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Mar 31, 2020 1:40 PM ET

Amazon warehouse workers walk out in rising tide of COVID-19 protests

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Workers at Amazon’s Staten Island, New York, fulfillment center walked out today to protest the company’s response to COVID-19 infections among its warehouse employees. Amazon has confirmed one case of COVID-19 at the New York facility, but workers say there have been at least 10 and that the company has failed to notify workers or properly clean the warehouse. Now, they are calling for Amazon to shut down the facility. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 1:30 PM ET

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have some competition… from Samsung

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - With hordes of us working from home, noise-cancelling headphones are more important than ever. The AKG N400 ANC true wireless earbuds have arrived just in the nick of time, and could outshine the parent company’s Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus.   The earbuds are water-resistant and can even be submerged up to 30 minutes as proven by the IPX7 rating, which is more than either generation of Galaxy Buds can withstand. This makes the AKG earbuds. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Leaked image shows Apple’s Logic Pro X getting GarageBand iOS features

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Image: Apple It looks like big updates are coming to Apple’s professional music software, Logic Pro X. Yesterday, a Reddit user noticed that Apple’s education products webpage showed a version of Logic with ported functions from Logic Pro X’s little software brother, GarageBand. The image has since been replaced on Apple’s website, but a cache of the page on Wayback Machine confirms it’s real. Even though GarageBand and Logic Pro X are both music-making. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 1:00 PM ET

Deal: Save $200 on unlocked Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Samsung’s Galaxy S20 phones have a lot to offer in terms of specs and features. Their stellar performance, versatile set of cameras, and gorgeous designs make them some of the best Android phones you can buy right now. The premium phones carry a hefty price tag though. The base variant of the regular S20 will set you back a cool $1,000, while the S20 Ultra will cost you a whopping $1,400. However, you’re in. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 12:55 PM ET

Huawei P40 Pro tops DxOMark charts, ‘blows competition out of the water’

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - The Huawei P series stands out thanks to its camera credentials, offering class-leading low-light photos and great zoom capabilities. Huawei’s P40 series continues the camera focus in terms of pure specs, and now camera testing firm DxOMark says the P40 Pro is at the top of the pile. DxOMark tested the Huawei P40 Pro and gave it a score of 128 points, beating the Oppo Find X2 Pro by four points to claim the. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Everything you need to know about the USNS Comfort, the giant hospital ship in NYC

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - The ship has been sent to relieve pressure on the city’s overtaxed hospitals At 10AM ET on March 30th, the US Navy’s gigantic floating hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, arrived in New York City where it has been sent to help relieve the pressure on the city’s hospitals that are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. The Comfort’s 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms will largely be used for non-coronavirus patients, freeing. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Yes, Twitch is down for some people right now

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitch, the live-streaming behemoth, is down for a lot of people right now. More users than ever have been tuning in since the COVID-19 pandemic sent everyone indoors; it’s tough to say whether today’s outage is because of server strain or something else entirely. For its part, Twitch says it’s looking into the problem. We are investigating an issue that is causing the site. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Go read this Businessweek story about the downsides of DJI’s drone dominance

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If you’ve bought, flown, seen, or even thought about a drone over the last five years, it was likely one of DJI’s quadcopters. In fact, the Chinese company has so thoroughly consumed both the consumer and commercial drone markets that its dominance is now hitting a point of limited — and possibly even negative — returns, according to a new feature from Bloomberg Businessweek. The piece. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Comcast says voice and video calls have skyrocketed 212 percent during widespread self-isolation

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Voice and video calls have more than tripled on Comcast’s network over the past month since people across the US started working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a blog post this afternoon, Comcast said traffic for that category is up 212 percent in total, with overall peak traffic on its network up by 32 percent. In some cities, like San Francisco and. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 11:10 AM ET

OpenTable will allow people to reserve shopping times at supermarkets

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Image: OpenTable OpenTable wants to let you reserve shopping times at supermarkets to help decrease overcrowding and make stores safer for shoppers. OpenTable’s new tool will allow you to choose a vacant time slot or join a waitlist at partnered supermarkets and other essential businesses, much like setting up a reservation at a restaurant. Currently, six restaurants turn pop-up markets plus one local grocery store located in Los Angeles and. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 11:00 AM ET

