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How data from Google Earth helps us understand the world, and ourselves

Rebecca Moore will be joining us during our TNW 2020 conference, speaking about Google Earth, geographical data, and how it leaves to climate awareness. If you want to know more, you can check out her session “Turning geographical data into climate action and awareness.” Find out more information about the...

2020-09-30
Google officially reveals the Pixel 4a 5G for $499

Google today revealed at its Launch Night In event the Pixel 4a 5G, a souped-up version of its month-old budget phone. While it didn’t announce an exact release date, the phone is now available for pre-order. Introducing #Pixel4a5G! 6.2” OLED display. Ultrawide lens. A more powerful battery. And even a headphone...

2020-09-30
Google’s Nest Audio brings 50% more bass for $100

Google today introduced the Nest Audio, its latest smart speaker. The company is promising major audio improvements over the original Google Home speaker at a price of $100 The device is covered in a classy-looking (and potentially cat-attracting) fabric, although it is made of 70% recycled materials, with a metal...

2020-09-30
Google’s Pixel 5 costs $699 and packs major camera improvements

Tuning into hardware events these days feels like a surprise party someone has spoiled for you — fun, but you know what’s going to happen. So today, after endless leaks and rumors, Google today announced the Pixel 5. It costs $699 and will be available starting October 15. At first glance, the Pixel 5 looks a...

2020-09-30
The new $50 Chromecast with ‘Google TV’ and a remote is now official

Google’s new Chromecast has leaked so extensively that people have already been buying it at stores, but today the company officially introduced the new Chromecast. Featuring ‘Google TV,’ a new variant of Android TV, the device supports 4K HDR, includes a remote control, and retails for just $50. Google TV is...

2020-09-30
Google’s Nest Audio brings 50% more bass for $99

Google today introduced the Nest Audio, its latest smart speaker. The company is promising major audio improvements over the original Google Home speaker at a price of $99. Key to the audio improvements are a new 19mm tweeter and 75mm mid-woofer. Combined with optimized software, Google says it can provide 50% more...

2020-09-30
Google is finally ready to fight Roku and Amazon in the streaming wars

Google has rebooted its TV plans yet again with a new Chromecast. This time around, the results look more promising. It took about a decade, but Google may have finally gotten streaming TV right.Read Full Story

2020-09-30
Here’s how Trumpworld is spinning Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists

The most jaw-dropping moment of the first presidential debate is now just another bit to spin on Fox News and for Republican leaders. “That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper said of Tuesday night’s first presidential debate in the general...

2020-09-30
Google’s Pixel 4a is the ideal Android phone for people on a budget

If you’re after a great Android phone for a reasonable price, there are two models that stand out: the OnePlus Nord and the Google Pixel 4a. The OnePlus device will appeal to people who want power and specs, effectively bang for their buck. But, personally, I’d choose the Pixel 4a every time. Usability rules all....

2020-09-30
TNW2020: 8 sessions worth setting Google Calendar reminders for

This year’s live online TNW2020 will give everyone a front-row seat to the biggest tech debates, disruptive business experiments, and impact-driven ideas of the year.  But with two full days of sessions, covering twelve different themes, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Not to worry, we’ve made a shortlist of some...

2020-09-30
Kylie Jenner’s make-up company apologizes to customers for Shopify’s data breach

Kylie Jenner’s make-up company has notified users of a security breach that might’ve compromised their data, including names, addresses, and the last four digits of their credit cards. The blunder was only partially the fault of Kylie Cosmetics, though. In fact, Shopify has clarified the breach stems from two...

2020-09-30
Facebook will now let you message across Messenger and Instagram

Facebook has finally taken the first step towards merging its messaging services. The company will now allow you to message your contacts across Messenger and Instagram from any of the apps. You’ll be able to send messages or initiate video calls with your contacts using either app. Plus, the company is introducing...

2020-09-30
Goodbye, Instagram Direct. Hello, Messenger inside Instagram

The company is turning two messaging walled gardens into a shared experience with new features and privacy controls. Facebook is unveiling a meaty upgrade to Instagram’s messaging capabilities. It’s also announcing some new features coming soon to Messenger. And the biggest news of all is that both...

2020-09-30
Inside Facebook’s quadruple play: How the company is finally melding its apps

The social behemoth is weaving together Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp even as watchdogs and regulators close in. No big deal: Only democracy hangs in the balance. Stan Chudnovsky doesn’t remember when CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other top Facebook executives began talking about treating the...

2020-09-30
What Facebook users need to know about the company’s end-to-end encryption plans

It’s definitely complicated, but here’s why Facebook is pursuing it, how it benefits you, why it’s risky, and why it matters. As Facebook seeks to integrate its four mega apps—Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook itself—one of the key aspects of that effort will ultimately be...

2020-09-30
From one office to 5,000: How remote work could reshape a company’s sustainability goals

With fewer employees coming into the office after the COVID-19 pandemic, companies may have to rethink their environmental footprint. In September 2019, e-commerce giant Shopify launched a Sustainability Fund, committing to invest at least $5 million every year into technology and projects to fight climate change. At...

