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Archaeologists Discover Lost Egyptian City Said to Rival Pompeii

A new discovery on the west bank of the Nile, near the iconic Valley of the Kings, has archaeologists buzzing about what may be the most important archaeological find since the location of Tutankhamun’s tomb. An entire lost city has been found, with workshops, palaces, a cemetery, and living quarters. The site is said to be in excellent condition.

“There’s no doubt about it; it really is a phenomenal find,” Salima Ikram, an archaeologist who leads the American University in Cairo’s Egyptology unit, told National Geographic. “It’s very much a snapshot in time—an Egyptian version of Pompeii.”

The archaeologists have found multiple artifacts stamped with the seal of Amenhotep III or dated to year 37 of his reign, when Amenhotep III and Amenhotep IV are believed to have ruled side-by-side. According to Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, the team that found the lost city was actually searching for the mortuary temple of Tutankhamun after locating the mortuary temples of both Horemheb and Ay in the same area.

“The city’s streets are flanked by houses… some of their walls are up to 3 meters high,” Hawass continued. “We can reveal that the city extends to the west, all the way to the famous Deir el-Medina.”

Deir el-Medina is the name of the town where generations of artisans and laborers worked to carve rock tombs out of the Valley of the Kings. Wikipedia notes that Deir el-Medina is “laid out in a small natural amphitheater, within easy walking distance of the Valley of the Kings to the north, funerary temples to the east and south-east, with the Valley of the Queens to the west. The village may have been built apart from the wider population in order to preserve secrecy in view of sensitive nature of the work carried out in the tombs.” If the new city stretches all the way to Deir el-Medina, it means the village of workers may have been less isolated than previously thought.

Some of the decorative objects found at The Rise of Aten. Image by Zahi Hawass

The find is being described as “The lost golden city of Luxor,” but that appellation risks confusion. Luxor is a modern Egyptian city and its present-day boundaries are already known to include the ruins of Thebes, the ancient Egyptian capital. This new lost city, known in ancient times as Rising of the Aten, is inside the borders of modern-day Luxor, on the west bank of the Nile, not far from the Valley of the Kings. While described as a city, it’s not a large location.

Zoomed out view, showing the location of The Rise of Aten within Luxor.

Hawass identifies the site as “sandwiched between Rameses III’s temple at Medinet Habu and Amenhotep III’s temple at Memnon.” Google Maps (above) shows that this specific area isn’t very large, but here’s a zoomed-in view showing the relationship between the new finds and existing structures.

A zoomed-in view, showing the lost city in relationship to other nearby locations and the Valley of the Kings.

Rising of the Aten was built on the west bank of the Nile and occupied during the reign of Amenhotep III, but it was apparently abandoned suddenly during the reign of his son, Amenhotep IV, also known as Akhenaten, father of Tutankhaten / Tutankahmun. The changing titles of both pharaohs hints at the cultural upheaval in Egypt during their reigns.

Ancient Egypt was mostly polytheistic, but not entirely. During the reign of Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten, the capital of Egypt moved from Thebes to a new city he founded 250 miles to the north, named Akhetaten, which means “Horizon of the Aten.” At the same time, the nature of Egyptian religion changed.

Prior to the reign of Amenhotep IV, the Aten was the disk of the sun and considered one aspect of the Egyptian sun god Ra. Under Amenhotep IV, Aten became the sole deity Egyptians worshipped and the pharaoh renamed himself as Akhenaten. This was controversial, to put it mildly.

Akhenaten’s son, Tutankhaten, appears to have changed his name to Tutankhamun after his father’s death, possibly to signal allegiance to the old religious orders and to affirm Amun-Ra as leader of the Egyptian pantheon. He took multiple actions to restore the religious orders his father had disfavored, including abandoning Akhetaten and returning the seat of Egyptian power to Thebes. After his death, he was succeeded by Ay, who was possibly his great-uncle.

The Amarna period is known for its artistic experimentation. But Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, and Ay were all associated with what ancient Egyptians viewed as religious heresy. The pharaoh who came after Ay, Horemheb, practiced damnatio memoriae against his predecessors. Damnatio memoriae is Latin for “condemnation of memory” and refers to systemic efforts to exclude mention or depiction of a person from history. The efforts the ancient Egyptians made to keep the later rulers of the 18th Dynasty out of the history books have complicated our efforts to understand their lives today, despite the fact that Tutankhamun’s burial treasure represents the most complete trove of royal ancient Egyptian artifacts ever discovered.

