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Android 11 update for Google Pixels includes September security patches – Android Police

Lost in yesterday’s Android 11 hullabaloo was another bit of news: Security patches for Google’s Pixel series were released together as part of the Android 11 update. This month’s security-oriented fixes are more numerous than usual, with plenty of “high” and “critical” vulnerabilities included, so be sure to install the Android 11 update sooner rather than later.

Functional patch notes for this release are simply a repeat of Android 11-related features, though you can peruse the full list here. In short, Pixel owners can look forward to a new conversation notification section, bubble notifications, built-in screen recording, improved media controls, and plenty of privacy-related enhancements on top of some Pixel-specific features. For a deeper dive, you can take a look at our Android 11 series coverage and a (slightly outdated) roundup of features.

This month’s release might seem later than usual, and it is. Normally, these releases happen on the first Monday of the month, but since the first Monday was Labor Day, this was all pushed back until the 8th. Humorously, Samsung is beating Google to release monthly patches these days.

Factory images and sideloadable OTAs for Android 11-based September patches are available now for Pixel devices. Build numbers and availability vary slightly based on carrier, region, and device. Curiously, they also indicate a build date for earlier this summer. Something similar happened with the first Pixel 4a images, so perhaps Google has changed how it’s handling build numbers again going forward — the company has done it before.

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Windows 10 update could be damaging your SSD – TechRadar



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An upcoming Windows 10 update is expected to resolve a bug affecting the Optimize Drives tool that could be damaging the longevity of solid state drives (SSDs).

Issues first arose with Windows 10 version 2004, pushed live in May, after which users began to report that the optimization tool was failing to record the last time a drive had been defragged.

This meant Windows 10 was performing automatic drive optimizations far more frequently than it should, which could have implications for the lifespan of an SSD.

Windows 10 defragging issue

When a drive is defragmented, its contents is essentially reorganized in a way that allows data to be accessed more quickly. Defragging a heavily fragmented drive can result in stark performance gains, but the optimization process is also taxing for the drive itself.

Traditionally, Windows 10 should record the last time a drive has been optimized to ensure it is not subjected to unnecessary wear and tear.

In the case of SSDs, some experts believe it’s not sensible to perform defragmentation at all, while others have previously stated that there are benefits to optimizing a heavily fragmented SSD roughly once per month.

However, as a result of the Windows 10 2004 bug, the Optimize Drives tool is defragging drives every time the connected device is rebooted. In effect, this means many SSDs are being defragged circa 30x more frequently than is optimal.

Microsoft has acknowledged the issue, first identified in June, and has already rolled out a fix for members of its Insider program with Windows 10 Build 19042.487 (20H2).

While regular Windows 10 users wait for the fix to be tested in beta and rolled out the entire user base (which should take place sooner rather than later), it is advisable to turn off automatic defragging to prevent further damage to SSDs.

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Wednesday 7 pm update: Laura’s top winds now 150 mph – WWLTV


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Google Maps update includes more colorful images and sidewalk info – CNET

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In addition to helping you find your way, the latest Google Maps update will help you know more details about any given area at a glance. Starting this week, Google will shade maps with colors based on satellite imagery so you can easily tell the difference between forests and beaches. The update will be available worldwide and will cover a variety of natural and manmade features. 

While the refined color palette is meant to help you understand regional features, a future update will offer more detail on a much smaller scale. Google says it will roll out more granular info on streets so you can see their exact size at scale in addition to the locations of sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian islands. 

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The more detailed street images will start rolling out in London, New York and San Francisco in the coming months. 

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Google Maps will show the location of important features like crosswalks. 


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Google announced both changes in a blog post on Tuesday, but didn’t offer a timeline on a broader rollout of the more granular view. 

The color mapping update will supposedly not just be for large landscape features either. Google will use computer imagery to show more coloration on areas such as cities, suburbs and rural towns. 

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Coronavirus Update

U.S. Coronavirus Update: CDC Director Warns 2020 Could Be “The Worst Fall, From A Public Health Perspective, We’ve Ever Had” As U.S. Deaths Surge – Deadline

“This is the greatest public health crisis in a century,” said Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield bluntly on Thursday.

