• Fitbit asks users to participate in study to determine if it can detect COVID-19

    11 days ago - By MobileSyrup

    In an attempt to build an algorithm capable of detecting COVID-19, Fitbit is appealing to users to help.
    The Google-owned company is running a ‘Fitbit COVID-19 Study' to help determine if it can build an algorithm to detect the disease. The study builds on Fitbit's partnerships with the Scripps Research Translational Institute and the Stanford Medicine Healthcare Innovation Lab. Both are using trackers and smartwatches in research studies to see if data from the devices can help detect the early onset of infectious diseases like the flu and COVID-19.
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  • Premier Ford says Ontario would participate in Canada-wide COVID-19 contact tracing app

    Premier Ford says Ontario would participate in Canada-wide COVID-19 contact tracing app

    11 days ago - By MobileSyrup

    Ontario Premier Doug Ford says that the province would participate in a Canada-wide COVID-19 contact tracing app.
    “It's so important to have the proper app make sure we do contact tracing and tracking, when people start flying from Vancouver to Toronto to out east, those apps have to be able to talk to each other,” he said during a daily briefing on May 22nd.
    Ford outlined that in order for a contact tracing app to be effective, it must be for the entire country. This is the first time that the Ontario government has outlined plans for a using contact tracing app.
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  • Italy announces fund to support country's game studios during COVID-19 crisis

    Italy announces fund to support country's game studios during COVID-19 crisis

    11 days ago - By Gamasutra

    The Italian government will now provide for financial support for the country's game development studios in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, which has struck the country with exceptional ferocity. ...
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  • University of Alabama System to push contact tracing app, require online health checks

    University of Alabama System to push contact tracing app, require online health checks

    11 days ago - By Reuters

    (This May 21 story has been refiled to clarify university system name)
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  • COVID-19: Human Breast Milks MIGHT Contain Coronavirus, Scientists Say

    COVID-19: Human Breast Milks MIGHT Contain Coronavirus, Scientists Say

    11 days ago - By Tech Times

    It remains unclear whether severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 can be shed into breastmilk and transmitted to a child through breastfeeding.
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  • The antimalarial drug Trump took for covid might actually be dangerous

    11 days ago - By Technology Review

    Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are two of the most hyped drugs being studied as treatments for covid-19 , thanks in large part to President Donald Trump's repeated promotion during his public appearances. Trump told reporters this week he had been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure. But a new study published Friday in The Lancet suggests not just that the drugs don't offer any real benefit to infected patients, but that they can increase the risk of heart problems or even death.
    What are these drugs again? Chloroquine and its less toxic alternative, hydroxychloroquine...
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  • Google and Apple release contact tracing app API

    11 days ago - By Computerworld

    Google and Apple delivered their contact tracing app API to public health agencies across the globe. The apps would allow Bluetooth pings between smartphones within six and a half feet of each other. And in theory, these apps would notify you if you had been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. In practice, public health authorities will have to encourage around 60% people in a given state or country to download the app in order to meaningfully conduct contact tracing/exposure notification. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and PCWorld/Macworld's Michael Simon...
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  • Sundar Pichai Says Google Doesn't Plan to Go Entirely Remote

    11 days ago - By Wired

    In an interview, the Google and Alphabet CEO discusses working from home, weathering antitrust probes, and how the company needs to do a better job on diversity.
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  • Canada to ramp up COVID-19 testing and tracing, recommend digital app

    11 days ago - By Reuters

    Canada will ramp up COVID-19 testing and contact tracing as it gradually lifts restrictions and is working closely with Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google on a mobile phone app to help, the prime minister said on Friday.
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  • Will Contact-Tracing Apps Win the Battle?

    Will Contact-Tracing Apps Win the Battle?

    11 days ago - By Information Week

    There are weaknesses and obstacles in the way, but in lieu of a vaccine and widespread testing for COVID-19, contact-tracing apps might be at least a useful interim tactic.
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  • Trudeau says government working with Apple and Google regarding COVID-19 contact tracing app

    Trudeau says government working with Apple and Google regarding COVID-19 contact tracing app

    11 days ago - By MobileSyrup

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government is “working closely with Apple and Google” in regards to a COVID-19 contact tracing app.
    Trudeau stated the notification system Apple and Google are working on will be extremely important as a base for an effective contract tracing or exposure notification app.
    “One of the challenges that contact tracing apps have encountered is that it has to sit in the foreground of your phone and drains the battery. That's why the fix that Apple and Google are talking about will be extremely important,” he stated during his daily briefing on May...
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