Googles Treble will make Android updates direct

first_imgStory TimelinePeriscope 360-degree live streaming now available on AndroidThe Sims Mobile will offer core Sims gameplay on iOS and AndroidNetflix for Android gets HDR support (but only for the LG G6)Lighthouse is Android inventor Andy Rubin’s secret projectSmartisan out-designs other Androids (and Apple?)Montblanc Summit Android Wear smartwatch now availableSamsung Z4 ditches Android for Tizen Treble takes the messed-up vision of Android OS framework updates that is today and fixes it. The simplest way to explain this is with the following pair of images. There, Google shows how until now, vendors had to do work to get Android updates to users. Vendor-implemented Android needed to go with the update.With a stable vendor interface providing access to the hardware-specific parts of Android,” said Treble head Iliyan Malchev, “device makers can choose to deliver a new Android release to consumers by just updating the Android OS framework without any additional work required from the silicon manufacturers.With Treble, Google is able to deliver updates to Android OS a whole lot more efficiently than ever before. Why it wasn’t like this since the beginning of Android, we might never know. The entire story on how we got this far – that’s the real question here.“Android was unveiled in 2007 as a free, open-source mobile operating system. From the beginning, we intended Android to be scaled across a variety of manufacturers.” said Malchev. “We knew that consistency of API was important for developers, so we created a compatibility program for the Developer API specified by the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) and its associated Compatibility Test Suite (CTS), now comprising over a million tests.”“The result today is that app developers can write a single app that works across over a billion devices running on different hardware from different manufacturers.” said Malchev. “Project Treble aims to do what CTS did for apps, for the Android OS framework.”The end result is quicker updates from Google and a situation that’s a bit more like what Apple has in play. Sort of what Apple has with iOS being their own software on their own hardware and that making software updates relatively swift and semi-universal, that is to say. So far as Google telling the world about cool new features, then delivering them to all Android phones is concerned – in that way, things are going to be great. All devices running Android in the future should be able to get updates from Google without the manufacturer’s help. That’s the dream, really – for those that wish to get Android updates. Google has announced this week that they’re initiating a so-called “Project Treble” to make that a reality. Project Treble team lead Iliyan Malchev suggests that starting with Android O, all devices will be coming with Project Treble.last_img read more

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ZTE Tempo X is an affordable allday Android Nougat phone

first_imgThere is a lot of media focus, unsurprisingly, on top of the line smartphones that have now almost reached four-digit prices. Not everyone, however, needs all the bells and whistles those expensive devices offer. Even fewer will actually be able to afford them. Some need a simple, serviceable communication device that gets the job done with little fuss and won’t die on you half way through the day. If you’re a Boost Mobile subscriber, you’re in luck because ZTE just launched the Tempo X exactly for that purpose. We’ll mince no words. The ZTE Tempo X is an entry-level, budget-friendly Android smartphone. Which is a nice way of saying “low-level”. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdraogon 810, with 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of thankfully expandable storage. The 5.0-inch display has a resolution of 854×480 pixels, a.k.a. FWVGA. And the 5 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera won’t make photos flattering. You definitely can’t go lower than that.So why bother? For one, you get a 2,200 mAh battery inside. Considering how “energy efficient” the specs are, you’re bound to last more than a day from a full charge. And you aren’t getting some outdated Android version either. Right out of the box comes Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the next to the latest version.But at the end of the day, it really boils down to price. The Tempo X costs only $79.99, which is probably one of the most accessible price tags you’ll see in a more or less recent Android phone. And if you “Make the Switch” to Boost Mobile until November 2, you can get two lines of unlimited talk, text, and data plus 3 GB of LTE data per line for only $50. It’s back for your buck, which is pretty small buck in this case.SOURCE: ZTElast_img read more

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Microsoft AI educational 10course program opens to the public

