Let’s Talk Tips for Friday, November 1st 2019 – Volume 14
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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:
1.) Your Bloomin’ Onion Now Comes With a Side of Big Brother
At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms. As casual dining
chains have declined in popularity, many have experimented with surveillance
technology designed to maximize employee efficiency and performance. Last
week, one Outback Steakhouse franchise announced it would begin testing such
a tool, a computer vision program called Presto Vision, at a single outpost
in the Portland, Oregon area.
2.) U.S. Opens National Security Investigation Into TikTok
The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social
media app Musical.ly, according to three people familiar with the matter.
3.) Deep Listening. A Gadget Lab Podcast.
This podcast talks about Apple’s new AirPods, why they cost so much, and how
they are impacting our culture.
4.) AI May Not Kill Your Job — Just Change It
Don’t fear the robots, according to a report from MIT and IBM. Worry about
algorithms replacing any task that can be automated.
5.) A Secret Space Plane Just Landed After a Record Stay in Orbit
The plane spent 780 continuous days in orbit conducting classified
experiments for the US Air Force before autonomously landing itself.
1.) How to Eat Healthy When You’re Tired, Sick, or Just Lazy
Chronic health conditions, mental illness, or just plain lack of energy can
sap your ability or willingness to take care of your health; here’s how to
2.) Postpartum Weight Loss: Diets And Plans
Some women wish to lose weight after pregnancy. It is possible to achieve
postpartum weight loss safely by breastfeeding, eating a healthful diet, and
exercising. According to the authors of a 2019 study, weight changes during
and after pregnancy can have significant ongoing health effects for many
women. Postpartum weight loss may reduce the risk of long term weight gain
3.) Gym At Trucking Company About More Than Physical Fitness
A Charlottetown transportation company has included a gym in its new
building for its truckers, and is finding the benefits go beyond keeping its
4.) Annual Fitness Fest Teaches Kid Exercise, Healthy Eating Tips
The event first started in 2013 as a way to teach kids how to be healthy and
moving, said Parents and Kids Magazine North Mississippi publisher Gretchen
Cook. The free event is sponsored by Children’s of Mississippi and is also
done in Jackson and Hattiesburg. Several of the activities were things
parents can do at home, Cook said, which was done to show parents they can
keep kids active without spending a lot of money. Activities for the day
included hoola hoops, cornhole, stepping stone, limbo, twister, trampolines
and other health-based activities. There was also a Freeform Martial Arts
5.) Weight Loss Tips: Eat Alone To Eat Less, Says Study – Other Helpful Tips
For Weight Loss You Must Follow
Researchers have found strong evidence that people eat more food when dining
with friends and family than when alone. Read here to know more about how
eating alone can help you lose weight and other tips for weight loss that
you must follow.
1.) How to Control the Privacy of Your Social Media Posts
Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, lock down who can
see what you’re up to.
2.) On TikTok, There Is No Time
The popular app doesn’t tell users when a video was posted. Creators say
that makes it easier to steal content—but there are also upsides to
forgetting what day it is. TikTok, the wildly popular social media app that
revolves round 15-second video clips, has become a major cultural force. It
has birthed chart-topping hits like “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, incubated
new subcultures like VSCO girls, and become the default way to goof off at
work. But there’s a simple facet of the app—which has been downloaded over
1.4 billion times globally—that has received far less attention: It exists
outside of time.
3.) Facebook News Tab Won’t Include Ads, But Publishers Can Still Monetize
Facebook is launching Facebook News, a dedicated space on the platform that
will highlight top news stories from national and local publications.
Content featured in the dedicated news section may have Instant Article ads.
4.) 25 Twitter Stats All Marketers Need to Know in 2020
5.) How to Create a Successful Blog Strategy: A Step-by-Step Guide
Did you know that 55% of marketers say blogging is their top inbound
marketing priority? Did you also know that these marketers are 13x more
likely to see positive ROI than marketers who don’t invest in blogging?
1.) eMazzanti Technologies One of World’s Best Managed Services Providers
“With the accelerating pace of business, companies are finding that
security, cloud and revenue-enhancing managed services make them more
competitive,” said Jennifer Mazzanti, CEO, eMazzanti Technologies.
“eMazzanti’s ranking on the MSP 501 reflects our strong commitment to our
2.) MVP Health Care Announces Innovative Support Programs For Seniors
MVP Health Care has announced that beginning on January 1, 2020, its
Medicare Advantage members in New York and Vermont will be eligible for
unique support programs that will work to improve their overall health and
3.) Navigating The New Realities Of Work And Retirement
Every day around 10,000 baby boomers hit retirement age, but not all of them
are retiring. People age 65 and up are the fastest growing group of workers
in the country. About a quarter of them are still in the workforce. But not
all of them are working just because they want to, and many retirees were
forced to leave work before they were ready. NPR’s Ina Jaffe covers aging,
and all this week she’s bringing us a series of stories about how older
Americans are navigating the new realities of work and retirement.
4.) Older Americans Are Increasingly Unwilling — Or Unable — To Retire
About 1 in 4 adults age 65 and older is now in the workforce, and that
number is expected to increase, making it the fastest-growing group of
workers in the country.
5.) Top Cybersecurity Threats For Small Businesses And Tips To Stay
As cyberattacks become more sophisticated than ever, small business owners
need to take action or face some potentially devastating consequences.
Contrary to popular belief, an estimated 43% of all data breaches involve
small businesses, not large corporations. Even more alarming, another study
found that 60% of small businesses who fell victim to cyberattacks closed
their doors within six months. From these two statistics alone, it’s clear
the stakes couldn’t be higher.
1.) Access To Justice: Legal Aid Critically Important Part Of Justice System
By Beverley Mclachlin
This spring, the Ontario government announced drastic cuts to legal aid in
Ontario. The Legal Aid Ontario budget was cut by almost 30 per cent and
funding was eliminated for refugee and immigration cases. This meant deep
cuts to clinics and services, striking hard at the province’s most
vulnerable inhabitants. These cuts were felt especially strongly in the
larger centres, including Toronto.
2.) Blind Man With Guide Dog Denied Service, Arrested At Kamloops Gas
A man who’s blind was told his guide dog wasn’t allowed inside a Kamloops
gas station, and when RCMP arrived, he thought they would defend his rights,
but instead, the officers put him in handcuffs.
3.) The Internet Thinks You’re A Robot, And Other ‘Dark Patterns’ People
With Disabilities Face Online
CAPTCHA security tests, or the “Completely Automated Public Turing Test, to
Tell Computers and Humans Apart”, are not always accessible to people with
disabilities — sometimes putting them, ridiculously, in the “robot”
category. These moments of friction or “encoded inhospitality”, as
accessibility advocate Chancey Fleet has put it, block non-visual access to
everyday digital interactions. She also calls them “dark patterns” — a term
popularised by British user-experience consultant Harry Brignull, which
describes online techniques that manipulate users. A completely fake online
countdown, for example.
4.) Made-In-Manitoba Technology Aims To Help Visually Impaired Navigate
A pair of graduates from Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College have
developed a system to help the visually impaired navigate inside large
buildings, including schools.
5.) Advocates Slam Ontario Plan To Rate Accessibility Of Buildings
A group that advocates for better accessibility standards in Ontario is
voicing concerns about the province’s new assessment plan. The Accessibility
for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance says the plan to conduct
accessibility assessments of public and private buildings will remove few
barriers and is bound to be marred by conflicts of interest.
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