The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University has created a website with maps that tracks worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. More information about the website and its data sources can be found at its FAQ page.
Google, Microsoft and Facebook all announced changes or updates to their video meeting tools in April 2020. These are alternatives to the popular Zoom video chat software.
Video meeting tool Google Meet is now available free of charge for all users. This will be a gradual rollout within the next few weeks. Users must sign in with their Google account, but Meet works entirely in a web browser and does not require downloads first.
Skype Meet Now is a different video meeting tool which does not require a sign-up or installation. A unique Meet Now link can be requested from Skype or a web browser.
Facebook has also announced its new meeting tool – Facebook Messenger Rooms. Invited attendees do not need a Facebook account to attend the video meeting and downloads are not required. Rooms is not end-to-end encrypted. This is in addition to their Facebook Workplace and Facebook Work Groups services.
The three major U.S. credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – will now allow Americans to receive free weekly credit reports at AnnualCreditReport.com for a year starting April 20th 2020. These credit reports were previously only free once a year under federal law.
The Internet Archive has made available thousand of eBooks through its National Emergency Library program. This was done in order to help students, educators and the general public who may not have access to reading materials due to recent current events.
Github now has a free basic option for teams and developers as of April 2020. More information is at their FAQ and price list pages.
Apple announced the release of its new iPhone SE smartphone on April 24th 2020, starting at a lower price of $399. The iPhone SE is water resistant and features 4K video, Dual SIM with eSIM, wireless charging, and one Lightning connector port.
Marriott Hotels has reported a data breach in 2020 that affected the data for approximately 5.2 million guests. Customers can request more information at mysupport.marriott.com
Google experienced some outages on March 26th 2020 that were tracked on its G Suite Status Dashboard. This included Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and other services.