In fact, Redfield sees the coming flu season in Dickensian terms.

“It’s dependent on how the American people choose to respond. It’s really the worst of times or the best of times, depending on the American public,” he said, paraphrasing the opening of Charles Dickens’s classic A Tale of Two Cities.

The current pandemic, paired with the oncoming flu season, could create the “worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had,” said the CDC director in an interview with WebMD.

On which side of the scale will the U.S. fall? Redfield said that depends on how consistently Americans wear face masks, stay 6 feet away from each other, wash their hands and avoid crowded gatherings.

“I’m not asking some of America to do it — we all have to do it,” said Redfield. Somewhere between 95 to 99 percent of Americans will have to follow the guidelines for the U.S. to escape disaster, he said.

The scenario that health experts warn of is the flu season piling on top of an already widespread and active pandemic, overwhelming hospitals and resulting in far more deaths as people were unable to get treatment.

One person who is not hopeful about the country’s ability to escape a disastrous fall is the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“When you look at other parts of the country,” said Fauci of regions that have not yet experienced big spikes, “this is the thing that’s disturbing to me: We’re starting to see the inkling of the upticks in the percent of the tests that are positive.”

That, as the country reported 1,500 COVID deaths in one day for the first time since May.

“We know now, from sad past experience, that that’s a predictor that you’re going to have more surges,” Fauci said during a panel discussion held by National Geographic.

“Bottom line is,” he said, “I’m not pleased with how things are going.”

So how many Americans are wearing masks? Are we anywhere near 90 percent compliance?

A Gallup Poll released exactly one month ago found that 44 percent of U.S. adults say they “always” wear a mask when outside their homes, and 28 percent say they do so “very often.” At the same time, three in 10 report doing so less often, including 11 percent “sometimes,” 4 percent “rarely” and 14 percent “never.”

According to Johns Hopkins, the U.S. on Thursday saw 55,910 new cases and 1,499 new deaths from the virus. Given the lack of testing and contact tracing, it’s likely those numbers are an undercount.

A recent analysis by the New York Times that looked at deaths above the average across the country found very clear spikes of additional deaths that followed the spread of the virus. By the Times’ count, at least 200,000 more people than usual have died in the country since March. That’s with many Americans locked inside, not going to work and only making trips out for groceries.

So what does the “worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had,” look like?

The 1918 “Spanish” flu pandemic was the deadliest pandemic in history. One-third of the world’s population was infected. The virus killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, including an estimated 675,000 people in the United States. That was at a time when the U.S. population (in 1917, pre-outbreak) was 103 million.

The country’s population in 2019 was more than 3 times that, at 328 million. The current epidemic has already taken 165,000 American lives.

The lead author of a new study published Thursday in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, Dr. Jeremy Faust, says COVID-19 “has 1918 potential.” Faust is a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

“If insufficiently treated, SARS-CoV-2 [the virus that causes COVID-19] infection may have comparable or greater mortality than 1918 H1N1 influenza virus infection,” according to the study.

During the “Spanish” flu pandemic, the greatest loss of lives happened in just 6 weeks between mid-November and the end of December. One-third of the virus deaths in America occurred during that period.

It is very possible the worst of times may be yet to come.

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COVID-19 Update: Chronic Fatigue, Preventing Next 5M Cases – Medscape

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

Here are the coronavirus stories Medscape’s editors around the globe think you need to know about today:

Chronic Fatigue

More than a third of people with COVID-19 symptoms said they were not feeling back to their normal state of health when researchers called them a couple weeks after testing, according to a recent CDC report.

Scientists are beginning to study whether the SARS-CoV-2 infection may create post-viral issues such as myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Several lawmakers created a bill called the “Understanding COVID-19 Subsets and ME/CFS Act,” which would allot $60 million of federal funding to research projects about the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Preventing the Next 5 Million Cases

The US has officially tallied more than 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1.5% of the country’s population. If the true number is 10 times higher, as research suggests, that still leaves plenty of room for the virus to spread. Experts have outlined recommendations to address the pandemic at this stage — and prevent the current case count from doubling.

