• Google to publish user location data to help govts tackle virus

      Google to publish user location data to help govts tackle virus

      Google will publish location data from its users around the world as of today to allow governments to gauge the effectiveness of social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech giant said. The reports on users' movements in 131 countries will be made available on a special website and will "chart movement trends over time by geography," according to a post on one of the company's blogs.

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    • Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests

      Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests

      On Tuesday, 31 March, Marriott International publicly confirmed that it suffered once again a data breach that likely affected more than 5 million guests. This recent breach, however, isn’t nearly as widespread or devastating as the last one that affected Marriott in 2018 and comprised the data of up to 500 million guests. 

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    • Scientists develop AI that can turn brain activity into text

      Scientists develop AI that can turn brain activity into text

      A decade after speech was first decoded from human brain signals, accuracy and speed remain far below that of natural speech. But now reading minds has just come a step closer to reality, after scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can translate brain activity into sentences... at least for a limited vocabulary of 250 words. Something that can help people, who have lost the ability to speak because of paralysis, to restore their speech.

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    • Futuristic technology prints 1,000 face shield components per day

      Futuristic technology prints 1,000 face shield components per day

      A critical piece of personal protective equipment (PPE), face shields protect health care workers from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as they treat patients, but resources are becoming more and more limited. So when Northwestern researchers Chad A. Mirkin and David Walker heard about the PPE shortage in hospitals, their team sprang into action and demonstrated the ability to generate 1,000 components for face shields per day - with a single 3D printer. 

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    • Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare

      Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare

      The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable. 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.

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    • The Huawei P40 Series is official

      The Huawei P40 Series is official

      It's a troubling time for the smartphone industry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with trade shows and launch events being constantly canceled. For Huawei, however, it's even harder since its Android devices are still banned from using Google apps and services. With all that in mind, it might not be the best time to launch a range of new products, but that hasn't stopped the Chinese company from forging ahead with its latest flagship series.

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    • WHO to launch Covid-19 tips app for Android, iOS

      WHO to launch Covid-19 tips app for Android, iOS

      As we face this time of crisis together, one of the most important things we can do - aside from washing your hands and maintaining social distance - is combat misinformation with the truth. To that end, the World Health Organisation is preparing to launch an official Android, iOS and Web app for news, tips, alerts, and more to keep you informed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    • Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

      Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

      When two Spanish footballers took to the controls of "FIFA 20" after the coronavirus pandemic saw their La Liga match cancelled, a stadium-sized virtual audience watched online. The huge digital crowd last week is part of a spectacular boom for the digital gaming industry, as record numbers flock to online servers for distraction, entertainment and friendship with the "real world" seemingly falling apart.

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    • Bringing 330 petaflops of supercomputing to fight the outbreak

      Bringing 330 petaflops of supercomputing to fight the outbreak

      IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are teaming with the White House, the US Department of Energy, and other federal agencies to bring a massive amount of supercomputing power and public cloud resources to scientists, engineers and researchers who are working to tackle the novel coronavirus global pandemic. And the new consortium is already hard at work harnessing the power of the nation’s high-performance computers to better understand the virus, find treatments that can be used and develop potential vaccines and cures.

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    • Full PS5 hardware specifications revealed

      Full PS5 hardware specifications revealed

      After months of anticipation and drips of details, Sony has finally revealed the specifications and hardware details for the PlayStation 5, its next-generation home console that’s planned for release this holiday season and will probably include 3D audio and support for nearly 100 older PS4 games, as reported.

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