Alienware M15 R3 Review | NDTV Gadgets 360

first_imgVerdictTo sum it up, the top variant of the Alienware M15 R3 is a great laptop, but is hard to recommend to hardcore gamers despite its crazy specifications, mainly because of that display. I also would have loved slightly better thermal performance, and of course a lower price.If you are looking for a portable gaming laptop with perhaps the best possible overall hardware configuration, the Alienware M15 R3 is for you. It also looks pretty and feels premium. But if you are someone who uses a laptop unplugged most of the time, it may be a deal breaker.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Alienware M15 R3 design and build qualityThe Alienware M15 R3 is built very well. Its outer shell and keyboard deck are made out of a Magnesium alloy to keep weight low, while ensuring solid build quality. It’s soft to touch, but doesn’t feel the same as soft touch plastic. It is resistant to fingerprints, smudges and scratches, something that is very important to the Cheetos-gobbling gaming audience that this laptop is going for. However, you can expect it to get discoloured sooner or later, as it is available only in white, or as Alienware calls it, Lunar Light.Interestingly, the laptop doesn’t have a single sharp corner anywhere. This, along with the grippy texture make it relatively portable, and you can carry it around with relative ease even though it’s not that light, at 2.5 kg.- Advertisement – I tried this with Horizon Zero Dawn, which ran at 40 fps with quiet fan mode enabled, while at higher fan speeds I observed 65 fps. This was at 1080p with the High graphics preset. It wasn’t uncommon to see the CPU temperature go up to 80-90° C when playing games like Far Cry 5 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This laptop has a tendency to run very toasty even when the fans are set to High, but hey, at least games run smoothly.In terms of synthetic benchmarks, PCMark 10 posted scores of 5,349 and 6,413 in its standard and Extended runs, respectively. Cinebench R20 achieved 3,065 and 460 points in its multi-core and single-core tests respectively. POVRay finished its benchmark run in 1 minute, 32 seconds.As for graphics benchmark performance, the Nvidia GeForce 2080 MaxQ GPU is a beast. 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme scores were 7,349 and 3,494 respectively, while the Port Royal test managed 4,931.In regular non-gaming use, I was surprised to see some periodic stutters when navigating between tasks when the fans were set to run quietly. The laptop runs slightly hot even when it’s not loaded with heavy apps.Alienware M15 R3 softwareThe Alienware M15 R3 comes pre-loaded with a few Dell utilities such as Alienware Command Centre and Mobile Connect. Command Centre lets you tweak things like lighting, fan speed, and CPU and GPU frequency and voltage. It’s very elaborate, and you can save profiles for specific games too. I found it intuitive to use and you’ll find yourself using it more often than you may think.The laptop also comes with Tobii eye tracking hardware and software, which is supported by a few recent titles. It works beautifully, especially in games like F1 2020 where you can focus on a particular corner while executing a turn. It also works within the Windows UI, which means you can control certain elements of the OS such as multitasking and even moving the cursor around just with your eyes. This felt a bit unnatural at first, but I picked it up quicker than I expected, and when I did go back to my own laptop, the lack of eye gestures really bugged me. lead image with watermark alienware m15 r3Alienware M15 R3’s outer shell and keyboard deck are made out of a Magnesium alloy. Alienware M15 R3 display and soundMy variant came with a 15.6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 3840×2160 and a refresh rate of 60fps. Since it has that 4K resolution and OLED tech, colours are vibrant and almost everything appears gorgeous. It is also HDR500 certified, which means you get local dimming and up to 400 nits of brightness. However, this isn’t ideal for gaming, as it lacks a high screen refresh rate. It’s also got a glossy finish; not just the display, but the borders around it too, so you might struggle to fight the glare if you are going to use this laptop in bright environments. If you’re looking to watch movies though, you can’t beat this panel.The speakers are decent, though not great. They are front-firing this time, as opposed to the M15 R2’s bottom-firing set. They have good bass and mid response, so you should be able to hear gunshots in a game clearly, but they miss out a bit on the high frequencies.Alienware M15 R3 performanceThanks to those bleeding-edge, no-compromise specifications in the top-end variant of this laptop, I got really good gaming performance all the time. Every game I threw at it, heavy or light, ran smoothly at high settings. Even ray tracing titles ran at 4K with relative ease.Warzone with ray tracing enabled at the Ultra preset at 4K ran consistently at around 55fps, while at 1080p I got to see 65fps. Shadow of the Tomb Raider ran on average at 75fps with ray tracing and DLSS enabled at 1080p. When cranked to 4K, it could manage 51fps, which is playable. Far Cry 5 at 4K ran at 43fps, with graphics at the Highest preset.Slightly less heavy titles such as Horizon Zero Dawn ran at an average of 71fps at 1080p using high graphics settings.Coming to thermal performance, if you play games with the quieter fan modes selected, you’ll observe some thermal throttling.temperature 1Alienware M15 R3 runs hot while gaming. Alienware M15 R3 keyboard and trackpadThis is the area that actually impressed me more than raw performance. Some high-end gaming laptops try to woo customers by including a half-baked mechanical keyboard, but not this one. It has a fantastic membrane keyboard, with slightly shallow travel and satisfying feedback. It’s not noisy, and is properly spaced out The keys are ever so slightly concave and are of the exact size I love. It’s a very subjective thing, I know, but it’s very well implemented.The trackpad is also great — it’s precise and has a very nice texture. More importantly, unlike on many other gaming laptops, it’s not an afterthought. It’s very much an integral part of the package. This gets a chef’s kiss from me.Alienware M15 R3 battery lifeThe Alienware M15 R3 comes with an 86Wh battery. The huge power adapter weighs around 800g, which may make the entire package too heavy if you’re planning to take it around in a bag. Be it synthetic battery tests or real-world performance, this laptop can only last a couple of hours at most, which isn’t ideal. The Battery Eater Pro test ended in a measly 1 hour 15 minutes, and it takes about two hours to charge this thing up from zero. This can be attributed to the power-hungry configuration, so it’s fine for people who are okay with keeping it on AC power most of the time. You also have an LED light around the charging connector – nice touch.charger light alienware m15 r3Alienware M15 R3’s charging connector has an LED ring.center_img There are very few gaming laptops in the market right now that can strike the perfect balance between crazy high specs and portability. Dell’s Alienware M15 R3 seems to have hit the sweet spot between the two. It is essentially an Area 51 after six months of cardio — it’s got similar looks and styling but in a much lighter body. So is there any catch? Find out in our review.Alienware M15 R3 pricing and variantsThe R3 revision of the Alienware M15 is really powerful, featuring Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake H-series processors, and it comes in three variants. The base configuration, priced at Rs. 2,64,590, consists of an Intel Core i7-10750H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, 4K OLED display, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. The top-of-the-line variant, which I received for this review, takes it a notch further with a Core i9-10980HK CPU, 32GB of RAM and a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max Q GPU, and costs an eye watering Rs. 3,39,990.- Advertisement – Like most other gaming laptops, it is laden with RGB lighting everywhere. You can find RGB LEDs around the rear vent, in the Alienware logo on the lid, and of course, the keyboard, all of which are customisable through the proprietary app that we’ll get to in a moment. Although LED lighting isn’t for everyone, I dig this look.There is very little flex in the display and keyboard deck, which again owes a lot to the choice of materials.Alienware M15 R3 connectivity optionsIn terms of I/O, on the left of the laptop, you will find a USB 3.2 port (the only one having power share), an Ethernet port, and a multi-function 3.5mm jack. On the right you’ll find two more USB 3.2 ports without power share and a microSD card slot. At the back, there are charging, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and one Thunderbolt 3 compatible Type-C port as well as Alienware’s proprietary Graphics Amplifier port.rear port alienware m15 r3 portsConnectivity options and RGB lighting at the rear of Alienware M15 R3 – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Kitzbühel prepares for ski season with new Covid-19 measures | News

