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AI-powered news aggregator SmartNews has seen a huge spike in users who are downloading the app to read 'hyper-local' coronavirus coverage

Smart News, the AI-powered news aggregation app, says it's seeing an unprecedented spike in downloads in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with usage nearly doubling since the beginning of this month.  The company attributes the recent spike in interest to its close attention to the coronavirus outbreak — the company introduced a "coronavirus channel" that sorts out user-relevant reporting on the pandemic based on a variety of factors including the user's location.  "This is just a remarka...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Japan, China, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Palo Alto, Tom Hanks, Nba, Tokyo


Apple just bought the beloved weather app Dark Sky, and it's shutting down the Android version (AAPL)

Apple just bought the company behind beloved weather app Dark Sky. The move officially kills the Android version. "The app will no longer be available for download," the company said in a blog post. "Service to existing users and subscribers will continue until July 1, 2020, at which point the app will be shut down." It's huge news for the creators of Dark Sky, who initially pitched the app on Kickstarter and raised just shy of $40,000. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The ...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Aapl, Dark Sky


Google Chromebook quirk is forcing parents to pick: parental controls or schoolwork

Some parents who bought Chromebooks for their kids are getting frustrated
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Computing, Chromebooks, Parental Controls, Google Chromebook, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Education in isolation


The best free VPNs for 2020

Learn how to protect your personal data from cybercriminals and sneaky advertisers without spending a dime.
Tags: Android, Security, Mobile, Trends, Web, Cybersecurity, Computing, Vpn, Virtual Private Networks


How to send money on Facebook using Facebook Messenger on your computer or mobile device

You can easily send money on Facebook through the Messenger app, on both your computer and mobile device.  Before you can send money on Facebook, though, you'll have to input either your debit card, credit card, or PayPal information. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sending and receiving money can be done with a tap thanks to money sharing applications such as Cash App and Venmo, where users can transfer funds without having the need to whip out their wallets and use cash....
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The 5G iPhone 12 is still on track for a fall launch, report claims

The new device is expected to be a major upgrade over the iPhone 12
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, 5g, Iphone 12


As China factories reopen, production may be hampered by ongoing measures to combat the pandemic

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech Briefing subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. Tech companies including Apple and Sony have seen their production facilities in China reopen, but the persistence of broader supply chain uncertainty will slow their return to full speed. Sony, for instance, reopened its four manufacturing plants in China af...
Tags: Apple, UK, China, India, Trends, Malaysia, Sony, Vietnam, Reuters, US State Department, India Vietnam, Business Insider Intelligence, China Foxconn, Foxconn Apple


Best Buy offers rare discounts on latest Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Apple Watch Series 5 and Samsung Galaxy Watch are two of the best smartwatches you can buy.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Android, Wearables, Samsung, Trends, Apple Watch deals, WFH, Samsung Galaxy Watch, Smartwatch Deals


Google’s Smart Light Starter Kit is on sale for only $45 (while stock lasts)

Remember those times you said, "I'll get to it when I have time" with no urgency? Well, now you have the time.
Tags: Google, Deals, Trends, Smart Home, Google Assistant, Google Home Mini, Google Smart Light Starter Kit, CE C-Life Smart Bulb


One of the internet's oldest fact-checking organizations is overwhelmed by coronavirus misinformation — and it could have deadly consequences

Misinformation regarding the coronavirus has proliferated online amid the outbreak, to the extent the World Health Organization has declared a news "infodemic." One of the internet's oldest fact-checking organizations, Snopes, has seen a 50% uptick in traffic in the last 30 days as people rush to find the truth behind coronavirus-related information flooding the web. Vinny Green, Snopes' chief operating officer, told Business Insider that we're nearing "the deadliest information crisis we migh...
Tags: Google, Facebook, China, Trends, Nasa, Green, World Health Organization, Business Insider, Agence France Presse, Snopes, Poynter, Vinny Green, COVID, Business Insider Facebook Twitter, Google Snopes, Poynter s International Fact Checking Network


A contractor at one of Amazon's massive cloud data centers says that the company is putting workers at risk without offering hazard pay (AMZN)

Amazon Web Services is the market-leading cloud computing platform, providing the infrastructure for apps like Zoom and Netflix — making it a crucial part of how the world works amid the coronavirus crisis. A contractor at an AWS data center facility says that about two weeks ago, the company enacted strict new rules that limit how workers can move around and interact with colleagues, in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19. However, the contractor says that workers at the facility feel like j...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Netflix, Aws, Amazon Web Services, Costco Target, COVID, Amazon Relief Fund, Amazon Relief Fund Amazon


