Insider information #156: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 and Galaxy Note 20, Microsoft Surface Headphones 2, HONOR X10By M. Konwar
In this release of insider information: Samsung confirmed the release of the Galaxy Fold 2 and Galaxy Note 20, Microsoft is preparing to release the second version of the Surface Headphones, HONOR X10 will receive the main Sony IMX600Y lens.
Samsung confirmed the release of Galaxy Fold 2 and Galaxy Note 20
In the next quarterly report published on the company's website, Samsung confirmed the release of two new flagship smartphones in the second half of 2020. The exact release date of the devices is not reported, and the model names are not specified. But, given that every year in August, a new line of Note is announced, and the network has repeatedly appeared leaks about the second version of the company's folding smartphone, it is obviously about the Galaxy Fold 2 and Galaxy Note 20.
In the report, the South Korean manufacturer noted that many vendors are now trying to fix their financial situation, which arose against the background of unstable production operations in the first half of the year. Despite the competition that will arise from this, Samsung "will continue to offer differentiated products in the premium segment with the release of new folding models and the Note".
According to rumors, the upcoming flagships will receive improved cameras, 5G support, an updated stylus, and 120 Hz screens.
Microsoft is preparing to release the second version of the Surface Headphones
A new Microsoft device with the code number 1919 was registered with the Bluetooth SIG office. Based on the characteristics presented in the document, this is the second version of the surface headphones overhead wireless headphones. Unlike its predecessor, the new headset will receive Bluetooth 5.0 and support for Qualcomm AptX. The battery life of the device will also increase to 20 hours on a full charge.
According to the description, the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 will be equipped with buttons that allow you to adjust the noise reduction level. It is likely that the company will abandon the "noise reduction" controller in the form of a rotating circle, as in the previous version of the headset.
According to network sources, the new Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 headphones will be presented next month at the Build 2020 conference, which is scheduled for the period from May 19 to 21.
HONOR X10 will get the main Sony IMX600Y lens
Recently, images and specifications of the upcoming HONOR X10 smartphone appeared in the database of the Chinese regulator TENAA. Now, this data is supplemented with new leaks, including the device's camera characteristics. A well-known Chinese insider reported that the main lens of the smartphone's triple rear camera will be Sony IMX600Y.
As previously reported, the main camera HONOR X10 will be represented by three sensors with a resolution of 40, 8, and 2 MP. The smartphone is credited with a 6.63-inch IPS full HD + display and a retractable selfie camera with a resolution of 16 MP. The battery capacity of 4200 mAh with support for fast charging technology at 22.5 W will be responsible for the autonomy of the device. The device is expected to be announced next month.
By M. Konwar
Microsoft announced the release of several new Surface products at once without any preliminary announcements. In particular, the corporation introduced the third generation of the Surface Book hybrid laptop with a detachable display, the second generation of the Surface Go tablet computer, and an updated version of the Surface Headphones wireless headphones.
According to Microsoft, the Surface Book 3 has become 50% more productive than its predecessor. This is achieved through the use of new tenth-generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA graphics adapters. The laptop will be available in versions with 13.5 and 15-inch screens. It has up to 32 GB of RAM and a fast 1 or 2 TB SSD M.2 2280.
The 13.5-inch version of Surface Book 3 is available with an Intel Core i5-1035G7 processor and integrated Iris Plus graphics or with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q. the 15-inch model is equipped with a similar Intel Core i7 chip, but only with an NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q or Quadro RTX 3000 video card to choose from.
Of the connectors in Surface Book 3, there are two USB Type-A, one USB Type-C with USB Power Delivery 3.0 support, a full-size UHS-II SD card reader, and a Surface Connect port. The stated battery life is 16.5 hours.
The price of the Surface Book 3 starts at $1599 for the basic 13.5-inch model (from $1999 for the version with an NVIDIA video card). For the simplest 15-inch version, Microsoft asks from $2299, and if with an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 video card - from $3499.
Surface Book 3 will go on sale on May 21.
The second novelty was the Surface Go 2 tablet computer. Compared to the first generation, it received a 10.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1280 pixels (3:2) and an eighth-generation Intel Core M processor, which provides a 64-percent performance increase. Another important update is support for LTE and stereo microphones to improve audio quality during online conferences.
The most affordable version of the Surface Go 2 with an Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 64 GB eMMC drive will cost $399. The version with 8 + 128 GB will cost $549. The variant with Intel Core m3-8100Y, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB is priced at $629, and with LTE support - $729. The tablet is scheduled to start selling on May 21.
