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Are you a CEO obsessed with tracking your sleep? There’s a ring for that

Tech leaders in pursuit of self-optimization are turning to the Oura ring—a sleep tracker endorsed by Jack Dorsey. Last December, Jack Dorsey infamously went off the grid. For 10 days, he meditated in silence at a vipassana retreat in Myanmar, where he reported being deprived of devices and even eye contact....

2019-09-30
Video: Google’s budget Pixel 3a range are the phones it was born to make

Google‘s Pixel range of devices have quickly established themselves as some of the most popular flagship phones around. They’ve enter that rarified segment of devices populated by the Apple and Samsungs of the world, but — as much as I like them — this has always seemed like a strange fit to me. There’s no...

2019-09-30
Facebook and WhatsApp will share ‘electronic communications’ with UK police under new treaty

Update at 6:30 PM IST: The treaty between the US and the UK to disclose information of individuals suspected of serious criminal acts will not require social media platforms to install backdoors or break end-to-end encryption, a further analysis of the CLOUD Act reveals. While the original reports from Bloomberg and...

2019-09-30
Uber is testing letting users record audio if they feel unsafe on their rides

The new feature would be part of Uber’s existing Safety Toolkit—a collection of tools that allows Uber riders to learn about safety, share their trip with friends, and report issues. The next time you feel unsafe on your Uber ride, you may have the ability to use the Uber app to record audio of your...

2019-09-30
Being a great designer doesn’t automatically make you a great design leader

Becoming an effective manager takes time and effort. This is the advice I would give to my younger self. Dear younger me,Read Full Story

2019-09-30
Facebook and WhatsApp will be reportedly ‘forced to disclose encrypted messages’ to UK police

Social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp will be forced to share users’ ‘encrypted messages’ with British police as part of a new treaty between the US and the UK, according to multiple reports from Bloomberg and The Times. The accord is expected to be be signed next month, and will force social media...

2019-09-30
Use LinkedIn like a pro with this marketing and sales package, now just $34

You can get trained in leveraging all the power of LinkedIn for yourself with the courses in The Complete LinkedIn Marketing & Sales Bundle. Right now, it’s hundreds of dollars off the regular price, only $34 from TNW Deals.

2019-09-30
Facebook Portal’s invasion of ‘Modern Family’ violated the modern rules of product placement

The premiere of the ABC hit show’s 11th season kicked off with a rather awkward brand integration. “Hey Portal, call Dad.”Read Full Story

2019-09-30
Moonday Mornings: NBA blocks player’s plan to tokenize contract with Ethereum

Good morning Forkers, you know what time it is. It’s Moonday Mornings, Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekends top cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines you can’t afford to miss. Check it out. 1. The Ukrainian government is allegedly preparing plans to legalize cryptocurrency in the country, The Block reports. The...

2019-09-30
Byte Me #8: Eating tampons, triggering men, and a horny pen

Subscribe to our monthly Byte Me newsletter NOW! Welcome back to Byte Me, our feminist newsletter that makes everyone mad <3 Since we last spoke, Anouk was made the first-ever queen of editorial, Cara’s edgy football club won their division (and she scored a bajillion goals), and Gigi’s mum won a big tech...

2019-09-30
I study vaccine misinformation. Big tech must do more to fight it

Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest have made inroads in preventing their platforms from being overrun with disinformation. But more change is still needed. Social media have become one of the preeminent ways of disseminating accurate information about vaccines. However, a lot of the vaccine information propagated across...

2019-09-29
CHEAP: Yes, I will take 54% off this Google Home Hub thank you very much

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! For a long time I wasn’t really a fan of smart speakers. The idea was cool, but relying only on audio seemed like a clumsy way to interact with technology. Then, I started using smart speakers with screens. It changed everything....

2019-09-28
This ancient baby bottle is a 3,000 year-old lesson for today’s designers

Our ancestors designed beautiful, useful products out of natural materials that eventually returned to the earth. We should look to them for guidance.In the In the Bronze and Iron Age, the world was a different place. Humans had only just invented flint tools, which allowed them to build homes, weave cloth, and plant...

2019-09-28
How to easily free up space on your phone using Google Photos

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. I’ve owned iPhone after iPhone. Ever since my first iPhone 5c, I’ve never backed it up to iCloud — and for no good reason, really. It was just something I refused, which...

2019-09-28
Like it or not, Facebook is hiding more and more likes

A life-free Facebook may be coming. Facebook is a popularity contest. If you post a photo of your dog and no one likes it, it stings. Is there something wrong with your dog? Or because that’s not possible, is there something wrong with you? Not getting likes on a post can lead to a shame spiral that could lead...

2019-09-27
You can now make money selling your own health data, but should you?

Hu-manity.co and other firms want to help people monetize their own medical info, but the potential market raises plenty of ethical concerns for civil liberties advocates. Selling your own health data is completely legal—if you wanted to, you could request a copy of your electronic health record from your...

