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Here’s why we rage about religion on Facebook

On Christmas Day last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his website to tell the world that he was not an atheist any more. In this way, the billionaire used Facebook to express his feelings about religion, like many social media users before him. My research shows how debates about religion on social networks...

2018-10-15
Codes of ethics probably don’t work

A new study suggests that asking software engineers to read codes of ethics doesn’t change the way they think about problems–but awareness of real-world technology scandals just might. Tech companies are slowly acknowledging that tech isn’t always a force for good. It can also spread...

2018-10-15
Adobe is building the Photoshop for AR (it’s called Photoshop)

“Project Aero” provides connective tissue between creative tools such as Photoshop and the devices people use to consume AR experiences. One of the more intriguing new products teased at Apple’s WWDC developer confab back in June wasn’t an Apple product. It was Adobe’s...

2018-10-15
How tech workers became activists, leading a resistance movement that is shaking up Silicon Valley

Employees at Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech companies are discovering their power to bend the trajectory of multibillion-dollar corporations. When news broke in December 2016 that then president–elect Donald Trump would meet with some of the tech world’s most prominent CEOs—Apple’s...

2018-10-15
Google is talking to Flipkart about launching its “shopping” tab in India

The new shopping tab could be a precursor to Google setting up its own ecommerce marketplace in India. The search giant is teaming up with India’s e-commerce giant, as well as other e-retailers in the country, to launch a dedicated “shopping” tab on its search results page in India. The Economic...

2018-10-15
Former lead Google+ designer goes on epic tweetstorm about the service

The SVP behind Google+ had a vision of the service that was “fear-based.” Morgan Knutson came to Google in 2011 to lead the redesign on the search giant’s now-disgraced social network. He only stuck around for eight months before jumping the ship to Dropbox–and now he’s revealed...

2018-10-15
Pixel Slate hands-on: Google’s gorgeous Chrome OS tablet features odd choices

The Pixel 3 may have been the star of the show at Google’s event this week, but the Pixel Slate tablet offers a compelling new product category for the search giant. Well, not totally new. A few years ago, Google had the Pixel C, a beautiful Android tablet that was somewhat ahead of its time, given the OS couldn’t...

2018-10-15
Ecommerce is ignoring people with disabilities — here’s how it should change

In a time where a million different worthy causes are vying for our attention online, it’s impressive to note that World Wildlife Fund of Canada recently pulled off one of its most successful fundraisers of all time, bringing in over $21 million in revenue for the year. How did they do it? Not through a big...

2018-10-14
Architects, designers and landscapers swear by CAD. Now, get two of their most powerful programs at big discounts

For translating the dreams of an architect, designer or landscaper to life, they need a dependable visualization tool to sell their idea. For many of those professionals, Ashampoo 3D CAD apps are the digital tool of choice. Right now, TNW Deals is slashing the price on two of Ashampoo’s most popular programs -- CAD...

2018-10-14
10 easy steps to become a Slack scumbag

If you work at a company with remote workers or just a buttload of employees, odds are you’re using Slack to communicate. The work chat giant has all but completely taken over as the default mode of business communication, surpassing the fond tradition of tracing notes to one another in cocaine dust on the desk....

2018-10-14
5 quick tricks to improve your Amazon listing’s ranking on Google

It’s over. Amazon won. For now, the massive online retail giant stands atop every other ecommerce platform, leaving everyone else to fight over the scraps left in its shadow. If you’re doing ecommerce, you’re probably selling on Amazon (or you’re in one of the few niches that hasn’t been absorbed into its...

2018-10-14
Chilling new details reveal intimate personal data stolen by Facebook hackers

Facebook released more information about what the hackers saw. The hackers behind a recent attack on Facebook gained access to information of about 29 million people, the company said Friday, and that’s just the beginning.Read Full Story

2018-10-12
Facebook reveals details of September data breach affecting 29M users

Facebook today revealed more information about the September data breach that potentially affected up to 50 million users. Now we know roughly what information the attackers accessed, and the number of people they had access to — as well as a help service for those who were effected. According to Guy Rosen VP of...

2018-10-12
Marc Benioff just Twitter-shamed Jack Dorsey over San Francisco’s homeless tax plan

Marc Benioff has embraced a proposed business tax to fund housing and homeless programs. Jack Dorsey of taxpayer-funded Twitter has not. Twitter is famous (or infamous) in San Francisco for getting a generous payroll tax holiday to build its new home in the city. Salesforce, meanwhile, is winning notoriety for...

2018-10-12
How to help Hurricane Michael victims: 15 things you can do right now

Be sure to give to vetted organizations, by checking sites like Charity Navigator. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, wreaking havoc on the communities that lay in its path. The Category 4 storm, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the continental United States in 50 years,...

2018-10-12
Pantone’s latest colors are the ultimate sign of the times

From rose gold iPhones to shimmery cosmetics, metallics are everywhere. Now, Pantone is expanding to standardize those colors, too. With the rise of soft, cloth-coated gadgets, it’s become clear that fashion and interior design are impacting consumer electronics. But influence is a two-way street–and...

