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Back in the Spring of 2020 when COVID-19 first began to spread, there was a lot of hope that smartphones could help slow the virus’ spread. Using bluetooth wireless signals, a person’s phone would keep track of all the other phones it crossed paths with — if anyone in the chain turned out to be infected, there would be an easy way to find and notify those at risk.
Google and Apple sprang to action, and built technology to make “exposure notification” a reality. Butas Rob Price reports in a special investigation, the apps have not become the virus fighting superweapons some had hoped for.
Read the full story:
A rare partnership between Google and Apple promised to slow COVID-19 – newly revealed data shows why it flopped in the US
Get ready for a busy September:
We’re about to enter the tech industry’s Fall product launch season, with Apple’s traditional iPhone unveiling at the top of list. It remains to be seen whether Apple eschews superstition and calls its new phone the iPhone 13 — but here are some of the new features expected in the next iPhones. And with Samsung pushing forward with its foldable phones, there’s speculation that Google could show off some folding prototypes when it gives an update on its hardware products.
Meanwhile, Alphabet’s self-driving car business, Waymo, has started offering rides to the public in San Francisco — an important milestone that should heat up the competition in the autonomous car field. And we’ll be hearing from Elon Musk at the Code conference in mid-September.
It’s going to be a busy month, and we’ll be covering all of it here at Insider.
Meanwhile, here’s some of the big stories and development from the past week:
3 things in Big Tech:
3 things VC/startup-land:
3 things in Enterprise tech:
Not necessarily in tech:
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