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Watch Chip Bergh and Stephanie Ruhle live at the Fast Company Innovation Festival

A conversation with Levi Strauss & Co.’s president and CEO. Whether he’s plotting a way to end gun violence or spearheading a major turnaround of an iconic brand like Levi Strauss & Co., Chip Bergh is an American original. Now we’re about to find out how original he is...

2018-10-25
This McKinsey study of 300 companies reveals what every business needs to know about design for 2019

In a sweeping study of 2 million pieces of financial data and 100,000 design actions over five years, McKinsey finds that design-led companies had 32% more revenue and 56% higher total returns to shareholders compared with other companies. For years, the design community has been working to build the case that...

2018-10-25
War is memes. Just “don’t be a victim like the Americans”

LikeWar author P.W. Singer on how Taylor Swift, Facebook, Trump, and others helped turn us into accidental soldiers in the battles of the future. One weekend in June 2009, Twitter was preparing an upgrade that would take the service offline for a few hours, when the U.S. State Department called. Delay the upgrade,...

2018-10-25
When does a Super Bowl commercial become a political act?

Big game ads have addressed politics and social issues, but Amy Schumer’s boycott adds a new element to just showing up. Taking a stand on a social or political issue isn’t anything new in advertising, and the biggest American ad show of them all—the Superbowl—is no exception. In 2017, we...

2018-10-25
Facebook fined 0.001% of its 2017 revenue for Cambridge Analytica scandal

One of 2018’s biggest revelations was that Facebook completely failed its users when it allowed Cambridge Analytica to access personal data without their consent. For this massive privacy breach, Facebook has been fined a whopping… £500,000? The measly fine — which amounts to around €565,000 or $645,000 —...

2018-10-25
Full moon patents: US Navy tube drones and Facebook doppelgängers

Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This October-ish roundup lands on the beautiful Hunter’s Moon!...

2018-10-25
Twitter’s bot purge led to a 9M drop in users last quarter

Twitter’s just announced its quarterly earnings, in which it revealed its user base has shrunk by nine million monthly users over the last quarter. This is a good thing. That’s because the company’s been purging bots from its platform, a mission it’s been on  since July. The initial exercise saw Twitter...

2018-10-25
Twitter’s Q3 earnings by the numbers

Stock soars as Twitter handily beats expectations. Twitter has released its Q3 earnings report and it’s smashed financial experts’ estimates. Here’s how Twitters Q3 numbers break down:Read Full Story

2018-10-25
The 3 most over-hyped design trends of today

At the Fast Company Innovation Festival, three designers shared the design trends they think are the most overrated in 2018. It’s easy for a trend to turn into a cliché–popular ideas have a way of becoming ridiculous when taken too far. At the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Co.Design editor...

2018-10-25
Facebook fined £500,000 by U.K. for Cambridge Analytica scandal

The fine is the maximum allowed by law. The U.K.’s privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, has fined Facebook the maximum amount for failing to safeguard user’s data that was compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, reports CNBC. The £500,000 (about $644,600) fine was...

2018-10-25
How to review and delete your Google search history

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. Google’s search service is great at helping you find stuff across the web, but all your queries also help the company build a profile of you it can use to target...

2018-10-25
Facebook now lets you add music to your profile and Stories

Facebook today announced it was offering several new ways for users to incorporate music into their on-site identities — and in doing so, is starting to look very much like MySpace. The company plans to add the ability to listen to music on Stories and Profiles. Starting today, users will be able to use music in...

2018-10-24
Google makes it easier to view and purge your search history

Sometimes you want to delete your footprint. If you’ve ever gotten discouraged trying to find exactly where in Google’s menus to view and edit your search history, Google hears you.Read Full Story

2018-10-24
Here are Twitter’s new experiments in driving conversation

Twitter wants to make it easier for users to talk to each other—and it’s investigating ways to do that, from color-coded tweets to custom status messages. Twitter has a passionate population of users, but many people are intimidated or just turned off by the service. Beyond issues relating to bots,...

2018-10-24
New Models is the intellectual Drudge Report for critical theory

If you’re looking for fresh content at the intersection of art, culture, and theory, one site is railing against the Facebook algorithm. This past summer, the Drudge Report surpassed the New York Times to become the sixth most trafficked U.S. media publication on the internet. The ubiquitous website...

2018-10-24
These fierce bags preserve an Indian city’s ancient craft

Embroidery was once a mainstay of artisans in Lucknow, India. Afshan Durrani, the founder and designer behind Complete Unknown, wants to keep it that way. In the 17th century, when India was ruled by Mughal sultans, artisan communities sprung up in the northern city of Lucknow to create beautiful things for the royal...

