– Advertisement – – Advertisement – As of now, Nokia or brand licensee HMD Global has not shared any news on the Nokia 6300 or the Nokia 8000 and it is unclear when they will be released. However, they were recently spotted on a Swedish telecom operator’s website, suggesting that they might be launched soon.Is Android One holding back Nokia smartphones 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. The phone is expected to come in Charcoal, Cyan, and White colour options.Nokia 8000 4G specifications (expected)The Nokia 8000 4G is said to come with model number TA-1303 for the dual-SIM variant. It will also run KaiOS and feature a 2.8-inch display. This feature phone will also be powered by a single-core processor, have 4MB RAM and 512MB storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options are said to be the same as the Nokia 6300 4G. In terms of battery, the Nokia 8000 4G may come with 1,500mAh and measure 132.2×56.5×12.3mm. The phone is said to weigh 110 grams.The phone is said to come in Black, Blue, Gold, and White colour options.- Advertisement – Nokia 6300 and Nokia 8000 feature phones were recently spotted on a Swedish telecom operator’s website and now key specifications and colour options have been leaked according to a report. The leak also states that the two 4G phones will run KaiOS. The Nokia 6300 4G is expected to come in three colour options while the Nokia 8000 4G is said to be offered in four colours. The Nokia 6300 4G is reportedly based on the classic Nokia 6300 while the Nokia 8000 4G is said to be based on the Nokia 8800.Nokia 6300 4G specifications (expected)As per the report by Nokia Power User, the Nokia 6300 4G come with model number TA-1294 which is a dual-SIM variant of the phone. It runs KaiOS and features a 2.4-inch display. Under the hood, the phone is powered by a single-core processor and is said to come with 4MB RAM and 512MB storage, with support for expansion via microSD card (up to 32GB). The Nokia 6300 4G is expected to be backed by a 1,500mAh battery and come with LTE support, GSM/ WCDMA, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, and a Micro-USB port for charging. In terms of dimensions, the Nokia 6300 4G is said to measure 131.4x53x13.7mm and weighs 104.7 grams.- Advertisement –
Mr. Biden’s remarks about the state of the race on Friday night were his third in as many days since Election Day. Campaign advisers also indicated that they were ready to begin naming senior officials in an anticipated administration in a matter of days, if the race is called in his favor.Striking an inclusive tone, Mr. Biden urged the country to set aside partisan warfare and “come together as a nation to heal.” Noting the slow pace of the vote count — “it can be numbing,” he said — he sought to reassure anxious Americans waiting for the winner of an election that has now stretched on for three days. – Advertisement – “We have to remain calm, patient and let the process work out as we count all the votes,” he said. “Democracy works, your vote will be counted, I don’t care how hard people try to stop it, I will not let them stop it.”In Georgia, Mr. Biden went into the lead overnight Thursday, thanks to a vote tally from Clayton County, a Democratic-leaning area near Atlanta. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said the state remained “too close to call” and predicted that it was headed for a recount, given that Mr. Biden’s lead stood at a mere 4,000 or so votes out of five million cast.If Mr. Biden ends up winning Georgia, it would be a major breakthrough for the Democratic Party in the Republican-dominated Deep South: Democrats rarely win top statewide races outside of Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. No Democratic presidential candidate has carried Georgia since 1992, when Bill Clinton narrowly won there.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mr. Biden held a lead of about 30,000 votes in Arizona, after a new tranche of ballots from Maricopa County, the state’s population center, helped Mr. Trump close the gap by about 7,000 votes on Friday night. Katie Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state, said on CNN that 173,000 ballots remained to be counted statewide, including 92,000 in Maricopa County.
