Facebook stopped short of blocking the messages, but added warning labels to both. For Trump’s post claiming the opposition was trying to steal the election, Facebook added a message saying “Final results may be different from initial vote counts, as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks.” For the other Trump post claiming a big win, the label said “Votes are being counted. The winner of the 2020 US Presidential Election has not been projected.“This is in line with what the company pledged to do in September. – Advertisement – U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the White House after returning from hospitalization at the Walter Reed Medical Center for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment, in Washington, October 5, 2020, in this still image from video posted on Trump’s Twitter page.@realDonaldTrump | via Reuters – Advertisement – President Trump also posted a tweet saying “I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!” which did not have a warning appended as of press time. NBC News has not yet projected the presidential election results.- Advertisement – Twitter has appended a warning over a tweet of President Donald Trump’s claiming that the opposition is trying to steal the election. “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!” the president’s tweet reads.Twitter attached a label over the tweet, reading “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” It offered a link to “learn more” about its civic integrity policy.- Advertisement –
The MagSafe charger is priced in India at Rs. 4,500 ($39 in the US), so the MagSafe Duo should be slightly more expensive than that, given its added abilities. Recently published Apple support pages confirm that the iPhone 12 mini supports 12W MagSafe wireless charging, whereas the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max support up to 15W charging capacity with the MAgSafe chargers. Lightning accessories such as headphones that are compatible with MagSafe charger will offer wireless charging speeds of up to 7.5W only, to comply with regulatory standards.Apple also notes that iPhone 12 series units with cases more than 2.1mm thickness may not charge well via a MagSafe charger. It says the cases with MagSafe support must have a uniform maximum thickness of 2.1mm, though it recommends them to be 2.0mm thick.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple’s MagSafe Duo has been spotted on a Korean compliance site, according to reports. Apple introduced support for MagSafe wireless charging with its latest iPhone 12 line-up, which includes the iPhone 12 mini, basic iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The MagSafe range of accessories introduced at the event includes a MagSafe charger, MagSafe Duo accessory, and range of cases. While the cases and the MagSafe wireless charger went on sale on October 16, the MagSafe Duo pricing and availability details were not announced. Now, the accessory has been spotted on Korea’s National Radio Research Agency (NRRA) compliance site, hinting that Apple is working on unveiling the product in the future.MacRumors spotted the MagSafe Duo wireless charger first on Korea’s NRRA certification site. The listing offers little information on pricing or availability, but it does hint at Apple working on the launch of the accessory. While the MagSafe wireless charger is able to charge the iPhone, the MagSafe Duo is able to charge the iPhone and the Apple Watch simultaneously. During the iPhone 12 event, Apple had vaguely said that the MagSafe Duo will be available at a later date.- Advertisement –
• Clean energy companies spoke out against racism after the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd: Now, to turn words into action, they have to figure out how to actually combat racism inside and outside company ranks. Emma Foehringer Merchant at Green Tech Media writes:So far, the clean energy industry has largely embraced a “rising tide lifts all boats” approach: If renewables companies help clean up the grid, that will naturally reduce pollution for the communities of color who experience it most acutely. But data on the industry — such as the number of opportunities for Black employees in the industry and the availability of rooftop solar to majority-nonwhite neighborhoods — shows that that approach has fallen flat in challenging the legacy of systemic racism within clean energy.“At its core, the idea of moving forward clean energy, whether it’s solar or wind, has been good,” said Jacqui Patterson, director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program. But overall, Patterson said, the industry’s approach to anti-racism efforts has been lackluster, even after she’s advised companies on best practices.• Six House Democrats oppose Forest Service plan to relax oil and gas drilling regulations in national forests: Democratic Rep. Mike Levin of California and five other House Democrats sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen Monday objecting to a proposed Forest Service rule, according to E&E News. The deadline for public comment on the proposal passed Monday.”If this proposal is adopted, oil and gas developers would be gifted lax rules in our National Forests while transparency and critical environmental reviews would be curtailed,” the lawmakers wrote. If approved, the proposed rule would allow the Forest Service to rubber-stamp surface-use plans for oil and gas drilling without public notice or environmental review. This is part of the Trump regime’s effort to boost resource extraction from public lands by streamlining rule changes. The Environmental Protection Network blasted streamlining and made recommendations about it this summer. Wolf tracks in northwestern Colorado.By an extremely narrow margin, voters approved Colorado Proposition 114 that mandates Colorado Parks and Wildlife to come up with a plan to reintroduce gray wolves onto public lands. Backed by