Archive for February 17th, 2020

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite review: Samsung finally has an answer to OnePlus – Android Central

February 17th, 2020

Coronavirus infections slow down but experts unsure if that means containment measures are working – National Post

February 17th, 2020

The number of new coronavirus infections in mainland China fell below 2,000 on Tuesday for the first time since January, although global experts warn it is still too early to say the outbreak is being contained.

The economic fallout from the epidemic spread to U.S. technology titan Apple, which warned of iPhone shortages and lower than expected revenue, while South Korea’s president called the situation in his country an economic emergency.

Tough restrictions on travel and movement have helped to limit the spread of the virus outside the epicenter in Hubei province, but at great cost to the Chinese economy and global business.

Plummeting Apple sales

Apple Inc become the latest company to flag lower revenue as a result of the epidemic, saying it would not meet its guidance for the March quarter because of slower iPhone production and weaker demand in China.

The U.S. technology company’s manufacturing facilities in China had begun to reopen but they were ramping up more slowly than expected, and the resulting iPhone shortages would hit sales, it said in a statement to investors.

“The health and well-being of every person who helps make these products possible is our paramount priority,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in a statement released by Apple.

China is the world’s biggest market for smartphones and some analysts have estimated that the virus may slash demand for handsets by half in the first quarter in China.

Analysts at Nomura again downgraded their China first-quarter economic growth forecast, to 3 per cent, half the pace in the fourth quarter, and said there was a risk it could be even weaker.

“Too much damage has already been done and initial policy stimulus will not be very effective,” they said in a note on Monday. “China is experiencing the rare case of simultaneous demand and supply shocks.”

South Korea President Moon Jae-in declared an economic emergency on Tuesday and promised measures to stimulate demand and shield businesses from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Hong Kong increased government handouts to businesses and the Hospital Authority to HK$28 billion from HK$25 billion pledged previously, to ease the impact on the Chinese-ruled city’s battered economy.

The moves came after economic data released in Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, and regional finance and travel hub Singapore, pointed to possible recession in the coming quarter.

A woman wearing a protective mask cycles past graffiti-painted wall at a construction site in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by coronavirus outbreak, February 17, 2020.

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China’s state assets regulator said the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on industries would mainly appear in February, suggesting the worst may still be to come in terms of business activity.

Remain vigilant

The rapidly spreading virus claimed another 98 lives in mainland China, bringing the total death toll there to 1,868, the National Health Commission said. There were 1,886 new confirmed infections for a total of 72,436.

The number of new daily infections in mainland China had not been below 2,000 since Jan. 30, while the daily death toll had not come under 100 since Feb. 11.

Outside of China, there are 827 cases in 26 countries and regions and five deaths.

Chinese authorities say the stabilization in the number of new cases is a sign that measures they have taken to halt the spread of the disease are having an effect.

Still, the virus spread quickly and global health authorities had to remain on guard against a wider outbreak, said Jimmy Whitworth, professor of International Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“We can hope that the reports of falling numbers of new cases in China does show that the epidemic has peaked in Hubei province, but it is still too early to be sure that this is so,” he said.

“In the meantime health services in other countries need to remain vigilant to identify all cases and to prevent onward transmission to their populations.”

A woman wears a face mask and plastic raincoat as a protection from coronavirus at Shanghai railway station, in Shanghai, China February 17, 2020.

Aly Song / REUTERS

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Chinese data “appear to show a decline in new cases.”

“This trend must be interpreted very cautiously. Trends can change as new populations are affected,” he added.

Confusion over virus information in China saw conflicting reports about the death of a top doctor in the Hubei capital Wuhan, with state media reporting he had died but family members saying he was still alive and fighting the disease.

Canadians return home

Hundreds of Canadians who have spent almost two weeks in isolation on a second cruise ship, the Diamond Princess docked in Yokohama, Japan, will be flown home to Canada to spend another two weeks of quarantine in Cornwall, Ont.

The Diamond Princess has had more than 450 cases confirmed on board so far.

During their repatriation the Diamond Princess passengers will follow the same rules as the Canadians and their families who recently returned from Wuhan, China, the centre of the outbreak.

