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Welcome to another Pulse! Hope you're all well — seriously, healthy and happy, 'cause you know... not
March 15 · Issue #80 · View online
Welcome to another Pulse!
Hope you’re all well — seriously, healthy and happy, ‘cause you know… nothing else matters
Coronavirus has become an unavoidable issue, and it’s present in pretty much all the news… Hopefully, it’ll pass soon…
Now, let’s get to the news… but don’t stop there…
— 𝕭𝖊𝖓 𝔣𝔯𝔬𝔪 [ 𝖕𝖊𝖗𝖘𝖕𝖊𝖈𝖙𝖎𝖛𝖊 𝖎𝖝 ]

  • Bill Gates has stepped down from the Microsoft’s Board of Directors, but he will continue to serve as a Technology Advisor to the CEO, Satya Nadella [Microsoft] — “to dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities…”

  • Apple announces it will hold WWDC in June in “an entirely new online format” [Apple] — and will pay $1M to local San Jose organisations to offset revenue loss from going online, which is net positive from a dev/techie perspective. WWDC had become unaffordable…

  • Google confirms Verily is building a tool to expedite COVID-19 testing in the Bay Area initially [Vox/Recode] — Trump says Google has 1,700 engineers working on the project, Sundar Pichai sent a memo - yesterday - asking for volunteers and 1,700 people raised their hand. But they aren’t all involved [InaFried].

  • Twitter is making it mandatory for all employees around the world to work from home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic [TechCrunch] — good move.

  • Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models with scissor keyboards in the second quarter of 2020 [MacRumors] — A keyboard that works? Gotta love the innovation. (Backspace, backspace, insert missing letter) [JudyBurton]

  • CNN investigation finds troll farms in Ghana and Nigeria exploited US racial tensions and have ties to Russia’s IRA; Facebook and Twitter have removed accounts [CNN] — US election year vs COVID19 year…

  • Leaked code from Apple hints at new fitness [MacRumors] and augmented reality features [9to5Mac] on iOS 14exciting? or just “meh?!”

  • Zoom CEO Eric Yuan is giving K-12 schools his videoconferencing tools for free [Forbes] — nice gesture.

  • Because of coronavirus, Pokémon Go just got easier to play inside [Verge] — well-played, Niantic Labs!

Is Coronavirus a preview of the future? - Credit: Christin Hume on Unsplash
Is Coronavirus a preview of the future? - Credit: Christin Hume on Unsplash
Coronavirus Is a Preview of Our Self-Isolating Future
“It feels, in some ways, like a dress rehearsal for a future that was already on its way — one in which more and more of us self-isolate voluntarily, interacting with the outside world only from behind screens.
Dreary as that might sound, the advantages would be enormous.”

Interesting piece by Will Oremus on OneZero. Definitely worth reading.

Swiss export of cheaper electronic watches - Credit: VogueBusiness
Swiss export of cheaper electronic watches - Credit: VogueBusiness
Smart Devices Are Eating the Accessible Watches Market
A drop in demand for cheaper watches is causing trouble for Switzerland’s manufacturing base and Swiss watch companies specialising in watches under £500. Since 2015, the number of Swiss watches being exported has declined by a third, per the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, and most of that shrinkage has been in watches that cost under 200 CHF (£164). Exports are approaching the lows seen in the mid-1980s when Japanese quartz technology brought a raft of cheaper competitors for established brands.
  • While luxury’s moat remains, watchmakers have struggled to build hype for accessibly priced timepieces as consumers increasingly abandon them for smart devices.
  • Popular upstart brands like Mvmt and Daniel Wellington signal that success in this price category is possible with the right marketing.
  • Brands need to focus on their history and heritage: reissues of iconic watches like the original G-Shock have performed well with consumers.
Read more on VogueBusiness.

not a new app, but i’ve recently discovered it… seems pretty interesting…

not a new service, but definitely worth a mention

Jane Manchun Wong
Facebook is working on cross-posting Stories to Instagram
Learning to Live With the Coronavirus - The Daily
Stripe: Patrick and John Collison (2018) - How I Built This with Guy Raz
📡 [ pulse ] — a playlist on Spotify
🐦 TWEETS of the WEEK
The New York Times
Washing your hands is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and others from illness. Here’s the technique experts say is best.
Moiz Ali
Is anyone else eating 3 days worth of food in 1 day during the quarantine?

If not, me neither.
Eugene Lee Yang
An older woman in front of me demanded her drink get remade because her barista was Asian.

When I tried to inform her how irrational that request was, she turned and sneered, “are YOU Chinese?”

I replied, “no, but your ugly-ass knockoff purse is.”

Shut your racist asses up.
with all this extra hand washing, finding a dry spot on the towel has become a new challenge.
How's that gonna save you? - via: Reddit/u/Senile_Sapien
How's that gonna save you? - via: Reddit/u/Senile_Sapien
That's all for this week...
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