The North Korea rocket launch fiasco, Arab women entrepreneurs are empowering themselves and obtaining a voice, and it’s almost tax time: have you filed yet? You still have time to file through your iPhone!
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Today’s format is pretty much going back to basics, simply because I have not had the time to work on a breaking piece that I usually present in my broadcasts. I have been out and about all hours of the day to get the network to lift off. Yes lift off, so that it won’t blow up mid air and come crashing down into pieces like North Korea’s rocket launch did yesterday. Yes, it was a big fail wrapping down a big hype. Is that an indication of things to come from North Korea? All talk, and failed action? To learn more, read “North Korea suffers major blow as rocket crashes” by Ju-min Park for Reuters, and “North Korean Launch Fails” by Evan Ramstad and Laura Meckler for The Wall Street Journal. There was also a rumor on Breaking News via Twitter that North Korea’s rocket launch is halting food aid to the country now, but according to Reuters, the UN Security Council is meeting today to discuss a “possible response” to North Korea’s rocket launch, but that the most that China would accept as a reprimand of North Korea’s move was a “rebuke” of Pyongyang. New sanctions, however, would be “out of the question.”
Did you know that there was a pitch contest for startups hosted by Arabnet, “the hub for Arab digital professionals and entrepreneurs to connect and learn”, and that 40% of the pitches were from women? Anyone who is well acquainted with pitching events here in the US, and in my case, NYC, never sees such high representation of women at such co-ed events. The same is for Europe. Apparently, Arabnet isn’t the only conference that has this “closer than equal representation” of women. According to The Wall Street Journal, Oasis 500 accelerator, “the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region’s premier education and counselor driven seed investment program” aimed at developing digital startups in Jordan, 25% of applicants are women, and 40% of those accepted into the program are women. According to Startup Genome, New York City has double the number of women founders compared to Silicon Valley and London, but that the percentage still didn’t exceed 20%.
What has made the high number of women entrepreneurs in the Middle East possible? The internet! It has permitted them the chance to work from home. For these women, “working from home is a big thing”. To learn more, read the article “Arab women blaze trails in startups” by Ben Rooney for The Wall Street Journal. It’s a must read!
For those of you concerned about the “cleanliness” of your Mac computers running on the OSX operating system, read the article entitled “What’s the worst the Mac Flashback Trojan could do?” by Samantha Murphy for Mashable.
The free H&R Block At Home 1040EZ 2011 app allows you to prepare your federal and state tax returns for free, free to print, and free to e-file from your iPhone! And (in beta), take a photo of your W-2 with your iPhone and import it into your return. Visit the App Store and find out what this app can do for you to make your life easier and keep your pockets fuller. Certain terms and restrictions do apply. Visit the H&R Block At Home 1040EZ 2011 app page in the App Store to learn more. If you are wary of filing your return through the iPhone, and would like to make an appointment with an H & R professional, but still be able to track the status of your federal refund or receive an estimate of your tax refund with the H & R Block Tax Estimator, you can use their free H&R Block Mobile app for iPhone instead. Visit the H & R Block Mobile app for iPhone page in the App Store to learn more.
With the free TurboTax SnapTax app, you can do your taxes through the iPhone with the “snap of a photo”. Essentially, you take a photo of your W2 form, answer a few easy questions, review everything, pay for the preparation and filing through the phone – $24.99 for Federal and State Taxes together – and e-file securely. Visit the TurboTax SnapTax app page in the App Store to learn more.
I have also posted links to these apps on the Featured (Free) iOS apps page on the Inter-Global Media Network website.
According to Mashable, this year you have until April 17th to file your taxes. If you want to make doubly sure, you can contact the IRS directly to confirm the tax return filing deadline. They are available 7am-7pm. Monday through Friday via telephone for individuals. To find out which telephone number and schedule applies to you, visit the IRS official website. I will be posting a link to the IRS telephone assistance page within the text version of this broadcast on the Inter-Global Media Network website. Also available is the free tax software called IRS Free File, available on the IRS official website. With it, you can prepare and e-file your federal tax returns for free. There are various participating software companies working with the IRS that provide their tax return software through the IRS website. According to the IRS, some of these companies’ software programs also support state tax returns. For more information, also read the article entitled “April 17 is approaching: 4 last minute tax tips” by Emily Co for Savvy Sugar.
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And…I just wanted to remind everyone that I will be conducting my first interview event on Sunday, April 22, at 5pm with Dr. Yeou Cheng Ma, executive director of The Children’s Orchestra Society. I was actually one of the early members of the orchestra, when her father, Dr. H.T. Ma, founder of the society, ran it. I played the violin. Yeou Cheng is a mother of two, a medical doctor, executive director of a large not-for profit organization, and she runs COS with her husband, Michael Dadap, Musical Director of COS. We will be discussing her myriad accomplishments, and how she manages it all. What is the secret to her success? Find out on Sunday, April 22, at 5pm on Inter-Global Media Network’s internet radio show Pump Up The Presence. It will be our first interview event, and you can join us online!
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