Apple Says COVID ‘Health Pass’ Apps Are Limited to Developers Working With Public Health Authorities

Apple today informed developers that “health pass” apps can only be submitted by developers that are working with recognized public health authorities. A “health pass” app is classified as an app that generates a pass that’s used to enter buildings and access in-person services based on testing and vaccination records. Apple says that to make […]

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NHS COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Has Told 1.7 Million in England and Wales to Isolate Since September

NHS COVID-19, the contact tracing app created by the U.K. government, has alerted 1.7 million users to isolate following close contact with someone who goes on to test positive. That’s according to an official GOV.UK press release from the Department of Heath and Social Care, which has been collating data about the app since it […]

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California’s Exposure Notification System Rolling Out on iPhone Thursday

Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification system has been rolling out to many states and countries across the world, and starting this Thursday, California, the most populous state in the U.S., will get access to Exposure Notifications. California COVID Notify has been in testing at UC Berkeley and other UC campuses since earlier this year, but […]

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iPhone 12 Upgrades Interfering With COVID-19 Contact-Tracing App Notifications, How to Fix

Some iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro users in the UK have reported that their new devices are recieving an error message in the “NHS COVID-19” contact-tracing app, rendering it unusable (via BBC News). ‘Unfortunately, You Can’t Run This App’ Similar errors and issues have been reported in other regions contact tracing apps that also […]

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New York and New Jersey Launch Contact Tracing Apps With Exposure Notification API

New York and New Jersey have launched COVID-19 contact tracing apps based on Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification technology. In a press release on the New York State website, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the release of COVID Alert NY and COVID Alert NJ for iPhone and Android users. […]

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‘NHS COVID-19’ Contact Tracing App With Exposure Notification API Launches in England and Wales

NHS COVID-19, a contact tracing app created by the UK government, is rolling out to residents of England and Wales as of today, with the app available from the iOS App Store. The app’s debut comes a week and a half after the UK government said that it would launch on September 24, and a […]

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England and Wales’ Contact-Tracing App With Apple and Google API to Launch September 24

An NHS COVID-19 contact-tracing app using the Apple and Google API is finally set to launch in England and Wales on September 24, the UK government has announced today (via BBC News). The app performs distance-based contact-tracing like similar apps released in other countries. It will also allow users to scan QR codes to register […]

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North Dakota, Wyoming and Alabama Launching Exposure Notification Apps Soon

North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alabama are all launching contact tracing apps that take advantage of Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API to cut down on the spread of the coronavirus, reports Reuters. North Dakota’s app, Care19 Alert, is launching today, while Wyoming plans to launch an app on Friday. Alabama’s app, which has been in […]

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England’s Exposure Notification App Entering Trials as Engineers Work Out Bugs

England is developing a contact tracing app that uses Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API, and while there are still bugs to be worked out, it’s set to be trialed in a few areas in the country starting tomorrow. According to the BBC, the app will be trialed on the Isle of Wight and in […]

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Virginia Releases COVID-19 Exposure App Based on Apple and Google API

Apple-Acquired Dark Sky Officially Shuts Down Android App Apple in March purchased weather app Dark Sky, and at that time, Dark Sky’s developers said that the app’s Android version would be discontinued on July 1, 2020. However, instead of shuttering the app on that date, the app’s developers announced that the discontinuation would be delayed […]

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Apple and Google Update Exposure Notification API, 20 U.S. States Expected to Release Apps Soon

Google today announced that the Exposure Notification API that it designed in partnership with Apple has received some improvements to make it more useful to public health authorities. Most notably, the API supports interoperability between countries, and Bluetooth calibration has been improved. The full list of updates is below: When an exposure is detected, public […]

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Canada’s ‘COVID Alert’ App Using Apple’s Exposure Notification API Now Available

Canada today released a new COVID-19 contact tracing app called COVID Alert, as noted by iPhone in Canada. COVID Alert takes advantage of Apple and Google’s privacy-focused Exposure Notification API to alert people when they’ve come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus. As with all COVID-19 contact tracing apps, COVID Alert uses Bluetooth […]

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Linux Foundation Launches COVID-19 Project to Help Health Authorities Make Apps With Apple’s API

The Linux Foundation today announced the launch of a new Linux Foundation Public Health Initiative (LFPH) (via TechRepublic) that uses open source technologies including Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API to help public health authorities combat COVID-19. The LFPH includes Cisco, doc.ai, Geometer, IBM, NearForm, Tencent, and VMWare, and is launching with two exposure notification […]

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Ireland Launches COVID-19 App That Uses Apple/Google Exposure Notification API

Ireland today released “COVID Tracker Ireland,” a COVID-19 contact tracing app that takes advantage of Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API. The app, which is opt in, says that users will be alerted if they come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Those exposed will be able to track their […]

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Canada to Launch Nationwide COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Based on Apple/Google Technology

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that Canada plans to launch a nationwide COVID-19 contract tracing app based on Apple’s and Google’s Exposure Notification API, as noted by iPhone in Canada. Trudeau said the app is slated for release in early July, with testing set to begin in Ontario soon. COVID Shield, a reference […]

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UK’s Contact Tracing App Will Reportedly Use Apple/Google Solution After All

In what appears to be a reversal of course, the BBC today reported that the United Kingdom’s National Health Service will adopt Apple’s and Google’s Exposure Notification API for its COVID-19 contact tracing app after all. Other countries that have committed to using the API include Italy, Latvia, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, and Saudi Arabia, among […]

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More Countries Implement Apple/Google API in Contact Tracing Apps, Including Germany, Poland, and Saudi Arabia

Apple’s Path to Arm-Based Macs Could Start With a New 12-Inch MacBook Fudge, a leaker who goes by @choco_bit on Twitter, often shares details on upcoming Apple products. With Apple’s Arm-based Macs that use custom-made chips on the horizon, Fudge today shared some of his thoughts on how, why, and when Apple will roll out […]

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New York Attorney General Asks Apple and Google to Vet Third-Party Contact Tracing Apps

Apple and Google have been asked by New York’s Attorney General to do more to prevent sensitive health data from being collected by third-party contact tracing apps. According to Business Insider, AG Letitia James sent letters to both companies and urged them to impose tighter restrictions on the apps if they are to be available […]

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Italy and Latvia Launch Apps That Use Apple’s Exposure Notification API

European countries have begun to roll out COVID-19 contact tracing apps that take advantage of the Exposure Notification API designed by Apple and Google, with Italy and Latvia both launching new apps over the course of the last few days. As noted by MacStories‘ Federico Vittici, Italy today released Immuni, a privacy-focused contact tracing app […]

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First App Using Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API Launches in Switzerland

The first app that takes advantage of the Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google has launched in Switzerland, according to a report from the BBC. A team of app developers working on contact tracing app called SwissCovid have rolled out the app in a beta capacity for members of the Swiss army, hospital […]

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