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  • Sonos CEO apologizes for confusion, says legacy products will work ‘as long as possible’
    by Chris Welch on January 23, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge Sonos CEO Patrick Spence just published a statement on the company’s website to try to clear up an announcement made earlier this week: on Tuesday, Sonos announced that it will cease delivering software updates and new features to its oldest products in May. The company said those devices should continue functioning properly in the near term, but it wasn’t enough to prevent an uproar from longtime customers, with many blasting Sonos for what they perceive as planned obsolescence. That frustration is what Spence is responding to today. “We heard you,” is how Spence begins the letter to customers. “We did not get this right from the start.” Spence apologizes for any confusion and reiterates that the so-called legacy products will “continue... Continue reading…

  • How to delete Cortana recordings and protect your privacy
    by Monica Chin on January 23, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge If you use a PC, Xbox, or other Microsoft device, chatting with Cortana can be an easy way to get things done while your hands are occupied. But as with all voice assistants, beware of corporate snooping. In August, Motherboard discovered that Microsoft contractors listen to recordings of Cortana voice commands, sometimes from personal computers and browsers with little security. Cortana recordings are now transcribed in “secure facilities,” according to Microsoft. But the transcription program is still in place, which means someone, somewhere still might be listening to everything you say to your voice assistant. Don’t worry: if this creeps you out, you can delete your recordings. Here’s how. The first step is to open a Windows PC and... Continue reading…

  • Samsung’s next foldable may have an ‘ultra thin’ glass display
    by Jay Peters on January 23, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Image: 王奔宏 via Weibo We first heard last month that Samsung’s rumored new foldable, possibly called the Galaxy Z Flip, will apparently fold clamshell-style similar to Motorola’s upcoming Razr and might have a glass screen. Today, leaker Max Weinbach of XDA Developers shared a few more rumors about that glass screen on Twitter. According to Weinbach, the phone’s OLED screen will use a type of glass that Samsung may call “Samsung Ultra Thin Glass.” Leaker Ice Universe used similar language last month, saying that the phone would have “an ultra-thin glass cover,” and we noted last month that Samsung has applied for a trademark for the term in Europe. Weinbach also says that the upcoming foldable will have a crease in the middle — which you can see in the image... Continue reading…

  • Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked
    by Daniel Oberhaus on January 23, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    After Fukushima, the country opted to decommission its nuclear reactors. The US has a lot to learn from what happened next.

  • Layoffs hit Q&A startup Quora
    by Lucas Matney on January 23, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Quora, a 10-year-old question-and-answer startup based in Mountain View, is laying off staff in its Bay Area and New York offices, the company’s CEO announced on the site today. Like other startup leaders being pushed by investors to focus more heavily on cash flow, CEO Adam D’Angelo wrote that the layoffs and “organizational changes” were

Staffing News

  • Staffing Employment Lower Than Expected in January
    by Nick Montgomery on January 22, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, January 2019 Staffing jobs for the week of Jan. 6–12 surged 6.0% from the prior week, increasing to a value of 87, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Survey respondents cited the lingering effect of the holidays as a factor impeding further growth. Staffing employment was down 7.2% from the... The post Staffing Employment Lower Than Expected in January appeared first on American Staffing Association.

  • Protect Your Firm Against Payroll Check Fraud
    by Nick Montgomery on January 17, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Sorry, the content you’ve selected is for members only. Maybe it’s time to join! Or if you’re already a member, please log in. Join today to get access to all of ASA’s legal information and resources for members. The ASA legal team works hard to keep members informed about the laws and regulations that impact their... The post Protect Your Firm Against Payroll Check Fraud appeared first on American Staffing Association.

  • New Preregistration for H-1B Cap Cases Subject to the Lottery
    by Nick Montgomery on January 15, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    The Form I-9 is a complicated two-page document that is accompanied by a 65-page handbook explaining how to complete it. There are many facets of I-9 completion that are unique to staffing firms. E-Verify is an Internet-based system maintained by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that allows businesses to verify the work eligibility of employees. The American Staffing Association offers this document to address the Form I-9 and E-Verify issues that staffing firms face most frequently. The post New Preregistration for H-1B Cap Cases Subject to the Lottery appeared first on American Staffing Association.

  • Michigan Confirms That Temporary Employees Are Not Eligible for Paid Medical Leave
    by Nick Montgomery on January 15, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Sorry, the content you’ve selected is for members only. Maybe it’s time to join! Or if you’re already a member, please log in. Join today to get access to all of ASA’s legal information and resources for members. The ASA legal team works hard to keep members informed about the laws and regulations that impact their... The post Michigan Confirms That Temporary Employees Are Not Eligible for Paid Medical Leave appeared first on American Staffing Association.

  • DOL Issues Final Joint Employer Rules, Acknowledging and Reflecting ASA Input
    by Nick Montgomery on January 13, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    The Form I-9 is a complicated two-page document that is accompanied by a 65-page handbook explaining how to complete it. There are many facets of I-9 completion that are unique to staffing firms. E-Verify is an Internet-based system maintained by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that allows businesses to verify the work eligibility of employees. The American Staffing Association offers this document to address the Form I-9 and E-Verify issues that staffing firms face most frequently. The post DOL Issues Final Joint Employer Rules, Acknowledging and Reflecting ASA Input appeared first on American Staffing Association.