Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites on the web are going Material Design

Google today announced that it has started the long-expected rollout of its Material Design update for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites, after first testing this update to the G Suite apps with its new design for Google Drive last year. It’s worth noting that there are no new features or other changes here. Everything … Read moreGoogle Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites on the web are going Material Design

How open source software took over the world

Mike Volpi Contributor Mike Volpi is a general partner at Index Ventures. Before co-founding the firm’s San Francisco office with Danny Rimer, Volpi served as the chief strategy officer at Cisco Systems. It was just 5 years ago that there was an ample dose of skepticism from investors about the viability of open source as a business … Read moreHow open source software took over the world

An unsecured database exposed the personal details of 202M job seekers in China

The personal details belonging to more than 202 million job seekers in China, including information like phone numbers, email addresses, driver licenses and salary expectations, were freely available to anyone who knew where to look for as long as three years due to an insecure database. That’s according to findings published by security researcher Bob Diachenko … Read moreAn unsecured database exposed the personal details of 202M job seekers in China

China’s Nreal raises $15M to shrink augmented headsets to size of sunglasses

A former Magic Leap engineer believes the problem with most consumer-facing augmented headsets on the market is their bulky size. “You wouldn’t want to wear them for more than one hour,” Xu Chi, founder and chief executive officer of Nreal told me as he put on a bright orange headgear that looked just like plastic Ray-Ban … Read moreChina’s Nreal raises $15M to shrink augmented headsets to size of sunglasses

Hacker leaks data on Angela Merkel and hundreds of German lawmakers

A hacker has targeted and released private data on German chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior German lawmakers and officials. The data was leaked from a Twitter account, since suspended, and included email addresses, phone numbers, photo IDs and other personal data on hundreds of senior political figures. According to a government spokesperson, there was … Read moreHacker leaks data on Angela Merkel and hundreds of German lawmakers

Scratch 3.0 is now available

The only kids’ programming language worth using, Scratch, just celebrated the launch of Scratch 3.0, an update that adds some interesting new functionality to the powerful open-source tool. Scratch, for those without school-aged children, is a block-based programming language that lets you make little games and “cartoons” with sprites and animated figures. The system is … Read moreScratch 3.0 is now available

Hackers hijack thousands of Chromecasts to warn of latest security bug

Hackers have hijacked thousands of exposed Chromecast streaming devices to warn users of the latest security flaw to affect the device. But other security researchers say that the bug — if left unfixed — could be used for more disruptive attacks. The culprits, known as Hacker Giraffe and J3ws3r, have become the latest person to figure … Read moreHackers hijack thousands of Chromecasts to warn of latest security bug

Popsugar’s Twinning app was leaking everyone’s uploaded photos

I thought the worst thing about Popsugar’s Twinning tool was that it matched me with James Corden. Turns out, the hundreds of thousands of selfies uploaded to the tool were easily downloadable by anyone who knew where to look. The popular photo-matching tool is fairly simple. “It analyzes a selfie or uploaded photo, compares it … Read morePopsugar’s Twinning app was leaking everyone’s uploaded photos

Put down your phone if you want to innovate

We are living in an interstitial period. In the early 1980s we entered an era of desktop computing that culminated in the dot-com crash — a financial bubble that we bolstered with Y2K consulting fees and hardware expenditures alongside irrational exuberance over Pets.com. That last interstitial era, an era during which computers got smaller, weirder, … Read morePut down your phone if you want to innovate

Indonesia unblocks Tumblr following its ban on adult content

Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country by population, has unblocked Tumblr nine months after it blocked the social networking site over pornographic content. Tumblr — which, disclaimer, is owned by Oath Verizon Media Group just like TechCrunch — announced earlier this month that it would remove all “adult content” from its platform. That decision, which angered … Read moreIndonesia unblocks Tumblr following its ban on adult content