Google voice recognition update makes it even easier to talk to your

first_img– Amharic (Ethiopia)– Armenian (Armenia)– Azerbaijani (Azerbaijani)– Bengali (Bangladesh, India)– English (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania)– Georgian (Georgia)– Gujarati (India)– Javanese (Indonesia)– Kannada (India)– Khmer (Cambodian)– Lao (Laos)– Latvian (Latvia)– Malayalam (India)– Marathi (India)– Nepali (Nepal)– Sinhala (Sri Lanka)– Sundanese (Indonesia)– Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya)– Tamil (India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia)– Telugu (India)– Urdu (Pakistan, India)In addition to launching in GBoard and Voice Search, Google is also adding these languages to the Cloud Speech API today. We’ll see these new languages spread to other apps like Translate shortly, but Google didn’t give a specific time frame for their roll out. In any case, you can begin using them in GBoard’s voice to text feature or in Google Search’s voice search feature today.As an added bonus, those using voice recognition features in US English can now insert emoji by name. For example, you can say “winky face emoji” as you’re using voice to text to insert a winky face emoji into your message. Google says this functionality is spreading to other languages soon, so watch out for that. As outlined on the Google Blog, this is certainly a global-centric update, as Google has added languages like Georgian, Swahili, and Amharic to its already long list of supported languages. To add these languages, Google said that it held recording sessions with native speakers, asking them to read common phrases and collecting their speech samples. From there, Google’s machine learning models had sounds and words to work with, and could begin improving accuracy with these new languages. Here’s the full list of languages being added to voice recognition: Story TimelineGboard is Google Keyboard with built-in search, better predictions and moreHow to get the Gboard for Android update on your phone (APK download)Google woos India with Gboard, Translate updatesGboard’s Incognito Mode arrives for Nougat and Marshmallowcenter_img Gboard on Android and Google’s Voice Search are getting quite a significant update today. The company announced today that it is adding 30 new languages and locales to the speech recognition tools for both, bringing the total supported languages for voice recognition up to 119. There’s also an interesting little bonus for those using Google’s speech recognition in US English coming along with this update too.last_img read more

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iPhone Xs Face ID demo fail was security not screwup

first_img Apple iPhone X Gallery That’s all well and good, but come Tuesday morning and the big reveal, Face ID didn’t want to accept Federighi’s facial scan. After a second attempt, the Apple exec had to switch to the backup phone on-stage, which worked as intended. The headlines were merciless: Face ID screwed up on its first public outing.According to Apple, though, that’s not the case. In fact, it was mainly human error that caused the demo glitch, and not even that of Federighi himself. In a statement to Yahoo, the company blamed security failsafes that have been a part of iOS’ biometric protection since the release of Touch ID for inadvertently locking the iPhone X down. AdChoices广告“People were handling the device for stage demo ahead of time,” Apple explained, “and didn’t realize Face ID was trying to authenticate their face.” That’s part of the system’s intended behavior, since it tracks faces of those looking at the phone but will only unlock it not only if the registered user is recognized but that they’re actively looking at the iPhone X too. “After failing a number of times, because they weren’t Craig, the iPhone did what it was designed to do, which was to require his passcode,” Apple continues. The same thing will happen if someone taps your Touch ID sensor on an iPhone 7 or similar multiple times with an unregistered fingerprint. After a handful of failed attempts, iOS concludes someone is trying to trick the system and temporarily disables biometrics altogether. MORE iPhone X hands-onOf course, it’s easier to spot when you’re inadvertently making contact with the Touch ID button than recognize when you’re within range of the TrueDepth Camera. Apple’s setting is an unusual one, certainly: most people won’t have a team of event prep staff handling their smartphone on a typical day. All the same, when you spawn the inevitable interest after people spot you have the new iPhone X, don’t be surprised if Face ID decides there’s too much attention from people it doesn’t recognize and spoils your hands-free unlock party trick. The replacement to Touch ID, implemented on the iPhone X since there’s no room for the physical home button and its integrated fingerprint sensor, Face ID takes advantage of new hardware unique to this generation of phone. The TrueDepth Camera integrated into the “notch” at the top of the display projects more than 30,000 invisible dots onto the face of the person looking at it. They’re used to build up a biometric map of the face, the equivalent of Face ID’s “fingerprint” to unlock the phone. center_img The demo gods weren’t smiling on Face ID. One of Apple’s headline features of its brand new flagship iPhone X should’ve been wowing the crowds at the Steve Jobs Theater on Tuesday, but when Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi held up the smartphone for its big demo, the worst happened: it refused to recognize his face. Turns out, Face ID was actually doing its job, just not in the way Federighi was hoping for. last_img read more

