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Use this simple psychological trick if productivity culture has made it impossible for you to relax

If you have been so infected with the need to always be accomplishing something that you can’t just relax, a quick solution is making up a “functional alibi”: Tell yourself that relaxing will make you better at work. Vacation season is wrapping up, but this year’s most coveted holiday may...

2019-10-07
Moonday Mornings: Investigations into UK crypto businesses rise 74% in 1 year

Welcome, it’s time for Moonday Mornings. If you don’t know what it is, where have you been? It’s Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekend’s top cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines. Take a look. 1. Despite numerous Libra Association member companies getting cold feet over the regulatory challenges facing...

2019-10-07
Facebook faces EU grilling over Libra ‘cryptocurrency’ after losing PayPal backing

As Facebook deals with the loss of PayPal‘s backing for its ‘cryptocurrency‘ Libra, the tech giant must now get ready to answer EU regulators’ questions about the potential risks posed by the project. The European Commission has requested that Facebook and the Libra Association – the body tasked with...

2019-10-07
Signal patches Android bug that allowed hackers to answer calls on your behalf

Popular encrypted messaging app Signal has fixed a crucial flaw in its Android app that could’ve allowed bad actors to answer calls on your behalf. What’s more, it needed no intervention from your end. Google’s Project Zero team, which uncovered the bug on September 28, said it only affects audio calls, as...

2019-10-07
Instagram might soon let you post group stories

Instagram might finally let you make stories for your group. According to app researcher Jane Mancun Wong, the company is currently testing out this feature in one of the app’s test builds. Screenshots posted in Wong’s tweet indicates once you snap a photo from the stories camera option, it’ll let you post it to...

2019-10-07
Forget detox retreats: Mindful tech-free experiences are the new vacation trend

Miraval resorts encourage new lifestyle habits by reminding guests of all the things they miss when they’re stuck on their phone. That could mean a tightrope class or scooping honey from a bee colony. Imagine you had to choose between checking Instagram or one of the following activities: a floating swimming...

2019-10-07
Forget detox retreats: Mindful tech-free experiences is the new vacation trend

Miraval resorts encourage new lifestyle habits by reminding guests of all the things they miss when they’re stuck on their phone. That could mean a tightrope class or scooping honey from a bee colony. Imagine you had to choose between checking Instagram or one of the following activities: a floating swimming...

2019-10-05
How Facebook is fundamentally changing how nonprofits get money

A 10% increase in the number of likes on organizations’ Facebook pages is associated with a 1% increase in the number of donations they get. Online giving, donations for charities made through websites and apps, is growing quickly. It rose 17% between 2016 and 2018 to over $34 billion. Some 8.5% of all U.S....

2019-10-05
How to get started on Threads, Instagram’s DM app

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. Instagram this week released Threads, a messaging app strictly for communicating with those on your Close Friends list. It’s a boon for those who use Instagram as their primary...

2019-10-05
Meet the mastermind behind The Great Baby, the weirdest government Twitter campaign ever

The Great Baby is a very odd campaign with a very important message. A tinfoil-hat-wearing man. A floating infant in the sky. A glowing pufferfish. A washing machine with cartoon arms. A scowling George Washington. What in the Great Baby is going on with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s official...

2019-10-04
Called it: Red Dead Redemption 2 is headed to PC

We all saw it coming, and now it’s happening: Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally coming to PC in early November — but Steam users are going to have to wait an extra month. Yes, all the rumors and clues we heard about were for real. Our pick for the best story game of 2018 is officially doing what its predecessor...

2019-10-04
Despite the controversy, plenty of smaller tech startups work with ICE

Though contracts with the agency have sparked a backlash from employees in some cases, there’s a universe of small firms eager to snap up a piece of ICE’s $7.6 billion budget. Last month, the big data analytics company Palantir, which has been criticized for its collaboration with US immigration...

2019-10-04
Every digital marketer should have these 8 courses under their belt

With over eight days of training in basic to advanced topics, the Advanced Digital Marketing Mastery Bundle ($36, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals with coupon code: 40LEARN40) truly takes students behind the scenes of understanding and creating a full, effective 21st century digital media experience.

2019-10-04
This airline just built a better airplane pillow with help from NASA

Sleep like an astronaut on your next flight. If you ever need a break from all this *gestures broadly* and have exhausted all of the internet’s cute cats and videos of soldiers reuniting with their dogs after long tours of duty, google pictures of astronauts sleeping for a quick mood boost.Read Full Story

2019-10-04
Google, Xiaomi, and Huawei devices affected by zero-day flaw that unlocks root access

Researchers at Google’s security group Project Zero have found an active vulnerability in Android that affects several popular devices including the Pixel 2, Huawei P20 Pro, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. A post from the security group suggests it found the bug last week, and attackers were exploiting it at that moment....

2019-10-04
This author has interviewed hundreds of whistle-blowers. Here’s what makes them tick

Thomas Mueller spent seven years researching and interviewing whistle-blowers for his new book ‘Crisis of Conscience.’ And it couldn’t have landed at a better time. It’s the word on everyone’s lips and in all the headlines: whistle-blower. (Seriously, look at how the word has...

2019-10-04
This author has interviewed hundreds of whistleblowers. Here’s what makes them tick

Thomas Mueller spent seven years researching and interviewing whistleblowers for his new book ‘Crisis of Conscience.’ And it couldn’t have landed at a better time. It’s the word on everyone’s lips and in all the headlines: whistleblower. (Seriously, look at how the word has trended...

2019-10-04
Everything the movie ‘Joker’ is not, despite what you may have heard

‘Joker’ hits theaters today on intersecting waves of hype, backlash, and fear. Here’s a little clarity on some misconceptions about it. This is why we can’t have nice things. Following last week’s Emmy Awards, a photo emerged of an exultant Phoebe Waller-Bridge nursing a victory...

2019-10-04
Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Jack Dorsey is hiring a Bitcoin designer’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Machiavelli used to say: The long and winding road awaits! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October...

2019-10-04
US and UK pressure Facebook for backdoor access to WhatsApp messages

The tug of war between privacy and security has come to the fore again. This time, the US, the UK, and Australia are making a case against end-to-end encryption (E2EE), calling on Facebook to delay its plans to implement the privacy feature across its messaging apps until “there is no reduction to user safety and...

2019-10-04
Indian high court orders Facebook to name activists behind #MeToo testimonial account

One year ago in India’s capital, New Delhi, the #MeToo movement started to pick up pace as hundreds of sexual harassment and abuse survivors anonymously shared their experiences online. Many of these testimonials were published by anonymous social media accounts to protect survivors’ identity, and safely raise...

2019-10-04
PayPal may be getting cold feet over Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra

Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra is reportedly on the verge of losing another one of its partners after Paypal pulled out of a key meeting in Washington on Thursday. According to the Financial Times, all 28 supporters of Facebook’s digital currency project were set to meet and discuss the ways in which Libra...

2019-10-04
12 Free Sources of Creativity For Logo & Brand Designers

Creating a logo is easier said than done. Searching for inspiration is a good place to start. See our list of the best logo design inspiration resources.

2019-10-04
Instagram spins out Threads, its version of Messenger

Instagram today revealed it’s launching Threads, an Instagram spin-off app specifically for private messages between friends — similar to Facebook’s Messenger. Whether it’ll actually last as long as Messenger has remains to be seen. The app is camera-first, meaning your own face is likely to be the first thing...

2019-10-03

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