Tech Q&A: Video call sound quality limits music
After last week’s column on PC and Mac video calling (see tinyurl.com/v4zeggr), several readers wanted to know if the sound quality could be improved. Dale Lewellyn of Bloomington, Minn., wanted to know if sound could be adjusted so people could hear one another at the same time. Marcia Edwards of Brownsville, Texas, wondered what could be done about the time lag on video calls that prevents playing music with friends. Peter Brennan of Minneapolis asked if video calling services offered a “virtual room” where all musicians could hear one another without any time delay.A: There are a couple of ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Falcons GM Dimitroff homeschools for a most important draft
Now that it is mandated that he work from home, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has not cleared out such luxuries as a bed or a kitchen sink to make room for the oversized draft board. He hasn’t broken any neighborhood covenants by parking a CIA-surplus satellite truck in the driveway as a backup in case the internet goes out. Not yet anyway.Earlier this week Dimitroff uprooted his laptop during a media video conference and conducted a quick tour of where he’ll help mold the Falcons’ future come April 23-25.Draft Central appeared to be a room off his home office that consisted of a co...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
These therapists are switching to teletherapy to see stressed-out patients during coronavirus pandemic
CHICAGO — A front-line health care worker, wracked with fear.An international student stranded in the U.S.A Chicago Public Schools teacher aching for her students.They all want therapy, but with the novel coronavirus descending on Illinois, face-to face meetings are, in many cases, too dangerous. Instead, Chicago-area therapists are turning to an option that some hadn’t even tried before the pandemic began. They’re using teletherapy, in which the therapist and the patient communicate through videoconferencing platforms including Zoom, TokBox, FaceTime and Doxy.me, with computer screens allowin...
Instead of spring recruiting, these college basketball coaches are tackling the 'honey-do list' and Peloton workouts
CHICAGO — Northwestern coach Chris Collins has fixed up his garage. Notre Dame coach Mike Brey has taken up Pilates.Loyola coach Porter Moser is journaling. Bradley coach Brian Wardle takes his kids on bike rides.Illinois coach Brad Underwood plans to unpack a storage closet. He goes on daily walks with his wife and watches his son play the video game “Call of Duty” against friends.College basketball coaches are adjusting to a life that doesn’t require a frantic 24-hour spin cycle of spring recruiting since the NCAA put a halt to college sports to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The moratori...
Andy Reid working from his basement? How the Chiefs are operating during COVID-19
The sixth-winningest coach in NFL history is sitting at his desk, with a large computer monitor, a laptop and an iPad stationed on a brown antique coffee table his wife provided.Chiefs coach Andy Reid has the essentials nearby — sticky notes, Extra chewing gum and hand sanitizer. He’s in a rolling office chair, though this room is nothing like an office in the traditional sense.It’s his basement.Amid a coronavirus pandemic that has prevented NFL teams from accessing their facilities, the blueprint for a Super Bowl championship defense is being outlined here, on the bottom floor of Reid’s home ...
The Kansas City Star
Public meetings and social distancing: It's complicated
SAN JOSE, Calif. — It was already an unusual meeting, with images of Lafayette City Council members beamed in from their homes and offices discussing the coronavirus pandemic and other pressing issues of the day.Then the voice of a male speaker chimed in during the Zoom-conducted teleconference, uttering some raunchy comments clearly intended for shock value.As some council colleagues groaned — a couple stifled laughs — and City Attorney Mala Subramian rolled her eyes, Mayor Mike Anderson nonchalantly moved to the next public commenter. A few minutes later, someone else called in to tell the m...
The Mercury News
What is college like in a COVID-19 world? Hamsters, pajamas, uncertainty … and hope
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — John Hoopes began teaching his first online courses in a most unique way.With a pet introduction.Hoopes, a University of Kansas professor for 30 years, started one of his Tuesday sessions by showing off “Sugar” — his purebred Samoyed — while leading a video conference call from his Lawrence basement. Remotely from their bedrooms, kitchens or living rooms, his nearly 20 students followed suit, showing their dogs, cats … and even hamsters.“The funniest thing,” Hoopes said.Welcome to the new world of college in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.Gone are the large lecture ha...
The Kansas City Star
Gracie Bonds Staples: Why coronavirus may be a watershed moment in this digital age
They say if you do a thing for 14 days, it will become a habit.If they’re right, a lot more of us are washing our hands and keeping them out of our faces. That’s a good thing.We’re sheltering inside, spending more time with family, working from home, making more purchases online, keeping up with coursework, and gathering for worship the same way.If you’re suddenly remembering life after 9/11, wondering if things will ever be the same, welcome.But unlike the days after 9/11, when houses of worship overflowed, governments have mandated we gather as little as possible or not at all. Thank God for...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
NCAA: Structure, routine key to helping athletes cope with coronavirus uncertainty
Like millions of Americans across the country, college athletes are adapting to drastic changes due to the coronavirus outbreak.The NCAA canceled all winter and spring championships last week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.It ended not only the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, which would have been in full swing this weekend, but a slew of other spring sports such as baseball, softball, tennis and golf.Conferences canceled all athletic events and shut down practices, ripping athletes from their competitive fields and forcing them back home into self-isolation.Without the familia...
How the Heat's Andre Iguodala became an investor in a key tool in the coronavirus pandemic
MIAMI — From the moment he arrived to the Miami Heat at the Feb. 6 NBA trading deadline, Andre Iguodala made it clear he was about more than basketball.Now, that is about to be put to the test, as Broward County students and others around the country are put to the test by being educated through web-conferencing software.Having taken steps into venture capitalism during a career that has produced three championships with the Golden State Warriors, Iguodala, in a recent interview with CNBC, called Zoom Video Communications his best investment. It is the video platform that schools in Broward an...