Google Earth Timelapse Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Watch closely as the reservoir dries up, the oil spill spreads, and the rain forest disappears. Today, Google announced a new 3D time-lapse feature in its Google Earth platform. It allows users to navigate to any spot on the globe and press Play to watch the geography change. The timeline goes back 37 years, from […]

The 7 Best Smart Displays (2021): Google Assistant, Alexa, Portal

A smart display might be for you if you want the convenience of a smart assistant with the added bonus that comes with having something to look at. When you put Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa into a smart speaker with a tablet-sized screen, you get a fun way to see the weather or album […]

How to Draw Directions on a Map in React Native

Today we’re going to draw directions route on a map in React Native, showcasing the path between two different locations. We’re going to make use of react-native-maps which is a powerful library, allowing us to draw polylines between multiple coordinates. We are also going to use Google Directions API in order to fetch precise directions routes […]

Social Media CEOs Can’t Defend Their Business Model

Anyone who has been paying any attention at all knows that big social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube prioritize user engagement above just about anything else. So why won’t their CEOs admit it? On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai testified before Congress for a hearing titled “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s […]

The CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter will appear before Congress in a misinformation hearing on Thursday. Here’s why the execs are testifying.

The CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter will testify in front of Congress on Thursday. The joint hearing was scheduled to discuss how misinformation spreads on these online platforms. Tech firms have faced pressure throughout the pandemic, the 2020 election, and the Capitol siege. Tech’s biggest figures will once again appear before Congress on Thursday. […]

These are the tech companies that decide what speech is allowed online

The Parler platform was offline for weeks after being dropped by Amazon Web Services and others. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images) Who really runs the Internet? A lot of companies you rarely hear about. Sure, Facebook, Google and Twitter made headlines for shutting down Donald Trump’s accounts after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. But the […]

A Better Path to Tech Reform? Felony Charges

On March 25, the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter will once again testify before a committee of the House of Representatives, this time about the spread of disinformation on their platforms. Disinformation about Covid-19 has undermined the country’s response to the pandemic. Disinformation about the 2020 election led to the January 6 insurrection at […]

This Group Wants to ‘Ban Surveillance Advertising’

When the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google testify later this week at a House hearing, a number of familiar policy reforms will be on the table. Antitrust. Section 230. Privacy legislation. A new campaign wants to add another bold idea into the mix: “Ban Surveillance Advertising.” In an open letter posted today, the coalition […]