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Contact tracing apps have been a bust. States bet college kids can change that.

Colleges across the country are testing contact-tracing apps, hoping that tech-savvy students already accustomed to sharing so much of their life online will embrace the digital tool as densely populated campuses try to reopen.

The tracing apps, announced with much fanfare early in the coronavirus pandemic, haven’t yet been in widespread use because of bureaucratic hurdles, early tech hiccups and public apprehension about privacy risks. But the contained environment of college campuses may be the ideal testing ground to boost lagging digital efforts to trace infections, say state officials and public health experts behind this push.

“It’s clear across the

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What went wrong with the UK’s contact tracing app?

Graphic illustration showing a UK app icon next to an Apple/Google app
Graphic illustration showing a UK app icon next to an Apple/Google app

After months of work, the UK has ditched the way its coronavirus-tracing app works, prompting a blame game between the government and two of the world’s biggest tech firms. So what went wrong?

At the end of March, I got a text from a senior figure in the UK’s technology industry. This person said they were helping the NHS “on a very substantial project that will launch in days and potentially save hundreds of thousands of British lives.”

That was the first I knew of the plan to

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Coronavirus contact tracing apps were tech’s chance to step up. They haven’t.

At a briefing this week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy touted his state’s efforts to trace the spread of the coronavirus, outlining plans to hire 1,600 contact tracers who will call people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Not part of his plan: a smartphone app to help with contact tracing.

“The state of New Jersey is neither pursuing nor promoting exposure notification or digital alerting technology, at least at this time,” Murphy said.

New Jersey isn’t alone. States that had committed to using contact tracing apps or expressed interest are now backing away from those claims. The

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Tech cruise ships could implement to combat spread of coronavirus: far-UVC sanitation, contact tracing

Today, the world faces an unmatched challenge: the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected nearly 6 million people, according to Johns Hopkins data.

And cruise ships have been at the center of the drama as passengers have been quarantined and crew members trapped on board. Now, cruise lines need to find new ways to make sure passengers feel safe when boardings resume after the CDC’s no-sail order expires in July.

Multiple companies are moving ahead with technology that could be implemented on ships so that cruisers could return to sea with less worry – though cruise lines themselves haven’t announced specific

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Doctors in London hospitals are using headsets from Microsoft to reduce the amount of staff coming into contact with COVID-19 patients

The Microsoft HoloLens 2 currently being deployed by doctors in London.
The Microsoft HoloLens 2 currently being deployed by doctors in London.

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  • A small number of London hospitals have given out 10 mixed-reality headsets to doctors as a way to reduce the amount of hospital staff coming into contact with COVID-19 patients.

  • The headsets, called the HoloLens, are built by Microsoft and allow doctors to share their POV with colleagues remotely, while also showing holographic projections to the doctor wearing the headset.

  • Dr. James Kinross, one of the doctors using the headsets, told Business Insider this means instead of six or seven doctors conducting a ward round, just one can

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