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Leak: Google Pixel 3 may get smaller bezels... and a notch

If you were hoping Google wouldn’t go the trendy route of using a notch at the top of its phone displays, I have some bad news for you. A leak from earlier in the week suggests the Pixel 3 XL will feature an iPhone X-like screen cutout. The leak – deleted from its Weibo source, but still up on SlashLeaks –...

2018-05-30
Ambien just delivered an epic clapback to Roseanne

Pharmaceutical Co. = 1, Roseanne = 0. Does Sanofi sell burn cream? ‘Cause Roseanne Barr is going to need it. In a now-deleted tweet, the actress tried to blame Ambien for the racist tweet that led to her sitcom’s cancellation.Read Full Story

2018-05-30
Microsoft is now worth more than Google

Microsoft’s stock price has more than doubled since Satya Nadella took over as CEO. Well done, Clippy: Microsoft has passed Google in market valuation for the first time in three years, CNBC reports. Microsoft is now valued at $753 billion, while Alphabet (Google’s parent company) is valued at $739...

2018-05-30
Trump weighs in on Roseanne and makes the moment about himself

The question of whether Trump would tweet about the Roseanne debacle has been answered, in predictable fashion. Nearly a full day after Roseanne Barr’s racist remark on Twitter got her TV show cancelled, the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has weighed in. (File that lede under Sentences...

2018-05-30
The threat of “weaponized A.I.” is tearing Google apart

It all started when Google won a contract to work on Project Maven, a Pentagon program that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video images and which could be used to improve the targeting of drone strikes. Google’s first major artificial intelligence contract with the Pentagon could be considered...

2018-05-30
Twitter, Facebook, Google are getting heat from investors over content moderation

Activist investors want the big three social companies to be more transparent about content abuse. Today at Twitter’s annual shareholders meeting, activist investors are pushing the company to agree to a proposal requiring it to provide detailed reports about content abuse on the platform.Read Full Story ...

2018-05-30
The next game in the Fallout series is called Fallout 76

Last night, Bethesda set the Internet ablaze by hinting at a new installment in the Fallout series. Now, we know what it’s called: meet Fallout 76. "When the fighting has stopped, and the fallout has settled…" “#Fallout76 – the newest game from Bethesda Game Studios. See more at the #BE3 Showcase – June 10th...

2018-05-30
JAB Holdings now owns your favorite sandwiches (and donuts and coffee)

Pret A Manger, the soup-and-sandwich shop that has convinced the world that a tiny cup of oatmeal should cost $6, has been purchased by JAB Holdings in a deal valued at £1.5 billion ($2 billion). Pret A Manger, the soup-and-sandwich shop that has convinced the world that a tiny cup of oatmeal should cost $6,...

2018-05-30
Apple’s HomePod will soon be available in Canada, France, and Germany

Apple’s HomePod – the company’s answer to Google Home and Amazon Echo – will finally be available for purchase by Canadian, French, and German consumers on June 18th. Currently, you can only buy it in the US, UK, and Australia. Apple is already preparing for the launch by releasing new language options on...

2018-05-30
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: “We were late on fake news”

The company is also looking at subscription-based business models. The social media giant’s COO took some heavy questioning from Recode‘s Kara Swisher at the Code Conference yesterday (via Engadget). The interview touched on many topics currently plaguing the company. Here’s what Sandberg had to...

2018-05-30
Empty storefronts? This entrepreneur sees them as half full

Appear Here founder Ross Bailey connects languishing real estate with brands on the rise — and revitalizes entire neighborhoods in the process. Appear Here is an online marketplace for pop-up spaces that entrepreneur and designer Ross Bailey created five years ago in the U.K. It has since been used by more than...

2018-05-30
Thanks to Alma Har’el, more women are shooting major commercials

With Free the Bid, the award-winning filmmaker has gotten major brands (Coke, Diageo, Levi’s) and agencies (BBDO, CP+B) to give female directors a shot Alma Har’el was tired of hearing the same old excuses for why brands and ad agencies weren’t hiring female directors, so at the end of 2016 she...

