Amazon Prime Day Sale Serious Discounts on Apple iPhone XR With Prices

first_imgIf you had been eyeing a new Apple iPhone XR for a while now and holding off because of the price, this may perhaps be the time to splash the cash. The iPhone XR is available at discounted prices in the Amazon Prime Day Sale and is now available for Rs 49,999 onwards. The Prime Day Sale runs through today and tomorrow, and there are discounts and offers available on a variety of products. Apart from the discount, there is also the exchange offer if you want to trade in an older smartphone, and the maximum buy back price of your old phone is Rs 10,400—this will depend on your phone’s and its condition. HDFC Bank credit card users get an instant discount of up to Rs 1,750 (on a minimum purchase of Rs 3,000). There is also a 5 percent discount for the Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card users, with no maximum ceiling on the discount amount. There is also the No cost EMI on debit cards on orders above Rs 8000 and with Bajaj Finserv EMI cards on orders above Rs 4500. The 64GB version of the Apple iPhone XR is priced at Rs 49,999. Before the sale, the iPhone XR (64GB) was available for Rs 59,900. All colour options are a part of the sale—White, Yellow, Blue, Black, Coral and also the (PRODUCT)Red. The launch price of the iPhone XR (64GB) was Rs 76,900. The 128GB version of the iPhone XR will cost you Rs 54,999 during the Amazon Prime Day Sale. This was retailing for Rs 64,900 till now and was priced at Rs 81,900 at launch. The Black, White, Yellow, Blue, Coral and (PRODUCT)Red colours are in stock. If you want to buy the top spec 256GB storage option, you can get your hands on one of these for Rs 64,999 during the Amazon Prime Day Sale. The Black, White, Yellow, Blue, Coral and (PRODUCT)Red colours are available at the discounted price. The iPhone XR (256GB) was retailing for Rs 74,900 before the sale and was launched at Rs 91,900 late last year. The Apple iPhone XR was launched in September, alongside the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Most of the features and specs are similar to the more expensive iPhone XS and the XS Max, which includes the powerful A12 Bionic processor. The TrueDepth camera that enables the Face ID facial detection is present at the front. In fact, the single primary camera relies on software-based trickery will enable the full gamut of portrait mode photography features too. The big change when compared with the iPhone XS is the LCD display instead of an OLED display. Also Read | Apple iPhone XR Review: With Great Colour Comes Great Responsibility, And Many Questions amazonAmazon PayAmazon Prime DayAmazon Prime Day Sale First Published: July 15, 2019, 8:32 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Emergencylike Situation Election Commission Working for BJP and PM Claims Mamata Banerjee

first_imgNew Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday criticised both the Election Commission of India and the ruling BJP at the Centre shortly after the poll panel announced the curtailment of campaigning in the nine Lok Sabha seats of the state ahead of the final phase of polling on May 19.Reacting to the spate of poll-related violence during BJP chief Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday evening, the EC on Wednesday took unprecedented steps by invoking Article 324 of the Constitution and ban campaigning a day before it was supposed to end. At a press conference in Kolkata, Banerjee slammed the EC for working at the BJP’s behest. “An emergency-like situation has arisen because of the EC decision… it is not the EC’s decision, it’s a decision taken by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” she said. “The EC has kept the state forces in the dark and is conducting polls only with central forces.”Banerjee wondered why the EC had not issued Shah a show-cause notice. “Amit Shah wanted to create riots, his people rioted,” she said, claiming that the state had not witnessed such riots in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid’s demolition in Ayodhya in 1992. “It was Amit Shah who should have been punished. Why did the EC not act against Shah, why was he not showcaused when he was responsible for all the trouble?”Banerjee inquired whether the directives were due to the “threat” issued to the poll panel by Shah during the press meet.Claiming that Modi is afraid of her as well as the people of Bengal, Banerjee accused the EC of prohibiting the campaign to suit the BJP’s poll schedule. “The EC has drafted the poll schedule according to the campaign schedule of Modi,” she said. “The EC is obstructing every party except Modi and the BJP… I believe everyone will respond.””Why was the campaign not stopped today? Because Modi has two meetings in Bengal tomorrow?” she asked.Banerjee said the EC’s decision was an insult to the people of state and asked them to vote accordingly. “The EC has rewarded the rioters for vandalising the bust of Vidyasagar,” she said, referring to the statue of noted philosopher Ishwarchand Vidyasagar that was destroyed on Tuesday evening. “The people will respond.””Modi is a shame for this country, BJP is a shame for this country, I will fight this battle boldly,” she said. “There is a limit to getting insulted… I will give Modi a befitting reply.” Amit Shah roadshowBJPECMamata Banerjee First Published: May 15, 2019, 9:54 PM ISTlast_img read more

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NCP Takes Dig at New NDA Ministry Says Its Govt of Modi

first_img modi 2.0Modi 2.0 CabinetNawab MalikNCP First Published: May 31, 2019, 8:35 PM IST Mumbai: The NCP on Friday took a dig at the new NDA dispensation, saying it is a government of only Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, while senior leaders like Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari stand “sidelined”. NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik alleged that Modi and Shah do not want senior leaders to be part of the cabinet. Singh, new Defence minister, had led the Home Ministry in the previous Modi government. Gadkari will continue to hold the Minister for Road Transport and Highways.”Many senior leaders were not given Cabinet berths. Singh has been given Defence portfolio and sidelined. Same is the case with Gadkari ji,” Malik told reporters.He claimed that some of the BJP leaders would call the previous Modi-led dispensation as the government of only “two-and-half” people, implying that other ministers had no say in its functioning.”Now, it is a government of only Modi and Shah. Others have no opportunity. They don’t want seniors in the government, that’s their mentality,” Malik alleged Modi and his new team of ministers took oath on Thursday and the Rashtrapati Bhavan announced allocation of portfolios to the ministers on Friday.Meanwhile, on the speculations that the NCP might merge into the Congress, Malik said there was no substance in the reports.Speculations that the NCP would be merged into the Congress were rife on Thursday. These were fuelled after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi met NCP president Sharad Pawar at the latter’s residence in New Delhi.”The two leaders discussed only the Maharashtra Assembly polls and drought in the state,” Malik added. last_img read more

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Congress Chooses Adhir Chowdhury as Lok Sabha Leader After Rahul Remains Reluctant

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday reportedly named five-time MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as its leader in the Lok Sabha. The decision came as party chief Rahul Gandhi is said to have remained reluctant to take up the post.According to reports, the decision was taken during a strategy meeting of the party’s brass that was chaired by Parliamentary Party leader Sonia Gandhi. The meeting was also said to have been attended by Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh. The party was compelled to choose a Lol Sabha leader following the defeat of its senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge in the Lok Sabha elections.The recently concluded Lok Sabha elections saw the grand-old party win just 51 seats, four short of the number required for the post of Leader of Opposition(LOP).On the first day of the Lok Sabha’s Budget session on Monday, PM Modi said that despite the numbers, the opposition has a huge role to play in a democracy.Adhir Chowdhury had, however, hit out at the saffron party saying that most of its leaders did not follow what the Prime Minister was preaching. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhurylok sabhaRahul Gandhishashi tharoor First Published: June 18, 2019, 2:55 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Snapchat will be basically unavoidable with Stories Everywhere

first_imgStory TimelineSnapchat Context Cards offer up more information about the Snaps you seeSnapchat Spectacles believed the hype, thousands sit unsoldSnapchat overhaul will completely redesign app: it’ll be easier to useSnapchat update: What just happened? What do you do when the competition is beating you in terms of monthly active users? You expand your reach, or you try to at any rate. Snapchat is looking to do just that with a new feature called Stories Everywhere, which will allow Stories to be embedded in places around the web.Though Stories Everywhere hasn’t been officially announced yet, Cheddar claims to have spoken to a person close to the matter who says that the wheels are in motions. The development of Stores Everywhere is being headed by Rahul Chopra, who in the past has served as senior vice president and global head of video over at News Corp. His job will be to figure out how to share Snapchat content in places outside of the app, which would be a pretty big change from the way things currently operate.The benefits of figuring that out could be great, though. By allowing Stories to be embedded outside of the app itself, Snapchat could very well see a rise in new users. Since growth is something the company has struggled with throughout the year, anything that’s going to stimulate reach is worth considering at this point.Beyond attracting new users, Stories Everywhere could also attract new content creators to the platform. With the recent news that CNN will be shutting down its daily Snapchat news show after only four months, the need to attract new content creators and keep them interested in using the platform becomes clear. Stores Everywhere could certainly help with that, so don’t be surprised if this rumor turns out to be true. It isn’t exactly easy to be a social media network here in a crowded 2017, and that’s especially true when Facebook owns the competition. Throughout the year, Facebook has been launching new features for Instagram, turning the app into its own little version of Snapchat. This, of course, is bad news for Snapchat itself, as it has been significantly lagging behind Instagram in terms of user numbers for some time now.last_img read more

