Weekend reading: Lockdown links for days

What caught my eye this week. I have seen a few stock market corrections and crashes up close. Yet it still amazes me the speed with which everything changes. One minute (actually it felt like one decade) you’re arguing with people who proclaim that high-quality government bonds have become riskier than shares, or that the sustainable withdrawal rate should be 0.04% higher. The next minute – WHOOSH! – the world’s major indices have fallen by 20-35% or more: FTSE All-Share. Note the swan div...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, London, China, Marketing, US, Tesla, Bank Of England, Tesco, Earth, Bbc, Atlantic, Britain, NHS, Virgin Galactic

Soothing, Uplifting Resources for Parents & Caregivers Stressed by the COVID-19 Crisis

When COVID-19 closed schools and shuttered theaters and concert venues, response was swift. Stars ranging from the Cincinnati zoo’s hippo Fiona to Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda leapt to share free content with suddenly homebound viewers. Coldplay’s frontman, Chris Martin, separated from his bandmates by international borders, played a mini gig at home, as did country star Keith Urban, with his wife, Nicole Kidman, lurking in the background. Choreographer Debbie Allen got people off the c...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Life, Bbc, Nature, Nicole Kidman, Newcastle, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Shakespeare, Keith Urban, Hayao Miyazaki, Hamilton, Cincinnati

A Slashdotter's Take On a Way To Use Smartphones To Defeat the Coronavirus Pandemic

Longtime Slashdot reader dbart writes: With the near ubiquitous use of smartphones in America, it's sensible to seize upon this resource to help with the coronavirus pandemic. Here's my take on a way to use smartphones to deal with the pandemic: America does not currently have a good coronavirus test -- but they are in development. Once a test is available there should be a smartphone app ready to deploy immediately. The app should work like this: A person would be tested for the virus at a te...
Tags: Cdc, America, Tech, Slashdot

The Ethics of Responding to Negative Online Reviews

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** These days the online world matters just as much as the offline world when it comes to conducting business. The Yellow Pages have been replaced by Google and apps, just as restaurant and movie reviews in newspapers have now been co-opted by the online reviews of actual customers. And just like every other technology-based trend, lawyers are no longer immune from the effects of the online review ecos...
Tags: Google, New York, Law, Web/Tech, North Carolina, Ethics Committee, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Google My Business, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black

Greenland's Melting Ice Raised Global Sea Level By 2.2mm In Two Months

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Last year's summer was so warm that it helped trigger the loss of 600 billion tons of ice from Greenland -- enough to raise global sea levels by 2.2mm in just two months, new research has found. Unlike the retreat of sea ice, the loss of land-based glaciers directly causes the seas to rise, imperiling coastal cities and towns around the world. Scientists have calculated that Greenland's enormous ice sheet lost an average of 268 billion tons ...
Tags: Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Atlantic, Antarctica, Greenland, University of California Irvine, Isabella Velicogna, Velicogna

How to Move your iCloud and Apple Photos to Google Photos

A friend writes - “Any suggestions on how to combine the Google photo library with iPhoto. Which is a better platform for keeping the photos? Google seems to be very handy in sorting and searching. Would love to know your views”I am a big fan of Google Photos for several reasons - you get unlimited storage space, Google is pretty good at visual image search and you can have collaborative photo albums where multiple people can upload to a common folder. Transfer Photos from Apple iCloud / Mac...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Images, Mac, Seo, Archives, Google Photos, Apple Photos, Apple Mac, CTRL

Google Assistant Now Sings You Through the Proper Way to Wash Your Hands

As part of a collab with the World Health Organization, Google announced a new Assistant command Friday to walk (or, rather, sing) users through one of the most basic yet crucial defenses against spreading potentially fatal contagions: washing your hands.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Pandemic, Google Assistant, Coronavirus, Covid 19, World Health Organization Google

Using Apple CarPlay Impairs Driver Reaction More Than Alcohol, Study Shows

U.K. based road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has released a study showing how in-vehicle infotainment systems can substantially impair driver's reaction times even more than alcohol and cannabis. AppleInsider reports: The test involved two experimental trials focusing on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Twenty Android and twenty Apple users would be subjected to the same simulated test route. Each driver drove three times: A control drive, where they did not interact with the system, a voice-enab...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Android Auto, IAM RoadSmart

