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Nevada Democrats to use iPads loaded with Google Forms to track caucus

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The Nevada Democratic Party will use iPads loaded with Google Forms to tabulate and report voting results during its caucus on Feb. 22.


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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s full coverage of the 2020 elections.

Nevada’s Democratic Party said Thursday it plans to use iPads loaded with survey app Google Forms to calculate voting results in next week’s caucuses. The system is an effort to avoid a repeat of the Iowa caucus chaos.

The app will be loaded onto 2,000 iPads purchased by the party and distributed to precinct chairs, according to a memo signed by party Executive Director Alana Mounce seen by the Associated Press Thursday. Google’s app will calculate and submit results electronically, while a second step will rely on submissions also being made by phone.

“In choosing the best path forward our guiding principles have been security, efficiency and simplicity,” Mounce said in the memo. “We understand just how important it is that we get this right and protect the integrity of Nevadans’ votes.”

The new process was hastily constructed after use of an app during the Iowa caucus caused confusion that delayed the announcement of a winner in the Feb. 3 Iowa caucus, the first nominating contest of the 2020 US presidential election. Many people blame the Iowa Democratic Party for what appears to be a botched rollout of an app on such a big stage.

A company called Shadow, which describes itself as a creator of “political power for the progressive movement” was commissioned to build the Iowa caucus app. That state’s party chairman, Troy Price, said the problem was a “coding issue” with the system, which caused the app to only report partial data. Price later resigned his position on Wednesday.

Nevada’s caucuses will be held on Feb. 22.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: South Korea’s Leader Raises Alert Level to Maximum

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President Moon Jae-in on Sunday put South Korea on the highest possible alert in its fight against the coronavirus, a move that empowers the government to lock down cities and take other sweeping measures to contain the outbreak.

“The coming few days will be a critical time for us,” Mr. Moon said at an emergency meeting of government officials to discuss the outbreak, which in just days has spiraled to 602 confirmed infections and five deaths. “This will be a momentous time when the central government, local governments, health officials and medical personnel and the entire people must wage an all-out, concerted response to the problem.”

Mr. Moon did not announce any specific measures to fight the virus. But by raising the alert to Level 4, or “serious,” he authorized the government to take steps like banning visitors from specific countries and restricting public transportation, as well as locking down cities, as China has done.

Many of South Korea’s coronavirus cases are in the southeastern city of Daegu, which has essentially been placed under a state of emergency, though people are still free to enter and leave the city.

In Seoul, South Korea’s capital, large demonstrations of all political stripes are a routine fact of life. But with the country’s coronavirus cases soaring, the authorities say that needs to stop, at least for now.

In a televised address on Saturday, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun urged people to comply with a ban on large protests in the capital, warning that the government would deal “sternly” with people who participate in “massive rallies,” as well as those who hoard goods or interfere with quarantine efforts.

But thousands of Christian activists defied the ban that same day, gathering in central Seoul for their weekly protest against President Moon Jae-in, whom they accuse of coddling North Korea and mismanaging the economy.

Police officers were deployed in large numbers but made no attempt to disperse the crowd. Most of the protesters wore masks, but they booed Mayor Park Won-soon when he asked them to leave for the sake of public health.

“We care more about the country and our fatherland than our own lives,” the Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon, who organized the rally, shouted at the cheering crowd. He vowed to hold another rally next Saturday.

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Kerala school students to learn English at hi-tech IT labs

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Kerala school students to learn English at hi-tech IT labs

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (IANS) The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has launched E3 (Enjoy, Enhance & Enrich) an ambitious project for enhancing and enriching the English language proficiency of students by making use of hi-tech lab facilities in schools, said an official.

This programme is apart from the Kerala government”s Public Education Rejuvenation Mission, as successive governments in the state have been working on it.

K. Anvar Sadath, CEO, KITE, said, the project aims to enhance and enrich English learning of students in an enjoyable atmosphere effectively making use of technology in schools.

“This is achieved using three components – Samagra e-Library, e-Language lab and e-Broadcast. One lakh school teachers will be trained during the summer vacation and the project will be implemented in the new academic year,” said Sadath.

Samagra e-Library is a digital repository of international standard digital books which will be available to students in audio and video formats.

The second is e-Language lab, which will have language lab software that will provide opportunities for students to enhance their listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.

