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TSA checkpoint travel numbers

It’s not exactly a surprise that the number of people traveling has decreased since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The travel industry has grinded to a virtual halt, with people canceling their plans and airlines cutting the majority of their routes for the next few months. But the unfortunate state of affairs becomes much more evident when you look at the actual numbers. The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) travel checkpoint numbers for 2019 and 2020 bring to light e...
Tags: Travel, Tsa, Transportation Security Administration, All, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Researchers to study if startup’s wrist-worn wearable can detect early COVID-19 respiratory issues

It’s highly unlikely that the current coronavirus crisis will neatly and fully “solved” by any one endeavor or solution, which makes news studies like one involving startup WHOOP’s wrist-worn fitness and health tracking wearable all the more important. The study, conducted by the Central Queensland University Australia (CQUniversity), in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, will employ data collected WHOOP’s hardware with hundreds of volunteers who have self-identified as having contracted COV...
Tags: Travel, Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Fitness, Startup, Arizona, University Of Arizona, Biotech, Viruses, Whoop, UCSF, Cleveland Clinic, Coronavirus

What happens to edtech when kids go back to school?

In just a few weeks, homeschooling has gone from a rarity to a baseline in homes across the country. Jonah Liss, a 16-year-old student at International Academy of Bloomfield Hills in Michigan, was sent home out of precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak. While the transition has been okay for Liss, who has used some of the extra time to create a service to help those impacted by COVID-19, he recognized that other students are experiencing some pain points; not everyone has access to the same ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Startups, TC, Education, Michigan, Khan Academy, Edtech, Growth, Zoom, LISS, Newsela, Reach Capital, Matthew Greenfield, Rethink Education, Jennifer Carolan

ICP wants coronavirus photos

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is compiling photographs of the pandemic, and wants to source those images from people around the world. The idea behind the project is to connect everyone’s separate pandemic experiences, and create archives of this era for future generations. So far, selected images have included a nearly empty subway car, deserted streets, people social distancing in the metro, a young child in self-isolation looking out the window of her home, and more. ...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Instagram, New York Times, ICP, All, International Center of Photography, Lubell, Coronavirus, COVID-19, International Center of Photography ICP, Int l Center of Photography, Mark Lubell, ICP Instagram

COAI: Telcos don’t need additional spectrum, can deal with bandwidth surge already

The Cellular Operators Association of India said in a statement that it doesn’t need additional spectrum to deal with added strain on mobile networks. In a statement, COAI Director-General Rajan Mathews said: Over the past few days, the industry, in concert with actions coordinated with the DoT, has seen a flattening of traffic demand on […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Telecom, COAI, Cellular Operators Association of India, Rajan Mathews, Coronavirus

SC directs media to publish government version of developments around COVID-19

The Supreme Court yesterday directed the media to refer to and publish the official government version of developments around COVID-19. “We do not intend to interfere with the free discussion about the pandemic, but direct the media refer to and publish the official version about the developments,” a two-judge bench led by Chief Justice SA […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Coronavirus

Pakistan government creates WhatsApp chatbot to offer information about COVID-19

The Pakistan government has created a WhatsApp chatbot to offer its citizens information about the COVID-19 pandemic and details about testing facilities in their vicinity. The chatbot offers information in 7 languages, including English, Urdu, Punjabi and Kashmiri. The chatbot, called PK Gov Corona Helpline, can be joined by adding +923001111166 to your contacts, and […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Whatsapp, Pakistan, Coronavirus

Benefits of cloth diapering

In these uncertain times, new parents have a lot to worry about, from the health of their tiny newborns to the availability of necessary supplies. With stories of diapers and other essentials sold out at drugstores and tales of price gouging, it’s important for parents to know they have another excellent, easy, and inexpensive option at the ready: cloth diapers. Formerly seen as a somewhat alternative option, cloth diapering has become not only a mainstream solution but a popular one — with t...
Tags: Travel, France, America, Alva, All, Hyde, Irwin, Sarraf, Danielle Antosz, Jonaitis, Cloth Diapering, Cloth Diapers, Jenni Mahnaz, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Julie Kieras

