UCSD To Roll Out Smartphone Pilot Program For COVID-19 Exposure Alerts (KPBS Midday Edition Segments)

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The limited pilot program will roll out incrementally at UCSD later this month. UC San Francisco will start using the technology a few weeks later for students, faculty and staff participating in onsite activities at select locations.

Speaker 1: 00:00 There are lessons to be learned from the health crisis that developed when students returned to campus this month at San Diego state university, they’re at least 640 of them contracted COVID-19 and leaders at UC San Diego. We’ll have a new tool in their kit to minimize spread of the virus. And when classes begin on the LA Jolla campus now scheduled for September 28th, it has to do with tracing via smartphones. And joining me to explain as dr. Christopher Long Hearst, the chief information officer and associate chief medical officer at UC San Diego health. Welcome to the program.

Speaker 2: 00:33 Thank you very much for

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My Number reward program gets off to a slow start in Japan

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A government reward point program for holders of the My Number social security and taxation identification card started on Tuesday, attracting less than 10 percent of the expected number of applications so far.

The program was launched to mitigate the negative effects of last year’s consumption tax hike and speed up the spread of cashless payments. But critics doubt whether it will push up consumption as hoped by the government.

The program remains unpopular partly because some major credit card companies have not joined the program, in contrast to active participation by cashless payment services, including smartphone settlement and electronic money businesses.

Users of the program need to select one participating company before receiving reward points.

The program will provide points worth 25 percent of the value of cashless shopping or charges, with the ceiling set at ¥5,000 per person.

Participating cashless payment service providers and credit card businesses offer

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Global smartphone shipments expected to drop nearly 10% in 2020: IDC, 5G

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. August 27, 2020 — The worldwide smartphone market is forecast to decline 9.5% year over year in 2020 with shipments totaling 1.2 billion units, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracke r. While the second quarter of 2020 (2Q20) resulted in slightly better than expected numbers, the market was still down 17% year over year with visible signs of economic concerns. On a positive note, IDC expects the smartphone market will return to a full recovery by 2022, and will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.7% over the five year forecast, largely driven by the assumption that smartphones will continue to be the computing platform of choice for most of the world.

“5G remains a priority for all smartphone OEMs despite the challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of consumer demand,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s

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5G smartphones to capture 50% of global market by 2023, says IDC

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The worldwide smartphone market is expected to decline 9.5 per cent year over year in 2020 with shipments totaling 1.2 billion units, according to a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) report. The smartphone market, however, is expected to return to a full recovery by 2022 on the back of strong 5G push.

“On a positive note, IDC expects the smartphone market will return to a full recovery by 2022, and will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.7 per cent over the five year forecast, largely driven by the assumption that smartphones will continue to be the computing platform of choice for most of the world,” it said.

As per IDC report, 5G smartphones are expected to capture 50 per cent of the global market by 2023. It expects global 5G smartphone average selling prices (ASPs) to hit $495 by 2023, which would eliminate most of the price

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New CRPF guideline prohibits use of smartphones by staff in ‘high sensitivity areas’- The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has issued new guidelines for smartphones and mobile phones stating that smartphones which store and record data are prohibited in “high sensitivity” areas including places designated or accredited for the processing, handling or discussion of classified information in real-time, conference halls and operations rooms.

According to the CRPF’s new guideline, which will be applicable for all staff including jawans and civilian staff, smartphones will be kept at a specified counter if someone brings it to office.

“The basic purpose of having a smartphone guideline in an organisation is to define guidelines for information security within the Force. The fundamental principles of information security are confidentiality, integrity, and availability,” CRPF stated in its guidelines.

“Every element of an information security program and every security control put in place by an entity should be designed to achieve one or more of these principles.

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Cosmose AI raises $15 million to track in-store shoppers using smartphone data

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Location data analytics provider Cosmose AI today announced it raised $15 million in a funding round valuing the company at over $100 million. A spokesperson told VentureBeat the capital will be used to drive customer acquisition and product R&D.

