Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.
Greetings from the corner of my apartment. Like a lot of you, the four corners around me are going to be my world for the foreseeable future. It's not great, but some companies are making it a little less bad: Many phone carriers have tacked on additional data (or increased speeds) at a time when we're streaming and consuming the web more than ever. Meanwhile, Apple is offering free e-books and audiobooks to its US customers, and if you're looking for peace of mind rather than distraction, Amazon is delivering at-home COVID-19 testing kits as part of a Gates Foundation-backed trial in Seattle.
Today's newsletter has several suggestions of what you can do when it feels a little like you can't do anything, from workout upgrades to new hobbies.
A new, long-awaited Half-Life game has arrived. But it's not Episode Three. Instead, Valve is pushing forward VR gaming at a time when it's sorely needed. Devindra Hardawar believes this is the flagship VR title a lot of us have been waiting for. You just need a beastly gaming PC and a compatible headset.
According to Microsoft's security advisory, the vulnerabilities are being used in "limited targeted attacks," and all supported Windows operating systems could be at risk. There's no update yet to fix the issues, and there likely won't be until next month's Patch Tuesday, so if you're worried, you'll want to follow the instructions to mitigate any potential exploitation until then, even if you're using a fully updated copy of Windows 10.
The flaws exist in the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library, which allows apps to manage and render fonts available from Adobe Systems. Attackers may exploit the vulnerabilities by getting their targets to open booby-trapped documents or view them in the Windows preview pane.
After a lengthy gap, Netflix's Ozark will pick up season three with the plot advanced six months from where we last visited the characters. On CBS All Access, things are wrapping up for season one of Star Trek: Picard, and this week is also the season finale of Terriers 2, aka Stumptown.
How are you coping so far? As more stringent rules for social distancing gather pace -- I'm in London and can't really go anywhere at the moment -- a lot of us are finding new ways to balance out the boredom/stress/cabin fever. We also ask the fitness pros how to give your lockdown workouts a tech upgrade.
T-Mobile is launching its new $15-per-month 5G plan ahead of schedule, starting on Wednesday. T-Mobile Connect includes unlimited talk and text, plus 2GB of high-speed smartphone data, including access to T-Mobile's 5G network. And at just $15, it's the un-carrier's lowest price plan. T-Mobile is also offering a new Metro plan for $15 per month (for the first 60 days) with unlimited talk and text and 2GB of data.
But wait, there's more...
- 'Dreams' player forced to remove his fan-made Mario assets
- Amazon Prime Video finally introduces viewer profiles
- ER docs don smart rings to better predict COVID-19 infections
- Verizon gives customers extra mobile data to deal with COVID-19
- HP teases 'next gen' VR headset made with Microsoft and Valve's help
- Amazon will deliver at-home COVID-19 test kits in Seattle trial
- 400,000 new people have joined Folding@Home's fight against COVID-19
- Pokémon Go gets easier and cheaper to play while you're stuck at home
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