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Twitter’s new policy aims to eradicate ‘dehumanizing speech’

Twitter today announced it’d be altering its hateful conduct policies to prohibit “dehumanizing speech.” By doing so, it intends to patch a hole in its rules against hate speech to account for tweets that don’t specifically target anyone, but which are nonetheless demeaning. It’s also asking for users to...

2018-09-25
Instagram’s loss is not necessarily Snapchat’s gain

Instagram’s founders are leaving, but that doesn’t mean Snapchat will suddenly become appealing for Instagram users. News broke last night that Instagram founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, are leaving the company. This was certainly a shock, as Instagram could easily be considered one of...

2018-09-25
Gaming Twitter showed its strength and rage after Telltale’s catastrophic closure

Telltale Games announced on Twitter last week, with little warning, that it’d be shuttering its doors. The news drew a not-unexpected amount of backlash and scrutiny based on first-hand accounts from the people involved. Now the same Twitter-based community is keeping the company on notice for its messy handling of...

2018-09-25
These popular #Vanlife vehicles are basically rolling offices

Though the lifestyle movement is about getting out into nature, today’s RVs are equipped for life online, with LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more. You’ve probably seen evidence of #Vanlife, the burgeoning lifestyle movement, in the stream of idyllic photos on your Instagram: People in expertly outfitted...

2018-09-25
Google’s Eric Schmidt accidentally discovers labor unions

The Google executive tweeted that he wanted to find a “unicorn for the middle class.” People reminded him one already exists. Yesterday, extremely rich technology executive Eric Schmidt tweeted that he wanted to figure out ways to increase the wages of lower-income and middle-class people. In his own...

2018-09-25
Google is revamping search on its 20th anniversary – here are the most exciting new features

To mark the 20th anniversary of search, Google has introduced tons of new features for a refreshed user experience across platforms. These range from organizing your search results better, to introducing an Instagram Stories-style presentation for select content. Here are my favorite new updates: Activity cards: When...

2018-09-25
Instagram’s co-founders are leaving Facebook

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who co-founded Instagram eight years ago, are leaving the service’s parent company, Facebook. The news of their departure comes from The New York Times, and is corroborated by a statement from Systrom. The duo have resigned from the company and will leave in the coming weeks....

2018-09-25
These people will go to the edge of the Earth to prove it’s flat

At least one supposed member of a group calling itself “Project Edge” claims they will be undertaking a mission to travel to the edge of the Earth later this week. Here’s hoping they can finally figure out if our planet resides on a series of turtles’ backs, or the shoulders of Atlas. In the following video,...

2018-09-24
People are taking to the streets to show they “Believe Survivors”

People around the country are stopping work in solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford. Over the last week, two women–Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez–have gone public with stories about alleged sexual misconduct from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Instead of withdrawing the nomination,...

2018-09-24
Ex-Google CEO: Competition between US and China will split the internet

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes that in next 10-15 years, the internet will split into two with one part will be led by China and other by the US. Schmidt said in reply to economist Terry Cowen’s question on the possibility of having three to four separate internets a decade from now: I think the most...

2018-09-24
With its voice assistant delayed, Roku is sticking to the basics

The big player in TV streaming announces two new devices, but pushes its own entertainment-centric assistant feature to 2019. Back in January, Roku revealed a grand vision for expanding from smart TVs and streaming boxes into the broader realm of home entertainment. The company’s plans called for smart...

2018-09-24
Celebrated studio Telltale Games shuts down in the messiest way possible

Over the past 14 years, California-based game development studio Telltale Incorporated made a name for itself with its range of well crafted adventure- and story-driven titles. That includes hits like The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and adaptations of popular franchises including Batman, The Walking...

2018-09-24
How to escape Google’s forced logins on Chrome 69

According to security researcher S. Bálint, any time someone using Chrome 69 logs into a Google service or site, they are also logged into Chrome-as-a-browser with that user account. Essentially, Google is forcefully logging users into Chrome. Chrome browser’s privacy policy notes that if you are is not signed in,...

2018-09-24
How Facebook’s Disaster Maps is helping aid organizations serve people affected by Florence

The social network tracks where people evacuate to after a disaster–and then helps organizations figure out in real time where to bring food and supplies. On Friday, September 14, Hurricane Florence made landfall along the North Carolina coast, prompting high winds and massive flooding throughout the region....

2018-09-24
WhatsApp appoints a grievance officer to handle fake news concerns in India

WhatsApp has appointed a ‘grievance officer’ to address complaints concerning the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform in India, reports the Press Trust of India on NDTV. This comes in response to the government’s demands from earlier in the year, following a nationwide string of lynchings...

2018-09-24
Create a finished website in minutes with Visualmodo WordPress Themes, now just $39

You can score the best of both worlds — easily deployed, yet entirely customizable website templates — with this lifetime subscription to Visualmodo WordPress Themes. It’s on sale now at 84 percent off, just $39, from TNW Deals.

