Future MacBook Pro could use deformable touchscreen keyboard instead of mechanical keys

A future MacBook Pro may do away with mechanical keyboard mechanisms entirely to eliminate issues with debris, by using a force-sensitive surface on a flexible area of the MacBook’s casing to mimic the pressing of keys.

Over the years, Apple has received complaints about its MacBook Pro keyboards, especially for the butterfly mechanism, with key death being an issue among users. The ability for the mechanism to be jammed up with debris led to Apple introducing a membrane in 2018, but even that inclusion wasn’t enough for it to rethink its key mechanism usage.

The main issue is that it is practically impossible for Apple to create a keyboard that can be protected from the elements using conventional keyboard design techniques. Even if Apple internalizes most of the mechanism, there still has to be a protrusion to allow the externally-facing key to actuate, with the required holes being

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VMworld 2020: 3 Keys to a Future-Ready Workforce

The transition to remote work may be behind us, but there’s a lot of uncertainty about what work will look like in the future. 

How long will employees work remotely? What will new offices look like? How will workers stay connected in a hybrid world?

Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager for end-user computing at VMware, said that many employees don’t plan on returning. 

“The remote work revolution is already producing many, many positive benefits,” said Iyer at VMworld 2020. “While we can talk about cost savings and the ability of employees to live wherever they want, here’s another interesting effect: Three-quarters of employees say that since the wave of remote work began, employees outside of corporate headquarters feel far more empowered to make decisions.”

While there are other benefits, such as more flexibility for employees and a larger recruiting pool for businesses, many organizations weren’t set up

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Keys to controlling a COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility — ScienceDaily

Widespread COVID-19 testing may be an obvious way to control an outbreak in a long-term care facility. But communication among the facility’s staff, its residents and the residents’ family members is crucial, too.

A new study led by Carl Shrader, a physician and researcher in the Department of Family Medicine in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, revealed the role that communication played in quashing a COVID-19 outbreak at Sundale, a long-term care facility in Morgantown.

“Timely communication was challenging and made more difficult by a lack of evidence-based information and widely circulating misinformation,” said Shrader, who directs WVU’s residency program. “There is a delicate balance between rapid dissemination of accurate information with the need for personal individual discussion in an unknown situation.”

Shrader is also the medical director at Sundale, which was the epicenter of West Virginia’s COVID-19 pandemic. From the first diagnosis of COVID-19 in a Sundale

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Shark attacked snorkeler in Florida Keys ‘almost immediately’ after he entered the water, police say

A snorkeler has suffered a severe shoulder injury after being “attacked almost immediately” by a shark when he entered the waters near a lighthouse in the Florida Keys, police say.

The victim, Andrew Charles Eddy of Atlanta, was airlifted to a medical facility in Miami Sunday morning following the incident at Sombrero Key Light outside of Marathon, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says.

“This was a very rare medical crisis for the Florida Keys, but everyone came together – including those witnesses on the boat to 911 communicators to all our emergency responders – in order to ensure this victim received life-saving care,” Sheriff Rick Ramsay said in a statement.

A bull shark swims through deep water off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says boaters spotted one of these sharks in the waters where the attack in the Florida Keys happened this weekend. (iStock)

A bull shark swims through deep water off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says boaters spotted one of these sharks in the waters where the attack in the Florida Keys happened this weekend. (iStock)

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