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Swansea IT firms in multi-million-pound merger

Swansea IT firms in multi-million-pound merger
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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Coronavirus Contact Tracing App said to be ready in weeks…

Coronavirus contact tracing app ready in weeks

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-contact-tracing-app-is-nearly-ready-xhmg0s7dh

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#PositiveNews Ireland – Major energy boost as seven offshore wind farms are fast tracked…

Major energy boost as seven offshore wind farms fast-tracked

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/major-energy-boost-as-seven-offshore-wind-farms-fast-tracked-0phbtd9xd

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#TheVoiceofSocialMedia – Facebook takes another large step in to the E-commerce space…

Facebook opens its own Shop window

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/facebook-opens-its-own-shop-window-h2qwqlwwt

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#TechNews – Google ups the game with wearable tech…

Google puts ‘on’ switch in hoodies

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/google-puts-on-switch-in-hoodies-x8h0tknqw

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15 Top Business Startup Tips #Startups #MikeArmstrong

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When starting a business the strategy is to do some analysis on the Market Place and some market research (Google is a great place to do this).

1. Check what your competitors are doing and what markets they are aiming at and see if there’s a gap in the market.

2. Then once you see there is, think about what you story and message is and to what audience you are aiming it at.

3. Work on the branding so that it’s telling the right message to the right audience including the name very important.

4. Check the name is Free on Companies House / Registration, Google and all major social platforms.

5. Work on a content portfolio so that you can share the message and synergy messages as well as product and service info and other content, in many ways and to attract many different people in your target segment or segments, regularly with different messages without switching them off.

6. Set up all the things / assets a new business needs – well Optimised Website with Blog, Off-site Blog and a marketing / lead generation add on), Google and Bing Listings, Facebook Pages (for Company and target niches), Facebook Groups for Company and target niches).

LinkedIn Company Pages and Groups a format for profiles for all staff, Twitter Account or Accounts, Instagram, Directory Listings, Geographical and Niche Directories, Podcast, YouTube Channel, Tick Tock, Pinterest etc.!

7. Regularly post good content and squeeze good advertising messages in between with good offers and good call to actions, build up audiences and get them to visit part of your website, your online store, YouTube channel etc.

8. Add an email capture Form to your website for building a database to email too.

9.Go Networking

10. Add some landing pages and look at FB advertising and adwords etc.

11. Consider Selling on Amazon or Ebay,

12. Attend Events, Expos, maybe host some!

13. Consider trying Telesales and/or Field Sales / Solution sales etc.

14. Do some Organic SEO and link building strategies for your website and blog (podcast and YouTube channels etc.)

15. Do some Content Marketing in other sites and blogs and some PR etc.

#Success

#Marketing

#Sales

#WorkOnYou #Infinityx

#YourNetworkIsYouNetworth

#BeConfident

#BecomeAMillionaire

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Apple and Google join forces to build coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android

Apple and Google are adapting iOS and Android to help track the spread of Covid-19 (Apple/Google)Apple and Google have made a joint announcement that…

Apple and Google join forces to build coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android

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Apple and Google join forces to build coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android

Apple and Google are adapting iOS and Android to help track the spread of Covid-19 (Apple/Google)Apple and Google have made a joint announcement that…

Apple and Google join forces to build coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android

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Apple and Google are to create contact tracing technology aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Apple and Google have announced they are working together to create contact tracing technology aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus. In a rare …

Apple and Google are to create contact tracing technology aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

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Lights, Camera, Meeting! Are You Ready For Video?

Online meetings are soaring in popularity. There are some easy ways to improve how you come across to your leadership, colleagues and clients …

Lights, Camera, Meeting! Are You Ready For Video?

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Netflix introduces new rules and features for parents

Parents will be able to monitor what their children have watched on Netflix. The streaming giant is introducing a number of new parental control …

Netflix introduces new rules and features for parents

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Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

With more families staying at home at work and children not going to school because of the continuing pandemic, the speed of the Internet and mobile …

Tricks to make your broadband faster at home – and the ones that definitely won’t work

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Positive Coronavirus News – Tech News #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Tesla…

Tesla will reopen it’s New York factory ASAP to manufacture ventilators for Coronavirus patients.

