F1 team helps build new UK breathing aid for Covid-19 patients

March 30, 2020 at 09:13AM Device developed in 10 days by medics and engineers will help avoid need for full ventilation Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A breathing aid that can help keep Covid-19 patients out of intensive care has been developed by mechanical engineers, medics and the Mercedes Formula OneContinue reading “F1 team helps build new UK breathing aid for Covid-19 patients”

Bosses speed up automation as virus keeps workers home

March 30, 2020 at 12:01AM Livelihoods at risk as EY finds 41% of employers globally prepare for after the crisis Almost half of company bosses in 45 countries are speeding up plans to automate their businesses as workers are forced to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Some 41% of respondents in a surveyContinue reading “Bosses speed up automation as virus keeps workers home”

James McAvoy donates £257,000 to NHS medics’ PPE crowdfunding appeal

March 29, 2020 at 11:40AM Actor’s donation takes total raised to over £400,000 for purchase of masks, visors and gloves Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The actor James McAvoy has donated £257,000 to a crowdfunding campaign set up to by a group of doctors to raise money to buy vital protectiveContinue reading “James McAvoy donates £257,000 to NHS medics’ PPE crowdfunding appeal”

20 learning apps for stir-crazy kids

March 29, 2020 at 07:00AM These fun-filled educational apps provide perfect brain food for children while schools are closed The closure of schools across the UK has left many parents and carers in the sudden, unexpected position of being home-school teachers. Schools are providing support where they can, but there are also still plenty ofContinue reading “20 learning apps for stir-crazy kids”

The best chat apps for your coronavirus quarantine – ranked!

March 29, 2020 at 11:00AM Group video platforms are making a heroic rise from last resort to daily routine as people stay indoors. We tried five of the most popular ones out there Coronavirus – live US updates Live global updates See all our coronavirus coverage For those of us lucky enough to be homeContinue reading “The best chat apps for your coronavirus quarantine – ranked!”

Amid our fear, we’re rediscovering utopian hopes of a connected world

March 29, 2020 at 09:00AM The coronavirus blitz spirit has shone a light on networks that make us stronger – the NHS, the BBC and the internet itself If this is the worst of times, it is also the best of times. In our anxiety we are drawing deep reserves of strength from others. InContinue reading “Amid our fear, we’re rediscovering utopian hopes of a connected world”

Guardian to stream Hampstead theatre shows during shutdown

March 28, 2020 at 04:58PM Acclaimed productions will be available to watch on Guardian site as coronavirus outbreak continues Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Guardian website is to stream content from the Hampstead theatre in the coming weeks during the coronavirus shutdown. From Monday, Mike Bartlett’s darkly comic play Wild,Continue reading “Guardian to stream Hampstead theatre shows during shutdown”

Who needs crisis government when you’ve got Amazon to keep things running? | John Naughton

March 28, 2020 at 04:00PM While Trump blusters, the online giant has taken on the role of regulator and benevolent dictator As we wait for the tsunami, the mood becomes increasingly apocalyptic. This is right and proper, but not for the reason you might think. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary tells us that “apocalypse” actuallyContinue reading “Who needs crisis government when you’ve got Amazon to keep things running? | John Naughton”

Trolls exploit Zoom privacy settings as app gains popularity during lockdown

March 27, 2020 at 12:23PM ‘Zoombombers’ broadcast explicit imagery as users turn to app during Covid-19 outbreak Working – and socialising – from home has brought new risks to everyday life, as webcam all-staff meetings and video chat cocktail hours contend with privacy invasions, phishing attacks, and “zoombombings”: uninvited guests who abuse the popular videoContinue reading “Trolls exploit Zoom privacy settings as app gains popularity during lockdown”

Half-Life: Alyx review – a spectacular immersive experience

March 25, 2020 at 01:16PM PC (Oculus Rift, Valve Index, HTC Vive); Valve CorporationThe classic shooter series gains a thrilling new perspective, thanks to VR tech that works symbiotically with the narrative Virtual reality and the Half-Life series have both struggled with the weight of expectations put upon them. Half-Life and its sequel are treasuredContinue reading “Half-Life: Alyx review – a spectacular immersive experience”

Watchdog approves use of UK phone data if it helps fight coronavirus

March 27, 2020 at 10:02AM Information Commissioner’s Office says it would approve practice as containing strategy Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK’s privacy watchdog has said the government can use personal data from people’s mobile phones to track and monitor behaviour if it helps fight the spread of coronavirus. ItContinue reading “Watchdog approves use of UK phone data if it helps fight coronavirus”

‘It’s like a remote sleepover’: my week meeting quarantined strangers

March 27, 2020 at 07:00AM The Quarantine Chat app pairs users by phone with strangers around the world in some degree of isolation, a one-on-one human connection in a time of chaos Coronavirus – latest US updates Live global updates See all our coronavirus coverage Just before everything changed, one week ago, I was outContinue reading “‘It’s like a remote sleepover’: my week meeting quarantined strangers”