first_imgMicrosoft has made some of its artificial intelligence courses available to the public, expanding them beyond their initial employee-only availability. Called the Microsoft Professional Program in AI, the courses enable anyone with an interest to learn about artificial intelligence, starting with the basics and working up to crucial skills. The program has a total of 10 courses that cover 10 skills over dozens of hours. Microsoft announced the new availability today, explaining that its program offers a combination of real-world experience and skills needed for jobs that help engineers and others get the education they need for their career. The company offers a variety of training and educational opportunities, not all of them open to the public.According to the company, its Professional Program in AI is an expansion of its internal training initiatives, among them being one that is internally known as the AI School 611. That educational initiative is described as semester-style and offered to selected employees to provide them with a combination of mentoring, tools, and training.The publicly available program takes between 8 and 16 hours per course, so up to 160 hours total to complete. The program covers technologies and skills like computer vision, natural language processing, Python, speech recognition, data analysis, math, ethics, and Azure machine learning. Each course runs for 3 months comprising a quarter; each quarter runs from Jan – March, April – June, July – Sep, and October – Dec.AdChoices广告Specific courses, the introductory one aside, include things like, “Use Python to Work with Data,” “Consider Ethics for AI,” “Use Math and Statistics Techniques,” “Build Deep Learning Models,” and more. You’ll need to sign in with your Microsoft account, link it to an edX account, then provide your legal name. Each course is available to enroll in after that.SOURCE: Microsoft Academy, Microsoft Bloglast_img read more

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Galaxy Note 9 release Smaller than 8 probably

first_imgStory TimelineGalaxy Note 9 leak tips Samsung’s 2x upgrade approachGalaxy Note 9 leak specs out Samsung’s surprising change of heartGalaxy Note 9 renders show an unexpected design direction Today we’re having a peek at the latest renderings from the folks at AllAboutSamsung on Twitter. They’ve created a Galaxy Note 9 using the latest rumors and behind-the-scenes traded 3D CAD models. With these models, they’ve created a to-scale reproduction of what the Galaxy Note 9 will likely look like, right next to the Galaxy Note 8. Because the Galaxy Note 9 has a smaller bottom lip – and maybe top lip too, but to a lesser degree – it’ll feel like more of an “all screen” device. The Galaxy Note 8 already is that, to a degree, but Samsung’s edging ever-closer to that fabled borderless device. The Galaxy Note 9 will almost certainly be an iterative upgrade over the Galaxy Note 8, coming with features very similar to that of the Galaxy S9. Below we’ve got a chart of rounded-up rumors and anonymous tips made into specs, arranged in a way that should allow you to connect the dots rather easily.AdChoices广告Note that the above information on the Galaxy Note 8 is official and totally factual. The information shown in the chart above about the Galaxy Note 9 is based solely on rumors and anonymous tips – which means it’s NOT official, not from Samsung, not yet. We’ll have to wait until the first couple weeks of August to see this device revealed by the company. If Samsung does indeed reveal the Galaxy Note 9 on the 8th of August to reveal the Galaxy Note 9, we’ll likely see the device released in late August or early September. We’ve got no reason to suspect the Galaxy Note 9 will cost a significant amount more than last year’s release. Now go to a 360-view of the Galaxy Note 9 and have a spin. The Galaxy Note 3 might forever be known as the most massive of the series. Since the Note 3, Samsung’s been making the body of the Galaxy Note smaller – if only fractionally – every generation. The trend continues today with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, a device that looks like it’ll have the same size display as its predecessor, but a bit smaller body, making it feel more “full”, as it were. last_img read more

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Anker Nebula Capsule 2 projector adds Google Assistant and USBC

Anker has introduced the new Nebula Capsule 2, an update to its original Nebula Capsule projector. The new device features some notable changes over the first model, not the least of which is the addition of USB-C instead of micro USB. The company will be launching its new product on Kickstarter and hopes to ship it to buyers early next year. The new product was revealed during Anker’s event this evening, during which time it revealed plans to launch a sequel Nebula Capsule projector, as well as a new speaker and wall charger. The updated projector will feature a decent enough 1280 x 720 resolution, as well as support for Google Assistant.The new model will be able to autofocus the image in about a single second, according to Anker, which has updated the connectivity with USB-C. This follows the original model launched on Kickstarter around this time last year. The device’s portability and small size were billed as two of its biggest features, enabling users to watch content in a variety of places.As with the original model, the new Anker Nebula Capsule 2 features Android TV, but packs support for Google Assistant. The device has 200 lumens of brightness, which is double the original’s output, plus an 8W speaker versus the original’s 5W.According to The Verge, Anker will be offering the Nebula Capsule 2 on Kickstarter for $400 as an early bird offering. The eventual planned retail price isn’t known, though. read more

