Free Software – Unix Pimps http://unixpimps.org/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:39:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://unixpimps.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Free Software – Unix Pimps http://unixpimps.org/ 32 32 Beware of Psiphon, the CIA’s tech tool to support and foment global protests https://unixpimps.org/beware-of-psiphon-the-cias-tech-tool-to-support-and-foment-global-protests/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:39:00 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/beware-of-psiphon-the-cias-tech-tool-to-support-and-foment-global-protests/ By Kit Klarenberg Since foreign-backed unrest broke out in Iran in mid-September, Western news outlets have frequently highlighted the role of Psiphon, a free, open-source smartphone application and computer program that allows users to bypass restrictions on websites and online resources in helping troublemakers to organize and coordinate their activities and to send and receive […]]]>

By Kit Klarenberg

Since foreign-backed unrest broke out in Iran in mid-September, Western news outlets have frequently highlighted the role of Psiphon, a free, open-source smartphone application and computer program that allows users to bypass restrictions on websites and online resources in helping troublemakers to organize and coordinate their activities and to send and receive messages to and from the outside world.

In the process, Psiphon has received untold amounts of influential free advertising, and some Iranians — along with residents of wider West Asia — will no doubt have been encouraged to download the software.

However, not a single mainstream source has yet acknowledged Psiphon’s ghostly origins, let alone the malevolent goals it serves and the sinister ends to which it can be put by its sponsors in the American intelligence community.

Psiphon was launched in 2009. Stated to support anti-government elements in countries the company considers “enemies of the internet,” the resource uses a combination of secure communication and obfuscation technologies, including VPNs, web proxies, and Secure Shell (SSH) protocols. ), allowing users to effectively set up their own private servers that their own government cannot monitor.

During Psiphon’s lifetime, it was funded and distributed by a variety of haunted organizations.

For example, for several years it was sponsored by ASL19, which was founded in 2013 by an Iranian expat Ali Bangi to capitalize on the huge US funds that poured into “internet freedom” initiatives after the Arab Spring.

A June 2011 New York Times investigation into Washington’s push for “internet freedom” concluded that all of these efforts are aimed at deploying “shadow” internet and cellular systems that dissidents can use to get out of the reach of governments in to communicate with countries like Iran, Syria and Libya. ”

Bangi’s closeness to the US government was made abundantly clear when he attended the annual White House Nowruz celebration in 2016, which was invariably a coming-out party for elite, state-sponsored “regime change” activists.

Such high-profile performances, coupled with his status as a fixture at tech conferences and digital rights events, cemented his place as a “rock star” figure within the Iranian diaspora community.

Bangi was nevertheless forced to resign from ASL19 in 2018 after ending up in court in Canada on charges of sexual assault and violent incarceration.

A resulting profile in the tech industry magazine The Verge claimed he had encouraged a culture of widespread drug use, sexism, harassment and bullying within the organization, with female employees a particular target of his ire. On several occasions he has been aggressive and even violent towards employees.

In 2019, after Bangi and ASL19 were out of the picture, Psiphon began receiving millions from the Open Technology Fund, set up seven years earlier by Radio Free Asia (RFA), which in turn was funded by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1948. was founded after it was officially authorized to engage in “black operations” including propaganda, economic warfare, sabotage, subversion and “support of underground resistance movements”.

In 2007, the CIA website ranked RFA and other “psychological warfare” initiatives such as Radio Free Europe and Voice of America as “the longest-running and most successful covert action campaigns” it has ever conducted.

Today, RFA is an asset of the US Agency for Global Media, which is funded by the US Congress with hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Its CEO has acknowledged that the organization’s priorities “reflect US national security interests.”

OTF was one of several initiatives that emerged from Washington’s aforementioned push for “internet freedom”.

Individuals closely involved in the realization of this desire have no illusions about the true reason for being they serve. In February 2015, Jillian York, a member of the OTF Advisory Board, stated that she “fundamentally” believes that “internet freedom” is “at its core a regime change agenda.”

OTF, the brainchild of a US intelligence-created “psychological warfare” platform, sheds light on a key purpose of Psiphon — ensuring that citizens of countries caught in the crosshairs of ongoing US-led “regime change” efforts continue to have access to Western state propaganda.

A November 2019 US Agency for Global Media fact sheet on “OTF supported tools” gives Psiphon the highest rating.

“OTF provides assistance to USAGM networks in protecting their online content and ensuring it is resistant to censorship. For example, when USAGM news sites were abruptly shut down in Pakistan, OTF created mirror sites to ensure USAGM content remained available to key audiences… OTF provides emergency support to independent media and journalists facing digital attacks to get back online to go and mitigate future attacks. It says.

A May 2020 OTF report on “highlights and challenges” from the year to date also notes that “veteran circumvention tool provider” Psiphon ensures USAGM-published content – ​​which includes Voice of America Farsi – reaches audiences in countries where they are prohibited.

