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Why Facebook’s logo is blue — a designer’s guide to color and emotion

We’re able to see different colors because of our retina’s innate ability to differentiate frequencies of light waves. Certain colors or shades evoke different sentiments in people. In this post, I want to give a quick introduction to color theory, ways to combine colors, and tools for designing with color —...

2018-03-06
Google Maps now lets you take virtual tours of Disney’s parks

The search giant has announced that Google Maps Street View now covers 11 Disney Parks. The parks include locations from both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida. Among the included parks are: Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs, Mickey and Minnie’s houses, and Disney Hollywood Studios. To...

2018-03-06
Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen just found a lost WW2 aircraft carrier

The USS Lexington was scuttled after the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 after it was struck by Japanese bombs and torpedoes. It remained on the bottom of the sea–its location unknown–until this month, when Allen’s company Vulcan found its wreckage two miles down in the Coral Sea, about 500...

2018-03-06
Google is selling Zagat to a restaurant review company

The search giant bought Zagat seven years ago for $151 million. Since then it’s integrated Zagat’s listings and ratings into Google Maps, while letting Zagat’s website and publications be outdone by other restaurant review companies. Now, Google thinks it has gotten all the use out of Zagat it can...

2018-03-06
How VIPKid CEO Cindy Mi Made Education A Universal Language

By connecting Chinese pupils with North American teachers, Beijing-based platform is building cultural bridges, one online English class at a time. Beijing-based VIPKid is giving American teachers an income boost from halfway around the world. Under cofounder and CEO Cindy Mi, the online learning company contracts...

2018-03-06
Google Lens now describes landmarks and creates contacts from business cards

Google Lens is a handy little tool. Announced at Google I/O 2017, Lens is essentially a visual search engine. Take a picture with your phone, and Google will do some clever analysis and provide insights into what you’re looking at. Now, it’s getting even better, and can store information from business cards as...

2018-03-06
A cryptocurrency startup suggests Ryan Gosling is their lead graphic designer

And that startup, called Miroskii, has already raised over $830,000 in their initial coin offering, reports The Next Web. To be fair, Miroskii isn’t claiming Gosling is actually working for them, instead they are using a stock image of him for their lead graphic designer “Kevin Belanger” on the...

2018-03-06
Facebook hires Pinterest and BuzzFeed execs to bolster its video content

The social media giant has hired BuzzFeed Studios former head Matthew Henick to lead Facebook’s global video content strategy and planning, reports Reuters. From Pinterest, Facebook grabbed Mike Bidgoli to lead the Facebook Watch product team. Facebook Watch is the company’s video-on-demand service that...

2018-03-06
Could changing VR games reduce gun deaths?

As calls for gun reform in the U.S. reach another urgent crescendo–and as major retailers announce they will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21–one virtual reality expert has proposed some technological approaches to reducing mass shootings as well. Jeremy Bailenson, a professor at Stanford and...

2018-03-06
Facebook suddenly cares about news again

Facebook’s ever-changing opinion on which content it will boost in its News Feed is, well, changing yet again. After the company announced only a few months ago that it would de-emphasize content from publishers and brands, meaning news organizations would likely see their Facebook traffic significantly...

2018-03-05
Facebook asks its users: Is pedophilia okay?

Facebook got itself in blazing hot water today when a survey surfaced that appeared to ask users if they condone illicit correspondence between an adult male and a minor child. In response, the company said it was a “mistake” but danced around explaining why they asked the question in the first place. The...

2018-03-05
Instagram whistleblower account Diet Madison Avenue just shut down

Diet Madison Avenue, an Instagram account aimed at calling out sexism and discrimination in the ad industry, has shut down. The account’s removal comes just weeks after the collective announced it would move ahead as a nonprofit organization. It’s not clear what prompted the shutdown or whether...

2018-03-05
You can take Google’s Machine Learning Crash Course for free now

Google’s new ‘Machine Learning Crash Course’ is now available and it’s free for everyone. If robots are coming for your job this class will prepare you for your next one. This same course has been taken by more than 18,000 Google engineers, and this is the first time it’s been made available to the general...

2018-03-05
Google’s Oscar Night Ads Aim For A More Human Side Of A Tech Future

Google Assistant and Google Nest are making lives easier, one privacy concern at a time. What: A pair of Oscar night ads from Google Assistant and Google NestRead Full Story

2018-03-05
A Facebook survey asks if it’s acceptable to solicit sexual images from teenagers

All companies make mistakes, of course. But some mistakes are so mystifying, they force us to ask who signed off on them. Today’s case in point: Facebook reportedly gave users a survey this weekend with some very inappropriate questions, including one that asked about the appropriateness of soliciting...

2018-03-05
TNW’s Big Spam: Reporting live from the Fox-penis-no-women-allowed network

We’re baaaaaaaack!  Top trending tech news: 🚗 Uber denied MIT’s claims drivers earn less than minimum wage (TNW) 😮 30% of the web now runs on WordPress (TNW) 😬 Zuckerberg lost $3 billion last week (Bloomberg) What we’re talking about: Fox created a misleading viral video about how “Liberals”...