The company has previously run over 400 tests without human passengers at the Nevada site.The test comes a month after Reuters first reported that Virgin Hyperloop picked the US state of West Virginia to host a $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,700 crores) certification centre and test track that will serve as a proving ground for its technology.The company is working toward safety certification by 2025 and commercial operations by 2030, it has said.- Advertisement – Canada’s Transpod and Spain’s Zeleros also aim to upend traditional passenger and freight networks with similar technology they say will slash travel times, congestion and environmental harm linked with petroleum-fueled machines.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? 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. Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop has completed the world’s first passenger ride on a super high-speed levitating pod system, the company said on Sunday, a key safety test for technology it hopes will transform human and cargo transportation.Virgin Hyperloop executives Josh Giegel, its Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, reached speeds of up to 107 miles per hour (172 km per hour) at the company’s DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada, the company said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I had the true pleasure of seeing history made before my very eyes,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and Group Chairman and Chief Executive of DP World.Los Angeles-based Hyperloop envisions a future where floating pods packed with passengers and cargo hurtle through vacuum tubes at 600 miles an hour (966 kph) or faster.In a hyperloop system, which uses magnetic levitation to allow near-silent travel, a trip between New York and Washington would take just 30 minutes. That would be twice as fast as a commercial jet flight and four times faster than a high-speed train.- Advertisement –
It is also known as the festival of lights and coincides with the Hindu New Year. The fountain show will take place at 21:00.Following the show, a firework display will take place which will illuminate the night sky.Diwali is a four to five-day-long festival which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists every autumn.- Advertisement – The impressive fountains shoot up to 105 metres high and are choreographed along with over 3,000 LED lights. There are two giant floating platforms that cover almost 14,000 square feet.For the occasion of Diwali, the performance has been choreographed to dance to classic and contemporary Bollywood tunes and Hindi pop songs.- Advertisement – The Palm Fountain will welcome Diwali this coming week, with the record-breaking attraction set to put on a one-off performance to celebrate the festival. In addition to the dancing fountain, an amazing firework show is set to light up the skies of Dubai on November 13th. – Advertisement – OlderNorwegian cuts 1,600 jobs as government rejects funding plea – Advertisement –
A cinema-like experience inside your home Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A7 brings a theatre-like experience to your home. While going out to watch movies remains unsafe, the Galaxy Tab A7 can help you stream your favourite movies and TV shows in the comfort of your home. The tablet comes with 26.31cm (10.4”) large display and Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos surround sound. That’s pretty much all you need to enjoy great content with rich audio.Galaxy Tab A7’s massive WUXGA+ display runs at a native resolution of 2000×1200 pixels, offering an immersive viewing experience. Samsung has given you all the more reasons to binge-watch your favourite shows and movies without missing out on a theatre-like experience. And the dark mode on the tablet lets you enjoy high-quality content for longer, without straying your eyes.- Advertisement – In the new normal, we’re all spending more time indoors while working from home or online learning. As we struggle to achieve a work-life balance, there’s a growing need to unplug and to entertain ourselves.In such situations, a tablet can be a blessing in disguise. As they offer extreme portability and high-end features, tablets have become a great option for those looking to get work done and enjoy entertainment at home. Well, Samsung has launched its latest tablet, Galaxy Tab A7 and without any doubt, it’s the ultimate entertainment powerhouse. Here’s why:- Advertisement – Endless gaming sessions like never before While watching movies and TV shows is great, some of us prefer spending more time gaming. The Samsung Galaxy A7 lets you play just about any popular mobile game out there without any lags, thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor (Octa-core) that’s supported by 3GB RAM.The speed is quite noticeable when you fire up your favourite games. You can load games quickly, and play endlessly without anything slowing you down. To support your gaming and binge-watching is the large 7040 mAh battery that can last an entire day, and also supports 15W fast charging. When you run out of battery, you can quickly charge it and get back to work or play in no time.- Advertisement – Expandable memory and an attractive design For storing all your important files, videos and photos, the Galaxy Tab A7 comes with an inbuilt 32GB storage expandable up to 1TB with a microSD card, so you never run out of space to store your precious memories.That’s not all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 comes in a sleek, stylish package that’s designed to impress. The tablet is just 7mm thick and comes in a metal body. You can also choose from three stylish colours – Dark Gray, Silver, and Gold to match your style. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is a great option if you’re looking to gift someone a tablet this festive season or you can #RewardYourself with some me-time for all the long work from home hours that you’ve managed this year.Samsung is offering 2-month free subscription of YouTube Premium with the Galaxy Tab A7.You can purchase the Galaxy Tab A7 (Wi-Fi) for ₹16,999, while the LTE version costs ₹21,999. The Wi-Fi variant is exclusively available at amazon.in & samsung.com/in, the LTE variant is available at all major retail outlets & samsung.com/inSamsung just made the festive season even more joyous with the offers on this entertainment powerhouse, including a 10% instant cashback up to ₹1500 on SBI Bank Credit Cards. Those purchasing the device in the next few days can also avail 50% off on a book cover and 50% off on Samsung Care+ plan (the company’s accidental damage protection policy) on select models. You can visit the Samsung online store for more details.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. – Advertisement –
