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YouTube’s new tools help creators give back

YouTube this week revealed new tools that allow users to more easily raise money for charities. It’ll also help by paying the fees for donations up to a point. The primary tool, which I expect will be the most frequently used by followers, is Super Chats for Good. It takes YouTube‘s Super Chat donation service...

2018-08-31
Google and Mastercard are secretly tracking your offline purchases

Google has quietly been providing select advertisers a “stockpile” of offline credit card transaction data. After a four year negotiation, Google and Mastercard reached a deal that would pay the latter millions in exchange for coughing up data on its card holders, according to a Bloomberg report. Google then...

2018-08-31
Regulating Google search is a dumb idea that could actually happen

Trump’s misplaced anger over the lack of right-wing news in search results could act as a catalyst for a renewed antitrust investigation of Google. Much of Donald Trump’s power comes from setting up bogeymen for his base, and then railing against them. This week Trump’s bogeyman is the tech...

2018-08-31
Google has been secretly tracking your offline purchases with help from Mastercard

Google wants to know what you buy, and Mastercard is here to help. The Holy Grail of advertising data is offline sales. Every marketer wants to know if an ad for something online led to someone going into a physical store and buying it. And data companies have long offered services trying to measure this. Nielsen...

2018-08-31
Stop annoying everyone with these common email mistakes

“You’d think years of using the tool would make us proficient, but email is considered one of the biggest time wasters at work.” Email has been around for decades, and even though a lot of companies are moving to communication platforms like Slack, it’s not going away anytime soon....

2018-08-31
Buckminster Fuller made his own fan art posters

And now they’re for sale in a Los Angeles gallery for $7,000 a pop. Buckminster Fuller was an engineer, architect, inventor, designer, and all around Renaissance man. He was also his own number one fan–and at the end of his career, he even made his own fan art.Read Full Story

2018-08-31
Senator wants FTC to investigate Google again

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) has penned a letter to the FTC asking the governing body to “reconsider the competitive effects of Google’s conduct in search and digital advertising.” Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) has penned a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking the governing body to...

2018-08-31
Top 10 Best Graphics Tablets for Drawing, Art & Design in 2018

Discover the best graphics tablets for drawing, art and design and how to choose a tablet that is right for you as an artist, graphic designer or illustrator.

2018-08-31
Twitter fixed the biggest problem with its promoted political tweets

Twitter announced it was making a change to its policy on political ad tweets, and in doing so it’s fixed on of the biggest problems with those promoted tweets — namely, that the information about them wasn’t easily accessible. The policy applies to ads that “advocate for legislative issues of national...

2018-08-30
Google Assistant is now way better for bilingual homes

Using voice assistants in a multilingual home is an exercise in frustration, as they can usually only be set to one language at a time. That’s a particular inconvenience if someone in your family isn’t fully fluent in the language of choice. An update to GoogleAssistant will now remove that hassle, if your...

2018-08-30
Here’s a rundown of all the smart speakers announced at IFA 2018

Voice control is becoming table stakes for all kinds of speakers. Speaker makers are lining up behind Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa at the IFA conference in Berlin, with companies announcing a slew of new voice-controlled speakers. Here’s a rundown:Read Full Story

2018-08-30
Google’s Assistant is now bilingual

Google says a large and growing number of households regularly speak two languages. Google’s Assistant can now differentiate between two languages commonly used in a household, and respond in kind. You no longer have to go into the Assistant’s Settings to choose which language you want to use, Google...

2018-08-30
The upcoming Honor Magic 2 has an almost 100 percent screen-to-body ratio

Honor today lifted the lid on its upcoming flagship phone at Berlin’s IFA 2018 tech trade show, the Honor Magic 2. Honor Magic 2 😱🤔🤫 pic.twitter.com/qv06xiK9bR — Clinton Jeff (@clintonjeff) August 30, 2018 The Honor Magic 2 is somewhat of a departure from Honor’s typical fare, which usually floats...

2018-08-30
Facebook still has trouble figuring out when nudity is newsworthy

After the social network removed a graphic news article about Holocaust education, the Anne Frank Center fought back. Facebook is facing off against an unlikely group this week—the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.Read Full Story

2018-08-30
Trump posts video accusing Google of not promoting his State of the Union address

But he’s wrong. In a really odd move, President Trump has continued attacking Google for alleged bias against him by posting a 24-second video that purports that Google promoted President Obama’s State of the Union addresses on its homepage every year but stopped the State of the Union promotion when...

2018-08-30
Find the right streaming app for whatever you want to watch with Google Play

The Google Play store has a nifty – and seemingly new – feature that should make it a whole lot easier to stream your favorite movie or TV show: its search now lets you look up content right in the store, and displays services that host it. To use it, simply fire up the Play store on your Android device, and punch...

