Lockdown

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...

Platform News: Delivery Services across the world

As delivery workers emerge as frontline soldiers, the Indian government warms to e-commerce

Devender Singh revved up his motorcycle to deliver meat and eggs to customers. Three days after India imposed a nationwide lockdown his heart had been in his mouth as he closed in ...

Airbnb

Airbnb to restrict bookings on its platform in the UK

Home rental firm Airbnb will block UK bookings on its platform for the vast majority of customers on Thursday, allowing only key workers to stay in properties for as long as the em...

Singapore

Singapore lockdown: ‘essential’ chipmakers hope for less supply chain disruption

Chip makers are banking on less disruptions to their factories from this week’s strict lockdown in Singapore than the havoc wreaked on their supply chains last month when Mal...

5G

UK government calls 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory fake nonsense

A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the novel coronavirus is dangerous fake news and completely false, Britain said on Saturday after...

Platform News: Google

Google’s data shines light on whether coronavirus lockdowns worldwide are working

As reported yesterday, Google has published charts showing how the coronavirus has brought hard-hit Italy to a complete standstill, led to runs on grocery stores around the world a...

Platform News: SoftBank Group CEO

SoftBank’s CEO tests state of emergency appetite via Twitter poll

Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of SoftBank Group began polling his Twitter followers on Friday over whether a state of emergency should be declared, as the number of people in ...

Platform News: Google movements

Google location data shows slump in trips to offices and shopping centres

As we reported yesterday, Google has published reports for over a hundred countries showing whether visits to shops, recreational parks and workplaces dropped last month, when many...

Flipkart

Indian lockdown disrupts Amazon, Flipkart deliveries: sources

India’s coronavirus lockdown is disrupting e-commerce companies including Amazon and Flipkart, despite government assurances it would not, four sources familiar with the matt...

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...