More iPhone 8 HomePod hints tap to wake split status no Touch

first_imgHere are the two iPhone face designs for the Apple Pay payment animation glyph (the old one being a 5S) pic.twitter.com/67QxOd1Dlf— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) August 1, 2017 There is actually an indirect clue to the iPhone 8’s design. The UIStatusBar API, for example, was noted to have been redone to include a “split” format. This was most likely done to accommodate the iPhone 8, which has a cutout at the top for the front camera and sensors. This confirms what we’ve seen so far, including the Apple Pay glyphs that show both an iPhone 5s-like outline as well as the iPhone 8. Troughton-Smith also saw hints that there will be a “tap to wake” function. This is starting to become a trend among smartphone makers and seems to be one of Apple’s concessions since it will be taking away the physical home button. There will be a virtual home button instead, referred to as the “home indicator”, which will apparently hide depending on the app or context.And to squash any hope that the iPhone 8 will have a display fingerprint scanner, ultrasonic or otherwise, the developer notes that there is nothing in the firmware that refers to it. Given recent reports from component suppliers, it does seem that Apple has decided to stop chasing after the elusive technology for a while. Better luck next year.VIA: @Steve Troughton-Smithcenter_img Since Apple was “kind enough” to itself provide a treasure trove of clues regarding the upcoming iPhones, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has lost no time in digging those hints out and dusting them off for public enjoyment. And while they say nothing about the actual design of the iPhone 8 itself aside from one art asset, they do help give users some idea of the features they can expect from the upcoming 10th anniversary edition.last_img read more

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Facebook Messenger Kids goes heavy on parental controls for safe chatting

first_imgToday Facebook announced a new app called Messenger Kids. As you can probably guess from the name alone, this is a new version of Messenger that has plenty of parental restrictions in place, making it a safe way for children to stay in touch with family members and friends. For starters, Messenger Kids doesn’t require the creation of a Facebook account – instead, parents will create a Messenger Kids account for their child using their own Facebook account.This solves a couple of different problems. First, it keeps children away from Facebook proper, and second, it gives parents complete control over their child’s Messenger Kids accounts. Children can’t add contacts without their parents’ approval first, and should one of those contacts become troublesome, parents can block them directly. Messages can’t be deleted either, which means that they’ll be there should you decide to check in on what your kid is talking about.Once Messenger Kids has been set up, your child can make video calls and send messages to any of the contacts you’ve approved. Facebook has developed a number of kid-friendly masks, stickers, and frames for kids to use during video calls, and they can even browse and send a curated collection of age-appropriate GIFs.Perhaps most importantly, Facebook is launching Messenger Kids free of ads. The app has also been designed with privacy laws like the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act in mind. All in all, it sounds like this will be a good app to use if you want to allow your children to communicate with friends and family from their smart device without exposing them to the whole of Facebook.As of today, Messenger Kids is only launching on the iOS App Store. Facebook says it will have an Android version of the app ready to go soon, but for now, kids are limited to chatting on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. We’ll let you know when that Android version eventually launches, but for now, head down to the comments section and give us your take on Messenger Kids. With more than 2 billion monthly users, Facebook can’t exactly guarantee that it’s going to be a safe place for kids. In fact, Facebook bars anyone younger than 13 from creating a profile, and has done so from the start. While that’s probably for the best, Facebook still offers tools that are handy for keeping in touch – specifically Messenger – and now you have an new option if you’d like to let your child have a presence on Messenger while at the same time staying away from the larger Facebook ecosystem. Story TimelineFacebook Messenger ads enter beta testing worldwideFacebook Messenger Lite is finally rolling out to the USMessenger Day nixed as Facebook pushes Stories featureFacebook Messenger gets high-res 4K photo sharing supportlast_img read more

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LG Watch Timepiece Wear OS smartwatch with mechanical clock leaks

first_imgThe LG Watch Timepiece is intended to please both analog and digital watch fans, according to Android Headlines, which leaked the news. Physical watch hands will reportedly join “highly precise quartz movement” and a micro gearbox. The Timepiece’s body is said to be made from stainless steel and with an overall IP68 rating.Users, the leak claims, get the option to nearly completely disable Wear OS via a Watch Mode. When enabled, that mode boosts the watch’s 240mAh battery life to 100 days per charge. However, a 360 x 360 resolution 1.2-inch display joins the mechanical clock for typical Wear OS digital experiences.Assuming the report is correct, LG Watch Timepiece will ship with a 22mm silicone band, though buyers can use a different band if they prefer. The watch is said to measure 45.5 x 45.4 x 12.9mm, making it just a tad larger than the LG Watch Sport.AdChoices广告Hardware reportedly includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 SoC alongside 4GB of storage and 769MB of RAM. A USB-C port will join Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, NFC, and GPS, plus a nine-axis motion sensor. A special “Plus” version of the watch was also tipped with an extra band made of metal and a second charging cradle. Assuming the report is accurate, LG will officially unveil the model on Monday.SOURCE: Android HeadlinesNote: The image above shows existing LG watches, not the alleged Timepiece model. LG is planning to launch a new “hybrid” smartwatch called the LG Watch Timepiece, according to a leak. The wearable will run Google’s Wear OS, reportedly having the distinction of being the first watch to run the rebranded system off the shelf. Why the hybrid designation? In addition to its digital nature, the watch will supposedly also feature a mechanical clock.last_img read more

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SwiftKey on Android gets Microsoft Translator for realtime translations

Some platforms already support direct translations, such as Facebook, where users can click to view a translation of comments in their own language. The company’s Messenger app has similarly added a real-time translation feature, though it is more limited in availability.For Android users, Microsoft is offering an alternative: SwiftKey. According to the company, users can translate within the keyboard without having to copy and paste the text. The feature supports both incoming and ongoing messages.AdChoices广告Assuming the user has Microsoft Translator installed, they’ll be able to use the translation feature even when they’re offline. The feature supports more than 60 languages. The big benefit here is the ability to get these translations within any app, including ones that do not natively support in-app translations.SOURCE: SwiftKey Traditionally speaking, translating content from one language to another has required something time consuming: using a dictionary or, later on, a translation website. Copying and pasting text into and out of a translator disrupts the flow of the conversation, making real-time transitions directly within a service ideal. SwiftKey, the mobile keyboard acquired by Microsoft, has added a major new feature that will help users communicate with others who speak a different language. The Android version of the app now features an integration with Microsoft Translator, the company’s own language translation software. Using this, anyone can view real-time translations during conversations. read more