ExtremeTech reached out to professor Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, to better understand the implications of the find.  “This is one of the biggest things to happen to domestic architecture and settlement archaeology in some time,” Cooney said. “The town is beautifully preserved, even past one story, in mudbrick, which shouldn’t survive. What is astounding is all that comes with the town, tools, pottery, texts, as if the town was left suddenly, which is what archaeologists think happened.”

“Mudbrick isn’t preserved like this elsewhere,” Cooney continued. “They [archaeologists] are worried about preserving this site. Once rainstorm will do untold damage. This is a special and amazing find that must be carefully studied and preserved.”

The Rise of Aten could shed new light on a tumultuous period of time in Ancient Egypt when artistic and religious standards were changing. Reports indicate the city has been found “packed” with artifacts and everyday objects, many of which may help us understand the lives of the people that lived there. It is not clear if the site was used when Tutankhamun returned to Thebes. We may find clues to that decision as work on the site progresses.

One other thing we want to mention. There have been claims that the recent Rising of the Aten discovery reported by Zahi Hawass is an inadvertent duplication of French archaeological finds that date back to the 1930s. This appears to be unlikely. A follow-up investigation comparing the French expedition work to the Rising of the Aten site found that they occurred in two different locations, though both date to the reign of Amenhotep III. The two sites may or may not be related, but the claims of a previously-unknown Egyptian Pompeii are holding up thus far.

Every now and then, the discoveries we make in these long-lost places dramatically reshapes what we know of the past. Some of our knowledge of ancient writers and thinkers comes from just one place — a library in Herculaneum, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Rising of the Aten may hold similar secrets, kept safe and untouched for thousands of years.

Feature image by Zahi Hawass

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Emotional Mikaela Shiffrin hugged by rival after 1st ski win since dad’s death

An emotional Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Cup ski race since the death of her father nearly a year ago.

Shiffrin protected her first-run lead in Monday’s giant slalom and finished 0.82 seconds ahead of Federica Brignone. Former world champion Tessa Worley was 1.09 behind in third place in the sun-splashed French Alps.

It was Shiffrin’s first victory since January, one week before the death of her father.

Returning to Europe to compete this season, the American skier has spoken of her feelings of sadness and anger, and often searching for motivation. She was at first subdued Monday after crossing the line and seeing she had secured her 67th World Cup victory, tying her for third on the all-time list.

WATCH | Shiffrin ties Marcel Hirscher for 3rd in World Cup wins:

Mikaela Shiffrin captured her first FIS World Cup win of the season as she crossed the line with a 2-run time of 2:18.63 at the Giant Slalom race in Courchevel, France Monday 2:13

When her name was announced over the loudspeakers at the post-race podium ceremony, Shiffrin crouched in the snow and appeared to be sobbing.

She conducted a television interview minutes later and initially was unable to compose her words.

“It’s pretty hard to explain. Ninety-five per cent of me felt that I couldn’t do it and then just a small bit of me at the right time and I was …,” Shiffrin said from Courchevel, her words trailing away. “It’s crazy to be back here.”


She was greeted in the finish area by Brignone, who won the overall World Cup title last season after Shiffrin stopped racing to be with her family in Colorado.

‘Best skier in the world’

Brignone was in third place after the morning run and had a fast second run going. After a mistake at a left-hand turn, she slid and recovered her balance with much of her left arm scraping the snow.

Television microphones in the finish area picked up Brignone lamenting her “stupid” error.

After the race, Brignone and Worley spoke warmly of her rival.

I definitely didn’t ski alone today. I had a lot of strength from a lot of people.— Mikaela Shiffrin on her 1st World Cup win since the death of her father in January

“I think she’s really strong,” Brignone told Austrian broadcaster ORF, describing Shiffrin as “the best skier in the world. She’s technically almost perfect.”

Worley said she “just wanted to hug” Shiffrin.

“I was so, so proud and happy for her,” Worley said. “I can’t even imagine what she has been through.”

Shiffrin’s father, Jeff, was a familiar figure on the World Cup circuit, often attending and photographing his daughter’s races. Her mother, Eileen, is part of her coaching and support team and came to hug her daughter after the race.

“I definitely didn’t ski alone today,” Shiffrin told ORF. “I had a lot of strength from a lot of people. It’s a bit bittersweet.”

Marta Bassino’s bid for a third straight giant slalom victory this season ended when she skied out in her second run just before Shiffrin started.

World Cup leader Petra Vlhova went out in the morning run in a tricky section four gates from the finish.

