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Mar 26, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Slack breaks user records as demand surges for remote working

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft Teams isn’t the only business-focused chat and communications app that’s seeing a spike in demand. Slack is revealing today that it has hit new user records for simultaneously connected users, thanks to a surge in demand for remote working amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday March 10th, Slack saw concurrent users pass 10 million, which then jumped to 10.5 million six. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 8:00 AM ET

Employees at nine Amazon warehouses have contracted the coronavirus

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Amazon has more than 750,000 workers worldwide. A week after the first Amazon warehouse worker tested positive for COVID-19 at a facility in Queens, New York, a total of nine Amazon warehouses have seen employees contract the virus, according to local news reports. Workers have tested positive for the virus at Amazon distribution facilities near Oklahoma City, Louisville, Houston, Jacksonville, and Detroit. There have also been coronavirus cases at Amazon facilities on Staten Island, New York; Wallingford, Connecticut, and most. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 7:40 AM ET

Few exceptions to the rule that going electric reduces emissions

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Policies encouraging EVs and home heat pumps are unlikely to backfire. One peppy slogan for the energy revolution is to “electrify everything”—to replace fossil fuel applications with electrical devices that can be powered by a clean grid. Of course, most grids are nowhere close to emissions-free, and this can complicate the impact of electrification. With the electricity available to you, is it definitely the case that any electric car, for. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 7:40 AM ET

How COVID-19 is changing public perception of big tech companies

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On March 5th, as COVID-19 began to reshape American life, I noted here that big tech companies had responded with unusual alacrity. Where they once had been loath to intervene in matters of fact, suddenly Facebook and Twitter were prominently featuring links to high-quality information from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization in their respective feeds and search results. Google followed suit. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 7:30 AM ET

The exFAT filesystem is coming to Linux—Paragon software’s not happy about it

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - The proprietary filesystem vendor unleashed a '90s-level torrent of FUD yesterday. When software and operating system giant Microsoft announced its support for inclusion of the exFAT filesystem directly into the Linux kernel back in August, it didn't get a ton of press coverage. But filesystem vendor Paragon Software clearly noticed this month's merge of the Microsoft-approved, largely Samsung-authored version of exFAT into the VFS for-next repository, which will in turn merge into Linux 5.7—and Paragon. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 7:20 AM ET

New attack on home routers sends users to spoofed sites that push malware

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Attack, which uses DNS hijacking, is the latest to capitalize on pandemic anxiety. A recently discovered hack of home and small-office routers is redirecting users to malicious sites that pose as COVID-19 informational resources in an attempt to install malware that steals passwords and cryptocurrency credentials, researchers said on Wednesday. A post published by security firm Bitdefender said the compromises are hitting Linksys routers, although BleepingComputer, which reported the attack two days ago,. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 7:15 AM ET

Check out the first trailer for Hulu’s new animated series Solar Opposites

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Earth impressions: "My scans didn't indicate it was a human-infested crap hole." https://youtu.be/tLjo8IQLa9o If you devoured the latest season of Rick and Morty when it debuted last November, chances are you're already itching for season five. Sadly, if the series' history tells us anything, we're likely in for a long wait. But in the meantime, Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland and former head writer Mike McMahan are bringing a new animated series to. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Outside China, Android isn’t Android without Google

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Illustration by William Joel / The Verge The tech story that made the biggest impact on me yesterday was Sam Byford’s “Living a Google-free life with a Huawei phone.” In the run up to the launch of Huawei’s new flagship P40 line, he got himself a Mate 30 Pro and used it to see what Android is like sans Google. This is, of course, something untold millions of people in. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Feds decline to release list of 147 nursing homes stricken by coronavirus

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Elderly people are at higher risk from COVID-19. Two federal agencies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), have a list of 147 nursing homes where at least one resident has contracted COVID-19. But The Washington Post reports that the agencies are refusing to release this list to the public. "According to CDC data shared with CMS, 147 nursing homes across 27 states have. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 7:05 AM ET

Coronavirus: Is it too much to ask for an actual plan?

