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There's no doubt about it: tech is king when it comes to the industry with the most dynamic, innovative opportunities on the market. There's only one drawback — when innovation is paramount, your skill-set needs to be as adaptive as the market. And in 2017, there are a few skills you would benefit by developing, especially if you're looking to switch careers:

  • Mobile app development

  • Digital marketing / business analytics

  • Web development

Which all make sense, considering mobile is crucial to the success of companies to make their products and services visible to customers. And since more than 26% of companies are looking for qualified candidates who possess these skills, we've rounded up four different courses focused on sharpening your expertise, making you stand out to any recruiter. Taught by highly regarded online instructor Rob Percival, you're sure to negotiate your way to the job of your dreams. Read more...

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'Planet of the Apps' wasn't a great show, but it was still a success for Apple

Apple aired the finale of its first original series this week. If you missed it, don't stress. 

Planet of the Apps was a decent 10-episode series, but it's not something that viewers will want to think about for hours like Netflix's House of Cards or talk about with friends like Hulu's The Handmaid Tale

It's just a pretty undramatic, very-edited reality show about dozens of entrepreneurs, people who were trying to make careers off a business based around an app. 

SEE ALSO: Apple’s Instagram account reeks of desperation

Not unlike Shark Tank, viewers learn a little about what it takes to build an app-based company and raise venture capital. But unlike Shark Tank, it's really not that thrilling. Read more...

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The odds on Trump resigning just shifted, and not in his favor

The odds aren't looking good for President Trump.

One word has been on everyone's lips this tumultuous week and for once it's not "impeachment" but rather "resignation" — and the possibility of Trump throwing in the towel is actually quite likely, if bookmakers' odds are to be believed.

SEE ALSO: What are the odds Twitter suspends Trump for ginning up the idea of nuclear war?

Tony Schwartz, ghost writer for The Art of the Deal and born-again Trump critic, was among those uttering the R-word Wednesday, when he tweeted a prediction. "Trump's presidency is effectively over," he wrote. "Would be amazed if he survives till the end of the year. More likely resigns by fall, if not sooner." Read more...

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Barclays put in sensors to see which bankers are at their desks

Barclays has installed devices that track how often bankers are at their desks.

Managers were peppered with queries when investment bank staff in London discovered black boxes stuck to the underside of their desks in recent months, according to several Barclays employees who asked not to be identified speaking about their workplace. They turned out to be tracking devices called OccupEye, which use heat and motion sensors to record how long employees are spending at their posts.

There was a “phased roll-out” of the devices, and Barclays staff and the Unite union were notified before they were installed, although the bank did not send out a specific memo about them, according to spokesman Tom Hoskin. The Barclays employees said they don’t remember being informed about the boxes, but spokespeople for the bank said there have been no official human-resources complaints. Read more...

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Travis Kalanick says he was 'ambushed' by the investor suing him

Travis Kalanick—a vocal fighter against taxi lobbyists, government regulations, pink mustache businesses, and tech giant Google—is speaking out again.

Uber's former CEO filed a 15-page response to investor Benchmark Capital's lawsuit against him this week. The venture capital firm accused Kalanick of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty in a lawsuit filed last week. 

SEE ALSO: Texts between Uber's Travis Kalanick and Anthony Levandowski are juicy

Among Kalanick's statement of facts is a note that his mother had been killed in a boating accident when Benchmark was planning to oust him as CEO. Read more...

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Trump's past 4 weeks have been so chaotic, a CNN anchor needed to get a drink just to get through the list

Fair warning: If you find yourself suddenly dizzy or if you need to take a quick break by the end of this article, know that you are not alone.

In a segment that aired on Friday, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin decided to list off all of the significant events that have happened with Trump in the last few weeks.

It seems like a standard enough task except ... the list was so ridiculously long and full of of all completely batsh*t occurrences from the White House that even Baldwin herself had to stop and take a sip from her cup to complete the segment.

SEE ALSO: Unhinged Trump was hard at work on Twitter before you'd even had your morning coffee Read more...

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Airbnb offers free housing to those affected by Barcelona attacks

Airbnb is looking to lend support to those affected by the recent terror attack in Barcelona, Spain.

After a van drove through crowds on Thursday, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more, Airbnb activated its disaster response tool to help connect people in need of shelter and other accommodations with hosts in the area who've chosen to open their homes for free.

SEE ALSO: Airbnb is deleting the accounts of suspected neo-Nazis trying to attend the 'Unite The Right' rally

"Airbnb has activated our Disaster Response Tool to assist those affected by the tragic events in Barcelona," Arnaldo Munoz, Airbnb Country Manager for Spain, said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with those affected by this terrible attack." Read more...

