UK Researchers Trial Robots to Ease Social Care Burden During COVID-19 Pandemic

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HIGHLIGHTS Scientists have programmed robots to perform care workers’ tasks The experiment is named Ambient Assisted Living Pepper and other robots have been put to work in a university laboratory Pepper’s skill set includes making phone calls, identifying missing items in the kitchen and occasional aerobics instruction. Now, after a surge in loneliness among vulnerable
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Government Bans 47 More Chinese Apps in India After TikTok, 58 Others Banned in June

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HIGHLIGHTS The new move comes just weeks after banning 59 Chinese apps Government is said to examine a list of over 250 apps TikTok, SHAREit, and UC Browser were amongst the earlier banned apps The government has banned 47 Chinese apps in India. Near the end of June, 59 Chinese apps had been banned by
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OnePlus Nord May Get a Third Colour Variant in Gray Ash, Spotted in OxygenOS Code

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HIGHLIGHTS OnePlus Nord “Gray Ash” colour option could be limited to certain markets The new colour was initially spotted in a leaked slide OnePlus Nord was originally teased in four distinct colour options OnePlus Nord debuted last week in Blue Marble and Gray Onyx, but it appears to have a third colour option in the
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Facebook Messenger Gets App Lock, Other Privacy Features

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HIGHLIGHTS Android users will get App Lock on Messenger in the next few months Messenger will add new settings to control messages and calls App Lock feature is available in India Facebook Messenger app is adding an extra layer of security with its new App Lock feature. The feature essentially locks the app, and users
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Snapchat’s Coronavirus-Led User Growth Slowed Down Sooner Than Expected

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HIGHLIGHTS Snap forecast 242 million to 244 million daily users in current quarter Daily users rose 17 percent to 238 million in the second quarter Revenue from ad sales jumped about 17 percent to $454.2 million Snap said on Tuesday a bump in user growth at the start of coronavirus-led lockdowns petered out sooner than
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Skype for Windows, Mac, Linux Now Offers Predefined Backgrounds, Grid View for Up to 12 Participants

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Skype already provided the option to add a custom background in video calls to mimic Zoom HIGHLIGHTS Skype provides predefined backgrounds such as Office1 and OuterWorlds The updated app also has a grid view option Skype for iPhone has received the ability to blur the background Skype for Windows, Mac, and Linux has been updated
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