How unemployment systems are failing workers around the US

As the COVID-19 crisis shuts down businesses across the country, total unemployment claims have now passed 30 million. And with unemployment benefits agencies buckling under the strain of new applicants, even that figure is likely a severe undercount. A report from the Economic Policy Institute published last month found that for every 10 people trying to apply for unemployment, three to four couldn’t get through the system to make a claim, and another two out of 10 said the process was too comp...
Tags: Startups, US, Tech, Economic Policy Institute, Syndication

This German town replicated itself in VR to keep its tourism alive

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Tourists may soon be able to explore the picturesque cross-timbered houses and historic churches of Herrenberg via virtual reality (VR), thanks to a digital twin developed with the High-...
Tags: Startups, Tech, World, Vr, Virtual Reality, Stuttgart, Syndication, Cities Today, Sarah Wray, Herrenberg, Control and Communication

Protesters flood Dallas Police app with K-Pop videos

While protesters are using social media to expose the abuses of police officers in multiple cities during the George Floyd protests, at least one police department is attempting to leverage apps the other direction — and it’s receiving a scathing backlash for doing so. The Dallas Police Twitter account asked anyone who had footage of illegal activity during protests to share it anonymously with the police department via its iWatch Dallas app. The app in question is a tipster app those who live i...
Tags: Startups, United States, Dallas, Dallas Police, Dallas Police Twitter

Africa Roundup: DHL invests in MallforAfrica, Zipline launches in US, Novastar raises $200M

Events in May offered support to the thesis that Africa can incubate tech with global application. Two startups that developed their business models on the continent — MallforAfrica and Zipline — were tapped by international interests. DHL acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, a turn-key e-commerce company that grew out of — a Nigerian digital-retail startup. Link Commerce offers a white-label solution for doing online-sales in emerging markets. Retailers can p...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Uber, UK, Technology, Oregon, Nigeria, Africa, US, Articles, San Francisco, Investment, Ceo, UPS, United States

Facebook employees take to Twitter to criticize Zuckerberg’s ‘no fact-check’ stance on Trump’s tweets

Last week, referring to the protests in Minnesota over the murder of George Floyd by police, US President Donald Trump threatened that military forces would open fire if the situation was not brought under control, in a tweet. Within hours, Twitter hid the tweet citing that it “glorified violence.” However, Facebook decided to remain on the fence and not do anything about his cross-posted tweets on its platform. Now, several Facebook employees are articulating their displeasure about this decisi...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Minnesota, US, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, Jason Toff, George Floyd

Top 4 Ways To Rank Your Business Higher On Google

It is not a surprise that people want to rank higher on Google particularly, as it is the most used search engine around the world. But for the same reason, every popular niche is saturated with competition. With that said, you can still find success in any one of those popular niches with the right Google marketing tactics in your arsenal. The four ways mentioned below can organically help your rankings, which can take some amount of time. If you are willing to spend money to get to the top ve...
Tags: Google, Startups, Seo, Search Engine Optimization, Others, LSI, Google Maps Google Maps, Google Ads Marketing Phoenix, Concept of Search Intent Google

India’s popular BHIM payments platform reportedly leaks 7M users’ data

A data leak from India’s BHIM payment app exposed personal data of 7 million Indians including addresses, scans of Aadhar IDs, and caste certificates. A report from cybersecurity company VPN Mentor suggests that this 409GB database was stored in a misconfigured AWS S3 bucket, making all data publicly accessible. The report noted that the database belonged to BHIM’s website, which is mainly used for onboarding users. For the uninitiated, BHIM is an app based on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI...
Tags: Security, Startups, India, UPI, BHIM, VPN Mentor

How To (Finally) Set Business Goals That You Achieve

by Corey Fradin, Founder of QuickBooost Running a business is a lot of things. Sometimes, it’s insanely fun. Other times, it’s a slog. But, you already know that. You know all about the ups and downs of operating a business. You can picture the feeling of joy you get when you finally: Make that sale Hit that certain amount of email subscribers Or get that work published The high points aren’t the problem. The low points are the ones that cause issues. It’s those periods...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pinterest, Goal Setting, Personal Productivity, Corey, Advice For The Young At Heart, Personal Goals, Corey Fradin, QuickBoost

[VIDEO] George Deeb Discusses How COVID-19 Impacted Small Business (on ASBN)

I was recently interviewed by the Atlanta Small Business Network (ASBN), an online "television network" serving the small business community, about how COVID-19 is impacting small businesses.  I thought this video turned out great, and I wanted to share it with all of you, to help you see how your business is stacking up in comparison.  I hope you like!! The embedded video player didn't give me the option to change the size of this video.  But, if you want to see a bigger version, simply click...
Tags: Startups, Jim Fitzpatrick, George Deeb, ASBN, Atlanta Small Business Network ASBN

Sennheiser celebrates classic HD 25 headphones with a price cut and limited color

