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Professional cyclists will compete in a virtual Tour de France

Published on 06/29/2020 @ 3 PM EST
As reported by Engadget, Zwift is announcing that it will host a virtual Tour de France over three weekends starting on July 4th. It won’t be an exact replica but will hopefully recreate some of the event’s competitive riding and festival-like atmosphere. 

Google Maps launches features for traveling during the pandemic

Published on 06/09/2020 @ 3 PM EST
In the latest release of Google Maps on Android and iOS, the company has introduced features to help you easily find important information if you need to venture out, whether it’s by car or public transportation. 

Fitbit’s ventilator gets emergency FDA approval

Published on 06/04/2020 @ 1 PM EST
Fitbit has officially unveiled the Fitbit Flow, a new ventilator with FDA approval for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ventilator has been granted emergency use authorization by the FDA, meaning it can only be used to treat people during the current health crisis. Fitbit tells The Verge that it hopes to sell the Flow for around $5,000, significantly less than traditional ventilators.

Waymo’s self-driving vans will resume operations in the Bay Area streets on June 8th

Published on 06/01/2020 @ 4 AM EST
A spokesperson has confirmed a report in The Verge that Waymo’s autonomous minivans will return to San Francisco Bay Area streets on June 8th. The company isn’t carrying passengers, however. It will instead carry out “charitable delivery support to community partners,” according to the spokesperson. 

Google’s ‘Sodar’ is an AR tool for social distancing

Published on 05/30/2020 @ 4 PM EST
Introduced by the Experiments with Google account on Twitter — Sodar is an AR tool that creates a six feet or two-meter radius ring around you through your phone screen. The tool’s purpose is to give you a way to visualize how far six feet is supposed to be and adjust to the new normal as lockdowns start to ease up. 

Meditation and mindfulness apps are more popular amid pandemic

Published on 05/28/2020 @ 4 PM EST
As reported by Techcrunch, a new report from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the world’s 10 largest English-language mental wellness apps in April saw a combined 2 million more downloads during the month of April 2020 compared with January, reaching close to 10 million total downloads for the month.