Central Bankers From Britain France And Germany Want Scrutiny on Facebook For

first_imgThree European central bankers, of Britain, France and Germany, are claiming oversight over Facebook’s planned virtual currency to ensure it will not jeopardise the financial system or be used to launder money. Facebook drew worldwide interest this week when it announced plans to introduce a cryptocurrency called Libra, part of an effort to expand into digital payments. Facebook said Libra would be backed by real-world assets, including bank deposits and short-term government securities, to make it more stable — and thus practical for payments and money transfers — than other cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.With the potential to reach billions of internet users and the backing of payment giants like Visa, Facebook hopes Libra will not only power transactions but offer people without bank accounts access to financial services for the first time. But the central bankers of Britain, France and Germany said Facebook should expect scrutiny. “It has to be safe, or it’s not going to happen,” Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told the BBC in an interview. “We, the Fed, all the major global central banks and supervisors, would have direct regulatory (oversight),” he said, referring to the U.S. Federal Reserve.Global central bankers have so far largely refrained from regulating digital currencies, having failed last year to reach an agreement on how to do so and concluding they were too small to pose a risk to the financial system. Other global regulators have been monitoring the growth of cryptocurrencies. The Financial Action Task Force, a Paris-based global anti-money-laundering watchdog, is expected to announce rules to address the use of digital coins for illegal purposes.But Libra’s announcement has put the issue back on their radar, with the focus now shifting from bitcoin to so-called stablecoins, such as Facebook’s Libra, that are backed by real-world assets. France said on Friday it would create a task force on the matter as part of its presidency of the Group of Seven club of the world’s seven largest economies. It will be chaired by European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure. “It will in the coming months examine the anti-money laundering requirements, but also those of consumer protection and operational resilience and any issues relating to monetary policy transmission,” said France’s central bank governor, Villeroy de Galhau.His German counterpart, Jens Weidmann, warned that stablecoins could undermine banks if they became a widespread alternative to bank deposits in conventional currencies. “They could undermine the deposit-taking of banks and their business models,” Weidmann said on Friday. “This might disrupt transaction banking and financial market intermediation.”One of the issues to be considered by the G7 task force is custodianship, or where and how the official currencies underpinning the tokens would be stored, according to a letter seen by Reuters. This is a crucial point for stable-coins. Tether, the highest-profile stablecoin, with coins worth around $3.6 billion in existence, has faced questions over whether it holds enough U.S. dollars to back the tokens in circulation. The company has said it has sufficient reserves.Facebook is grappling with public backlash after a series of scandals ranging from privacy breaches to accusations that it is restricting freedom of speech. cryptocurrencycurrencydigital paymentsdigital wallet First Published: June 24, 2019, 9:06 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Arvind Kejriwal Refutes Sheila Dikshits Claims He Spread Rumours About Her Health

first_img 2019 lok sabha electionsaaparvind kejriwalcongress First Published: May 11, 2019, 10:24 PM IST A senior Congress leader said Dikshit posted the tweet after learning that volunteers of Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are spreading rumours in northeast Delhi that she is unable to actively take part in campaigning because of her health.Dikshit, a former three-time Delhi chief minister, is contesting the polls from North East Delhi seat.Kejriwal promptly denied having said anything about her health.”When did I say anything about your health? Never. My family has taught me to respect elders. I wish God gives you good health and a long life. When you were going abroad for treatment, I had come uninvited to your place to enquire about your health. When should I come to your place for having food?” he wrote back.मैंने आपकी सेहत पर कब कुछ बोला? कभी नहीं। मेरे परिवार ने मुझे बुज़ुर्गों की इज़्ज़त करना सिखाया है। भगवान आपको अच्छी सेहत और लम्बी उम्र दे। जब आप अपने इलाज के लिए विदेश जा रहीं थीं तो मैं बिना बुलाए आपकी सेहत पूछने आपके घर आया था। बताइए आपके घर भोजन करने कब आऊँ? https://t.co/As1iBrLy0v— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 11, 2019Dikshit is pitted against BJP’s sitting MP Manoj Tiwari and AAP’s Dilip Pandey. New Delhi: On the eve of Lok Sabha polls in the national capital, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal engaged in friendly banter on Twitter over the former’s health.Dikshit asked Kejriwal why he is spreading rumours about her health. “Why are you spreading rumours about my health. If you have nothing to do, then come over and have food at my place. You can also see how my health is, have food and also learn to fight elections without spreading rumours,” she tweeted in Hindi.अरे भाई @ArvindKejriwal, मेरी सेहत को ले कर क्यूँ ग़लत अफ़वाहें फैला रहे हो? अगर कोई काम नहीं हो तो आ जाओ भोजन पर। मेरी सेहत भी देख लेना, भोजन भी कर लेना और अफ़वाहें फैलाए बिना चुनाव लड़ना भी सीख लेना— Sheila Dikshit (@SheilaDikshit) May 11, 2019last_img read more

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Gauri Khan Heaps Praises on Shah Rukh Khan Calls Him a Great

first_img Amruta FadnavisAmruta Fadnavis Gauri KhanGauri KhanGauri Khan Pune First Published: July 4, 2019, 8:41 PM IST Interior designer Gauri Khan says there are only positives as far as being the wife of superstar Shah Rukh Khan is concerned. She says he is a great father and husband.Gauri interacted with the media at the launch of a book titled Gravittus Ratna, along with Amruta Fadnavis in Pune. Asked about the positive and negative effects she experiences in her professional career being Shah Rukh’s wife, she said: “I think because of who he (Shah Rukh) is, there are a lot of positives. I only take the positives and I don’t take the negatives.”Even if there are some negatives, I have to brush it aside and the reason is very simple… because he helped me while launching Gauri Khan Designs, so, he is very important to me. Jokes apart, he has done a lot for our family. He is a great father and husband. I have to say that there are only positives being his wife and I would not like to share anything negative.”How does she manage to distance herself from the media glare despite being a superstar’s wife?Gauri said, “I feel that I am leading a very normal life, where I am just another working woman like anyone else. I pick and choose when I want to be in spotlight, which is only connected to my work and when I need to use the media. I feel media is important when you are showcasing your work as people need to know what you are doing. So, I enjoy that part as well.”Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

