Tech answers the coronavirus problems


Every cloud is a silver lining and all is fair in love and capitalism as the coronavirus is becoming business opportunity for many tech companies.

In China where the outbreak started there has been a surge in apps and tech solutions that fight the outbreak from contactless food delivery to drone delivered medical supplies and much more.

Autonomous sterilization robots are helping hospitals to contain the infections in quarantined wards by moving into a quarantined zone to sterilize virus without human intervention.

Blockchain-powered services are helping hospitals reduce time spent on administrative work and allocate staff to the frontlines.

China’s Xiang Hu Bao, owned by Ant Financial, is offering a blockchain platform to speed up the claims processing, reducing the need for face-to-face contact amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

And it’s a great time for online game makers too as tens of millions of people who are quarantined in China are buying apps to pass the boredom.

More than 222m downloads were made in China through Apple’s online store in the week starting February 2.

Average weekly downloads of apps during the first two weeks of February jumped 40 per cent compared with the average for the whole of 2019, the statistics showed.

Remember the “Macs don’t get viruses” mantra? Well, it’s never been more wrong

2020-02-19 Wed
Apple not so secure
Historically, malware was never much of an issue with Macs because hackers had no interest making viruses that affected Steve Jobs’ delicious Apples. No, they only wanted to break the Windows of old man Gates. Well, those are well and truly bygone days of yore as a newly published report by Malwarebytes reveals that Mac threats have increased by a staggering 400% from 2018 to 2019, outpacing Windows by nearly two to one in threats per endpoint.