2018-05-30
Meet the costume designer for your favorite apocalyptic TV shows

Ane Crabtree is the creative force who can indelibly brand a series with her sartorial handiwork. Tony Soprano’s bathrobe. Dolores Abernathy’s prairie dress. Offred’s red cloak. Veteran costume designer Ane Crabtree has created the iconic looks for numerous shows that have helped define the modern...

2018-05-30
From “Moonlight” to Wakanda: production designer Hannah Beachler’s playbook

The creative mind behind Black Panther‘s Pan-African sets shares her approach to kingdom-building. The Afrofuturist sets of Marvel’s 2018 blockbuster Black Panther, with their blend of modernist forms and traditional African motifs, were the brainchild of Hannah Beachler, the production designer behind...

2018-05-30
For ensuring that the bleat goes on

Emily Pelleymounter, creative director of video, The Dodo “When you’re watching a Dodo video,” says Emily Pelleymounter, “you know it’s a Dodo video, regardless of the platform it’s on.” Since joining the four-year-old digital media company in 2015, Pelleymounter has...

2018-05-30
I tried out Apple’s new HomePod features. Here’s what I learned

The smart speaker’s audio functionality continues to improve, but its Siri functionality remains limited. Most people who have tried Apple’s HomePod smart speaker would agree that it sounds very good, but that its functionality relative to other devices in the category is limited in a number of key...

2018-05-29
Sony considers joining the nostalgic console race with PS One Classic

It seems Sony is considering jumping on the classic console hype train — somewhat. While you probably can’t expect to see a PS One revival console on the shelves any time soon, the company is interested in the idea and looking into how it could be a reality. In an interview with Mantan Web, Sony Interactive...

2018-05-29
Twitter account says ‘no liberal pets’ allowed in its conservative safe space

I’ve never bothered to ask my dogs about their political leanings. Gun to my head, right now, I couldn’t answer whether my beagle was for or against capitalism. I’m not sure how she feels about trickle down economics, or if she’s even aware of who Saint Reagan is. Or, maybe I just don’t give a damn. As a...

2018-05-29
San Francisco’s city attorney wants data on Uber drivers and how much they’re getting paid

City attorney for San Francisco, Dennis Herrera, has subpoenaed Uber for information about the company’s drivers. Specifically he wants to know who they are, how much they drive, and how much money they’re making, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The request comes just after a California Supreme...

2018-05-29
Tencent teaches AI how to un-blur your photos (and give you a mustache too)

In the early days of photography – which include the period between the birth of the camera and the launch of Google’s Pixel 2 last year – you had to actually be somewhat talented to get successful images. Now, thanks to AI, you can pretty much randomly smash the shutter button and end up with magnificient...

2018-05-29
This candy dispenser lets you pay in bitcoin

A cryptocurrency enthusiast has created a candy dispenser that accepts payments in bitcoin. The device, christened “sweetbit,” works by listening for incoming bitcoin transactions through blockchain.info and dispenses equivalent amount of candies. The dispenser is supported by Arduino Micro, a micro-controller...

2018-05-29
A travel company just launched all-vegan tours

Vegans can now take food tours of Thailand, Italy, and India. There’s an old joke about one vegan saying to the other vegan, “we have to stop meating like this!” Now vegans can “meat” on vegan food tours, traveling the world telling everyone they meet that they are vegan.Read Full...

2018-05-29
Oh shit, Bethesda just hinted at a new Fallout game

Fans of the Fallout franchise, take note. Bethesda Studios just tweeted this, hinting at a new installment of the iconic series to come. #PleaseStandBy pic.twitter.com/5IUjkURCcM — Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) May 29, 2018 Anyone vaguely familiar with Fallout will recognize this. It’s clearly in the...

