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These hackers are supercharging your sex toys for increased pleasure

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...

2019-08-31
YouTube settles with FTC over child privacy violations

Within days of launching its YouTube Kids site and adding more age categories to the Kids app, YouTube is settling with the Federal Trade Commission over child privacy violations. According to a report from Politico, YouTube agreed to pay $150-200 million to the Justice Department to settle the FTC investigation....

2019-08-31
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account has been hacked

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey‘s had his account hacked. Several tweets have been sent from his verified @Jack account, many of them containing racist epithets, threats, and extortion demands. We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened. — Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 30, 2019   At...

2019-08-31
How to see what ads Instagram thinks you’ll care about

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. Instagram‘s one of the prime social networks, and its ads are sometimes marginally less obtrusive than the likes of its big brother, Facebook. But they’re still there and they...

2019-08-31
Breaking: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account has been hacked

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey‘s had his account hacked. Several tweets have been sent from his verified @Jack account, many of them containing racist epithets, threats, and extortion demands. We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened. — Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 30, 2019   At...

2019-08-30
Opinion: Facebook’s brain computer interface will be the instrument of society’s collapse

Anyone else think giving Facebook literal access to our brains is a catastrophically stupid idea? If you missed it: Facebook‘s building a brain computer interface (BCI). In the company’s words, the gadget will be: A non-invasive, wearable device that lets people type by simply imagining themselves talking. That...

2019-08-30
Gaming’s ‘MeToo’ moment continues as more women come forward

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. What started as a small collection of voices on Twitter has now ballooned into a full-blown movement, as more and more women in...

2019-08-30
“Alexa, roll down the windows!” Inside Amazon’s quest to get in your car

Competing with Apple and Google when you don’t have your own smartphone platform is tough. But Amazon has a plan—and lots of patience. The demo house Amazon built inside one of the towers at its Seattle headquarters to show off its Echo smart speakers has a new room, and an important one: a garage.Read...

2019-08-30
Muji’s brand-new pop-up is half store, half design gallery

The company is celebrating the designer who shaped it for two decades, Ikko Tanaka, and his prescient vision of how branding can do more with less. Muji already has three locations in Manhattan, including its flagship store. But today, it’s opening a new kind of location in the city: a pop-up in Soho that...

2019-08-30
Hurricane Dorian live cams will stream the storm from Florida cities

The storm could make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. While the exact path of Hurricane Dorian is still uncertain, it now seems to be destined to make landfall somewhere on the coast of Florida or perhaps Georgia. The storm is currently a Category 2 hurricane, and those already 100-mph winds are expected to...

2019-08-30
Inside Amazon’s long game to put Alexa in your car

Competing with Apple and Google when you don’t have your own smartphone platform is tough. But Amazon has a plan—and lots of patience. The demo house Amazon built inside one of the towers at its Seattle headquarters to show off its Echo smart speakers has a new room, and an important one: a garage.Read...

2019-08-30
Even if you hate your job, you can use it to build a career you love

Building three companies where I struggled to find meaning taught me that even the most vacuous undertakings can help you build a career you care about. Since the glory days of ’80s self-help books, we’ve been told that if you’re stuck in a career rut you should just “do what you love and...

2019-08-30
Google discovered websites that could hack your iPhone just by visiting them

The hackers could then monitor the iPhone’s location and upload virtually any files from the device–including iMessage and WhatsApp messages. Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has published a blog post detailing a number of exploits in iOS that allowed hacked websites to hack into an iPhone...

2019-08-30
Android phone brands ranked by OS update frequency: Nokia is #1

One of the major concerns when you buy an Android device is the frequency of updates you’ll receive over the years.. Google has been trying to solve that problem by pushing more fixes through the Google Play services, and initiatives like Project Treble and Project Mainline. Still, a lot of onus falls on phone...

2019-08-30
Google researchers reveal data-stealing, web-based iPhone exploit that was active for years

Researchers from Google have uncovered what appears to be a concentrated malware campaign targeting iPhones for at least two years. Thankfully this may be over now, although they warn it’s possible there are others that are yet to be seen. Project Zero, the search giant’s security team tasked with finding...

2019-08-30
Red-light traffic deaths keep rising. Is distracted driving to blame?

An alarming study from the AAA Foundation could show one of the dangers in distracted driving. The rise of smartphones has led to easy, relentless connectivity, kids begging for Snapchat accounts, and Instagram influencers making real money. The rise of phones may also have helped drive up the number of people killed...

2019-08-29
YouTube’s adding more age gates to YouTube Kids — this should go well

YouTube just revealed it’s added new age categories to its YouTube Kids app, offering different videos depending on whether the child is preschool or preteen. In theory, anyway — I’m not sure I trust YouTube Kids, of all apps, to be able to make that kind of subtle differentiation. The new age categories,...

