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Apple Launches COVID-19 Screening Tool

Apple has released a Web site and free iOS app to help you screen yourself for COVID-19 and learn more about the disease.

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Gearing Up During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Numerous brick-and-mortar stores are closed, and you’re likely stuck at home, perhaps without some gear you need to do your job. Josh Centers offers some advice about package precautions, why you may need to look beyond Amazon, and how Best Buy is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus Tracking in Today’s Surveillance Society

Location tracking, facial recognition, and app-based tracking have become tools in fighting the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. But will these uses start a conversation about how to safeguard personal privacy or result in it being further exploited?

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Get “Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily” for Free

In an effort to help those who have suddenly been told to work from home, Take Control Books is giving away the new 55-page book, “Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily.” If you or anyone you know falls into that category, download a copy!

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Backblaze’s 2019 Hard Drive Reliability Statistics

Cloud backup service Backblaze has released its hard drive reliability statistics for 2019, factoring in data for over 100,000 drives.

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Apple Moves WWDC Entirely Online

Like other big tech companies, Apple has canceled the in-person part of its developer conference. However, in a textbook case of putting the best face on a bad situation, Apple has cast the change as a new online format that will let many more developers participate.

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Your Mac Can No Longer Listen for Aliens, but It Could Help Cure COVID-19

The [email protected] project is going into hibernation to analyze all the data it has gathered, but you can now instead focus your spare CPU cycles on helping find a cure for COVID-19 with the [email protected] project.

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CES 2020: RAID Drives, Travel Alarms, and Ridiculously Fast Wi-Fi

Jeff Porten reports on interesting items from his last day at CES, including what’s new in RAID from Other World Computing, decorative light panels, and wireless power transmitted through the air.

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My Last Conversation with Larry Tesler

Larry Tesler, a pioneering computer scientist and long-time Apple executive, has died at age 74. Adam Engst shares a few of Tesler’s achievements and the full text of a 1997 email conversation they had on a private mailing list when Tesler was Apple’s Internet czar.

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CES 2020: Clean Air and Clean Water, Plus Robots and Holograms

Low power and a clean environment turned out to be the themes of this year’s batch of what was notable at the part of CES dedicated to startups.

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CES 2020: Personal Arcades, Outboard Phone Displays, and Dystopian Drones

Pursuing a “better late than never” strategy, Jeff Porten catches up on interesting products he saw at CES 2020, including assistive earbuds, an external monitor for your iPhone, and flying robots that promise to stop the bad guys.

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CES 2020: PEPCOM Digital Experience Has Robot Suitcases, Wireless Fall Detectors, and a Lot of Earbuds

Jeff Porten checks in from another train with the items he saw at PEPCOM’s Digital Experience at CES, including chargers and robots, but so far no charging robots.

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The (Unofficial) Apple Archive Documents 40 Years of Apple Materials

Take a trip down memory lane with the (Unofficial) Apple Archive, which documents over 40 years of Apple documents and promotions.

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CES 2020: Flying Cars, Smart Pillows, and Virtual Dog Fences

Jeff Porten had overlapping conference responsibilities this year, but he checks in from Europe with his usual coverage of what was new, notable, and laughable at this year’s CES.

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CES 2020: Tech Trends to Watch

Our roving reporter Jeff Porten heads into CES 2020 with coverage of the annual Trends to Watch presentation, which focused on (surprise, surprise) 5G, AI, streaming video, augmented reality, and well, a bunch of other things that seem less likely to become real.