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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

'Contagion' stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet offer COVID-19 advice

Screenshots show the cast of the movie "Contagion," (L-R) Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle, in PSAs to warn about COVID-19 and offer advice. Screenshots show the cast of the movie "Contagion," (L-R) Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle, in PSAs to warn about COVID-19 and offer advice. The stars of the viral pandemic movie "Contagion" have reunited to film a series of public service ... Full story

In one hour, you could be ready to be a certified AWS cloud services professional

TLDR: For $12.99, this one-hour crash course covering AWS Cloud Essentials is the training needed to effectively manage AWS systems and pass the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. The current state of our world is changing hour to hour. And in light of fundamental shifts we’ve seen and will likely continue to see, the more you can do to protect yourself and your livelihood, the better. Thousands of workers have lost their jobs in the past ... 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

This is what’s it like to be a developer for the Dutch intelligence service 

Being a developer for the Dutch intelligence service isn’t the easiest job in the world. But if you can cope with the secrecy and long screening process, it’s definitely an interesting one. “This job never gets boring.”. Today, she says, her name is Melanie. I’m speaking with a 30-something-year-old developer who works for the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Agency (or AIVD , in Dutch), which is why she cannot disclose her real name. Or ... Full story

India is building a coronavirus tracker app, fueled by your location data

India is gearing up to launch an app to help users check if they have been in close contact with people infected with the coronavirus. The app is called CoWin-20, and is currently being tested on both iOS and Android. It will track your location and alert you if you are near a COVID-19 infected patient. A report from News18 noted that the testing is limited to a select group of users right now. CoWin-20 will use your location data and Bluetooth ... Full story

Coronavirus has slashed CO2 emissions — here’s how to keep them down

How do you respond to a crisis? It’s obvious that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been dramatically different from anything provoked by repeated scientific warnings about climate change. The many organizations that declared climate emergencies throughout 2019 and 2020 have so far enacted nothing like the scale and speed of action to limit the spread of coronavirus. While action on COVID-19 has lowered CO₂ emissions drastically , with ... 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

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

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