NHS Covid-19 App Sent Users False Alerts About Area Risk Levels

The UK’s official covid-19 contact-tracing app, displayed above, went live on Sept. 24 and has already experienced a host of technical issues.

The UK’s official covid-19 contact-tracing app, displayed above, went live on Sept. 24 and has already experienced a host of technical issues.
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Users of the state coronavirus app in England and Wales were alarmed to see their area’s risk level fluctuate out of nowhere on Friday in what turned out to be a technical glitch, the Guardian reports. As if anyone needed more stress this year.

The Department of Health and Social Care said on Saturday that the bug affected updates to the app’s postcode alert system and it has since been resolved.

“We are aware of an issue which impacted updates to postcode alerts for some app users this evening,” an agency spokesperson told the outlet. “This was identified and resolved within an hour and users’ phones will automatically update to show the correct local alert level for their area,

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Google pulls the plug on its Trusted Contacts app

A few years ago Google built and briefly maintained its Trusted Contacts app on iOS and Android. It was pitched as a way to quickly and securely share your location with close friends or family members so they could remotely keep an eye on you, or even find your location in an emergency. Now Android Police points out it’s the latest Google project to hit the scrap heap.



graphical user interface, application: Trusted Contacts


Trusted Contacts

The app is no longer available via Google Play or the App Store, and its website indicates support will end entirely as of December 1st. That puts it in the company of Google Latitude and Google+ Location Sharing, two other projects that filled similar purposes and are also no longer with us.

In the years since, Google shifted location sharing features into Google Maps which is probably good from an overall privacy and access control standpoint, as it’s routinely updated.

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New app helps Inuit adapt to changing climate

Mick Appaqaq has been going out onto the rugged, isolated land around the Hudson Bay since he was little. 

Appaqaq lives in the town of Sanikiluaq, on Flaherty Island, one of the thousands of small islands that make up Canada’s northernmost territory of Nunavut — which stretches deep into the Arctic.

“My father would always take me geese hunting in the spring and berry picking in the summer, ever since I was a young kid. … So, yeah, it’s in my blood.”

Mick Appaqaq, SIKU technician 

“My father would always take me geese hunting in the spring and berry picking in the summer, ever since I was a young kid,” he said. “So, yeah, it’s in my blood.”

For much of the year, Nunavut’s coastline and islands are interlaced with sea ice that must be traversed to get to fishing and hunting grounds. Priority number one is not falling through,

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Bike Taxi App Rapido Launches Auto Rickshaws Segment In 14 Cities

The startup plans to be live in 50 cities by the end of 2020 and onboard more than half a million auto captains in the next six months

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Bike taxi platform Rapido on Thursday announced the launch of Rapido auto-rickshaw services in 14 cities across 10 states in the country. The service will allow commuters to book auto-rickshaws for their everyday commute and aims to bring standardization to the pricing of the services offered for the auto drivers and customers.

This is the first phase of the launch and Rapido has already on-boarded 20,000 auto captains (driver-partners) so far. It has plans to onboard more than half a million in the next

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How Mobile App Technology Is Transforming The Healthcare Industry

Mobile technology has its impact in the Healthcare, Medical, and Pharmaceutical industry. Mobile apps are helpful to the doctors, fitness experts, patients & hospital management staff. Doctors prescribe the patients through apps. Patients can get on-time reminders for medicine & regular health checkups. Mobile health technology has formulated the new ways that doctors can assist patients, health conscious people can remain healthy by using fitness apps. Hospital management staff can easily maintain the stock of medicines, injections & other activity by using Mobile Apps.

Medical professionals other than doctors such as medical practitioners, Hospital Management staff & students also make use of apps for the ease of all sorts of operations & routine tasks.

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10 Common Mistakes in APP and Software Localization

Developing software can be challenging, but when localization is also required, there are simple concepts which when incorporated will make localization easier and quick. Here is what needs to be followed:

Keep the text and code separate

When writing to code, the coder may be tempted to embed the text directly into the code. Ensure that this is avoided as this will cause the software localization experts to have to reread the whole code to determine which text needs to be translated. This process will be time-consuming and costly.

It is important to give room

Some languages such as English are compact allowing the developer to keep the code compact. However, some languages such as German and Finish, for example, are longer and denser. If the coding is compact with no extra space when the APP localization is done, the string may overlap onto the controls and require the APP … Read More