2019-08-29
Trump tweets 2020 campaign logo linked to alt-right and white supremacy groups

It isn’t the first time Trump has shared content from white supremacists and neo-Nazis. President Trump likes to use content and images from some of his supporters, tweeting their memes and opinions out to his 63.7 million followers. Now, a video supporting his 2020 campaign that he tweeted on Wednesday...

2019-08-29
Think twice before referring all your friends to your company

It’s a nice gesture to refer friends for jobs at your workplace. But don’t forget: Your own reputation’s also on the line. An employee referral is when an employee puts forward a candidate for a job opportunity within their organization. Referring a friend can seem like an easy win for...

2019-08-29
Pinterest is escalating its fight against anti-vaxxers as measles surge in the U.S.

“We’re taking this approach because we believe that showing vaccine misinformation alongside resources from public health experts isn’t responsible.” In early 2019, as most social networks were still rubbing their beards about how to deal with fake news, Pinterest took an aggressive,...

2019-08-29
Facebook doesn’t actually let you unlink your Instagram account

Yeah, there’s an “Unlink Account” button, but–surprise!-it doesn’t do what it says. Thought you unlinked your Instagram and Facebook accounts? Well, you haven’t. As Wired reports, the “Unlink Account” option in Instagram, which allows a user to unlock their...

2019-08-29
Facebook’s ‘technical error’ in Messenger Kids allowed children to chat with adults, unsupervised

Facebook has admitted to a design flaw in Messenger Kids app that allowed young users on the platform to participate in group chats with adults, without their parents’ permission. The acknowledgement comes weeks after US Democratic senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal urged the social media giant to...

2019-08-29
Who will be impacted by Hurricane Dorian? This map will tell you

An interactive map lets you track Dorian’s path and includes demographic data on affected areas. Dorian has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane and could strengthen to a Category 3 by the time it reaches Florida, the National Hurricane Center said today. Puerto Rico will be spared the worst of the storm,...

2019-08-28
YouTube Kids will finally get its own website this week

Four years after launching on iOS and Android, YouTube Kids is getting a web version. Although Google has always insisted that the regular version of YouTube is not for children, it’s never offered a web version of the separate YouTube Kids app, which restricts content based on age and disables certain features...

2019-08-28
Hands on: Insta360’s GO camera packs a lot of features in a tiny, wearable package

Insta360 today launched its GO camera, a wearable shooter that’s about as big as your thumb. I’ve had my mitts on one for a couple of weeks and I’m simply twitterpated with its clever engineering and thoughtful trough of accessories. The GO’s meant to be worn or stuck somewhere. Its back is magnetic so it’ll...

2019-08-28
Exactly how to build your tribe when you’re working solo

Natalie Ellis of BossBabe explains the five ways to beat the lonely trap of building a business and career all by yourself. Being a solo entrepreneur is challenging for a variety of reasons, but there’s one thing I never expected: loneliness. I’m a serial entrepreneur and currently cofounder and...

2019-08-28
Is TikTok a time bomb?

In its meteoric rise and its approach to leveraging user data, TikTok may augur the AI-informed future of social media, for better and for worse. You may have never heard of TikTok, but chances are the kids in your life have. The China-based social network made its U.S. debut in 2017 and now counts 104 million...

2019-08-28
Calendar spam is a thing now, here’s how to protect yourself

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. A few days ago, I was baffled to see an obviously scammy event pop up in my Google calendar: I’d won $2,338 in some ‘annual competition.’ I had no idea where this was coming...

2019-08-28
Want to make $10,000 from Libra? Break its blockchain

The supposedly independent group of companies tasked with overseeing the delivery of Facebook‘s “cryptocurrency” Libra has announced a public bug bounty. In a blog post yesterday, the Libra association disclosed that its offering up to $10,000 to security researchers that find flaws and help tune up the Libra...

2019-08-28
Stay In Your Lane

When you stay in your own lane, there is no traffic. In other words, mind your own business. Road Blocks & Wrong Turns People lose themselves by comparing themselves to others or trying to emulate (or worse, copy) their style or approach whether it be in design, marketing or business. This is a follower’s game...

2019-08-28
Trump-appointed NASA head just declared Pluto a planet again

NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine – a politician who’s probably seen one or two episodes of “Cosmos” – has officially declared Pluto a planet again. His reasoning: that’s the way he learned it in high school. My favorite soundbyte of the day that probably won't make it to TV. It came from NASA Administrator Jim...

2019-08-28
Women in gaming open up on Twitter about sexual assault in the industry

Ever since the MeToo movement started, more and more women from across various professions and walks of life have come forward with their own stories of sexual assault and harassment. Now it appears it might just be the video game industry’s turn in the spotlight. The floodgates opened when indie developer Nathalie...

2019-08-27
Google Maps now lets you combine subway directions with cabs and bikes

There are few applications a city dweller will use as much as Google Maps, but for all its utility, the app doesn’t often account for the multitudinous possibilities of city transit. Sure, Google can tell me how long it would take me to travel via subway, cab, or bike, but any New Yorker knows getting somewhere fast...