2018-05-29
Papua New Guinea is banning Facebook for a month

The country just updated their relationship status with Facebook to “It’s complicated.” Papua New Guinea is taking a proactive approach to Facebook’s fake user problem. The country announced that they are banning the social media site for a month in a bid to crack down on “fake...

2018-05-29
AI can use social media to predict when protests will go violent

Researchers taught AI to read Twitter posts and pick up on language that indicated hostility. The artificial intelligence was created by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC). They taught the AI to read Twitter posts and pick up on language that indicated hostility. The AI then cross-referenced...

2018-05-29
Report: Apple’s iPhones are all getting OLED screens next year

South Korea’s ET News reports that Apple plans to use OLED displays for all three iPhone models that it’s slated to launch next year. That means their screens should be able to offer deeper blacks and higher contrast than LCD-based displays. For reference, Samsung’s Galaxy S9, Google’s Pixel 2, and OnePlus’...

2018-05-29
Report: Apple’s next iPhones are all getting OLED screens this year

South Korea’s ET News reports that Apple plans to use OLED displays for all three iPhone models that it’s slated to launch later this year. That means their screens should be able to offer deeper blacks and higher contrast than LCD-based displays. For reference, Samsung’s Galaxy S9, Google’s Pixel 2, and...

2018-05-29
How AI could be using our voices against us

Voice control gadgets – such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Home or Apple’s Homepod – are becoming increasingly popular, but people should pause for thought about advances in machine learning that could lead to applications understanding different emotions in speech. The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, recently...

2018-05-28
Carrot Weather’s profanity-spewing forecast app arrives on Android

iOS developer Brian Mueller’s Carrot Weather app has won numerous awards and features in Apple’s App Store for making it fun to check the day’s forecasts. It’s finally made its way to Google Play so Android users can enjoy its hilarious approach to bringing you weather information. Sure, you can see plenty of...

2018-05-28
Why Instagram is the best window into Trump-era corruption

Twitter may be the president’s id, but the image-sharing platform better reflects the ethos of the Trump era—the conflicts of interest, the naked ambition. During the week of April 16, 2018, at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald J. Trump hosted Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe. The founder and...

2018-05-26
Opinion: It’d be great if AI experts stopped arguing like children

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt today threw some shade at Elon Musk during a speech about AI, saying the Space X CEO didn’t “understand the benefits that this technology will provide.” Here we go again. His statements, of course, worked like a bucket of chum tossed into shark-filled waters. Stories almost...

2018-05-25
TNW Conference attendees tell us what tech they want to see next

As amazing as all of our existing tech is, some of the best is yet to come. We asked five TNW 2018 attendees to tell us which currently unavailable tech, app, or invention they wish for. Not surprisingly, some of the demands were pretty steep: “Teleportation.” Marie Bue. Startup evangelist, Zalando SE. “I would...

2018-05-25
Here’s why Elon Musk isn’t “exactly wrong” when it comes to A.I.

“A.I. and machine learning are so fundamentally good for humanity,” the former Google boss said. Former Google boss Eric Schmidt has some strong beliefs about A.I.—and some equally strong ones about Elon Musk’s fear of A.I. The Tesla and Space X boss has made it clear he is freaked out...

2018-05-25
Fake news could ruin social media, but there’s still hope

“Let’s try and have a conversation about fake news and disinformation campaigns without mentioning Donald Trump,” Camille Francois, director of research and analysis at Graphika, told the audience of her talk at TNW Conference today. Although it might be tempting to bring up the Twitter-loving President,...

2018-05-25
TNW asks: What’s your worst career-related fuck up?

As day two of TNW Conference begins to wind down, the editorial team took it upon itself to badger some (un)lucky event attendees. We wanted to talk about the types of things everyone experiences, but few want to relive. Today we asked the TNW faithful about their worst career-related fuck-ups… and we want details....

