Monthly Archives: August 2019

Ford says its Autonomous Cars will Last Just Four Years | TechCrunch

The automotive industry has been promoting self-driving cars as a kind of panacea that will solve numerous problems that modern society is grappling with right now, from congestion to safety to productivity (you can work while riding!).

Unfortunately, a very big question that has been almost entirely overlooked is: how long will these cars last?

The answer might surprise you. In an interview with The Telegraph in London, John Rich, who is the operations chief of Ford Autonomous Vehicles, reveals that the “thing that worries me least in this world is decreasing demand for cars,” because “we will exhaust and crush a car every four years in this business.”

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Lambda School’s For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt | WIRED

Early this summer, tech entrepreneur Austen Allred was on Reddit, as he often is, when he noticed something suspicious. The coding forums he frequents, where people usually talk about JavaScript bugs and command line functions, were being suffocated by rants and raves on a particular topic: a coding bootcamp called Lambda School, which Allred happens to run.

To Allred, the posts looked suspiciously robotic. Perhaps a competitor was posting spam to get any mention of Lambda banned from the forums. Maybe it was a bootcamp critic on a tear. Allred had heard that people were spreading rumors he was behind the accounts, trying to gin up more exposure, good or bad, for his startup. “People want us to fail,” he says, casting a glance from under the brim of his signature grey and red trucker hat, emblazoned with the eponymous Greek letter. “People want to think that Lambda is a scam, because they want to believe the results we’re producing are impossible.”

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Why Remote Work Can Help Bridge the Hiring Gap, Especially for Rural Professionals | Entrepreneur

The current job market tilts heavily in the job seeker’s favor, with a historically low unemployment rate, more open jobs than professionals to fill them, and more people quitting their jobs than any time in the last 17 years.

However, most of the good news for job seekers is in urban and suburban areas. Rural employment has unfortunately failed to recover as quickly or as well as urban employment since the recession.

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5 Types of Social Media Videos That Will Skyrocket Your Engagement Rates |

There’s definitely no shortage of social media video content on any of today’s top social networks. On Facebook alone, users watch 100 million hours of video content each day. Around 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

With so many videos being uploaded and watched on an hourly basis, it can be hard to ensure your business’ content gets the visibility it deserves. It’s worth noting that social media users don’t often seek out videos. Instead, they typically find a video to watch when scrolling through their feed or by looking at a video shared by a follower.

In order to boost your engagement rates, you not only need to understand how users find videos on social media, but also the types of videos that are most suitable.

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Petsafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder Review | Digital Trends

If you are rudely torn from your slumber each morning by a hangry meow, or you’re worried about your faithful canine’s rumbling belly when you have to work overtime, you may appreciate the benefits of an automatic pet feeder. Petsafe’s second-generation Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder costs nearly $200, but it’s packed with features, including smartphone connectivity, and it offers a fairly versatile set of scheduling options. I tested it out for a week with my cat, Bodhi, to see how well it works.

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Two Chairs is a mental health startup banking on in-person therapy | Mashable

It’s a toss-up which is more nerve wracking: a first date or a first visit to a new therapist. Dates require small talk. But with a therapist, there can be pressure to really bare your soul.

A growing Bay Area company called Two Chairs wants to take the stress out of finding and paying for therapy. Unlike other mental health start-ups, it doesn’t skim the earnings of therapists, or sacrifice in-person appointments for video or text chats.

Instead, it runs brick-and-mortar clinics and directly employs therapists. It uses a human being (along with an algorithm) to match you with the right therapist. And then it handles the insurance paperwork so you can get a reimbursement check.

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These smart shorts tell you how to improve your workout | CNN

Wearable technology has made big strides in recent years, from fitness trackers and smartwatches to shoes that vibrate to give you directions, tops that soak up air pollution, and a jacket that doubles as a solar-powered phone charger. Levi’s and Tommy Hilfiger are among the brands getting in on the act.

Now Greek startup Tribe Wearables wants to use high-tech clothing to make your workouts more effective.

The company is developing gym shorts that sense your every move, tell you how to improve your workouts and help prevent injuries.

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Why Are Dozens of US Teens Getting Sick After Vaping? | Live Science

UPDATE: On Aug. 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that there are now 149 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with vaping reported in 15 states.

Vaping has sent nearly 100 people, mostly teens and young adults, to the hospital with lung illnesses in the last couple of weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating 94 possible cases of “severe lung illness associated with vaping,” which have been reported in 14 states as of Aug 17, according to a statement from the agency. It’s unclear what’s causing the illnesses or even if there is a link between patients’ symptoms and the kinds of products they used.

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8 Factors That Keep You From Getting a Business Loan | Business news Daily

Business loans can be essential when you’re launching a startup or looking for additional funding to expand an existing company. The funds are used to secure inventory, purchase equipment, rent operational space, hire employees or cover a host of other expenses.

According to a report by the National Small Business Association, in 2017 nearly three-quarters of small businesses were able to access the funding they needed to grow. However, financing remained a challenge for 27% of U.S. businesses. According to the NSBA report, businesses that were unable to secure capital had to take difficult actions, including reducing the number of employees and deciding not to expand operations, finance increased sales, or increase inventory to meet demands.

Since loans can be so critical to your business success, it is worth learning the most common barriers borrowers face when looking to secure a business loan. Once you learn about these roadblocks, you can take the steps to circumvent them and find the right type of loan and lender for you.

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How to Maintain Strong Interpersonal Relationships | Life Hack

One of the biggest keys to happiness is having strong interpersonal relationships. I believe that relationships are key to leading a fulfilling and contented life. Like anything worth having in life, they take some work to develop and perpetuate.

In this article, I will discuss how to maintain a strong interpersonal relationship.

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