The glitches took place just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is “looking at” banning TikTok, whose China-based parent company, ByteDance, is the focus of increasing scrutiny from government regulators and privacy advocates. … [Read more...] about Widespread TikTok glitches mess with people’s likes and reality
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COVID-19 has made online learning the mainstream overnight. From schools to colleges to tutorials, teachers are adapting to the new normal -- some by choice, some because of the lack of choice. As a result, online teaching has become one of the most important skills to acquire during the pandemic. … [Read more...] about Online teaching is hot skill now, but what does it take to get there?
The process of building Lite was an exercise in abandoning assumptions about how people use technology and asking them directly. Andhare says that cultural differences will continue to inform Uber’s product decisions going forward. “The notion of inconvenience is very different in different parts of the world,” he says. “Where we as citizens of Silicon Valley may shudder to walk a certain amount, people in India and other parts of the world are very much okay with it. But they value the certainty of the ride and comfort and they’re willing to deal with what we’d consider inconvenience. We’re experimenting with understanding those ideas.” … [Read more...] about How Uber quietly redesigned its interface for the rest of the world
Why were Koreans willing to tolerate this level of official intrusion? The explanation can be traced to the country’s history. The previous administration had botched its response to the 2015 MERS outbreak, when it shared no information about hospitals visited by infected citizens. This led to public support for legislation giving health authorities access to CCTV and smartphone location data on infected citizens and the right to issue alerts. … [Read more...] about Digital contact tracing won’t save Americans from COVID-19
In May, Qatar began requiring all residents to use a virus-alert and quarantine enforcement app or face fines of up to $55,000. The app assigns each user a digital color code — green for people who are healthy with no symptoms, red for confirmed cases of COVID-19 — that dictates whether a person must stay home or may go out. It can also track users’ real-time locations to monitor whether those infected with the virus are complying with government self-quarantine orders. … [Read more...] about Virus-tracing apps are rife with problems. Governments are rushing to fix them