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MercedesBenz AMG GT R will leave you green with envy

first_imgMercedes-Benz‘s latest special edition is all about green. Just unveiled in the UK, the AMG GT R is, obviously, an eye-catching shade of green. It’s called “AMG green hell magno” in reference to Germany’s Green Hell, the nickname for the Nürburgring Nordschleife course, which is where the car was tested and tuned. This new performance model will also leave other AMG GT owners seeing green, as the R’s specs even top the AMG GT S. And lastly, if you want to drive one, it’s going to cost you a whole ton of green. 2017 models of the AMG GT and GT S are being released this summer for prices of $111,200 and $131,200, respectively. The price of the GT R, on the other hand, hasn’t been revealed, which likely means it’s going to be a painful number. Even if you have the deepest pockets, you’ll still have to wait, as Mercedes won’t begin sales until year as a 2018 model. Just as you’d expect, Mercedes has made the AMG GT R lighter and more powerful than previous AMG GT models. It’s capable of a top speed of 198 mph, and can go from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds. Mercedes has upped the AMG GT R’s 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 engine to 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. To compare, the AMG GT S puts out 503hp and 479 lb-ft., while the “standard” AMG GT offers 456hp and 443 lb-ft. Aside from wider fenders and tires, special features on the R include four-wheel steering, which has the back wheels turn in small amounts to improve handling during corners, and a motorsport-inspired traction control system that goes beyond just “on” and “off,” offering nine different levels. Mercedes says the R is also 200 lbs lighter than the GT S thanks to heavy use of carbon fiber. SOURCE Mercedes-Benz Story TimelineMighty Mercedes-AMG GT S takes on PorscheBrabus Mercedes-AMG GT packs 600hp in a killer bodyMercedes-AMG brings the 2017 C63 Cabriolet to New York2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and S63 AMG Cabriolet First DriveMercedes-Benz G550 4×4² makes its US debut in 20172016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Review – Silicon Valley on wheelslast_img read more

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Wireless CarPlay Review 2018 BMW 640i GT cuts the cord

first_imgAndroid Auto Wireless may now be arriving on select phones and head-units, but iPhone owners wanting wireless CarPlay don’t have to wait – it’s available now. While there’s plenty to like about the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo, not least its 3.0-liter, 335 horsepower engine, I had one particular spec in mind for testing. With iPhone X supporting wireless charging, and CarPlay wireless available in a growing number of vehicles, is it worth spending more on the option if you’re buying a new car? CarPlay has been around since iOS 7.1, but it’s only with the arrival of iOS 9 that wireless support was added. Still, the theory remains the same. To encourage you to leave your distracting phone out of your hand, CarPlay offers the basics drivers might need – calls, messages, Siri, and music being the main features – in an interface specially designed to be easy (and safer) to use while simultaneously driving. Setup is straightforward, though different to how CarPlay works in wired configurations. Plugging in an iPhone X, the 640i GT defaults to playing music over the USB cable, rather than offering me the usual option to load Apple’s infotainment interface. To get that, you have to go to Manage Devices in the iDrive menus, and then search for the car’s Bluetooth connection on your iPhone.That Bluetooth link is only half of what CarPlay actually uses, mind. It’s also setting up a WiFi connection between the iPhone and the BMW. That presents a problem if you want to use the WiFi hotspot feature that the car supports, tapping into its own 4G LTE connection. Considering cars generally have stronger cellular antennas than phones do, there were times that the 640i had a signal while my iPhone X on T-Mobile did not. AdChoices广告Unfortunately, trying to connect to the car’s WiFi left CarPlay unable to load up. The whole thing can be fairly fussy, in fact, about saved devices. At one point I had three entries for the same iPhone: it seemed the car created separate profiles for USB, CarPlay over Bluetooth and WiFi, and the iPhone X as a WiFi client. Once you’ve configured CarPlay wirelessly, the 640i GT isn’t especially keen on you plugging your iPhone in. The few times I struggled with reconnection was when I’d first plugged in the Lightning cable too – generally out of habit from using CarPlay in other cars. It didn’t prompt errors every time, but sometimes it would default to playing music over USB and time-out when trying to load the CarPlay interface. I suspect that, for most people, it would be a set-it-and-forget it affair however. Indeed once I’d got past the muscle-memory of reaching for the USB cable, it became second nature to get into the 640i GT, drop my phone on the Qi charging pad, and after a few seconds have CarPlay show up on the screen. Unlike earlier versions of BMW’s iDrive system, the widescreen display atop the 640i’s dash is a touchscreen. You can still use the control knob in the center console to navigate, scrolling through Apple’s icons and pressing down to select, or you can simply reach out and tap the upper display Since CarPlay’s aspect ratio is narrower than BMW’s wide-aspect screen, you get a side-panel that can be reconfigured with a handful of options. That includes a map from the 640i GT’s own navigation system, the latest economy data, weather reports pulled down over the car’s cellular connection, and even photos from a linked Flickr album. Sadly the rest of BMW’s displays aren’t quite so welcoming. Though the 640i GT has a fully digital instrument cluster, reconfigurable depending on which drive mode you’re in, CarPlay is limited to the touchscreen atop the dashboard. The optional head-up display (HUD) can show the current song playing when you use the track-skip scroll wheel on the steering wheel, but unlike using a USB device directly it can’t preview what track would be next if you skip ahead or back in the playlist. It’s one of a number of minor frustrations that have lingered since CarPlay’s debut a couple of years back. Another is the fact that the car can only show what app the iPhone is currently displaying: if you have Spotify or Apple Maps on the dashboard screen, for instance, but then open a different app on your iPhone, CarPlay will switch away. Every time it happened it served as a reminder that the car companies and Apple still aren’t quite joining up all the dots they could. All the same, there’s plenty to like about CarPlay, and BMW’s implementation of it in the 640i GT. The initial scorn that Apple Maps received is a lot less valid today, the company having worked hard to smooth away many of the rough edges in its navigation software. I’d still, if I’m honest, rather have Google Maps or, better still, Waze, but Apple Maps isn’t the frustrating mess it started out as. Liberated from a cable, meanwhile, I found I used CarPlay more consistently. On short trips in vehicles with Apple’s interface, I’d found I’d often not bother to plug the iPhone in – only to decide differently partway through, and then fumble to connect the two. With CarPlay wireless, that responsibility was taken from me: just getting in the car and starting it up was enough to re-establish the connection. That’s the case even if someone else was using the USB cord, too. While streaming music from another iPhone over USB, CarPlay from my own iPhone X unexpectedly popped up when a notification in Messages arrived. When I dismissed it, CarPlay too disappeared again and returned the display to iDrive’s native media interface. The biggest drawback, mind, is price. In the case of the 2018 640i xDrive Gran Turismo, the starting sticker of $69,700 includes wireless charging but not CarPlay. That’s a $300 option.Even with a premium, though, there’s no denying that wireless CarPlay – or wireless smartphone projection in general – is transformative. I know full well that one of the keys to safety on the road is reducing the amount of distraction I face, but even with that knowledge there’s still a temptation to reach for my phone. Apple CarPlay, like Android Auto, minimizes that temptation, and with its automatic reconnection I don’t even have to bother to plug in a cable first. Story TimelineAlpine iLX-107 CarPlay review: Siri goes wirelessTIDAL gets Apple CarPlay support: here are your other optionsWhatsApp on CarPlay update puts chat in your dashlast_img read more