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Mark Zuckerberg is taking two months off to spend time with his second daughter

Mark Zuckerberg runs one of the most valuable companies in the world. But he's not letting them stop him from spending time with his children.

The CEO of Facebook is taking two months of paternity leave when his second daughter is born, Zuckerberg announced via a Facebook post Friday. He also took two months off when his first daughter Maxima, or "Max," was born in November 2015. 

SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg slams neo-Nazis and 'polarization' after Charlottesville

This time, he will be dividing the two months off in two parts. He will take the first month at the beginning and then take the month of December off.  Read more...

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Leaked images show off one of the iPhone 8's key components

The iPhone 8 is (hopefully) coming soon, and we might just have a closer look at one of its most important components. 

The new A11 processor chip that will power the next iPhone allegedly appears in newly leaked photos posted to Slashleaks, which were first spotted by MacRumors. The 10-nanometer chips are reportedly manufactured exclusively by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and expected to power the upcoming iPhone 8, iPhone 7S, and iPhone 7S Plus models. 

The A11 chip should give the phones improved speed and efficiency, along with enough power for new features like 3D facial scanning.  Read more...

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An app paid me $10 to wait in line and then party at Samsung's NYC space

The line outside of Samsung's New York City event space on Thursday night stretched down the block, hundreds of people queued in a way that's common in the city's club-heavy Meatpacking District.

They were ostensibly there to enjoy the band Judah & the Lion and check out a livestream of Coldplay in concert. In truth, many, including myself, were getting paid just to be in line.

I had on the day prior signed up for Surkus, a new app that pairs people with events in need of people. Surkus can find models for your rooftop party or make your new restaurants seem like the hottest thing in town. On Thursday, Samsung apparently needed people to give their event the appearance of overwhelming demand. Read more...

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Sono Motors Introduces The SION Solar Powered Car

HubSpot - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 09:55
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The fantasy of having the capacity to drive to work in a solar-powered car is at last turning into a reality. Sono Motors simply uncovered the SION solar-powered electric car gives you the ability to travel up to 18 miles utilizing only energy from the sun. Best of all, the SION isn’t only for the whealthy, since it just costs 16,000 Euros (around $18,600) in addition to the cost of the battery, and it is pressed with unbelievable components like built-in moss filtration, bi-directional charging and integrated solar panels.

Sono Motors Sion Solar Powered Car

A year ago, Sono Motors, a German startup raised over $200,000 create the SION. Utilizing 300 photovoltaic panels, the SION can store enough energy from the sun to give you the ability to travel up to 18 miles, however in the event that you have to travel further, the SION can likewise be energized utilizing a standard outlet, similar to a regular electric auto. Depending on the amount you want to spend, you can rent the battery month to month, or buy outright.

Solar Powered Lights For The Yard

HubSpot - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:41

When you are lighting your patio the exact opposite thing you need to do is to be stumbling over electrical lines and attempting to put lights close to an outlet to connect them to. Assuming, notwithstanding, you ran with solar lights you wouldn’t have this issue.

Solar lights take their power from the sun, store it in inside batteries and afterward sparkle splendidly all through the dull night. With such a large number of choices, you can have solar lights for security and to decorate your home, all in the meantime and all with bring down power costs while being ecologically inviting. It’s a win.

On the off chance that you have ventures in the yard you might need to utilize lights that will enlighten those means when its dull. This will wipe out searching for the means and lessen mischances. They are pretty accents to your means as well and obviously arrive in an assortment of shapes and hues.

Similarly for a pathway. Enlightening it during the evening removes the mystery from the condition and takes into consideration a beautiful sparkle other than. Way lights can be low to the ground or can be on sticks to make a lovely emphasize to the sides of the way itself. They too arrive in an assortment of shapes and hues to be the ideal expansion to your arranging.

Did you realize that the banner code proposes that you light your banner around evening time? Never fear, there is a solar light only for that reason and now the banner will never look better against the dull sky.

You invest a great deal of energy and cash on your finishing so why not indicate it off around evening time too? There are a wide range of solar spotlights available that will consequently sparkle on your ideal arranging or delightful tree around evening time. You can likewise actualize arranging lights into the finishing itself for complements consistently, day or night.

Decks look so happy and summery when they have lights on them. Presently you can get solar string lights to give your deck that awesome light and comfortable feel, and they likewise come in all the prominent shapes and hues.

Solar Trees Powering The Park Of South Florida

HubSpot - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 19:58

Joining South Florida’s lush, green canopy of real trees are a new crop of solar trees. These “trees” have blue trunks and bear no fruit, but supply clean energy to whoever needs it.