“My best hope is for a vaccine,” William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte, MD, in a video interview, “a vaccine that’s safe and effective, and for which we can create a delivery mechanism that is efficient, clear, transparent, and equitable, getting to all of the populations here in the United States and then around the world.”

If the country’s current trajectory continues until December 1, scientists from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predict nearly 300,000 Americans could die from COVID-19 by then, though they estimated 70,000 fewer lives would be lost with universal mask-wearing.

Operation Warp Speed Plans Clarified

Moncef Slaoui, PhD, the chief of the federal government’s effort to develop COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics quickly, dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” said the program’s previously stated goal to deliver 300 million vaccine doses by January 2021 would likely not fully occur until the middle of the year, depending on the data from clinical trials.

The program aims to deliver 300 million courses of therapy, not individual doses, as some vaccines will likely require two doses, he clarified, speaking to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that will issue recommendations on COVID-19 vaccine allocation in September.

Slaoui also said that every vaccine candidate would seek full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as opposed to an emergency use authorization, which has been used for most of the COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics that have been brought to the US market so far. Slaoui said that Operation Warp Speed had an agreement with the FDA to quickly review data, but that approval criteria “will be the same as those used for any regular vaccine.”

Antibody Testing in NYC HCPs

Voluntary testing for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies at a large healthcare system in New York found that 13.7% of healthcare personnel (HCPs) tested positive for the antibodies, only slightly higher than the prevalence other studies have found for the state’s general adult population.

The researchers found very little difference in antibody seroprevalence when sex, race, ethnicity, and age were factored in, as well as whether a person worked in an area such as an intensive care unit or behind the reception desk, the researchers write.

Glycemia in Dexamethasone-Treated COVID-19

Although there are already guidelines that address inpatient management of steroid-induced hyperglycemia, the UK National Diabetes COVID-19 Response Group has put out new guidance addressing glucose management particularly for COVID-19 patients receiving dexamethasone therapy.

The authors say that this new guidance was needed “given the ‘triple insult’ of dexamethasone-induced impaired glucose metabolism, COVID-19–induced insulin resistance, and COVID-19–impaired insulin production.”

In Memoriam

As front-line healthcare workers care for patients with COVID-19, they commit themselves to difficult, draining work and also put themselves at risk of infection. Thousands throughout the world have died.

Medscape has published a memorial list to commemorate them. We will continue updating this list as, sadly, needed. Please help us ensure this list is complete by submitting names with an age, profession or specialty, and location through this form.

If you would like to share any other experiences, stories, or concerns related to the pandemic, please join the conversation here.

Ellie Kincaid is Medscape’s associate managing editor. She has previously written about healthcare for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and Nature Medicine. She can be reached at ekincaid@medscape.net or on Twitter @ellie_kincaid.

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Coronavirus update: U.S. death toll climbs to 155,000, as COVID-19 enters ‘dangerous new phase’ – MarketWatch

The U.S. tally for new confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 continued its march toward 5 million, with the death toll topping 155,000, as White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx warned that the pandemic has entered a “new phase.”

Birx’s warning came after President Donald Trump continued to push his belief that the increase in cases was only a result of increased testing. He tweeted over the weekend that Dr. Anthony Fauci, his administration’s top infectious disease expert, was “Wrong!” for suggesting the U.S. failed to properly respond to the outbreak, while other countries did.

New COVID-19 cases reached 4.69 million in the U.S., with the death toll rising to 155,124, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 1.5 million people have recovered. New daily cases have increased in the past week in 13 states, the data show, and 13 states have seen more than a double-digit percentage of tests turn out positive for COVID-19.

The stock market continued to look past the new case and death tolls, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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rising solidly and the technology-friendly Nasdaq Composite
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rallying to fresh records. See Market Snapshot.

In an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, Birx said that COVID-19 is now “different” from what was seen in March and April, as it is now “extraordinarily widespread,” into both rural and urban areas. She urged all Americans to keep wearing masks, social distancing and take personal hygiene measures.

