Day: July 13, 2020

Connecticut preparing for all schools to open, but state planning for online education if COVID-19 surges. Final decision will be made in a month, Gov. Lamont says.

Connecticut is preparing for three different scenarios for the opening of schools and a final decision on how education will look will be made in a month, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday.

Educators and the state are planning for all learning to take place in schools, but that could be modified to a mix of online and in-class learning or, if there is a coronavirus surge, all education will shift to at-home learning.

“Things change,‘’ Gov. Lamont said at his afternoon COVID-19 briefing, noting that San Diego and Los Angeles decided Monday to shift to an online learning model. “We still have very low metrics compared to San Diego and Los Angeles and most of these other states.”

How schools look “is going to be subject to where we are a month from now,‘’ Lamont said.

Fran Rabinowitz, executive director of the Connecticut Assoociation of Public School Superintendents, said that

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The Pandemic Has Accelerated Demands for a More Skilled Workforce

Sarah Williams near her home in Springfield, Ore., June 28, 2020. (Ricardo Nagaoka/The New York Times)
Sarah Williams near her home in Springfield, Ore., June 28, 2020. (Ricardo Nagaoka/The New York Times)

Economists, business leaders and labor experts have warned for years that a coming wave of automation and digital technology would upend the workforce, destroying some jobs while altering how and where work is done for nearly everyone.

In the past four months, the coronavirus pandemic has transformed some of those predictions into reality. By May, half of Americans were working from home, tethered to their employers via laptops and Wi-Fi, up from 15% before the pandemic, according to a recent study.

The rapid change is leading to mounting demands — including from typically opposing groups, like Republicans and Democrats, and business executives and labor leaders — for training programs for millions of workers. On their own, some of the proposals are modest. But combined they could cost tens of billions of dollars, in what

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Android finally gets its AirPods Pro moment

For years, Apple owners have had one major advantage in their pocket, or sticking out of their ears: AirPods. The small, smart, expensive earphones have been one of the best things about using the iPhone, or any other Apple device, offering a combination of ease-of-use and quality-of-sound that was so strong it also worked as an argument for being part of the company’s ecosystem.

But, finally, Google has properly responded. The Pixel Buds 2, which are now available in the UK, pack in all of those features and more. Just like Apple’s much-loved AirPods, they are clever, sound fantastic despite their tiny size, and represent not just a way to listen to audio but a whole new way of engaging with your phone, too. Just like Apple’s, they’re also very expensive.

It’s a shame that the two different earphones aren’t really in competition: they are each much better when used

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Coronavirus-Led Grocery Demand Here to Stay: 4 Stocks to Buy

The COVID-19 outbreak brought about a major shift in consumer’s shopping pattern and behavior. People are purchasing more of essential items and avoiding any extravagant spending. This has led to a spurt in demand for toilet paper, disinfectants, masks, gloves, packaged water, medicines and related food staples. Well this change in consumer behavior is here to stay, as people are preferring to work from home, dining at home and maintaining social distancing.

Product innovation, prudent pricing strategy and strategic investments in developing new business model is the need of the hour. It comes as no surprise that the companies have been stepping up omni-channel capabilities and adopting ways to enhance delivery and payment systems, in particular, to expand in the booming online grocery space. To this end, companies’ same-day and last-mile delivery services, and buy online and pick-up in store facilities bode well. In fact, the companies’ initiatives to expand

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Elon Musk’s net worth just hit $70.5 billion, surpassing Warren Buffett’s. Here’s how the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech.

Elon Musk.
Elon Musk.

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  • Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life. 

  • He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university, going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more.

  • He’s also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He just had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes. 

  • But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken about the coronavirus crisis, questioning the severity of the outbreak and urging for business to resume.

  • Now, Musk has hit a new milestone: as Tesla’s stock hit an all-time high, Musk’s wealth surged to $70.5 billion.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

It seems like there’s nothing Elon Musk can’t do. 

As CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, founder of The Boring Company, and cofounder of OpenAI and Neuralink, Musk

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Zoom Communications, Fortinet, Anaplan, Twilio and SAP

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – July 13, 2020 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Zoom Communications ZM, Fortinet FTNT, Anaplan PLAN, Twilio TWLO and SAP SAP.

Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

Millennials’ Investment View Changes: 5 Tech Stocks to Buy

The coronavirus pandemic, which has been wreaking havoc economically, has emerged as an unlikely silver lining to the millenials or Gen Y — a generation that roughly comprises adults whose birth years range between 1981 and 1996 — by compelling them to bring about positive changes to their finances.

COVID-19 induced falling GDP and rising unemployment level are persuading this demographic cohort to become more calculative and conservative in spending. This demographic that has been

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Higher PC Shipment Amid Pandemic Set to Drive These 3 Funds

In second-quarter 2020, sales of personal computers rebounded rather strongly thanks to the overwhelming number of students studying online and the vast number of employees working from home. After offices and schools across the United States were forced to close because of the pandemic, employees and students rushed to equip themselves with the right electronic gears to continue their work and studies from home seamlessly.

This uptick in demand for personal computers has clearly boosted some information technology equities. This is why one may invest in mutual funds that invest in IT and related services to gain from this strong demand.

Surge in PC Sales in the Quarter Ended June

According to Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp., two leading industry-research firms in the United States, personal computer shipments rose considerably during second-quarter 2020.

According to a Gartner report, global PC shipments were 64.8 million units during the said quarter,

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Edited Transcript of MU.OQ earnings conference call or presentation 29-Jun-20 8:30pm GMT

BOISE Jul 13, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Micron Technology Inc earnings conference call or presentation Monday, June 29, 2020 at 8:30:00pm GMT

* David A. Zinsner

Micron Technology, Inc. – Senior VP & CFO

Micron Technology, Inc. – Senior Director of IR

Micron Technology, Inc. – CEO, President & Director

Evercore ISI Institutional Equities, Research Division – Senior MD, Head of Global Semiconductor Research & Senior Equity Research Analyst

Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division – MD, Global Technology Strategist and Global Technology Sector Head

* Mark C. Newman

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC., Research Division – Senior Research Analyst

UBS Investment Bank, Research Division – MD and Head of Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to Micron Technologies Third Quarter 2020 Financial Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker, … Read More

Paris (Digital) Fashion Week: Kolor’s Junichi Abe

Photo credit: Kolor
Photo credit: Kolor

From Esquire

The coronavirus has come for Fashion Week, but Fashion Week is unbowed. With the 2020 edition of show season going all-digital, the key designers talk us through how they’ve adapted to showing clothes in a world where showing clothes is (almost) impossible.

What’s been the biggest challenge with producing a lockdown fashion ‘show’?

For this unusual season, we are using a special camera system to present a video. Even though I was not the one actually making it, this kind of production was the biggest challenge for us during lockdown.

What’s been the biggest opportunity?

We needed to show our collection in an unusual way and a video for Paris Fashion Week was exactly that. Being able to create new projects – and create something we’ve never done before – became our biggest opportunity.

What non-fashion skills have you picked up during lockdown?

Since the

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CEO Pichai Says Google Will Invest $10 Billion in India

(Bloomberg) — Google said it plans to spend $10 billion over the next five to seven years to help accelerate the adoption of digital technologies in India.

Sundar Pichai, who was born in the country and is now chief executive officer of parent Alphabet Inc., made the announcement at the annual Google for India event via video conference. He said the outbreak of the coronavirus has made clear the importance of technology for conducting business and for connecting with friends and family.

“This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy,” he said of the India Digitization Fund.

The $10 billion will be invested in partnerships, operations, infrastructure, the digital ecosystem and equity investments. Google said the effort will focus on several key areas:

Enabling affordable access and information for every Indian in their own language, including Hindi, Tamil and PunjabiBuilding new products

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