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  • British 5G towers are being set on fire because of coronavirus conspiracy theories
    A 5G cell tower | Photo by Mikhail Pochuyev\TASS via Getty Images 5G phone masts are being set alight in the UK, after online conspiracy theories have misleadingly linked the cell towers to the coronavirus pandemic. The BBC reports that at least three 5G towers were set alight last week, and police and fire services […]
  • Tech supply chains are still a complete mess
    Last week, we made the case that tech manufacturing was uniquely vulnerable to pandemic problems, from a combination of just-in-time manufacturing practices and a far-flung network of suppliers. But just a week later, the news is even worse. On Friday morning, analysts at S&P’s Panjiva Research laid out a grim picture, with US sea imports […]
  • 9 new trailers you should watch this week
    One of the few small upsides to the current global mess is that a bunch of movies are hitting streaming services and rental platforms earlier than they otherwise would have: Emma., Onward, and Birds of Prey are on that list, among many others. Another that’s now streaming early on Hulu is Portrait of a Lady […]
  • Save on a Sling TV subscription and discounted gadgets this weekend
    Welcome to the weekend. The best deals you can currently get on tech are a mix of new offers and ones that we’ve collected during the past week. All of them should hopefully make your self-isolation time a little more enjoyable. Sling TV is offering a free 14-day trial to Sling Blue, the tier of […]
  • Peloton won’t stop live classes amid NYC lockdown, and now an employee has tested positive for COVID-19
    Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images An employee at Peloton’s New York City-based production studio has tested positive for COVID-19, the company said in a Facebook message to members late Friday night. The studio will be temporarily closed for a cleaning, though the message says production will pick back up on Tuesday, April 7th with “a […]
  • Zoom adds new security and privacy measures to prevent Zoombombing
    Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Zoom will soon turn on passwords and waiting rooms for meetings by default for users on its free tier and those with a single license on its cheapest paid tier in an effort to help prevent “Zoombombing,” or the recent trend of people disrupting Zoom meetings uninvited and sharing shocking […]
  • CDC recommends people wear cloth masks to block the spread of COVID-19
    Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines today recommending that people in the US wear homemade face coverings to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. “The CDC is additionally advising simple cloth coverings to help people who may have the virus and do not know […]
  • ESPN will air 12 hours of esports including Rocket League, NBA 2K, and Madden
    ESPN is set to air 12 hours of esports coverage on April 5th, turning to NBA 2K, Madden NFL 20, and Rocket League tournaments to fill the programming void left behind by traditional sports leagues going on hiatus. “ESPN Esports Day” is a marathon of live events and taped esports coverage that aired on ESPN2 […]
  • Why Zoom became so popular
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Seemingly everyone knows about Zoom now: parents, co-workers, friends, grandparents, and neighbors. The videoconferencing software company that went public last year is having a moment during the pandemic. People have flocked to the service to keep up with friends, build digital clubs, and even host weddings. However, in […]
  • Skype tries competing with Zoom by reminding people that they don’t need the app or an account to make a call
    Skype is trying to make it as easy as possible to use its video calling software and remind people that using the app isn’t complicated. The company tweeted a reminder today that users can now start a video meeting and invite people to it without using the app or even having an account; the process […]