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How working from home is helping me design better products

When Dell sent most of its employees home, designer Falza Khanani needed to rethink how she did her job. It’s been a productive experience. Technical specifications are important considerations when purchasing technology, but let’s face it: Speeds and feeds don’t mean much if the product...

2020-06-30
This beach chair is so well designed, you’ll happily drop $200 on it

Sunflow gives the humble beach chair a major upgrade with the help of industrial designer Yves Behar. As the pandemic stretches into the summer, my family has been exploring beaches and ponds in the Boston area. Spending hours perched in the sand has underscored the importance of a good chair, which is surprisingly...

2020-06-30
Microsoft says you will need these skills after COVID, and it wants to help you get certified

The software giant is using LinkedIn data and learning to support and advance the careers of 25 million people around the world. Microsoft wants to help 25 million people around the world get better jobs by the end of this year. And by better, it means most in-demand now and post-pandemic.Read Full Story

2020-06-30
Need a referral for a job at Google or Facebook? That’ll be $50

Research has shown that recruiters often ignore almost everything on your application — except where it came from. Indeed, even though referrals account for only 6% of all applications, they result in more than a quarter of all hires. This is why people are asking friends of friends and even cold-messaging random...

2020-06-30
Google Photos won’t automatically back up your WhatsApp and Facebook images

Google Photos will no longer back up images and videos from folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — at least for the time being. Up until now, Photos did that by default, but that won’t be the case going forward. Indeed, users should soon see a notice about the change within the...

2020-06-30
If you haven’t used WordPress with Elementor and WooCommerce, you need this training

TLDR: Elementor and WooCommerce are making it easier than ever to build sites in WordPress — and this seven-course package explains it all. Despite their status as the far-and-away leading web content management system running a third of all websites on the internet, WordPress is not spending its reign resting on...

2020-06-30
How 3 sets of parents found childcare workarounds during COVID-19

From forming a “quaranteam” to enlisting family, parents share the temporary fixes that have helped them navigate working from home during extraordinary times. Since the pandemic hit, parents across the country have tried to do the impossible: working from home full-time while caring for their children...

2020-06-30
The Facebook ad boycott has to be indefinite to actually work

Unilever, Diageo, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, and other marketers ditching the social network is great PR, but there needs to be more to have any real impact. In the not-so immortal words of Supreme Leader Snoke, there has been an awakening—have you felt it?Read Full Story

2020-06-30
We can’t build customer strategies solely on algorithms — and the pandemic proves it

A friend told me the other day about an ad he saw on Facebook. In it, young people clad in an activewear company’s bikinis and shirts are seen frolicking on Rio’s crowded Ipanema Beach. “Unique vision of effortless lifestyle,” read the brand statement at the top. Talk about failing to read the room. Here is a...

2020-06-30
TikTok vanishes from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store in India following its ban

Last night, India banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Helo, and WeChat alleging that these apps steal data and send it to servers that are not located in India. Now, TikTok’s Android and iOS apps have disappeared from both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.  Bytedance’s other app Helo has also...

2020-06-30
Exclusive: Change.org to dedicate $6 million toward racial justice efforts

After withering criticism for soliciting donations on its petition for justice for George Floyd, the company is announcing new policies on what it does with its donations. The Change.org petitions calling for justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are two of the biggest in the company’s history,...

2020-06-30
Design legend Milton Glaser has died. See 7 of his greatest works

Plus one he would probably rather be forgotten. I met Milton Glaser only once, in 2016. But Milton Glaser being Milton Glaser—the energetic graphic designer, known for breaking 1960s formalism in advertising and creating the I :heart: NY logo—that was enough to give me a Milton Glaser story.Read Full...

2020-06-29
India bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and Helo

India has banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Shareit, Mi Video, and UC Browser amid tension between two countries.   BREAKING: Full statement from the Indian Govt’s Ministry of Electronics & IT. Statement says the apps are “engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of...

2020-06-29
Seoul’s startup and tech ecosystem is world class — here’s what you need to know

Seoul’s startup ecosystem is set to take on the tech world. The city is already home to 8,708 startups, 85 accelerators, and the country has a total of 10 unicorns (with the majority based in Seoul). In terms of IPOs, while most markets across the world have taken a hit during the pandemic, Seoul’s burgeoning...

