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Spotify now lets you ruin your favorite songs by setting them as an alarm

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...

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

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 –...

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

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...

2018-07-31
China set to leapfrog US in the AI race

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...

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

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,...

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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 –...

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

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...

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

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...

2018-07-30
Prepare yourself: Facebook could be the future of national census

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...

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

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...

2018-07-29
Google’s AR design guidelines aren’t complete shit, but should be better

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...

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

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...

2018-07-28
Facebook hit with class-action suits following stock tumble

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,...

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

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,...

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

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...

2018-07-27
Tesla is not normal

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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,...

2018-07-27
Lenovo’s Google Assistant-powered Smart Display is now available from $199

Back in January, Google announced that it was working with third-party hardware makers on touchscreen-equipped smart speakers with the company’s Assistant on board. The first of those products is now available from Lenovo. The imaginatively named Lenovo Smart Display comes in two sizes – an 8-incher with an HD...

2018-07-27
The future of security? A good old-fashioned key

Google’s employees are now using hardware security keys, including one version designed to look like a real key. I juggle two password managers that mishmash random characters and numbers together and file them away to ensure optimal encryption across my various accounts on the web. As a result, I can’t...

2018-07-26
Smartest voice assistants: Siri beats Alexa but Google prevails for now

Amazon’s voice assistant just can’t keep up on smartphones. Google Assistant is better at understanding and answering questions than any of its rivals, according to a new test by Loup Ventures. The venture capital firm asked 800 questions each of Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s...

2018-07-26
Facebook is basically done growing in the U.S., Canada, and Europe

Facebook reported misses on revenue, daily active user count, and monthly active user count. Now the stock is in a free fall. Facebook shares are sliding after the company published its most recent quarterly earnings report. A lot has been riding on the company’s financials as it continues to take a beating in...

2018-07-26
Facebook stock hammered after earnings miss, slow growth forecast

Investors have clearly been looking for a reason to run away. Now, Facebook’s given away all its stock gains from the last quarter. Poof. There goes a quarter of really impressive stock gains.Read Full Story

2018-07-26
These Venus-moon meet-up pics are the best thing on Instagram right now

There’s still time to see Venus and the moon hang out. Venus and the crescent moon hung out last night, and since they are the celestial equivalent of Beyoncé and Jay Z, the paparazzi was all over it.Read Full Story

2018-07-16
This startup is the perfect example of Korea’s vibrant crypto market

Though cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications seem to have taken the entire world by storm, there are few places where this new technology has been embraced like South Korea. In part, thanks to changing regulations within the country, the overwhelming sentiment seems to indicate that crypto will soon become...

2018-07-16
The simple way Apple and Google could fix notifications

Psychological scientist Kostadin Kushlev, who studies the impact of our mobile tech on our lives, discusses the road to digital well-being. This article originally appeared on The Conversation.Read Full Story

2018-07-16
Amazon’s European workers are striking on Prime Day

The strike will see workers at a large Amazon facility just outside Madrid go on strike from now until July 18. Workers at Amazon’s warehouses in Spain have gone on strike today to protest working conditions, reports CNBC. The strike was organized by a group calling itself Amazon En Lucha and will see workers...

2018-07-16
Dear Elon Musk, delete your Twitter account

Right, we’re done here. Elon Musk has gone off the deep end and called British diver Vern Unsworth – who was instrumental in recently rescuing a Thai boys’ soccer team trapped in a cave – a pedophile, after Unsworth balked at the billionaire’s idea of using a small “submarine” to help bring the boys back...

2018-07-16
How to check the security of your Google Chrome extensions

The other day, a friend called me and said that his Google Chrome browser is acting weirdly and may need reinstalling. According to him, every time he searched for something on Google some unknown website appeared with suspicious results. I asked him to remove every Chrome extension and only add those few that he...

