Melbourne man claims COVIDSafe tracking app failed to notify him about close contact with positive case

“There are strict procedures in place to protect the public wherever someone tests positive to coronavirus. As part of our contact tracing, relevant public exposure sites are contacted and provided with advice about the transmission risks and any cleaning that may be required.”

Microsoft launches Family Safety, a parental control and location-tracking app

Through the app, parents and kids can receive a weekly activity report, which is an email with highlights of the child’s digital activity for the past seven days. Additionally, parents can also use the app to set app, screen, and playtime limits across Microsoft’s apps and services. These include the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows, […]

Coronavirus-tracking apps proliferate, but will they help slow disease’s spread?

In many places where apps have been implemented so far, adoption has failed to reach even that lower threshold. In France, less than 3% of the population had activated the government-endorsed app, StopCovid, as of late June. Italy’s app had attracted about 6% of the population. The percentage of residents who have downloaded the app […]

Loved or loathed? How Germany’s coronavirus tracking app is faring

The number of potential users could be higher still because, as government spokesman Steffen Seibert pointed out, the technology so far does not work on some older mobile phones. Users need to have either at least an iPhone 6s or an Android 6 model to join the system, although there have been reports that older generation […]

The best Android apps (July 2020)

Adidas Running App by Runtastic Runtastic is a smartphone staple, with a simple interface that doesn’t sacrifice advanced features. The no-frills app uses your smartphone’s sensors to track metrics, such as your distance and relative pace, as well as calories burned and your heart rate. A few extra features, such as 3D mapping and a […]

US student’s app offers roadmap to Singapore contact tracing tech

Singapore kicked off a global rush to develop contact tracing apps for the novel coronavirus when the city-state launched an apparently new system in March. But the project actually drew inspiration from a 2014 U.S. high school project that won an international prize but found no backers – until now. It all started when Rohan […]

iPhone SE review: Everything you need at lightning speed

Switching from another iPhone is an absolute breeze. Place the new and old phones beside each other, then snap a photo of a pattern shown on the old phone’s screen with the new phone. This starts the transfer, which can take minutes if you have an iCloud backup available. Your apps and files make the […]

Ditched Government coronavirus app only detected 4% of contacts on iPhones

The version under testing on the Isle of Wight has not been set up to tell anyone to self-isolate – instead warning them to pay careful attention to social distancing guidelines if they’ve been close to someone who has reported symptoms.

15 best wellness apps to download for summer 2020

14. Wakeout! Exercise is just as good for the mind as it is the body, but sometimes finding the time to workout can seem next to impossible. Luckily, Wakeout has you covered with a library of over 300 free exercises which can be done in 30-second chunks in the places where you spend most of […]

7 best stargazing apps for spotting constellations in the night sky

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