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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. 

SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft successfully docks with the International Space Station

Published on 06/01/2020 @ 4 AM EST
Onboard Crew Dragon were NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, the test pilots selected to be the first-ever humans to fly onboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. They are also the first people ever to make the trip to orbit aboard a spacecraft built by a private company. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ‘Endeavor’ successfully docked with the International Space Station as planned on Sunday morning (May 31, 2020), marking another key milestone during this historic Commercial Crew demonstration mission it’s conducting with NASA. 

Zoom is launching a stronger encryption for paying customers

Published on 05/30/2020 @ 4 PM EST
As reported by Reuters, Zoom plans to roll out this stronger encryption only to users who pay for Zoom, not those who use the free tier of the service.

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. 

Google offers a free Nest Mini to YouTube Premium subscribers

Published on 05/28/2020 @ 4 PM EST
As reported by Engadget, the giveaway is open to active individual and student YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium and Google Play Music subscribers. If you're the primary account holder of a family plan, you can also get a free Nest Mini. The promotion is open until June 30th, though Google warns it could end earlier if it runs out of supplies. 

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.