Dell reveals Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020 deals weeks ahead of schedule

Dell always likes to get the jump on the Black Friday hype machine, often being the first tech retailer to unveil its roster of deals, but this year it’s really outdone itself. Then again, in a year where not much has seemed ordinary, it’s probably not shocking that Dell is launching its holiday shopping plans for Black Friday and Cyber Monday on October 15, two weeks before Halloween and just after the dust settled on Amazon’s annual Prime Day extravaganza.

With people turning to online shopping not only as a necessity during the lockdown days of the pandemic, but also as a source of relief from the social isolation the pandemic has engendered, it’s probably inevitable that the hysteria surrounding Black Friday begin earlier than ever before. It helps that thanks to online retailers, what once was a limited-time event that occasionally erupted into brick-and-mortar bedlam has turned into a

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A 10-day race to develop three germ-blasting robots

Stories have been emerging about epic, even life-saving development sprints in the days after COVID-19 took hold. Teams working in a variety of spaces, from data management and tele-health to robotics and IoT spotted adjacent opportunities to develop technologies to fight the pandemic during what may turn out to be one of the most fertile technology sprints in modern history.

A new entry in the list is Weston Robot, a Singapore-based robot developer and supplier that, at the time of the first outbreaks, had designed a variety of robots for various markets, including compact surveillance robots with wheels designed for uneven terrain, as well as autonomous cars and even robotic exoskeletons. As the pressing demands of the pandemic began to sink in, the Weston team turned its focus on a critical problem: Using the mobile robots in its product well to aid in disinfecting.

“We asked ourselves, ‘Can we

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Small businesses’ remote working frustrations threaten exodus of best talent

As small business owners continue to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, workers now expect their employers to offer a modern blended approach to how and where they work, according to a study from Ricoh Europe, which showed European small businesses are 42% more likely than enterprises to lose staff because of technology frustrations around remote working.

The study, of 1,300 European office workers, showed that while just over two-thirds said they had the skills to work remotely, just over a quarter (27%) of small business employees were considering switching jobs.

The study also revealed that nearly three in 10 workers at small companies found it difficult to stay motivated and engaged while working remotely because of communication and technology issues. Also, 22% felt less productive because of communication and technology restraints, while almost half (48%) have had to rely on their own technology to work remotely during

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Extend, which helps e-commerce businesses and retailers offer extended warranties on products using APIs, raises $40M Series B led by Meritech Capital (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:

Extend, which helps e-commerce businesses and retailers offer extended warranties on products using APIs, raises $40M Series B led by Meritech Capital  —  Extend, which works with companies like Peloton, iRobot, ​Harman / JBL, Advance Auto Parts, Traeger Grills, BlendJet, SoClean … … Read More