Along with computers, Microsoft introduced the new wireless headphones Surface Headphones 2. Like the first version, they use active noise reduction with the ability to adjust its effectiveness. The headphones feature 40mm Free Edge drivers and Bluetooth 5.0 with support for the Qualcomm aptX codec. The battery life has increased from 15 to 20 hours. The ear pads in the second version rotate 180 degrees, which allows you to conveniently wear them around your neck or fold them for transport.
The Surface Headphones 2 will be available in the United States from May 12 for $249.
Finally, Microsoft announced that the fully wireless Surface Earbuds announced last year will go on sale on May 12 at a price of $199.
By M. Konwar
Choosing a wallpaper is an important part of customizing your smartphone. After all, the perception of the user interface often depends on them, and it is not easy to find the ideal image for this. The new Microsoft app should make this task much easier.
The Bing Wallpapers app provides access to a huge collection of quality wallpapers. It contains beautiful photographs from around the world, each of which has a small description, which allows you to learn new facts about interesting places.
Bing Wallpapers provides the ability to search for desired images using multiple filters, such as colors, countries, categories, and so on. But the main feature was the ability to automatically daily change the wallpaper on the smartphone screen. Thanks to this, the device will constantly look fresh and not get bored with time. A similar feature is also available in the Microsoft company launcher.
You can download Bing Wallpapers on Google Play. If the store writes about the inaccessibility of the application, it can be installed manually using the APK-file. It is important to note that the program is completely free and does not contain any advertising.
By M. Konwar
LineageOS, formerly known as CyanogenMod, is now the most popular non-commercial firmware based on the Android operating system. As it became known, a hacker attack was made on the developers' servers, which endangered a huge number of users around the world.
The LineageOS team reported that the attacker used two vulnerabilities in the Salt server software to gain access to the firmware code. However, the developers managed to react in time and simply disconnect the servers to stop the attack.
The developers claim that the hacker failed to damage the firmware source code, builds, or cryptographic keys. They remind that LineageOS is an open-source project, so everyone can personally check the firmware code to make sure it is secure.
Recently, LineageOS released an update to version 17.1, so dozens of devices got Android 10. Among them, there are even seven-year-old models.
By M. Konwar
Google has been testing Android 11 for several months and was supposed to tell all the details about the system at the I/O 2020 developer conference, but the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, the search giant still intends to hold a small presentation, publishing an online invitation for everyone.
The presentation of Android 11 will be held online on June 3 as part of the Beta Launch Show. During the broadcast, Google employees will talk about the new version of the "green robot". A special aftershow is planned for developers, where the company's experts will answer various questions about the new OS. Questions should be asked in advance via Twitter, specifying the special hashtag #AskAndroid in the message.
Along with the presentation, the first build of Android 11 Beta is expected to be released. The final version is scheduled for release in the third quarter of this year.
Interestingly, a little earlier, Apple announced the date of its WWDC conference, where iOS 14 will be presented.
By M. Konwar in FilmSquare Enix published a translation of the session of answers to investors ' questions about its financial results in the first half of the current fiscal year. Chief Executive Yosuke Matsuda confirmed that sales of "The Avengers" were below expectations and that the action role-playing movie has not yet paid off its production budget.
Earlier it became known that Square Enix sold only 60% of the planned circulation of "The Avengers". It is estimated to have a budget of between $170 million to $190 million, with initial sales of only about 3 million copies. Because of this, the company's HD division lost approximately $ 62 million in the second quarter.
Matsuda noted that if The Avengers hadn't been released last quarter, the HD division would have remained in the black. However, the losses were caused not only by the non-recouped development costs, but also by the marketing campaign, which suffered due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
That being said, Square Enix still intends to make it profitable with post-release support. Last week, the developers announced that Kate Bishop will appear in The Avengers on December 8th.
By M. Konwar in FilmAt a recent panel dedicated to "Rick and Morty," the authors revealed that they are already working on the seventh season of the animated series.
According to writer Dan Harmon, he can no longer clearly track plot milestones — he even threatened to unwittingly reveal spoilers for the fifth or sixth season. Harmon also hinted that the" space version " of Beth will return in the future and somehow affect the overall plot.
Previously, the Adult Swim channel swooped in on 70 episodes of the project from the creators, and so far the show has just reached the season 4 finale - this happened at the end of May.
