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first_imgAmazon has a successor to its Echo smart speaker in the pipeline and it’ll be designed to take on Apple’s HomePod, according to a new report. The new not-yet-officially-revealed version of the Amazon Echo will slim down compared to the first one, assuming the source is to be believed, and it’ll also be shorter. Despite the shrunken size, the updated model will see many improvements, not the least of which is better microphone tech, more tweeters, and a new chassis material. Story TimelineAmazon Prime Day Echo deals give Alexa big cutsAmazon Prime Day deals: Don’t believe the hype 2017Amazon Prime Day 2017 was, unsurprisingly, another big success The information comes from Engadget, which reports that the more premium Amazon Echo model will be the size of three or four Echo Dot models stacked on top of each other. The current version of the Echo is tall and made with a plastic exterior, but the next-generation version will reportedly be shorter with a fabric cover of some type, as well as rounded edges.Siri Speaker up close: this is Apple HomePodNotably, the source indicates that Amazon will be making some adjustments to the Echo successor that will help it compete with Apple’s relatively recently unveiled HomePod smart speaker. As with the HomePod — and unlike with the current model — the next-gen Amazon Echo will reportedly feature ‘several’ tweeters (the HomePod, for reference, has seven of them).The current Echo model likewise features seven ‘far-field’ microphones, a number greater than what you’d get with the HomePod and with Google Home. The source indicated that Amazon will be updating its microphone technology in some way, but whether that involves a hardware change to the microphones is unknown.Big questions remain, though, such as when Amazon will be officially introducing this next-generation model, not to mention how much it’ll cost. An update, whenever it does happen, will be welcomed; the Echo is a highly popular device that kicked off smart speaker popularity, but a couple years have passed since it launched and newer Alexa offerings like the Echo Show aren’t to everyone’s tastes.SOURCE: Engadgetlast_img read more

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first_imgApple has gotten into hot water because of its stance on privacy and encryption and while Google is, on paper, on the same boat, Android hasn’t exactly been widely regarded as a very privacy-focused OS. Especially with Google behind it. A new feature coming to a future version of Android could give users a new tool to keep some prying eyes away, specifically those of ISPs. Called “DNS over TLS”, it’s really a very simple layer of encryption that masks what websites you go to. At the heart of this future is DNS or Domain Name Server. This often overlooked part of the Internet chain is the one that saves us from having to type seemingly random numbers like “108.177.97.106” instead of “www.google.com”. These serves basically translate human readable URLs or web addresses into the actual numeral address on the Web before the actual browsing takes place.The problem with DNS is that all this data travels over the Internet in plain, readable text. That means that anyone who can see your connection can see the lookups you make with a DNS. And by “anyone”, we really mean ISPs. And while everyone naturally connects to the Internet via ISPs, barely anyone actually trusts them to have their privacy in mind.The solution comes via the second part of that phrase, “over TLS” or Transport Layer Security. That’s the same level of encryption used by HTTPS, which is the recommended, encrypted way to browse web pages. This way, the queries you make with name servers are hidden even from even ISPs. This feature was recently just added to Android source code, hinting it could be released soon, probably with Android 8.1.There is, however, a catch. Actually two. The first is that, in order for DNS over TLS to work, the DNS provider should support DNS over TLS in the first place. Some do, but not all. Google is one of those that do. The second catch is that while the query is encrypted from ISPs and other onlookers, the DNS over TLS server will still be able to read those, making it really a question of whether you trust the DNS provider more than your ISP.VIA: XDAlast_img read more

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first_imgYouTube users running the video app on iOS 11 are reporting a problem with rapid battery drain, an issue that causes the affected devices to get very warm to the touch. As a result, many users have elected to uninstall the app entirely and resort to watching YouTube videos in Safari, an annoying workaround to help preserve battery life. YouTube is working on a solution to the problem. The reality of a bug of some sort became obvious when users began reporting issues with their devices when running the app, namely lowered battery run times and warmer operating temperatures. Complaints have been rolling in on both Twitter and Reddit. The reports indicate severe battery drain, with some users saying their battery drops around 10-20% after 15-30mins of video watching.A look on Twitter shows dozens of user reports of trouble with the YouTube iOS 11 app, but it’s still unclear what the problem is. YouTube has responded to the complaints, saying that it is working to get a fix out for whatever bug is causing the rapid battery drain. A time frame for that fix’s release wasn’t provided.The iTunes listing for YouTube shows that an update for the app was released today, but it doesn’t appear to contain that bug fix. Users are still reporting troubles, and the update’s change log only states that it adds support for the iPhone X with pinch-to-zoom support in fullscreen. If you’re affected by the problem, considering using Safari until the bug fix arrives.SOURCE: 9to5Maclast_img read more

