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ਲੰਬਾ COVID-19 ਕੀ ਹੈ, ਅਤੇ ਮੈਂ ਆਪਣੀ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਦੀ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਕਰ ਸਕਦਾ ਹਾਂ?

ਇਸ਼ਤਿਹਾਰ COVID-19 ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਠੀਕ ਹੋਣ ਵਿੱਚ ਲੱਗਣ ਵਾਲਾ ਸਮਾਂ ਹਰ ਕਿਸੇ ਲਈ ਵੱਖਰਾ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ, ਇਹ ਇਸ ਗੱਲ ‘ਤੇ ਨਿਰਭਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਹ COVID-19 ਨਾਲ ਕਿੰਨੇ ਜਿਆਦਾ ਬਿਮਾਰ ਸਨ ਅਤੇ ਜੇਕਰ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ...

ਇਹਨਾਂ ਸਰਦੀਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਨੂੰ COVID-19 ਅਤੇ ਫਲੂਅ ਤੋਂ ਬਚਾਓ

ਇਸ਼ਤਿਹਾਰ ਸਰਦੀਆਂ ਅਕਸਰ ਸਾਹ ਦੇ ਰੋਗਾਣੂਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਵਧੇਰੇ ਲਾਗ ਲਿਆਉਂਦੀਆਂ ਹਨ। ਇਹਨਾਂ ਸਰਦੀਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ, ਆਪਣੇ COVID-19 ਟੀਕਿਆਂ ਨਾਲ ਪੂਰਾ ਬਣੇ (ਅਪ ਟੂ ਡੇਟ) ਰਹਿ ਕੇ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣਾ ਇਨਫਲੂਐਨਜ਼ਾ ਟੀਕਾ ਲਗਵਾ ਕੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਨੂੰ...

Ubisoft to shut down multiplayer for older games, including Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. | Image: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, the first game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise to feature multiplayer, will see its online services shut down on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 in September, its publisher Ubisoft has announced. It’s part of a collection of over a dozen games that will see their online elements discontinued that month, which means players won’t be able to play their multiplayer components, access their online features, link Ubisoft accounts in-game, or install and access downloadable content.

“Closing the online services for some older games allows us to focus our resources on delivering great experiences for players who are playing newer or more popular titles,” Ubisoft’s help page reads. With Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood having…

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England’s health service will use drones to deliver vital chemotherapy drugs

The UK’s National Health Service has announced that it will test delivering vital chemotherapy drugs via drone to the Isle of Wight. The body has partnered with Apian, a drone technology startup founded by former NHS doctors and former Google employees. Test flights are due to begin shortly, and it’s hoped that the system will reduce journey times for the drugs, cut costs and enable cancer patients to receive treatment far more locally.

The Isle of Wight is an island two miles off the south coast of England with a population just under 150,000. Due to the short shelf-life of most chemotherapy drugs, medicines are either rushed onto the island or patients take the ferry to the mainland. This journey can take up to four hours, while a drone flight can run from Queen Alexandra Hospital to St. Mary’s Hospital in half an hour. Not long after and an additional pilot scheme will take place in Northumbria to see if it’s possible to deliver vital medical supplies at ultra-short notice.

It’s not the first time that drones have been used to deliver vital medicines faster than a conventional courier. Merck and drone company Volansi began testing the delivery of cold-chain medicines …read more

The Morning After: Xiaomi’s flagship phone has a Leica camera with a massive one-inch sensor

Just six months after its last flagship launch, Xiaomi has announced another one. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra packs a massive one-inch, 50.3-megapixel Sony IMX989 main sensor. And unlike the Sony Xperia Pro-I, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra apparently uses the entirety of its one-inch sensor. And the camera unit itself? Well, it looks gigantic.

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Inside, there’s a Leica Summicron 1:1.9-4.1 / 13-120 ASPH camera system that combines three rear cameras: a 50.3-megapixel main camera (23mm, f/1.9), along with the 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera (13mm, f/2.2) and the 48-megapixel periscopic camera (120mm, f/4.1). Both 48-megapixel cameras use a half-inch Sony IMX586 sensor. The circular camera island (continent?) has a special coating to mitigate lens glare and improve image consistency. Oh, and there’s a 23K gold rim as well. Because excess.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is now available for pre-ordering in China, ahead of retail launch on July 6th. The 12S Ultra starts at 5,999 yuan (around $900).

Leica has spread its bets over the years in mobile imaging partnerships. It has previously collaborated with Sharp, Huawei and Panasonic — Chinese phone makers are quick to pal up with renowned photography brands. In late 2020, Vivo joined forces with Zeiss, while …read more

Microsoft’s new Outlook Lite for Android app is coming this month

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Microsoft is working on a smaller and faster Outlook Lite app for Android. The software giant has detailed the app in its Microsoft 365 roadmap, where it describes Outlook Lite as “an Android app that brings the main benefits of Outlook in a smaller app size with fast performance for low-end devices on any network.”

The roadmap reveals that the Outlook Lite app will be available worldwide at some point this month. ZDNet reports that an Outlook Lite app already exists in a few countries, so Microsoft appears to be readying it for a broader release. Microsoft’s own documentation on Outlook Lite suggests the app will be limited to only Outlook, Hotmail, Live, and MSN accounts, and won’t support work or school accounts.

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Geely buys majority stake in troubled phone maker Meizu

Chinese car giant Geely has purchased a majority stake in the now-small smartphone maker Meizu. Bloomberg reports that Meizu will be run as an independent company under Xingli Technology, another tech brand under Geely’s umbrella. That said, the pair are expected to work together on new products, and Xingli has already expressed plans to make a big splash in the AR/VR space.

If you’ve been reading Engadget for long enough, you’ll have likely seen Meizu’s early rise at the dawn of the smartphone boom. Unfortunately, it found its lunch being eaten by other Chinese upstarts, including Xiaomi, and wound up remaining a small player. Back in 2015, Alibaba decided to take a stake in the company just as it found itself distracted by various boondoggles, including the baffling-in-retrospect decision to build phones with Ubuntu.

Geely, meanwhile, is perhaps best known in the West as the controlling owner of Volvo, Polestar and Lotus, all of which have been pushed towards electrification. Of course, with cars becoming more like phones (and phones becoming such a crucial part of most cars) the idea of automakers buying in to the phone space makes plenty of sense. As Reuters reports, …read more

FIFA will track players’ bodies using AI to make offside calls at 2022 World Cup

FIFA, the international governing body of association football,* has announced it will use AI-powered cameras to help referees make offside calls at the 2022 World Cup.

The semi-automated system consists of a sensor in the ball that relays its position on the field 500 times a second, and 12 tracking cameras mounted underneath the roof of stadiums, which use machine learning to track 29 points in players’ bodies.

Software will combine this data to generate automated alerts when players commit offside offenses (that is: when they’re nearer to the other team’s goal than their second-last opponent and receiving the ball). Alerts will be sent to officials in a nearby control room, who will validate the decision and tell referees on the…

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