2019-09-27
‘You have the wrong Heather Patton,’ pleads Kaiser Permanente after racist CVS video

The healthcare company has been tweeting at users who have mistakenly identified a doctor as a woman seen going off on a racist rant in a viral video. Kaiser Permanente has a message for Twitter users: You have the wrong Heather Patton.Read Full Story

2019-09-27
What the first porta-potty can teach designers about digital privacy

Our insecurities about public bathrooms have evolved over time—and so, too, should the way we design for digital privacy. In 16th-century Paris, the starkly primitive clashed with the beautifully refined. The dainty bourgeois would gather dressed in their finest frocks, wearing tall, veiled, conical headpieces...

2019-09-27
Libra exec promises Facebook’s plan isn’t to replace existing currencies

The Libra Association really wants us to know that Facebook cryptocurrency is not being created to replace existing currencies. Manager Director Bertrand Perez, speaking at a blockchain conference hosted at the United Nation headquarters in Geneva today, said: “We are not in the area of implementing any monetary...

2019-09-27
Before you agree to any app’s Terms of Service, check this site

Nobody reads terms of service agreements. Guard puts a computer to work reading them for us. I don’t need to tell you that we live in a privacy nightmare, in which it seems there’s no social network or app you can truly trust to protect your personal identity and everything you do online. But the worst...

2019-09-27
This game shows you how bots and trolls spread fake news on social media

Social media platforms off late have come under criticism for poisoning public discourse, even to the extent of getting labeled as “toxic swamps full of trolls, liars and bots.” But as Facebook and Twitter become a conduit for bad actors to manipulate news, set agendas, and propagate toxic viewpoints, they’ve...

2019-09-27
Google’s hyperlocal news app Bulletin makes headlines as it shuts down after just a year

Google is killing one of its products, again. This time it’s the company‘s hyperlocal news app Bulletin. In a letter to users obtained by Android Police, the company states it’s shutting down the app on November 22. The company had introduced the app last year as a pilot in the US and Canada. However, it never...

2019-09-27
‘Accessibility’ and ‘playability’ in video games are not the same thing — here’s why that matters

This article was originally published by Super Jump Magazine, an independent publication all about celebrating great video games and their creators through carefully-crafted, in-depth features produced by a diverse team of games journalists, designers, and enthusiasts. It was founded by games journalist and product...

2019-09-27
Facebook tests hiding Like counts, just like Instagram

Facebook has gone ahead and done it. The company begun hiding the number of likes that posts have received, starting today in Australia. You will see “John Doe and others” instead of “John Doe and 15 others” under your post. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong uncovered this test from a beta version of the social...

2019-09-27
Microsoft now lets you control your Xbox with the Google Assistant

Microsoft today revealed it’s collaborating with Google to bring the Xbox Action to the Assistant — meaning you’ll soon be able to control your console by saying “Hey Google.” With this update, you can command Google to turn your Xbox on and off, boot up apps, resume paused games, or take screenshots — all...

2019-09-26
Here are the 5 designers and artists who just won MacArthur Genius Grants

From Walter Hood’s landscape art to Mel Chin’s climate change warnings, this year’s fellows wield art as a tool for change. 2019’s MacArthur Fellows have been announced, and all 26 awardees are, unsurprisingly, gifted innovators in their respective fields. This year, the prestigious annual...

2019-09-26
Facebook needs to delay Libra’s launch — if it really wants to work with regulators

Facebook, the American tech behemoth known for its “move fast and break things” motto, the mishandling of customer data, and interference in democracy, may not launch its ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra in time after all. “In the last few years, there are a lot of important social issues that Facebook and the other...

2019-09-26
Google’s new tools aim to give advertisers real-time feedback on their ads

The new tools added to its Create with Google platform is all about testing, testing, testing. Today Google is rolling out a new suite of tools called Create with Google, so that agencies, brands, and creatives can make better—and better-performing—ads that will work on Google and YouTube....

2019-09-26
This is why you feel so uncertain about your creativity—and how you can fix it

In this episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation, we’re tackling creative uncertainty and debunking the myth around the “creative genius.” Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic,...

2019-09-26
Study: Weaponized misinformation from political parties is now a global problem

Social media, a tool created to guard freedom of speech and democracy, has increasingly been used in more sinister ways. From its role in amplifying political disinformation in elections, to inciting online violence, and lowering the levels of trust in media — Facebook isn’t just a space to share “what’s on...

2019-09-26
Facebook scores big, gets rights to air highlights from major cricket tournaments

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body for the sport, announced today it’s partnering with Facebook to show exclusive digital content for ICC tournaments hosted in the Indian sub-continent until 2023. The social network will also show post-match recaps for ICC events hosted elsewhere in the...

2019-09-26
Google brags its Android alternative for low-end phones is now even faster

Google is making its Android Go — a lightweight alternative of its mobile platform design to run smoothly on low-end phones — even faster. In a new blog post, the company says apps on Android 10 Go will now launch about 10 percent faster than they did on the older version. This improvement in speed has also made...

