Leaked pics reveal Google smart debit card to rival Apple’sTECHCRUNCH.COM — Would you pay with a ” Card?” TechCrunch has attained imagery that shows Google is developing its own physical and virtual debit cards. The Google card and associated checking account will allow users to buy things with a card, mobile phone or online. It connects to a Google app with new features that let users easily monitor purchases, check their balance or lock their account.
Watch this kangaroo bounce through a deserted Australian cityMASHABLE.COM — This won’t help dispel any stereotypes concerning life in Australia. South Australia police have shared security footage of a kangaroo bouncing through the deserted state capital of Adelaide. With the city’s 1.3 million residents confined to their homes by the coronavirus pandemic, the intrepid marsupial took the rare opportunity to safely explore the human habitat — though there was at least close call with a car.
Clubhouse voice chat leads a wave of spontaneous social appsTECHCRUNCH.COM — Forget the calendar invite. Just jump into a conversation. That’s the idea powering a fresh batch of social startups poised to take advantage of our cleared schedules amidst quarantine. But they could also change the way we work and socialize long after COVID-19 by bringing the free-flowing, ad-hoc communication of parties and open office plans online.
What it’s like to be polyamorous during the coronavirus quarantineMASHABLE.COM — “If you’re stuck in quarantine with one of your poly partners, and you won’t be able to see any of your other partners for the foreseeable future, what do you do?” This is a question posed on the Tumblr page, one of several in a post titled “Pandemic Poly Problems.” The post, dated March 30, muses about what a polyamorous person should do if they are staying at home with one partner but want to foster their other relationships.
The 12 worst types of Instagram StoriesMASHABLE.COM — We need to talk about Instagram Stories. “Story of my life”? More like please don’t story your whole life, or at least do so tastefully. Over the past few years, Instagram Stories have cannibalized Snapchat and emerged supreme as the premiere location to show off shaky cam concert footage and puppy-dog selfies.
8 essential keyboard tips every iPhone owner should knowMASHABLE.COM — If you’re an iPhone owner you probably spend a good chunk of your day using the onscreen keyboard. But are you getting the most out of your experience? We’re going to take you on a journey starting with a simple tour around your keyboard settings to some much more advanced trickery that will turn you into an quick-typing iPhone ninja.
The best animal livestreams to watch while you’re social distancingMASHABLE.COM — As we practice social distancing to protect ourselves and others from coronavirus, trips to zoos and aquariums are pretty much out of the question. In fact, many of them are closed to the public temporarily, so we couldn’t visit them if we (unwisely) tried. Luckily you can still catch up with your favorite tigers, pandas, and unbelievably old dogs via live cam.
Workout apps and YouTube channels for when you can’t leave the houseMASHABLE.COM — The world of online fitness is so vast it can be intimidating. Which app or YouTube video will serve your personal fitness goals the best? Which has moves you can safely do on your own? What if you don’t have any weights or equipment? Which of these exercise gurus is actually legit? “Not every workout has to be vigorous or an hour long to reap the benefits of exercise” Azul Corajoria, a Tier 3 personal trainer at Equinox, told Mashable.
How to watch Netflix together online without being in the same roomMASHABLE.COM — Just because you’re isolated in your room due to the ever-important social distancing protocols happening right now doesn’t mean you have to watch Netflix all on your own. There are plenty of ways to recreate the experience of watching a show or movie with a friend or loved one on Netflix without worrying about getting each other sick.
Chinese startup Rokid pitches COVID-19 detection glasses in U.S.TECHCRUNCH.COM — Thermal imaging wearables used in China to detect COVID-19 symptoms could soon be deployed in the U.Hangzhou based AI startup Rokid is in talks with several companies to sell its T1 glasses in America, according to U.Director Liang Guan. Per info Guan provided, T1 thermal glasses use an infrared sensor to detect the temperatures of up to 200 people within two minutes from up to three meters away.
Google announces a Journalism Emergency Relief Fund for local newsroomsTECHCRUNCH.COM — is offering financial support to local newsrooms hit by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of its Google News Initiative. The company isn’t disclosing the size of what it’s calling its Journalism Emergency Relief Fund, but in a blog post, Google VP of News Richard Gingras said the goal is to fund “thousands of small, medium and local news publishers globally,” through awards ranging from “low thousands of dollars for small hyper-local newsrooms to low tens of thousands for larger newsrooms, with variations per region.” “Local news is a vital resource for keeping people and communities connected in the best of times,” Gingras said.
Slite raises $11 million for its internal notes toolTECHCRUNCH.COM — French startup Slite has raised an $11 million Series A round led by Spark Capital with existing investors also participating. Slite is a sort of multiplayer Evernote. It lets you collect and organize documentation, create shared documents and build a company handbook. Many companies struggle to keep a single source of truth when it comes to corporate policies, project documentation and product roadmaps.
Sony is giving away ‘Journey’ and ‘Uncharted’ for free on PlayStation 4MASHABLE.COM — Sony announced on Tuesday it will offer all PlayStation 4 users a few free games to help them through our coronavirus social distancing — part of the company’s new Play at Home initiative. Being stuck indoors sucks, but it sucks a bit less when you have video games. Starting 8 p.PDT on April 15, beautiful indie game Journeyand treasure hunting action-adventure Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collectionwill be available as free digital downloads in almost every PlayStation Store around the globe (China and Germany will get Knack 2 instead of Uncharted.) Once you grab the games they’re yours to keep forever, but you only have until 8 p.PDT on May 5 to do so.
Reddit’s new political ad rules let you see who’s spending whatMASHABLE.COM — Reddit is making some big changes to the way it handles political adverts. On Monday, the social news giant shared an announcement outlining the new steps it’s taking to increase transparency on its platform. The biggest takeaways? The site has made public the details of all the political ads it has run since Jan.
African genomics startup 54gene raises $15M led by Adjuvant CapitalTECHCRUNCH.COM — Greater availability of African genomic data could lead to medical breakthroughs for the continent’s 1.2 billion people. That’s the driving proposition of 54gene — a U.and Nigeria based startup — that collects African genetic code for use in health research and drug development. The company has closed a $15 million Series A round, in part, to address a deficiency in these processes.
5 ways you can help prevent LGBTQ youth suicideMASHABLE.COM — “Me and my wife, my wife [actress] Gabrielle Union, we are proud — when I say proud — we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community,” he told DeGeneres. . That day Union tweeted, “Meet Zaya. She’s compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It’s Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are.” These are more than just heartwarming sentiments.
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