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Drop The Zoom Video? |

A new study led by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University is challenging the common assumption that video conferencing is better than audio-only communication for collaborative group activities. The findings suggest video cues may in fact lower a group’s collective intelligence by disrupting interpersonal synchrony.

Early in 2020, when the pandemic hit and many suddenly shifted to working remotely, the ability to easily communicate with colleagues via video was a godsend. No one really questioned how effective communicating over video was, as for years it had been generally assumed video cues amplify effective group collaboration when compared to audio-only interactions.

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Apple and Google block UK COVID app update for breaking data-sharing rules | Mashable

Google and Apple have blocked an update to the UK government’s COVID-19 contact tracing app for breaching privacy terms, the BBC reports.

The update, which was expected to roll out in time with the lifting of national lockdown on Monday, would have requested users who tested positive for COVID-19 to upload their history of venue check-ins. The app, used in England and Wales, has long operated with a feature that allows users to check in to a shop, pub, restaurant, or other venue using a QR code — some are required by law to display official NHS QR code posters and collect contact details, while others are encouraged.

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Did Marie Antoinette really say ‘Let them eat cake’? | Live Science

Did Marie Antoinette really utter the infamous words, “Let them eat cake”?

The quick answer to this question is a simple “no.” Marie Antoinette, the last pre-revolutionary queen of France, did not say “Let them eat cake” when confronted with news that Parisian peasants were so desperately poor they couldn’t afford bread. The better question, perhaps, is: Why do we think she said it?

For background, the quote has been slightly exaggerated in its translation from French to English. Originally, Marie Antoinette was alleged to have said, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche,” or “Let them eat brioche.” While this sweetened bread is more expensive than an average baguette, it isn’t exactly the icing-laden, multi-tiered gateaux you might have imagined the queen had in mind. That said, this hyperbolic translation doesn’t change the point, at least from a propagandist standpoint; it still suggests that the French queen was arrogant and out-of-touch with the working class. With callous aristocrats like this in charge, things will never improve for the average French citizen. Vive la révolution!

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ELD Mandate Guide |

The ELD mandate is designed to ensure drivers aren’t being overworked in an effort to keep roadways safe.

Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are hardware solutions that are installed in vehicles and track information regarding engine activity, driver shift times and driver rest requirements.

ELDs are required for fleets of all sizes, so long as the vehicles and businesses meet certain requirements.

The ELD mandate has been in effect since 2019.

This article is for all small business owners looking to better understand how the ELD mandate affects their business.

Businesses operating a commercial vehicle fleet have more to worry about than just how well its cars and trucks are running. They also have to be concerned with the safety of their drivers. To help ensure businesses are focused on driver safety, the U.S. government requires certain fleet operators to install electronic logging devices (ELDs) in their vehicles. Not complying with these laws can result in significant fines. That’s why small businesses with a commercial fleet need to understand the ELD mandate, whether it applies to their operation and, if it does, how they will adhere to these laws.

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10 Simple Ways To Refocus a Wandering Mind | Life Hack

Want to know what Steve Jobs thought was the ultimate key in achieving success?

“Focus and simplicity… once you get there, you can move mountains.”—Steve Jobs

And this belief is even more important today than it was years ago. At your fingertips is a literal world of information and entertainment. So, it’s no wonder we all have such wandering minds nowadays.

Thanks to the internet and smartphones, attention is practically a currency we should be more budget-minded about. In fact, a person who can stay focused is not only more likely to get more done but also be more satisfied at the end of the day because of it.

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Late-night snacking is bad for work performance the next day | Fast Company

Here’s something to tell yourself when you reach for that 11 p.m. pint of whatever: This pint will hurt my job performance tomorrow. And it will, says a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology out of North Carolina State University.

Key findings: Yes, crappy eating at home leads to crappy job performance at work the following day.

Researchers tracked the food and drink intake of 97 employees for 10 days, alongside job performance reports. Those who ate unhealthfully in the evening and night—” unhealthy” is defined here as participants who felt they’d consumed too much food, drink, or junk food—were likely to report emotional strain in the morning, such as feelings of stress and shame, alongside physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, and diarrhea.

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Uber Won’t Let California Drivers Set Their Own Prices Anymore After Rider Cancellations Increased 117% | Forbes

Uber will no longer allow drivers in California to set their own prices after rider cancellations increased 117% over the past year, the latest change to Uber’s service following the passage of Proposition 22, which made ride-hailing drivers independent contractors.

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4 Low-Cost Digital Marketing Tactics for Startups |

Starting a business is not an easy task. The idea of being your own boss and calling the shots is something many of us desire and long for, but making it a reality is no walk in the park. Being an entrepreneur comes with many risks and challenges.

Marketing is a critical aspect of a new business; however, successfully executing a marketing plan is a challenge faced by many startups. And no matter how great your products and services are, without the right marketing strategy, the chances of reaching your potential customers and generating profits are incredibly low

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Soundproof Wall Panels for Your Home Office Studio | Small Business Trends

Whether it is a loud neighbor, next door office, or you just want to create a quieter environment, soundproof wall panels can dampen the noise for you. With the right acoustic panels and sound absorption materials, you can deaden and dampen sounds in your environment.

If you have a small business with multiple offices one of the best ways you can individualize each room is by soundproofing them. And the good news is you can now find affordable and decorative soundproof wall panels that are easy to install.

While there are many options in the marketplace, the choices in this list provide the best panels across different materials, capabilities, and styles. Remember these are ready-made panels. If, however you want to get custom panels there are many companies that will provide the service.

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Thinking of opening a physical location? Here’s a look at initial restaurant start-up costs| Food Truck Operations

Opening a restaurant is your dream, but is it something you can afford?

Just like any big investment, most people require financial assistance in the form of a bank loan to afford the startup costs. We’ll help you weed through the individual costs of starting a restaurant so you can create a reasonable budget and acquire the funding you need. We also include ways to save on the cost factors.

How much does it cost?

The median cost of opening a restaurant is $275,000 or $3,046 per cover for a leased space, according to a recent survey. This number jumps to $425,000 or $3,734 per cover with an added land purchase. Numbers like this can be slightly deceiving because there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The cost of your restaurant will be affected by a number of factors, including the location of your business, your restaurant concept, and whether you choose to lease or buy your space.

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