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Instagram’s decision to hide photoshopped images is a disservice to art

In a controversial turn of events, Instagram has begun hiding photoshopped images on its platform — even in the case of creative uses. San Francisco-based photographer Toby Harriman was scrolling through his Instagram feed when he suddenly spotted a post flagged for “False Information,” PetaPixel writes. It was...

2020-01-15
The iconic white T-shirt gets a 21st-century redesign

Instagrammers rejoice: A face filter for your clothes is here. Instagram is well-known as the social media playground for fashion influencers. Most of the activity to date is seen with apparel designs the person is actually wearing, though—showing off a new purchase or favorite look. #ootd’s...

2020-01-15
Low-CO2 food labeling will be the next ‘low fat’ craze

Meat substitute Quorn is about to start labeling the carbon footprint of its foods. This could change the way we shop forever. Cheeseburgers may be delicious, but they have a terrible environmental footprint. Look away from the 660 gallons of water that a single, third-of-a-pound beef patty takes to produce, and...

2020-01-15
Bitcoin sextortionists target Google Nest cameras in latest campaign

Bitcoin-hungry criminals are targeting owners of Google Nest home security cameras in their latest sextortion campaign, Computer Weekly reports. Email cybersecurity company Mimecast says the campaign mostly targeted individuals in the US earlier this month. Kiri Addison, Mimecasts’s head of data science overwatch,...

2020-01-15
Microsoft is rolling out its Chromium-based Edge browser today

Microsoft is set to begin rolling out its new Chromium engine-based Edge browser to Windows 10 users today. The updated Edge browser brings support for Chrome extensions, user profiles, and faster web browsing. Once the update starts rolling out, all Windows users will eventually have to switch to the updated Edge...

2020-01-15
Jeff Bezos says Amazon will invest $1 billion in small businesses in India

At a company event in New Delhi today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the ecommerce giant is investing $1 billion to digitize small businesses in India. He added the company aims to export goods worth $10 billion by 2025 via the country’s ‘Make in India‘ program. The news comes just after the Competition...

2020-01-15
Instagram brings DMs to web — over 6 years after they arrived on mobile

Starting today, Instagram will be rolling out its Direct messaging system to its desktop site, meaning you can finally keep up with your conversations from your browser. After the feature has been in testing for what seems like forever, it’s good to see confirmation that it is actually on the way. For those of you...

2020-01-14
Let’s hope these key tech issues aren’t ignored on tonight’s less-diverse debate stage

Startup adviser and former Facebook counsel Bärí Williams wants the potential impact of automation on the working class, including black and brown people, to be addressed tonight. The boom and potential bust of the tech sector have taught us many things in recent years. First, every idea that includes an app...

2020-01-14
It is time to stop caring about Trump’s typos

Late-night hosts and Twitterers alike can’t resist making a meal out of every Trump typo. Here’s why they should. Nobody knows how covfefe happened or what it meant. The best guesses generally were “the president fell asleep mid-tweet” and “nothing.”Read Full Story

2020-01-14
Dive into a trove of France’s most famous art, now available for free

Paris Musées has digitized hundreds of thousands of paintings, photographs, and manuscripts for the public to enjoy—and use for commercial or noncommercial purposes. As it operates today, the World Wide Web exists as a bit of a misnomer. After all, news publications are obscured by paywalls, and Twitter...

2020-01-14
Indian court demands data relating to university violence from WhatsApp, Google

In a ruling today, the Delhi High Court has asked Google and WhatsApp to store and provide data to the police relating to attacks on students by masked goons at Jawaharlal Nehru University. On January 5, a bunch of masked attackers entered the New Delhi-based university and attacked students with rods and destroyed...

2020-01-14
It actually happened — Akon just founded his own crypto city in Africa

Akon really did it. He’s founded his own fucking city — Akon City — and cryptocurrency is reportedly set to power it. This is supposedly real. According to the rap star’s Twitter feed, an agreement between Akon and the country of Senegal has been finalized, which means that Akon City is officially here....

