WeeklyTech #41

Reading recommendations during the coronavirus shutdown

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread through our communities, many families are spending extra time at home per the recommendation of most health professionals in order to slow down the spread of the virus as we seek to love our neighbors well. My family, in particular, has been under quarantine because of my wife’s chemotherapy treatments and compromised immune system. Being cooped up for an extended time can be challenging, especially if you or a loved one are sick.  

In order to help pass the time, I asked the ERLC team for a few of their favorite book recommendations to encourage and edify you during this unpredictable season. The list is below, along with links to grab them online so that you don’t have to brave the crowds or possibly expose yourself to the virus. It’s by no means exhaustive, but it is a good starting point, whether you’re an avid reader or haven’t picked up a book in years.  

The Rundown

Apple Plans iPad-Like Design for Next iPhone, Smaller HomePodBloomberg

Apple Inc. is preparing a redesign of its top-tier iPhones, borrowing cues from the latest iPads, as part of a major fall refresh that will see 5G added to as many as four new handset models and the release of two key new accessories, according to people familiar with the plans.

Could the Coronavirus Kill Influencer Culture?Wired

Capping the post with a string of playful emojis, Blomgren accidentally captured the weird and transitional place social media influencers currently find themselves in: still needing to “influence,” but running out of valuable advice to share.

Apple and Google Share Additional Contact Tracing DetailsMorning Brew

When they’re not developing competing products, Apple and Google are jointly building the software architecture for coronavirus contact tracing apps.

5G coronavirus conspiracy theory is dangerous fake nonsense, UK saysReuters

A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the novel coronavirus is dangerous fake news and completely false, Britain said on Saturday after masts in several parts of the country were torched.

Apple Maps will soon show COVID-19 testing locations closest to youBusiness Insider

It’s not clear how soon the new feature will roll out, but this week Apple asked healthcare providers, labs, and other businesses giving coronavirus tests to register with Apple Maps, 9to5Mac first reported.