LinkedIn Adds Audio Recording Option to Help With Name Pronunciation

Record up to a 10-second clip of your name being pronounced and add it to your profile for others to hear. Free Book Preview No BS Guide to Direct Response Social Media Marketing The ultimate guide to – producing measurable, monetizable results with social media marketing. July 8, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Sometimes you encounter a name and aren’t quite sure the best, or the preferred way it’s expected to be pronounced. LinkedIn decided to fix this problem for all its users by adding the ability to upload audio as a feature of each profile. The audio recording feature was announced by Joseph Akoni, a product manager at LinkedIn. On the LinkedIn Blog, Akoni explained, “Ever seen someone’s name in writing and find yourself not totally sure how to pronounce it correctly? Correct pronunciation is not just a common courtesy — it’s an important part of making […]

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U.S. Government Considers Banning Tik Tok

Mike Pompeo suggests using TikTok puts your private information ‘in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.’ Free Book Preview No BS Guide to Direct Response Social Media Marketing The ultimate guide to – producing measurable, monetizable results with social media marketing. July 7, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag The Trump administration has been laser-focused on removing Chinese hardware manufacturers from the US market, including Huawei and ZTE, but now the focus seems to be turning to Chinese social media apps. As CNBC reports, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that the US government is looking to ban certain social media apps offered by Chinese companies. They include the extremely popular video-sharing app TikTok. “We are taking this very seriously. We are certainly looking at it … With respect to Chinese apps on peoples’ cellphones, the United States will get this one right too,” Pompeo […]

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Amazon Pushes Prime Day Back to October

The annual sales event won’t now happen until Oct. 5 at the earliest, but it could be delayed further. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! July 6, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag For the past five years, Prime Day has been held in July, but it looks as though the ongoing pandemic has seen Amazon decide to break with tradition and delay its big sales event by three months. As CNBC reports, Amazon has decided that now is not the time to launch a massive sales event online as it continues to be one of the key suppliers of goods to people stuck at home. An email sent out to third-party sellers confirms that Prime Day won’t happen until Oct. 5, but that’s a “placeholder date” meaning it could still be moved further back in the year. […]

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Apple Has Now Re-Closed 77 Stores

As the number of COVID-19 infections increase, Apple is having to close more and more of its retail stores again. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! July 2, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag UPDATE 7/2: Store closures have now increased to 77. As Reuters reports, Apple has taken the decision to close many more stores from today, including in its home state of California, as well as in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma. All store employees will continue to be paid. Original Story 6/26:If you need a sign that the threat of coronavirus remains ever-present, look to Apple, which is having to re-close an increasing number of its stores across the U.S.  As Barron’s reports, the total for Apple Store re-closures how now reached 32 after it was confirmed yesterday that 14 more are closing in Florida. They follow 11 […]

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iPhone 12 Won’t Include a Charger or EarPods

A 20W charger will be sold separately and Apple is ending production of its 5W and 18W chargers. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 29, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Last week images of a 20W iPhone charger leaked, suggesting Apple intended to ship the iPhone 12 with a more powerful adapter. Now it looks as though that was only half right. As MacRumors reports, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also stated that Apple is manufacturing a 20W charger for the next iPhone, but it won’t be included in the box with the handset. In fact, Kuo believes Apple intends to ship the iPhone 12 without a charger included. He also stated last month that there’s no EarPods in the box, either. If correct, it means the only accessory included with iPhone 12 models is a Lightning-to-USB cable. As to […]

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Microsoft Is Permanently Closing Its Retail Stores

The stores in London, NYC, Sydney and on the Redmond campus will be converted into Experience Centers. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 26, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Apple may be re-closing its retail stores due to the rising rate of COVID-19 infections in the U.S., but Microsoft has decided to close its stores permanently. In a news post today, Microsoft announced “a strategic change in its retail operations,” with the result being the closure of all but four of its retail locations. However, the stores in London, NYC, Sydney and on the Redmond campus will be converted into Microsoft Experience Centers. According to Microsoft Corporate Vice President, David Porter, the focus is turning to online-only. “Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving […]

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Amazon Launches $2B Fund for Clean Tech

The Climate Pledge Fund will invest in companies across transportation, energy generation, battery storage, manufacturing, food, and agriculture. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 23, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Amazon has decided to create a $2 billion venture-capital fund aimed at supporting businesses in a number of different sectors who are working to reduce the impact of climate change. It’s called The Climate Pledge Fund. In April last year, thousands of Amazon employees sent the company an open letter asking it to take a stronger stance on climate change. Then in January, 350 staff protested Amazon’s decision to implement a new policy threatening punishment or termination of employees who publicly criticize the company’s stance on climate change. So details of this new fund will likely come as a welcome surprise. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Amazon is looking to […]

