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New investment site helps people avoid funding gun manufacturers, military contractors

The Weapon Free Funds site reveals how much mutual funds from companies like Fidelity and Vanguard are invested in the arms business. Americans may never agree on what the Second Amendment means, or what role the U.S. military should play in the world. But those who want to see fewer guns and bombs can go beyond angry...

2018-06-26
Cybersecurity pros are limiting their personal use of Facebook, survey says

A survey of Black Hat security conference attendees found them pessimistic about privacy and security About 65% of surveyed current and former attendees at the annual Black Hat USA security conference say they’re limiting their use of Facebook or not using it at all after the recent controversies over the...

2018-06-26
Report: Big tech data centers are threatening Denmark’s environmental progress

Apple, Google, and Facebook are all reportedly planning on building data centers in Denmark. Denmark has been notably successful at cutting its carbon footprint, but now Apple, Google, and Facebook are threatening to reverse that progress.Read Full Story

2018-06-26
Here’s how Anthony Bourdain changed my life

Because of him, I wanted to learn and experience other people’s cultures and traditions through the food they eat. Back in 2000, I was a recent college grad armed with a degree in fashion design that I certainly wasn’t using in my web design job. I knew the internet was something that I wanted to be a...

2018-06-26
Tech giants met U.S. intelligence officials to discuss the midterm election prep

Facebook hosted the event, which the Times reported as being “tense.” Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Oath, Snap, and Twitter met with U.S. intelligence officials to discuss preparations for the upcoming midterm elections, the New York Times reports. Facebook hosted the event, which the Times...

2018-06-26
Apple Maps’ flaws are keeping me from dumping Google for good

Apple builds its apps with privacy in mind. But after six years, its mapping app lacks many of the features that make Google Maps so useful. 2018 could be a watershed year when it comes to the historic willingness of consumers to trade their privacy for online services. People are increasingly becoming leery of...

2018-06-26
Tech giants met US intelligence officials to discuss the midterm election prep

Facebook hosted the event, which the Times reported as being “tense.” Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Oath, Snap, and Twitter met with officials from US intelligence officials to discuss preparations for the upcoming midterm elections, the New York Times reports. Facebook hosted the event,...

2018-06-26
Google Earth’s new measuring tool is a fun toy for geography nerds

Mapping apps have long allowed us to measure the distance between multiple locations around the globe – but if you’re looking for more precise figures, you’ll want to try the latest feature in Google Earth. The new Measure tool lets you plot as many points as you like on a part of the globe to find out the...

2018-06-26
Expert predicts ‘AI nationalism’ will change geopolitical landscape

The US and China are leagues ahead of any other country when it comes to AI technology. And it’s because they know how to prioritize their own programs. Rather than waste time discussing the dangers of AI with the UN, or crafting global policy, the two countries have become AI nationalists. Artificial intelligence...

2018-06-25
Today would have been Anthony Bourdain’s birthday: Here’s how he changed my life

Because of him, I wanted to learn and experience other people’s cultures and traditions through the food they eat. Back in 2000, I was a recent college grad armed with a degree in fashion design that I certainly wasn’t using in my web design job. I knew the internet was something that I wanted to be a...

2018-06-25
Hotels are still tripping over themselves to offer free goodies to fake influencers

Brands and businesses everywhere are starting to adopt new forms of advertising that involve partnering with so-called “influencers” on social media. But how willing are they to vet the actual accounts on whom they spend hundreds of dollars? Apparently not much — even when the account in question is an obvious...

2018-06-25
White men still hold the most leadership positions in tech

Black employees make up less than 2% of professionals while nearly a third of tech firms have no female executives of color. It’s still pretty difficult to be a woman or person of color in Silicon Valley. A report from The Center for Investigative Reporting of 177 of the largest San Francisco Bay Area tech...

2018-06-25
Would you pay nearly $400 for Thinx’s “period sex” blanket?

Thinx’s latest endeavor is to make period sex leakproof. Earlier this year, comedian and actress Rachel Bloom—the brains behind the CW’s musical dramedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend—released the music video for “Period Sex,” a paean to, well, period sex that was...

2018-06-25
The Dow is tumbling and trade angst is battering tech stocks like Netflix and Amazon

American tech giants like Netflix, Amazon, Google, and Facebook shed significant shareholder value today. Trade war anxieties are spreading on Wall Street, and not even Big Tech is being spared.Read Full Story

2018-06-25
Mini-rant: What’s the point of Android P’s new gestures?

When Google first introduced navigation gestures with the Android P beta, I applauded the move. It was a long overdue evolution of the old-school Android navigation buttons. But now that I’ve spent over a month with the Android P, the experience has soured some. I still think gestures are the way forward, but...

2018-06-25
Google is working with community colleges to train future IT professionals

The IT Support Professional Certificate is coming to over 25 community colleges. Google is going back to college. The company announced today that it is bringing its IT Support Professional Certificate to over 25 community colleges to help graduates get in on the estimated 150,000 well-paying jobs currently open...

