For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website . For plenty of people in the US, setting up a COVID-19 vaccine appointment has meant sitting in front of a computer, endlessly refreshing multiple browsers in hopes of snagging a rare open slot through their health provider or a nearby pharmacy. At times, getting a spot can seem like trying to win the lottery. (Actually, lottery odds might feel more favorable given limited vaccine supply and high demand .) Teenagers Sam Mendelson and Daniel Stoiber wanted to help their parents avoid the frustrating vaccine-chasing frenzy, so they got creative and ended up helping Mom and Dad, plus a lot more people. The friends built a Twitter bot, CovaxSF , that tracks vaccine availability by scanning California's MyTurn vaccine database and alerts followers when (and where) appointments in the San Francisco Bay Area open up. As of this writing, it has more than 2,200 followers. "The … [Read more...] about Teens build Twitter bot to help COVID vaccine hopefuls snag appointments
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It's been nearly impossible to find the PS5 -- recently named the fastest-selling console in US history -- since it was released in November. As soon as the PS5 comes into stock at any major retailer, it sells out in a flash, which has led to a cottage industry of Twitter feeds that track PS5 (and Xbox) availability in real time. We can't promise that sort of instant turnaround, but we can offer easy shortcuts to the product pages for the PS5 at major retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Walmart, as well as resellers like eBay and StockX for those of you willing to pay a premium (more on that below). If you're ready to buy a PS5, keep reading for some pointers. First tip: Don't wait until you hear about a PS5 inventory drop. Check the links at major retailers for stock updates daily or even multiple times a day. (We've got them all lined up below.) If you do happen upon some PS5 availability, go all in with as many browsers and devices as possible. … [Read more...] about PS5 restock updates: Check PlayStation 5 stock at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and more
The PS5 , now the fastest-selling console in US history , has been nearly impossible to find since its November release. Every time a major retailer has restocked the PS5, it has sold out immediately, and that has spawned a cottage industry of Twitter feeds that track PS5 (and Xbox) availability in real time. While we can't promise that kind of instant turnaround, we can share pointers on how to buy a PS5 now and offer easy shortcuts to the product pages for the PS5 at major retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Walmart, as well as resellers like StockX and eBay if you want to pay a premium to get one sooner (more on that below). First tip: Don't wait until you hear about a PS5 inventory drop. Check the links at major retailers for stock updates daily or even multiple times a day. (We've got them all lined up below.) If you do happen upon some PS5 availability, go all in with as many browsers and devices as possible. On a desktop, for example, open … [Read more...] about PS5 restock updates: Check PlayStation 5 stock at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Walmart and more
The desktop Google Photos website seems to be getting the ability to scan for text in an image and turn it into copy-and-pasteable text, thanks to Google’s Lens technology ( via 9to5Google ). Lens has been available in many places on Android for a while, but its optical character recognition (OCR) feature coming to the desktop could make Google Photos an easy and free way to get real-life text onto your computer. According to 9to5Google , the feature seems to be rolling out widely, but a writer at XDA-Developers didn’t have it show up for them . I was able to use it, though. To use it (or to check if you have it yet), load up the Google Photos site and go to a photo where you’ve captured some text (such as a page of a book, a sign, a receipt, etc). If Google detects words, a “Copy text from image” button should pop up, and clicking that will open a pane that lets you read the text that Google found. One practical application of having Lens on desktop could be scanning … [Read more...] about Google Photos just let me copy text from a photo into my web browser
So you’re considering a projector? Perhaps you’re a movie fan who wants to curate their own home cinema night, popcorn and all. Or you’re a gamer who wants to step out onto a distant planet and blast life-sized aliens to smithereens? With the right projector you can do all of these things, and so much more. If you are indeed ready to take the plunge, or are looking to upgrade, there are a few considerations to take into account. Projectors require a little more planning and setting up when compared with televisions. To get the best out of one, you’ll need to attach it to the ceiling, as – unlike TVs – you’ll need distance between the lens and the screen to project. (Unless of course, you go for a short throw model, but we’ll talk a little more on this later.) A ceiling-mounted beamer also eliminates the possibility of shadows cast by passing people or pets. Not all need to be ceiling mounted as smaller projectors can be moved in and out of a room as needed, but Sony’s range … [Read more...] about Should I buy a Sony projector?