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first_imgGoogle app Datally was released on November 30th, 2017, to make a big, sweet attempt at helping users understand data use. Right in time, too – just as we’re about to destroy Net Neutrality and all of our data bills go irreparably skyward. “Mobile data is expensive for many people around the world,” said Google, “And what’s worse, it’s hard to figure out where it all goes.” Google released Datally to “help you understand, control, and save data.” As Google suggests, “With Datally, you can save more and do more with your data.” The app follows the amount of data your device uses and organizes said data into terms that are easy to understand – for anyone.The app allows users to easily flip data-hogging apps off, and create a Data Saver environment that’s right for them. Users will be able to do this for free. Google suggested this week that their initial test group saw excellent results from using this app.Google’s initial test took place in the Philippines, and the test apparently lasted several months. During this test, users saved “up to 30 percent on their data.” Super simple stuff. Stuff that was available in Android through settings – largely, not entirely, but largely – before now. But now it’s all a lot simpler.The app works on all Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. That includes Marshmallow, Nougat, and Oreo too. Users all over the world can now find Datally on the Google Play app store.last_img read more

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first_imgQ.U.B.E 2 is a puzzle game that places players in the middle of ancient alien ruins with no memory of how they get there. The players are tasked with solving puzzles and altering the world, ultimately solving the mystery behind their presence and returning to their home.Never Alone, meanwhile, is an adventure game revolving around the Iñupiat people; it was made in partnership with the Alaska Native community and incorporates traditional native characters into the gameplay. Both Xbox One and Xbox 360 console owners will be able to download Dragon Age II starting on December 1 through December 15; the game ordinarily retails for $9.99. Joining that will be Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction available for both consoles from December 16 to December 31. This game retails for $9.99 USD as well. Microsoft has revealed its Xbox Games with Gold lineup for December 2018. The company is offering subscribers a total of four games with a collective retail value of around $60. All four games are supported by the Xbox One, and two of them can also be played on the older Xbox 360 console. As always, Xbox console owners will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to get the free titles. Xbox One console owners will get access to Q.U.B.E 2 and Never Alone, two games that retail for $24.99 USD and $14.99 USD respectively. The first of the two will be available from December 1 to December 31, and the second will be available to download from December 16 to January 15.last_img read more

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first_imgSmartphone users who want to use their device to record audio in the best quality may not have very many options, but it looks like the sound experts at Dolby are working on their own solution. The company has apparently been quietly testing an iPhone app with the codename “234” that boasts of studio quality recordings thanks to professional tools and settings. According to a report from TechCrunch, the app, also known as “Dolby Live,” lets users cancel out background noise from their audio recordings, adjust bass and treble levels, and even apply effect presets like “Amped,” “Bright,” “Thump,” and “Natural.” According to the app’s description, “Dolby 234 automatically cleans up the sound, gives it tone and space, and finds the ideal loudness. It’s like having your own producer in your phone.”Dolby hasn’t made the app publicly available, but instead used a special sign-up website where selected users could install and test it via the iOS TestFlight platform. Unfortunately, the company has removed the detailed Dolby 234 site and left a generic tester registration page in its place. Dolby won’t comment on the app, but sources say it’s been in testing since June.The app is described as having a very polished appearance and easy to use UI, and while it only comes with one preset by default, there’s another six included in an “essentials” pack that’s available for a seven-day free trial. Once users are finished with their recording, there are options to export it or share it to SoundCloud or Dolby’s own audio network. Story TimelineApple TV Dolby Atmos support: What you need to knowVIZIO Dolby Atmos Home Theater Systems bring sound form aboveDolby Dimension headphones promise entertainment not isolationlast_img read more

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first_imgThe newly returned MoviePass Unlimited plan is available for a limited time, offering customers the option to watch any 2D movie that is listed as available in the service’s app. The plan covers “theaters everywhere,” according to the company, as well as access to giveaways, exclusives, and “red carpet events.” MoviePass also says customers can expect “subscriber-only” screenings and other unspecified perks.There’s some fine print to note, particularly that MoviePass will may restrict movie choices for an unlimited subscriber “due to excessive individual usage which negatively impacts system-wide capacity.” The company’s Terms of Service builds on this, stating, “MoviePass may utilize its proprietary data and algorithms to impose restrictions on individual users based on their location, day of movie, time of movie, title, and the individual user’s historical usage.”AdChoices广告If customers are comfortable with those potential restrictions in exchange for paying only $9.95/month (versus the new $19.95/month rate), there’s another potential sticking point: you have to pay for a full year’s subscription at once. That puts the price at around $120 and forces customers to gamble on whether they think MoviePass will still be around in a year, and won’t add new restrictions within that one-year subscription period.Customers who don’t want to take that risk have a different option: a cheaper $14.95/month unlimited plan that shaves a few bucks off the monthly rate without locking them in for a full year. MoviePass has resurrected its $9.95/month unlimited subscription plan, offering consumers a limited time chance at getting to see as many movies as they’d like in a month for less than ten bucks. The company previously offered this unlimited movie plan, but changed it soon after as the company’s coffers were drained and it scrambled to stay in business. Though the unlimited plan only costs $9.95/month, there’s a big catch. Story TimelineAMC Stubs A-List MoviePass alternative price hike arrives in JanuaryMoviePass Films signs three-movie deal with actor Bruce WillisMoviePass may resurrect its unlimited movie plan next weeklast_img read more