People Who Left Devices at Apple Stores for Repair Can't Get Them Until Stores Reopen

All of Apple's retail locations outside of Greater China are closed right now, and customers who left their devices for repair are unable to pick them up until the stores reopen, an Apple spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider. Apple closed all of its stores on Saturday, March 14, but stayed open for a few extra days to allow customers to pick up devices ordered for in-store pickup or that were at the store for repair. There were, however, some people who weren't able to make it into stor...
Tags: Apple, Apple Store, Apple Retail, Greater China, Apple Stores, People Who Left Devices

Risky Hack Could Double Access To Ventilators As Coronavirus Peaks

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: An emergency medicine physician says she and a colleague invented a way to connect four patients to a single ventilator, a hack that could significantly increase the capacity of overburdened hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. Doctors Greg Neyman and Charelene Irvin Babcock published a pilot study of the technique in Academic Emergency Medicine in 2006. Babock is now an emergency medicine physician at a hospital in Detroit, Michigan an...
Tags: Tech, Italy, Motherboard, Briggs, Detroit Michigan, Babock, Greg Neyman, Charelene Irvin Babcock, Motherboard Babcock

Microsoft Teases Revamped UI For Windows 10

In celebration of Windows 10 hitting 1 billion users, Microsoft's chief product officer Panos Panay teased Windows 10's next UI refresh. Gizmodo reports: In the video posted to Instagram, Microsoft starts by showing the evolution of its OS throughout the years going as far back as Windows 1.01 all the way to Windows 10. However, where things start to get interesting is around 12 seconds in when Microsoft shows off a new set of updated icons followed by a redesigned look for Windows 10's Start Me...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Intel, Amd, Gizmodo, Panos Panay, Instagram Microsoft

Here’s how to help restaurants while socially distancing yourself

The restaurant industry might look a lot different once we come out of this pandemic. As social distancing and lockdowns ripple across the nation in an attempt to fight COVID-19, some restaurants won’t be able to handle the lack of income and might tip into bankruptcy. Some might never reopen again. Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented a 90-day moratorium, or temporary prohibition, on evictions for residents and businesses such as restaurants. Ayr Muir, the owner of Clove...
Tags: Google, Food, TC, New York, Instagram, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Austin, Usa Today, Andrew Cuomo, Mike Krieger, Ali, Opentable, Eniac Ventures, Kabbage

The Nokia 8.3 Is the First Truly Global 5G Phone

HMD Global today unveiled its latest Nokia-branded mobile phones. "The Nokia 8.3 5G is the world's first global 5G phone, which means it supports bands in every country in which 5G is currently deployed," reports Android Police. "At the same time, the Nokia 5.3, 1.3, and a new roaming data plan from HMD also made their debut." From the report: Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G mobile platform, the Nokia 8.3 5G promised a future-proofed experience as it supports more 5G bands across the ent...
Tags: Google, Europe, Nokia, Tech, Nfc, Zeiss, NSA SA DSS

Hackers Breach FSB Contractor and Leak Details About IoT Hacking Project

Russian hacker group Digital Revolution claims to have breached a contractor for the FSB -- Russia's national intelligence service -- and discovered details about a project intended for hacking Internet of Things (IoT) devices. From a report: The group published this week 12 technical documents, diagrams, and code fragments for a project called "Fronton." ZDNet has not seen the documents first hand since they are still password-protected; however, the hackers provided the files to BBC Russia ear...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Bbc, Fsb, Zdnet, Digital Revolution, Fronton ZDNet, FSB Information Security Center Read

How much 1,000 views on YouTube is worth, according to 8 creators

YouTube's Partner Program allows influencers to earn money off their YouTube channels by placing ads within videos.  Google places these ads and pays a creator based on factors like a video's watch time, length, and viewer demographic. Business Insider spoke with eight YouTube creators about how much each of them earn on average for every 1,000 views.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. Creators on YouTube earn a certain amount of money for every 1,000 views they get on a single video.   H...
Tags: Google, New York, Youtube, Church, Trends, Linkedin, Paypal, Silicon Valley, US Navy, Business Insider, Blake, NC State University, Roberto Blake, Natalie Barbu, Shelby Church, YouTube s Partner Program

