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Adidas × Ivy Park

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

“These barriers are not going to stop me,” is the opening line of the latest #Adidas×IVYPARK campaign.

The highly anticipated collaboration with Beyoncé and ADIDAS made the world stop this past weekend. Like her music, the lifestyle brand is inclusive, evoking strength and identity. Gender fluid with neutral color pallets for effortless layering during the time of year. On trend. It’s aesthetically pleasing athleisure with the intended functionality backed by the workmanship of an apparel powerhouse.

The collection includes footwear which will entice any sneakerhead. Four sleek vibrant designs starting at $99 coupled with accessories and branded grillz.

In activation of the release, this week the Beyhive sent orange care packages to various celebrities: Megan Thee StallionReese WitherspoonCiaraCardi B and Diplo. Rolling racks, trunks and boxes were chosen by the superstar herself with ‘love and respect.’

360 MAGAZINE teammates rocked the unisex cargo sweat ($85) paired with matching sweatshirt. The Nite Jogger sneakers ($159) were enunciated with a branded key chain.

And, if you were one of the lucky handpicked few, you received a luggage tag alongside of an inserted note from the Queen Bey herself.

With many of the items being SOLD OUT within hours of its online discharge, this launch is sure to be one of the most successful drops in both brand’s histories. Definitely a strong departure from Topshop (originally a partnership with British billionaire Sir Philip Nigel Ross Green, she’s now the sole owner).

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5 Ways To Be The Company Everyone Wants To Work For

If you are looking for ways by which you can steer your company in the direction such that everyone wants to become a part of it, here are some of the different ways which you can use. 

Transparency

One of the key virtues of a workplace that tend to make it stand out from the others has to be the transparency level. Employees should be given the sense of feeling that no matter whether they are doing good or bad, things are always in the open. This factor in itself is known to foster the right sense of trust and thereby cements a better working relationship.

Incentives and Benefits

When employees put in their heart and soul to ensure their firm does well, it becomes your earnest duty to give something back to them. This is why as a firm; one should have the best reward sales goals in place and a good incentive program. Make sure to reward the employees for their good work and chip in with bonuses and gifts as and when applicable. This is also a great way to motivate them to walk the extra mile and do a little extra to ensure that your firm stays at the pedestal.

Equality 

All employees deserve to be treated equally. It is vital that a workplace steers clear of biasness, be it economic, gender, or any other type. The bottom-line remains the fact that when an employee doesn’t feel haunted by any sort of inferiority complex; they would be willing to give in their 100 percent and stick to the firm as well. 

For any company to prosper, it is important to offer the employees adequate training to treat everyone the same; regardless of their gender, religion, age, marital status, finances, or anything else. It should just be the work that should be the talking point of discussion. 

Inspiring Leadership 

A leader speaks volumes about the team they command. If your company has some of the most exemplary leaders who know how to keep the team inspired, the morale of the employees is sure to see a massive lift. 

This is why whether you work on the hiring process to seek the best of leaders or you offer training to help your employees hone the best of leadership skills, the idea is to ensure that your workplace reeks of the best of leaders who can inspire their team to stay motivated and put in their best foot forward. 

Healthy Camaraderie 

While we do understand that things tend to get competitive at the workplace, the focus should always be on engaging the right spirit of friendliness and camaraderie in a firm. When the employees look to have each other’s back rather than find ways to pull them down all the time, things are much more likely to take a turn for the good.

You can host events or have some sessions which would boost the kind of mutual respect and admiration which employees have for each other. Have things like free team lunches, group outings, camps, picnics, and more. Each of these activities is sure to have some bearing on improving the relations between the employees.

Conclusion

These are the best ways by which you can make your company one of the top-rated places wherein everyone wishes to work. It is the right dedication and the best of efforts that set one company apart from the rest. 

A company is known by the employees it has. No firm can prosper if the employees are not dedicated and willing to be a part of it. A strong and well-motivated workforce remains the key ingredient to success. So, keep these important points in mind and implement as much as you can. The changes should be there for you to see. 