The third component is e-Broadcast which includes multimedia programmes. The broadcast lessons will help learners use English in conversational and academic contexts in an interactive mode.

The Director of General Education will monitor the implementation of the project in schools by teachers.

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Galaxy Z Flip: Don’t buy it, until you read this

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Samsung’s new folding Z Flip has impressed us in our full review process. CNET editor Jessica Dolcourt even went so far as to call it “the best foldable phone I’ve ever used.” Big words, when the competition is heating up with the likes of the Motorola Razr, Huawei Mate X and Samsung’s own Galaxy Fold. But if you’re sold on this new bending technology — and you can stomach the $1,380 (£1,300) price — here are six things you should keep in mind before splashing your cash. 

1. People will ask you about it

The Z Flip is arguably the best-looking folding phone so far, particularly in the flashy purple color option. It folds into a lovely neat square and transforms into a vibrant, full-screen phone. That sort of thing catches the eye and I’ve already had multiple people asking me about it when I’m out and about, and I’ve overheard several whispers of, “Oh, that’s that new folding phone.” 

Does that matter? Well, depends on your sensibilities. On the one hand, if you’re the shy, retiring type then you may find this a little embarrassing. However, you probably don’t spend that sort of cash on new technology without wanting to show it off a little, so my suggestion would be to embrace it and use it as a conversation starter. See if you can impress a barman enough to get a free drink. 

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2. The camera is only OK

The camera is, for me, one of the more disappointing aspects of the phone. With such a high price, I’d expect every element of the phone to be absolutely cutting-edge, with camera capabilities equalling any of today’s top-end phones. That’s not quite the case with the Z Flip. 

Its dual rear cameras offer a standard and a superwide view, and while both are fine for everyday snaps, they aren’t up there with the best. Colors often look very oversaturated and the lack of a zoom lens means if you want to get close-up of your subject, you have to use the digital zoom — at a huge cost to image quality. 

It lacks the dual-aperture mode of even last year’s most affordable Galaxy S10E and at 12 megapixels, its superwide lens is lower-resolution than the S10e’s 16 megapixels. It’s not a bad camera by any means, but it’s worth keeping in mind that you’re not getting flagship-level photo capabilities for the flagship-level price.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

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3. You need to be careful of dust and water

Many recent flagships — the Galaxy S10 and S20, the iPhone 11 and various others — have earned IP ratings that mean they’re protected against dust and water. The folding mechanism of the Z Flip, however, means that no such protections are claimed here. We’re back to the old days of having to obsessively protect your phone from the elements. 

That means you should think twice about taking that call in the rain, and it’s worth making sure you don’t have any general detritus in the pocket where you keep your phone. A recent test by iFixit showed that it’s easy to get dust clogged up inside the Z Flip. Something to keep in mind once you’ve unboxed your pricey new gadget.

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4. The outside screen is a bit annoying

The Z Flip has a small pill-shaped display on the outside of the phone. It’s designed to show you incoming notifications when the phone is closed, and can even act as a small camera viewfinder for taking selfies. 

As Jessica puts it: “Unfortunately, it’s too small, squat and narrow to really do anything meaningful with” and it’s awkward to properly read any notifications on the tiny screen, making it much easier to just open the phone instead. As a camera viewfinder, its small size means it doesn’t show the whole image you’re taking, so composing a group selfie is difficult. 

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5. Battery life isn’t great

In our looping video battery rundown tests, the phone achieved 15 hours of run time from a full charge. That’s on the lower end of what we’d expect from a phone. By comparison, the Galaxy S10 Plus achieved 21 hours in the same test, as did the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

With careful use you may be able to get a full day out of the phone, but if you’re planning on hitting the town right after work, make sure you’ve given it a top-up if you want enough power to call a cab home at the end of the night. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

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6. There’s no 5G

While 5G may still be a year or more away from becoming the standard network connection for all our phones, it’s becoming increasingly widespread around the world. You may not be bothered about 5G right now, but when you’re spending so much money on your phone, it’s likely you’ll want to hold onto it for at least a couple of years. 

Will you be so ambivalent about superfast 5G at the end of 2020? As you enter 2021, will you look down at your pricey folding phone and wish that it could stream games as smoothly as your friends on their 5G connections? Maybe, maybe not. I won’t say it’s a deal-breaker but it’s certainly worth considering, particularly as Samsung’s 5G-enabled S20 Ultra is only marginally more expensive.

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