Story TimelineHow to present an iPhone ProApple’s Road to iPhone ProGalaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone ProiPhone 8’s screen confirmed by supplier for screen protectorThese iPhone 8 photos look like the real dealThis iPhone 8 dummy is the closest you’ll get to the real deal A bit of a cautious interpretation of iPhone 8 news is necessary in light of the possibilities. A report from analysts at KGI suggests that Apple is having a bit of a hard time getting an under-OLED display Touch ID sensor to work. As such, some potential user worry has grown a bit out of hand – suggesting they’ve understood this to mean that there won’t be any Touch ID sensor at all. In reality, the report was very careful to suggest that there are changes in the ramp-up in production that comes before the release of a phone. The report said that because of difficulties in making the Touch ID sensor work in the OLED panel, the iPhone 8 wont necessarily work with what’s been rumored before. Scan-through technology of an under-display fingerprint solution has “technical challenges,” said the report. “As the new OLED iPhone won’t support under-display fingerprint recognition, we now do not expect production ramp-up will be delayed again (we previously projected the ramp-up would be postponed to late October or later),” said the report via MacRumors. The report does not explicitly say that there will be no Touch ID of any kind. That’d be madness. Instead, there’s a real possibility of Touch ID being moved to the back of the iPhone 8, separate from a Home Button under the OLED display up front. Touch ID and the Home Button may be separated completely. If this were so, the device would share another feature with the Google Pixel smartphone, as manufactured by HTC. This flies well with previous tips that Apple had at least two models for the iPhone 8 that were possibilities for a final design. One had a Touch ID sensor under the front display, the other had the Touch ID on the rear of the phone. This move appears to have no bearing on the actual release date of the smartphone – though the exact date hasn’t exactly been nailed down publicly. If all goes according to rumor, all iPhones will be revealed in the first week of September, 2017.Have a peek at the timeline of iPhone 8 and other rumor bits and pieces below. This is the age of two models going on three – what’s next?
Amazon acquired a company called TenMarks several years ago, and today it has released a writing curriculum through it for teachers and students. This online curriculum is designed to help teachers guide students through the maze that is learning to write; it involves online activities that can be completed using a smartphone or other connected device. TenMarks, which features ‘an amazon company’ on its homepage, is billed as an Amazon K-12 Education effort. In addition to math, the service now offers a writing curriculum for teachers who sign up for the service. The curriculum says it offers ‘everything you need to teach writing,’ including short writing exercises and lessons that take place via ‘text messaging.’The software is tailored toward a new generation of students who have largely grown up with modern computing devices and smartphone-based messaging. There are, for example, Writing Bursts that involve writing short pieces based on prompts in a way that isn’t dissimilar from writing on a mobile app. There are free writing activities, exercises like leaving comments on photos, and more.TenMarks offers its content to teachers via subscriptions with rates that depend on access. For example, a teacher can get the math and writing essentials bundle for $8/student/month, whereas only one product is half that rate.Though Amazon is largely known for its online retail and ebook business, the company has been slowly expanding its reach into a variety of markets. The company has projects that include the delivery of fresh foods, it is working on launching modern grocery stores and things similar to them, and it is even working on bringing about a future where items are delivered using drones.
Those extra edits take time to apply, meaning that if the stock filter isn’t enough to produce the image you want, you could spend a long while manually editing every image. That is where Recipes comes in. Recipes enable the user to save the full spectrum of edits as a single ‘recipe’ that is then rapidly applied to additional photos in the future.A user can save up to ten of their favorite recipes, but only if you have a VSCO X membership. The subscription gives users access to all of the app’s editing tools and preset library, as well as Recipes; it costs $19.99/year and there’s a free one-week trial to test it out first. The video above shows the process involved in creating a Recipe, which is simple. After applying all of the edits as you like them, the app will prompt you with the option of choosing to create a recipe from those edits. Tap the button to add it to your favorites list, then proceed with the image-publishing or saving process as usual.SOURCE: VSCO Journal VSCO is a photo app similar to Instagram, allowing users to snap a photo and then apply presets that give it specific looks. In VSCO’s case, those looks are generally based around existing film stocks, though users have the ability to adjust and tweak them in ways that include editing the brightness and contrast, adding grain, and similar. Mobile photography app VSCO has launched a new feature called Recipes, but it doesn’t have anything to do with cooking. The feature enables users to create a ‘recipe’ with their favorite looks, essentially making a preset that simplifies applying that look to future images. The feature supports saving up to ten recipes.
