Prepare to refresh your computer a lot

The good news: You won’t have to camp out in front of Best Buy for that big screen TV “doorbuster” deal.  



a display in a store: Big TVs await their Black Friday sale at Best Buy


© Jefferson Graham
Big TVs await their Black Friday sale at Best Buy

The bad: So many will, indeed, be gathered at the same time, but you’ll all be online for the Black Friday super sales. First come, first served. Who has the quickest trigger finger?

Black Friday sales start earlier this year, as soon as Sunday, if you’re not counting the Black Friday-adjacent sales that have already been out there. The “doorbusters” of years past are now online specials, starting at staggered times.

Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

And if you thought the competition for that favorite item was bad in years past, just wait until you get in front of that computer or mobile device, trying to

Read More

Q&A: Google, U.S. Government Prepare for Battle Over Market Power | Top News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google kicks off what is expected to be a long legal battle over whether the online search and advertising company uses its outsized market power unfairly.

Here are some answers to key questions about the case:

WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST GOOGLE?

The Justice Department alleges that Google broke antitrust law to maintain its monopoly in search, where it has about 90 percent of the U.S. market, and two kinds of advertising – search advertising and general search text advertising.

As evidence, the department points to billions of dollars that Google pays to smartphone makers such as Apple, Samsung and others to make Google’s search engine the default on their devices. As a result, the government argued, smaller search engines never get the scale they need to improve their algorithms, and grow.

WHAT REMEDIES DID THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REQUEST

Read More

NASA astronaut wears face mask on ISS to prepare for life back on Earth

chriscassidymask

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy is getting used to wearing a mask before he comes back to Earth.


NASA
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy left this planet and traveled to the International Space Station back in early April. The coronavirus pandemic has only gotten worse in the US since then, so he figured he should start practicing for the hard realities of coming home.

Cassidy and two Russian cosmonaut crew mates are scheduled to return to Earth this week after their six-month stint on the ISS.   

On Monday, Cassidy tweeted photos of himself wearing a face mask on the ISS. “Training myself for my new reality when I get home on Wednesday,” he wrote

Cassidy, along with Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan

Read More

How To Use Technology to Better Prepare Students for the Workforce

Technology is becoming more and more prevalent in our everyday lives as well as the workforce. Recent studies predict that by the year 2010 almost every job in the American workplace will require some use of technology. This influx in technology has caused changes in the way the computer is being used in the workplace and in the way computer literacy needs to be taught in our schools.

When the personal computer was first introduced in the 1980’s, people had to learn how to operate it, program it, and utilize its basic functions. Today, people and businesses are becoming more familiar with technology and using it more as a tool for such things as information gathering, data analysis and interpretation, presenting information, problem solving, communication, etc. This technology is also continually being updated and changed to allow for more efficient and productive work, causing people to have to keep pace … Read More

How to Prepare Your Website for Google Mobile-First Indexing

With the lapse of time, Internet users on mobiles have gradually increased and today it has surpassed the number of users surfing the net through the desktops. Anticipating a further increase in mobile Internet users, Google has announced a significant change in its algorithm in the form of mobile-first indexing.

What is Mobile-First Indexing?

Until now, Google used to crawl your website and index it based on its desktop version. But now, it will index your website and rank it based on the content of your mobile site. This change of prioritizing mobile version of websites in the Google algorithm is termed as Mobile-First Indexing.

All websites essentially need to comply with the norms of this new algorithm, if they want to maintain their Google search engine ranking and get organic traffic to their website through Google. However, if your site is not optimized for this new algorithm, you are … Read More