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Businesses for good debate solutions online as Skoll forum goes virtual

Winners of the annual Skoll awards, presented to social entrepreneurs whose innovations have had significant impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems, will be announced in an online ceremony on Thursday.

“While the Skoll World Forum is canceled, our community is not ... They won’t let a crisis go to waste.”

Organizers of the Skoll World Forum, that is usually held in Oxford in England, met online as social enterprises - or businesses that seek to benefit society or the environment as well as making a profit - discussed plans from providing meals for key workers to making basic face masks.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Finding solutions to the coronavirus outbreak was top of the agenda as businesses for good met on Tuesday for one of the key annual global conferences on social enterprise but there was a difference this year - it was a virtual event.

Social Enterprise World Forum, another major event on the calendar for social entrepreneurs, has postponed its global gathering due to be held in Halifax, Canada, in September to June 2021.

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UK gallery curator calls for public art project in response to Covid-19

The Tate’s director, Maria Balshaw, said the role of galleries and museum is to “keep people’s creatives spirits up” by focusing on online resources – such as virtual exhibitions and videos – as well as providing more educational resources to help parents create a learning environment for their children.

Other leading art world figures told the Guardian they would require more government support during the crisis and that the role of museums and galleries during the lockdown needed to shift online in order to provide access to world-class artworks to as many people as possible.

The curator and art historian said “free admission is the baseline” for British cultural institutions, which all need to use the outbreak as a chance to reconsider how they interact with the public and that “generosity needs to be the medium that museums and galleries are working in”.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced all galleries and museums to close, halted the commissioning of new work and led to the cancellation of all art fairs.

An ambitious multimillion-pound public art project is needed to support cultural institutions during the coronavirus outbreak and help create a new generation of artists, according to one of British art’s most respected names.

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HQ Trivia returns with surprise $1,000 show and $100,000 donation

HQ Trivia made a surprise return on Sunday evening after an anonymous investor brought the company back from the dead.

The New York company that hosts live trivia contests went out of business after its founding CEO Colin Kroll died and it encountered other financial problems.

Matt Richards, the host of the show, announced that HQ Trivia was back on Sunday with a said he was overjoyed to come back after a seven-week hiatus, and he announced that HQ Trivia will make a $100,000 donation to World Central Kitchen, a charity that makes food for people in emergency zones, such as those affected by wildfires or the coronavirus.

Above: HQ Trivia is donating $100,000 to World Central Kitchen.

Image Credit: HQ Trivia I played the 6 p.m. Pacific show with my kid.

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Image of article 'Summer Games Done Quick postponed, coronavirus relief marathon set for April'

Summer Games Done Quick postponed, coronavirus relief marathon set for April

Games Done Quick’s most recent event, Awesome Games Done Quick, garnered $3.13 million in donations for the Prevent Cancer Foundation — a new record for the event, and the second time it’s reached the $3 million mark, the first of which was the previous year’s Summer Games Done Quick.

Those who are headed to Minnesota will be able to register from June 7-20, and Games Done Quick will issue a new call for game submissions.

They also announced Corona Relief Done Quick, which will take place April 17-19.

While they have elected to postpone Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ), an in-person event that raises millions for charity each year, they’ve also announced an online event to help provide relief for those impacted by COVID-19.

The organizers at Games Done Quick, which holds two popular speedrunning events each year, are making adjustments due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Developer Hackathons to Combat COVID-19

Organizations across the world have been joining forces to host global hackathons aimed at solving the myriad issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ProgrammableWeb has been tacking these competitions to provide developers with details on how to get involved.

The #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon is hosted by the World Health Organization, along with various tech partners including Facebook, Microsoft, Slack, Twitter, and WeChat.

The competition provides excellent resources for participating developers and is accepting submissions now.

Although this deadline has passed, ProgrammableWeb will update this document to include results from the competition.

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Ordered on Amazon Prime today? Why your next delivery could take a month

If you've placed an order on Amazon while self-isolating at home – you could be waiting for your item much longer than expected.

One of the primary perks of the annual Amazon membership scheme is free next-day delivery on thousands of items fulfilled by Amazon.

Amazon is prioritising warehouse space for essential items, like household goods and medical supplies.

