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Robinhood crashed again just as demand for newly split Apple and Tesla stock was heating up

Trading was interrupted on a big day for stocks, as Apple and Tesla both split at the opening bell. Many people trading commission-free stocks via Robinhood were unable to access the app today because of an outage that lasted several hours. At the peak around 9:30 a.m., Downdetector had logged over 2,400 incidences,...

2020-08-31
Selena Gomez’s new beauty brand wants you to know you don’t need makeup

The singer-actor’s new Rare Beauty makeup line is on a mission to promote self-acceptance and support mental health. When Selena Gomez teased the launch of her beauty line, Rare Beauty, to her 190 million Instagram followers back in February, she couldn’t have predicted how radically different the world...

2020-08-31
Need a side hustle? This training can get you started in a dozen new ventures

TLDR: Whether it’s freelancing, influencer or affiliate marketing, ecommerce or something else, the Online Income 101 course can help you build the passive income business you need today. The hustle is real. Even if you aren’t one of the millions of Americans who lost a job or suffered a huge financial impact from...

2020-08-31
How to Drive Organic Traffic with a Robust SEO Strategy

Follow these 10 solid steps to optimise your website for continued increased organic traffic - through every Google algorithm and competitor content refresh.

2020-08-31
This cabin was an Instagram sensation. Now it’s being copied all over the U.S.

A New York development in the woods is being franchised out like a burger stand—and one that has only become more appealing during the pandemic. Architect Drew Lang knows that not everybody can afford what he designs. Architecture—custom-designed homes, particularly—is expensive, and only a...

2020-08-31
Microsoft and Sony have waited too long to announce console release dates

As we’re about to start September, the final third of this awful, awful year, I have only two questions for Microsoft and Sony, the makers of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 respectively: when and how much? Watch #PS5's first global ad spot, showcasing immersive features including 3D Audio and the DualSense....

2020-08-31
Does Facebook still sell discriminatory ads?

In May, a Wisconsin health care agency, Tenderness Health Care, posted a job ad on Facebook looking for personal care workers. According to Facebook’s “Why am I seeing this ad” pop-up, when the agency purchased the ad, it asked Facebook to not show it to anyone over 54 years of age. And they asked Facebook to...

2020-08-30
Microsoft & Sony have waited too long to announce console release dates

As we’re about to start September, the final third of this awful, awful year, I have only two questions for Microsoft and Sony, the makers of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 respectively: when and how much? Watch #PS5's first global ad spot, showcasing immersive features including 3D Audio and the DualSense....

2020-08-28
Google says it’s going to sell ethics advice to AI companies

Google‘s working on a service that would provide ethics consulting for companies building AI solutions. According to a report from Wired, the company is considering launching this ethics consultancy service by the end of the year. Reporter Tom Simonite writes: Initially, Google will offer others advice on tasks...

2020-08-28
New algorithm can identify misogyny on Twitter

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia have developed an algorithm that detects misogynistic content on Twitter. The team developed the system by first mining 1 million tweets. They then refined the dataset by searching the posts for three abusive keywords: whore, slut, and...

2020-08-28
COVID-19 decimated NYC businesses. This free program is helping them recover

Neighborhoods Now pairs designers with business owners in hard-hit neighborhoods to help them adapt to the pandemic. Like many commercial areas around the world, the 82nd Street Partnership in Queens has been struggling through the pandemic. As a predominantly immigrant neighborhood on the lower end of the...

2020-08-28
How TikTok could turn Walmart into an advertising powerhouse

By teaming up with Microsoft to acquire TikTok’s U.S. operations, the e-commerce giant could take on Google, Facebook, and Amazon’s huge ad businesses. Walmart is interested in going in with Microsoft to buy the U.S. operations of popular social video app TikTok, and the retailer’s motivation for...

