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Instagram is testing ‘creator’ accounts with special features for influencers

Facebook-owned Instagram is reportedly trialing a new type of account for content creators with large audiences on its platform, according to Hollywood Reporter. The new account – currently being tested by a small group of users – grants access to insights about follows and unfollows, as well as the ability to...

2018-12-12
Moment’s OnePlus 6 cases turn it into a mini DSLR

I’ve begrudgingly come to accept that smartphones are now as good as DSLRs and mirrorless camera for many kinds of everyday photography, but they can’t compete when it comes to lens choices. You’re stuck with whatever field of view your phone came with, limiting the versatility of your gear. Companies like...

2018-12-12
The future of fashion is made-to-order, according to Farfetch CEO José Neves

On the heels of his company’s recent IPO, Farfetch CEO José Neves talks about personalizing fashion, the industry’s problem with waste, and the unexpected benefits of a global recession. In September, a decade after he began knitting together an online marketplace for independent boutiques across...

2018-12-11
RIP Fusion Tables: Google is killing off the beloved data visualization tool

Google will shut down its hybrid database-spreadsheet product effective next year. Users of Google’s Fusion Tables, a kind of hybrid spreadsheet/database/data visualization tool that was never fully integrated into the Google Drive productivity suite, got an email Tuesday saying the service will be shutting...

2018-12-11
The millionaire critic who scared Facebook now wants to help “fix the internet”

David Magerman, the ex-RenTech partner who criticized Robert Mercer, prompted Facebook to go on the attack. Now he’s joining Differential Ventures to invest in tech. In the hedge fund world and in the drama surrounding Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of personal data, as well as Facebook’s...

2018-12-11
Monopoly man watches disapprovingly as Congress yells at Google’s CEO

Google‘s CEO, Sundar Pichai, is in Washington today. He’s trying to explain how the world’s most advanced technology company works to Congress. At some point we’re sure he’s going to be arrested for witchcraft. Pichai’s not the only fat cat with deep pockets in the room – sure, a lot of those...

2018-12-11
Monopoly guy watches disapprovingly as Congress yells at Google’s CEO

Google‘s CEO, Sundar Pichai, is in Washington today. He’s trying to explain how the world’s most advanced technology company works to Congress. At some point we’re sure he’s going to be arrested for witchcraft. Pichai’s not the only fat cat with deep pockets in the room – sure, a lot of those...

2018-12-11
The chatbot bubble has officially burst

Google Allo is the latest casualty of Silicon Valley’s course correction on conversational interfaces. Google Allo is done. Announced in 2016, it was Google’s big attempt to build a Google chatbot right into your text message conversations. Allo’s death signals something important to the tech...

2018-12-11
Boost your site’s SEO ranking with this $24 tool

No shame in low Google rankings, but the reality is that if you aren’t showing up in the top 3 for your most important keywords, you probably aren’t being found at all. You can start getting some return on all that digital effort with some solid SEO knowledge like that offered by SERPCloud Pro. Right now, you can...

2018-12-11
Instagram gets WhatsApp-style walkie-talkie voice messages

Facebook-owned Instagram has just added one of the best features from its sister app, WhatsApp: direct voice messages. Just as in WhatsApp, you can find it in any conversation (including group chats) in the Direct messaging section of the app. Tap and hold the microphone button located in the text entry box, and you...

2018-12-11
Elon Musk talks pot, the SEC, and Twitter flame wars

The Tesla CEO addressed a wide range of issues in an interview over the weekend. This weekend CBS News aired a wide-ranging interview with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk during which he reflected on his companies, his erratic behavior, his pot smoking, and even the SEC. Here are the top takeaways from that interview...

2018-12-10
Meet the Tumblr refugees trying to save its adult content from oblivion

Tumblr posters of porn and kink fear a ban on naughty content will eviscerate not only their blogs, but the communities they’ve built on the networks. “The internet is for porn,” goes the song from musical Avenue Q. Since Tumblr announced this week that it will no longer be part of that internet,...