2018-09-23
Animation reveals what could be Google’s new ‘Pixel Stand’

A new accessory for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL could give Alexa devices a run for their money. The Pixel Stand, as its reportedly known, is an upright dock that effectively turns your smartphone into a Google Home hub.   For those unwilling to shell out $400 for the Home Max, or $49 for the Home Mini, this provides a...

2018-09-21
Trump inadvertently gets Twitter to explain why rape often goes unreported

The U.S. president’s attacks on Christine Blasey Ford prompted Twitter to explain #WhyIDidntReport No sooner did some anonymous White House aides brag to Axios about preventing Trump from attacking Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser on Twitter than the president did exactly that.Read Full Story

2018-09-21
This lunch box for adults transforms sad desk eating into an Instagram event

No more sad desk lunches. As Fast Company‘s lunch box correspondent, I’ve been tracking some of the latest advancements in portable meals. The kid’s lunch box Omie, for instance, is adorable, and also has hot and cold compartments. But why should kids have all the nice stuff? If you work at...

2018-09-21
This week’s best Android games to play instead of doing laundry

Welcome to our weekly column, in which YouTuber NimbleThor brings you a short list of the best new mobile games for your Android device, released over the past week. Whether you’re into casual time wasters or hardcore shooters, you’ll find something in here to exercise your thumbs with. You really should do your...

2018-09-21
Facebook’s new home gadget might have a creepy camera as its main feature

Unlike smart screens from Google and Amazon, Facebook’s device will ID users and follow them around the room. After calling off the launch of a smart display device earlier this year, Facebook is reportedly planning to announce it next week. Here are the details from Cheddar’s Alex Heath, who cites...

2018-09-21
Microsoft Excel? Google Sheets? Why choose when you can learn both for under $20

Whether you’re transitioning from one spreadsheet titan to another or if you just want to learn both to be a cross-disciplinary threat, then jump in on the The Excel & Google Sheets Mastery Bundle. It’s on sale now for less than $10 per course, just $19.

2018-09-21
“We’d be breaching precedent”: Leaked emails show Google workers discussing search tweaks

The emails are likely to stoke perceptions of anti-conservative bias within Google’s ranks. In an email thread obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Google employees discussed ways that they could tweak search functions to affect results related to President Trump’s controversial 2017 travel ban. The...

2018-09-21
Facebook’s new dating service wants to find you love

Yesterday, Facebook debuted its much talked about dating service – announced at its developer conference F8 earlier this year– in Columbia.  The social network doesn’t want to compete with Tinder, but instead will take on other major players such as OkCupid and Hinge by adopting a similar approach to...

2018-09-21
This could be our first look at Google’s new Chromebook

Google is likely to release a Chromebook – dubbed Nocturne – alongside the new Pixel phones on October 9, and thanks to AboutChromebooks, we have an idea what it will look like. The blog found images of the product with two ChromeOS tablet keyboards from Brydge. Nocturne is likely to sport two USB-C type ports....

2018-09-21
Instagram is testing a ‘regram’ feature to natively repost content

On Twitter there’s the retweet button. Facebook has the share icon. On Instagram, nothing. To date, users have had to get creative in their attempts to repost content from other accounts on to their own timelines. Some used third-party apps that were just as good, sometimes better, at stealing data and hijacking...

2018-09-21
Google says app developers can still scan Gmail with opt-in

Google has stopped scanning emails for its own advertising, but third-party apps that process email still have wide latitude. Google told U.S. senators it still allows third-party app developers who work with Gmail and build software to scan user inboxes, even though it has stopped processing Gmail messages to target...

2018-09-20
Instagram now lets you send Giphy GIFs in Direct

Giphy and Instagram today announced they’d be teaming up again to let users insert GIFs into their Instagram Direct messages. Now you can spam your friends with reaction gifs instead of actually formulating your own thoughts — the natural endpoint for all app-based social interactions, at least as far as I’m...

2018-09-20
All hail the GIF! Your Instagram DMs just got better

Who couldn’t use more GIFs in their life? Texting is for your most intimate friends. WhatsApp is for international folks. Facebook Messenger is for groups and people you don’t know very well. And Instagram DM–that’s a place to hang with your besties and keep in contact with all those...

2018-09-20
Infographic: Did Facebook really connect the world?

A series of New York Times visualizations reveals how geography is the strongest connector, regardless of where you live. Facebook was supposed to connect the world: Mark Zuckerberg’s favorite map of Facebook connections lights up every corner of the globe, making it appear as if Facebook has brought everyone...

2018-09-20
Dwayne Johnson drops more Project Rock hustle for Under Armour

The new campaign, by Johnson’s own Seven Bucks Creative, highlights the day-to-day work it takes to be The Rock. Dwayne Johnson is a content machine. This is not a controversial statement. The man averages three blockbuster movies a year, stars in HBO’s Ballers, and cranks out enough Instagram video to...

