Coronavirus: How to track the spread across the world as cases top 850,000

You can track the spread of coronavirus with an online dashboard.


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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

The deadly coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, and you can use an online dashboard to keep up with all reported cases. The Center for Systems Science and Engineering has built a tool pulling in data from the World Health Organization, as well as the centers for disease control in the US, China and Europe. It shows all confirmed, suspected and recovered coronavirus patients, as well as deaths.

Coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has so far killed 41,654 people and infected over 850,000 as of 2:30 p.m. PT on March 31, according to the dashboard. Around 176,000 people have recovered.

The 10 countries with the highest case count are the US with 184,183; Italy with 105,792; Spain with 94,417; mainland China with 82,278; Germany with 70,985; France with 52,827; Iran with 44,605; the UK with 25,474; Switzerland with 16,605; and Turkey with 13,531. The dashboard shows the virus has spread to 180 countries, with even the smallest areas including Faroe Islands and Vatican City reporting cases.

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How to get started with Zoom’s apps for iOS and Android

Meeting online with Zoom doesn’t mean you’re tied to your desk—learn how to host or join video conferences from your smartphone.

Millions of Americans are now working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak and that means demand for video chat apps and other remote collaboration tools has skyrocketed. If your team is looking for ways to communicate face-to-face while maintaining social distancing, Zoom is just one of the tools you have at your disposal. 

Newly remote workers may find themselves using Zoom for the first time and most will probably opt for the Zoom desktop client for Windows or macOS. But, what if your remote work situation still requires moving around, be it inside or out of the house? A desktop video conferencing app won’t cut it. 

That’s where Zoom Cloud Meetings for iOS and Android come in. If you’re not sure how to get started with Zoom for your mobile device, it’s time to get up to speed.

SEE: Coronavirus: Critical IT policies and tools every business needs (TechRepublic Premium)

Make sure you download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app

A search in the App Store or Google Play Store will reveal a lot of products called Zoom,

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Beats Powerbeats 4 review: Big upgrade over its predecessor but behind the times

The new Powerbeats cost $150.


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When Beats released the truly wireless Powerbeats Pro last year, it was a kind of dream product for Beats headphones fans. Except for the downside of its bulky charging case, the Powerbeats Pro were essentially AirPods on steroids, with richer, more dynamic sound and better battery life — and they stayed in your ears more securely, particularly during athletic activities. 

Like

  • Better built than Powerbeats3 Wireless, with better sound quality
  • Thicker, rounded cord between buds
  • Charge via Lightning (cable included)
  • Better battery life than Powerbeats Pro — up to 15 hours
  • Same features as the 2019 AirPods
  • Phone call quality is excellent

Don’t Like

  • Plenty of very good true wireless earbuds in this price range
  • May not fit some ears perfectly (tight seal is crucial to getting optimal sound)

Now Beats has gone retro on us and brought back the standard “wired/wireless” Powerbeats. (Yes, the name of the 2020 model is just “Powerbeats,” but nearly everyone is calling these fourth-generation models the “Powerbeats 4.”) These are basically the Powerbeats Pro, but there’s a cord between the buds, which are still wirelessly connected to the phone. At $150 (£130, AU$220), or $100 less than

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How to watch James Cordon’s star-filled Homefest special live on Monday


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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Monday night, James Cordon will host a primetime special episode of The Late Late Show Starring James Corden, called Homefest. The special will feature musicians livestreaming from their own homes around the world in hopes of lifting fans’ spirits and encouraging them to do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Corden will air the special from his garage, with guests including Billie Eilish, John Legend, Andrea Bocelli, BTS, Dua Lipa, Will Ferrell, David Blaine and Ben Platt. 

“Shooting from James’ garage may be far from perfect, but under the circumstances we hope it can help someone, somewhere, who needs some cheer right now,” The Late Late Show Executive Producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe said in a statement.

In addition to encouraging viewers to follow CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the show will raise money for the nonprofit Feed the Children and The CDC Foundation.  Each dollar donated to Feed the Children will provide $7 worth of food and essentials to struggling children and families. The CDC Foundation is

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Apple iOS 13: A cheat sheet

iOS 13 ushers in new enhancements for iPhone and iPad, including dark mode, revamped built-in apps, and industry-changing privacy features.

Apple unveiled iOS 13 at its June 2019 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). Apple wasted no time getting into the nitty-gritty details of the new mobile operating system, and had quite a few surprises like splitting up support for iPad and iPhone into their own unique OSes with separate features for the first time since the iPad was released.

This cheat sheet is available as a download, Apple iOS 13: A cheat sheet (free PDF).

SEE: All of TechRepublic’s cheat sheets and smart person’s guides

What is iOS 13, and will it work on my device?

iOS 13 is the 13th major iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system called iOS. The OS can run on the following iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices that are available as of this writing. 

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xr
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • iPad Pro 4th Generation

For

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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: AMD makes this 14-inch gaming laptop fly


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The 14-inch  Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of the the thinnest, lightest gaming laptops we’ve tested. But it still manages to be one of the most powerful in its class, thanks to AMD’s new eight-core (16 logical processor) Ryzen 9 4900HS processor. It also has an Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics chip for gaming. That’s a solid combo, but it does feel like the midlevel RTX 2060 isn’t enough of a match for the high-end Ryzen 9. The base model starts at $1,050 (about £850 or AU$1,710) but my review model costs $1,450. 

Like

  • Excellent CPU performance for its size
  • Comfortable keyboard with a surprising amount of travel

Don’t Like

  • No webcam
  • Power connector in the middle of the left side
  • White keyboard backlight doesn’t consistently shine through transparent keycap areas
  • No Thunderbolt 3 connection

Taking a leaf out of Intel’s Project Athena book, AMD recently introduced its HS Design Standard, though in AMD’s case, the target is thin-and-light laptops with discrete graphics for gaming. That’s in addition to offering good battery life for typical business use, in contrast to the more aggressively low-powered but business-focused Project Athena models. The G14 is the HSDS poster-child debut

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