If you’re at the beach and your phone starts to die, you can charge it right here using Solar Power.

Here’s how the solar trees work: Each solar tree comes with 2 solar powered panels up top. Some of that energy collected is powering the grid of the community, and to a nearby box that send electricity to plugs where phones or compuers can be charged.

Online courses for small business owners and wannabe entrepreneurs

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Whether you run a small business or are just working on a great side hustle, maintaining an exceptional online presence is crucial. Carving out time for online courses may seem like the last thing on your mind, but the more you know, the more you’ll be able to do.  

One University of Washington study found that 87 percent of respondents attributed improvement in their employment situation to their participation in an online course.   

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Startup adds beds and Wi-Fi to buses to turn them into 'moving hotels'

Maybe you're reading this while slogging through soul-crushing traffic during the long holiday weekend. You might wish you could just curl up with that book stowed away in the trunk or catch up on some sleep from a tiring week at work. 

None of that is happening on this road trip, but when Cabin, a sleeping bus, launches later this month, getting a full night's sleep in an actual bed while riding on the freeway won't be just a dream.

SEE ALSO: This could be the tiniest hotel room in the world

The special double-decker buses will take paying passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles starting July 14 on tour buses re-outfitted with 24 beds, or sleeping pods, and a lounge space, bathroom, and, of course, Wi-Fi. Read more...

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This startup helps Uber drivers make extra cash by selling random stuff in their cars

Anyone who's been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic in an Uber probably could have used a pair of headphones or an Altoid at some point. 

Cargo is a new startup that promises to provide those random items you'd be happy to have mid-ride — and, more importantly, offer another source of income for ride-hailing drivers. 

SEE ALSO: A top advocate for women in tech shares 5 ways companies can learn from Uber's mistakes

Cargo partners with brands to put candy, protein bars, tampons, and condoms in a case that sits within reach of passengers. The case comes with a code unique to each driver, which passengers use to record what they took during the ride. Read more...

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Learn how to grow your brand on Instagram with this $20 course

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You’re right to ignore those spammy Instagram messages and friend requests promising to dramatically increase your follower count.

In reality, the best way to build your Insta-presence is to devote time and effort to creating content and engaging your audience—but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a little help from your friends. The Instagram Marketing Crash Course for Entrepreneurs promises to teach you how to hone your audience engagement skills and achieve impressive results. Maybe even turn a profit. Maybe even get Insta-famous.  Read more...

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People lined up at midnight and took out extra cash for the first day of legal weed in Nevada

July 1 was a big day in Nevada. 

At midnight, dispensaries could legally start selling marijuana for recreational use. Nevada voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana back in November, and that decision went into effect on Saturday. 

People over 21 years old can buy weed with ID at the state's dispensaries. Buying from anyone not licensed by the state and smoking weed in public are still illegal. 

Legal weed in Nevada means legal weed in Las Vegas, and many of the Nevada residents most excited for midnight to hit lined up in Vegas last night. 

Many people lined up overnight as Las Vegas began selling legal pot for recreational use for the first time. https://t.co/T1wmvf1fvh pic.twitter.com/BnugOk41P1

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Self-driving cars can handle anything, except kangaroos

Self-driving cars can make it through ice, snow, thunderstorms, and the winding streets of Pittsburgh

What can't they handle? Kangaroos. 

Volvo admitted this week that its self-driving technology's "Large Animal Detection system" was flummoxed by kangaroos

SEE ALSO: Check out the first photos of Waymo's self-driving big rig

The cars can deal with roaming deer, elk, and caribou, but can't process kangaroos because of the animals' "unique method of movement," or hopping.

“Any company that would be working on the autonomous car concept would be having to do the same developmental work,” Volvo Australia Managing Director Kevin McCann said. “We brought our engineers into Australia to begin the exercise of gathering the data of how the animals can move and behave so the computers can understand it more.” Read more...

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J.K. Rowling has an explanation for all of Trump's deranged tweets

President Donald Trump has been on a roll recently — when it comes to tweeting offensive, nonsensical thoughts early in the morning

After another week of sexist insults, media-bashing, and voter fraud paranoia on Twitter, J.K. Rowling came up with one explanation for our new presidential reality. 

Nobody wants to find out that the President of the USA is constantly drunk, but my god, it would explain a lothttps://t.co/1d1Sdo9mNG

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 1, 2017

Yep: maybe Trump is just drunk all the time? There's one flaw in that theory, though. Trump doesn't drink. Based on that long-held Trump lore, every tweet sent by Trump is sent sober.  Read more...

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