It’s time to boycott Amazon

Amazon is easily the most successful company of the Internet age. It boasts online retail operations in five different continents. Wherever it goes, it inevitably dominates. But there’s a huge human cost to this. Amazon’s success is partly fueled by exploitative practices. For th … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Crypto YouTuber hacked out of $2 million during a livestream

Another day, another heist: Ian Balina, a cryptocurrency YouTuber known for his (sponsored) ICO reviews, was apparently hacked out of $2 million during a livestream session. Balina was reviewing ICOs on his channel as usual, when a viewer suddenly notified him that “someone” had … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Got questions for a marijuana mogul? Socrates Rosenfeld is joining us on TNW Answers on 4/20

What are the most innovative tech projects in the cannabis industry right now? How did your military training prepare you for your role as a CEO? Silicon Valley VC’s have a newfound intense fascination with cannabis. Any trepidations there? How has your company dealt with America … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

From Compton to Google: How to fix tech’s diversity problem

The internship The summer of 2001, I found myself in a hotel conference suite hearing from a successful black businessman named Brian Morton share his career experience. Sitting in a room with 40 or so other students of color, I listened with eager expectation as he imparted wisd … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Bridging the gap between innovators and early adopters

Innovators and early adopters – a marketing perspective More than half a century after communications professor Everett Rogers popularized the Diffusion of Innovations theory, little has changed when it comes to how new ideas are communicated and adopted. The key characteristic o … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

11 eye-popping web design trends you can expect to see in 2018

We’re approaching the end of 2017, which means I get to write my favorite article of the year: web design trends you can expect to see in the coming year.  Below are the top 11 web design trends that I anticipate we will be seeing much more of in 2018. 1. The end of pop-ups and i … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Become a digital marketing guru with this total training

Marketing in the digital age is a whole different beast from “Mad Men”-era advertising dominated by TV, radio and print. If you don’t know how to reach and strike a resonance with an online customer base, you’re way behind the curve. So get up to speed now with the Full Stack Mar … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Google Glass and Segway failed because they forgot about humans

Our relationship with technology, and social media, in particular, is ripe with irony, impulse, and irrational behavior. We have a love/hate with Facebook and our smartphones, which seem to offer us a mixture of both freedom and servitude. The average American spends over 50 minu … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Christmas carol writing AI proves humans are still better at a few things

As we near the dawn of the robot apocalypse, this is proof that you’re probably safe for at least a few more weeks. Colorado-based research scientists Janelle Shane recently trained her own neural network to write its own Christmas carols. Using a collection of about 240 carols r … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

New Facebook tool reveals if your account was a cog in the Russian propaganda machine

A new Facebook tool allows users to see just how vulnerable they were to Russian propaganda during the 2016 election. The tool, conveniently tucked away in Facebook’s Help Center, scans past posts in an attempt to link them to known propaganda Pages, some of which have since been … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Snowden’s new Android app turns your cheap smartphone into a home security system

Even the best digital security practices are often undone by sloppy physical security. An unreadable 40 character password, after all, is only as secure as the office containing the Post-it note you wrote it on. (Sidebar: please don’t do this. Use a password manager for god sakes … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Top alternative forms of experiential marketing that drive engagement

Generation Y is unique in many ways, including the fact that they’re choosing to invest in experiences over things. Instead of buying fancy cars and homes as soon as they get their first big payday, millennials invest in vacations, weekends at music festivals, and other adventure … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Building a SaaS product? Avoid these 6 common mistakes at all costs

As an up-and-coming software as a service (SaaS) business founder, you face some risks. Risk-taking is inherent to building a business and making mistakes is also often inherent to starting your own company. I’m a nontechnical founder myself who now runs the fastest growing sourc … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

3 predictions about the future of voice assistant apps in 2018

Remember when you first starting using mobile apps around 2008? I know I do; I recall how the idea of pressing little iPhone icons for breaking news, emails, shopping needs, and restaurant searches seemed exotic and revolutionary, but it quickly became “the new normal.” I was a p … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Stay safe and organized with the email manager that works for you 24/7

We all could use a good email turn CleanEmail loose on all your incoming messages. Right now, you can get lifetime access to this efficient email manager for $51 (75 percent off) from TNW Deals with coupon code: GIFTSHOP15. | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Tech wants to hack your hangover

Tech has a drinking problem. Nowhere is that more apparent than during the holiday season. Across the world, hard-working and hard-partying startups are throwing their employees lavish parties, with moats of free alcohol for the taking. And over the past few years, a myriad of st … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Build and program a robot that walks, dances and opens the world of robotics — for under $50