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Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas for the two CEOs in light of their handling of the article. Democrats were not present for the meeting because they were boycotting a vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The CEOs ultimately agreed to testify voluntarily, less than a month after they appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee to discuss similar issues alongside Google CEO Sundar Pichai.Dorsey: Killing Section 230 will stifle speechIn his prepared statement, Dorsey cautioned that getting rid of Section 230 would have the opposite effect that lawmakers intend.“Completely eliminating Section 230 or prescribing reactionary government speech mandates will neither address concerns nor align with the First Amendment,” he wrote. “Indeed, such actions could have the opposite effect, likely resulting in increased removal of speech, the proliferation of frivolous lawsuits, and severe limitations on our collective ability to address harmful content and protect people online.”- Advertisement – Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Square co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.Getty Images | CNBC Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are making their second appearance before the Senate in less than a month to defend the legal liability shield that underpins their business models.Both CEOs plan to highlight their efforts to crack down on misinformation around the U.S. elections, according to their prepared testimony for Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. They will also urge lawmakers to tread carefully in their efforts to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects them from being held liable for their users’ posts.The hearing, titled “Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election,” is expected to focus on the platforms’ role in spreading and cracking down on messages related to this year’s elections. It came about after Facebook and Twitter both took actions to reduce the spread of an unverified New York Post article claiming to contain a “smoking gun” email about President-elect Joe Biden and his son before the election. Biden has called the story a “smear” and his campaign claimed the Post “never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story,” including that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani supposedly acquired the documents.- Advertisement – He added, “The world has changed since Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 became law, but the fundamentals of online speech that led to its passage largely remain.”Dorsey also wrote that the situation with the Post article showed the need for transparency among tech companies when they change their policies.Twitter initially prevented users from sharing the Post story because it violated company policies on hacked materials and personal information. Specifically, the story contained images of documents supposedly taken from a hard drive that belonged to Hunter Biden without his knowledge. Some of the documents shown in the article contained unredacted private email addresses.Dorsey wrote that it created the hacked materials policy in 2018, after discussions with the U.S. government, to prevent Twitter from becoming a conduit for the spread of hacked materials. But after journalists and others complained about how Twitter handled the Post article, Twitter revised the policy to cover only materials directly shared by hackers.“The @NYPost example demonstrates the complexity of content moderation and policy enforcement decisions,” Dorsey wrote in his prepared statement.He also discussed Twitter’s principles of procedural fairness and algorithmic choice, addressing conservatives’ concerns about alleged bias. He wrote that while enforcement mistakes are “inevitable,” Twitter makes it easy to appeal.“Procedural fairness at Twitter also means we ensure that all decisions are made without using political viewpoints, party affiliation, or political ideology, whether related to automatically ranking content on our service or how we develop or enforce the Twitter Rules,” Dorsey wrote.Zuckerberg on how Facebook helped the 2020 voteZuckerberg did not address the Post article directly in his prepared remarks, but instead reiterated his calls for Section 230 reform while urging caution.Facebook was among the most prominent supporters of another Section 230 reform, FOSTA-SESTA, which eliminated the liability protection for sites facilitating sex trafficking.Still, Zuckerberg wrote that Section 230’s protections allow platforms to facilitate free expression and also moderate objectionable messages including harassment.“It’s important that any changes to the law don’t prevent new companies or businesses from being built, because innovation in the internet sector brings real benefits to billions of people around the world,” Zuckerberg said in his written remarks.Zuckerberg also talked about the company’s efforts around the 2020 election.He highlighted Facebook’s moves to promote voter registration to users, fight misinformation and voter suppression, and tamp down on efforts to delegitimize the election. Zuckerberg pointed out that Facebook took proactive steps as the votes were being counted, like informing users of election results as they became available, attaching labels to messages seeking to delegitimize the election outcome or voting methods, and strengthening enforcement against militias and conspiracy networks.In closing, Zuckerberg discussed the challenges of balancing “competing equities.”