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Just ask Siri if you have the coronavirus, she'll tell you what to do

Jak Connor | Mar 23, 2020 at 03:07 am CDT

Many people around the world are quietly wondering if they have contracted the coronavirus COVID-19, and don't even know it yet. Well, now you can just ask Siri.

Apple has quietly rolled out a new update to Siri in the past week, inside of this update is a new questionnaire that Siri will ask people when she is asked: "how do I know if I have coronavirus?". Siri's questionnaire will run the person through a set of questions that will ask if you have any developing symptoms such as a fever or a cough. After those questions are answered, Siri will then advise the person to avoid contact with other people if you appear to be sick or infected in any way.

Siri's answers use US Public Health and CDC data, and if the answers become too complicated for Siri, she will point the user towards the App Store to download telehealth apps. These apps enable users to be able to contact health officials remotely for more answers. At the time of writing this, Google and Amazon haven't rolled out similar questionnaires for users, and instead, just refer users to official sources.

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These apps are what you SHOULDN'T use to track coronavirus COVID-19

Jak Connor | Mar 17, 2020 at 03:07 am CDT

With many people in panic-mode due to the coronavirus, some nasty people are attempting to use the pandemic to make a quick buck or two. Here's how to avoid being a victim.

These apps are what you SHOULDN'T use to track coronavirus COVID-19 01 | TweakTown.com

Many hackers and scammers are using the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a means of accessing people digitally and ripping them off. Some scammers are using phony coronavirus tracking websites that ask users to download an application so they can 'keep tabs on the spread'. Some people have done this and fallen victim to scams and data leaks, but now the exact same thing is happening in the app world.

According to DomainTools, many Android (and likely coming to iOS) apps are being seen in the wild that claim they are designed to track the spread of the coronavirus. These apps are not trackers, but in fact, are ransomware. DomainTools has titled some of these apps "CovidLock", as once the app is download, it locks the person's phone and requests a password for it to be opened. The app then asks the user to send $100 USD in bitcoin within 48 hours to a bitcoin address and says if this request isn't completed, then the app will leak the contents of the phone online.

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The coronavirus COVID-19 quarantine has been turned a into challenge

Jak Connor | Mar 17, 2020 at 02:38 am CDT

As the coronavirus pandemic reaches millions, people from around the world are gathering under one hashtag to spread the fun of staying home in quarantine.

The hashtag that people are using is #stayhomechallenge, and it's currently trending on Twitter with over 75,000 tweets. Inside of this hashtag is a bunch of people who are sharing what they are doing while they are quarantining themselves. Some people are asking the general public what they can do to pass the time, and others are merely joking at the fact that they are introverted and have been preparing for this moment their entire lives.

On a more serious note, businesses such as Jimmy John's are also jumping in on the hashtag to remind people to stay at home as much as they can and that they can deliver food if needed. Most people that are jumping in on the hashtag are recommending people T.V shows and movies to watch, while others are recommending video games to play. This #stayhomechallenge represents that even in some of the toughest times people can come together and have a laugh and try and stay positive.

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Reddit CEO says TikTok is 'spyware', 'parasitic' and 'terrifying'

Jak Connor | Feb 28, 2020 at 04:20 am CST

Since it's recent explosion into the app world, TikTok has been a subject of controversy as many people have claimed the app is spyware. Now, Reddit's CEO has spoken out about what he thinks about the app.

Reddit CEO says TikTok is 'spyware', 'parasitic' and 'terrifying' | TweakTown.com

Reddit CEO, Steve Huffman was sitting down with some former Facebook executives at a conference in San Francisco. Huffman was then asked if small Silicon Valley startup companies could learn something from the recent explosion in popularity surrounding TikTok. Huffman's response was rather bleak, and straight to the point, "Maybe I'm going to regret this, but I can't even get to that level of thinking with them."

He continued, "Because I look at that app as so fundamentally parasitic, that it's always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone. I actively tell people, 'Don't install that spyware on your phone". This isn't the first time TikTok has been linked to spyware, as the United States government banned the use of the app on any government-issued phone under "security threat".

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WhatsApp is now home to over 2 billion active users

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 12, 2020 at 10:45 pm CST

WhatsApp is now home to a whopping 2 billion active users, with the Facebook-owned company taking to an official blog post for the announcement.

WhatsApp is now home to over 2 billion active users | TweakTown.com

The company took the time in the blog post to underline its end-to-end encryption and privacy of eveyr message, with WhatsApp explaining: "Strong encryption acts like an unbreakable digital lock that keeps the information you send over WhatsApp secure, helping protect you from hackers and criminals. Messages are only kept on your phone, and no one in between can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even us. Your private conversations stay between you".

