• Why Tinder’s new safety features won’t end harassment on the platform

    Why Tinder’s new safety features won’t end harassment on the platform
    The dating app Tinder has faced increasing scrutiny over abusive interactions on the service. In November 2019, an Auckland man was convicted of murdering British woman Grace Millane after they met on Tinder. Incidents such as these have brought attention to the potential for serious violence facilitated by dating apps. Amid ongoing pressure to better protect its users, Tinder recently unveiled some new safety features. The US version of the app added a panic button that alerts law enforcement
  • Human emotions must adapt to thrive in the machine age

    Human emotions must adapt to thrive in the machine age
    Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to bringing the biggest names in tech to showcase inspiring talks from those driving the future of technology this year? Tim Leberecht, who authored this piece, is one of the speakers. Check out the full ‘Impact‘ program here. “If there is pain, nurse it, and if there is a flame, don’t snuff it out, don’t be brutal with it. Withdrawal can be a terrible thing when it keeps us awake at night, and watch
  • For under $30, train to be an AWS-certified Big Data expert

    For under $30, train to be an AWS-certified Big Data expert
    This in-depth training course is perfect for those looking for a new method of working big data projects. Over 17 hours of advanced training, users will get all the background they need on the collection, storage, processing, analysis, visualization and security of big data in AWS. 
  • What developers can teach us about responsive design

    What developers can teach us about responsive design
    Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint‘ program here. Since the dawn of web design, we have measured our websites in pixels. A somewhat absolute measurement that describes the smallest visual unit of a screens resolution. I’ve developed a rather love-hate relationship with these little gremlins, certainly from an engineering point of view. On the one hand, the pixel is a ubiquitous measu
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  • No spoilers: How to mute words and phrases on Twitter

    No spoilers: How to mute words and phrases on Twitter
    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. Twitter is kind of the wild west of social media. Everything’s thrown together in one big news feed, and even if you’re scrupulous with the use of lists, some things can still sneak through your filters. Twitter allows you to mute hashtags and accounts, but imagine my surprise when I discover you can do this with individual words — and
  • Facebook plans to clarify when pro-Bloomberg posts come from staffers

    Facebook plans to clarify when pro-Bloomberg posts come from staffers
    Former New York City mayor and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is spending an unprecedented amount of money on his campaign. A big chunk of that is going into his social media efforts, where members of his campaign have been posting Pro-Bloomberg messages. The problem is there’s no obvious way to tell these messages come from paid staffers. According to CNBC, Facebook is considering taking steps to make it clearer that these messages come from paid staffers, though it did not dis
  • PSA: Your WhatsApp groups may not be as private as you think

    PSA: Your WhatsApp groups may not be as private as you think
    Don’t count on your private WhatsApp group being as private as you think. An important PSA has been making the rounds today after DW journalist Jordan Wildon noted that using Whatsapp’s “Invite to Group via Link” feature lets groups be indexed by search engines. Your WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are. The "Invite to Group via Link" feature allows groups to be indexed by Google and they are generally available across the internet. With some wildca
  • Android 11 lets you assign shortcuts to a double-tap on the back of your phone

    Android 11 lets you assign shortcuts to a double-tap on the back of your phone
    When I moved from a Pixel 3 to 4, I found myself missing the fingerprint sensor much more than expected. Not because of the fingerprint reader itself – Google’s Face ID works surprisingly well – but because I used the fingerprint reader to pull down the notification shade all the time. It turns out Google is working on an alternative in Android 11 As spotted by XDA Developers, Android 11 includes a hidden double-tap-on-the-back-of-your-phone gesture for Pixel devices. Codename
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  • How to find that one Instagram filter everyone else is using

    How to find that one Instagram filter everyone else is using
    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. Instagram introduced the ability for users to make their own augmented-reality filters last August, via the Spark AR Studio. Since then, we’ve seen a steady stream of user-made filters, and users have made some very creative ones that you’ll no doubt want to try out for yourself. So how do you get those effects on your face? It’s&hellip
  • We need more colorful consoles like this pink Nintendo Switch Lite

    We need more colorful consoles like this pink Nintendo Switch Lite
    Nintendo announced this week a new color for the Nintendo Switch Lite, the first since the handheld launched, and it’s a lovely shade of coral-pink. While I had no intention of getting a new Switch that I don’t need, I admit this one color is making me question my own color preferences, but also why we don’t have more brightly colored consoles out there. A new splash of color joins the #NintendoSwitchLite lineup! The vibrant and playful coral Nintendo Switch Lite system arrive
  • How I use note-taking to understand my team better