Remember, success comes to those who are willing to toil hard for it.

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Commercial Exterminators: Termite Control to Protect Your Business

By Digvijay Singh Kanwar

Recent reports have shown that the economic burden attributed to termite control and damage holds a substantial amount of the construction budget. To implement an effective termite inspection plan, listed in this article are helpful tips from proven commercial exterminators Phoenix, AZ based experts.

Scheduled inspection. The effectiveness of termite control lies on its precise scheduling. Experts recommend that building and house owners permit annual inspection in cooler parts of the establishment while biannual monitoring must be done on warmer portions. 

Commercial exterminator services. Pest Control Management companies exist throughout the country. Property owners must make use of these professional services to survey their areas. 

For large buildings, it is recommended that pest control companies be notified prior to actual construction since they can detect soil that can be susceptible to termite infestation.

Termite activity. 

Scheduling of the inspection must also be aligned with the known termite activity. Pest scientists have already learned that the early spring to late summer is the time period at which optimal termite reproduction occurs. 

If inspection and eradication are done at this time period, the likelihood of termite spread will be minimized, if not completely prevented.

Self-monitoring. For old buildings and houses, self-monitoring can be done by the building officials. In fact, several companies have designated specific personnel for the regular inspection of building rooms. These people are tasked to check the quality of concrete slabs, wood edges, and ceiling materials on a monthly basis. 

Owner’s initiative. In addition to the above-mentioned activities, occupants of structural spaces are also encouraged to keep a termite checklist. 

This checklist highlights the areas of the building that must be regularly monitored. Included in this list are the wood ceiling, wall foundations, window decorations, floor, and the underlying soil. Compliance with this checklist can prevent the occurrence of large damages in the future.

Termite Control/Prevention

Termites are pests which cost you a lot when they nest in your properties. They destroy properties by eating their cellulose and non-cellulose materials. 

Cellulose materials, or things made from plant fiber, like wood and paper consist a major part of a termite’s diet. Subterranean and drywood termites cost the most damage to human structures.

Termite extermination is very necessary when termite problems become overwhelming. 

Aside from money, termite extermination will require a lot of time and effort from the pest controllers and the property owners. 

Before any extermination is conducted, a proper and thorough termite inspection must be done to determine the scope of the damage and the scale of the termite population.

That is why termite prevention is a must. Pest control can be more effective if it is done before a structure is constructed. 

The termite treatment called “pre-construction chemical treatment” can be done at the time of construction prevents termite infestation. It involves treating the soil, where the structure is founded, with soil insecticides. 

But if no “pre-construction chemical treatment” had been done, take the following pest control measures:

Eliminate access/ entry points of termites: Termites are attracted to moist environments. Control the accumulation of moist in dryer vents and air conditioner condensation pipes.

Fill junctions of walls and chamber properly: Check your property for cracks in the walls, the flooring, and other areas because termites can enter through them. If some cracks are found, immediately work on filling them.

Terminate wood and soil contact: Wooden and other kinds of debris, including garbage, must be removed from the vicinity of the property. They can be potential breeding grounds for termites. 

Remove wood products: Throw away damp wooden products. If kept within the property, they will draw termites in. If fixed wooden components of the property like fences, stairs, and balustrades are broken, or grow moist, immediately perform an anti-termite treatment on them.

Destroy colonies of termites: Abolish all kinds of termite colonies thriving on or near your property with proper extermination methods. If termite extermination is not done well, some termites may survive and they will soon rebuild their colonies. 

Remove sources of moisture: Keep most spaces in and out of the house dry. Prevent water from flowing into the foundation. This could be most devastating when termites catch wind of this. 

Keep drains and gutters clean to avoid leakage: Inspect the water and sewage pipes occasionally to check for leaks. Leaks can cause more than moisture, which termites like. 