Shiffrin tied Marcel Hirscher for third in World Cup wins, and now trails only Lindsey Vonn with 82 and Ingemar Stenmark with 86.

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Sounders down rival Whitecaps, clinch spot in Round of 16

Nicolas Lodeiro scored from the penalty spot early in the first half, Jordan Morris added to the lead with his third goal of the season, and the Seattle Sounders beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 in the MLS is Back tournament on Sunday night.

Seattle (2-1-2) clinched a spot in the knockout round of the tournament, rebounding from a disappointing loss to Chicago earlier in the group stage. Seattle will finish either second or third in Group B, depending on Chicago’s final group stage match. The top four third-place finishers among all the group advance to the round of 16 and Seattle has at worst clinched one of those spots.

Seattle will not play again until either July 26 or 27.

Raul Ruidiaz also scored for Seattle, which dominated its Cascadia rivals yet again. The Sounders are unbeaten in their past nine matches against Vancouver with six of those victories.

WATCH | Seattle soundly beats Vancouver:

Vancouver Whitecaps fall to Seattle Sounders 3-0, goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau suffers injury. 1:12

But Morris was the star for Seattle. The winger drew the penalty that led to Lodeiro’s opening goal in the 16th minute. Morris’s shot caught the hand of Vancouver defender Jasser Khmiri, and Lodeiro sent Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau the wrong direction on the penalty.

Whitecaps losing matches and available players

Morris then got his own goal later in the first half collecting a chipped pass from Lodeiro, holding off his defender and beating Crepeau. Morris had two goals in Seattle’s season opener back in March.

Ruidiaz added cushion early in the second half, scoring off a corner kick and a flicked header from Handwalla Bwana.

Seattle opened the tournament with a 0-0 draw against group winner San Jose and a 2-1 loss to Chicago. The Sounders will have to wait for the result of Thursday’s group finale between Vancouver and Chicago to determine their placing and opponent in the knockout round.

Vancouver (1-3-0) was already short-handed entering the tournament with a number of key players opting out, and now may be without its goalkeeper.

Crepeau had to be subbed out early in the second half after his hand was inadvertently stepped on.

WATCH | Crepeau leaves match due to injury:

Vancouver Whitecaps Maxime Crépeau leaves the game during the 2nd half after colliding with Handwalla Bwana. 1:08

Backup goalkeeper Bryan Meredith previously left the Whitecaps in Florida due to family reasons, leaving 21-year-old Thomas Hasal to make his Vancouver debut. Hasal finished with one save.

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‘This could ruin soccer’: UEFA boss criticizes scheme to create rival competition to FIFA Club World Cup

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin criticized the head of Real Madrid on Friday for reportedly planning a “selfish and egotistical scheme” to create world leagues, saying it would ruin soccer.

Florentino Perez, the president of Real Madrid, has approached financiers about backing the creation of two world leagues, each with 20 teams, according to a Financial Times report. It would rival FIFA’s planned expansion of the Club World Cup from an annual seven-team competition to a 24-team event held every four years from 2021.

While FIFA declined to say if its leadership had discussed the plan with Perez, European soccer’s governing body expressed public displeasure.

“I have read about this insane plan,” Ceferin said in a statement. “If reports are to be believed, it comes from a single club president [not the owner] and a lone football administrator. It would be hard to think of a more selfish and egotistical scheme. It would clearly ruin football around the world; for the players, for the fans and for everyone connected with the game — all for the benefit of a tiny number of people.”

The report about Perez’s plan follows the Spaniard going to Zurich to see FIFA president Gianni Infantino last month in his capacity as the head of the newly-created World Football Club Association.

‘Crazy notion’

The FT report said the world leagues could feature the eight members of the world club body, including AC Milan, which hasn’t played in the Champions League since the 2013-14 season.

“Luckily, there is still too much common sense in the game for this kind of crazy notion to succeed,” Ceferin said. “In fact, it is so far-fetched, I cannot actually believe anyone has dreamed it up.”

Real Madrid did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Perez said last month that the World Football Club Association would “offer a credible and serious counterpart to FIFA to discuss all club related matters.”

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Twitter bans all political advertising on its service, diverging from rival Facebook

Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages.

“While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Wednesday in a series of tweets announcing the new policy.

Dorsey said the company is recognizing that advertising on social media offers an unfair level of targeting compared to other mediums. It is not about free expression, he asserted.

