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CEO Secrets: Older women strike out in lockdown | BBC News

As part of our CEO Secrets series, which invites entrepreneurs to share their advice, we are focusing on businesses that have launched during lockdown. Each week we will look at a different type of person. This week we speak to female entrepreneurs aged over 50.

“If you feel it, just do it,” is the advice of Feyi Raimi-Abraham.

“Don’t stop and wait to have all the ducks in a row for your business idea, because it will never happen.”

The south Londoner has started her first commercial venture at the age of 52.

It is called The Black Dementia Company and it stems from personal experience.

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Cities and Startups Are Poised for a ‘Great Reboot’ | Inc.com

When the world’s economies recover from the pandemic downturn, the forces driving the rebound will be distinctly different than those that spurred business growth in the pre-pandemic era.

So argues Arnobio Morelix, Inc.’s chief data scientist, in his forthcoming book Great Reboot. Morelix is also the chief innovation officer of San Fransisco-based Startup Genome, a policy advisory group that works with governments around the world to help expand their economies through entrepreneurship. The goal of his new book is to show business owners how to make the most of the opportunities ahead.

Morelix sat down with Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk to talk about ways that entrepreneurs can prepare now for a promising future.

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PearPop lets TikTok celebrities monetize by sharing shout-outs and screen time with fans | TechCrunch

PearPop a new Los Angeles-based company, is on its way to racking up nearly 25,000 users in less than a month, and has already landed seed funding from the firm Rocket One Capital.

The company’s premise is simple. Allow fans to bid for shared screen time with their favorite TikTok celebrities, and it’s one that has attracted the attention of a few of the platform’s stars with several million followers.

The company was able to hook 3,000 users with one post from Anna Shumate, a TikTok star with 6.5 million followers who goes by the handle of “annabananaxdddd,” according to the company’s founder, Cole Mason.

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12 Best Wireless Earbuds WIRED Has Tried (2020) | WIRED

WIREFREE (TRUE WIRELESS) earbuds are one of those ideas that sounds like a dream: Pop a tiny little headphone into each ear and listen to music or take calls untethered from everything.

Until recently, the reality was quite different. Most of the first wirefree buds were gigantic, dead after a few hours, and had a bunch of other problems. Luckily, times have changed. There are a host of new models that sound fabulous and work (almost) perfectly. After testing dozens of them for the past three years, here are our favorite wirefree earbuds right now, in a wide range of styles and prices.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our favorite cheap headphones and best workout earbuds guides may help.

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How Safe Is Your Data While Working Remotely? | Entrepreneur

On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity has become a major source of concern for companies and individuals. With more people working remotely, cybersecurity efforts have moved out of the office, leaving individuals and companies with a need to set up better security at home.

According to a report by Centrify, a leading provider of Identity-Centric Privileged Access Management solutions, “Nearly three-quarters of business decision-makers (71%) believe that the shift to 100% remote working during the Covid-19 crisis has increased the likelihood of a cyber breach”.

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5 Myths About Starting an Ecommerce Business | Getentrepreneurial.com

Every year, ecommerce sales soar. With brick and mortar stores experiencing more and more closures, now is a better time than ever making your move to the ecommerce world. However, when you’re just starting out, knowing what steps to take can be confusing. There’s plenty of information out there and with so many resources to turn to, navigating the basics can make your efforts even more difficult. There are several myths associated with ecommerce, and understanding how to maneuver them can help you avoid catastrophic decisions. Here’s what you need to know:

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New green technology could harvest body heat as energy | Inhabitat

Scientists have created thermocells, energy-efficient devices, that can harvest excess heat and convert it into renewable energy. They hope to create portable batteries that could be applied to many types of surfaces to harvest excess heat — including clothing to utilize heat from the human body as energy.

The group of 11 scientists who worked on this project published their study in the journal Renewable Energy. They are affiliated with The National University of Science and Technology in Moscow.

Thermoelectricity is the type of electricity that is generated by temperature differences, called temperature gradients. These are found everywhere, including around the human body. While this is an area of green energy with untapped potential, previously developed thermocells have a low output power.

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World’s first portable MRI machine comes to patients | New Atlas

A study published in the journal JAMA Neurology is reporting promising results testing the world’s first portable MRI machine in a real-world intensive care setting. The groundbreaking device effectively detected brain abnormalities in almost all patients studied, paving the way for new bedside diagnostic capabilities.

Developed by healthcare technology company Hyperfine, the point-of-care (POC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system was first revealed last year. The device is claimed to be 20 times less costly, use 35 times less power, and is 10 times lighter than current MRI machines.

Traditional MRI machines are big and expensive devices, requiring custom-built rooms to contain the powerful magnetic fields used for imaging. Until recently, the prospect of a portable MRI machine was unimaginable but recent advances in computing power have enabled images to be produced using smaller magnets.

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Artificial Muscles Gives Haptic Feedback Glove | CoolBusinessIdeas.com

Connected gloves that transmit haptic feedback to the user, be it from objects in distant locations or virtual reality environments, could certainly open up some interesting possibilities. Scientists in Australia working in this field have demonstrated a new device they say offers a more realistic experience than previous solutions, by making use of soft artificial muscles that more closely resemble our sense of touch.

The device was developed by researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is similar to others we have looked at in the space, in that the haptic sensations felt by one user are relayed to another, no matter the distance between them. In a general sense, these make uses of sensors that record the forces felt by the human hand, and then wirelessly recreate them for remote users.

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How new smart speakers from Apple, Amazon, Google stack up | Mashable

The HomePod mini, announced Tuesday at Apple’s tech event, is the newest smart speaker out there. It joins refreshed models from the competition, Amazon and Google; the speakers all feature shiny new homes and let you play music, ask questions, and control your smart home and other devices. Like those from Amazon and Google, Apple’s latest device costs around $100.

So, what’s different about the three new speakers? Here’s the latest on which you should use for all your Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant needs.

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