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Designer beautifully reimagines Windows XP for 2018

It’s been nearly 17 years since we first got our hands on Windows XP, and Microsoft’s interface design sensibilities have changed a lot in that time. But if you still have love in your heart for that bold blue taskbar and XP’s other delightful accoutrements, take a look at Kamer Kaan Avdan’s gorgeous...

2018-05-16
Adobe’s XD app for interface design is now available for free

Adobe has unveiled a free starter plan for its XD app, which is aimed at UI and UX designers – allowing people to use it across platforms with all its features at no charge. XD previously cost a minimum of $10 a month for access to the app’s macOS and Windows software, as well as its mobile preview tools for...

2018-05-16
It’s almost certainly ‘Laurel’, not ‘Yanny’, according to science

The audio equivalent of ‘the dress‘, a photo from 2015 that was perceived by some as showing a blue dress and by others a gold one, is now doing the rounds on the web, and it seems to be dividing the internet right down the middle. In case you’ve been offline for the past several hours or need a refresher, here...

2018-05-16
Facebook’s AI makes little headway in the fight against hate speech

Facebook today published its annual transparency report, and for the first time included the number of items removed in each category that violated its content standards. While the company seems to be very proficient at removing nudity and terrorist propaganda, it’s lagging behind when it comes to hate speech. Of...

2018-05-16
Twitter’s new policy on trolls is ‘out of sight, out of mind’

Twitter is changing up its policies with regards to nasty tweets — not by banning them or the users who created them, but by hiding them from view. According to VP of Trust and Safety Del Harvey, and Director of Product David Gasca, Twitter has identified so-called troll behavior as such: What we’re talking about...

2018-05-15
Google’s Pixel Buds finally let you skip tracks with a double tap

Google’s Pixel Buds are… divisive. Despite significant flaws, I liked them quite a lot in my review, but plenty across tech media did not. Some annoyances in the user experience meant I eventually stopped using mine over some of my other headphones, but a new update rolling out addresses some of the headphone’s...

2018-05-15
Hipstamatic iPhone App to Spawn a Million Terry Richardsons

Keen iPhone snappers amongst you who hanker after analog pics might be interested in this cute little $1.99 app. The basic Hipstamatic package includes three lenses and a trio of films, all with a standard flash, and enables you to shoot Virgin Suicides-inspired shots and then upload your now beautifully retro...

2018-05-15
Twitch lets you filter PUBG streams based on how many players are still alive

Twitch this week announced a new feature which allows viewers to filter streams in the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds by the number of players left in the game. No one likes a chicken dinner when it’s cold. Be there for the big moments by watching @PUBG on Twitch with our new custom...

2018-05-15
American Airlines says no more snakes on a plane—or goats or ferrets or spiders

The airline is cracking down on emotional support animals. American Airlines is the latest carrier to crack down on emotional support animals. The company announced changes to its rules for customers who wish to bring pets on flights. Now passengers will have to give at least 48 hours’ notice about their...

2018-05-15
Google employees quit over the company’s military AI project

About a dozen Google employees reportedly left the company over its insistence on developing AI for the US military through a program called Project Maven. Meanwhile 4,000 others signed a petition demanding the company stop. It looks like there’s some internal confusion over whether the company’s “Don’t Be...

2018-05-15
Exclusive: Instagram Gives Email-Like Messaging Tools To Businesses

The Facebook-owned social network is also partnering with platforms like OpenTable and Fandango to let customers make reservations directly. If you spend as much time on Instagram as I do, you may have run into the following problem: You’re scrolling through the app when you discover an amazing bakery in Soho...

2018-05-15
Facebook’s latest transparency move is showing you how much objectionable content it removes

In an 81-page report, Facebook detailed how prevalent community standards violations are across six key content areas. In the latest stop on its post-Cambridge Analytica transparency tour, Facebook today unveiled its first-ever Community Standards Enforcement Report, an 81-page tome that spells out how much...