2018-12-08
Apple, Amazon, and Google drop as tech stocks bear the brunt of China trade worries

With the arrest of a Huawei executive in Canada, investors fear the fate of a tentative tariff truce. Investors in tech stocks are nervously watching as the Trump administration continues to press China on trade. Some of them are unloading tech stocks to reduce risk in front of the weekend.Read Full Story

2018-12-07
This tech company has a very, very unfortunate name

KnowTechie is one of my favorite blogs. Earlier this week, it published a post about a super-cheap ‘smart’ RGB bias light from Chinese tech brand MINGER. Yes, you read that right. MINGER. It’s unfortunate the branding team at MINGER didn’t stop to Google it first, as MINGER is a rather cruel British insult....

2018-12-07
Mozilla is deeply concerned about Microsoft killing EdgeHTML

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it would discontinue the EdgeHTML browser engine. Future versions of Edge would use Google’s Chromium rendering engine, which powers a swathe of browsers, including Chrome and Opera. Edge was never a popular browser, and at the time of writing commands just 4.34 percent...

2018-12-07
Newly minted Oscars host Kevin Hart may have a homophobia problem

Some of Hart’s homophobic tweets have resurfaced. (A lot of them, actually.) He’s deleted them, but he can’t delete people’s memory of them. When future scientists investigate what “Twitter” was, they may discover that it was a magical place where one could go to watch...

2018-12-06
From the View-Master to Sears trash cans, this man designed our world

Charles Harrison designed hundreds of familiar household goods—and, as an African-American executive in the 1960s, helped to blaze new trails. As a child of the 1960s and 1970s, I grew up in a world imagined by industrial designer Charles Harrison—I just didn’t know it. The New York Times has...

2018-12-06
This M.C. Escher-inspired hotel is Instagram gold

The stairs lead to nowhere. M.C. Escher fans, rejoice: You can now stay inside a hotel that brings the artist’s trippy visual illusions to life through its interior design.Read Full Story

2018-12-06
Waymo unveils first operating US driverless taxi service

Hundreds of people in the Phoenix, Arizona area now have consumer access to Waymo’s driverless taxi service. These “early riders” can now order an autonomous vehicle pickup 24/7. Welcome to the future. Waymo – a Google sister company under the Alphabet umbrella –  today announced the service, called...

2018-12-05
The $19 app that takes all the headaches out of cloud storage

Whether you’re using Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or another cloud storage option, you’re often slowed by searches, logins and other inconvenient steps. With CloudMounter, your cloud storage gets super simple immediately. And right now, a lifetime license for CloudMounter service has been slashed to only $19, a 57...

2018-12-05
What Spotify and Instagram would have looked like 30 years ago

Warning: These illustrations are a nostalgia suckerpunch. Nostalgia sucks, but I can’t help but love it, because I’m old. Which is why I felt an instant connection with these modern digital brands reimagined as the objects of the 1980s and ’90s.Read Full Story

2018-12-05
India’s new satellite is a first step in providing rural areas with faster internet

India launched its heaviest satellite, the GSAT-11, also called ‘The Big Bird,’ from the French space port of Kourou in South America, earlier today. The satellite is expected to provide high-bandwidth connectivity in the country, with data transfer speeds of up to 14 Gbps. Update #4#ISROMissions Here's the video...

2018-12-05
Alphabet’s drone division will begin trialing aerial deliveries in Finland next year

In July, I wrote about how Wing – one of Google X’s pet drone projects – “graduated” to become a full company under the Alphabet banner. Now, after months of testing its drone delivery service in Australia, the company is expanding to Europe with a trial planned in Finland next year. Wing’s official...

2018-12-05
A new mobile app can detect anemia without a blood test

A new smartphone app can tell if you have anemia just by analyzing the color of your fingernail in a photo. Anemia, a common blood disorder brought on by reduced levels of the blood’s oxygen carrier, Haemoglobin, causes severe fatigue, heart problems, and complications in pregnancy. It already affects more than 2...