2020-06-29
Bots and trolls control a shocking amount of online conversation

Even as a social media researcher, I underestimate the degree to which my opinion is shaped by trolls and bots. Here’s what you can do to guard against them. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram started out as a way to connect with friends, family, and people of interest. But anyone on...

2020-06-29
This startup is redesigning sex education for the Instagram era

Lessonbee’s scenario-based lessons are formatted as text messages between friends, making it part of a new class of tools that try to make health class more applicable for kids today. “At your age you’re going to have a lot of urges. You’re gonna want to take off your clothes and touch...

2020-06-29
These filmmakers turned their studio’s social media into a platform for Black Lives Matter

The writer-directors of the forthcoming movie ‘Antebellum’ took the reins of Lionsgate’s social feeds, educating and provoking their millions of follows about social justice. On June 13, Lionsgate, the studio behind such films as 3 From Hell and the John Wick and Saw franchises posted an image of...

2020-06-29
9 Best Macbook Pro Monitors in 2020

Every few years it seems Apple announces the release of the latest version of the Macbook Pro and people want to get the best tech they can to make their work look its best when being displayed from a laptop. With the recent announcement in May of the updated 13-inch Macbook Pro, we thought it would be a good time to...

2020-06-29
Best XP-Pen Tablets for Graphic Designers

XP-Pen is a celebrated maker of tablets and displays for graphic designers. With our list of the best options they offer, you can take your artwork to the next level.

2020-06-29
How to Build Brand Recognition with Great SEO

Top techniques to leverage SEO for increased brand awareness and recognition. Grow your leads and convert them into customers and loyal fans.

2020-06-29
9 Laws of Typography That Every App Designer Should Know

Optimise your app's design by following the 9 simple rules of typography that every app designer must know. Boost UX, look and feel, and functionality.

2020-06-28
Uber will soon let people in California book accessible minibus rides with public transit deal

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....

2020-06-27
Apple dictating countries’ contact-tracing app policies won’t help its EU anti-trust probe

There’s a growing problem with Apple’s role in the contact-tracing apps that countries are developing to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. This has been underlined by the UK’s announcement that its long-awaited NHSx app is being parked in favor of a different model recommended by Apple and Google. Apple is...

2020-06-27
I joined Parler, the right-wing echo chamber’s new favorite alt-Twitter

The “free speech” social network is a safe space to share memes and conspiracies, bash the libs and other targets, and complain about Jack Dorsey. Running an alternative social network is no easy feat in a world dominated by Facebook and Twitter. People just don’t see the benefit of going off to...

2020-06-27
Facebook will label politicians’ posts that violate its policies after all

Social media companies have always struggled to find the right balance between enabling free speech and while moderating inappropriate content. But since Donald Trump entered the White House, this debate has taken on a complicated new layer: Should private companies censor the President of the United States, even when...

2020-06-27
Unilever halts Facebook and Twitter ads in 2020, the biggest marketer yet to do so

The consumer goods giant becomes the biggest member of a growing coalition, joining Verizon, the North Face, Ben & Jerry’s, and many more. Now we’re talking.Read Full Story

2020-06-26
How designers tried to fix New York’s chaos throughout history, from blimps to hanging sidewalks

New York opens traffic-clogged streets to people during pandemic. It’s just the city’s latest redesign in times of dramatic change. On some normally congested New York City streets, cars are gone, replaced by diners tentatively returning to restaurants – though only outside – after months...

2020-06-26
Former Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario speaks out on the Facebook boycott and compassionate capitalism

Marcario spoke to Kara Swisher for a Lesbians Who Tech event about these issues and what her next move will be. Earlier this month, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario announced she would be stepping down from her leadership of the outdoor retailer. The move came as quite a shock to many, given that since joining the company...

2020-06-26
7 telling signs you’ve got a product/market fit

This article was originally published by Lenny Rachitsky as issue 25 of his newsletter. You can read the original piece here, and sign up to the newsletter here.  The only thing that matters is getting to product/market fit. — Marc Andreessen I’ve noticed that most people (including myself) have only a vague...

2020-06-26
Why ‘emotional engagement designer’ is the next big career opportunity

In an age of increasing digitalization, where user data mining is the new gold rush, there is a movement emerging for wider personalization in design. Large corporations like Google and Facebook have been able to collect millions of data points on all (un)registered users. This data is used to present close and...

