Google's Feminist Emojis Were Nominated For A Design Award & We're Rooting For Them

If a picture says a thousand words, then an emoji says a million. That’s why we were so excited when Google announced its newest addition to the Unicode emoticon universe: emojis depicting women in seemingly every career under the sun, including a mechanic, a farmer, and a rock star (but of course).As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones jazzed for Google’s creations. The group of professional-women emojis has been nominated for a Beazley Design of the Year Award by the Design Museum in Londo...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, London, Silicon Valley, Charlottesville, Unicode, New Split Screen, Agustin Fonts Rachel Been, Mark Davis Nicole Bleuel, Chang Yang

Google Found a Way To Automatically and Perfectly Erase Watermarks on Stock Photos

If you’re a professional photographer who assumed that slapping an obtrusive watermark across your work would protect it from being misused online, Google’s got some bad news for you. A team of researchers from the company has found a way to automatically and perfectly erase the watermarks used by popular stock…Read more...
Tags: Google, Photography, Science, Research, Stock Photography, Watermarks

The Pistol Maker Who Saved American Industry

Every adult on the planet who has watched a Western movie knows about the Colt pistol. It was the sidearm of choice for Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Buffalo Bill Coty, “Bat” Masterson and Wild Bill Hickok. Robert E. Lee, Teddy Roosevelt, and George Patton wore Colt pistols. But, the backstory of the man behind the famous pistol is a portrait of an innovation leader in action. Today, we would label Samuel Colt a disruptor. Sam loved pistols from an early age. Following a childhood dre...
Tags: Apple, Leadership, Steve Jobs, America, Tesla, Connecticut, Ibm Watson, Harry Potter, Pixar, Bavaria, Sam, Henry Ford, Glastonbury, Masterson, J K Rowling, Hartford

LiftIgniter raises $6.4M to bring website personalization to the rest of the internet

 You’ve probably had the experience of going to a website and seeing a lot of content that’s not really relevant. For the most part, a lot of this is organized in a way that’s either pre-defined or based on a limited number of signals that aims to sort of personalize the experience for a normal user. But as time goes on and the competition for eyeballs continues to heat up,… Read More
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Tech, Personalization, LiftIgniter

A Normal Person's Guide to the Essential Phone, the Most Hyped Gadget of the Summer

In the world of smartphones, the Essential Phone has been anxiously anticipated with the reverence we should probably save for Kendrick Lamar albums. Why? Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, is behind the whole thing. After ditching Google in 2014, Rubin ran off to open a bakery (YUM!), but he’s returned to the world…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Kendrick Lamar, Consumer Tech, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Essential Phone, How Real Is The Hype

Lost for Over a Century, This Is Now the Oldest Known Original Photo of a US President

Lost for nearly a century and a half, a grainy black and white portrait of John Quincy Adams has reemerged—and it’s now considered the oldest surviving original photograph of a US president in existence. Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Technology, US, History, John Quincy Adams, Found Photography, US Presidents, Found Photos, Grainy Presidents

Coup launches new electric scooter service in Paris and faces off with Cityscoot

 Coup is launching its second city for its electronic scooter-sharing service. You can now find hundreds of Coup scooters in Paris. The company is going to compete with Cityscoot, a similar service that has been around for a while. While the city’s bike-sharing service has been around for a decade in Paris, scooter-sharing is something new. Coup has acquired around 600 electronic… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Paris, France Newsletter, Coup, Cityscoot

Bitcoin Is Forking. Again.

