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Find the right streaming app for whatever you want to watch with Google Play

The Google Play store has a nifty – and seemingly new – feature that should make it a whole lot easier to stream your favorite movie or TV show: its search now lets you look up content right in the store, and displays services that host it. To use it, simply fire up the Play store on your Android device, and punch...

2018-08-30
Wear OS is bringing a Google Assistant feed and smart replies to your watch

Google is set to roll out a much-needed update to Wear OS that will revamp the interface so it’ll be easier to use smartwatches running the platform. The biggest change is in notifications, which presents information in a way that’s easier to parse, with colors to distinguish between things like the name of the...

2018-08-30
Watch: Tesla goes airborne, crash lands into school parking lot

Security cameras managed to catch a glimpse of a Tesla Model S doing its best impression of the General Lee from Dukes of Hazard. Google it, Generation Z. After speeding over railroad tracks in Barrie, Ontario, Canada yesterday, the car lost control after landing and crashed into the parking lot of a nearby elementary...

2018-08-29
Regina Hall is defying your expectations

After two decades in Hollywood, Regina Hall is just warming up. Hear about her new indie “Support the Girls” and projects she’s writing and producing. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company‘s podcast Creative Conversation featuring actor Regina Hall on Apple Podcasts,...

2018-08-29
Polk’s Assist is a better sounding Google Home for $200

Polk Audio has made a name for itself with solid budget- and mid-range audio equipment, and over the past year, it’s been dipping its toes into the smart speaker segment. Its latest connected offering is the Polk Assist, a $200 speaker that’s basically a Google Home on steroids – at least on the audio front....

2018-08-29
Google’s Wear OS: These 3 swipe changes are coming soon

Google simplifies its smartwatch software before new hardware hits. Google has spent the last couple of years tacking on new features to its Wear OS smartwatch platform. Now, the company’s making it all easier to access with a revamped interface:Read Full Story

2018-08-29
Meet Brian Amerige: Facebook’s aspiring James Damore

A year after Google’s kerfuffle over its alleged stifling of conservative culture, Facebook is facing a similar issue. Remember James Damore? He was the former Google employee who was fired from the company after posting an internal document that essentially claimed women were not as biologically equipped to do...

2018-08-29
10 resume tips you probably haven’t thought of

Make your resume stand up to the seven-second test. Having a well-crafted resume can be the key to getting your foot in the door at the company of your dreams. But figuring out how to make your resume fully representative of your experience and also stand out is easier said than done. After all, hiring...

2018-08-29
Digi.me wants to put you back in charge of your personal data

Harnessing the data that companies collect about you sounds like a great idea, but how much are they willing to share? In theory, a startup called Digi.me can liberate your personal data from tech giants such as Google and Facebook.Read Full Story

2018-08-29
Google image search is now a design tool

Picular analyzes the top Google image search results to suggest colors that relate to any topic you search for. A new design tool called Picular is built around an unlikely data source: Google image search.Read Full Story

2018-08-29
Why everyone in the cryptocurrency community is suddenly talking about bits and bytes

A tweet from Bitcoin’s self-proclaimed creator Craig Wright has got the entire cryptocurrency community turning to calculators. Wright took to Twitter to posit that cryptocurrency mining pools that can’t mine blocks of 32MB – which even a 56K modem could handle – “deserve to be bankrupt.” If a pool cannot...

2018-08-29
No flipping: How smart TVs are getting quite smart about you

Smarter sets could mean more niche programming and fewer annoying ads, says the TV industry. Privacy advocates worry consumers are being kept in the dark. Digital advertisers have it relatively easy. On the web, they know they can send you ads based on the products you’ve browsed, the searches you’ve...

2018-08-29
These chairs were designed by an AI bot, and they’re surprisingly good

Fortunately for us, they’re not all that functional. Is there an object of design more commonly used or celebrated than the chair? For many renowned designers and architects, a single chair can be their piece de resistance–and prized pieces are known to even fetch millions of dollars on the...

2018-08-29
Polk’s Assist is a pricey $200 audio upgrade for Google Home fans

Polk Audio has made a name for itself with solid budget- and mid-range audio equipment, and over the past year, it’s been dipping its toes into the smart speaker segment. Its latest connected offering is the Polk Assist, a $200 speaker that’s basically a Google Home on steroids – at least on the audio front....

2018-08-29
Yahoo and AOL are reading your emails

Every email you receive in your Yahoo or AOL inbox is read by Oath’s software to extract data so the company can better target ads at you. The two companies, which are now joined under the Oath banner and owned by Verizon, have a massive email scanning operation going on, reports the Wall Street Journal. Every...

2018-08-29
Don’t worry, Alexa and Google Home won’t take away your regional accent

Hey, Google. Can you understand my accent? Of course. You have an incredibly pleasing dialect. So began my Saturday morning discussion with my Google Home Mini. And while I was happy to receive a compliment about my speech, that wasn’t my motivation for asking the question. Our human-to-robot chat was triggered by...

