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Tencent teams with Chinese government to choke kids’ game time

Remember last week when we found out China was going to be putting the squeeze on game companies in an effort to combat childhood shortsightedness? And we didn’t know exactly how that’d look because the Ministry of Education were frustratingly vague? Well now we know exactly how it’s going to save its kids eyes:...

2018-09-07
Quantum computing is almost ready for business, startup says

In launching its own online service, the Berkeley-based upstart Rigetti aspires to be the Amazon of cloud-based quantum computing. Quantum computing–which harnesses the peculiar physics of subatomic scale–long appeared to be a technology of the far future, maybe decades away. But the sci-fi tech is...

2018-09-07
German protesters clash with police over proposed Google campus

Protesters temporarily occupied the building site for a planned Google campus in Berlin Germany today. Eyewitness reports indicate at least six people have been arrested by local authorities. The protesters, part of a Berlin-based “occupy” group, descended on the campus site at approximately 3:00 PM local time....

2018-09-07
Facebook unveils a glossy new Frank Gehry-designed office

The social media company released images of its newly extended campus, dubbed MPK21, and its aspirations to “be a good neighbor.” Facebook unveiled its newly expanded headquarters in Menlo Park, California, this week—and the giant master-planned development called MPK21, designed by starchitect...

2018-09-07
California law would make political bots illegal – unless they admit they’re bots

A California Senate bill awaiting Governor approval would make it illegal to create and operate a social media “bot” for the purpose of influencing a political vote or obtaining money unless it was made explicit that it was a bot. The bill, California SB 1001, was introduced by state Senator Robert Hertzberg....

2018-09-07
Facebook’s blockchain developer groups are a delightful tub of unintentional hilarity

Blockchain is for everybody! Or so it would seem. We know blockchain and bitcoin protocols are open source, but that doesn’t mean that we all have to use them. Sometimes, maybe it is better to err on the side of caution before diving into the deep dark world of blockchain and cryptocurrency development. As a...

2018-09-07
People are mad because that Burt Reynolds Cosmo centerfold keeps vanishing from Facebook

Let the people pay their respects, Facebook! If you’re wondering what Napalm girl, Holocaust survivors, and nearly nude Burt Reynolds have in common, it’s this—they were all deemed to have violated Facebook’s ever-evolving community standards.Read Full Story

2018-09-07
4 years later, Google finally explains the origins of its Chrome dinosaur game

An often-overlooked Easter Egg in Google Chrome is the dinosaur game, which appears when you try to visit a website while disconnected from the Internet. The Chrome dino game is a simple infinite runner, which sees you jump over cacti, and dodge underneath obstacles. Controls are basic. Press space to jump (and to...

2018-09-07
Twitter finally permanently bans Alex Jones and Infowars

The social media company announced that it has permanently banned the controversial conspiracy theorist. Weeks after other tech companies kicked Jones off their platforms, Twitter has finally done the same. The social media company announced that it has permanently banned the controversial conspiracy...

2018-09-07
Facebook chooses Singapore for its first Asian data center

The data center will be Facebook’s first in Asia and its 15th in the world. The social media giant has announced that it will build a $1 billion data center in Singapore, the South China Morning Post reports. The data center will be Facebook’s first in Asia and its 15th in the world. In a statement...

2018-09-07
How search engines are failing suicidal users

Designer Lucas Chae, who has struggled with anxiety and depression, considers the lifelessness of the response that’s meant to save live–and offers alternative ideas. Every month, over half a million people in the U.S. make suicide-related searches on Google. The automated response that is supposed stop...

2018-09-06
Facebook thinks saying ‘all men are trash’ is hate speech — it’s not

I recently wrote an article about an Instagram account that documents disturbing messages women receive on dating apps from men they’ve rejected. After it was posted on Facebook, it didn’t take long for the messages to roll in: “I call bullshit on this story,” “Women are con artists — if you do anything I...

2018-09-06
DeRay Mckesson wants white people to confront the reality of police violence

In his new book, the activist and Black Lives Matter cofounder wants everyone to examine what role they can play in limiting the power of the police. During the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the killing of Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer, DeRay Mckesson spent 400 days walking the streets...

2018-09-06
It turns out lots of people actually did #DeleteFacebook

A Pew Study published today suggests up to three-quarters of Americans have taken steps to either tighten their Facebook security or distance themselves from the site entirely — both reflections of a certain loss of naivety in the site’s audience. According to the study, 74 percent of users have either adjusted...

2018-09-05
Watch Alex Jones insanely troll Marco Rubio on Capitol Hill

The deplatformed conspiracy theorist tried to get under Marco Rubio’s skin. This morning, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg faced questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee about how their companies handle myriad issues, including misinformation, content moderations, and...

2018-09-05
Brosé, frosé, all day: The definitive history of rosé’s rise to cultural dominance

As we say goodbye to summer, we explain why the drink in your wine glass is probably pink. By the time I arrive at the chandelier room, Rosé Mansion creators Morgan First and Tyler Balliet have already led me through a tunnel of giant-size purple “grapes,” into a wine blending lab and past a...

