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Mar 29, 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

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Android smartphone. Announced Feb 2020. Features 6.9″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, Exynos 990 chipset, 5000 mAh battery, 512 GB storage, 16 GB RAM, Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Mar 28, 2020

Video shows phones at a Florida beach during spring break, and where they all traveled during the coronavirus outbreak

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This is just one beach, in one small part of the country.

Colin Wolf

Mar 27, 2020

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Suddenly Takes Shape

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The gap between Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy S20 range is growing by the day. And now we have our best look yet at this stunning smartphone.

Mar 26, 2020

Jeremy Hunt proposes that the government track everyone’s phones in the UK

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Jeremy Hunt proposes that the government track people’s phones in the UK during coronavirus meeting.

Mar 24, 2020

The U.S. wants smartphone location data to fight coronavirus. Privacy advocates are worried

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The White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are asking Facebook, Google and other tech giants to give them greater access to Americans’ smartphone location data in order to help them combat the spread of the coronavirus, according to four people at companies involved in the discussions who are not authorized to speak about them publicly.

Federal health officials say they could use anonymous, aggregated user data collected by the tech companies to map the spread of the virus — a practice known as “syndromic surveillance” — and prevent further infections. They could also use the data to see whether people were practicing “social distancing.”

Some sources stressed that the effort would be anonymized and that government would not have access to specific individuals’ locations. They noted that users would be required to opt-in to the effort.

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Mar 24, 2020

Federal Agencies Use Cellphone Location Data for Immigration Enforcement

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WASHINGTON—The Trump administration has bought access to a commercial database that maps the movements of millions of cellphones in America and is using it for immigration and border enforcement, according to people familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The location data is drawn from ordinary cellphone apps, including those for games, weather and e-commerce, for which the user has granted permission to log the phone’s location.

Mar 22, 2020

Taiwan’s new ‘electronic fence’ for quarantines leads wave of virus monitoring

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TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan, which has won global praise for its effective action against the coronavirus, is rolling out a mobile phone-based “electronic fence” that uses location-tracking to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes.

Governments around the world are combining technology and human efforts to enforce quarantines that require people who have been exposed to the virus to stay in their homes, but Taiwan’s system is believed to be the first to use mobile phone tracking for that purpose.

“The goal is to stop people from running around and spreading the infection,” said Jyan Hong-wei, head of Taiwan’s Department of Cyber Security, who leads efforts to work with telecom carriers to combat the virus.

Mar 22, 2020

Millions of Americans are suddenly working from home. That’s a huge security risk

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As they increasingly log on from home, Americans are having to meld their personal technology with professional tools at unprecedented scale. For employers, the concern isn’t just about capacity, but also about workers introducing new potential vulnerabilities into their routine — whether that’s weak passwords on personal computers, poorly secured home WiFi routers, or a family member’s device passing along a computer virus.


The dramatic expansion of teleworking by US schools, businesses and government agencies in response to the coronavirus is raising fresh questions about the capacity and security of the tools many Americans use to connect to vital workplace systems and data.

At one major US agency, some officials have resorted to holding meetings on iPhone group calls because the regular conference bridges haven’t always been working, according to one federal employee. But the workaround has its limits: The group calls support only five participants at a time, the employee noted.

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Mar 20, 2020

Google introduces real-time extended voice translation

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Google has announced a new real-time transcription feature for its free Translate app for Android phones. An IOS version is planned for the future, the company says.

The feature will allow users to obtain instantaneous text translations of ongoing speeches, lectures or monologues into any of eight languages, including English.

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Mar 19, 2020

Coronavirus Reality Check: Yes, U.S. And EU Will Track Our Smartphone Location Data—Get Used To It

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Here’s the surveillance reality in a time of real crisis—ultimately, you do whatever it takes.

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