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Hang on, you can @ people in Gmail?

A significant chunk of my workday is spent in Gmail. It’s probably the single product I use the most, and with a product that big, it’s easy for features to pass under your nose. That’s exactly the case with this: it turns out you can “@” people in Gmail, just like Twitter and Instagram. Here’s how it...

2018-07-10
Nvidia wants to use AI to fix all your grainy photos

Goodbye, grainy Instagram images. Your Instagram feed is about to get a whole lot prettier thanks to artificial intelligence.Read Full Story

2018-07-10
Why this robo-car startup does things differently from the big boys

Hungary-based AImotive believes self-driving cars can navigate with regular cameras. It’s building a custom chip and virtual simulator to prove it. When I first visited autonomous car company AImotive in May 2017, I thought Google Maps had led me astray. Instead of an office building or warehouse, I faced a...

2018-07-10
June in Africa: Google balloons, ICOs, and internet shutdowns

Google is actively seeking partnerships to roll out Project Loon in Kenya, which will involve beaming internet in rural areas from hot air balloons. In a further connectivity boost for Kenya, the country’s government has set aside $30 million USD from taxes paid by the country’s mobile operators to roll out...

2018-07-10
Microsoft unveils its $399 Surface Go tablet iPad competitor

The company is positioning its new Surface Go as an alternative to both Apple’s iPad and Google’s Chromebooks. The sub-$400 tablet is the company’s cheapest and smallest. The Surface Go weighs just 1.15 lbs. and is 8.3 mm thin. It features a 10-inch custom-built high-resolution PixelSense...

2018-07-10
WhatsApp begins its difficult battle against fake news in India

Following a recent string of lynchings across India, largely fueled by misinformation spread via WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service is responding to the government’s demands to tackle the issue of fake news and rumors on its platform. RS Prasad, the country’s current Union Minister for Law and Justice,...

2018-07-10
YouTube will fight fake news and conspiracy theorists by linking to reputable articles

While blame for the spreading fake news has often fallen on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, they’re hardly alone. YouTube in particular is hugely influential, with five billion videos watched every day. Earlier this year, Chief Product Office Neal Mohan said the average mobile viewing session...

2018-07-09
So long, sucker: Hyatt is also ditching straws and single-use plastics

Hyatt is going straw-free. Hyatt hotels want to make sure guests have Instagram-worthy oceanfront views. The hotel group has announced that it will eliminate single-use plastic straws, drink picks, and other single-use plastics from its hotels around the world, helping to save the oceans from one of the sources of...

2018-07-09
Jason Stein, digital innovator and Twitter gadfly, is leaving Cycle Media

Stein departure from Cycle Media and Laundry Service coincides with reported lay-offs of dozens of employees. Jason Stein, CEO of Cycle Media–which includes the Laundry Service creative agency and Cycle, a digital media company responsible for the ESPN collaborations Buckets and Last Table–is...

2018-07-09
Twitter suspended over 70M accounts since May. Here’s a better solution.

Twitter has gone to war with fake and suspicious accounts — for real this time. According to a report from The Washington Post, the world’s most toxic social platform has suspended more than a million accounts per day — some 70 million in total — since the beginning of May. The pace, at least for now,...

2018-07-09
Anti-ICE protesters descend on Salesforce Tower in San Francisco

Tech workers say donations to charities don’t make up for contract work with U.S. immigration agencies. First Google, then Microsoft, and now Salesforce.Read Full Story

2018-07-09
EOS block producers briefly crash due to RAM misconfiguration

Fledgling cryptocurrency EOS can’t seem to catch a break. Over the weekend, top block producer, EOS New York, took to Twitter to notify users that several other block producers had crashed due to a RAM-related complication. It appears that shortly after the overall RAM usage on the platform passed the 1GB mark, the...

2018-07-09
Starbucks will stop using single-use plastic straws by 2020

The company has also introduced a new strawless lid. The world’s largest coffee chain has announced it plans to ditch single-use plastic straws in all of its shops by 2020, reports CNBC. And that’s not just in America–Starbucks will eliminate plastic stars in all its stores globally. In addition...