Similarly, following the British state broadcaster’s ban in Russia in March, a dedicated section of the BBC’s website provided explanatory guidance on how residents can download the app across Android, Apple and Windows.

Should users “find it difficult” to access Psiphon through mainstream app stores, they are asked to send a blank message to a listed email address to receive “a direct and secure download link”.

In Iran, such benefit is no doubt equally invaluable given that hostile media outlets such as the BBC and RFA paint a completely one-sided picture of the unfolding unrest, portraying violent, inciting actions by anti-government elements as peaceful while completely ignoring far larger ones pro-government popular demonstrations.

Another core strength of Psiphon, from the perspective of Western power, is that it routes all user data to and through centralized servers owned by the company itself.

While individuals’ activities on the network may be shielded from the prying eyes of their own government, Psiphon can track what websites they visit and how they communicate in real time.

This allows foreign actors to keep tabs on demonstrators and protest movements and respond accordingly.

Psiphon’s meddling in Iran has long been public knowledge. Back in 2013, the company published a blog hailing the “particularly big impact” it was having in the country “coinciding with the (Iranian) presidential elections.”

While Psiphon acknowledged that Tehran has “always been a big challenge for us,” Psiphon boasted that its software “remained consistently available” during that time, despite repeated efforts to “severly throttle” operations.

That none of these backgrounds have appeared in any of the flattering mainstream poof tracks on Psiphon is shocking, but not surprising.

Eventually, Western news outlets will benefit materially from a US-run protection racket secretly projecting their agitprop onto untold millions of people.

And by actively engaging in a US “regime change” operation, mainstream journalists are less likely to acknowledge the reality of what is happening in Tehran, why, and who will benefit materially from the government’s overthrow. However, that is a far-fetched dream of western powers.

Kit Klarenberg is an investigative journalist and contributor to MintPresss News who examines the role of intelligence agencies in shaping policy and perception. His work has previously appeared in The Cradle, Declassified UK, Electronic Intifada, Grayzone and ShadowProof. Follow him on Twitter @KitKlarenberg.

(The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Press TV.)

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App for adding subtitles to real-time conversations goes live https://unixpimps.org/app-for-adding-subtitles-to-real-time-conversations-goes-live/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 00:21:57 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/app-for-adding-subtitles-to-real-time-conversations-goes-live/ An app that can convert speech to subtitles and translate different languages ​​with the text displayed on smart glasses has been launched worldwide. Now available on the Google Play Store, XRAI Glass uses artificial intelligence in conjunction with Nreal Smart Glasses to add closed captions to real-world conversations in real time, so those who wear […]]]>

An app that can convert speech to subtitles and translate different languages ​​with the text displayed on smart glasses has been launched worldwide.

Now available on the Google Play Store, XRAI Glass uses artificial intelligence in conjunction with Nreal Smart Glasses to add closed captions to real-world conversations in real time, so those who wear glasses can help people with hearing loss.

The technology can also translate nine of the world’s most spoken languages ​​- English, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and German – and display the text on small screens built into smart glasses connected to a smartphone.

XRAI Glass says the technology can also be used to retrieve conversations on demand, wearers can replay conversations that took place previously to review details.

The launch on Google Play follows a pilot for the software earlier this year.

Dan Scarfe, Founder and CEO of XRAI Glass, said, “We are very pleased to announce that XRAI Glass is now available globally.

“We believe this innovative technology can improve connections for millions of people with hearing loss around the world.

“We have worked closely with various partners including DeafKidz International and directly with deaf and hard of hearing individuals to test this product and we have listened and learned from all of them to create something truly life changing.

“We were excited to see how XRAI Glass can help more people than we initially thought possible, including people with neurodiversity that make it harder to understand speech and sound. The possibilities of who we can help with this technology are growing by the day.”

XRAI Glass technology is made available through a range of subscription tiers – including a free tier that gives users unlimited English transcription and the ability to save a day’s conversations.

The second tier, which costs £19.99 a month, offers unlimited transcription in nine languages, saves conversations for a month and identifies different speakers, while the ultimate Ultimate tier also offers unlimited transcription, all conversations saved forever and access to a personal one KI offers Assistant, for £49.99 a month.

Steve Crump, Founder and Chairman of DeafKidz said: “XRAI Glass software is an assistive technology that will make a real difference for deaf people and of course for deaf and hard of hearing children.

“I firmly believe that there will be a pre-XRAI and a post-XRAI timestamp that we can refer to for years to come. I can’t wait to see the impact it is having on children and their families around the world.”

