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A photograph taken on June 3, 2020, shows on a mobile phone the tracking application StopCovid developed by the French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 as France eases lockdown measures taken to fight against the novel coronavirus. - France's StopCovid mobile app, a voluntary system designed to alert users if they have been in close proximity of someone who has tested positive for the virus, was made available on June 2, 2020. (Photo by Denis Charlet / AFP)
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Varying degrees of success for coronavirus apps in Europe

Designed to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, tracking applications have encountered a series of challenges since their launch, from privacy concerns to technical glitches
Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche Telekom stand on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. - The Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile fair, is held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1. (Photo by Pau Barrena / AFP)
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Italy’s 5G stumbles after a shining start

Italy's 5G project, launched to great fanfare in October 2018 with frequencies going for top dollar at auction, has since fallen victim to sky-high costs and red tape
An airliner of India's IndiGo carrier flies over the setting sun in New Delhi on February 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Prakash SINGH (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH / AFP)
An airliner of India's IndiGo carrier fl […]

Green aviation still has electrifying future despite virus

The aviation industry has long been under pressure to reduce pollution, and while airlines have taken a financial wallop from the coronavirus crisis it may not stop a greening of the skies
AI (artificial intelligence) security cameras using facial recognition technology are displayed at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on October 24, 2018. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)
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Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

Facial recognition has helped simplify our lives but the global anti-racism protests have prompted some privacy and rights groups to voice concerns over the technology is being used police forces
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 2, 2020 a hospital staff stands in front of 'Mitra', a robot equipped with a thermal camera installed to register and conduct preliminary screening of patients before directing them to respective medical specialists to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, at Fortis hospital in Bangalore. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP)
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Robots: allies during virus crisis, enemies later?

When human contact needs to be kept to a minimum, robots can save lives and factories. But when the coronavirus crisis is over, will they amplify job losses?
Callers attempt to establish who the patients spent time with — and may have infected — during the two days before their symptoms emerged. Photo: Aris Oikonomou / AFP
Callers attempt to establish who the pat […]

Belgium’s new profession, the Virus Tracker

With Belgian leaders still debating how to set-up and deploy a coronavirus tracing smartphone app, authorities have set up old-fashioned call centres to interview the infected
The contact-tracing Government Technology Agency (GovTech) staff demonstrate Singapore's new contact-tracing smarthphone app called TraceTogether, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore on March 20, 2020. - The mobile app using Bluetooth technology developed by GovTech in collaboration with the Ministry of Health informs user who had close contacts to confirmed coronavirus cases was launched in Singapore on 20. (Photo by Catherine LAI / AFP)
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Virus ‘tracing’ by smartphone: a key to reopening society?

Can an app halt the spread of the pandemic? Interest is growing in smartphone technology as a potential key to ending lockdowns around the world.