2018-07-09
The secret to happy UX, according to a legendary game designer

The famous rhythm game Lumines is back, and it’s a reminder of where things went wrong. I don’t remember the last time that I looked at a screen and smiled.Read Full Story

2018-07-09
Even Elon Musk is talking about the cryptocurrency scam epidemic on Twitter

Twitter has been dealing with a cryptocurrency scambot epidemic on its platform for months – and the situation has gotten so out of hand that even Elon Musk is talking about it now. But instead of bashing the odd trend like anyone else, Musk hinted he is somewhat impressed by the individuals running the network of...

2018-07-09
Check out Elon Musk’s mini-sub built to rescue Thailand kids

The sub is made from the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket. The billionaire has been working on the sub since the weekend-but the good news is it may not be needed. Four of the boys have already been rescued from the cave, while 8 remain. Still, Musk is continuing work on his mini-sub should it be needed....

2018-07-09
How to engage with influencers on Twitter for your brand

I’m sure you’re no stranger to the growing popularity of influencer marketing among brands and marketers today. The significant growth in the number of people showing interest in “influencer marketing” during recent years is proof enough. However, have you ever wondered why? Because people trust the opinions...

2018-07-09
Thai Navy SEALs use Facebook for nail-biting updates on cave rescue mission

The Facebook page for the Thai Navy SEALs has been posting updates on the effort. In an international rescue mission that has gripped the entire world, at least four members of a boys’ soccer team were freed on Sunday from a cave in northern Thailand where they had been trapped for more than two weeks.Read...

2018-07-08
How to engage with influencers on Twitter for you brand

I’m sure you’re no stranger to the growing popularity of influencer marketing among brands and marketers today. The significant growth in the number of people showing interest in “influencer marketing” during recent years is proof enough. However, have you ever wondered why? Because people trust the opinions...

2018-07-07
This blank Google doc restored our faith in humanity

Ever heard of Godwin’s Law? It’s an old internet adage asserting that the longer an online discussion continues, the more likely Nazis or Hitler will be brought up. This idea was created by Mike Godwin, the creator of the meme, in the October 1994 issue of Wired. It may have shifted slightly in shape...

2018-07-07
Ever dreamed of selling your data for cash? Dream on

“Personal data is the new oil of the internet and the new currency of the digital world.” Not my words, but words of Ms Kuneva, the European commissioner back in 2009. As much as the bureaucrats are removed from the real life, she was right then and even more right now. Just look at the valuations of the data...

2018-07-07
A tale of two Elons: Why this superhero should get banned from Twitter (but won’t)

Elon Musk‘s Twitter presence has become a meditation on good and evil. On one hand he’s benevolent and accessible — anyone can chat the Tesla CEO up and he’s often willing to offer his aid and influence to help others. But on the other hand he’s a vindictive bully who singles out individuals and publicly...

2018-07-06
Sonos files to go public as it amps up its speaker game

Sonos is preparing for an IPO, filing to go public with the SEC. The company set a placeholder value of $100 million, although that number could change before the IPO. The filing gives us our best look at Sonos sales so far. The company made nearly $1 billion in revenue in the past fiscal year, although it had a net...

2018-07-06
Facebook accidentally flagged the Declaration of Independence

Facebook took down a post containing passages from the Declaration of Independence, saying they were hate speech. It has since apologized — though the algorithm may have been justified in flagging the material. A Texas newspaper called the Liberty County Vindicator decided to celebrate July 4th by posting excerpts...

2018-07-05
How Trump’s D.C. hotel works to help swamp the drain

Amazon Web Services, a government contractor, was among the sponsors of a recent conference at the hotel, raising concerns about conflicts of interest. “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon,” President Donald J. Trump tweeted on April 2, 2018. It was...

