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9 great reads from CNET this week – CNET

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

The worlds of technology and the coronavirus continued to intersect this week, with Apple and Google releasing their contact tracing tool -- though it could take as long as a year to be fully effective. We also learned more about COVID-19 immunity certificates. They act as a pass for people who've already recovered, but they also raise some questions about their effectiveness. Meanwhile, the virus has exposed hypocrisy when it comes to online accessibility: People in the disability community have long asked for -- and haven't received -- accommodations that were quickly rolled out to the masses once lockdowns began.
 
Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss.

Working with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, Google is collecting voice samples to teach its Google Assistant to understand people with the condition.

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Large numbers of commercial airplanes are parked at airports around the world now, and these multimillion-dollar machines need constant attention.

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Faith communities around the world are leveraging tools like Zoom, Facebook Live and WhatsApp to tune in to services.

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To improve facial recognition algorithms, researchers are crawling the internet for photos of people wearing face masks.

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For Instacart's paid sick leave, workers need a letter from a public health authority. Problem is, how does someone get hold of one?

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Most of Disney's theme parks remain closed, but there are ways to bring home the sights, sounds -- even smells -- of a Disney vacation.

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Fewer releases and changing attitudes toward streaming could lead to positive side effects for female filmmakers.

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Commentary: Thank you, Spotify, for helping me recapture the magic.

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Sorry, you're stuck with this universe.

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9 great reads from CNET this week – CNET

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

The worlds of technology and the coronavirus continued to intersect this week, with Apple and Google releasing their contact tracing tool -- though it could take as long as a year to be fully effective. We also learned more about COVID-19 immunity certificates. They act as a pass for people who've already recovered, but they also raise some questions about their effectiveness. Meanwhile, the virus has exposed hypocrisy when it comes to online accessibility: People in the disability community have long asked for -- and haven't received -- accommodations that were quickly rolled out to the masses once lockdowns began.
 
Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss.

Working with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, Google is collecting voice samples to teach its Google Assistant to understand people with the condition.

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Canadian Down Syndrome Society

Large numbers of commercial airplanes are parked at airports around the world now, and these multimillion-dollar machines need constant attention.

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Kent German/CNET

Faith communities around the world are leveraging tools like Zoom, Facebook Live and WhatsApp to tune in to services.

Coronavirus impacts mosques
Getty Images

To improve facial recognition algorithms, researchers are crawling the internet for photos of people wearing face masks.

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Sarah Tew/CNET

For Instacart's paid sick leave, workers need a letter from a public health authority. Problem is, how does someone get hold of one?

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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Most of Disney's theme parks remain closed, but there are ways to bring home the sights, sounds -- even smells -- of a Disney vacation.

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Bridget Carey/CNET

Fewer releases and changing attitudes toward streaming could lead to positive side effects for female filmmakers.

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Casi Moss

Commentary: Thank you, Spotify, for helping me recapture the magic.

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Erin Carson/CNET

Sorry, you're stuck with this universe.

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9 great reads from CNET this week – CNET

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

CNET got back to the business of gadget reviews this week with the release of the new iPhone SE, which arrived just in time for budget-conscious buyers spooked by the coronavirus. At $400 it's quite the steal -- Apple packed it with the same chip that powers the company's $1,450 iPhone Pro Max.

But the pandemic rages on, and we've also been keeping tabs on how tech is intersecting with efforts to control it. For example, we looked at contract tracing apps and how they're dealing with privacy concerns in both the US and abroad. Meanwhile, lockdown efforts are spotlighting the digital divide, and a fired Amazon worker says his termination was retaliation for speaking out about virus-related conditions.

Here are more stories you don't want to miss this week:

Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Uber have new work-from-home policies as tech culture clashes with family life.

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On the fifth anniversary of Apple's first smartwatch, we take a look at the device's evolution.

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Researchers find that hundreds of "reopen" domain names are being registered at the same time. Many are part of schemes to collect data.