Huawei and its sub-brand Honor are about to make things a bit more confusing. Last year, the Honor View 10, V10 in some markets, made some scratch their heads, offering something almost equal to the then newly released Huawei Mate 10. Now it seems that they’re doing it again, this time with the still to be announced Honor 10. At least based on this new leak, Honor’s new flagship will closely resemble Huawei’s, but might even offer more than the P20 in one aspect. There is almost universal agreement that the Honor 10 will be no cheap, mid-range model. Powered by the latest Kirin 970 processor and paired with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, the Honor 10 is pretty much a high-end kit. Which means it will actually be competing with parent company Huawei’s P20 flagship.There is, however, some disagreement over the front of the phone. Some say its screen will be fully flushed to the edges, others claim a notch. If this alleged photo of a real Honor 10 is legit, then the notch it is.By now that might not be news anyway, considering everyone’s gone notch-crazy. The Honor 10, however, might have an ace up its sleeve. Sources indicate that its camera software will include “semantic image segmentation mode” which will supposedly be able to detect multiple scenes in an image and apply different filters to each. That’s definitely a step up from the plain scene recognition in most AI-powered camera apps these days.Of course, all of that might not be available to unfortunate consumers in the US given how things are going. The Honor 10 is scheduled to debut in China 19th April followed by a London launch on 15th May.VIA: GizmoChina
The Google Play Edition ReturnsWhat is Android One anyway? If you have asked that two years ago, the answer would have been simpler. Launched in 2014, Android One was practically marketed as one step down from the Nexus program. Unlike the Nexus, where Google mostly dictated everything and OEMs just make the device, Android One gave OEM partners more freedom in the design and hardware of the phone. They still had to comply with some Google-imposed standards, particularly in the pureness of the Android experience, the near-absence of bloatware, and regular security updates. It mostly targeted emerging markets, like India, Southeast Asia, and parts of Europe, and its roster was mostly made up of mid-range phones.Late last year, however, Google spun Android One to embrace more device tiers, manufacturers, and markets, including the US. It practically replaced the Nexus program but resembled the old Google Play Edition phones more closely. They took the form of mostly already existing regular OEM smartphones and put a pristine version of Android on them. In particular, OEMs have to follow three critical tenets for a device to be part of the Android One program. They need to shift an unmodified Android and Google Play experience, they have to support the device with Android OS updates for up to two years (depending on the OEM), but most importantly, they have to provide monthly security (not feature) updates for up to three years.Already in its eighth year, the Android One program hasn’t exactly exploded. This year, however, we have seen major brands like Motorola and LG jump aboard, which bodes well for the program. You might be surprised that there are quite a number of devices to choose from, but here are some of the best ones you’ll be able to get your hands on this year.Motorola Moto X4 (Android One)The first Android One for the US, the Moto X4 redefined Motorola’s once popular smartphone line. Once the premium flagship line, the Moto X has been supplanted by the Moto Z and might even soon be replaced by the Motorola One. So, in a way, the Moto X4 is both a first and a last.And it isn’t a bad way to say goodbye either. Like many of its Android One siblings, the Moto X4 is practically a mid-range smartphone, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630. The 5.2-inch 1920×1080 doesn’t sport that fancy 18:9 aspect ratio either. But with 3, 4, or 6 GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a somewhat classic Moto design, the Moto X4 exudes an aura of serious business, nothing more, nothing less.Nokia 7 Plus/Nokia 6.1 (2018)Nokia has publicly committed to the Android One program, practically promising that all new smartphones will be running that pristine version of Android. Given that, you might think that the Nokia 8 Sirocco is its best Android One phone. On paper, that might be true, but its $800 price tag weighs heavily against it. When it comes to bang for buck, the Nokia 7 Plus is the real champ. The 6-inch 2160×1080 screen does have that 18:9 ratio and while the Snapdragon 660 is still mid-range, it’s actually on the higher end of that range.Unfortunately for US buyers, they will have to make do with the Nokia 6.1, the highest Nokia phone you’ll get in that market so far. Here, it is fighting on a level playing field, with a 5.5-inch FHD (not FHD+) screen and a Snapdragon 630. No dual cameras here, unfortunately, unlike the Moto X4.Xiaomi Mi A2/Mi A2 LiteJust last month, Xiaomi proved that the Mi A1 wasn’t a one-off thing. It announced not only a Mi A2 but also a Mi A2 Lite, and both of them run Android One. In typical Xiaomi fashion, it has equipped the Mi A2 siblings with top of the line specs, as far as mid-range phones go. Oddly enough, it is the Lite version that has a notch.They run on a Snapdragon 660, which, as mentioned, is a higher version of the Snapdragon 630. RAM is either 4 or 6 GB and storage is 32, 64, or even 128 GB. Both have dual cameras but, of course, the Mi A2 has a better pair. Unfortunately, like any other Xiaomi phone, US buyers are left dreaming of better days.HTC U11 Life (Android One)OK, the HTC U11 Life was launched last year, but it was at least late 2017. And it’s also difficult to ignore given how much it actually has going for it. While the flagship HTC U11, U11+, and U12+ have trouble finding their place in the premium market, their features ironically make the HTC U11 Life stand out among other Android One phones.In terms of base specs, it’s not exactly all that. The 5.2-inch FHD screen was well ahead of the notch craze. The Snapdragon 630 processor is on par with its kin. And single cameras on the back? Don’t expect bokeh here. Where it does outshine others is its $300 price tag and the fact that it has the higher end HTC phones’ squeezable Edge Sense and USonic features. It looks a lot like them too. Sadly, HTC has decided that the US doesn’t want an Android One phone and has reserved that model for the global market only.LG G7 OneThe G7 One isn’t even out yet but, at least on paper, it could be the Android One phone to beat this year. Whoever said Android One phones need to be performance pushovers? The G7 One was designed to resemble the G7 ThinQ, including the 6.1-inch QHD+ (3120×1440) FullView screen with a notch. And it runs on last year’s premium chip, the Snapdragon 835.Given those factors, however, we have a sinking feeling this won’t be an affordable one. After all, it is almost similar to the overpriced Nokia 8 Sirocco. Hopefully, LG will have a bit more sense in that regard. And, hopefully, it plans on bringing the device to the US.Wrap-up: The OneWith the LG G7 One’s availability still unknown, the HTC U11 Life emerges as the Android One phone that offers the best value for your money. With premium features like Edge Sense, a premium design, and an affordable price tag, the U11 Life won’t make you feel like you’re losing out on raw power too much. And, of course, you’ll be running an unencumbered Android version that’s guaranteed to have security updates until 2020.Unfortunately, US buyers will have to be content with the Moto X4 or Nokia 6.1 as their best (or only) options for now. We root for the X4 because of its dual cameras and its availability on Google’s Project Fi. Hopefully, as more big OEMs participate in the Android One program, we’ll get to see even more choices soon. Including ones that will be sold in the US. LG just made a rather startling announcement days before IFA. Unlike Samsung, whose first Android Go phone, the Galaxy J2 Core, was repeatedly leaked before it was finally announced, LG’s first Android One phone was almost totally unexpected. With the LG G7 One, another major manufacturer jumps into Google’s revamped program. But what exactly is Android One and what are your best choices in getting one? Puns aside, here are the top picks for the pure Android experience you’ve always wanted but couldn’t get because of the Pixel phones’ price tag.