2018-10-12
13 cutting-edge tech trends industry insiders intend to leverage (and how you can, too)

Cutting-edge tech trends are in a constant state of flux. With so many to choose from, and newer ones still appearing, it may be tricky to navigate which tech to invest time and energy in. To find out which popular tech trends are here to stay and effective enough to improve company ROI, I asked a panel of...

2018-10-12
Facebook removed 800 pages and accounts for spreading fake news

In a move to fight fake news, Facebook yesterday said it deleted more than 800 pages and accounts. The company claims it removed 559 pages and 251 accounts for spreading disinformation, political spam, and inauthentic activity. Facebook’s head of cybersecurity, Nathaniel Gleicher said: People need to be able to...

2018-10-12
Instagram might make you tap through posts instead of scrolling

The new navigation would ensure photos are always viewed in their entirety. The company is testing a new way of navigating through posts in your feed, reports TechCrunch. A small number of users are taking part in a test where they tap a post to move on to the next one in the Explore feed instead of scrolling down the...

2018-10-12
Facebook now lets you post 3D photos that jump out of your Newsfeed

Facebook is rolling out a feature today which will allow users to post photos with a 3D effect to their feed — essentially photos that show your subject in richer detail. Despite the name , the photos won’t be truly 3D, per se. You won’t be able to spin a photo of your dog around to view her from every adorable...

2018-10-11
Congress is fed up with Google after it hid major data breach for months

Google’s childish approach to business ethics has landed it in hot water with Congress yet again. After discovering a software glitch earlier this year – persisting since 2015 — the company chose to hide it from consumers and regulators. That is, until The Washington Post exposed it earlier this week. The...

2018-10-11
Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson steals the show with an inspirational keynote

Earlier this year, commerce platform, Magento was acquired by tech behemoth Adobe for an incredible $1.68 billion. But at the Magento Live Europe event in Barcelona this week, it was clear that the beating rock ‘n’ roll heart of the vibrant open-source community is still very much alive. Predictably, Adobe...

2018-10-11
Amazon likely to win $10B Pentagon contract – Google, IBM, and Oracle aren’t happy

The Pentagon announced the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project earlier this year, prompting a feeding frenzy among big tech companies eager to get the lucrative contract. Appetites have curbed a bit amid accusations the JEDI contract wasn’t ever up for grabs. Project JEDI is a $10 billion defense...

2018-10-11
A Google intern built the AI behind these shockingly good fake images

A new algorithm called BigGAN creates detailed photos from scratch, representing a leap forward for AI. But it may come at a steep price. For years, artists and researchers have been experimenting with training neural networks to generate images that look real. But most of them look like strangely distorted,...

2018-10-02
Psst, Pinterest is quietly growing into a digital ad giant

A new forecast sees the social network’s ad revenue exceeding $1 billion by 2020. For years, Pinterest has been the almost-forgotten social network. Sure, people know what it is, but it hasn’t scaled at the same pace of services like Facebook and Instagram. But the company is seeing some real signs of...

2018-10-01
24% of US households now have a smart speaker

Close to a quarter of US households now own a smart speaker, according to research from Nielsen. On average, those who own these devices spend an average of 65 minutes using them on each weekday, rising to 72 minutes on Saturday and Sunday. In Q1 2018, only 22 percent of US households owned a smart speaker – such...

2018-10-01
Five women entrepreneurs on why they’re considering political runs

In a survey of female founders conducted by Fast Company and Inc., a number of women said they were considering running for office. Here’s what they had to say. Can running a business be a launchpad for a career in politics? The 2016 election would indicate yes. But looking past Trump, a number of...

2018-10-01
Low-cost European airline EasyJet is suing Netflix

The Netflix show Easy is titled after a word trademarked by EasyJet’s owners. That’s because EasyJet’s parent company, EasyGroup, says Netflix is infringing on its European trademarks, reports CNBC. EasyGroup owns the trademark for the word “easy” in Europe and says Netflix is...

2018-10-01
Germany is likely to take antitrust action against Facebook

The social media giant has faced extreme scrutiny from European and German lawmakers in the past year due to a host of issues, including the Cambridge Analytic scandal, and allegations of unfair competition with rivals. The head of the country’s antitrust watchdog, Andreas Mundt, has said that he is...

2018-10-01
Google Maps wants to make your commute less taxing (and more musical)

These new features are tailored for trips to and from the office, by car or public transportation. At first blush, using Google Maps to navigate your way to work and back might sound unneccessary: It’s probably the single route you know most intimately. But Google is giving its Android and iOS mappings app a...

2018-10-01
Twitter’s new policy aims to eradicate ‘dehumanizing speech’

Twitter today announced it’d be altering its hateful conduct policies to prohibit “dehumanizing speech.” By doing so, it intends to patch a hole in its rules against hate speech to account for tweets that don’t specifically target anyone, but which are nonetheless demeaning. It’s also asking for users to...

2018-09-25
Instagram’s loss is not necessarily Snapchat’s gain

Instagram’s founders are leaving, but that doesn’t mean Snapchat will suddenly become appealing for Instagram users. News broke last night that Instagram founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, are leaving the company. This was certainly a shock, as Instagram could easily be considered one of...

