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How to have a virtual meeting that’s not painful (and actually productive)

Google Cloud’s director of product management shares some tips for making conference calls productive. No matter what industry you’re in, or the size of your business, leading effective meetings is often a difficult task. Most people think that it’s a waste of time, and there are a lot...

2019-02-11
How to mute spoilers on Twitter and Facebook

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Spoilers have become a pitfall of modern life. They’re a first-world problem, perhaps, but still something that can ruin one of the few pleasures that make it worth facing...

2019-02-11
All dogs go to LinkedIn: Are puppy profile pics the solution to hiring bias?

This may be the best Chrome extension ever. Ever since corporate culture got woke, people have been trying to devise ways to avoid bias in hiring to try and make their talent pool slightly more reflective of the world in we live in. Companies like Starbucks, Vodafone, and Facebook launched diversity and inclusion...

2019-02-11
Google and Apple brought the emoji arms race to the Grammys

It’s Donald Glover vs. Ariana Grande in a fight for your phone. And the mobile phone wars just continue to evolve. What has traditionally been a hardware fight–which looked coolest, had a bigger screen, a better camera, more cameras, a better battery–took a turn toward the software front last...

2019-02-11
We tagged Amsterdam Central Station with LONG BITCOIN SHORT THE BANKERS

The White House has been tagged with digital Bitcoin graffiti, thanks to a new augmented reality platform powered by cryptocurrency. Satoshi’s World allows anyone in the world to add text, images, and GIFs to real world settings for a small Bitcoin fee. Posts are made viewable through a special Google Maps feed....

2019-02-11
Moonday Mornings: Google Play caught hosting cryptocurrency-stealing app

If you were to place a bet on what stories would be included in Moonday Mornings each week, what would you say? A dodgy cryptocurrency stealing app? A lawsuit? Maybe some new research that kills some hype? Or maybe even some news of government organizations joining the party? Well, you’d be right if that’s what...

2019-02-11
Google Maps’ AR navigation feature could solve the app’s biggest little problem

The Wall Street Journal’s David Pierce reported over the weekend that Google is set to roll out an augmented reality-based navigation feature to its Maps mobile apps to a small group in the coming days – and I’m looking forward to it fixing one of my main gripes with the service. It was first demoed at the...

2019-02-11
CMS platforms and web designers should be partners, not competitors

When web designing platforms give people the ability to create something incredible on their own — coupled with a professional-looking design — it’s a true benefit for users at any skill level. However, these ‘anyone can build a website’ tools can sometimes be perceived as a threat to the professional web...

2019-02-10
Facebook sucks for privacy, but how good are advertisers at targeting me?

Amid the massive hue and cry about Facebook’s utter disregard for data privacy, and the illicit use of personally identifiable information, I thought I’d take a step back and examine the company’s data handling from a new perspective. Facebook sells a bunch of targeting methods to advertisers, but are the...

2019-02-10
In the age of Alexa and Siri, how come most customer-service voice assistants still suck?

In a recent survey, 97% of Americans said they’ve experienced frustration with Interactive Voice Response systems. Why hasn’t the voice-computing renaissance spread beyond Amazon, Apple, and Google? We’ve all been there. You urgently call your bank to ask about an unrecognized withdrawal or...

2019-02-09
Tiny houses have a dark secret

It takes more than changing the size of a home to change the mentality of the people who live inside. Tiny houses are everywhere. They’ve received heavy coverage in the media, and there are millions of followers on dozens of pages on social media. While there is no census for these homes, they have seen a surge...

2019-02-09
5 things I’ve learned working with a women-dominated engineering team

Fairygodboss’s chief technology officer shares his lessons learned from managing a team that is 70% women. In the summer of 2017, a male software engineer published a 10-page anti-diversity manifesto that gained notoriety. He inferred, among other things, that men are naturally more suited to careers in...

2019-02-09
Calling people ‘users’ is unethical and outdated

I’ve worked in UX for the better part of a decade. From now on, I plan to remove the word “user” and any associated terms—like “UX” and “user experience”—from my vocabulary. It’ll take time. I’ll start by trying to avoid using them in conversations at work. I’ll erase them from my LinkedIn...

2019-02-09
Thanks, Samsung, but ads predicting the future should be a thing of the past

It may have worked for AT&T decades ago, but today there’s little to no upside for brands to make earnest predictions. Samsung launched a new campaign this week called “The Future,” and it of course gives us a peek at all the amazingly cool tech toys we’ll have in the not-so distant...

2019-02-08
Cryptocurrency fans are just loving the Wells Fargo banking outage

Advocates for digital coins quickly mocked Wells Fargo and promoted their own products on Twitter amid a protracted bank outage. With Wells Fargo customers unable to access their accounts Thursday after a “power shutdown” at a bank facility, cryptocurrency advocates on social media quickly argued that...

