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Netflix to invade E3 (and it might be bringing new games with it)

Netflix revealed today that it was going to host a panel at E3, of all things. It’s not-so-subtly hinting at an interest in games, which it’s been developing for several months despite outwardly expressing the opposite. If nothing else, I’d be curious to see what its idea of a Netflix show-to-video game...

2019-05-15
Google’s new all-encompassing Google Travel features make you your own travel agent

Google Maps, Trips, Hotels, Flights, and Search now all live in one place. Tell the boss that you’re escaping the relentless rain and taking all your vacation days, because Google is making it easier than ever to book a vacation. The company announced today that Google Maps, Trips, Hotels, Flights, and Search...

2019-05-15
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle criticized for promoting pricey “emotional workout”

The new parents highlighted more than a dozen accounts in the wellness sphere, ranging from meditation to fitness. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a few of their favorite brands that promote mental well-being, but not everyone is feeling better.Read Full Story

2019-05-15
Pixel phone owners: Google may owe you $500

Google settles a class-action lawsuit over faulty Pixel microphones. Google will pay original Pixel owners up to $500 after settling a class action lawsuit over phones with defective microphones. As Fast Company first reported last year, the lawsuit alleged that Google knowingly sold the faulty phones, even after...

2019-05-15
Sonos finally supports Google Assistant voice control (and it plays nice with Alexa)

I’ve been trying to avoid the word “finally” in my headlines, but I think this one gets a pass: Over a year and a half after it was originally promised, Sonos has brought the Google Assistant to its voice-powered speakers – namely the Sonos One and Beam. Finally. The timing isn’t entirely a surprise; the...

2019-05-14
The Google Assistant has finally come to Sonos speakers

The multi-room music system now works with your voice assistant of choice from Amazon or Google—but only one at a time. Back in October 2017, Sonos unveiled a new speaker called the Sonos One. It aimed to meld the company’s traditional strength—great-sounding music with a multi-room...

2019-05-14
The WhatsApp hack proves security should trump consumer choice

The discovery of a zero-day vulnerability in WhatsApp, one of the world’s most widely used messaging apps, is nothing short of frightening. This vulnerability allowed an adversary, who is yet to be identified (but I’d bet my left kidney that it’s some flavor of nefarious state actor), to install sophisticated...

2019-05-14
This isn’t the job I signed up for: What now?

The low unemployment rate has some employers overselling themselves–and new hires are winding up in roles that aren’t exactly as advertised. It’s a longstanding cliché that job hunters bend the truth on their résumés to portray themselves in a better light, but with unemployment at...

2019-05-14
Google is opening a privacy engineering hub in Europe

With the opening of the Google Safety Engineering Center in Germany, Google is showing that it’s willing, if not eager, to play by the rules. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced that the company is set to double the number of its privacy engineers and is opening a privacy engineering hub in Munich....

2019-05-14
You’re probably being tricked by “health washing” at the grocery store

Here’s how to avoid this sleight-of-hand move by packaging designers. Organic. All natural. High protein. Such tantalizing words seem to adorn every package at the grocery store. Even Lucky Charms, a cereal that’s largely dyed candy, promises that it has “whole grains” and is “gluten...

2019-05-14
PSA: Update WhatsApp now to prevent spyware from being installed on your phone

WhatsApp, the messaging app used by more than 1.5 billion worldwide, says it’s patched a critical security vulnerability which allowed attackers to secretly infect phones with malicious spyware by just calling phone numbers over an in-app audio call. The Facebook-owned company said the attack targeted a “select...

2019-05-14
9 things you need to know about the WhatsApp spyware attack

The spyware allowed the attacker to take over iPhones and Android phones by simply placing a WhatsApp voice call to them. Facebook-owned WhatsApp is urging all of its users worldwide to update the app to the latest version of the software after it discovered that the app’s integrity had been compromised. The...