2018-08-30
Wear OS is bringing a Google Assistant feed and smart replies to your watch

Google is set to roll out a much-needed update to Wear OS that will revamp the interface so it’ll be easier to use smartwatches running the platform. The biggest change is in notifications, which presents information in a way that’s easier to parse, with colors to distinguish between things like the name of the...

2018-08-30
Watch: Tesla goes airborne, crash lands into school parking lot

Security cameras managed to catch a glimpse of a Tesla Model S doing its best impression of the General Lee from Dukes of Hazard. Google it, Generation Z. After speeding over railroad tracks in Barrie, Ontario, Canada yesterday, the car lost control after landing and crashed into the parking lot of a nearby elementary...

2018-08-29
Regina Hall is defying your expectations

After two decades in Hollywood, Regina Hall is just warming up. Hear about her new indie “Support the Girls” and projects she’s writing and producing. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company‘s podcast Creative Conversation featuring actor Regina Hall on Apple Podcasts,...

2018-08-29
Polk’s Assist is a better sounding Google Home for $200

Polk Audio has made a name for itself with solid budget- and mid-range audio equipment, and over the past year, it’s been dipping its toes into the smart speaker segment. Its latest connected offering is the Polk Assist, a $200 speaker that’s basically a Google Home on steroids – at least on the audio front....

2018-08-29
Google’s Wear OS: These 3 swipe changes are coming soon

Google simplifies its smartwatch software before new hardware hits. Google has spent the last couple of years tacking on new features to its Wear OS smartwatch platform. Now, the company’s making it all easier to access with a revamped interface:Read Full Story

2018-08-29
Meet Brian Amerige: Facebook’s aspiring James Damore

A year after Google’s kerfuffle over its alleged stifling of conservative culture, Facebook is facing a similar issue. Remember James Damore? He was the former Google employee who was fired from the company after posting an internal document that essentially claimed women were not as biologically equipped to do...

2018-08-29
10 resume tips you probably haven’t thought of

Make your resume stand up to the seven-second test. Having a well-crafted resume can be the key to getting your foot in the door at the company of your dreams. But figuring out how to make your resume fully representative of your experience and also stand out is easier said than done. After all, hiring...

2018-08-29
Digi.me wants to put you back in charge of your personal data

Harnessing the data that companies collect about you sounds like a great idea, but how much are they willing to share? In theory, a startup called Digi.me can liberate your personal data from tech giants such as Google and Facebook.Read Full Story

2018-08-29
Google image search is now a design tool

Picular analyzes the top Google image search results to suggest colors that relate to any topic you search for. A new design tool called Picular is built around an unlikely data source: Google image search.Read Full Story

2018-08-29
Why everyone in the cryptocurrency community is suddenly talking about bits and bytes

A tweet from Bitcoin’s self-proclaimed creator Craig Wright has got the entire cryptocurrency community turning to calculators. Wright took to Twitter to posit that cryptocurrency mining pools that can’t mine blocks of 32MB – which even a 56K modem could handle – “deserve to be bankrupt.” If a pool cannot...

2018-08-29
No flipping: How smart TVs are getting quite smart about you

Smarter sets could mean more niche programming and fewer annoying ads, says the TV industry. Privacy advocates worry consumers are being kept in the dark. Digital advertisers have it relatively easy. On the web, they know they can send you ads based on the products you’ve browsed, the searches you’ve...

2018-08-29
These chairs were designed by an AI bot, and they’re surprisingly good

Fortunately for us, they’re not all that functional. Is there an object of design more commonly used or celebrated than the chair? For many renowned designers and architects, a single chair can be their piece de resistance–and prized pieces are known to even fetch millions of dollars on the...

2018-08-29
Polk’s Assist is a pricey $200 audio upgrade for Google Home fans

Polk Audio has made a name for itself with solid budget- and mid-range audio equipment, and over the past year, it’s been dipping its toes into the smart speaker segment. Its latest connected offering is the Polk Assist, a $200 speaker that’s basically a Google Home on steroids – at least on the audio front....

2018-08-29
Yahoo and AOL are reading your emails

Every email you receive in your Yahoo or AOL inbox is read by Oath’s software to extract data so the company can better target ads at you. The two companies, which are now joined under the Oath banner and owned by Verizon, have a massive email scanning operation going on, reports the Wall Street Journal. Every...

2018-08-29
Don’t worry, Alexa and Google Home won’t take away your regional accent

Hey, Google. Can you understand my accent? Of course. You have an incredibly pleasing dialect. So began my Saturday morning discussion with my Google Home Mini. And while I was happy to receive a compliment about my speech, that wasn’t my motivation for asking the question. Our human-to-robot chat was triggered by...

2018-08-29
Facebook’s Watch video streaming service launches worldwide

Watch is competing with a number of online video services including Netflix, Amazon Video, and YouTube. The company first launched the video streaming service in the U.S. last year, and now finally people in other parts of the globe will be able to see it. Watch is competing with a number of online video services...

