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Twitter roasts Don Jr.’s spelling of SNL—er, sorry, S&L

Further proof that the First Family has no clue about anything, including how to abbreviate a 44-year-old iconic television show. The president may not like SNL, but at least he’s probably seen it. The same cannot be said for his son.Read Full Story

2019-01-31
Hear from the inventor of the hashtag and many more at TNW2019

With less than 100 days to go, TNW2019 is really ramping up. We already have over 50 confirmed speakers from companies like Bynder, Google, and eToro, all coming to discuss the future of technology on May 9 and 10 in Amsterdam. We also recently announced the 11 tracks we’ll be exploring – whether it’s marketing...

2019-01-31
Review: Cambridge Audio’s Yoyo (L) is a hi-fi Sonos alternative with Google Cast

The most popular wireless speakers tend to be part of a walled garden. Sonos, Google, and Apple’s speakers force you into their own wireless protocols, with few or no inputs for wired sources. Though they all sound great in their own way, they might not be the best choice for audio enthusiasts looking for...

2019-01-31
How Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk” went from hobby to full-on movement

Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch has created a safe forum for women to discuss deep and personal issues–and it’s about to go global. When Jada Pinkett Smith launched her Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk last May, she considered it more of a hobby than anything else. She was already having...

2019-01-31
Apple should borrow these 4 privacy features from the competition

Overall, Apple leads in privacy and security offerings. But here are four smart ideas it should copy from other companies. Apple is a leader in the tech industry when it comes to protecting user privacy and security. Compared to Google and Facebook, and even Microsoft and Amazon, Apple collects way less data about its...

2019-01-31
Weiden+Kennedy just keeps doing it

The largest remaining independent agency strives to make advertising that transcends branding and drives the pop-culture conversation. On September 3, 2018, at 2:20 p.m., an image appeared on Instagram: a tightly cropped black-and-white close-up of a face, eyebrows, and chin bordering a resolute gaze, and the message...

2019-01-31
What Solange taught Roy Wood Jr. about performing standup comedy

The Daily Show correspondent is a comedy veteran, but he readily admits he’s still perfecting his craft–with a little help from Solange. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation featuring comedian Roy Wood Jr. on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic,...

2019-01-30
It’s not just WhatsApp – India’s fake news problem plagues several popular social networks

You can’t discuss the ‘fake news’ phenomenon in India without bringing up WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned messaging service has been constantly under fire after several people were lynched across the country over a misleading video that did the rounds for a year. The platform had to set up a team for India and run...

2019-01-29
Apple temporarily disables group FaceTime to fix a bug that lets you eavesdrop on your contacts

There was chaos on the internet late last night after 9to5Mac discovered a bug in Apple’s FaceTime video calling app that let you hear other person’s voice even before they answered your call. According to the report, a user running iOS 12.1 could potentially exploit the vulnerability to eavesdrop on others...

2019-01-29
See a chair co-designed by AI

What does the design process look like when AI is actively involved? Designers collaborate with artificial intelligence every day. But generally they do through programs like Adobe Photoshop, which has nifty tools that automate some of the tedious aspects of design.Read Full Story

2019-01-28
Now’s the perfect time for Apple to bring Messages to Android

Last week’s bombshell about Facebook’s messaging merger has users looking for other options–and Apple should take full advantage of it. On Friday the New York Times reported a bombshell of a story: By the end of this year or early 2020, Facebook will unify the messaging platform between its three...

2019-01-28
Open standards can disrupt Facebook’s messaging monopoly

Facebook made the news last week when The New York Times’ Mike Isaac reported that CEO Mark Zuckerberg intended to integrate the company’s three messaging platforms: WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram. We don’t have all the details of exactly how this will work. The plan is still in its early stages, and there...

2019-01-28
Automate and grow your Instagram account with Postable for just $39

Growing an Instagram following can take as much time and effort as keeping a business rolling. Thankfully, services like Postable ($39, 88 percent off from TNW Deals) can help you automate and grow your Instagram account without becoming a massive time-killer.

2019-01-28
Google algorithms and human psychology: How Jigsaw rescues teens from ISIS recruiters

The Redirect Method is a program from Alphabet’s Jigsaw that aims to stop kids from becoming radicalized terrorists.  Yasmin Green is talking about the considerable social media following of a 14-year-old Kurdish girl. Green, the director of research and development for Jigsaw, which, along with Google, is...

2019-01-28
Become a certified Silicon Valley social media guru for $20

Even if you’ve never dabbled in digital campaigns before, this course will teach you everything you need to know to market to potential customers on the world’s most popular social platforms. Whether you’re targeting general sites like Facebook and Twitter, or hyper-localized venues like Reddit, you’ll work...

2019-01-27
A landmark ruling gives new power to sue tech giants for violating privacy

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled consumers can sue firms for biometric privacy violations even without proving harm, swatting down an argument used by Facebook and others. A unanimous ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court says that companies that improperly gather people’s data can be sued for damages even...

