• Too many designers worked for free in 2020

    Too many designers worked for free in 2020
    https://www.fastcompany.com/90579364/too-many-designers-worked-for-free-in-2020
  • Facebook’s ‘supreme court’ overturns most of the platform’s post removals in its first rulings

    Facebook’s ‘supreme court’ overturns most of the platform’s post removals in its first rulings
    The Facebook Oversight Board has overturned the social network‘s decisions in four of the first five cases that it’s ruled on. The cases collectively covered Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. All the rulings will be binding. Facebook’ “supreme court” provided summaries of the five decisions: Overturned: the removal of a post commenting on the supposed lack of reaction to the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China compared to the violent response. Overtu
  • Why cybersecurity needs an API-first mentality

    Why cybersecurity needs an API-first mentality
    While software is eating the world, it’s also siloing data along the way, stifling progress and innovation in the enterprise. Cybersecurity is woefully behind other industries in embracing an API-first mentality, and it’s finally reached a breaking point. In the last year, research compiled in the Cloud Security Alliance’s on Cloud-based Intelligent Ecosystems and the Ponemon Cyber Resilience Study states: Enterprises deploy, on average, 47 different cybersecurity solutio
  • If you want to work in the cloud, you need to know AWS. This training can get you on your way

    If you want to work in the cloud, you need to know AWS. This training can get you on your way
    TLDR: The 2021 Amazon Web Services Certification Training Bundle explains everything it takes to build, run, and grow a cloud-based system on the AWS platform. If you want to understand the true power of the Amazon Web Services platform, look no further than recent events. The upstart social media platform best known as the conservative answer to Twitter was riding high and winning converts — that is, until it ran afoul of AWS in the wake of this month’s U.S. Capitol insurrency atta
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  • Bumble’s algorithm will now report you for body-shaming

    Bumble’s algorithm will now report you for body-shaming
    Bumble has stepped up its efforts to provide a safe dating space for users by banning body-shaming on the app. The app will use an algorithm to flag derogatory comments about someone’s appearance. “This includes language that can be deemed fat-phobic, ableist, racist, colorist, homophobic or transphobic,” the company said in a statement. Human moderators will then review People who use offensive language in their profile or on Bumble’s chat function will first recei
  • The Apple privacy offensive continues — and Google and Facebook are shook

    The Apple privacy offensive continues — and Google and Facebook are shook
    One of my favorite longburn stories over the past couple of years is the Apple privacy drive. It’s a winding narrative, but the easiest way to sum it up is the company has made privacy one of its leading products. This has been bubbling away in the background for some time, but hit fever pitch recently with the launch of iOS 14. You can read more about the specifics of the Apple privacy offensive in its latest iPhone software here, but there’s one update that’s particularly re
  • EU to commit $3.5B to EV battery production to stop China’s dominance

    EU to commit $3.5B to EV battery production to stop China’s dominance
    The European Union is reportedly working on plans to help fund electric vehicle (EV) battery production within the bloc to prevent potential dominance from China. According to reports, the EU looks set to commit $3.5 billion to 42 companies, including Tesla, BMW, and Stellantis, to support them with Europe-based battery development and production. The EU Commission has approved the project, which will run until 2028. [Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data] It seems the
  • London DOUBLED its number of rapid EV chargers in 2020 — nice

    London DOUBLED its number of rapid EV chargers in 2020 — nice
    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 News. London hit the target of adding 300 more electric vehicles (EV) rapid charging points to its network before the end of 2020, bringing the total number of rapid chargers in t
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  • How to reach your first $1M investment: Tips from someone who’s actually done it

    How to reach your first $1M investment: Tips from someone who’s actually done it
    Funding is one of the biggest challenges in the entrepreneurial journey. Navigating the world of venture capitalists and storytelling is no easy feat, especially when looking for your first seed round or a million-dollar investment. Not to mention, against the backdrop of COVID-19 and a heavily disrupted investment sphere, early-stage founders now face an even more complex road to securing funding.  The business landscape has no doubt changed for good because of the pandemic; there are mor
  • How to get back your sense of smell after COVID-19, according to science

    How to get back your sense of smell after COVID-19, according to science
    The link between COVID-19, smell, and taste disturbance became apparent in March 2020 as the pandemic swept around the globe. To date, nearly 100 million people have been infected with the coronavirus. Around 60% will have experienced smell and taste disturbance – with 10% having persistent symptoms. This means that about 6 million people – and rising – have this symptom. So what can be done about it? Smell loss has traditionally received little attention in the fiel
  • Why Tesla’s impractical butterfly steering wheel probably won’t make it into production

