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Spotify now lets you ruin your favorite songs by setting them as an alarm
2018-07-31

Fed up of waking up to the same incessant beeping? Ever wish you could start your day with your favorite song? Now you can, as Spotify now comes integrated into the Google Clock app on Android. The feature’s available with both free and premium Spotify subscriptions, but sadly only works on Android devices. All you...

Uber is killing off its self-driving truck division
2018-07-31

Reuters reports that Uber is shuttering its autonomous freight truck division after some two years in the space. The company got started with self-driving trucks back in 2016, when it acquired Otto – a startup focused on developing aftermarket kits to allow trucks to cover long distances on freeways autonomously –...

Designer Milton Glaser nailed the logo for Trump’s ‘Space Force’
2018-07-31

Bloomberg Businessweek asked eight prominent designers to design logos for Trump’s wacky idea. Glaser won. At a meeting of the National Space Council in June, PResident Trump said he would direct the Pentagon and Department of Defense to create a sixth branch of the U.S. military—a so-called Space...

China set to leapfrog US in the AI race
2018-07-30

China’s progress towards its goal of becoming the world’s leader in AI by the year 2025 remains unchecked. While its efforts still lag behind the US, thanks to the likes of Google and Microsoft, there’s an alarming amount of research indicating the gap is shrinking. It’s only been a year since TNW reported...

Twitter’s newly commissioned health studies may be shots in the dark
2018-07-30

Twitter today announced it had selected two finalists in its months-long search for a “health metric” — essentially a giant, figurative dipstick by which it can tell how well everyone’s getting along on the site. Twitter selected researchers with dazzling bona fides, but the company should also disclose what,...

Twitter wants to know why Twitter is so toxic
2018-07-30

The social network announced two new projects aimed at measuring its impact on public discourse. With the 2016 election behind us, social networks like Twitter and Facebook—under fire for spreading misinformation and breeding incivility—are trying to take action.Read Full Story

House of Highlights hits 10M followers. What’s next for the Instagram powerhouse?
2018-07-30

The Bleacher Report-owned sports Instagram account just hit a huge milestone. We sat down with its GM to talk about what’s next. For the old and the digitally unaware, House of Highlights is Bleacher Report‘s meme-filled Instagram account, which it acquired in 2016 and is specifically catered to its...

John Oliver’s honest remake of Facebook’s latest ad is brutal
2018-07-30

Facebook: We Own Who You Are What: A truthful parody of Facebook’s latest ad.Read Full Story

YouTube’s Android app is finally getting a dark theme
2018-07-30

Although YouTube has offered a dark theme on its web and iOS apps for months, it’s been taking its own sweet time bringing it to Android for some reason (seriously, what’s the hold-up?). Now, there’s hope. Redditor u/Absinth92 reported on the weekend that the option had become available on his mobile device –...

The only good use of LinkedIn voice messages is trolling
2018-07-30

LinkedIn is an unmitigated hellhole, but last week the world’s biggest business social networking site redeemed itself somewhat and gave us all a gift in the form of voice messages. The feature is rolling out to users right now, and lets you send audio clips up to 60 seconds long. If you have it, you’ll see a...

Purported Google Pixel 3 XL leak shows a white body and single rear camera
2018-07-30

Over the weekend, XDA Developers Forum user dr.guru claimed to have gotten their hands on a Google Pixel 3 XL, the larger of the two flagship handsets from the company that are slated to arrive later this year. Android Police noted that the front fascia design matched that of a screen protector for this model which...

Prepare yourself: Facebook could be the future of national census
2018-07-29

Every ten years, governments around the world conduct their national census: a count of the resident population. This is no easy task. The 2011 Chinese census, for instance, was a vast operation relying on six million enumerators taking census questionnaires from door to door. Knowledge of a population’s composition...

Did Google stop domain fronting as a censorship move?
2018-07-29

Google, which has been long known for defending freedom of internet, recently removed access to a feature that was widely used to bypass censorship; domain fronting. Activists claim Google is siding with censorship, while Google claims it was a regular update. But what is the bigger picture? Should Google ignore the...

Google’s AR design guidelines aren’t complete shit, but should be better
2018-07-28

When Google and Apple announced their mobile augmented reality (AR) platforms last summer, they rocked the 3D world. Almost overnight, Google’s ARCore and Apple’s ARKit shifted the center of gravity for 3D UX design away from headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR toward already ubiquitous...

Facebook follows YouTube in suspending Alex Jones
2018-07-28

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from Facebook for bullying and hate speech. It’s about damn time. Just this week, Jones ran afoul of YouTube guidelines, getting himself a slap on the wrist and finding four of his more egregious videos deleted. We wondered why Facebook didn’t do the same thing. In...

Facebook hit with class-action suits following stock tumble
2018-07-27

Facebook shareholders are suing the company after its stock lost $120 billion in value. This week is delivering a powerful one-two punch to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. First, on Thursday, Facebook’s stock plummeted 19%, erasing $120 billion in value—the biggest one-day drop in any public company,...

Groupon loses $83 million patent dispute with IBM
2018-07-27

The jury verdict is a blow for local-deals marketplace, whose stock now hovers in the $5 range. A patent dispute between IBM and Groupon has ended badly for the local deals company. On Friday, a Delaware jury awarded IBM $83 million in damages for what it viewed as willful patent infringement on the part of Groupon,...

Facebook will spend $10M on CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s private jets and security
2018-07-27

The social network yesterday filed a report with the SEC, which disclosed CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s security allowance. All those extra trips to testify in front of Congress this year must have taken their toll, because he’s now allotted $10 million. That’s a significant increase over last year’s budgeted $7.3...

Tesla is not normal
2018-07-27

What should we do when a company acts as erratic as its CEO? I’ve been thinking a lot about a small quasi-interaction I had this week, and it’s nagged me enough to write it down. It all started when I decided to write a short post about a pseudonymous financial writer who didn’t much care for...

Facebook finally suspends Alex Jones and Infowars for hate speech
2018-07-27

Call it a time out. The company banned Jones’s personal account for 30 days. Days after YouTube removed four videos from Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Facebook finally got around to doing the same thing. The videos in question—which spewed vitriol at liberals, Muslims, and...

Twitter’s user growth just took a big hit
2018-07-27

Twitter’s monthly base was down by a million users as it finished out the quarter. A purge of bots, trolls, and other problematic accounts seems to have caused a noticeable decline in monthly active users for Twitter, which reported second-quarter 2018 earnings this morning before the opening bell.Read Full...

Google bans cryptocurrency mining apps from the Play Store
2018-07-27

Google has now banned all cryptocurrency miners from the Play store. Apps that manage mining hardware are apparently okay, though – for now. The new ruling is hidden amongst the July updates to Google’s Developer Policy Center, as spotted by Android Police. It can be seen as a follow-up to their previous set of...

Blockchain startups are selling visions of the future, not technology
2018-07-27

The blockchain hype train has been operating at full steam for some time now. Every week Twitter and Reddit are ablaze with new launches of blockchain startups promising decentralized and distributed technologies, which promise to change life as we know it and empower us, the people, to decide our own future. The...

Fortnite’s Android edition will reportedly be exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 at launch
2018-07-27

If you’ve been waiting with bated breath to play Fortnite on your Android device since the announcement in May, you might have to be patient for a while longer: 9to5Google reports that the title will first become available only on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9. The handset is slated to be announced on August 9,...

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