Day: May 9, 2020

Apple reopening some of its US retail stores in four states next week

Some Apple Stores will reopen next week after being shut down in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apple will soon reopen its first stores in the United States after recently closing all locations outside of Greater China amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re excited to begin reopening stores in the US next week, starting with some stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama, and Alaska,” Apple said in a statement shared with TechRepublic on May 8. “Our team is constantly monitoring local heath data and government guidance, and as soon as we can safely open our stores, we will.”

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Apple has one Apple Store in Idaho, two stores in South Carolina, two stores in Alabama, and one store in Alaska. So far, only the Idaho store’s website reveals a reopening, starting Monday, May 11, with limited hours from 11 am to

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US Marshals says prisoners’ personal information taken in data breach – TechCrunch

A data breach at the U.S. Marshals Service exposed the personal information of current and former prisoners, TechCrunch has learned.

A letter sent to those affected, and obtained by TechCrunch, said the Justice Department notified the U.S. Marshals on December 30, 2019 of a data breach affecting a public-facing server storing personal information on current and former prisoners in its custody. The letter said the breach may have included their address, date of birth and Social Security number, which can be used for identity fraud.

But the notice didn’t say how many current and former prisoners are affected by the breach.

As the law enforcement arm of the federal courts, U.S. Marshals are tasked with capturing fugitives and serving federal arrest warrants. Last year, U.S. Marshals arrested more than 90,000 fugitives and served over 105,000 warrants.

A spokesperson for the Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment

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The 6 best desk chairs for your home office setup

As you settle into your home office, finding the ideal desk chair becomes a must. Here are some of the best chairs that we’ve tested at TechRepublic in recent weeks.

As everyone continues to work from home, the necessity of having a great desk chair becomes more apparent. Sitting in a kitchen chair, or that old office chair just won’t cut it any longer. 

It’s important to have a good desk chair because proper ergonomic support is key. Even when people begin returning to the workplace in the new normal after restrictions lift in some states, many experts are saying that employees will continue to work from home more than they did in the past. So getting your home office in top condition should be a priority.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best chairs on the market for remote employees. TechRepublic tried out each of these chairs to

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Forrester: Automation could lead to another jobless recovery

Organizations will be looking to lower their exposure to future business disruption that comes from having humans executing most processes and functions, according to a new report.

As the world slowly comes to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic and begins to reopen for business, the adoption of automation and autonomous technologies by businesses and manufacturers is expected to accelerate as companies look for ways to protect their organizations from future pandemics and other predictable “Gray Swan” events that are extremely rare but still likely to occur, according to a new report from Forrester.

The report, “The COVID-19 Crisis Will Accelerate Enterprise Automation Plans,” companies will be looking to lower their exposure to future business disruption that comes from having humans executing most processes and functions within the organization.

“Enterprises across the world are watching as large segments of their human workforce and human-driven value chains are suspended,” the

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Online learning sets students back 5 months on potential reading growth

The number of students logging on to online classes has declined by 43% since transitioning to remote schooling, an Achieve3000 report found.

Real-time data from Achieve3000 found that since schools were forced online due to the coronavirus pandemic, students are on track to lose about five months of potential reading growth by the start of the next school year. 

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COVID-19 has resulted in building closures for at least 124,000 US public and private schools, impacting at least 55 million students, according to Education Week. Teachers and students have transitioned to online learning, using video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and WebEx. 

However, elearning may not be as effective as people hope, the Achieve3000 report found.

Negative impacts of online learning 

The majority (76%) of schools have experienced decreased usage in online learning tools since switching to that way of teaching, according

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