The company continues, saying that strong encryption is a "necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe. For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues - without sacrificing privacy".

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New PlatinumGames mystery teaser has fans buzzing

Derek Strickland | Feb 3, 2020 at 03:30 pm CST

UPDATE: PlatinumGames confirms the 4 is in reference to how many projects it's currently working on.

PlatinumGames today launched Platinum 4, a mysterious teaser website that has lots of implications.

New PlatinumGames mystery teaser has fans buzzing | TweakTown.com

Platinum fans across the world are buzzing about the new site and what it could mean. It's possibly a throwback to 2002's Capcom Five, indicating PlatinumGames currently has up to four major games in development (Astral Chain sequels, a new IP, Bayonetta 3, and Babylon's Fall).

It's likely the website has everything to do with Platinum's new self-publishing ambitions. The Bayonetta dev just received a hefty investment from Chinese juggernaut Tencent that'll allow autonomy over future IPs.

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Dead Cells publisher says the Android version will release late 2020

Jak Connor | Jan 10, 2020 at 01:04 am CST

Dead Cells has already made its way over to the App Store for iOS devices, but when is the Android version coming out?

The news of Dead Cells coming over to mobile dates back to last May, where the developer and publisher announced that both iOS devices would be getting the Metroidvania game. iOS devices were blessed with the extremely hard title first over the Summer, and since then, Android users have been patiently waiting for a release date announcement.

Luckily, Android Police has hawk eyes and spotted a Tweet from the game's publisher, Playdigious, who said that the "Android version will be out Q3 2020". The Tweet also mentions that the developers are currently working on a content update, but its unfortunately still too early in the process to announce a release date.

Snapchat's newest feature uses deepfake technology to have fun

Jak Connor | Jan 6, 2020 at 05:20 am CST

Snapchat has decided to integrate deepfake technology into its app, but instead of framing people for blackmail purposes like most other deepfake technology, Snapchat wants people to have fun.

Snapchat's newest feature uses deepfake technology to have fun | TweakTown.com

This integration of deepfake technology has come under the guise of Snapchat Cameo's, which are AI-generated videos that require a simple selfie to be enabled. Snapchat will use its AI tech to add your face to over 150 videos that can be sent to your friends for a myriad of reasons.

Unlike the commonly controversial deepfake technology, Snapchat nips that problem in its bud by only allowing users to send deepfaked faces on videos that they have selected. Ruling out any possibility of seeing your face on something that you did not agree to in the first place. If you are interested in playing around with Cameos, a step-by-step guide can be found below.

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Here's a Smart Thermometer that will cook your meat perfectly

Jak Connor | Jan 6, 2020 at 01:20 am CST

Don't you just hate it when you are salivating for that piece of meat you have in the oven, then you take it out, and it's cooked poorly? That's most likely due to the temperature you had the oven at.

Here's a Smart Thermometer that will cook your meat perfectly | TweakTown.com

Whirpool is aiming to solve that problem for you with their new Smart Thermometer that uses special sensors to tell chefs and cooks alike what the temperature of not only the oven but also the meat. The Smart Thermometer tells users what the temperatures are through a mobile app, saving users the time and the heat of periodically checking the oven.

To take things to the next level, the Smart Thermometer will connect directly with Whirlpool ovens with an update in 2020. This update will allow users to adjust the oven temperature based on-the-fly based on the recipe you have decided to cook. Whirlpool will be releasing its Smart Thermometer sometime in early 2020 for $129.

Capcom do gamers a solid by delaying the new Mega Man X mobile game

Jak Connor | Jan 1, 2020 at 04:20 am CST

If you didn't know, Capcom is currently hard at work making a Mega Man mobile game. Originally this mobile game was meant to release late in 2019. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.

Capcom do gamers a solid by delaying the new Mega Man X mobile game | TweakTown.com

While it is unfortunate that we didn't get the release of what has been titled as Mega Man X DiVE in 2019, it was for a good reason. Capcom has announced that instead of releasing a half-baked game, they will instead be spending some extra time making some optimization changes.

The current gaming scene is littered with developers releasing games that are poorly optimized and barely finished. So, seeing a developer owning up to what could be better is certainly a grand sight in gamers' eyes. I think I can speak on behalf of many gamers out there by saying that we would much rather wait for a completed titled then receive a title that is half-finished. Mega Man X DiVE is now expected to launch in the "First Quarter of 2020".

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