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Infotech Headlines Today
[Wed-01-Apr-2020]

Updated: 8 hours ago

#Coronavirus: Jumia Introduces 'Contactless' Delivery - Innovation Village

"Online proctor" companies, which watch students through their webcams during exams, are seeing a surge of business as universities close due to the pandemic (Drew Harwell/Washington Post) - Techmeme

1,380 confirmed coronavirus infections in South Africa - BusinessTech

10 ways to be Cyber-Secure when working from home - Innovation Village

3 Ways to Discover your African-American Ancestry with Technology - Itnewsafrica

33 incredibly interesting photos from history - Pocket Lint

4 Reasons Why Cloud Technology Is Inseparable from Our Daily Lives - Itnewsafrica

4 Reasons Why You Should Understand Your Location Settings - Itnewsafrica

5 important things happening in South Africa today - BusinessTech

5 South African banks cut deeper into junk by Fitch - BusinessTech

58 insanely neat photos of cables that belong in a modern art gallery - Pocket Lint

6 Tips to Avoid Cyber Infections - Itnewsafrica

A former chaos engineer offers 5 tips for handling online disasters remotely - Techcrunch

A free start-up checklist tool for company registration and compliance in South Africa - BusinessTech

A look at Google's US data center water usage, which it tries to keep secret: an estimated 2.3B gallons in three states in 2019, some with water shortages (Nikitha Sattiraju/Bloomberg) - Techmeme

A look at Microsoft's strategy with Xbox One X: building a top-tier console alongside robust streaming services to ward off Amazon and Google (Colin Campbell/Polygon) - Techmeme

A new Humble Bundle offers tons of great games to raise money to fight COVID-19 - The Verge

A new initiative between 130 researchers from eight European countries aims to build a platform for COVID-19 contact tracing while complying with GDPR (Douglas Busvine/Reuters) - Techmeme

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration - Wired

A teardown reveals that Huawei's P40 phone contains several critical US parts, primarily RF chips; the US parts were made by Qualcomm, Skyworks and Qorvo (Financial Times) - Techmeme

A Truly Green Electric Grid Will Need Very Big Batteries - Wired

A VC, an Entrepreneur and a Serial Killer Dial Into a Virtual Sports Bar - Forbes

Addionics, a startup creating 'next-gen' batteries for electric cars and more, raises $6M - Techcrunch

Africa CDC, Cc-Hub Partner to Sensitize the Continent on COVID-19 - TechMoran

Africa Roundup: Africa's tech ecosystem responds to COVID-19 - Techcrunch

Alphabet's DeepMind AI is better than you at Atari games - Engadget

Amazon Fires Worker Who Led Strike Over Virus - Slashdot

Amazon says Amazon Detective for AWS, which uses ML to visualize anomalies in customer resources, is now generally available (Daphne Leprince-Ringuet/ZDNet) - Techmeme

Amazon's Covid Hiring Boom Has Applicants Packed Into Job Fairs With No Special Precautions - Slashdot

Amazon's poor treatment of workers is catching up to it during the coronavirus crisis - The Verge

Amazon's retail business has struggled to find its footing during the pandemic, as surging order volume has resulted in shortages, delays, and worker unrest (Wall Street Journal) - Techmeme

Analysis finds that almost 4,000 jobs across 40+ US startups, operating in sectors including hospitality, transportation, and AI, were eliminated in March (Lauren Feiner/CNBC) - Techmeme

Android is losing the Dark Sky weather app, now what - The Verge

Apex Legends' tournaments get a new online-only schedule - Engadget

Apple buys popular Dark Sky weather app, will kill Android version - Pocket Lint

Apple buys weather app Dark Sky - BBC

Apple Card holders can defer April payments, too - Engadget

Apple updates iWork and iMovie with iPad trackpad support - The Verge

Apple's iOS 14 may turn iCloud Keychain into a true 1Password and LastPass competitor - The Verge

Apple's iOS 14 May Turn iCloud Keychain Into a True 1Password and LastPass Competitor - Slashdot

As colleges shutter campuses, students are using Minecraft servers to faithfully replicate those spaces, hosting graduation ceremonies and parties online (Pearse Anderson/The Verge) - Techmeme

As COVID-19 confines people to their homes and prohibits gatherings, US political races are moving online, causing anxiety for some campaigns (Issie Lapowsky/Protocol) - Techmeme

As live sports games are canceled, pro athletes and teams turn to video game streaming as a means of connecting with fans and finding new sources of revenue (Ben Strauss/Washington Post) - Techmeme

As the US Census kicks off, the Census Bureau's 500,000 enumerators will use iPhone 8s instead of clipboards, improving data entry and analysis (Lynn La/CNET) - Techmeme

Aspen Neuroscience raises $70 million for its experimental Parkinson Disease treatment - Techcrunch

