Day: July 4, 2020

Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech

Singapore’s TraceTogether Tokens are the latest effort to tackle Covid-19 with tech. But they have also reignited a privacy debate.

The wearable devices complement the island’s existing contact-tracing app, to identify people who might have been infected by those who have tested positive for the virus.

All users have to do is carry one, and the battery lasts up to nine months without needing a recharge – something one expert said had “stunned” him.

The government agency which developed the devices acknowledges that the Tokens – and technology in general – aren’t “a silver bullet”, but should augment human contact-tracers’ efforts.

The first to receive the devices are thousands of vulnerable elderly people who don’t own smartphones.

To do so, they had to provide their national ID and phone numbers – TraceTogether app users recently had to start doing likewise.

If dongle users test positive for the disease, they have

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Ryan Adams Issues Long Statement Apologizing for Past Sexual Misconduct

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Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams — who in February of last year was accused of sexual misconduct by seven women, including his ex-wife, actor-singer Mandy Moore — has written a statement apologizing for the ways in which he “mistreated” women in the past. In a long statement in England’s Daily Mail, he wrote that he is now sober and said, “There are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career. All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life.”

Adams was the subject of a New York Times investigation that involved interviews with multiple women who claimed emotional abuse or severe manipulation by Adams, including a woman who showed reporters sexually explicit texts

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8 popular Disney movies on Netflix that you can watch right now

8 popular Disney movies on Netflix that you can watch right now
8 popular Disney movies on Netflix that you can watch right now

If you haven’t subscribed to Disney+ but are missing those magical movies, you’ll be glad to know that Netflix is still showing a handful of Disney films.

The streaming service offers a varied collection of Disney features, from traditional animations to newer live-action hits. While all these will likely migrate to Disney+ in the future, now’s the time to catch them on Netflix while you still can.

Get ready to use your imagination as we take a closer look at eight Disney movies you can watch via Netflix right now.

1. The Princess and the Frog

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In 2009, Disney graced the world with Tiana, its first Black princess. She’s bold, hardworking, and a true icon due to her perseverance and down-to-earth personality.

Tiana’s story takes place in 1920s New Orleans, where she dreams of

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Dogs And July 4 Fireworks Don’t Mix: Check Metro Denver Shelters

DENVER, CO — Charlie, Lucy and all the other family dogs making your lives richer are more likely to run away on July 4-5 than at any other time of the year as they flee in terror from the booming fireworks displays commemorating Independence Day.

This year, cities and groups across America, including in Denver’s metro area and Boulder, have canceled a slew of Fourth of July fireworks displays to discourage large crowds where the coronavirus can easily spread. Charlie and Lucy probably haven’t noticed.

In the past, dog owners have had more control over when or if their pets are exposed to loud fireworks. But now, several cities have reported spikes in the number of people shooting off illegal fireworks since the pandemic began.

In Hartford, Connecticut, for example, illegal fireworks have been popping off for months. The police chief there said dispatchers field about 200 noise complaints a

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Done with Facebook? Consider MeWe, Parler or old standbys such as LinkedIn

MeWe is a social network that says it has no ads, spyware, targeting, political bias, or newsfeed manipulation. In other words, it bills itself as the “anti” Facebook. 

Parler is a social media app with one point of view: conservative. It’s a place for folks who don’t like the spin at Facebook, or as it describes itself, “free expression without violence and a lack of censorship.”

So maybe, like Coca-Cola, Unilver, Starbucks and other corporations, you’ve had it with Facebook and its policies about either not curbing hate speech, or if you’re on the other side of the aisle, censoring free thought. 

Where to go? We have some ideas for you. 

MeWe bills itself as the "anti-Facebook."
MeWe bills itself as the “anti-Facebook.”

Controversy: Trump’s Twitch channel suspended, and Reddit bans pro-Trump online group

Social: Facebook, social media under more pressure from brands over hate speech

LinkedIn

Yes, that network that for years was thought of

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2020 graduates face uncertain job market with hope

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If everything had gone according to plan, Missy Wood thought she’d have a job helping at-risk youths by now. 