2018-03-05
Here’s Why Twitter’s 2017 Diversity Numbers Don’t Add Up

A sizable portion of Twitter’s employees were excluded from the company’s latest diversity report, and Twitter wasn’t exactly transparent about it. Something is rotten in the state of Twitter’s diversity report. A year ago, Twitter was 57% white. Now, the tech company claims it is...

2018-03-05
Twitter Vows To Do More For Women With #HereWeAre Oscars Ad

The ad sent an uplifting message of diversity and inclusivity—which prompted lots of cries of hypocrisy. What: A new ad about improving women’s experiences online.Read Full Story

2018-03-05
4 Ways To Avoid Social Media Overload (Without Quitting Completely)

Stopping social media cold turkey may just not be an option. Agonizing over your number of likes on Facebook and Instagram, or itching to get more followers on Twitter and LinkedIn? Don’t blame yourself. Tech leaders have finally begun to admit lately what the rest of us already know: Social platforms are...

2018-03-05
Signal and Telegram are down for many users [Update: they’re coming back]

You might want to move your private chats to WhatsApp or Telegram for the time being: it appears popular encrypted messenger Signal is currently down globally, according to numerous reports from users. The company behind the private messaging platform, Open Whisper Systems, has yet to inform its users what is causing...

2018-03-05
Shady cryptocurrency touting Ryan Gosling as their designer raises $830K in ICO

This is a pretty wild case: A shifty cryptocurrency startup which used a stock photo of Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling for the headshot of their lead graphic designer has managed to raise almost a million in an initial coin offering (ICO). Miroskii – as the company is called – has since attracted the attention of...

2018-03-05
This app wants to pay university students for not looking at their phones

University is really bloody expensive. In the UK, squeezed students are paying more than ever for tuition after fees were tripled in 2010 by David Cameron’s government. But you could be forgiven for thinking some students haven’t really noticed. They skip lectures and contact hours they’ve paid hundreds of...

2018-03-05
Signal has been down worldwide for hours [Update: Telegram is down too]

You might want to move your private chats to WhatsApp or Telegram for the time being: it appears popular encrypted messenger Signal is currently down globally, according to numerous reports from users. The company behind the private messaging platform, Open Whisper Systems, has yet to inform its users what is causing...

2018-03-05
Signal messenger has been down worldwide for hours

You might want to move your private chats to WhatsApp or Telegram for the time being: it appears popular encrypted messenger Signal is currently down globally, according to numerous reports from users. The company behind the private messaging platform, Open Whisper Systems, has yet to inform its users what is causing...

2018-03-05
30% of all sites now run on WordPress

The folks at San Francisco-based Automattic have a good reason to celebrate this Monday: its WordPress content management system (CMS) now powers 30 percent of all sites on the web. That’s according to W3Techs, a service run by Austrian consulting firm Q-Success that surveys the top 10 million sites ranked on Alexa....

2018-03-05
Instagram Stories Ultimate Marketing Guide: Tips & Tactics

Follow these 10 tactics to improve your Instagram Stories marketing strategy.

2018-03-05
UPDATE: Kobe Bryant Just Won An Oscar At The #MeToo Academy Awards

And Twitter isn’t having it. UPDATE: Gary Oldman just won the Oscar for Best Actor despite the domestic abuse allegations from his ex-wife Donya Florentino resurfacing earlier this year.Read Full Story

2018-03-05
Kobe Bryant Just Won An Oscar At The #MeToo Academy Awards

And Twitter isn’t having it. Going into the 90th Annual Academy Awards, it was evident that the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements were going to charge the night with a certain expectancy: How will host Jimmy Kimmel address the rampant sexual assault allegations in Hollywood? What statements will the people...

2018-03-05
The ecommerce industry could be a lot better — here’s how

Every single day hundreds, if not millions of websites get successfully launched. A good number of them are ecommerce stores that try to sell everything from pins to planes. But, only a handful of them taste the success of the notoriety of the famed ones like Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and the likes. Almost every ecommerce...

2018-03-04
Voice assistants aren’t built for kids — we need to fix that

Voice assistants have recently made the leap from your personal smart device into the home via home devices, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home. It’s been estimated that 39 million Americans now own a voice-activated smart home speaker. These assistants are now being integrated into other smart devices in the home...

2018-03-03
Get a complete web development education for less than $5 per e-book

Dive into this 16-book collection and you’ll be carried through the entire web development lifecycle. You’ll start with making sure you’ve got the basic understanding to know and use a variety of programming languages and tools like HTML5, CSS3, PHP, Git, and more.

2018-03-03
Jack calls in reinforcements to measure Twitter’s toxicity

Twitter’s CEO has officially waved the white flag and called for outside help fixing the site’s toxicity. Specifically, he’s asked for help defining a metric of “conversational health” on Twitter. While it’s good to see Twitter attempt to find a system for controlling the behavior of its users, human...

