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Meredith d'Ambrosio in 1981

One of my regrets about my college years in Boston during the 1970s is not going to see Meredith d'Ambrosio perform around town. Back then, I was either at the Harvard "Coop" buying jazz LPs, at Paul's Mall and the Jazz Workshop at night during the week and at discos on the weekends. Soon after I started JazzWax in 2007, I made up for lost time, and Meredith and I have been pals ever since. Yesterday, I spent much of the afternoon with Meredith's Another Time. Recorded in 1981 at the Beacon Hi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Boston, Jazz, Meredith, Johnny Mercer, George, Ken, Wilder, Aren, Copley, Beacon Hill, Bill Evans, Ambrosio, Jimmy Van Heusen, Ira Gershwin

Tips on Building SEO and Online Awareness

YouTube videos and link building By Kellen Kautzman Developing and increasing online awareness is key for small business owners, and there are many simple, inexpensive strategies. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a battle. Each of the hundreds of businesses I’ve worked with over the last decade have wanted the same thing – return on investment. Most believe if they rank well in Google, they will see the desired return. Their success, of course, is completely dependent upon the keywords which ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Business, Pinterest, California, Youtube, Sales & Marketing, Las Vegas, NICK, Google Adwords, Forbes, Right Now, Google Webmaster Tools Google, Nick Morgan, Kellen Kautzman, Kautzman

I used Apple’s new iPad mini, and it might finally make me an Apple Pencil believer (AAPL)

The iPad mini received a long overdue upgrade earlier this week that brings better performance, Apple Pencil support, and an enhanced display. The Apple Pencil feels more natural on the iPad mini than any other Apple tablet I've used it with so far, largely because of its size. But that benefit comes at a $99 premium, and there are other less expensive options for those who just want a portable tablet for entertainment.  Apple's iPads have become increasingly capable of serving as laptop repl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, Trends, Google Docs, Huawei, Apple Pencil, Aapl, Moleskine Digital Studio Microsoft

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. . The fine relates to Google's abuse of its dominance in search advertising, with the firm pressuring third-party publishers to use its AdSense tool. Huawei's CTO for Germany has dismissed spying claims as absurd and "technically impossible." The entire debate, he said, was being conducted by non-technical experts and related to politicians' wider concerns about China.  Apple finally launched its second-generation AirPods...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon, Europe, New York, Australia, Germany, Trends, Siri, Aol, Bill Gates, New Zealand, Jeff Bezos, Huawei, Alexa

Meet Q, The Gender-Neutral Voice Assistant

Most digital personal assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa have the option to sound either male or female. The team behind Q aims to break through gender binary.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, News, Siri, Alexa

Amify raises its first venture round on a promise: to boost revenue for third party sellers on Amazon

Small businesses have a complicated relationship with Amazon . While they fear the company because they have no control over it, Amazon’s platform is also a great way to reach shoppers, particularly small businesses that rise to the top of its results pages. Amify, a nine-year-old, Alexandria, Va.-based company, says it can get them there, and investors are buying its pitch. As founder and CEO Ethan McAfee tells us, the 60-person company just raised $5.8 million in Series A funding — its first...
Tags: Amazon, TC, China, Tech, Venture Capital, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Brooks, McAfee, Alexandria Va, Nigel Morris, T Rowe Price, Dundee Venture Capital, CincyTech, Amify, Ethan McAfee

Beto O'Rourke sounds off on big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, says government needs to treat them 'a little bit more like a utility'

Beto O'Rourke, the 2020 presidential candidate and former congressman from Texas, responded to a question about breaking up the big tech companies on Wednesday. O'Rourke, who officially entered the race on March 14, has emerged as a fundraising frontrunner, raking in $6.1 million in 24 hours. O'Rourke was asked about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's calls to break up the big tech companies — Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others — by CNN national reporter Eric Bradner. For O'Rourke the "be...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Texas, Instagram, America, Trends, Cnn, New Hampshire, Iowa, PAC, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Sen Ted Cruz, Facebook Twitter, Rourke

Lyft's first Wall Street analyst to launch coverage of the stock gave it a buy rating. Here's why he says the company could be worth $25 billion (LYFT)