Portugal residency during COVID-19

In a public health crisis, migrants are among the most at risk. Since they don’t have full access to the healthcare system, they have a greater chance of not seeking medical help when needed and perhaps spreading that illness to others. To solve this problem, Portugal is temporarily granting migrants and asylum seekers with pending residency application permanent resident rights, thereby giving them full access to the country’s healthcare system until July 1, according to Reuters. The council...
Tags: Travel, Asylum, Portugal, Migrants, All, Reuters, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Portuguese Residency, Claudia Veloso, Ministry of Internal Affairs to Reuters

Livestream the northern lights

Since travel is on hold indefinitely, you might have to wait a little longer to check “witnessing the northern lights” off your bucket list. Nothing beats seeing the phenomenon in person, and watching them on a TV or computer screen is certainly not the same, but since you probably won’t be venturing to the Arctic this April — therefore missing the end of northern lights season — watching a livestream will just have to do. Every night, Polar Bears International and are streaming t...
Tags: Travel, Arctic, Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, All, Manitoba Canada, Churchill Northern Studies Centre, Polar Bears International, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Shelter In Place, Self-isolation, BJ Kirschhoffer

Good news LGBTQ headlines

March wasn’t an easy month. If the coronavirus didn’t impact you directly, headlines concerning the pandemic surely stirred up anxiety related to the current moment’s uncertainty. On top of the health crisis, outlets and events for the queer community are being closed and canceled at an alarming rate, leaving LGBTQ folks with very little light at what’s looking to be a much longer tunnel than expected. But let’s not dwell on the bad stuff. In 2015, Harvard researcher Shawn Achor, psychologis...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Arianna Huffington, France, New York City, Spain, Harvard, West, Canada, Stephen Sondheim, Wheeler, Broadway, Lgbtq, Shakespeare, Andrew Cuomo

Indoor adventure Instagram trend

Visiting the great outdoors during a lockdown might not be impossible, but it’s certainly more complicated. Many parks and trails are closed, and we’re highly discouraged from adventuring too far from home on trails that may attract too many people. As the weather warms, sitting indoors will get tougher and tougher as we crave an outdoor experience. One outdoor Instagram influencer is proposing a solution: indoor adventures. Erin Sullivan is creating the #OurGreatIndoors challenge, inviting f...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Arizona, All, Sullivan, Antelope Canyon, Erin Sullivan, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Self-isolation, Indoor Adventure Scenes, Instagram Challenge, Outdoor Influencer

Lockdown in Paris: Day 17

A sad Tuesday, with 499 deaths in the past 24-period, bringing the total to 3,523 in France. There are currently over 5,500 covid-19 victims in France on life support, as the French government scrambles to add more hospital beds to intensive care units.  Swan Lake If you’re looking for something beautiful to distract you from the 17th day confined to your home, the ballet company of the Opéra de Paris are broadcasting their full two-hour performance of Swan Lake online until April 5th: ...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, Swan Lake, Health & Safety, Paris Orly Airport, Around Town, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Roissy CDG

Startup group works to get flat-packed protective boxes to frontline COVID-19 medical workers

There are a number of initiatives by startup companies and entrepreneurs looking to support the healthcare response to COVID-19, and one that’s addressing a need in the realm of personal protective equipment is the COVID Box project launched by a group of volunteers in Toronto that includes startup founders and employees, as well as doctors and healthcare professionals. The COVID-19 intubation box that this group is working to produce is a polycarbonate box that can be flat-packed for easy shipp...
Tags: Travel, Health, Startups, TC, Medicine, Toronto, Taiwan, Healthcare, Cto, CNC, Polycarbonate, Taplytics, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Hsien Yung Lai, Jonathan Norris

