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Covid-19 leaves some people with permanent lung damage

Covid-19 is already disrupting people lives. While we comfort ourselves that the effects are temporary this potential for permanent damage has sent some ripples in the community. Those infected with coronavirus may be left with permanent lung damage.

Patients are claiming to have difficulty breathing and coughing months after treated for Covid-19. Doctors say that chest scans of these patients reveal irreversible lung damage that cannot be treated.

The number of people affected is not yet known, but estimates are as high as one in five who require intensive care treatment for Covid-19.

Permanent damage is sometimes seen after other types of chest infections that can cause lung inflammation similar to coronaviruses, such as flu and pneumonia.

James Chalmers, a chest physician and consultant at the British Lung Foundation, says, “We’ve always seen this before – what’s  different is the scale it this”.

Previously, his clinic in Scotland would have seen the wound occurring once or twice a year after a lung infection

In a study in Italy, which was one of the first European countries to suffer coronavirus, doctors are scanning people’s lungs three months after becoming ill. While full results have not yet been revealed, Paolo Spagnolo at the University of Padua estimates that 15 to 20 percent of those treated in intensive care at their hospital for Covid-19 have scarring.

In most people, coronavirus causes only mild symptoms, but in some it leads to severe lung inflammation and a burst of immune signaling chemicals, creating a complication called a cytokine storm if this symptom is left undiagnosed, inflammation begins to cause scarring of the lungs.

This scarring of the lungs is called fibrosis and it is irreversible. All people can do is try to improve their aerobic fitness to compensate for their reduced lung function and learn to cope with respiratory problems.

Along with scarring, there may be other mechanisms that cause long-term problems. Severe Covid-19 poses a risk of blood clotting, so people develop small clots in the blood vessels of their lungs.

To compensate, new blood vessels develop, but can become disordered, causing high blood pressure in their lungs which reduces your oxygen intake. 

This phenomenon is not only confined to ventilated patients. Severe COVID has the potential for permanent lung damage but those people who were ventilated have been more prone to long term complications.

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Amazon Smart Stores: “Retails into Digital storefronts”

What are Smart Stores?

Amazon, in an effort to convert retail shops to ‘Digital storefronts’ launched an initiative specifically for India called “Amazon Smart stores” 

When a customer walks up to the storefront and scan the QR Code struck at the shop, the whole inventory shows up in the app.

The customers than can pay using Amazon pay since it supports all UPI, debit, and credit cards. This way people can maintain Social distance too.

The may be Motive

In January, when Jeff Bezos visited India, members of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), a consortium of small traders, protested against the company for its predatory pricing practices. 

Since then, the e-commerce giants have tried to create a tie-up with these merchants. In April, it allowed local stores to sell groceries online.

It’s Usefulness:

This is a useful feature in post-epidemic India, where many shops are crowded all day long, and the shopkeeper may not have time to attend every one.

The smart store is powered by Amazon Pay and allows users to pay via credit or debit card, UPI, or convert their order to EMI.

Although the delivery method to customers is yet to be revealed. It may be delivered to customers just outside the store or a delivery agent may deliver the order at the doorstep (like food delivery apps).

Amazon pay is one of the latest kinds of stuff for local shops, the customers can increase the buying experience at all shops even more convenient for safe transactions, in the further, of an idea is EMIs, rewards, and offers, etc. The merchants can increase sales and customers can more affordable and rewarding 

says Mahendra Nerurkar, Ceo of Amazon Pay

Company’s vision:

Amazon says that smart stores will help merchants transform their store into a digital storefront, allowing people to browse their products from anywhere.

The company says they are not taking any cut from merchants till now and thousands of retail shops have already signed up for the program.

Things to know:

This is unarguably a better system for consumers to shop from local stores but few of these businesses like to take cash and under-report revenues to pay less tax, which is a bigger incentive for these businesses than any other..

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“We built a powerful quantum computer”, says Honeywell

Honeywell, a company known for building control systems for homes, businesses, and aircraft, claims to have built the most powerful quantum computer ever.

Though other researchers are skeptical about its power, the company says, it is a step towards integrating quantum computing into its everyday tasks.

Honeywell measured the capabilities of its computer using a metric called Quantum Volume by IBM. This takes into account the number of quantum bits – or qubits – that the computer has, their error rate, how long the system can compute before the qubits stop working, and some other key properties.

“About 220 different algorithms will be used to measure quantum volume,” says Tony Uttley, president of Honeywell Quantum Solutions.

Honeywell’s quantum computer has a volume of 64, twice the next highest quantum volume to be recorded, which was measured in an IBM quantum computer.

“Quantum computing will support for business challenges and scientific calculations and the feature will support also autonomous car improvements and more affordable speed”

said Chief Executive Officer Darius Adamczyk and Honeywell Chairman

Like other quantum computers, it can eventually be useful for calculations that deal with large amounts of data.

“Materials companies will explore new molecular structures. Transportation companies will optimize logistics. Financial institutions may need faster and precise software applications. the discovery of the new drug by the pharmaceutical companies.”

