AI photo startup Polarr raises an $11.5 million Series A

Bay Area photography startup Polarr announced this morning that it has raised an $11.5 million Series A. The new round of funding, led by Threshold Ventures with participation from Pear Ventures and Cota Capital, brings the startup’s total funding to around $12.5 million, according to the latest Crunchbase figures. At …

How to Watch the Rockies vs. Cubs Wild Card Game Online for Free Today

The Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs play tonight in the National League Wild Card game to determine which team advances on to face the Milwaukee Brewers in a best-of-five playoff series. The Rockies vs. Cubs game tonight is a showdown between the two losers in yesterday’s pair of historic …

At what point do we admit that geoengineering is an option?

In 1883, Krakatoa erupted, spewing volcanic ash and gas into the stratosphere, making clouds more reflective and cooling the entire planet by roughly 1° C that year. In 2018, the UN reported that human activity has already raised Earth’s temperature by 1°, and if we don’t do something drastic soon, …

What Aldous Huxley can teach us about acoustics and distractions at work

Over the last few years there has been something of a loud and widespread backlash to the idea that we need to have constant access to information and our colleagues to work effectively. The touchstone for this pushback is of course the open plan office which has become something of …

Essay collection challenges the cliches about the future of work

The RSA Future Work Centre has published a new essay collection which it claims presents fresh perspectives on the future of work. The report claims that there are four basic problems with the mainstream narrative about work: that there is a fixation with certain technologies, especially artificial intelligence and robotics; …

Flawed visitor check-in systems let anyone steal guest logs and sneak into buildings

Security researchers at IBM have found, reported and disclosed 19 vulnerabilities in five popular visitor management systems, which they say can be used to steal data on visitors — or even sneak into sensitive and off-limit areas of office buildings. You’ve probably seen one of these visitor check-in systems before: …

Nuxt.js: a Minimalist Framework for Creating Universal Vue.js Apps

Universal (or Isomorphic) JavaScript is a term that has become very common in the JavaScript community. It’s used to describe JavaScript code that can execute both on the client and the server. Many modern JavaScript frameworks, like Vue.js, are aimed at building single-page applications (SPAs). This is done to improve …

Work on world’s first CRISPR gene-edited babies declared illegal by China

Chinese authorities have declared the work of He Jiankui, who shocked the scientific community by claiming he successfully created the world’s first gene-edited babies, an illegal decision in pursuit of “personal fame and gain.” Investigators have completed preliminary steps in a probe that began in November following He’s claims and say they …

6 WordPress inventory plugins to help you manage your stock with ease

Inventory control is critical to managing your business and your bottom line. Depending on the type of products that you sell, incomplete or non-existence tracking can cause lost profits, product expiration or inability to be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. If you sell products on a WordPress website, WordPress inventory plugins …

The Three Words You Should Never Use in a Work Email—And What to Say Instead

You’re waiting to hear back from a colleague, a boss, a prospect, a client, a potential employer. It’s been a while. You’ve checked your junk folder. Nothing in there. Are they avoiding you on purpose? Did they forget? Is it a no? Do they hate the idea you pitched? Do …

What to include in your shipping policy for your retail business

When setting up a shipping policy for your eCommerce or retail store, it helps to follow the leaders: Look at what the big players are doing and take a page from their playbook. There’s a reason companies like Amazon, Walmart and Target are all fighting — and winning — the …

The first 8K ultra HD video from space will make you believe you're in orbit

Most of us will never get to space, but at least we have videos that show us what it’s like to touch the void. New footage from the International Space Station taken in 8K ultra high-definition shows off a hurricane, the moon, and even science experiments in a brand new …

Populus raises $3.1 million to help cities make sense of shared scooters and bikes

Cities are seemingly down for this new era of transportation, which entails micromobility services and ride-hailing, and operators are increasingly more down to share their data with cities. Now, cities just have to find out what to do with this data and how to extract learnings from it. This is …