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News and opinions from the saturated fat of the web. Readers beware! MSM with a far-left bent.

For Parents, It's A Summer Of Hardship And Impossible Choices

13 August 2022 @ 4:00 am

Sally Worrall and her family.Sally Worrall and her family.We’re at the half way point of the UK summer holidays, a time that is always testing to parents’ patience and bank balances. But when it comes to keeping children happy and occupied amid the escalating cost of living crisis, many families are feeling the pinch like never before this year.Sally Worrall, 31, has seen a drastic change in her circumstances. “I can’t get through the month now without borrowing money,” says the Hampshire-based mum of four.As

Dame Deborah James Inspires Record Number Of Bowel Cancer Checks

12 August 2022 @ 11:01 pm

Dame Deborah JamesDame Deborah JamesDame Deborah James left many legacies to be proud of, including the astounding Bowelbabe Fund which has raised over £7m for charity to date.But perhaps her most important legacy of all is the thousands of lives she’ll have saved by sharing her story and encouraging others to get checked for bowel cancer.New statistics reveal record numbers of people came forward for bowel cancer checks thanks to James’s tireless campaigning.Between the months of May and July this year, referrals

Trump Mar-a-Lago Raid Goes Nuclear

12 August 2022 @ 9:08 pm

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Trump Under Investigation For Violating Espionage Act, Search Warrant Shows

12 August 2022 @ 8:58 pm

The FBI’s search warrant for 

Keir Starmer Rejects Criticism Of Labour's Cost-Of-Living Response As 'Nonsense'

12 August 2022 @ 7:55 pm

Labour leader Keir Starmer is interviewed by Iain Dale as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.Labour leader Keir Starmer is interviewed by Iain Dale as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.Keir Starmer has dismissed suggestions Labour has been absent as the Tory government has been floundering over the cost-of-living crisis.The Labour leader has faced criticism for being on holiday over the p

Anne Heche Dies After Being Taken Off Life Support

12 August 2022 @ 6:09 pm

Anne Heche, shown here at the Directors Guild of America Awards last March in Beverly Hills.Anne Heche, shown here at the Directors Guild of America Awards last March in Beverly Hills.Actor Anne Heche died on Friday, after succumbing to injuries from a car crash days earlier, according to friends.She was 53 years old.Her friend, Nancy Davis, revealed the news in a memorial post on Instagram, writing: “Heaven has a new Angel. My lo

Drought: These Pictures Show England Is Scarily Dry Right Now

12 August 2022 @ 5:55 pm

People play football on parched grass on Parker's Piece in Cambridge.People play football on parched grass on Parker's Piece in Cambridge.A drought has been declared for parts of England following the driest summer for 50 years – and dramatic pictures show how the country’s famed green pastures how been turned a scorched yellow and brown. The conditions, which have almost completely deprived some areas of rainfall all summer, have prompted the National Drought Group to move parts of the South W

Anne Heche ‘Not Expected To Survive’

12 August 2022 @ 5:07 pm

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Salman Rushdie Attacked Onstage At Event In Upstate New York

12 August 2022 @ 3:35 pm

Author Salman Rushdie is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.Author Salman Rushdie is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.Salman Rushdie, whose writing led to death threats in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a lecture in western New York.The Indian-British author, 75, was attacked on Friday onstage at the Chautauqua Institution. 

Is It Safe To Barbecue At Home In A Heatwave?

12 August 2022 @ 2:47 pm

With extreme temperatures sweeping the UK, people have been urged not to use barbecues in parks, dunes and woodland, as well as on balconies, due to the massive fire risk.A lack of rainfall in July and August means grass is bone dry and all it takes is a single spark from a barbecue to light up entire stretches of land – not to mention neighbourhoods.During the first week of August alone, London Fire Brigade (LFB) mobilised thousands of firefighters to 340 grass, rubbish and open land fires – an eightfold increase on the 42 during the same week last year.We're incredibly sad t

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Why Drug Addiction is Difficult to Overcome Alone

10 August 2022 @ 7:04 am

Not everybody develops an addiction after using prescription medication or illicit drugs. However, some people develop a physical dependence on these substances. That’s because, over time, certain drugs change the brain’s chemistry. And these changes can lead to compulsive drug use, even in people who don’t want to keep taking the substance. Essentially, the brain… The post Why Drug Addiction is Difficult to Overcome Alone appeared first on The Plaid Zebra.

