Pokemon GO Update Raid level news Gyms Upgrade

first_imgRAID Battle Level Requirement [BETA]The level at which the first wave of RAID Battle players are allowed to play in a RAID Battle is 35. That’s insane – yes – but it covers only a tiny number of players in the world, which is perfect for Niantic. With only a few people in the world playing at level 35, the Beta test can be performed with very little impact on the game’s other players.In the future, the full list of requirements wont likely stay at LEVEL 35. Because that’s just crazy, given the amount of experience points needed to get there. Instead, we’re thinking somewhere around level 5, for starters, might be the first target. More requirements might come later – including more on Raid Passes, too.Diversity in Pokemon GymsThe image above comes from Reddit where more than one silly situation like this has appeared. The perfect combination in this case is, of course, this set of 5 evolutions as well as an Eevee. Not that the Eevee would last long, but still – it’d be super cute. There is no bonus in the game for making a perfect set of Pokemon in a Pokemon Gym – at least not yet. In the future it’d be fun to see gyms turn shades of color dependent on the dominant color scheme of the Pokemon inside. Updated Bag SizeUsers that maxed out their Backpack (Bag) size in the past will now find a feature upgrade in the game. Before, the max bag size was a mere 1,000 items. Now the bag can be increased in storage size to a cool 1,500 items. If what we’ve seen so far is true, the amount of items users will be wanting to carry will increase exponentially each time there’s a major update to the game. This update should make more players able to play in Pokemon Gym locations around the world. This means more potions, more revives, and most importantly – more berries.Berry BonusesFeeding Berries to Pokemon in Gyms that they defend can sometimes award Pokemon Candies. The candies will be for the Pokemon that’s been fed – Pikachu candy for feeding berries to a Pikachu, for example. It does not seem to matter which kind of berry nor which Pokemon the berries are given to – your own or someone else on your team, Snorlax, Blissey, Psyduck – whatever!Gym Defender Bonus Coin RatesCoins earned defending a Gym now depend entirely on the amount of time a Pokemon has been at a gym. The cash-out system is the same, it’s just the time between placing a Pokemon at a Gym and cashing out that matters. After 10 hours in a Gym, a Pokemon will be worth 10 coins. If a Pokemon has been at a gym 20 hours, it’ll be worth 20 coins – and so on.The max amount of coins that can be earned in a day remains 100. That was the max before, and it remains the max now. No matter how many Pokemon you’ve got in a gym for whatever amount of time, the max amount of reward coins remains 100.More ActionThis is merely the beginning of the 2nd Age of Pokemon GO! The first birthday of the game’s release is July 5th, a day which will be long remembered. Niantic suggested that the RAID Battle system will be extended to more players around the world soon, but hasn’t given hints as to how – we’ll see imminently! Stick around our @TeamPokemonGO Twitter Portal for more tidbits, early releases, and links to updates! Not to mention Memes – we’ve got lots of those, too. The biggest update to Pokemon GO has released this week, and the push for the Gym Overhaul went live overnight. This means a whole new system for Pokemon Gym locations around the world, for all players – once they have the newest version of the app, of course.. It also means that we’re nearly here with the RAID Battle system – which has also gone live for a select few players around the world. Story TimelinePokemon GO Gyms Under Construction : why this update is giant!Pokemon GO update : LEGENDARY RAID event [APK Download]Pokemon GO Gym Update leads to Legendary RaidsPokemon GO cheaters are in for a surprisePokemon GO Raid Update list : New items you’ll needlast_img read more

HTC U11 to get Bluetooth 5 in a firmware update

first_imgActually, the reality is far less magical. the Bluetooth standard is just that, a standard hardware makers must comply with to provide certain features. Hardware can be advertised as complying with a certain version of the standard if it is able to meet the criteria and minimum capabilities set in the standard.In practice, this would mean that the HTC U11 actually had hardware that was completely compatible with Bluetooth 5. Why it only shipped with Bluetooth 4.2 can be for a variety of reasons. Bluetooth 5 is still new and compatible hardware and chips only started shipping early this year. This might not have given HTC enough time to test Bluetooth 5 with the hardware plus get it certified by the FCC in time for the launch.But better late than never, right? It’s certainly not that common to hear OEMs rolling out a software update to upgrade Bluetooth capabilities. Interestingly, HTC’s letter insists that it will not provide either the software or the source code for this update to third parties, perhaps for fear that it could be used to hack into the Bluetooth hardware at that low level. Which is what HTC will be doing anyway.But what does Bluetooth 5 bring anyway? Aside from the usual improvement in efficiency, the new standard extends the range of Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), which is critical for IoT devices. Perhaps more interesting to end users is how Bluetooth 5 enables streaming to multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneously.VIA: Ausdroid Wouldn’t it be great if you could get new hardware features without actually having to get new hardware? That does seem to be the magic that HTC is weaving in a leaked letter from the Taiwanese manufacturer to the US FCC regarding Bluetooth on its HTC U11 flagship. According to the letter, HTC will enable Bluetooth 5 on the HTC U11 but it will do nothing more than release a software update. No hardware changes required.last_img read more

BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black is better and you cant have it

first_imgWhile the regular BlackBerry KEYone does have a black color option, that one had accents of silver, especially at the top. It might just be cosmetic and the all-black KEYone might not have been too big a deal. That is, until the spec sheet went out as well.The KEYOne Limited Black Edition mostly has the same specs as the not so limited editions. Almost. It has the same 4.5-inch 1620×1080 screen, the same octa-core Snapdragon 625, and, of course, the same QWERTY keyboard BB fans and self-professed productivity ninjas love.Where the two editions differ is in the two kinds of memory. The Limited Edition Black gets 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage while the normal edition only gets 3 GB and 32 GB, respectively. Admittedly, the benefits might be minimal, considering this is a mid-range phone with a microSD card expansion anyway, but every byte still counts.The only catch is that the BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black is only available in India, exclusively from Amazon, where it will sell for 39,990 INR ($620). This particular smartphone is made by Optiemus, since TCL hasn’t secured rights to distribute in India. That said, TCL still provides the components and the design, so there might actually be a small chance this edition might make it out of the subcontinent in the future.VIA: CrackBerry As the leaks fortetold, the BlackBerry KEYone has indeed arrived in an all black paint job, no silver in sight. What the leaks didn’t foresee that this new edition would actually be more than just a pretty face. The BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black has at least two things better than its slightly older siblings which might make BB fans wish they could get this one instead. But alas, this KEYone will be out of reach, unless you happen to live in India, where it is will be sold exclusively. At least for now.last_img read more

WhatsApp update Stickers directions and creator info

Story TimelineWhatsApp lets admins set group chats to broadcast-only modeWhatsApp rolls out group video and audio callsWhatsApp won’t be free for all, soonWhatsApp backups won’t count against Google Drive storage soon This week the folks at WhatsApp announced the addition of stickers to their chat platform. One might wonder how a platform like WhatsApp did not have stickers until now – and the answer is not entirely clear. What is clear is that the stickers are fanciful and quite often strange. WhatApp will deliver these stickers to all users ASAP. Users will find “third-party sticker packs created by local artists across the globe.” That’s a strange way of saying that these artists are not corporations, but people. One cannot really accurately claim to support local artists at the same time as saying they’re coming from “across the globe.” Those are two different things.You’ll find several packs of stickers depicted in this article. Packs called Cuppy, Komo, and Salty are here to bring the strange. Each of these packs was designed by WhatsApp designers in the lab – but there’s a way for users like yourself to make stickers, too! To create these stickers, users have only to head over to the WhatsApp FAQ for sticker creators. This FAQ suggests that it won’t be WhatsApp hosting the stickers, it’ll be you – an app-maker.They suggest that it’s a fairly simple process, getting going on publishing your own stickers on the app store. If you’re having trouble, see the SAMPLE APPS. And you’ll need a developer account, and you’ll need to sign up – and it might just be too many steps for most people to run with, me included – so maybe just don’t? I don’t know. I’m not your dad.The announcement today goes for both iPhone and Android users right out the gate. That means the update should be live immediately – or very soon if you can’t yet see it in the app store. This launch includes both standard and 3rd-party stickers, and it should be ready to roll right this minute. read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 revealed as 5G flagship

first_imgAs Qualcomm sees it, that means paving the way for more immersive extended reality (XR) experiences – that’s virtual reality and augmented reality to you and I – along with new artificial intelligence (AI) products. Multi-gigabit 5G, meanwhile, will help cut data transfer times and latency considerably over 4G LTE networks, assuming you have the 5G network to deliver it. Key will be a new, 4th generation multi-core AI Engine, drawing together the Adreno, Kryo, and Hexagon components of the SoC. Qualcomm says it’ll deliver up to three times the performance compared to its predecessor in the Snapdragon 845, currently found in phones like the Pixel 3 XL and Galaxy Note 9, by intelligently choosing which core to task each time. The focus there is on-device AI processing rather than having to rely on the cloud, whether that means delivering portrait mode photos with a single camera, scene detection, or analyzing photos and videos for visual search. Snapdragon 855 will also include a Computer Vision (CV) ISP, which Qualcomm says it’s a world’s first. That will pave the way to new computational photography and video capture features, the chip-maker suggests. Meanwhile, Snapdragon Elite Gaming will focus on the silicon’s potential in mobile games. AdChoices广告It’s an interesting time for the mobile chip industry. With fledgling 5G networks just beginning to light up, and more coverage promised for 2019, the first taste of fifth-generation connectivity is almost upon us. While cable modem alternatives using 5G in place of fixed-line broadband internet connections will reach the market first, all eyes are on mobile devices whether those be smartphones, tablets, laptops, VR and AR headsets, or something else. Of course for those to be practical, they need more than just a 5G modem inside. For a start there are battery and power management questions to be addressed: your 5G smartphone is no use if it only lasts an hour before you need to charge it, but neither will consumers settle for thicker, heavier devices that add extra-large batteries. Beyond that, though, are questions around coverage and use-case. Even with the various carriers talking up their 5G roadmaps, getting service will be the exception not the rule for some time to come. That means any 5G device will also need to deliver top-notch 4G LTE to fall back to, too. Qualcomm is also pitching its talents in multi-gigabit WiFi, as part of a combined 5G, 4G LTE, and WiFi connectivity solution that, if all goes to plan, operates seamlessly from the perspective of the user. That’s vital since the focus has to be on how you benefit from 5G and multi-gigabit, not just how technologically impressive it is. Qualcomm, of course, doesn’t make the devices itself, only the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, but it has a vested interest in making sure that there’s more than just fast download speeds to tempt consumers into upgrading. “A new technology phase has begun,” Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Incorporated said during the company’s opening keynote at the Snapdragon Summit. “Virtually everything is becoming connected and intelligent.” With device-makers like Samsung, OnePlus, Motorola, and more expected to bring 5G smartphones to market in 2019 – and Apple after that, with an iPhone 5G probably not arriving until 2020 at the earliest according to the latest leaks – there’s really not much time to set out those must-have use-cases. “”Everything we can do with the smartphones we have now, it is not going to be that different with 5G,” Amon argues. Still, he’s predicting a significant evolution ahead. “This transition is different to transition we had with 3G and 4G … 5G will be bigger than 3G and 4G,” he insisted. “It has the potential to be one of the largest industry transitions we have in wireless.”Qualcomm is playing most of the Snapdragon 855 details relatively close to its chest, at least for today. It’s promising to run through the specifics of the mobile platform tomorrow, on the second day of its Snapdragon Summit 2018. We’re out at the Summit as guests of Qualcomm, and will be bringing you all the news this week. Story TimelineQualcomm’s next-gen 7nm Snapdragon is in the hands of phone-makersQualcomm’s next chip might finally beat Apple Qualcomm has revealed its first 5G solution for next-gen smartphones and more, the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. The new flagship at the top of the chip-maker’s processor range, it’s not just a chip, Qualcomm insists, but a full architecture for making the most of 5G.last_img read more