Astrophysicist Gets Magnets Stuck Up Nose While Inventing Coronavirus Device - Slashdot

Atari's latest attempt at milking nostalgia is a 'Pong' RPG - Engadget

Audible has the first Harry Potter audiobook (as read by Stephen Fry!) up for free right now - Techcrunch

Beats Powerbeats review: Great earphones without the 'Pro' price - Pocket Lint




Infotech Headlines Yesterday
[Tue-31-Mar-2020]

1,353 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa ' as deaths climb to 5 - BusinessTech

2019 Saw Over 60 Gigawatts of Wind Power Installed - Slashdot

3 Innovative Opportunities COVID-19 has Created for Tech Companies - Itnewsafrica

5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids - Pocket Lint

5 important things happening in South Africa today - BusinessTech

6 ways to control Internet use and prevent cyberbullying - Techpoint

7 Africa-focused digital tools helping in the COVID-19 fight - Techcabal

80 Israeli MedTech Companies Take Up The Fight Against COVID-19 - Forbes

A Breakdown Of How The CARES Act Can Help Your Business Or Nonprofit - Forbes

A Creator of the Ebola Vaccine Has Hope for Slowing Covid-19 - Wired

A US federal court rules that simply breaking a site's terms of service does not constitute criminal hacking under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (Timothy B. Lee/Ars Technica) - Techmeme

Accidental cross-play makes Star Wars 'Jedi Academy' a console bloodbath - Engadget

Accidental cross-play makes Star Wars 'Jedi Academy' a console bloodbath - Engadget

Africans to Suffer Slow Internet Service Due to Undersea Cable Damage Amid Calls for Reduction in Data Prices - Technext

After reports in tabloids of Houseparty users having social media accounts hacked, Houseparty offers $1M reward to unmask those behind apparent "smear campaign" (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet) - Techmeme

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

Airbnb vows to partly cover host losses following COVID-19 cancellations - Engadget

Airbnb vows to partly cover host losses following COVID-19 cancellations - Engadget

Airbnb will issue full refunds for trips starting on or before May 31 booked before March 14, will set aside $250M to pay hosts 25% of regular cancelation fee (CNBC) - Techmeme

Airbnb will pay hosts $250 million to help cover cancellations due to COVID-19 - Techcrunch

All senior managers in government have to be certified as of tomorrow - BusinessTech

Amazon confirms that it fired a worker, who led the Staten Island warehouse strike, for violating its quarantine measures; worker says firing was in retaliation (Bloomberg) - Techmeme

Amazon draws criticism for firing employee who led coronavirus protest - Engadget

Amazon draws criticism for firing employee who led coronavirus protest - Engadget

Amazon, Instacart Grocery Delivery Workers Strike For Coronavirus Protection And Pay - Slashdot

Amid shift to remote work, application performance monitoring is IT's big moment - Techcrunch

App Annie: videoconferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during the week of March 14-21, up 45% from the prior week (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch) - Techmeme

Apple Acquires Dark Sky App To Boost Weather Data on iPhones - Slashdot

Apple acquires Dark Sky, Android version shutting down in July - Techcrunch

Apple acquires popular weather app Dark Sky and will shut down the Android version - The Verge

Apple brings ProRes RAW support to Windows video editors - Engadget

Apple buys Dark Sky weather app - Engadget

Apple MacBook Air review (2020): A return to form - Engadget

Apple MacBook Air review (2020): A return to form - Engadget

Apple Music's Come Together space puts its upbeat playlists in one place - Engadget

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

Apple Watch 6 looks set to have sleep tracking and blood oxygen monitoring - Pocket Lint

Apple Watch might get a new Kids Mode with watchOS 7 update - Pocket Lint

Apps and Hacks to get you through the 2-week lockdown - TechCity

Around 100 Amazon workers staged a walkout at a Staten Island, NY fulfillment center to protest the impact of Amazon's COVID-19 response on warehouse workers (Josh Dzieza/The Verge) - Techmeme

AT&T will give users an extra 15GB of mobile hotspot data - Engadget

Authors, Publishers Condemn the 'National Emergency Library' As 'Piracy - Slashdot

Axonius nabs $58M for its cybersecurity-focused network asset management platform - Techcrunch

Axonius, which provides a cybersecurity-focused network asset management service, raises $58M Series C led by Lightspeed Venture Partners (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch) - Techmeme

Bay Area effort to feed hospital workers partners with Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen - Techcrunch

Best 4K TV 2020: Premium Ultra HD TVs to buy today - Pocket Lint

Brandless founder Tina Sharkey joins the board of PBS - Techcrunch

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered coming tomorrow, PS4 leak reveals - Pocket Lint

Campus is closed, so college students are rebuilding their schools in Minecraft - The Verge

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