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How to prevent trolls from Zoom bombing your online meeting

As students at the University of Tennessee were participating in a virtual "Milkshake Monday," an anonymous person jumped into the Zoom gathering and began berating everyone with racist rants.

"Zoom bombing has unfortunately become an issue at institutions across the country, and this is at least the second instance at UT Knoxville since we've ...Read more

Blockchain could transform supply chains, aid in COVID-19 fight

Companies that specialize in moving goods from one place to another are starting to use the technology that powers cryptocurrency to streamline their work, and they say it could help hospitals stay stocked and staffed during pandemics like the one caused by COVID-19.

Blockchain technology, as it's called, is already being adopted in the ...Read more

Not made in China is global tech's next big trend

Three years ago, manufacturing gadgets in China was a given. That's changed fundamentally in the era of trade wars and coronavirus.

Under the new reality, the world's electronics makers are actively seeking ways to diversify their supply chains and reduce their dependence on any single country, no matter how attractive.

Never has there been so...Read more

Tech Q&A: Backing up an iPhone while moving photos to PC

Q: I back up iPhone photos to iCloud, and I'd like to transfer them from iCloud to my PC. But I was surprised to read in your column how much data the photos lose during the iCloud-to-PC transfer (see tinyurl.com/qmdxztz).

You suggested transferring photos from the iPhone to Dropbox and from Dropbox to the PC, but I'd rather not have to do that...Read more

How the virus that causes COVID-19 differs from other coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). So what makes those coronaviruses different from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? Dr. Clayton Cowl, a pulmonologist and chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of ...Read more

Whales are dying, but numbers are unknown. Coronavirus has stalled scientific field work

As gray whales began their northern migration along the Pacific Coast earlier this month -- after a year of unusually heavy die-offs -- scientists were poised to watch, ready to collect information that could help them learn what was killing them.

The coronavirus outbreak, however, has largely upended that field work -- and that of incalculable...Read more

San Diego Angel Conference is still on amid COVID-19 closures — but it's going digital

One of the biggest San Diego events for startups seeking angel money is still on -- and it's writing a massive check to one lucky entrepreneur. But the whole thing has gone digital.

As expected during the coronavirus pandemic, the event is following government mandates to shift conferences online. The previously planned six-hour conference has ...Read more

Online shopping won't get you hard-to-find items during coronavirus. 'They're not going to have any more success getting toilet paper than you are.'

Think you're going to find online the frozen vegetables and toilet paper you can't find in stores? Think delivery is going to be quick?

Think again.

Grocery stores aren't just battling to stock shelves in stores. They also are swamped with online shoppers who are placing more orders and buying more. The average order at grocery delivery ...Read more

Facebook says it's sending contract workers home and paying them in full

After announcing it would give employees working from home because of coronavirus a $1,000 bonus to defray expenses for childcare, setting up home offices and other needs, the company said it was sending all its contractors home and paying in full even those unable to work from their residences.

Facebook said Tuesday that the continued pay was ...Read more

Apple's new iPad Pro supports trackpads, new camera system

Apple Inc. unveiled a new version of its iPad Pro that supports laptop-like trackpads as a new means of controlling the tablet, as well as upgraded cameras and microphones.

The company has also released a new MacBook Air model, with faster performance, a new keyboard, twice the storage capacity and a lower price, Cupertino, California-based ...Read more

Urban coyotes eat lots of cats — and human garbage, study of their poop reveals

A study that "dissected" 3,100 pieces of coyote poop discovered domestic cats are a big part of what urban coyotes eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, according to the National Park Service.

Human garbage was their chief source of food, however, the study found.

The multi-year study focused on coyotes roaming Southern California, a region ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Sending iPhone pics to a voice-run Echo Show

Q: My sister, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and doesn't have a phone, recently got an Amazon Echo Show that plays music and shows photos in response to voice commands. Is there a way that I can download pictures from my iPhone or computer to my sister's Echo Show?

--Cynthia Petroff, Broadview Heights, Ohio

A: Get the free Amazon Photos ...Read more

Artificial intelligence recruited to find clues about COVID-19

WASHINGTON -- U.S. health and technology specialists on Monday said they had launched a new collaborative venture to assemble a dataset of tens of thousands of scientific papers and literature on the coronavirus, which would then be analyzed by artificial intelligence programs to find patterns and answer questions raised by the World Health ...Read more

Coronavirus can live on plastic, steel surfaces for days, study finds

A new study has found that COVID-19 can live on some surfaces for up to three days, including plastic and stainless steel.

In a paper that has not yet been peer reviewed, National Institute of Health scientists analyzed the new coronavirus at the center of the global pandemic -- and found it to be strikingly similar to SARS, its closest viral ...Read more

Google website can help you get tested for coronavirus — so long as you aren't sick

After several days of mystery around the nature of a website touted by President Trump as Google's solution to the problem of getting people tested for the new coronavirus, an initial version of the site appeared online Sunday night. But if you're feeling sick, don't expect it to help you get tested faster.

The pilot site is part of Project ...Read more

Grubhub and other delivery apps face backlash over unauthorized restaurant listings

LOS ANGELES -- Last week, a random Google search led Andrew Munoz to a Grubhub page offering delivery from Moo's Craft Barbecue, a smoked meat pop-up that specializes in peppery beef brisket and jalapeno-cheddar sausages.

But there was one problem: Munoz is the chef and owner of Moo's. As far as he knew, Moo's had never fulfilled a delivery ...Read more

Legal fight over Quibi's mobile technology gets ugly

SAN FRANCISCO -- Legal sparring over mobile technology used by Hollywood-based Quibi intensified on Tuesday after New York-based technology firm Eko sued the streaming service for allegedly lifting its technology.

In a federal lawsuit filed in L.A., Eko says a key feature of Quibi's service called "turnstyle" -- that allows consumers to shift ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Avoiding risks when moving to Windows 10

Q: The older apps on my Windows 7 PC, such as Office 2007, don't run correctly on my new Windows 10 laptop. As a result, I'd like to continue using the Windows 7 PC for most things that aren't related to the internet. But I've forgotten the password to my Windows 7 PC (I haven't shut it off in years.) What if it shuts down while I'm networking ...Read more

Even virtual goods from China are taking a hit from coronavirus

HONG KONG -- The coronavirus epidemic in China cast the production of the world's electronics into disarray. What's less well known is that it also disrupted the global supply of digital goods for games.

Beyond iPhones, laptops and consoles, China is also the largest production base for digital art in mobile, PC and console games. Global ...Read more

Texas baboon troop enlisted in humankind's war on coronavirus

To cure the humans, first you get the monkeys sick.

Finding the right animal as a research model for the new and deadly coronavirus is crucial for learning how to treat it. The ideal subject is a nonhuman primate that shows similar symptoms: coughing, sneezing, fever and chest congestion. The hunt is on in the U.S., tightly coordinated among a ...Read more