Last Wednesday at the Grace Hopper Conference, Facebook, Box and Pinterest announced they would be joining together and launching a brand new pilot mentorship program called WEST—Women Entering and Staying in Tech. The ideal goal of the program is to provide women interested in careers within the technology industry with one-on-one mentorship. The mentorship program will do so by providing support, advocacy and community development which will give women the resources needed to build successful careers in technology. The program will be able to do so by having female staffers from each of the above companies serve as mentors for the women who sign up.
Long gone are the days of the traditional office. The word office once conjured up drab, grey images of employees listlessly typing away at their computer screens. These days, collaborative workspaces are all the rage—for good reason. “Two brains are better than one,” is not just an old adage repeated by teachers the world over in an attempt to encourage group work. The most successful companies have taken the advice to heart, and combined open workspaces with fun and playful design, to create offices that inspire the creative mind. From the slides in the employee lounge at Google New York, to Seglas Cano’s office in the woods, this list will inspire you to rethink employers.
Check out six of the most creative office designs around the world after the jump!
This week marks the official launch of Apple Pay. It made its U.S. debut this Monday, October 21st, 2014. For those unfamiliar with Apple Pay, it is the new mobile payment program for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners. With Apple Pay, users have the ability to make purchases simply by pointing their phone to the Apply Pay reader while holding the TouchID fingerprint sensor.
Apple took to the stage last Thursday at its headquarters in Cupertino, California to make sure fans know what their options are. From hardware to software announcements—here is everything that was announced at their keynote:
Meet Deezer, the second-largest online music streaming service in the world.
Finally making its debut in the US market two weeks ago, Deezer is now available in 183 countries around the globe. With 16 million users and 5 million paying subscribers, the 7-year-old French company is a dynamic contender in the music streaming industry. While its figures still fall short when compared to Spotify—which has more than twice the active users and double the paid subscribers—its new high-definition service Deezer Elite gives the company a competitive edge.
Last Wednesday, security researcher, Stéphane Chazelas discovered a security vulnerability in the command line shell, GNU Bourne Again Shell—more commonly known as Bash. The bug, dubbed Shellshock, appears to be affecting Unix-based operating systems, including Linux and Mac OS X, as well as webservers running any version of Bash. Every version of Bash’s 25 year-old life span, including version 4.3, appears to be vulnerable.
Social media has no doubt become one of the most widely used forms of communication today. With the tap of a button, we can share just about anything—including photos, important occasions, or personal opinions. It allows us to share even the most mundane aspects of our daily lives, with hundreds of people in an instant. In a way, social media helps us convey our personalities through the Internet. Despite having such freedom to do so, there is still one major concern that haunts avid social media users, more specifically Facebook users: the issue is privacy. Ironic isn’t? Why do we value privacy on social media when we are willing to display ourselves so candidly online?
Apple launched its newest mobile operating system update, iOS 8, two days before the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Fans can now get their hands on more than just the latest iPhone, and they don’t have to wait in line for it.
iOS 8 is available for download on any iPhone from the iPhone 4S onward, the iPod touch (5th generation), and all models of the iPad, excluding the original iPad.
Tweet, tweeting, Twitter. What used to be a bird’s chirp was added to the Oxford Dictionary last year in reference to the social media site, which began making large strides in 140 characters or less. Now the company is looking to expand as it continues to put work into its commerce branch which we saw a peek of last year. Since hiring Nathan Hubbard, the former Ticketmaster Chief Executive, Twitter has launched campaigns in partnership with Starbucks, American Express, and has recently added Amazon to its belt.