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Positive Coronavirus News – We have the Internet To Keep Us Connected – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

We have the internet to keep us connected…

Before the internet, isolation would have been extremely lonely.

But thanks to the advent of modern technology, it is easy to FaceTime & video call our loved ones and keep up with them on Social Media, making us feel much more connected then we otherwise would have.

Dr Shmerling said: “We currently have ways to practice social distancing that preserve at least some social and medical connections.

“People in isolation or quarantine can ask for help, visit friends, ‘see’ family and doctors virtually and provide updates on their condition.”

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Tech and Tools to Help You Transition to Remote Work [Infographic]

Looking for ways to optimize your WFH process? Check out these insights into the benefits, and pitfalls, of remote work, along with some helpful tool tips.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/tech-and-tools-to-help-you-transition-to-remote-work-infographic/574986/

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Social Media Report

A little trust, a little love, and a lot of convenience…

From digital detoxing and data security to the demand for fast and personalized experiences, new forces are changing the rules of customer engagement. 

But amid all these changes, there are timeless customer needs that won’t be changing anytime soon. 

In this ebook, you’ll discover three keys to customer engagement that you can use to build a lasting marketing strategy.

What You’ll Learn

  • What today’s customers expect from your brand on social
  • The 3 C’s of customer engagement
  • How real brands are putting these principles into practice

See Report Below…

Rest of the 2020 Social Media Report Slides.

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Entrepreneur News – Global Billionaires are all competing to see who can help us out the most over Coronavirus Catastrophy…

Coronavirus News

Tech billionaires are jostling to donate protective masks.

Over the weekend a flurry of tech CEOs including Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Tesla’s Elon Musk promised to deliver millions of masks to healthcare workers working on the front line to fight against the coronavirus.

Panic buying means masks are in short supply even for hospital staff, so much so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week that as a last resort healthcare workers should use a bandana or scarf.

The World Health Organizationcautions that members of the public do not need to wear masks unless they are caring for someone who has contracted COVID-19, and warns that they are only effective if put on and removed properly.

Here are the tech billionaires who have promised to donate masks:

Apple — minimum 2 million masks

Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

 REUTERS/Edgar Su

Apple CEO TIm Cook announced on Saturday that Apple will be donating “millions” of masks to health workers in the US and Europe.

In a press meeting on Saturday Vice President Mike Pence said Apple would be donating two million masks to the US.

It’s not clear how many more Apple plans to donate to European healthcare workers.

Facebook — 720,000 with “millions” more on the way

Mark Zuckerberg

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In a Facebook post on Sunday Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook will be donating it had left over from the California wildfires while it works on sourcing “millions more.”

When asked by Business Insider how many millions of masks it is aiming to provide, a Facebook spokesperson said:

“The situation is ever-changing and we all need to be flexible. Our commitment to our community will only get stronger. We are actively looking for new ways to make a difference and we’ll keep you posted.”

Tesla and SpaceX — 250,000 masks and 1,000 ventilators

Elon Musk SpaceX Starlink

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

 AP Photo/Susan Walsh

In an email to CleanTechnica on Saturday Elon Musk said Tesla and SpaceX have 250,000 N95 masks ready to start sending out. “Aiming to start distributing those to hospitals tomorrow night,” Musk added in the email.

Responding to a user on Twitter on Sunday asking for him to send aid to hospitals in Louisiana, Musk seemed to both promise N95 masks and criticize them for being unwieldy.

“We’ll try to get & deliver as many as possible. N95 masks are a pain to wear btw [by the way]. Less onerous masks are better most of the time,” said Musk.

On Sunday a researcher at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) also received 50,000 masks from Elon Musk, The Seattle Times reports.

Musk has also promised that Tesla and SpaceX will dedicate resources to manufacturing ventilators for hospitals, although Musk has simultaneously shown disbelief that there will be any shortage of the machines.

Musk told CleanTechnica however that the companies: “should have over 1000 ventilators by next week.”

Salesforce — 5 million masks and protective kit

marc benioff

REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted Sunday that Salesforce had already donated 9,000 masks to the University of California Medical Center, and is working on distributing a total of 5 million masks this week plus extra protective equipment.

