COVID-19 travel safety: Tripit app offers travel “guidance” amid a modern plague

From infection hotspots to quarantine requirements, these app features could help travelers avoid the myriad potential pitfalls associated with pandemic tourism.

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The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the global travel industry. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics data, US airline passengers decreased 96% in April 2020 compared with April 2019. In recent months, daily airline passengers have been on the rise as people take to the skies amid a modern plague. To mitigate the risk of contagion, the app Tripit has unveiled a number of new travel-friendly capabilities with COVID-19 in mind.

“There’s no question that travel

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Zoom takes it up a notch with a slew of new platform capabilities

The latest additions include room monitoring capabilities for the hybrid workforce era.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, video meetings and messaging platforms have replaced traditional in-person communication. While some organizations have brought employees back to the workplace, others continue to operate remotely, and some companies have also made long-term commitments to telecommuting. On Wednesday, Zoom announced a number of new platform capabilities to empower organizations and remote workforces.

“People are at the heart of every organization and keeping them safe, connected, and productive is a top priority,” said Oded Gal, chief product officer of Zoom in a press

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Uber to Buy Alcohol Delivery Startup Drizly for $1.1 Billion, Will Be Integrated With Uber Eats

Uber said Tuesday it was acquiring the startup Drizly, specializing in delivery of beer, wine and spirits, for some $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,020 crores) and would integrate it with its Uber Eats service.

The move gives Uber a broader array for its fast-growing food delivery service which has helped the San Francisco firm cope with a steep decline in ridesharing.

The two firms said Drizly, which operates in some 1,400 US municipalities and one Canadian province, would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Uber and that its services would be available via Uber Eats as well as the separate

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App maker works to help open economy safely without taking personal data

Salus doesn’t take personal information, but helps venues, offices, airlines, and cruise ships monitor the health of guests.

TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Doug Cohen, chief revenue officer of OZ Digital Consulting, about OZ’s new COVID-19 app, Salus. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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Karen Roby: We talk a lot about all the technology now that is available and in the works for tracking information when it comes to COVID. What we’re seeing now, especially with new information coming out from the CDC when it comes to traveling, and all of

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Working from home: Asynchronous schedules could be the new way to work

Hire people all over the world and let them work the hours they want for a more productive and inclusive workplace.

TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Sudheesh Nair, CEO of ThoughtSpot, which produces business intelligence analytics software, about asynchronous working. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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Karen Roby: I’m happy to talk with you today about this idea of asynchronous work. I want you to explain, first, what do you mean by that? Then we’ll get a little bit into why you think that this could be beneficial for companies to

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