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How to Choose air Purifiers

In homes and business premises, poor air quality has a direct impact on the health of the occupants. Exposure to pollutants, fine particles and pathogens can lead to serious diseases. Follow our tips for choosing the right purifier for your situation.

How does an air purifier function?

A turbine propels air through filters that target certain pathogenic species through physical or chemical processes, by capture or transformation.

The pre-filter, upstream of all the others, captures hairs and other volatile wastes that can hinder the proper functioning of the system. Then, discharged solids, the air circulates in a series of different filters composing the purifier. It is this combination of filters that defines the purification quality of the device, which can be used to deal with particles of at least 0.3 μm (micrometers) such as bacteria and viruses.

The filters making up the air purifiers can be particulate, ionization, combustion, photocatalytic or plasma. Each filter corresponds to a use, a precise filtration to deal with several types of pollutants.

Why purify the air?

The air of our habitats can be polluted by many sources: the paint that covers the walls; the furniture decorating the living room; the road traffic if you live in the city or the factory in the corner of the block or neighborhood. 

A purifier therefore cleans the air of the room where it is located and reduce our exposure to pollutants that sometimes prove to be carcinogenic.

Ozone production: health risks

When we talk about an air purifier, we quickly fall on articles mentioning the dangers of ozone. Breathing air containing more than 120μg / m3 for 8 hours a day irritates the mucous membranes and respiratory tract and causes asthma. Aggressive air ionization processes produce large amounts of ozone, incompatible with occupancy by other living beings. For home use, make sure that the purifier does not produce ozone.

VOCs: attention danger

Volatile Organic Compounds are emitted by manufactured products that contain glues, solvents or during the burning of certain materials. Furniture made of chipboard, melamine, laminate flooring, synthetic leathers, foam sofas or mattresses are all sources of formaldehyde that can make your air unhealthy. These formaldehyde are recognized as carcinogenic by health authorities. It is therefore necessary to limit its concentration in the atmosphere.

Air purifier: which filter for which use

The filters that you may encounter on the shelves of a seller of air purifiers are various and numerous; each has its own use:

Particle filter

Characterized by the minimum size of the particles that it can capture, expressed in micrometer (μm) or millionth of a meter and for High Efficiency Particulate Air, a HEPA filter is required. These filters can filter up to 99.97% of particles with a diameter greater than or equal to 0.3 μm. These particles are combustion ashes, pollen, dust produced by tires and brake pads. They are responsible for respiratory diseases such as asthma. You will understand that it is essential to have a particle filter of good quality, especially if you are allergic to pollen, asthmatic or if you live near a major road. 

Ionization filter

Ionization is the process by which we add or remove electrons from the atoms of molecules to modify their properties. This filter removes electrons from particles and pollutants in the air. Once these particles become neutral, they are less aggressive. 
 

Combustion filter

Bacteria, fungi and particles are burned upon contact with a surface heated to 200 ° C. The air is of course cooled before it is transmitted again in order to avoid harming the comfort of the occupants.

Plasma filter

When ionized air contains as many free electrons as there are neutral atoms, we speak of plasma. A large amount of energy is used to excite the oxygen molecules that are sent into the room air. They will then oxidize the various pollutants and destroy them. The aggressive nature of this filter is intended for industrial use only, it is therefore prohibited for commercial or residential use.

Purifier: noise nuisance

The airflow and turbine can produce a loud noise that can be annoying in a living room, an office where you need concentration or in any other small place. This requires checking the sound pressure, expressed in decibels (dB). A sound pressure of 50 dB corresponds to a normal conversation, which is already a lot for a room.

Below 20 dB, the device will be more discreet. This result can be obtained by very virtuous devices or at variable speed. The volume of air treated per hour can then be decreased, to limit the noise, or, on the contrary, increased, to quickly renew the air of a room. This turbo mode is valuable for very exposed and occupied premises.

What maintenance for an air purifier

Each of the filters mentioned above brings its stone to the room and their proper functioning. Dust, hair and debris taken from the pre-filter must first be removed by hand.
 
