BGR 4 April 2018

Antibiotic-resistant ‘nightmare’ bacteria spreads to 27 states

Doctors and scientists have been warning us for years that the overuse of antibiotics could result in a "super bug." An antibiotic-resistant bacteria, they said, could utterly devastate entire populations, and potentially lead to utter catastrophe. Now, with over 200 confirmed cases of various different "nightmare" bacteria already in dozens of US states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are on high alert. These germs, which don't respond to many common antibiotics, have not reached anything near epidemic levels, but the fact that they already exist is enough for scientists to sound the alarm. "The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance threatens to outpace the development of new antimicrobials, and slowing the spread of these organisms has become a priority," the CDC's report states. "I was surprised by the numbers we found," Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, told CNN. "Two million Americans get infections from antibiotic resistance, and 23,000 die from those infections each year." This latest report, which the CDC published on its website, reveals that various different strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria were discovered in 27 states, and were not all related to the same ailments. Some were discovered in samples of pneumonia infections, while others were found to infect the bloodstream and even the urinary tract. Going forward, the CDC is betting on what it calls a "containment strategy" to combat the spread of these nightmare bugs. However, for a containment system to work as intended it's crucial that these specific types of bacteria are detected early before they can spread. If one type of infectious bacteria gains a foothold, it could cause massive problems. In the report, the CDC outlines its strategy: In 2017, CDC outlined a new effort to react rapidly to novel multidrug-resistant organisms (8); this approach includes encouraging health care facilities and public health authorities to respond to single isolates of an emerging antibiotic-resistant pathogen. The strategy rests on these five pillars: 1) rapid detection of targeted pathogens and their resistance mechanisms, 2) on-site infection control assessments by trained experts to identify gaps in infection prevention, 3) screening of exposed contacts to identify asymptomatic colonization, 4) coordination of the response among facilities, and 5) continuing these interventions until transmission is controlled. Detection and control efforts can extend from the index facility to other facilities that share patients. Actually putting a system like this in place is a slow process, and requires the cooperation of countless doctors and specialists. Let's just hope they can get it going before any nightmare bacteria gain the upper hand.

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No, these photos aren’t our first look at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9

Word on the street is that Samsung may unveil the Galaxy Note 9 a lot sooner than supposed to, in July or August, to make the most of it until Apple's next-gen iPhones come to town. Lackluster Galaxy S9 sales are also supposedly a factor in Samsung’s decision to move up the Note 9’s launch. Samsung won’t confirm any of that chatter just yet, but the fact that we already have Galaxy Note 9 rumors out there is a telltale sign. The latest leak consists of a series of images that show a working Galaxy Note 9 prototype, complete with a huge surprise: an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately, however, we have some bad news... the images are fakes. Persian-language blog SamArena.ir posted three pictures of the alleged Galaxy Note 9 phone, and they've been circulating all morning. For that reason, we thought it would be a good idea to give our readers a heads up before they get too excited about these fakes. In one picture, the supposed Galaxy Note 9 is shown next to the Galaxy S9. But the following image is more interesting. Specifically, the rear panel of the phone is what attracted so much attention, as it features a dual-lens camera placed in a central position and no fingerprint sensor. Samsung, like every other Android device maker, is some two years behind when it comes to adopting 3D face recognition technology, which means the Galaxy Note 9 must have a fingerprint sensor if it is to offer secure biometrics. Reports earlier this year weren’t exactly in agreement regarding this particular feature, with some saying the Note 9 will have an in-display sensor while others say it'll be located on the back. As much as you'd want to believe these photos are real and Samsung pulled off its in-display fingerprint sensor, the pictures were already debunked by the folks at SamMobile. Let's revisit the same images, this time right next to their originals. In the first one, you'll notice how the fake Note 9 image shows an elongated speaker. The original image shows the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ side by side. In the second one, you can see that the phone is also a Galaxy S9+, not a Note 9. The fingerprint sensor is right there on the back side of the phone, under the camera.

