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Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Says Countries Must Accept Deportees or Lose Visas

The U.S. says that lifting stay-at-home rules too soon could result in a spike in infections. Apple and Google are working on a cellphone feature to help with contact tracing.
Tags: Apple, Google, News, Trump, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Japanese University Students Attend Graduation Through Robots

A couple successful university students were blessed with the opportunity of attending their graduation ceremony remotely due to the Coronavirus, a humorous spectacle that allows people to continue their lives without worrying about the Chinese plague. While several mass gatherings have been cancelled by the dreaded Wuhan disease, one particular ceremony held at Tokyo’s Business […]
Tags: Japan, Technology, Events, University, Robots, Tokyo, Anime, Wuhan, Coronavirus


'Burning Man' Festival in Nevada Cancelled This Year, Will Move Online

"We don't think it's practical for us to continue waiting and hoping for the best," explains the official Burning Man site, adding "public health and the well-being of our participants, staff, and neighbors in Nevada are our highest priorities." And thus, SFGate reports that the 2020 festival's communal creation of Black Rock City scheduled to begin August 30th "will now be built virtually after organizers decided Friday to cancel this year's Burning Man event due to the coronavirus pandemic."...
Tags: Tech, Nevada, Black Rock City


Walgreens Shoppers Get 3% Cash Back When Using Drive-Thru Ordering With Apple Card Through June 30

Apple today sent out emails to Apple Card holders letting them know that the three percent cash back perk at Walgreens has been expanded to include drive-thru ordering until June 30. When using an ‌Apple Card‌ to make a payment through the drive-thru ordering feature, Walgreens shoppers will get three percent cash back. Apple and Walgreens are also continuing to offer three percent cash back when making touchless payments with ‌Apple Card‌ using Apple Pay in-store and when using ‌Apple Card‌ ...
Tags: Apple, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Apple Card


Walgreens Shoppers Get 3% Cash Back When Using Drive-Thru Ordering With Physical Apple Card Through June 30

Apple today sent out emails to Apple Card holders letting them know that the three percent cash back perk at Walgreens has been expanded to include drive-thru ordering until June 30. When using the physical ‌Apple Card‌ to make a payment through the drive-thru ordering feature, Walgreens shoppers will get three percent cash back. Apple and Walgreens are also continuing to offer three percent cash back when making touchless payments with ‌Apple Card‌ using Apple Pay in-store and when using ‌Ap...
Tags: Apple, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Apple Card


Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Warns of Spike in Infections if Stay-at-Home Rules Are Lifted

Global supply chains are disrupted, leading to shortages of critical goods. Apple and Google said they were working on a cellphone feature to help with contact tracing.
Tags: Apple, Google, News, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, U S Warns of Spike


A Smart Toilet Could Identify You By Your 'Analprint' and Detect Diseases

A prototype smart toilet that can identify you by your "analprint" and monitor your trip to the loo has been created by researchers at Stanford University. It's equipped with cameras and sensors that collect information on your bodily waste, and it uses that data to look for any health issues you might have. The Verge reports: The "analprint" is the toilet's primary way of identifying each user. Much to the authors' dismay, it's also the aspect of the toilet that's gotten the most attention sinc...
Tags: Tech, Park, Salvador Dalí, Stanford University, Nature Biomedical Engineering


A List of All Streaming Services Offering Free Content and Extended Trials

Multiple streaming services are offering free content options right now, providing a wealth of free-to-watch TV shows and movies on a temporary basis. Below, we've rounded up all of the watch-free deals that we've found so far, and this is a great list to check out if you need something to do this weekend. Apple TV+ Many people who have purchased a new Apple product lately already have a complimentary one-year subscription to Apple TV+, but for those that don't, Apple is offering several A...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hbo, Featured, Samsung, Bbc, Netflix, United States, Ifc, Cbs, Lg, Hulu, Amazon Fire TV, Pbs Kids, Morty, Rick


Drones Take Italians' Temperature and Issue Fines

wiredmikey writes from a report via SecurityWeek: Authorities in Italy are using Drones equipped with heat sensors to take the temperature of citizens and send the information to a drone operator, who has a thermal map on his hand-held screen -- shining orange and purple blobs. The hovering drone emits a mechanical buzz reminiscent of a wasp and shouts down instructions in a tinny voice. "Attention! You are in a prohibited area. Get out immediately," commands the drone, about the size of a loaf ...
Tags: Tech, Italy, Copia, Matteo Copia


App-ChromeUtils-0.004

Utilities related to Google Chrome browserChanges for 0.004 - 2020-04-11[build] Rebuild to update Sah coerce rule modules (Sah::Schema::unix::local_uid now uses filters instead of coercion rules to convert username/uid and check username exists).
Tags: Google, SAH


NIH Begins Clinical Trial To Test Hydroxychloroquine To Treat COVID-19

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Thursday that it's begun enrolling participants in a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19. The Hill reports: The first participants have enrolled in the trial at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. The study will be conducted by the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. According to the NIH, the blinded, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial aims to enroll more ...
Tags: Tech, Nih, Hill, National Institutes of Health NIH, Nashville Tenn, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Rebranded Ethernet Technology Consortium Unveils 800 Gigabit Ethernet