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PM Narendra Modi Meets Amit Shah Ahead of Cabinet Formation

first_img aiadmkakali dalAmit Shahapna dal First Published: May 30, 2019, 12:25 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a final round of consultations with BJP president Amit Shah and is learnt to have given shape to his council of ministers ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of his new government in the evening. The list of union ministers is likely to be sent to the Rashtrapati Bhavan soon, sources said. Capping a landslide election v​ictory, Modi will take oath along with a new council of ministers for a second term at 7 pm.Modi and Shah have held several rounds of discussions in the last two days ahead of government formation.Sources said Modi government 2.0 is likely to have representation from most allies and showcase the party’s newfound strength in different regions.BJP allies like Shiv Sena, JD(U), AIADMK, LJP, Akali Dal and Apna Dal are set to be represented in the government.Each NDA ally is likely to get one cabinet berth, sources said. The Shiv Sena has confirmed its leader Arvind Sawant, who defeated Congress heavyweight Milind Deora from Mumbai, will be its nominee in the council of ministers. The Lok Janshakti Party has already passed a resolution recommending its president Ram Vilas Paswan as the party’s representative in the Modi government.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s decision to opt out on health grounds has fuelled speculation about who will get his coveted portfolio. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who filled in for Jaitley and presented the populist pre-election budget, is being seen as a key contender.There is also a buzz about Shah, who has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar and is a key architect of the BJP’s thumping victory of 303 seats in the Lok Sabha, joining the government.If Shah joins the Modi cabinet, he is likely to get one of the four major portfolios; Finance, Home, Defence or External Affairs.The BJP has refrained from making any official comment about the likely members of the government, with its leaders asserting that it is the prime minister’s prerogative.Senior party leaders like Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, Prakash Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Smriti Irani are likely to join the second Modi government after being its members in its first avatar. Irani defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his family bastion Amethi. The swearing-in ceremony in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is expected to be grand affair with about 8,000 guests, including leaders from the BIMSTEC countries, opposition leaders Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, chief ministers, corporate honchos and film stars, watching as President Ram Nath Kovind administers the oath of office and secrecy to 68-year-old Modi and his ministerial colleagues. last_img read more

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Prashant Kishor Meets Mamata again Fuels Speculation of His Appointment as TMCs

first_imgKolkata: Poll strategist Prashant Kishor met Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee for the second time in a month on Thursday, fueling the speculation that he might take a lead role in preparing the party’s strategy for the 2021 West Bengal Assembly polls.The development comes in the backdrop of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) making deep inroads in West Bengal and putting up a tough challenge to the ruling TMC in the state. Kishor met Banerjee, also the West Bengal chief minister, at the state secretariat and had a closed-door meeting with her that lasted for around two hours, sources in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.He was accompanied by TMC MP and the chief minister’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee.Although the TMC leadership as well as Kishor remained tightlipped about his likely appointment to help the party prepare a roadmap for the 2021 Assembly polls, a highly-placed source said nothing was finalised as of now and it was too early to comment on the matter.”Kishor has a style of functioning. Before offering a suggestion or an opinion, he takes a lot of time to study the subject. If he is appointed, everyone will get to know,” the source said.Apart from Mamata and Abhishek Banerjee, a handful of top TMC leaders are aware of what transpired at the meeting.”It was a closed-door meeting. It can be guessed that they discussed about Prashant’s formal appointment and the role he and his team would play in shaping the plan of action for the TMC,” the source said.According to sources, if they take up the assignment, Kishor and his team would study each and every Assembly segment in the state and then prepare a strategy.Kishor had met Banerjee at the state secretariat earlier this month. However, the chief minister had denied reports of his appointment.Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy mocked Banerjee’s meeting with Kishor. “She should first resign as the home minister and the health minister and then sit for a discussion with Kishor. She is a complete failure in both these departments,” he claimed.Roy said the people of West Bengal had lost confidence in the chief minister and no poll strategist could turn the tide.The BJP came up with a stupendous performance in the recently-held Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal by winning 18 of the 42 seats in the state, only four less than the TMC’s 22.Buoyed by the performance, BJP leaders are now claiming that their next target is to overthrow the TMC from power in the 2021 Bengal polls. BJPMamata BanerjeePrashant Kishortmc First Published: June 27, 2019, 10:58 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Samsungs new ISOCELL image sensors could be in the Galaxy S9

first_imgSamsung has four types of ISOCELL sensors, each with a distinct key feature. We’ve all now been introduced to the ISOCELL Dual, Samsung’s first image sensor to feature two in one package. Now it is introducing two new members to the family, both designed for use in “sleeker” smartphones as well as IoT appliances.First up is the ISOCELL Fast 2L9 that utilizes Dual Pixel technology. No, this isn’t a dual sensor. That “dual pixel”, instead, refers to the fact that each pixel on the sensor actually has two photodiodes instead of one. This makes it quite fast at focusing on objects, hence the ISOCELL Fast category. But the 12 megapixel sensor is also small, with Samsung reducing the size from 1.4 micrometers to 1.28 micrometers, allowing it to fit into slimmer camera modules.The ISOCELL Slim 2X7 is even smaller at 0.9 μm, which Samsung boasts as the first sensor in the market to be below 1.0 μm. Despite that, the 2X7 actually boast of twice the pixels as the Fast 2L9, with 24 megapixels. The new feature in the Slim 2X7, however, is Samsung’s new Tetracell technology that merges data from four neighboring pixels into one in order to increase sensitivity in low-light situations. It then uses a re-mosaic algorithm to actually create a full resolution image from those merged pixels.Samsung is positioning these sensors as a perfect solution for slim smartphones that are becoming more and more en vogue in the market, be it on the high-end or the mid-tier. Curiously, Samsung is also billing the ISOCELL Slim 2X7 as a great front camera sensor. With its high 24 megapixel count, it could even be a good fit for its early 2018 flagship.SOURCE: Samsung Before Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 and its first ever dual camera system, it prepared the road by launching its imaging sensors into a distinct and marketable brand of its own: Samsung ISOCELL. Following that pattern, Samsung is announcing two new members of its four-tier product line, the ISOCELL Fast 2L9 and the ISOCELL Slim 2X7. Designed to fit in constrained spaces, these sensors might be a good fit for the shrinking space around front-facing cameras, possibly in the upcoming Galaxy S9.last_img read more

