Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.
The University of South Australia has partnered with Canadian company to develop a "pandemic drone" that can remotely monitor and detect people with infectious respiratory conditions.
Global market intelligence firm IDC has downgraded its forecast for IT spending in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan and China (APEJC), from 5.2% growth, which it forecast in January, to 1.2% due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in the region.
The Singapore Government has announced that it would provide the source code for an app known as TraceTogether which uses Bluetooth technology to track people who have been within two meters of coronavirus patients.
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