Merely weeks after it was announced that Bitcoin was splitting into two separate entities, the initial version of bitcoin and it's new "bitcoin cash," the network is adding a third version, according to a report. From the article: On Wednesday, a group of bitcoiners scheduled yet another split for the network in November, which would create a third version of bitcoin. So, what makes this version different from the others? Right now, the bitcoin network can sometimes take a long time to process t...
Tags: Tech, Bitcoin, Bitmain, Jeff Garzik They

Unpatchable 'Flaw' Affects Most of Today's Modern Cars

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A flaw buried deep in the hearts of all modern cars allows an attacker with local or even remote access to a vehicle to shut down various components, including safety systems such as airbags, brakes, parking sensors, and others. The vulnerability affects the CAN (Controller Area Network) protocol that's deployed in modern cars and used to manage communications between a vehicle's internal components. The flaw was discovered by a collaborative effort...
Tags: Tech, Catalin Cimpanu, Politecnico di Milano Linklayer Labs, Threat Research FTR

Airbnb is asking hosts to offer free housing in Barcelona for people affected by the attack

 Airbnb has activated its disaster response tool to help people affected by the recent attacks in Barcelona. Airbnb’s tool offers free housing to anyone who urgently needs a place to stay. At the time of publication, more than 80 people have opened up their homes free of charge. Read More
Tags: TC, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Barcelona, Airbnb, Barcelona Airbnb

It’s 1984 at Google

By David Limbaugh James Damore David Limbaugh USA – -( Google's firing of software engineer James Damore for daring to express politically incorrect ideas in an internal memo is the latest example of the political left's tyrannical propensity to suppress speech, thought and dissent.Almost as troubling as the left's policing is its apparent obliviousness toward its own hypocrisy and the danger it poses to the liberal exchange of ideas. While constitutional issues may not be ...
Tags: Google, Guns, America, Christ, War on Women, Gun Rights News, USA Ammoland, David Limbaugh, Damore, James Damore, David Limbaugh James Damore David Limbaugh

Dilution of Whisky -- the Molecular Perspective

From a new published paper in Scientific Report by Bjorn C. G. Karlsson and Ran Friedman: Despite the growing knowledge of the nature of water-alcohol mixtures on a molecular level, much less is known on the interaction of water, alcohol and small solutes. In particular, the nature of the interaction between the solvent and taste-carrying molecules, such as guaiacol, is not known. To address this gap, we used MD simulations to study the distribution of guaiacol in water-alcohol mixtures of diffe...
Tags: Tech, Bjorn C G Karlsson, Ran Friedman

How Hackers Are Targeting the Shipping Industry

An anonymous reader shares a report: When staff at CyberKeel investigated email activity at a medium-sized shipping firm, they made a shocking discovery. "Someone had hacked into the systems of the company and planted a small virus," explains co-founder Lars Jensen. "They would then monitor all emails to and from people in the finance department." Whenever one of the firm's fuel suppliers would send an email asking for payment, the virus simply changed the text of the message before it was read,...
Tags: Tech, Maersk, Jensen, Lars Jensen, CyberKeel, Morten Schenk

Self-sufficient Eclipse Chasers Hit the Road To 'Totality'

An anonymous reader shares a report: Michael Zeiler packed his portable toilet then headed out on a 10-hour drive from New Mexico to Wyoming where, on Monday, he intends to mark the ninth time he has seen the moon pass in front of the sun in a total solar eclipse. Zeiler is a self-described "eclipse chaser," part of a group of avid astronomy buffs, telescope hobbyists and amateur photographers whose passion for such celestial events takes them to the far corners of the earth. For the first coast...
Tags: Tech, United States, Wyoming, New Mexico, Southwest, Zeiler, Casper Wyoming, Michael Zeiler

Lockheed Martin Wins U.S. Army’s Squad X Experimentation Project

DARPA’s Squad X program has recently taken a major step forward with the U.S. Army awarding the preliminary team contract to Lockheed Martin to develop the technological projects within the program, at a value of $12.9 million. The program is an experiment by DARPA to bring a number of technologies that have been well used […] Read More … The post Lockheed Martin Wins U.S. Army’s Squad X Experimentation Project appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Technology, News, Guns, Defense, History, Companies, Darpa, Lockheed Martin, Daily News, U.S. Army, Rifle, Other Gear & Gadgets, 03s Would Break Every Single Thing In This Suite, Squad X, Lockheed Martin Wins U S Army