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Free Floor Plan Software Market Forecast, Trend Analysis To 2028 |, Sketchup, Autocad, Civil 3d, Smartdraw, Sweet Home, Draft It, Floorplanner, Roomsketcher, Planningwiz Floor Planner, Roomle https://unixpimps.org/free-floor-plan-software-market-forecast-trend-analysis-to-2028-sketchup-autocad-civil-3d-smartdraw-sweet-home-draft-it-floorplanner-roomsketcher-planningwiz-floor-planner-roomle/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 05:04:34 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/free-floor-plan-software-market-forecast-trend-analysis-to-2028-sketchup-autocad-civil-3d-smartdraw-sweet-home-draft-it-floorplanner-roomsketcher-planningwiz-floor-planner-roomle/ New Jersey, United States – during a recently printed report by Market Research Intellect entitled “Global Free Floor Plan Software Report 2022”, analysts provided a detailed summary of World Free Floor Plan Software. The report is an exhaustive analytical study of the worldwide Free Floor Plan Software considering the expansion factors, recent trends, developments, opportunities […]]]>

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GitHub launches channel to simplify vulnerability disclosure process for open source software https://unixpimps.org/github-launches-channel-to-simplify-vulnerability-disclosure-process-for-open-source-software/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 23:52:59 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/github-launches-channel-to-simplify-vulnerability-disclosure-process-for-open-source-software/ GitHub, the world’s largest community for open source software development, has established a communication channel on the platform to make it easier for security researchers to report vulnerabilities to project maintainers. Reporting vulnerabilities has always been complicated. While researchers often feel responsible for notifying users of bugs that could be exploited, there are no clear […]]]>

GitHub, the world’s largest community for open source software development, has established a communication channel on the platform to make it easier for security researchers to report vulnerabilities to project maintainers.

Reporting vulnerabilities has always been complicated. While researchers often feel responsible for notifying users of bugs that could be exploited, there are no clear instructions on how to contact project maintainers. In addition, many open source projects are managed and supported by small cadres of volunteers who update or fix problematic code in their spare time.

Announced Wednesday at GitHub Universe 2022, a global cloud, security, community and AI developer event, the feature allows researchers to report bugs directly and privately to maintainers.

“Private Vulnerability Reporting is a collaborative solution for security researchers and open source maintainers to report and fix vulnerabilities in open source repositories. It provides a convenient, standardized, and secret way to report, assess, and remediate vulnerabilities,” GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke said in a post.

Justin Hutchings, Director of Product Management at GitHub, told SC Media that historically, security researchers have always reported the vulnerabilities on social media or even created public issues, which could potentially lead to publicity as it was difficult to provide correct contact information see Vulnerability Details Disclosure.

“If the disclosures are made public, maintainers don’t have time to fix the issues before bad actors have a chance to learn about them,” Hutchings said.

With the new feature, maintainers on the platform will be notified when a researcher reports an issue and they can either accept it, ask more questions, or deny it. This allows maintainers to have more control over how vulnerability details are communicated by researchers, while reducing instances of maintainers being contacted publicly or in unwanted ways. GitHub also believes this will reduce the likelihood of vulnerabilities being made public before they are fixed.

According to Hutchings, reporting vulnerabilities privately is free, and anyone can sign up for the public beta now. The team plans to make it generally available in early 2023.

Tim Mackey, chief security strategist at Synopsys, said the new feature is promising.

“While larger organizations likely have opportunities for researchers to responsibly report vulnerabilities, open source projects, and especially smaller open source projects, lack the resources to properly manage the workflows for receiving, responding to, and processing a security report — and do in a confidential manner,” he told SC Media in an email.

“It’s great to see GitHub taking this important step. Enabling open source contributors to easily and securely support their projects helps us all make strides toward greater security,” added Tzachi Zornstain, Head of Supply Chain Security at Checkmarx.

While having a communication channel increases the likelihood of positive outcomes in the disclosure process, Jamie Scott, founding product manager at Endor Labs, cautioned that it also comes with greater ethical responsibility in the open source community.

By collecting vulnerabilities on the platform, Scott said that GitHub now becomes “an arbiter” and “holder of a vast body of security information.” “This comes with an ethical responsibility that GitHub must take seriously to protect the information,” he told SC Media in an email.

Additionally, Scott said the community should also standardize timeframes for when the vulnerabilities should be disclosed to the public if no action is taken.

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Atlassian (TEAM) Q1 2023 https://unixpimps.org/atlassian-team-q1-2023/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 21:52:48 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/atlassian-team-q1-2023/ Scott Farquhar, co-founder and co-CEO of software company Atlassian, speaks during a jobs and skills summit at Parliament House September 1, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. The Australian Government is bringing together political, business, union and community leaders at Parliament House to address issues facing the Australian economy and workforce as inflation and interest rates continue […]]]>

Scott Farquhar, co-founder and co-CEO of software company Atlassian, speaks during a jobs and skills summit at Parliament House September 1, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. The Australian Government is bringing together political, business, union and community leaders at Parliament House to address issues facing the Australian economy and workforce as inflation and interest rates continue to rise.

