Tag: Coronavirus

India’s tech giants navigate ‘literally spiking’ WFH demand, H1-B fears in coronavirus era

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in drastic and sudden changes in life for the global labor force, but the shift to remote work has come as a surprise to Indian technology firms that help power many large companies in the United States.

Embracing work-from-home caused a sudden spike in demand in some sectors, even as others — like travel and hospitality— were decimated at the onset of the outbreak, according to Dinanath Kholkar, a vice president and global head of analytics and insights at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

“We were at a decent pace, from a demand perspective. But I can

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JetBlue will test UV cleaning on planes due to coronavirus

As coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket, a leading airline plans to test an advanced cleaning technology on its planes.

JetBlue Airways says it will try out ultraviolet technology to disinfect its aircrafts as a potential response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The airline’s president and COO told ABC News that it’s important for passengers to know that the aircrafts they’re traveling on are safe.

“We’re going to be looking for how far the UV light can reach,” Joanna Geraghty told ABC. “That’s one of the benefits of light that can reach into places that spraying and other types of technology may

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Groundbreaking UAE-Israel Deal to Fight Coronavirus Unites Key Defense Companies

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A historic agreement announced on July 2 will see Israel’s leading aerospace and defense company Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems develop breakthrough technology with Group42 in the United Arab Emirates. This is the first of its kind deal between Israeli companies and those in the Gulf state and represents more than just an agreement related to the pandemic. It is part of growing ties between Israel and the Gulf, particularly part of an exchange of messages with the UAE.

Israel and the UAE were rumored to be working more closely

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‘Air curtain’ technology on planes could protect passengers from coronavirus

New technology on planes could create “air curtains” around passengers to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19. 

Design and innovation firm Teague says its AirShield can clip over the dials of the air conditioning units above seats to “adapt aircraft cabin airflow to prevent the spread of viruses”. 

It claims to keep coughs and sneezes within the confines of a single passenger before removing them via the plane’s air filtration system. 

The Seattle-based company says the AirShield can be 3D-printed, retrofitted to existing aircraft and will help restore consumer confidence in air travel as airlines begin to resume flights for

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Coronavirus contact tracing apps were tech’s chance to step up. They haven’t.

At a briefing this week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy touted his state’s efforts to trace the spread of the coronavirus, outlining plans to hire 1,600 contact tracers who will call people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Not part of his plan: a smartphone app to help with contact tracing.

“The state of New Jersey is neither pursuing nor promoting exposure notification or digital alerting technology, at least at this time,” Murphy said.

New Jersey isn’t alone. States that had committed to using contact tracing apps or expressed interest are now backing away from those claims. The

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