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US proposal seeks 5 years of social media data from visa applicants

first_imgBack in mid-2016, the Department of Homeland Security introduced a proposal that would allow Customs and Border Protection to ask foreign travelers to provide their Instagram and Twitter accounts. Then, in early 2017, now-former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly revealed that the government was considering a new security measure that could require visa applicants and refugees from seven countries to give officials their social media passwords. Though various measures have been proposed or talked about over the past year, they all center around one thing: social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In the latest development, the State Department has asked for public input on a proposal to require visa applicants to provide their current and former email addresses, as well as their social media usernames.Information surfaced yesterday in the Federal Register, where documents reveal that the State Department wants to gather social media, email addresses, and phone number data on all visa applicants. This is a change over previous proposals, which limited the “enhanced security” measure to individuals identified as needing additional scrutiny. Under that limitation, about 65k people would have to give over their social media information. However, applying the requirement to all visa applicants would cover about 15 million people every year. Should the measure be put into place, applicants will need to provide certain social media accounts, email addresses, and phone numbers used over the last five years. In addition, the applicants will be asked to voluntarily provide info on other non-mandatory social networks.SOURCE: Bloomberg The US government wants to collect social media usernames and email addresses from visa applicants, according to the Department of State. The federal government has been wanting to get its hands on immigrant social media data for years, previously floating the idea of requiring social network accounts as part of the application process, as well as asking some visitors to voluntarily provide the info. last_img read more

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Snapchat leaked on Github Whats that mean for you

first_imgThis week some Snapchat source code – not ALL the code, but some – leaked and appeared on Github. That means more than a couple people had access to said source code – or fragment of source code – for a little while. Certainly long enough to download and keep for one’s very own. Mercifully it does not appear that the source code leaked was too particularly important for the privacy of end users. Snapchat prides itself on privacy. Once a message is sent privately, it can be viewed a couple times, then it’s gone forever. They’ve hit a few speedbumps over the past several years, but now Snap is a massive force in the social networking market and the mobile smart device universe as well. Communication between young people starts with Snapchat, as it were.Now Snap is working with security researchers who’ve undoubtedly gottent their hands on said code. Snap sent a DMCA request to take the code down from Github, but mirrors and shares galore already began to spring up early this week. You can view the DMCA takedown request at Github right this minute. You can also go to this repo to see what’s now just a DMCA takedown notice. Unless you’re lucky and there’s an Archive in some form or another. For end users, this probably isn’t too big a deal. Unless you like legal battles. It’s likely the code comes from an iOS update mishap from earlier this year, as mentioned by 9to5Mac is to blame for this entire situation – or at least the point at which the lifting began. The entirety of the leak added up to 2MB unzipped – which is most certainly not the bulk of Snapchat’s code.AdChoices广告Only time will tell if the code leads to some unauthorized entries. But given the amount of work almost certainly done on behalf of security teams around the world in the day since this went live and leaked, chances are slim to none. No worries, keep on Snapping! Story TimelineSnapchat Snapcash is shutting down to no one’s surpriseSnapchat lenses Voice Control list : Activated todaySnapchat iOS source code leaked on GitHub after May updatelast_img read more

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2017 Nissan GTR Supercar for the people

first_imgIt was with this knowledge of the Nissan’s intricate dance of ones and zeros firmly in mind that I expected the new GT-R’s steering wheel to feel more like a Playstation controller than an actual yoke. I’d heard all the jokes at my local lapping club, where these coupes regularly set FTD amidst chatter about ‘biological interference,’ and had been braced by colleagues to expect a disconnected, and somewhat jarring experience on the way to having my comfort level obliterated by the vehicle’s extreme need for speed.None of this turned out to be true – well, except the part about being scared out of my wits by the awesome potential of the Nissan GT-R’s cruise missile power plant. With the pedal down and a long, straight stretch of highway in front of you, it feels like you should be have an oxygen mask strapped firmly to your face and one hand on the ejection seat handle as the sound of cubic yards of air being sucked in by the twin underhood snails mimics a jet fighter’s afterburners. This sensation is of course complemented by a stoplight launch that feels akin to being catapulted from an aircraft carrier, only without the reassuring presence of wings to give lift to your rapidly-approaching take-off speed. Fortunately, a number of changes made to the GT-R’s visage for 2017 – including a larger grille, new front spoiler, and integrated corner vent LED fog lights – work together with revised side skirts and vents at the rear o the car to not only update the Nissan’s looks, but also keep things more stable at higher velocities.While the Nissan GT-R’s organ-rending forward thrust was no surprise given its specs, I was somewhat taken aback by how connected the car felt through the steering rack. Most heavy, all-wheel drive monster machines sacrifice more than a little road feel when parsing the pavement, but when a chilly evening driving through the mountains of the Eastern Townships of Quebec suddenly turned to a snowy sojourn on slick summer tires, I was never caught out by the Nissan’s predictable and communicative behavior. I could easily sense the inappropriate rubber squirming underneath the car, allowing me to adjust my throttle and steering inputs accordingly, which was much more than I expected from a car that had previously been panned by some critics as numb. The vehicle’s adjustable suspension system also provided a welcome range of stiff-to-soft settings, reducing the punishment on rough pavement while preserving the Nissan’s poise.In addition to its extra power and revised looks, the Nissan GT-R’s 2017 refresh has been positioned by the company as part of an effort to civilize a beast whose behavior wasn’t always best shared with polite company. While a few clunks remain in the six-speed dual-clutch gearbox on the way to warming up, I’m happy to say that the car has evolved into a livable gateway to speeds that will send your license up in smoke. With an interior that has significantly shrunk down its button quotient while simultaneously upping the quality of its leather, seating, and trim – especially on the Premium model – the GT-R now makes a more legitimate play for luxury dollars while still snagging the attentions of buyers with serious adrenaline addictions. Sliding in at $50,000 less than a comparable Audi R8, and more than $100,000 below the Porsche 911 Turbo S, it also happens to represent one of those few times when spending a hundred large on a car feels like a bargain – especially since it’s got the goods to beat up on prancing horses and charging bulls almost at will. Best of all? You won’t have to play any bizarre exotic ownership games to park one in your garage. Although no longer the steal it was when first introduced all the way back in the 2009 model year, the six-figure Nissan GT-R still punches well above its weight when compared against the usual suspects on the high performance scene. If you’re shopping numbers alone, for $109,990 the GT-R delivers 60-mph from a standing start in an astonishing 2.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 196 miles per hour. How it manages to overachieve in each of these categories is what sets the Nissan GT-R apart from its rivals – few of which, aside from the comparatively inexpensive Chevrolet Corvette Z06, can match its performance without tacking on tens of thousands of dollars to the window sticker. It starts with a revised-for-2017 3.8-liter V6, which has gained new engine management cribbed from the NISMO warehouse in order to push its twin-turbo grunt to 565 horses and 467 lb-ft of twist. The GT-R’s real parlor trick, however, is its all-wheel drive system, which in combination with its launch control feature enables the car’s neck-snapping acceleration off the line. This sure-footed power delivery is also what makes the coupe frighteningly easy to drive quickly, as a litany of electronic aids are constantly peering over your should to assist you through the corners on the track and round the bends in the road. By shifting power front, rear, and side-to-side, the GT-R keeps you looking like a champ even if your skill level is more Mario Kart than Mario Andretti. The 2017 Nissan GT-R is not a supercar that asks you to put down a deposit and wait your turn. It doesn’t require that you be a previous Nissan owner to buy one, or that you be vetted by a team of brand gatekeepers to determine whether you’re worth of GT-R stewardship. You don’t have to accept exotic hybrid technologies to tap into what the GT-R has to offer, nor does it come with an elaborate maintenance schedule and a pair of white gloves that you must wear each and every time you slip behind the wheel. Instead, it simply kicks enormous amounts of ass, and invites you to come along for the ride.last_img read more