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Concorso Italiano marks 33rd year with most exotic car collection yet

first_imgAugust is still a good month away but for car aficionados, it couldn’t come sooner. For one, the month holds host to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, regarded to be the most prestigious automotive charitable event. And part of that is, of course, the Concorso Italiano. Now on its thirty-third year, the luxury and exotic Italian car show is promising to pull out all the stops to showcase the best of Italian style, fashion, food, and wine, starting with almost a thousand rare and exotic Italian cars. This year, Concorso Italiano has a lineup of ten featured classes as well as some non-Italian brands. These include, but are not limited to:· Alfa Romeo· De Tomaso· Ferrari· Fiat· Iso & Bizzarrini· Lamborghini· Lancia· MaseratiFor specific cars, there’s the 2017 Ferrari F-12 TDF, designed as a tribute to the Tour de France that the marque dominated in the 50s and 60s. The 1951 Siata Gran Sport Spyder is one of the remaining few of its kind, dubbed in the US as the “little Ferrari” for its speed. The 1952 O.S.C.A MT4 is one of only 72 race cars built by the Mesarati brothers’ race car manufacturing company. The 1966 Bizzarrini P538 race car holds on the distinction of having a rare rear engine and five-speed manual transaxles. And, finally, the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO is one of the brand’s top models, with a horsepower of 400 hp coming from a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V8. Overall, there will be an estimated 1,000 luxury vehicles on the ground, with a cumulative value of more than $200,000,000.Concorso Italiano isn’t just about cars, though it does revolve around those. It celebrates the best of Italian culture which, of course, includes their food and fashion. It is an event no Italophile or celebrity will want to miss. And, of course, SlashGear will be there to cover not just the Concorso Italiano but the entire Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as well, providing you coverage on one of the biggest automotive weekends of the year. Stay tuned and follow Neoteric Men on Instagram for live pictures and more automotive coverage all year round.last_img read more

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2019 BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle pricing announced

first_imgThe X5 xDrive40i will start at an MSRP of $60,700. Stepping up a rung on the ladder is the X5 50i xDrive model that starts at $75,750. Both of those prices are excluding the mandatory $995 destination fee. BMW also talked up some of the standard features on the 2019 X5.Those standard features include a Sport Automatic Transmission with launch control. Dynamic Damper control is included along with BMW Live Cockpit Professional with navigation and a pair of 12.3-inch digital displays. The X5 uses the seventh generation of the BMW iDrive system.Other standard features include Adaptive full LED headlamps, active blind spot detection, frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation. A panoramic sunroof and pre-wired for trailer towing are standard. BMW offers an optional trailer hitch with 7,200-pound capacity.BMW will offer xLine and an optional M Sport Package trim. An optional off-road package with air suspension and mechanical rear locking diff is available. USB-C ports for second-row passengers are standard as well. Options include remote start, improved driver assistance systems, BMW Laserlites, heated steering wheel and armrests, and optional heated and cooled cupholders. Options aren’t priced at this time.SOURCE: BMW BMW went official with the 2019 X5 Sports Activity Vehicle early last month. It’s certainly a nice-looking SUV and those interested in the vehicle wanted to know about pricing, but BMW was mum on that with the initial announcement. BMW has now announced pricing on the X5 and offered up a few more details.last_img read more

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IKEA ROGNAN robotic furniture promises cheaper tiny homes

first_imgIKEA is aiming to capitalize on space-short city dwellers with a new set of robotic furniture, ROGNAN, that can transform between a bedroom and a living space. Intended for studio apartments and other smaller locations, the new range can change a room between sleeping, working, and relaxing at the touch of a button. IKEA partnered with American firm Ori for the ROGNAN, a company that has already been offering so-called “robotic furniture” for a few years now. The first ROGNAN product is based on IKEA’s existing PLATSA storage solution, a modular set of furniture designed to fit into awkward spaces like under the stairs. In the case of ROGNAN, that storage is combined with a power mechanism. In one configuration, there’s a sofa and several cabinets. Press a button on the control panel at the end, however, and ROGNAN slides across, to reveal a fold-down desk and more cabinets. Push another button, meanwhile, and a bed emerges from underneath the unit. “With ROGNAN the customer gets eight extra square meters of living space, using robotics to transform the solution from bedroom to walk-in closet, to work space, to living room,” Seana Strawn, product developer for new innovations at IKEA, explains. Owners will be able to customize the unit with other PLATSA items, along with TRADFRI cabinet and wardrobe smart lighting.AdChoices广告The goal was to avoid furniture taking up space when it’s not actively being used. “Instead of making the furniture smaller, we transform the furniture to the function that you need at that time,” Strawn says. “When you sleep, you do not need your sofa. When you use your wardrobe, you do not need your bed etc.” Shape-shifting furniture isn’t new, of course, as designers look to maximize the usability of smaller spaces. We’ve seen beds that transform into tables that flex into diminutive kitchens, whether for homes squeezed into tiny urban spaces or onto other constrained floor plans like those of boats. What they’re typically not, however, is especially affordable. Custom installations and a limited audience usually means that this space-saving furniture can actually end up considerably more expensive than larger, traditional items. Ori’s Studio Suite, for example, includes a bed and a room divider, along with a desk and plenty of storage. It also costs a heady $17k or more. IKEA isn’t saying how much ROGNAN will cost when it goes on sale in 2020. However the expectation is that it will be considerably more expensive – much in the same way that IKEA’s recent collaboration with Sonos has resulted in more affordable connected speakers. The initial launch will be in Hong Kong and Japan, the furniture retailer says.last_img read more

