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'The phone slipped into the bath': Conference call tales

Image copyright James Gill Image caption A team birthday at GoSquared “I was on a call last week and a colleague’s half-naked boyfriend walked behind her,” recalls communications consultant Jason Nisse. His experience illustrates the pitfalls of videoconferencing, a technology that thousands of workers are getting used to as they …

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Coronavirus: What are ventilators and why are they important?

Image copyright Dyson The government has ordered thousands of ventilators to help ease the pressure on hospitals caused by the coronavirus crisis. For patients with the worst effects of the infection, a ventilator offers the best chance of survival. What is a ventilator and what does it do? Simply put, …

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Manufacturers cast doubt on ventilator target

Image copyright Getty Images The UK may not have all the ventilators it needs by the time coronavirus cases in the country reach their peak, engineering firms warned. Health officials expect the UK to experience its highest number of infections in around two weeks’ time. The UK has just over …

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Coronavirus: NHS turns to big tech to tackle Covid-19 hot spots

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS has confirmed it is teaming up with leading tech firms to ensure critical medical equipment is available to the facilities most in need during the coronavirus outbreak. It blogged the firms would create computer dashboard screens to show the spread of the virus and …

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Coronavirus: Peak District drone police criticised for 'lockdown shaming'

Image copyright Derbyshire Police Image caption Derbyshire Police said vehicles should not have been in a car park in Curbar Edge A force that released drone footage of people walking in the Peak District has been accused of “nanny policing”. Derbyshire Police filmed people in pairs rambling in the Curbar …

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Coronavirus: Tesla donates hundreds of ventilators to New York

Image copyright Getty Images Elon Musk has promised to provide New York with hundreds of ventilators to help meet demand from the growing coronavirus outbreak. The Tesla chief executive said the first batch of donated machines would be delivered later on Friday. The ventilators were purchased from US government-approved manufacturers …

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Coronavirus: Zoom is in everyone's living room – how safe is it?

Image copyright Zoom Image caption Zoom has become the app many are using to stay in touch with friends, family and work colleagues Zoom, the video-conferencing app that has seen a huge rise in downloads since quarantines were imposed around the world, is now being used by millions for work …

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Coronavirus: NHS uses tech giants to plan crisis response

Image copyright PA Media Data collected gathered via the NHS’s 111 telephone service is to be mixed with other sources to help predict where ventilators, hospital beds, and medical staff will be most in need. The goal is to help health chiefs model the consequences of moving resources to best …

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Coronavirus: Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson

Image copyright Dyson/PA Media Image caption Dyson hopes to build the ventilators from its UK base in Wiltshire The government has ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson to help deal with the coronavirus crisis. The firm, headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said it had designed a new type of …

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Coronavirus: Tracking app aims for one million downloads

Image caption The app is available on Apple’s app store and Google Play An app that tracks the symptoms of Covid-19 in the UK has become one of the most popular downloads. Its creators aim to deliver insights into why some people get the disease more severely than others. They …

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