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Explore the Entire World–from the Comfort of Quarantine–with 4K Walking Tours

Many of us right now are sheltering in place, or in quarantine, dreaming of that day when we can once again travel the world. And that day will come, friends, that day will come. But until then, there are already several YouTube channels set up to provide you with a chance to go on walking tours around the world, with only the sounds of the environment in your headphones. I was alerted to this by good friend Phil Gyford, who found this via Sarah Pavis (via FaveJet), and provided several ...
Tags: Google, London, College, Stanford, Russia, New York City, Italy, Brazil, Shinjuku, Bangkok, Tuscany, Facebook Twitter, Falls Church Virginia, West End of London, Elmo, MRT


Apple is reportedly worried that people won't have the money to buy new iPhones this year, and it's an ominous sign of what's to come for people's finances (AAPL)

Apple may be considering delaying the iPhone 12's launch because it's concerned that consumer demand for smartphone upgrades may be low following the coronavirus outbreak and economic fallout. That's according to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, which was published last week. Apple's reliance on China means it's likely been bracing for a worst-case scenario far earlier than most, and its moves have largely preempted broader changes and developments. The iPhone 12 is expected to be Apple's bi...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Europe, California, China, US, Samsung, Trends, United States, Italy, Korea, Illinois, Aapl, Reuters, Nikkei Asian Review, Greater China


Damon Motorcycles makes acquisition, raises $3M and extends pre-orders

EV startup Damon Motorcycles has acquired the IP of Mission Motors, raised $3 million in funding and announced a special production run of its debut model. The Vancouver-based venture unveiled the 200 mph Hypersport in January and began taking pre-orders for the e-moto, with a base price of $24,995. Damon has positioned its EV entry as an ultra-fast, smart and safe motorcycle. In addition to its go-straight-to-jail top-speed, the Hypersport boasts 200 miles of highway range, 147 ft-lbs of torque...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, Jay Leno, California, Cdc, San Francisco, Tech, Spokesperson, Tesla, Ceo, IP, Canada, United States, Motorcycles, Italy


Videoconferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during one week in March

Work-from-home policies, social distancing and government lockdowns have increased the demand for video conferencing apps, for both business and personal use. According to a new report from App Annie, out on Monday, business conferencing apps have been experiencing record growth as a result, and just hit their biggest week ever in March, when they topped 62 million downloads during the week of March 14-21. Meanwhile, social networking video app Houseparty has also seen phenomenal growth in Europ...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, Video, Microsoft, France, Germany, Tech, Spain, Ios Apps, Italy, Android Apps, Hangouts, Video Conferencing, App Annie


Video conferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during one week in March

Work-from-home policies, social distancing, and government lockdowns have increased the demand for video conferencing apps, for both business and personal use. According to a new report from App Annie, out on Monday, business conferencing apps have been experiencing record growth, as a result, and just hit their biggest week ever in March, when they topped 62 million downloads during the week of March 14-21. Meanwhile, social networking video app Houseparty has also seen phenomenal growth in Eur...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Apps, Europe, Video, Microsoft, France, Germany, Tech, Spain, Ios Apps, Italy, Android Apps, Hangouts, Video Conferencing, App Annie


The US is tracking people's movements with phone data, and it's part of a massive increase in global surveillance

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. A new index from digital rights group Top10VPN documents which countries are introducing new measures to track people's phones. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study the movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals' movements. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Governments across the world are galvanizing...
Tags: Google, South Korea, UK, Washington Post, Cdc, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Iran, Bbc, Taiwan, Austria, Brooklyn, Italy


Language lesson marketplace Preply closed $10 million just before COVID-19 hit and is now seeing a 50% spike in business

Language learning marketplace Preply has raised $10 million in funding, as it sees demand spike 50% for language tutors amid COVID-19 lockdowns. Preply pairs anyone looking to brush up their language skills with a relevant tutor, and schedules lessons and provides a virtual classroom. Preply CEO Kirill Bigai said demand had spiked in countries experiencing longer lockdowns, with bookings in Italy tripling since February. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. European language le...
Tags: Apple, London, US, Trends, Barcelona, Ukraine, Italy, Skype, Kyiv, Arthur Kosten, Hoxton Ventures, Preply, David Helgason, Dmytro Voloshyn, Kirill Bigai, Daniel Hoffen