    How I use note-taking to understand my team better
    Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! How hard could it be to take notes? You might not have considered this question, but I think about it a lot. Note-taking hasn’t just helped me with my own work, but it also helps me understand my team.  I don’t do this through my
  • UN will use AI to learn what people want from peace deals

    UN will use AI to learn what people want from peace deals
    The UN will help people in warzones to influence peace deals through an AI conversation tool they can access through their smartphones. The system will be launched within the next year, the Financial Times reports. The technology was developed by UN officials alongside a startup called Remesh, which produces a tool that creates online conversations with up to 1,000 participants. Their thoughts are analyzed in real-time through polls and open-ended questions to provide insigh
  • Video: The Canvia digital art frame is gorgeous, expensive, and flawed

    Video: The Canvia digital art frame is gorgeous, expensive, and flawed
    I just moved into a new apartment. This process threw up a lot of things I wasn’t expecting (why did no one tell me how fucking expensive dining chairs are?), but one of the elements that has most surprised me is the artwork. I thought choosing some cool things to hang on your walls would be easy. But it really isn’t — especially when there are two of you having to decide on something. It’s also damn expensive if you want something beyond a Bob Marley poster. And then wh
  • Morgan Stanley’s $13B E-Trade buyout is the biggest bank deal since the financial crash

    Morgan Stanley’s $13B E-Trade buyout is the biggest bank deal since the financial crash
    Morgan Stanley has just struck the largest deal made by a global bank since the 2008 financial crisis. Pending regulatory approval, the Wall Street veteran is to acquire trading platform E-Trade for $13 billion in a bid to capture the “everyday investor” market. The move will bring E-Trade’s 5.2 million clients onto Morgan Stanley‘s books, along with its $360 billion in assets. According to Financial Times, the bank considers those users as a “pipeline of emerging
  • I hate Apple for making me shake my MacBook like a chump

    I hate Apple for making me shake my MacBook like a chump
    I dig my MacBook Air. It’s not a mighty machine by any means, but it’s lightweight, has a decent screen, an excellent trackpad, and does the job. There’s one thing I despise about it, though: The butterfly keyboard. If you’ve purchased a MacBook model recently, you’re likely familiar with the term, but for those out of the loop: In 2015, Apple dropped the standard scissor key in favor of the so-called butterfly switch. The new design was supposed to reduce travel a
  • Humility, trust, and empathy: The skills needed to work with robots

    Humility, trust, and empathy: The skills needed to work with robots
    Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to bringing the biggest names in tech to showcase inspiring talks from those driving the future of technology this year? Tim Leberecht, who authored this piece, is one of the speakers. Check out the full ‘Impact‘ program here. Kate Darling, a robotics researcher at the MIT Media Lab, conducted an experiment: she asked the participants to hang out with robots (which were dressed up as cute baby dinosaurs), give them names,
  • Why your startup should market content, instead of your product

    Why your startup should market content, instead of your product
    With millions of people subscribing to streaming services today, it’s no surprise that platforms like Netflix and Amazon are doubling down on their efforts to create original content to keep their audiences engaged. With the ability to binge-watch an entire season of a show at any time — on any device — it seems there’s no shortage of content to fulfill every niche interest. And while the media world is busy creating unique, binge-able content to earn brand loyalty, the
  • Build an awesome website code-free with Dragify, now nearly 60%

    Build an awesome website code-free with Dragify, now nearly 60%
    With Dragify, the tools for assembling a high-functioning, visually compelling business website  experience are all laid out in front of you. Just sort through Dragify’s eye-catching site templates, pick your favorite, then start dragging and dropping a host of different customization features to your new page.
  • AI sent first coronavirus alert, but underestimated the danger

    AI sent first coronavirus alert, but underestimated the danger
    Research suggests that an AI beat humans to the punch in warning the world about the coronavirus. But it didn’t get all the credit, because it needed humans to recognize the danger. Earlier reports had suggested that a Canadian epidemiologist had raised the first warnings of the outbreak, using an algorithm called BlueDot that scanned news reports and airline ticketing to predict the spread of the disease. Associated Press reporters Christina Larson and Matt O’Br
  • Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Binance CEO says Bitcoin halving will raise its price’

    Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Binance CEO says Bitcoin halving will raise its price’
    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 Rousseau used to say: Live, laugh, love! Bitcoin price We closed the day, February 20 2020, at a price of $9,608. That’s a minor 0.21 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$20.85. It was the lowest closing price in fifteen days. We’re still 52 percent below Bitcoin&lsq
  • How to stop bias from creeping into the recruitment process, a diversity expert explains

