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This German town replicated itself in VR to keep its tourism alive

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News....

2020-05-31
The fans guide to the healing Instagram “battle” between Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond, featuring TD Jakes

With everything going on right now, a gospel Verzuz will be a welcome relief. A lot has happened in the world since we experienced the last two Verzuz battles over Memorial Day Weekend. Beenie Man and Bounty Killer kicked the weekend off, and 112 versus Jagged Edge finished it up last Monday.Read Full Story

2020-05-31
7 strategies to design landing pages that convert in 2020

Did you know we have an online conference about product design coming up? SPRINT will cover how designers and product owners can stay ahead of the curve in these unprecedented times. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” While getting people to visit a website is important, what businesses...

2020-05-31
Social media isn’t a one-size-fits-all marketplace. This training explains it all

TLDR: The courses in The 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle explain how to launch effective digital campaigns to drive sales on all the top social media platforms. There’s more to being a social media expert than logging into Facebook every day or making sure you’re keeping a close eye on...

2020-05-30
With a single click, Word Pigeon turns a Google Doc into WordPress website content

TLDR: Word Pigeon cleans up content creation by turning a Google Doc into a WordPress website post with just one mouse click. WordPress is usually a godsend for most people looking to build and maintain their own website. Its drag-and-drop simplicity and truckloads of customization options make it easy for almost...

2020-05-30
These ‘self-driving’ shared scooters will automatically return to base after each use

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. A...

2020-05-30
Employee resource groups help strengthen connection in times of uncertainty

LinkedIn’s VP of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging says, “Uncertainty provides an opportunity to build new relationships, to support each other in transcending these challenging moments.” If there is a silver lining of this challenging time, it’s that it’s given many of us...

2020-05-30
Trump vs. Twitter: Is there a silver lining in the Section 230 fight?

Stripping tech platforms of liability protection could unleash a new wave of innovation, argues Bradley Tusk. There are a lot of words being thrown around in the fight between Twitter and President Donald Trump. Bias. Censorship. Responsibility. Liability. Interference. Immunity. But there’s one word not being...

2020-05-29
Social Media Influencers: How to Find, Evaluate and Work with Social Media Influencers

If you are building out an influencer program, or already have one in place, and you are working (or intend to) work with social media influencers, you need to read this guide. There’s a very good reason why Google trends shows massive growth in search traffic for influencer marketing. And later on we’ll show you...

2020-05-29
Hush, Trump. Twitter is going easy on you.

Twitter has finally used its design to flag Trump’s unfactual hate speech. And contrary to the president’s claims, it’s using a soft touch. For the past four years, Trump has enjoyed free rein on Twitter. Any musing, however racist or threatening, has been treated with diplomatic immunity. Trump...

2020-05-29
Sony announces a PlayStation 5 reveal — here’s what to expect

After months of trickling out information about the PlayStation 5, Sony‘s finally putting on a show. Specifically, it’s going to reveal some of the games that’ll be available on its new console. It’s likely not going to be a console reveal, but at least it’s something. Join us Thursday, June 4 at 1:00pm...

2020-05-29
Google’s Android Studio 4.0 is a major upgrade for the app development tool

Google has launched Android Studio 4.0, adding a host of new features to the app development environment. The most eye-catching of the upgrades is a souped-up Motion Editor, Android’s interface for creating MotionLayout animations in apps. In previous versions of Android Studio, developers had to manually create...

2020-05-29
As COVID-19 misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice

Misinformation targeting citizens who vote based on their pandemic response may force Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to police political content. Researchers watching the constant swirl of COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation say that it’s about to become very political. That may pose a problem for...

2020-05-29
How social distancing could make public transportation more bike-friendly

Can socially distant transportation design make it easier than ever to incorporate cycling into your commute? The designers at PriestmanGoode reckon so. As people return to work, transit systems will need to do a better job of supporting bike ridership, which has already grown substantially across Europe and, to a...

2020-05-29
Here’s how to see if you’re eligible for a free Google Nest Mini

You only have until June 30—but supplies could run out before then. When you think of a smart speaker, you probably think “Amazon Echo.” However, a close competitor of the Echo is Google’s Nest Mini—and now Google is giving the diminutive smart speaker away for free if you’re...

2020-05-29
Can Jot’s coffee concentrate make you forget about that $5 latte? Here’s what our editors say

We gave Jot Ultra Coffee to three of our editors to see if it lives up to its promise of delivering barista-worthy drinks at home. Jot’s timing is impeccable. The startup burst onto the scene with its Ultra Coffee concentrate at the exact moment that coffee-shop denizens found themselves shut out of their...