2020-08-28
YouTube might finally support picture-in-picture mode on your iPhone

You might finally be able to text the friends you pretend to have while watching YouTube on your iPad and iPhone devices. Google has seemingly begun testing picture-in-picture as part of the latest update to the YouTube app for iOS, as reported by users on Twitter and corroborated by 9to5Mac. It appears the company...

2020-08-28
What a Biden-Harris administration might mean for AI’s future

The Democratic VP nominee has shown an interest in how AI and facial recognition can open the door to bias. Here’s what Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s AI regulation strategy should consider. If the Biden-Harris ticket wins in November, it will mark the first time that a sitting vice president is a digital...

2020-08-28
This redesign of the Brooklyn Bridge involves a Guatemalan forest

Replacing the bridge’s wooden walkway with sustainable tropical wood shows, in the words of the architect, that “the city takes responsibility for the global nature of its networks.” On a walk to work across the Brooklyn Bridge more than a decade ago, designer Scott Francisco started thinking...

2020-08-28
This is the ‘ultimate virtual racing car,’ according to Ford designers and gamers

Over the years, there have been some pretty wild car designs. The Pagani Zonda, the Lamborghini Diablo, and the three-wheeled tilting Carver One are all personal favorites. But all these cars are physical things encumbered by physical constraints and manufacturing limitations. If you want to see what can be produced...

2020-08-28
Vienna steps in to save bike share scheme after operators hit financial difficulties

So you like our media brand Shift? You should join our Shift event track at TNW2020, where you’ll hear how data, autonomy, and connectivity are fueling the future of mobility.  This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching...

2020-08-28
OnePlus might release a smartwatch because who doesn’t like money?

Apart from smartphones, OnePlus has made TVs, neck buds, wireless earbuds, and a lot of accessories over the past year. Now, the company might be looking to produce a smartwatch of its own. Sleuths at XDADevelopers spotted a filing at Indonesia’s regulatory body that mentions the product named the OnePlus Watch....

2020-08-28
Netflix reveals the first details on its live-action Resident Evil series

Netflix today announced they’re making their next venture into video game-to-TV show adaptations. The series that’ll be making the transition to live-action, in this case, is none other than one of gaming’s most beloved horror franchises, Resident Evil. When the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the...

2020-08-27
What’s the deal with those mysterious ‘FCM Messages’ notifications in Microsoft Teams?

In recent days, users of both Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts have reported receiving apparent test notifications mentioning FCM through the app. Users of Microsoft Teams recently took to social media to complain that they were getting mysterious notifications from the app with captions like “FCM...

2020-08-27
Browsing your saved spots on Google Maps just got a lot simpler

Google is revamping the Saved tab on Maps to make it easier to sort through your fav’ed locations. In a new blog post, the company highlighted three new ways you can browse your Saved tab, starting with a section for recently bookmarked locations. As the name suggests, the “Recently Saved” section lets you...

2020-08-27
Hey employers, forcing your machine learning hires to have fancy degrees is dumb

So you like our media brand Neural? You should join our Neural event track at TNW2020, where you’ll hear how artificial intelligence is transforming industries and businesses.  Should your machine learning hire have a PhD? Do you need a PhD to work in ML? I see PhD and Masters degrees listed as requirements in ML...

2020-08-27
Eric Schmidt: China could be AI’s superpower if we don’t act now

As a percentage of GDP, U.S. spending on scientific R&D has sunk to levels not seen since the pre-Sputnik era. Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt is sounding the alarm about the implications of China pulling ahead of the U.S. in artificial intelligence research and development. Speaking on a Bipartisan Policy Center...

2020-08-27
How to use Google’s Arts & Culture app to look at AR museum exhibits

Google‘s Arts & Culture app really is a gem for anyone who loves the arts, science, and just cool AR and VR stuff. The company recently announced it was adding a few AR extras to its app, including models of ancient creatures, for everyone to peruse. Fun and educational — what more could you want? Get playful...

