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February 27, 2020
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How effective are air purifiers against coronavirus?
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Tech writer Patrick Hearn addresses the efficacy of increasingly sophisticated air purifiers in protecting the public from the coronavirus. The bottom line is that these devices, while effective at eliminating other causes of respiratory problems, are of limited use against the virus and don't address the central problems of person-to-person transmission or surface contamination.
Full Story: Digital Trends (2/26) 
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Smart Home
Amazon's Eero has rolled out an update for its routers and Eero Pro systems, allowing support for Apple's HomeKit smart home devices. The Discover tab on the Eero app guides users through the process.
Full Story: 9to5Mac (2/26) 
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From Blue Chips to Startups
Apple Maps has been expanding coverage for Look Around, its Google Street View equivalent, and now it has been spotted in Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. Apple added the feature in September in San Francisco, and the quality of the photography has been touted as superior to what Google offers, with animations and parallax added.
Full Story: Ars Technica (2/24) 
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Tech News
CTA rolls out standards for AI use in health care
CTA, in collaboration with more than 50 companies and organizations, has developed the first ANSI-accredited standard for defining terms related to artificial intelligence in health care. "As health systems and providers use AI tools such as machine learning to diagnose, treat and manage disease, there's an urgent need to understand and agree on AI concepts for consistent use," said CTA's Rene Quashie.
Full Story: Healthcare IT News (2/26) 
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Retail Trends
Children are increasingly seeking out toys based on their favorite YouTube programming, spurring toy makers to strike licensing deals with YouTube channel creators. For example, Jazwares will start selling merchandise based on three popular children's YouTube channels this year, and the company's Laura Zebersky says, "The world has changed and you will see properties ranging from 'Fortnite' to influencers on YouTube who are leading and competing against movies and TV shows on a day-to-day basis."
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/24) 
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Association News
The need for innovative health technology is a dire need in developing countries. In an effort to address these global problems, the World Bank Group and the Consumer Technology Association have come together to challenge health tech leaders around the world. Read more.
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Join consumer technology professionals focused on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, health care, robotics and other consumer tech at the Technology and Standards Spring Forum from May 11 to 14 in San Francisco. Enjoy four days of informative sessions, industry meetings and networking opportunities. Save $100 when you register by April 9. Register today.
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From the technicolor robotic vacuums of "The Jetsons" to Tony Stark's AI-controlled Malibu home in "Iron Man," smart home technology has been inherently linked to the American cultural vision of the future and the innovation it brings. Now that 2020 is here, the growing advancements and popularity of smart home technology are making this vision a reality. Read more.
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