Blog Archive


10 online resources that help you prep for the hardest interview questions

If you’ve been interviewing far and wide, but not having much luck, take a deep breath. Everyone struggles with some part of the application process, and yours might be nailing the hardest interview questions. In addition to practicing, being vulnerable about your weakness and working to approve them, countless online resources could help you. Best of all, the vast majority won’t cost a penny—a mega perk when the current unemployment rate is sky-high. Here, we analyzed the top TK that will improve your skills, supercharge your confidence, and lead you closer to the offer letter:

1. Gainlo

Your best friend, partner or parent will gladly step-in to conduct a mock interview with you. But, let’s be honest: they won’t be as critical as a stranger who can give candid feedback based on your performance. Through this service, you fill out a brief questionnaire about your dream companies, experience and availability,

Read More

Pandemic revs up race for U.S. online car sales

By Nick Carey

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – After years of being part of a future that never quite arrived, the coronavirus pandemic has put U.S. online car sellers on the map.

Now comes a race to spend vast sums on digital commerce platforms specifically designed to handle auto sales. Without deep pockets, many startups and others trying to join the online game will likely be left in the dust.

“The big three (auto) e-commerce players will grow substantially, but it will be hard to be a new entrant,” said Toby Russell, joint chief executive officer of Shift, which will go public to join rival Carvana <CVNA.N> and Vroom <VRM.O> later this quarter.

“The pay to play on this thing is in the hundreds of millions and the early journey is hard, especially building out the technology,” Russell said.

Online sales still only account for around 1% of the roughly

Read More

Rowan College To Offer In-Person, Remote Learning This Fall

BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ — Rowan College at Burlington County will offer a limited number of on-campus courses this fall as the college prepares to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

At the same time, the college said it will offer new types of online courses to increase engagement in the course while reducing the number of people on campus. For those who are on campus, measures will be in place to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, according to the college’s website.

The college submitted a plan to the state on July 7 so that it could reopen its labs for summer courses. Officials said many of the details for the fall reopening plan were included in the submission, but those plans could change as they hear from the community and the pandemic evolves.

New Jersey Coronavirus Updates: Don’t miss local and statewide announcements about novel coronavirus precautions. Sign up

Read More

An Unexpected Casualty of COVID-19? The Quality of Sound in Livestream Performances

When the MTV Video Music Awards announced its nominations last week, it added a new category that’s fitting for the times: best quarantine performance. Those competing for a Moonman include Lady Gaga’s performance of “Smile” from Global Citizen’s “One World: Together At Home” concert, CNCO’s “Unplugged At Home” and Post Malone’s Nirvana tribute. Several of the nominees doubled as fundraisers for COVID relief.

The popularity of live streams comes more as a necessity than a choice as the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of waning and live concerts, even when enforcing social distancing, have proven to be more problematic than anticipated. Even live music trade Pollstar has launched a chart to monitor audience size for these online events. And so, massive pop icons and unestablished artists alike are finding themselves challenged by the limitations of remote live sound, and the results are often less than stellar and, at times, downright

Read More

Who else might President Trump ban?

US v China app
US v China app

TikTok’s time in the US may be running out, with President Trump and other senior officials talking of an imminent ban.

But other Chinese-owned apps and software-based services could also be targeted.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged that some of the Asian nation’s technology companies were “feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party”.

So who else is at risk?

The most obvious target is Tencent’s WeChat, which was the only product that Mr Pompeo called out by name in addition to TikTok.

WeChat is sometimes described as being a social network, but it’s really so much more – offering ways to make payments, run additional mini-programs, find dates and get the news, in addition to messaging and other social activities.

It’s perhaps best thought of as being a kind of secondary operating system that sits on top of iOS or Android.

Read More

University of Maryland students struggle to cancel housing leases

When South Campus Commons at the University of Maryland, College Park, canceled its apartment leases in March, Julia Kane called it “the right thing to do” during the pandemic.

By June, the university also gave students the option to cancel their fall housing agreements without penalty. But then South Campus Commons and The Courtyards, the public-private apartments owned by the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, told students they were legally bound to their leases.

Capstone On-Campus Management, the entity hired to manage the apartments, told 3,000 students with leases their only options were to re-lease to another student, to pay and live on-campus, or to pay and live at home, Kane said. Kane, a senior studying marketing and operations management and business analytics, managed to cancel her lease cost-free, but it only happened after days of pressure from her father, who is an attorney.

“When I signed this lease back in

Read More

Billionaire Milner Nears $400 Million Funding in India’s Byju’s

(Bloomberg) — DST Global, the investment firm headed by billionaire Yuri Milner, is close to investing as much as $400 million in Indian online education startup Byju’s, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The deal values Byju’s at $10.5 billion and could be signed as early as this weekend, said the person, who didn’t want to be identified as the talks are private. The transaction would make Byju’s India’s second-most valuable startup after Alibaba Group Holding-backed financial payments brand, Paytm.

The Russian-Israeli billionaire, one of the world’s best-known technology investors, is an early backer of the largest internet firms including Alibaba, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. His DST has also funded a string of high-profile Indian startups such as online retailer Flipkart Online Services Pvt., ride-hailing startup Ola, food-delivery startup Swiggy and business e-commerce startup Udaan.

DST and Byju’s didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comments about the funding

Read More

Dyckman Farmhouse Gets Grant To Help With Virtual Programming

INWOOD, NY — The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is getting appreciated aid in its fight against the financial hardships that have come along with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Humanities New York (HNY) organization, which commits itself to strengthening civil society and the bonds of community, recently announced that the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is receiving $2,500 in the form of a grant from HNY’s CARES program.

The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is located on 4881 Broadway at West 204 Street. It is the oldest remaining farmhouse in Manhattan and opened as a museum in 1916.

The museum is planning to use the Humanities New York grant to help create a free virtual summer camp program, as well as a virtual lecture series called “Talking About Race Matters: Join the Conversation.”

The program will take place on Wednesday evenings throughout the month of August, and will feature experts in the field, according to Meredith

Read More

Some parents want to hire tutors, start mini schools this year. Most can’t afford to.

CHICAGO – Millions of parents across the nation are facing difficult decisions about what to do with their kids this school year. But the pandemic affects every family differently, for reasons that range from their socioeconomic status to their health to the fields they work in.

Some parents are in a better position than others to ensure their children stay healthy and keep up with schoolwork, and researchers are raising questions about how the pandemic may exacerbate existing educational inequalities.

“Kids who are disproportionately low-income are at highest risk for learning losses,” said Ariel Kalil, a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. “When these gaps in learning open up, absent some really serious and sustained intervention, the kids won’t (catch up). That will result in less academic achievement, lower lifetime earnings and even lower productivity in adulthood.”

USA TODAY spoke with more than a dozen

Read More

Check Out Fall Plans For NoVA School Districts

VIRGINIA — With about a month to go before school resumes in the fall, many school districts across the United States continue to grapple with how best to offer instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. In Northern Virginia, the debate has ended, with all school districts in the region choosing to start the 2020-2021 school year with virtual instruction.

Many school districts considered a hybrid approach, where students could choose to spend two or three days a week at school and two days with remote instruction. A majority of parents in the Fairfax County Public Schools system, or 60 percent, picked the hybrid option for their children (this percentage includes parents who did not make a selection), while a majority of parents in Loudoun County selected the all-virtual option for their children.

As the coronavirus grew worse in southeastern Virginia and other parts of the country, school districts in Northern Virginia

Read More