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Amazon’s European workers are striking on Prime Day

The strike will see workers at a large Amazon facility just outside Madrid go on strike from now until July 18. Workers at Amazon’s warehouses in Spain have gone on strike today to protest working conditions, reports CNBC. The strike was organized by a group calling itself Amazon En Lucha and will see workers...

2018-07-16
Dear Elon Musk, delete your Twitter account

Right, we’re done here. Elon Musk has gone off the deep end and called British diver Vern Unsworth – who was instrumental in recently rescuing a Thai boys’ soccer team trapped in a cave – a pedophile, after Unsworth balked at the billionaire’s idea of using a small “submarine” to help bring the boys back...

2018-07-16
How to check the security of your Google Chrome extensions

The other day, a friend called me and said that his Google Chrome browser is acting weirdly and may need reinstalling. According to him, every time he searched for something on Google some unknown website appeared with suspicious results. I asked him to remove every Chrome extension and only add those few that he...

2018-07-15
Listen to Google — UX and SEO are a match made in heaven

To the layman UX and SEO (if they even understand what they mean) sound like two entirely unrelated things. The one is about some plumber jabbing away at their phone, while the other is about satisfying the algorithms of a company in Silicon Valley. But we know better. At its core they’re down to the same thing....

2018-07-14
Academic expert says Google and Facebook’s AI researchers aren’t doing science

The field of artificial intelligence, to those on the outside, must appear to be an orderly gathering of intellectuals collaborating at the cutting edge of technology. It’s not. If you dig beyond the hyperbole of Elon Musk and the wonders promised by Google, there’s a number of gnashing dissenters who’re happy...

2018-07-13
Techies leave the likes of Apple and Amazon for greener pastures in the cannabis industry

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have all suffered black eyes in the media as reports each were individually involved in dubious government projects have unfolded. If you’re a tech worker who is embarrassed to be seen in such amoral company, we’ve got a suggestion: consider selling weed instead. When California...

2018-07-13
Facebook’s fight against fake news stops short of banning it

As Facebook continues its alleged fight against fake news, it’s been undermined this week by a comment made by an executive that makes it seem as though the company isn’t actually going to do anything about the problem. In an interview with CNN reporter Oliver Darcy, Facebook‘s head of News Feed, John Hegeman...

2018-07-13
These are the four startups anointed to present at the Sun Valley moguls’ confab

Meet buzzy companies you need to know in autonomous driving, fashion, precision medicine, and drones. On Saturday morning, while you’re sleeping in or doing chores, four highly regarded but not widely known startups will have a chance to dazzle some of the media, tech, and finance machers still hanging out...

2018-07-13
Much of the excitement and cool factor around Magic Leap is now gone

Another less than revealing demo. A major tie-up with AT&T. A Google investment fading into the past. Will this company really deliver? I had grown accustomed to those periodic, breathless tweets about the wonder and promise of Magic Leap’s mixed reality glasses. These tweets, which started showing up in...

2018-07-13
Controversial VC Shervin Pishevar tweets to help you any way he can

The embattled VC recently started the Twitter campaign #HowCanIHelp–and it seems like he means it. Shervin Pishevar has been in quite the giving mood.Read Full Story

2018-07-13
There’s only 1 Blockbuster store left

It’s the end of an era as two more Blockbuster locations are set to close, leaving only one lonely location in the US. With no potential mates, the species is doomed to extinction. At the peak of Blockbuster’s popularity there were more than 9,000 locations dotting the US. Now there’s just one. Conservation...

2018-07-13
Trailer: a new film on Silicon Valley’s most important failure

General Magic is the most influential tech company you’ve never heard of. Even if you follow the doings of Apple, Amazon, and Google, you’ve probably never heard of General Magic. But it just might be one of the most important tech companies in the history of Silicon Valley. Why? General Magic was...

2018-07-13
D.C. “boil water” advisory: Here’s what you need to know

The advisory remains in effect until further notice. The local agency that oversees the water supply in the nation’s capital has issued a “boil water” advisory for residents who live within the city’s northern half. The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, or DC Water, said...

2018-07-13
AT&T’s no-good week shows why it may regret its Google envy

The last five days have been bad news for AT&T’s entertainment and tech ambitions. At what point in the last five days did AT&T have a moment of creeping doubt that this whole desire to be a player in Hollywood may not be worth the headaches?Read Full Story

2018-07-13
The wild future of 4D design

A manufacturing technique from MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab that is poised to disrupt everything from furniture to housing finally has market-viable products to showcase. And they are stunning. The future of 4D printing is here—and now available for purchase at New York’s Patrick Parrish...

2018-07-13
The explosion of design tools has come at a cost

Sketch, Framer, Figma, Adobe XD: Design tools are proliferating, but they don’t always simplify the design process. Here are five ways toolmakers can create a better design ecosystem for everyone, writes designer fund codirector Ben Blumenfeld. In the past few years, the number of digital design tools available...

