Tech is saving the Covid holiday season even as it eats away at our privacy

This holiday season will be unique. For many of us, it will also be uniquely lonely. We have lost so many people to Covid-19 and to the wide-ranging effects of the pandemic, among them a growing mental health crisis in America.

If nothing else, holidays give us a reason to gather with family and friends. This year, that is the one thing we can’t do — at least not safely. In accordance with the recommendations

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Refreshed Australian digital transformation strategy to focus on people and reusable tech

The federal government has doubled down on its plan to use public sector staff and reusable technology to usher in the digital service of the future, with a refreshed digital transformation strategy vowing to “invest in people”.

“In the next five years it is critical we continue to build on our progress and focus on developing the people capability essential to achieving digital transformation,” the Digital Transformation Strategy 2.0 discussion paper [PDF] reads.

As detailed

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Tired of 2020 stealing your joy? 11 tech tools to help make the holidays more jolly

Everything really is different heading into this Holiday Season. The United States has been setting news records for daily coronavirus cases. Add to that the start of freezing winter temperatures, annual flu season, and record unemployment – and many families from one side of the map to the other – are making the toughest decision yet, to stay home this Thanksgiving, and delay family gatherings indefinitely.

It’s enough to get to even the jolliest of

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21 problem-solving gadgets that’ll help make your tech troubles disappear

When’s the last time your phone died while you were away from home? Have you ever shattered your screen? What about when all the charging cords in the house mysteriously disappear?

The good news is there’s a smart solution for most tech problems. Tap or click for my answers to five common tech frustrations, like spotty Wi-Fi and scanning documents from home.

Some questions need more attention. You can ask me

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Zillennial entrepreneur: If you’re technology-averse, Sam Corso of Tech Suite is the guy you need to meet

(Zillennials — part of Gen Z — exhibit independence and decisiveness, and are more likely to focus on solving problems and creating ideas, says Joseph Pidoriano, 23 and a businessman himself. The New Dorp resident is one of four young entrepreneurs who we’ll be highlighting who head up local businesses and are demonstrating insight and perspective into their professions during a challenging time.)

Today: Meet Sam Corso of TechSuite

TechSuite is a full-service software consulting

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Bally’s buys sports betting tech company, closes AC purchase

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Bally’s Corp. has purchased a sports betting technology company for $125 million and has finalized the purchase of a casino in Atlantic City.

The transactions, both announced Wednesday night, give the Rhode Island company formerly known as Twin River Worldwide Holdings a solid place in the sports betting and physical casino markets as it rapidly expands across the U.S.

Bally’s bought Bet.Works, a sports betting platform provider to operators in

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Garibay kicks game-ending FG as Texas Tech rallies 24-23


Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman (10) looks to throw against Baylor during an NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.


Jonathan Garibay took over as Texas Tech’s primary kicker this week. His game-winning field goal capped a fourth-quarter rally directed by former starting quarterback Alan Bowman.

Garibay kicked a 25-yard field goal on the final play of the game, after a final drive when Bowman had

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Invest in tech this festive season. Here’s a comprehensive list of what to buy!

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The festive season is upon us! It is that time of the year when we dive into our savings and indulge in some retail therapy. With Diwali and other festivals coming up, we’re all hoping to make the most of sales and offers, upgrade our gadgets and deck up our homes.

The year 2020 hasn’t been easy on any of us. The pandemic and subsequent

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3 brothers playing in Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech is a rarity

“Man, it’s really hard to describe it,” said Tyrone Griffin, father to this remarkable convergence. “It’s just a blessing. Things like this don’t happen too often. We’re just seizing the moment. Don’t know how to feel – just happy to be a witness to this moment.”

Virginia Tech defensive end Jaylen Griffin with his parents Tyrone and LaBretha at a Hokies game. (Photo courtesy Tyrone Griffin)

He’ll have plenty of company in the stands. He

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3 Stay-at-Home Tech Stocks to Buy Right Now

The COVID-19 crisis crushed many stocks over the past year. Yet many “stay-at-home” tech stocks, which benefited from the rise of remote work, online education, and other at-home activities, rallied as the market dipped.