Some in Cornwall, including the town’s mayor Bernadette Clement, have expressed reservations about hosting a large population of people who may have been exposed to the virus. They will be housed in an isolated section of the Nav Centre, a training centre with attached hotel and conference facility.

A passenger wearing a mask stands on the deck of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as the vessel’s passengers continue to be tested for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan February 13, 2020.

Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo / REUTERS

Health officials have assured people in the area the risk of those repatriated Canadians having the illness when they arrive in Canada is low, and they are taking precautions.

Several other countries have announced plans to follow the United States in bringing passengers home. Around half of the 3,700 passengers and crew are Japanese.

Authorities around the world were also trying to track down passengers from another cruise liner, the Westerdam, which was turned away from ports across Southeast Asia for two weeks before docking in Cambodia on Thursday.

One American passenger who disembarked in Cambodia tested positive for the virus in Malaysia on Saturday.

Carnival Corp., which operates both cruise liners, said it was cooperating with authorities in trying to trace other passengers from the Westerdam. None of the other 1,454 passengers and 802 crew had reported any symptoms, it said.

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Rainbow Six Siege: Respawning Might Help Grow The Game, But It Won’t Happen – GameSpot

February 17th, 2020

Samsung might launch the Galaxy Fold 2 with an under-the-display camera by July – The Next Web

February 17th, 2020

Last week, Samsung launched its second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Now, new reports are suggesting that the company might be already preparing to launch its next foldable — a sequel to the Galaxy Fold.

Korean news outlet Ajunews and the founder of Display Supply chain Consultants (DSCC), Ross Young, separately reported this development. Both sources said the Korean tech giant is working on the Galaxy Fold 2 under the project name Champ.

[Read: Surprise: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip’s ultra-thin folding ‘glass’ scratches like plastic]

The new device will reportedly have a huge 7.7-inch screen when unfolded. Samsung is also testing an under-the-screen camera technology to provide a notchless display.

Last year, Oppo and Xiaomi showed under-the-screen technology. However, Xiaomi later clarified that the tech was not ready for mass production.

While these features are important, all eyes will be on the company to deliver a foldable display with better durability. Last year, the company had to delay the launch of the Galaxy Fold, after several reviewers pointed out teething problems with the screen. There have even been reports of a week-old Galaxy Z Flip display being damaged.

A report from Bloomberg published last week, suggested that Samsung is planning to stick with the “Galaxy Z” moniker for its foldable devices. So, the Fold 2 might well be called the Galaxy Z Fold.

For more gear, gadget, and hardware news and reviews, follow Plugged on Twitter and Flipboard.

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Number of Canadians on Diamond Princess testing positive for COVID-19 virus rises to 32 – Toronto Star

February 17th, 2020

Global Affairs Canada has confirmed to the Star that 32 Canadians on-board the Diamond Princess cruise ship have now tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. There are 256 Canadians on the ship.

An evacuation of Canadian passengers to a Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario is slated to take place soon, per Global Affairs.

In an earlier statement Global Affairs said that passengers would be screened before going on the evacuation aircraft, and those who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 would be transferred to the Japanese health-care system.

In an email to the Star on Monday night, Barbara Harvey, a spokesperson for Global Affairs, wrote that the government is “working closely with Princess Cruises and the Government of Japan to assist in this evacuation.”

“Currently 4 members of the Standing Rapid Deployment Team (SRDT), 3 experts from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and 7 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) medical personnel are being deployed to Japan to support the evacuation,” Harvey said.

Fifteen Canadians on-board the ship had previously tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

“The aircraft will bring passengers from Japan to a Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, after which passengers will be assessed and transported to the NAV Canada Training Institute in Cornwall, Ontario, to undergo a further 14-day period of quarantine,” wrote Harvey.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be eligible for the flight. If there is space permitting on the aircraft, “non-Canadian immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents” will also be accommodated to prevent the separation of families, according to Harvey.

Those Canadians choosing not to return on the charter flight will be forced to “complete the current quarantine being administered by Japan and follow the instructions of local authorities.” Canadians seeking to return to Canada “by commercial means will be subject to the Quarantine Act upon their return.”

