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Apple publishes Maps data to show how lockdowns affect movement

The information, available on a public website, shows changes for major cities and 63 countries or regions. In Melbourne, Apple’s data shows driving requests are down 53 per cent, walking requests down 61 per cent and transit requests down 83 per cent. In Sydney lockdown orders have had slightly less …

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Is this the most virus-proof job in the world?

“I feel,” he said in an interview, “like I’ve been preparing for this moment my whole life.” It’s hard to think of a job title more pandemic-proof than “superstar live-streamer.” While the coronavirus has upended the working lives of hundreds of millions of people, Dr. Lupo, as he’s known to …

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When a phone game fantasy is eerily close to reality

Plague Inc. is a sufficiently disturbing variation of the world we all live in now, if only we were the ones controlling the disease rather than fighting it. The game takes place on a world map, with the sickness represented by an expanding mass of red. Players control a disease, …

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Apple, Google bring coronavirus contact-tracing to 3 billion people

The second step takes longer. In the coming months, both companies will add the technology directly into their operating systems so this contact-tracing software works without having to download an app. Users must opt in, but this approach means many more people can be included. Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android …

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How to stay safe on Houseparty and Zoom

Friends are added by entering in their exact username or allowing the app to look through your contacts or Facebook friends. If you allow the app to see your location, you can also request to be friends with people physically near you (kind of moot during a global shutdown). Because …

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Animal Crossing is the perfect antidote to a life indoors

When you first arrive on the deserted island there isn’t a whole lot to do other than clean up branches and weeds on the small patch of land you have access to, catch fish and chill out. But every day that argyle-vest-wearing business racoon Tom Nook will introduce new elements …

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Latest Vive VR set is slick but vexing

HTC’s original Vive headset was a groundbreaking product that helped shape virtual reality as we know it today. Shipping with motion controllers for hand tracking and room scale for player movement, the Vive set a high bar for consumer VR that left rivals playing catch-up. But a lot has changed …

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Providing a virtual playground with online games at home

The Polish government is setting up Minecraft servers for children trapped at home during the coronavirus lockdown, as the internet becomes the virtual school playground in the age of social distancing. Each day, the Polish government plans to publish new educational challenges to keep children entertained while exercising their brains, …

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Home truths: the lesson to be learned from workers in isolation

It is hard to find positives as we come to terms with the coronavirus and its impact on society. Every parent I know is struggling to keep their children happy, healthy and entertained. Close friends have seen their income suddenly disappear, and the enormous lines around Centrelink offices are heartbreaking. …

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Zoom says it’s safe for Australian companies to use as security concerns escalate

The US-based company’s video conferencing service has surged in popularity since March, becoming the go-to option for millions of people forced to work and socialise from home amid the Coronavirus pandemic.But the newfound popularity has led to increased scrutiny on some of the service’s existing issues, new use cases the …

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