Nokia 6 released in USA with Android

first_imgIt’s the folks at HMD Global that are working with hardware manufacturers to create Nokia devices that are up-to-par with the high-end Nokia phones of old. While Nokia’s brand was somewhat damaged a few years ago once they joined up with Microsoft to create the ill-fated Nokia Lumia line for Windows Phone, it wasn’t the hardware that was at fault. Nokia’s smartphones stayed strong – they stayed high-quality through the whole process.Now that the Nokia brand is once again free to make smartphones outside of the Microsoft universe, it’s Android time. This Nokia 6 device epitomizes the smartphone language Nokia will continue to be about. It’s not too flashy, and certainly not low-end, with a hybrid in-cell 5.5″ screen with full HD resolution display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor inside. The folks at HMD Global and Nokia are bringing the Nokia 6 to Amazon starting this July. Starting in July the device will be coming in Matte Black and Silver for $229 MSRP. This device will also be available in Tempered Blue and Copper later this summer – so they suggest.“It brings us great pleasure to introduce a new generation of U.S. fans to Nokia phones, while offering existing fans the same unparalleled and high quality Nokia phone experience they have come to love over the years,” said Vice President Americas for HMD Global, Maurizio Angelone. Take a peek at our timeline of Nokia 6 articles below to learn more about this smartphone as it appears on shelves in the USA soon! This week the folks at Nokia have revealed their plans to release the Nokia 6 in the United States. This device runs Android and is the first device in what’s expected to be along line of similar devices from the brand. These devices – including the Nokia 6 – will bring the brand Nokia back into smartphones in a big way, starting with Android and growing with Google’s mobile operating system app ecosystem. Story TimelineNokia 6 is almost here: here’s why you’ll want oneNokia 6 release vs Galaxy J7 Prime: 5 reasons to choose eitherNokia 5 and Nokia 3 join Nokia 6 in global Android launchNokia 6 lives up to its rugged pedigree in torture testNokia 6 gets Android 7.1.1, hints at a promising lifelast_img read more

FCC proposes 500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

first_imgThe proposal relates to the FCC’s Connect America Fund and, more broadly, the “digital divide” that exists in the US. Many rural places in the US still have little or no access to broadband Internet, which has itself become a necessity in the modern world. Many schools now assign online homework, leaving students at risk of falling behind if they don’t have Internet access.Internet has also become the primarily form of communication for many people; job searches often take place primarily or solely online; paying bills and managing accounts can be difficult in a world where many companies push paperless statements and online account management.In a statement about the new proposal, Chairman Pai said:AdChoices广告Closing the digital divide is the FCC’s top priority. A key way to reach this goal in rural America is updating the FCC’s high-cost universal service program to encourage cooperatives and other small, rural carriers to build more online infrastructure. We need more deployment in sparsely populated rural areas if we’re going to extend digital opportunity to all Americans. But I’ve heard from community leaders, Congress, and carriers that insufficient, unpredictable funding has kept them from reaching this goal. With the $500 million in new funding provided by this order, we’ll boost broadband deployment in rural America and put our high-cost system on a more efficient path, helping to ensure that every American can benefit from the digital revolution.The actual details on the proposal weren’t made available to the public, however.SOURCE: FCC On Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal to commissioners that would provide more than $500 million in funding for accelerating the rollout of broadband in rural regions. In addition, according to a release, this proposal would also “put in place strong new rules to prevent abuse of the high-cost program.” Included in it are also multiple reforms to the program, which the FCC says will improve the existing program’s “effectiveness and efficiency.”last_img read more

Google Play store will soon sell audiobooks

first_imgIn this age of podcasts and other forms of streaming media, the audiobook format has been growing in popularity over the last few years. Amazon currently dominates the market, however, with its ownership of Audible, but it appears Google is about to make a big push back. The Google Play store has revealed that it will soon start selling audiobooks alongside its existing media like movies, TV shows, music, digital books, and more. A banner promoting the arrival of audiobooks has been spotted on the Google Play website. Unfortunately, the link to the audiobook section isn’t live yet, and there’s no specific mention of when content will be available for purchase on the store, possibly indicating the banner has appeared early in error. The good news is that there’s mention of a deal where users can get their first audiobook at 50% off.Audiobooks on the Google Play store have been hinted at before, as previous teardowns of the app’s APK revealed mentions of the format, along with the ability to navigate chapters and keep track of progress for different titles.Users have been able to find a small selection of audiobooks in the music section of the Google Play store, but a dedicated section for the format should be easier to navigate, offer more titles, and be a welcome addition for audiobook fans. As it will be part of Google’s store ecosystem, users can expect to listen to their purchases across Android devices.SOURCE 9to5Google Story TimelineAudible Channels launches with original podcasts and moreAmazon is updating the basic Kindle with Audible supportGoogle Search adds audiobook results with public library linksTuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next monthlast_img read more

