Customers who fail to check-in online, and instead check-in at the airport counter, will now face a charge from AirAsia. The airline claim this will increase social distancing.
MerryMint are pushing a new line of team building activities for remote teams – including watercolour painting, pie baking, mixology, succulent planting and meditation.
Google have created Google Kids Space to ensure that parents can better monitor their children’s activity online.
Alibaba have announced a 34% increase in revenue in the June quarter due to the move to digital prompted by the pandemic.
Sensors in the shoulders of a new H&M jackets flex to give the wearer the impression of being hugged. This could create a sense of connection at a time when many people are more isolated than normal.
Starbucks launch a digital machine in Thailand, where customers can select, customise their drink and pay for it using a QR code.
The pandemic is accelerating automation, through forcing workers to isolate. Automation technology is being used to process some government business loans that were launched after the crisis.
Citi Asia Pacific have launched a virtual work experience program to give students an insight into working life while maintaining social distancing.
PayPal records highest ever earnings, and believe society has reached a tipping point with cash use: consumers now actively avoid handling cash due to health concerns.
From the Northern Lights to the Great Wall of China, travellers from all over the world can cure their wanderlust with a digital experience that can transport them across the world from their own home.
Ultraviolet lights that eliminate viruses are being tested by scientists at the University of Columbia – and their findings could have implications for how airlines fight COVID-19 as airlines and manufacturers adjust to requirements in the post-COVID-19 age.
The Academy will allow streaming-only films to be nominated.
Denny’s is now moonlighting as a gamer on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The diner brand is giving codes and discounts to the people it connects with in gaming, and is seeing some fan engagement with posts on social media.
A Hong Kong hotel chain has introduced AI-enabled robots to serve guests with food and drinks during quarantine. In the future, it is planned that their use will extend to provide other forms of assistance in the hotel.
Satellite imaging data from Beijing dampens optimism around a ‘return to normal’ in China, which was hit first by Coronavirus. The satellite data clearly shows that despite lockdown lifting, weekends remain quiet, and – beyond commuting – movement is relatively limited.01
Facing a shortfall in income from in-person visitors, a farm animal refuge in California now offers video conferencing with its residents.
Customers visit a web page and select how much they’d like to spend on their weekly shop. The E-Gift Card is then emailed directly to the person shopping on their behalf, which can be redeemed at checkout in store.
A supermarket in Auckland, New Zealand, has recently opened its first shop dedicated to online orders only. The store is designed to take pressure off other stores which remain open to the public and are also seeing a surge in online orders.
As a signal of the extent to which digitisation can save jobs, as well as removing them, travel-starved people can hire a remote digital companion to show them around the Faroe Islands. Through using an app, people will be able to control where their guide goes, creating a form of hybrid, gamified digital tourism.
ChowNow and Instagram have teamed up to help local and independent businesses by adding food ordering buttons onto Instagram. With the new function they are hoping restaurants can survive in these difficult times.
The app Open Table – typically used to secure table reservations in restaurants – has responded to lockdown by changing its focus. In the US, shoppers can now book supermarket shopping slots using their app.
An app called #SoundBored has created a soundscape of typical office noises for those who are missing their colleagues. The range includes typing, yelling, sneezing, and even the pleasant sounds of people eating their lunch to bring the office ambience into the home.
“Tommy” the robot is helping healthcare staff in an Italian hospital monitor patients with Covid-19. The robots are able to monitor data from equipment on a ward and alert staff when attention is required – freeing doctors to deal with more serious cases and reducing direct contact.
The Business Breakthrough University in Tokyo held a remote graduation ceremony, with students using robots to “attend” while remaining at home. The “Newme”robots were dressed in graduation caps and gowns for the ceremony and carried tablets which displayed their student’s webcam.
Existing conspiracy theories in the UK about threats to health from the rollout of 5G internet have evolved to include the claim that the technology spreads Coronavirus. The UK communications regulator has warned broadcasters who repeat these baseless theories on air will be sanctioned.
The Air Max Day Sofa “digitally upcycles” Nike puffer jackets, and allows people to use a custom Instagram Augmented Reality filter to help people to socialise, whilst also socially distancing online.
Firms in the “experience economy” are particularly hard-hit by social distancing measures around the world. The holiday rental platform AirBnB has launched a new digital experience service, which aims to transport you to another country for an authentic experience from the comfort of your own home.
As more people are using video conferencing software due to having to work from home, Zoom have introduced a series of playful backgrounds they allow people to pretend they are anywhere else.
Launch of donottouchyourface.com, a website tool created by US-based developers that helps users follow the advice of medical experts to not touch their face during the coronavirus outbreak through Machine Learning.
Niantic have announced that they are putting their resources into developing features for Pokémon Go that are compatible with staying indoors. The company announced that, in the midst of the challenge that COVID-19 represents, they are “putting focus on expanding features and experiences in our games that can be enjoyed in an individual setting.”
The share price of Zoom, the US remote conferencing service, has doubled since the end of January, rising from $70 a share at the end of January to over $141 by 26 March. As more countries are forced into lockdown, firms which help to bring us together – for work or play – are thriving.
Total game downloads on Apple’s app store in China increased 27.5% year on year and revenue rose by 12.1%, according to market research firm Sensor Tower.
As internet usage keeps rising a key value is early adoption, the hunger for the next and newest technology. Globally, 7 in 10 try to keep up with technology (70%), and as many as 9 in 10 online
Faced with uncertainity about the future, hedonistic ‘you only live once’ lifestyles are growing in appeal. People
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