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Volvos car subscription plan Everything you need to know

first_imgStory TimelineMeet the Volvo XC40, the compact luxury SUV that hasn’t forgotten safety2018 Volvo XC40 gets official as the Swedes shake up SUV ownershipCare by Volvo priced for 2019 XC40 car subscriptions Care by Volvo may not be a new car, but the subscription car service is certainly one of the most interesting announcements at the LA Auto Show 2017 this week. Volvo’s alternative to leasing or financing a 2019 XC40 is a recipe for simplicity: pay $600 per month, for two years, and the automaker covers everything bar the fuel. It’s the most affordable car subscription we’ve seen so far: read on for everything you need to know. There are two cars, and two pricesThe cheapest Care by Volvo plan is $600 per month, plus tax. That gets you a 2019 XC40 AWD Momentum with the Premium Package, which includes the Vision Package, heated front seats and steering wheel, the panoramic roof option, and 19-inch Black Diamond Cut wheels. If you were buying it traditionally, it’d be priced at $41,445. For $700 per month plus tax, meanwhile, there’s the 2019 XC40 AWD R-Design with the Premium Package. That has the same equipment as the Momentum, but throws in the Advanced Package, Harman Kardon premium sound upgrade, and 20-inch, 5-double-spoke Matte Diamond Cut wheels. In that configuration, it’s priced normally at $43,140.Both are based on a 24 month subscription, with 15,000 miles of driving per year. After that point, you can simply hand the car back. Alternatively, after twelve months, you can choose to switch to a different Volvo and renew for a further 24 months. More cars are comingCare by Volvo is starting out with the new XC40, but it won’t end there. Volvo tells us it plans to add other models from its line-up progressively, likely including the XC90 full-sized SUV, the S90 and V90 Cross Country sedan and wagon, and the XC60 midsize SUV. How much those will cost each month remains to be seen, but the idea is that after twelve months you’ll be able to switch between the XC40 and another option depending on how your circumstances might have changed.Down the line, meanwhile, Polestar will be wading in. The electrified spin-off brand will be launching its Polestar 1 sports car with a similar subscription scheme, though pricing there hasn’t been finalized yet. According to Polestar, the idea is that a driver under its subscription package would be able to temporarily borrow other cars from the Volvo range depending on need: if you had a road-trip, for instance, or needed to transport a larger number of people. The insurance is simple – and complicatedFiguring out the best insurance usually requires lots of cross-comparison shopping online, and interminable phone calls. A Care by Volvo subscription, however, has just one plan. It’s fairly straightforward in Europe, where Volvo actually owns the insurance company it’s using for Care by Volvo coverage. In the US, however, regulations prevent the automaker from providing, or even giving advice on, insurance products. So, that’s being handled by Liberty Mutual. The biggest question we’ve heard is how driver risk will be assessed. Insurers are generally very interested in traffic accidents, speeding tickets, young or old drivers, or other factors which might indicate a higher-than-typical likelihood that someone is going to be riskier behind the wheel. Liberty Mutual will certainly be interested in those factors too, but unlike with a traditional insurance policy where higher risk means higher premiums, in this case it’ll be a black or white decision.If you don’t qualify by Liberty Mutual’s criteria, indeed, that’s basically it. There’s no option to pay more for a Care by Volvo subscription, just like how even if you’re an incredibly safe driver you won’t qualify for a discount. You’re either approved for the single plan Liberty Mutual has cooked up, or you’re not.Everyone in the household is coveredWhen you sign up for Care by Volvo on the automaker’s site, that triggers a call from a concierge. They’re responsible for not only getting more details about the primary subscriber, but getting all the names of other people you live with. The insurance policy is designed to cover any named driver in that household, whether they’re a spouse or a teenager who just passed their test. Again, it’ll all depend on whether you fall within Liberty Mutual’s brackets of criteria, or otherwise. If you don’t, you’ll be free to buy or lease an XC40 in the usual way, but Care by Volvo will be off the table. Care by Volvo won’t take your trade-inIf you’re moving to Volvo’s new subscription from an existing lease, it’s easy: you hand back your old car, and get a new XC40 instead. If you own your existing vehicle, however, things are a little trickier. There’s no process for trading-in a car as you would usually find were you buying or leasing something in the traditional manner. MORE Why the XC40 could be Volvo’s safest SUV yetInstead, trade-ins are handled separately. When you speak to the Care by Volvo concierge, they’ll ask if you have a car you want to get rid of. They’ll tell the Volvo dealership you nominate to handle your subscription, and it’ll be up to them to offer a price for the vehicle. Since it’s separate from the Care by Volvo scheme, there’s no obligation for that dealer to buy the car. However, it also means that the subscriber is free to shop around multiple Volvo dealerships – with the knowledge that you’re getting the same subscription price no matter which you opt for – or, alternatively, to sell the car to a different dealership altogether, or privately through Craigslist or other services. It covers everything but gas – and Volvo can even help you thereVolvo is keen to point out that its car subscription isn’t necessarily a value strategy, at least not in dollars and cents. The goal is to take some of the stress out of car ownership: no calling around insurance companies to get different quotes; no budgeting for servicing, or maintenance issues like wipers and brake pads. At the end of the 24 months you simply hand the car back or, like an Apple iPhone Upgrade program, after 12 months pick another Volvo vehicle and renew for another two-year subscription. Indeed, the only thing you need to think about is putting gas in the XC40, and Volvo even has a way to help there – depending on where you live. The company is running a fueling concierge trial in San Francisco currently, where drivers of Volvo cars are able to arrange to have their vehicle picked up, the fuel tank filled, and then the car returned, all organized through an app on their phone. All that’s really left at that point is having a driver supplied, something Volvo would presumably say it’s working on with its autonomous driving research. Sign-ups are open nowVolvo tells us it has had more than 2,000 “hand-raises” since it announced Care by Volvo in September. Now, sign-ups are open, and the big question is how many of those expressions of interest will convert to actual subscribers. last_img read more

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2019 Jaguar IPACE 5 big tech details to know

