Coronavirus contact-tracing: World split between two types of app

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Countries around the world are developing Covid-19 smartphone apps to limit the spread of coronavirus and relax lockdown restrictions. It’s hoped the information they gather can be used to alert people whether they pose a risk of spreading the contagion, and need to isolate. But, over recent weeks, a split has emerged between two different… Read more »

Health Weather mapping

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https://healthweather.us/ is a thermometer-based smartphone app that updates in real time. There is a thermometer that plugs into your phone. Kinsa, the company behind the app and service gathers all those thermometer readings to produce a heat map of where people are sick. It’s actually for influenza, but, of course, tracking temperature is part of COVID-19… Read more »

Google is using GoogleMaps user data to track mobility changes

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Google is now using GoogleMaps data from users of the app to show, publicly, people’s mobility changes.“As global communities respond to COVID-19, we’ve heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymized insights we use in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19…. Read more »

A vet in your pocket

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Michelle Keith was distressed last April when her basset hound puppy ate some of the big chocolate Easter eggs she had laying on the top of a cupboard. Knowing that chocolate can be toxic for dogs, she knew she had to do something. But she was reluctant to rush Dinah into an emergency clinic at… Read more »

Is anyone really surprised Iowa’s caucus app failed?

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If you think everyone who designs software is a genius, remember that software developers created Healthcare.gov, Windows 8 and iCloud. And they redesigned Snapchat. User interfaces are tricky, and they too often take intuition for granted. Bugs happen. And developers are human, eager to rush their products out the door — often before they’ve been adequately tested.That appears to… Read more »

Iowa caucus: Chaos at key vote as results delayed

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Results from voting in Iowa, the first round in the contest to pick a Democratic candidate to face President Donald Trump, have been plunged into chaos by apparent technology issues. The state’s Democratic party said the holdup was a “reporting issue”, adding that it expected to “have numbers to report later today [Tuesday]”. Source: BBC… Read more »

Inuit sharing ancient knowledge of ice, sea and land with new app

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A social media app geared toward the outdoor lives of Inuit launched Wednesday with features that tie traditional knowledge to smartphone technology.  The Siku app and web platform, named after the Inuktitut word for sea ice, allows users to trade observations about dangerous conditions, document wildlife sightings and trade hunting stories. It also integrates modern weather, sea ice… Read more »

Uber Freight expands app to Canada

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Uber Freight,  the Uber business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, said Wednesday it’s launching the app in Canada as part of its global expansion plan. The move into Canada will give Uber  Freight access to the country’s $68 billion trucking industry, which is facing a severe driver shortage that has constrained freight capacity, the… Read more »