New Opportunities To Engage Older Consumers In Online Grocery Shopping

Elroy Mariano

Director of Marketing at VOLTN, overseeing budgeting, planning, development, and implementation of all marketing strategies of the agency. 

I never thought before Covid-19 that my 75-year-old neighbor knew how to turn on a computer, let alone shop online. It surprised me that she does! After receiving a friend request, I soon learned she spends much of her time trolling on social media like many of us do, liking and sharing posts, and even tagging friends.

My delightful neighbor shops her favorite brands just like the young folks do, and for the past few months, she has relished in the fact that she can have her groceries delivered to her door. 

If you ask me, one of the most important lessons that 2020 has taught us so far is that all ages, including the baby boomer generation, are embracing technology. But for so long, it seemed we had counted

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Lakewood computer shop seeing shortage in laptops as more students switch to online learning

Elroy Mariano

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – If you’re looking for a laptop right now, you’re probably going to have a tough time finding one as computer shops face a laptop shortage.

a close up of a laptop computer sitting on top of a keyboard: Lakewood computer shop seeing shortage in laptops as more students switch to online learning.

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Lakewood computer shop seeing shortage in laptops as more students switch to online learning.

“We still are getting calls all the time for laptops and we just can’t keep up with the demand,” said Burt Tardy, manager of E-Tech Computers.


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Tardy says when schools and workplaces went virtual in mid-March, the demand for computers exploded.

“All of a sudden, our phones started to ring off the hook. Everybody wanted a laptop,” Tardy added.

The phones at E-Tech are still ringing off the hook, Tardy says. He’s scrambling to get more laptops because there’s only one MacBook in the store right now.

“We have a company that we are in contact with that has a

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Donations pour in for Tarlac programmer who repairs computers for free

Elroy Mariano

Mark Anthony Perez, 22, has been repairing computers for free to help students in Tarlac who will be using these for their online classes. The story of his generosity went viral, inspiring Manila-based computer store Gigahertz to donate defective laptops and computer memories. (Contributed)

BAMBAN, TARLAC–A computer store in Manila on Saturday donated 49 defective laptops to a programmer in Tarlac City who has been repairing laptops and computers without charges.

According to Mark Anthony Perez, 22, the staff of the computer store Gigahertz went to their home for the donation after learning about his free repair service.

Perez said the store also gave him 43 pieces of 2-gigabyte (GB) random-access memory (RAM), four pieces of 4-GB RAM, and eight pieces of 8-GB RAM.

Perez who started the campaign on Aug. 27 now works with Patrick Johnry Salita, Dinard Nicosia, Francisco Muan, Aldrin Marck Medrano, Nicolas Espenilla and Sherwin Perez

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Springfield computer repair shop sees demand for laptops amid pandemic

Elroy Mariano

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The COVID-19 pandemic has more people working and even learning virtually these days, leaving computer shops busier than ever.

a desktop computer sitting on top of a book shelf: KY3

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“People were desperate to find any machine they could use to work from home,” said Computer Hospital technician, Memphis Grizzard.


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Computer Hospital is busy with sales and even rebooting old computers. Grizzard said they can barely keep computers in stock.

”That’s where we’ve really ramped up. Older machines that people were no longer using but now they need them,” said Grizzard. ”Supply and demand definitely changed. We were selling out of everything. It’s hard to keep stuff now.”

His shop mainly focuses on repairs, but it does sell reused computers.

“I have way more people who are looking to buy a computers than looking to sell one,” said Grizzard.

He said business has been busier lately too with

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Mexico tortilla shop provides free TV, internet access for school kids | Lifestyle

Elroy Mariano

MEXICO CITY — A tortilla shop has started giving free wifi and television access for kids in its Mexico City neighborhood whose homes don’t have them, or whose brothers and sisters are already using the services for remote learning during the pandemic.

Mexico’s government schools started at-distance classes Aug. 24 using televised lessons due to the coronavirus, because 94% of Mexican homes have TVs. But there are often many youngsters in a Mexican family and they all need to look up something online or watch classes at the same time.

