Liberty University in Virginia is pressing trespassing charges against two journalists who worked on stories questioning the evangelical college's decision to remain partially open during the coronavirus epidemic
Facebook Gaming Launches Tournaments The new feature will allow users to create and organize virtual tournaments from the comfort of their homes. Users will be able to create tourneys in a variety of formats, including round-robin or double elimination. The feature is also made for a wide range of levels from casual to high-level esports play. 'Tournaments' is currently debuting in early access. Facebook Gaming has experienced a huge growth in the last year, with streaming hours doubling due to the current pandemic.
Even as nearly 17 million Americans have sought unemployment benefits in the past three weeks — a record high, by far — millions of people appear to be falling through the cracks
Help Researchers With The COVID Symptom Tracker App Massachusetts General Hospital's Dr. Andrew T. Chan is a lead researcher on the app, which takes seconds to complete and is being encouraged to be used daily. The physician-epidemiologist explains that the app will help determine "hot spots" or new symptoms. According to Lifehacker, COVID Symptom Tracker asks you two simple questions: 1. Have you taken a coronavirus test before? 2. Are you currently feeling healthy or experiencing symptoms? You will also provide some demographic information. Giving your name or number is optional. Dr. Andrew T. Chan, via Lifehacker Dr. Andrew T. Chan, via Lifehacker
Whilst the world is told to "stay home", we examine what that means for those who don't have a home to go to. Social isolation, while possible for the majority, is a hard reality for those used to living in close proximity to one another in homeless communities. With insight offered by Rev. Andy Bales, CEO & President of the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles and Dr. Margot Kushel Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco and Director of UCSF Center of Vulnerable Populations. Script: ((SOT Cuomo)) “We know what we need to do, stay at home, please." STAY AT HOME... THOSE ARE THE DIRECTIONS FROM PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. HOWEVER, ONE GROUP OF THE POPULATION IS PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO OBEY THOSE ORDERS... THE HOMELESS. (SOT Dr. Margot Kushel Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco, Director of UCSF Center of Vulnerable Populations) “By staying at home we normally mean that people stay in a setting with just their family nobody else, so even people at shelters are maybe living with 100 other people if any one of them gets infected the chance is high that many people could acquire that infection” AN AT-RISK GROUP IN EVEN MORE DANGER AS SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE. IN LOS ANGELES, NEARLY SIXTY THOUSAND PEOPLE EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS... THERE ARE CONFIRMED COVID CASES ALREADY AMONG THAT POPULATION...AND THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE. FOR THE UNION RESCUE MISSION IN DOWNTOWN L-A THEIR GOAL OF BRINGING COMFORT AND COMPASSION, EVEN HARDER IN THIS CURRENT COVID-19 CLIMATE. (SOT Rev Andy Bales, chief executive officer & president, union rescue mission) “We've never faced anything like we are facing right now. Even as you remind them to practice social distancing let them know how much you love and care about them.” PUBLIC OFFICIALS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES ARE WORKING TO PREVENT AN OUTBREAK... IN LAS VEGAS, PARKING LOTS ARE BEING DIVIDED INTO SIX FOOT SPACES TO ENCOURAGE DISTANCING... IN CALIFORNIA, EFFORTS TO RELOCATE HUNDREDS TO CAMPERS, RVS, AND SPARE MOTEL ROOMS. SOT Dr. MARGOT KUSHEL “It is an extremely important tool in our toolbox right now, I think the better question is - is it happening quickly enough and will it reach enough people?" BUT FEARS FOR MANY THAT NEED HELP NOW MAY NOT BE ENOUGH TO AVERT DISASTER ... AS HOMELESSNESS HAS BEEN AN IGNORED CRISIS FOR YEARS BEFORE THIS CURRENT HEALTH EMERGENCY... (SOT REV ANDY BALES) “It’s a pandemic upon a pandemic it's a horror movie laid out on a twilight zone already. it's horrific. we are facing the toughest times we have ever faced” AND AS UNEMPLOYMENT SKYROCKETS... ANOTHER FEAR SETS IN... AN EVEN LARGER NUMBER OF HOMELESS LOOMING IN THE FUTURE (SOT DR. MARGOT KUSHEL) “I think our crisis was already very devastating and to think that it could get worse is very problematic and a very likely possibility unless we act quickly and decisively.”
Sprint and T-Mobile Complete $30 Billion Merger The nation's third and fourth-largest wireless carriers have finally united after a long process to become more competitive. With more than 100 million users, the newly-formed company has the base to challenge other mobile giants such as AT&T and Verizon. As part of the deal, T-Mobile's longtime CEO, John Legere, stepped down from his post, and COO Mike Sievert will take over in May 2020. The company will make use of the added infrastructure from Sprint to develop and deploy 5G service to its customers. As part of the deal, those on Sprint's prepaid brand, Boost, will be going to Dish as part of a divestiture T-Mobile agreed to with the Justice Department.
A review released by Ohio State University on Thursday identified $336,000 in donations and pledges that the university received from Jeffrey Epstein and his foundation
Whilst the world is told to "stay home", we examine what that means for those who don't have a home to go to. Social isolation, while possible for the majority, is a hard reality for those used to living in close proximity to one another in homeless communities. With insight offered by Rev. Andy Bales, CEO & President of the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles and Dr. Margot Kushel Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco and Director of UCSF Center of Vulnerable Populations.
Tips for a Stable and Faster Internet Connection As millions of people self-isolate to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, internet usage has surged, causing strain on connections. As a result, YouTube even announced plans to reduce video quality over the course of a month to better handle the high demand. Here are some tips to make your connection more stable during the coronavirus pandemic: 1. Make sure your router is connected properly and placed in an ideal area. Keep it away from TVs, cordless phones and stereos. 2. Don't use your microwave. According to U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom, using your microwave can interfere with Wi-Fi signals. 3. Disconnect other devices from the Wi-Fi when you're not using them. They can use the internet in the background even when you're not using them, causing your connection to slow down. 4. Connect your computer to your router via Ethernet. Connecting your computer directly to the router provides better internet speeds than Wi-Fi.
The head of the International Monetary Fund says the coronavirus pandemic will push the global economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression
Most People Think Technology Is Moving Too Fast, Survey Says According to a survey conducted by American public relations and marketing consultancy firm Edelman, 60 percent think technology is evolving too rapidly. They also believe that due to governments not fully having a grasp on it, regulations are not formally being placed. Over 34,000 people worldwide were used in the communications firm's report. The analysis from Edelman adds that global trust in technology has dropped four percent. In the United States, the decrease is seven percent. Edelman says trust has fallen in 21 out of 26 global markets. 66 percent worry that technology will eventually make them even question their own senses. Edelman's Sanjay Nair, via statement
Billionaire Warren Buffett Ditches His Flip Phone for an iPhone The 89-year-old investor was previously known for his usage of the older device. Buffett, who recently used a Samsung Haven, says his flip phone is "permanently gone." He now has an iPhone 11, which makes sense considering his 5.6 percent ownership of Apple stock. The iPhone is not his only Apple device. He also has an iPad for checking stocks. Talking with CNBC, Buffett says his iPhone is one of many people have given to him. Smartphones are able to do many things, but Buffett adds he is only using it for phone calls.