Jeep Wrangler JL frame weld failures lead to vehicle recall

first_imgMultiple JL owners have complained that their welds have broken at the track bar mounting bracket, this bracket is a critical component and separation of it from the frame has left some owners unable to control their vehicles. Of the owners Jalopnik reports have experienced the issue, none of them were off-roading their vehicles at the time, all the failures happened on the highway.All the vehicles had low mileage and none of them claimed to have been abused. A leaked recall notice turned up on a Jeep forum noting that FCA had issued a stop sale for 2018-2019 Jeep Wrangler JL vehicles. The recall specifically notes the front track bar bracket weld issue. The notice goes on to state that the bracket could separate from the frame causing a vehicle crash without warning.All the recall says that FCA is doing is inspecting and repairing the bracket as needed. FCA says that the recall should launch in Q4 2018. FCA maintains that only 4% or about 720 vehicles have this issue out of the 18,000 vehicles in the range that will all be inspected.AdChoices广告The video above shows the track bar mount weld failure experienced by one JL owner called Bret Stevens. As the steering wheel is turned, you can see that the bracket has completely separated from the frame of the vehicle. It’s not clear how or if vehicles with such a major problem as seen in the video can be repaired or why this weld has proven problematic for FCA.SOURCE: Jalopnik As the adage goes, you never buy the first year of any new vehicle. It turns out the adage was quite right for many Jeep Wrangler JL owners. Owners of these capable off-road vehicles have been complaining about poor quality frame welds for a while, and now the issue has been escalated all the way to the NHTSA and FCA is reportedly set to issue a recall. The main issue has to do with frame welds breaking on the front-end of the JL at the track bar mounting bracket.last_img read more

Samsung Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force take on Apples MacBooks

first_imgThere is no shortage of laptop designs in the market but, for some people, Apple’s MacBooks represent the gold standard in minimal yet functional aesthetics. That’s true not just for some consumers but even for some manufacturers that take inspiration from Apple’s notebooks. Despite their innate virtues, Samsung’s latest Notebook 7 and Notebook 7 Force laptops will probably be remembered more for looking like those MacBooks, especially considering how they’re so close the Apple’s annual WWDC. The Notebook 7 Force does have a few things that set it apart. One is that aforementioned black color exclusive to this model. It also has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 to drive its graphics. It is also the only one of the three that can support up to 24 GB of RAM and two additional SSD slots.Admittedly, there is at least one thing Samsung’s Notebook 7 has that MacBooks don’t. The 15-inch models have a dedicated numpad off to the side. Other than that, though, you’ll have to decide whether the $999 to $1,499 price tags fit what most will probably call Samsung’s MacBook clones. There are actually four notebooks being launched, including three configurations for the Notebook 7 and one for the Notebook 7 Force, which Samsung avoided calling a Notebook 7 Pro. All of them have common family traits, like an 8th gen Intel Core processor, Full HD screens, and up to 16 GB of RAM. The Notebook 7 comes in 13-inch and 15-inch models and the latter has an option to squeeze an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 inside. All four have fingerprint scanners for authentication.AdChoices广告center_img Samsung talks about a whole new look and feel, with a brand-new, eye-catching design that flaunts diamond-cut edges and near bezel-less displays. Except for that last part, however, many will call Samsung out for unabashedly copying Apple. Fortunately for Samsung, at least one of its notebooks comes in a color that a MacBook will probably never have without a paint job.last_img read more

