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Pennsylvania launches new virus exposure notification app

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s new coronavirus exposure-notification app is now available on app stores.

The release of the app Tuesday is part of Pennsylvania’s effort to more quickly break chains of transmission by using the new technology to notify people who may have been exposed.

The state has a $1.9 million contract, using federal grant dollars, to deploy and maintain the app with software developer NearForm Ltd, an Ireland-based company whose app there has been downloaded by more than one-fourth of that country’s residents.


Gov. Tom Wolf was scheduled to appear at a news conference in Philadelphia later Tuesday to discuss it.

The app is based on smartphone technology developed by Apple and Google. It is similar to the app rolled out by Virginia last month, when it became the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple

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New ETF Offers Exposure To Next Up Nasdaq-100 Members

Even with the recent pullback in technology stocks, the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) is trouncing the S&P 500 again this year, bringing fresh acclaim to the former and new assets to exchange-traded funds tracking that benchmark.



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What Happened: For those wondering from where many Nasdaq-100 members hail, the answer is easy: the Nasdaq Q-50 Index (NXTQ), a benchmark that is something of a “junior varsity” for aspiring NDX members.

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With Thursday’s debut of the VictoryShares Nasdaq Next 50 ETF (NASDAQ: QQQN), the Q-50 Index finally has an ETF linked to it. “Finally” because the NDX proving ground is nearly 13 years old.

“The Index is comprised of 50 securities ranked by market capitalization and reflects companies across major industry groups including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, retail/wholesale trade, and biotechnology. It does not contain securities of financial companies including banking and investment companies, as

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PathCheck Foundation Adds Covi-ID Technology and Team to Increase Access to Exposure Notification to Vulnerable Communities Worldwide

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 10, 2020–

PathCheck Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to enabling open-source, privacy-preserving technology and public health solutions to contain COVID-19, today announced that Covi-ID has joined the family of PathCheck solutions.

Covi-ID was founded by Co-Pierre Georg, a professor of economics at University of Cape Town, South Africa. The Covi-ID solution uses QR codes and innovative privacy-preserving backend technologies to enhance contact tracing and exposure notification in markets with low smartphone penetration. With only 3.5 billion smartphone users (35 percent of the population), that leaves 65 percent of the population unable to get digitally notified about a possible exposure. Covi-ID will integrate with the PathCheck SafePlaces CT, web tools for contract tracers, to fill the gap that exists for billions of non-smart phone users.

“PathCheck is committed to containing the COVID-19 pandemic in every community, including communities with low smartphone adoption where mobile apps will not

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Protect Scotland contact tracing app taps Apple-Google Exposure Notification system

Scotland this week became the latest European country to roll out a coronavirus contact tracing app built on Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification system.

Called Protect Scotland the free app is an opt-in coronavirus tracking measure administered by NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect program.

Like other apps utilizing the Exposure Notification framework, Protect Scotland operates in the background and uses Bluetooth to exchange anonymous, encrypted identifiers with other devices running the app. When the app discovers another user, it records the distance between devices and the length of time they were in contact with each other.

The solution does not store data on central servers run by Apple or Google, but instead silos anonymized Bluetooth beacons on user devices until participants elect to share the information with an outside party.

If a user tests positive for coronavirus, they can input a test code assigned by a contact tracer into the

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Apple, Google promise better coronavirus tracking with ‘exposure notifications express’

Coronavirus phone

James Martin/CNET
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Apple and Google want to make it easier for health agencies to join its coronavirus exposure notification system, creating a new option that will allow them to help people track and alert one another about coronavirus infections without having to build an app. 

The new option, called exposure notifications express, will allow individuals to join Apple’s and Google’s coronavirus notifications without needing to download an app from their local health department. This, the two companies said, will help spread adoption without putting pressure on health officials, some of whom have told the tech companies they don’t have the resources to build an app. 

Apple made the updates available for its iPhones and iPads with the iOS 13.7 release Tuesday, and Google said it’ll make the new system available for devices running Android 6.0

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Apple and Google have launched coronavirus exposure notifications without an app

The news: Apple and Google have announced they’re expanding their coronavirus exposure warning system so health agencies can take part without needing to create a customized app. It’s a significant upgrade to the system, which uses Bluetooth to work out if people have spent extended periods of time near each other and then notifies the close contacts of someone who tests positive for coronavirus. The original system launched in May and has since been adopted by six states in the US and at least 15 countries. Maryland, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington, DC, will be the first to sign up to use the revamped system, Apple and Google said in a conference call.

How it works: In states or regions that have enabled the “Exposure Notifications Express” tool, a prompt will flash up on phones with the latest version of Apple or Android’s operating system, informing the user that it’s available.

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Apple and Google give states new options for exposure notification software

The software, which is built into the operating systems on Google’s Android phones and Apple’s iPhones, uses Bluetooth to tell whether people have spent significant time near one another. If a participant in the exposure notification program tests positive for the coronavirus, that person’s close contacts may get a notification.

“I would say this is an improvement,” said Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Kahn, who has been studying the use of technology to fight the virus, said states have been hamstrung by indecision around which technology vendors they should use to build their apps, among other issues. He said this may help speed up adoption, but shouldn’t be considered a magic bullet. “It’s still not probably serving all the interests that public health would want, but it’s better than nothing,” he said.

First launched in May, coronavirus tracking software got off to a rocky

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Apple and Google expand coronavirus exposure notifications, simplify app requirements

Coronavirus phone

James Martin/CNET
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Apple and Google want to make it easier for health agencies to join its coronavirus exposure notification system, creating a new option that will allow them to help people track and alert one another about coronavirus infections without having to build an app.

The new option, called exposure notifications express, will allow people to join Apple’s and Google’s coronavirus notifications without needing to download an app from their local health department. This, the two companies said, will help spread adoption without putting pressure on health officials, some of whom have told the tech companies they don’t have the resources to build an app.

“We are making it easier and faster for them to use the

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Even With Majority Exposure To Oil And Gas, Aspen Aerogels Is A Buy (NYSE:ASPN)

A Positive Long-term Shift Allows for Continued Support

While Aspen Aerogels (NYSE:ASPN) observes most of its revenues from fossil fuel related applications, a potential shift towards alternative industries is an attempt to hedge against the weakened growth and volatility of its core market revenue streams. To diversify my industrial technology portfolio, I have initiated a position in the company because of the wide range of undiscovered possibilities for aerogel technology. However, much risk lies in the waning industry growth and volatile revenue growth seen historically. Tired of non-linear revenues, the company is shifting to alternative, high-growth applications, benefiting from its low net debt and quality research and development. Utilizing a generous estimation technique, I determine that the value of the company five years from now should experience a positive gain of about 71.5%. Take a look at Mauro Solis’s article here for supplemental background on the financial position of the

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