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eToro rolls out its cryptocurrency wallet for Android and iOS

Social trading platform eToro has finally begun rolling out its cryptocurrency wallet to Android and iOS users. The wallet, which promises an intuitive customer interface and enhanced security, is now available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store. At launch, the app will support only Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash,...

2018-11-08
Comedian Larry Wilmore created his own path. Now he’s helping the next generation do the same

The Renaissance man of comedy stopped by Fast Company’s Innovation Festival for a live (and damned funny) episode of Creative Conversation. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company‘s podcast Creative Conversation featuring writer, producer, and actor Larry Wilmore on Apple Podcasts,...

2018-11-08
This viral Twitter story about the worst office mistake ever is worth your time

You have never screwed up this bad in your workplace. Seriously. What: A hilarious story that went viral on Twitter.Read Full Story

2018-11-08
GitHub now hosts over 100 million repositories

Today, the immensely popular social coding platform GitHub announced it now hosts over 100 million repositories. In addition, the platform announced new information about its userbase. GitHub now supports 31 million developers, who collectively have created over 1.1 billion contributions. These contributions have...

2018-11-08
AI-algorithms identify pedophiles for the police — here’s how it works

Sometimes, the smoking gun in a sexual child abuse case can be something totally unremarkable — a plastic bag in the corner, or a piece of rug on the floor. Dutchman Leon D. was exposed by a church window. In 2011, he was convicted for molesting two young boys and producing and distributing imagery. Leon D.’s...

2018-11-08
This new Florida neighborhood has zero emissions, tons of smart tech, and is hurricane-proof

Powered by Google Home, the Hunters Point neighborhood outside of Tampa is a model for how smart buildings can lower emissions and create a clean grid. In a fishing village south of Tampa called Cortez, a new community of small homes will run on solar power to reach a “net zero” energy...

2018-11-08
Google announces Android will support upcoming foldable phones

Last night, Samsung gave us a glimpse of its eagerly awaited foldable phone, at its annual developer conference. At the same time, Google announced that Android will officially support the foldable form factor. In a blog post, the company classified foldable phones in two categories: one-screen devices and two-screen...

2018-11-08
Woven is a calendar assistant you might actually use

Former Facebookers launch yet another AI-enhanced meeting scheduler, and promise bigger things to come. Over the past few years, multiple startups have tried to take the hassle out of scheduling meetings. Calendar tools like Meetingbird and Calendly let users create meeting slots for attendees to choose from, while...

2018-11-08
Instagram is testing Hindi language support for Indian users

Instagram is seemingly looking to expand its Indian user base with support for Hindi. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong found this in a test version of the app. Wong posted screenshots of Instagram’s test version showing comments, settings menu, and profile all in Hindi. As per the screenshots, even the IGTV section...

2018-11-08
Yet again, genealogy database leads to suspect in decades-old murder case

Police used DNA evidence from the crime scene to locate potential relatives of the suspect, who’s now in custody. Yet again, DNA data from genealogy database GEDMatch has helped crack a cold case, this time leading to the arrest of a suspect in an Orlando murder dating back to 2001, the Ledger reports.Read Full...

2018-11-07
EU’s investigation into Google AdSense is coming to a close

Margrethe Vestager, EU‘s Competition Commissioner, just confirmed that the EU‘s antitrust investigation into Google AdSense will soon be wrapped up. “We are approaching the end of that investigation,” Vestager told reporters at Web Summit in Lisbon, according to Reuters. The investigation’s findings have...

2018-11-07
How to use pointless meetings to sell your ideas and advance your career

Instead of zoning out or checking your phone, here’s how to reclaim your time and make meetings more productive. Few activities in the business world eat up as much time as meetings. Professionals spend 37% of their time in meetings, and it’s worse for executives, who by some estimates devote 85% of...

2018-11-07
Hyundai and Kia invest $250 million in Southeast Asia ride sharer Grab

The trio’s goal is to increase EV usage throughout the region and to “maximize cost efficiencies for Grab’s driver-partners.” That means the Singapore-based ride sharer has brought in $2.7 billion in investment to date, reports CNBC. Hyundai and Grab said that, together with Kia, they will...

2018-11-07
Hackers infect nearly 700,000 sites with Bitcoin-stealing malware

Cryptocurrency hackers have attacked one of the internet’s most used traffic analytics services, StatCounter, in order to siphon Bitcoin from users of online exchange desk Gate.io. In a targeted attack, hackers breached StatCounter to such an extent that over 688,000 websites were caught loading the malicious...

2018-11-07
Fox News was first to call the Democratic House flip, but basically nobody believed it

In retrospect, maybe a little skepticism isn’t a bad thing.  What a strange election this has been. Earlier tonight, Fox News made the call that the Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives, a hugely consequential development that means new checks and balances on President Trump’s...

2018-11-07
Facebook’s AI knows how likely you are to evacuate during a hurricane

Facebook AI Research (FAIR) recently conducted a big data study to determine whether social media ties play a role in people’s decision whether to evacuate affected areas during a hurricane. And, according to the research, those with the most “social capital” were more likely to heed official warnings and flee....