2019-01-27
Landmark ruling gives new power to sue tech giants for violating privacy

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled consumers can sue firms for biometric privacy violations even without proving harm, swatting down an argument used by Facebook and others. A unanimous ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court says that companies that improperly gather people’s data can be sued for damages even...

2019-01-27
Meet the designers who make a living building tiny houses on The Sims

Their construction videos get millions of views. Why are so many people obsessed with virtual tiny homes? Five years ago, a young Australian graphic design student was studying abroad in Italy when she got a stomach bug. Bored and in bed, she began searching for game-play videos of her favorite game, The...

2019-01-24
Why your Nike redesign is bad

A letter to myself, as a young designer, about what makes a great redesign. Dear Eugen,Read Full Story

2019-01-22
How 2018 became Facebook’s worst year in privacy and security

In early December, Facebook’s developer team declared the discovery of a security bug that gave developers access to photos users hadn’t shared on their timeline, including photos they had posted in Facebook Marketplace or Stories. More worryingly, apps could find access to images users might have uploaded to...

2019-01-19
How IoT-enabled scooters, bikes, and cars are making streets safe

The flurry of anti-dockless electric scooter headlines reached critical mass last summer. “This town seriously hates electric scooters,” screamed the link to a story focused on Santa Monica, Calif. “San Francisco Is Fighting the Scooter Trend With Poop and Vandalism,” blared another. There’s even an...

2019-01-19
FTC may nail Facebook with record fine for privacy abuses

The Federal Trade Commission held meetings Friday to arrive at a penalty amount, the Washington Post reports. The Federal Trade Commission is considering slapping a “record-setting” fine on Facebook for the company’s privacy abuses in the case of Cambridge Analytica, reports the Washington Post....

2019-01-19
Facebook’s secretly working on LOL — a meme hub meant to lure teens from Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok

Facebook hasn’t given up on attracting teens. After numerous failed products aimed at teens — including LOL, Facebook Watch, and IGTV — the company is now hard at work on LOL, a meme hub of sorts meant to win the hearts and minds of teens fleeing for greener pastures at TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram. First...

2019-01-19
Facebook docs reveal a predatory policy for dealing with kids’ accidental purchases

A federal judge this week ruled Facebook must make public internal documents that reveal the rather unsavory ways the company allegedly profits off of unsuspecting children — as if the company’s history with kids wasn’t dubious enough. The whole shebang started in 2012, with a lawsuit against Facebook in which...

2019-01-18
Why everyone is suddenly interested in the definition of suborning perjury

A bombshell BuzzFeed report claims Trump told his lawyer to lie to Congress. It has everyone talking about just what it means to suborn perjury. On Thursday night, the Merriam-Webster Twitter account helpfully tweeted a link to the definition of a relatively obscure legal term: suborn.Read Full Story

2019-01-18
Here’s what Google, Strava, and more will reveal at TNW2019

The best way to learn what to expect at any conference is to check out the speaker lineup. At TNW2019, our diverse list of exciting speakers attract everyone in tech – marketers, developers, designers, and everything in between. For those in the dark, TNW2019 is our annual technology festival in Amsterdam. 17,500...

2019-01-18
Twitter oops! Your protected tweets may actually have been public

Check your privacy settings! If you have been spending time trolling people from your private Twitter account, in the words of Ricky Ricardo, you may have a little ‘splainin’ to do.Read Full Story

2019-01-18
Adopt these habits to achieve work-life balance this year

Schedule work-free hours and plan for busy periods. Anyone who works is apt to struggle in one regard or another. For some, it’s a matter of dealing with a bad boss or obnoxious coworkers. For others, it’s perpetual deadlines. But the single greatest challenge workers faced last year was none other than...

2019-01-18
You can now install a new designer kitchen with a few clicks

Installing your new Parisian-inspired kitchen will run you $24,530. Imagine if home renovations weren’t an absolute, all-consuming nightmare, and instead you could pick a kitchen design you liked, buy it, and have it installed? That’s the vision behind a collaboration between two digitally native home...

2019-01-18
Facebook ousts hundreds of fake news accounts tied to Russia

Facebook today removed multiple accounts, Pages, groups, and Instagram profiles that were related to Russian networks. The accounts in question were masquerading as news organizations and interest pages to spread misinformation. The pages and accounts were linked to employees of defamed Russian state publication...

2019-01-18
Twitter bug exposed some Android users’ private tweets since 2014

Today, Twitter disclosed a bug persisting from 2014 on its platform that affected protected tweets and accounts on Android. The company said the bug – active between November 2014 and January 2019 – switched off the “Turn your tweets private” option when users made changes to their account, like updating the...

2019-01-18
Here’s what Google says search results will look like when EU copyright laws kick in

The European Union is inching closer to enacting sweeping copyright legislation that would require platforms like Google, Facebook to pay publishers for the privilege of displaying their content to users, as well as monitoring copyright infringement by users on the sites and services they manage. That’s set to open...