Martin Olmann | Getty Images

Atlasian Shares fell as much as 22% on Thursday after the collaboration software maker reported lower earnings than analysts had expected and issued a disappointing outlook.

Here’s how the company did it:

  • Merits: 36 cents per share, adjusted, versus 38 cents per share as expected, according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $807.4 million versus $806.4 million as expected, according to Refinitiv.

According to a statement, revenue rose 31% year over year for the quarter ended Sept. 30. Net loss narrowed to $13.7 million from $411.2 million a year ago thanks to a mark-to-market accounting adjustment for strategic investments.

For the fiscal second quarter, Atlassian is expecting revenue of $835 million to $855 million, below the Refinitiv consensus of $879.2 million. The forecast assumes current macroeconomic conditions will persist for the remainder of fiscal 2023.

Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO Scott Farquhar told analysts the company is feeling the effects of a volatile global economy. The rate at which free users of Atlassian software are switching to the paid offerings is declining, as is the increase in the number of paying users among existing customers, which is slowing the pace of hiring.

Atlassian added 6,550 customers, bringing the total to 249,173. Analysts polled by StreetAccount had expected 250,700.

Farquhar said Atlassian will slow growth in its own headcount going forward.

The company’s competitive position against peers has not changed, said Cameron Deatsch, Atlassian’s chief revenue officer.

Before the after-hours slump, Atlassian’s shares were down 54% for the year, compared to a 20% decline in the S&P 500.

CLOCK: Companies like MongoDB and Atlassian are more defensive places, says Citi’s Radke

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Google Pixel 7 review: Crisp camera at a good price | Google https://unixpimps.org/google-pixel-7-review-crisp-camera-at-a-good-price-google/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 07:02:00 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/google-pixel-7-review-crisp-camera-at-a-good-price-google/ Google seems to have won again. The new Pixel 7 offers the same top-of-the-line software, camera, and intelligent AI systems that have made its phones winners, but at a price point that significantly undercuts the competition. Priced at £599 ($899 / AUD1,299) it sits between the £849 Pixel 7 Pro and the budget £399 Pixel […]]]>

Google seems to have won again. The new Pixel 7 offers the same top-of-the-line software, camera, and intelligent AI systems that have made its phones winners, but at a price point that significantly undercuts the competition.

Priced at £599 ($899 / AUD1,299) it sits between the £849 Pixel 7 Pro and the budget £399 Pixel 6a, and competes very cheaply with rivals from Samsung, Apple and others, which typically come in at £700 – 800 area.

The new phone looks like a smaller, simplified version of the Pixel 7 Pro. It has a flat 6.3-inch OLED screen that’s bright and good-looking. The screen is pretty good. It has a refresh rate of 90Hz to ensure smooth operation. But it doesn’t hit the heady 120Hz peak or dynamically adjust to save battery like Android competitors tend to do.

The Pixel 7 (left) is smaller and feels better in hand than the Pixel 7 Pro (right). Photo: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Pixel 7 is shorter, narrower, and lighter than its bigger brother and last year’s Pixel 6, which is a good thing. It makes the Pixel 7 a good balance of screen size and device size, similar to Apple’s iPhone 14.

The back of the phone has Google’s camera bar design that blends into the brushed aluminum sides. It looks and feels more premium than last year’s model.

Inside, the Pixel 7 has the same Google Tensor G2 chip as its bigger brother and performs similarly, with particularly fast AI systems like text-to-speech.

Battery life is similar to Google’s other phones, lasting around 35 hours between charges, with five hours of active screen use. That’s good enough for a day of heavy use, but falls short of the competition, some of which last close to two days.

The USB-C port on the bottom of the Pixel 7.
The Pixel 7 takes about 113 minutes to fully charge and hits 50% in 35 minutes with a 30W USB-C power adapter (not included), which isn’t overly fast compared to rivals. Photo: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

specifications

  • Screen: 6.3-inch 90Hz FHD+ OLED (416ppi)

  • Processor: Google Tensor G2

  • R.A.M: 8GB

  • Storage: 128 or 256GB

  • Operating system: Android 13

  • Camera: 50MP + 12MP Ultrawide, 10.8MP Selfie

  • Connectivity: 5G, eSIM, WiFi 6E, UWB, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 and GNSS

  • water resistance: IP68 (1.5m for 30 minutes)

  • Dimensions: 155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7mm

  • Weight: 197g

sustainability

Google doesn’t state an expected lifespan for the battery, but it should last over 500 full charge cycles at at least 80% of its original capacity. The phone is repairable by Google and third parties, with genuine replacement parts available directly from iFixit. Similar to its predecessor, Google out-of-warranty screen repairs cost around £140 and battery replacements around £100.

The Pixel 7 is made from 100% recycled aluminum, which accounts for about 19% of the phone’s weight. The company publishes environmental impact reports for some of its products. Google recycles old devices for free.