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Vuzix M400 AR glasses revealed with Qualcomm XR1

first_imgOn the heels of Qualcomm’s announcement that it’s partnering with a ton of OEMs to make XR Viewers that tether to 5G smartphones, Vuzix is pulling our attention back to Qualcomm’s XR1 platform. Today at MWC, Vuzix debuted the latest pair of smart glasses in the M-series, the M400. Primarily aimed at enterprise customers, the M400 is among the first products to use the XR1 platform. Story TimelineVuzix Blade 3000 Sunglasses are like a smartwatch for your faceVuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses hands-on: Spectacles’ less-dorky cousinVuzix Blade smart glasses on sale as a $999 AR eye-upgrade Snapdragon XR1 was first revealed in May of last year as a chipset for mainstream, standalone AR and VR headsets. At the time, Qualcomm announced Vuzix as one of its four launch partners, and we speculated that we’d start seeing the first XR1 devices launch somewhere around the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019. Sure enough, today Vuzix pulled back the veil on the M400, the device Qualcomm first teased all those months ago.Unfortunately, there aren’t very many details on the M400 itself just yet. Vuzix says that it will run on the latest version of Android when it launches later this year and offers USB-C connectivity. In today’s announcement, Vuzix president and CEO Paul Travers also said that the M400 will offer a multi-touch pad, built-in GPS, and better noise cancelling than the AR glasses that came before it.“The M400 with the XR1 processor is, by almost every measure, an order of magnitude faster than current solutions on the market,” Traverse said. The M400 will enter volume production this summer, which likely means we’ll see it launch sometime late in the year.Being an enterprise device, the M400 will probably be priced outside the range of most consumers, but we’ll need to wait for spring for more details as far as pricing is concerned. When Vuzix delivers those details, it’ll also open up an “early engagement program” for developers and customers, presumably to build support for the device and gather feedback before a wider launch.Even if Vuzix’s announcement at MWC was a little vague, it is exciting to see these XR1 headsets begin rolling out. It’s been a fairly big show for Qualcomm’s extended reality ambitions, so we’ll be keeping an eye on XR to see where we go from here. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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OPPO F11 Pro handson The Perfume Bottle

first_imgInside we’ve got an MTK P70 processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage (ROM). There’s a 4000mAh battery under the hood, and we are somehow, by some strange miracle, still charging with microUSB, not USB-C. That’s most likely because OPPO mostly operates in areas that don’t mind such chargers, and they’re using VOOC 3.0 charging tech. This device’s front-facing display is 6.53-inches diagonally with some considerably-rounded corners. It has a “Panoramic Screen” they say, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There’s 2340 x 1080 pixels across its face, and it’s rolling with TFT LCD technology. This is one of two devices with the same name, save one word – Pro. The Oppo F11 Pro is set for release right alongside the non-pro edition. The difference is in the placement of the camera, NFC (none in non-Pro), and the colors available. Both devices sport 6.53-inch displays with what’s supposedly the same amount of pixels – but how can that be true?The Pro has no notch, while the non-pro has a “WaterDrop Screen,” which means it has a front-facing camera that’s dropped in in the center of the forehead of the display. As you can see here, there’s also a speaker above the display on the Pro – you might also recognize that feature on the Vivo V15 Pro… or a OnePlus 7, MAYBE.So the displays are the same size, yet one has a notch in it – so we’ve either got some very interesting squishing of pixels going on here, or there aren’t quite as many pixels in the lesser of the two.The non-pro comes in Fluorite Purple, Marble Green, and Jewelry White. These are lovely tones, but they don’t quite add up to the eye-dazzling combos included with the Pro. The Pro has a double-color gradient with “Aurora Green,” and the one we’ve got here, a triple-color gradient: Thunder Black!This Thunder Black colorway has purples, blues, and black, and it’s pretty lovely to behold. It’s not quite as glittery as some gradient-backed phones we’ve seen in the last year, but it’s really quite nice to see.The Oppo F11 Pro has a pair of cameras and an LED flash at the back. There’s a 48MP camera and a 5MP camera, capable of Ultra Night Mode, Color Mapping, and AI Scenes Recognition. The camera in both the pro and the non-pro seem to be the same, regardless of whether they rise up from the body. Both are 16-megapixels, have f/2.0 aperture, and have “Sensor-HDR” – we’ll be interested to see how that works in our full review. This camera array also has “Custom Beautification.”Oppo describes the look of the front-facing camera and the overall visual of the phone with this camera popped up as a perfume bottle. Their exact words were, “The rising camera of OPPO F11 Pro adopts a transparent design inspired by amber. The camera has a rounded curve and is crystal clear. When the camera rises up, the phone looks like a perfume bottle ready to be opened, allowing you to capture amazing photos at any time.” The OPPO F11 Pro has a 6.52-inch display with no notch, no camera hole, and a bare minimum bezel around all its edges. This smartphone is beautiful – and not just because it’s got a full-coverage front-facing display. This device is also colorful, and it has a rising front-facing camera, and it’s been revealed officially by OPPO just this morning. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back, as well as a magnetic sensor, light sensor, distance sensor, gyroscope, and gravity sensor inside. This device is capable of holding two Nano-SIM cards at once, and it’s about to hit shelves this week. This phone will launch first in India. It’ll then be followed by SEA, MENA and what OPPO describes as “more in the near future.” Stick around as we get more pricing information and such, too! Story TimelineOppo RX17 Pro and Neo: New phones from China, detailed VS R17OPPO 10x lossless zoom to challenge market GoliathsOPPO decided not to show its Huawei Mate X style foldable phonelast_img read more

