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Don’t pretend you didn’t google Marianne Williamson last night

She might have occupied the very outer edge of the Democratic debate stage, but Marianne Williamson captured America’s curiosity (aka Google browsers). Whether it was her thoughtful answer on reparations and race in America or simply a “dark psychic force” taking over, Marianne Williamson...

2019-07-31
Technical Project Manager: A Guide on Their Role in Managing Your Digital Marketing Projects

In this article, I’m going to talk about the importance of having a technical Project Manager who can ensure the successful delivery of any digital project that requires an external company to implement. A Technical Project Manager could be someone you have on your team…. …..or someone you hire in to...

2019-07-31
An interior designer explains how architecture can change autistic children’s lives

Joan Scott Love has spent the past five years studying new ways to teach designers to create sensory-friendly spaces. Imagine wearing a hearing aid on its highest setting and being unable to make any adjustment. You can hear the speech of the person next to you—but, at the same volume, you hear birdsong through...

2019-07-31
Bitcoiners are predicting the future of blockchain with #TheYearIs2030

The year is still 2019, but Twitter‘s Bitcoin community is looking to the future. Tons of Bitcoiners are sharing their predictions for the cryptocurrency and the blockchain industry 11 years from now with the hashtag #TheYearIs2030. Blockstream CSO Samson Mow kicked off the trend with a sarcastic take on recent news...

2019-07-31
For $19, learn the SEO tricks you can’t Google

Even if you’re an SEO master, you may not realize there are a few new tricks up the experienced content generator’s sleeve. You’ll uncover those new secrets with the training found in Beyond the Basics: Advanced SEO Optimization Tactics That You Can't Google. Right now, the course is just $19 from TNW Deals.

2019-07-31
It’s official: Celebrities are the new designers

You’re not imagining it. The hottest fashion labels of our time are from celebrities with a strong point of view, like Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Kanye West. For decades, celebrities used their star power to sell fashion, but the clothes they put out weren’t particularly interesting.Read Full Story

2019-07-31
The U.S. could ban social media apps from using ‘psychological tricks’ like infinite scrolling and autoplay

Passage of the bill would radically alter how popular platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest work. Josh Hawley, the Republican senator from Missouri, has introduced a bill aimed at putting a stop to social media apps using techniques that encourage addictive behaviors, reports the Guardian....

2019-07-31
‘Crypto-Twitter’ really wants a Satoshi symbol — but nobody can agree on one

The Bitcoin currency symbol or glyph (฿) has been around for a while now. It was first used by Nakamoto in an early release of the Bitcoin client. Apple even added it to the iOS12 keyboard last year. But the community is yet to decide on a symbol for smaller denominations of Bitcoin, otherwise known as Satoshis. The...

2019-07-31
Netflix tests tracking your ‘physical activity’ to improve video quality

Last week, a security researcher tweeted that the Netflix app on his Android phone requested access to the device’s physical activity sensors. Later, when I checked it on my Pixel 3 XL, even I had the permission turned on without any prior prompt. It’s rather odd that a streaming video service would want to know...

2019-07-31
Sex toy companies unite to protest double standards of Facebook’s ad policy

Last month, Dame, a female-founded sex toy company, announced it was suing the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) for censoring its campaign on NYC’s subway. On the subway today, you’ll probably spot a few ads promoting medication for erectile dysfunction and low male libidos from companies like Hims and...

2019-07-31
Netflix is testing changing playback quality based on your physical activity

Last week, a security researcher tweeted that the Netflix app on his Android phone requested access to the device’s physical activity sensors. Later, when I checked it on my Pixel 3 XL, even I had the permission turned on without any prior prompt. It’s rather odd that a streaming video service would want to know...

2019-07-31
Apple, Google, and Microsoft partner to provide digital access to patients’ health records

Representatives from major tech companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have joined with some of the biggest health insurers and hospitals in an initiative to provide consumers with easier access to their medical information. Called the CARIN Blue Button API, the data model is a standard for sharing health...

2019-07-31
Facebook is getting closer to letting you type with just your thoughts

During its developer conference in 2017, Facebook announced its plans to develop a brain-computer interface (BCI) that would let you type just by thinking. Now, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) working under this program have posted a study today noting their algorithm was able to...

2019-07-31
Chrome 76 is out, making it easy to get past paywalls

A few weeks ago, we reported on significant updates coming to future versions of Chrome. Specifically, Chrome 76 would make it harder to run Flash – because Flash just won’t die – as well as potentially making it much easier to bypass article paywalls. That update is now available Basically, if you come across a...

2019-07-31
Facebook’s vision of glasses that read your thoughts isn’t just a dream

Facebook and UCSF are making progress on technology that turns brainwaves into speech—which could be a major part of the company’s AR aspirations. Facebook is funding and assisting in a University of California San Francisco study aimed at giving people with serious brain injuries the chance to type...

