Google’s long-awaited answer to traditional game consoles and gaming PCs is a service called Stadia, which will stream high-end games to web browsers, phones, tablets, and TVs.Read...

2019-03-19
Augmented reality when? We asked Magic Leap, Facebook, Google, and more

“A ‘Black Mirror’ episode—in a good way!”: Mixed reality’s key players talk about the near future, and explain what could go wrong. Today, most of us see the internet on some variation of an opaque rectangular screen. Think of them as little digital islands—black...

2019-03-19
Facebook agrees to limit ad targeting after discrimination lawsuits

Lawsuits alleged its high-powered ad targeting system enabled illegal discrimination by age, race, disability, and other protected characteristics Facebook said today it has settled lawsuits over potential discrimination in housing, employment, and credit ads on its platforms, agreeing to take steps to limit how the...

2019-03-19
Google announces Stadia, its cross-platform game streaming service

At the 2019 Game Developers Conference (FDC) in San Francisco today, Google unveiled Stadia, its all-you-can-play game streaming service. It’s launching sometime this year, first in the US, Canada, UK, and most of Europe. The service will let you play all manner of computer games streamed from Google‘s data...

2019-03-19
Should SNL be less political? A lot of Americans apparently think so

It’s not just Donald Trump who thinks Saturday Night Live should pump the breaks on politics. Out of all the presidents elected during Saturday Night Live’s nearly 45-year history of sticking it to presidents, Donald Trump is the one most hell-bent on sticking it back to the show. Over the weekend,...

2019-03-19
RIP Google Inbox, which has just 14 days to live

Gmail’s more experimental sibling shuts down on April 2. Google Inbox, which has served as a more forward-thinking alternative to Gmail since 2014, will finally stop working on April 2. As 9to5Google notes, the official shutdown date for Inbox started appearing in the app on Monday, and is the same date that...

2019-03-19
Actually, I want to hand over even more of my personal data to big tech

But thanks to Facebook and Google even good-intentioned tech companies are now afraid to get to know me too well. This story is part of The Privacy Divide, a series that explores the fault lines and disparities—cultural, economic, philosophical—that have developed around digital privacy and its...

2019-03-19
Google now lets you easily compress photos straight from the Photos app

A few weeks ago, we explained how you can save space on your phone by using Google Photos to back up your pictures. Now, Google has introduced a new backup option in Android that lets you compress photos to the size of a 3-megapixel image; the new feature is called Express back up, and it appears it’s solely...

2019-03-19
Readers respond: Is design as important as we think it is?

Last week, John Maeda told Fast Company that “in reality, design is not that important.” Here’s how readers responded. In his annual Design in Tech report, design luminary John Maeda made a radical claim: that designers should be the supporting actors of a company, rather than taking on the...

2019-03-19
Fighting crypto fraud will soon become easier, here’s why

Anyone who’s spent any time in cryptocurrency communities knows fraud is a widespread issue. We’ve seen ‘pump and dump’ tactics, Ponzi schemes, Twitter cryptocurrency scambots impersonating tech moguls like Elon Musk, and multi-million dollar exit-scams. All of these put investors at risk. The Texas State...

2019-03-19
Trump is already massively outspending Dems on Facebook and Google ads

He knows where his base is at. President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign has already spent $4.5 million on Facebook and Google ads in the first two and a half months of 2019, reports Axios. That data comes from Facebook and Google’s political ad transparency reports, which have been...

2019-03-19
At today’s Game Developers Conference, Google will take on the $140B industry

The company has been working on a secret gaming project for years. People think today Google will announce Project Stream and possibly its Yeti console. Google, for years, has reportedly been working on a secret gaming project. And the company is about to unveil it today at the annual Game Developers Conference in...

2019-03-19
Now you can shop and buy stuff on Instagram without leaving the app

Starting today, Instagrammers can buy products from 20 brands including Nike, Burberry, and Warby Parker, using the new in-app checkout feature. The feature will soon extend to more and more businesses. Facebook’s Instagram photo-sharing app has become a hotspot for brands, and a hotspot for consumers who want...

2019-03-19
This Googler has helped 50,000 teachers train students in digital skills

JamieSue Goodman leads a Google team dedicated to creating course materials that let kids learn by participating in “awesome projects.” In 1989, when JamieSue Goodman was a high school freshman in Manning, South Carolina—population 4,000—her journalism teacher got a grant to buy a computer....

2019-03-19
The world’s first genderless AI voice is here. Listen now

Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google all default as women. But what if AI assistants thought beyond gender norms? Voice assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa are women rather than men. You can change this in the settings, and choose a male speaker, of course, but the fact that the technology...

2019-03-19
Devin Nunes sues Twitter, perfectly illustrates the Streisand effect

The Republican politician is suing Twitter, Liz Mair, and the parody accounts @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow. As a result, they are only becoming more popular. Republican Representative from California Devin Nunes has filed a lawsuit against Twitter and three of its users for defaming his name. He seeks $250 million in...

