LG V30 will hit Sprint stores on October 13 with leasing deal

first_imgSprint has announced that the LG V30+ handset will arrive in its stores on October 13, doing so alongside a new leasing deal that will get customers a second unit for free. This will make Sprint the only major carrier in the United States to offer the LG V30+ when it launches, giving buyers a chance to get the 128GB version of the phone. We’ve known since the beginning of the month that Sprint would be the launching destination for the LG V30+, and the company’s wording in its most recent announcement indicates that it will be the handset’s exclusive (US) home. The company plans to offer the handset for $38/month under its Sprint Flex plan.The plus/+ addition to handsets has become common mostly thanks to Apple and Samsung, though LG’s use of it differs from the norm. Whereas the plus designation typically means you’re getting a bigger screen or a more powerful device, LG’s V30+ comes with additional storage at 128GB versus 64GB. This is joined by an improved quality, as well.Sprint’s Flex leasing comes with a special deal alongside the V30+ launch, giving buyers a second leased phone on the house — for both new customers and those who upgrade their existing Flex option. Users who register online can also redeem a Google Daydream VR headset and Top VR Content Bundle as part of the launch deal.The LG V30+ at Sprint will also uniquely include the LG QuadPlay earbuds included with the phone. These are said to feature LG’s own Quad Layer Speaker Technology for audio described as both rich and accurate. The phone itself has a Hi-Fi Quad DAC with digital filters and a handful of presets. Not familiar with the LG V30? Check out our hands-on with the device!SOURCE: BusinessWirelast_img read more

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CNN just got special FAA permission to fly drones over crowds

first_imgCNN has announced that it is the first of its kind to get FAA approval for operating a drone over crowds. This is made possible via the FAA’s issuance of a Part 107 waiver that authorizes the use of small unmanned aircraft systems in places where ordinary regulations prohibit them, including over groups of people who could be injured in the event of a crash. The approved UAS weighs a mere 1.37lbs, according to CNN. The FAA had previously explained that certain special exceptions could be granted for companies seeking permission to operate drones in ways that would otherwise violate drone regulations. CNN’s new approval represents the first of this type of approval for a news agency, enabling CNN to capture aerial footage of places where people gather below.The approval was granted for the use of a Vantage Robotics Snap UAS, which is a lightweight drone that has rotors enclosed for safety. This particular drone was made with the goal of being safe to operate over people — should it fall out of the sky onto a person, it isn’t likely to injure them. The FAA apparently agreed with the Snap’s promised safety, as it has given it the special waiver.This special permission wasn’t granted without a lot of effort on CNN and Vantage’s part, though. CNN explains that more than two years of research went into the drone. CNN also played a role with the FAA in helping develop safe usage scenarios in which drones could be used in urban, populated places for news purposes. The waiver was granted as part of the FAA’s established ‘Reasonableness Approach.’Under the Reasonableness Approach, the FAA determines whether the waiver will be granted based on many things, including the operator’s history of safely operating such a device, as well as the safety features included on the drone and tests that showcase the drone as safe in the special circumstances.CNN goes on to explain that this Part 107 waiver gives the company the right to fly a small drone over crowds for the purpose of “closed-set motion picture and television film.” Under it, CNN is also allowed to operate the UAS at an altitude ranging up to 150ft above ground level. No doubt other similar companies will follow in CNN’s footsteps to get similar special waivers.SOURCE: CNNlast_img read more

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Watch this Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot dance to Bruno Mars

At this point, we’ve seen a handful of videos that exhibit the capabilities of the SpotMini and its larger cousin, the Atlas. At times, these abilities seem outright insane, with the Atlas in particular capable of doing some crazy things. AdChoices广告Earlier this year, Boston Dynamics announced that it’s actually preparing to launch consumer sales for the SpotMini. The company plans to produce 100 SpotMinis by the end of this year, scaling up production in 2019. We don’t know how much it’ll cost, but after seeing all that the SpotMini can do, we probably shouldn’t expect it to be cheap – a reason why Boston Dynamics will target businesses before it tries to get the SpotMini in homes. By now, most of us are probably familiar with the SpotMini robot from Boston Dynamics. The SpotMini has been the subject of quite a few videos where Boston Dynamics flexes its robotics know-how, but the video that was published today is quite unlike any other we’ve seen so far. In it, we get to watch the SpotMini dance to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Story TimelineBoston Dynamics taught its robots to open doors and it’s terrifyingWatch Boston Dynamics’ robot shake off an aggressive humanWatch Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot go for an untethered jog outside Apologies if the video embedded below gets the catchy song stuck in your head for hours or days afterward, but it might be worth that risk to see the SpotMini’s moves. As it turns out, the little robot has skill on the dance floor, not only swaying and bopping along to the music, but also breaking out the running man at a couple of points. With that, we’re imagining many people are coming to the realization that this robot is a better dancer than they are.At certain points, even the SpotMini’s attachable arm gets in on the action, so the robot is definitely putting its entire body into this dance routine. The SpotMini seems remarkably flexible as it dances along, which is impressive enough on its own. Have a look for yourself in the video below. read more

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2019 Audi A6 Avant 5 things you should know

first_img 2019 Audi A6 Avant Gallery It’s not just a large space, however, but a flexible one. A rail tie-down system comes as standard, with four adjustable lashing points for tying objects down. Audi includes a tensioning strap, net, and two hooks, while the optional load-securing kit comes with a telescopic bar and strap, and allows the compartment to be sectioned off. 40:20:40 split rear seats are standard.It’s a hybrid – a mild one, at leastThe 2019 A6 Avant is almost certain to use the same engines as its sedan sibling, of which currently two have been confirmed. The first is a 3.0-liter TFSI turbocharged V6 gas engine, which makes 340 HP and 369 lb-ft. of torque. The other is a 3.0-liter TDI diesel, with 286 horsepower and a 457 lb-ft. of torque. Both engines are so-called mild hybrids, which can’t drive on electric power alone but use a more advanced, 48V electrical system for better refinement and overall efficiency. It’s based on a belt alternator starter motor, which uses regenerative power when the A6 Avant is braking to recover up to 12 kW and store it in a li-ion battery. That system can be used to more seamlessly shut the engine down or start it back up again, and not just when the car is at a standstill. Between speeds of around 34 and 99 mph, for instance, when the A6 Avant is coasting, the gas engine can shut off altogether until its power is actively needed. The start-stop system, meanwhile, now kicks in at just shy of 14 mph, rather than waiting for the car to come to a halt at the next set of lights or stop sign. It’s a smarter driverAudi has been pushing the envelope when it comes to driver-assistance systems of late. While recent cars like the new A8 and A6 can’t quite drive you autonomously, they can certainly offset some of the frustrations on the road. The 2019 A6 Avant is no different.Its adaptive cruise control and other active safety systems can tap into as many as five radar sensors, five cameras, twelve ultrasonic sensors, and a laser scanner. Set a destination into the navigation system, and that can inform the cruise control ahead of time about upcoming turns so the system will slow for them automatically. Audi has also upgraded it to better deal with narrow roads, too. There’s no shortage of luxury or techAudi has given its dashboard tech and cabin trim a big upgrade over the past 12-18 months, and the new A6 Avant benefits from that as well. It’s a more minimalistic place inside, with broad horizontal lines that emphasize the width of the space. Brand new seats can be had with ventilation and massage functions, and there are optional S sport seats with integrated head restraints. Five different trim packages will be offered, each with a different combination of colors and materials: basic, sport, design, design selection, and S line sport. If you want open-pore wood and Valcona leather, you can have it. A panoramic glass sunroof is also available, as is an air quality package which adds an ionizer and two different fragrances. If it’s tech you’re more interested in, the A6 and A8’s twin-touchscreen infotainment system has been carried over to the 2019 A6 Avant. The top display is 10.1-inches and used for entertainment and navigation. Underneath, there’s an 8.6-inch display that handles climate control, seat comfort functions, and text input. Add in the MMI navigation plus option, and you get the 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit rather than analog dials, too, and there’s an optional head-up display.Like we’ve seen on earlier Audi cars, the A6 Avant taps into the cloud for smarter interactions. Natural language recognition, for instance, uses cloud-based processing to understand voice requests, rather than forcing the driver to memorize specific commands. Common journeys are recognized and intelligent suggestions made through the HERE-powered nav system. Audi’s embedded LTE connection can be used for a WiFi hotspot, as well as Car-to-X services like remote smartphone control and even Voice-over-LTE calling. Don’t hold your breath for a US launchAmerica’s aversion to wagons has led to a dearth of options in the US, especially given drivers’ tendency to opt for the more upright seating position – and at least perceived off-road ability – of crossovers and SUVs. As a result, the last A6 Avant never officially made it here. Indeed, there’s only one “wagon” in Audi USA’s range, the 2018 A4 allroad, and even that is jacked-up to nudge into the crossover category.As a result, we’re not holding our breath for a US launch, though we’d love to be surprised. Audi hasn’t confirmed availability for the new A6 Avant yet, and could well surprise us. We’ve seen a slight resurgence of wagons in the US market of late – Volvo’s V60, for instance, and Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class Wagon – which could be just the motivation Audi needs to give the segment another try. Crossovers and SUVs may be today’s big thing, but the 2019 Audi A6 Avant proves wagons can be just as appealing – or even more so. The new A6 Avant – “Avant” being the German automaker’s branding for this particular body style – takes the A6 sedan and lengthens it in a deeply pleasing way, with a rakish tilt to the rear glass and a general tapering to the lines that emphasize the A6’s existing good looks. Read on for five things you should know about this handsome new wagon.center_img With space like this, who needs an SUVAt 16.2 feet long, 6.2 feet wide, and 4.8 feet high, the new A6 Avant is neatly proportioned. However, it’s also practical. The trunk hoods 20 cubic feet as standard, but fold the rear seats down and that almost triples, to 59.3 cubic feet. That, it’s worth noting, is only slightly shy of the 60.4 cubic feet that the Audi Q5 SUV will accommodate, when its rear seats are folded flat. The Avant has a 3.5 foot wide loading width, too, and both the tailgate and the luggage compartment cover open electrically as standard. Optionally, you can have the trunk open when you wave your foot under the rear bumper. last_img read more