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States Struggle With Enrollment Data Outreach To Minority Populations

first_imgNews outlets report on state health exchange developments in Colorado, Maryland, California and Minnesota. The Denver Post: Colorado’s Health-Exchange Board Is Frustrated By Slow Enrollment PaceState health insurance exchange officials said Monday they have 3,164 enrollments in Obamacare so far, expressing frustration with the slow pace during a special meeting. More than 44,000 Coloradans have created accounts with the exchange since its launch Oct. 1, but the difficulty of educating new customers in preparation for enrollment has been compounded by a series of computer glitches (Booth, 10/28).The California Health Report: Covered California In TranslationState agencies and social service organizations have made highly publicized attempts to include non-English-speaking immigrants in either the Medi-Cal expansion or Covered California. In addition to English, officials have prepared materials on health reform in a dozen languages, trying to inform the state’s largest immigrant populations. But with more than 200 languages spoken in California, there’s concern that smaller populations might not get needed health care information (Richard, 10/29). The San Jose Mercury News: Covered California Chief, Peter Lee, Defends Delay Of Enrollment FiguresPeter Lee, the head of the state’s new health insurance exchange, said Monday that he will not reveal how many Californians have enrolled in health plans until mid-November. But once the figures are posted, Covered California’s executive director told this newspaper’s editorial board in a wide-ranging interview, the enrollment numbers will be among the most detailed in the country. He said they will be broken down by city and region, the age of the enrollees and which kind of plans they have selected (Seipel, 10/28).California Healthline: Exchange Wants Covered California DaysThe idea started in Sacramento, but it wasn’t a statewide scheme at first, said Covered California executive director Peter Lee at the exchange board meeting last week. “A lot of state policy happens in Sacramento, but Sacramento is a local community, too. And locally, a lot of policy can happen,” Lee said. “The idea is, [Sacramento] Mayor Kevin Johnson announced that Nov. 16 is going to be Covered Sacramento Day.” That relatively small acknowledgement of the state’s health benefit exchange now has taken off, Lee said (Gorn, 10/28).The Baltimore Sun: Evergreen Faces Challenges In Delivering Health InsuranceFour weeks since it began selling health insurance on the state’s new marketplace for the uninsured, Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. has signed up only five people. That’s a long way from the nonprofit health insurance provider’s first-year goal of 15,000 people, so Evergreen is already shifting focus (Cohn, 10/28).Minnesota Public Radio: Latino Outreach Event Lands No MNsure EnrollmentsMinnesota’s new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure has been open for four weeks. But efforts to inform hard-to-reach populations about how they can sign up for heath care coverage are only now getting underway. That’s what brought employees of Southside Health Services on Saturday to Karina’s Beauty Salon in St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood, the heart of the city’s Latino community (Stawicki, 10/29). Meanwhile, in news related to how states are doing with the federal exchange — Health News Florida: Spanish Language Marketplace Site Up, But Not RunningThe Spanish-language version of HealthCare.gov, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, was supposed to be up and running this past Monday, but instead, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is directing users to its Spanish call center. Altamonte Springs resident Miriam Lopez said she heard it’s better to apply online, so she’s been reluctant to enroll by phone (Mandigo, 10/25).Fox News: Obamacare Sites Fail To Rate Insurance PlansShopping for health insurance on the ObamaCare exchanges? Good luck. Not only will you have to navigate the technical problems that have plagued the site — but in most states, those running the exchanges are not posting ratings that could give shoppers a clear sense of how good the plans are (La Jeunesse, 10/28). States Struggle With Enrollment Data, Outreach To Minority Populations 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 April 10 2014

