Among the other improvements enabled by the latest version of Google and Apple's API is the removal of so-called "ghost notifications", which previously occurred when the app's algorithm was working to calculate a user's risk threshold. This led to notifications of "possible exposure", which many users reported receiving, leading to confusion even in the case of a low-risk contact. … [Read more...] about NHS contact-tracing app upgrade is more likely to warn users to self-isolate
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College campuses are an ideal test ground for an array of COVID contact-tracing efforts. Schools can require students to download and install apps in a way that health officials cannot with the general population—although, as Politico notes, students' participation and compliance may be less than full and enthusiastic, particularly when it comes to disclosing contacts who may have been drinking while underage. … [Read more...] about College contact-tracing app readily leaked personal data, report finds
Lens Hoods Also Provide Some Physical Protection While lens hoods are mostly for blocking light, they also provide a small amount of physical protection. If you’re shooting on a rainy day or near a waterfall, for example, a lens hood can shelter the front of the lens from some of the droplets. It’s not a replacement for an umbrella, but it can give you a few moments to get a shot before your lens is covered in water and unusable. … [Read more...] about What Does a Lens Hood Do, and When Should You Use One?
Tech giant Google has decided to bid adieu to another one of its apps this year. This time, it is Trusted Contacts. The app will be shunted out of the Google PlayStore from December 1, 2020, as per a report by Android Police. Trusted Contacts was launched in 2016 and was updated with some features too over the years. But now Google thinks that it has run its course and reportedly decided to discontinue it. As of now, the app has been pulled off from both Google Play Store and Apple App Store. For existing users, the app will work until December 1, 2020. After that, it will “stop being supported”. Those who have it and have been using it to share their location info with a trusted group of family and friends have until December 1 to download the list of them. Google killed over 20 apps and service in 2019 some of which are Google+, Inbox by Gmail, Google URL Shortener, Google Allo, Chromecast Audio, YouTube Gaming, Areo, YouTube Messages, Google DayDream, Google Clips, … [Read more...] about Google is killing another app in 2020
"The MDC can give customers a path to migrate apps to Azure while still running these workloads on-premises with low-latency connections to their own datacenter," writes Microsoft's Bill Karagounis in a blog post. "This provides a stepping stone for transforming workloads to the Azure API with the option of continuing to run these apps on-premises, or in public or sovereign clouds." … [Read more...] about Microsoft develops a portable, box-shaped data center to bring the cloud to remote areas