Is Your Dell is Ready for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

first_imgEarlier this month Microsoft started rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and many of our customers are curious whether their system is prepared for it. Don’t worry. We’ve got a Dell Knowledge Base article for that!Direct2Dell is designed to bring you news and stories about Dell people, products, services, partners and customers. Often those customers need support for their Dell products. For that, our Dell Support team continuously updates a library of articles called the Knowledge Base.In an effort to make that information even easier to find when you need it, each week I will bring you a list of the most highly reviewed articles with appropriate responses to the latest trends we are seeing in our customer inquiries.With these publications you can stay informed about the latest troubleshooting guides and resolutions across various client system lines.Questions about these issues should be left in our Support Forums where trained staff are available to assist, rather than commenting here on Direct2Dell.You can also contact Dell Customer Service or Dell Technical Support for assistance. And, as always, our @DellCares and @DellCaresPro teams are just a tweet away for help.Last week we saw a lot of interest in these topics:How to Use and Troubleshoot the Dell Thunderbolt Dock (TB16)Wi-Fi Security protocol Key Re-installation Attack (KRACK): Impact Status on Dell ProductsLatitude 7280: Resolving a wake from sleep issue when connecting to a WD15 dock with the lid closedWhat is a BCD Error message when you start Windows, and how to resolve!Dell Display Manager Application Will Not Work On A USB Only ConnectionIssue with Switchable Graphics on a Notebook after disabling base graphics or re-imaging systemDell computers tested for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and previous versions of Windows 10Windows 10 – Task Manager Reports 100 Percent Disk UtilizationInfineon Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Vulnerability (CVE-2017-15361) : Impact Status on Dell ProductsThunderbolt 3 USB-C maximum data transfer rate on Dell systemslast_img read more

Movie Buffs Will Love Dell Cinema

first_imgNineteen consecutive quarters of PC share gain. It’s not bragging if it’s a statement of fact, right?Well, the fact is that Dell has achieved those 19 quarters of growth through a commitment to innovation. Some of it you see very visibly in our product design – like the newest XPS 13 that’s thinner than half the width of your fingernail.But much of the innovation being talked about in our livestream from CES 2018 today is inside the systems. What you see is only the beginning of what you get.So let me share some of the cool new software solutions, such as Dell Cinema and Dell Mobile Connect, that we’ve been building to meet your needs for mobility and entertainment.Dell CinemaTo figure the future of our products, our engineers read the trends. Then build solutions that are going to meet the future needs of customers and be ahead of everybody else.For example, what percentage of people do you think watched their favorite TV show on a TV last year? The answer is 52 percent. It’s 23 percent today. That’s a 56 percent decrease in just one year.Informed with statistics like that, our engineers set out on a journey to optimize our PCs for media experiences. That led to the creation of Dell Cinema – which is actually a combination of three key technologies to optimize color, sound and streaming.TechRadar recently took notice of it, so I’ll also share some of their thoughts as I dive into each element:CinemaColor“Dell isn’t a novice when it comes to breathtaking screens,” TechRadar noted. “The company has introduced some of the first OLED 4K, 8K and high-dynamic range (HDR) monitors, and now it hopes to make the latter a display standard for many of its all-in-one PCs and laptops.“To this end, Dell has introduced Cinema Color software to push display vibrancy and contrast levels to simulate a HDR-like viewing experience.”Cinema Color, powered by Windows HD Color, brings HDR content to PCs for the first time. With Cinema Color, you’ll get super vivid dazzling brights and deepest blacks.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBrnjTNK0VkCinemaSoundWhen you go to a movie theater, you not only hear the sound, you often feel it. CinemaSound with WavesMaxx Audio built in brings your PC sound to life with clearer highs, enhanced bass and higher volume for a cinematic audio experience right in your own home.“More than a month ago we thought the Round Rock electronics firm were merely simulating front-facing speakers with downward-facing hardware,” said TechRadar “But there’s much more behind the technology.”Our engineers have tested and programmed the software to specifically enhance each devices’ sound profile before it ever leaves the factory. Then, after it’s in your home, CinemaSound will use sensors within your computer to adjust and optimize the speakers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXVyO3DhHrsCinemaStreamAnd while great visuals and audio are key to a good media experience, there’s one thing that can grind it all to a halt. Streaming content from the internet has become many people’s main entertainment source, but we’ve all experienced low video quality or buffering in the middle of our favorite show.Which is why in partnership with Rivet Networks, our team co-developed a software solution to make streaming better.“Unfortunately, it doesn’t involve any magical pixie dust to give you more network speed,” TechRadar said. “Instead Cinema Streaming utilizes SmartByte and Killer Wireless’ software to intelligently prioritize your bandwidth usage for a bufferless experience.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix3retpOROAThe combination of these three innovative technologies will give you the most immersive, captivating experience possible – the goal is for you to hear and see the content the way its creators intended.Dell Mobile ConnectHow many times have you heard your phone chime telling you have a text – and while you try to resist it you just can’t? So you stop what you’re doing and check your phone. Now, this disruption is a thing of the past.Mobile Connect is the first-ever complete wireless integration that makes your PC and smartphone work better together.On iPhone, you can receive texts and phone calls right on your PC screen, and with Android, you can talk, text and access all your apps like you saw in the video. No more splitting your attention between the two devices you use the most.All new Dell XPS, Inspiron, Vostro and Alienware desktops, laptops, two-in-1ones, and all-in-ones purchased after January 2018 will come preloaded with the Windows 10 app. And, to pair it with your smartphone you simply need to download the Dell Mobile Connect app from the Android or iOS app store.But all this work on the software doesn’t mean we’ll stop innovating on the hardware. Also announced today, but coming later this year, is our first XPS 15 2-in-1. The type of thinner, lighter and more powerful mobile device that both hobbyists and professional creators demand, it will have a maglev keyboard.What’s that? Well, have you ever played air hockey? You know how the puck floats? With this new keyboard, the keys won’t have a physical mechanism. They are floating and tuned with magnets to mimic the feel of a standard keyboard – in a thinner design.Now that’s a cool engineering feat. And it’s that sort of drive to push boundaries that has earned Dell’s XPS portfolio more product awards than any other brand in our history.And these are just some of many exciting announcements we are making at CES 2018. Stay up to date on the latest Dell news by visiting our CES press site here throughout the duration of the show.last_img read more

Balanced Memory is Best: 2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors for PowerEdge Servers

first_imgNear Balanced ConfigurationPopulate four or more DIMMs per CPUPopulate an even number of DIMMs per CPUPopulate DIMMs in sequential order CPU and DIMM parts must be identicalEach CPU must be identically configured with memoryMemory Channel PopulationTo achieve a balanced configuration, populate either eight or sixteen DIMMs per CPU. This allows the data traveling across memory modules to move most efficiently; utilizing the internal architecture of the AMD Rome CPU. Following this guideline will yield the highest memory bandwidth and the lowest memory latency.If a balanced configuration of sixteen or eight DIMMs per CPU cannot be implemented, then the next best option is a near balanced configuration. Three guidelines must be satisfied to create a near balanced configuration.The first guideline is to populate a minimum of four DIMMS per CPU to ensure enough memory bandwidth exists for all Rome processor types.The second guideline is to never populate an odd number of DIMMs.The last guideline is that DIMMs must be populated in the intended order so that memory performance will be optimized across all the AMD CPU models.The figure below illustrates the assembly order in which individual DIMMs should be populated, starting with A1 and ending with A16:Identical CPU and DIMM PartsIdentical memory modules must be used across all slots (i.e. same Dell part number). Dell EMC does not support memory mixing in Rome systems; only one memory model should exist within a CPU. This principle applies to the processors as well; multi-CPU Rome systems shall be populated with identical CPU models.Identical Memory Configurations for Each CPUEvery CPU within a server must have identical memory configurations. When only one unique memory configuration exists across every CPU within a server, memory performance is further optimized.Configuring for Maximum PerformanceBalancing memory with 2nd Generation EPYCTM (Rome) server processors optimizes memory performance. When memory modules are configured in a balanced configuration, requested data traveling from the CPU to memory modules can perform most efficiently on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.For a more in depth explanation of why balanced memory performs best, as well as for illustrations of every possible balanced, near balanced, and unbalanced memory configuration, please view the full Balanced Memory Whitepaper now. Understanding the relationship between a server processor (CPU) and its memory subsystem is critical when optimizing overall server performance. Every CPU generation has unique memory population guidelines that must be satisfied to attain the best memory performance.2nd Generation AMD EPYCTM server processors can support up to sixteen memory modules across eight channels with two memory slots. This presents numerous possible ways of configuring the memory subsystem, yet there are only a couple of configurations that will achieve the peak memory performance for Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.Memory that has been incorrectly populated is referred to as an unbalanced configuration. From a functionality standpoint, an unbalanced configuration will operate adequately but will slow down memory data transfer speeds. Similarly, a near balanced configuration is also suboptimal. However, memory that has been correctly populated is referred to as a balanced configuration and will produce the best performance.By following the guidelines below, customers can yield the highest memory performance of their memory modules:Memory Channel PopulationBalanced ConfigurationMemory slots must be fully populated with one or two DIMMs for best performance; a total of eight or sixteen DIMMs per CPUlast_img read more