2018-07-13
Auspex International is the new Cambridge Analytica

The company was founded and is run by former Cambridge Analytica staff. That’s because Auspex was founded and is run by former Cambridge Analytica staff. Their new data analysis company claims to be “ethically based” and offers “boutique geopolitical consultancy” services, reports...

2018-07-13
AI is finding out when the person using your account isn’t you

A few months ago, security researchers at 4iQ uncovered a 41-gigabyte file being sold on the dark web that contained 1.4 billion username and password combinations from online services such as Netflix, Last.FM, LinkedIn, MySpace, Zoosk, YouPorn, Minecraft, Runescape, and others. Unfortunately, this is something that...

2018-07-13
When life gives you lemons, make a video of it rolling down a hill and get 4M views on Twitter

When life handed Mike Saskasegawa a lemon, he did what anyone would do: made a video of it rolling down a hill. For context, Mike was walking home from after a run and saw a lemon rolling down a hill. He grabbed his smartphone and began to film it as it continued its journey down the street, along a sidewalk near his...

2018-07-13
Facebook walks an uncomfortable line on fake news, and Alex Jones isn’t helping

In a Twitter clash with CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy, Facebook essentially admitted today that it doesn’t believe in shutting down pages on the site that repeatedly promote fake news. Darcy had asked why the company didn’t shut down the page for InfoWars, the conspiracy-laden media platform helmed by...

2018-07-12
A Business Insider columnist writes a bad column, and resigns over it

Columnist Daniella Greenbaum announced her resignation on Twitter after a controversial post she had authored was taken down. A weird thing that seems to keep happening lately is the tendency of center-right writers to misconstrue editing for censorship. The job of a columnist is not to simply yell their opinions in...

2018-07-12
Facebook’s ‘trustworthy’ news is mostly Anderson Cooper and Fox News

Facebook this week unveiled the schedule for its funded news shows, and it could use a little diversity — the entire slate is dominated by two shows. I really hope you like Anderson Cooper and/or Fox News, because both of those combined take up about 80 percent of the schedule — Fox News in particular is on every...

2018-07-12
Embarrassment can make you a better designer

The human brain is a formidable machine. Get yourself doing the same task over-and-over-and-over, and your brain will start shaping itself around that task. If you’re an interface designer, chances are you’ll build a special eye for type sizes, alignment, color tones. If you’re focused in UX, your brain will...

2018-07-12
Is Silicon Valley doomed to become the next Detroit?

The moral and economic decline of Detroit’s elite offers an important cautionary tale for Silicon Valley. There was a time when California’s Santa Clara Valley, bucolic home to orchards and vineyards, was known as “the valley of heart’s delight.” The same area was later dubbed...

2018-07-12
Users might not trust Facebook, but people love working there

According to employee reviews on Indeed, salary and perks are just a small part of why they love to work at these companies. Facebook’s privacy and fake news woes notwithstanding, the social network giant topped the list of best workplaces as rated by Indeed’s latest survey.Read...

2018-07-12
Uber lays off 100 self-driving car test drivers

The move comes after the fatal Uber crash in Arizona earlier this year. The layoffs affect self-driving car test drivers in Pittsburgh and comes in the wake of the fatal Uber self-driving car collision in Arizona earlier this year, reports CNBC. The move follows the layoffs of 300 safety drivers in that state earlier...

2018-07-12
Microsoft might move jobs abroad due to U.S. immigration policies

“In the world of technology, you better stand behind your people because your people are your most valuable asset.” The company’s president and chief legal officer Brad Smith told CNBC that Microsoft doesn’t want to move jobs overseas, but may have to if it can’t hire the skilled...

2018-07-12
Google X’s ambitious Loon and Wing projects graduate into independent companies

Loon and Wing, two of Google X’s moonshot projects, “graduated” yesterday to become full companies under the Alphabet banner. Loon was an ambitious Google X project to establish a network of balloons in the stratosphere to relay internet connectivity to people in remote regions. Meanwhile, Wing saw the use of...

2018-07-12
Yes, you’re losing Twitter followers. No, it’s not because you’re an asshole (probably).

Twitter today announced it’d be removing locked accounts from users’ follower counts. If you’ve noticed a precipitous drop in follower counts today, it’s not you — it’s your followers. Reports surfaced earlier this week that Twitter had suspended a multitude of fake accounts in the months of May and June...

2018-07-12
Google’s Loon and Wing are real Alphabet companies now

The two projects, part of the Google X innovation initiative, are now freestanding “Other Bets” companies.  Another pair of Google’s “moonshots” is graduating from the experimental stage into full-fledged companies.Read Full Story

2018-07-11
What if your coffee table was also a robot?

It’s not as wild as it sounds. According to one designer, autonomous furniture could vastly improve the way disabled people get around their homes. Life hacks aren’t just for the productivity-obsessed. They’re a necessary part of life for differently-abled people navigating a world that was not...

2018-07-11
Donald Trump’s Twitter following is dropping bigly—and he’s not alone

Twitter shut down many accounts that had previously been locked because of unconventional behavior. President Trump likes to tout his massive Twitter following as a sign of his influence. But thanks to a big-time ongoing purge by Twitter of shady users, Trump’s following is going down, by a lot.Read Full Story ...

