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TechBridge Joins the OneTen Coalition to Expand Access to Technology Skills and Drive Economic Prosperity

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TechBridge forms strategic partnership with nation’s leading coalition committed to hiring and advancing Black Americans without four-year degrees

ATLANTA /PRNewswire/ — TechBridge, Inc., a national nonprofit committed to providing technology solutions and services to poverty-alleviating nonprofits, announced today a new strategic partnership with OneTen, an organization designed to close the opportunity gap for Black talent in America, to encourage economic prosperity through a skills-first approach focused on re-credentialing roles and offering Black talent access to professional development and technology skills training.

TechBridge’s unique mission to alleviate generational poverty through the innovative use of technology aligns with OneTen’s goal to help close the racial wealth gap in the U.S. TechBridge joins as an endorsed talent developer and will serve as a valuable partner to OneTen’s talent ecosystem as they work together to scale and align the tech jobs ecosystem to better meet the demand for Black talent.

TechBridge forms strategic partnership with nation’s leading coalition committed to hiring and advancing Black Americans

“The real way to end generational poverty is to ensure people can work,” said Nicole Armstrong, CEO, TechBridge. “If we believe technology is the future and we are aware of the digital divide, then we need Black and brown people building the algorithms and becoming the data scientists that create the systems we use every day.”

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While the job market is booming, the racial wealth gap in America remains wide. This is largely due to the employment barriers created by college degrees: 79% of jobs paying more than $50,000 require a four-year college degree, which automatically disqualifies 76% of Black Americans over age 25 with relevant experience. With Black professionals representing less than 8% of the technology workforce, harnessing multi-stakeholder partnerships is vital to spearheading diversity and fostering pathways to success.

“The racial divide in today’s job market is abundantly clear, with the technology sector representing a key area of opportunity for Black talent,” said Maurice Jones, CEO, OneTen. “Candidates are too often excluded on the basis of a four-year degree requirement, and through partnerships with organizations such as TechBridge, OneTen is able to adequately skill Black talent for family-sustaining jobs, expand their career possibilities, and take tangible steps to close the racial wealth gap.”

TechBridge and OneTen plan to empower and support the need for a diverse technology field through the placement of Black talent into jobs that companies sorely need as the war for talent continues. By addressing unmet business needs, helping displaced workers find gainful employment, and allowing more students to transition into technology careers, inclusive work culture is within reach.

About TechBridge

TechBridge is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that equips other nonprofits on the frontline of alleviating the causes of generational poverty with technology. TechBridge supports these nonprofits in expanding the impact of their mission for the millions of men, women, and children who are seeking aid in the areas of hunger relief, homeless support, social justice, and workforce development. Learn more at techbridge.org.

About OneTen

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OneTen is a coalition of leading chief executives and their companies who are coming together to upskill, hire and promote one million Black individuals who do not yet have a four-year degree into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement over the next 10 years. OneTen connects employers with talent developers including leading nonprofits and other skill-credentialing organizations who support development of diverse talent. By creating more equitable and inclusive workforces, we believe we can reach our full potential as a nation of united citizens. OneTen recognizes the unique potential in everyone – every individual, every business, every community – to change the arc of America’s story with Black talent. Join us at oneten.org, where one can be the difference.

SOURCE TechBridge, Inc.

Rod is a blogger, writer, filmmaker, photographer, daydreamer who likes to cook. Rod produces and directs the web series, CUPIC: Diary of an Investigator. He is also the editor, producer and administrator of TNC Network.

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Mad Mobile and Samsung Join Forces to Bring Businesses Tap & Pay Technology

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TAMPA, Fla. (Newswire.com) – Mad Mobile Inc., a global leader in Connected Commerce and mobile payments for retailers and restaurants, announced they will now offer Tap & Pay capabilities to businesses in collaboration with Samsung Electronics America. The Tap & Pay capability powered by Mad Mobile on Samsung mobile devices will give businesses a quick, streamlined way to accept contactless customer payments.

“We are excited to collaborate technologies with Samsung and provide our customers the most streamlined, lightweight, and affordable Tap & Pay solution today,” said Mad Mobile’s Chief Growth Officer, Tod Monchecourt. “Joining forces, our Connected Commerce platform supports Tap & Pay on Samsung mobile devices, including handheld tablets.”

Mad Mobile and Samsung are working together to give retailers the tools they need to create secure, convenient customer experiences that will help increase engagement and their bottom line. With just one tap, businesses can reduce checkout lines, increase efficiency, and process payments faster.

Monchecourt added: “We are dedicated to providing our customers with cutting-edge solutions in the form of a modern, mobile-first POS platform. By joining forces with Samsung, we further this mission, allowing our customers to benefit from the most advanced technologies and omnichannel strategies available.”