Sennheiser’s HD 25 headphones are some of the most iconic heaphones in history, having been around through various revisions for over 30 years now. Its flexible, lightweight, and utilitarian design has made it popular popularity with DJs, broadcasters, and audiophiles alike. Its legendary durability and replaceable parts have also helped it stand the test of time in more ways than one. To the company’s 75th anniversary, Sennheiser has a few pleasant surprises for potential customers of the HD 25...
Tags: Startups, Sennheiser, Insider, Plugged

Google’s Pixel phones can now perform scheduled check-ins for your safety

Every few months, since the Pixel 4’s launch, Google has been surprising users with ‘feature drops.’ It’s that time again, with Google adding four notable improvements to its flagship devices. As noted in the headlines, the most interesting feature might be a new ‘safety check.’ Within the Pixel’s Personal Safety App (which is now available on the Pixel 3 as well as 4), you can ask your phone to check in to make sure you’re okay at a given time. This is useful if you’re walking home at night, ar...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Insider, Plugged

Here’s how carbon emissions would drop if all UK cars suddenly became electric

The COVID-19 lockdown has led to reduced pollution and emissions in the UK and around the world, providing a clear indication of how cars affect air quality and carbon emissions. But such a change is only temporary – millions of petrol cars are waiting for restrictions to ease. Then, higher levels of emissions will resume. But what if they didn’t? What if all cars switched to electric overnight? We recently published a peer-reviewed conference paper looking at the emissions impact for such a swi...
Tags: Startups, UK, Scotland, Shift, Syndication

7 strategies to design landing pages that convert in 2020

Did you know we have an online conference about product design coming up? SPRINT will cover how designers and product owners can stay ahead of the curve in these unprecedented times. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” While getting people to visit a website is important, what businesses actually want is a conversion. In other words, grab fickle visitors who may be interested enough in the company’s unique value proposition to sign up, subscribe, stay updated, share with ...
Tags: Startups, Design & Dev, Syndication

Report: Podcasts have grown 129,000% (yes, percent) in the last decade

Podcasting platform Stitcher said number podcasts have grown by 129,000% (that’s not a typo) in the last decade. In its annual podcasting report, the company said creators published 7 million episodes on the platform in 2019, as compared to 350,000 episodes published in 2010. Stitcher said that while people are publishing more podcasts, the average episode length is now 2.4 minutes shorter, as compared to an average episode in 2013. The report has some interesting tidbits about genres (true crim...
Tags: Startups, Tech

Bouncebacks could be killing your email marketing. TrueMail makes sure it never happens again

TLDR: With TrueMail’s bulk email verifier, you can check the validity of every email address on your marketing list before your emails go out. Sure, social media is young and flashy and sexy with some unquestionable advantages. But if you ask companies about the tactics that truly make an impact on their bottom line, they’ll tell you that email marketing remains the king. For small to midsize businesses, over 80 percent of those companies still look to email marketing as their primary source for...
Tags: Startups, Offers, Bouncebacks

Study: Volcanoes on Mars were to blame for massive mud flows, not lava

Mud volcanoes on Mars could be the cause of distinctive features that most researchers had thought were left over from ancient lava flows. Tens of thousands of channels spread out over the Martian surface. Hundreds of kilometers long, and tens of miles wide, these ribbon canyons reach far across the ruddy landscape of Mars. Planetary science suggests these features were carved out as massive floods, comparable in size to the largest ever seen on Earth, tore across the surface of Mars long ago. A...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Earth, Mars, Syndication

Vivo launches X50 series flagship with gimbal-styled image stabilization

Vivo today announced its new series of flagships — the X50 Pro, and the X50 Pro+ — with a gimbal-based camera system for super-stable photos and videos. The company said it has modeled the main sensor on an actual gimbal to reduce any shakes and stutters when you’re holding the phone. The primary sensor in this gimbal-like system moves in the opposite direction of the shaking motions to provide a stabilized picture. Till now, companies have relied on Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) systems wit...
Tags: Startups, Plugged, Optical Image Stabilization OIS

9 underrated marketing tips that turned Slack into a software giant

Capiche is a secret society for SaaS power users, building a new community of people who care about software to make the SaaS industry more transparent, together. Matthew Guay is Capiche‘s founding editor and former senior writer at Zapier. It wasn’t the next big thing we were expecting when Slack came into the world in late 2013. Team chat was already everywhere if you wanted it. HipChat had built a growing business around team chat, as had the Basecamp team’s Campfire. There were chat apps gal...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Facebook, Hipchat, Insider, Matthew Guay, Growth Quarters, Zapier It

The do’s and don’ts of launching a side hustle to supplement your income

Whether you want to supplement your main income or you’re gearing up to start your own side hustle, looking for ways to make some extra cash is not only smart but also easier than you might think. You don’t always have to start off with a long-term business plan in mind — although it’s obviously totally fine if you — but there are certain things you need to consider before you launch yourself into the freelance world. Here are seven easy-to-follow steps to help you do just that. [Read: How to co...
Tags: Startups, Growth Quarters

New web developers need to know Python. This 12-course mega collection covers it all

TLDR: The Epic Python Developer Certification Bundle explains everything about the Python programming language, including its role in data analysis and machine learning. With more than 30 million Americans currently out of work, there’s a lot of career reassessment happening right now from coast to coast. And as one of the most in-demand jobs anywhere, expect thousands to make the move to build a new professional future as a web developer in the coming months. However, deciding exactly where to ...
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Machine learning: What’s the difference between supervised and unsupervised?