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2019 Corvette ZR1crushes dyno with 670hp at the wheels

first_imgThe sexy orange 2019 Corvette ZR1 you see here is said to be VIN 4 and the very first manual transmission ZR1 delivered. The ZR1 is seen in the image below sitting atop a dyno where the owner wanted to see just how much power the beast makes at the wheels. We know already that Chevy rates the ZR1 at 755hp. With all cars you lose some of the power to the drivetrain before it makes it to the wheels to push the car forward. That 755hp rating is at the crankshaft and doesn’t consider drivetrain losses. Many consider the loss from crank to wheels at about 15% on average.That 15% number would mean that the ZR1 would need to put at least 640hp to the wheels. The good news is that the ZR1 put down 668hp on its dyno runs along with a whopping 644 lb-ft of torque. That works out to an 11% loss per Chevy’s rating.Another interesting bit for ZR1 owners who don’t fear voiding the warranty is that the dyno operator says there is more power to be had with fuel and boost timing. Chevy only confirmed the ZR1 performance specs recently at Sebring.AdChoices广告The car should be a beast on the drag strip and the road course in the right hands. Chevy did crush the VIR lap record for production cars in the ZR1. We hope to see some dyno results on an automatic ZR1 for comparison. SOURCE: Jalopniklast_img read more

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ASUS ZenFone 6 has a different solution to the bezel problem

first_imgIf there’s one thing that seems to define smartphone designs these days, it would be the pervading desire to get rid of bezels. That, in turn, has brought up solutions like cutouts, dual screens, sliders, and even flippers. That last one was demonstrated by Samsung with the unique and admittedly creative Galaxy A90 whose rear camera flips to the front when the back half slides up. ASUS has seemingly taken a page out of Samsung’s book but the ZenFone 6 may actually have a more practical spin on it. The biggest problem with having a bezel-less screen is that there would be no place to put the all-important front camera. Apple started the whole notch trend while Samsung is trying to get away with in-screen cutouts. Vivo, OPPO, Xiaomi, and Honor tried their hands at elevating cameras and sliders but ASUS is now giving the old flipping camera a second shot.The OPPO N1 was probably the first phone in the world to use that rotating/flipping trick but, back then, it was more for using the same high-quality camera you use to take regular photos for taking selfies as well. The Samsung Galaxy A90 unveiled last March used the same idea but made it dependent on the sliding mechanism. It’s automatic, yes, but there are far too many moving parts for comfort.We still don’t know what mechanism ASUS will employ on the ZenFone 6, if it will have some spring or motor to flip the back camera forward and back. WinFuture’s Roland Quandt definitely doesn’t say anything. But it at least reduces the moving part to the camera module itself. According to SOGI Mobile King, that camera module will house a 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor accompanied by a 13 megapixel super wide angle camera. Other than that, the ASUS ZenFone 6 looks to be a rather conventional 2019 flagship smartphone with a Snapdragon 855, a 5,000 mAh battery, and a traditional fingerprint scanner on its back.last_img read more