It’s Friday night as Britons head to the pub, theatre or a gig … online

March 27, 2020 at 06:00AM From Alicia Keys to DJ Khaled, Frankie Boyle to Daniel Sloss, live streams and video-sharing launch the lockdown weekend Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Virtual pubs, comedy clubs, quiz nights and concerts will be among the attractions as a frazzled UK attempts to shake off, howeverContinue reading “It’s Friday night as Britons head to the pub, theatre or a gig … online”

Report coronavirus ‘quack cures’ immediately, says UK government

March 27, 2020 at 12:00AM People urged to inform social media firms if they see falsehoods shared online Coronavirus – live updates See all our coronavirus coverage “Dangerous quack cures” for the coronavirus being shared online should be reported to social media companies immediately, the government has said. Lemon juice, liquid silver and hot waterContinue reading “Report coronavirus ‘quack cures’ immediately, says UK government”

From vacuum cleaners to ventilators: Can Dyson make the leap?

March 26, 2020 at 06:01PM The firm has no medical expertise, but it does have some relevant experience Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Since the engineering firm Dyson unveiled a prototype ventilator it said could help prepare the NHS for a surge in Covid-19 patients, there has been scepticism about itsContinue reading “From vacuum cleaners to ventilators: Can Dyson make the leap?”

‘The perfect time to start’: how book clubs are enduring and flourishing during Covid-19

March 26, 2020 at 01:45PM As the world goes into lockdown, reading groups are moving to Zoom, Twitter and Instagram to bring readers together • Scroll down for a list of book clubs you can join My book club was the first to concede defeat. Before my gym, hair salon and therapist accepted that thereContinue reading “‘The perfect time to start’: how book clubs are enduring and flourishing during Covid-19”

What’s the best tablet for video calling grandma?

March 26, 2020 at 08:00AM Chris needs a tablet or video-calling device for his grandma’s Covid-19 isolation. What are the options? I want to get my grandma a tablet for easy video calling. She is elderly and needs to self-isolate, and she is already quite isolated after the recent death of her husband. I amContinue reading “What’s the best tablet for video calling grandma?”

Book sales surge as self-isolating readers buy ‘bucket list’ novels

March 25, 2020 at 04:24PM Paperback fiction sales rose by 35% last week, with a notable interest in challenging classics Book sales have leapt across the country as readers find they have extra time on their hands, with bookshops reporting a significant increase in sales of longer novels and classic fiction. In the week theContinue reading “Book sales surge as self-isolating readers buy ‘bucket list’ novels”

10 Covid-busting designs: spray drones, fever helmets, anti-virus snoods

March 25, 2020 at 03:59PM Companies the world over are directing their ingenuity at the fight against the coronavirus. Here are the front-runners, from sanitising robots to a 3D-printed hospital ward Designers, engineers and programmers have heard the klaxon call. The last few weeks have seen a wave of ingenuity unleashed, with both garden-shed tinkerersContinue reading “10 Covid-busting designs: spray drones, fever helmets, anti-virus snoods”

Can the Houseparty app help us stay sane in quarantine? I downloaded it to find out | Sanjna N Singh

March 25, 2020 at 12:50PM Houseparty got a lot of attention among the under-24 set when it first started back in 2016. Now it’s making a comeback Last week, my friends and I were squeezed into a booth at Heyn’s, an ice cream shop in Iowa City. While the coronavirus was on everyone’s mind –Continue reading “Can the Houseparty app help us stay sane in quarantine? I downloaded it to find out | Sanjna N Singh”

UK telecoms firms unite on campaign to avoid network outage

March 25, 2020 at 07:00AM Seven tips offered to reduce pressure on broadband, phone and mobile services during coronavirus lockdown Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Britain’s biggest telecoms companies including BT, Sky, O2, Vodafone and Virgin Media have put their rivalries aside to launch a national campaign to tell the publicContinue reading “UK telecoms firms unite on campaign to avoid network outage”

Mobile phone industry explores worldwide tracking of users

March 25, 2020 at 12:00PM Talks about global data-sharing to counter coronavirus will raise privacy concerns Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The mobile phone industry has explored the creation of a global data-sharing system that could track individuals around the world, as part of an effort to curb the spread ofContinue reading “Mobile phone industry explores worldwide tracking of users”

Amazon and eBay failing to stop Covid-19 profiteers, says Which?

March 25, 2020 at 06:01AM Consumer group finds ‘consistent overpricing’ on hand sanitiser, thermometers and baby formula despite crackdown See all our coronavirus coverage Coronavirus latest: at a glance The online shopping platforms eBay and Amazon Marketplace are failing to crackdown on a surge in profiteering by sellers due to the coronavirus, a consumer groupContinue reading “Amazon and eBay failing to stop Covid-19 profiteers, says Which?”