There is no exact date for the premiere of the sequel yet.
By M. Konwar in FilmIn a recent interview, Zack Snyder said that for his version of "Justice League" in total, no more than 4-5 minutes were completed.
Specifically, we are talking about new scenes, for which the director attracted most of the original cast. The numbers were so small because all the other material needed to complete the tape was already in the hands of the director - it only needed to be finalized. Simply put, the film's running time will still be four hours.
He also revealed that this time there was no "focus group", and the tape will be made without any interference with the author's vision. By the way, in his version of the Joker, to the image of which Jared Leto returned again, will be slightly different from the image from "Suicide Squad".
Snyder's Justice League will premiere on HBO Max in 2021.
By M. Konwar in HealthDistortion of science for political and economic ends has prevented the allocation of needed resources to stop the spread of dangerous pathogens. This places all of society as a whole at risk, but exacting an insufferable toll of death and disability on our front-line healthcare workers, along with our most vulnerable populations. COVID-19 has demonstrated how dangerous this scenario has become.
We have seen the United States top officials publicly flaunt the wearing of masks and use substandard infection control practices. A super-spreader event was even created at the White House’s Rose Garden when rapid testing was used to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This type of test is known for high false negatives especially with trying to detect asymptomatic carriers. And a security guard for the president was seen wearing an N95-mask with an exhalation value, a setup for spreading the disease.
There also have been reports that the federal government has impeded or mitigated CDC recommendations for cruise ship No-Sail orders, and to pressure the CDC regarding school openings. Having consistent scientifically based messaging on a national level is of utmost importance. The messaging in the United States can be characterized as nothing short of bizarre.
The CDC has flip-flopped on guidance regarding the use of masks on public transportation, the testing of asymptomatic carriers, and was late to stress the importance of spread with viral aerosols – too many of our buildings are not healthy. Significant infrastructural changes are needed to allow for proper social distancing, increase in ventilation, and air sanitization. Infrastructure upgrades are expensive and so far the United States does not have the political will to actualize these changes.
Needless to say, it is a warning that the abandonment of scientific evidence-based recommendations has all but stymied effective public health responses in the United States.
Health Care Worker and Patient Safety is of Paramount Importance
One of the worst aspects of the United States’ response is the failure to provide adequate personnel protective equipment (PPE). The United States’ federal government has not invoked the Defense Production Act to assure an adequate supply of N95-masks for our workers. These masks require a key ingredient ‘melt blown textile’ which is difficult to manufacture. Relying solely on the free market is ill-advised since, similar to the N1H1 pandemic, industry is reluctant to retool for manufacture when they may not recoup their startup costs. This reluctance has its roots in the ideology and the desire of leaders not to create excess mandates and government overreach.
Some feel the delay in recognition of aerosolization as a major mode of spread of SAR-CoV-2 was related to the paucity of N95-masks and the desire not to alarm workers. As of this writing, N95-masks are still in short supply.
The impact that this lack of basic protective gear has had may never be known, for no one is counting SARS-CoV-2 infections and deaths in front-line workers. A lack of mandatory reporting of work-related illness has resulted in incomplete reporting on healthcare personnel; the number of healthcare workers who died from COVID-19 could be between 752 to above 4000. The bottom line is, we need to do better.
We have stressed in the past the importance of establishing a surveillance system and regular screening of healthcare workers for endemic dangerous pathogens and those pathogens which have frequent outbreaks in a facility, including pathogens CRE, Clostridioides difficile, MRSA, and SARS-CoV-2.
Healthcare workers also need to have an economic and healthcare safety net for both themselves and their families. Paid sick leave is of paramount importance, since it is not ethical to have a healthcare worker making the untenable choice between the safety of patients and placing food on their family’s table. Acquisitions of dangerous pathogens that occur during an outbreak or pandemic should qualify the worker for presumptive disability.
Additionally, no one is counting patients who contract COVID-19 in hospital settings. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ definition for a SARS-CoV-2 hospital-acquired infection is unfortunately next to useless; “Total current inpatients with the onset of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 fourteen or more days after admission for a condition other than COVID-19.” Unfortunately, this definition is next to useless.