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Spotify podcast discovery test shows some users curated playlists

first_imgNews of the test comes from The Verge, which reports on behalf of an unnamed source that Spotify will present the curated podcast playlists to approximately 5-percent of its users located in the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile.The curated playlists will pull in content relevant to different ‘genres,’ which seems to include topics like geek culture and activities like relaxing and walking. Users will reportedly see a selection of podcast episodes related to the playlist topic; the company is expected to rotate the playlists it presents under this test.The idea is that users still largely struggle to find new podcasts to enjoy. Word of mouth still plays a big role in podcast discovery, something Pandora has tasked itself with solving via its own podcast discovery system. Spotify’s playlists are curated by humans, according to the report.It’s unclear how well these playlists will improve podcast discovery for users. Individual episodes relevant to a particular topic may help users find content that fits a particular moment in their day, such as when they’re going for a walk, but may prove inadequate for surfacing new shows that are overall suited to the listener’s tastes. Spotify is attempting to tackle the podcast discovery problem with a new test that’ll start this summer. The service, which only recently added podcasts to its vast library, will present five podcast playlists to a small percentage of users in the United States, Canada, UK, and a number of other countries. Each playlist will be themed to help users choose which contains content most appropriate for their current needs and interests, including things like ‘geek culture’ and comedy. Story TimelineSpotify dives into hardware with a device called ‘Car Thing’Social Listening might be Spotify’s edge in music streaming warsSpotify Stations is finally available in the USlast_img read more

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2019 Honda Passport hits dealers February 4 starting at 33035

first_imgThe SUV is one of the most popular vehicle types out there for many buyers. Honda has announced that the all-new 2019 Passport SUV will land on dealer showrooms today, February 4, 2019. Along with announcing the official date shoppers can go down to their local Honda dealer and buy a new Passport, Honda has also announced pricing. The 2019 Passport isn’t exactly a budget SUV, the base model Passport Sport 2WD will start at $33,035 including the destination charge. That vehicle is rated for 20 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. The Passport Sport with the optional iVTM4 torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system starts at $34,935 including the destination charge.The next step up the ladder is the Passport EX-L 2WD at $37,455 with the AWD version selling for $39,355. The Passport Touring 2WD starts at $40,325, while the AWD version is $42,225. The top of the line Passport Elite is offered in AWD only and sells for $44,725.All Passport models use a 9-speed automatic transmission. The entire range can tow 5,000 pounds and offers standard Honda Sensing safety tech. Honda built the new Passport to offer comfort on and off-road. The standard engine for all Passport models is a 280hp V6.AdChoices广告Passport is built on the Honda Global Light Truck platform. Tech available on some models includes 4G LTE, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Wireless phone charging and heated/ventilated front seats are offered on some models as well. Check out our first drive of the 2019 Honda Pilot for more information.last_img read more

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Lexus IS 300 F Sport Black Line Special Edition features black vapor

first_imgLexus has announced a new limited edition special version of the IS 300 F Sport. The special version is called the 2019 Lexus IS 300 F Sport Black Line Special Edition. Lexus will make only 900 units of the car for 2019. The car has unique features and other subtle changes that give it a custom touch compared to other cars in the IS 300 Sport series. The limited edition can be ordered on both the rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive IS 300 F Sport models. One of the most notable differences between this car and the normal IS 300 is 18-inch split-spoke wheels with a black vapor chrome finish.The car gets black side mirrors irrespective of the body color of the car. Color options include ultra white, obsidian, and atomic silver. All of the Special Edition rides come with black Nuluxe seats with red accents on the side bolsters and seat cushions. Red accents are found on the seats, center console, and armrests.Rides also get a heated black wood-trimmed steering wheel. All Black Line cars get nav and triple-beam LED headlights standard. Rear-wheel drive versions get a 2.0L turbo four making 241hp paired with an 8-speed automatic. The all-wheel-drive version receives a 3.5L V6 producing 260hp with a 6-speed automatic. Production of the 2019 IS 300 F Sport Black Line Special Edition starts in February. Lexus says that the cars will hit showrooms in March. Pricing on the special edition is unannounced.last_img read more

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Sebelius Likely To Stay Put In Obama Second Term

first_imgSebelius Likely To Stay Put In Obama Second Term Politico Pro: Sebelius Looks Likely To Stay If Obama WinsIf President Barack Obama wins reelection, there are two very good reasons to bet on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to stay for a second term. The health care law’s biggest changes don’t kick in until 2014, so it makes no sense for her to leave now. And, it could be a lot easier for Obama to keep her on than to get someone else confirmed. Sebelius indicated last week that she wants to be around for the law’s big 2014 programs: the insurance exchanges, the tax subsidies and the individual mandate. And even if she wanted to leave, the White House could avoid a big confirmation battle on Capitol Hill by asking her to stick around Washington (Haberkorn, 9/12). 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 Roundup Medicaid Overruns Drive Budget Problems

