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Pixel 4 review: Google ups its camera game

Google’s first-party hardware has always been a drop in the bucket of global smartphone sales. Pixel devices have managed to crack the top five in the U.S. and Western Europe, but otherwise represent less than 1% of the overall market. It’s true, of course, that the company got a late start, largely watching on the sidelines as companies like Samsung and Huawei shipped millions of Android devices. Earlier this year, Google admitted that it was feeling the squeeze of slowing smartphone sales ...
Tags: Hardware, Mobile, Reviews, Android, Android 10, Google, Google Hardware Event 2019, Google Pixel, PIXEL, Pixel 4, Smartphones


The Best of the Edward Gorey Envelope Art Contest

What a delight it must have been to have been one of Edward Gorey’s correspondents, or even a postal worker charged with handling his outgoing mail. The late author and illustrator had a penchant for embellishing envelopes with the hairy beasts, poker-faced children, and cats who are the mainstays of his darkly humorous aesthetic. (A number of these envelopes and some 60 postcards and sketches are included in Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer, which documents th...
Tags: Comics/Cartoons, Creativity, K-12


Shine Bathroom raises $750K for a smart home add-on that flushes away your toilet doldrums

One ongoing theme in the world of smart homes has been the emergence of gadgets and other tools that can turn “ordinary” objects and systems into “connected” ones — removing the need to replace things wholesale that still essentially work, while still applying technology to improve the ways that they can be used. In the latest development, a smart home startup from Santa Barbara called Shine Bathroom has raised $750,000 in seed funding to help build and distribute its first product: an accessory...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets, Recent Funding, Startups, Adero, Shine Bathroom, Toilets, Trackr


Popular VPN Service NordVPN Says it Was Hacked

NordVPN, a virtual private network provider that promises to "protect your privacy online," has confirmed it was hacked. From a report: The admission comes following rumors that the company had been breached. It first emerged that NordVPN had an expired internal private keys exposed, potentially allowing anyone to spin out their own servers imitating NordVPN. For its part, NordVPN has claimed a "zero logs" policy. "We don't track, collect, or share your private data," the company says. But the b...


RIP: How to stop Google from stealing all your data after you die

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. Inevitably, one day you’re going to die. While you may think your online identity will go to the grave with you, that’s not always how it works out. Without setting your account to self-implode or handing your login details to a trusted person, companies like Facebook and Google will carry on storing your data and everything else they’ve got on you. You’re pro...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Privacy, Basics


What Will the Internet Look Like in 2030?

Something has happened to our sense of the future. In old movies or TV shows, the future was often depicted as a wholly alien world, a barely recognizable landscape of flying cars, and out of control clones. On a show like Black Mirror, by contrast, the future often looks a lot like the present, but with…Read more...
Tags: Internet, Technology, Future, Predictions, 2030


Venezuela's Water System is Collapsing

In Venezuela, a crumbling economy and the collapse of even basic state infrastructure means water comes irregularly -- and drinking it is an increasingly risky gamble. Venezuela's current rate of infant mortality from diarrhea, which is closely related to water quality, is six times higher than 15 years ago, according to the World Health Organization. From a report: But the government stopped releasing official public health data years ago. So The New York Times commissioned researchers from the...


How the Designer Behind the Original Mac Comes Up With New Ideas

Most people can’t really innovate, says Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design. He and his company (now celebrating fifty years in business) helped design Apple’s portable computers, Sony’s Walkman, and many websites, apps, gadgets, and high-end medical and dental equipment. These are his principles of innovation.Read more...
Tags: Creativity, Design, Career, Innovation, Frog Design, Designers, Industrial Design, Apple, Sony


A Definitive Guide To WordPress Blog Links

One of the most essential components of blogging are links. They are crucial to keeping your network and visibility alive in a digital ocean. As it stands, there are many different kinds of links when it comes to blogging, each has its own purpose but in this WordPress blog links guide, we’ll cover the most common ones you’ll come across or have to use. Most of these are necessary for your blogging if you want it to grow and become successful. A link, by definition, is a clickable refer...
Tags: Blog Tips, Backlink, Backlinks, Hyperlinks, Link Building, Links


Fractals, holograms and learning

Image from Pixabay I'm intrigued by esoteric theories, and one is the simulated universe hypothesis - you know, the idea that we might all be living in a simulated universe, similar to the Matrix movies. As I was searching through web pages on the subject today, I found a text on Crystalinks and it is fascinating: "A hologram is a three-dimensional photograph made with the aid of a laser. To make a hologram, the object to be photographed is first bathed in the light of a laser beam. The...
Tags: 3D image, Fractals, Gestalt, Hologram, Information, Learning, Technology


