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YouTube gets slapped with $170 million FTC fine for violating children’s privacy
2019-09-04

YouTube will also change the way they track some kids’ content. You know that old Simpsons scene where the preacher’s wife, Helen Lovejoy, wails, “Won’t somebody please think of the children?” Well, the FTC has thought of the children, and YouTube’s parent company, Google, is...

Nasty Glupteba malware uses Bitcoin blockchain to keep itself alive
2019-09-04

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new strain of the nefarious Glupteba malware that uses the Bitcoin blockchain to ensure it remains dangerous. TrendMicro’s latest blog details the previously undocumented variant which is capable of invading systems to mine Monero cryptocurrency and steal sensitive browser...

Roku wants to simplify home audio, but there are too many options already
2019-09-04

Roku’s soundbar with built-in streaming could be great, but Sonos, Apple, and Google all have big head starts on the audio side. Back in January 2018, Roku announced a grand vision for parlaying its streaming TV success into a broader home entertainment platform. The plan was to power not just smart TVs and...

Facebook is getting very, very good at faking your face
2019-09-04

But just how “real” is it? Five years ago, Mark Zuckerberg stated in no uncertain terms that Facebook was going to build the metaverse, a digital world that’s a surrogate for our real one, predicted by science fiction for decades. That’s why he bought Oculus, and invested heavily in VR....

How Android 10 is making your phone more private and secure
2019-09-04

Google released Android 10 last night to all Pixel phones. The update brings some nifty features like system-wide dark mode, a new gesture navigation system, and smart replies in notifications. But the release is actually focused on privacy and security upgrades; let’s take a closer look at what’s under the hood....

Facebook now asks for consent to scan your photos (but only on new accounts)
2019-09-04

Facebook today announced it’d be rolling out its facial recognition settings to everyone — and that and that it’d be turned off by default for new users. Anyone who doesn’t already have this setting will be able to notified and asked if they want to turn it on. The new Face Recognition setting will replace...

Android 10 is out on Pixel phones and more – here’s how to get it
2019-09-03

Android 10 has finally landed, despite my reservations that it’s not named after a dessert. After several betas introducing everything from new gestures (again) to chat bubbles to a more pervasive dark theme, Google‘s latest OS update is rolling out to Pixel devices and a few others right now. Though rollouts are...

Now is a good time to check your Facebook face recognition settings
2019-09-03

Facebook has once again updated its policy regarding the collection of face data. It’s as confusing as ever, but at least you have some control. Yes, Facebook is changing how face recognition works on its service. And no, it still isn’t doing enough to respect users’ privacy.Read Full Story

Watch: Sledgehammer-wielding goons jack $300k in goods from two Apple Stores
2019-09-03

Six people broke into two Australian Apple Stores early this morning, making off with nearly $300,000 worth of products. The group, according to a Facebook post by the Western Australia Police Force, used a sledgehammer to gain entry to both stores. The first attempt was an unsuccessful one. After smashing the front...

Eighteen-year-old Harrison McNeill made bean jokes on Twitter for fun. Now it’s his job
2019-09-03

Why Bush’s Beans hired a college freshman who ran a meme account to be its Brand Twitter Harrison McNeill started his @goodbeanjokes Twitter account in 2018 while on spring break from the 11th grade.Read Full Story

These YouTubers used Google Maps to find the world’s longest possible footpath. It’s a doozy
2019-09-03

If you’ve ever wondered how far on Earth you could possibly travel between two points by foot, this popular scientific YouTube channel has got the answer for you. What: A video tracing the longest possible distance a person could hypothetically walk on the Earth’s surface.Read Full Story

Bitcoin dominance exceeds 70% for the first time since March 2017 — but that doesn’t mean shit
2019-09-03

Bitcoin‘s market capitalization has exceeded 70 percent of the total cryptocurrency market for the first time since March 2017 — when it was worth just $1,000 per coin. This metric is commonly referred to as its “dominance.” It’s a rather simple estimate that’s typically used to show how popular...