2018 iPad vs Acer Chromebook Tab 10 education showdown

first_imgSpecsSpec sheets will be one of the first things people will consider but, at the end of the day, they might not actually mean that much in practice. Real-world performance, not benchmarks, will be the true litmus test and when it comes to these two, it’s almost like apples and oranges, pardon the pun.Except for the 9.7-inch 2048×1536 screen, the two couldn’t be more different. Yes, both run on ARM processors, but the Apple A10 Fusion has been around the block more times than the mysterious OP1 (branded by Google, made by Rockchip). Yes, the 2018 iPad has half the RAM of the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, 2 GB versus 4 GB, but Apple has been known for being able to squeeze as much performance from constrained devices as it can. The Chromebook’s one advantage is its microSD card slot, something no Apple device is going to have.Winner: 2018 iPad. The A10 has been tried and tested over the years, though we have yet to see if the OP1 in this incarnation can stand up to par.SoftwareIt isn’t your usual iOS versus Android battle. This time, it’s iOS versus Android and Chrome OS. It’s two for the price of one. Three or four even if you count how you may be able to run other operating systems on Chrome OS these days. Apple does have the advantage of having more high-quality apps, both for education and other things. You can’t however, discount the allure of Google’s suite and Android in one single, highly portable device.Winner: Acer Chromebook Tab 10. It’s an Android and Chrome OS tandem that’s hard to beat.Tablet UsabilityThat said, you won’t be using those apps in complete isolation. They will be used in the context of a larger platform and sometimes with other apps as well. This is where Google’s joint forces fall apart. Android isn’t good on tablets and Chrome OS has never been on one until last week. iOS, however, has matured to the point that the iOS of two or three years ago would seem almost alien.Winner: 2018 iPad. iOS just has a huge head start. It remains to be seen if Chrome OS will be able to catch up quickly.Device ManagementWhile the above considerations are things that would affect every user, there is one special factor that could make or break the decision to purchase either or both of these devices. Schools aren’t just going to hand students a tablet and be done with it. They will want to be able to control and manage those devices as well. Here, Google is the one that has a lead on mobile device management (MDM). In addition to powerful web-based administrator controls, Chrome OS’ cloud-centric ecosystem makes it easy to backup and restore student’s configuration and data as needed.Winner: Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Breaking a Chromebook doesn’t mean your data is lost forever.StylusIt is very reassuring that both devices have support for an active, pressure-sensitive stylus. This opens up the experience to more than just tapping and typing and leaves the door open not just for more creative pursuits but also for reinforcing the benefits of handwriting without having to go analog. That said, Acer’s implementation has at least two things over the Apple Pencil. One, the stylus can be safely stowed inside the Chromebook Tab 10’s body, reducing the chances of losing the stick. Second, it’s based on Wacom’s EMR technology, which means it is potentially compatible with some, but not all, Wacom EMR styluses.Winner: Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Acer took a page out of Samsung’s tablet and found a way to keep the pen inside.KeyboardIronically, both tablets fail on one important aspect: typing. It is, after all, one of the biggest uses cases for computers in schools. From a business point of view, it’s understandable they had to cut corners somewhere. From a utility aspect, it’s a tragedy.Winner: Draw. No one has the upper hand and both disappoint greatly.PriceBoth the 2018 iPad and the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 retail for $329 but Apple’s story is a bit more complex. For the iPad, that’s only the starting price. And if you’re an academic institution, you can even get price down to $299. But here’s the catch. For $329, the Chromebook Tab 10 already includes the stylus and a silo for that stylus. With the iPad, you need to spend another $89 to $99 for the Apple Pencil. But without that Apple Pencil, there’s almost very little reason to buy the new iPad anyway, despite the improvements of the last gen iPad.Winner: Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Everything comes in one package.Wrap-upAnd the winner is: Google! Now before you raise your eyebrows or your fists, here’s why the search giant is ultimately the winner. Even if the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 loses in the end (it didn’t).The Chromebook Tab 10 wins on a lot of factors but, truth be told, that $329 price tag is only acceptable when compared to the 2018 iPad. In isolation, it might be too much to ask. There are, however, dozens of cheaper Chromebooks, some of which share the Chromebook Tab 10’s benefits, though sacrifice the portability. It’ll still be Chrome OS. And it’ll still be a Google product.And even if schools do choose iPads because they are knee-deep in Apple’s ecosystem, sooner or later, they will be encountering Google apps and services, which, of course, work well on iOS. Almost ironically, Google’s MDM can even manage Apple devices, but Apple’s system is just for its own. In the end, Google wins. But for this first round, we can award the blue ribbon to the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Last week, two tech giants made a big attempt at grabbing our future. Google and Apple, long-time rivals and frenemies, announced two education-centric device. Both are interesting in their own right. One is the first Chrome OS tablet, the other the first non-Pro tablet that supports the Apple Pencil. Both are trying to sell themselves not just to individual buyers or even students but to educational institutions and school districts as well. Given a choice between the 2018 iPad and the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, which should consumers and educators choose? We took seven key factors and made the two tablets face off to find out.last_img read more

Google Assistant adds professionally recorded voices and followup queries

first_imgBased on DeepMind’s WaveNet technology, which helps Google’s Assistant sound a bit more natural than other AI companions, these six new voices are meant to help make Google Assistant more comfortable to talk to. Pichai played short clips of all six of Assistant’s new voices, and just based on that quick introduction, they all sounds pretty great.That’s not the only thing Google is adding to Assistant when it comes to voice. Pichai also revealed that John Legend, if you can believe it, will soon talk to you through Assistant. Legend won’t be a standard voice for Google Assistant, but his voice will be available later this year to speak to you in certain contexts.After a brief video that again suggested Assistant will soon recognize “Hey Google” in addition to “OK Google,” Pichai handed the stage over to Scott Huffman. Huffman noted that Assistant is now running on over 500 million devices, but Google isn’t anywhere near done. By the end of the year, Google Assistant will support 30 different languages in 80 counties.AdChoices广告On top of that, Google has also turned its attention toward conversational AI. This means that soon, you won’t have to say “Hey Google” every time you have a query for Google Assistant, as it will soon support follow-up replies through a new feature called “Continued Conversation.” We can expect Continued Conversation to launch at some point in the next few weeks, so we’ll keep an eye out for that. Google I/O 2018 has officially begun, and as expected, the company is talking quite a bit about what it’s doing to improve its efforts in the artificial intelligence space. Of course, Google Assistant is a big part of the company’s AI initiatives, but here in 2018, it might be starting to sound a bit too familiar. That won’t be an issue for much longer, as Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the Assistant will soon be getting six new voices.last_img read more

Alexas hotel version helps you avoid the greasy remote

first_imgAlexa is already a mainstay in a lot of homes that use IoT devices, but soon, we’ll also see her popping up in hotel rooms and vacation properties. Today, Amazon announced Alexa for Hospitality, opening the door for hoteliers to tap into Alexa to enhance their guests’ visits. Alexa for Hospitality will begin rolling out later on this summer, and for the moment, it’s only available by invite. It sounds like Alexa for Hospitality keeps the core Alexa experience intact, but as you’d expect, it’s also accomplishes a bit more than sticking an Echo device in a hotel room and telling guests to go crazy. Some of the capabilities Amazon outlines in today’s announcement include guests using Alexa to learn about hotel amenities, contact services like housekeeping or the concierge, or order room service. Of course, in properties that are equipped with compatible IoT devices, guests will also be able to use Alexa to control things like their lights, blinds, TVs, and thermostats through voice commands. Amazon even says that soon, visitors will be able to temporarily link their Amazon accounts to the Echo devices in their rooms, allowing them to access their personal music libraries through services like Spotify or Amazon Music. Then, when those guests check out, Alexa for Hospitality will automatically disconnect their Amazon accounts from those devices.Property managers will be able to further customize what Alexa can do through skills, which number in the thousands these days. In the end, Amazon’s goal here is easy integration with existing services and technologies, which is something that may make Alexa take off in the hospitality space.AdChoices广告Alexa for Hospitality is only available by invite, and there’s no word on whether or not Amazon will open the floodgates to everyone at a later time. We’ll see Alexa for Hospitality roll out first in select Marriott International properties this summer. If you’re a hotel manager and you’d like to request an invite (or you’d simply like to read more), you can do so over at the Alexa for Hospitality page on Amazon. Story TimelineAmazon Alexa calling: don’t enable it if you don’t need itLG adds Alexa to its 2018 AI TVsSkyrim on Alexa is actually a real thinglast_img read more

Yahoo Mail Android Go app released alongside mobile web makeover

first_imgAs far as that Android Go release of Yahoo Mail is concerned, you should see very few differences between it and the standard Yahoo Mail app. In its announcement today, Yahoo points out that the original Mail app was already pretty lightweight, which meant that optimizing it for Android Go phones didn’t require any tough decisions about potentially cutting features. In the end, the Android Go version Yahoo Mail uses less than 50MB of RAM while it’s running and takes up less than 10MB of storage space on your phone. Yahoo didn’t really delve into how much data users can expect to save, but considering email uses a small amount of data in the first place, there probably isn’t much to worry about. If you have a phone using Android Oreo (Go Edition), you can grab the new Yahoo Mail app from the Google Play Store today [download], while those looking to free up some space on their phones can delete the Yahoo Mail app and starting using the browser version instead. Story TimelineYahoo now accused of locking users into Yahoo MailYahoo Mail app becomes a “free for all” email clientYahoo Mail gets a paint job, Pro version, still has users Yahoo Mail is making a couple of big changes today. The first involves a redesign that makes Yahoo Mail play nice with mobile web browsers, making it easier to access your email without having to download an app first. Aside from that, Yahoo is also launching a new Android Go version of its Mail app, and it seems that the only major difference is that it cuts back on RAM, data usage, and install size.center_img Of the two, Yahoo Mail’s new “mobile web experience” is easily the most significant. Essentially, Yahoo tried to bring the browser-based inbox in line with the Yahoo Mail app as much as possible, implementing a bunch of controls found in that app. For instance, when viewing your inbox in your browser, you’ll be able to swipe right on emails to mark them as read, or swipe left to delete them.You can also customize the look of your inbox with various themes and backgrounds, and navigate through your folders using a sidebar that emulates the one from the app. Other tools you’ll have at your disposal include auto-suggest, an infinitely scrolling inbox, and a quick actions menu that pops up whenever you open a message. Like we said, this is basically a web-based version of the existing Yahoo Mail app, and for further proof of that, you can even create a shortcut on your homescreen that takes you right to your inbox in your browser of choice.last_img read more

