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Briefly informed: Corona-Warn-App, DisrupTor, station WiFi, Swift

The makers of the German Corona warning app, SAP and Deutsche Telekom, drew a positive balance 100 days after the application started. “The app works and we are still working on improvements,” said Peter Lorenz, chief developer at the Telekom subsidiary T-Systems. That is also the reason why several countries are now using the open source code of the German project. Experts are currently assuming around 15 million active users. According to the dpa, Lorenz assessed these download numbers in Germany, which are very high in international comparison, as a “vote of confidence from the population”.

As part of internationally coordinated actions, investigators in Europe and the USA arrested 179 people accused of illegal trade on the darknet. The so-called “Operation DisrupTor” is based on the successes of law enforcement officers in the aftermath of the closure of the Wall Street Market darknet trading platform, the European police authority Europol announced. This would have enabled the identities of dozens of dealers to be determined. There were 42 arrests in Germany alone. “The golden age of darknet marketplaces is over”, Europol is convinced.



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Rail customers and visitors can now dial into a new Deutsche Bahn WLAN network free of charge at more than 100 train stations throughout Germany. First of all, this includes larger train stations such as Cologne, Munich or Hamburg. But the offer is now also available in smaller places such as Trier, Straubing or Sylt. So far, Deutsche Bahn has only offered free internet nationwide in its long-distance trains. At the train stations, passengers could often only log into other, chargeable networks such as those from Telekom. This shall be changed now.

Apple’s Swift programming language can now also be used under Windows. The project team behind Swift has unveiled new downloadable images of the Swift toolchain for Windows. These images contain development components that developers need to build and run Swift code on Windows. Apparently the team has been working on porting Swift to Windows for over a year. Early adopters can now start testing.


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