2019-09-26
Android users suckered for $100s by basic calculator and QR scanning apps

If all the different types of malware that find a way to sneak into the Google Play Store wasn’t enough, here’s another nasty surprise. A new category of apps called “Fleeceware” has been unearthed on the app distribution platform; these apps were found to abuse the Play Store policies and grossly charge...

2019-09-26
Amazon forays into wearables with Alexa powered-glasses and smart ring

Ever fantasize about becoming a spy, wearing miniature and carefully disguised gadgets, and talking to an invisible computer assistant through them? Well, Amazon is going to make that dream come true – to some extent. Along with a ton of other connected devices, the company announced an Alexa-enabled ring (Echo...

2019-09-26
Ready Player What? Facebook announces a new VR social network

Facebook revealed at today’s Oculus Connect event that it’s launching its own social VR platform, a very MMO-like virtual world called Horizon. Horizon is an “interconnected world” where VR avatars can meet, hang out, play games, and build their own environments. In the announcement video, it shows legless...

2019-09-25
Here’s everything Oculus just announced

We’re not at ‘Ready Player One’ yet, but Facebook’s Oculus VR is trying to get us there. Facebook seems further than ever from beaming us into Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s dorky VR fever dream. But Oculus, the social network’s virtual reality side project, is...

2019-09-25
Reddit and Gab’s most toxic communities inadvertently train AI to combat hate speech

A team of researchers from UC Santa Barbara and Intel took thousands of conversations from the scummiest communities on Reddit and Gab and used them to develop and train AI to combat hate speech. Finally, r/The_Donald and other online cesspools are doing something useful. The system was developed after the researchers...

2019-09-25
Sustainable fashion retail platforms leave you with no excuse not to buy eco-friendly clothes

75% of consumers say that sustainability is important to them. We’re entering a golden age of sustainable online shopping. When e-commerce first emerged, it was hard to find eco-friendly products or brands at all. To find a sustainable alternative to a product, you would have to dig deep into Google and...

2019-09-25
Amazon’s new Echo Studio promises high-end, 3D sound with Dolby Atmos

Amazon revealed an onslaught of new devices today, and among them was its first ‘high-end’ speaker: the Echo Studio. Amazon is claiming serious audio quality here, as the speaker was designed to go along with the company’s new Amazon Music HD service, which is able to deliver lossless audio. Moreover, it’s the...

2019-09-25
Amazon unveils a new, bigger, high-fidelity ‘Echo Studio’

The new speaker will sell for $199, significantly less than hi-fi smart speakers from Apple and Google. Research has shown that playing music is still the biggest use of home smart speakers. That may be why Amazon decided to join Apple and Google in offering a smart speaker that’s focused on sounding good.Read...

2019-09-25
Even the Muppets can’t make Facebook Portal seem less creepy

A new ad sees Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, and the gang stay in touch using Facebook’s new video streaming device. It makes perfect sense. A little sugar with the medicine—or in this case, a spoonful of childhood nostalgia to help the privacy concerns go down. Here we have Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy,...

2019-09-25
Here they are, folks: the funniest, most outrageous impeachment memes

Nancy Pelosi had barely announced the impeachment inquiry into Trump when Twitter and Instagram became flooded with memes. Here we go. Yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House is launching a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Pelosi had long resisted calls from several progressive...

2019-09-25
Google’s unsurprising refusal to pay for news snippets undermines new EU copyright law

Google has announced it will not pay European news publishers for the right to show their content on Google News, which will be mandatory under the EU’s new copyright directive that will come into effect next month, The Financial Times reports. France is the first out of the 28 EU member states to implement the new...

2019-09-25
Before Trump, Cambridge Analytica’s parent built weapons for war

How the parent company of Trump’s campaign firm plied its skills on the battlefield and in elections, while working for the U.S., the U.K., and NATO. Revelations of dirty tricks and illicitly-harvested Facebook profiles turned Cambridge Analytica into a global symbol for the dark side of big data. Its actual...

2019-09-25
McDonald’s job-seekers can start now the application process with Alexa or Google Assistant

Apply Thru is a voice app for Alexa and Google Assistant devices that users can activate by simply saying “Help me get a job at McDonald’s.” McDonald’s says it has launched the “world’s first” voice-initiated application process, called Apply Thru. The process...

2019-09-25
Google releases trove of deepfake videos so researchers can help fight them

We’ll soon live in a world where you might now be able to tell if the video you are watching actually happened. Google has announced it has released a data set containing 3,000 deepfake videos it has created. Google hopes the release of the videos will allow researchers to develop ways to combat malicious...

2019-09-25
For lease: A robo-dog that could totally crush you with its dexterous little paws

Haven’t we seen how this plays out? Boston Dynamics, the robotics lab formerly owned by Google, says its robot dogs—the ones basically straight out of Black Mirror—are now available for “select early customers.”Read Full Story

2019-09-25
Hundreds of thousands of people read novels on Instagram. They may be the future

Last year, the New York Public Library released an experiment to put the full text of novels in its Instagram Stories. Today, an estimated 300,000 people are reading books this way. In August 2018, Instagram followers of the New York Public Library were tapping through their Insta Stories when something unexpected...

2019-09-25

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