Colleges Embrace Covid Testing as Key for Safe Returns to Campus

Elva Mankin

(Bloomberg) — Many universities see Covid-19 testing as the only way to safely bring students back to campuses this fall, but their approaches vary as widely as their mascots.

Some are requiring test results before a student gets to school, others are offering screenings upon arrival. Still others are relying on symptom screening and random surveillance testing. And the lucky ones with their own labs are putting them to work, regularly testing swabs or saliva from those on campus for the novel coronavirus.

The costs of not testing were starkly illustrated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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How IoT revolutionized medical care during the pandemic

Elva Mankin

Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world into an unprecedented situation. It even gave birth to new concepts such as social-distancing and prioritized technologies like cloud, internet of things (IoT) services, and artificial intelligence. Likewise, IoT and the internet of medical things (IoMT) have witnessed a number of innovative revolutions to address the coronavirus crisis. These technologies in healthcare and retail may have a long-lasting impact in the upcoming future.

IoT has predominantly become one of the frequent expressions across the technological domain nowadays, with the potential to significantly enhance the way we interact

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Android 11 will make you use the default camera system in third-party apps

Elva Mankin

Android 11 will no longer let you take photos from your choice of the app through camera picker. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to use a third-party camera app. It just means that when a third-party app prompts you to take a photo, you’ll have to choose only the default app.

For instance, an ecommerce app that offers return functionality may need some proof of damage to the products. They don’t necessarily need to build a camera feature. So they rely on any other camera app of your choosing. Now, users of Android version

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Gen Z is more likely than millennials to get into the startup game

Elva Mankin

Did you know we have an online event about corporate innovation coming up? Join the Transform track at TNW2020 to explore how big companies stay relevant with new tech trends emerging every day.

Today’s college students – dubbed Generation Z – are beginning to make their mark on the workplace with a distinctly unconventional and often irreverent approach to problem-solving. In my day-to-day interactions with our students, I find that this group doesn’t only ask “Why?” they ask “How can I fix that?” And their curiosity, independence, energy, and assertiveness are transforming the entrepreneurial space.

These post-millennials are less

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Wednesday morning news briefing: Universities demand extra cash

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Students take part in a protest in Leeds yesterday despite the A-levels U-turn - Danny Lawson /PA
Students take part in a protest in Leeds yesterday despite the A-levels U-turn – Danny Lawson /PA

Universities ‘will struggle to cope’ with student influx

After the A-levels climbdown, universities have told the Government they will need more money if they are to take more students this year. Vice-chancellors met officials for talks last night, as they attempted to thrash out a deal to secure thousands of school leavers their first-choice university. They asked for “significant” financial support so they could “scale up” places this year and next. It comes as the official in charge of Ofqual is under threat

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Edited Transcript of CTK.N earnings conference call or presentation 18-Aug-20 12:00pm GMT

Elva Mankin

Aug 18, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of CooTek (Cayman) Inc earnings conference call or presentation Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 12:00:00pm GMT

CooTek (Cayman) Inc. – Financial Controller & Interim CFO

CooTek (Cayman) Inc. – CTO & Chairman of the Board of Directors

Good day, and welcome to the CooTek Announces Second Quarter 2020 Unaudited Results Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) Please note, this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Rene Vanguestaine. Please go ahead.

Thank you, Brent. Hello, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. Our earnings release was … Read More

Xbox One X vs. PlayStation 4 Pro vs. Nintendo Switch

Elva Mankin

Video games have come a long way from Pong and Pac Man, generating over $35 billion dollars in revenue in 2019. It’s safe to say games have gone mainstream, but if you haven’t picked up a controller in a little while, it’s easy to feel lost.

Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are still the three main players in the home console space (gaming PCs are a whole other beast), but their systems (the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch) are all different. By prioritizing certain features, or targeting specific types of gamers, each console maker has carved out a large

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15 out-of-place items that fans have spotted in movies and TV shows

Elva Mankin

There were likely no fancy insulated water bottles in the 1800s. 

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There were likely no fancy insulated water bottles in the 1800s.
  • Sometimes period TV shows and movies leave modern-day objects in scenes or feature props that aren’t appropriate for a certain era. 

  • Eagle-eyed fans have spotted plastic water bottles and modern to-go coffee cups on the HBO fantasy drama “Game of Thrones.”

  • In period movies like “Newsies” (1992) and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000) you can see glowing exit signs that wouldn’t have existed yet. 

  • You can see a boom microphone on an episode of Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” and a modern-day

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Back-to-School Help for Students Without Internet

Elva Mankin

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For Marcy Gage, getting decent broadband service for her home has been a 15-year battle. Because of her location in rural Maine, she’s had to rely on expensive-yet-spotty satellite internet because the local cable company stopped laying lines about 2,000 feet from her house.

According to Charter/Spectrum, the cost to run that extra length was $60,000, well above what Gage can afford to pay. And the special “pandemic” rate she’s now getting from her satellite company concludes in September. Instead of $26 a month, she’ll have to pay $75

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Many Schools Are Using a Hybrid Learning Model This Year; Here’s What Parents Should Know

Elva Mankin

Depending on what part of the US you live in, going back to school in the traditional sense may be entirely off the table. And regardless of how old your children are, navigating these uncertain times have proven to be a hellish nightmare we wish we could wake up from challenging to say the least. While some families are setting up “pandemic pods” – where a small group of students of similar ages and abilities gathers at one family’s home to learn from a teacher – others are working with their local districts using a hybrid learning model.

Naturally, getting

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Expert answers most-Googled questions about working parents and back-to-school

Elva Mankin

With the future unpredictable as kids return to the classroom during the coronavirus epidemic, parents are turning to Google to ask questions and attempt to plan.