2020-09-30
With the Nest Mini, Google has created a smarter smart speaker

The product has earned the company 2020 Innovation by Design Award recognition. Like its predecessor, the second generation of Google’s compact and affordable smart speaker, released in October 2019, lets users play music, make phone calls, control home appliances, and use the internet, all through voice...

2020-09-30
The best user experiences of 2020

See all the honorees of Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards in the User Experience category. Winner [Image: Figma]Figma Figma A free, cloud-based interface design tool that makes prototyping as simple for marketers and product managers as it is for designers and developersRead Full Story

2020-09-30
Why Hyundai created a universal charger for cars

The Hi-Charger for electric vehicles is a 2020 Innovation by Design honoree. A dozen major auto manufacturers are now building electric vehicles, but the charging ports are all over the place. Some companies design on the front of the vehicle, others on the back or side. As Hyundai planned its first public charging...

2020-09-30
Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin and blockchain tech are the future of Twitter, Jack Dorsey says’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Schopenhauer used to say: Intelligence is in the eye of the beholder! Bitcoin price We closed the...

2020-09-30
Should you learn Google Cloud over AWS or Azure? There’s a good reason to say yes

TLDR: This Google Cloud training course package includes hours of video and mock exams to make you a Google Cloud expert. In the rapidly expanding cloud services sector, Microsoft Azure occupies twice the market share of Google Cloud. And industry leader Amazon Web Services is twice the size of Azure.  So considering...

2020-09-29
Now’s the time to buy ‘un véhicule électrique’ as France plans to cut subsidies

They say that all good things must come to an end, and that looks like the case for French electric car buyers as the country’s government looks to cut subsidies. According to a report from Bloomberg, the French government is going to gradually phase out the EV incentives over the next few years. The incentive will...

2020-09-29
How I designed the ultimate Zoom-friendly home office

A director at Facebook recently redid his remote work setup to include a DSLR camera, standing desk, and Samsung Frame TV. Here are his recommendations for an office that will make you look—and feel—good on Zoom. Like many of us, I’m spending a lot of time working from home (more than half my...

2020-09-29
By moving too fast, Bill Barr could screw up his Google antitrust case

AG Barr may win Trump some political points by rushing to file the DOJ’s case against Google. But his haste might hinder the agency’s chance of winning. The U.S. Department of Justice could announce an antitrust case against Google as early as this week, The New York Times‘s Katie Benner and...

2020-09-29
Why environmental justice must be a part of green COVID-19 recovery

The disparities of infections on essential workers and communities of color reinforces how any climate plan must focus on equity. On September 10, when the air quality index in Monterey County, California hit 153—into the “unhealthy” zone, and up from an AQI of 79 the day before—the United...

2020-09-29
I’m a VP at Google, and this is what my summer interns taught me

Unencumbered by workplace norms, these individuals inspired me to take a step back and reflect on the fundamentals of how we find a connection to “work.” Around May, it became abundantly clear that the pandemic and the associated WFH setup wasn’t a temporary inconvenience to muscle through, it was...

2020-09-29
Android 12 will make it easier to install and use alternative app stores

Native app stores, namely Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, have been facing criticism for their dominance and power within the app distribution ecosystem. While you can only download apps from Apple’s store on your iPhones, Android allows you to get apps from alternative stores such as the Epic Store....

2020-09-29
Apple vs Epic may go to jury; Google finally speaks on Fortnite ban

You thought the Apple vs Epic Games battle had cooled, or maybe blown over? You thought wrong. Now not only might the case have to go before the jury, but Google’s finally breaking its silence. So sit down, grab a bubbly beverage and a plate of nachos, because the show is back on. Today was the first day of the...

2020-09-29
Remember FarmVille? It’s officially shutting down in 3 months

FarmVille, one of the first of Facebook‘s staple games, is shutting down after 11 years. While FarmVille was a contentious part of Facebook, it was nevertheless one of the platform’s earliest gaming successes. So this is the end of an era — whether a good or bad one is entirely dependent upon whether you...

2020-09-28
Report: Trump Facebook campaign tried to deter Black voters in 2016 suppression effort

Trump’s data science team profiled mainly Black and minority voters and used the detailed data to target them with ads to convince them not to vote. The election victory of political novice Donald Trump in 2016 resulted from a confluence of factors, including Russian disinformation, nationalist political winds,...

2020-09-28
Google Maps is getting a UI for driving — and it looks a lot like Android Auto

If you use your Android phone as part of your infotainment system, you probably use Android Auto to control everything. But it looks like Google Maps is going to get a bunch of Android Auto-like features built into it natively. According to the folks over at Android Police, Google Maps is now showing music controls,...

2020-09-28
Facebook is a haven for misleading, false ads about mail-in voting

An analysis found a handful of advertisements featuring lies about mail-in voting that violate Facebook’s policies about election misinformation. This story was produced by MapLight, a nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics, and published in partnership with Fast Company.Read...