“Sometimes the right thing to do from a safety or security perspective isn’t the best for privacy or free expression, so we have to choose what we believe is best for our community and for the world,” he said in his written remarks.“Making these tradeoffs is not straightforward, and whatever path we choose, inevitably some people are disappointed. In addition, people have very different ideas about how the internet should be governed. This is something many platforms struggle with, and it’s why I believe we should resolve some of these tensions together as a society and in a way that people feel is legitimate.”WATCH: How the internet is regulated – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
They point to a recent FoodNet report that showed a strong association between infection with S enteritidis phage types 8 and 13 and eating chicken. “The possible emergence of these two phage types in broiler chickens suggests that industry should implement appropriate Salmonella enteritidis controls for broiler chickens,” the authors write. “The implications are mostly for how we evaluate our surveillance system,” he told CIDRAP News. “There are about 50 different serotypes, and the clinical illness is the same [for all serotypes].” The authors, led by Sean F. Altekruse of the USDA, note that two recent US case-control studies from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) associated eating chicken with sporadic human infections with S enteritidis. Though the overall incidence of human salmonellosis was lower in 2005 than in the mid 1990s, FoodNet surveillance indicated the incidence of S enteritidis infections was about 25% higher. The findings, published yesterday in the December issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), do not necessarily signal an overall increase in the risk of chicken-related Salmonella infection, but they appear to reinforce other evidence about the emergence of S enteritidis in chicken. Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert and associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said the identification of a different serotype in broiler chickens by itself doesn’t mean that eating or handling chicken is becoming more dangerous. Mar 6 CIDRAP News article “USDA aims to reduce Salmonella in meat and poultry” The researchers write that the sampling program is not designed to estimate national prevalence of poultry contamination, because it doesn’t consider production volume or regional or seasonal effects, but the findings are significant. The proportion of establishments that had positive tests increased from 17 of 197 (9%) in 2000 to 47 of 187 (25%) in 2005. In addition, the number of states where the strain was found increased from 14 in the 2000-2002 period to 24 in the ensuing 3 years. Two S enteritidis phage types accounted for most isolates from broiler rinse water: PT 8 and PT 13. “Enteritidis in broilers is noteworthy given the increase in human Salmonella enteritidis infection rates in the United States and recent findings that eating chicken is a new and important risk factor for sporadic infection,” they state. Hedberg said the findings should prompt renewed attention to S enteriditis control programs in egg production and that it’s difficult to disentangle the risk factors for the organism in chickens. The egg and broiler industries are very different and their disease-control strategies vary, he said. Altekruse SF, Bauer N, Chanlongbutra A, et al. Salmonella enteritidis in broiler chickens, United States, 2000-2005. Emerg Infect Dis 2006;12(12):1848-52 [Full text] The USDA researchers tested rinse water samples collected from 2000 through 2005 at plants that slaughter broiler chickens. Eligible poultry processors were randomly selected each month for sampling, which involved collecting rinse water used on one chilled broiler chicken carcass per day for 51 days. Samples were sent for analysis to USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) laboratories in Georgia, California, and Missouri. Nov 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) Sampling by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the last 5 years has shown a fourfold increase in the number of broiler chicken carcasses contaminated with Salmonella enterica serotype enteritidis, a strain previously associated mainly with eggs. Meat and poultry producers that haven’t reduced the percentage of positive Salmonella tests to no more than half the FSIS performance standard by July 2007 will face consequences, the USDA authors report. For example, the FSIS may post test results, including processing plant names, on the Web for products that have not made sufficient progress. See also: Earlier this year, the USDA reported evidence of a steady increase in overall Salmonella contamination in broiler chickens since 2002, with 16.3% of samples testing positive in 2005. The trend prompted the FSIS to announce plans to report test results faster and increase monitoring of processing plants that have high numbers of positive samples. The Salmonella initiative is patterned after a recent FSIS program aimed at ground beef, which the agency says led to a 40% reduction in the number of Escherichia coli O157:H7 illness cases. However, they say that voluntary quality-assurance programs enacted by the egg industry in the 1990s were enough to control S enteritidis in eggs. Many of the interventions are adaptable to broiler chickens, the authors write, including monitoring and sanitation of breeding flocks, hatcheries, broiler flocks, and slaughtering facilities. Over the 6-year study, researchers identified 280 S enteritidis isolates from 51,327 broiler rinses; the annual number of isolates rose from 23 in 10,057 samples in 2000 to 120 in 9,592 samples in 2005. As a proportion of all Salmonella strains found, S enteritidis increased from 2.5% in 2000 to 7.7% in 2005.
