Why Contact-Tracing Apps Haven’t Slowed Covid-19 in the US
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As Covid-19 spread across the United States this spring, Jodie Pond, the health director in Teton County, Wyoming, looked forward to deploying a new weapon against the pandemic. Technologists were racing to create apps that would quickly and quietly identify people who had been close to others who were infected. This process of “contact tracing”…

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India Blocks 118 More China-Linked Apps, Including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
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Photo: BAY ISMOYO/AFP (Getty Images)Months after barring TikTok, India is now cracking down on dozens more apps with links to China—the latest development in an ongoing feud between the two countries. This time, India’s banned multiple apps from Chinese tech giant Tencent, including mobile versions of the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.India’s Ministry of…

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How Android 11 Beats iOS 14 for Handling Messaging Apps
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Screenshot: AndroidAndroid 11 and iOS 14 are both here, and the software upgrades pack in a slew of improvements and new features for Android phones (er…some of them) and iPhones, respectively. Many of the tweaks and enhancements in Android 11 center around one particular area, though, and it’s an area where Google’s smartphone platform is edging…

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Roku and Comcast reach agreement to carry Peacock on Roku
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Comcast and Roku have come to an agreement months after NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service launched. Peacock will be available to stream on Roku in the coming weeks. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Comcast that will bring Peacock to Roku customers and maintains access to NBCU’s TV Everywhere apps,” a Roku spokesperson…

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Jolt Yourself Awake With the Siri Voice Swearing at You
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Photo: Monkey Business Images (Shutterstock)I am not a person who wakes up easily, but I’ve discovered over the years that waking up is, unfortunately, necessary to start one’s day. I’ve toyed with evil alarm clock apps and with garden variety snooze-button-hitting, but just recently I found a game changer: you can get the Siri voice…

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TikTok and WeChat will be banned in the U.S. from Sunday
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The U.S. Commerce Department has now announced the details of how it will enforce the shutdown of TikTok and WeChat in the country, after announcing in August plans to do so by September 20 over national security concerns. The news is structured along two dates, September 20 and November 12. Both apps and their app updates…

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