Re-live the golden days with this boss repository of macOS screensavers

I remember being obsessed with screensavers as a kid. I’ve spent hours flicking through an array of animated backdrops, trying to find the one I thought was coolest, feeling like I was flying through space, or editing the text-related ones to say insightful things like “CALLUM IZ GREAT.” Truly, friends, a golden era. Then — and I’m not sure when exactly — screensavers stopped being so much of a thing. It could be that I entered puberty, that the point of a screensaver (to, quite literally, save ...
Tags: Apple, Plugged, Shareables


Bank of America Says It Saves $2 Billion Per Year By Ignoring Amazon and Microsoft and Building Its Own Cloud Instead

Bank of America has bucked the Wall Street trend by building its own private cloud software rather than outsourcing to companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. From a report: The investment, including a $350 million charge in 2017, hasn't been cheap, but it has had a striking payoff, CEO Brian Moynihan said during the company's third-quarter earnings call. He said the decision helped reduce the firm's servers to 70,000 from 200,000 and its data centers to 23 from 60, and it has resulted in ...


Samsung Warning: Galaxy S10 And Note 10 Owners Should Remove Their Screen Protectors Now

(CNN) — Samsung’s new high-tech fingerprint reader on the latest Galaxy smartphones has a major flaw: It can be fooled by the residue left by your fingers on a screen protector. The company is warning customers who own the latest Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 phones to remove their screen protectors until Samsung releases a software update. A British woman recently discovered that her husband could unlock her Samsung phone when he placed his thumb on the fingerprint reader, which was enclosed in...
Tags: Technology, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy, Talkers


A 16-year-old moved to Los Angeles with dreams of making it in Hollywood. But he got his big break on the buzzy app TikTok instead.

16-year-old Parker Pannell grew up with the dream of becoming an entertainer, so his parents hired their friend to be his legal guardian and move with him to Los Angeles. There, Pannell attended acting classes, auditions, and worked to grow his YouTube channel, yet nothing was helping him get noticed in the industry.  Pannell then joined TikTok, the short-form video app wildly popular among teens, and in one year he gained an audience of 779,000 followers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for...


What the Initial Disney+ Line-Up Says About the Streaming Service’s Longterm Goals

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises.) Let it be said that if the Walt Disney Company knows one thing, it knows how to market itself. Last week, the Disney+ Twitter account basically took a hold of the entire social-media platform and used it to promote itself. Depending on how you look at things, their thread of more th...
Tags: Featured Stories Sidebar, Features


Should we rethink the politics of ‘blocking’?

Jillian C. York Contributor Share on Twitter Jillian C. York is the director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Years ago, I wrote a piece criticizing a cover story by a well-known writer and political commentator that I’d met a few times, with whom I’d occasionally sparred on Twitter. The piece wasn’t merely a representation of my own views, but pulled in snarky tweets from other j...
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Teenagers Are Easily Bypassing Apple's Parental Controls

"Kids are outsmarting an army of engineers from Cupertino, California," reports the Washington Post: And Apple, which introduced "Screen Time" a year ago in response to pressure to address phone overuse by kids, has been slow to make fixes to its software that would close these loopholes. It's causing some parents to raise questions about Apple's commitment to safeguarding children from harmful content and smartphone addiction. When Screen Time blocks an app from working, it becomes grayed o...


I tried the Pixelbook Go, Google's new $649 budget Chromebook — here are my first impressions

At its big October launch event, Google announced a budget alternative to its Pixelbook Chromebook: the Pixelbook Go. If you're interested in a Google-branded Chromebook but didn't want to shell out $1,000 for the original Pixelbook, the Pixelbook Go might be a good option for you.  You can preorder the Pixelbook Go now for $649, and it will ship on October 28, 2019.  I spent some time with the device at the launch event, and my first impressions follow below.   I never thought I'd be will...


Is America's Federal Banking System Considering Its Own Digital Cryptocurrency?

America's lawmakers and Federal Reserve officials "are so concerned about Facebook's plans to launch a new digital currency," reports Politico's financial services reporter, "that they're contemplating a novel response -- having the central bank create a competitor." Momentum is building for an idea that was once considered outlandish -- a U.S. government-run virtual currency that would replace physical cash, a dramatic move that could discourage major companies like Facebook from creating their...