Google Pixel Stand leak hints at Assistantpowered dock for Pixel 3

first_imgStory TimelineThe Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL won’t settle the notch warPixel 3 to have these features after allGoogle Pixel 3 leaked fullyLenovo Smart Display Review: Show & Tell for the Google Assistant The fall debut of Google’s new flagship Pixel 3 smartphone is getting closer, but some new app software has given us a big hint at what could be a major accessory for the device. Aside from its own smartphone hardware, Google has been working hard on pushing its Assistant AI and Home speakers. There’s now evidence that Google could be bringing these things together in a dock for the Pixel 3 dubbed the Pixel Stand. The latest beta version of the Google app has been discovered to contain lines of code that mention a “Pixel Stand,” and the ability for the Pixel 3 to recognize it as a trusted dock. The code strings mention that once a user accepts the Pixel Stand as a trusted dock, the accessory can essentially turn the smartphone into a full-fledged smart speaker, with the ability to summon Assistant even if the device is locked.Not needing to unlock the Pixel 3 means using Assistant via the Pixel Stand will be almost the same as if the phone was in your hand. The AI will be free to access users’ personal information and provide personalized suggestions, answer questions, and carry out other tasks issued by voice.There’s also the fact that the Pixel Stand will be able to take advantage of the Pixel 3’s display for visual information, something the Home speaker doesn’t have. While there’s still no word on the dock’s pricing, it could even be a cheaper way to get one of Google’s smart displays, or at least eliminate the need to purchase one separately from the Pixel 3.AdChoices广告SOURCE XDA Developerslast_img read more

New iPad Pro case leak hints at vertical Smart Connector location

first_imgStory TimelineiPad with Face ID confirmed by iOS 12 AvatarKitNext iPad Pro said to be smaller, drop headphone jack, move Smart ConnectoriOS 12 icon reveals new iPad design without notch, home buttonNew iPads tipped smaller and smarter The fall season is quickly approaching, which means new devices in Apple’s iPhone and iPad product lines. In the case of the upcoming iPad Pro model, the new tablet is widely expected to see smaller dimensions paired with slightly larger displays, as well as the addition of a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID. A report from late July detailing these changes also suggested that Apple would be relocating the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector, and now there’s evidence of a new case that backs up this change. The July report noted that the iPad Pro’s Face ID system would require the device to be in vertical orientation to work. In turn, this would mean the Smart Connector — used for connecting keyboards to the tablet — would be moving from the side edge to the bottom, near the Lightning port. This implied that keyboards, including Apple’s own Smart Keyboard, would need to be used with the iPad Pro in vertical position. Later reports claimed that Face ID on the new iPad Pro would work in both horizontal and vertical position. However, a separately leaked CAD image also showed a render of the iPad Pro with the Smart Connector gone from the side and a new oval-shaped indentation on the back at the bottom. It’s still unclear what that new connector is used for, but a corresponding cut-out has appeared on a new iPad Pro case photo published by Slashleaks. The case has all the normal openings for things like the iPad’s volume buttons, camera, and Lightning port, along with the new oval hole on the backside. It also lacks a cut-out for the headphone jack, which is said to be removed from Apple’s upcoming tablet.Assuming this case is accurate of the new iPad Pro, it looks like Apple is relocating/replacing the existing Smart Connector with something new. And if that new oval-shaped indentation is specifically used for keyboards, a large number of cases and third-party accessories will need to be redesigned to allow access to it.SOURCE Slashleakslast_img read more

This Pixel 3 BOGO 50percent off deal is already underway

first_imgStory TimelineGoogle Pixel 3 Review: Picture greatness Black Friday may be a week away, but Google is already running a tempting deal on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that could save up to 50-percent on the Android smartphones. The new promotion comes in advance of Google’s other big Pixel 3 deal for Black Friday, which will see up to $200 cut off the price of the smartphone. If you can’t wait, and you want to potentially save even more money, however, this early deal is running from today. Specifically, it’s a buy one, get one 50-percent off affair, so you will need to be in the market for two of Google’s phones. Buy a Pixel 3 or a Pixel 3 XL, and then a second handset will be half price. You can mix and match, too – two Pixel 3, two Pixel 3 XL, or a Pixel 3 XL and a Pixel 3 – but it’ll be the cheaper of the two devices that is discounted. Even so, the savings will add up. If you’re buying a pair of Pixel 3 handsets, for example, you’re looking at a discount of almost $400. The more expensive – and larger – Pixel 3 XL returns even more to your wallet. That discount works out to almost $450. Of course, you do need to be in the market for a pair of news smartphones. That might involve finding a friend also looking to upgrade to the Pixel 3 and plotting to share the promotion with them. If you can’t find such an accomplice, it might be worth waiting for November 22 when Google will run another deal on the phones. Then, you’ll be able to save $150 on a Pixel 3, or alternatively $200 on a Pixel 3 XL. Not quite as much as in this double-promo, but almost. Equally useful, you can combine the BOGO 50-percent deal with Google’s other Pixel 3 promotion running at the moment. Buy the smartphone and you get six months of YouTube Music Premium subscription thrown in. Both the full-price and the 50-percent-off handsets can each have that six month streaming music subscription. Google’s other Black Friday deals include $50 on a Google Home Hub, bringing the smart display to under a hundred dollars. The Google Home Mini will be even cheaper, at $25 versus its usual $49. A full-sized Google Home will be $79, saving fifty dollars over its normal price, and the Google Home Max will also be reduced by $50. We’ve run through all of Google’s Black Friday 2018 promotions already, to break down what’s worth considering in the post-Thanksgiving turkey haze. last_img read more

