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Smartphones in the age of pandemic

We are just a few weeks away from the end of the year and, as always, it is an opportune time to take stock of the past twelve months. And boy what a whirlwind those twelve months were. Almost no one was left unaffected by the COVID-19 coronavirus, whether directly or indirectly. Of course, the mighty mobile market didn’t escape … Continue reading

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2020 Has Been One Godawful Year, but Not for OnlyFans

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While I realize that the world won’t magically reset when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, I’m still counting down the days until this cursed year is over. I mean, the universe has to be running out of ammo to hit us with, right? So far 2020’s seen an ongoing global pandemic, the spread of murder hornets,

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Facebook’s Content Moderators Have Had Enough

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In spite of coronavirus cases continuing to climb around the world, Facebook’s legions of contracted content moderators are still required to work out of offices “to maintain Facebook’s profits during the pandemic.” This is according to an open letter published on the company’s internal Workplace communication…

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Google Maps no longer has to guess how crowded your transit line is

16a600f0-28e2-11eb-811f-709e8c4daa24These days, finding out when a public space or subway car is crowded isn’t just for convenience, it could potentially save lives. That’s why Google is talking up its Maps update which now offers real-time crowding information for your local transit l…

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Plague Inc.’s new ‘The Cure’ mode is free until the coronavirus pandemic ends

8ff3ff10-253c-11eb-97b9-8058eb856dacAnnounced back in March, Plague Inc.’s The Cure update is now available on iOS and Android. The new mode reverses the title’s usual gameplay loop in which you design a virus to wipe out the human race. Instead, you’ll need to implement measures such…

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These Stanford students are racing to get laptops to kids around the U.S. who most need them

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The digital divide is not a new phenomenon. Still, it largely took Americans by surprise when, as the U.S. began to shut down to slow the spread of Covid-19 in March, schools grappled with how to move forward with online classes.

It wasn’t just a matter of altering students’ curriculum. Many lacked either internet access or home computers — and some lacked both. According to USAFacts, a non-partisan organization funded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer,  4.4 million households with children have not had consistent access to computers for online learning during the pandemic.

It’s a problem that two Stanford students, Isabel Wang and Margot Bellon, are doing everything in their power to address, and with some success. Through their six-month-old 501(c)(3) outfit, Bridging Tech, they’ve already provided more than 400 refurbished laptops to children who need them most — those living in homeless shelters — beginning with students in the Bay Area where there are an estimated 2,000 homeless students in San Francisco alone.

Unsurprisingly, it began as a passion project for both, though both sound committed to building an enduring organization. They always cared about the digital divide; now they’ve seen too much to walk away from it.

Wang, for her part, grew up in the affluent Cleveland, Oh., suburb of Shaker Heights, which has “always had racial tensions,” she notes. (The best-selling novel “Little Fires Everywhere” is set in the same place, for the same reason.) Partly as a result of “racism in our community,” Wang became involved early on in public health initiatives that address those from underserved backgrounds, and part of that focus centered on equitable access to education.

Bellon, a biology major who met Wang at Outdoor House, a student-initiated outdoors-themed house at Stanford, had similar interests early on, she says. Growing up in San Mateo, Ca., she volunteered in homeless shelters in high school and in college, experiences that made her aware of the challenges created by a lack of access to technology. For many, just getting WiFi can mean having to linger outside a Starbucks, she notes, and often, the only computer available is inside a library.

As the world shut down in the spring, Bellon realized these options were no longer available to the many people desperately needing them, just as Wang was coming to her own worried conclusions. The friends joined forces and now 30 other volunteers, almost all fellow Stanford students, are also contributing to the effort.

So far, Bridging Tech has been most focused on securing laptops for students lacking access to tech. Citrix Systems and Genetech have been among the bigger donors, but it’s easy to imagine that the nascent organization could use far more help from the region’s many tech giants.

Once it has lightly used computers in its possession, they are distributed to a handful of refurbishers with which Bridging Tech has partnered. All guarantee their work for a year. One of these partners, Computers 2 Kids in San Diego, also provides clear instructions so that children can get up and running without much assistance.

