The Apple Watch is becoming an important tool in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19

Smartwatches like the Apple Watch and wearables made by Fitbit and Garmin can reveal whether a user has coronavirus haster than the standard swab tests that most people are still taking.

yesterday, 6:20 PM by Alan Friedman,  5 comments
Apple disseminates iOS 12.5.1; which iPhone models is it for and what does it do?

Apple on Monday released iOS 12.5.1, and if that build sounds funny to you after iOS 14 launched in September, that is because today's update is to allow older models to be involved in COVID-19 contact tracing.

Jan 11, 2021, 11:11 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Lights (off), cameras (dark) and (no) action; L.A. Apple Stores shut again because of coronavirus

Apple is closing several Apple Stores in the L.A. area once again as the city has become ground-zero in the latest coronavirus battle in the United States. The Bay Area is also having issues as well.

Dec 18, 2020, 7:38 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
Facebook will tell you exactly why some COVID-related posts you've interacted with got removed

Facebook has updated the way it presents information to its users, in regards to removed COVID-19 posts.

Dec 16, 2020, 1:46 AM,  by Radoslav Minkov,  1 comment
Twitter vows to battle the “silent pandemic” with custom emojis

According to the United Nations Population Fund, for every three months the COVID-19 lockdown continues, an additional 15 million women are expected to be directly affected by violence.

Nov 25, 2020, 5:00 AM,  by Mariyan Slavov,  1 comment
Google updates its COVID-19 layer in Maps

The COVID-19 layer will show more information about the infection - all-time detected cases in a specific area, plus useful quick links to COVID related resources.

Nov 17, 2020, 5:55 AM,  by Mariyan Slavov,  0 comments
Developers test app that can diagnose COVID by analyzing a cough

Imagine an app that will be able, with a high degree of accuracy, be able to determine whether a subject has COVID-19 even if they are asymptomatic. A report says that such an app is in the works.

Oct 31, 2020, 10:53 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  5 comments
Google Maps will show you if a place has room for social distancing and if it's crowded

New update will add plenty more helpful pandemic-related information to Google Maps, helping users plan their day safely.

Oct 16, 2020, 2:56 AM,  by Radoslav Minkov,  0 comments

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Google adds a COVID-19 layer to Google Maps

Google Maps has a new COVID-19 layer that will help users know where the bad spots to be avoided are. Using color-coding, Google Maps will reveal those areas of the world where COVID-19 density is high.

Sep 24, 2020, 11:51 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
Anonymous sources say that more U.S. Apple Stores will reopen this month

Apple plans on starting to reopen U.S. Apple Stores starting at the end of this month. Sources say that employees have been informed of Apple's plans which include following all local guidelines.

Aug 25, 2020, 5:05 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
Users will soon be able to chat with businesses via Facebook Messenger without having to log in to Facebook

Facebook has made a helpful update to its Messenger plugin tool so now you can chat with businesses without even logging in to your Facebook account.

Aug 05, 2020, 6:46 AM,  by Iskra Petrova,  0 comments
Google Pixel smartphone chaos could continue into 2021 as company extends work from home policy

Google will let employees work from home until June 2021.

Jul 27, 2020, 11:17 AM,  by Anam Hamid,  13 comments
T-Mobile puts you right on the field (virtually) for MLB's Summer Camp

With the Major League Baseball season kicking off next week, T-Mobile is offering subscribers a free annual subscription to MLB.TV and is also presenting the Seattle Mariners' Summer Camp through a virtual 360-degree livestream.

Jul 20, 2020, 12:07 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
Zoom sets a new App Store record during the second quarter

Video conferencing app Zoom managed to score over 300 million installs during the second quarter between App Store and Google Play Store installs. In the App Store, Zoom managed to beat out TikTok to be the most popular app on the platform during Q2.

Jul 19, 2020, 11:25 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
Once again 5G and coronavirus combine in latest conspiracy theory

The latest conspiracy theory says that the bendable metal strips inside a surgical mask is a 5G antenna and is used to make people sicker from the COVID-19 virus.

Jul 12, 2020, 8:24 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  8 comments
Samsung defied the coronavirus to somehow boost its overall Q2 profit

Samsung expects its Q2 2020 consolidated operating profit to register a healthy increase compared to both Q1 2020 and Q2 2019, despite COVID-19 hardships reflected in shrinking sales.

Jul 07, 2020, 5:25 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  2 comments
Amazon Prime Day delayed until October: report

Since coronavirus cases are on the rise again, Amazon has apparently delayed Prime Day further.

Jul 02, 2020, 3:37 PM,  by Anam Hamid,  0 comments
Apple closes 30 more U.S. Apple Stores including all locations in Florida

With new coronavirus cases rising sharply in some states, Apple is closing 30 more stores including the final two that were open in the state of Florida. 77 Apple Stores are now temporarily shuttered.

Jul 01, 2020, 8:59 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  12 comments
New "smart" device was made with the pandemic in mind

We have smartphones, smartwatches, smart glasses, smart applicances, smart homes and now smart masks. A Japanese startup company will soon ship the masks that connect to the internet via Bluetooth.

Jun 27, 2020, 2:17 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Microsoft Store locations will never re-open again

Microsoft has a new retail strategy in place, which will be entirely focused on remote sales and support.