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Editorial: We need someone who can explain how we'll deal with the pandemic. In difficult and frightening times, it's normal for a certain amount of confusion and misinformation to spread. The existence of social media and hyperpartisan "news" outlets undoubtedly exacerbate the problem, but even those are just exaggerated versions of things that have been with us for some time. But two things make the torrent of coronavirus misinformation distinct.. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 7:00 AM ET

How computational power—or its absence—shaped World War naval battles

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Situational awareness before GPS and computers was a serious challenge. "Network-centric warfare" is the hot concept in modern military thinking—soldiers fighting not just with weapons but within a web of sensors and computation, giving them and their commanders superior awareness of the battlefield. But the problems this approach was conceived to solve are timeless. I’m here, the enemy is out there somewhere. How do I find them? How do I keep. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Xbox Series X graphics source code stolen and leaked online

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - AMD says that a hacker has obtained source files for some of its current and future GPUs, including details about the Xbox Series X. “In December 2019, we were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products, some of which were recently posted online, but have since been taken down,” says an AMD spokesperson. AMD has filed multiple takedown. [more...]

Mar 26, 2020 6:10 AM ET

CBS All Access is offering a free one-month trial, just in time to binge Star Trek: Picard

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 26, 2020 - Image: CBS The first season of Star Trek: Picard is coming to an end on March 26th, and to celebrate, CBS is offering a free month-long trial (instead of the usual seven days) of CBS All Access to allow viewers to watch the whole season. The month-long trial doesn’t just give access to Picard, though; it’ll give viewers free access to the entire CBS All Access catalog, which includes every Star Trek show ever made. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 5:20 PM ET

Here are the first phones to get GPU driver updates via Play Store

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Qualcomm announced the ability to deliver GPU driver updates via the Play Store back in December 2019, initially saying it would be limited to new chipsets (starting with Snapdragon 865 and 765 series). Now, the firm has announced that several Snapdragon 855 phones will be first to get GPU driver updates in this manner (h/t: 9to5Google). These phones are the Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy Note 10, and Google Pixel 4 series, with Qualcomm saying more devices will get the feature “later.” The announcement comes as. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 2:10 PM ET

The creators of Plague Inc. are adding a new game mode that lets you stop an outbreak

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - They also donated $250,000 to fight COVID-19 The video game Plague Inc. allows you to play as a disease, with the goal being to wipe out humanity. Ndemic Creations, the game’s makers, however, are very pro-human: they’ve just donated $250,000 to help fund COVID-19 relief and are now adding a mode to Plague Inc. that lets players stop an outbreak. “Eight years ago, I never imagined the real world would come to resemble a game of. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 2:00 PM ET

Stuck in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Ask a friend for help

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Other islands can help you build up your own It’s impossible to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons wrong, but occasionally, you can miss crucial steps that will open up your island’s capabilities. If you’re finding yourself stuck — whether it’s a missing recipe or a location you can’t seem to reach — there’s an easier solution than tearing through your new home: invite some pals over or take a trip to one. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 1:45 PM ET

Don’t bail out the cruise industry

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Trump said it’s a ‘prime candidate,’ but there are plenty of reasons not to The United States economy is grinding to a halt as the country grapples with the novel coronavirus pandemic, and one of the first major actions President Trump has floated is having the government bail out the cruise line industry, which he says is a “prime candidate.” He shouldn’t do it. It may be wishful thinking that. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 1:20 PM ET

How location data could play a role in managing the coronavirus crisis

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - From electronic fences in Taiwan to mobile alerts in Israel, countries are finding creative ways to monitor the outbreak Last week, as coronavirus marched around the world, a growing number of governments began to explore the use of our cellphone data to monitor the outbreak. Using location data, Israel sent alerts to citizens believed to have been exposed to the virus ordering them to self-quarantine. In England, authorities analyzed anonymized data. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 1:15 PM ET

Dell now lets you control iPhones from its PCs

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Dell Mobile Connect now supports screen-mirroring If you’re an iPhone user with a modern Dell computer, you can now mirror your phone’s screen to your PC and control it using Dell’s Mobile Connect app. Version 3 of the iOS app lets you control your phone using your PC’s keyboard and mouse, and you can also drag and drop photo and video files to transfer them between the two devices. You can also now. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 1:10 PM ET

iOS and iPadOS 13.4 are out now with mouse and keyboard support for iPads, iCloud Drive folder sharing, and more

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple has released iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, which add full mouse and trackpad support to iPads, iCloud Drive folder sharing, new nine new Memoji stickers, and more. Arguably the biggest feature in today’s releases is the mouse and keyboard support for iPads, which Apple revealed last week when announcing its 2020 iPad Pros and the new Magic Keyboard accessory. iPadOS 13.0 introduced mouse support, but it’s significantly changed. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 12:45 PM ET