first_imgSo that everyone can fully enjoy their winter holiday, wearing a mask will be required in accommodation communal areas, in the waiting areas and on the ski lifts, and social distancing measures will be in place throughout. Hand sanitiser will be widely available, and visitors will be able to dine out in confidence thanks to strict restaurant hygiene practices as directed by the ministry of health. Pioneering UV-C light disinfecting processes will be in use at several locations, including at the impressive Aquarena swimming and spa centre. During the season skiers will be able to use the four main lifts from the valley (Hahnenkamm, Fleckalm, Maierl, Wagstätt) from as early as 08:00, and a total of 11 lifts will be in operation to help the flow of visitors, meaning less time waiting and more time skinning.Kitzbühel is leading the way with a comprehensive Covid-19 testing programme, with most accommodation providers working with the authorities to regularly test their staff. Hotel employees have been able to receive free tests on a voluntary basis since July 1st, and this was extended to those in the catering industry on September 1st.Ski instructors can now also take part in the programme, meaning almost everyone that holidaymakers come into contact with, will be regularly checked. If required, visitors themselves will be able to take a rapid test at a dedicated screening station in the town, with results delivered in just three hours. Visitors are encouraged to book ski passes online, meaning they can beat the queue and eliminate the possibility of creating congestion at the ticket office. More InformationBergbahn AG Kitzbühel is considered the World’s Best Ski Resort Company by voters at the World Ski Awards. Images: Markus Mitterer and Michael Werlberger The ski season in Kitzbühel officially began at the end of last month with a flurry of health and safety measures put in place so that everyone can travel this winter. At present, selected slopes are open to professional skiers only, with the resort planning to open fully to the public on November 30th, when regional travel restrictions are due to come to an end. – Advertisement – NewerJamaica Tourist Board launches virtual culinary tours This season began the Saturday before last, when the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel opened on the Resterhöhe, which is the training area of the Austrian and German ski teams. More than 50 national and international squads registered to ski there, alongside a number winter sports clubs and junior teams. New lockdown measures mean that holidaymakers will not be able to take to the pistes until the end of November, when full access to the slopes should resume, including to the world famous Hahnenkamm mountain, which is home to the legendary Streif.- Advertisement – In addition to adhering to the rules as set out by the local and national authorities, tourism providers in Kitzbühel have been working around the clock to ensure that guests can make the most of the town’s superb facilities, while experiencing a warm and heartfelt Tirolean welcome.The winter sports season in Kitzbühel is one of the longest in the Alps, with more than 200 days of ski and boarding to enjoy each year between October and May in normal circumstances. – Advertisement – OlderFood District to open at the Pointe next week – Advertisement –last_img read more

