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What's Next For Verizon In 2024 Following Their Recent Layoffs

Verizon Communications Inc. met with customer service employees last summer, signaling imminent “restructuring” and “streamlining” measures expected to result in substantial layoffs, as reported by The Verge. With over 6,000 employees present during the call, the impact of these consolidation measures may extend beyond initial estimates. Verizon was slated to reveal details about the restructuring plan last summer, as conveyed in a prerecorded message to employees. However, no public updates have since been released. Workforce Reductions Across Companies The reported layoffs at Verizon align with a broader trend of U.S. companies, including Meta Platforms Inc. and Alphabet Inc., implementing workforce reductions due to a demand downturn attributed to elevated inflation and rising interest rates. In April, Verizon fell short of its first-quarter revenue and free cash flow estimates, citing wireless subscriber losses as inflation-weary Americans postponed device upgrades, and the...

Corinne Dorsey

Feb 16, 2024

How SoundThinking's CEO Ralph Clark Took His Company Public To Address Safety Crises In At-Risk Communities

Almost everyone has something that is the driving force behind their work. Ralph Clark’s deep passion for helping people solve their problems has always been his motivation.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 9, 2024

Exclusive: Xbox Partners With Gameheads To Amplify The Next Generation Of Black Developers' Game Designs

In the gaming world, there are a lot of upcoming talents who work tirelessly to get eyes on their work. Add into the equation being a designer from a marginalized community, and your chances become even slimmer. In light of this, Xbox has announced a partnership providing a platform for young Black developers.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 1, 2024

Op-Ed: How To Land A Six-Figure Job Offer In IT

Editorial Note: Opinions and thoughts are the writer’s own and not those of AFROTECH. Inflation is up, so your salary should be going up too. And there’s no better place to get a higher salary than in the Information Technology field. With the ever-growing demand for skilled IT professionals, the IT industry has many high-salary opportunities to offer. Whether you are an experienced IT professional looking to level up or someone considering a career transition into the IT sector, it is possible to land a six-figure job offer in IT with some research and preparation. 1. Identify a high-paying in-demand niche The IT industry is pretty wide, so start by identifying in-demand niches with high salaries. This crucial first step will help you narrow down your focus so you can create a strategic plan on how to get into that specific field. Most people cast a wide net and find themselves going around in circles because they get confused by the different options they are pursuing. In order to...

Peju Adedeji

Sep 1, 2023

Whoopi Goldberg Says Her Will States That She Can’t Be Turned Into A Hologram After Her Passing

Whoopi Goldberg has made it very clear that she doesn’t want artificial intelligence (AI) continuing her legacy when she’s no longer here.

Shanique Yates

Jul 17, 2023

Redman Sends Warning — 'Do Not Let Hip-Hop Be Ruined By Technology'

Another rap legend has shared their thoughts about the use of artificial intelligence(AI) within the Hip-Hop community — Redman.

Shanique Yates

Jun 28, 2023

These Founders Are Behind A Digital Platform That Aims To Connect Black Women To Culturally Sensitive Providers

Community is essential for the overall well-being of Black women, and Health in Her HUE is on a mission to help each one find her tribe.

Shanique Yates

Mar 30, 2023

Op-Ed: Inclusion Must Define Technology’s Future

In 1986, the Commodore 64 had become the bestselling single personal computer model of all time. More than 17 million were sold, including one to my parents. I remember the C64 and its place of prominence in the living room of our home in Cleveland, OH. It was there even when there wasn’t any furniture (And I was on it a lot). That Commodore 64 was my first real exposure to computing and it helped catalyze my interest in technology. A few years after college I dove into startup life, and from there I went on to build a career in cybersecurity, to become a CEO, and it all led me to my role today, which is to help Microsoft identify the partnerships and investments that will shape the future and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. Unfortunately, many people do not have access to technology, even in 2023. The Pew Research Center estimates that today in America, four out of ten low-income households are without computing devices of any kind. A 2022 National Urban League...