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first_imgFelipe Pantone shared the images we’ve got here just before the opening of the door to the exhibit at which they’ll be seen publicly. The artwork collection presented here by Panton went by the name “Artifact to Artifact Communication,” and it contained several flat works as well as the customized Corvette. All of the works are painted – flat works and vehicle alike. You’ll find a number of in-progress photos in the second gallery in this article. Story Timeline2019 Corvette ZR1 sets Virginia International Raceway lap recordCorvette ZR1 performance specs announced at Sebring2019 Corvette ZR1crushes dyno with 670hp at the wheels The vehicle ULTRADYNAMIC and the paintings shown above existed at Beyond the Streets 2018. That’s an art collective show made to explode all over a 40,000-square-foot space both indoors and outdoors. The event took place between the dates of May 6th and July 6th, 2018. BEYOND THE STREETS1667 N Main StLos Angeles, CA 90012 This week anonymous artist Felipe Pantone revealed his latest art piece installed on and in a 1994 Chevrolet Corvette. Die-hard stock paint lovers of the Corvette were probably mortified. Digital madness inspired artwork took the vehicle to a place it’d never been before. Blocks of color, mood ring spray, and the blacks and whites of the video tapes you threw away in 2002 – they’re all here. Five paintings roll with the Felipe Pantone’s vehicle here. Each of these paintings represent another scene in the ever-expanding world of color and motion. Below you’ll see some in-progress photos of ULTRADYNAMIC, also published by the artist via Felipe Pantone dot com.The customized Corvette itself is called ULTRADYNAMIC, and it is part of a collection of art cars that’ll appear throughout the year. That collection will tour the planet at some point in the near future – for now just the Pantone vehicle was announced to be appearing in public. Not that anyone would be able to handle another vehicle after experiencing this first eye-searing masterpiece – but still, there’ll be more.last_img read more

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first_imgStory TimelineSamsung Galaxy Tab S6 leak points to NEW designSamsung 12Gb LPDDR5 RAM starts production, ready for the Galaxy Note 10Samsung Galaxy Fold ready to launch again Traditional body cameras used by law enforcement officers are typically small, black, and limited in functionality, existing as a way to capture what goes down in an altercation and as evidence of something that would otherwise be hinged as the officer’s testimony. These cameras are produced by multiple companies, but generally are limited in functionality with lackluster content quality.The Galaxy S9 phones used by the Sheriff’s Office will feature the FirstNet-certified Visual Labs software and will operate on the FirstNet public safety communications network. Footage captured by the cameras on these phones will be automatically uploaded to the cloud, meaning all videos are preserved with no requirements on the deputies.Push-to-talk functionality on the phones enables these devices to serve as backup radios in case a deputy’s primary radio stops working. The Galaxy S9 phones also make it possible for deputies to livestream video to the command central when necessary. The devices remain functional for making calls and will offer other typical smartphone capabilities.Samsung positions its phones as suitable for a number of public safety uses, including with DeX, as an upgrade to in-care computer systems, for first responders and mobile communications, and more. A list of Samsung’s public safety technology offerings can be found here. Forget low-quality bodycams that produce muffled audio and shaky, grainy video. Samsung has announced that the Kit Carson Sheriff’s Office in Burlington, Colorado will deploy the Galaxy S9 on deputies’ duty vests where they’ll function as body-worn cameras on AT&T’s FirstNet platform. The phones offer multiple benefits over traditional bodycams, including functionality as personal locators.last_img read more