first_imgToday’s headlines include a range of stories taking additional looks at the Medicare physician payment data released yesterday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Kaiser Health News: Medicare Records Provide Tantalizing New Details Of Payments To DoctorsKaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau reports: “Medicare’s release Wednesday of millions of records of payments made to the nation’s doctors comes as the government is looking to find more cost-efficient ways to pay physicians, particularly specialists” (Rau, 4/9). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Doctors’ Billing System Stays Stuck In The 1970s For NowEric Whitney, reporting for Kaiser Health News in collaboration with NPR, reports: “For doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, all the complexities of medicine get boiled down into a system of codes. These codes are used to track and pay for every procedure – like an 813.02 for mending a broken forearm, or an 800.09 for treating a concussion. But this coding system is now four decades old, and it doesn’t meet the needs of the medical system today. It was scheduled to be upgraded this October, but Congress delayed it last week. JaeLynn Williams, for one, is seriously bummed out” (Whitney, 4/10). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Barriers Remain Despite Health Law’s Push To Expand Access To Substance Abuse TreatmentKaiser Health News staff writer Anna Gorman, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: “The nation’s health law has promised sweeping changes to help millions of people with drug or alcohol addiction get treatment. Many unable to afford services in the past now can receive them without first landing in jail or an emergency room, health officials say” (Gorman, 4/10). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Alzheimer’s Disease Support Model Could Save Minn. MillionsKaiser Health News staff writer Lisa Gillespie reports: “As states eye strategies to control the costs of caring for Alzheimer’s patients, a New York model is drawing interest, and findings from a study of Minnesota’s effort to replicate it shows it could lead to significant savings and improved services” (Gillespie, 4/10). Check out what else is on the blog.The New York Times: The Medicare Data’s PitfallsThe release on Wednesday of Medicare payment data is getting mixed reviews from doctors. Many say they favor sharing information but worry that the data presented by Medicare omits important details and may mislead the public and paint an unfairly negative picture of individual doctors (Grady and Fink, 4/9).The Wall Street Journal: Doctor-Pay Trove Shows Limits Of Medicare Billing DataThe trove of Medicare data released Wednesday shows a wide cast of characters in the top ranks of the highest-reimbursed doctors, and reveals as much about the limits of the newly public billing records as it does about medical practice (Weaver, Beck and Winslow, 4/9).The Washington Post: Cost Of Drugs Used By Medicare Doctors Can Vary Greatly By Region, Analysis FindsAn analysis of government data released Wednesday shows that the cost of drugs administered by doctors accounts for a growing piece of Medicare’s spending and varies widely from region to region in the United States, raising questions about whether some physicians may be misusing the pharmaceuticals. Most of the 4,000 doctors who received at least $1 million from Medicare in 2012 billed mainly for giving patients injections, infusions and other drug treatments, those records show (Whoriskey, Keating and Sun, 4/9).The New York Times: Political Ties Of Top Billers For MedicareTwo Florida doctors who received the nation’s highest Medicare reimbursements in 2012 are both major contributors to Democratic Party causes, and they have turned to the political system in recent years to defend themselves against suspicions that they may have submitted fraudulent or excessive charges to the federal government (Robles and Lipton, 4/9).Los Angeles Times: Medicare Pay Data Shock And Anger Many Doctors Listed As High EarnersLike dozens of other doctors across the country, Nguyen was unwittingly thrust into the spotlight as federal officials listed for the first time what the government pays individual doctors to treat elderly Americans. Some of those with the highest billings had already drawn public scrutiny as part of government investigations into healthcare fraud. But many more doctors were shocked to see where they ranked, since Medicare hadn’t shared the data with physicians before publication (Terhune and Smith, 4/9).The Wall Street Journal: Medicare Payment Data Throw Spotlight On Potential AbusesSome doctors who received large sums from Medicare in 2012 have had run-ins with the law, signaling how the government’s unprecedented move to make such payments public could throw up red flags for potential abuse. The physician paid the most by Medicare in 2012 is a high-profile south Florida ophthalmologist who has been fighting with the federal government for years over allegations of overbilling (Mathews, Carreyrou and Barry, 4/9).The Washington Post: Doctors React To Release Of Medicare Billing RecordsDoctors reacted swiftly and indignantly to Wednesday’s release of government records revealing unprecedented details about Medicare payments to physicians. Many resented being included on a list that showed some doctors billing Medicare for millions of dollars. The top 10 doctors alone received a combined $121.4 million for Medicare Part B payments in 2012 (Millman and Fallis, 4/9).The New York Times: Eye Doctors Say Their Profits Are Smaller Than Data Makes Them LookAlthough consumers and health experts will be poring over the newly released Medicare data for months, maybe years to come, one startling piece of information has already emerged, demonstrating some of the complexity inherent in the long-fought-over information on 880,000 health care providers across the country (Pollack and Abelson, 4/9).The Wall Street Journal: Medicare Paid One Doctor More Than $20 Million In 2012The doctor who was paid the most by Medicare in 2012 is a high-profile south Florida ophthalmologist who has been fighting with the federal government for years over allegations of overbilling. Salomon Melgen, whose practice was searched twice last year by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, got $20,827,340.74 from the Medicare program in 2012. With four offices and 30 employees, Dr. Melgen draws almost 70% of his patients from the program, according to court documents, and often performs injections of medications to treat macular degeneration, a condition that can cause blindness (Mathews and Schwartz, 4/9).The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: Want To See How Problematic Medicare Pricing Is? Look To OphthamologyOne particularly striking example in the new data: billing in ophthalmology. The data show that there were nearly 4,000 individual physicians who each billed Medicare for at least $1 million in 2012 alone. As The New York Times noted, ophthalmology was the specialty that billed the highest total (Ehrenfreund, 4/9).The Associated Press: Top-Paid Medicare Doctors Say They Have ReasonsHow is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare? Explanations for Wednesday’s eye-popping numbers from Medicare’s massive claims database ranged from straightforward to what the government considers suspicious, as the medical world confronted a new era of scrutiny (4/9).USA Today: Poll: Health Law’s Campaign Clout Bad News For DemocratsThe Affordable Care Act looms as a powerful issue in this year’s congressional elections, a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll finds, and one that is reverberating in ways likely to boost the GOP. In the survey, taken after President Obama announced a surprising 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health care through the law’s exchanges, more than eight in 10 registered voters say a candidate’s stance on the law will be an important factor in determining their vote. A 54% majority call it very important (Page, 4/10).The New York Times: Health Goal Met, White House Reviews MisstepsIn an hourlong interview they requested, the officials said one of their biggest mistakes in the disastrous health care rollout last fall was worrying about the wrong thing. They said they focused too much on their ultimately unfounded fear that not enough insurance companies would participate in the health marketplaces and that premium prices would be too high. In turn, they said, they ignored what became the real problem, a website that was virtually inaccessible in its opening days (Shear, 4/9).The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Did Obama Warn About … Obamacare?Of course, McCain did not become president. And Obama, who has argued against adopting an individual mandate, as proposed by Hillary Clinton, ended up embracing exactly that option—and even accepted a variation of an idea from McCain that he criticizes in this ad. Politicians change their minds—and their policies—all the time, sometimes for political reasons but also because circumstances change. But within the benefit of hindsight, could McCain have made the same attack ad against Obama? The Truth Teller Video above also examines the claims (Kessler, 4/10).The Associated Press: Senate Hopeful Brown: Health Law Costs LibertyHoping to return to Washington by way of New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is using a variation of the state’s “Live Free or Die” motto to argue against President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law. Brown planned to formally announce his Senate bid Thursday night. In excerpts of remarks provided by his campaign, he said the health care law forces people to “live free or log on” (4/10).Politico: House Rejects Expatriate Obamacare BillThe House on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan bill that would have changed how expatriates and their insurance carriers comply with Obamacare, amid strong opposition from senior Democrats who said it created large loopholes in the health law. The bill, H.R. 4414, fell 257-159. Republican leaders brought the bill to the floor under suspension of the rules, a procedure that requires support from two-thirds of members voting. It’s usually used for noncontroversial legislation, but opposition to this bill mounted all day, leading to its surprise defeat (Haberkorn, 4/9).The Associated Press: Lt. Gov To Lead Va. Mental Health Task ForceLt. Gov. Ralph Northam will lead a state task force on mental health. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday extending a task force first created by former Gov. Bob McDonnell last year following the suicide of a state senator’s son (4/9).The Associated Press: NY Health Commissioner Steps Down For Calif. JobNew York Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah will step down in June to take an executive position with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in California, the health department said Wednesday. During Shah’s tenure as state health commissioner, he became a lightning rod for critics of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas because of the Cuomo administration’s plan for an extended review of the technology. The health department also established a state health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act (4/9).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. First Edition: April 10, 2014 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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State Highlights Mass Insurer Expands QualityBased Doctor Pay System Missouri House Advances