2019-03-19
Facebook: Original Christchurch shooting video had 200 live views and 4,000 total views

Since then people have tried to re-upload the video to Facebook over 1.5 million times. Facebook has revealed that the Christchurch New Zealand mosque shooting that was live-streamed by the perpetrator was viewed less than 4,000 times in total before it was removed by the company. That includes 200 people who viewed...

2019-03-19
Google’s reportedly making the cheaper Pixel 3 I’ve always wanted

9to5Google reports that Google is working on cheaper versions of its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL handsets from last year, with some compromises to bring down the price – but with most of the good stuff from the 2018 flagship. That’s great news for folks like me who are interested in a compact phone that doesn’t cost...

2019-03-19
Nvidia’s new $99 pocket-sized AI computer is designed for DIY projects

Nvidia has just released a $99 pocket-sized computer named the Jetson Nano, targeted towards “embedded designers, researchers, and DIY makers” who want to tinker with a system for offline AI development. The developer kit is powered by a 64-bit quad-core ARM processor, and a 128-core Nvidia Maxwell GPU with 4GB of...

2019-03-19
Reed Hastings says Netflix will not be part of Apple’s new TV app

The streaming leader delivered his version of a White House press briefing, expounding on not only Apple, but also advertising, Fortnite, and Ricky Gervais At a press event at Netflix’s Hollywood outpost on Monday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took questions from a group of international journalists about...

2019-03-19
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings talks Apple, Facebook and binge-watching Ricky Gervais

The steaming leader delivered his version of a White House press briefing, expounding on a range of topics with international journalists. At a press event at Netflix’s Hollywood outpost on Monday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took questions from a group of international journalists about everything from new...

2019-03-19
Android Q’s hidden ‘bubbles’ suggest Google is rethinking notifications

Despite multiple redesigns and fundamental changes, one thing has remained true since the very first Android phone: you swipe down from the top to access your notifications. But Android Q Beta 1 shows Google is at least considering an alternative. As first reported by 9to5Google, Android Q includes a hidden feature...

2019-03-18
These kids designed their own targeted ads, and they’re hilarious

Bushwick Analytica is the kind of surveillance state I can support. By now, we’ve established that the internet is terrible and targeted advertising is largely to blame. Ad networks follow us around websites and apps, profiling who we are and what we do in a quest to serve up the most effective ad at the...

2019-03-18
How to Marie Kondo your LinkedIn network in 4 steps

A little KonMari-style tidying will enhance diversity, spark joy, and make your network more effective. The phenomenon caused by organizer extraordinaire Marie Kondo has swept the country with millions of people emptying out their closets, delicately folding their favorite outfits, and tossing (while mindfully...

2019-03-18
Facebook in 2015: Pivot to video! Facebook today: Local news is dead!

Facebook paints a bleak picture for the media industry, while ignoring its own role in publishing’s demise. Benevolent Doctor Facebook today gave the country a very grave diagnosis via a blog post. The company has found that–wait for it–local news is dying. In fact, Facebook says that about...

2019-03-18
Inside Craig Wright’s blockchain patent ‘empire’

Steven Craig Wright, the man who has, on various occasions, claimed to be Bitcoin’s legendary creator (or creators) Satoshi Nakamoto is trying to build a cryptocurrency and blockchain patent empire. A recent Hard Fork investigation showed the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) had published 95 patents...

2019-03-18
How Facebook plans to use machine learning to wipe out revenge porn

Facebook’s used its machine learning prowess to filter hate speech and fake accounts— but now it’s turning its focus on fighting revenge porn. In an announcement last week, the company said that it’s introducing new technology to remove non-consensual intimate photos and videos off its platform. The social...

2019-03-18
Facebook’s “meaningful interaction” news feed change is a failure

Facebook’s engagement is through the roof, but it’s because we’re sharing stories that make us outraged like never before. A little more than a year ago, Mark Zuckerberg announced he was changing Facebook’s news feed algorithms to show fewer posts from businesses, brands, and media in favor...

2019-03-18
Here’s what happens if you let kids design their own targeted ads on Google

Bushwick Analytica is the kind of surveillance state I can support. By now, we’ve established that the internet is terrible and targeted advertising is largely to blame. Ad networks follow us around websites and apps, profiling who we are and what we do in a quest to serve up the most effective ad at the...

2019-03-18
Why forgetting at work sometimes helps you make better decisions

Don’t feel bad that you can no longer remember state capitals. The ability to forget certain things may actually improve your decision-making process in other areas. Relying on your smartphone or computer to find an answer can sometimes feel like using a crutch, but you shouldn’t worry that you’re...

2019-03-18
Google helps South Africa combat fake news ahead of its general election

Can South Africa really hold a general election on the 8th of May in a way that it really represents the views of its people? One might have thought this was an academic question. The Electoral Commission of South Africa is well respected and the legal system is robust. There are certainly enough political parties –...

2019-03-18
Why can’t Facebook keep problematic videos off its platform?

In the wake of the horrific shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, that claimed the lives of 50 people and saw several more injured, Facebook noted it had removed some 1.5 million video clips of the attack on its platform. That’s a good move to keep the gruesome content – which may serve to glorify the shooter,...