2018-08-29
Facebook’s Watch video streaming service launches worldwide

Watch is competing with a number of online video services including Netflix, Amazon Video, and YouTube. The company first launched the video streaming service in the U.S. last year, and now finally people in other parts of the globe will be able to see it. Watch is competing with a number of online video services...

2018-08-29
Elon Musk is back to insinuating Thai cave diver is a “pedo”

Musk suggests the reason the diver hasn’t sued is because it’s true. Back in July Musk accused, Vernon Unsworth, one of the Thai cave rescue divers, of being a “pedo” after the diver criticized Musk’s idea of a rescuing the stuck children with a small submarine. In a since-deleted...

2018-08-29
Chipotle’s app now includes burritos delivered to your door

The move should help Chipotle increase its average order price. The company has added the ability for customers to order burritos through the app and website and get them delivered right to your door. Previously delivery of Chipotle required a third-party app called DoorDash. But now Chipotle and DoorDash have teamed...

2018-08-29
The economy is booming, your salary is not: Blame the decline of unions

A new study quantifies just how much organized labor can raise individual workers wages–even for non-unionized workers. In the past 40 decades, regular working Americans have barely seen their salaries grow, while around them, cost of housing and basic needs have skyrocketed, as has pay for business executives....

2018-08-29
UK bans ‘misleading’ Facebook ads for a popular contraceptive app

A Facebook ad promoting the contraceptive smartphone app as a “highly accurate” method of birth control has been found to be misleading by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after figures revealed it is less effective then suggested. Natural Cycles claimed it “provided a clinically tested...

2018-08-29
25 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Docs could do

Whether you’re a Google Docs newbie or an old pro, you’ll learn something—or several somethings—from this how-to extravaganza. When you’re working in a word processor, every second you save matters. And while Google Docs may seem simple on the surface, it’s practically...

2018-08-29
Instagram opens its account verification process to everyone

Instagram today announced new security and authenticity measures, the biggest of which is a handy application for users to request verification within the app. Verified accounts are already a thing on Instagram, obviously. Like every other social media service, they’re identifiable by the blue check mark: The...

2018-08-28
Facebook will power itself with 100% renewable energy by 2020

The social network is buying wind and solar power from sources all over the world–and helping grids get more clean energy for everyone in the process. In Huntsville, Alabama, a sprawling new data center under construction for Facebook will run on solar power from the local grid. In Luleå, Sweden, Facebook...

2018-08-28
“It’s called a bee-vac”: NYPD plays defense after sucking up 25K bees in Times Square

The department swears the bees will be relocated to new hive. Bees are dying off, so some bee lovers were naturally alarmed today when video emerged of the New York Police Department vacuuming up thousands of bees that had descended upon a hot dog stand in Times Square. A live stream provided by Reuters (and shared...

2018-08-28
Sony’s 1000XM3 makes one of the best noise-cancelling headphones even better

Google “best noise-cancelling headphones,” and you’ll see almost certainly see Sony’s 1000X series among the top recommendations. My boss liked the WH-1000MX2 so much he may or may not have stole them from Sony. Now in its third iteration, the WH-1000XM3 – Sony really needs a better naming scheme – brings...

2018-08-28
30 days after the ban, Google Play still hosts cryptocurrency mining apps

The clock has been ticking for cryptocurrency mining apps to either comply with Google’s revised terms of service, or face removal from the Play Store. In July 2018 Google initiated a ban on all apps that mined cryptocurrency on devices. Yet, around two weeks ago, it became evident that many apps that boasted...

2018-08-28
YouTube’s new tool to track time spent watching YouTube is pointless

It’s a flat, empty gesture to indicate that the video platform cares about “digital wellbeing.” YouTube has debuted a new “digital wellbeing” tool that was designed to help you track how much time you spend watching videos on the platform. Called Time Watched, it charts how many...

2018-08-28
WeWork just acquired a Chicago design school

“Design is becoming the competitive advantage within companies. We see that trend continuing.” The co-working space giant has acquired Designation, a Chicago-based, for-profit design education school, reports Reuters. Designation was officially required through WeWork’s Flatiron School, the coding...

2018-08-28
Google partners with Indian banks to provide online loans

People who are approved for the loans will see the money deposited directly into their bank account associated with Google Pay. The search giant has teamed up with four Indian banks to grant consumer loans online, reports Bloomberg. Google will team up with HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and Federal Bank...

2018-08-28
AI is coming for industrial design

An algorithm could never replace human designers… oh, who are we kidding? We’re screwed. MIT researchers have debuted a tool that automatically generates products–and analyzes them in detail–on your behalf.Read Full Story

2018-08-28
If you’re a U.S. veteran looking for post-military jobs, Google just made it easier

Starting today, service members can search “jobs for veterans” on Google to see relevant civilian jobs. There’s no doubt that being in the military is incredibly difficult. However, leaving the military can be tough, too, particularly when it comes to finding a job. Nearly 1 in 3 veterans say they...