Suzukis adorable Jimny concepts will make you want a retro pickup

first_imgThe 2019 Jimny made its official debut earlier this year, instantly charming SUV fans with its combination of familiar styling and tried-and-tested off-road hardware. Based on a ladder frame, with 3-link riding axle suspension with coil springs, the new Jimny packed the part-time 4WD and low-range transfer gear that enthusiasts demand. Of course, the downside was availability – or, more accurately, the lack of it. Suzuki stopped selling the Jimny in the US back in 2012, when its American arm declared bankruptcy and ceased importing the entire range. At the time that was no great loss, given the line-up as a whole was looking fairly dreary.With the shiny new Jimny taunting us from overseas, however, that decision is one we’ve come to rue. To show us exactly what we’re missing out on is this pair of concepts, which Suzuki will be bringing to the Tokyo Auto Salon in January. AdChoices广告The Jimny Survive gives the diminutive SUV an off-road adventure makeover, complete with grippier tires and a jacked-up ride height. The front gets a new bumper with tow hooks, along with an ever-useful winch. Headlamp covers protect the lights from rocks, and there’s more steel plating on the fenders. A sturdy looking cage wraps the upper compartment, with extra cargo space on the top, while the wheels get reinforced rims.It’s cute, but not quite as adorable as the Jimny Sierra pickup, mind. That gets a new grille and a new lower bumper with dangling tow hooks, while the ride is lifted and the fenders bulked out. Of course the biggest change is at the back, where the rear cabin is chopped away and replaced with a short but probably very handy bad. A roll bar over that bed gets four big LED spotlights, and then Suzuki finishes the whole thing off with gold paint and a wood-effect side panel. Astonishingly retro? Sure, but with the cream wheels it definitely pulls it off. Sadly there’s no word on whether these particular variations on the Jimny will be making it to dealerships, though it’s not like the Tokyo Auto Salon is unfamiliar with its one-offs becoming production options. Honda, for example, teased a bodykit for the S660 at an earlier show, only to green-light sales after the feedback was so positive. Here’s hoping Suzuki sees sense too. Suzuki refuses to officially bring the adorable Jimny to the US, and now it’s rubbing American noses in the SUV’s absence with a pair of even more plucky concept versions. Headed to the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 next month are the Jimny Survive and the Jimny Sierra, reenvisioning the tiny truck as a rough and tumble explorer and as a pickup, respectively. last_img read more

Mercedes Concept GLB is a chunky urban SUV that would sell like

first_imgCompact SUVs that look just as tough as their bigger siblings are big business, and the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB taps into that aesthetic nicely. Making its debut at Auto Shanghai 2019, the new concept SUV isn’t the largest out there – indeed, it’s actually shorter than a C-Class sedan – but it still manages to seat seven and look the part. It’s based on Mercedes’ compact car platform, and intended to sit alongside the Mercedes-Benz GLA. Whereas the GLA is a sports crossover, though, the Concept GLB reimagines the architecture for lifestyle purposes, borrowing design cues from the automaker’s bigger trucks.That means upright surfaces, a long wheelbase, short overhangs, and muscular shoulder lines. There’s plenty of protective cladding, too, even if GLB owners may not make the most of it in off-road conditions. White mango paint gets high-gloss black contrast parts, like the roof box, while the orange-highlighted grille is flanked by Multibeam LED headlamps. For the show car, there’s even more of an emphasis on go-anywhere styling. LED spotlights on the roof, for example, are joined by an integrated roof box. 17-inch two-tone wheels have off-road rubber. AdChoices广告Inside, though, the compact car origins are clear. Unlike the GLA there’s room for a third row of seats, allowing the Concept GLB to seat up to seven. Given how popular three-row SUVs are at the moment, that wouldn’t be a bad idea for an addition to Mercedes’ line-up. The automaker claims they’ll even accommodate adults. The second row has a 40/20/40 split, and folds down to a level load surface. It also slides forward and back, and has an eight-stage backrest recline mechanism. An Easy-Entry function pulls the backrest forward and slides the whole seat, for access to the third row. Up to four child seats can be safely fitted. New leather and trim have been used, with chestnut brown being the key color. Orange highlights – like the sublayer fabric visible through the perforations in the seat leather – echo the exterior trim. Open-pore walnut is on the dashboard, with a chiseled honeycomb pattern. The new Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX, is installed, and the dashboard in general is reminiscent of the B-Class. However Mercedes has added more rugged controls, like milled aluminum for the HVAC system, and there are matching grab handles. Mercedes’ four-cylinder gas engine gets 224 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with an 8-speed DCT gearbox. There’s permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive, with three drive modes that each adjust the distribution of power. In Eco/Comfort mode there’s an 80:20 split, while Sport changes that to 70:30. In off-road mode, the SUV’s all-wheel drive clutch acts as an inter-axle differential lock, for a 50:50 split.In all, though Mercedes may be calling the car a concept, it’s notable just how close to a production vehicle the Concept GLB looks. The automaker isn’t talking about production plans at this stage, but does draw attention to the fact that the road-going GLA first started as a Concept GLA back at the Shanghai auto show in 2013. Given the current appetite for SUVs and crossovers, history could do worse than repeat itself. Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB Gallerylast_img read more

Viewpoints High Court Weighs Home Health Care Workers Union Rights Abortion Protections

