"In the coming months", Apple and Google plan to do away with the need for dedicated apps and bake "a broader, Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform" into their operating systems directly. How does digital contact tracing work? Digital contact tracing uses radio transmitters inside smartphones to establish other phone owners the user's come into contact with - the same way that phones and other devices send out Bluetooth signals to seek devices to connect with. If person A and person B have a 10-minute conversation in the street, their phones will be exchanging anonymous identifier codes that change every 15 minutes. Person B's phone will have been checking the server for positive beacons from their past 14 days, meaning they'll receive a notification from the healthcare app letting them know someone they've been in contact with has tested positive for the virus and linking them to further information about symptoms, how to self-isolate etc. Why isn't the UK using Apple and Google's new coronavirus tracking app? How those without a job or on furlough can apply to pick fruit on farms.
Weekly News Roundup: ViacomCBS departures, BAFTAs rearranged and Apple TV+ figures. 18-22 May: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry. ViacomCBS president & CEO Bob Bakish said: “Thanks to Armando’s exceptional leadership, the critical work to unify our global licensing and distribution operations is complete, and the team is moving forward with a comprehensive strategy for the future.”. “We are thrilled to confirm the new date for our nominations announcement, for both the Virgin Media BAFTAs and the Television Craft Awards,” said BAFA CEO Amanda Berry.
'Significant majority' of RBS staff home-workers to remain in place until September - memo. LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland <RBS.L> Chief Executive Alison Rose said on Thursday a "significant majority" of more than 50,000 staff working from home since the coronavirus lockdown would continue to do so until September, according to a memo seen by Reuters. The state-backed bank said around 400 staff unable to work from home will be asked to return to offices and call centres next month, the memo said. RBS has also temporarily banned hot-desking and said it would place at least one empty desk in between people to ensure social distancing. Since lockdown started, around 10,000 staff have continued to work in branches and some offices.
Last month, before Google and Apple announced their joint effort to enable COVID-19 exposure notifications, I wrote about the trouble with using Bluetooth-based solutions for contact tracing. Chief among the issues is getting a meaningful number of people to download any app in the first place, public health officials told me. And now that such apps are being released in the United States, we’re seeing just how big a challenge that is. “As we respond to this unprecedented public health emergency, we invite other states to join us in leveraging smartphone technologies to strengthen existing contact tracing efforts,” North Dakota Gov. Later this year, an update to iOS and Android will allow people to begin participating in the program even if they haven’t yet downloaded an official public health app. But as we’ve discussed here before, the best-designed tech interventions won’t be effective if they’re not supported by contact tracing and isolation of new cases. So let’s check in to see how we’re doing on those fronts.
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US ‘Re-Opening Stocks’ Attracting Buyers; Amazon, Facebook Hit Record Highs. The move took place despite a medical watchdog group downplaying the upbeat coronavirus results from Moderna Inc. that earlier in the week was a catalyst by a spectacular rally. In the cash market, the benchmark S&P 500 Index settled at 2971.61, up 48.67 or +1.85%, the blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average finished at 24575.90, up 369.04 or +1.65% and the technology-based NASDAQ Composite closed at 9375.78, up 190.68 or +2.45%. Money Moving into Growth, ‘Re-Opening Stocks’. Since the markets bottomed in late March, technology sector growth stocks have been the catalysts leading the rally.
San Francisco, May 21 (IANS) Google which was dropped out of the $10 billion Pentagon Cloud project which was eventually won by Microsoft in a bitter fight with Amazon Web Services (AWS), has bagged a Cloud project with the US Department of Defense (DoD). Thomas Kurian-led Google Cloud announced that it won a pilot project with DoD''s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to build secure cloud management solution to detect, protect against, and respond to cyber threats worldwide. The multi-cloud solution will be built on Google''s a modern application platform Anthos, allowing DIU to run web services and applications across Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure - while being centrally managed from the Google Cloud Console. The secure cloud management solution will provide benefits such as better network throughput with virtual firewalls and auditing devices that scale to meet demand up to 500,000 concurrent users and 1 million endpoints, Google said in a statement on Wednesday.
Tesco opening hours are dependent on the type of store you visit. Some Tesco superstores are operating shorter opening hours over the bank holiday weekend, between 8am and 6pm rather than the usual 8am to 10pm. From Monday to Saturday, Morrisons operates an NHS hour for healthcare workers between 6am and 7am. Asda. Some Asda stores have reduced opening hours on Monday 25. STALE PETROL: Is your car still safe to drive after 10 weeks of lockdown? How Wetherspoon staff can hand you your pint to minimise cross contamination. This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here.
A Challenge To Amazon, As Microsoft And FedEx Enter Multiyear Collaboration. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) will join forces in a multiyear technology and logistics partnership, the companies announced this week. "Together with Microsoft, we will combine the immense power of technology with the vast scale of our infrastructure to help revolutionize commerce and create a network for what's next for our customers," said Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx, in a statement. Anything that drives "more precise" inventory management and logistics and also improves the ability of companies to sense and respond to potential issues and disruptions using real-time data will prove valuable, Brittain Ladd, a former Amazon executive who now runs his own consultancy, told FreightWaves. But Ladd said he believes "the ambition is much bigger," and that Microsoft will ultimately leverage the partnership to reimagine the shopping experience, using a combination of AI, machine learning, voice activation and virtual reality.
Facebook will begin reopening its offices worldwide on July 6th with stringent safety measures in place, according to a new report from Bloomberg published on Wednesday. The reopening plan is part of a multistep process the social network has in place to begin restoring some of its in-person operations, which are crucial to its data center management and the development of hardware like the Portal video chatting device and its Oculus line of virtual reality headsets and accessories. Those who do will be required to wear face masks and undergo temperature checks to monitor for virus symptoms consistent with COVID-19, Bloomberg reports. Although the July date is in place largely for Facebook’s US and European offices, the report states that some Asian offices may reopen sooner, dependent on the specific country or city’s containment of the novel coronavirus. It’s also unclear how the company will run its various dining facilities, many of which offer buffet-style meals and constitute a major perk to on-site work at Facebook and other big tech companies.