Tesla partner Panasonic is shutting down its operations at Nevada gigafactory

Panasonic is pulling its 3,500 employees from the massive Nevada factory it operates with partner Tesla over concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The company said Friday it will ramp down operations early next week and then close for 14 days. The move only affects Panasonic employees. Tesla also employs thousands of workers at the so-called Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada. Tesla could not be reached for comment. Gigafactory 1, which broke ground in June 2014, is a critical ingredient i...
Tags: TC, Tech, Spokesperson, Tesla, Companies, Automotive, Panasonic, Nevada, Home Appliances, Gigafactory, Powerwall, Fremont Calif, Industries, Sparks Nevada, Sparks Nevada Tesla, Panasonic Tesla

Best Buy 3-Day Sale: Up to 55% off iPad, Beats Studio 3, MacBook Air, and more

Best Buy's 3-Day Sale features up to 55% off the iPad Mini, Beats Studio 3, 55-inch Samsung NU6900 4K TV, Acer Chromebook 15, and MacBook Air.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Samsung, Trends, Computing, Ipad Mini, Home Theater, MacBook Air, Acer Chromebook 15, Beats Studio 3, WFH, Samsung NU6900 4K TV

Apple TV+ Streaming Quality Lowered in Europe to Reduce Network Strain

The European Union has asked streaming services to temporarily reduce streaming quality to ease the strain on broadband networks caused by people working from home, a request that Netflix, YouTube, and now Apple TV+ have complied with. Netflix cut streaming data bitrates yesterday, while YouTube reduced streaming quality this morning. According to 9to5Mac, ‌Apple TV‌+ streaming quality was recently lowered as well, resulting in lower resolution streams and heavily compressed content with visi...
Tags: Apple, Europe, European Union, Netflix, United States, Netflix YouTube, Apple TV Plus

iFixit Is Building a Repair Database For Medical Equipment, and It Needs Your Help

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Repair specialist iFixit is building a database filled with repair information for the world's hospital equipment in anticipation of the increased demand caused by COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In particular, it's calling for repair manuals for ventilators and BiPAP machines that can be used as ventilators. iFixit's database can be found here, and the company is calling for people to create new device pages and upload p...
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Google has canceled the rest of I/O over coronavirus concerns

Earlier this month, we reported Google had canceled the physical portion of its annual I/O conference over coronavirus-induced fears. At the time, the company appeared to still be planning on some kind of streaming event, as it had said it would “explore other ways to evolve Google I/O.” But today, the company announced it wouldn’t be holding any kind of event at all. In a statement posted to its I/O hub, the company now says: Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider

Californians can now order alcoholic beverages to go

In a memo yesterday detailing relief efforts for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has temporarily allowed retailers to sell alcoholic beverages for takeout. This lifts a ban previously imposed on restaurants and bars to only sell alcohol in-house. Bars can sell manufactured pre-packaged containers of liquid, such as pre-mixed drinks, cocktails, beer or wine, to customers to go when the beverage is purchased with a meal. If you...
Tags: TC, Alcohol, Tech, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Ex-Uber Engineer Pleads Guilty To Stealing Trade Secrets From Google

Anthony Levandowski, former Google engineer and a pioneer of self-driving car tech, agreed to plead guilty Thursday to stealing trade secrets from the internet giant. CNET reports: Levandowski left Google in 2016 to start his own self-driving truck company, which was quickly acquired by Uber for $680 million. These actions set off a chain of events that led to Google's autonomous vehicle unit, Waymo, suing Uber over alleged theft of self-driving car trade secrets. That lawsuit settled in Februar...
Tags: Google, Tech, Cnet, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski

YouTube goes SD streaming by default in Europe due to COVID-19 (techcrunch)

