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This Week in Apps: Apple launches a COVID-19 app, the outbreak’s impact on social and video apps and more

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies h...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Social, Gaming, Apps, Instagram, Cdc, Tech, Smartphones, Monetization, Growth, App Annie, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus


Google pledges to donate $800 million and 3 million face masks in an effort to combat the coronavirus (GOOGL)

Google announced it is pledging $800 million to assist businesses and crisis response efforts to fight the coronavirus.  Part of Google's pledge includes a donation of 2-3 million face masks in the coming weeks. This is the latest effort by Google to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google on Friday announced an $800 million pledge to support businesses and health organizations fighting the coronavirus. Part of that pledge includes donatin...
Tags: Google, California, Cdc, Trends, World Health Organization, Pichai, CDC Foundation, Google Cloud, Magid Glove Safety


Apple and the CDC's COVID19 self-diagnosis app

Apple and the CDC have released this app to help you self-diagnose in the event you are wondering if you have COVID19. I think most of the world imagines every tickle in their throat as the beginning of the end. COVID19 Screening tool for IOS
Tags: Apple, Post, News, Cdc, Coronavirus, Covid19


Apple makes coronavirus screening app in partnership with CDC

Apple on Friday released a website and an iOS app that allows users to screen themselves for coronavirus symptoms, marking another response to the pandemic by a major tech platform.
Tags: Apple, News, Cdc, Stories


Google Donates $800 Million in Cash and Ads To Fight Coronavirus

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, announcing in a blog post: As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen around the world, it's taking a devastating toll on lives and communities. To help address some of these challenges, today we're announcing a new $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic. Our commitment includes: $250 million in ad grants to he...
Tags: Google, Cdc, Tech, Sundar Pichai, World Health Organization WHO, Google for Education, Google Cloud, Opportunity Finance Network, Magid Glove Safety


COVID-19: $800+ million to support small businesses and crisis response

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen around the world, it’s taking a devastating toll on lives and communities. To help address some of these challenges, today we’re announcing a new $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic. Our commitment includes:$250 million in ad grants to help the World Health Organization (WHO) and more than 100 government agenc...
Tags: Google, Cdc, Sundar Pichai, World Health Organization WHO, Google for Education, Google Cloud, Opportunity Finance Network, Company announcements, COVID-19 response, Magid Glove Safety, A message from our CEO


Apple Launches COVID-19 Website and App With Screening Tool and Resources

Apple today announced that it has released a new COVID-19 website and iPhone app with a screening tool and other resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during the spread of the novel coronavirus. Apple partnered with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and FEMA on this initiative. The website and app allow users to answer a series of questions regarding risk factors, recent exposure, and symptoms and receive CDC recommendations on...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Cdc, United States, Fema, COVID, White House Coronavirus Task Force, COVID-19 Coronavirus


Apple launches a COVID-19 information tool for the US

Apple has launched a new screening tool for the US in partnership with CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The tool, available both as a website and an iOS app, acts as an information center for people across the country. The tool also allows you to answer a bunch of questions to determine if you need to quarantine, take a screening test, or contact a medical professional. If you go on Apple’s website, and answer its questions, it gives you only two options as a result: Call 91...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Cdc, US, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Coronavirus


Apple just released a COVID-19 app backed by the CDC that tells you whether to quarantine or get tested — here's how it works (AAPL)

Apple released a COVID-19 screening app Friday in collaboration with the CDC and the White House. The app, called Apple COVID-19, tells people whether to take measures like social distancing or seek out a coronavirus test based on their answers to a survey. It also connects people to health resources near them and guidance from the CDC. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple released a new COVID-19 screening app Friday that tells people whether to social distance, quarantin...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Cdc, White House, China, New York City, Trends, Alibaba, App Store, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Siri How, COVID


WhatsApp and Amazon Alexa Launch Coronavirus Information Services

The British government this week launched a coronavirus information service on WhatsApp to help users access information about the disease from their smartphones. WhatsApp users in the U.K. can access the service by tapping this link. Alternatively, start a new chat in WhatsApp, select New Contact, and add the number (+44) 7860 064422 to the Mobile field. The number will appear at the bottom of your contacts. Tap it, and when the chat window opens, text the word "hi" to activate the service. A...
Tags: Apple, Cdc, Siri, Whatsapp, NHS, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Alexa, U S Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, U S Amazon, COVID-19 Coronavirus, Alexa COVID


Clearstep’s COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources

There are a growing number of symptom checker and screening tools that you can use at home if you suspect you might have contracted the new coronavirus that is causing the global COVID-19 pandemic. Most of these are relatively simple, including around three or four questions that basically cover the top reported symptoms experienced by anyone who has confirmed to have had the disease. Chatbot-based symptom checking software startup Clearstep has created its own COVID-19 screener, which goes more...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Florida, Science, Medicine, Cdc, Articles, Tech, Heart Attack, United States, Disease, Infection, Mobile Device, Johns Hopkins University, Chatbot


