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NHS Covid-19 app to issue more self-isolate alerts

An update to England and Wales’ contact-tracing app is set to serve more self-isolation alerts. Gaby Appleton – who recently took over NHS Covid-19 – said this was being done to help tackle the spread of the coronavirus. The change coincides with a change to the app’s algorithm to make its contact-matches more reliable. The Health Secretary previously voiced concern ...

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Mobile networks banned from selling locked phones in UK

The UK’s mobile networks are to be forbidden from selling phones locked to their services from December 2021. Regulator Ofcom said unlocking handsets could often be a complicated process, and this was discouraging owners from switching providers at the end of their contracts. The networks have previously suggested that locking devices helps deter theft and fraud. But the watchdog noted ...

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Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams

A Nasa probe sent to collect rock from an asteroid several hundred million kilometres from Earth has grabbed so much that samples are spilling out. Officials behind the Osiris-Rex probe, which landed on Bennu earlier this week, say the collection operation may have performed too well. Pictures beamed back to Earth show a rock has wedged open the door of ...

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Decade-long Oracle-Google copyright case heads to top US court

A decade-old legal battle between Silicon Valley giants Oracle and Google over software rights moves to the Supreme Court Wednesday, in a case with enormous implications for copyright in the digital era. The top court scheduled oral arguments in the case which dates back to a lawsuit filed in 2010 by Oracle seeking billions from Google over its use of ...

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Egypt reveals 59 ancient coffins found near Saqqara pyramids

Egypt’s tourism and antiquities minster said on Saturday archaeologists have unearthed dozens of ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo. Khalid el-Anany said at least 59 sealed sarcophagi, with mummies inside most of them, were found that had been buried in three wells more than 2,600 years ago. “I consider this is the beginning of a big discovery,” ...

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Rare Blue Moon will grace the sky on Halloween night

If you are someone who loves various celestial events and often find yourself gazing at the sky, then the month of October has something amazing to offer. On the spooky night of Halloween, the rare Blue Moon is expected to light up the sky. Generally, each month has one full moon. However, every three years, two full moons appear in ...

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New Chinese satellite enters assembly stage

China’s satellite producer Galaxy Space announced that its new broadband communication satellite has entered the assembly stage after the company completed the development of satellite payloads The satellite will be the second of the Beijing-based company, which aims to build a broadband satellite constellation in low-Earth orbit and create a global 5G communication network, reports news agency Xinhua. Its first ...

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New Apple Watch, iPad products launched

Apple on Tuesday unveiled Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, two new iPad models, and Apple One subscription plans during its virtual event. Apple Watch Series 6 comes with a feature that can measure oxygen saturation of users’ blood, so the users may better understand their overall fitness and wellness, reports Xinhua. It uses a custom algorithm built into ...

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Scientists discover new luminous fungus

An international research team has discovered a new species of luminous fungus in Asia, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said, reports Xinhua. Scientists from Kunming Institute of Botany under the CAS, along with Indian scientists, conducted several scientific investigations in northeast India since 2018 and found a species of luminous fungus on a dead bamboo. The analysis showed that ...

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Google launches mobile operating system of Android 11

Google announced the launch of Android 11, the latest version of its mobile operating system on Tuesday. Android 11 will begin rolling out Tuesday on select Pixel and several Chinese smartphones such as OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO and Realme, with more partners launching and upgrading devices over the coming months, the company said. Google has launched some new features to control ...

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