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Hisense 4K Smart Laser TV is really a projector with speakers

first_imgHisense group veep Dr. Lin says that it’s time to rethink the TV when the company announced its 100-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Laser TV. And apparently, that means turning the TV into a not-TV. This latest model the manufacturer, based both in China and the US, boasts of many things that it can do better than LED and LCD TVs. And perhaps that’s not a surprise when you find out that this TV is actually really a very bright projector instead. The 100-inch Hisense 4K Smart Laser TV is really a short throw projector that comes with built-in speakers. Actually four built-in speakers, 2 on each side, and a wireless subwoofer, all bearing Harman Kardon’s name.Hisense claims it can render image faster than LED TVs, partly thanks to its “Smooth Motion Plus” technology, partly thanks to the TI DLP 4K UHD DMD chip, and partly because it doesn’t have to actually render those on an LED or LCD screen, cutting the time and processing down. It has better viewing angles than LCD screens because it projects the images onto a 100-inch Anti-Glare Screen instead of displaying it on an LCD panel.Being a projector, you might worry about its visibility in bright light. You shouldn’t, assures Hisense, because the projector is capable of 3,000 lumens of brightness. Being a smart TV, it has access to apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, Pandora, YouTube, and the like. Not all of those, however, have 4K UHD content to take advantage of the Laser TV’s capabilities. Naturally, it has a UHD upscaler to make Full HD and 2K content look fine on a 4K “screen”.If you’re sold on that Hisense promise of a different kind of TV, you might want to set rethink your finances. The Hisense 100-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Laser TV is now available for purchase nationwide, for an ultra large price of $9,999.last_img read more

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Spigens new iPhone X cases have classic iMac G3 and iPhone designs

first_imgSpigen has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a series of iPhone X cases designed after the iPhone 2G and iMac G3. The latter device — the G3 — was launched 20 years ago, bringing with it a unique, colorful design. Spigen has used that design as inspiration for its new iPhone X cases, bringing the nostalgic look to Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone model. Spigen calls the new series the Classic C1, one featuring a design that is “familiar but extraordinary,” according to the company. The exterior has a white and “clear” plastic look with the Apple logo visible and “components” seeming appearing behind the plastic. The interior of the case features a “hello (again)” square and simulated design elements.The case is launched in honor of the iMac G3’s 20th anniversary, with Spigen calling it a tribute. The company says it purchased actual G3 models, cleaned and examined each component as part of its design process. The end result is the case in four color options: Ruby, Sage, Graphite, and Snow.Case features include dual-layers and three total components, the use of TPU and polycarbonate, “Air Cushion Technology,” and support for wireless charging (due to its thin size). Joining the Classic C1 G3 cases is a special iPhone 2G-inspired case offered as part of a bundle only available on the product’s Indiegogo campaign, as well as individually.AdChoices广告The cases are being offered through the campaign now with the cheapest option being the “Classic Edition” iPhone 2G case for $35 USD. The Classic C1 G3-inspired case is offered for $25 USD. Both prices are lower than the expected retail cost, assuming the cases make it to market.SOURCE: Indiegogolast_img read more

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Alexa Echo Eavesdropping What went wrong How to stop it

first_imgStory TimelineAlexa x Cortana demo video: Microsoft and Amazon, BFFAlexa, Google Assistant, Siri vulnerable to inaudible commandsThe Amazon Music app just borrowed some killer Alexa features Alexa sends MessagesSEE MORE: Amazon admits eavesdropping as Alexa shares private chatAlexa has a set of features that allow communication with contacts. Alexa allows voice messaging, calls, and Drop In – direct contact between Alexa devices. Setting this system up is real slick and easy. Once these features are set up, however, limiting their functionality isn’t nearly so simple.Once you’ve enabled communications for the voice messaging and calls on Alexa there’s no obvious way to delete the contacts you’ve given approval to sync.* As such, if you have long-forgotten contacts in your address book on your phone, you can potentially access them, possibly accidentally. That’s what happened to the family in this week’s Alexa news story. “Contacts cannot be added or changed from within Alexa Calling and Messaging. To add or change a contact, open the contacts app on your mobile phone and make the change from there,” says the official Amazon Alexa Help documentation. “Alexa periodically checks for updates to your contacts and can automatically access any new contact information when making calls or sending messages.”Delete Individual Contact*You CAN actually remove individual contacts from your communications list, now, but it goes both ways. Open your Alexa app on your smartphone and head to Contacts List. From there, select the person on your list you no longer want to communicate with. You should see a “Block Contact” option – tap it. Alexa listens very closelyAccording to Amazon, the situation that occurred with the family in the story in Portland was uncommon, but did indeed happen. As Amazon explains it, the family seems to have made the commands, but not as they meant to – and without meaning to.“Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa,’ said an Amazon representative. “Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer’s contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right.’” Sounds next-to-impossible, right? Alexa hears three specific commands, and asks for confirmation. “As unlike as this string of events is,” said the Amazon representative, “we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.”For now, it MIGHT BE SMART to turn your Alexa’s “Alexa Calling and Messaging” off. Stop Alexa Calling and MessagingYou CAN actually remove individual contacts from your communications list, but it’s not an intuitive process. You’ll need to head over to Amazon’s Customer Help Page and log in.1. Select Amazon Devices and Kindle Apps.2. Select your Echo device (or whichever device you use with Alexa).3. Choose “Something Else” for “Issue Details.”4. You’ll be brought to “Section 3”5. Select Phone, and a representative will call you.6. Tell them you’d like to disable Alexa Calling and Messaging.And it’s that easy! So, not very easy at all, really. Wouldn’t it be great if Amazon had a single place where you could enable or disable all of Alexa’s various abilities? That’d be super helpful. Amazon’s Alexa made a boo-boo this week. In a home in Portland, Alexa heard what she thought were a set of commands – to record a conversation and send it to a contact – and she did that. Unfortunately, the people in the conversation had no idea this was happening. As Amazon explains it, it’s likely Alexa was doing exactly what she was meant to do.last_img read more