first_imgStory Timeline2019 Jaguar I-PACE official: 240 mile e-SUV for 2018Watch Jaguar’s I-PACE beat Tesla’s Model X head-to-head Jaguar’s first all-electric car has been revealed, and with the 2019 I-PACE the big cat is coming out swinging. Sticking closely to the alluring contours of the original I-PACE Concept we were first teased with two years ago, the new SUV promises to be the new poster-child for green motoring. The tech comes down to more than just bypassing a gas engine, mind; read on for five things about the I-PACE you need to know. 2019 Jaguar I-PACE Gallerycenter_img The I-PACE will support DC fast chargingJaguar mounts the I-PACE’s battery between the front and rear axles, underneath the passenger cabin, and drivers will get 90 kWh to play with. Of course, the biggest question is “how long does it take to charge?” and that comes down to just what you’re plugging the I-PACE into. A domestic 230V power supply – of the sort you might have a clothes dryer plugged into – will take approximately 10.1 hours to get from 0-percent to 80-percent. Figure on just shy of 13 hours to take the I-PACE from flat to fully charged: because of the nature of battery chemistry, the nearer to 100-percent you get, the slower the charging process becomes. It’s much faster on a DC Fast Charger, however. With a 50 kW charger, you’ll get from 0- to 80-percent charge in around 85 minutes, Jaguar claims. If you’re lucky enough to find a 100 kW charger, meanwhile, you’re looking at just 40 minutes to do the same. At the opposite extreme, mind, if you don’t have a Level 2 230V charger at home, you’re looking at a very long wait. Jaguar doesn’t even give figures for a 110V outlet, indeed, though it’d likely take around a full day of charging – if not more – to fill the I-PACE up that way. It’s the first Jaguar to support OTA updatesIf there’s one thing we wish the rest of the auto industry would “borrow” from Tesla, it’s the automaker’s approach to software updates. With most cars, if there’s a new version of the infotainment system, or some other system, you’ll need to take it into the dealership to have it installed. Tesla upended that process by making sure every car that leaves its factory is connected and can download and install new software remotely. Now, Jaguar is getting into the game too. The 2019 I-PACE will be the first of the automaker’s cars to support over-the-air (OTA) software updates, removing the need to take the electric SUV into the dealership to upgrade its systems. According to Jaguar, it’ll be able to remotely update the I-PACE’s infotainment, telematics, and battery charging capabilities. Jaguar’s promising smarter navigationMost navigation systems give you the choice of the fastest route or the shortest; cleverer ones take into account live traffic reports, too. Jaguar’s mapping system for the 2019 I-PACE, however, goes even further, and it’s all because driving an electric SUV gives you some different priorities to a gasoline version.Jaguar is calling it EV navigation, and it’s all about figuring out how the roads you’re driving on will affect EV range. As well as looking at distance, the I-PACE will take into account the topography of the planned route. If there’s a shorter path but it would involve going up and down steep gradients, for example, it might make more sense to take a longer, but flatter route instead. Similarly, the I-PACE will gradually learn over time, factoring in how you as an individual drive, and what happened on previous journeys. If the navigation system realizes there’ll be insufficient charge to make the trip as planned, it will automatically identify places along the way that you could recharge. An Arrival Mode, meanwhile, will suggest the nearest potential garage or charging point at your destination. The 2019 I-PACE has an AI of its ownCleverer navigation isn’t the only way that Jaguar intends the I-PACE to learn from – and anticipate – its owner’s personality. The electric SUV is also designed to adjust its other settings based on how you use the car, starting from recognizing who is approaching it via the key and your smartphone’s Bluetooth. That can be used to call up your preferred HVAC, infotainment, and seat settings. It goes beyond that, however. The algorithms are designed to learn more over time, figuring out how the I-PACE is used. If you always turn the seat heaters and heated steering wheel on for a particular trip, for instance, eventually the car will know to do that for you. It’ll also be able to take into account time, location, and weather to make those decisions. Even the infotainment system will recognize that you call the same people with the same regularity – your spouse every time you leave work, perhaps – and proactively offer up their contact details at the appropriate time. Expect the I-PACE to undercut the Model XJaguar isn’t talking about how much the 2019 I-PACE will cost in the US just yet: it’ll tell us those figures at the Geneva Motor Show next week. However, it has announced UK pricing for the electric SUV. While it’s not really a fair comparison to do a straight conversion between UK pounds and US dollars, it does allow us to compare the I-PACE with what you’d spend on a Tesla Model X in the UK, and extrapolate some assumptions. In the UK, before any incentives, the I-PACE starts at £63,495, rising to £81,495 for the I-PACE First Edition that will only be offered in the car’s first year. While the spec levels obviously vary, the powertrain is consistent regardless of trim. So, you’re looking at 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and a range of around 240 miles. For similar performance – again, in the UK – you’re looking at either the Tesla Model X 75D, at £70,500 pre-incentives, or the Model X 100D, at £87,200. The former does 0-60 in 4.9 seconds and has a 237 mile range; the latter, 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, and a 295 mile range. Jaguar undercuts both, and is (unsurprisingly, perhaps, given it’s a smaller car overall) faster off the mark, though if you want to seat more than five inside you’re out of luck. In contrast, you can have the Tesla in up to a seven seat configuration. last_img read more

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Japans 7Eleven customers lose 500k in BASIC security flub

first_imgIt would seem that the developers of the Japan-based 7-Eleven wallet app (7 Pay) had not heard of phone fraud. If they had, they’d have built a more secure method of changing user passwords in said app. As a result of their relative lack of finesse when it came to developing this one bit of the app, 900 customers lost a grand total of approximately 55-million Yen (which converts to roughly $506k). The security lapse rested in the official 7-Eleven wallet app, an app that would connect to a user’s bank account and gave rewards and deals to customers based on their purchases. To pay for purchases, customers would simply call up a bar code and allow said bar code to be scanned by the clerk. If I’d only read this far into the story, I’d have assumed that the barcode bit was going to be the issue. That system has such potential for security flaws that I was shocked to find that the incident occurred elsewhere. In fact the security flaw wasn’t in the app itself, but in the process wherein a customer was allowed to reset their password.To reset a password for the wallet app, malicious users would only need a customer’s email address, date of birth, and phone number. Through the standard password reset process, a malicious user was able to send a password reset link to a third-party email address. Once the reset link was sent, the malicious user was in full control of the wallet. Most users email, DOB, and phone number were relatively easy to find on the web via any number of past breaches on websites aplenty. The process from there would’ve been easy enough – but there is yet ANOTHER break in the security chain. If a user wanted to sign up for a 7-Eleven Wallet account without their date of birth, the date of birth would default to 01/01/2019 (or whatever year it happened to be at signup). You can imagine the malicious users’ delight at finding out that particular tidbit. What can you do to avoid a situation like this, as a user? If you absolutely MUST sign up for “wallet” apps, try to do so with account details you’ve never combined before. For example, sign up with your standard phone number, but create a new email address to use for that account alone. Stay wily! Prance around wildly, like a cat! If they can’t predict your actions, you can’t be caught! ALSO NOTE: If you are a user of the 7-Eleven Wallet app (7 Pay) in Japan (or anywhere else in the world, for that matter), you’ll probably want to stop now and de-authorize the account from access to your bank account. If you find you’ve been the victim of fraud, there’s a process listed at Seven Eleven Japan, though you might want to contact your local authorities as well. Story TimelineApple Pay, Google Pay now accepted at 7-Eleven7-Eleven cashierless checkout testing begins in 14 Dallas stores7-Eleven now delivers snacks to parks and other public placeslast_img read more

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Huaweis blacklisting just killed its first product

first_imgStory TimelineThe reality of Trump’s Huawei ban keeps unfoldingWhere does Huawei go from here?Huawei reduces orders for new phones, rethinks ambition to be No. 1 The recently launched Honor 20 Series, for example, and the Huawei P30 Series, are unaffected by the barrier, the company has insisted. That’s despite the terms of the blacklist preventing Huawei from licensing key Google apps and services for its Android devices, like access to the Google Play store. Huawei is currently in the midst of a 90 day reprieve, but the reality of what comes after that is uncertain.It may, much to the company’s likely upset, look something like what has happened this week. Huawei has indefinitely postponed announcing a new model in its MateBook laptop series, which had been scheduled to makes its debut at CES Asia 2019 in Shanghai. Now, it’s cut off from key partners like Microsoft and Intel. Rumors of the scrapped launch broke via The Information, which reports that Windows and Intel processors are the bottleneck. Speaking to CNBC, Huawei consumer division CEO Richard Yu confirmed that a notebook launch had been shelved. AdChoices广告“We cannot supply the PC,” Yu said. As for when – if ever – it might launch, that “depends on how long the Entity List will be there.” Should Huawei remain on that blacklist for an extended period, the CEO conceded, it could mean that the new MateBook will never go on sale. Yu described the situation as “unfortunate,” though it’s hard not to see the impact being a whole lot more serious than that. Huawei’s MateBook range has met with generally solid reviews, despite its design similarities to Apple’s MacBook. However the MateBook X Pro was pulled from the Microsoft Store online in mid-May. What remains to be seen is whether Huawei has a software workaround in mind, should it be cut off long-term from Windows. The company has reportedly been working on an Android alternative – compatible with apps for Google’s smartphone and tablet platform, but free of the licensing headaches – in strict secrecy for the past seven years, based on concerns that worsening relations between the US and China could leave Huawei trapped in an awkward position between the two. Even if it does have a Windows alternative, perhaps based on Linux, Huawei still needs the processors and other hardware to run it on. Although it develops its own smartphone chips under the HiSilicon brand – something which may also be in peril, since that uses technology licensed from Arm – it currently does not have homegrown alternatives to the notebook-class CPUs it buys from Intel. The US government’s clamp-down on Huawei has produced its first victim, with the Chinese tech firm canceling the launch of an upcoming product over the trade blacklist. Huawei faces a blockade between it and the American firms it relies on for hardware and software for its products, but until now has maintained that its device roadmap has not been derailed by President Trump’s policies. last_img read more

