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After being laid off, this 35-year-old founded NerdWallet with $800 — now it’s worth $500 million

Today, Tim Chen is CEO and co-founder of personal finance website NerdWallet, which sees 10 million monthly visitors and is valued at more than $500 …

Personal Finance

Google’s changes to its search engine leave everyone unhappy

Shutterstock<p>Google is bringing some significant changes to how it displays search results in Europe, but it looks like nobody is fully satisfied.<p>You may remember the hefty fine that Google was charged with back in June: at $2.7 billion, it was the largest fine ever issued by the European …

AdWords

RED reveals more about its holographic smartphone display

When RED Camera first announced its crazy $1,200 Hydrogen smartphone with a "holographic display," a lot of folks wondered how that would actually work. Now, CEO Jim Jannard has revealed that RED is creating the screen in partnership with a company called Leia Inc. (yes, like <i>that</i> Leia). A spin-off …

Augmented Reality

This app will do all the SEO heavy-lifting for you

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

Google reveals its most-searched ‘How To’ tips

It's easy to forget how difficult DIY repairs were just a couple of decades ago, considering how easy the internet makes it to fix very specific product problems. (My biggest personal victory was fixing a 50-inch LG plasma display that borked a week after the warranty expired, following some …

GetAccept raises $1.6M to help companies close sales leads faster

GetAccept co-founder Mathias Thulin is very familiar with a common problem sales representatives have: they have a great meeting with a potential customer, fire off an email to follow up on that deal and send a thank you note, and then hear nothing back.<p>With all these leads going dark, Thulin and …

How to build a company and still have a life, according to 8 startup CEOs

For many of us, work and life are increasingly intertwined. Our emails flash across our wrists and new mail notifications ping all night long.<p>For startup founders, work and life is even more blurred. Their apartment may also serve as world headquarters for their company, and their best friends …

CEOs

This 24-year-old used Snapchat to launch a startup so successful, he turned down jobs at Facebook and Uber — all while fighting cancer

The cancer tumor he's been fighting for the past year while launching his startup is in retreat and the prognosis for a full recovery is good, he told Business Insider.<p>His young life is a reminder that good things often require hard choices, teamwork and, sometimes, fighting with everything you've …

Apple and Aetna discussed four main topics during Apple Watch meetings last week

Late last week, Apple, Aetna, and various chief medical officers met to discuss bringing the Apple Watch to millions of the healthcare company’s customers. Today we’re hearing more specifics about the main topics of discussion.<p>Aetna first announced it would be giving Apple Watch subsidies to its …

Google Home can now make calls and it won't cost you a dime

Google has just pushed an update to its Home smart speaker that lets you make calls to any phone number in the US and Canada for free.<p>As with its other features, you can place a call with your voice: just say, “Hey Google, Call Abhimanyu,” or whoever else you’ve been dying to talk to, and it’ll do …

20 courses under $20 that will teach you things you actually want to know

School can be expensive. From books to tuition to sloppy joes, getting educated isn’t cheap. And you’ll probably never even use most of the things …

Google Analytics

Ghost, the open source blogging system, is ready for prime time

Four long years ago John O’Nolan released a content management system for bloggers that was as elegant as it was spooky. Called Ghost, the original app was a promising Kickstarter product with little pizzazz. Now the app is ready to take on your toughest blogs.<p>O’Nolan just released version 1.0 of …

Amazon’s latest wacky idea: mobile drone stations on trains, boats, and vans

Amazon’s engineers are cooking up some wild ideas on how to integrate drones into major cities. In the latest patent filing, the e-commerce giant shows how special facilities connected to trains, boats, and vans could be used as storage space and repair stations for drones.<p>The drones would be moved …

Kids can learn to code Xbox and PC games at Microsoft stores

There are a ton of initiatives to help kids (and adults) learn to code these days. Google has lessons for teens to code animates scenes starring Wonder Woman, Apple has the kid-friendly Swift Playgrounds and a partnership with Tynker, and even Facebook has a program that suggests learning gadgets …

