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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
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
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
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

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