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Why is Temu So Cheap? A New Twist On Fast Fashion

Love it or hate it, fast fashion is here to stay. Once relegated to the budget-to-median priced stores category, fast fashion exploded in a major way thanks to online shopping . Fueled by constant trend chasing with a caveat for affordable clothing, fast fashion is a billion dollar industry , having earned $106.42 billion in 2022 alone. Experts expect it to reach $133.43 billion by 2026. While there are plenty of valid criticisms regarding the ethical and ecological implications of this retail segment, every year more brands pop up trying to cash in on the endless demand for cheap yet stylish digs. Most people point to more budget brands like Shein or Forever21, but even Swedish staple H&M and Spanish retailer Zara are included when discussing this category. But in the last year, an upstart by the name of Temu has taken the industry by storm and is quickly positioning itself as a potential competitor thanks to dirt cheap pricing and an endless string of available discounts. But how...

Drake And Boi-1da Just Played A Part In Improving Internet Connectivity For Thousands Of Canadians

Drake apparently does it all, as he’s now played a part in providing better Internet to his fellow Canadians. According to HipHopDx, in July 2019, Drake requested for the mayor of Pickering — a city in Ontario, Canada — to create “stronger wifi towers” for award-winning producer Boi-1da, who appeared to be having trouble sending over beats. “Can the mayor of Pickering set up some stronger wifi towers so @boi1da can be able to send me all his newest beats?? Trying to cook up. Thanks,” Drake asked via Instagram. And to no surprise, they delivered. Pickering previously issued a response to the rapper sharing plans to expand and strengthen the broadband network in the city. Now, it appears the city has kept its promise to fix internet connectivity issues for its hamlets and rural areas. “Drake’s call for better Internet in Pickering is answered! Remember when Drake called on the “Mayor of Pickering” to fix Internet connectivity issues where his regular producer, Boi1da, lives and...

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 30, 2022

Yes, NFTs Are On The Rise — But How Can We Benefit From Them?

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have taken the world by storm over the past year and continue to be a driving force across all industries. However, people are still scratching their heads, puzzled, wondering what exactly is an NFT. Black Tech Green Money’s Will Lucas aims to give some answers to the lingering questions behind the latest crypto craze during an episode of the podcast. Lucas compares the moment behind the NFT craze to that of when the Internet was first introduced to the world. While it has seemingly changed our lives for the better, there weren’t always people on board who understood the newfound concept — yet here we are. “The truth is we are in a moment, and by that moment what I mean is that some years ago when the Internet was really in its upward trajectory that [caused] people to leave things like the AOL CDs that would come in the mail and starting to use more things that were Internet-driven like web-based browsers and things like Google, Yahoo, etc.,” shared...

Shanique Yates

Jan 25, 2022

This 11-Year-Old Hacked His School's Internet For Months & Folks Want Him To Do The Same For Student Loans

This little guy is a genius! Per ESSENCE, last week, a mother by the name of Victoria disclosed a story about her son Elijah who got into serious trouble at his school for hacking their virtual classes. Not only did Elijah get in trouble with the school, but law enforcement also got involved after blocking his school’s classes by tapping into the internet server that they operated under. Victoria detailed how her son, four police officers, the district attorney’s office, superintendent, principal, and three IT technicians were awaiting her once she arrived to figure out what was going on. “He was shaking, very visibly upset,” she explained as she pondered what could have gone wrong. “What possibly could my 11-year-old child who is in 5th grade have done that has warranted all of this police activity?” She was blown away after finding out what had been going down. “He has been controlling the Internet at the school for the past 3 months,” Victoria shared in a TikTok video. Elijah...

Shanique Yates

Nov 11, 2021

Meta's Aaron Russell Thinks Subsea Cables Are The Answer To Africa's Internet Access Issues

Meta’s (formerly Facebook) Head of Network Investments Emerging Markets Aaron Russell has worked for the tech giant for nearly seven years. In his current role, he manages and helps develop strategic partnerships to address and create solutions for the connectivity barriers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Russell is on a mission to better connect the world to faster and reliable internet. “Connecting the world is really one of the fundamental challenges of our generation. And that’s an idea that we really embrace,” Aaron Russell told AfroTech. “We work with partners to develop innovative technologies around the world that help some of the biggest connectivity challenges and solving them, and together we’re bringing more people online to a faster internet.” Russell and Meta think Internet connectivity issues can be solved by tapping into subsea cables. But what are those? Subsea cables are fiber optic cables that are laid in the ocean and connect two or more landing points. Ships drop these...