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TMobile OnePlus 6T The fine print details

Is OnePlus 6T hardware different for T-Mobile?Yes, sort of. There’s a single variant of the OnePlus 6T available with T-Mobile USA. This version is a single-SIM variant on the original, and as such, one can only use one single SIM card at a time. This could be a bit of a headache for users that travel on the regular – but then again, popping out the SIM drawer and switching the SIM out on the go isn’t the worst thing in the world. It’s close, but it’s not the absolute worst.That one version of the OnePlus 6T available at T-Mobile USA has 128GB internal storage, 8GB RAM, and a Mirror Black exterior casing. This device has the same radio bands (network connectivity availability) as any other version, and runs the Oxygen OS version of Android. That’s the slight variant of Android made by OnePlus.Does T-Mobile load their apps on the OnePlus 6T?Short answer: Yes. T-Mobile has two apps on their OnePlus 6T. One is called T-Mobile, the other is Unlock. You’ll not likely need to mess with the second one of those apps, while the first will give you access to your T-Mobile account information and such. T-Mobile also has some restrictions when it comes to unlocking their phone any further than it’s already unlocked.Is the T-Mobile OnePlus 6T network locked?You got that right it is. According to OnePlus representative Kameron S, “OnePlus 6Ts purchased through T-Mobile are locked to the T-Mobile Network until the device is paid in full and utilized on their service for 40 continuous days.” If you want to unlock the bootloader for the T-Mobile USA version of the OnePlus 6T, you’ll need to get your device network unlocked, which means you’ll have to go through T-Mobile to make it happen.Once the device is unlocked, it’ll be able to be used with other networks like AT&T and Verizon. The Global OnePlus 6T is bootloader unlocked and network unlocked right out the box.Will OnePlus 6T software be updated on the T-Mobile version?Yes, but it might be delayed. In all likelihood it’ll almost certainly be behind that of the Global (unlocked) version of the phone every time OnePlus has an update. According to OnePlus, “Due to the additional level of certification required by T-Mobile on all software releases, there may be a slight offset but we are working diligently to minimize this period in all instances.”A bit behind at launchAs discovered by Android Authority, the OnePlus 6T with T-Mobile is behind on software updates at launch. This means a set of features are not yet available on the T-Mobile variant.Missing from the T-Mobile OnePlus 6T1. Quick app switching gesture2. Studio Lighting feature in Camera appp3. Nightscape upgrades4. Screen unlock upgrades5. The latest Android security patch6. “Bug fixes and improvements”These features are all included in the out-of-box update available to the unlocked Global version of the OnePlus 6T. They’ll eventually make their way to the T-Mobile version, but, as it is with updates like this throughout the future, they’ll be coming here later than they’ve come to the global version of the phone.Stick around as we reveal our full review of the OnePlus 6T coming up soon! Let it be known if you have any specific questions on the device before we get there! Today we’re looking at the T-Mobile USA version of the OnePlus 6T and what it means to buy. This device is not the same as the OnePlus 6T you’d otherwise buy straight from OnePlus or otherwise. This device ships with different software, is locked down in at least one way, and there are hardware differences as well. Let’s talk about the differences. Story TimelineOnePlus 6T pop-up events start today: Here’s where and whenOnePlus 6T release day details officialWhy the OnePlus 6T works with T-Mobile, Verizon while Huawei ban remains read more

