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Deepmind teaches AI to follow navigational directions like humans

The brilliant minds at Google’s sister-company Deepmind are at it again. This time it appears they’ve developed a system by which driverless cars can navigate the same way humans do: by following directions. A long time ago, before the millenials were born, people had to drive in their cars without any form of GPS...

2019-03-04
People are slapping their babies with cheese because internet

Very often on the internet, you see videos where you want to laugh, but know you shouldn’t. Or you suddenly do laugh, and then feel immediately guilty afterward. I saw a video a few days ago (tweeted by @unclehxlmes) of a guy throwing cheese on a baby’s head along with “just cheesed my lil brother.” But it...

2019-03-04
RIP Luke Perry, dead at 52. Here are the celebrity Twitter tributes

These heartfelt tributes paint a picture of the “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Riverdale” actor as a consummate pro and all-around nice person gone too soon. It would be hard to communicate to the average Riverdale fan just how big a deal dad-figure co-star Luke Perry was in the...

2019-03-04
Starbucks’ new Roastery is an Instagram-ready spectacle

Designed by architect Kengo Kuma and featuring wild new cocktails, Starbucks’s new Tokyo location is ready for its caffeinated close-up. Last month, Starbucks opened its fifth Roastery–the company’s name for its supersized stores that roast their own beans–and it’s quite possibly...

2019-03-04
Here’s why British Twitter is telling you to ‘get Outlook for iOS’

Geoffrey Cox QC MP is an unlikely cheerleader for Microsoft’s mobile email app, Outlook for iOS. As the Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon, his primary concern is constituency matters, like cutting the ribbon on church fêtes and championing the right for people to murder foxes. He seldom dips his oar into...

2019-03-04
Now Facebook is allowing anyone to look you up using your security phone number

Social media Big Brother continues to do whatever it wants with your data. And I mean, geez, stuff like this with Facebook just isn’t a surprise anymore, is it? For years social media Big Brother started pestering its users to secure their account with two-factor authentication (2FA) by prompting them to enter...

2019-03-04
PSA: Don’t give out your phone number for Facebook 2FA, use an app instead

It’s no secret that Facebook doesn’t respect your privacy in the least: we learned last October that the company  used the phone number you provided for two-factor authentication to enable advertisers to target you. Last week, Emojipedia’s Jeremy Burge highlighted in a tweet that if the social network has your...

2019-03-04
Enable dark mode in Messenger by sending an emoji

At its developer conference last year, Facebook promised that it would bring dark mode to Messenger; it looks like the company’s rolling out the feature at last. However, As Android Police first noted, instead of enabling it through the settings menu, you’ll have to rely on an easter egg to switch on dark mode –...

2019-03-04
How to turn on the new Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger

This fun lille Easter Egg will let you go to the dark side. After promising a new “Dark Mode” for Messenger at its F8 developer conference last year, Facebook has begun rolling out the feature. It’s still a work in progress, but it appears to be available to a lot more users as of this weekend, on...

2019-03-03
How enterprise social media like Slack can improve well-being in the workplace

We live in a world where technology is increasingly ubiquitous and showing no signs of slowing down. Whether in our professional or personal lives, the always-on, always-connected nature of life in 2019 seems to be unavoidable. And aside from the internet itself, of all the technologies, software, and hardware...

2019-03-03
Why farmers hold the answer to making the personal data economy work

In the consumer world, personal data has been used as a “payment” for services, whether that be a Facebook account or a grocery discount or a loyalty rewards program. If you take the Facebook example, consumers “pay” for the service by supplying data which in turn makes the company money through ads that rely...

2019-03-02
Tech workers pledge not to work for DoorDash until it pays drivers better

The tech worker movement is building solidarity between well-paid engineers and struggling gig workers. For the past few years, the tech worker movement has been driven by engineers at giants like Google and Facebook. They have lent support to working-class colleagues, like contract driver, housekeeping, and food...

2019-03-02
How to watch Red Table Talk and join the Facebook watch party

Facebook Watch may have finally become must-see TV. Or not. Since it launched Facebook Watch in 2017, the social network has been trying to break through with its original content, hoping to find something that would resemble event TV. The company has seen a number of fits and starts along the way, recently axing...

2019-03-01
Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix series about the Central Park Five started because of a tweet

Wow, it turns out Twitter still has its positive uses after all. In July 2017, Netflix announced a forthcoming limited series about the Central Park Five, to be written and directed by acclaimed director Ava DuVernay. It seemed like a natural continuation of the partnership that previously resulted in the...

2019-03-01
Yelp just made it easier to find women-owned businesses

Yelp teamed up with Rebecca Minkoff to celebrate Women’s History Month. As the calendar rolls to March, aka Women’s History Month, Yelp unveiled a new feature that will make it easier than ever to support women-owned businesses. The review app and site has partnered with Rebecca Minkoff, the designer and...

