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Content moderation jobs for social networks are still terrible

The Verge’s Casey Newton has a harrowing story out about the pitiful conditions that contract workers tasked with moderating content on Facebook have to deal with on a daily basis. It’s not the first such investigative piece on this topic, and perhaps that’s what worries me the most. One of the reports on the...

2019-02-26
How to free up space on your phone with Google Photos’ unlimited backup service

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services. If you shoot a lot of pictures and videos on your phone, it’s all too easy to run out of space. Thankfully, the Google Photos can help: it offers unlimited photo storage in...

2019-02-26
The real reason Amazon, Apple, and Google are some of the world’s biggest companies

These companies use functional, if decidedly unglamorous, types of AI. The future of AI will be more of the same–not far-flung fantasies, like humanoid robots and machine consciousness. Artificial intelligence researchers and engineers have spent a lot of effort trying to build machines that look like humans...

2019-02-25
A new line of Adidas sneakers is made of recycled ocean plastics

Terrex Parley footwear is made from plastic waste intercepted at the shoreline before it reaches the ocean. The German sportswear giant continued working with environmental group Parley for the Oceans, which intercepts plastic waste at the shoreline before it enters the sea, to create its spring 2019 Outdoor footwear...

2019-02-25
Lawmakers blast Google and Apple over intrusive app that lets Saudi men track women

The CEOs of Google and Apple have a few more days to respond to a letter from Congress. Fourteen members of Congress have some very strong words for Google and Apple. In a letter sent to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the lawmakers said that if the tech companies continue to allow a controversial app...

2019-02-25
Bitcoin.com’s Roger Ver is still shilling ICOs like it’s 2017

The controversial initial coin offerings (ICO) trend may have fallen out of fashion for most cryptocurrency influencers, but Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver isn’t one of them. The Bitcoin Cash proponent took to Twitter to confirm he’s taken up the role as an ‘official advisor’ to a blockchain startup called LivenPay...

2019-02-25
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Digital marketing covers so many frontiers that it’s easy for even seasoned pros to occasionally lose focus and miss something. That’s why the truckload of training found in the Marketing, SEO and Affiliate Marketing Super Bundle ($37, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) works for all levels of sales experience...

2019-02-25
The secret history of color

If you want to understand society, look at the way it talks about hue, suggests a new tome from art historian Alexandra Loske. In the shadow of World War II, modern capitalism was beginning to take shape. Manufacturing was booming. Consumerism was on the rise. Modern ideas about worker productivity were starting to...

2019-02-25
40 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Search could do

Take your search game to the next level with these tools that’ll save you time and help you get more done. When you think about Google services, apps such as Gmail, Docs, and Photos may be the first things that come to mind. I’d be willing to wager, though, that the Google service you use more than...

2019-02-25
Designers have an obligation to make gaming accessible for people with disabilities

Anyone can play video games, right? If you’ve been following recent buzz in the gaming industry, you might be under the impression that video games are more accessible than they’ve ever been. Popular talking points include how video game audiences are increasingly large and diverse. This perception is due, in...

2019-02-23
This startup is helping Barclays, Compass, and more close deals 90% faster

Outlaw wants to make navigating contracts as simple as using Google Docs. Contracts are terribly intimidating to most of us–and you could argue that’s at least a little by design. Most lawyers bill by the hour, after all, and they reuse text from older contracts rather than writing new ones. The...

2019-02-22
Why Japan’s mission to bring space rocks to Earth is so incredible

A spacecraft launched by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2014 successfully touched down on a speeding near-Earth asteroid, and has collected samples to bring back for scientists to study. Everyone, we did it!!! #haya2_TD Thank you so much for your support from all over the world!...

2019-02-22
The real reason why Facebook and Google won’t change

Facebook, Google, and other masters of the surveillance economy have bred a virulent mutation of capitalism, which explains why they aren’t interested in addressing their many scandals Mark Zuckerberg ushered in the new year pledging to address the many woes that now plague his company by “making sure...

2019-02-22
Facebook is shutting down its shady Onavo VPN service

The service was designed to get as much data about a user’s internet habits as possible. Facebook has confirmed it is shutting down is Onavo VPN service, reports TechCrunch. The app was billed by Facebook as a free VPN app that allowed iPhone and Android users to keep their online activity hidden from ISPs and...

2019-02-22
4 things you didn’t know about Twitter’s logo

One of the few tech logos that hasn’t changed over the years, the little blue bird has an unlikely origin story. Company logos change all the time. Especially in tech, you see companies from Slack to Airbnb to giants like Facebook and Google subtly and not-so-subtly tweaking their...

2019-02-22
ActionDash works great for visualizing the time you waste on your Android phone

Google showed off Digital Wellbeing several months ago as one of the most compelling new features in Android 9.0. The tool, which is designed to help you monitor and limit your app usage, so you spend less time glued to your phone. Sadly, it’s taking forever to become available on non-Pixel handsets. If you’re...

