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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois doctors are increasingly seeing their patients online, and executive actions last week by President Donald Trump and Gov. J.B. Pritzker make it easier than ever.

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The nation’s academic institutions are shifting operations online to bring instruction to students at their homes all over the country — and even the world. We check in with some local universities.

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A couple of Brits created the website howmuchtoiletpaper.com  to help demonstrate need vs. panic buying.

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In this March 16, 2020 photo provided by Jamie Lee Finch, a laptop on a desk in Nashville, Tenn., shows people gathered together online for a virtual happy hour. (Jamie Lee Finch via AP)

With bars shuttered and stressed-out workers stuck at home, companies and friend groups across the U.S. are holding happy hours over video chat to commiserate and keep spirits high amid the new coronavirus pandemic. 

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Live web cam feeds of nature and wildlife are a great way to bust free of quarantine without leaving home. (Terry Ott / Flickr)

Live web cam feeds of nature and wildlife are a great way to bust free of quarantine without leaving home. Here are 10 to check out.

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Pedestrian uses her phone while wearing a face mask in Herald Square, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

You’re washing your hands countless times a day to try to ward off the coronavirus. You should also wash that extension of your hand and breeding ground for germs — your phone. But cleaning your phone improperly can damage it. 

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Two Chicago nonprofits that offer training and support to local tech firms have struck a deal to create a one-stop shop for them.

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Precinct captain Carl Voss, of Des Moines, Iowa, holds his iPhone that shows the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus reporting app Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall)

The long-awaited Iowa caucuses ended in chaos. Citing “inconsistencies” with a new mobile app, Democrats delayed releasing results until Tuesday afternoon. Just how secure are the elections going into the 2020 presidential race?

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In this Sept. 15, 2005 file photo the new Atari Flashback 2 video game console is on display in San Francisco. (AP Photo / Paul Sakuma,File)

Atari, the arcade game company that ushered in the gaming revolution in the 1980s, is opening eight video game-themed hotels across the United States, including one in Chicago.

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The Chicago Police Department recently started working with a controversial facial recognition tool. CPD says it’s not using it for real-time surveillance, but some advocacy groups still have concerns.

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It’s being rolled out across Chicago with much fanfare, but when will the reality of 5G communication live up to the hype?

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As artificial intelligence becomes more widespread, the White House lays out best practices for developing and using the technology.

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This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Facebook logo at Station F in Paris. Facebook has decided not to limit how political ads can be targeted to specific groups of people, as its main digital-ad rival Google did in November 2019 to fight misinformation. (AP Photo / Thibault Camus, File)

Despite escalating pressure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Facebook reaffirmed its freewheeling policy on political ads Thursday, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people.

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Grace Brown, 14, poses for a portrait while jogging at the park where she does her jogging workouts for her “online PE” class, in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

While online physical education classes have been around for well over a decade, often as part of virtual or online schools, technology has made possible a new level of accountability, its users say.

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The AI-powered Viz.ai software analyzes brain scans by using an algorithm and deep learning. (Courtesy: Viz.ai, Inc.)

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is using artificial intelligence software to detect strokes via brain scans – and they say it allows them to initiate treatment faster than ever before.

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This Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, photo shows rewards offered through Chase bank on an iPhone in the Brooklyn borough of New York.  (AP Photo / Jenny Kane)

There’s a powerful new player watching what you buy so it can tailor product offerings for you: the bank behind your credit or debit card.

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