Don’t miss: Birx warns of pandemic’s dangerous ‘new phase’ as Pelosi assails her credibility.

Also read: Who is Deborah Birx — the doctor that both Trump and Pelosi are now suddenly criticizing?

Her dire outlook came hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on ABC’s “This Week,” said as a Trump appointee she had no confidence in Birx, who Pelosi believed should be doing more to refute the misinformation Trump was spreading about the pandemic.

On Friday, Fauci said the reason the U.S. continued to see the pandemic spread rapidly in the U.S. was because when the U.S. started shutting down in response the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. only “functionally” shut down about 50% of the country, while countries in Europe had shut about 95%+ of their countries.

Also read: Heated congressional hearing raises questions about coronavirus testing capacity, protests, Trump’s messaging.

And earlier last week, Johns Hopkins University said the U.S. needed to reset its response to COVID-19, as hospitalization rates matched or exceeded the numbers seen at the peak in the first U.S. hot spot in New York City in March and April. “It’s time to reset,” a report from the university’s Center for Health Security said.

Trump’s response on Saturday was emphatic:

Meanwhile, the White House, Senate Republicans and House Democrats have reportedly made progress on a new coronavirus relief bill, but have yet to reach an agreement on restoring the $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit although that benefit expired on Friday.

Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday whether the U.S. can improve its testing strategy, tried to put it “in context” by saying testing was being used “selectively.”

“Obviously, we want to increase testing, and we’ve done that,” Giroir said.

He emphasized that what was “incredibly important” to controlling the coronavirus was to wear masks, but that 85% to 90% of people had to wear masks and avoid crowds. When asked whether that means the U.S. should implement a national mask mandate, Giroir said it “really has to be voluntary by the American people,” whether it’s mandated by cities or states.

Regarding Trump’s continued touting of antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, despite trials showing it didn’t provide a benefit, Giroir said: “Right now, hydroxychloroquine, I can’t recommend that.”

He did say, however, that therapies such as Gilead Sciences Inc.’s
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remdesivir and steroids were effective, and that a vaccine was “really on the horizon.”

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization warned Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for the coronavirus, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). That comes after Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota who predicted in January that the coronavirus would become the next pandemic, told MarketWatch that he believed Americans will be living with the coronavirus for decades.

Latest tallies

There are now 18.15 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 world-wide, the Johns Hopkins data show, and at least 690,624 people have died. More than 10.7 million people have recovered.

Brazil is second to the U.S. with 2.7 million cases and 94,104 deaths, but is first with nearly 2.1 million recovered.

India is third measured by cases at 1.8 million, followed by Russia with 854,641, South Africa with 511,485 and Mexico with 439,046.

The U.K. has 307,251 cases and 46,295 fatalities, the highest in Europe and fourth highest in the world. Mexico has risen to third in the world in deaths with 47,746.

China, where the illness was first reported late last year, has 88,065 cases, and 4,672 fatalities.

The Philippines, which saw its new caseload surpass 100,000, has ordered a renewed lockdown, and Australia’s Victoria state imposed a “state of disaster” as new restrictions were imposed across the region, according to an Associated Press report.

What’s the latest medical news?

Eli Lilly & Co.
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said Monday that it has started a Phase 3 trial for a treatment that aims to prevent COVID-19 infections in residents and workers in nursing homes. The trial, expected to enroll 2,400 people by September, will be conducted with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, with plans to release the late-stage data sometime in the fourth quarter.

Lilly is testing an experimental antibody it developed with the privately held AbCellera Biologics Inc. to see if it can prevent infections in people who live or work in a facility that has recently reported a case of the coronavirus. The antibody was identified in the blood sample of one of the first people in the U.S. to test positive for the virus.

Also Monday, AbbVie Inc.
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Amgen Inc.
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and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
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said they have started enrolling patients in a clinical trial testing three of their drugs as treatments for severely ill and hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The companies are using a platform aimed at minimizing the number of clinical-trial participants and the time it takes to test those drugs under an umbrella group called the COVID R&D Alliance.