2020-05-29
YouTube Premium and Google Play Music users: Here’s how to get your free Nest Mini

You only have until June 30—but supplies could run out before then. When you think of a smart speaker, you probably think “Amazon Echo.” However, a close competitor of the Echo is Google’s Nest Mini—and now Google is giving the diminutive smart speaker away for free if you’re...

2020-05-29
Google releases free AR tool to help you social distance in the COVID-19 age

The tool, called “Sodar” (get it? Social distancing radar), allows a user to projects an augmented reality circle around them with a six-foot radius. If there’s one phrase we’ve heard more than any other this year it’s probably “social distance.” The phrase refers to...

2020-05-29
Popeyes ditches its goofy branding for a buttoned-up new look

How Popeyes’ chicken sandwich, a Twitter feud, and a global expansion led to a new brand identity. Popeyes might not have the brand recognition of Burger King or McDonald’s, but some would argue it has something even better: a killer sandwich. After starting the #ChickenSandwichWars last August...

2020-05-29
As health misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice

Misinformation targeting citizens who vote based on pandemic response may force Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to police political content. Researchers watching the constant swirl of COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation say that it’s about to become very political. That may pose a problem for platforms...

2020-05-29
Google Maps data shows which European countries took lockdown most seriously

A substantial part of humanity is slowly emerging from weeks of lockdown. What we have experienced is truly rare: a real global threat, menacing to all wherever we lived. But how did humanity respond to this pandemic? Did people consistently stay at home as most governments asked them to? And if they didn’t, where...

2020-05-29
Chrome moves to automatically block abusive notification requests

You won’t have to endure annoying notification popups from random sites when using Chrome for much longer. Google has announced it’s cracking down on sites that abuse notifications starting from Chrome 84, which will drop on July 14. Sites with intrusive notifications and permission requests will be filtered under...

2020-05-29
This new Twitter bot has Asian front-line workers responding directly to COVID-19 racism

The new Respond2Racism bot, created by the ad agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners, aims to fight hate with empathy and education. Back in April, COVID-19-related racism hit Maria Lee’s family. Both her mom and her brother were targeted, outside a grocery store and on a walk in the park. The Korean-Canadian...

2020-05-29
Twitter hides Trump’s latest tweet about George Floyd because it ‘glorifies violence’

Commenting on and liking the tweet in question are also disabled, which is sure to draw Trump’s ire. In a move that is sure to escalate Trump’s ire at Twitter, the social media company has hidden one of the president’s tweets from view for the first time ever. The move comes just a day after Trump...

2020-05-29
Twitter hides Trump’s Minnesota tweet, saying it ‘glorifies violence’

Twitter has just hidden US President Donald Trump‘s tweet about the situation in Minnesota, saying it “glorified violence.” The company didn’t delete the tweet as it thought “it may be in the public interest for the tweet to remain accessible.” In the tweet, Trump was addressing civil unrest...

2020-05-29
How to avoid stereotypes when designing for global markets

Did you know we have an online conference about product design coming up? SPRINT will cover how designers and product owners can stay ahead of the curve in these unprecedented times.  Hello, Bonjour, Hola, 你好, Guten Tag, こんにちは, Привет, Merhaba, Jó Napot, Здраво! Designers at global...

2020-05-29
Twitter now lets you schedule tweets — here’s how

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. Earlier this month, we reported that Twitter is rolling out a ‘schedule tweet’ option to some users. Now, the social network is making the feature available for all desktop...

2020-05-29
How to start a Google Meet session from Gmail

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. Google has added a feature to Gmail that went missing with the death of Hangouts: namely, the ability for anyone to start a Meet video call right from your inbox. Here’s how it...

2020-05-29
Trump’s new executive order is a ‘mugging of the First Amendment,’ says Sen. Wyden

The senator who wrote Section 230 weighs in on the president’s executive order, which attacks social media platforms by aiming to reduce legal protections for the content their users post. Trump signed an executive order Thursday that could take away social media companies’ current exemption from civil...

2020-05-29
Donald Trump is threatening to punish Twitter. Here’s why everyone should take this seriously

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday afternoon declaring social media companies to be broadcasters (as opposed to carriers). While the exact language of the EO has yet to be revealed, an alleged draft has circulated on social media throughout the day. If what we’re seeing is...

2020-05-28
President Trump signs executive order targeting social media after Twitter feud

The president threatened to “strongly regulate, or close them down” on Wednesday. President Trump signed a retaliatory executive order on Thursday after vowing to take “big action” against Twitter.Read Full Story

2020-05-28
Instagram finally offers creators a chance to get paid

Instagram today revealed that, at long last, it’s rolling out a few ways for its creators to earn money directly from their posts. The platform is currently testing both ads for IGTV and a subscription service for those who use Instagram Live. It’s a start, at least. Ads on IGTV have been in the works for a few...

