Author: Catherine Amartin

Less of a Job, More of a Calling: Yunning Liu on the Significance of Good Design

UX and UI Expert Yunning Liu Guided Us Through What Makes for Usable Apps Once upon a time, there was a slim chance that the future wouldn’t be lived on computers and smartphones. But as personal tech finds more and more ways to integrate itself into daily life, that slim chance is just about nil. Many basic daily tasks rely on some form of digital capability. Whether we like it or not, life in a technologically advanced society requires interaction with digital spaces. From grocery shopping to government services, life is moving online. Different companies and agencies taking part...

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Apple Buys Shazam For $400m

Tech giant Apple has just settled on it’s latest purchase—the application Shazam, whose name is as associated to song identification as Apple’s is to computer manufacturing. It was a natural choice for Apple given the company’s recent success with their musical streaming service Apple Music—and thus this is precisely their motive. The company said in a statement that the two pairing naturally, and allow users to “shar[e] a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users.” Neither Apple nor Shazam will say how much they settled on, however the figure 400m has been reported. This...

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The Future is Now For Women Entrepreneurs

It’s 11:20 am and Dr. Corinne Jenni is now on her second cup of coffee. She has already spent the morning putting the finishing touches on an analysis for a client—a synthesis of market research, client sales and finance data and, of course, tied it all together with her expert opinion as a strategy consultant for her private consulting business Strategati. The day is still young however; later she facilitates a meeting with the think tank group of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Tomorrow morning she will teach a class on strategy consulting and in the afternoon will...

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Beyoncé Launches Her New Holiday Catalog

Just in time for the holiday season, and perhaps even more importantly, Black Friday, Beyoncé has debuted her new holiday merchandise collection. Beyonce has got your ugly sweater needs, releasing fine items that say, “sis the season”, “have a thicc holiday”, and my personal favorite: “Holidayoncé”. To go along with the holiday themed sweaters and shirts, she has also released a series of onesies that along with keeping you warm while you open presents on Christmas Day, will make sure you do so in style. You can find all these new products and more at...

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The Sound of Music: An Interview with Composer Jian Li

Jian (Kin) Li is an award-winning producer and film composer living in Los Angeles. Kin produces music in a vast array of contexts—from writing and international touring with his funk group Project Ace, to producing and arranging for an album with Chinese Top 5 R&B/Soul artist Tia Ray. Kin also has his hand in film composing, and his films have gone on to receive recognition in dozens of film festivals, including awards for Best Original Film Score in the Asian International Short Film Festival. We caught up with Kin to ask him a few questions about his career. —...

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