2018-08-27
This is who Twitter thinks should host SNL this season

On Monday afternoon, “Saturday Night Live” tweeted out a request for suggestions on hosts for this coming season. Over 9,000 people responded. On Monday morning, the President of the United States had a difficult time using a speakerphone on live TV. Thankfully, due to summer hiatus, we will all be...

2018-08-27
Concept art offers a glimpse at a futuristic new MacBook Pro

When rumors started to swirl that Apple would explore the idea of dropping physical keys in favor of a Touch Bar-like interface that swallowed the traditional keyboard, I can’t say I was pleased. But if it looks like this, I’m in. This bit of inspired art is the product of Turkish designer Furkan Kasap. Kasap...

2018-08-27
Handwritten gaming notes are pure nostalgia

Spare a thought for the gamers who didn’t have ready access to strategy guides or the internet back in the day, and had to come up with their own ways of remembering crucial in-game information. Feeling nostalgic? One Twitter user showed off her dad’s notes, which hark back to those early days....

2018-08-27
The Pixel 3’s single rear camera is a missed opportunity

Massive leaks seem to have revealed almost everything about the Pixel 3’s hardware. There’s a glass back for wireless charging, a notched screen, and even dual cameras on the front for something called ‘Super Selfies.’ One trend Google isn’t jumping on, however, is multiple rear cameras. I think that’s a...

2018-08-27
Facebook’s attitude towards researchers should worry you

Facebook is closing its doors to researchers in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The latest casualty is the app Netvizz, a research tool used by hundreds of academics to gather public Facebook data, that the social network has recently banned. The app has gathered more than 300 academic citations and has...

2018-08-27
This Instagram account documents the disturbing truth of online dating as a woman

The world of online dating is a fraught one — filled with creeps, bad intentions, and painful chat up lines. Apps like Tinder, Happn, and Bumble have changed the dating game by making it easier and more accessible, but in return they’ve created an online culture of abuse after rejection.  Which is why Alexandra...

2018-08-27
Reid Hoffman’s 4 lessons to prevent your startup from becoming the next Theranos

What risks are ethical when pursuing rapid growth? Blitzscaling — pursuing rapid growth by prioritizing speed over efficiency in the face of uncertainty—is the primary way to turn startups into world-changing companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Blitzscaling is risky because it involves...

2018-08-27
Facebook bans Myanmar military officials to prevent spread of “hate and misinformation”

The ban comes as the UN issues a damning report accusing Myanmar’s military of genocide against the Rohingya people. Just as the UN issued a damning report accusing Myanmar’s military of genocide against the Rohingya people, Facebook has announced it has banned 20 individuals and organizations from the...

2018-08-27
The iPhone’s original UI designer on Apple’s greatest flaws

Imran Chaudhri discusses how we can regain control over our devices–and how Apple can do better. It’s been a decade since the British designer Imran Chaudhri first imagined a user interface that would introduce millions of people to the smartphone. Chaudhri joined Apple in 1995, soon rising to...

2018-08-27
Data restrictions don’t have to spell disaster for companies

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal was a disaster for everyone: for Facebook’s users, whose personal data was exposed and misused. For Facebook itself, which breached and then lost the trust of a billion-plus people. And lastly for the thousands of third party app and game developers, marketers, and...

2018-08-25
Stingy with your Instagram likes? Us too

It all started with a tweet. A really really good tweet: Why are people so stingy with their likes on Instagram? I know I am. I hold onto likes tighter than a bottle of wine at a social gathering. But it makes no sense. Likes are unlimited. And they’re just nice. There’s not even any decision-making involved, as...

2018-08-25
Why racism is so entrenched in the fashion industry

The fashion community has shown, over and over again, that it is willing to fight for social justice and progressive causes. So why it hasn’t it done more to grapple with the racism in its own ranks? Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and Marc Jacobs, among many other designers, went to bat for Hillary...

2018-08-25
Take these steps if you’re looking to make a career change

Time and money can get in the way of a career move, but by taking some small actions, you can make it happen. While the popular adage is true, sometimes the time spend and money send can get in the way of truly following a new path. With technology, making a career change (within reason) has never been easier. Using...

2018-08-25
Trump may be the only person alive who thinks Twitter and Facebook work fine

Donald Trump lashes out at Facebook and Twitter because they are his closest allies. To most of the world, social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are deeply flawed and have come under fire for promoting hate speech and failing to self-regulate. Then there’s Donald Trump, who seems to think these...

2018-08-24
Instagram or AC? Airbnb says vacationers want these amenities

Hint: It’s not wi-fi. It’s peak travel season in the United States, and according to a consumer survey commissioned by Airbnb, 97% of Americans believe the amenities they’ll have access to influence their travel experience more than location, culture, food, or shopping.Read Full Story

2018-08-24
Airlines scrap Iran flights in a dramatic about-face

Iran’s tourism boom ended before it started. Scratch a trip to Tehran off your bucket list. Air France-KLM Group and British Airways are suspending flights to Iran, Reuters reports, because new U.S. sanctions mean the routes are no longer commercially viable.Read Full Story

2018-08-24

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