Tablet and phone cameras monitor mask-wearing and distancing in cafes and lobbies

A tech startup in the Seattle area is offering new software that it says can help businesses track whether they are COVID-safe, including monitoring for whether employees and customers are wearing masks and social distancing.

The four-year-old startup Nomad Go in Kirkland, Washington, sells software for building management — to monitor lines and speed of service, for example. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, co-founder and CEO David Greschler realized his company’s image analysis tools could be enhanced to show not only percent occupancy, but also mask compliance and if people are properly distancing.

“That data can be used by a manager or someone at the company headquarters to understand, ‘How are our spaces being used?'” Greschler explained. “Are people being compliant in terms of wearing masks, in terms of social distancing, and just in general, how many people are coming in and out of our store.”

In Greschler’s home state

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Computers 101: Can yours keep up with classes at home?

As homes and classrooms return to their roles as places of learning, reliable computers are at the top of the list of essential school supplies.

What computer should you buy for attending virtual classes at home, note-taking, online research and writing assignments?

Do you go with a conventional laptop, a hybrid “convertible” device, or a tried-and-true desktop? Plus, you have to decide on an operating system, a brand and the computer’s minimum specifications or “specs.”

Even if you’re tech-savvy, it could all make your head spin.

Here’s what to consider.

Desktops are still a viable computer choice, like this ASUS model. The computer is built in behind the monitor for a cleaner look.

Step 1: Assess your needs. How you plan on using your new computer should dictate what kind to buy.

If you only want a computer for light tasks — web browsing, reading email and checking social media — then you could go with modest specs, which should have a modest price, too.

On the other end of the spectrum, if

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You should buy an external monitor for your laptop. You can thank us later

With working from home being the foreseeable norm for so many, there’s no reason to keep cramping yourself up on the couch with a laptop and pretending you’re getting work done efficiently. While laptops are incredibly convenient, for most of us they just aren’t enough to keep up with the demands of daily work. That’s why you need a multi-monitor setup, if you don’t have one already.


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Microsoft’s Research Center found that users can improve productivity between 9% to 50% by simply adding another monitor to their computing environment. Other studies cited in the New York Times suggest 20 to 30 percent productivity boosts, thanks to the ability to switch between applications quickly, view information and documents side-by-side, and segment the tasks you have at hand.

Not convinced by the data? Fast Company associate editor Lara Sorokanich swears by her setup. “After six months of squinting as I

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Give your kids a daily report card? Experts say parents should monitor virtual learning | Momaha

— Set up a rewards system. “Your child’s efforts to meet their daily report card goals will depend on the incentives and rewards you provide,” the center says. Allow your child to create the menu of rewards — with your approval, of course. This, the experts say, will increase their motivation to meet their goals.

Rewards can include screen time, a special treat, art time, a day off from chores and staying up 30 minutes past bedtime. In our day, we liked getting comic books for good school reports. But that was a long time ago.

— Monitor their progress. Let your child know throughout the day if they are meeting their goals. Remind them what that goal is. Be encouraging, especially if they are struggling. Keep it a positive experience.

— Praise your child. Let them know they did a great job when they have – with genuine, specific

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Save big on monitors, printers, software, and more in HP’s Labor Day sale

The Labor Day sales are rolling out and we found a few nice deals over at HP’s Labor Day blowout. The computer maker’s sale is active now, and while we weren’t too keen on many of the laptop and desktop deals, we loved a few of the deals for smaller electronics and software. Here are our top picks from the sale.

First up, we’ve got the HP Sprocket 2nd Edition Photo Printer for $90, instead of the usual $130. This is a tiny printer that lets you print 2-by-3 photos directly from your smartphone via Bluetooth. There’s also LED lighting that shows when the device is printing, and the lights are assigned to specific users so you can see whose photo is being spit out.

Next up we’ve got the HP 24uh 1080p display for $110. This is

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The best monitor arms for desk-mounting your display

If you spend any time working on your computer at a desk, a monitor arm is an essential piece of equipment that will streamline your workflow and keep your space ergonomic and tidy. Not only can an arm lift your display off a surface, freeing the desktop up for other uses and reducing wire clutter, but it also brings the screen to a comfortable height and allows you the flexibility to pivot and view it from a number of angles. Mounting your monitor on an arm also makes your space easier to clean, and the result is an undeniably sleek and integrated look without the bulky, conspicuous factory base. The best part of all is that they’re incredibly easy to install on just about every monitor out there.

a laptop computer sitting on top of a desk: Increase your desk space with a monitor arm.

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Increase your desk space with a monitor arm.

Take a look at this list of our favorite

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Beware of computer vision syndrome amid the COVID-19 pandemic – Health

The COVID-19 epidemic has been going on for six months in Indonesia. The government has implemented policies such as large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), physical distancing, contact tracing and the establishment of emergency hospitals to overcome and reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

Due to the pandemic, we have been forced to spend a lot more time at home, both for school and/or work. Inevitably, the use of gadgets continues to increase. In the latest research by GlobalWebIndex, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing changes to digital behavior. Based on a survey of internet users aged 16-64 years old conducted in 17 countries in March through April, there was a significant increase in people’s use of digital media, especially television, laptops and social media activities. Indonesia ranks third in the use of social media in the Asia Pacific.

An increase in the use of digital media means an increase in screen time.

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AI device for nursing homes can monitor elderly residents using radio waves

AI device for nursing homes can monitor elderly residents’ precise movements using radio waves and call for help if needed

  • The device bounces radio waves around a room to look at objects and movement
  • When it detects movement it bounces the signal back to the mounted sensor 
  • Artificial Intelligence analyses the data to create a constant picture of activity
  • The team say this could be used in care home to alert staff to a resident falling
  • It could also be used to help people with dementia keep track of their activities 

A radar-like tool that can track movements throughout the day without using an invasive camera could be used in care homes to alert staff if a resident falls over.

A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence lab say the

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How to Add a Second Monitor to Your MacBook

This is how to add a second monitor to your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or MacBook. These are all great portable computers, and when you are at the office or at home you can upgrade your productivity with a second display.

You can easily add a monitor to your MacBook to get more space to do work. This works with all MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro screen sizes, and it is a great work from home upgrade. With a monitor, you can more easily multitask, watch videos, work on big spreadsheets, and compare documents.

If you have room, you should consider adding a monitor to your MacBook. This makes working on two windows or apps at the same time easier and you can also increase the text size if you have trouble seeing or reading the screen.

Read: How to Use an iMac as a Second Monitor

You can

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These are all the best displays for your XPS 15

The display on the Dell XPS 15 is amazing, but it may not be large enough to work on when you’re at a desk. External monitors are a great way of turning your portable laptop into a desktop setup. You can also extend available screen real estate by using the built-in panel with an external monitor to the side, allowing you to increase your levels of productivity tenfold. Here are some of the best computer monitors out there.

Amazing Bezel-less Quality

Dell UltraSharp P2720D

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Dell’s P2720D 27-inch monitor has a 2560×1440 resolution and IPS panel for a stunning picture, and its lack of bezel makes it seem like the picture reaches edge to edge. Connect with HDMI or DisplayPort, take advantage of five USB-A 3.0 ports, and mount the monitor easily thanks to VESA compatibility.

$338 at Dell

Stunning 4K


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