2018-12-05
Google reportedly personalizes search results even when you’re in incognito mode

Google provides you personalized search results based on your previous searches, location, and several other factors. So if you want to avoid this and search discreetly without leaving a trail, the most common option is to switch to your browser’s incognito mode. However, a new study from privacy-focused search...

2018-12-05
Why document management needs an upgrade

We all love to talk about tech and the cloud as if they’ve these things dramatically changed the way we live our lives and work. And don’t get me wrong – they could. They should. But too many of our businesses still operate like it’s 1997 when it comes to asset management. Sure, you may have a Dropbox Business...

2018-12-04
Microsoft may reboot its Windows web browser again

A better built-in browser could help Microsoft take on Chromebooks in earnest. When Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015, it came with a new web browser called Edge, which replaced the aging Internet Explorer as the default and offered interesting new features such as Cortana suggestions and page annotation. Now,...

2018-12-04
South African man hands thugs $60K in Bitcoin after heinous torturing

It seems cryptocurrency scammers aren’t afraid of using more old school tactics in order to extort Bitcoin from their victims. A man from South Africa was purportedly attacked for his Bitcoin by someone he met on Facebook, according to local news outlet, the Soweto Urban. The attack took place on November 16 where...

2018-12-04
How to mess with the PlayStation Classic’s hidden settings using only a USB keyboard

We need to update the infinite monkey theorem. This states that a monkey hitting keys on a typewriter will eventually type out a complete published text, you know, like Hamlet or something. Things are different these days. I mean, who (apart from Instagram-loving hipsters) even has a typewriter anymore? This is why we...

2018-12-04
Google launches Flutter 1.0 — its fast, powerful cross-platform app UI toolkit

Today, at the Flutter Live event in London, Google announced the first stable release of Flutter, its cross-platform UI toolkit. Flutter is intended to help developers build attractive, native app experiences from a single codebase. While cross-platform UI toolkits are nothing new, Flutter is unique in how it...

2018-12-04
How Google and Morse code are helping to make gaming more inclusive

Learning Morse code can be fun! Google has teamed up with the clever folks at Adaptive Design Association—an organization that builds custom adaptations for children with disabilities—for a 48-hour hackathon to design prototype games that turned learning Morse code into fun. These very modern children...

2018-12-04
Microsoft is reportedly building a Chromium-based browser to replace Edge

Windows Central reports that Microsoft is working on a replacement for its Edge web browser – which is the default option in Windows 10 – that will use Google’s Chromium base under the hood. If that’s legit, it’ll see Microsoft swap out the EdgeHTML engine it built from scratch for the one that’s part of...

2018-12-04
Google removes 2 popular Android apps that enabled click fraud

Google finally took action after eight Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech apps were allegedly involved in ad fraud last week. The search giant removed CM File manager and Kika keyboard apps after an internal investigation. The company found that these two apps contained code which can be used to execute ad fraud through...

2018-12-04
Swiss hotel chain offers a ‘social media sitter’ to handle your Instagram while you relax

Ibis, A popular European hotel chain, just introduced the world to the “social media sitter.” It’s the answer to a problem few knew existed, and even fewer though we needed professional help with. “Enjoy your trip without digital stress. Our Social Media Sitter takes care of your Instagram profile. And you can...

2018-12-04
Windows ‘Lite’ could be Microsoft’s next Chrome OS competitor

A report out of IT publication Petri suggests Microsoft is working on a challenger to Google’s increasingly popular Chrome OS dubbed Windows Lite, or perhaps even just ‘Lite.’ I’m getting a strong sense of deja vu. If this all sounds familiar to you too,  it’s Microsoft has been trying to escape the burden...