Seize and Drive Efficiency with OpenManage Integration for Microsoft Consoles

first_imgThe Dell Technologies and Microsoft strategic partnership places customers in the forefront with joint innovative solutions. Unified Systems Management capabilities are made available through OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center suite of products and the new modern web-based console, Microsoft Windows Admin Center. In a nutshell, OpenManage Ecosystem portfolio of Integrations brings in visibility and control of your Physical, Virtual, Software Defined, and Azure Cloud environments. The partnership enables full stack management and deeper control.Think about the time spent in juggling around consoles. You look for patterns in the information available to help you make decisions faster. It gets worse when you are on the path of modernizing your data center. Dell EMC OpenManage Integrations puts you in the driver seat by providing total control of your infrastructure.  It allows you to easily get systems into production by scaling repetitive tasks through reliable automation reducing human error thereby simplifying management operations.Let’s take a look at the new Dell EMC OpenManage Windows Admin Center extension that enables you to easily streamline troubleshooting and management remotely. This helps you achieve operational efficiency and flexibility when managing your server and cluster environment. The native integration is available without additional agents or console dependencies. Essentially, it’s like a modern-day phone that makes information available on the fly. There is no need to go and seek information because it is available in real-time. It provides visibility of your servers and clusters.Greg Altman, IT Infrastructure Manager at Swiff-Train Company, and an early adopter customer of the Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center said, “The Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center gives us full visibility to Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, enabling us to easily respond to situations before they become critical. It’s amazing to have a single pane to manage a hyperconverged solution, Azure Stack HCI, and software to help manage the software.”Moreover, Dell EMC is reassuring the deep collaboration with Microsoft by providing immediate availability and support for the latest update of Microsoft Windows Admin Center 1910.The OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center is available as a virtual appliance integrating  with the System Center consoles. It simplifies administration and management across heterogenous Operating Systems and Hypervisors. It also leverages iDRAC agent-free management.With OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, administrators can take advantage of monitoring server infrastructure using the periodic polling and alerts to predict and remediate failures. It can auto-resolve outstanding alerts in System Center Operations Manager console when the component health returns to normal. You can leverage iDRAC agent-free management across your entire environments or the agent-based monitoring available for Windows environments.With OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and System Center Configuration Manager, your preferred console can take advantage of the auto-discovery of PowerEdge Servers and S2D Ready Nodes. This integration allows you to bring your infrastructure into production faster. You can manage your infrastructure centrally and remotely after simply racking and stacking. Additionally, deployment, configuration and lifecycle management of Azure Stack HCI clusters are available with the integration. This helps automate servers, clusters and cluster-aware firmware updates with no impact to running workloads.The OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center supports the most recent System Center 2019 consoles bringing automation for your infrastructure modernization journey towards Windows Server 2019 and Azure Stack HCI environments.  Respond to users’ needs faster with enhanced visibility and control across your IT infrastructure. Watch the OpenManage Ecosystem Portfolio video. The video will explain how OpenManage integrations diminish information silos to give you full-stack management and visibility across your IT infrastructure. Visit dellemc.com for more information on OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft Consoles. Also, if you are attending Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando, come by the Dell Technologies booth #1547 to engage with Dell EMC experts. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:59Loaded: 8.39%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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As an IT administrator, you need to respond to users’ urgent needs faster than ever before. Choice, flexibility, simplicity, and automation can help you succeed in this modern era. OpenManage Ecosystem Portfolio of Integrations can help you achieve this and drive visibility across your data center.last_img read more