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2019 VW Touareg adds tech but trims weight for luxe SUV

first_imgVolkswagen’s plushest SUV has been revamped, with the 2019 VW Touareg promising more tech, more style, and more power than before. Now in its third generation, the new Touareg gives over more of its dashboard to digital displays, but importantly also sheds a not-insignificant amount of weight, ahead of the Touareg Plug-In Hybrid. 2019 Volkswagen Touareg Gallery Outside, it’s a crisper, more grown-up SUV, borrowing plenty of styling cues from the automaker’s high-end sedans. That includes the distinctive and broad front grille, now flanked with IQ.Light LED matrix headlamps which, optionally, can automatically control their high- and dipped-beams. There’s also plenty of driver-assistance technology, like Roadwork Lane Assistance which can semi-automate the steering and lane keeping, and control speed up to 37 mph. Active all-wheel steering is also optional, together with Front Cross Traffic Assist. Under the skin, there’s a new Rolle stabilization system, with electromechanical controlled anti-roll bars. They’re all controlled by a new Innovision Cockpit, an upgrade on VW’s existing Digital Cockpit. AdChoices广告That replaced the driver’s instrumentation with a 12-inch display, and now there’s a matching 15-inch touchscreen in the center stack for the top-spec Discover Premium infotainment system. VW bridges them with a single piece of glossy trim, and together they handle everything from the SUV’s drive modes through to entertainment and comfort settings. There’s a head-up display option, too, along with Night Vision using a thermal imaging camera. Unfortunately for those of us in the US, Volkswagen has seemingly given up on the SUV’s potential here, indeed just as the Touareg is getting interesting. The last model was quietly phased out of the US in favor of the much more affordable VW Atlas, a three-row SUV that the automaker designed specifically for the American market. Instead of the 2019 Touareg, then, what US drivers are likely to see is the new five-seat Atlas that VW teased on Monday, and will reveal at the New York Auto Show next week. center_img Outside, it’s slightly wider and longer than the outgoing Touareg, which VW has used to boost cabin and cargo space. Indeed, you get as much as 810 liters of trunk space, even with the rear bench seat up, a sizable increase from the 697 liters of the old model. At the same time, though, by switching up the construction to use 48-percent aluminum, the 2018 Touareg drops as much as 234 pounds.That should make for a more perky driving experience. Initially, two engines will be offered, in Europe at least: both V6 diesels, with either 228 horsepower or 282 horsepower. After that will come a V6 gas engine, with 335 HP, and a V8 turbodiesel with 415 HP. Finally, VW says a plug-in hybrid is being worked on, which is expected to have around 362 HP of total system power from its ICE and electric combo. last_img read more

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2020 Toyotas to have automatic engine shut off and automatic park

first_imgAutomatic Engine Shut Off or “Auto Shut Off” will come to most 2020 model year vehicles and is an enhanced audible and visual warning to the Smart Key System (SKS). This feature will automatically shut off the engine after a predetermined period if the vehicle is left running. Toyota intends to add enhancements in the future, like smartphone reminders.The new Automatic Engine Shut Off feature might spell the end of leaving a passenger waiting in the car while the driver runs in to do some shopping without leaving the key behind. Another feature Toyota will deploy is Automatic Park. Toyota says this will begin a “phase in” in the model year 2020.Automatic Park is a system designed to help prevent any rollaway issues. The feature will be available on vehicles that have an electronic means of shifting and/or applying the parking brake. This system automatically shifts the vehicle into park and/or applies the parking brake if the driver exits the vehicle without placing it in park. Toyota notes that its vehicles already include an audible and visual warning and its non-traditional shifters have a separate P button to reduce confusion.It would seem useful for Toyota to get its Automatic Park system to automatically apply the parking brake when the car is placed into park, but that feature isn’t indicated. Toyota offers no indication of how long the rollout of the features might take. Toyota has announced new safety features that it will be adding to its vehicle line starting in the 2020 model year. The safety features are Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic Park. The automaker says that the new feature represents its “relentless” commitment to continuous improvement.last_img read more