the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund, the reintroduction, advocates say, is needed to rebalance ecosystems harmed by the eradication of wolves in the 1920s and ‘30s when government bounties were paid for their pelts. Federal reintroduction of gray wolves in next-door Yellowstone National Park and Idaho 25 years ago encountered vigorous organized opposition, and that was reflected in the closeness of the Colorado vote. Foes of the proposition included ranchers, farmers, sportsmen, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Farm Bureau, and Coloradans Protecting Wildlife, as well as some counties. Some critics say the law is unnecessary because wolves have already returned to Colorado. But wildlife experts say the animals are unlikely to sustain a permanent presence without more wolves being reintroduced into the state. The last wolves in Colorado were killed in the 1940s. On Oct. 29, the Department of Interior removed the gray wolf from the roster of endangered species it had been added to in 1975. There are today perhaps 11,000 gray wolves in Alaska, the only state where they were not extirpated. An estimated 6,000 now live in the lower 48 states. • Across the nation, voters approved $3.7 billion in new funding for parks, public lands, and climate resilience: In its survey of voting results, the Trust for Public Land found that there were 49 conservation-oriented ballot measures in 19 states. The trust had endorsed 26 of these in 11 states, all of which gained majority voter approval. Some examples of what passed: Oakland, California: a $735 million school bond that will, among other things, fund green or “living” schoolyards throughout the school district.Portland, Oregon: A five-year property tax levy authorities hope will bring in $293 million in investments in parks to “increase access in recreation opportunities for communities of color, refugees and immigrants, and families experiencing poverty.”Denver: A quarter-cent “climate sales tax” to generate $800 million over the next 20 years for climate-related programs, with a mandate that “funding should maximize investments in communities of color, under resourced communities, and communities most vulnerable to climate change.”Michigan: Constitutional amendment lifts the cap on how much revenue the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund can take in to allow for an increase in oil, gas, and mining industry royalties used to create and protect state parks.Montana: Two measures legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana are anticipated to generate $360 million for land conservation over the next 20 years. – Advertisement – • Denmark will kill all 17 million of its farmed mink because of coronavirus mutation: The mutated virus has spread from five minks to 12 humans, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced Wednesday. Authorities found new strains were less susceptible to antibodies, causing worries the new mutation could make any future vaccine less effective. Denmark is the world’s number one supplier of farmed mink. The Netherlands, Spain, and Utah have all culled thousands of their own mink because the virus had spread to farmed populations. But these were not mutated versions. Dr. Joanna Swabe, the Humane Society International/Europe’s senior director of public affairs, praised Denmark’s decision. “Denmark is one of the largest fur producers on the planet, so a total shutdown of all Danish mink fur farms amid spiraling COVID-19 infections is a significant development,” Swabe told The Guardian. “Although not a ban on fur farming, this move signals the end of suffering for millions of animals confined to small wire cages on Danish fur farms solely for the purposes of a trivial fur fashion that no one needs.”• Biden will, if elected, move to rejoin the Paris climate agreement early on in his administration: But fulfilling any pledge to cut emissions likely will encounter trouble at home. Biden has vowed that he would move immediately to rejoin the Paris Agreement officially abandoned with a sneer by the Trump regime Wednesday. Biden said he will “use every tool of American foreign policy to push the rest of the world to raise their ambitions alongside with the United States.” “Being out formally obviously hurts the U.S. reputation,” former Obama administration climate official Andrew Light told BBC News. “This will be the second time that the United States has been the primary force behind negotiating a new climate deal—with the Kyoto Protocol we never ratified it, in the case of the Paris Agreement, we left it. So, I think it’s obviously a problem.” To rejoin, the United States must come up with a credible pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in what are called nationally determined contributions. Expectations of other world leaders as well as climate hawks at home are that the U.S. must make an ambitious NDC pledge. But while Biden can make such a pledge, obstacles to making it happen are rife. Among them, of course, is Congress, where the Democratic House majority will be smaller in 2021 and Republicans may still dominate the Senate. Even if Democrats manage to win the Senate majority, the Supreme Court, with three Donald Trump-appointed justices since Biden was vice president, will undoubtedly be less friendly to climate-related regulations. “I think that the Supreme Court, even with [Justice Ruth Bader] Ginsburg was going to be a pretty tough place for EPA,” Jeffrey Holmstead, a partner at Bracewell LLP, told Jean Chemnick at E&E News. “But I think that’s even more clear now.” Not everyone is pessmistic. Said Light, “I think that [Biden] will dig in deep, learn the lessons of what the Obama crew learned from trying to get these existing authority measures through and the legal hurdles they encountered, and he goes full bore.” • Variability of renewable energy sources means managing them on the electric grid, and because that’s challenging, there are costs to that: But how much? Philip Heptonstall and Robert Gross of Imperial College London decided to find the answer. They dug into hundreds of studies. Their key conclusion: even at the high end of the estimates, the added costs of renewables still leave them competitive with carbon-emitting sources. Those extra costs vary tremendously depending on location and other factors.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
