Tag Archive: Coronavirus

Coronavirus conspiracy theorists burn 5G masts and threaten UK engineers

Stop the world. I want to get off.

What you need to know Several reports state that UK broadband engineers have been targeted and threatened by members of the public due to a 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory. There are also reports confirmed of UK 5G masts being burned, and the practice is being encouraged on Facebook. This might be one of the worst things I have ever heard.

Several reports from the UK have confirmed that broadband  [Read More…]

Here are all the phones and products being delayed due to the coronavirus

The coronavirus has caused interminable delays in the smartphone industry.

The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the globe, with the pandemic claiming over 40,000 lives. With factories around the world grinding to a halt, the virus has had a profound impact on the smartphone industry: shipments in Q1 2020 down by almost 40% from the same time a year ago.

Here are the phones and products that have been delayed due to the coronavirus:

Xiaomi Mi 10  [Read More…]

Google pledges over $800 million in coronavirus crisis response fund

The pandemic is savaging small businesses and communities. Google wants to help.

What you need to know Google has pledged over $ 800 million towards coronavirus crisis response. As part of that, it will apportion $ 250 million in ad grants for health agencies like the WHO to help educate local communities. It will also fund research into coronavirus treatments like vaccines as well as throw its weight behind the production of face masks and ventilators.

As  [Read More…]

Got questions about coronavirus? Amazon’s Alexa has answers from the CDC

It’s no replacement for a doctor, but it’s better than nothing.

What you need to know Alexa can now help you decide what to do if you think you’ve contracted coronavirus. The digital assistant can respond to a limited number of queries and ask screening questions in other to give best advice. The assistant will also help sing for 20 seconds in regions like the UK and Canada to optimize handwashing.

Amazon’s Alexa will now help you  [Read More…]

The WHO is working on a coronavirus app for both iOS and Android

It’s being developed as an open-source project, with ex-Google and ex-Microsoft employees pitching in to help in its creation.

What you need to know A new coronavirus app is currently under work by the WHO. It’s being made in collaboration with several volunteers from the healthcare and tech industries. The company is already using a WhatsApp chatbot for the same purpose.

As the pandemic rage on, access to accurate and timely information about symptoms, diagnosis, and prevention  [Read More…]

How the Oculus Quest is helping me during the coronavirus pandemic

The Oculus Quest can help stave off cabin fever during quarantine.

With the UK in lockdown and most of my hobbies inaccessible during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, I turned to the Oculus Quest to help me keep a level head. The Oculus Quest helps me stay active, stay social, and, when needed, be anti-social. It has a wide variety of games to help me out and a growing community that provides a wide set of experiences in  [Read More…]

The WHO and WhatsApp team up to inform billions about coronavirus

Combating the spread of misinformation as a pandemic rages.

What you need to know The WHO is partnering with WhatsApp to make information around the novel coronavirus more easily accessible. The Health Alert service is currently available in English, with support for Spanish and Arabic slated for later this week. Facebook is working on partnering with nation-specific health ministries, while the WHO is considering extending its service to more messaging apps like Viber.

The World Health Organization  [Read More…]

Google’s new travel tools will help you keep up with coronavirus advisories

A necessary tool if you absolutely must travel.

What you need to know Google is updating its travel apps to show information on responses to coronavirus. The Travel web-app will now highlight travel advisories made by governments. When searching for flights, the Flights web-app will also showcase flexible booking and cancellation policies.

Google will start highlighting travel advisories and flexible booking policies for people who search for travel-related information amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The company will  [Read More…]

Verizon is giving 15GB of extra data to customers amid coronavirus crisis

It is also offering free international calling to CDC level 3 countries.

What you need to know Verizon is giving 15GB of high-speed data to all its wireless consumer and small business customers during the coronavirus pandemic. It is also waiving overage charges and late fees for customers financially affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To support people working from home, Verizon has also rolled out an affordable internet option for new low-income customers.

Verizon today announced a  [Read More…]

Where to buy coronavirus cleaning supplies: These retailers have stock

With the coronavirus continuing to spread, it’s understandable that people are wanting to ensure their hands and homes are clean. However, panic buying has led to essential cleaning supplies becoming quite hard to find at various retailers across the country. Seemingly gone are the days of being able to stroll into your local store and pick up some cleaning wipes or sprays with shelves laying empty at many locations. Fortunately, you can still buy these products if you know where  [Read More…]