Coronavirus: How COVID-19 is changing the way we live

The novel coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, quickly spread throughout the world and has changed our daily lives and the way we interact. As cities shut down and people engage in social distancing, our tech has become essential to connect with others at a time of isolation. The impact will be long-lasting: Several nations have begun work on a vaccine, but it will take months before one can be distributed widely. Here’s the latest news about how the coronavirus is transforming the way we live.

What happens if your Apple products break during the coronavirus pandemic?

With the Apple Store closed, people are stuck with busted gadgets
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Can chloroquine cure coronavirus? Here’s what science says

As researchers look for any viable treatment, the drug has received hype
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Will Amazon postpone Prime Day over coronavirus?

We will have to wait longer for this year's massive sales event
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Amazon extends its U.S. returns window to May 31

Independent sellers on Amazon were asked to match the new policy
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Bill Gates will gamble billions to make a potential coronavirus vaccine

Billions may ultimately be wasted — but the Microsoft co-founder is fine with that
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Google Fi temporarily increases data limits to 30GB per month

Previously, those on the Flexible plan would be throttled after 15GB
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Is it ethical to do a digital detox during the coronavirus pandemic?

Do we have a moral responsibility to ourselves, or to being informed?
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Google Maps data shows whether people in your area are staying at home

Anonymized mobility data is available for 131 countries and regions
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Apple to keep all of its U.S. stores closed until at least May

The extended closures come as the U.S. battles to manage the COVID-19 outbreak
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Amazon, Instacart respond to worker backlash over COVID-19

Both companies have established new measures to protect workers from the virus
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HBO will let you stream its best shows for free, including Veep and The Sopranos

HBO gives you more streaming options during the quarantine
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With coronavirus scams on the rise, here’s what to watch out for

A few simple tips to keep yourself from becoming the latest victim
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All of the big movies delayed by the coronavirus so far

Hollywood has pushed back the premieres of some of its most-anticipated upcoming movies. Here's a full list.

You can help support relief efforts by shopping from these brands

Your shopping, too, can support the fight against COVID-19. Some companies are offering support in various ways.
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Leesa mattress is donating extra beds to hospitals and offering 15% off sitewide

It's good to know some companies are finding ways to help. Leesa mattress is offering extra beds to hospitals in need, and 15% off mattresses site-wide to boot.
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Cyberbullying against Asian people skyrockets 900% in wake of pandemic

Traffic on hate sites and searches for racist hashtags have also shot up
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Some hospitals breathing easier after Musk makes good on ventilator promise

Hospitals in California and New York have so far received supplies
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Why everyone is watching livestreams of normal life amid social distancing

Live views of normal cities and zoo animals help with the cabin fever
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Crowdfunding in the age of coronavirus

Factory closures aren't stopping creatives from bringing their ideas to life
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This Facebook feature can help you help others in pandemic

The Community Help tool lets you offer assistance -- and request it, too
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Ubisoft’s free games offer should make staying home a little easier

The French gaming company will offer free games throughout April
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Playing Pokémon Go from home is easier than ever before

You don't need to go outside to capture Pocket Monsters
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All the social distancing hashtags you need to know

From #stayhome to #quarentineandchill, this is the new social slang
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Google Chromebook quirk forces a decision: Parental controls or schoolwork?

For parents of kids in lockdown, the choice is a frustrating one
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How to help fight the coronavirus with your PC using Folding@Home

Whether you have a powerful gaming PC or spare office machine, here's how to use it to fight coronavirus.
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New York Attorney General questions if Zoom is doing enough to protect privacy

A letter questions the video conferencing platform's existing security practices
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Airbnb offers more help to guests and hosts hit by coronavirus crisis

The assistance includes an extended refund window for guests and money for hosts
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OpenTable has an idea to reduce stress during grocery store visits

The restaurant reservations service wants to help shoppers avoid crowded stores
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Houseparty could be a digital privacy nightmare, experts warn

The popular video app collects a 'worrying amount of personal information'
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Instacart, Amazon workers plan to strike over coronavirus safety concerns

'We will not risk our safety, our health, or our lives,' labor group says
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Roku is offering 30-day free trial of premium video

Showtime, Starz, EPIX, Smithsonian, and more are free -- with a catch
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Nintendo Switch price gouging is rampant on Amazon

First face masks and hand sanitizer, now this
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U.K. internet service providers lift caps on broadband data

They'll also offer affordable packages to support those in need
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Google video thanks health care workers for coronavirus efforts

It also encourages people to 'help save lives by staying home'
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Detroit auto show canceled as venue preps to become coronavirus field hospital

The show was set to take place in June, but COVID-19 has derailed the plan
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Lyft refers drivers to Amazon jobs as ridership demand dives

Rideshare drivers being fast-tracked into delivery jobs amid COVID-19 crisis
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The World Health Organization wants you to stay at home and play video games

Despite the WHO's controversial earlier stance on 'gaming disorder'
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U.S. government uses mobile location data to track movements during outbreak

The data is anonymized but its use still raises privacy concerns
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How the coronavirus is impacting the camera industry

Some camera gear -- new and old -- is delayed, while repairs are also suspended
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Facebook’s new Coronavirus Community Hub on Messenger provides tips, resources

The new feature also provides info on how to spot and avoid scammers
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