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Google: 20 US states ‘exploring' COVID-19 Exposure Notification apps, first launches in ‘coming weeks'

10 days ago   |   By 9to5Mac

Google today provided an update on its work with Exposure Notifications to help combat COVID-19. This includes improvements to the underlying API, adoption by US states, and user-facing tweaks since May .
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Apple and Google Update Exposure Notification API

Apple and Google Update Exposure Notification API

10 days ago   |   By Mac Rumors

Google today announced that the Exposure Notification API that it designed in partnership with Apple has received some improvements to make it more useful to public health authorities.
Most notably, the API supports interoperability between countries, and Bluetooth calibration has been improved. The full list of updates is below:
When an exposure is detected, public health authorities now have more flexibility in determining the level of risk associated with that exposure based on technical information from the API.
Bluetooth calibration values for hundreds of devices have been updated to...
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Google Maps now lets you follow more public profiles

Google Maps now lets you follow more public profiles

10 days ago   |   By Android Community

Google Maps has become more than just the app that you go to when you're lost. Google has developed it to become an app to discover new local restaurants, get in touch with businesses, try out new things and places in the neighborhood, and now apparently, it's becoming a sort of social network as well....
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Canada's 'COVID Alert' App Using Apple's Exposure Notification API Now Available

10 days ago   |   By Mac Rumors

Canada today released a new COVID-19 contact tracing app called COVID Alert, as noted by iPhone in Canada. COVID Alert takes advantage of Apple and Google's privacy-focused Exposure Notification API to alert people when they've come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus.
As with all COVID-19 contact tracing apps, COVID Alert uses Bluetooth to exchange random, anonymized codes with nearby phones, determining how close someone is by the strength of the Bluetooth signal.
If someone with COVID Alert tests positive for the virus, they can opt to enter that information into the app...
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Apple's new gift cards now work in Apple Stores and in the App Store

Apple's new gift cards now work in Apple Stores and in the App Store

10 days ago   |   By iMore

What you need to know
Apple has a new type of gift card available.
The new card can be used for Apple Store and digital purchases alike.
There were previously two types of gift cards.
Credit where it's due.
Apple has introduced a new type of gift card that takes its digital and physical stores and brings them both under a single roof for the first time.
Previously, Apple sold gift cards that could be used in Apple Stores alongside one that could only be used in the App Store and iTunes. Now, a single card can be used for both of those things - no more buying the wrong card at the...
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9to5Google Daily 492: Google Pixel 4a coming August 3, Google One adds free phone backups, plus more

9to5Google Daily 492: Google Pixel 4a coming August 3, Google One adds free phone backups, plus more

10 days ago   |   By 9to5Google

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COVID Alert app, built with Apple and Google Exposure Notification API, now available in Canada

COVID Alert app, built with Apple and Google Exposure Notification API, now available in Canada

10 days ago   |   By 9to5Mac

The Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google is beginning to gain traction outside of the United States. This week, Health Canada has released its new COVID Alert application, which allows citizens to report positive COVID-19 test results and be notified if they've been exposed to the virus.
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