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Marty Mornhinweg Says Joe Flacco’s Recent Improvement Is Tied to His Health

The biggest story during Ravens training camp was Joe Flacco’s back.

But that was back, no pun intended, in August.

After sitting out the entire preseason, Flacco suited up for the Ravens’ Week 1 game in Cincinnati and hasn’t missed a start – and hardly a snap – all season. But that doesn’t mean his back was 100 percent that whole time.

Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has noticed Flacco moving around better to extend plays the past couple weeks, which has led to better play overall, and attributed it to Flacco’s improved health.

“I think he’s a little bit more healthy than he has [been],” Mornhinweg said Thursday. “I think people forget [that] he came in with a little back issue. Three or four days of practice to start the season.

“My thought, looking back on it, was let’s be in the thing about midseason and [have] Joe healthy, because I thought that would be key. Here we are, and he’s about as healthy as he’s been all year.”

Mornhinweg indicated that he game-planned and called games differently at the start of the season when Flacco may have been still dealing with some back issues.

Flacco attempted fewer than 20 passes in two of the Ravens’ first three games and wasn’t taking many shots down the field. Part of being more aggressive is giving plays enough time to develop.

Early on, the Ravens got the ball out of Flacco’s hands quickly, in part because of an injury-riddled offensive line that was being shuffled and finding its legs, and perhaps because of Flacco’s back.

Flacco converted some first downs with his legs in the Ravens’ 23-16 win over the Houston Texans in Week 12. He ran six times for 42 yards.

Last Sunday against the Detroit Lions, Flacco didn’t run, but used his legs to buy more time to throw, giving Baltimore’s receivers more time to get open and unleashing a more dangerous attack. Flacco also moved well on both bootleg play-action touchdown passes he threw.

It was Flacco’s finest game of the season, as he completed 23-of-36 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. It’s the kind of performance he’d like to replicate, or improve on, this Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

The improvement is multi-tiered. Flacco was also protected better by his offensive line, which has given up just six sacks over the past five games. It gave up 17 sacks over the previous seven contests.

“It starts up front,” Mornhinweg said, adding that he went back to watch tape from earlier this year and noticed a difference in how the offensive line is playing. “We’re better up front, just from the reps and the fellas working together.”

iPhone X Fast Recent App Switching

No Home button on the iPhone X means getting to the App Switcher involves a new gesture since you can’t just double-tap any more. If all you want to do is quickly jump to an app instead of quitting, however, there’s a faster way. Read on to learn how.

To quickly switch between apps on the iPhone X all you need to do is swipe left or right on the Home bar at the bottom of the screen. You’ll see it when you’re in an app instead of looking at your Home screen.

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The Home bar on your iPhone X does more than get you out of the current app

The app you’re currently using will be first in the list sp you can only swipe to the left from there to see older apps. Swiping right in older apps takes you back through the list to more recents.

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Swipe left or right on the Home bar to move back and forth through your open apps

You can’t quit any apps from here, but that’s OK because it’s a lot faster than swiping up and to the edge of the screen to bring up the App Switcher view.

Android Wear v2.6 includes a Recent app complication, network status indicators, download progress card, and more …

Google announced last month that one of the plans for Wear 2.0 had been to make the platform easier to update with software upgrades from the Play Store rather than relying so much on sending out a barrage of firmware updates. In the v2.6 update, quite a few improvements and little tweaks have been made to the interface, including new connection indicators, download status notifications, a recent app complication, and more.

What’s New

Recent App complication

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Through complications you can launch a few handy tools with a single tap. Static shortcuts to apps were available with the launch of Android Wear 2.0, but now you can also add a shortcut to your most recent app. After any app is run, its icon will appear in the place of the complication, so you can always tell which one you’re getting.

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To add the Recent App complication, open the watchface editor and pick one of the complication spots. You’ll find Recent app listed under the General category.

Download progress indicator cards

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The download status indicator has been in Android for longer than most of us care to remember — It’s basically from the stone ages. Android Wear is still catching up a bit, but it now has its own spin on this notification with a progress card for downloads. A countdown is shown for the time remaining for a download, meanwhile the halo surrounding the icon at the top will fill up as you get closer to the end of the download.

