Valenzuela City to use ValTrace QR codes for contact tracing

ValTrace QR codes - Valenzuela City

The local government in the Philippines municipality is using the barcodes to boost COVID-19 response. The local government of Valenzuela City in the Philippines has decided to use the ValTrace QR codes app to help boost its COVID-19 response’s contact tracing. The free app can be used by residents and non-residents in order to help keep on top of the spread. Both residents and non-residents of the Valenzuela City will be required to use the app in order to gain access to public spaces. They will be required to show…

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Smartphone cameras aren’t capturing the same orange California skies viewers are seeing

Smartphone cameras - orange sky, San Francisco

Device users faced an unusual struggle in attempting to take a picture of the orange apocalyptic skies. Smartphone cameras were having a particularly difficult time as users attempted to capture images of the Californian West Coast’s orange skies. Massive orange smoky clouds from uncontrolled wildfires changed the color of the sky in California and Oregon. People have called the look of the skies in parts of Oregon and California apocalyptic, or as though they were looking at a landscape on Mars. That said, as they raised their smartphone cameras to…

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QR code T-shirts promote contactless voter registration

QR code T-shirts - white t-shirt with QR code on it

A new youth-led voting initiative is making it possible to keep a safe distance while registering. A new youth-led voter registration initiative in the city of Philadelphia is using QR code T-shirts to encourage people to register to vote while keeping a safe distance from others. The initiative was officially launched this week by the Mayor’s Office of Youth Engagement (OYE). The OYE is using the QR code T-shirts to build voter registration, particularly among young voters, leading up to the November 3 general election. The effort is an extension…

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Amazon delivery drivers make it look like smartphones grow on trees

Amazon delivery - Amazon boxes

A new trend has employees hanging their devices in an attempt to score more work. An odd new phenomenon is taking place near Amazon delivery stations as well as Whole Foods supermarkets in suburban Chicago. The tech and retail giant’s drivers have been hanging their smartphones from nearby trees. The drivers are hanging their phones in the hopes of gaining an advantage when orders need delivering. According to a Bloomberg report citing people familiar with the matter, contract Amazon delivery drivers are placing a number of devices in a tree…

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Concern rises that seniors won’t scan bus COVID-19 Tracer app QR codes

COVID-19 Tracer app - passenger on bus

Auckland Transport’s contact tracing strategy may not work well for elderly riders. Starting Friday, all public transportation users in Auckland, New Zealand, will be required to use the COVID-19 Tracer app QR codes displayed. However, many people are concerned that seniors won’t be able to use this technology. Many elderly transit users do not have the smartphones needed to scan the QR codes. That said, the New Zealand government has stated that there are other ways for people to be able to ensure they are contacted if it is believed…

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