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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive Pure inspiration

first_imgThe Porsche 911 has always been inspirational. Over the years, the rear-engined German icon has become the go-to benchmark for would-be sports car contenders, not to mention the motivation for plenty of people to get that bonus or clinch that promotion. Now, with the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T, the inspiration is to shed that excess weight around your waist. Short of a binge diet and some last-minute liposuction there wasn’t much I could do to shed any excess pounds, so instead I slipped the case off my phone, emptied my wallet of all but my driver’s license, and skipped breakfast. A bright yellow 911 Carrera T was feast enough, after all. All the senses get to eat, too. With 0-60 mph arriving in 4.3 seconds in the manual, and a top speed of 182 mph, this clearly isn’t a slow car. You hear it more clearly, more brashly thanks to that sports exhaust, engine and tailpipes braying. Hit a button on the dashboard and they get even louder, the whole thing sounding endearingly mechanical. Story Timeline2018 Porsche 911 GT3 pleases purists with stick shift option2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T is for Touring It may not be the fastest 911 you can have, but the sense of engagement on twisting roads is up there with the best. The standard PASM Sport Suspension plays a big part there, leaving the Carrera T stiff but not torturous. It clings to sharp turns with an eagerness that you first come to trust and then to rely on, snapping the beautifully weighted steering – no variable ratios to confuse here – side to side and knowing from your ass upwards that it’ll chomp through corner after corner without getting unsettled. As for the gearbox, it’s another masterpiece of weighting balance. With a short throw and those closer gear ratios you’re encouraged to stir through it more frequently, snocking the cogs into place with a precision that reminds you why manual transmissions are still so satisfying when fitted to the right car. Porsche’s latest-generation PDK transmission is great, but you should definitely skip the upgrade this time around. Sure, it trims the 0-60 time to 4.0 seconds dead, but you trade involvement for that mechanical polish. With the “T” officially standing for “Touring,” this particular 911 is about engaging with your drive, rather than completing it in as efficient a way as possible. Spend some of what you save on the $2,090 rear-axel steering, which turns either in the opposite direction to, or in tandem with, the front wheels depending on your speed. The result is swifter turns under around 30 mph, and more stable lane changing at higher speeds. At the other extreme, the 911 Carrera T has no problems stopping. Four pistons front and rear grab onto aluminum mono block fixed-caliper brakes, with 13-inch vented and perforated grey cast iron rotors. You can have a carbon-ceramic set instead, but it would only be for boasting purposes. As you might be getting by now, boasting isn’t what the Carrera T is all about. Instead, the reason for its existence is driver satisfaction in a far more pure way than most performance cars rely upon today. From the sense of connectedness from the wheel through to the road, to the odd sensation of looking through exceptionally clear, uninterrupted rear glass, it’s the epitome of the enthusiast’s Porsche. In Porsche terms, it’s affordable too. Though you’ll need to sacrifice some creature comforts if you’re to buy into the 911 Carrera T’s overall ethos, keen drivers will undoubtedly consider that a worthwhile exchange. And while you’re pounding the treadmill at the gym, doing your part to make sure all Porsche’s weight loss efforts weren’t in vain, the knowledge that the Carrera T is waiting outside should be motivation enough to keep you going. center_img A seven-speed manual transmission is standard, its ratios closer than those rowed by the regular Carrera’s stick, and paired with Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical rear differential lock. A seven-speed PDK double-clutch automatic with paddle-shifters is a $3,730 option. Standard is a 0.8-inch lower ride and a sport exhaust, along with the larger, 20-inch wheels of the Carrera S. To keep the T on its toes, Porsche then strips out much of the sound absorption material that normally keeps the cabin quiet. The interior door pulls are now fabric loops, and it swaps out the window and rear glass, for thinner versions. Even the heating elements that would normally stripe the rear window are missing.AdChoices广告For all that, the weight loss itself is still fairly minimal. At 3,142 pounds for the manual – or 3,186 pounds for the PDK – we’re talking about a cut of around 44 pounds over the regular Carrera. That’s where the sacrifice comes in. First off, you’ll need to do without the rear seats, and Porsche’s touchscreen infotainment system. More importantly, as I decided when looking in the mirror at the squidginess that has slowly gathered around my waist over the years, you’ll need to commit to the ascetic lifestyle yourself. There’s little point in your 911 going on a diet, after all, if you’re only going to add weight back in courtesy of your own body mass. For the Carrera T, it’s as much about what Porsche has taken away as what it has added. First, it takes a base Carrera, and then it makes a series of carefully-executed tweaks in return for your $102,100.The body stays, as does the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine. You get 370 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, and 331 lb-ft of torque that’s delivered between 1,700 and 5,000 rpm. The redline doesn’t arrive until a howling 7,500 rpm. last_img read more