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State Highlights Texas Doctors Insurers Blame Each Other In Balance Billing Battle

first_imgState Highlights: Texas Doctors, Insurers Blame Each Other In Balance Billing Battle; In Va., A Push To Drop Certificate-Of-Need Rule For Hospital Construction News outlets report on health issues in Texas, Virginia, Colorado, California, Maryland, Kansas, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. A statistical summary published every year by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a glimmer of progress last year on a long-standing health disparity between black and white Kansans: the death rate for babies in their first year of life. For more than 20 years, black babies have died at a much higher rate than white babies in Kansas. Some years, the difference has been three-fold. But the 2014 Summary of Vital Statistics from KDHE shows a drop of almost one-third in the black infant mortality rate, from 15.3 per 1,000 live births in 2013 down to 10.3 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014. (Thompson, 10/9) The Texas Tribune: State Supreme Court Will Review Tax On “Small Tobacco” Now that California has legalized physician-assisted suicide, advocacy groups are planning statewide education campaigns so doctors know what to do when patients ask for lethal medication to end their lives. One of the first stops for doctors new to the practice is a doctor-to-doctor toll-free helpline. It’s staffed by physicians from states where the practice is legal, who have experience writing prescriptions for lethal medication. (Dembosky, 10/12) Last year, tea party and conservative groups helped squash Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plans to expand Medicaid, derailing the governor’s top legislative priority for the foreseeable future. Now they want Virginia to drop a decades-old requirement that Virginia hospitals get approval before proceeding with major construction projects or equipment purchases. Supporters say the law, known as certificate of public need, hold down health care costs by avoiding unnecessary duplication of services. But conservative groups say the law is to limit competition to the advantage of large hospitals and limits customer choice. (Suderman, 10/9) Heroin users are 20-something professionals. They’re somebody’s grandma. A community-based network of concerned officials and citizens in Franklin, the county seat of Macon County in the rural southwestern corner of the state, is aiming to get people to the treatment they need. On Set.17, Full Circle Recovery Center was awarded a federal Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal grant to support this network, called the Macon Overdose Prevention Coalition. (Sisk, 10/9) The Miami Herald: Cigna Agrees To Change HIV Mail-Order Med Rule Los Angeles Times: How The UC System Is Making Patents Pay Off The Associated Press: Miami Doctor Charged In $20M Medicare Fraud Reuters: Court Battle Over Amish Girl’s Cancer Treatment Ends Advocates of assisted suicide are significantly expanding their efforts to build support in Maryland for broader end-of-life options, hopeful that a recent victory in California will provide new momentum for legislation that failed to get out of committee in Annapolis this year. Across the state, organizers are meeting with faith-based communities; inviting small groups to watch the documentary “How to Die in Oregon,” about that state’s assisted-suicide law; and serving coffee and doughnuts at “house parties” that seek support for assisted-suicide proposals and offer information about health-care options when people are severely injured or become terminally ill. (Wiggins, 10/10) KQED: Education Push To Help Doctors Field Patients’ Assisted-Death Requests The Associated Press: Conservative Groups Target Health Care Regulations People living with HIV/AIDS and insured through Cigna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, will no longer be required to buy their antiretroviral medications by mail order under a legal settlement reached in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale and announced Friday. Cigna agreed to change its policy after a nonprofit patient advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog, filed suit in April claiming that the health insurer’s mail-order-only policy risked the health and privacy of its patients. Lack of choice, the lawsuit claimed, equated to discrimination. (Chang, 10/9) A Miami doctor is facing two federal fraud conspiracy charges for his alleged role in a $20 million Medicare fraud scheme run by a health care company. Dr. Henry Lora is scheduled to enter a plea Oct. 21 to the charges, which carry a combined 25-year maximum prison sentence. Lora is free on $600,000 bail. His attorney didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. (10/11) center_img Colorado voters could be asked to make a choice on next year’s ballot: Would you trust an elected state board to govern your medical needs more than private insurers and Obamacare? Initiative 20 would unwind Connect for Health Colorado, the insurance exchange that complies with the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Instead of buying private insurance, Coloradans would pay another 10 percent in premium taxes to cover their medical care. (Bunch, 10/12) The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday morning to review a state tax on small cigarette manufacturers, known collectively as “Small Tobacco.” The case centers on House Bill 3536, passed two years ago, which imposes a 55-cent fee on each pack of cigarettes produced by Small Tobacco. State Rep. John Otto, who wrote the bill, said at the time his goal was to “level the playing field” — tax smaller cigarette manufacturers in the same way Big Tobacco is taxed. (Rudner, 10/9) The Washington Post: Right-To-Die Advocates Pushing Hard For Legislation In Maryland In 2016 An Ohio judge on Friday formally ended a court effort to force chemotherapy on an Amish girl whose parents had defied a hospital over her treatment for leukemia, according to a ruling released on Friday. Medina County Probate and Juvenile Judge Kevin Dunn terminated the medical guardianship for the girl, ending a legal battle over the limits on parents’ rights to make medical decisions. A court-appointed medical guardian had already given up on forcing the girl to resume chemotherapy after her family left the country for a while in 2013 to pursue alternative treatments that the family said improved the girl’s condition. (Palmer, 10/9) As they consider ways to improve university revenues, campus administrators point to the life-saving hepatitis B vaccine, the nicotine patch that helps smokers quit their habit and the tasty Camarosa strawberry. Those patented innovations, all pioneered at the University of California, have earned the school system, and the faculty who developed them, more than $500 million. (Gordon, 10/10) The Miami Herald: UM Organ Bank Director Steps Down Despite Record Organ Donations The Denver Post: Single-Payer Initiative Would Target Health Insurance Exchange The San Antonio Express News: Texas Doctors, Insurers Taking ‘Balance Billing’ Fight Public This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. North Carolina Health News: Rural Recovery Center Gets Federal Dollars To Save Heroin Users In WNC The University of Miami is searching for a new leader for South Florida’s only organ bank after the executive director stepped down over differences with university administrators — days before federal regulators conducted an unannounced inspection. Michael Goldstein, a surgeon hired in February 2014 to lead the kidney transplant program at the Miami Transplant Institute and to serve as director of the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency, left the university Sept. 25 “to pursue other opportunities,” according to a UM spokesman. (Chang, 10/9) Faced with increasing public anger over surprise medical bills, Texas doctors and health insurance companies are turning to a new tactic to try to help shape conversations over potential future regulations: blaming each other. In a series of news releases and statements this week, two of the most powerful groups in the state medical community ended what had amounted to a public truce over so-called “balance billing.” (Rosenthal, 10/11) The Kansas Health Institute News Service: Annual KDHE Report Shows Progress On Black Infant Mortality Rate last_img read more