YouTube has switched to standard definition streaming by default in Europe. We asked the company if it planned to do this yesterday — today a spokeswoman confirmed the step. The move was reported earlier by Reuters. It’s a temporary measure in response to calls by the European Commission for streaming platforms to help ease demand on Internet infrastructure during the coronavirus crisis. Users can still manually adjust video quality but defaults remain a powerful tool to influence overall outc...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, News, Youtube, Eu, Netflix, Ofcom, European Commission, World Health Organization, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Reuters, Breton, Natasha Lomas, Thierry Breton

The best web browsers for 2020

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and Edge against one another to find the best browsers for most users.
Tags: Apple, Google Chrome, Firefox, Trends, Web, Computing, Opera, Best Of, Internet Explorer, Tier 4

Zumper fast-tracks online tour tools, presses on with hiring plans

The nation's largest rental search and transaction platform has pushed up the launch of new online tour tools to counter the "coronavirus market." HUD's call to delay evictions could have long-standing impact on property market.
Tags: Technology, Renting, Radio, Hud, Zumper, Select, News Brief, Rental Market, Apartment Market, PROPtech, Anthemos Georgiades, Coronavirus, Eviction Stay, Kelsey Grady, Online Tours

Healthcare startups Nurx and Carbon Health ship at-home COVID-19 test sample kits

Efforts to get at-home test kits for the COVID-19 coronavirus are ramping up quickly, and two more health industry startups are bringing their own products to market, with both Carbon Health and Nurx starting shipping of their own in-home sample collection kits. Both of these new offerings are the same in terms of approach to testing: They deliver swab-based sample collection hardware that people can use at home to collect a mucus sample which they then ship back using including safety approved,...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Medicine, Fsa, Tech, Carbon, Food And Drug Administration, HPV, Fda, HSA, Nurx, EverlyWell, Carbon Health, Eren Bali

NASA confirms Commercial Crew still a priority, but James Webb Telescope testing and other activities paused

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has been sharing regular updates about how his agency is approaching the rapidly changing global coronavirus pandemic situation. This week, NASA escalated its response multiple times due to changing circumstances, including changing the state of working conditions at all of its facilities across the country, and on Friday the agency summarized the current status of each of its facilities and major projects in a comprehensive update. Work continues on a few m...
Tags: Food, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, California, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Orion, Lockheed Martin, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Boeing

In response to COVID-19, Hulu adds a free live news stream to its on-demand app

In response to the COVID-10 outbreak, Hulu is adding a free, live news stream to its app for customers who only subscribe to its on-demand service, not its live TV add-on. The news coverage is provided in partnership with ABC News Live, and brings live news 24/7 to Hulu on-demand subscribers as part of their existing subscription. This includes those who pay for Hulu alone as well as those who pay for the newer Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ bundle subscription, the company noted. And it will be available t...
Tags: News, Media, Tech, Netflix, National Security Council, Hulu, Abc News, Sling TV, ABC News Live, Coronavirus, Disney Hulu ESPN, COVID-19, COVID

Customers can’t get their iPhones back if they left them at an Apple Store before they closed amid the coronavirus pandemic (AAPL)

On March 14th, Apple officially closed every one of its stores outside of China over coronavirus concerns — but stayed open for two days after that just so customers could pick up iPhones or other devices that had been left for repairs. Apple sent emails and tried to call customers who had devices being repaired at its stores, but some customers couldn't be reached, or otherwise couldn't make the two-day pick-up window to get their devices.  For customers who missed the two-day pickup window, ...
Tags: Apple, China, Trends, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, Apple Store, Apple Stores

Walmart, Amazon, Domino’s hiring thousands amid coronavirus pandemic

Scores of U.S. jobs have been lost amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic, but Walmart, Amazon and Domino’s Pizza have big hiring plans for California. Walmart plans to hire 6,200 in California during a nationwide push for 150,000 new employees. They will work at company stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. The mega-retailer operates local distribution centers in Mira Loma, Riverside and Apple Valley. The new hires will initially be temporary, the company said, but many ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Food, Business, News, California, Los Angeles, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Grass Valley, Local News, Southern California, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Dave Clark

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