Coronavirus impact on Technology and Community

There are lots of event suspended or postponed due to coronavirus. Coronavirus is major problem in whole world right now.

WWDC 2020 is cancelled due to coronavirus

Apple has announced that this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference will be held online due to the ongoing spread of the novel corona virus. Apple says the event, to start on an unspecified date in June, will feature a “completely new online experience” that includes both Apple’s traditional announcement keynote and developer sessions.

The decision to move WWDC online was made due to the “current health situation,” Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said in a statement. More details on the event will be shared in the “weeks ahead.”

Google IO 2020

Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google  I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre,” Google said in a statement. “Over the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with and continue to build our developer community. We’ll continue to update the Google I/O website.

Facebook F8 Conference

Facebook  has confirmed that it has canceled its annual F8 developers conference over growing concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

More specifically, the company says it’s canceling the “in-person component,” which would have been held in San Jose, Calif. There may still be video presentations, along with live-streamed and local events, under the F8 umbrella.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) by GSMA

The GSMA, the organization behind MWC, the world’s largest mobile trade show, has announced that it is officially canceling the show. MWC usually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from 200 countries to Barcelona. This year’s show was supposed to take place on February 24-27.

Several publications received a statement about the cancellation. “The GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event,” GSMA CEO John Hoffman told Bloomberg and the Financial Times. El Diario, El País and La Vanguardia also report that the show has been canceled.

NASA Moon and Mars Mission

NASA  has temporarily paused work on the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion capsule that will be used for its forthcoming Artemis missions, which will ultimately return the next American man and the first American woman to the surface of the Moon. The rocket and spacecraft were undergoing production and testing activities ahead of the first Artemis mission, which had been planned for no earlier than April 2021.

Facebook and twitter fight for misinformation

In an effort to disseminate trustworthy health information on COVID-19, Facebook  will roll out its own coronavirus information center — a central hub where the company will collect information from sources like the CDC and WHO.

Meanwhile, Twitter  updated its safety policy to prohibit tweets that “could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19.” The new policy bans tweets denying expert guidance on the virus, encouraging “fake or ineffective treatments, preventions and diagnostic techniques,” as well as tweets that mislead users by pretending to be from health authorities or experts.

Ola and Uber suspend shared ride options in India

Ride-hailing giant Ola  said on Friday evening that it is temporarily suspending its pool ride option, called Ola Share, in India in a bid to slow the coronavirus pandemic by encouraging social distancing. [Updated March 21: In a statement on Saturday morning (local time), Uber  said it was suspending its shared rides, Uber Pool, in India as well.]

YouTube launches dedicated ‘COVID-19 news’ panel in 16 countries

To help you get the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 coronavirus, YouTube has now launched a dedicated news shelf in 16 countries. A tweet from the YouTuber Insider account confirmed the new decision, which is likely to help curb the spread of misinformation and “fake news” on the spread of the highly contagious virus. YouTube didn’t specify which 16 countries will have access to the new panel but confirmed that it will expand to more countries over the coming days and weeks.

Google Maps adds COVID-19 warning message when searching for medical locations

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Now, Google Maps is providing a useful COVID-19 warning any time users search for medical locations.A new warning message is appearing on medical related searches and search listings on Google Maps. This message is brief, but encourages users who are searching for any sort of medical help to call their doctor before visiting the office if they suspect they are infected with COVID-19.Clicking on that warning message brings users to the official CDC direction on the matter. As that website details, calling doctors before visiting an office is a precaution to “help the office protect themselves and other patients.” This makes sense, of course, as the virus is so highly infectious.

YouTube will reduce video quality

As millions of people are now staying at home to curb the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19 outbreak, the internet is being pushed to its limits. To help ease the strain on networks, YouTube will reduce the quality at which videos stream in Europe.Reuters reports that Google will be switching default quality settings on YouTube in Europe to standard definition rather than HD quality. This is only a move by default, though, as users will still be able to turn the quality up after the video has started playing if they choose to do so.

Google launches COVID-19 page

Google  says coronavirus has become its biggest search topic by a country mile this year, and to continue its efforts to harness that attention in the best possible way, late on Friday the company launched a new information portal dedicated to the pandemic as well as an improved search experience for desktop and mobile.

The search experience, Google says, was updated in response to “people’s information needs expanding,” while the new information portal (Just search “coronavirus” on google) also provides the basic, most useful information (for example around symptoms), plus a lot of links and on-site options to explore further.

BCCI suspends IPL 2020

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation. The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience. The BCCI will work closely with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard.

Olympic badminton qualifiers suspended

The last chances for badminton players to qualify for the Olympics were suspended on Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic.Five tournaments scheduled in April were called off, including the European Championships in Kyiv; the Asia Championships in Manila; and the Pan Am Individual Championships in Lima. The Asians and Pan Ams had already been relocated once.All three continental championships were to finish on April 26, the last day of the yearlong Olympic qualifying period.The Badminton World Federation has yet to say how its mothballed circuit will impact qualification for the Tokyo Games.

The other events suspended were the Croatian International and Peru International, both from April 16 to 19.Also, the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark, were postponed from May 16-24 to Aug. 15-23. Denmark is staging the biennial finals for the first time; they were last in Europe in 1982.The last ranking tournament completed was the All England Open in Birmingham, England, last Sunday.

All other tournaments in the remaining six weeks to the Olympic cut-off date have been postponed, suspended or canceled.

Manthan Vasani

Tech Enthusiast | Computer Engineer | Blogger | Photographer

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Therese Prosacco
April 27, 2020 2:53 AM

Very informative topic .What’s interested me is that youtube will reduce videos quality, it’ s… Read more »

Ehan Ahmed
April 27, 2020 3:51 AM

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Shenal
April 27, 2020 10:28 AM

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April 27, 2020 12:08 PM

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