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Google’s new Assistant is so fast that ‘tapping to use your phone would seem slow’

Google Assistant is pretty fast, but it’s hardly as conversational as a real person. That’s in large part because using the Assistant requires a constant connection to the cloud, where a server sorts through 100GB worth of AI models, and beams the relevant information back down to you. But what if you could shrink...

2019-05-07
How this music YouTube series succeeds at ‘dancing about architecture’

If you look past the raft of misattributed, inspirational quotes plastered over your uncle’s Facebook profile, there are actually some gems out there. You know, phrases that, well, contain actual wisdom. One of these nuggets, and a favorite of mine, is a quote attributed to Martin Mull: “writing about music is...

2019-05-07
CHEAP: Smarten up your house with a Google Home Hub for just $87 (down from $149)

When you’re busy cooking, looking up a recipe on your phone or watching it on YouTube can be a messy affair with sticky hands. You can do all this and more – hands-free – by snapping up a Google Home Hub for just $87, down from the original price of $149. The smart display has Google Assistant built-in to help...

2019-05-07
Facebook’s approach to fighting fake news is admirable, but not sustainable

With the huge EU elections around the corner, the issue of fake news has started to crop up again in headlines — and Facebook seems determined to make up for its mistakes from when the platform was abused in the 2016 US Presidential election. It’s now created a dedicated ‘war room‘ to fight misinformation...

2019-05-07
WeChat quietly bans cryptocurrency fundraising

The Chinese equivalent of WhatsApp, WeChat, has updated its terms of service to ban merchants from fundraising by using tokens or cryptocurrencies. The Tencent-operated chat messaging app quietly revised its policy last month; the new policy will take effect on May 31. Merchants violating the update will have their...

2019-05-07
How to watch Google’s I/O 2019 developer conference

Google‘s developer conference, Google IO, is set to kick off today at 10 am PT / 4.30 pm CET / 10.30 pm IST. The company will expectedly announce new mid-range Pixel devices, Android Q, new Nest Hub Max smart display, and updates to Stadia gaming platform. How to watch: You can head to this link to see the live...

2019-05-07
Managers, it’s time to give up on the annual review once and for all

There’s plenty of evidence that shows annual reviews don’t improve an employee’s performance. A workplace expert suggests alternatives that companies can adopt instead. Back in the day, managers and employees across a wide variety of industries and employer sizes lived and died by the annual...

2019-05-07
Twitter will now let you add pictures, GIFs, and videos to RTs

Starting today, Twitter will now let you add pictures, videos, or GIFs to your retweets with comments. This update is rolling out to its iOS, Android, and mobile web app worldwide. In a strange way of showing off the feature, the company responded to one of the users’ older tweets demanding the feature, with a GIF....

2019-05-07
$25K Wix SEO Battle – Who can rank the best?

Wix is looking for two agencies to battle for the highest ranking on Google for the query “Wix SEO”. The winner takes home $25K. Think you have what it takes?

2019-05-07
Met Gala: Here’s all the campiest, most outrageous fashion

For this year’s Met Gala, celebrities and designers paid homage to camp in the most ostentatious of ways. This year’s Met Gala and accompanying Costume Institute exhibition opted for an often hard-to-describe theme: camp. Not like “let’s go camping in the woods,” but as in...

2019-05-07
Twitter runs wild with a cryptic clue about the royal baby’s name

We’re not sure if the royal baby’s name actually will help “unify the U.S. and the U.K.,” but this hint is certainly bringing together all of Twitter to make jokes. The royal baby has arrived in the United Kingdom, bringing along with him sporting speculation about what his name will...

2019-05-06
Siri and Alexa struggle with your questions about detergent and cheese

Siri and Alexa are great for music, but terrible for thirsty brands. Voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Assistant can do all kinds of useful things, from playing music and creating reminders to controlling lights and thermostats, but they still have some major blind spots....

2019-05-06
Microsoft rebuilds its Edge browser on Chromium. Nice move

The company has started announcing new user-friendly features made possible by the Chromium framework. Microsoft has rebuilt its Edge web browser on the Chromium framework–the same open-source framework used in Google’s Chrome browser–and now the company is adding some user-friendly features made...

