Isolation and closed borders: Here’s how ten Pacific Island nations are COVID-19-free, and the costs that come with it

Summary List Placement Along with paradisical warm waters and golden sand, 10 Pacific Island nations are still completely COVID-19 free due to closed border and geographical isolation, but it has come at a cost. Samoa, Tonga, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Vanuatu, Micronesia, and the Solomon Islands, are all COVID-19 free, according to the Sydney Morning Herald These small island nations — that are also dealing with the daily impacts of climate change — managed to keep the coronavirus out by promptly closing their borders after conceding early on this year that their health systems were under-equipped to deal with an outbreak of the coronavirus. Australia Pacific Security College… Read More

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How to check which apps accessed your location in iOS 14

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Last year, with iOS 13, Apple introduced a new setting that lets an app use your location data only once. With the introduction of iOS 14, the company has made a change to let you give out an approximate location to apps. Along with that, you can also check what apps have recently accessed your location at a glance. We’ll tell you how you can do both in just a few steps. To check what… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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10 things in tech you need to know today

Summary List Placement Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Oracle has thrown fresh confusion on its deal to buy part of TikTok after saying that owner ByteDance will have no ownership stake in the new TikTok Global. In a statement on Monday, Oracle announced that its new TikTok venture will be entirely divested from ByteDance, contradicting previous reports of the agreed deal between the two companies, per The Verge.  Microsoft bought the massive video-game publisher behind game franchises like ‘Doom,’ ‘Fallout,’ and ‘The Elder Scrolls’ in a major coup that cost… Read More

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Level-up your customer service with these 4 dynamite strategies

No matter what kind of business you run, a huge part of your business’ success ties back to your customer service strategy; according to a 2017 Microsoft report, more than half of consumers have stopped doing business with a company due to poor customer service. And as industries continue to get more and more competitive, building a dedication to customer service into your brand DNA is more important than ever. At the core, customer service is just what it sounds like — servicing your customers. If you consistently provide the kind of high-level service that leaves a mark on your… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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LAPD officers reportedly used facial recognition 30,000 times in the past decade, contradicting the department’s previous denials

Summary List Placement   The Los Angeles Police Department has on numerous occasions over the years downplayed its use of facial recognition technology, publicly claimed that the department doesn’t use it at all, and denied the existence of related documents that, if they exist, the public is legally entitled to see. But new records obtained by the Los Angeles Times revealed that the department has used the technology widely for more than a decade: 29,817 times between November 6, 2009, and September 11 of this year — including 3,750 instances since February. While the LAPD doesn’t have its own facial recognition software, 330 people within the department currently have access… Read More

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YouTube told content moderators to ‘trust in God’ and and take ‘illegal drugs,’ says a former moderator who sued the company after she developed PTSD symptoms and depression on the job

Summary List Placement A former YouTube moderator is suing the company over allegations that it violated California law by failing to provide a safe workplace and protect moderators’ mental health, which she said caused her to develop “severe psychological trauma including depression and symptoms associated with anxiety and PTSD.” In a proposed class-action lawsuit filed Monday, the ex-moderator claimed that YouTube, which is owned by Google, “failed to implement the workplace safety standards it helped create” and required moderators “to work under conditions it knows cause and exacerbate psychological trauma.” The ex-moderator, who is not named in the suit, worked as a YouTube contractor via a staffing agency called Collabera… Read More

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