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This ambitious offthegrid EV charger uses hydrogen fuel cells

first_imgFuel cells generate power through the electrochemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen; in a hydrogen-powered car, that energy is used to drive an electric motor for propulsion. It’s not quite as straightforward as whisking together the two components, of course. Each fuel cell is based on a complex sandwich of catalysts. The benefit to fuel cell vehicles is range and speed of refueling. The Mirai and Clarity both promise around 350-400 miles of driving from a full tank of hydrogen. Refilling that tank takes approximately the same amount of time as filling an internal combustion car’s fuel tank. That is, assuming you can find a hydrogen pump. Deployment of fuel cell vehicles has been stymied predominantly by the paucity of hydrogen infrastructure. Now, UK company AFC Energy believes it has an alternative: leave the fuel cell in one place, and have the cars come to it. AdChoices广告It has demonstrated what it’s calling the world’s first electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel cell technology. Dubbed CH2ARGE, the proof-of-concept used a fuel cell connected to a static hydrogen tank, feeding power through an inverter to an electric car – in this case, a BMW i8 hybrid. A 48V battery pack is used to help with peak power demands. AFC Energy’s argument is that locally generating electricity can be much easier, not to mention emissions-free, using hydrogen on-site. It envisages a modular energy unit, which could be either connected to a fixed hydrogen supply or a tank that would be periodically refueled, and to the electricity grid or designed for an off-grid installation. By scaling up the system, capacity for an increasing number of EVs could be provided, such as to cater for visitors to supermarkets, shopping malls, or sports stadiums. Currently, installing EV charging points requires a high-power electricity supply be present. Without it, drivers are limited to slower Level 1 or Level 2 charging. In the US, various projects to boost the number of those high-power connections are underway, but it’s not a fast process. In contrast, AFC Energy argues, its hydrogen-based chargers could be installed far quicker – even potentially brought in as an emergency energy supply for EVs in disaster areas or for temporary peaks in demand such as festivals. The demo system can charge two vehicles simultaneously; based on average use, the company suggests, the hydrogen tank might only need refilling each month. Obviously it’s still not a perfect power distribution system. The hydrogen that the fuel cells use needs to be generated somewhere – though AFC Energy points to the various green ways that the gas could be produced – not to mention transported to each EV charging station. Nonetheless it’s a new twist on the battery-electric/fuel cell argument that continues within the EV segment, as proponents of each push their case. AFC Energy isn’t saying when it believes it might be able to commercialize its system, though back in November last year it did announce it was working on a low-cost, containerized system which could put a fuel cell generating 150-200 kW into a standard 40ft shipping container. Story TimelineDaimler’s newest fuel cells aren’t going anywhereToyota Project Portal 2.0 is a fuel cell-powered big rig2019 Hyundai NEXO fuel cell SUV goes 380 miles per tank Hydrogen fuel cells could be the answer to building out a comprehensive EV charging network, but not in the way you might be thinking. While fuel cell based cars like the Honda Clarity and Toyota Mirai have seen limited launches, emitting only pure water as a waste product, one UK startup believes the hydrogen works better if you leave it behind. last_img read more

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Longer Looks Religious Health Care The Big Lie About Expanding Medicaid

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. KHN’s Matthew Fleming selected these interesting articles from around the Web for weekend reading options.The Atlantic: A Christian Alternative To Health Insurance The Affordable Care Act has a section that exempts members of health care sharing ministries from purchasing insurance. The Amish, Mennonite, and Indian tribe communities also are exempt from the penalty that will be incurred on Americans who fail to purchase health insurance by 2014. Since the law was passed in 2010, membership for Medi-Share and Samaritan Ministries has risen by about 40 percent. Christian health sharing ministries are largely unregulated, except by themselves. This means members cannot go to an insurance commissioner with a complaint, rates aren’t reviewed by an independent regulator, and there is no way to ensure they are following anti-discrimination laws (Kimberly Leonard, 7/20).The Nation: ‘We Can’t Afford It’:  The Big Lie About Medicaid ExpansionIn his letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rejecting the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Texas Governor Rick Perry tells a whopper. Expanding Medicaid, he writes, would “threaten even Texas with financial ruin.”… In the first six years of the expansion, from 2014 to 2019, the total cost of insuring these Texans would be about $55 billion—not an inconsiderable sum. But the federal government would pay more than 95 percent of that amount; Texas’s share would be just $2.6 billion. That’s not chump change—but threaten Texas with financial ruin? Not by a long shot (Richard Kim, 7/20). National Journal: States Wrestle With Medicaid Budget Bind – Even As They Expand CoverageMany blue states are finding themselves in a Medicaid bind these days. Several, including Illinois, have warmly embraced major expansions of their programs as part of President Obama’s landmark health care law. At the same time, budget pressures have forced them to wring cost savings out of existing programs, often by cutting benefits, reducing payments to providers, or eliminating coverage for optional populations.  The latest California budget includes more than $1 billion in Medicaid cuts. Maine is eliminating coverage for more than 15,000 beneficiaries. Minnesota cut provider pay rates in 2010 and again in 2011. Connecticut cut provider rates and reduced benefits last year, including dental and vision. In the last two fiscal years, every state in the country has cut its program in some way, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, including 46 that cut rates paid to providers over the two-year period, and 18 that cut benefits in the last fiscal year alone (Margot Sanger-Katz, 7/25).Forbes:  “David Clause” In Obamacare Ready To Slay The Healthcare Cost BeastI have called this new model “concierge medicine for the masses.” Officially, it is called Direct Primary Care (DPC). … Proponents of DPC state that the best way to pay for healthcare is to pair DPC with a high-deductible wraparound policy. The idea is you use insurance what it’s best for — rare items (house fires, cancer, major car accident). For day-to-day healthcare, DPC is paid for in a model that is akin to a gym membership — a flat monthly fee regardless of how much one uses it (though some have co-pays mainly due to state insurance regulations). As an observer of the evolution of health plans, I’ve been stunned by how slow insurance companies have been to capitalize on the DPC opportunity (Dave Chase, 7/24). Mother Jones: Top Obamacare Critic’s Op-Eds Drafted By PR Firm That Reps Drug, Health Care ClientsLast Tuesday, a week after the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Obamacare, Sally Pipes appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to enumerate the evils of the law. The president of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based free-market think tank, Pipes warned members of Congress that if they didn’t act quickly Americans would soon suffer the rationed care and long waits supposedly plaguing her native Canada. … All of this cemented her status as a leading voice of Obamacare opposition. Along with a constant stream of op-eds and TV appearances in recent years, she has also authored three books since 2008 lambasting health care reform. If Pipes seems supernaturally prolific, there’s a good reason. To assist with her written output, PRI employs a DC-based ghostwriting and PR firm with drug and health care industry clients (Stephanie Mencimer, 7/19).The Oregonian: The ABCs Of Getting Your Zzz’s:  Why We Need Sleep, And How We Can Get MoreOne glance at U.S. coffee sales will give you a sense of America’s sleep habits.  Sales of the caffeinated beans rose 19 percent last year and have continued to thrive in the first half of 2012. Americans, more than ever before, apparently are sleep-deprived masses muddling through the day in a zombie-like state. Studies have linked lack of sleep to issues ranging from judgment lapses and poor academic performance to obesity and stroke. And getting five hours per night during the week, then compensating with an 11-hour weekend sleep marathon doesn’t cut it (Kelly House, 7/24). Longer Looks: Religious Health Care; ‘The Big Lie’ About Expanding Medicaidlast_img read more

