Microsoft fuels low-code app development with Power Platform updates

Microsoft Corp. announced today at its Ignite 2020 virtual event a host of new capabilities in its Power Platform that are designed to help companies become more resilient and weather today’s coronavirus-related economic challenges.

Microsoft’s Power Platform is a suite of three products, namely Power BI, PowerApps and Power Automate. They can be used to create and deploy customized applications that run on desktop and mobile devices using a low-code interface.

Low-code software development is becoming increasingly popular because it enables people with only minimal coding skills to create lots of useful apps that can streamline their work processes. In a blog post, James Philllips, Microsoft’s president of business applications, said the company has worked hard over the past 18 months to make its low-code tools more useful by integrating them more closely with its Azure cloud platform and Visual Studio development tools.

As a result of that work, Power

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New app creates jobs in a burgeoning field: Evictions

For millions of Americans, the coronavirus’s devastating economic impact has meant struggling to keep a roof over their head. But for one new “gig economy” app, the historic crash means something else: a business opportunity.



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The company behind the app, which is called Civvl, offers workers a chance to “join the eviction crew,” noting that many people are falling behind on their rent or mortgage. Users can also work as a process server, a job that involves serving a variety of legal papers to people.

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“Work on your own schedule,” Civvl says on its website, where users can apply for gigs in “property preservation” and “debris removal.”



A new app, Civvl, seeks to connect clients such as landlords and banks with independent contractors in order to carry out evictions. / Credit: Civvl.com


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COVID trace app and the man whose crazy idea ‘jump-started’ the plan

Entrepreneur Andrew Pascal built a company that builds apps.

So when the Las Vegas resident considered what he could do to help Nevada during the pandemic and learned of the challenges inherent to contact tracing, the answer seemed clear enough.

His company would develop a contact-tracing app. Or so he thought.

Pascal, 54, did become a driving force in bringing to the state the COVID Trace app that launched on Monday. But not in the way he first envisioned.

Early in the pandemic, Southern Nevada Health District investigators were calling each person who tested positive for the coronavirus to request the names of close contacts who might have become infected. The investigators would in turn advise these contacts to self-quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19. But as cases mounted, investigators were quickly overwhelmed, and backlogs piled up.

“Are you kidding me?” Pascal said in an interview this past week,

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This Google app improved reading skills of kids in India

New Delhi: Google said on Tuesday that its Read Along app, which was first launched in India as Bolo in 2018, has been found to improve reading abilities of children in the country.

In an assessment conducted by an independent partner comprising over 3,500 students in three languages and across five states in India, 40 per cent more students who used Read Along saw an improvement of one or more reading levels as compared to students not using the app, Google said.

The study, published by Sattva Consulting this month, revealed that while ‘Read Along’ helps in imparting reading fluency to learners, it also enables development of foundational competencies of Letter and word recognition.

The extent of this development depends on the level of engagement of the learner with the app, showed the results.

“Our internal analysis shows that after reading 100 mins on the app, beginner readers (those who

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the app matching students with part-time high street jobs



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Going to university this year, whether as a fresher or returning for finals, looks very different. Class sizes will be smaller, with many lecturers and seminars taking place online thanks to social distancing.

One thing that isn’t different is the cost. King’s College London suggests you budget for £1,250 a month, not including tuition fees, and some students in the capital could be looking at up spending up to £840 a month just on accommodation. Fitting in a part-time job between lectures and essays, not to mention trying to make friends, will be way down on the list but for many students it’s a necessity.

This is something two brothers Sol and Sam Schlagman recognised during their respective studies at UCL. “Many people come to university to have what is, in theory, the best time of their lives, but they end up compromising it because

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Google Kormo Jobs App Launched In India To Help Job Seekers

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Google has been releasing a steady stream of services dedicated to India. The latest one is the Kormo Jobs app, which debuted in Bangladesh back in 2018. The new Kormo Jobs app, as the name suggests helps people create their digital CV and lists jobs.

Google Kormo Jobs App Features

The Kormo Jobs app lets you find recommended jobs, based on the digital CV you create. The platform helps you find the right job, which is handy in these difficult times. Plus, the app also helps you with tools to upgrade your career and add new skills to your profile. As noted, you can create your digital CV and share it with prospective employers or take a print out via the app.

Looking back, the Kormo Jobs platform isn’t entirely new. Google initially brought in a similar experience via the Jobs Spot

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Apple alum’s jobs app for India’s workers secures $8 million

Javed, a middle-aged man, worked as a driver before losing that job earlier this year as coronavirus spread across India, prompting New Delhi to enforce a nationwide lockdown and temporarily curb several business activities.

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There are millions of people like Javed in India today who have lost their livelihood in recent months. They are low-skilled workers and are currently struggling to secure another job.

An Apple alum thinks he can help. Through his app startup Apna, Nirmit Parikh is helping India’s workers learn new skills, connect with one another, and find jobs.

Parikh’s app is already changing lives. Javed, who could barely speak a few words in English before, recently posted a video on Apna app where he talked about his new job — processing raisins — in English.

In less than one year of its existence, Apna app — available on Android — has amassed over 1.2

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Jobs App for Poor Indian Workers Gets $8 Million From Investors

(Bloomberg) — Apna, an app startup that aims to connect millions of bottom-of-the-pyramid workers to employers amid the devastation of India’s lockdown, has raised $8 million from a clutch of investors.



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The funding, from new investors Greenoaks Capital, Rocketship VC as well as existing backers Lightspeed India and Sequoia Capital, will help the app expand to more cities, the Indian firm said in a statement published Tuesday. It also wants to grow across verticals such as accounting, customer service and nursing. Currently, Apna is in five cities.

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Apna Jobs App For Poor Workers Used By Amazon, BigBasket Raises $8 Million from Greenoaks Capital, Rocketship VC

Apna, founded by Apple Inc. alumnus Nirmit Parikh, is a sort of LinkedIn for non-English-speaking.

Apna, an app startup that aims to connect millions of bottom-of-the-pyramid workers to employers amid the devastation of India’s lockdown, has raised $8 million from a clutch of investors. The funding, from new investors Greenoaks Capital, Rocketship VC as well as existing backers Lightspeed India and Sequoia Capital, will help the app expand to more cities, Apna said in a statement published on Tuesday. It also wants to grow across verticals such as accounting, customer service and nursing. Currently, Apna is in five cities.

The startup, founded by Apple Inc. alumnus Nirmit Parikh, is a sort of LinkedIn for non-English-speaking, poorer Indians. The app helps first-time internet users access job opportunities by entering their name, age, and skills to generate a virtual “business card” that’s shared with potential employers. Less than a year after its

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