That enthusiasm could wane after the pandemic ends, but the recent wave of new infections worldwide indicate the crisis is far from over. These three stay-at-home stocks could still have room to run if the crisis deepens: Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM)

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Software Firm Coupa to Buy Supply-Chain Tech Provider Llamasoft

Coupa Software Inc.

is buying supply-chain planning company Llamasoft Inc. for roughly $1.5 billion, as the pandemic brings greater attention to technology that helps businesses make operations from raw materials sourcing to distribution more resilient.

The acquisition expands the supply-chain capabilities of San Mateo, Calif.-based Coupa, whose cloud-based enterprise software helps companies manage their business spending. The deal, which Coupa expects to close Monday, will give customers such as BMW Group AG,

Airbus SE


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How tech is slowly working to make elections more accessible

Voting accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act has helped make voting more accessible, but there’s still work to be done.

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Two years ago, during the midterm elections, Lucy Greco went online to learn more about what would be on her ballot. Greco, a web accessibility evangelist at the University of California, Berkeley, who is blind, was unable to use many of the sites because they contained links with bad or no text, making them inaccessible.

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Bed Bath & Beyond pins turnaround on remodeling stores, tech spending

Jordyn Holman, Bloomberg
Published 9:40 a.m. ET Oct. 28, 2020

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. is laying out its next round of plans to overhaul the business, from store updates and technology improvements to a new share repurchase program.

The strategic goals are accompanied by financial projections that stretch through the company’s fiscal 2023. The forecasts show Bed Bath & Beyond expects to sustain its comparable-store sales at the 2020 level – bolstered by quarantined

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Wi-Fi troubles? New tech can give family their own personal network

Mike Feibus, Special to USA TODAY
Published 9:57 a.m. ET Oct. 29, 2020 | Updated 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 29, 2020


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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – When your children’s online schooling starts bogging down your Zoom presentation, wouldn’t it be great if you could just send their electronics to their room? 

That won’t work, of course. At least not today. Because the laptops and tablets the kids are using make just as much

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Analysis: Racial inequity in who takes career, tech courses


ADVANCE FOR RELEASE OCT. 22, 2020 AND THEREAFTER — Alphina Kamara at Wesleyan University, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Middletown, Conn. Kamara, a junior at Wesleyan University studying English and sociology, says she was never encouraged to explore options like an engineering course while in high school.


Alphina Kamara wonders what might have happened if she’d been introduced to science and engineering careers at her high school in Wilmington, Delaware.

Kamara, who

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Your Electrified Life: When car tech and smart home tech collide

There are more electrified cars on the market today than ever before, and more choices means more reasons for you to ditch your gas habit and experience the joy of emissions-free motoring. Or, if you’re not quite ready to go cold-turkey, you can go with a plug-in hybrid, which will give you a taste of that EV lifestyle without saddling you with a case of crippling range anxiety. 

While you’re taking on new technology in

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Cooler Screens Shows Tech Can Make Money And Protect Privacy With ‘Identity-Blind’ Digital Advertising

Despite growing concerns about data privacy, most brands still rely on consumer information to make sure their ads get in front of the right people at the right moment in time. But change is coming. Consumers have taken note of the brands that are evolving their business practices and those that are not. The next generation of digital advertising will follow a new business model that delivers streamlined digital experiences without compromising customers’ personal information.

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Premarket stocks: Nothing can keep tech stocks down as Apple and Amazon shine

Expectations for the Apple event drove the company’s shares up more than 6% on Monday, and they’re up another 2% in premarket trading. Amazon’s stock jumped almost 5% Monday.

Apple’s agenda: Investors expect the company to announce the launch of a long-rumored upgrade that would allow the iPhone to connect to 5G wireless networks.

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8 best work-from-home tech gadgets

Whether you’ve been working from home for the past seven months or seven weeks, your space could probably use a bit of an update by now. With kids at home for online learning and more video calls for work, technical difficulties and inconveniences are probably starting to get old — but there are some simple fixes to make the work-from-home life a little bit better.

Wouldn’t it be nice if people could actually see you

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TECH TALK WITH MIKE: Add new life to online events with Hopin | News

When you think of an online event, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the lack of social interaction and limited connection. Perhaps all you see in your mind is PowerPoint slides or a monotone talking head. While this can be true to some extent, the convenience, flexibility, and reduced costs of virtual events can make them easier to embrace, and now with pandemic travel restrictions and challenges, they have become more standard,

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