This Venture Capitalist Started Her Own Firm Without Any Investing Experience or Degree. Here’s How She Did It

Arlan Hamilton was homeless, sleeping on the floor of the San Francisco International Airport and couch-surfing for months when it finally happened. The 38-year-old launched Backstage Capital in 2015, a venture capital firm that invests in under-invested founders, like women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community. Hamilton …

Oculus talks the controller tracking limitation of Quest

Oculus Quest, the latest VR headset from Facebook, enables full six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking for both head and hands using the company’s new inside-out system called Insight. This brings the standalone headset closer to Rift-quality tracking than ever before, but it’s still not perfect. Gabor Szauer, Developer Relations …

Mysterious U.S. whale die-off is now deep in its 2nd year. We still don't know the cause.

Using a tractor, state and town officials in coastal New Hampshire attempted to drop the carcass of a minke whale into a dumpster in mid-September. But the dead cetacean proved too big, bouncing off the red bin and flopping onto the pavement of a beachside parking lot. The minke whale …

Facebook users can now ask for a ‘second look’ at content moderation decisions involving bullying

Facebook today announced that it’s beginning to implement a slew of features aimed at helping users keep bullying and harassment out of their News Feed. Most notably, Facebook will extend the option to ask for second review of content that has been reported for bullying or harassment. Previously, this option …

Day 4 of Fat Bear Week voting pits a bully against a chunky favorite at the Brooks River

Welcome to Fat Bear Week at Mashable! Each fall, Katmai National Park holds a competition as Alaska’s brown bears finish fattening up for their long winter hibernation. This year, Mashable is getting in on the salmon-munching action. Check back with us all week as we follow the fat bear face-offs …

How to Build a WordPress Theme from Scratch: the Basics

In this tutorial, we’ll explore WordPress theme file structure in depth, and learn how to create a basic WordPress theme from scratch. In the first part of this series, we introduced WordPress theming, and the fundamental terminology relating to WordPress theme development. We covered templates, partials, template hierarchy, WordPress post …

Scorecard vs Dashboard – What Each Adds to Business Intelligence

Tracking your organization’s progress and monitoring KPIs is a key aspect of your business intelligence tools. There are multiple ways to track your success metrics based on your needs and the time frame you’re seeking to monitor. Dashboards offer a broad way to track strategic goals and measure a company’s …

Groundbreaking study links productivity to air quality

A new study of UK indoor office environments has found a direct correlation between the quality of the air in offices and its effect on workplace productivity. The two-year research initiative, backed by facilities company EMCOR and carried out by academics at Oxford Brookes University and LCMB Building Performance found …

How to Use Feature Flags in Continuous Integration

A lot has been written about the benefits of achieving true Continuous Integration (CI) into production systems. This tutorial will demonstrate a simple workflow that achieves CI. We’ll be using Feature Flags and Remote Config to avoid the need for feature branches in Git, as well as any sort of …

Amazon Seller Competition Can Be Vicious and Brutal

Amazon Seller Competition Can Be Vicious and Brutal Amazon can be and often is a good marketplace for small businesses, but there are competitors who game the system to cut the legs out from under a rival, resulting in that rival’s immediate suspension from Amazon—bringing a sudden halt to what …

This wholesome Twitter account compares Chris Evans to soft, fluffy golden retrievers

As dog people will tell you, golden retrievers are friendly, energetic, adorable as hell, and extremely lovable. But these four traits aren’t exclusive to pups — they also apply to actor and human golden retriever Chris Evans. One enlightening day in September, the person behind the Twitter account @retrievans (who …

More than half of UK ethnic minority citizens believe Brexit will stifle their career

Over half (52 percent) of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnics (BAME) believe that Brexit will negatively impact their career progression compared to only 16 percent of non-BAME. This is according to a new survey commissioned by the Equality Group, an organisation that helps companies attract, retain and develop diverse talent …

Will technology prove a threat or a godsend in the new workplace?

In the past decade, the business landscape has fundamentally shifted with the emergence of companies like Uber and Netflix, in addition to the rapid growth of large technology companies such as Apple and Amazon. Underlying this shift is the constant evolution and implementation of technology into the workplace. In a …

Spillage Control: Determining Countermeasures and Prevention According to the Type of Spill

Every facility that deals with hazardous materials should be well-equipped and aware of the correct procedures to undergo if a spill were to happen. Spill management and spill response strategies should be included during the emergency planning, and every facility should have multiple (if not all) employees trained in the …

Customer service performance metrics you need to track

We live in a hyper-connected digital world where the customer is not only always right, but also more demanding, empowered, tech-savvy and time-poor than ever before. If your business isn’t providing exceptional and swift customer service, your commercial growth and development could become seriously stunted — and that’s why it’s …

The Secret to Avoiding Checked Bag Fees Every Time You Fly

Gifts aren’t the only thing to bust your budget this holiday season. Most major U.S. airlines have recently raised their checked bag fees, which means transporting presents home may cost a little bit more this year. American Airlines baggage fees, JetBlue Airlines baggage fees, United Airlines baggage fees, and Delta …

7 Plugins for Adding Structured Data to Your WordPress Website

Structured data (sometimes called “Schema” or “microdata”) has emerged as an important part of SEO strategy. Search engines are making use of this information to enhance listings and provide users with more immediate answers. Even if you’re not 100% sure what structured data is, you’ve undoubtedly run across it in …

Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals

Facebook’s founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question him about negative impacts his social network is having on democratic processes globally. Last week Facebook declined an invitation from five of these parliaments. The elected representatives of Facebook users want Mark …

Enrich brainstorming sessions with Office 365 collaboration tools

Making sure your team meetings and collaborative sessions are efficient and productive is always important, especially as they’re directly related to your bottom line. This could lead you to implement various hacks and techniques, but the best solution could actually be right under your nose. Let’s talk about Office 365 …

Your relationship with your boss may be playing a role in your stress levels

Everybody knows how horrible it is to be stressed out at work. Sadly, across the world, employees are being subjected to increasing work demands and, as a result, work stress is on the rise. As we try to understand the root of the problem, we often end up blaming our boss. …

Major League Baseball Teams Lost $93 Million This Season Because No One Is Going to Games

Major League Baseball attendance dropped 4 percent this year, continuing a steady decline for “America’s Pastime.” It’s the lowest league-wide attendance since 2003 and the largest single-season drop in a decade. What does that mean for a team’s bottom line? Bloomberg News crunched some numbers to get a better understanding. …