Bellon says that homeless shelters in the Bay Area typically have tech volunteers who help children turn on the computers and get set up, and that organizations like ShelterTech have partnered with Bridging Tech to ensure these young computer recipients also have access to WiFi.

The devices are also gifted permanently.

In the meantime, Bridging Tech has also launched a tutoring program, as well as a mentorship program based on more skill-based activities like computer science.

It’s a lot of moving pieces for two college students who not so long ago were primarily focused on getting through the next assignment. That’s not keeping them from barreling ahead into other geographies based on the traction they’ve seen in Northern California. Bellon says that they’ve already talked with shelters in New York, L.A. Boston, Washington, Atlanta, and a handful of other cities.

As they’re made more aware by the day, all around the country, disadvantaged kids who’ve been forced into distance learning because the pandemic are falling further behind their peers.

It’s not an issue that the federal or state governments are going to solve alone without more resolve. Consider that about one in five teenagers in America said in a 2018 Pew Research Center survey that they are often or sometimes unable to complete homework assignments because they don’t have reliable access to a computer or internet connection. In the same survey, one quarter of lower-income teens said they did not have access to a home computer.

One of the biggest questions for Wang and Bellon is how they scale their ambitions. Right now, for example, the computers being refurbished by Bridging Tech are being delivered to shelters directly by volunteers who drive them there. Bridging Tech doesn’t yet have the network or infrastructure elsewhere to ensure that the same happens in other cities.

Both founders are aware of their limitations. Wang says very explicitly that Bridging Tech needs not only more device donations but could also use the skills of a grant writer, a marketer, and a development professional who can help introduce the outfit to other potential partner organizations. “We’re college students, so anything people can teach us is very valuable,” she says.

She also readily concedes that Bridging Tech “doesn’t have the process nailed down for in-kind donations in other cities, so we’re mostly beginning to purchase those devices.” (One way it’s doing this is via an organization called Whistle that pays users for their old devices but also enables them to donate the proceeds.)

Still, the two want to keep at it, even after Wang returns to school and Bellon moves on next year to a master’s program.

“For a more equitable society,” says Bellon, tech clearly needs to be equitable. “Covid has exacerbated these issues, but you need tech for everything and that’s not going away.”

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/14/these-stanford-students-are-racing-to-get-laptops-to-kids-around-the-u-s-who-most-need-them/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29
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Microsoft says hackers backed by Russia and North Korea targeted COVID-19 vaccine makers

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Microsoft has revealed that hackers backed by Russia and North Korea have targeted pharmaceutical companies involved in the COVID-19 vaccine development efforts.

The technology giant said Friday that the attacks targeted seven companies in the U.S., Canada, France, India, and South Korea. But while it blocked the “majority” of the attacks, Microsoft acknowledged that some were successful.

Microsoft said it had notified the affected companies, but declined to name them.

“We think these attacks are unconscionable and should be condemned by all civilized society,” said Tom Burt, Microsoft’s customer security and trust chief, in a blog post.

The technology giant blamed the attacks on three distinct hacker groups. The Russian group, which Microsoft calls Strontium but is better known as APT28 or Fancy Bear, used password spraying attacks to target their victims, which often involves recycled or reused passwords. Fancy Bear may be best known for its disinformation and hacking operations in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, but the group has also been blamed for a string of other high-profile attacks against media outlets and businesses.

The other two groups are backed by the North Korean regime, one of which Microsoft calls Zinc but is better known as the Lazarus Group, which used targeted spearphishing emails disguised as recruiters in an effort to steal passwords from their victims. Lazarus was blamed for the Sony hack in 2016 and the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017, as well as other malware-driven attacks.

But little is known about the other North Korea-backed hacker group, which Microsoft calls Cerium. Microsoft said the group also used targeted spearphishing emails masquerading as representatives from the World Health Organization, charged with coordinating the effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Microsoft spokesperson acknowledged it was the first time the company had referenced Cerium, but the company did not offer more.

This is the latest effort by hackers trying to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for their own goals. Earlier this year, the FBI and Homeland Security warned that hackers would try to steal coronavirus vaccine research.

Today’s news coincides with the Paris Peace Forum, where Microsoft president Brad Smith will urge governments to do more to combat cyberattacks against the healthcare sector, particularly during the pandemic.