Each type of filter has an interview of its own. Refer to the manufacturer’s technical documentation to see if the filters are cleanable and how to proceed with doing so. Handle them with care and scrupulously respect the instructions to avoid damaging them. The procedure to follow is often to pass under warm water, over a damp cloth or a soft brush and then let them dry before putting everything back in place again. 
Disposable HEPA filters should be replaced periodically. Check the periodicity of the replacement and the price of the consumable to avoid it from being ruined.

Maintenance-free filters, such as combustion ones, need to be replaced when they are no longer working. The availability of these spare parts guarantees a long-term usage.

Consumption and sizing of the air purifier


Power consumption

The nominal power of the device characterizes its consumption during normal operation. For a simple hepa filter, the power required to turn the turbine is merely a few watts (W).

The UV, ionization or combustion filters are more greedy and a multi-level purifier can consume a hundred watts. This power is sometimes more than the device can handle.

Dimension: air treatment cycle

It is considered that to obtain a good quality air, the device must be able to treat 3-4 times the volume of the room in one hour. Multiply the volume of cubic meter of your room by 3 or 4 and you will have the volume of air in cubic meter per hour. If this purifier is intended for a living room, you can opt for a design air purifier. If you want to be able to move it around the house or office, a compact model weighing less than ten kilograms is perfect.

How to regulate hygrometry with an air purifier

The humidity level, or hygrometric rate of the air of a house should be in a range between 30 % and 70 %. Underneath, dry air causes certain respiratory diseases and facilitates the spread of viruses including influenza. Beyond this, excess moisture condenses on cold walls. This moisture promotes the appearance of mold on walls, clothes or anything made from leather. In addition to the unpleasant smell, spores released into the atmosphere cause asthma attacks in vulnerable people.

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Important Financial Steps Before Starting Your Own Business

If you had a dollar for every time another business failed due to missteps in their business finances, you’d probably be able to fund your entire operation without worrying.

You don’t want to be one of those business owners with a company that slowly (or sometimes quickly) sinks because they lack a firm grip on their finances. And if you intertwine your business and personal finances, even more trouble can arise.

Here are some important financial steps you should consider and map out before starting your own business.

Before you plan your startup business make sure you have a very well set financial planning strategy. Accounting software such as Hosted QuickBooks Cloud can be useful for managing your finance audits and payrolls. Learn more about other useful business tools such as Office 365 and Office 365 migration guidelines with Apps4Rent.

Choose Your Business Entity Type

Choosing your business entity type sets the stage for all of your financial decisions moving forward. This is step number one, and it’s a big deal. You need to decide whether you want to form a Limited Liability Company (LLC), S Corporation (S Corp), C Corporation (C Corp), or Nonprofit.

This will determine the type of financial protection you may have, as well as taxation details and associated filing fees. Keep in mind that you can choose an initial structure and then reevaluate at a later time if the needs of your business change.

Decide How You Want to Manage Your Finances

As an entrepreneur, you may already be a wizard with finances and might want to manage your accounting on your own, which is totally your prerogative. But if you’re not a numbers wizard, then recognize that you should employ a financial expert or hire a financial consultant and/or accountant.

When you decide whether to manage it yourself or hire an expert, you will then decide on an accounting system that works for your business. After that, decide whether your business should use cash or accrual accounting.

Open Business Banking Accounts

You should open both a business checking account and a business savings account; having an entirely separate business banking system is important. You should also consider opening a business credit card. This will help you manage all of your business-related expenses, which you can use as deductions when filing for your taxes.

Don’t Forget to Pay Yourself

Last but not least, you need to establish guidelines on how you pay yourself as a small business owner. You are doing the hard work as the brain and heart of the organization, so you deserve a slice of the pie — and not a small one. You need to pay yourself enough so you’re not eating cereal every night for dinner, but not too much that your business checking account doesn’t have enough to cover that client coffee date. It’s a fine balance.

