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Wellness giant Life Time targets co-working, shopping malls for next act

Founded in 1990 by CEO Bahram Akradi, Minnesota-based Life Time used to be known as a premier health club that operated large gyms mainly in affluent suburbs in Midwestern and Southern states. Its success was memorialized in 2015 when two leading private equity firms,

Christine Blasey Ford is 'in awe' of former gymnast Rachael Denhollander

In a video statement for the Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year Awards, Christine Blasey Ford makes her first public appearance since testifying against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault.

Bowery, an indoor farming startup, raises $90 million more, including to counter a SoftBank-funded r

When in July of last year, Softbank’s Vision Fund led a whopping $200 million round in the Silicon Valley startup Plenty, investors behind a competing indoor farming startup across the country, New York-based Bowery, were left reeling.  Just one month earlier,

Changing consumer behavior is the key to unlocking billion dollar businesses

In the summer of 2012, I had just learned of a new service where a driver would pick you up in their own car, not a taxi or licensed town car. You’d be able to recognize the car by the pink mustache strapped to the front. I quickly downloaded the new app called Lyft and, […]

Fortnite developer Epic Games to release SDK for cross-platform profiles

Epic Games unveiled plans for a new developer framework for online services. This framework will let other game developers add cross-platform support into their games. The SDK will be free and roll out in multiple parts over 2019.

Senators aim to give internet companies doctor-like duties to protect our data

Consumers are increasingly entrusting online services with all kinds of personal data — but that trust has been repeatedly abused or taken for granted. If a doctor or a lawyer did that, they’d be kicked to the curb, because they have a legally defined duty to protect privileged data.

Farfetch bets on sneakers with $250M Stadium Goods acquisition

Luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch will tap into the sneaker resale economy with its latest transaction.

A closer look at 'Time' magazine's 2018 Person of the Year

Time refers to the group of journalists targeted for their work as "The Guardians." The magazine released a series of four black and white covers, focusing on "the War on Truth." Read more...More about Mashable Video, Time Magazine, Person Of The Year, Jamal Khashoggi, and Culture

Is the face-swapping robot with multiple 'personalities' cool or just plain creepy?

Furhat Robotics, which is based out of Stockholm, is attempting to bring robots that mirror human emotion into the workplaceThe company, which hopes to incorporate the bots into training modules, has designed the product with pre-built gestures and facial expressions.   Read more...More about Tech,

Grab this well-reviewed Philips air fryer on sale for $100 off at Amazon

You've seen air fryers enough in holiday sale ads and morning cooking shows to know that they're kind of huge right now. If that's not enough of a push, here's your sign that it's time to stop feeling guilty for eating your favorite foods and just get an air fryer already.The 2.

Oracle is suing the U.S. government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract process

Oracle filed suit in federal court last week alleging yet again that the decade-long $10 billion Pentagon JEDI contract with its single-vendor award is unfair and illegal. The complaint, which has been sealed at Oracle’s request, is available in the public record with redactions.

Confirmed VPN wants to bring transparency to the VPN industry

The VPN industry sucks. Dozens of companies promise you the impossible dream of perfect privacy. But it’s simply a big lie. A company called Confirmed VPN wants to change that by holding VPN companies accountable. WTF is a VPN?

Android users can now donate to charities through the Google Play Store

The Google Play Store is receiving an update today that will allow customers to make charitable donations to nonprofits from their Android device. While it may seem odd to to be rallying for support for charities within the same marketplace where users download apps and games, it’s not uncommon.

Microsoft starts testing splitting Search and Cortana in two

Some testers previously found a way to separate Cortana from Windows Search using special software, but the change is now live for some Fast Ring Insiders running the latest build 18298.

Switzerland’s largest bank to move some data to Microsoft cloud services as soon as next year

The proposed transition is slated to occur sometime next year and reported to be worth "hundreds of millions of Swiss francs" for Microsoft.

Microsoft may be planning a consumer version of its Microsoft 365 bundle

Microsoft is apparently working on a consumer version of Microsoft 365, the enterprise bundle that includes Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Happy holidays from this human Christmas tree walkin' around New York

Huge news: One man in New York City just WON Christmas.Don't believe us? Check out this video a paparazzi by the name of Joe Jonas took while standing outside of a Bank of America.The 13 seconds of footage shows a Christmas tree straight up crossing a street! What a sight, right?

The correct length for a relaxing YouTube video is 8 hours

This post is part of Hard Refresh, a soothing weekly column where we try to cleanse your brain of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter.To the extent that "relaxing" online is possible, YouTube is full of relaxing content, from hot knife ASMR to unedited dog show footage.