Make Artificial Intelligence Real

first_imgEvery day, engineers, researchers and designers are using the power of AI to change our world. Organizations of all shapes and sizes are leveraging AI to help them answer bigger questions and make more amazing discoveries – faster than ever. There’s nothing artificial about making the world a better place with these discoveries, and there is nothing artificial about the real insights achieved through AI that can help both communities and businesses overcome some of their biggest challenges.Dell Technologies is dedicated to getting AI into the hands of businesses and institutions of all sizes so that they can harness the power of their data to make the world a better place. As P.J. Camm, IT Director of OTTO Motors states, “As a leader in innovative technology, it was critical to find the right partner who provided a flexible, reliable, and scalable infrastructure to allow us to run our AI workloads. Our partnership with Dell EMC and VMware enables our medium business to make artificial intelligence a reality.”That’s why Dell Technologies is expanding its AI offerings to empower customers to make artificial intelligence real. We are announcing new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI and HPC and improvements to our OpenManage portfolio to make AI easier to adopt and use. Dell Technologies provides infrastructure solutions that deliver AI anywhere, with continuous insights, and at real scale to enable customers to harness insights from the edge to the core to the cloud.AI anywhereProgressing AI use cases from proof-of-concept to production can highlight latency and portability challenges, especially when moving these workloads across hybrid clouds. In fact, industry insiders report that “hybrid latency prevents companies from running AI workloads in the cloud with data on-prem.” Moreover, there is a lack of skilled in-house resources to design, deploy and manage systems capable of running AI in production and across the hybrid cloud.To address these issues, Dell Technologies has partnered with VMware on the recent announcement of VMware vSphere 7 to create the following Ready Solutions for AI and HPC:The Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI: GPU-as-a-Service were designed for those who are just starting their AI journey or who already run smaller AI operations. VMware vSphere 7.0 incorporates Bitfusion technology that enables virtualizing accelerators located on-premises or in the cloud. Giving developers self-service access to elastic pools of accelerator resources increases utilization and efficiency for valuable accelerator resources. Using Kubernetes containers, AI can be deployed more rapidly across hybrid cloud environments with high accuracy, performance and efficiency.The Dell EMC Ready Solutions for vHPC were designed for those who want to advance their AI journey by virtualizing their high performance computing workloads easily using the latest version of vSphere. To optimize solution performance, engineering teams have created ready solutions for the two most common types of HPC workloads, Parallel Distributed Applications (MPI)  and Throughput Workloads. MPI applications are used in things like weather forecasting and molecular modeling. Throughput workloads can be seen in Monte Carlo simulations in financial risk analysis, digital movie rendering, and genomics analysis. Both designs increase your agility and operational efficiency in data intense applications. Furthermore, complexity is reduced because they run on the familiar VMware virtualization platform.While the latest version of VMware vSphere is already factory-installed with these Ready Solutions for AI and HPC, it will also soon be available factory-installed on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.Finally, Dell Technologies, Intel, and the University of Cambridge collaborated to create the Data Accelerator (DAC) to enable the next generation of data‑intensive workflows. The DAC alleviates data intensive bottlenecks, enhancing customers’ ability to seamlessly achieve AI insights. It was so successful that it reached #1 in the June 2019 IO500 world HPC storage ranking.Continuous insightsModern IT infrastructures are often complex and challenging to manage. The Dell EMC OpenManage systems management portfolio helps IT managers implement advanced computing solutions with the same tools they use for their traditional workloads. Using predefined scripts or management consoles, customers can improve operational uptime and deliver critical information to keep insights flowing using OpenManage Enterprise and OpenManage Mobile. While, enhancements to OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter enables  management of physical and virtual hosts from a single interface. These features along with recently announced streaming telemetry capabilities and enhancements to CloudIQ, prepare our customers for AI-guided operations across their infrastructure.AI at real scaleDell Technologies is already helping customers explore and reap the benefits of AI with scalable, flexible solutions designed to help solve complex problems faster than ever. As Robert Walden, CIO of Epsilon explains, “In order to provide our customers personalized marketing content, we needed a scalable infrastructure to run AI workloads. The partnership with Dell EMC and VMware enables us to make artificial intelligence real.” Whether you are sampling data with Dell laptops or workstations, proving out your AI concepts with bare-metal PowerEdge servers, or taking these to production at full scale through virtualization, the Dell Technology portfolio makes AI real for customers every step of the way.If you would like to learn more about how you can make artificial intelligence real, watch the replay of the #MakeAIReal virtual event and follow us @DellEMCServers on Twitter.last_img read more