T-Mobile will start offering the Galaxy A6 smartphone and Galaxy Tab S4 tablet on November 9. Ahead of that arrival comes details of two deals covering both gadgets, one offering the tablet at half-off its regular price, the other offering the smartphone at only $10/month. The devices will be available to purchase both online and in the Uncarrier’s retail stores. Customers interested in the Galaxy A6 can get the smartphone through T-Mobile with an overall $144 USD savings under this deal. The Uncarrier will offer the handset at $10/month with $16 down under its Equipment Installment Plan, assuming the customer gets a new line and signs up for autopay. The discount comes in the form of monthly bill credits over the course of 24 months.Joining that is the Galaxy Tab S4 deal, which involves a half-off price of $350 over the course of an Equipment Installment Plan. The deal involves a $28 down payment and then $13.42/month for 24 months, assuming autopay is setup. The discount, as with the phone, comes in the form of bill credits.The tablet deal requires the customer to get a new 6GB or greater Simple Choice or T-Mobile ONE plan with the slate. Both the Galaxy A6 and the Tab S4 support T-Mobile’s 600Mhz extended range LTE network, which, as of September, is available in more than 1250 towns and cities in the US and Puerto Rico. T-Mobile’s coverage map is available here.SOURCE: T-Mobile
That smart card payment system will be help individuals who don’t have access to credit pay for getting around, according to city officials, while planned upcoming broadband availability along major bus routes through the city will help those individuals get connected. The improved public transportation options will also help families and residents in general, including everything from getting kids to school to helping day workers get to their jobs.Columbus also plans to use the money for increasing its use of electric vehicles.AdChoices广告The victory is a major one for Columbus, enabling it to link inner city and impoverished communities with other areas of the city for better job opportunities and more. The increased transportation options are expected to help boost the local economy, and will also make using public transportation a more appealing option to many, reducing how many one-person vehicles are taking up space on roads.Columbus beat out competing cities San Francisco, Portland, Austin, Denver, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City.SOURCE: Washington Post The city has a total of $140 million between the locally raised funds and the Smart City competition awards. With it, city officials plan to improve transportation services and things related to city transportation. In addition to using self-driving vehicles to help residents of Linden get better access to the job center in Easton, the city will use the funds to create a smart card and app system for paying for transportation services and bus trips. Ohio’s capital Columbus has won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City competition, and as such will get $40 million in federal funds and another $10 million from the company Vulcan. The city has detailed its plans for the money, saying the combined $50 million will be used alongside locally raised funds to, among other things, connect the impoverished community Linden with a nearby job center using self-driving vehicles.
Google Fiber is shutting down in Louisville, Kentucky, the company has announced. The decision to pull out of that market was due to ongoing troubles the company has been experiencing, ones that would require it to “essentially rebuild” its entire network to fix. That’s not possible, Google Fiber said in its announcement today, and so instead it will be terminating service later this year. It seems the Louisville troubles are due to a different type of construction method used by Google Fiber in that particular city. Compared to places before it, the company used much shallower trenches for placing its fiber, which hasn’t worked out so well. “Innovating means learning, and sometimes, unfortunately, you learn by failing,” Google said in its announcement.Issues have included both service problems for its customers in Louisville, as well as some friction with residents. Rather than rebuild its network, which isn’t “the right business” decision at this point, according to Google, it will instead stop offering Fiber in this particular market. Though this experience ended badly, Google says it has refined its micro trenching and the results have been better in other markets. Existing customers will lose their service on April 15, but Google says they won’t have to pay for the next two months. As well, the company will work with its customers and other partners on keeping disruption to a minimum. Customers in the area have been informed about the upcoming change. Other Google Fiber cities will continue to operate normally. The company currently has service in Atlanta, Austin, Provo, San Antonio, Huntsville, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and other destinations. Story TimelineGoogle Assistant interpreter mode just went live on smart speakersGoogle pulls 29 camera apps from Play Store over security issuesGoogle’s Adiantum encrypts Android in all forms
Each year at SEMA there are a vast number of awesome custom cars on display. This year one of the coolest is a special Acura NSX by ScienceofSpeed called the NSX “Dream Project” and the car looks the business. The first thing you notice about this special SEMA car is the bodywork that looks straight off the GT3 racing grid. The body kit is inspired by those GT3 racers and not only looks good, but it functions as well. The car gets modifications to the engine with the addition of liquid injected intercooling that cools the intake air before it enters the twin-turbos of the engine. Power output is up to 610hp and 507 lb-ft of torque. Those are gains of 37hp and 31 lb-ft of torque over stock. The car was also fitted with wider Advan GT forged wheels measuring 20×9 front and 21×12 rear in a black finish.The wheels were shod with Pirelli Trofeo R tires. The suspension was tweaked with a lowering kit dropping the car by about an inch compared to stock. The lowered suspension might make the car difficult to live with so an iLIFT suspension system raises the front axle by up to 2-inches when needed.Other touches include carbon ceramic Brembo brakes and a full body kit. That body kit has a mid-height rear wing, larger rear diffuser, and wider carbon fiber ducted rocker panels. Custom paint covers the body kit.The paint is gloss black on the roof with Nouvelle Blue Pearl on the body, a combo that is a throwback to the first generation NSX. The custom interior includes Recaro Pole Position racing seats with custom upholstery. The Dream Project NSX is on display during the show. SOURCE: Honda News
That launch timetable, it’s been suggested, was for a number of reasons. Not least was Apple’s believed intent to use an Intel 5G modem rather than a Qualcomm 5G modem, given the company is still embroiled in ugly litigation with Qualcomm over technology licensing, among other things. However Intel’s modem wasn’t expected to be ready in time for the 2019 iPhone.Another factor is said to be battery life. First-generation 5G devices are likely to be power-hungry, and thus manufacturers of 5G-capable phones – like Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, and the LG V50 ThinQ 5G – are putting oversized batteries inside to avoid frustrating early-adopters with handsets that rapidly run flat. By bypassing the very first iteration of the technology, Apple and its partners would have time to refine power consumption. However even 2020 is now looking ambitious, according to some industry observers. In a note to investors this week, UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri heaped skepticism on the possibility of a 5G iPhone next year. Instead, he predicts 2021 for the device, at the earliest.AdChoices广告The culprit is the 5G modem, or more accurately a sufficiently advanced 5G modem to suit Apple’s requirements. Although Intel has accelerated its launch plans for its 5G modem, and insists it’ll be ready to launch in the second half of 2019, UBS argues that’s unlikely, at least not in time for Apple to use it in its first generation of 5G iPhones. That leaves Samsung and MediaTek, both “unlikely solutions,” Arcuri says, CNCB reports. Even just a 2021 launch remains a “big technical hurdle,” he suggests. However, perversely, another of Apple’s current headaches could end up minimizing the 5G problem. A slowing cadence of iPhone upgrades and replacements means that, even if the iPhone 5G isn’t on sale until the year after next, that could actually fall more cleanly in line. Whereas owners may have once upgraded roughly every two years, Arcuri suggests that now the “effective upgrade rate” is around 3.4 years on average. As such, the iPhone 5G could arrive just in time to grab the attention of iPhone X and iPhone XS buyers looking to replace their devices. “Though lack of 5G phone next year would be a near-term headwind,” Arcuri concludes, “our install base and replacement analysis suggests iPhone can ultimately grow over the longer term.”Speculation on when the iPhone 5G will go on sale is likely to continue pretty much up until the point where Apple actually announces the phone. Still, there are good reasons why holding back and playing it relatively safe could work in the Cupertino firm’s favor. Although 5G networks are beginning to go live in the US, coverage is still likely to be relatively low, even in 12-18 months time. Over-promising 5G capabilities and then having owners of 5G iPhones discover they’re rarely able to take advantage of them because of patchy service could arguably be just as damaging, if not more, than being seen as “late” to launch the device in the first place. The 5G iPhone may not make its widely-expected 2020 release, with suggestions that Apple’s plans for a faster smartphone could be pushed back. Though Android phones with 5G connectivity are on track to reach the market this year, Apple wasn’t expected to have a 5G-capable iPhone ready until next year at the earliest.
SOURCE: Koenigsegg Both Final Edition cars are Agera RS cars with all the options thrown in for the owners at no additional cost. Both wear bespoke aerodynamic solutions to set them apart. Thor is a two-tone car with clear carbon with diamond-flake in select sections of the paintwork. It has a central LeMans-style fin for high-speed stability along with the active aerodynamics found on other Koenigsegg cars.Väder is finished in clear carbon with diamond flake and has two small rear winglets with touches of white gold leaf. One of the cool touches for Väder is an enlarged rear spoiler with strakes that have bespoke cutouts showing the support hardware for the active rear wing. Common features on both cars include custom front winglets, enlarged front and rear spoilers, and a 1MW engine upgrade.The Agera is Koenigsegg’s longest running car having debuted in 2010 and the last two cars being produced in 2018. This car was important as it marked the move from supercharging on early Koenigsegg cars to turbocharging.AdChoices广告The 1MW engine update produces 1,360hp and was first used in the Koenigsegg One:1. The Agera RS broke the production car world speed record last year when it hit nearly 280mph in Nevada. Koenigsegg has announced that the last of the Agera hypercars have been built. The two cars are collectively called Final Edition cars and have been named Thor and Väder. Both are already sold and will be piloted up the hill at the 2018 Goodwood festival by their owners.
