FAFSA Opens Today. Here’s What’s New on This Year’s Financial Aid Form

College financial aid season kicks off today, October 1, as the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Financial Aid opens for filing. Anyone who wants to access the billions of dollars of federal financial aid awarded each year—including grants, loans, and work study—has to complete the FAFSA. The information you report …

Walmart announces next-day delivery on 200K+ items in select markets

This month, Amazon announced it’s investing $800 million in its warehouses and delivery infrastructure in order to double the speed of Prime shipping by reducing it to only one day. Now Walmart is following suit with a one-day shipping announcement of its own. The rival retailer says it will begin …

Krispy Kreme 24 hour drive-through causes so much chaos in Ireland it shuts after 1 week

How excited would you be if a 24 hour doughnut drive-through opened in your neighbourhood? Would you drive there at all hours, queuing and honking your horn the whole time? That’s exactly how excited the residents of the Irish capital Dublin were when Krispy Kreme opened up a 24 hour …

You’re Probably Cooking Pumpkin and Butternut Squash All Wrong. Here Are the Kitchen Tools You Need

Butternut squash bisque, baked hubbard squash, stuffed acorn squash, classic pumpkin pie: Now’s the time of year to prepare these tasty autumn dishes because the winter squashes they feature have stepped into the starring role at farmers’ markets and in recipe columns. The only problem, beyond picking between competing candidates …

How to use Small Business Saturday® to get blog page views

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Nov. 11, 2016. It was updated on Oct. 30, 2018. Back in November 2010, American Express came up with a campaign to encourage holiday shoppers to shop local. They called it Small Business Saturday®. In lieu of shopping at “big box” stores …

Only a quarter of women and minority employees believe they benefit from corporate diversity programmes

Investment in diversity programmes has become commonplace: 98 percent of companies offer such programs. But that investment is falling far short of the mark: three-quarters of employees in diverse groups—women, racial/ethnic minorities, and those who identify as LGBTQ—do not indicate that they have personally benefited from their companies’ diversity programmes. …

3 music marketing musts for freelance musicians to cut through the noise

Once upon a time, the music industry was a place where musicians, bands and songwriters could cut through the noise with a few simple music marketing techniques: a sprinkling of well-placed gig posters, a string of well-attended local shows, a little word-of-mouth and a steady stream of record and merchandise …

Employers need to encourage male staff to raise any health concerns

Figures from Macmillan show that almost 900,000 people of working age (16-64) are living with cancer – a figure expected to rise to over a million by 2030, while the HSE disclosed 600,000 workers needed time off in the past year due to suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety. …

Workers have little interest in table football and dogs in the office

Traditional workplace benefits like holiday allowances and pensions trump quirkier ‘benefits’ like being allowed to take your dog into the office, according to a survey by Aviva.  Out of a wide range of workplace benefits, 43 percent of UK employees said they were least interested in being allowed to take …

EnduroSat CEO to talk about making satellites more affordable at Disrupt Berlin

It has never been easier to launch a satellite into space. But EnduroSat wants to make it even easier by making CubeSats more affordable thanks to a unique platform. That’s why I’m excited to announce that EnduroSat CEO Raycho Raychev is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin to talk about his …

Roku is no longer a neutral platform after today’s Roku OS 9.1 update

In the past, Roku seemed to be more of neutral platform compared with streaming media player rivals like Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. The company gave everyone else’s content equal footing through its add-on channels and in Roku search, as had nothing of its own to promote. That’s changing …

WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones

WhatsApp just fixed a vulnerability that allowed malicious actors to remotely install spyware on affected phones, and an unknown number reportedly did so with a commercial-grade snooping package usually sold to nation-states. The vulnerability (documented here) was discovered by the Facebook-owned WhatsApp in early May, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. …