On a newly-launched webpage about the impact the coronavirus could have on its delivery service, Amazon states: "Our teams are working to ensure we can continue to deliver to the most affected customers, many of whom have no other way to get essential items.

We are prioritising the intake and dispatch of items most needed by our customers right now.

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Minecraft gets free educational content to help enable distance learning

Spencer also highlighted the raft of family settings available to parents who might want to keep tabs on screen time or implement content filters, and reiterated that Microsoft is working hard to ensure its service can cope with the increased demand presented by self-isolation.

Here at Microsoft, we’re constantly asking ourselves what we can do to support people during this challenging time.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of people around the world and changed the way we go about our daily lives," said Xbox chief Phil Spencer.

Microsoft is bringing free educational content to Minecraft to help families who've been forced to home school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We understand the important role gaming is playing right now to connect people and provide joy in these isolating and stressful times, and our teams are working diligently to ensure we can be there for our players," he added.

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Anchor just made it easier to start a podcast while we’re all social distancing

Anchor, the podcast-making app now owned by Spotify, is launching a feature today that’ll make it easier for friends to record shows together from afar.

The feature, called Record With Friends 2.0, allows people to record a podcast from their browser, even if they don’t have an account with Anchor.

Up to five people can record at once, although the host still has to use the Anchor app.

It’ll open in their preferred browser on desktop or mobile, although Anchor says Google Chrome mobile support isn’t live yet; it’s “coming soon.”

Spotify’s constantly said it wants to build tools to give people the ability to create more audio content, both with Anchor and its other program SoundTrap.

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Online learning websites that'll level you up during the coronavirus lockdown

This website, created as an initiative by Stanford University, has numerous free online courses including professional certificates and degree programs.

To date, the platform has over 20 million people and there are 2,400 courses from various top universities around the globe.

With over 35 million people using the platform to learn and over 150 university partners, this is another highly recommended online learning website.

With over 100,000 courses in 50 different languages and 42,000 instructors, Udemy has become a staple for people looking to learn new things online.

The online education company has a range of video training courses catered towards IT administrators, software developers, and creative folks.

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Android Auto and Apple CarPlay impair your driving more than pot or alcohol

The AAA conducted a similar study in 2018 and found that using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay caused "moderate" levels of driver distraction.

The study found that using either systems' touch controls caused drivers to take their eyes off the road for longer than National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) recommended guidelines.

The impact on reaction times when using voice is significantly lower than using touch on infotainment systems, but still higher than the figures for cannabis and alcohol.

The study by UK road-safety charity IAM RoadSmart found that using touch controls while driving causes a mean increase in reaction times of 53% and 57% for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, respectively.

Using touch to change a tune on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay slows driver reaction times far more than driving under the influence of cannabis and alcohol, according to a new study.

Over 1,000 online photography courses are now available for free

With thousands of people now stuck at home, organizations and institutions around the world are unlocking some of their paid services so the public can access these resources for free online.

Following in the footsteps of Cambridge University and JSTOR, the Professional Photographers of America association has announced that its catalogue of over a thousand online photography courses will be accessible for free for the next two weeks.

There's over 1,100 courses available, ranging across a variety of topics for beginners and more advanced photographers – from Lightroom tutorials to how to use a flash – with the courses open to both individuals and small business.

All you have to do is set up a free account on the PPA website, and you'll automatically get directed to the list of courses.

No specific end date is mentioned on the site, but the courses were unlocked on March 21, meaning they will be available to everyone until at least April 4.

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Government launches Minecraft server so young people can stay inside and game during coronavirus

Poland has a not-so-secret weapon in order to convince its young citizens to stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Polish government has launched a website, , filled with various online activities in order to keep young people from going out.

The country’s Ministry of Digitization has gone to set up exclusive tournaments, servers, and other interactive games so the youth listen to quarantine orders, according to a Poland government website that Mashable translated into English.

Poland has set up its very own Minecraft server, in order to encourage community gameplay.

With schools are currently closed until March 25, the government of Poland seems to have really put in the effort to keep young people busy during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Are in-car systems more dangerous than drink driving

The study, commissioned by the UK's largest independent road-safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, discovered that reaction times at motorway speeds increased average stopping distances to between four and five car lengths when using infotainment systems.

The study also found that drivers took their eyes off the road for as long as 16 seconds while driving and using touch control resulted in reaction times that were even worse than texting while driving.