first_img Advocates of Connecticut’s paid-sick-leave law hope a hearing Thursday begins the process of extending its benefits to more workers, reigniting a debate over whether such measures hurt the state’s business climate. Connecticut became the first state in the nation in 2011 to pass a law requiring businesses with 50 or more employees to offer five paid days off for illnesses. Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, hailed it as one of his biggest legislative achievements during his re-election campaign last year. (DeAvila, 3/4) Three Republican-sponsored bills to bolster short-term mental health care have passed through the Montana House with unanimous support, but cover only a fraction of what the governor proposed in January. Republican Rep. Ron Ehli of Hamilton says the plans push mental health care toward hometown treatment and would send fewer patients and inmates to the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs. The measures do not include long-term care, staff enhancements, preventative measures, and specific forensic and dementia units included in the $20 million mental health package that Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock recommended in his budget proposal. (Noon, 3/4) In Kansas, when parents or guardians decline to provide their children treatment the medical community deems necessary, the state can use medical neglect statutes to compel treatment unless that treatment would run counter to religious beliefs determined to be legitimate by a judge. A bill that overwhelmingly passed the Kansas Senate could alter that. Sen. Forrest Knox, a Republican from Altoona, said he introduced Senate Bill 157 to keep schools from forcing parents to medicate children with behavior-control drugs like Ritalin, which is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (Marso, 3/4) The Associated Press: Missouri House Endorses Lawsuit Caps For Medical Malpractice The Missouri House is moving forward with a measure to limit the amount of noneconomic damages that can be awarded to victims of medical malpractice. The House gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill to reinstate limits on how much juries can award in some types of damages such as pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases against health care providers. (3/4) A residency program in Hendersonville is preparing primary care physicians to live and work in the state’s rural areas. (Sisk, 3/5) In the latest superbug outbreak, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that four patients were infected with deadly bacteria from a contaminated medical scope, and 67 other people may have been exposed. The Los Angeles hospital said Wednesday that it began investigating the possibility of patient infections after a similar outbreak at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center that sickened seven patients, including two who died. The widening problem is certain to ratchet up the pressure on the Food and Drug Administration, already under fire for ignoring warnings about these medical instruments. (Terhune, 3/4) Three days after their contract expired, Carolinas HealthCare System and UnitedHealthcare are giving patients contradictory information about how their medical expenses will be covered. Since Sunday, when negotiators failed to reach an agreement, UnitedHealthcare has told members they’re considered “out-of-network,” which means they’ll pay more, if they use Carolinas HealthCare hospitals or doctors in the Charlotte area. Exceptions are for patients with emergencies or who are in the midst of treatment (such as chemotherapy or pregnancy) and get “continuity of care approval.” (Garloch, 3/4) Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers Announce Renewed Push For Medi-Cal Funding The Associated Press: Short-term Mental Health Measures Advance In Legislature California lawmakers and advocates are gearing up for a new chapter in the battle over the state’s healthcare program for the poor. They announced new legislation on Wednesday that would pump more money into Medi-Cal, which has expanded to cover more residents even while suffering from recession-era funding cuts. (Megerian, 3/4) ABC 4 UTAH: Growing Gap Between Number Of Latino Docs And Growing Latino Population North Carolina Health News: Legislators Contemplate Privatizing State-Run Substance Abuse Centers The Kansas Health Institute News Service: Bill Would Give Parents More Leeway To Refuse Medication For Kids The Washington state Senate has approved a bill that would allow family members to ask a judge to step in if a mental-health professional will not involuntarily commit a relative they believe could be suicidal or a danger to others. (3/4) The Dallas hospital that treated the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola lied to Congress when it said its staff was trained to handle the deadly virus, a nurse who contracted the disease contends in a lawsuit filed Monday. Nina Pham, who was an intensive care unit nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, says after being told last fall that she would be treating a patient suspected of having Ebola, “the sum total” of information she was given to protect herself was “what her manager ‘Googled’ and printed out from the Internet.” (3/4) center_img The Massachusetts health care industry’s traditional system of paying doctors for every office visit, test, and procedure may be nearing its end. The state’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, will vastly expand its system that pays doctors based on how well they care for patients — not just for the number they see and volume of services they provide. (Dayal McCluskey, 3/5) In ten years, 2025, there will be a 90,000 doctor shortage in the US. This according to a report from an association of medical schools. That means longer wait times like weeks or even months to see a doctor and for the Latino population, that rate is even worse. According to a UCLA report, there are 51 million Latinos in the country, but only 15 Latino doctors per 100,000 Hispanics. (Crow, 3/4) The Wall Street Journal: Push To Expand Paid-Leave Law In Connecticut The Charlotte Observer: As Negotiations Continue, Carolinas HealthCare Offers Guidance For Patients Covered By UnitedHealthcare Insurers offering polices through the Georgia’s health benefits plan would be required to include in their service networks Level I trauma centers under legislation state lawmakers advanced this week. (Redmon, 3/5) North Carolina Health News: Practicing Rural Health Care Right Here At Home The Boston Globe: Blue Cross Vastly Expands Quality-Based Payment Systems Los Angeles Times: Superbug Outbreak Extends To Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Linked To Scope A legislative study recommends integrating state substance abuse treatment facilities into a community-based system run by local mental health management organizations. (Namkoong, 3/5) State Highlights: Mass. Insurer Expands Quality-Based Doctor Pay System; Missouri House Advances Med-Mal Lawsuit Caps A selection of health policy stories from Massachusetts, Missouri, California, Montana, Washington, Georgia, Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas and Utah. The Associated Press: State Senate OKs Joel’s Law: Judicial Review Of Mental Health Decisions The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Bill Requires Insurers To Include Trauma Centers In Networks The Associated Press: Nurse Who Survived Ebola Sues Dallas Hospital System 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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A Kayakcom For Drug Trial SignUps

