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Girlboss launches its first-ever social network, a ‘LinkedIn’ for women

Not only is LinkedIn painfully boring, but it often feels like a sausage party filled with senior level white men. And research backs this up: in 2017, a study by LinkedIn revealed how sexist norms infiltrate the way men and women present themselves on LinkedIn. By analyzing over 141 million profiles in the US, it...

2019-07-03
Android creator Andy Rubin is accused of running a ‘sex ring’ in new unsealed complaint

Android founder, Andy Rubin, may have left Google long back in 2014, but his departure is beginning to attract more unsavory attention as more information is released. According to documents made public by a California superior court, Rubin left the company after having an “inappropriate relationship” with a...

2019-07-03
These are the sneaky new ways that Android apps are tracking you

Google’s operating system manages access to your personal information. But what happens when apps refuse to play by the rules? You could admire the tenacity if it didn’t come with such trickery: After years of effort by Google to stop Android apps from scanning users’ data without permission, app...

2019-07-03
Actually, it’s good to be bored at work

Designers like Paula Scher have long embraced boredom as a productivity tool, and new research supports the idea. Being bored is no fun, especially at work. There’s nothing worse than finding yourself bored in your cubicle on a Monday morning only to realize there’s still four and a half more days to...

2019-07-03
Jony Ive’s real legacy, according to Apple designers who worked with him

“I thought to myself, Jony has no idea how we work in software.” Everyone had an opinion last week, when news broke last that Apple’s longtime design chief Jony Ive was stepping down. But what of the people who worked with him? What better way to evaluate the legacy of a design leader than through...

2019-07-03
iOS 13’s new FaceTime feature automagically fakes eye contact for you

Apple‘s latest software for iPhones, iOS 13, is packed with some nifty features like smart battery charging, Sign in with Apple, and better location tracking control. While the company has rolled out the public beta, it’s not done trying out new features. In its third developer beta, it’s introduced a FaceTime...

2019-07-03
Walmart, Target offer to help the government investigate archrivals Amazon and Google

A retail association is urging the Federal Trade Commission to step up its antitrust investigations for Big Tech. A retail association, whose members include Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, has thrown its support behind the U.S. government’s antitrust investigations into Big Tech’s dominance of the online...

2019-07-02
When it comes to streaming devices, Roku crushes rivals like Apple TV and Fire TV

A new report says 41 million Roku devices are being used in the United States, far ahead of Fire TV, Apple TV, and others. A new study by Strategy Analytics puts Roku far ahead of other platforms in the streaming device wars, at least within the United States. The firm estimates that more than 41 million Roku devices...

2019-07-02
Is Microsoft teasing a Netflix tie-in? Stranger Things have happened

Microsoft yesterday took to Twitter and Instagram to tease social media denizens with a cryptic Windows 1.0 video. After you check your calendar to make sure it’s still 2019, check out the posts below: Introducing the all-new Windows 1.0, with MS-Dos Executive, Clock, and more!! 😲 💾 pic.twitter.com/guU4QxwsGG...

2019-07-02
Facebook removes accounts used to distribute malware since 2014

Facebook has shut down more than 30 accounts that were found to be spreading Remote Access Trojans (RATs) through malicious links that claimed to inform users about the ongoing political crisis in Libya. Dubbed ‘Operation Tripoli,’ the large-scale campaign — uncovered by cybersecurity vendor Check Point Research...

2019-07-02
Ohio real-estate developers ditch ‘blockchain hub’ plans over lack of interest

Real-estate developers attempting to reinvigorate a failing shopping mall with the blockchain are stepping away from the idea after realizing it’s not what the public want. The shopping mall, located in Cleveland, Ohio’s Tower City was originally planned to become a “blockchain-focused technology hub,”...

2019-07-02
3 easy ways to remove backgrounds from images

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. You might have noticed that we have some pretty bad ass header images on our articles at TNW. Take this one. Or this one. Or maybe even this one, for example. People seem to really...