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Elon Musk Schedules Tesla ‘Battery Day’ for Sept. 15

Tesla’s next big range increase looks set to come from battery technology, and Elon Musk plans to reveal all on Sept. 15. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 22, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Last week, Tesla announced it had managed to increase the range of the Model S to 402 miles thanks to a range of vehicle improvements. However, the next big range increase looks set to come from battery technology, and Elon Musk plans to reveal all on Sept. 15. As Reuters reports, the so-called “Battery Day” was originally planned for May, followed by a shareholder meeting on July 7. However, the coronavirus pandemic has meant both events were postponed and rescheduled (tentatively) for Sept. 15. Musk describes Battery Day as, “one of the most of exciting days in Tesla’s history,” but has said little about […]

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AMC Theaters Reopen July 15, No Face Masks Required

450 venues will reopen with new health and safety measures in place, including reduced seating capacity. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 19, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag If you’ve missed watching movies on the big screen, there’s less than a month to wait until you can do so again, according to AMC. As Variety reports, the theater chain has announced it will reopen 450 of its more than 600 locations in the US on July 15. Surprisingly, face masks will not be required to watch a movie, with AMC instead implementing a number of measures to ensure social distancing and keep both customers and employees safe. At each venue reopening next month, visitors will experience reduced auditorium capacity, with typically 30 percent of seating not available per screening. In auditoriums with traditional seating, AMC is blocking […]

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Amazon Develops Social Distancing Tech Using Augmented Reality

Workers in Amazon’s warehouses get real-time visual feedback showing if they are keeping a safe distance from their colleagues. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 16, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag It’s hard to know exactly how close you can get to someone without breaking the social distance rules, but Amazon has made it easy for warehouse workers by using red and green circles. Posting on the Amazon Day One blog, Brad Porter, vice president and distinguished engineer in Amazon’s Robotics department, introduces a newly-developed system called “Distance Assistance.” It’s technology aimed at helping Amazon’s employees to remain socially distant from each other at all times, and it was made possible through a combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality. In practice, Distance Assistance consists of a 50-inch monitor, a camera, and a computer combined […]

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Apple Explains How Its Reopened Retail Stores Will Be Different

Visiting an Apple store will involve a temperature check, a face mask and a one-to-one service. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 18, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag We’ve been hearing how Apple intends to slowly start reopening its retail stores in the coming weeks, but now we know how different an experience it will be for visitors. Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and people, published a letter to customers on the Apple website yesterday detailing the company’s approach to reopening stores. The decision to reopen any particular store will be driven by the available data. O’Brien explains, “We look at every available piece of data — including local cases, near and long-term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials. These are not decisions we rush into.” She also makes it clear that if […]

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YouTube TV Adding 14 New Channels From Viacom CBS

BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land, VH1, BET Her, MTV2, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic are all being added. May 7, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Subscribing to YouTube TV will soon be an even better value for your money, as Google has just signed a new deal that will add another 14 channels to watch. As TechCrunch reports, a multi-year distribution deal YouTube signed with ViacomCBS means the number of channels available on YouTube TV will expand this summer to include more than a dozen new ones. The existing broadcasts of CBS Sports Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel and The CW from ViacomCBS will be joined by BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1 in the summer. At a later date, BET Her, MTV2, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic will also be added. Access […]

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Frontier Airlines to Charge Extra for Flying Next to an Empty Seat

If you want to guarantee the middle seat next to you remains empty during a flight, expect to pay $39-$89 extra. May 5, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Taking a flight may the last thing on your mind right now, but airlines are figuring out how they can enforce social distancing while also charging passengers more for guaranteeing some degree of isolation when they do decide to fly. As Bloomberg reports, ultra low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is set to introduce a “More Room” option for passengers from May 8. It allows an aisle or window seat to be booked with a guarantee the middle seat remains empty during the flight. Frontier is promoting it as a way of ensuring there’s “more distance between you and fellow passengers.” The guaranteed empty seat option isn’t free, though. Ensuring “nearly 21 inches of separation” will cost a minimum […]

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Amazon Tells Employees They Can Work From Home Until October

If a role at Amazon can ‘effectively be done from home’ then Amazon is happy for it to remain that way for another five months. May 1, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Some Amazon employees may not be returning to their office for another five months following the latest guidance set out by the company. As The Seattle Times reports, the updated guidance of no return to work until Oct. 2 is mainly aimed at Amazon’s corporate employees, but states specifically that it relates to any “employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home.” A company spokesperson also confirmed that, “We are working hard and investing significant funds to keep those who choose to come to the office safe through physical distancing, deep cleaning, temperature checks, and the availability of face coverings and hand sanitizer.” Related: 10 Movies and TV Shows Every […]

