3 Things I Learned Last Week 7.5.15

This week: New app helps employers connect with job seekers; iPad users may get new keyboard experience; why your bubble won’t burst

New App Designed to Ease Job Search
A new job search app called Switch is being dubbed the “Tinder” for jobs. Basically, the way it works is that job seekers swipe on the listed jobs they are interested in, share resumes, and then wait to get matched. Users can connect with and chat with hiring managers. Users also can decide who they share their profile with, or they can remain anonymous. Find out how business owners and HR professionals can use Switch for recruiting.

iPad Pro Users May Get New Keyboard Experience
One of the downsides of using an iPad can be the keyboard experience. Most users either can’t or don’t want to type for long periods using the iPad’s onscreen keyboard. That means that serious keyboarders need to tote around a separate keyboard device. iPad users had been hopeful the upcoming release of the iPad Pro would include a physical keyboard similar to Microsoft’s Surface. The latest rumor is that iPad Pro will incorporate a new touch technology on its current keyboard to simulate a physical keyboard experience. Read more details about the Force Touch pressure-sensitive technology that may be coming to the iPad Pro.

Bubble Wrap Is Bursting Some Bubbles
One of the best things about receiving something in the mail swaddled in Bubble Wrap is popping the bubbles. Well, the final bubble may have been burst with Sealed Air’s introduction of iBubble Wrap, a new version of Bubble Wrap that is lighter and does not pop. What does this mean for your packaging needs?

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 6.28.15

This week: FTC updates guidelines for marketers; I didn’t mean to Send that yet!; From the cell block to the C-Suite

Are Crackdowns Coming for Marketers?
The Federal Trade Commission is starting to pay more attention to social media marketing activities. The agency recently updated its guidelines for marketers, and social media issues got a lot of attention. Read more details and access the FTC’s new FAQs here.

Gmail Rolls Out Undo Send Feature
How many times have you watched your email disappear from your screen and wanted to bring it back because you hit Send too fast? If you’re email system is Gmail-based, you now have that option. Google introduced the Undo Send feature to all Gmail users in June. Previously, it was available only through Labs. Find out how to activate Undo Send.

Owner Uses Entrepreneurial Lessons to Survive Prison
Andrew Medal used his entrepreneurial experience to get through his incarceration and become a successful business owner after release. Find out how to use his lessons to get through obstacles and other challenging situations.

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 6.21.15

This week: Fun Twitter Stats, the Night Sky, “Siri” for the Home

Twitter: By the Numbers
Have you ever wondered how many people with Twitter accounts are actually active? 302 million monthly – as of April 2015

Want to know the average number of followers for a Twitter account? 208

How many signed up but never sent a Tweet? 550 million

Have fun with more Twitter stats here.

Where Have All the Stars Gone?

In 1994, the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles knocked out power, allowing many Angelenos to see the Milky Way for the first time. In fact, an estimated 80 percent of the Earth’s population has never seen the Milky Way. Find out about a new photography project designed to introduce the night sky to urban dwellers.

“Siri” for Your House?

Amazon’s Echo, which some have dubbed a household “Siri,” is now available for $180. The voice-activated speaker will respond to questions and demands to provide things like the weather report, play music and create to-do lists. Find out more about this smart home hub.

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 6.14.15

This week: An app that helps you form habits; $125 million fund for women and minority startup founders; Twitter changes coming

Want an electronic accountability partner? A new app called Streaks helps you see how many consecutive days you’ve performed an action. When you break the streak, the app starts tracking all over again. The idea behind the app is that the visual of unbroken days helps users continue to perform the action until it becomes a habit.

Intel Capital Forms Fund for Startups Led By Women and Minorities
Last week Intel announced that Intel Capital, its venture capital arm, had formed a fund of approximately $125 million to invest in startups led by women and minorities. Lisa Lambert will lead the fund initiative. Read more details about the fund, how to be considered and the four companies that have already received investment.

Changes Coming to Twitter in July
Beginning in July, Twitter will expand the character count for Direct Messages to 10,000. Find out about this change and others.

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 6.7.15

This week: Female 1960’s programmer who saved Apollo 11, Pinterest Pins for Sale, Startup Activity Takes Upward Bounce

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Credit Goes to Margaret Hamilton
Few people know that the team that wrote the moon landing software was headed up by a female coder named Margaret Hamilton. In fact, because many of the workers were women, the core rope memory used in the software became known by engineers as “LOL memory.” LOL stood for “little old lady.” Read more about Margaret Hamilton and her team’s contributions to the Space Age.

Purchase Pinterest Pins
Say that fast three times in a row! Pinterest has introduced a new feature that lets users purchase products pinned to the site. Find out more.

The State of Startups
According to a recent Kauffman Foundation report, most states are seeing an uptick in startup activity. How are Missouri and Kansas faring?

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 5.31.15

This week: Female Founders Gaining Momentum, Google Debuts New Inbox, Americans With Disabilities Act

Female Founders on an Upward Trend
Funded start ups with a female founder doubled between 2009 and 2014. Find out more about the investment amounts these founders received, where these founders are located, how startups with a female founder fare as they progress from early to later stages, and more data about these companies.

Google Debuts New Inbox for Everyone
Last October, Google introduced a new type of inbox designed to make email organization easier by bundling similar messages like trip information, automatically sending reminders for to-do items, improved search and other features. Inbox is now open to everyone; an invitation is no longer required.

The Americans With Disabilities Act Turns 25
President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the legislation, learn some of the interesting number facts behind the U.S. population with a disability, as well as the numbers of businesses and organizations providing services to them.

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3 Things I Learned Last Week 5.24.15

This week: Split-Screen iPads, Moore’s Law, Tricky Roads

Split-Screen Multitasking May Be Coming to Your iPad
If you’ve ever wished you could use two apps on your iPad at the same time, you may be in luck. Rumor has it that iOS 9, scheduled for release later this year, may include a dual-app viewing mode on some iPads. Learn more about this and other features that may be on tap.

Moore’s Law Still Holding Strong After 50 Years
Gordon Moore, who co-founded Intel and who also predicted that computer processing power would double every two years, thought his prediction would hold up for only 10 years, increasing the transistors on a silicon chip from 60 to 60,000 during that time. Five decades later, his forecast is still playing out. Find out whether Moore thinks his prediction will continue to hold out.

The Road to Innovation
I came across this set of photos highlighting some of the world’s trickiest roads. At first glance, they don’t really appear to have anything to do with business. But when you look at the photos, you’ll realize these paths—forged in some of the roughest conditions and through treacherous terrain—are marvels of innovation and human ingenuity.

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