2018-10-24
Meet the 23-year-old engineering detective behind the biggest leaks in tech

You see it all the time — Facebook’s latest feature leaks to the public, and everyone knows about it before Zuckerberg has said a word. But where do these leaks come from? Meet Jane Wong, a 23-year-old studying product engineering at Hong Kong University. Her hobbies include travel, photography… as well as...

2018-10-24
Apple’s Tim Cook warns of threat from growing “data industrial complex”

It was as bleak as the prophetic warning Eisenhower gave about the military-industrial complex in 1961. Apple’s Tim Cook was the first CEO of a private company to give the keynote speech at the annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in Brussels. Cook touched on a...

2018-10-24
Alibaba wins copyright case against cryptocurrency knock-off

The Chinese internet shopping Goliath, Alibaba, has overcome its previous struggles to win a trademark infringement case against a cryptocurrency that was blatantly sponging off its recognizable name. Alibaba has won a preliminary injunction against Alibabacoin Foundation (ABBC) for trademark infringement, MarketWatch...

2018-10-24
Facebook trims Messenger’s clutter with new update

Facebook today announced it was overhauling Messenger, updating the interface and cutting down on the embarrassing amount of clutter that has plagued the app for ages. And, from what we’ve seen, the changes are all positive. Stan Chudnovsky, VP of Messenger, describes Messenger 4 as a “new, simplified” version...

2018-10-24
Trump begs big tech for free labor to avoid federal hirings

The White House wants the nation’s big tech companies to make it easier for employees to do a civic “tour of duty” with the government. Another way of putting it: the President needs to bring in temps now that his plan to cheat Federal workers out of their promised 2019 pay raise fell apart. This latest assault...

2018-10-23
These posters celebrate things that really do make America great

The new book “What Really Makes America Great” features a series of inspirational posters on things–women! space exploration! public lands!–that inspire artists about the country. In the wake of the 2016 election, a community of artists started to answer a question: What really makes...

2018-10-23
Apple will fix the iPhone XS’ problematic ‘beauty filter’ in iOS 12.1

Apple caught a lot of flak for the way selfies from the new iPhone XS range of handsets looked, because it seemed like the devices were applying a ‘beauty filter’ with no way to turn it off. The Verge reports that Apple will fix it soon enough with a software update in iOS 12.1. You can see an example in the image...

2018-10-23
This startup wants to kill passwords–and replace them with jewelry

“[T]his ring will become your connection from your physical self to your digital presence,” says Motiv CEO Tejash Unadkat. I’m logging into Facebook when that pesky window pops up, alerting me that the website has sent a pin number to my cell phone and requiring that I enter it to ensure...

2018-10-23
Dara Khosrowshahi and 37 other Iranians who power Silicon Valley

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is just one of dozens of execs and investors who’ve shaped the tech industry, from Airbnb to Google to Y Combinator. The Hostage Crisis, Death to America, The Axis of Evil, The Great Satan, The Travel Ban–these are hardly the buzzwords that form the foundation for a fruitful...

2018-10-23
Regulators order self-driving school bus test to be stopped

The NHTSA said the operator did not have permission to transport children during the test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered the French-based transport company Transdev to cease testing a self-driving school bus in Florida, reports the BBC. The NHTSA had given Transdev the green light to...

2018-10-23
Twitter takes down more accounts affiliated with Alex Jones’s Infowars

The accounts tried to get around Twitter’s ban on Infowars. The social networking site has confirmed to CNBC that it has removed more accounts associated with Alex Jones’s conspiracy website Infowars. Last month Twitter permanently banned both Jones and the Infowars website from its platform, citing...

2018-10-23
What AI could learn from nature

Biological concepts offer a useful framework for thinking about some of the most complex computational problems of our time, writes Michigan State University professor Arend Hintze. Artificial intelligence research has a lot to learn from nature. My work links biology with computation every day, but recently the rest...

2018-10-17
Facebook’s rumored TV camera thing would sound cool if it weren’t from Facebook

“Ripley” would add a camera to your TV for video chat and–presumably–synchronized viewing parties. Facebook reportedly wants to stick a camera on your television as part of its foray into consumer hardware. According to Cheddar’s Alex Heath, who accurately reported on the Portal...

2018-10-16
Do you live in a local news desert? This map will tell you

Nearly half of the country has access to only one local news source. Some have even less. The United States is in the midst of a local media crisis. Media companies are struggling and journalists are losing their jobs, which creates an entire nation of uninformed citizens. It seems every few months...

2018-10-16
Amazon gets patriotic while Google embraces censorship

Wired’s big 25th anniversary event (congrats!) culminated Monday in a summit featuring a veritable who’s-who of big tech bosses. And, like everything else in the US this year, it turned out to be heavily-focused on politics. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was there to peddle patriotism. He graciously volunteered his...