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First Edition January 9 2013

first_imgFirst Edition: January 9, 2013 Today’s headlines include a number of health policy developments on the state level. Kaiser Health News: Doctors And Dentists Lure Patients With Saving Deals OnlineKaiser Health News staff writer Ankita Rao reports: “While most health-related deals on sites like Groupon and Living Social are for cosmetic procedures like Botox, providers also offer everyday medical, vision and dental services. Health and medical deals make up about 5 to 10 percent of the online coupon industry, according to Unaiz Kabani, data product manager at Yipit, a service that aggregates companies’ daily deals” (Rao, 1/8). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: A Regional Analysis Of Which Hospital Got Rewards, Penalties Based On QualityNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Jordan Rau reports: “In Medicare’s new program that ties about $1 billion in payments to quality of care, hospitals in Fort Wayne, Ind., are faring the best on average while hospitals in Washington, D.C., are doing the worst, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the country’s 212 major health care markets” (Rau, 1/9). Check out what else is new on the blog.Politico: Berwick Eyeing Run For Massachusetts GovernorFormer Obama administration Medicare chief Don Berwick — vilified by Senate Republicans who made his confirmation impossible — is considering a run for Massachusetts governor in 2014, he told POLITICO late Tuesday (Kenen, 1/8).The Wall Street Journal: Whistleblowers At Center Of States’ Medicaid Fraud ActionWhistleblowers are becoming an increasingly important source of settlements from Medicaid fraud prosecutions  as states try to raise revenue and eliminate waste and abuse (DePietro, 1/7).Los Angeles Times: California Regulator Scolds Anthem, Praises UnitedHealth On RatesCalifornia’s insurance commissioner scolded Anthem Blue Cross for raising rates for small businesses while praising industry rival UnitedHealth Group Inc. for cutting worker premiums (Terhune, 1/8).Politico Pro: Mass. May Shift Health Coverage PenaltiesIn a step toward bringing Massachusetts in compliance with the federal health law, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Tuesday proposed legislation that would ease some of his own state’s coverage requirements for small business. The landmark Massachusetts reform law, signed by Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006, requires all businesses with 11 or more workers to offer a certain portion of their workers coverage or else face a “Fair Share” penalty of $295 per worker. But the federal Affordable Care Act has coverage requirements for businesses with 50 or more employees. That led to concerns among small businesses in Massachusetts about double-penalties and burdensome regulation (Cheney, 1/8).The New York Times: Maine: Medicaid Purge Is RejectedThe Obama administration rejected Gov. Paul R. LePage’s request to drop thousands of people from Medicaid rolls. Mr. LePage, a Republican, had sought to eliminate Medicaid coverage for nearly 15,000 parents with incomes between the federal poverty level ($23,050 for a family of four last year) and 133 percent of that level ($30,657 for a family of four). He also wanted to end coverage for more than 6,000 19- and 20-year-olds (Goodnough, 1/8).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Federal Officials Deny Maine’s Medicaid CutsSeveral states had suggested that the Supreme Court’s opinion last summer to nix penalties in the health law for states that chose not to expand their Medicaid programs could have also lifted the law’s ban on cuts to their existing programs. The Obama administration told Mr. LePage’s health and human services commissioner, Mary Mayhew, that it doesn’t believe that’s the case (Radnofsky, 1/8).Politico Pro: Administration Says Maine Can Make Some Medicaid CutsThe Obama administration has told Maine that it could make some Medicaid cuts, but not as deeply as the state requested — and it’s unclear whether Gov. Paul LePage will keep fighting the feds on his preferred cuts. … CMS allowed Maine to reduce income eligibility levels for certain groups, but the agency cited MOE in its rejection of proposed cuts to parents and 19- and 20-year-olds. Maine’s next steps are uncertain, and a LePage spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment (Millman, 1/8).The New York Times: Cuomo Seeks An Overhaul In Gun Control Mr. Cuomo is also seeking a new law to address the role mental health can play in gun crimes. The talks on these issues were still fluid Tuesday evening, but Mr. Cuomo had considered requiring mental-health screening and more rigorous background-check requirements for gun owners, people familiar with the matter said (Nahmias, 1/8).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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First Edition March 18 2013

first_imgToday’s headlines include reports that Capitol Hill dynamics related to budget and entitlement-program issues may be changing. Kaiser Health News: Hospital Ratings Are In The Eye Of The BeholderKaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau reports: “Evaluations of hospitals are proliferating, giving patients unprecedented insight into institutions where variations in quality can determine whether they live or die. Many have similar names, such as ‘Best Hospitals Honor Roll,’ ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ and ‘100 Top Hospitals.’ Illinois, Florida and other states have created their own report cards. In some places, such as California, there are more than a dozen organizations offering assessments on hospital quality (Rau, 3/18). Read the story and check out the list of hospital ratings websites.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: 29 States Get ‘F’ For Price Transparency Laws; Matchmaker, Er, Match Week, Make Me A DocNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Russ Mitchell reports on state health care cost transparency laws: “Wonder why you can’t get a straight answer on how much a health care procedure will cost you? One big reason: State laws which allow hospitals and other providers to keep costs hidden until they send you the bill. A report card on price transparency released today gives 29 states an ‘F’ and seven states a ‘D’ for policies that keep patients and their families in the dark on prices. The failing grade went to those with practically no transparency requirements (Mitchell, 3/18).Also, Ankita Rao reports on medical students and their hope to find a perfect match: “Fourth-year medical students have been talking a lot about their perfect match these days:  first impressions, the one who called right after they met, some that were too far away. For many, ‘match week’ – this week — is what they’ve been working toward over the past four years. It’s the week that decides if, and where, they will complete the next step of their training and become a full-fledged doctor” (Rao, 3/15). Check out what else is on the blog.Kaiser Health News also tracked weekend news coverage, including reports from the Sunday talk shows about budget issues and politics (3/17).The New York Times: Republicans Act With Air, If Not A Vote, Of ConfidenceIn Congress, Republicans are pushing an agenda that is almost identical to the one that their party lost with in November, with no regrets and few efforts to reframe it even rhetorically. The House will vote this week on the third iteration of Mr. Ryan’s budget, which would again try to turn Medicare into a subsidy for private insurance purchases, slash the top income tax rate and cut deeply into programs the president campaigned to protect (Weisman, 3/17).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Corker: Deal Possible On Taxes, EntitlementsA Republican senator said Sunday that his party would be open to raising tax revenue as part of a broader deal that makes changes to Social Security and Medicare, a sign that President Barack Obama and at least some GOP lawmakers have a pathway to starting talks on a sweeping deficit-reduction package (Nicholas, 3/17).Politico: Durbin Hits Ryan Budget, Eyes Medicare ReformWhile suggesting Democrats were open to reforming Medicare and other entitlements, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin also took some shots Sunday at Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, saying it would eliminate Medicare. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Durbin said that once the Senate passes the budget resolution fashioned by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), “we’re going to move to the next stage, and that is the grand bargain stage” (Kopan, 3/17).Politico: Will Health Premiums Jump Or Not? One major question remains at the center of the health care overhaul’s ultimate success or failure — and Democrats and Republicans have spent the past three years each swearing they know the answer. Will the law cause insurance premiums to skyrocket, as Republicans vow, or will it slow costs down, as Democrats predict? (Cunningham, 3/18).Los Angeles Times: Call For Screening Of Healthcare Enrollers Meets ResistanceState officials say they need 20,000 people for the job of signing up millions of Californians for health insurance in the coming months, but a battle is brewing over whether these workers should undergo background checks and fingerprinting (Terhune, 3/15).The Wall Street Journal: To Save, Workers Take On Health-Cost RiskLast fall, two big employers embarked on a radical new approach to employee health benefits, offering workers a sum of money and allowing them to choose their health plans on an online marketplace. Now, the first results are in: Many workers were willing to choose lower-priced plans that required them to pay more out of their pockets for health care (Mathews, 3/17).The Wall Street Journal: Retired Coal Miners Fight To Retain Health BenefitsChief Executive Bennett Hatfield reiterated that the company’s bankruptcy filing last July stemmed from weak coal markets “coupled with increased costs and unsustainable legacy liabilities.” He argued that Patriot’s “labor and retiree benefit costs have risen to levels that simply cannot be sustained” amid shrinking demand for coal. Instead, Patriot would like to create a trust with a maximum of $300 million from future profit-sharing to fund some level of retiree health benefits, far below its current retiree health liability of $1.6 billion. Some industry experts say Patriot also needs to shed retiree coverage because the health plans make its overall labor costs far higher than those of its nonunion competitors (Maher, 3/17).Politico: Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford: No Medicaid ExpansionFlorida GOP House Speaker Will Weatherford declared in an interview that the prospect of Medicaid expansion in his state is “dead” – regardless of any additional lobbying from Gov. Rick Scott (Martin, 3/16).Politico: North Dakota Passes Restrictive Abortion LawThe North Dakota Legislature has approved a bill that would ban abortions at approximately six weeks. That would be the earliest abortion ban in the nation and likely set up a clash with the Supreme Court’s long-established Roe v. Wade precedent. The bill, passed by the state Senate on Friday after passage in the House last month, is one of a half-dozen strict anti-abortion bills the Legislature is considering this session. It would ban most abortions after a heartbeat is detected — which is typically six weeks to seven weeks into a pregnancy — with an exception for the health or the life of the mother (Smith, 3/18).Los Angeles Times: L.A. County Backs Bills On Outpatient Mental Health TreatmentThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has thrown its weight behind Laura’s Law — which allows counties to create court-ordered outpatient mental health treatment for the severely ill who have cycled through hospitals or jails and refused voluntary care — saying in a resolution that such programs have been shown to “significantly reduce” homelessness, hospitalization and arrest (Romney, 3/18).Los Angeles Times: Addressing Girls’ Health Needs At Juvenile Detention CentersNow 18, she is in Los Angeles County’s juvenile justice system because she violated probation. Latrice says she has been locked up more than 20 times in four years. Petite and talkative, she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and takes antidepressants. Her health issues — and those of about 9,400 girls in juvenile detention centers around the nation — are serious and complex. Many of the girls don’t have regular doctors, so their physical and emotional problems often go undiagnosed and untreated. That continues when they enter a system that was designed for boys and has been slow to adapt to girls (Gorman, 3/16).The Washington Post: Future Of D.C.’s United Medical Center Still UncertainIn the fractious universe of D.C. politics, there is one thing upon which virtually every elected city official agrees: There must be a full-service hospital east of the Anacostia River. But nearly three years after the city seized control of United Medical Center, the fate of the 354-bed facility on Southern Avenue SE remains uncertain (DeBonis, 3/17). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: March 18, 2013last_img read more

