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High Tech Entrepreneurs, Take Note of This New Heart Device (Watch)

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2017-01-19 16:30

How do you treat a failing heart? That’s a complicated question, and one that doctors and scientists have worked tirelessly to answer for years. But a new innovation takes a unique approach that actually makes a lot of sense — mimicking an actual working human heart.

The robotic device actually wraps around the human heart and then uses air pressure to mimic the squeezing motion that the heart makes naturally. So then if a cardiac arrest occurs, the robot can keep going and theoretically keep the heart pumping. Early tests on animals showed positive results, though the device hasn’t been adopted widely with human users yet.

With all of the tech innovations that businesses are working on today, there are plenty that are actually made to mimic things found in the real world. There are robots that vacuum, take photos and even answer questions using human language.

Real World Provides Plenty of Product Design Inspiration

Of course, there’s a lot that goes into making those products. But it’s also important for tech innovators to remember the actual purpose of what they’re creating. And sometimes, that means you need to go back to the source for product design inspiration. Remember this even when innovating in your own small business.

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Maryland dealership retools its approach to pricing

AutoNews - Thu, 2017-01-19 16:05
Koons of Silver Spring has launched Total Confidence Pricing, which includes a 30-day guarantee on the price buyers paid for a new vehicle.
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Priyanka Chopra celebrates People's Choice win with an In-N-Out Burger

Topix - Thu, 2017-01-19 15:07

The 34-year-old actress was voted the Favorite Dramatic TV Actress at the ceremony, which took place on Wednesday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and after picking up her gong the stunning Indian starlet treated herself, her family and friends to "some real food" at the famous fast food joint. Speaking about her planned celebratory feast after her victory, the 'Quantico' star said: "I'm taking my mom and a couple of my friends out.

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Man dead in downtown Colorado Springs shooting Thursday

Topix - Thu, 2017-01-19 15:07

Police said shortly before 7:30 a.m. that they were investigating the shooting, which happened in the 200 block of North Wahsatch Avenue. The block houses several fast-food chains including McDonald's, Wendy's and Taco Bell, where several shootings have occurred in the past few years, including the Halloween shooting where gunman Noah Harpham killed three people before dying in a shootout with police in the Wendy's parking lot.

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Pizza Hut pledges to fill 11,000 jobs

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2017-01-19 14:00

Pizza Hut pledged Thursday to fill 11,000 job openings, including many as it gears up for its busiest sales day, on Feb. 5, Super Bowl Sunday.

The Plano, Texas-based division of Yum! Brands Inc. said the positions will be at corporate and franchised locations for everything from pizza makers and delivery drivers to store managers.

Kelly McCulloch, senior director of human resources at Pizza Hut Photo: Pizza Hut

Kelly McCulloch, Pizza Hut senior director of human resources, told Nation’s Restaurant News Wednesday that “as we head into one of the busiest weekends of the year, we wanted to make sure we had enough team members there to help us deliver a great experience for our customers.”

She said the 11,000 jobs were a combination of existing openings and planned positions, but prospective employees could apply for them all.

Pizza Hut has 120,000 employees across its 6,300 domestic locations, McCulloch said.

“The biggest component for preparing for something like this is to make sure our franchise partners out there are up to speed and prepared for what we hope will be an influx for the application process online, and even walking through the door,” McCulloch said.

More than 5,900 of Pizza Hut’s U.S. restaurants, or 94 percent, are operated by franchisees, she noted. The company has a centralized application website that candidates can use.

“They can apply at the central location and then that information is routed to the location that is nearest location to them,” McCulloch said. “Our metro areas tend to have the biggest hiring needs. Typically, that’s where most of our restaurants are located.”

Pizza Hut has participated in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of employers spearheaded by Starbucks Corp. in 2015, but McCulloch said this is the first time that Pizza Hut has announced an initiative on its own.

“This initiative is unique to us,” McCulloch said. “As a brand, we have a high number we are going after.”

McCulloch said some of the hiring is aimed at growth for the brand ahead as well.

“There’s no real deadline for this,” she said.

Among incentives, McCulloch noted, is Pizza Hut’s “Life Unboxed EDU” program, which was launched in 2015. That program offers employees at company-owned restaurants and participating franchisees — and their families — 50 percent off tuition to attend career-boosting educational courses at the online Excelsior College. 

“All of our team members as well as their families can participate in that program,” she said. “Offering it to the family members sets us apart.”

Pizza Hut has more than 15,600 restaurants in 97 countries.

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3 tech trends coming off the back burner - Thu, 2017-01-19 12:50
While the majority of new technology is often found in the front of house, the real labor is saved where the dirty work takes place — the back of house.

Getting Well Soon

Hotel Interactive - Thu, 2017-01-19 11:29
Hyatt Hotels Makes Commitment To Wellness With Acquisition Of Miraval Group

CLOSED: McDonalds in Taunton has closed for refurbishment works until February 9

Topix - Thu, 2017-01-19 10:18

THE Taunton branch of popular fast food chain McDonald's is closed while refurbishment works are carried out to the store.

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How Toyota used artificial intelligence for RAV4 campaign

AutoNews - Thu, 2017-01-19 10:03
IBM's Watson has struck again. The machine learning program, which has emerged as a popular tool for agencies and marketers, is powering a new highly targeted digital campaign for Toyota that uses an algorithm to generate ad scripts.
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Vesta Hospitality Acquires Embassy Suites In Brunswick, GA

Hotel Interactive - Thu, 2017-01-19 10:02
VANCOUVER, WA-–Vesta Hospitality announced today that it has acquired the Embassy Suites ...

First Shift: Winterkorn apologizes, defends tenure

AutoNews - Thu, 2017-01-19 09:30
Winterkorn apologizes, defends VW tenure; Report: Takata bidders seek restructuring in Japan; EPA nominee pledges to review ruling; Hyundai's on-the-fly ad; Future role of brands.
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Choice Hotels Appoints Brian Quinn To Lead Development Team

Hotel Interactive - Thu, 2017-01-19 08:56
ROCKVILLE, MD--Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, has appointed Brian Quinn as vice president ...

Review: Leon, Oxford - 'Enjoy a fast food fix the healthy way'

Topix - Thu, 2017-01-19 08:06

Even My mother would like this,' the most unlikely words to have ever been uttered in a fast food restaurant. But then this is no ordinary fast food restaurant.

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Newest Hard Rock Hotel Heads To Costa Rica

Hotel Interactive - Thu, 2017-01-19 07:46
ORLANDO--Hard Rock International makes waves today as it announces plans to bring the Hard Rock Hotels experience to Costa Rica with ...

Davidson Hotels & Resorts Appoints Davidson Hotels & Resorts Appoints Colleen Keating To EVP Of Operations

Hotel Interactive - Thu, 2017-01-19 07:18
ATLANTA–-Davidson Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce the appointment of Colleen Keating as executive vice president of operations, where she ...

Wyndham Grand Comes Ashore In Clearwater Beach

Hotel Interactive - Thu, 2017-01-19 05:15
PARSIPPANY, NJ-–Wyndham Hotel Group, the hotel giant with an unmatched global presence of nearly 8,000 hotels, is making waves and defining ...

Hotel Equities Promotes Rahinsky To CEO; Cerrone Retains Chairman

Hotel Interactive - Thu, 2017-01-19 05:10
ATLANTA--Hotel Equities recently promoted President Brad Rahinsky to the position of President & Chief Executive Officer. Fred Cerrone, founder of the ...

Dream Dinners Names Ashley Sawyer Director of Franchise Development

PR Web - Thu, 2017-01-19 04:30

Sawyer to lead franchise development team in national expansion initiative

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