2020-01-14
Vantablack is the world’s blackest black. Get ready to see it everywhere

The floodgates are opening! The world will soon be full of products coated in the darkest color on the planet. Luxury watch brands are known for encasing timepieces in rare, beautiful materials, including diamonds, gold, and titanium. But a new product by Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie features a far newer...

2020-01-14
Two ways social networks could control toxic content

Ron Porat, CTO of L1ght, discusses why platforms are failing to keep their sites free of hate speech, harassment, and other inappropriate content and how to fix it. From headlines about YouTube allowing racist and homophobic harassment in the comments section to revelations that GIPHY is playing host to child...

2020-01-14
Grindr is sharing users’ sexual orientation and location data, says study

The data includes a Grindr user’s location, age, gender, and sexual orientation, which malicious individuals or parties could then use to identify and target LGBTQ people. The LGBTQ dating app Grindr has been caught sharing users’ sensitive data with thousands of ad partners, reports Bloomberg....

2020-01-14
Get ready for Vantablack, the world’s blackest black, to be everywhere

The floodgates are opening! The world will soon be full of products coated in the darkest color on the planet. Luxury watch brands are known for encasing timepieces in rare, beautiful materials, including diamonds, gold, and titanium. But a new product by Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie features a far newer...

2020-01-14
Vegan fast-food options: From Taco Bell to McDonald’s, Americans are at least searching

A new analysis of Google data shows searches in the United States with major fast-food chains alongside words like “vegan” and “vegetarian” are on the rise. Many fast-food chains have been slow to embrace the needs of vegan diners. Even when they do offer plant-based options, the results...

2020-01-14
Google topped app downloads in Q4 2019, but Facebook dominated the year

For the first time in five years, Google has snatched the reins from Facebook to become the world’s top publisher of mobile apps — sort of. In the last quarter of 2019, Google amassed close to 850 million downloads compared to Facebook‘s nearly 800 million, according to data from app intelligence monitor Sensor...

2020-01-14
Twitter is experimenting with new solutions to reduce toxicity

One of the biggest challenges Twitter has right now is to reduce abuse and bullying on its platform. Last week, the company’s head of product, Kayvon Beykpour, sat down with Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to discuss toxicity on the platform, the...

2020-01-14
It’s past time for interior designers to make climate commitments

Architects and landscape designers have pledged radical changes in how they work to help combat climate change. Interior designers need to follow suit—now, writes Studio O+A’s Verda Alexander. At a recent design panel I cohosted with Metropolis magazine, we talked about the fact that as designers, we...

2020-01-13
Oscars 2020: Still so white and unaware of any women directors

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the lack of women directors and only one person of color getting nominated in all four acting categories. Today is Oscar Nomination Day, and everyone is angry online. Again. (Well, except for Bong Joon-ho stans, who are excited to see him become the first-ever South Korean nominee...

2020-01-13
Sorry, Tom Hanks and Oprah: Americans think Amazon and Google are much more trustworthy

USPS, Amazon, Google, PayPal, The Weather Channel, and Chick-fil-A, are among the most trusted brands in America. This just in: Tom Hanks and Oprah have been trounced in a large-scale survey of trustworthiness by . . . Amazon and Google. Yes, Americans think giant tech companies are much more likely to “do the...

2020-01-13
Urban designers should focus on biodiversity to improve our mental well-being

Mental health in our cities is an increasingly urgent issue. Rates of disorders such as anxiety and depression are high. Urban design and planning can promote mental health by refocusing on spaces we use in our everyday lives in light of what research tells us about the benefits of exposure to nature and biodiversity....

2020-01-13
‘Total chaos’: How Trump’s Washington is killing the next generation of tech

When an Act of Congress becomes a miracle, cities and states start to take matters into their own hands. The result is a disaster for everyone. It’s impossible to read Twitter, watch CNN, or glance at YouTube these days and not feel bombarded by the thousand ways our federal government is failing us. From its...

2020-01-13

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