What’s in your bag? is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a bit more about their everyday gadgets by opening their bags and hearts to us. This week, we’re featuring vocalist, producer, filmmaker, and professional scooter riderOliver Tree. When Oliver Tree walks into The Verge office, everyone snaps their head. It’s impossible to not notice his ostentatious presence: massively wide JNCO pants, a violet and fuchsia ’90s ski jacket, Gucci suitcase, and... a bowl haircut. Oh, and he’s got a Razor scooter with him too. It’s not unfair to say that Oliver Tree is a walking, talking meme. The visual schtick, along with accompanying deadpan humor persona, were deliberately crafted by Oliver Tree to appeal to a meme-friendly generation. And through that lens he serves up catchy, hip-hop infused pop with an electronic kick. Come for the memes, stay for the music. This combination has been integral to Oliver Tree’s success. His single … [Read more...] about What’s in your bag, Oliver Tree?
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Claudia Lauer and Michael Kunzelman Associated Press Published 1:42 PM EST Jan 4, 2019 Philadelphia – As the government’s partial shutdown pushed toward a third week, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are feeling the financial pinch. They’re calling mortgage companies, hoping for a break, and weighing the risks of letting other bills go unpaid. They’re reheating leftovers and turning down the thermostat to save a few bucks. They’re looking into applying for loans or unemployment insurance. Their worries go beyond household budgets. Some are stressed about the unfinished work piling up in their absence while President Donald Trump and Congress clash over a plan for reopening the government. For many furloughed federal employees, the worst part is the uncertainty over how long the shutdown will last. A look at some of their worries: Saving receipts This is Nora Brooks’ favorite time of the year. Not because of the holidays, but because of … [Read more...] about Unpaid bills, leftovers, downtime: Federal workers cope in shutdown
Claudia Lauer and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Updated 7:11 am PST, Friday, January 4, 2019 Nora Brooks a furloughed customer service representative for the Internal Revenue Service poses for a photograph at her home in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Brooks has been furloughed, worrying about whether she will need to seek a second job. The agency requires pre-approval to avoid conflicts of interest, but there’s no one in the office to sign off. less Nora Brooks a furloughed customer service representative for the Internal Revenue Service poses for a photograph at her home in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Brooks has been furloughed, worrying about ... more Photo: Matt Rourke, AP Photo: Matt Rourke, AP Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 … [Read more...] about Federal employees feel financial pinch as shutdown drags on
Last August, Zac Plansky woke to find that the rifle scopes he was selling on Amazon had received 16 five-star reviews overnight. Usually, that would be a good thing, but the reviews were strange. The scope would normally get a single review a day, and many of these referred to a different scope, as if they’d been cut and pasted from elsewhere. “I didn’t know what was going on, whether it was a glitch or whether somebody was trying to mess with us,” Plansky says. As a precaution, he reported the reviews to Amazon. Most of them vanished days later — problem solved — and Plansky reimmersed himself in the work of running a six-employee, multimillion-dollar weapons accessory business on Amazon. Then, two weeks later, the trap sprang. “You have manipulated product reviews on our site,” an email from Amazon read. “This is against our policies. As a result, you may no longer sell on Amazon.com, and your listings have been removed from our … [Read more...] about Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace
Many in the western hemisphere still view Vietnam through antiquated lenses. But while a visit to a rural area of Vietnam may well seem like a step back in time, younger generations and the powers who be in urban Vietnam have their sights firmly set on the future and the key role which their nation aims to play in it. Over the last thirty years, the country has moved from being one of the world’s poorest regions, which had been devastated by decades of conflict, into one of the most dynamic emerging economies south-east Asia, partly due to the government’s focus on fostering the homegrown growth of technology and innovation. Hard Fork? Hard Fork. HARD FORK Despite being ruled by a communist administration, a recent Pew survey highlighted that as much as 95 percent of the Vietnamese population support free-market capitalism—a higher percentage than in any other country surveyed, including the United States. Vietnam is now one of the the fastest-growing economies … [Read more...] about An entrepreneur’s guide to Vietnam’s startup scene