13 Apr 2020

Apple, Google Team on Coronavirus Tracking – Sparking Privacy Fears

Apple and Google have announced that they are teaming up to launch new COVID-19 tracking technology. Despite claims that privacy and security are important, many experts have expressed concerns around the new tech. The collaboration aims to trace the spread of the coronavirus through iOS and Android apps. The apps

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13 Apr 2020

Pentagon Supercomputers Puzzle Out How to Safely Airlift COVID-19 Patients

The Defense Department is putting its High-Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) to use in the COVID-19 pandemic, using the supercomputing capabilities and computation science expertise to make critical decisions regarding the virus. HPCMP is now supporting the efforts of scientists and researchers in several areas, including airlifting COVID-19 patients, vaccine

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13 Apr 2020

Drones Take Italians’ Temperature and Issue Fines

In the northern province of Bergamo, Italy, drones are being used to ensure lockdown orders are being adhered to. The drone fleet was commissioned by the government to combat the pandemic and can perform functions such as taking temperatures, fining violators, and enforcing regulations. The drones take an individual’s temperature

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10 Apr 2020

Global deaths linked to coronavirus near 100,000

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, global fatalities from COVID-19 are nearing 100,000 as countries continue to implement stricter lockdown measures to halt the spread of the virus. Today is Good Friday, a Christian holiday that is typically celebrated throughout the world by going to services, however, this

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10 Apr 2020

US-Mexico border: Thousands of migrants expelled under coronavirus powers

To date, the US has expelled more than 6,300 undocumented migrants on the border with Mexico since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, using emergency pandemic powers to curb the coronavirus spread by deporting the individuals. A measure put in place on March 21 allows officials to override immigration laws,

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10 Apr 2020

The U.S. Coast Guard Just Ordered Palantir Tech For Help With COVID-19 ‘Readiness’

The US Coast Gaurd has announced that it is working with Palantir, a big data analytics company, to help the military branch combat the COVID-19 pandemic as its ships present outbreak risks. Palantir’s tools will help the US Coast Gaurd’s readiness system in ensuring that the organization has the tools

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10 Apr 2020

Wi-Fi Peeks into Buildings to Check Social Distancing

A new tool that went live on April 3 allows college administrators to monitor buildings using Wi-Fi technology to ensure that people are practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The tech allows these administrators to identify locations on campus where concentrations of people are high, aiding them

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10 Apr 2020

DHS Warns That COVID is Provoking Extremist Violence

DHS has warned that the exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic by domestic violent extremists (DVEs) for the purpose of committing hate crimes, acts of violence, or inciting others to commit violence.a Among the broad category of DVEs, racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (RMVEs), militia extremists, and others have called

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08 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: US records highest death toll in single day

On Tuesday, the US reported the most COVID-19 deaths in a single day since the outbreak began, with more than 1,800 fatalities. This brings the total number of US COVID-19 deaths to almost 13,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The country currently has roughly 398,000 confirmed cases,

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08 Apr 2020

Worst recession in decades piles pressure on EU to agree new relief package

According to forecasts published on Wednesday, Europe’s top two economies are experiencing the worst contraction in decades as EU officials work towards new measures to relieve economic pressure and distress. German economic research institutes stated that the country’s economy is likely to shrink by 4.2% this year as a result

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