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. The Washington Post: Supreme Court Aligns Against The Have-Nots On Tuesday, the justices were presented with a golden opportunity to further increase inequality. The court heard arguments in Harris v. Quinn, a case testing whether home-care providers who work under a union contract with the state of Illinois can avoid paying dues that support the union’s collective-bargaining work. (Under the law, they already can decline to pay the share of dues that goes to the union’s political work.) Home-care workers are hired by aging or disabled individuals and their families, some of whom are eligible to have the expense picked up by Medicaid. That arrangement means the home-care workers’ pay levels are set by the states — making both the state and the individual a worker’s employer of record (Harold Meyerson, 1/21). USA Today: Abortion Rights A Tale Of 2 Countries: Our View Precisely 41 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that women have a constitutional right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb. In a later decision, the justices held that states must not place an “undue burden” on that right. Today, in too many places for too many women, those protections are becoming all but meaningless. Abortions are fraught with so many restrictions that they are hard to obtain in a growing number of states and almost impossible to obtain in a few (1/21). USA Today: Protect Unborn Children All Over: Opposing View Abortion is not the only matter on which laws have differed greatly among states. For many years, the freedom of choice to own slaves was strongly protected in some states, but restricted and even prohibited in others where abolitionists had the political power to “impose their morality.” … Today, the right-to-life objective is to achieve protection for unborn children everywhere, but our challenge is a similar one. How do we enlighten the blindness of those who adamantly exclude children not yet born from the protected human family? (Mary Spaulding Balch, 1/21). Bloomberg: Cut Medicare Subsidies Health insurance companies have started a campaign to protect the government payments they get for operating private Medicare plans. Anybody who wants to see the U.S. rein in its bloated and inefficient health-care system, and keep the Affordable Care Act affordable, should hope they fail. The program at issue here is Medicare Advantage, which pays private insurers to provide Medicare health benefits (1/21).Tampa Bay Times: For Best Trauma Care, Volume Tops Location In all my years working for hospitals, I’ve never seen anything as misleading and inflammatory as the advertising campaign being waged against trauma centers like Tampa General. … Here’s a simple question: Would you rather go to a trauma center that is convenient, or one that treats so many of these cases that it improves your chances for a better outcome? Multiple studies have shown that patients have better outcomes at high-volume trauma centers like our Level 1 facility. When it comes to trauma, closer isn’t always better. … The recent ad campaign by a third-party group that attacks TGH and other safety-net hospitals employs a simple formula — instill fear in the public to get what cannot be justified legally or supported by science (Jim Burkhart, 1/21). Des Moines Register: There Is Some Iowa Health Reform Good News Fortunately, business looks promising so far for one Iowa insurer. CoOportunity Health, which offers policies in Iowa and Nebraska, saw its business grow from 2,000 members at the end of November to 35,000 members at the end of December. It signed up twice as many Iowans as projected by the end of 2013 and has already surpassed its enrollment projections for 2015.  … Also, to the pleasant surprise of actuaries, the youngest customers who are generally healthier and use less health care are buying more expensive plans with richer benefits. If you look at all the policies sold by CoOportunity, the age of new enrollees is evenly divided (1/21). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Obamacare: Uninsured Americans Still Staying Away So Far It’s been a while since we checked in on Obamacare. The number of technical glitches is down — though there are still important shortfalls, such as the website’s lack of security — and now the problems are, as expected, focusing more on the product itself. The worst news of late comes from the Wall Street Journal, which reports perhaps only one in nine people who have bought health insurance under the law so far didn’t have insurance before (Kyle Wingfield, 1/21).  The Fiscal Times: My Obamacare Policy Comparison Was a Breakeven Deal Those who didn’t have health insurance prior to the Obamacare rollout don’t have an easy way to compare the costs of the new marketplace plans to existing ones. But for those who already had individual policies, there is a viable means of comparison. Count me in that boat (John F. Wasik, 1/22). The Oregonian: We Won’t Know How Good Obamacare Is, A Cancer Survivor Says, Until The Health Crisis Is Upon Us For six years, Chris Carvalho paid from $3,274 to $5,452 annually in premiums on a catastrophic-care insurance policy. Then he had a catastrophe. An exhausting battle with colorectal cancer that reframed Carvalho’s understanding and appreciation of the Affordable Care Act and the fractured health-care system it has replaced. “The conversation we’re having on health care is focused on these warring ideologies and people nitpicking the computer systems,” says Carvalho, a 54-year-old freelance nature photographer. “The real issue? People get sick. And as a society, we need to decide how we’re going to handle that. … But there are a lot of people walking around right now who don’t know how endangered their financial well-being is because they haven’t tested their insurance policy” (Steve Duin, 1/21). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Rate Increase Predictions For Obamacare Are Premature Yes, fewer young people have signed up for Obamacare so far than hoped. And, yes, the mix of young, healthier people in the health care exchanges is a critical piece of information for companies providing coverage as they set rates. But it’s way too early to make predictions at this point — it’s like trying to predict the final score of an NBA game at the end of the first quarter. Good luck with that (1/21). Viewpoints: High Court Weighs Home Health Care Workers’ Union Rights; Abortion Protections Becoming ‘All But Meaningless’last_img read more

Trials And Tribulations Of Expanded Health Coverage

first_imgNews outlets report how, as the overhaul “chips away” at the nation’s number of people without insurance, the law’s solutions to the problem often come with challenges of their own.  The New York Times: Looking At Costs And Risks, Many Skip Health InsuranceSteve Huber, an affable salesman who is still paying off an unexpected medical bill, was not among the millions of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the enrollment period that ended March 31. After seeing television ads for Kentucky’s new online insurance marketplace, Mr. Huber, 57, made several attempts to explore the website but found it too complicated. Moreover, his income has dropped in recent years, he said, and he felt certain that he could not afford coverage. So he never priced plans or researched whether he qualified for financial assistance (Goodnough, 4/21).The Associated Press: Affordable Care Act Only Chips Away At A Core GoalSwan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama’s health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn’t happened. Instead, because lawmakers in her state refused to expand Medicaid, the 46-year-old mother of four from Texas uses home remedies or pays $75 to see a doctor when she has an asthma attack (4/21).Kaiser Health News: Waiting For Medicaid To Kick InFor most of Teresa Martinez’s life, buying health insurance has been out of the question. She works at a Koreatown hair salon, earning about $10 per cut – not nearly enough to afford private coverage. With a long list of ailments including dizziness, blurry vision and leg pain, she eagerly applied last year for a county program that would cover her for free until Obamacare set in (Gorman, 4/21).The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Spinning Obamacare Success: The President Highlights A Less Relevant NumberThe Fact Checker was on break last week, but did manage to pass a TV set that aired images of the President’s announcement on April 17 that 8 million people had signed up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. We were struck by a headline in the TV ticker that amplified the president’s message that 35 percent of the enrollees were younger than 35. Why is that important? The “young invincibles” are considered a key to the health law’s success, since they are healthier and won’t requires as much health coverage as older Americans. If the proportion of young and old enrollees was out of whack, insurance companies might feel compelled to boost premiums, which some feared would lead to a cycle of even fewer younger adults and higher premiums (Kessler, 4/22).Fox News: Congressional Budget Office Projections On Obamacare Raise Questions About Future EnrollmentPresident Obama and other officials like to point to projections by the Congressional Budget Office to show that ObamaCare “is working,” as the president put it. He said 8 million have enrolled in the federal exchanges, but the CBO said in a recent report only 6 million are newly insured and some say even fewer than that did not have prior insurance…That is why the CBO showed that at the end of this year, there will still be 42 million uninsured and 31 million without insurance ten years from now (Angle, 4/22). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Trials And Tribulations Of Expanded Health Coveragelast_img read more

