CryptoKitties explained: Why players have bred over a million blockchain felines

CryptoKitties hit a milestone recently as players have bred more than a million unique virtual kitties in a demonstration of the usefulness or maybe silliness of blockchain technology. Blockchain, which is the foundation for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, is a secure and transparent ledger that runs on decentralized networks. It enabled Axiom …

Facebook launches ‘Hunt for False News’ debunk blog as fakery drops 50%

Facebook hopes detailing concrete examples of fake news it’s caught — or missed — could improve news literacy, or at least prove it’s attacking the misinformation problem. Today Facebook launched “The Hunt for False News,” in which it examines viral B.S., relays the decisions of its third-party fact-checkers and explains …

Enterprise shopping season starts early with almost $50B in recent deals

Black Friday may still be 10 days away, but shopping season started early in the enterprise this year. We have seen acquisitions totaling almost $50 billion in the last couple of months alone, topped by the mega $34 billion IBM-Red Hat deal two weeks ago. What exactly is going on here? …

Majority of UK workers sit at their desk between four and nine hours a day

The majority (81 percent) of UK office workers spend between four and nine hours each day sitting at their desk, equating to an average of 67 sedentary days per person each year, claims a new survey from Fellowes. Nearly half (45 percent) of office workers polled said they sat at …

Tech and ad giants sign up to Europe’s first weak bite at ‘fake news’

The European Union’s executive body has signed up tech platforms and ad industry players to a voluntary  Code of Practice aimed at trying to do something about the spread of disinformation online. Something, just not anything too specifically quantifiable. According to the Commission, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Mozilla, some additional members …

Defining the Customer Funnel: Awareness

AWARENESS   Defining the Customer Funnel: Awareness Raven Brajdic, Content Writer @ Article-Writing.co When a potential customer first comes across your brand, they are unknowingly entering the first stage of the content marketing funnel: Awareness. At this stage, your content should be guided by the notion that your customer knows …

Should I be a Landlord or a Passive Real Estate Investor?

    Hey everyone, I’m on vacation this week and we have a guest post from Amy Kirsch, RealtyShares Vice President of Investor Sales and Client Success. Today, she’ll share her experience with being a landlord and a passive real estate investor. See which one she likes better. I’ll be back next …

'Iron Fist' was canceled and the internet has strong opinions

Iron Fist, Marvel’s least-loved Netflix series, has been canceled after two seasons. With pretty poor reception of the first season in 2017 and mixed reactions to its recent second season, the immortal Iron Fist (a.k.a. Danny Rand) will no longer have his own show like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and …

This Credit Card Has No Annual Fee and Gives 3% Cash Back on Dining. Here’s Why It’s the Best of 2018

For a lot of people out there, the idea of paying an annual fee just to be allowed to spend money seems absurd. While annual fee credit cards can be cost-effective, we know there are plenty of you who think it’s a deal breaker and want to find the best …

UK labour and skills shortages set to increase as number of EU nationals fall

A noticeable fall in the flow of EU nationals into the UK has coincided with a drop in the quantity and suitability of job applicants being reported by employers, the latest quarterly Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD and the Adecco Group has revealed. The data suggests that while the …

Modest goals are more appealing to people than maintaining the status quo

Thanks to a quirk in the way our brain evaluates goals, people feel it’s easier to achieve a small incremental goal than to maintain the status quo, when both goals are assessed in isolation. This is especially true if the context is seen as unfavourable.  This finding, which contrasts with …

Wreck-It Ralph is getting a warehouse-sized VR Game at Disney parks

For the last year or so, Disney has been dabbling with massive virtual reality experiences that let players strap on a portable VR rig and run around in a warehouse-sized environment. In partnership with TheVOID (part of Disney’s 2017 accelerator class) and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab, it launched a Star Wars-themed experience, …

Workplace wellness programmes may be a waste of time and money, study concludes

The $8 billion dollar wellness industry in the US may not be achieving very much, according to a new analysis from academics at Chicago University and the University of Illinois published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. While the researchers concede that the difficulties of measuring the impact of …

Mary Meeker is said to be raising up to $1.25 billion for her new growth fund

Mary Meeker, who revealed in September plans to leave Kleiner Perkins after an eight-year run with the venture firm, is reportedly looking to raise up to $1.25 billion for her debut fund. So says Business Insider, citing multiple sources. We’ve reached out to Meeker for more information. As Meeker told …

Website mockup tools: 5 popular choices to consider

Planning out a website’s layout with website mockup tools before cracking open a code editor is a good practice. However, choosing the right tool for that planning process isn’t just about what’s in your Applications folder. There are many different options available, and each might be suitable based on your …

Integrating MongoDB and Amazon Kinesis for Intelligent, Durable Streams

This article was originally published on MongoDB. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. You can build your online, operational workloads atop MongoDB and still respond to events in real time by kicking off Amazon Kinesis stream processing actions, using MongoDB Stitch Triggers. Let’s look at an …

Fortnite maker buys anti-cheat software company

Epic’s gotta do something with the money it’s printing through Fortnite purchases. Acquisitions appear to be at the top of that list, starting with Kamu, the Finnish startup behind Easy Anti-Cheat. Epic has already deployed the anti-cheat software for its wildly popular sandbox survival game — it’s been a central …

5 best invoicing software options for small business

For many small businesses and entrepreneurs, invoicing and collecting payments is the lifeblood of your organization. However, finding the best invoicing software for small businesses can prove challenging. Many of your existing platforms or tools might have an invoicing capability (for example Microsoft Office 365, or Square point-of-sale), or you …

Digital and mobile tech at work is still not being used to full advantage

Just a third of businesses are using mobile technologies for their administration tasks, and as organisations struggle to digitise, many employees admit to finding pen and paper simpler to use. The vast majority (91 percent) of workers still prefer to use a desktop or laptop for administrative tasks, according to …

How to Start and Market Your Own Pest Control Franchise

A pest control business that is based from home as a lot of potential to earn you steady profit. After extensive research regarding pest control reviews online you may have already come to the decision to start your own extermination business that will help people get rid of vermin naturally …

Model the First Quarter According to Chinese New Year Traditions

Winter brings a month of new beginnings – not just a new year, but the first quarter – a time to set benchmarks and get a jump start on achieving them. There’s another new year that begins in the first quarter and that’s the Chinese New Year which occurs on …

Niantic overhauls Ingress to make it more welcoming for new players

Before there was Pokémon GO, there was Ingress. It was Niantic’s first game — and while it never became the overwhelmingly popular phenomenon that GO did, it’s undeniably what allowed GO to exist in the first place. Now Niantic is taking another swing at it. The company has rebuilt Ingress …

Meet the Billionaire Sheikh Who Built the World’s Largest Truck and Once Carved His Name Into His Own Private Island

Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan is known as the Rainbow Sheikh, but not because he’s a public supporter of LGBTQ rights. The member of one of the United Arab Emirates’ ruling families, the Al Nahyan clan based in Abu Dhabi, has a vast car collection that reportedly includes seven Mercedes …

How Early Retirement Impacts Social Security Benefits

I originally wrote this piece in 2012 to figure out how early retirement impacts Social Security benefits. A lot has happened since then. I retired from my engineering career to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger. My income dropped quite a bit, but my happiness increased tremendously. After 6 years, I’m very …