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CHEAP: Let Google be your health instructor with $50 Fitbit Versa

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! Fitbit has always been a ‘cool’ thing to have. People gift Fitbit bands to friends and family so they can start ‘working out.’ Or at least spend a few days harping about the importance of health and try to beat the daily...

2019-11-19
Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s next big game – and it’s in VR

After almost a decade of making non-Half Life things — much to the frustration of fans — Valve today announced via Twitter it’s making something called Half-Life: Alyx, a “flagship VR” game. We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time. Can’t wait to...

2019-11-19
The big problem with virtual reality? It’s almost as boring as real life

No one needs a virtual Toyota. We need to give users good reasons to leave their reality behind and immerse themselves in a new one. Just a few years ago, virtual reality was being showered with very real money. The industry raised an estimated $900 million in venture capital in 2016, but by 2018 that figure...

2019-11-18
Hands-on: Google Stadia works as advertised, but lacks a killer app

While both Microsoft and Sony are waiting until next year to release their next generation of game consoles, Google is beating them to the fight. With the launch of its streaming console: Google Stadia tomorrow, we see the search giant’s vision of the future of gaming. Unlike its established competitors, Google is...

2019-11-18
WhatsApp fixes bug that would have let hackers exploit devices using MP4 files

WhatsApp has fixed a vulnerability involving malicious MP4 video files that could potentially allow an attacker to remotely access messages and files stored in the app. The flaw — identified as CVE-2019-11931 — made it possible for attackers to send a specially crafted MP4 file to remotely execute malicious code...

2019-11-18
‘Witness intimidation is a crime’: Why Trump’s tweets about Marie Yovanovitch are a problem

Witness intimidation could be added to the list of Trump’s offenses seen as impeachable. “Witness intimidation is a crime,” tweeted Kamala Harris, moments after Adam Schiff paused the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearing today. Schiff, the top Democrat leading the hearing,...

2019-11-15
5 things you can do to make your conferences diverse and inclusive

You need to be intentional about it. Sometimes, I think I should update my LinkedIn job title to “Manel,” which stands for all-male panels preventer. Several times a year, I get requests to participate on a panel of all men at a big conference. It happens in both of my core fields: national security and...

2019-11-15
Every social media company should copy Pinterest’s newest feature

The platform continues to demonstrate that treating users like people doesn’t have to be so hard. Twitter still can’t get its ongoing harassment problems under control. Facebook refuses to take a stand on protecting what’s true. But Pinterest continues to make doing the obvious, right thing look...

2019-11-15
Amazon will fight the awarding of the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI contract to Microsoft

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project is one of the initiatives the U.S. Government is taking to modernize its critical computer infrastructure. Last month the Pentagon awarded a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft after months of three of the largest cloud-computing players companies vying...

2019-11-15
Google’s new feature will correct your pronunciation

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you might know how to properly say “Leviosa.” But many muggles don’t know how to pronounce that, and other difficult words. No worries. Google’s new feature will help you pronounce tricky words just directly from the search results. All you have to do is type “How do you...

2019-11-15
Google’s data misdeeds are haunting its healthcare plans

After a report that Google is accessing 50 million patient records without people’s knowledge, its future in the medical field may depend on regaining people’s trust. This week, Google was strung up in the public square for a deal with a very large U.S. healthcare provider that netted it access to some...

2019-11-15
GitHub launches Security Lab to spot vulnerabilities in open-source code

GitHub has officially launched a new Security Lab with an aim to secure open-source software. The objective is to “bring together security researchers, maintainers, and companies across the industry who share our belief that the security of open source is important for everyone,” the Microsoft-owned code...

2019-11-15
Facebook is quietly testing an Instagram feed-like feature

Facebook is trying to really hard to tell people it owns Instagram and WhatsApp. Earlier this month, the company introduced new branding for all of its apps. On Wednesday, it introduced Facebook Pay, a service that’ll work across all apps. Now, it’s testing an Instagram feed-like feature in its main app. A report...

2019-11-15
Google is rolling out RCS, text-messaging on steroids, in the US

Rich Communication Services (RCS) has been a long time coming. Billed as the future of text messaging and the technology that will eventually replace SMS and MMS, it’s been Google’s pet project as the way to ‘fix’ messaging on mobile devices ever since the company gave up on Hangouts and Allo. Instead of using...

2019-11-14
Facebook let anti-vaxxers run rampant with misinformation ads, because money

Earlier this year Facebook said it would crack down on ads from groups peddling misinformation about vaccines. The announcement was heralded by medical professionals and pundits as a capstone in their efforts to fight the pro-disease movement. However, in the time since the announcement, Facebook‘s done the exact...

2019-11-14
Google is upgrading Android text messages—no thanks to mobile carriers

RCS Chat will be “broadly available” in the United States by the end of the year. Google is pushing ahead with plans to upgrade Android text messaging in the United States. By the end of this year, the company expects to broadly roll out RCS Chat through its Android Messages app. Users who opt into Chat...

