The Scramble to Create COVID-19 Apps

The Scramble to Create COVID-19 Apps

May/15 By

It’s a race against time.As communities start to open, governments are rushing to put together smartphone apps that can be part of their arsenal to curtail the spread of COVID-19.But the apps — and the technologies they rely on — vary, and for many that has led to confusion about …

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Taiwanese Chip Company to Build $12 Billion Arizona Plant

Taiwanese Chip Company to Build $12 Billion Arizona Plant

May/15 By

A Taiwan-based company is planning a $12 billion semiconductor factory in the U.S. state of Arizona.Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest contract manufacturer of computer chips.The firm said Friday the factory will create as many as 1,600 jobs. Thousands more jobs are expected to be created along the …

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Australia Parliament Debunks 5G COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

Australia Parliament Debunks 5G COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

May/14 By

An Australian parliamentary report has debunked a conspiracy theory linking COVID-19 to 5G technology. Anti-lockdown protesters in Australia and beyond have claimed a connection between the new coronavirus and the rollout of the mobile communications standard.The COVID-19 pandemic has brought disparate groups of conspiracy theorists together. Some believe the disease …

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Australian Parliamentary Committee Debunks 5G COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

Australian Parliamentary Committee Debunks 5G COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

May/14 By

An Australian parliamentary report has debunked a conspiracy theory linking COVID-19 to 5G technology. Anti-lockdown protesters in Australia and beyond have claimed a connection between the new coronavirus and the rollout of the mobile communications standard.The COVID-19 pandemic has brought disparate groups of conspiracy theorists together. Some believe the disease …

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Robots Reduce Spread of Infection, but Are They Threat to Jobs?

Robots Reduce Spread of Infection, but Are They Threat to Jobs?

May/14 By

Retailers are turning to robots to perform essential tasks that employees are no longer able to do because of social distancing regulations. The robots are cutting costs and helping to reduce the spread of infections. But as VOA correspondent Mariama Diallo reports, some fear the growing use of automation threatens …

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Colombia, Netherlands to Probe TikTok’s Management of Children’s Data

Colombia, Netherlands to Probe TikTok’s Management of Children’s Data

May/14 By

Colombia’s commerce regulator will be investigating whether Chinese-owned social media app TikTok complies with laws on the collection and treatment of children’s and adolescents’ personal data.The announcement Tuesday came four days after the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) said it would begin looking into how TikTok handles the data of …

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People Move Around Less During Lockdown, Tech Giants Say

People Move Around Less During Lockdown, Tech Giants Say

May/13 By

As governments and communities around the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Google and other tech giants have been tracking the dramatic changes in the mobility of people as they cope with lockdown measures.  Reporter Veronica Balderas Iglesias talked to residents in and around Washington, D.C., to find out where …

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Tech Giants Confirm People Moving Around Less During Lockdown

Tech Giants Confirm People Moving Around Less During Lockdown

May/13 By

As governments and communities around the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Google and other tech giants have been tracking the dramatic changes in the mobility of people as they cope with lockdown measures.  Reporter Veronica Balderas Iglesias talked to residents in and around Washington, D.C., to find out where …

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Virtual Political Conventions Becoming a Realistic Alternative   

Virtual Political Conventions Becoming a Realistic Alternative   

May/11 By

If the coronavirus pandemic forces large-scale events to be either discouraged or cancelled this summer, American political conventions may be among the country’s cultural casualties. Instead of the four-day festival that fills sports arenas, a virtual convention would connect thousands of delegates from all 50 states, plus U.S. territories, to cast …

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Virtual Political Conventions Becoming a Realistic Alternative

Virtual Political Conventions Becoming a Realistic Alternative

May/11 By

Events and event planning are among the societal casualties of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, in the United States, the biggest among them could be national political nominating conventions. VOA’s Steve Redisch examines what a virtual political convention might look like and how it may change the way American politics is conducted. …

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Pandemic Gives Fresh Momentum to Digital Voice Technology

Pandemic Gives Fresh Momentum to Digital Voice Technology

May/10 By

In a world suddenly fearful of touch, voice technology is getting a fresh look.Voice-activated systems such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple’s Siri have seen strong growth in recent years, and the virus pandemic could accelerate that, analysts say.Voice assistants are not only answering queries and shopping, but also …

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