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About Elvira Calderón

Formadora y coordinadora de e-Learning en Elingua. Filóloga inglesa con Máster en Literatura Inglesa y Traducción. Amante de los libros, las buenas historias, las conversaciones interesantes y los viajes culturales.

Advertisers have Facebook’s attention

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Facebook is about to look a little different, whether users notice or not.
A civil rights coalition that includes the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP launched the #StopHateforProfit campaign last month, calling on major corporations to halt advertising on Facebook (FB) for the month of July due to the platform’s “repeated failure to meaningfully address the vast proliferation of […]

When working from home is much more than emailing

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Since Covid-19 put the world on lockdown, a wave of new firms have rushed to adopt cloud computing. And within cloud computing a micro-industry, known as enterprise infrastructure, has bloomed.

“It’s an interesting challenge that nobody’s ever had to make a movie outside of the office. So it’s really cool and exciting, but also terrifying because […]

Cell phones as coronavirus helpline

Junior doctor Lisa Linpower recorded her experience of lockdown for the BBC PM programme’s Covid Chronicles. The front-line worker speaks of how vital her phone has been as a tool, a companion and as a source of comfort for patients and their families.
The Covid Chronicles were launched in March when Radio 4’s PM asked its audience to write in […]

Do you know what is celebrated on June 25th?

If you like The Beatles you should mark this date on your calendar because it is Global Beatles Day! This date celebrates the huge influence that Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr had on the world, not only regarding their music but also because of their moral values. They promoted the idea that we could all […]

The secret of iconic book covers

A pair of eyes and red lips floating in a midnight sky above the bright lights of New York on The Great Gatsby. The half-man, half-devil on Brett Easton Ellis’s American Psycho. A single cog for an eye on A Clockwork Orange. Two orange silhouettes on David Nicholls’ One Day. The original Harry Potter colour illustrations…

A great book might […]

How to write emails in a pandemic

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Few things have been left unaffected by Covid-19 – even email. As San Francisco-based podcast host Olivia Allen-Price wrote on Twitter: “2020: The year my e-mail sign-off went from ‘Cheers’ to ‘Hang in there’”.
Salutations once considered polite – ‘All the best’ or ‘Regards’ – can now come off as overly detached.
Other more cheerful sign-offs – ‘Hope […]

How cities might change if we worked from home more

Major tech companies say they are open to their staff working from home permanently. Employees are coming to realise remote working is not only possible but, in some cases, preferable.
A shift to a new way of working might already be under way.
Such a shift could have profound implications on our home life, and by extension on the life of […]

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    Coronavirus: Ghana’s dancing pallbearers become Covid-19 meme

Coronavirus: Ghana’s dancing pallbearers become Covid-19 meme

In 2017, a troupe of Ghanaian pallbearers went viral following BBC Africa’s coverage of their flamboyant coffin-carrying dances, garnering millions of views. Three years later and the group has experienced a second round of internet fame, with social media users adopting the troupe as a dark-humoured symbol of death in the time of Covid-19.

BBC Africa’s Sulley Lansah met up […]

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    Cutting phone time when hours with your devices are a necessity

Cutting phone time when hours with your devices are a necessity

With social distancing protocols in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and hours of isolation taking a toll on our sanity, screens have been a saving grace for many.
Amid the crisis, views on Instagram Live doubled in one week, Facebook reported a 70% increase in Messenger group video calls and WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage.
“Reaching for our phones is a common coping […]

Can English remain the ‘world’s favourite’ language?

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English is spoken by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, but do the development of translation technology and “hybrid” languages threaten its status? Which country boasts the most English speakers, or people learning to speak English?
According to a study published by Cambridge University Press, up to 350 million people in China have at least some […]