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first_imgUnder the health law, insurance companies must use at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care. Any excess is owed back to customers.The Associated Press: Checks Not Guaranteed For All Insurance RebatesThe check may not be in the mail. The Obama administration said in a report Thursday that 12.8 million people will benefit from health insurance rebates averaging $151 per household. But the number of families actually getting a check will be much smaller, experts say (Alonso-Zaldivar, 6/21).Reuters: U.S. Health Insurers To Pay $1.1 Billion In Rebates: HHSU.S. health insurance companies are due to pay out $1.1 billion in rebates to employers and individuals this summer, under a new industry regulation imposed by President Barack Obama’s health care law, the administration said on Thursday. But whether the rebates actually reach those recipients depends on if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a ruling expected by the end of next week, experts said (Morgan, 6/21).The Wall Street Journal: Health-Insurance Rebates Seen Totaling $1.1 Billion About 12.8 million people are likely to get refunds as part of a provision in the law requiring companies to spend a set proportion of the money they get from insurance premiums on health care or refund the difference to consumers. The average rebate will be around $151 per household, the administration said (Radnofsky, 6/21).Bloomberg:  Insurers To Pay Rebates To 12.8 Million Under Health LawAbout 12.8 million Americans will get rebates averaging $151 from their health insurers, the U.S. government said today in its latest announcement touting the 2010 health-care law.  The law, which is being weighed by the Supreme Court this month, limits to 20 percent the proportion of revenue from premiums that insurers can keep for profits and administrative expenses. Any excess has to be refunded to customers (Wayne, 6/21).Medpage Today: Health Insurers Slated To Rebate $1.1 BillionHealth insurers will issue about $1.1 billion in rebates to some 12.8 million policyholders because of the medical loss ratio requirement in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Department of Health and Human Services officials announced Thursday. The ACA requires that insurers covering large groups must spend at least 85 cents of every dollar of revenue on medical care or “activities that improve healthcare quality.” For small group and individual plans, they must spend 80 cents per dollar (Walker, 6/21).CQ HealthBeat: Insurer Rebate Checks Going Out In AugustThe rebate checks are supposed to be in the mail by Aug. 1. … Under the health care law, insurers in the individual and small group markets must spend 80 cents of every premium dollar on medical benefits or quality improvements and 20 cents on administrative costs. The Medical Loss Ratio standard for large group plans is 85/15 (Bunis, 6/21). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. HHS Says Health Insurers Will Pay Beneficiaries $1.1 Billion In Rebateslast_img read more

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first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A selection of health policy stories from New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota and California.Kaiser Health News: Chris Christie Considers New Medicaid MathWNYC’s Fred Mogul, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, writes: “As a way to reduce the number of uninsured, states are being encouraged to set more generous income limits for Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. If states comply, they can get 100 percent federal funding in the first three years, declining to 90 percent funding over time. Typically, states and the federal government share the burden at a ratio that’s closer to 50-50” (Mogul, 10/11). Read the story.The Texas Tribune: Study: Women To Lose Care If State Nixes Planned ParenthoodWomen’s access to affordable health care will be reduced if the state follows through with its plan to eschew federal funding for the Women’s Health Program and create a state program instead, according to a new study from George Washington University. The study, a follow-up to a May report from the university on Texas women’s health, examines the impact of excluding Planned Parenthood from the state Women’s Health Program in Bexar, Dallas, Hidalgo, Lubbock and Midland counties (10/11).The Associated Press: Louisana DHH Seeks Agreements To Fill Gaps In Hospital ServicesA week after $152 million in cuts were levied across the LSU public hospitals, Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein said Thursday that no new, formal arrangements have been reached with private hospitals to pick up the care. But Greenstein and LSU hospitals chief Frank Opelka said in a joint interview that they’re having solid discussions with private health care facilities to identify ways they might collaborate on services and medical training programs or possibly take over management of a university hospital (10/11).Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota Hospitals Are Testing Ways To Reduce Return TripsRuth Ratajczak knew that the elderly man was in trouble. … For more than a year, Allina and other hospitals throughout Minnesota have been experimenting with ways to smooth those transitions as part of a statewide collaborative called RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively). And they’re making progress: Since January 2011, Minnesota hospitals collectively have reduced readmissions by about 2,600, according to the Minnesota Hospital Association (Lerner, 10/11).California Healthline: How Should Exchange Handle Vision And Dental Coverage?Along with medical coverage, state-run health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act have the option of offering vision and dental coverage. This summer, the California Health Benefit Exchange elected not to offer stand-alone vision plans. That brought a chorus of criticism and now the exchange is planning to revisit that decision. The Affordable Care Act provides some guidelines for vision and dental coverage — guidelines that differ for children and adults. But as it does with medical coverage, the ACA leaves the details pretty much up to state officials. We asked stakeholders and consumers how the California Health Benefit Exchange should handle dental and vision coverage (10/11). State Highlights: N.J.’s Medicaid Decision; La. Hospitals Seek Care Gap Agreementlast_img read more

