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Apps allowing citizens to track whether they came in contact with infected people are quickly increasing on the Google and Apple app stores. Photo: Bloomberg
Apps allowing citizens to track whether they came in contact with infected people are quickly increasing on the Google and Apple app stores. Photo: Bloomberg

India turns to location surveillance to contain spread of Covid-19

  • Most of these apps use smartphone locations and tally them against government databases of infected personnel
  • They can alert users if they came in contact with anyone who has been infected and direct them to stay indoors.

A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) words in this illustration taken March 24, 2020.Ruvic/Illustration (REUTERS)
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) words in this illustration taken March 24, 2020.Ruvic/Illustration (REUTERS)

Why the novel coronavirus became a nightmare for Facebook, Twitter

The novel coronavirus, however, has opened up an entirely different problem: the life-endangering consequences of supposed cures, misleading claims, snake-oil sales pitches and conspiracy theories about the outbreak.

The feature is already available to Android users and will be rolling out to iOS (Reuters)
The feature is already available to Android users and will be rolling out to iOS (Reuters)

Now go live on Facebook without phone or even an account

  • The social media giant is experiencing a massive surge in usage of its apps as billions stay home
  • 70% more people are using group video calls and are spending more time on Facebook and Instagram Live

A total of 873 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in India. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)
A total of 873 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in India. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

'Ghar Baitho India': How TikTok is fighting a battle against coronavirus

  • TikTok has come up with a unique #GharBaithoIndia campaign to encourage people to utilise their creativity while practising self-isolation
  • The campaign has seen massive engagement from general users and celebrities alike

Apple CEO Tim Cook (REUTERS)
Apple CEO Tim Cook (REUTERS)

Apple says working with White House to release 'COVID-19' app, website

  • The app, which will be available in the app store as 'COVID-19,' will ask users questions about symptoms, location and risk factors and then provide the appropriate up-to-date guidance
  • The same information will be available at a website that will be accessible to users of Windows PCs, Android phones

The new Huawei P40
During March 1-23, 9,116 of phising email attacks were related to Covid-19, (Photo: iStock)
During March 1-23, 9,116 of phising email attacks were related to Covid-19, (Photo: iStock)

How to spot Covid-19 related phishing email scams

  • Total number of coronavirus-related email attacks in February was 1,188, a jump from 137 in January
  • Emails offering medicines or cures for Covid-19 need to be strictly avoided as there is no vaccine available for it yet

The Indian government has also set up a chatbot called MyGov Corona Helpdesk, which works through WhatsApp to provide verified information to users in India.
The Indian government has also set up a chatbot called MyGov Corona Helpdesk, which works through WhatsApp to provide verified information to users in India.

How WhatsApp chatbots are helping in the fight against Covid-19

  • Despite efforts, misinformation about the virus has spread rapidly on various platforms
  • World’s largest instant messenger has tied up with WHO for a chatbot service that answers users’ queries on Covid-19

Wistron, one of Apple’s manufacturing partners, is targeting India - where it is already making some iPhones (REUTERS)
Wistron, one of Apple’s manufacturing partners, is targeting India - where it is already making some iPhones (REUTERS)

iPhone makers plan to shift some manufacturing to India, from China

  • Many gadget makers are seeking alternatives to China-based production
  • But it unlikely that China will fully give up its place as the world’s electronics workshop anytime soon

Huawei has teamed up with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea for 5G trials in India (Reuters)
Huawei has teamed up with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea for 5G trials in India (Reuters)

Trump admin to restrict global supply of chips to China's Huawei: Report

  • The move comes as ties between Washington and Beijing grow more strained
  • Under the proposed rule change, foreign companies that use U.S. chipmaking equipment would be required to obtain a U.S. license before supplying certain chips to Huawei

Xiaomi's Mi Band 4
For smartphone brands, the coronavirus pandemic will cause them to reflect, and realign their market strategies (Photo: iStock)
For smartphone brands, the coronavirus pandemic will cause them to reflect, and realign their market strategies (Photo: iStock)

Smartphone production may fall 40% in India in first half of 2020

  • Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Realme and others have temporarily shut production in India amid the 21-day nation-wide lockdown
  • Offline channels are also massively impacted with sales down by 55-60%

Routers with dual-band functionality are available in Wireless-N (802.11n) and Wireless-AC (802.11ac) category.
Routers with dual-band functionality are available in Wireless-N (802.11n) and Wireless-AC (802.11ac) category.

How to work from home without getting bogged down by a slow WiFi network

  • To get better speeds and avoid the interference caused by existence of multiple devices, it is better to connect all work devices to 5GHz band
  • WiFi range extenders can boost the range by receiving wireless signals from the router and repeating them with powerful amplifiers and antennas

Instagram has recently launched a new feature which will enable users to co-watch posts and content on its app while video chatting
Instagram has recently launched a new feature which will enable users to co-watch posts and content on its app while video chatting

With social distancing on mind, Instagram launches 'Co-Watching' feature

  • The feature comes along side a lot of other upgraded trappings on the app to make those practicing self-isolation and quarantine in the wake of Covid-19 spread
  • The co-watching feature can be used by six users at the same time

Work from home has always evoked mixed emotions (iStock)
Work from home has always evoked mixed emotions (iStock)

Working from home? Turn off microwave to boost WiFi, says UK's media regulator

  • Ofcom said cordless phones, baby monitors, halogen lamps, dimmer switches, stereos and computer speakers, and TVs could also affect WiFi signals if they are too close to routers
  • Ofcom chief executive Melanie Dawes said families were going online together, often juggling work and keeping children busy

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in the past the targets have primarily been residents of Spain, the name of this latest version suggests the attackers are planning to target other countries  (Photo: iStock)
in the past the targets have primarily been residents of Spain, the name of this latest version suggests the attackers are planning to target other countries (Photo: iStock)

Android banking malware using coronavirus scare to steal information: Kaspersky

  • Once downloaded on the phones of victims, the Ginp Trojan can receive a command from the attacker
  • Ginp is a Trojan that has rapidly evolved since it first appeared, consistently acquiring new capabilities

The iOS and iPadOS 13.4 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app (AP)
The iOS and iPadOS 13.4 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app (AP)

Apple rolls out iOS, iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support

  • Now, users can pair a mouse or trackpad with their iPad and use it to move a cursor on the display
  • Apple unveiled trackpad support for iPadOS when it announced the new iPad Pro last week

Work from home is the way to work amid Covid-19 pandemic.
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