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
iPhone Sports BandNew York City is slowly emerging from lockdown, and the ability to go outside and exercise has been a boon for our bicycle sharing program, Citibike. I see them everywhere and, with a fraction of car traffic on the streets of Manhattan, I decided to sign up. The only problem? I can’t look at my phone while riding – I need two hands on the handlebars (NYC’s potholes weren’t getting filled before and sure aren’t getting filled now) and Citibike’s thick handlebars discourage mounting smartphones and GoPros, annoyingly. … [Read more...] about Weird tech we’ve bought during lockdown – and how it might help you
Vaccines: How long it usually takes to make them A vaccine is a medical treatment that protects you against a disease like the coronavirus or smallpox. For a deeper dive into how vaccines work, check out this in-depth coronavirus treatment explainer by CNET's Science Editor Jackson Ryan. The short and sweet of it is that a vaccine tricks your body into thinking it's already had the disease, so your body's natural defense -- the immune system -- builds antibodies against it. Then, if you were to become infected, your body would call upon the antibodies to fight the virus before you feel sick. … [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?