2018-11-06
Goop brings its holiday list to life with a new gifting concept store

And the list features Google products for the very first time. Gwyneth Paltrow is famous for curating an annual holiday gift guide. Sometimes items on the list are slightly kooky (an $85 bag of crystals to balance your chakra system, anyone?) and outlandishly expensive (a $595 silk kimono). For the past three...

2018-11-05
Burger King got in a sick Twitter burn on Kanye, because that’s how things work now

Seemingly every day, the saga of Kanye West gets slightly sadder. What: A Twitter spat for the ages, one in which we find ourselves paradoxically on the side of the corporate Twitter account over the musician.Read Full Story

2018-11-05
I’m a Florida teen voting in my first election. Here’s why gun reform is my top issue

This Tuesday, I will be voting on behalf of students, like myself, who just want to learn in a safe environment. Editor’s note: This article was originally posted as a Facebook comment in response to a new ad about gun safety. The author is an 18-year-old senior at Largo High School, in Largo, Florida, and the...

2018-11-05
Even Fox News and Facebook thought that Trump caravan ad was too racist

The ad has been pulled, but it may be too late to stop the ad’s damaging misinformation. Facebook has pulled an ad that was deemed too racist to air on CNN, NBC, and *gasp* even Fox News.Read Full Story

2018-11-05
Xprize winning air-water conversion device leaves us thirsty for more

On October 22, the Skysource/Skywater alliance won the ‘Water Abundance Xprize’ and a reward of $1.5 million for its device that could extract water from atmospheric moisture. While some news reports claimed that the device could solve the world’s water crisis, hydrologists and water conservationists caution...

2018-11-05
Facebook’s fight against election tampering spans the company

Cracking down on abuse of the platform for political ends has required mass deletions, targeted takedowns, and a willingness to question long-held policies. In 2009, when James Mitchell was three years into his career at Facebook and first stepped into a role to help police its content for policy violations, the...

2018-11-05
A fake verified “Elon Musk” tried to scam people out of bitcoin on Twitter

Digital ad platforms have an impersonation problem. Just 18 hours ago, the publisher Pantheon Books was tweeting about, well, books.Read Full Story

2018-11-05
The office of the future? No desks, no chairs

And all sofas. Last week at Orgatec, a leading European trade show for contract and office furniture, the Swiss company Vitra previewed a set of office seating prototypes, called Soft Work, which you might more likely find in a chic hotel lobby or airport lounge. That’s exactly what the designers, London...

2018-11-05
How GM and CNN are copying startups

As industries like automotive and media get “disrupted” by tech companies like Uber and Twitter, some legacy brands figure: If you can’t beat them, join them. In their respective industries, General Motors and CNN are those types of legacy companies that don’t need an explanation. But...

2018-11-05
Here’s how you take a screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy phone

Welcome to Plugged Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. At least once a month, I google how to take a screenshot on my Samsung Galaxy phone, which is especially embarrassing considering that I’m a tech reporter. But many of the...

2018-11-05
The Facebook ad-pocalypse is coming, so spend your budget on creativity

Brands pour billions of dollars into Facebook advertising, but the social media giant isn’t going to last forever. So, where will those dollars go in the future? The only viable choice is creativity. Predicting the future Most chess masters agree that their most valuable skill is envisioning moves before they...

2018-11-05
Major European film group hacked to promote Bitcoin scam on Twitter

Another day on Twitter, another Elon Musk cryptocurrency giveaway scam. The official account of Pathé, the world’s second oldest operating film company and Europe’s second largest studio, has been hacked to spread malicious Bitcoin giveaway links. To dupe users out of their cryptocurrency, the hackers promise to...

2018-11-05
Our lack of interest in data ethics will come back to haunt us

When was the last time you saw a creepy ad on Facebook, which seemed to know about a product you were discussing with a coworker? Or when was the last time you noticed that your Google search had been modified to suit variables like your current location and personal interests? These micro-events happen on a daily...

2018-11-03
Get more cats on your Instagram feed by cheating the algorithm

If you’re anything like me, a blue-eyed tabby cat coquettishly peering at the camera from under its lashes makes you want to scream and explode like Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele in this skit. If you’re anything like me, you spend hours watching felines meow, pounce, and pose on Instagram, liking and...

2018-11-03
The new space race is all about satellites: Pros and cons of each orbit

For most people, satellites probably bring to mind things like weather forecasts, GPS, or satellite TV broadcasting. Other common satellite applications, such as extending cellular coverage, connecting ATM machines, and restoring communications infrastructure quickly, among others, often go unnoticed since they’re...

2018-11-03
Here are 4 of Trump’s worst racist comments, according to Michael Cohen

The president’s former personal lawyer claims that Trump once said, “Black people are too stupid to vote for me.” In a bombshell interview in Vanity Fair, Michael Cohen claims that President Donald Trump repeatedly made racist comments (and at least one homophobic one) during the years he worked...