About Mad Mobile

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Mad Mobile is building the next generation of digital and mobile experiences globally for more than 21,000 retail and restaurant locations. The company’s platform offers modern point-of-sale transactions, offering businesses new ways to connect with customers. Mad Mobile powers major retailers such as Ralph Lauren, Tractor Supply, Signet Jewelers, Meijer, Estée Lauder, Talbots, and Urban Outfitters. To learn more, visit https://www.madmobile.com.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a leader in mobile technologies, consumer electronics, home appliances and enterprise solutions. The company pushes beyond the limits of today’s technology to provide groundbreaking connected experiences across its large portfolio of products and services, including mobile devices, home appliances, home entertainment, 5G networks, and digital displays. As EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Corporate Commitment Partner, SEA is dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment through its eco-conscious products, practices, and operations. To learn more and to get involved, visit Samsung.com. For the latest news, visit news.samsung.com/us and follow @SamsungNewsUS. SEA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Source: Mad Mobile

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Electric vehicles helping drivers to reduce their bills

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  • 90% of vehicle-owning US households could reduce their bills as well as their carbon footprint by switching to electric vehicles. 
  • 85 million households could halve their transport bills by going electric compared to just 25 thousand households if they switched to newer, gasoline-fuelled cars. 
  • Adopting an electric vehicle would more than double the number of US households with low transport costs, spending less than 2% of their annual income on transport fuels. 

Newswise — Drivers in Washington, California, and New York are set to see the greatest reductions in transport costs and greenhouse gas emissions due to a combination of cleaner power grids and low electricity prices in comparison to gasoline prices, among other factors.  

Over 90% of vehicle-owning US households could slash their greenhouse gas emissions as well as their transport costs by switching to electric vehicles. A study maps the change in annual income spent on transport fuels for vehicle-owning US households upon adopting electric vehicles.  

US households are highly dependent on private vehicles, with over 80% of journeys taken via personal cars. These journeys are not only bad for the environment and public health, but they are also expensive: around 67% of US households are currently considered to have medium-to-high travel costs, spending greater than 2% of their annual income on transportation. 

“Joshua Newell, co-author of the study and Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, says: “As the need for decarbonisation becomes increasingly urgent, it is crucial that we identify where and how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, starting with assessing the long-term affordability of electric vehicles. Our results show that not only are electric cars better at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but in most cases, they are cheaper to run too.” 

Study evaluates the cost-effectiveness of switching to electric vehicles in comparison to new gasoline-fuelled vehicles, for different regions across the United States. The results show that 71% of US drivers could halve their transport bills by going electric. In comparison, just 0.02% of drivers would see the same reduction in fuel costs by switching to newer, gasoline-fuelled cars. 

Moreover, the team found that adopting an electric vehicle would more than double the number of US households with low transport costs, spending less than 2% of their annual income on transport fuels. Nationwide, this equates to over 80% of vehicle-owning households. 

“Our research contributes to the topic of energy justice, ensuring participation in the energy system is equitable, affordable, and accessible for all. We are hopeful that this study will inform people on where significant, affordable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be made. For the majority of people, the ongoing fuel cost of electric vehicles will be even lower than adopting newer, more efficient gasoline vehicles. However, the prominent differences across the nation emphasize the need for a regional approach to electric vehicle transitions,” concludes Jesse Vega-Perkins, lead author of the study. 

Source: Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing

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https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aca4e6

https://stmdailynews.com/category/science/

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GEGO, a Global GPS Tracker Designed to Airline-Proof Luggage

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Airlines keep losing luggage, but GEGO has crafted a personalized, real-time tracking service to help travelers keep their bags safe during a tumultuous time for the airline industry.

MIAMI (Newswire.com) – The downed FAA system was just one of many unexpected crises that travelers experienced this year. Lost luggage was again, a huge problem for passengers caught in the airports while the airlines scrambled to handle the situation. 

Unfortunately, lost luggage has just become an all-too-common problem among travelers. Each year, nearly 28 million bags are lost in the airline industry and about 5 percent of those bags are never recovered. What’s more, the number of bags lost at airports increases every year, particularly this past year with the chaos the airline industry experienced around the travel-heavy holiday period. 

To address these challenges, leading IoT company GEGO has created the only all-encompassing luggage tracking service on the market. Designed to be TSA compliant, GEGO’s GPS trackers can be used all over the world and come with 24/7 customer support that will help locate bags in minutes. With so many airlines struggling to keep track of bags right now, GEGO’s customer support hotline is crucial in giving travelers peace of mind and helping them to recover their items.

Unlike other Bluetooth trackers, GEGO has location history, SMS alerts upon arrival, optimized battery modes, and a 24/7 customer support hotline. The SIM card inside GEGO’s trackers is provided by one of the largest telecom companies in the world and uses 2G-4G GSM coverage, allowing the tracker to be used from anywhere in the world. The tracker provides real-time location updates through the app and has unlimited global coverage with no roaming charges.

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In addition, GEGO’s luggage trackers can be used to track other valuable items in day-to-day life, help people find where they parked their car, and track the whereabouts of children and seniors.

“What really makes GEGO stand above the competition is our 24/7 customer service hotline, as it provides customers with a support system and a quick solution that, oftentimes, the airlines just cannot provide in times of crisis,” said Yohanna Isis, head of marketing for Gego. “Now is the time to invest in a luggage tracker to give you some peace of mind during your next trip.”

About 

GEGO is leading innovation in the IoT space as leaders in software-based RTLS (Real-Time Locating Systems) solutions, pioneers in Smart Luggage, and the market leader in luggage tracking hardware and software. GEGO’s simple API/SDK architecture provides enterprises and travelers with scalable solutions for tracking the location of travel bags and other high-value assets. For more information visit https://www.gego.io.

Source: GEGO

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