A social media post is going viral this week, relating to the new Exposure Notification API and as it relates to COVID-19 contact tracing on iPhone. Whilst the origin of the text is unclear, the story is being shared widely across social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and beyond. Unfortunately, the content of the message is little more than fear mongering.Hmm... I would have said, "fortunately". Anyway, I'm sure none of you would be taken in by the post they're referring to, but maybe you know someone who was.
In a major U-turn, the UK is ditching the way its current coronavirus-tracing app works and shifting to a model based on technology provided by Apple and Google.Tell you what, government. Keep faffing about and it will never happen. Then you can fall back to the herd immunity position. What’s that? You never left it?
Google Maps is launching a new feature that generates a unique six-digit code based on your location. This code can be given to others and used when you’re located away from a traditional street address. It’s called a “Plus Code,” and it’s available with a tap of the blue circle icon that represents your location in the app.It's a shame the article doesn't give details about the resolution of this Plus Code compared to What Three Words, which gives me different results in different rooms of my home.
A new Google Maps update is bringing a feature to aid those in wheelchairs, as it will now list accessible places within the app.#technology #tech #Google #Android #iOS #GIS
Initially, Accessible Places for Google Maps is gradually rolling out for users in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States from May 21. Google says support for more countries is on the way, but hasn't provide a timeline or any further details.
The NHS coronavirus app’s advisory board is split over whether it has the authority to tell the government to ditch its version and switch to a decentralised model proposed by Apple and Google.Oh! Couldn't see that coming! 😏
After a meeting on Thursday, it emerged that members argued their role on the board is limited to providing guidance on ethical questions – and not to branch out into a broader discussion of whether the app is the right tool for the job.
The NHS has released the source code behind its coronavirus contact-tracing app.How many more times? Any app using Bluetooth that doesn't use Apple's and Google's code won't work properly. As soon as you run another app, the NHS app can't use Bluetooth.
Google has confirmed that one of its senior executives participated in the UK government’s scientific advisory group on Covid-19, raising further questions about the composition of the secretive committee.I'm annoyed that I didn't get an invite. After all, I know hardly anything about pandemics.
Security researchers are sounding the alarm over a newly discovered Android malware that targets banking apps and cryptocurrency wallets.#technology #tech #Google #Android #malware #hacking #privacy #security
On a call accompanying the announcement, representatives from each company pledged for the first time to disable the service after the outbreak had been sufficiently contained. Such a decision would have to be made on a region-by-region basis, and it’s unclear how public health authorities would reach such a determination. However, the engineers stated definitively that the APIs were not intended to be maintained indefinitely.#technology #tech #Apple #Google #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #ContactTracking
Apple and Google are working on a Bluetooth contact tracing system that could help track and possibly reduce the spread of COVID-19. But security experts that AppleInsider have spoken to express concerns about privacy and execution, which could undermine its effectiveness.Across my social media, I've seen a number of people claiming that this new contact tracing app won't work, but without giving good reasons why they think that. Here are some good reasons.
The NHS is in a standoff with Apple and Google after the two tech firms refused to support the UK’s plans for how to build an app that alerts users when they have been in contact with someone with coronavirus.Our phones are too private. It looks like we'll have to plug it into a power pack and leave it in a pocket with the screen set to always-on.
The app would not work if the phone’s screen is turned off or if an app other than the contact-tracing app is being used at the same time. It would require the screen to be active all the time, rapidly running down battery life, and would leave users’ personal data at risk if their phone was lost or stolen while the app was in use.
If you’re one of the millions of people using Google Hangouts for group video calls you may appreciate learning how to share your screen with other participants in the video chat.#technology #tech #Google #Android #Hangouts #VideoConferencing #TeleConferencing
On Friday, April 10, news broke that Google and Apple would team up to provide contact tracing solutions for both Android and iOS operating systems to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited details were announced initially, though a simplified overview of the system was released to help shed some light on just how these tech giants would build this system into Android and iOS.They could have made all this clear up front rather than relying on tech journalists to make the details clear.
Now, Google and Apple have slightly pulled back the curtain on how this system will be implemented and what precautions they’re taking to ensure user data remains safe.
A draft government memo explaining how the NHS contact-tracing app could stem the spread of the coronavirus said ministers might be given the ability to order “de-anonymisation” to identify people from their smartphones, the Guardian can reveal.#technology #tech #Apple #Google #NHS #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #ContactTracking
Apple and Google’s engineering teams have banded together to create a decentralized contact tracing tool that will help individuals determine whether they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.#technology #tech #Apple #Google #Android #iOS #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
Contact tracing is a useful tool that helps public health authorities track the spread of the disease and inform the potentially exposed so that they can get tested. It does this by identifying and “following up with” people who have come into contact with a COVID-19-affected person.
Google has removed a popular Android VPN from the Play Store after vulnerabilities were discovered in the service that could allow hackers to redirect users to malicious servers.#technology #tech #Google #Android #internet #vpn
SuperVPN - the offending service - has more than 100 million installs and featured among the top five VPN search results in Google’s app store before it was withdrawn.