Day: November 25, 2020

Zoom Thanksgiving: 10 tips for hosting a virtual Thanksgiving on Zoom

Many households are opting to host Thanksgiving on Zoom amid COVID-19. Here 10 tips to consider when hosting a virtual Zoom Thanksgiving celebration.

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many families are forgoing the traditional Thanksgiving Day celebrations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Instead of large indoor family gatherings, many people are carving out plans for virtual Zoom Thanksgiving celebrations this year. To assist, Zoom recently announced that it would lift its 40-minute meeting time limit for Thanksgiving Day gatherings. That said, there is a moderate learning curve to consider as individuals plan their virtual holiday celebrations. From how-to video conferencing tutorials to festive Thanksgiving Zoom backgrounds, here are some ideas to keep in mind when hosting Thanksgiving on Zoom.

SEE: Zoom 101: A guidebook for beginners and business pros (TechRepublic Premium)

Practice makes perfect

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of telecommuters participate in round the clock

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The FCC rejects ZTE’s petition to stop designating it a “national security threat” – TechCrunch

The Federal Communications Commission has rejected ZTE’s petition to remove its designation as a “national security threat.” This means that American companies will continue to be barred from using the FCC’s $8.3 billion Universal Service Fund to buy equipment and services from ZTE .

The Universal Service Fund includes subsidies to build telecommunication infrastructure across the United States, especially for low-income or high-cost areas, rural telehealth services, and schools and libraries. The FCC issued an order on June 30 banning U.S. companies from using the fund to buy technology from Huawei and ZTE, claiming that both companies have close ties with the Chinese Communist Party and military.

Many smaller carriers rely on Huawei and ZTE, two of the world’s biggest telecom equipment providers, for cost-efficient technology. After surveying carriers, the FCC estimated in September that replacing Huawei and ZTE equipment would cost more than $1.8 billion.

Under the Secure

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Quantum computing: Aliro wants to make quantum hardware more accessible for software developers and network engineers

With Q.COMPUTE and Q.NETWORK, Aliro Quantum is using cloud tech to make it easy for software developers to run quantum programs and networking engineers to build quantum networks.

If you’re a developer who wants to write code for a quantum computer, how do you know which quantum architecture and by extension which company’s
quantum computer

is best suited for the problem you’re trying to solve? Likewise, if you’re interested in connecting quantum computers together across a quantum network, how do you pick the right hardware and network design?

Aliro Quantum, thinks the answer to both these questions is to use an abstraction layer.

On this episode of
Dynamic Developer

, I talk with Dr. Prineha Narang, Assistant Professor at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and CTO and co-founder Aliro Quantum about how the company is trying to make quantum more accessible

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Black Friday 2020 Deals on External Storage

If you’re looking for a new external hard drive, flash drive, or memory card, Black Friday is the perfect time to shop for yourself or buy a gift for someone who needs a storage upgrade.

2020 is actually drawing to a close, believe it or not, and that means it’s time to start planning for the holidays. With COVID-19 still surging across the globe, many people are likely rethinking their end-of-the-year plans up to and including shopping in a brick-and-mortar for holiday gifts.

If you’re getting ready to shop for Black Friday deals online, look no further: Here are 10 great deals on external storage devices–and all of these deals are available now.

Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change, and quantities are limited. 

Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD

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This portable SSD from Samsung has a unique security feature that is ideal for anyone transporting sensitive files or

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