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A former banker taught herself how to code and is now a top exec at a $700 million startup

Then the 2008 financial crisis struck and Lehman Brothers collapsed.<p>Lachs left Wall Street to get an MBA, hoping that some magical moment would strike where she would know what else to do with her life.<p>"I thought that I'd be sitting in a class and just have this moment of inspiration and I'd be …

Startups

Whirlpool acquires Yummly, the recipe search engine last valued at $100M

Some consolidation in the world of subject-specific search and social networks, as a legacy player from the world of white goods makes a play for a wider audience. The Whirlpool Corporation — the world’s largest home appliance maker, founded back in 1911 — has acquired Yummly, a visual and semantic …

Startups

Google may be quietly tracking everywhere you go — here's how to turn it off

You probably don't know the answers to these questions — but Google might.<p>How? It's thanks to a feature nestled away in your Google account called Location History. If you care about your privacy, you should probably check it out.<p>Location History is exactly what it sounds like: It's a comprehensive …

Maps

15 free games that will help you learn how to code

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.<p>While a game alone probably isn't going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really …

7 ways to make sure someone doesn't steal your brilliant app idea

It’s been quite a while since the very first mobile app was developed. Yet, the prospects and idea of trying out a new app still excites users. This accounts for leading mobile app stores teeming with millions of apps and an overwhelming amount of app downloads every year.<p>This is a strong …

Mobile Home Park Owners Can Spoil An Affordable American Dream

<i>This story is the first in a two-part report on conditions at mobile home parks in the U.S. Today's piece focuses on what happens when corporate park owners fail to take care of their communities. The second story looks at what happens when residents are able to take ownership over their community.</i> …

17 incredibly useful Google products and services you didn't know existed

Most of us have heard of Google's well-known and much-loved tools — Gmail, Google Earth, Google Maps, and many more. Those products and services are used by millions of people around the world every day.<p>What many people don't know, however, is that Google actually has a bunch of other features and …

Apps

Earth - The people who dive with whales that could eat them alive

A decade ago, Fabrice Schnöller was an engineer working on systems for tracking sharks. Then, in 2007, he went on a sailing trip to the island of Mauritius, where something happened that would change the course of his life.<p>As his boat approached the coast, giant towers of steam began exploding out …

We survive because reality may be nothing like we think it is

Professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine Donald H. Hoffman has doubts that reality is much like what we think it is. We …

AT&T reportedly has a secret program that helps law enforcement spy without a warrant

While Hemisphere was first revealed in 2013 by The New York Times, the Daily Beast reported on new documents it obtained that showed the program is much larger than initially thought, and that law enforcement does not need a search warrant before using the database, but instead needs only an …

Michael Bennett’s contract becomes more glaring

Getty Images<p>Even before the 2016 offseason, it was clear that Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett had a grossly below-market deal. Now, with guys …

Michael Bennett

Scientists extend the lifespan of mice by up to 35 percent

Would you like to live 35 percent longer? Apparently the trick is removing worn-out "senescent' cells that have a degenerative affect on your body. "Cellular senescence is a biological mechanism that functions as an 'emergency brake' used by damaged cells to stop dividing," says Jan van Deursen, …

Trump is doing something no candidate has done in almost 30 years, and it could pay off

But even more interesting than whom he picks may be <i>when</i> he picks. Trump has said several times that he won't reveal his choice until the Republican National Convention in July.<p>Traditionally, candidates have announced their running mates a week or two before their party's convention. Some wait just …

How to see everything Google knows about you

The tech giant collects tons of data about you, including your search history, location, and voice searches that help improve Google's services and provide relevant ads.<p>But you might be surprised to know that Google can easily take a look at all of the data it has on you.<p>In October, The Guardian …

Apps

'Universal cancer vaccine’ breakthrough claimed by experts

Scientists have taken a “very positive step” towards creating a universal vaccine against cancer that makes the body’s immune system attack tumours …

Immunotherapy

13 high-paying side jobs for people in their 20s

You just graduated and accepted your first job — congrats! That probably means you'll be moving into a real, adult apartment. You'll have rent to cover, bills to pay, and furniture to buy. Oh, you'll also need a new work wardrobe — and you'll probably want to grab the occasional drink or meal at …

Employment

The Minecraft Generation

Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap.<p>An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which …

The most fascinating golfer at the Masters is a 22-year-old amateur majoring in physics with a controversial swing that could change the game

Bryson DeChambeau is a name that most sports fans are not yet familiar with. But the reigning US Amateur champion is raising eyebrows in the golf world because of some radical ideas he is using on the course.<p>DeChambeau, easily recognizable on the course with his Ben Hogan-style cap, refers to …

Ten Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online For FREE

Science and the Internet are two individual entities that, when combined, become the 21st century’s most powerful educational tool. If you suddenly …

Black Holes

The Supreme Court: The Nightmare Scenario

A year without a justice is the least of our worries. We could be in for a full-scale constitutional meltdown.<p>Even in a year when the bizarre is becoming routine in politics, the fight over the Supreme Court vacancy stands out. All signs suggest the Senate’s Republican leadership wants to stick to …

I went hands-on with PornHub’s new free ‘VR’ category

The promise of virtual reality is that it can make you feel like you’re anywhere, and naturally, most people want to feel like they’re under an attractive naked person. And I think the Internet might start carrying that kind of content.<p>Pornhub is positioning itself as a go-to source for the future …

Here's How You Can Keep YouTube Playing on Your Phone After You Close The Window

FINALLY!!<p>One of the biggest first-world problems of the past decade has been our inability to listen to our favourite songs on YouTube while doing …

Headphones

'Body Hacking' Movement Rises Ahead Of Moral Answers

A curious crowd lingered around Amal Graafstra as he carefully unpacked a pair of gloves, a small sterile blanket and a huge needle. A long line of people were waiting to get tiny computer chips implanted into their hands.<p>Graafstra had set up shop in a booth in the middle of an exhibit hall at the …

Singularity

Revive Your Old Laptop Without Spending a Dime

A whole new life awaits your old laptop with Neverware’s CloudReady Chrome-based software<p>Lenovo ThinkPad T400, beloved laptop, was laid to rest after its slowing hard drive and spinning hourglass became too much to bear. Born in 2008, in its youth it overcame Windows Vista and went on to a …

Laptops

Obama strikes back at GOP on Supreme Court fight

'There’s not a lot of vigor when they defend the position,' the president says about Senate Republicans refusing to give his eventual nominee a hearing.<p>President Barack Obama and his congressional allies lashed out at Republicans on Wednesday for their refusal to consider or even meet with a …

Headphones That Get You High on Dopamine Are Tipped to Go on Sale Next Month

When the music is not enough.<p>Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been …

Headphones

Schumer lashes out at McConnell on SCOTUS

New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer fired back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, blasting the Kentucky Republican's use of Schumer's 2007 justification of obstructing the presidential nomination of a Supreme Court justice as "completely misleading and patently false."<p>In a …

Scientists Say This Strategy Can Help You Learn Anything Fast

We've been studying all wrong.<p>In his book <i>Fluent Forever</i>, opera singer Gabriel Wyner suggests that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to …