Here’s Hollywood’s big chance to embrace the streaming future

Commentary: With the coronavirus pandemic affecting so many people, maybe it’s time to find new ways to entertain us.

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The novel coronavirus outbreak may prompt some changes to decades-old approaches to entertainment and more. With no end in sight to the need for social distancing, we may soon be going just a bit stir crazy, in need of something to take our minds off the stress of COVID-19.

Which is why The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout may be onto something. In a recent article, Teachout, the Journal’s theater critic, suggested that with Broadway shut down, “[T]here is a way for the show to go on without putting the public at risk. That way is online live streaming.” Historically Broadway, along with Hollywood, has kept to its tried-and-true business models, no matter the technological advances. But, just as the music industry learned to

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How open source might prove helpful during the coronavirus pandemic

Commentary: As bad as things may get due to COVID-19, open source just might make life a little better, at least regarding an economic downturn and possible recession.

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Over the last few weeks, there’s been plenty of bad news. The way things are looking with the coronavirus pandemic, we’re in for even more bad news over the coming weeks and, likely, months. In a time when people’s health is at risk, money doesn’t matter much. Even so, economists are starting to utter the “R” word, as consumers and businesses delay spending amidst novel coronavirus uncertainty, which will, in turn, create even more hardship.

One bright spot is that more organizations will turn to open source as they seek to do more with less, which was the case from 2007 to 2008 during the Great Recession, as well as during the dot-com bust of 2000

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Coronavirus: What business pros need to know

The coronavirus is spurring questions and concerns in the tech industry. Get tips on telecommuting, interviewing and hiring, travel, and cybersecurity, as well as the latest news about COVID-19.

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.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a strain of coronavirus that was discovered after an outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since its discovery, the coronavirus has spread to multiple countries, causing some businesses and schools to close, disrupting supply chains, and forcing some employees to work remotely from their homes.

These TechRepublic assets include news about which tech conferences have been canceled, related cybersecurity attacks, remote work tips,

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How to repair your iPhone with Apple retail stores closed due to coronavirus

Now that Apple has closed all its retail stores outside Greater China, where else can you go to fix a broken iPhone?

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As the coronavirus continues to spread, Apple has closed all of its retail stores outside Greater China until March 27. Beyond selling products, Apple’s retail stores are also go-to places for getting your iPhone repaired. The stores are convenient as staffers can diagnose the symptoms of a non-working phone, replace cracked screens, and even swap out a defective unit. But with the stores temporarily closing, you do have other options for fixing a defective iPhone, both through Apple and through third parties.

SEE: Coronavirus having major effect on tech industry beyond supply chain delays (free PDF) (TechRepublic)    

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