2020-05-28
Google Maps makes it easier to share your location with Plus Codes — no address required

When you need to give someone your location, you usually point them to an address. Here in NYC, you often point them to an intersection instead. But sometimes an address is just difficult to find — or you don’t have one at all. For those purposes, Google introduced Plus codes five years ago, allowing you to share...

2020-05-28
Why Twitter finally decided to label Trump’s tweets as misinformation

The social media company is finally responding to public outcry—but still won’t go so far as to delete one of Trump’s tweets. In a landmark action, Twitter has for the first time attached independent fact-checking information directly to two tweets from President Donald Trump. The...

2020-05-28
Facebook’s Zuckerberg backs Trump over Dorsey in Twitter fact-check feud

Zuckerberg told Fox News that social media companies shouldn’t be the “arbiters of truth.” Yesterday President Trump unloaded a string of attacks on social media companies in response to Twitter issuing its first-ever fact-check on one of his tweets. That tweet by the president claimed,...

2020-05-28
Head of Google for Startups Jewel Burks Solomon cried reading ‘Just Mercy’

Jewel Burks Solomon, head of Google for Startups, shares the books that inspire her. 1. The Four Agreements, Don Miguel RuizRead Full Story

2020-05-28
Janet Mock is ready to take over your TV screen

With mega-producer Ryan Murphy as her mentor, Janet Mock has worked on ‘Pose,’ ‘The Politician,’ and ‘Hollywood.’ But now she’s ready to step out on her own. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation on Apple Podcasts,...

2020-05-28
How to customize your Gmail in real time with Google’s quick settings menu

Google now lets you tweak the look and feel of your Gmail inbox in real time. Here’s how. Google is shaking up Gmail’s clumsy customization options on the web with a new “quick settings menu” that’s rolling out now to free users and some business accounts.Read Full Story

2020-05-27
Exclusive: Time’s Up releases guide to prioritizing diversity during COVID-19

With this practical guide, Time’s Up wants to help business leaders double down on their commitments to equity and inclusion—even during a pandemic. Since March, there have been endless predictions from futurists and Twitter pundits alike on how the coronavirus could shape the future of work,...

2020-05-27
Just putting it out there: It’s embarrassing to exist on LinkedIn

In this column, “Just putting this out there…,” we write about the odd ways we engage with tech and the unpopular opinions we form about it. You can read the rest of the articles in this series here. I’m not all that active on social media. I barely tweet, and I’m rarely serious when I do. I still use a...

2020-05-27
UK cities trial ‘red carpet’ crosswalks to reduce pedestrian accidents

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. The...

2020-05-27
How do marketers actually connect with a post-COVID audience? This might help

TLDR: With The Complete Digital Content Marketing Mastery Bundle, learn who to turn social media, Google, emails and even Zoom into major brand builders and money makers. As the U.S. cautiously starts to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the consumer casualties of the economic plunge caused by the virus...

2020-05-27
Trump threatens to ‘strongly regulate’ or close down social media companies altogether

The move comes after Twitter labeled a recent Trump tweet about mail-in voting as false. President Trump is on the warpath this morning. His latest target? Twitter, and all other social media companies. In an early-morning tweet, Trump decried social media platforms, saying Republicans feel they “totally...

2020-05-27
7 changes to make your LinkedIn profile if you’ve been laid off

Think twice about the mass update, and other advice from career coaching experts. When Alejna Kalavik got a calendar invitation from a senior-level executive for a meeting with HR in 15 minutes on May 11, she had a good idea of what was about to happen. Her role as a senior account executive at New York City-based...

2020-05-27
From massive hats to rattan cages: Fashion gets a socially distanced makeover

Stay 6 feet away in style. After months of social distancing, many of us have had just about enough. It’s no fun being 6 feet apart from our friends and family. But this moment is sparking creativity in some fashion designers, inspiring them to reimagine garments that have some fun even from a distance.Read...

2020-05-27
Everything you need to know about artificial neural networks

Welcome to Neural Basics, a collection of guides and explainers to help demystify the world of artificial intelligence. One of the most influential technologies of the past decade is artificial neural networks, the fundamental piece of deep learning algorithms, the bleeding edge of artificial intelligence. You can...

2020-05-27
Facebook reportedly knew its algorithms promoted extremist groups, but did nothing

Facebook has long struggled with controlling extremist content on its platform. From the 2016 US elections, when Russians were able to manipulate American voters through polarizing ads, to propaganda that spread through the social network and led to violence in Myanmar. A new report by Jeff Horwitz and Deepa...

2020-05-27
YouTube removed phrase critical of Chinese government due to AI error

For the last few weeks, users have noticed that particular Chinese expressions have been automatically removed from YouTube comments. After rampant speculation about why Google would want these phrases — both of which are critical of the Chinese government — to be banned, it now claims it was an error by its...

2020-05-26

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