We're looking at an in-depth screener app for COVID-19, US stocks fall again, and Apple extends its free trial for Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. Here is your daily crisis for March 27, 2020.
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1. Clearstep's chat-based COVID-19 screener goes into great detail about conserving healthcare resources
There are a growing number of symptom checking and screening tools you can use at home if you suspect you have been infected with the new coronavirus that is causing the global COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them are relatively simple, including three or four questions that cover the most commonly reported symptoms that occur to anyone who has confirmed they have had the disease.
In contrast, Chatbot-based symptom checking software launches Clearstep has developed its own COVID-19 screener, which combines symptom testing with screening for possible exposure to the virus.
2. Shares fall sharply on Friday morning as the midweek recovery is insufficient
The major American stock market indices fell sharply this morning when they opened. The stocks fell after a multi-day rally helped take some losses out of their calendar year results.
3. Apple extends free trials for its pro-creative apps
Apple announced today that the free trial versions of Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X will be temporarily extended from 30 days to 90 days, giving potential customers who are stuck at home a longer window to try the software. With this announcement, Apple is joining a number of other software companies that are extending free trials of their products amid the COVID-19 crisis.
4. Yelp breaks the fundraiser for GoFundMe Covid-19 after the outcry
A fundraising program launched by Yelp and GoFundMe this week to help local businesses affected by the COVID 19 pandemic has been interrupted after a public outcry over the launch – particularly controversy over the fact that the two don't have one Simple and quick way to do this Disable fundraising.
5. Smart telescope startups are trying to address the astronomy satellite challenge
The stakes are high, and projects like Starlink (SpaceX's satellite arm) may be central to the future of global Internet coverage, especially as new infrastructures implement 5G and edge computing. At the same time, satellite clusters – whether from Starlink or national military – could threaten the foundations of astronomical research. (Additional crunch membership required.)
6. Notary to add 1,000 online notaries to meet the demand for remote transactions
The startup works with the National Notary Association to verify that notaries have been verified and have the necessary insurance or commitment. The service is available to Americans in all 50 states or abroad. However, notaries must be in Florida, Nevada, Texas or Virginia to join the platform.
7. Social Bluebook was hacked, revealing 217,000 influencer accounts
Social Bluebook, a Los Angeles-based company, allows advertisers to pay social media influencers for posts that advertise their products and services. The company claims to have around 300,000 influencers on its books. In October 2019, however, the entire backend database was stolen in the event of a data breach.
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