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Today’s best deals: Top-selling over-ear headphones, $17 Crock-Pot, iPhone screen protectors, more

We've got some terrific daily deals for you to check out on Wednesday, including the best-selling Bluetooth over-ear headphones on the entire Amazon site for just $35. Other highlights from today's roundup include the return of the beloved $17 Crock-Pot slow cooker, the Ring Video Doorbell for $149, an Alexa enabled smart thermostat for under $100, the lowest price ever on a tool bundle that includes the best cordless electric drill ever, massive discounts on memory foam mattresses, discounted screen protectors for the iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 7/8 Plus, the best-selling solar motion lights on Amazon, and plenty more. See all of today's top deals below.

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Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress about Cambridge Analytica on April 11th

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica saga is set to continue with a highly anticipated event, Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress on the matter. The Facebook CEO will face questioning from the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next Wednesday, on April 11th. That was quick! House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) just shared the news in a statement: his hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online. We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s willingness to testify before the committee, and we look forward to him answering our questions on April 11th. Zuckerberg took his time before he made any sort of statement following the Cambridge Analytica revelations a few weeks ago. When asked whether he would appear before Congress to testify on the matter, Zuckerberg gave the world a puzzling sure-but-only-if-they-make me answer. If it is ever the case that I am the most informed person at Facebook in the best position to testify, I will happily do that. That’s what Zuckerberg told Wired on March 21st. Two days later, Congress told Zuckerberg he is the right person. “You are the right person to testify before Congress,” said the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, surprising no one. The UK parliament also summoned Zuckerberg to testify in London, but the CEO won’t oblidge that lovely invitation.

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Bloomberg: Apple is working on iPhones with designs and features like nothing we’ve ever seen

Apple's tenth-anniversary iPhone X marked the first big redesign on the company's smartphones since 2014, when Apple finally relented and released an iPhone "phablet" with a significantly larger display. Earlier iPhone models all had screens that measured between 3.5 inches and 4 inches diagonally, even as customers clamored for an iPhone with a bigger screen. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would end up flying off of store shelves as a result of the pent-up demand for bigger iPhones, and their sales record would still stand today if Apple's holiday quarter the following year didn't include an extra week. But the iPhone X redesign was far more substantial than the iPhone 6 and even the iPhone 6 Plus phablet. The handset's iconic home button was completely removed so that the phone could adopt an "all-screen" design, and some fancy internal engineering allowed Apple to extend the display almost all the way to the bottom of the phone. Touch ID fingerprint authentication, which had become a staple that was copied by every other smartphone maker in the world, was also removed and replaced by a new 3D facial recognition system called Face ID. The iPhone X was indeed a bold reimagining of the iPhone, and it looks like Apple has no plans to stop there. According to a new report, Apple is working on new iPhone designs and new features that are unlike anything we've ever seen before from Apple. Bloomberg on Wednesday issued a new report that may offer some insights into Apple's plans for the iPhone of the future. We're not talking about the distant future here, but rather a few years from now. The site has a good track record when it comes to Apple's unannounced plans, so this may indeed be our first taste of things to come from the most successful consumer tech company in the world. According to the report, Apple is working on both new designs and new features for its iPhone lineup that are unlike anything we've seen before from the Cupertino, California-based company. Bloomberg says Apple is internally developing "touchless gesture control" features that would let an iPhone user "perform some tasks by moving [his or her] finger close to the screen without actually tapping it." It's unclear what exactly would be gained by moving one's finger in front of the screen rather than tapping it. Apple does have several patents on glasses-free 3D display technology, however, and the company has also been researching various holographic display features. It's possible that these touchless gestures could be tied to one of those solutions, though Bloomberg's report makes no mention of holographic displays or glasses-free 3D images. The report does cite one unnamed source as indicating that this technology won't make its way into Apple's iPhone lineup for "at least two years," if at all, so we'll undoubtedly learn more about it soon. On the design front, the report claims that Apple is working on curved screens for future iPhone models. Again citing just one anonymous source, Bloomberg says Apple is "developing iPhone displays that curve inward gradually from top to bottom." This is a curious claim for a few reasons, but the biggest is the claim that Apple is considering the move "to differentiate design in crowded marketplace." Apple is not a company that has been known to do things just to differentiate its products from competitive offerings. On top of that, phones with screens that "curve inward gradually from top to bottom" are nothing new. LG released two different smartphones with that exact design, but then abandoned the "G Flex" line due to a lack of interest from consumers. The only way we could see this rumor making sense is if the curvature of the phone serves an important purpose. For example, if Apple is indeed working on touchless gesture control, a slight curve could help Apple better position cameras and sensors in order to detect movements close to the screen. This is just speculation on our part, however. Bloomberg notes that the new curved iPhone design and Apple's supposed touchless gestures are "still in the early research and development stage and Apple could choose to not go forward with the enhancements."