2019-05-06
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just gave Instagram birth announcements the royal seal of approval

It’s a boy! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now the proud parents of a human baby boy. Like happy families all over the globe, the royal couple announced the news on Instagram to their nearly six million followers—specifically, the @SussexRoyal account they launched on April 2.Read Full Story

2019-05-06
A popular Barron Trump Facebook page operates out of Pakistan and shares anti-AOC memes

Think Facebook is getting better at moderating political content? Think again. Many times over, Facebook has admitted that it missed the mark on rampant misinformation being shared on its platform, as well as foreign interference that may have had an impact on political elections. The company has also vowed to do...

2019-05-06
Facebook contract workers look at your private posts to help train its AI

A new report from Reuters has revealed how contract workers for Facebook and Instagram are looking at your private posts to help the social media platforms train their AI systems. Reuters suggests contractors are annotating the posts based on five “dimensions”: the content of the post (selfie, food, landmarks),...

2019-05-06
Ian Spalter steps down as Instagram’s head of design

He will be replaced by Facebook head of design Luke Woods. Instagram’s Ian Spalter has stepped away from his position as the company’s head of design. Spalter shaped the look and feel of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms and oversaw its design team at a time of tremendous...

2019-05-03
Three years in, Google’s hardware honcho is just getting started

Rick Osterloh has shaped the modern era of Google gadgets. Signs of progress are tangible, but the vision is much bigger. When Google senior VP of devices and services Rick Osterloh greets me at his offices and leads me up a sweeping staircase to a second-floor conference room, he doesn’t have to begin our chat...

2019-05-03
Ian Spalter, one of America’s most influential designers, steps down at Instagram

He will be replaced by Facebook head of design Luke Woods. Today, Instagram’s Ian Spalter is stepping down from his position as the company’s head of design. Spalter shaped the look and feel of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms and oversaw its design team at a time of...

2019-05-03
Ian Spalter, one of the most influential designers in America, steps down at Instagram

He will be replaced by Facebook Head of Design Luke Woods. Today, Instagram’s Ian Spalter is stepping down from his position as the company’s head of design. Spalter shaped the look and feel of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms and oversaw its design team at a time of...

2019-05-03
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voices support for Elizabeth Warren’s Big Tech breakup plan

Ocasio-Cortez’s support signals that the younger, far-left wing of the party may be warming up to Warren’s ideas. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has voiced support for presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up parts of the tech industry, including Amazon and...

2019-05-03
How Facebook is designing for an incoming avalanche of dead users

A new study finds that by 2050, the dead will outnumber the living on Facebook. Here’s how the company is designing user experiences to face the billions of dead users to come. By 2050, the dead will outnumber the living on Facebook. That’s a conservative estimate, according to a study published by...

2019-05-03
What should happen to users’ data when they die?

By 2050, the dead will outnumber the living on Facebook. How should the company design for an avalanche of dead users? By 2050, the dead will outnumber the living on Facebook. That’s a conservative estimate, according to a study published by researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute, which aimed to estimate...

2019-05-03
Google Maps will now show you photos of a restaurant’s most popular dishes

Someone finally finds your lunch pics useful. Google Maps has gained a nifty new feature, reports 9to5Google. As spotted by a Twitter user, Google maps now offers a “popular dishes” section in a restaurant’s listing under the “Menu” header. The “popular dishes” section...

2019-05-03
Gen Z think they’re better at online security than they actually are

The cockiness of youth seeps into the digital realm too. Generation Z, that is, the group of people who are currently between the ages of 16 and 24, are cocky when it comes to online security—even though they have no right to be. That’s according to a recent Harris Poll that surveyed 3,000 adults in the...

2019-05-03
A Twitter bot that translates jungle sounds to existential questions might just help save the rainforest

On Thursday, March 21, at 00:36, a cricket in Borneo chirped “fuck me and you and he he he and his and what he really?” At least, that is what a not-particularly-good speech-to-text algorithm turned some live jungle sounds into, and then posted to Twitter. Wed 13 Mar 02:58: uh? — Existential Jungle Bot...