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first_imgSeveral contractors gave positive reports about their readiness to launch the health law’s new online marketplaces Oct. 1 at a House hearing Tuesday, although one expert predicted a “rocky start,” and several Republicans said they were not reassured.The Washington Post: Health-Care ‘Data Hub’ Is Ready, White House Officials SayObama administration officials, facing criticism that they are behind schedule in implementing the president’s health-care law, said Tuesday that they have finished a major piece of the technology that will help millions of Americans sign up for insurance this fall. Federal health officials said they have completed the “data hub,” a complex system that will verify people’s Social Security numbers, immigration status and other information when they log on to government Web sites to buy health plans and apply for government subsidies (Somashekhar, 9/10).The Associated Press: ‘Obamacare’ Contractors Project ConfidenceMajor contractors hooking up the internal plumbing of President Barack Obama’s health care law projected confidence Tuesday that they will be ready to go by an Oct. 1 deadline, even though the system is still being tested. With just three weeks to go before new state health insurance markets launch, efforts are ongoing to reliably link up government agencies, the markets themselves and private health plans (Alonso-Zaldivar, 9/10).Reuters: Obamacare Exchanges Seen Headed For ‘Rocky’ Enrollment Start: ExpertObamacare is likely to have a “rocky” enrollment start on October 1 in some U.S. states, because of ongoing technology challenges facing new online health insurance exchanges, a leading expert told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday (Morgan, 9/10).Politico: ACA Contractors: We’ll Be Ready Oct. 1Several Obamacare contractors say the massive infrastructure allowing millions of Americans to sign up for health insurance will be ready for launch on Oct. 1 despite high-profile delays of some of the law’s major provisions. Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federal, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday morning that the federal health insurance exchange her company is designing is on track with CMS’s timeline (Millman, 9/10). CQ HealthBeat: Republicans Challenge Readiness Of Data Management And Security In Health ExchangesGovernment contractors working to implement parts of the new health insurance marketplaces said Tuesday that they expect some glitches but are on track to meet deadlines, while House Republicans said they were not reassured. With three weeks before open enrollment for the exchanges begins on Oct. 1, lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee continued to bicker over whether the programs would be ready to accept applicants and protect their personal information (Ethridge, 9/10). Federal Officials, Contractors Give Health Exchange ‘Data Hub’ Thumbs Up 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_img MinnPost: Family Caregivers Often Asked To Perform Medical Tasks With Little Or No Training The health department has been mired in controversy since 2012, when a drug analyst with the agency tampered with evidence and jeopardized tens of thousands of criminal convictions. That was quickly followed by a meningitis outbreak traced to a compounding pharmacy regulated by one of the department’s boards, and then the agency found itself in the cross hairs again because of the problem-plagued rollout of the state’s medical marijuana law. (Lazar, 12/23) Sitting in a Junction City coffee shop with his laptop and a pile of textbooks splayed on a table, Will Stucker looks like any other college student, if a bit older than average. But Stucker, 38, has taken a different path to college than most of his classmates at Emporia State University. His path took him to South Korea and Kuwait, then to a tank rolling toward Baghdad, then to an armored Humvee on the streets of a small town in Iraq where insurgents repeatedly tried to kill him — and two of them almost succeeded. Then, finally, to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Topeka, where counselors helped him work through the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) he came home with. (Marso, 12/23) A University of Iowa scientist has been sanctioned for launching work on the deadly MERS virus without school approval and outside of the proper laboratory setting. The school also is being accused of improperly withholding forms that could help the public assess whether any of the deadly agent imported from a collaborator in Spain was stolen, lost or released. (Clayworth, 12/23) Andy Pasternak, a family doctor in Reno, Nev., has seen more than 100 new Medicaid patients this year after the state expanded the insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. But he won’t be taking any new ones after Dec. 31. That’s when the law’s two-year pay raise for primary care doctors like him who see Medicaid patients expires, resulting in fee reductions of 43 percent on average across the country, according to the nonpartisan Urban Institute. (Galewitz, 12/23) A Charleston pharmacy and its owner face federal health care charges. Trivillian’s Pharmacy is charged in an information with health care fraud and misbranding drugs. Owner and operator Paula Butterfield is charged in an information with making a false statement in a health care matter. Trivillian’s is accused of dispensing compounded drugs and generic drugs and billing Medicare and Medicaid for brand name drugs, which are more expensive. (12/23) The Texas Tribune: Health Chief Says He Was Misled On No-Bid Deal Kaiser Health News: As Docs Face Big Cuts In Medicaid Pay, Patients May Pay The Price The Des Moines Register/USA Today: MERS Research Improperly Conducted At Iowa College In recent years, individuals who provide late-in-life care to a family member have been increasingly asked to take on complex nursing and medical tasks that were once performed only in hospitals and nursing homes by trained professionals — procedures such as cleaning wounds, operating feeding tubes and giving drug injections. Yet, despite the difficulty and importance of these tasks, family caregivers are frequently given little if any hands-on training about how to safely and effectively do them. In addition, many older caregivers — often the spouse of the person needing care — have their own health issues that make performing such tasks very problematic. (Perry, 12/23) The Boston Globe: Doctor For Poor Chosen As Mass. Health Commissioner center_img A medical services provider in Tempe charges less than $15 for a common blood test called a comprehensive metabolic panel. Just over 20 miles away, another medical-services provider in Mesa charges more than $1,630 for the exact same test, according to a study released by Hospital Pricing Specialists, a California-based firm that surveys prices for medical products and services. (Giblin, 12/23) The economic recession that blasted huge holes in state and local government budgets and rapidly rising health care costs are combining to create a long-term budget crisis for states that is so bad it would require massive tax hikes or spending cuts, according to a new government watchdog report. … rising health-related costs borne by state and local governments, especially those incurred by government employees and retirees, are putting pressure on state budgets. State and local Medicaid expenditures and employee-related costs both grow faster than the gross domestic product, the GAO said. It estimated health-related costs will grow from about 3.9 percent of GDP this year to 7.4 percent by 2060. (Wilson, 12/22) State Highlights: Health Costs And State Budgets; Medicaid Pay Cuts Could Hurt Patients A selection of stories that affect states and local communities around the country, with reports from Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, South Carolina and Kansas. The Washington Post: GAO: Without Draconian Cuts, States Face Decades-Long Fiscal Crisis The Associated Press: Charleston Pharmacy Owner Faces Federal Charges This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Arizona Central-Republic: Study: $1,600 Price Swing For Same Blood Test In Arizona Texas Health and Human Services Commission chief Kyle Janek said Tuesday he was misled in briefings on a no-bid, $110 million deal handed to an Austin company for unproven software to detect Medicaid fraud. Janek said the Office of Inspector General, the commission’s audit arm, should have alerted him that its contract with 21 Century Technologies Inc., also known as 21CT, “proceeded outside the normal channels” for approval. (Langford and Smith, 12/23) The Kansas Health Institute News Service: Peer Support Key To Helping Returning Vets Overcome Mental Health Problems last_img read more

