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San Francisco declared coronavirus state of emergency as a precaution

San Francisco declared coronavirus state of emergency as a precaution

San Francisco has declared a state of emergency over the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, but that doesn't mean quite what you think it does. The declaration was made in anticipation of future troubles related to the virus, not due to a present outbreak in the region, the city's mayor noted during a press conference on Tuesday. San Francisco is the latest region in California to declare a state of emergency over this outbreak.

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US Navy deploys anti-drone laser on its USS Dewey destroyer

US Navy deploys anti-drone laser on its USS Dewey destroyer

The US Navy has deployed 'Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy,' a new weapon better referred to as ODIN. This device is defensive in nature -- it is designed to take down unwanted and potentially dangerous Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), more commonly called drones. The laser was installed on the USS Dewey, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.

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HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

The year 2020 will prove to the world just how ready Huawei is to live in a world without Google on Android. Huawei was blocked last year from working with Google directly, leading them to seek an alternative to GMS: Google Mobile Services, aka official license from Google to include Google apps and the Google Play digital content store on Android devices. Here in 2020, Huawei's about to release their first phone with both the Huawei app store and HMS: Huawei Mobile Services, and it won't be the last.

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Lyft shows how to get a free ride to vote in 2020 elections

Lyft shows how to get a free ride to vote in 2020 elections

The ride sharing program Lyft is providing free and discounted rides to polls for the primary and general election season for voting in 2020 in the USA. This is an expansion of a program they've had in the past. This system of discounted and free ride sharing action started with the Iowa Caucus and continues through ALL primary votes and ALL caucuses leading up to the general election in November, 2020.

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Samsung Android 10 update shocks Galaxy Note 9 users in USA

Samsung Android 10 update shocks Galaxy Note 9 users in USA

Today we're taking a peek at the latest update from Samsung on the Android 10 front - appearing here for the Galaxy Note 9 at long last. This isn't the first time we've seen this software on this hardware in a more general sense - it's been here for a Euro version or two - but here in the USA, it's relatively new. In its final, ready to roll, release form anyway.

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Coronavirus fears in US are focusing on the wrong thing

Coronavirus fears in US are focusing on the wrong thing

The public is carefully watching the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China and for good reason. However, many have become distracted by this particular virus, raising concerns over an infectious disease that pales in comparison to other, more deadly viruses already active in their own countries. For people living in the United States, the seasonal influenza virus, not the coronavirus, should be getting the most attention.

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Report: When insurance denies coverage, Americans skip meds

Report: When insurance denies coverage, Americans skip meds

When it comes to buying medications prescribed by a doctor in the United States, many Americans rely on insurance to cover the cost. Drugs can get quite expensive in the USA, and healthcare insurance coverage of the cost is often vital for low-income and middle-class citizens. As an NPR poll showed this week, when a doctor prescribes medication and that medication isn't covered by a patient's health insurance, nearly half of those patients "simply don't fill the prescription."

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Fan-favorite POCO confirms F2, Android 10 update for 2-year-old POCO F1

Fan-favorite POCO confirms F2, Android 10 update for 2-year-old POCO F1

Today the folks at POCO confirmed that they would, indeed, release a second phone in the year 2020. This announcement came shortly after Xiaomi confirmed that POCO would be spun off into its own separate smartphone brand. The original POCO F1, aka Pocophone F1, was released a year and 5 months ago to almost universal acclaim, rolling with surprisingly high-end specifications and a price that seemed suspiciously low. Now they're teasing a second release.

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iPhone 5G mmWave 1 and 2: Why you needn’t wait

iPhone 5G mmWave 1 and 2: Why you needn’t wait

Today we're looking at a few factors involved in the launch of the first and second generation 5G-enabled iPhones for 2020 and 2021. Apple's not officially stated that they'll absolutely release iPhones in 2020 and/or 2021 with different sorts of 5G, but we've got enough must-do and common sense information now to make some assessments. We begin with a little information about the two major sorts of 5G in the USA (and coming in the near future).

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Trump and FDA raise US tobacco sale age from 18 to 21

Trump and FDA raise US tobacco sale age from 18 to 21

On December 20, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Part of this amendment package included raising the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco product from 18 to 21 years in the United States. Some states have raised the tobacco purchase age minimum to 21 as far back as January 1st, 2016 (that was Hawaii), and the last state to raise the age in 2019 was New York (effective as of November 13, 2019).

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FDA approves first US Ebola vaccine: What you should know

FDA approves first US Ebola vaccine: What you should know

The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved of an Ebola vaccine for the first time in history. This announcement was made just weeks after a similar approval by the World Health Organization. The vaccine goes by the name of Ervebo, and it's already been "assessed in approximately 15,000 individuals in Africa, Europe and North America." This vaccine's approval process, though rigorous, was done in relatively short order thanks to the efforts of the FDA and associated medical and scientific groups due to the urgent need for this vaccine as outbreaks continue to occur.

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Purism Librem 5 USA Linux phone costs as much as a Galaxy Fold

Purism Librem 5 USA Linux phone costs as much as a Galaxy Fold

There are currently two open source Linux phones trying to make their way into regular consumers' hands and one of them is getting all the spotlight but not all for good reasons. Although it was the first to launch and, on paper, has the better specs, Purism's Librem 5 is garnering some controversy, raising questions on its capability to ship a finished product in a few months. As if it didn't have enough to worry about, Purism just started pre-orders for a version of the Librem 5 that's 100% made in the USA and costs three times the regular Librem 5 that has yet to ship in its final form.

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