2018-09-25
Gaming Twitter showed its strength and rage after Telltale’s catastrophic closure

Telltale Games announced on Twitter last week, with little warning, that it’d be shuttering its doors. The news drew a not-unexpected amount of backlash and scrutiny based on first-hand accounts from the people involved. Now the same Twitter-based community is keeping the company on notice for its messy handling of...

2018-09-25
These popular #Vanlife vehicles are basically rolling offices

Though the lifestyle movement is about getting out into nature, today’s RVs are equipped for life online, with LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more. You’ve probably seen evidence of #Vanlife, the burgeoning lifestyle movement, in the stream of idyllic photos on your Instagram: People in expertly outfitted...

2018-09-25
Google’s Eric Schmidt accidentally discovers labor unions

The Google executive tweeted that he wanted to find a “unicorn for the middle class.” People reminded him one already exists. Yesterday, extremely rich technology executive Eric Schmidt tweeted that he wanted to figure out ways to increase the wages of lower-income and middle-class people. In his own...

2018-09-25
Google is revamping search on its 20th anniversary – here are the most exciting new features

To mark the 20th anniversary of search, Google has introduced tons of new features for a refreshed user experience across platforms. These range from organizing your search results better, to introducing an Instagram Stories-style presentation for select content. Here are my favorite new updates: Activity cards: When...

2018-09-25
Instagram’s co-founders are leaving Facebook

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who co-founded Instagram eight years ago, are leaving the service’s parent company, Facebook. The news of their departure comes from The New York Times, and is corroborated by a statement from Systrom. The duo have resigned from the company and will leave in the coming weeks....

2018-09-25
These people will go to the edge of the Earth to prove it’s flat

At least one supposed member of a group calling itself “Project Edge” claims they will be undertaking a mission to travel to the edge of the Earth later this week. Here’s hoping they can finally figure out if our planet resides on a series of turtles’ backs, or the shoulders of Atlas. In the following video,...

2018-09-24
People are taking to the streets to show they “Believe Survivors”

People around the country are stopping work in solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford. Over the last week, two women–Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez–have gone public with stories about alleged sexual misconduct from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Instead of withdrawing the nomination,...

2018-09-24
Ex-Google CEO: Competition between US and China will split the internet

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes that in next 10-15 years, the internet will split into two with one part will be led by China and other by the US. Schmidt said in reply to economist Terry Cowen’s question on the possibility of having three to four separate internets a decade from now: I think the most...

2018-09-24
With its voice assistant delayed, Roku is sticking to the basics

The big player in TV streaming announces two new devices, but pushes its own entertainment-centric assistant feature to 2019. Back in January, Roku revealed a grand vision for expanding from smart TVs and streaming boxes into the broader realm of home entertainment. The company’s plans called for smart...

2018-09-24
Celebrated studio Telltale Games shuts down in the messiest way possible

Over the past 14 years, California-based game development studio Telltale Incorporated made a name for itself with its range of well crafted adventure- and story-driven titles. That includes hits like The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and adaptations of popular franchises including Batman, The Walking...

2018-09-24
How to escape Google’s forced logins on Chrome 69

According to security researcher S. Bálint, any time someone using Chrome 69 logs into a Google service or site, they are also logged into Chrome-as-a-browser with that user account. Essentially, Google is forcefully logging users into Chrome. Chrome browser’s privacy policy notes that if you are is not signed in,...

2018-09-24
How Facebook’s Disaster Maps is helping aid organizations serve people affected by Florence

The social network tracks where people evacuate to after a disaster–and then helps organizations figure out in real time where to bring food and supplies. On Friday, September 14, Hurricane Florence made landfall along the North Carolina coast, prompting high winds and massive flooding throughout the region....

2018-09-24
WhatsApp appoints a grievance officer to handle fake news concerns in India

WhatsApp has appointed a ‘grievance officer’ to address complaints concerning the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform in India, reports the Press Trust of India on NDTV. This comes in response to the government’s demands from earlier in the year, following a nationwide string of lynchings...

2018-09-24
Create a finished website in minutes with Visualmodo WordPress Themes, now just $39

You can score the best of both worlds — easily deployed, yet entirely customizable website templates — with this lifetime subscription to Visualmodo WordPress Themes. It’s on sale now at 84 percent off, just $39, from TNW Deals.

2018-09-23
Animation reveals what could be Google’s new ‘Pixel Stand’

A new accessory for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL could give Alexa devices a run for their money. The Pixel Stand, as its reportedly known, is an upright dock that effectively turns your smartphone into a Google Home hub.   For those unwilling to shell out $400 for the Home Max, or $49 for the Home Mini, this provides a...

2018-09-21
Trump inadvertently gets Twitter to explain why rape often goes unreported

The U.S. president’s attacks on Christine Blasey Ford prompted Twitter to explain #WhyIDidntReport No sooner did some anonymous White House aides brag to Axios about preventing Trump from attacking Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser on Twitter than the president did exactly that.Read Full Story

2018-09-21

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