by Jesse Sokolow

November, which was the ninth month in the calendar of Romulus, retained its name, which is derived from the Latin word “novem” which means “nine” when two new months, January and February, were added to the Roman calendar.
The eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and is the last full month of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the last full month of spring …

New ‘Make My Test Count’ Website Asks You to Report Covid Test Results

by Anna Breuer

The National Institutes of Health announced the launch of a new website that will allow people to anonymously report the results of their at-home coronavirus tests, be the outcome positive of negative.
Located at www.MakeMyTestCount.org, the website is a collaboration between the NIH and CareEvolution, a patient data company.
Given a strong preference by patients for at-home testing, which generally isn’t tallied in official virus figures, the new website may help provide …

Strategies for Celebrating a Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving: Expert Advice for Avoiding Covid and the Flu

by Anna Breuer

Thanksgiving is approaching rapidly and, while the pandemic picture is much different from the previous two Thanksgivings, the world is still embroiled in a pandemic with almost 200,000 new cases each day and some 350 daily deaths.
We have far better tools to cope with this including multiple vaccines, new bivalent vaccine boosters, and therapeutics such as Paxlovid.  At-home testing kits are easily accessible and most people have some form of …

Thanksgiving is Thursday – Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed in 2022

by Anna Breuer

This Thursday, November 24, will be the third Thanksgiving in the United States to take place during the coronavirus pandemic.  The holiday is a national day of giving thanks for the harvest.  Travel is expected to be close to pre-pandemic levels as travel continues to increase following an earlier pandemic-induced decline in group activities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance stating that anyone attending a family gathering who …

Apple Unveils Emergency SOS via Satellite, Opening Up a New Age of Communication for Smartphone Users

by Paul Riegler

The dawn of a new era in mobile telephony is upon us.
On Tuesday, Apple announced that its new Emergency SOS via satellite feature was available now on the iPhone 14 lineup in the United States and Canada.
Those (un)lucky iPhone 14 users who find themselves in dire straits without a cellular or Wi-Fi signal can now connect with emergency services.
I tried out the service using the demo mode, which I’ll go into …

Can the Phantom Take Off His Mask at the Opera?

by Jonathan Spira

In Gaston Leroux’ 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, as well as film and stage adaptations of the work, including the 1925 motion picture starring Lon Chaney and the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Erik, also known as the Phantom of the Opera, or just the Phantom, is forced to wear a mask to hide his face because of a birth deformity (in the novel) or because he became disfigured …

Apple Releases iOS 16.1.1 Update to Fix CarPlay and Wi-Fi Bugs

by Kurt Stolz

Apple released an updated version of its mobile operating system, iOS 16.1.1 as well as iPadOS 16.1.1, to address multiple bugs that iOS 16.1 apparently introduced.
The update came two weeks after the launch of iOS 16.1, an update that added support for the iCloud Shared Photo Library, Matter and Live Activities.
One bug that iOS 16.1.1 swatted successfully involved the wireless version of Apple CarPlay, the company’s automotive infotainment system, in …

Friday is Veterans Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Anna Breuer

Today, Friday, is Veterans Day in the United States, a holiday that honors military veterans.  The holiday coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other countries, marking the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918, as an armistice ending all hostilities went into effect at the11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
In 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 …