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What It’s Like to Be Sick and in Quarantine at the Epicentre of Spain’s Coronavirus Outbreak

We haven’t been able to go outside since March 14, when Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez announced a state of emergency and national lockdown because of the covid-19 pandemic. But every evening at 8 p.m., people all over Spain go to their windows, balconies, or terraces. The noise begins softly, but builds up immediately and stretches throughout neighbourhoods and cities. People are clapping for the healthcare workers in Spain’s strained hospitals, for the grocery store workers that stock the shelves, for the truck drivers that deliver food and supplies, for the pharmacists that open up shop, for everyone who’s helping the country navigate the worst public health crisis in a generation. Read More >>

This New Coronavirus Test Can Detect the Disease in Five Minutes

Medical device maker Abbott has received emergency authorisation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new molecular point-of-care Covid-19 test, which will allow healthcare providers in a variety of different settings to obtain results almost immediately. The new test can deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes. Read More >>

Google’s Coronavirus Website Is Nothing Like Trump Described

Google finally unveiled its coronavirus website today. Yes, that website, the one that US President Donald Trump said Google was building that the company had no idea it was building. The website, while a good resource to obtain information on covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is nothing like what Trump described. Read More >>

“Liftoff! Disregard.” Watch SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Abort a Planned Launch at the Last Second

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket aborted a planned launch on Sunday at the last second due to an engine power issue. The event produced confusion at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where countdown appeared to be proceeding normally. However, the rocket stayed where it was. Read More >>

Police in Spain Are Using Drones to Tell People to Stay in Their Damn Homes During Coronavirus Crisis

Police in Spain, which is under lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, are embracing tech during this global pandemic. This weekend, officers in the capital city, Madrid, began using very loud drones to tell people that are out and about during this crisis to stay home. Read More >>

Following Italy, Spain Locks Down Entire Country to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Days after neighbouring Italy locked down the entire country because of the novel coronavirus, Spain declared a state of emergency and announced that it will become the second European country to impose these drastic measures to control the spread of the virus. The message to the public was clear: stay home. Read More >>

Big Tech Will Pay Its Hourly Workers Even as Full-Time Staff Stays Home During Coronavirus Outbreak

Various big tech companies announced this week that they will continue to pay hourly employees that provide their offices with much-needed services, such as food catering, security and cleaning, even as an increasing number of tech giants ask their full-time employees to work from home to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak. Read More >>

Facebook Will Ban Ads for Face Masks on Its Platforms to Keep People From Profiting Off The Coronavirus Crisis

Facebook announced last week that it’s temporarily banning ads and commerce listings for medical face masks on two of its platforms – Facebook and Instagram – in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Company officials said that they were against people exploiting this public health emergency to make a profit. Read More >>

Apple Will Fix Your iPad Air for Free If You’ve Got Blank Screen Issues

Apple announced a new worldwide service programme for 3rd generation iPad Air models that experience a strange problem with their screens. According to Apple, the screens on some iPads apparently flicker or flash before going blank permanently, which means bye-bye iPad. Read More >>

Samsung Blames the Coronavirus for the Galaxy S20’s Horrible Sales Numbers

As you all might have noticed, the coronavirus outbreak is affecting a lot of things in the tech world, from huge conferences to international and domestic travel, among others. Now, Samsung is also blaming coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, for the new Galaxy S20 line’s horrible initial sales numbers in South Korea. Read More >>

U.S. Records Its First Death from Coronavirus

A man in his fifties in Washington state with underlying health problems became the first person in the U.S. to die after contracting the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. The patient, whose name was not revealed by officials, did not have a travel history and was admitted to a hospital near Seattle to receive treatment for severe respiratory illness. Read More >>

South Korean President Authorizes the Government to Adopt Chinese Style Measures to Control Coronavirus Spread

South Korean President Moon Jae-in placed his country on the highest possible level of alert on Sunday following the drastic rise of coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, cases in the region. The designation allows the government to lock down cities, restrict domestic travel and block public activities, among others, measures similar to those China has taken to control the spread of the disease. Read More >>

Famed DIY Rocketeer “Mad” Mike Hughes Dies While Trying to Launch Another Homemade Rocket

The famed DIY rocketeer “Mad” Mike Hughes, who in 2018 successfully launched himself more than 1,800 feet into the sky in a homemade rocket, died on Saturday in a tragic accident. To the end though, it can be said that he passed doing what he loved to do: launching rockets. Read More >>

Google’s Message to Huawei Device Users: Do Not Use the Side Door to Install Google Apps

Google wants to clear things up for Huawei device users: Google’s apps and services cannot be preloaded on new Huawei devices and are not available due to U.S. government restrictions. If users try to download Google apps and services through a side door, or essentially download them from somewhere other than the Play Store, bad things can happen. Read More >>

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Billionaire Jeff Bezos Figures He Might as Well Try to Help the Planet He Currently Lives On

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who with a net worth of $130 billion is currently the world’s richest man, announced that he was creating the Bezos Earth Fund on Monday. The fund is a $10 billion global initiative that aims to fund “any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” Read More >>