Tag Archive: Helping


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…]

Google is helping the U.S. government build a coronavirus screening site

The president made the announcement at a White House press conference on Friday.

What you need to know Google will collaborate with the White House on a screening website for the novel-coronavirus. The company has reportedly donated 1,700 engineers to the effort. The website will help people who suspect they may have the virus find a testing site.

Google is collaborating with the United States government to make it easier for people who suspect they have contracted  [Read More…]

Assistant is helping automate booking movie tickets in Chrome

Google is leveraging its Duplex technology to fill out forms and tap on buttons.

What you need to know Google Assistant can now help you book movie tickets through Chrome. It utilizes Duplex technology to cut out all the tedious tapping of buttons and filling out of info. It works with many popular movie booking sites such as AMC, Fandango, Regal, and MovieTickets.com.

Back in May at I/O 2019, Google showed off how soon you’d be able  [Read More…]

This $20 Helping Hand deluxe stair climber cart will make your life easier

Work smarter, not harder.

Amazon is offering this Helping Hand Deluxe Stair Climber Folding Cart for only $ 19.97 right now. It typically sells for about $ 15 more.

This cart lives up to its name. It’ll help you out with grocery shopping, laundry, events, camping, rearranging, and more. Plus, the innovative design can handle not only smooth surfaces, but curbs and steps. If you live in a walk-up or frequently take the bus, this thing is  [Read More…]

House Appropriations Committee stops President Trump from helping ZTE

ZTE’s light at the end of the tunnel has vanished.

Last Sunday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter saying that he was working with President Xi in China to help dig ZTE out of the hole it’s been in for the past few weeks. Now, the House Appropriations Committee has issued an order preventing Trump from doing anything.

According to Democratic Representative Dutch Ruppersberger —

This amendment would prevent the Commerce Department from renegotiation of the sanctions  [Read More…]

The Google News Initiative launches to give online news a helping hand

A lot of small steps to make the Internet a better place.

For the past couple years, there’s been a heightened focus on the subject of fake news. Misleading stories continue to pop up online, it gets more difficult to tell legitimate sources from illegitimate ones, and the words of some politicians don’t make this matter any easier to deal with. Thankfully, to help make sense of the world of online news, Google is launching the Google News Initiative.

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Amazon Alexa will start helping out in the kitchen with microwave controls

Meet your new cooking assistant.

The different use cases for Alexa has grown substantially over the past couple years. The assistant works great for simple tasks like playing music and getting weather info, and using it for controlling smart lights and ordering an Uber never get old. Now, Amazon is planning Alexa’s next great frontier – the kitchen.

On the Amazon Alexa blog, it was recently announced that Alexa’s Smart Home Skill API is gaining support for  [Read More…]

Your web browser’s password manager is helping ad companies track you across the web

The Same Origin Policy has one fatal flaw, and of course, ad companies have found a way to exploit it.

There are a few things you’ll hear in every conversation about internet security; one of the first ones would be to use a password manager. I’ve said it, most of my coworkers have said it, and chances are you’ve said it while helping someone else sort out ways to keep their data safe and sound. It’s still  [Read More…]

Smartphones are helping kill the mall

There are so many ways to “window shop” with apps from the Google Play Store, that the convenience is what convinced us to stay home.

Have you heard? America’s mega shopping malls are on the decline. The latest figures reveal that about one-fourth of the malls-of-yore left in the country will go the way of the Dodo within the next five years. But is anyone surprised? With the proliferation of so many at-your-door delivery services and online  [Read More…]

Project Bloks is Google’s platform for helping kids learn to code while they play

Google has announced Project Bloks, a new platform for building physical coding experiences for kids. As a platform, Project Bloks is meant to help kids learn to code by making the experience physical, allowing them to learn to think about how to solve computational problems while they play.

Project Bloks is also meant to help lower the barriers for researchers, developers and designers looking to create this hands-on experiences. From Google:

However, designing kits for tangible programming is challenging—requiring  [Read More…]