2018-09-04
The Outline has laid off all of its staff writers

The media startup’s last two full-time writers were let go today. Others seem to have been let go as well. The Outline, the Joshua Topolsky-founded culture website, laid off the last of its staff writers today. On Twitter, one staff writer, Paris Martineau, announced the shakeup. I’ve confirmed that the...

2018-09-04
Google erroneously banned a cryptocurrency mining app with 1M+ downloads

In an effort to curb the spread of crypto-jacking software, Google updated its terms of service in July to ban on-device cryptocurrency mining apps from the Play Store. Unfortunately, it appears that (in addition to a slew of mining apps) the internet giant has erroneously banned some legitimate apps – including one...

2018-09-04
Want to be the best you? Build the resume and interview skills that will land your dream job

Haroun is an award-winning business school professor, venture capitalist, and all-around entrepreneur who’s crafted an acclaimed A-to-Z guide to take you from unemployed to your dream gig. He’s outlined his entire approach in the Complete Job, Interview, Resume/LinkedIn and Networking Guide, on sale now for only...

2018-09-04
Want to think like a designer? Try these 4 simple exercises

Even simple drawing exercises can get your creative juices flowing. What comes to mind when you hear the word “design”? A modernist chair or lamp? Minimalist Japanese fashion? An Apple device? Most often we think of manufactured or built objects–functional things we need and stylish things we...

2018-09-04
This is how I tried to fight impostor syndrome when I got promoted

As soon as I accepted my new role, I knew I’d feel unsure of myself. So for a month, I experimented with different tactics to overcome my impostor syndrome. Impostor syndrome is a well-known concept. It’s when you feel like a fraud despite having outward evidence of success. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg,...

2018-09-04
As Google and Epic Games go to war over Fortnite, players take the hit

On Friday, Google disclosed a serious security flaw in the Android version of Epic Games’ famous online game Fortnite. According to Google, Fortnite’s Android installer had a vulnerability that could allow malicious apps to be installed on devices. Google’s decision to probe Fortnite for Android was aimed at...

2018-09-04
Samsung is opening up Bixby to third-party developers this November

In a bid to take on Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, Samsung will allow developers to build apps for Bixby, its own voice-activated assistant, this November, reports CNBC. That should give people more of a reason to use the Korean giant’s service in the future. Bixby currently works on Samsung’s phones, home...

2018-09-04
Google sics its new AI on child abuse images online

Google’s latest attempt to battle the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online comes in the form of an AI that can quickly identify images that haven’t been previously catalogued. It’s part of the company’s Content Safety API, which is available to NGOs and other bodies working on this issue. By...

2018-09-04
Never guess about the right color again — the Nix Mini Color Sensor is $40 off

The Nix Mini Color Sensor knows. It’s an absolutely essential accessory for any artist, interior designer or style maven -- and right now, it’s $40 off, just $58.65, from TNW Deals during this limited time sale with coupon code: LABORDAY15.

2018-09-03
Reading novels on Instagram has validated my social media addiction

I used to have an app that tracked how long I spent on my phone and reminded me of how often I picked it up during the day. After discovering that I spend around five hours a week just endlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed, filled with glamorized holiday pictures and perfectly structured lunches, I took the...

2018-09-03
Five years ago, Microsoft bought Nokia’s smartphone business

It was going to be the deal that would Microsoft’s rightful place as a mobile superpower. This time five years ago, Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile business (and a meaty patent portfolio to boot) for a cool $7.6 billion. A steal, when you consider the Finnish icon once controlled 41 percent of the global handset...

2018-09-03
Now we know everything about Google’s Pixel 3 XL, the only option left is to make a movie about it

Well, Google seems about as good as keeping its latest phones away from the public as a colander is at holding water. Yes, as reported by the Android Police, the Pixel 3 XL has been leaked again. The site was sent images from a figure they call “Anonymous Alligator,” a Lyft driver who took some snaps of the phone...

2018-09-03
Google releases tools for probing Ethereum’s blockchain

Google isn’t slowing down with the new blockchain tech. A few months after releasing Bitcoin support for its BigQuery database tool, Google has debuted a new plug-in for analyzing the Ethereum blockchain. Google has provided users with a new avenue for directly interacting with Ethereum data. Services already...

2018-09-03
10 Best Tablets for Graphic Design, Drawing & Art 2018

Discover the best graphics tablets for drawing, art and design and how to choose a tablet that is right for you as an artist, graphic designer or illustrator.

2018-09-03
Ecommerce platform gives Latin American entrepreneurs the digital tools needed to export their products

Just like Proust had his madeleines and Salman Rushdie had his pickles, the association of identity, memory, and a different time can be related back to the foods that one ate as a child. Which is how Colombian national Nestor Taveras, who had a digital development agency with his brother, decided to open up Brands...

