Day: May 6, 2020

Volkswagen to start sales of first-edition all-electric ID.3 hatchback in June – TechCrunch

Volkswagen plans to start selling the launch edition of its ID.3 vehicle next month to customers who placed pre-orders of the all-electric hatchback.

Customers who made reservations for the launch edition, known as ID.3 1st, will be able to order their vehicle starting June 17, according to a tweet posted by Volkswagen board member Jürgen Stackmann. Volkswagen has registered more than 37,000 reservations for the first edition, which will be limited to 30,000 units. Orders for right-hand drive markets will open in July, Stackmann said.

The announcement follows the automaker’s decision last month to restart production of the ID.3 at its Zwickau, Germany factory, which had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production of the ID.3 1st resumed April 23, initially with reduced capacity and slower cycle times.

The ID.3 is the first model in the company’s new all-electric ID brand and the beginning of its ambitious plan to

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8 Mother’s Day gift ideas for techies and non-techies alike

With Mother’s Day drawing near, here are some gift ideas. You’ll find just the right pick whether she’s an outdoorsy mom, or more into her pets, tech or relaxing at home.

Mother’s Day is nearly here, and that means it’s time to get serious about finding a gift. TechRepublic has rounded up several suggestions that will surely please moms with a tech edge as well as those who aren’t as tech savvy. 

Some of the gift ideas require ordering online, and others are available on Amazon or available digitally. So whether your mom is into finding the ideal way to filter her water while on long hikes, keeping calm in the midst of the pandemic, blocking out noise in the household, or scoring the ideal Wi-Fi for the entire home, there’s a gift idea in our lineup.

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Job openings declined for six consecutive weeks, but now moderating

More than 1 in 4 job openings closed as an economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping to levels unseen since 2014, reports Glassdoor research.

The dramatic decline of job openings–28% between early March and April 27–is finally somewhat leveling out, a new report from Glassdoor indicated. Supported by figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the latest data shows job openings across the country have declined 27.7% since the beginning of March, out-matching 2009’s Great Recession.

However, the weekly job opening decline-rate has moderated from March 23 (-7.8%) to April 27 (-2.8), a fact independent of the rolling waves of decline, which are affected by the effects COVID-19 has on different  industries. For example, the most dramatic decline in job openings was consumer services (due to the shutdowns), while more recent declines in job openings have been predominantly white collar and health care jobs. 

Job openings are industry-specific

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