Android 13

The Pixel 7 flat on a table with the camera and fingerprint scanner active.
New this year is camera-based facial recognition and a faster in-screen fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone. Photo: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Pixel 7 runs the same version of Android 13 as the Pixel 7 Pro and Google’s other phones, with some exclusive features including the ability to use AI to blur faces and objects in the Google Photos app.

Google will provide software and security updates, including at least three major releases of Android, for at least five years. Samsung supports many of its phones for five years, while Fairphone aims for six years and Apple supports its iPhone for up to seven years.

camera

A view of a garden through the Google Camera app on a Pixel 7.
The Google Camera app has several useful tools for framing your photos, including automatic layer display and object-tracking autofocus. Photo: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Pixel 7 has two cameras on the back, including a 50-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide, which lacks the 5x telephoto lens of the Pixel 7 Pro.

The 12MP ultrawide camera produces good images with very little distortion, even at the edges. But its 0.7x magnification isn’t quite as wide as the 0.5x of the 7 Pro or rivals, so you can’t fit quite as much inside. It also lacks the ability to work as a macro camera like on the 7 Pro, which isn’t a huge loss.

The 50MP main camera is the same as the 7 Pro and it’s simply brilliant. It captures an enormous amount of detail in a wide range of lighting conditions and produces 12.5 MP images. It can also “zoom” to 2x optical magnification, which works surprisingly well and is in line with what you’d typically get from a 2x optical zoom on rivals. From there the digital zoom takes over with reasonable results at 4x but soft in detail after that.

Google’s low-light night vision mode is faster and better than ever, producing great-looking and generally sharp images in near-dark conditions. With the phone on a tripod or set up, you can even take stunning photos of the stars with a special enhanced capture.

The selfie camera captures excellent 10-megapixel images in a wide range of lighting conditions. Video recording has been improved all round up to 4K at 60 frames per second in HDR and is catching up with the competition.

Overall, the Pixel 7 has a really excellent camera for the money, the only thing really lacking is an extended zoom.

Price

The Google Pixel 7 starts at £599 ($599 / AU$999) with 128GB of storage.

For comparison, the Pixel 7 Pro costs £849, the Pixel 6a £399, the Samsung Galaxy S22 £769 and the iPhone 14 £849.

Verdict

The Pixel 7 is a great top-of-the-line Android phone at a great price.

It offers most of what makes the Pixel 7 Pro one of the best smartphones of the year, with a few corners trimmed to under £600 at a time when the tech is getting pricier, not less.

You get a good-looking, powerful device with lots of smart features and good software with at least five years of support. You will have trouble finding a camera this good for the price. The 6.3-inch screen is a good size, if not the most advanced, and the battery life is solid, if a little short of the best.

With rivals costing over £750, the Pixel 7’s biggest problem is that Google’s other cheaper phone, the Pixel 6a, offers 70% of the performance of the new phone for around £400.

Advantages: Great camera, good screen, good performance, solid battery, face and fingerprint unlock, Android 13 with five years of security updates, thoroughly undercuts the competition on price.

Disadvantages: Limited zoom, face unlock option not as secure as some competitors, battery life near best-in-class, fairly slow charging, not a huge jump in performance.

The back of the Pixel 7 shows the aluminum camera bar.
The Pixel 7’s camera bar is made of brushed aluminum and stands out from the average smartphone. Photo: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
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Colorado Springs Workers Receive Free Education Through Company Programs | Subscriber Content https://unixpimps.org/colorado-springs-workers-receive-free-education-through-company-programs-subscriber-content/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 06:00:02 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/colorado-springs-workers-receive-free-education-through-company-programs-subscriber-content/ Trinity Bastin, Elena Bautista Rios and Janet Reyes all work at Amazon’s fulfillment center near the Colorado Springs airport. When they’re not at work, they’re probably in class or taking online classes at Pikes Peak State College on the company’s bill. Bastin wants to get a degree in computer science, Bautista Rios hopes to be […]]]>

Trinity Bastin, Elena Bautista Rios and Janet Reyes all work at Amazon’s fulfillment center near the Colorado Springs airport. When they’re not at work, they’re probably in class or taking online classes at Pikes Peak State College on the company’s bill.

Bastin wants to get a degree in computer science, Bautista Rios hopes to be an elementary school teacher, and Reyes is enrolled in a general studies curriculum and plans to later major in college. All three women hope to graduate in a few years without taking out student loans, as Amazon will pay all tuition and fees up to $5,350 per year as long as they remain employed by the online retail giant.

Pikes Peak State College is among the most military-friendly schools in the country

Amazon is among a growing number of large employers offering to pay tuition and other higher education costs to attract and retain employees amid a nationwide labor shortage that is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. UCHealth also pays the cost of dozens of college programs for its employees across the state to move into higher-paying jobs, offering everything from pharmacy technician and phlebotomist certificates to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in respiratory therapy, social work, and behavioral health acquires.