If you’re looking for just the right kit to get a youngster started with robotics or even a career in a STEM field, the SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit is right in that sweet spot. Right now, you can get this cool introduction to robot-making for just $42.50 from TNW Deals wi … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

PressCoin: The largest crowdfunding effort to address the news crisis

Amit Rathore, the designer of the PressCoin ecosystem is on a mission to save the news industry from itself. A serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, Rathore launched a cloud-based multi-channel publishing startup in 2014. The following year, he moved into the Blockchain/cr … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

This amusing iPhone X game turns your face into a controller

One of the iPhone X features Apple boasted about the most during its unveil in September was its new TrueDepth sensors. But aside from powering its fancy Face ID technology and its crappy Animoji gimmick, it has hardly been put to use – that is until now. Leveraging the X’s TrueD … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

My tech person of the year: Margrethe Vestager

I know most people would have chosen somebody like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, or the incredibly talented as the tech person of the year, but I went another way, a person that in the strictest sense isn’t even in tech. For me, the person that influenced tech in the most … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Data integrity could literally save the world from nuclear facility attacks

When the Department of Homeland Security and F.B.I. revealed in June that cyber attackers penetrated the Wolf Creek nuclear facility, it was the latest in a string of recent hacks against critical infrastructure targets. It was followed just ten days later by the news of the (all … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

These heroes sent an army of bots to save your Christmas from pushy telemarketers

Earlier this year, an angry, but righteous, programmer waged a war against the large flock of Windows Support scammers and tasked a massive army of bots to shut down every fake support line around the world. But it appears this hero is not quite done, and is now back with a new m … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Minimalists will love Voltra’s beautiful cross-platform hi-def music player

If you like your software to be well designed and free of clutter, you’ll want to check out Voltra’s gorgeous music player for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The free app catalogs music stored on your local hard drives and lets you rifle through them by artist, album, and song name. As … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

What my baby taught me about UX design

While on maternity leave, I expected to take a break from my job as a UX designer, but found that I couldn’t get away. Watching my young son learn basic human skills became a study in human interaction, one that led me to new insights into designing digital experiences for adults … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

How technology can help you and your kids long as you let it

While many of us were growing up, technology was treated very differently than it is today. It has always been a hot conversation topic, of course, but the concept of tech had not permeated our daily lives as heavily as it has today. In the digital age, we have accepted major adv … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

The next Apple Watch might double as an EKG heart monitor

The current-gen Apple Watch can already detect your heart rate, but it’s not so great at figuring out whether you’re likely to have a stroke with that data. So, for its next wearable trick, the company is reportedly baking in an EKG heart monitor. That’s according to Bloomberg’s … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

This juice company’s blockchain fairytale of fortune proves investors don’t get blockchain

Farmingdale, New York-based beverage company Long Island Iced Tea Corp saw its shares surge in value by 500 percent on Thursday when it announced it was changing its name to Long Blockchain Corp (PDF), reports Financial Times. That’s great, and I’m happy for the folks at LIITC, s … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

5 data trends brands should include in 2018 digital marketing plans

If you’re a brand builder who wants to nail your 2018 marketing plan, it is crucial to understand data trends. Change is happening in the data analysis sector at a rapid pace. Business owners who monitor these changes are best prepared to use their improved knowledge to their adv … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Report: Goldman Sachs to open cryptocurrency trading desk

Goldman Sachs is jumping into cryptocurrency with both feet. According to sources familiar with the matter, Goldman aims to have a new cryptocurrency trading desk up and running by the end of June, if not earlier. Already, the bank is one of the first large players from Wall Stre … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Facebook’s newest music deal opens door to massive UMG library

A scant couple of weeks after Facebook revealed its in-house music library for budding content creators, the social media site has announced a partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), a conglomerate that owns the souls of hundreds of popular performing musicians. According t … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman

Eric Schmidt will be stepping down from Alphabet’s board of directors to serve as a technical advisor, the company announced today. He will continue to serve as a member of the board. In a statement, Schmidt said: Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

App Store now requires games to share loot box odds

Apple recently changed its App Store review guidelines — now any game developer who wants to include loot boxes will also have to tell you how likely it is you’ll get the rare item you want. The update, spotted by Polygon, includes a change to the payment section of the guideline … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Pokémon GO adds icy new monsters in a holiday update

Niantic is attempting to get its trainers in the holiday spirit with a solstice update that gives players season-appropriate rewards. This holiday season, celebrate with us—and a few new Pokémon friends. — Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoA … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Grammarly polishes your writing across all your apps and emails

Grammarly is the writing app that looks for and finds far more than simple typos and punctuation errors. Right now, you can get a one-year subscription to Grammarly’s premium service for just $69.98 (49 percent off its regular price) from TNW Deals. | Continue reading | 6 years ago

20 mostly practical gifts for the technophile

Lets face it: A lot of holiday gifts just aren’t that useful, and end up stored in a closet indefinitely. That’s just a waste of money, so this guide tries to collect gadgets tech that will hopefully avoid the same fate. As such, some of these items aren’t necessarily things you’ … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Let’s agree to stop it with the AI chatbot bullshit in 2018, k?

