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Venus and Serena Williams take on Mario Tennis for charity

Facebook Gaming today revealed the latest event in its campaign to be a virtual tennis tournament starring various celebrities and real-life tennis stars. If you’ve ever wanted to see Maria Sharapova try her hand at Mario Tennis (yes, really), well your time has finally come. The biggest names in tennis are grabbing...

2020-04-30
Facebook just made it easy to copy images to Google Photos — here’s how

Facebook today made it easy for users in the US and Canada to transfer their images and videos to Google Photos. The tool was first introduced last year in certain parts of the world, but this is the first time it’s arriving stateside. The process is quite simple. On the desktop log into your Facebook account and...

2020-04-30
15 simple tips to get better search results on Google

The average internet user conducts three to four Google searches per day. Most of those queries simply consist of one or more terms — but many people don’t know there’s a smarter way to search. Specifically, one that makes use of advanced search operators. Now that might sound a bit technical, but it’s a...

2020-04-30
Andrew Cuomo’s PowerPoints are endearingly primitive, so this designer redid them

Pentagram partner Giorgia Lupi takes a crack at redesigning the PowerPoint presentations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo features in his daily press briefings. There probably aren’t many people who would say they have the hots for information design. But the data-rich PowerPoints that New York Governor...

2020-04-30
Amid virus-era messaging boom, LinkedIn rolls out new chat features

LinkedIn’s communications features used to resemble email. Now the company is retooling them into a faster mobile messaging experience. Workers are dealing with disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis in any number of ways. According to data from LinkedIn, one of them is by sending an increased number of...

2020-04-30
Twitter Q1 2020 earnings: mDAU growth explodes thanks to ‘global conversation related to the COVID-19 pandemic’

Twitter delivers its strongest ever year-over-year mDAU growth, but earning per share disappoints. Twitter has just announced its Q1 earnings for fiscal 2020. In the run-up to the results, there was much uncertainty around the social media company’s numbers considering last month Twitter withdrew its original...

2020-04-30
Shopping malls were dying before COVID-19. Imagine them postpandemic

A new projection says 50% of malls anchored by department stores could close by the end of 2021. The Great American Mall. Most of us know it as the gleaming postmodern shopping temple of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, pillared by mighty department stores, where worshippers laid their wallets on the...

2020-04-30
How the Broadway-bound ‘Sing Street’ reinvented itself as a Facebook Live Zoom revue

Part Zoom call, part musical revue, ‘Sing Street: Grounded’ delivers a fun, unique piece of virtual theater. When New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced the suspension of all Broadway theater performances back on March 11, the young cast of the upcoming musical Sing Street were two weeks away from...

2020-04-30
‘To All the Boys’ author Jenny Han thinks outside the representation box

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ elevated Jenny Han’s career—and the discussion around inclusive storytelling, which, for some, can be a double-edged sword. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,...

2020-04-30
Facebook sees a big jump in users during lockdowns, but advertising takes a hit

Your suspicions were correct. More people are using Facebook services as coronavirus lockdowns keep us trapped indoors. Your suspicions were correct. More people have been logging on to Facebook services as coronavirus lockdowns have kept us all trapped indoors, but the company’s advertising business—how...

2020-04-29
Spending more time with your dog? These 12 ingenious toys and accessories will make both your lives happier

Your quarantine best buddy deserves the best treats and toys during these unusual times. Across the nation (and even the world), animal shelters and adoption centers are empty, thanks to a massive boom in folks reaching out to bring four-legged friends home. Petfinder (the online pet adoption platform) saw a 116...

2020-04-29
Facebook’s teaching AI to lie like a human

Facebook AI researchers today announced Blender, a set of state-of-the-art open-source chatbot models. These new models are supposed to be “more human” than previous iterations and provide more robust conversations. Based on early indications it appears to be as good as or better than competing bots from Google...

2020-04-29
Amazon spent $10 million on blacklisted surveillance tech from China

Amazon bought $10 million worth of temperature-checking cameras from a blacklisted company accused of assisting China in its human rights abuses against Muslim minorities, Reuters reports citing sources familiar with the matter. The ecommerce giant reportedly purchased 1,500 cameras from China’s Zhejiang Dahua...

2020-04-29
Zoom and Houseparty have a rare chance to beat Big Tech at video chat

Amid the pandemic, the video chat upstarts have capitalized on an opportunity to challenge Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. There are a lot of ways to gauge the sudden success of video chat apps during the coronavirus pandemic. One would involve looking at the iOS App Store, where Zoom is ranked number one in the...

2020-04-29
Google’s decision to make Meet free for all isn’t charity — it’s effective marketing

Google surely knows how to capitalize on the string of security nightmares Zoom has been dealing with and the recent coronavirus-induced work-from-home situation. The Mountain View giant announced it’s making its video conferencing service Google Meet free for everyone for the time being. The video call tool will...

2020-04-29
Good design should be inclusive and accessible — but what’s the difference?

