Monthly Archives: November 2022

Why Should Your Business Utilize the Cloud? | The Startup Magazine

Many businesses have moved from using on-premise software to cloud computing. However, if you haven’t done it, it may be time to consider it so as not to be left out by the competition. Cloud computing allows access to data anywhere using any device connected to the internet. The continuously increasing internet speed makes it possible for users to use the service whether they are in the office, at home, in the field, or even while on the road. Here are the cloud computing benefits and why your business should utilize the cloud.

It allows remote work

As mentioned, users can access data in any location with a stable internet connection. It offers flexibility, as employees can work remotely. The pandemic increased the number of people working from home. Although many are back in the office setup, some companies still allow remote or hybrid work. Your staff will be happier with the flexibility of the work setup, making them more productive. It also improves employee retention.

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China Covid: Shocking protests are huge challenge for China’s leaders | BBC News

Acts of dissent are not unusual in China.

Over the years, sudden, local explosions of defiance have been triggered by a range of issues – from toxic pollution to illegal land grabs, or the mistreatment of a community member at the hands of the police.

But this time it’s different.

There is one subject at the forefront of Chinese people’s minds, and many are increasingly fed up with it – prompting widespread pushback against the government’s zero-Covid restrictions.

This has come in the form of residents smashing down barriers designed to enforce social distancing, and now large street protests in cities and university campuses across the country

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Lawyers see crypto regulation coming in 2023 because industry needs to rebuild trust | TechCrunch

Despite an uneven year in the crypto markets, many market participants are unperturbed about the long-term health of the sector and say that legal frameworks in 2023 could restore trust in the industry.

“Crypto will recover,” Katherine Dowling, general counsel member at Bitwise Asset Management, said to TechCrunch. “This is not the death of crypto.”

Given the belief by many that crypto remains here to stay, it’s worth looking ahead. Crypto denizens certainly are — after the FTX collapse, questions circulated concerning crypto’s future and what regulators would do next.

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Rise of Refillable Make-Up | Cool Business Ideas

Refillable makeup products promise to reduce waste and help create a more sustainable beauty routine. If you’ve ever thrown out old makeup, you know how much waste plastic packaging creates. You can fill a wastebasket pretty quickly with old eye shadow and powder compacts, not to mention foundation bottles and so on. But which refillable makeup containers are the most sustainable? Are some better than others? We set out to figure out if refillable makeup products are as sustainable as they say, and which ones offer the best value.

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Amazon recruiters were laid off. AI tech might fill their roles. | Mashable

The fear of every person who reads too much sci-fi labor dystopia might be coming true: Robots could be replacing workers.

Last week, Amazon extended hundreds of its recruiters’ buyout opportunities in just one part of a very long, very trying cycle of layoffs expected from the shopping giant. And some of those jobs might have been lost to some new artificial intelligence technology the company has been experimenting with for a year, according to a confidential internal document viewed by Recode.

Amazon’s AI technology — known internally as Automated Applicant Evaluation or AAE — works by predicting which job applicants have the highest potential of being successful in certain roles, and then fast-tracking them to an interview all without a human recruiter’s oversight. According to Recode, it works by finding the middle part of a venn diagram between current Amazon employees and job applicants applying for similar jobs. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Mashable.

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All the science that’s launching to the space station today | Digital Trends

Today, Saturday November 26, an uncrewed SpaceX Dragon craft will be launching to the International Space Station. Packed inside the Dragon, which will be launched by a Falcon 9 rocket, will be a pair of new solar arrays for the space station, called International Space Station Roll Out Solar Arrays or iROSAs, as well as a wide range of science experiments and technology demonstrations.

Also included in the delivery will be an experiment to grow a crop of dwarf tomatoes. Growing food on the space station has been a topic of research because it will be necessary to grow food for longer crewed space missions, such as those planned to visit Mars, so that astronauts can eat something fresh. There is also a psychological component to growing and eating your own food that is beneficial for astronauts. Many of the foods grown on the ISS to date have been leafy greens (though there have also been experiments into growing chiles, radishes, and more), so the new experiment, called VEG-05, will test out growing tomatoes, including investigating how light and fertilizer affect their growth.

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Surprise: Dollar Tree’s $1.25 price strategy is actually working | CNN Business

When Dollar Tree said it would raise prices to $1.25 after 35 years sticking to $1, some fans protested and industry analysts questioned the decision.

A year later, the controversial move appears to be paying off.

Higher prices have added to Dollar Tree’s sales. The switch has also allowed the company to introduce merchandise it couldn’t previously sell because of its $1 price constraint, helping it draw new shoppers. Other companies have also raised prices, so Dollar Tree has been shielded from major customer blowback.

Sales at Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% last quarter compared to a year ago, the company, which also owns Family Dollar, said Tuesday. Family Dollar sales increased 4.1% last quarter.

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New gene therapy restores night vision of people with inherited eye disorder | Live Science

Two people with a rare inherited eye disorder have had their night vision restored by an experimental gene therapy, researchers say.

These two individuals are part of an ongoing clinical trial(opens in new tab) testing the safety and effectiveness of the new gene therapy, the research team wrote in a report published in October in the journal iScience(opens in new tab). This and additional trials will need to be completed before the therapy can be approved for widespread use. Still, these early data hints that the treatment can spur “remarkable gains” in patients’ night vision, the scientists wrote.

The trial participants have a genetic disorder called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), which affects an estimated 3 in 100,000 babies, according to the University of Florida Health(opens in new tab), one of the institutes involved in developing the therapy.

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Time Poverty: What To Do If You Feel Time Poor | Lifehack

In today’s fast-paced world, research shows more and more people are persistently feeling “time poor.”  While time poverty to some people may not seem as important as material poverty, time poverty causes several negative implications from lower well-being, physical health, and productivity that cannot be ignored.

Nearly 50% of Americans report feeling they “don’t have enough time these days”, according to a 2015 Gallup poll.

And yet, despite constantly feeling like there’s not enough time in the day, many continue to work long hours, sacrificing valuable time with friends and family in the hopes of finally catching up on their busy schedules.

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Businesses Are Collecting Data. How Are They Using It? | Business News Daily

Many businesses collect data for multifold purposes. Here’s how to know what they’re doing with your personal data and whether it is secure.

  • Businesses may collect consumer data and use it to power better customer experiences and marketing strategies. They may also sell this data for revenue.
  • The European Union’s General Data Protection Requirements (GDPR) is a comprehensive law that regulates any company with EU-based shoppers. California, Colorado and Virginia have enacted similar laws, though there is no federal equivalent.
  • Use VPNs, employ ad blockers, avoid linking apps, choose nameworthy apps and sign up for non-essential services with fake information to protect your data.
  • This article is for consumers who want to know how businesses use their personal data and how to protect this data.

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