Olympus OMD EM1X handson A Proready portable powerhouse

first_imgWorried you might accidentally trigger those? A new C-LOCK lever automatically disables those controls on the opposite side, to prevent such unfavorable situations.Initially, I had expected the squared-shaped and size could get in the way of carrying the camera around, but that proved not to be the case at all. Indeed, even when paired with the 40-150mm and the larger 300mm lenses, it didn’t prove intrusive. In fact, there’s no way I’d be able to do so had it been a larger full-frame camera with the equivalent lenses. From the built-in GPS to the Olympus Capture Wi-Fi image transfer to the super Silent Mode, the Olympus OD-M E-M1X is designed to be a camera that professionals can rely on for all their photography needs. It’s especially competitive when it comes to covering sports events and wildlife, where the elements are not your friend, and even a little shutter noise can ruin a perfect shot. That you’re getting this in a portable body, that doesn’t need an add-on grip or a tripod to be fully functional, is all the more impressive. The Olympus OM-D E-M1X goes on sale in late February, available only in black, for $2,999.99.Stay tuned for SlashGear’s ongoing testing/coverage as we break down all the E-M1X’s new features in upcoming articles. Disclosure: Olympus invited SlashGear to Orlando on an experiential event to test out the new OM-D E-M1X. They covered the cost of flights, hotel accommodations and meals. What does reliability mean anyway? Olympus itself asked that question and, unsurprisingly, the answer varies from photographer to photographer. But rather than just focus on a single definition, Olympus opted to hit as many targets as it could, starting with the way you hold the camera. The camera’s Dual TruePic VIII image processors make short work of the heavy lifting needed for fast startups and fast data transfers, especially with two UHS-II SD cards. In addition to improved responsiveness, the TruePic VIII also enables features such as the AI Intelligent Subject Detection AF, Handheld High Res Shot Mode for capturing high-def photos even without a tripod, and five levels of Live ND for slow shutter effects without having to snap on a filter. The E-M1X’s gyro sensors deliver 7.0 shutter speed steps of compensation in the camera body alone, which can be taken up to 7.5 with a matching M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO lens.All of these features would be for naught if the camera was prone to dying in the middle of a shoot. Fortunately, the OD-M E-M1X is reliable in that sense, too, with a dual battery system for two BLH-1 lithium-ion packs. It’s designed so that they can be inserted or removed even while the camera is attached to a tripod. When it comes time to charge up, though, you don’t even have to remove them from the body, thanks to support for the 100-watt USB-C Power Delivery standard. Some of my lingering frustrations with the E-M1 have been addressed this time around. Using the High Res feature on the E-M1, for example, can be painful because it requires a tripod. Those days are long gone with the E-M1X: you’re able to take a 50 MP shot without a tripod, or a whopping 80 MP with a tripod. As soon as you snap a shot, the background processing takes over, allowing you to go about your business instead of having to keep the camera perfectly still. This is really useful if you plan on producing large prints. Pro photographers can also rely on the E-M1X to stay on track of the subject, whether automatically or manually. For the latter, the AF Multi Selector joystick – present on both horizontal and vertical positions – allows you to shift the autofocus area horizontally, vertically, and even diagonally, all without taking your eye off the viewfinder. The camera’s cross-type 121-point on-chip Phase Detect AF ensures you have more focusing choices, no matter the situation. And, thanks to some AI help, the Intelligent Subject Detection AF is able to detect motorsport, airplane, and train subjects, and follow the important points, leaving photographers free to focus – no pun intended – on composing the shot.We spent the day at Daytona Speedway to test out the AI feature, taking pictures of fast-moving NASCARs blowing by. This feature instills confidence for someone such as myself with less race photography experience, and I’d imagine pro-photographers wouldn’t argue with a helping hand either. It also makes pan shots easier to take. center_img Having a second battery means longer shoot times, and the new USB-C PD support is even more convenient. You can use an external charger or, as I did, simply connect the camera to the new MacBook Pro for a quick top-up.The E-M1X was built with professionals in mind. Having shot the Rolex 24 Hour endurance race a couple of times, I know exactly how tough it can be racing from one place to the next. While I don’t shoot motorsport for a living, I’m all over the world covering automotive and tech events in some of the most remote locations. The reliability allowed me to take the camera with me to Baja, where the terrain has been some of the toughest I’ve experienced, not to mention all the dust and dirt flying around. Of course, reliability in a camera is also equated with durability and ruggedness. Happily, the E-M1X delivers that in droves. Its dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof design ensures you won’t have to fumble for a cumbersome cover when it starts to rain. Olympus’ unique Super Sonic Wave filter vibrates at 30,000 times per second to keep dirt and dust off the camera, making it perfect for those wildlife shots. And when both the weather and the camera get too hot to handle, its heat dissipation will make sure the camera won’t slow down or, worse, shut down.In fact, while were were out with the E-M1X shooting at a motorcross event, rain started pouring down. Instead of running for cover or trying to shield the camera, however, I continued to shoot freely with confidence that it’ll hold up just fine. Even usability needn’t suffer in inclement conditions: the grips stay grippy whether wet or dry. There are just some things that seem to be mutually exclusive. Night and day, power and portability, complexity and reliability. So when someone comes up with a way to bring opposites together, it’s almost always regarded as nothing short of genius. It may not be aiming for something quite as lofty as that, but Olympus may have just checked off just the right boxes to make it so. With the new OM-D E-M1X, Olympus is offering a highly portable yet powerful camera that professionals can rely on all the time, no matter the conditions. To better answer the question of what does reliability means, Olympus invited SlashGear out to Orlando for a few days to spend time with the the new E-M1X. It doesn’t take long before you get a sense that the E-M1X is much larger than the E-M1. Of course, you’ll easily forgive and forget the size increase, with all the internal improvements as well as the additional grip housing two batteries for longer shoot time, not to mention the new ease of taking vertical pictures or videos.By default, cameras are designed to be held horizontally. Composition and subjects, however, aren’t so one-sided. Sure, you can turn it to its side but, in addition to weakening your grip on the camera, it also becomes cumbersome to use buttons and controls that were obviously made for a single orientation. That’s why with the E-M1X, Olympus included a built-in vertical grip to let you hold the camera whichever way you like, without losing time attaching or removing add-on grips. Olympus also went the extra mile, however, by duplicating some of the key buttons and dials, including the new AF multi-select, on both horizontal and vertical grips.last_img read more

