Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to get your tech gear from Amazon. Today, eBay is running two sales simultaneously that you can combine together to get massive discounts on Android smartphones, wearables, headsets, televisions, and more. Editor's PickAmazon Prime Day 2018 will start on July 16 Amazon officially announced today that the fourth annual Amazon Prime Day (and-a-half) will happen on July 16 starting at 3:00 P.M. EST. The date and extended length of this year's event line up with the … The first deal is a new $119 promotion eBay is running on a huge selection of items. eBay says in their press release that it will sell a hundred different items for $119, including free shipping. The company adds that “no membership is required” for the deals, a clear jab at Amazon and the cost of its Prime membership.The first round of $119 items is live now, although there’s less-than-a-hundred and eBay … [Read more...] about Deal: Insane stackable discounts on tech today at eBay
Amazon Prime Day isn’t here yet, but other retailers aren’t waiting around to begin offering discounts on tech. Today’s standout deals come from eBay, which just so happens to be gearing up for its own special day of sales on July 10th that will include the Nest Cam IQ Indoor at 38 percent off and an Xbox One S 1TB Starter Bundle at 20 percent off its usual price. Today’s eBay deals all cost $119 (which is the same price as a year of Amazon Prime) and include free shipping: You can find eBay’s repository for today’s deals right here along with more listed products as the day goes on. Some products might not be the latest and greatest, or refurbished, but you're still getting solid savings. And if you happen to buy something from another retailer at the same price, eBay’s new “Best Price Guarantee” claims to meet the price at 110 percent, meaning it will best the price by 10 percent in your favor. You just need to take advantage of … [Read more...] about eBay is offering some good tech deals today, all priced at $119
I’ve written a few times in this newsletter about various “pipelines” for startup activity — universities, coworking spaces, and local corporations. But one pipeline I haven’t touched on yet is local meetup groups. Meetup groups can be a powerful way to bring together a wide variety of people who are interested in startups or a certain type of technology, and give them the motivation they need that they have the support needed to go out and start their own company. Bill Myers, the organizer of VR meetup groups in Akron and Cleveland, Ohio, and the founder of his own startup, New Territory, is a good example of this. Myers was working in video production when he was first introduced to VR by a friend around the time that Oculus Rift came out on Kickstarter. “It completely blew my mind, and I knew my life was forever changed as a result. What I wanted to do was immediately purchase one myself and share it with the rest of the … [Read more...] about Heartland Tech Weekly: How a VR community grew in Northern Ohio
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is one of the most talked-about topics in tech today. But a closer look at the numbers shows talk is often all that’s happening. Atlassian, in collaboration with Market Cube, recently surveyed 1,500 tech workers on their attitudes and behaviors toward diversity and inclusion. While 80 percent of respondents agreed that it is important, in Silicon Valley, the number of companies that said they had formal inclusion programs fell by 10 percent between 2017 and 2018. Nationally, companies just began catching up to the Valley in implementation this year. Similarly, feelings of belonging among underrepresented groups remained relatively flat, as did retention. What’s going on? There are several factors at play. In my work conducting diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting for growing and growth stage startups, I’ve identified a few core issues. Individuals within companies often experience diversity fatigue in the face of a slow process … [Read more...] about How 4 Chicago startups are using tech to address the industry’s diversity problem
Walt’s column this week discusses the balance between design and functionality in tech today. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay discuss the products and companies where the balance may be wrong, with more in favor of design. The duo also bring up the state of gadgets and whether or not there is a gadget apocalypse approaching. We love your feedback on the topics of the show and suggestions on how to make our show better and more fun — you can tweet at Walt at @waltmossberg and Nilay at @reckless. And of course, we'd love it if you subscribed in iTunes (here's the direct RSS feed, if you like), along with The Verge's other great podcasts like What's Tech, and The Vergecast. You might also want to check out Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, and Too Embarrassed to Ask featuring The Verge's Lauren Goode. And hey, we finally have Ctrl-Walt-Delete T-shirts! Check out our merch store here. … [Read more...] about Functionality vs. design: is there no balance today?