Apple maps will soon feature COVID-19 testing locations

Apple has launched an online portal for healthcare providers, labs or other businesses to register as COVID-19 testing locations, which means that you’ll soon be able to find COVID-19 testing locations on Apple Maps – alongside information specific to the location.

 

After the sites are registered, the ‌Apple Maps‌ team will review the application, and upon approval it will appear in ‌Apple Maps‌.

 

To see the testing locations, look for a red medical glyph icon and a unique “COVID-19 Testing Site” card. ‌Apple Maps‌ will show the place name, associated healthcare provider, contact number and website, as well as information about the type of testing location. Applicants wishing to register a site will also be asked to state whether the testing location will require a doctor’s referral or a scheduled appointment.

 

Apple has not said how long it will be before we start to see the sites appear on Maps, but they say that they are working quickly to verify and add as many testing locations as possible.

 

 

Apple & Google’s new COVID-19 Initiative.

Apple and Google have announced a new partnership whereby Bluetooth technology is used to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

As per usual, Apple says that user privacy and security will be of the utmost importance, and participation will be opt-in.

 

Wait… opt-in? What can I/do I have to do to help? Remember, it’s opt-in, but it could help!

 

 

 

 

An important thing to note here is that Apple and Google will not be using any location data for the tracking feature, including from the users who report being positive. The tool is meant to determine not where affected people have been, but rather if they’ve been around other people so that those people will know to self isolate due to the exposure.

 

 

From The Source (Apple & Google’s joint press release):

 

Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running. Software developers are contributing by crafting technical tools to help combat the virus and save lives. In this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.

 

Since COVID-19 can be transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, public health officials have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to help contain its spread. A number of leading public health authorities, universities, and NGOs around the world have been doing important work to develop opt-in contact tracing technology. To further this cause, Apple and Google will be launching a comprehensive solution that includes application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing. Given the urgent need, the plan is to implement this solution in two steps while maintaining strong protections around user privacy.

 

First, in May, both companies will release APIs that enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities. These official apps will be available for users to download via their respective app stores.
Second, in the coming months, Apple and Google will work to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms. This is a more robust solution than an API and would allow more individuals to participate, if they choose to opt in, as well as enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities. Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort, and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders. We will openly publish information about our work for others to analyze.

 

All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems. Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.

 

As part of this partnership, Google and Apple are releasing draft technical documentation including Bluetooth and cryptography specifications and framework documentation.

 

Apple’s new ‘Stay at Home’ initiative

Apple has replaced its retail based ‘Today at Apple’ session with a “Today at Apple (at Home)” program.

 

You can check out the website here, which features creative projects and tutorials able to be done at home, created by Creative Pros from Apple Retail Store locations all over the world.

 

 

Since all Apple stores outside of China have been closed since March 14th, Apple will probably be these creative videos available online until they can begin reopening its retail locations around the world.

 

Check it out!

 

More Free TV!

GUESS WHAT

 

Along with other providers, because of the current situation a lot of us we find ourselves in, Apple has made a whole bunch of its original Apple TV+ series and movies FREE for us all! You know, for a limited time.

 

You can now watch these titles for free:

 

*Dickinson
*Ghostwriter
*Helpsters
*For All Mankind
*Servant
*Snoopy in Space
*The Elephant Queen

 

You can go get streaming online via Apple.co/FreeForEveryone or through the ‌Apple TV‌ app on iPhone, iPad, ‌Apple TV‌, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, and Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices.

 

You just need to sign in with an Apple ID.

 

The free part of their service is still rolling out, so everyone should be able to connect with it soon! Just in time for stupid boring Wednesday, right? I mean.. wait, what day is it?