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In the news … June 19, 2018


Apple aims to solve problems locating 911 calls for help

Apple is trying to drag the U.S.’s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century.
If it lives up to Apple’s promise, the iPhone’s next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centres in the U.S.
Apple is trying to solve a problem caused by the technological mismatch between a 50-year-old system built for landlines and today’s increasingly sophisticated smartphones.

These 7 graphs lay bare Google’s diversity problem

Google has published its 2018 diversity report.
The figures show that while Google’s diversity is improving, it’s moving at a very slow pace.
Numbers of both black and Native American workers at the firm have grown less than 1 percentage point over the past four years. Black US employees are leaving more than any other ethnic group.

Students Save Nonprofits Thousands of Dollars in Video Production…

One of the quickest ways for nonprofit organizations to pull at the heartstrings of potential donors is by showing who they are and what they do for the community through videos. However, most small- to medium-size nonprofits may not have a budget for a high-production video that can cost several thousands of dollars.
To fill that void, Northwest Vista College in San Antonio provides free videos to local nonprofits in exchange for hands-on production experience for students. According to faculty at Northwest Vista College, the Digital Video & Cinema Production program has saved local organizations close to a half million dollars in video production fees.

Digital evolution creating more careers

One truth we cannot deny is that digitalisation has and still is taking the world by storm; so much so that Amy Edwards, a search engine optimisation manager for Bubble Jobs said, “The digital industry is growing at an incredible rate and, with new platforms, websites and apps being released daily, it shows no signs of slowing down. There are a wealth of niche job boards, specialist recruiters and career sites dedicated to jobs in the sector, most of which weren’t around a few years ago.” If you looked around today, you will notice that social media is awash with marketers who sell their goods to customers they only meet online, we have apps that get us doctors, where we order food and merchandise or even get you a mechanic to fix your car. The convenience that digitisation brings has created new career opportunities.

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