2018-12-03
Meet the Google engineer getting its workers ready to strike

Google engineer Liz Fong-Jones raised over $100,000 in three hours to support striking workers, then doubled it with her own contribution. On November 1, around 20,000 Google employees walked out of work to demand systemic change in how the company handles workers’ rights issues such as sexual harassment and...

2018-12-03
People have all kinds of theories about this abandoned Christmas tree in the NYC subway

Is this the most New York Christmas story ever? Over the weekend, New York Times reporter Jenna Wortham had a question for New Yorkers on Twitter: What is the most “that’s so new york” moment?Read Full Story

2018-12-03
Are you cool enough to get these minimalist maps?

Peter Gorman designs maps that make you go “hmmm.” To many of us, cities are concepts more than places. For instance, I live in Portland, Oregon–a city that, thanks in part to eight seasons of the TV show Portlandia, almost certainly triggers extremely specific thoughts in your head (hipsters!...

2018-12-03
These five Google successes began as employee passion projects

At its best, Google has always been a place where someone’s bright idea has a shot at reaching the world. Editor’s Note: This list is part of our feature, “An exclusive look inside Google’s in-house incubator Area 120.”Read Full Story

2018-12-03
WhatsApp’s first ever TV commercial warns against fake news in India

WhatsApp has faced a lot of criticism for the way it’s handled fake news in India. In its latest move to battle misinformation, the company has launched three TV commercials in India to spread awareness about the issue amongst its users in the country. The 60-second commercials, named “Share joy, not rumors,”...

2018-12-03
Nigeria caught in WhatsApp fake news whirlwind ahead of elections

After numerous infamous cases of people in India and Brazil falling prey to fake news spread on WhatsApp, the problem is now spreading to Nigeria. The West African nation is hosting its national elections in February next year, and a report from The Poynter Institute says its citizens are at risk of being conned by...

2018-12-03
SERPstash is a $20 app that will help you win at SEO

SEO is clearly a game you can’t afford to lose. SERPStash knows that game can use their armada of resources to move you up those all-important rankings. Right now, you can secure a lifetime of SERPStash coverage at over 90 percent off, only $19.99 with the limited time added price drop from TNW Deals.

2018-12-02
Facebook and Google are breaking campaign laws, says Washington State

The companies’ disclosures do not meet the state’s strict election transparency rules, say regulators. A lobbying group called the decision “disappointing.” Digital platforms like Facebook and Google must know when they’ve sold political ads aimed at influencing elections and make...

2018-12-01
Anchorage earthquake: Photos and videos show street damage, trembling structures

Social media was flooded today with images of a violent earthquake that rocket parts of Alaska. Social media was flooded today with images of a violent earthquake that rocked parts of Alaska, damaging buildings and sparking a tsunami warning for Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula. The preliminary 7.0 quake...

2018-11-30
Instagram now lets you choose who can — and can’t — see your Stories

Instagram Stories are great for quickly sharing what’s going on in your life – but sometimes you don’t want all your followers to see them. The app’s new Close Friends feature makes it easier to restrict your Stories to a select group of people, so you don’t have to worry about your boss, your parents, or...

2018-11-30
Sheryl Sandberg reportedly ordered oppo research on billionaire George Soros

Sandberg originally said she had no knowledge of the D.C. oppo research group Definers, but has steadily walked back that statement. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg requested opposition research on billionaire George Soros from a Washington, D.C., opposition research firm, a new report says. Sandberg had previously...

2018-11-30
Amazon Prime Health is coming, according to an early investor

The famed venture capitalist says Amazon might be able to leverage its vast data store to help it serve health care needs. John Doerr, an early investor in both Google and Amazon, believes Jeff Bezos’s company will offer a “Prime Health” for medical and health products, Christina Farr reports at...

2018-11-30
The shiny new neighborhood exposing everything that’s wrong with SF

The “East Cut,” the growing neighborhood around San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower, has a new name, a new logo, and a new look. It’s still working on schools. It’s lunchtime on a sunny California day and I’m walking down a street near San Francisco’s tallest building,...

2018-11-30

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