As a part of TODAY’s coronavirus and the classroom series, NBC senior business correspondent Stephanie Ruhle answered the three most-Googled questions about the 2020-2021 school year, offering advice on everything from setting up a schedule that works to how to juggle work responsibilities while supervising online learning.

How are working parents doing this?

While Ruhle acknowledges working parents are stressed and struggling, she says it’s important to make a plan, but stay flexible.

“Put

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You Can Now Match Your Face Mask to Your Dog’s Bandana

Elva Mankin

From Good Housekeeping

As the novel coronavirus pandemic surges on, the demand for face masks has some retailers scrambling to make more — and sometimes, finding a mask that’s actually in stock and ready to be shipped is tricky. Medical-grade surgical masks are in tight supply as healthcare workers on the frontlines in hospitals and clinics are facing a shortage of supplies; while these surgical masks and N95 respirators are designed for a single-use, many doctors, nurses, and essential staff are reusing them anyway.

This is why the Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams has urged the general public to stop

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Parents go into debt to pay for kids’ breakfasts, lunches

Elva Mankin

Switching from in-person to online schooling has been hard on many families – and on their budgets.

About one-quarter of parents say they’ve gone into debt to pay for their kids’ at-home school expenses, and many blame the cost of their kids’ breakfasts and lunches when they switched to learning remotely from home.

A survey from Credit Karma  examines how this school year could affect household finances. More than half of parents say they expect to spend slightly to significantly more on school supplies, the survey of more than 1,000 parents found.

The reasons for the debt are higher grocery

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Digital Transformation Drives Computer Software Firms: 5 Picks

Elva Mankin

Digital transformation is often perceived differently across the organization structure that leads to confusion. But, in the last few years, companies around the world have put in collective effort to enable smooth business transformation. The coronavirus outbreak in the beginning of 2020 pushed employees to adapt to remote working, which eventually led to digital transformation.

This digital transformation has boosted spending on technologies and services, specifically computer software. These software support applications are related to cloud computing, digital media and marketing, customer relationship management, accounting & tax purposes, human capital management, cybersecurity and more.

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‘CRA has to devise stronger systems,’ not blame Canadians: experts

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REUTERS
REUTERS

Following a massive cybersecurity breach that affected thousands of Canadian CRA accounts, experts say that a behavioural shift in how the public approaches cybersecurity is important, but institutions need to take the lead.

The CBC first reported the series of cyberattacks that compromised the personal information of 11,200 accounts. The hackers targeted the Canada Revenue Agency and GCKey, an online portal through which Canadians are able to access employment insurance and other benefits. 

The hackers obtained information through “credential stuffing,” a type of attack where attackers obtain username and passwords that have been used on other websites, acting chief

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Parents are going into debt to pay for kids’ breakfasts, lunches

Elva Mankin

Switching from in-person to online schooling has been hard on many families – and on their budgets.

About one-quarter of parents say they’ve gone into debt to pay for their kids’ at-home school expenses, with a large share blaming the cost of paying for their kids’ breakfasts and lunches when they switched to learning remotely from home.

new survey from Credit Karma, which wanted to examine how this school year could affect household finances. More than half of parents say they expect to spend slightly to significantly more on school supplies this year, the survey of more than 1,000

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How to Navigate Online College Classes as a Student With Disabilities

Elva Mankin

As the fall semester begins and students head back to class, many are doing so virtually. Colleges are taking coronavirus prevention precautions, with hundreds opting for fully or partially online classes.

But what does the shift to online classes mean for students with disabilities?

To get a sense of what lies ahead, it may be useful to look back at the spring semester, when campuses closed and classes were suddenly shifted online, forcing students with disabilities to make quick adjustments.

Lessons Learned From the Spring Semester Online

One advantage that college officials have to plan for the fall is the

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5 Momentum Stocks Flying High in August, Promising More Upside

Elva Mankin

Wall Street is having a dream run since Mar 23, defying coronavirus-induced economic woes, and August is no exception. All the three major stock indexes — the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite — have rallied 50% or more from their recent low levels recorded on Mar 23.

The  S&P 500 is just 0.3% away from its all-time high recorded on Feb 19 and the Nasdaq Composite crossed the 11,000 landmark on Aug 5, having posted 33 fresh highs year to date. The Dow is approaching 28,000 and is just 2.4% away from becoming green year to date.

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‘Are we ready?’ LAUSD’s first day back to school, online and on Zoom, is anything but normal

Elva Mankin

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Xavier Reyes, cofounder of Alta Public Schools, shows what a classroom would look like at Academia Moderna, a charter school, when the Huntington Park campus is allowed to reopen. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

New back-to-school shoes, but no recess to run around. Decorative Zoom backgrounds instead of artwork newly stapled on bulletin boards. Freshly waxed floors with no students to scuff them up.

A new school year like no other begins Tuesday in Los Angeles when some 500,000 students are expected to sign on and show up

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Tech fuelled ‘everything’s awesome’ rally looks unstoppable

Elva Mankin

By Saikat Chatterjee and Thyagaraju Adinarayan

LONDON (Reuters) – Today’s $72 trillion question for investors: To buy or not to buy into the global equities rally? Notwithstanding inflated share prices, politics and the pandemic, the answer from many is a resounding “yes.”

That’s not just because unprecedented stimulus – $20 trillion and counting – is forcing a structural change in how financial assets are valued.

It’s also down to years of societal shifts, innovation and now, the pandemic, which could transform forever the way people work, study and shop – playing into the dominant hand of tech stocks.

So while

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