2019-11-14
5 soft skills you need to succeed at work

Our emotional intelligence is what sets us apart. It’s no secret that interpersonal skills are the way of the future. In fact, it’s likely they will define your future. A 2018 LinkedIn global survey of 4,000 professionals concluded that “training for soft skills is the number-one...

2019-11-14
The logos of Starbucks, Google, and more get redesigned by a bot

“I think people read different things into the logos. Some of them like the aesthetic of the glitchiness, and for others there’s a political or even anti-consumerist message to them,” says the artist behind @glitchlogos. Three years ago, self-proclaimed internet artist Darius Kazemi launched a...

2019-11-14
Create a Responsive Website in Minutes with This Beginner-Friendly WordPress Builder

But, for how great WordPress is, it can be frustrating to use if you're new to coding and want something that's a little more sophisticated than your run-of-the-mill WordPress site. That's why there's WP Page Builder, and it's now over 90 percent off at just $49 from TNW Deals.

2019-11-14
Try a free game that demonstrates Google’s latest UI tech

‘Headed South’ is a beautiful experience, but it’s also a demonstration that one of Google’s most experimental technologies is still just an experiment. Google’s Pixel 4 phone gives up on a lot of what made the Pixel line great. At least in my personal opinion! But it does feature an...

2019-11-14
Moto Razr is back officially in a foldable avatar

Motorola launched its much-awaited foldable phone Razr today at an event in Los Angles. The phone costs a whopping $1,500 and it’s exclusive to Verizon in the US. The clamshell phone has a 6.2-inch display that folds in.   The new Moto Razr will be available from December 26. Developing…For more gear, gadget, and...

2019-11-14
Facebook fixed that bug that opened your camera without permission

It was just yesterday we reported on a disconcerting bug in Facebook’s iOS app that would sometimes open your camera in the background while scrolling through your feed. It appears Facebook has fixed the bug; The Verge reports the updated version of the App is now available in the App Store. As a recap, users found...

2019-11-14
Google Maps is rolling out a Star Trek-style universal translator for foreign travelers

With Map’s new text-to-speech feature, you no longer have to look like an idiot pointing to an app to tell your driver where you want to go. Google Maps is introducing a cool feature this month that will make navigating a foreign country where you don’t speak the local language easier. Leveraging the...

2019-11-13
6 predictions on where European tech is headed in 2020, according to experts

2020 is set to be a defining year for European tech. While startups and scaleups have been supported over the years through a number of EU-based programs, newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has made achieving technological sovereignty a rallying cry for more globally competitive European...

2019-11-13
5 interview questions an ex-Google recruiter asks before hiring remote workers

The number of remote workers is surging, but it’s not for everyone. Here are the five interview questions Jennifer Farris asks to see if candidates can hack it. Whether from home or at a satellite office, more people are working remotely. A study done by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics found that the...

2019-11-13
Amy Klobuchar is concerned about Google’s plans to gather your health data

Google’s ongoing quest for your health data isn’t going over smoothly with lawmakers. Google’s ongoing quest for your health data isn’t going over smoothly with lawmakers.Read Full Story

2019-11-13
Facebook’s black employees say the company has a racism problem

Last year, former Facebook manager Mark S Luckie accused the tech giant of having a “black people problem.” Specifically, Luckie alleged that the company was racist against African American employees, and said the site was “biased against black users.” One year on, and an anonymous group of black Facebook...

2019-11-13
Facebook Pay will let you make payments through Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram

Last night, Facebook launched its new payment service called Facebook Pay in the US. The service will let you pay other people and businesses across Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. You can add your debit or credit card to Facebook Pay and choose if you want it available in certain apps or all Facebook...

2019-11-13
Black fashion of the 1990s was groundbreaking. This new exhibit celebrates its rise

Cross Colours, the innovative apparel line that gave shape to today’s trends, is the focus on a retrospective at the California African American Museum. 21st-century platforms such as Instagram have made it easier than ever before for businesses to exercise direct-to-consumer advertising. With each swipe...

2019-11-12
There could be a simple solution to Facebook’s political ad woes

David Carroll, professor and star of the Netflix doc ‘The Great Hack,’ argues that microtargeted political ads pervert the democratic process. What if Facebook just disabled them? Mark Zuckerberg has been defiant about his decision to continue selling political ads on Facebook, even ones that feature...

2019-11-11
See Big Tech’s terrible diversity record, visualized using its logos

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook remain overwhelmingly white and male. Here’s a look at their diversity numbers, visualized through their logos. Earlier this decade, diversity advocates pressured the nation’s tech giants to publicly share their employee diversity statistics—and...

2019-11-11
Just putting it out there: Fuck dark mode

In this column, “Just putting this out there…,” we write about the odd ways we engage with tech and the unpopular opinions we form about it. You can read the rest of the articles in this series here. You can barely move for dark mode news stories these days. Gmail? Dark mode. Instagram? Testing dark mode....