Gamma-ray space telescope study may have spotted dark matter

Analyzing data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, researchers find hints of dark matter.The scientists looked to spot a correlation between gravitational lensing and gamma rays. Future release of data can pinpoint whether the dark matter is really responsible for observed effects. By comparing data derived from gravitational lensing and gamma ray observations by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, a study showed that certain regions of the sky emit more gamma rays. While the main cause...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Technology, California, France, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Chile, Italy, Innovation, Universe, Einstein, Dark Matter, Telescope, Stanford University


Amazon, Apple, and others are making shows, books, and sporting everts free to access online for users staying home during the coronavirus pandemic (AMZN, AAPL)

Companies like Amazon and Apple, and organizations including the NBA and NFL, are giving away free content while people are stuck at home. A third of Americans are now under some kind of shelter in place order due to the coronavirus. People who've been told to stay home and shelter in place are supposed to avoid leaving home except for essential purposes or work in a few specific sectors. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While stuck at home, people are finding ways to stay ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, China, US, NFL, Trends, Walmart, Italy, Nba, Carol, Thomas, Arthur, Roger, NBA League, VUDU, Amazon Apple


How I've been using free, virtual Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to connect and stay sober while under COVID-19 isolation

Hundreds of online AA meetings are now available from all over the world, connecting people in some of the hardest-hit areas of the COVID-19 outbreak.   The meetings address a vulnerability for alcoholics – isolation – and help to recreate the community that keeps many sober.  AA meetings were held online previously, but never this many, with this many people attending. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. You can find online meetings here.  In accordance with A...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, China, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Spain, Italy, New Orleans, Seattle, Business Insider, Sam Malone, Castro District of San Francisco


Edward Snowden says COVID-19 could give governments invasive new data-collection powers that could last long after the pandemic

Edward Snowden said in an interview on Monday that increased surveillance amid the coronavirus outbreak could lead to long-lasting erosion of civil liberties. Specifically, he theorized that states might demand access to people's health data — such as their heart rate — from wearables. Countries have been rapidly ramping up their surveillance of citizens to study and curb the spread of the virus, ranging from mapping anonymized phone location data to highly invasive powers, like allowing the s...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, UK, Snowden, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Taiwan, Edward Snowden, Italy, Poland, National Security Agency


How to book a flight on Google Flights for your next trip

You can book a flight on Google Flights up to one year in advance, and even monitor prices for your flight to buy at the best time. Google Flights usually finds the cheapest fare for your flight, but it's still a good idea to cross-reference other sites like Expedia to get the best deal. Google Flights also suggests trips for the cheapest flights from your city for the next six months. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. I travel by air about once a month, and several times a...
Tags: Google, New York, Trends, Italy, Beverly Hills, New Orleans, Jeff Bezos, Expedia, Google Flights, Best Buy Microsoft


Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Surpass Half a Million

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now more than 510,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide and more than 22,000 people have died from the new coronavirus. While China still has the most confirmed cases, the United States and Italy are close behind. CBS News reports: In the United States, more than 1,000 people have died and more than 75,000 people have been infected. An unprecedented number of Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the virus shuttered businesses ...
Tags: Cbs News, Senate, China, Tech, United States, Italy, Johns Hopkins University


Over 30K creators joined Patreon this month, as COVID-19 outbreak spreads

Creative professionals whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak are flocking to membership platform Patreon in record numbers, the company claims. During the first three weeks of March, more than 30,000 new creators launched on the site — a much larger number than usual. These creators are also acquiring patrons faster than ever and they’re expanding their earnings at a quicker pace, as a result. Creators around the world are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, often in...
Tags: Crowdfunding, Tech, Italy, Subscriptions, Patreon, Coronavirus, COVID-19, U S U K Canada Germany Australia


Private tech companies mobilize to address shortages for medical supplies, masks and sanitizer

Startups across the nation and around the world are looking for ways to relieve shortages of much-needed personal protective equipment and sanitizers used to halt the spread of COVID-19. While some of the largest privately held technology companies, like SpaceX and Tesla, have shifted to manufacturing ventilators, smaller companies are also trying to pitch in and relieve scarcity locally. Supplies have been difficult to come by in some of the areas hardest hit by the outbreak of the novel corona...
Tags: Food, TC, Spacex, New York, Technology, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York City, Articles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Canada, United States, 3d Printing


Privacy activists fear the UK might spy on its own citizens to tackle COVID-19. Here's what we know.