2019-05-03
Online extremism is taking a mental toll on researchers studying it

Social media platforms do an indispensable job of connecting us with our families, friends and like-minded people. But of late, they have also become conduits for bad actors to hijack users’ attention to manipulate news, spew conspiracy theories, and propagate toxic viewpoints with an intent to radicalize...

2019-05-03
17 Essential Tools for Graphic Designers

Whether you are just getting into graphic design or you are an expert with years of experience, there are certain tools that you just can’t live without as a professional. This list covers the most essential hardware, software and equipment that every graphic designer should have on hand. Top Essential Tools for...

2019-05-03
“Mayochella” memes: How Beyoncé fans took on Taylor Swift for her Billboard Awards performance

Taylor Swift’s Billboard Music Awards performance inspired a round of scathing Twitter memes that accused her of ripping off Beyoncé. Last night’s Billboard Music Awards featured soaring performances from an eclectic collection of pop stars, including Mariah Carey, Khalid, and BTS with Halsey. Of...

2019-05-02
These are the best airlines if you’re flying with a pet

They aren’t the airlines you might expect. If your dog is an Instagram influencer and constantly churning out that sweet click-worthy content, at some point your pup is going to need a full digital detox and a vacation off the grid. And even if you’re a just normal dog lover who is moving across...

2019-05-02
Want a blockchain job in big tech? This course might help you land one

What do Facebook, Visa, Shell, IBM, and EY have in common (other than being stupid rich)? They’re all hiring blockchain talent. Indeed, blockchain jobs are popping up all over the place these days. If you ever thought about learning the ins and outs of distributed ledger tech, now might be a good time – and...

2019-05-02
Here’s what Facebook announced at its F8 developer keynote

As Facebook continues to weather a string of legal battles and harsh criticism for its never-ending privacy disasters and a generally lackadaisical attitude towards consumer data, the social networking site kicked off its annual F8 annual developer conference at San Jose yesterday. It took to the event to outline a...

2019-05-01
Revenge of the nerds: Facebook is developing human-level AI to fight bullying

Facebook might be taking its bullying problem a lot more seriously than you think. Rather than hire more humans to flag troubling content, it plans on developing AI with human level intelligence to do the job. An official company blog post today, on the subject of content moderation, laid out a road map for machine...

2019-05-01
Your Google data is getting the auto-delete tool it always needed

Google will soon let you delete past searches, location history, and other data on a regular basis. While Google has spent years insisting that users are in control of their privacy, it’s never given users a way to wipe old data automatically. If you wanted to keep Google from building up a lifetime of...

2019-05-01
A controversial design strategy is helping sixth graders do better in school

A study by researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education found that when middle-school students use design-thinking strategies, they perform better. The value of design thinking, which has been popularized by design firm Ideo and the Stanford d. school, is hotly debated in the design...

2019-05-01
The Bulbing Bankers Lamp is an intricately designed visual trick

This flat, whimsical lamp looks 3D when the light is turned on. Made by Israeli designer Nir Chehanowski, this whimsical lamp creates an optical illusion via a flat acrylic sheet that’s been laser cut into an intricate, curving pattern. When the dimmable LED light is turned on, the glowing sheet looks...

2019-05-01
Facebook’s redesign is pretty, airy, and more reason to ditch Facebook

The redesign, which represents a shift toward an Instagram-like ethos, is little more than lip service to Facebook’s twin problems of privacy and misinformation. At its annual developer’s conference, Facebook announced a redesign of its website and mobile apps. Now, instead of a neverending news feed...

2019-05-01
Facebook’s Secret Crush feature wants to help you find friends who are, like, totally obsessed with you

Facebook announced at its F8 conference today a new feature to its Dating repertoire, this one apparently designed to help single minglers poach potential paramours from their Friends by adding them to an ostensibly private list of people you’re crushing on. Here’s how this is supposed to go down: You add up to...

2019-05-01

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