Germany’s space agency shifts its 3D printing resources to producing protective medical equipment

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - DLR,  German’s space agency and NASA equivalent, is doing what it can to support the global shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by frontline healthcare workers in their efforts to treat those affected by COVID-19. DLR announced that it has successfully tested converting its on-site 3D printers, typically used for producing aerospace-grade parts, to creating medical equipment including protective face masks and ventilators. There’s a need for various kinds of. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Go read about how the original Xbox creator baked ancient Egyptian-style bread with 4,000-year-old yeast

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Photo: Seamus Blackley / Twitter As more people are faced with endless hours at home due to self-quarantine and social distancing, there’s been a surge in home bread baking show-and-tell on the internet over the past few days. But it’s safe to say that no one has been baking bread quite like Seamus Blackley, who finally has achieved his goal to re-create ancient Egyptian bread using yeast cultivated from samples that. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 10:30 AM ET

Microsoft Edge is getting smart copy and paste, a password monitor and vertical tabs

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Microsoft  today announced a ton of new features for its productivity apps, but it also used today’s release to highlight a few new features that are coming to its Chromium-based Edge browser in the near future. Most of these are pretty straightforward and expected, like its Collections bookmarking feature coming to mobile later this year, but some are quite a surprise. Edge  is getting vertical tabs, for example. A lot of browsers have experimented with. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Daily Crunch: FDA clears procedure for N95 mask decontamination

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - The FDA approves a new procedure that could allow healthcare workers to reuse N95 respirator masks, Microsoft  divests from a facial recognition startup and Saudi spies have been taking advantage of a network security flaw. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 30, 2020. 1. FDA grants emergency authorization to system that decontaminates N95 respirator masks for reuse Research, development and lab management company Battelle has received special emergency authorization from the U.S. healthcare. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Apple reportedly letting select employees work on early-stage products at home

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge With all the uncertainty over when “shelter in place” orders will be lifted, Apple has recently been more willing to let early-stage products leave its campus for further development at the homes of its employees. This is according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who today reported about how Apple has been adapting to the work-from-home culture that’s now the norm across Big Tech and countless. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 9:55 AM ET

Indian travel and hotel booking firm Ixigo cuts salary of every employee over coronavirus

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Ixigo, a 13-year-old travel and hotel booking service in India, said on Monday it is cutting the salary of its entire staff as the firm grapples with severe disruption in its business due to the coronavirus outbreak that has pushed New Delhi to issue a nationwide lockdown. Aloke Bajpai,  co-founder and chief executive of Ixigo, said the leadership at the firm has agreed to take a 60% pay cut while the. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 9:50 AM ET

Atlassian’s Confluence gets a new template gallery

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Confluence, Atlassian’s content-centric collaboration tool for teams, is making it easier for new users to get started with the launch of an updated template gallery and 75 new templates. They incorporate what the company has learned from its customers and partners since it first launched the service back in 2004. About a year ago, Atlassian  gave Confluence a major makeover, with an updated editor and advanced analytics. Today’s update isn’t quite as dramatic, but goes to show. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Valve will delay some Steam auto-updates to preserve bandwidth

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Valve announced today that it won’t automatically update games in customers’ libraries as regularly as before to help preserve bandwidth during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Starting this week, Valve says Steam will only immediately auto-update games you’ve played in the last three days. Otherwise, Valve says Steam will be spreading out updates over several days. Steam had already been scheduling game updates for “the next. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 9:10 AM ET

The MLB will stream classic games online for fans waiting out the delayed regular season

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Baseball season might be indefinitely delayed, but the MLB is doing its best to fill the baseball-shaped hole in fans’ hearts with a new “MLB At Home” initiative that will see classic games and events, like the Home Run Derby, streamed nightly on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The MLB already started streaming games last week for its “Opening Day At Home,” where it broadcast 30 games (featuring a momentous victory. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Instacart claims ‘absolutely no impact’ from planned workers’ strike

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Grocery delivery company Instacart said today that a planned work stoppage by its shoppers had “absolutely no impact on Instacart’s operations” and claims it sold more groceries over the past 72 hours “than ever before.” “Today, we saw 40 percent more shoppers on the platform compared to the same day and time last week,” the company said in a statement. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 8:15 AM ET

