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I don’t want to stream with Ninja, either

A super-popular Twitch streamer has been accused of discriminating against women by refusing to stream with them. As a woman, I think I’m with the streamer on this one. It started with an interview in Polygon in which writer Allegra Frank interviewed Tyler “Ninja” Blevins — currently the most popular...

2018-08-16
‘Enhance’: Browser game mocks Hollywood hacking tropes

You know those evidence-gathering scenes in 90s and 00s tv shows and movies that treat looking at photographs like a particularly shouty spectator sport? Where stern-looking people tap magical “enhance” button or tell the computer they intend to zoom in and “clean up” the image? You know, that old chestnut?...

2018-08-15
Is your website or app missing ‘the spark’? This training should help light that fire

Knowing how to please a user is why talented UX designers are (and will remain) in high demand. Now, you can learn the lessons from those coding pros with the UX Design for Beginners training. And best of all, it’s less than the price of a standard movie ticket -- just $9.99 from TNW Deals.

2018-08-15
This Google manager shares his secrets for building an effective team

Matt Sakaguchi is a site reliability manager at Google. Learn why he believes that a team of all stars doesn’t always lead to an all-star team. Massey Morris: In the early stages of your career, you worked on a SWAT team. How did this experience build a foundation for your understanding of effective...

2018-08-15
Design is never neutral

Designers can’t simply make digital products easier to use. They have to think about what’s in the best interests of the user, writes Adobe’s Khoi Vinh. To their own detriment, designers prefer to think about “how” much more than “why.” Here’s a good...

2018-08-15
South Korean women protest against growing epidemic of spycam porn

On August 4, a 35-degree Saturday, 70,000 women gathered in the streets of Seoul wearing masks. Many were holding signs declaring “My life is not your porn”. The South Korean women were speaking out in a fight against the country’s growing epidemic of spycam porn. This creepy porn genre — filming women without...

2018-08-15
SEC ruling suggests cryptocurrency airdrops violate securities law

Airdrops are totally all the rage. Blockchain companies have been resorting to token giveaways and marketing bounty programs as a way of circumventing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs) – but this is probably going to change very soon. In an announcement on its...

2018-08-15
What American inequality looks like from above

Homeless encampments, glassy offices, RVs, and tech buses. The story of inequality in the United States is written in its streets. In Silicon Valley, it looks like a homeless encampment carved out of a scruffy patch of land that’s separated from Facebook and Instagram headquarters by the expressway...

2018-08-15
The inside story of how McDonald’s innovated the Quarter Pounder

In a change that has been as seismic for McDonald’s as the drive-through window in 1975, McDonald’s has reintroduced its signature burger with fresh—never frozen—beef. And that’s just the start. A cryptic missive went out Last spring to all 3.6 million people who follow...

2018-08-15
Twitter finally suspends Alex Jones–but only for one week

Twitter suspended Jones’s account because of a video in which he said, “Now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag.” Twitter has finally followed other giants like Facebook and Apple by pulling the conspiracy theorist from its platform–but only for a week. News of the...

2018-08-15
Nearly 50k people have blocked Twitter’s biggest advertisers over the Alex Jones debacle (and you can too)

iteAlex Jones can’t win these days. As the unofficial mascot of conspiracy theorists everywhere, Jones — the man who answers the question: What happens when you turn human skin inside-out and continue to wear it? — has seen his beloved InfoWars brand blocked on every major platform that isn’t a microblogging...

2018-08-14
How ten-year-old Evernote evolved for the current app market

Evernote today rolled out a redesign, in which it swapped out its familiar colors for a refreshed look. It appears to be a relatively simple look, but when the Evernote team pulled back the curtain for us, it was anything but. Specifically, Mads — Evernote‘s elephant mascot — has morphed from a grey symbol on...

2018-08-14
Why Spotify could be bigger than Pandora in the U.S. in less than 5 years

The battlelines have been drawn in your ears. It might be a good time to buy some Spotify stock. eMarketer thinks the streaming music giant will have more U.S. users than that other streaming music giant, Pandora, by 2022.Read Full Story

2018-08-14
Google tracks unsuspecting users, and now lawmakers are demanding action

After a report about location tracking, Google may be its next target of regulators and lawmakers. Yesterday, the Associated Press published a report about Google products that track users’ location even if they tried to stop it in their privacy settings. Essentially, even with location tracking turned off, the...

2018-08-14
Thousands of Silicon Valley security guards get first union contract

Agencies supplying officers to Facebook, Google, and other tech companies agreed to increase wages, health coverage, and paid time off. It’s well known that many employees at tech companies don’t share in much of the vast wealth created in the sector. Many of the blue-collar workers, such as janitorial...

2018-08-14
Square now lets all US CashApp users buy and sell Bitcoin

Square is expanding its cryptocurrency services across the the US. Its subsidiary CashApp announced that American users can now use the application to buy and sell Bitcoin in all 50 states. The company revealed the news in a post on Twitter (spotted by CCN). It is worth pointing out that CashApp first announced...

