How Limited Access to Certain Technologies Ruins Our Work From Home Experience

How Limited Access to Certain Technologies Ruins Our Work From Home Experience

When the entire world ventured into a work-from-home scenario, they were confident that the modern tools and facilities that technology has to offer can facilitate this transition. And they were right, but to some extent only. Modern technology did allow us to make that transition, but now, it’s making us realize that not everyone was ready for it. When we transitioned to the work-from-home environment, we only brought ourselves there, and not the technology we had access to at our offices. Thus, many of us are finding it difficult to…

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Mobile technology device assists with communication for nonverbal kids on the spectrum

Mobile technology device - Child using digital technology

Tech developed by Purdue University researchers is helping children on the autism spectrum during the pandemic. Researchers at Purdue University have developed a mobile technology device app and platform helping nonverbal kids on the autism spectrum to be able to better communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns have closed or limited access to schools and clinics for in-person learning and care. Many of these resources have been forced to use remote options, which is challenging for children and parents at the best of times, but that has broader obstacles for…

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Shortage in smartphone microchips cuts into phone manufacturing

Smartphone microchips - image of snapdragon Qualcomm smartphone microchip

The global deficiency in the chips is hard on the cell phone, personal computer and car makers. A worldwide shortage in smartphone microchips is plaguing manufacturers of cell phones, in addition to personal computer makers and automakers. The global shortage is exacerbated by the supply chain hurdles put in place by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the pandemic, manufacturers and experts have pointed the finger at the impact of the US’s trade war and its heated arms race. Moreover, the shortage of smartphone microchips isn’t likely to end for several more…

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QR code newspaper strategy keeps readers informed at a critical time

QR code newspaper - Barrie Advance Newspaper with QR Code feature

An Ontario, Canada news group is making information more accessible throughout the pandemic. While print readership was already shrinking, the COVID-19 pandemic crisis caused it to rapidly plummet, inspiring a QR code newspaper option for contactless local news. The goal of the quick response codes was to direct readers to digital options without the need for print. The Barrie, Ontario, Canada QR code newspaper scan provides readers simple and rapid access to important news and updates regarding COVID-19 and many more local topics that are relevant to the papers’ communities,…

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QR code inventor happy with its use in battle against COVID-19

QR code inventor - COVID-19

Masahiro Hara first developed the square black and white barcodes for the automotive industry. When Masahiro Hara first became the QR code inventor a quarter of a century ago, the idea was to solve a problem that had nothing to do with public health. When the idea came to him, he ran off from a lunchtime game of Go to make it happen. It was the look of the ancient strategy game and the way the stones were arranged on the playing board that inspired the QR code inventor to…

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