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint’ program here. What does someone who’s hard of hearing, someone with a severe ear infection, and a commuter on a packed subway who forgot their earphones have in common? They would all...

2020-04-29
This AI-driven meme generator delivers the avant-garde content you need

I’m going to solve some pretty big things here for you. First off, memes are art. Secondly, computers are capable of creating art. How do I know this? Easy — because of this AI-driven meme generator. God, that was smooth. Anyway, the folks over at Imgflip created something called This Meme Does Not Exist, a...

2020-04-29
Big Tech neglected video chat. Now, Zoom and Houseparty are thriving

Amid the pandemic, the video chat upstarts have capitalized on a rare opportunity to beat Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. There are a lot of ways to gauge the sudden success of video chat apps during the coronavirus pandemic. One would involve looking at the iOS App Store, where Zoom is ranked number one in the...

2020-04-29
This mega-bundle can get any new entrepreneur up to speed on digital marketing 

The Complete Digital Marketing for Beginners Bundle ($44.99, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) is a smart place to start for anyone ready to tackle the full gamut of what commerce in 2020 on the web really looks like. 

2020-04-29
How Alison Roman cooks up viral recipes, from #TheCookies to #TheStew

Chef and writer Alison Roman cooks up food (and content) millennials can’t stop sharing. Alison Roman’s salted butter and chocolate chunk cookies are so famous, they’re known merely as #thecookies on social media. Search Instagram, and you’ll find thousands of posts of the flat-topped...

2020-04-29
Chef and cookbook author Alison Roman shares her essential kitchen gadgets

Here are the cooking tools that the creator of The Stew, The Cookies, and The Pasta can’t live without. Chef, cookbook author, and writer Alison Roman’s viral recipes, first published in the New York Times and Bon Appetit, have inspired a frenzy of social media posts with hashtags including #thecookies,...

2020-04-29
Elon Musk goes on privileged Trump-esque anti-lockdown Twitter spree

It’s easy for billionaires to scream their heads off demanding lockdowns end because they won’t have to risk their lives working alongside employees who generate the wealth for their businesses. Elon Musk has kicked off the morning by engaging in a very Trump-esque rant against the lockdown that is...

2020-04-29
How to set a shutdown timer for your Mac

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 grew up loving the shutdown timer feature on my TV. With the ridiculous amounts of television I consumed, I often struggled to doze off unless I had the noise of some late-night...

2020-04-29
Want to use Google Meet instead of Zoom? Now you can—for free

As COVID-19 stokes a worldwide need for videoconferencing, Google introduces a freebie tier for the enterprise-strength service once known as Hangouts. If you find yourself leading a meaningful percentage of your life these days via videoconference rather than in person—and you probably do—you’ve...

2020-04-29
Google is shutting down another social network you’ve never heard of

Google is winding down Shoelace, a hyperlocal social networking app it launched last July to help people find others nearby to join them in activities like sports and attending shows. The company said it’ll close down Shoelace servers on May 12. The service was available only in New York City, and was an experiment...

2020-04-29
8 tech stocks trading at an all-time high during the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has left a serious dent in the stock market, but not all industries have been hit hard. In fact, three of the eleven different industries represented in the S&P 500 index have already recovered: information technology, consumer staples, and health care. MIT alum Calvin French-Owen...

2020-04-29
Google reveals how the pandemic is hitting its bottom line with a ‘significant slowdown’ in ad revenue

Here’s our first look at Google since the WHO declared a pandemic. Google’s parent company shared its first-quarter earnings report today, its first since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed businesses to slash the money they spend...

2020-04-28
9 tech stocks trading at an all-time high during the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has left a serious dent in the stock market, but not all industries have been hit hard. In fact, three of the eleven different industries represented in the S&P 500 index have already recovered: information technology, consumer staples, and health care. MIT alum Calvin French-Owen...

2020-04-28
Let’s take a moment to celebrate an unsung hero of the quarantine—your couch

Artist Max Siedentopf crowdsources photos of people under lockdown to create the world’s longest couch. Enjoy it—from the comfort of your couch. Millions of us are stuck at home with nowhere to go and no one to see. Our home has become our work, our school, and our recreational space. And by proxy, the...

2020-04-28
How deep learning can improve how we conduct scientific research

Whether we take it for granted or not, deep learning algorithms have become an inseparable part of our daily lives. Personalized feeds, face and voice recognition, web search, smart speakers, digital assistants, email, and many other applications that we can’t part ways with using deep learning algorithms under...

2020-04-28
Holy sheet: How to create QR codes with Google Sheets

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. QR codes are a handy tool to bridge the offline with the online. Whether it’s to redirect an offline advertising campaign’s audience to your online destination, or to track your...

2020-04-28
What is a mask valve, and why are cities banning them?

Valves will keep you more comfortable, but endanger those around you. In some states and major cities, it’s now mandatory to wear a mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That mask could be anything from a handkerchief to a designer cotton mask to a full-blown N95 respirator, so long as you have...