One of Trump’s top evangelical supporters says it is time to recognize ‘president-elect Joe Biden’

first_imgJeffress has a long career of being everything one has come to expect from an American evangelical leader. For example, you can watch Jeffress, below, explain that “you can’t be saved, being a Jew,” and other awesome things. But Jeffress has been consistent in his support of elections and their outcomes. Back before Trump won the 2016 election, he was asked whether or not he would support a Hillary Clinton presidency, to which he responded: “Absolutely. I – absolutely. And I’ll go one step further. I’ll certainly be praying for her, too.”I don’t agree with Jeffress on much of anything, but I do agree that Joe Biden has won the election and we should all support Biden’s peaceful transition into the presidency and hold him to the same level of scrutiny that we hold not only Donald Trump, but every elected official.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Boris Johnson is self-isolating after possible coronavirus exposure

first_imgA second lockdown imposed in England barring effectively all nonessential activity is in effect and due to expire in early December. Johnson has defended the measure, saying that there is “no alternative.” – Advertisement – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with a member of parliament who has tested positive for coronavirus, a government spokesman said in a statement.Johnson, who spent three days in an intensive care unit in April after contracting the disease, is not showing symptoms, the statement said.He was notified about the contact by NHS Test and Trace, a government contact tracing service, that he had come into contact with someone who tested positive and was required to self-isolate.- Advertisement – British Prime Minister Boris JohnsonNurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Imagescenter_img “The Prime Minister will follow the rules and is self-isolating,” according to the statement. “He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.”The possible exposure came on Thursday during an approximately 35 minute meeting between Johnson and members of parliament, including Lee Anderson, a fellow member of Johnson’s Conservative Party. Anderson later tested positive for the virus.The news comes as the United Kingdom struggles to contain a resurgence of the virus.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Mohamed Elneny: Arsenal midfielder isolating in Egypt after postive Covid test | Football News

first_imgElneny is showing no symptoms and is now back in Cairo isolating.More to follow…This is a breaking news story that is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh this page for the latest updates.- Advertisement – Sky Sports brings you live updates as they happen. Get breaking sports news, analysis, exclusive interviews, replays and highlights.Sky Sports is your trusted source for breaking sports news headlines and live updates. Watch live coverage of your favourite sports: Football, F1, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, Rugby League, Rugby Union, NFL, Darts, Netball and get the latest transfers news, results, scores and more.Visit skysports.com or the Sky Sports App for all the breaking sports news headlines. You can receive push notifications from the Sky Sports app for the latest news from your favourite sports and you can also follow @SkySportsNews on Twitter to get the latest updates.- Advertisement – Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is self-isolating in Cairo after testing positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Egypt.The 28-year-old tested positive after arriving in Togo with the Egyptian squad ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Tuesday.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

WHO gives advice for pandemic aid to refugees

first_imgApr 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Recognizing that an influenza pandemic may disproportionately affect refugees and internally displaced people, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines for humanitarian organizations working with such populations.The April 7 guidance document, “Pandemic influenza preparedness and mitigation in refugee and displaced populations,” recommends that each humanitarian agency develop a locally relevant pandemic preparedness plan that addresses current capacity and anticipated needs. The efforts should be linked with national government plans as well.The WHO notes that internally displaced people and refugees may be especially at risk for several reasons, including:OvercrowdingPoor healthcare accessHigh prevalence of malnutritionHigh incidence or prevalence of communicable diseaseRemote or conflict-prone locationsInsufficient surveillancePossible exclusion from a nation’s flu planning and responseUnder-trained or ill-equipped staffThe health woes one might find among people forced from their homes include malnutrition and co-infection with illnesses such as HIV or malaria, but WHO said it is not clear what impact such conditions would have on a pandemic virus.WHO also calls on humanitarian organizations to help in its mission to identify clusters of flu cases and contain them quickly. The document contains details on how to detect cases and report them. It also offers tips on how to collect, store, and transport samples, including suggestions that may be beyond the capability of some humanitarian groups or some locales. For example, the agency says workers should wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) and should store and transport samples in dry ice, using specialized shipping containers and protocols.In addition, the WHO document provides suggestions for early-warning surveillance and response, social mobilization to improve risk communication and health education, health facility planning, and protection of staff. Annexes include checklists, sample messages, infection control procedures, and advice on using antiviral drugs.See also:WHO’s “Pandemic influenza preparedness and mitigation in refugee and displaced populations”http://www.who.int/diseasecontrol_emergencies/HSE_EPR_DCE_2008_3rweb.pdflast_img read more

Ricin found in sick man’s Vegas hotel room

first_imgMar 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A Las Vegas man remained unconscious today with suspected ricin poisoning after the deadly toxin derived from castor beans was found in his Las Vegas motel room last week, according to news services.Vials of ricin along with castor beans were found in the man’s room at an Extended Stay America hotel in Las Vegas on Feb 28, according to a New York Times report today. The man, identified as Roger Von Bergendorff, has been hospitalized and unconscious since Feb 14, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Health officials were still trying to confirm whether Von Bergendorff’s respiratory illness was due to ricin exposure, the AP reported.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a Feb 29 health advisory, said “preliminary results of environmental testing” at laboratories in Nevada indicated the presence of ricin.As little as 500 micrograms of ricin can be fatal, depending on the route of exposure, according to the CDC. The substance, a byproduct of processing of castor beans into castor oil, can be made into a powder, mist, or pellet, and can also be dissolved in water.The FBI said there was no indication of terrorist activity and no signs that ricin had been spread in the environment, according to the AP. But Von Bergendorff’s hotel room contained several guns and a book on anarchism tabbed to a page on how to make ricin, news reports said.Von Bergendorff’s cousin, Thomas Tholen of Riverton, Utah, found the ricin in the hotel room when he entered it Feb 28 to collect the sick man’s belongings, after hotel managers had started eviction proceedings, according to the Times.Von Bergendorff had lived with Tholen until last fall, and yesterday authorities searched Tholen’s home and a storage space for clues in the case, the Times reported. The AP said officials gave no information about what they found.The Times said Von Bergendorff is believed to be a computer graphic artist whose work has appeared in some science fiction novels. Police also found three cats and an emaciated dog in his hotel room, the story said.The United States has had several ricin scares in recent years. In February 2004 ricin powder was found in the office of then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., prompting the closure of several Senate office buildings.Later that same month, the FBI released a photo of a letter addressed to the White House that contained ricin along with a threat to “turn D.C. into a ghost town” if new trucking regulations went into effect. A similar letter containing ricin had been found in October 2003 at an airport postal facility in Greeneville, S.C. Both letters were signed “Fallen Angel.”See also:Feb 29 CDC health advisory on ricin incidenthttp://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/ricin/han_022008.aspCDC information on ricinhttp://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/ricin/index.asplast_img read more