Exclusive: How Ashanti Aims To Promote Ownership As The First Black Female Artist To Be Co-founder Of A Web3 Company

On April 2, 2002, Ashanti hit the ground running with her debut self-titled studio album. In fact, the project made the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest-selling debut album by a female artist, according to Vibe. It reportedly sold over 500,000 within the first week (Sis has always been legendary). Although it’s been 20 years since the world was introduced to the songstress, dubbed the Princess of Hip-Hop and R&B, she continues to break records and turn heads. This time though, she’s shaking things up in the metaverse, proving that there is an ever-evolving relationship between music and tech. “Technology has been a blessing,” she told AfroTech during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture. “I mean, it’s the gift and the curse, let’s be honest. Everything has pros and cons, but I think using it as a tool to empower and uplift and learn and research are all beautiful things.”

Shanique Yates

Jul 22, 2022

How Qualtrics Helps Companies Listen to Customers and Take Action More Effectively

Serving your customers and employees well means listening effectively and taking appropriate action when something’s not quite right. Qualtrics wants to help organizations better understand their customers and employees, as well as tighten up internal and external processes. The technology platform assists companies in fixing broken customer and employee experiences. It allows companies to listen to feedback on any channel, analyze thoughts, feelings and emotions and then take prescriptive actions to improve the experiences. You can learn about your customers from a range of platforms, such as social media, review websites or your company’s call centers, and even use the technology to gauge the #mood of a customer on a recorded phone call.

Brandi Hunter

Feb 7, 2022

Walt Disney Company Imagineer Lanny Smoot Makes History By Earning 102 Patents

The happiest place on earth is made possible by Disney luminaries — including people like Lanny Smoot. Smoot works as Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development Imagineer and wears Disney’s highest badge of honor in technical research as a Disney Research Fellow. Lanny Smoot has worked for Walt Disney for over two decades and is the creative mastermind behind the technologies at attractions such as Madame Leota’s floating head seen in the Séance Room at the Haunted Mansion attraction, Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure, and the virtual and interactive koi ponds at the Crystal Lotus Restaurant at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Disney Parks reports. “We’re always trying to give our guests new experiences – things that they have not seen anywhere else in the world. I’m proud to be a part of the research and development organization at Disney because we are constantly adding to our parks, our cruise ships, and more,” Lanny Smoot said, according to Disney Parks. “Some ideas that we...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 7, 2022

10 Last Minute Tech Gift Ideas For The Entire Family

The holidays are almost upon us, and we’ve got the perfect tech gift guide for all your last-minute shopping needs. With more of us being connected to some form of technology now more than ever before, the future of our country — and, indeed, of our planet — will be shaped by technology and the latest tech trends. In a recent article published by the Ottawa Business Journal, there are two other things that will be shaping the future of tech, whether we like it or not. “Tech momentum in the foreseeable future will largely be governed by two major themes, says Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall’s Conor J. Cronin: COVID-19 and climate change,” said the outlet. “That’s why the technology, private equity and mergers & acquisitions (M&A) expert says prospects are so bright for clean technology companies.” As 2021 draws to a close, this mini tech gift guide will serve as the starting point for 2022 and beyond. Whether you’re looking for something for your littlest tech-head, or you need...

Spare Change App 'I Heart My HBCU' Announces Partnership With Xavier University Of Louisiana

Have you ever wanted to support your favorite HBCU, but didn’t have the means or the wherewithal to do so? This “spare change” app will help you do just that! AfroTech previously spoke with Dominique King — founder of the I Heart My HBCU app — who leveraged this technology to make donations to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) easy (they can be done in as little as 60 seconds) back in December of 2020. “When creating this app, it was important for me to encourage HBCU Alumni to support all HBCUs. Users can easily adjust how much or how little of the spare change they share to their five favorite HBCUs,” she said in a statement about the I Heart My HBCU app. “I Heart My HBCU became the first platform where users could donate spare change to any of the 104 HBCUs in one place.” King first launched her groundbreaking app in 2017 and became one of an elite cadre of Black female tech entrepreneurs in the space. A graduate of Howard University, King’s first goal was to...