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Tech companies have been eyeing our wallets for years. Now they might just get them.

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Video chatting is all the rage now that people have to stay home.

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The famed primatologist, subject of a new National Geographic documentary, also talks about the connection between the coronavirus and humans' disregard for nature.

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Commentary: The alternative is much, much worse.

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Commentary: Now more than ever, being environmentally friendly means cultivating a more natural imagination.

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You don't sit and swivel in a chair for this VR. Supernatural is a new spin on virtual reality fitness, and it may save me from backsliding into a flabby slob during lockdown.

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9 great reads from CNET this week – CNET

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

These are unprecedented times, but this week offered a glimpse of normalcy by way of a few key gadget reveals. Remember those? Apple, for example, distracted us from the coronavirus pandemic by announcing a new version of the iPhone SE, which had been rumored for months under different names. The iPhone SE starts at $399 and essentially crams an iPhone 11 into an iPhone 8 body.

Also this week, China's OnePlus announced its flashy new 8 and 8 Pro phones, which have already received positive reviews as premium devices that aren't as expensive as their rivals. Meanwhile, US taxpayers started receiving stimulus checks and the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases raced past 2 million worldwide.

Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss:

Apple's $399 phone comes as millions are out of a job -- and when access to a working device is essential.

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Yet another Zoom issue found.

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Amazon Go stores, delivery drones and contactless terminals will play a big role for consumers.

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Drivers demand the ride-hail companies follow the Los Angeles mayor's protection order and supply them with face masks and sanitizing equipment.

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The upstart is succeeding where giants like Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon have failed.

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Commentary: The coronavirus and quarantine have everything dialed to 11.

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This crime is always painful, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has extra sting.

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Custom prosthetics can help animals with limb loss swim or run again.

Commentary: Nonstop requests to participate in recipe swaps and video socials have me stressed out. But as an introvert, I'm learning to say I need alone time.

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9 great reads from CNET this week – CNET

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Zoombombing? Quibi? Tiger King? Amid a week overwhelmed by frightening news of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting health crisis, these new terms managed to make their way into our stay-at-home lexicon. No time like a global lockdown to learn about new security issues and entertainment trends.

Meanwhile, the number of cases of COVID-19 hit the grim milestone of 1 million worldwide, new unemployment claims in the US topped 6.6. million, and T-Mobile officially merged with Sprint. (So long, Sprint.)

Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss:

Parents welcoming babies into the world during the strange chaos of COVID-19 face an unusual new set of challenges and fears.

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April 1 is Census Day 2020 in the US. For the first time, census takers have said goodbye to paper and clipboards and hello to iPhone apps.

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As millions of Americans are asked to stay home, online grocery purchasing is soaring.

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Weeks or months of social distancing and amped-up hygiene might change our behavior for a long time to come, social scientists say.

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James Martin/CNET

Astrology is old news. Thanks to Zoom, we have an entirely new way to deduce someone's entire personality.

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As health authorities scramble to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, one device has become a symbol of hope and fear.

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Scoop: During the coronavirus pandemic, business has been booming for the grocery delivery company. But some workers say their lives are on the line.

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The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab takes CNET to the front lines of the political disinformation war raging on social media.

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Joe's singing, John's missing teeth, Carole's missing husband: All the things you might have missed.

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9 great reads from CNET this week – CNET

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Zoombombing? Quibi? Tiger King? Amid a week overwhelmed by frightening news of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting health crisis, these new terms managed to make their way into our stay-at-home lexicon. No time like a global lockdown to learn about new security issues and entertainment trends.

Meanwhile, the number of cases of COVID-19 hit the grim milestone of 1 million worldwide, new unemployment claims in the US topped 6.6. million, and T-Mobile officially merged with Sprint. (So long, Sprint.)

Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss:

Parents welcoming babies into the world during the strange chaos of COVID-19 face an unusual new set of challenges and fears.

gettyimages-1207620882
Getty Images

April 1 is Census Day 2020 in the US. For the first time, census takers have said goodbye to paper and clipboards and hello to iPhone apps.

