Here’s how to boost your Wi-Fi while working from home Getting sick of your screen? Try these 11 family-friendly board games Do all-natural soaps and cleaners work against COVID-19? Need a natural light pick-me-up? Try these wellness light bulbs Feeling anxious? This weighted comforter might chill you out Kids stuck at home? Here are 5 perfect Chromebooks for homeschooling and play The quarantined reader: 10 brilliant nonfiction pandemic books Fast Company may receive revenue for some links to products on our site. … [Read more...] about The 25 best family-friendly documentaries you can stream right now
This approach tracks with a recent study from Germany’s Friedrich Schiller University Jena. It found that robots with human-like features were desirable—particularly among older people, who had a “clearly positive assessment” compared with a younger group of study participants. That’s especially important right now, considering that older adults are among the most vulnerable to contracting coronavirus. … [Read more...] about How robots helped protect doctors from coronavirus
Companies have access to a larger pool of talent—including parents The right person for the gig may not be located in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, or any other major metropolitan area. This was Abby Coleman’s mindset when she created her fully remote company, Territory Foods, in 2019. Currently, the company operates in 13 markets. While they have team members in each of those regions, they decided against creating a central headquarters. Rather, they have talent from all over the country, including a leadership team located in five different states, with past experience working at companies such as Amazon, Kraft, General Mills, PepsiCo, and Target. Collectively, these leaders have nine children, with five under the age of five. “Remote work allows us to retain great talent because they feel they are able to more effectively juggle the daily demands of parenting, while not wasting any precious minutes commuting,” says Coleman. … [Read more...] about We’re in the midst of a massive work-from-home experiment. What if it works?
The main internet service provider in town, CenturyLink, is a debt-laden legacy telco that does business in 36 states, including many sparsely populated ones such as Kansas, Wyoming, and Idaho. Under my parents’ plan, CenturyLink says it’ll deliver service at up to 40 Mbps, a claim reflected on the FCC’s map. In reality, however, the service is nowhere near the FCC’s definition of “broadband,” much less 40 Mbps. I asked my mother to run Ookla’s (FCC-approved) speed test Tuesday. The results showed a download speed of 3.66 Mbps, then 3.63 Mbps a half-hour later, with a network latency of around 50 milliseconds for both tests. Upload speeds were around 700 kilobits. … [Read more...] about How a new broadband map could finally bring fast internet to everyone in America
Take a free digital course It’s easier than ever to further your education and career skills with the millions of courses at your fingertips, thanks to sites such as Lynda, Udemy, Skillshare, and much more. With COVID-19 keeping you home, now you have the time to dedicate to starting and completing a course. What’s more, some course sites are now offering discounts to make learning available to everyone in quarantine. … [Read more...] about 5 ways to learn new career skills for free during the COVID-19 crisis