Lyft is racing towards an initial public offering (IPO) that could launch as soon as next week.  Ahead of the IPO, the company nabbed its first buy rating from a Wall Street analyst.  Tom White of D.A. Davidson gave the company a $75 price target, which translates to a valuation of more than $25 billion  — its highest target yet.  More than a on the Nasdaq stock exchange, Lyft has already nabbed its first buy rating from a Wall Street analyst. Tom White, an internet analyst at Montana-based...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Montana, Ipo, New York City, US, Trends, Alibaba, White, Davidson, Tom White, Santosh Rao, Manhattan Venture Partners, Nasdaq stock exchange Lyft

The 2018 iPad is often the best iPad for most people — and now it’s only $250

Apple may have recently taken the wraps off of a new iPad Air and iPad Mini, but it's still the standard iPad that is best for most people. Now, the standard iPad has gotten a pretty significant discount -- it's down from $330 to $250. The post The 2018 iPad is often the best iPad for most people — and now it’s only $250 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Ipad, Mobile, News, Trends

Amazon has wired earbuds for $9.75 with more than 37,000 5-star ratings

If you're looking for a new pair of Bluetooth earbuds, we cover great deals on excellent options all the time. But not everyone wants wireless headphones, and if you fit into that category then this deal is for you. The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120-K In-Ear Earbud Headphones offer crystal clear sound, a comfortable fit, and a wire so you don't ever have to worry about charging them. They have more than 37,000 5-star ratings on Amazon, and they cost less than $10!Here's more info from ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, News, Panasonic, Ear Earbud Headphones

After Google, EU’s Antitrust Sights May Turn to Amazon and Apple

While Google just got a third, and possibly final, EU fine on Wednesday, regulators still have their eyes on Inc., Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. EU antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, told reporters earlier this month that an early-stage probe into Amazon’s potential use of data to overtake smaller shops on its Marketplace platform is "quite advanced" and she’d "like to take more decisive steps" before she leaves office later this year.
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Science, Eu, Margrethe Vestager, Google EU, Amazon com Inc Apple Inc, Facebook Inc EU

Attend TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day event on the future of transportation

The way people and packages move from Point A to Point B is in the midst of a remarkable transformation driven by technological innovations in AI, robotics, electric battery development, digital platforms and manufacturing. A mobility revolution is in the making. And TechCrunch is here — and we’re not just along for the ride. We’re here to uncover new ideas and startups, root out vaporware and dig into the tech and people spurring this change. In short, we’re helping drive the conversation ar...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Transportation, Technology, California, Articles, Events, Tesla, E-commerce, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Bird, San Jose, Mobility, Manufacturing, Nissan

TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day session event on the future of transportation

The way people and packages move from Point A to Point B is in the midst of a remarkable transformation driven by technological innovations in AI, robotics, electric battery development, digital platforms and manufacturing. A mobility revolution is in the making. And TechCrunch is here — and we’re not just along for the ride. We’re here to uncover new ideas and startups, root out vaporware and dig into the tech and people spurring this change. In short, we’re helping drive the conversation ar...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Technology, California, Articles, Events, Tech, Tesla, E-commerce, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Bird, San Jose, Mobility, Manufacturing, Nissan

How CrunchMatch helped Yoolox increase distribution

German startup Yoolox , makers of a portable wireless charger for smartphones, tablets and laptops, exhibited in Startup Alley at Disrupt with the goal of spreading awareness of their first products, Yoolox 10k and 16k. Given Disrupt’s global brand exposure, Yoolox decided it would be the perfect place to debut what they had been working on: TechCrunch Disrupt gave us the opportunity to exchange with potential distribution partners and investors. It was a great opportunity to get a direct...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Berlin, Tech, Walmart, Gizmodo, Startup Alley, CrunchMatch, Disrupt SF 2019, Yoolox, Pascal Bosten, CWO, David Photien

How to restart and force-restart any iPhone model

You may need to restart or force-restart your iPhone when it runs into software bugs that cause the phone to run slowly, its sound to stop working, or for any number of other inconveniences. Most iPhone glitches aren't permanent; you can generally solve unusual behaviors by restarting your iPhone. It takes just a few seconds to "reboot" your phone, though the button combination varies depending upon which model you own. If a simple restart does not work, you might need to force your phone to ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, New York City, Trends, Don