Machine learning, the subset of artificial intelligence that teaches computers to perform tasks through examples and experience, is a hot area of research and development. Many of the applications we use daily use machine learning algorithms, including AI assistants, web search and machine translation. Your social media news feed is powered by a machine learning algorithm. The recommended videos you see on YouTube and Netflix are the result of a machine learning model. And Spotify’s Discover Wee...
Tags: Startups, Youtube, Netflix, Syndication, Neural, Neural Basics

The 7 strategies that got the biggest consumer apps their first 1,000 users

How did the big consumer apps get their first 1,000 users? Considering every startup confronts this question at some point, I was surprised by how little has been written about it. Particularly anything actionable. So I decided to do my own digging. I spent the past month personally reaching out to founders, scouring interviews, and tapping the Twitterverse. Below, you’ll find first-hand accounts of how essentially every major consumer app acquired their earliest users, including lessons from Ti...
Tags: Startups, Growth Quarters, TikTok Product Hunt Netflix

New AR app will let you model a virtual companion on anyone you want

A smartphone app called Hybri is adding an unsettling touch of reality to VR, by scanning photos of real people onto an avatar’s face. The avatars draw memories of the holographic girlfriend in Blade Runner 2049, but trapped inside a smartphone screen instead of an apartment. Hybri could also launch much sooner than 2049, if the company’s crowdfunding campaign is successful. Hybri describes the virtual companion as “a fully customizable virtual replica of a humanoid.” Users first pick a basic mo...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Hybri

4 Advantages Of A Virtual Data Room For Your Business

These days you can hardly find any business that uses a physical data room. It is because technology is appreciated by entrepreneurs in various sectors. They aim to keep up with the highly competitive business environment. And to achieve that, they prefer to employ Virtual Data Rooms (VDR) that can help their companies with securing confidential data and limited access to online files. Read the following to learn how VDR can be advantageous for your business: #1: Prevents Data Breach. In the ...
Tags: Startups, Others, VDR, Virtual Data Room, Virtual Data Room Providers

Citizens use police tracking apps and social media to expose US attacks on peaceful protesters

Impeached US President Donald Trump, in response to civil unrest surrounding the killing of George Floyd, over the weekend ordered US military and police forces to attack citizen protesters. President Trump appears to have seen footage of police officers throwing women to the curb, speeding cars into crowds, firing rubber bullets at reporters, and pushing a man with a cane to the ground — and has said: “Yes. We need more of that." — Matt Viser (@mviser) June 1, 2020 During the protests, violent ...
Tags: Startups, US, Social Media, Tech, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Matt Viser, George Floyd

Breaking: AI startup Stitch Fix to conduct massive layoffs starting this week

AI startup Stitch Fix, a company that uses algorithms and computer vision to help consumers find clothes they like, is apparently taking a bold approach to company expansion: it’s “significantly reducing” the number of employees it has so that it can hire people in other states. TNW obtained a copy of a memorandum sent to “Stylists” at the company and confirmed its veracity with independent sources familiar with the situation: According to the memo, the company is laying off stylists in two wave...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural

4 Ways To Improve Your Company’s Online Reputation

In this modern age, the most important thing for any business is its reputation. If you do not have a good online reputation, then your business will never succeed. The better your reputation is, the more customers you will get, and the more profit you will make. Also, it is not just about building a reputation; it is about maintaining it as well. No matter how great your reputation is, if it is tainted by a scandal or controversial post, then you can take a huge hit and can lose a lot of custo...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Online Reputation, Reddit, Others, Ways To Improve Your Company, Business Reputation

Here’s what to do with your equity if you’ve been laid off from a startup

If you’ve just found yourself laid off from a startup, you are far from alone. StartupGenome states that 74% of US startups have had to lay off full time employees, and it’s been reported that over 40% of Nordic startups and over 60% of French startups are enacting some form of layoffs. Being let go is always hard, but if you have stock options as a startup employee, it’s also the time to make some very important decisions about your financial present and future. What you do with your equity cou...
Tags: Startups, US, Podium, Growth Quarters

Our grimdark meathook cyberpunk now

Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Living and working in a worsening world Why are people who cite videos always wrong? Ten years ago, the joke was: “It’s weird how, once everyone started carrying phones with camer...
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A Product Manager’s Journey

There are many winding paths to becoming an expert product person. Watch and learn more from product management expert, Kirsten Jepson.
Tags: Startups, Expert, Product Management, Product Manager

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