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Covid-19: Meet Robot That Takes Food To Self-isolating Patients

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Covid-19: Meet Robot That Takes Food To Self-isolating Patients

A homemade robot designed by Indonesian villagers and scientists for fun has found a new use during the pandemic.

The robot brings food, and hopefully a smile, to self-isolating residents who have contracted COVID-19.

An eclectic assembly of household items like pots, pans and an old television monitor, it is now named the “Delta robot” in a nod to the highly contagious variant of the coronavirus that has ripped through Indonesia.

“With this new Delta variant and the surging number of COVID-19 cases, I decided to turn the robot into one used for public services such as to spray disinfectant, deliver food and meet the needs of residents who are self-isolating,” Aseyanto, 53, a neighbourhood leader who heads the project, said.

The robot’s head is made from a rice cooker, and it is operated by remote control with a 12-hour battery life. It is one of several robots made in the village of Tembok Gede, which has won a reputation for its creative use of technology.

After trundling down the street to the home of an isolating resident, its speaker emits the message “assalamu’alaikum” (Peace be with you), followed by “A delivery is here. Get well soon.”

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The village lies within Surabaya, capital of East Java province and Indonesia’s second-biggest city, where a devastating second wave of coronavirus infections has swept in over in the past month.

Indonesia has become the epicentre of Asia’s COVID-19 outbreak and recorded more than 3.68 million infections and more than 108,000 deaths from the virus among a population in excess of 270 million spread across the vast archipelago.

“This Delta robot is very simple… When we created this, we purely used materials in our neighborhood,” said Aseyanto, who goes by one name.

It is a far cry from the robots deployed in hospitality and for care in Japan and elsewhere, some of which have been adapted to help tackle the pandemic.

“For the base, we used a used toy car chassis,” said another team member, engineering lecturer Benazir Imam Arif Muttaqin.

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Twitter Plans To Let Users Hide Their Old Tweets

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Twitter is planning new features to give people more privacy options, according to Bloomberg.

The social network’s plans reportedly include the option to archive old tweets so they’re not visible to other users after a given period of time (like 30, 60, or 90 days or a full year).

They also include possible options to limit who can see which tweets you’ve liked, to let people remove themselves from a conversation on Twitter, and to let people remove followers without outright blocking them.

Bloomberg describes the new features as a suite of “social privacy” changes that are aimed at making people more comfortable engaging on Twitter.

Internal research at Twitter apparently found that many users don’t even understand whether their accounts are set to public or private — something the company will begin asking users to review in September.

There’s no timeline for some of the changes, and the archive option, in particular, is in the “concept phase,” according to Bloomberg.

But Twitter reportedly plans to start letting people remove themselves from conversations by the end of the year and to let people remove followers (as opposed to soft blocking them) starting this month.

Twitter confirmed the news in a statement to The Verge. “At Twitter, privacy is more than what we do with your data, it’s also about how we help you feel safe and in control of how you show up on Twitter,” a spokesperson said.

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“We understand that there’s no one size fits all approach to privacy, so we’re excited to roll out more features and tools to empower people on Twitter to customize their experience. Our focus on social privacy is inspired by feedback we received through a global research study we conducted to better understand people’s perceptions of and needs for privacy around the globe. We’ll begin testing some of these features as soon as next week.”

The upcoming changes accompany a flurry of other recent updates to Twitter. Over the past year, the company has tested monetization features like ticketed audio rooms, which started rolling out last week, and subscription-based “Super Follows,” which launched in the US yesterday.

As Bloomberg acknowledges, the privacy changes replicate sometimes clunky workarounds that many users have already adopted, including external services that delete tweets after a certain period of time. That stands in contrast with Twitter’s Fleets — an expiring message tool that Twitter retired after eight months of low usage.

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iPhone: Apple Planning On Releasing New iPhone Features Using Satellite Technology For Emergency Purposes

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iPhone: Apple Planning On Releasing New iPhone Features Using Satellite Technology For Emergency Purposes

Apple never seems to amaze us with new features. Well if you thought the new Apple iPhone couldn’t get any better, think again!

The upcoming Apple iPhone 13 is set to drop soon, and Apple is ramping up new technology for their phones that you never knew you needed! The streets are already talking about one feature, which focuses on satellite capabilities. These features will give other phones run for their money as it will change how we contact emergency services.

According to Bloomberg, the satellite capabilities on iPhone will allow users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in the areas without having cellular coverage or a signal available.

This new feature will be integrated into the Messages app as a third protocol. Instead of appearing with a green or blue bubble, the message bubble will be gray.

Another satellite network feature allows users to report other major emergencies, such as plane crashes and sinking ships. Users will also be able to send messages to their emergency contacts, even if the do-not-disturb setting is on.

The feature can also send the iPhone user’s location and Medical ID through the Health app with information about the user’s medical history, age, medications, and information like height and weight. As well as notify any emergency contacts listed in the device.

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Reports state that Apple has been in the lab developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks aimed to be released on future iPhones, according to an Apple source. The rollout for this process has been years in the making. Since 2017, Apple has had a dedicated team researching the concept of satellite technology.

There is some speculation that the upcoming iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up sometime this week, following TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speaking about it over the phone. She claimed that Apple would most likely work with American satellite communications company Globalstar Inc. However, it is unclear.

All good things take time before any official rollout of features, and Apple hasn’t set launch date just yet. So it looks like we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled to see what they reveal when they release the upcoming iPhone 13, which is slated for as early as mid-September.

 

 

 

 

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Microsoft Announces Release Date Of Windows 11

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Microsoft is announcing that Windows 11 will be released on October 5th.

The new operating system will be available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs, or on new hardware that ships with Windows 11 pre-loaded.

The free upgrade to Windows 11 will start rolling out on October 5th, but like many Windows upgrades in the past, it will be available in phases.

New eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first, and then Windows 11 will become available for more in-market devices in the weeks and months following October 5th.

“Following the tremendous learnings from Windows 10, we want to make sure we’re providing you with the best possible experience,” explains Aaron Woodman, general manager of Windows marketing at Microsoft.

“We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.”

On existing Windows 10 PCs, Windows Update will let people know when the upgrade is available for Windows 11.

You can also check to see if your device is eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade through Windows Update, or Microsoft’s dedicated PC Health Check app.

While Windows 11 will be launching on October 5th, not all of the announced features will be available. Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11 in partnership with Amazon and Intel, but this feature won’t be available on October 5th.

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A preview of Android apps on Windows 11 will be available for Windows Insiders in the coming months, suggesting that it likely won’t launch to all Windows 11 users until 2022.

Microsoft clarified its minimum system requirements for Windows 11 last week but also revealed a workaround for those who don’t meet them.

You can install Windows 11 on any hardware using an ISO method, as long as the PC has a 64-bit 1GHz processor with two or more cores, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a TPM 1.2 chip.

But if you use the workaround, your PC will be in an unsupported state. This means an unsupported Windows 11 PC might not get access to Windows Update, and even security patches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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