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first_imgNow Part Of Med School — Studying The Health Care System A study by the American Association of Medical Colleges concluded that nearly all medical schools in the country require coursework about the health system and how it is financed. Also in the news, a study by Rand the finds retail clinics haven’t triggered a reduction in ER visits for low-acuity illnesses. Georgia Health News: Medical Profession Takes Closer Look At How Money Issues Affect Patients  This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Some researchers and policymakers had hoped the surge of retail clinics across the country would reduce visits to the emergency department. A new study finds that hasn’t been the case. The report, published Monday in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, found ERs in close proximity to retail clinics didn’t experience a reduction of visits from patients with low-acuity illnesses like influenza, urinary tract infections and ear aches. The study, conducted by researchers at Rand Corp., was the first to explore the association between the opening of retail clinics and admissions to the ER. About 13.7% of all emergency department visits are for low-acuity conditions, the study notes. (Castellucci, 11/14) center_img Modern Healthcare: Rand Study: Retail Clinics Don’t Reduce ER Use For Low-Acuity Conditions  According to a 2015 survey conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, 144 out of 145 U.S. medical schools now require students to study the health care system and health care financing in order to graduate. (Baggett, 11/14) last_img read more

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first_img The Wall Street Journal: Why CVS Loves ObamaCare President Trump is taking effective action to lower prescription drug prices and to improve the American health-care delivery system, Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma told me recently in an exclusive on-camera interview for Fox News. The president is “not afraid of special interests,” Verma said. (Marc Siegel, 5/29) The latest example of runaway drug pricing has pitted the industrial town of Rockford, Illinois, against specialty drug manufacturer Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Rockford, with fewer than 150,000 residents, accuses Mallinckrodt of price gouging and another local company, Express Scripts, of failing to fairly negotiate drug prices. No matter what justification drug companies offer for outlandish pricing, there’s no escaping the higher priority they place on profits over saving lives and easing human suffering. (5/27) Perspectives: Drug Companies Placing Higher Priority On Profits Than The Lives They Could Be Saving Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues. Ventura County Star: Let Medicare Corral Drug Prices Fox News: How Medicare-Medicaid Chief Seema Verma’s Taking Steps To Sink Drug Prices Under Trump’s Plan center_img Pharma was relieved, Wall Street unimpressed and many in the political arena disappointed when, after much chest thumping, the president who “keeps his promises” came out with a surprisingly benign drug pricing policy. Compared to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran, China, global warming and the leadership of the free world, pharma seems a small target with a potentially large payoff. Why did the disrupter-in-chief settle for fine-tuning the drug market that everybody (other than pharma CEOs) hates? (Standish Fleming, 5/24) Forbes: Good News For Patients: Trump Won’t Dramatically Lower Drug Prices This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Big business feasts on big government, and ObamaCare has been a bonanza for companies that have figured out how to exploit it. Witness how CVS Health is dining out on Ohio’s Medicaid expansion. In addition to retail pharmacies, CVS operates a pharmaceutical benefit manager (PBM) that acts as a middleman between insurers, pharmacies and drug manufacturers. PBMs decide which drugs are listed on a formulary, how much pharmacies are reimbursed and how much insurers pay. (5/29) last_img read more

