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Spotify is rolling out separate music and podcast feeds | Mashable

Your Spotify home page is getting a makeover.

This week, Spotify is launching separate feeds for music and podcasts that will be accessible through the Home page on the app. This makes it easier to find what you’re really looking for. Your existing Home feed won’t change, but you will notice two new tabs on the upper left of the page: one labeled “Music” and titled “Podcasts & Shows.”

These feeds will essentially put all of Spotify’s recommendations in one place. The Music feed will feature new releases and playlists based on users’ music taste, while the Podcast & Shows feed will keep you up to date on the latest episodes of shows you follow, as well as suggestions based on what you’re listening to now.

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Ford just raised the price of the F-150 Lightening | CNN

Ford on Thursday will once again begin taking orders for its popular F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. But this time the base model of the pickup will cost about $7,000 more than before.

When the Lightning first went on sale, the Pro version — the base model intended mostly as a simple work truck — cost about $40,000. Now it will cost about $47,000. More expensive versions of the truck have similar price increases, up to $8,500 for highly equipped extended range models. The Lightning is currently eligible for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit. (With electric vehicle tax credit rules set to change under new legislation, it’s unclear if the truck will continue to be eligible in the future.)

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August 2022 Sturgeon Moon date and time | Live Science

As summer slips into autumn and nights begin to grow longer, the final supermoon of the year will make a big splash Thursday (Aug.t 11).

Nicknamed the “Sturgeon Moon,” August’s full moon peaks around 9:36 p.m. EDT on Thursday (0136 a.m. GMT on Friday), – although the moon will appear bright and full on Wednesday and Friday night (Aug. 10 and Aug. 12) as well.

Most publications consider this a supermoon, meaning the full moon occurs while the moon is nearest its closest point to Earth, also known as perigee, during the current orbit. The Sturgeon Moon will appear within 90% of perigee, making it a supermoon by most scientific definitions. (Some publications put specific distance or time constraints on supermoons, meaning the Sturgeon Moon may not fit the bill for every publication.) Supermoons can appear larger and up to 16% brighter in the sky than the average full moon, according to timeanddate.com.

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How to Use Chrome Remote Desktop for Business | businessnewsdaily.com

Remote access to a computer or mobile device used to be a challenging process. That’s no longer the case, and Chrome Remote Desktop offers an easy way to take remote control.

There was a time, not terribly long ago, when gaining remote access to a computer was a complicated task that involved pricey software that took time to install on both machines and would frequently fail for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it was not viable for a remote work arrangement. Today, however, there are plenty of options, and one of the most convenient is Chrome Remote Desktop.

Whether you want to offer remote IT support to your team – especially due to the mass work-from-home exodus caused by the coronavirus pandemic – or connect your home PC and work PC, Google’s tool is worth a look. It’s free and available on all major platforms, including Windows, Mac, Chromebooks, Android, iOS, and Linux.

Here’s a rundown of Chrome Remote Desktop and how to install it.

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How to Break Down a Large Project into Manageable Task | Lifehack

If you’re working on a huge project, the magnitude of various tasks that you are supposed to complete on time can make you feel overwhelmed. This feeling hinders you from making progress because it damages your morale and makes your project seem impossible to complete. When you start thinking that a project is impossible to complete, you’ll start procrastinating…

Have you thought about breaking down large assignments into manageable tasks though?

Similar to consuming a large meal through small bites at a time, you can work on any task regardless of how complex or long they are as long as you break them down. Once you’ve done this, you can easily address these pieces. Instead of focusing on the entire project, focus on what you can do right now to make progress.

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Toys ‘R’ Us locations: full list of Macy stores | Fast Company 

Brick-and-mortar Toys “R” Us stores are back! Well, kind of. Macy’s has announced the opening of Toys “R” Us stores at its retail locations in nine states, and stores in another 19 states are set to open before the holiday 2022 shopping season.

Some background: The iconic toy retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in 2017 and the last of the chain’s brick-and-mortar shops closed in January 2021 due to the pandemic. But then in August 2021, Toys “R” Us announced its comeback: It would partner with Macy’s to open stores-within-stores inside the department chain’s locations.

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How Your Small Business Can Get More Google Reviews—And Why It Matters – AllBusiness.com

What’s the first thing you do when seeking the services of a new business? Chances are you look them up on Google. More than 60% of customers check Google reviews online before they visit a business. Understandably, they want to check out the experience others have had with your company before they commit to you.

This is why Google reviews are important, and why you should put effort into acquiring them. The first thing that appears when you search for a business on Google is that business’ reviews and average rating, and if these are not good, chances are potential customers will go elsewhere.

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Mastercard Installments Buy Now-Pay Later Coming to More Small Businesses | Small Business Trends

Mastercard Installments Buy Now-Pay Later Coming to More Small Businesses

Mastercard are seeking to meet the demand for powerful Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) schemes, especially with familiar and trusted brands. Their new partners will be providing support for the program, including US-based financial institutions such as Cross River, Live Oak Bank, MOCA Financial and WebBank, as well as others from the UK and Saudi Arabia.

Consumer Protections and Data Transparency

As well as providing more payment options, Mastercard Installments will also focus on responsible lending practices to support consumers with an enhanced set of protections such as data transparency and insight-driven programs for product improvement.

Using technology, data and insights, as well as their wealth of consulting expertise, Mastercard aims to create a ‘more intelligent way’ to provide installment lending at scale.

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6 ways to battle supply chain issues | Food Truck Operator

When asked what issues plague operators the most, among the answers are supply chain disruptions, which affect suppliers and distributors, too, according to Brian Warrener, an associate professor at Johnson and Wales University.

In fact 96% of foodservice operators are reporting delays in supply chains.

Warrener, who teaches food & beverage hospitality and management, shared his insight at the recent National Restaurant Association annual conference.

During a panel presentation, Warrener stated food costs are up 13%, industry wages are up 11% and industry prices are up 8%.

When it comes to food costs, beef is up 23%, eggs 31%, chicken 27% and cooking oil 44%. Many factors go into those price increases, from inflation to supply chain issues and customer demand, he said.

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Text Message Laws Businesses Must Know | business.com

There are a number of text message marketing laws that your business should be following when trying to reach its target audience.

Text message marketing, also known as SMS marketing, is becoming a poular marketing channel. This rapid rise has many businesses scrambling to incorporate text message marketing into their marketing strategies. Before you get started, however, it is critical to understand the laws surrounding this marketing method. Even though you may not intend to break the law, some aspects of compliance may be easy to miss, and even a tiny oversight could cost your business millions of dollars and damage consumers’ trust in your company.

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