“Microsoft is calling on the world’s leaders to affirm that international law protects health care facilities and to take action to enforce the law,” Burt said. “We believe the law should be enforced not just when attacks originate from government agencies but also when they originate from criminal groups that governments enable to operate — or even facilitate — within their borders.”

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How to Stay Connected Using Zoom

Staying home to fight the coronavirus pandemic likely makes you miss your friends and family. Additionally, you may be working from home to help limit the spread of the virus. Fortunately, you can use Zoom to connect with your friends and coworkers. With a free account, you can have an unlimited amount of 40-minute long face-to-face video meetings with up to 100 participants. When your 40-minute meeting ends, create another one if you want to keep the party going!

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Creating a Zoom Account

  1. Enter your email to sign up for a free account. Go to Zoom’s website and enter your email account in the space provided. Click on the button that says “Sign up, It’s Free” to get an email sent to your account.[1]
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  2. Open the Zoom email to create your account. Go to your email and click on the email sent by Zoom. Follow the instructions in the email to verify your account. Provide your name and a password to complete your free profile.[3]
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    • If you want more features, you can upgrade your account for $14.99 a month. However, a free account is all you need to stay connected with the people you care about.
  3. Download the Zoom meetings software to your computer and devices. After you have an account, visit the Zoom download’s page to access the free software. Look at the top of the webpage for Zoom Client for Meetings. Then, click the “download” button to install it on your computer, tablet, and/or mobile phone.[4]
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  4. Sign in to your Zoom account. Go back to the Zoom website and click on the “Sign In” link in the top right corner. Enter your email and password to sign into your free account. You can now use Zoom meetings to connect with your friends, family, or coworkers.[5]
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  5. Check that your webcam and mic are working. You’ll need a webcam and mic on your device to participate in a Zoom meeting. Test yours out to make sure they work.[6]
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    • If you don’t have a working webcam and mic, you can purchase an external cam and/or headset to make Zoom functional for you.

[Edit]Spending Time with Friends and Family

  1. Host a Zoom dinner party. Schedule a time for your dinner party, then set up a meeting in Zoom. Send all of your invitees a link to your meeting and tell them when to log on. Ask each person to prepare their meal in time to join the group dinner party.[7]
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    • For households with multiple members, ask them to place their computer, tablet, phone or webcam at the end of the table so each family member is visible in the feed.
    • If you’re doing a family party, you might encourage everyone to make a cherished family recipe.
  2. Enjoy a drink together like old times using a Zoom meeting. If you’d normally meet up with your friends for happy hour or drinks on the weekend, move your social hour online instead. Choose a time that works for all of your friends, then create a meeting in Zoom and send everyone the link. Gather around your computers, tablets, or phones at the designated time and sip on your favorite beer, wine, or cocktails.[8]
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    • Use this time to blow off steam and chat about your lives.
  3. Schedule a movie night over Zoom. Like many people, you’re probably watching a lot of TV shows and movies right now. Make your TV time more fun by sharing it with friends or family. Pick a movie or TV show to watch together, then host a watch party over Zoom. Encourage each person to snack on their favorite popcorn or candy for added fun.[9]
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    • Share your reactions to the movie or TV show with your friends or family.
    • Show each other your snacks or treats.
    • Discuss the movie or TV show afterwards.
  4. Use Zoom to discuss or participate in a shared interest or hobby. You and your friends or family members likely have some shared interests you can explore on Zoom. Talk to your friends and family about what interests or hobbies they’d like to discuss or do together. Tell everyone what the topic will be before the meeting so they can be prepared. Here are some ideas:[10]
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    • Host a book club meeting.
    • Discuss ideas and recipes for brewing your own beer.
    • Knit.
    • Play improv games.
    • Do a reading of a play.
    • Build Lego projects.
    • Draw or paint together.
    • Share and critique stories or poems.
    • Discuss your pets or children.
  5. Play a role-playing game, online game, or board game together. You might think game nights are out of the question right now, but it’s totally possible to host one online. Pick a game with your friends or family members, and schedule a time for game night. Here are some ideas for games you could play:[11]
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    • Role-playing games are easy because only the game master needs to have the materials.
    • Online games also work well if everyone has a gaming account.
    • Tabletop games can work if everyone has the same game. You could also play a game that uses dice if everyone has a set of dice. Have one person move all of the pieces on the board, but let each player roll their own dice.
    • If someone has access to Jackbox games, everyone can play using the shared-screen function.
  6. Host a karaoke night using a Zoom meeting. Singing karaoke together can take your online party to the next level. Ask each invitee to look up their favorite karaoke songs on YouTube. Then, have the person singing share their screen so everyone can see the song lyrics during the performance.[12]
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    • You can choose to skip the screen sharing part if you prefer.
    • Treat this like any other karaoke night by enjoying the drinks and snacks you’d usually consume with your friends or family.

