Google highlights pirate sites in search results

Google may have redoubled its efforts to downplay pirate sites in its search results, but it's clear that there are some bugs to work out in its strategy. TorrentFreak discovered that the internet firm's search results in the US are explicitly highli…

You won’t escape Google ads in VR

Sorry, folks, donning a virtual reality headset won't offer a refuge from internet advertising. Google's Area 120 incubator is experimenting with online ad formats designed with VR in mind. It's a lot trickier than slapping a banner on a website, a…

Google Photos’ AI-powered sharing is now available

Google is making good on its promise of AI-assisted photo sharing. A Google Photos upgrade arriving this week uses machine learning to suggest pictures based on both your own sharing habits, the people in the photos, and whether or not they're part o…

Todoist team offers a less distracting take on Slack

Slack's team chat can be extremely helpful for coordinating with your coworkers, but it can also be supremely distracting. Do you really need a constant stream of alerts and unrelated funny GIFs when you're trying to get work done… or avoiding wor…

Google bets AI and human oversight will curb online extremism

Google is under a lot of pressure to stamp out extremists' online presences, and it's responding to that heat today. The internet giant has outlined four steps it's taking to flag and remove pro-terrorism content on its pages, particularly on YouTube…

Use a Google search to find out where you should be this weekend

If you want to find nearby events online, you often have to go directly to dedicated services like Bandsintown or Eventbrite… or worse, flip through the calendar on your favorite nightclub's web page. Why can't you just search the web and get some…

Instagram’s mobile website can do almost as much as the app

Instagram's web version has usually played second fiddle to its phone apps. While you could check out photos or look at your notifications, you weren't going to use it in place of native software. You might want to take a second look, though, as In…

SoundCloud’s latest feature crafts playlists from fresh uploads

Soundcloud isn't like other music streaming services. Rather than offering the back catalogs of seemingly every musician on the planet, the service is more of a resource for one-offs, mash-ups and folks looking for unique tunes to put into their DJ s…