SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online
NEW YORK (AP) — The popcorn will be bring your own and the barbecue won't be as good, but the Austin, Texas, SXSW Film Festival is moving online after having its 27th edition canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.
Can you fix ventilators? A fuel cell engineer figures it out
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It was late when engineer Joe Tavi’s boss called with an odd question: Could their company, which makes fuel cells, learn how to fix a ventilator? California had a bunch of broken ones, and the governor had asked if San Jose-based Bloom Energy could repair them so coronavirus patients could breathe.
Chinese smartphone health code rules post-virus life
WUHAN, China (AP) — Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the "health code" that says a user is symptom-free and it’s required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people where the pandemic began in December.
Sprint and T-Mobile merge, creating new wireless giant
NEW YORK (AP) — Mobile carrier T-Mobile has completed the takeover of smaller rival Sprint, creating a new wireless giant that rivals AT&T and Verizon in size.
WarnerMedia names former Hulu chief Jason Kilar CEO
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Kilar, the founding chief executive of Hulu and a former Amazon senior vice president, has been named CEO of WarnerMedia, the company announced Wednesday.
Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation
NEW YORK (AP) — In Sandwich, New Hampshire, a town of 1,200 best known as a setting for the movie “On Golden Pond," broadband is scarce.
Facebook joins resistance to Bolsonaro virus claims
SAO PAULO (AP) — Major social media companies are taking aim at Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's dismissal of social distancing, joining others in the country who have lined up against his controversial stance regarding the new coronavirus.
Some Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier
NEW YORK (AP) — Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers walked off the job Monday demanding greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders.
China's Huawei warns more US pressure may spur retaliation
BEIJING (AP) — Huawei’s chairman warned Tuesday that more U.S. moves to increase pressure on the Chinese tech giant might trigger retaliation by Beijing that could damage its worldwide industry.
School shutdowns raise stakes of digital divide for students
WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) — Students struggling to get online in a rural South Carolina county received a boost last week with the arrival of six buses equipped with Wi-Fi, some of the hundreds the state has rolled out since schools were closed by the coronavirus outbreak.
Hawaii mountain telescopes close in response to virus order
HONOLULU (AP) — Observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain have shut down operations in response to the governor's stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Texts, not door-knocks: Census outreach shifts amid virus
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In tiny Munfordville, Kentucky, the closure of the public library has cut people off from a computer used only for filling out census forms online.
Microsoft divests from Israeli facial-recognition startup
Microsoft said Friday it is pulling its investments from a facial-recognition startup that scans faces at Israeli military checkpoints, even though the tech giant couldn't substantiate claims that the startup's technology is used unethically.
Hawaii telescope protesters leave camp due to virus concerns
HONOLULU (AP) — Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope project on Hawaii's Big Island have pulled out of their camp due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.
Venezuela's only telecoms satellite is lost in space
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela’s only telecommunications satellite has veered off its orbit and stopped working, creating a logistical headache for the cash-strapped South American nation.
Internet firm restricts virus-themed website registrations
BOSTON (AP) — An internet firm is ending the automated registration of website names that include words or phrases related to the COVID-19 pandemic, an attempt to combat coronavirus-related fraud.
The G20 video call: In virus era, even summits are virtual
LONDON (AP) — The face-to-face tension among foes was gone. So was the in-person camaraderie among allies. Gone were the impromptu and urgent “bilats” — bilateral meetings between leaders to iron out a sticking point.
Pros, preps and weekend warriors go virtual amid pandemic
Trevor May has been preparing for this. Not precisely for a global pandemic that would bring sports — and so much else — to an unprecedented standstill.
US climate activists to livestream Earth Day due to virus
CHICAGO (AP) — As the coronavirus causes shut-downs across the U.S., a coalition of youth-led organizations that had planned massive marches for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day next month are now planning a three-day livestream event instead, organizers said Tuesday.
Europe eyes smartphone location data to stem virus spread
The Czech Republic has become the first European country to announce plans to deploy a powerful but potentially intrusive location-tracking tool for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, as others consider similar moves bound to put public health in conflict with individual privacy.
New Dua Lipa, 'Just Mercy' among streaming options this week
NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, the coronavirus pandemic has canceled concert tours, shut down movie theaters and closed down some bookstores, but there's still plenty to listen to, watch and read while self-distancing.
Teams, toddlers and cabinets: The joys of working from home
In the early days of working from home to prevent spread of the COVID-19 disease, some Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers talking strategy on a video chat couldn’t help but get distracted by their team leader’s kitchen cabinets.
Home internet jammed up? Try these steps before upgrading
With so much of the U.S. workforce — and their families — now cooped up at home to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, it's not a huge surprise that home internet is showing the strain.
Virus spurs unexpected test for US schools: Online learning
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus shutdowns have launched an unplanned, unprecedented experiment with online education at schools across the U.S., and the nation's largest school system plunged in Monday as New York City asked over 1.1 million students to log in and learn.
SoftBank to buy back $41 billion in assets to trim debt
BANKGOK (AP) — The Japanese technology and telecoms company SoftBank said Monday it plans to buy back up to 4.5 trillion yen ($41 billion) of its assets as it seeks to trim its gigantic debt burden.