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Apple Maps will soon show you coronavirus test locations

Apple Maps will soon show you coronavirus test locations

An Apple Maps update will display places to be tested for COVID-19 directly in the mapping app, with the Cupertino firm inviting test locations to register their position. While official infection figures for the coronavirus pandemic continue to rise, with more than 525,000 in the US as of Sunday, April 12, a shortage of testing has left experts and healthcare policy-makers struggling to gage the effectiveness of the response to COVID-19.

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Discord adds beta noise suppression feature for voice chats

Discord adds beta noise suppression feature for voice chats

As with many chatting services, popular platform Discord has seen a huge uptick in the use of its service. Amid that increased usage comes a new update that improves the quality of voice chats in particular by reducing background noise. As of Friday, Discord is home to a beta noise suppression feature offered in partnership with a company called Krisp.ai.

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Google Stadia 2.13 update reveals future features: Touch controls, Android TV

Google Stadia 2.13 update reveals future features: Touch controls, Android TV

The latest version of the Google cloud streaming game platform Stadia had a few bits of code that'll soon lead to greatness. In the mix were two major feature upgrades in the form of touchscreen controls and more support for Android TV. Or any support, that is to say, since at the moment there's... very little.

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Google logo spacebar on your Android Gboard keyboard, and how to fix it

Google logo spacebar on your Android Gboard keyboard, and how to fix it

Overnight masses of Android users found the GOOGLE brand appear on their smartphone keyboards. This branding appeared on the GBOARD space bar - that's the space bar on the official Google-made Android keyboard. There SHOULD be a way to switch this particular design element off, but for the moment, we're all in the same boat.

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Coughvid app uses AI to detect COVID-19 from coughing sounds

Coughvid app uses AI to detect COVID-19 from coughing sounds

The COVID-10 pandemic has had many countries and health workers scrambling due to a lack of resources, both in terms of equipment but also in terms of health workers. In addition to the limited availability of testing kits, people conducting tests are already stretched thin as it is that many governments are offloading the screening of potential testing candidates to third-parties. Screening sites like Alphabet's Verily have risen up to the occasion but one research team is testing a simple AI-based app to do what a doctor usually does at first: listening to your cough.

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Facebook’s new Quiet Mode is made for social media addicts

Facebook’s new Quiet Mode is made for social media addicts

In its latest update, Facebook has announced a new feature that'll help users who struggle to manage their social media time. The platform's new Quiet Mode is exactly what it sounds like -- an option to silence Facebook for a certain period of time, enabling the user to focus on other things in their life. If the user opens Facebook while in Quiet Mode, they'll be reminded to go do something else.

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Facebook’s Tuned is a private messaging app made for couples

Facebook’s Tuned is a private messaging app made for couples

The New Product Experimentation team at Facebook has quietly released a new iOS app called Tuned that is designed specifically for couples. With Tuned, any two people can send voice and text messages to each other, as well as media like images, assuming they're located in the US or Canada. The app, like many messaging services, is tied to phone numbers, not Facebook accounts.

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Apple Clips video app update adds iPad cursor support and new stickers

Apple Clips video app update adds iPad cursor support and new stickers

Apple has pushed out a big update for Clips, its video creation app for iPhone and iPad. With this new update, iPad owners who are running iPadOS 13.4 can now utilize the new cursor support for use with a mouse, Bluetooth keyboard, or trackpad. The update all also new stickers and more, as well as improvements to the overall performance and stability of the video app.

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WhatsApp is limiting message forward to curb the spread of misinformation

WhatsApp is limiting message forward to curb the spread of misinformation

Many things about the COVID-19 coronavirus still remain a mystery even for doctors and scientists, let alone ordinary people. During such times of fear and uncertainty, there is no shortage of incomplete or downright misleading information being passed around disguised as truth. Today's messaging technologies have made it all too easy to spread such misinformation. WhatsApp, which was already in hot water for such cases, is now putting some hard limits when forwarding messages due to the COVID-19 situation.

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Google Play Store policies adapt to COVID-19 pandemic

Google Play Store policies adapt to COVID-19 pandemic

Smartphones have become an essential part of modern life but getting stuck at home made them even more critical. But as more and more people rely on the Internet and mobile devices, the importance of keeping these places safe from not just malware but also misinformation is becoming just as critical. Responding to the global situation, Google is making a few changes to its Google Play rules, especially when it comes to apps that relate to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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New York taps meditation app Headspace to help the public calm down

New York taps meditation app Headspace to help the public calm down

Many people are feeling various negative emotions related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: fear, loneliness, despair, and more. These feelings can be overwhelming, particularly when so many are forced to remain isolated in their homes with few things to distract them. According to meditation company Headspace, New York Governor Cuomo's office recently reached out in hopes of helping the public calm down.

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Zoom bans are latest bad news for video app

Zoom bans are latest bad news for video app

Zoom may have introduced new security tools to avoid "Zoombombing" interrupting video calls, but concerns about the unexpectedly popular service have led to at least one city implementing a ban. Last Thursday, Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan admitted that the company had been overwhelmed with exponential growth in daily users, as coronavirus quarantined and self-isolating people turned to video calling to keep in contact.

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