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Samsung Pay rewards points slashed in half

first_imgSamsung Pay rewards usage by giving all users a base “member” tier of points, which was 10 points per purchase made with the mobile payment platform; the amount increased by ten points in each of the next tiers, which are based on the number of purchases the user makes per month with the app. Under the old arrangement, the number of points maxed out at 40 per purchase in the “Platinum” tier. However, users in recent days have noticed that the point levels have suddenly decreased by 50% in each tier. Users now start with 5 points per purchase in the “member” tier and max out at 20 points in the “Platinum” tier.The change was a quiet one — it doesn’t appear Samsung has made any specific announcements revealing the drop in rewards points. It’s a substantial decrease, however, literally doubling the time it takes users to redeem their favorite rewards at the same usage level. Points can be exchanged for gift cards and more.That said, Samsung Pay still remains a decent option for shoppers who make their purchases with a debit card rather than a credit card. Whereas many credit cards come with their own rewards, debit cards usually don’t have any special perks, and so Samsung Pay Rewards is a nice alternative to using a credit card in that regard.SOURCE: Android Police The rewards points program Samsung introduced for Samsung Pay users around a year ago has quietly — and drastically — changed. The company has cut the reward points in half, dropping the rewards its users get for using Samsung’s mobile payment platform. Samsung Pay’s rewards are still dished out in tiers, but each tier is now worth 50% of what it used to be.last_img read more

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YouTube active shooter situation brings police to HQ Updated

first_imgWe are responding to an active shooter. Please stay away from Cherry Ave & Bay Hill Drive.— San Bruno Police (@SanBrunoPolice) April 3, 2018 Later, Lavrusik tweeted that he had been evacuated safely, and was outside the building. Youtube product manager Todd Sherman, meanwhile, tweeted that the first he and his colleagues knew of the active shooter was hearing “people running because it was rumbling the floor.” He says he exited the building as police cruisers arrived, and later tweeted to say that he was safe. According to a tweet posted by the San Bruno Police at 1:28pm PT, authorities were “responding to an active shooter.” Civilians were advised to stay away from the area. It’s unclear whether there were any injuries at this point in time. Late in March, YouTube announced it would be increasing its push against videos that feature firearms, including banning any DIY gun-related content that explained how to create ammunition, suppressors, or silencers, in addition to firearms. It also prohibits videos used to sell guns or some accessories for the weapons. Videos with links to sites selling weapons are also now banned. The decision was met with uproar from YouTubers who specialize in weapon-related content. YouTube had wasted no time in removing content that contravened the new policies. However, target shooting videos were still permitted, among others. Update: Speaking to press this afternoon, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said that there had been “a few hundred” people evacuated from the building. Three people were transported to hospital, with gunshot-related injuries. A fourth person, a female, was found deceased inside the building, with what appeared to be “a self-inflicted wound,” the Police Chief said. “San Bruno police arrived on scene at 12:48 and immediately began the search for a possible shooter or subject,” Police Chief Barberini explained in the press conference. “Upon arrival, officers encountered numerous employees fleeing from the building – it was very chaotic, as you can imagine. We did encounter one victim with apparent gunshot room toward the front of the business as we arrived. Several minutes later, while conducting a search of the premises, officers located a second individual with a gunshot wound that appears, may have been self-inflicted. We are still working on confirming that. Two additional victims were located several minutes later at an adjacent business.”Update: Contrary to initial reports, three people not four were reportedly injured in the shooting. Four, however, were taken to hospital from the scene. Re: YouTube situation, we are coordinating with authorities and will provide official information here from Google and YouTube as it becomes available.— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) April 3, 2018 Police have been responding to an active shooter at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, it’s been confirmed this afternoon. News of the incident began on social media, with YouTube employees posting on Twitter and elsewhere that they had heard gunshots, and were being evacuated from the building. center_img Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers.— Vadim Lavrusik (@Lavrusik) April 3, 2018 Google has confirmed that it is “coordinating with authorities” about the situation, and will release more details when possible. Approximately 1,700 people work in the building, though it’s unclear at this stage how many were on-site at the time of the shooting. Footage shared on Snapchat from a nearby building showed members of YouTube staff leaving the office. Others, meanwhile, reported being barricaded in rooms within the building as they waited for more information. Product manager Vadim Lavrusik was among the first to tweet out news of the incident. last_img read more

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Amazons DeepLens AI camera is finally shipping

first_imgAmazon’s DeepLens AI camera has begun shipping, offering developers a turnkey way to get started on deep learning, computer vision, and more, all packaged into a standalone gadget smaller than an Echo. Announced late last year, the AWS DeepLens camera is in reality a compact computer wearing a camera hat, and designed to be a gateway to using Amazon’s various cloud services. That means making it super-easy to get started. Amazon preloads a variety of sample applications, showing some of the possibilities of computer vision and deep learning. There’s object detection that can differentiate between multiple categories, face detection, movement detection, and a real-time artistic style transfer that can change what the camera sees with an art filter. The base of the 6.6-inch tall DeepLens camera is an Intel Atom powered computer, with Intel Gen9 graphics and 8 GB of RAM. It has 16 GB of storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card, and runs Ubunto OS-16.04 LTS. There are a surprising number of ports on the back: micro HDMI, two USB 2.0, and an audio output. As for the camera, that has a 4-megapixel sensor and shoots up to 1080p Full HD video. Altogether, Amazon says, you’re looking at over 100 GLFOPS of compute power available locally, sufficient for deep learning predictions, on Full HD video, applied in real time. AdChoices广告Both the sample applications and the local processing is really just to whet the appetite, however. Amazon’s primary goal is to encourage developers to look to its far more powerful cloud for their processing needs, including SageMaker, its tool to create machine learning models. There’s also support for Greengrass, the AWS Internet of Things service, and Rekognition, its image analysis service. Amazon isn’t limiting it to its own services, mind. You can also use TensorFlow and Caffe to develop, for example. If you’d rather, you could develop a service in SageMaker and then remotely deploy that to your DeepLens camera to run. The preloaded apps are designed to be easily customizable, so that even if you’re not up to speed with machine learning you should be able to get going relatively quickly. While DeepLens isn’t the only machine learning hardware out there, Amazon’s attempt has the advantage of an existing suite of software and services to instantly integrate with. It’s also fairly affordable, at $249.last_img read more