The Ethernet Technology Consortium, the non-IEEE, tech industry-backed consortium formerly known as the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium, has announced a new 800 Gigabit Ethernet technology. AnandTech reports: As for their new 800 Gigabit Ethernet standard, at a high level 800GbE can be thought of as essentially a wider version of 400GbE. The standard is primarily based around using existing 106.25G lanes, which were pioneered for 400GbE, but doubling the number of total lanes from 4 to 8. And whi...
Tags: Mac, Tech, ETC, AnandTech, Media Access Control MAC


Tesla’s furlough calls begin with delivery and sales taking a hit

Tesla started Friday to furlough its sales and delivery workforce — with the least experienced employees bearing the brunt of the action — days after a companywide email announced salary cuts and reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several employees, who work in sales and delivery and spoke to TechCrunch on condition of anonymity, reported they were on corporate calls in which more details of the furloughs were explained. Performance is less of a factor. Instead, experience and positi...
Tags: TC, Email, Time, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Cnbc, TechCrunch, California New York, Telecommuting, Valerie Workman


Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Says Easing Restrictions Will Be His ‘Biggest Decision’ Ever

Federal projections warned of an infection spike if stay-at-home rules are relaxed. Global supply chains are disrupted, leading to goods shortages. Apple and Google said they were working on a cellphone feature to help with contact tracing.
Tags: Google, News, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Why You're Still Paying For Sports On Cable When There's No Live Sports

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Cable-TV companies are still charging customers for sports channels even as the coronavirus pandemic forces the suspension of all major sports leagues. The continued charges include Regional Sports Network (RSN) fees, which often add almost $10 to customer bills in exchange for access to local professional and college live-sports broadcasts. But RSN fees are just one piece of the puzzle, as national sports broadcasts on channels like ESPN, N...
Tags: Europe, Nbc, Tech, Ars Technica, Fox, Comcast, Mlb, RSN, Turner Sports, NBA NHL, Regional Sports Network RSN, ESPN NBC ABC, Inquirer Europe


How Privacy-Friendly Contact Tracing Can Help Stop the Spread of Covid-19

Nicky Case, working with security & privacy researcher Carmela Troncoso and epidemiologist Marcel Salathé, came up with this fantastic explanation of how we can use apps to automatically do contact tracing for Covid-19 infections while protecting people’s privacy. The second panel succinctly explains why contact tracing (in conjunction with quick, ubiquitous testing) can have such a huge benefit in a case like this: A problem with COVID-19: You’re contagious ~2 days before you know you’re infec...
Tags: Apple, Google, Jason Kottke, Carmela Troncoso, Nicky Case, Marcel Salathe, Marcel Salath, Troncoso Salath


3D-printed ‘bionic corals’ mimic a reef’s powers of photosynthesis

The mass die-off of coral reefs is a catastrophe of global proportions, but the sheer scale of their success as organisms has lessons for science. Case in point: these 3D-printed “bionic corals” from Cambridge researchers that are more than scaffolds for fragile microorganisms — they’re built out of them. If 3D-printed corals sound familiar, that’s because a couple of years ago some other researchers suggested using structures printed to resemble the complex shapes of reefs as solid bases on whi...
Tags: TC, Science, Tech, 3d Printing, Cambridge, Daniel Wangpraseurt, Mantaz


New Toilet Technology Captures Your Defecation for Your Benefit

Toilet technology has soared to completely new territory as Stanford scientists have sought to provide the common populace with a more direct way of monitoring their health, that being through the tracking of their defecation and urination. Researchers at the university published a paper detailing a technology that would track a person’s urination and defecation […]
Tags: Health, Usa, Technology, Privacy, Stanford, International, Bizarre, Anime, Hygiene, Toilets, Oshiri


Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Calls Relaxing Restrictions ‘the Biggest Decision I’ll Ever Make’

Federal projections warned of an infection spike if stay-at-home rules are eased. Global supply chains are disrupted, leading to goods shortages. Apple and Google said they are working on a cellphone feature to help with contact tracing.
Tags: Google, News, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Coronavirus Contact Tracing: Apple and Google Team Up to Enable Virus Tracking

The technology giants said they would embed a feature in iPhones and Android devices to enable users to track infected people they’d come close to.
Tags: Apple, Google, News, Smartphones, Software, Apple Inc, Google Inc, Mobile Applications, Android (Operating System, Quarantines, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Virgin’s VOX Space snags $35 million Space Force launch contract and prepares for final test flights

VOX Space, the Virgin space subsidiary dedicated to government launches, has scored a valuable new contract with the U.S. Space Force and is about to move from testing to full operations, the company announced today. The Space Force contract is for three launches and valued at $35 million. The company will be launching payloads for the Defense Department’s Space Test Program-S28, a set of technology demonstrations in low Earth orbit. More than 36 satellites will be launched, “enabling advancemen...
Tags: Space, California, Cdc, Government, Tech, Virgin, Mars, Vox, Aerospace, Defense Department, U K, USSF, Virgin Orbit, Vox Space, Space Force, U S Space Force