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Huaweis second Mate X foldable phone design looks even smarter

first_imgHuawei may have delayed the launch of its Mate X foldable smartphone, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t already thinking up more in the flexible OLED series, and according to a freshly-revealed design patent it’s also considering taking the opposite approach. The Huawei Mate X managed to outshine Samsung’s big Galaxy Fold announcement, taking Mobile World Congress 2019 by surprise several months ago. Just how readily damaged the Mate X’s display might be, exposed on the outside of the phone, was a real concern. Then, of course, Samsung had its embarrassing series of Galaxy Fold breakages, resulting in the public release of the device being postponed. For a moment it seemed Huawei would beat it to the market, but then the Mate X was delayed too, a move widely seen as being related both to the foldable screen and the Chinese firm’s ongoing Android saga with the US government’s trade blacklist. While the lawyers hammer that out, however, Huawei’s designers have been busy with a second Mate X design. Spotted in the WIPO database by LetsGoDigital, a filing shows a foldable phone in which the larger, primary screen is kept safely inside the clamshell mechanism, rather than being left exposed on the outside. A second display is mounted on the exterior of the device, flat, so it could presumably be protected by toughened glass. A section running along the edge of the design contains the camera, with the nature of the hinged portion allowing for a consistent thickness when the smartphone is closed. Unlike the relatively crisp edges of the Mate X as we’ve seen it, this second design has more curved sides. As with any design filing of this sort, there’s no guarantee that it will amount to anything more than just a registered possibility. Nonetheless, it’s fair to assume that Huawei is looking at all potential ideas for the form-factor which – though delayed by Samsung’s misfortune – looks unlikely to disappear in the longer-term. Whether foldable screen technology will mature before Huawei’s ongoing woes with Android access do, however, remains to be seen. While the Samsung foldable kept its surprise hidden, packaging the flexible display within its two clamshell halves, Huawei’s phone was bolder and more eye-catching. Its slender Mate X folded out, the OLED panel wrapping around the outside of the device instead. It was a solution with a number of advantages, and not just aesthetic ones. By putting the primary display outside, for example, Huawei didn’t need to follow Samsung’s route and have a secondary screen that would be visible when the smartphone was closed. It meant Huawei’s phone could be thinner and less complex. The downside, of course, was the potential for damage. Foldable OLED panels are still using plastic screens: they’re fairly resilient, but nowhere near as tough as the glass-covered OLED we’re familiar with from regular smartphones. As the fairly dire reports from early access to the Galaxy Fold made clear, that plastic could easily pick up scuffs, scrapes, and scratches, even when it was sandwiched on the inside. center_img Story TimelineThe Huawei Mate X’s $2,600 price is the least of its problemsSamsung Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: battle of the foldReasons to skip the first-generation of Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate Xlast_img read more

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Viewpoints David Brooks Brutal Truth What To Ask The Candidates At Their

first_imgViewpoints: David Brooks’ ‘Brutal Truth;’ What To Ask The Candidates At Their First Debate; Putting Medicare On A Budget 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 New York Times: The Opening Statement The third big problem is Medicare and rising health care costs, which are bankrupting this country. Let me tell you the brutal truth. Nobody knows how to reduce health care inflation. There are two basic approaches, and we probably have to try both simultaneously. The first, included in Obamacare, is to have an Independent Payment Advisory Board find efficiencies and impose price controls. The problem is that that leaves the painful cost-cutting decisions in Washington, where Congress rules. … The second approach, favored by me, is to scrap the perverse fee-for-service incentives and use a more market-based approach. … I’m willing to pursue any experiment, from any political direction, that lowers costs and saves Medicare (David Brooks, 10/1). Medpage Today: What I’d Ask Obama And RomneyIf I were the moderator of Wednesday night’s first presidential debate — scheduled to be devoted to domestic issues including health care — the single question I would most want to ask of both candidates is this one: How is it possible that the U.S., which is the richest country in the world, is the only developed country on this planet that has not figured out how to provide basic health insurance to all its citizens? It certainly is NOT because we don’t spend enough money on healthcare (Dr. Timothy Johnson, 10/1).The New York Times: Mr. Romney’s Government Handout The biggest beneficiaries of government largess are not those who struggle along on Social Security payments, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, or earned-income tax credits, despite what Mitt Romney has told his donors. Rather, they are those at the highest end of the income scale: government contractors, corporate farmers and very rich individuals who have figured out how to exploit the country’s poorly written tax code for their benefit (10/1). The Washington Post: Paul Ryan’s Budget Flimflam The Republican ticket says it could pay for its tax cut by eliminating loopholes. But the biggest loopholes are popular: the exclusion from taxation of employer-sponsored health insurance and the deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions and state and local taxes. Pressed by the assiduous Mr. Wallace about which of these Mr. Ryan would limit, the nominee pleaded a lack of time. “It would take me too long to go through all of that,” he said (10/1). The Hill: Medicare’s Status Quo: No We Can’tPoliticians have promised Medicare benefits worth $37 trillion over the next 75 years. But that huge amount of benefits isn’t paid for, and so those promises will not be kept. That is why Republicans and Democrats agree — albeit usually in private — that a major reform of this health care program for the elderly is necessary. And on one narrow point, there is bipartisan consensus: Medicare must be put on a budget (Robert E. Moffit, 10/1).Bloomberg: The Flaws That Will Bring Down Obama’s Health Care PlanObama’s plan makes tax credits available to people who get health insurance from exchanges set up by state governments. If states don’t establish those exchanges, the federal government will do so for them. The federal exchanges, however, don’t come with tax credits: The law authorizes credits only for people who get insurance from state-established exchanges. And that creates some problems the administration didn’t foresee, and now hopes to wish away (Ramesh Ponnuru, 10/1).last_img read more

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Businesses Brace For Health Law Requirements Potential Costs

first_imgBusinesses Brace For Health Law Requirements, Potential Costs This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Some large companies are scaling back generous health plans they have traditionally offered employees, even though the so-called ‘Cadillac tax’ on high-end plans doesn’t take effect until 2018, while small firms are exploring early coverage renewals and self-insurance.The New York Times: High-End Health Plans Scale Back To Avoid ‘Cadillac Tax’While most of the attention on the Obama administration’s health care law has been on providing coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans by 2014, workers with employer-paid health insurance are also beginning to feel the effects. Companies hoping to avoid the tax are beginning to scale back the more generous health benefits they have traditionally offered and to look harder for ways to bring down the overall cost of care (Abelson, 5/27).The Wall Street Journal: Some Small Firms Try Early Insurance Renewal To Blunt Health LawSmall businesses seeking to ward off key health-law provisions—at least for a while—are weighing offers by some large insurers to hit the reset button on their yearlong health plan contracts in December. Many contracts normally restart at the beginning of January. But, pushing the date to December could allow small firms to delay the impact of key health-law provisions that broadly kick in once plans renew after Jan. 1 (Mathews and Weaver, 5/27).The Wall Street Journal: One Strategy For Health-Law Costs: Self InsureAs businesses cast about for ways to minimize new costs related to the federal health law, health insurers are stepping up. Among their latest offerings: allowing ever-smaller companies to switch to a riskier form of coverage traditionally favored by big employers (Weaver and Mathews, 5/27).The Associated Press: Uncertainty Regarding Health Care Law Lingers For W. Va. BusinessesWith nearly seven months to go before major provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect, West Virginia employers remain unsure about how they will deal with the changes, the head of the state Chamber of Commerce said. Two years after President Barack Obama signed his landmark health care proposal into law, and nearly one year after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of its provisions, business leaders are still trying to plan for how they will implement the changes (5/28).Meanwhile, in other news related to health coverage – Kaiser Health News: Obamacare Insurance Won’t Cover Weight-Loss Surgery In Many StatesUninsured Americans who are hoping the new health insurance law will give them access to weight loss treatments are likely to be disappointed. That’s especially the case in the Deep South where obesity rates are some of the highest in the nation, and states will not require health plans sold on the new online insurance marketplaces to cover medical weight loss treatments, whether prescription drugs or bariatric surgery (Varney, 5/27). last_img read more

