Meet the 17-Year-Old Behind a Website Tracking Coronavirus Cases That Is Now a Vital Global Resource

Meet the 17-Year-Old Behind a Website Tracking Coronavirus Cases That Is Now a Vital Global Resource

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Meet the 17-Year-Old Behind a Website Tracking Coronavirus Cases That Is Now a Vital Global Resource Web ExclusiveMarch 13, 2020 Coronavirus Healthcare Guests Avi Schiffmann 17-year-old high school junior in Seattle, Washington, who developed the coronavirus tracker. [embed]https://publish.dvlabs.com/democracynow/360/wx2020-0313_Avi-Schiffmann-360P.mp4[/embed] A teenager’s website tracking coronavirus has become one of the most vital resources for people seeking accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic. The URL is nCoV2019.live. We speak with 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann, a high school junior from Mercer Island outside Seattle, who started the site in late December, when coronavirus had not yet been detected outside of China. Now the site has been visited by tens of millions, from every country on Earth. It tracks deaths, numbers of cases locally and globally, and provides an interactive map, information on the disease,…
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New lockdown regulations for IT workers in South Africa

New lockdown regulations for IT workers in South Africa

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New lockdown regulations for IT workers in South Africa   The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has published a new directive which outlines the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) workers that will be allowed to work under the country’s new level 4 lockdown regulations. The directive, which was published on Sunday (3 May), provides a breakdown on the ICT jobs which were allowed under the level 5 restrictions and the jobs which will be allowed under the revised level 4 restrictions. The regulations also outline the strict mitigation measure which will have to be followed before work is allowed to resume. This includes the cloth face masks which are requirements for all workers, but also the introduction of perspex dividers, spacing requirements and strict cleaning regimes for certain industries.…
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Coronavirus Business Tracker: How The Private Sector Is Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus Business Tracker: How The Private Sector Is Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Alain Mérieux, founder of BioMérieux. AFP via Getty Images Businesses around the world are shifting into overdrive to help battle the coronavirus, providing everything from rubber gloves and ventilators to diagnostic tools and, hopefully soon, vaccines. While the pandemic continues to wreak havoc, large corporations and small businesses are developing creative solutions to halt the spread of the virus. Just as automakers famously shifted to make tanks and planes during World War II, today’s global giants — LVMH, Ford and GE to name a few — are retooling their production lines to help make everything from hand sanitizers to respirators. On the medical front, there are more than three dozen COVID-19 vaccines under development, a smart move considering that two out of every three vaccines for infectious diseases fail, according…
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10 principles for modernizing your company’s technology

10 principles for modernizing your company’s technology

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Today’s technology platforms are not just new versions of legacy systems. They allow you to design a completely new digital enterprise — as long as you follow these guidelines. Illustration by QuickHoney A version of this article appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of strategy+business. The life cycle of information technology is becoming shorter every year. New competitors are disrupting industries by leveraging state-of-the-moment digital practices and processes. Customer expectations are constantly evolving in an accelerating race for the most advanced, hyperconnected, seamless experiences. IT functions are under unrelenting pressure to support leading-edge capabilities such as data analytics, cybersecurity, automated processing, and integration with third-party systems. The easiest way to do this is through platforms that connect everyone to the same cloud-based cross-industry digital infrastructure. In this context, your company’s…
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Samsung Note 10 sales surpass predecessor

Samsung Note 10 sales surpass predecessor

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is already out-performing its predecessor, the Note 9, in the South African market. This is according to Sung Yoon, Samsung Africa president and CEO, speaking at the company’s ‘Empowering Tomorrow’ event this week. “The Note 10 is actually the best performer sales-wise, selling 50% more than the Note 9 for the same period.” This year, Samsung unveiled a range of new premium devices, including the Galaxy S10e, S10, Note 10 and the highly-anticipatedGalaxy Fold. In October, the company celebrated the 10th year of Galaxy smartphones in SA through the ‘Power of 10’ celebration, which coincided with the brand’s 50 global anniversary and 25th anniversary in the country. As part of the celebration, Yoon said the company decided to empower South African youth through its Empowering…
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Low subscriber numbers and debt kill Cell C Black

