More States Launch COVID Apps

States across the country continue to launch apps that are aimed at alerting residents via their smartphones when they’ve come into contact with others who are positive for COVID-19.

The latest state to do so was Washington, which launched its statewide COVID-19 exposure app, WA Notify, Nov. 30. With the launch of this app, Washington joins a growing list that includes Michigan, Colorado, Delaware and others. All of these apps are relatively simple, and they function much the same way: they are anonymous, no-cost and voluntary, asking users to submit positive test results into apps, subsequently sending alerts to anyone who may have been in their proximity. The number of states now offering this to residents has topped a dozen, with more states — specifically Oregon and California — poised to join the list soon.

In addition to more states launching these apps, download rates are also increasing in many

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The Best Android Apps (December 2020)

If you’re sporting one of the latest Android devices, you are undoubtedly carrying with you one of the most powerful generations of smartphones on the market. From their processors that rival those found in laptops, to their powerful cameras and top-notch displays, today’s smartphones are powerhouses in our pockets. However, if you’re looking to extract their true potential, then you’ll be turning to a vast app marketplace to do so.

With the sheer number of apps for Android available on the Google Play Store, it can be overwhelming to select the best ones for your lifestyle. We’ve tried to make that a little easier by putting together a list of our favorite Android apps to help with anything from work to music, and from sports to news. There’s something for everyone in this comprehensive breakdown.

If you’re an iPhone loyalist, then check out our list of the best iOS apps

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If These Apps Are Installed On Your Phone, You Can ‘Easily’ Be Hacked

When iPhone users claim their devices are more secure than Android alternatives, it’s security reports such as the latest from Check Point they have in mind. The cyber firm has suddenly warned that “countless Android apps” are vulnerable to a security threat that should have been patched six months ago, “jeopardizing hundreds of millions of users.” These are apps almost guaranteed to be on your phone right now.

Yet again the issue relates to a software library buried within multiple apps—ironically, though, this library was developed by Google itself as a shortcut for apps to interface with its Play Store. The “highly dangerousCVE-2020-8913 was reported in detail back in August—a vulnerability in thousands of apps that would enable hackers to “steal users’ login details, passwords, and financial details, and read their mail.”

Such an attack requires fairly simple malware to be planted on your phone—think of

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The best Android apps of 2020

Here you will find the complete list of the count made by Google Play on its best apps this year.

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

Android app store Google Play unveiled the best apps and games of 2020.

Users had the possibility to vote through their mobile devices to select the best that has come to the Android store in recent months. Among the most prominent were relaxation and productivity, but we see the same in other categories.

An example is Spotify, which has been one of the most listened to in the world and in Mexico in 2020 , previously users will have the opportunity to know each other more through what they have been listening

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China Drafts Rules on Mobile Apps’ Collection of Personal Data | Technology News

(Reuters) – China unveiled draft guidelines on Tuesday seeking to limit the scope of mobile apps’ collection of personal data in the latest attempt to curb the sprawling technology sector.

The set of draft rules published by the Cyberspace Administration of China covers 38 types of apps from online shopping and instant messaging to ride-hailing and bike sharing.

China has increased scrutiny of its technology sector in recent weeks, last month drafting anti-monopoly rules for tech firms.

It has also expressed concerns about data protection and consumer rights, while authorities have on a number of occasions ordered apps to be suspended for mishandling user information.

“In recent years, mobile internet applications have been widely used and have played an important role in promoting economic and social development and serving people’s livelihoods,” the cyber administration said in a statement.

“At the same time, it is common for apps to collect …

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These are Google Play’s best apps and games of 2020

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It’s finally December, and that means the latest annual list of Google Play’s best apps and games is now live. Unsurprisingly, this year’s roundup is dominated by wellness apps.

This means the top app in 2019 – Appy Weather – makes way for a sleep readiness app, Loóna. The app was also named a Hidden Gem by Google this year, letting users “quickly disconnect from a long stressful day and get in the right mood for sleep,” according to its description. Genshin Impact was named by Google as 2020’s best game. The action RPG title was also named one of our top open-world games to play on mobile this year.

Google also asked users to vote for their favorites of 2020. Here’s what the US public decided.

Users’ Choice 2020

Have a look at all of Google’s picks of the year for the US

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While mainland America struggles with covid apps, tiny Guam has made them work

As covid-19 cases spiral out of control in the US, states are scrambling to fight the virus with an increasingly stretched arsenal. Many of them have the same weapons at their disposal: restrictions on public gatherings and enforcement of mask wearing, plus testing, tracing, and exposure notifications.

But while many states struggle to get their systems to work together, Guam—a tiny US territory closer to the Korean Peninsula than the North American mainland—may offer clues on how to rally communities around at least one part of the puzzle: smartphone contact tracing.

With no budget, and relying almost entirely on a grassroots volunteer effort, Guam has gotten 29% of the island’s adult residents to download its exposure notification app, a rate of adoption that outstrips states with far more resources. 

A collaborative effort 

Guam diagnosed its first covid cases in March, but a few weeks later, it gained international attention—and a

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7 Apps That Will Help You Rapidly Increase Your Productivity

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As a businessperson and entrepreneur, you know that building workplace productivity is essential. A more productive work environment means that more work gets done and more money gets made. 

So many leaders fail at building productivity because they’re not technologically savvy. How about you? Are you familiar with smartphones and mobile applications? If so, then you’re already on your way to becoming a better leader. All you need to do now is choose the right apps and use them to your workplace advantage. Mobile apps can help you do the following:

  • Accelerate communication with clients and employees
  • Simplify repetitive tasks
  • Manage time more efficiently
  • Share documents
  • And so much more

I’ve compiled a list of the top seven apps to install on your phone to help increase productivity in your business. Each app is available for

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Cyber Monday Mac App Deal: get Parallels Desktop Pro, Luminar 4, plus 10 other apps for just $42

If you want to run Windows on your Intel-based Mac, you can’t afford not to pick up this bundle of 12 Mac apps worth over $1,266, which includes one year of Parallels Desktop Pro. Snap up the Cyber Monday Mac app bundle for just $42 with coupon.

The collection is headed up by Parallels Desktop Pro, the well-known tool for running Windows applications on your Mac, without needing to use Boot Camp or having to acquire a separate and dedicated Windows-based computer. Given that Parallels Desktop Pro is usually $99.99, that alone makes this an astonishing deal before you take into account what else is in it. Please note: The bundle includes a 1-year license that automatically renews, but users can cancel

Another well-known Mac app in the collection is Luminar 4, a $79.99 photo editor that takes advantage of artificial intelligence to improve your photographs. The software assistance

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Coronavirus exposure tracking apps need users to buy in

About a dozen states have launched a smartphone feature that sends users a notification if they’ve crossed paths with another who later tests positive for the virus.

Editor’s note: The related video above was published Oct. 19.

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases making the features as bare-bones as possible. But, as more states roll out smartphone contact-tracing technology, other challenges are emerging. Namely, human nature.

The problem starts with downloads. Stefano Tessaro calls it the “chicken-and-egg” issue: The system works only if a lot of people buy into it, but people will buy into it only if they know it works.

“Accuracy of the system ends up increasing trust, but it is trust that increases adoptions, which in turn increases accuracy,” Tessaro, a computer scientist at

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