Singapore wants every resident to wear a COVID-19 tracing device
While officials didn’t specify what prompted the plan, it comes after Singapore’s contact tracing app, TraceTogether, . While 1.4 million people have downloaded the app, development minister Lawrence Wong told the SCMP that 75 percent of the population needs to use it to be effective.
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France releases a voluntary contact tracing app
The French government has released a contract tracing app, called StopCovid, to notify people when they’ve been in contact with someone who is later diagnosed with COVID-19, as reported by Bloomberg.
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Italy’s ‘Immuni’ COVID-19 contact tracing app uses Google, Apple tech
The exposure notification app uses Bluetooth to swap codes between mobile devices. If someone tests positive for COVID-19 and they mark that status on Immuni, it will alert people who have been in close proximity with that person.
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The Morning After: Swiss contact tracing app uses Google & Apple tech
According to the Swiss university EPFL, the country’s tracing app, SwissCovid, is the first in the world to put the Apple–Google model to use. SwissCovid will use Bluetooth to exchange keys between phones.
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Qatar’s contact tracing app put over one million people’s info at risk
Qatar’s app, called EHTERAZ, uses GPS and Bluetooth to track COVID-19 cases, and last week, authorities made it mandatory. According to Amnesty, people who don’t use the app could face up to three years in prison and a fine of QR 200,000 (about $55,000).
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Switzerland pilots a contact tracing app using Apple and Google’s tech
Employees at EPFL, ETH Zurich, the Army and select hospitals and government agencies will be the first to test the Swiss app. This pilot phase is expected to last a few weeks.
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The Morning After: Google and Apple released COVID-19 contract tracing tech
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Apple and Google’s COVID-19 contact tracing tech is ready
Apple and Google are providing the API, but PHAs will have to develop their own contact tracing apps.
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Contact tracing apps are coming whether we like it or not
Can you imagine trying to get 80 percent of Americans, from the privacy and security aware to coronavirus “truthers,” to download a tracking app? I mean, it would be really good if I got an alert letting me know I was near someone who tested positive — for myself and the people I care about.
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‘Minecraft’ looks like a whole new game with NVIDIA’s RTX ray tracing
When you think of Minecraft, you probably imagine blocky graphics and simplistic textures. But the recent beta launch of ray tracing support for NVIDIA’s RTX graphics cards transforms it into an entirely new game.
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ACLU outlines privacy concerns for contact tracing tech
“While some of these systems could offer public health benefits, they may also cause significant risks to privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties,” the ACLU’s Surveillance and Cybersecurity Counsel Jennifer Stisa Granick wrote in a blog post.
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The importance of Apple and Google’s rare collaboration on contact tracing
The unprecedented collaboration on an interoperable infrastructure between Apple and Google — which came together in two weeks and was announced last Friday — has now set the stage for a robust, potentially global contact tracing system. The idea of contact tracing is straightforward.
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Apple shares more details of how COVID-19 contact tracing will work
Apple and Google shared a fair amount about their COVID-19 contact tracing plans with their joint announcement, but they still left some gaps. However, Apple has been willing to fill in a few of the blanks in a follow-up with The Verge.
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Apple, Google reportedly team with UK’s NHS on COVID-19 tracing app
Apple and Google have said they’re working together on COVID-19 contact tracing, and that might just include collaboration with specific healthcare providers.
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Apple and Google are collaborating on COVID-19 contact tracing
The solution they’re developing will consist of application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level support to “assist in enabling contact tracing.” They say they plan to deploy the tools in two steps.
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