How Can Digital Agencies Help Your Business Growth?

5 August 2022 @ 6:16 pm

Digital marketing agencies are a key aspect of growth for a growing digital business, but hiring a dedicated team of professionals could cost upwards of $800k annually, depending on your needs, of course! Few organizations can afford the salary costs for a marketing position, especially when hiring unproven employees for such important work. Luckily, there… The post How Can Digital Agencies Help Your Business Growth? appeared first on The Plaid Zebra.

Is a HydraFacial better than a regular facial?

25 July 2022 @ 7:39 pm

Looking at HydraFacial VS customary facial Priorities straight, with a customary facial, you will undoubtedly encounter a couple of awkward minutes during the treatment. Extractions, when will be the point at which the specialist goes a piece further to clean your pores, is by and large the most un-charming part. Conventional facials are useful for… The post Is a HydraFacial better than a regular facial? appeared first on The Plaid Zebra.

Unique cufflinks for the groom – find out how to make them stand out!

24 June 2022 @ 9:26 am

When it comes to choosing cufflinks for the groom, many men feel at a loss. With so many different designs and styles to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which ones will be most appropriate – not to mention unique. If you’re looking for a way to make your groom’s cufflinks stand out,… The post Unique cufflinks for the groom – find out how to make them stand out! appeared first on The Plaid Zebra.

Travel Ideas: Fun Activities To Do With Kids

7 June 2022 @ 9:16 am

Traveling is an essential part of life. It enables you to explore new places, people, cultures, and history. It’s not only an excellent way to make new friends, but traveling also allows you to recharge and re-connect. Moreover, traveling relieves stress, makes you physically healthier, lifts your mood, and boosts creativity.  Several life experts say… The post Travel Ideas: Fun Activities To Do With Kids appeared first on The Plaid Zebra.

How to Check Your NSFAS Application Online

30 May 2022 @ 1:29 pm

At this point, you have applied for NSFAS and want to find out if your application is successful. Fortunately, you no longer need to wait for a phone call or SMS or to keep calling the helpline to find out. It is extremely easy to look for yourself. NSFAS uses the MYNSFAS student Portal to… The post How to Check Your NSFAS Application Online appeared first on The Plaid Zebra.

CBD flowers versus CBD oil: legal situation, application, effects

20 May 2022 @ 7:37 pm

So far, over 400 different active substances have been detected in the cannabis plant. At least 80 of these are cannabinoids. Two active ingredients are of particular interest: THC and CBD. The first is an intoxicant, which is addictive and is banned in the UK and most European countries. The second is not psychoactive but… The post CBD flowers versus CBD oil: legal situation, application, effects appeared first on The Plaid Zebra.

The New Era of Movies with 3D printing

14 May 2022 @ 12:27 pm

While the use of computer graphics technologies in cinematography is no longer surprising, 3D printing in this area is rarely mentioned. But this doesn’t mean that 3D printers are not used in movies at all. One of the most challenging tasks in filmmaking is the production of objects that are important to the plot, be… The post The New Era of Movies with 3D printing appeared first on The Plaid Zebra.

This artist shows what her relationship would look like if gender roles were reversed

9 May 2022 @ 2:12 pm

By: Lauren Ali ALL IMAGES BY: Pixy Yijun Liao Pixy Yijun Liao, a Chinese artist, confronts the commonly socialized gender dynamics between men and women in her photo series, Experimental Relationships. Interested in observing what happens when men and women switch their given gender roles, Pixy places herself and Moro, a Japanese musician whom she… The post This artist shows what her relationship would look like if gender roles were reversed appeared first on The Plaid Zebra.

Tesla Stock Predictions and Price Forecast for 2019

9 May 2022 @ 7:27 am

The stock market has been going through something of a roller coaster ride over the past few years. With various factors working against it, it’s been a challenging time for investors everywhere. But, if there’s anything to be learned from this, it’s that volatility is a part of investing. The good news is that this… The post Tesla Stock Predictions and Price Forecast for 2019 appeared first on The Plaid Zebra.

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Essays and articles with a eclectic edge.