2019-03-01
8 tech giants have security holes they need to fix right now, says EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation called on big tech companies to fix security holes. The Electronic Frontier Foundation launched a campaign and deliberately lo-fi website titled “Fix It Already,” calling on big tech companies to patch what the organization sees as security holes.Read Full Story

2019-03-01
Couldn’t get BTS tickets? Maybe blame the bots swarming Ticketmaster and other sites

A new report shows 39.9% of all ticket site traffic originates from bots. If you have ever tried to get tickets to see BTS on tour–or Bikini Kill or The National or Bruce Springsteen—you probably know the pain and frustration of not being able to give Ticketmaster your money. As fans know, even if you...

2019-03-01
Twitter’s cryptocurrency scam bots are back with a fresh new look

Cryptocurrency in 2019 has been missing one key ingredient, Ethereum scambots on Twitter. The good news is: they’re back! Those pesky fraudsters are up to their usual shenanigans, but this time they’ve been given a fancy makeover (new year, new do?), complete with an impressively modern design. they're back...

2019-03-01
Kids surrounded by greenery may grow up to be happier adults

A new study finds that children under 10 who had greater access to green space had 55% less risk of mental health disorders in adulthood. We all know intuitively that nature is good for us–but its precise impact on our well-being can be tough to articulate. An important new study has found that when...

2019-03-01
Meet the illustrious judges of the 2019 Innovation by Design Awards

Judges hail from Nike, Slack, Adobe, Pinterest, MoMA, Pentagram, and more. Check back as we add even more judges in coming weeks. Welcome to the 2019 Innovation by Design Awards, the world’s most prestigious competition honoring the intersection of design and business. We’ve recruited an all-star cast...

2019-03-01
What we know about Facebook’s secretive cryptocurrency – and what we don’t

Rumours about Facebook‘s potential entry into the world of cryptocurrency have been swirling around for months, but it now seems the technology giant is getting closer to launching its own coin. According to a New York Times report, published yesterday, Facebook, Telegram, and Signal are all reportedly working to...

2019-03-01
Here’s who has the most juice in Twitter’s AI influencer community

Insight analyst Lizzie Dunmore today published an analysis of Twitter interactions on the topic of AI between the general public, the media, and the 18 most influential AI influencers. Dunmore, who works for Onalytica, looked at a year’s worth of tweets from 3,000 influencers and 1,000 news media outlets to figure...

2019-02-28
Content moderators use crazy metaphors to describe their hellish jobs

From cleaning up the injuries of people who’ve slipped in a city full of banana peels to being a broken egg, here are the most creative ways trust and safety employees describe their jobs. On the heels of Casey Newton’s riveting account of Facebook content moderators and their nightmarish jobs comes...

2019-02-28
Twitter is testing a reply moderation feature for threads

Jane Manchun Wong, a security researcher who has a history of revealing yet-to-launch features through reverse engineering, tweeted today that Twitter is testing a “replies moderation” tool.  Twitter is testing replies moderation. It lets you to hide replies under your tweets, while providing an option to show...

2019-02-28
New York’s 9/11 memorial had a tragic flaw. Here’s the plan to fix it

The original design had a serious oversight: It didn’t pay homage to first responders and rescue workers. Now, the designers are trying to amend it. It’s a cold day in February, and I’m walking through the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in downtown Manhattan. I approach the Survivor Tree, which was found in...

2019-02-28
U.S. senators want answers from Google about its secret Nest microphone

They say Google’s failure to disclose the mic to users “raises serious questions about its commitment to consumer transparency and disclosure.” Earlier this month, the world found out that it looked like Google took a page right out of the 1984 playbook when it was discovered the company hid a...

2019-02-28
See Ikea’s first collection celebrating African design

It’s called Överallt, and it’s one of Ikea’s best special collections yet. Collaborations are nothing new for Ikea. Over the past few years especially, the company has released limited-edition products developed by external talent as a key part of its design strategy. Ikea gets a...

2019-02-28
Inside the secretly effective–and underrated–way Netflix keeps its shows and movies at the forefront of pop culture

How the streaming giant presents itself as a TV and movie super fan and uses meme-able, self-aware social media content to keep us watching more. On New Year’s Day, Kim Kardashian West decided to watch a movie on Netflix. With that one click, one of the most popular people on the internet unwittingly joined an...

2019-02-28
Pokémon fans are already head over heels for the Sword & Shield starters

Nintendo today released more info about the next proper RPG in the Pokémon series, Sword and Shield. First teased in 2017, we finally got our first glimpse of the pocket monster game Switch owners have been in desperate need of. Among the other features, Nintendo showed us the game’s three starters — and...

2019-02-27
JetBlue wants you to delete all your Instagram photos for a shot at free travel

Of course, you’ve been thinking about deleting Facebook and Instagram anyway. Might as well travel the world for it. Quit your job, because JetBlue just announced the return of its All You Can Jet pass, the magical pass that grants unlimited travel for a full year to any of the 100-plus JetBlue destinations,...

2019-02-27
LinkedIn’s new salary tool offers paycheck insights, but there’s a catch

Who doesn’t want to know how to boost their own bottom line? Interested in getting a fatter paycheck? You’re not alone.Read Full Story

2019-02-27
How Cloudflare straddles roles as free speech champion and hate speech enabler

The biggest tech company you’ve never heard of is praised for its privacy and security initiatives, but condemned for serving hate and terror groups. When it comes to the debate over online content, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Comcast, and Verizon get a lot more attention than Cloudflare. But the San...

