• Apple pulls the Tumblr app after offensive images surface on the site

    Last Friday, the app for the blogging site Tumblr quietly disappeared from the iOS App Store, with no apparent explanation. Now, after a weekend of silence, we know why — and it’s a really bad reason. When the app vanished, a page appeared in Tumblr’s help center basically giving the standard “We’re working on it” excuse. The page was updated multiple times over the weekend, each update containing variants on “no really, we’ll get it fixed very soon.” It wasn’t until Download approached the...

  • There's a Coursera class to help your clueless boss figure out AI

    Andrew Ng is best known for his work at Google, where he helped establish the Google Brain program, and as the Chief Scientist at Baidu. But his impact in the field of artificial intelligence is probably most profound through his work at Coursera, an online learning center he co-founded. Ng teaches several free or affordable Coursera courses on a variety of topics related to machine learning and artificial intelligence. And if you, or someone you’re forced to work with, doesn’t know the...

  • An entrepreneur’s guide to Ottawa, Canada

    If you’re not from Canada, you might be surprised to learn that the capital of the Great White North isn’t Toronto. It’s Ottawa. This is one mistake that any Canadian would tell you they’ve heard more times than they’d like to admit. Yet, in many ways, it could be argued that the same misunderstanding goes for the country’s tech capital as well. Time and time again, Toronto beats out Ottawa on global and national rankings for best tech hub — with Ottawa, in some cases, failing to even make the...

  • Review: The Spyro Reignited trilogy is delightful, gorgeous, and really frustrating

    After a lengthy delay, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy finally hit shelves last week. I’ve been playing it nonstop ever since, and as a longtime fan of the little purple guy, I’m more than satisfied with it, though admittedly it does come with a few control issues.   We all go into a game review with a little bias — we’re human, not score-spitting automatons. But I’m going into this with more personal history than usual. Spyro was to me what Mario and Sonic were to most of my friends, and I spent...

  • Read this if you’ve got ‘nothing to hide’

    Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can also get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! If you’re one of those people who think privacy isn’t really an issue for you because you have nothing to hide, you should read this. Personally, I think the topic of privacy is interesting, but I’m generally annoyed with privacy advocates because they fail to...

  • Here are 5 Mac apps to get the most out of your MacBook

    For just over $100, you can pick up five fantastic apps that’ll have your Mac purring like an Italian sports car...even if it rolled off the assembly line back when “The Lego Movie” was a new release.

  • Facebook hack proves we need new user authentication methods

    Just when you thought Facebook has put the worst of its troubles behind, the social media giant revealed on Friday that it had experienced a new security incident that possibly affected 90 million users. However, unlike previous scandals, in which malicious actors used legitimate features of the Facebook app and APIs for their evil ends, this was a hack involving a security flaw that allowed hackers to hijack user accounts. Facebook is far from being the first company to expose user accounts to...

  • Girls who play video games are three times more likely to study STEM than non-gamers

    I played a lot of video games when I was a teenager. I have fond memories of hours dedicated to the pixelated missions of the likes of Zelda and Mario Bros on my family’s Nintendo Entertainment System. I later went on to study physics and then engineering at university. Is there a connection between my degrees and my love of video games? That’s the question I wanted to answer with my recent research. I found that girls who were heavy video game players were over three times more likely to take a...

  • Instagram is using machine learning to kill off your fake followers

    Don’t freak out if you see your Instagram audience shrink in the near future. The company announced that it’s kicking off a clean-up drive to remove bots and fake accounts from its platform, and that may well lead to a drop in your follower count. The Facebook-owned firm, which claimed to have over a billion users worldwide in June, noted in a blog post that it will start taking action on accounts with “inauthentic activities:” Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows...

  • Genies makes realistic looking Bitmoji that can be used in other apps

    Genies has just launched its first iOS and Android mobile app designed to let users build a three-dimensional cartoon version of themselves — one that looks and acts just like you. Created by Akash Nigam and Evan Rosenbaum, Genies uses advanced artificial intelligence that lets you communicate through your avatar and act out keywords and sentiments in reaction to what you type. Genies is quickly becoming Snapchat-owned Bitmoji’s rival as more than one million people have created a digital clone...

  • If Facebook's new auto-comment feature isn't rock bottom, it has to be close

    It’s been two tumultuous years. Still, it’s highly unlikely we’ve witnessed the moment Facebook hit bottom. A new feature, spotted by some users this morning, though, may offer a clue as to what that moment could look like. In this case, it’s a tool that prompts users to comment on live video using algorithmically-generated text or emoji. The text, similar to that used in Google’s Gmail, attempts to match fairly common replies to the context of a stream, and the sentiment surrounding it. And it...

  • Student discovers copycat stalker imitating her Instagram account

    A Scottish college student apparently discovered a classmate had been imitating her pictures on Instagram, to an eerie degree. According to a now-deleted Facebook post, a woman named Chloe Cowan and her sister spotted the copycat, allegedly a fellow student named Honey Basra. The latter would apparently recreate Cowan’s photos, down to the clothes she was wearing and the caption. Cowan was reportedly frightened by the existence of the account, and who wouldn’t be? This goes beyond simple...