How child care startups in the U.S. are helping families cope with the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of billions of people around the world. For many parents with young children in the United States, shelter in place orders implemented in different areas over the past few weeks mean they now spend each day balancing work with taking care of their families. For child care providers, a vital but often underappreciated part of the American economy, the crisis means dealing with economic uncertainty, but also adapting to serve new roles, including providi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Texas, Families, Colorado, Cdc, Montana, Child Care, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, Beck, America, Tech, Childcare, United States


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Nine Tesla employees criticized the company's response to the novel coronavirus in interviews with Business Insider. Workers criticized a lack of hand sanitizer, mixed messages from CEO Elon Musk, and poor enforcement of social distancing. Tesla will temporarily lay off some employees in Norway for at least one month at the beginning of April, according to internal email sent on Tuesday by a Tesla's director in the region. A sig...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, UK, Instagram, Cdc, Senate, Germany, US, Trends, Tesla, Ministry Of Defence, Treasury, Boris Johnson, Norway


ULA successfully launches first U.S. Space Force payload

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its 134th successful launch, continuing its perfect track record with a mission today for the U.S. Space Force. This is the first ever dedicated mission for the Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. armed forces dedicated to the defense and protection of America’s strategic assets in space. The payload today was the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite that has been deployed for U.S. defense customers, though the original five...
Tags: TC, Space, Cdc, America, Tech, Ceo, Earth, United States, Telecommunications, Spaceflight, Ula, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Countdown, Tory Bruno


ULA successfully launches first US Space Force payload

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its 134th successful launch, continuing its perfect track record with a mission today for the U.S. Space Force. This is the first-ever dedicated mission for the Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. armed forces dedicated to the defense and protection of America’s strategic assets in space. The payload today was the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite that has been deployed for U.S. defense customers, though the original five...
Tags: TC, Space, Cdc, America, Tech, Earth, United States, Telecommunications, Spaceflight, Ula, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Tory Bruno, United Launch Alliance ULA, Space Force


Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus

This article first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. On Feb. 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out an email with what the author described as an “URGENT” call for help. The agency was struggling with one of its most important duties: keeping track of Americans suspected of having the novel coronavirus. It had “an ongoing issue” wit...
Tags: Google, New York, News, California, Cdc, Washington, China, United States, Nevada, Seattle, Lax, United States of America, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Los Angeles International Airport, Redfield, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Why key performance indicators are crucial amidst a (public health) crisis

Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a master’s in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessey Scholar. His research addresses the effectiveness, economics, and ethics of (digital) health innovation. More posts by this contributor How the coronavirus outbreak will stress-test startups Will unreliable research bury your healthcare startup? ...
Tags: Column, South Korea, Florida, Cdc, Stanford, West Virginia, Tech, Iran, Taiwan, Italy, Nba, Nashville, Kinsa, Imperial College London, Wells Fargo, Key Performance Indicators


The internet’s top 12 coronavirus-related questions, answered

With mixed messages coming from our leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to answer their COVID-19 questions. We explore the top 12 coronavirus questions, according to Google Trends. When seeking answers, it is important to prioritize evidence-based information from credible sources. It seems the only thing spreading faster than coronavirus is panic and disinformation. With mixed messages and conflicting reports coming from leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to address th...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, South Korea, Internet, Congress, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Washington, Government, Senate, New York City, Walmart, Cnn, Walgreens


CDC Says Coronavirus RNA Found in Princess Cruise Ship Cabins Up To 17 Days After Passengers Left

Coronavirus RNA survived for up to 17 days aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, lasting far longer on surfaces than previous research has shown, according to new data published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From a report: The study examined the Japanese and U.S. government efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreaks on the Carnival-owned Diamond Princess ship in Japan and the Grand Princess ship in California. Passengers and crew on both ships were quarantined on...
Tags: Japan, California, Cdc, Tech, Diamond Princess, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention From


FDA updates COVID-19 testing guidelines to allow self-swab tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its guidelines for COVID-19 testing procedures, in a bid to both make the process easier and less uncomfortable for patients, and to help limit the impact of testing on the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers, including protective masks, face shields, gloves and gowns. The change means that people undertaking a test will be able to conduct their own swab, which will involve swabbing shallowly in their...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Cdc, Articles, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Vice President, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Mike Pence, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, Pence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC


New Jersey launches online portal to give residents accurate answers about COVID-19

Fake news about the novel coronavirus disease is a rampant problem across our social timelines. Think misinformation about treatments, symptoms and anecdotes tainted with racism and xenophobia. As scientists and health professionals are still scrambling to find a cure, and even contain the outbreak, falsehoods can resonate more than they might during a time of confidence and stability.  New Jersey, which has roughly 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID19, has partnered with New York-based Yext to...
Tags: Health, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Elon Musk, New York, Cdc, India, Tech, Whatsapp, New Jersey, Yext, Coronavirus, Covid19, New Jersey Office of Innovation