first_imgNews outlets report on health news in California, Connecticut, Colorado and Florida.Los Angeles Times: 11% Of Children In California Are Uninsured, Study SaysChildren in California are more likely to be uninsured than children nationwide, with 1.1 million lacking health coverage in 2011, according to a new study by the Keck School of Medicine of USC. About 11 percent of children lacked insurance last year — and they were less likely to seek medical care than those with coverage, the authors reported. The study, released Wednesday by the California HealthCare Foundation, detailed children’s insurance trends over a 10-year period (Gorman, 11/14).CT Mirror: Malloy’s Budget Chief Confirms $365M State DeficitThe state budget is $365 million in the red, nearly double the level needed to compel Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to prepare a plan to lower the deficit, the governor’s budget chief told legislators Wednesday. Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes also confirmed in his testimony to the Appropriations Committee that huge cost-overruns in the state’s Medicaid program, coupled with declining revenues, are driving the shortfall. “All told, these changes result in a projected deficit of $365 million” in the current fiscal year, wrote Barnes, whose next official budget estimates are due to Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo Tuesday. “Assuming they are certified by the comptroller on Dec. 1, (they) will require that the governor submit a deficit-mitigation plan to the General Assembly before the end of the calendar year” (Phaneuf and Becker, 11/14). San Francisco Chronicle: Patients Allowed To Sue Nursing-Home Owners The state Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a group of patients to sue the owner of 16 nursing homes in Alameda County for allegedly violating California’s nurse-staffing standards. The rules require long-term skilled-nursing facilities to provide each patient with 3.2 hours of nursing care per day. The patients claim homes owned by Covenant Care failed to meet those standards at least 35 percent of the time over a four-year period that started in December 2006 (Egelko, 11/14).The Miami Herald: Health Care Reform Could Impact ClinicsWith the Affordable Health Care Act set to go into effect in 2014, a group of community and medical leaders gathered Wednesday at the Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Clinic in Overtown to talk about the act’s potential impacts on community clinics. A panel of public health care experts, meeting as part of a World Diabetes Day forum, said centers like Jefferson Reaves are likely to face an influx of newly insured patients and a shortage of primary care doctors as the federal legislation kicks in. “The Affordable Health Care Act is going to change the world of community health centers enormously,” said Dr. Robert Schwartz, professor and chairman of the family medicine and community health department at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine (Burch, 11/14).Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Governor’s Panel Finds Broad Support For Keeping Elderly, Disabled At HomeElderly people and disabled Coloradans should be able to receive better care in their homes, according to new recommendations from TBD Colorado, a nonprofit advisory board that Gov. John Hickenlooper created to survey Coloradans over the past year to develop a bipartisan policy agenda. The recommendations also call for more focus on children’s health — including healthier food and more physical education classes in schools — along with integrated physical and behavioral health care for Medicaid patients. … While there are much harder problems to tackle, potential legislation to keep needy people out of nursing homes proved to be the most popular agenda item to surface after meetings with more than 1,200 Coloradans in 100 communities (Kerwin McCrimmon, 11/14). State Roundup: Medicaid Overruns Drive Budget Problems 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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Hearing Raises Questions About How To Replace Medicares SGR Formula

first_imgHearing Raises Questions About How To Replace Medicare’s SGR Formula Medpage Today: Repealing SGR Raises Questions For CongressOpinions on what to replace Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with and how to get there vary greatly, comments during a Thursday hearing showed. Lawmakers looking to pull the trigger on finally doing away with the SGR, which is used to determine physician payments, must iron out many of the details that came to light during a hearing Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. An outline of a Republican-offered plan to repeal and replace the SGR released last week by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Ways and Means Committee looked remarkably similar to that of bipartisan bills offered in the past. The plan would repeal the SGR and provide statutorily defined payment rates for a period of years before moving to a payment model that rewards quality and efficiency (Pittman, 2/14). 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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Longer Looks Doctors Misunderstanding Of Test Results The Medical Facts About Birth