GlaxoSmithKline PLC
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and Sanofi
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said Monday that they are in advanced discussions with the European Union to supply up to 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. GlaxoSmithKline said the vaccine candidate uses Sanofi’s technology to produce an influenza vaccine, and Glaxo’s adjuvant technology.

What are companies saying?

• Avis Budget Group Inc.
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plans to offer $350 million in senior notes due 2027, joining the many companies issuing record amounts of debt during the pandemic. The 5.75% notes will be offered as additional notes under the debt dated as of July 2019, in which $400 million in 5.75% senior notes due 2027 were previously issued. The rental car company expects to use the proceeds from the notes offering to redeem $100 million of 5.50% senior notes due 2023, with the rest to be used for general corporate purposes. The company has said last week that it has $1.5 billion in liquidity at the end of the second quarter, and estimated that cash burn would be approximately $900 million, including $100 million in debt retirement.

• Clorox Co.
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reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations, as it benefited from demand for cleaning products as a result of the pandemic, while providing an in-line outlook. Sales grew 21.9% to $1.98 billion to beat the FactSet consensus of $1.87 billion, as household and wellness sales, which includes cleaning and professional products, rose 33%. For fiscal 2021, the company expects EPS to be down in the mid-single-digit to be up in the mid-single-digit percentage range, while the FactSet consensus of $7.35 implies a 0.1% decline.

• Upscale department-store chain Lord & Taylor and its owner, clothing rental startup Le Tote Inc., have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Va., came less than a year after Le Tote bought the chain from Hudson’s Bay Co. in a $100 million deal. Lord & Taylor has 38 locations in the U.S., according to the filing, and about 650 employees. Some of the stores, which have been closed since March due to the pandemic, reportedly had new “store closing” signs put up Sunday. Department stores have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and Lord & Taylor’s bankruptcy filing follows those by JCPenney Co.
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Neiman Marcus Inc. and J.Crew Co.

• Mack-Cali Realty Corp.
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reported Monday adjusted funds from operations that missed expectations as revenue surprisingly fell, as the real-estate investment trust has experienced challenges as a result of the pandemic. Office collections averaged 96% during the quarter and 98% in July, while residential collections averaged 98% in the quarter and 99% in July. The company didn’t provide financial guidance given the uncertainties associated with the pandemic. Interim Chief Executive MaryAnne Gilmartin said the company has begun its search for a permanent CEO.

• Marathon Petroleum Corp.
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,
fresh from the sale of its gas stations to the owners of the 7-Eleven convenience store chain for $21 billion in the largest U.S. energy deal of the year, posted second-quarter earnings, showing a smaller-than-expected adjusted loss but revenue that lagged behind estimates. Revenue fell to $15.024 billion from $33.529 billion, below the $21.729 billion FactSet consensus. “Our second quarter results reflect a full three months of the challenges COVID has created for our business,” Chief Executive Michael J. Hennigan said in a statement. “We began April with demand at historic lows. Despite seeing some recovery during the quarter, demand for our products and services continues to be significantly depressed, particularly across the West Coast and Midwest.” The company is indefinitely idling its Gallup and Martinez refineries and evaluating a strategic repositioning of Martinez to a renewable diesel facility. It’s on track to deliver $1.4 billion capex cuts and at least $950 million of operating expense cuts.

• Menswear retailer Tailored Brands Inc.
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, the parent company of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported. The clothier has been hit hard by pandemic-related store shutdowns, reporting last month that first-quarter sales were down 60%. Since July 1, Tailored Brands has missed interest payments on bonds, slashed its corporate workforce by 20%, announced plans to close up to 500 stores and was notified that it will be delisted by the New York Stock Exchange. The company operated more than 1,400 stores in the U.S. and Canada as of Feb. 1, and employed more than 1,900 people.

