One vaccine maker is thinking about intentionally exposing volunteers to the coronavirus

Coronavirus vaccine trials have hit a serious snag, as there aren’t enough COVID-19 patients in the communities where volunteers might reside. If not enough people get sick, researchers can’t assess the effectiveness of the vaccine candidate. AstraZeneca, which will produce the promising Oxford vaccine, confirmed that it’s considering challenge trials where subjects are exposed to COVID-19 intentionally after being given the vaccine candidate.

More than 100 novel coronavirus vaccines are currently in development, with around 10 of them having moved to clinical trials. Companies like Moderna and CanSino made the news recently for their progress. The American and Chinese trials started several weeks ago, and both companies announced preliminary results. Only CanSino published a full paper on the Phase 1 trial. Another promising COVID-19 vaccine candidate is the one from Oxford, which started clinical trials a bit later, but is now advancing to Phases 2 and 3 of the test. Of all the COVID-19 vaccine candidates, Oxford’s is the one that could be ready for use as soon as September.

However, all of these companies have run into an unexpected issue, one that Oxford detailed a few days ago. There might not be enough sick people around to test the vaccine, which could lead to delays. The pandemic is far from being over, but there aren’t as many cases in some of the areas where these vaccines would be tested, including European countries and China. And without the pathogen moving freely inside a community where vaccine volunteers live, there’s no way for researchers to see if the vaccine works. Therefore, AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical giant that partnered with Oxford to manufacture the vaccine, has confirmed that it’s considering infecting volunteers with SARS-CoV-2.

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FDA approves an at-home coronavirus testing kit

The FDA this week approved a new coronavirus testing kit for home use from Quest Diagnostics. Users will be able to take a swab from their nostril and send in the sample for quick analysis. The company is aiming to have 500,000 testing kits ready to go by the end of next month.

The FDA this week approved a coronavirus testing kit from Quest Diagnostics that will allow individuals to test themselves for COVID-19 from the comfort of their own home. After taking a swab from their nostril, users can then FedEx the sample overnight to a testing lab whereupon they’ll receive their results. In the wake of the approval, Quest Diagnostics said it’s planning to 500,000 kits ready to send out by the end of June.

The approval of the new testing kits is significant because a lack of widespread testing has been a longstanding issue. Without expansive coronavirus testing, it becomes that much more challenging to ascertain the full impact of the virus and whether or not the number of cases are rising or falling. More importantly, accessible testing helps ensure that asymptomatic coronavirus patients — who would otherwise be unaware that they have the virus — take appropriate safety precautions.

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Samsung's next Galaxy Watch gets spoiled by the FCC

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If Samsung was hoping to keep plans for a Galaxy Watch sequel under wraps, it’s probably disappointed. Droid-Life (via 9to5Google) has discovered a series of FCC filings that not-so-subtly reveal the next version of Samsung’s flagship smartwatch. It’s superficially similar, complete with 5ATM water resistance, GPS and LTE models. However, Samsung is backing slightly away from its tendency toward giant smartwatches — the larger model will have a 45mm case instead of the current 46mm, while the more reasonably-sized 42mm model will shrink to 41mm.

What few images are available only show the back of the watch, so it’s unclear if the control scheme will change to the touch-based bezel of the Watch Active 2. SamMobile sources insist that the rotating bezel of the Galaxy Watch will return, though, so fans of direct physical control might get to breathe a sigh of relief.

It’s not certain when the new watch would ship. Samsung has sometimes launched new wristwear alongside Galaxy Note updates in

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: Coronavirus face masks, strongest hand sanitizer, $50 off iPads, more

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Weekly poll: is the Realme X3 SuperZoom the right one for you?

Could it be? A periscope camera on a €500 phone that will be available in Europe, rather than China-exclusive? The Realme X3 SuperZoom makes that a reality and shows that the brand is serious about getting a foothold on the Old Continent.

