Category: Business

April 9, 2020

This Pandemic Is a ‘Fork in the Road’ for Gig Worker Benefits

As Covid-19 keeps people indoors, delivery and other contract workers are more visible than ever—making this a pivotal time for them to secure basic rights.


by Arielle Pardes in Business
April 9, 2020

When School Is Online, the Digital Divide Grows Greater

Most US schools are closed, with instruction shifting to the internet. That’s a problem for millions of people without reliable broadband, including 20 percent of rural students.


by Klint Finley in Business
April 8, 2020

Bernie Sanders Is Out—but He Transformed Campaigning For Good

Over the course of two presidential campaigns, Sanders showed how effective a digital-first movement could be.


by Gilad Edelman in Business
April 8, 2020

iPads Are Crucial Health Care Tools in Combating Covid-19

Hospitals are deploying tablets and smartphones to protect staff, preserve protective equipment, and help patients connect with loved ones.


by Paris Martineau in Business
April 4, 2020

The JavaScript Framework That Puts Web Pages on a Diet

Svelte, created by a graphics editor for the New York Times, has attracted a following among programmers who want their pages to load faster.


by Klint Finley in Business
April 3, 2020

Google Reveals Location Data to Help the Coronavirus Response

The search giant is disclosing trends in visits to broad categories of places, as a tool for public health officials.


by Klint Finley in Business
April 3, 2020

As Health Anxieties Soar, Wellness Influencers Step In

Tips for staying active during the pandemic are one thing. But some influencers are pushing unscientific claims to sell “immunity boosting” products.


by Arielle Pardes in Business
April 3, 2020

For Open-Source Ventilators, Making Them Is the Easy Part

Plus: The DIY movement, the Long Tail theory of the internet, and wild animals in the streets.


by Steven Levy in Business
April 3, 2020

Delivery Apps Offer Restaurants a Lifeline—at a Cost

Social distancing rules have reduced many eateries to delivery and take out. But apps like Uber Eats exact a 25 percent toll on their shrinking revenue.


by Sidney Fussell in Business
April 2, 2020

The High-Stakes Race to Build More Ventilators

The US is short of ventilators to help Covid-19 patients breathe. Ford, GM, and satellite-launch company Virgin Orbit are trying to fill the gap.


by Alex Davies in Business