The Latest: Mexico sees near-record daily coronavirus deaths

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexico reported a near-record 1,707 confirmed coronavirus deaths Wednesday, as the country runs out of vaccines.,The Health Department reported Mexico’s COVID-19 deaths now total 161,240, and confirmed infections rose by 12,153 to nearly 1.89 million. Estimates based on excess-death statistics suggest the real death toll is over 195,000.,Mexico approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine Tuesday, but has not yet signed a purchase contract and does not have a firm date for its first delivery. The government had hoped to get 400,000 doses by the end of February.,Mexico has received about 766,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and has administered about 686,000 shots, with much of the remainder set aside for second doses. The next Pfizer shipment is not expected until mid-February.,Meanwhile, the government website set up to register people for vaccines when they do arrive was overwhelmed and inoperable for a second straight day.,___,THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:,Spain surpasses 60,000 confirmed virus deaths. CDC: Schools can safely reopen without teacher shots; data indicates social distancing and wearing masks help prevent virus spread. Dr. Fauci suggests watching Super Bowl at home with household to avoid spreading coronavirus. Japan to enforce mandatory coronavirus orders with fines. British officials say Oxford study backs up their decision to delay second vaccine shot for up to 12 weeks. World Health Organization investigators visit Chinese virus lab that’s subject of speculation about coronavirus origins.,Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak,___,HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:,TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas health department says a more contagious variant of the coronavirus first identified in Great Britain has arrived in the state.,The health department reported Wednesday evening that a case of the variant had been identified in Ellis County in northwestern Kansas. The department said officials are conducting an investigation to determine how the patient contracted the virus and whether other people were exposed. It did not release details about the patient.,Health department head and Dr. Lee Norman said the public health advice about avoiding large gatherings, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing has not changed.,The arrival of the variant comes with Kansas seeing an improvement in its COVID-19 case numbers. According to state health department data, Kansas averaged 914 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases a day for the seven days ending Wednesday, the first time the rolling seven-day average was below 1,000 since Oct. 28.,___,OKLAHOMA CITY — About 11,500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be shipped to pharmacies across Oklahoma next week, state health officials said.,Deputy state health commissioner Keith Reed said the shipment is part of a plan by President Joe Biden’s administration to distribute 1 million doses to some 6,500 pharmacies nationwide. The pharmacies signed on to the federal distribution program and the state is not involved in allocation.,“We anticipate there’s probably going to be around 75 total pharmacies that will receive some level of vaccine inventory,” Reed said. “They’re going to have limited vaccine … maybe 100 doses or 200 doses,” for the week.,The health department reported an additional 52 Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, and 2,119 coronavirus cases for 3,654 deaths and 394,283 cases since the pandemic began.,Interim Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said virus testing at Oklahoma State University may have also found the first case of a variant of the virus, but that the testing was not performed under standard research protocols.,“Yes, it has been identified, but they are doing further studies now to see … the extent and if it’s really there,” Frye said. He did not say which variant.,___,TORONTO — Canada’s most populous province of Ontario will reopen all schools for in class learning this month despite the presence of new coronavirus variants and a high number of infections in Toronto and its suburbs.,The majority of schools will reopen Monday while those in Toronto and its suburbs will resume in-person learning on Feb 16. There are no plans to vaccinate teachers.,Education Minister Stephen Lecce says returning kids to school safely is crucial for their development and mental health. All students in Ontario began in January with online learning as part of a provincial lockdown. The Ontario government previously said that all students currently learning online would be able to return to classrooms by Feb. 10.,___,SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco has taken a dramatic step in its effort to get kids back in public schools, suing its own school district to try to force classrooms to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.,The lawsuit is the first of its kind in California and possibly the country, as school systems come under increasing pressure from parents and politicians to end online learning. With support from Mayor London Breed, City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Wednesday sued the San Francisco Board of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District.,Teachers unions in many large school districts, including San Francisco, say they won’t go back to classrooms until they are vaccinated.,“Not a single San Francisco public school student has set foot in their classroom in 347 days,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera said at a news conference, calling it shameful and also unlawful. “More than 54,000 San Francisco schoolchildren are suffering. They are being turned into Zoom-bies by online school. Enough is enough.”,___,PORTLAND, Ore. — A judge has ordered all inmates in the Oregon prison system to be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccinations — a move that should make prisoners immediately eligible for inoculation.,The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the preliminary injunction issued Tuesday orders all Oregon Department of Corrections inmates be offered a vaccine as part of phase 1A, group 2, of Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccination plan — putting prison inmates in the same category as people living in nursing homes and other congregate care settings.,The order should make prisoners eligible for vaccines now, but it’s not clear if they’ll move ahead of teachers or the elderly. But given that the Oregon Health Authority dictates where vaccines are shipped, the state has the ability to redirect doses for prisons. The order will allow adults in custody to “stand in the same line” as others in congregate living facilities with a high risk of COVID-19 infection, Chavez said.,___,LONDON — People up and down the U.K. took to their doorstep to honor Captain Tom Moore with a national clap, a day after the 100-year-old died after testing positive for COVID-19.,The British World War II veteran walked into the hearts of the nation during the first coronavirus lockdown last April when he shuffled up and down his garden to raise an astonishing 33 million pounds ($40 million) for health care workers.,Prime Minister Boris Johnson had earlier urged the public to join in the clap “to show our appreciation for him and all that he stood for and believed in.”,Captain Tom’s family said they were “incredibly touched” by the gesture and took part outside their home in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire.,___,ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey says it has detected two cases of the COVID-19 variant that was first found in South Africa and one case of the Brazilian variant.,Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Wednesday that all three patients with the South Africa and Brazil variants are being kept in isolation in hospitals, along with people they had been in contact with. He did not provide further information on the patients.,Koca also raised to 196 the number of people who have been infected with the variant which was first detected in southeast England.,Turkey had temporarily suspended flights from Britain, Denmark, South Africa and Brazil in a bid to prevent the spread of the variants, which researchers believe to be more infections.,___,LONDON — Researchers from Oxford University say AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine does more than protect people from falling seriously ill, it also appears to reduce transmission of the virus.,The study released on Wednesday suggested a single dose of the AstraZeneca formula provides a high level of protection for 12 weeks.,The preliminary findings from Oxford University, a co-developer of the vaccine, could vindicate the British government’s controversial strategy of delaying the second shot so that more people can get a first dose. Up to now, the recommended time between the first and second dose has been four weeks.,Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, dismissed deliberately delaying second shots. He says the U.S. will “go by the science” and data from the clinical trials. The doses of the Pifzer and Moderna vaccines used in the U.S. are to be given three and four weeks apart.,Britain is using vaccines by AstraZeneca and Pfizer. AstraZeneca has also been authorized by the 27-nation European Union.,Pfizer has not endorsed the British government’s decision to lengthen the time between doses.,___,SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is joining with the federal government to open two new vaccination centers as test areas for President Joseph Biden’s effort to create 100 mass vaccination sites nationwide in 100 days.,Gov. Gavin Newsom says the sites at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and California State University, Los Angeles, will be jointly run with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.,The move comes as California’s most deadly pandemic surge eases but as the state struggles with vaccine shortages in a race to vaccinate the most vulnerable. Newsom pitched the new sites as part of the larger effort to target communities that might otherwise be left behind.,California reported 13,134 