    How to stop bias from creeping into the recruitment process, a diversity expert explains
    TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  A lack of diversity is one of the biggest problems the tech industry faces, despite a significant growth in the number of women working in the tech industry, female representation has stalled over the last decade. Currently, just 18% of leadership roles are filled by women, and the stats are even bleaker for women of c
  • Elon Musk says he doesn’t care about degrees, Tesla job listings suggest otherwise

    Elon Musk says he doesn’t care about degrees, Tesla job listings suggest otherwise
    Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted he was organizing a ‘super fun AI party/hackathon’ at his house with Tesla’s AI/autopilot team. In response, one Twitter user asked what the educational requirements were to participate. Elon Musk quickly tweeted the following: It comes in a long history of statements, in which the renowned entrepreneur suggests degrees — even highschool degrees — aren’t a necessity to work for him. In a 2014 interview, for inst
  • Facebook will pay you for your voice recordings, but it’s not worth it

    Facebook will pay you for your voice recordings, but it’s not worth it
    Last year, Facebook said it would stop listening to voice notes in messenger to improve its speech recognition technology. Now, the company is starting a new program where it will explicitly ask you to submit your recordings, and earn money in return. According to a report from The Verge, the social network is commencing this project, called Pronunciations, with its ViewPoints Research app. Notably, ViewPoints is the same app Facebook launched to reward people to take social media surveys.
  • Microsoft is bringing its Defender security software to iOS and Android

    Microsoft is bringing its Defender security software to iOS and Android
    In the past couple of years, Microsoft has made some solid apps for iOS and Android. Now, the company is planning to bring its Defender antivirus solution for mobile platforms. These apps will be part of Microsoft’s enterprise suite. [Read: Twitter tests labeling and correcting ‘harmfully misleading’ tweets by politicians] The Seattle-based tech giant said it plans to release the final version of the app later this year. However, it will show off a preview at the RSA Conf
  • Twitter tests labeling and correcting ‘harmfully misleading’ tweets by politicians

    Twitter tests labeling and correcting ‘harmfully misleading’ tweets by politicians
    The 2016 election was a watershed moment for the spread of misinformation online, so social networks have been exploring ideas to prevent the same from happening again in 2020. Twitter’s latest test: labeling “harmfully misleading” tweets by politicians. NBC News first reported on the leaked test, which Twitter confirmed. With the new feature, misleading tweets would be labeled with a bright orange warning. Tweets from verified fact-checkers and journalists are then shown unde
  • TikTok addict? Slow your scroll with time limit settings

    TikTok addict? Slow your scroll with time limit settings
    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. TikTok this week introduced new controls that allow parents to control their children’s time on the app. This new mode would allow a parent to monitor their teenager via their own accounts, restricting what they can see, how much time they can spend on the app, and who can send them messages. So the kids are taken care of — but what about the
  • Google removes ‘nearly 600’ apps from the Play Store over annoying ads

    Google removes ‘nearly 600’ apps from the Play Store over annoying ads
    Google is cracking down on apps on the Google Play Store with the most obnoxious ads. The company today announced it had removed ‘nearly 600’ apps from the Play Store – banning them from monetizing ads too – for their disruptive advertisements. Specifically, Google says that “disruptive” ads are those that are displayed to users in “unexpected ways” such as when ads show up when you’re not actually using the device, or if you get a surp
  • Apple reportedly ‘considering’ allowing you to set your own default apps

    Apple reportedly ‘considering’ allowing you to set your own default apps
    Ever get tired of your iPhone opening Safari or the Mail app when you open a link or an email address… especially if you never use them or have even deleted them? There’s a chance Apple may finally address your concern. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple is “considering” allowing users to set rival apps to be the default for web browsing and mail in the imminent iOS 14. Apple‘s in-house apps are always set as the default in whatever activity you’re
  • What if we fuck up the Moon too?

    What if we fuck up the Moon too?
    US Vice President Mike Pence yesterday gave a speech at NASA’s Langley research center in Virginia where he told employees that President Donald Trump was committed to putting humans back on the Moon by 2024 through “any means necessary.” We’re not sure exactly what that means. It was likely intended to be an inspirational quip indicating that the employees of NASA have the President‘s full support. But it feels a bit ominous coming from the administration that had
  • AI Now: Predictive policing systems are racist because corrupt cops produce dirty data

    AI Now: Predictive policing systems are racist because corrupt cops produce dirty data
    The AI Now Institute’s Executive Director, Andrea Nill Sánchez, today testified before the European Parliament LIBE Committee Public Hearing on “Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Law and Its Use by the Police and Judicial Authorities in Criminal Matters.” Her message was simple: “Predictive policing systems will never be safe… until the criminal justice system they’re built on are reformed.” Sanchez argued that predictive policing systems are

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