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In order to achieve Quantum supremacy (first claimed by Google), the machine should able to perform calculations that would be troubling for classical computers. 

While Honeywell’s machine has only six qubits so far, the one that Google used to achieve quantum supremacy had 53 qubits.

The feat that was achieved by Honeywell’s quantum computer can even be achieved by a laptop in order to achieve quantum supremacy it should have at least 50 to 60 qubits.

Ciarán Gilligan-Lee of University College London says that having the highest quantum volume could mean that Honeywell’s qubits are remarkably accurate and can be computed over a long period of time, but it is not the most powerful quantum computers available.

Although Honeywell’s machine cannot yet outperform classical computers Uttley says it is a step in the right direction to make quantum computers practically useful.

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Tips to survive the economic downturn amid COVID-19

In COVID-19 time, the signs point to one thing: We are moving towards another recession. And as a developer, you may be wondering what this means for your job. Here are are some tips on how to survive in an economic downturn.

Unemployment is the highest it has been since the Great Depression, the stock market has suffered a setback, and companies are beginning to cut corners to save money. All signs point to one thing: We are moving towards another recession.

If you have been working in web development or design for some time, you know that fluctuations are a natural part of the business. No industry is protected from the effects of the recession, but some are more resilient than others. Job security is generally high for developers, but this does not mean that you will not be immune to layoffs or pay cuts.

So what can you do to keep you afloat in this economic downturn? Here are five tips to survive during a recession and even thrive.

1. Diversify your skills

When the economy is booming, expertise in a particular aspect of web development can help boost your income and create more value for your employer. According to Pacekel, experts earn twice as much as normal people do.

But in an economic slump, this script blinks on its head. As companies loosen and tighten their belts, they rely more on team members who can act as jacks of all trades. The more versatile you are, the more valuable you will be during times of recession.

Classes on FreeCodeCamp, Treehouse, and uDemy are often good starting points to widen your horizons and acquire new skills.

It takes time to learn a new skill, but it can increase your value to employers or customers, increasing the likelihood that you will be employed in times of financial difficulty. As you increase your skill level, consider adding new work to GitHub and listing your new skills on LinkedIn.

2. Focus on goals and produce results

You are impressed by your craft and the quality of your code, and rightly so. But your employer cares about his business. And when money gets tight, the non-essentials go first.

At home, this may mean cutting back on takeout dinner and movie tickets. However, for your employer or customer, it means not producing a valuable return on your investment.

Make sure you are not.

Take some time to reevaluate your work in light of your company’s or client’s business goals. What kind of results are they expecting? Do you distribute those benefits? Are you making a meaningful contribution to the bottom line?

Focus on contributing content to the company’s short-term and mid-term goals. To reinforce your value, look for concrete indicators of the results you deliver, such as site traffic, user engagement, leads, or sales. Once customers or employers see your value, they will be even more essential when the budget starts shrinking.

3. Budget your time and manage your cash

When money gets tight, focusing on efficiency is more important than ever.

If you are a salaried employee, a waste of time means that your work output is affected. As a result, you become less valuable to your employer.

If you are a consultant, inefficiencies mean fewer clients and less income. The more efficient you are with your time and energy, the more cash you can save for the next recession.

Try using a time tracker and keep a record of the hours you work each day. Note how much time you spend on productive, creative work – such as coding new features or eliminating bugs – versus project management, meetings, and other tasks.

If you are a freelancer, a good accounting tool can help you manage your budget, track your expenses, and maximize your efficiency.

4. Make yourself visible

If you are like most devas, you probably avoid meetings like the plague. But staying in the right meetings and working on important projects is an effective way to ensure the leadership that you are making an active contribution. Aim to make an impact not only on your manager, but their manager.

If you are working from home or on a freelance basis, you may feel a little invisible. But active participation and engagement is nothing complicated.

Making yourself visible – even just by being active in zoom meetings or on Slack – you can keep your finger on the pulse of what is going on. Better yet, it will keep relevant and top of the stack with those who work with you. You never know that someone might need your help. Make sure you top their list when the time comes.

5. Make people’s lives easier

Teammates and clients like to work with people who solve more problems than they create. So you need to make people’s lives easier.

Get your work done well and on time, and do a light QA before checking in your code so that you can uncover any obvious issues. Listen when others need to vent. Take the initiative to get more work done, especially tasks that can reduce the burden of peers who work more.

While all of this may seem obvious, you would be surprised how much some dev’s try. Doing this goes a long way to move you from optional to essential.

The most important thing is to evaluate your work and your strategy. Some of the changes you conduct can make you recession-proof, and even help you during an economic recession.

You will also be helping yourself by helping others during a recession. Positioning yourself as an industry leader, a hard worker, and a flexible contributor will help you emerge from a stronger recession than ever before.

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China launches last BDS satellite to compete with GPS

China on 23rd this month, launched its 30th and final BDS satellite to complete its own ‘GPS’ like global navigation system BeiDou. The country started the program in the 1990s to begin the first phase. This satellite launch is part of the third phase of the program that began in 2015.