For many patients, the greatest chance of catching SARS-CoV-2 is on the day of admission, due to being placed in a freshly turned over room and possibly going through the emergency room for initial treatment. Thus it is unlikely that few SARS-CoV-2 HAIs will be captured. The most accurate metric would be a diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 acquisition which would occur 5 days after admission, including those which present after discharge. This metric would balance false positive and negative results and give a much better estimate of overall system performance. This mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 data is reminiscent of past pandemics where countries have a long history of hiding the numbers, as opposed to reporting them and correcting the problem.
The Need to Take Care of Disparate Populations, Even the Elderly
Initially, the virus emerged in the northwest region of the United States and devastated Nursing Homes where infectious disease regulations were all too lax. In 2019, the CDC attempted to strengthen infection prevention in nursing homes by enacting the strategy of Enhanced Barrier Precautions.. ‘Enhanced’ a deceptive word, since these precautions are less stringent than Contact Precautions (these precautions were being advocated for the control of the CDC’s ‘Urgent Threats’ of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Candida Auris and can also be applied to patients colonized with MRSA). Recommendations for Enhanced Barrier Precautions state: “Residents are not restricted to their rooms and do not require placement in a private room.”
Enhanced Barrier Precautions allow carriers to participate in nursing home activities and only require healthcare workers to implement contact precautions for high-risk activities, but even low-risk activities, such as passing meds, occur so frequently that one would expect frequent healthcare worker contamination.
These precautions do not appear to be based upon how the MDRO spreads, but instead on avoiding more stringent and resource-intense strategies.
Such strategies would include: Healthcare worker screening and availability of abundant PPE, along with determining the patient’s microbiome, and if dangerous pathogens are present, decolonization, and as a last resort cohorting patients with similar pathogens in dedicated facilities. Pathogens do not care about politics or the needs of the individual, they are genetically programmed to spread.
Dangerous pathogens are genetically programmed to spread. Strategies need to be based upon the pathogen and not the political expediency of our leaders or to lessen the economic impact on our healthcare system. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the need for public support and embracement of scientifically based public health strategies to stop the spread of dangerous pathogens (proper building ventilation, widespread testing, social distancing, wearing masks, and hand hygiene). These strategies can be expensive to implement and may cause a severe short-term economic burden but are the fastest path to a full economic recovery.
Whether one deals with MRSA or COVID-19, screening, and decolonization or self-isolation of healthcare workers is of utmost importance. Their health, the health of their families along with their patients depend upon it.
This post is by Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, and originally appeared on the BMC blog network.
By Priyanka in FoodFlax seeds are an amazing superfood that combines a huge variety of different nutrients and is useful for all body systems. Even in ancient Greece, a decoction of Flaxseed was used as an anti-inflammatory agent, and for more than two thousand years, doctors have strongly recommended adding it to the diet. What is so useful flax seeds and how best to use them in food, we tell in our material.
What are the benefits of flax seeds?
Flax seeds contain the plant compound linamarin - it evenly envelops the walls of the stomach, creating a protective film on it that prevents harmful toxins from being absorbed, and protects the stomach mucosa from ulcers and gastritis. In addition, the high concentration of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids in flaxseed significantly increases the elasticity of blood vessels and heart muscle, strengthens them, and helps in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Even if you don't have heart problems right now, regular consumption of flax seeds reduces the risk of them appearing in the future.
Flaxseed is a source of antioxidant compounds. They protect body cells from free radical damage and have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Antioxidants are the real elixir of youth: they nourish the skin from the inside, prevent the signs of aging and hyperpigmentation and protect the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays.
Flax seeds are rich in magnesium and phosphorus, which are essential for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. They increase concentration and performance and improve memory. A number of active substances in flaxseed strengthen bones, muscles, and tendons, prevent respiratory diseases, and restore the acid-base balance of the body.
What's more, flax seeds are essential in your diet if you are looking to lose weight. They help burn visceral fat, and due to their high nutritional value, they provide long-term satiety and significantly reduce the risk of overeating.
How to add flax seeds to your diet?
The most important thing: it is useless to add whole flax seeds to food - the hard shell of the seed is beyond the strength of our stomach, which means that not a single nutrient will be absorbed by the body. The seeds can be crushed, or they can be soaked in warm water for 1-2 hours (then the shell will become soft and easily digested, and useful substances will enter the body).
Further, in chopped or soaked form, flax can be added anywhere - here you are limited only by your imagination. Flax seeds are a great addition to your morning porridge, smoothie, or avocado toast. They can be sprinkled on salads, vegetables, and meat dishes, added to cream soups and stews.