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Lockdown Library: Here’s How to Get Access to Thousands Classic Books at No Charge

A major difference between the Covid-19 outbreak and the Spanish Flu or Black Plague beyond the increase in the literacy rate is that, despite quarantines, lockdowns, and self-isolation, one does not have to sit home reading the Bible.
Today, thanks to the Internet, there are thousands of books readily available that open a whole new world to a reader’s eyes.
Indeed, today’s online world is resembling what was set forth in Neal …

Working From Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you are at work right now and you stop to look around for a moment, you probably see… home.  Hundreds of thousands of knowledge workers, managers, and administrative staff have found themselves doing just that.
Covid-19 is creating a mass experiment, the likes of which were never envisioned by telecommuting advocates.  Yet, here we are, separated from our colleagues by just a click on IBM Sametime, Slack, or Apple iMessage, …

Is it Safe to Put Your Film Through Carry-On Luggage Scanners At Airports?

The shiny new CT scanners the Transportation Security Administration is deploying to screen carry-on luggage signal a return to a time when photographers had to be concerned that scanners would cause damage to unexposed film.
Back in the day, photographers would always ask to have exposed film hand searched.  Today, most but not all of the x-ray machines in place at security checkpoints used to screen carry-on bags should not, according …

Senators Get Crash Course in Combating ‘Distractions’ as Information Overload from Impeachment Sets In

The first day of the actual impeachment proceedings in the Senate chamber began on Wednesday with all 100 senators present observing not only the historic proceedings but also observing numerous rules that any ten-year-old might also be familiar with at dinnertime.
The rules in the Senate during the impeachment proceedings are simple: No mobile phones, no talking, no coffee, and substitutions in their seats by staffers. In other words, none of …

South African Airways Suspends Some Flights to Conserve Cash

South African Airways Suspends Some Flights to Conserve Cash

South African Airways, the country’s flag carrier, suspended multiple flights in an effort to conserve cash after South African government delayed a critical bailout.
The airline cancelled multiple flights this week including those from Johannesburg to Munich and Cape Town in order conserve cash.
“South African Airways is in the process of consolidating selected domestic flights between the airline’s main hub, Oliver Tambo International Airport Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as …

How to Use Uber’s New PIN Safety Feature

A key safety feature that Uber announced last fall is now available to passengers of the ride-hailing service.
The Uber PIN safety feature matches riders and drivers using four-digit Personal Identification Numbers.  The feature was introduced after a series of incidents that have resulted in public outcry over the potential lack of safety measures that such companies offer.
“To make sure you get in the right car, you’ll now be able to …

CES to Open Its Doors Sunday: Expect Giant TVs, Futuristic Sex Toys, and Gadgets of all Shapes and Sizes

The Consumer Electronics Show, which prefers to be known as the CES, will open its doors Sunday, unleashing an avalanche of giant TVs, robots, sex toys from the future, and all kinds of gadgets, many with Alexa built in.
What the CES is not is a platform for some of the world’s largest tech companies including Apple, Amazon, and Google, to launch new products as they tend to prefer their own …