2019-07-30
Quantum Darwinism may solve the question of whether God plays dice or not

Quantum Darwinism (QD) is a spooky explanation for objective reality that ties together the work of Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking. It tries to resolve the glaring differences between the quantum and classical worlds by theorizing that reality, as we experience it, is just the imprint left behind...

2019-07-30
Here’s why Twitter unfollowed founder and CEO Jack Dorsey

Twitter is no longer following @Jack. Eagle-eyed Twitter users may have noticed something funny on the social media site. The official @Twitter handle unfollowed the company’s founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey. In fact, the company’s Twitter handle is only following 26 seemingly random people, only one of...

2019-07-30
This is how to decide whether you’re ready to work for yourself

Whether the motivation is inspiration or frustration, branching out on your own can be both exciting and totally terrifying. Here are a few simple steps to measure your readiness. Many of us have thought about being our own bosses at some point, says Josh Grau, a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business...

2019-07-30
Video: F U, Instagram — here’s how to delete or deactivate your account

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. Ugh, Instagram. I remember when the social network was fun, when it was just filled with cool pictures and didn’t know anyone on there. Now? Barely an hour goes by without...

2019-07-30
Ethiopia just planted 353 million trees in a single day

The country’s Green Legacy campaign aims to plant 4 billion trees this year in an attempt to restore the soil and mitigate some of the effects of climate change. On Monday, July 29, people left offices in Addis Ababa and other Ethiopian cities to head outside and take place in the world’s largest...

2019-07-30
Google researchers disclose ‘interactionless’ iOS exploits valued at $5M

A duo of Google bug-hunting researchers have disclosed several “interactionless” vulnerabilities in iOS that made it possible for hackers to hijack your iPhone via iMessage – without even engaging with the malicious texts. The researchers, Natalie Silvanovich and Samuel Groß, who work with Google’s...

2019-07-30
Bitcoin has record-breaking Q2, network health at all time high – here’s what happened

Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that started it all. It first entered the wild ten years ago after its pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto released the eponymous white paper and got the world thinking about decentralized digital cash. The initial objective was to create an online peer-to-peer digital cash system that...

2019-07-30
Twitch streamer plans ‘SlutStream’ to combat sexual online harassment

For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. Today, KaceyTron, a longtime gaming streamer with almost half a million followers on Twitch, is raising awareness about the...

2019-07-30
The Best Huion Tablets for Designers & Artists in 2019

Are you in the market for a drawing tablet? Huion tablets can be some of the best out there, take a look at our top recommendations.

2019-07-30
Researchers: Anonymized data does little to protect user privacy

Providing third-parties with data is a necessary cost of living in the 21st century. Whether it’s securing auto insurance, undergoing a routine examination at the dentist, or chatting up friends and relatives on Facebook, each of us will hand over about 1.7MB of data per second next year, according to one recent...

2019-07-30
Google ad confirms the Pixel 4’s face unlock and handwave-y gestures

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Google seems to be following this old adage of late, showing off the Pixel 4’s design early to one-up the usual influx of leaks. Now it’s responding to leakers again, this time with a video confirming early rumors that the device would feature Apple-like facial recognition...

2019-07-29
Lil Nas X fires Jack Dorsey and demands an edit button for Twitter

In a clip posted by Twitter Music, rapper Lil Nas X becomes Twitter’s CEO for a day and demands the one thing the internet has been asking for. Lil Nas X stopped by Twitter HQ to relieve Jack Dorsey of his duties and ask for the one thing the internet has demanded of Twitter: an edit button.Read Full Story

2019-07-29
Hype is killing AI – here’s how we can stop it

Mystified and vilified at the same time. That’s how I would currently describe “artificial intelligence,” one of the most feared, revered and hated buzzwords of the tech industry. I was reminded of this fact earlier this week, when I stumbled on an interesting Medium post by Mike Mallazzo. Titled “The...

2019-07-29
Slack is down so maybe go to the pub instead?

Users of Slack – including yours truly – are having issues with the popular workplace chat tool. In addition to messages failing to send, users are reporting issues in connecting and logging in to the platform. Frustrated office bods and remote workers have taken to Twitter to bellyache about the disruption,...

2019-07-29
A teenager just made $3 million by playing Fortnite

He won the Fortnite World Cup this weekend. Next time your parents tell you to stop playing videos, ask them if they’d prefer you be broke your entire life. That’s the lesson to be taken from this weekend’s Fortnite World Cup where 16-year-old U.S. teenager Kyle Giersdorf, who uses the @bugha...

2019-07-29
The most exciting design scene you’re not hearing about

Egyptian designers are overcoming myriad challenges to bring a unique perspective on craft and history to the rest of the world. When you think of Egypt, the first image that probably springs to your mind is of the pyramids of Giza, or hieroglyphics, or some vague imagining of camels walking along the banks of the...

2019-07-29
A teenager just made $3 million by playing Fortnight

He won the Fortnite World Cup this weekend. Next time your parents tell you to stop playing videos, ask them if they’d prefer you be broke your entire life. That’s the lesson to be taken from this weekend’s Fortnite World Cup where 16-year-old U.S. teenager Kyle Giersdorf, who uses the @bugha...