Connection status in Quick Settings

Another simple addition to the UI comes in the form of connection status indicators in Quick Settings. Just pull down the shade from the watchface and you’ll be able to spot Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular icons right next to the battery indicator.

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There’s a set of up/down arrows to show data activity, but they appear to be shared by any and all connection types, so you can’t really tell which connection is active.

Dynamic text sizes in notification cards

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The most defining trait of smartwatches is the small screen, which means developers should make the best of the limited number of pixels that are there. But the last thing you want to do is get stuck without enough text to understand if a notification warrants extra attention, and that might be worth a little bit of squinting.

Android Wear will now make a slight adjustment to text size if it’s starting to take too much space. According to Google, this can give you an extra line or so of text. It’s pretty subtle in the screenshots above, but when closely compared to each other, the letters in the short message are slightly larger than those of the longer message. I doubt most people will even notice the difference, but it’s better to squeeze in a few extra words at slightly smaller text than to have them eaten up with an ellipsis as the message gets too long.

Better side-swipe and long-press gesture recognition

There have been complaints from some users that swipes are too easily triggered, resulting in cards being dismissed before they should be. The changelog for the new update reports that it should be harder to accidentally trigger swipes and long-presses.

There’s no good way to demonstrate this, especially with just screenshots, but it does seem to require swipes to be slightly more intentional than in the past. Even though it’s quite subtle, this is a pretty important change for a small screen wearable.

Download

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

Note: This APK is for installation directly on Android Wear watches, not on phones.

Version: 2.6.0.176354550

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Recent Intel Chipsets Have A Built-In Hidden Computer, Running Minix With A Networking Stack And A Web Server

One way of looking at the history of computing is as the story of how the engineering focus rose gradually up the stack, from the creation of the first hardware, through operating systems, and then applications, and focusing now on platform-independent Net-based services. Underneath it all, there’s still the processor, even if most people don’t pay much attention to it these days. Unregarded it may be, but the world of the chip continues to move on. For example, for some years now, Intel has incorporated something called the Management Engine into its chipsets:

Built into many Intel Chipset–based platforms is a small, low-power computer subsystem called the Intel Management Engine (Intel ME). The Intel ME performs various tasks while the system is in sleep, during the boot process, and when your system is running. This subsystem must function correctly to get the most performance and capability from your PC.

That is, inside recent Intel-based systems, there is a separate computer within a computer — one the end user never sees and has no control over. Although a feature for some time, it’s been one of Intel’s better-kept secrets, with details only emerging slowly. For example, a recent article on Network World pointed out that earlier this year, Dmitry Sklyarov (presumably, that Dmitry Sklyarov) worked out that Intel’s ME is probably running a variant of the Minix operating system (yes, that Minix.) The Network World article notes that a Google project has found out more about the ME system:

According to Google, which is actively working to remove Intel’s Management Engine (MINIX) from their internal servers (for obvious security reasons), the following features exist within Ring -3:

Full networking stack
File systems
Many drivers (including USB, networking, etc.)
A web server

That’s right. A web server. Your CPU has a secret web server that you are not allowed to access, and, apparently, Intel does not want you to know about.

Why on this green Earth is there a web server in a hidden part of my CPU? WHY?

The “Ring-3” mentioned there refers to the level of privileges granted to the ME system. As a Google presentation about ME (pdf) explains, operating systems like GNU/Linux run on Intel chips at Ring 0 level; Ring-3 (“minus 3”) trumps everything above — include the operating system — and has total control over the hardware. Throwing a Web server and a networking stack in there too seems like a really bad idea. Suppose there was some bug in the ME system that allowed an attacker to take control? Funny you should ask; here’s what we learned earlier this year:

Intel says that three of its ME services — Active Management Technology, Small Business Technology, and Intel Standard Manageability — were all affected [by a critical bug]. These features are meant to let network administrators remotely manage a large number of devices, like servers and PCs. If attackers can access them improperly they potentially can manipulate the vulnerable computer as well as others on the network. And since the Management Engine is a standalone microprocessor, an attacker could exploit it without the operating system detecting anything.