2018-08-29
Elon Musk is back to insinuating Thai cave diver is a “pedo”

Musk suggests the reason the diver hasn’t sued is because it’s true. Back in July Musk accused, Vernon Unsworth, one of the Thai cave rescue divers, of being a “pedo” after the diver criticized Musk’s idea of a rescuing the stuck children with a small submarine. In a since-deleted...

2018-08-29
Chipotle’s app now includes burritos delivered to your door

The move should help Chipotle increase its average order price. The company has added the ability for customers to order burritos through the app and website and get them delivered right to your door. Previously delivery of Chipotle required a third-party app called DoorDash. But now Chipotle and DoorDash have teamed...

2018-08-29
The economy is booming, your salary is not: Blame the decline of unions

A new study quantifies just how much organized labor can raise individual workers wages–even for non-unionized workers. In the past 40 decades, regular working Americans have barely seen their salaries grow, while around them, cost of housing and basic needs have skyrocketed, as has pay for business executives....

2018-08-29
UK bans ‘misleading’ Facebook ads for a popular contraceptive app

A Facebook ad promoting the contraceptive smartphone app as a “highly accurate” method of birth control has been found to be misleading by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after figures revealed it is less effective then suggested. Natural Cycles claimed it “provided a clinically tested...

2018-08-29
25 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Docs could do

Whether you’re a Google Docs newbie or an old pro, you’ll learn something—or several somethings—from this how-to extravaganza. When you’re working in a word processor, every second you save matters. And while Google Docs may seem simple on the surface, it’s practically...

2018-08-29
Instagram opens its account verification process to everyone

Instagram today announced new security and authenticity measures, the biggest of which is a handy application for users to request verification within the app. Verified accounts are already a thing on Instagram, obviously. Like every other social media service, they’re identifiable by the blue check mark: The...

2018-08-28
Facebook will power itself with 100% renewable energy by 2020

The social network is buying wind and solar power from sources all over the world–and helping grids get more clean energy for everyone in the process. In Huntsville, Alabama, a sprawling new data center under construction for Facebook will run on solar power from the local grid. In Luleå, Sweden, Facebook...

2018-08-28
“It’s called a bee-vac”: NYPD plays defense after sucking up 25K bees in Times Square

The department swears the bees will be relocated to new hive. Bees are dying off, so some bee lovers were naturally alarmed today when video emerged of the New York Police Department vacuuming up thousands of bees that had descended upon a hot dog stand in Times Square. A live stream provided by Reuters (and shared...

2018-08-28
Sony’s 1000XM3 makes one of the best noise-cancelling headphones even better

Google “best noise-cancelling headphones,” and you’ll see almost certainly see Sony’s 1000X series among the top recommendations. My boss liked the WH-1000MX2 so much he may or may not have stole them from Sony. Now in its third iteration, the WH-1000XM3 – Sony really needs a better naming scheme – brings...

2018-08-28
30 days after the ban, Google Play still hosts cryptocurrency mining apps

The clock has been ticking for cryptocurrency mining apps to either comply with Google’s revised terms of service, or face removal from the Play Store. In July 2018 Google initiated a ban on all apps that mined cryptocurrency on devices. Yet, around two weeks ago, it became evident that many apps that boasted...

2018-08-28
YouTube’s new tool to track time spent watching YouTube is pointless

It’s a flat, empty gesture to indicate that the video platform cares about “digital wellbeing.” YouTube has debuted a new “digital wellbeing” tool that was designed to help you track how much time you spend watching videos on the platform. Called Time Watched, it charts how many...

2018-08-28
WeWork just acquired a Chicago design school

“Design is becoming the competitive advantage within companies. We see that trend continuing.” The co-working space giant has acquired Designation, a Chicago-based, for-profit design education school, reports Reuters. Designation was officially required through WeWork’s Flatiron School, the coding...

2018-08-28
Google partners with Indian banks to provide online loans

People who are approved for the loans will see the money deposited directly into their bank account associated with Google Pay. The search giant has teamed up with four Indian banks to grant consumer loans online, reports Bloomberg. Google will team up with HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and Federal Bank...

2018-08-28
AI is coming for industrial design

An algorithm could never replace human designers… oh, who are we kidding? We’re screwed. MIT researchers have debuted a tool that automatically generates products–and analyzes them in detail–on your behalf.Read Full Story

2018-08-28
If you’re a U.S. veteran looking for post-military jobs, Google just made it easier

Starting today, service members can search “jobs for veterans” on Google to see relevant civilian jobs. There’s no doubt that being in the military is incredibly difficult. However, leaving the military can be tough, too, particularly when it comes to finding a job. Nearly 1 in 3 veterans say they...

2018-08-27
This is who Twitter thinks should host SNL this season

On Monday afternoon, “Saturday Night Live” tweeted out a request for suggestions on hosts for this coming season. Over 9,000 people responded. On Monday morning, the President of the United States had a difficult time using a speakerphone on live TV. Thankfully, due to summer hiatus, we will all be...

2018-08-27

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