2018-10-16
GitHub launches Suggested Changes to make it easier to collaborate within pull requests

GitHub today announced Suggested Changes: a new feature that promises to make it easier to implement and action changes in pull requests. Here’s how it works. Suppose you’re collaborating on a repository with an active pull request. A reviewer can look at that pull request, and if they see room for improvement,...

2018-10-16
Write people up for their design crimes with this ticket book

Type designers at Hoefler & Co. created the novelty gift item as a send-up of type abusers and snobby designers alike. When someone mixes up the terms “font” and “typeface,” do you feel like you’re doing God’s work by correcting them?Read Full Story

2018-10-16
The No. 1 thing you’re getting wrong about inclusive design

In the new book Mismatch, designer Kat Holmes demystifies the buzzy design process embraced by companies, from Microsoft to Google. The term inclusive design has been around for decades, but it was largely an academic practice until recently. When I first learned about inclusive design, very few companies were...

2018-10-16
Google’s CEO confirms it’s returning to China with a censored search engine

The censored search engine is known internally as “Dragonfly” and has been in testing since last year. CEO Sundar Pichai made the admission onstage on Monday at the Wired 25 Summit. The censored search engine is known internally as “Dragonfly” and has been in testing since last year. Once...

2018-10-16
Google explains the magic behind the Pixel 3’s Super Res Zoom

Google Pixel 3’s camera has a lot of impressive tricks up its sleeve. One of them is Super Res Zoom, which improves digital zoom for clear pictures, and allows for decent results when working with a single-lens setup like the one on the Pixel 3. The company’s AI team explained in a blog post today that the camera...

2018-10-16
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passes away at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died yesterday at the age of 65. He was suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a type of cancer. Allen’s company Vulcan Inc. made the announcement through a statement. He was one of the wealthiest people in the world, ranked no. 44 on the Forbes list of billionaires in 2018...

2018-10-16
12 Things Young Designers Need to Know

Balancing creativity, career planning & business is a crucial art for graphic designers. These 12 pro tips are for young designers determined to succeed.

2018-10-16
101+ Gifts for Designers & Creatives – 2018

Forget socks and undies – get your designer friend something they really want. These are my top best gift ideas for creatives, vetted by me – a designer.

2018-10-16
Facebook will delete posts that spread voting misinformation this election

Facebook today announced it’s tackling the most basic form of fake news to circulate around the time of an election: Voter misinformation and anything that might keep users away from the voting booths this fall. Specifically, the company revealed it would be removing posts that encourage “voter suppression” —...

2018-10-16
[Free eBook] Branding 101 Crash Course

Download the ultimate 'bloat-free' guide on branding & logo design, suitable for designers & non-designers! Yours, free.

2018-10-15
Early Review: The Pixel 3 is a great phone that should’ve been better

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were arguably the best phones you could buy last year. Impressive performance, a clean software experience, and the best camera in the business added up to to a phone that was easy to recommend. The Pixel 3 improves on its predecessors in every aspect except one: price. Starting at $799 –...

2018-10-15
How a transgender Google engineer fights prejudice with empathy

Liz Fong-Jones, a Google Cloud Platform engineer, has been a passionate advocate of inclusion–for employees and users–since 2010: “Employee organizing [in tech] is not new. It’s just [this] public manifestation of it that is.” “Employees at Google have been fairly vocal about...

2018-10-15
FuboTV is still streaming TV’s underdog, but it’s growing

The streaming-TV startup has roughly 250,000 subscribers, far behind DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and others. Earlier this year, FuboTV CEO David Gandler said he hopes to have a top-four streaming TV service in the United States, or even a top-three service globally. The startup still has a long way to go, though, as...

2018-10-15
Early Review: The Pixel 3 is a great phone that could’ve been better

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were arguably the best phones you could buy last year. Impressive performance, a clean software experience, and the best camera in the business added up to to a phone that was easy to recommend. The Pixel 3 improves on its predecessors in every aspect except one: price. Starting at $799 –...

2018-10-15
Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS: Which camera is better?

Over its last two iterations, the Google Pixel’s camera was practically celebrated as a star quarterback, set to outperform the rest of the pack by a mile. Naturally, there were monumental expectations for what the Pixel 3’s camera would be capable of. I’ve had the pleasure of testing not only the Pixel 3’s...

2018-10-15
China’s two new satellites are a step towards completion of its Space Silk Road

China has successfully launched another two satellites that will be part of its native BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) – the country’s competitor to the American GPS system. The satellites will bolster China’s ambitious Space Silk Road project – the country’s programme to boost its global revenue...

2018-10-15
Video: I commuted on a DIY electric kid’s vehicle – and survived

As you would’ve gathered from the video, Infento creates a kit that lets children build fully-functional vehicles. In other words, it’s like a souped-up version of LEGO or Meccano. Being the mature, respectable, and well-adjusted adult you see before you, I had to give it a go. This meant not only building a...

2018-10-15

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