What took Netflix 7 years to accomplish required only 5 months for Disney+
Disney+ required just five months to reach 50 million paying subscribers. The service got an unexpected boost by the outbreak of coronavirus which has led many people in various countries to stay locked down at home.
Release of 5G Apple iPhone models could be delayed to December or beyond
Two analysts from securities firm Wedbush say that at best there is only a 15% chance that Apple will have its new 2020 5G iPhone models available for purchase by October.
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The world has changed. But have we?
YouTube will now delete videos claiming that 5G is linked to the coronavirus outbreak
After recent events, related to some conspiracy theories linking the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with the development and launch of 5G networks around the world, social media giants were urged to better moderate misinformation and harmful theories on their platforms. BBC now reports that YouTube has decided to impose a more strict policy in regards to related to the topic video content.
Facebook offers COVID-19 self-reporting survey for epidemiologists’ research
Facebook is offering a new way to help health organizations in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. Now, a new survey that Facebook’s users will be able to fill out and therefore provide info about the virus spread, as part of a research program done by Carnegie Mellon University, is going to be available for US users.
Apple to donate $10 million to Lady Gaga’s coronavirus fundraiser
The world-famous pop star Lady Gaga recently released a music video, shot entirely on an iPhone 11 Pro. Now, her collaboration with Apple continues, but this time, it’s linked to the noble cause of raising money for people affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The UK to meet with tech giants because of a dangerous 5G conspiracy theory
Tech giants are continuously fighting misinformation related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, there’s one conspiracy theory that seems to have been passing under the radar of companies such as Facebook, Google and other social media platforms - the theory of the 5G conspiracy.
Mobile games advise players to stay at home during COVID-19 pandemic
Rebellion, Codemasters and Activision Blizzard will display a message encouraging players to stay at home in order to "save lives."
The Uber Eats app now provides an option to donate $2 to support your favorite restaurant
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is changing our daily lives and a lot of people are experiencing hardships because of the social distancing situation, and restaurants are among one of the most affected business branches. The Uber Eats app now provides its users with an opportunity to donate.
Google Fi customers get their data allowance increased to 30GB for free during the coronavirus pandemic
Google is adding extra gigabytes of fast-speed data to the Unlimited and Flexible plans of Google Fi customers for a limited time (no end date yet).
Samsung to release Q1 revenue report despite COVID-19 hardships
Analysts expect the South Korean giant to announce their first quarterly earnings for 2020 next week.
Google officially releases location data based report to help organizations fight COVID-19 spread
During the ongoing public health situation, many countries have established lockdowns and advised people to refrain from walking around and to stay home as much as possible to limit the spread of the virus. Now, Google has released reports for 131 countries showing where people are respecting the stay at home practices and where they’re not.
Apple Card users can now skip April payments without accruing interest
Apple is waiving interest for their Apple Card users for another month amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Samsung donates tablets to schools, smartphones to people in quarantine
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on the global economy and industry, tech giants continue to work on ways to help people in lockdowns or quarantine, providing medical supplies and donating millions of dollars to affected communities and governments.
Apple donates over $7 million to COVID-19 recovery efforts in China
Apple's CEO Tim Cook shared on Weibo that the Cupertino company has now doubled its donation to China's efforts against the coronavirus.
T-Mobile vs Verizon, AT&T and Sprint coronavirus relief 5G plans and free data perks
Check out all the announced Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint coronavirus relief campaign perks to help out current and future subscribers, as the plans start from $15.
Facebook launches coronavirus Community Help page: users can request or offer help
Recently, Facebook launched a coronavirus-related Facebook Messenger community hub, in an effort to help users in the ongoing pandemic. The tech giant has been fighting misinformation and helping relatable sources, such as the WHO, provide accurate knowledge on the topic. Now, the company is announcing a coronavirus-related Community Help page for its users.
T-Mobile's #GiveThanksNotPranks April's Fools campaign will match your coronavirus donations
Here's how you can help frontline coronavirus fighters with T-Mobile's #GiveThanksNotPranks campaign that takes over its storied April's Fools Day tradition.
Apple is forced to break its own rules to survive in the COVID-19 era
How does a company so protective about its secrecy deal with working on cutting-edge devices during the COVID-19 crisis? Apple had to break some rules to make things work.
