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Microsoft redesigns hundreds of icons, including the Windows logo

Microsoft announced its new Fluent Design system way back in 2017, but it’s only recently that we’ve begun to see the new aesthetic take hold of Microsoft‘s software. After introducing a new suite of Officeicons last November, the company today revealed it has redesigned over 100 icons across its apps and services – including a refresh of the Windows logo. As with the Office icons last year, the new designs combine depth, gradients and soft edges for a decidedly more welcoming aesthetic than the old metro design Microsoft has been iterating on since Windows 8. It has some of Google’s… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Windows,Microsoft

Facebook wants to use your Oculus data for ads because of course it does

Oculus this week revealed it’s rolling out a batch of new social features tied to Facebook. While the features themselves seem innocuous enough, they come with the caveat that you have to allow Facebook access to your Oculus data. Oculus‘s new features include chats with friends, Events and Groups that let you arrange multiplayer sessions with your friends, links you can share with your friends that let them join you exactly where you are in any given VR app — basically there’s lots of stuff involving friends. You can also livestream your gameplay directly to Facebook, or share photos or… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Facebook

EyeQue VisionCheck® helps you keep tabs on your eye health at home.

Helping us see the world and all its beauty, the human eye is nothing short of a biological marvel, but it's also incredibly delicate. So, you'd best take care of it if you want to keep seeing the world and all its splendor down the road. While nothing beats a routine trip to the ophthalmologist, there are steps you can take to keep tabs on your eye health right at home, like theEyeQue VisionCheck ® monitor.

The iPhone is now the internet’s preferred porn streaming device

The numbers don’t lie: Tons of people are ditching their desktops and laptops, and watching porn straight from their phones, or so suggest the figures from the internet‘s most visited adult entertainment platform, Pornhub. The site’s annual data review reveals that 76.6 percent of users consume smut via their phones. That’s a 5-percent increase compared to 2018’s 71.6 percent. The bigger news? The iPhone has finally become the world’s preferred porn streaming device, snatching the reins from Android. Yep, iOS accounted for 52.8 percent of all mobile traffic, leaving Android in second place with 46.6 percent. That’s what happens when Apple releases… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: iPhone

ING bank wants to give clients a compliant way to store cryptocurrency, report

Major Dutch bank ING is developing technology so that its clients can safely store digital assets like cryptocurrencies, Reuters reports citing sources familiar with the matter. The firm then told reporters it sees “increasing opportunities” surrounding digital assets, both asset-backed and native security tokens. ING noted a focus on providing a compliant way to access the sector. Reuters‘ sources said that the custody project is operating out of its Amsterdam offices, but that it’s still in its early stages. The bank reportedly also has several other blockchain initiatives. Keeping cryptocurrency safe has become a business in itself. Last year, prominent… This story continues at The Next Web

Why designers need to look beyond 2 genders

Something I’ve been ruminating on for a long time is our lack of gender options when users register for products and services. I’m not the first one to notice this, but it’s still happening, and it’s more prevalent than we realize. While I personally identify as a cisgender female, I still care about this issue because it affects many good people, including the ones I care about. Max Masure wrote a great article on why cisgender people should be normalizing pronoun usage that I would recommend for other cisgender people to help educate themselves. In this article, they mention how cisgender people… This story continues at The Next Web

Video: What’s new with the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max?

Ahh, we’re still in that glorious, sweet honeymoon period with the new iPhones. It’s not been too long since they were released and, with Christmas just around the corner, you might be considering picking one up for yourself. Thing is, unless you spend a lot of time reading about Apple‘s devices (like sad, little loser me), it can be confusing to work out what separates them all. But don’t worry, we’ve got you. We’ve already put together videos on the differences between the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, as well as what’s new with the iPhone… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: iPhone

SEC: Crypto ‘entrepreneur’ illegally raised $42M, spent funds on dating and rent

Cryptocurrency ‘entrepreneurs’ beware: US regulators haven’t forgotten about your dodgy initial coin offering (ICO). The SEC has just charged the head of a crypto startup for allegedly cheating investors out millions of dollars by lying about non-existent partnerships. The SEC’s complaint claims that between August 2017 and April 2018, UnitedData founder Eran Eyal fraudulently sold unregistered securities via an ICO for “Shopin Tokens.” Capital raised by selling Shopin Tokens was supposed to be used to create shopper profiles that track purchase histories across online retailers, which were purportedly to be maintained by a blockchain. According to the SEC, Shopin never created… This story continues at The Next Web

Neurons — a fuckton of them — are what make us smarter than other animals

Here’s something new to consider being thankful for at the dinner table: the long evolutionary journey that gave you your big brain and your long life. Courtesy of our primate ancestors that invented cooking over a million years ago, you are a member of the one species able to afford so many cortical neurons in its brain. With them come the extended childhood and the pushing century-long lifespan that together make human beings unique. All these bequests of your bigger brain cortex mean you can gather four generations around a meal to exchange banter and gossip, turn information into knowledge… This story continues at The Next Web