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State Highlights RI Disabled Settlements Far Reach Ore LongTerm Care Rates

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Highlights: R.I. Disabled Settlement’s Far Reach; Ore. Long-Term Care Rates A selection of health policy stories from Oregon, Massachusetts, California, Minnesota, Kansas, Arizona and Florida.The Oregonian: Thousands Of Disabled Oregon Workers Could Benefit From U.S. Settlement In Rhode IslandThe government’s landmark Americans with Disabilities Act settlement with Rhode Island on Tuesday is expected to move people with profound disabilities out of low-paying jobs in sheltered workshops into the general workforce, a move federal lawyers are calling a blueprint for the nation. Senior lawyers in the Justice Department say the settlement will serve as a model for Oregon and other states abundant with workshops and activity programs for disabled adults that keep them segregated from the greater world of commerce. The government joined a class-action lawsuit a year ago that accuses Oregon of not doing enough to move people with developmental and intellectual disabilities into mainstream jobs. Oregon is the only state in the nation confronted by such litigation (Denson, 4/8).The Oregonian: Oregon Long-Term Care Insurance Rates Skyrocket, Part Of A National TrendCarriers’ rates for long-term care insurance in Oregon have shot up an average of 26 percent in recent months, suggesting people might want to consider their options, officials say. The Oregon Insurance Division has released a compilation of recent state decisions affecting nearly 30,000 people who bought the long term policies. The policies are intended to ensure proper care later in life as abilities decline and independent living becomes difficult (Budnick, 4/8).The Boston Globe: Blue Cross Cuts Back On Painkiller PrescriptionsThe state’s largest health insurer has cut prescriptions of narcotic painkillers by an estimated 6.6 million pills in 18 months as part of a campaign to curb abuse of the powerful drugs, according to executives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. That estimated reduction appears to bolster the argument made by many health workers that these narcotics have been overprescribed and too easy to obtain. The drugs are cited as a gateway to heroin, which has plagued the state recently amid a startling succession of overdoses and deaths (MacQuarrie, 4/8).NPR: Calif. Medical Center Offers Cure To Indigenous Language BarrierImmigrants from Mexico don’t always speak Spanish. Instead they speak indigenous languages. That’s created huge communications problems but a hospital in Salinas has found a solution (Almanzan, 4/9).Minnesota Public Radio: Lawmakers OK Emergency Use Of Heroin Overdose Shot; Good Samaritans ProtectedFirst responders rushing to aid a drug overdose victim would have the power to use the antidote Narcan under a bill passed unanimously Tuesday by the Minnesota Senate. The legislation would also grant immunity to “Good Samaritans” who call for medical help when someone has overdosed. Supporters of the two-part measure refer to it as “Steve’s Law.” It’s named after Steve Rummler of Edina, who died of a heroin overdose three years ago. A companion measure in the House is awaiting final action (Pugmire, 4/8).The Associated Press: Kansas Lawmakers OK Tougher Medicaid Fraud LawKansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is praising legislators for unanimously approving a measure to increase penalties for defrauding the state’s Medicaid program. Schmidt said Monday the bill approved over the weekend also would make it easier to fine people who file false Medicaid claims. The Medicaid program is funded jointly by states and the federal government and provides health coverage for the needy and disabled (4/8).The Associated Press: Court Extends Stay On New Arizona Abortion RulesA federal appeals court panel on Tuesday issued an injunction blocking new Arizona abortion restrictions that are considered the most stringent in the nation, saying women likely would suffer irreparable harm if the rules are allowed to take effect. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay blocking the Arizona rules last week while it considered an appeal from Planned Parenthood of Arizona and abortion rights groups. The court extended the stay into a full injunction on Tuesday (Galvan and Christie, 4/8).The Associated Press: Fla Lawmakers Look To Expand, Regulate Telehealth The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren’t any neurologists on call. … A Senate bill would increase the use of telemedicine in Florida and establish requirements for health providers who treat patients remotely. A companion bill is also making its way through the House, but that bill doesn’t require doctors to have a Florida license — only that they be licensed in their home state and registered in Florida (Kennedy, 4/8).Kansas Health Institute: Prominent Kansas Insurance Agent Sanctioned For Misrepresenting ACAIn a move that may be unprecedented simply because of the subject matter involved, the Kansas Insurance Department has fined a prominent insurance agent $1,000 for publishing false and misleading information about the Affordable Care Act. Scott Day of Day Solutions LLC, which is based in Ozawkie, signed off on a “consent agreement” with the department that, in addition to the dollar penalties, called for him to publish a correction to the misleading statements he had published in Metro Voices, a publication distributed free in 500 northeast Kansas locations (Shields, 4/8).Kansas Health Institute: County Officials Say Health Rankings Can Be Powerful ToolBugging people to exercise may not be the best way to encourage healthy behaviors among local residents, according to panelists who came here to discuss recently released health rankings for Kansas counties. More subtle approaches have worked in Allen, Sedgwick and Wyandotte counties, people from those communities said Monday at a forum held at Sporting Park, the home of Kansas City’s Major League Soccer team. Wyandotte County has shifted the emphasis of the Parks and Recreation Department from play to wellness, said Mark Holland, mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan. (Sherry, 4/8).Health News Florida: Doctors To Get 1-Time Fee CutFlorida’s 61,000 medical doctors will get a 31-percent cut on their license renewal fee under a proposal adopted by the Florida Board of Medicine. The renewal fee for MDs who have active licenses will be reduced from the usual $360 to $250 during the calendar years 2015-16, under the proposal. MDs have to renew their license every other year (Gentry, 4/8).last_img read more