• Tyson Foods Inc.
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reported third-quarter earnings that beat expectations. Beef sales fell to $3.65 billion from $4.16 billion last year, though the average price for beef rose 11.6%. Tyson attributed a reduced sales volume to lower capacity caused by a first-quarter fire at a production facility that led to its temporary closure. Average pork prices also rose, up 0.8%, with sales totaling $1.12 billion, down from $1.32 billion. Tyson chicken prices fell 2.4%, and chicken sales fell to $3.11 billion from $3.33 billion. Lower food-service demand hurt chicken sales, the company said. Tyson incurred COVID-19-related incremental expenses of $340 million during the quarter, including worker bonuses, testing and personal protective equipment. Tyson didn’t provide guidance due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

• Beyond Meat Inc.
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said Monday that its Beyond Burgers will be sold at Walmart Inc.’s
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warehouse chain Sam’s Club, and at BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc.
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+0.35%

Beyond Meat began selling at Costco Wholesale Corp.
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last summer. The news comes just days after rival plant-based burger maker Impossible Foods Inc. began rolling out its Impossible Burgers at nearly 2,100 Walmart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets nationwide. Walmart is also selling Impossible Burgers on its website.

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Coronavirus update: Second stimulus may be more than $1,200 per person – AL.com

A letter from the Internal Revenue Service, signed by President Trump, notifies a family via U.S. Mail of an economic impact payment direct deposit made to their account

A letter from the Internal Revenue Service, signed by President Trump, notifies a family via U.S. Mail of an economic impact payment direct deposit made to their account in East Derry, N.H., Monday, April 27, 2020. The funds were provided as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.AP

The second round of coronavirus stimulus checks could go higher than $1,200, President Trump indicated Wednesday.

Speaking in Texas, the president indicated the next relief package could contain more money for individuals struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. When asked if the $1,200 payments from the first round were enough, Trump responded, “We’re going to see it may go higher than that, actually.”

“I’d like to see it be very high because I love the people, I want the people to get it, you know, the economy is going to come back,” Trump said. “We saved millions of lives but now we’re bringing (the economy) back … We gotta take care of the people in the meantime.”

The last round of stimulus checks provided $1,200 for individuals earning up to $75,000 with an additional $500 for dependent children. Couples earning up to $150,000 qualified for the full amount of $2,400. After that, payments drop based on income, capped at $99,000 for singles and $198,000 for couples.

The president didn’t indicate how much the future payments could be.

The next round of payments depends on a compromise being reached between the Senate and House and Republicans and Democrats – no easy feat. Time to reach a deal is running out. Unless it’s extended, this session of the Senate ends on Aug. 7.

Here are the latest coronavirus headlines:

California passes grim milestone

California has broken its own record for the most coronavirus-related deaths reported in a single day.

The state reported 174 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, marking the third time this month California has broken a single-day record. The previous record was set on July 22 when 158 deaths were reported.

Since the first COVID case was reported in February, 8,716 Californians have died of coronavirus. The U.S. has recorded 149,000 COVID deaths.

Congressman positive for coronavirus

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Gohmert, 66, is now the 10th member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus. His positive test came a day after he attended a meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr and other colleagues, Politico reported.

A spokesperson for Barr said the AG would be tested for COVID following his possible exposure.

Georgetown University goes all virtual

Georgetown University announced it will start its fall semester online.

University President John DeGioia said new travel restrictions for Washington, D.C. that require people from coronavirus hotspots to quarantine for 14 days prompted the change.

All of the university’s undergraduate and graduate courses will start virtually, though select research projects will continue on campus. In-person courses will begin “as soon as health conditions permit,” DeGioia said.

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[Update: Unboxing video] Galaxy Watch 3 hands-on video confirms specs, hardware and software additions – 9to5Google

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has now leaked in a hands-on video showcasing the updated design and confirms the internals plus several new hardware and software additions.


[Update 07/28]: The Galaxy Watch 3 has now appeared in a proper unboxing video courtesy of YouTuber The Mobile Central ahead of its unveiling at Unpacked 2020 next week alongside the Note 20 series, Tab S7/S7+, and Galaxy Buds Live.

The unboxing video showcases the Mystic Bronze colorway, which comes complete with a bronze-style strap. It’s a far greater (and higher resolution) look than the previous glimpses, with the 41mm crown being particularly small when compared to the Galaxy Watch Frontier Edition and the previous generation. The color is one of the most impressive new addition.

