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Lyft’s new Essential Deliveries is for hospitals and organizations

Lyft’s new Essential Deliveries is for hospitals and organizations

Ride-hailing service Lyft has announced a new pilot initiative called Essential Deliveries that will allow its drivers to deliver various goods to certain customers, including hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more. Under this initiative, customers can request essential items like groceries, meals, hygiene products, medical supplies, and similar items.

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Germany’s new public gathering ban is bad news for Gamescom

Germany’s new public gathering ban is bad news for Gamescom

The coronavirus outbreak has already claimed a number of events and trade shows that were slated for 2020: MWC, E3, GDC, Google I/O, and Microsoft BUILD are just some of the shows that have been impacted by the pandemic. Some of them have been cancelled entirely, others have been postponed, and yet some have moved to digital-only events.

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Sling makes its live streaming TV service free during primetime hours

Sling makes its live streaming TV service free during primetime hours

Following the recent launch of its free tier, Sling TV has announced another initiative that will provide the public with some free content. Starting today, the service is offering free streaming television access under its Sling Blue plan, but only during primetime TV hours, according to the company. Sling calls this initiative its 'Happy Hour Across America.'

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Netflix inks deal with BOOM! Studios for new live and animated shows

Netflix inks deal with BOOM! Studios for new live and animated shows

California-based comic book publisher BOOM! Studios has inked a new deal with Netflix that gives the latter company first-look rights for potential new shows based on the studio's stories. The deal will potentially spawn new live and animated original shows at Netflix, which has two years of first-look rights under the deal, giving it access to the largest selection of comics outside of the Marvel and DC universes.

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ESRB reveals new loot box labels but we’re seeing two problems

ESRB reveals new loot box labels but we’re seeing two problems

Loot boxes have been a growing point of concern for gamers over the past several years, and today, the ESRB announced a new interactive element for its labels that will tell customers when games include in-game purchases with randomized items. The new element is an offshoot of the "In-Game Purchases" warning the ESRB first rolled out in 2018, which was very broad and not very descriptive when it came to what kind of in-game purchases were included.

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Amazon just froze new food delivery sign-ups as it desperately recruits staff

Amazon just froze new food delivery sign-ups as it desperately recruits staff

Amazon will hire 75,000 more employees to meet coronavirus delivery demands, but still plans to freeze new sign-ups to its food services as it struggles to keep up with stay-at-home shoppers. The retail behemoth says that the new wait-list system will impact both Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market delivery and pickup customers, it's been confirmed.

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PC demand rise but shipments fall in Q1 thanks to COVID-19

PC demand rise but shipments fall in Q1 thanks to COVID-19

There has been a surge in demand for consumer electronics in the past few weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic that is gripping our world. The need for both entertainment devices like TVs and consoles as well as productivity tools like phones and computers have never been higher during periods of quarantines and lockdowns. That situation should be a boon to the ailing PC industry and, to some extent, it did have some positive impact. Ironically, the same situation that has caused a spike in demand is also causing a big dip in shipments as well.

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Burning Man 2020 canceled: Virtual ‘multiverse’ online event planned

Burning Man 2020 canceled: Virtual ‘multiverse’ online event planned

For the first time in its history, the Burning Man festival has been canceled. The decision to skip the event this year was made in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the risks associated with people congregating in a large group. As with other canceled projects this year, the organizers will hold an online event in its place, though details on the 'multiverse' plan are still trickling in.

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TikTok, Zoom, House Party: Why are people getting suspicious about these apps?

TikTok, Zoom, House Party: Why are people getting suspicious about these apps?

With everyone home, a handful of apps have risen in prominence like few have seen. Connecting friends and workplaces is the very essential Zoom, the immensely popular video conferencing app that is helping millions of workplaces to function smoothly while at home. And providing hours of entertainment for kids and adults alike are Tik Tok and Houseparty, with hours of content and games to be played and shared.

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Instacart adds two new features to speed up grocery delivery

Instacart adds two new features to speed up grocery delivery

Grocery delivery service Instacart has formally announced two new features that'll help users get the groceries they ordered. The company has been testing these features, meaning there's a chance you already had access to them. With the new 'Fast & Flexible' option, Instacart customers get paired up with available shoppers in real-time; this is joined by a new 'order ahead' feature, as well.

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Amazon temporarily extends return policy in multiple countries

Amazon temporarily extends return policy in multiple countries

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Amazon has announced that it is temporarily extending its return policy in multiple countries, giving consumers a wider time frame for returning items they don't need or want. The change will be retroactively applied to orders made as far back as March 1, according to the Internet retailer, which has been struggling to keep up with the huge surge in demand for its service.

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Some Marvel comic books may be paused until summer over pandemic

Some Marvel comic books may be paused until summer over pandemic

Closures caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have disrupted the comic book industry and it seems that may not change any time soon. A new report claims that Marvel Comics may end up pausing around one-third of its comic book issues until mid-summer at best over issues caused by the pandemic. The news follows a delay that impacted all Marvel comics in late March.

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