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Amazon has a portable battery that can charge your iPhone and wirelessly charge your Apple Watch

If you’re going to buy a portable charger that can provide power to your iPhone while you’re on the go, why not grab one that can pull double duty? The UGREEN Portable iPhone and Apple Watch Charger has a USB port so you can connect your iPhone’s power cable, and it also has a built-in Apple Watch wireless charging disc. This way you never have to worry about running out of juice on either device, and you only have one power pack to carry with you. Clip the limited-time on-site coupon to drop the price down to $36.99. Here are some highlights from the product page: Built-in Magnetic Charging Module for All Apple Watch: With built-in integrated magnetic charging module and USB port, it is ideal for all 38mm & 42mm Apple Watch models?Apple Watch Series 1/2, Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch Nike+, Apple Watch Hermès, Apple Watch Edition and iPhone, smartphones, cameras, PSP gamer etc. Certified Quality and Safety: Apple MFi Certified(PPID: 219693-0018) magnetic charging module offers a original charging speed-about 2.5 hours; UGREEN's multi-protect safety system ensures complete protection such as flame resistant material,over-current, over-voltage and short-circuit. Simultaneously Charge Apple Watch and Phone: this 2200mAh power bank can simultaneously charge an Apple Watch and an iPhone 1 time; Charges an Apple Watch from 10% battery life to 100% 3-4 times. Ideal Charging Companion for Home Office and Travel: It is with super compact design (L13.9 x W3.95 x H1.6cm), saving your space on the desk and easily being slipped into your travel bag. What You Get: 15 months manufacturer warranty and life-time service support; Apple MFi Certified Wireless Charger Power Bank for Apple Watch and phone x1; 50cm Micro USB Charging Cable x1; (NOTE: You should press the silver power switch before charging your cellphone)

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The OnePlus 6 is coming soon – here’s everything you need to know about it