2018-06-25
Here are the top 10 Instagram-worthy beaches based on hashtags

Life’s a #beach. Looking for an Instagram-worthy vacation spot that will make your friends and family feel all kinds of FOMO? Price-comparison website TravelSupermarket has revealed the world’s most popular beaches, according to how many times people have posted a photo on Instagram that...

2018-06-25
Oculus TV brings high-quality shows, movies, and more to VR

Available today for the Oculus Go, the new app features Showtime, Hulu, Netflix, Facebook Watch, and much more. Oculus, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company, just launched its video channel, known as Oculus TV.Read Full Story

2018-06-25
How “scrappy” Google won Cannes Lions’ Creative Marketer of the Year

CMO Lorraine Twohill talks about the company’s marketing evolution, being a challenger to Amazon, and earning user trust. Watch some of the earliest marketing efforts for Google Chrome and there is no way you’d predict that some years later, chief marketing officer Lorraine Twohill would be walking...

2018-06-25
5 counterintuitive ways to beat distractions at work

When you’ve tried all of the conventional advice and you still find yourself scrolling through Facebook, try one of these methods. You’re constantly distracted, and you’ve tried every conventional method to beat it, from time blocking to the Pomodoro Technique and installing extensions to...

2018-06-25
Jimmy Fallon responded perfectly to Trump’s salty tweet about him

The normally apolitical, all-smiles-all-the-time host of “The Tonight Show” showed a new side in his tweet about the president. When the Waffle House Hero, James Shaw Jr., earned national acclaim for saving a bunch of lives with his bare hands, Donald Trump let three weeks pass before calling him. In...

2018-06-25
Microsoft adds native adblocking to Edge for Android

Following the lead of both Opera and Google, Microsoft has announced it’s bringing native adblocking to its Edge for Android web browser. Microsoft has already began rolling out the feature to those running the beta version of Edge for Android. Those using the stable version of the browser will receive the feature...

2018-06-25
This AI matchmaker could mine Twitter to find you a date

Researchers built an algorithm that could spot a love match from public social media data. A new deep learning algorithm called CoupleNet analyzes the tweets of two users and estimates how compatible the duo would be. It’s a different approach than dating sites and apps like Match.com or Tinder that rely on...

2018-06-25
Facebook has the ability to predict your death

It also can spy on your television viewing history using your phone’s mic. The New York Times has an interesting piece titled “What 7 Creepy Patents Reveal About Facebook.” And that headline is pretty spot on. Among its creepiest patents:Read Full Story

2018-06-25
Why the future of share-worthy content is personal

We all have “that Facebook friend.” Several of them, most likely. The kind who religiously shares and comments on his own “On This Day” stories, tagging you in any that are related to you, of course. He also dutifully shares his “Friendiversary” and “Year in Review” videos, continuously proving the...

2018-06-25
Slack is quietly working on expiring statuses and better DMs

Slack has finally addressed two of the biggest complaints with the app: statuses that never expire, and the relative clunkiness in composing new direct messages. The features were found hidden in the existing app by Jane Manchun Wong, a student and researcher based in Boston. Slack has long offered the ability for...

2018-06-25
BET Awards 2018 live stream: How to watch the red carpet and ceremony without a TV

DJ Khaled tops the list of nominees with a total of six. Raise a glass to the perpetuity of awards season, because the BET Awards are happening tonight at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Viacom-owned BET Networks will broadcast the event, with red carpet coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. Los Angeles...

2018-06-24
UX designers, stop the jargon and keep it simple

“On this screen, we have added a photo gallery. You can clearly see how it is inspired by Don Norman’s first level of visceral design, and how it utilizes some foundational Gestalt principles, helping achieve our graceful degradation strategy for pre-webkit browsers. It’s very gestural, intuitive, designed for...

2018-06-24
Does Facebook know enough about us to play cupid?

When Facebook announced that it would be launching a dating app, shares in Match group (which owns Tinder), immediately plunged by 22 percent — later to recover after its positive profit announcement. Clearly, investors — as yet — are undecided on whether users are going to abandon the likes of Tinder, Bumble,...

2018-06-23
Tech companies are eavesdropping on you through your smart speaker

Would you be willing to equip your bedroom or living room with an internet-connected microphone that could record and send all your conversations to the data-hungry server of a giant tech company or to a random person in your contact list? That is basically the privacy and security risk you’re taking when you bring...

2018-06-23
How to get voice-enabled apps right in the age of ‘smart’ everything

Voice automation is on everyone’s mind this year, and for good reason. Siri, Alexa, and their peers have sparked visions of a science-fiction-like future and generated excitement around their potential to help simplify our lives with a widely accessible, responsive user interface. Yet this technology is still in its...

2018-06-23
Facebook confirms it’s working on a feature to curb your social media addiction

Facebook wants to help you spend less time on Facebook. Yes, you read that right. The discovery comes courtesy of developer Jane Manchun Wong. She found code in Facebook’s Android app for a feature called “Your Time on Facebook,” as first reported by TechCrunch. Facebook has since confirmed the feature is in...

