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Welcome to another Pulse — travelling beyond me & the lockdown. First, I really hope you're all w
 
April 5 · Issue #83 · View online
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Welcome to another Pulse — travelling beyond me & the lockdown.
First, I really hope you’re all well and safe; and somehow are enjoying your time at home! (too much to hope for?!)
This one’s a long but exciting issue (at least, I think!); so… let’s get scrolling, shall we?
By the way, a Pulse might brighten a friend’s quarantine… send them one! And teach them how to subscribe if they don’t know. It will feel good; I promise.
— 𝕭𝖊𝖓 𝔣𝔯𝔬𝔪 [ 𝖕𝖊𝖗𝖘𝖕𝖊𝖈𝖙𝖎𝖛𝖊 𝖎𝖝 ]

🗞 NEWS
  • Google uses aggregated anonymised location data from 131 countries to show which places are complying with social distancing and which aren’t [TheVerge] — People staying at home: White collar professionals with home offices People going to work: Nurses, grocery store workers, yard maintenance workers, postal carriers, construction workers, bank tellers [BrandonFriedman].


  • Zoom sometimes uses encryption keys issued by servers in China, uses a flawed encryption method, and hence is not suited to communicate secrets [TheIntercept] — they shouldn’t really claim they’re using end-to-end encryption.
  • Now, it has over 200m DAUs, up from 10m in December 2019 [Zoom].


  • Facebook debuts standalone Messenger app on Mac and PC, and brings free video calls and chats to desktop. [macOS | Windows] — if you like/use Facebook…


  • YouTube is planning to release Shorts, a rival to TikTok inside YouTube’s main app, by the end of the year [TheInformation] — is it me or the name could improve significantly?


  • Apple purchases hyperlocal weather app Dark Sky, ending API and killing Android apps [9to5Mac] — from an Andorid dev/user perspective, it’s a shitty move; from a business point of view, not so much; just a bit.


  • After reports in tabloids of Houseparty users having social media accounts hacked, Houseparty offers $1,000,000 reward to unmask those behind apparent “smear campaign” [ZDNet] — i could use the money! let’s start digging!


  • In early March, Apple started letting some engineers take home early versions of future devices to continue work during the lockdown period [Bloomberg] — the whole coronavirus crisis has forced Apple to embrace something it shunned forever: work from home!





🧠 INSIGHTS
The Maldives - Credit: Ishan @seefromthesky on Unsplash
The Maldives - Credit: Ishan @seefromthesky on Unsplash
They’re the Last Couple in Paradise. Eventually, It May Bankrupt Them.
Surrounded by a fleet of staff, who are also stranded, one couple is trapped in an eternal honeymoon in the Maldives.
This story is super wild. It’s about a couple who are trapped on their honeymoon due to coronavirus. They are the last two remaining guests at a resort in the Maldives, and the whole staff is stuck there serving them —indefinitely!
Read more on The New York Times by David Zweig.



📊 STATISTICS
BrendanEich
@Brave hit 13.5M MAU / 4.3M DAU for March 2020. We will work on getting ration smaller by meeting all your Chrome user daily-driver needs. Sync v2 for all data types + wallet/ledger too.

https://t.co/artKBsQdvA
join Brave — you won’t regret it. 👆

Avg Time Spent in Apps - Credit: AppAnnie
Avg Time Spent in Apps - Credit: AppAnnie
Weekly Time Spent in Apps Grows 20% Year Over Year
and consumers spent record $23.4 billion on apps in Q1 2020, thanks to being stuck indoors! That’s the largest-ever quarter, according to AppAnnie.
iOS accounted for $15 billion of that figure and Google Play was $8.3 billion. Both of these figures were an increase of 5% year-over-year on their respective platforms.
Read more on AppAnnie.


Top Social Media Apps by Download (Feb 20) - Credit: SensorTower
Top Social Media Apps by Download (Feb 20) - Credit: SensorTower
Top Social Media Apps Worldwide for February 2020 by Downloads
TikTok was the most downloaded social media app worldwide for February 2020 with 112.8 million installs, which represented a 96.2% YoY increase. The countries with the most downloads of the app during this period were India at 41.3% of its total installs and Brazil at 8.6%.
Read more on SensorTower.



📱 TOOLS & APPS
  • to Stories: Trim and share stories to Instagram from any app [iOS]
this is soooooo handy — if you’re an iOS user.


let’s give this a try, shall we?


my personal favourite note-taking app.


  • lil OS: a bundle of apps that make a lil operating system.
super creative; bunch of lil apps (in beta); available through Testflight on iOS



🔍 SPOTTED
Jane Manchun Wong
Instagram is also working on “Delivery” sticker to help supporting restaurants

This is also part of Instagram’s efforts to help out SMBs during COVID-19, apart from the “Support” sticker that I tweeted about (https://t.co/BioPcwMKyu) https://t.co/zHsh5t4b94
🎧 AUDIO STIMULATION
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: Ken Grossman - How I Built This with Guy Raz
🐦 TWEETS of the WEEK
Dan Crowd
Today I made a Zoom background of myself accidentally walking in on myself in a Zoom meeting. https://t.co/Rl2AsjfZ7V
Pete Blackburn
Why the fuck did I buy a 2020 planner
Kerry Howley
My son just asked me if I when I was little I had to stay inside for COVIDs 1 through 18
Morning Brew
Walmart said it’s seen a boom in sales for tops but not for bottoms as our new collective work dress code is strictly waist-up.
Ygrene
[meteor hitting earth]
Dinosaur: oh no the economy !!

i, too, feel that about @naval; don’t you? 👇😁
Ulysses
@naval Do you ever get tired of being so wise? Seems like a lot of responsibility.
𝕭𝖊𝖓 😷
how about some anti-social distancing?
Roddy Ricch
having no expectations means no disappointments
😂 FUN STUFF
10 of the World’s Best Virtual Museum & Art Gallery Tours 
[via The Guardian] 10 of the World’s Best Virtual Museum & Art Gallery Tours [via The Guardian]
Morgan Leahy
This what happens when folk have too much time 🤣 https://t.co/mCyBzFwAjo
you watched 🐯Tiger King yet? 👆😂

The Cooper Hewitt's Tech Collection The Cooper Hewitt's Tech Collection
If you laugh, you're evil. 😈 If you laugh, you're evil. 😈
That's all for this week...
stays safe people — and send this email to one quarantined friend.
i’ll try to stay alive and send you a pulse next week.
ciao

btw, here’s something i wrote this week… and it has nothing to do with anything.
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