Pandemic Puzzle

1_TOP NEWS

Why Aren’t Food Delivery App Firms Thriving?

The COVID-19 pandemic seemed like a perfect fit for food delivery apps, with locked-down restaurants dependent on delivery and takeout. Yet, as The Markup reports, some consumers are resisting the apps, eateries are struggling to make delivery sustainable, and there’s potentially a bigger problem ahead: The apps generate the bulk of their revenue by charging high fees to small restaurants, many of which now are at risk of failing.


2_BUSINESS

Covid-19 Is Testing Big Startups


The global pandemic presents the biggest test yet of the strategies adopted by Uber and other large startups like Airbnb and WeWork, reports the Washington Post. It’s putting a huge strain on their business models, raising the question of whether they are too established to innovate.


3_LEADERSHIP

Google’s Chief on Managing in a Pandemic


Sundar Pichai's job never was particularly easy. Then came Covid-19. In an interview with Wired, the Google and Alphabet CEO discusses managing during the pandemic and reflects on his own journey from a small apartment in India to heading a trillion-dollar company.


4_INNOVATION

Audio Innovation That Matters Now

 

A recent National Geographic article examined "Zoom fatigue" and some other pitfalls associated with being on video calls multiple times a day or for long periods of time. Dwaiter client Immersitech has worked to address such issues with innovations like its Immersitech Engage portfolio of patented sound processing technologies.


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5_EDUCATION

After Near-Death, MOOCs Are Booming 

 

The pioneering online learning networks known as MOOCs, for massive open online courses, offer hard-earned lessons in what works and what doesn’t with online education, the New York Times reports. For Coursera, edX and Udacity, the number of student signups this spring has soared.


6_MOBILE

Instant Messaging Expected to Reach 4.3B Users in 2020


The number of people who use instant messaging will grow 9 percent to 4.3 billion this year as the coronavirus pandemic boosts demand for mobile communication, Juniper Research forecast in a report shared with Mobile Marketer. Digital payments will be key in maintaining growth as the pandemic subsides.


7_DEVELOPMENT

For Docker, the Future Is Back to Basics

 

The company that popularized cloud containers, the novel way to package software applications that improves the speed and flexibility with which that software can be deployed, failed its enterprise play. Now, Docker is turning back to the developers it began to overlook, Protocol reports.


8_EMAIL

What Gmail’s Latest Update Will Make Easier 


Google is rolling out a quick-settings menu, which offers a sampling of options that allow users to adjust the look of their inbox without leaving the page, The Verge reports.


9_SECURITY

How to Boost WFH Digital Safety


The dramatic disruption brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has created new opportunities for hackers and scammers. Businesses use many sophisticated tools to protect themselves against such threats, but the most powerful defense is your own behavior and critical thinking, the World Economic Forum says.


10_SAY WHAT?

Really Remote

 

Remote work has boomed during the pandemic, but remote living has always appealed to some people. One such place is the Isle of Mull on Scotland's west coast, where trials of delivery by drone are taking place, a BBC video explains. In addition to dummy cargo, the trials are delivering a much-needed item these days: masks for the island's hospital.