Black Ops 5 is set for 2020 release as Activision shakes up

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. A new report from Kotaku has unveiled some major developments regarding Activision’s Call of Duty franchise. The latest entry in the blockbuster shooter franchise is currently in development at Infinity Ward, a reveal for which we expect ahead of E3 2019.However, for 2020, plans regarding development have undergone some major changes, with Activision shaking up the three studio structure it has adopted for several years now.Up until now, next year’s project had been helmed by Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software. But according to Kotaku’s report, they’ve now been transitioned into support studios. As for platforms, it will be a cross-generational release launching across multiple platforms. Good news for PS5 and Xbox 2. Now, Treyarch has stepped in to lead development on what will eventually become Call of Duty: Black Ops 5. Whether it will follow the series’ narrative and themes is unclear. Mason and the numbers will probably be crammed in somewhere. Allegedly set in Vietnam during the Cold War, Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software have been tasked with transforming their work thus far into a solo campaign for Black Ops 5. We imagine Treyarch will focus on core multiplayer and battle royale modes, if this news turns out to be accurate. This means that instead of the usual three years of development, Treyarch will have just two to create a complete product ahead of release. It’s worth noting the foundation is set, but we hope it isn’t a huge toll on the development team. Rumours point to this year’s Call of Duty to be Modern Warfare 4, a rumour that Kotaku’s Jason Schreier echoes in his reporting. What do you think about the new direction for Call of Duty? Fingers crossed for Modern Warfare 4? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @trustedreviews. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more

WatchAndrew Scheers economic vision for Canada is right out of 1993

first_img Asselin, who now works for BlackBerry Inc., and Speer, an academic at the University of Toronto, reckon politics has become a significant threat to our future prosperity.An economy dominated by Alphabet Inc. and generation Z demands different policies than one structured around companies such as General Electric Co. and the Baby Boom. Canada’s political class developed a multi-partisan consensus to fit the later, but is making no attempt to reset the baseline for the former.The country’s “economic competitiveness has been the subject of great debate in recent months, but this discussion has focused on short-term actions and individual policies,” Asselin and Speer say at one point in their paper. “Canada’s competitiveness quandary transcends partisanship and political ideology,” they add later. “Whichever political party wins the next federal election will be faced with these questions and challenges.” Andrew Scheer pledges to make Canada energy independent by 2030 When it comes to the economy, Canadians can’t decide who’s better: Trudeau or Scheer Chris Selley: Andrew Scheer’s unlikely path to victory runs against history and a strong economy Readers of the Financial Post’s award-winning Innovation Nation project will be familiar with Asselin’s and Speer’s thesis.We once were in the vanguard of policy making: socialized medicine, free trade, public investment in basic research, fiscal prudence, and inflation targeting all helped Canada excel in the 20th century. Lately, we’ve been falling behind. Our business and political leaders missed the shift to an economy that values ideas and data more than commodities and automobile parts.“Canada has exhibited a spate of bad habits and outdated thinking when it comes to adapting to big structural change shifts in the global economy; it has always been simpler to rely on our abundance of natural resources for wealth creation and our close relation to the U.S. in adopting new innovations,” Asselin and Speer write.“Policy makers must become more attuned to the trends of an intangibles economy and, in turn, the extent to which it requires us to adjust, refine, and improve our competitiveness-related policies. The first order of business is to understand what is happening.”Our business and political leaders missed the shift to an economy that values ideas and data more than commodities and automobile parts Kevin Carmichael A New North Star received a decent amount of attention after it was released. Carolyn Wilkins, the senior deputy governor at the Bank of Canada, noted the Public Policy Forum’s work on innovation during testimony at the Senate banking committee on May 1.One place where the work of Asselin and Speer apparently didn’t resonate was in the office of the leader of the Official Opposition.Andrew Scheer’s speech at an event hosted by the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto on May 16 was billed as a big event; the second of five “vision” statements from the man who currently has the best shot at becoming the next prime minister, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s poll tracker.The Conservative leader’s vision of the Canadian economy is stale and nakedly partisan. His prepared remarks consisted of almost 5,000 words: “Trudeau” is mentioned 23 times, “deficit” 10 times, and “oil” nine times;  “competitiveness,” “innovation,” “productivity,” and “intellectual property” don’t appear at all.Scheer mentions in passing the need for “smarter investments in areas like basic research and infrastructure.” And he says that the Canada must become a country of “yes” to investments in technology and infrastructure projects that shorten commutes. (He didn’t elaborate on what that means.) Scheer’s only significant policy ideas related to oil: he said he would create a pan-Canadian “corridor” that would make it easier to build pipelines and string power lines, and he said he would stop oil imports by 2030. “An energy independent Canada would be a Canada firing on all cylinders — across all sectors and regions,” he said. “If the United States can do it, so can we.”Asselin and Speer are fine with keeping one foot in the past; they lament the unwillingness of politicians to talk seriously about the future.The corridors that hold the most economic promise are the ones that move ideas from Quebec City to Waterloo and between Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Scheer might have appealed to the tech startups that populate those places by promising to make sure public research funds would be dedicated to homegrown companies that promise to keep their IP in Canada, one of Asselin’s and Speer’s recommendations.Or Scheer might have tried to reach across filter bubbles by acknowledging that balanced budgets, lower taxes, and pipelines aren’t a cure for everything. The innovation economy is based on ideas, therefore education matters more than anything. The Asselin-Speer menu includes digestible items such as mentorship programs for international students, “education bonds” for low-income families and greater emphasis on early childhood education in Indigenous communities.How many times did Scheer mention “education” in his speech? Zero. Debt? Thirteen.It was like he was running for election in 1993, not 2019. Asselin and Speer have their work cut out.• Email: kcarmichael@postmedia.com | Twitter: More Facebook Share this storyAndrew Scheer’s economic vision for Canada is right out of 1993 Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit Join the conversation → In early April, a couple of guys who once advised Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper, respectively, published one of the better works of popular policy research in some time.Robert Asselin, the Liberal; Sean Speer, the Conservative; and their publisher, the Ottawa-based Public Policy Forum adopted a narrative conceit that will look odd to undergraduates who happen to find A New North Star: Canadian Competitiveness in an Intangibles Economy on their reading lists this fall.The subject will resonate. An economy based on intangibles will speak to college-bound youngsters, as all of them will be gearing up for careers in services, probably in something that involves leveraging software to process data.What those kids will find incredible is the sight of a “big-L” Liberal and a “big-C” Conservative tackling “big-P” problems — together — out in the open. Teenagers might have heard stories about bipartisanship, but they would have seen very little of it with their own eyes. center_img 142 Comments Recommended For YouMexico says trade deal dispute panel fix must be ‘across the board’China’s shutout of Canadian meat scrambles global pork flowHelp on way for canola farmers, but no ‘simple answer’ when it comes to replacing Chinese demandBayer welcomes judge’s call for reduced damages in $2 bln glyphosate caseUPDATE 3-Mexico power utility seeking $899 mln in pipeline dispute; firms to talk Twitter May 21, 20196:14 PM EDTLast UpdatedMay 22, 20197:19 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Email Comment Andrew Scheer’s economic vision for Canada is right out of 1993 Kevin Carmichael: The words ‘competitiveness,’ ‘innovation,’ ‘productivity,’ and ‘intellectual property’ didn’t appear in Scheer’s recent economic policy speech last_img read more

