Monday, June 29, 2015

Elance-oDesk Relaunches as Upwork



After Elance merged with oDesk last December 2013, Elance-oDesk now relaunches as Upwork. With a new name to start a new chapter comes a new freelance talent platform, also called Upwork.


Matching Global Online Talent Pool with Businesses

Today, more and more independent workforce goes online, looking for alternative career that gives them the option to work from home with flexible working hours. Aside from freeing professionals from having to work at a set time and place, this shift to online freelance is making it easier for clients to connect and work with talent in near realtime. And Upwork is positioned to lead the online work industry into a new chapter.

Businesses are already posting more than 3 million freelance jobs and conducting 100 million searches annually on the Elance and oDesk platforms.

In the U.S. alone, 53 million professionals freelanced last year. Globally, independent professionals are earning more than $1 trillion per year. Freelancers were already earning $1 billion annually via Elance-oDesk.

The new freelance talent platform, Upwork, is investing heavily in adding data science models to help match the very best workers with the very best companies.

Upwork is the driving force behind the reimagination of work and represents a new chapter of innovation. As part of the new Upwork platform, the company also debuted new features aimed at connecting businesses with quality talent faster within minutes, regardless of where the professional happens to be. Upwork’s new platform will radically disrupt hiring norms, which is most time-consuming and traditionally takes 3-4 weeks to hire.

Upwork’s innovations will make it possible to hire in minutes or less by factoring in availability and immediacy of response (i.e., is the freelancer available to engage in a chat--‐like interview instantly?) when finding freelancers.

To do this the platform utilizes:

o Enhanced matching algorithms developed by Upwork’s team of Stanford PhDs.

o A new work status feature that allows freelancers to set their availability (“Right away,” “Later” or “Not looking”).

o Upwork’s new mobile app makes it possible to post jobs, submit proposals, review applicants and contract on the fly-–enabling hires to be made from devices in minutes.

– Upwork's real-time group collaboration tool is free and made available to anyone on the web with no limitations (users don’t have to be an Upwork customer otherwise).

These new features enable immediate collaboration after a hire, allowing clients to file share and communicate with their new workers instantaneously. Support for video and integrations with popular tools such as GitHub, Google Drive and Jira are also expected later in 2015.

Upwork is based in Mountain View, California, with offices in San Francisco, California, and Oslo, Norway.

Visit www.upwork.com for more information

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Under the Dome Season 3 premiers exclusively on RTL-CBS Entertainment

In an exclusive preview screening event, it was announced that the two-hour Under the Dome Season 3 entitled "Move On" premiere will air on on RTL-CBS Entertainment HD this July 1, 2015 at 9:55 PM.

This science-fiction TV series based on a Stephen King novel was such a hit that it received the "Most Popular Drama Series on Television” award in 2013. The town of Chester’s Mill was sealed off from the world by an enormous transparent dome that suddenly appears and area's inhabitants were forced to deal with the post-apocalyptic situation.

While the first two seasons focused on calamities and the big picture, Season 3 zooms in on the characters and their subplots. Loose ends will be tied up such as Melanie's return.



In the Season 2 finale, Barbie (Mike Vogel) led the search for a way out of the dome into the mysterious tunnels beneath the town. But not everyone made it out of the dome alive and this included Julia (Rachelle Lafevre). Barbie's efforts to come back for his love Julie proved futile.

With the love of his life gone, Barbie struggled moving on with his life after his mysterious experience in the tunnels beneath the town.

Barbie is reunited with the rest of the refugees in a field outside the dome when his girlfriend urged him to visit on Chester’s Mill once again. He sees Melanie (supposedly dead) walk down the street and vanish. He sets to unravel a mystery and discovers that residents appear both inside and outside of the Dome.

In Season 3, the Dome begins to reveal its real purpose and what it wants from the townspeople. New threats appear and unlikely alliances form. The townspeople are wary on whom they can trust. Battle lines are drawn that will alter relationships in ways none of them could ever imagine.



Joining the cast this season is Emmy Award® winner Marg Helgenberger as Christine Price, an therapist who helps the town’s residents cope with all the trauma associated with the bizarre phenomena that had cut them off from civilization.

RTL-CBS Entertainment is available on Sky Cable Channel 53 (SD) & Channel 196 (HD), Destiny Cable Channel 53, Cable Link Channel 37 (SD) and Channel 313 (HD) plus Dream Satellite Channel 17.
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