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Google SelfDriving Car to get steering wheel and pedals after all

first_imgBy including the traditional controls for human drivers the car might be more palatable for any first generation buyers. While reports surface indicating this major change in plans for the autonomous vehicle, Larry Page has announced that the self-driving car unit will be moved out of Google X to a separate company under Alphabet. This announcement is expected to happen soon.The planned move out of the moonshot factory Google operates also means that Google is hiring more managers to work under John Krafcik, a former Hyundai exec that took the reins of the self-driving car program a bit over 12 months ago. The move to keep human controls inside the cars being developed is seen as a faster way to get to market with a ride-sharing service to compete against the likes of Uber. The reason for keeping standard controls is that there are currently governmental regulations that require steering wheels and pedals inside cars.Within Google the autonomous unit is known as Chauffeur and it aims to launch a commercial ridesharing service by the end of 2017 with only autonomous vehicles. Whether or not that goal is reached depends on the performance of the vehicle itself, being made for Google by Fiat Chrysler. The first prototypes of the vehicle are due for delivery by the end of 2016. Google isn’t expected to roll the autonomous ride sharing service out in California first because the state has too many regulations in place. The first location could be Austin, Texas or Phoenix, Arizona.SOURCE: The Information Google has been talking up its self-driving car plans for years now and as far back as 2014 the search giant has been saying that it would not equip its pod cars with a steering wheel or a pedals for a human driver to take over if they need to or want to. Things have not changed with reports indicating that its self-driving car will indeed have pedals and a steering wheel according to people close to the project.last_img read more

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2018 Lincoln Navigator is a bold Continental SUV

first_imgIt’s not just an aesthetic improvement over the old Navigator, mind. A new high-strength aluminum-alloy body cuts weight by almost 200 pounds, which Lincoln says it has used to increase the SUV’s towing capacity. Under the hood there’s a twin-turbo V6 engine, which Lincoln says it expects to deliver a healthy 450 horsepower.The engineers have paired it with a 10-speed automatic transmission. There’s also trailer backup assist, which can automatically steer the SUV while reversing via a dial on the dashboard, and adaptive cruise control with stop/start functionality. Selectable drive modes have settings for regular roads as well as inclement weather and more challenging surfaces like ice. AdChoices广告As for the technology, there’s a 360-degree camera and park-assist, which can help guide the 2018 Navigator into parallel and perpendicular spaces. SYNC 3 is fitted as standard, with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Separate HVAC systems for the second row are joined by independent audio controls; optional is a rear-seat entertainment package, with 10-inch displays to which a wirelessly tethered Android device can stream content. There’s also SD, HDMI, and USB connectivity.Sling Media support pipes Slingbox TV channels through to the car’s 4G LTE connection; up to ten devices can share the WiFi hotspot. An optional Revel Ultima audio system fills the cabin with 20 speakers. Of course, you might be too busy playing with the Perfect Position Seats, with their 30-way adjustability. NOW READ: 2017 Lincoln Continental ReviewIn all, there are six USB ports, four 12V outlets, and a 11V socket. Wireless charging for the front row is an option. Lincoln’s Personal Profile saves the driver settings to the key fob, including not only seat and mirror positions but presets for the climate control and entertainment system. Lincoln will also offer three Lincoln Black Label configurations. In short, you could easily describe the 2018 Navigator as a “Continental SUV”, no bad thing given the reception that sedan has had. Pricing will be confirmed closer to release, when the new Navigator shows up in dealerships in the US later in the year. 2018 Lincoln Navigator Gallery That means an even bigger grille than you’ll find on the latest Continental, huge wheels and some sharp crease lines that emphasize the sheer scale of the Navigator. Lincoln brightens things up not only with the chrome work but plenty of LED lighting. Indeed, there’s a full show that kicks off whenever you’re near: first the Lincoln star logo on the grille glows into life, followed by the lower front body and taillamps, and then finally a “Lincoln welcome mat” appears under the front doors. Those lights continue inside, with ambient lighting as well as a panoramic glass roof. Lincoln is fairly obsessed with what it can do with its LEDs, too: one option is speed-dependent adaptive lighting, which automatically spreads the light beam from the headlamps at lower speeds. Lincoln says that’s particularly useful in residential areas, where you might want to see what’s going on at the sidewalk. At higher speeds, the light beam focuses down to a narrower spread, reducing side glare. center_img Lincoln has revealed its next taste of American Luxury in the shape of the 2018 Navigator, a full-size SUV that doesn’t stint on chrome. Unveiled today at the New York International Auto Show 2017, the 2018 Navigator borrows heavily from the Navigator Concept shown off last year, though drops some of the more eye-catching details of that show car. Nonetheless, this isn’t an SUV you’ll miss on the road. last_img read more

