Alive Day – October 25, 2020 | Peter Mehit

I had a heart attack on October 25, 2020, which coincidentally, was my 23rd wedding anniversary.  No, I don’t think the two are related.

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How to Provide Efficient Customer Service | Business

Greeting your customers with a smile is important, but efficiency matters even more. Learn how to provide efficient service for your customers.

Anyone who’s worked in customer service knows you can’t please everyone. When you’re dealing with a large number of customers daily, it’s difficult to give everyone the experience they expect. This task can be especially challenging if your company has multiple locations. So how do you ensure each branch is sending the same message and delivering the same level of quality service?

Plus, in the age of social media, small issues with customers can quickly get blown out of proportion online and become a big headache for your company. That’s why it’s so important to focus on creating an efficient customer experience, which may be even more essential than offering a friendly face.

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I followed Alexa’s prompts for a day: here’s what I learned | Digital Trends

As a smart home writer and editor, you can likely imagine the amount of smart technology I have throughout my home. I can hardly go a few feet without seeing some smart tech, whether it’s a smart plug, lights, kitchen appliances, air purifiers, security cameras, or home hubs — they’re all there to help a sister out. I have Google Home Nest and Amazon Echos and Dots throughout the house.

They can all be a bit intrusive and completely off the mark when watching TV. The Google Nest will say something totally off topic because of something it heard on TV. The Echo Show will also try to be helpful and offer up a recipe for a phrase it heard while I was watching Top Chef. FYI, Alexa, I do not want a recipe for clam chowder because you heard the phrase clambake.

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6 Tips On How To Use Technology To Improve Your Business | The Startup Magazine

Technology has come a long way, and there are now countless ways for businesses to use it to improve their operations. In this blog post, we will discuss six tips on how businesses can use technology to become more efficient and productive. Whether you are just starting out or you have been in business for years, these technology tool tips will help you take your business to the next level!

1. Use online tools to manage your calendar and schedule appointments

To-do lists can be helpful, but they can also be overwhelming. If you find yourself constantly putting things off until later, try using an online calendar to stay on top of your tasks. You can set reminders for yourself and

Use the calendar to plan your week. This will help you make sure that you’re using your time wisely and getting things done.

There are a number of different online tools that you can use for this, so find one that works best for you and your business. If you’re not sure where to start, try using Google Calendar or Asana. Both of these tools are free to use and easy to get started with.

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Twitter tests ‘notes’ feature with 2,500 word limit | BBC News

Twitter is trialling a new feature allowing users to share “notes” as long as 2,500 words.

The social media platform normally limits posts to 280 characters.

Twitter said the move was a response to seeing people use the platform to post pictures of longer announcements and steer followers to outside newsletters.

The test will run for two months and involve a small group of writers in Canada, Ghana, the UK and US.

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Still Struggling to Fill Empty Positions? Try Easing the Requirements | Inc.com

Not enough résumés crossing your desk? Try following the lead of CEOs across the country and getting creative with whom you consider a potential hire.

Without enough traditional applicants, companies have broadened their scope and dropped requirements that would have been considered the bare minimum before the pandemic. About a quarter of CEOs have altered their hiring criteria, according to a new report from the Conference Board. The midyear study surveyed 750 executives between May 10 and May 24.

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Apple is finally getting serious about removing junk messages | TechCrunch

Apple has just rolled out the second developer beta for iOS 16, and the first thing that’s caught our eye is revamped message filtering. With this update, the company has signaled that it’s getting serious about streamlining your SMS-based messages.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s being included in the new update:

The new update allows developers of filter extensions — like the one built by Truecaller, or Apple’s own SMS filter available in India and Brazil — to classify non-personal messages into 12 sub-categories within “Transactions” and “Promotions.” The Transactions category includes Finance, Reminders, Orders, Health, Public Services, Weather, Carrier, Rewards, and Others; the Promotions category includes Offers, Coupons, and Others.

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The Ghost of Internet Explorer Will Haunt the Web for Years | WIRED

AFTER YEARS OF decline and a final wind-down over the past 13 months, on Wednesday Microsoft confirmed the retirement of Internet Explorer, the company’s long-lived and increasingly notorious web browser. Launched in 1995, IE came preinstalled on Windows computers for almost two decades, and like Windows XP, Internet Explorer became a mainstay—to the point that when it was time for users to upgrade and move on, they often didn’t. And while last week’s milestone will push even more users off the historic browser, security researchers emphasize that IE and its many security vulnerabilities are far from gone.

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SpaceX Breaks Two Major Records After Latest Flight in What Elon Musk Calls a ‘Flawless’ Mission | Entrepreneur

The impressive feat — most flights are spaced out at least a full day apart, with many averaging between five and seven days — made it the fastest three-flight series for orbital rockets in the history of space exploration.

The company’s Falcon 9 rocket is also breaking records, as it was used for the 13th time this weekend, making it SpaceX’s most launched spaceship.

SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida Friday, followed by a launch out of Vandenberg Space Force Base in California Saturday for the German military. The final mission was back in Florida Sunday at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, carrying a satellite to orbit for communications company Globalstar.

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TikTok’s eel pit guy has found fame on the app | Mashable

Nick Tobler is a 25-year-old aquarium store manager in Kentucky, but you might know him better as TikTok’s eel pit guy.

More than 380,000 people follow his TikTok account @cowturtle and have kept up with Tobler’s absolutely wild adventure of turning a creepy, unused rainwater cistern under his garage into an even creepier 5,000-gallon pond fit for a dozen eels.

This week, he finally filled the pond with 12 American eels, and we all watched with a mixture of curiosity, excitement, and, frankly, fear. Fans pitched names for the eels — like Bathtub, Crunchwrap Supreme, Eelon Musk, Steely Dan, Mentally Eel, Eelissa, and Neel. A crayfish named Mayonnaise is also inside the spooky pit.

Naturally, we had questions. Tobler got on the phone with Mashable to answer everything from “are your eels in your will” to “why haven’t you introduced them to a dog?”

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5 signs the housing market is starting to slow down | CNN

There is a shift happening in the housing market.

After more than a year of soaring demand, exploding home prices and increasing real estate sales, the market finally seems to be cooling off.

“The housing market isn’t crashing, but it is experiencing a hangover as it comes down from an unsustainable high,” said Taylor Marr, Redfin deputy chief economist.

Mortgage rates have increased more than two and a half percentage points this year. And the higher costs of financing a home have changed the calculations for many would-be homebuyers. As a result, year-over-year home sales have been dropping in recent months.

In a Fannie Mae survey on homebuyer sentiment, a record 79% of respondents said it’s a bad time to buy a home.

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