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Research Roundup Diabetes And Breast Feeding Hospital Closures And Diagnostics

first_imgResearch Roundup: Diabetes And Breast Feeding; Hospital Closures; And Diagnostics Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. Longer times to diagnostic testing after an abnormal screening test can decrease screening effectiveness, but the impact varies substantially by cancer type. Impact: Understanding the impact of time to diagnostic testing on screening effectiveness can help inform quality improvement efforts. (Rutter, Kim, Meester et. al., 1/24) New England Journal of Medicine: Elimination Of Cost Sharing For Screening Mammography In Medicare Advantage Plans  JAMA Internal Medicine : Lactation Duration And Incident Diabetes In Young Women Across the Childbearing Years We found that the ACA’s Medicaid expansion was associated with improved hospital financial performance and substantially lower likelihoods of closure, especially in rural markets and counties with large numbers of uninsured adults before Medicaid expansion. Future congressional efforts to reform Medicaid policy should consider the strong relationship between Medicaid coverage levels and the financial viability of hospitals. (Lindrooth, Parraillon, Hardy et. al., 1/18) Is the protective association between lactation duration and progression to diabetes supported by a biochemical evidence basis? …This study provides evidence to support the hypothesis that lactation may lower risk of diabetes in women; these findings open new avenues into mechanisms leading to glucose intolerance. (Gunderson, Lewis, Lin et. al., 1/16) center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. RAND Corporation: Effect Of Time To Diagnostic Testing For Breast, Cervical, And Colorectal Cancer Screening Abnormalities On Screening Efficacy: A Modeling Study  Health Affairs: Understanding The Relationship Between Medicaid Expansions And Hospital Closures  The elimination of cost sharing for screening mammography under the ACA was associated with an increase in rates of use of this service among older women for whom screening is recommended. The effect was attenuated among women living in areas with lower educational attainment and was negligible among Hispanic women. (Funded by the National Institute on Aging.) (Trivedi, Leyva, Lee et. al, 1/18) last_img read more

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The Galaxy Fold has already sold out

first_imgSamsung’s already sold out of the $2000 Galaxy Fold in the US, mere days after it put the handset up for pre-order.The news broke on Tuesday when, according to Droid Life, the company sent an email out to people that had registered an interest in the Galaxy Fold, but not pre-ordered it, telling them stocks had already run out.It’s unclear when more stock will be available and at the time of publishing Samsung hadn’t responded to Trusted Reviews request for comment.The rapid sales could be a sign of things to come for UK buyers eager to get their hands on Samsung’s foldable phone. The Galaxy Fold is set to be made available for pre-order in the UK on April 26.Related: Best smartphoneThe Galaxy Fold was unveiled alongside the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy S10e at the company’s Unpacked event in February. As the name would suggest, it’s unique selling point is a custom folding screen that lets you use it as a 4.6-inch phone or 7.3-inch tablet.Initially we were a little concerned about the phone mode’s atypical size and aspect ratio, as many apps won’t be optimised to run on it. There have also been reports of an ugly crease appearing where the screen folds doing the rounds. But Mobile’s editor Max Parker found plenty to like about the fold during his Galaxy Fold hands-on earlier this week.Related: Folding phonesWhatever the case the Galaxy Fold will have some pretty stiff competition. We were equally impressed with the Huawei Mate X when we had a go with it at MWC 2019 in March. The Mate X is Huawei’s first folding phone and comes with an equally, if not more enticing design, where the screen folds outward on itself. Motorola’s also all but confirmed it’s working on a folding Razr phone that’s expected to launch later this year.Excited about the Galaxy Fold or think the whole foldable thing’s a fad? Let us know on Twitter @TrustedReviews 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. 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. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more