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Brett Pearce/CNET

As millions of Americans are asked to stay home, online grocery purchasing is soaring.

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Sarah Tew/CNET

Weeks or months of social distancing and amped-up hygiene might change our behavior for a long time to come, social scientists say.

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James Martin/CNET

Astrology is old news. Thanks to Zoom, we have an entirely new way to deduce someone's entire personality.

fghsdtydghcv

As health authorities scramble to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, one device has become a symbol of hope and fear.

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Misha Friedman/Getty

Scoop: During the coronavirus pandemic, business has been booming for the grocery delivery company. But some workers say their lives are on the line.

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Angela Lang/CNET

The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab takes CNET to the front lines of the political disinformation war raging on social media.

tom-cotton-misinformation
Marta Franco/CNET

Joe's singing, John's missing teeth, Carole's missing husband: All the things you might have missed.

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Uplifting scenes of coronavirus solidarity around the world – CNET

London Eye lights up in thanks

The coronavirus pandemic can feel frightening and overwhelming. But amid headlines about rising rate of infections, deaths, quarantines and economic crashes, it's not hard to find scenes of solidarity, friendship and gratitude. Here are some of them. 

The London Eye, Europe's tallest ferris wheel, lights up blue on March 26 as a show of appreciation and support for NHS staff. That evening at 8 p.m. local time, as part of the "Clap For Our Carers" campaign, people across the UK took part in a nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens to thank health care workers.

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Coronavirus in pictures: Scenes from around the world – CNET

A far-reaching pandemic

A never-before-seen virus first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan has infected people around the world with a pneumonia-like illness. The pandemic has caused sickness, death and alarm worldwide. Here are some scenes from around the globe over the past three months, starting with the most recent, as scientists, governments and citizens struggle to grapple with and contain the illness. 

In a scene that's become all too familiar around the world, a man in Barcelona crosses an empty street on March 20 wearing a face mask as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Residents of the city are facing confinement and being asked to practice social distancing.  

Keep updated on the fast-moving developments here and get answers to the most common questions here. And for more images, see the emptiness as the coronavirus pandemic closes stadiums, landmarks and schools.

Originally published Jan. 25 and updated as new developments occur.

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9 great reads from CNET this week – CNET

The Coronavirus has once again taken over the news cycle -- not to mention our lives, lifestyle and livelihood -- with confirmed cases now in all 50 states and exceeding 200,000 worldwide. US President Donald Trump kicked off the week by asking all Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and to practice social distancing. And the governors of both California and New York have essentially put their states on lockdown, ordering residents to stay home except when handling essential needs.

Health care systems are scrambling. Travel is curtailed. Schools have closed. Entire industries have shut down. Unemployment filings are predicted to skyrocket. But individuals still hold the power to help flatten the curve, or slow the spread of the virus.

Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss, and rest assured, they're not all pandemic-related.

YouTube removed at least 20 channels posting false or divisive content to generate ad dollars. The channels used voice-over actors to read scripts. At least one of the actors was hired on Fiverr, the freelance marketplace.

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Experts show that slowing the spread of COVID-19 will relieve the burden on health care systems and save lives. Here's how you can help.

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From rural areas where broadband doesn't exist to poor areas where it's unaffordable, millions are having to go without internet access just when they need it most.

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Commentary: For people who spend a lot of time typing, this little change is a big deal. It's the kind of good news we all need right now.

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Amazon pushes Ring as a crime-fighting tool. Data from three of Ring's earliest police partnerships doesn't back up that claim.

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Hackers want to manipulate your fears about COVID-19.

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To meet surging demand, the company makes big changes to its operations.

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Commentary: I thought Disney Plus would become a regular part of my TV life, but I haven't turned to it since The Mandalorian finished in December.

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Don't panic. Set a schedule. Allow time for indoor roller skating parties.

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