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When Butterfly Network first began rolling out its handheld ultrasound scanners in 2018, much of the focus was on providing tools to parts of Africa and Latin America, where access to large and more traditional ultrasound machines was far more restricted. But two years later, a technology that was positioned to help the developing world may find a new use in the United States as hospitals adapt to the new challenges of the coronavirus pandemic

Gov. Mark Gordon announced the launch of a new COVID-19 contact tracing app for residents of the state. The app keeps a record of users' location to use for contact tracing if they test positive for the virus.

Iowa Virtual Academy (IAVA), an online public school program of the Clayton Ridge Community School District, has extended its enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year. As the pandemic stretches into the summer, uncertainty is growing on what the upcoming school year could look like and many families are considering learning alternatives. 

The latest in that trend is a proposal by the commission to establish a 5G fund for rural America. This fund would distribute $9 billion across the country to support 5G connectivity specifically targeting rural areas that would likely go unserved absent this added incentive. This is due to a range of factors including population density, geographical distance, and natural barriers. Because of these factors, many rural Americans lack the connectivity that they may need to provide for their families.

The company will now automatically delete its saved records of a new user’s activity on the web and in its apps after 18 months, chief executive Sundar Pichai announced on Wednesday. Previously, such information had been kept indefinitely by default, which the company argued was necessary to personalize its services for individual users.

Remote users in particular are vulnerable to coronavirus-themed phishing attempts, malicious domains, and repurposed malware. Protect them with these basic steps.

A nonprofit in south Texas wants to ensure that children living in some of the poorest areas of the country have access to affordable Internet in the wake of online education becoming a necessity amid COVID-19.

With COVID-19 affecting schools across the state, enrollment in the Georgia Virtual School has already risen 30% and officials think it could go much higher, overwhelming the 250 teachers for the program.

Cybersecurity challenges aren’t slowing down. Government websites have been hacked and kicked offline by ransomware; dozens of United Nations servers were breached earlier this year. The extent of these attacks—how much data was stolen, how long the affected parties took to react—is not always immediately known. But one thing is certain: Malicious threat actors are out there in ever-increasing volume and they are targeting everyone, looking for easy access to sensitive data.

Cybersecurity breaches and attacks in the healthcare sector are very high stakes. Healthcare information is among the most sensitive personal data and that makes safeguarding it an imperative for providers. Ransomware attacks, which are on the rise, can disrupt patient care, delay essential surgeries, and send healthcare networks into chaos.

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Printed from the website on September 26, 2020 at 12:18am.