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Mar 27, 2020 - 8:03 PM - by Reverend
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Google to resume regular Chrome updates after brief pause

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:52 PM - by Reverend
Google says it’s now ready to resume work on Chrome, after briefly halting upcoming releases of the browser in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Daily canary builds of the browser, dev, and beta versions “have or will resume this week,” according to Google. The next stable channel update that rolls out broadly to Chrome users will arrive the week of April 7th, with the release of Chrome 81.

Google canceled its Chrome 82 release, but all the work and features involved will roll into Chrome 83 which “will be released three weeks earlier than previously planned” in roughly mid-May. Google halted work on Chrome to prioritize the stability of Chrome OS and the Chrome browser just as millions started working from home earlier this month.

Google now says it will “continue to closely monitor that Chrome and Chrome OS are stable, secure, and work reliably” during this pandemic period.

Microsoft also followed Google by pausing the release of Edge 81 last week. The software giant is also pausing optional Windows 10 cumulative updates beginning in May, but crucial security updates will still be available for Windows.

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Apple works with White House to release 'COVID-19' app, website

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:50 PM - by Reverend
Apple and the White House said on Friday that the iPhone maker worked with the Trump administration and federal agencies to release an app and website that will direct users to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The app, which will be available in the app store as “COVID-19,” will ask users questions about symptoms, location and risk factors and then provide the appropriate up-to-date guidance from the CDC, White House officials said.

The app will also answer frequently asked questions about the coronavirus disease with official information from the CDC. The same information will be available at a website https://www.apple.com/covid19 that will be accessible to the users of Windows PCs, Android phones and other non-Apple devices.

Apple said that it will not collect the answers users give to the app and website's questions and that the answers will not be sent to either Apple or any government entity.

Based in northern California, Apple's headquarters have been under lockdown orders for more than a week. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook earlier this week said that the company had donated 10 million protective masks to U.S. health care groups after using Apple's supply chain team to locate and buy the masks.

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Sony is now slowing down PlayStation downloads in the US

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:47 PM - by Reverend
Sony is working with internet service providers in the US to slow game download speeds in an effort to preserve internet capacity for users overall, the company announced on its blog today. The company already enacted this policy in Europe earlier this week.

This means players will have “somewhat slower or delayed“ times downloading games; Sony has said previously that gameplay will remain “robust” for those playing online. Companies such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Apple, and Disney have reduced video streaming quality to help with the strain from millions of people now being stuck at home as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. YouTube has dropped the default quality of videos to standard definition worldwide, though high definition (HD) can still be manually selected.

“We will continue to take appropriate action to do our part to help ensure internet stability as this unprecedented situation continues to evolve,” Sony’s post reads. So far, Microsoft has yet to directly confirm whether it’s throttling Xbox download speeds in a similar fashion.

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Youtube Joins Netflix in Reducing Video Quality Across Europe

Mar 20, 2020 - 9:20 PM - by Reverend
YouTube will limit the quality of its video streams for European countries in order to reduce the strain it puts on the internet. The move comes as more people are working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Thierry Breton, spoke to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki with concerns that video traffic could result in networks slowing down. As reported by Reuters, YouTube said that although it had seen only a few occasions of increased usage, the company has decided to comply with the request. “We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default,” the company said in a statement.

YouTube follows Netflix after it was also asked by Breton to cut quality in order to keep the internet working properly. "Following the discussions between Commissioner Thierry Breton and Reed Hastings — and given the extraordinary challenges raised by the coronavirus — Netflix has decided to begin reducing bit rates across all our streams in Europe for 30 days," Netflix said yesterday. "We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25 percent while also ensuring a good quality service for our members."

In the United Kingdom, internet service providers Vodafone and TalkTalk have reported a surge in use by 30 and 20 percent, respectively. Usually, the time at which internet use is at its greatest is between 6-8pm, but similar levels of use are now being seen from noon.

British Telecom has said that internet use has increased by up to 60 percent, but that it's “well within manageable limits and we have plenty of headroom for it to grow still further." However, Disney+ is still expected to launch in the UK on March 24, which... [Read More]
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Nvidia's calling on gaming PC owners to put their systems to work fighting COVID-19

Mar 16, 2020 - 4:20 PM - by Reverend
If you have a gaming PC, you can lend your graphical power to fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. That's not a thing I ever thought I'd write, but it turns out 2020 is occasionally weird in good ways too.

Nvidia is putting out a call to PC gamers everywhere to download the [email protected] application and start putting their spare clock cycles toward advancing humanity's scientific knowledge of coronavirus. The program links computers into an international network that uses distributed processing power to chew through massive computing tasks - something that gaming-grade GPUs are quite good at, as it turns out. You can still turn the application off and reclaim your GPU's full power for playing games whenever you want.

[email protected] has been around for years - it was also available on PS3 back in the day - with users lending their distributed power to all kinds of research. A new wave of projects "simulating potentially druggable protein targets from SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and the related SARS-CoV virus (for which more structural data is available)" were made available on the service earlier this week.

These projects could help researchers better understand coronavirus, and eventually even develop effective therapies against it. If you've been grappling with feelings of helplessness in the face of the worldwide outbreak, this is a small but real way you can lend your aid to the world without any medical experience. It also doesn't hurt that you don't need to leave your house to do it, since we're supposed to avoid that as much as possible anyway.

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