Uniqlo’s AIRism technology face masks have now launched in the UK

Uniqlo's AIRism technology face masks have now launched in the UK. (Uniqlo)
Uniqlo’s AIRism technology face masks have now launched in the UK. (Uniqlo)

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Face masks are now very much a part of everyday life.

Many of us have a variety to choose from – depending on where we’re going and what we’re wearing – some of us have accumulated matching face masks for each new outfit we buy, and some of us are fine with wearing blue disposable versions.

But, the fact still remains the same for all of us, whether you’re keen on splurging or not, face masks are here to stay.

Back in September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that he was extending the rules on face coverings in England, making their use mandatory

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Will iPhone 12 have Touch ID so we can unlock our phones with masks on? Probably not

Apple’s new iPad Air integrates Touch ID into a button on the side of the iPad.


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One of the best new Apple features introduced during our unusual times may not appear in the iPhone 12. It may not arrive on any iPhone until next year — if at all. Apple’s new iPad Air, unveiled in mid-September and hitting the market later this month, relocates Touch ID to a button on the edge of the device. The company’s upcoming iPhone 12 lineup should do something similar, giving users an option between unlocking their iPhone using their face or unlocking it with their fingerprint as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic

Apple’s updated $599 (£579, AU$899) iPad Air integrates Touch ID into the power button on top of the tablet.

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The Note: Biden sees masks as symbol and substance in drawing contrast with Trump

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Trump wore a mask Monday in leaving Walter Reed for the White House — but it didn’t stay on long. By the end of another extraordinary night, with an infected president urging people not to let COVID-19 “dominate” their lives, it may as well have never been on.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is calling that out, as he pleads for science over showmanship with a month to go before Election Day.

“Anybody who contracts the virus by essentially saying masks don’t matter, social distancing doesn’t matter, I think is responsible for what happens to them,” Biden said in Monday night’s NBC town hall. “What is this macho thing — ‘I’m not going to wear a mask?’ What’s the deal here? Big deal!”

PHOTO: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop at Jose Marti Gym in Miami, Oct. 5, 2020.

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Only Amazon Prime Members Can Get These Face Masks and Shields on Sale This Weekend

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By now, you’ve hopefully gathered a vast collection of face masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all Americans over the age of 2 wear some sort of face covering in public, whether it’s at school, the grocery store, or back to the office, and if you need to stock up on protective gear, you’ll want to head over to Amazon this weekend. 

The retail giant has a massive selection of face masks and shields, but there’s a secret way Prime members can score them for less. Amazon has a section called Just for Prime that’s filled with thousands of discounted disposable and reusable face mask options.  

Disposable Face Masks Deals for Prime Members:

If you’re going the disposable route, the Eventronic filtered masks have over 1,400 five-star reviews from customers who say their snug fit makes them easy to wear with glasses. Prime members can score

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Faced with shortages, researchers combine heat and humidity to disinfect N95 masks — ScienceDaily

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept around the world early this year, shortages of protective equipment such as N95 masks left healthcare workers little choice but to reuse the masks they had — increasing the risk of infection for both them and their patients.

Now, researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University and the University of Texas Medical Branch may have a solution: Using a combination of moderate heat and high relative humidity, the team was able to disinfect N95 mask materials without hampering their ability to filter out viruses.

What’s more, it should not be too difficult to turn the new results into an automated system hospitals could use in short order — because the process is so simple, it might take just a few months to design and test a device.

“This is really an issue, so if you can find a way to

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A Seattle startup shines light on the face masks of the future

The mask works with an App that’s compatible with iOS and Android phones. People can write custom text and draw images or animations.

A Seattle woman is creating a very unique mask and helping raise funds for coronavirus relief in the process. 

Chelsea Klukas is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of the internationally acclaimed fashion technology organization MakeFasion. She spent years fusing fashion and technology in Canada before moving to Seattle a few years ago and created Lumen Couture.

Klukas creates what she calls “FashionTech for everyday wear, special events and performers.” Her collection features dresses and other garments that have been fused with embedded LED technology that brings wardrobe to life with vibrant colors, designs and even messages.  

“When the pandemic happened nobody was going out and I wasn’t involved in fashion shows and sort of created my next garment by accident,” she said.

Klukas was working on

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Fauci cautions that a COVID-19 vaccine won’t eliminate the need for masks and public health measures

Video above: COVID vaccine tested, experts say no corners cutDr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that even an effective COVID-19 vaccine won’t replace the need for other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands.Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the vaccine will not be 100% effective and taken by 100% of the population — which means there still will be room for COVID-19 to spread.”it is not going to eliminate the need to be prudent and careful with our public health measures,” he said in a Facebook Live conversation with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.Fauci said he’s being “practical” when he says, “I think if we can get 75 to 80% of the population vaccinated, I think that would be a really good accomplishment.”Fauci’s comments were made as nearly half of U.S. states now report a rise in … Read More

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