Americans Working From Home Face Internet Usage Limits

The coronavirus pandemic led millions of Americans to turn their homes into offices and classrooms. It also forced many to change their habits to keep their internet bills in check.

Shea Dunn, a data-process analyst for

Target Corp.

who has been working from his Minneapolis home since March, said he never had to think about his household’s internet consumption. That changed in early July, when he got a notice from his broadband provider,

Comcast Corp.


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, informing him he was using too much data and was liable for a $50 fee if he kept exceeding his cap.

Mr. Dunn said he has been watching his internet usage very closely ever since to avoid being hit with an overage fee, especially at the end of each month. “Even without downloading Xbox games anymore, I still receive messages that I’m close to hitting the cap,” Mr. Dunn said.

The amount

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A 24-year-old engineer created a website that tells you if your McDonald’s has a working ice-cream machine



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  • ‘McBroken’ aims to fix a common problem for McDonald’s customers: arriving to find the ice-cream machine is broken.
  • The website works in real time to tell users if an ice cream machine is up and running or not.
  • McDonalds seems to be on board with the site, with the fast-food giant’s VP tweeting, “Only a true @McDonalds fan would go to these lengths to help customers get our delicious ice cream.”
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There are many things that are synonymous with McDonald’s, but a broken ice-cream machine is often near the top of the list. 

Seeking a solution, a software engineer set out to save customers from disappointment in their pursuit of a cold treat from the fast-food chain.

McBroken, a website created by 24-year-old Rashiq Zahid, according to The Verge, aims to

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Apple Cards Not Currently Working as Amazon Payment Methods Due to ‘Technical Issue’

Apple Card owners who had their Apple Cards stored in Amazon as a saved payment option this morning started noticing that the ‌Apple Card‌ has disappeared from the payment list.


Multiple MacRumors readers have notified us about the problem, and we’ve also been able to replicate it. Apple Cards are missing from the Amazon website and app and attempting to re-add one pops out an error message that credit card information is unable to be saved.

A Redditor describes the problem:

Has this happened to anyone else? My ‌Apple Card‌ was removed from my amazon payment options, despite having made numerous purchases with it in the past. When I tried to re-add it, I got an error message that they are unable to save the card info and to use another form of payment. When I finally got someone from amazon on the phone, I was told that it was

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Bot orders $18,752 of McSundaes every 30 min. to find if machines are working

…why?

The Verge interviewed Zahid about his project once his tweet announcing it took off.

He started the project examining McDonald’s locations in Germany, where he lives. He biked around Berlin, physically visiting McDonald’s locations to see if McBroken’s data was correct. After it passed that test, he expanded to the US. He also found out shortly after launch that the one-minute time frame was too quick—the app pretty quickly pegged him as a bot and cut off access. Trying to add a McSundae to the cart every 30 minutes, however, keeps McBroken up to date and appears to meet the McDonald’s app’s human-seeking standards.

This is not the first time a customer has tried to develop a technological workaround to McDonald’s corporate problems. In 2017, a woman named Raina McLeod created an app to track if McDonald’s ice cream machines were working. As McLeod explained to BuzzFeed at the

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Big data firm Palantir working with US on vaccine effort

Big data company Palantir is working with US health officials on a project to track the production and distribution of future Covid-19 vaccines.

The project first reported by the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by AFP, would use data science to help manage the deployment of any vaccines.

Palantir, which has drawn fire for its police and homeland security projects and for one of its founders’ close ties to President Donald Trump, did not comment on the report.

The Journal reported that the software system with the code name Tiberius could help identify high-priority populations at highest risk of infection but that the deal could draw fire by allowing the private company access to sensitive health information.

At least one pharmaceutical firm has indicated it will seek authorization for a vaccine in the US in November.

Palantir, which last month listed shares on the New York Stock Exchange, has defended

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Student Transportation of America Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week and Debuts Informational Website, “Working Together to Stay Safe”

In conjunction with the start of National School Bus Safety Week, STA has launched a new website, “Working Together to Stay Safe.” The site is dedicated to providing customers and students with timely COVID-19 resources to help promote the teamwork needed to provide the safe and reliable student transportation for which STA is known. Resources include student-focused information for classrooms and school hallways, and bus-focused information and resources to help students become familiar with the new bus environment and changes necessary to ensure everyone is safe in response to the pandemic. Additionally, fun and engaging print outs are available for students that encourage everyone to “work together to stay safe.”

“Our new ‘Working Together to Stay Safe’ website truly highlights STA’s commitment to the health and safety of our employees, passengers and

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‘Two Screens for Teachers’ to buy extra computer screen for Seattle teachers working remotely

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A new non-profit organization started by tech entrepreneurs in Seattle is supplying public school teachers with a much-needed tool amid distance learning: an extra screen.

Two Screens for Teachers hopes to help teachers working remotely better connect to their students by proving them with an extra computer monitor to juggle tasks. The project is aiming to deliver 3,000 monitors to teachers from Seattle schools at a value of about $430,000.


Co-founder Matt Lerner 

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