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Coronavirus contact tracing Apps: Why you should stand against it

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The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted a lot of industries all over the world.

So many countries are experiencing unprecedented economic meltdown leading to calls to find a way to salvage whatever is left.

This has led to different suggestions with one being the implementation of contact tracing apps to checkmate the virus spread whilst effectively maintaining social distancing.

NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app

The NHS UK Covid-19 contact tracing app beta

Countries are rushing to develop mobile tracing apps, hoping that the smartphone technology could help to reopen borders without unleashing a second wave of the pandemic.

But in the midst of all these easy-peasy split decisions, can we all just stop for a second and consider the threats that comes with implementing this?

A penny for your thoughts on the privacy breaches and long government surveillance that will ensure even after the virus crisis has eased.

It must be debated that we’ve already lost a sizeable amount of our personal data to leading tech giants so what’s the cause for alarm?

But then, are we going to give in so cheaply and allow more of our data aunctioned with ease on the dark web?

Who is making these Apps?

Apple and Google clever contact tracing app

Google and Apple Inc. are the frontrunners for developing these apps.

Public health authorities, developers and the entire tech ecosystem all also working on apps to help us keep track of who we came in contact with and where we’ve been to aid in Covid-19 contact-tracing efforts.

The apps is understood to use Bluetooth short-range wireless to identify those who have come into contact with people infected with the virus.

The problem is that both Google and Apple restrict how apps can use Bluetooth in iOS and Android.

They don’t allow developers to constantly broadcast Bluetooth signals, as that sort of background broadcast has been exploited in the past for targeted advertising.

As per reports, iOS apps can only send Bluetooth signals when the app is running in the foreground while latest versions of Android have similar restrictions, only allowing Bluetooth signals to be sent out for a few minutes after an app has closed.

We definitely acknowledge that contact-tracing apps aim to help health authorities trace paths of infection, and in many cases, to notify users that they’ve been near a person infected by Covid-19.

But asides the privacy and security concerns, here’s the many logical downsides…

Conflicted approach to Covid-19 contact tracing apps

  • One, the app’s location and proximity systems — based on GPS and Bluetooth — just aren’t accurate enough to capture every contact.
  • Two, the app won’t be aware of any extenuating circumstances, like walls or partitions in buildings. This alone might result in the App inability to register a contact when I occurs.

Imagine you walk into Everyday Supermarket and the app alerts you of a possible contact. What should you do?

I’ll like to hear your take and possible decision in this kind of scenario…

Subsequently, what if you walk in on same store and it doesn’t alert you of any contact. Does that imply you’re all clear?

Of course not! You might probably have no idea you’re infected already.

Yet we should have in mind they while the entire world is trying to solve one big problem, they might just be creating a lot more small ones.

In the end, the only real tool we have is quarantine; the main question facing us is how to use it most efficiently, to maximise the cost/benefit balance.

It’s possible that the virus contact tracing apps can be great complementary tools and will play a small role in that, though not in the simple way that you and I imagine.

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Infinix Zero 8 could launch with MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, 8GB RAM and 90Hz refresh rate display

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Infinix Mobility seems to be enjoying the Xiaomi and Oppo competition in the Nigerian consumer market with the smartphone brand set to launch a new smartphone, dubbed the Infinix ZERO 8.

The company has long been in the business of making entry-level devices with a track record of success making different lineup of smartphones. Infinix ZERO 8, however will be a mid-range offering from the brand, considering the reported specifications and features.

The device was spotted by Hawkeye users on the Google Play Console listing, the listing revealing several of its specifications and features in the process. A official promotional video for the device has also been surface online, definitely pointing to its imminent launch.

Here’s everything we know so far with the Infinix Zero 8 smartphone.

Infinix Zero 8 Specifications and Features (Expected)

The display of the device is set to feature a Full HD+ resolution with 1,080 x 2,460 pixels and a screen density of 480 DPI though the display size remains unknown for now. For software, it’s expected the Infinix ZERO 8 will boot the latest Android 10 OS out of the box.

Infinix Zero 8 could launch with MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, 8GB RAM and 90Hz refresh rate display 7

Under the hood, the Google Play Console listing reveals the Infinix ZERO 8 (with the model number Infinix-X687) will feature a MediaTek Helio G90 processor (the teaser video, however, mentions a Helio G90T, as is normal with major leaks and prelaunch reveals, we are okay with the confusion though the G90T SoC will be super awesome), which will be paired with a Mali G76 GPU and 8GB of RAM.

