EDUCATION: As Coding Boot Camps Close, the Field Faces a Reality Check. In the past five years, dozens of schools have popped up offering an unusual promise: Even humanities graduates can learn how to code in a few months and join the high-paying digital economy. Students and their hopeful parents shelled out as much as $26,000 seeking to jump-start a career. But the coding boot-camp field now faces a sobering moment, as two large schools have announced plans to shut down this year – despite backing by major for-profit education companies, Kaplan and the Apollo Education Group, the parent of the University of Phoenix. Read more
MOVING: U-Haul Introduces Self-Service Using Your Smartphone Camera. In what it calls a first for the move-yourself industry, U-Haul International has unveiled a self-serve truck-rental option designed for people seeking to conduct the entire process online — day or night. Read the rest
ECOMMERCE: Watch Out, Amazon: Google And Walmart Are Partnering To Enable Voice-Based Shopping. In a bid to compete with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, which can be used as a way for customers to order from Amazon using Echo, Google has partnered with Walmart to offer a similar service to owners of its Home smart speaker. Find out more
TECH TIP: Finding Your iPad Backup Files. Prefer to keep your backups on the ground and out of the cloud? If so, where does your iPad backup file live on the computer when you back it up with iTunes? Find out
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BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.