first_imgLonger Looks: Doctors’ Misunderstanding Of Test Results; The Medical Facts About Birth Control Every week KHN reporter Marissa Evans finds interesting reads from around the Web.BBC News: Do Doctors Understand Test Results?[Gerd] Gigerenzer, director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy in Berlin, is an expert in uncertainty and decision-making. His new book, Risk Savvy, takes aim at health professionals for not giving patients the information they need to make choices about healthcare. But it’s not just that doctors and dentists can’t reel off the relevant stats for every treatment option. Even when the information is placed in front of them, Gigerenzer says, they often can’t make sense of it (William Kremer, 7/6). Reuters: How To Fix A Broken Market In AntibioticsThe drugs don’t work – and neither does the market, when it comes to antibiotics. When sophisticated bugs that medicines used to kill within days start to fight back and win, all of healthcare, and the people it keeps alive, is in trouble. … It’s a glimpse of what Britain’s chief medical officer Sally Davies calls the “apocalyptic scenario” of a post-antibiotic era, which the World Health Organisation says will be upon us this century unless something drastic is done. Waking up to the threat, governments and health officials are getting serious about trying to neutralize it. It may seem like a question of science, microbes and drugs – but in truth it is a global issue of economics and national security (Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland, 7/6). The New Republic: The Medical Facts About Birth Control and Hobby Lobby—From An OB/GYNIf you’ve read the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby or the reaction to it, then you know what sparked the lawsuit. The Affordable Care Act says that employer-provided insurance must include essential health benefits, including all medically authorized forms of contraception. The owners of Hobby Lobby objected to this requirement, because they believe that four common forms of birth control—two versions of the “morning-after pill” and two kinds of intrauterine devices (IUDs)—are “abortifacients.” In other words, the owners of Hobby Lobby think these contraceptives end pregnancies rather than prevent them. And they believe that is tantamount to ending a life. The claim, which you can find on virtually any conservative website, has been making the rounds for a long time. It’s stuck because the science on how these particular drugs and devices work wasn’t that great (Jen Gunter, 7/6). MedPage Today: Profiles In Medicine: Mystery In The DeltaIt’s not unusual for physicians to encounter a slew of memorable characters in the early days of their career — the overbearing attending who compensates for insecurity by eliminating the competition, the aggressive trial lawyer, the scalpel-happy surgeon who’s potentially more dangerous than helpful — all of which make for good tales to share at the dinner table. But for one Mississippi physician those characters furnished plot lines for novels. Darden H. North, MD, partner in a 16-member ob-gyn group practice in Jackson, Miss., has published four novels in the last 9 years, and is now hard at work on a fifth. The books’ characters all hail from those early days of his career. They are his stories’ backbone, he says (Suz Redfearn, 7/6). The Atlantic: Should We ‘Fix’ Intersex Children?M was born with genitals that were not clearly male or female. Also known as disorders of sex development (DSDs), the best guess by researchers is that intersex conditions affect one in 2,000 children. The response by doctors is often to carry out largely unregulated and controversial surgeries that aim to make an infant’s genitals and reproductive organs more normal but can often have unintended consequences, according to intersex adults, advocates and some doctors. A long and gut-wrenching list of damaging side effects—painful scarring, reduced sexual sensitivity, torn genital tissue, removal of natural hormones and possible sterilization—combined with the chance of assigning children a gender they don’t feel comfortable with has left many calling for the surgeries to be heavily restricted (Charlotte Greenfield, 7/8). 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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Tesla Model X Compared To Jaguar IPace In Slick New Video

