The Back-to-Work Edition Sunday, April 19, 2020

'Needle In A Haystack': Reborn Tech Offices May Need Distance And Mass Testing, by Lauren Hepler, Matt Drange and Levi Sumagaysay, Protocol

As companies evaluate how to safely go back to work in anticipation of the day when government lockdowns lift, they are navigating an array of challenges. Executives are talking about restricting the number of employees onsite, perhaps by staggering shifts. They are looking to support workers through benefits like child care. Real estate firms that pioneered "6-foot offices" in China are coaching U.S. companies on spreading out workspaces. Ford is experimenting with wearable technology — like bracelets to buzz workers when they get too close.

And at the center of this planning is the most potentially difficult element: testing and tracking the virus. Companies are considering a variety of testing and contact-tracing systems, but as early movers like Color have discovered, rolling out mass testing is a balancing act that requires answering thorny questions about effectiveness, privacy, price and access, while keeping up with fast-moving science and managing unprecedented health risks.

Seoul’s Full Cafes, Apple Store Lines Show Mass Testing Success, by Kanga Kong, Bloomberg

Cafes bustled with customers, parks teemed with sunbathers, and the first Apple store to reopen outside China had lines snaking out the door as many South Koreans -- almost all wearing masks -- emerged from months of self-isolation.


The Apple store in the posh Gangnam neighborhood is the first location outside China to come back online since the iPhone maker shuttered all its stores in March to help curb the spread of the virus. It reopened China stores last month after virus cases there fell sharply.

Like many restaurants and stores in the country, Apple required customers to wear a mask, stand two meters, or six feet apart while waiting in line and have their temperatures checked before entering.


Early Hands-on Videos Provide Close-up Look At New Magic Keyboard With Trackpad For iPad Pro, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

It’s hard to tell too much from a short video, but the hinge does appear to be pretty strong. This is underscored in a second video from the same user, which shows the different angles of the hinge design and how to adjust between them.


Finally, there appears to be a decent amount of key travel with the Magic Keyboard’s scissor switch design.

Hands-on: Logitech's iPad Trackpad Keyboards Create $500 Apple Laptops, by Jeremy Horwitz, VentureBeat

The real star of the show here is a trackpad, which feels like it’s made of glass and has an older Apple-style springboard design for physical button presses. There’s enough space for four adult fingers to rest across the surface comfortably from their tips to their middles, and the glass feels cool to the touch. It’s also pretty responsive, though I’ll want more time to play with it using specific iPad work apps, as well as even more customization within future versions of iPadOS.


Apple Shares New Documentation On How To Make Your Own Face Shield, by Frank McShan, MacRumors

Apple has recently shared a new support document on how to make your own face shield. The support document does mention that the manufacturing of face shields should only be carried out by an expert.

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I look forward to, one day, sit in a coffeeshop, drink a cup of coffee, and do nothing.

(As opposed to now, sitting at home, drinking coffee, and doing nothing.)


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