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Coronavirus app

Germany flips to Apple-Google approach on smartphone contact tracing

Germany has changed course over which type of smartphone technology it wanted to use to trace coronavirus infections, backing an approach supported by Apple and Google along with a...

Contact Tracing App

Showdown looms between Silicon Valley and US states over contact tracing

US states promoting apps that could prove essential to ending the coronavirus lockdown may be headed for a showdown with the two Silicon Valley companies that control key software ...

Republic of Ireland PM

Ireland should consider forcing Google and Facebook to pay media for content – PM

The government of the Republic of Ireland should consider copying Australia’s plan to force Facebook and Google to share advertising revenue with local media, Prime Minister ...


Apple says ‘no evidence’ iPhone mail flaw was used against customers

Apple has said that it has found “no evidence” a flaw in its Email app for iPhones and iPads has been used against customers, and that it believes the flaw does “...


Flaw in iPhone and iPads may have allowed hackers to steal data for years

Apple is planning to fix a flaw that a security firm said may have left more than 500 million iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hackers. 


Apple expands services business to markets in Africa and beyond

Apple has just said it would expand its App Store, Apple Music and other services to dozens of new markets in Africa, the Middle East and beyond in the biggest geographical expansi...


Alibaba to invest $28 billion in cloud services after coronavirus boosted demand

Alibaba Group has said it will invest 200 billion yuan (approximately $28 billion) in its cloud infrastructure over three years, a plan that follows a boom in demand for business s...


European coronavirus app platform gaining traction with governments

A European technology platform to support smartphone apps that can help trace people at risk of infection by the new coronavirus is gaining support from governments, one of its pri...


Goldman Sachs predicts 36% drop in iPhone shipment, suggests its time to sell Apple shares

Goldman Sachs says it expects iPhone shipment to drop some 36% during the current quarter due to coronavirus-related lockdowns around the world and downgraded Apple stock to a R...

Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19

The Apple and Google alliance welcomed by European coronavirus app platform

Apple’s collaboration with Google will make it quicker to get systems for tracing coronavirus infections up and running, according to the prime mover behind a pan-European ef...


Apple launches website to show how coronavirus lockdowns affect movement

Apple has said it would release data that could help inform public health authorities on whether people are driving less during lockdown orders to slow the spread of the new corona...

COVID-19 coverage

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...


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...


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...