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.

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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Microsoft makes tweaks to Xbox Live and Teams to handle spike in demand

There has been a 775% increase in demand for cloud services
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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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How accurate are the pandemic movies you’re binge-watching?

We spoke to real doctors who deal with actual viruses
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Lawmakers says Amazon is failing to protect the health of its workers

'No employee should be forced to work in unsafe conditions'
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Apple’s manufacturing is back on track, but will there be demand for iPhones?

People don't want to buy iPhones while they're in isolation
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Sony says PlayStation 5 launch not delayed by coronavirus — at least, not yet

The console is still set to launch for the 2020 holiday season
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Coronavirus conspiracy theories and myths debunked

A global pandemic makes fertile ground for misinformation
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Self-isolating comedians are pivoting from stand-up to Instagram

They are flocking to Instagram as coronavirus shutters venues across the country
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Google scraps its April Fools’ jokes in wake of coronavirus

Now is not the time for pranks, the company said in an internal memo
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Formula One teams are using racing tech to tackle coronavirus

The teams are looking for new ways to speed up the production of ventilators
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Apple launches coronavirus screening app and website

The tool asks questions and indicates whether you should get tested
The new COVID-19 app and website provide the latest information and guidance from the CDC for users across the US.

Alexa can now help assess whether you might have coronavirus

It asks about symptoms and exposure, then recommends a course of action
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The mass migration to online learning is leaving disabled students behind

Coronavirus is pushing schools online, and not all solutions are equitable
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Cops use drones to shame people flouting lockdown rules

Police in the U.K. posted a drone video that highlighted transgressors
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Coronavirus isolation fuels surge in mental health posts on Instagram

People are sharing their struggles amid the growing pandemic
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People are buying shirts but not pants because they’re always on Zoom

A singular question reigns on the internet: Should I wear pants during a Zoom?
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Digital Trends Live: Tech vs. coronavirus, hospitals and VR, throttling Netflix

On this Digital Trends Live, we discuss the top tech topics of the day, including hospitals turning to VR.
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Snapchat wants to help you bust coronavirus myths with a new game

The interactive filter makes you choose between fact or fiction
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Elon Musk plans to reopen New York gigafactory to produce ventilators

Musk was previously criticized for downplaying the severity of the coronavirus
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The best work-from-home tips for Mac

Use these handy apps and tips, and you’ll be home working from a desk in your home like a pro in no time.
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Two Tesla employees test positive for coronavirus

CEO Elon Musk had previously announced the company would be making ventilators
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New coronavirus test promises to give you results on an app in 30 minutes

Researchers say it can track movement to help contain the spread of the virus
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Attacks from Chinese hacking group have spiked, U.S. firm says

It is unclear whether the increase in activity is related to the pandemic
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