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Google Developing Coronavirus COVID-19 TESTING APP Using The Pixel 3/4 Camera AI.

by Anura Guruge



It is EXTREMELY clever and creative — as one has come to expect from Google.

No swabs. No blood tests.

You just cough onto the rear-facing camera. That is IT. You cough on the camera.

The APP software, using the powerful AI built into the camera module, will then ENLARGE and analyze the cough particles. It basically acts like a powerful microscope. Once it has your cough particles enlarged enough the AI software scans it to see if it matches the ‘fingerprints’ of COVID-19. It does this in seconds.

The test is said to be 76% accurate. So, not foolproof BUT better than nothing.

It is already being tested by the FDA and CDC for approval. The goal is that it will be available for download, from the Google Play Store, by this weekend. WOW.

Yes, and ALAS, it will initially only work with Google Pixel 3s & 4s. That is a shame. It is just that most other cameras do not have the hardware or software to support the necessary magnification.

P.S., It is recommended that you use a disinfectant wipe to clean the camera after the test.


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by Anura Guruge

Fitbit Android APP Is Now At Version 2.67 — Mine Just Updated Today.

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. 5 updates in 48-days! That is just CRAZY. An update every 10 days.

Come on!

That is bad. That is pathetic. Fitbit OBVIOUSLY is not testing this software. Just throwing it over the fence. No wonder so many of YOU are having so many problems.

We should take a stand.

This is crazy. That is LOT of BUGS they are fixing.


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by Anura Guruge

Fitbit Android APP Just Updated To Version 2.66 — Is This To Fix Latest Sync Issues?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. From “Google Play” APP store. Where else?


Around 8:15 pm (Eastern USA) on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

My Google Pixel 2 phone had a notification that said one update available. It was Fitbit. So, obviously, Fitbit, like most other Android APPs, does not auto-update. That is probably good.

I had nothing to lose. So, I updated.

Can’t see any differences, BUT then again, unlike many, I did not run into the sync issue after updating my Fitbit Ionic firmware to version 27.31.1.29 (i.e., Fitbit OS 1.2). I suspect that that was because of my Pixel 2 — which has the ‘latest’ hardware and Android software.

But, a heads up. Check it out. This might help you.


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by Anura Guruge

Is My Google Pixel 2 Visual Core Enabled — I Got The OTA February 2018 Update Today.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. I went looking for it twice once I had read about the OTA February 2018 update. Got, around 4:15pm. Took some time to install.


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Click pictures to ENLARGE.

I took these pictures a few minutes ago.
The ‘Visual Core’ should have active.


I read about the February 2018 ‘Over the Air’ (OTA) security update for the Google Pixel 2 and how it was supposed to enable the ‘Visual Core‘ (for enhanced image processing) this morning.

So, I checked whether I had had the update. I hadn’t. I couldn’t get it either. But, I tried again around 4:15pm and it started downloading, 50MB. Took a few minutes to install.

I can’t say I have noticed any difference in the images the Pixel 2 has taken since. I will have to keep on trying.

Since I bought my Pixel 2 directly from the Google Play store I am supposed to get OTA updates ahead of others. So, it might take some time before you all get it.

Stay tuned.


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by Anura Guruge

Reasons 101 To 105 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#101. So this afternoon, for the first time, I lost my satellite signal because of inclement weather. I get a cryptic message along the lines ‘signal from Sat. 2 lost …’ press for more info. I do that. It did NOT tell me that I should look out of the window to see if the failure was due to bad weather! Nw I have been liberal in my use of accusing DirecTV of being stupid, but this takes the cake. The main reason I am going to lose my signal is because of cloud cover or snow on the dish. That DirecTV does not address this just proves my case that they are stupid.

#102. Of late, each time I change channels I get this annoying black message bar at the bottom of the screen to tell me that I can hit the record button to record that show. Yes, I fully appreciate by now that DirecTV is targeted at the ‘technologically unsophisticated‘ would get this message after they have seen it 500 times, PLUS it isn’t that profound. To record a show you hit the record button. Most DirecTV customers should be able to work this out after 3 weeks. The bloody bar is annoying because it obscures the news ticker on Channel 202. So today I missed an item and had to rewind the damn thing to read it.

#103. Decided to download the DirecTV android APP on to out two (2) Google Nexus 7 pads. So I go to the Google Play APP store. There are 2 DirecTV apps and one for DirecTV Genie. Of the two DirecTV apps, one says ‘tablet’. That is what we have. An Android tablet — the quintessential Android tablet at that, made for Google and running the latest Android OS. So I go to download the tablet app. Says the Google Next 7 is not supported! Ah! Yes, I could down load the other (phone) APP. Stupid.

#104. The LIVE TV guide in the DirecTV App (#103) does not show you the channel numbers. Just the names of the show. I need channel numbers. Plus I can’t find the movie channels on the LIVE TV part! Not good. The usual DirecTV stupidity and incompetence.

#105. So far, and I have only spent a few minutes playing with it,  the MOVIE section of DirecTV App (#103 & #104) only appears to show me pay-for-view movies. I am sure I haven’t found the others. But it shouldn’t be that hard.