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Google’s testing a new app that takes the pain out of the NYC subway

The subway system is both the best and worst thing about living in NYC. As convenient and practical as it is, it’s also prone to interminable delays, rerouting, annoying passengers/performers and general unpleasantness. Though I think we New Yorkers tend to take it for granted, there’s no question it could be...

2018-05-31
Walmart is launching a same-day, text-order delivery service

Personal shopping by text and same-day delivery: meet Jetblack, Walmart’s newest venture. Walmart is launching a new personal shopping service called Jetblack. The $50-per-month service, which just launched in New York City, will deliver items ordered over text either same or next day. For now, memberships...

2018-05-31
67% of shoppers are ready to shop exclusively online

A new survey suggests shoppers are ready to move to 100% online for retail purchases. The majority of shoppers are ready to shop exclusively online, according to the results of digital marketing agency Adtaxi’s 2018 Online Shopping and Technology Trends Survey. The survey took a look at the shopping habits,...

2018-05-31
Facebook’s algorithm change had an impact on politicians, but not the ones you think

Conservatives claim that Facebook’s algorithm changes have censored their content. The data says something different. There’ve been plenty of dramatic headlines and hand-wringing in recent months about the impact of Facebook’s latest changes to its News Feed algorithm—both on the media and...

2018-05-31
How to help migrant children swept up by ICE

How to contact your representative about ICE. Last month, an official from DHS admitted that the agency could not account for nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors (note: not children who came with their parents per se) who arrived at the border, nearly 19% of the minors in their custody. While the children may not be...

2018-05-31
Major League Soccer teams with R/GA on new start-up tech search

New venture studio is recruiting companies and entrepreneurs for emerging tech to help fan engagement, on-field data, stadium infrastructure, and more. It boasts the highest percentage of millennial fans in the U.S., so an obvious part of Major League Soccer’s growth strategy revolves around embracing...

2018-05-31
Kathy Griffin sounds off on the anniversary of her infamous photo

One year later, Kathy Griffin wrote an epic Twitter thread about the presidential tweet that uprooted her life, as a warning to others that it could happen to them. Kathy Griffin has taken a lot of photos over the years, but for the rest of her life only one of them can be immediately identified as that photo....

2018-05-31
Plot twist: GDPR is actually helping Google’s ad business

As smaller ad exchanges adapt to the new GDPR rules, Google is quietly cashing in. Last Friday, the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, causing every major technology company operating in Europe to completely overhaul how they gain consent to users’ data. From now on,...

2018-05-31
Modern Fertility announces new at-home hormone test

Modern Fertility is one of several innovative companies redefining modern fertility care in Silicon Valley. The fertility tech sector is getting more and more sophisticated. The latest round of innovation comes from Modern Fertility, a startup attempting to democratize reproductive health. On Thursday, the San...

2018-05-31
Twitter is blocking users who signed up when they were underage

The move is reportedly being done to comply with GDPR rules that have gone into force in Europe. The social media company is blocking any user whose self-declared date of birth suggests they were under the age of 13 when they first signed up for an account, reports the Guardian. It’s doesn’t matter if...

2018-05-31
Trump may ban German luxury carmakers next

The news follows reports that the Trump administration is thinking of imposing a 25% tariff on cars imported to the U.S. The president has shown he’s not afraid to get into trade wars with even America’s closest allies. And now the president has Germany in his sights, reports CNBC. The weekly German...

2018-05-31
Viviana Vila was fired off TV in 2016. Now she’s calling the World Cup

Telemundo’s U.S. broadcast of soccer’s elite tourney will for the first time feature analysis from an expert fan—who happens to be the first woman ever to offer World Cup commentary. In April, two women were announced as TV analysts to provide color commentary for the forthcoming World...

2018-05-31
This misanthropic artist taught Google Home to fire a gun

With a misspent childhood/adolescence/adulthood absorbing as much sci-fi as possible, I knew it was only a matter of time until smart speakers turned bad. Well, okay, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. But, AI artist and roboticist Alexander Reben did teach Google Assistant on a Google Home to fire a gun, so...

2018-05-31
Google launches an app for discovering your neighborhood through local experts

Google has launched Neighbourly, a mobile app designed to help you learn about your neighborhood by asking other residents. It’s a way to find out about local services and facilities in your area from people who live around you. The beta is presently only available on Android and open to people in the Indian city of...

2018-05-31
Uber wants Waymo’s self-driving cars on its ride-hailing platform

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said at the Code Conference today that his company is talking to Google spin-off firm Waymo to have the self-driving vehicle tech company’s cars added to its platform. That’s interesting for a number of reasons. For starters, it was just a few short months ago when Uber and Waymo settled...

2018-05-31
Survival gameplay could be the evolution Fallout needs

After a teasing Twitch stream which lasted almost an entire day, Bethesda finally revealed the trailer for its latest game: Fallout 76. The trailer itself didn’t reveal much beyond the fact the game concerns Vault 76 and the soundtrack might evolve past “Butcher Pete” and “Civilization” finally (though...

2018-05-31
Opinion: There’s more to the Google military AI project than we’ve been told

Google, a company whose motto used to be “don’t be evil,” has had its ethics questioned lately over its insistence on developing AI for the Pentagon. If you’re among the many people who don’t understand why, against the grain, the Mountain View company would risk such damage to its reputation, you’re not...

2018-05-30
Google’s ‘Just a Line’ lets you doodle in AR with a friend

Earlier this year, Google released an Android app for drawing in AR called Just a Line. Doodling in AR is fun; you can make things objects float in thin air, like an art class at Hogwarts. Problem is, when only you can see what you’re drawing, you look kind of nutso waving around your phone in the air. And I mean,...

2018-05-30
LG’s V35 brings the best of the G7 to last year’s V30

LG sure is getting a lot of mileage out of the V30. After releasing the V30S ThinQ earlier in the year with slightly upgraded specs and software, the company is at it again with the V35. Here’s the short of it: It’s the same as the V30, except with the new Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM, and updated software feature....

2018-05-30
Reddit surpasses Facebook to become the 3rd most visited site in the US

According to Alexa – the Amazon-owned web traffic analyzing platform – more people now visit Reddit than Facebook in the US. Spotted, of course, on Reddit by user IamATechieNerd, the stats will be a big boost for the social sharing platform, especially with many users still irked about the recent re-design....

2018-05-30
Google’s Project Fi is starting to look like a real phone network with 3 new devices

Google’s Project Fi is an innovative a phone network, but it’s been hampered by a scarcity of device choices. So far, you’ve been limited to Google’s own Pixel and Nexus phones, with the Moto X4 being the sole exception introduced late last year. But today Google added three more options: The Moto G6, the LG...

2018-05-30
Why the leap to general AI still can’t happen yet

There’s a massive gap in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), and we haven’t been able to cross it successfully. Some developers refer to it as a move from “narrow” to “general” AI, while others describe it as a move from “weak” to “strong” AI. However you describe it, the premise is...

2018-05-30
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...

2018-05-30
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...

2018-05-30
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

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