2018-05-15
Google’s AI is learning to navigate like humans

The company’s DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary has developed an AI that has learned how to navigate like a human being, the company announced in a blog post. Specifically, DeepMind’s AI has developed a system of spacial awareness that mimics human’s and other mammal’s grid...

2018-05-15
How to try Gmail’s AI-powered Smart Compose feature

If you’d like a little help writing emails, Google’s got you covered. Its Smart Compose feature for Gmail, which was demoed at the company’s I/O conference earlier this month, is now live, and you can try it now (or soonish). It works by suggesting words and phrases that it can autocomplete for you as you type...

2018-05-15
DeepMind’s AI taught itself to navigate like a mammal

DeepMind created an AI which spontaneously developed the machine learning equivalent of gut-based navigation. The UK-based Google sister-company seems to specialize in creating machine learning experiments designed to determine if AI can inform the field of neurology, and vice versa. DeepMind recently published a...

2018-05-14
Google just made its cloud storage more affordable (and confusing)

Google just slashed the prices off of Drive’s paid cloud storage plans. In the process, it also introduced a new storage product that just makes the whole shindig more confusing. Say hello to Google One. Up until now, Google Drive represented your available storage across your Google account, including Photos,...

2018-05-14
Google’s new cloud storage plans could be the start of something way bigger

Previously known as Google Drive storage, the new service will be called Google One, and will include more than just storage. Google is retooling and rebranding its consumer cloud storage plans. Previously known as Google Drive storage, the new service will be called Google One, and will include more than just...

2018-05-14
BlackBerry’s next flagship arrives June 7

BlackBerry has had a bumpy ride the last few years, but the brand is still alive and kicking thanks to a partnership with Chinese manufacturer TCL. Now its gearing up to launch a new device: BlackBerry sent out invites to a June 7 event, where it will announce the successor to last year’s KEYone. 🔑2⃣ 👀...

2018-05-14
Facebook Says It’s Not Destroying Academia With An AI Brain Drain

Late last week, Facebook announced the opening of new AI labs in Pittsburgh and Seattle. But the company says most of its researchers maintain academic affiliations, and help train their successors. Late last week, Facebook announced the opening of new artificial intelligence labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, bolstering...

2018-05-14
Facebook suspends 200 apps in post-Cambridge Analytica clean-up

As the Cambridge Analytica scandal keeps creeping down on Facebook like a mudslide, the company has been trying to preemptively oust the other skeletons in its closet with app audits. Now it’s announced it may have snagged up to 200 more potentially problematic apps — and it won’t say what they are yet. The...

2018-05-14
Golem creator Julian Zawistowski will answer all your questions about: 1) global decentralized supercomputers, 2) blockchain economy, and 3) more

What do you see as blockchain’s best use case? How does the Golem Project contribute to a more equal global economy? What do you see as the most exciting blockchain projects in development? What would you say to people who believe blockchain systems are untrustworthy? Ask all this and more to Golem’s Julian...

2018-05-14
A “serious” flaw has been found in PGP and S/MIME email encryption

Right now there is no fix for the flaw, but there are steps PGP users can take to mitigate the risks. Researchers have announced that a serious flaw has been found in the technology people rely on to send encrypted emails. The flaw found in PGP/GPG and S/MIME email encryption software potentially lets others view sent...

2018-05-14
Here’s how to see if you used one of the 200 suspended Facebook apps

The company is investigating all apps that had access to large amounts of user information before Facebook reduced data access in 2014. Facebook has announced that in its investigation into other apps that may have misused user data is in “full swing.” The investigation was launched as a result of...

2018-05-14
Google employees resign over controversial Pentagon drone AI project

The employees are resigning due to the ethical concerns they have over Google’s expertise being used in military technology that could lead to the loss of human life. Almost a dozen employees have resigned in protest over the project, reports Gizmodo. The controversial project is known as Project Maven and is...