[Edit]Working and Connecting with Coworkers

  1. Use a virtual background to hide your home if you like. You don’t need to worry about whether or not your house is clean or your kids are running around. If you’re concerned about people seeing inside your home, activate a Zoom virtual background. Other users will see the virtual background behind you instead of what’s really there.[13]
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    • Zoom has a lot of options ranging from plain backgrounds to destinations.
  2. Mute and unmute yourself as needed to help protect your privacy. During your work meetings, it’s easy to mute and unmute your mic using either your mouse or your space bar. Simply click on the “mute” button or press the space bar.[14]
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    • The mute function is great for blocking out noise from your children or pets. Plus, your work group can limit background noise if people mute when they aren’t talking.
  3. Host work meetings on Zoom so employees can collaborate. Schedule your work meetings with coworkers, then send everyone a link to the Zoom meeting. While in a Zoom meeting, users can do screen sharing to boost collaboration. It’s even possible for multiple team members to share their screens with each other so all team members can see the same information.[15]
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    • There’s also a chat function in the meeting if members prefer to send each other typed messages while they’re collaborating.
  4. Do a webinar if you’re conducting a slide presentation. Zoom’s webinar function works best for slide presentations because this format puts the focus on your presentation and shares it to each viewer’s screen. You’ll still be able to see your attendee’s faces along the side bar during the presentation. Additionally, attendees can still make comments.[16]
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    • You can also record your webinar so people can watch the presentation later if they miss it.
  5. Socialize on Zoom to help maintain work relationships. You probably miss hanging out with your coworkers, and Zoom can help with that, as well. In addition to work meetings and webinars, schedule social meetups on Zoom so you and your coworkers can stay connected. Here are some ideas:[17]
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    • Schedule a weekly “lunch” with your coworkers using a Zoom meeting.
    • Enjoy a “happy hour” on Zoom.
    • Host a casual networking event or “get to know” you party.
    • Do a training or continuing education program together.
    • Introduce your pets to each other.

[Edit]Tips

  • Try out different types of events so you and the people important to you feel like you have active social lives.
  • Make sure the times you pick work for everyone in your group. Some of your friends may still be working, so choose a time that works for them.
  • Don’t give up on Zoom if the first few meetings are a bit rocky. It may take time for everyone to learn how to best use this tool for staying connected.

[Edit]References

  1. https://zoom.us/freesignup/
  2. https://zoom.us/signup
  3. https://zoom.us/freesignup/
  4. https://zoom.us/download?zcid=1231
  5. https://zoom.us/freesignup/
  6. https://zoom.us/freesignup/
  7. https://bestlifeonline.com/long-distance-date-ideas/
  8. https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-19/stay-virtually-connected-with-friends
  9. https://bestlifeonline.com/long-distance-date-ideas/
  10. https://thewirecutter.com/blog/coronavirus-socializing-online/
  11. https://thewirecutter.com/blog/coronavirus-socializing-online/
  12. https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-19/stay-virtually-connected-with-friends
  13. https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/09/working-from-home-tips-to-meet-like-a-pro/
  14. https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/09/working-from-home-tips-to-meet-like-a-pro/
  15. https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/09/working-from-home-tips-to-meet-like-a-pro/
  16. https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/04/best-practices-for-hosting-a-digital-event/
  17. https://thewirecutter.com/blog/coronavirus-socializing-online/

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How to Turn On Handwashing Detection on the Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch’s watchOS 7 update introduced a smart new feature for anyone concerned about hand hygiene in a post-COVID world: Handwashing detection. Here’s how it works and how you can turn it on or off.

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