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Why poor teens haven’t abandoned Facebook

A Pew Research study published earlier this year showed that, statistically, a large number of teenagers from families with lower-than-average annual income still use Facebook. While 36 percent of teens from families making $75,000 or more per year, and 56 percent of teens from the $30,ooo-$74,999 range said they...

2018-11-01
Netflix to release its Oscar contenders in theaters before streaming

Netflix’s new releases are headed straight for the cinema. The streaming platform announced the move on Twitter, marking a seismic shift in their business model. Netflix has released original content in theaters before, but this will be the first time the films are not simultaneously available on the site. ROMA...

2018-11-01
‘Blockchain’ is now more popular than ‘cryptocurrency,’ according to Google data

It’s not the flippening everyone has been talking about, but Google search data reveals people are finally starting to show more interest in blockchain than cryptocurrency. Following the massive hype cycle at the end of last year, Google Trends suggests the term ‘blockchain’ is gradually becoming a more popular...

2018-11-01
October in Africa: Egypt stifles tech innovation, Google gets busy

The Egyptian government has had a busy time of late, shutting down taxi app mergers, taxing e-commerce platforms, and enforcing digital media regulation laws. Rumors have been swirling that Uber and regional equivalent Careem might be set to merge in Egypt, but it’s not going to happen. That’s because regulators...

2018-11-01
Twitter is finally bringing back its chronological timeline

After years of complaints, it seems Twitter is finally listening to its users (about this one issue). Twitter, it seems, may have actually listened to its critics–at least about one feature. Yesterday, the  platform’s official Twitter account tweeted that it’s testing a new way for users to...

2018-11-01
Google employees around the world have already begun walking out in protest

Today employees are taking part in a companywide protest in the name of fairness and respect. The Google walkout has already begun. Employees are taking a stand against the company, in light of recent reports that Google learned about multiple sexual misconduct allegations against Android founder Andy Rubin, and...

2018-11-01
Tim Berners-Lee: Facebook and Google may have to be broken up

“I am disappointed with the current state of the web. We have lost the feeling of individual empowerment and to a certain extent also I think the optimism has cracked.” The father of the web has told Reuters that the internet’s biggest tech giants, Facebook and Google, may have to be broken up...

2018-11-01
Pentagram taps celebrated sound designer to be its newest partner

Yuri Suzuki joins one of the world’s most prestigious graphic design firms. Today, sound designer and artist Yuri Suzuki is joining Pentagram as its 24th partner, pushing the prominent firm outside of traditional graphic design. He will be working with other Pentagram partners in London on branding and other...

2018-11-01
The big business of Instagram Story design

Alfonso Cobo saw the potential in Stories early on. Today, his template app has 11 million users, and he’s launching a design agency focused on Stories alone. Every day, 400 million people open up Instagram and flip through Stories, the app’s short, ephemeral photo and video updates from people they...

2018-11-01
Twitter is finally giving our chronological timelines back

We might finally get what’ve been asking for from Twitter: a chronological timeline. The company tweeted saying it’s testing a button to display tweets by post time, instead of showing an algorithmically picked feed. According to Jack Dorsey, the company’s CEO, this feature is currently available to only a small...

2018-11-01
WhatsApp VP confirms ads are coming to the ‘Status’ section

The day we’ve been fearing is on the horizon: WhatsApp is getting ads. For real, this time. In a comment to several publications in India. WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels confirmed that the popular messaging app will be placing ads in the Snapchat-like Status section: “We are going to be putting ads in...

2018-11-01
The LaCroix of cannabis? The marijuana market bets on beverages

Cannabis startups envision a not-too-distant future in which consumers seek alternative refreshments during happy hour. As the cannabis industry continues to go more mainstream, entrepreneurs are on the lookout for the next niche market. Edibles have been done every which way, CBD-infused lotions and body care...

2018-10-31
Zuck gets an international joint summons from Canada and the U.K.

They want answers about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Facebook CEO received the summons from parliamentary committees in both countries today, reports TechCrunch. Both the U.K. and Canadian parliamentary committees want Zuckerberg to answer questions about Facebook and the Cambridge Anylitca data scandal from...

2018-10-31
Kanye’s done with MAGA and Twitter is done with Kanye. A eulogy for the former artist.

On Tuesday afternoon, Kanye West pedaled back on his recent inflammatory statements and infatuation with Trump. It probably did not go as well as he expected. For a certain substrata of Twitter, Tuesday afternoon felt a lot like Schadenfreude Christmas.Read Full Story

2018-10-31
How Women Who Code is making sure women aren’t pushed out of tech jobs

As the organization’s ranks swell to over 137,000, Women Who Code is not only helping individual women, but also companies as they groom leaders. You would think that holding both undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stanford (the latter in computer science) would make finding a job in tech a cinch....

2018-10-31
Social media mobs are worse for society than the people they shame

Back in 2013, Justine Sacco was getting ready to visit her family in South Africa, and before she boarded her flight, she made an insensitive joke on Twitter: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” By the time her flight was over, she had become the world’s leading trending topic,...