2018-03-02
Ex-Google CEO is relatively certain robots aren’t going to kill us for another decade or two

Rest easy, fellow humans; robots probably aren’t going to enslave or eliminate humans for at least another decade or so. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference last week, ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt downplayed the popular doomsday scenario, stating: Everyone immediately then wants to talk about all the...

2018-03-02
Stella McCartney and PETA want students to invent vegan wool

Vegan wool sounds like an oxymoron. But designer Stella McCartney believes we might soon be wearing sweaters made of the stuff. She’s partnering with PETA and investment firm Stray Dog Capital to launch a biodesign challenge for college students throughout the United States. This year the competition will...

2018-03-02
Powerful photos capture young girl marveling over Michelle Obama portrait

Now that the Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits have been unveiled, they hang in the  Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. for all to enjoy. While many may have assumed there would be nothing more powerful than seeing the portraits themselves, it turns out seeing a child gaze...

2018-03-02
Why social media surveillance isn't the answer to our gun crisis

In 2014, Tashfeen Malik's family in Pakistan started to worry about her Facebook posts.  It was the religious extremism that concerned them, a family member told the Los Angeles Times. A year later, Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, declared their allegiance to ISIS on social media. Then they killed 14...

2018-03-02
Sheryl Sandberg: Women are missing “informal mentoring” from senior male execs

Facebook COO Sandberg spoke to Re/code’s Kara Swisher today at the Lesbians Who Tech conference in San Francisco. and surprised some in the audience with her thoughts on #MeToo. “We need a world where women don’t get harassed,” she said. “But that is not enough.” Male...

2018-03-02
How This Tech CEO With A Liberal Arts Degree Hires Great Engineers

Shift founder George Arison has hired tech talent from Facebook, Google, and other Silicon Valley giants by sticking to these seven rules. As the founder and co-CEO of an en engineering-driven transportation company, most people wrongly assume I’m a car nut or an engineer. It’s an understandable error....

2018-03-02
These emergency igloo shelters are helping homeless people in France survive freezing temperatures

Geoffroy de Reynal is an engineer who designed waterproof shelters, which are made of polyethylene foam and aluminum foil. His invention intends to tackle the high rates of homelessness in urban centers like Paris and help those who are most vulnerable when temperatures drop drastically. Read more...More about...

2018-03-02
DeepMind’s new robots learned how to teach themselves

The minute hand on the robot apocalypse clock just inched a little closer to midnight. DeepMind, the Google sister-company responsible for the smartest AI on the planet, just taught machines how to figure things out for themselves. Robots aren’t very good at exploring on their own. AI that only exists to parse data,...

2018-03-02
5 easy-to-use tools to discover new ICO’s and cryptocurrencies

The last few decades have witnessed the rise of people who made their fortunes off the internet. Some of these enterprising individuals built companies from an initial idea to global behemoths worth billions, while others became rich by investing in the stocks of internet-driven firms such as Amazon, Google, and...

2018-03-02
Take your smart assistant with you with Jinni

Jinni is a curious little device that combines the Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri (iPhone only) smart assistants into one small black box, paired to your phone by Bluetooth. When you want to access an assistant, pull Jinni out of your pocket, hold your finger on the appropriate button and off you go. Thanks to the...

2018-03-02
Google’s Song Maker lets you easily compose music within your browser

Google has added a new tool to its Google Music Labs effort, called Song Maker. As you’ve probably figured out, Song Maker allows you to make songs. Everything happens in the browser. You’re able to define a sequence of notes from a chessboard of sounds, and Song Maker loops over them repeatedly. Think of it as a...

2018-03-02
Instagram seems to be planning video and voice calling features

Image files for icons representing unreleased “call” and “video call” features in the app have been uncovered, reports TechCrunch. The icon files were discovered in the APK file of the most recent Instagram Android app. This suggests Instagram is getting ready to launch voice and video...

2018-03-02
This New Tool Tells You If You Can Build A House In Your L.A. Backyard

A startup called Cover is smoothing the process of building backyard homes by helping with the permitting, design, and construction. If you live in Los Angeles, a new digital tool will tell you if you can build a small second house in your backyard, and how much it might cost. It’s a solution that the...

2018-03-02
The Navy wants lasers to blow drones out of the sky

And they just awarded Lockheed Martin $150 million to make their wish a reality, reports Bloomberg. The Navy is becoming increasingly concerned that enemies could use small drones to surveil their ships or even attack them, which is why it wants Lockheed to develop the “directed-energy” (aka laser gun)...

2018-03-02
Rovio’s head of games is leaving the company

Just a week after the Finnish game maker and animation studio announced its profit warning, the company has now announced that its head of games, Wilhelm Taht, will be leaving effective immediately, reports Reuters. For now, it doesn’t appear that Taht’s departure and Rovio’s profit warning are...

2018-03-02
The magic behind the EU’s most lit Twitter account

The EU isn’t exactly know for its litheness or its ability to relate to young people, being the massive and cumbersome governmental institution it is. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this tweet the other day: 🇪🇺🇨🇱 #EUtrade transparency at work: We’ve published our negotiating...

2018-03-02

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