On Saturday, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said in a written statement that, “in light of the extraordinary circumstances facing our citizens on the Diamond Princess, we are taking action to return Canadians home from Japan, while ensuring that appropriate measures are in place to prevent and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.”

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Ted Fraser is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @ted_fraser

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Delaware County School on High Alert After Boy Dies From the Flu – NBC 10 Philadelphia

February 17th, 2020

A Delaware County school is on high alert after a young boy died from the flu.

The Marple Newtown School District confirmed Monday that Matthew Wzorek, a 2nd grade student at Worrall Elementary School in Broomall, Pennsylvania, died Sunday night from complications surrounding influenza B.

“Matthew was known to have a happy smile and kind heart in class. He loved being with his friends and was always willing to offer assistances to his teachers and peers,” Marple Newtown superintendent Dr. Tina Kane wrote in a letter to parents. “To say that he will be missed is an enormous understatement.”

A team of counselors will be at the school Tuesday morning to provide support for students and the community.

“Oh my God this is so sad,” Brett Barbo, Matthew’s classmate and friend told NBC10. “He’s not going to be here anymore and I just went up to my room and I was just like crying in my bed because I really miss him.”

Monday night, Dr. Kane sent another letter to parents warning them that other students and staff members at Worrall may have been exposed to the flu.

“In all likelihood, all of the students in this 2nd grade classroom have been exposed to the Influenza B virus,” Dr. Kane wrote. “Furthermore, it is probable that other students or staff members in Worrall have been exposed to the virus. Quite frankly, since the virus is airborne, the entire district should be on high alert for signs and symptoms of the flu.”

Dr. Kane also said a teacher at Worrall has influenza B and is being treated with Tamiflu. The teacher will be out of school throughout the week.

“The Infectious Disease Doctors have advised that Tamiflu is effective within the first 48 hours following the manifestation of symptoms,” Dr. Kane wrote. “In this connection, medical professionals advise that any students, staff, or anyone, with cold or flu like symptoms such as redness of the eyes, fever, coughing, sneezing, chills, body aches, or any respiratory discomfort should seek immediate medical attention and depending on the diagnosis take Tamilfu as prescribed.”

A second grader from Worrall Elementary School in Broomall has died from complications of the flu. NBC10 reporter Pamela Osborne reports.

Dr. Kane said any students with flu symptoms will be sent home immediately and advised parents to keep their children home and seek immediate medical attention if they exhibited any signs of illness.

As of Feb. 8, 47 flu associated deaths and 1632 flu associated hospitalizations were reported in Pennsylvania during the current flu season, according to the Department of Health.

Matthew is the first child to die from the flu in Pennsylvania this season.

“The most common complications of flu in kids that cause death are pneumonia and dehydration,” Dr. Rob Danoff of Jefferson Health told NBC10. “So those are some of the concerns that we really want to watch out for.”

For more details on the flu, including symptoms, prevention and treatment, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Atlus Understands The Desire For A Persona 5 Switch Port, Tells Fans To Remain Hopeful – Nintendo Life

February 17th, 2020

‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ – and the Season 2 Champion Is… – TheWrap

February 17th, 2020

(Spoiler alert: Do not read this post if you want to remain in the dark on who won Season 2 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.)

Season 2 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” is in the books. The champion of “The Champions” is V.Unbeatable.

And here’s a look at that momentous announcement for the dance group:

Monday also featured quite a lineup of guest performers, including a few “AGT” alums. KISS, Travis Barker (with AGT: Champions finalists V. Unbeatable), Lindsey Stirling (with AGT: Champions finalist the Silhouettes), Kodi Lee, Shin Lim and Colin Cloud, and Kseniya Simonova (with AGT: Champions finalists Angelina Jordan and Tyler Butler Figueroa) were all on the season finale’s set list.

Season 2’s Top 10 acts were:

V.Unbeatable – Dance Group – “America’s Got Talent” 2019 – Finalist (Howie’s Golden Buzzer)
The India-based dance group wowed audiences around the globe during season 14 of “America’s Got Talent,” where they finished in fourth place. Founded by Vikas and Om Prakash, the group was originally named Unbeatable. After a horrible accident during a group rehearsal, Vikas was injured and unfortunately passed away. The group renamed itself V.Unbeatable (for Vikas Unbeatable) in his honor and continued to pursue Vikas’ original dreams for the group.

