SINGAPORE - A contact-tracing smartphone app has been launched to allow the local authorities to quickly track people who have been exposed to confirmed coronavirus cases. Dubbed TraceTogether, the app is able to identify people who have been in close proximity - within 2m for at least 30 minutes - to coronavirus patients using wireless Bluetooth technology, said its developers, the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) and the Ministry of Health (MOH), on Friday (March 20). "This is especially useful in cases where the infected persons do not know everyone whom they had been in close proximity with for an extended duration," said its developers. While use of the app is not compulsory, those who use it have to turn on the Bluetooth settings in their phones for tracing to be done. They also need to enable push notifications and location permissions in the app, which is available on the Apple App Store or the Google Play store. Should one of these users be infected, MOH will … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Singapore develops smartphone app for efficient contact tracing
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Pandora, Slacker, and Spotify are three of the most popular streaming apps available. But which one is the best option for iPhone users? While iTunes is the undisputed king of digital music, it doesn't offer streaming or subscription services, leaving the field wide open for a wide variety of contenders, including Pandora, Slacker, and Spotify. That's important because not everyone wants to buy their music. Some iPhone users want more variety and a better way to discover new music, or simply re-discover old favorites. That's because music is personal. It has to suit both our general tastes and our mood at the moment. A good streaming music app needs to reflect this. It needs to have music available that we like, when we like, and the better it does that job, the better it is. Pandora, Slacker, and Spotify each have their own unique take on streaming music, but which one does it best? Pandora vs. Slacker. vs. Spotify: User interface and experience When it comes to … [Read more...] about Pandora vs. Slacker vs. Spotify: iPhone streaming music app showdown!
Twitter has announced the upcoming version 1.1 of their API, and provided yet more "direction" to Twitter app developers. First, it's important to remember that the sky isn't falling. The Twitter apps you use today will still be usable tomorrow. The community you enjoy right now will still be with you for the foreseeable future. Yet reading the pronouncements, it's impossible not to realize that Twitter's plans for those apps and that community will change them, soon, and forever. Last time Twitter foreshadowed changes to their policy, I made the analogy that it was like someone who's lover worked to put them through college, who was then dumped the day after graduation. With today's changes, Twitter seems to have gone from unappreciative to all out offensive. To put it in medieval terms, they've surrounded developers, walled them up, and seem intent on starving out traditional Twitter apps out. That's feeling I get reading Twitter's new Changes coming in Version 1.1 of the … [Read more...] about Twitter raises API walls, seems intent on starving out traditional apps
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Microsoft made a bold statement when it initially released the Surface Pro X back in November 2019. Although the company had been offering some flavor of Windows on low-power, Arm-based processors for many years, if you consider the Surface RT, Windows Phone or even Windows Mobile, the Surface Pro X marked the first occasion Microsoft itself had released a premium, Surface-branded device featuring an Arm-based processor. (No, I don’t consider the Surface or Surface 2 with Windows RT “premium”). The Surface Pro X is powered by a custom Microsoft SQ1 SoC (system on a chip), developed in partnership with Qualcomm. The SQ1 is essentially a tweaked Snapdragon 8cx tuned for Microsoft’s desired frequencies and power envelope. It is an 8-core processor with integrated AI engine that operates at frequencies up to 3GHz. The SQ1 also has an integrated GPU that offers up to 2 Teraflops of compute performance. There are versions of the … [Read more...] about Is Windows 10 On Arm A Viable Platform For Mobile Power Users?
With 5 million+ apps on Google Play and the App Store - many making huge claims about how amazing they are - it looks like it should be easy to find the perfect product for you. The flaw in this scheme is that many app descriptions are pure fiction. This usually isn't about major crime, like hackers trying to infect your device with the latest ransomware (although that sometimes happens, too). Most of the time, it's just developers pretending they're something they're not - perhaps claiming to be some top VPN provider with top-notch technology, when they're actually pushing an open-source app using the slowest public VPN servers in the world. The aim... to make money by displaying a new ad every 10 seconds. If the app is something simple like a free game or a system tool, you may not care very much. If it doesn't work as promised, just uninstall and try something else. If the app handles some system-critical function, though - such as an antivirus or mobile VPN app , and … [Read more...] about The quick and easy guide to spotting a dodgy app