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Is 5G faster than 4G All you need to know

first_img5G You can officially experience 5G in the UK, with EE rolling out the country’s first 5G network on May 30th. But is 5G really any faster than 4G?The simple answer to that is ‘yes’, and by a considerable margin. But the actual difference is still a little murky.For one thing, 5G is only just starting to roll out around the developed world. For another, it’s not going to reach its full speed potential for a good while yet.Add in the fact that there are already advanced forms of 4G that bolster traditional network speeds beyond what most of us are accustomed to, and you’ll hopefully understand why the lines appear so blurry right now.Related: What is 5G?How much faster?So how much faster is 5G than 4G? The commonly accepted line here is that 5G is capable of providing speeds that exceed 4G by anything from a factor of 10 to a factor of 100.This is made under the presumption that standard 4G can hit download speeds of around 100Mbps, while 5G in its current form could potentially hit 1000Mbps (1Gbps). Ultimately, that speed is expected to grow to 10Gbps and beyond.The reason for this vagueness is the fluid definition of 5G itself, and the fact that it will utilise a number of different frequencies over its lifespan.At present, 4G in the UK utilises a range of congested frequencies between 800MHz and 2600GHz. Initial 5G network rollouts will utilise some of this and the slightly higher 3.4 to 3.8GHz bands. But this doesn’t represent 5G’s full speed potential.Download speeds of 10Gbps will only occur when so-called millimetre wave (also known as mmWave) comes into play. These much higher frequencies operate between 30GHz and 300GHz, which is the space between microwave and infrared waves.The extra bandwidth available at these frequencies will enable those predicted speeds of 10Gbps and above. However, the narrow wavelength of mmWaves will necessitate additional infrastructure in the form of lots of small emitters dotted all over street furniture and buildings, which is why we’re not likely to see such elevated 5G performance for a few years yet.All of which begs the question: how fast is 5G compared to 4G right now?5G vs 4G in the real worldIt’s early days for 5G, of course, and we’ll have to wait for the full adoption of mmWave frequencies in this country for it to reach its full potential.However, we have had some hands-on experience with EE’s initial 5G offering. We recently spent 48 hours with the UK’s first 5G smartphone, the OnePlus 7 Pro, on the UK’s first 5G network.While we found that the speed varied significantly across central London, the new 5G network maintained a healthy gap to 4G at almost all times.Related: Best 5G PhonesRelated: 48 hours with the UK’s first 5G phoneDuring our tests, we managed to record 5G speeds of 120Mbps inside the shopping centre surrounding Canary Wharf station, compared to 30Mbps for 4G in the same area. That’s four times faster for the new network, though neither ‘G’ is exactly breaking down walls here.When taken to Covent Garden, we were able to double those 5G speeds to 240Mbps, compared to 37Mbps for 4G. That’s more than six times faster from 5G.The fastest 5G speeds we managed to get occurred on Golden Square, Soho, where we got around 410Mbps. However, it’s worth noting that 4G is also very strong in this location, with recorded speeds of up to 250Mbps. This means that the new network provided around a 60% speed improvement.Even in these early days of 5G, then, it’s providing a healthy boost in speed over 4G. If we’re taking regular 4G speeds to be around the 100Mbps mark, then we’re already seeing the potential for a four times increase with initial 5G technology.That gap is only going to grow as the fifth generation network stretches its legs over the coming years. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.center_img 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. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more

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Lucid Motors scores 1 billion investment from Saudi fund

Lucid Motors has executed a billion-dollar investment agreement with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF). Lucid plans to use the funding to complete engineering development and testing of its Lucid Air luxury sedan, finish building its Arizona factory and begin production.Silicon Valley-based Lucid Motors, which has a number of former Tesla execs on staff, including CTO Peter Rawlinson, revealed the Lucid Air last December. In April, Rawlinson told Charged that the company would require around $260 million to get production rolling at an initial rate of 20,000 cars per year, so PIF’s cool billion should bring the company pretty far down the road.“By investing in the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market, PIF is gaining exposure to long-term growth opportunities, supporting innovation and technological development and driving revenue and sectoral diversification for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said a spokesperson for PIF. Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Source: Lucid Motors read more