As the Wired story points out, that critical bug went unnoticed for seven years. Because of the risks a non-controllable computer within a computer brings with it, Google is looking to remove ME from all its servers, and there’s also an open source project doing something similar. But that’s difficult: without ME, the modern systems based on Intel chipsets may not boot. The problems of ME have led the EFF to call on Intel to make a number of changes to the technology, including:

Provide a way for their customers to audit ME code for vulnerabilities. That is presently impossible because the code is kept secret.

Offer a supported way to disable the ME. If that’s literally impossible, users should be able to flash an absolutely minimal, community-auditable ME firmware image.

Those don’t seem unreasonable requests given how serious the flaws in the ME system have been, and probably will be again in the future. It also seems only fair that people should be able to control fully a computer that they own — and that ought to include the Minix-based computer hidden within.

Follow me @glynmoody on Twitter or identi.ca, and +glynmoody on Google+

‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ may be behind recent Windows 7 surge on Steam

Windows 10 might slowly be gaining market share, but it’s far from a dominant force in markets like China.

It’s been a long time since Windows 7 was at its peak popularity among gamers, but somehow it surged to the top of the Steam Hardware Survey charts in October. It currently beats out previous top-dog Windows 10 64-bit by more than 35 percent. Oddly enough, that may be the fault of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

The swing in the numbers is even more surprising. In the last month alone, Windows 7-64bit has seen an upswing of close to 23 percent, while Windows 10 64-bit has dipped by more than 17 percent. Why would so many people seemingly turn their backs on the most contemporary version of the Windows operating system in favor of its eight-year-old predecessor?

It might be down to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The battle royale title has been tearing up the Steam charts since its Early Access release earlier this year and its influence might be starting to impact the makeup of system software on Steam.

The game isn’t making players switch OS for a boost to frame rate or functionality though, but instead is drawing in millions of players from around the world, most notably from China. The number of Steam users running the “Simplified Chinese” language on Steam increased by almost 27 percent during October.

Windows 7 is the most popular operating system in China due to Windows 10 being banned in the country. With that in mind, the likes of TechSpot have done the math. Battlegrounds is bringing in so many Chinese gamers that it’s changing the popularity of certain pieces of software for the Steam user base.

This should perhaps be no surprise. With more than 13 million copies sold within the last seven months alone, Battlegrounds was bound to have an impact in a variety of gaming sectors. Some of those consequences, though, have certainly been unexpected.

As TechSpot points out, its impact in China may be short-lived. If threats to ban the game for its violence go ahead, we could see the surge of Chinese Steam gamers dampen very quickly.

Whatever your language preferences, if you’re looking to have a better chance of winning your next chicken dinner, check out our beginner and advance guides to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.




Hannah Stone’s parents: ‘Recent trauma’ behind suicide of Internet star from Upstate NY

LOWVILLE, N.Y. — The parents of Hannah Stone, a 16-year-old girl from Lewis County and Internet celebrity, said the girl was dealing with mental health issues from a “recent trauma” in the months before her suicide this week.

Stone’s family, in a post on Instagram, did not describe the trauma and urged others to seek help if they were in similar situations. She died at a Syracuse hospital at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1.

She would have turned 17 on Nov. 13. 

“Hannah fought so hard and was being actively treated in recent months for mental health issues related to a recent trauma,” the family wrote.

A review of her recent social media activity shows her giving fellow teens advice on dealing with anxiety and confessing her own struggles with feeling accepted. Her family cited a Rolling Stone article that discussed the impact social media can have on teens’ mental health and risk of suicide. 

The teen’s death has prompted a massive outpouring on social media, where she was a star on several different platforms, including Instagram, Twitter and YouNow. Fans — so-called “Fannahs”– described loving Stone for her singing voice and the caring relationships she formed with them.

“Hannah was a rising star who touched thousands of lives because of her own battles,” the family wrote. “To those of you who have messaged us that she is the reason that you’re still alive, Bless you for letting our angel touch you — she was a blessing from God, especially to her mother, father, brother and sister.”

Stone’s funeral is taking place today at a cemetery in Whitesboro. 

The teen had 375,000 fans on YouNow, a popular Internet streaming site. She shared videos of herself singing and playing piano and guitar, and she often shared the broadcast and encouraged her fans to sing, offering them praise and applause. 

i don’t have the best lighting, the best camera, or the best voice, but i’m happy with myself and that’s really all i care about

A post shared by hannah stone (@iamhannahstone) on Jun 29, 2017 at 1:57pm PDT

 

As she rose to Internet fame, she was a student at Whitesboro and Lowville schools, according to her obituary. She also recently took a job acting at a Utica haunted house but only worked there one weekend as a result of the personal issues she was dealing with, owner Joshua Reale said. 

Fans have since taken to social media and shared videos of themselves lighting candles in her honor under hashtags #FlyHighHS and #RIPHannahStone. 

#iamhannahstone

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Amazon may indeed be getting into the pharma space — but recent state license deals are not related

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The comedian Dana Carvey once asked the question, “Don’t you love the pharmacy?” The 5-minute bit that followed highlighted all the awkward, confusing, and often frustrating elements of the pharmacy experience. The audience was with him the whole time.

Whether or not Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos watched Carvey’s show, many in the industry agree that pharmacy is primed for disruption — starting with home delivery. In fact, despite the best efforts of a group of companies called pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), such as CVS Caremark and Express Scripts, mail order pharmacies only fill a paltry 1 out of every 10 prescriptions. Most of the 4 billion prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. every year are filled at one of 60,000 retail pharmacy locations.

That should seem surprising, as the vast majority of prescriptions are refills of ongoing medications. And that makes it ideal for home delivery.

So a recent report that Amazon had acquired pharmacy wholesaler licenses sparked a major wave of excitement in the industry. After all, Amazon had hinted at their potential ambitions last spring when they contacted several industry experts about pharmacy and PBMs, as reported by CNBC. Speculation was further fueled by the acquisition of Whole Foods. A retail base coupled with mail order could be an attractive pharmacy or foundation for a PBM. Add these new so-called pharmaceutical wholesaler licenses into the mix and all the pieces seemed to be coming together.

Except that it isn’t. At least not yet.

What do the licenses mean?

The reported pharmacy wholesale licenses that Amazon acquired in 12 states is not a clear signal that the company is entering the pharmacy or pharmaceutical distribution business. The licenses Amazon applied for happen to cover the distribution of medical-surgical equipment, devices, and other healthcare related equipment, a business they are in today. The confusion results from the fact that states lump many types of distributors together in the same databases, using the same licensing forms.

What many of the ensuing media reports failed to mention is that becoming a pharmaceutical distributor or pharmacy entails additional licensure at both the state and national level.

If Amazon was entering the pharmaceutical distribution business they would need to become a “Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor” (VAWD) by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Amazon is not one of the 607 VAWD certified facilities. The laws in Indiana require VAWD certification prior to operation.

Bottom line: Amazon doesn’t have any licenses to distribute or dispense prescription medications, in Indiana or any other state.

What’s next? Drones? 

At this point, I’m asking myself how hard would it be for Amazon to actually get VAWD-certified and/or operate a pharmacy or PBM. The answer? Not very hard at all.

Amazon could either buy or build most of the software, hardware, and teams needed to start a pharmacy operation (dispensing or wholesale). Getting state licenses could take a matter of months, and not years. A budget of a few hundred million would accomplish this job, a small portion of Amazon’s $16 billion annual RD budget.

Could Amazon distribute pharmaceuticals to their own Whole Foods pharmacies in conjunction with a Amazon mail order pharmacy? Absolutely. This would enable Amazon to control their own supply chain. Perhaps they would manufacture their own generic medications like many wholesalers do. Brand drug manufacturers might welcome Amazon, at least initially, as an additional channel to reach consumers. Frankly, and in my opinion, the most challenging part for Amazon would be dealing with PBMs.

Most importantly, could Amazon transform the retail pharmacy and mail experience with a combination of self-service kiosks, lockers, delivery services, and even drones?