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First Edition February 7 2014

first_imgToday’s headlines include reports from Capitol Hill about the continuing efforts to overhaul Medicare’s payment system for doctors. Kaiser Health News: Hill Plan Would Reward Medicare Doctors For QualityKaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey reports: “Now comes the hard part. After negotiating for months over how to overhaul Medicare’s troubled payment system for physicians, the bipartisan leadership of three Senate and House committees has reached a deal on the policy. Their next task could be even harder – finding a way to finance repeal of the ‘doc fix,’ the shorthand for the 1997 formula used to set physician payments, the sustainable growth rate” (Carey, 2/7). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Obamacare Thrives In San Francisco’s ChinatownKaiser Health News staff writer Sarah Varney, working in collaboration with NPR, reports: “Chinatown here is a city within a city. Built by immigrants in the latter half of the 19th century, Chinatown was a refuge from the era’s vicious prejudice. But the crowded blocks of Chinatown were also somewhat of a prison. Chinese residents feared leaving the area after dark, and they were barred from local schools and the city’s hospitals — even during an outbreak of bubonic plague in San Francisco. It was painfully clear that when it came to medical care, they had to provide for themselves” (Varney, 2/6). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: A Reader Asks: Can Foreign Visitors Buy Health Insurance Exchange Plans?Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers this reader’s question (2/7). Read her response.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Rocky Mountain High Insurance Prices Rankle Ski TownsNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Eric Whitney writes: “Colorado Insurance Commissioner Margeurite Salazar has been getting an earful about high health insurance premiums in pockets of the state since prices she approved were unveiled Oct. 1. She is under increasing pressure to do something about them now that part of Colorado has been identified as having the most expensive premiums in the country” (Whitney, 2/6). Check out what else is on the blog.The Associated Press/Washington Post: A Scramble To Sign Up The Young By Health DeadlineNearly every day, Bransfield comes to a satellite campus of the University of the District of Columbia in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, sitting for hours behind a table in the lobby of a classroom building. Armed with an Apple laptop and a pile of fliers, he’s part of the army of workers and volunteers fanned out around the country trying to enroll young — and probably healthy — people in health insurance available through President Barack Obama’s signature law. Run largely by groups with close ties to the White House, the on-the-ground recruiting effort is based in part on lessons learned from Obama’s two presidential bids, which revolutionized the way campaigns tracked and targeted voters (2/7).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Administration Said To Ponder Insurance ExtensionThe Obama administration is considering an extension of the president’s decision to let people keep their individual insurance policies even if they are not compliant with the health care overhaul, industry and government officials said Thursday. Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson said Thursday that the administration may let policyholders keep that coverage for as long as an additional three years, stressing that no decision has been made. Policymakers are waiting to see what rate hikes health insurers plan for the insurance exchanges that are key to the overhaul’s coverage expansions (2/6).The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: The First Attacks Based On The CBO Report On Obamacare And WorkersThe Congressional Budget Office report on the impact of the Affordable Care Act was released on Tuesday, and already we have the first attack ads. The Fact Checker devoted one column to explaining what the CBO’s report actually meant. But we have long learned that all the fact checks in the world won’t stop politicians if they think an attack line moves voters. So how do these early attacks fare? (Kessler, 2/7).Politico: White House Embraces CBO ReportThe Obama administration is going all out to turn the Congressional Budget Office’s latest Obamacare report into a positive — and they’re confident they can convince Americans that it’s a good thing if the health care law means they can work less. In a White House blog post Thursday, Jason Furman, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, fleshes out the administration’s defense against a wave of publicity over the CBO report that said the health care law will lead to a reduction in work hours (Nather, 2/6).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Md. Panel To Examine Problems With Health ExchangeThe panel, which will hold its first public meeting Monday, will include five state senators and five members of the House of Delegates. A main focus will be overseeing the progress of fixing technological problems and helping as many people as possible sign up before an open enrollment deadline of March 31. Members will later look at what led to the problems in the first place with an aim toward preventing it from happening again in the future (2/6).The Wall Street Journal: Massachusetts To Retain Health-Exchange Vendor CGIMassachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday the state will retain the company behind its online health-insurance exchange but is bringing on additional help after an outside review found problems with the performance of vendor CGI Group Inc. His decision comes after the federal government in January chose not to renew CGI’s contract overseeing key parts of HealthCare.gov, the federal health exchange that got off to a rocky start in October. The site has since seen significant improvement. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chose Accenture as the new lead contractor. CGI’s federal contract runs through February (Kamp, 2/6).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Model Arkansas Way Of Expanding Medicaid At RiskArkansas’ plan for expanding Medicaid by buying private insurance policies for the poor instead of adding them to the rolls was heralded as a model for convincing more Republican-leaning states to adopt a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul (2/6).The New York Times: New Hampshire: Deal Reached On Medicaid ExpansionState senators said Thursday that they had reached a bipartisan deal on a framework to expand Medicaid to about 50,000 low-income adults. Under the agreement, the state will use federal money to buy private insurance, similar to a method adopted last year in Iowa and Arkansas (Bidgood, 2/6).Los Angeles Times: U.S. Lawmakers Reach Accord On Paying Doctors For MedicareIn a rare bipartisan agreement, congressional leaders have settled on a plan to fix Medicare’s system for paying physicians, potentially ending years of uncertainty that often held up fees for doctors who care for the nation’s senior citizens. The proposed fix still must be paid for, requiring lawmakers to come up with as much as $150 billion in savings from elsewhere in the budget (Levey, 2/6).The Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Reach Deal On Doctor PaymentsHouse and Senate lawmakers have agreed on a five-year plan to change how physicians are paid for treating Medicare patients, an issue that has created a recurring scramble in Congress for over a decade. Under the deal announced Thursday, Medicare would increase the amount it pays physicians by 0.5% each year for the next five years. The agreement was the result of talks that included the top members of the Senate Finance, House Energy and Commerce, and House Ways and Means committees (Radnofsky, 2/6).The Washington Post: House Speaker John Boehner Mulling Over Debt-Ceiling OptionsOn Thursday, however, two ideas gained traction, with dozens of Republicans predicting that versions of the pitches could hit the floor next week once House members return to Washington. At the top of the list: a proposal to link a one-year extension of the debt ceiling to a restoration of recently cut military benefits. Another popular option is tying the “doc fix,” which would alter the way doctors are reimbursed for Medicare treatments, to an extension. Changes to the federal budget that would reduce fraud or mandatory spending levels also have been mentioned (Costa, 2/6).The New York Times: Skating Close To The Edge, Again, On The Debt CeilingEven as some Republicans continued to hunt for one policy concession or another to demand from Democrats in exchange for lifting the ceiling, leadership has indicated it has no appetite for brinkmanship — particularly as Republicans head into a midterm campaign for control of Congress where they feel they have an upper hand, given the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act and President Obama’s low approval ratings. And the White House has made clear that it has no intention of giving Republicans anything in exchange for increasing the limit (Lowrey, 2/6).The Wall Street Journal: Aetna Expects To Lose Money On Health-Law MarketplacesAetna Inc. said it expects to lose money on its business in the health-law marketplaces this year, with the demographics of enrollees skewing slightly more than expected toward people likely to rack up higher costs. The insurer, which is participating in public consumer exchanges in 16 states and the District of Columbia, the most of any carrier, said it has signed up about 135,000 paid members through the end of January (Mathews, 2/6).The Wall Street Journal: Cigna Earnings Slip On Decline In Health-Care MarginsCigna Corp. said its fourth-quarter profit declined 11% as the health insurer’s global health-care margins slipped and it lost members from the prior quarter. For the new year, the company predicted earnings of $6.80 to $7.20 a share, compared with estimates of $7.32 a share from analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. Cigna has logged increased revenue in recent quarters, aided by growing membership and acquisitions. The company, which traditionally focused more on commercial health insurance, pushed further into the market for senior-focused plans by recently buying Medicare insurer HealthSpring Inc. and American Financial Group Inc.’s Medicare supplement and critical-illness businesses (Rubin, 2/7).The Washington Post: AOL Chief Cuts 401(k) Benefits, Blames Obamacare And Two ‘Distressed Babies’AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong on Thursday offered a number of unusual explanations for why his company pulled back its 401(k) benefits for employees this year. The first reason: Obamacare. The second: two women at the company who had “distressed babies” in 2012 (Yang, 2/6).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: February 7, 2014last_img read more

