Office for iPad is getting mouse and trackpad support later this year

From The Verge: Microsoft is planning to update Office for iPad with support for Apple’s latest iPadOS trackpad and mouse support. The software maker has always been quick to update its range of iOS apps with Apple’s latest software features, and work is already underway to update Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.

Lyft Follows Uber's Lead, Requires Drivers and Riders to Wear Face Masks

From PC Mag: In an attempt to protect users during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, Lyft is implementing a series of new policies—including the requirement that all drivers and riders wear face masks.

"As local governments ease stay-at-home orders, Lyft is ramping up efforts to protect riders and drivers—including establishing new health and safety standards for ridesharing," according to a blog post. That includes personal health certification, health safety education, and the distribution of cleaning supplies.

Zoom buys the identity service Keybase as part of 90-day security push

From The Verge: Zoom has acquired Keybase, an encryption and security service meant to serve as a secure home for your online identities. The acquisition is meant to quickly add a team of security-focused developers to Zoom, which has been widely criticized in recent weeks for lapses in security inside its increasingly popular videoconferencing software. Keybase co-founder Max Krohn will now lead Zoom’s security engineering team.

AMD Eyes Business Laptops With 7nm Ryzen Pro 4000 Series Chips

From PC Mag: As AMD’s Ryzen 4000 chips enter consumer laptops, the company is also bringing them to corporate PCs.

The chipmaker today introduced the Ryzen Pro 4000 series, which are designed to provide high performance to thin and light business laptops. The biggest change is the move from 12-nanometer fabrication tech, which was used in last year's Pro line, to AMD's 7-nanometer process. The company has also upgraded the three individual chips in the Pro series with substantially more cores and threads.

US rule might let American companies work with Huawei on 5G

From CNET: American companies could be allowed to work with Huawei on setting 5G standards under a new rule from the US Commerce Department, according to Reuters. The rule would let US companies take part in for next generation networking standards bodies alongside the controversial Chinese telecom, and it's under final review at the department, the report noted.

AOC Branded Gaming Monitors Achieve #1 Worldwide in 2019

From AOC Press Release: AOC today announces its AOC branded gaming monitors, owned by the parent company TPV, achieved #1 global market share among gaming PC monitor companies in 2019. AOC also grew 67% in the United States in 2019, making it the fastest growing monitor brand in North America. (Source: IDC Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker (Gaming), 2019Q4). Gaming monitors are defined by IDC as having a refresh rate of at least 100Hz by IDC.

HyperX Teams Up with Ducky and Launches HyperX x Ducky One 2 Mini Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

From HyperX Press Release: HyperX today announced a collaboration with keyboard manufacturing company DuckyChannel International Co. Ltd on a limited-edition 60 percent form factor HyperX x Ducky One 2 Mini mechanical gaming keyboard. The HyperX x Ducky One 2 Mini mechanical gaming keyboard features HyperX red linear mechanical switches built for performance, longevity and an 80 million lifetime click rating per switch.

Android 11’s public beta to launch with June 3rd live stream

From The Verge: Google will announce the first public beta for Android 11 in a live stream at 11AM ET on June 3rd, according to a promotional video spotted by Android Police. The search giant typically debuts Android’s latest public beta in May each year, but the difference in 2020 is that its developer conference, Google I/O, had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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