Ironically, Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoyed overwhelming public support even as the country endured the most stringent of lockdowns anywhere, with unspeakable hardships for many. However, the app stored citizens’ data on centralized servers, which compounded fears of digitally enabled state surveillance. Also, the app had been cocreated by a ministry headed by Modi’s lieutenant, Amit Shah, who has a troubling history of abuse of power. All this made voluntary adoption difficult. … [Read more...] about Digital contact tracing won’t save Americans from COVID-19
On the public health front, the pandemic has shown the value of having a robust public transport system that gives urban populations multiple options for travelling safely without being packed together in a way that makes them vectors for disease spread. Major interventions are needed here: increasing the number and frequency of trains, integrating transit systems that are flexible and ensure last mile connectivity, such as ramping up bus fleets, adding routes and investing in electric vehicles, including rickshaws that keep the pollution in control. … [Read more...] about How can the BMC help Mumbai recover?
Tetris Primetime, part of the Tetris mobile app’s overhaul, will be played at 7:30 p.m. local time seven days a week. At launch, it will be available in the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. … [Read more...] about Now you can play Tetris in live tournaments and win money: Here’s how
>> An advance team from the World Health Organization (WHO) left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus, which has led to a pandemic, a spokeswoman said on Friday. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus wrap July 10: Complete lockdown in Pune for 10 days; Karnataka CM home-quarantined
“I pitched the concept that the best way to deal with the negative press was to take a step back. To move away from the crescendo of ridicule and let them fall on their face,” Cameron told The Hollywood Reporter a few years ago. “They could only sustain the negative story so long. By December it would have long ago run its course, and they’d have to come up with something new to make ink. That something might just be the fact that the film was actually good, and worth all the drama of production. My example was the martial art of aikido, where you use the opponent’s own momentum against them to take them down. The press were attacking so aggressively that the only way to throw them was to step back and let them go flying past, and fall because of their own inertia.” … [Read more...] about 25 years ago, ‘Waterworld’ forever changed how we think about hits and flops