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How to Get Health Insurance During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Photo: ShutterstockRecent world events may have led you to believe that this would be a bad time to not have health insurance right now. And while we can’t judge your individual need for insurance, we can probably say that in general, you should think about getting coverage.But if you don’t have coverage through work—or you…

France orders Google to pay news companies for showing article extracts

After the law came into effect last year, Google said that it would simply remove snippets altogether unless publishers granted it the right to do so. However, the ruling body (called l’Autorité de la Concurrence) said that the “the vast majority of press publishers have granted Google licenses to use and display their protected content...…

Facebook will provide free Portal devices to UK hospitals and care homes

Facebook’s support for the fight against COVID-19 now includes a simple but important addition: keeping people in touch. It’s partnering with the UK’s National Health Service to offer up to 2,050 free Portal video calling devices to the country’s hospitals, care homes, hospices and other medical settings. The hardware will help patients contact friends and…

Here’s what Twitter’s weird ‘data-sharing’ notification really means

Twitter Prior to this update, Twitter allowed users to opt out of data sharing that enabled Twitter to tell advertisers how users interacted with ads for mobile apps, and share some “non-public” information like device identifiers. Now, most Twitter users have no choice whether or not that data is shared with Twitter’s advertisers. Those in…

What to Know Before You Travel Across State Lines

Photo: ShutterstockAs the coronavirus pandemic grips the country, travel restrictions are increasingly going into effect. And while flights and international travel are grabbing the headlines thanks to increased security measures and border closings, it’s also important that we focus on changes to interstate travel within the U.S.Review restrictions by stateBefore you set out, you’ll want…

How to Take a Virtual Vacation

Between fielding conference calls and tearing through quarantine snacks like we’re running some kind of pandemic stress-marathon, many of us could use a break. That’s not exactly the easiest thing to find when you’re stuck at home—especially if you love to travel. If your preferred form of self-care is venturing to other cities, states and…

How to Strengthen Lock Screen Security on Your Pixel 4

Android’s April 2020 security patch includes an essential improvement for the Pixel 4's facial recognition feature. It’s simple, but important upgrade to your phone’s security: A person’s eyes must now be open to unlock the phone via the Pixel’s facial recognition technology.Prior to the update, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL’s facial recognition lock screen…

Of course Huawei will have its own credit card

Chinese phone manufacturers have a long history of taking Apple's best ideas and making them their own. After all, who could forget when Xiaomi released a not-so-subtle riff on Memoji. So it shouldn't come as any surprise to see a company like Huawei announce a credit card. Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu unveiled the Huawei…

Snapchat’s new lens helps users donate to the WHO’s COVID-19 relief fund

This isn’t Snapchat’s first COVID-19 filter. In March, it added mental health tools to help ease coronavirus anxiety through the “Here For You” tool. Those include information from the Crisis Text Line, Ad Council, WHO and CDC. A couple weeks later, Snapchat added lenses that encourage social distancing, hand washing and the importance of not…

Why community managers are a crucial connection between players and developers

Boyfriend Dungeon. The job involves a lot more than just tweeting “Games aren’t just a product anymore…they’re now communities.” Victoria Tran does community management for Kitfox Games, which has previously published games like Dwarf Fortress and is currently developing a handful more, including Boyfriend Dungeon. It’s a crucial role in an era where game companies…

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How to Get Health Insurance During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Photo: ShutterstockRecent world events may have led you to believe that this would be a bad time to not have health insurance right now. And while we can’t judge your individual need for insurance, we can probably say that in general, you should think about getting coverage.But if you don’t have coverage through work—or you…

France orders Google to pay news companies for showing article extracts

After the law came into effect last year, Google said that it would simply remove snippets altogether unless publishers granted it the right to do so. However, the ruling body (called l’Autorité de la Concurrence) said that the “the vast majority of press publishers have granted Google licenses to use and display their protected content...…

Facebook will provide free Portal devices to UK hospitals and care homes

Facebook’s support for the fight against COVID-19 now includes a simple but important addition: keeping people in touch. It’s partnering with the UK’s National Health Service to offer up to 2,050 free Portal video calling devices to the country’s hospitals, care homes, hospices and other medical settings. The hardware will help patients contact friends and…

Here’s what Twitter’s weird ‘data-sharing’ notification really means

Twitter Prior to this update, Twitter allowed users to opt out of data sharing that enabled Twitter to tell advertisers how users interacted with ads for mobile apps, and share some “non-public” information like device identifiers. Now, most Twitter users have no choice whether or not that data is shared with Twitter’s advertisers. Those in…

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