2018-05-14
WATCH: Tim Cook talks data privacy, gun control, Steve Jobs in Duke commencement address

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who received his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1988, returned to the university this weekend to deliver a stirring commencement address to Duke University graduates. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who received his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1988, returned to Durham...

2018-05-14
Chatbots deserve more than being a joke

In April 2017, Facebook launched the Messenger Bot Store. TechCrunch posited “Facebook’s Messenger Bot Store could be the most important launch since the App Store.” Less than nine months later at CES, Facebook announced M was dead. WIRED declared “Facebook’s virtual assistant M is dead. So are chatbots.”...

2018-05-12
Leak: The Moto Z3 Play kills the giant bezels... and the headphone jack

While everyone was busy recovering from Microsoft Build and Google I/O, ever-reliable leaker Evan Blass shared images of the Moto Z3 Play on Twitter yesterday. It gives us our clearest look at the device yet, after an initial blurrycam leak a week ago. It’s still modular, but this time seems to have a glossy back,...

2018-05-11
YouTube’s newest feature reminds you to stop watching YouTube

Google made a big deal about the concept of digital wellbeing at Google I/O this year. Basically, the company wants to help you be less distracted by technology. Now we’re seeing the first signs of this initiative making its mark: YouTube now has reminders to stop watching videos. Yep, that’s right: YouTube can...

2018-05-11
Trump was told about Schneiderman’s abuse of women back in 2013

In a court filing today in the Michael Cohen case, lawyer Peter Gleason wrote to the federal judge to inform him that two women had told him that they had been “sexually victimized” by Schneiderman. Within minutes of a report detailing allegations that New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman had...

2018-05-11
Facebook is reportedly thinking about launching its own cryptocurrency

It appears that social media giant Facebook might be contemplating rolling out its own cryptocurrency, reports suggest. The company is purportedly looking into using cryptocurrency to facilitate payments across its various services, according to a report from Cheddar. The publication further suggests the efforts will...

2018-05-11
3 Ways To Develop Transferrable Skills In Your Current Job

This Google recruiter shares how he leveraged his skills to change careers, from sales to recruiting. My first job out of college was in sales. Today I’m a recruiting manager at a global tech company in Silicon Valley. I’m also a podcaster. The one thing that connects the dots of my career trajectory...

2018-05-11
Awesome Chrome extension replaces “Elon Musk” with “Grimes’s Boyfriend”

The Tesla CEO is no stranger to seeing his name in headlines across the web, but now a new Chrome extension hopes to change that. The Tesla CEO is no stranger to seeing his name in headlines across the web, but now a new Chrome extension hopes to change that. Users who install the Elon Musk Text Replacement extension...

2018-05-11
Facebook facing class-action lawsuit over scraping text and call logs

The lawsuit follows revelations earlier this year that Facebook logged text messages and phone calls via its Android apps without notifying users. The lawsuit follows revelations earlier this year that company logged text messages and phone calls via its Android apps without explicitly notifying users they were doing...

2018-05-11
Startup goes full-on hipster with shoe-free office policy

Startup Gusto has opened a new headquarters in San Francisco and has spared no expense in making it as generically quirky as can be. Human resources and payroll startup Gusto has opened a new headquarters at San Francisco’s Pier 70, and it has spared no expense in making it as generically quirky as can be. As...

2018-05-11
South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange under investigation for fraud

Upbit, the fourth largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world, is under investigation for charges of faking its balance sheet and deceiving investors. The exchange’s office in Seoul, South Korea, was raided by 10 investigators from the country’s Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) at 10 AM KST today, local...

2018-05-11
Elon Musk says first Boring Company tunnel in L.A. almost done

The Boring Company will be offering the public free rides through the tunnel. Musk made the announcement by posting a pretty cool video of the tunnel to his Instagram account. The tunnel was first started by the Boring Company’s digging machine called Gadot almost a year ago. Musk also announced that when the...

