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This AI spots local COVID-19 outbreaks before they’ve spun out of control

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Researchers have developed a new machine learning-based tool that detects potential COVID-19 outbreaks in individual US counties. The system makes its assessments by analyzing reported COVID-19 cases and deaths, rates of positive tests, face mask rules, social distancing policies, and changes in testing. It also incorporates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index, which assesses how individual communities are prepared for hazardous events based on factors including poverty and population density. It then predicts how fast the virus is spreading by estimating how many days it will take for the number of cases to double. The forecasts are displayed on an interactive heat…

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Oral-B’s absurd $200 AI toothbrush is finally available

dea8dcc0-e2e8-11ea-bfb6-b7b4137f6a14Oral-B showed off its flashy new AI-powered iO toothbrush at CES 2020. It threw around phrases like “linear magnetic drive” and “oscillating, rotating movements,” but the company didn’t reveal the price. Now, the brush is finally available, and it st…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/oral-b-io-ai-electric-toothbrush-134200732.html
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Facebook has removed 7 million posts for coronavirus misinformation

a757cfc0-8b17-11ea-9fc7-806d45708f3aIf it seems like there’s a lot of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic on Facebook, that’s because there is: Between April and June, the social network says it removed 7 million posts for spreading harmful misinformation about COVID-19. It a…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/facebook-coronavirus-misinformation-takedowns-184146592.html
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First FDA-approved prescription video game will help treat kids with ADHD

c69fb810-afbc-11ea-bf7f-900623fa598cThe US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first video game that can be prescribed as treatment in the country. It’s entitled EndeavorRx, and while it’s not exactly comparable to your favorite AAA video games, it was designed to improve the…

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Google Maps updates help you travel in the COVID-19 era

d5ced2d0-a9a9-11ea-89de-0bd68f996c02Google has rolled out two new features for its Maps app meant to help users get around safely in the time of COVID-19, according to a new post on the Google blog. The app now shows alerts informing you of any coronavirus-related travel restrictions a…

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Here’s What Apple and Google Want Coronavirus Contact-Tracing Apps to Look Like

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Apple and Google aren’t developing coronavirus-tracking apps, but on Monday they shared examples of what those apps could look like. Most notably, the tech giants detailed what the public health authorities who can use their contact-tracing APIs to create those apps can’t do: namely, they can’t track your location and…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/here-s-what-apple-and-google-want-coronavirus-contact-t-1843247795
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