Day: April 19, 2020

Will the Pandemic Inspire Silicon Valley to Do Good?

The global pandemic “has stirred up a missionary zeal throughout Silicon Valley,” writes Bloomberg: Apple and Google put aside a decadelong rivalry to form an alliance to track the spread of infections. Facebook and are procuring millions of masks for health care workers. Jeff Bezos is donating $100 million and Jack Dorsey $1 billion….

A Samsung devotee gives her verdict on Apple’s new iPhone SE

She found the Galaxy S20 eminently resistible. What, though, about Apple’s new “small” phone? This was my wife’s surprising reaction. …read more Source:: ZDNet

The best foam rollers for muscle soreness and stiffness, according to pros – CNET

Whether you want relief from post-workout soreness or general tension, these are the rollers to try. …read more Source:: CNet

Best Nintendo Switch accessories to buy for 2020 – CNET

From controllers to charging to protection, here are our recommendations to keep you playing at your best. …read more Source:: CNet

The Most Widespread COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Target Bill Gates

In a 2015 speech, Bill Gates tried to warn that the greatest thread to humanity was an infectious virus, reports the New York Times. “Anti-vaccinators, members of the conspiracy group QAnon and right-wing pundits have instead seized on the video as evidence that one of the world’s richest men planned to use a pandemic to…

DIY Magsafe Charger Feeds Off 12 V Solar Battery

[Steve Chamberlin] has a spiffy solar-charged 12 V battery that he was eager to use to power his laptop, but ran into a glitch. His MacBook Pro uses Apple’s MagSafe 2 connector for power, but plugging the AC adapter into the battery via a 110 VAC inverter seemed awfully inefficient. It would be much better…

Australia Will Force Google and Facebook to Pay for News Content

“Social media giants Facebook and Google will be forced to pay Australian media companies for sharing their content or face sanctions under a landmark decision…” reports the New Zealand Herald: The move comes as the media industry reels from tumbling advertising revenue, already in decline before the Covid 19 coronavirus outbreak collapsed the market. Australia…

Facebook to launch gaming app to challenge Twitch, YouTube, report says – CNET

Dedicated Facebook Gaming app is designed for people who already engage in online gaming, The New York Times reports. …read more Source:: CNet

Microsoft Launching ‘Plasmabot’ To Screen Recovered COVID-19 Patients For Researchers

CNBC reports: Microsoft is working with a consortium of pharmaceutical companies to recruit people who have recovered from Covid-19 to donate their plasma, which could be used in treatments for the disease. To help get the word out, the company is launching a chatbot, which it refers to as its “plasmabot,” to lead people through…

Dating during coronavirus: 7 ideas for virtual dates while social distancing – CNET

This week on Love Syncs, here’s how to plan a date that involves more than just staring at each other on Zoom. …read more Source:: CNet