Coronavirus

Driver

Uber asks US states to prioritize its drivers for COVID-19 vaccine

Uber has sent letters to the governors of all US states, asking for the ride-hail and food delivery drivers to find early access to COVID-19 vaccines as essential employees.

Amazon

Over a COVID Christmas US rivals to challenge Amazon under the tree

The new services try to take some of the drudgery from gift-giving. The attributes let consumers purchase a gift online and get it delivered to the recipient with, as an example, t...

COVID-19 coverage

New contact tracing apps stir hope for virus fighters in US states

A fresh wave of mobile apps which help monitor exposure into the coronavirus is coming to US states ahead of the vacations as public health officials bet that recently introduced f...

YouTube

YouTube to add link on COVID-19 vaccines to combat misinformation

YouTube has said that it is adding a hyperlink to provide details about the development of COVID-19 vaccines into the coronavirus panel on its site, expanding its attempts to fight...

Virus

COVID-19 ‘war games’: the computer program that could help save your job

Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane has signed up to judge the winner of a ‘war game’ designed to help firms find alternatives to mass layoffs in the face of a...

Streaming

COVID-19 vaccine hope dampens prospects for stay-at-home darlings

The surge in stocks of Netflix , Zoom and other of this year’s stay-at-home company winners has been brought to a sudden halt by promising vaccine data suggesting a possible ...

nintendo

Nintendo raises Switch forecast to 24 million units on pandemic gaming boom

Nintendo said it hopes to market 24 million of its Switch games consoles at the year ending March 2021, up from a forecast of 19 million but still regarded as cautious, since the C...

tsmc

TSMC lifts revenue estimate as COVID transforms digital demand

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co hiked its revenue outlook after logging record quarterly profit, and painted a bullish picture of demand picking up within the subsequent two ...

Facebook

Facebook will ban ads discouraging people from getting vaccines

Facebook will begin banning ads that explicitly dissuade people from getting vaccinated, the social media titan has stated, as it also announced a new flu vaccine information effor...

Trump Social Media

Facebook and Twitter take action over Trump’s misleading COVID-19 posts

Social networking titans Facebook and Twitter took action on posts out of US President Trump for violating their rules against coronavirus misinformation by indicating that COVID-1...

Amazon Coronavirus

Amazon reports over 19,000 frontline employees have had COVID-19

Amazon.com said more than 19,000 of its US frontline employees contracted the coronavirus this calendar year, or 1.44% of the total, a revelation sought by labour advocates who hav...

UK Parliament

COVID-19 smartphone app finally launches in England and Wales

England and Wales launch a COVID-19 smartphone app today, enabling users to trace contacts, assess the neighbourhood level of risk and record visits to venues such as bars, four mo...

Italian contact tracing smartphone app

Tracing apps may stem COVID-19 spread even if only a few use them

Contact tracing apps can radically reduce the spread of this novel coronavirus even if only a few men and women use them, a study published by investigators at Google and Oxford Un...

Japan AI

Japan looks to AI as coronavirus challenges go-and-see quality control mantra

At a mill south of Japan’s Toyota City, robots have started sharing the work of quality-control inspectors, since the pandemic accelerates a change from Toyota’s vaunte...