    Why Tesla’s impractical butterfly steering wheel probably won’t make it into production
    As part of its quarterly earnings call yesterday, EV maker Tesla showed off renderings of an upcoming 2021 Model S refresh. The piece that’s got everyone talking is its butterfly, or as others call it, the Knight Rider-style steering wheel. But I have some bad news. That steering wheel probably won’t make it in to the production model. Sorry. Yeah, it’s super cool — and you’d be able to drive along pretending you’re in Knight Rider or
  • Work relationships are a lot harder to build on Zoom — but there’s a fix

    Work relationships are a lot harder to build on Zoom — but there’s a fix
    Workers who communicate with their colleagues mainly through videoconferencing are far less effective at building relationships than when the communication is done face to face, according to a study we recently completed and just submitted for peer review. We also found two important ways employees can overcome the downside of video meetings. Workers in our study reported a sharp deterioration in their work relationships after more of their communications were done via videoconferencing during
  • WhatsApp will require a fingerprint or face ID to use its desktop apps

    WhatsApp will require a fingerprint or face ID to use its desktop apps
    WhatsApp is adding another layer of security to its web app today, helping stop others from accessing your account when you’re not looking. In an update rolling out soon, WhatsApp will begin to require biometric authentication — such as a fingerprint or face ID — before you can use the service on your desktop. Unlike Facebook Messenger and other services that work with a simple user name and password, WhatsApp accounts are tied to a phone number, so using the desktop app requi
  • Vivaldi is introducing two-level tabs — and I want them in every browser

    Vivaldi is introducing two-level tabs — and I want them in every browser
    Vivaldi browser has had a unique approach to tab management. Over the years, it has introduced features such as stacking, muting, and pinning tabs; it also lets you view two tabs in a split-screen mode in one window. The brainchild of Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner is getting a hot new feature with Vivaldi’s latest update — two-level stacked tabs. I’m excited about this as this makes navigating through groups much easier. Sure, it takes a bit more screen space, but I&rsquo
  • Vivaldi is introducing two-level tabs — and I want it in every browser

    Vivaldi is introducing two-level tabs — and I want it in every browser
    Vivaldi browser has had a unique approach to tab management. Over the years, it has introduced features such as stacking, muting, and pinning tabs; it also lets you view two tabs in a split-screen mode in one window. The brainchild of Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner is getting a hot new feature with Vivaldi’s latest update — two-level stacked tabs. I’m excited about this as this makes navigating through groups much easier. Sure, it takes a bit more screen space, but I&rsquo
  • Zuckerberg is wrong about WhatsApp’s superiority over iMessage

    Zuckerberg is wrong about WhatsApp’s superiority over iMessage
    WhatsApp is the most popular chat app in the world, with more than 2 billion monthly active users. However, its fame has been hurt in the last couple of weeks with potential issues related to user data privacy. First, there were WhatsApp labels in December on the App Store that suggested the vast amount of data the app collected in comparison to other messaging apps. Then earlier this month, the app introduced its controversial privacy policy change — which is now delayed till May. L
  • Pardon the Intrusion #35: WhatsApp’s Messaging Mess

    Pardon the Intrusion #35: WhatsApp’s Messaging Mess
    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. Well, that escalated quickly. After alerting users of a change in privacy policy earlier this month and kicking up a storm, WhatsApp has backed down— for now. The in-app alert on January 6 urged users to agree to the new terms and conditions that grants the app the right to share with Facebook some personal dat
  • Zuckerberg promises Facebook will show less political content from now on

    Zuckerberg promises Facebook will show less political content from now on
    During Facebook‘s quarterly earnings call today, Mark Zuckerberg highlighted some major changes coming to Facebook. After years of being the primary news source for many people, Facebook has decided it wants to show less political content. According to Zuckerberg, “there has been a trend across society that a lot of things have become politicized and politics have had a way of creeping into everything.” He noted “one of the top pieces of feedback” that Fa
  • Scientists say dropping acid can help with social anxiety and alcoholism

    Scientists say dropping acid can help with social anxiety and alcoholism
    What happens when the pandemic finally ends and hundreds of millions of people who’ve spent an inordinate amount of time secluded are suddenly launched back into the rat race? Things will likely never go back to normal, but eventually we’ll find a way to occupy space together again and that could be difficult for people who’ve developed social anxiety or had setbacks in their treatment due to the unique nature of pandemic isolation. We couldn’t find any actual rats to as
  • New MIT brain research shows how AI could help us understand consciousness

    New MIT brain research shows how AI could help us understand consciousness
    A team of researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital recently published a study linking social awareness to individual neuronal activity. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time evidence for the ‘theory of mind‘ has been identified at this scale. Measuring large groups of neurons is the bread-and-butter of neurology. Even a simple MRI can highlight specific regions of the brain and give scientists an indication of what they’re used for and, in many ca
  • This AI chess engine aims to help human players rather than defeat them

