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Tech companies take steps against COVID-19

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Apple announced that it is evaluating COVID-19 coronavirus-related apps critically to ensure "ensure data sources are reputable" and only apps from recognised entities including government organizations, health-focused NGOs, companies deeply credentialed in health issues, and medical or educational institutions will be allowed on the App Store. Entertainment and gaming apps themed around COVID-19 will not be allowed. Non-profit organisations, accredited educational institutions, and government entities can distribute free apps on the App Store, and have request to have their $99 annual membership on the Apple Developer Program waived, if based in an eligible country. GOQii yesterday launched what it calls its 'Contact Tracking' feature, to help users track every movement, activity, and people who have been in close contact with them. This will help with the WHO recommended social distancing, the company claimed. Users can essentially 'self-track'; users can maintain a log of every person they met, location of the meeting, with a date and timestamp, name, and phone number of the person, and so on. GOQii said it also enable users to track symptoms related to coronavirus and distinguishing symptoms including headache, cough, cold, flu and difficulty in breathing etc. GOQii app follows the privacy policy. The data logged by the user is private to the user. The privacy settings in the app let the users decide whether they want to share their logs publicly, with just their friends or keep them visible only to themselves. Swiggy said in an email to customers that it is training its delivery…

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