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This account shows everyone is living the same life on Instagram

When scrolling through your Instagram feed, do you ever feel like you’re getting déjà vu? This is probably because people seem to be living the same life on Instagram. Whether it’s a perfectly shot piece of avocado toast alongside an artistic looking latte or a breathtaking image of someone jumping from a...

2018-08-09
Watch this 15-year-old hacker play DOOM on John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ crypto-wallet

John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ cryptocurrency wallet – the one with a $250,000 bug bounty on it – has been cracked to run the iconic game DOOM, courtesy of a teenage security researcher. Video of the old-school first-person shooter has surfaced on Twitter. Self-described adversarial thinker Saleem Rashid is...

2018-08-09
Internal Facebook note reveals clever ‘psychological trick’ to attract teenage users

Always on the lookout for novel ways to attract teens, Facebook purchased viral polling app TBH last October. The app fell well short of anything innovative but did manage to snag an estimated 2.5 million users, mostly teens, just a few months after its launch. While it’s easy to point to as a failure — Facebook...

2018-08-09
Jack Dorsey called Hannity to explain Twitter’s info wars

The Twitter CEO spoke to the Fox News host amid a barrage of criticism for deciding not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Twitter has come under scrutiny for being one of the few major digital platforms that has decided not to ban or seriously restrict the content of Alex Jones this week. On Tuesday...

2018-08-08
Crowded NYC cracks down on Uber and Lyft with a new vehicle cap

Tech advocates are calling the move a blow to innovation. New York City Council members passed a package of bills today that will force Uber and other taxi services to pay its drivers a minimum wage and put a one-year hiatus on issuing new for-hire vehicle licenses. During the pause, the Taxi and Limousine...

2018-08-08
Facebook mistakenly celebrated a devastating earthquake

Facebook was recently forced to apologize — yeah, I know, again — for inadvertently celebrating the deadly Indonesian earthquake on Sunday. It’s not the first time the company has shown how tasteless it can be in the face of a natural disaster. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the latest one to hit a country that...

2018-08-08
Brand WTF of the Week: Twitter decides to help Alex Jones spread lies

Although several other corporations moved to de-platform Alex Jones this week, Twitter contends its up to journalists to debunk the known misinformation-spreader. How nice for journalists! One of the worst things most people can imagine is the horror of losing one’s child to gun violence. For Veronique De La...

2018-08-08
Facebook’s AI mistakenly celebrated a devastating earthquake

Facebook was recently forced to apologize — yeah, I know, again — for inadvertently celebrating the deadly Indonesian earthquake on Sunday. It’s not the first time the company has shown how tasteless it can be in the face of a natural disaster. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the latest one to hit a country that...

2018-08-08
How a photographer built this DIY camera with wood, metal, and 3D printing

Lucas Landers is one of a few DIY camera makers whose photographs are just as handsome as the wood-and-metal-framed mechanisms they build. When applying to college in 2009, photographer and DIY camera maker Lucus Landers threw himself a curveball. Initially he planned to study mechanical engineering, but the technical...

2018-08-08
The first design portfolio that’s ever made me laugh

In a good way, that is. These days, most design portfolios have an air of sameness to them–like clone-stamp copies of one another. It’s somethingArgentinian designer and illustrator Mariano Pascual wanted to change. Read Full Story

2018-08-08
How these women raised $42k in a day for an Ida B. Wells monument

After years of fundraising, organizers are finally able to move forward with a Chicago monument honoring the journalist and civil rights icon–thanks to Twitter. In March this year, the New York Times finally published an obituary for the investigative journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett....

2018-08-08
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2018-08-08
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey defends decision to keep Alex Jones

While major social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube and tech giants like Apple shun the conspiracy theorist and hate monger, Twitter has stood out in the tech sector by keeping him. While major social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube and tech giants like Apple shun conspiracy theorist and hate monger...

2018-08-08
Inside Google’s plan to stalk your social media accounts

Google, once again, is excited about social media. But not in the ways you might think; this isn’t about another in a failed string of chat apps, or the knockout success that never was in Google Plus. Instead, it’s an entirely new way of recognizing human faces, and one made possible by — you guessed it —...

2018-08-08
How much will the border wall cost? Not even its creators want to know

A report produced by the government’s own watchdog office concludes that–surprise!–key aspects of the wall have not been considered. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office–a nonpartisan governmental agency that provides auditing services for the United States...

2018-08-07
Here’s the secret most marketing experts don’t know — and why you can win with it

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2018-08-07
Android Pie: 3 subtle new features that make it a little more pleasant

Android 9 has lots of subtle, pleasant improvements. Google has just released version 9.0 of Android, with “Pie” as this year’s customary dessert-themed nickname. Like previous Android upgrades, Pie is loaded with behind-the-scenes improvements and subtle features that make the software a little...