2018-08-14
Twitter is now recommending users follow cryptocurrency scambots

Despite constant pressure to ban them, it appears Twitter is actively contributing to the cryptocurrency scam epidemic on its platform and encouraging users to follow obvious scambot accounts. The social media giant was caught recommending a suspicious account impersonating Tesla CEO Elon Musk, as spotted by security...

2018-08-14
Facebook wins rights to show top-flight Spanish league soccer in India

Under the three-year agreement, Facebook will have the right to carry Spain’s La Liga games in eight countries including India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The agreement is the first direct deal with a major soccer league for Facebook, reports Bloomberg. Under the three-year agreement, Facebook will have the right...

2018-08-14
DeepMind says its AI can detect eye diseases as well as human doctors

Over the past two years, DeepMind, the AI firm spun off from Google, has been working on a new way to spot eye diseases that could rob people of their sight. The company says it’s now ready to show off its work, as it says its system can detect more than 50 different diseases as accurately as experienced doctors....

2018-08-14
Google is tracking your every move even when you tell it to stop – here’s how to fix it

If you’re using an Android phone or have Google apps installed on your iPhone, the search giant is almost certainly tracking your location constantly – even if you’ve turned that setting off, reports the Associated Press. The story drew from UC Berkeley graduate researcher K. Shankari’s experience of her...

2018-08-14
Across Silicon Valley, cities may tax big tech to help struggling renters

San Francisco, East Palo Alto, and Google’s home of Mountain View are each putting housing assistance proposals on the November ballot. The average rent for a studio apartment in San Francisco is around $2,500 per month. According to the traditional (and now-outmoded) rule that housing shouldn’t exceed...

2018-08-13
An 11-year-old hacked a government website and changed election results at DEFCON

Last Friday, an 11-year-old apparently managed change election results within 10 minutes. While at this year’s DEFCON, he and many other children were offered the chance to hack into a mock-up of a Secretary of State website, and did so with alacrity. According to DEFCON spokespeople, the kids were offered 13...

2018-08-13
Facebook’s controversial Messenger Kids app makes it easier for little BFFs to connect

Thankfully, some parental involvement is still required. Facebook’s Messenger Kids, the social media site’s controversial chat app for the under-13 set, finally made it easier for kids to friend one another on the app without requiring their parents to be Facebook friends, too.Read Full Story

2018-08-13
John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ cryptocurrency wallet has been hacked (again)

Remember John McAfee’s supposedly “unhackable” cryptocurrency wallet? It appears a group of researchers is about to prove the once-lauded antivirus pioneer wrong. After cracking the so-called Bitfi wallet to play legendary game DOOM on it, today the researchers were able to successfully send signed transactions...

2018-08-13
It’s not just you: Shutterstock has been up and down for the last day

We’ve been trying to get on Shutterstock all morning with no success, and it’s apparently not just us. The site has been down for everyone for a good part of the morning and, if Shutterstock’s Twitter is anything to go by, it might be so for a while. We were able to reach the main Shutterstock page easily, but...

2018-08-13
TCL invitation hints at possible BlackBerry Key2 LE launch

Later this month, Berlin will be home to the IFA consumer technology event, where it’s expected we’ll see a new BlackBerry phone. Adding fuel to the speculation, TCL Communications, which licenses the BlackBerry Brand, just emailed the following save-the-date to reporters. Just got a save the date from TCL...

2018-08-13
Basically, stop complaining about smartphones at museums

In a new survey, 91% of people found mobile technology made it dramatically easier to access information about artists. If you try to snap a photo of the Mona Lisa these days, you’re likely to get a photo of the Mona Lisa and about 52 cell phones. Art enthusiasts like documenting their museum trips on phones,...

2018-08-13
Chromebooks to get new Windows 10 dual-booting feature called Campfire

Google is reportedly working in a new feature in ChromeOS called Campfire, which will allow users to dual-boot Windows 10 on their Chromebook laptops. The feature was highlighted by XDA Developers, which discovered a code branch called Campfire in the Chromium Git, and a reference to an “Alt OS.” It has since been...

2018-08-13
Zuckerberg’s failures must be your lessons

When Mark Zuckerberg’s annual challenge was learning Mandarin, it was still fun and games. Now that his 2018 goal is simply “fixing Facebook,” not so much. It’s fair to say 2018 has been a horrible year for the social network. With its infiltration by Russian operatives, the Cambridge Analytica scandal,...

2018-08-12
Here’s why you’re being kept in the dark about how your data is used

In 2017 alone, US companies spent upwards of $10 billion on third party audience data. And while generally speaking, people were once indifferent or oblivious to the way personal data was collected, the tide has certainly turned. In the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, people are more aware than ever...

2018-08-11
We DM’d a lot of strangers to ask why they use Drake lyrics on Instagram

Have you ever heard of a musical artist named Drake? Of course you have. Because he’s everywhere. These days, it’s hard to miss Aubrey Graham, the rapper and singer from Canada (eh). He recently released Scorpion, and the internet went nuts, as it always does for Aubrey. Out sprung the #InMyFeelings challenge,...

2018-08-11
Nintendo’s Switch has a hidden VR mode — but don’t get your hopes up

Since Nintendo first introduced the Switch last year, fans have been asking about a possible VR add-on. It seems implausible for a number of reasons, but a recent find would seem to suggest Nintendo is at least toying with the idea. A Twitter user who spends his free time writing homebrew and modding tools for the...