Pick your Galaxy S10 now All the details leaked and listed

first_imgThis morning the final details on the Samsung Galaxy S10 were leaked two days before reveal. The big day is almost here! It’s February 20th when we’ll first see the Samsung Galaxy S10 on display, and less than 24 hours later when you’ll likely have your first pre-order email in your inbox. Not long after that, this smartphone (and its closest relatives) will be at your local Verizon store – not to mention AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Sprint. If you need a bunch more info on the various cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S10 family, head to the timeline of links below. We’ve got so many details, your eyes will start on fire. Or just remember that no matter which model you choose, you’ll have the latest Sony IMX sensors in play. And if you choose another phone that costs nearly as much this year – from LG, HTC, Google, etcetera, you might well have a similar set of cameras and Sony IMX sensors too – but that’s just all rumored! We shall see!Release DateIt is expected that the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10 Plus will be put on pre-order within 24 hours of the big event this week. Thereafter it’s expected that the first three Galaxy S10 models will be in-stores on March 8th or thereabouts – that’ll be the day the devices ship, anyway. More or less, that is to say, the Galaxy S10 release date is March 8th, depending on your location on this planet. The Samsung Galaxy S10 will come in a variety of sizes and with options aplenty. If you’re planning on purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S10, there are a few things you’ll need to decide between. Those options are as follows. NOTE: All the details you read before February 20th are conjecture, leaked, or otherwise guessed-at to the best of the ability of the writer writing the article. Only Samsung can truly give the final word on their own product. Everything here comes from sources we’ve collected (from leaks) over the past few weeks and months, and all remains unofficial until the event.One of ThreeThree models will be made available, one of each of the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10 Plus. The “e” in Galaxy S10e means “essential” and it’ll have the most basic specs of the bunch. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will be largely the same, save the larger display on the Plus. SEE: Galaxy S10’s display secretThe Galaxy S10 will have a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED HDR+ Infinity O display with 3040 x 1440 resolution (550 ppi) (with curved glass on the left and the right) in Gorilla Glass 6. The S10 Plus will have a 6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED HDR+ Infinity O display with 3040 x 1440 resolution (522 ppi), and Corning Glass 6(that’s curved on the left and the right).The Galaxy S10e will have a flat display. It’ll roll with 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED HDR+ Infinity O display with 2280 x 1080 resolution (438 ppi) and Gorilla Glass 5. The Galaxy S10e will have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner while the other two will have in-display fingerprint scanners.The only down side of having an in-display fingerprint scanner is the way in which you scan. If you’re used to scanning on the back of the phone – you’ll have to adjust. If you’re used to turning your phone on on the side of the phone, one and done, you’ll probably want a Galaxy S10e – if that’s your primary concern, of course.The Galaxy S10e’s side-mounted fingerprint scanner probably wont be all that different from the similar scanners released on Sony phones in the recent past. That means they’ll be super fast, super accurate, and totally top-level AAA-worthy pieces of hardware. But if you want to look super cool with all your friends, you’ll probably want to scan right through the display.RAM / Internal Storage SizeFor the following sentences, when I give numbers, the first part is RAM, the second is internal storage size. All of these models have microSD card slots to expand storage.The Samsung Galaxy S10e will come in two configurations: 6GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB. The Galaxy S10 will have two configurations: 6GB/128GB, 8GB/512GB. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus will be available with three configurations: 8GB/128GB, 8GB/512GB, 12GB/1TB. ColorColors for the Galaxy S10e include Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Canary Yellow. The Galaxy S10 will come in Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black. Colors for the Galaxy S10 Plus will be the most expansive: Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black for 8GB RAM models; Luxurious Ceramic Black and Luxurious Ceramic White for 12GB RAM models.PriceThe most expensive Galaxy S10 Plus model will be right around $1500. You can expect to pay that or less – and far, far less than that if you’re planning on buying the “essential” model. The base Samsung Galaxy S10e will likely cost between $750 and $800 USD. Samsung Galaxy S10e : $750 USDGalaxy S10: $1k USDGalaxy S10 Plus: $1100 USDSamsung will promote the heck out of the Galaxy S10e because it’ll make it look like the whole collection is affordable. This is basically the same methodology Apple is using with the iPhone Xr right this minute.ImagesBelow you’ll see a gallery of images of the Galaxy S10, accessories, and leaks of all sorts. Until the final date at which the device is shown by Samsung, there’s no way to be absolutely sure of what these devices look like. Of course you could take a pretty good stab at what you think they look like based on what we’ve got here – but that’s up to you!center_img Story TimelineGalaxy S10 camera details leakedGalaxy S10 reservations open before reveal with trade-in programSamsung has 3 new US stores for its Galaxy S10 launch: Here’s whylast_img read more

Lexus RX L First Look Three row SUV asks legroom questions

first_imgWhile Lexus may have added those extra inches, how you use them is pretty much down to you. The middle row slides forward and backward – at its extremes, it’s either nudged up against the back of the front seats, or against the front edge of the third-row seats. Figure on legroom being a battle of sorts: space at the very rear is okay for headroom, but for legs it’s really more suited to children. Two versions of the car will be offered. On the one hand, there’s the 2018 RX 350L, with Lexus’ 3.5-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed transmission. It packs 290 horsepower and 263 lb-ft. of torque, and can be had in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The latter can switch into FWD mode when not under load, to maximize efficiency.Alternatively, there’s the RX 450hL Hybrid. That has AWD as standard, and combines a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine with two electric drive motor-generators. Total horsepower is 308 HP, with the SUV using the independent rear electric motor to drive the rear axle. It also has an electric-only mode, though don’t expect too great a range. The Lexus RX may be the automaker’s best-selling vehicles, but for some the full-sized luxury SUV just isn’t quite big enough. Enter, therefore, the Lexus RX L launching at the LA Auto Show 2017, an extended version of the SUV with a choice of six or seven seats courtesy of an added third row. The 2018 RX 350L and RX 450hL will be offered as seven seaters as standard. They have a 40/20/40 bench-type second row, and two seats behind that. The body has been stretched 4.3 inches, while the tailgate window has been pushed to a steeper angle to maximize legroom and headroom respectively. As an option, there’ll be a six-seat configuration. That swaps the second-row bench for two captain’s chairs. The gap between the two should make for easier rear access, too. The first and second rows get leather as standard, in black, stratus gray, parchment, or noble brown, while the third-row is power-folding as standard. All RX L models get a power tailgate as standard, too. Tri-zone climate control has separate HVAC vents for the third-row too 2018 Lexus RX L Gallery Premium and Luxury packages on both models will add things like wood trim in bamboo, walnut, mocha, or laser-etched Gray Sapelle Wood with aluminum inserts. A head-up display is optional, while the standard audio system has an 8-inch display, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and nine speakers. The second-row gets USB ports for charging. Throw in the Navigation Package, meanwhile, and that adds a 12-speaker audio system and a larger 12.3-inch display. It’s still not a touchscreen, mind, using Lexus’ controversial Remote Touch interface. Finally, the 835W Mark Levinson audio system supports surround sound across its 15 speakers. Sales of both models will start later in 2017. The 2018 RX 350L will start from $47,670 plus destination, while the 2018 RX RX 350L with AWD will start from $49,070.last_img read more

Volvo newest 3seat concept cars cabin is a light and scent haven

first_img Volvo S90 Ambience Concept Gallery In the S90 Ambience Concept, however, the goal is calming not productivity. Seven different themes – with titles like Northern Lights, Scandinavian Forest, Swan Lake, Archipelago, Rain, Nocturnal, and Freedom – run the gamut from relaxation to invigoration, Volvo promises, as well as encouraging sleep. Each has a combination of audio, light, and scent. A projection system beams graphics onto the roof of the cabin, for you to sit back and stare at wistfully. At the same time, there’s synchronized audio played through the Bowers and Wilkins sound system. Finally, Volvo partnered with fragrance specialist Byredo on a quartet of bespoke scents. They get released from a portal in the center console, which rises out of the cabinetry for a suitable sense of drama. Story Timeline2019 Volvo XC40 Inscription sees luxe crossover go subtleThe new Volvo V60 is wagony triumphVolvo’s car subscription service is even more popular than expected It’s all controlled by a smartphone app, which gives a rundown of each theme and its goals. And, while it’s currently just a concept, Volvo says it needn’t necessarily stay that way. “Volvo Cars has the ambition to make it available in S90 Excellence production cars,” the automaker points out, “to enhance its Excellence offer, especially in China.”Still, it’s not the only company to be experimenting with light, color, sound, and scent to make car cabins more interesting. Mercedes-Benz, for example, already offers an “Energizing Comfort” option on its more luxurious models, which combine custom soundtracks with fragrances and LED lighting to variously motivate or relax you. When we tried that out on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63, we found it occupied a fairly strange middle-ground between comforting and odd, mind. center_img Instead, the goal is to engage with passengers’ senses in a more fundamental basis. “The design explores how people feel inside the car and enables them to influence their own mood and well-being,” Robin Page, head of design at Volvo Cars, claims. It’s based on a car that’s already one of Volvo’s more unusual models, the S90 L Excellence. That does away with the front passenger seat, replacing it with a fixed ottoman for the lucky person sat in the rear. Out of that folds a display, which can also be used as a workspace. Volvo has brought the Northern Lights into its most luxurious car, with a new S90 Ambience Concept promising maximum sensory sway for those who have a driver to focus on the road. Set to debut at the Beijing Auto Show in China, the concept car shows what Volvo describes as a luxury beyond just materials and design.last_img read more