That is where the “Rinconcito de Esperanza” — the Corner of Hope — comes in. The owners of Grandma’s Tortilla Shop in the southern borough of Tlalpan set up learning areas to offer free tutoring, TV and computer access.

The assemblage of space spills out of the store into a tent set up on the sidewalk outside, and continues into

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Las Vegas music store struggles during pandemic, CCSD students not renting instruments | Las Vegas Local Breaking News, Headlines

Elroy Mariano

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Music stores are struggling to get by during the pandemic. Many local shops rely on instrument rentals from students but with distance learning, most families aren’t renting. 

David Kessler with Kessler & Sons Music said rentals are down by more than 50 percent. The storage unit that normally sits empty in September, is full. 

“They’re ready for rent, ready for kids,” said Kessler. 

kids are not taking them home. 

“With not just distance learning, but with doing the split semester program in middle schools, there’s a lot of programs that just don’t have year long band this time around,” said Kessler. 

CCSD gave instruments to some students. Kessler’s shop helped get them ready. 

“Our repair shop was double this summer because we were cleaning instruments for Clark County School District, sterilizing and disinfecting them,” Kessler said. 

He said the repair shop and website is why their

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Quantum Computer Developed by Chinese Physicists May Achieve Quantum Supremacy One Million Times Greater than Sycamore from Google

Elroy Mariano

The team at Quantum Resistant Ledger (QRL), a post-Quantum value store and decentralized communication layer, notes that there’s recently been what appears to be “another quantum leap” in the field of quantum computing.

The QRL team states:

“The team at @ustc potentially achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ one million times greater than the record currently held by Sycamore. Things can advance quickly and unexpectedly, and $QRL is ready for it, today.”

As reported by the SCMP, China now claims that it has taken “a quantum leap” with a machine that may be able to process information a million times faster than Google’s latest quantum computer, called Sycamore.

Physicist Pan Jianwei and his research team may have achieved quantum supremacy, however, we need more verification at this time. Jianwei’s team is backed by the Chinese government.

He works as a physicist at the University of Science and Technology of China, where he

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Data Mining Definition

Elroy Mariano

What Is Data Mining?

Data mining is a process used by companies to turn raw data into useful information. By using software to look for patterns in large batches of data, businesses can learn more about their customers to develop more effective marketing strategies, increase sales and decrease costs. Data mining depends on effective data collection, warehousing, and computer processing.

Data mining processes are used to build machine learning models that power applications including search engine technology and website recommendation programs.

How Data Mining Works

Data mining involves exploring and analyzing large blocks of information to glean meaningful patterns and trends. It can be used in a variety of ways, such as database marketing, credit risk management, fraud detection, spam Email filtering, or even to discern the sentiment or opinion of users.

The data mining process breaks down into five steps. First, organizations collect data and load it into their

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Pawn Shop Software Market May Set New Growth Story

Elroy Mariano

Pawn Shop Software

Global Pawn Shop Software Market Report from AMA Research highlights deep analysis on market characteristics, sizing, estimates and growth by segmentation, regional breakdowns & country along with competitive landscape, players market shares, and strategies that are key in the market. The exploration provides a 360° view and insights, highlighting major outcomes of the industry. These insights help the business decision-makers to formulate better business plans and make informed decisions to improved profitability. In addition, the study helps venture or private players in understanding the companies in more detail to make better informed decisions.

Major Players in This Report Include,
Bravo Pawn Systems (United States), Data Age Business Systems (United States), ServiceCentral Technologies (United States), Snap Software (United States), Hi-Tech Pawn Software (United States), Moneywell (United States), Le Sun Technologies (India), Pawn Wizard (United States), PawnMate Inc. (Canada) and Inc. (United States) are some of the key

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TikTok, WeChat to be banned from U.S. app stores this Sunday

Elroy Mariano

The Department of Commerce has announced that TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the U.S. from Sunday, September 20, amid national security concerns.


In a press release on Friday September 18, the department stated: ‘In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.


The following transactions will be prohibited:

  1. Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates
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