2019-01-18
Leak: The Pixel 3 ‘Lite’ brings back the headphone jack and keeps the camera

We’ve been hearing rumblings of a midrange Pixel 3 ‘Lite’ for a few months now, but a new leak by Andro News seems to all but confirm the phone is on the way – and it’s already looking interesting enough for me to want one. The video gives a rather thorough preview of the pre-production phone’s design...

2019-01-18
Are Facebook employees writing positive Portal reviews on Amazon?

Facebook employees like Portal! Earlier today, New York Times tech reporter Kevin Roose took to Twitter with a funny story. It looked like Facebook employees were writing positive reviews for Facebook’s video chat device Portal on Amazon.Read Full Story

2019-01-17
Michael Cohen paid someone to make a fake Twitter account that called him sexy

President Trump’s former lawyer wanted people to know he was good looking. For all you people out there who think Michael Cohen, President Trump’s now-disgraced former lawyer, has sex appeal, do I have a Twitter account for you. It’s called “WomenForCohen,” and when it’s not...

2019-01-17
This AI generates images of food just by reading the recipe

It nails down pastas, rices, and soups, but makes hamburgers look like “hamberders.” Screw AI that makes fake humans look real, learns every language on earth, and predicts crimes–AI will only really arrive when it is capable of generating an entire foodie porn Instagram channel by...

2019-01-17
Facebook just purged hundreds of fake accounts linked to a Russian news network

This is just the last announcement in its crackdown on “inauthentic” behavior. Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher published a blog post this morning saying the company has discovered and removed hundreds of pages and accounts it deemed to be “inauthentic.” The...

2019-01-17
Report: WhatsApp surpasses Facebook as the social network’s most popular app

In recent years, Facebook has arguably been the most popular app in a lot of major markets across the globe. However, WhatsApp, one of the apps it acquired, has surpassed it in terms of monthly active users. According to a report released by analytics firm App Annie, the chat app overtook Facebook last September....

2019-01-17
Tim Cook: It’s time for the shadowy world of data brokers to end

The Apple CEO is calling on Congress to give Americans more control over their data. Many people I’ve spoken to have a pretty good understanding that companies like Facebook and Google have a massive amount of data on them. And most of those people also understand that companies like Facebook and Google package...

2019-01-17
Google won’t let other companies use the Home Hub’s best feature

“Ambient EQ” underscores the tension between Google’s hardware ambitions and its third-party ecosystem. When Google released the Home Hub smart display last October, product lead Ashton Udall was emphatic about the importance of a feature called Ambient EQ, which measures the room’s...

2019-01-17
Big Raisin is not going to let millennials kill it off without a fight

Can millennials be wooed back to snacking on raisins? Sun-Maid, America’s number-one dried-grape brand, has ambitious plans to reignite their interest. (Hint: sour raisins.) Millennials are guilty of “killing” a number of food products: American cheese, mayonnaise, canned tuna, and other products...

2019-01-17
Facial recognition for chimps searches the internet for stolen baby apes

Algorithms can be trained to recognize ape faces as well as human faces. Now ChimpFace is being deployed to help track down poachers who put the animals up for sale online. After poachers capture a baby chimp in Nigeria or the Ivory Coast–typically in a brutal process that involves killing the parents and other...

2019-01-17
Study shows Facebook users still don’t understand tracking

The Pew Research Center today released the results of its latest survey of Facebook users, this time about the ad categories they’ve been assigned by the site’s algorithms. The users’ surprising ignorance of the information Facebook accrues highlights the disconnect between the platform and its users. According...

2019-01-17
Why does Mark Zuckerberg need 2,263% more personal protection than Tim Cook?

In 2017 Zuckerberg’s security cost $7.3 million, while Cook’s cost just $310,000, according to filings. Has Facebook’s mishandling of it users’ personal information made CEO Mark Zuckerberg a marked man? You might think that judging by the copious amounts of cash Facebook spends to protect...

2019-01-17
Google is finally raising G Suite’s price

The company thinks that the current version of its venerable suite is worth a buck or two more per month. When Google first started introducing browser-based productivity tools such as Docs and Sheets, they had something in common with much of what the company offers: They were free. In 2007, however, Google launched...

2019-01-17
How I made ends meet as an unpaid intern (and why it was worth it)

Internships are inexorably tied to the career landscape in the U.S. and across the globe, even though many of them don’t pay. Before Autumn Adeigbo launched her eponymous eco-fashion brand for professional women, she was a hard-working student at Parsons dreaming of a career as a designer. And like many of her...

2019-01-16
Why you should select one word to focus on all year

The word itself is not what is so powerful, but the time that you take to choose it. Through the process of selecting a word, you come face-to-face with your values and identify the things that will help move you forward to where you want to be. If you were searching social media at the beginning of the year, you may...

2019-01-16
This clever lamp uses surgeon’s tech to eliminate annoying shadows

Balmuda’s $540 The Light doesn’t create shadows or glare. There are few things that bother me more than bad lighting–in the living room, the kitchen, and especially when I’m working at a desk. When I’m drawing, I’m annoyed to no end when shadows obscure my work surface or,...

2019-01-16

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