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Hey everybody, welcome back to Week in Review. The life of COVID-1 9 is our brand-new reality, so I’ll continue to include links to some positive updates on research, but I’ll be changing back the focus to covering tech’s movers and shakers of the week.

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The large-hearted story

One thing that’s been interesting to see over the past few weeks is how our relationship with screen term has just changed. For many, screen day is now all the time and while we haven’t stopped employ too many gizmoes, there are some we’ve taken out of drawers and closets and added to our repertoire.

For some, it’s been cook contraptions. While I’ve yet to open up the sous vide contraption I received over the holidays, I was very persuasion by my editor’s review of the Ooni gas-fired outdoor pizza oven this week. For me, I’ve strangely seemed to spend a lot more time with the two devices I own that are made by Facebook. The currently sold-out Oculus Quest and Facebook Portal are the twin pillars of Facebook’s hardware strategy, but it’s been a bit interesting to see how much more that approach seems to thrive when we’re all lodge at home.

In a lot of ways, Facebook’s hardware feels to construct a quarantine.

The Quest consume a lot of time in my closet when I was out in the world pre-quarantine, but now that I’m in my house most of the day, it wastes a good extent of era fastened to my face. When VR was a more hyped engineering, there was a broader conversation of whether it fostered segregation, something promoters of the tech pushed aside , observes that it enables rich shared know-hows over the web. As we all emcee Zoom birthday parties and visit each other’s Animal Crossing islands, it’s becoming clear that with the lack of accessible physical attachments, we can turn a lot of things into rich shared experiences.

In a lot of ways, the Quest is a reminder of what I’m missing out on. The walls of my SF apartment feel less containing when I can hop into a VR workout or prance between sports. For the first time, information and communication technologies has felt transportive in accordance with the arrangements that the ads sold it, but it’s not that its own experience have gotten better, the world has just gotten much worse.

In the same way that VR allows us to re-skin isolation, the Portal allows us to commiserate in it.

My Portal usage has spiked in the past weeks as well. Before stay-at-home tells, coordinating a request with multiple own family members was a logistical nightmare and FaceTime calls reached it most likely we’d get in touch with each other, but nothing of my siblings are walking far away from their Portals these days.

We are all still on our phones, but for those of us toiling from dwelling, mobile we can not simply. It’s always been fascinating that a tech busines which has wildly succeeded at capture the subtleties of mobile compute has been so devoted to selling hardware meant to move us around the internet while staying in place at home. Now, that we are all at home, we are all always there and the Portal genuinely lives up to its name.

Facebook has designed contraptions explicitly built for home use, and more than that, they’re designed manoeuvres built around session-based use lawsuits. While Amazon Echos and Google Homes have fit into a stubborn IoT platform that are always there for us, Facebook’s gadgets are more high-maintenance, designed for parties to perfectly commit to. For a company that’s focused on the universal nature of its application, its hardware has been built for almost no one’s needs, instead designed to pull people into a future Facebook imagines.

For now, I threw the Quest on my face and sometime I tell the Portal to call my sisters, but will these quarantine incongruities way tech practices I hold onto after this thing is behind us? In these historic moment, we are at home and we are craving alliances, and, for the moment, the Facebook future feels good.

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Trends of the week

Here are a few big-hearted news items from big companies, with green links to all the sweet, sweetened added context 😛 TAGEND

Bezos wants to test all Amazon employees for COVID-1 9 As Amazon bares the brunt of America’s online browsing needs, CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in a stockholder letter this week about some of the strategies the company has to ensure its workforce stays on the job. One likelihood seems to be” regular testing of all Amazonians, including those showing no indications ,” Bezos says. Read more here. Google is building a smart debit card Just as every startup is getting into giving or enlisting, every tech whale wants to have a piece of plastic( or metal) in your pocketbook. This week, TechCrunch broke news that Google is building a smart-alecky debit card that could rival the Apple Card. Read more about it here. Apple starts a brand-new iPhone SE The iPhone SE has grown to become one of the more fascinating inventions Apple sells, cramming speedy constituents into a chassis cause that’s fallen out of vogue for their patron haunted with the latest designings. The latest SE adopt the body of the iPhone 8 with souped-up internals that competitor more recent flagships on performance. Read more about the brand-new equipment here.

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COVID-19 Research

Here are some of the legends the coming week recounting the field of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

FDA entries new online entrance to encourage give of plasma from recovered COVID-1 9 cases Mammoth Biosciences receives firstly peer-reviewed validation of CRISPR-based COVID-1 9 test FDA permits production of a brand-new ventilator that costs up to 25 x little than existing designs FDA clears N95 decontamination process that could clean up to 4 million masks per daylight MIT developed a wireless container that can detect COVID-1 9 patients’ movement and breathing at home

Extra Crunch

Investors and financiers are altering their schmoozes to Zoom, so we’re taken due note and hosting live Q& A discussions for our Extra Crunch subscribers with some of tech’s most visible fleshes. We’ll be hosting these Extra Crunch live converses over the next several weeks.

Announcing the Extra Crunch Live incident lines

This upcoming week, we’ll be talking to Aileen Lee& Ted Wang of Cowboy Ventures. Monday, April 20 at 10:30 am PT/ 1:30 pm ET

We’ll be chit-chat with Aileen Lee( former KPCB partner, benefactor and managing director at and coiner of the period “Unicorn”) and Ted Wang( partner, former partner at Fenwick& West, and onetime outside admonish to Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Square and more) about how they’re advising their portfolio corporations, if there are new and innovative ways for early-stage startups to secure capital beyond the traditional VC route and whether startups should hunker down or lean in during these uncertain times.

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