The UK government is in talks with mobile phone providers and tech firms including Google to use phone location data to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. No formal measures have been announced, meaning it's hard to know whether the UK plans to monitor people individually or just at a broad level. But statements given by the tech and telecommunications firms suggest the UK wants to track people's movements in a general way. Privacy activists are concerned that COVID-19 will lead to a broad increas...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Europe, UK, Singapore, Bt, Israel, Trends, Taiwan, NHS, Italy, Vodafone, Poland, Belgium, Health Service Journal, Open Rights Group


3D-printing company Formlabs expects its swabs to receive FDA exemption

Formlabs, the privately held, Massachusetts-based 3D-printing company, will soon receive an exemption from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its swab designed for use in COVID-19 test kits, TechCrunch has learned. Global supply chains for test kit components including swabs and chemical reagents have hampered the ability of governments to increase testing to a point where they can adequately ascertain the scope of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus within their borders. “Yesterday we ...
Tags: Health, TC, Massachusetts, Tech, ISO, United States, 3d Printing, Italy, Disease, Ohio, Fda, Formlabs, U S Food and Drug Administration, Lakatos, David Lakatos, Lakatos Formlabs


Why key performance indicators are crucial amidst a (public health) crisis

Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a master’s in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessey Scholar. His research addresses the effectiveness, economics, and ethics of (digital) health innovation. More posts by this contributor How the coronavirus outbreak will stress-test startups Will unreliable research bury your healthcare startup? ...
Tags: Column, South Korea, Florida, Cdc, Stanford, West Virginia, Tech, Iran, Taiwan, Italy, Nba, Nashville, Kinsa, Imperial College London, Wells Fargo, Key Performance Indicators


Babbel makes its language learning app free for all US students

Babbel, the Berlin-based paid language learning app, today announced that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is making its service available for free to all K-12 and college students until the end of the term. Previously, the company offered a similar deal for students in Italy, the U.K., Germany, Spain and France. The service currently offers courses for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian and English. Student...
Tags: TC, Apps, Education, France, China, Germany, Berlin, US, Tech, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Duolingo, Babbel, Language Learning


The internet’s top 12 coronavirus-related questions, answered

With mixed messages coming from our leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to answer their COVID-19 questions. We explore the top 12 coronavirus questions, according to Google Trends. When seeking answers, it is important to prioritize evidence-based information from credible sources. It seems the only thing spreading faster than coronavirus is panic and disinformation. With mixed messages and conflicting reports coming from leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to address th...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, South Korea, Internet, Congress, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Washington, Government, Senate, New York City, Walmart, Cnn, Walgreens


UK turns to WhatsApp to share coronavirus information

Three years ago, the U.K. government chastised WhatsApp for enabling end-to-end encryption by default. Today, it’s relying on the encrypted messaging app as a vital service for sharing information about the coronavirus pandemic. The new chatbot, supplied by the U.K. government, will let anyone subscribe to official advice about the pandemic, known as COVID-19, in the hope of reducing the burden on its national health system. Send “hi” to 07860 064422 (or +44 7860 064422 for international users) ...
Tags: Health, South Korea, UK, New York, Government, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Encryption, United Kingdom, Italy, Boris Johnson, Infection, Messaging Apps, Pandemic, Coronavirus


LetsBeatCOVID.net launches to track the spread of the Coronavirus in the UK/US

A startup behind one of the world’s most successful tech platforms for doctors has launched a new initiative to try and track the spread of the Coronavirus, initially in the UK but soon in the US. Developed by MedShr – the app used by a million doctors to aid them in the diagnostic process – LetsBeatCOVID.net is designed to allow members of the public to complete a short survey about their health and exposure to COVID-19 in order that health services can save more lives. Members of the public ar...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, China, US, Articles, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Founder, London England, HIPAA, UK US, Qasim


Facebook's ads business is being hurt by coronavirus — even though the lockdown has caused unprecedented usage