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Insurers Continue To Eye State Health Exchanges

first_imgInsurers Continue To Eye State Health Exchanges In a pair of stories, the Associated Press reports on how insurers in New Hampshire and Kentucky that did not participate in the health law’s online insurance marketplaces during the first enrollment period are now indicating their interest for the next open season. In addition, news outlets in Oregon and Minnesota report on developments related to state exchanges.   The Associated Press:  New Hampshire Outlines Proposed Insurance NetworksEach New Hampshire hospital will be included in at least three of the provider networks available under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law next year, state insurance officials said Tuesday. This year, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield was the only company selling plans through the new marketplace, and it was criticized for excluding 10 of the state’s 26 acute-care hospitals. Next year, two other private insurance companies — Harvard Pilgrim and Assurant — and two cooperatives — Maine Community Health and Minuteman — are expected to begin offering plans (Ramer, 6/17). The Associated Press: 2 New Insurers Interested In Joining Kynect At least two new insurance companies say they want to sell policies on Kentucky’s state-run health exchange after more than 421,000 people signed up for health insurance during the first round of open enrollment. Residents can go to the website, known as kynect, to sign up for the state’s Medicaid program or purchase discounted private health insurance plans, depending on their income. It is part of the federal Affordable Care Act, the health care legislation championed by President Barack Obama that has been fiercely opposed by others, including conservative Republicans, since the day it was passed (Beam, 6/17). Reuters:  Oregon Takes Steps Toward Lawsuit Over Defunct Health Exchange WebsiteOregon is taking the next step toward a possible lawsuit against the company that developed the embattled Cover Oregon website as part of the implementation of the federal health care program known as Obamacare, state officials said on Tuesday. The state issued what are known as civil investigative demands (CIDs) for information on Monday in the potential case against Oracle Corps, which the state paid about $134 million to create technology for the site (Sebens, 6/17). The Oregonian: New Cover Oregon Health Exchange Chief, Aaron Patnode, Likes A ChallengeAaron N. Patnode is in the final stages of negotiating a contract to become the new executive director of Cover Oregon. And one of the questions he’s getting practiced at answering is: Why? Patnode knows the health insurance exchange is battling poor morale and appears on the brink of being enveloped in massive litigation in addition to being under investigation by Congress and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He knows it has become a symbol for many of government waste, and could well be abolished as the federal government takes over Cover Oregon’s main responsibility of enrolling Oregonians in health coverage (Budnick, 6/17). The Star Tribune: Another Logjam: MNsure Slow To Process Insurance Coverage ChangesThousands of Minnesotans whose insurance needs have changed because of a lost job or other life event are waiting weeks and sometimes more than a month to get coverage through the MNsure exchange. Since open enrollment ended in March, about 6,000 Minnesotans have contacted MNsure because of events such as a new baby or change in marital status. But systems are still not in place to quickly handle their insurance needs (Crosby, 6/18). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Online Price Calculators For Hospital Services Gaining Popularity In Midst Of Strong

first_img Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital has lost its federal certification and $53 million in annual federal funds after a recent unannounced inspection discovered a list of health and safety violations. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notified the state on Monday that Western State Hospital is out of compliance, and the federal government will not make payments for patients admitted after July 8. They’ll cover current patients for up to 30 days. (6/25) The hospital, which has been at risk of losing federal funding since a 2015 inspection, holds about 850 beds for patients who are involuntarily committed due to psychiatric disorders as well as criminal defendants whose competency is in question. Washington officials say the funding loss — which comprises less than 20 percent of Western State’s annual budget — won’t disrupt its operations. (O’Sullivan, 6/25) A federal court has received the American Hospital Association’s ideas on reducing the huge backlog of denied Medicare claims. A federal judge may mandate HHS to follow some or all of the ideas in order to curb the ever-growing number of appeals. The ideas were filed Friday in response to a request from U.S. District Judge James Boasberg. He asked the AHA to submit ideas after he was reportedly frustrated with HHS’ inability to process appeals. As of June 2017, 607,402 pending appeals would not be reviewed for another three years, the agency predicts. At this rate, the backlog will reach 950,520 appeals by the end of fiscal 2021. (Dickson, 6/25) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Online Price Calculators For Hospital Services Gaining Popularity In Midst Of Strong Demand From Patients Hospitals are also facing pressure from federal regulators who are demanding more transparency over health care costs. In other hospital news: the American Hospital Association submits ideas on how to reduce the backlog of denied Medicare claims; hospitals are expanding to fit the needs of transgender patients; and Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital has lost its federal certification. Minnesota Public Radio: As Transgender People Seek Change, Hospital Doors Open Modern Healthcare: Hospitals Roll Out Online Price Estimators As CMS Presses For Transparency center_img The Associated Press: Psychiatric Hospital Loses Certification And Federal Dollars Seattle Times: Western State Hospital Loses $53 Million In Federal Funding After Failing Inspection  Leaders at El Camino Hospital, located in California’s Silicon Valley, wanted to make it easy for tech-savvy consumers to shop online for personalized, reliable price estimates for its medical services. The independent not-for-profit hospital launched a consumer self-service tool in May 2017, after about a year of development work with Experian Health, which previously helped El Camino set up an internal price-estimator tool for its billing staff. Since then, more than 3,000 people have visited the hospital’s website, selected one or more of about 90 medical or surgical services they were interested in, entered their insurance information, and received an instant out-of-pocket cost estimate the hospital claims is 95% to 99% accurate. (Meyer, 6/23) Modern Healthcare: Federal Court Receives AHA’s Ideas On Fixing Medicare Backlog  Mayo and other major hospitals across the country have responded with new clinics and consolidated mental and physical health services to meet the needs of trans people. But as they work to meet that rising demand, doctors are also navigating some difficult medical and ethical questions. (Richert, 6/25) last_img read more

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Facebook Denies Being a Social Network in Lawsuit Response

first_img Next Article Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images via PC Mag Facebook Denies Being a Social Network in Lawsuit Response Facebook Facebook denies a consumer can create an account, make friends, and build a social network, which are all things you can do on Facebook… Matthew Humphries Register Now » July 12, 2019 2 min readcenter_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Senior Editor Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 67shares This week, Facebook responded to a lawsuit relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal by claiming it isn’t a social network and not somewhere you can make friends.As Ars Technica reports, the lawsuit was filed in December last year by District of Columbia (DC) attorney general Karl Racine. It stated that of the 70 million individuals who had personal information taken by Cambridge Analytica, 340,000 were residents of DC. Racine is demanding $5,000 in civil penalties per resident, which would mean Facebook has to pay out $1.7 billion.As you’d expect, the social network is fighting the case hard. The reason it has taken so long for a response to be forthcoming is because Facebook spent nearly seven months attempting to get the lawsuit dismissed. That isn’t happening thanks to a federal judge.Facebook’s response is heavy on the denials, with a “denies the allegations” being stated for most of the 76 paragraphs contained in the lawsuit filing. Curiously, one flat out denial covers Paragraph 11, which states:To begin using the Facebook website, a consumer first creates a Facebook account. The consumer can then add other Facebook consumers as “friends” and by accumulating Facebook friends, the consumer builds a social network on the Facebook website.So Facebook is denying it’s a destination that allows consumers to sign-up, add their friends, and build a social network. I’m pretty sure that’s the functionality Facebook’s entire business model is based upon, which makes this a suspicious and confusing response. Is this a lawyer that’s being a bit heavy handed with copy-pasting a denial, or some tactic in law to try and derail the lawsuit?Overall, Facebook’s defense against this lawsuit comes down to the fact it was a third-party and not Facebook directly that improperly obtained personal data. If that isn’t accepted by the court, then the social network (yes, it is one) may have to pay out billions, especially as this lawsuit is surely only going to be the first of many if it proves successful.last_img read more

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The best cheap soundbar deals in the UK for June 2019