Misleading political ads on social media burst into the spotlight during the 2016 presidential election, when Russian agents took out thousands of ads on Facebook in an attempt to sow political division and influence the election.

“This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle,” he tweeted. “It’s worth stepping back in order to address.”


Facebook has taken fire since it disclosed earlier in October that it will not fact-check ads by politicians or their campaigns, which could allow them to lie freely. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told Congress last week that politicians have the right to free speech on Facebook.

During Facebook’s earnings conference call Wednesday — which began less than an hour after Dorsey’s tweet — Zuckerberg stood by the company’s decision. He emphatically stressed what he called Facebook’s deep belief “that political speech is important” and denied any financial motive, noting that political ads make up less than half of a per cent of the company’s revenue.

“This is complex stuff. Anyone who says the answer is simple hasn’t thought about the nuances and downstream challenges,” he said. “I don’t think anyone can say that we are not doing what we believe or we haven’t thought hard about these issues.”

Google had no immediate comment on Twitter’s policy change.

The issue suddenly arose in September when Twitter, along with Facebook and Google, refused to remove a misleading video ad from U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign that targeted former vice-president Joe Biden, a leading Democratic presidential candidate.

In response, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, another presidential hopeful, ran an ad on Facebook taking aim at Zuckerberg. The ad falsely claimed that Zuckerberg endorsed Trump for re-election, acknowledging the deliberate falsehood as necessary to make a point.


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, seen in Paris in May, said Wednesday that the company recognizes that advertising on social media offered an unfair level of targeting compared to other platforms. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Critics have called on Facebook to ban all political ads. This includes CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who recently called the policy of allowing lies ludicrous and advised the social media giant to sit out the 2020 election until it can figure out something better.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, another Democratic 2020 contender, retweeted Dorsey’s announcement, adding the comment, “Good. Your turn, Facebook.”

Twitter currently only allows certified campaigns and organizations to run political ads for candidates and issues. The latter tend to advocate on broader issues such as climate change, abortion rights and immigration.

The company said it will make some exceptions, such as allowing ads that encourage voter turnout. It will describe those in a detailed policy it plans to release on Nov. 15.

Federal campaigns are expected to spend the majority of advertising dollars on broadcast and cable channels during the 2020 U.S. election, according to advertising research firm Kantar, and about 20 per cent of the total $ 6 billion US  in spending on digital ads.

Twitter’s new policy will take effect on Nov. 22.

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Why it’s hard — but not impossible — for Republicans to rival Trump in a primary

About a year out from an election, a first-time U.S. president who rode his outsider status to the White House struggles to work effectively with Congress, leading five lawmakers from his own party to announce an effort to dump him as the candidate. 

No, this is not a Donald Trump-related story you missed amid all the scoops coming out of Washington these days. Remarkably, it happened 40 years ago, as a group of Democrats felt their party needed stronger leadership than what president Jimmy Carter possessed. 

Carter was elected president in 1976, but members of Congress hoped Senator Edward Kennedy would rise to be the Democratic candidate in the 1980 election. Kennedy did in fact try, but Carter survived the challenge.

It’s fair to say that Trump has struggled more at governing than the three modern presidents who faced an intra-party challenge — a list that in addition to Carter includes Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.

“The real question is: What is it that gets a sufficient number of Republicans to turn against the president, so that either he’s impeached or he’s vulnerable to a serious primary challenge?” said Elaine Kamarck, author of Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates


The three challengers, so far, for the Republican nomination are, from left to right: William Weld, Mark Sanford and Joe Walsh. (Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters, Sean Rayford/Getty Images, Julius Constantine Motal/Associated Press)

So far, three Republican candidates have announced their intent to run against Trump: former Massachusetts governor William Weld; former South Carolina governor and U.S. congressman Mark Sanford; and Joe Walsh, a former U.S. congressman from Illinois.

There are no rumblings, despite the Ukraine storyline and its inherent impeachment risk for Trump, that more Republicans are about to come forward. Bigger names, such as Mitt Romney and Nikki Haley, haven’t dared.

If you’re a Republican with presidential ambitions, “I think the feeling is you’d be a kamikaze, and [it’s] better off keeping your head down and just surviving the moment,” said Jon Ward, a senior political correspondent at Yahoo and the author of the 2019 book Camelot’s End: Kennedy Vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party.

Challengers believe future of party at stake

Indeed, Sanford, Walsh and Weld have embarked on a Herculean task never accomplished under the modern primary system. (President Lyndon Johnson, facing mounting opposition to the Vietnam War and strong early primary results for Democrats Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy, simply decided not to run for re-election in 1968.)