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first_img 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 Renders have been released showing an impression of what the Galaxy Note 10 might look like. But the lack of one key feature will disappoint Samsung fans.Renowned tech tweeter @OnLeaks has unveiled renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, but it no longer has the 3.5mm headphone jack prized by audiophiles. The other details check out with the rumours we’ve heard at this point, so the renders give us our best look so far at exactly how the as-yet unreleased flagship could turn out.Related: Best PhonesThe images of the device show that the signature S-Pen is retained, and the selfie camera is present in a centralised cut-out at the top of the 6.3-inch QHD+ display. The rear camera has three sensors arranged vertically. By design alone, the Note 10 is shaping up to look radically different to the Galaxy Note 9. Fellow leaker Ice Universe gave his two cents on the image, claiming that a Pro version of the device will add a Time-of-Flight camera on the rear. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This rendering is a small size Note10, a ToF camera will be added to the back of the large Note10 Pro. pic.twitter.com/Ol6ZiOBZMT— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 6, 2019Even though it’s not expected to be released until September or October this year, there has already been plenty of exciting speculation making the rounds about the Galaxy Note 10. Among the rumours: a 6.66-inch screen, 4500mAh battery and a brand-new Exynos 9825 processor. We can’t wait to see whether the finished product lives up to these expectations.Its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 9, impressed us immensely when we put it under review. The battery comfortably lasts a day’s use, the huge uninterrupted display is stunning, and the S Pen stylus is a very handy and unique piece of smartphone hardware. The camera is also excellent (albeit with some aggressive image processing), and the performance is very smooth while scrolling and powerful enough for handling demanding games. On thing’s for sure — whatever it looks like, the Note 10 has got a high bar to clear. Galaxy Note 10 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.last_img read more

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first_imgNo, we’re not discussing range here. Rather, the focus is on 0 to 60 MPH acceleration times.According to Tesla, the Model 3 Mid Range is officially listed as capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.6 seconds, but as it turns out, this Tesla Model 3 is far quicker than that.If you’re interested in range figures and efficiency for the Model 3 Mid Range, then here are those specs:260 miles of rated range (city, highway, combined breakdown at bottom of post)128 MPGe city117 MPGe highway123 MPGe combinedAnd here’s the Tesla-provided image listing 0 to 60 MPH:Check out the video above to see what time the Model 3 Mid Range is actually capable of in the dash to 60. Hint: since it’s difficult to see the readout, we’ll note the time is in the low 5s. In the wet.Video description:Race logic  Tesla Model 3 Mid Range accelerationTesla claims 5.6 seconds 0-60, but actual time is much lower Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3: The Pros And Cons Of Extreme Innovation Watch Toyota Prius Owner Drive Tesla Model 3 For First Time It seems Tesla has again underrated the performance potential of one of its cars.Tesla seems to like to underpromise and overdeliver. That appears to be true with the Model 3 Mid Range, too.More Model 3 Info Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Race Chevy Corvette With Slicks Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 22, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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first_img Tesla Lowers Prices On Some Model S, X In China As Import Tax Drops Tesla in China Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla is not the only one who seeks exemptions. GM, Nissan, Fiat and Uber are just a few other examples mentioned in the article.Source: Reuters Chinese Tesla Model 3 Spotted With Proper GB/T Connectorcenter_img The tariff on brains is too high.Import tariffs raised by the U.S. and China in August heavily affect many businesses.One of the most recent signals from the EV industry is Tesla’s request for exemption of the Model 3’s computer “the brain of the vehicle” produced in China, from the 25% tariff.According to Tesla, the high tariff threatens the company’s bottom line and there is no easy way to switch to another supplier. The supplier itself was not disclosed though.“In a redacted request posted on a government website by the USTR on Dec. 17, Tesla did not identify the supplier of the computer. But it said it had been unable to find another manufacturer “with the required specifications, at the volume requested and under the timelines necessary for Tesla’s continued growth.”Tesla, which called the Model 3’s computer “the brain of the vehicle,” added that “choosing any other supplier would have delayed the (Model 3) program by 18 months with clean room setup, line validation, and staff training.”Using a new supplier “substantially increases the risk of poor part quality that could lead overall vehicle quality issues that would impact the safety of our vehicles and the consumer acceptance of the final product,” Tesla added in its request for tariff relief.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 5, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Registers Financial Leasing Company In Chinalast_img read more