first_imgA Kayak.com For Drug Trial Sign-Ups? An entrepreneur is taking a page from the travel industry with a new tool he thinks could tackle a long-standing inefficiency that’s hobbled the pharmaceutical industry for years — matching scientists to patients with the disease. Pablo Graiver aims to make signing up for a drug study as easy as booking a flight on the Web. The 47-year-old Argentinian entrepreneur, a former executive at the airfare search engine kayak.com, has designed a new tool that draws from the travel industry to match scientists looking to test experimental medicines with patients suffering from more than a dozen diseases. It pools information patients previously had to piece together from Google searches, doctors and a complicated government-run website. (Kitamura, 3/10) Days after his surprise return from medical leave, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Pearson gathered his senior managers at the company’s New Jersey offices to deliver a message: the drugmaker’s businesses were still mostly doing well, and Valeant was not going to go bankrupt. (Langreth, 3/10) Bloomberg: Valeant CEO Says No More Surprises, In Meeting With Top Execs Bloomberg: Drug Tests Take Cue From Travel Site To Fix Industry Headache In other pharmaceutical news, Valeant’s CEO says there’s no other shoe that’s going to drop — 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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Hot Deal Alert Get a 2TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD for just

first_imgDeals This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Amazon currently has the 2TB SanDisk Utra 3D SSD for the all new price of just £194.99 – it’s the lowest price ever. Get your hands on this Ultra SanDisk and accelerate your PC laptop or desktop life. This upgrade will dramatically boost your read and write speeds, reducing the time it takes your system to start up and shut down, as well as loading and saving data. SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 2TBSanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 2TB up to 560MB/s Read / up to 530MB/s WriteWith sequential read speeds of up to 560MB/s and write speeds of up to 530MB/s, this SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 2TB is a great way to update your PC laptop or desktop.Amazon|New low price|Now £255.46View DealNow £255.46|New low price|Amazon 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. 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.center_img To get technical about it, this SanDisk Ultra has ultra fast sequential read speeds of up to 560MB/s and write speeds of up to 530MB/s, leaving you with more time doing and less time waiting.This SanDisk’s powerful 3D NAND and nCache 2.0 technologies allow for an all round better experience, whether you’re surfing the internet, editing a video, or more importantly, slaying the enemy on Call of Duty. You’ll also get longer battery life as well as cooler and quieter computing.The design is still the standard smooth and refined black metal, with the classic colour scheme of white, black and red. It has an aluminium casing that is engineered for shock and vibration resistance, assuring that your data is safe, even if you were to – god forbid – drop your computer. SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 2TBSanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 2TB up to 560MB/s Read / up to 530MB/s WriteWith sequential read speeds of up to 560MB/s and write speeds of up to 530MB/s, this SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 2TB is a great way to update your PC laptop or desktop.Amazon|New low price|Now £255.46View DealNow £255.46|New low price|Amazon Rated a 10/10 by a very happy Amazon customer “The PC boot up reduced from roughly 40-50 seconds to under 10! Big games load up almost instantly and loading screens are going to be a thing of the past! I held out on getting an SSD for so long, and I sincerely regret not doing it sooner. Great line by a great brand, can’t go wrong”We don’t know if this glorious price is here to stay – so our advice would be to snatch up this deal now.For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. 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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Windows 10 Insider build previews a passwordfree future

first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor 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. Nobody really likes entering a password, and Microsoft has already made it pretty clear that it’s no fan. After ditching the need to time-limit passwords, the company is now ready to experiment with a password-free future. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (18936) comes with an option to turn off passwords entirely. This doesn’t mean that all your files are suddenly going to be fair game, of course, and if you ditch the password you have to have something else in place. Microsoft will let you log in with your face (using a Windows Hello compatible camera), a fingerprint, a PIN or a security key. If you’re happy with that, a new option appears asking if you want to “Make your device passwordless”. Interestingly, in the screenshot provided by Microsoft it’s listed as “recommended.”“For improved security and a more seamless sign-in experience, you can now enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device by going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, and selecting ‘On’ under ‘Make your device passwordless’,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc wrote in a blog post accompanying the new build. Related: Best password managerBut it’s not for all Insiders yet. “This feature is currently being rolled out to a small portion of Insiders and the above option may not show for all users in Settings,” they wrote. “If the toggle isn’t showing for you yet, check back in a week so.”While probably the most significant in the long run, the end of the password isn’t the only change in 18936. The Your Phone app phone screen mode – where your whole phone screen is mirrored in Windows – now works with all Surface Laptops; Surface Pro 4, 5 and 6; and both generations of Surface Book. The new build also includes the ability to create events neatly from the taskbar calendar – like this:Would you ditch the password completely if you could? Let us know on Twitter: @TrustedReviews. 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.last_img read more

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The Google Pixel 3a camera really is as good as the flagship

first_img 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. 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. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. One of our favourite aspects of the Google Pixel 3a series is the manufacturer’s commitment to keeping the camera experience firmly in the upper echelons.In our review, we heaped praise on the series for lowering the barrier of entry for anyone who wanted a fantastic camera on a smartphone, and its ability to outperform handsets that cost twice the price.While there was a slight lag in the focusing and processing of images, we really couldn’t tell the difference between the results when placed side-by-side.Our impressions of the camera have now been backed up by the DxOMark site  (via 9to5Google), which specialises in reviewing the cameras rocking our favourite handsets. It has released its score for the Pixel 3a.It achieved a score of 100, only one point shy of the 101 score achieved by the Pixel 3 phone. To put that into context. it’s a score topped by only 15 smartphones ever, topping out at the 112 score offered to the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Huawei P30 Pro.Related: Google Pixel 3a vs Google Pixel 3It’s also just one point shy of the camera score afforded to the iPhone XR smartphone from Apple, which at $749 is almost twice the price of the $399 Pixel 3a. In fact when it comes to photos, the 3a matches the Pixel 3 and the iPhone XR, the score is just dragged down a little by the video performance.How has Google been able to achieve these heights while charging under $400 for the phone. Well the company has stuck with the same 12.2-megapixel single sensor, with a f.1.8 aperture lens and an optical image sensor. Much of Google’s camera magic comes in the back-end.As mobile editor Max Parker points out: “Much of what makes Google’s cameras so impressive is the processing, rather than the actual hardware. You’ll find the same sensor on numerous other handsets, yet none of those come close to matching Pixels in terms of image quality.” Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

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MercedesAMG One Delayed Some 9 Months