Former California governor Ronald Reagan gave Ford a scare in 1976, and George H.W. Bush in 1992 had to defend his conservative bona fides against Pat Buchanan, who railed against illegal immigration and China’s unfair trade advantages.

In the cases of Ford and Carter, economic conditions led to dissatisfaction with the occupant of the Oval Office. The U.S. was officially in recession and dealing with an international oil embargo under Ford, while Carter’s time coincided with both high unemployment and inflation. Bush saw the economy swoon as he mounted his re-election campaign in 1992, with unemployment climbing over seven per cent for the first time in years.

Trump has presided over a robust economy. Despite some sobering economic indicators and forecasts and his application of divisive tariffs and Federal Reserve Board insults, there hasn’t been widespread pain for middle-class voters.

“The sand is running out of the hourglass for any kind of recession to match up with the timeline you’d need to challenge him [on that basis],” said Ward. 

Trump has been criticized over last year’s Helsinki summit and shifting positions on U.S. troops in Syria and Afghanistan. But Kamarck argued that “foreign policy tends not to move voters.”


Patrick Buchanan, a one-time Republican presidential candidate, smiles as he holds a 12-gauge shotgun on the 1992 campaign trail in Phoenix. (Chris Wilkins/AFP/Getty Images)

Even if the conditions are ripe for a challenge, Kamarck said that a strong narrative is crucial for a new candidate to be taken seriously. 

“To take on your party, you need to be for something that’s bigger than yourself,” she said. 

Reagan, for example, made a case for leaner government after the Nixon and Ford administrations added agencies and programs. Meanwhile, Ted Kennedy thought the Democrats had abandoned their New Deal roots, with Carter increasing the military budget but not pursuing major health care reform.  

Buchanan characterized his bid to unseat Bush as nothing less than “a contest for the soul and heart of the Republican Party.”

Trump dismisses would-be challengers

In 2019, the situation is different.

“Here, the problem with Trump is Trump,” said Kamarck. That’s certainly the way Joe Walsh has framed it. 

“I’m running because [Trump’s] unfit,” Walsh told ABC News. “Somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative. The country is sick of this guy’s tantrum — he’s a child.”

But Walsh may not the best messenger for that theme. He himself was accused of making Islamophobic and other problematic statements during his years in Congress and as a radio host. Walsh said the divisiveness of Trump’s rhetoric has helped him see the error of his ways.


The other two candidates are making a play for more moderation in the way a U.S. president behaves and governs.

Sanford, who lost a congressional primary in 2018 after occasionally criticizing Trump in the preceding two years, highlights the current administration’s excessive debt and deficit spending.

“I think as a Republican Party we have lost our way,” Sanford said.

Weld, who four years ago was the vice-presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, also cites the deficit — as well as Trump’s inaction on climate change. 


It’s not clear if Trump can differentiate his three challengers. He has referred to them in the singular: “They’re a joke. They’re a laughingstock.”

Yahoo’s Ward thinks there are signs that some Republicans are tiring of Trump’s behaviour — and polls showing decent support for launching impeachment hearings have surprised some observers.

Delegates could in theory switch

The early stages of the Republican primary process in recent years have often seen a message of moderation drowned out by more strident voices — even before Trump. Republican challengers like televangelist Pat Robertson (1992) and libertarian Ron Paul (2012), for example, had strong Iowa caucus showings before more conventional voting demographics rejected them.

Roadblocks have been put up to make the process more formidable for any Trump challenger, with about a half-dozen states saying they won’t even hold Republican primaries. After the early February Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, there are no other primaries until Super Tuesday in March, when several states are in play.

But not all state primaries require voters to be registered Republicans. And unlike rules on the Democratic side, candidates don’t get right of approval over the delegates they accrue. 

“By not having primaries, Trump is trying to avoid an embarrassment,” said Kamarck. “On the other hand, he’s losing some control over the process of picking the delegates.” 


A delegate holds up a sign for Ted Cruz during the Republican National Convention in July 2016. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

At the Republican convention in Cleveland in 2016, there were last-minute efforts to throw support behind Ted Cruz, but they fizzled. Dozens of former Republican administration officials who worked in national security sounded the alarm then over a potential Trump presidency. 

Assailing his temperament and character, they wrote in a statement that Trump “appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws and U.S. institutions.” They also worried that he would abandon allies and provide embarrassing moments on the world stage.

