US daily coronavirus cases have hit record highs 5 times in the last 12 days — this interactive chart tracks new cases each day

The US has broken records for daily coronavirus case counts five times in the last 12 days. Deaths have not surged, however, possibly because the virus is mostly spreading among young people. COVID-19 progresses over weeks, though, so death tolls may still start climbing. Although various databases offer differing daily US case counts, they tell the same story overall: Cases skyrocketed after states reopened. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. In April, it would have been hard to imagine that 36,000 new coronavirus infections in a day — the top of the US’s first peak — could ever be seen in a positive light. But after the last two… Read More

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Amazon adds hands-free voice activation to Alexa app, and gives users initial choice to opt in or out

Amazon is adding hands-free activation to its Alexa apps for iOS and Android, giving users the option to say “Alexa” aloud rather than pressing the button inside the app before giving the voice assistant a command or asking a question. The company says it will give users the option to enable or decline the hands-free “wake word” feature when they launch the updated app, in addition to allowing them to turn the feature on or off in the Alexa app settings. Default settings and user choice are hot-button issues when it comes to voice assistants, because of potential privacy problems. Amazon says the hands-free activation feature will be available in… Read More

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Post-quantum security startup PQShield just raised $7 million to protect against future quantum attacks

Post-quantum cybersecurity startup PQShield just raised close to $7 million in a funding round backed by Kindred Capital and Crane Venture Partners. The post-quantum cryptography market is expected to be worth close to $4 billion globally by 2028, according to Inside Quantum Technology. Founder Dr Ali El Kaafarani said he set up PQShield after he noticed “the disconnect between the scale of the quantum threat and the current level of IT security” at most businesses. The firm also received investment from Andre Crawford-Brunt, previously a senior executive at Deutsche Bank Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Cybersecurity startup PQShield just raised almost $7 million in a funding round backed… Read More

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This app solves the biggest problem with video calls that Google and Zoom haven’t been able to figure out

Mmhmm is an app that will eventually allow people to virtually share their screen with others in a video call while also remaining in the picture. Founded by ex-Evernote CEO Phil Libin, the app will let you share your presentation, a web browser, or even a live newscast by adding a virtual camera into your regular Zoom or Google Meet calls. The service is a solution to a problem experienced by many amid a mass migration to videoconferencing and remote work. The app is still in beta, but the company has raised $4.5 million in a seed round led by Sequoia Capital and found angel investors in the cofounders of… Read More

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