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Get reliable info on Coronavirus from this WHO chatbot on WhatsApp

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The World Health Organisation(WHO) has launched a chatbot to provide people with information about the Coronavirus as the pandemic continues to spread across the globe.

Imagine you’re talking to someone who’s an expert on Coronavirus and can provide you accurate information directly on WhatsApp chat. A chatbot is based on the same concept, except that it’s completely automated. You can easily navigate through the chat to obtain information on precautions, guidelines, updates, as well as news.

All you need to do is have WhatsApp installed and activated on your phone. If you already have it, just tap on this link — WHO Chatbot. You can also manually save this number on your phone — +41 79 893 18 92.

Once the chat window opens, just send a “Hi” message and it’ll start talking to you.

WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging app worldwide and having such a user base along with convenient design also has its drawbacks. The app is also infamous for the spread of fake news, misinformation, and even harassment. To counter the spread of fake news, the Facebook-owned app has directly partnered with the WHO.

The service is live in English first before rolling out in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish over the coming weeks.

India has also launched a similar chatbot called MyGov Corona Helpdesk. You can also manually add it by saving this number — +91 901 151 515. The bot has been developed by a Mumbai-based company called Haptik that specializes in commercial chatbots.

These bots are relatively simple and don’t respond to natural language or questions from users. Instead, users can send numbers (or emojis) to get more info on corresponding topics.

WhatsApp is also reportedly in talks with the NHS in the UK on creating a similar chatbot tool, while it’s also working with the Singapore Government, The Israel Ministry of Health, the South Africa Department of Health, and KOMINFO Indonesia.

SEE ALSO: How to disinfect your tech from the coronavirus


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Disney+ now streaming in Singapore

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The wait is over. Disney+ is now finally available in Singapore.

If you’ve been longing to stream Disney classics, new shows like The Mandalorian in the Star Wars universe, or just want a feel good flick from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can now do so via the streaming app.

The subscription costs SG$ 11.98 per month or SG$ 119.98 for a year. With it you’ll have access to a library of 500 movies and over 15,000 episodes of some of your favorite shows from Disney Channel.

You’ll also gain access to content by other major entertainment companies like Pixar, National Geographic, and Star.

To sign-up, users need to go to the Disney+ website and you’ll be asked to input your email address so they can keep you updated on how to subscribe. A subscription plan lets the user stream on four different devices at the same time. There are also different profiles for each subscription just like Netflix. However, instead of just five, Disney+ gives you up to seven profiles.

GeekCulture put together a list of supported devices so check them out to see if you have any of them.

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Netflix now has a Downloads For You feature

Not to be confused with Smart Downloads

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Netflix wants to make sure you have something to watch even when you’re on the go with its new Downloads For You feature.

Not to be confused with Smart Downloads which lets you find the next episode of your favorite show even when you’re on the go, the Downloads For You feature automatically downloads recommended shows or movies to your mobile device based on your tastes.

Don’t worry though, despite it doing things automatically for you, you’re still ultimately in control. It takes two steps to opt in.

  1. Go to the Downloads tab on your mobile device and toggle on Downloads For You.

  2. Choose the amount of content you want downloaded to your device (1GB, 3GB, or 5GB) and click Turn On. The more space you allow, the more recommendations Netflix will download for you.

Here’s how it should look like.

Just like Smart Downloads, the Netflix Downloads For You feature will only work while you’re on Wi-Fi. It’s also only currently available on Android with iOS testing happening soon.

SEE ALSO: DOTA anime series coming to Netflix

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Spotify will launch high-quality audio later this year

Price unannounced

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Since the advent of music streaming, Spotify has enjoyed its dominance as the most popular service with the most varied gallery of music. However, competing services, like Tidal, can easily one-up the industry leader in terms of audio quality. Despite Spotify’s relentless promise to deliver top-tier audio, the service hasn’t upgraded its audio quality that much. That will soon change, though. Spotify has now confirmed that high-quality audio is coming later this year.

Currently, Spotify is streaming its music at a paltry 320kbps. From an audiophile’s standpoint, 320kbps is the bare minimum bitrate for music listening. However, hi-fi audio — that is, bitrates that escalate from 1000kbps and go as high as 9216kbps– unlocks an entirely new experience for more discerning ears. To put it lightly, hi-fi audio sounds more vibrant and more alive, especially given a workable audio setup.

With the announcement, Spotify is reportedly pushing the feature to select markets at an unannounced date. Unfortunately, the company has not announced how much the new feature will cost users who want to upgrade. Hi-fi audio definitely costs a lot more. Tidal, for example, offers its highest quality audio for US$ 19.99 per month.

In the past, though, Spotify has talked about launching the feature for an additional US$ 7.50. At the time, the promise didn’t result into anything. This time, Spotify Hi-Fi finally seems official.

SEE ALSO: Spotify is testing its own Stories feature

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