Alphabet's 'Wing' Finally Launches America's First Drone Delivery Service, Beating Amazon

An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek: Wing, an offshoot of Google parent company Alphabet, officially launched its drone delivery service Friday, delivering a FedEx package -- a birthday gift for Susie Sensmeier from her husband, Paul -- through the air from a distribution center to the couple's home in Christiansburg, Virginia, according to the company's blog. the first company to receive Federal Aviation Authority approvalfocusing on drone delivery in dense, urban environments" according to Te...
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Tools for writing: 3 mobile dictation apps that save writers time

People are more motor-mouthed than nimble-fingered. In fact,  we speak three times faster than we type . Dictaphones and similar tools for writing are an over-hyped relic of the past. Glorified memory aides, the lot of them!  Even if you used them, you’d have to type out your dictations anyway. For today’s time-pressed writer on the move there’s an efficient alternative to typing: dictation apps on your phone. [Author: [email protected] (Paul Morton)]
Tags: How to write, Technology, Writing tools


Mercedes-Benz App Glitch Exposed Car Owners' Information To Other Users

An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people's account and vehicle information. TechCrunch spoke to two customers who said the Mercedes-Benz' connected car app was pulling in information from other accounts and not their own, allowing them to see other car owners' names, recent activity, phone numbers, and more. The apparent security lapse happened late-Friday before ...
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Google Says It Will Fix Pixel 4's Face Unlock Fail 'in the Coming Months'

On the new Pixel 4, Google opted to replace the traditional fingerprint sensor used on its previous handsets for an iPhone-like face unlock system featuring a sophisticated infrared 3D dot projector. However, unlike the iPhone, the Pixel 4's face unlock works even if a person’s eyes are closed, which is a potential…Read more...
Tags: Pixel 4 Eye Detection Coming Soon, Pixel 4, Smartphones, Android, Face Unlock, Facial Recognition


Samsung Won't Support Linux on DeX Once Android 10 Arrives

An anonymous reader quotes Engadget: If you've been using Linux on DeX (aka Linux on Galaxy) to turn your Samsung phone into a PC, you'll need to make a change of plans. Samsung is warning users that it's shutting down the Linux on DeX beta program, and that its Android 10 update won't support using the open source OS as a desktop environment. The company didn't explain why it was shutting things down, but it did note that the Android 10 beta is already going without the Linux option... Samsu...
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Martin Luther King Jr. Explains the Importance of Jazz: Hear the Speech He Gave at the First Berlin Jazz Festival (1964)

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of full inclusion for Black Americans still seems painfully unreal fifty years after his death. By most significant measures, the U.S. has regressed. De facto housing and school segregation are entrenched (and worsening since the 60s and 70s in many cities); voting rights erode one court ruling at a time; the racial wealth gap has widened significantly; and open displays of racist hate and violence grow more worrisome by the day. Yet the movement was not on...
Tags: History, Music


Mozilla's CMO reveals the biggest mistake marketers make with their data, why it’s still boycotting Facebook, and how it plans to grab share from Chrome and Safari

Mozilla was one of the first brands to publicly denounce advertising on Facebook in the wake of the company's Cambridge Analytica scandal — and has still not returned. In a wide-ranging interview with Business Insider, CMO Jascha Kaykas-Wolff explained why it's still steering clear of the platform and where it's advertising instead.  He said the biggest mistake marketers make with their data is outsourcing it and that they should embrace consent-based and permission-based marketing.  Kaykas-Wo...


Satisfy User Intent By Establishing E.A.T. Principles

Search engines continue to grow in capability and complexity every year. The criteria for ranking websites have increased in number. SEO is standard practice to be competitive in your niche. However, knowing how to satisfy user intent remains the largest part of the equation. Establish E.A.T. (Expertise, Authority and Trust) in the content you produce to improve your ability to satisfy search intent. Growing Demand for High-quality Content Search engines have improved the speed in which they ...
Tags: Content & Copywriting, SEO / Google / Organic Traffic, E.A.T, User Intent


Week in Review: The web’s free speech conundrum

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week, I talked about the eternal dumbness of the smart home and how Google had a big chance to lay out their vision this past week. Guess what? They did not, instead we got a new more expensive Google Wifi that falls under the Nest brand as well as a Google Mini that can be wall-mounted… If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets here. The big story Zuckerberg ...
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Disney’s Controversial ‘Song of the South’ is the Subject of ‘You Must Remember This’ Podcast’s New Season

Song of the South is an animated/live-action hybrid film from Walt Disney Pictures directed by Harve Foster and Wilfred Jackson which follows an innocent young boy from Atlanta named Johnny (Bobby Driscoll) who moves with his mother to his grandmother’s plantation where he learns a series of life lessons from Uncle Remus (James Baskett) in the form of stories about the animated Br’er Rabbit (voiced by Johnny Lee) and his quest to evade Br’er Fox (Baskett) and Br’er Bear (Nick Stewart). It’s the...
Tags: Animation, Disney/Pixar, Musical, Karina Longworth, Song-of-the-South, You Must Remember This


Watch a high schooler be completely unimpressed when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shows up to his computer science class: 'Who's Jeff Bezos?' (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos made a surprise appearance Monday at a Washington, DC high school to visit an Amazon-funded computer science class. Video from the event shows one student not recognizing the Amazon CEO — and who was then visibly unimpressed after learning his identity. The teacher told the Washingtonian she estimated "only about three" of her students recognized Bezos when he walked into the classroom. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jeff Bezos may be the richest person in the...