Employers are finding ways to get people ahead of the curve on blockchain engineering, digital marketing and more. Lydia Belanger Published 6:00 am, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Photo: Hero Images | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Hero Images | Getty Images Why Companies Are Taking It Upon Themselves to Help Workers Learn New Skills 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In this series, The Way We Work, Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger examines how people foster productivity, focus, collaboration, creativity and culture in the workplace. When Codecademy co-founder and CEO Zach Sims was gearing up to launch his online coding class platform back in 2011, he kept hearing reports of how the workforce was not equipped with high-demand technical skills. The majority of companies, he recalls learning … [Read more...] about Why Companies Are Taking It Upon Themselves to Help Workers Learn New Skills
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Caroline Huffaker Caroline Huffaker Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Victim Services by the numbers Category 2016 2017Victims served 161 238Criminal justice support & advocacy 966 2,020Crisis counseling 442 761Court accompaniment 35 130Follow-up contacts 2,197 2,724Safety plans 180 218Presentations and training 11 75 At the beginning of 2016, Caroline Huffaker took the helm of the Chattanooga Police Department's Victim Services Unit. Four months later, Bianca Horton was killed, found dead on the side of a road with multiple bullet casings on the ground beside her. Authorities said she was slain to prevent her from testifying at trial that Cortez Sims was the man who shot three people in January 2015. Twenty- year-old Talitha Bowman was killed in the shooting and Horton's daughter, Zoey Duncan, was paralyzed from the waist down. In March of this year, three men were charged in Horton's death. The homicide was monumental for Huffaker, who was just starting … [Read more...] about Victim Services Unit aims to help victims, witnesses
I'm sitting with Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft's chief accessibility officer. We've bogarted a few chairs in a hallway at the Washington State Conference Center in Seattle, where the company is holding its annual Build developer conference. Lay-Flurrie, who is deaf, speaks with a crisp English accent. Though she never signs when addressing me, she has brought a sign language interpreter to clarify the questions I'm asking, in case lip reading ever falls short. Together, we are among the few women I've seen at this tech convention.None of this would normally be relevant -- not our genders nor Lay-Flurrie's deafness -- except in this case it is. For Microsoft, a giant in an industry not known for its inclusiveness, people with disabilities represent the next chapter in a quest to achieve equality.Less than three hours earlier, Satya Nadella closed Build's day-one keynote not with coding demos but some remarks about humanity. The company plans to use artificial intelligence to help people … [Read more...] about AI can help a billion people, but Microsoft can’t do it alone
Produced by Sarah Prior and Richard Fetzer Nearly three decades ago, Marlene Warren opened the door of her Wellington, Fla., home and was shot in the face by a clown bearing balloons, flowers and a gun. Joe Ahrens, Warren's son, tells "48 Hours"' Peter Van Sant the clown calmly walked back to a car and drove off. It is a case that rocked the Florida neighborhood where Warren lived at the time and has haunted family members ever since. "I remember that being one of the most terrible days of my life," says Ahrens. "At first we thought maybe it was a balloon popped, but when we saw her fall, we knew something was definitely, seriously wrong," Ahrens says. Also in the home at the time was Ahrens' friend Jeannie Pratt who says the questions she's been asking herself ever since are simple: Who would want Marlene Warren dead. And why? DEADLY DELIVERY Joe Ahrens was 21 years old on that May morning in 1990 when his beloved mother and best friend, Marlene Warren, was shot in the face at her … [Read more...] about Can new DNA tests help police crack the “killer clown” cold case?