Windows 10

Vacation home pricing engine Beyond Pricing picks up a startup for nearby comparisons

While Airbnb may have started off the wave of renting out a room in your house periodically to travelers for some extra income, that industry has blown up to include a lot of other competitors like VRBO.<p>That’s led to many vacation rental owners putting their homes on multiple sites, which has led …

All the Sensors in Your Smartphone, and How They Work

Your smartphone is a remarkable feat of engineering. It’s half a dozen or more gadgets packed into a single slab. Much of it’s coolest feats are …

Wearable Tech

The Truth About Investing in Marijuana Stocks

Marijuana's market opportunity is big, but few marijuana stocks are worth investors' consideration.<p><i>This article was updated on October 20, 2017, and</i> …

The Dark Web isn't as revolutionary as you'd think

When the United States Naval Research Laboratory began development of The Onion Router (TOR) in the mid-1990’s they meant well.<p>How could they have known it would eventually become a popular habitat for hackers, child pornographers and criminals?<p>The goal was to create a portal where dissidents of …

Privacy

Googles owns Alphabet...the full domain and all

CNNMoney<p>Mountain View surprised the world when it announced the creation of and restructuring into Alphabet, a holdings company of which Google is now but a part of. Indeed the name seemed both amusing and surprisingly logical, and as of last week it’s also official. Nonetheless, the mission …

At 'Checkpoint Of The Stars,' Texas Sheriff Takes A Pass On Pot Cases

A federal inspection station on Interstate 10 in the West Texas desert earned the nickname "checkpoint of the stars<i>"</i> for all the entertainers who kept getting busted there. In the past six years, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Fiona Apple were all arrested for possession of marijuana.<p>These …

This cool tool lets you find out which 'secret' hotel you're booking at a discount

The great thing about last minute hotel booking sites and discount platforms like Lastminute, Hotwire and Expedia is that you can get rock-bottom prices for hotels with good reputations. The only problem is that you have to leave the booking somewhat to fate — great deals often require that you …

The personalization curve: Just how far along is your brand?

<i>This sponsored post is produced in association with Sailthru.</i><p>Personalization is one of the most often-heard buzzwords in marketing today — yet get a group of marketers together, and you’ll likely hear as many definitions of the term as there are people in the room. And while it may mean different …

Customer Experience

Microsoft replaces broken Nokia phone after it saved a life (updated)

There are plenty of tales on how Nokia phones -- now under Microsoft -- have saved people's lives, with the latest one coming from China, where a man managed to survive a collapsed wall courtesy of his Lumia 920 earlier this month. As recalled by the lucky survivor himself, Mr. Geng Ming …

Windows Phone

The Ultimate Arm Transformer Workout

Get those pipes ready for tanks, strappy dresses, and bathing suits.<p>In my experience, the traditional arm exercises, like bicep curls, triceps kickbacks, and side raises, don’t bring big results quickly. They are important and valuable movements, for sure, but they don’t change you fast.<p>I’ve coined …

Workouts

Ray Lewis and other NFL voices respond to the riots in Baltimore

Lewis pleaded with Baltimore citizens to stop the violence, while other players noticed some Baltimore residents cleaning up the city's streets on …

Vital Apps and Sites That Will Make You a Better Spontaneous Traveler

Procrastinators, rejoice: a new crop of digital tools can help you book an entire trip in a matter of minutes, even mere hours before takeoff. So get …

This Homemade Cheetos Recipe Makes It Easy To Be Cheesy

Sound the alarms: There is a home-baked alternative to Cheetos. Do you know what that means? Guiltless, cheesy, crunchy snacking. Or <i>mostly</i> guiltless, cheesy, crunchy snacking. Sure, you have to make them yourself. And yes, that means you have to get your butt into the kitchen. But, <i>it's possible</i>. …