2019-02-22
Elon Musk thinks Bitcoin is ‘brilliant’ — but only owns 0.25 BTC

Despite Elon Musk being somewhat of an unofficial poster boy for cryptocurrency, it turns out he actually doesn’t hold any – well, aside from 0.25 Bitcoin. The Tesla CEO recently went on record proclaiming Bitcoin is “quite brilliant,” and that “paper money is going away.” It might come as a surprise then...

2019-02-21
Zuckerberg’s ‘blockchain login’ plan makes absolutely no sense

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is exploring the possibility of leveraging blockchain technology for the company’s third-party login services. In an interview with Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said a move from the existing centralized Facebook Connect to a distributed system could...

2019-02-21
How to stop Facebook from tracking your location

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services. Facebook is notorious for capturing user data to create profiles that advertisers can target – and that includes the location data from your phone. If that makes you...

2019-02-21
Help Twitter test out these 5 features to make conversations better

Twitter is accepting applications for its new conversations prototype. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey likes to say that Twitter’s purpose as a company is to “serve the public conversations.” The only problem with that is that it’s really hard to find and follow conversations on Twitter.Read Full...

2019-02-20
There’s still time to migrate your Google+ community: Here’s how

Migration tools abound as Google+ winds down. With less than two months to go until Google+ shuts down, forum hosting provider Tapatalk is throwing out some life preservers.Read Full Story

2019-02-20
Angel/Devil: Should I buy Apple Airpods?

The last quarter of 2018 was a watershed moment for Apple’s Airpods. The wireless earbuds went from being a (sorta) niche bit of hardware, to the must-have product. They’re everywhere. And, as is the case on the internet, so are the memes. This increased attention isn’t just hearsay, check out the Google Trends...

2019-02-20
Here’s how to watch Samsung’s Galaxy S10 event live

Yes, the time is upon us – today Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy range of devices! The event starts at 2PM in New York (EST) and you can livestream the whole thing here. Or, if you’re that way inclined, you can catch it all on Twitter. The event’s taking place at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic...

2019-02-20
There’s a documentary about Ember.js and it’s really good

Ember.js is a hugely popular JavaScript framework. Used across web, mobile, and desktop, it powers the likes of LinkedIn, Groupon, and even Apple Music. Behind its thousands of lines of code is a deeply human story of innovation and risk-taking, as portrayed by Ember.js: The Documentary. Hang on, I can hear you say. A...

2019-02-20
Ariana Grande just hit a Beatles-level music industry milestone

“Thank u, next” –Ariana Grande to awards, accolades, and industry records Never bet against Ariana Grande. The 25-year old superstar is on a hot streak so fiery that at this point she can not only survive a mid-aughts style incorrect Japanese tattoo incident but own it with humor and aplomb....

2019-02-20
6 crazy details from Alphabet’s leaked plans for its first smart city

Sidewalk Labs wants to rethink cities. We’re finally getting a look at what that will mean in Toronto, where the company is building a prototype neighborhood. Sidewalk Labs is one of the most mysterious initiatives inside Alphabet (and formerly, Google). The company says it “imagines, designs, tests,...

2019-02-20
Nest has a secret microphone–Google just forgot to tell us

Whoops! Some surprises are fun–like when a friend gives you an unexpected gift. Others, not so much. They can even a bit frightening sometimes. We have a good example of the latter kind of surprise, thanks to Google’s most recent Nest integration.Read Full Story

2019-02-20
Want a glimpse of Facebook’s soul in 2019? Look at its internal propaganda lab

The Analog Research Lab has evolved its messaging, from “Be the nerd” to “What matters is what you do next.” Yet it remains a mirror reflection of Facebook’s broken culture. In 2010, when Facebook was riding high with more than 500 million users, two Facebook employees took over...

2019-02-20
No, there’s not a new anti-LGBT emoji

It’s actually a unicode glitch. Many people on Twitter are going crazy because of a new allegedly anti-LGBT emoji. The problem is, it doesn’t actually exist.Read Full Story

2019-02-20
Why parallax scrolling needs to die

It’s an outdated attention-goosing technique that most designers will probably be embarrassed to look back on. Remember about five years ago, when the new hotness in interaction design was to have flashy layers in your website scroll at different speeds, creating a faux-3D effect? The effect was called parallax...

2019-02-20
How to decentralize social media, according to Wikipedia’s co-founder

The problem about social media is that it is centralized. Centralization empowers massive corporations and governments to steal our privacy and restrict our speech and autonomy. What should exist are neutral, technical standards and protocols, like the standards and protocols for blogs, email, and the Web. Blockchain...

2019-02-20
This image-authentication startup is combating faux social media accounts, doctored photos, deep fakes, and more

Truepic’s technology is already used by the U.S. State Department and others. The startup now wants to get social media companies on board. Company Profile 50 Most Innovative Companies Early one morning in April 2017, a series of horrific photos and videos began hitting Facebook and YouTube showing...

2019-02-20
The founders of wedding registry Zola have proposed an entirely new way to do ecommerce

For proposing a better way to do e-commerce Company Profile 50 Most Innovative Companies Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi, both Gilt Groupe alumni, had seen firsthand the things that can derail an e-commerce company, such as excessive inventory and a cumbersome returns process. “We kept those in mind when we...