The periscope lens has 122mm focal length, that’s 5x magnification compared to the main camera. Speaking of, the 64MP main cam assists in shooting up to 60x hybrid zoom photos. The phone also boasts two 8MP ultrawide cameras, one on the front and one on the back (the main selfie cam is a 32MP shooter).

While this phone is all about the camera, it really goes all out to offer a premium experience. The 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage are hard to beat at this price point (again, looking at models with a wider availability).

The Snapdragon 855+ chipset is an interesting choice. Realme opted out of 5G, leaving that to the X50 Pro 5G, which is also available in Europe. Anyway, the 855+ is faster than the 700-series Snapdragons (especially in the GPU department) and doesn’t cost as much as the 865 – we wish more companies would do this.

The 6.57” screen with 1080p+ resolution is an LCD instead of an OLED, a disappointment to some, a plus for others. The 120Hz refresh rate puts it in a fairly elite club, however, so it’s a win either way.


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Let’s look at the competition. Huawei has the P30 Pro New Edition, which also has a 5x periscope lens and a 2019 flagship chipset. But even though the hardware is a year old, it will cost €750 at launch.

The Poco F2 Pro matches the Realme at €500 and it does get the Snapdragon 865 with 5G and AMOLED screen. The refresh rate is 60Hz only, though, and the 5MP 50mm zoom camera literally can’t get close to the SuperZoom camera.

Xiaomi will potentially offer some competition with the Mi 10 Youth, which is rumored to get a European release at some point, but Realme beat it to the punch. There’s also the Honor 30, but the chances of that leaving China are pretty low at the moment.

Finally, Oppo’s own X50 Pro 5G starts at €600. That doesn’t sound much more expensive than the X3, but keep in mind that the base configuration gets 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage and the zoom camera tops out at 2x.

Will you buy the Realme X3 SuperZoom?

Amazon sellers use 'collectible' label to dodge price gouging rules

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Amazon’s measures to prevent price gouging have a relatively simple workaround. The Verge has learned that some third-party sellers are marking products as “collectible” to evade Amazon’s automated price controls. The internet retailer reportedly has price ceilings that normally kick in when a product is listed as “new,” but that ceiling apparently doesn’t kick in with collectible items. There also isn’t much transparency regarding those ceilings, either.

The quirk has been around for a while, according to sellers. However, it wasn’t really an issue before the COVID-19 pandemic, when competition kept prices reasonable. Now that there’s high demand and low supply, unscrupulous sellers have more incentives to hike prices.

An Amazon spokesperson talking to The Verge didn’t directly address the anti-gouging measures. Instead, the spokesperson said that sellers set their own prices and that Amazon pulls sales that violate its policies.

This won’t leave many satisfied, though. Customers clearly lose out if they’re trying to get dumbbells or other hot

Weekly poll results: most people are looking to spend $200-$600 on their next phone

Most people are looking to buy a phone in the $200-$600 range, shows last week’s poll. The lower half of that price range proved the most popular, meaning that $200-$400 is the sweet spot for new devices.

This also means that Apple hit the bullseye with the iPhone SE (2020), which is exactly $400 if you can make do with 64GB storage. The upgrade to 128GB costs $50, which pushes things into the next price range, but that’s not unexpected for Apple.

Still, an Apple A13 chipset at $400 should be a wake-up call to Android makers and probably Qualcomm too – Apple’s chipset is in a league of its own. To be fair, outside of its chipset, the SE is sporting a lot dated hardware.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. The Realme X3 SuperZoom is bringing a periscope cam, typically a flagship feature, and will cost €500 (which falls in the $400-$600 range). In the same price range are models like the Poco F2 Pro which bring 5G connectivity and Snapdragon 865 chipsets. You can also get 120Hz screens without paying over $600, large batteries and fast charging too.

There’s still a market for high-priced models, of course, in fact 1 in 4 voters will be spending over $600 on their next phone, some ever going over $1,000. But they either have cash to spare or plan to keep that phone for a long time.

That’s what makes iPhones attractive – Apple supports its old models for years longer than even the best of Android makers. Said Android makers have been extending their support periods too, which offers some reassurance that your pricey new gadget won’t become obsolete in two years.