2018-10-31
Scandal-plagued Facebook comes up short on user growth, but profits are still soaring

Facebook’s latest earnings report comes in the shadow of several rotating scandals related to data privacy, fake news, and faulty metrics. Facebook reported sky-high profits today despite a number of rotating scandals related to data privacy, fake news, and faulty metrics.Read Full Story

2018-10-30
These Texas voting machines reveal a basic truth about bad design

Texas voting machines are switching votes and state officials are trotting out a familiar excuse: Users are to blame. In Texas, some voters using Hart eSlate machines have reported that the machines suddenly changed their votes. The state’s secretary of state Rolando Pablos claims that the problem is due...

2018-10-30
280 characters on Twitter hasn’t been a game changer after all

Doubling the available character count has not fundamentally changed the nature of tweeting. For years before it happened, people debated whether it should. And when Twitter finally did double the maximum length of a tweet–which it did a year ago today–some of us were skittish about such a fundamental...

2018-10-30
The ACLU launches a clever UX hack for midterm voting

It turns the iOS Wallet into a nudge to get to the polls. The midterm election is almost here–and a huge focus for many organizations is getting people to the polls. That includes voter guides, social media campaigns, and even free transportation. But for the American Civil Liberties Union, reminding people to...

2018-10-30
Google’s Pixel 3 XL grows another notch lmao

In a cruel twist of fate, the most disliked feature of the Google Pixel 3 XL is multiplying. Yes, that’s right, a second notch has appeared on some users‘ phones. Reported on by Android Police, the glitch has been posted on Twitter… So my Pixel randomly grew another notch today. 😂 https://t.co/c6Pff9MVmW...

2018-10-30
Google’s latest Doodle celebrates Halloween as a multiplayer game

It just may be the Google Doodle with the best fun factor yet. It just may be the Google Doodle with the best fun factor yet. If you head on over to google.com now, you’ll see the Doodle splash for the game, called Great Ghoul Duel. Click on it to begin playing. (Here’s a direct link for the game.)Read...

2018-10-30
Google’s USB-C Pixel Buds are kind of a steal at $30

I’ll be honest with you. When I reviewed the Pixel 3, I didn’t bother to give the included USB-C Pixel Buds – available separately for $30 – a fair shot. Just another cheap pair of plastic EarPod lookalikes, right? The first time I really listened to them happened to be right after spending an hour testing...

2018-10-30
The AR experience Instagram never shipped

And what it reveals about the importance of diversity in design. “When you are used to being ‘other,’ it’s helpful when you have to think about others,” said Instagram head of design Ian Spalter during Fast Company’s Innovation Festival last week. It’s a succinct...

2018-10-29
Review: The OnePlus 6T is now the easiest phone to recommend to most people

Apple, Samsung, Google. Those are the names most Americans think of when considering a new flagship phone, but OnePlus is vying to become the next household name. The with OnePlus 6T, it might just succeed. It’s the company’s best phone yet – yes, despite the missing headphone jack. But because it’ll be...

2018-10-29
Twitter might get rid of its little hearts to make it a kinder site

First they came for the favorites, not they come for our likes? Soon, you may not be able to like tweets by clicking a heart icon. The Telegraph reports that Twitter has weighed the possibility of abandoning this feature. And since Twitter doesn’t actually have all that many features, it caught our...

2018-10-29
Google’s Home Hub gives Google Photos the hardware it deserves

This photo-frame gadget isn’t perfect, but it’s a powerful extension of the Google Photos ecosystem. If there’s one major distinction between the Google Home Hub and other Google-powered smart displays, it’s the intent behind the gadget.Read Full Story

2018-10-29
Inside Tencent’s new $599 million Shenzhen headquarters

The company’s headquarters flips the sprawling tech campus on its side. When it comes to their headquarters, American tech companies tend to favor sprawling campuses with pathways, pantries, and soccer pitches designed to foster interaction among employees across different departments. For its new, reportedly...

2018-10-29
Sam’s Club looks to fend off Amazon with cashier-less stores

Sam’s Club is just the latest brick-and-mortar store to test cashier-less payment systems. The membership-only retail warehouse club is testing a new concept store in Dallas that will allow customers to buy groceries without the need to stand in a checkout line, reports CNBC. The Dallas test location will see...

2018-10-29
There’s a design talent shortage–here’s how to capitalize on it

Companies are grappling with how to find great design talent. For young designers, it’s a major opportunity. Business has finally recognized design’s true value. But there’s still one problem: Where do you find enough good designers to do the job?Read Full Story

2018-10-29
Gab has been taken offline–for the time being

Companies like GoDaddy, Stripe, and PayPal are refusing to do business with the white supremacist online haven after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Gab—the supposed social media platform for free speech, which really just means racists and trolls—is now offline. I am usually trepidatious to write...

2018-10-29
Here’s how face recognition tech can be GDPR compliant

Ah, face recognition, that nifty little feature that’s already making the still new fingerprint scanners (kind of) obsolete. Let’s face it, any technology that lets us skip a step is a welcome move. But, since these features often collect and use massive amounts of very personal information, there will always be...