2018-06-22
LinkedIn is a hellhole and this Twitter account proves it

LinkedIn is a unique kind of toxic nightmare.  The type that, if it were a real city or town, would be the desolate setting of a video game where you blast its mutated inhabitants with railguns. Highlighting the weapons-grade twattery of the residents of LinkedIn-upon-Thames is my current favorite Twitter account,...

2018-06-22
Retailers can’t out-Amazon Amazon, but they can change the rules

One marketer and privacy expert says consumer brands should double down on customer service, not Amazon-esque data tracking, to differentiate themselves. I work in marketing, which means I’m always trying to sell you something. It’s a tough business, made even more so by the fact that people react...

2018-06-22
Did Big Tech just help kill New York’s revenge porn bill?

New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, had pledged to sign the bill if it made it to his desk. New York’s state legislature was working on passing a law that would have made so-called revenge porn a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. But the bill was just effectively killed, and now its...

2018-06-22
Rebecca Minkoff on creating a brand and workplace for modern women

“The model most businesses are set up on is an old one. It’s the 9-to-6, these are the rules, don’t bring your personal baggage to work.” Earlier this week at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Rebecca Minkoff appeared on a Girls Lounge panel with Sophia Amoruso, Dee Poku-Spalding,...

2018-06-22
Science fiction icon Octavia Butler is honored with a Google Doodle

The African American writer was the first science fiction author to win the MacArthur Fellowship. Octavia Butler is one of the best science fiction writers of all time, and the first science fiction author to win the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. She also happens to be one of the very few women and very few...

2018-06-22
Twitter buys “trust and safety” startup, shuts it down, leaves customers stranded

Online harassment monitor Smyte was purchased by Twitter. Yesterday, news broke that Twitter had snapped up the online trust and safety startup Smyte, to help address its own online harassment issues, which sounded like great news. Smyte uses a combination of machine learning and human moderators to identify and...

2018-06-22
Twitter buys a “trust and safety” company and shuts it down immediately

Online harassment monitor Smyte was purchased by Twitter. Yesterday, news broke that Twitter had snapped up the online trust and safety startup Smyte, to help address its own online harassment issues, which sounded like great news. Smyte uses a combination of machine learning and human moderators to identify and...

2018-06-22
Inside the mysterious Bitcoin hash that shook up the cryptocurrency community

#00000000000000000021e800c1e8df51b22c1588e5a624bea17e9faa34b2dc4a You know how geeky the cryptocurrency community is, when this is the trending hashtag on Twitter. This long sequence is a ‘block hash’ — a cryptographic number that is produced when new transactions are validated and written on the Bitcoin...

2018-06-22
The world’s animals are getting their very own Facebook

The researchers behind Wildbook are using AI and new backing from Microsoft to turn even your whale-watching photos into weapons against extinction. The animal kingdom is getting its very own social network, but instead of vacation pics and baby announcements, it will be filled with data that could help...

2018-06-22
Google Assistant’s Continued Conversations feature makes voice commands less awkward

As it promised at its I/O Conference last month, Google has now enabled Continued Conversations in its voice-activated Assistant, so you don’t have to invoke it with a ‘Hey Google’ for every new command. That should make Google’s app and smart speakers a little less awkward to use, especially when you’ve got...

2018-06-22
YouTube adds new monetization options for creators

YouTube announced today it would be adding new options for creators to make money from their content. Most of the options are reminiscent of what other platforms have tried, but they could still alleviate a problem YouTubers have been facing for over a year. Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, introduced...

2018-06-21
Google’s AR measurement app is coming to an Android Phone near you

Back at WWDC, Apple announced it was giving every iPhone a ruler in the form of an AR app called Measure. Now Google is firing back with an app also called Measure. Actually Google technically beat Apple to the punch. Measure has been available for a while on Tango devices (remember Tango?). But this is the first...

2018-06-21
Hillary Clinton warned us about Trump’s family separation policy

Clinton’s words from one of the presidential debates were chillingly accurate. If you spend enough time on Twitter, you’ll eventually see the truism that “there’s a Trump tweet for everything.” Like in 2014 when then-citizen Trump lashed out at then-President Barack Obama for golfing...

2018-06-21
This AI hiring platform is a ‘Technology Pioneer’ according to World Economic Forum

Pymetrics is a New York-based AI hiring-platform, that allows companies to hire more diverse candidates. The company boasts clients of very large sizes, such as Unilever, Google, Airbnb, and Twitter. And now, they were just named ‘Technology Pioneers’ by the World Economic Forum (WOF). Pymetrics’ hiring...

2018-06-21
Is Facebook finally ready to fact-check memes?

If so, it’s about time. Facebook has long told the world that it wants to improve its content moderation game, and the world has waited for results. Today, the company announced a slew of new tools to combat fake news. They include more robust fact-checking in more countries, new technological techniques for...

2018-06-21
This heat map shows the only parts of job ads that get read

LinkedIn surfaced the things most important to candidates that employers may be missing. Employers who labor over their carefully crafted job posting explaining their mission and company culture, should be aware of a simple fact: Job seekers are skimming the listing and honing in on one thing immediately: salary...

2018-06-21

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