The American software developer Evan Lewis has created an app that reproduces the sounds of the New York subway. His aim was to give commuters some of their familiar experiences during the corona lockdown. The “NYC Subway Sounds” include around 25 sounds of screeching brakes, the harsh beep of a MetroCard swipe as well as announcements like “Stand clear of the closing doors please”. Lewis collected the sounds with the help of his friends and also on the internet. Due to the travel restrictions, many people have not used public transport for quite some time.
Large tech companies like Facebook and Google as well as Twitter and Square are set to allow their employees to work from home even after the end of the enforced lockdown due to the corona pandemic. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg expects that only around half of employees will still go to an office in 2030. Twitter and Square have stated that their staff can continue working from home when the current restrictions are no longer in place, provided their area of work allows this. What's more, Google employees need not return to the office for the remainder of 2020.
OurStreets, a crowdsourcing app for micro-mobility and road safety, comes with a feature called “Supplies” which provides users with local data focused on which products are currently available in area retail outlets. To avoid people taking unnecessary trips and adding to the stress on frontline workers, the app works with retailers in order to send official updates as soon as the shelves are stocked with important supplies. This service will help members of the public and small businesses in equal measure by directing shoppers to stores they may not have previously visited.
Users of the internet browser Google Chrome will soon be automatically protected from advertising that surreptitiously uses CPU resources. These ads act as “crypto-hackers” and secretly use computer resources and network data to mine cryptocurrencies. The computer's battery power is then significantly reduced and users could expose themselves to penalties without realising it. The developers of the browser extension are therefore curtailing ads' maximum CPU usage so that crypto-ads are automatically blocked.