Covid-19 has forced the world to reinvent life in a new digital way. School for Kindergarten through college seniors is being transformed to online classrooms due to rising Coronavirus cases in many states. However, many consequences could stem from virtual learning. These effects include altered sleep cycles, increased digital use and smaller physical activity levels of students. These seemingly small affects could have the potential to negatively affect student’s health for years to come with the end of Covid-19 nowhere in sight. The ability for students to transition to virtual learning showcases how advanced our technology has become. This is why we need to explore the consequences of virtual learning.
The list of changes we are all facing amid the Coronavirus is constantly growing. Now as you check-out at a store or restaurant you may see X’s on the floor to social distance everyone out or some type of plexiglass to try to create a barrier between you and cashier. One of the items that have been added to the list is to try to introduce contactless payment at restaurants and stores. Contactless payment has been introduced to try to keep the whole exchange as safe as possible while trying to take precautions.
Visa exec Kevin Phelan spoke to us about a new small business survey the company conducted on how small businesses are adapting to these major changes, and how consumers are changing their spending habits.
Both safety concerns and economic realities are driving this shift, Phelan says. “They had to address consumer safety, which many of them have done. They also said, I’ve got to bring new consumers to us. Because quite honestly, some of the consumers that I was previously able to contact, I may not be able to contact them.” Hence, a shift to new digital sales channels, even if it’s just a Shopify button, and finally retiring the old Square card-reader dongle in favor of true contactless payments for just about everything.
Almost all major sports are on hold right now, including the sport of cycling. Thankfully for cyclists, cycling can be done not only outside but it can be done virtually inside as well.
A group of competitive cyclists decided they needed to get in some friendly competition right from their homes. Though this may not be ideal for some, it was a great way let off some competitive steam that may have brewing after months of being stuck at home. This new way of virtual competing may be a glimpse into the new world of cycling.
Connected to the Zwift virtual world for running and cycling were the real-life athletes riding stationary bicycles in their dining rooms, garages or backyards.
In a way, cycling is an ideal virtual sport. Compared with a basketball team, it’s easier to translate what an individual cyclist or runner does at home into real-world road speeds. And cycling is already technology obsessed. Even many amateurs ride on Zwift have gadgets to measure their vital statistics, and use apps to compare themselves with others who rode up the same hill.
Food delivery services are used by people all day everyday. With the new food delivery service, Instacart, now you can order your groceries right from your phone. With everyone stuck at home during COVID-19, the need for the service became at an all time high. The new food delivery service app became overwhelmed with users being stuck at home. The users were then trying to find ways to get attention of the personal shoppers. They began over tipping the personal shoppers who were buying the groceries to reel them in and get to the front of the line. Then the users would withdraw their enormous tip after receiving their groceries.
Instacart is revising it’s tipping policy to keep users from taking advantage of the system by “tip baiting.” Starting Monday, Instacart users have 24 hours after a delivery is made to withdraw tips. Before, customers had up to three days to rescind or alter them. The company has hired over 150,000 staffers because of the COVID-19 crisis as the service has gained popularity. Instacart connects customers with nearby personal shoppers who gather provisions at local grocery stores for home delivery.
The COVID-19 outbreak has closed schools across most of the U.S., impacting more than 55 million students who are now learning at home. That’s created an increased demand for homeschool resources. Today, National Geographic is responding to that need with the launch of a new online hub, NatGeo@Home, which pulls together all of National Geographic’s […]