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See The Rivian R1T In More Detail Here

first_img Watch Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Do Some Proper Off-Roading 20 photos Sean has had to keep it quiet for over six  months now (despite the fact that some publications broke the embargo and published secret specs and information prematurely). However, since the embargo lifted this morning, he is finally able to reveal his thoughts, as well as elaborate on the specs, which were just announced today. While Sean is clear to state that he is a Tesla fan, he’s an EV fan by heart and makes a concerted effort to dive into all upcoming EV development, and we’re impressed with his work and connections. Moreover, Sean — like us — denounces all the brand fighting and negativity that seems to come with new electric vehicle announcements.Sean will be at the official unveiling this evening, which coincides with the LA Auto Show. He hopes to post live video and then provide some insight after the event. We will be in touch with him and continuing to put out news as we receive it. For now, Sean has worked up a video presentation outlining the R1T’s specs and details to get us all pumped up. All we can say right now — and have said repeatedly in the past — is that Rivian seems to be the real deal when it comes to future EVs, and Sean seems to agree. The company has capital, big plans, a solid vision, and a working production facility. We feel the new automaker has gone about the process in a respectable manner and has incredible products to offer. We can only hope that it will all materialize as advertised.Stay tuned as we continue to share about the R1T and also the automaker’s R1S electric SUV.Video description via Sean Mitchell on YouTube:Rivian R1T EV Pickup Truck specs are HERE!! Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck Shocks World In LA Debut Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img We Visit Rivian, And Its Pickup Truck Is The Real Deal: Watch This Video Source: Electric Vehicle News How about a more detailed, up-close look and explanation regarding the all-new, upcoming Rivian R1T electric pickup truck?Thankfully, our great friend Sean Mitchell has been following the Rivian launch for some time. In fact, he was in the Detroit area way back in May to get an exclusive look at Rivian’s products, and more specifically, the R1T all-electric pickup truck. Some of us at InsideEVs are local to the Detroit area, but still had to wait until recently to check out Rivian’s upcoming product line.Additional Rivian R1T Coverage:last_img read more

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Teslas longtime general counsel is out hires new trial lawyer

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Tesla announced today that its longtime general counsel Todd Maron is leaving the company in January and he will be replaced by Dane Butswinkas, Chairman of Williams & Connolly and “one of the world’s top practicing trial lawyers.” more…The post Tesla’s longtime general counsel is out, hires new trial lawyer appeared first on Electrek.last_img

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VW Groups Operating Margin Takes Hit From WLTP Testing EV Push

first_img VW Group – 16 EV Production Sites, $24 Billion Battery Investment VW: All Our Electric Car Platforms Are Yours: Opens Up MEB EV To All Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 12, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News VW Group: Our Electric Car Investment Is One-Third Of Total New emissions testing, continued investments in EVs, dropping North American sales, and Chinese joint ventures are costly.At its annual press conference, Volkswagen Group reported that its brand margin dropped to 3.8 percent in 2018, from 4.2 percent in 2017. Targets were set at 4 to 5 percent, so the group missed its mark.More specifically, profits for Audi dropped due to a diesel-related charge in Europe, as well as delays with the new WLTP testing cycle. Additionally, Bentley suffered from a significant operating loss. In 2017, it recorded a 55 million euro profit. However, for 2018, losses were at some 288 million.More VW Group News: Overall, the new WLTP testing cycle caused the various brand’s production delays. VW reported that its brands couldn’t ready cars fast enough for the test. Group CEO Herbert Diess noted that the testing cycle will keep causing issues, but as the year moves on, problems should be reduced. He shared:Audi was hit particularly hard. It will probably be the end of the first quarter before all variants are available again.In addition to the concerns with the new emissions testing, VW Group’s North American sales declined by 2 percent. Moreover, VW’s share of its profits from joint ventures in China have dropped 2.5 percent.With all of this being said, Volkswagen Group has continued to promote its full-fledged push and massive investments into upcoming EVs across most of its brands. The company has plans to manufacture some 22 million EVs by 2028. In the meantime, VW says its goal is to push its operating margin up to 6 percent by 2022. This will involve laying off workers, but Diess points out that less manpower is needed to build electric cars. He concluded:The reality is that building an electric car involves some 30 percent less effort than one powered by an internal combustion engine.Source: Automotive Newslast_img read more

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Tesla delays price increase – boost orders at the end of the

first_imgTesla has delayed its planned price increase by two days. The automaker claims to have been “unable to process all orders”, but what this basically amounts to is a temporary discount also conveniently occurring at the end of the quarter. more…The post Tesla delays price increase – boost orders at the end of the quarter appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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