2019-07-02
Why Nike was right to listen to Colin Kaepernick over Betsy Ross flag kicks

The swoosh canceled the launch of a new limited edition Air Max 1 that featured a 1776 version of the American flag. Over the weekend, Nike decided to cancel a planned launch of a special edition July Fourth version of the Air Max 1 that featured the 1776 version of the American flag stitched on the heels. They...

2019-07-02
Firefox’s hilarious new tool trolls advertisers to protect your privacy

Are you more of a doomsday prepper or just a really rich person? Firefox’s Track This creates an online persona to confuse the cookies that follow you around the web. Advertisers have me pegged as a millennial woman who cares about art, goes to cultural events in New York City, and definitely wants to buy...

2019-07-02
Google 3D-prints replica of historic Assyrian statue destroyed by ISIS in 2015

Ordinary people weren’t the only victims of ISIS. The terror group also waged war on humanity’s cultural heritage, destroying ancient libraries, monuments, and statues. And now, thanks to the magic of technology, they’re coming back. Google today announced a collaboration with Historic England and the Imperial...

2019-07-02
This is the women’s health resource you’ve been missing your whole life

Say goodbye to frustrating Google searches about your personal health: A woman-led team has made a website that will answer all your questions. If you are a woman or have a female-assigned body, you probably know this personally: There is a lot of bad information out there on the internet about your reproductive...

2019-07-02
Google wants to make the 25-year-old robots.txt protocol an internet standard

Google’s main business has been search, and now it wants to make a core part of it an internet standard. The internet giant has outlined plans to turn robots exclusion protocol (REP) — better known as robots.txt — an internet standard after 25 years. To that effect, it has also made its C++ robots.txt parser...

2019-07-02
These 11 Facebook privacy tweaks put you back in control

Quitting Facebook is hard. But using it without handing over too much data is easier than you think. Death. Taxes. Facebook. The first two you can’t avoid. And the third isn’t that much easier to escape. A long history of privacy backtracking and goofs—like a longstanding vulnerability that...

2019-07-02
Samsung CEO admits pushing Galaxy Fold ‘before it was ready’

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was supposed to change smartphone form factors forever, but as we all know by now, the revolution will have to wait. After numerous problems were revealed days after the first batch of phones was sent to reviewers, Samsung was forced to delay the device’s April launch with no firm release...

2019-07-02
Alphabet’s Loon balloons take flight in first commercial trial

After eight years in development, we’ll finally see if Loon can soar. Could Alphabet’s big internet project finally catch wind? In the next few weeks, the company’s internet via balloon skunkworks Loon will come to Kenya for a commercial test in partnership with Telkom Kenya, the country’s...

2019-07-01
Four ways companies can build a culture of learning

LinkedIn vice president Tanya Staples breaks it down to easy strategies that can foster growth and skills in the workforce. Company culture, workplace flexibility, and wellness perks all play a role in keeping employees happy and engaged. But there’s another driver that’s often overlooked: learning.Read...

2019-07-01
Kyoto’s mayor tells Kim Kardashian “kimono” shouldn’t be “monopolized”

In a letter, mayor Daisaku Kadokawa asks Kim Kardashian West to reconsider Kimono, the poorly chosen name of her new line of shapewear and intimates. Last week, Kim Kardashian West unveiled her latest brand, Kimono, a line of size- and skin tone-inclusive shapewear and intimates. However, the announcement was met with...

2019-07-01
Twitter hate speech draws a felony charge in North Carolina

Virginia senate candidate Qasim Rashid gets the kind of results more Twitter victims should receive. A North Carolina man is being indicted in federal court for “transmitting an interstate threat” after heavily insinuating in a tweet that he would lynch Virginia senate candidate Qasim...

2019-07-01
Facebook will fight misinformation about the 2020 U.S. census

In today’s political climate, the census is a hot topic, which naturally leads to bad actors wanting to spread false information about it. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has announced that the company will step up its efforts to fight misinformation about the upcoming 2020 U.S. census. The census is...

2019-07-01

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