2018-10-29
IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat is huge news for the Linux world

IBM today announced it would be acquiring iconic Linux firm Red Hat in a $34 billion all-cash deal. According to a joint statement issued by both companies, IBM will pay $190 for each share of Red Hat, with Big Blue intending to absorb its latest purchase into its Hybrid Cloud division. [NEWS] @IBM to acquire Red Hat...

2018-10-28
3 handy features in Google For Jobs to measure your hiring campaign’s success

Google For Jobs has made a great impact on the jobs market ever since it was released by the search giant in June 2017. There’s been tons written on the feature since it came out, but it’s still a new product and many users are still figuring out how to get the most out of it — that’s why I’ve written this...

2018-10-27
Cesar Sayoc’s Facebook feed seemed like a case study in online radicalization–or satire

The page included numerous public posts from 2016 supporting President Trump and denouncing his political rivals. Cesar Sayoc, the 56-year-old Florida man arrested in connection with the recent wave of mail bomb attacks, had a Facebook profile full of right-wing propaganda. The page is no longer available, perhaps...

2018-10-26
Facebook took down Iranian accounts that posted about U.S., U.K. politics

The accounts represented themselves as U.S. and U.K. citizens, but the posts actually originated in Iran, Facebook says. Facebook took down 82 accounts, pages, and groups that posted about U.S. and U.K. politics from Iran. The company hasn’t found ties to the Iranian government but can’t say for sure...

2018-10-26
Is a lack of company pride killing your company? Research says it could be

Are your employees proud to work for your company? You should be making sure they are. A study at Facebook found that pride in the workplace was the single most important driver of engagement. And at a time when Gallup’s gauge of employee engagement finds less than 35 percent of Americans are engaged at work —...

2018-10-26
#DoctorsAreDickheads is hashtag activism at its most ineffectual

People tend to talk about doctors in respectful, often referential terms. I can think of few other professions besides Medicine which command immediate, universal respect. Except for the past couple of days, when the hashtag #DoctorsAreDickheads trended across Twitter. You read that right. Doctors. Are. Dickheads. As...

2018-10-26
Facebook can simply say ‘no’ to EU’s proposed audit

To say 2018 has been a difficult year for Facebook is an understatement. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, US senate hearings, and a massive data breach last month have all contributed to making life incredibly difficult for Zuckerberg and friends — and now the EU Parliament wants to add to their troubles. Yesterday,...

2018-10-26
Review: RHA’s $170 TrueConnect wireless earbuds are worth every penny

Totally wireless headphones tend to be fundamentally compromised. Sure, you get to walk around like a cyborg, with little bits of plastic and metal hanging out of your ears, but when it comes to the holy trinity of durability, battery life, and audio quality, they underwhelm. At least, I thought that was the case, and...

2018-10-26
Designers: “Stop making crap!”

Three industry leaders agree: If you want to be an ethical designer, stop thrusting so much junk out into the world. Take any bad thing you see across apps and websites. Maybe it’s a dark pattern in an e-commerce site, or a racially profiling algorithm behind a mortgage lender. Of course it’s easy to...

2018-10-26
This is the fastest way to start a new Google doc, sheet, or presentation

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services. Need to fire up a new document, spreadsheet, or slide deck? Google’s suite of tools is great for those, and it’s now easier than ever to get started working on...

2018-10-26
“Work your ass off.” How Sarah LaFleur and Rebecca Minkoff made it

Two fashion innovators talk about the good old days, the bad old days, the joys of HR, and the importance of hard work. Rebecca Minkoff and Sarah LaFleur have a lot in common. They are both entrepreneurs running fashion companies—Rebecca Minkoff and MM.LaFleur, respectively—they both work with partners...

2018-10-26
WhatsApp introduces stickers at last

WhatsApp is super late introducing stickers on its messaging platform, but hey, at least they’re available now. There are already a bunch of free sticker packs available, and you’ll recognize some of them from Facebook Messenger (no surprise there). The company noted that third parties can also create sticker...

2018-10-26
This city is angling to build the East Coast’s next innovation hub

How geography, a new subway stop, and aggressive planning are combining to make Somerville, Massachusetts’s Union Square the northeast’s next promising tech hub. Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, represents a near-perfect marriage of technology, science, and capitalism. Butting right up against...

2018-10-26
NYPD strangely mentions mail bombs in a statement about a Brooklyn car crash

“There was no criminality” when a driver crashed into a father and son in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the NYPD told Fast Company. After a father and son were struck crossing the street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, this morning by a driver who appeared to run a red light, the NYPD reportedly told Gothamist no...

2018-10-25
Nameless Network, RYOT, and WP Narrative and the future of digital entertainment

Working with and around Facebook, Google, and Twitter’s algorithms to win in digital entertainment. “We have over 10 million followers on Facebook, Instagram” and other social platforms, Nameless Network CEO Kareem Rahma told a crowd at the Fast Company Innovation Festival on Wednesday....

2018-10-25
9.4 million may have been hit in Cathay Pacific data breach

The breach happened in March, but was only made public on Wednesday. Cathay Pacific gave 9.4 million of its passengers a little souvenir to remember their trip on the airline—a data breach. The Hong Kong-based airline has admitted that the personal details of 9.4 million passengers were inappropriately...

2018-10-25

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