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Apple & Google team up to create Bluetooth tracking tech across Android and iOS “for Covid-19”

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Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology


Published Apr 10, 2020



Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running. Software developers are contributing by crafting technical tools to help combat the virus and save lives. In this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.


Since COVID-19 can be transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, public health organizations have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to help contain its spread. A number of leading public health authorities, universities, and NGOs around the world have been doing important work to develop opt-in contact tracing technology. To further this cause, Apple and Google will be launching a comprehensive solution that includes application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing. Given the urgent need, the plan is to implement this solution in two steps while maintaining strong protections around user privacy. 


First, in May, both companies will release APIs that enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities. These official apps will be available for users to download via their respective app stores. 


Second, in the coming months, Apple and Google will work to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms. This is a more robust solution than an API and would allow more individuals to participate, if they choose to opt in, as well as enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities. Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort, and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders. We will openly publish information about our work for others to analyze.


All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems. Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.





ok so, starts as opt in, like so many other things. How long until it’s part of TOS?

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At first glance i thought there is no way this is going to work, this is a clear cut case of a HIPPA violation. Then i read the HIPPA website and they recently granted health organizations and “business associates” the rights to easier access to patient information without risk of penalty..

So they straight up opened the flood gates. 



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4 hours ago, morton said:

I think this is how 1984 starts more than Skynet. But I also feel like we are pretty far along that story line already. 


Skynet starts with AI sex robots.



We’ve been well on our way for decades. 

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1 hour ago, misteraven said:

Flaw in your thinking is in believing it’s off simply because the screen says it’s switched to “off”.

True story... Go look up the Android class action suit in Australia. 

Androids don't say "OFF" when you switch it off.  I literally meant it's off my device, as in disabled internaly or even yanked out.

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9 hours ago, T4M* said:

Androids don't say "OFF" when you switch it off.  I literally meant it's off my device, as in disabled internaly or even yanked out.

If the hardware is physically removed, yeah. If its disabled entirely, still wouldn't assume. 


How the NSA Could Bug Your Powered-Off iPhone, and How to Stop Them

link: https://www.wired.com/2014/06/nsa-bug-iphone/



Edward Snowden's latest revelation about the NSA's snooping inspired an extra dose of shock and disbelief when he said the agency's hackers can use a mobile phone as a bug even after it’s been turned off. 


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Five ways 5G is poised to remake manufacturing

American Welding Society | September 08, 2020

Presented by AWS
Five ways 5G is poised to remake manufacturing

This article is Welding Digest's two-part series on 5G in manufacturing. Read Part 2 here.

When most people think about 5G — if they think about it at all — it is probably in the context of mobile wireless communications. As the eventual successor to the dominant 4G standard, 5G promises greater bandwidth, increased speed and decreased latency. But devices such as cell phones and tablets are just the beginning. The potential for 5G to transform manufacturing is significant, and the transition is already underway. Here are five key areas to watch.

Wireless connectivity

The manufacturing sector tends to rely upon fixed-line fiber networking to connect machines, materials and people. Up to now, wireless technology has been characterized by a degree of latency that is too significant to ensure efficiency, reliability or even safety. A machine operating in a potentially dangerous manner, for instance, needs to be stopped before it can harm its human colleagues.

Because 5G relies upon deployment of multiple small cellular access nodes, also known as small cells, it is able to transmit data at a much higher frequency and with a much lower latency than its wireless predecessors. This opens the door to reliable factory connectivity at greater speeds and with fewer periods of downtime, enhancing productivity throughout the network.

To be sure, the logistics possibilities are significant. As an example, consider the movement of materials from start to finish in a production setting. With a minimum level of human interaction, 5G could enable an incoming delivery truck to announce its arrival to an automated guided vehicle (AGV), which would then meet the truck, unload it and deliver materials to the assembly line. A series of connected devices would next take over to modify the materials into their intended forms, followed by sorting and packaging. The finished products would finally be transferred into an automated warehouse to await loading onto outgoing delivery trucks.


It should be noted that 5G is not comprised solely of high-frequency data transmission. To compensate for the fact that high-frequency signals can only travel short distances, the technology makes use of low- and mid-frequency ranges as well — thus offering increased bandwidth for data traffic. This is relevant not only to devices such as machinery, but also to myriad sensors sending data to the cloud.

Once in the cloud, data can be leveraged into actionable intelligence in the form of analytics. Such intelligence can be used to assess machine performance, manage and adjust schedules, perform predictive maintenance, and coordinate virtually all activities on the production floor.

The combination of robust analytics alongside a high density of devices and sensors, moreover, has the power to enable unprecedented flexibility. By staying responsive to the changing needs of the marketplace, factories can operate at greater capacity with less excess inventory. This leads the way to more agile supply chains.

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honestly we've all prolly been being followed or tracked or whatever since the iphone 5.. i think theyre just doing this because everyones so fucking stupid and entitled when it comes to wearing a god damn mask.. its super annoying how long this shit is being drawn out..


also i still have friends who swear to god that 5g is the sole cause of covid.. i just generally dislike everyone nowadays... 🤦‍♂️


yall cool tho..🖤

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Golly gee gosh, who could’ve seen that coming?




COVIDSafe data 'incidentally' collected by intelligence agencies in first six months

The report, which looks at agencies like ASIO and ASD, said the collection occurred “in the course of lawful collection of other data”, which is permissible under the Privacy Act.


A spokesperson for the IGIS told iTnews that the “execution of warrants” was one such instance in which the incidental collection of Covid app data could occur.


“Collection is considered 'incidental' if it is not possible or not practicable to collect the data covered by the warrant without also inadvertently collecting COVIDSafe app data,” the spokesperson said.


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