2020 Ford Explorer Gallery On the outside, it’s instantly recognizable as an Explorer. The blacked-out A-pillars and D-pillars have been kept, along with the body-color C-pillars, but the roof they support now slopes more aggressively. Front overhangs are shorter, too. 18-inch painted aluminum wheels will be standard, with seven variations ranging up to 21-inch wheels for the Platinum trim. That will also get a unique satin aluminum finish to the grille, as well as a twin-panel moonroof, special leather seats, and leather trim to the dashboard. Underneath all that is a new platform, with both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants. Engine options will include a 2.3-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost inline-4 – rated for up to 5,300 pounds of towing with the Class III Trailer Tow Package, a considerable increase over the current version’s 3,000 pounds – which is expected to offer 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque in the base, XLT, and Limited models. A 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 will be under the hood of the 2020 Explorer Platinum, expected to deliver 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, leaving it capable of towing up to 5,600 pounds. Ford will also offer a 2020 Explorer Limited Hybrid.AdChoices广告Rear-wheel drive models get six drive modes in Ford’s Terrain Management System: normal, sport, trail, slippery, tow/haul, and eco. All-wheel drive versions add a deep snow and sand mode to that list. A new 10-speed transmission is standard. Inside, there are three rows and a long list of standard and optional tech. The cabin promises to be more spacious and quieter, with redesigned second-row seats making access to the third row easier. PowerFold third-row seats are optional, and when flattened with the second-row there’s almost 171 cubic feet of cargo space, accessed through a standard power liftgate; smaller items get 123 cubic liters of stowage space spread throughout the cabin. New ISOFIX anchor points support child seats anywhere in the second or third rows. Ford Co-Pilot360 is standard, with pre-collision assistance with automatic emergency braking for pedestrians and forward collisions, blind spot information with cross-traffic alerts, and a lane-keeping system. It also includes an auto-cleaning reversing camera, and auto-headlamps. Evasive Steering Assist is optional, as is Post-Impact Braking. Adaptive Cruise Control with Speed Sign Recognition can also be added to the 2020 Explorer. That not only adjusts speed according to the traffic ahead, and keeps the SUV centered in the lane, it can also read speed limits from posted signs and adjust the cruise control settings automatically. Active Park Assist 2.0, meanwhile, is standard on the 2020 Explorer Platinum and optional on other trims. It takes overt the steering, transmission, accelerator, and brake, to automatically park the SUV in a parallel or perpendicular spot. Reverse brake assist is another option – though it’s standard on the Platinum trim – to automatically brake if you’re about to reverse into another vehicle or obstacle. 4G LTE with WiFi hotspot support for up to 10 devices is standard, though you’ll of course need a data subscription to use it. FordPass Connect, meanwhile, uses a smartphone app to remotely lock, unlock, locate, and start the SUV. A 10.1-inch portrait-orientation touchscreen is optional for the center stack, with a reconfigurable UI. SYNC 3 on a smaller, 8-inch touchscreen is standard; either way you get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A wireless charging pad is optional, and there are up to four USB ports – including USB-C – together with up to three 12-volt outlets and a 110-volt outlet. A 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with 980 watts is available, while SiriusXM is standard. HD Radio comes standard on Limited and Platinum trims. A 12.3-inch all-digital instrumentation panel is available too, replacing the regular gages with a virtual set. That also gets special 3D animated graphics for each fo the Terrain Management System drive modes. Ford says the 2020 Explorer will arrive in dealerships this summer. Pricing will be $400 more than the current SUV, so starting at $32,765 plus destination. The 2020 Ford Explorer has been revealed, and with the automaker going all-in on SUVs and trucks it’s hard to understate just how important this three-row family utility vehicle is. Headed to dealerships this summer, the new 2020 Explorer promises more efficient and more powerful EcoBoost engines, along with a cabin tech upgrade.
Mercedes says that the GLC Coupe “skillfully and intricately combines the sportiness of a coupe with the functionality of an SUV.” This appears to be a ride aimed at those wanting an SUV for the utility and hauling capacity, but wanting coupe style. Mercedes has rolled in some new tech with the latest MBUX user interface and intelligent driving assistance systems.The systems include an exit-warning function, emergency-corridor function, and a tail-end-of-traffic-jam function. Mercedes has integrated a Trailer Maneuvering Assist function to help when backing a trailer up, perfect for those who might want to tow a golf cart or boat on the weekend.The GLC Coupe has new engines available now, and additional engines will be added later. One of the engines is a diesel that meets Euro 6d standard. The gas engines will use a 48V onboard electrical system to provide hybrid functions. Engines include 145hp or 190 hp gas options with 10kW of Energy Recovery Boost; diesel options include 120hp, 143hp, and 180hp offerings.AdChoices广告To start Mercedes will offer the GLC 200 4MATIC, GLC 300 4Matic, GLC 200 d 4Matic, GLC 220 d 4Matic, and GLC 300 d 4Matic. Mercedes has provided no official launch date and hasn’t offered pricing details. Not long ago Mercedes unveiled the GLC SUV to the masses. The German automaker is now back with another version of the GLC called the GLC Coupe. It’s not really a coupe thanks to its four doors, and it has the higher stance of an SUV.
A selection of health policy stories from New York, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota and Colorado.The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: NY Audit Faults Referrals For Veterans’ BenefitsNew York auditors say poor coordination of health benefits for military veterans by local social services departments and the state health department has resulted in many veterans placed in the state’s Medicaid program rather than federal programs (3/20).The Atlanta Journal Constitution: Gov. Deal Endorses Plan Aimed At Keeping More Rural Hospitals OpenStruggling hospitals could scale back their services under a plan unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal meant to help rural communities keep healthcare facilities open. Deal’s plan involves a “step-down” that clears the way for ailing hospitals, and those that were recently shuttered, to offer only more limited services such as emergency care. “Communities should not have to go without crucial services – many of them life-saving – simply because they don’t fall within a certain zip code,” said Deal (Bluestein, 3/19).Georgia Health News: Deal Plan Would Allow Rural Mini-HospitalsIn the wake of some recent closures of rural Georgia hospitals, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday an initiative to help such facilities survive tough financial times. Deal, speaking to the Rural Caucus of the General Assembly, said he is proposing a change in licensure rules that would allow a struggling rural hospital — or one that has recently closed — to offer downsized services that would include an emergency department. Such a facility could also provide childbirth services and some kinds of elective surgery, he said (Miller, 3/19). Georgia Health News: Anti-ACA Bill Gets Late-Night Approval An anti-Obamacare bill that appeared to have died in the Georgia Senate was revived late Tuesday night and now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk to become law. HB 707 had captured the attention of the health care industry, policy experts and consumer advocates throughout this year’s General Assembly session. The legislation would prohibit Georgia employees of any state unit from spending state funds to advocate for the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provision, and would eventually halt the navigator program run by the University of Georgia (Miller and Craig, 3/19).The Washington Post: Md. Senate Chair Seeks Pay Raise For Workers Who Care For Developmentally DisabledThe chairman of a key Maryland Senate Committee said Wednesday that he does not plan to act on a bill to raise the minimum wage until a related issue is resolved involving the way the state reimburses workers who care for the developmentally disabled. Sen. Thomas M. Middleton (D-Charles) made his comment during the latest in a series of work sessions his committee has held as it attempts to craft its version of a minimum wage bill, which Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has said is his top legislative priority this year (Wagner, 3/20).Minn Post: Minnesota’s ‘Health Care Homes’ Aim To Fill Gaps In Support For Late-In-Life PatientsAs the giant boomer cohort of Americans begins to reach senior status, neither individuals nor the disparate components of the U.S. medical system have fully prepared for a new reality: People can expect to live far longer than their forebears. And as they age, patients frequently will need years of coordinated care and support services before they enter the end stage of life (Schmickle, 3/19).Health News Colorado: Health Officials Want Go-Ahead For $10 Million In Pot ResearchColorado’s health department could begin funding $10 million in marijuana research by next year if a bill to authorize new studies passes the Colorado legislature this spring. The unconventional research of what has long been an illegal drug would aim to determine whether pot has health benefits or harms people. One of the highest priorities for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is to learn whether marijuana can help children who suffer from seizures and whether there are any harmful side effects (McCrimmon, 3/19).Health News Colorado: Vaccine Supporters Deploy Moms, Want Immunization Grades At SchoolsMobilizing moms may be the secret to boosting Colorado’s dismal immunization rates. Anti-vaccine activists long have been well organized and aggressively share their concerns about vaccines, despite an outcry from scientists that research does not support those fears. Now public health advocates who support immunizations are trying to light a fire under ambivalent parents by hitting them where they hang out: at their kids’ schools (McCrimmon, 3/19). State Highlights: N.Y. Veterans’ Benefits; Ga. Rural Hospital Deal This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
The Huffington Post: More Signs Of Fuzzy Math In The Bernie Sanders Health Plan Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, our health care system has changed for the better. The uninsured rate has fallen by 45%, and for the first time, more than 9 in 10 Americans have health insurance. Health care spending per beneficiary has grown more slowly in both the private and public sectors, and we’ve seen promising improvements in health care quality, including lower rates of hospital-acquired conditions and hospital readmissions — a sign that we are not just cutting costs but also delivering greater value. (James Furman and Matthew Fiedler, 2/3) Two studies published in the most recent Health Affairs journal raise questions about the contention that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will reduce employment, wages, and hours worked by employees. The study by Gooptu and colleagues examined the effects of the law’s Medicaid expansion on employment and found no statistically significant effect through March 2015. A related study by Moriya and colleagues examined the subsidy structure provided to households getting health insurance through the ACA’s exchanges and similarly found no discernible effect on levels of part-time employment for employees eligible for these subsidies. These studies provide useful new information, but they do not mean, as some reporting on them seems to suggest, that there is nothing to worry about with respect to the ACA’s effects on labor markets. (Joseph Antos and James Capretta, 2/3) JAMA: Surprise, Surprise The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: What New Data Tell Us About Doctor Choice The Washington Post: Why Democrats Can’t Seem To Decide Between Clinton And Sanders On Jan. 23, as the cleanup from Winter Storm Jonas began outside of my apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a patient posed a seemingly straightforward question to me: Should I cancel my upcoming trip to Florida? This woman was concerned about potentially contracting the Zika virus — a mosquito-borne illness known to cause fever, rash, joint paints, and, it appears, a devastating birth defect called microcephaly. In theory, I was the right person to ask. I’m an infectious disease specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and my research focuses on the ethical implications of medical decision-making. But this case was tricky because the patient was in her first trimester of pregnancy, and more importantly, she happened to be my wife. (Matt McCarthy, 2/2) The Washington Post: How To Make Both Parties Happy Through The Affordable Care Act Health Affairs Blog: The ACA And Its Employment Effects So-called “surprise medical bills” are a head-scratching phenomenon that one might expect to see in the satirical website The Onion than as part of a