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17-year-old built coronavirus tracking site, denies $8 million ad deal

Jak Connor | Apr 9, 2020 at 2:41 am CDT

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, many of those who are on the internet are googling trackers to find out how many cases/deaths there are.

One of the websites that some of you have have come across is nCoV2019.live. This website was created by 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann, as he noticed that at the start of the pandemic finding a unified tracker that contained all of the relative numbers such as total number of global cases, deaths, serious cases, total recovered and more.

Avi took the data set from Chinese websites and added them to a much larger data set, and basically did this same thing for every country. Once that was done, Avi had created a unified coronavirus-tracking website that has amassed a staggering 350 million visitors in total. Avi says that each day the website has about 30 million people on it checking the statistics. In the above video, Nathalie Acher, Avi's mother, explains that Avi was offered an $8 million advertising deal, but she says that Avi turned them down.

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UK ISP's will lift all data caps during coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

Jak Connor | Mar 30, 2020 at 12:33 am CDT

Most people are now doing their best to stay at home to avoid spreading the coronavirus COVID-19. This means that the internet is taking an unprecedented amount of traffic with people attempting to work from home.

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To assist people who are working from home, and overall help people out who are staying at home, major telecoms in the UK will be lifting internet restrictions. According to the Gov.UK website, the government has struck a new deal with telecom companies to life "all" data caps on internet connections. The website also states that internet providers will also have to provide mobile users with new "generous" packages to assist users to still be connected with each other in this time of hardship.

The new agreement also states that all providers will have to be "committed" to working with customers who are having a difficult time following up on their bills as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In the event of landlines not being repaired due to the outbreak, the new agreement says that all providers will give users "alternative methods of communication wherever possible if priority repairs to fixed broadband and landlines cannot be carried out."

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Since everyone is staying home, Facebook is getting ridiculous traffic

Jak Connor | Mar 25, 2020 at 3:38 am CDT

Since everyone is staying home due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, many forms of entertainment are seeing surges in popularity, and to no one's surprise, Facebook is one of those forms of entertainment.

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Since millions of people around the world are being forced to stay home, Facebook is seeing millions of more people being active on its platform. In Italy, Facebook has said they have seen a 70% increase in traffic and a 50% increase in messaging. This increase in traffic is happening globally, and Facebook has now said that this new level of traffic is straining the companies resources.

VP of Analytics, Alex Schultz, and VP of Infrastructure, Jay Pareikh, wrote a joint statement, saying, "The usage growth from COVID-19 is unprecedented across the industry, and we are experiencing new records in usage almost every day. Maintaining stability throughout these spikes in usage is more challenging than usual now that most of our employees are working from home."

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Coronavirus causes YouTube to globally reduce video quality to 480p

Jak Connor | Mar 25, 2020 at 1:33 am CDT

The coronavirus COVID-19 has caused many people to say in-doors, and with many people at home, forms of entertainment are getting unprecedented amounts of traffic - one of those forms of entertainment is YouTube.

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Since people are distancing themselves socially, forms of entertainment such as YouTube are seeing high levels of traffic. It's no surprise that the world's most popular video site is seeing an increase, but now its gotten to a point where YouTube is going to have to decrease video quality globally to just 480p to deal with the increase in overall traffic.

Starting today, YouTube will be reducing every video's automatic quality setting down to 480p. Users can watch videos in higher quality, but they will have to manually change the quality of each video they watch. If you aren't sure how to do this, once you have clicked on a YouTube video, there is a cog icon located in the bottom right-hand side of the video. Click on the cog and select 'quality' then choose the resolution you wish to watch the YouTube video in.

Pornhub wants you to stay at home and watch Premium videos for free

Jak Connor | Mar 25, 2020 at 1:07 am CDT

Pornhub has announced that they are encouraging social distancing between people, and through that social distancing, many people are deciding its better to just stay home. But what are they going to do while they are home?

Pornhub wants you to stay at home and watch Premium videos for free 01 | TweakTown.com

Pornhub has an idea to encourage people to stay home, the adult content website has announced a special "stay home" landing page that allows all users to enjoy premium porn videos completely free for the next month. Corey Price, Vice President of Pornhub, said the following in a press release, "With nearly one billion people in lockdown across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, it's important that we lend a hand and provide them with an enjoyable way to pass the time." The free service starts on March 24th.

He continued and said, "We hope by expanding our offer of free Pornhub Premium worldwide, people have an extra incentive to stay home and flatten the curve." Not only is Porhub giving out free premium porn to those who are staying at home, but they are also giving 100 percent of the video sales after the processing fee of 15 percent back to the performers. Pornhub is also donating large quantities of surgical masks to many different health officials.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 expected to overrun hospitals, check yours here

Jak Connor | Mar 24, 2020 at 2:33 am CDT

This week will not be a good week for the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, or at least that's what US Surgeon general Jerome Adams said this past Monday on NBC's The Today Show.

