Top 5 industries hardest hit by the pandemic

Pandemics impact everyone, but some industries have been much harder hit and may need to rethink their strategies for recovery and survival.

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Virtually every industry has been an innocent bystander devastated by COVID-19, and the fallout has yet to be tallied. Still, these five industries top the list of the hardest hit by the pandemic, according to S&P Global. 

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As every country worldwide continues to struggle with getting the pandemic under control, travel, especially air travel, has been ground down. With planes sitting on the sidelines, airline

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Why MX Linux reminds me of old-school Linux–in the best ways

If you’re looking for the next Linux distribution to hop to, Jack Wallen thinks MX Linux is the perfect blend of old, new, and fast.

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You might not know this, but according to Distrowatch, MX Linux is currently the No. 1 most downloaded Linux distribution. You’re probably thinking, “MXWhat?” That’s right, a distribution that seemingly came out of nowhere has shot up the ranks to the top of the class…sort of.

MX Linux isn’t all that new. In fact, it’s been around since 2014. MX Linux was created as a cooperation between former MEPIS Linux communities

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Programming languages: PHP 8.0 brings big updates. Here’s what’s new

PHP 8.0 introduces major changes to the language, including an improved type system, a new JIT compiler, union types and other enhancements.

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PHP version 8.0 has arrived, bringing with it a major update to the 25-year-old programming language.

PHP 8.0 introduces a number of new features to the language, most notably union types, a Just In Time (JIT) complier, nullsafe operator, attributes and ‘named arguments.’

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The JIT compiler is designed to bring performance improvements to web applications by turning code into instructions for the CPU at runtime. Meanwhile, union types is a feature that allows

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OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T Get OxygenOS Update With Game Space Improvements, November 2020 Security Patch

OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T are now getting OxygenOS update with November 2020 security patch. The update comes with OxygenOS version 10.3.7 and it brings several system optimisations and improvements to Game Space. The development has been shared on the official OnePlus forum for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. OxygenOS 10.3.7 brings ‘Hide silent notifications in status bar’ feature, along with system stability improvements. This incremental over-the-air (OTA) update will have a staged rollout just like previous updates.

OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T OxygenOS 10.3.7 update

As per the official forum post, the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T have

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Black Friday Fire tablet deals: Amazon Fire 7, Fire HD 8 and all Fire Kids tablets on sale

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Amazon’s Black Friday sale means the full range of the company’s hardware devices are on sale, and that includes every Fire tablet in the lineup. This effectively brings back the Prime Day deals from October, with some new ones thrown in for good measure. Here’s a full breakdown of the deals, including one that just went live as of today, Thanksgiving Day:

  • The Fire HD 10 (10-inch tablet) is now $80
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Google Forms email surveys: Check this box to get more responses

Improve your response rate to short, single-section Google Form surveys by letting people respond without ever leaving email.

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A Google Form can help you gather data in a structured way. Forms supports a variety of question types (i.e., multiple choice, checkboxes, dropdowns, files, short and long answers, linear scales, date, time, and multiple choice grids) that you may ask and structure in sections, with a separate page for each set of questions. And, since Forms supports branching (i.e., conditional logic), you can present different sets of questions to different people.

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