Many other companies with a Colorado Springs presence — including Chipotle, Lowes, Target, Walmart, and Waste Management — offer a similar benefit through Denver-based Guild Education and its network of colleges and universities, which include the University of Denver and the College of Business belong to Colorado State University. Guild Education offers more than 2,200 academic programs through its network of higher education institutions, ranging from high school diplomas and English as a second language to software development and product management.

Rachel Romer founded Guild Education in 2015 to help employers bridge the gap between what employees want and what employers pay for when it comes to education services that help entry-level and low-income workers move into higher-paying jobs switch. The company has since raised $378.5 million in venture capital to expand its reach, and over the past year has more than doubled the number of students using its platform, which is now available to more than 5 million workers.

“Our research has shown that 63% of workers will stay with their employer if they have the opportunity for career development and career paths,” Romer said. “Companies can help by offering education and career mobility. This creates a way for employees to stay with the company.

“A key insight into Guild’s early work is that employers can help their employees avoid debt (student loans) entirely, and we’re helping employers find a way to do that.”

Debt-free education programs have been developed by Starbucks and Guild over the past decade to provide educational benefits more comprehensively than the tuition-back programs that many employers have offered for decades but were primarily used by white-collar workers. Debt-free programs appeal to a broader cross-section of the workforce because employees don’t have to find the money to pay for college tuition and books and have to wait months to get reimbursed by their employer.

“Ask a worker to pay up front (for college tuition) and then reimburse them at the end of the year often meant the workers would put that expense on a credit card or get a payday loan, so reimbursement worked for.” Salaried workers, but not entry-level workers,” Romer said. “The return on investment (from paying directly for college courses) is so high that employers should ensure every employee has this opportunity.”

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An April Harvard Business Review article written by executives from Guild and Walmart said the financial burden of enrolling in college programs is the number one barrier to enrollment and the number one reason students drop out of college. Findings from Denver-based restaurant chain Chipotle showed that employees who attend their free college education program (via Guild) are 350% more likely to stay with the company and seven times more likely to advance to management.

Amazon’s program with Pikes Peak State College, which is not operated by Guild (though the college is attempting to join the Guild program), began May 31 and has already attracted 100 students — mostly for courses in information technology, healthcare, and… general studies. said Chelsy Harris, the college’s associate vice president for strategic partnerships. The average age of program participants is 28, with the majority having little or no college experience, she said.

“You can save money by spending money on an educational grant to improve (employee) retention. It can be a win for both the employee and the company,” Harris said. “Programs like this not only help employees avoid debt (student loans), but also help them get the education they need for a job with a decent wage and advancement opportunities. It doesn’t have to be a full two or four year degree; It can be certifications that can be earned much faster.”

None of the three Amazon employees were aware of the company’s Career Choice program before taking a job at the giant fulfillment center, but all three said they will stay with the company until they graduate and maybe beyond. Bastin, 22, said that without the college payments program, she probably wouldn’t work at Amazon and will likely stay with the company if it offers her a job in her new career field after she graduates from the program.

“I’ve taken college courses in the past, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do (professionally). I finally figured it out,” Bastin told the manager, so I checked. I had read that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs are in high demand so there would be more opportunities. I enjoy having the ability to pay for my college (courses) because they are very expensive.”

Reyes, 29, wants to pursue a four-year degree but hasn’t decided what career she wants to pursue, so hasn’t decided on a major just yet. However, she eventually wants to start her own real estate business to buy homes and convert them into short-term vacation rentals.

Bautista Rios, 24, just started the early childhood education program at Pikes Peak State College but later wants to transfer to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She said her niece and nephew and love for children inspired her to become a teacher and she started taking college courses three years ago with financial support, but the Amazon program will make her graduation easier and less expensive make.

UCHealth’s Ascend program, operated by Guild, which enables entry-level and other low-paid employees to take college courses to move into higher-paying jobs, launched in February and has already attracted 126 employees in southern Colorado, including Kristine hoper The 20-year-old UCCS student, who will complete his bachelor’s degree in cellular molecular biology in December, was hired as a phlebotomist in September 2021 and completed the program’s medical assistant training; After all, she would like to use the program to train as a medical assistant.

“One of the reasons I applied to UCHealth is because I want to be a Physician Assistant and can continue working there and gain the 1,200 hours of clinical experience I need to achieve that goal. I wanted to get my foot in the door at UCHealth (as a phlebotomist) and move up the clinical ladder,” said Hoffner. “Programs like this allow companies to retain good employees and give them opportunities to grow professionally.”

Both UCCS and Pikes Peak State College have college payment programs with UCHealth and Aamazon, but neither school has made much effort to make additional such arrangements with local employers.

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However, some employers are already exploring such schemes; The Ent Credit Union, which already reimburses employees up to $10,000 a year for college courses, is considering expanding to direct course payment. Chris Beiswanger, UCCS Director of Admissions, said other companies have contacted him to learn more about the Amazon program so they can offer similar benefits to their employees, but have yet to set up or launch such a program.

