Wednesday April 1, 2020

Google Uses Resources from WHO and shows Safety Tips When People Search ‘Coronavirus’

Google is using resources from the World Health Organization to show people the safety tips on coronavirus

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Google is now showing safety tips to people when they search "coronavirus". Pixabay

With the novel coronavirus outbreak grabbing the attention of people worldwide, Google is now showing safety tips to people when they search “coronavirus”.

Google is using resources from the World Health Organization to show people the safety tips and news and updates about the mysterious virus.

“Today we launched an SOS Alert w/ @WHO, to make resources about #coronavirus easily accessible. When people search for related info on @Google, they’ll find the alert atop results page w/ direct access to safety tips, info, resources & Twitter updates from WHO,” Google said in a statement on Friday.

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Google is using resources from the World Health Organization to show people the safety tips and news and updates about the mysterious virus. Pixabay

In a bid to support coronavirus relief efforts in China, Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, also announced a $250,000 direct grant to the Chinese Red Cross.

“To help support relief efforts, @Googleorg issued a $250,000 direct grant to the Chinese Red Cross. Additionally we launched an internal campaign inviting Googlers to donate. So far, http://Google.org and Googlers have raised over $800K USD (3.5M rmb),” Google said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency after the death toll in China increased to 213 on Friday, with 9,692 cases confirmed in the country’s 31 provincial-level regions.

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As 98 confirmed cases were reported from 18 countries, outside China, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the WHO, told the media on Thursday night: “I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of 2019nCoV, not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries.” (IANS)

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Social Media Giant Facebook Acquires AR Display Maker “Plessey”

Facebook said that its AR/VR team is focused on building the next computing platform centred around people.

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Facebook said that its AR/VR team is focused on building the next computing platform centred around people. VOA

Facebook has acquired British company Plessey, a maker of Micro-LED displays for Augmented Reality (AR) devices, for an undisclosed sum.

Plessey, an embedded technologies developer in displays, designs and manufactures LED materials and products from their facility in Plymouth in England.

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“Under the new multi-year agreement Plessey will dedicate operations and manufacturing capabilities, as well as grant an exclusive license to some of its IP, to help Facebook prototype and develop microLED wafers for potential use in future AR/VR products,” Facebook said in a statement on Monday.

There were reports that Apple had expressed an interest in acquiring Plessey to push its AR dreams. Apple is reportedly planning to release a combined AR/VR headset by 2021 or 2022, followed by a pair of AR glasses in 2022 or 2023.

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Facebook has acquired British company Plessey, a maker of Micro-LED displays for Augmented Reality (AR) devices, for an undisclosed sum. Pixabay

Facebook said that its AR/VR team is focused on building the next computing platform centred around people.

“With a future AR glasses product, we envision a glasses form factor that lets devices melt away so we can be more present with our friends, families, and surroundings,” said the company.

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This will take years, so across AR/VR, “we’re continuing to invest in extensive research on this deep tech stack and components such as small-scale displays”. (IANS)