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Germany Enlists Fitbit Wearables and Smartwatches in Coronavirus

Germany’s centre for disease control on Tuesday urged people with smartwatches and fitness bands to share their health data to help keep track of the spread of the coronavirus.

The Robert Koch Institute said it was launching an app called Corona Datenspende (Corona Data Donation) that would allow people to voluntarily and anonymously share information from their fitness trackers that could reveal signs of a COVID-19 infection.

The free app will log a person’s postcode, age and weight and keep track of any changes in activity and sleep habits, heart rate or even body temperature that could be symptoms of an acute respiratory disease, RKI head Lothar Wieler said at a press conference.

The app “would help to better estimate where and how fast COVID-19 is spreading in Germany,” Wieler said.

But he stressed that the app, developed with e-health company Thryve, could not make a diagnosis or replace a

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Uber Ties Up With Flipkart to Deliver Essentials to People Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Uber had recently partnered with Big Basket to make sure essential products are delivered to people even during the coronavirus lockdown. Now, the cab aggregator has partnered with e-commerce giant Flipkart to help with the last-mile delivery of essential products using Uber’s fleet of cars and bikes in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. The partnership between Uber India and Flipkart was announced by the former in a blog post. This is Uber’s third such B2B partnership in the last week, after Big Basket and Spencer’s Retail.

Uber’s partnership with Flipkart to deliver essential goods ordered from Flipkart may get extended to other cities, however Uber is yet to say anything officially.

“All these deals help in keeping people indoors so we can collectively support the government in helping contain the spread of COVID-19,” Prabhjeet Singh, director – operations, and head of cities, Uber India & South Asia, in a blog

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Fake PM CARES Links Being Used to Dupe People, Maharashtra Cyber Police Officials Say

Fraudsters are using fake links to dupe people in the name of online coronavirus donations to the
Prime Minister”s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, also known as PM CARES Fund, Maharashtra Cyber police officials said on Saturday.

They said several such fake PM CARES links have been traced and disabled. Officials asked people to use the authentic link which is [email protected] to donate funds to fight the virus outbreak.

Officials said Maharashtra Cyber police has registered 78 cases during the lockdown for online misinformation on the coronavirus outbreak.

These include eight in Mumbai, six each in Pune Rural and Satara district, five each in Beed and Nashik Rural, four each in Nagpur, Nashik city, Thane and Kolhapur, an official said.

In one case in Malegaon in Nashik, an offence was registered and three people arrested for making a TikTok video with a communal angle to the outbreak.

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OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus 7T Updates Bring March 2020 Android Security Patch, Improved Slow-Mo

OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro phones are now receiving a new update in India, and the updates bring along the March 2020 Android security patch. The updates also bring along improvements to the slow-motion video feature inside the Camera app. The OTA rollout for both the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro phones is incremental in nature. This means that the OTA update will reach a small percentage of users initially, and a broader rollout will begin in a few days, after no critical bugs are found.

The OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro phones are receiving the OxygenOS 10.3.2 update in India, the company announced on its forums. The global version of the same version is OxygenOS 10.0.9 for the OnePlus 7T, and OxygenOS 10.0.8 for the OnePlus 7T Pro. We recommend installing the update as soon as you get a notification, as it brings along the

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Lenovo and Motorola Extend Global Warranty on Devices to May 31

Lenovo and Motorola on Friday announced that it will be extending the global warranty of products till May 31. This extension in product warranty is applicable on Lenovo and Motorola smartphones and accessories whose warranty was expiring between March 15 and April 20. The company is offering a free extension of almost 75 days on its products amid the COVID-19 pandemic. So consumers with a Lenovo or Motorola device can avail this warranty in case an issue arises with their smartphone.

Lenovo and Motorola sent out a press release stating, “To better support our customers, Lenovo and Motorola are offering a free global warranty extension for up to 75 days through May 31, 2020 for all Lenovo/ Motorola smartphones and accessories with warranties that are coming to an end between March 15 through April 30, 2020.”

By extending the warranty on smartphones, Lenovo and Motorola have joined the list of

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