2019-02-08
Test your UI design skills with this addicting game

Which one is better–left or right? There is no video game that can turn you into a great designer (even if SimCity really can teach you a lot about urban planning). But this new game, which tests your knowledge of interface design, can make you feel pretty great if you master its three rounds.Read Full Story

2019-02-08
Early Facebook designer: “Sometimes you don’t know something’s wrong until it’s too late”

Maria Giudice’s design firm Hot Studio got acquired by Facebook in 2013. “It’s important now, more than ever, to be designing for unintended consequences,” she says. Maria Giudice is the founder of Hot Studio, a design firm that Facebook acquired in 2013, and a former vice president at...

2019-02-08
These designers are crowdsourcing menstrual products for homeless women

Their posters, which anyone can download and put up, encourage women to donate the extra pads they might be carrying around–so that someone in need can use them. The public bathrooms at Penn Station in New York City are a dirty, depressing place. But now, there’s a bright spot: a poster that encourages...

2019-02-08
Dieter Rams’s 10 Principles of Design, illustrated by his ingenious products

Gary Hustwit created this beautiful rendition of the designer’s timeless rules for good design. Every designer alive has heard of Dieter Rams’s 10 Principles of Design–the legendary designer’s quick-reference rules for making products, developed in his early days at Braun. But never has the...

2019-02-08
Why Germany wants to block Facebook’s Messenger-Instagram-WhatsApp merger

Facebook made a splash recently when CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plans to integrate its messaging platforms on Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp were revealed last month. In the two weeks following the reveal, so much has happened – culminating in a legal opposition to the move from Germany – that it made sense to...

2019-02-08
When refugees need emergency help with a language barrier, this app connects them to a translator

Tarjimly already has a large network of volunteer translators on Facebook Messenger. Now it’s opening up to allow more ways of helping. When a boat carrying 12 refugees capsized in early 2018 on its way to Greece, a Greek nonprofit team saw the accident–but they weren’t allowed to bring their boat...

2019-02-08
Review: Optoma’s UHL55 is a versatile and flawed 4K projector with Google Assistant and Alexa

There’s no home theater experience quite like a giant projected screen. TVs get bigger by the year, but once you cross the 65-inch mark, prices increase exponentially – and good luck trying to find a 150-inch TV. For the average person, a projector is the best way to go big. But projectors are also stuck in the...

2019-02-08
How to use Instagram collections like a makeshift Pinterest

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Show of hands: how often do you use that button on Instagram that looks like a bookmark? If you don’t already use it, you should. With collections, you basically save any...

2019-02-07
How right-wing meme slingers weaponize a toxic patriotism

In her first battle on the Hill against digital propaganda from the right, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spotlights a toxic kind of patriotism. The youngest woman ever elected to U.S. Congress has launched a fight against memes as one of her first orders of business on the Hill. The left has been slow to adopt the use...

2019-02-07
Stanford researchers dismantle Mark Zuckerberg’s “meaningful interactions” argument

Zuck’s theory that there’s a right and a wrong way to use Facebook may not stand the test of time. About a year ago, Mark Zuckerberg began publicly pushing a certain idea about social media and its supposed benefits, one he said was backed up by research: Facebook, the CEO claimed, is more beneficial to...

2019-02-07
This new study challenges what we know about color and type

Blue hyperlinks are one of the oldest design standards on the web. Here’s what a group of researchers discovered when they set out to study them. In 2016, Google tried a startling experiment on some users: It turned all of its search result links black instead of blue. The look didn’t stick around;...

2019-02-07
Behold the most complete map of American breweries ever

More than 5,000 breweries distributed across the United States await. Here’s a map to explore them, IRL, or with your imagination. Favorite data visualization and design studio Pop Chart has just released a new fantastic print: a map of what the designers describe as “practically every brewery” in...

2019-02-07
Was Nancy Pelosi’s ironic clap actually just a clap? An investigation

There is a danger in confusing actual people with the memes they spawn. Milkshake Duck is a descriptor that proves all too useful all too often. Stemming from a viral tweet by @PixelatedBoat, the term comes in handy when a person is suddenly celebrated for some reason, only to quickly incur the internet’s...

2019-02-07
Google warns news sites may lose 45% of traffic if EU passes its Copyright Reform

The EU is still plowing ahead with its highly contested Copyright Reform. Trilogue negotiations between the union’s pillars have started again to reach an agreement on the finalized version, and pass the law in March or April this year. A myriad of EU politicians and companies are troubled by parts of the reform,...

2019-02-07
iPhone interface designer Imran Chaudhri’s most important tool is an old-school notebook

The iPhone designer and engineer shares his tips and tools for getting the most out of every day. British designer Imran Chaudhri helped change the world when he envisioned the user interface of the iPhone, helping define how humans would interact with those ubiquitous handheld computers for decades to...

2019-02-07
Facebook ordered to stop combining WhatsApp and Instagram user data in Germany

Germany’s national competition regulator took issue with Facebook’s “practically unrestricted collection” of non-Facebook data. Germany’s national competition regulator, the Federal Cartel Office (FCO), has ordered Facebook to stop combining user data from its apps, including...

2019-02-07
These incredible Canada Goose parkas were created by Inuit designers

Inuit invented the first parkas. With its new collection, Canada Goose highlights the work of Inuit seamstresses keeping their heritage alive. Martha Munick, an Inuit seamstress, just designed a coat for Canada Goose. It’s an amauti, a traditional Inuit parka specifically designed for mothers to carry their...

