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Apple is looking to patent a technique for automatically generating exercise recommendations.

Why it matters: Apple has been spending a significant amount of time and energy on its fitness efforts, including establishing a lab dedicated to fitness tracking. The application, filed in June 2017 and published Thursday, covers machine learning algorithms that can use data like vital signs and workout information, to suggest particular exercises.

Meanwhile, another newly published patent application suggests an interesting augmented reality approach to maps, allowing a user to point their camera in different ways to get additional data on what is around them.

  • Standard patent-related disclosure: Just because a company applies for or receives a patent is no guarantee the idea will ever find its way into a shipping product. Still, they can be interesting clues of where a company is spending its research dollars.

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Boris Johnson announces month-long COVID-19 lockdown in England

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A new national lockdown will be imposed in England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country topped 1 million.

Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close, except for takeout and deliveries. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Different households will be banned from mixing indoors. International travel, unless for business purposes, will be banned. The new measures will last through at least December 2.

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The massive early vote

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Early voting in the 2020 election across the U.S. on Saturday had already reached 65.5% of 2016's total turnout, according to state data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic and its resultant social-distancing measures prompted a massive uptick in both mail-in ballots and early voting nationwide, setting up an unprecedented and potentially tumultuous count in the hours and days after the polls close on Nov. 3.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

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  3. Economy: Conference Board predicts economy won’t fully recover until late 2021.
  4. Technology: Fully at-home rapid COVID test to move forward.
  5. States: New York rolls out new testing requirements for visitors.