This article was originally published on the Incfile Blog

Lisa Crocco is a marketer for an international food manufacturer by day and a freelance writer/marketer for startups & small businesses by night. She’s She’s written for outlets like USAToday College, Career Contessa, Cloudpeeps, and Fairygodboss. 

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Benefits of SIP Termination Systems

Today, businesses cannot survive without efficient communication with partners and clients. In the digital age, landline systems of the past have become largely obsolete. You may often hear of VoIP and SIP as two major tech phenomena facilitating calls over the web, often for free.

Voice over IP is a well-known technology for Internet-based calling.
We all know that Skype users can call and see each other, and instant messengers offer similar features free of charge. When two people are online, they can talk freely. But what if you need to reach a cell phone number from an Internet-connected device? This is where SIP termination comes into play. If you choose your provider correctly, the benefits will be tangible.

The Term

The abbreviation stands for session initiation protocol, and termination refers to outbound calling. This option enables outgoing calls from Internet-based telephone systems to regular ones, whether cellular, or PSTN (public switched telephone network).

This way, you can make voice calls from your IP-based device (VoIP) to external phone networks anywhere on the planet. This outgoing call option is opposite to SIP origination, which refers to incoming calls to VoIP devices. A special number, referred to as either DID or DDI, will be assigned, and it is suitable for anyone who calls you, whether using a cell phone or PTSN.

When such a call is received, it is directed to your SIP user or IP address and can be answered from a VoIP/SIP device.


Advantages to Consider

1. Cost-cutting

The first obvious advantage of using the service is saving on communication costs, which are often significant, especially for international calls. You will be able to contact your partners, both locally and overseas, at a reduced cost.
For example, if you are based in the USA, but communicate with partners in Asia, they may call you on your DID number, which will cost them less. Meanwhile, you will be receiving calls in your American office via IP technology. You may be offered an unlimited number of channels that can be active at the same time, with payment per minute.

Tariffs generally depend on the following factors:


● the provider,
● the number of active lines (unless unlimited),
● the destination country,
● the city,
● the receiver’s mobile operator.

2. Format Diversity

SIP termination will make possible not only voice calls. The service may include extra features, such as video conferencing, instant messaging, streaming media, and even online games.

3. Expanded Reach and Flexibility

There are clear benefits for any company, regardless of type or size. SIP termination offers a market opportunity that should not be overlooked. Multinationals, airports, banks, and hotels are embracing the technology.

Overall, SIP systems are becoming increasingly widespread, and for a good reason. They help companies of any size and sector to streamline communication with partners and customers. SIP enables effortless communication between regular phones and IP-based devices with no geographical constraints.

US Businesses Allowing Remote Working

The rise of cloud computing and teleconferencing represent both the biggest opportunity for growth as well as the most significant organizational challenge to companies around the world, according to new research from Condeco’s new research paper, The Modern Workplace 2019: People, places & technology, involving 750 corporate leaders. The full report can be downloaded here. Among the countries in the survey, remote working is particularly prevalent in Australia (45 per cent) with the US tied for being the country with the second most amount of companies allowing remote work (43 percent) and least widespread is Germany (35 per cent). However, US businesses were least likely to offer flextime (49 percent), while those in Singapore were most likely (66 percent). In addition, 43 percent of US business forecast that they will allow more remote working in the next year while only 9 percent have indicated that they will offer less remote working, a clear indicator that remote working is a major trend in America. 54 percent of US companies have said that they offer remote working to increase employee retention, which showcases employees increasing demands to work from home.

While recognizing digital transformation as crucial to their future success, 60 percent of those who participated express concern over the speed with which new technologies are reshaping their businesses. They are increasingly preoccupied with issues related to cloud computing, the internet of things, and big data.These technology challenges are contributing significantly to the changing nature of the corporate environment, the report finds. Cloud computing in particular has made it possible for increasing numbers of employees to work remotely and flexibly meaning that the central company workspace is rapidly becoming an administrative hub, rather than a traditional central focus where everyone gathers during set hours. The demands of regulation and compliance are also adding to the burden felt by businesses as they face the future. Condeco’s report is based on an in-depth survey of business leaders in six countries, including the United States, backed by qualitative interviews. Respondents overall say the biggest challenges facing their organizations in the next 12 months are digital transformation (37 percent) and the adoption of new technology (35 percent).

