Day: March 21, 2020

To Slow Coronavirus Spread, Singapore Creates a Contact-Tracing App

ZDNet reports that Singapore is fighting the coronavirus with a new smartphone app named “TraceTogether”. The app is able to estimate the distance between TraceTogether smartphones as well as the duration of such interactions. The data then is captured, encrypted, and stored locally on the user’s phone for 21 days, which spans the incubation period…

Samsung rolling out Galaxy S20 update with enhancements, including camera improvements

Samsung recently launched the Galaxy S20 line, but the Ultra came with some autofocusing issues. Samsung started rolling out an update for the S20 models with enhancements and camera improvements. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Russia Will Ban the Issuing and Selling of Cryptocurrencies

A senior Russian official says an upcoming digital assets bill will ban the issuing and selling of cryptocurrencies. Forbes reports: “We believe there are big risks of legalizing the operations with the cryptocurrencies, from the standpoint of financial stability, money laundering prevention and consumer protection,” Russia’s central bank head of legal, Alexey Guznov, told Russia…

Amid panic buying and toilet roll brawls, Rock The Lock Down reveals we’re not all terrible human beings

A viral, remote music event this weekend highlights how technology can help keep us connected during the coronavirus outbreak. …read more Source:: ZDNet

The Fart Box, a Synthesizer Not Quite Like Others

[lookmumnocomputer] enjoys creating synthesizers, and early last year he created one called The Fart Box. It is an entirely analog synthesizer with which, according to its creator, it is difficult to make anything that doesn’t sound gassy. It’s not quite like any other synthesizer, and while it is capable of acting like a regular analog…

America’s FDA Authorizes Fast Coronavirus Testing System

America’s Food and Drug Administration has approved a coronavirus test from a company called Cepheid. It can deliver its results in about 45 minutes, “much faster than current tests that require a sample to be sent to a centralized lab, where results can take days,” reports The Hill: The test has been designed to operate…

Apple to donate 2 million masks to US coronavirus response, Pence says – CNET

Apple is working with the Trump administration to distribute them, Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday. …read more Source:: CNet

Are There Security Risks When Millions are Suddenly Working from Home?

“The dramatic expansion of teleworking by U.S. schools, businesses and government agencies in response to the coronavirus is raising fresh questions about the capacity and security of the tools many Americans use to connect to vital workplace systems and data,” reports CNN: As of last week the Air Force’s virtual private networking software could only…

Microsoft pauses Edge releases amid coronavirus outbreak

Microsoft follows in Google’s footsteps, who similarly paused Chrome updates earlier this week. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Coronavirus updates: Pence staffer tests positive, Apple to provide masks – CNET

Plus: Californian and Illinois go on lockdown, deaths in Italy surpass those in China. …read more Source:: CNet