2018-05-25
Google Doodle shines spotlight on cinematographer James Wong Howe

A groundbreaking cinematographer gets his Doodle, Today’s Google Doodle is giving James Wong Howe, a man known for his work behind the camera, a moment in front of it.Read Full Story

2018-05-25
Disinformation campaigns are undermining our democracy, but the battle is not lost

“Let’s try and have a conversation about fake news and disinformation campaigns without mentioning Donald Trump,” Camille Francois, director of research and analysis at Graphika, told the audience of her talk at TNW Conference today. Although it might be tempting to bring up the Twitter-loving President,...

2018-05-25
Here’s why Google employees meditate before and after meetings

“There’s so much to do, and so little time,” says Connor Swenson, from the Partnerships team at Google for Entrepreneurs, as he explains how time is finite. There’s not a whole lot you can do about it in the office, except work more productively. As he tells the audience at TNW Conference: “I don’t have a...

2018-05-25
Google and Facebook are already accused of breaking GDPR laws

Both companies are engaging in “forced consent” according to privacy group noyb.eu. Both companies are engaging in “forced consent” according to privacy group noyb.eu. Forced consent is a “take it or leave it approach” where a company requires that users opt into data terms it...

2018-05-25
Facebook and Twitter launching new political ad regulations

The companies are trying to tackle foreign meddling in U.S. elections before the 2018 midterms. The companies will now only allow verified advertisers to post political ads, reports ABCNews. In addition, Facebook and Twitter users will be able to see who paid for the ads and how much money was spent on the ad. The...

2018-05-25
Here’s how to see the data that tech giants have about you

Facebook, Apple, Google, and Twitter probably have more info about you than you think. And the only way to know for sure is to download it all. The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal that broke earlier this year will probably hold the crown as 2018’s biggest story in tech. It came to light that upwards of 87...

2018-05-25
Tweets from a decade ago reveal a simpler time on the internet

Former Kickstarter CTO Andy Baio hit upon a most excellent discovery recently: a quick way to surface tweets from your timeline from exactly 10 years ago. Here, try it for yourself. Yup, those are decade-old tweets from the people you follow now While we obviously won’t get to see the same set of tweets, you’ll...

2018-05-25
Essential is reportedly selling itself

After barely a year in business and the release of a single phone, Essential is up for sale, reports Bloomberg. The Palo Alto-based hardware startup was founded by Android creator Andy Rubin and raised $300 million in funding. It is said to be looking for buyers, following poor sales of its PH-1 handset, and after...

2018-05-25
How a family’s Amazon Echo recorded and sent out their private conversation

“I felt invaded,” one of the family members said. “A total privacy invasion. Immediately I said, ‘I’m never plugging that device in again, because I can’t trust it.'” When Amazon added the ability to send text messages from Echo speakers and other Alexa devices, it...

2018-05-24
Family claims Amazon Echo recorded their private conversation, sent it to random person

“I felt invaded,” one of the family members said. “A total privacy invasion. Immediately I said, ‘I’m never plugging that device in again, because I can’t trust it.'” When Amazon added the ability to send text messages from Echo speakers and other Alexa devices, it...

2018-05-24
Google’s Duplex is a beacon of hope for people with social anxiety (like me)

Google’s Duplex, an under-development AI system that makes phone calls on a person’s behalf has taken a bit of a beating in the media in the days since it was announced at the Mountain View company’s I/O event. Basically, Google’s AI team built a neural network capable of conducting real-world business over...

2018-05-24
Twitter chews up, spits out Lean Cuisine’s latest campaign

To many, having it all includes not feeling pressure from marketers to lose weight. Yesterday Lean Cuisine launched a new social campaign to help “women explore what having #ItAll means to them.” The brand teamed with an New York University social psychologist Emily Balcetis to test its theory that women...

2018-05-24
Irish abortion referendum: Pro or con, citizens are flying #HomeToVote

Irish voters are sharing their #HomeToVote stories on Twitter. Irish citizens from around the world are flying home to vote in Ireland’s abortion referendum, and many are documenting their journeys on Twitter using the #HomeToVote hashtag.Read Full Story

2018-05-24

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