2018-07-05
The U.S. Air Force learned to code—and saved the Pentagon millions

In partnership with Pivotal Labs, a pilot program is out to remake how the Pentagon acquires weapons systems. In October 2016, Eric Schmidt found himself in the Arab Gulf nation of Qatar. Then executive chairman of Alphabet, Inc., Google’s parent company, Schmidt was touring military installations in his role...

2018-07-05
India’s cryptocurrency ban has already taken its first toll

It seems that Indian Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the central bank’s directive against cryptocurrency businesses is taking its toll already. Zebpay is disabling the deposit and withdrawal options for Indian Rupee from its platform, the company announced today. Dear User, Today we are disabling the rupee...

2018-07-04
Binance resets API keys en masse amidst fear of Syscoin blockchain glitch [Updated]

It appears that Syscoin (SYS) cryptocurrency’s blockchain has been compromised. (Update [July 4, 8 AM UTC]: Syscoin has since released a statement claiming the complications did not originate from its network. Read the updates at the bottom for more details.) Syscoin’s blockchain explorer shows that more than one...

2018-07-04
Syscoin’s blockchain possibly compromised as 1 SYS trades for 98 BTC on Binance

It appears that Syscoin (SYS) cryptocurrency’s blockchain has been compromised. Syscoin’s blockchain explorer shows that more than one billion of its coins were transacted in a single block. This is peculiar because the cryptocurrency’s total possible supply is 888 million — significantly less than the amount...

2018-07-04
Syscoin’s blockchain compromised as 1 SYS trades for 98 Bitcoin on Binance

It appears that Syscoin (SYS) cryptocurrency’s blockchain has been compromised. Syscoin’s blockchain explorer shows that more than one billion of its coins were mined in a single block. This is peculiar because the cryptocurrency’s total possible supply is 888 million — significantly less than the mined amount...

2018-07-03
Need a cab in one of the world’s most fragile countries? Call Facebook

How one Bangui entrepreneur traded in a global currency to become a local mobility powerhouse. Getting around Bangui isn’t always easy. The roads in the sunny capital of the Central African Republic are not as congested with traffic jams as other big African cities, but they are still a buzzing beehive of...

2018-07-03
Everything AT&T has done in 3 weeks to take on Facebook and Netflix

AT&T has revealed several new services and big deals in the wake of buying Time Warner. Can the phone company keep operating at internet speed? It took a grueling 18 months for AT&T to acquire Time Warner. But in the few weeks since the deal was announced last month, AT&T has been working at warp speed,...

2018-07-03
Here’s what happens when you share bad blockchain blogs in an editable Google Doc

People have always said I take jokes too far. If there’s a line in the sand marked “too far,” I regularly speed past it like Lewis Hamilton in the Monaco Grand Prix, until it’s just a faint shadow in the rear-view mirror. Take, for example, the unfortunate KFoodRecipes. KFoodRecipes (presumably not his real...

2018-07-03
Ad giant IPG bets big on consumer data with $2.3 billion Acxiom deal

By buying marketing data firm Acxiom, Interpublic Group aims for better data, and less reliance on others like Facebook and Google, to target us with ads. So Interpublic Group (IPG), one of the ad-world’s global conglomerates, is acquiring data-marketing giant Acxiom for $2.3 billion. Why? In a word, data.Read...

2018-07-03
Australian university accidentally advertises an “MFA in mansplaining”

Images of the billboard are currently the top Google result for “mansplaining.” The University of Adelaide’s billboard is getting more attention than intended. The ad, which graces a block in the Australian city of Adelaide, shows five women gathered around a man who appears to be explaining...

2018-07-03
Looking back at “Legally Blonde” as a proto-#MeToo manifesto

Reese Witherspoon’s comedy classic had a salient #MeToo message, 17 years ahead of its time. Last fall, Reese Witherspoon quickly joined the chorus of female celebrities sharing #MeToo stories in the aftermath of Harvey Weinstein’s unmasking.Read Full Story

2018-07-03
Facebook is shuttering three of its apps, including Moves

Moves was originally launched in 2013, and Facebook acquired the app for an undisclosed sum in 2014. It had been lauded for its simple design user interface, as well as its accuracy. The company announced that it is discontinuing three of its mobile applications. The first app on the chopping block is Hello, which...