2020-08-26
Why Facebook’s plan to give virtual assistants bodies is both awesome and terrifying

Facebook recently showed off the progress its AI research team has made in the realm of household robotics. The dream is to take the virtual assistant out of the speaker and put it into an autonomous body capable of traversing your house. If you’re thinking “Rosie the Robot” from The Jetsons, you’re not far...

2020-08-26
Victoria’s Secret responds to viral videos claiming its bras track customers

RFID tags, common in the fashion retail industry, are used to track and manage inventory, not people. Victoria’s Secret has responded to a wave of videos circulating on social media claiming that the company has implanted chips inside bras to track customers. One TikTok video in June generated nearly three...

2020-08-26
Uber vs Los Angeles: The fight for passenger privacy

This article was originally published by Christopher Carey 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...

2020-08-26
The real reason Amazon is sinking $1.4 billion into new offices

And why other tech companies might do the same. Anyone looking to the major technology companies for hints about the future of the office will come away with a case of whiplash. At the same time that companies like Twitter and Facebook are allowing workers to work from home indefinitely, Amazon recently announced $1.4...

2020-08-26
7 fresh content marketing strategies you haven’t tried (plus 8 classic ones)

Did you know we have an online event about digital marketing coming up? Join the Re:Brand track at TNW2020 to explore the latest brand marketing tech, trends, and challenges. Alex Antolino, the Creative Director at Typeform, will be sharing powerful branding insights and actionable strategies on how to build...

2020-08-26
The LinkedIn ‘add hashtag’ button is the epitome of befuddling design

Whatever you want to say about LinkedIn, it’s hard to deny it’s been successful in cornering a specific segment of the internet. A good segment? Lord no, the worst, but it’s a segment all the same. Anyway, I very rarely use the social network, but am amused enough by it to keep an eye on its evolution....

2020-08-26
EU’s anti-piracy campaign led to 12% drop in ads on pirate sites

A few years back, the European Commission kicked off a campaign against ads on pirate sites in an effort to cut into their revenue streams — and it seems the strategy is working, according to newly surfaced data. The European Union’s executive arm has noticed a 12% drop in ads served per visit on sites known to...

2020-08-26
Can independent design studios survive COVID-19?

After 20 years in business, 2020 was supposed to be a victory lap for New Deal Design. Then COVID-19 struck. 2020 was supposed to be a victory lap. New Deal Design (NDD), one of Silicon Valley’s leading design firms known for hit products like the Fitbit and sci-fi moonshots like Google’s modular Ara...

2020-08-26
Hurricane Laura live path: 6 ways to track the dangerous storm in real time

Hurricane Laura, the monstrous storm in the Gulf, is gaining strength and expected to become a Category 4, the National Weather Service said today. Hurricane Laura, the monster-size storm that has been tearing up the Gulf, is gaining strength and expected to become a Category 4 hurricane, the National Weather Service...

2020-08-26
This browser extension dims tweets you’ve already read

The internet gods are witness to the fact that I spend an awful amount of time on Twitter. If the internet was an actual religion, I’d spent a lot of time in the confession box talking about the site. While I have to keep an eye on Twitter for work, I also spend a lot of time looking at memes and reposted TikTok...

2020-08-26
Google just made Chrome better with performance and productivity tweaks

Google Chrome is getting a slew of updates today meant to make the app zippier and keep you more productive, both on the desktop and mobile. Let’s jump right in. Performance improvements First up, the company says it’s sped up tab loading in the app by 10 percent, along with other improvements. The browser should...

2020-08-25
Will the UK’s housebuilding algorithm join the government’s growing AI graveyard?

It’s been a seriously rough few weeks for algorithms in the UK. The problems started on August 7, when the British government scrapped an algorithm used in visa applications, following allegations that it was creating “speedy boarding for white people.” Weeks later, England joined Scotland, Wales, and...

2020-08-25
Judge rules Apple can block Fortnite but not Epic’s Unreal Engine

You know, as much as I love a petty legal pissing contest, I really didn’t want Epic vs Apple to become my thing every morning. But here we are, and at the very least someone sensible has finally come in and given judgement — on part of the case, anyway. Just to recap, this is part of the delightful Epic Games vs...

