Covid on Smartphone? Here’s how long it can stay

This means, you should disinfect or clean your smartphone periodically.

The research, undertaken at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) in Geelong, found that SARS-CoV-2 survived longer at lower temperatures and tended to survive longer on non-porous or smooth surfaces such as glass, stainless steel and vinyl, compared to porous complex surfaces such as cotton.

The study, published in Virology Journal, showed that the virus survived longer on paper banknotes than plastic banknotes.

“While the precise role of surface transmission, the degree of surface contact and the amount of virus required for infection is yet to be determined, establishing how long this virus remains viable on surfaces is critical for developing risk mitigation strategies in high contact areas,” said one of the study authors Debbie Eagles, Deputy Director of ACDP.

“How long they can survive and remain infectious depends on the type of virus, quantity, the surface, environmental conditions

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New advancements in tech help us stay healthier longer

Digital health gives greater access to experts and makes medicine more precise and personalized. Sponsored by United Healthcare.

SEATTLE — Digital health is gaining in popularity not just because of emerging technologies, but also due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients are able to access information, monitor their health, and complete a doctor’s visit through their smartphones or computers. 

“One of the main goals of digital health is for patients to access healthcare and information at any time, 24/7,” said Dr. Patricia Auerbach, Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare of Washington. “This allows patients to take better charge of their health and allows their providers to stay connected to them, even outside of the office and hospital.”

Telehealth gives healthcare providers the ability to evaluate patients without potential exposure to risks. It was mostly used before COVID-19 for minor issues, like allergies, rashes, or cold symptoms. Now telehealth is being used for

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A Futuristic Hotel In Canada Was Named The World’s Most Amazing Remote Place To Stay

Do you really want to get away from it all? One of the world’s most remote hotels is in Canada and it looks like it’s from a science fiction movie. 

The striking stay called Fogo Island Inn sits pretty on the East Coast and came in first place among the world’s top 10 most incredible remote hotels, according to Mirror.

Fogo, which describes itself as “an island off an island” is known for many things from its wondrous architecture to its shores where whale spotting is a thing. 

In addition, the 29-room hotel is situated right in Iceberg Alley meaning you can quite possibly spot huge icebergs at sea.

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Editor’s Choice: A Canadian Neighbourhood Was Just Named One Of The Coolest In The World

Its remote location is ideal for those who want to feel like they’re out in the wilderness – but with […]

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The Future of Omnichannel Starts Today: 4 Omnichannel Strategies that Will Help You Stay Ahead of the Curve in 2021

This year hasn’t gone as anyone expected (biggest understatement right there). COVID-19 threw a wrench in the year 2020, and every industry has felt its effects. Customer Experience is no exception. In fact, the CX industry has changed rapidly this year. Digital consumerism went through the roof and remote work became the norm.

The companies that have slid through 2020 with the fewest bruises are the ones that already had strong omnichannel systems in place. They built goals with the future of omnichannel in mind, and now they’re ahead of the curve. Consumers have gone completely digital-first–buying everything from groceries to furniture online–and a lot of companies are swimming hard to keep up. Though we don’t know what next year holds, it’s clear that omnichannel solutions are here to stay.

Here are four strategies to follow to keep up with the future of omnichannel.

1. Keep it personal(ized)

The future

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The Canopy Humidifier is Self-Cleaning and Here to Stay

If you’ve ever owned a humidifier, you know that the upkeep can be a pain, given they have to be cleaned regularly and in detail to avoid spewing bacteria and mold into your home. While I’d love to be one of those people who meticulously scrubs theirs once a week, I’m unfortunately the person who doesn’t remember it even needs cleaning until the smell of mildew pervades the room.

Enter Canopy, an innovative new humidifier designed specifically to eliminate this problem. According to founder Justin Seidenfeld, the device utilizes technology to prevent the growth of mold; specifically, it features sensors that stop the machine from turning off until all water has been evaporated. “That’s one of the most common ways mold grows,” he says. “People forget there’s remnant water [in their humidifier].” You mean you can’t just let water sit in there for weeks/months and then randomly turn the

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‘Stay focused’ on China’s new tech ETFs even if you can’t invest yet, money manager says

Investors just got four new ways to buy into China’s stock market “stars.”

