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Google used 107,000 solar panels to create a portrait of Apollo 11 pioneer Margaret Hamilton

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s historic moon landing mission, Google built a massive portrait of Apollo 11 software lead Margaret Hamilton using only solar panels and the reflection of the moon. The impressive art installation, which was set up in the Ivanpah Solar Facility in the Mojave Desert,...

2019-07-19
The quest to bring urinal culture to women

Ladies, have you ever wanted to have a face-to-face conversation with your bathroom mate? You may not realize it, but many designers are on a quest to create a women’s urinal. After all, how can the sexes be truly equal when men can pee quickly while standing at a urinal, while women have to go through the...

2019-07-19
Instagram’s new warning to hateful trolls: ‘Your account may be deleted’

The Facebook-owned social media company is changing how it deals with problematic content. Instagram is making another change as it strives for a kinder, gentler version of itself. Yesterday, it rolled out a new policy that could mean a lot more problematic accounts will be disabled.Read Full Story

2019-07-19
If the Area 51 raid happens, Bud Light promises to be its official beer

Of course, Bud Light needs 51,000 retweets first, thus proving that absolutely anything is a brand opportunity. The news and social media buzz around the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us” event kicked into high gear this week, thanks to the 1.7 million people who said they’re...

2019-07-19
How to have Google Maps remember where you parked your car

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 of March 2019, there were over 38 million cars on the roads of Great Britain, according to transport and policy organization the RAC Foundation. With more cars in use, it can...

2019-07-19
Learn the ins and outs of digital marketing for just $35

Get a heads up on all the strategies needed to sell in the digital space with the training in The Silicon Valley Digital Marketers Bundle. The package is on sale right now at hundreds off the regular price, just $35 from TNW Deals.

2019-07-19
Google and Facebook are tracking your porn preferences – even in incognito mode

It turns out Google and Facebook are tracking your porn consumption habits big time, and even incognito mode can’t save you from their omnipotent gaze – or so say researchers from Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Pennsylvania. Indeed, 93 percent of adult content websites leak sensitive...

2019-07-19
NSO Group’s Whatsapp spyware can now snoop on your Facebook, Google and iCloud data too

The Israeli company behind WhatsApp hack earlier this May has developed new technology that can clandestinely steal a user’s data from Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft. According to The Financial Times — which reported the development — NSO Group’s Pegasus malware “has now evolved to capture...

2019-07-19
Instagram will kindly let you know you’ve F’ed up before banning you

Instagram has just introduced a new policy that’ll notify you if your account is at risk of getting banned. The social network will let you know if it finds one of your posts problematic, and even offer a chance to appeal the ban. The company said appeals will be available for posts that are removed under violation...

2019-07-19
How to build Reddit custom feeds (also known as ‘multis’) like a pro

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. Before I became a journalist, Reddit was my preferred source of information and entertainment. I didn’t use Twitter, I hardly got on Facebook, and I absolutely despised...

2019-07-19
10 incredibly useful iPhone productivity secrets

The device you have with you the most can also be the one that lets you get the most stuff done. When you think of productivity, tools such as your trusty laptop, Google Docs, and Slack may come to mind. But I’ve found one of my most critical productivity tools is actually my iPhone.Read Full Story

2019-07-19
Turn your drone into a flying flamethrower with this $1,500 attachment

Growing up in the 90s, the idea of a radio controlled aircraft that spits flames was merely a source of doodles on times table worksheets in school, the sort of thing you wish existed, but were fairly certain you’d never see. As an adult, it seems I’ve manifested this contraption into existence. You can send...

2019-07-19
Ilhan Omar’s social media is the classiest response I can imagine to MAGA bigotry

She’s at the center of racist attacks from the president and his supporters, but by the looks of her Twitter accounts Rep. Ilhan Omar is not sweating it. Late last week, the president of the United States tweeted that four nonwhite U.S. congresswomen, three of whom were born in America, should “go...

2019-07-18
Breastfeeding mothers on KLM airlines may be asked to cover up if some rando gets offended

KLM is getting ratioed on Twitter. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is under fire on Twitter after posting details about its breastfeeding policy. While breastfeeding is permitted on its flights, the airline tweeted that it may “request a mother to cover herself while breastfeeding, should other passengers be offended...

2019-07-18
Google has removed 7 ‘stalkerware’ apps from its Play Store

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. Google has pulled seven tracking apps from the Play Store after Avast, a cybersecurity company, found they allowed people to...

2019-07-18
Google’s Parrotron AI helps people with speech impediments talk freely

Earlier this year, Google teased a neural network-powered algorithm that could do speech-to-speech translation in real-time. As impressive as that might be, the app was mostly inaccessible to people with speech impediments. This is why the company’s AI division has been working on new software specifically aimed at...

2019-07-18
TikTok is testing a WhatsApp shortcut to let you share videos with your best friends

It appears social media sensation TikTok is taking a leaf out of the books of Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube. The platform is currently testing a Discover tab to make it easier for users to, well, discover new engaging content. The Discover tap sits left of the upload button, where the Search function used to...

2019-07-18
These five Google pro tips are a short course in power searching

Search with precision, find additional sites of interest, and more. I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but you’re probably not getting as much out of Google as you should. Sure, it’s the go-to for finding stuff on the web, but there are plenty of tips, tricks, and features that can help you find what...

2019-07-18
‘Trust’ was mentioned 69 times at Facebook’s Libra Senate hearing – nice

In the 220-minute-long Senate hearing where Facebook’s head of Calibra, David Marcus, was grilled on the company’s “cryptocurrency” plans, the word trust was mentioned every two minutes on average, working out to 69 times in total. Not all of these instances were focused on how people can’t or shouldn’t...

2019-07-18
Instagram’s design gave rise to the influencer economy. It may also be its downfall

When everyone is an influencer, no one is an influencer—and Instagram’s user interface is partly to blame. When everyone is an influencer, no one is an influencer. And Instagram’s design isn’t helping matters.Read Full Story

2019-07-18
Instagram is hiding likes in 6 more countries so you can post like no one’s watching

In an effort to remove the pressure of posting content, Instagram is doubling down on its experiment to hide certain social media metrics in select regions. In an announcement on Twitter, the company said it is running a test that “hides the total number of likes and video views for some people” in Australia,...

2019-07-18
Google officially ends its Chinese search engine project

It’s official. Google has ended its quest to re-enter China with a modified search engine. The company‘s VP of public policy, Karan Bhatia, told the US Senate earlier this week that it has abandoned Project Dragonfly.  The search giant has “no current plans” to go to China, he added. Google’s Bhatia,...

2019-07-18
What’s the path forward for electric planes?

The airline industry needs to curb its emissions, and a few bold startups are experimenting with electric engines. But the future of electric aviation requires more than sustainability and technological advancement. At the recent annual meeting of world airline leaders in Seoul, it was clear that something in the...

2019-07-17
Nintendo announces new Switch with better battery life

Nintendo revealed this week it’ll be releasing an upgraded version of the Switch, with a longer-lasting battery. So now we can play Breath of the Wild for over five hours — as if we weren’t doing that already. The company first revealed the new model via the Nintendo Japan Twitter:...

2019-07-17

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