2019-05-14
Twitter bug accidentally shared location data of some iOS users

Twitter says it has fixed a bug that resulted in a user’s approximate location information being shared with an unnamed Twitter partner. “We have discovered that we were inadvertently collecting and sharing iOS location data with one of our trusted partners in certain circumstances,” the company said. According...

2019-05-14
Cancel Netflix for Disney? Only 7% say they would

It’s a very limited survey, but analysts are already declaring it proof that Netflix will be able to ride out Disney+’s impending arrival. In a new survey from investment banking firm Piper Jaffray, 73% of Netflix users say they won’t subscribe to Disney+.Read Full Story

2019-05-14
Elon Musk shows off SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites before launch

The satellites will provide internet access on earth where there’s currently a lack of reliable broadband. SpaceX CEO has taken to Twitter to show off a couple of pictures of the first 60 Starlink internet satellites headed to low Earth orbit later this week. The satellites are “flatpacked” into...

2019-05-13
Here’s why I’m genuinely excited about GitHub’s new package registry

Fridays are frequently used by companies to bury bad news. By announcing dismal sales figures and privacy SNAFUs when everyone has left the newsroom (either in body or in mind), they can avoid the attention and scrutiny they’d otherwise get on literally any other day of the working week. I mention this because on...

2019-05-13
HTC’s new $300 blockchain phone will double as a Bitcoin node

Taiwainese mobile phone manufacturer HTC is launching a more affordable blockchain phone with full Bitcoin node capabilities. Originally announced last month, the Exodus 1S will be launching in Q3 this year and will have an extra SD card to support its blockchain capabilities. For what it’s worth, HTC was gunning to...

2019-05-13
POWr can outfit your site with a full set of growth tools for only $35

For new businesses with a small staff (or in many cases, a staff of one), that’s a lot of critical real estate that can go untended. Thankfully, services like online digital marketing aide POWr are stepping up to fill some of those gaps. Right now, you can land a lifetime subscription to POWr Website Plugins Starter...

2019-05-12
Twitter tears into Delta for its tone-deaf anti-union, pro-video game poster

Delta Airlines is passing around anti-union posters comparing union dues to the price of a new console, implying the latter will bring employees more joy than the former. And this particular message is uniting both gamers and pro-union labor leaders in a single message: WTF, Delta? The message, a poster emblazoned...

2019-05-11
Rihanna’s new brand will sit alongside Dior, Givenchy, and Celine

Rihanna will create a new brand for the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, LVMH. Rihanna Robyn Fenty–better known as simply Rihanna–is finally getting the recognition she deserves as a designer. Today, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group, which is...

2019-05-10
Elon Musk trolling Jeff Bezos is the ridiculous space race 2019 deserves

Why can’t the two space companies just get along? In the wake of Jeff Bezos’s announcement that Blue Origin will shoot for the moon, Elon Musk is shooting off his mouth on Twitter, again.Read Full Story

2019-05-10
How the founder of Google Creative Lab turned it into a juggernaut

The Google Creative Lab lives in a murky space between culture, tech, and marketing. But cofounder Robert Wong has a clear North Star. For the past 11 years, Robert Wong has run the Google Creative Lab. At a company known for its engineering efficiency, the NYC lab was an early bright spot for quirky thinking inside...

2019-05-10
This supercut of Mark Zuckerberg promising Facebook growth is literal art

The artist Ben Grosser watched hundreds of interviews to create his latest project, a video spanning 14 years of the Facebook CEO’s statements on growth. “I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks.” In a recent op-ed for the New York Times,...

2019-05-10
Android Q’s new gestures are an iPhone rip-off–and a missed opportunity

The iPhone X’s gesture navigation could use improvement. Too bad Google just copied it wholesale. In the grand tradition of tech companies shamelessly imitating one another, the next version of Android includes a straight-up copy of the gesture navigation Apple introduced with 2017’s iPhone X.Read Full...

