The Instant Pot rival worthy of your countertop

Instant Pot has reigned supreme since a meteoric rise to fame just over a decade ago. With a following that rivals any other home appliance, it’s a wonder anyone else even attempts to sell pressure cookers. We’ve tested multiple pressure cookers from different brands, and while some have shown promise, none have beaten the great Instant Pot.

Like

  • Helpful onscreen guides
  • Built-in scale
  • Useful app with calculator
  • Intuitive, touchscreen display

Don’t Like

  • Not enough in-app recipes
  • Only available in 6-quart
  • Expensive

Friends, I’m here to tell you that is changing thanks to the Chef IQ Smart Cooker. While it’s pricey at $200 and requires an app that isn’t always helpful, I found it to be intuitive and capable in every way. 

Yes, there are Instant Pots with more functions in varying sizes, and purely from a price standpoint, a standard Instant Pot like the $80 Duo is still the better deal. However, if you’re just getting started in this cooking style (and can stomach the price), Chef IQ’s Smart Cooker will guide you through your learning curve with ease. 

Design

The Smart Cooker comes in just one size, a 6-quart model that weighs 10 pounds. That’s standard

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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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New coronavirus maps show effectiveness of stay-at-home orders and testing data

Business cloud company Domo created global maps showing COVID-19 infection statistics that update every 10 minutes.

Domo has updated its free interactive coronavirus global tracker with information that includes county-level statistics for every state in the US, as well as stay-at-home orders and testing information.

The maps uses Domo’s platform to show the trajectory of the coronavirus. It breaks it down globally by country and locally by US state and county to show the number of confirmed cases, how many people have recovered, how many have died, and who is currently infected. 

Domo updates graphs and figures every 10 minutes, and patterns begin to emerge and demonstrate how effective stay-at-home edicts have been by county and by state.

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

“We’ve seen incredible interest in this free resource as organizations of all kinds seek to quickly understand how the virus is impacting the world in which they operate. Easy access to consumable data can help inform critical decisions and actions that help navigate through this crisis,” said Josh James, founder and CEO of Domo, in a press release. “We’re seeing hundreds of customers—healthcare organizations, grocers, national retailers, logistics firms

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