/Technology/ Last Updated: Sat, Apr 4th, 2020 @ 3:55pm EDT

Mashable

Mark Kaufman

Wearing a coronavirus face mask isn't about you

Dr. Fauci has spoken.

It might seem pretty dystopian that top U.S. infectious disease experts now recommend Americans wear cloth masks outside, particularly in places like markets. But there's a good reason why. 

As the coronavirus spreads rapidly around the nation, a significant number of infected people may never show any symptoms (perhaps as high as one in four people). What's more, it takes an average of five days after infection for symptoms to develop in those that do eventually have...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Amazon reportedly in talks to test warehouse workers for COVID-19

Amazon might follow up its COVID-19 safety measures with full-fledged testing for the associated virus. Reuters has obtained notes that reportedly reveal discussions with Abbott and Thermo Fisher about the prospect of testing warehouse workers, incl...

TechCrunch

Eric Eldon

Startups Weekly: SaaS companies feel the churn but hope for a brighter tomorrow

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There are a few online productivity stocks booming, and a few popular remote-first product companies still announcing funding rounds amid a huge new wave of unicorn layoffs. But what about the previously white-hot software-as-a-service category overall?

Pullbacks in spending are expected in general, obviously, which means higher churn and slower growth for major SaaS...

TechCrunch

Anthony Ha

Original Content podcast: ‘The Platform’ offers a gruesome metaphor for capitalism

“The Platform” is not a subtle movie.

That’s true of its approach to horror, with intense, bloody scenes that prompted plenty of screaming and pausing from your hosts at the Original Content podcast. It’s also true of its thematic material — right around the time one of the characters accuses another of being communist, you’ll slap yourself on the forehead and say, “Oh, it’s about capitalism.”

The new Netflix film takes place in a mysterious prison, with two prisoners on...

Gizmodo

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Mashable

Kellen Beck

The best YouTube videos to watch if you want to make your own face mask

Now that the CDC is recommending we all wear cloth face masks in public, you may be wondering how exactly you can use what you have on hand to get out on public and keep others safe.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, people are uploading helpful videos on YouTube to show everyone how to make their own masks at home. Whether you're showing COVID-19 symptoms or not, you could be infected with the virus and be spreading it to others without knowing. That's where the masks come in. Covering...

Engadget

Mariella Moon

Google Search will highlight government's COVID-19 announcements

Google will make announcements related to the coronavirus pandemic a lot more visible within Search results. The tech giant has introduced a way for websites to highlight special announcements, so that people can instantly see COVID-19-related inform...

TechCrunch

Sarah Perez

This Week in Apps: Zoom has issues, Pinterest founder’s new COVID-19 research app, record Q1 spending

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019,...

TechCrunch

Walter Thompson

Cultivating adaptability is a pandemic coping skill

Jason Shen Contributor Share on Twitter Jason Shen is a three-time startup founder and the CEO of Midgame, a gaming technology company backed by Techstars and Betaworks.

It’s no secret that adaptability has become a critical trait for knowledge workers. To stay on top of a rapidly evolving world, we must assess new situations, make intelligent decisions and implement them effectively.

A 2014 research report by Barclays indicated that 60% of...

TechCrunch

Danny Crichton

Why telehealth can’t significantly flatten the coronavirus curve—yet

Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a master’s in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. His research addresses the effectiveness, economics, and ethics of (digital) health innovation. More posts by this contributor Why key performance indicators are crucial amidst a (public health) crisis How the coronavirus outbreak will stress-test startups

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TechCrunch

Jonathan Shieber

New guidance on SBA loans means most startups are still excluded from $349 billion stimulus

Under new guidance issued by the Small Business Administration it seems non-profits and faith-based groups can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to keep small business afloat during the COVID-19 epidemic, but most venture-backed companies are still not covered.

Late Friday night, the Treasury Department updated its rules regarding the “affiliation” of private entities to include religious organizations but keep in place the same rules that would deny most startups...

