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AppleMagazine #440

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5 Min.
grandparenting goes digital as virus keeps older adults home

A few weeks ago, Debbie Cameron saw her grandsons most days, playing the piano, making after-school snacks or singing nursery rhymes with the baby in her Chandler, Arizona, home. Then the cornavirus crisis hit and the boys were suddenly gone. Cameron is 68 and has asthma, making her one of the people most at risk of getting seriously ill or dying. Now she sees her grandchildren from behind the glass of a window or a phone screen. “Looking at them through the window and not being able hug them, it’s just a dang killer,” she said. For grandparents all over the world, being protected from the pandemic has meant a piercing distance from their loved ones. While children don’t seem to be getting seriously ill as often, they can be infected and spread…

5 Min.
job cuts pile up, ford to make ventilators at parts plant

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. AIR CARE Britain’s health service is asking airline cabin crew who have been laid off to go to work in temporary new hospitals being built to treat COVID-19 patients. The National Health Service says easyJet and Virgin Atlantic are writing to thousands of staff - especially those with first aid training - asking them to work at hospitals being built inside convention centers in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Those who sign up will perform support roles under the supervision of doctors and nurses. European budget airline easyJet is grounding all of its 344 aircraft amid a collapse in demand.…

4 Min.
nascar industry steps up to produce ppe’s in covid-19 crisis

The five 3D printers at NASCAR’s Research & Technology center – two delivered in February and installed less than two weeks ago – are typically focused on composite parts and working on an updated stock car. But when racing came to a stop March 13 amid the coronavirus pandemic, a handful of NASCAR engineers wondered if the printers could be used to address the shortage of personal protective equipment for health care workers. They contacted suppliers and came up with designs for face shields the printers could make. They met with Novant Health, which serves medical facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Now the printers are running 18 hours a day with approximately eight engineers volunteering their time to oversee production from approximately 7 a.m. until midnight every day. The newest…

4 Min.
instacart workers seek strike as jobs get busier, riskier

A possible strike by Instacart workers highlights the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the grocery delivery business, where workers are worried about their safety as they try to meet a surge in demand for online groceries. A group called the Gig Workers Collective is calling for a nationwide walk-out. They’ve been asking Instacart to provide workers with hazard pay and protective gear, among other demands. Instacart said it would soon provide workers with a new hand sanitizer upon request and outlined changes to its tip system. The group said the measures were too little too late. While some workers say they intend to join the strike for at least a day — or have stopped filling orders already for fear of getting the virus — other, newer workers are content to…

7 Min.
front line: tech giants join fight against outbreak

As large parts of the world go into lockdown to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, tech companies are rallying their troops to join the battle against COVID-19. From generous donations to breakthrough innovations, the biggest players in technology could be the key to unlocking a vaccine and helping to restore our world to a more normal state of affairs. CRISIS MODE Though news of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China has dominated headlines since January, it was only in March when governments began to wake up to the stark reality of what was ahead. Over the past several weeks, billions of people around the world have been forced into lockdown, as governments and healthcare facilities begin to grapple with one of the greatest challenges the world has ever faced. The…

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chicago schools to distribute electronic devices to students

Chicago Public Schools will distribute 100,000 electronic devices for students to use at home as the district implements a remote learning plan, officials announced Monday. Illinois schools were shut down at mid-March to stop the spread of COVID-19. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the public schools’ plan to keep children learning at home include non-digital instruction because the lack of internet access in some homes can’t be remedied quickly. About 65,000 laptops, Chrome books and iPads already being used in schools will be distributed to families who need them the most. The school district is in the process of buying another 37,000 new devices to distribute. District officials said they didn’t know how many of approximately 335,000 students will still be without computers. Chicago schools chief executive Dr. Janice Jackson said the district plans…