2019-03-18
The world’s first genderless voice assistant is challenging gender stereotypes

There’s an obvious gender imbalance in technology and voice assistants. Whether it’s Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or another female voice telling you when to turn right on Google Maps, it’s most commonly an AI ‘woman’ who takes our commands.  With so much female servitude in our smart devices, along with the...

2019-03-18
Why the iPhone Xs is an excellent compact flagship to buy right now

For a long time, I’ve used and liked big phones (and I can’t lie). They have certain advantages over their smaller cousins: extra screen real estate, and larger batteries. But lately, Google and Apple have narrowed the gap in functionality and performance between their compact and large handsets. The small-ish...

2019-03-18
How the tragic death of Do Not Track ruined the web for everyone

A decade ago, a simple browser setting promised to make it easy to protect your online privacy from nosy advertisers. Too bad it never came anywhere near to living up to its promise. A decade ago–long before the current controversies over what big companies are doing with our data–a lot of people were...

2019-03-17
Think about privacy the next time you ask Alexa the weather

As long as voice assistants are on the rise, data privacy should be too. The market is now saturated with voice assistants from Siri and Google Assistant to Facebook Portal and Amazon Alexa. In January, Amazon announced that more than 100 million Alexa enabled devices have been sold globally. And, Google boasted that...

2019-03-16
Here’s how to be the master of your digital domain

A few months ago I was offered (and have since accepted) a full time offer to work at Facebook in San Francisco and in that time I have been reflecting on my own usage of social media and the amount of value it has added to my life. A common trend I’ve been seeing is the urgency to delete all your social...

2019-03-16
Twttr is (very subtly) better than Twitter

Twitter made its beta testing app, branded “twttr,” sound so mysterious, like accessing it would give you access to some super-secret prototype version of Twitter (or at least that’s what I was imagining). The reality is it’s almost disappointingly similar to basic, vanilla Twitter — but what few changes...

2019-03-15
The city of New Orleans is using IGTV to get you to see more than Bourbon Street–and see the potential of Instagram video, too

The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation recently launched a new IGTV series meant to uncover the city’s hidden gems. But who’s on IGTV? The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation wants tourists to go beyond the French Quarter and Bourbon Street–and they’re using IGTV to do it.Read...

2019-03-15
What we talk about when we talk about the New Zealand mosque shooting

Journalists are tasked with covering the news, but how should media cover a murder suspect who craves media attention? Harvard professor Joan Donovan discusses the pitfalls journalists fall into. This morning, a shooter stormed two mosques in New Zealand and killed 49 people, live-streaming the entire event to...

2019-03-15
Learn how to build better web experiences with this $29 UI/UX course bundle

These days, it pays to be a true jack of all trades. You can learn the principles of both UI and UX development with the training in The Ultimate UX/UI Designer bundle, which you can pick up now from TNW Deals at over 90 percent off, just $29.

2019-03-15
Google distributed malicious Chrome app designed to steal your cryptocurrency

Be wary if you come across ads that promote an airdrop, distributing tokens for popular cryptocurrency exchange desk Huobi: the offer might be fake, and you might be getting swooped into an elaborate ploy designed to steal your coins. Security researcher Harry Denley, who maintains popular anti-phishing database...

2019-03-15
WhatsApp is testing reverse image search to battle fake news

WhatsApp‘s had a difficult battle against fake news last year. Now, it’s testing a new weapon in this fight – a reverse image search button. According to a report by WABetaInfo, a beta version of WhatsApp’s Android app has a new feature to search an image directly from the chat. The report notes that the chat...

2019-03-15
John Maeda: “In reality, design is not that important”

The head of inclusion and computational design at Wordpress parent company Automattic thinks that designers should be more like supporting actors to the leading characters at tech companies–the developers and product managers. What is design’s role in business? For years, designers have advocated for...

2019-03-15
Full text: T Bone Burnett rips Big Tech “surveillance capitalists” in blistering SXSW keynote

“These surveillance capitalists do not have the ethical foundation to be able to order society as they have presumed to do. Music industry veteran T Bone Burnett has no big love for Big Tech. In a scorching keynote speech this week at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, the Grammy- and Oscar-winning...

2019-03-15
How kids organized the massive school walkout demanding action on climate change

Young people are fed up with the lack of progress on tackling climate change, so across the world, they’re taking a stand and walking out of school to call for action on March 15. Kawika Pegram had never organized a protest before. The 17-year-old junior at Waipahu High School on Oahu heads up photography for...

2019-03-15
Google’s foldable patent hints at a compact clamshell phone

Foldable phones are certainly the talk of the town this year. We’ve already seen devices from companies like Samsung and Huawei, and teasers from Xiaomi and Oppo. But all these phones are rather large, and are essentially designed to replace tablets. What about people who like smaller handsets? Well, a new patent...

2019-03-15
Live-streaming New Zealand gunman said he aimed to disrupt US politics

A gunman killed multiple people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. He streamed the shooting on Facebook and posted pictures of his guns on Twitter. Police in New Zealand report “multiple fatalities” after a gunman opened fire on two mosques in the city of Christchurch.Read Full Story

2019-03-15

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