Coronavirus conspiracies like that bogus 5G claim are racing across the internet

As the U.S. and much of the world hunkers down to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, some virus-related conspiracy theories are having a heyday. Specifically, a conspiratorial false claim that 5G technology is linked to COVID-19 gained ground, accelerating from obscurity into the rattled mainstream by way of conspiracy theorists who’d been chattering about 5G conspiracies for years. While there is scientific consensus around the basic medical realities of COVID-19, researchers are still f...
Tags: Health, TC, Facebook, UK, Youtube, America, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Fox, New York Times, The Guardian, Fda, Woody Harrelson, Conspiracy Theories, Wuhan, Jones


Instacart’s hiring spree continues as it faces unprecedented demand

Instacart is adding more support roles to help its shoppers, customers, and retail partners, as the company faces unprecedented demand for its grocery delivery services due to COVID-19 shelter in place orders. Today Instacart announced that it has doubled its Care team, from 1,200 agents to 3,000 agents. Care team employees will work on answering questions about how Instacart works, delivery issues, address mishaps, and other general woes. The hiring news comes after Instacart shoppers org...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Instacart, Hiring, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, May With


Apple fixes FaceTime, USB-C, and Office 365 bugs in macOS Catalina (ars technica)

Enlarge / The 2020 MacBook Air; this macOS update fixes a problem that could cause it to hang in Setup Assistant when the user disconnected and reconnected a 4K or 5K external display. (credit: Samuel Axon) Earlier this week, Apple released updates for iPadOS and iOS to fix a bug that prevented devices running the latest software from joining FaceTime calls with some older devices. Now, Apple has done the same with macOS and watchOS, but the macOS update includes a few additional fixes, too. A...
Tags: Apple, News, MacBook Air, Facetime, Catalina, MacBook Airs, Samuel Axon, FaceTime USB


iOS Devices Accounted for 44% of All U.S. Smartphone Activations in Q1 2020

iOS devices accounted for 44 percent of all U.S. smartphone activations during the first calendar quarter of 2020, the highest number of activations Apple has seen in a single quarter since 2016. According to the data sourced from Consumer Research Intelligence Partners, Google's Android operating system was responsible for 56 percent of all activations due to the higher number of Android smartphones out in the wild. Market share numbers for iOS and Android have largely remained stable over ...
Tags: Apple, CIRP, Mike Levin, Consumer Research Intelligence Partners Google


Zoom CEO Eric Yuan says any competitor using this moment to 'attack others' has a 'horrible culture,' as Cisco and Microsoft step up their rivalry (ZM)

As Zoom's popularity has surged, so have its privacy and security problems. As Zoom addresses its issues and takes steps to fix them, rivals like Microsoft and Cisco have swooped in to tout their own products. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan told Business Insider that while more competition is good for his platform, he believes that any company using this moment to "attack others" has a "horrible culture"   He has told his own employees that now is not the time to focus on sales and marketing.  Yuan said t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Taylor Swift, Microsoft, China, New York City, Trends, Cisco, Yuan, Don, Microsoft Teams, Eric Yuan, Jared Spataro, Webex Meetings, Zoombombing, Abhay Kulkarni Cisco


Apple TV+ is Offering Several of Its Originals for Free to Non-Subscribers for a Limited Time

Apple TV+ launched in November 2019 to little fanfare, overshadowed by the glitzy rollout of Disney+. But in contrast to another new streaming platform, Apple TV+ has a fair few original titles that are worth a watch. Sadly, they’ve been overlooked by many viewers, many of whom aren’t even aware that Apple TV+ is fully operational (partly through the fault of Apple’s lackluster marketing). But now that everyone is stuck inside and looking for new shows and movies to stream, Apple is stepping up...
Tags: Apple, Movies, US, Samsung, America, Nasa, Apple TV, International Space Station, Oscar, Philadelphia, Ussr, Lg, Charlie Brown, Hailee Steinfeld, Amazon Fire TV, Dickinson


How Parents Can Help Kids Thrive in an Uncertain Future

When psychologist Madeline Levine wrote The Price of Privilege 14 years ago, she wanted to persuade parents that pushing kids to succeed at any cost was making them suffer. But since then, the rates of anxiety and depression in kids have only increased, suggesting that life today may be even harder for them. “We’ve got fires, crazy politics, climate change, mass murders, all kinds of social uncertainty and fear. So, kids (and their parents, too) are incredibly anxious, and they don’t know how t...
Tags: Google, Parenting, Tesla, Don, Levine, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Jill Suttie, Peter Norvig, Madeline Levine


Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Calls Relaxing Restrictions a Major Decision as Projections Warn of a Possible Infection Spike

Global supply chains have been disrupted, leading to shortages of key goods. Michigan will ban travel between homes. Apple and Google said they plan to release a feature in cellphones to help with contact tracing.
Tags: Apple, Google, News, Michigan, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV



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