    This AI chess engine aims to help human players rather than defeat them
    Artificial intelligence has become so good at chess that its only competition now comes from other computer programs. Indeed, a human hasn’t defeated a machine in a chess tournament in 15 years. It’s an impressive technical achievement, but that dominance has also made top-level chess less imaginative, as players now increasingly follow strategies produced by soulless algorithms.  But a new research paper shows that AI could still make the game better for us puny
  • Increase streams to your podcast with this SEO optimized website builder

    Increase streams to your podcast with this SEO optimized website builder
    TLDR: The Podsite Podcast Website Builder builds an entire website around your podcast and even keeps everything automatically updated. So, you’ve decided to follow the Joe Rogan-Marc Maron path and become a podcast tycoon. Great! Welcome aboard. So once you’ve recorded the whole thing, edited it, then posted it to your podcast feed on iTunes or Spotify, you’re all done, right? Not exactly. Just like everything else on the web, a podcast needs a dedicated website. There needs
  • The Medium is worth playing, but only if you already have Game Pass

    The Medium is worth playing, but only if you already have Game Pass
    2021 starts off with a little treat for people who enjoy spooky games, as Polish developer Bloober Team is set to release their latest effort, The Medium, later this week. The Medium comes out on the new Xbox consoles and PC. I’ve been playing it for a couple of days and it’s… ok. Bloober Team has been making a name for themselves in the horror genre since they released Layers of Fear back in 2016. Before then, the Polish developer made some smaller titles that didn’t g
  • Amnesty International calls for ban on facial recognition

    Amnesty International calls for ban on facial recognition
    As advocates for facial recognition tout the tech’s potential to track down the US Capitol rioters, a new Amnesty International campaign has provided a timely reminder of the software’s dangers. The NGO has shared a stream of examples of how the software amplifies racist policing and threatens the right to protest — and called for a global ban on the tech. The Ban the Scan campaign was launched on Tuesday in New York City, where facial recognition has been used
  • Buying a second-hand EV? Do these 5 things first

    Buying a second-hand EV? Do these 5 things first
    Welcome to SHIFT Basics, a collection of tips, explainers, guides, and advice to keep you up to speed with mobility tech. While owning an electric vehicle is still far from the norm in most of the world, they’ve been around long enough for there to be a decent amount of options now available on the second-hand market.c Buying a used EV isn’t exactly the same as buying a regular used car, and there are some things to be aware of. Assuming you’ve already decided what EV you&rsqu
  • Why Microsoft’s self-driving car strategy is quietly brilliant

    Why Microsoft’s self-driving car strategy is quietly brilliant
    Self-driving car startup Cruise has received more than $2 billion in a new round of investment from Microsoft, General Motors, Honda, and institutional investors, according to a joint statement by Cruise, its owner GM, and Microsoft on Tuesday. The investment will bring the valuation of Cruise to $30 billion and make Microsoft an official partner. Per Tuesday’s announcement: “To unlock the potential of cloud computing for self-driving vehicles, Cruise will leverage Azure, Micro
  • Digital trends 2021: Every single stat marketers need to know

    Digital trends 2021: Every single stat marketers need to know
    If you’re looking for the latest digital insights and social media stats, you’ll find them all in our new Digital 2021 reports series. Published in partnership between We Are Social and Hootsuite, this year’s reports reveal that connected tech became an even more essential part of people’s lives over the past year, with social media, ecommerce, streaming content, and video games all seeing significant growth in the past 12 months. Some of the key themes to look for in th
  • OnePlus’ co-founder Carl Pei’s new gadget brand is here — and it’s called NOTHING

    OnePlus’ co-founder Carl Pei’s new gadget brand is here — and it’s called NOTHING
    Former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has finally launched his new venture today — and it’s called NOTHING. Apart from the brand name, the company hasn’t given many details about its product roadmap. It said that it’ll launch smart devices in the first half of the year. Pei’s message on the launch was cryptic. He said that the company wants to remove boundaries between people and tech: t’s been a while since anything interesting happened in tech. It is time for
  • 5 ways AI can take us deeper into space

    5 ways AI can take us deeper into space
    Artificial intelligence has been making waves in recent years, enabling us to solve problems faster than traditional computing could ever allow. Recently, for example, Google’s artificial intelligence subsidiary DeepMind developed AlphaFold2, a program that solved the protein-folding problem. This is a problem that has had baffled scientists for 50 years. Advances in AI have allowed us to make progress in all kinds of disciplines – and these are not limited to applications on this p
  • Every navigation app should have Cowboy’s air-quality ebike route feature

    Every navigation app should have Cowboy’s air-quality ebike route feature
    Air pollution is one of the world’s biggest silent killers. Poor air quality can lead to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and other chronic respiratory diseases. The World Health Organization says 4.2 million deaths a year are a result of polluted air. Bike commuters face this problem on a daily basis. However, help is on its way from Belgian ebike maker, Cowboy. [Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data] In the latest update of its app — out this week &mdas

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