Aston Martin Rapide AMR gives 580hp fourdoor a racing makeover

first_img AdChoices广告 Altogether it’s sufficient for 0-60 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds, and a top-speed of 205 mph. Slowing, meanwhile, comes courtesy of new carbon ceramic brakes, with 400mm front discs with six piston calipers, and 360mm rear discs with four piston calipers. They’re the most potent brakes of a production Rapide so far, and they’re combined with 21-inch wheels, a first in fact for any Aston Martin. Not just any wheels, either. The forged multi-spokes have been designed to be not only stiff but allow plenty of air to flow through, helping keep the brakes cooling. Modified brake ducts and dust shields borrow design elements from the Vanquish S, meanwhile, to also aid in keeping temperatures down. Altogether, the Rapide AMR sits 10mm lower than a Rapide S, with tweaks to the three stage adaptive dampers to make them more dynamic and focused. Not everything has been done with performance alone in mind. There’s also the experience to consider: witness, for instance, the new quad exhaust system, which Aston Martin describes as positively “raucous” in its chorus. Three color schemes will be offered, too. Standard and Silhouette will come with a choice of four colors – Mariana Blue, Scintilla Silver, Lightning Silver, and Onyx Black – with the Standard scheme throwing in some AMR Lime accents to the splitter, sills, and rear diffuser. Silhouette drops the lime, and throws in a full-length China Grey or Clubsport White strip. Signature scheme cars, meanwhile, combine Stirling Green paint with Lime accents and a Lime stripe. It’s about as close as you can get to an AMR racer but with four doors, the automaker points out. Inside, the full-length carbon fiber console is flanked by Alcantara-clad seats. The One-77 style steering wheel is an option, and there are plenty of AMR plaques, badges, and stitching. Q by Aston Martin, the automaker’s bespoke team, is on hand to make any more custom changes. Tempted? You’ll need to act pretty fast if you want a Rapide AMR on your driveway. Aston Martin says it only plans to make just 210 of the cars to sell worldwide, each priced from $240,000. Initial deliveries will kick off in Q4 2018. Aston Martin has given its four-door coupe a 580 horsepower makeover, with the Rapide AMR giving Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, and others some serious side-eye. The production version of the Rapide AMR concept shown off at the Geneva Motor Show last year, it’s an even faster twist on Aston Martin’s handsome four-seater. HyperFocal: 0 They’re needed, too, since underneath is a revamped version of the naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 that helps makes the Rapide so endearing. Larger inlet manifolds with tuned length dual inlet runners have boosted airflow; Aston Martin Racing’s engineers combined that with new engine and transmission calibration, to bump up power. It means a hefty 580 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque. center_img HyperFocal: 0 HyperFocal: 0 That includes preserving most of the concept car’s visual changes. The front grille is larger and more aggressive than that of the regular Rapide, while the lights stick with the Zagato-inspired circular DRLs. Most of the changes, though, have been done with aerodynamics in mind. So, the splitter, sills, rear diffuser, and boot lid lip spoiler are in carbon fiber to keep weight down, and help reduce lift at speed. The hood is carbon fiber too, and has sizable ventilation cut-outs. last_img read more

Burned by bias accusations YouTube tries a recommendations fix

first_imgIf you sometimes feel like the algorithm that generates YouTube’s recommendations has gone off the rails, you definitely aren’t alone. While it’s often good at recommending videos you might want to watch, sometimes you get recommendations for things you have no interest in. Then, of course, we’ve got people on both ends of the political spectrum accusing YouTube of bias in its recommendations, with some claiming that the company either props up or buries videos from one side or the other. YouTube has decided it’s time to try fixing recommendations, and it’ll do this in two primary ways. The first is by letting you explore topics and related videos on both the YouTube homepage and in the Up Next queue. For instance, if you’ve been watching baking videos, you might see a new category called “baking” that you can tap and browse to find similar videos.It doesn’t sound like you’ll be able to set these categories yourself, as in a post to the YouTube blog, the company says that the topics you see will be based on your “existing personalized suggestions and are meant to help you find what you’re looking for faster.” Scrolling up on the homepage will show you these categories, and you’ll be able to see them in Up Next while browsing videos.The second way YouTube is giving you more control over your recommendations is by letting you remove suggestions from channels you don’t want to watch. To do this, you’ll simply need to tap on the three-dot menu next to a recommended video and select “Don’t recommend channel.” Once you do that, videos from that channel will be hidden from view, but you’ll still see them if you subscribe to the channel or search for those videos individually. AdChoices广告Finally, YouTube said that it will begin explaining why a certain video was recommended. You’ll see these explanations appear in a small box under the video when YouTube is recommending something from a channel you haven’t watched before, so you won’t see an explanation for everything. YouTube says that the exploration features will be going live for signed-in users in English across iOS, desktop, and Android soon, but doesn’t say specifically when. The ability to remove recommendations is live globally in the iOS and Android apps today with desktop support coming soon, while the recommendation explanations are going live in the iOS app today with Android and desktop versions coming sometime down the road. Story TimelineYouTube claims to ‘tackle hate’ while LGBTQ harassment continues unabatedYouTube considers plan to scrub children’s content from main appYouTube may be planning to hide the comment section by defaultlast_img read more

Jaguar invents car doors that open automatically as you approach

first_imgThe tech uses motion sensors and the existing keyless entry technology to detect the driver as they approach the vehicle. When the driver is detected, the door opens automatically. Jag says that the tech could be helpful to disabled people and for those carrying child seats or large items.Once the driver is inside the car, the door can be closed with an overhead button. There is no need to grab the door and pull it close. The door tech is designed to allow you to walk away and it will close and lock behind you.Radar sensors on the door detect lamp posts or other obstacles and will stop the door from opening and hitting the objects. Jag is working with a former Royal Marine Commando called Mark Ormrod, the first triple amputee in Britain from the Afghanistan conflict, to test the technology.The tech was in development in the lab for over six months before it was installed on the test vehicle. Jag sees the automatic door as relevant to all future vehicles in addition to helping the disabled. Jaguar has announced what it calls the ultimate car door. The new door can open automatically as the driver approaches and can be operated by gesture control. The door is currently a prototype and is being tested on a Range Rover Sport. last_img read more