2019-02-20
How Mozilla moved fast to block Facebook and other privacy invaders from your web browser

It’s just one of the things the company is doing to protect your data. Company Profile 50 Most Innovative Companies When Facebook users learned last March that the social media giant had given their sensitive information to political-data firm Cambridge Analytica, Mozilla (parent company of the...

2019-02-20
$1.1 billion Airtable is turning admins into app developers

For encouraging admins to think like developers Company Profile 50 Most Innovative Companies Airtable is a cloud-based workflow system that lets anyone—from intern to CEO—analyze data in a non-scary way. The six-year-old startup’s cult status and $1.1 billion valuation stem from how easily...

2019-02-20
Alphabet tops this new list of companies leading in cleantech

The Carbon Clean200 looks at the largest 200 companies (minus fossil fuel companies) ranked by clean energy revenues. After Donald Trump took office, a U.S. coal plant has shut down roughly every 15 days. Last week, despite Trump’s attempts to keep it open, the Tennessee Valley Authority decided that it...

2019-02-20
6 food trends that are blowing up right now, from Zhoug to Spam

AI-powered food intelligence startup Tastewise lists some of the bigger trends in the $5.75 trillion food industry. What’s next for the $5.75 trillion food industry? Tastewise, an AI-powered food intelligence company and trend tracker, shares some insights on consumers’ ever-morphing tastes. In a new...

2019-02-19
Something magical happens if you google Rihanna and your birthday

Seriously. Do it. Go to Google.com, type in “Rihanna (your DOB),” you’ll get… a picture of Rihanna taken on the anniversary of your birth. To Rihanna fans (me), seeing her in a fabulous and perfect outfit IS magic — because it’s on my personal birthaversary, it makes me feel like the outfit was styled...

2019-02-19
“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat”: 22 controversial Karl Lagerfeld quotes

The famed Chanel designer died today at the age of 85. A few years ago, I was in Paris browsing the books at Colette (yes, I’m a fancy nerd) when I realized the store had both gotten very quiet and very attentive. Karl Lagerfeld was at the counter in his trademark black sunglasses, his white hair slicked back...

2019-02-19
How Alphabet’s Jigsaw think tank is fighting radicalization online

Jigsaw — a unit within Alphabet — is one of the most important projects working towards countering cyber attacks, censorship, and online extremism. Using AI and machine learning, Jigsaw is tackling political challenges with technology, not policy. One of their most recent projects is the security app Intra,...

2019-02-19
How Google’s Jigsaw think tank is fighting radicalization online

Jigsaw — a tech incubator created by Google — is one of the most important projects working towards countering cyber attacks, censorship, and online extremism. Using AI and machine learning, Jigsaw is tackling political challenges with technology, not policy. One of their most recent projects is the security app...

2019-02-19
How to design a system for ethical innovation in tech

Every company should have a new CEO: chief ethics officer. Google was founded over two decades ago, but they released their first public set of ethical technology principles just last year. Facebook launched out of a Harvard dorm in 2004, but they formally launched an ethics program with a public investment last...

2019-02-19
Jack Dorsey’s latest idea for kinda-editable tweets sounds like a reasonable compromise

We’re probably no closer to getting an edit button for tweets than in the past several years (what’s taking so long?), but I’m glad to hear that the company is thinking about it in earnest, as CEO Jack Dorsey revealed. Recode reported that Dorsey recently described a possible implementation that wouldn’t...

2019-02-19
2.7 million patient calls to Swedish healthcare hotline left unprotected online

The audio recordings of 2.7 millions calls made to 1177 Vårdguiden — Sweden’s healthcare hotline — were left exposed to anyone online, according to Swedish tech publication Computer Sweden. The 170,000 hours of incredibly sensitive calls were stored on an open web server without any encryption or...

2019-02-18
U.K. says Facebook’s leaders are “digital gangsters”

A new report has harsh words for the social network. The U.K.’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee has issued a scathing 111-page report on Facebook’s role in spreading disinformation and fake news. The report was the result of an 18-month investigation into the social media giant and...

2019-02-18
Sex robots are raising hard questions

It’s still early, but if we don’t confront the ethical issues around sex robots now we may see bad decisions based on supposition and misplaced fears. The robots are here. Are the “sexbots” close behind?Read Full Story

2019-02-18
Uganda loses 5 million internet users as a result of Social Media Tax

Half-way through 2018, Uganda introduced a Social Media (OTT) tax which required Ugandans to pay a tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others. It turns out, based on released data by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the tax has had a significant impact on...

2019-02-18
The blockchain industry is sexist and still sucks at diversity

Diversity is a term that’s thrown about often, and sometimes rather vacuously, but the fact of the matter is that the blockchain technology and cryptocurrency industries need more of it. According to Statista, female employees make up between 26 percent (Microsoft) and 43 percent (Netflix) of the workforce at major...

2019-02-18

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