2018-07-11
Facebook is teaching AI to talk you through directions

Facebook is developing a “Talk the Walk” AI capable of giving walking directions without knowing a user’s location. What it is: A team comprised of a researcher from the University of Montreal in Canada and Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) scientists recently published a white paper describing a...

2018-07-11
Facebook will let you use AR to ‘try on’ items in ads

Facebook is rolling out a new ad format that uses augmented reality to encourage you to sample some of the products on display. The details: The ads appear similar to every other Facebook ad out there, appearing as a promoted tile on your Newsfeed — except they have a “Tap to Try it On” option (presumably with...

2018-07-11
The Sustainable Development Goals are slipping out of reach

The world is isn’t making progress on the UN’s 17 benchmarks for a more just and environmentally sound society–and the U.S. has abdicated any leadership. You very likely do not need a comprehensive data set to tell you that by the measures of social fairness and sustainability, the world is not...

2018-07-11
Facebook taught bots to navigate New York City using natural language

Talk the Walk features two bots–a tourist and a guide–communicating in natural language, with the guide helping the tourist find a specific location in New York. Imagine a tourist and a guide exchanging texts as the visitor tries to find the Manhattan coffee shop where she’s meeting a friend. Text...

2018-07-11
#BlackLivesMatter turns 5 this week

The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag has been used nearly 30 million times. And its hashtag has become one of the most successful of all political and social issue hashtags on Twitter since its inception, a study by Pew Research has found. As of May 1, 2018, the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag has been used nearly 30 million times...

2018-07-11
How to get Michael Bierut to design your logo for free

Cozy up to a blog called McMansion Hell, for starters. You may not have heard of it, but the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization Electronic Frontier Foundation is basically like the ACLU, but for digital rights like privacy and free speech. Since 1990, EFF has helped fight for things like the right to repair...

2018-07-11
XMotors denies receiving stolen Apple car project data

An ex-Apple employee is alleged to have stolen hardware and software secrets from Apple shortly before resigning, with plans to move back to China to work for XMotors. The Chinese-owned electric vehicle company has denied receiving data about Apple’s Project Titan car project from a former Apple employee who...

2018-07-11
Target has a secret app for superfans, and it looks like Instagram

The invite-only app lets members collaborate with Target designers–and see their ideas in stores. I’m looking at an app, and I could swear it’s Instagram. I see large square photos in an endless feed. Avatars appear in round circles. You can tap a heart to like something. Inside any post, there...

2018-07-11
Facebook receives maximum fine over Cambridge Analytical scandal

But at only $660,000, it will take the company just 18 minutes to pay it off. The fine was levied by the United Kingdom’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), reports CNBC. The ICO fined Facebook because they said the company failed to safeguard users’ data and it also was...

2018-07-11
Digital Artist painstakingly recreates Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ on an ancient Macintosh SE

As music videos go, Childish Gambino‘s “This is America” is an instant classic. The retired alter ego of actor Donald Glover really nailed the finer points of American social commentary, offering an behind-the-curtain view of what it’s like to live in the United States more than 50 years removed from the...

2018-07-10
PayPal apologizes for telling woman her death violated account policies

PayPal recently sent a woman a letter explaining that her death violated its account holder policies. When her grieving husband shared a copy on his social media accounts, it was hard to believe it was actually real. And just as shocking has been PayPal’s response, the company seems to be taking the matter...

2018-07-10
Instagram’s new Questions stickers make it easy to get recommendations

In the latest update on iOS and Android, Instagram has finally released the Questions sticker it started testing last month. Now you can not only hold live Q&As with your audience, you can also use the Questions to get recommendations on restaurants, music, or just about anything else you could want. Instagram...

2018-07-10
Google introduces machine learning ad tools and brands are hot for them

Responsive search ads, brand lift measurement on YouTube, smart shopping, and more dynamic local ads all announced at Google Marketing Live event. In the wake of consumer data scandals like Cambridge Analytica, heightened scrutiny for targeted advertising practices, and marketers’ concerns that their ads will...

2018-07-10
Billionaire Elon Musk is offended that the media calls him a billionaire

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO decided to share a hot take on his trigger word. Today, as on most days, billionaire CEO Elon Musk was perusing Twitter and decided to share a hot take on the media’s use of the term “billionaire.”Read Full Story

2018-07-10
YouTube’s Android app is rolling out an incognito mode

Every once in a while, I find something really weird on YouTube that I want to watch but would rather not have in my history, messing with my recommendations. Thankfully, Google finally has a solution on mobile devices, borrowed from Chrome: Incognito mode. The feature began testing back in May and, as spotted by...

2018-07-10
Would Homer Simpson have voted for Trump? A deep investigation.

We examine a question that has caused our writer multiple sleepless nights over the last 18 months. It’s a battle for a beloved cartoon character’s soul. On Sunday night, Donald Trump tweeted a self-congratulatory magnum troll-opus featuring the famous Simpsons “prediction” of his...

2018-07-10

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