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Daily Archives: July 27, 2021

Android shortcuts will change how you use your phone

Fast Company: “Time-savers are some of tech’s sweetest treasures. Few things are as geekily satisfying as finding faster ways to get stuff done—and few places are as rich with step-slashing shortcuts as Google’s Android platform. Google loves sneaking shortcuts into its software, and Android might be the greatest example of all. The operating system and the Google-made apps around it are absolutely overflowing with invisible efficiency enhancers, and once you know how to tap into them, you’ll never look at your phone the same way again. Android has so many underused shortcuts, in fact, that I decided to create an entire e-course around them. My new Android Shortcut Supercourse is an exhaustive journey through the platform’s best and most broadly overlooked time-saving tricks, and it’s free and open for enrollment as of this moment…”

Explaining Fluctuations in the Thrift Savings Fund Daily Balance at U.S. Treasury

Skidmore, Mark / Alvayay Torrejón, Camila / Pare, David – CESifo, Munich, 2021, CESifo Working Paper No. 9084“In this paper we document and examine unusual fluctuations in the G-Fund, which is one of five funds available in a voluntary federal government employee retirement savings vehicle called the Thrift Savings Plan. The G-Fund is managed as… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Reported Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity by Facility “The following dataset provides facility-level data for hospital utilization aggregated on a weekly basis (Friday to Thursday). These are derived from reports with facility-level granularity across two main sources: (1) HHS TeleTracking, and (2) reporting provided directly to HHS Protect by state/territorial health departments on behalf of their healthcare facilities. The hospital population includes… Continue Reading

Biden plans to require federal workers to be vaccinated

Washington Post: “President Biden will announce Thursday that all federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face repeated testing mandates, a White House official said, a dramatic escalation of the administration’s effort to combat the spread of the delta variant. The new rules will closely align with policies recently put… Continue Reading

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

CDC Updates as of July 27, 2021: Updated information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States. Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Added information that fully vaccinated people… Continue Reading

Office workers to bosses: I’ll quit if I have to go full-time back to the office

Fortune: “Offices are opening back up and employers are nudging their workers to return into offices. This is the case for Hannah, a designer who has spent the last year working from a small island in Spain and is now being asked to return to London to spend time in her Mayfair office. “If they… Continue Reading