Now What: How work-from-home is evolving

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Summer time is drawing to an in depth and college students are making ready college semesters that may possible play out as distant studying. Staff, no less than these lucky sufficient to have the ability to stick with it from dwelling, are getting into their third quarter of distant work. The previous may have a extra everlasting research resolution for lessons designed from scratch to be taught on-line. The latter might must improve past barebones know-how setups shortly cobbled collectively within the early spring. 

On this episode of our ongoing Now What video collection, CNET editors Jason Hiner and myself discuss how work or research tech wants are altering, and the way individuals can improve their at-home setups with out spending a ton. 

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“I really judge a lot a lot of what the zeitgeist is by the questions I get,” I say in opening the discussion. For example, when Apple released two new MacBooks over the course of several weeks in March, I was flooded with reader questions about how to choose between them, or how to find similar options that are less expensive.  

“We’re in the middle of a global economic downturn, people are more budget-conscious,” says Hiner. That also means finding ways to upgrade on the sly, such as using your phone as a high-end webcam for better Zoom meetings or giving a middle school student a bigger-screen Chromebook instead of a full-features Windows or MacOS laptop

Also key is thinking about ergonomics and accessories. “You don’t have an IT department anymore,” I say. “You don’t have a supply closet at the office you can raid and get a mouse or anything…It’s like buying a car, it’s the accessories that get you.”

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