Pixel 2 The 5 new features you might have missed

first_imgGoogle’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have become the go-to Android phones for those wanting the latest and greatest, and there’s more on offer than ever before. Android 8.0 Oreo is jam-packed with new features, to the point where it’s easy to overlook some of the more charming or useful additions for 2017’s flagships. Read on for our top five Pixel 2 features you won’t want to miss. Squeeze meThere’s more than one way to trigger the Google Assistant on the Pixel 2. Sure, you can say “Ok Google”, or even just hold down the home button. New, though, is Active Edge: squeeze the lower half of the phone, and up pops the Assistant.Why might you want that? If you’re in a quiet situation, speaking to the Assistant might not be appropriate: a quick squeeze and you can start typing in requests, rather than asking for them out loud. Active Edge works if you have gloves on, too, so if you’re out skiing or just in inclement weather, you don’t have to worry about the Pixel 2’s touchscreen not recognizing your fingertips. We’d recommend tinkering with the adjustable sensitivity, otherwise Active Edge does tend to trigger whenever you pick the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL up off the table. Google Pixel 2 Gallerycenter_img Bluetooth accessory pairing just got super-simpleAndroid users have been giving Apple’s AirPods some serious side-eye for a while now. After all, once you’ve seen how straightforward Apple’s W1 Bluetooth chipset makes pairing headphones with an iPhone or Mac, it’s almost painful to go through the old-school “searching for devices” process on other phones. Happily, the Pixel 2 addresses that. It’s called Fast Pair, and it’s almost comically simple. Turn on your Bluetooth headphones, put them near your Pixel 2, and after a second or two a notification pops up saying a device has been found. Tap that and they pair up instantly: no PINs to type in, no digging through lists full of odd product codes. There’s a catch, mind. Not every Bluetooth device will support Fast Pair: you need to look out for the Made for Google sticker on the box. Right now, that means a few products from partners including LIbratone and AiAiAi, but Google says more are on the way. Best of all, if you’re patient Google is promising a Fast Pair update for all Android 6.0+ devices. Now Playing answers that “what song is this?” questionThe Pixel 2’s always-on lock screen isn’t just for showing you how many emails, messages, and calls you’ve missed. While the upper section might be for regular notifications, the bottom half is all about the party. Well, identifying what music is playing, at least. It’s called Now Playing, and it relies on the same low-power, always-on microphone technology that the “Ok Google” trigger uses, only for listening to ambient music. Since transferring audio 24/7 to the cloud is a battery, data, and privacy nightmare, the Pixel 2 uses a local database of songs that Google will be updating on a weekly basis. If it can identify the current track, it flashes it up discreetly on-screen.Ignore it and it’ll eventually disappear. However, if you unlock the phone you can tap the notification and listen to the song on your choice of streaming music service. Portrait mode for selfiesIf you’ve tried taking a portrait mode photo of yourself with a dual-lens smartphone, you’ll probably know that it can be tricky. Holding the phone out at arm’s length, and trying to guess whether you’re lined up properly so as to make the faux-bokeh effect work, can end up filling your camera roll with badly-framed shots. Guess what: the Pixel 2 fixes that. Since its portrait mode doesn’t rely on twin cameras, but clever algorithms instead, it isn’t limited to the main camera. In fact, the 8-megapixel front facing camera on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can shoot images with fake background blur too. That makes framing a whole lot easier. There are some caveats, mind. Whereas the Pixel 2’s main camera uses its dual-pixel sensor to feed the algorithm with some depth data, the selfie camera doesn’t have that hardware. So, the edges might not be quite so refined as if you get a friend to take the shot for you. Still, if previous Pixel updates have shown us anything, it’s that Google is always refining its algorithms, so we’d expect to see portrait mode improve no matter which camera you’re using. Motion photos are surprising treatsGoogle isn’t the first company to blend still photos and short snippets of video. Apple’s iPhone have offered Live Photos for a few generations after all, and before that HTC offered its Zoe system. Like them, Google’s approach has a playful Harry Potter-style whimsy to it. Basically, if the camera isn’t in one of the special modes – like Portrait – it’ll capture a few seconds of video with each still you take. View that in Google Photos, and the picture comes alive like a tiny movie. There’s some algorithmic magic going on too, to trim the looping clips so that they’re smooth and jerk-free, and you can export them as GIFs if you prefer using the Motion Stills app. Wrap-UpMORE Pixel 2 ReviewAs we’ve already found, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are more than the sum of their parts. Much of the magic isn’t in the hardware itself, but in how Google’s software, algorithms, and AI make the most of that hardware. Some features will be spreading to other Android devices, but for now if you want the full Android 8.0 Oreo smorgasbord, the Pixel 2 is the place to get it. last_img read more