Also, while the more affordable phones may boast similar (or even the same) camera hardware as the flagships, companies tend to put more effort into tuning the software on their high-end phones, which results in better photos and videos. As has been the case for the last few years, a great camera is one of the main reasons to spend extra on a new phone.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z Review

The Bullets Wireless Z are the third pair of wireless earphones from OnePlus. A replacement to the excellent Bullets Wireless 2 from last year, the Bullets Wireless Z are meant to be a more affordable option, while matching the design and features of its predecessor.

The Bullets Wireless Z are the cheapest wireless set from OnePlus so far, with the US pricing being half what the Bullets Wireless 2 cost. In India, the Bullets Wireless Z costs a third of the Bullets Wireless 2 and half of the original Bullets Wireless. In fact, the INR1,999 price is the lowest anywhere in the world and makes the Bullets Wireless Z a particularly enticing purchase.

And it’s not just price reductions either as the Bullets Wireless Z also improves upon a few things compared to the models that came before them. They have the longest battery life, proper water-resistance, and a low-latency mode designed to work specifically with OnePlus phones.

We will be getting into all of the features and also all of the compromises that come with such drastic price reductions, so if you’re interested in getting a pair of these, make sure you read on before you click purchase.

Design

For the third time in a row, OnePlus has decided to stick with the neckband design despite the ever-growing popularity of truly wireless earbuds. Not that I am complaining – this style has its advantages, such as not having to worry about losing one of the earbuds, physical volume and playback controls, longer battery life, and not having to fumble with the case when you are done using them. The truly wireless earbuds may look cool but the neckband style is certainly more practical.

In the case of the Bullets Wireless Z, the design is nearly identical to that of the Bullets Wireless 2. They are so similar that since both our Bullets Wireless Z and Bullets Wireless 2 review units were black, we had to leave the label on our Bullets Wireless Z to differentiate them.

The only major difference between the Bullets Wireless Z and the Bullets Wireless 2 is that the latter uses metal construction for the earbuds while the former is entirely made out of plastic. This becomes obvious once you hold them but from just looking at them it’s hard to tell them apart.

The only other differences we noticed were the lack of the red rings at the back of the earbuds on the Bullets Wireless Z and that they were a couple of grams lighter than the Bullets Wireless 2.

Of course, if you have the Mint, Blue, or Oat version of the Bullets Wireless Z then they would be far easier to differentiate.

The nearly identical design isn’t a problem as the Bullets Wireless 2 were one of the better-built earphones, with a comfortable rubberized body that wasn’t too thick or heavy around your neck. The remote control on the left cable was also easy to reach and operate. The earbuds also

Minnesota is now using contact tracing to track protestors, as demonstrations escalate

Minnesota protests are continuing to escalate and inspire similar demonstrations around the country in the wake of police killing an unarmed Minneapolis man this week named George Floyd. Minnesota officials say they’re using contact tracing to better understand who the protestors are and where they’re coming from. Contact tracing has previously been used as part of a comprehensive coronavirus response.

As the Minnesota protests have spilled across the country, fueled by protestors angered over the police killing of an unarmed Minneapolis man named George Floyd, the protests have morphed into marches and demonstrations that have turned violent everywhere from New York City to Los Angeles. Curfews are being imposed in major cities around the US at the time of this writing, and at least eight states, as well as the District of Columbia, have requested the National Guard to assist local law enforcement.

In some cities like Minneapolis, though, officials are starting to turn to a familiar tool to investigate networks of protestors. The tool is contact-tracing, and it’s a familiar tool in that people have been hearing about it frequently in recent weeks as an important component of a comprehensive coronavirus pandemic response. According to Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harringon, officials there have been using what they describe, without going into much detail, as contact-tracing in order to build out a picture of protestor affiliations — a process that officials in the state say has led them to conclude that much of the protest activity there is being fueled by people from outside coming in.