2018-09-20
New Instagram feature could make captions #hashtag-free

One of the most annoying things about Instagram is to see hundreds of hashtags stuffed into photo captions. Thankfully, it looks like Instagram is working on a better way to present them. In a tweet, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong noted that the company is testing the ability to add hashtags without including them...

2018-09-20
Instagram might let you add hashtags without including them in captions

One of the most annoying things about Instagram is to see hundreds of hashtags stuffed into photo captions. Thankfully, it looks like Instagram is working on a better way to present them. In a tweet, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong noted that the company is testing the ability to add hashtags without including them...

2018-09-20
PokerStars Deals Winning Hand to Social VR

Back in 2014, Mark Zuckerberg made a $3 billion dollar bet through the acquisition of Oculus Rift that virtual reality (VR) would soon become one of the most social platforms that ever existed.   Fast forward to 2018 and very few VR companies have been successful (including Facebook) at building social communities...

2018-09-20
This startup wants to become the Facebook of death

Social media has changed how we live, and surprisingly, how we die. Mortality used to be an intimate affair shared between families and close groups of friends, but that’s no longer the case. People now broadcast the passing of their loved ones across the internet to an audience of potentially billions. This raises...

2018-09-20
Social media can ruin your creativity. Don’t let it

Four working artists and creatives answer the question of the century: Should I delete my social media accounts? As the negative impact of social media on our brains–and our democracy–continues to emerge, it’s a question many people are reckoning with: Should I delete my Facebook, Twitter, or...

2018-09-20
Kiss “End of the Road” tour–how to get the dates and cities

On Instagram Wednesday, the makeup-wearing rockers announced their “End of the Road” world tour. Kiss is one of those bands that seems to be perennially contemplating their final tour, but this time they apparently mean it. On Instagram Wednesday, the makeup-wearing rockers announced their “End of...

2018-09-20
Instagram is testing geo-restriction for stories and posts

Instagram is testing a geofencing feature for stories and posts. This will allow the creators to post their content to selected countries, instead of being universally available. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong pointed out on Twitter that while creating posts, users will be able to choose specific countries where...

2018-09-20
Leak: Amazon’s Echo Sub will turn Alexa into a 2.1 stereo system

The sound output on Amazon’s Echo is fine for casual background music, but it’s not worth much for any critical listening. But now that both Google and Apple have speakers that can pump out some serious tunes, it seems Amazon is starting to take sound seriously. Pocket-Lint caught an Amazon UK listing showing off...

2018-09-20
Walmart and Kroger stocks sink on wild Amazon Go report

Amazon could be planning to open as many as 3,000 cashier-free Amazon Go stores. Amazon could be planning to open as many as 3,000 cashier-free Amazon Go stores over the next few years, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Such a move would mark a significant ramping up of a concept that Amazon opened to the...

2018-09-19
Jeff Bezos may meet his match in Margrethe Vestager

EU regulators are looking into Amazon’s data practices. Amazon has faced some raucous critics in recent months—Bernie Sanders and President Trump among them—but somehow their bark always seems worse than their bite. Not so with Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, who has...

2018-09-19
PUBG rumored to drop on PS4 soon

The Korean game ratings board dropped a listing for a PS4 version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, indicating a long-awaited release is on the horizon — and not a moment too soon for the floundering battle royale game. The listing was spotted earlier today by Twitter user @Nibellion, and clearly shows...

2018-09-19
Google’s 3 secrets for startups struggling with hiring

At one point or another, the bane of every startup founder’s existence is hiring. Not only do most startup teams have little to no professional hiring experience, but the process also takes a huge amount of time and effort most startups don’t have. Cutting corners and careless decisions, however, can lead to bad...

2018-09-19
ACLU says Facebook ads allow employers to favor men over women

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) submitted a complaint to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Facebook. It claims the platform’s ad options have allowed employers to post adverts that allow discrimination based on gender. “Facebook has created and profited from a...

2018-09-19
Here is Jack Dorsey’s first sketch of Twitter’s platform from 2005

The company has posted a sketch that Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey made on a legal pad back in 2005 when conceptualizing the idea of what Twitter’s UI might look like. The company has posted a sketch that Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey made on a legal pad back in 2005 when conceptualizing the idea of what...

2018-09-19
Amazon is now the third largest digital ad platform in the U.S.

It’s taking share from Google and Facebook. That’s according to the latest market research report from eMarketer. The firm says that Amazon’s ad sales will double this year, vaulting the company to the third-ranked spot among all ad platforms in the U.S.Read Full Story

2018-09-19
Judge allows e-voting in Georgia despite hacking fears

There is not enough time to switch to a more secure, paper-based alternative before the midterms. The judge has approved the use of electronic voting machines in the state for the upcoming midterm elections because there is not enough time to switch to a more secure, paper-based alternative, the BBC reports. The judge...

2018-09-19
As Inbox fades away, here’s how to give Gmail its best features

Google’s Inbox app may be on its way out, but the features that made it great don’t have to die. When Google launched Inbox in 2014, the company embarked on a bold mission: to reinvent the very way we think about email.Read Full Story

2018-09-19

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