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Google releases a dedicated site for insights and queries on Coronavirus

Making it easier for anyone to get immediate help

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If you have a question or doubt, what’s the first thing you do? Google it. Likewise, billions of people have Googled Coronavirus to understand its effects, precautions, news updates, and more. However, that’s not enough.

The virus has wreaked havoc in the US and President Trump urged the search giant to lend a helping hand. In response, Google has created a national website containing information about Coronavirus symptoms and testing information.

The internet giant said it worked with “relevant agencies and authorities” to roll out the site — google.com/covid19 The website is primarily dedicated to education, prevention, and local resources. With this site, people will have easy access to state-based information.

News outlets so far have been able to list the number of positive cases country-wise. However, a state-level count was hard to understand amid a constantly refreshing news cycle. Google’s new site will make it easier for American residents to stay updated and understand protocols about their nearest available medical facility.

A section for teachers has been added that’ll make it easier to instruct students from home. Other company offerings such as Google Classroom, Google Docs and Google Hangouts have also been listed for people studying or working from home.

This also includes links to pages from health authorities and a carousel of health authorities’ Twitter accounts and the accounts of local civic organizations. As of this writing, there are 266,073 (WHO) coronavirus cases worldwide and 11,184 deaths, and the U.S. now has 15,219 cases (CDC).

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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OPPO launches 125W flash charge, new VOOC, flash charge lineup

New fast charging tech lineup!

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OPPO and VOOC charging has been synonymous since as far back as the brand first started. This year, the company’s innovation in charging is launching in different forms. These are the 125W flash charge, 65W AirVOOC wireless flash charge, 50W mini SuperVOOC charger, and 110W mini flash charger.

OPPO believes the next generation of devices will be more demanding and it needs a charging technology to go along with it. The company says their VOOC charging technology is built with an advanced encryption algorithm and strict temperature control regulators for safe and efficient use.

OPPO 125W flash charge

Headlining the new lineup is the 125W flash charge. OPPO says it can charge a 4000mAh battery up to 41% in 5 minutes and fully charge it in 20 minutes at the fastest rate. It’s the most advanced flash charge tech at the moment.

It’s also compatible with previous SuperVOOC and VOOC flash charge protocols and supports mainstream protocols including 65W PD and 125W PPS.

If you’re worried about possible overheating, it naturally has been taken into account. It has 10 additional temperature sensors which monitor the charging status to ensure maximum safety during charging.

It also uses uses fuse overvoltage protection measures, Type-C to Type-C wire as well as 128-bit high-strength encryption algorithm to enhance safety.

OPPO 65W AirVOOC

Wireless charging also gets a massive speed boost. If you’re foreign to the experience of wireless charging, just know that it’s absolutely convenient placing your phone on a panel for it to automatically charge.

Typically, wireless charging is slower than most wired charging. Although we’ve seen the likes 30W and 40W wireless fast chargers, OPPO takes it to another level with the 65W AirVOOC. It promises to fully charge a 4000mAh battery in 30 minutes at the fastest rate.

It also has five-fold safety protection measures in addition to a foreign object detection function. It’s also compatible with the Qi standard for a cable-free and super-fast charging experience.

OPPO also showcased a conceptual wireless charger for the 65W AirVOOC wireless flash charge. Not only is it an advanced tech, it’s also a beautiful piece to add to your home.

The charger features a beautifully-sculpted glass which is made of moldless rapid prototyping technology. It is the first application of this type of technology in the consumer electronics market.

OPPO 50W mini SuperVOOC charger

The first of two in OPPO’s mini charger series is the 50W mini SuperVOOC charger. OPPO says it was developed to be the size of a business card holder, or as the photo below suggests — the size of a cookie.

It was made to fit into tiny spaces while still providing the user a fast-charging tool. This includes your pants 😏, shirt pockets, and coat pockets.

The 50W mini SuperVOOC charger is compatible with VOOC protocols, supports mainstream protocols like 27W PD and 50W PPS, and can charge a variety of devices including mobile phones and laptops. Yes. Laptops.

OPPO 110W mini flash charger

Rounding up the mini-series as well as the entire lineup is the 110W mini flash charger. It is built upon the combination of laminate and compact structures which minimizes its size to just 35.76 cm³ — similar to the size of a normal 18W charger.

It’s a familiar form-factor but certainly a lot faster.

OPPO’s VOOC charging tech has come a long way and the company says it has serviced over 157 million users globally. That number is bound to rise with new and upgraded charging tech

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How wearables are helping fight the Coronavirus pandemic

Does your fitness tracker support SpO2 monitoring?

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The Coronavirus pandemic has shut down massive economies for weeks, if not months. Unemployment is radically on the rise since many industries like tourism, hospitality, transportation, and more are worse hit.

The virus is extremely fatal because of its ability to spread undetected for decades. Many may have contracted the virus but are asymptomatic, making it harder to trace the spread.

Technology has again proved to be a life-saver amid the chaos. Many wearables have a SpO2 sensor that can measure the blood’s oxygen saturation levels. Along with the heart rate sensor, it can detect color as well as the movement of blood cells. The measurement is done in percentage and a healthy adult has 95-100 percent cells with sufficient oxygen.

If the flow of oxygen is on the lower end, it indicates the presence of a respiratory problem. According to doctors, SpO2 levels below 92-93 percent are a sign of worry and further medical help should be sought as soon as possible.

Coronavirus affects the respiratory system directly and constant SpO2 monitoring can provide faster detection. Many consumer-grade wearables sport a SpO2 sensor and wearing one can potentially help you diagnose Coronavirus faster.

Fitbit has rolled out SpO2 monitoring on the Versa, Versa 2, Versa Lite, Ionic, and Charge 3. In the affordable segment, the realme Watch also has a SpO2 sensor. The Honor Watch Magic also has this feature. If you’re in the market for a wearable, the Sp02 monitoring has just become a key feature.

On the enterprise level, the NBA offered players a ring by Oura that can track a user’s health data and might even predict if users are about to show symptoms of Coronavirus infection. The US$ 299 Oura smart ring is designed to monitor sleep, pulse, movement, heart activity, and temperature.

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realme C11 is a budget phone with MediaTek G35, 5000mAh battery

MediaTek’s latest processor

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realme hasn’t launched a budget phone for quite some time and it’s finally ready with a new offering that houses a very up to date processor. Dubbed the realme C11, the phone aims to offer everything, without burning a hole through your pocket.

Powering the phone is the recently announced MediaTek G35 processor and its fined tuned for balanced performance. The phone also gets a fresh design with a camera setup that looks similar to the Pixel series. The design is fresh and definitely doesn’t look mundane.

On the front is a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a tiny water-drop notch. The octa-core processor is paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It is backed by a 5000mAh battery that supports reverse charging via a USB-C port.

The rear sports a dual-camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel portrait lens. For selfies, a 5-megapixel selfie shooter is located on the front.

The phone is available in Rich Green and Rich Grey color options. The phone is priced at INR 7,499 (US$ 100) and shall go on sale from July 22 via Realme’s website and Flipkart. Sales are limited to India at the moment, but other markets are expected to get the phone soon.

realme also announced a new power bank along with the Realme C11. Officially called realme 30W Dart Charge 10000mAh Power Bank, it has a capacity of 10ooomAh and supports 30W fast charging.

In simple terms, it takes just a little more than 1 hour 30 minutes to fully charge it. Supporting multiple standards like Dart, VOOC, Quick Charge, PD, and more, it’s perfect for everyone on the go. It’s priced at INR 1,999 (US$ 27) and goes on sale from July 21.

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