2018-07-03
Definitely don’t use these VPNs to avoid Uganda’s social media tax

In case you hadn’t heard, Uganda has a social media tax. From the 1st July, citizens of the East African country have had to pay 200 Ugandan Shillings (roughly $0.05) every single day to access social networks, such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp. As you can imagine, people are really, really, really...

2018-07-03
Facebook is shuttering a bunch of its apps you didn’t bother to use

Facebook announced today that it’s killing off three mobile apps that folks didn’t care much about: Hello, Moves, and tbh. Don’t worry if you didn’t know about these before. Hello was only available in Brazil, Nigeria, and the US and meant to replace your Android dialer. Moves was designed to record your...

2018-07-03
Feds expand probe into Facebook over its Cambridge Analytica actions and statements

The FBI, SEC, and FTC are all said to be looking at how the U.K. company got tens of millions of Facebook users’ information, and what Facebook did in the aftermath. Several federal agencies have begun an investigation into Facebook’s actions surrounding data acquired by Cambridge Analytica, as well as...

2018-07-02
Android P Beta 3 is rolling out now

Android P beta 3 is rolling out today. Don’t expect much in the way on consumer-facing features, as Google finalized all the APIs with Beta 2. Instead, Google says Beta 3 focuses on “the latest bug fixes and optimizations for stability and polish,” which suggests this should be pretty close to what we’ll get...

2018-07-02
Facebook reveals it shared user data with dozens of major companies

Over the weekend, Facebook revealed it had partnerships with 52 organizations with which it shared user data, possibly without users’ consent. Facebook disclosed the partnerships in a 700-page manifesto to Congress’s House Energy and Commerce Committee. Some of the partnerships had already been uncovered, with...

2018-07-02
Facebook just bought an AI startup to help it fight fake news

TechCrunch has reported that Facebook is acquiring London-based startup, Bloomsbury AI, as part of its efforts to fight against fake news on the world’s largest social network. Bloomsbury’s product is an NLP engine that helps machines answer questions on information derived from documents. TechCrunch’s sources...

2018-07-02
Even Instagram thinks you’re spending too much time on Instagram

Enough is enough, already! [Photo: courtesy of Instagram]Is Instagram the first (and last) thing you look at daily? Well, starting today, Instagram wants to help you stop scrolling. A new feature will signal when users have seen all new posts in the last 48 hours with a notice that says “You’re All...

2018-07-02
Cleveland is moving on without LeBron James—this time minus the jersey burnings

He brought home a title in 2016, fulfilling a promise to his home-state fans. But not everything is peaches and cream. Decision 3.0 was so very 2018: A tweet from LeBron James’s management company–sent just as he was about to board a private jet for a trip to Europe–announced he’s...

2018-07-02
A bug unblocked more than 800,000 Facebook and Messenger users

The bug temporarily unblocked the users for eight days at the end of May and beginning of June. It’s not on the scale of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but Facebook once again has egg on its face thanks to a privacy problem.Read Full Story

2018-07-02
Two weeks after Time Warner deal is approved, AT&T raises DirecTV Now rates

The giant telecom said the merger wouldn’t lead to substantially higher consumer prices. Well.. AT&T says it’s raising the price of its DirecTV Now streaming pay TV offering by $5 per month to $40 for the basic service and $75 for a premium package. The rationale: “. . .we’re bringing...

2018-07-02
Instagram tests letting you ask questions in Stories

Looks like Instagram is on a feature-adding frenzy of late. The latest, spotted in a small test pool, allows users to (apparently) ask their followers questions and receive answers. The details: First spotted yesterday by Android Police, the feature appears to allow users to ask questions to their followers via...

2018-07-02

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