2019-02-07
Twitter’s Q4 earnings by the numbers

Revenue totaled $909 million–a 24% year-over-year increase, but guidance disappoints. Twitter has released its Q4 earnings report, but the stock took a hit after providing light guidance. Here’s how Twitters Q4 numbers break down:Read Full Story

2019-02-07
Facebook’s totally not listening to you, its new ad disclosure feature screams desperately

Remember hearing about – or worse, feeling like – people seeing ads related to topics they’ve merely talked about with friends on the phone or in person? Facebook has previously denied the claim that it eavesdrops on you through your phone’s mic to target ads, and other studies have also substantiated that the...

2019-02-07
A ‘Google for bacterial DNA’ is helping scientists fight drug resistant infections

Ever since I read a 2014 WHO report stating that antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill more people each year than cancer by 2050, I have been looking for signs of hope that we might avoid plummeting towards an apocalyptic nightmare of mass deaths by infection. But seriously … #saveantibiotics...

2019-02-07
Smartphones and voice-assisted devices create opportunities for modern customer experiences

Anyone who uses a smartphone can attest to the incredible power of real-time, in-the-moment discovery that leads to decisions and outcomes. But, now in an age of voice-assisted devices, we are further empowered to command information or purchase on-demand. “OK Google, Alexa, Hey Siri, what are the best bluetooth...

2019-02-06
I bet on Zuckerberg—and helped write the Soros speech that earned Facebook’s ire

How one of Mark Zuckerberg’s mentors helped billionaire philanthropist George Soros write the Davos speech at the center of another Facebook controversy. When a company grows from nothing to 2.2 billion active users and $40 billion in revenues in only 14 years, you can be sure of three things: First, the...

2019-02-06
This ingenious ruler doubles as a fountain pen

The strangest of devices is not only extremely useful, it also looks beautiful. Designers and architects, meet your new best friend. It may sound like a crazy device, but this ruler that doubles as a fountain pen is one clever piece of industrial design. Its name is Escala, and it may be architects’ newest...

2019-02-06
Google’s new extension tells you if your passwords have been compromised

Google’s just launched a new Chrome browser extension that’s designed to help protect your online accounts from intruders. It really should just be built into the browser, but until that happens, you’ll want to install it – and hopefully never see it again. The Password Checkup extension is triggered every...

2019-02-06
How WhatsApp fights spam without ever reading your messages

There are more than 1.5 billion people using WhatsApp, and sadly, some of them are your relatives spamming you with bad jokes and flowery ‘good morning’ messages. Then there are other kinds of spammers, bots, and people, who try to clutter your message box with automated messages. The company today released a...

2019-02-06
How to unsend messages on Facebook Messenger

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. Admit it, we’ve all accidentally sent a meme to our boss, or maybe even an unwarranted ‘hi’ to an ex, and regretted those keystrokes for hours afterwards. Thankfully,...

2019-02-06
Snap stock rockets up 15% after it says its user number stopped shrinking

The company reported almost $400 million in revenue and says its stopped user losses. Snap’s usual business model: Invent cool new social features and have them stolen by Facebook and Instagram, then report low revenues and user loss. Not today. The company reported greater-than-expected revenues and says...

2019-02-05
This scientist-designer makes awesome posters for university lectures

Scientists are rock stars. These posters prove it. Some years ago, UNC Chapel Hill cell biology professor Bob Goldstein was talking to his fellow colleagues, admiring the gig posters that indie bands attached to telephone poles around town. The pieces were beautiful but ephemeral, making them inherently precious....

2019-02-05
Google has two cool, new Android apps to help people with hearing loss

Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier could make it easier for people with hearing loss to navigate the world. Google has heard the needs of people with hearing impairment and has two new apps that may make it easier to help them navigate the world more easily.Read Full Story

2019-02-05
Facebook bans four armed groups in Myanmar in attempt to thwart violence

But many Facebook critics say the company is just employing “whack-a-mole” tactics–tackling problems only after they’ve become problems instead of being proactive. The social media giant has announced that it has banned four Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) that exist in Myanmar,...

2019-02-05
Why doesn’t Google make Gmail more like Inbox?

Often in cheesy rom-coms they say “All good things must come to an end.” Except it doesn’t in movies. But, if it’s a Google product, there’s a high chance that it might come to an end (RIP Google Reader).   Next month, the company’s much-loved email app, Inbox – which was introduced in 2014 as a more...

2019-02-05
Coda, which wants to turn docs into apps, is now generally available

After almost five years, a company with ambitious plans to change how companies automate their processes is finally launching version 1.0. Last October, I wrote about Coda, a startup dedicated to a goal that few companies have ever achieved: establishing a new category of productivity software. Its service looks a bit...

2019-02-05
India gears up for crewed space missions with its new Human Space Flight Center

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said last Thursday that it has launched a Human Space Flight Centre in the south Indian city of Bangalore, in line with plans for its first crewed mission in 2021. 🇮🇳 #ISROMissions 🇮🇳 Human Space Flight Centre is operational now after its inauguration by Dr K...

2019-02-05

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