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. Best Currys Soundbar DealsCurrys has regular sales event and more often than not include some great discounts on a range of soundbars fit fo every budget. Best Currys PC World Soundbar DealsSoundTouch 300 Wireless Sound BarElegant design, solid bass and a polished smartphone app make this a classy soundbar.Currys PC World|Summer Clearance|Now £379.97View DealNow £379.97|Summer Clearance|Currys PC WorldLG SK4D 2.1 Wireless Sound BarA punchy soundbar with a wireless subwoofer and a mighty 300W output.Currys PC World|Save £60|Now £139.00View DealNow £139.00|Save £60|Currys PC WorldJVC TH-D588B 5.1.2 Wireless Cinematic Sound Bar with Dolby AtmosMajor savings on a 5.1.2 soundbar, which delivers 3D sound from ten speakers.Currys PC World|Save £170|Now £229.00View DealNow £229.00|Save £170|Currys PC WorldPanasonic HTB258 2.1 Wireless Compact Sound BarThis is a particularlydinky soundbar, ideal for the smallest rooms. Even the sub is super-skinny.Currys PC World|Save £51|Now £148.00View DealNow £148.00|Save £51|Currys PC World 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. Best Argos Soundbar DealsRight now, Argos is a good bet if you want a soundbar for cheap as it’s got some great budget-friendly options. Argos is a good shout if you collect Nectar points, too, as you can not only collect them on your spend, but you can also spend your Nectar points at the retailer to save some money.Have a look at the Nectar site to see what offers are currently available as there are occasional double point incentives. Best Argos Soundbar DealsHitachi 460W 2.1Ch soundbar w/ wireless subwooferA punchy soundbar set with a wireless subwoofer, DTS and Dolby support as well as Bluetooth.Argos|Lowest Price Ever|£89.99View Deal£89.99|Lowest Price Ever|ArgosSamsung HW-M360 2.1Ch soundbar with wireless subwooferA slimline soundbar that can connect to your TV, tablet or phone via Bluetooth and wireless connectivity. With 4 built-in speakers delivering 200W of power, bass is provided by the wireless subArgos|Lowest Price Ever|£149.00View Deal£149.00|Lowest Price Ever|ArgosHitachi 120W 2Ch All In One Sound Bar with BluetoothA very cheap and surprisingly punchy 120W soundbar with Bluetooth connectivityArgos|Great New Price|£35.00View Deal£35.00|Great New Price|Argos Best Cheap Soundbar Deals: Pick up a new soundbar and take your TV’s sound output to the next level.Many of us would love to hook up our TVs to a solid sound system, but find ourselves lacking either the space, the time or the will to put ourselves through the logistical hassle.If that sounds like you, don’t worry. The soundbar has you covered. These all-in-one speakers sit inconspicuously on your TV cabinet, right in front of your TV set. Plug them directly into your television and you’ll enhance its sound output no end.Related: Best TV DealsBeyond that, you can start considering advanced options that will help you replicate the cinematic experience. Many sounders these days will come with subwoofers for extra bass, and they’re often wireless at that.Still other soundbars will include Dolby Atmos support and even full on 7.1 surround sound.  Bluetooth connectivity is pretty common too, which enables your soundbar to double as a full on sound system, streaming audio from your smartphone.Whatever form of soundbar you decide is for you, we’ve rounded up some great deals. We’ll be keeping these deals up to date over the coming weeks and months, so be sure to bookmark this page.Jump to:Amazon soundbar deals | John Lewis soundbar deals | Currys soundbar deals | Argos soundbar deals | eBay soundbar deals |All prices were correct at time of publication but are subject to change. If you spot a deal you want, be sure to snap it up before it goes.Best Amazon Soundbar DealsAmazon is always a great source of soundbar deals especially if you’re an Amazon Prime member because some deals are exclusive to subscribers. Luckily you can always sign up for a free trial to take advantage of these deals and nab yourself next day delivery. Best Amazon Soundbar DealsSony HT-SF150 2ch SoundbarA two-channel soundbar that also comes with Bluetooth connectivity if you want to send music to the soundbar.Amazon|Save £56|Now £93.98View DealNow £93.98|Save £56|AmazonSonos Play:1 Smart Wireless Speaker, BlackThe most affordable Sonos speaker just got a little cheaper with this swish discount currently available on Amazon for a limited time only.Amazon|Free Delivery|Now £124.00View DealNow £124.00|Free Delivery|AmazonSonos Playbase Wireless Home Cinema Sound Base – WhiteThe Sonos Playbase lets you prop your TV on top of it, saving even more space whilst providing a meaty sound boost.Amazon|Save £130|Now £499.00View DealNow £499.00|Save £130|Amazon (Back to top) Best eBay Soundbar DealsDon’t forget about eBay when it comes to a cheap soundbar. Many of the above retailers, and a whole host more, have an eBay store where they can secretly clear out stock for a knockdown price. Best eBay Soundbar DealsJVC TH-D337B 2.1 Sound BarMajor savings on this comprehensive soundbar set up, with a meaty down-firing subwoofer and Bluetooth support.eBay|Save £90|£79.99View Deal£79.99|Save £90|eBaySamsung HW-N650 360W 5.1ch SoundbarA well-equipped 5.1 channel soundbar with a 360W output, which is now cheaper using the PURE20 code.Crampton & Moore on eBay|Save 20% with code|£289.00View Deal£289.00|Save 20% with code|Crampton & Moore on eBay Best John Lewis Soundbar DealsJohn Lewis not only price matches its competitors but it also gives you 2 year warranties on many of its soundbars to help set it apart. Best John Lewis Soundbar DealsBose® Solo 5 Sound Bar with BluetoothYou’ll find this same saving elsewhere on the internet, but not with the same John Lewis 2 year guarantee.John Lewis|2-year warranty|Now £199.00View DealNow £199.00|2-year warranty|John LewisSonos Beam Compact soundbarSonos’ first smart soundbar and one of the best compact soundbars around. It excels with both movies and music audio and also features Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri voice controlJohn Lewis|2-year warranty|Now £369View DealNow £369|2-year warranty|John LewisLG SK9Y Wi-Fi Bluetooth Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer, Dolby Atmos, High Resolution Audio & Chromecast Built-in, BlackLike the SK10Y deal, this soundbar comes with a free LG WK7 ThinQ Smart Speaker.John Lewis|2-year warranty|Now £549View DealNow £549|2-year warranty|John LewisCanton DM100 Wireless Sound Base With Integrated Subwoofer, Glass Black£50 off this classywireless soundbase, which features hugely refined sound and an incrediblyuser-friendly set-up process.John Lewis|Save £50|Now £449.95View DealNow £449.95|Save £50|John Lewis (Back to top)What soundbar is right for you?Soundbars take the form of stretched-out all-in-one speakers that sit neatly below your TV set. The idea is that you hardly know they’re there, and they can also be mounted on a wall.While they vary in quality and price, even a bog standard soundbar will represent a step up from your TV’s default speakers, particularly when it comes to volume and bass. More advanced soundbars will also tend to support things like Dolby Atmos and full 7.1 surround sound.Another form of soundbar is the soundbase, which is essentially a flatter, sturdier example that you sit your TV on top of. It’s a great option when space is at a particular premium.Related: Best soundbarsWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. (Back to top) Deals Product Deals (Back to top) We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. (Back to top)last_img read more

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Amazons Samsung Galaxy S10 deals are far far away the best Prime