2018-08-07
Google, you auto-complete me

At what point will Google’s predictive technology grow so powerful that we begin thinking of its personalized recommendations as our own? I don’t like to say “hi.” I’m a “hey” person. But more and more, I find myself greeting friends and colleagues with a...

2018-08-07
Cloudflare Stream makes it easy (and cheap) for developers to work with video

Cloudflare has announced the general availability of Cloudflare Stream, its streaming video service, almost one year after it first launched in a limited beta. In a nutshell, Cloudflare Stream makes it easy for developers to insert video into their websites and applications without having to deal with existing players...

2018-08-07
Google officially names Android 9 ‘Pie’, rolling out to Pixels today and other devices this fall

Google has finally let the cat out of the bag: its ninth version of Android, codenamed Android P, is called Pie – and you can get it right now if you’ve got a Pixel phone. The company released the first preview of Android 9 for developers back in March, with support for notches and multiple cameras (so apps could...

2018-08-07
And then there was Twitter

Having been banned by Apple, Spotify, Facebook, and YouTube — and having a significant amount of his content removed on Pinterest, of all places — it’s worth noting that Alex Jones and Infowars are both very much alive, at least on Twitter. Facing tremendous pressure from the loss of a bulk of his distribution...

2018-08-07
Facebook recently started asking banks for your financial data

A report from the Wall Street Journal today revealed Facebook was attempting to gain detailed financial information from its users’ banks. Oof, in how many languages can I say “no?” According to the Journal, Facebook has approached the likes of Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and Citigroup with an eye toward...

2018-08-07
Alexa isn’t the shopping behemoth Amazon hoped it would be

Voice shopping was supposed to be the future. Remember? Both Amazon and Google touted a world where barking a simple command at your smart device was all it took to put the wheels in motion, an event that culminated in paper towels, or avocados, arriving at your doorstep in just days, or even hours. Except, that’s...

2018-08-06
YouTube is flush with ‘prank’ videos involving laxatives

YouTube recently removed a mean-spirited video involving a YouTuber poisoning a loved one with laxatives. That’s nice, YouTube. Now get started on the thousands of other videos just like it. Recently, the website Babe ran an expose on the channel “CJ SO COOL,” which stars a father who repeatedly “pranks”...

2018-08-06
Despite tech backlash, Twitter still won’t ban Alex Jones

Twitter maintains that the conspiracy theorist hasn’t violated its rules. Today was the day most of the big tech companies buckled to the pressure, and took conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off their platforms. It began with Apple, which quietly took down Jones’s podcasts from its Podcast and iTunes apps....

2018-08-06
Why did Facebook and YouTube need cover from Apple to ban Alex Jones?

Apple banned the provocateur’s podcasts from its apps over the weekend—and then Facebook and YouTube took action. The tech sector today appears to have finally turned against Alex Jones and his conspiracy-mongering InfoWars empire, with Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify all now banning content from...

2018-08-06
Facebook is done dealing with Alex Jones

Facebook today followed the lead of Apple, Spotify, and YouTube in removing four Pages belonging to Infowar‘s Alex Jones, claiming those Pages repeatedly violated Community Standards against hateful and dehumanizing speech. Notably, this comes after Facebook‘s head honcho said the site would willingly host...

2018-08-06
Google wants to make JOMO happen

Forget FOMO. Google wants to design for the Joy of Missing Out. Our phones are making us unhappy—so much so that we’ve improvised all sorts of workarounds to break our addiction to the endless stream of information, games, and messages in our pockets.Read Full Story

2018-08-06
Facebook bans Alex Jones, as Big Tech turns on the conspiracy theorist

InfoWars just lost four of its Facebook pages. Alex Jones just lost a few big platforms for promulgating his conspiracy theories. Facebook announced today that it has taken down four pages run by InfoWars and its figurehead, Jones.Read Full Story

2018-08-06
Facebook reportedly wanted big U.S. banks to hand over your data

The social network wanted to partner with big banks in an attempt vacuum up even more personal data. Facebook has been trying for a long time to make its Messenger app a hub for commercial activity. Its latest effort? To try and convince banks to offer services inside Messenger, according to a new report. Facebook...

2018-08-06
Who is the mastermind behind QAnon? Twitter has some fun theories

The question “Who is the most hilarious person QAnon could turn out to be?” yielded thousands of responses. Here are the best and most common ones. Ever since October of 2017, a sprawling internet conspiracy theory supposedly spawned by a disgruntled government employee has been captivating very stable...

2018-08-06
Reebok debuts a shape-shifting, NASA-inspired sports bra

A Reebok designer invented a new fabric that stiffens when you’re moving and relaxes when you’re still. No more feeling suffocated by your bra. Sports bras are a complicated beast. We need them to provide the exact right amount of compression for the activity we’re doing: super tight when...

2018-08-06
10 Best Podcasts for Designers, Creatives & Freelancers

Whether it’s money, design, or mindset you’re struggling with — these podcasts will set you right. Enjoy the 10 best design podcasts for freelancers!