3 Great Essays about Language

21 July 2022 @ 5:04 pm

3 Great Essays about Language: What’s a Language, Anyway? by John McWhorter - The realities of speech are much more complicated than the words used to describe it…Who Decides What Words Mean? by Lane Greene - Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge…

10 Great Essays by Annie Dillard

4 July 2022 @ 7:02 pm

10 Great Essays by Annie Dillard: This Is the Life - You enjoy work and will love your grandchildren, and somewhere in there you die The Force That Drives the Flower - What is it about fecundity that so appalls? Is it that with nature’s bounty goes a crushing waste that threatens our own cheap lives? Total Eclipse

5 Great Essays by Margaret Atwood

29 June 2022 @ 8:58 pm

5 Great Essays by Margaret Atwood: Attitude - You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality The Female Body - My topic feels like hell. I sprinkle it with water, brush parts of it, rub it with towels, powder it, add lubricant. I dump in the fuel and away goes my topic…

10 Great Essays about Teenagers

14 June 2022 @ 8:39 am

10 Great Essays about Teenagers: Forever by Tavi Gevinson - Forever is the state, exclusive to those between the ages of 13 and 17, in which one feels both eternally invincible and permanently trapped.Teenage Kicks by Guy Claxton - When you are out there in mid-air, you don’t think of anything — your head goes clear…

10 Great Essays about the Apocalypse

31 May 2022 @ 8:58 am

10 Great Essays about the Apocalypse: imageNuclear War is Unlikely to Cause Human Extinction by Jeffrey Ladish - A number of people have claimed that a full-scale nuclear war is likely to cause human extinction. I have investigated this issue in depth and concluded that even a full scale nuclear exchange is unlikely (<1%) to cause human extinction… Real Estate for the Apocalypse by Mark O’Co

10 Great Essays by Venkatesh Rao

25 May 2022 @ 2:17 pm

10 Great Essays by Venkatesh Rao: The Internet of Beefs - The Internet of Beefs, or IoB, is everywhere, on all platforms, all the time…Can You Hear Me Now? - The fundamental question of life, the universe and everything is the one popularized by the Verizon guy in the ad: Can you hear me now?On the Design of Escaped Realities - Human beings have this amazing ability to

10 Essential True Crime Reads

20 May 2022 @ 11:27 am

10 Essential True Crime Reads: imageThe Great Buenos Aires Bank Heist by Josh Dean - They were an all-star crew. They cooked up the perfect plan. And when they pulled off the caper of the century, it made them more than a fortune—it made them folk heroes… Coronado High by Joshuah Bearman - How a gang of surfers ran one of the biggest smuggling operations in history The Body in Room 34

3 Great Essays about Quantum Physics

28 April 2022 @ 4:52 pm

3 Great Essays about Quantum Physics: Through Two Doors by Anil Ananthaswamy - How a sunbeam split in two became physics’ most elegant experiment, shedding light on the underlying nature of realityThe Quantum Internet Will Blow Your Mind by Dan Hurley - The next generation of the Internet will rely on revolutionary new tech — allowing for unhackable networks and information that travels faster t

5 Great Essays about the Internet

19 April 2022 @ 12:13 pm

5 Great Essays about the Internet: The Internet of Beefs by Venkatesh Rao - The Internet of Beefs, or IoB, is everywhere, on all platforms, all the time…You Are the Product by John Lanchester - No human enterprise, no new technology or utility or service, has ever been adopted so widely so quickly…Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet

The Best of Dear Sugar

8 April 2022 @ 4:01 pm

The Best of Dear Sugar: The very best advice about love, life and heartbreak from the legendary Rumpus advice column Dear Sugar…Like an Iron Bell - I guess my question to you is, when is it right to take that big step and say I love you? And what is this “love” thing all about?A Motorcycle With No One On It - What’s it all about?

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Business, innovation and technology blogging sphere.

Why quantum computing companies like D-Wave are using SPACs to IPO

13 August 2022 @ 12:05 am

‘SPACs are ideal for of a company that has huge potential but is going to take some time to mature,’ says D-Wave CEO Alan Baratz. Yet another quantum computing company has gone public via SPAC.Read Full Story

The House passes the Inflation Reduction Act: Here’s what it means for business

12 August 2022 @ 5:50 pm

Climate analysts estimate that the bill could reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by between 31% and 44% below 2005 levels by 2030. House Democrats voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act today, sending the bill to President Biden to sign into law. The sweeping $430 billion package, which came back from the dead a few weeks ago after Democrats made concessions to woo West Virginia senator Joe Manchin, represents the most concerted effort yet by the U.S. government to combat climate change, with more than $36o billion going into climate action alone. It also includes measures to lower healthcare costs and raise and enforce taxes for large companies and high-income individuals, to fund the climate investments. Climate analysts estimate that the bill could

