“REFUGEE TO ENTREPRENEUR” PROGRAM GIVES FREE WEB DESIGN TO REFUGEES“

“Refugee to Entrepreneur” Program Gives Free Web Design to Refugees

According to one Toronto media group, many refugees share the same qualities as successful entrepreneurs: They exhibit the drive and determination to both set and achieve lofty goals.

Many refugees operated small businesses prior to relocation, and, though uprooted, their instinct to succeed remains. The only thing missing? Funding. This is where Little Dragon Media comes in.

The media company, titled after Bruce Lee’s Mandarin byname, has launched the Refugee to Entrepreneur program to provide free business services such as marketing and web design for the entrepreneurial-minded refugee. Any migrant may apply, as long as they meet a few basic standards.

“A refugee technically has many of the skills and qualities required to be a successful entrepreneur, such as drive, hunger and resilience,” said Penny MacGillivray, program coordinator at Little Dragon media. “They often just lack the funds and marketing knowledge to take the leap into entrepreneurship, which is where we think we can help.”

According to Little Dragon, the program is best suited for those with a strong command of the English or French languages, as well as proven expertise in their field. The program is open to people in nearly any industry including plumbers, movers, electricians, and restauranteurs.

Once accepted, the future business owners receive everything from logo design and web hosting to a free domain and training sessions.

“When refugees get to work, they win, and their community wins,” said Ms. MacGillivray. “Many refugees are highly educated and skilled people. Also some of them were already running successful businesses in their home country before war and political turmoil pushed them to leave everything behind and flee their homeland. It only makes sense to help them recreate their businesses here whenever possible.”

In a world where refugees find themselves targets of public scrutiny and face increasing threat of deportation, its a breath of fresh air to see Little Dragon supporting those in need. Through a similar effort, Starbucks has taken action to hire 10,000 refugees within the next five years. Support of this magnitude promotes a much-needed sense of unity across the world.

In the words of Little Dragon CEO Amine Rahal, “at the end of the day, we’re all newcomers. Whether you’re a 5th generation Scottish, 3rd generation Italian or 1st generation Syrian, it’s pretty much the same thing. This is the new world and opportunities are available for everyone.”

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Toronto Web Design Agency Launches “Refugee to Entrepreneur” Program to Offer Free Web Development and Marketing Services to Refugees

The program will help refugees who meet the minimum requirements stated on the company’s website, such as a good command of the English language (or French for those based in Quebec), proof of company registration (preferred but not necessary), education or proof of expertise in their field, proof of refugee status, a minimum of 2 references and certifications or accreditations if those apply. “We have limited resources so obviously we cannot help everyone, especially those that cannot speak the language or those without proper paperwork and education, but for those refugees that meet our criteria, this could be a great opportunity.”

“When refugees get to work, they win, and their community wins. Many refugees are highly educated and skilled people. Also some of them were already running successful businesses in their home country before war and political turmoil pushed them to leave everything behind and flee their homeland. It only makes sense to help them recreate their businesses here whenever possible,” said Ms. MacGillivray.

For refugees that meet the criteria, Little Dragon will offer a free package which includes:

  • Free website design (up to 5 static pages).
  • Free logo design.
  • Free web hosting for 1 year.
  • Free domain name for 1 year.
  • Free training on how to update site and use back-end features
  • Free Google My Business Account Setup & Optimization
  • Free Social Media Channels Setup (Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn).
  • Free Citation Profiles Creation & Optimization on 5 Local Directories (e.g. Yelp, Yellow Pages, etc…)

Amine Rahal, founder and CEO of the company, adds, “Giving back to the community is one of the core principles of our agency, and right now there is a huge need to help thousands of refugees settle and make a new life for themselves in this country. These people represent a tremendous workforce for our country if we give them the chance. Also, at the end of the day, we’re all newcomers. Whether you’re a 5th generation Scottish, 3rd generation Italian or 1st generation Syrian, it’s pretty much the same thing. This is the new world and opportunities are available for everyone. The inspiration behind our company’s name, Little Dragon, comes from Bruce Lee, who in China was called Xiao Long (Mandarin for “Little Dragon”). During a famous interview he did in the seventies, Bruce Lee was asked:  do you consider yourself Chinese or American, to which he answered: I consider myself a human being. Under the skies, under the heavens, we are but one family. It just so happens that we look different.”