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first_imgA little planning goes a long way.We recently noted that electric vehicle road tripping in the UK can have its challenges. But what about an excursion on the European mainland? Well, it just so happens a Bloomberg contributor just recently tried to do this very thing, so let’s look at her experience and see how well that went.Some related stories Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 11, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Driving 700 Miles In The Hyundai Kona Electric In a symbolic tribute to Bertha Benz, who made what is thought to be the first road trip (110 miles!) in 1888 driving her husband Karl’s contraption to Mannheim and then back to their home, a two-way trip from Paris to that German city was decided upon. While we can’t say how much planning went into Miss Benz’s trip, it doesn’t seem like this 715-mile foray was especially well thought out.For the journey, the author chose a 2015 Tesla Model S with a range of 215 miles when fully charged. Given that the California automaker has its own Supercharger network, and that a voice request will make the car plot a complete route for you with all the stops needed, along with the expected charge times, it should have been a breeze. It wasn’t.Now, a lot of people have taken the author to task on Twitter over the resulting article, and we can understand why. There’s a pessimistic tone throughout the piece and it concludes with worries about range anxiety. This strikes many as absurd, since thousands of Tesla owners have easily made much lengthier trips with no problem.But, cut her some slack. She’s not coming from a place of malice. The venture was not about the brand, but about European charging infrastructure in general. It’s true some of the language is unfortunate. If you were skimming through, you might have gotten the impression that a trip that should have taken 10 hours actually took four days, and included over 11 hours of charging.“Over the next four days, I’ll spend 11 hours and 42 minutes charging—and that’s not counting failed attempts and time wasted on detours to stations—on what Google Maps tells me should be a 10-hour trip.”That aside, she does make some valid points. Charging infrastructure is not where it needs to be at the moment. Even one of the Supercharger stations along the way wasn’t available for use. One network required a subscription that couldn’t be completed on the fly. Yet another charging station was at a BMW dealership and not available to other brands. And, as we saw in the UK, another simply wouldn’t work.So, while it’s easy to find fault with this writer — why would one choose to stay at hotels without charging amenities, for example — perhaps we just need to realize that the charging infrastructure is still a work in progress and the unitiated may easily experience problems if they jump into a car and head out on a 700-mile adventure.Luckily, this problem is rapidly being addressed by outfits like Ionity, Fastned, Fortum, and others. The future is electric. There are just still a few speed bumps along the way.Source: Bloomberg How Tesla Cracked The Code On EV Road Trips: Model 3 Performance German Public Charging Infrastructure Grows, Still No Profits Thoughlast_img read more

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first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Aspark Owl Quicker Than A Tesla Roadster? 0 to 62 MPH In 1.9 Seconds Aspark Owl EV Claims To Be Quickest 0 To 60 MPH Car In The World Quick Look At 10 Of The Most Outrageous Electric Vehicles – Video The Japanese automaker is only building 50 of these carbon-fiber-bodied EVs.You might remember the Aspark Owl electric hypercar from its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Development is still underway on the Japanese-built machine, and the company now says that a run at the Nürburgring record could be under consideration.More from Aspark Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 30, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News “[The] Aspark Owl performances are allowing us to aim [for] the Nürburgring record,” a company spokesperson told Top Gear. The automaker’s representative also said that a hardcore racing version was possible if there was enough demand.Aspark’s testing already shows that the Owl is capable of reaching 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 1.9 seconds. The company’s official specs show the hypercar being able to reach 174 mph (280 kph), but the range would be just 93 miles (150 kilometers). According to the brochure on Aspark’s site, the Owl has 429 horsepower (320 kilowatts) and 564 pound-feet (764 Newton-meters) of torque. However, Top Gear indicates that development since announcing those specs pushes the output to 1,150 hp (858 kW).The hypercar features an ultra low-slung body. The entire body is carbon fiber, and there’s a tubular frame underneath for minimizing weight. Aspark says that the machine is only 1,874 pounds (850 kilograms).At a price of 3.1 million euros ($3.5 million) and production of just 50 units, the Owl will be a very rare machine, and the company will deliver the first one in 2020.Among factory-available, road-legal production cars, the current record holder at the Nordschleife is the Aventador SVJ with a time of 6:44.97, although the Lanzante Motorsport McLaren P1 LM is even quicker at 6:43.2. The existing champion among EVs is the Nio EP9’s 6:45.90.Source: Top Gearlast_img read more