NEC Pioneers Technology Allowing Lagless Virtual Rehearsals And Performances During COVID-19

New England Conservatory is pioneering a program which revolutionizes rehearsing and performing during COVID-19 – and beyond.

New England Conservatory (NEC) and Grammy Award winning vocal faculty member Ian Howell have revolutionized low-latency music-making using cutting edge and affordable technology for musicians and music educators. By pioneering virtually lagless audio-visual elements to enhance digital music making with a setup anyone can assemble at home, NEC’s research and experimentation is offering a life-line to musicians struggling to rehearse or perform during the COVID-19 era.

When NEC went into virtual mode in the spring, faculty members went to work to figure out how to bring the world-class music education to students during lockdown. With an entrepreneurial mindset and determination to make modern technology work for musicians, Howell and his team began testing various technology solutions that would support music making at the highest level. They sensed the widespread feeling of loss among

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COVID-19 virus can survive on smartphone screens for 28 days, claim researchers

Are you still washing your hands often and cleaning your phone screen and other gadgets regularly, or has that habit slipped? With the COVID-19 virus still burning its way through the population, it’s a bad time to let good habits slide, especially given the results of a new study by Australian researchers.

The findings, published in Virology Journal, suggest that the SARS-Cov-2 virus responsible for COVID-19 can last for almost a month on glass, stainless steel, and both paper and polymer banknotes if kept at ambient temperature and humidity (20 °C and 50 percent RH).

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According to the paper, “the persistence of SARS-COV-2 on glass and vinyl (both common screen and screen protector materials) suggest that touchscreen devices may provide a potential source of transmission, and should regularly be disinfected especially in multi-user environments.”

It’s not just glass surfaces either.

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Improving People’s Lives with Digital Technology during COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic saw 3.5 billion people without access to digital technology and services and more than one billion children unable to continue their education. Credit: Mercedes Sayagues/IPS

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 14 2020 (IPS) – Digital technology has been crucial in ensuring community and connection during the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. And its shown that collaboration between the private and public sector can ensure that digital technology continues to advance in a way that improves people’s lives under crises, experts said on Tuesday, Oct. 13. 

The COVID-19 pandemic saw 3.5 billion people without access to digital services and more than one billion children unable to continue their education, Dr. Julia Glidden, corporate vice president at Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector, said at the webinar.

“As digital services became lifelines, empowering

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Rhode Island warns of Covid-19 ‘car pool clusters’ as more commuters head back to the office

Car pools are good for the environment and help ease congestion, but they can be risky in the midst of a pandemic.

That’s the warning the Rhode Island Department of Health is sounding after tracing a spate of new infections to car pool clusters.

So far, the number of infections is tiny.

“Of all the people who have tested positive, roughly 15 have reported carpooling in the 14 days before symptom onset,” Rhode Island Health Department spokesman Joseph Wendelken said Tuesday in an email to NBC News. “They work for eight different organizations.”

But Rhode Island is a tiny and very congested state. The average commute for state residents traveling by car, public transportation and other means is about 24.8 minutes, according to U.S. Census and other data compiled by the IndexMundi website.

And many Rhode Islanders commute to work in Boston, which has some of the worst traffic in

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Drones deliver COVID-19 tests in Cheektowaga based demo project

The Walmart parking lot on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga is a testing ground right now for some robots in the sky.

Aerial uptake for Covid tests



A Virginia based company called Droneup has a demo deal with Quest Diagnostics to actually deliver via drone 500 free COVID testing kits supplied by the Walmart pharmacy right to people’s homes within a one mile radius.

Droneup CEO Tom Walker explains, “They literally will get a text from us and it will say the drone is enroute to deliver your package. Please remain indoors and cover. Once the drone drops the package at their house they get a text immediately and it says your kit has been delivered and step outside and pick it up.”



This drone delivery demonstration project is also underway in Las Vegas but by coming here to Cheektowaga they

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Microsoft and Facebook vet leads nonprofit making software to improve COVID-19 rapid tests

Most of the Audere team, gathered together in pre-COVID times. (Audere Photo)

A Seattle-based nonprofit launched to provide digital health solutions for poorer countries is applying its expertise to help with COVID-19 testing.

Audere is building software for administering rapid result COVID tests that can be integrated into products being developed by U.S. manufacturers that use saliva or nasal swab samples.

“There is a critical need for rapid testing,” said Philip Su, CEO and founder of Audere. People are increasingly realizing that the widespread distribution of a vaccine is still many months away. The availability of accurate, inexpensive tests that provide results in minutes can help control the spread of the virus in the meantime, Su said.

Philip Su, Audere CEO and founder. (Audere Photo)

The tests — known generally as rapid diagnostic tests or RDTs — can have high rates of failure, though the basic concept is simple. Imagine

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Playoff bubble environment not ‘safest course of action’ for avoiding COVID-19

With the Tennessee Titans set to return to action Tuesday night after a two-week layoff to account for the organization’s COVID-19 outbreak, NFL officials continue to stress to teams the importance of remaining vigilant in ensuring their players, coaches and staffers follow protocol to minimize the spread of the virus.

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The NFL’s owners on Tuesday took part in a virtual meeting on health, safety and other on-field matters. Commissioner Roger Goodell and chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills reiterated their message of the need for compliance and a commitment to the strategy of the preventative measures of wearing masks, hand-washing and maintaining social distancing along with testing, tracing and isolation.

“We can not become complacent,” Goodell told reporters, relaying his message to teams. “Not the players, not the

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Marketing, Workforce Management Among Top COVID-19 Challenges for Independent Home Care Agencies

While the COVID-19 virus had a profound effect on home care providers across the U.S., it forced independent agency owners to navigate a unique set of challenges. As independent agency owners move forward, the lessons learned from the pandemic will likely shape their decision-making for the foreseeable future.

One key takeaway from the public health emergency has been a “strength in numbers” mentality. Over the past several months, industry competitors have become closer allies, with coalitions and working groups becoming major lifelines.

Strength in numbers has also meant leaning on trade association memberships.

“I absolutely agree with … the importance of the network, the different groups that we’re all part of, the friendly competitors,” Glenn Lane, CEO of Westchester Family Care, said Thursday during a panel presentation at the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) 2020 Virtual Leadership Conference. “It really was a time for folks to pull together.”


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COVID-19 spurred a new home-buying frenzy, but is it becoming harder to find a new home?

Having spent the last three months — the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic — in a 900-square-foot Manhattan apartment, she was leaving the city for greener pastures: Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“I grew up in the Chattanooga metro [area] and I didn’t really intend to be in New York for more than a couple of years. But, I feel like that’s the transience of New York City, right? You go for a year or two, and then 10 years and two children later, you still find yourself there. And so, I think that the pandemic was an opportunity to really evaluate everything,” said Wood, 36. “[We left] not really sure when we would return and here we are: on a plan to not

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