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Sprint offers customers free movie rentals from FandangoNOW

first_imgREAD: Google Play Movies quietly adds new $0.99 movie rental dealFandangoNOW is a movie and TV digital purchasing and rental platform offered by ticketing company Fandango. Sprint is offering its free movie rentals through this platform, doing so in the form of a promotional code applied to the user’s account. The code is only available through the Sprint Rewards app, which requires users to verify their Sprint number.Assuming you’re a Spring wireless customer, you can claim your free movie rental by downloading the Sprint Rewards app (Android | iOS), then entering your phone number and confirming the account with a PIN. You’ll need to provide basic information — name, zip code, etc. — after which point you’ll have access to the Sprint Rewards content.Users are currently being shown a new FandangoNOW deal that, when tapped, offers Sprint customers a single movie rental through the service. To claim the reward, tap the ‘Copy’ button to copy the promotional code to the device’s clipboard, then tap the next button to open FandangoNOW. You’ll need to create a FandangoNOW account if you don’t already have one.Once signed into FandangoNOW, you can enter your promotional code by tapping ‘Redeem Now’ and pasting the promotional code. Customers can browse the service’s available movie rentals, select a movie they’re interested in, then tap the rental option they want (HD, 4K, etc). The promotional code discount will automatically be applied at checkout, resulting in a cost of $0. Story TimelineGalaxy S9 Android 9 Pie update here: Verizon, AT&T, SprintAT&T’s fake 5G icon is now the subject of a Sprint lawsuitLG V50 ThinQ 5G goes high-speed on Sprint first Sprint is offering its customers a free movie rental under its Sprint Rewards program. The service has been criticized for what some subscribers feel is a distinct lack of actual rewards, making the new free movie rental a positive change from the discounts and other promotions. The rental is offered through FandangoNOW, but customers need to act quickly to claim their code before it’s gone.last_img read more

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Android Q beta 10 significant changes

first_imgToday is the Android Q Beta release for those brave enough to jump in head-first with their Pixel smartphone devices. The Android Q Beta release from Google informs on a set of changes that are in this Beta build. Right now we’re running down 10 of the most significant changes to Android this software build offers the average user – such as yourself! 10. Scoped StorageThis feature creates isolated storage sandboxes for app-private files. That means each app has its own folder, basically, protected from the rest of the phone. If you uninstall an app, the files saved by the app in isolated storage are also removed.Apps in Android Q and forward are able to save files to their own isolated storage and can request access to shared collections of files. Shared collections include MediaStore.Images, MediaStore.Audio, and MediaStore.Downloads. 9. Contacts AffinityContacts affinity is now no longer kept track of by Android. Before now, Android kept a list of contacts ordered by frequency of interaction, but now no longer. This is in effect for all apps running on Android Q, regardless of the API level they target.8. All apps trayAndroid Q changes the all apps tray to show one launcher icon for every single package installed on the device in which the tray is opened. Two exceptions are: System Apps, and Apps that “don’t contain any components inside their respective manifest’s application tag. If you try to launch an app and you’re sent to the app’s settings screen, the developer of said app did not correctly modify their app for Android Q. Or the app wasn’t properly installed in the first place.7. Bluetooth LE CoCAndroid Q better utilizes BLE CoC. That’s Bluetooth Low Energy’s Connection Oriented Channels. With CoC, Bluetooth is able to send larger amounts of data faster than ever before, just so long as both the sender and the receiver are both running a Bluetooth device supporting CoC. 6. New Native MIDI APIDevelopers can make apps with a new Android Native MIDI API (AMidi). If you’re a developer and want to take command of MIDI data for a virtual music keyboard app, you can take a peek at the Native MIDI API for Android Q right this minute. 5. Monochrome camera support enhancementsIt was Android 9 Pie that first introduced native support for monochrome cameras, and Android Q enhances capabilities in a major way. This update adds MONO and NIR CFA enumerations to tell the difference between near infrared cameras and more basic monochrome cameras.This update adds support for monochrome RAW DNG file capture – that’s brand new for Android in general, and MAY come to devices with mono camera modules in the future – if the manufacturer of said device wishes to allow their mono camera’s solitary use. Memory efficiency is increased with this update here with new Y8 stream format support.4. Device LocationAn app cannot access the location of the smartphone unless said app is in the foreground. This feature is enabled by default. There is, however, a new location permission called ACCESS_BACKGROUND_LOCATION that, if granted, could once again allow location information even if the app is in the background. 3. Hardware IdentifiersAll apps running on Android Q have changes made, even if they target Android 9 (API level 28) or lower. Non-resettable device identifiers can not be read by apps unless they have the READ_PRIVILEGED_PHONE_STATE signature permission. These identifiers include both the serial number of the hardware and the IMEI code for the hardware.Android Q removes automatic app access to /proc/net. Apps must refer to NetworkStatsManager and ConnectivityManager classes, which are handled differently from /proc/net. Meanwhile, devices running Android Q transmit their own uniquely randomized MAC address.The following update does not affect apps targeting Android versions lower than Android Q: The same is true of the serial number of a USB device. If an app targets Android Q, it can not read a USB serial number until the device doing the reading gives the app permission to access the USB device in question. 2. Location and NetworkAndroid Q redacts location information in photos Exif metadata by default. However, if an app is the device’s default Photo Manager app, Android Q allows access to location information in photographs to that app automatically. 1. Settings PanelsProbably the easiest-to-notice change in Android Q is the slicing up of settings for each individual app. Android Q brings about “Settings Panels” that pop up from the bottom of each app, where applicable, showing system settings in the context of each app. Settings panels allows quick access to settings that’d otherwise be available in the device’s main Settings interface. Google suggests that the reason this Settings Panels feature exists is to alleviate the need to leave the app and head to Settings to “change things like NFC or mobile data in order to use the app.” 0. Beta AccessIf you’d like to try your hand at running this beta version of Android Q as described above, head over to our Android Q Beta Release and jump in on the beta program at Google right this minute. You’ll need a Pixel smartphone to make it all work! In the near future, that may change – but for now, courage. Story TimelineAndroid Q Beta program will include more phones than last yearFirst Android Q beta release may be sooner than you thinkAndroid Q beta released: Pixel owners get first tastelast_img read more

