Technologies offer hands-on science options for blind students during remote learning

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – New education technologies are providing more options for blind science students to access laboratory tools and research. Independence Science, a Purdue University-affiliated company founded by blind chemist and Purdue alumnus Cary Supalo, has introduced new tools for remote learning for blind students.

“The Independence Science team is very excited to announce that accessible hands-on science learning is now possible for the blind,” said Greg Williams, who is a blind scientist at Independence Science. “Students from remote locations can now work together on accessible scientific data collection in the laboratory from home, and work with a science teacher or lab partner physically located in a science laboratory.”

Independence Science has introduced a new version of its Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest version 2.3 software, which is designed to improve access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for blind students. The new version allows students to remotely connect

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Google is allowing employees back on campus for outdoor-only meetings because remote isn’t always enough



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  • Google is holding face-to-face gatherings outdoors on lawns and other parts of its campuses as it gets ready to welcome staff back to offices next year, a spokesperson told CNBC.  
  • The news followed Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai’s September announcement that the company was making changes to its physical spaces to enable a hybrid model of work.
  • “We firmly believe that in-person, being together, having that sense of community, is super important for whenever you have to solve hard problems, you have to create something new,” said Pichai during an interview for Time 100. 
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Google is testing socially distanced outdoor meetings on company campuses, preparing to get employees back to offices next year.

The socially-distanced meetings, called “onsite off-site”, are held on lawns and other parts of the tech giant campuses where COVID-19 restrictions

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Laserfiche Showcases the Latest Cloud Solutions Enabling Remote Work and Business Continuity at GITEX Technology Week 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Laserfiche  — the leading global provider of intelligent content management and business process automation, will showcase the latest developments in SaaS content services platform technology accelerating the Middle East’s digital transformation as virtual exhibitors at GITEX Technology Week 2020. Attendees will learn the benefits of using Laserfiche to increase remote collaboration capabilities establish long-term business continuity and build an effective digital workplace during major disruptions such as COVID-19. The largest technology show in the region, GITEX will take place Dec. 6-10, 2020, both in-person at the Dubai World Trade Centre and as a virtual event.

“GITEX has always been a valuable opportunity for Laserfiche to showcase the latest solutions and customer stories,” said Laserfiche Account Manager for the MENA region Anson Wong. “We are excited to share content management, remote work and process automation solutions, as well as

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Technology Provides the Solution to Remote Work’s Biggest Challenge

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it threw a monkey wrench into the plans of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) already grappling with the concept of remote work. Some had been testing the waters; others were deeply immersed; but it’s become increasingly clear that all must now find ways to make remote work viable at scale. Technology is the key to getting there.

Among the challenges SMB leaders face are the nuts-and-bolts logistics of providing their employees with the equipment, IT support, and other resources they need and the increased security concerns that come with remote work. The more vexing problem is finding ways to replicate the important cultural elements of the office work environment so critical to maintaining engagement, productivity, and a positive company culture.

At the start of the pandemic, Everlaw, a cloud-native e-discovery firm, already had some of its team working remotely. Since the team was already using

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‘Sistine Chapel of the ancients’ rock art discovered in remote Amazon forest

One of the world’s largest collections of prehistoric rock art has been discovered in the Amazonian rainforest.

Hailed as “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients”, archaeologists have found tens of thousands of paintings of animals and humans created up to 12,500 years ago across cliff faces that stretch across nearly eight miles in Colombia.

Their date is based partly on their depictions of now-extinct ice age animals, such as the mastodon, a prehistoric relative of the elephant that hasn’t roamed South America for at least 12,000 years. There are also images of the palaeolama, an extinct camelid, as well as giant sloths and ice age horses.

These animals were all seen and painted by some of the very first humans ever to reach the Amazon. Their pictures give a glimpse into a lost, ancient civilisation. Such is the sheer scale of paintings that they will take generations to study.

The

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4 Ways Remote Communication Is Making For a Better Workplace


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Remote communication has never been more popular. Over the course of the pandemic, as more employees have been forced to work from home, the number of people using remote communication solutions has skyrocketed.

Early in the pandemic, in April, when lockdowns in municipalities around the United States first forced businesses to send their employees home, video conferencing solution Zoom saw the number of daily meeting participants increase to 300 million, up threefold from 100 million in December 2019. 

Similarly, Microsoft Teams’ daily active users increased from 32 million in March 2019 to 75 million in April 2020. Google reported in April that its teleconferencing service was adding three million users per day. 

Covid has forced nearly the entire world to go virtual. This has made remote communication critical, not just in people’s professional lives, but in

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Deutsche Bank mulls over two-day remote working week following COVID-19 pandemic

Deutsche Bank is considering offering some staff the opportunity to work from home two days a week permanently. 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations worldwide to move staff to remote work models with barely any notice. Working from hastily-created home offices for months on end, however, has raised questions as to why remote work setups can’t be more common in the future — and some companies are asking the same questions themselves. 

It is not known when offices will be deemed safe enough for full teams to occupy them again — and in the meantime, this means shift patterns, reduced workforces, virtual meetings, and remote work which has become the new ‘normal’. 

For Deutsche Bank, the current work trends may impact future policies, including the option for some staff to only come into the office three out of five days in a working week.

People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg

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5 tech tips for getting through the remote holiday

SAN FRANCISCO — This Thanksgiving, instead of gathering 15 people in her home just outside Columbus, Ohio, to laugh and gorge on turkey, Georganna Price is moving the celebration to Zoom.



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Price will Zoom with her niece while they prepare food and play the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the background. The entire extended family will eat together over the video-chat app, and then meet up again virtually later in the evening to surf online for Black Friday deals.

“We will Zoom and chat and cook together,” said Price, who will be joined in person by her two sons. “Like we would if we were together.”

Virtual Thanksgiving celebrations — or, as it has now been dubbed, “Zoomsgiving” — have become necessary this year to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked people to avoid

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Report Suggests Government, Companies Factor Permanent Remote Work into Future Operations

A report by Forrester indicates more than 53% of the U.S. workforce would like to continue working remotely—at least some—once the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

Released Nov. 17, the report found fewer Americans (44%) are eager to return to daily office life and mirrors a recent survey of federal employees who expect at least regular telework to continue into the foreseeable future.

Agencies and companies, Forrester states, would be wise to augment their existing workforce strategies to meet the expectations of their collective workforces.

“Rather than assume that centralized locations are the best way to engage workers and provide those outcomes, the anywhere-work approach recognizes that people—employees, prospective talent, managers, and other stakeholders—all have preferences that, post-pandemic, will break the traditional definition of and boundary between in-office and home-based work,” the report states.

The report makes clear not every employee will be able to work from home. According to Forrester, approximately

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Dell earnings jump on demand for remote work technology



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Driven by demand for desktop and notebook computers as the coronavirus pandemic forces more people to work from home, Dell Technologies saw its revenue and profit soar past Wall Street’s expectations in its fiscal third quarter, the company said Tuesday

Revenue for the quarter ended Oct. 30 was $23.5 billion, a 3% year over year increase, the company reported, beating analysts’ expectations of $21.9 billion.

The Round Rock-based technology giant has net income of $17 billion, or $1.08 per share. Dell said its adjusted earnings were $2.03 per share, well above Wall Street analysts’ forecasts for $1.42 per share.

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Dell Technologies shares closed Tuesday up 1.3% at $70.33, and edged up less than 1% in after-hours trading following

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