2019-05-10
Google’s Cassie Kozyrkov on why we shouldn’t fear AI

At TNW2019, Google’s Chief Decision Scientist Cassie Kozyrkov took to the main stage to share her thoughts on humans’ responsibility behind creating and using AI tools. In a talk titled “Automating Beyond Human Expression,” Kozyrkov explained why she believes we shouldn’t fear AI, but the humans building it....

2019-05-10
Instagram is cracking down on vaccine misinformation

The image-centric social network will hide hashtags associated with vaccine-related hoaxes and misperceptions. Instagram is many things to many people. For some, unfortunately, it’s a place to marinate in myths relating to the fallacy that vaccinations are dangerous. But the social network announced today that...

2019-05-10
Marketers shouldn’t base their plans on click-bait — get the real data

Simon Kemp is a global thought leader in digital marketing, CEO of Kepios, and the author of Hootsuite and We Are Social’s renowned Global Digital reports. In his talk ‘Don’t believe the hype: what people are really doing online’ at TNW2019 he explained how the imminent “social media apocalypse” that’s...

2019-05-09
If you read one Mark Zuckerberg takedown today, read this one

Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes has harsh words about Facebook and its founder. Thursday morning, the New York Times published an op-ed by Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes that pulled no punches. Hughes’s message was right there in the headline: “It’s time to break up Facebook.”Read...

2019-05-09
Passwordless web gets a boost from Windows Hello FIDO2 certification

Microsoft‘s attempt to kill the password is going ahead with full steam. The company has announced that Windows Hello, the passwordless authentication method that allows Windows 10 users to sign in to their devices using biometric information, is now a FIDO2 certified authenticator, joining the list of...

2019-05-09
Reddit’s CTO: Designers should know these two things

At TNW2019, Reddit’s Chief Technical Officer, Chris Slowe, shared some behind-the-scenes insights into what makes the message board tick. Perhaps more importantly, he spoke of two important lessons learned from tackling the challenges Reddit faces as one of the world’s most popular websites. Reddit is a giant,...

2019-05-09
The quest to extend women’s fertility to 50

Science is changing pregnancy for women over 40. But many doctors remain cautious about age-related fertility. In 2015, Cynthia Griner delivered a baby girl at the age of 48. Griner already had four sons, but in her early forties, she felt an overwhelming desire to try one last time to have a...

2019-05-09
Top 8 Best Monitor Calibrators for Designers in 2019

Searching for the best monitor calibrator? Look no further. We’ve rounded up the best monitor calibrators and ranked them, with their price.

2019-05-09
Google is embracing Nest to make homes helpful—not just “smart”

Once distinct, the Google and Nest brands are coming together in the interest of clarifying the company’s vision for its at-home hardware. When I met with Rishi Chandra, Google’s VP of product for Nest/Home products, at the company’s I/O conference yesterday, he was wearing a jacket sporting both...

2019-05-09
The Internet is wrong about Liquid Death, the controversial ‘punk rock’ canned water

I have an opinion I wish to share that you almost certainly won’t agree with. (Not like that’s stopped me in the past) Mike Cessario, a former creative director at Netflix, recently raised $1.6 million from a swathe of top-tier investors, including Twitter founder Biz Stone, to launch a canned water company. The...

2019-05-08
Google just nonchalantly rebranded its smart home arm

The company announced it would rebrand its Google Home gadgets under the Nest umbrella, an about-face from the past several years. At Google’s annual I/O conference today, the company dropped a surprising bit of branding news: The Nest name will now be applied to Google’s Home devices. Rick Osterloh,...

2019-05-08
The calls to rein in Mark Zuckerberg have never been louder

Facebook activists and shareholders are doubling down on efforts to partly or fully reduce the influence of the company’s founder, CEO, and board chairman. A year ago, under Senate questioning, Mark Zuckerberg dodged, denied, and deflected criticisms of the company he cofounded. A year later, with major fines...

