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By Steven P.
Amazon is offering Prime at 50% off for government assistance recipients
by Steven Parker
Image via Polygon Amazon has announced that it is discounting Prime membership for low-income US residents that are receiving government assistance with a EBT or Medicaid card. The company hopes to tap into a market which finds Prime membership costs too prohibitive.
The discount will knock a massive 50% off of the total cost of Prime, bringing the price down from $12.99 to $5.99 per month. Over the course of the year, this will save customers $84. Amazon Prime offers customers several perks including free delivery on millions of items (including groceries), plus access to a selection of online films and TV shows at no extra charge.
This is just one of several moves that Amazon has taken to encourage budget-conscious the poorer members of society to get onto its platform. The first step was to allow customers to pay on a monthly basis instead of paying out one large sumpayment on a yearly basis; an R.W. Baird study found that this move saw Prime membership growth become the strongest in households making less than $50,000 per annum.
When you sign up through this method, you will have to provide details and a copy of your valid government assistance program card, such as an EBT or Medicaid card, and the first 30 days are free, after which it'll cost $5.99/month. You can quit at anytime during the free triaail.
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Snap: Gen Z set to drive post-pandemic recovery with tech
by Paul Hill
Snap Inc, the firm behind Snapchat, has been working with Oxford Economics to see how Generation Z will drive the post-pandemic recovery by leveraging their skills in the digital economy. The firm said that the current narrative around Gen Z suggests that the members of the cohort face a future of uncertainty, but its report actually found that members have a case for being optimistic about the future.
Unlike any generation before it, Gen Z has grown up with technology having been born between 1997 and 2012 and is, therefore, more comfortable with its use than previous generations. According to the research, these digital skills will help Gen Z become the “dominant force” in the workplace. In Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States - the nations that were looked at in this study - there will be 87 million workers from Gen Z by 2030, three times more than today.
With the coronavirus accelerating the shift to home working, it will be more important that employees have digital skills. With Gen Z growing up around technology, they’re more likely to have these skills. According to the report, Gen Z is more likely to have skills such as agility, curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving which will be in demand in tomorrow’s job market.
With their success in the workplace, they also become one of the main drivers of consumer spending which forecasts suggesting they’ll spend $3.1 trillion in the aforementioned markets in the year 2030.
As we’ve seen in previous years, smartphones became more easily adopted by the youngest adult generations before being adopted by those in older age groups. Snap says that augmented reality will be similar and that Gen Z will be the generation that begins adopting the technology first. It said by 2023, the AR market is expected to increased four-fold and will transform healthcare, education, architecture, entertainment, and manufacturing fields. Snap said jobs in AR are becoming more popular and tend to favour Gen Z.
If you’d like to read the full 50-page report, you can download it now in English, French, German, and Dutch.
By Richard C.
Since installing the 20h2 (or maybe slightly before, however it's roughly when this started) I've noticed that if intermittently the system hangs after posting but before starting to boot. This seems to happen if the system has been running for a long time (say 5 hours or so) between restarts. I disabled my bios logo to see if this was an issue with the bios or after the bios has handed control to windows. And the hanging occurs after the windows boot logo shows, but before the spinning circle appears, which spins round once or twice and the I can login as normal.
I've tried changing a few things (such as disabling legacy csm) and it hasn't seemed to of helped. There are no obvious error messages showing in the reliability centre or event logs.
What's the next to resolving this? Is anyone else having this issue too?
By Namerah S
Instacart to start accepting EBT SNAP food stamps as payment
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Same-day grocery delivery app Instacart has announced a new initiative to help make its services more accessible. The move comes in partnership with ALDI, a German discount supermarket chain. As a result of this joint venture, customers will soon be able to use EBT SNAP (Electronic Benefit Transfer and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamps to make payments for their grocery orders.
In order to make payments with EBT SNAP, users will have to select eligible products from ALDI on Instacart. Qualifying products mainly include items such as fresh foods and pantry staples. Customers will also be able to decide how much of their EBT benefits would they like to spend on the purchase.
Nilam Ganenthiran, President of Instacart, commented on the newly added payment method:
Instacart is planning to launch the EBT SNAP initiative in the weeks to come. Initially, Instacart users situated in Georgia will be able to use food stamps to pay at over 60 ALDI branches. In the later months, this will be increased to include residents of Illinois, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania who will be able to use their EBT SNAP benefits at over 570 outlets in said states.
For more information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), readers can visit the official benefits government website.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
Snapchat now lets users scan food and wine labels
by Usman Khan Lodhi
The Scan feature on Snapchat is pretty helpful, as it lets users identify songs playing in the background, courtesy of a partnership with Shazam, roughly 400 breeds of dogs, and 90% of "all known plants and trees".
Now, Snapchat is adding support for food and wine labels to its visual search lineup, with the app's in-app camera now being able to scan packaged food and wine labels to surface information regarding the product. The feature should work like other standalone food and wine apps, which display nutritional details when barcodes are scanned via the camera.
Snapchat's Nutrition Scanner, powered by Yuka, will let users scan about one million food products, and display ratings on the quality of ingredients in many packaged foods. The rating is based on the product's basic nutritional content, presence of additives, and its organic nature. Information about 12 million types of wine labels has been taken from Vivino, an online wine marketplace.
Last week, Snapchat also added the ability to add music to Snaps for iOS users and said it was working on letting users create custom sounds to add to their stories.