Samsung will reportedly launch a foldable luxury clamshell next year
2019-09-03

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold phone is set to launch this month. However, there are rumors suggesting the company might be working on a second luxury foldable already. According to a report by Bloomberg, the Korean tech giant is working on a clamshell phone which folds inwards. The report notes that the device will have a...

CHEAP: A Google Pixel 3 for $499 is a tasty deal... FEED ME
2019-09-03

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! If you ask any tech reviewer about top camera phones out there, almost every one of them will mention Google’s Pixel 3. While other phones rely on two, three, or even four cameras, the search giant’s phone banks on a single...

Surveillance campaign targeting Uyghur Muslims affected not just iOS, but Android too
2019-09-03

The malware campaign targeting the Uyghur Muslim minority in China’s autonomous region of Xinjiang may have been more extensive than previously thought. According to a new report published by Washington, DC-based cybersecurity firm Volexity, the community has been been at the receiving end of a large-scale...

Facebook is testing hiding like counts from users
2019-09-03

The move could severely damage egos everywhere. Jane Manchun Wong, the researcher and developer who first discovered that Instagram was testing a feature that would hide a photo’s number of likes from other users, has now made another discovery that is sure to strike terror in the hearts of influencers...

Facebook to test removing the ‘like’ counter from posts
2019-09-03

Facebook is finally testing a much-needed change to its social network – hiding Like counts on posts. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong posted this development with screenshots on Twitter. Wong’s post suggests the social network is testing this feature in its Android app. However, the feature isn’t live for any...

Facebook is testing removing like count from its post
2019-09-03

Facebook is finally testing a much-needed change to its social network – hiding Like counts on posts. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong posted this development with screenshots on Twitter. Wong’s post suggests the social network is testing this feature in its Android app. However, the feature isn’t live for any...

Tesla owners reportedly got locked out of their cars because the app was down
2019-09-03

Connected things are wonderful until they fail on you. Numerous Tesla owners allegedly experienced this today as they got locked out of the car because the app was apparently down for maintenance. Several users took Twitter to pour out their agony. Some of them were logged out of the app and weren’t able to use it...

XKCD forum goes offline after discovery of data leak affecting 562K members
2019-09-02

XKCD forum, the bulletin board associated with the popular webcomic XKCD, has been taken offline after personal information of more than 562,000 members was exposed online. According to security researcher Troy Hunt, the breach occurred two months ago (on July 1 2019). The compromised data has been added to breach...

Byte Me #7: TNW’s Lady Bits has a new name!
2019-09-02

Welcome back to… Byte Me! Confused? Due to some copyright issues, we had to rename. But we love OUR new name, and nothing else has changed — this is still our feminist newsletter that makes everyone mad <3 Each month, our gloriously talented designer, Saïna, illustrates a shitty comment or tweet we...

8 Tips for a Thriving Design Career
2019-09-02

Let’s make one thing clear; you won’t get very far as a graphic designer if you do not possess the skills needed to thrive. This includes the creative imagination. Whether you’re starting your career in design or have decades of experience under your belt, it’s imperative that you keep developing. After...

Moonday Mornings: North Korea denies earning $2B by hacking cryptocurrency exchanges and banks
2019-09-02

If you’re reading this, that means we successfully lured you into clicking our Bitcoin-related headline. Sucked in. What it really means, though, is that you and I have now entered into a (rather loose) social contract. It demands you are provided with enough interesting cryptocurrency tidbits so that you don’t...

iPhone spyware campaign reportedly targeted Uyghur Muslims for 2 years
2019-09-02

The data-stealing iPhone exploits detailed by Google last week may been used for state-sponsored campaigns targeting the Uyghur Muslim minority in China‘s autonomous region of Xinjiang. “The websites were part of a campaign to target the religious group by infecting an iPhone with malicious code simply by visiting...

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