The Washington Post had one of the first solid pieces of information on what many have been talking about: using location data from smartphones to slow down and track the spread of COVID-19:
Concerns, we’ve got a few:
📌 Your phone’s location data could soon be used to track coronavirus spread (Android Authority).
1️⃣ OnePlus reveals new branding, but can you tell the difference? (Android Authority).
🗣 Google Translate debuts Transcribe, letting users transcribe conversations in real-time across eight languages - here’s how it works - Android now, iOS later (Android Authority).
💻 Tips for the Mac user newly working from home (Macworld). Applies to PC users, in part.
🤳 US waives potential health privacy penalties during coronavirus crisis: Doctors can use FaceTime or Facebook Messenger to call patients without breaching HIPAA (CNET).
😷 Why N95 masks are hard to make: “currently, of the 200 million masks China makes a day, only 600,000 are N95 standard masks, used by medical personnel.” (NPR).
😎 'Half-Life: Alyx' will launch on Monday at 1 PM ET (Engadget).
🔫 Doom Eternal (singleplayer) reviews are out: One of the best shooters in ages (Polygon), “Doom Eternal is one of the best first-person shooter campaigns I’ve played in years” (IGN), a masterful twitch shooter symphony with one flaw (Ars Technica). Multiplayer starts March 20, and reviews will be updated after that.
🧩 Pancakes, euphoria, and a robot parade: Inside MIT's grueling puzzle competition (Popular Mechanics). (Not puzzles with pieces, but problems and riddles, just to be clear.)
🚶♂️ Try Peloton's exercise app free for 90 days during your COVID-19 quarantine (inputmag.com)
The Perks of Being a Weirdo (The Atlantic), is an article adapted from Olga Khazan’s forthcoming book, Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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