Employees put off seeking medical advice due to worries over missing work

Although the majority (85 percent) of all business decision-makers agree that workplace health is a top priority, employees still aren’t being as open as they should, often playing down their illness or injury (32 percent) or feeling too busy to miss office hours (27 percent), a new survey by Bupa …

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 …

Ten employment law changes to look out for in the rest of 2019

This year is set to be a busy year for HR and employment law. From post-Brexit immigration rule changes and gender pay gap reporting, to age discrimination at work, employers are faced with amended employment laws and new deadlines for their organisation to meet. These are ten important areas of …

You can now save a whopping 58% on the NordVPN one-year deal

Are you aware that this month is Cyber Security Awareness Month? If not, then maybe you should be, because this year the focus is on how internet security is a shared responsibility among consumers, businesses, and the cyber workforce.  SEE ALSO: IPVanish has launched a huge sale to mark Cybersecurity …

More than two-thirds of the megacities of the world will be located in Asia by 2025

Robust economic growth and rapid urbanisation over the last few decades has resulted in the creation of a number of megacities in Asia. Against this backdrop, 33 out of the projected 49 megacities will be located in the region, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. The City Economics …

The best office designs of 2018, the future of work in 2019, and some other clickbait

This week’s beachcomb of the best workplace stories is brought to you in the wake of the first flood of retrospectives and predictions that wash up in the media at this time of year. The first piece of flotsam [sound of a metaphor snapping] is Dezeen’s listing of the world’s …

Samsung SmartThings Wifi review: A fast, all-in-one networking solution

Samsung SmartThings Wifi $279.99 (three pack) View Product The Good Sleek and clean node design • Plume’s adaptive technology is included • Easy to set up The Bad Maxes out at 866Mbps for download and upload • No advanced network controls The Bottom Line Samsung’s SmartThings Wifi is an easy …

Majority of staff refuse to admit tiredness is affecting their performance at work

Almost half of employees regularly turn up to their job feeling too tired to work but according to a new survey the majority (86 percent) are not able to speak openly with their line manager about how tiredness is impacting on performance. The research from Westfield Health has found over …

London, Paris and Stockholm lead ranks of European coworking hotspots

London, Paris and Stockholm are among the major cities featured in a new research report from Cushman & Wakefield (registration) into the coworking and flexible office sectors, which pinpoints future demand and the next likely growth hotspots across Europe. According to the report, coworking’s rapid expansion in recent years has …

SwiftKey taps Microsoft Translator for real-time translations in more than 60 languages

Microsoft-owned mobile keyboard company SwiftKey has announced a new translation feature in its Android app, one that leverages Microsoft Translator to convert your mobile messages into more than 60 languages. For the uninitiated, SwiftKey is a popular keyboard app for smartphones that enables users to type more quickly on touchscreens — it …

By Bailey and Insidesource merge to form global furniture dealership

UK furniture dealer By Bailey has joined forces with US-based dealer Insidesource to create a first of its kind, global furniture dealership. The merger grew out of the need to offer high level service to international clients, especially those with a significant presence in North America and the UK. The …

How Smart Brain Aging hopes to hold off dementia with brain training games

My 85-year-old mother has dementia, a memory loss disease that affects about 60 million people in the U.S. And so I can relate to the challenges of fighting the disease that John DenBoer has dedicated his life to fighting. He has started a company called Smart Brain Aging that has …

Vast majority of organisations still struggle with videoconferencing

The overwhelming majority of enterprises (90 per cent) report that they experience challenges when connecting to video conference calls. This is according to a new survey from StarLeaf, conducted by Vanson Bourne, which includes responses from 500 IT decision-makers and Line-of-Business leaders in the UK, France, Germany, and the US and from …

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 …

Google Play gets better support for larger Android app bundles, subscription improvements, and in-app updates

Google Play is getting better support for larger Android app bundles, subscription improvements, in-app updates, and an expanded Google Play Instant.Read More Source: Venture Beat Republished by Blog Post Promoter

CIPD and Mind launch guidance for managers to support mental health at work

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, and Mind, the mental health charity, have today jointly published a revised mental health guide for managers to improve support for those experiencing stress and mental health issues at work.   The updated guidance follows recent CIPD research which found that …

Amazon debuts Fire TV Recast DVR and Echo Auto in-car system

Amazon, not content to wrap up a hardware event with all-new appliances and a host of high-end audio products, debuted something of a surprise today: the Fire TV Recast, a DVR for over-the-air television, and the Echo Auto, an Alexa-powered in-car speaker. The Fire TV Recast is being pitched as …

Sensor Tower: 25% of Switch owners have downloaded the Online app

EXCLUSIVE: Five million iOS and Android users have downloaded the Nintendo Switch Online companion app, according to mobile research firm Sensor Tower. This makes up about 25 percent of the console’s install base. The app launched in July, but Switch’s paid online service just started on September 18. The $20 subscription gives …

Sunday's Fat Bear Week face off pits two fat favorites against each other

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 …

This very accurate costume of The Rock's turtleneck outfit adds one perfect detail

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s iconic ’90s turtleneck and fanny pack combo will forever remain an important moment in fashion.  After he uploaded the cursed image back in 2014, many people have attempted to replicate the look. However, one Redditor really went above and beyond the other impersonators by adding one …

‘A Slap in the Face’: Amazon Is Cutting Warehouse Workers’ Bonuses Right Before the Holidays

Employees across the country are accusing Amazon of ruining Christmas with its Oct. 2 decision to raise the minimum wage to $15. Though the announcement was initially lauded by labor advocates, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and the thousands of people who staff Amazon’s more than 75 fulfillment centers, the details …

Black Friday 2018 ads are already dropping and we are not even surprised

It’s happening. The first Black Friday ad scans are coming through.  Dollar Tree is the first we’ve seen thanks to BlackFriday.com, which is basically a police scanner for deals to help you create your plan of attack. (Note: Mashable and BlackFriday.com are owned by the same parent company.) Sale items …

Annual commuting time is up 18 hours compared to a decade ago, finds TUC

Commuting to and from work now takes 5 minutes longer than a decade ago, according to a new analysis published by the TUC to mark the annual Commute Smart Week organised by Work Wise UK. Rail commuters face the longest journeys, taking an average of 2 hours and 11 minutes …

Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires

More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions and philanthropic organisations are today in the grip of a new phenomenon. I’ve termed it ‘metric fixation’. The key components of metric fixation are the belief that it is possible – and desirable – to replace professional judgment (acquired through personal experience and …

Jeff Bezos Announces $97.5 Million in Grants to Help Homeless People

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday announced that 24 organizations working to help the homeless will receive a combined $97.5 million in grants from his Day One Fund, CNBC reported. The $2 billion fund launched in September and included two separate funds: the Families Fund and the Academics Fund. The …