Amid shift to remote work, application performance monitoring is IT’s big moment

In recent weeks, millions have started working from home, putting unheard-of pressure on services like video conferencing, online learning, food delivery and e-commerce platforms. While some verticals have seen a marked reduction in traffic, others are being asked to scale to new heights. Services that were previously nice to have are now necessities, but how do organizations track pressure points that can add up to a critical failure? There is actually a whole class of software to help in this ...
Tags: Travel, Work, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, New Relic, SaaS, Datadog, Lew Cirne, Elastic, Monitoring, Applications Performance Monitoring, Extra Crunch, Shay Banon, Coronavirus, COVID-19

COVID-19: Swiggy sets up Rs 10 crore fund for its delivery persons

Swiggy has launched a Rs 10 crore fund to support delivery personnel who test positive for COVID-19. The delivery personnel’s will get income of upto 2 weeks, essential goods including food and groceries; their parents and families’ medical expenses related to COVID-19 will also be covered. Swiggy has so far raised Rs 4 crore, from founders, […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, E-commerce, Swiggy, Coronavirus, Ecommerce and COVID-19

Houseparty denies hack, puts out bounty for ‘smear’ proof

Over the last twenty-four hours, social media has been rife with rumours that users who installed video calling app Houseparty, often billed as Zoom for millennials, got their financial information or accounts on other apps hacked. However, those posts have been low on evidence, Naked Security points out, with a lot of this information being […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Zoom, Houseparty, Coronavirus

Practo-Thyrocare to provide bookings for COVID-19 home tests

Online consultation and e-pharmacy platform Practo has partnered with private laboratory Thyrocare to provide COVID-19 home tests in Mumbai. Navi Mumbai company Thyrocare — among 49 private laboratories approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for COVID-19 testing — is authorised to conduct tests in Maharashtra. Practo declined to disclose to MediaNama the number of tests done […] ...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, Practo, Mumbai Navi Mumbai, Indian Council of Medical Research ICMR, Coronavirus, COVID, Thyrocare, Maharashtra Practo

China’s Pinduoduo raises $1.1 billion in private share placement

Chinese e-commerce firm Pinduoduo said on Tuesday it had raised $1.1 billion in a private share placement that will enable its further expansion and allow it to capture “additional opportunities” during the times of uncertainty. The Nasdaq-listed firm said some of its long-term investors financed the deal. The investors were granted newly issued Class A ordinary shares of Pinduoduo representing approximately 2.8% of the company’s total outstanding shares. The capital raise comes weeks after t...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, China, Funding, Shanghai, Alibaba, Alibaba Group, David Liu, Pinduoduo, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19

Telcos take steps to keep users from losing call, SMS services after TRAI request

Airtel and Vodafone extended the validity of their prepaid packs for a section of their users after after TRAI requested telcos to do so. “Airtel has extended the prepaid pack validity for over 80 million customers till April 17th, 2020. All these customers will continue to get incoming calls on their Airtel mobile numbers even […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Vodafone, Telecom, Airtel, Trai, Coronavirus

Airtel, Vodafone extend tariff validity for some users after TRAI request

Airtel and Vodafone extended the validity of their prepaid packs for a section of their users after after TRAI requested telcos to do so. “Airtel has extended the prepaid pack validity for over 80 million customers till April 17th, 2020. All these customers will continue to get incoming calls on their Airtel mobile numbers even […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Vodafone, Telecom, Airtel, Trai, Airtel Vodafone, Coronavirus

Quarantined people in Karnataka must send hourly selfies to government through app

The government of Karnataka wants hourly selfies from everyone placed under home quarantine, the state’s Medical Education Minister Dr K. Sudhakar confirmed to MediaNama. This is done through an Android app called Quarantine Watch, and defaulters could be shifted to “Govt created MASS QUARANTINE [sic]”, as per the press release. The Hindu first reported this. […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Surveillance, Karnataka, Karnataka Government, Coronavirus, K Sudhakar, Surveillance and COVID-19

