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Microsoft isn’t the only tech company struggling to keep up with demand. Internet demand from all the work-from-home employees is creating an enormous stress test of our online capabilities and infrastructure. Be patient.

This past week, the European Commission called on small businesses and startups that are creating technology to help aid the outbreak of COVID-19 to take advantage of and apply for fast-track funding from the EU. While there are currently no formal priorities in which this funding would be used for, there is a strong focus on providing these grants to companies and businesses that are working to create products and solutions to help combat the Coronavirus. (Source: Tech Crunch)

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Everyone’s desperate for new technology that will help treat patients both now and in the future. If you’re in that business, don’t ignore the opportunities in Europe.

4 — Google Translate now lets you transcribe conversations in real-time.

Google has announced that they launched a new feature in its Business News Translate Android app that will allow users to transcribe conversations—in real-time—into other languages. The new feature will begin its roll out throughout the next several days and will support Thai, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Hindi, German, French, and English. Users will easily be able to touch the new “transcribe” icon from their home screen and select the target languages and source and tap the microphone icon in order to start, stop, pause, or restart their chosen transcription. (Source: CNET)

Why this is important for your business:

Working with your overseas employees and contractors is now easier with this improved and faster translation tool from Google. Now that so many of them are working from home, it’s an excellent time to test out the capabilities.

5— Coronavirus fears are turning real estate open houses into virtual tours.  

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, virtual home tours are quickly taking the place of traditional open houses that both buyers and sellers have relied on in the past. According to data provided by Halstead’s Open House index, open house participation has Press Release Distribution Services For Business gone down by 15% as compared to two weeks ago, which was the first weekend that New York City began to experience the fears brought on by the coronavirus. Many real estate agents in NYC are getting creative and taking advantage of technological capabilities and providing the option to buyers to take virtual tours of home that they are interested in, some even offering 3-D tours in these remote platforms. (Source: NY Post)

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As I recently wrote here, the pandemic is going to force employers – particularly small employers – to use mobile, cloud and virtual technologies for their work-from-home workers and many are going to kick themselves for not doing a long time ago. I think the same will apply to real estate agents, construction firms, service businesses and health agencies once they realize the power of virtual and augmented reality technologies.
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