2018-11-02
Twitter’s privacy settings, explained

Twitter is one of the most open social media platforms on the web, which is why it might be easier to ignore the privacy settings. Admittedly, Twitter doesn’t offer the level of granular control as, for example, Facebook. But it does have some decent options for controlling what other users can see and what level of...

2018-11-02
Twitter is sorry about that whole ‘Kill all Jews’ thing

Many New Yorkers awoke to a bit of a surprise when “Kill all Jews” briefly made an appearance in their Twitter sidebar. On a social network with a hate speech problem, it’s not unusual to see this type of content. Twitter has been locked in a perpetual grappling match with hate groups clinging to the fringes of...

2018-11-02
Google Play app caught phishing for cryptocurrency exchange login details

Despite Google’s hardline stance against malicious cryptocurrency apps, some still find ways of sneaking through its net. Security and malware researcher, Lukas Stefanko, published a video yesterday exposing how a malicious app, distributed via Google’s Play Store, steals the sensitive data from unsuspecting...

2018-11-02
Yves Behar launches a $280,000 ADU for your backyard

The prominent designer is working with the Amazon-backed startup LivingHomes to build prefab “granny flats.” There’s a housing crisis in California, with too little housing for too high of a price. But there’s one type of dwelling that could make a difference in the crisis: the accessory...

2018-11-02
Feeling hopeless about politics? 4 ways designers can fight back

After the 2016 election, Studio Rodrigo vowed to get more politically engaged and resist the Trump administration. Here’s how its designers followed through. Design can feel apolitical when the focus is on building commercial interfaces, products, and services. But the New York-based Studio Rodrigo made an...

2018-11-02
This exchange turned a bus into a Bitcoin ad to bypass Google’s crypto-ban

Online advertising giants like Google and Facebook promised entrepreneurs an effective way of reaching consumers at an affordable cost. But following a series of policy crackdowns, this wasn’t exactly the case for cryptocurrency and blockchain businesses. Pressed in a corner by draconian ad bans, one...

2018-11-02
How to stop sites from autoplaying videos on your desktop

One of the pesky things about surfing the internet is the recent barrage of autoplaying videos on websites. You might be at work, opening a website to read some news, and suddenly a video will blast through your speakers. Worry not, we’ve got you covered. Here are some nifty ways you stop videos from playing...

2018-11-02
Think Facebook causes political breakdown? WhatsApp may be worse

A new report highlights how the messaging platform helps spread misinformation. With elections either just passing or on the horizon, many political researchers have been digging into the problem of fake news. Bad actors have been using numerous online platforms to spread misinformation, which has had demonstrable...

2018-11-02
Spotify is giving away free Google Home Mini speakers to some paid subscribers

Spotify today announced a partnership with Google that doles out free hardware to certain paid subscribers. As of today, anyone with a Spotify Premium for Family plan — which covers six family members for about $15 a month — is eligible for a free Google Home Mini, a $50 value. Eligible users who claim the Home...

2018-11-02
Thousands of Google employees walk out to protest harassment, inequality

Google employees today took to the streets in a massive protest. At 11:10 a.m., in every time zone in which the staged walkout took place, about 40 in total, Googlers left their offices and stood with colleagues to demand change. Rally organizers told The Cut: All employees and contract workers across the company...

2018-11-01
Netflix is pivoting to screen films in theaters. But is that enough for Oscar voters?

Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” will be in theaters three weeks before its Netflix debut. That’s a big concession for Netflix, but lots of questions remain. On Wednesday, Netflix made one of its biggest concessions to traditional Hollywood by announcing that three of its upcoming movies will...

2018-11-01
Sonos pushes back Google Assistant support to next year

The Sonos One and Sonos Beam launched with Alexa, but one of their biggest features was support for Google Assistant down the road. Assistant was originally supposed to launch in early 2018, but considering radio stations are already prepping their Christmas playlists, it looks like that’s not going to happen. In a...

2018-11-01
Google’s Sergey Brin didn’t know who Gloria Steinem is

Larry Page and Sergey Brin also reportedly struggled to answer a question about who their female role models were. Sergey Brin may need to Google Gloria Steinem.Read Full Story

2018-11-01
“Homecoming” creators learned on the job to turn a podcast into a TV series

Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg talked with Fast Company about how they learned to embrace their creative blind spots as first-time showrunners. Hollywood is tapping the podcast well as a budding source of IP, with popular shows like Serial, Welcome to Night Vale, and Limetown getting picked up by HBO, FX, and...

2018-11-01
How Ted Cruz plans to beat Beto O’Rourke: Play it simple

Data science, Facebook, targeted TV buys, and a laser focus on core GOP voter blocks may just win the day. If the polling is actually accurate this year, Ted Cruz is the favorite to win the surprisingly competitive Texas Senate seat over progressive challenger Beto O’Rourke on November 6. If that occurs, it...

2018-11-01
Google Walkout: Why employees are making these 5 demands

These are the changes Googlers want from their company. Today, thousands of Google employees walked out to protest the company’s approach to sexual harassment and general fairness. Following reports that the company let male executives accused of sexual misconduct leave with multimillion-dollar exit packages...

2018-11-01

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