2018-08-06
Build a gorgeous website in minutes with Visualmodo for under $30

Visualmodo is like beginning your website from third base -- you’re practically home when you jump in. Check out their offerings featuring dozens of website motifs with the Visualmodo WordPress Themes Mega Bundle at a huge savings — just $29.99 from TNW Deals.

2018-08-04
How the Smithsonian is turning its art exhibitions into virtual reality experiences

The iconic museum recently announced a partnership with Intel and Linden Lab (creators of Second Life) that turns its current exhibition, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, into a virtual experience on Linden Lab’s social VR platform. Just as artists and curators are creating or commissioning virtual...

2018-08-04
Activists aren’t happy after Facebook removes phony protest rally

Activists are in an uproar after Facebook removed an event in its recent crackdown on “inauthentic content.” In spite of the fact the event in question was created by a page which generates said inauthentic content, the would-be attendees say they were planning to go and Facebook‘s deletion of the event undoes...

2018-08-03
Lisa Brennan-Jobs: 7 revealing tidbits from her new book “Small Fry”

In the book, Brennan-Jobs describes life with her struggling mother, Chrisann Brennan, while her mysterious genius father Steve Jobs popped in and out. Her character was prominent in Aaron Sorkin’s movie Steve Jobs–the precocious little girl whose father, the cofounder of Apple, kept denying he was...

2018-08-03
“Fortnite” power move of the day: Android version will avoid Google’s app store

The Fortnite phenomenon is big enough to thrive without Google’s help. Epic Games is making a power move as it brings Fortnite to Android phones: Instead of distributing the game through the Google Play Store, Epic will ask users to download it from the company’s own website, The Verge reports. Depending...

2018-08-03
Boise goat watch! Idaho streets were covered in goats and no one knew why

Around 100 goats were reportedly roaming the streets of Boise and it’s unclear why. This morning, Twitter users were granted a rare reprieve from the daily headlines. Instead of another gut-wrenching story about some political catastrophe, Idaho local news reporter Joe Parris sent a tweet about a goat...

2018-08-03
Boise goat watch! Why are dozens of goats grazing Idaho streets?

Around 100 goats are reportedly roaming the streets of Boise and it’s unclear why. This morning, Twitter users were granted a rare reprieve from the daily headlines. Instead of another gut-wrenching story about some political catastrophe, Idaho local news reporter Joe Parris sent a tweet about a goat...

2018-08-03
BlackBerry launches 2 keyboard-less phones with huge batteries in India

BlackBerry unveiled its Key2 Android-based handset just two months ago, and the brand is already set to launch a couple more devices through Optiemus, its hardware partner in India. The new Evolve and Evolve X don’t have physical keyboards like the iconic models that made BlackBerry a household name, but they do...

2018-08-03
The future is ear: Why “hearables” are finally tech’s next big thing

The explosive growth of their AI voice assistants has Google, Apple, and Amazon racing to put your entire smartphone in an earpiece. In October 2016, an impressive group of tech industry royalty took the time to get a demonstration of a product from a startup called Doppler Labs. Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and CEO...

2018-08-02
Tweeting on Facebook just got harder–here are 2 ways you can still do it

As Facebook tightens up its API, Twitter/Facebook cross-posts are the latest casualty. Once again the hackers and data miners of the world are ruining everyone’s fun.Read Full Story

2018-08-02
Designers give Air Force One a fresh, rainbow-hued look

Trump would really hate it. In 1962, legendary graphic designer Raymond Loewy offered to give Air Force One a new look. Of the several sketches that Loewy proposed, President Kennedy chose one with red and gold coloring–and asked that it be rendered in blue, his and First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s...

2018-08-02
July in Africa: Free Google Wi-Fi and agriculture drones

Internet usage in Africa is growing, but not quickly enough for Google, which wants to give it a nudge to boost its user base on the continent. Things came to a head in July in this respect, with the company announcing it was partnering with Kenya’s third largest telecoms firm — Telkom — to launch commercial...

2018-08-02
Instagram influencers almost duped me into using ineffective fertility apps

Influencers promote almost anything on social media from holidays to makeup to discount codes, and even fertility apps. Our feeds are flooded with #ad posts from influencers who are “loving” a recently released product. But how much trust should we put into a #sponsored post? Especially when that product is...

2018-08-02
JBL launches its $250 Google Assistant-powered Smart Display to take on Lenovo

Audio hardware brand JBL is entering the smart display arena with its new Link View, which is powered by Google Assistant and costs $250. For the asking price, you get an 8-inch touchscreen, dual 10W speakers, a 5-megapixel front camera for video calls, and a PrivacySwitch feature that blocks the camera shutter and...

2018-08-02
WhatsApp is finally ready to start making money

Before it was acquired by Facebook, WhatsApp used to display a banner in its app asking users to pay a nominal fee to use its messaging service after the first year. I’ve never paid that fee, and I don’t know anyone who has. But after nine years in existence, the company’s finally settled on a way to earn some...

2018-08-02

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