Meanwhile the official teaser seems to have revealed more than intended with the teaser video showcasing the front and back of the device alongside another toned down version of the Infinix Zero 8 lineup, a rumored Infinix Zero 8i (according to MySmartPrice).

For camera optics, the Infinix ZERO 8 will feature a dual punch-hole cutout for the selfie snapper, this will be located in the top left corner of the device’s display juft like the recently launched Infinix Note 7. The selfie camera setup will include a 48MP primary lens and an 8MP wide-angle lens.

Infinix Zero 8 could launch with MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, 8GB RAM and 90Hz refresh rate display 8

For the rear camera, there’s a 64MP quad rear camera setup, which will be encased within a prism-like module.

Talk about going out of the way to not only make a difference but teach us about shapes too *winks*

The Infinix Zero 8 device will also feature a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate display. The device will also feature fast charging support over a USB Type-C charging port. For juice, a TUV Rheinland certification website went ahead to confirm the Infinix Zero 8 will feature a 4,400mAh non-removable battery.

Infinix Zero 8 Price and Availability

There’s no news yet on the starting price of the device though we will update you here on Naijatechguy once that is the case.

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WhatsApp reportedly will let users Sync and access chat history across multiple devices

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Who fancies a day we’ll be having a conversation on WhatsApp supporting synchronizing chat history and contact’s on multiple devices?Not meWhatsApp reportedly will let users Sync and access chat history across multiple devices 10However, information circulating the web suggests that a feature that enables users WhatsApp chats to be backed up across multiple devices once the multiple device feature is live.So, this means, you should be able to continue a chat from another device, once you are logged in on multiple devices. This has for long been a present feature on Facebook Inc. other apps – Instagram and Facebook but entirely missing on WhatsApp.Recently it was reported that a user will be able to use his WhatsApp account across multiplied devices. The limit for these devices will be 4. It looks like when a user logs in on these devices, his/her chat will be backed up across all the devices.The complications with implementing this has so far looked unattainable buy then, you never know in the world of tech.

WhatsApp Chat History Multi Device Sync – How possible?

Up until at least this latest reveal, a user could only use a WhatsApp account on a single smartphone. Else, one would’ve to uninstall or sign out of a particular device to be able to use on another due to the encryption system which WhatsApp utilizes.Things however looks set for a memorable change if WhatsApp could engineer an Adobe Creative Cloud kind of Sync system.WhatsApp reportedly will let users Sync and access chat history across multiple devices 11Although the option to use WhatsApp for web by scanning a QR code on the desktop app via the mobile app to create the sync has proven to be a worthy addition since.The multiple device support will be across Android and iOS devices. According to wabetainfo , “When someone adds a new device in his WhatsApp account, you will be notified because encryption keys change”.Wabetainfo further adds that WhatsApp could do with a minor addition to its push notifications system. When someone adds a new device in his WhatsApp account, you will be notified because encryption keys change.Moreover, Whatsapp allows for chat backup to either Google drive or custom cloud storage and that could eventually be a deal breaker. This still would need some refinements here and there and ultimately looks a way off public release any sooner but, you never write of the tech ecosystem.One could wake up tomorrow to a solemn endpoint app that just about solves this problem.Also WhatsApp has been working on adding new features for its users, releasing couple significant additions to its user experience as well as the interface at large.Reports suggest WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature called ‘search the web’ to fight fake news. The new feature the source said is an easy way to verify any forwarded message on WhatsApp, however, it is not available to global users yet.WhatsApp is also reportedly working on a Mute Always option so users can mute a group or chat forever if they like. Till now, users have had to resort to a minimum of 8hr mute or maximum 6month mute option for those silly broadcast. This feature however negative it might seems can still be revoked from the Unblock user session present in WhatsApp setting.WhatsApp has also increased the limit of group video calling from 4 people to 8. They did this when the every nation went into hibernation and subsequent lockdown and people were using video chat options to stay in touch with family and friends in addition to colleagues for work.However, remember, to be able to talk to 8 people, all of them need to update the app.What do you make of WhatsApp imminent feature? A miss or one hell of overdue Integration? Let’s hear in the comments section.

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