Samsung’s coronavirus problems extend beyond people steering clear of phone stores. The company has closed a phone factory in Gumi, South Korea until February 24th after confirming that a factory worker was infected with COVID-19. The company told the worker’s associates to self-quarantine and will test them for the virus, and will also keep the relevant floor closed until the 25th.
Chip and display factories across South Korea aren’t affected, Samsung said. Gumi isn’t far from Daegu, the heart of the current outbreak in the country.
The Gumi plant makes higher-end handsets primarily destined for the South Korean market, but they include foldable phones like the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Fold. That could pose problems given already limited stock — while it’s not a devastating blow, even a few days without production could lead to shortages and dampen the Z Flip’s launch.
Samsung isn’t alone in facing coronavirus-related supply issues. Apple has warned of iPhone shortages after a temporary halt to production, while Valve expects a shortfall of Index VR headsets due to production stoppages. Few are directly the result of infections, though, and this is a blunt reminder that the risk to the tech industry extends beyond China.
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Microsoft Corp said on Monday its video calling platform Skype saw a 70% jump in usage in March from a month earlier, as more people shift to working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The platform is being used by 40 million people, the company said in a blog post, adding that Skype-to-Skype calling minutes jumped 220% from a month earlier.
(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)
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Kojima Productions is the latest development studio to close their doors after a staff member was diagnosed with COVID-19. According to the site’s release, the employee was quarantined since March 20 while no other person in the office is affected.
“All other Kojima Productions employee was not in the office at the time of symptoms onset,” the team wrote. “Employees are not considered ‘close contacts’, meaning that it is not mandatory to close the office.”
Despite initial thoughts, the Death Stranding team shut its buildings down while following instructions from public health authorities.
The studio also stated it independently took measures to have the teamwork from home and sanitize all of its facilities. This also included keeping an eye on staff during the worldwide pandemic and COVID-19’s two week incubation period for symptoms.
Its safeguard notice was also tweeted out, with fans and other users wishing the team safe.
The studio’s latest project includes porting Death Stranding for PC in a partnership with Steam.
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