For well over a year now, chatbots have been sold to us as the ultimate revolution in digital marketing. The wholesale replacement of mobile apps is en route! The holy grail of marketing 2.0 is turning the corner! Really? I’ve got to call bullshit on this. The hype around AI-enab … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Chuwi’s SurBook is a great Surface clone for entertaining goldfish

I really don’t like being negative. I firmly believe there’s a silver lining, a hidden use, or some beautiful detail to almost everything. But gee shucks, it’s sometimes hard to find. Take Chuwi’s SurBook, a Surface-like tablet pc made by an up-and-coming Chinese manufacturer. My … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Coming in 2018: The first VR Nobel Prize experience

Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, economics, and medicine gathered in Stockholm last week for the Nobel Week and Nobel Prize Awards ceremony. Apart from the Nobel Prize winners announcement, other exciting news came along – HTC VIVE and Nobel Media announced a partnership to … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Ready to strangle your business partner? Try co-founder’s therapy

When you hear the term couple’s therapy, the first image that comes to mind is probably something like this: a husband and wife who once seemed blissfully in love have experienced an increasing number of disagreements in their relationship. Tension has escalated into arguments an … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

After Amazon, Walmart wants to try building cashier-less stores

Recode reports that Walmart is busy at work on a cashier-less store that you can walk into, shop at, and leave without having to physically check your items out. The concept is similar to Amazon Go, a venture from the retail giant that saw it use computer vision tech to allow sho … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Cyberpunk isn’t just sci-fi — it’s Silicon Valley’s design theory

Molly Millions is cool. Her augmented eyes are coated in mirrors, and beneath her immaculately manicured nails, quicksilver daggers wait to be sprung. Her boyfriend was Johnny Mnemonic, a human hard drive, gray matter encrypted with a passcode that only the highest bidder can unl … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

We created an AI-powered coffee bot for our office — here’s how

According to the International Coffee Organization, Finland has the highest coffee consumption per person (our neighbors Norway, Iceland, Denmark, and Sweden are also in the top 10) and our Helsinki office housing many engineers and data scientists is no exception. It practically … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

What’s right and wrong about Apple slowing down iPhones with aging batteries

If you’ve felt that your iPhone has been slowing down over time, you aren’t imagining things: Apple has confirmed that it intentionally curbs performance on devices with aging batteries, including the iPhone 7, 6, 6s and SE – and it’ll continue to do so for other products too. Na … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Apple’s plan to support unified apps on iOS and macOS could be a game-changer

Bloomberg reports that next year, Apple will set in motion a plan to support apps that work across iPhones, iPads, and macOS desktops and laptops, without the need for multiple versions. The project, which is codnamed ‘Marzipan’, is expected to be announced at Apple’s next Worlwi … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Twitter now supports 2-factor authentication without SMS, here’s how to set it up

It’s no fun having your Twitter profile hacked, and you should definitely be using Twitter’s SMS-based two-factor authentication to secure your account. Now, there’s an easier way. Twitter now lets you use third-party apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, and 1Password on your p … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

LG Gram 13 inch laptop review: Good things come in small packages

LG’s Gram is an incredibly lightweight little laptop that succeeds in finding a happy medium between power and portability. I tested out the 13-inch model and realized size really does matter: smaller is better. My current laptop is a big, heavy Alienware gaming computer that oft … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Facebook defends ad targeting meant to discriminate against older workers

For the unemployed (or underemployed) a Verizon job ad in the Facebook Newsfeed might be just the break they’re looking for. In an ad featuring a smiling millennial woman, Verizon promises “your [sic] more than just a number,” a corporate euphemism meant to relay a company values … | Continue reading | 6 years ago

Exercising robot will still be sweating long after you’ve abandoned your New Year’s resolutions

Adding to the list of things robots do better than humans, this creation from the University of Tokyo is now better than we are at exercise. In Science Robotics today, the researchers showed off their newest humanoid robot, Kengoro, who can do sit-ups, push-ups, and back extensio … | Continue reading | 6 years ago