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Android: Why this photo is bricking some phones

Android: Why this photo is bricking some phones

Dozens of Android phone owners are reporting on social media that a picture featuring a lake, a cloudy sunset and a green shoreline is crashing their handsets when used as wallpaper.Several brands seem to be affected, including Samsung and Google's Pixel.The bug makes the screen turn on and off continuously. In some cases a factory reset is required. The BBC does not recommend trying it out. Samsung is due to roll out a maintenance update on 11 June. The BBC has contacted Google for comment but not yet had a response.A tweet on the issue has had thousands of likes and re-tweets, with some...

June 2, 2020
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Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday

Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday

Vulnerable people in England and Wales advised to stay home since the coronavirus lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday.The change means people will be able to go out with members of their household. Those living alone can meet with someone from another household while maintaining social distancing.Support for shielders, such as food and medicine deliveries, will continue. Shielding advice in Northern Ireland and Scotland has not yet changed.In England, those shielding will be advised that they can go outside once a day, with their household or, if they live alone, to...

May 31, 2020
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Man makes money buying his own pizza on DoorDash app

Man makes money buying his own pizza on DoorDash app

The owner of a pizza restaurant in the US has discovered the DoorDash delivery app has been selling his food cheaper than he does - while still paying him full price for orders.A pizza for which he charged $24 (£20) was being advertised for $16 on DoorDash - and when he secretly ordered it himself, the app paid his restaurant the full $24 while charging him $16.He had not asked to be put on the app.He later found out it was part of a trial to gauge customer demand.Content strategist Ranjan Roy , who is his friend - he later named the business, which has outlets in Manhattan and Topeka,...

May 20, 2020
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PPE 'designed for women' needed on frontline

PPE 'designed for women' needed on frontline

There is growing concern that standard personal protective equipment (PPE), which often has a unisex design, doesn't always fit women properly.PPE is essential for protecting frontline workers exposed to Covid-19.The Department of Health said the kit is designed to protect "both genders".However, healthcare workers are saying that even the smallest sizes are too big for some women - who make up 77% of the NHS workforce, according to NHS Digital figures from 2018. If it is too big it can be less effective in providing a complete barrier to the virus."PPE is designed to be unisex and offer...

April 29, 2020
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Coronavirus: Can we 3D-print our way out of the PPE shortage?

Coronavirus: Can we 3D-print our way out of the PPE shortage?

Universities, tech firms and 3D print enthusiasts with their own printers are responding to the shortage of healthcare workers' personal protective equipment (PPE) - and in some case more complex hospital medical supplies - by making it themselves.It's been called a "citizen supply chain".In general, 3D-printed kit is fairly cheap to produce in terms of materials required, and can be turned around in a matter of hours on each printer.There's a motivated community who want to make it and it can be distributed locally to those who need it without a centralised supplier - so is it the solution...

April 9, 2020
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Toshiba shuts the lid on laptops after 35 years

Toshiba shuts the lid on laptops after 35 years

The Japanese giant Toshiba has sold its final stake in the personal computer maker Dynabook.It means the firm no longer has a connection with making PCs or laptops.Sharp bought 80% of Toshiba's personal computing arm in 2018 for $36m (£27m), and has now bought the remaining shares, .Toshiba's first laptop, the T1100, launched in 1985. It weighed 4kg (8.8 pounds) and worked with 3.5 inch (8.8cm) floppy disks.It was launched at first only in Europe with an annual sales target of 10,000 units, according to .In 2011 Toshiba sold more than 17m PCs but by 2017 this had fallen to 1.9m, .In 2016,...

August 10, 2020
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Thousands flock to Neverspoons pub app

Thousands flock to Neverspoons pub app

A man who built an app in his spare time that highlights independent pubs close to Wetherspoons venues, says he has been amazed by the response.The Android app Neverspoons has been downloaded nearly 18,000 times in its first week - more than Shane Jones expected from the first six months.It is currently top of the free app chart on Google Play.The name is a pun on the pub chain Wetherspoons but Mr Jones said he just wanted to give smaller pubs a boost.Mr Jones admitted that "a handful" of other chain pub venues had already crept on to the app and he said he planned to "weed out" those...

July 10, 2020
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Coronavirus: 'Almost half' of Blackburn Covid-19 contacts not reached

Coronavirus: 'Almost half' of Blackburn Covid-19 contacts not reached

England's contact tracers have only reached about 50% of people who have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19 in an area of Lancashire where new cases are rising.The figure was revealed by Prof Dominic Harrison, public health director of Blackburn with Darwen Council.He warned of "exponential growth" of new infections if the system did not become more efficient.The government said the NHS scheme had helped identify thousands of cases. It is not clear why the contacts provided were not able to be reached. reveal that of the people in England who tested positive for Covid-19...

July 19, 2020
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Coronavirus: New Covid-19 tracing tool appears on smartphones

Coronavirus: New Covid-19 tracing tool appears on smartphones

A Covid-19 tracing software tool has appeared in the settings of both Android phones and iPhones as part of an update of their operating systems.The "exposure notification" tool is switched off by default, and is not a tracing app itself.It enables an app to run in the background while still using Bluetooth.This lets the app measure the distance between two handsets - and then alert the phone owner if someone near them later tests positive for Covid-19.In the UK there is currently no available contact-tracing app.The update has caused some confusion, with people querying the new addition to...

June 20, 2020
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Coronavirus: 'Covid toe' and other rashes puzzle doctors

Coronavirus: 'Covid toe' and other rashes puzzle doctors

Five rashes, including Covid toe, are affecting some hospital patients diagnosed with Covid-19, a small study by Spanish doctors has found. The rashes tended to appear in younger people and lasted several days.It is not uncommon for a rash to be a symptom of a virus, such as the spots that indicate chicken pox.But the researchers said they were surprised to see so many varieties of rash with Covid-19.Rashes are not currently included in the There have been many reports about "Covid toe" - a rash appearing on Covid patients' feet even in the absence of other symptoms - but lead researcher Dr...

May 2, 2020
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