A Partnership Forged by COVID-19
Apple and Google are joining forces to build an opt-in contact-tracing tool using Bluetooth technology that could help public health officials track the spread of Covid-19, Recode reports. The new tool brings with it not only hope for a quicker end to the pandemic, but also a host of privacy and security concerns.
Frontier Files for Bankruptcy Protection
Frontier Communications this week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Ars Technica reports. The firm said its service to customers won't be affected by the financial restructuring. Frontier acknowledged in recent weeks that its "significant under-investment in fiber deployment" contributed greatly to the company's struggles.
Apple Unveils a New $399 iPhone
Apple this week announced the second-generation iPhone SE, Axios reports. It combines many of the features of the iPhone 8 with the same A13 Bionic processor found in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro in a $399 device. CNet details the specs.
Fighting COVID-19 with Supercomputers
In a Scientific American article, the director of IBM Research explains how the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium came together in just a few days. The supercomputers will run a myriad of calculations in epidemiology, bioinformatics and molecular modeling, in a bid to sharply reduce the time of discovery of new molecules that could lead to a vaccine.
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GitHub Core Premium Features Are Now Free
Popular software hosting and collaboration platform GitHub has made some of its core premium features free, Fast Company reports. The Microsoft-owned company said that an organization can now make private repositories for development without paying any fees. Some advanced features for teams will cost $4 instead of $9.
The Tech Needed to End the Coronavirus Crisis
The world is facing two existential threats at once: a public health emergency and an economic crisis. In a TED conversation, political theorist Danielle Allen describes how to ethically and democratically address both problems by scaling up "smart testing."
Betting on Demand for Remote Executive Assistants
Remote personal assistant service Double will soon come out of stealth mode—just as the rest of the world has embarked on a giant unplanned work-from-home experiment, Protocol reports. Founded in 2018 by former Microsoft employees, Double seeks to pair executives with human assistants who help them out digitally from afar for as few as five hours per month.
Getting More Speed Out of Your WiFi
With the lockdown, your home internet is under a lot more strain than normal these days. Gizmodo offers a range of tips on how to get the most speed out of your WiFi.
Five Ways to Improve Your Look on Video Calls
With seemingly everyone using video calls and conferencing these days, one thing has become apparent: Most people could use a little help looking (and sounding) their best. The Verge offers five tips.
From the minds behind Pornhub comes Scrubhub, a safe-for-work parody site that advocates for handwashing, Mashable reports. Scrubhub has a collection of satirical handwashing videos featuring both everyday people and Pornhub models like Asa Akira. Scrubhub is accepting donations to two charities dealing with the pandemic.