YouTube Music brings in-app lyrics to everyone

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - The feature is now out for Android and iOS. A few weeks ago, YouTube Music launched a new playback screen alongside an experimental feature that displays lyrics within the Android app. Now, the feature is making its way to everyone using the application. You'll now be able to access static lyrics from within YouTube Music's Android and iOS apps, whether you're a free or a paying user. Sure, you can always just. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Impossible CEO says it can make a meat ‘unlike anything that you’ve had before’

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Plant-based meat products are bigger than ever, with the fast-food industry, grocery stores, and upscale restaurants coming on board. A recent Nielsen reportfound that plant-based meat alternative purchases went up 279.8 percent last week after Americans were instructed to stay home during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Impossible Foods, a company that develops plant-based meat products, says its mission is to someday replace the incumbent meat industry entirely, stating that, from a. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 12:30 PM ET

Samsung’s S10 and Note 10 are getting updated with the S20’s best camera features

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Including Single Take, Night Hyperlapse, and more Samsung is bringing a host of the Galaxy S20’s new camera and software features to last year’s Galaxy S10 and Note 10 lineups in a software update, the company announced today. The new features include camera functionality like Single Take and Night Hyperlapse, as well as new gallery and sharing features. Samsung didn’t provide an exact date for the update’s release, but said that. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 12:30 PM ET

Wyze’s Alexa-equipped fitness tracker costs $25

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Control your Wyze devices and other stuff while monitoring your activity. Smart home security company Wyze announced last month its plans to launch an Alexa-supported fitness tracker, among other products. Now, the wearable -- simply called the Wyze Band -- has arrived, and is available now as part of an early access launch, and to the general public from April. As we already knew from last month's first look, the band lets. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Stuck in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Ask a friend for help

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - It’s impossible to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons wrong, but occasionally, you can miss crucial steps that will open up your island’s capabilities. If you’re finding yourself stuck — whether it’s a missing recipe or a location you can’t seem to reach — there’s an easier solution than tearing through your new home: invite some pals over or take a trip to one of their islands. Like past games, New Horizons encourages players to. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 12:00 PM ET

Bigelow Aerospace laid off all of its workers

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - The company’s hardships are the result of a ‘perfect storm of problems.’ Bigelow Aerospace -- the company that created the inflatable module attached to the International Space Station -- laid off 20 employees last week. Yesterday, it laid off its 68 remaining workers. According to SpaceNews, one employee described the company's decision to halt operations and let go of its employees as the results of a "perfect storm of problems," one of which. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 11:55 AM ET

UPS is developing quieter and more versatile delivery drones

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - The delivery giant has recruited a German company called Wingcopter to help in its efforts. USP has announced a new partnership with Wingcopter, a German aircraft manufacturer, to develop new types of delivery drones. The two companies will work together to certify Wingcopter's existing aircraft for use in commercial delivery flights in the US. They say certification is the first step toward developing drones that can complete a variety of delivery. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Spotify is revoking support for all third-party DJ apps

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Spotify will no longer work with third-party DJ apps starting on July 1st, 2020. The news was posted by Algoriddim, the developer behind a popular DJ software for iOS called Djay. A Spotify representative confirmed the news to The Verge. “As of July 1, 2020 Spotify will no longer be playable through 3rd party DJ apps,” reads Algoriddim’s announcement. “You’ll still be able to use Spotify. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 11:40 AM ET

The first ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ update makes it easier to turn

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Being able to move matters in a first-person VR game. Now that people -- who have the proper VR-ready gaming setup -- can actually play Half-Life: Alyx, it's inevitably time to ask for more features and tweaks. While our reviewer Devindra Hardawar preferred using teleportation-style movement through the game to avoid motion sickness, players who used its immersive "smooth locomotion" mode that lets you glide the world guided by the analog stick complained about its turning. A 1.1. [more...]

Mar 25, 2020 11:35 AM ET

‘Minecraft’ takes students on a free tour of the ISS

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 25, 2020 - Mojang is offering learning materials to stuck-at-home kids through the Marketplace. To help students who are stuck at home keep on learning, there's a new glut of free educational material available in Minecraft. Mojang has added an Education category to the Marketplace, which includes a bunch of lessons from Minecraft: Education Edition. Kids might use them to tour the International Space Station or discover new things about the likes of marine biology, renewable energy and Greek. [more...]