Michelai Graham

Nov 3, 2021

How Computer Scientist Lisa Gelobter Pioneered the Foundation For Internet Technologies

Black people in the field of tech have been way more integral than most may think. In fact, computer scientist Lisa Gelobter is one of the many modern Black tech innovators that pioneered a lot of the internet technology we use today. Lisa Gelobter — who is the current CEO and co-founder of tech-enabled platform tEQuitable — has over 25 years of experience in the tech industry. She’s the mastermind that cultivated the ascent of online video as well the brains behind software used in beloved consumer products such as Hulu and Shockwave — the 1995 essential technology that led to the development of interactive multimedia, web animation, and video games, according to her company’s website. Without Gelobter’s contribution to Shockwave, streaming and other digital privileges may not have existed. Additionally, she’s also the computer scientist who developed the animation used to create GIFs — a forever game-changer to social media apps that have integrated the multimedia practice into...

Njera Perkins

Feb 8, 2021

Verizon Aims to Close Digital Divide For Underserved Communities With Inclusive Internet Initiative

Bridging the digital divide amongst underserved communities is essential to giving everyone in the nation equal access to critical communications networks. According to Verizon’s latest initiative, the telecommunications company has created a way to make reliable, high-speed internet more accessible to those in underserved communities who meet financial assistance requirements through Verizon Fios Forward. A news release shares the Fios Forward program was first offered to new customers back in April 2020, and generates much faster and more equipped internet services, unlike traditional home Internet assistance programs. It also offers eligible customers a discounted rate for faster internet service. The goal of the program is to rid customers of unreliable internet providers who limit their access to quality home internet, which often lacks speed and the capacity to handle more than one user’s demands. This has become an increased issue over the last year due to many citizens...

Njera Perkins

Jan 6, 2021

Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T Offer Free Internet for 60 Days Due to Coronavirus

Internet service providers AT&T , Verizon Communications Inc., and Comcast Corporation are all providing internet services for the next 60 days to customers who are unable to pay their bills due to the coronavirus outbreak, reports Black Enterprise. Not only has the trio agreed to not suspend subscribers’ services, but Comcast Xfinity, Charter , and AT&T are also providing free public Wi-Fi for 60 days, according to The Washington Times. While Comcast’s free public Wi-Fi is limited to public hotspot points and does not include home-based hotspot subscriptions, Charter is offering free broadband for students of college age who are not currently enrolled in a subscription. Mobile service provider, T-Mobile has announced that it will remove data caps for smartphone users and expand data allowances to students and schools. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced the Keep Americans Connected Pledge which calls on telephone and broadband service...

Devin Crudup

Mar 17, 2020

Maine Senate Passes Bill Requiring ISPs To Get Consent Before Selling Data

Thanks to poor federal regulations, it’s up to each individual state to protect their residents’ data. Recently, Maine’s State Senate passed a landmark bill that will look out for people’s internet privacy. Your internet service providers (ISPs) have a lot more information on you than you might think. Your internet history (including the sites you visit, how often, location data, etc.) can tell a lot about you as an individual. Maine’s new bill — LD 946 —now requires that ISPs get people’s consent before selling or offering access to their private data. In a blog post , the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Maine noted: “The personal information ISPs collect and sell is increasingly being used by advertisers to discriminate against certain communities. Advertisers and data brokers are increasingly using data to decide what prices to advertise to someone, the content they should steer them to, and even the types of loans to offer them.” Although this bill is important, it’s not...

Vanessa Taylor

May 31, 2019

Google Will Pay Louisville $3.84 Million After It's Failed Fiber Project In The City

Big tech companies have the potential to greatly change a city’s landscape — for better or for worse. Recently, Google announced it will be paying the Louisville Metro Government (LMG) millions to repair roads after a failed Fiber experiment. Back in February , Google’s parent company — Alphabet — revealed it would end its attempts to roll out its internet services across Louisville. In a blog post , the Fiber team said, “We’ll work with our customers and partners to minimize disruption, and we’re committed to doing right by the community, which welcomed us as we tested methods of delivering high-speed internet in new and different ways.” In this case, “doing right by the community” looks like paying out $3.84 million over 20 months. According to a press release from the the City of Louisville, money will go towards removing fiber cables and sealant from roads, milling and paving activities, and removal of above-ground infrastructure. “This plan provides for the long-term protection...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 17, 2019