The Three Things Google Stadia Needs to Conquer the Gaming Industry

Google Yesterday Google announced its long-anticipated streaming game platform, Stadia. In the news post we called it an “invasion” of gaming: this combination platform and delivery service has the potential to compete with consoles, PCs, and mobile games, all at once. Google’s ambition is huge, but it’s appropriate to the task. The game industry as we know it is stagnating in terms of innovation, but its biggest corporate players are well-entrenched and experienced. If Stadia is to compet...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Amazon, Crafts, Verizon, Microsoft, EA, Sony, Nvidia, Nintendo, Ubisoft, GDC, Havok, Raymond, Sony Microsoft, Jade Raymond

Morning Briefing: Second-Gen AirPods, Google’s EU Android Solution, and More

Good morning! A bunch of stuff happened this morning, with Apple quietly announcing new AirPods, Google’s solution for its EU Android woes, some interesting takes on Google Stadia, and more. Here’s your morning briefing for March 20th, 2019. Apple News Apple has been on a slow roll of announcing devices updates every day this week, and today is no different—new AirPods are here! The second generation AirPods have a wireless charging case, better battery life, and support for Hey Siri. That’s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Crafts, Ebay, Siri, Google Search, Eu, Netflix, Pandora, Nvidia, Engadget, Kotaku, Bob Ross, Apple News Apple, AirPods Google

Amazon's cheapest Kindle now has a better screen and a front light

Higher contrast, better touchscreen and Paperwhite-like light among improvementsAmazon has released a new version of its cheapest Kindle e-reader with an improved screen and a reading light, a feature previously held back for its more expensive devices.Costing £10 more than the previous generation, at £69.99, the new Kindle has a 6in e-ink display with an adjustable front light that projects from the sides to make the screen readable in the dark. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Kindle, UK News, World news, US news, E-readers

Amazon updates the $90 Kindle with a front light

Cost has always been a big part of the Kindle line’s appeal at the low end. Amazon’s very good at undercutting the competition, while still managing to provide a workhorse e-reader in the process. Of course, paying $90 for the device comes with a number of cut corners, not the least of which has been the device’s stubborn refusal to adopt the front-lighting found on the rest of the line. Amazon’s just amended that oversight with the latest version of the standard Kindle. The device now featu...
Tags: Amazon, Hardware, Kindle, Tech, Amazon-kindle

How to Multiply Content Marketing Results Without Spending Additional Money?

By Roberto Garvin Are you after search engine traffic? You must be if you want to increase online visibility for your business. Whether it is search engine traffic you want or even brand awareness, content is key to your marketing strategy. According to findings released by Kapost, the report shows that content marketing costs 62% less and generates 3 times as many leads. And it seems that 93% of B2B marketers already know this because they are using content marketing to grow their business. So ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Business, Sales & Marketing, HubSpot, Right Now, Yoast SEO, Kapost, Roberto Garvin

Mark Zuckerberg and other tech CEOs under mounting pressure to speak out over New Zealand mosque shootings

Big tech is coming under renewed political pressure following the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday. The attack was livestreamed on Facebook before spreading like wildfire online, leaving tech companies scrambling to block the footage. The CEOs of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft have been asked to attend a homeland security briefing. Three major New Zealand telecoms companies have also weighed in, asking that the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google take part in ur...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Trends, New Zealand, Jack Dorsey, Christchurch, Thompson, Facebook Twitter, Facebook YouTube Twitter, Facebook Google Twitter, Christchurch New Zealand, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Twitter

4chan, 8chan, and LiveLeak blocked by Australian internet providers for hosting the livestream of New Zealand mosque shootings

Platforms including 4chan, 8chan, and LiveLeak hosted footage of the New Zealand mosque attacks that killed 50 people last week. In response, a number of internet service providers in Australia temporarily blocked sites that hosted the videos. "We believe it's the right thing to do, out of respect to the victims of this atrocity and their loved ones, to help stop the further sharing of this disturbing video," Vodafone Australia said. Facebook and Google have also been scrambling to halt the sp...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Australia, Youtube, New York City, US, Trends, New Zealand, Associated Press, Telstra, Christchurch, Kotaku, Optus, Vodafone Australia, Al Noor

These ad execs have a venture fund they’d like to sell you

Mike Duda comes from the world of advertising. In fact, he spent 13 years at the renowned ad agency Deutsch, becoming the youngest partner in the company’s history until another creative, Brent Vartan, came along and stole the title. Little wonder that in 2010, when Duda struck out on his own to create Bullish (formerly known as Consigliere Brand Capital), he stole Vartan, later making him the firm’s second managing partner. It isn’t that the two wanted to outgun their former employer exactly. I...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Palo Alto, Portland, Venture Capital, San Diego, Patagonia, Silicon Valley

