Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press

Julio Ojeda-Zapata

Pioneer Press

Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Julio:

Here are a few simple tech tools to help get you through the pandemic

For efficient and reasonably stress-free personal operations during the pandemic, at home and on the go, you need the right tools. These include a good computer, reliable Internet access and a dece… → Read More

Should runners wear a face mask outdoors? It depends.

Should runners wear a face mask outdoors? It depends. You won’t always need a face covering while jogging or riding a bike if you’re exercising with no one around, but it’s good to carry one … → Read More

How long before we know if reopenings cause virus spikes?

U.S. states and countries worldwide are cautiously relaxing restrictions while watching for potential spikes in coronavirus infections. Getting the timing right is complicated. Disease trackers not… → Read More

Pandemic computer: The iPad could be your shelter-at-home dream machine

Shopping for a computer to get you through the pandemic? You reflexively might look into a laptop, and that’s never a bad call. There are lots of superb notebooks out there. But take some time to c… → Read More

Comcast extends unlimited video streaming, etc., through the end of June

Comcast has extended a number of sweeping consumer-service changes it made March 13 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Those changes — related to consumer broadband, cellular and home-telephone … → Read More

Local musician pokes fun at pandemic isolation with ‘Kokomo’ parody – Twin Cities

A Minnesota musician is poking fun at pandemic-spawned home confinement with a video parody of the Beach Boys’ 1988 hit “Kokomo.” → Read More

UMN doctor uses TikTok video site to educate teens about coronavirus

As COVID-19 rempages across the country, many rely on experts like Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN to get the latest about the coronavirus. But a local physician along with other medical professionals acro… → Read More

Daily distraction: Explore your family tree. It’s totally free.

The St. Paul Public Library is now offering free access to Ancestry.com for patrons to access from home. Just enter your card number and PIN. → Read More

The coronavirus has made video-chat services popular. Here are the best ones.

A perennial failure to keep in touch with far-flung friends and relatives is one of my epic failings. The pandemic has inspired me to do better, and I’ve been reaching out in recent days. In the pr… → Read More

Plácido Domingo has coronavirus amid Spain outbreak

MADRID — Plácido Domingo announced Sunday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 79-year-old opera singer’s illness comes after his own glittering career had recently been stain… → Read More

Coronavirus: St. Paul nonprofit sees rising demand for its refurbished PCs

A St. Paul-based technology nonprofit is facing skyrocketing demand for its low-cost computers as the coronavirus outbreak shutters schools and low-income households scramble for other ways to acce… → Read More

Coronavirus: Comcast speeds up, lowers cost of service for low-income families

The Comcast broadband-service provider is announcing changes to Internet Essentials, its affordable online-access program for lower-income households, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Starting… → Read More

Coronavirus got you cooped up? Here’s how to stay sane, productive. – Twin Cities

Precisely how the coronavirus crisis will unspool in this country over the coming months is unclear. But I’m betting I will have to hole up in my house — maybe for days or weeks at a time — at some… → Read More

Electric snow blowers tackle big jobs without the gasoline fumes

Shoveling snow is a hassle and potential health hazard, as I discovered when I moved from a high-rise condo into a house decade ago. I hurt my right arm at one point because of all that hard haulin… → Read More

Cleats on your shoes can save you from ice patches — so you don’t end up in the hospital

Walking outdoors this time of year can be perilous because of slippery ice that builds up on sidewalks and parking surfaces. Take one wrong step and you may suffer broken bones, a concussion or wor… → Read More

Premature ejaculation? A Minnesota tech company wants to zap it away.

Of the thousands of gadgets on display this week at the CES tech expo in Las Vegas, the one pioneered by Twin Cities entrepreneur Jeff Bennett might be the most awkward to talk about. It is an elec… → Read More

Broadband on the go: Verizon turns on speedy 5G service in parts of St. Paul

Verizon on Thursday announced St. Paul availability of 5G wireless-data service with speeds comparable to the fastest home-broadband hookups. But beware: 5G has a few gotchas. → Read More

Minneapolis cops responding to shots find fatally injured man in road

Minneapolis police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Sunday near Washington Avenue and North 1st Avenue. Officers responding to report of gunfire shortly before 2 a.m. were dir… → Read More

Democrats clash over health insurance, economy

MIAMI — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised her hand as one of the only Democratic presidential contenders willing to abolish her own private health insurance in favor of a government-run pl… → Read More

Trump: Woman who accused him of sexual assault not his type

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that a New York-based advice columnist who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in a New York City department store in the mid-1990s is not his… → Read More