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Bighorn fire near Tucson has burned over 6,000 acres and is threatening hundreds of homes

The Bighorn fire was sparked by lightning in Pima County on June 5. By late Thursday, the fire had grown to 6,200 acres and was 10% contained, according to the Coronado National Forest. Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for about 200 homes.FEMA on Thursday authorized the state of Arizona’s request for federal funds to…

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The Bighorn fire was sparked by lightning in Pima County on June 5.

By late Thursday, the fire had grown to 6,200 acres and was 10% contained, according to the Coronado National Forest. Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for about 200 homes.

FEMA on Thursday authorized the state of Arizona’s request for federal funds to combat the blaze, saying in its release that the threatened destruction would constitute a major disaster.

At least 419 fire personnel are battling the fire which is located in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Over Thursday, crews conducted burnout operations, which involves dropping small plastic spheres that ignite when they hit the ground to burn the vegetation in the path of the fire so it eventually runs out of fuel, according to CNN affiliate KOLD.

But the fire continued to burn through the night.

Weather is a concern for much of the region on Friday.

More than 6 million people across Nevada, Arizona, Utah and eastern California are under red flag warnings through Friday evening.

Strong winds are possible for the area that is already prone to dry, hot conditions which could produce rapidly spreading fires through the weekend, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.

Across the Southern Rockies and Southern High Plains there is a chance for dry thunderstorms where lightning could threaten to start new fires, Brink said.

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Microsoft Surface Pro X to Get SQ2 Chip Upgrade, Platinum Colour Option: Report

Microsoft Surface Pro X, the company’s ARM-powered tablet, is reportedly getting a refresh with an upgraded Microsoft SQ2 processor, a new platinum colour option, and new Type Cover colours. The updated version is expected to launch in October this year, and Microsoft reportedly aims at pushing the Surface Pro X to the mainstream market with…

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Microsoft Surface Pro X, the company’s ARM-powered tablet, is reportedly getting a refresh with an upgraded Microsoft SQ2 processor, a new platinum colour option, and new Type Cover colours. The updated version is expected to launch in October this year, and Microsoft reportedly aims at pushing the Surface Pro X to the mainstream market with the new processor, hue variant, and accessories. The original Surface Pro X debuted last year and the upgraded version seems to be coming right on time.In a report, Windows Central cited sources that the Microsoft Surface Pro X will soon start shipping with the company’s latest SQ2 processor. This is a significant upgrade from the SQ1 chip that powered the earlier Surface Pro X model. It is being speculated that the new SQ2 chip is based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 SoC that promises to offer a notable boost in performance.The report also suggests that Microsoft is planning to announce x86 64-bit app-emulation. As of now, the ARM version of Windows 10 can only emulate 32-bit apps. Given the improved performance of the SQ2 chip, the 64-bit app-emulation could boost demand for the Surface Pro X.Apart from the new chip, the Surface Pro X could also be getting a platinum colour option, similar to the one already available on the regular Surface Pro offerings. Currently, the Surface Pro X is only available in a black colour option. The Surface Pro X Type Covers are also reportedly getting colour variants similar to the regular Surface Pro Type Covers. With the new colours and accessories, the report suggests that the tech giant plans to promote the Surface Pro X as “ready for mainstream.”The report also points out that there are no significant design changes in the refreshed Surface Pro X variant.Microsoft Surface Pro X price in IndiaThe Surface Pro X is currently available in two storage variants in India. The 8GB + 128GB storage option is priced at Rs. 98,990. On the other hand, the 8GB + 256GB storage variant carries a price tag of Rs. 1,43,950.Microsoft Surface Pro X specificationsThe Surface Pro X is touted as the company’s thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 device to date. With a thickness of 7.3mm, it weighs only 774 grams. It features a 13-inch display with a resolution of 2,880×1,920 pixels and an aspect ratio of 3:2. It boasts of a battery life of up to 13 hours, with support for fast charging. The compatible Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard and Surface Slim Pen are sold separately.Is Android One holding back Nokia smartphones in 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.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.

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Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition Gaming Laptop With AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU, 32GB RAM Launched

Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition gaming laptop has been launched in China. Asus has collaborated with Munich-based fashion brand ACRONYM for the limited edition laptop and it carries the ‘ZPHRYS’ branding on the bottom panel and a dotted top panel with an unique design. It boasts of a 2K display and is powered by…

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Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition gaming laptop has been launched in China. Asus has collaborated with Munich-based fashion brand ACRONYM for the limited edition laptop and it carries the ‘ZPHRYS’ branding on the bottom panel and a dotted top panel with an unique design. It boasts of a 2K display and is powered by an AMD Ryzen processor, accompanied by a dedicated Nvidia graphics card. The Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition comes in a single RAM and storage configuration.Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition priceThe Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition is priced at CNY 20,999 (roughly Rs. 2.28 lakh) in China. It is up for pre-orders in the country through Asus store, JD.com, and TMall. It will go on sale from September 19. As of now, it is unclear if and when the Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition will arrive in markets outside China.Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition specificationsThe Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition features a 14-inch QHD (2,560×1,440 pixels) IPS panel with 16:9 aspect ratio and 60Hz refresh rate. The display is Pantone validated for accurate colours. It is powered by the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS with eight cores and 16 threads. The graphics are handled by the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM. The Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition comes with 32GB RAM clocked at 3,200MHz and a 1TB SSD for storage.It is backed by a 76Wh battery that can last up to eight hours. For connectivity, you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an HDMI port, three USB 3.0 ports, and a USB 3.1 port. There is no webcam on the Asus ROG Magic 14-ACRNM Limited Edition. In terms of dimensions, the thin and light laptop measures 324.6×222.4×19.9mm and weighs 1.7kg.The top panel has perforations all over it with a design in white towards the back. The bottom panel is filled with patterns and designs in white, along with the ‘ZPHYRS’ branding.Should the government explain why Chinese apps were banned? 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. 

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150,000 Covid-19 cases quarantined so far in Abu Dhabi

‘These are common public health practices that contribute to preventing the spread of infectious diseases’ More than 150,000 cases of Covid-19 were admitted to quarantine centres or underwent home isolation in Abu Dhabi so far, the local health authority said on Saturday. The Department of Health (DoH) said more than 70 isolation centres have been…

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‘These are common public health practices that contribute to preventing the spread of infectious diseases’

More than 150,000 cases of Covid-19 were admitted to quarantine centres or underwent home isolation in Abu Dhabi so far, the local health authority said on Saturday. The Department of Health (DoH) said more than 70 isolation centres have been established across the emirate.
“The DoH, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC) and the authorities concerned, has prepared quarantine and home quarantine and home isolation locations that have been set up for Covid-19 patients and those who have been in direct contact with them,” the DoH said its tweet. “The DoH is keen to provide the best healthcare services, raise the absorptive capacity according to the needs of the sector, and establish a clear working mechanism with a preventive framework to track cases, control infection and limit the spread of the virus.”
The health authority noted that people are sent to quarantine facilities and home isolation according to the situation. Suspected or confirmed Covid-19 patients are kept at isolation centres to avoid the spread of the virus. And quarantine facilities are for separating and restricting the activities of healthy people for a period of time as determined by the health authorities concerned.
“These are common public health practices that contribute to preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Isolation and quarantine are imposed on infected individuals or those who have had contact with an infected person, by separating them from healthy people in order to prevent the spread of disease.”

DoH, in collaboration with @adphc_ae & the concerned authorities, has prepared quarantine and home isolation locations that have been set up for #COVID19 patients & those who have been in direct contact with them. pic.twitter.com/9V3Feda3aF
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Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre is placing awareness notices at the entrances to residential units with self-quarantine cases. The initiative is aimed at limiting the spread of the virus and increasing community awareness on the importance of safe distancing measures.Also, people arriving in Abu Dhabi have to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 PCR test and wear a tracking wristband during a 14-day home quarantine.

@adphc_ae to provide awareness notices at entrances to residential units with self-quarantine cases, as part of efforts to limit the spread of the virus and increase community awareness on physical distancing measures. pic.twitter.com/hsfZJWY36V
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I am a newspaperman from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A journalist at heart. I get my stories from the streets. A south Indian born in the Hindi heartland, I easily connect with people from different nationalities and cultures. I am calm like a monk, sensitive and very patient reporter. On the ground, I cover a range of topics related to community, health, embassy, tourism, transport, business and sports. I will go out on a leg to do what’s right and stand by what I believe in.

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