Alt Tabs: How Google and Microsoft are cleaning up crowded browsers

In my recent column on the Surface Go 2 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook, I positioned the challenge those devices pose to the iPad as coming down to, in part, whether prospective buyers preferred a traditional windowing environment versus the iPad’s split-screen/floating window hybrid. For years, we’ve seen Microsoft wrestle mightily with the proper balance between touch and windowing environments from Windows 8 (in earnest) to Windows 10 (which can work quite well but has seen poor adoption) and beyond to Windows 10 X, 

Google has also sought to reconcile the interface disparities of desktop and mobile interfaces. When I spoke with the company as it launched the Pixelbook Slate last year, I agreed with its assessment of having made much progress in the integration of Android apps into Chrome OS. However, it conceded that it still had much work ahead of it. Indeed, while integrating Android apps

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Digital bank’s valuation falls as it seeks funds to ride Covid-19 storm

UK digital challenger bank Monzo is seeking up to £80m to help it through the current slowdown brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Financial Times, the new investment sees the company’s value drop from £2bn to £1.25bn.

Monzo is a mobile-only bank that received its banking licence in April 2017. It has amassed about one million customers and is creating jobs, including plans last year to create 300 jobs in Cardiff over the next few years.

But fintechs like Monzo, which have received huge investments up front, face a major funding challenge as venture capitalists and other investors become cautious. To cut costs, Monzo CEO Tom Blomfield will not take a salary for the next 12 months and the bank has furloughed some employees and closed a customer service office in the US.

Monzo is not the only darling of fintech to be hit by

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Amazon to start re-opening French warehouses on May 19

Amazon on Friday confirmed it plans to gradually start re-opening its French warehouses on May 19, about a month after shutting them down

In April, Amazon shut down its six French fulfillment centers in response to a French court order. The Nanterre Court of Justice, just outside of Paris, ordered the e-commerce giant to limit its warehouse operations to essential goods to protect workers from the COVID-19 virus, or risk a daily fine of 1 million euros.  

The ruling came in response to a complaint from a labor union, arguing that Amazon was continuing with operations “as if nothing had happened.” The court said normal operations could resume once Amazon had put in place sufficient safety measures for its workers. Amazon decided to close its fulfillment centers completely rather than run the risk of accidentally shipping non-essential items. 

In a statement, Amazon spokesperson Lisa Levandowski said Amazon is currently

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NHS reveals comms network strain as virus spread

One of the unintended consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK has been a big fall in the number of people attending hospitals, and data released by the NHS has shown that online and telecommunications services have been taking up the strain.

NHS England data on potential Covid-19 symptoms reported through NHS Pathways and the 111 online dashboard shows that in the days before lockdown, there was a huge increase in the number of NHS Pathways triages for potential coronavirus symptoms reported by members of the public through NHS 111 or 999 and 111 online.

The top-line figures show that since 18March, there have been 618,173 triages via phone and more than 2.490 million online assessments for coronavirus. Pattern analysis has shown that 111 dashboard triages/online journeys rose steadily from 18 March to 23 March, when the UK lockdown began to apply. On that day, the number of

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