Powertrain-tweaks are behind the hold-up.The long-awaited, Formula 1-engined hypercar from Mercedes-AMG, the One, is facing delays of up to nine months following changes that had to be made to the car’s race-bred powertrain. Mercedes-AMG Has No Plans To Build A Project Two Since F1 introduced 1.6-litre V6 hybrid engines at the start of 2014, Mercedes has been a dominant force, winning every drivers’ and constructors’ titles since, and it is looking likely that it will add to both of those tallies this year.Away from the track, the hypercar game currently in full swing. Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing are joining the established players like Koenigsegg and McLaren, and Mercedes thought now would be a good time to put all that F1 pedigree to good use by introducing its first proper in-house supercar since the CLK GTR AMG of the 1990s.However, an F1 engine is strictly an F1 engine for a reason. Rarely do they make it into road cars; the Ferrari F50 being a key example, the upcoming Lanzante 911 being another. Mercedes, as such, has had to undertake a massive re-working of its potent F1 engine to make it workable in the real world, and those adjustments have set the whole project back by quite a bit. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 19, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News More Project One Mercedes-AMG Project One Advances To Prototype Testing In order to fall in line with stringent emissions regulations the One has to rev at 1,200 rpm when sat at idle. An impressive feat? It might not seem like it, but in F1 trim, idle is closer to 5,000 rpm, which is closer to motorway cruising revs for an every day car.“You have leakage in the throttles in Formula One and nobody cares, because it runs at a 5,000 rpm idle,” Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers told Top Gear Magazine. “At a 1,200 rpm idle, you have to meet the emissions regulations. You need a stable, proper idle. If it’s unstable, your emissions are unstable.”The engine’s redline also had to be cut. In F1 the powerplant’s limit is 14,000 rpm (that in itself is ‘low’ compared to some older F1 engines), but in road car trim it’ll be just 11,000 rpm. Power though will be similar to Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car. While exact numbers for the championship winning cars have never been disclosed, it is believed to be around 1,000 bhp, the number of horses that will be packed into the One hypercar.As well as the four-figure horsepower number, 0-124 mph is expected to be handled in in less than six seconds, with the top speed being more than 217 mph.With insane performance like that, and the promise of being able to tell your friends you have ‘an F1 car for the road’, you’d think most future owners of the car would be disappointed to hear of the delay. However, Moers told Top Gear that they’ve actually took the hold-up rather well.“You know what they tell me? ‘Make sure that the car works. Because of what we experienced in the past with hybrid cars, take your time,’” he said; and they have a point. Imagine spending millions on your new toy, only to find out it doesn’t work.So while the owners will have to wait a little longer, so will we, but we can’t wait to see the One when it finally arrives in production trim. AMG: Project One Probably Faster Than Porsche 919 At The ‘Ring read more

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New Flyer Sold 77 Xcelsior CHARGE Electric Buses In California

first_imgVictor Valley is switching to electric buses using Californian incentives and Southern California Edison infrastructure program:“VVTA has partnered with local energy provider Southern California Edison (SCE) on its Charge-Ready Transit Bus Program, which assists in deployment of make-ready electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions for qualified agencies. The move also provides access to early adoption incentives like the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) provided by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).”“The Victor Valley Transit Authority provides public transit agency in San Bernardino County, delivering over 2.5 million passenger trips per year.”Ron Zirges, Director of Maintenance and Facilities, VVTA said:“Factoring in all unique variables, including steep hills, long distances, extreme weather, and traffic patterns, we are confident that our New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE buses will lead sustainable transit forward in San Bernardino County. With over 50 years’ experience manufacturing zero-emission buses, New Flyer is an ideal partner to help us achieve 100 percent zero-emission public transit by 2040 – bringing cleaner, quieter, and more sustainable transit solutions to our community.”Wayne Joseph, President, New Flyer of America said:“We are proud to continue building the zero-emission footprint in California, and to support Victor Valley Transit Authority in achieving the 2040 goal while exceeding upcoming federal and state clean air mandates. The evolution to battery-electric transit and supporting infrastructure takes advanced planning and dedication, and we commend VVTA on its commitment to eliminate emissions in pursuit of sustainable transit, a healthier community, and thriving environment in California.” San Diego Orders Six 40-Foot New Flyer Electric Buses Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 7, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News King County Metro Tests EV Buses With More Than 140 Miles Of Range New Flyer Is First With Altoona Tested 60-Foot Articulated Electric Bus Source: Electric Vehicle News 7 New Flyer electric buses for Victor Valley, 77 for CaliforniaVictor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) in California recently ordered seven 40-foot New Flyer‘s Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses. The agency intends to switch to a 100% electric fleet by 2040.According to New Flyer, company already has sold 77 Xcelsior CHARGE across California (including Coachella Valley, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange County, and San Diego), which means that nationwide plus Canada it is in three-digit range now.New Flyer newslast_img read more

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Electrek Podcast Tesla Supercharger prices Porsche Taycan coming in a big way

first_imgThis week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla Supercharger prices, Porsche Taycan coming in a big way, a new electric motorcycle war, and more. more…The post Electrek Podcast: Tesla Supercharger prices, Porsche Taycan coming in a big way, electric motorcycle war, and more appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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Jaguar IPACE Overview By TEVA In Winter Conditions Video

first_img Jaguar I-PACE Can Charge At 100 kW After Update Jaguar I-PACE is still the closest competitor to TeslaThe Toronto Electric Vehicle Association (TEVA) recently had the opportunity to test drive the Jaguar I-PACE in Canadian winter conditions (-8°C), although it wasn’t another EV range test, but rather a general overview with interesting insights.The I-PACE was considered an excellent electric car, and especially in Canada – after winning the Canadian Utility Vehicle Of The Year 2019 – should cope well on the market.As the Audi e-tron was delayed, the Jaguar I-PACE remains the closest model in the long-range, premium segment to Tesla.Jaguar I-PACE Nissan LEAF & Jaguar I-PACE Receive Canadian Car of the Year Awards Bonus: Short comparison of the Jaguar I-PACE with Tesla Model 3.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Jaguar I-PACE specs:90 kWh batteryRange: 234 miles (376 km) EPA or 480 km (298 miles) WLTP0-100km/h (62 mph) 4.8 seconds / 0-60 mph (sec) 4.5 secondsTop speed mph 200  km/h (124 mph)two permanent magnet electric motors; synchronous – 400 PS (294 kW) total system outputall-wheel drive0-80% DC fast charging in 40 minutes using 100 kW CCS Combo0-100% AC charging using 7 kW 0n-board charger in nearly 13 hours What Does A True Gearhead Think Of The Jaguar I-Pace: Video Reviewcenter_img 46 photos Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 1, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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