Jack Ma — 10.2 million masks

Jack Ma

Former Alibaba CEO Jack Ma.

REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

Looking farther afield than Silicon Valley, Chinese tech billionaire Jack Ma has so far promised masks to 90 countries.

Jack Ma joined Twitter earlier this month to make his first announcement that his charitable organisation would be donating one million masks (alongside 500,000 coronavirus testing kits) to the US.

Since then he has announced that he will be shipping 100,000 masks to every single African country(meaning a total of 5.4 million),

On Saturday he announced 1.8 million masks would be distributed among Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

He then said a further two millionwould go towards 24 Latin American countries.

Microsoft — 15,000 protection goggles and other equipment

brad smith

Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlined the ways his company is teaming up with medical and research organizations to provide software tools in the COVID-19 fight.

Company president Brad Smith also outlined how the firm’s supply chain has been commandeered to provide protective equipment for medical workers. An initial batch of supplies has been delivered to Seattle, where the firm is headquartered.

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Windows 10 may abandon one of its most useful features

Could Windows 10 be set to eliminate the iconic control panel? Although Control Panel has been an essential part of Windows since Windows 2.0 was …

Windows 10 may abandon one of its most useful features

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Popular Phone Call Trick Could Keep Females Safe From Sleazy Cab Drivers

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Females taxi passengers might be all-too-familiar with dodgy drivers who continuously make them question their safety during the ride.

To combat this issue, social media users are pre-recording videos mimicking phone calls to signal to drivers that they aren’t the only people aware of their trip.

The fake phone calls could start with sentences like, “I can see your location.” Callers might also claim that they are sending someone outside to pick the recipient up, covertly sending out a warning to sleazy drivers attempting to harm female passengers alone in their cars.

There are also interactive “templates” created by social media users that prompt others to fill in the silences with their own speech to make the conversations believable.

Another video to use if you’re stuck in an uncomfortable situation pic.twitter.com/ORx6j92n9D

— niggathée chalamet (@haaniyah_) March 14, 2020

Teens on Tiktok are making fake conversation videos that people can play if they’re feeling unsafe in an Uber pic.twitter.com/OCbQOmrjet

— niggathée chalamet (@haaniyah_) March 14, 2020

Tiktok is truly saving lives out here pic.twitter.com/LTKFGv37KC

— niggathée chalamet (@haaniyah_) March 14, 2020

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Amid COVID-19 Lockdowns, New Online Behavioral Shifts Are Beginning to Take Shape

With COVID-19 lockdowns taking hold across the world, we’re seeing the emergence of new online trends, which may extend well beyond the crisis itself.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/amid-covid-19-lockdowns-new-online-behavioral-shifts-are-beginning-to-take/574704/

Facebook Announces Free Assistance for Health Agencies Looking to Use Messenger to Communicate COVID-19 Info

Facebook will provide free services to health organizations in order to help them use Messenger to scale their response to the COVID-19 crisis.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-announces-free-assistance-for-health-agencies-looking-to-use-messe/574699/

More Nations Are Looking to Use Cell Phone Data to Track the COVID-19 Outbreak, Raising Privacy Concerns

As COVID-19 outbreak continues to expand, could cell phone and mobile data tracking be the key to containment? 

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/more-nations-are-looking-to-use-cell-phone-data-to-track-the-covid-19-outbr/574695/

Facebook’s Testing New Tools to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation on WhatsApp and Messenger

With various COVID-19 misinformation campaigns gaining traction in messaging apps, Facebook is working to stem the spread with tests of several new features. 

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebooks-testing-new-tools-to-combat-covid-19-misinformation-on-whatsapp/574710/

The New Welsh Inventions inspired by the Global Pandemic…

A new ventilator, a virus-killing snood and a hands-free door pull are just some of the innovations coming out of Wales to tackle coronavirus.

Since the outbreak, doctors, scientists and designers have been working on ideas to stop the virus spreading.

The ventilator has already successfully treated a Covid-19 patient and has been backed by the Welsh Government.