first_imgWant to stay up to date with Amazon Prime Day 2019? We’ve got you covered. For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedReviews.We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. Amazon Prime Day Deals The Samsung Galaxy S10 and its S10 Plus and S10e premium and entry-level siblings, are some of the best, if not the best phones we’ve tested this year. Boasting excellent cameras and huge, vibrant screens, all of which support HDR (High Dynamic Range) means that not only to photos and videos taken on the Samsung Galaxy S10 look fantastic, but streamed content from Netflix and YouTube also looks sensational. As the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones are high-end, premium devices, the command a premium price tag – but luckily for you, Amazon’s taking an axe to those prices for Prime Day 2019.  Best Amazon Samsung Galaxy S10 Prime Day DealsSamsung Galaxy S10+ Factory Unlocked Phone with 512GBGet the Samsung Galaxy S10+ unlocked and SIM-free with 512GB of storage and enjoy a huge, near-$300 discount this Prime Day.Amazon|Save $300|Now $699.99View DealNow $699.99|Save $300|AmazonSamsung Galaxy S10 Factory Unlocked Phone with 512GB (U.S. Warranty), Flamingo PinkBuy this Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphone this Amazon Prime Day and save yourself a near $300.Amazon|Save $300|Now $849.99View DealNow $849.99|Save $300|AmazonSamsung Galaxy S10e Factory Unlocked Phone with 256GB (U.S. Warranty), Prism WhiteThe Samsung Galaxy S10e was already nicely priced, now it’s even more of an essential buy with over $200 lopped off the price for Prime Day 2019.Amazon|Save $300|Now $549.99View DealNow $549.99|Save $300|Amazon ——————————————————————————————————–Grab these great Prime Day savingsSave £40 on the Kindle Paperwhite£160 off the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook 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. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Re: this headline, I can’t actually state if these deals are objectively the best Prime Day discounts Amazon’s offering but a) they are very good deals and b) I can’t resist making lame and obvious Star Wars puns of such magnitude. If you doubt me, the discounts of 24%, 25% and 24% respectively here equate to reductions of close to $300 or, in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S10e, just over $200. Here’s what we had to say about the Samsung Galaxy S10 when we reviewed:“There isn’t a more complete flagship Android phone you can buy right now than the Samsung Galaxy S10 – and its two biggest competitors are, at this moment, the smaller S10e and the pricier S10 Plus.“While the Samsung Galaxy S10 doesn’t excel in any one specific area, the collective package makes for an incredibly capable offering… It sports a stunning OLED screen, versatile camera and a number of enticing new features… There isn’t a more complete flagship Android phone you can buy right now than the Samsung Galaxy S10.” Best Amazon Samsung Galaxy S10 Prime Day DealsSamsung Galaxy S10+ Factory Unlocked Phone with 512GBGet the Samsung Galaxy S10+ unlocked and SIM-free with 512GB of storage and enjoy a huge, near-$300 discount this Prime Day.Amazon|Save $300|Now $699.99View DealNow $699.99|Save $300|AmazonSamsung Galaxy S10 Factory Unlocked Phone with 512GB (U.S. Warranty), Flamingo PinkBuy this Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphone this Amazon Prime Day and save yourself a near $300.Amazon|Save $300|Now $849.99View DealNow $849.99|Save $300|AmazonSamsung Galaxy S10e Factory Unlocked Phone with 256GB (U.S. Warranty), Prism WhiteThe Samsung Galaxy S10e was already nicely priced, now it’s even more of an essential buy with over $200 lopped off the price for Prime Day 2019.Amazon|Save $300|Now $549.99View DealNow $549.99|Save $300|Amazon 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. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think.last_img read more

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Missed out on the Prime Day UE Megablast Deal The UE Boom

first_imgIf you’re unfamiliar with the Ultimate Ears range of Bluetooth speakers then you’re in for a treat. All UE products are known for their crystal clear sound, long battery life and ridiculous ability to withstand serious knocks and bumps. The UE Boom 3 is no exception.When put through the ringer, we gave the UE Boom 3 an easy 8/10 rating, thanks to its minimalist design, rugged features and 360 degree sound that hits you no matter where you’re standing:“The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 has two active drivers and two passive bass radiators, a similar array as seen in the Boom 2. Its aim is to provide 360-degree sound, allowing you to place the unit at the centre of the room without experiencing any awkward “blind” spots where the sound loses detail or impact.Benefits are much the same as previous generations. The Boom 3 can go very loud for its size, and the bass is tuned to make beats sound appropriately punchy, without any leaden bloat.” UE Boom 3 – Post Prime Day DealUltimate Ears Boom 3 Wireless Bluetooth SpeakerWith the summer holidays just around the corner, now’s the time to invest in a proper bluetooth speaker, especially when there’s a super saving to be had for a limited time only.Amazon|Save £35.99|Now £94.00View DealNow £94.00|Save £35.99|Amazon This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. 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. 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.center_img Deals You know what they say; Prime Day never dies, evident by Amazon’s stonking offer on the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 – now with a slick £35 discount for a limited time only.Buy now: UE Boom 3 for just £94 (save £34.99) at AmazonAmazon might have made waves with its slick UE Megaboom deal over Prime Day, but the retailer’s also spared a thought with this post-Prime Day deal, dropping the price of the similarly brilliant UE Boom 3 from £129.99 to just £94. Time to prepare those summer playlists. UE Boom 3 – Post Prime Day DealUltimate Ears Boom 3 Wireless Bluetooth SpeakerWith the summer holidays just around the corner, now’s the time to invest in a proper bluetooth speaker, especially when there’s a super saving to be had for a limited time only.Amazon|Save £35.99|Now £94.00View DealNow £94.00|Save £35.99|Amazon If you missed out during Amazon Prime Day, don’t let the FOMO take over and nab this fantastic deal while it’s still available. Your summer parties will never be the same again.For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs.last_img read more

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Hudsons Bay posts widerthanexpected loss on fewer stores lower sales at Lord

first_img Same-store sales at Hudson Bay stores tumbled 4.3 per cent in the quarter.Peter Thompson/Postmedia Join the conversation → Canadian department store operator Hudson’s Bay Co. on Thursday posted a wider-than-expected loss and a 3.3 per cent fall in first-quarter revenue as it closed some stores and sales at its Lord & Taylor unit fell.The owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor retail chains said earlier this week it was evaluating a $1.74 billion go-private cash offer from its Executive Chairman Richard Baker and other shareholders.The company, North America’s oldest, said first-quarter comparable sales decreased 2.1 per cent, and excluding Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters increased 0.3 per cent. Hudson’s Bay offered escape from retail carnage with chairman’s bid Hudson’s Bay Co to pay $4.5 million to close deceptive pricing probe: Competition Bureau Hudson’s Bay Co exploring strategic alternatives for Lord & Taylor, including sale or merger Same-store sales at its namesake stores tumbled 4.3 per cent in the quarter.The struggling retailer has been shutting its underperforming shops to cut costs and exploring strategic alternatives such as a sale or merger of its department store Lord & Taylor. The company is also set to sell its stake in its real estate joint venture in Germany to Signa Retail Holdings in a deal valued at $1.5 billion.Related Stories:Hudson’s Bay chairman’s buyout bid pits retail against real estateWalgreens third-quarter profit falls 23.6%BlackBerry posts smaller quarterly lossThe company reported a profit of $275 million, or $1.15 per share from continuing operations, in the first quarter ended May 4, compared to a loss of $398 million, or 72 cents per share, a year earlier.First quarter net income included a $817 million gain from the sale of the Lord & Taylor flagship building in New York.Excluding items, the company posted a loss of 87 cents per share, wider than the 56 cents loss based on estimates from 2 analysts, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.Total revenue fell to $2.12 billion from $2.19 billion, a year earlier.© Thomson Reuters 2019 June 13, 20197:50 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Reddit Twitter More Email Share this storyHudson’s Bay posts wider-than-expected loss on fewer stores, lower sales at Lord & Taylor Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn 0 Comments Hudson’s Bay posts wider-than-expected loss on fewer stores, lower sales at Lord & Taylor Hudson Bay is evaluating a $1.74 billion go-private cash offer from its executive chairman Richard Baker and other shareholders Recommended For YouBeyond Meat’s forecast sends 2019’s IPO darling to new heightsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through Reuters Comment Facebooklast_img read more

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Watch As FirstTime Tesla Autopilot Users Are Terrified

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 10, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News model3man begins by trying out Tesla Autopilot himself and showing us how it works. Then, he puts three different family members in the driver’s seat to compare their reactions. The consensus is they aren’t sure if they can trust the car. This is a good thing. Remember, Autopilot is a Beta product and should never be trusted or relied upon. Instead, it should be used as a driving aid. With that being said, these drivers should have had their hands on the wheel at all times and been ready to react instantly.Have you tried Tesla Autopilot? What was your first impression? Let us know in the comment section below.Video Description via model3man on YouTube:How do you react when you feel your life is threatened? Perhaps a little like the reactions you’ll see in this upload – I was fortunate that my wife and daughters all agreed to let me video them during their FIRST EVER use of Autopilot in Red Dragon! Their terror, amazement, alarm make for interesting viewing and will perhaps help you when you or your family members first use it!This is a fun episode. It came because of several requests in the comments sections over the last 3 months. Comments like: “Why don’t you do an upload showing how the rest of your family react to using Autopilot for the very first time. That’ll be very cool!”Well, the more I thought about it, the more attractive it sounded. Now, you only get one shot at a “first time” video, so please forgive any bad camera angles or occasional annoying lighting. Top priority was simply getting the action as it happened. You’ll see how each of the three (Janine, Jillian and Philippa) react VERY differently, in line with their personalities. Anyway, it was a lot of fun to make and I hope it’s just as much fun to watch! Grandmas React To Tesla Model 3 Test Ride Tesla’s Navigate On Autopilot Takes On Tricky Double Exit Watch This 360-Degree Video Of What Tesla Autopilot Sees How do these people react during their maiden voyage with Tesla Autopilot?YouTuber and Tesla Model 3 owner model3man received some special requests. People asked him to film family members’ first impressions as they got behind the wheel and experienced Tesla Autopilot. He warns us that since you only get one chance to make a “first time” video, the camera work is not perfect. Nonetheless, it’s pretty interesting to see to the look on people’s faces and hear their comments when the Tesla is driving itself.More Tesla Autopilot Coverage:last_img read more