For more details on the Little Dragon Media’s “Refugee to Entrepreneur” program, email [email protected], or contact Penny MacGillivray, 647-348-4995, [email protected]

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Got an iPhone 6 Plus with ‘Touch Disease’? Apple Launches Program to Help Fix That

If you need the iPhone 6 Plus touch disease fix, Apple has launched a program to help owners of the devices find help for this frustrating defect.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) recently acknowledged that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may actually exhibit ‘Touch Disease’ symptoms, and has rolled out a program to help fix the “disease.”

The term ‘Touch Disease’ was coined on the internet to refer to the display flickering or Multi-Touch issues that surface after the iPhone 6 Plus undergoes stress, such as being bent several times or dropped on a hard surface.

Many iPhone 6 Plus users have in fact complained that the touchscreen will stop working entirely for several months. The issue reportedly stems from faulty chips inside the devices, according to repair site iFixit. When the iPhone 6 Plus is dropped or bent, the chips become loose.

Now, the California-based tech company has said it will repair affected iPhone 6 Plus devices for a service fee of $149 — as long as your screen isn’t cracked or broken, and the phone is in working order.

Although some iPhone 6 users have also reported the issue, Apple’s new ‘Touch Disease’ repair service, (officially named Multi-Touch Repair Program) only applies to the larger-sized iPhone 6 Plus for now.

Apple’s Multi-Touch Repair Program

According to the Support team on Apple’s official website, you must choose one of the following options prior to any service to verify that your iPhone 6 Plus is eligible for this program, and is in working order:

  • Apple Authorized Service Provider – Find one here.
  • Apple Retail Store – Make an appointment here.
  • Apple Technical Support – Contact us.

Once your device is cleared for repair, you are advised to back up your data to iTunes or iCloud before taking it to an Apple Authorized Service Provider for the repair service.

Apple added on its website that it will also reach out to iPhone 6 Plus users who may have already paid for a service repair related to this ‘Touch Disease’ issue, either through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange reimbursement.

“The reimbursement amount will equal the difference between the price you paid for the original service to your iPhone 6 Plus and the $149 service price,” Apple wrote.

Apple’s Multi-Touch Repair Program covers affected iPhone 6 Plus devices worldwide for 5 years after the first retail sale of the unit, added the tech company.

Image: Apple

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Facebook Bug Bounty Program Awards Indians the Most for Finding Flaws

Facebook Bug Bounty Program Awards Indians the Most for Finding Flaws

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Facebook distributed a total of $611,471 to 149 researchers in H1 2016
  • Indians received the biggest share of the bounty in the period
  • Facebook received 9,000 security reports in first six months of 2016

Indians remain the biggest beneficiaries in Facebook’s Bug Bounty program, the company’s initiative to allow security researchers to find flaws on its platform. Joey Tyson, a security engineer at the company, wrote in a post that Indians lead the world when it comes to raking in the moolah, taking the biggest chunk of the $611,741 (roughly Rs 4.08 crores) distributed to 149 researchers via the program between January and June 2016.

(Also see: Bug Bounty Hunters and the Companies That Pay Them)

The USA and Mexico took the next two spots in the list of countries whose developers get the most money for finding bugs on Facebook. The company has distributed over $5 million among more than 900 researchers under the program in the five years since its inception.

India has been a dominant force in the Facebook bug bounty program over the past few years. Cyber-security researchers and developers from India had been awarded roughly Rs 4.8 crores since the program was started, according to data the company released in March this year. Facebook did not reveal the breakup of the bounty distribution for the first half of 2016.

Facebook’s Bug Bounty program lets white hat hackers report vulnerabilities in Facebook and its acquired companies and products, such as Instagram, Free Basics, Oculus, and Onavo. With the help of the Bug Bounty program, security researchers were able to report over 9,000 bugs on Facebook platforms in the first half of the year.

(Also see: Facebook Fixes Flaw That Could’ve Let Anyone Access Your Account)

This year, Facebook added WhatsApp to the program, expanded payment options to include Bitcoin, and switched to an automated payment process so researchers can be paid faster, Tyson said in the post. Additionally, the award notifications now include information on how the specific bounty was determined.

More changes are coming to the initiative, as Facebook plans to share more educational resources on security fundamentals and topics specific to our products.

Tags: Facebook, Facebook India, Facebook bug bounty, Facebook Security Researchers, White Hat Hackers

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