We saw this day coming, and we tried to warn you.
Fitbit has started to sell its trackers by the thousands to employers along with “sophisticated tracking software,” says a new report from Forbes. With employees’ permission, employers can then track their workers’ health, see how active individual employees are and foster a little healthy competition.
Wiring up companies so that employers can monitor workers’ health is becoming “one of the fastest growing parts of Fitbit’s business,” Fitbit CEO James Park told Forbes. Read More
Thanks to the anything-goes nature of startup culture, all the old rules of job searching have gone out the window. It can feel like the advice your parents and professors gave you — wear a suit! bring five copies of your résumé! — is stuffy and outdated in an era when CEOs sport flip-flops and jeans.
So to nail down the dos and don’ts of securing a startup job once and for all, we headed to yesterday’s Uncubed job fair. Uncubed isn’t just any job fair, mind you — many of the coolest startups in town, including Seamless, BuzzFeed and Mashable — attend, looking to hire everything from programmers to marketers to salespeople. And they hand out beer and free macarons. Read More
As cloud service companies battle it out for supremacy, one file sharing service sets itself apart by skipping the cloud altogether. It’s called BitTorrent Sync, and starting this week, it’s going to be available through Netgear’s native app store.
Sync is like a cloud storage solution, only with no actual cloud storage involved.
Cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive keep your data in a central online database that you can access from any device — for example, you can work with files on your tablet or laptop, and when you switch over to your PC, the files will still be accessible. Read More
Being mean to the mayor of Peoria, Ill. on the interwebs can apparently get you #arrested.
Sometime in late February or early March, somebody launched @peoriamayor — a parody Twitter account designed to skewer the city’s mayor, Jim Ardis, the Peoria Journal Star reported.
Based on the tweets it sent out — which are now unavailable, as the account is suspended — the Twitter account painted Mayor Ardis as being really into marijuana, crack and prostitutes — basically a Peoria version of Toronto’s Rob Ford. Read More
In the old days — before weddings were all about #tech — you had to go to an actual, physical store to compile the items on your wedding registry. Now, it’s as easy as swiping left or right on an app.
Zola is a service that lets couples create customized online wedding registries. Within one registry, users can ask their guests to buy them items from any number of stores (including Zola’s own collections), as well as intangible gifts like “couple’s massage” or “honeymoon fund.”
They can further customize the registry by adding personalized photos and notes to their guests about why they chose particular gifts. Once the gifts are purchased, couples can even decide exactly when they want the gifts to be delivered. Read More
Based on a survey of adult Internet users in the U.S., Consumer Reports estimates that about 3.1 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft in 2013 — nearly double the number they projected in 2012 (1.6 million). They also estimate that 1.4 million smartphones were lost and never recovered in 2013. Read More
Tech has a serious diversity problem — so General Assembly (GA), the New York City private vocational school for programming and engineering, is now opening an “Opportunity Fund” to give scholarships to women, veterans, African-Americans and Latinos.
We always knew lawyers were killjoys, but this is a whole new level of pointless legal squabbling.
Attorneys representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — a.k.a. Mormonism — are arguing that an online dating site called Mormon Match doesn’t have a right use the word “Mormon” or show pictures of church imagery, temples or paraphernalia, the Christian Post reports. Read More