By kicking off its marketing campaign for the OnePlus 6, the Chinese smartphone maker has practically confirmed that the handset is coming soon. After all, there’s no more OnePlus 5T supply for the North American market, a huge part of OnePlus’s bottom line, so a replacement is needed. In just a matter of days, OnePlus confirmed the OnePlus 6 will have a notch just like the iPhone X, while desperately trying not to look like it’s about to copy the iPhone, again. Then it revealed the main specs of the handset, confirming what other leaks said and what we’ve been suspecting, that the OnePlus 6 will have the same high-end specs as any other flagship Android phone. So let’s check out everything we know about the handset. The notch The OnePlus 6 has a notch that looks like this: That image comes from OnePlus, which shared it with the press a few days ago in hopes that, by getting ahead of the iPhone X copycat story, it’ll put the controversy to bed before the phone arrives. The company then followed up with a lengthy explanation of why copying the iPhone X is the only way to extend the size of the screen right now. 64 pages of comments from OnePlus community members and more than 100,000 views later, CEO Pete Lau was forced to respond to the thread he started with an update. Apparently, OnePlus did not plan to let you hide the notch. But a software update following the phone’s launch will enable it. A black-out feature was seriously considered in the early stages of the development of the OnePlus 6. At the time we decided against adding this feature. We wanted to focus all of our time and resources on delivering an exceptional full-screen experience. I still believe the best way to experience the OnePlus 6 is using the full potential of the display. Recently many users have raised interest in having a black-out function. We respect your feedback and would like to give everyone the ability to choose. This function will enable you to black out the background of the notifications and status bar. It will be added in a future software update released after the launch of the OnePlus 6. Look forward to sharing this new update with you all. Thank you for making us better! The design The OnePlus 6 will be a combination of iPhone X and Galaxy S9, when it comes to final design, based on what we know so far. On the front, we’ll have the notch design that we talked about, and which will also resemble the Oppo R15 — Oppo, after all, has a huge influence on OnePlus. A chin is still very much in the picture, as copying the iPhone X’s “all-screen” design is out of OnePlus’s reach for the time being. The rear side of the phone will look more like the Galaxy S9, with a dual-lens camera and fingerprint sensor residing in a central location, according to recent leaks. The launch Pete Lau’s quote above is important for a different reason. It suggests the OnePlus 6 is so close that it’s impossible to include the feature in the ROM version that ships with the phone. https://twitter.com/oneplus/status/980822167255441408 A report a few days ago said the phone will be launched by the end of April, and a leaked video teaser revealed that OnePlus is definitely partnering with Disney to sell an Avengers version of the phone. OnePlus has not revealed any details about the phone’s launch, however. We do expect at least a live stream for it. The price The phone will be more expensive than last year’s OnePlus handsets, but it’ll still be more affordable than other Android flagships. Expect prices to top $700 for the 8GB/256GB version — a leaked document suggested the price for the 256GB model sits at $749 in the US. In China, pricing is supposedly set at $523, $602, and $697 for the 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB OnePlus 6 versions, respectively. The hardware I left the specs for last because the OnePlus will pack exactly the kind of specs you expect from top Android phones this year. The list includes the Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. In a lengthy post titled Our Pursuit of Burdenless Speed — eye roll — Lau mentioned these three characteristics, while simultaneously overusing the “burdenless experience” buzz word and ruining it for all OnePlus generations to come. There’s no doubt the OnePlus 6 will be extremely speedy, given that all other Snapdragon 845 phones are very fast, and that previous OnePlus devices were also at the top of their game. But while Lau only mentioned 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage, we’d expect OnePlus to also sell 64GB and 128GB versions. The Camera Possibly the most important feature of a phone these days, the camera, is somewhat of a mystery. We know it’ll have two lenses, and a leaked specs list claimed we’re looking at 20-megapixel (f/1.7) and 16-megapixel (f/1.7) sensors for the rear camera. Nested in the notch, the selfie cam is expected to feature a 20-megapixel (f/2.0) sensor. OnePlus is yet to unveil the specs of the camera on its forums.

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YouTube shooting: Sundar Pichai writes letter to employees, more details emerge about the shooter

A woman on Tuesday afternoon opened fire at Google’s YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, injuring three people before killing herself. A fourth person sustained injuries that were not gun-related. A few hours after the incident, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a memo to Google employees to address the incident. https://twitter.com/Google_Comms/status/981314129725079553 In his email, Pichai offered a timeline of events, calling the entire affair an “unimaginable tragedy” and a “horrific act of violence,” promising support to everyone affected, including the YouTube employees that were wounded — here’s the full letter. Everyone, Earlier this afternoon, while our employees were having lunch, we received reports of an active shooter at YouTube in San Bruno. Law enforcement and our security team worked to evacuate the buildings and prioritize the safety of everyone there. The best information we have is that the situation is contained. It's with great sadness that I tell you—based on the latest information—four people were injured in this horrific act of violence. We're doing everything we can to support them and their families at this time. I'm grateful to everyone inside and outside the company for the outpouring of support and best wishes. I am especially thankful to the first responders and our own security team who acted so quickly to keep people safe. I know a lot of you are in shock right now. Over the coming days, we will continue to provide support to help everyone in our Google family heal from this unimaginable tragedy. Let's everyone come together now to support Susan and the YouTube team. -Sundar Per Reuters two of the three victims are in critical and serious condition, while a third is in fair condition. The fourth victim sustained an ankle injury from fleeing the scene. Nasim Aghdam, the alleged shooter, has been vocally critical of YouTube in the past, Business Insider reports, unhappy with the performance of her own channel. Investigators said on Tuesday that the shooting followed an alleged dispute between the woman and a man who works at YouTube. Authorities do not believe the suspect had ties to international terrorism. In a statement issued later, San Bruno police said it was investigating the motive, and that there’s no evidence the shooter actually knew any of the victims. According to Mercury News, Aghdam had been reporting missing in the days before the shooting. Police did locate her in Mountain View before the shooting assuring his father she was fine. Before that, she expressed her discontent with YouTube multiple times, claiming that Google’s video portal censored her content. Her father said she did not own a gun, at least not to his knowledge.

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