Across all countries surveyed, access to talent supply (26 per cent) and regulation and compliance (24 per cent) are considered greater organizational challenges than business uncertainty (22 per cent). Welcome to the flexible working revolution. Almost half of global businesses surveyed (41 percent) say they already offer some degree of remote working, while three-fifths (60 percent) provide flextime opportunities, allowing employees to choose when to start and end their workday. “The research clearly shows that businesses are in the process of transforming their workplaces digitally, which enables them to transform the way that they are used physically,” said Paul Statham, CEO of Condeco.”Today’s technology allows for space to be used more flexibly and for employees to work remotely. This benefits businesses by maximizing office space, reducing costs and by keeping employees engaged and productive.”

The end of meeting-room culture? When employees do go into the office, it is most often for meetings with colleagues and customers. Yet the researchers discovered that finding, booking and using meeting rooms is a consistent point of organizational tension, even as more people are working remotely. Fewer than a quarter of those surveyed (23 percent) say that their employees have access to meeting rooms whenever they need them; however, the US leads the world with 31 percent, compared to just 9 percent in Singapore. Only a third of respondents (31 percent) currently use specialist meeting-room scheduling software to help make efficient use of their available space. Some of those surveyed believed that there was an opportunity to use artificial intelligence to book and use meeting rooms more effectively.

“AI can release individuals from routine, repetitive tasks at work and free them up for more value-adding and enriching activities. That’s why it is likely to play an important role in meeting room booking software,” said Peter Otto, Chief Product Officer at Condeco. Businesses are only just beginning to realize the extent to which the need for co-workers to meet in person is a thing of the past, as new conferencing systems enable teams to maintain real-time collaboration and conversation across vast distances and multiple time zones.“Ultimately new technology will enable businesses to allocate their resources and time more effectively,” said Otto.“There is also a role it can play in gathering data, but companies need to be aware of the ethical and privacy aspects of using it in this way and be prepared to be fully transparent in communicating what they are doing to their employees.”

US leaders prepare for the future While a fifth of business leaders worldwide (22 per cent) said that uncertainty was a concern for them, less than one fifth of American business leaders (16 percent) echoed this. The most-common concern for US respondents is technology adoption (45 percent) and talent supply (30 percent), suggesting that businesses are expecting these to be major issues over the next year. Only 11 percent of US business cited access to capital as their top organizational concern.

Can Facebook’s Libra Make Cryptocurrency Mainstream?

When Facebook announced plans for a stablecoin called Libra, the reaction from the cryptocurrency world ranged somewhere between skeptical and cautiously optimistic.

But, regardless of any specific merits of Facebook’s version of a digital coin, the social-media giant’s move could help speed the adoption of cryptocurrency to a larger audience, says Kirill Bensonoff, a serial entrepreneur and an expert in blockchain.

The biggest issue now is that most people are not familiar with crypto; they think it’s difficult to use, and they may not trust it,” Bensonoff says. “Facebook will put a digital wallet on many phones and computers, and sending payments with crypto will become commonplace.”

Facebook’s Libra is proposed as a stablecoin, which is a form of cryptocurrency. Using Libra, people would be able to buy things or send money to others while paying, at most, minor fees. Unlike other cryptocurrencies such as , the value of stablecoins is tied to an asset such as gold, the U.S. dollar, the Euro or other currencies.

Facebook won’t have complete control of Libra. It’s just part of a bigger group of partners that’s creating the stablecoin.