Green Deals EcoFlow Mobile Power Station w USBC AC for 467 Reg

Source: Charge Forward Wellbots offers 9to5Toys readers the EcoFlow RIver Mobile Power Station for $466.65 shipped when promo code 9TO5TOYS is applied during checkout. Originally $600, today’s deal is 15% off the regular going rate and $82 less than the next best price available. You can grab the upgraded bundle with a solar panel for $764 (Reg. $899) with the same code. more…

In Norway 60 Of New Vehicle Sales Were PlugIn Electric Cars

Global August Sales: Model 3 Dominates, Tesla #1 Overall Tesla delivered 2,016 electric cars in September – Model S (782) and Model X (1,234) – which in total was about 19% of all new passenger car registrations.Nissan LEAF remains #1 for the year with a huge advantage (9,083 YTD and 1,071 in September) over the next models (all the Volkswagen Golf versions combined are at 6,630 YTD).BMW i3 is the third best-selling model in Norway so far this year (4,000 YTD) followed by the Tesla Model X (3,580 YTD).Those four models represent almost 75% of total BEV sales in September.We are not sure about Hyundai Kona Electric sales (probably low three-digit), but the Jaguar I-PACE improved from 26 in August to 114 in September.In around five years, plug-ins replaced diesel market share of new sales in Norway. In September, just 12.4% new passenger cars were diesels.Top 20 models YTD:New passenger car registrations in Norway – September 2018, source: Opplysningsrådet for Veitrafikken AS (OFV AS) Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 2, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Almost 30,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Sold In Europe In August 2018 Source: Electric Vehicle News Plug-ins reach record market share in Norway.September brings a massive 22.3% decrease year-over-year in new passenger car registrations in Norway, and even plug-in electric cars dropped down by 2.1% to 6,387.However, with the market shrinking so much, plug-ins were able to achieve an all-time record market share of 60.1%!All-electric cars are selling better and better, while plug-in hybrids…not so much:BEVs: 4,802 (up 24.7%, 45.2% market share) + 1,252 ‘used’ + 186 vans (174 new and 12 used) + 8 FCVPHEVs: 1,585 (down 40.7%, 14.9% market share) Sales reports Europe Charted: Sales Of All Forms Of Electrified Vehicles Up In 2018 read more

Teslas new Model 3 is not just a demand booster its also

With Tesla releasing a new and previously announced cheaper version of the Model 3 out of nowhere this week, Tesla shorts and naysayers have been claiming that the automaker did it out of a need to create more demand.But I think they are missing the main point: Tesla’s new mid-range Model 3 is more about enabling a production ramp up. more…The post Tesla’s new Model 3 is not just a demand booster, it’s also a production ramp enabler appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward

Heres what Tesla Autopilot can see with the new v9 neural net

first_imgSome of our favorite Tesla hackers are back at it with new footage to help us understand what Autopilot can see with the new neural net that Tesla deployed in its version 9 software update. more…The post Here’s what Tesla Autopilot can see with the new v9 neural net appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