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


Apple's 'worst-case scenario' could mean that 2020 is the first year without a major iPhone launch since 2007, analyst says (AAPL)

In a worst-case scenario, Apple could end up delaying the iPhone 12 until next year, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives. If that does end up being the case, it would mark the first time Apple has gone a full calendar year without a flagship smartphone launch in the iPhone's history. But that's just the worst-case scenario. In a best case scenario, Apple could release the iPhone during the holiday season.  Travel restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus have disrupted Ap...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Trends, Bloomberg, Jp Morgan, MacBook Air, Cupertino, Mark Gurman, Aapl, Reuters, Ives, Nikkei Asian Review, Apple TV Apple, Wedbush Securities, Daniel Ives


Apple employees are reportedly using new, unreleased Apple products at home because of the coronavirus (AAPL)

Apple is notoriously secretive about upcoming products in development, and only lets select few employees leave its main campus with those upcoming products for real world testing. But the company has been forced to adapt as most of its employees are currently working from home due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Prime among those adaptations: Apple's engineers are being allowed to take home products in development. Upcoming Apple products currently being tested by employees include the n...
Tags: Apple, Steve Jobs, Trends, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Apple Watch, MacBook Air, Gizmodo, Apple Park, HomePod, Bloomberg Still Apple


Digital ad firms are finding themselves pinched between publishers and advertisers, and industry insiders say some could go under

The coronavirus pandemic is causing advertisers to slash spending, which could squeeze the adtech companies that power digital advertising. Publishers increasingly depend on these exchanges as the publishers rely more on programmatic revenue. Further adtech consolidation could end up strengthening tech giants Facebook, Amazon, and Google. Click here for more BI Prime stories. The coronavirus pandemic is causing advertisers to slash their ad spending, which is likely to squeeze the adtech comp...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Bain Capital, DSP, Adtech, Facebook Google, Darren Herman, Facebook Amazon, Sizmek, Ari Paparo, Jeff Hirsch, Captify, Ana Milicevic, John Gentry, Amazon Adtech


Huawei’s Mate Xs asks you to abandon Google. Is it worth it?

Chinese phone maker goes its own way, but does it measure up?
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Mobile, Trends, Huawei, App Gallery, Mate Xs


Is an online-only WWDC better for developers? Here’s what they said

Change brings with it both pros and cons
Tags: Apple, Trends, Computing, Wwdc, macOS, Mac Catalyst, Wwdc 2020


Tapping Into the Innovation Grid: J&J, Data, and a Shifting Healthcare Focus

Johnson & Johnson’s global head of external innovation says there needs to be a shift in how healthcare research is funded to focus on early detection and curing rather than managing diseases.“When you look at the investment in research in the pharma industry, it’s all designed to treat established diseases,” William Hait, global head of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) External Innovation, told delegates at the BIO-Europe Spring event, held digitally last week due to the coronavirus crisis.While ...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Startups, Wearables, Europe, Drugs, Big Data, Cancer, Trends, Tech, Data, Innovation, Venture Capital, Genomics, National, Biotech


These are the best Google Home and Google Nest deals for April 2020

It's hard to beat the convenience of asking Google questions without using your smartphone or computer.
Tags: Google, Deals, Trends, Smart Home, Google Home, Google Nest Home, Commerce 2020


Vint Cerf, who helped create the internet, has the coronavirus

Vint Cerf, the American computer scientist widely credited with co-creating the internet, has tested positive for COVID-19. Cerf, who currently serves as Google's chief internet evangelist, announced the news in a tweet Monday in which he said he was "recovering" from the disease. Numerous tech industry figures replied to the tweet with well-wishes, including several Google employees, while the DARPA's official Twitter account also wished him a speedy recovery. Along with fellow computer scien...
Tags: Google, John Oliver, Trends, Darpa, Donald Trump, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Cerf, Vint Cerf, Julia Ferraioli, Jeff Dean, Bob Kahn, COVID, Bob Kahn Cerf


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Amazon fired a New York warehouse worker who helped lead a protest on Monday against its coronavirus response. The worker, Chris Smalls, said he was fired in retaliation for his activism. Electric scooter startup Bird laid off 30% of staff as it tries to keep enough cash to last until the end of 2021. Bird said it is providing four weeks of pay, three months of health coverage and an extended time frame of 12 months for laid-of...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, UK, New York, Softbank, Trends, Bloomberg, Beverly Hills, Bird, Airbnb, Iger, Jeff Bezos, Electric, Rudy Giuliani, Bangalore, Alexa