2018-09-02
Social media is the source of the Infowars problem, not the solution

The swirling maelstrom of fake news and absurd conspiracy theories that’s surrounded the ongoing Infowars mess has perplexed today’s leading social media platforms like no other, and major companies like Twitter are still struggling to formulate a game plan for handling these situations in the future. Despite...

2018-09-01
Human intelligence and AI are vastly different — so let’s stop comparing them

These days, it’s easy to believe arguments that artificial intelligence has become as smart as the human mind—if not smarter. Google released a speaking AI that dupes its conversational partners that it’s human. DeepMind, a Google subsidiary, created an AI that defeated the world champion at the most...

2018-09-01
YouTube’s new tools help creators give back

YouTube this week revealed new tools that allow users to more easily raise money for charities. It’ll also help by paying the fees for donations up to a point. The primary tool, which I expect will be the most frequently used by followers, is Super Chats for Good. It takes YouTube‘s Super Chat donation service...

2018-08-31
Google and Mastercard are secretly tracking your offline purchases

Google has quietly been providing select advertisers a “stockpile” of offline credit card transaction data. After a four year negotiation, Google and Mastercard reached a deal that would pay the latter millions in exchange for coughing up data on its card holders, according to a Bloomberg report. Google then...

2018-08-31
Regulating Google search is a dumb idea that could actually happen

Trump’s misplaced anger over the lack of right-wing news in search results could act as a catalyst for a renewed antitrust investigation of Google. Much of Donald Trump’s power comes from setting up bogeymen for his base, and then railing against them. This week Trump’s bogeyman is the tech...

2018-08-31
Google has been secretly tracking your offline purchases with help from Mastercard

Google wants to know what you buy, and Mastercard is here to help. The Holy Grail of advertising data is offline sales. Every marketer wants to know if an ad for something online led to someone going into a physical store and buying it. And data companies have long offered services trying to measure this. Nielsen...

2018-08-31
Stop annoying everyone with these common email mistakes

“You’d think years of using the tool would make us proficient, but email is considered one of the biggest time wasters at work.” Email has been around for decades, and even though a lot of companies are moving to communication platforms like Slack, it’s not going away anytime soon....

2018-08-31
Buckminster Fuller made his own fan art posters

And now they’re for sale in a Los Angeles gallery for $7,000 a pop. Buckminster Fuller was an engineer, architect, inventor, designer, and all around Renaissance man. He was also his own number one fan–and at the end of his career, he even made his own fan art.Read Full Story

2018-08-31
Senator wants FTC to investigate Google again

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) has penned a letter to the FTC asking the governing body to “reconsider the competitive effects of Google’s conduct in search and digital advertising.” Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) has penned a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking the governing body to...

2018-08-31
Top 10 Best Graphics Tablets for Drawing, Art & Design in 2018

Discover the best graphics tablets for drawing, art and design and how to choose a tablet that is right for you as an artist, graphic designer or illustrator.

2018-08-31
Twitter fixed the biggest problem with its promoted political tweets

Twitter announced it was making a change to its policy on political ad tweets, and in doing so it’s fixed on of the biggest problems with those promoted tweets — namely, that the information about them wasn’t easily accessible. The policy applies to ads that “advocate for legislative issues of national...

2018-08-30
Google Assistant is now way better for bilingual homes

Using voice assistants in a multilingual home is an exercise in frustration, as they can usually only be set to one language at a time. That’s a particular inconvenience if someone in your family isn’t fully fluent in the language of choice. An update to GoogleAssistant will now remove that hassle, if your...

2018-08-30
Here’s a rundown of all the smart speakers announced at IFA 2018

Voice control is becoming table stakes for all kinds of speakers. Speaker makers are lining up behind Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa at the IFA conference in Berlin, with companies announcing a slew of new voice-controlled speakers. Here’s a rundown:Read Full Story

2018-08-30
Google’s Assistant is now bilingual

Google says a large and growing number of households regularly speak two languages. Google’s Assistant can now differentiate between two languages commonly used in a household, and respond in kind. You no longer have to go into the Assistant’s Settings to choose which language you want to use, Google...

2018-08-30
The upcoming Honor Magic 2 has an almost 100 percent screen-to-body ratio

Honor today lifted the lid on its upcoming flagship phone at Berlin’s IFA 2018 tech trade show, the Honor Magic 2. Honor Magic 2 😱🤔🤫 pic.twitter.com/qv06xiK9bR — Clinton Jeff (@clintonjeff) August 30, 2018 The Honor Magic 2 is somewhat of a departure from Honor’s typical fare, which usually floats...

2018-08-30
Facebook still has trouble figuring out when nudity is newsworthy

After the social network removed a graphic news article about Holocaust education, the Anne Frank Center fought back. Facebook is facing off against an unlikely group this week—the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.Read Full Story

2018-08-30
Trump posts video accusing Google of not promoting his State of the Union address

But he’s wrong. In a really odd move, President Trump has continued attacking Google for alleged bias against him by posting a 24-second video that purports that Google promoted President Obama’s State of the Union addresses on its homepage every year but stopped the State of the Union promotion when...

2018-08-30

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