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover team up on shared EV tech

first_img“The automotive industry is undergoing a steep transformation,” Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development, said of the deal. “We see collaboration as a key for success, also in the field of electrification. With Jaguar Land Rover, we found a partner whose requirements for the future generation of electric drive units significantly match ours. Together, we have the opportunity to cater more effectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringing vehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market.”Neither automaker is unfamiliar with either EVs or indeed designing its own electric motors. For BMW, that in-house development began ahead of the BMW i3 back in 2013. Jaguar Land Rover, meanwhile, designed its own motors for the I-PACE electric SUV, which are shaped to wrap around the car’s front and rear axles. Even with that background, developing competitive, timely drivetrains in an increasingly crowded market is tough. “We’ve proven we can build world beating electric cars but now we need to scale the technology to support the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover products,” Nick Rogers, Engineering Director at Jaguar Land Rover explains. “It was clear from discussions with BMW Group that both companies’ requirements for next generation EDUs to support this transition have significant overlap making for a mutually beneficial collaboration.”At the core of the collaboration will be BMW’s upcoming Gen 5 eDrive electric drive unit. The fifth generation of the automaker’s motors, it will launch in the upcoming BMW iX3, an electric crossover. As well as the motor, it also includes the transmission and power electronics in a single housing. Importantly, it also requires no rare earths. That’s become politically topical of late, as supplies of the materials face potential bottlenecks in the ongoing global trade war. The Gen 5 electric drive unit will be the basis of BMW and Jaguar Land Rover’s future iterations, with a joint team from the two companies based in Munich working on the system. As for production, though, each automaker will be responsible for that independently, at their own manufacturing facilities. For Jaguar Land Rover, that will be at its Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton, UK. Joint procurement will allow both companies to benefit from economy of scale, as they buy the necessary components for their systems. What each is trying to avoid, meanwhile, are EVs that feel or drive too much like the others. “Both companies will seek to adhere to their own brand-specific propositions in any project,” BMW says. That, JLR adds, will allow for “the specific characteristics required for their respective range of products” using the shared technology. At the same time, though, each automaker will be at liberty to continue alternative propulsion and drivetrain projects. In BMW’s case, for example, it will continue to work on its combustion engines, and experimenting with fully-electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel-cell options. BMW and Jaguar Land Rover are teaming up on electric vehicle tech, combining forces to develop next-generation EV motors and make the cars using them more affordable along the way. The deal is part of both automakers’ push for electrification that also makes economic sense, along with a motivation to reduce reliance on rare earth materials among other things. last_img read more

States Wonder What Happens To Us After Health Law Ruling

first_imgStates are anxiously considering the effect of the pending court decision. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott says his state will comply with the health law if it is upheld. And in California, officials and lawmakers worry over what a ruling could mean for plans to institute consumer protections. The Associated Press: Florida To Carry Out Health Law If Upheld By CourtFlorida’s Republican governor — one of the staunchest opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — says his state will carry out the law if the Supreme Court upholds it. Gov. Rick Scott told reporters Wednesday “if it is the law of the land, then we are going to comply” (6/20).The Hill: Gov. Scott: Florida Will Comply If Health Law Is UpheldFlorida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said Wednesday that his state will comply with all portions of the federal health care law if it is upheld by the Supreme Court. Scott added that he is “very optimistic” the Affordable Care Act will be declared unconstitutional, calling the law a “disaster for patients.” “Every government program in the world rations care,” the former health care executive told reporters. “This is going to be an unbelievable rationing of care” (Viebeck, 6/20).Sacramento Bee: Imminent Court Ruling Could Undercut California’s Health PlansIt is clear some provisions of the law will almost certainly remain intact in California no matter how the court rules. The state already has enacted its own legislation prohibiting most insurers from denying coverage to children because of pre-existing conditions and allowing people up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ policies. Yet a reversal of part or all of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law could deeply frustrate the administration’s broader health care goals (Siders, 6/21).California Healthline: Senate Rejects ACA/Exchange BillIf the Supreme Court overturns part or all of the Affordable Care Act in a ruling expected within the next 10 days, California should be ready, according to Senator Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach). Harman yesterday introduced SB 1321, which would require the California Health Benefit Exchange to submit a report to the Legislature within 90 days, if the Supreme Court reverses any part of the ACA. The Senate Committee on Health rejected the measure (Gorn, 6/21).CT Mirror:  State Could Face Big Revenue Loss If Patient Protection Act Is OverturnedWith the U.S. Supreme Court to rule this week or next on national health care reform, Connecticut officials are holding their collective breath, waiting to see if they must choose between cutting health care benefits for the poor and spending more state money to replace the hundreds of millions in federal dollars that will vanish. Both Connecticut’s Medicaid for Low-Income Adults — commonly known as LIA — and the state’s plans to serve a dramatically expanded general Medicaid population, could be thrown into legal limbo, depending on how the high court interprets the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Shortly after the act passed in 2010, Connecticut became the first state to move its state-funded health program for poor adults without children under the federal Medicaid umbrella (Phaneuf, 6/20).North Carolina Health News:  Health Care Leaders Discuss Effects Of Upcoming Supreme Court DecisionLeaders of some of the Triangle’s largest health care organizations met Tuesday to discuss the impact of the federal health care reform law as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to deliver its verdicts on the law’s various provisions.  A ballroom at the North Ridge Country Club was filled with hundreds of small business owners looking to get some idea of what the health insurance world would look like in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling (Tsipis, 6/20).Chicago Sun-Times: Much At Stake With Pending ‘Obamacare’ Court Ruling”There is a human cost here,” Gov. Pat Quinn told the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday. “We’re talking about thousands of people with pre-existing conditions who now have insurance and thousands of young adults who are now covered by their parents’ insurance. We’re talking about people who are finally receiving the preventative care they need to lead healthier lives and avoid illnesses.” … “If the Medicaid expansion is thrown out, that would have a devastating impact for the county health system,” said Marisa Kollias, spokeswoman for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System that operates the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Sweet, Janssen and McKinney, 6/20).Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Colorado Businesses Divided On Health LawFrom the White House to the Capitol buildings in both Washington, D.C. and Colorado, elected officials and health policy experts are eagerly awaiting a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that could be the most significant in decades. … In the U.S., businesses have for decades provided health care to employees. Now business leaders are at the center of the debate (Kerwin McCrimmon, 6/20). States Wonder: What Happens To Us After Health Law Ruling? This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

