COVID-19 Smartphone App Finally Launches in England and Wales | Technology News

LONDON (Reuters) – England and Wales launch a COVID-19 smartphone app on Thursday, allowing users to trace contacts, check the local level of risk and record visits to venues such as pubs, four months after the technology was promised to the public.

The NHS COVID-19 app comes as Britain braces for a second wave of infections, with daily cases numbers rising at rates not seen since the peak of the pandemic and a testing system unable to cope with demand in many areas.

The government had said a COVID-19 app would arrive in May, but early trials were dogged by problems, and developers abandoned home-grown technology in favour of Apple

and Google’s

model in June.

As the delay lengthened, the government downplayed the importance of smartphones in fighting COVID-19, saying that rather than an app being central to the test and trace system, it was “the cherry on the cake”.

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Conservative group launches website to battle big tech companies over online censorship

The Media Research Center has launched CensorTrack, a website dedicated to #FreeSpeechAmerica, a campaign designed to fight online censorship of conservatives.

“Our position is that if they can do it to the president of the United States, they can do it to anyone, and in fact that is exactly what is happening… every platform in Silicon Valley today is censoring conservatives,” MRC founder and president Brent Bozell told attendees of a virtual launch event on Sept. 17.

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The Media Research Center has launched CensorTrack, a website dedicated to #FreeSpeechAmerica, a campaign designed to fight online censorship of conservatives.

The Media Research Center has launched CensorTrack, a website dedicated to #FreeSpeechAmerica, a campaign designed to fight online censorship of conservatives.

“We’re going to be coordinating our effort with those on Capitol Hill, trying to work in a bipartisan manner to take our concerns,” Bozell added.

MRC vice president Dan Gainor said CensorTrack.org is the “first initiative of

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Astro Gaming launches Cold War headset and lays out next-gen strategy

Astro Gaming has launched a Call of Duty: Black Ops — Cold War version of its A10 gaming headset for console and PC players.

A division of Logitech, Astro Gaming makes audio headsets for audiophiles and pro gamers. The new headset has artwork licensed from Activision’s Call of Duty brand and is part of a wave of products you’ll see as peripheral makers try to cash in on the next-generation console buying frenzy.

The new Astro Gaming Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War A10 Headset joins the ASTRO A40 TR, Speakers tags, and A40 TR Mod Kits already on the market today. The headset aims to give wearers an advantage when playing games in which they discern the 3D location of enemies based on footsteps — a feature that will be a hallmark of the next-generation consoles coming in mid-November.

“We have always been part of the Call of

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Signant Health Launches New eCOA Master Class Web Series Taught by Clinical Research Science and Technology Experts

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Signant Health today introduced “eCOA Explained,” a new Master Class web series designed to elevate the understanding and skills of clinical operations professionals interested in electronic clinical outcome assessments (eCOA).

The educational and complimentary class launches with three courses and 16 on-demand lessons designed for all levels of eCOA experience, as taught by 13 clinical research science and technology experts. To enroll and start learning, visit www.ecoaexplained.com. 

Lessons available now include:

Build Your eCOA Solution

  • eCOA 101: The Basics (Jill Platko, PhD)
  • How to Build an eDiary: What’s Involved (Brandy Morneau)
  • From Paper to ePRO Measures: Licensing, Migration and Translation (Alex Kalpadakis-Smith, PhD)
  • How to Make Translations Work for Everyone (Adina Tapalaga)
  • To BYOD or Not to BYOD? (Bill Byrom, PhD)
  • Complex Diaries: Best Practices and Considerations (Jill Platko, PhD)

Ensure Successful Operations

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PENTAX Medical Launches High-Definition EB-J10 Series Bronchoscopes And DEFINA Video Processor In The United States

MONTVALE, N.J., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — PENTAX Medical, a healthcare industry leader in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy solutions, has announced the launch of the EB-J10 Series Bronchoscopes in the U.S., with FDA 510(k) clearance, along with a new DEFINA Video Processor.

As the newest HD solution in Pulmonology, the EB-J10 Series Bronchoscopes offer crisp, HD visualization of the bronchus, along with unmatched ergonomics, a lightweight control body, and high standards in hygiene measures. The EB-J10 Series is compatible with the DEFINA Video Processor, a small-footprint processor that is specially designed to support Pulmonology practices with advanced imaging. This combination provides exceptional HD image quality, supporting clinical outcomes across a broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

The new HD EB-J10 Series Bronchoscopes have been specifically engineered with a focus on maneuverability and physician comfort during procedures, with an ergonomically positioned suction valve and angulation levers for

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YI Technology Launches Two New Home Security Solutions

YI Technology has made a name for itself as a company that offers products for prices lower than the brand names. It has now announced two new home security solutions, both powered by advanced artificial intelligence (A.I.).

The first is the Kami Mini, an indoor camera with a small form factor that’s perfect for keeping an eye on things inside the house. The Kami Mini uses facial detection and will alert you when it detects human movement. The A.I. helps filter out false alarms caused by pets, insects, and other types of movement.

It also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can ask either one of the smart assistants to show the feed on a connected display if you’d like to monitor the camera on a larger feed than your phone.

The Kami Mini is also certified through Noonlight to help users reach the correct emergency center. Customers

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SteelSeries launches new Rival 3 Wireless gaming mouse with a fancy efficient sensor

SteelSeries has just launched a wireless version of its more affordable Rival 3 gaming mouse. The wired Rival 3 is a killer budget-friendly gaming mouse with a great sensor and other highlight features, making it a worthy companion for any gamer who doesn’t want to spend big on a pointer.

This new wireless version of the Rival 3 comes rocking some interesting features. Firstly, it has 400-hour battery life. While that’s for standby time, it’s still impressive for a pointer in this price range. SteelSeries managed to achieve this by including a new power-efficient sensor. It’s the first to feature the SteelSeries TrueMoveAir optical sensor.

As well as a great new accurate sensor, SteelSeries also uses Quantum 2.0 Wireless tech, which is essentially 2.4GHz over a USB wireless adapter, allowing for a polling rate of 1000Hz. This is important for sending data from the mouse to your gaming PC to

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SpaceX launches Earth-observation satellite for Argentina, nails rocket landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched an Earth-observation satellite for Argentina along with two small piggyback satellites today (Aug. 30). 



a body of water with smoke coming out of a lake: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1B Earth-observation radar satellite for Argentina and two small rideshare payloads launches into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 30, 2020.


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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1B Earth-observation radar satellite for Argentina and two small rideshare payloads launches into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 30, 2020.

The trio blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:18 p.m. EDT (2318 GMT). 

A used two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carried the SAOCOM-1B satellite aloft, marking the company’s 15th launch of 2020. Approximately nine minutes after liftoff, the booster’s first stage produced some dramatic sonic booms as it made its way back to terra firma, touching down at SpaceX’s Landing Zone-1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral.   

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Today’s flight was the fourth launch for this particular

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