2020-06-26
Where are all the Black designers? A bold new initiative demands answers

An estimated 3% of designers are Black. Mitzi Okou, cofounder of the new initiative Where Are the Black Designers? wants to change that. It seemed just about every company out there posted a black square on social media for a day of solidarity called #BlackoutTuesday in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The...

2020-06-26
‘Mark Zuckerberg is the biggest oligarch in the history of mankind’

The outspoken NYU professor Scott Galloway doesn’t mince words about our favorite social network and the government’s failure to regulate it. As the proliferation of misinformation and hate on social networks has grown during the pandemic and in advance of the 2020 election, NYU professor Scott Galloway...

2020-06-26
How COVID-19 contributed to an employee uprising at Facebook

For years, companies like Facebook have hidden behind a veil of neutrality by claiming they were just platforms for free speech. The coronavirus has shown employees just how flawed that position is. When I speak to current and former Facebook employees about the recent acts of defiance against Mark Zuckerberg, I hear...

2020-06-26
Google Pixel 4A might be ready for release — but is it though?

I’d given up hope that Google will launch its budget Pixel 4a phone soon. However, a new FCC filing suggests that the phone might be ready for prime time action after all. First spotted by sleuths at XDA Developers, this filing indicates that, as expected, this phone won’t have the Pixel 4’s motion-sensing Soli...

2020-06-26
Why you shouldn’t overlook user testing methods in UX design

The fundamental purpose of user testing is to better understand and empathize with the core users of a digital product. Unfortunately, user testing is often an afterthought. From card sorting to usability studies, user testing methods utilized in UX design are developed to include the user in the decision-making...

2020-06-26
YouTube is targeting TikTok with a new 15-second video recording feature

Facebook and Instagram are both trying their hand at short-video platforms to rival TikTok, with Lasso and Reels. So why should YouTube feel left out? The video streaming company is now experimenting with a new feature that will let you record 15-second videos. Earlier this week, YouTube said it’s letting some...

2020-06-26
Facebook will warn you about sharing articles older than 3 months

It’s happened to all of us. We see a friend or relative share a seemingly topical bit of news with a clicky headline on Facebook, only to open the link and find out it was written three years ago and contains outdated information. Sighs. Thankfully, that should soon happen a lot less. Starting today, Facebook is...

2020-06-26
Google now lets you make group video calls on your smart display

Since the coronavirus era began, Google has been doubling down on making Google Meet and Duo a thing (and to steal some market share from Zoom). After increasing the number of users who can join a call on both services, making Google Meet free, and then integrating that service right into Gmail, the company has now...

2020-06-25
Racist monuments are coming down all over the U.S. What should replace them?

Prominent designers, artists, and thinkers weigh in. Protests against police brutality in the United States have thrown the spotlight on another aspect of systemic racism in America: More than 1,700 Confederate monuments remain standing today. But activists are fighting back. So far, over 25 monuments have been taken...

2020-06-25
Google to finally pay select publishers for ‘high quality’ news content

Google has agreed to pay select news publishers for distributing their content, finally bowing to pressure from antitrust regulators and media firms. The search giant announced today it’s struck licensing deals with a handful of publishers in Germany, Australia, and Brazil to “with more to come soon.”  The...

2020-06-25
Why this ex-Google employee built a better platform for protesting

Chloë Cheyenne Rogers turned her family trauma into CommunityX, a platform connecting people around causes and movements. But getting there wasn’t easy. Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation is doing a special three-part series covering specific issues within the ongoing protests for racial...

2020-06-25
Google will now auto-delete new users’ history after 18 months by default

Yesterday, Google announced several changes to how they handle your personal data related to your Google accounts. The company revealed several tweaks ranging from easier access to incognito mode to integrating Password Checkup in its Security Checkup tool. However, one of the most important changes is that Google...

2020-06-25
Win a Nintendo Switch, Animal Crossing New Horizons and more cool stuff for free

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2020-06-25
Zoom insiders dumped $119M in company stock this month — 4x their sales in May

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2020-06-25
Do you really need Photoshop for simple tasks? This app set does the same tricks for less

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2020-06-25
Why your website’s lack of accessibility options is opening you up to lawsuits

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2020-06-25
Oceans on alien worlds are more common than you think, study reveals

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2020-06-25
The hidden iOS 14 features you need in your life

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2020-06-25

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