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Honor View 20 Review

first_imgJust last week, Huawei unveiled its new P30 series. While it shares many traits in common with the Samsung Galaxy S10, it quickly took the smartphone camera crown. So why review an Honor phone that launched months ago? For the simple reason that the Honor View 20 is a prime example of how you don’t have to break your bank just to get some of the best that the smartphone market has to offer. Provided, of course, you’re willing to accept some compromises here and there. You can actually set the camera to take 48 megapixel photos but you have to be prepared for the trade-offs. Naturally, you get a larger file but you might find that the quality and level of detail is similar to the 12 megapixel version with a quad-Bayer filter. One advantage is that the larger number of megapixels used allows you to zoom in up to 2x at most, though with lesser quality. If you furn on the AI Ultra Clarity mode, though, you can increase the 48MP photo’s quality but you’ll have to keep your hand steady for about five seconds. Yes, this is Huawei’s Night Mode, except for use in more cases than just night time.As for the 25 megapixel front camera, it’s not exactly impressive but it’s not bad either. As always, Honor’s AI-powered beautification works to give you an unnatural glow and pasty skin and shave a few centimeters off your face.Wrap-upIs the Honor View 20 a yay or a nay? If you’re not in the US and are looking for a $600-$700 smartphone, then there’s little reason not to seriously consider it. You basically have the guts of a Huawei Mate 20 or even a P30, just divested of some fancier features that not everyone might need, like wireless charging. It has great performance, an even greater battery life, and a mole that’s almost negligible after some time.It’s not perfect, though, and those looking for a better camera experience might want to save up for a more expensive handset. Overall, the Honor View 20 makes a pretty compelling offer of a mobile companion that can get you through the day and more, provided you don’t expect too much from it as far as advanced features go. The 6.4-inch 2310×1080 screen uses an LCD panel instead of an OLED. That does have its drawbacks, like in viewing angles and battery consumption. It isn’t all that bad, though, and the screen is quite bright and crisp in action. Audio, however, is one area where the View 20 earns only a “decent” mark. The single speaker at the bottom is loud but, like most smartphones, does lack fullness. It might not be a huge dealbreaker, especially since it still has a headphone jack here as well.In fact, the Honor View 20 is pretty traditional in most other features. The fingerprint scanner is still located on its back. It even has an IR blaster that has almost become an archaic feature these days. What it doesn’t have, sadly, is advertised dust and water resistance. It may survive a few drops of rain or an accidental spill, but you’ll probably lose some sleep over it.Battery LifeThe Honor View 20’s battery performance deserves its own section. For one, it has a generous 4,000 mAh pack inside. But even large batteries eventually go empty so the question is how long does it last and how long does it take to top it off to full. Here’s just one use case: a Netflix binge for 2 hours on full brightness drained the battery by only 29%. Imagine more varied and irregular use and you can last up to two days, maybe even more.When it does come time to recharge, Huawei’s fast charging tech kicks into full gear. From dying 1% to full green, the Honor View 20 only took 1 hour and 8 minutes. It might not be like Xiaomi’s crazy 100W charging but this technology is available right here, right now, when and where you need it.CameraWith attention given to smartphone cameras these days, the View 20’s lone camera might be deciding factor for the smartphone. Even if the device is generally above average, if its camera fails to live up to expectations, it will be left by the wayside, regardless of the price. Unfortunately, the Honor View 20 doesn’t make that decision easy.Honor does a bit of marketing hype around those rear cameras. In practice, there really is only one as the second is a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. Unlike on the Huawei P30 Pro, however, Honor hasn’t exactly exploited the use of that sensor for improving the quality of the image. The other and real camera is Sony’s 48 megapixel IMX586 sensor but don’t let that number fool you. Like any other smartphone this year that will be making use of and advertising that 48 megapixel camera, you will really be taking only 12 megapixel photos most of the time. DesignHonor has long outgrown the “cheap” misconception. It is, after all, one of the first few that came out with a new slider phone, the Honor Magic 2.0. The View 20, or V20 in China, is no different. In fact, it might have actually gone overboard. Both sides of the phone are indeed eye-catching, but at least one side may become too distracting after the novelty has worn off.As with other glass back smartphones these days, Honor has employed generous amounts of layers of materials and colors to create a unique gradient effect. “Unique” in this case is the formation of triangular shapes that all point down to the bottom of the phone. I may have been designed to be associated with the letter “V” but, in effect, it looks more like those neon arrow signs that try to direct your attention to something important. Not that the charging port isn’t important, or the fact that it still has a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Nonetheless, it distracts and misdirects your eyes to somewhere it probably shouldn’t.The front, however, is perhaps the more exciting side of the Honor View 20, ironic considering it’s almost all screen. The one mole on its otherwise blemish-free face, however, is what makes it interesting. It is the first (or second if you consider the Galaxy A8s) public appearance of the punch-hole display. It has made a lot of fuss and generated debates prior to its debut. In practice, however, it’s almost forgettable.AdChoices广告That hole is by no means large, only 4.5 mm in diameter and just big enough to have a 25 megapixel camera underneath. Unlike on the Galaxy S10, it’s way off in the corner, almost aligned perfectly with the notification icons. That makes it possible to hide the hole by turning the rest of that row black if it really bothers you that much. In practice, only fullscreen apps that hide the notification panels will have a small hole in their content. In most cases, even games, your brain will eventually trick you into forgetting it’s even there.Specs and PerformanceThe Huawei P30 launched with the best specs it has to offer but, truth be told, those are last year’s best specs too. The Kirin 980 that runs on its latest flagship is also the one that drives last year’s Huawei Mate 20 and this year’s Honor View 20. Long story short, this phone is a beast for its price.The review unit we had sported a whopping 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage but there is also a 6 GB RAM/128 GB storage configuration if you’re pressed for cash. Whichever one you choose, however, you will have one of the most powerful phones in the market. It can handle graphics-heavy games with aplomb and very little to no frame rate drops. And that’s without turning on GPU Turbo mode, which is limited to a few titles only anyway. That’s because the sensor uses a quad-Bayer filter that uses data from four pixels as one, ending up with a 12 megapixel photo that, admittedly, does look great. Colors are pleasant though we did find that the AI tends to soften the images a tad too much and white balance can be a bit off on objects closer to light.last_img read more

