Fired Florida Data Scientist Creates Competing COVID-19 Tracking Site and Suggests State Is Hiding Important Information

A Florida government data scientist who was previously managing the state’s coronavirus information dashboard before being fired last month, has created her own COVID-19 tracking website. She claims her site provides data Florida’s Department of Health (DOH) has “tried to hide or restrict from public view,” partly in an effort to speed up the state’s economic reopening.

Rebekah Jones says she built a tracker based on publicly available data, which claims to capture thousands more “COVID Positive People” (by including antibody tests in the cumulative total) and dozens more deaths. She told TIME she is taking information that exists in the state’s databases, but not on its main coronavirus dashboard, and attempting to make it easily available to citizens. Launched last week, Jones portal provides information on the state’s testing availability, community resources, individualized report cards for counties and hospital data.

The state’s dashboard currently provides a narrower view of

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Best cookie cutters and where to buy them, according to experts

Jurassic Dinosaur Cookie Cutters and Dinosaur Stampers

The world of cookie cutters has evolved with geek culture. You can sculpt intricate dinosaur skeletons with a cutter and stamper set, make dessert in a galaxy far, far away with a Star Wars 8-piece cookie cutter set and bake an adorable tribute to Pusheen.

While cookie cutters with lots of details may look good, getting dough into and out of tiny spaces can prove frustrating. Simple geometric shapes are often more forgiving. “When cookie cutters are too intricate, the probability that your sugar cookie dough will hold its shape is unlikely, unless you have some magical cookie dough,” says McKenney. “Simple cutters are best. They are easy to decorate and that’s where you can make them come to life a bit.”

Ateco 14-Piece Pastry Bag Decorating Kit

If you need to add a lot of detail, opt for piping tips and a

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Common problems and how to fix them

There’s nothing better than pulling a PlayStation VR headset from its packaging, putting it on your head for the first time, and diving into the wonderful worlds that only virtual reality can deliver. Virtual reality is intense, surreal, and unlike anything we’ve seen in video games before.

At the same time, there’s nothing worse than plugging in your PSVR for the first time, only to discover that it isn’t working the way it’s supposed to. To help you iron out the kinks, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common problems plaguing Sony’s newfangled headset, as well as the steps you can take to rectify them. Not all of these will affect every user — particularly those pertaining to motion sickness — and not every solution we put forth is guaranteed to fix your problem. For more serious issues, you’ll likely have to contact Sony directly.

Further reading:

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we answer 6 common face mask problems

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport in England, to slow the spread of coronavirus as things start to come back to normal. But wearing a face mask presents a couple of annoying problems: taking a sip of water on a hot train is tricky, as is keeping your make-up neat underneath. Read on below for some answers.

How to stop your glasses steaming up

Wearing a mask can cover more than your nose and mouth: water vapour from your breath can get funnelled upwards and cloud your glasses, making it difficult to see. 

Alisdair Buchanan, the owner of Buchanan Optometrists in Snodland, Kent, has a couple of tips to stop this happening. The first is to stop your glasses from coming into contact with moisture in the first place, by sealing the top of the mask to your face with micropore tape.

Placing your glasses on top of

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Coronavirus Boosts Augmented Reality Adoption: 6 Stocks to Watch

Augmented Reality (AR) is witnessing rapid adoption due to the shift in consumer preferences and business needs. Almost every major sector including consumer, healthcare, retail, gaming, entertainment, construction and tourism are using the technology to interact between the real world and 3D virtual objects in real time.

Per a recent IDC report, global spending on AR/VR is expected to be $18.8 billion in 2020, up 78.5% from IDC’s 2019 estimated figure of $10.5 billion. Moreover, global spending on AR/VR products and services is expected to witness a CAGR of 77% for the 2019-2023 time frame.

AR Technology Adoption Amid Coronavirus

AR technology could become increasingly useful during the coronavirus pandemic to help shoppers engage with products prior to purchase. Notably, various brands, retailers and companies have begun releasing VR and AR technologies to enable consumers to preview products before purchasing them.

The adoption of AR in healthcare is forecast to

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Online scams due to COVID, protests, unemployment in 2020

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Online scams can come in many forms and via any kind of device. (Photo: Getty)

A worldwide pandemic, mass unemployment and nationwide protests over racial injustice — there are many important issues occupying our collective attention. Sadly, this kind of large-scale distraction is fertile ground for hackers.

“We have the COVID disaster combined with the economic disaster combined with the protests,” said Adam Levin, cyber security expert and founder of CyberScout, to Yahoo Life. ”We are now in the middle of what can be considered a perfect storm for scammers.”

Levin says that the current climate of our nation has set the stage for an online scam trifecta: motive, means, and opportunity.

“The motive for

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Edited Transcript of UPLD.OQ earnings conference call or presentation 7-May-20 9:00pm GMT

AUSTIN Jun 14, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Upland Software Inc earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:00:00pm GMT

* John T. McDonald

Upland Software, Inc. – Founder, CEO & Chairman

* Michael D. Hill

Upland Software, Inc. – CFO, Treasurer & Secretary

* Rodney C. Favaron

Upland Software, Inc. – Co-President & Chief Commercial Officer

* Timothy W. Mattox

Upland Software, Inc. – Co-President & COO

William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division – Partner & Co-Group Head of Technology, Media and Communications

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Upland Software First Quarter 2020 Earnings Call. (Operator Instructions) The conference call will be simultaneously webcast on Upland’s Investor Relations website, which can be accessed at As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded. Following the completion of the conference, a telephone replay will be available … Read More

This Is NOT 2008 All Over Again

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By Justin Spittler

My phone has been ringing off the hook. Relatives and friends are reaching out to me. They want to know what I’m doing with my money. When I say I’ve been loading up on stocks, they can’t believe it.

They want to know what stocks they should be “shorting,” or betting against! And I get where they’re coming from.

We’ve been getting a steady stream of bad news lately. Coronavirus has spread across the world like an inferno. Huge parts of the economy have shut down. Unemployment has shot through the roof. And the oil market has imploded.

Many stocks have also been crushed. Just look at the airliners, cruise line operators, and hotel chains. These companies are fighting for their lives.

It’s Hard Not To Be Pessimistic With Everything That’s Happening

This is why many investors I speak with

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Webcam Covers, Antivirus Software, and 5 Other Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Getting Hacked

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Everyone knows that improving their cyber security is important, but it’s hard to know where to start. Viruses, spyware, and malware have been plaguing computers for decades, but new threats like ransomware and compromised webcams have made it even more important to be cautious.

Last year, a cyber attack on a Miami hospital forced the hospital to pay $600,000 to retrieve data that was remotely accessed and encrypted by hackers. It’s no longer enough to simply report suspicious e-mails, stop clicking on ads, and be wary of sketchy looking websites; you should be equipping your laptops and devices with protection too.

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We’ve collected some popular products and services that work to provide reliable protection from both current and future threats. That means protecting your internet privacy, ensuring you have a long, strong password, encrypting your most valuable files, and

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