Last month, the world’s two biggest tech companies--Apple and Google--partnered to fight the spread of coronavirus disease. Now, both companies have announced the launch of Exposure Notifications API. This tool can help authorities of different countries create Exposure Notification apps What’s important to note is that “Exposure Notifications” technology is not a substitute for traditional contact tracing and the new tool simply minimises privacy concerns. “Both companies are firmly grounded in the fact that it’s another tool at the disposal of public health authorities PHAs — not a silver bullet,” said Apple and Google in a joint statement. What exactly are Exposure Notifications So, if not contact tracing then what are these Exposure notifications? Apple and Google explains them as alerts that people can receive on their phones notifying them if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive for or is highly likely to have … [Read more...] about Apple and Google launch tool to track COVID-19 exposure without GPS data
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HBO Max: the new direct-to-consumer streaming service that we're focusing on in this article. HBO Now: the existing direct-to-consumer streaming service that costs $14.99 a month.HBO Go: features the same content as HBO Now - but you can only access it as a bonus with a cable subscription to HBO. In addition, you can access the same HBO content on both services through Amazon Prime Video for $14.99 per month. When HBO Max launches in May, HBO Now subscribers can switch over to Max for the same monthly price, but only if they're directly subscribed through hbonow.com. If you're subscribed to HBO Now through a third-party, the HBO Max FAQ says to 'stay tuned for more details'. The same notice is used for those subscribed to HBO through a cable or TV provider. … [Read more...] about HBO Max: release date, price, movies, the Justice League Snyder Cut and more
Enter the Comsoon Sports Wristband, 360° Rotatable Forearm Armband Phone Holder. This wristband meant for sports attaches to my arm and secures my iPhone 11 Pro Max to me as if I were wearing an oversized Apple Watch. No, I’m not using it to irresponsibly text people and watch YouTube videos while riding a bike – it’s helpful for figuring out where to go via the Maps app and opening up the Citibike app to pinpoint an open dock where I can return the bike. Pre-lockdown, I wouldn’t have considered this an essential, but now I’m using my ‘iPhone watch’ everywhere I go and patting myself on the back – with two free hands. - Matt Swider … [Read more...] about Weird tech we’ve bought during lockdown – and how it might help you
However, this particular coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has some unique traits that may help researchers working on a vaccine. For example, some viruses, like the flu, mutate quickly and often, which is why there's a new flu vaccine every year. Early evidence suggests that the coronavirus doesn't appear to do that. Although some researchers have hypothesized that a more contagious strain has recently developed, others aren't so sure. Either way, it's thought that the virus has not yet mutated significantly enough to disrupt vaccine development, nor is it expected to, though it's too soon to say for certain, and there are still many unknowns about the virus' behavior. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus vaccine progress: Moderna’s hope and doubt. Here’s what we know so far
And as for a release date? According to Prosser, the company had been planning to unveil its Apple Glass tech at the iPhone 12 event in September, but the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its repercussions on the tech industry mean it may be pushed back into 2021. … [Read more...] about Could Apple Glass AR specs come in a ‘Steve Jobs’ edition?