Keeping apprised of shopping trends online is straightforward enough — whole categories of startups achieve this with modeling. But what about when that shopping takes place in-store? Despite (or perhaps because of) the pandemic, physical store brands see tracking the behaviors of mall, outlet, and department shoppers as of critical importance because of its potential to boost engagement (and sales).

To meet demand, in 2014, Miron Mironiuk founded Cosmose within a startup program hosted by venture capital firm Founders Factory. Brands like LVMH, Richemont, Walmart, L’Oreal and Samsung already use the company’s tools to track visitors’ habits and target them with online ads via WeChat, Weibo, Facebook, Google, and over 100

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Amazon Drivers Say Smartphones-In-Trees Scheme Has Been Thwarted

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Amazon.com Inc. contract drivers have noticed a sudden change this week in how the company assigns delivery routes, a sign that it has found a way to prevent rogue operators from gaming the system to snatch orders first.

Bloomberg on Tuesday revealed that drivers were putting smartphones in trees outside Whole Foods and Amazon delivery stations in the Chicago area to get a jump on rivals. Drivers in Las Vegas and the Washington, D.C., area also reported spotting mysterious phones outside Whole Foods locations.

Several drivers in cities around the U.S. said they’re now getting more routes even when they’re several miles from Whole Foods locations, an abrupt change from the past several weeks when they said such work was scarce. One driver said the phones once placed in trees near a Chicago-area Whole Foods have disappeared, along with the people who lurked nearby. A driver in Tennessee who lives

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Realme 7 series design teased in the company’s newly posted video

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We’ve been hearing about the upcoming Realme 7 series for the last couple of months. Last week, we reported that the Chinese smartphone maker will launch the lineup in the Indian market in September. While we already know what to expect from the smartphones in terms of hardware, the design aspect was a bit unclear. Well, the smartphone maker itself has now teased the smartphone’s design.

Realme reveals the Realme 7 series design in a new video!

Realme recently posted a new video on its official YouTube channel with the title “Date To Be Realme”. As the name suggests, it is more of a company’s information or promotional video. Well, it looks like the company has hidden a small eastern egg in the video. For a short frame rate, we saw a smartphone that appears to be a part of the upcoming Realme 7 series launch. As you can see

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Smartphone Gimbals to help you shoot smooth and cinematic footage easily | Most Searched Products

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If you are somebody who likes filming videos with your smartphone and wants to achieve more professional-looking results, a smartphone gimbal might be right for you. A gimbal is a handheld mechanical stabilizer that can help you shoot smooth, cinematic footage without the need for a larger tripod or an expensive dolly. With the wide availability of portable, easy-to-use, and best of all, affordable gimbals for your phone, there’s no excuse anymore to shoot shaky cam footage. So to ease your task we have mentioned here some of our recommendations.


Loved equally by professionals and beginners, the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Handheld Smartphone Gimbal features a comfortable new foldable design. This 3-axis stabilized gimbal features brushless motors that provide smooth, real-time responses to eliminate unwanted camera movements. Moreover, the Osmo Mobile 3 features a variety of functions allowing you to vlog and shoot content throughout the day including

Its lightweight,

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TikTok, WeChat & Co: How does spyware get into smartphones? | Science| In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW

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The accusations against the Chinese app TikTok  and countless other apps from China are very serious:  The programs are alleged to siphon off a wealth of information about their users — data that has nothing to do with the actual function of the app and for whose collection there is no reasonable justification.

“With TikTok  and the other malware apps, the app is not innocent at first and then happens to get compromised,” says IT security expert Stefan Strobel. “The developer of the app built back doors, spy functions and other things into the app from the outset and took great care to ensure that no one would notice.”

Strobel, the founder and CEO of the IT security company CIROSEC,  advises German medium-sized companies on IT security issues. Some of these companies are active in China themselves. And so Strobel has ample experience with Chinese apps. In his view, the

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