2018-08-11
Google’s new Q&A app lets celebs personally answer your most boring queries

Google has, more and more, attempted to offer public figures a chance to manage their own Google results — and in this case it appears to be trying to have fun with those inane questions people are always Googling about their favorite celebrities. The app is called Cameos, and it’s currently only available on the...

2018-08-10
The end of Crocs? Fans are freaking out after news of factory closure

Is the other clog about to drop? Crocs fans are a loyal bunch. After all, it takes guts and a certain ability to buck social norms to wear foam clogs out in public. So many Croc lovers were anxious when they heard the news that the billion-dollar global megabrand was shutting the last of its company-owned...

2018-08-10
Why is it still so hard to find women CEOs on Google Images?

In a new study, women made up only 11% of CEOs in a Google Image search. “You can’t be what you can’t see,” Marie Wilson of the White House Project said back in 2010. According to a new study, Google Images may not be helping to improve the situation.Read Full Story

2018-08-10
How the #VanLife movement is influencing car design

The surge of millennials who chose to live on the road has more automakers investing in amenity-laden van models. #Vanlife is a real thing, not just a millennial Instagram tag.Read Full Story

2018-08-10
Does the universal symbol for disability need to be rethought?

Two designers suggest turning the symbol into a reconfigurable library of icons. Ninety-three percent of people with disabilities don’t use a wheelchair, even though the universal symbol that identifies this group is a person in a wheelchair. Liam Riddler, a creative at London’s McCann office, points...

2018-08-10
Check out these brilliantly weird Japanese inventions we found

I’ve always had a fascination with inventors. So, when I found out about the Tokyo branch of the Maker Faire – a festival where people show off their homemade inventions – I was very much into it. And I wasn’t disappointed. After some wonderful time trawling through the wild, weird, and wonderful inventions...

2018-08-10
Alex Jones content that prompted bans vanishes from Twitter

The posts were deleted shortly after a CNN report, but the platform said it hadn’t yet made a decision on the offending tweets. CNN on Wednesday took a close look at the video in the Alex Jones/InfoWars Twitter accounts and found some of the same hateful video that got the conspiracy theorist banned on...

2018-08-09
Remember Yelp? It just had its best day since 2015

The online review platform gained 17,000 new paid advertising accounts for the second quarter, crushing estimates. With all the attention on Google and Facebook lately, it’s easy to forget that those two behemoths have not entirely cornered the market for digital advertising.Read Full Story

2018-08-09
Samsung debuts its funky Galaxy Home Bixby-powered speaker

Samsung today revealed the final form of its oft-rumored Bixby-powered smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, at its Unpacked event. This nifty, tri-legged device takes its place on the market alongside the Apple HomePod, the Google Home, and the Amazon Echo. The Galaxy Home has eight built-in microphones and a touch display...

2018-08-09
Which inexpensive IKEA stool does the Galaxy Home look like?

Today, at a standing-room only event in New York City, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Home. This is the first smart speaker from the South Korean tech giant, and comes with the Bixby smart assistant at its heart. Another thing: it also looks a bit like an inexpensive IKEA stool. The Galaxy Home, unlike the Google Home...

2018-08-09
Pizza Hut has a new robot waiter in Korea, and we’re booking a ticket to Seoul

“Dilly Plate” made its debut at a Pizza Hut in Seoul. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a little competition in pizza fandom.Read Full Story

2018-08-09
Move over LinkedIn, Facebook wants to be the place to find a mentor

Last year, the social media giant dipped its toes in online mentorship. Now they are getting serious. Facebook is gearing up to mine what it sees as a massive opportunity to engage its users by offering mentorship through its Groups channel.Read Full Story

2018-08-09
Binance CEO teases demo of its new decentralized exchange desk

Leading cryptocurrency exchange desk Binance has been working on a new decentralized version of its platform for a couple of months now, and it appears CEO Changpeng Zhao is finally ready to share a glimpse into the upcoming project with the rest of the world. Earlier today, the Binance boss took to Twitter to...

2018-08-09
Today’s Google doodle celebrates the first Native-American woman engineer

Born the great-great-granddaughter of Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation, Ross was hired as Lockheed Missiles and Space Company’s first female engineer in 1942. Mary G. Ross was born 110 years ago on this day. Born the great-great-granddaughter of Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation, Ross was hired as...

2018-08-09
A 3D–printed throne from Zaha Hadid architects

Each environmentally friendly chair takes 24 hours to create. Upstart Spanish designer Nagami partnered this year with the prolific firm Zaha Hadid Architects on a pair of chairs reminiscent of coral reefs that stretch the potential of 3D printing beyond small, simple products to dazzling works of art. ZHA’s...

2018-08-09
Crypto has a killer app

Crypto is ready for a design movement. When I started at Coinbase a year ago, it quickly became clear that there are a thousand big problems to solve in crypto–and very few of them had been considered by a designer. I shared this thought with one of my design heroes, John Maeda. Where should I begin? He looked...

2018-08-09

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