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5 Big moves happening in TECH right now

From Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv – during the COVID-19 pandemic, technology masterminds are affected to a lesser extent and keep innovating as we speak, albeit that they largely work from home and via team conference apps. Here are 5 big things happening in TECH right now:

New Coronavirus chatbot:

The team at SnatchBot, the chatbot building platform, have created a chatbot to help disseminate up-to-date information and advice about coronavirus. In the last week it has had a phenomenal response, mostly from users of Facebook Messenger (https://www.facebook.com/coronaviruschatbot/).

What the technology does: The chatbot takes RSS feeds from the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. It also offers regional maps with the latest figures and access to the world map administered by the John Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

The chatbot has a symptoms subroutine that allows users to check whether they need to contact a doctor and an FAQ section with advice, reiterating the key messages: stay home, wash your hands frequently, if you have to go out, wear a mask.

Statistics: In one week, from March 29 to 4 April, the chatbot exchanged 2.15 M messages with users on Messenger, Telegram and Viber and this rate of use spiked dramatically in the last day. Facebook analytics show that 207k unique users talked to the chatbot on Messenger over the course of the week. There was a noticeable gender and age divide, with 51% of users being males between 18 and 24, another 26% being men between 25 and 34, while only 9% of users were women in the 18-24 category, and another 9% were women in the 25-34 category.

(read the full article here: https://www.besttechie.com/snatchbot-helps-save-lives-with-a-corona-virus-chatbot/)

 

Sony Playstation 5 controller launched:

This may not sound like a big deal – but for investors in Sony corporation, it is. Why? Since right now under lockdown, gaming and entertainment is experiencing a surge in demand. Provided that supply chains do not seize up, analysts expect that this will be a top earner for Sony, adding significantly to it’s bottom line. The new DualSense, the PS5 wireless controller is read to be shipped to game developers globally, powering more “unique features” in games.

 

The Chan Zuckerberg BIOHub, along with UCSF helps SF Bay area to ramp up coronavirus testing:

According to sources, Mark Zuckerberg is doing his fair share to make a local impact. It is noted that “As part of our response to the coronavirus outbreak, our team at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is working with UCSF and Stanford to quadruple the Bay Area’s testing and diagnostics capacity,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.The significance of this? The testing ability of the Bay area is projected to quadruple.

 

Whatsapp has a brand new competitor:

SnatchAPP announced a series of features with it’s launch that will make it near impossible for Whatsapp, Viberr, Messanger and Skype to compete with it. Chiefly centered around encryption, privacy and other business-like features including chatbot / AI advances, the SnatchApp launch is rumored to be one of the biggest boldest moves by the BenEzra brothers (Avi Benezra and Henri Benezra). Ravi Jacob an ex Intel board member and executive is said to have joined as the chairman of SnatchApp.

 

Donorbox empowering many fundraising organizations to better support the COVID-19 pandemic:

The main challenge? Accepting Paypal payments for non-profits and setting up a basic CRM to provide a clear and reliable audit trail might seem like quite a task, particularly when transparency and efficiency is a requirement. That is because in most parts of the world, it is a regulated sector where compliance is a key issue. Naturally, seamless integration and affordability comes into play – and we found, upon review of the code and solution, that Donorbox is one of those solutions that is as “close to open source” as can be, given that there is no need to re-invent the wheel. So multiple providers use it as a generic solution, which ultimately drives down the cost in what we consider a “code sharing economy”.

Visit the official site of DONORBOX

Examples of organizations actively using the technology for greater good:

https://www.feedthefrontlinesnyc.org/

(Meal donations for medical professionals in NYC)

https://www.mealsforthenhs.com

(Meal donations in collaboration with the NHS in the UK)

Send us your news scoop, especially on technology and AI that is helping with the COVID-19 pandemic right now. 

Adriaan Brits

As an analyst of global affairs, Adriaan has an MSC from Oxford, with diverse interests in the digital economy, entertainment and business. He covers mostly topics related to his qualifications. He is a specialist trainer in Advanced Analytics & Media. He also writes for Jpost.com, BestTechie, CEOWorld Magazine and other media outlets.
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