2019-05-08
Delta Air Lines now lets loyal travelers reclaim their elite status after certain life events

Now you can keep that Platinum Medallion status even if you can’t fly. A friend recently posted one of those above-the-clouds plane photos on Instagram saying that he was on a “status run” to Tokyo and asking for food suggestions. (I told him to go to the Kawaii Monster Cafe, of course.)...

2019-05-08
Prince Charles on Bitcoin: ‘It’s a very interesting development’

A Twitter user posted a video of them asking the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, what he thought of Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain yesterday. The Prince’s response? “Oh yes, it’s a very interesting development.” Asked Prince Charles what he thinks of #bitcoin….. legendary response...

2019-05-08
Here’s the coolest stuff announced at Google I/O 2019

Google held its annual developer conference yesterday, and it announced tons of cool stuff including new budget pixel devices, Android Q, better privacy controls, and new search features. Here’s a summary of some amazing stuff the company unveiled: New Pixel mid-range phones Google introduced a couple of budget...

2019-05-08
My kid is an Instagram Influencer. Here’s what I do with her money

Kid influencers can be big business on Instagram. Three parents share how they manage their kids’ earnings–without spoiling them. By next year, the Instagram influencer marketing business may be valued at anywhere between $5 billion and $10 billion. A growing demographic is the kid influencer, who can...

2019-05-08
These 20 social enterprises and nonprofits just won Google’s AI Impact Challenge

From improving fire department response times to tracking illegal logging, these organizations are using artificial intelligence in innovative ways to drive impact. Now they’ll get a technological boost from Google. As the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning grows in the business world,...

2019-05-08
Google’s Sundar Pichai pitches privacy for folks who can’t afford Apple

Google’s new privacy features include Incognito Mode for Maps, easier access to data deletion tools, and less intrusive machine-learning systems. In keeping with the current privacy-conscious zeitgeist, Google says it’s coming up with new ways to lock down your personal data while using its products.Read...

2019-05-08
Google’s smart-home strategy: Doubling down on the Nest brand

With the Nest Hub Max, Google is deemphasizing its own name just a bit. Fifteen months ago, Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh took charge of Nest, the smart-home pioneer that was formerly an independent arm of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. But while Nest is part of Google, that doesn’t mean that...

2019-05-08
Google’s $399 Pixel 3a attacks Apple’s iPhone on the headphone jack . . . and price

Google’s new Pixel phones also offer the powerful AI assistant, which, for now, puts Siri to shame. The new Google Pixel 3a phone is the anti-iPhone. It seems to include all the features missing in Apple’s signature device, and it removes the biggest annoyances–like the iPhone’s high price,...

2019-05-08
You may be surprised at who got the biggest Instagram bumps from their Met Gala outfits

Broadway actor Billy Porter saw the most dramatic jump in followers—his Egyptian sun god entrance earned him a nearly 20K bump in Instagram followers, a 4.21% bump, giving him a new grand total of 457.9K followers. This year’s Met Gala theme, Camp, sparked a lot of creativity on the red carpet, with...

2019-05-08
Watch 2 Chainz and Awkwafina list all the dope things Google’s new Pixel phone can do

The two artists pitch for the new Pixel 3a phone, listing off everything they need their phone to do. Today, Google announced its new Pixel 3a phone, and by all appearances it’s pitched as the anti-iPhone. As my colleague Mark Wilson pointed out, the new Pixel includes all the features missing in...

2019-05-08
3 ways to effectively explain your creative process to your colleagues

As an amateur designer and as someone who has worked with designers in marketing positions previously, I came to understand that designers of all sorts have their own creative process and each one is a little bit different. And that’s okay. Learning this as someone managing the designer‘s projects (in a project...

2019-05-08
10 Best External Hard Drives for Creatives in 2019

Looking for a hard drive to back up and store your files? Here are the best external storage drives for designers, photographers & creatives in 2019.

2019-05-08

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