"While previous research indicates that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto perform better than more traditional buttons and controls, the results from this latest study raise some serious concerns about the development and use of the latest in-vehicle infotainment systems," said Neil Greig, policy and research director for IAM RoadSmart.

READ MORE: * Experts pick their favorite must-have car features * While you're asleep, data companies probe your iPhone * How Apple and Google are taking over car infotainment "We're now calling on industry and government to openly test and approve such systems and develop consistent standards that genuinely help minimise driver distraction."

On subsequent runs, drivers interacted with the system using voice control only and then using touch control only.

Coronavirus: Cinemas Set to Slowly Reopen in China

As patrons gradually step out of their homes, the China Film Group also advised re-opened theatres to “consider doing charitable, free screenings or low-cost screenings to benefit viewers” in order to get seats filled again.

China Film Group stated that the initial batches of films “will be distributed in a charity model”, with studios forgoing their 43% profit from the films and the entire revenue being gained by cinemas.

As such, titles which were popular in the region may be a suitable catalyst in coaxing people back to the popcorn experience – A Dog’s Purpose earned 88.2 million USD during its run, The Wandering Earth grossed 690 million USD in China alone.

According to a report by Variety, China Film Group released a list of five titles in a statement addressed to cinema chains in the nation on Tuesday.

Hollywood films such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Dolittle, Marriage Story, Little Women, and Bad Boys for Life also passed censorship as of late, so it is only a matter of time before they receive their slates on the Chinese schedule.

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Study finds using Android Auto, Apple CarPlay can impair driving more than alcohol and cannabis

Why it matters: Car infotainment software such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is incredibly popular among drivers, but a new study suggests that interacting with vehicle infotainment systems can impair reaction times more than alcohol and cannabis.

A simulator study undertaken by TRL on behalf of IAM Roadsmart—the UK’s largest independent road safety charity—the FIA, and the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, showed how much drivers’ reaction times slowed based on different scenarios.

The study found that drivers interacting with their infotainment touch screens increase their vehicle’s stopping distance by between four and five car lengths.

“Participants underestimated by as much as 5 seconds the time they thought they spent looking away from the road when engaging with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via touch control,” wrote IAM Roadsmart.

Additionally, drivers interacting with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay struggled to keep their vehicle’s position in a lane, swerving out of place by up to 21 inches.

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Image of article 'Jimmy Fallon's video chat with Jennifer Garner gets interrupted by one of his kids'

Jimmy Fallon's video chat with Jennifer Garner gets interrupted by one of his kids

Jimmy Fallon may be at home with his family, but the Tonight Show is rolling on.

Thursday brought a 22-minute DIY edition, featuring a new monologue (now supported by a fake laughter app on Fallon's tablet), a video chat with Jennifer Garner about her and Amy Adams' charity venture, and lengthy struggle to erect a tent in his back garden.

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DIY curators let loose on huge online collection of British art

The parrot enthusiast, for example, could find 61 works, from Tiepolo’s A Young Woman with a Macaw in the Ashmolean’s collection in Oxford, to Maggi Hambling’s untitled portrait of a man and his parrot owned by Southampton city art gallery.

Relatively unknown today, an astonishing 1,058 of his works are in public collections, the vast majority owned by the National Maritime Museum but also five in the Laing art gallery collection in Newcastle.

With so many art exhibitions being cancelled, the new tool will allow galleries to put on display the shows they wanted the public to see.

It will allow members of the public to curate their own online shows, choosing from more than 200,000 oil paintings and 16,000 sculptures in UK galleries from the Shetlands to Scilly.

The charity Art UK, which lists every publicly owned oil painting on its online database and is in the process of adding every sculpture, has announced details of a new curation tool.

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Nextdoor adds features to help neighbors during the coronavirus crisis

Nextdoor, the social networking app designed around local communities, is launching a new interactive map to let neighbors offer help to one another during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Called Help Map, the tool lets you mark yourself as available to help with anything from grocery shopping to child care.

Once you add yourself to the Help Map, your name, home location, and profile picture will be displayed to your local community, and you can list the ways in which you’re able to assist your neighbors.

Your details will be listed on an interactive map to let neighbors contact you Anyone offering help to at-risk neighbors needs to make sure they’re following the advice of health authorities like the WHO or CDC, however.