Jun 26, 2020, 10:27 AM,  by Anam Hamid,  18 comments
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, 14 more Apple Stores are shut in Florida

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising sharply in states like Texas and Florida, Apple has closed seven Apple Stores in Texas and 14 in Florida over the last two days.

Jun 25, 2020, 7:21 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Due to rising COVID-19 cases, 11 Apple Stores in the U.S. have been closed temporarily

Apple announced today that rising coronavirus cases in certain states has led it to close 11 Apple Stores in four states. Apple recently re-opened its bricks and mortar stores in the states.

Jun 19, 2020, 2:01 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  14 comments
updated AT&T takes an unfortunate page from T-Mobile's playbook with impending store closures

The coronavirus pandemic has "accelerated" AT&T's plans to close down an unspecified number of Cricket Wireless stores for good shortly after T-Mobile did the same with some Metro locations.

Jun 16, 2020, 5:51 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  0 comments
EU wants to have Google, Facebook and Twitter report monthly on their actions against fake news

As the fight with the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the fight against misinformation on social media. The European Union wants to now have tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google report monthly on their efforts against misinformation, regarding COVID-19.

Jun 10, 2020, 8:27 AM,  by Iskra Petrova,  2 comments
Some of Apple's staff is returning to work at its offices

Over the next few months, Apple is reportedly looking to gradually return its staff to HQ.

Jun 10, 2020, 2:38 AM,  by Radoslav Minkov,  0 comments
Google Maps update will help commuters plan their social distancing

Google is going to be rolling out an update shortly for Google Maps that will allow users to see how crowded a transit station is in real-time in order to help commuters with social distancing.

Jun 08, 2020, 4:05 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Facebook soon to release dark mode for its main app alongside COVID-19 tracker

While we don't know exactly when Facebook's Android app will finally receive the long-awaited dark mode, we do know what it will look like.

Jun 05, 2020, 2:47 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  0 comments
Health & Fitness app downloads surged in Q2 2020 with Strava leading the pack

People are turning to Health & Fitness apps to stay fit during the pandemic.

Jun 05, 2020, 8:03 AM,  by Anam Hamid,  1 comment
Huawei Honor Play 4 Pro can be used for contactless temperature measurement

The phone has an integrated IR temperature sensor.

Jun 04, 2020, 11:01 PM,  by Anam Hamid,  3 comments
This year's global smartphone market decline can only be slowed down by cheap 5G models

Global smartphone sales are expected to register a decline of 11.9 percent in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the only thing that can help the market rebound in 2021 are low-cost 5G devices.

Jun 04, 2020, 3:41 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  1 comment
CES 2021 will be an in-person event, to be held in the first week of January

The organizers of CES want to have a physical event even though the pandemic is nowhere near its end apparently.

Jun 03, 2020, 4:12 PM,  by Anam Hamid,  1 comment
Amazon will reportedly hold a multi-day sales event in June with steep discounts

The sale will last for ten days apparently and involve discounts of at least 30 percent.

Jun 02, 2020, 6:54 PM,  by Anam Hamid,  0 comments
Apple Stores close again, as iPhone looters get this tracking warning

Check out the Apple Store anti-theft tracking system in action on a looted iPhone 11 as protests force many of them to close again, shortly after coronavirus reopening.

Jun 02, 2020, 5:03 AM,  by Daniel Petrov,  4 comments
Google's new AR social distancing tool can keep you safe

Sodar is Google's new social distancing tool for Android phones that uses AR to show a six-foot ring around you. This allows you to see at a glance whether someone is a safe distance away.

May 29, 2020, 7:32 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
Apple to reopen 100 brick and mortar stores in the states this week

Apple plans on reopening 100 Apple Stores in the United States this week with most of them offering curbside and storefront service. Some will allow walk-in customers.

May 26, 2020, 6:49 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Even with many stuck at home, Apple TV+ fails to show growth in the number of new subscribers

Apple TV+ is not picking up any more subscribers from the quarantine as other streamers have. On the other hand, viewer demand has been rising especially for the streamer's new hit "Defending Jacob"

May 24, 2020, 2:06 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  10 comments
Some carriers are taking advantage of laid off customers during the pandemic

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testified today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and said that the regulatory agency has received over 2,200 complaints from consumers stating that a particular carrier isn't following the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.

May 20, 2020, 11:50 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
Face mask wearing iPhone users rejoice! The iOS 13.5 update is here

Apple has released iOS 13.5 today which includes a feature that allows an iPhone to quickly bypass Face ID and open the passcode page when someone is wearing a face mask.

May 20, 2020, 3:07 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  25 comments
T-Mobile explains the changes that you'll see at its reopened stores

T-Mobile Executive Vice President of Consumer Markets Jon Freier explains on a video the carrier's stores will change in order to keep its customers and employees safe from COVID-19.

May 19, 2020, 5:05 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  3 comments
Instagram adds big new feature to certain accounts for supporting users' well-being

Instagram wants to help improve your well-being with a new feature that supports what are basically articles, available in certain accounts.

May 19, 2020, 1:41 AM,  by Radoslav Minkov,  0 comments
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