Wood, a recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, saw her internship with Court-Appointed Special Advocates end abruptly in March as the COVID-19 pandemic took root in Tennessee. She started applying for jobs with the Department of Children’s Services and similar organizations in April.

By the time she graduated in May, new job postings for her chosen career had all but disappeared.

Wood is one of the thousands of graduates across the nation who face a turbulent job market amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. More than 47 million Americans have filed jobless benefit claims since the middle of March, according to the Labor Department.  

Eli Kellum, 7, climbs on the back of babysitter Missy Wood in the Kellum family's backyard in Murfreesboro on June 18, 2020, as the two play on the trampoline. Wood has been looking for work since April but has not been able to find any child-focused social work positions since graduating from MTSU in May. After the pandemic hit, job postings for her planned career seemed to disappear.
Eli Kellum, 7, climbs on the back of babysitter Missy Wood in the Kellum family’s backyard in Murfreesboro on June 18, 2020, as the
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Yoox Net-a-Porter CEO Federico Marchetti, E-Commerce Pioneer, on the State of Shopping

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One business’s loss is another’s gain. When Covid-19 forced brick-and-mortar shops to close their doors this spring, a boom in online sales ensued. As a pioneer of online shopping, Federico Marchetti, CEO and chairman of Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, was well-equipped to navigate the sea change. In 2000, Marchetti founded Yoox, one of the first online-only shopping destinations, and in 2015, he drove a merger with Net-a-Porter to create the e-commerce titan that he leads today.

Marchetti is credited with introducing a number of e-tail practices that are now industry standards—from creating digital flagships for marquee brands to selling high jewelry and watches online. YNAP group—which comprises Yoox, Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter and The Outnet and was acquired by Richemont in 2018—is the e-commerce market leader, with more than 4.3 million customers in 180 countries and one billion visits to its websites annually.

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Lucky Brand files for bankruptcy amid coronavirus pandemic

Lucky Brand has joined other retailers in filing for bankruptcy due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, Lucky Brand Dungarees, LLC announced they had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and that the company is looking to sell the business to SPARC Group, operator of Aéropostale and Nautica.

The Los Angeles-based denim company is the latest retailer to fall victim to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit clothing sales as stores shut their doors during the crisis. Lucky joins J.Crew, Neiman Marcus and the long-suffering J.C. Penney, all of which filed for bankruptcy during the pandemic.

“Because of all the social distancing and states being in lockdown, retailers have suffered,” Jay Sole, UBS apparel analyst, told TODAY. “It’s putting companies under pressure, especially ones who were already feeling stressed, and forced them to close stores.” Sole said that it’s not just one company that is affected, and that

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Casper’s massive 4th of July mattress sale will save your aching back

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Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)
Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)

How’s your back? If you’re like most of us, these last few months of less activity (and more staying in) have meant noticeable aches and pains. Add to that the stress of sleeping on an old mattress and you might find your back in a constant state of discomfort. 

While core exercises are never a bad idea, no amount of Zoom fitness will fix your back if your bed is the root of the problem. Of course now is not the time to visit mattress stores and plop down Goldilocks-style in search of a match. But it IS

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Which group streaming service is right for you?

Which group streaming service is right for you?
Which group streaming service is right for you?

No company has quite figured out the perfect group streaming app, but Hulu and Plex have both put together intriguing solutions for this era of social distancing.

Hulu has leveraged its massive and diverse streaming library to offer Hulu Watch Party. The feature’s a simple way to sync up playback with a handful of friends and chat with them while you watch Hulu programming. On the other side of the ring is Plex Watch Together, an experimental new feature that lets you watch pretty much anything you want with your friends so long as you’re willing to jump through some hoops.

If you’re not sure which one you want to use, just keep reading! We’ll break it down by the most important metrics so you don’t have to.

How do I set up the stream?

By their very natures, Hulu and Plex

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