Low subscriber numbers and debt kill Cell C Black

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SA’s tightly-contested video-on-demand (VOD) market and a poorly executed strategy are the main reasons for Cell C’s termination of its VOD streaming service, Black. Commenting on Cell C pulling the plug on Black, which was introduced in 2017, analysts believe that while there is still hunger for innovative streaming offerings in SA’s competitive market, a number of factors caused the telco to shutter the service. Cell C reportedly spent over R1 billion on acquiring content rights for the VOD and live TV streaming platform, which focused on delivering entertainment, movies, gaming, sports, travel, music and children’s content, among others. In a statement sent to ITWeb, Cell C confirms that due to low subscriber numbers, it will shut down its streaming content service at the end of December. “Following a review…
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Facebook, Instagram to Block Under-18s From Seeing Sexual Content

Facebook, Instagram to Block Under-18s From Seeing Sexual Content

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The social networking giant will bar several types of sexually explicit content for users across the globe. Facebook and its photo-sharing platform Instagram will introduce a policy change in the beginning of the next year, which will hide suggestive advertisements and images for users below 18 years. As part of the policy change, the social networking giant will bar several types of sexually explicit content for users across the globe. Teenagers would be barred from viewing sexualised adverts, fictional depictions of sex and artistic portrayals of nudity or sexual acts, the Daily Mail reported on Monday quoting The Telegraph. The advertisments, containing "implicit sexual activity" and photos of artworks that depict sexual activity, will, however, remain visible to adults. The restrictions will solely depend on teenagers who register their right ages. It's highly likely…
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Xerox Plans to Take HP Buyout Bid Directly to Shareholders

Xerox Plans to Take HP Buyout Bid Directly to Shareholders

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HP has said that under Xerox's proposed terms, the combined company would be saddled with "outsized debt". Xerox said on Tuesday it was planning to take its $33.5 billion (roughly Rs. 2,40,000 crores) buyout bid directly to HP shareholders after the personal computer maker refused to open its books for due diligence before a deadline. HP on Sunday rejected Xerox's $22 (roughly Rs. 1,570) per share offer that consists of $17 in cash and 0.137 Xerox share for each HP share, saying the offer "significantly undervalues HP". The computer maker also accused Xerox of using aggressive words and actions to force a potential combination on opportunistic terms and without providing adequate information. "We plan to engage directly with HP shareholders to solicit their support in urging the HP Board to do the…
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What is Google Analytics Fastbase and do I need it?

What is Google Analytics Fastbase and do I need it?

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If you have a Google Analytics account, you may have heard of the Google Analytics Fastbase, but what exactly is it? Well, it’s a Google Analytics add-on that touts itself as helping you “identify your web traffic into real business contacts.” It gives specific information about the businesses that are sending visitors to your website. For B2B companies that have a robust sales force, and time to look up potential leads, this is a great tool. Here’s what you need to know about Google Analytics Fastbase: 1. It gives you (some) company names. Fastbase lists the business names that sent visitors to your website, but there are some limitations. For example, if I work for XYZ university and I come to your website, it will show that university as the…
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5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 10 best books of 2019 so far, according to Amazon

5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 10 best books of 2019 so far, according to Amazon

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1. South Africa avoided a second recession in two years, with the economy growing by 3.1% in the three months to end-June, according to Stats SA. This is much stronger than expected: A Reuters poll of economists had forecast growth of 2.4%. The mining sector rebounded with growth of 14.4% - contributing a full 1.0 percentage point to GDP growth. This was thanks to the end of strikes at gold mines, but also due to a major rally in metal prices. Gold is currently trading at its highest level in six years, while platinum jumped from below $800/oz in June to above $930 currently. The rand rallied almost a percent to R15.10/$. 2. The Nigerian government is taking action against South Africa amid  xenophobic attacks in Gauteng. Nigerian President Muhammadu…
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