serious policy discussion. Take the case of a recent report from Montana Public Radio about an air ambulance trip for a 2-year-old girl with a heart condition who had to be transported to a hospital 600 miles away. It turns out that the air ambulance company was not in the network for the family’s health insurance plan. They ended up with a bill for $56 000. (Larry Levitt, 2/3) Listening to the political debate about health care, and in conversations with patients and health professionals across the country, I get the sense that some people that feel their choice of doctors–and hospitals–is threatened and that people are losing their regular doctors as insurers narrow provider networks to lower costs. Critics have blamed the Affordable Care Act; in a recent campaign rally in Iowa, Sen. Ted Cruz charged that Obamacare is “taking our doctors.” Data from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s January health-tracking poll, however, indicate that this problem is smaller than conventional wisdom and critics have suggested. (Drew Altman, 2/4) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. There’s new reason to think the numbers in the Bernie Sanders health care plan don’t add up. On Wednesday, the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan Washington think tank, released an analysis of Sanders’ proposal to replace existing health insurance arrangements with a single, government-run plan that would look something like Medicare. (Jonathan Cohn, 2/3) Are house calls really dead, as we suggested in a blog post Monday? Dr. Michael Oppenheim begs to differ. Oppenheim, 76, has spent virtually his entire career making house calls in Los Angeles. The core of his practice is serving as an on-call doctor for hotels and for travel insurance companies whose foreign subscribers fall ill while visiting here. But he also does shifts for Heal, a new Uber-like service that dispatches doctors to homes at a charge of $99 per visit to patients without insurance to cover the house call. (Michael Hilzik, 2/2) On Wednesday, officials from Michigan and the federal Environmental Protection Agency were called before a House committee to explain how they let the drinking water in Flint become poisoned by lead. Also testifying before the committee was a mother of four whose tap water has been so contaminated since early 2015 that her family has had to use bottled water for drinking and cooking and has often showered at friends’ homes outside the city. (2/4) Health Affairs Blog: Claims That The ACA Would Be A Job Killer Are Not Substantiated By Research Los Angeles Times: Is The House Call Really Dead? Not Quite, Says This Doctor Who Makes House Calls. The governor’s order gives new authority and responsibility to Florida’s embattled surgeon general, Dr. John Armstrong, which he must wield wisely. He is charged with determining the resources his Department of Health needs from the state and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect the public. He is also to direct Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to spray for mosquitoes in residential areas of the four counties. (2/3) Tampa Bay Times: Public Health Test For Florida With Zika The Denver Post: Lower Overhead For Single-Payer Healthcare Like any service provider or business, Planned Parenthood has the right to expect that an application to conduct a legal activity will be addressed professionally and expeditiously by the appropriate state agency. And Kentuckians, regardless of their personal feelings about abortion, have every right to expect Bevin to respect the rule of law, rather than try to bend it to his will. (2/3) The New York Times: When State Control Damages A City In opining on Bernie Sanders health care plan, columnist Megan McArdle asks, But don t single-payer systems cost less? Then she answers her own question in the negative: Not unless you have a plan to make health care workers accept less pay … . She neglects the important question of overhead. (Waldman, 2/3) Lexington Herald Leader: Bevin’s Shrill Rhetoric Defies Rule Of Law Viewpoints: Can Both Parties Be Happy With The ACA?; The Pros Of The Cadillac Tax A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Reuters: With Zika, Ethical And Medical Questions — And Few Answers Opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been claiming that the law would be a job killer since its passage, and the claims have not subsided with time. Some supporters of the ACA also worry about the possibility of unintended employment consequences. In addition, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that the ACA would have negative employment effects. However, predictions that the ACA would substantially reduce employment, and shift millions of workers from full-time to part-time work, have not been borne out. Instead we have a growing body of empirical evidence, including two new studies in the most recent issue of Health Affairs and analyses we have released, that the ACA has had little, if any, adverse effect on employment. (Bowen Garrett and Robert Kaestner, 2/3) Last month, majorities in Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Not surprisingly, President Obama vetoed the repeal bill, and the Republican Congress was unable to override the president’s veto. As former leaders in Congress, we have a message for both sides in this debate: It’s time to give the states a chance. (Newt Gingrich and Tom Daschle, 2/3) But there is less distance between Sanders and Clinton than meets the eye. Their sharpest programmatic differences (other than on Sanders’s mixed gun-control record) are over his sweeping ideas: breaking up the largest banks, establishing a single-payer health-care system and providing universal free college education. These disagreements are closely connected to their competing theories of change. Clinton believes in change through incremental steps: toughening financial regulation, building on Obamacare, expanding access to scholarships and grants without making college free for everyone. One-step-at-a-time reform is the best way to reach a larger goal, she believes. And proposals that are too big are doomed to fail — politically for sure, and probably substantively as well. (E.J.Dionne Jr., 2/3) The New England Journal Of Medicine: The Cadillac Tax — A Crucial Tool For Delivery-System Reform
Air Ambulance Rates Are Soaring But State Regulators Are Handcuffed By A Decades-Old Rule The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 prohibits states from regulating routes or rates, so state regulators can do nothing but look on as prices climb to a median of $39,000. However, the increase could bolster congressional efforts to address balance billing. The Washington Post: Health Care Costs: Air Ambulance Rates In The United States Are Soaring In other health care cost news — Many air ambulance providers are not in insurance networks, leading to patients getting stuck with surprise out-of-pocket bills for thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. That has triggered public anger, prompting state and federal lawmakers to propose limits on balance billing by air ambulance companies. Last month, the Senate health committee shocked the air ambulance industry, which is made up heavily of private equity-owned companies, by including a balance-billing ban for air ambulance services in its broader legislation to regulate surprise out-of-network billing. Experts say only the federal government has the authority to address the problem of out-of-network bills from air ambulance companies. Courts have blocked states from regulating these companies due to a federal law governing air carriers, the Air Deregulation