How can Uber overcome the sexism in its company culture?

By Thursday, February 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Welcome back to another week of MashTalk. On this week’s podcast, the Mashable tech team chats about Uber’s sexism in the workplace problems, Instagram’s new albums feature, and the latest Apple rumors.

As always, MashTalk is hosted by Tech Editor Pete Pachal with commentary from Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff and Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong. ;

SEE ALSO: Why sexual harassment scandals like Uber’s are bound to persist in tech

To tell us all about Uber’s nightmare situation (1:36), we brought in our special guest, Business Editor Jason Abbruzzese.

Uber’s wild ride

If you haven’t kept up with the Uber saga, here’s the lowdown: Former Uber engineer Susan J. Fowler penned a harrowing essay about sexism and inept HR practices at the ride-sharing giant. In it, she shares details of sexual harassment and corporate negligence that reads like something out of a TV drama. ; Read more…

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How to use Instagram albums without losing all your followers

By Thursday, February 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Instagram just introduced its most controversial feature since Stories.

The app added the ability to attach up to 10 photos and video clips to a single post, which is either the absolute worst or, maybe, kind of okay — depending on where you stand.

SEE ALSO: Instagram launches photo albums, sadly

But no matter where you stand, the update will absolutely change how you share and view posts and it could take some getting used to. Agreeing on the proper etiquette for how to share the new type of post will likely take some time.

In the meantime, regardless of whether you think albums are going to ruin Instagram, there are a number of circumstances when the feature will be useful, if not welcome. ; Read more…

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Sorry Beyoncé, but these baby polar bears are the cutest twins of 2017

By Wednesday, February 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Look at these babies. Just look at them.

These precious angel bears belong to the Columbus Zoo, who shared the twins’ first photoshoot today on Facebook.

SEE ALSO: Stop everything: the nation’s zoos are in a vicious, wonderful #CuteAnimalTweetOff

No offense to Beyoncé, Amal Clooney or any other celebrities expecting twins, but these polar bear babes are the cutest twins of 2017. The competition has already been won.

I mean…

These cubs belong to female polar bear Aurora and are currently 3 months old. The Columbus Zoo stated on Facebook that the sex of the babies is still unknown, but will be confirmed in a few weeks. Read more…

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Instagram launches photo albums, sadly

By Wednesday, February 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Have you ever scrolled through your Instagram feed and thought to yourself, “This is nice, but it’d be better with even more selfies/vacation/baby/dog photos squeezed into the same amount of space”? No? Well, too bad because Instagram is set on giving you exactly that. ;

The app formally introduced a new feature that allows users to attach up to 10 photos and videos to a single post. In other words: you can turn individual posts into photo albums.

SEE ALSO: Instagram just ruined Instagram

First spotted in the beta version of the app earlier this month, the feature is rolling out now and will be live in all countries over the next couple weeks. ; Read more…

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Hero cashier makes baby’s shopping trip the best day ever

By Wednesday, February 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

It’s definitely true that not all heroes wear capes — the heroes we really remember are the ones who make everyday life so much better.

A supermarket cashier in Scotland has become the subject of adoration on Facebook for making a shopping trip with a baby the best thing ever.

SEE ALSO: Mother shares hilarious picture of her babysitter truly nailing it

Lauren Walker was shopping at the Uddingston branch of Marks and Spencer near Glasgow, when wee Alistair Findlay became restless — as babies do.

Walker was on the verge of just giving up the shopping trip altogether when cashier Mubarak Ahmad saved the day. Read more…

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Lovable prankster helps cats get adopted by giving them relatable name tags

By Tuesday, February 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Unless you happen to be a cute and fluffy puppy or kitten, it can be difficult to get adopted from a shelter.

SEE ALSO: Animal shelter commercial almost cuter than the animals themselves

That’s why online personality Obvious Plant decided to use his carefully-honed planting skills to create some eye-catching name tags for the shelter cats at Sante D’Or animal shelter in Los Angeles.

On each name tag, there’s a flattering picture of the cat, the cat’s name and then a section detailing the very specific likes and dislikes of that cat.

Obvious Plant does exactly what his name suggests – he plants hilarious objects in random places and documents his hijinks on his Tumblr and Instagram. Past plants include leaving parody CDs at a local music store and fake pamphlets at a national park. Read more…

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Grassroots Facebook pages are helping rural men talk about feelings

By Tuesday, February 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Luke Baker has worked in the most remote reaches of Australia and Papua New Guinea, but leaving his family is always a painful rupture. But Facebook is helping in surprising ways.

Now based in Bundaberg, Queensland, he was sent to mining camps as a “fly-in, fly-out” worker (or FIFO), where he’d often spend around three weeks on-site and one week off in an endless, “torturous” cycle.

SEE ALSO: Passion Pit frontman is launching a company for the musicians’ needs labels don’t talk about

“There was one time where my wife dropped me off to the airport and I just remember my step-daughter, she was really struggling with it at the time,” Baker said, “telling me she hated my work and wanted me to stay home forever. Read more…

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Rural working men are finding wellbeing on grassroots Facebook pages

By Tuesday, February 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Luke Baker has worked in the most remote reaches of Australia and Papua New Guinea, but leaving his family is always a painful rupture. But Facebook is helping in surprising ways.

Now based in Bundaberg, Queensland, he was sent to mining camps as a “fly-in, fly-out” worker (or FIFO), where he’d often spend around three weeks on-site and one week off in an endless, “torturous” cycle.

SEE ALSO: Passion Pit frontman is launching a company for the musicians’ needs labels don’t talk about

“There was one time where my wife dropped me off to the airport and I just remember my step-daughter, she was really struggling with it at the time,” Baker said, “telling me she hated my work and wanted me to stay home forever. Read more…

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Now you can send money internationally through Facebook Messenger

By Tuesday, February 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Sending money on Facebook is finally international. ;

A new bot released on Facebook Messenger on Sunday lets users send money to and from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or Europe. ;

Powered by TransferWise, the bot completes money transfers and guides users through the process. ;

TransferWise customers on the company’s own app already send and receive almost $1 billion a month. The app boasts that it allows transfers without the usual fees charged by banks or hidden in exchange rates. Instead, TransferWise uses the current exchange rate and charges an upfront fee, usually based on 1 percent or so of the money being transferred. ; Read more…

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