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More On The Return Of Teslas SoftwareLimited Battery Pack Scheme

first_imgNEW TESLA PRICING OPTIONS INCLUDE THE RETURN OF SOFTWARE-LIMITED BATTERY PACKSFrom time to time, Tesla adjusts its lineup of available model variants in order to optimize its manufacturing process and respond to consumer preferences. The company recently discontinued the 75 kWh versions of Models S and Model X, and some speculated that this was a precursor to replacing the battery pack used in those models with a redesigned pack based on the newer 2170 cells used in Model 3.Check Out These Stories: Another Look At Tesla Model 3 Mid Range Powertrain And Gross Margin Let’s Analyze Tesla’s Recent Model S, X 75D Discontinuation Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 11, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img Above: Tesla Model S and Model X (Image: Tesla)However, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards for the moment – instead, the California carmaker has revised its roster of S and X variants, reintroducing the option to buy a battery pack with software-limited range and unbundling Ludicrous Mode from the Performance variant.The news isn’t as exciting as a battery update would have been (although we’re pretty sure that will happen eventually), but as Electrek pointed out, it’s a good business move. It allows Tesla to streamline production by building only a single (100 kWh) battery pack for Models S and X, and also lets it offer a lower price to buyers who don’t feel the need to have the ultimate in range and performance.Tesla has also lowered the price of the Extended Range (formerly known as 100) variants by $1,000, and dropped the previous numerical naming scheme. Here’s the new deal:Model S and Model X owners can upgrade to the Extended Range version via an over-the-air update for $8,000.===Written by: Charles Morris; This article originally appeared in Charged; Source: Electrek*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. Tesla Launches New Model S, X With Software-Locked 100-kWh Battery *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.last_img read more

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Watch Tesla Model S police car go through a training run

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Earlier this year, the Fremont Police Department announced that it’s converting a Tesla Model S to a patrol vehicle and now you can see the electric car going through an operation training run. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVp0Cr2Pg4gThe post Watch Tesla Model S police car go through a training run appeared first on Electrek.last_img

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Issues To Consider From The Zimmer Biomet Enforcement Action

first_img View This previous post went in-depth into the $30.4 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against Zimmer Biomet announced on January 12th.This post highlights additional issues to consider.Repeat OffenderBiomet is not the first company to be a repeat FCPA criminal offender, just the latest. Other criminal examples include Aibel Group / Vetco entities and Marubeni (and there several other examples involving SEC civil violations such as Orthofix Int’l recently becoming a repeat FCPA offender). To learn more about these examples, see the article “Measuring the Impact of NPAs and DPAs on FCPA Enforcement.”Another DPAWhat is interesting about the previous other two examples of a company becoming a repeat FCPA criminal offender is that the companies the first time were offered a DPA, but were required the second time to plead guilty. (See here and here).Not so with Zimmer Biomet as the DOJ once again offered the company a deferred prosecution agreement. Moreover, the DOJ agreed to resolve the action for $17.3 million which was in the middle of the sentencing guidelines range of $11.6 to $23.3 million.In many respects the DOJ is sending the wrong message with the additional DPA and middle range criminal penalty. And this is particularly true given the next topic discussed.Not Just a Repeat Offender, But in the Same Country and Involving the Same DistributorBiomet was not merely just an FCPA repeat criminal offender, but a repeat offender in the same country (Brazil) at issue in the 2012 FCPA enforcement action and involving the same distributor. Moreover, the repeat conduct involved the actions of a high-level Biomet attorney.In the words of the DOJ:“Specifically, in connection with the 2012 DPA, Biomet knew that Brazilian Distributor [described as the principal owner of Brazilian Distributor Company A and at relevant times controlled Brazilian Distributor Company B] previously had paid bribes to win business for Biomet through Brazilian Distributor Company A, and as a result, Biomet had prohibited its employees from using all companies affiliated with Brazilian Distributor. Despite knowing this, Biomet, through its employees and agents, including Biomet Executive [described as an attorney at Biomet and Biomet International during the relevant period who became a high-level attorney during that period. Biomet Executive’s responsibilities included ensuring that Biomet had effective internal accounting controls, such as third-party due diligence, and implementing Biomet’s internal accounting controls. Biomet Executive was also responsible for addressing the requirements of Biomet’s FCPA monitor with respect to Biomet International], allowed Brazilian Distributor to sell, import, and market its products through Brazilian Distributor Company B and took steps to conceal Brazilian Distributor’s relationship with Brazilian Distributor Company B.”Stretching Disgorgement to Its LimitsNotwithstanding the above, a noticeable feature of the Brazil conduct is that while the Brazil distributor allegedly paid bribes on behalf Biomet entities in connection with the 2012 FCPA enforcement action, there was no new allegations in the recent enforcement action that the Brazil distributor made any bribe payments on behalf of Zimmer Biomet entities.Rather, the company was faulted for continuing to do business with the distributor.The settlement amount included $5.8 million in disgorgement, presumably the sum of the following two figures:“Biomet obtained over $3,168,000 in profits from the transactions involving the Prohibited Brazilian Distributor.”“Biomet obtained $2,652,100 in profits from the transactions involved in the Mexico scheme.”Merely doing business with a distributor that Biomet told the government it had terminated in 2008 obviously looks bad and is reflective of deficient internal controls.Yet in the absence of any allegations that the distributor made improper payments on behalf of the company, requiring disgorgement for such conduct stretches the disgorgement remedy to its limit and is nothing short of remarkable.Is It Asking Too Much?Pardon me for being that guy, yet again. But is it asking too much for the SEC to get the law right in its FCPA resolution documents?The SEC’s order contains the following findings.“Biomet … failed to devise and maintain a sufficient system of internal accounting controls.”“Biomet failed to implement internal accounting controls sufficient to detect or prevent bribery …”.“Biomet violated [the internal controls provisions] by failing to have internal controls in place to detect and prevent Biomet’s improper recording of transactions with the Prohibited Brazilian Distributor.”“Biomet further failed to devise and maintain internal accounting controls to prevent and detect 3i Mexico’s payments to Texas Customs Broker and Mexican Customs Broker to get product without valid registrations or proper labeling into Mexico, including improper payments to Mexican customs officials made by Mexican Customs Broker.”None of these highlighted words or phrases appear in the FCPA.Rather, the FCPA’s internal controls provisions state that issuers shall “devise and maintain a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurances“ that the four specified statutory objectives are met.The FCPA then defines “reasonable assurance” and “reasonable detail” to mean “such level of detail and degree of assurance as would satisfy prudent officials in the conduct of their own affairs.”The differences between the language the SEC used and the actual statutory language likely had little practical impact regarding the conduct at issue.But gosh, it’s just outlandish that the SEC seems incapable (and this is certainly not the first instance I’ve written about this point) of using the correct statutory language in FCPA resolution documents.It’s sloppy, it’s unprofessional, and it needs to stop if the SEC wants to be viewed as credible. Free 90 Minute 2017 FCPA Year In Review Video A summary of every corporate enforcement action; notable statistics and issues to consider; compliance take-away points; and enforcement agency and related developments. Click below to view the engaging video tutorial.last_img read more

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