2019-08-27
How googly eyes solved one of today’s trickiest UX problems

A little robot at a library in Helsinki went from reviled to beloved, all because he got a new pair of plastic eyes. The robots are here. They’re scanning shelves at your local supermarket, delivering food, and even assisting nurses in the hospital. As the robots begin to infiltrate human spaces, questions...

2019-08-27
Hey Siri and Alexa, the BBC is making its own voice assistant known as ‘Beeb’

The BBC says that having its own assistant will allow the organization to “experiment with new programs, features, and experiences without someone else’s permission to build it in a certain way.” We’ve got Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, and...

2019-08-27
If you’re not looking for your next iPhone on this site, you’re missing out

On Back Market, you can buy eco-conscious electronics—and a nearly new iPhone 7 for less than $200 Society’s obsession with new gadgetry has wreaked havoc on the environment: Close to 50 million tons of toxic e-waste are generated each year, and the mostly Africa-based supply chains for cobalt and rare...

2019-08-27
Google’s Nest Hub is the perfect smart screen for my kitchen

When Google was briefing a bunch of journalists including me about the Nest Hub at its India launch last week, it described how the smart screen could be useful in various parts of your home. But in my mind, it was clear where this would go – my kitchen. I often carry my phone to the kitchen: to listen to music or...

2019-08-27
How China’s Baidu outsold Google in the smart speaker market

Yesterday, market research firm Canalys published a report stating Chinese search giant Baidu has surpassed Google in terms of smart speaker distribution worldwide – which means a company whose products you may never have seen outside China is outselling the big G. The report notes in the last quarter, Baidu shipped...

2019-08-27
Mario Kart Tour arrives on your phone September 25

In a surprise evening announcement, Nintendo revealed that its next big mobile title, Mario Kart Tour, will arrive on September 25. The company made the announcement in an unceremonious tweet. Though it doesn’t specify platforms, presumably that date includes both Android and iOS devices. Pre-registration for Mario...

2019-08-27
KFC launches test run of ‘miracle’ non-meat nuggets

Kentucky Fried Chicken is testing a new recipe at a restaurant in Atlanta — essentially, it’s going without the “C” of KFC, offering a “Kentucky Fried Miracle” in the form of Beyond Meats’ plant-based fake meat nuggets. If it’s well-received, KFC might roll it out to more places — which can only be...

2019-08-26
Win the Google search game with an all-in-one SEO tool that’s under $30

If 7 in 10 business types are just hoping digital marketing works out, well, that leaves a lot of room for success to those other 3 out of 10, right? You can be part of that schooled minority with the help of the RankTools Pro SEO Tool. Right now, you can score lifetime access to this invaluable app for only $29.99,...

2019-08-26
Australia’s plan to block sites hosting extremist content during crisis events seems flawed

As countries continue to grapple with the rise of online extremism, Australia is taking its first step by cutting off access to any internet domain that hosts terrorist material during a crisis event. In addition to temporary bans, the government is reportedly considering legislation to force digital platforms to...

2019-08-26
Moonday Mornings: Binance to give KYC hack victims VIP accounts

Welcome to Moonday Mornings. Let’s not waste anytime, here’s the weekend’s top cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines you can’t afford to miss. 1. With every passing week the outlook for Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra looks worse and worse. After meeting with Suisse financial regulators last week...

2019-08-26
NASA astronaut accused of first-ever space crime denies allegations

NASA is reportedly investigating what’s said to be the first ever instance of a space crime. According to a report by The New York Times, the space organization is currently looking into a claim that astronaut Anne McClain improperly accessessed the bank account of her estranged spouse Summer Worden outside the...

2019-08-26
Google’s betting on SMS 2.0 to get its messaging groove back

Google’s gotten a lot of grief for its messaging strategy, and rightly so. While Facebook and Apple have seen their messaging platforms become indispensable to users and businesses alike, Google has launched a litany of apps whose pithy names (Buzz, Wave, Allo, Hangouts, and the list goes on) couldn’t save them...

2019-08-25
How to try Microsoft’s Chromium-powered Edge Beta

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. Towards the end of 2018, Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing it was shifting Edge from a custom engine to Google’s ubiquitous and open-source Chromium platform. By...

2019-08-24
Why reCAPTCHA is actually an act of human torture

Like many things that start out as a mere annoyance, though eventually grow into somewhat of an affliction. One particular dark and insidious thing has more than reared its ugly head in recent years, and now far more accurately described as an epidemic disease. I’m talking about the filth that is reCAPTCHA. Yes that...

2019-08-23
Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra may be in more trouble than we thought

Facebook‘s ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra may be in even deeper trouble than we thought if a recent report is anything to go by. According to the Financial Times, it seems that some of Facebook‘s early backers have been spooked by increasing regulatory scrutiny. It’s being reported that at least three of...

2019-08-23

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