Investors are getting new ways to invest in Chinese tech stocks

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Four exchange-traded funds launched in China this week tracking the Shanghai stock market’s Star 50 Index, a collection of the 50 largest stocks on the tech-heavy Star Market. The Star 50 Index is up nearly 50% this year.

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While U.S. investors don’t yet have access to the funds — issued by China Asset Management, Huatai-PineBridge Fund Management, ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management and E Fund Management — there are many reasons for them to be watching this move, one top money manager told CNBC this week.

These ETFs could be some of the first to access the highly anticipated Ant Group IPO, Tim Seymour, the founder and chief investment officer of Seymour Asset Management, told CNBC’s “ETF Edge” on

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With Hybrid Work Here To Stay, It’s Time To Rethink Talent Sourcing

Kristina Johnson is Okta’s Chief People Officer, leading the organization’s global People function.

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted a massive shift to remote work, leading companies to quickly embrace a new hybrid work environment. Despite the unexpected departure from the office, many employees have warmed up to the idea of working from home over the past few months. A recent Gallup poll reported that 59% of U.S. workers would like to continue working from home “as much as possible” after the pandemic subsides. Business leaders have taken notice, with companies like Google working remotely into next summer and Facebook offering employees the flexibility to work remotely even after offices open again. In order to meet employees’ new expectations about the workplace, a hybrid work environment is the way of the future.

As a result, companies with a combination of in-person and remote employees have a much larger talent pool to

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Tech tensions with China will stay even if Biden wins

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Tensions around technology will remain between the U.S. and China, even if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the U.S. election in November, according to an analyst.

Ties between the two economic giants have steadily worsened this year, as Washington increasingly targets Chinese tech giants from phone maker Huawei to video-sharing app TikTok. The Trump administration says Huawei and other Chinese technology companies could collect American user data and hand them over to Beijing, a claim both Huawei and TikTok have denied. 

“Imagine a scenario where Biden becomes president, I don’t think on the technology issues … (they) are going to go away in any meaningful manner,” said Taimur Baig, chief economist and managing director at DBS Group Research. “It may be less volatile, it may be more rules based, but the tensions will remain.”

In early August, President Donald Trump banned

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Stop politicizing coronavirus. Look to science, facts to stay safe.

Nick Turkal
Published 9:00 a.m. CT Sept. 25, 2020

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For most of us around the world, the last six months have been, to say the least, difficult and confusing. And now many of us are experiencing “pandemic fatigue.” As a physician, I’m frequently asked by family, friends and colleagues, “How are you staying healthy during the pandemic?”

First, let’s set aside the politics of the issue. In a presidential election year, it is no surprise that issues around the pandemic have become political. Perhaps the surprise is how political every aspect has become. I prefer to look at the evolving facts.

As a physician and scientist, my personal decisions and recommendations to friends, families and patients are based on science. While the knowledge and science on this pandemic have continued to evolve, there are some things that we know. We should use these facts, and the recommendations that flow

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Twitter Let Dozens Of Tweets Doxing Indian Interfaith Couples Stay Up For Months

For nearly two months, tweets by far-right Hindu nationalists in India doxing dozens of young interfaith couples — usually Muslim men marrying Hindu women — circulated on Twitter.

“This is going to be a long thread,” one of the accounts involved in the doxing said, following it up with 17 more tweets. Each tweet contained pictures of government documents including names, ages, occupations, addresses, and photographs of Hindu-Muslim couples in India. “Look at these pictures,” another tweet from the same account said. “Who instigates these couples to get together? It can’t be that they just ‘fall in love.’”

On Monday, as outrage mounted in India, Twitter finally took down some of the largest threads, even though people had been reporting them for weeks.

But more than half a dozen other tweets doxing interfaith couples remained after the first takedowns. One of them included a tweet from a politician from India’s

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