Groups have been a part of Nextdoor for a while, but the new version allows you to create groups with people that are farther afield, rather than limiting you to your immediate neighbors.

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Image of article 'Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show: Home Edition' stars his adorable dog and a St Paddy's coronavirus song'

Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show: Home Edition' stars his adorable dog and a St Paddy's coronavirus song

Even so the Tonight Show lurches on, with host Jimmy Fallon delivering jokes emailed in by his writers from his own home.

The first Home Edition of the Tonight Show was a family affair, with Fallon's wife (film producer Nancy Juvonen) behind the camera, his six-year-old Winnie providing graphics, and special guests Franny Fallon and Gary the Golden Retriever making special appearances.

The guests didn't stick around for long though, having more important matters to attend to than watching Fallon celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Guinness, some soda bread, and a COVID-19-themed drinking song.

"So kiss me I'm Irish, but stay six feet away / 'Cause no-one wants to get a virus on St. Paddy's Day," sang Fallon.

Fallon also gave a shout out to Feeding America, saying the show would be highlighting a different charity every night "for as long as we're gonna do this."

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Today only: Get TurboTax Deluxe and a $10 Amazon gift card for $39.99

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The software made CNET's list of the best tax software for 2020, standing out as the best option for those who need live personal support.

According to Intuit, Deluxe is recommended "if you own your own home, donated to charity, have significant education or medical expenses, have child related expenses or have a lot of deductions and need to file a federal and/or state income tax return."

Today only, and while supplies last, Amazon is offering TurboTax Deluxe (Download) and a $10 Amazon gift card for $39.99.

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Bill Gates steps down from the Microsoft board

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has stepped down from his role on the company's public board.

Simultaneously, Mr Gates has stepped down from the board of Berkshire Hathaway, well known as Warren Buffett's multinational conglomerate holding company.

With regard to Microsoft, Gates says that steeping down from the board "in no way means stepping away from the company".

In particular Gates suggests he will continue to be engaged with company plans via his closeness with Satya Nadella.

Microsoft's technical leadership, vision, and long term goals will all be influenced by Gates' continued gaze.

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oss-sec: [CVE-2019-10091] Apache Geode SSL endpoint verification vulnerability

From: Anthony Baker <abaker () apache org> Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2020 17:28:26 -0700 CVE-2019-10091 Apache Geode SSL endpoint verification vulnerability Severity: Medium Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation Versions Affected: Apache Geode 1.9.0 Description: When TLS is enabled with set to true, Apache Geode fails to perform hostname verification of the entries in the certificate SAN during the SSL handshake.

Mitigation: Users of the affected versions should upgrade to Apache Geode 1.9.1, 1.10.0, or later.

Credit: This issue was reported responsibly to the Apache Geode Security Team by Sai Boorlagadda from Pivotal.

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Gear VR Update: No Longer Accepting New Apps as of September 15, 2020

We recently announced that Gear VR development is no longer supported in the Oculus SDK.

As a follow-up to this, we want to let our developer community know that as of September 15, 2020, we will no longer be accepting new Gear VR applications to the Oculus Store.

This means that as of September 15, 2020: After this date, existing Gear VR applications can still continue to be updated, and people will still be able to access and download apps through the Gear VR Store.

Since we launched Gear VR in partnership with Samsung in 2014, it has enabled people all over the world to experience virtual reality for the first time and has set the foundation for the continued growth that VR is seeing today.

All of you who have built, tinkered, and shipped apps on Gear VR have played an important part in pioneering where VR is now.

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IADB: Blockchain Technology Program Aims to Fight Violence Against Women and Children

The Inter-American Development Bank has launched a competition that invites projects to propose blockchain-based solutions for preventing violence against women, children and the elderly.

According to the rules of the challenge, the following criteria must be met to maintain eligibility: Prevention level ("no more vulnerability"): Solutions are expected to incorporate geolocation and detect risk factors associated with violence and crime.

Control level ("no more stigma"): Projects must incorporate victim identification and activate action protocols according to vulnerability levels.

Violence statistics across Latin America According to data provided by the Inter-American Development Bank, about 300 million children are victims of some type of violence by their caregivers.

They also note that 1 in 10 elderly people have suffered violence, while 8,000 women have been murdered in Latin America in the last two years.

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