2020-04-28
4 ways to help your teams combat burnout during the pandemic

Humu CEO and former Google exec Laszlo Block: “The odds have never been higher that your people will soon start to feel overwhelmed and stretched thin.” Your team has never been more at risk of burning out.Read Full Story

2020-04-28
Bored in quarantine? Here’s why that’s a good thing

Science tells us that boredom has a major upside, you just need to understand how best to tap into it. What causes boredom? Is boredom a serious problem, or a #firstworld problem? Should we worry about being bored, and try to avoid it? Is there a simple way to turn our boredom into productive activities? Is...

2020-04-28
This new app from Shopify helps people find and shop from local businesses

As Amazon’s chokehold on Main Street increases, Shopify’s new Shop app aims to support local businesses by connecting them with nearby customers. In the 47 days my family has been homebound (but who’s counting?), we’ve felt it is our civic responsibility to support the local stores in our...

2020-04-28
Twitter is winding down its SMS-based system for delivering tweets

Twitter is shutting down its service that let you use the social network over text messages. Twitter was originally built in mind keeping 140 character limit of text messages. So, it even built on top of SMS in 2010. Last year, Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked, and folks behind it used Twitter via SMS feature to...

2020-04-28
SEO for StartUps: 5 Ways To Up Your Rankings

These 5 basic SEO methods will see your site ranking higher for your target keywords as soon as search engines index your changes. Remember - content is king!

2020-04-28
[NEW] JUST Branding Podcast with Jacob Cass & Matt Davies + RAFFLE!

The JUST Branding Podcast, hosted by Jacob Cass & Matt Davies, is the only podcast dedicated to helping designers & entrepreneurs grow brands. It JUST Launched!

2020-04-28
Review: Google’s new Pixel Buds mean Android finally has a proper AirPods rival

Google‘s original Pixel Buds, its first attempt at challenging Apple’s AirPods, was less than successful. Though I personally had a soft spot for their unique design and loved the (at the time) unique Google Assistant integration, several significant flaws made them difficult to recommend. They weren’t fully...

2020-04-27
This funny Twitter account rates celebrities’ videoconferencing rooms

Meryl Streep, your shelf is looking a little bare. And Jake Gyllenhaal, why do you look like you’re in a hostage situation? An unintended consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: silently judging everyone’s home.Read Full Story

2020-04-27
Microsoft reportedly plans to invest in India’s payments giant Paytm

Microsoft might be looking to pump some money in India’s payment sector through a potential investment in the country’s fintech giant Paytm. According to a report from the Economic Times, Paytm is looking to add an extended $100 million to its series-G round worth $1 billion, which was announced last year. A...

2020-04-27
Facebook-backed Reliance Jio pilots basic grocery ordering service on WhatsApp in India

Less than a week ago, Facebook announced it was investing $5.7 billion into India’s largest mobile carrier, Reliance Jio. We now have an idea of how the two giants plan to collaborate: The latter’s ecommerce arm, JioMart, is now testing a system for WhatsApp users to order goods via the messaging service. The...

2020-04-27
WhatsApp sees 70% drop in ‘viral message’ forwards after applying limits

Earlier this month, WhatsApp rolled out a new feature to limit forwards to only one contact at a time. The idea was to reduce the spread of misinformation spread on the app amid the coronavirus crisis. After announcing the feature, the company says this move has already had a positive impact on its service, in just...

2020-04-27
30 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Calendar could do

Upgrade your agenda with this cornucopia of advanced options, shortcuts, and features for Google Calendar. If there’s one digital tool I rely on as much as Gmail, it’s Google Calendar.Read Full Story

2020-04-27
The coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t legitimize permanent surveillance after the crisis

In Shoshana Zuboff’s 2019 book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, she recalls the response to the launch of Google Glass in 2012. Zuboff describes public horror, as well as loud protestations from privacy advocates who were deeply concerned that the product’s undetectable recording of people and places...

2020-04-26
We could turn out-of-use school buses into low-cost mobile COVID test labs

Designers have made a simple kit that makes a conversion easy. “It’s almost like the Ikea for COVID testing.” In some parking lots across the U.S., long lines of cars now wait each day for drive-through coronavirus tests. But for people who don’t own cars—who often live in the...

2020-04-25
5 tips you can use to land an internship during the COVID-19 crisis

Jon Schlesinger, director of the career center at Brandeis University, offers five tips for students who are searching for internships or haven’t yet started internships that they’ve secured. Editor’s Note: Even though unemployment has reached a record high due to business closures and social...

2020-04-25
Andrew Yang renews calls for UBI after latest stimulus package fails to provide direct payments

Universal basic income was the centerpiece of Yang’s presidential platform. Now, a lot more people see it as a good idea. Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and his supporters see a pivotal failing with the $484 billion stimulus bill supplement signed today by President Trump. The plan...

2020-04-24

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