Apple Newsroom

It was announced today that Apple and Google have put rivalries aside and are teaming up in a joint effort to enable Bluetooth to be used to reduce the spread of the virus. How can Bluetooth help, you ask? Well, they plan on creating an API that is compatible with iOS and Android that can basically detect if you are properly practicing social distancing via apps that are released by public health authorities.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Tech Republic

One of Zoom’s better features was the ability to add backgrounds to your call. This was helpful in hiding how messy your home was or if you had a housemate running around in their underwear. Microsoft has taken this feature and implemented it into Teams as they aggressively try to take over Zoom’s user base.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

In this article by The Verge, they report Microsoft stating the obvious. The reality of it is that more jobs will likely be kept remote as it’s proving unnecessary to have all personnel in the office. This also lowers facilities costs and ultimately lowers risk of disease.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Lifehacker

No Lifehacker, now is probably not the time to buy a refurbished Mac Mini. Many people are out of work and struggling to get by. A Mac Mini isn’t going to help pay rent for anybody who was “hesitating because of the price”.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Forbes

The “radical” upgrade? Tweaking the keyboard backlight. There are talks of keeping it white at all times, and some talks about adding color, but it’s all purely speculation at this point.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Destructoid

*** SPOILER ALERT *** The Destructoid writer tries to avoid spoiling things for you by hinting at what happens and referring to things by name in this op-ed that just interjects their own opinion. I wasted my time on this one so you don’t have to.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Engadget

Now you can slide into those DM’s without picking up your phone, making it less obvious during your meetings- oh wait, we’re all working from home anyway. Either way, it’s a welcome change to Instagram. Good to see that they’re adding more functionality to their web interface.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


USA Today

TL;DR, just turn off Face ID for now if you’re going out and wearing a mask. Otherwise, stay the heck at home if you aren’t doing essential work.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


TechRadar

More leaks in the news, but it would only make sense if Samsung also featured noise cancelling. Let’s just wait for the official announcement.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


CNET

We’ve said before that during these trying times, how a company reacts speaks volumes about them. Apple is making a lot of stuff free to watch to help people kill the boredom while they are responsible and stay home.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Ars Technica

The technology is definitely cool in theory, but you wear it at the risk of looking ridiculous in public. Although it’s worth considering that if masks become a part of mainstream fashion, these would make pretty rad designs for masks.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY (yet)


TechCrunch

Some helpful info from TechCrunch for startups, but it’s gonna be a tough time period for small companies no matter how you look at it.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Gizmodo

More leaks?! Gizmodo has a pretty good roundup of everything that people supposedly know about the Google Pixel 4a, but as always, we prefer to wait until an official announcement.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


PhoneArena

Supposedly some big changes coming in iOS 14, but we’ll wait for Apple to tell us about it. There’s a cool video from ConceptsiPhone that shows what it might look like, but take it with a grain of salt.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


MacRumors

Does it really take an analyst to determine that Apple’s launches might be delayed this year?

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Daily Wire

Not Animal Crossing! China is no longer allowing it’s citizens to play the game; even from the gray market. This comes as the government realized that Hong Kong protesters were meeting on each other’s islands instead of in person. Chinese fans are outraged and blaming Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong for tweeting about it.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


BGR

The 5 best selling devices on Amazon are 5 of Amazon’s best selling devices. See what we did there? From Echo to Kindle, their products unsurprisingly sell the best on their own platform.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

Google is yet again rebranding their chat apps. Maybe someday they will settle on only one platform so that they stop competing with themselves.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

I honestly forgot that Facebook didn’t have a quiet mode, since I mute most notifications from Facebook. This should be a welcome and long overdue addition for most people, though.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Engadget

HBO is really trying hard to acquiesce to the demands of people who aren’t willing to shell out the cash for a more recent generation Apple TV. Keep in mind that the 2nd and 3rd generations of Apple TV are 10 and 8 years old, respectively.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


TechCrunch

Boston startups are being hit hard by COVID-19, but the same is true with companies all over the world. This piece focuses on how Boston startups are dealing.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

While the book itself is an interesting read, what’s even more surprising is that author Geoffrey Cain did not see any push back or run into any interference from the corporate giant.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, but NOTEWORTHY


People

Zoom is trying really hard to hang onto it’s user base by bringing movie inspired Disney backgrounds to their video chat client. Depending on who you ask, this can be a very compelling reason to stick with Zoom.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


9to5 Mac

The new features are bug fixes and the ability to select your own state of residence to see guidance from your own state health department. No need to read fluffed up article. You can access the app on the Apple App Store, or through its web interface.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY, FLUFF, CLICKBAIT


Comic Book

For those of you who are spending your self quarantine on the Rift, you can check out some assets for Volibear’s rework here. Players who already own the champ by the time the rework comes around will get a free Thousand Pierced Volibear skin.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics has information on how Apple’s Face Shields will work. Apple is planning to ship one million masks by the end of this week, or in other words, today. They are planning to ship a million masks per week, and hope to distribute 20 million masks by August.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


Engadget

If flexing your $1,500 Razr isn’t enough for you, you can now rock it in gold for the ultimate flex. Just don’t tell anybody that it costs the same as the regular black one.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Forbes

We’ll save you the read: Forbes is touting the Brave Browser as the alternative. Brave currently “boasts 13.5 million monthly active users and daily active users of 4.3 million as of last month”. If you do try it out, you’ll be pleased to find that it runs off of Chromium, so you’ll have an experience similar to Chrome.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


NintendoLife

Title says it all. Nobody knows for sure.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


GameSpot

If you were planning on getting a Nintendo Switch whenever the next batch goes out, you’re fine as long as you aren’t in Japan. The shipment delays will only affect domestic orders for now.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Laptop Mag

If you’re currently using SuperVPN, it is strongly advised that you remove it now, as there have been reports of vulnerabilities that were putting millions of users at risk. The company behind SuperVPN is SuperSoftTech based out of Beijing, and has previously been under fire for having malware in its VPN apps. For some reason, Google left them alone until April 7th, when they removed the app from their Play Store.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY