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Leave your COVID vaccine card at home: 8 ways to safely store it on your phone – CNET

You want to show proof of vaccination, but the card is easy to lose or damage.   US Department of Defense For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. With new vaccine mandates that span government workers and school districts to larger employers, the need to…

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You want to show proof of vaccination, but the card is easy to lose or damage.  
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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites.

With new vaccine mandates that span government workers and school districts to larger employers, the need to keep your COVID-19 vaccine card handy becomes more and more important. That goes for kids, too, who shortly may be eligible for the vaccine.And it’s not just at the federal level. Cities and counties across the country are requiring proof of vaccination to attend live indoor events and enter gyms, restaurants and bars.The vaccines continue to be highly effective in preventing hospitalization. Over the summer, as the delta variant spread across the US, the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths climbed. Unvaccinated people have accounted for nearly all the hospitalizations and deaths — over 97% as of July. With the federal mandates, the Biden administration aims to stem the surge and put pressure on those who are eligible but not yet vaccinated.That rectangular paper card you received when you were vaccinated will suffice to prove that you’re vaccinated. (And if there’s still room on the card, it can show you got a booster shot from Pfizer or Moderna and Johnson & Johnson when those are available.)But what if you lose it, or it’s damaged or stolen? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t have a record of your vaccination status. We do know how to get a new vaccine card if yours is lost or damaged.Rather than carrying around the card — or laminating it, which prevents your health care provider from updating it with future booster shots — take a few minutes to add a digital copy of your vaccination card to your phone. Here are a few options I’ve found while researching how to safely store mine. 

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There isn’t one approved way to show proof of your vaccination cardThe US doesn’t have a single online system or app you can use to show proof of vaccination on your phone. Instead, what qualifies as proof varies by city, county and even business. Some places may accept a picture of your vaccination card; others may require you to use an app that’s authorized at state level.  It’s a confusing mess, to put it mildly. I strongly urge you to take a few minutes to research what your city, county or state will accept as proof, as it can vary.  For example, concert producer AEG Presents will accept a “physical copy of a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, a digital copy of such card or such other proof as is permitted locally.” Along with school mandates, many colleges are are also requiring students and employees to be vaccinated. Seattle University, for example, requires students to be vaccinated to attend in-person classes via an online form that uploads photos of the front and back of the vaccination card.When in doubt, look for information on the business’s website, or call the local health department and ask for clarification. This is bound to save you time, headaches and being turned away at the door. Have an iPhone or an Android phone? Here’s an easy way to save your cardIf you have an iPhone, with an update coming soon for iOS 15 you’ll be able to add your vaccine card to your Apple Wallet to present to whenever you need to show you’re fully vaccinated. (You can keep a copy in the Health app right now.) Over on Android, you can add your vaccine card to the Google Pay app. I need to remind myself each time where my card is in Google Pay, so I added a shortcut icon to my home screen to quickly find it.Own a Samsung phone? There’s an app just for you Samsung now gives Galaxy phone owners the option to add proof of vaccination to Samsung Pay, its wallet app. By having direct access to your vaccination record, you won’t have to fiddle around with creating photo albums and tapping through multiple screens before you’re able to show it to a bouncer at your local watering hole.  Samsung Galaxy device users can store proof of vaccination in Samsung Pay by downloading the CommonHealth app.
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To add your card to Samsung Pay, you’ll need to download the CommonHealth app (Samsung’s partner) from the Google Play Store. Follow the prompts in the app to verify your vaccination status. Once the app confirms you’ve indeed gotten the shots, you’ll be prompted to download a Smart Health Card to Samsung Pay.  That card is what you’ll then show to anyone requesting you show proof of vaccination.  Use your phone to take a clear photo of your cardIs that too much fuss? The simplest way to have a digital record of your vaccine status is to snap a picture of your vaccination card and keep it on your phone. The CDC even recommends keeping a picture of your card as a backup copy.  Taking a photo of your card — front and back — is the quickest and easiest way to store it on your phone. 
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Simply use the camera app on your phone to snap the photo. You can favorite the photo to quickly locate it or store it in a notes app, a folder or somewhere that’s easy to remember so you don’t have to endlessly scroll your camera roll to find it. Make sure you’re in a well-lit area and get close enough to the card that its dates and details are legible. I also suggest putting the card on a dark surface, while remaining conscious of shadows of your arms or the phone on the card itself.  Here’s an example of one way to save your vaccination card as a new photo album. On an iPhone, open the Photos app, select the Albums tab and then tap the + sign in the top left corner followed by New Album. Give the album a name and then tap Save. Next, select the photos of your card to add it to the album.  On an Android phone, it depends on which app you’re using, but the process should generally be the same. If you’re using the Google Photos app, open the app and then select the picture of your vaccination card. Tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner, followed by the Add to Album button. Select +New album and give it a name such as “Vaccination Card” and tap the checkmark button when you’re done. Excelsior and more: Look for apps based on your locationSome states — including California, Colorado, Hawaii, New York and Oregon — offer some form of digital vaccination card. The myColorado app requires you to create an account, verify your identity and then add your digital driver’s license to your phone. After you’ve done that, you can then add your myVaccine record to the app. 
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Louisiana’s LA Wallet app takes a similar approach to Colorado’s, allowing you to add your driver’s license and proof of vaccination to your phone.  California’s implementation requires you to fill out a form to verify your identity, after which you’ll receive a text message or email with a link to a QR code you can save to your phone. When scanned, the code will offer proof of vaccination. The link will also include a digital copy of your vaccination record.  MyIR Mobile is another app used by several state health departments to provide a digital copy of your vaccination card. Currently, if you live in Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Washington, West Virginia or Washington, DC, this is the app you’ll use.  The Notes app on the iPhone has a built-in scanner that makes it really easy to quickly scan your vaccination card and store a copy. 
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More options to create and store your digital vaccination cardI’ve had a large number of readers reach out to me about this article, each one offering advice and guidance about storing a proof of vaccination card. Some suggestions include well-known airport security service Clear. In fact, some concert and exhibition halls are requiring attendees use Clear to verify their vaccination status to attend a show. You can go to clearme.com/healthpass to download the app and get your card added. VaxYes is another service that verifies your vaccination status and then adds your vaccination card to Apple Wallet. I’ve read that you can add your card to the Google Pay app, but after signing up and going through the process myself, I don’t see the option on a Pixel 5 running Android 12. If your local municipality or employer used the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System, then you can use the VAMS website to access your vaccination records. I had more than one reader reach out to me about using this system to show proof of vaccination, but without an account myself, I’m unable to go through the process of accessing a vaccination record. Another suggestion I received from multiple readers is to use a scanner app on your phone and store a scanned copy of your vaccination card in something like your OneDrive personal vault or a password manager (almost all of them offer some sort of secure file storage) instead of storing the photo in Google Photos or Apple’s iCloud photos. On an iPhone, you can use the scanner that’s built into the Notes app. On Android, Google’s Stack PDF scanner will be enough to get the job done.This story updates as the national vaccine conversation continues. For more information about the forthcoming booster shots, make sure to read this. We have up-to-date details about the delta variant, as well as delta plus and the lambda variant.

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Surface Duo 2 camera testing: See how Microsoft’s new foldable phone takes photos – CNET

1 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2 comes with a triple-lens camera, unlike the first model which only had a single-lens camera. As a result, the Surface Duo 2 takes crisp and clear photos. But in my testing I’ve found that they’re usually not as well-lit and colorful as photos taken on phones…

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1 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2 comes with a triple-lens camera, unlike the first model which only had a single-lens camera. As a result, the Surface Duo 2 takes crisp and clear photos. But in my testing I’ve found that they’re usually not as well-lit and colorful as photos taken on phones like the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.  2 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The triple-lens camera consists of a 12-megapixel wide lens, 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens. This photo was taken with the wide lens.  3 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s an image taken with the ultrawide-angle lens. It’s clear and detailed, but the sky in the background is a bit dark.  4 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s a photo taken with the telephoto lens. You can clearly see the text on the bar sign, but the green color in the banner is a little washed-out compared to the same photo taken on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and iPhone 13 Pro.  5 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2’s 12-megapixel selfie camera gets the job done, but I noticed the color of my hair wasn’t as vibrant in this photo as it was in the image I took on the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. 6 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s another example of the standard 12-megapixel wide camera in action.  7 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2 managed to snap a colorful photo of this red bicycle in my neighborhood.  8 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Like many of today’s phones, the Surface Duo 2 also has portrait mode. This photography setting blurs the background to make the subject appear sharp.  9 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s another photo taken with the Surface Duo 2’s zoom lens. Keep scrolling to see a few more examples of photos taken on the standard wide lens. 10 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET 11 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET 12 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET

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Google builds equity into the Pixel 6 with Real Tone photos and new voice features – CNET

These are three photos Google provided us with that were taken with the Pixel 6 with its Real Tone feature. Google Thematically, Google wanted the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to work well for a variety of people in a number of different ways. The opening of Google’s fall event Tuesday featured a video…

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These are three photos Google provided us with that were taken with the Pixel 6 with its Real Tone feature.
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Thematically, Google wanted the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to work well for a variety of people in a number of different ways. The opening of Google’s fall event Tuesday featured a video of a woman running to catch a train to work. It showed her using her phone to access a transit pass, eating a hard boiled egg under her face mask, taking a selfie on a train under yellow lighting, translating a question someone asks her in Japanese and taking a photo of her dog. On the surface none of those events seem that extraordinary. It’s just an average person commuting. Perhaps during a pandemic, the commuting part seems the least relatable. What is significant is that the Pixel 6 worked for her in the ways she expected. At first, that might not seem like a big deal. But depending on how you speak or your complexion, not all phone features work perfectly.

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For decades, cameras and film have been built and designed around people with a lighter complexion. It’s a bias that still pervades our phones today, because the hardware and software behind the cameras on our phones are not tested on a diverse group of people. The result can be photos that don’t look like you or features that don’t work well because of your complexion. Frequently, darker skin tones skew green or even gray in photos. And nobody wants their skin to look gray.With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Google set out to design the phones to be more inclusive. Two of the more conspicuous areas where the company did that was with their cameras and voice recognition. Google says that the cameras on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro work better for people with different skin tones and that voice recognition is more adept at identifying different speech patterns and accents.

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Real Tone on Pixel 6 works better no matter your complexionIf there’s one thing Google’s Pixel cameras are known for, it’s software and computational photography. Google says it designed its cameras and computations to be more equitable no matter your complexion. For the past 18 months Google worked with numerous directors, photographers and cinematographers like DP Ava Berkofsky (Insecure) and DP Kira Kelly (13th), known for their beautiful depictions of communities of color. The idea was to put the phones into the hands of people who know how to take stunning photos of people with darker complexions. They took thousands of portraits, which Google said made their datasets 25x more diverse. These images, along with feedback from the artists, helped Google improve the Pixel’s cameras and algorithms in several ways.The first is detection. Google wants the Pixel to be able to identify a face, no matter how light or dark someone’s skin is, or how complex the lighting is. If you are backlit by a bright window, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro can find your face.

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Once a face is detected, the phone usually selects a white balance based on the scene. With Real Tone, the Pixel 6 also factors in the skin tone of the subject to select a white balance that brings out the natural beauty of someone’s complexion. Google also improved the auto-exposure tuning to ensure that photos actually look like you do in real life, as opposed to skewing green or gray.The artists and photographers Google invited to test the phones gave feedback directly to software engineers to improve the aesthetics of how photos were finished. Stray light is minimized so people’s complexions don’t look ashy or washed out. When a subject has a darker complexion the algorithm now adds more nuance to mid- and undertones. The end result is cameras that can take beautiful photos of all skin tones equally.But these improvements are not just limited to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Google Photos’ auto-enhance feature will also have all of this baked in so that edits are more inclusive. And third-party apps that use the cameras can also take advantage of Real Tone.On the left is the Google Pixel 6 Pro, on the right the Pixel 6.
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Pixel 6 features more inclusive voice recognition Real Tone is an obvious example where you can see meaningful improvement in terms of being more inclusive. Another area where it’s nearly as obvious is with voice recognition. Google uses its new Tensor chip to better understand what you’re saying no matter your speech pattern or accent. It can learn what terms and names are important to you that might be inconsequential to others. Google’s natural language processing on the Pixel 6 is even faster than it was on the Pixel 5.Google uses Tensor for on-device voice recognition and transcription, and by doing so these processes use half as much power as previous Pixel phones. One of the benefits of this is an improved voice typing experience. The Pixel 6 can use your contacts list to get the correct spelling of a name you say. In the event video, we see a text message being voice typed to someone named Rani. The Pixel 6 correctly spells Rani, instead of, say, Ronnie, because the user has Rani in his contacts.One of the more impressive additions to voice typing is how the Pixel handles all of the punctuation, so you don’t have to dictate commas and question marks. When it comes to transcription suggestions, like Katherine versus Catherine, the Pixel makes suggestions based on the phonetics of what you’re saying instead of keystroke-oriented corrections, which aren’t always useful for dictation.And an added benefit of all of this is more accurate emoji transcriptions.

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Pixel 6 includes Live Translation on deviceTensor not only allows for simple translation between languages to be done on-device but it improves the quality of those translations by 18%, Google says. This allows people to communicate in their own language to each other. In the demo, we see an English speaker texting someone who is Japanese. The Pixel 6 translates the messages from Japanese to English for the English speaker and vice versa for the Japanese speaker.At the end of the day, all of these changes and additions add up to a more meaningful update that goes beyond big specs and a flashy design. The Pixel 6 seems like it can truly transform your relationship with your phone, by making your phone understand you better.

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Android 12 Beta for iQoo 7, iQoo 7 Legend, iQoo Z3, iQoo Z5 to Start Rolling Out in India By December-End

Android 12 beta for the iQoo 7, iQoo 7 Legend, iQoo Z3, iQoo Z5, and the iQoo 3 is set to be rolled out in India starting this December, the Chinese company has announced. The new beta release will include the latest Android experience. We can also expect some tweaks and proprietary changes from the…

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Android 12 beta for the iQoo 7, iQoo 7 Legend, iQoo Z3, iQoo Z5, and the iQoo 3 is set to be rolled out in India starting this December, the Chinese company has announced. The new beta release will include the latest Android experience. We can also expect some tweaks and proprietary changes from the iQoo side. In addition to iQoo, other subsidiaries of China’s BBK Electronics including Oppo and Realme have announced their plans to bring Android 12 on their flagship offerings later this year.As per the timeline provided in a press note, iQoo 7, iQoo 7 Legend, iQoo Z3, and the iQoo Z5 will get the Android 12 beta starting from the end of December. The iQoo 3, on the other hand, will receive the new Android version in its beta stage by March-end in 2022.iQoo phones are set to receive Android 12 beta from the end of DecemberPhoto Credit: iQoo iQoo has not yet detailed what features the new beta release will bring. We can, however, expect all the core Android 12 features alongside a few custom changes.The Android 12 beta update for all the iQoo phones will be released in a phased manner, the company said. This clearly means that not all users will get the beta release simultaneously, and it may take some more time to reach your phone.While the iQoo 3 was launched in India last year with Android 10, iQoo 7, iQoo 7 Legend, iQoo Z3, and the iQoo Z5 came earlier this year and are based on Android 11.Alongside iQoo, Oppo earlier this month announced ColorOS 12 based on Android 12 that it will initially roll out in public beta for both Oppo and OnePlus phones later this year. iQoo and Oppo sibling Realme also announced its plans to bring Android 12-based Realme UI 3.0 to its flagship Realme GT as well as models such as the Realme X7 Max and Realme GT Master Edition later this year.Separately, Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has announced that it would bring a stable Android 12 release for its ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip starting December. The company is also set to bring the new Android update to the ROG Phone 5 and ROG Phone 5s in the first quarter of next year. Furthermore, the ZenFone 7 and the ROG Phone 3 will get Android 12 in the first half of the year.Details about the India release of Android 12 for the Asus ROG Phone 5 and ROG Phone 3 are yet to be announced.Earlier this week, Google released Android 12 for its Pixel phones. The update brings the Material You design language as well as a list of privacy-focused features.Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth joins Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast for an exclusive wide-ranging interview, as he talks about the 5G push, Make in India, Realme GT series and Book Slim, and how stores can improve their standing. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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