Salmonella cases rise as HHS pushes publicity

first_img As part of the initiative, the CDC held a webinar and teleconference today designed for bloggers who write about the outbreak. CDC and FDA officials gave an update on the outbreak, described the investigation, and explained the various agency roles in investigating outbreaks. They also pointed out online tools the agencies provide to help keep the public informed. HHS social media pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/socialmedia/ It is too early to say the outbreak is over, but it apparently peaked in December and is now in decline, the CDC said. The “heart of the outreach effort” is the FDA’s online, searchable list of recalled products, HHS said in a news release. “A widget has been created so news, parenting, health care and other concerned parties can access the database information directly from their Web sites,” the agency said. In its latest update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said 550 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 43 states, along with one in Canada, an increase of 21 since the previous update on Jan 30. The number of deaths possibly related to the outbreak remains at 8. “In terms of prevention or public health protection, what’s important is to realize is that this recall is ongoing,” Guzewich said. He added that more products with potential contamination are likely to be identified, and people might still have some of them on their shelves long after the outbreak has faded from the headlines. “CDC, FDA, and HHS are working hard to spread the word,” said HHS’s Holly Seitz in starting the session. “We realize we can’t just use traditional media, as a lot of government efforts are forming around nontraditional media. We wanted to be sure to reach out to you to make sure you’re getting the information you need to write about the issue.” FDA database of products recalled because of potential contaminationhttp://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/index.cfm The outreach effort also includes such tools as podcasts, YouTube videos, Twitter, and a blog, the agency said. Links are available on a new HHS, FDA, and CDC social media Web page (see link below). Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a note on its online database of recalls related to the outbreak that 887 products have been recalled. More than 100 companies have issued recalls, an FDA official said today. In other developments, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced an effort to use “the power of social media” to spread important information about the recall of peanut butter and peanut-containing products linked with the Salmonella outbreak. Jack Guzewich of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition said it’s important to keep the outbreak and recall information in front of the public for safety reasons. “We’re concerned that people will begin to lose interest in this recall,” he said. Feb 2 HHS news release about the use of social networking tools to communicate about the outbreakhttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/02/20090202a.html Patrick Moore of the Texas Department of Health Services visited the Plainview plant after Salmonella was traced to the PCA plant in Georgia, the AP reported. Moore reported that the Texas plant wasn’t licensed with health officials and had not been inspected since it opened in March 2005. The facility in the Texas panhandle was never inspected until after the outbreak prompted the FDA to investigate the company, the AP reported. After inspectors learned about the plant, they checked it and found no Salmonella there, the story said. CDC update on Salmonella investigationhttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium/update.html In response to a question, Guzewich said Salmonella could have been on raw peanuts when they were delivered to the PCA plant or could have been brought into the plant by workers or animals. In other developments, the Associated Press reported today that a PCA plant in Plainview, Tex., operated for several years without a license and without government health inspections. The Blakely plant does not make peanut butter or other products for direct retail sale, and no national peanut butter brands have been linked to the outbreak, according to the FDA. But items included in the recall are processed by other companies into hundreds of consumer products. Products from the plant include dry-roasted and oil-roasted peanuts, granulated peanuts, peanut meal, peanut butter, and peanut paste. Moore reported some sanitation problems in the facility, such as unclean portions of a peanut roasting line, but he said the company’s own lab tests in recent months found no Salmonella or other contamination, according to the story. See also: The outbreak has been tied to a peanut processing plant operated by Peanut Corp. of America (PCA) in Blakely, Ga. Last week, after an FDA investigation at the plant, the company recalled all products made there since the beginning of 2007. The FDA said it found a dozen cases in which the company sold peanut products that had initially tested positive for Salmonella, along with other problems such as a leaky roof, mold, roaches, and improper storage practices. The agency launched a criminal investigation of the facility last week. Since peanuts grow in the ground, they are exposed to various bacteria, including Salmonella, he said. “So it’s very possible that those bacteria could be present on the peanuts” when delivered to the plant, he said. But employees could bring in the pathogen inadvertently on their feet or hands, and vermin or rodents could also spread it, he added. Feb 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The case count in the nationwide Salmonella outbreak tied to peanut butter climbed to 550 yesterday, as federal officials announced an effort to use “social media” such as podcasts and YouTube videos to keep consumers abreast of product recalls and other developments in the outbreak. David Glasgow of the FDA’s investigations branch in Dallas said the Plainview plant was properly registered with the FDA as a food processing plant, the AP reported. FDA inspectors checked the plant 2 weeks ago and found no Salmonella or other problems, Glasgow told the AP.last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine updates, sick pig inspectors, antiviral resistance, first pandemic death in Hungary

