Category Archives: Tools and Information

Daily Crunch: Google Earth gets an update | TechCrunch

Google Earth gives users a new look at a changing planet, Facebook tests new business discovery features and Autodesk acquires Upchain. This is your Daily Crunch for April 15, 2021.

The big story: Google Earth gets an update

Google is describing this as Google Earth’s biggest update since 2017, though there’s really just one major addition: A time-lapse mode bringing together satellite photos from the past 37 years, in 3D.

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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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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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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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What Is a Bridge Loan and How Can Businesses Use It? |

Bridge loans are a form of short-term funding intended to help your business buy assets or complete projects.

A bridge loan is a form of short-term financing that is designed to help a company meet its obligations until it secures a long-term business loan. This type of business loan is commonly used in commercial real estate and other transactions where timing is key and businesses need to secure funds quickly in order to take advantage of an opportunity.

When a business takes out a bridge loan, it uses the proceeds to purchase or improve assets, or to finance its own operations. Then, once it secures long-term financing, it uses the funds from the new long-term loan to pay off the bridge. Businesses use bridge loans (which often carry interest rates several points higher than conventional long-term financing) to fill short-term funding gaps. These include asset purchases, such as real estate, equipment, and inventory.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPad Could Do | Digital Trends

The iPad is becoming an increasingly versatile tablet. Between the branching out of iPadOS from iOS and the fact that Apple has been leaning into the iPad as a kind of laptop replacement, the iPad has a lot to it. In fact, I’ve actually been using the iPad Pro as a replacement for a laptop for over a year now, and while I still have a Mac Mini that I use for the bulk of my work, I’ve learned a lot about iPadOS and how to get the most out of it.

Interested in getting more out of your iPad? Here are 10 things that you probably didn’t know your iPad could do.

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Three Big Reasons Why You Should Be Careful of Hard Money Loans | The Startup Magazine

Hard money loans are a form of collateral-backed loan that real estate assets secure. Those who have the necessary collateral can obtain them, even if they don’t have good credit. What makes it strange is that the lender doesn’t rely on you to pay the loan back. That’s why your credit doesn’t play a significant role in the process.

Your hard money lender will base your loan primarily on how much your collateral is worth. For example, if you default on your loan, they will take possession of the property you used for security. Let’s find out more about what hard money loans are and how they work.

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This CEO Changed His Feedback Style–and His Company’s Revenue Grew Almost 1,500 Percent |

Would you rather be feared or loved? For three years, Dan O’Malley opted for the latter–and every day, he says, he failed his employees a little more.

The founder and CEO of Numerated stumbled onto that epiphany by accident: The four-year-old Boston-based startup, which helps banks and credit unions automate their processes, went into crisis mode in March 2020, when the Small Business Administration launched the Paycheck Protection Program. It turns out, when your entire 55-person team is working 20-hour days for weeks on end (to help banks process roughly $250 million in forgivable small-business loans per hour), you don’t have time to mince words. You do, however, start to bond with the people around you down in the foxhole.

That was the secret sauce, right there. “I didn’t have the time to be worried about how people would take the feedback. I just had to give it,” O’Malley says. But brutal honesty can be jarring, and can elicit defensive reactions, so he added a personal twist. He’d start with a short warning: “This is probably going to come off rough, and I don’t mean it that way.” And after detailing exactly what went wrong, he’d ask: How can I help? What do you need to fix it?

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