2019-07-29
LinkedIn fixed a flaw that let someone post a job opening for Google’s CEO position

LinkedIn has closed a loophole that allowed almost anyone to post a job listing on company pages without any authorization. Netherlands-based recruiter Michel Rijnders discovered the problem and posted his findings on the Microsoft-owned professional social network. The potentially serious flaw made it possible for...

2019-07-29
22 incredibly useful Google Assistant tips

With the right voice commands, a Google Home speaker can boost your productivity. A keyboard and mouse might still be the best way to get work done, but sometimes it helps to use your voice instead.Read Full Story

2019-07-29
Google Chromecast’s surprising origins—and uncertain future

At six, Google’s breakout streaming player is at a crossroads. When Google launched Chromecast on July 24, 2013, product manager Rishi Chandra wasn’t sure whether it would succeed or fail.Read Full Story

2019-07-29
Just because sex toy apps can count calories doesn’t mean they should

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...

2019-07-28
Why following your dreams is a destructive startup myth

Ignore the cliché that you need to grind every day. It’s more important to go at your own pace. Lace up your Allbirds, finish that keto smoothie, and grab an electric scooter. It’s time to rise and grind and hustle until the haters ask if you’re hiring. You need to pivot, scale, disrupt, and...

2019-07-27
Here’s how to delete or temporarily hide your YouTube account

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. Tired of Facebook too? We’ve got a guide for that. Oh, and Instagram? Yep, here’s how to delete that too. What, and Twitter? Here’s all you need to know. And Snapchat. Social...

2019-07-27
The strange afterlife of Cambridge Analytica and the mysterious fate of its data

As the U.S. announces a lawsuit against Cambridge Analytica, the Mercer-controlled Emerdata discloses that it now owns the disgraced Trump data firm and its parent company. On Wednesday the U.S. government announced a long-awaited $5 billion penalty against Facebook and a complaint against Cambridge Analytica,...

2019-07-27
How to switch Android Q’s gesture navigation back to the old buttons

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. As Google pushed out beta after beta of Android Q, it became clear the company was taking a page out of Apple’s UI. This is most notable with regards to Android Q’s new...

2019-07-27
Your conversations with Apple’s Siri may not be so confidential

Amazon and Google understand Apple’s plight. Ahead of this year’s CES conference, Apple made a billboard-sized privacy statement: “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone,” it declared. It was a thumb to the nose of tech companies (*cough* Facebook) that peddle users’...

2019-07-26
This is what the busiest air travel day in aviation history looks like

More planes in the air. More heat on the ground. Wednesday was the busiest day since Flightradar24, a site that monitors real-time air traffic, started tracking flights. On July 24, more than 225,000 flights took to the skies, according to a tweet from Flightradar24.Read Full Story

2019-07-26
The mysterious afterlife of Cambridge Analytica and its trove of data

As the U.S. announces a lawsuit against Cambridge Analytica, the Mercer-controlled Emerdata discloses that it now owns the disgraced Trump data firm and its parent company. On Wednesday the U.S. government announced a long-awaited $5 billion penalty against Facebook and a complaint against Cambridge Analytica,...

2019-07-26
This retro-styled OS is actually a delightful feed of 90s-inspired tunes and videos

I’m a sucker for old-school operating system aesthetics – especially when they’ve been repurposed to run modern web services. This is why Poolside.FM – a gorgeous music and video feed disguised as a retro Mac OS – immediately piqued my curiosity. The summer-styled website comes with its own music player, a...

2019-07-26
Twitter Q2 2019 earnings: revenue up 18%, daily active users up 14% to 139 million

Twitter is no longer reporting monthly active users (MAUs) in favor of monetizable daily active users (mDAUs). The social media company has announced its Q2 earnings for fiscal 2019. Results, for the most part, were better than what analysts had expected. Twitter saw revenue rise 18% year-over-year to $841 million....

2019-07-26
Australia to start policing Facebook’s and Google’s algorithms

The plan is the first in the world that proposes keeping tabs on tech companies’ algorithms. Australia’s antitrust watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has announced that it plans to set up an office that is dedicated to nothing else other than policing the algorithms tech...

2019-07-26
India doesn’t want WhatsApp sharing your payment data with Facebook

Even as WhatsApp readies to launch its mobile payment service in India later this year, the government is concerned about its privacy and security ramifications. “Indian authorities are concerned that WhatsApp’s payment service might share user data with group companies Facebook and Instagram, compromising the...

2019-07-26
Alphabet stock soars as Google ad sales signal a return to form

After a bummer Q1, ad sales growth appears to be gaining ground again. The company beat analyst expectations on revenue and earnings per share. Alphabet reported a solid second quarter Thursday on the strength of improving growth in its Google online advertising business.Read Full Story

2019-07-25

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