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Aggie’s split duals on Saturday in Colorado https://unixpimps.org/aggies-split-duals-on-saturday-in-colorado/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 21:06:04 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/aggies-split-duals-on-saturday-in-colorado/ story links BOULDER, Col. – For the second time in as many days, the Aggies hit the pool at The Centennial State to compete. Today’s swim-only meeting consisted of a triangle match against the host Colorado School of Mines and Colorado State. The Aggies went head-to-head against the Colorado School of Mines […]]]>

BOULDER, Col. – For the second time in as many days, the Aggies hit the pool at The Centennial State to compete. Today’s swim-only meeting consisted of a triangle match against the host Colorado School of Mines and Colorado State.

The Aggies went head-to-head against the Colorado School of Mines 139-83, but NM State was outplayed by Colorado State 150-72 in their matchup.

TO BATHE

  • The highlight of the day was the final of the day as a team from Aimee Burton, Naomi Slee, Elizabeth Cervantes Vanderlugt and Lindsay Puhalski combined to set a new pool record – hitting the wall in 3:33.79.
  • A pair of Aggies impressed early on in the 200 individual layers Lindsay Puhalski finished second in the event with a time of 2:11.01 during Fay McDonagh Puhalski joined on the podium with a time of 2:12.75 and finished third.
  • Naomi Slee also finished the following event strong, finishing second in the 200 Free with a time of 1:56.18.
  • The third runner-up was the Aggies Aimee Burton Who finished runner-up in the 50-free (25.06)
  • Perhaps the most exciting finish of the day with an Aggie came in the 500 Free As Naomi Slee passed Colorado State’s Olivia Leblanc to finish first in the distance event. Slee would reach the wall at 5:10.64 – just four hundredths of a second faster than her counterpart.

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“Despite the defeat, it was a great experience for our young team today. Traveling here for two back-to-back clashes is always a big challenge and gives us a great lesson in resilience. They came together as a team and got some better results from that end of the meeting.

“The final season today was a great sign that we are on our way to doing something special at the end of the year. They buy the process and we have to keep learning and working hard to be successful at the end of the season.”

++NM State++

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Revolutionary and Affordable New Robotic System Debuts in FIRST Global Challenge 2022 = A Win for STEM Equity | news https://unixpimps.org/revolutionary-and-affordable-new-robotic-system-debuts-in-first-global-challenge-2022-a-win-for-stem-equity-news/ Thu, 13 Oct 2022 14:59:02 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/revolutionary-and-affordable-new-robotic-system-debuts-in-first-global-challenge-2022-a-win-for-stem-equity-news/ Geneva, Switzerland– October 13, 2022 – Just hours before the year 2022 FIRST Global Challenge Opening Ceremonies at Palexpo, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in partnership with DEKA Research and Development Corp. introduces the XRP (Experiential Robotics Platform), a new robotic platform poised to power the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education pipeline for generations […]]]>

Geneva, Switzerland– October 13, 2022 – Just hours before the year 2022 FIRST Global Challenge Opening Ceremonies at Palexpo, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in partnership with DEKA Research and Development Corp. introduces the XRP (Experiential Robotics Platform), a new robotic platform poised to power the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education pipeline for generations to come.

The XRP robots, which are still in beta form, are simple, inexpensive, easy to build, and just as programmable as a far more expensive robot. With built-in educational and software support, the XRP robots are designed to work autonomously, perform basic tasks, navigate by themselves, sense distance, and manipulate their environment. Simple, tool-free assembly allows for quick assembly and parts can be easily swapped out with a 3D printer. When they launch next year, they will be 7 inches by 5 inches and weigh less than 1 pound (17.78 cm by 12.7 cm, 0.45 km). about the size of a box of chocolates – costs less than $50.

“Robotics has proven extremely effective in sparking interest in broad areas of science and technology across the range of student levels from kindergarten to college, but access to affordable tools and sustainable support systems is often a barrier,” says Winston “Wole” Soboyejo, Interim President of WPI. “The XRP was designed and developed with this in mind, so that more young people from around the world could participate in the exciting activity of building and programming robots. Our world desperately needs more STEM professionals and business leaders with diverse experiences, expertise, questions and passions for labs and boardrooms – only then will we be able to create, translate and deploy new science and technologies that all work. ”

All 185 teams represent 180 nations at this year’s FIRST Global Challenge receive a free XRP to take back to their home countries. Teams are encouraged to share the kits with other schools or organizations interested in implementing or expanding robotics programs. The kits also give educators and students access to free online courses created and supported by WPI to build, program and control the robot, which they can scale using the same hardware with free software updates.