How To Signal for Help "If you have a whistle, use a one-two-three, pause, one-two-three pattern. This is more recognizable to the human ear. Mirrors are also important. Nothing in nature can be mistaken for a signal mirror. Same goes for brightly colored construction tape." — Thomas Coyne, found and chief instructor, Survival Training School of California Advertisement - Continue Reading Below How To Orient a Map Align north on your compass with the map's vertical grid lines. Rotate the map and compass together until the needle reaches north. How To Turn Your Car Into a Generator Car electricity runs on direct current, but almost everything else is alternating current. What you need: an inverter. Some cars have them built in, but you can get one at a store for less than $40. Use the clamps to attach the inverter directly to the terminals on your car battery. Let the car run at idle and you have 110-volt AC power for as long as you have gas. With a 300-watt inverter, you'll … [Read more...] about 10 Survival Skills You Need To Know
The HomePod takes a lot of flak for being the dumbest smart speaker around, but it can do more than you might think. In today’s video, I’ll show you 20 HomePod tips you need to know. (Just a quick heads-up: I’m going to be saying “Hey Siri” a few times in this video.) 20 HomePod tips You probably already love the way your HomePod sounds. You’ll love the Apple smart speaker even more if you take full advantage of its many capabilities. These HomePod tips should help. 1. Ask Siri questions about the song playing HomePod is primarily designed for listening to music. That’s why it’s also great at giving you information on what you’re currently listening to. You can ask Siri who wrote the song, who is playing a certain instrument, what year the track came out, what album the song is from and more. Apple’s database doesn’t have all the info for every song, but it’s still impressive what Siri can drum up. … [Read more...] about 20 awesome Apple HomePod tips you need to know
Fran gracefully glides around the grand ballroom, sparkling pink ball gown flowing at her heals and the firm grip of her son’s arm around her waist. They are surrounded by friends and family as they elegantly move around the room in perfect harmony, looking as though they must have practiced for hours. Fran is celebrating her 90th birthday in style, and although Parkinson’s disease has limited her mobility over the last decade, today technology is enabling the joy of movement she knew when she was 20. “Memories are real. If you’re dancing in a ballroom in a virtual world or in a ballroom in Portland, Oregon — you were dancing in a ballroom. It was an experience,” Donna Z. Davis, Ph.D, the director of the strategic communications program at the University of Oregon. She witnessed the power of virtual environments to heal and help real people like Fran. “This is not about replacing, it is about augmenting. It’s technological augmentation in … [Read more...] about VR can already help people heal — and it’s just the beginning
"Yo," I said to my colleague Kim Bhasin shortly after I joined The Huffington Post in 2014. His eyes widened along with his smile as he asked me, "Do you have the Yo app?" I didn't. Despite joining HuffPost as a tech reporter, I hadn't heard of Yo, an app that only let users say "yo" to each another and had climbed toward the top of Apple's App Store, obviously. Kim was quick to point out the hypocrisy, but to be fair (to myself), I had fallen into the job, and Yo might have been my common way of greeting people at age 22 (and still to this day), but it wasn't an app on my iPhone — until a couple minutes after that exchange. SEE ALSO: We talked with Aaron Paul about his new app: Yo, Bitch I Yo'ed, for a few months. But the app is long gone from my phone, and soon that purple app icon may disappear from every device. This week the Yo app alerted the world to its potential future by tweeting not simply "yo" but a link to a Patreon account. A Medium post published on … [Read more...] about Please, somebody save the Yo app before it dies
One of the few truly great trends in 2017 was the return of tabletop role-playing. Dungeons & Dragons got a boost from Stranger Things, but TSR’s fantasy franchise isn’t the only game in town. Back in the glory days, there were dozens of other competing pen and paper RPGs for the true geek’s attention. If you didn’t want to swing a sword and cast a spell, you could travel to the far future, or the Old West, or dozens of other places and times. Many of these role-playing games have faded into the mists of history. But with the medium undergoing a renaissance, the time is right to bring them back. Here are eleven of our picks for old-school tabletop RPGs that could get an update for the 21st century and be sweet to play. Marvel Super Heroes This is definitely a sentimental pick, because the Marvel Super Heroes role-playing game was the first one I ever played, my gateway drug into the wider world of serious nerd pursuits. Released by TSR in 1984, it was one of … [Read more...] about 11 Tabletop RPGs That Need To Make A Comeback
Emoji have become a language of their own, but until recently, the language made it hard to talk about climate change: There are no emoji about pollution, wildfires, or rising sea levels. So artists Marina Zurkow and Viniyata Pany launched a set of mobile stickers specifically about climate change, called Climoji. The icons depict melting sea ice, starving polar bears, dead trees, and flooded people. They’re intended to raise awareness about some of the most important issues of our time: global warming and environmental destruction. Need an emoji to express your frustration with plastic pollution? Thanks to Zurkow and Pany, now you have a whale with a plastic bottle in its stomach, or a plastic bottle with a fish skeleton inside. Climate change is already affecting the world, from rising temperatures to rising sea levels. Hurricanes and wildfires made 2017 the most expensive year on record for natural disasters — and scientists say that these catastrophic events will … [Read more...] about What kind of emoji do you need to talk about climate change?