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Swiss president: ‘Libra has failed’

It’s not even a week into the new year and already Facebook‘s “cryptocurrency” project Libra is coming under fire once again. This time, Switzerland is speaking out against the digital coin. Speaking to Swiss broadcaster SRF, the country’s president and finance minister Ueli Maurer said the project has...

2020-01-02
Facebook’s a mess, but it doesn’t mean backdoors are the answer

It’s been a tough year for Facebook. It has faced international scrutiny, from its role in elections to the potential regulation of its cryptocurrency Libra. However, perhaps the most contentious argument for the social media giant, that is sure to rage on into 2020, is one of its longest fought. How to protect the...

2020-01-02
Crypto exchange Poloniex forces users to change passwords after data leak

Cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex is forcing its users to reset their passwords after a list of email addresses and passwords was allegedly leaked on social media. Last week, the exchange notified customers of the breach, adding the leaked information could be used to access Poloniex accounts, ZDNet reports. The email...

2020-01-02
Plan on being a graphic designer in 2020? Give these courses a look

With the package of training in The Complete 2020 Learn to Design Certification Bundle ($39, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals), a designer will have a full understanding of all the most popular software and graphic approaches to make any project come to life.

2020-01-02
Marques Brownlee explains what outdated tech can teach us about the future

In his YouTube show “Retro Tech,” Marques Brownlee dives into the gadgets of yesteryear to show us how that early innovation is shaping today and tomorrow. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Google Play,...

2020-01-02
Best Computer Speakers for Designers & Music Lovers

Choosing the right speakers for your computer can make all the difference in your work. Check out our list for the best computer speakers for designers!

2020-01-02
These 22 alternatives will let you live a Facebook-free life in 2020

From WhatsApp to Facebook Events to Instagram Stories, here are the best ways to finally kick your Facebook habit in 2020. Enough is enough is enough. If you’re anything like me, you’re sick of hearing about Facebook’s mistreatment of your data and our democracy, and you don’t want to use...

2020-01-01
Think twice before posting your Instagram Top 9 for 2019

“Top 9” isn’t a tool made by Instagram–and using it can have major privacy implications if you aren’t careful. Social media apps love offering year-end tools that allow users to see their most popular posts of the past 12 months. It’s a fun way to look back on what...

2020-01-01
Where is design is going in 2020? Here are 7 essential reads

Bookmark these essays and features as you head into your holiday break. How do you dismantle the structural inequality designed into cities? Is it time to reassess the role of designers within the business world? What does design at Apple look like without Jony Ive? This past year was one in which designers in...

2019-12-31
Twitter’s big bet on topics and lists is just getting started

The service now lets you follow subjects you love—from anime to archaeology—and is upgrading its long-dormant lists feature. It’s the dawn of a new era. “People would hear about all the great stuff that happened on Twitter all the time, and they just couldn’t find it. It’s...

2019-12-31
Unblocking Xbox clips and the future of shareable gaming

In the age of Snapchat and Instagram, sharing is a core part of how we communicate. We almost feel as if something hasn’t really happened until we’ve captured that fleeting moment in digital form and show it to someone else – even if that someone else is a person we’ve never even met....

2019-12-31
Researcher: Here are 5 things that scare me about AI

AI is being increasingly used to make important decisions. Many AI experts (including Jeff Dean, head of AI at Google, and Andrew Ng, founder of Coursera and deeplearning.ai) say that warnings about sentient robots are overblown, but other harms are not getting enough attention. I agree. I am an AI researcher,...

2019-12-30
Why Google was the most important—and unconventional—brand marketer of the 2010s

As the search company’s ambitions expanded, so did its use of creative brand advertising to help it achieve its empire-building goals. It all started when hell froze over at the 2010 Super Bowl.Read Full Story

2019-12-30
Does capitalism need a radical redesign to become more inclusive?

Designer Nina Montgomery offers up three innovation challenges for leaders who say they want to broaden the purpose of business. At the beginning of the month, leadership of the World Economic Forum declared that Milton Friedman was wrong. The purpose of business, they said, is no longer to maximize shareholder...

2019-12-30
Our favorite things on the internet in 2019

2019 brought us some nifty apps, websites and tools out there that make the dub dub dub a bit more enjoyable — and also saw us stick to a bunch of old favorites that are still going strong at the end of the decade. Here are our favorite things the TNW crew used online this year. Stoop Email newsletters are great for...

2019-12-30
Social media is fast becoming your customers’ product research tool, so look beyond Google

Twenty-one years old this year, no one can dispute the dominance Google has enjoyed in the world of search. After all, it has a massive 81.5 percent market share worldwide. But, new players are beginning to chip away at its position in Europe and North America — particularly when it comes to users researching...