Gizmodo

Julie Muncy on io9, shared by Alyse Stanley to Gizmodo

Shazam Gets Ready for His Lego Debut in This Trailer For Shazam! Magic and Monsters

Shazam, who, after years, I still call Captain Marvel, is an excellent fit for the wacky world of Legos. Now, after some teases, he’s ready to make his full debut in the DC Lego universe, bringing his friends and his youthful joy de vivre along with him.

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Mashable

Chloe Bryan

Now might be a good time to finally try a retinoid

Some of the most touted beauty treatments come with an uncomfortable break-in period. The viral foot peel Baby Foot, for instance, works wonders but makes your feet shed horrifying sheets of skin for a few days. Retinoids, which are basically the skincare gold standard in fighting dullness, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, often cause temporary facial dryness, flaking, and irritation before the results kick in.

But if you're practicing social distancing, that period of irritation is no big...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

ESPN2 will air 12 hours of esports coverage on April 5th

TV networks are already trying to fill the void in sports coverage left by the COVID-19 pandemic, but ESPN is going all-out. The broadcaster's ESPN2 channel is airing a 12-hour ESPN Esports Day on April 5th starting at 12PM Eastern, and there wi...

The Verge

Tom Warren

British 5G towers are being set on fire because of coronavirus conspiracy theories

A 5G cell tower | Photo by Mikhail PochuyevTASS via Getty Images

5G phone masts are being set alight in the UK, after online conspiracy theories have misleadingly linked the cell towers to the coronavirus pandemic. The BBC reports that at least three 5G towers were set alight last week, and police and fire services were called to extinguish the flames.

Rumors and conspiracy theories over a link between the roll out of 5G and the spread of coronavirus have been spread primarily through...

Mashable

Mark Kaufman

CDC shows you how to make a face mask in 45 seconds

Don't despair: In just 45 seconds, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams demonstrates how to make your own cloth facemask. 

It's lo-tech. You can use a T-shirt, hand towel, or bandana. The only other thing you need is rubber bands.

The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face masks in public places where it's difficult to social distance from others — meaning staying at least six feet away. 

That's because a "significant portion of people" — perhaps as much as one in four people — are...

The Verge

Russell Brandom

Tech supply chains are still a complete mess

Last week, we made the case that tech manufacturing was uniquely vulnerable to pandemic problems, from a combination of just-in-time manufacturing practices and a far-flung network of suppliers. But just a week later, the news is even worse.

On Friday morning, analysts at S&P’s Panjiva Research laid out a grim picture, with US sea imports from China (which includes most of the electronics you buy) down more than 50 percent in the first three weeks of March, a result of the countrywide...

Gizmodo

Dharna Noor on Earther, shared by Jody Serrano to Gizmodo

Scientists Made A Drone To Capture Whale Snot

Right now, whales are facing myriad threats, from pollution and getting tangled in fishing gear, to warming and acidifying oceans. To understand how those threats are affecting whales, scientists need data. And to get that data, they’ve come up with a drone that can capture whale snot.

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Mashable

Morgan Sung

YouTube and TikTok creators pivot to DIY face mask tutorials

With everyone scrambling to find face masks to wear, DIY tutorials are thriving on YouTube and TikTok.

Many of these videos do more than just teach you how to craft a mask out of stuff you have at home. TikTok creator and model Marc Sebastian primarily uses his Instagram platform for activism, but when he saw young people refusing to social distance, he brought his message to TikTok. In a video that now has more than 450,000 views, he sewed 25 fabric face masks to donate to a local hospital...

Engadget

Mariella Moon

Zoom will enable waiting rooms by default to keep trolls out

Zoom will make a couple of important security changes in an effort to prevent trolls from crashing shared video calls on the app. To be exact, it will require passwords to enter calls and will switch on waiting rooms by default starting on April 5th....

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