Alexander: Mike Trout’s Angels deal rewards baseball’s best, and most humble, star

The biggest takeaway from the news of Mike Trout’s impending mega-contract: Humility pays. And maybe there’s a certain amount of karma involved in the idea that the guy who doesn’t try to sell himself, doesn’t make headlines off the field, and doesn’t try to get managers fired or set himself above his teammates just got the richest current contract in pro sports. Those commentators along the Eastern Seaboard who salivated over the idea of Trout becoming a Phillie or a Yankee after his contract r...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Angels, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Mlb, Philadelphia, Espn, Orange County, Harper, Los Angeles Angels, Alexander, Philly

Amazon is Introducing Private Investors To High-Risk Startups in a New Pilot Program (slashdot)

Amazon is testing a new way to bolster its relationship with startups and possibly bring in more capital to the ecosystem. From a report: The fledgling effort, known as the Amazon Web Services Pro-Rata Program, is designed to link private investors with companies that use AWS, as well as venture funds whose portfolios are filled with potential cloud customers. Amazon is not investing money through the program. The Pro-Rata program is being run by Brad Holden, a former partner at TomorrowVentur...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, News, The New York Times, Eric Schmidt, Cnbc, Mike Isaac, Pro Rata, Jason Hunt, Msmash, Amazon Web Services Pro Rata Program, Brad Holden, TomorrowVentures, Pro Rata Program

Media fragmentation is annoying consumers

Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications division published its 13th-annual Digital Media Trends survey, focused on identifying changes in the ways US consumers engage with various types of media. Led by an independent research firm, the survey had roughly 2,000 consumer respondents across demographics – with the report categorizing respondents based on age (Gen-Z: ages 14-21, Millenials: 22-35, Gen-X: 36-52, Boomers: 53-71, and Matures: 72+). While already accompanied by a succinct 1...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Gaming, Music, Television, Media, Podcasts, Video Games, Entertainment, Advertising Tech, Cloud Storage, US, San Francisco, Tech, United States

Netflix Won't Join Apple's Video Streaming Service

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that his company won't be playing a role in Apple's upcoming video streaming service. From a report: "We want to have people watch our content on our service," he said Monday. "We've chosen not to integrate into their service." Apple is expected to reveal its offering at an event next Monday. Apple is trying to supplement its original shows by finalizing deals with networks like HBO, Showtime and Starz to license a library of already released content. Hastings...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Tech, Netflix, Starz, Reed Hastings, Hastings, HBO Showtime

The 9 biggest questions about Google’s Stadia game streaming service

is an impressive piece of engineering to be sure: Delivering high definition, high framerate, low latency video to devices like tablets and phones is an accomplishment in itself. But the game streaming services faces serious challenges if it wants to compete with the likes of Xbox and PlayStation, or even plain old PCs and smartphones. Here are our nine biggest questions about what the service will be and how it’ll work. 1. What’s the game selection like? We saw Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (a ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Gaming, Hardware, Microsoft, Youtube, Tech, List, Nintendo, Super Mario Bros, Game Streaming, Ubisoft

I tried Samsung’s $750 Galaxy S10e, and I'm convinced it could be the Android phone to beat

At $750, the Galaxy S10e costs significantly less than Samsung's other Galaxy S10 devices, while offering many of the same features. The S10e features a large, attractive screen in a form factor that's more compact than most of its rivals, and its ultra wide-angle camera captures great shots. But when it comes to overall camera performance and display quality, it's about on par with competitors like the iPhone Xr and Google Pixel 3.  Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 lineup represents a few firsts for...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, New York City, Samsung, Trends, Lg, Lcd, Pixel, Amoled, Apple Samsung, Google Pixel

Building An Independent Retailer Brand Advantage

In response to a rumor that he had died and the subsequent newspaper coverage, American humorist, novelist and social critic Mark Twain said, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The same could be said of the independent retailer. In the Age of Amazon, can the local neighborhood retailer really survive? The answer appears to be a guarded “yes” provided the retailer is up to the challenge. According to recent findings from the study, “Independent Retailers and the Changing ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Twain, Branding, Digital Marketing, Amazon Here, Brand Research Brand Strategy Brand Licensing, Moosylvania, Paul Friederichsen, Branding & Retail, Sears Toys R Us Payless Shoes Victoria, Secret Macy 's, MyTotalRetail, Lisbeth Calendrino

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