Gen Z has 86% less purchasing power than baby boomers did in their 20s

12 August 2022 @ 4:35 pm

Millennials and Gen Z aren’t broke because of avocado toast. They’re broke because prices have shot up and wages haven’t kept pace. Times are tough, inflation is sky high, but just how bad are things really?Read Full Story

More layoffs at tech-adjacent brands: Peloton, Calm, Sweetgreen, and more

12 August 2022 @ 4:15 pm

Tech companies and consumer brands alike are trimming staff to save money in a tough economic environment. Another bad week is wrapping up for tech companies—and consumer brands that have donned the tech cape to boost valuations and share prices. Read Full Story

Digital life insurance took off during COVID-19. Ladder wants to keep the momentum going

12 August 2022 @ 8:30 am

CEO Jamie Hale credits life insurance with saving his family. Today, he’s trying to pay it forward to flexibility-minded millennial consumers. Jamie Hale, CEO and cofounder of digital life insurance firm Ladder, looks like he’s perpetually smiling. Even when he dives into statistics, there’s a smile tucked into his voice.Read Full Story

Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen on the secret sauce of ‘Clash of Clans,’ NFTs, and why Supercell kills so many games

12 August 2022 @ 6:30 am

As ‘Clash of Clans’ celebrates its 10th anniversary, Paananen talks about the game’s longevity—and why the company kills far more games than it releases. Mobile games tend to be ephemeral, with short half-lives that expire as soon as the next big game shows up. But Clash of Clans has been a leader in the space for more than a decade now, with no signs of slowing down.Read Full Story

How Cinnabon landed its starring role on ‘Better Call Saul’

12 August 2022 @ 6:00 am

No matter how things work out for Saul Goodman in the series finale, ‘Better Call Saul’ has been great for Cinnabon. Branded is a weekly column devoted to the intersection of marketing, business, design, and culture.Read Full Story

These sensors know when your office is underutilized—and when your grandma takes a fall

12 August 2022 @ 6:00 am

Butlr’s thermal sensors track people’s movement through spaces, but without watching you. Knowing where people are in a building at any moment is valuable information, and a variety of technologies now exist to make it easy to turn a home or office into its own tiny surveillance state.Read Full Story

The top 10 takeaways for businesses and financial Institutions about the IRA

12 August 2022 @ 6:00 am

From grants for renewable energy to an increased focus on greenhouse gas reporting and massive investments in climate tech, the IRA has far-reaching implications for business in all sectors of the economy. After a weekend marathon “vote-a-rama,” the U.S. Senate gaveled through a 50 to 51 party-line vote to approve a monumental piece of legislation: the Inflation Reduction Act—the IRA. While the bill is not yet law, it’s likely that it will be approved by the House and signed by the President within the next few weeks. When it becomes law, the IRA will be the biggest climate legislation in U.S. history.

How do nonunion employees feel about the union boom? 70% would consider joining one

12 August 2022 @ 5:30 am

More tellingly, 41% of them admit their stance has changed in the past three years. Since last October, federal petitions filed by workers to vote on unionizing have jumped by a staggering 60%, according to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). It’s the greatest union boom in America since 1935, the year the National Labor Relations Act passed, causing the fastest growth in organized labor in American history. In recent months, workers across a gamut of industries have fought to form the first-ever unions at multiple major brands—Amazon,

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Get the Most Out of Your Show With Great SEO

20 June 2018 @ 9:28 am

Win New Audiences With Good SEO Strategies There are some small but very important things you can do to help boost listens to your broadcast. The combination of a relevant, catchy show name, great episode titles, and the use of keywords which give good results will work together to improve the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) […]

Get yourself on Amazon Devices

9 May 2018 @ 1:28 pm

Learn how Tunein and Alexa can bring your show into homes. Listening to your broadcast has become even easier. You can now submit your radio show to Tunein which will make your show available on Amazon Alexa devices. Amazon Alexa devices are wireless, voice-activated “smart speakers”, they have a personal assistant voice service named “Alexa” […]

Your Guest Can Be Your Megaphone

5 April 2018 @ 11:46 am

Learn how to have a clear plan for each guest to help grow your audience. Be a Top Notch Broadcaster Being a radio broadcaster opens many doors, interviewing celebrities and other A-listers give you the opportunity to meet some pretty amazing people. For example you could interview one of Hollywood’s top stars one day and […]

How To Avoid Splitting Feeds and Losing Stats (& Money!)