Hyundai To Build a 300-Mile-Per-Charge Electric Car

On Thursday, Hyundai Motor said it will launch a long-range electric vehicle with a driving range of 500 km (311 miles) per charge after 2021. The company is reportedly planning 31 eco-friendly models by 2020, up from a previously flagged 28. Reuters reports: The South Korean automaker is planning to launch an electric sedan under its high-end Genesis brand in 2021 with a range of 500 km (310 miles) per charge. It will also introduce an electric version of its Kona small sport utility vehicle (S...
Tags: Tech, Hyundai, Reuters, Kona, Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors Corp

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Friday. 1. Business Insider spoke with fired Google engineer James Damore, who compared being conservative at the firm to "being gay in the 1950s." He also claimed the memo which got him fired "empowered" women. 2. Former Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has formally responded to a lawsuit brought by one of his investors, Benchmark Capital. In a court filing, Kalanick's legal team describes the suit as a "public and personal attack."...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Obama, Steve Jobs, Youtube, Trends, Barcelona, Travis Kalanick, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Kalanick, Charlottesville, Pewdiepie, Sundar Pichai, Trump

The Verge's Essential Phone Review: An Arcane Artifact From an Unrealized Future

An anonymous reader shares Dieter Bohn's review of the Essential Phone: Even though it was announced less than three months ago at the Code Conference, there's already enough mythology surrounding the Essential Phone to fill a book. It comes from a brand-new billion-dollar startup led by the person who helped create Android itself, Andy Rubin. That origin binds it up with the history of all smartphones in a way that doesn't usually apply to your run-of-the-mill device. The phone was also delayed...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Tech, Sprint, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Bohn, Dieter Bohn

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited is New Entry-Level Model

Over the years, many have criticized the Volkswagen Tiguan for carrying a higher starting price than most other compact crossovers. But now, Volkswagen is offering a Limited model that drops the price of entry to just $22,860. The Limited is based on the previous-generation Tiguan and will sell alongside the revamped 2018 model that sits on the MQB architecture. The previous base 2017 Tiguan S started at $25,860. And the new 2018 Tiguan has an even higher starting price of $26,245. Granted, it’s...
Tags: Apple, News, Vw, Volkswagen, Tiguan, Volkswagen Tiguan Limited, Tiguan Limited

Apple hid a job listing on its website that you need serious computer skills to find (AAPL)

  One way to get your foot in the door at Apple is to know where to look to find secrets hidden on its website.  For example, if you direct your browser to, you'll find a hidden plain text job listing looking for a distributed systems engineer. "Hey there! You found us," reads the job listing. "We are looking for a talented engineer to develop a critical infrastructure component that is to be a key part of the Apple ecosystem." The job sounds pretty great — you get ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Trends, Amazon Web Services, Aapl, Zdnet, Zach Whittaker

3 Powerful Lessons for Novice Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

Almost five years ago, I started working full-time as a freelance writer. Joining the community of freelancers was completely unintentional, but a necessity. I was a co-founder of a startup that went belly-up. And I experienced something that every entrepreneur has to learn to stomach and recover from: the dark, miserable low of failure. Opportunity Literally Calls As I watched my company piffle out, I began looking for ways to pay the rent. Then my phone rang. It was a partner at one of the ...
Tags: Google, Business, Don, GrowMap, Dana Davis

Music Streamers Pledge To Purge Neo-Nazi Music, But How Did It Get There In First Place?

First Spotify said it was pulling down music from neo-Nazi, explicitly racist or white supremacist bands in the wake of last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, VA.  Next Deezer and CD Baby pledged to do the same. and Google Play and YouTube reaffirmed policies that "prohibit content like hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts.” How did this music find a home on Spotify and other music streamers? _________________________________________ Who is to blame for rac...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Music, Youtube, Pandora, Tim Cook, Streaming, Silicon Valley, Charlottesville, Music Business, Bruce Houghton, Lyor Cohen, Walsh, Variety, Hypebot, Tracy Maddux

