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T-Mobile launches its $15 5G plan ahead of schedule

Published on 03/25/2020 @ 10 AM EST
T-Mobile is launching its new $15-per-month 5G plan ahead of schedule to help people stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Originally, the plan—called T-Mobile Connect—was supposed to launch after its merger with Sprint finalized.

Minecraft is getting free educational content for kids

Published on 03/25/2020 @ 10 AM EST
Xbox is adding free educational content to Minecraft in response to school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Xbox head, Phil Spencer, said in an Xbox Wire post, "With hundreds of millions of kids at home due to coronavirus-related school closures more kids are going online to spend time with their friends, explore online worlds and learn through play."

Siri gets a COVID-19 questionnaire

Published on 03/23/2020 @ 4 PM EST
Apple has quietly updated Siri in the US to provide a questionnaire (using US Public Health Service and CDC data) when they ask if they have the coronavirus. The voice assistant will ask if you're exhibiting symptoms like a fever or respiratory problems and advises you to avoid contact with others if you appear infected. Siri also urges you to call 911 if your symptoms are extreme, and will point you to the App Store to download telehealth apps for remote consultations.

A next gen HP VR headset is here

Published on 03/23/2020 @ 4 PM EST

Developed in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft, the next-gen HP VR headset delivers a more immersive, comfortable and compatible experience than the previous generation. The promise, according to HP, is a "more immersive, comfortable, and compatible experience than the previous generation."

Google will be completely canceling Google I/O 2020

Published on 03/20/2020 @ 6 PM EST
Google has completely canceled Google I/O 2020, its biggest event of the year, due to the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus. The company announced on March 3rd that it canceled the physical I/O event, but now the entire event is off.

Netflix and other streaming services might switch to SD during the COVID-19 crisis

Published on 03/20/2020 @ 10 AM EST

Netflix and other streaming platforms have been asked to switch to standard definition during periods of peak demand by the European Commission. This is because, as the coronavirus crisis grows, it's putting an unprecedented load on internet infrastructure.