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Coronavirus: Number of UK deaths rises above 1,000 News

The number of people to have died with the coronavirus in the UK has reached 1,019. The latest government figures on Saturday showed there were another 260 deaths in the UK in a day, up from 759 on Friday. There are now 17,089 confirmed cases in the UK. It comes as the government said it was ramping up testing for frontline hospital staff who have symptoms, or who live with people who have symptoms. Critical care doctors and nurses will be ... Full story

A new COVID-19 test can return results in 5 minutes

A new COVID-19 test from the medical device company Abbott can return positive results in five minutes — and it can be run in a doctor’s office. The test was approved for emergency use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration last night. The test uses Abbott’s small, portable ID NOW platform, and doesn’t have to be sent to a central lab for analysis. Instead, it can be done directly in an emergency room or urgent care clinic, ... Full story

WaPo Reporter Apologizes For Misquoting Trump's Comments On Coronavirus

Washington Post reporter Amber Phillips has apologized to President Trump after misreporting comments the president made during a recent campaign rally on the coronavirus. Covering the president’s rally, the Washington Examiner reports Phillips misquoted the president and claimed he called the COVID-19 a “hoax.”. But, Trump never called the global pandemic a hoax, but Democrats’ decision to politicize it and mainstream media’s subsequent ... Full story

Singapore's COVID-19 cases exceed 800 with 70 new infections

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday (Mar 28), bringing the total number of cases to 802, including two more individuals linked to the SingPost Centre cluster. Of the new cases, 41 are imported and had travelled to Europe, North America, ASEAN and other parts of Asia, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release. Advertisement Advertisement. Fifteen of the cases are linked to clusters or previous cases, ... Full story

Zoom updates iOS app to remove code that sent device data to Facebook

Video conferencing app Zoom updated its iOS app Friday to remove code that sent user data to Facebook, Motherboard reports . The update follows Motherboard ’s analysis of the app, which showed it was sending data to Facebook such as a user’s time zone and city, when a user opened the app, and details about the user’s device, even if the user didn’t have a Facebook account. The extent of the data-sharing was not clearly spelled out in Zoom’s ... Full story

Hamilton is bringing back the original digital wristwatch with an OLED twist

Hamilton is bringing back the original digital watch with the PSR , a 50th anniversary tribute to the company’s legendary Pulsar Time Computer — the first commercially sold digital watch, which was released to massive hype in 1972. (The watch was first announced in 1970, hence the anniversary release this year.). Displaying the time not through a mechanical mechanism but rather an LED display that lit up when a button on the side was pressed, ... Full story

How to use Netflix Party to stream movies with your friends

THIS STORY IS PART OF A GROUP OF STORIES CALLED. It isn’t enough to have great new devices, apps, and games — you also have to know how to use them. Here at The Verge, we offer step-by-step how-tos for experienced and new users who are working with online, macOS, Windows, Chrome OS, iOS, and Android apps, services, phones, laptops, and other tools. From simple instructions on how to install and use new devices, to little-known strategies on how ... Full story

Anchor just made it easier to start a podcast while we’re all social distancing

Anchor, the podcast-making app now owned by Spotify, is launching a feature today that’ll make it easier for friends to record shows together from afar. The feature, called Record With Friends 2.0, allows people to record a podcast from their browser, even if they don’t have an account with Anchor. Up to five people can record at once, although the host still has to use the Anchor app. To start recording, the host has to send an invite link to ... Full story

The science behind your loneliness

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here . As I mentioned during last week’s Big Spam takeover, I’m Tristan . I write for TNW and I’m the editor of Neural , but lately my job’s been all about COVID-19. I don’t know how you’re feeling, but my mental health isn’t exactly peak right now. I’m stressed out, a ... Full story

SoftBank wants to buy back 45% of its shares to survive the coronavirus

Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son has a plan to save SoftBank from the coronavirus: Sell $41 billion worth of its assets and use the cash to clear debt and buy its own shares. Masayoshi hopes such drastic measures will reassure shareholders of his firm’s resilience under threat of global recession. “This will allow us to strengthen our balance sheet while significantly reducing debt.” he said in a statement . [Read: Google’s coronavirus ... Full story

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