2019-12-30
Digital marketing could be heading for big changes in 2020. Get on board for $39

Whether you’re interested in Google advertising, social media platform messaging via Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and more, or the best ways to amplify your voice through Amazon, it’s all here.

2019-12-30
I pimped up my house with these cool LEDs and I’m still a loser

Something’s been missing in my life lately. Cash? No. I work in media, I’m rich. Power? Sure, I could always use more of that. But that’s not it. Beauty? Fuck no, I’m gorgeous. Yet I still feel like a loser. Because my house lacks a certain… Instagrammableness. (Disclaimer: this review is a piece of...

2019-12-29
These prosthetics designers harness AI to assist India’s amputees

“With amputations being reported on a daily basis, India’s vast rural hinterland is comparable to a warzone,” says Abhit Kumar, who makes practical, affordable prosthetic devices designed to get amputees back into the workforce. More than two thirds of India’s 1.3 billion inhabitants live in low-income rural...

2019-12-29
Top 10 Best Video Editing Software Tools for Designers & Content Creators

The 10 best video editing software options for every budget, by feature & channel. Whether novice or professional, find the right software to edit your videos.

2019-12-29
This is why luxury purchases can make you feel like crap

Psychological havoc ensues when you don’t believe you deserve an expensive item. Do you rarely wear the nicest items in your closet? Or are you one of the many women who wears faux rings despite owning valuable ones? Now you know why: it turns out that luxury items can spur a psychological rabbit hole of...

2019-12-28
Google wants to help you tell which texts are legitimate, not scams

The company is verifying business communications so you know they’re real—but there’s a catch. The twin plagues of text-message spam and robocalls have been teaching phone users a harsh lesson: Trust no one.Read Full Story

2019-12-28
The 20 biggest tech flops of the 2010s

Google Glass Google Glass is the embodiment of a product ahead of its time. Few in the tech world doubt that augmented reality wearables will eventually be big, but if the world isn’t ready for them in 2019, it most definitely wasn’t back in 2014. Google Glass was an awesome concept, but the hardware was simply...

2019-12-28
Big tech ruled the decade, We Work raised eyebrows in 2019

We asked Fast Company Impact Council members to name the most important companies of the year and the decade. Some answers may surprise you. Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Google are the most important companies of the decade, according to a survey of the Fast Company Impact Council, while We Work (as a cautionary tale)...

2019-12-27
Editor’s pick: This old-school weekly planner runs my life

How to get organized in 2020: Ditch the phone and get yourself a paper planner. My phone is an absolute mess. Each workday hundreds of Slack messages stack up in my notifications center, next to push alerts from apps that I haven’t used in months (“Don’t you want to order lunch?”), nudges...

2019-12-27
8 female entrepreneurs on how to set goals for a new decade

We spoke with eight leaders about how they’re setting themselves up for success in 2020. You’ve seen the memes circulating Instagram, but in case you need yet another reminder: 2020 isn’t just a new year. It’s a new decade. The end of one 10-year stretch and the start of a new one creates...

2019-12-27
Did Alexa win Christmas 2019? It sure looks like it

According to the App Store, lots of people got Amazon Echos, FitBits, and Disney+ subscriptions this year. The Amazon Echo must have been a popular gift this year, because downloads of the Alexa app are topping charts across iPhone and Android. The app is the number one downloaded app on iPhone and number two in...

2019-12-26
12 ear-tingling podcasts we LOVED in 2019

Right now, there are more than 700,000 active podcasts and more than 29 million podcast episodes, as illustrated by Music Oomph. So it’s no wonder 2019 feels like ‘the year’ for podcasts as a Twitter user perfectly illustrated in a meme: Starting a podcast in 2019 pic.twitter.com/Lrx39rXNSp — Mike...

2019-12-26
We forced an actual designer to review our writers’ DIY article images

Here at TNW we do something most other large tech sites don’t: get our writers to create their own article images. If you take a quick glance at other big news outlets, you’ll see the majority of images have a very stock photo feel to them. But not at TNW. Here, we’re all about DIY article images. Why? Well, by...

2019-12-26
13 fun Bitcoin and blockchain tweets that epitomize this wild industry

As another year draws to a close in the world of Bitcoin and blockchain, we’ve decided to look back at some of our favorite cryptocurrency tweets of 2019.  Some are funny, others are weird, but we’ve loved each and every single one.  So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. The Dorsey effect First up, Twitter...

2019-12-24
5 things Google got right in 2019—and 5 it got wrong

Sundar Pichai got a promotion. Google’s gadgets reached more people. And AI and content moderation continued to create new dilemmas. For the last few years, one of the highest compliments you could pay Google was to say it wasn’t making the same mistakes as Facebook. The two companies are similar in many...

2019-12-24
Advanced SEO Techniques for 2020: Generate More Traffic

Over the past few years, SEO has changed a lot. Learn about these advanced SEO techniques that will help you generate leads in 2020 and upcoming years!