What might all this mean for the future of cryptocurrencies – and for the average person who still knows little about them? Bensonoff says a few things worth knowing about Libra in particular and stablecoins in general include:

Bringing stability to cryptocurrency. As the name implies, the idea of stablecoins is to bring more stability – and more peace of mind for wary investors – to the world of cryptocurrency. “I don’t think Facebook will bring stability immediately,” Bensonoff says. “I believe it’s going to take a lot more in terms of mass adoption, but Libra could be a step in the right direction.”

The SEC’s view. Regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission have been eyeing stablecoins with the possibility that some of them could be classified as securities. “That could put stablecoins in the same category as stocks, subject to the registration, disclosures, and accreditation of investors that demands,” Bensonoff says.

Will Libra replace PayPal? Maybe not, considering that PayPay is one of the founding members of Libra, Bensonoff says. “I think they will have some influence on the direction,” he says. “However, crypto in general is a threat to all existing payment processors, including PayPal. I believe PayPal is smart and will adopt and accept crypto payments, and they will figure out a way to monetize it. The downside for them is they won’t be able to charge nearly as much as they do now.”

“I believe Libra is going to have a positive impact in terms of awareness, adoption and interest in cryptocurrency from both businesses and consumers,” Bensonoff says. “But at the same time, with that could come more regulatory scrutiny.”

About Kirill Bensonoff

Kirill Bensonoff has over 20 years experience in entrepreneurship, technology and innovation as a founder, advisor and investor in over 30 companies. He’s the CEO of OpenLTV, which gives investors across the world access to passive income, collateralized by real estate, powered by blockchain. In the information technology and cloud services space, Kirill founded U.S. Web Hosting while still in college, was co-founder of ComputerSupport in 2006, and launched Unigma in 2015. All three companies had a successful exit. As an innovator in the blockchain and DLT space, Kirill launched the crypto startup Caviar in 2017 and has worked to build the blockchain community in Boston by hosting the Boston Blockchain, Fintech and Innovation Meetup. He is also the producer and host of The Exchange with KB podcast and leads the Blockchain + AI Rising Angel.co syndicate. Kirill earned a B.S. degree from Connecticut State University, is a graduate of the EO Entrepreneurial Masters at MIT, and holds a number of technical certifications. He has been published or quoted in Inc., Hacker Noon, The Street, Forbes, Huffington Post, Bitcoin Magazine and Cointelegraph and many others.

One Hour Translation: Google Wins the Battle of Real Time Voice Translators

OHT used expert in-house linguists to compare the performance of Skype Translator, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri in translating business and tourism expressions from English into Japanese, French, German and Spanish and vice versa

On average across languages, Google scored the highest – 4.54 out of 6, Skype second (4.32) and Siri third (4.09). Google was the best in Japanese (4.01), German (4.5) and Spanish (4.8), while Siri led in French (4.87) 

Google Assistant is the top performing real time voice translator, according to a benchmark conducted by One Hour Translation (OHT), an online platform which provides translations in more than 100 languages and 3,000 language pairs.

With demand for real time voice translation on the rise, OHT decided to test out the leading services: Skype Translator (run by Microsoft Translate), Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, and rank them for accuracy.

With the help of expert in-house linguists OHT took 16 business and 10 tourism expressions and translated them from English into Japanese, French, German and Spanish and vice versa. The same sentences were then given to real time voice translator devices, apps and digital assistants to see just how they performed. The results were rated by the linguists on a scale of 0 to 6.

On average across languages, Google scored the highest – 4.54 out of 6, Skype second (4.32) and Siri third (4.09). Google was the best in three out of the four languages – Japanese (4.01), German (4.5) and Spanish (4.8), while Siri led in French (4.87).  Overall Japanese was the hardest language to translate with an average score of 3.7.  French was the easiest language for the instant voice translator devices to translate with an average of 4.75, followed by Spanish (4.54) and German (4.41).

“The real time voice translators were more accurate in translating tourism related experssions in comparison to business expressions” said Yaron Kaufman, chief marketing officer and co-founder of OHT. He attributed this to the use of a lot of business-related abbreviations which are not easily recognized by real time voice devices. Kaufman added that “despite the recent improvements in all of the assistants we tested, real time voice translations still cannot be relied on for business related content.”

