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Coronavirus live updates: Global COVID-19 cases surpass 600,000

The amount of novel coronavirus cases around the world and in the U.S. continues to skyrocket. By Saturday morning, the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases around the world surpassed 600,000. It was just Thursday that the globe reached 500,000 cases, which was double the number of coronavirus cases from the week before. The U.S. surpassed 100,000 diagnosed coronavirus cases Friday night, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems ... Full story

YouTube is reducing its default video quality to standard definition for the next month

YouTube has announced that it will reduce streaming quality for users around the world, according to Bloomberg . The decision comes just one week after YouTube announced it was reducing streaming quality for users in Europe to help lessen broadband strain as more people stay home to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. By default, videos will start playing in standard definition (480p) quality, according to Bloomberg . People who want ... Full story

Netflix isn't giving away free subs due to coronavirus — it's a scam

Nope, Netflix isn’t handing out free subscriptions to its streaming service due to the coronavirus outbreak — you’re probably being targeted in a phishing scam. Users have taken to social media to report receiving suspicious texts, offering them “free passes” to the streaming service if they click a specific link. But while a freebie subscription might seem enticing in times of isolation, you might want to avoid the temptation to click: Netflix ... Full story

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t making Facebook any money

Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns might have all of us on social media more than ever, but business isn’t exactly booming for Facebook. In fact, the. COVID-19 pandemic is actually having an adverse affect on revenue, Facebook revealed in a blog post on Tuesday. “[…] [O]ur business is being adversely affected like so many others around the world,” said the social media giant. “ We don’t monetize many of the services where we’re seeing increased ... Full story

Why UX designers and users should be well aware of cognitive biases

The human brain is designed to make quick and effective decisions rather than stick to facts at all times. Instead of acting rationally, we prefer to act fast. This may lead to better outcomes indeed, but it might also lead you astray. Cognitive biases can be both a blessing and a curse. With this article, you’re going to learn. - what exactly is a cognitive bias. - why UX designers should be well aware of different cognitive biases. - how both ... Full story

iOS 14 code hints at Apple's clever CarKey feature arriving first on BMWs

Back in early February, Apple source code revealed it was working on a new feature to unlock your car , creatively called CarKey. And now, if iOS 14 code is anything to go by, we may have got an insight as to what cars will get it first. [Read: EVs are better for the environment than cars — even when charged by coal-generated electricity ]. According to the iOS 14 source code — seen by 9t05Mac — cars from German automaker BMW could be the first ... Full story

The horrifying story of how we learned to keep organs alive outside the body

Organ transplantation is one of the success stories of modern medicine. Around 139,000 transplants are performed annually across the world. One of the most recent success stories is a double-lung transplant for a patient with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in China. Successful organ donation is a fairly recent phenomenon, still only decades old. The first successful kidney transplant was performed by a group of surgeons led by ... Full story

Darktrace’s co-CEO on trusting AI to fight cyberattacks on our behalf

When Darktrace launched in 2013, the world of cybersecurity was an entirely different landscape. “Today, we are used to hearing about artificial intelligence . Six years ago, the idea that you simply couldn’t keep all the bad guys out and that companies needed an AI -powered digital immune system to defend against attacks was radical,” Poppy Gustafsson, co-CEO of Darktrace, tells Growth Quarters. Fast-forward several years and Darktrace has ... Full story

Amazon-backed EV startup closes factories and offices amid pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, life and business is on hold for a lot of us. Now, electric vehicle startup Rivian is joining the list of companies on pause until the coronavirus pandemic is addressed. [Read: NASCAR swaps race tracks for pixels in pivot to esports amid coronavirus race cancellations ]. Rivian, known for its high-range and practical all-electric SUVs, is shutting down all its facilities, TechCrunch reports . But it’s ... Full story

Sequencing the DNA of coronavirus-screened patients might save lives

Scientists should start sequencing the genomes of coronavirus patients. We should look for DNA differences between patients who are severely affected and those with mild symptoms. This could allow us to predict who else would be vulnerable and advise them to take precautions. We may be able to use this knowledge against the coronavirus epidemic before a vaccine is widely available. In particular, it would be valuable to know if key DNA ... Full story