NASA confirms Commercial Crew still a priority, but James Webb Telescope testing and other activities paused

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has been sharing regular updates about how his agency is approaching the rapidly changing global coronavirus pandemic situation. This week, NASA escalated its response multiple times due to changing circumstances, including …

TikTok donates $3 million to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity feeding kids affected by school closures

“We are all operating in uncertain times, and it’s more important now than ever before for both our local and global communities to come together to help those in need,” said Vanessa Pappas, General Manager of TikTok U.S., in a statement. “This pledge to ASAS…

PS5 ‘Superior’ to Xbox Series X in a Lot of Ways, But Devs Seem Disappointed by Sony’s Communication

Much has already been said about how Sony’s custom, super fast SSD could be a real game changer, with developers in particular expressing real excitement over the PlayStation 5 hardware. But with Mark Cerny’s dry deep dive presentation, it’s clear that Sony m…

Open-source project spins up 3D-printed ventilator validation prototype in just one week

In a great example of what can happen when smart, technically-oriented people come together in a time of need, an open-source hardware project started by a group including Irish entrepreneur Colin Keogh and Breeze Automation CEO and co-founder Gui Calavanti h…

Google is still showing mask ads next to coronavirus stories after promising to take them down

Days after Googlepromised to remove ads for medical face masks, promotions are still appearing next to online content related to the coronavirus, much to the ire of U.S. lawmakers. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to Feder…

[Update: Take screenshots] Android 11: ‘Columbus’ gives Pixels double-tap gesture for Assistant and more

The Android 11 Developer Preview, as the name implies, is primarily intended to be an early preview of Android 11’s changes so developers can make their apps compatible long before it launches. However, sometimes upcoming Pixel-exclusive features leak through…

Focused on health in the home, Novi lands $1.5M to help CPG companies source clean, safe ingredients

Kimberly Shank has been focused for a while now on “clean” products that are made without harmful chemicals. In 2017, Shank and friend Jaleh Bisharat launched NakedPoppy, a site that curates and sells cosmetics that have been vetted by chemists (including som…

PlayStation 5 touted to be the “most exciting hardware in 20 years”, but can it measure up to the Xbox Series X?

We have been speculating a lot about the PlayStation 5’s specs for quite some time now and when Microsoft detailed the Xbox Series X architecture, everyone was left wondering what Sony’s move would be. Looks like all those speculations will be put to rest soo…

Automated Facebook Anti-Spam System Goes Hog Wild, Blocks Links Including Covid-19 Info

Facebooks automated moderation tools went wild and targeted tons of posts about thecoronavirus pandemicand other topics on Tuesday evening, blocking users from sharing articles from legitimate news sources. After former Facebook chief security officer Alex S…

Blizzard Activision Servers Down? Players Can’t Connect to ‘Overwatch,’ ‘Call of Duty’ and More

On Tuesday night, Activision Blizzard’s video games started to encounter server issues. With the massive influx of people staying inside this week, there had to be quite a few that wanted to spend their time playing World of Warcraft, Overwatch and the newly …

U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus

Public-health experts are interested in the possibility that private-sector companies could compile the data in anonymous, aggregated form, which they could then use to map the spread of the infection, according to three people familiar with the effort, who s…

SoftBank reportedly balks at commitment to buy $3B in shares from WeWork shareholders

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that SoftBank Group is using regulatory investigations as a way to back out of its commitment to buy $3 billion in shares from existing WeWork shareholders. WeWork’s spectacular train wreck of an initial public offering w…

How to buy and set up the right monitor for your laptop so you can work more comfortably at home

As the coronavirus spreads, you may have been asked to work from home. Instead of leaning over your laptop computer and trying to do everything on its tiny screen, I’ve recommended adding a full-size monitor to your desk. Depending on where you live, you may…

UNESCO updates distance-learning guide for the 776.7 million children worldwide affected by school closures

As schools around the world close or move classes online to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many parents and educators are scrambling for ideas. The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has assembled an online guide with li…

Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube issue joint statement on misinformation

In an unprecedented move to reassure customers and flag the potential for misinformation about COVID-19 on their platforms, all of the major social media companies and their parent corporations issued a joint statement on their efforts. “We invite other comp…

What to Do If You Need a Return or Pick Up at the Apple Store During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Last week, after Apple announced that that the company was closing all of its retail stores outside of China until March 27th as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, the company has provided additional clarification about what Apple users should do in…

Peloton stock spikes as the at-home fitness company finds potential customers stuck at home

As governments across the country weigh whether to push non-essential public venues like gyms to close, more people are searching out expensive gear from Peloton . The public markets are obviously seeing some pretty substantial swings in recent days, but new…