Apple and Google to prevent contact tracing apps from tracking your location

The built-in technology would ban the use of GPS location data to monitor contact with people who test positive for COVID-19.

Developers who create contact tracing apps using a joint technology from Apple and Google will not be able to track the location of users. On Monday, the two archrivals now working together released guidelines for the API (application programming interface) of what they’re calling Exposure Notification. Designed to be integrated into iOS and Android, the platform will allow developers to build apps to monitor and alert people of coronavirus exposure. However, the developers will have to do that without the assistance of GPS location tracking.

SEE: How tech companies are fighting COVID-19 with AI, data and ingenuity (TechRepublic) 

The guidelines specifically state: “A Contact Tracing App may not use location-based APIs, may not use Bluetooth functionality (excluding Bluetooth functionality included in the Exposure Notification APIs), and may not collect any device information to identify the precise location of users. In addition, Contact Tracing Apps are prohibited from using frameworks or APIs in the Apple Software that enable access to personally identifiable information (e.g., Photos, Contacts), unless otherwise agreed by Apple.”

Contact tracing is seen as one way to slow

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Galaxy A51 review: Perfect iPhone SE rival in every way but one

The Galaxy A51’s 6.5-inch screen won’t wash out in direct sunlight.


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How good can a $400 phone really be? When the device in question is the Samsung Galaxy A51, the answer is simple: good. In fact, Samsung’s budget phone (£329 in the UK and AU$599 in Australia) more than holds its own against Apple’s iPhone SE (which starts at $399, £419 and AU$749). Screen size and clarity, phone features, camera quality and performance — it delivers in every key way but one.

Like

  • 6.5-inch screen is detailed and bright
  • Wide-angle camera option
  • Headphone jack

Don’t Like

  • Processor speed drags
  • No water resistance

As the first real representative of the Galaxy A family in the US, the A51 is a convincing effort that proves that Samsung can make a good midprice phone that people will want to buy. And they should. By the way, the Galaxy A51 is sold at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Amazon and as part of a package bundle at Samsung.com

It’s the speed of its Samsung-made Exynos 9611 processor that’s the Galaxy A51’s Achilles’ heel. Performance feels sluggish handling day-to-day activities such as waiting for a website to load or for

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How to get a full body workout with only a jump rope

Jumping rope is a fun and effective workout.


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When I was a kid, I remember spending what seems like hours jumping rope outside. Now jumping rope for even 5 minutes feels like an eternity. Once I even did a workout class that involved jumping rope for several minutes in between exercises, and was shocked to find that was the most challenging part of the entire circuit. But as challenging as jumping rope is, it’s still fun as an adult and a great way to mix up your workouts. 

Just ask Wesley Brown, a fitness instructor at Session in New York City. “Jumping rope recruits all the muscles that strengthen your calves, quads and glutes along with engaging your shoulders, arms and core. And of course, who doesn’t have fun when they have the rope swinging around?” Brown says. 

Given that you probably have not used a jump rope since you were a kid, you might be a bit rusty on the proper form (and yes — there is a right way to do it). Below, Brown gives all of the tips you

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Apple announces date of virtual Worldwide Developers Conference for 2020

The 31st edition of the WWDC will be held online for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Apple announced on Tuesday that its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be on June 22 this year, rather than earlier in the month as in past years. With concerns around the novel coronavirus still swirling, the iPhone-maker first decided in March that the conference would be completely online this summer, rather than in San Jose, CA. 

Upon announcing the event would be online-only, Apple committed to donating $1 million to local San Jose organizations in an effort to offset revenue the convention center would lose from Apple moving the event online. 

SEE: Zoom video conferencing: Cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Out of 31 years of operation, WWDC 2020 is the first to be virtual, following the lead of many other tech conferences forced to move online. Big-name events such as Mobile World Congress and SXSW were canceled because of pandemic conditions, but Apple said it could host its event in a way that accommodated CDC and local official social distancing guidelines

The online conference will be available on the Apple Developer app and Apple Developer website free for all

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iPhone SE 2020 review: Apple should probably charge more than $399 for this phone

There are a lot of ways to think about Apple’s new $399 iPhone SE. One is that it’s a more affordable option than the iPhone 11 ($699 at Apple), with surprisingly similar camera specs, which it is. Or that it’s the 2020 sequel to the original SE from 2016, which it also is. Or, at 4.7 inches, that it’s the smallest and cheapest iPhone you can currently buy (though it’s not that small). Or (and this is my favorite way to think about it) that it’s an iPhone 8 with the brains and power of an iPhone 11. In fact, the new iPhone SE is all these things and that’s why I’m enamored with it.

Like

  • Affordable price
  • Long battery life so far
  • Great rear camera
  • iPhone 11 Pro-level performance

Don’t Like

  • Old iPhone design
  • Selfie camera is mediocre

Read more: iPhone SE 2020 is proof that Apple won’t actually bring back the tiny phone

The new iPhone SE has the classic design that defined the iPhone for its first 10 years. The design, the body and the camera lenses are all the same as 2017’s iPhone 8. But Apple performed a

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