Archos Citee Connect is an Androidpowered electric scooter

first_imgMaking its debut at Mobile World Congress 2018 next week, the Archos Citee Connect is part of a three-scooter line-up the company is launching. The Archos Citee will be the cheapest, a simple folding electric scooter, while the Archos Citee Power will throw in a bigger battery and more powerful motor to save your leg muscles even more. However, it’s the most expensive of the trio that’s also the most interesting. Dubbed “the first Google Android scooter” it’s a folding motorized scooter with around 16 miles of range on a single charge. It has 8.5-inch, puncture-proof wheels and a 250W motor, together with regenerative braking which, Archos claims, can boost battery life by up to 15-percent by topping it up every time you slow down. You can either plug the scooter in direct to recharge it, or Archos will offer a docking station too. A full charge is expected to take 2-3 hours, while top speed is just short of 16 mph. Two speeds will be offered, and disc brakes to bring you to a halt. The whole thing weighs under 29 pounds, and the handlebars fold flat for easier carrying. AdChoices广告On the Android side, there’s a 5-inch shock and weatherproof display, covered in Gorilla Glass, mounted to the handlebars. That has a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, along with 8GB of storage, and will run Android 8.0 Oreo. There’s also WiFi and an integrated 3G connection: not as fast as your gigabit LTE smartphone, no, but enough for getting ride-related data – presumably including traffic and other transit timings – while you scoot. It’s also where speed, distance traveled, and battery status are shown. A mapping app has navigation directions, and there’s multimedia playback too. The touchscreen also handles security, with a reel lock integrated into the Citee Connect’s chassis and controlled via an app. If you want someone else to be able to ride, you’ll be able to remotely unlock it or share access via a smartphone app. It’s arguably features like that which distinguish the Archos Citee Connect from, say, a regular electric folding scooter with a smartphone mount on the handlebars. Still, you pay a premium for the integration. Archos says the new scooter should arrive in stores this coming summer, priced at €499.99 ($616). What do you do when nobody is buying cheap Android tablets any more? Why, put Android onto scooters instead. At least, that’s Archos’ new strategy, with the French company – not averse to some weird products – unveiling a new urban transportation option that embeds Android controls into its handlebars. last_img read more

YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info

first_imgAt South by Southwest (SXSW), YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that the company will take on conspiracy theories by linking to information from Wikipedia. This appears to be the latest development in YouTube’s previously stated mission to deal with fake news being peddled on its platform. Last month, YouTube said it would start alerting users about videos from news corporations that get funding from governments. READ: YouTube combats fake news by calling out gov-backed sourcesYouTube is home to thousands of conspiracy videos covering a slew of conspiracy topics: flat Earth “evidence,” fake moon landing claims, and more. A look at the service shows that some of these videos have tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of views. While many viewers no doubt watch for entertainment purposes — or, at least, from a skeptical standpoint — many individuals are easily influenced by misinformation presented in a convincing way.AdChoices广告YouTube will help combat that by linking to information about the topic found on Wikipedia. One example given was a moon landing conspiracy video that includes a readily accessible snippet of information about the actual moon landing from Wikipedia. The linked information will be applied only to popular conspiracy topics, it seems.YouTube calls these snippets “information cues,” explaining that the text boxes will start showing up for viewers later on this month. Talking to WIRED, Wojcicki explained that YouTube will initially focus on conspiracy theories that have a lot of discussion surrounding them: chemtrails, moon landings, fluoride and similar.last_img read more

New iPad revealed with Apple Pencil in tow

first_imgThis new iPad has a 10-hour battery and an 8-megapixel camera on its back. The new iPad has an A10 Fusion chip, GPS, compass, and TouchID. There’s also an HD FaceTime camera up front, and – of course – Apple Pencil support right out the box.On the iPad experience in a learning environment, Cook said: “Today, we’re going to take those experiences even further.” Apple’s Greg Joswiak came to the stage to note how the iPad has 200,000 education reference apps. That’s a big jump from the 20,000 the company had the last time they held this event. “This goes way beyond the basics and way beyond browser-based apps,” said Joswiak.So while this isn’t a direct shot at the Chromebook – it kinda, sorta is. Have a peek at the timeline below for more information. Stick around for the rest of the story as Apple’s event continues and the release unfolds. This new iPad was called “our most affordable iPad,” by Apple’s Greg Joswiak. “[This new iPad] has support for our most creative tool.” That’s the Apple Pencil, if it weren’t entirely obvious. This new iPad supports the same tilt and pressure sense abilities given to the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil.The basic situation here is as follows: The new iPad looks a lot like the old iPad. It’ll be less expensive because Apple’s made the product long enough to get a discount on the parts. The Apple Pencil works with this iPad now, so it’s better than it was before, but now it’s far more awesome because it’s both a “less expensive” package and it’s more versatile than previous models. This new product has new versions of several apps – which you’ll be able to get new updates to if you already have an iPad, of course. Those include new versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – all of which now support Apple Pencil in new and interesting ways. AdChoices广告 Story TimelineApple Event March 27: Here’s what we expectCheaper iPads in schools will be a huge win for AppleIsn’t Apple’s big secret obvious?center_img Today Apple introduced a new iPad for students in schools across the United States. While this iPad will be available for all users, even those that aren’t students, the event at which this device was shown was centered on education. It’s got the basics – even though Apple’s suggesting it’s more than just that. last_img read more

