Humble’s Conquer COVID-19 Bundle offers some kickass games for charity

Humble joins the gaming industry’s efforts to aid coronavirus relief, in this case by offering a massive bundle of games for $30, all of which will go to charities providing COVID-19 relief. It’s a frighteningly small price to pay considering you get so many great games in return. The charities benefiting from the Humble Conquer COVID-19 Bundle include Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, and Direct Relief. Says Humble on the bundle page: “In the wake of COVID-19 and its effects around the world, we’ve teamed up with a team of developers, publishers, and creators to bundle a care package…
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Grammarly now works with Microsoft Word for Mac and Word Online

Just a short while after Microsoft announced a Grammarly competitor called Editor, Grammarly announced its writing tool is now available on more Microsoft services. Specifically, Grammarly now works with Microsoft Word for the Mac as well as Word Online. Grammarly has been available on the full-fledged Windows version of Word for some time, but now you can access these features on other platforms. As before, the tool goes well beyond the usual basic grammar and spellcheck to provide power. It’s able to understand context and tone, for instance, knowing when to suggest formal language. It can also suggest alternate phrases for…
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DeepMind’s new AI can beat humans at 57 Atari games

Google subsidiary DeepMind has unveiled an AI called Agent57 that can beat the average human at 57 classic Atari games. The system achieved this feat using deep reinforcement learning, a machine learning technique that helps an AI improve its decisions by trying out different approaches and learning from its mistakes. DeepMind used the same technique to beat professional players of Chinese board game Go and video game Starcraft II. But this time, it managed to master every game in the Atari57 collection, which was created to test AI systems against a broad range of gameplay styles and strategies. Previous systems…
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The Devastating Price Developers Pay for Working Hard

You're a wonderful developer.

You come early, and you stay late. Your code is clear and well documented; you're eager to help others, and you're able to handle 3x the work your co-workers can handle.

You're an amazing developer, and that's your problem.

Your Boss and your co-workers all want your best work. It's an unspoken expectation in the workplace. No one prepares you for the horrible consequences that come with doing your job well.

The devastating price you pay for working hard
There are several unpleasant downsides that come with exceptional performance and hard work. There's one reward in particular that acts as a demotivator that destroys job satisfaction.

You're probably already familiar with it.

The reward for working hard and performing above expectations at your job is more work.

This is devastating to developers in the long term, and here are a few reasons why …

1. Price's Law becomes a dysfunctional cycle
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Our coronavirus symptom-tracking app has been used by millions — here’s what we’re learning

The global COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is a public health emergency. In just under three months, we have gone from distant reports of a new disease emerging in China to seeing cities locked down and health services brought to breaking point. Politicians and healthcare leaders are in the unenviable position of having to make impossible decisions about how best to tackle this fast-moving situation. Yet they are missing the one thing that would help them the most: data. Waiting for data on people going to intensive-care units and sometimes sadly dying is like being in a…
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New coronavirus contact-tracing app coming to UK ‘within weeks’

The British government plans to launch a new contact-tracing app that alerts people when they’re close to someone with the coronavirus. The system uses Bluetooth signals to find nearby phones and creates a record of all the numbers. When someone tests positive for COVID-19, they can use the app to send an alert to all those people. The government plans to release the app within weeks. Sky News reports that it will only use smartphone location data, but scientists advising the government say adding GPS data and QR codes in places where the GPS signal is weak would improve the tracking.…
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Russia developing coronavirus tracking app to ensure patients stay home

It seems Russia is taking a leaf out of China’s book. The country is scheming to roll out an app to track citizens diagnosed with coronavirus in an effort to monitor whether they’re abiding orders to stay home. According to government officials, the software is expected to launch by Thursday, BBC reports. The move coincides with a larger initiative between European health institutions to create a network of virus-tracking apps that communicate with each other. The UK and Germany are purportedly working on similar solutions, too. [Read: Norwegian school ditches video calls after naked man ‘guessed’ meeting link] Russia‘s software will…
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Trump’s trade war created a sweet-ass laptop stockpile for US schools

Schools across the US have rushed to buy laptops and screens as coronavirus lockdowns force classes to go digital, but computer companies have so far met demand — thanks to Trump‘s trade war with China. Vendors like Taiwan’s Acer ordered extra laptops to be imported to the US last December, when talks between Trump and Xi faltered. The goal was to build up stock before tariffs meant paying 15% extra for products from China, which Reuters notes makes 90% of the world’s laptops and monitors. [Read: Apple can sell devices in India because of Trump administration, says Tim Cook] It’s these stockpiles that’ve proven…
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This startup made a coronavirus knowledge graph to help doctors with diagnosis

As coronavirus infections continue to spread, doctors and researchers are looking for new tools that can help them with better and faster diagnosis. Kahun, an Israel-based medtech startup, has released a new COVID-19 tool designed to help doctors make quicker decisions. The freely available tool is powered by an AI engine, which was fed more than 2,000 papers and articles sourced from the medical library PubMed. It allows doctors and researchers to devise a score from various symptoms to decide if a patient is at high risk of moving to a critical stage. [Read: Chinese security guards use smart glasses to find people…
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This handy tool lets you record GIFs straight from your browser

I like GIFs — perhaps to a fault. I know it’s a dying medium, but I’m still a sucker for a moving image. There’s something awfully satisfying about staring at a GIF that a JPEG can never match. The one thing I despise about GIFs, though, is how much of a hassle it is to make one. Enter GIFcap, a browser-based tool that lets you capture GIFs without the need to download or install any new software. All you need to do is load up the site, and start recording. The cool bit about GIFcap is it lets you choose if…
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