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Coronavirus: Lockdown walk inspired social distancing game. Coronavirus: Lockdown walk inspired social distancing game.
An online game aimed at helping children see the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic has racked up about 10,000 plays in its first two days. Players of Can You Save the World? must keep away from people in a busy street, collect masks and avoid sneezes. The final score illustrates how many lives have been saved by doing so. Co-designer Prof Richard Wiseman, sai...
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Report: Uber mulls laying off 20% of its staff as CTO resigns. Report: Uber mulls laying off 20% of its staff as CTO resigns.
Executives at Uber are discussing plans to cut about 20% of the company’s employees, according to a report by The Information. The ride sharing company has taken a hit from fewer customers requesting rides, as social distancing guidelines were enacted during the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, Uber Eats, the company's food delivery arm, has reportedly seen a surge in that area of business. ...
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Coronavirus: TikTok donates £5m to Royal College of Nursing Foundation. Coronavirus: TikTok donates £5m to Royal College of Nursing Foundation.
Video-sharing app TikTok is giving £5m to a British nursing fund, to help it during the coronavirus outbreak. The Royal College of Nursing Foundation will use the money to provide support to frontline nurses facing hardship. It is the biggest donation made by a social media company to date to a British organisation involved in tackling the pandemic. The gift is part of a wider $325m (£257...
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On coronavirus lockdown, gamers seek solace and community in video games. On coronavirus lockdown, gamers seek solace and community in video games.
Video games have always been a source of solace in tough times for Rosemary "Nekkra" Kelley. Now, as everything across the U.S. is being shut down and slowed down, the 25-year-old has her game controller in hand again. “I originally had every single weekend booked, and now I have nothing,” she said. For Kelley, an esports caster and host for games like "Pokémon," "Overwatch" and "Hearth...
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Funerals are the latest part of American life to move online. Funerals are the latest part of American life to move online.
New York (CNN Business)Isabel Cabrera Galindo was a social woman who loved gardening, going to church and drinking beer. But when the 82-year-old recently died of natural causes, her friends and family were told they couldn't attend the funeral in person. Instead, they watched the burial via a livestream. But many either couldn't figure out how to use it or struggled to hear key parts of it. J...
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Is this the digital future for Bank of England banknotes?. Is this the digital future for Bank of England banknotes?.
The Bank of England is considering the introduction of electronic banknotes for use by consumers and businesses. Governor Mark Carney said: "We are in the middle of a revolution in payments," saying the Bank must look into how electronic money could work. He said this would complement, not replace, paper banknotes while people still wanted physical cash. But it could open the door to prog...
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Artificial intelligence-created medicine to be used on humans for first time Artificial intelligence-created medicine to be used on humans for first time
A drug molecule "invented" by artificial intelligence (AI) will be used in human trials in a world first for machine learning in medicine. It was created by British start-up Exscientia and Japanese pharmaceutical firm Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma. The drug will be used to treat patients who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Typically, drug development takes about five years to get to...
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Facebook Pay launches: Will you trust Facebook with your money? Facebook Pay launches: Will you trust Facebook with your money?
SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook wants to be your new payment system. Will you trust it with your money? On Tuesday, the social media giant unveiled a new payment system that will work across Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram in a direct challenge to Apple Pay and PayPal's Venmo and in much the way WeChat, China’s “app for everything,” does. With Facebook Pay, Facebook says users will be ab...
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AR goggles: FORM is sorta like Google Glass, but for swimming AR goggles: FORM is sorta like Google Glass, but for swimming
The rise of augmented reality has enabled tech companies to create some of the most hyped-up eyewear the world has ever seen. After showing half-baked prototypes, some of the futuristic glasses were quickly defunct like the consumer-ready version of Google Glass. Others remain in development mode, like the ones Apple filed patents for earlier this year. While major tech companies figure out ...
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Microsoft and Sony team up for video games in the cloud, but what's it mean for gamers? Microsoft and Sony team up for video games in the cloud, but what's it mean for gamers?
Microsoft and Sony usually battle it out for dominance in console video games. But in the growing realm of cloud gaming, in which games stream over the internet just as Netflix does, the two tech titans have decided to team up. Their collaboration, announced on Thursday, focuses on developing improved cloud delivery of games and other content, as well as delivery of Sony's current services usin...
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