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iPhone 11 could match the Galaxy S10 in a way music fans

first_img The next-generation iPhone handsets may boast a new Bluetooth feature that allow users to connect to two pairs of wireless headphones simultaneously.According to a report from Japanese Apple site Mac Otakara, Apple will enable users to share music with a friend by connecting to two pairs of AirPods, for example.In another use case, drivers could connect to Bluetooth on their car audio to receive GPS directions, but still play music and receive hands-free calls via the Bluetooth headphones they’re wearing. The feature would be similar to Samsung’s Dual Audio Feature, which enables connection between a Galaxy phone and two audio devices.Related: iPhone 11Today’s information suggests this will be a part of the Bluetooth 5.0, which means that Apple could bring the feature to existing iPhones rocking that technology (iPhone 8/X/XS/XR) models.The report comes from those Asian supply chain sources, so we’re not sure how reliable the information is, but Mac Otakara (via MacRumors) has a decent track record in these matters.The new iPhone handsets are due out in September 2019, with Apple set to stay the course with three models. We can expect all handsets to rock a new A13 processor combined with 4GB of RAM. The big improvement is likely to be the triple-lens camera. The two flagship handsets are expected to rock 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch handsets just like the predecessor.The company could also have a larger battery, and perhaps pack a lightning to USB-C charging solution out of the box in order to boost charging time. We’re still unsure whether the new phones will pack 5G connectivity, but it’s possible Apple may wait until 2020 before launching its first 5G handsets.What are you hoping to see from Apple this year? Would the dual Bluetooth feature seal the deal for you? Let us know on Twitter @TrustedReviews. iPhone 11 We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.center_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think.last_img read more

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WatchManulife Bank out to poach millennials from the Big Five with targeted

first_img Email 4 Comments Comment Recommended For YouMDA Awarded Canadian Government Contract to Deliver Search and Rescue Repeaters for SatellitesSingapore-based company is buying the biggest shipping container terminal in eastern CanadaInagene Diagnostics Inc. Announces New CEOPRECIOUS-Gold drops as bets fade for big Fed rate cut fade; eyes on trade talks’John Wick 3′ dethrones ‘Avengers: Endgame’ with $57 million More The pitch is that customers will be able to sign up for four products in four minutes — including an unlimited-transaction bank account, a high-interest savings account, a no-fee cash-back credit card and travel insurance.While high interest and low fees are traditionally used to compete with the big banks, Lunny said that after conducting market research Manulife opted to waive fees to reward savings.“We wanted to encourage millennials to save money. They tell us that they need help with saving money,” he said.The suite of products is a bold move for Manulife Bank, which has made modest waves in the past with such individual products as a combined mortgage and bank account, and a high-interest savings account that allows online and mobile bill payments.“Most of those products have not been copied by the big banks, so we see a great opportunity here with our existing products, but also with this new innovative digital banking package,” Lunny said.The bank expanded its retail reach in 2015 by rolling out more than 800 automated banking machines in variety stores across the country. June 9, 20197:00 PM EDTLast UpdatedJune 10, 201912:55 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Manulife Bank out to poach millennials from the Big Five with targeted digital banking packages New offering will use combination of mobile and tech-driven products created to help younger customers save money Facebook Canada’s biggest banks have a track record of swallowing up competitors – from upstart retail banks such as ING Direct to the Canadian credit card portfolios of U.S. banks including JP Morgan and Citigroup.But another giant on the domestic financial services landscape, Manulife Financial Corp., is taking aim at the big banks’ customers with the launch of a multi-product banking package by subsidiary Manulife Bank.After more than 25 years of nipping at the edges of retail banking dominated by Canada’s Big Five banks, Manulife Bank hopes to gain share through a combination of mobile and technology-driven products and the prospect of lower fees. Manulife zeroes in on Canada’s rich as it looks to grab a bigger slice of growing wealth industry Inside the power struggle between big banks and fintechs to modernize financial services Meridian Credit Union making more inroads onto Big Banks’ home turf “If you ask who our target audience is, it is customers who are dealing with the big banks,” Rick Lunny, chief executive of Manulife Bank, told the Financial Post.He said the primary target of the new bank account, credit card and travel insurance package is the millennial crowd. And one of the features is that a $10 monthly fee will be waived for customers who manage to add $100 or more to their savings that month.While some research suggests the millennial generation is not interested in dealing with traditional financial institutions, Lunny, who worked for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commercial and Toronto-Dominion Bank earlier in his career, said Manulife’s own research shows that 80 per cent of 22- to 37-year-olds say the big banks are their primary financial institution.He said Manulife Bank aims to capture customers in this demographic by combining digital and mobile banking – the paperless experience championed by upstart fintech companies – with the backing of the large and stable insurance company.“We see it as a terrific opportunity there for us to go with our size and depth,” Lunny said, adding that the new package, developed over more than two years, will be backed by a strong marketing push.For technical and artificial intelligence expertise, Manulife has partnered with four fintech firms — two in Canada, one in New York and one in Singapore, he said.Most of those products have not been copied by the big banks, so we see a great opportunity … with this new innovative digital banking package.Rick Lunny, CEO, Manulife Bank Twitter Share this storyManulife Bank out to poach millennials from the Big Five with targeted digital banking packages Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit Barbara Shecter Join the conversation →last_img read more

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Canada says China will increase examination of meat imports

first_imgCanada says China will increase examination of meat imports Concerns over swine fever, smuggling and ‘non-compliance of pork shipments’ cited June 4, 20195:07 PM EDT Filed under News Economy What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation advertisement China’s customs agency plans to increase inspections — up to 100 per cent — of Canadian meat and meat product imports.Bloomberg file photo Comment Reuters OTTAWA — China’s customs agency plans to increase inspections of Canadian meat and meat product imports, a move that could seriously damage the Canadian industry, officials said Tuesday.A Canadian agriculture ministry notice to industry seen by Reuters said the embassy in Beijing had been told the Chinese would open all containers of Canadian meat and meat products and in some cases 100 per cent of the contents will be inspected.China, locked in a major diplomatic and trade dispute with Ottawa, has already blocked imports of Canadian canola seed and temporarily suspended import permits from two pork plants. ‘Beef and pork for cheese deal’ sours as strict EU health rules hinder Canadian exports under CETA First canola, now pigs: China blocks imports from two Canadian pork producers amid diplomatic row It’s not just canola: China imposing unusual obstacles on Canadian soybean, pea and pork exports Chinese officials cited “recent cases of non-compliance of pork shipments” and also said the move was linked to the risk of African swine fever and anti-smuggling measures, the ministry said in its notice. China’s pork industry has been badly hit by a deadly outbreak of swine fever.The Canadian Meat Council, which represents major processors, urged members to “increase significantly the surveillance and compliance with all requirements” for exports to China.Related Stories:China warns meat exporters to comply with rules – sourcesChina’s shutout of Canadian meat scrambles global pork flowChina to stop all imports of ‘meat products’ from Canada starting Wednesday“We cannot stress enough that the slightest ‘non-compliance’ could jeopardize our entire meat exports to China, which would have a disastrous effect on all CMC members,” it said in a message to members seen by Reuters. Reddit 1 Comments Share this storyCanada says China will increase examination of meat imports Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Featured Stories Email More Recommended For YouAll 23 crew of seized British-operated tanker are safe -Iranian TVOptiv Security Brings Cybersecurity Innovation to Dallas-Fort WorthThe storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them throughTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know it Join the conversation → Twitter Sponsored By: Facebook Kelsey Johnson ← Previous Next →last_img read more

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