Bloomberg Says Jaguar I-Pace Is A Sexier Tesla Model X No racing, this time around.With the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace slowly but surely appearing in driveways of customers, outside of the U.S., at least, now is a good time to stand it up against its main electric competitor: the Tesla Model X. Some might say these aren’t exactly in the same segment, but we’ll bet they will be cross-shopped against each other, as well as against petrol-powered machines. Instead of just giving you numbers, the video above allows you to see them side by side to draw your conclusions. All within three measly minutes.More comparisons of the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace Watch Tesla Model X 100D & P100D Race Jaguar I-Pace In 360° Jaguar I-Pace Versus Tesla Model S – Autocar’s Take The footage doesn’t have a voiceover, but it does have text. Unfortunately, it’s not English — it appears to be French and Dutch — so we’ll do a little translation for you. It is, though, pretty apparent what they are discussing, with the camera panning over certain details of each vehicle before making its pronouncements.They start with size, noting that the Tesla SUV is 5.03 meters (16.5 feet)  in length, while the Big Cat is, um, less big, coming in at 4.68 meters  (15.35 feet). Next, they bring up range, saying the I-Pace is good for 470 kilometers (292 miles), while the Model X 75D is scored at 417 km (259 miles).  Here we have to pause and note that this is slightly misleading. The figure for the Model X is the more conservative EPA rating, while the I-Pace number is its less conservative WLTP rating. Jaguar, on its U.S. website, gives it an estimated range of 240 miles. Also, this part of the video mentions a metric of ch/pk, of which the British crossover offers more. We’re pretty sure this stands for chortles per kurmuffin, but feel free to correct us in Comments.Next, the Belgian prices of the two samples are compared. The Model X is more pricey at 97,530 Euro ($114,770), while the First-Edition I-Pace is a better bargain at 78,990 Euro ($92,968). Our guides then take us inside and judge that the American car has a futuristic look to its cockpit, while the Austria-built Jag features a more traditional cabin with a better finish. A peek inside the back doors concludes that the X offers a large seating space while the rear passenger area of the I-Pace is “less habitable.”We keeping moving around back to the cargo space where we see the Jaguar can hold 656 liters (23.17 cubic feet). The boot of the larger Model X is, well, larger, with an accommodating 1,090 liters (38.49 cu.ft.) for all your gear and groceries. Frunks (front trunk) also get measured, with the I-Pace offering 27 liters (.95 cu.ft.) and the Model X 187 liters (6.6 cu.ft.) of additional storage.Calling both vehicles “lively and dynamic,” the Jaguar I-Pace is said to be “incisive,” meaning, we believe, it has sharper handling. Meanwhile, they grant that the ride of the Tesla Model X is more comfortable.Efficiency-wise, they give the Tesla the edge at 22.9 kWh/100 km (62 miles), while the smaller Jaguar somehow only scores 20.4 kWh/100 km. (We have noticed that efficiency isn’t the strongest point of the I-Pace.Each of these vehicles has its strengths and weaknesses. While one may take some sales from the other, we can only hope the larger losers here will be the petrol-powered equivalents.Source: YouTube Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 25, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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Chevrolet Bolt EV Traction Motor – Deep Dive Video

first_imgNow, you may be thinking this just might be the most boring idea for a video ever. If so, you’d be wrong. Although it can, admittedly, be a bit dry here and there, you’ll quite possibly find yourself totally drawn in after the first couple of minutes. Sure, there are no car chases, sight gags, or other gimmicks. But, there is a certain beguiling quality to the simple act of discovery and learning that can mysteriously keep you engaged. The WeberAuto YouTube channel didn’t manage to attract over 100,000 subscribers by accident.Before the disassembly action begins, Professor Kelly discusses the motor and some of its performance parameters in relation to the unit in the Bowtie brand’s previous all-electric, the Spark EV. The Bolt’s motor produces less torque, has a lower peak amperage draw, and a higher RPM. Yet, we’re informed, it actually offers more torque and is a more efficient design.The professor then takes us on a complete tour of the unit’s exterior, explaining all the various parts and pieces that are visible from the outside. With everything clearly labeled, the learning experience begins.If you enjoyed this video, we would encourage you to take a look back at another recent video from Professor Kelly in which he teaches us all about the in and outs of the Bolt’s battery coolant system. While at first blush it may not sound especially interesting, but we suspect, as with the video here, once you get started you’ll be fascinated. Enjoy!Source: YouTube Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Check Out The Chevy Bolt EV High Voltage Components In Detail Class is in session.If you have ever been curious about the drive unit that puts the Chevy Bolt in motion, well, wonder no more. Located under the hood of the car, this component actually contains an electric motor, gears, and some other components — including two smaller electric motors — needed to make the wheels of the car turn. In the video above, Professor John Kelly of Weber State University (WSU) takes the block apart for our enjoyment and edification.More about the Chevy Bolt WeberAuto Examines The Chevy Bolt EV’s Battery Coolant System Source: Electric Vehicle News Here Are Some Lesser Known Chevy Bolt EV Features You Might Have Missedlast_img read more

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Michigan utility to offer charging station rebates and timeofuse rates

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicles Magazine Source: Michigan Public Service Commission The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has authorized electric utility Consumers Energy to launch a charging infrastructure pilot program that includes rebates and a time-of-use rate plan.Consumers Energy’s PowerMIDrive program, a three-year, $10-million effort, includes a Nighttime Savers Rate to encourage EV drivers to charge their vehicles between 7 pm and 6 am. Residential customers who sign up for the nighttime rate will also receive a $500 rebate for each EV.The company will also offer $5,000 rebates for chargers installed in public areas such as workplaces and multi-unit dwellings, and up to $70,000 in rebates for the installation of DC Fast Chargers.last_img

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