Google optimizes its WiFi routers for slow internet connections

Google’s WiFi routers should now handle overloaded internet providers more gracefully. It’s delivering an update to Nest WiFi and Google WiFi routers that improves “overall” performance with slow internet connections. You should have a better chance of maintaining that video call or gaming session, especially if others in your home are online.

The upgrade should also help devices move to faster WiFi radio channels, and it’s better at prioritizing devices. Your kids’ YouTube viewing is less likely to You should also get the obligatory round of security and stability fixes. Read More

The Next Web

Amazon is using an AI camera system to monitor social distancing in its warehouses

Amazon has unveiled its latest attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 through its warehouses: an AI camera system known as the “Distance Assistant.”

The cameras are connected to sensors that measure the distance between workers, and machine learning models that differentiate them from their surroundings.

A 50-inch monitor tracks their movements, using visual overlays to show whether they’re within six feet of one another — the minimum distance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Workers that remain a safe distance apart are highlighted with green circles. When they get too close, the circles turn red. Read More

The Verge

Go read this history of smartphones as tools to document police brutality

In 2020, almost anyone in America has the ability to record and instantly share high-definition video at the press of a button. Smartphone cameras let people share videos of things like vacations and family events. But with increasing regularity, they’re also letting individuals document instances of horrific police brutality and share them with an audience that wouldn’t have otherwise heard about them or wouldn’t have believed it if they did.

The phenomenon is the subject of a new piece in The Wall Street Journal. It’s a fascinating look at how our ability to record instances of police brutality has evolved over the last 30 years, and it’s well worth a read. Read More


Clockwise raises $18 million to optimize work calendars with AI

Smart calendar startup Clockwise today announced it has raised $18 million, with plans to grow its workforce and expand to other platforms, including Microsoft Office 365. The funding follows a six-month period during which signups grew 87%, according to a spokesperson, and coincides with the launch of a time management toolkit for remote workers called Clockwise for Teams.

The average employee is thought to waste up to 41% of work time on low-value tasks, and up to 53% of employees spend at least one hour every day dealing with distractions. Slack’s typical user sends 200 messages per day to colleagues, and the average worker spends around an hour of the workday reading news and 44 minutes interacting on social media. Read More


The Russian Disinfo Operation You Never Heard About

The Internet Research Agency is infamous for flooding mainstream social media platforms with compelling disinformation campaigns. The GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, deploys strategic data leaks and destabilizing cyberattacks. But in the recent history of Russia’s online meddling, a third, distinct entity may have been at work on many of the same objectives—indicating that Russia’s disinformation operations went deeper than was publicly known until now.

Dubbed Secondary Infektion, the campaign came on the radar of researchers last year. Today, the social media analysis firm Graphika is publishing the first comprehensive review of the group’s activity, which seems to have begun all the way back in January 2014. The analysis reveals an entity that prioritizes covering its tracks; virtually all Secondary Infektion campaigns incorporate robust operational security, including a hallmark use of burner accounts that only stay live long enough to publish one post or comment. That’s a sharp contrast to the IRA and GRU disinformation operations, which often rely on cultivating online personas or digital accounts over time and building influence by broadening their reach. Read More


Box aims to move workflows out of email with new Box Relay updates

Box on Tuesday announced a series of updates to the Box Relay workflow engine, making it easier to set up more automated business processes without significant IT support. The goal, Box says, is to encourage enterprises to move content-centric workflows — such as digital asset reviews, work order submissions or regulatory reporting approvals — out of email. It comes at a time when, because of shelter-in-place rules, many organizations are completely digitizing these often paper-heavy business processes. Read More


Jupiter wants to put grocery delivery on autopilot – TechCrunch

Amid shelter-in-place, grocery delivery has had a huge spike in popularity, leading investors to take a look at services that approach the market differently than incumbents like Instacart. Jupiter is a grocery delivery and meal planning startup that’s approaching the market with an eye towards convenience and automation.

The startup is announcing that they’ve raised $2.8 million in a seed round led by Khosla Ventures and NFX. The team raised the funding long before the the world of shelter-in-place became a reality for the millions in the Bay Area — where the startup offers its services — but heightened attention on grocery delivery and meal planning has brought a new slew of customers to the startup, CEO Chad Munroe tells TechCrunch. Read More


Google Meet gets its own tab in your phone’s Gmail

In April, Google integrated its video call service Meet into Gmail on the web, making it possible to start or join a Meet call from Gmail with a single click. Now, Google is also integrating Meet with Gmail on smartphones.

On Tuesday, Google announced it’s adding a new “Meet” tab in its Gmail smartphone app. In the tab, you’ll see upcoming meetings that you have scheduled in Google Calendar, with the ability to join them with a tap.

Meet is now integrated into Gmail on smartphones.

You’ll also be able to tap on “New meeting” to start a meeting, schedule a meeting in Google Calendar, or get a meeting link you can share with others. Finally, if you have a meeting code, you’ll be able to tap on “Join with a code” to enter the code and join the meeting.  Read More

Tech Radar

What to do if your PC has a virus

If you’re lucky, a computer virus is one of the most annoying things that can happen to your PC or Mac. And if you’re unlucky, it’s one of the most devastating. While some viruses are little more than a pain in the backside, others can seriously damage your most treasured data – data such as your photos or important personal documents.

The good news is that if your PC or Mac has one, you don’t need to be really techy to get rid of it. And it’s really easy to prevent your computer from getting infected again in the future. Read More


Google is bringing Meet to the Gmail app for iOS and Android


If you’re not a G Suite customer (that is, if you’re using Google Meet for free), calls will be limited to 60 minutes, but Google says it won’t enforce this until after September 30th. And if you’d rather not have the Meet tab in your Gmail app, you can adjust your settings to remove it.

Like all video calling services, Meet has seen an uptick in users since the pandemic began. In late April, Google said it was adding roughly three million new users every day and its daily meeting participants surpassed 100 million. Also in April, Zoom usage peaked at over 300 million daily participants, and platforms from WhatsApp to Telegram and Facebook Workplace are racing to add and improve their video calling options. Read More