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With now 35,000 people around the United States infected with COVID-19, we are most likely going to see a massive influx of patients who are discovering they have contracted the virus. Those patients will need to go to the hospital to begin isolation and treatment, but how many patients can a hospital take before it is overrun? A team of data scientists, engineers, and other experts have created a tool that answers that question, its called COVID Act Now, and it could, in fact, be a little scary.

COVID Act Now is an interactive website that allows users to monitor their state's current hospital situation in comparison to how many infected people there are. The idea behind this website is that it will be able to provide an estimation for when COVID-19 patients will overwhelm state hospitals, and give people time to act accordingly. According to the website creator, "We built this tool to answer critically important questions such as: What will the impact be in my region be and when can I expect it? How long until my hospital system is under severe pressure? What is my menu of interventions, and how will they address the spread of Coronavirus?".

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Here's how to enable dark mode on Facebook desktop

Jak Connor | Mar 19, 2020 at 7:39 pm CDT

Facebook is finally rolling out the highly desired dark mode for its platform. Unfortunately, this update is only coming to desktop users for the time being.

Accompanied with the dark mode is Facebook's new overhaul of its desktop redesign, adding a much cleaner and more modern look for the entire platform. Facebook recently spoke to TechCrunch and said that "starting today, the majority of people on Facebook will have access to the new desktop design." We knew that Facebook was planning on a redesign as it was announced back at last year's F8 conference.

So, how do you check out Facebook's new redesign? Easy. At the top right-hand corner of the Facebook tab, you will see a little drop-down arrow; it's located next to the '?' symbol, near the notifications bell. Click on the drop-down arrow, and you should see the option "Switch to New Facebook". If you don't see this option, that means Facebook hasn't rolled out the new update in your region, and you will, unfortunately, have to wait until they do so you can switch to dark mode.

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Facebook takes an aggressive coronavirus COVID-19 information stance

Jak Connor | Mar 19, 2020 at 2:10 am CDT

Facebook is firing all of its cylinders to fight misinformation surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19, and now the platform is providing its users with one simple place to find all validated information.

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Facebook has introduced a new feature to its user base. The new feature is called "information center" and is the one place Facebook users can go to receive legitimate coronavirus COVID-19 information. The announcement was made by Mark Zuckerberg in a conference call, and according to Zuckerberg, the idea behind the "information center" is to distribute legitimate information from credible sources such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), and WHO (World Health Organization) to Facebook's users.

Here's what Zuckerberg said, "The first fits the theme of encourage more authoritative information, and what we're basically doing is we're -- we've built, in collaboration with a lot of our health partners in these organizations that I mentioned before, a coronavirus information center that we are going to be putting at the top of everyone's Facebook feed."

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Facebook is reporting credible coronavirus COVID-19 news posts as spam

Jak Connor | Mar 18, 2020 at 1:50 am CDT

Facebook currently has a bug, and you may have already noticed it on your news feed. The platform is currently marking legitimate news articles that are credible as spam.

Facebook is reporting credible coronavirus COVID-19 news posts as spam 01 | TweakTown.com

Right in the middle of when people from all around the world need as much credible information as they can get regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook is messing things up and causing confusion. Unfortunately, the platform is now reporting legitimate news articles that have credible sources as spam.

An example of this can be seen above. Anthony Garreffa, our senior news reporter posted a news article to his personal Facebook regarding the Australian government warning Australians to not travel overseas. The source of the post is a reputable news outlet in Australia called 7News. As you can see from the image, Facebook has flagged this post, as it "goes against our Community Standards on spam". This isn't the only case of this happening either.

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Instagram will inform users with legitimate coronavirus information

Jak Connor | Mar 16, 2020 at 3:07 am CDT

Social media platforms are rallying against the misinformation that is being spread on their platforms, and now Instagram is the latest platform to recognize its place in the online battle formation.

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According to a report by TechCrunch, Instagram will now be recognizing that people use its platform as a legitimate news source and will be taking measures to ensure that people are receiving the correct information when it comes to the coronavirus. In the above image, you can see that Instagram will be providing its users with a link front and center on their news feed that can take to them to the official World Health Organization website.

The message reads as follows, "Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus: See the latest information from the World Health Organization so you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. - Go to who.int". According to an Instagram representative who spoke to TechCrunch, this prompt will be rolled out to Instagram users who are located in countries that are suffering from a high amount of COVID-19 cases. Instagram will also be curating its search results and providing legitimate and verified information first for coronavirus-related queries.

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