2018-07-15
Listen to Google — UX and SEO are a match made in heaven

To the layman UX and SEO (if they even understand what they mean) sound like two entirely unrelated things. The one is about some plumber jabbing away at their phone, while the other is about satisfying the algorithms of a company in Silicon Valley. But we know better. At its core they’re down to the same thing....

2018-07-14
Academic expert says Google and Facebook’s AI researchers aren’t doing science

The field of artificial intelligence, to those on the outside, must appear to be an orderly gathering of intellectuals collaborating at the cutting edge of technology. It’s not. If you dig beyond the hyperbole of Elon Musk and the wonders promised by Google, there’s a number of gnashing dissenters who’re happy...

2018-07-13
Techies leave the likes of Apple and Amazon for greener pastures in the cannabis industry

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have all suffered black eyes in the media as reports each were individually involved in dubious government projects have unfolded. If you’re a tech worker who is embarrassed to be seen in such amoral company, we’ve got a suggestion: consider selling weed instead. When California...

2018-07-13
Facebook’s fight against fake news stops short of banning it

As Facebook continues its alleged fight against fake news, it’s been undermined this week by a comment made by an executive that makes it seem as though the company isn’t actually going to do anything about the problem. In an interview with CNN reporter Oliver Darcy, Facebook‘s head of News Feed, John Hegeman...

2018-07-13
These are the four startups anointed to present at the Sun Valley moguls’ confab

Meet buzzy companies you need to know in autonomous driving, fashion, precision medicine, and drones. On Saturday morning, while you’re sleeping in or doing chores, four highly regarded but not widely known startups will have a chance to dazzle some of the media, tech, and finance machers still hanging out...

2018-07-13
Much of the excitement and cool factor around Magic Leap is now gone

Another less than revealing demo. A major tie-up with AT&T. A Google investment fading into the past. Will this company really deliver? I had grown accustomed to those periodic, breathless tweets about the wonder and promise of Magic Leap’s mixed reality glasses. These tweets, which started showing up in...

2018-07-13
Controversial VC Shervin Pishevar tweets to help you any way he can

The embattled VC recently started the Twitter campaign #HowCanIHelp–and it seems like he means it. Shervin Pishevar has been in quite the giving mood.Read Full Story

2018-07-13
There’s only 1 Blockbuster store left

It’s the end of an era as two more Blockbuster locations are set to close, leaving only one lonely location in the US. With no potential mates, the species is doomed to extinction. At the peak of Blockbuster’s popularity there were more than 9,000 locations dotting the US. Now there’s just one. Conservation...

2018-07-13
Trailer: a new film on Silicon Valley’s most important failure

General Magic is the most influential tech company you’ve never heard of. Even if you follow the doings of Apple, Amazon, and Google, you’ve probably never heard of General Magic. But it just might be one of the most important tech companies in the history of Silicon Valley. Why? General Magic was...

2018-07-13
D.C. “boil water” advisory: Here’s what you need to know

The advisory remains in effect until further notice. The local agency that oversees the water supply in the nation’s capital has issued a “boil water” advisory for residents who live within the city’s northern half. The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, or DC Water, said...

2018-07-13
AT&T’s no-good week shows why it may regret its Google envy

The last five days have been bad news for AT&T’s entertainment and tech ambitions. At what point in the last five days did AT&T have a moment of creeping doubt that this whole desire to be a player in Hollywood may not be worth the headaches?Read Full Story

2018-07-13
The wild future of 4D design

A manufacturing technique from MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab that is poised to disrupt everything from furniture to housing finally has market-viable products to showcase. And they are stunning. The future of 4D printing is here—and now available for purchase at New York’s Patrick Parrish...

2018-07-13
The explosion of design tools has come at a cost

Sketch, Framer, Figma, Adobe XD: Design tools are proliferating, but they don’t always simplify the design process. Here are five ways toolmakers can create a better design ecosystem for everyone, writes designer fund codirector Ben Blumenfeld. In the past few years, the number of digital design tools available...

2018-07-13

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