Rita Maxwell had no idea she was about to lose the job she'd had for nearly 20 years when her boss told her to meet him in the conference room at the end of the work day. In a short conversation, Maxwell's longtime boss, the head of an executive search firm in Northern Virginia, informed her that he no longer needed an executive assistant because he could handle his own scheduling, errands and phone calls. He offered her a few weeks of severance pay and said he would stay late while she packed her belongings. "I was completely taken aback when he called me into the meeting room to let me know my position had been eliminated," said Maxwell, who was let go in early 2017. "There's just not a lot of loyalty anymore." The United States has shed over 2.1 million administrative and office support jobs since 2000, Labor Department data show, eroding what for decades had been a reliable path to the middle class for women without college degrees. The job losses affecting administrative … [Read more...] about Administrative assistant jobs helped propel many women into the middle class. Now they’re disappearing.
Advertisement Today in Tech News Digest, the 2014 World Cup gets social, Nintendo reveals all at E3, Honeywell launches Lyric, banning Google Glass, the Turing Test remains undefeated, alarming news from Google, and a clever smartphone driving PSA.Facebook & Twitter Launch World Cup HubsThe 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off tomorrow (June 12), with a match between Brazil and Croatia. The tournament will then run all the way through until the final on July 13. In preparation for the World Cup, both Facebook and Twitter have launched dedicated hubs concentrating the action in one place.Facebook’s 2014 World Cup hub acts as a central location for all World Cup news and status updates that are trending. There are links to the official Facebook pages for all of the teams, and upcoming fixtures are listed. There is even a map showing the locations of fans of the best players, such as Ronaldo and Neymar.Twitter’s 2014 World Cup hub turns the #WorldCup hashtag into a repository … [Read more...] about The World Cup On Facebook & Twitter, Nintendo Games At E3 2014 [Tech News Digest]
I'm sitting down on a sofa, talking to what looks like a Facetime with Deepak Chopra on a phone. It's not him, though. It's an animated, sometimes realistic, talking head. He asks me how I feel. I end up discussing work stress. He suggests a meditation. For a few minutes, I'm having a little session with a Deepak that doesn't exist. A few weeks later, I'm talking to actual Deepak Chopra on the phone about what I experienced. The successful author and personal transformation guru is launching a free AI version of himself, which will tap into his collected books and build a personal relationship with whoever's talking to him. The software, created by a company called The AI Foundation, is looking to use this technology to make virtual AI archives of anyone who wants to be immortalized or remembered. Mr. Chopra is the first on deck. "Well, here's the reason I did it: I'm now 73 years old, and I'm in perfect health, I feel like I'm 35, but you know, the next chapter is physical death. This … [Read more...] about Deepak Chopra made a digital clone of himself and other celebs could soon follow
NEW DELHI: There is some great news for the around 100,000 web professionals in India. According to a report the digital presence opportunity for them is $650-750 million. The report estimates that the opportunity for web professionals in mobile and web applications is the most significant. With 12 billion app downloads, India ranks second in mobile app downloads. This was highlighted in the report released on Thursday by Endurance International Group (EIG) and Zinnov Consulting. The report is titled “The Web Pro Ecosystem: The Catalysts to Unlocking India’s Digital Dividend”. The report provides an overview of the current digital transformation underway amongst small & micro businesses and the opportunities it opens up for web professionals, said a release. Web professionals collectively include web designers, developers, digital agencies, IT service providers and any business that helps other businesses get an online presence. The report estimates about … [Read more...] about India’s web professionals have digital opportunities worth $700 million: Report
Digital presence opportunity for India’s web professionals (Web Pros) will become $650-750 million in the next three years, predicts a report titled The Web Pro Ecosystem: The Catalysts to Unlocking India’s Digital Dividend.As per the report, the country currently has 100,000 web professionals, comprising web designers, developers, digital agencies, IT service providers and any entrepreneur who helps other businesses get an online presence.India is primarily a DIFM (do-it-for-me) market and web professionals play a key role in the digital enablement of small and micro businesses (SMBs), states the report prepared jointly by Endurance International Group (EIG) and Zinnov Consulting.The report also maps the services that web professionals currently offer across four stages of SMB maturity, spanning from: creation of online presence through core services such as website builders, domain name & hosting, SSL and email hosting; helping clients in digital discovery through … [Read more...] about Digital presence opportunity for WebPros to become $750 mn. in 3 years: study