The rotating bezel showcases the same Galaxy Watch setup that we’ve all come to know and love, but you can get a proper look in the full video below:


This short hands-on video has been uploaded to YouTube by TechTalkTV and while the three-minute video doesn’t throw up many major surprises, it does confirm a lot of what we already knew plus gives us a proper look at the brand new hardware.

We get a glimpse of the 41mm version of the Galaxy Watch 3, which comes with a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a physical outer bezel. That bezel looks as though it has been shrunk down quite substantially compared to previous generations, while the buttons are far flatter than previous models too.

The design feels like a revision of previous Galaxy Watch models but with some important revisions. The rotating bezel will let you control much of the UI — which is a core selling point of the device. IP68 water and dust resistance plus 5ATM ratings mean that this smartwatch will be ideal for active wearers.

This short video also confirms that the Galaxy Watch 3 will come with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. The stainless steel frame and leather strap are also showcased, which was also known thanks to rating board listings over the last few weeks.

One notable addition is that of an ECG measurement sensor and blood pressure monitor. Again, all of these additions ensure that the Galaxy Watch 3 can keep pace with the Apple Watch Series 5 in terms of features.

We were expecting to see the Galaxy Watch 3 ahead of the Note 20 series but it looks like it will be unveiled alongside the upcoming flagship smartphones. Let us know what you’re hoping for from the Galaxy Unpacked event down in the comments section below.

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Coronavirus update: Test positive for COVID? CDC changes quarantine rules – AL.com

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The Centers for Disease Control has updated its guidelines for what people should do if they are diagnosed with coronavirus.

The revised quarantine guidelines say people who test positive for COVID should quarantine for 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Quarantine can end when the patient shows a general improvement in symptoms, including being fever free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medicines. Asymptomatic patients can end isolation 10 days after the date of their first positive test.

“This update incorporates recent evidence to inform the duration of isolation and precautions recommended to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to others, while limiting unnecessary prolonged isolation and unnecessary use of laboratory testing resources,” the CDC said in a statement.

Previously, the CDC recommended people quarantine for 14 days and have two negative tests to end isolation.

The CDC cautions, however, that some people with severe illnesses may still have an “extended duration of isolation” for up to 20 days.

One thing that hasn’t changed – people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should stay home for at least 14 days after their initial exposure.

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Fauci: Covid may never be eradicated

The world may have to learn to live with coronavirus, according to America’s leading virus expert.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, direct of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said while he feels the world can get control of coronavirus, it may never eliminate it entirely.

“I think with a combination of good public health measures, a degree of global herd immunity and a good vaccine, which I do hope and feel cautiously optimistic that we will get, I think when we put all three of those together, we will get control of this, whether it’s this year or next year. I’m not certain,” Fauci said. “I don’t really see us eradicating it.”

Fauci said one of the challenges of addressing coronavirus is its unique nature.

“I have never seen infection in which you have such a broad range literally no symptoms at all in a substantial proportion of the population to some who get ill with minor symptoms to some who get ill enough to be in bed for weeks,” Fauci said. “Others get hospitalized, require oxygen, intensive care, ventilation and death. The involvement with the same pathogen is very unique.”

Ohio governor orders masks

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday all citizens will be required to wear masks in public.

The state had already mandated masks for certain COVID hotspots in the state. The new measure goes into effect Thursday at 6 p.m. and required individuals to wear masks indoors at anyplace that’s not a residence, at outdoor locations where 6 feet of social distancing is not feasible and when waiting in line for public transportation.

Those with medical conditions or who are communicating with someone with a disability, as well as people participating in athletic activities, officiants at religious services, those involved in public safety or those eating or drinking are exempt.

Nashville orders restaurants to close at 10 p.m.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper said restaurants in the Tennessee town must close each day at 10 p.m. starting this Friday.

Cooper said the order covers restaurants and eateries that “ended up being bars in practice” and any establishment that service alcohol. Drive-through and take-out service will be allowed to continue after 10 p.m.

Nashville has reported some 18,000 coronavirus cases, with 155 virus-related death and 200 current hospitalizations.

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