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OnePlus and McLaren have ended their phone partnership

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OnePlus will no longer release McLaren editions of its phones in the future. The phonemaker and the British auto manufacturer have ended their partnership, a McLaren spokesperson has confirmed to Android Authority after reports about their split came out. Word started going around that the two were parting ways, because OnePlus is no longer listed as a Formula 1 partner on McLaren’s website.

In a statement sent to the publication, the spokesperson said:

“Our partnership with OnePlus, which came to its scheduled conclusion recently, has been a highly successful collaboration between two iconic and innovative brands. Since the start of this partnership in 2018, OnePlus has been a supportive, valued partner and we wish them well and hope to see them in the future.”

The rep didn’t explain why the two companies are no longer working together, but it sounds like they decided not to renew their deal after their collaboration ended. OnePlus’ McLaren phones are usually souped up versions

'Sign in with Apple' flaw let attackers take over accounts

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Sign in with Apple’ is potentially more private than other login options, but it apparently included a serious security flaw. Researcher Bhavuk Jain recently received a $100,000 bug bounty for discovering (via Hacker News) a flaw in the sign-in service when available through third-party apps. If an app didn’t have its own security measures, an attacker could forge a token linked to any email ID and verify it as ‘valid’ using Apple’s public key. That could allow a “full account takeover” even if you chose to hide your email from other services, Jain said.

Jain found the flaw in April, and it’s already fixed. Apple said there was no evidence of accounts being compromised as a result of the flaw.

There shouldn’t have been any damage done as a result. Nonetheless, the bug probably isn’t what Apple wanted to grapple with in the wake of a string of security issues, including an earlier Mail vulnerability. It’s fixing issues quickly — the question

Upcoming Honor Play 4 shines in three different colors in official banners

Honor is cooking-up another pair of devices for its “Play” lineup. Heading towards a June 3 announcement, the Honor Play 4 and Honor Play 4 Pro should not be confused with the Play 4T and Play 4T Pro. A different pair of Honor devices, that recently appeared out of the blue and are already official.


Honor Play 4 colors

A company manager took to Weibo today to showcase banners for the Honor Play 4 in three colors. Officially, that’s about as much as we know about the Honor Play 4 pair at the moment. Unofficially, a recent TENAA listing suggests the regular Honor Play 4 will sport a 6.81-inch, 1080 x 2400 pixel LCD display, 4,200 mAh battery and a plethora of RAM and storage configurations – 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB RAM options with either 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage sizes. Also, a quad main camera setup, consisting of a 64MP main camera, an 8MP secondary camera, and two additional 2MP sensors, perhaps one macro and one depth sensor and a 16MP selfie shooter in a punch-hole cut out on the front. All of this, fitted inside a 170 x 78.5 x 8.9mm, 213-gram body.

Chipset is still a bit of a mystery, but we do know it should be an octa-core, with a reported clock of 2.0 GHz, making MediaTek Dimensity 800 a viable candidate. As for the Honor Play 4 Pro, we already have a pretty detailed leak, complete with renders. It is expected to offer 5G support, likely through the use of a Kirin 820 chipset. A connectivity option that is not quite as certain on the vanilla Play 4. Other bits and pieces expected on the Play 4 Pro include a Sony IMX600y sensor for its main camera, 40W fast charging and a 3.5mm audio jack.

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Microsoft cuts dozens of staff as it shifts to AI for MSN news stories

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Workforce automation is about to cost dozens of news contractors their jobs. The Seattle Times and The Guardian report that Microsoft is letting go of dozens of news contractors (about 50 in the US, 27 in the UK) after June 30th due to a shift to AI news production on MSN. The workers were responsible for choosing, editing and curating stories. People employed full-time by Microsoft will stay at the company.

In a statement to the Times, Microsoft said it “evaluate[s] our business on a regular basis” like most companies and that this could involve “re-deployment.” It stressed that the contractor job cuts were “not the result of the current pandemic.”

The concept of AI choosing and even writing news isn’t new. However, this is a real-world case where jobs at a major site have been affected. The question is whether or not the heavier automation will be effective. One affected person talking to The Guardian was concerned the AI