2019-12-24
Brand warriors! Instagram gurus! Here are the most ridiculous job titles of 2019

The weirdest job titles can be found in all corners of the U.S. Whether they’re used to signal a hiring manager’s sense of humor or simply to stand out from the masses of managers, supervisors, and vice presidents, playful job titles continue to proliferate in 2019.Read Full Story

2019-12-23
5 things Facebook got right in 2019—and 5 it got wrong

It was a big year for Facebook, from billion-dollar fines and antitrust allegations to plans for a global cryptocurrency. After a series of rough years, 2019 was yet another bad one for Facebook. From its toxic treatment of content moderators to the botched rollout of the cryptocurrency Libra to the much-derided...

2019-12-23
One-day deliveries are breaking our cities

Here are four solutions cities everywhere could adopt. In New York City, 1.5 million packages are delivered daily to people’s doorsteps—three times as many as in the beginning of the decade, according to the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems. This has worsened traffic in a city...

2019-12-23
The 8 best men’s winter coats for any weather

These winter-proof coats can take you from work to play no matter the weather. A proper winter coat is one of the most important pieces of clothing you can own and worth the investment. We selected eight winter jackets from brands that you love and trust—as well as some designers you may have yet to be...

2019-12-23
Vape influencers are reeling from Instagram’s crackdown on vaping ads

For those that hawk vape products while blowing intricate smoke rings, the party is over. “If Instagram doesn’t allow people to promote vape, there will be a lot of people losing their jobs, including me,” an influencer who goes by Valerie Wee tells me over email. Her account is filled with vape...

2019-12-23
2019 was a huge year for quantum computing

2019 was the biggest year for quantum computing since, well, ever. It’s the year IBM put a quantum computer in a box and Google claimed its Bristlecone system reached quantum supremacy. But perhaps most exciting was the incredible research happening in universities and think-tanks around the globe. From warp drives...

2019-12-23
Best USB-C Monitors for Creatives

If you work primarily from a laptop every day, you know the struggles of having a limited amount of room to get any work done. Because of this, many creative professionals use an external monitor for more screen space. The most popular type of monitor connects via a USB-C port which can not only give you a second or...

2019-12-23
Best Compact Cameras for Designers & Photographers

If you're just starting to explore the world of photography, a compact camera can be a great place to start! Check out our top best compact cameras!

2019-12-23
Go beyond keywords and craft a winning SEO strategy with this training

You can give yourself a shot to win the SEO game with the training found in The Pro Google SEO and SERP Certification Bundle, now discounted hundreds of dollars down to just $29 from TNW Deals.

2019-12-21
How I fully quit Google (and you can, too)

Over the past six months, I have gone on a surprisingly tough, time-intensive, and enlightening quest — to quit using, entirely, the products of just one company — Google. What should be a simple task was, in reality, many hours of research and testing. But I did it. Today, I am Google-free, part of the western...

2019-12-21
Andrew Yang has a secret weapon

The Yang campaign taps superstar Donald Glover as a creative consultant. Their first collaboration: Yang Gang merch. Who wants a $1K sweatshirt? It all started with a rather cryptic Instagram story from musician, actor, director, and producer Donald Glover, announcing “The 46 Campaign” pop-up event...

2019-12-21
The fake face test: Why it’s so hard to tell if that Twitter troll was generated by AI

As one researcher showed on Twitter, there are sometime ways to spot fake, computer-generated faces. Facebook and Twitter today took down hundreds of apparently bogus accounts linked to the Epoch Media Group—the Falun Gong-tied organization that supports Trump and opposes the Chinese...

2019-12-21
10 web design trends that will dominate your screen in 2020

The end of the year is coming up fast, and we’re already looking towards what next year will bring. For designers like myself, the end of the year is an inspiring time. What trends and design aesthetics will be popularized in 2020? What trends will likely be on their way out? “The 10,000 foot-view of these trends...

2019-12-20
France fines Google €150 million for abusing its ad dominance

The French competition regulator just announced it’s issuing a whopping €150 million antitrust fine on Google, Reuters reports. The watchdog found Google had abused its dominant position in the ad market by implementing unclear and unpredictable rules on Google Ads — the company’s ad platform. According to...

2019-12-20
Facebook is building its own OS because it doesn’t want to rely on Apple and Google in the future

“We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us. We don’t think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that’s the case. And so we’re gonna do it ourselves.” In the coming years, you may be running apps on a Facebook-built operating system. Depending...

2019-12-20
My decade on Instagram, the 2010s’ most superficial social network

Since its founding 10 years ago, Instagram has dramatically changed the way I interact with celebrities, brands—and myself. On July 16th, 2010 at 1:26pm, Mike Krieger posted the first picture to Instagram—a heavily filtered image of a window framing a marina. In creating Instagram, which rose from the...

2019-12-20

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