Day: May 22, 2020

Data researchers at odds: Will Americans opt in or out of COVID-19 contact tracing apps?

Results from separate studies by Checkmarx and ExpressVPN reveal consumers won’t easily share their personal information with tracing apps due to concern for misuse.

Even though the two behemoths in the technology industry–Apple and Google–
launched digital contact-tracing systems
this week, Americans are extremely wary about opting in to tracing apps, even if they’re told the information would help in the development of a vaccine to fight COVID-19.

The VPN provider ExpressVPN and software security company Checkmarx queried 1,200 and 1,500 consumers, respectively, to find out what Americans think about digital contact-tracing systems having access to their health information. The studies were conducted in May. Results were not exactly the same, but certainly close enough to conclude that both studies came to similar conclusions.

ExpressVPN and Checkmarx each asked if they would opt in to a contact-tracing app, and 54% of ExpressVPN respondents and 52% of Checkmarx respondents said

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NFL 49ers unveil digital playbook to aid STEAM e-learning during pandemic

The new interactive playbook provides K-8 students with unique online learning opportunities focused around the game of football.

On Thursday, May 21, the San Francisco 49ers announced an expansion of the organization’s Digital Playbook to support online learning opportunities to students during the coronavirus pandemic. The Digital Playbook is an interactive multimedia interface designed to provide K-8 students with a variety of learning activities centered around the game of football. Overall, the platform is focused on a wide spectrum of STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math).

Historically, the 49ers have used the standard version of this playbook as part of the annual EDU STEAM field trip, where more than 60,000 Bay Area students and teachers are brought to Levi’s Stadium to participate in live lessons. The Digital Playbook is a revamped virtual variant to accommodate at-home learning during the pandemic.

“49ers EDU is committed now more than

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The “next normal” workplace needs to focus on employee well-being, digitization

Bringing staff back to work requires an emphasis on safety and innovation through technology, according to ServiceNow executives.

The world is segueing to the “next normal” of the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes a greater emphasis on the well-being of employees and digitizing most aspects of the workplace, according to executives at PaaS provider ServiceNow.

Now that companies have figured out they can maintain operations, and staff are still productive, the next phase of work will include keeping employees engaged, onboarding people virtually, and rethinking supply chains, all powered by technology, said ServiceNow’s Chief Talent Officer Pat Wadors, and CIO Chris Bedi, during a webinar Thursday on what the next normal workplace will look like.

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Life and work are “crashing together,”” and technology is helping smooth that out, Wadors said. “There is no one-size-fits-all” when it comes to how

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KKR to invest $1.5 billion in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms – TechCrunch

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms has agreed to sell 2.32% stake to U.S. equity firm KKR in what is the fifth major deal the top Indian telecom operator has secured in just as many weeks.

On Friday, KKR announced it will invest $1.5 billion in the top Indian telecom operator, a subsidiary of India’s most valued firm (Reliance Industries), joining fellow American investors Facebook, Silver Lake, Vista Equity Partners, and General Atlantic that have made similar bets on Jio Platforms.

The investment from KKR, which has written checks to about 20 tech companies including ByteDance and GoJek in the past four decades, values Reliance Jio Platforms at $65 billion.

The announcement today further shows the appeal of Jio Platforms, which has raised $10.35 billion in the past month by selling about 17% of its stake, to foreign investors that are looking for a slice of

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How to host a meeting and invite others in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a full-featured collaboration suite, and some of its tools are in less-than-obvious places. Learn how to start a meeting in Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams has stepped up its competition with Zoom since the latter has fallen from grace thanks to security problems.
Microsoft Teams
is far more than just a video conferencing app, though: It’s a full-featured collaboration platform that includes chat, wikis, VoIP, app integration, and other tools. All of those additional features mean that some of the most basic tools remote workers need are a bit hidden behind different layers of buttons and menus that aren’t the most obvious or intuitive.

If you’ve been confused about how to start a meeting, and invite participants, in the free version of Microsoft Teams (not a call—those are more like a Skype call), these steps can help. Note: The free tier of Microsoft Teams doesn’t offer meeting

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