17 January 2018 @ 4:07 pm

There are many different destinations that audiences can listen to your podcast. As a podcaster, you want to make sure your podcast is available everywhere your audience is. The key is that one distribution point (your podcast host) is responsible for spreading your podcast across the internet via your RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed. Your […]

The Power of Conversation in Broadcasting

14 December 2017 @ 10:23 am

Having a conversation is something we do all the time, a part of everyday life. However, the power of the humble conversation as a marketing tool is being re-evaluated by marketers around the world as they are starting to see what an integral part of a communications strategy it can be – especially when it […]

5 Ways to Boost Your Audience

29 November 2017 @ 4:01 pm

It’s undeniable. Everyone who is putting themselves out there and broadcasting on a regular basis is keen to grow their audience. However, the art of gaining new listeners is not an easy one and is something which takes time and practice. How you go about drawing in those followers completely depends on what you’re talking […]

How To Create The Perfect Radio Interview

22 November 2017 @ 5:46 pm

  The interview format is here to stay. Whether it’s a talk show, magazine profile or radio broadcast they attract listeners and viewers alike. Why? Huffington Post believes ‘we’ll always be drawn to Q&As about other people’s lives’ and Cultured Vultures confirms this ‘there is something to be said for being offered an insight into […]

BlogTalkRadio Has “Coffee With Kenobi”

10 November 2017 @ 3:29 pm

The Coffee With Kenobi podcasting network will be joining BlogTalkRadio. They will bring over four years worth of shows to the platform to take advantage of BlogTalkRadio’s unique monetization offerings. Coffee With Kenobi Host and Co-creator, Dan Z says, “We are thrilled to bring members of our Coffee With Kenobi family network to BlogTalkRadio. If you […]

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17 mind-blowingly idiotic moments from r/facepalm

12 August 2022 @ 3:42 pm

Reddit’s r/Facepalm forum is a collection of incidents so gobsmackingly stupid, there are neither enough palms nor enough faces to react the way they deserve. 1. The shark definitely had jaws, but it’s still worth a watch Via 2. The foot doctor needs an eye doctor Via 3. This conspiracy theorist failed Comprehension 101 Via […] The post 17 mind-blowingly idiotic moments from r/facepalm appeared first on The Poke.

When you’re just too racist for free Spanish lessons

12 August 2022 @ 3:08 pm

A Redditor named u/ifrankensteiin shared this prime example of an idiot racist in the wild, and when you finish facepalming, you can just sit there shaking your head. u/ifrankensteiin added – Wait till they find out that kids also learn Arabic numbers in school. Reddit users couldn’t quite believe what they were seeing. I want […] The post When you’re just too racist for free Spanish lessons appeared first on The Poke.

Whoever wrote the Metro’s front page wins the award for pure sass

12 August 2022 @ 2:30 pm

Despite the hot weather warnings and declaration of drought, the main issue for many householders is the rising price of energy. As company after company declares record profits, some families have been forced to stop buying food that needs to be cooked and are already in debt. Thank goodness Margaret Thatcher privatised our energy companies, […] The post Whoever wrote the Metro’s front page wins the award for pure sass appeared first on The Poke.

25 favourite tweets of the week

12 August 2022 @ 11:04 am

Congratulations for finding a few spare minutes to read this round-up of funny tweets. Hopefully, you’re somewhere cool, calm and with your drink of choice to hand. Mine’s a tea, please – no sugar. These 25 tweets have been hand-picked to make your Friday a little brighter. 1. Morning all Before coffee. After coffee […] The post 25 favourite tweets of the week appeared first on The Poke.

The Liz Truss cosplay train rolled into town – 11 favourite funny responses

12 August 2022 @ 10:06 am

Before she fully committed to being Cosplay Thatcher, Liz Truss was a lot more involved in dressing up as someone with a useful job. In 2021, as International Trade Secretary, she visited Derbyshire train-maker Alstom Derby, where she went full Mr. Benn – sadly not Tony or Hilary. We can’t say why the photo resurfaced, […] The post The Liz Truss cosplay train rolled into town – 11 favourite funny responses appeared first on The Poke.