First Edition September 10 2012

first_imgFirst Edition: September 10, 2012 Today’s headlines include news from the presidential campaign trail, including reports detailing how GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, if elected, he would retain some parts of the 2010 health law.   Kaiser Health News: Obama’s Health Care RecordMedicare, Medicaid and the 2010 health law will continue to be hot topics this presidential campaign season. KHN has assembled this resource page to help track President Barack Obama’s health policy record from his 2008 campaign positions to the enactment of the health law and his proposals to control federal health care spending (9/10). Read the resource page.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: What’s Your Guess On Newest Uninsured Numbers? Win A Prize (Well, Recognition)Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Phil Galewitz reports: “Last year, the Census reported that in 2010 the number of uninsured rose by 1 million to 49.9 million while the rate remained flat at 16.3 percent. In 2002,  about 40 million people were uninsured. Most experts say to expect a slight rise in the number of uninsured in 2011” (Galewitz, 9/10). Check out what else is on the blog.Kaiser Health News also tracked weekend health policy news headlines, including reports about statements by both presidential candidates about Medicare and the health law, including comments by GOP nominee Mitt Romney in which he said he wouldn’t end every provision in the health law (9/9). KHN also followed how health issues are playing on the campaign trail now that the conventions have ended (9/8). Los Angeles Times: What To Expect If President Obama Wins Second TermWhite House aides have indicated that Obama would try for a deal resembling the “grand bargain” he unsuccessfully sought last year with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). That would involve congressional Republicans agreeing to accept some higher taxes and Democrats accepting new restraints on the government’s big entitlement programs, primarily Medicare. Obama’s aides concede that the possibility of that happening would depend on how Republicans interpreted an Obama victory in November, whether it would cause them to compromise with Obama or fight even harder (Parsons, Hennessey and Lauter, 9/9).The New York Times: Romney, Easing, Says Health Law Isn’t All BadAdopting a new tone, Mitt Romney on Sunday said he would retain elements of President Obama’s health care overhaul, blamed Republicans as much as Democrats for the “mistake” of agreeing to automatic cuts in military spending and said Mr. Obama’s national security strategy had made America in “some ways safer” (Barbaro, 9/9).The Washington Post: Romney Says He Would Keep Some Parts Of Obama’s Health-Care LawRepublican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that while he intends to dismantle the Obama administration’s health-care law if elected, he will retain several key provisions, including coverage for preexisting conditions. In an interview aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Romney said his health-care overhaul will also allow families to cover adult children with their policies through age 26 and include access to coverage for unemployed people seeking insurance. Both are part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by Obama in 2010 (Turque, 9/9).Politico: Romney Says He Likes Some Parts Of ObamacareMitt Romney has vowed to repeal and replace the new health care law, but that doesn’t mean he hates all of it. In an interview aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Republican presidential nominee said his replacement health care plan would include a way for people with pre-existing conditions to get insurance, and also allow children to be covered “up to whatever age they might like.” Providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents’ health care plan until the age of 26 are among the most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Kim, 9/9).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Romney, Obama Talk About Health Care As They Reach Out To Swing VotersWith swing voters in his sights, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is tacking toward the center on health care and defense spending now that he’s put his final partisan hurdle behind him and the sprint to Nov. 6 is underway. Romney said in an interview that aired Sunday that he would retain some popular parts of the 2010 health care law he has pledged to repeal, saying the features he would keep are common-sense measures in what he calls an otherwise costly, inefficient plan. … Meanwhile, President Barack Obama focused Floridians’ attention on the Republican ticket’s stand on Medicare, an issue that’s been more favorable to Democrats (9/9).Los Angeles Times: Romney And Obama Trade Shots Over Tax-Cut Math, MedicareAfter a week in which Democrats repeatedly attacked his economic plan as beneficial to the rich and devastating to the poor, Republican nominee Mitt Romney insisted Sunday that his tax and budget proposals would help rebuild the middle class in America. During a series of lengthy talk show interviews, Romney and his running mate, Paul D. Ryan, declined to go into detail on how they would pay for across-the-board tax cuts while balancing the budget over two terms in office (Reston and Parsons, 9/9).Los Angeles Times: Bear Hugs And Medicare For Obama In FloridaPresident Obama spent much of the second day of his Florida bus trip talking about government healthcare for senior citizens as he campaigned in critical precincts of the state. But his policy critique may have been overshadowed, at least locally, by something rare: an exuberant embrace from a supporter at a pizza joint in Fort Pierce (Parsons, 9/9).The Wall Street Journal: Obama Vows To Fight ‘Privatizations’Campaigning in a state that has long drawn retirees, President Barack Obama on Saturday promised to fight the privatization of Medicare and Social Security, the popular health and retirement programs for seniors. In making the vow, Mr. Obama appeared to be implying that his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, supports Social Security privatization, which he doesn’t. Mr. Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, has been a leading proponent of privatization—that is, of allowing workers divert some Social Security tax payments into privately owned accounts (Meckler, 9/8).Los Angeles Times: Obama Charges That GOP Budget Plans Don’t Add UpHe also plans to talk about Medicare and Medicaid, government health programs that both benefit seniors. In his interview with Pelley, Obama said he is willing to “make some adjustments” to the programs. “But the way to do that is to keep healthcare costs low, it’s not to voucherize programs so that suddenly seniors are the ones who are finding their expenses much higher,” he said (Parsons, 9/9).The Wall Street Journal: Romney Struggles To Gain Traction In BattlegroundsWith two months to Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faces the disconcerting reality that he isn’t winning most of the states he would need to beat President Barack Obama. … Mr. Obama in Florida over the weekend repeated his stipulation that any new deficit-reduction deal include tax increases and argued that seniors would pay more for their health care under the Medicare plan offered by Mr. Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan. He also critiqued Mr. Romney’s plan for not being specific about how it would balance the budget (Murray and Meckler, 9/9).The New York Times: Ideological Opposites Prepare To Meet In DebateAs Mr. Ryan buckled down on Sunday for his first full day of debate preparation, Mr. Biden campaigned over the weekend in Ohio, where he derisively labeled Mr. Ryan’s plan to overhaul Medicare “vouchercare.” The vice president challenged the news media to “fact-check me.” The Romney-Ryan campaign responded with a direct round, singling out Mr. Biden. “Vice President Biden is once again advancing fabricated and disproven attacks,” said a spokeswoman, Amanda Henneberg (Gabriel, 9/9).The New York Times’ The Caucus: Ryan Defends His ‘Yes’ Vote On Automatic Defense CutsRepresentative Paul D. Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president, on Sunday defended his decision to support automatic cuts in defense spending as a way to force a deal on reducing the deficit, an approach that was sharply criticized by his running mate, Mitt Romney. … Mr. Ryan said that he backed the deal, which could result in an automatic 8 percent cut in defense spending in January, in an effort to compromise with Democrats on deficit reduction. … The House bill, which Mr. Ryan wrote and Senate Democrats oppose, would stave off reductions in military spending by cutting safety-net programs for the poor, including food stamps, school lunch subsidies and children’s health insurance (Swans, 9/9).The New York Times: More Young Adults Have Insurance After Health Care Law, Study SaysThe share of young adults without health insurance fell by one-sixth in 2011 from the previous year, the largest annual decline for any age group since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began collecting the data in 1997, according to a new report released on Monday (Tavernise, 9/10).The New York Times: Luring Students Into Family MedicineMost students going into medicine imagine that they will have daily contact with their patients; but the reality is that only a minority will end up as primary care physicians, causing what some experts say could be a critical shortage in the United States, where there are long waits in both doctors’ offices and emergency rooms (Novak, 9/9).Politico: Montana Gets Vote On Blocking ACA Nov. 6The balance of power in the Senate may hinge on the outcome of the Montana Senate race between Democratic incumbent Jon Tester and Rep. Denny Rehberg, his GOP challenger. But a little-discussed undercard on the ballot could send a powerful message that reverberates beyond November. On Election Day, Montana residents will vote on a measure that would ban the state or the federal government from ordering Montanans to purchase health insurance. Its passage would be a largely symbolic rebuke of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage requirements and would mirror similar laws and proposals in other states (Cheney, 9/9).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Key Facts About The 9/11 Health And Compensation Act For Ground Zero Workers Who Fell Ill Some key information about the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which went into effect a year ago to aid ground zero responders and others who became ill after being exposed to dust and ash at the World Trade Center site (9/7).The Chicago Tribune/Los Angeles Times: Chicago Teachers Union To Strike After Talks FailThe teachers union will strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after negotiations with Chicago Public Schools officials ended without a contract. … Lewis said the two sides were close on teacher compensation but the union had serious concerns about the cost of health benefits, the makeup of the teacher evaluation system and job security (9/10).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Chicago Teachers To Strike For First Time In 25 Years After Talks With School District FailThe two sides were not far apart on compensation, but were on other issues, including health benefits — teachers want to keep what they have now — and a new teacher evaluation system based partly on students’ standardized test scores, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said (9/10).The Wall Street Journal: Chicago Teachers Say They Will StrikeThis is “a fight between old labor and new Democrats who support education reform and it has been brewing for a long time in cities across the country,” said Tim Knowles, director of the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago, which conducts research on Chicago schools. 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