Engineer.ai raises $29.5M Series A for its AI+Humans software building platform

SF-based Engineer.ai launched in an invite-only manner two and a half years ago, bootstrapped by its founders. Its platform combines AI with crowdsourced teams of designers and developers to build bespoke digital products at – they say – twice the speed and less than a third of the cost of …

How to grow your online store while working a full-time job

Becoming an online entrepreneur with a store of your very own is an exciting venture. With a traditional brick-and-mortar store, your customers are limited to those who walk through your doors. But if you do a good job of promoting your online store through social media, SEO and pay-per-click advertising, you …

Sound and vision: why the distracted workplace is about far more than noise

The idea of a cocktail party might be a bit dated, but it is the perfect metaphor for describing one aspect of the most common complaints about modern office design. An idea called the cocktail party effect has been known to neuroscientists for decades. It describes how we are able …

SpaceX’s Starship goes sci-fi shiny with stainless steel skin

SpaceX’s futuristic Starship interplanetary craft may embody the golden age of sci-fi in more ways than one: in addition to (theoretically) taking passengers from planet to planet, it may sport a shiny stainless steel skin that makes it look like the pulp covers of old. Founder and CEO Elon Musk …

Landsec becomes latest major property firm to offer coworking space

Landsec has launched its new flexible office brand, Myo, which it claims will provide customised office space for businesses looking for flexibility to enable future growth from April of this year. Coworking in other words. The move is the latest example of a major commercial property firm entering the market …

Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22B fintech megadeal

While we will continue to see a lot of consolidation among smaller startups in the area of financial technology, or fintech, there are also some much bigger combinations at play to help tap into economies of scale against current and future competition. Today, Fiserv announced that it would acquire First …

Robot couriers scoop up early-stage cash

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor Bots replacing office workers drive big valuations Getting personal: Funding rises for software-driven tastemakers Much of the last couple of decades of innovation has centered around finding ways to get what we want without leaving the sofa. So far, online ordering and …

Banksy’s rigged art frame was supposed to shred the whole thing

In the connected future will anyone truly own any thing? Banksy’s artworld shocker performance piece, earlier this month, when a canvas of his went under the hammer at Sothebys in London, suggests not. Immediately the Girl with Balloon canvas sold — for a cool ~$1.1M (£860,000) — it proceeded to self-destruct, …

Content Security Policy: A brief introduction

Security remains a hot topic among WordPress developers. Of course, it’s always been an important subject but lately it’s become like a policy-spewing volcano, full of “GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)” this and “delete your profile” that. However, there’s one way to protect your site that you might not be …

Leading a hybrid future workforce of robots, episodic employees and gig leaders

Visions of hybrid workforces, episodic employees, gig leadership and acceptable failure have been unearthed in a new study, ‘Work 2028: trends, dilemmas and choices’, revealing business and society leaders’ projections for the fourth industrial revolution. The project was led by Professor Bernd Vogel at Henley Business School and run in …

Alibaba-backed Hellobike bags new funds as it marches into ride-hailing

2018 has been a rough year for China’s bike-sharing giants. Alibaba-backed Ofo pulled out of dozens of international cities as it fought with a severe cash crunch. Tencent-backed Mobike puts a brake on expansion after it was sold to neighborhood services provider Meituan Dianping. But one newcomer is pedaling against the …

Cloudflare launches a low-cost domain registrar

It’s been a busy week at Cloudflare, which promised a week of news for its birthday (and delivered). After announcing the Bandwidth Alliance yesterday, the company today announced the Cloudflare Registrar. This new domain registration service promises to only charge the wholesale price that the top-level domain registry (think Verisign) …

GoDaddy Q&A with Elohim: Musical star shines light on taboo topics

GoDaddy is honored to partner with Elohim for our “Make the world you want campaign” — empowering makers to change your world if it doesn’t quite fit you. Based in LA, Elohim is a true artist’s artist. A skilled producer, vocalist, songwriter and classically-trained pianist, she crafts intricately-produced songs that curiously explore …

MPs to investigate impact of placemaking and built environment on productivity

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Building Communities is calling for evidence and contributions from all organisations with an interest in the built and natural environment to contribute to its new consultation, which aims to explore how placemaking can lead to greater productivity in the UK. As part of its …

Elon Musk on taking Tesla private: ‘That ship has sailed’

Elon Musk would prefer if Tesla, which is known for its volatile share price and is among the most heavily shorted stock, were a private company, but acknowledged during an earnings call Wednesday that it wasn’t likely. Musk can dream, can’t he? “Unfortunately that ship had sailed,” Musk said flatly, …

How to spot a Trojan horse virus — and how to remove the virus if your website is infected

When it comes to online security threats, a Trojan horse virus is one of the most common type of malware files that affects websites. It’s not just big brands and popular websites that are getting targeted — small business owners with a website are also at risk of getting infected …

Three quarters of workers want contact banned from the workplace

Research by  jobs board Totaljobs claims that three quarters of British workers (76 percent) want the amount of physical contact in the workplace reduced, whilst 42 percent go further and call for an outright ban on some interactions, from the workplace kiss (27 percent) to wishing hugs were a thing …