2020-08-25
Facebook introduces a new shopping tab in the app — just like Instagram

Facebook is rolling out a new tab in its main app called Facebook Shop. The company had introduced a similar tab on Instagram in July after it announced Facebook Shops — its feature to turn pages into stores — in May. The social media company’s idea is to offers a marketplace for creators and boutique brands to...

2020-08-25
Why Fitbit calls its newest wearable a ‘health smartwatch’

Not yet part of Google, Fitbit has a watch that checks for warning signs you’re at risk for a stroke, senses if you’re stressed, and takes your temperature. The last time Fitbit had any really big news was last November, when it agreed to become part of Google in a $2.1 billion deal. More than nine...

2020-08-25
These outdoor classes are ‘designed to withstand hurricane-force winds’

Colleges aren’t just looking to hold classes outside on nice days, but to support regular class meetings outside even in cold weather. When it comes to conducting classes this fall, most colleges seem to be stuck between holding in-person or remote classes, or some combination of the two. As a researcher who...

2020-08-25
Two left feet? Facebook’s new AI dance choreographer can teach you some brand new moves

Facebook‘s AI boffins have developed a new system that creates original dance routines for any music that you feed it. The system doesn’t merely imitate the Moonwalk, the Renegade, or whatever other moves the kidz are busting on TikTok these days. Instead, it creates entirely new routines that are “synchronized...

2020-08-25
Apple might finally open its online store in India next month

Apple will finally open an online store in India next month to sell its devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. The report notes that the Cupertino-based firm aims to launch the store just before the festive season of Diwali to take advantage of heavy customer spending. The company has sold iPhones, iPads, and...

2020-08-25
7 lead generation lessons we learned by creating a Facebook quiz

Did you know we have an online event about digital marketing coming up? Join the Re:Brand track at TNW2020 to explore the latest brand marketing tech, trends, and challenges. Alex Antolino, the Creative Director at Typeform, will be sharing powerful branding insights and actionable strategies on how to build...

2020-08-25
Watch Katie Porter clash with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who doesn’t know basic USPS rates

Porter revealed that DeJoy lacks even the most basic facts about the business of the USPS, especially with regard to voting by mail. Representative Katie Porter’s name was trending on Twitter Monday well before her questioning of Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in front of the House Oversight...

2020-08-24
Microsoft sides with Epic in Apple’s Fortnite war

Settle in and grab the popcorn, everyone. It’s time for another episode of the Epic vs Apple & Google war. Today’s special guest: Microsoft. Getting kind of crowded in here, isn’t it? Today we filed a statement in support of Epic's request to keep access to the Apple SDK for its Unreal Engine. Ensuring that...

2020-08-24
This reusable mask is designed to fix the 28 major problems with the N95

After SARS, the government outlined ways the N95 needed to improve. The new Octo Safety Device fixes most of those issues. During the SARS outbreak in Toronto in 2003, healthcare workers raised concerns about N95 masks, saying that the respirators were uncomfortable to wear for long shifts and could lead to headaches...

2020-08-24
The Chrome Dinosaur game — but with guns, tanks, and drugs

I’m sure you’ve played Google Chrome‘s hidden dinosaur game — but never with a bunch of guns and performance-enhancing drugs involved. Enter Dino Swords, an outlandish mod of the popular game that spices things up with the addition of AKs, bows, swords, and time-slowing pills, among other things. It pretty...

2020-08-24
Digital marketing is an all-important 2020 business skill. Learn it now before you start your company

TLDR: The Entrepreneur’s 2.0 Digital Marketing Tools Bundle is a comprehensive guide to a host of strategies for successful online business building in 2020. If you’re a business owner in 2020, you better have some ideas about how your product or service is going to capture attention online. If you haven’t...

2020-08-24

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