'Game of Thrones' was 2018's most on-demand show, despite no new episodes

Game of Thrones is the number one show for Comcast video-on-demand, USA Today reports – even though the show hasn't aired a new episode in almost 18 months.SEE ALSO: 'SNL' revives your favorite dead 'Game of Thrones' characters in Khal Drogo's Ghost Dojo"The fact that that show is still ranked No.

This gold iPhone XS Max-Apple Watch combo is the dumbest way to spend $21,050

It’s an iPhone. It's an Apple Watch. It's, um, both. And it costs $21,050.Yes, Caviar, the Russian company that gave us the golden Vladimir Putin iPhone, just dropped the Swiss Dreams Watchphone.SEE ALSO: Gold iPhone With Vladimir Putin's Face Is Only $4,300In case you're wondering,

Facebook settles OculusVR lawsuit with ZeniMax

Nearly five years after announcing its acquisition of OculusVR, Facebook is finally ready to put the drama surrounding its founding behind it. Gaming giant ZeniMax Media’s lawsuit against Facebook over the misuse of intellectual property related to the founding of OculusVR has finally been settled.

Report: Apple’s news and magazine subscription service to launch in early 2019

Bloomberg today updated its earlier reporting on Apple’s plans for a news and magazine subscription service. Earlier this year, the outlet had said Apple would relaunch the digital newsstand business Texture, which it acquired this spring, as part of the Apple News app. Now,

Big Bird has the best 'thank u, next' meme yet

Who needs Steak-umms or Moon Pie Twitter when you can have eight-foot-tall big yellow bird Twitter?On Wednesday morning, Big Bird decided to contribute his own "thank u, next" meme.Folks, it was good.The meme, which has been trending for weeks, came out of Ariana Grande's latest hit, "thank u, next.

Practically imperfect? Critics are divided on 'Mary Poppins Returns'

Ranging from "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" to "meh," critical reactions to Mary Poppins Returns are all over the place.Some early audience members delighted in the revamped world of color, propriety, and nostalgia. While other critics, like Mashable's Angie Han,

'The Good Place' wants to teach you some 'Mother Forkin' Morals' in hilarious video

Last week's episode of The Good Place was the last of 2018, which means we've got weeks and weeks to wait until the next one. But don't worry—NBC has another plan to get you your comic philosophy lesson fix in the meantime. Welcome to "Mother Forkin' Morals,

Uber launches a bus service in Egypt

Uber, which is gearing up to go public early next year, is really doubling down on this whole multi-modal transportation provider effort. Earlier this month, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced the launch of UberBus, a minibus service in Cario, Egypt.

YayPay raises $8.4 million for its accounts receivable service

Fintech startup YayPay just raised another $8.4 million for its software-as-a-service solution focused on collecting money from outstanding invoices. The company participated in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield.

Stay toasty this season with these incredible deals on winter wardrobe staples

Heads up: The MashStash team writes about stuff you'll probably want to buy. If you do purchase something through MashStash, Mashable might earn some cash through an affiliate commission.Whether you come from a family of outdoor enthusiasts and are looking for last-minute holiday gift ideas,

Monster Hunter World is free to play on Xbox One this week

The folks at Capcom are running a trial period for Monster Hunter World this week for anyone with either an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. The trial gives access to virtually the whole game to anyone for free, including most of the game's story, quests, gear, and upgrades up to Hunter Rank 4.

Microsoft’s GroupMe iOS app updates with fixes and improvements

Microsoft has updated its GroupMe app for iOS devices today, which includes a fix for an issue with inline Instagram messages, improvements to the camera when selecting an avatar, as well a fix when previewing images on iPhone models from 6 though 8.

Join the Microsoft Teams AMA session this morning at 9AM PST

From 9AM to 10AM PST, members of the product engineering team will try to answer all questions from the audience.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s 2nd DLC is coming to Xbox One next week

The Shadow of the Tomb Raider will get its 2nd DLC next week on Xbox One. The new DLC titled, “The Pillar,” was announced on Twitter, “The Pillar,” and will bring a new adventure to The Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The Pillar video trailer is yet to be released, but here’s a behind-the-scenes look […]

Windows 10 reportedly continues logging activity history in the cloud even when disabled

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system seems to be running an issue preventing users from disabling activity logging in Windows 10.

Office 365 for Mac gains dark theme support on macOS Mojave

After some testing with Office Insiders, the December 2018 update for Office 365 for Mac is now bringing dark theme support to all Mac users on macOS Mojave.

Accenture will acquire digital ad company Adaptly

Accenture announced today that it’s reached an agreement to acquire Adaptly. The digital advertising company launched in 2010 with self-serve tools for running ads across different social networks. In a blog post about the acquisition,

Amazon Go gets an 8th store, and you'll never guess where

We're still getting used to the idea of a store where there's no checkout, but Amazon isn't standing still. It's just launched a new, much more compact version of its cashierless Go stores.Jeff Bezos is more than happy to dive into a new market and start disrupting it,

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