Teslas Winter Testing Facility In Alaska Is Pretty Incredible

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Winter Test: Cold Weather Demands A Long-Range Battery Above: Tesla engineers its cars to take on tough winters (Image: Tesla)Tesla has always been concerned about the wintertime performance of its cars – in 2007, when the Roadster was in the testing phase, the company sent a team to Arvidsjaur, Sweden, above the Arctic Circle, to test the performance of the drivetrain in sub-zero temperatures. Tesla continues to hone its vehicles’ cold-weather performance, as their continued popularity in Norway attests. Nowadays, this takes place at a dedicated testing center in Alaska. Tim Stevens and the CNET team recently got an exclusive chance to visit the secure facility, where they put all three of Tesla’s current production machines through their paces – and it sounds like they had a lot of fun.Tesla’s cold-weather campus is way out in the wilderness, a two-hour drive from Fairbanks. It’s a sprawling facility centered on a giant asphalt oval. “Tesla engineers have at their disposal groomed snow and ice surfaces, a series of snowy handling courses, iced hills with numerous gradients, plus a skidpad that’s big and slick enough to host a round of the NHL playoffs,” Stevens writes.Tesla tests handling and safety on a large course with plenty of elevation changes and tricky turns. It also tunes the cars’ HVAC systems here, refining their efficiency in extreme weather conditions.Stevens obviously got a lot of kicks slipping and sliding in the snow. Of course, Models S and Model X, like all modern cars, feature stability systems designed to keep that sort of dangerous fun to a minimum. “Step out of line, do something the car doesn’t like, and it’ll drastically cut power and do everything necessary to keep you safe.”.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }But what if you turn the safety systems off? The Tesla test track has a massive snow field, just off the back straight of the oval, where one can easily drive into snow at triple-digit speeds. “With a laptop and a few clicks, one of Tesla’s engineers shut off all the car’s stability systems and invited me to do an emergency lane change at 65 mph, the sort of thing you may have to do in Alaska when encountering a wayward moose.” Stevens, who has a decade of experience driving on ice, just managed to master the maneuver, but “your average Model S owner would have spun every time.”The Tesla techs re-enabled the car’s stability and traction controls, and he tried it again. “Same speed, same field of snow, and try as I might I couldn’t get the car to spin…the car always kept itself inline, moving quickly enough to miss the imaginary moose, then calmly settling itself.”Stevens explains that the car does this through a combination of active braking and torque vectoring. “When the car detects a skid, thanks to wheel speed and other sensors, it instantly begins to mitigate those slides by automatically braking individual wheels to pull the nose inline. The car can also modulate the amount of torque at the front and rear axles to maximize grip that way, resulting in a car that, even on 2 inches of loose powder, would not go around.”Stevens found Model 3 to be a little sportier in the snow than its elder stablemates. “While Model 3 will do much the same tricks to keep you from spinning as Models S and X, its envelope of allowable slip is broader.” Even a base Model 3 “gives you an awful lot of rope to hang yourself with before it kindly and reliably steps in to lift the noose from your neck.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 10, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Performance To Get Enhanced Track Mode?center_img AN INSIDE LOOK AT TESLA’S WINTER TESTING FACILITY IN ALASKAWhen it comes to winter driving, electric vehicles have a couple of drawbacks, as CNET writer Tim Stevens, an EV owner who lives in a northern climate, knows from personal experience. Extreme temperatures, hot or cold, tend to have a negative effect on battery packs, reducing range. EVs are also comparatively heavy, and often use low-rolling-resistance all-season tires, which can make them hard to handle on slippery roads. And recently, as the first wave of Model 3s began to weather their first winter, some drivers began to complain about frozen door handles and stuck windows.*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.Check Out These Stories: Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Slide On Snow In Alaska Above: Tesla’s Model 3 ready to take on the ice and snow (Image: InsideEVs)The Performance version with Track Mode takes things to another level. “In Track Mode, the Model 3 will let you hang the tail way, way out, getting some properly lurid drifts going,” says Stevens. “Yes, it will cut the fun if you get things too far out of shape, killing the car’s power and automatically deploying the brakes at the appropriate corner.”“On the skidpad and on the tricky handling circuit I rarely felt like the car was preventing me from what I wanted to do, enabling tricky maneuvers like the Scandinavian flick, where you rely on weight transfer across the car to pivot around a tight turn. To do this you need to slide the car in not one but two directions, first away from the turn and then into it. Any hint of stability control would ruin the flow and kill the maneuver, yet lap after lap in the Model 3 it was no problem at all.”After a day of sliding around on the snow and ice, Stevens was “blown away” by Model 3. “Having this much fun on the ice typically requires the pulling of fuses – or at least a complex series of button presses to disable all the safety systems. The Model 3 is an absolute blast with everything left on.”And what about those freezing door handles and stuck windows? Tesla quickly addressed the window issue with a software update, and the complaints seem to have died down. Stevens also adds a little perspective by pointing out that his first new car, a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX, which is renowned for its winter performance, also had door handles that stuck and windows that wouldn’t go down in the cold.===Written by: Charles Morris; Source: CNET Roadshow*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.last_img read more

Republican senators push new bill to kill electric vehicle tax credit completely

first_imgA group of Republican senators have introduced a new bill to kill the federal electric vehicle tax credit completely and add a new annual tax for electric vehicles. more…The post Republican senators push new bill to kill electric vehicle tax credit completely and add new EV tax appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

Tesla Autonomy Day Recap Video Overload

first_imgLet’s look at a more concise and organized take on Tesla’s Autonomy Day presentation.Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img