Trump campaign officials have taken steps to prevent remorse over his candidacy emerging again at the 2020 convention. The Republican National Committee approved a non-binding resolution declaring its “undivided support for President Donald J. Trump and his effective presidency.” The key word is non-binding. If more allegations of corruption emerge, it could result in a drumbeat for a Plan B.

“The political reality is, if Trump is mortally wounded and it’s March or even May [2020], if it’s bad enough, a political party can find a way to ditch the sitting president and find someone else,” said Ward.

While super-delegates and party officials have tended to rubber-stamp the will of primary voters at modern conventions, they are not bound on each and every ballot. 

“Convention delegates can, in fact, abandon the president,” she said. “There’s no legal reason they can’t do that.” 

The odds are still hugely in favour of Trump being the 2020 Republican nominee. But if he takes the party down with him in a comprehensive general election loss, Kamarck thinks it’s a strong bet Republican Party primary and convention rules could be rewritten as a bulwark against an “erratic and chaotic” candidate.

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At a Glance: SteelSeries Rival 710 Review

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SteelSeries’ Rival 700 gaming mouse quickly became one of the company’s most noteworthy products when it launched in 2016 thanks to its high-performance and intriguing feature set. SteelSeries is now attempting to build on the success of the Rival 700 with its new Rival 710 gaming mouse, but this new product may not have much (or anything) to offer over its predecessor.

Design

The SteelSeries Rival 710 is essentially identical to the Rival 700 right down to the OLED display on the mouse’s side. This unique feature is one of the product’s highlights and helps make this mouse stand out against its competitors. The small OLED panel can display any image you would like, which gives it a special customized feeling.

I own and regularly use a SteelSeries Sensei mouse that also has a small built-in display, and I can say that I love these small screens. As a major tech enthusiast and hardware reviewer, I have numerous other mice that I could use, but having a peripheral with a display that shows your initials above an ASCII art sword is such a cool feature that I have continued to use it for many years.

Another key feature of the Rival 710 is that it can be disassembled and several of its parts replaced with alternative components. Notably optional components that can be purchased separately from SteelSeries include a more powerful optical sensor as well as alternative exterior casing.

The only significant difference between the Rival 700 and Rival 710 is the optical sensor, which was switched from a Pixart PMW 3360 in the Rival 700 to one of SteelSeries’ proprietary TrueMove3 sensors in the Rival 710. This arguably makes the Rival 710 the better mouse as this sensor is reportedly more accurate than the Pixart PMW3360, but the TrueMove3 also has a lower 12,000CPI rating compared with the Pixart’s 16,000DPI. (Steelseries prefers “counts per inch,” or CPI, over the usual “dots per inch,” or DPI.) The Rival 710 is able to operate at 16,000CPI using software to extrapolate the difference, but, according to Mike Epstein from PCMag, the mouse becomes noticeably less accurate when operating above 12,000CPI.

Conclusion

This creates a rather strange situation in which a succeeding product fails to completely surpass its predecessor. In his PCMag review, Mike noted that the Rival 710 did appear to be exceedingly accurate, but if you want to run with the DPI/CPI cranked over 12,000 then realistically the older Rival 700 would likely be a better solution due to its higher DPI rating. Unfortunately, SteelSeries opted to discontinue production of the Rival 700 and I couldn’t find it available anywhere online, but many competing products such as Gigabyte’s Aorus M5 and Corsair’s Ironclaw RGB Wireless feature DPI ratings of 16,000 or above and these are available at slightly lower price points than the Rival 710.

That is not to say that these competing products are necessarily superior to the Rival 710, but simply that they offer strong competition against the Rival 710 and its 12,000CPI sensor. Taking all of this information together and after considering its features, however, I’d still recommend the Rival 710. You can pick one up now from Amazon reduced from its MSRP of $ 99.99 to $ 79.99.

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Novartis launches rival to EpiPen for allergy emergencies in U.S.

A unit of Novartis AG said it would make partner Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp’s emergency allergy shots immediately available in local pharmacies across the United States, amid a U.S. shortage of Mylan NV’s rival product, EpiPen.
 
The Sandoz unit of Novartis launched Symjepi for use in hospitals in January and had said it would make the treatment available in pharmacies in a phased manner.
 
Mylan dominates the market for emergency allergy shots with EpiPen, an auto-injector that delivers a dose of epinephrine in the event of severe allergic reactions to a number of triggers, including bee stings or peanuts.
 