It was initially scheduled for 16 June, although it was postponed for a week after technical difficulties. The Long March-3B rocket successfully lifted off with the latest navigation satellite.

With the US’s GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and the EU’s Galileo navigation services that provide global services, china now joins them.

This third phase in China’s navigation system plan was designed to provide global services. In 2018, it began to offer Beidou’s services to other countries and regions along Belt Road.

“The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) provides a time-and-space location benchmark, which will have a great impact on the social and economic development of the country as well as people’s lives. It will also lay the foundation for building new infrastructure, an important direction for China’s development in the next phase”

stated Chen Zhonggui, chief designer of BDS-3 satellites at the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST).

The latest 55th satellite joins the Beidou’s family to provide navigation services on a global scale.

The BDS-3 also facilitates short message communication service with 1,200 Chinese characters messages.

China is now working on getting Beidou’s approval from international bodies. According to Chinese media, the ICAO will approve the use of the navigation system by the end of the year.

 The report also noted that the proposal for mobile communication supporting BDS-3 has also passed a review.

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Apple Macbook may dump Intel processors, report says

In 2010, Apple surprised the tech world when it announced that it built its own chip, then called the A4 to power its new iPad tablet. This year, the company may do it again, but this time also to announce a change for its Homemade chips for Mac computers.

The move, which has long been rumored, would mean that Apple would begin to abandon Intel’s processor chips by having at least some brains of their computers. The partnership, announced publicly in 2005, made devices such as the MacBook Air laptop possible.

As Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, Apple will step into its annual Worldwide Developers Conference later this month. WWDC 2020 is scheduled to take place on 22 June, and will be conducted online due to the coronavirus epidemic. However, the timing of the chip’s announcement may change, due to the spill-over effect on Apple’s production, Bloomberg said.

Apple declined to comment.

The move to use its own chips to power its Mac computers will give Apple the opportunity for custom-designed chips, enable their penchant for short, thin, and long-lasting devices. In previous years, working with Intel, the company designed new fans to keep its laptop cool, laptop cases mined out of a single piece of aluminum, and new keyboards to allow new laptop cases to have a low-profile screen and hinges.

Now Apple will be able to use its well-thought-out iPhone and iPad chips, which industry audiences speculate will run cooler and provide better battery life.

The A13 Bionic, the companies latest chip powers the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE. Apple’s chips are based on ARM architecture which has high efficiency. The design of the arm is also used as the basis for chips made by Samsung, Qualcomm and Nvidia.

Rumors of Apple turning away from Intel have been floating around the industry for years. In April 2018, it was reported that Apple was in the early stages of making its own processors for its MacBook and iMac. This shift would mean that the macs will also have similar processor strategies like iPhone and iPad.

According to Bloomberg, Mac’s testing with arm-based chips has shown improved graphics performance and artificial intelligence capabilities over previous devices powered by Intel chips. Bloomberg said the new chips could lead thin and light Mac laptops in the future.

At least three processors for macs are being worked on. Bloomberg said that the first Mac featuring the new chip may be available in 2021.

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Impacts of Covid-19 world wide

Impact of corona
COVID – 19

Situation:

According to worldometers.info, the novel Corona virus has infected around 47,50,154 and killed 3,13,797 people. Since the outbreak and the continued lock down people have lost jobs, facing reduced working hours or started working from home.

People whose livelihood depended on daily wages are the most affected. These people lost their job and the safety of migrant workers who wished to go home is being neglected. 

Those people who work remotely are struggling to maintain work-life balance and students have turned to social media OTT platforms forming habits that may be hard to overcome even after pandemic ends.

Economical impact:

Directly COVID-19 made a huge hit on global shares and this affects the dividends and long term returns for stockholders. The decrease in demand for oil dipped the price of Brent crude to 20$ which is the lowest in 20 years.

The travel industry also took a big hit, while the industries in E-commerce, OTT platforms like Amazon, and Netflix scored new highs in their share prices.

According to the IMF(International Monetary Fund), the global economy will shrink by 3% this year which is the worst since the great depression of the 1930s.

IMF also expects a rise in global growth rate by 5.8% if the pandemic fades in the second half of 2020. Due to the reduction of manufacturing in China, India has a chance to become the next production hub for the world

Geological impact:

Since the Lockdown major industrial areas were put under lockdown and production was brought to a halt. As a result, a fall in pollution levels has been recorded all over the world.

European space agency has released the images showing a reduction in nitrogen dioxide levels in the lower atmosphere.

Conclusion:

Indian government has allocated 20 lakh crore for the COVID-19 relief package. Correct allocation of these funds to respective industries will help the balls rolling for the economy.

COVID-19 is not expected to be gone anytime soon. Vaccine development is a step in the right direction to a COVID free world until then people should follow preventive measures and adapt to living beside the virus.

Opinion:

Some thought people who cannot hold their New year resolutions are weak-minded, who were they kidding :p I bet no one had a calendar striking a 3-month vacation in the middle of the year. So it’s true that people will always be the victim of their situations.