Some examples of the sentences: “Stay on budget for this campaign, we can’t have it affecting our ROI”; “R&D are cutting too many corners, the product is undeployable”;  “Schedule a meeting between your CMO and our product manager”; “Do you have any allergies? This dish contains peanuts and avocado”; “I need to find the fastest way to the airport, my plane is leaving soon”; “My travel insurance should cover that bill.”

There are also new developments on the horizon in the field of real time voice translation. Among other advancements, Amazon is planning to release a DIY toolkit for creating translation apps and Xiaomi has released a new and advanced physical device for real time translations.

About One Hour Translation

One Hour Translation (OHT) believes that businesses should be able to reach any customer, anywhere, anytime, with no language barriers.

One Hour Translation’s AI powered cloud-based translation management platform, HALO,  helps enterprise customers reduce overhead by automating their translation process and workflow. HALO combines automated workflows, Neural Machine Translation (NMT) and professional translation services, to process all of the enterprise content quickly and easily via API/WEB. A dedicated NMT engine is automatically trained as the translations proceed and as a result the project’s cost keeps decreasing while translation speed improves. HALO is easy to implement and use, encrypted, secured and allows the enterprise to use any mix of its translators and reviewers with those of OHT, as well as any mix of NMTs for optimal quality and cost. The platform also allows OHT to manage a company’s resources and in-house budgets earmarked for translation in order to obtain the best possible results.

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ATHEN JOINS AIR ITALY NETWORK

Athens joins Air Italy network thanks to new agreement with Aegean Airlines

Air Italy US passengers can reach Athens via seamless connection in Malpensa. Athens easily reachable via Milan for Air Italy customers from central and southern Italy

Starting from today, Air Italy has added Athens as a new destination to its network, thanks to the signing of a new Special Prorate Agreement with Aegean Airlines.

Air Italy passengers travelling from our four US destinations – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and New York – and from Toronto can now easily reach the Greek capital via Air Italy’s Milan Malpensa hub, continuing with flights directly to Athens on Aegean Airlines.

In addition, all Air Italy customers departing from the main airports of central and southern Italy, such as Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia will now have the opportunity to fly Athens via Malpensa.

Rossen Dimitrov, Air Italy’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “This partnership between Air Italy and Aegean Airlines offers significant new travel opportunities for the passengers of both carriers, adding a wide range of options and attractive destinations to both airlines.

“With a large Greek expatriate population in the United States and many Greeks wanting to access our Italian and US destinations, I’m confident this new SPA will bring many benefits to both carriers as well as countless passengers of both airlines.

“We are very proud to welcome the passengers of Aegean, traveling from Athens, on board our Air Italy flights, connecting via Malpensa to Rome, Naples, Catania, Palermo, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia, to discover the best of our “Bel Paese”.”

“And we are just as pleased to host them on our new intercontinental flights, where they can experience the extreme comfort of our long-haul Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with our new service for both Business and Economy Class.”

Business Class customers on board the new Air Italy intercontinental flights can enjoy Air Italy’s completely new on-board business product, that was revealed just this spring on the first Milan-Los Angeles flight.

Featuring an entirely new tableware, in-flight dining menus, cutlery and chinaware that have all been specially crafted to meet travellers’ expectations, Air Italy’s Business Class passengers will also enjoy an even more elevated experience thanks to the introduction of a dining-on-demand service.

“Complementing our new product, we have our new dine-on-demand service, meaning our Business Class customers can select from our extensive à la carte menu at any time, and in any order, to create their own unique dining experience – all of which delivers yet again on our brand promise as we help our customers to – Imagine The World Differently,” added Mr Dimitrov.

Air Italy’s customers can also take advantage of the Wi-Fi service, an extensive inflight entertainment service and the personalized attention of the on-board staff.

URL : http://press.airitaly.com/athens-joins-air-italy-network-thanks-to-new-agreement-with-aegean-airlines/