However, there has been a shortage of EpiPens in the U.S., Canada and Europe due to manufacturing delays. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May last year added the treatment to its list of drugs in shortage. Drug Shortages Canada, the federal government’s official tracking website, currently lists all EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. shortages as resolved. 
 
Adamis, which received U.S. approval for its emergency epinephrine syringes in 2017, distributes Symjepi in the United States exclusively through Sandoz.

 
In a statement on Tuesday, Sandoz said it was making both the adult and pediatric doses of Symjepi immediately available in local pharmacies across the U.S.  

No information was immediately available on whether the company plans to provide Symjepi in hospitals or pharmacies in Canada.

Last August, the federal government announced approval to import a U.S.-approved auto-injector called Auvi-Q, made by Kaléo.
 

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Opposition candidate claims win in Istanbul mayoral race as Erdogan-backed rival concedes

The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul celebrated a landmark win Sunday in a closely watched repeat election that ended weeks of political tension and broke President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party’s 25-year hold on Turkey’s biggest city.

“Thank you, Istanbul,” former businessman and district mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, 49, said in a televised speech after unofficial results showed he won a clear majority of the vote.

The governing party’s candidate, former Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim, conceded moments after returns showed him trailing well behind Imamoglu, 54 per cent to 45 per cent. Imamoglu increased his lead from a March mayoral election by hundreds of thousands of votes.

Erdogan also congratulated Imamoglu in a tweet.

Imamoglu narrowly won Istanbul’s earlier mayor’s contest on March 31, but Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, AKP, challenged the election for alleged voting irregularities. He spent 18 days in office before Turkey’s electoral board annulled the results after weeks of partial recounts.

The voided vote raised concerns domestically and abroad about the state of Turkish democracy and whether Erdogan’s party would accept any electoral loss. AKP has governed Turkey since 2002.

“You have protected the reputation of democracy in Turkey with the whole world watching,” Imamoglu, his voice hoarse after weeks of campaigning, told supporters.

Following his second victory, tens of thousands of people erupted in mass celebration across Istanbul, including outside the offices of the Republican People’s Party, which backed Imamoglu.

Jubilant supporters chanted “Mayor again! Mayor again!” Others hung out of cars, blaring horns and waving red-and-white Turkish flags.


Imamoglu supporters celebrate in Istanbul on Sunday. (Emrah Gurel/Associated Press)

Erdogan campaigned for Yildirim in Istanbul, where the president started his political career as mayor in 1994. The ruling party still controls 25 of Istanbul’s 39 districts and a majority in the municipal assembly.

Imamoglu will have to work with those officeholders to govern Istanbul and promised Sunday to work with his political opponents.

AKP also lost control of the capital city of Ankara in Turkey’s March local elections, which were held as the country faced an economic downturn, battled high inflation and two credit rating downgrades in the past year.

‘Much-needed change’ 

Melahat Ugen said she switched her vote to the opposition because she could not afford to cover basic expenses.

“I’ve certainly never voted left before,” she said. “But I’m 62, and a bag of onions costs too much. Everything is imported and we can’t afford it.”

Analysts say the result would increase pressure on Erdogan’s government, which is grappling with a shaky economy and multiple international crises.

“The significance of Ekrem Imamoglu’s win in Istanbul cannot be understated…. he represents a much-needed change in political discourse,” said Lisel Hintz, an assistant professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s school of international studies.


Election officials count ballot papers at a polling station in Istanbul on Sunday. (Emrah Gurel/Associated Press)

Hintz said the mayor-elect withstood a divisive campaign by the government and prevailed with a positive message.

“We now have to wait and see whether Imamoglu’s tenure as mayor will be interfered with in any way, whether by cutting off funding and hampering his office’s ability to provide services or by removing him under some legal pretext,” Hintz said.

Addressing Erdogan in his speech, Imamoglu said, “I’m ready to work with you” to solve Istanbul’s problems. The president has previously signalled an unwillingness to do so.

Istanbul, a city of more than 15 million, draws millions of tourists each year and is Turkey’s commercial and cultural hub. Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul accounted for 31 per cent of Turkey’s GDP in 2017.

Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, Ankara office director of the German Marshall Fund, argued that the loss of Istanbul is likely to fuel speculation of divisions within the ruling party and among its supporters.

“It’s now clear that a sizable portion of the AKP voters is seriously dissatisfied by policies of the AKP,” he said. “The [opposition] was a house that was united. The AKP house looked like one that was already divided.”

