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When the Google Home Mini went on sale last Christmas for $29 each, I snapped up three of them -- one for my mom (at 83, she's forgetful, so I thought it would help), my future mother-in-law (though apparently my future sister-in-law uses it more), and one for the...
Randall Phillips can’t contain his excitement about Amazon’s plans for a Memphis distribution facility, albeit for different reasons than most Bluff City residents. “Amazon has confirmed they are bringing a $72 million plant to Memphis. Inside the plant are little orange robots with tall handles that lift and bring new...
The invitation was to come chat with Black Girls Code and “some powerful women of color in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The annual event was held at the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering last Saturday. The audience included parents and girls from ages 6 to 17. The discussion...
by Cathy F. Hart, Special to The New Tri-State Defender When a group of tech-savvy adults noticed the need for Black and Latino youth in Memphis to have more mentorship, networking and entrepreneurship opportunities, they created a space just for them. The multifaceted team of developers – Anthony Anderson, Bianca Russell,...
“In a society where innovation and change are becoming increasingly important, we hope to show young girls the potential STEM has to change the world.” Those words are displayed on the website of STEM4fem, a Memphis-based nonprofit that is working to help girls pursue interests in fields related to science,...
NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University is launching a national initiative that seeks to bring coding experiences to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and underserved communities. TSU hosted the inaugural “HBCU C2 Presidential Academy” this week through its newly established National Center for Smart Technology Innovations. HBCU C2 will bring coding and creativity opportunities...
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Two things inspired then-high school sophomore George Hofstetter to create an app that aims to prevent police brutality: the killing of Trayvon Martin and George’s worries for his younger brother’s future. “I want him to grow up in a world where he doesn’t have to worry about being on the...
by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In July 2018, Myiah Hill was a 27-year-old single mother of three, on public assistance and living in subsidized housing, making $5,000 a year and fresh out of options. Six months later, she is fielding job offers from Memphis...
By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News A St. Louis-based nonprofit has entered the Memphis market to offer free coding classes and job readiness support with the aim of increasing diversity in the technology field. Memphis is the fifth city expansion for LaunchCode, a nonprofit founded in 2014 by Jim McKelvey,...
At its press event Wednesday, Samsung first thanked its users for sticking with the brand after last year’s global recall of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone – a manufacturing defect in the batteries that caused some to catch on fire – followed by a thorough look at the Galaxy Note8’s...