Google confirms Android O reveal on August 21, coincides with Solar Eclipse

After some reports, Google has finally confirmed that it will reveal the Android O name and will show off some new features at an event in New York City on August 21st at 2:40 PM ET (12:10 AM IST August 22nd). It coincides with with the total solar eclipse that will cover entire United States for the first … Continue reading "Google confirms Android O reveal on August 21, coincides with Solar Eclipse"
Tags: Google, News, New York City, Blogging, United States, Android O August 21, Google Android O

Tech companies continue efforts to banish extremist accounts

NEW YORK (AP) — Tech companies’ efforts to banish extremist groups and individuals are continuing as a social network popular with extremists disappeared from Google’s Android app store. Gab had already been unavailable in Apple’s store, though it remains accessible on the web. The banishments come in the wake of the deadly clash at a […]
Tags: Apple, Google, Business, New York, News, Ap, Nation & World

FOOT LOCKER: We aren't afraid of being Amazon'd (FL, AMZN)

Amazon has been taking market share from companies across America, and its freaking out the CEOs of the country's biggest companies. So much so that CEOs have been mentioning the e-commerce behemoth at a clip of nearly six times that of President Donald Trump, according to Bloomberg.  On Friday, sneaker retailer Foot Locker announced a brutal second quarter that sent shares tumbling by nearly 30%. The compay earned $0.39 a share on revenue of $1.7 billion, both of which were shy of Wall Street e...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, America, Trends, Nike, Bloomberg, Chicago, Jordan, Johnson, Richard Johnson, Donald Trump, Foot Locker, Amazon d FL AMZN

Weekend reading: Weirdly busy August edition

What caught my eye this week. F or various reasons (none of them unpleasant) I’m having a bit of a busy time of it at the moment. Hence we’ll crack straight into the links this week. Cheers for checking in, and have a great weekend! From Monevator Eek! Like I said, it was a mad busy week… – Nothing new on Monevator. The horror! From the archive-ator: Investing lessons from a card-based strategy game – Monevator News Note: Some links are Google search results – in PC/desktop view these e...
Tags: Google, UK, London, Marketing, US, Britain, Tina Fey, Cctv, Trump, Jason Zweig, NBER, Other sites, Weekend Reading, Morgan Housel, John Bogle, Ben Carlson

Cloudflare CEO calls for a system to regulate hateful internet content

 Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince has called for the implementation of a framework to govern how the internet’s gatekeepers deal with cases like The Daily Stormer. This comes after a number of tech companies have revoked support for the neo-Nazi website for its close association with the violent far-right demonstrations in Charlottesville. Seven-year-old Cloudfare took the step of cutting… Read More
Tags: TC, Internet, Tech, Internet Security, Computing, Nazi, Prince, Cloudflare, Charlottesville, Matthew Prince, The Daily Stormer, Cloudfare

The LG V30 is shaping up to be a serious Note 8 competitor

LG has always been a bit of an oddball when it comes to smartphone design. Sometimes its designs are too wacky for the mainstream, others they’re too boring. Even the G6, which uses the oh-so-common metal frame and glass back look, was somewhat reserved compared to the competition. But the V30 actually looks pretty gorgeous. Ever-reliable leaker Evan Blass shared the clearest look at the device we’ve seen yet, showing it from virtually all sides. It looks like the G6 and S8 had a baby, but LG se...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Lg, Insider, Evan Blass

NASA launches satellite to relay data from Hubble, ISS and other spacecraft

 NASA launched a new satellite on Friday morning, aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral. The launch occurred at just before 8:30 AM ET, after a brief delay form its original planned launch due to a minor technical issue with the booster that was promptly corrected by the launch team. The satellite, TDSRS-M, will make its way to orbit and then add its… Read More
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Ula, Boeing

Train to use Salesforce to guide any business the right way — for only $59

You can get a headstart on all those startup growing pains with the Salesforce Administrator and App Builder certification, on sale now for only $59 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.
Tags: Startups, Social Media, Tech, Offers, Life Hacks, Design & Dev, Marketing and SEO, Tools & Skills

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