TechXplore: Verizon recalls mobile hotspots sold to schools, in stores (Update)

TechXplore: Verizon recalls mobile hotspots sold to schools, in stores (Update). “Verizon is recalling 2.5 million mobile hotspots after some reports of overheating and two reports of minor burns. The 4G hotspots were used by schools and sold by stores. They are called Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots and were imported by Franklin Wireless in San Diego. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that the lithium ion battery in the hotspots can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.”

Washington Post: Andrew Cuomo declared the pandemic a ‘no-politics zone.’ Behind the scenes, he worked to burnish his own standing.

Washington Post: Andrew Cuomo declared the pandemic a ‘no-politics zone.’ Behind the scenes, he worked to burnish his own standing.. “The New York governor, in his third term, rose to stardom last spring with his fierce denunciations of Trump, his no-nonsense approach at his news briefings and his occasional criticisms of other politicians who were not following public health guidance. He was embraced as a liberal hero and regularly railed against political interference by others in the response to the pandemic, holding up New York as a beacon of medical light during a time of national darkness…. In recent weeks, that record has been shadowed by allegations that his administration withheld the number of deaths in nursing homes linked to the coronavirus — a matter now under federal investigation — and revelations that Cuomo’s family members benefited from preferential coronavirus testing.”

EurekAlert: $1.4 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant expands Enslaved.org research

EurekAlert: $1.4 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant expands Enslaved.org research. “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $1.4 million to Michigan State University for Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade, or Enslaved.org, a first-of-its-kind database containing millions of records cataloging the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants. Enslaved.org, developed and maintained by MSU researchers, links data collections from multiple universities, archives, museums and family history centers.”

Make Tech Easier: 12 Useful Bots to Get the Most Out of Telegram

Make Tech Easier: 12 Useful Bots to Get the Most Out of Telegram. “Telegram is one of the most popular instant messaging apps for a reason. It offers quite a few useful features, such as messages that can self-destruct, enormous group sizes of up to 200,000 members, and fantastic stickers. Added to that, Telegram also supports bots that can access all sorts of information and tools. The number of bots is quite extensive. Here are some of the most useful Telegram bots you should use.”

‘I paid $15,000:’ Baton Rouge man arrested at Disney resort for refusing temperature check (The Advocate)

The Advocate: ‘I paid $15,000:’ Baton Rouge man arrested at Disney resort for refusing temperature check. “A Louisiana tourist complained he paid $15,000 for a Disney World vacation that was disrupted when he was arrested after refusing to have his temperature checked at Disney Springs, according to video footage released last week by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.”

BBC: US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups

BBC: US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups. “The US has blacklisted seven Chinese groups it accuses of building supercomputers to help its military. It is the first move by the Biden administration to make it harder for China to obtain US technology On Thursday, three companies and four branches of China’s National Supercomputing Center were added to the US blacklist.”

Museums Association (UK): Collections Trust announces plans for improved national museums database

Museums Association (UK): Collections Trust announces plans for improved national museums database. “The Collections Trust is to retire Culture Grid this autumn as part of a move to develop a new and more sustainable national collections database. Created more than a decade ago, Culture Grid was built as a proof-of-concept service assisting organisations in sharing their collections safely online. By 2015, however, project funding was pulled, and Culture Grid became a legacy system closed to new accessions.” You can learn more about Culture Grid here.

CNET: Biden’s $100 billion broadband plan is already getting pushback

CNET: Biden’s $100 billion broadband plan is already getting pushback. “President Joe Biden wants to spend $100 billion to connect every American to affordable high-speed internet. It’s a lofty goal that’s hard to dispute, right? Lobbying groups representing cable and telecom companies that deliver those services, however, are worried Biden’s hefty spending plan will leave them out of the running for government grants and subsidies that could be used to offset the cost of building new infrastructure.”

12 Months of Trauma: More Than 3,600 US Health Workers Died in Covid’s First Year (Route Fifty)

Route Fifty: 12 Months of Trauma: More Than 3,600 US Health Workers Died in Covid’s First Year. “One key finding: Two-thirds of deceased health care workers for whom the project has data identified as people of color, revealing the deep inequities tied to race, ethnicity and economic status in America’s health care workforce. Lower-paid workers who handled everyday patient care, including nurses, support staff and nursing home employees, were far more likely to die in the pandemic than physicians were.”

KJZZ: New Website Helps Rural Older Adults Get Rides To Get Vaccinated

KJZZ: New Website Helps Rural Older Adults Get Rides To Get Vaccinated. “Amy St. Peter is the deputy executive director of the Maricopa Association of Governments. ‘And for some of the appointments, it’s in the middle of the night,’ she said. ‘So if even if they’re able to drive, is it really safe, and do they want to drive by themselves at late at night, and so with being able to provide better access to transportation, that’s really part of the COVID response.’ St. Peter says website users can input their service area and the type of transportation they require. The service is not just for rural Arizonans. She says many folks who live in urban areas also struggle finding rides.”

The Shields Gazette: South Shields ship experts begin mammoth 3D-modelling project they admit may never be complete

The Shields Gazette: South Shields ship experts begin mammoth 3D-modelling project they admit may never be complete. “Since the late 1990s, South Shields Marine School has been one of only two UK centres – and the only teaching college – to create advanced graphics of ships and port and marine landscapes…. In that time, the marine school’s 3D-modelling team has made digital models of around 200 vessels and 120 ports or sea areas.”

The Wrap: YouTube Purges Florida Governor Video Over Claims Children Don’t Need to Wear Masks

The Wrap: YouTube Purges Florida Governor Video Over Claims Children Don’t Need to Wear Masks. “YouTube has deleted a video in which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a handful of medical experts questioned the effectiveness of having children wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. The video, which was removed on Wednesday, was of a recent roundtable discussion DeSantis moderated on the global response to the pandemic.”

Rochester Institute of Technology: NYSP2I creates new tools to help New York municipalities reduce wasted food

Rochester Institute of Technology: NYSP2I creates new tools to help New York municipalities reduce wasted food. “The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)—led by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability—has developed a free, interactive toolkit that municipalities can use to design, implement, and manage food waste programs at the local level. The three-part guide, How to Build a Municipal Food Waste Strategy: A Toolkit for New York State Municipalities, is designed to assist communities large and small with building programs for reducing wasted food that are realistic and results-driven.”