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YouTube Music Smart Downloads will make mixtapes from songs you liked

first_imgYouTube Music was created to address what the company discovered to be one of the service’s biggest use cases. But organizing playlists by hand can be a daunting task, especially when the subscription service boasts of thousands of songs. If you’re the type to prefer spontaneity and surprise in your music selection, the app’s new Smart Downloads feature might tickle your fancy. Either that or make you be more careful about the songs you Liked. YouTube Music has long let users create mixtapes for listening even without an Internet connection. Called “Offline Mixtape”, the feature downloads songs based on songs the user likes and suggestions based on the user’s listening profile. Given Google’s penchant for machine learning and automation, there’s a small chance it might not get the music right.Smart Downloads leaves little to chance and creates a mixtape based only on songs you clicked “Like” on. As with Offline Mixtape, these are then downloaded to the device for playback even when off the grid.There are a few things users should note about it, though. It can download up to 500 songs but you can select how many it will actually keep. It will also only download when you’re connected to Wi-Fi and only at night to minimize disruption and charges.AdChoices广告Smart Downloads and Offline Mixtape coexist side by side and both can be used depending on your preferences or mood. Of course, it’s only available in territories where YouTube Music exists and only if you have YouTube Music Premium. It also seems to be an Android exclusive for now.last_img read more

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Health Care Programs A Clear Target In Deficit Reduction Efforts

first_imgHealth Care Programs A Clear Target In Deficit Reduction Efforts As negotiators debate proposals to trim entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, stakeholders ranging from public hospitals to physician groups lobby to protect their interests.Kaiser Health News: How The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Affects Health Care: Six QuestionsThe impending “fiscal cliff” is a package of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to kick in next month unless President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill agree on a way to stop them. … The president and congressional Democrats have said they will reduce spending on entitlements, including Medicare, if Republicans will agree to increase tax rates on the highest earners. While Republicans have agreed to more revenue, they oppose increasing tax rates, preferring to focus on closing loopholes and eliminating some deductions. Here are a few questions and answers about what could happen in the weeks before the end-of-year deadline (Carey, 12/4).Modern Healthcare: Likely Healthcare Deficit Targets Come Into ViewAs federal lawmakers remain stuck in negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff, healthcare experts say they’re hearing the Medicaid provider tax, evaluation and management services and graduate medical education are payment areas lawmakers could cut to achieve entitlement-program savings as part of a deficit-reduction deal. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said in a statement that a letter from House Republicans on Monday—intended as a counteroffer to an administration proposal last week—”includes nothing new and provides no details on which deductions they would eliminate, which loopholes they will close or which Medicare savings they would achieve” (Zigmond, 12/4).CQ HealthBeat: Zandi Says Credible Cliff Deal Requires $600 Billion In Medicare, Medicaid CutsEconomist Mark Zandi appeared to give the House Republican leadership’s proposal for entitlement changes a boost Tuesday by saying that a deficit reduction plan that would get the economy back on track would generate $600 billion to $700 billion in Medicare and Medicaid savings over 10 years. The framework House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, proposed Monday includes $600 billion in Medicare and Medicaid savings. Last year Democrats first said they are willing to find $500 billion and then said they would agree to $400 billion in savings from the programs, according to people familiar with the negotiations. In his initial fiscal cliff proposal, President Barack Obama called for health care program savings closer to $400 billion (Reichard, 12/4).The Hill: Safety-Net Hospitals: Don’t Cut MedicaidA coalition of public hospitals has launched a new campaign against cuts to Medicaid that could come as part of a deficit-reduction deal. At ProtectMedicaid.org, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) argues the low-income health insurance program is essential for a healthy economy. “Medicaid ensures access to quality healthcare for more than 60 million people … all at a lower per-beneficiary cost than private insurance and Medicare,” NAPH writes (Viebeck, 12/4).The Hill: Hoyer: Entitlement Benefit Cuts On The Table In Talks With GOP On ‘Fiscal Cliff’Entitlement cuts should remain on the table as party leaders seek to hash out an end-of-the-year budget deal, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday. A number of Democratic leaders — including Reps. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), John Larson (Conn.) and Xavier Becerra (Calif.) — have said they would support some spending reductions in Medicare, but that cuts to direct benefits should not be a part of the negotiations. Along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), they also maintain that Social Security reform has no place at all in the “fiscal cliff” talks (Lillis, 12/4).The Hill: Baucus: Don’t Shift Health Costs To Seniors In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ DealA deal to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff” should include controlling healthcare spending but shouldn’t shift costs to seniors, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Tuesday. Baucus acknowledged that rising healthcare costs are a burden on federal spending, and he said controlling those underlying costs is the way to tackle entitlements. “Shifting costs to seniors is not the solution,” Baucus said. “We cannot break the promise of Medicare and Social Security.” Baucus chairs the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and other healthcare programs. He’s also up for reelection in 2014, and has been angling for a key position in negotiating a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to hit next month (Baker, 12/4).Roll Call: Health Care Professionals Descend On WashingtonFrom now through the end of the year, lawmakers can look forward to hearing from physicians, family practitioners, nurses, home health workers and anyone else who provides care to patients. On Nov. 29, four hospital executives held a briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building, while members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons visited Capitol Hill. More such events by a variety of medical professionals are planned in the coming weeks. The visits are part of separate, but equally intense, efforts by health care groups to protect their members from potential Medicare payment cuts, especially in the ongoing deficit-reduction negotiations (Ethridge, 12/4).Politico Pro: Another Patch For ‘Doc Fix’ – If Fiscal Cliff Doesn’t Interfere The “doc fix” problem comes up almost every year, but this year the fiscal cliff talks could make a difference. The fiscal cliff negotiations could bog down even another temporary solution to the perennial Sustainable Growth Rate problem. But there’s also a long-shot chance that the cliff talks provide an opening to finally get full repeal of the outdated SGR formula. Still, the most likely outcome, according to several industry and K Street sources, is another patch: $25 billion for a yearlong fix. Physician groups, including the American Medical Association, are urging lawmakers to include the first steps toward SGR repeal in any grand bargain framework that would be filled in next year, according to Capitol Hill sources and health care lobbyists (Haberkorn, 12/4).NPR: The Perilous Politics Of The Health Insurance Tax BreakThere’s not much in health care that economists agree on. But one of the few things that bring them together is the idea that excluding the value of health insurance from federal taxes is nuts. “It just doesn’t make sense,” says Jonathan Gruber, an MIT health economist and author of Health Care Reform. “And it’s important to emphasize in this world where economists seem to agree about nothing, this is something where there’s just broad and universal agreement” (Rovner, 12/4).Meanwhile, polls suggest the public supports protecting Medicare and other entitlement programs -National Journal: Poll Shows Public Wants Entitlements Left UntouchedAs Democrats and Republicans in Washington remain at odds over how to reshape the nation’s finances and prevent it from falling over the fiscal cliff, the public is supportive of cutting spending and at the same time more protective than ever of entitlement programs such as Medicare. Traditional cleavages of class and race, age and income, and even region are apparent in the latest edition of the United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, but they are far more muted than on issues such as President Obama’s reelection or the fate of his signature health care law. When it comes to the tax and spending issues that are at the heart of negotiations in Washington, primarily between the president and House Speaker John Boehner, the public is eager to defend the entitlement programs that both leaders have acknowledged need to be reined in if the nation’s $16 billion debt is to stop growing, let alone shrink (Cooper, 12/4). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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How Do People Really Feel About Obamacare

