Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Shopify's Toronto office is way cooler than yours


Not everyone loves the open-office trend, but Shopify's new Toronto office may convince some doubters.

The online commerce company, which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, opened its Toronto office — a 100-year-old warehouse — in May. The office has been a huge renovation project, which is why Shopify is only showing it off now. The company contracted M-S-D-S Studio, a Toronto design firm, to reflect Shopify's "core values of transparency and the open exchange of information," according to the design agency

The office includes 90 workstations, a boardroom, three large meeting rooms, six small meeting rooms, two phone booths, a cafeteria, a kitchen/cafe, a gallery, games room, break-out and informal workspaces, plus a reception area and retail shop. Check out photos, below: Read more...

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Snapchat’s New Year’s Eve “Our Story” Will Be Its Biggest Yet

snapchat ios icon Snapchat is preparing to launch its biggest “Our Story” feature yet this New Year’s Eve, documenting worldwide celebrations using curated user photos and videos from cities like New York, Dubai, St. Petersburg, Russia and more. The company says it expects to process hundreds of hours of footage to create this New Year’s Eve collaboration, which will be in the… Read More

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Retrain Your Brain to Feel Confident About Public Speaking

You're very unlikely to go blank, pass out and wet yourself on stage. Instead, focus on the good things.

from Entrepreneur

Now With 12 Million Users, Timehop Adds Twitter Vet Jason Goldman To Its Board

timehop It’s been a very busy few months for Timehop. The app, which provides users with a personal “today in history” memo by surfacing their photos and social networking posts from this day one year ago or more, is closing out the year with more than 12 million registered users, half of whom, some 6 million, open the app every single day. That’s double the number of both… Read More

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Marriott petition to the FCC to block personal Wi-Fi meets big resistance


In a move that could save travelers a lot of money on Internet access, Marriott will offer free basic Wi-Fi to guests who are enrolled in its rewards program, and who book directly through the company, beginning Jan. 15.

But wait — that's not all.

Marriott, along with other lodging-industry companies, is simultaneously petitioning the FCC for the ability to block guests' personal Wi-Fi, including Mi-Fi devices or smartphones used as hotspots. The petition says it is in the interest of security, and that guests could use their devices to attack the hotel's network, or steal information from other guests. Read more...

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10 Tips for Building a Successful Software Business

Companies that provide services, mostly through the cloud, are growing at a fast pace. Here's how you can get into the action.

from Entrepreneur

GOP hackers have threatened a ‘news media organization’ according to the FBI

Not quite happy with just going after Sony, the GOP hackers are now going after news outlets according to the FBI. In a joint intelligence bulletin obtained by The Intercept,…

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Elon Musk promises automatic ‘solid metal snake’ chargers for the Tesla Model S

We don’t know what Elon Musk’s New Year’s resolutions are, but we do know he’s developing a new charging system for the Tesla Model S. Btw, we are actually working on a…

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The first people in the world to ring in 2015


New Zealanders and Australians were among the first to light up the skies with celebratory fireworks. The rest of the world will then follow, city by city as the countdown dwindles to 2015.

More about Japan, New Zealand, Australia, New Year, and New Years Eve

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Sony executives switched to old BlackBerrys after cyberattack


Sony Pictures Entertainment had to go back in time after a massive cyberattack crippled its email system, cutting out modern technology and using old-school tactics to communicate and function.

Employees at Sony Pictures received vague threats from hackers in November that demanded money and included ambiguous instructions to "obey," but it wasn't until Sony's computer system was breached that it became clear that the hackers weren't simply taking the company's data; they were destroying it

Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Entertainment, detailed how the company responded in the wake of the debilitating attack. He told The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times that Sony implemented a "phone tree," or updates relayed from person to person via mobile device, and used employees' personal Gmail accounts, notepads and a cache of old BlackBerry devices. Read more...

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Tech To Save You From Your Drunk Self On New Year’s Eve

4267664866_64e8b658ed_o The safest thing you could possibly do on New Year’s Eve is not drink, not go out, not do anything. You’re probably going to go out, anyway. You’re probably going to go to some party and you’re probably going to drink. A lot. You’ll dance terribly. You’ll tell someone that you love them. This person is someone you do not love. New Year’s day is also… Read More

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