Singaporean court hands out death sentence through Zoom
NurPhoto/Getty The coronavirus has lead to more business than ever taking place over video calls. Singapore’s High Court has the grim distinction of being the first (that we know of) to sentence someone to death over Zoom. A Malaysian man, Punithan Genasan, was found guilty of being complicit in... Read more
Microsoft Build Looks Very Different in 2020
This morning, Microsoft kicks off the first-ever virtual iteration of Build, its annual conference for the developers who make software for the company’s platforms. As in years past, Microsoft will detail updates to its sprawling suite of software: improvements to Windows; expansions of the Azure cloud-computing platform; and enhancements... Read more
Push buttons and open doors safely with this $20 antimicrobial tool
Although scientists and AI are working hard to find answers to the COVID-19 outbreak, the virus will be around for some time yet. Early research suggests that your chances of infection are relatively low outside. However, touching buttons, handles, levers, and other surfaces in public areas can significantly increase... Read more
Spotify is hiring Joe Rogan, one of the world’s most popular podcasters
Joe Rogan — one of the world’s most popular and influential podcasters — is taking his show to Spotify. By the end of this year, Spotify will be the only place you can hear Rogan’s podcast. The deal, which Rogan is announcing today via his Joe Rogan Experience show,... Read more
When Disneyland and Disney World might reopen following COVID-19 closures
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, California, remains closed. Corinne Reichert/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. With its theme parks closed indefinitely during the spread of COVID-19, many are wondering when Disneyland and Walt Disney World will reopen. The theme... Read more
Covid-19’s Toll on Prison Labor Doesn’t Just Hurt Inmates
While millions of Americans shelter in their homes, America’s prisoners are at work. In at least 20 states, from Florida to Michigan to Texas to California, incarcerated workers are making hand sanitizer, face masks, and protective gowns at prison manufacturing facilities. In Indiana, they’re making plastic face shields. In... Read more
Sony isn’t just betting on the PlayStation 5
Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida spelled out the Japanese company’s plans in video games during a speech at Sony’s corporate strategy meetings related to its year-end earnings report. In that speech last night, he noted that the company will invest heavily in first-party games for the PlayStation 5 that deliver... Read more
Instagram shopping gets new Facebook Shops feature
Facebook really wants you to go from “Like” to “Buy.” On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg announced a set of new features aimed at making Instagram and Facebook true shopping destinations, by offering struggling brick-and-mortar shops new options to sell to customers online. If successful, the initiatives would make it easier... Read more
iPhone 11 vs. iPhone 11 Pro: The main differences you should care about
Last September, Apple announced the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro as updates to the iPhone XR and XS, respectively. The new phones have significantly upgraded cameras, a blazing fast processor and overall better build quality. To top it all off, the iPhone 11, which starts at $699 (£729, AU$1,199),... Read more
Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers
“It all crystallized for me when we were seeing ventilators in Italy fail, and a was 3D-printing valves for them,” Wiens says. “And we started thinking: OK, if ventilators are being used more than normal, they might fail more than normal, and the biomed technicians are going... Read more