Something tells me that something big is going to happen in pharmacy — and soon. Maybe there’s even an opportunity for a combined distribution, pharmacy, and PBM. It’s hard to believe any company is better positioned to make one or all of these happen than Amazon. And making pharmacy less of a talking-point for comedians would be very pleasant side effect indeed.

Stephen Buck is a drug supply chain expert and the co-founder of Courage Health, a start-up that provides answers to cancer patients about their life expectancy. He previously founded RxDividends, a B2B pharmacy savings company that was acquired by GoodRx.



Recent Google Home Mini bug saw it record far more than it should have

The Google Home Mini smart speaker hasn’t yet been officially released, but it hasn’t stopped it from getting into trouble. A recent problem has seen some of the pre-release units spontaneously activate thousands of times per day, meaning they were picking up almost everything happening in their vicinity.

By default, Google records what a user says after using the “OK, Google” phrase to launch the Google Assistant (or pressing the microphone button in the Google App). This happens when using Google Assistant on any device, and if you weren’t aware of this — and want to be a little bit freaked out — you should go and listen to all your past recordings here.

However, Android Police discovered that, in this case, the Google Home Mini didn’t have to be manually activated for the recording to begin.

Update: Google Home now available for $109 at multiple retailers

Seemingly, the Mini was acting like the touch control mechanism was frequently being pressed, and its lights would switch on to show that it was listening. Yet the usual tone wasn’t played to indicate that it had been activated. After Android Police contacted Google about it, the company acknowledged the bug and subsequently issued a fix.

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Android Police speculates that the problem was limited to around 4,000 Google Home Minis that were distributed at Google’s press conference and “donut” pop-up events — so it was a relatively small-scale affair — and Google has reacted quickly to the situation. Google has also offered replacement units to anybody affected by the issue and has deleted any recordings generated by the error during the period before it rolled out the fix. Further, the company has assured that pre-order devices aren’t affected (you can read Google’s full response at support.google.com).

You can’t really ask for a whole lot more from Google in terms of its reaction, here, but having said that, this episode will do little to quell the fears of those currently worried about connected speakers and their implications for privacy. Unintentional as it may have been, connected devices inherently provide another way for personal information to be recorded and uploaded. And some would argue we’re offering up far too much already.

What the Tech? iPhone battery issues since recent iOS update

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Battery issues happen every time there’s a big iOS update. The good news is it can be fixed, and you don’t have to do anything.

Any time you install a major update such as iOS 11, your phone starts working harder to perform maintenance and indexing files and that’s going to drain the battery.

The good news is, after all that maintenance is finished, your battery should start holding the charge longer.

So be patient, keep the phone plugged in when you’re not using it for an extended period of time. Keep it plugged in to a wall outlet instead of a computer if you can.

To improve your phone’s battery life, you can make a few changes in settings. Turn off the “Raise to Wake” feature, which turns on the screen anytime you pick it up.

If you’re pretty expressive with your hands, the screen is turning on over and over again. That can run down the battery.

Reduce the amount of time your phone stays awake to 30 seconds. I found this increased the battery life on my 6s Plus dramatically.

Turn down the brightness of the screen. Turn on low power mode. That’s going to keep the phone from constantly checking email and other background activities and will reduce the screen’s brightness.

Give it a try. You may not notice much difference and it will extend the battery.

Turn off “Background app refresh.” You won’t get immediate Facebook or Twitter notifications when the phone isn’t awake, but it’ll improve the battery life.

Update your apps. Some of those updates reduce the amount of power the apps require.

And try a hard re-boot of the phone. Turn it off completely and turn it on again.

Another reason may be that your phone is older. A 2- or 3-year-old iPhone won’t hold a charge like it did when it was new.

Apple estimates an iPhone battery loses about 20-percent of its capacity after 400 charges and some tests show the battery starts to get weak after 300 charges.

If you’re using an iPhone 6 or 6s, you’ve probably charged your battery 800 times or more. Like all other batteries, the one in an iPhone does have a life-span.

This story was originally published by WKRN, a Nexstar contributing station. 

In the video above, another iPhone issue is addressed — swelling batteries.

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