Klare Allen, a community organizer who has led opposition to the lab’s construction, told the Washington Post that she was pleased with the NRC’s findings. “The NRC pretty much confirmed everything we’ve been saying for the last 5 years,” she said. Dec 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Amid controversy around the construction of a biodefense laboratory in Boston, a project risk assessment from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is funding the lab, has been condemned as unsound by the National Research Council (NRC). An NRC committee was named to look into the NIH’s risk assessment of the biosafety level 4 lab, which will be located at Boston University, in response to a request from the state of Massachusetts, according to the NRC report. The state made the request after a court challenge invalidated the state’s finding that the NIH’s draft environmental impact report was adequate. See also: The NRC report will be among other public comments the NIH will review as it finalizes its risk analysis, according to a Nov 30 Washington Post report. The Post story, published Nov 30, said the lab is 70% complete. Federal officials have said that if they lose court battles over the lab, it will be used to study less dangerous pathogens, according to the story. Nov 29 NRC press release “Environmental justice communities are often faced with environmental stressors that wealthier communities do not face,” the committee wrote, adding that the South End neighborhood where the new lab is located could face extra health challenges if residents’ health is poor, public health services are lacking, or insects or rodents are common in the area. Besides voicing several detailed concerns about the NIH’s risk assessment methodology, the advisory committee said the agency’s report glossed over “environmental justice” issues related to the lab’s inner-city setting. Also, the committee faulted the NIH report for focusing mainly on a single individual or a small number of lab workers in analyzing the probability of a release of a lethal agent. The NIH should have included other possibilities, such as equipment failure, security breaches, and malevolent action, the report states. “The NIH draft report has serious weaknesses, in particular regarding selection of pathogens and lack of transparency of the modeling, leading the committee to conclude that the draft is not sound and credible,” said NRC committee chairman John Ahearne, executive director emeritus of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, in the NRC press release. One of the advisory committee’s criticisms centers on the pathogens the NIH selected in the scenarios modeled and described in the risk assessment: Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus, monkeypox virus, Sabia hemorrhagic fever virus, and Rift Valley fever virus. The findings from the NRC, an arm of the National Academies, were released on Nov 29 in a 28-page report posted on the NRC’s Web site. The National Academies consist of four private, nonprofit, congressionally chartered institutions that advise the US government on science, technology, and health policy issues. After it lost the court challenge, the state asked the NIH to produce a risk assessment addressing additional worst-case scenarios, alternative sites for the lab, and mitigation issues in the event of a pathogen release from the lab. NRC report on NIH risk analysis of Boston BSL 4 laboratory “The committee acknowledges the need for biocontainment laboratories in the United States, including BSL 4 laboratories, and recognizes that BSL 4 laboratories are being operated in other major urban areas,” he wrote. In a letter to Massachusetts officials that accompanies the report, Ahearne emphasized that the report focuses only on the quality of the NIH risk assessment and shouldn’t be viewed as a statement about the risk of a biocontainment facility in Boston or any other city. The committee said that worst-case scenario planning should have involved agents, such as those that spread by aerosol droplets, that have higher person-to-person transmission rates than most of the agents the NIH included.
Sep 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Togo today confirmed that the H5N1 avian influenza virus was responsible for suspicious poultry deaths that had recently been reported in a village in the southern part of the country.Kossi Messan Ewovor, Togo’s agriculture and livestock minister, said in a statement that tests in Ghana on samples from the birds were positive for the H5N1 virus, according to a report from Reuters.The outbreak was initially reported by media outlets on Sep 9. The outbreak site is a poultry farm in the village of Agbata, near Lome, the capital, according to previous reports. The farm reportedly had about 4,800 birds.The minister’s statement said about 4,000 poultry died, but it’s not clear if animal health officials culled any of the birds.Togo’s last H5N1 outbreaks occurred in June 2007 at poultry farms in the southern part of the country, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Those outbreaks were the first to be confirmed in Togo.In other developments, agriculture authorities in New Zealand said today that low-pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in wild mallard ducks, according to a report from the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA). The H5 strain was identified during surveillance of healthy birds at seven sites in New Zealand, the story said . The surveillance took place in February and involved sampling 1,241 birds.Andre van Halderen, an official with New Zealand’s agriculture and forestry ministry, said the virus that was identified in the ducks is closely related to viruses that have been found in the past and aren’t new to the country.Since 1975 more than 5,000 wild birds have been sampled in New Zealand, of which a small number tested positive for low-pathogenic H5 or H7 subtypes, the NZPA report said.New Zealand has never reported a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in birds, according to the report.Findings in New Zealand’s wild birds are similar to those in the United States. An update today from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Early Detection Data System (HEDDS), representing wild-bird surveillance by federal and state agencies, says 27,231 birds have been sampled this year. Eight samples tested positive for presumed low-pathogenic avian influenza. Confirmatory tests revealed that one of the eight viruses was H2N9; testing is underway to confirm the subtype of the seven others.See also:OIE reports on 2007 Togo outbreaksOIE reports on 2008 Togo outbreaksHEDDS national avian influenza surveillance information Web site