“We are at a critical time around the world when many of our most pressing problems, such as climate change, can and must be addressed by science and technology,” said Dean Kamen, a WPI alumnus and founder of FIRST Global and DEKA, who has worked with his alma mater for more than 30 years to engage and inspire young STEM enthusiasts. “The demand for this type of talent is great and having a global STEM workforce that is prepared for the future is not just a societal imperative, it’s good business. It is also important to every aspect of life on this planet that we continue to empower and encourage children by encouraging them to enjoy activities such as robotic sports. This will allow children to understand their own potential to use science – and that of science and technology – to solve the world’s big problems.”

“We considered every aspect of the design and materials to ensure it not only performs to a high standard, but also remains affordable. Having a robot that weighs and costs less than a textbook – so potentially every student in a classroom could have one – has always been our guiding principle.” – Brad Miller

The actual idea of ​​distributing an affordable robotic kit around the world dates back to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when WPI students abruptly switched to distance learning in Spring 2020 and FIRST had to have competitive robotics teams collaborate on various entries. Both had to figure out how to get distant students to design small, relatively inexpensive robots that they could get hands-on experience with. Eventually, WPI incorporated into its curriculum a commercially available robot kit that students could buy and build at home. A similar version was then used in FIRST Robotics competitions – one that could use the WPILib software for which WPI was created FIRST in 2009. From then on, WPI and DEKA Research & Development Corp. continue to work together to create the XRP and help grow the global STEM pipeline with support from an NSF grant through the organization Engineering For Us All (E4USA).

“The XRP will change the paradigm for hands-on robotics education around the world by dramatically reducing costs, expanding usage and improving curriculum support for teachers,” said David Rogers, DEKA’s Chief Development Officer, who helped develop the XRP has worked closely with WPI platform.

Unlike other platforms that require multiple upgrades to adapt to higher levels of robotics education, the common programming language used in the XRP kits also allows students to easily transition to more complicated projects.

“We considered every aspect of the design and materials to ensure that it not only performs at a high level but also remains affordable,” said Brad Miller, former director of the WPI Robotics Resource Center and senior fellow of the Global STEM Education Initiative WPI. “Having a robot that weighs and costs less than a textbook – so potentially every student in a classroom could have one – has always been our guiding principle.”

“Being able to see the results of your code running on a robot in the classroom is a way to keep and really encourage that excitement and enthusiasm in an area that can be challenging in areas with a range of obstacles can,” said Joe Doiron, director of the WPI Global Lab and Global STEM Education Initiative.

Production will be ramped up in the coming months to provide additional XRPs if needed. Meanwhile, WPI announces a major STEM initiative at both FIRST Global Challenge and XPrize Summit are also taking place in Geneva this week. The new Global STEM Education Initiative leverages the university’s expertise and resources to help other countries and underserved schools across the United States provide quality, accessible K-12 STEM education. Through the programming, activities and support of this initiative, WPI will help educators around the world bring inspiration and opportunity into their classrooms.

“If you dream big, even when you have very limited resources, the size of your dreams will determine the scale of your impact,” says Soboyejo. “To me, getting kids excited about STEM is just as important as encouraging them to dream big and surrounding themselves with people who nurture and nurture that dream.”

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Take these tech courses for free this week https://unixpimps.org/take-these-tech-courses-for-free-this-week/ Mon, 10 Oct 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://unixpimps.org/take-these-tech-courses-for-free-this-week/ photo: Fuck (Shutterstock) If you’ve been thinking about learning a new skill or already have some experience in the technical field, in this week is a good opportunity to take online tech courses for free. From Oct. 10-16the online tech learning platform plural view opens its more than 7,000 free video and interactive courses. To […]]]>

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If you’ve been thinking about learning a new skill or already have some experience in the technical field, in this week is a good opportunity to take online tech courses for free. From Oct. 10-16the online tech learning platform plural view opens its more than 7,000 free video and interactive courses. To get access, you must create an account (to the free), and you can immediately start browsing the many courses available.

What is Pluralsight?

Pluralsight is an online learning platform that provides individuals and businesses with technology skills through video learning. The platform is designIt is intended for those who are making a career change or want to teach companies in the workforce how to become more technologically savvy.

If you want to learn how to go from software developer to IT administrator, there probably is a course for you Classes come with official certificates for the skills you learn through the courses.

The online courses range from beginner to advanced classes and use a project-based, practical approach versus a more theoretical approach that you would find in a general academic classroom.

what can you learn

These are the themes that Pluralsight offers:

  • architecture and construction
  • business professional
  • Creative professional
  • data pro
  • IT operations
  • manufacturing draft
  • information and Internet security
  • software development
  • web development

After the week you can choose a plan if you decide to continue the courses. The basic “Capabilities” An individual plan starts at $29 per month and includes limited access to their library.

The technology industry has grown over the years, and its workforce has high-demand skills that are generally well paid. That could be a good way to dip your toe in the industry for free this week to see if it’s right for you.

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