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Amazon Puts New Online Grocery Customers on a Wait List

Only existing customers can order groceries for delivery or pickup as Amazon struggles to meet surging demand. April 13, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag If signing up for grocery deliveries through Amazon is on your to-do list, you’re out of luck and will have to join the back of a wait list. As Reuters reports, Amazon has taken the decision to stop accepting new customers for grocery deliveries or pickup, instead adding them to a wait list. The reason, as you’ve probably guessed, is due to a huge increase in demand (60 percent according to Amazon) during the coronavirus pandemic. Amazon simply can’t make enough delivery slots available without placing a limit on the number of customers snapping them up. Online grocery orders can be placed using Amazon Fresh and Amazon Prime Now. The company has responded to growing demand by increasing the number of […]

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Apple Is Streaming 7 Apple TV+ Shows for Free

The most popular shows remain behind the paywall, but Apple is clearly hoping to entice more locked-down consumers to sign up for a TV+ subscription. April 10, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Apple has decided to be a little more generous with access to content on Apple TV+ during the coronavirus pandemic and is allowing several shows to be streamed for free. Related: Do You Have COVID-19? New Apple Site, iOS App Help Assess Symptoms As 9To5Mac reports, it’s now possible to stream Little America, Servant, For All Mankind, Dickinson, Snoopy in Space, Helpsters, Ghostwriter, and The Elephant Queen without needing to subscribe to Apple TV+. However, you will need to sign in to the Apple TV app, which means you’ll also need an Apple ID. If you’re running out of new content to watch on Netflix, Prime Video, etc., Apple TV+ is certainly tempting, especially when you consider there’s already a seven-day free trial and then it only […]

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Amazon Closes Queens Delivery Station After Worker Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The closure is only thought to be temporary while ‘additional sanitation’ is carried out, but it’s unclear when the station will reopen. March 19, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Amazon may be facing a massive surge in demand, but it isn’t immune to the impact of coronavirus. Overnight, an employee in New York tested positive for the virus and Amazon has taken the decision to close the warehouse where they worked. As Recode reports, the employee in question worked out of Amazon’s Queens delivery station, which is roughly 80,000 square feet in size and employs up to 200 workers. The station is run to sort packages and load them on to trucks for delivery. An Amazon spokesperson has confirmed that the employee is in quarantine and being supported by the company. The closure of the Queens facility is temporary and specifically to carry out “additional […]

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Italy’s Internet Strains Under the Load of Quarantined Kids Playing Fortnite

With the entire country under quarantine due to coronavirus, children are turning to online gaming to help alleviate their boredom. March 13, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Italy’s response to coronavirus has been to quarantine the entire country. Travel restrictions are in place, schools are closed, and public gatherings are banned. Therefore, the inevitable has happened and internet usage is experiencing a massive surge. As Bloomberg reports, while you’d expect a spike in usage to happen due to adults attempting to work from home (or watch free premium porn on Pornhub), bored children are also having a major impact. Italy’s telecomms service provider, Telecom Italian SpA, is reporting internet traffic has increased by over 70 percent since the quarantine was triggered. According to Chief Executive Officer Luigi Gubitosi, there’s “a big contribution from online gaming such as Fortnite.” Call of Duty is also mentioned, which makes […]

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Twitter Adds ‘Manipulated Media’ Label to White House Biden Video

Dan Scavino, Director of Social Media at the White House, tweeted a video of Joe Biden saying ‘we can only re-elect Donald Trump.’ But the video cut off what Biden said next, which significantly changed its meaning. March 10, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Twitter has for the very first time applied a new “Manipulated Media” label to a tweet containing an edited video of presidential candidate Joe Biden. As Politico reports, the video was tweeted on Saturday by Dan Scavino, Director of Social Media at the White House, and subsequently viewed over 5 million times. It shows Joe Biden saying, “We cannot win this re-election, excuse me, we can only re-elect Donald Trump.” President Trump shared the video twice, in one tweet stating “I agree with Joe!“ Anyone who watched the original video on YouTube, however, will know Scavino shared an edited version. Biden’s statement in […]

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SpaceX Will Fly 3 Tourists to ISS Next Year

The space tourists will be transported to ISS inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule using a Falcon 9 rocket in the second half of 2021. March 6, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Next year, SpaceX is set to launch three tourists into space and transport them to the International Space Station (ISS) for a holiday in microgravity. As CNBC reports, the paying space tourists have secured their off-world trip through a deal struck between private US space station manufacturer Axiom Space and SpaceX. The flight is planned for the second half of 2021 and will use a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and a Falcon 9 rocket to get them off there. Axiom Space is viewing this as the first fully private human spaceflight mission to ISS. A commander “professionally trained by Axiom” is set to accompany the three tourists who will spend at least eight days […]

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