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In party dresses or come as you are, with coloured lights flashing in their bedrooms and teachers-turned-DJs spinning, high schoolers have turned to virtual proms to salvage at least one slice of fun and tradition for the Class of 2020.
During his senior year in high school, Taylor Heim, an aspiring eSports player who lives on the outskirts of Philadelphia, has enjoyed a steady part-time job. For roughly a dozen hours a week, Heim hops online and coaches fellow video game enthusiasts on how to improve their skills at Overwatch, a multiplayer shooting competition.
Teachers continue to grapple with e-learning, as Internet access remains a challenge for many, making it even more difficult for students to adapt to remote lessons.
France’s privacy watchdog CNIL on April 26 gave a conditional green light to a government-backed scheme to monitor people infected with coronavirus.
In the US, homebound employees are logging three hours more per day on the job than before city and state-wide lockdowns, according to data from NordVPN, which tracks when users connect and disconnect from its service.
Facebook on April 22 rolled out its Messenger Kids application to 70 new countries, saying it can help children deal with the challenges of distance learning and isolation during the virus lockdowns.
Zoom Video Communications Inc said on April 22 it was upgrading the encryption features on its video conferencing app to better safeguard meeting data and offer protection against tampering. The new version of the app, Zoom 5.0, will release within the week, the company said in a statement.
Covid-19: Hong Kong students without electronic devices could be left on wrong side of ‘tsunami-scale’ digital learning divide
Data gathered by HKU last year shows about 10% of city’s students had no electronic device at home, while 40% needed to share. While sharing was not a serious drawback for students in the past school year, the sudden shift to online learning could change that, researcher says.
YouTube's lo-fi music livestreaming channels are seeing a spike in users who are looking for ambient music while working and studying at home, as well as a community to engage with.
France is asking Apple Inc to remove a technical obstacle that it says is delaying a government contact-tracing application designed to contain the coronavirus spread.