The expression on the faces of these babies is making everyone’s day

12 August 2022 @ 7:57 am

Remember when there were still new things that could bring a sense of wonder? Me neither, but this is a reminder. I felt the same way when I first heard banjos…😳🤣👶🏼🪕 — Fred Schultz (@FredSchultz35) August 10, 2022 Might be the banjo, might be the skeletons. Who knows? Either way, people loved the video […] The post The expression on the faces of these babies is making everyone’s day appeared first on The Poke.

Boris Johnson to continue doing nothing about the energy crisis – 14 utterly shocked responses

12 August 2022 @ 6:13 am

As E.ON becomes the latest company in the energy sector to declare record-breaking profits in the billions, more households have already fallen into fuel poverty, with at least one woman selling her electrical appliances to find the money to cover bills. Some politicians, economists and the public have been criticising the government for failing to […] The post Boris Johnson to continue doing nothing about the energy crisis – 14 utterly shocked responses appeared first on The Poke.

How to maintain that crucial work-beach balance with a green screen

12 August 2022 @ 4:37 am

A TikToker named @averyncmm has been sharing her tongue-in-cheek remote working story, and how she maintains that work-beach balance so crucial to good mental health. @averyncmm #wfh #worklife #worklifebalance #workfromhomejobs #workingremotely #remoteworker #9to5 #corpratelife #womenwhowork #genzworker #workhumor #wfhlife #corprate #workfromhome #remotework #wfhcheck #wfhstruggles #wfhproblems ♬ Cumbia Buena – Grupo La Cumbia One of her very […] The post How to maintain that crucial work-beach balance with a green screen appeared first on The Poke.

21 favourite funny tweets about the Tory leadership race

11 August 2022 @ 11:37 am

Scientists recently announced that the Earth’s days are getting longer, but they can’t explain it. We contend that the days are the same length as usual, but feel longer because the Tory leadership race is still on. If it comes down to a vote, we suspect our theory will win the support of these people. […] The post 21 favourite funny tweets about the Tory leadership race appeared first on The Poke.

This Saturday Kitchen parody might be the funniest thing you’ll see today

11 August 2022 @ 8:36 am

A clip from sketch show Ellie and Natasia, written by and starring Ellie White and Natasia Demetriou, has shone a brutally hilarious light on the BBC’s cookery and chat magazine, Saturday Kitchen. It’s slightly surreal and almost toe-curlingly cringey – and so is the sketch. @too.mamma.too.mia ♬ original sound – Too Mamma, too Mia The […] The post This Saturday Kitchen parody might be the funniest thing you’ll see today appeared first on The Poke.

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Finding community and customers through Growth Academy: Women Founders

11 August 2022 @ 12:00 pm

With thousands of highly-valued tech companies, a global-first market approach, and a strong economy dominated by entrepreneurship, it’s clear why Israel’s nickname is 'The Startup Nation.'However, this thriving startup ecosystem isn’t equally supportive of all aspiring founders. According to the latest Israeli Tech Gender Distribution Report, spearheaded by Google for Startups and IVC Data and Insights, only 2% of startups with a woman founder raised above $50 million between 2018 and 2021. While the number of entirely women-led companies has doubled in the past decade, they still only comprise 6.3% of Israeli startups — and only 13.9% of startups had at least one woman co-founder in a mixed-g

New ways we're helping you find high-quality information

11 August 2022 @ 4:01 am

People turn to Google every day for information in the moments that matter most. Sometimes that’s to look for the best recipe for dinner, other times it’s to check the facts about a claim they heard about from a friend.No matter what you’re searching for, we aim to connect you with high-quality information, and help you understand and evaluate that information. We have deeply invested in both information quality and information literacy on Google Search and News, and today we have a few new developments about this important work.Our latest quality improvements to featured snippetsWe design our ranking systems to surface relevant information from the most reliable sources available – sources that demonstrate expertis

Survey shows how people decide what to trust online

11 August 2022 @ 4:01 am

Alex Mahadevan is director of MediaWiseat the Poynter Institute. He has taught digital media literacy to thousands of middle and high schoolers, and has trained hundreds of journalists from around the world in verification and digital investigative tools. We caught up with Alex to find out about a recent information literacy survey his organization conducted in partnership with YouGov, with support from Google. Learn moreabout how Google is working on information literacy and helping you spot misinformation online.Why was this survey conducted?Misinformation isn’t a new problem, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to separate fact from

Duo, meet Meet: One upgraded app for video calling and meetings

10 August 2022 @ 3:00 pm

As we announced in June, we’re upgrading the Google Duo experience to include all Google Meet features and bringing our two video calling services together into a single solution. This upgrade, which started rolling out last month, gives everyone access to new features like scheduling and joining meetings, virtual backgrounds, in-meeting chat and more, in addition to your current video calling features.

