Covid-19 tracing tool to be built into phones, Apple and Google announce -

Covid-19 tracing tool to be built into phones, Apple and Google announce

Covid-19 tracing tool to be built into phones, Apple and Google announce. Future versions of Android and iOS operating systems are set to have a Covid-19 notification system built-in, Apple and Google have announced. The system will replace the need for users to install contact-tracing apps developed by public health bodies. The exposure notification system[…]

Northern Ireland launches UKs first Covid-19 contact-tracing app -

Northern Ireland launches UKs first Covid-19 contact-tracing app

Northern Ireland launches UKs first Covid-19 contact-tracing app. Northern Ireland has released its contact-tracing app – the first country in the UK to roll-out the technology. The app, StopCOVID NI, uses Bluetooth technology to notify users if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Those who test positive will[…]

More than two thirds of readers agree with contact-tracing app U-turn -

More than two thirds of readers agree with contact-tracing app U-turn

More than two-thirds of readers agree with contact-tracing app U-turn. More than two-thirds of Digital Health readers have said they agreed with the government’s U-turn on the NHS contact-tracing app. Out of the 175 people who voted, 120 (67%) said they thought the decision to abandon the app in its current form was the right[…]

Google buys wearables company Fitbit in £1.6billon deal -

Google buys wearables company Fitbit in £1.6billon deal

Google buys wearables company Fitbit in £1.6billon deal. Technology giant Google has announced it has acquired wearables company FitBit, in a deal worth approximately £1.6billion ($2.1billion). The deal is expected to close in 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Fitbit’s stockholders and regulatory approvals. “Google is an ideal partner to advance our[…]