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LOVE | TWELVE, APRIL 2018

6 Apr 2018,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Alexa For Business - Many of us are familiar with how we can use voice commands with Alexa at home, but Amazon Alexa is helping save time in the workplace by acting as an intelligent assistant. Alexa can handle tedious tasks like managing schedules, keeping track of to-do lists, setting reminders, ordering supplies or even dialing into conference calls, allowing people to stay focused on more important tasks.

 

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KNOW | TWELVE, APRIL 2018

Rumors point to cheaper iPads and MacBooks this year

Rumor has it that Apple may lower prices on iPads and MacBooks this year. The MacBook Air is also rumored to be receiving a less-expensive refresh. The latest report comes from DigiTimes, which has reported that Apple will launch a new 13.3-inch “entry-level” MacBook late in Q2 this year, though its screen size suggests it may be an updated version of the Air, since the MacBook only comes with a 12-inch display. The timeline also matches with WWDC in June.

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KNOW | TWELVE, MARCH 2018

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to partner on US employee health care

A partnership has been announced between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to cut health-care costs and improve services for their U.S. employees. Together these giant companies employ more than 1.1 million workers and will team up to target technology solutions to simplify the health-care system and remove profit-making incentives. Following the announcement shares of Berkshire and J.P. Morgan fell slightly, while Amazon edged higher. Principals of Amazon, Berkshire and J.P. Morgan noted that the way it will work remains to be seen but they're hoping that their sheer size will help bring the necessary scale and resources to tackle the issue.

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KNOW | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2017

Asana for Gmail: The Best of Both Worlds

Asana has been working with the G Suite team and just released the Asana for Gmail add on. With this add-on you can turn your emails into actionable tasks that are tracked in Asana without leaving your inbox. We all spend a significant part of our day in email and these emails often come in fast and furious. So you turn your attention to the new email and forget about the one you were working on. Emails fall through the cracks like this all the time and it can quickly derail work.

Email wasn’t built for tracking to-dos or managing projects and that’s where Asana comes in. Asana is built to help teams plan, manage, and track work and by combining the two in this new Asana for Gmail add-on, you’ll be able to send emails to Asana and get the best of both worlds. Directly within Gmail, you can now turn an email into a task, assign it to yourself or a teammate, set a due date, add it to a project, and include attachments. Once an email and a task are linked, any actions taken in either Gmail or Asana will automatically appear in the Asana sidebar in Gmail or the task in Asana. This add-on will help you turn any email communication into actionable work. https://blog.asana.com/2017/10/emails-tasks-gmail-asana-integration/ 

 

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KNOW | TWELVE, OCTOBER 2017

5 Oct 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

The $5 billion battle for Amazon's new HQ is getting even more heated

Amazon is planning a 50,000 person headquarters and bidding for the site is intensifying. While New York is doubling down on their bid on the estimated $5 billion dollar headquarters both Boston and Los Angeles are facing pushback from local residents who are concerned that overcrowding and an increase in the cost of living could affect them as it has Seattle.

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KNOW | TWELVE, JULY 2017

New analysis of GOP health-care bill says 13 million more would become uninsured, fewer than CBO estimate. 

A report issued by the Office of the Chief Actuary of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services states that by 2026 there would be 13 million more Americans without health insurance with the House's Obamacare replacement bill, the AHCA.  This number is 10 million fewer people lacking health insurance in the next decade than had been estimated by the Congressional Budget Office. However, the report also projects higher premiums for many customers of individual health plans.

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