Act of 1978. (Meyer, 7/1) What Aliera Healthcare was peddling was not insurance, but rather connection to a Christian health-sharing ministry, an obscure but growing type of coverage based on the biblical principle that the like-minded should help each other in times of need. Members paid monthly into an Aliera-administered fund to help pay their future medical bills. …As similar cases have surfaced across the country, regulators in several states, including Texas, are taking action against Aliera, accusing the four-year-old company of fraudulently selling insurance without a license — a charge Aliera denies. But the story runs deeper, emerging as a tangled tale of broken deals, politics, religion, prison, and, of course, money – hundreds of millions of dollars. And it is unfolding at a time when the nation’s health insurance regulations are steadily unspooling. (Deam, 7/2) Air ambulance rates in the United States are soaring. The cost of a medical ride in a helicopter or airplane climbed about 60 percent from 2012 to 2016, to a median of $39,000, according to a study of federal data released Monday. The list charges rose to as much as 10 times what Medicare pays for the service, despite a surge of air ambulance carriers entering the market, the study said. (Rowland, 7/1) As it enters its 11th year, America’s economic expansion is now the longest on record — a streak that has shrunk unemployment, swelled household wealth, revived the housing market and helped fuel an explosive rise in the stock market. Yet even after a full decade of uninterrupted economic growth, the richest Americans now hold a greater share of the nation’s wealth than they did before the Great Recession began in 2007. And income growth has been sluggish by historical standards, leaving many Americans feeling stuck in place. (Rugaber, 7/1) Houston Chronicle: Buyer Beware: When Religion, Politics, Health Care, And Money Collide The Associated Press: Why Wealth Gap Has Grown Despite Record-Long Economic Growth Modern Healthcare: Jumps In Air Ambulance Charges May Help Senate’s Balance Billing Ban This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Email American Apparel shelves L.A. flagship store project However, things could later change Recommended For YouAre you on speaking terms with your old pensions? Ignoring them could cost youThe storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them throughTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016 The decision comes at a point in time when many retailers are choosing to focus on e-commerce.Andrew Burton / Getty Images Reddit Sandrine Rastello April 26, 201911:42 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Comment Bloomberg News More Twitter Share this storyAmerican Apparel shelves L.A. flagship store project Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn American Apparel may not be returning to brick-and-mortar after all — at least not yet.Owner Gildan Activewear Inc. said its plan to open a flagship store in Los Angeles, announced a year ago, has been put on hold as the Montreal-based apparel company focuses on e-commerce and wholesale clients. The store remains “a possibility, just one that we have decided to delay for the time being,” according to spokesman Garry Bell. American Apparel is back with a new bricks-and-mortar store in L.A. American Apparel stages a comeback with a few twists and a Canadian owner American Apparel bankruptcy leaves retail future in doubt, Gildan says not obligated to keep employees Gildan bought the rights to American Apparel — but not the stores, which closed — in a 2017 bankruptcy auction. A year ago, the company said the planned L.A. location would let it gauge trends and complement e-commerce operations. Chief Executive Officer Glenn Chamandy said at the time that Gildan was thinking about franchising the brand or opening more stores.Bell said the company’s primary focus has been expanding its clients base in the “imprintables markets” — the wholesalers who buy blank T-shirts and other items to customize them for sports teams or events. The company has also expanded its e-commerce reach to 220 countries, he said.Bloomberg News Facebook 0 Comments Join the conversation →
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Watch Formula 1 Champ Drive Custom Energica Ego In Monaco IMPROVED SAFETYWhile you ride, will continually assess your safety. The “Samsung Heads-Up Displays” include intelligent mirrors with two integrated Samsung Galaxy A series devices that use the information from videos generated by the two cameras installed in the rear and the front of the bike. This combined information will, “revolutionize road safety, analyzing images in real time and warning the rider of any hazards and obstacles ahead,” explains Energica. While you ride, this e-bike will continually assess your safety.2 IN 1 – INFORMATION OVERLORDThe integrated GPS unit on the bike supplies information to the smartwatch about the location of your ride and whether it is being moved without your consent, at which time the app can be requested to set off the horn. Imagine the surprised look on a bike thief’s face!START IT UPThe NFS system on the Galaxy smartwatch will be able to start the bike when it’s close to the tank – information that can also be shared among key contacts. Want a trusted friend to pick up your bike and plug it in close by? The watch will let you and your friend know where to find the closest charging station and assuming they also own the hardware, their own device will unlock the ignition.MAKE YOUR OWN MOVIESAs if all of this technology wasn’t enough, Energica and Samsung thought you might want to relive the memories of previous rides when you’re trapped indoors wishing you were out on two. Using footage recorded by the “built-in cameras on the motorbike and data captured by the smartwatch,” your entire ride, including all the metrics, can be replayed on a Samsung Smart TV! You can even send it all to your friends and/or retrieve their ride data to view because you generously lent them your miracle motorbike.MSRPOf course, the reason you might need to share your bike with friends could be a result of the cost. The MSRP of this particular tricked-out model wasn’t included as part of the description but the present members of the Eva EsseEsse9 fleet range in price between €20,000 and €23, 000. That’s between about $23,000 and $25,000, but surely worth the investment, if you can make it. Energica Launches MotoE-Inspired Ego Sport Black Energica EGO Sets New Laguna Track Record Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 8, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News “Smart Ride has been designed starting from the electric old-style Eva EsseEsse9, the newly proclaimed Best Electric Bike of the Year 2018, “ the company said in its latest press release. “The result is “Bolid-E”, a speed machine which exalts the concept of speed as an emotion: a futuristic motorbike in which Samsung technologies and Energica expertise come together.”Using Near-Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Watch and the Energica bike will be able to stay in touch while the rider is in transit or parked. Energica and Samsung combine brains and beauty into newest E-bike.It’s official: Energica Motor Company S.p.A. may have thought of everything in their most recent collaboration with tech giant Samsung. The SmartRide, which just revealed at EICMA 2018, addresses the entire ride experience on the bike and off. Increased rider safety, connectivity, even theft deterrent are all integrated into the Samsung Galaxy watch and accessible through Energica’s new dedicated app.More From Energica