2020-09-28
Graphic design apps are now as fundamental as Excel — here’s how non-designers get up to speed

In today’s digital landscape, it’s critical to understand why design matters beyond the realm of the creative department. After all, marketing, branding, sales, business collaborations, and partnerships all hinge on the strength of a company’s branding and its consistency.  It’s no longer enough to have a...

2020-09-28
Why one architecture firm is looking at planes to construct buildings of the future

Newly launched Assembly will decentralize building manufacturing, making it easier and faster to build high-rise apartments. The way buildings are designed is backward, and a team of architects, car designers, and aerospace engineers wants to turn it around.Read Full Story

2020-09-28
British grannies, please stop with the QAnon memes on Facebook

A headteacher in Stoke-on-Trent told me that, alongside ensuring a COVID-safe return to school for her pupils this September, she’s having to reassure parents that their children will not be forcibly taken away and isolated in a secret location if they start coughing in class. The headteacher keeps getting sent a...

2020-09-28
How to become a UX designer — no matter what you studied at uni

Beautiful and usable design can be the deciding factor between a successful and a failing business. Great designers are treated like superstars. And it’s so fulfilling to design beautiful things that people love to use. But can you become a designer at all without a degree in design? Will you have to go back to...

2020-09-28
How To Prepare for Digital Marketing in 2021

Here are our top 5 picks for digital marketing trends set to boom in 2021. From chatbots to video, start leveraging them now to position your brand for success. The post How To Prepare for Digital Marketing in 2021 first appeared on JUST™ Creative.

2020-09-28
The 8 best ways to speed up your sluggish Chrome browser

When Chrome gets sluggish, here’s how to optimize it for fast surfing on Windows, Macs, and Chromebooks—with some tips straight from Google. When’s the last time you used a Windows PC or Mac without launching a web browser? Sure, there are still some old-school, offline apps like Microsoft Word...

2020-09-28
Pardon the Intrusion #27:

Subscribe to this bi-weekly newsletter here! Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security. Let’s face it. We all have too many online accounts and too many passwords to remember. Password fatigue is real — but password managers...

2020-09-28
Employees sound off on what makes a truly inclusive leader

Diversity isn’t enough. Since the death of George Floyd in May, dozens of companies such as Apple, Estée Lauder, and Facebook have vowed to increase diversity and inclusion in their workplaces.Read Full Story

2020-09-27
SEO and Google Ads aren’t just web magic. Businesses need to know them. This training can make them all clear

TLDR: The Ultimate Google Ads and SEO Certification Bundle offer all web business owners insight into how to take control of their digital marketing fate. There’s a reason why Google’s parent company is the fifth richest company in the world. Because when you virtually control huge swathes of internet commerce,...

2020-09-26
Facebook’s VR isn’t about gaming, it’s about data — surprise, surprise

Facebook has announced the latest version of its successful standalone virtual reality (VR) headset, the Oculus Quest 2. The new device packs more computing power and a sharper screen than its predecessor, and is also US$100 cheaper. In the video above, Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 (from AUD$479) — a powerful...

2020-09-26
Twitter will soon call you out for retweeting articles you haven’t actually read

Back in June, Twitter began testing a feature that would prompt users to read an article before they retweet it. Because, you know, that’s something everyone should be doing. Now the test is rolling out to everyone –and it’s probably one of the smartest things the company has done in a while. As a recap, the...

2020-09-26
Researchers can’t even begin to assess the damage from viral suicide videos

Psychologists still don’t know how dangerous suicide videos that spread online are to those who might be considering self-harm. For platforms, that creates a loophole. Earlier this month, a video of a suicide went viral on TikTok. The short-form video platform is now appealing to the broader social media...

2020-09-25
The biggest hurdle to Facebook’s bold vision for AR glasses is trust

The project’s chief scientist speaks about the challenges of creating a computing system that integrates with your world—in the hope that you might eventually trust Facebook enough to wear it on your face. Imagine your smartphone morphing to wrap around your eyes. But instead of a dark black screen, now...

2020-09-25
How cognitive biases can help (and hurt) your business

Did you know Nir Eyal, the productivity expert who helped us with this piece, is speaking at TNW2020 this year? Check out his session on ‘Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life’ here. Buster Benson is a former product manager at Slack, who worked previously at Twitter and Habit Labs,...

2020-09-25
Amazon debuts Luna, its Twitch-enabled cloud gaming service

Amazon today announced its entrant into the world of cloud gaming with Luna, a streamingservice that lets you play new AAA games on your devices with no downloads. It remains to be seen if the company can compete with the substantial competition it faces in this sphere. Introducing Luna, Amazon’s all new cloud...

2020-09-24
Facebook might owe you $400 if you live in Illinois: Here’s how to find out

Time is running out. The deadline to apply is November 23. Facebook might owe you $400.Read Full Story

2020-09-24

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