Daily Crunch: Tech giants take steps to fight coronavirus

Tech companies are donating supplies and adjusting priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an activist investor takes three seats on the Box board and aircraft taxi company Lilium raises $240 million. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 23, 2020. 1. Amazon, Apple and Microsoft CEOs detail their companies’ efforts to combat coronavirus pandemic Over the weekend, the CEOs of Amazon, Apple and Microsoft all shared updates regarding some aspects of their companies’ ongoing COVID-19 eff...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Europe, Microsoft, Cdc, India, Tech, Munich, United States, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Delhi, Hulu, Hillary, Clara


11 countries are now using people's phones to track the coronavirus pandemic, and it heralds a massive increase in surveillance

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. A new live index from digital rights group Top10VPN is documenting which countries are introducing new measures to track people's phones. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study the movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals' movements. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Governments across the world are g...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, UK, Washington Post, Cdc, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Iran, Taiwan, Austria, Italy


Tech billionaires including Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg promised 18 million masks to fight COVID-19

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the globe, tech billionaires are promising to donate critical medical supplies. This weekend saw a flurry in Silicon Valley CEOs promising their companies would donate masks to healthcare workers. A spike in demand for masks means shortages are hitting hospitals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tech billionaires are jostling to donate protective masks. Over the weekend a flurry of tech CEOs including Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Microsoft, California, Cdc, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Tesla, Tim Cook, World Health Organization, Silicon Valley


COVID-19 and the Rise Of Intermediate-Term Business and Marketing Planning in 2020

Photo by  John Gibbons  on  Unsplash Phrases like "medium-term" and "intermediate-term" have been lost from our business lexicon, it seems. According to Google Trends, searches for these keyphrases have declined 50% or more in the past 15 years. But 2020 is going to be the year intermediate-term planning becomes necessary. Now is an excellent time to consider what that may mean for preparing and managing your business for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Back when I went to school, we...
Tags: Google, Cdc, US, Seo, Gartner, Nba, John Gibbons, Augie Ray, Johns Hopkins Covid, Worldometer


Google Maps Now Warns Users to Call Their Doctors Before Visiting Them

An anonymous reader quotes 9to5Google: A new warning message is appearing on medical-related searches and search listings on Google Maps. This message is brief, but encourages users who are searching for any sort of medical help to call their doctor before visiting the office if they suspect they are infected with COVID-19. Clicking on that warning message brings users to the official CDC direction on the matter... Notably, Google Maps is showing this COVID-19 warning on all platforms. ...
Tags: Cdc, Tech, Google Maps Now Warns Users


WSJ: Narrow Testing Guidelines By America's CDC 'Hid' the Growing US Epidemic

The Wall Street Journal reports that as the coronavirus pandemic began, America's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "provided restrictive guidance on who should be tested." They're basing that on archived pages on the CDC's own web site. "While agencies in other countries were advising and conducting widespread testing, the CDC, charged with setting the U.S. standard for who should be tested for the virus, kept its criteria limited." Once the CDC deferred testing evaluations to indivi...
Tags: Cdc, America, Tech, Wall Street Journal, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Wuhan China, Neil Fishman


Siri Now Provides Coronavirus Advice From CDC and U.S. Public Health Service

iPhone users who ask Siri about COVID-19 can now complete a questionnaire about their symptoms and potential exposure to the virus to better understand their health situation, as noted by CNBC. Apple says the answers are sourced from the CDC and U.S. Public Health Service, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. Apple today also shared a COVID-19-related PSA from the White House Coronavirus Task Force in its App Store on iOS devices, as retweeted by Rene Ritchie. Wow! T...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Cdc, Siri, U S Public Health Service, Rene Ritchie, CNBC Apple, White House Coronavirus Task Force, COVID-19 Coronavirus, Department of Health and Human Services Apple, Siri COVID


Here’s a wrap of the main tech-related coronavirus news in the last 24 hours

Much of the world is waking up to a strange new reality. As the coronavirus strain, COVID-19, swept across the planet, today may go down in history as the day when huge numbers of countries were largely united in a global shut-down to address the pandemic. TechCrunch brings you a wrap of the technology world’s response to the virus do far in our own dedicated “COVID-19-updates” coverage. • In Extra Crunch we cover how you should pitch a story in the era of COVID-19. In our main coverage: • Goog...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Fcc, Microsoft, Cdc, White House, China, New York City, US, Tech, Tesla


10 countries are now tracking phone data as the coronavirus pandemic heralds a massive increase in surveillance

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. A new live index from digital rights group Top10VPN is documenting which countries are introducing new measures to track people's phones. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals' movements. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Governments across the world are galva...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, UK, Washington Post, Cdc, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Iran, Taiwan, Austria, Italy



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