Mass production of the snood-type mask is under way while a 3D design of the handle has been widely circulated.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price, who was part of the impetus to get the ventilator into mass production, said the innovations put Wales “on the front foot” in the battle against the pandemic.

“It shows that Wales, as a small nation, can get things done quickly as we face the biggest challenge of our generation,” he said.

The Covid Emergency Ventilator

It took just three days to design but the senior doctor involved believes the easy-to-build device could dramatically ease the strain on NHS staff.

ventilator

Image caption“The patient can self-care, releasing specialist nurses for other duties,” said Dr Rhys Thomas

Dr Rhys Thomas, from Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, was “desperately concerned” at the lack of intensive care unit (ICU) ventilators to deal with the expected influx of patients.

Along with engineering company CR Clark & Co of Ammanford, he created a machine that not only helps patients to breath but cleans the room of viral particles.

“It’s simple and robust and specifically designed to work against Covid virus in a contagious environment,” said Dr Thomas.

“Although it won’t replace an ICU ventilator, the majority of patients won’t need intensive care if they are treated with this ventilator first.

“The machine will [also] clean the room of viral particles and only supply purified air to the patient. The patient can self-care, releasing specialist nurses for other duties.”

Dr Rhys Thomas

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Image captionDr Rhys Thomas served for 17 years with the British Army, including seven tours of Afghanistan

He said a patient in Llanelli who was treated with the machine at the weekend was now “recovering well”.

Welsh ministers have given the go-ahead for production of up to 100 ventilators a day.

The ‘virus-killing’ snood

Designers claim the mask kills more than 95% of any viruses – including Covid-19.

woman wearing snood mask

Image captionThe snood has been developed in response to the pandemic

The company hopes to make as many as a million-a-week and plans to reserve part of that stock for the NHS.

“We have been working on the anti-viral coating since 2011 but it’s only in the last five weeks that we have developed the snood in response to the current pandemic,” said Anna Roberts, of Virustatic Shield.

The hands-free door handle

Wyn Griffiths came up with the idea after his wife visited a local hospital last week and had to touch door handles after sanitising her hands. 

door pull being made

Image captionAnyone with a 3D printer can now make the door pull

That evening he had designed a prototype ‘arm’ which attaches to an existing door handle, with a crook to open the door. 

He has now distributed the 3D design online for anyone to download it for free.

Mr Griffiths said: “Hopefully people who have a 3D printer can help out their local hospital or anywhere the public visits by distributing these around the country.”

Menai Science Park

Image captionM-Sparc in Gaerwen is supported by Bangor University

The innovation centre

The handle and snood were both designed at the Menai Science Park in Gaerwen on Anglesey, a hub for small start-up companies and scientific research.

Pryderi ap Rhisiart, managing director of M-Sparc, said it was “vital” the park plays its part in coming up with innovative ideas.

Pryderi ap Rhisiart

Image captionMr Rhisiart praised small companies developing “new innovative solutions”

“In the middle of all the doom and gloom it’s good to see small companies developing new innovative solutions,” he said.

“It’s just a glimpse. We’re not saying it’s the answer but it’s something.”

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Apple’s Siri Can Now Screen You For Coronavirus Right Through Your iPhone

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People living in the US are scrambling to obtain coronavirus tests, which are unfortunately inaccessible to many at the moment. To bring some peace of mind, Apple has introduced COVID-19 screening in its virtual assistant, Siri.

Right through your iPhone, Siri will field questions about the novel coronavirus so people can reach out to appropriate contacts to allay COVID-19 concerns.

To start off, simply ask the voice assistant, “Do I have coronavirus?” and it will launch into a number of questions about possible symptoms drawn from data provided by the US Public Health Service. Symptoms could be a fever, dry cough, or breathing problems.

Other queries by Siri include whether you have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient recently.

For users who are 65 or older and experiencing pressing medical conditions, Siri will also encourage them to reach out to a medical provider.

Aside from updating Siri to fight the coronavirus, Apple has launched a new Oprah Talks COVID-19 show on Apple TV+. CEO Tim Cook has additionally announced that the company will donate “millions of masks” to health professionals in the US and Europe.

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