first_imgJul 22, 2009Australia, China launch novel H1N1 vaccine trialsTwo Australian pharmaceutical companies said they began human trials this week of their pandemic H1N1 vaccines, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. CSL, based in Melbourne, said it hoped that results will allow release of the government-contracted vaccine in October, and Vaxine said it hoped to have results in 6 to 8 weeks. Meanwhile, two Chinese companies said they launched clinical trials of novel H1N1 vaccines, Xinhua reported today. They are Hualan Biological Engineering and Sinovac.Glaxo issues vaccine update, triples Relenza productionIn an update on its pandemic activities, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said in a press release today that it is talking with regulatory agencies about testing its pandemic H1N1 vaccine, which consists of antigen and its AS03 adjuvant, to be combined before administration. The firm said its first orders will be delivered to countries in September, but the delivery pace will depend on production yield. GSK also said it tripled production of its antiviral drug, zanamivir (Relenza).[Jul 22 GSK press release]Sanofi set to launch human vaccine trialsAn official from Sanofi Pasteur today said the company would begin human trials of its pandemic H1N1 vaccine in early August and expects to have a vaccine ready by November or December, Bloomberg News reported today. The clinical trials, which could last about 2½ months, will take place in the United States, France, and one other European country. The company said it doesn’t know yet how much antigen will be needed for each dose.[Jul 22 Bloomberg News story]Canadian inspectors got sick after exposure to infected pigsThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency said yesterday that two of its employees contracted the novel H1N1 virus during their investigation earlier this spring of an Alberta pig herd that had the virus, the Calgary Herald reported yesterday. The employees reportedly removed their protective masks, contrary to recommended procedures, in the hog barn after their equipment fogged up. They got sick within days of their exposure to the virus in the barn.Canada, Japan find new oseltamivir-resistant casesCanada reported its first and Japan its second case of oseltamivir (Tamiflu)-resistant pandemic H1N1 flu, the Canadian Press reported today. The Canadian patient is a 60-year-old Quebec man who was treated with the drug, and public health officials said it appears to be an isolated incident. The Japanese patient is from Yamaguchi and received the drug as postexposure prophylaxis. The patient’s virus was sensitive to zanamivir, and officials said there was no sign of additional spread.Hungary reports first pandemic H1N1 deathHungary today reported its first novel H1N1 death, in a 41-year-old man who had underlying heart and lung problems, Reuters reported. The country has so far confirmed 37 cases, and two patients are hospitalized with mild illnesses.[Jul 22 Reuters story]last_img read more