Day: October 22, 2020

Acapela, from the founder of Dubsmash, hopes ‘asynchronous meetings’ can end Zoom fatigue – TechCrunch

Acapela, a new startup co-founded by Dubsmash founder Roland Grenke, is breaking cover today in a bid to re-imagine online meetings for remote teams.

Hoping to put an end to video meeting fatigue, the product is described as an “asynchronous meeting platform,” which Grenke and Acapela’s other co-founder, ex-Googler Heiki Riesenkampf (who has a deep learning computer science background), believe could be the key to unlock better and more efficient collaboration. In some ways the product can be thought of as the antithesis to Zoom and Slack’s real-time and attention-hogging downsides.

To launch, the Berlin-based and “remote friendly” company has raised €2.5 million in funding. The round is led by Visionaries Club with participation from various angel investors, including Christian Reber (founder of Pitch and Wunderlist) and Taavet Hinrikus (founder of TransferWise). I also understand Entrepreneur First is a backer and has assigned EF venture partner Benedict Evans to

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Microsoft Edge for Linux: Pros and cons

Jack Wallen gives the developer edition of Microsoft Edge for Linux a try. His conclusion might surprise Linux fans everywhere.

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I’ve been on a quest to find the ideal web browser for the Linux desktop. For the longest time, I was a faithful Firefox user. However, rumblings within the Mozilla community, and a return to a bloated browser, had me second-guessing that choice, so I shifted to Vivaldi, Chrome, Chromium, and then landed on Brave. For the past two months, Brave has been the browser I’ve depended upon, but it’s far from perfect. The whole Binance feature always has me questioning the choice, and there are times when copy/paste is even worse than it is in Vivaldi. 

I knew Microsoft was bringing Edge to Linux. I also held the opinion that there’s no way a browser from the developers that brought us the Windows desktop could possibly

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5 ways to make your home office eco-friendly

If you want a greener home office, here are sustainability tips to keep in mind when WFH.

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It’s undeniable that COVID-19 has changed everything, and this includes work–more people are working remotely than ever before. As time goes on, it’s becoming apparent that remote work is here to stay for many employees, meaning it’s time to settle in to your home office for the long haul.

With the traditional office potentially becoming a thing of the past, many of the environmental sustainability projects that large businesses built to help minimize their impact may also become obsolete, but the impact won’t go away–it will just be shifted to home offices and become the individual’s responsibility.

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Employers don’t have to pay to light, heat, air condition, and power their employees’ homes, nor do they need to buy the supplies, handle the garbage, and institute recycling programs:

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