Apple's top manufacturing partner had profit decline even before COVID-19 outbreak
The company that assembles the majority of iPhone units used around the world, Foxconn, announced a 24% decline in profit for the fourth quarter of the year. The profit shortfall came in a time period that predates the COVID-19 outbreak.
Huawei's P40 may not guarantee a profitable quarter
Chinese giant Huawei is attempting to resurrect its profits with current hopes focusing on the brand new P40 models.
How the government is using location data to track COVID-19
Researchers and governments are using smartphone generated location data to determine where the next COVID-19 hotspot could surface. The data can also reveal whether stay-in-place orders are working in certain areas.
Three iOS devices allow Al Roker to broadcast live from home
NBC's Today Show is broadcasting some segments from host Al Roker's home. To make sure that the feed is broadcast quality, Roker is using two iPhones and an iPad along with some specialized apps.
Apple suppliers are now worried about a drop in demand for the 5G iPhone models
Analysts have shifted their focus on whether Apple will be able to build enough 5G iPhone units this fall to whether there will be enough demand fir the new models in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Roku offers 30 free days of premium content for all your quarantine streaming
Roku announced the Home Together program, which offers 30 days of free premium content for new subscribers.
Amazon's Alexa AI can quickly and effortlessly check your coronavirus risk level now
Amazon is advertising a bunch of new and old Alexa features and skills that might prove useful during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, starting with a risk level assessment tool and a neat handwashing timer.
Samsung Galaxy S20 series still struggling to sell
As companies worldwide are coping with the effects of COVID-19, tech giant Samsung is reportedly worried over poor sales and lower stock market value.
OnePlus offers extended warranty and device support amidst coronavirus containment
The coronavirus pandemic has changed our world a lot in a short amount of time, but every small act of cordiality is certainly making a change for someone, somewhere.
Huawei says China has recovered enough to buy new 5G flagship phones
With the unveiling today of its camera-centered flagship P40 series, Huawei is testing whether Chinese consumers are back in the mood to purchase expensive flagship phones.
$120 smartphone-operated device will test for COVID-19 in just 30 minutes
Researchers used a combination of artificial intelligence, image processing, molecular virology, and their experience from testing birds for viral infections in the Philippines to create the new device
Uber is concentrating on food-delivery, nudges its drivers to do the same
Recently, ride-hailing drivers have been losing income as more people stay at home and less people travel due to the public health crisis. Uber has recently started concentrating more of its services on food delivery as demand for this is growing.
Snapchat fights misinformation with interactive Snapchat COVID-19 myth-buster game
As the current public health situation unfolds, tech companies continue to look into ways to bring accurate knowledge to their users. Snapchat, as a typically younger-generation-oriented app, is providing a slightly different approach to promote reliable facts about the coronavirus - in a Snapchat game format.
Initial impact of coronavirus on the smartphone industry is clear but there’s more to come
February was a bad month for smartphone sales but analysts think the worst is yet to come as March saw even more markets shrinking.
The most popular weather app now has a coronavirus tracking tool
The Weather Channel and IBM have thought about that and added a coronavirus tracking tool inside the weather app that's available on Android and iOS platforms.
Apple iPhone production grinds to a halt in India
Production of the Apple iPhone has shut down in India for at least 21 days thanks to a country-wide lockdown imposed by the Prime Minister because of the caronavirus.
Can COVID-19 challenge Twitter's ad revenue?
In the recent coronavirus lockdown, affecting a big part of the world, many people turn to social media as means of communication with friends and family. That being said, most of us will probably suppose that platforms, such as Twitter, will be visited more often and therefore can gain certain monetary advantages.
YouTube Music, Spotify and others donate to help stuck at home musicians
With the ongoing public health crisis, companies search for ways they can help their users and the community. Now, a lot of influential music streaming platforms are uniting their efforts in order to assist musicians stuck at home because of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus outbreak is affecting Facebook services too
Facebook is one of the companies that registered unprecedented traffic during the coronavirus outbreak.
Leaked memo reveals plans to reopen some Apple Stores early next month
A leaked internal memo from Apple reveals that the company hopes to start reopening its shuttered Apple Stores during the first week of April on a staggered basis.