What's Inside Google's Top-Secret Design Lab
CEO Sundar Pichai has been candid about how crucial design has become to Google’s business. The special sauce behind Google’s breakout hardware products is its one-year-old Design Lab. Fast Company is the first publication to go inside the lab.
Why FedEx Decided to Curb Its Amazon Contract
News this week that FedEx Ground would not renew its delivery contract with Amazon wasn't a great surprise to market watchers, but it was significant. Amazon's ever-growing demands, its developing position as a competitor, and low margins for delivery work were all factors in FedEx’s decision, analysts tell Fortune.
Samsung Unveils Note 10—and 10+
Eight years after Samsung launched the Galaxy Note, the line has transformed the way users think about mobile devices. Most of the industry has come around to Samsung’s way of thinking about big screens and productivity. With this week’s introduction of the Note 10 and Note 10+, however, Samsung is attempting to broaden the Note’s appeal, TechCrunch reports. Like the S line, the Note has been split into two distinct devices.
Böen Wine Taps NFC Technology
Californian wine brand Böen is urging U.S. shoppers to "Tap Our Cap" with a smartphone to learn more about its wines, Mobile Marketer reports. The vintner equipped its bottles with near-field communication (NFC) technology that directs mobile users to a website with information about the brand, its history and food and wine pairings.
Kids Should Learn to Code, Right?
From former President Barack Obama’s $4 billion Computer Science for All initiative to Amazon’s Future Engineer program, the public and private sectors have embraced the idea that children should study computer science. Ninety percent of parents agree. But Zeynep Tufekci, who learned to code as a child, writes in Scientific American that children should learn programming skills—if they want to.
Fact-Checkers Are Losing Key Digital Tools
At least three major digital tools for fact-checkers have gone away so far this year, and another big loss is due next month, Poynter reports. In September, Facebook-owned CrowdTangle, which was built to uncover and monitor the spread of social media content, will stop offering Twitter data on its dashboard.
Tracking Your Competitors’ Facebook Ad Campaigns
Social media and digital marketing platforms give marketers more options than ever to not only reach their own audience, but also to track what their competitors are doing, Social Media Today reports. A new tool from PixelMe will send an alert whenever one of your competitors launches a new Facebook ad campaign.
The Value of Data Visualization
Organizations have two things in abundance: data and unanswered questions. If done right, data visualization enables them to convert data into insights that help organizations to make data-driven rather than gut-based decisions, according to Nightingale, the journal of the Data Visualization Society.
Hacked by Snail Mail
If it's too hard to breach a network over the internet, hackers may successfully resort to mailing an employee a device—often hidden among corporate swag—designed to steal passwords or implant malware over WiFi, Axios reports. This approach uses what's known as an "evil twin" attack, setting up fake WiFi access points using the same name as a target WiFi network.
Searching a Forest
Ecosia's founder has a novel way of fighting climate change, Der Spiegel reports. For every 45 inquiries conducted on its search engine, the Berlin startup has a seedling planted somewhere around the world. Ecosia's website has a tree counter: It currently stands at over 62 million newly planted trees.