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Teachers and parents got a brief glimpse of a new kind of pandemic-era nightmare on Aug 24 when Zoom – the video-conferencing service that powers everything from distance learning to business meetings to casual, socially distant get-togethers – abruptly went dead.
South Korea on Aug 25 ordered all schools and kindergartens in the greater Seoul region – home to half the country’s 52 million population – to switch to online classes as they battle multiple coronavirus clusters.
A prominent rights group in Indian-administered Kashmir issued a report Aug 25 calling India’s communications blackout following the scrapping of the disputed region’s semiautonomy last year “collective punishment” and urged the international community to question New Delhi over what it called “digital apartheid”.
Millions of South Korean students were ordered back to online classes on Aug 25 and Mexico launched a nationwide televised schooling programme, highlighting the deepening crisis for children as the coronavirus pandemic drags into a ninth month.
Online dating apps are more popular than before, but users are becoming more selective about meeting up in person amid social distancing measures. Instead, daters are chatting on apps longer, and getting creative with virtual options such as video calls, online games and Netflix Party.
For Belarus’s thriving tech industry, it didn’t matter much that the country’s president referred to the Internet as “garbage” and state factories as the engine of economic success. Until now.
New Zealand’s stock exchange is under scrutiny to prove its resilience after cyber attacks halted trading for a third straight day, frustrating investors as companies report earnings and the market nears a record high.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and widespread school closures, at least one-third of students affected around the world lack access to virtual education, according to a UN study released Aug 26.
Chinese game engine creator Cocos is the fast-food equivalent of Unreal Engine, powering hit mobile titles
Xiamen-based Cocos is the game engine that helped create nearly half of all mobile games in China in 2018. Unlike its competitors known for complex 3D games, Cocos founder Zhe Wang says he aims to offer the simplest and most budget-friendly game engine.
As Covid-19 cases in China sink to new lows, the world’s largest population of university students is heading back to campus in a migration defined by lockdowns, patriotic education and cutting-edge surveillance equipment.