“You have to build the infrastructure to organize and motivate your base, and you have to persuade people,” said Jason Carter, a Democrat who was the party’s candidate for governor in 2014. “Stacey built that infrastructure, and Donald Trump’s presidency energized that infrastructure, and it opened up voters to persuasion who were previously not open, particularly in the suburbs.”Mr. Biden pulled ahead of President Trump in Georgia, a state that has not elected a Democratic presidential candidate in nearly three decades, and maintained a slight lead throughout Friday. He was up about 4,100 votes Friday evening with more than 98 percent of the ballots counted. Because of the small margin, the secretary of state confirmed there would be a recount. Still, Democrats in the state were jubilant.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full.” And she cited the work of other activists. “Georgia, let’s shout out those who’ve been in the trenches and deserve the plaudits for change.”If Mr. Biden holds onto his slim lead in Georgia, her profile is likely to grow. Stacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on a short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was ultimately not chosen by Joseph R. Biden Jr. But on Friday, as Mr. Biden took a narrow lead in Georgia, it was Ms. Abrams who was celebrated, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state two years ago.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with moving past her loss — she came within 55,000 votes of the governor’s mansion — and building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote.- Advertisement –
A football pitch in a village was turned into an “execution ground”, reports say.- Advertisement –
“The purchase market continued its recent slump, with the index decreasing for the sixth time in seven weeks to its lowest level since May 2020,” said Joel Kan, an MBA economist. “Inadequate housing supply is putting upward pressure on home prices and is impacting affordability — especially for first-time buyers and lower-income buyers.”Loan amounts have been reaching new highs in the last several weeks due to skyrocketing home prices and comparatively stronger activity on the upper end of the market. Low rates are no longer offsetting these higher prices; in fact they are partially causing them.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($510,400 or less) decreased to a survey low of 2.98% from 3.01%, with points decreasing to 0.35 from 0.38 (including the origination fee) for loans with a 20% down payment. That rate was more than a full percentage point higher than a year earlier.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Low rates did help demand for refinances, which rose 1% for the week and were 67% higher annually. That is the highest level since August.Refinance demand may already be under pressure, however, as mortgage rates bounced decidedly higher since news organizations called the presidential election for Joe Biden. The average on the 30-year fixed is up 12 basis points since Friday, according to Mortgage News Daily, which monitors rates daily.“This leaves rates in territory that’s still great by historical standards, but the sharp nature of the move raises questions about where we go from here,” said Matthew Graham, chief operating officer at Mortgage News Daily. “For the time being, traders are being cautious when it comes to the bond market. That means the average mortgage rate follower should be cautious as well.” An “Open House” sign is displayed in the front yard of a home for sale in Columbus, Ohio.Ty Wright | Bloomberg via Getty Images – Advertisement – Another record low interest rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage last week did not help drag homebuyers out of their recent slump. Declining demand from buyers caused mortgage application volume to fall 0.5% last week compared with the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. Mortgage applications to purchase a home fell 3% for the week and were 16% higher than a year ago. The annual comparison is now shrinking steadily.- Advertisement –
If you choose to not allow smart features in Gmail, Chat, and Meet to use your data, then you won’t be getting automatic email categorisation into the Promotions, Social, and Primary inboxes, you won’t be able to use smart compose while typing an email, nor will you see summary cards for shopping, travel reservations, and package tracking, and neither will there be any calendar event creation from dates and other details in emails.Similarly, if you choose to not personalise other Google products with your Gmail, Chat, and Meet data, then Google Assistant won’t be able to offer you bill reminders, Google Maps will not offer restaurant reservations, and Google Pay won’t surface any loyalty cards and tickets.Google explains in its blog, “Smart features rely on your data to save you time and provide a more helpful experience, we want you to use them because you find value in using them, not because they’re simply there.” The tech giant says that these new settings will be enabled for an individual Gmail user and even a Google Workspace administrator.- Advertisement – Gmail is about to get two new settings for turning off data usage that helps Google offer smart features and personalisation experiences. These new settings will let you disable smart features like automatic sorting of emails in primary, social, and promotions category, or smart compose while writing an email, and even summary cards that show up above emails. Users will also gain the ability to disable personalisation features like Google Assistant reminding you of your next bill payment, or even travel bundling your itineraries.On its blog, Google has confirmed that these two new settings will go live in Gmail in the ‘coming weeks’. These new settings are for controlling whether your data in Gmail, Meet and Chat can be used to offer ‘smart features’ in these and other Google products. Disabling these settings will prevent Google from using your data to provide these personal experiences to you. These options can be enabled/ disabled anytime in Gmail settings.- Advertisement – Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –
Huawei, China’s first global tech brand, is at the centre of US-Chinese tension over technology, security and spying.American officials say Huawei might facilitate Chinese spying, which the company denies. They also see Chinese government-supported technology development as a threat to US industrial dominance.US security complaints about Huawei focus on its business making switching equipment for phone and Internet companies and its leading role in next-generation telecom technology. The Trump administration is lobbying European and other allies to exclude Huawei and other Chinese suppliers as they upgrade networks.- Advertisement – Huawei’s announcement gave no financial details but said the company will have no ownership stake once the sale is completed. Huawei will retain its flagship Huawei smartphone brand.The buyer is a company formed by a technology enterprise owned by the government of the southern city of Shenzhen, where Huawei is headquartered, with a group of Honor retailers. Earlier news reports on rumours of a possible sale put the price as high as CNY 100 billion (roughly Rs. 1,13,300 crores).“The move has been made by Honor’s industry chain to ensure its own survival,” said a Huawei statement.- Advertisement – Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its budget-price Honor smartphone brand in an effort to rescue the struggling business from damaging US sanctions imposed on its parent company.The move announced Tuesday is aimed at reviving Honor by separating it from Huawei’s network equipment and other businesses, which Washington says are a security threat, an accusation Huawei denies. They are under sanctions that block access to most US processor chips and other technology.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Meanwhile, Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, is being held in Canada and is fighting extradition to the United States to face charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran.Sanctions imposed last year block Huawei’s access to most US processor chips and other technology. Those were tightened this year when the White House barred manufacturers worldwide from using US technology to produce chips for Huawei, including those designed by its own engineers.Tuesday’s announcements gave no indication how Honor’s new owners planned to regain access to US chips and other technology including Google’s popular music, maps and other services. Other Chinese smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo operate without such restrictions.Honor, founded in 2013, is one of the world’s biggest-selling smartphone brands. Huawei says it ships 70 million handsets a year.Total shipments of Huawei and Honor handsets fell 5 percent from a year earlier in the quarter ending in June to 55.8 million, according to Canalys. Sales in China rose 8 percent but shipments abroad fell 27 percent.Huawei reported earlier sales for the first nine months of 2020 rose 9.9 percent to CNY 671.3 billion (roughly Rs. 7,60,700 crores). That was down from 13.1 percent growth in the first half, but the company said it still was profitable.Huawei’s smartphone sales outside China have suffered because the company is barred from preinstalling Google services, which many customers expect. Huawei is allowed to use Google’s Android operating system because it is open source and involves no commercial transaction with the American company.Huawei says it has removed US components from its core products but the president of its consumer unit, Richard Yu, warned in August the company was running out of chips for smartphones.Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Mar 10, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The strain of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) that erupted from obscurity to kill 774 people worldwide has gone quiet, at least for now. Yet its lessons will keep benefiting people even if it never reappears.Some researchers say that the killer strain may now exist only in laboratories. It hasn’t been found outside laboratories since July 2003, said Kathryn V. Holmes, PhD, a professor of microbiology at the University of Colorado Health Center at Fitzsimmons in Aurora, Colo.Holmes recently conducted an extensive literature review on SARS for an overview during an emerging diseases symposium at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting on Feb 19.”The good news is there are good markers for the strains that evolved for human-to-human passage, the epidemic strains,” she told CIDRAP News. That’s how researchers can identify or rule out that strain.SARS first emerged in southern China in November 2002 and later spread to Hong Kong and on to many other countries. During the epidemic, which lasted until July 2003, more than 8,000 people contracted the illness worldwide; just under 10% of them died.Four non-laboratory SARS cases have been identified since the epidemic. An article in the February Proceedings of the National Academy of Science said the four patients in Guangzhou, China, in December 2003 and January 2004 probably acquired the virus through contact with wild animals. None of the patients had a history of contact with other SARS patients, and their