Best cheap Apple Watch deals for April 2020

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Wearables, Trends, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch deals, Apple Watch Series 4


Google's revenue is on track to shrink for the first time ever because of the coronavirus, according to one of the internet industry's top analysts (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet's biggest revenue stream is set to be hit hard by the coronavirus, with digital advertising already dropping off. Key analysts predict that the effects could be felt throughout the year, with one predicting Google's first year-over-year decline in ad revenue. It would be a more significant drop than the company experienced during the last financial crisis. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As startups get battered by the economic shockwaves of the coronavirus, tec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Youtube, Disney, Trends, Tokyo, White, Alphabet, Rbc, RBC Capital, BMO Capital Markets, Google Amazon, Cowen, Mahaney


How much is Apple Music, and how can you get it for free?

How much do Apple Music plans cost, and what does a subscription to the music-streaming platform include?
Tags: Apple, Music, Trends, Other, Streaming, Apple Music, Buying Guides, Tier 4


How to replace lost or broken AirPods, AirPods Pro, or their charging case

The AirPods are hard to fix and expensive to replace. Thankfully, you may not have to pay full price for them.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Trends, How-to, Home Theater, Earbuds, macOS, AirPods, AirPods Pro, Tier 4


How to throw a perfect Zoom party with your friends and family

Video chatting platforms like Zoom can be great tools for connecting face-to-face with friends, family, and loved ones. After installing Zoom and participating in a few one-on-one calls, as well as calls with small groups of my friends, I decided I wanted to throw a Zoom party over the weekend. My Zoom party was a success, and I brought 8 of my friends together for a fun night, after which everyone left feeling less lonely – here's what I learned and how you can throw your own perfect Zoom par...
Tags: Google, Trends, Don, Skype Houseparty, My Zoom


Twitch CEO Emmett Shear just gave $1 million to a San Francisco baker to launch a nonprofit that will help small businesses amid a citywide shutdown to contain the coronavirus

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear is giving $1 million to a San Francisco pie baker to start a nonprofit that will strive to keep small businesses afloat. The nonprofit has been dubbed SF New Deal, and its first program will be paying restaurants to deliver food to vulnerable residents, like those who are homeless. San Francisco's small business scene has taken a hit as the city and the rest of the Bay Area have been subject to a shelter-in-place order to contain the coronavirus disease. Visit Business ...
Tags: Google, London, California, San Francisco, Trends, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, UCSF, Bayview, Estrada, Emmett Shear, Lenore Estrada, Three Babes Bakeshop, Ben Bleimans, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear, Shear and Three Babes Bakeshop


How to scan documents and QR codes directly on your iPhone

You can quickly scan documents and QR codes directly on your iPhone using the built-in Notes or Camera app. You can also edit your scanned documents in the Notes app, as well as share them through email, iMessage, or AirDrop.   To scan documents in the Notes app, you'll need to be running iOS 11 or newer on your iPhone.  Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. We've come a long way since fax machines and scanners were the primary means of scanning and sending documents. Today, you don't e...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Trends, Walmart, Skype, Apple Samsung, Watch Google


Samsung's Galaxy S20 phones are $200 off at B&H Photo right now, plus you can get a free memory card

  Samsung's $999.99 Galaxy S20 and $1,199.99 Galaxy S20 Plus smartphones are getting $200 discounts at B&H Photo for a limited time. You'll also get a free 128GB microSD card as part of the deal. The $1,399.99 Galaxy S20 Ultra is not on sale, though.  B&H's $200 discount brings the Galaxy S20's notoriously high price tag down to something more affordable, but you might actually get a better deal if you trade your phone in with Samsung. As long as you have a recent Samsung, Apple, or Google ph...
Tags: Google, Samsung, Trends, Lg, Google Pixel, Samsung Apple


How to sell items on eBay by creating an item listing, and start your own marketplace

You can sell items on eBay in a few steps, but you'll first need to have an eBay account. You should include as many details as you can on your item listing, including photos, condition, and brand.  You can choose to auction your item to the highest bidder or sell it immediately to someone at a fixed price using the "Buy It Now" option.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Many of us are guilty of buying way too much stuff that we never end up using. While it's great to donate...
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