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Platform Industry: ongoing COVID-19 coverage, tracking and tracing

UK’s NHS working with Apple and Google on an app to track coronavirus – report

Interested to read that the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has been working on a mobile phone app with Google and Apple that the British government hopes will help in end...

Platform News: Nintendo and its Switch console

Nintendo game pulled from Chinese platforms after protest by Hong Kong activist

A popular Nintendo Switch video game has been pulled off China’s grey market e-commerce platforms, after Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong used the game to protest against Beiji...

Platform News: Google search engine

Apple and Google plan software to slow virus, joining global debate on tracking

Apple and Google have announced that they will work together to create contact tracing technology that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus by allowing users to opt into logg...

EU

European Union to adopt unified policy on coronavirus smartphone apps

The EU, which has been heavily criticised by media and politicians across Europe for being ‘irrelevant’ during coronavirus is drawing up common rules for using mobile a...

Platform News: Facebook Social Media Buttons

Facebook launches ‘Tuned’, its new messaging app for couples

Facebook Inc has launched a new app for couples called “Tuned” that allows a person to chat, share photos, music and have a timeline of shared memories with their partn...

Quibi

Quibi sees more than 300,000 downloads on launch day: Sensor Tower

The new app for the short-form mobile video platform Quibi garnered more than 300,000 downloads on its launch day, industry site Sensor Tower declared on Tuesday, as stay-at-home v...

Big Data

In coronavirus fight, much criticised Facebook data helps US cities and states

Infectious disease researchers are using Facebook Inc mobile location data to provide daily updates to US cities and states evaluating the effectiveness of social distancing orders...

Platform Economy: Global Smartphones and Culture

1.5 million Israeli citizens are now using voluntary coronavirus monitoring app

Around one and a half million Israelis have downloaded a smartphone app in the past week that alerts users who have crossed paths with a coronavirus patient, according to the Healt...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Apple doubles China donations for COVID-19 recovery efforts

Apple more than doubled its donation to China’s efforts to fight COVID-19 to over 50 million yuan ($7 million), CEO Tim Cook posted on Weibo on Wednesday, weeks after the iPh...

Houseparty app from Epic Games

Video chat app Houseparty offers $1 million reward over hacking claims

Group video chat app Houseparty offered a reward of $1 million for evidence of what it said was a smear campaign against the company as it fought to quash claims that the app was s...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook appoints Robert Kimmitt as lead independent director

Facebook has named the former deputy secretary to the US Treasury, Robert Kimmitt, to its board as lead independent director, effective immediately. 

Pensioners in NHS care homes

Elderly in UK care home embrace technology to beat coronavirus lockdown

Residents in a British care home are embracing technology to stay in touch with friends and family as the country faces the possibility of weeks of lockdown amid the coronavirus ep...

Home Bound

Home-bound users fume as video apps do not sync with TVs

Kat Volpe laid out an exercise mat and tried to sync her iPhone with her big screen TV for a fitness class webcast on Instagram last week during New York’s coronavirus lockdo...

Platform Industry: iPhone unboxed at home

Apple limits online iPhone purchases to two per person

Apple Inc is limiting customer purchases of iPhones over its online stores in many countries including the US and China to a maximum of two handsets per person, checks on its websi...