Day: March 18, 2020

screensharing filth to video calls – TechCrunch

The world is vulnerable to a new type of trolling as people turn to Zoom video calls to feel connected amidst quarantines. Jerks are using Zoom’s screensharing feature to blast other viewers with the most awful videos from across the internet, from violence to shocking pornography.

That’s just what happened today on the WFH Happy Hour, a popular daily public Zoom call hosted by The Verge reporter Casey Newton and investor Hunter Walk. Suddenly, dozens of attendees were bombarded with disturbing imagery. A troll entered the call and screenshared Two Girls, One Cup and other horrifying sexual videos. Attempts to block the attack were thwarted as the perpetrator simply re-entered the call under a new name and screenshared more gross-out clips. The hosts ended the call rather than subject viewers to the assault until they could stop it.

Just imagine the most frightened look on all these people’s faces.

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Microsoft to shut down all retail stores in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Following the White House’s recommendation to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10, the software giant said it is temporarily closing all Microsoft Store locations effective immediately.

The coronavirus could make remote work the norm, what businesses need to know
The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak could be the catalyst for a dramatic increase in telecommuting. Enterprises should prepare for an increase in remote work and the long-term effects on marketing budgets, corporate travel, and commercial real estate values.

As the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States and other countries, another major tech company is taking steps to avoid exposure among employees and customers. On Tuesday, Microsoft said that it is temporarily closing down all of its retail stores. The move follows advice from the White House to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people.

SEE: Coronavirus having major effect on tech industry beyond supply chain

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8 ways tech pros are helping healthcare providers cope with coronavirus

Free telehealth toolkits, childcare calculators, and symptom screeners are a few of the tools and services now available to ease the burden on hospitals and doctors during the outbreak.

Virtual medicine has reached an inflection point
Digital medical platforms saw a huge increase in traffic this winter, says Dr. Deborah Mulligan of MDLIVE, partly because of a vicious flu season, and because of increased confidence in telemedicine.

As the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus grows and the number of cases starts to grow exponentially, tech companies and individual experts are stepping up to help. White hat hackers are using password crackers to support the search for a vaccine. Telehealth companies are offering their platforms for free, and coders have created a childcare scheduling tool. These digital health services will help patients trying to understand symptoms as well as doctors and nurses trying to take care of patients and their own

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