The loss, he argued, also has international implications. Erdogan was already at odds with Western allies over Turkey’s plans to buy the Russian-made S-400 missile defence system and its challenge of EU-member Cyprus over natural gas drilling rights.

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Ukraine’s Poroshenko concedes defeat to comedian rival Zelenskiy in presidential vote

A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV appeared poised to reprise the role in real life when an exit poll showed him winning Ukraine’s presidential runoff Sunday in a landslide.

Results from the exit poll after voting stations closed showed Volodymyr Zelenskiy receiving an extraordinary 73.2 per cent — or nearly three out of every four votes cast — to President Petro Poroshenko’s 25.3 per cent.

If borne out by election returns, the overwhelming victory by Zelenskiy would stand as a crushing rebuke to Poroshenko’s five years in office and a verdict on the country’s deep-seated corruption, sickly economy and grinding war against Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east that has killed over 13,000 people.

While official returns had yet to be released, Poroshenko accepted defeat, saying: “I am leaving office, but I want to firmly underline that I am not leaving politics.”

Zelenskiy, for his part, vowed after the release of the exit polls: “I promise I will never let you down.” And he suggested that his apparent victory could be a model for other former Soviet states that want to move forward from ossified politics.

“To all the countries of the former Soviet Union — look at us, everything is possible,” he said.

People cast their ballots in Kyiv on Sunday. Millions of people living in the rebel-controlled east and in Russia-annexed Crimea were unable to vote. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

Although Zelenskiy was criticized for a vague campaign platform and never holding public office, voters appeared to cast aside those concerns in favour of a thorough sweep of Ukraine’s political leadership.

“I have grown up under the old politicians and only have seen empty promises, lies and corruption,” said Lyudmila Potrebko, a 22-year-old computer programmer who voted for Zelenskiy. “It’s time to change that.”

Zelenskiy, 41, became famous nationwide for his comic portrayal in a Ukrainian TV series of a high school teacher who becomes president after a video of him denouncing corruption goes viral.

Poroshenko was a billionaire candy magnate and former foreign minister before he took office in 2014 after huge street protests drove his Russia-friendly predecessor to flee the country. Although he instituted some reforms, critics said he had not done nearly enough to curb corruption.

Millions of people living in the rebel-controlled east and in Russia-annexed Crimea were unable to vote. Russia seized Crimea in 2014, and fighting in the east erupted that same year.

‘We have grown poor under Poroshenko’

The incumbent campaigned on the same promise he made when he was elected in 2014: to lead the nation of 42 million into the European Union and NATO. However, those goals have been elusive amid Ukraine’s many problems. A visa-free deal with the EU led to the exodus of millions of skilled workers for better living conditions elsewhere in Europe.

In a jab at his politically inexperienced rival, the president warned voters that “it could be funny at first, but pain may come later.”

Poroshenko emphasized the need to “defend achievements of the past five years,” noting the creation of a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church that is independent from Moscow’s patriarchate, a schism he championed.

Poroshenko leaves a booth at a polling station in Kyiv on Sunday. Poroshenko’s campaign messages fell flat with many voters struggling to survive on meagre wages and pay soaring utility bills. (Efrem Lukatsky/Associated Press)

“Poroshenko has done a lot of good things for the country — creating its own church, getting the visa-free deal and taking Ukraine away from the empire,” said 44-year-old businessman Volodymyr Andreichenko, who voted for him.

But Poroshenko’s message fell flat with many voters struggling to survive on meagre wages and pay soaring utility bills.

“We have grown poor under Poroshenko and have to save to buy food and clothing,” said 55-year-old sales clerk Irina Fakhova. “We have had enough of them getting mired in corruption and filling their pockets and treating us as fools.”

Poroshenko has denied any link to an alleged embezzlement scheme involving one of his companies and a top associate.


Like Poroshenko, Zelenskiy pledged to keep Ukraine on its pro-Western course, but said the country should only join NATO if voters give their approval in a referendum. He said his top priority would be direct talks with Russia to end the fighting.

Zelenskiy’s image has been shadowed by his admission that he had commercial interests in Russia through a holding company, and by his business ties to self-exiled billionaire businessman Ihor Kolomoyskyi. Kolomoyskyi owns the TV station that aired the actor’s sitcom and his other comedy shows.

“Both candidates stand for integration into Europe, both kneel to honour those killed in the war with Russia, both are linked to oligarchs,” 67-year-old teacher Dmytro Volokhovets said with a touch of sarcasm. “But Zelenskiy will win because he’s young and new.”

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