viral strains were consistent with strains found in palm civets at the time, Holmes said.In addition, three laboratory-associated SARS outbreaks occurred from Sept 2003 to April 2004, with nine cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) SARS data. As the WHO predicted last fall, things are quiet on the SARS front. Scientists even sound cautiously optimistic about the future.”The series of events that led up to SARS being readily transmissible is a rare thing,” said Frank Plummer, MD, FRCPC, scientific director of the National Microbiology Laboratory in the Public Health Agency of Canada.The events included a mutation in the virus that apparently allowed it to spread easily from person to person, he said. Also part of the circumstances that probably contributed to the epidemic was the use of civets for food in southern China; the animals were found to be frequent carriers of the virus. Since then, China has worked hard to eradicate the civet meat industry, Plummer said.Holmes said SARS has likely infected humans sporadically in the past. Thanks to a rare mutation, the virus spread from an animal host to a human, and then survived long enough to develop the ability to spread among people, she said.Although the events that triggered the SARS epidemic were unusual, it could happen again.”We don’t completely understand SARS. We don’t really have good animal models,” said Plummer. “Exactly why some people got so ill and others didn’t, I don’t think we know.”However, SARS has offered lasting lessons for the public health community on how to address emerging infections. If the same disease re-emerged, the response would be very different, scientists told CIDRAP News.”I don’t think the situations and events that happened during SARS would be repeated,” Plummer said. “We’ve learned those lessons.”For example, Plummer said, China is more open about reporting, many countries have developed surveillance, and scientists have created tools to diagnose and respond to SARS. (The disease first emerged in southern China in November 2002, but the Chinese government was secretive about it for several months.)Umesh Parashar, MD, MPH, is the lead medical epidemiologist for the SARS task force of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He noted other improvements, including better infection control and training guidelines, improved availability of diagnostic tests and treatment protocols, and new systems for Internet-based reporting.”We have learned a lot about SARS,” Parashar said. “The biggest challenge and uncertainty is around the likelihood of resurgence.””The wild card in all this is certainly that the virus can evolve or change,” he said, adding that there’s no clear evidence as to which animal is the virus’s primary reservoir. “The data do not convincingly demonstrate that civets are the natural reservoir.”If SARS mimics other zoonotic outbreaks, such as Ebola and Nipah virus, it may disappear and then re-emerge, Parashar said. However, it would require perfect circumstances for the disease to re-emerge in the same form, he added.Meanwhile, though, SARS has slipped down the threat list. Plummer’s team, for example, once had about 30 scientists working on SARS. Most of them have returned to their usual research areas, he said. Five are now studying avian influenza.”In some ways it’s good that [the SARS outbreak] happened,” Plummer said. “A fairly mild event taught us a lot about how to prepare for new infectious agents and for pandemic influenza.”Plumbing the secrets of SARS will help in handling other zoonoses. Scientists still have many important questions left, said Holmes.”Why was it killing people? We have no idea,” she said. “SARS has many lessons to teach medical science.See also: Huai-Dong S, Chang-Chun T, Guo-Wei Z, et al. Cross-host evolution of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus in palm civet and human. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2005;102(7):2430-5 [Abstract]
Jul 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) A puzzling disease outbreak linked to pigs in southwestern China has expanded to 152 cases with 31 deaths, more than double the number of cases reported 3 days ago, according to Chinese news services. The AFP report said the disease is rare, with only 200-plus cases reported since the first recorded ones, in Denmark in 1968. The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture said a vaccine for the illness would soon be produced and rushed to the affected area, according to a report today by the Chinese news service Xinhua. Doses “are expected to reach Sichuan Province in about one week after being inspected by the Ministry of Agriculture,” the report said. China’s Health Ministry reported the numbers as of noon today, according to China Daily. There were 106 confirmed cases of what the ministry called pig streptococcosis and 46 suspected ones, with 27 people in critical condition. On July 25 officials had reported just 58 cases, 17 of them fatal. All the cases are in Sichuan province. The World Health Organization said that if the disease is in fact caused by S suis, it would be the first time so many people had been affected at the same time, AFP reported. This would raise concern that the pathogen has become more virulent. AFP quoted WHO spokesman Bob Dietz as saying that it was too early to know whether S suis is the cause, or the only cause, of the illness. The illness, featuring high fever, vomiting, and hemorrhaging, has affected people who handled sick or dead pigs. It has been attributed to the bacterium Streptococcus suis, commonly found in pigs, but past human outbreaks have typically been very small, according to health officials. Experts told the Beijing Daily Messenger that the disease has struck only those who had contact with infected pigs or pork and had open wounds at the time, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. Those who only ate the pork didn’t get sick.