China’s Pinduoduo raises $1.1 billion in private share placement

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Chinese e-commerce firm Pinduoduo  said on Tuesday it had raised $1.1 billion in a private share placement that will enable its further expansion and allow it to capture “additional opportunities” during the times of uncertainty. The Nasdaq-listed firm said some of its long-term investors financed the deal. The investors were granted newly issued Class A ordinary shares of Pinduoduo representing approximately 2.8% of the company’s total outstanding shares. The capital raise comes weeks. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Airbnb further extends refund window to May 31st and sets aside $250 million for hosts

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Airbnb has further extended its full cancellation policy due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and has set aside $250 million to help pay hosts for missed or canceled bookings, according to a letter sent to Airbnb hosts on Monday, which the company shared with The Verge. CNBC was first to report the news earlier today. Now, guests who had previously booked stays on the platform with. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 8:00 AM ET

WireGuard VPN makes it to 1.0.0—and into the next Linux kernel

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - It's a good day for WireGuard users—DKMS builds will soon be behind us. We've been anticipating WireGuard's inclusion into the mainline Linux kernel for quite some time—but as of Sunday afternoon, it's official. Linus Torvalds released the Linux 5.6 kernel, which includes (among other things) an in-tree WireGuard. Phoronix has a great short list of the most interesting new features in the 5.6 kernel, as well as a longer "everything list" for those who want to make sure. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 7:55 AM ET

Court: Violating a site’s terms of service isn’t criminal hacking

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Courts have struggled to interpret the vague Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. A federal court in Washington, DC, has ruled that violating a website's terms of service isn't a crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, America's primary anti-hacking law. The lawsuit was initiated by a group of academics and journalists with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union. The plaintiffs wanted to investigate possible racial discrimination in online job. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 7:40 AM ET

Sony delays almost its entire movie lineup into next year

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Sony is the latest movie studio to announce major changes to its release slate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as reported by Variety. Tentpole movies like Uncharted, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Peter Rabbit 2 are all seeing big delays, leaving Kevin Hart’s Fatherhood as one of the only major titles on Sony’s 2020 schedule — and that was itself brought forward to October from January. The upcoming third Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man movie appears to be unaffected; the Far from Home sequel’s release. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 7:10 AM ET

iPad Pro teardown basically finds 2018’s iPad Pro with a lidar sensor

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Plus a peek at what the 3D sensor's projected dots look like, thanks to infrared. As expected, iFixit has published a teardown of the 12.9-inch, 2020 iPad Pro, assessing both what's new in the device compared to 2018 and how straightforward the device is to open up and repair. It turns out not too much has changed (which we already knew), and the Pro remains quite difficult to service.  . [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Twitter removes tweets by Brazil, Venezuela presidents for violating COVID-19 content rules

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter has made good — so far — on its pledge to crack down on tweets that contain false or misleading information about COVID-19 cures. The platform has deleted tweets by the presidents of Brazil and Venezuela and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for violating its ban on novel coronavirus-related content that “goes directly against guidance from authoritative sources of global and local. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 7:05 AM ET

Galaxy S20 Ultra Review—Overhyped and outrageously priced

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - The 120Hz screen is the best feature, but it's also for sale to other OEMs. Samsung never changes. The company's flagship smartphone strategy has always focused on designing for marketability rather than the end-user experience, and the result is always devices with gigantic spec sheets, gimmicky new features, and questionable user benefits. If it demos well in a Verizon showroom or helps win an Internet spreadsheet comparison, toss it in!. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Ford will make ventilators for GE, joining General Motors

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Ford is the latest automaker to announce that it will start making desperately needed ventilators that are crucial for treating the worst symptoms of COVID-19. The automaker announced Monday that it will manufacture ventilators for General Electric’s health care division, which has licensed a “simplified” design that does not need electricity from a Florida ventilator company called Airon — and one that. [more...]

Mar 31, 2020 6:10 AM ET

The Office’s John Krasinski launched a YouTube channel dedicated to good news

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2020 - John Krasinski, best known for playing Jim Halpert on NBC’s The Office, is back behind a desk and talking into a camera — this time, in a video on his new YouTube channel dedicated to sharing good news. The show is exactly what it sounds like: Krasinski will talk about a few heartwarming, good stories that people might be looking for right now while stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.. [more...]