Detroit Auto Show canceled in preparation for FEMA to turn venue into field hospital – TechCrunch

The North American International Auto Show, which was scheduled for June in Detroit, has been canceled as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and the city prepares to repurpose the TCF Center into a temporary field hospital.

NAIAS is held each year in the TCF Center, formerly known as the Cobo Center. Organizers said they expected the Federal Emergency Management Agency to designate the TCF Center as a field hospital.

“Although we are disappointed, there is nothing more important to us than the health, safety and well-being of the citizens of Detroit and Michigan, and we will do what we can to support our community’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak,” NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts said in an emailed statement.

The NAIAS is the latest in a long line of events and conventions that have been canceled as COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has spread from China to

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New coronavirus map shows which states are best at social distancing

Location data company Unacast has created an interactive scoreboard​ to show how social distancing is working within communities to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is key, and location data and analytics company Unacast has designed an interactive scoreboard it updates daily to show the efficacy of social distancing initiatives. The map features each US state and compares a community’s social distancing activity prior to coronavirus and after coronavirus, and rates it on how well it’s working. 

In the wake of the global pandemic, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised social distancing as a containment method to slow the spread of coronavirus.

SEE: Coronavirus: Critical IT policies and tools every business needs (TechRepublic Premium) 

The scoreboard is the first component of a COVID-19 toolkit that the company is assembling for free use for public health experts, policy

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As the U.S. shuts down, StockX’s business is booming, says its CEO – TechCrunch

StockX, the high-flying resale marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of sneakers, streetwear, handbags and other collectible items who agree on pricing, has seen its fortune rise along with the $6 billion global sneaker resale market, which is part of the broader $100 billion sneaker category. In fact, the company, which was assigned a billion-dollar-plus valuation last year, says $1 billion worth of merchandise was sold through its platform last year.

The big question is whether StockX can maintain its momentum. Not only are other rivals biting at the heels of the five-year-old, Detroit-based outfit, which has raised roughly $160 million from investors, but some believe the streetwear “bubble” is on the verge of bursting. Add to the mix a pandemic that’s putting millions of people out of work (and in some cases jeopardizing the health of those still showing up), and you might assume that answer is no.

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Pandemic could shift tech support industry to telecommuting

Support get complicated as employees work from home. COVID-19 is disrupting traditional support organizations, leading to explosive growth in remote IT work.

As employees move to remote work because of the coronavirus pandemic, the only way they can be supported is with remote tech support. Organizations built on a physical location model suddenly have a massive increase in demand, and may need to provide that support from their own home offices, where they may lack tools, policy, and procedure to be effective. These problems are not new, but they did quickly become a lot more relevant. has been working on solving them since the previous century, and they are hiring. I spoke with Rick Bloom, the company’s CEO, about the problem, where he sees the industry headed, and how IT can adapt.

Bloom started by getting broad—he talked about the call center industry. Most of us are familiar with

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5 Best Google Chrome Plugins For Business

These Chrome extensions, which include Zoom for GSuite and DocuSign, help stay workers organized, secure, and productive.

Google plugins are a shortcut to programs on Google Chrome plugin pages. When installed, they add a “plugins” button to the toolbar in the browser. When you click on the icon, it opens the plugins menu of third-party apps and Google Chrome extensions that let users access and tailor how they use the web. This is also where you can control Adobe Flash Player, enable and disable the flash player or allow and block Flash and other content for the current site with one click.
Here are five of the best Google Chrome plugins we found for business on Google to help you stay organized and be more productive.

Zoom for GSuite lets users schedule, join, manage, and customize meetings from mail and Google Calendar. Zoom Meetings provides HD video, audio, and content

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How Tableau is making real-time COVID-19 data accessible to everyone

Tableau worked with John Hopkins data to help everyone get crucial information to fight the novel coronavirus. Mapbox, Path, Snowflake, DataBlick and Starschema have been helping Tableau with the project.

As the escalating spread of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus in China became more urgent in late December 2019, employees of data analysis software vendor Tableau carefully analyzed the headlines to seek data that could help the company decide how the virus was affecting its own personnel and operations in China.

That’s when Tableau workers discovered raw data from the outbreak that was being gathered and publicized by Johns Hopkins University, which was collecting information about the escalation and spread of COVID-19 cases from government and other sources around the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But all that data, which was being entered into a web dashboard created by

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