Boogie Storm – Dance Group – “Britain’s Got Talent” 2016 – Finalist (Simon’s Golden Buzzer)
With their iconic costumes and awesome dance moves, Boogie Storm is a force to be reckoned with. Since appearing on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2016, where they received Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer, they have traveled all over the world and have performed at many prestigious film premieres.

The Silhouettes – Shadow Dance Group – “America’s Got Talent” 2006 – Finalist (Alesha’s Golden Buzzer)
The Silhouettes, runner-up on “America’s Got Talent” season six, are a shadow-dance company created and directed by Lynne Waggoner-Patton, whose mission is to help homeless children and children in need around the world. They have been featured in both commercials and television shows and have helped raise millions by creating custom performances for charitable organizations.

Angelina Jordan – Singer – “Norway’s Got Talent” 2014 – Winner (Heidi’s Golden Buzzer)
At 7, singer Angelina Jordan was crowned the winner of “Norway’s Got Talent,” performing Billie Holiday’s “Gloomy Sunday.” Angelina’s videos have received more than 300 million views on YouTube and more than 1 billion views on Facebook. Angelina has performed for Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and raised over 21 million euros for children in need. One of her most memorable performances was performing with the legendary Quincy Jones in London in 2018.

Hans – Singer/Dancer/Musician – “America’s Got Talent” 2018 – Quarter-finalist
An international superstar, accordionist and Berlin boy wonder, Hans has been thrilling audiences around the globe with his own fabulous brand of critically acclaimed cabaret for over a decade, performing for everyone from prime ministers to princesses, taking him all around Australia and across Europe and the UK. In 2018 Hans came to the United States to appear on season 13 of “America’s Got Talent.”

Duo Transcend – Trapeze/Rollerskating Duo – “America’s Got Talent” 2018 – Finalist
Aerial trapeze artists Duo Transcend appeared on Season 13 of “America’s Got Talent.” Following that they have had the opportunity to travel and share their talent with millions around the world.

Marcelito Pomoy – Singer – “Pilipinas Got Talent” 2011 – Winner
Marcelito “Mars” Pomoy is a Filipino singer known for his ability to sing in both tenor and soprano and switch instantly from one to the other. He was the winner of the second season of “Pilipinas Got Talent.” In 2018, he appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” where he wowed the audience and received a standing ovation for his rendition of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Alexa Lauenburger – Dog Act – “Das Supertalent” 2017 – Winner/ “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions” 2019 – Finalist
Eleven-year-old Alexa Lauenburger’s passion for animals developed at a very young age.  Following in her father’s footsteps training dogs, Alexa secretly worked with the dogs and surprised her family with a dog show at the age of 7. Alexa won “Das Supertalent” in 2017 and her life changed in that moment.  She also participated in “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions” in 2019 and received the Golden Buzzer from Ant and Dec.

Tyler Butler-Figueroa – Violinist – “America’s Got Talent” 2019 – Finalist
Twelve-year-old violinist Tyler Butler Figueroa touched the hearts and inspired millions of people around the world, including Simon Cowell, who gave him the Golden Buzzer, on season 14 of “America’s Got Talent.” At 4 years old, Tyler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Looking for a way to express himself after being bullied for his hair loss, Tyler started playing the violin. Inspired by violinist Brian King Joseph from season 13 of “America’s Got Talent,” he started street performing and playing at local events to pay for travel expenses to audition for the show. Tyler is now cancer-free and has been in remission for four years.

Sandou Trio Russian Bar – Russian Bar – “America’s Got Talent” 2011 – Semi-finalist
Sandou Trio Russian Bar performed on season six of “America’s Got Talent.” Since then, the Trio have performed all over the world, including major league sporting events and have appeared in the FX series “Baskets,” and the feature film “The Greatest Showman.” The talented Trio have performed in several shows on the Las Vegas strip and provide entertainment for corporate events parties and more.)

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Saber Interactive Removes All References From Social Media About Its Next Witcher 3 Update – Nintendo Life

February 17th, 2020

Motorola’s foldable Razr is already falling apart – BGR

February 17th, 2020