2019-11-10
Here’s how you can see all quoted replies to a tweet

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Twitter launched its “Retweet with comment” feature in 2015. Since then, it’s been hard to track down all people who quoted the tweet. Thankfully, a tool called Quoted...

2019-11-09
The original Elizabeth Warren impersonator tells all—and she has a plan for 2020

Comic actress and internet sensation Molly Erdman on how she got into the business of impersonating the presidential candidate, Kate McKinnon’s competing take, and where she goes from here. One of the hottest videos on Twitter a few weeks ago was what appeared to be Massachusetts senator and Democratic...

2019-11-09
Amazon’s roadmap for Alexa is scarier than anything Facebook or Twitter is doing

Amazon has big plans for its virtual assistant. One day, perhaps sooner than you think, Alexa will take a proactive role in directing our lives. It’ll interpret our data, make decisions for us, and summon us when it has something to say. Rohit Prasad, the scientist in charge of Alexa‘s development, recently gave...

2019-11-08
Eight business podcasts that will definitely inspire and educate

BossBabe cofounders Natalie Ellis and Danielle Canty discuss which podcasts and episodes can help anyone be more successful and productive. When Danielle Canty and I first launched BossBabe, our goal was to build a community for unapologetically ambitious women. We grew our Instagram to 1.6 million followers but...

2019-11-08
This highly rated language learning app in the Google Play Store is on sale today

There are plenty of immediate benefits of learning a foreign language. For instance, knowing the native language while traveling makes it easier to get around. Furthermore, the ability to communicate in the same language could help close a business deal. Mondly takes learning a new language out of the traditional...

2019-11-08
How a ban on political ads is the second best gift Twitter ever gave Trump

The climate crisis is a heavily partisan issue in US politics. Thought it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, most Democrats believe the fossil fuel industry needs to be heavily-checked and nearly all Republicans accept money from oil companies. There are Democrats who take money from big oil and Republican...

2019-11-07
Alphabet is investigating Google’s handling of recent sexual harassment claims

This month marks a year since thousands of Google employees and contractors from around the world — most of whom were mainly women — protested against the tech giant in a “walkout” amid claims of its handling of sexual harassment allegations, among other claims including gender-based discrimination and...

2019-11-07
Google updates Teachable Machine so you can train an AI without code

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are complex subjects and while you might see them being mentioned every day, you might not necessarily understand how they work. Two years ago, Google launched a site called Teachable Machine, which let you train a simple model using their camera without any code. Now,...

2019-11-07
You can now wear the work of Ada Lovelace, Rachel Carson, and Mae Jemison

Giorgia Lupi created a wearable tribute to trailblazing female scientists. To those of us who aren’t well-versed in data or computer science, data can seem foreign and intimidating. But Giorgia Lupi has devoted her career to making statistics accessible to everyone by transforming them into visually stunning...

2019-11-07
Dormant Bitcoin whale holding 80K BTC could crush the market, analysts warn

Cryptocurrency analysts have warned that early adopting Bitcoin whales still have “plenty of clout” when it comes to dictating market prices. Those behind Twitter-based transaction monitor @whale_alert have noted that an apparently dormant Bitcoin address houses almost 80,000 BTC ($750 million), and if the owner...

2019-11-06
Facebook Groups members’ info left exposed to 100 app developers

Facebook has revealed that an unspecified number of third-party apps from as many as 100 developers may have improperly accessed Groups members’ data without adequate permissions to do so. The social media behemoth said it found 11 developers to have gotten hold of group members’ information in the last 60 days,...

2019-11-06
Facebook spelled ‘password’ wrong in new Instagram renders

You’ve probably heard the news by now: Facebook‘s got a new logo. It’s pretty bland and boring, but hey, at least it fits the dynamics of its platform. Anyways, the Zuckerberg empire made one silly mistake in the announcement of its new look: it spelled “password” wrong in the Instagram renders it showed...

2019-11-05
EU proposes issuing its own digital currency to counteract the Libra effect

The European Central Bank should look into the prospect of launching its own public digital currency. That’s according to a new European (EU) draft document, which comes amid increased regulatory scrutiny in the wake of Facebook‘s ‘cryptocurrency‘ plans. By this point, you will all know that Facebook said in...

2019-11-05
Facebook may soon scan your face to verify your identity

Facebook will ask users to upload a video selfie to prove their identity but promises “no one else will see” your video. Facebook is testing a feature that will require users to scan their faces to verify their identities on the platform under certain conditions—that’s according to the...

2019-11-05
Many designers still chose between career and kids. That’s a problem for everyone

But according to some working parents, benefits in the industry are beginning to improve. This story originally appeared on AIGA’s Eye On Design.Read Full Story

2019-11-05
Highly-rated in the App Store and Google Play Store, Aura Meditation App is on sale today

Aura Health isn’t metaphysical mumbo-jumbo. It’s hardcore science based in groundbreaking AI in service of relieving the stresses and anxieties we all face. Right now, you can check out an Aura Meditation premium subscription for as low as $39.99 for a one-year plan.

2019-11-05

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