2019-02-27
E.G. Daily’s creative inner voice cusses a lot–and yours should too

Daily has voiced a generation of iconic cartoon characters, but somewhere along the way she lost her own inner voice. Here’s how she got it back. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation featuring actor and singer E.G. Daily on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,...

2019-02-27
What happened when I did a 30-day digital declutter

“Take everything off your phone or desktop, take a break, and then ask yourself, ‘What do I want on here?'” says author Cal Newport. It’s not hard to find a distraction if you want one. If I’m procrastinating, my go-tos are email, Facebook, and YouTube cleaning videos (yes,...

2019-02-27
Here is the world’s first robotics museum–built by robots, of course

The first exhibition of Seoul’s Robot Museum will be the robots building the museum itself. Seoul wants to have the world’s very first museum dedicated to robotic science. And the city authorities have decided on the best possible way to build it: use robots, of course.Read Full Story

2019-02-27
The best ways to move your music from Apple Music or Google Play Music to Spotify

Spotify’s just launched in India, and I’m excited to try it out. However, I’ve been an Apple Music subscriber for over three years, andAbhimanyu’s been using Google Play music for what feels like an eternity. Naturally, we have tons of albums, songs, and playlists saved to our libraries, and we want to carry...

2019-02-27
Etsy just became the first global e-commerce company to offset all of its shipping emissions

Ninety-eight percent of the company’s footprint comes from sending packages. Etsy’s headquarters in Brooklyn has solar panels on the roof, and in 2018 the company partnered with Apple and two other companies to help build new wind and solar farms so that its operations could be fully powered by renewable...

2019-02-27
New York has a new, bold plan to fix the subways: Make car drivers pay for it

New York City’s mayor and the state’s governor agree on a plan to radically overhaul the city’s transit system by funding it with a congestion fee. If you live in New York City, or follow its dramas from afar, you know two things: The city’s subway is falling into disrepair, and the mayor...

2019-02-26
Facebook’s new shows may actually get you on Facebook Watch

The Real World is coming back with a Facebook twist. Facebook’s latest bid to drive viewers to its Watch video platform involves Stephen Curry, an animated series starring Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron, and a reboot of the best TV show that MTV ever aired—The Real World.Read Full Story

2019-02-26
These designers are using toxic waste to make gorgeous pottery

Students from the Royal College of Art call red mud, a toxic sludge produced by refining aluminum, “a colossal material asset, waiting to be used.” Aluminum is used in a wide rage of consumer electronics–perhaps even the phone or computer you’re probably reading this on right now. Every...

2019-02-26
Facebook and Medium are digital media’s never-ending merry-go-rounds

Time is a flat circle. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. Facebook, about two years ago, launched Facebook Live and encouraged publishers to join in on the fun. And, of course, publishers did because Facebook offered a vast potential for distribution and controlled a not-insignificant amount of the digital...

2019-02-26
CERN designers are celebrating the web’s 30th birthday by rebuilding it

You can now experience how your favorite websites would look on the very first internet browser–right down to the fonts. March 2019 marks the 30-year anniversary of the WorldWideWeb–the very first version of the internet network we all use today. To celebrate, designers and developers at the European...

2019-02-26
The lost art of designing for pleasure

The Italian designer Alessandro Mendini died last week at the age of 87. His work reminds us that everyday objects can be a source of joy. In 1994, the Italian housewares manufacturer Alessi released Anna, a corkscrew topped with a woman’s smiling face. It was created by Italian architect, artist, and...

2019-02-26
This Chrome extension turns your tweets into messages to your Congressperson

ePluribus verifies that you live in the district, and then tells your representative what thing on the Internet you’re mad about. The next time you talk about politics on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comment section of a news article, you can click a button to turn your post into an official message to...

2019-02-26
What you don’t know about security when you use a Chrome browser

Google’s senior director of engineering explains how the Chrome teams are trying to make internet security less of a black box for everyday users. It’s a seemingly small thing, but that red “NOT SECURE” warning that may pop up when you’re using Google’s Chrome browser was the...

2019-02-26
Facebook’s global content moderation fails to account for regional sensibilities

Over the past year, Facebook’s biggest challenge has been moderating billions of posts every day in more than a hundred languages. It’s proven almost impossible to maintain a balance between what is deemed as “hate speech” and “free speech” since social media is global, but our perception of “free...

2019-02-26
The tech giant fighting anti-vaxxers isn’t Twitter or Facebook. It’s Pinterest

While the social media world scratches its beard about content moderation, Pinterest proves it doesn’t have to be all that hard. We really do live in the era of fake news, but it’s not born from traditional news organizations. Social media networks are to blame, as they allow any person or bot...

2019-02-26
It looks like Apple Music may be coming to Google Home soon

A leaked screenshot shows that a new Apple Music integration for Google Home may be on its way. Apple may be making its Music streaming service available to Google Home devices soon. That’s at least what a leaked screenshot via Mac Rumors indicates. The image shows Google’s app and the...

2019-02-26

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