Sunday, April 12, 2020

#TRENDING10 - Top 10 Tech News / Trends of the Week #15: Apple, Google & COVID-19, Sony, Netfix, and more!

We are normally used huge companies like Apple, Google and Amazon drawing attention in a different direction. Unfortunately, there's a pandemic taking the world by storm leaving most of us locked in our homes. On the brighter side of this, technology is playing a key role to remedy this problem.

#TRENDING10 - Top 10 Tech News / Trends of the Week #15: Apple, Google & COVID-19, Sony, Netfix, and more!

Apple & Google team up to build a coronavirus tracking system

Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android devices to help track the spread of coronavirus by telling users if they contacted an infected person and are potentially sick themselves. The project is set to release somewhere in May.

What is contact tracing?

Contract tracing is based on an obvious idea: people in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are at risk of getting sick. The process isn’t easy. When a person gets sick, they are then interviewed by public health officials and asked who has been exposed to them. Then they take that list and fan out to ask those people either to pay close attention to how they’re feeling or to quarantine. If a person who was exposed is infected, their recent contacts will be tracked down, too. The process continues until everyone who’s been exposed is out of circulation. That stops virus transmission.

Contact tracing also has ethical constraints: for instance, only the necessary information is collected, and it’s only used to protect public health. Those ethical constraints should also apply to digital efforts to bolster contact tracing.

Leak reveals Apple is reviving AirPower, their long-forgotten Wireless Charging Mat


Whether this is AirPower or just a wireless charging pad, we can't tell as of now. However, Jon Prosser insists that he posted the leak only after he had sourced it from multiple contacts. We should not expect Apple to make any official announcement until they are totally sure that everything works fine due to how it initially turned out. We will be updating you on any progress so watch this space.

Despite the ongoing crisis, Sony's new  PlayStation 5 controller was the spotlight this week as the internet trolled Sony claiming they copied the X-box controller

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 wireless controller: DualSense™

Sony officially revealed the new PlayStation 5 controller, named DualSense™ -- a big surprise as the majority expected it to be the "DualShock 5" to succeed DualShock 4, 3, 2 for the PS4, PS3 and PS2 respectively including the original PlayStation 1 console which was also remade in 2018.

If you share your Netflix password with your family and your account messed up, it is highly likely they've also shared the password with others. That aside,  there are numerous hackers around who might have acquired your password through phishing and others since there's no two-factor authentication on Netflix. This new feature will render the account virtually useless to anyone who has unauthorised access to it especially if there's only one profile with a pin.

Hackers and scammers are exploiting coronavirus panic - Be safe

You might have already read about various campaigns warning how threat actors are capitalizing on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in an attempt to infect your computers and mobile devices with malware or scam you out of your money. Unfortunately, to some extent, it's working, and that's because the attack surface is changing and expanding rapidly as many organizations and business tasks are going digital without much preparation, exposing themselves to more potential threats.

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