List of fines for coronavirus lockdown violations in Dubai

Dubai is going through a phase to impose precaution and prevention measures against the deadly Coronavirus. To make sure the residents take these measures seriously, which are totally for their benefit, the government has implemented a set of fines against violations these measures. List of fines for CoronaVirus lockdown violations in Dubai: • Dh50,000 fine […] The post List of fines for coronavirus lockdown violations in Dubai appeared first on Dubai Expat Blog.
Tags: Travel, Dubai, Flu, Living in Dubai, Coronavirus, Social Distancing

‘It’s part of my job as a VC to remain calm,’ says Anorak’s Greg Castle

As the venture landscape adjusts to the COVID-19 pandemic and seismic shifts in public markets, early-stage VCs are reassessing which bets they’re making, along with questions they’re asking of founders who are exploring bleeding-edge technology. Anorak Ventures is a small seed-investment firm that bets on emerging tech like AR/VR, machine learning and robotics. I recently hopped on a Zoom call with founder Greg Castle to talk about what he’s seen recently in seed investing and how the sector is...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Artificial Intelligence, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Emerging-technologies, Greg Castle, Anorak Ventures, Anorak, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus

TRAI tells telcos to extend prepaid users’ plan validity during lockdown

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has told all telecom operators to extend the validity of their prepaid users’ subscribed plans in a letter. Telcos “are required to take necessary steps as deemed fit including extending the validity period to ensure that all prepaid subscribers can enjoy uninterrupted services during the period of lockdown,” the letter […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Telecom, Trai, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Coronavirus

Rajasthan residents require e-passes for movement amid COVID-19 lockdown

Individuals in Rajasthan, who have to step out of their houses for “unavoidable work”, will have to get an e-pass using the Rajasthan government’s RajCop Citizen app, Bhagwan Lal Soni, Additional Director General of Police, Crime Branch, Jaipur, told MediaNama. Similarly, “companies” will also have to apply for these passes in case their employees have […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Rajasthan, Rajasthan Police, Coronavirus, Ecommerce and COVID-19, Bhagwan Lal Soni, General of Police Crime Branch Jaipur

Interview: How ready are Indian ISPs and internet exchanges for the surge in Internet traffic following the Coronavirus pandemic?

As the internet withstands an increase in traffic in India from people working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we spoke to Raunak Maheshwari, who runs the Extreme Internet Exchange, for an idea on how ready exchanges and the Indian internet are to handle the surge in traffic. Note that this conversation happened on March […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Broadband, Telecom, Coronavirus, Internet exchanges, Raunak Maheshwari

Navi Mumbai residents need e-passes to get food, medicines during COVID-19 lockdown

Residents of Navi Mumbai have to get e-passes if they need to step out of their houses for essential movement (groceries, medicines, or medical reasons). They can apply for the pass here: Residents have to provide either their Aadhaar card, driver’s licence, PAN card, or college ID at the time of application, and must […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Navi Mumbai, Coronavirus, Ecommerce and COVID-19, Navi Mumbai Police

The COVID-19 Pandemic requires us to reconsider the Internet as infrastructure

By Divij Joshi As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, with India among the jurisdictions undertaking a complete lockdown on social activity, ‘social distancing’ has viscerally brought to fore our increasing dependency on the internet for our lives and livelihoods. The Home Ministry’s guidelines on the maintenance of essential services during this lockdown also recognises that ‘internet […] ...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, Internet, India, Policy, Divij Joshi, Coronavirus

Ola announces ₹50 crore fund to support driver community amid COVID-19 lockdown, ₹29 crore of this to be crowdsourced

Ride hailing service Ola, on March 27, launched the ‘Drive the Driver Fund’ to support auto-rickshaw, cab, kaali-peeli (black and yellow cabs) and taxi drivers, amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown, which has “left the country’s drivers without any daily income”.  “The mobility industry has been brought to a grinding standstill during these stressed times, and the […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Ola, Coronavirus

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