2018-05-11
Top 5 Ads Of The Week: Deadpool’s Pal David, JetBlue’s N.Y.C. Pizza

Jeffrey Wright gets scared for the Atlantic and HBO, Instagram Stories helps people order a Whopper, and Xbox gets emotional for State of Decay 2 You know you really like an actor when they play multiple versions of themselves, and not only are they able to convey separate, distinct personalities, and characters, but...

2018-05-11
Google is reportedly launching a Pixel watch (or three) this October

We didn’t see a whole lot of Wear OS at Google I/O this year, but the word on the street is that the company will reveal some fresh hardware later this year. According to tipster Evan Blass, Google will show off a Pixel-branded smartwatch alongside the next Pixel phones and Pixel Buds at its annual hardware...

2018-05-11
Duplex is just the latest reminder to manage expectations at Google I/O

The buzz in the room was palpable. For the first time in history, a company that already has devices in many of our homes (or our hands) teased a product that could, perhaps, pass the Turing test. That product was Duplex, Google’s lifelike new AI capable of handling the type of grunt work you wish you could afford...

2018-05-11
Now Google Wants To Bring AR To You (Even On An iPhone)

The company’s AR announcements at I/O were about making the technology pervasive on devices people already use. For eons, there’s been plenty of evidence that Google was a believer in the power of augmented reality, from the ill-fated Google Glass to the environment-mapping Project Tango hardware. But...

2018-05-11
Microsoft Build 2018: Everything you need to know

It’s been a busy week in the tech world, with Google and Microsoft both hosting their biggest conferences of the year in the same week – and Google’s was admittedly more interesting. While Microsoft’s Build conference has always been less glitzy than Google I/O or Apple’s WWDC, this year’s news seemed...

2018-05-10
Google I/O 2018 recap: We came, we saw, we’re sleepy

Google provided all the context we’d need for the rest of the week with an almost overlooked announcement on Tuesday: it was renaming its “Google Research” division “Google AI.” The rest of the week came fast. Starting on Tuesday, at the keynote, journalists found themselves neck deep in news touting all the...

2018-05-10
Seeing is believing: How AI could prevent blindness for 415 million people (right now)

When you take a picture of a cat and Google’s algorithms place it in a folder called “pets,” with no direction from you, you’re seeing the benefit of image recognition AI. The exact same technology is used by doctors to diagnose diseases on a scale never before possible by humans. Diabetic retinopathy, caused...

2018-05-10
In praise of Klout, now that it’s going away

It never became a standard tool for measuring influence. But it was weirdly influential itself, if the jokes it inspired are any indication. Tragic news: Klout, the once-famous service that measured the influence of individuals on social media such as Twitter using a 1-100 benchmark called the Klout Score, will be...

2018-05-10
“Bad With Money” Host Gaby Dunn Is Good With Financial Activism

Comedian and author Gaby Dunn’s podcast dispenses financial advice for millennials, including tips for “dismantling the socioeconomic patriarchy.” The idea that it’s gauche to discuss money seems like a conspiracy invented by people who have money to prevent other people from getting any....

2018-05-10
Instagram’s new “emoji slider” is a fresh take on polls

“How much do you love pizza?” If you ask your friends that question using the poll sticker in Instagram’s stories feature, you can only give them two responses to choose from, which hardly captures the range of feelings they might have. Now Instagram is adding something called an emoji slider that...

2018-05-10
Here’s the latest Senate dump of Russian Facebook and Instagram ads

The Russian-bought ads targeted multiple political leanings, and were replete with odd messages and broken English. Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have released a new trove of data containing thousands of Russian-bought political ads on Facebook and Instagram. According to NBC News, the troll farm...

2018-05-10
Medium keeps killing off blogs in the name of saving the internet

The next Ev Williams pivot has screwed over another round of scrappy media professionals. Yesterday I wrote about the weird breathless coverage that Twitter co-founder Ev Williams seems to get whenever he talks about Medium, his grand project to make online publishing sustainable. Williams will speak to anyone...

2018-05-10

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