confirmed cases on Tuesday. The state has registered nearly 42,000 total deaths, second behind New York with 44,000 confirmed deaths.,___,MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua’s government says it has approved Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.,The government outlet El 19 Digital says, “Nicaragua is advancing in its negotiations with Russia to supply” the vaccine. It was the first vaccine approved in Nicaragua, which still awaits its first doses.,The government had said in January it had initiated efforts to acquire vaccines from various laboratories around the world and hoped to vaccinate 3.7 million people in an initial stage.,The government of President Daniel Ortega has been criticized for not implementing stricter health measures to slow the spread of the virus. Nicaragua has 170 confirmed deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.,___,MADRID — The coronavirus pandemic has crushed Spain’s key tourism industry, with visitors dropping from 84 million to 19 million last year.,The decrease snapped a seven-year trend of annual records. The National Statistics Institute says income from tourism plunged to just 20 billion euros ($24 billion) in 2020, a 79% decrease.,It was estimated that tourism represented some 11% of Spain’s 1.1 trillion-euro GDP before the pandemic. It has long ranked among the top three tourism destinations, along with France and the United States.,Authorities hope Spain’s vaccination program will boost confidence among travelers.,Spain aims for 30% to 40% of its population vaccinated in the second quarter and 70% during the summer.,___,WASHINGTON — The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says schools can safely reopen even if teachers are not vaccinated for the coronavirus.,As some teachers’ unions balk at resuming in-person instruction before teachers are inoculated, Dr. Rochelle Walensky says, “Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools.” Walensky cited CDC data showing that social distancing and wearing a mask significantly reduce the spread of the virus in school settings.,White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients called on Congress to pass additional funding to ensure schools have the resources necessary to support reopening.,President Joe Biden has pledged to ensure nearly all K-8 schools will reopen for in-person instruction in the first 100 days of his administration.,Teachers are prioritized as “essential workers” under the CDC’s vaccination plans, though many have yet to receive doses as the nation continues to face a supply shortage of the vaccine.,___,MELBOURNE — All competition at six Australian Open tuneup events scheduled for Thursday was called off after a worker at one of the tournaments’ Melbourne quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19. Players preparing for the year’s first Grand Slam tournament must isolate at their hotels until they test negative for the illness caused by the coronavirus. The Australian Open is scheduled to begin Monday.,Any players, coaches or officials who quarantined at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Melbourne were deemed to be casual contacts of the 26-year-old infected man and required to remain in their hotels until they test negative.,The political leader of Victoria state called a late-night news conference to announce the case and urge anyone with symptoms in Melbourne to get tested. Daniel Andrews says he doesn’t expect any disruptions to the Australian Open.,___,TOKYO — Japan enacted legislation allowing officials to enforce coronavirus measures by punishing violators of mandatory orders with fines.,This comes as the country struggles to slow the latest wave of infections amid growing uncertainty about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine considered key to holding the Olympics this summer.,The legislation was passed by the parliament and enacted into law the day after Prime Minister Yoshihide extended an ongoing non-binding state of emergency in Tokyo and nine other urban areas by one month until March 7.,Under the revised laws that take effect next week, restaurants, bars and other business owners that defy mandatory orders for shorter service hours or closures can be fined up to 300,000 yen ($2,860). Fines of up to 500,000 yen ($4,760) can be imposed on patients who refuse to be hospitalized, and up to 300,000 ($2,860) to those who refuse to cooperate with health authorities in contact tracing and other surveys.,Daily new cases have declined since January, but serious cases are still putting pressure on hospitals, experts say. The health ministry reports Japan had 393,836 confirmed cases and 5,912 confirmed deaths on Tuesday.,___,WASHINGTON — When it comes to Super Bowl parties during this pandemic year, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s says to “just lay low and cool it.”,President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser says during TV interviews Wednesday that now isn’t the time to invite people over for watch parties because of the possibility that they’re infected with the coronavirus and could sicken others.,He says big events like Sunday’s game in Tampa, Florida, between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are always a cause for concern. Fauci says the best thing people can do is watch the game on TV at home with the people in your household.,The NFL has capped the game attendance at 22,000 because of the pandemic and citywide coronavirus mandates.last_img read more