Usage of Facebook has skyrocketed due to coronavirus lockdowns. But its ad business isn't getting boosted, as much of the activity is on unmonetized services, while advertisers are pulling back due to the pandemic. On Tuesday, the company published a blog post detailing how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the business. Messaging and group video-chats are seeing particular spikes in usage. Usage of Facebook is booming. But its ads business isn't seeing the benefit. The Silicon Valley-bas...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Italy, Silicon Valley, Signal, Jay Parikh, Alex Schultz


Using 25% lower bandwidth, Disney+ launches in UK, Ireland and 5 other European countries, France to come online April 7

Disney+, the streaming service from the Walt Disney Company, has been rapidly ramping up in the last several weeks. But while some of that expansion has seen some hiccups, other regions are basically on track. Today, as expected, Disney announced that it is officially launching across 7 markets in Europe — but doing so using reduced bandwidth given the strain on broadband networks as more people are staying home because of the coronavirus pandemic. From today, it will be live in the U.K., Irelan...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, UK, Media, Microsoft, Entertainment, France, Germany, Disney, Tech, Spain, E-commerce, Companies, Broadband


Using 25% lower bandwidth, Disney+ launches in UK, Ireland, 5 other European countries, France to come online April 7

Disney+, the streaming service from the Walt Disney Company, has been rapidly ramping up in the last several weeks. But while some of that expansion has seen some hiccups, other regions are basically on track. Today, as expected, Disney announced that it is officially launching across 7 markets in Euopre — but doing so using reduced bandwidth given the strain on broadband networks as more people are staying home because of the coronavirus pandemic. From today, it will be live in the UK, Ireland,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Europe, UK, Media, Microsoft, Entertainment, France, Germany, Disney, Tech, Spain, E-commerce, Companies, Broadband


Coronavirus, declining stocks and alternative investments crimp pension systems

The new bear market in stocks is bad news for CalPERS, CalSTRS, and the governments and taxpayers responsible for funding these pension systems. Aside from the obvious investment return damage inflicted by sharp declines in the Dow Jones, the seemingly-impending recession is also likely to impact the “alternative investment” portfolios public pension systems maintain. This month’s market-inflicted punishment should be a teachable moment about taking risks with pension investments. Most pension s...
Tags: Apple, Texas, California, Opinion, France, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Italy, North America, Carlyle, Calpers, California Public Employees Retirement System, CVC Capital Partners, CalSTRS, Marc Joffe


Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Monday March 23

A clever and thoughtful social media ad from Nike has encouraged people to stay in: “If you ever dreamed of playing for millions around the world, now is your chance. Play inside, play for the world.” Meanwhile, Nike has also announced that premium programming on its Nike Training Club app is now accessible to users free of charge. The subscription-based service includes studio-style streaming workouts, progressive training programs with or without the use of external weights and expert tips fr...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, South Korea, Europe, UK, Milan, London, California, Oregon, Advertising, US, Nike, Cisco, Atlantic, Shinzo Abe


11 countries are now using people's phones to track the coronavirus pandemic, and it heralds a massive increase in surveillance

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. A new live index from digital rights group Top10VPN is documenting which countries are introducing new measures to track people's phones. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study the movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals' movements. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Governments across the world are g...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, UK, Washington Post, Cdc, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Iran, Taiwan, Austria, Italy


Under quarantine, media is actually social

The flood of status symbol content into Instagram Stories has run dry. No one is going out and doing anything cool right now, and if they are, they should be shamed for it. Beyond sharing video chat happy hour screenshots and quarantine dinner concoctions, our piece-by-piece biographies have ground to a halt. Oddly, what remains feels more social than social networks have in a long time. With no source material, we’re doing it live. Coronavirus has absolved our desire to share the recent past...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, New York, Instagram, Opinion, Berlin, US, San Francisco, Social Media, Tech, Spain, Chicago


Apple Donating Millions of Masks to Healthcare Professionals in U.S. and Europe

Apple plans to donate two million N95 respirator masks to hospitals in the United States, Vice President Mike Pence announced in a press briefing today. Apple has since elaborated on this announcement, noting that it is donating millions of masks for health professionals in the United States and Europe. With personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies dwindling across the United States, hospitals are in dire need of masks, gowns, and more. Apple has taken several initiatives to help combat ...
Tags: Apple, Europe, US, United States, Italy, Tim Cook, Mike Pence, Apple Stores, COVID, COVID-19 Coronavirus



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