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The world’s first smart oral sex toy aims to close the orgasm gender gap
2019-02-16

This article was originally published on SEXTECHGUIDE, an independent publication that looks at the intersection between sex and technology in a non-explicit, as close to a ‘safe for work’ way as possible – including app reviews, adult VR info, sextech devices, privacy, security issues, and much more. It was...

We need to stop striving for work-life balance. Here’s why
2019-02-16

Work-life balance makes us set our sights too low, according to this sociologist. Recently, I received a question from a contact on LinkedIn. She asked me whether I thought work-life balance was dead. My answer: I hope so!Read Full Story

Report: Twitter is considering a clarification feature to help you explain errant tweets
2019-02-15

You may not be able to edit, but someday you might be able to clarify your tweets. While you may never be able to fix that typo in your now-viral tweet, Twitter might eventually let you clarify what you meant.Read Full Story

What is a Facebook ‘legacy contact’ and why do you need one?
2019-02-15

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Of all the things you want to do after losing a loved one, cleaning up their social media profiles will probably be at rock bottom on the list. And even when you do get around to...

Facebook’s Portal learned its video skills from some of Hollywood’s best cameramen
2019-02-15

Fast Company talked to the Facebook engineers who turned to the film industry to train the AI behind Portal’s camera. Facebook’s Portal home camera has its drawbacks–privacy concerns not least among them–but it does have one undeniably cool feature: its ability to intelligently frame...

Wikipedia co-founder has been blocked from his Wikipedia account
2019-02-15

Larry Sanger, one of Wikipedia’s co-founders along with Jimmy Wales, has ironically been globally blocked from editing Wikipedia — so he took to Twitter to remedy it. Hello, @Wikipedia. My account was "globally locked." Can someone please unlock it? Thanks. — Larry Sanger (@lsanger) February 15, 2019 We reached...

Facebook may remove anti-vax information from its recommendations
2019-02-15

Anti-vax propaganda is on the rise–and so are disease outbreaks. The social media giant has announced that it is considering removing articles that provide anti-vaccine information from its recommendations of things to read, reports Bloomberg. The possible move comes after a rash of measles outbreaks across the...

The Favourite is an Oscar-nominated design masterpiece
2019-02-15

The production designer behind the film, Fiona Crombie, talks about making a period piece without caring too much about the period. The Favourite–nominated for 10 Oscars this year–is a wickedly dark comedy. The story is something like a meaner Mean Girls set in Restoration-era England, as it profiles...

This $10 course can help you turn a profit on Instagram
2019-02-15

Instagram gets attention — and for a brand, that can translate into sales. You can find out how to turn IG into substantial revenue with the Sell More With Instagram with Sue B. Zimmerman course, now $9.99 (89 percent off) from TNW Deals.

These 8 mistakes on your LinkedIn profile are killing your job search
2019-02-15

These mistakes and missteps can take you out of the running before you even have a chance to compete. The team at digital selling firm Vengreso was ready to hire an instructional designer. They found someone on LinkedIn who seemed perfect for the job, and he likely would have gotten an offer after a cursory...

These four books keep UX designer and engineer Imran Chaudhri inspired
2019-02-15

The user experience designer and engineer shares his favorite inspirational reads. 1. Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa YoganandaRead Full Story

Using social media to measure air pollution’s psychological toll
2019-02-15

People are less happy on days when the air is more polluted, according to an analysis of 210 million posts on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo. Researchers have suspected air pollution takes a psychological toll generally, and dirty air due to industrialization, coal burning, and motor vehicles has become a...

How plastic bottles that get turned into textiles are transforming the fashion industry
2019-02-14

Get a better understanding of how something you toss in the recycling bin turns into something you can wear. “Around four years ago, we as a company were on this trajectory of manufacturing more and more, and I just had a little bit of a breakdown about that–I didn’t want to keep doing this unless...

The future of AI art goes up for auction at Sotheby’s for $50,000
2019-02-13

Mario Klingemann’s “Memories of Passersby I” generates portraits using neural networks. But that’s not what makes it art. Munich-based artist Mario Klingemann has been making art using algorithms for 25 years, posting his experiments online and showing the final results in galleries....

“Let’s break this music”: Inside composer Nicholas Britell’s experimental creative process
2019-02-13

The Oscar-nominated composer has become one of the go-to artists for directors like Barry Jenkins and Adam McKay. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company‘s podcast Creative Conversation featuring composer Nicholas Britell on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, GooglePlay, or Stitcher.Read Full...

Instagram users spiral into existential crisis after losing fake followers
2019-02-13

Relax everyone, you just lost bots that didn’t care about your lunch pics anyway. Instagram users woke up today to discover that many had lost followers overnight. In most cases, the number of followers an Instagram user lost was just a handful to several hundred, according to reports on Twitter. However, major...

Instagram lost followers: Users spiral into existential crisis after fake account culling
2019-02-13

Relax everyone, you just lost bots that didn’t care about your lunch pics anyway. Instagram users woke up today to discover that many had lost followers overnight. In most cases, the number of followers an Instagram user lost was just a handful to several hundred, according to reports on Twitter. However, major...

Business is good
2019-02-12

For many “mission driven” companies, the top priority is not the bottom line. Three top brands reveal how they’re making an impact beyond the balance sheet. Nowadays, it’s not tough to find examples of companies taking an active stand on a variety of issues. Dick’s Sporting Goods...

The secret history of midcentury modern design–as Cold War propaganda
2019-02-12

Before midcentury was a household name, the State Department used MoMA’s “Good Design” exhibitions to sell the American vision of consumerism abroad. Starting in the 1930s and lasting through the 1950s, the Museum of Modern Art embarked on a series of influential exhibitions that would create...

How to mute spoilers on Twitter and Facebook
2019-02-11

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Spoilers have become a pitfall of modern life. They’re a first-world problem, perhaps, but still something that can ruin one of the few pleasures that make it worth facing...

We tagged Amsterdam Central Station with LONG BITCOIN SHORT THE BANKERS
2019-02-11

The White House has been tagged with digital Bitcoin graffiti, thanks to a new augmented reality platform powered by cryptocurrency. Satoshi’s World allows anyone in the world to add text, images, and GIFs to real world settings for a small Bitcoin fee. Posts are made viewable through a special Google Maps feed....

Google Maps’ AR navigation feature could solve the app’s biggest little problem
2019-02-11

The Wall Street Journal’s David Pierce reported over the weekend that Google is set to roll out an augmented reality-based navigation feature to its Maps mobile apps to a small group in the coming days – and I’m looking forward to it fixing one of my main gripes with the service. It was first demoed at the...

These designers are crowdsourcing menstrual products for homeless women
2019-02-08

Their posters, which anyone can download and put up, encourage women to donate the extra pads they might be carrying around–so that someone in need can use them. The public bathrooms at Penn Station in New York City are a dirty, depressing place. But now, there’s a bright spot: a poster that encourages...

Why Germany wants to block Facebook’s Messenger-Instagram-WhatsApp merger
2019-02-08

Facebook made a splash recently when CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plans to integrate its messaging platforms on Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp were revealed last month. In the two weeks following the reveal, so much has happened – culminating in a legal opposition to the move from Germany – that it made sense to...

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