Tech firms deploy Bluetooth enabled contact tracing apps to contain spread of coronavirus

Technology companies have begun developing their own contact tracing systems to help prevent and contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreaks in their offices. The development comes in the wake of countries begining to ease lockdown measures and return to the workplace. Juniper Networks Inc plans on equipping its nearly 10,000 employees with work identification…

Dimer UCV Innovations’s GermFalcon can sterilize airplane cabin of coronavirus within 3 minutes

Although U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that inserting ultraviolet light into coronavirus patients was widely laughed off, Dimer UCV Innovations, a California company thinks it’s a perfect solution for decontaminating airplanes. Dimer UCV Innovations had created a UV-C-emitting cleaning machine for the airline industry way back in 2014. Its only now with the coronavirus pandemic…

COVID-19 patients respond positively to Gilead Sciences experimental drug

Shares of Gilead Sciences Inc’s shares jumped by 16% following news reports that its experimental drug remdesivir is proving to be effective in U.S. trials of patients who have been severely afflicted by the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. According to a report from medical news website STAT, a University of Chicago hospital participating…

Foreign state-backed hackers targeting U.S. COVID-19 research: FBI

According to a senior cybersecurity official with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, foreign government hackers have managed to break into companies which are conducting research into treatments for COVID-19 – the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. During an online panel discussion hosted by the Aspen Institute, FBI Deputy Assistant Director Tonya Ugoretz disclosed to…

Foxconn partners with Medtronic Plc to manufacture ventilators

On Wednesday, Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn stated, it will partner with U.S. firm Medtronic Plc to manufacture ventilators to help patients afflicted by the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, Foxconn is best known for assembling Apple’s iPhones at factories in China. Foxconn’s statement, released through the company’s…

Tesla engineers showcase ventilator prototype on YouTube

In a video posted on Tesla’s YouTube channel, Tesla’s engineers have showcased a prototype for a ventilator. Tesla is gearing to produce thousands of ventilators to help hospitals around the country who have been overwhelmed by the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. According to one of the engineers, the design relives heavily on Tesla car parts. This…

Google release location data for 131 countries to assess effectiveness of lockdowns

In a statement, Alphabet Inc said, Google has published reports for 131 countries which show whether stay-at-home measures, to stem the footprint of the Wuhan Coronavirus, adopted by government are working. Google analyzed location data of billions of phone users to create a dataset which health authorities can use to assess if people are abiding…

SpaceX bans Zoom video conferencing app citing significant security threats

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, has banned its employees from using Zoom, a video conferencing app, following “significant privacy and security concerns”, according to an internal memo. The development comes days after U.S. law enforcement agencies warned users about security concerns regarding the popular app. With many Americans quarrantined in their homes because of the…

Zoom’s usage jumps by 151%, takes lead over Microsoft Teams

With the Wuhan Coronavirus forcing people to work from home, a report by research firm Apptopia says, the number of people using Zoom Video Communications Inc’s app has nearly trippled that of its nearest rival Microsoft Corp’s Teams. The COVID-19 driven work from home call has boosted demand for video conferencing platforms. According to the…