first_img The head of California’s exchange, after overseeing two straight years of small rate hikes, is convinced his state has the secret formula for keeping down insurance premiums — limiting the amount of health plan choice. (Pradhan, 8/5) CNN Money: The Real Deal On Obamacare The Texas Tribune: Obamacare Health Plans To Get Special Label Many of the GOP presidential candidates say they’ll repeal or greatly revise the Affordable Care Act. Love it or hate it, there are lots of opinions about Obamacare. Some are true. Many are myths. CNNMoney sets the record straight. (Luhby, 8/5) Texans who purchased an insurance plan under President Obama’s signature health law will soon have a special label on their insurance cards — “QHP,” for “qualified health plan.” House Bill 1514, which becomes law Sept. 1, will apply to more than a million Texans who purchased insurance on healthcare.gov, the federal exchange created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (Lin, Walters and Murphy, 8/6) center_img Politico Pro: California’s Exchange Touts Its Antidote For Rate Hikes How Do People Really Feel About Obamacare? CNN Money examines opinions, facts and myths in an attempt to set the record straight. In related news, a label — QHP, which means “qualified health plan” — will be added to health law coverage bought by Texans from healthcare.gov and California purports to have a “secret” formula for keeping premium costs down. 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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NC Health Dept Acknowledges Potential Medicaid Data Breach

first_imgN.C. Health Dept. Acknowledges Potential Medicaid Data Breach In other state Medicaid news, Iowa officials struggle to document savings they claim will result from hiring private companies to managed the health insurance program for low-income people; and, in Texas, the state appeals a judge’s order regarding proposed cuts in payments for therapists. The state has appealed a judge’s ruling that blocked pay cuts for therapists who treat more than a quarter-million Medicaid patients. The Health and Human Services Commission said Travis County District Court Judge Tim Sulak misinterpreted state regulations on Medicaid rates. (Garrett, 10/16) WRAL (Raleigh, N.C.): DHHS Reveals Potential Medicaid Data Breach 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 Des Moines Register: Iowa Can’t Show The Math Of Medicaid Savings Estimate center_img A state agency says it has no documents or even a list of experts consulted to support its claim that a controversial plan to hire private companies to manage its Medicaid program would save taxpayers $51 million during its first six months. The absence of any public data behind the estimate is significant because the Legislature relied on the projection when it approved the budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1. (Clayworth, 10/16) The state Department of Health and Human Services says a breach of security protocol may have compromised the confidential health information of 1,615 Medicaid patients. Agency spokeswoman Kendra Gerlach said the agency mailed out letters Friday to affected patients, informing them of the possible breach. (Leslie, 10/16) Dallas Morning News: Texas Appeals Judge’s Order That Blocked Medicaid Cuts last_img read more

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Many Patients Facing Surprise Medical Bills Just Give In And Pay Rather

first_imgMany Patients Facing Surprise Medical Bills Just Give In And Pay Rather Than Undertake Behemoth Battle Against Charges There’s a growing scrutiny over what to do about surprise medical bills, that may be more common than people think. Often times, faced with mountains of paperwork and an endless black hole of phone calls to insurers, patients just pay the charges. But that may eventually change as legislation is introduced to curb the practice. In case you missed it: Make sure to check out Kaiser Health News’ special coverage on surprisingly high medical bills.  The latest plan to control rising drug prices in Massachusetts is also the most controversial. It would set so-called upper payment limits on drugs that state regulators deem unreasonably expensive. No one — including doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, health insurers and patients — could be required to pay more than that cap. (Bebinger, 4/12) WBUR: Coalition Argues Drug Payment Caps Are Best Solution To Excessive Prices This year, it happened again: Reidel underwent a colonoscopy at Norwood Hospital — which is fully covered by her insurance plan — only to discover that the anesthesiologist who worked there was not. The bill: $2,490. What happened after Reidel, 64, received these unexpected medical charges illustrates one of the most frustrating and unpredictable aspects of the health care system: It was only after dozens of phone calls and numerous letters to insurance companies and the providers that she got these bills dismissed. (Kowalczyk, 4/13) center_img In other health costs news — Boston Globe: Patients Express Frustration Over Surprise Medical Bills 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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FCAs Toledo Machining Plant set to build Jeep Wrangler PHEVs Power Electronics

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that its Toledo Machining plant will produce the Power Electronics module for the 2020 Jeep Wrangler PHEV, one of 30 vehicle nameplates to receive electrified solutions by 2022.The Power Electronics module includes both the Power Inverter Module and the Integrated Dual Charger Module (which contains the On-Board Charger and the DC-DC converter) for its powertrain. It will be placed in an underbelly protective structure that lies between the Wrangler’s exhaust and prop shaft. Toledo Machining will assemble the module, upload its software and test its electrical and coolant systems. The modules will then be sent to the Toledo Assembly Complex to complete each Wrangler PHEV.“The insourcing of this highly advanced work to Toledo Machining is a reflection of the commitment the workforce has made to improving their processes through the implementation of World Class Manufacturing. As the most iconic of the Jeep nameplates, it is critical that we flawlessly execute the launch of the Wrangler PHEV. The Toledo Machining employees have made a strong business case as to why we should put our faith in them to deliver a great product,” says the North American FCA Head of Manufacturing Brian Harlow. Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine read more

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