Help kids learn to read with Read Along, now available on the web

9 August 2022 @ 4:00 pm

Over the past three years, more than 30 million kids have read more than 120 million stories on Read Along. The app, which was first released as Bolo in India in 2019 and released globally as Read Along the following year, helps kids learn to read independently with the help of a reading assistant, Diya.As kids read stories aloud, Diya listens and gives both correctional and encouraging feedback to help kids develop their reading skills. Read Along has been an Android app so far, and to make it accessible to more users, we have launched the public beta of the website version. The website contains the same magic: Diya’s help and hundreds of well illustrated stories across several languages.With the web version, parents can let their children use Read Along on bigger screens by simply logging into a browser

Ask a Techspert: What’s breaking my text conversations?

9 August 2022 @ 3:00 pm

Not to brag, but I have a pretty excellent group chat with my friends. We use it to plan trips, to send happy birthdays and, obviously, to share lots and lots of GIFs. It’s the best — until it’s not. We don’t all have the same kind of phones; we’ve got both Android phones and iPhones in the mix. And sometimes, they don’t play well together. Enter “green bubble issues” — things like, missing read receipts and typing indicators, low-res photos and videos, broken group chats…I could go on describing the various potential communication breakdowns, but you probably know what I’m talking about. Instead, I decided to ask Google’s Elmar Weber: What’s the problem with messaging between different phone platforms?First, can you tell me what you do at Google?I lead several engineerin

How Google Assistant helped me spend more time outside

8 August 2022 @ 3:00 pm

Summer is my favorite season, and whenever it comes around, I always try to soak up as much sunshine as I can. But with my schedule, it can be tough to carve out quality outdoor time. So as we hit the end of summer in the U.S., I set a challenge for myself — to get outside every day during the week. And as a member of the Google Assistant team, I knew Assistant could help give me that extra nudge out the door. Here’s how it went.MondayAfter a full day of meetings at the office, I needed to clear my head. Instead of just heading home like I normally would, I asked my Assistant, “Hey Google, what parks are nearby?” It showed a handful of options near me. I ended up heading to Murphey Candler Park, one of my favorites in Atlanta, for a long walk to help me recharge my batteries.

Meet the team responsible for hacking Google

8 August 2022 @ 1:00 pm

Creating safe and secure products for everyone is the top priority for Google's security teams. We work across the globe to keep up with current threats, improve security controls, conduct attack detection/prevention, and eliminate entire classes of vulnerabilities by driving new and better frameworks. Our teams also actively monitor adversaries, making sure we have all the intelligence to be prepared for malicious activity and targeted campaigns against our Googlers or the people who use our services daily.Today, we would like to shine a spotlight on one security team at Google — the Red Team — that supports all of these efforts in a way that might initially seem counterintuitive: by hacking Google.The term “Red Team

Celebrating India’s Independence on Google Arts & Culture

5 August 2022 @ 7:30 am

Information can empower people, their cultures and their sense of history. It can also help us understand the world around us today. That’s why we built Google Arts & Culture — to put the world’s cultural treasures at anyone’s fingertips and help museums and other cultural organizations share more of our diverse heritage with the world.Today, ahead of the Independence Day of India on August 15, we’re launching a new collection: ‘India Ki Udaan’, published in English and Hindi. This collection celebrates India’s unwavering spirit and its 75 years of independence, and the literal title translation means “India takes flight”. It allows anyone to explore more than 120 illustratio

4 ways to use Touch to Search on Chrome

4 August 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Whether you’re on a vacation or just running to your next work meeting, we want to make it easier for you to quickly find information without having to type things out on a cramped smartphone keyboard. That’s why we introduced “Touch to Search” in the Chrome app for Android a few years ago. Touch to Search lets you do things like press on specific words on web pages to quickly search them, whether it’s to learn more about a place of interest or get help with a translation.Here are four helpful tips on how to make the most of Touch to Search when you’re on the go:1. Get faster translations.Let’s say you're checking out the menu of a new restaurant and you come across a French phase you don’t understand.