Say Goodbye to Normal
To stop the coronavirus we will need to radically change almost everything we do, Gordon Lichfeld writes in the MIT Technology Review. We all want things to go back to normal quickly, he says. "But what most of us have probably not yet realized—yet will soon—is that things won’t go back to normal after a few weeks, or even a few months. Some things never will."
Can the Home Internet Services Handle the Pandemic Surge?
As millions of people across the United States shift to working and learning from home this week to limit the spread of the coronavirus, they will test internet networks with one of the biggest mass behavior changes that the nation has experienced, the New York Times reports.
How Hackers Are Trying to Exploit the Coronavirus
Malicious hackers are trying to use the COVID-19 outbreak to steal or ransom data, Fortune reports. Chief among the techniques are coronavirus-themed phishing campaigns.
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Amazon Places Strict Limits on Accepting Products
Amazon told sellers and vendors on Tuesday that it was suspending shipments of all nonessential products to its warehouses to deal with increased workloads during the coronavirus outbreak, Business Insider reports. The company is prioritizing medical supplies, household staples, and other high-demand products to its warehouses until April 5.
How Tech Is Shaping a New Remote Economy
As the coronavirus crisis forces daily life across the U.S. into a new homebound template, the tech industry is moving quickly to reshape how we shop, eat and entertain ourselves, Axios reports. Trends toward e-commerce, delivery services and online entertainment have long been underway, but this moment is accelerating them.
How to Manage Remote Employees
Effective remote working teams don’t just require the right technology—they require the right leadership, Fast Company says. First and foremost, managers of remote workers need to be a voice of reason and calm.
Slack Redesign Arrives Amid a Surge in Use
Slack revealed one of the most significant redesigns in its recent history Wednesday, Protocol reports. The aim is to make it easier for Slack’s growing user base to communicate with colleagues and organize their working lives at a time when businesses have become suddenly reliant on workplace collaboration software.
Grocery Apps Are Ringing Up Record Downloads
Instacart, Walmart Grocery and Shipt all have seen respectively triple-digit increases in average daily downloads compared to the previous month, Mobile Marketer reports. But as grocery ordering apps rise in average daily downloads, food delivery apps have seen a decline amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
China Now Has Facial Recognition for People Wearing Masks
Hanwang, the facial-recognition company that has placed 2 million of its cameras at entrance gates across the world, started preparing for the coronavirus in early January, Ars Technica reports. The company now says its masked facial recognition program has reached 95 percent accuracy in lab tests, and claims that it is even more accurate in real life.
Unable to go to bars or restaurants, people throughout the country are instead finding ways to drink together, alone, online. There’s even a new cocktail emerging: the “quarantini,” the Washington Post reports. Although its recipe varies, it is best served chilled in front of a laptop or smartphone camera and enjoyed with a twist of levity.