New Mac mini and entrylevel 13″ MacBook tipped for October

first_imgIndeed, there had been fears that Apple was simply planning to let the Mac mini languish until it made most sense to axe the form-factor completely. The current model dates back to October 2014, when Apple updated it with new processors and Intel Iris graphics. However the unibody hardware in general dates back to mid-2010.According to Bloomberg, Apple isn’t quite ready to put the Mac mini out to pasture. The new model – which, as before, is expected to come without a display or peripherals in the box – will be focused on “pro users” insiders say. That means developers, those wanting a home media server, or those running a server farm. As a result, the 2018 Mac mini is likely to be more expensive than the current model. That’s priced from $499. It’s unclear how much the new version will cost, or indeed what processors and storage it will ship with. The new entry-level MacBook, meanwhile, is Apple’s long-anticipated replacement to the MacBook Air. That was initially expected to be the 12-inch MacBook, but Apple’s combination of high-end, fanless hardware and slimline design – not to mention switching to USB-C alone – priced that notebook out of the range for would-be Air upgraders. Instead there’ll be a new laptop which will look much like the current MacBook Air, it’s said. However, it will have a roughly 13-inch display that’s higher than the Retina panel used on other recent notebooks from the firm. The bezels, too, are expected to be slimmer. Pricing for the new model is unknown at this point. The current MacBook Air – the hardware of which dates back to a June 2017 refresh – is priced from $999. The 12-inch MacBook, meanwhile, starts at $1,299. A separate report last week suggested that Apple was looking to a $1,200 starting price fro this new 13-inch MacBook. It claimed the notebook would use Intel’s 14nm Kaby Lake processors, after the chip-maker experienced delays around the 10nm updates. If the two rumors are true, Apple is believed to be saving both announcements for after its big iPhone event. That’s likely to take place in early September, with the MacBook and Mac mini news following in October. Story TimelineApple may finally debut a cheaper MacBook Air this spring13-inch MacBook tipped to offer entry-level Retina this yearApple’s big 2018 MacBook Air refresh just got some bad news A new Mac mini and an entry-level laptop replacement for the MacBook Air could follow the 2018 iPhones as Apple’s big hardware news for the year. The new products, though unconfirmed by the Cupertino company itself, would finally bring updates to some of the oldest products in Apple’s portfolio. last_img read more

Samsung One UI previews Galaxy S10 experience

first_imgSamsung has revealed its new interface for smartphones, One UI, focusing on making the experience clearer and more intuitive, not to mention easier to navigate with just one hand. Previewed at Samsung’s annual developer conference, SDC 2018, in San Francisco, CA today, Samsung One UI takes the familiar aesthetic of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 and revamps it throughout. Story TimelineSamsung opens Bixby to developers in scalable AI platform playSamsung Infinity Flex foldable phone revealedSamsung puts voice at the heart of the Smart Home “Hardware and software must work together in perfect harmony,” Jee Won Lee, Senior Designer of UX Design at Samsung, said of the new interface. That means the rounded corners of the devices being echoed in the iconography and other UI elements, but also a more esoteric interpretation. As phones have got bigger, Lee pointed out, so they’ve shifted further away from something you can use single-handed. Back in the early days of the touchscreen phone, 3.5- to 4-inch displays were commonplace. That meant pretty much the full expanse of the screen was reachable with the thumb of the hand actually holding the device. With 6+ inch phones commonplace now, however, that’s no longer the case. “As phones have gotten bigger,” Lee joked, “you’re expected to have the dexterity of a classical pianist” in order to reach all the controls. One of the key goals with One UI, therefore, is to separate out the interface into what you need primarily to look at, and what you need to be able to actually touch. AdChoices广告So, the upper part of the screen is for viewing content, while the lower part is for interaction. In the messages app, for example, the list of messages itself now starts in the middle of the display rather than at the very top. That way, you can more readily reach up with a thumb and tap the latest one. Tabbed apps, where different parts of the UI are split out into separate panes, have also been reworked. Samsung has moved the tabs to the bottom of the screen from the top, so that they’re more readily accessed. Dialog pop-ups, too, have been shifted from the middle section of the display, where they currently appear, to lower down it. It’s a small change, but a welcome one. Phones like the Galaxy Note 9 are, with the S Pen, obviously designed to be used with two hands a lot of the time. However, there will always been occasions when you’re trying to navigate the UI single-handed – pushing a shopping car, for instance, or trying to juggle a cup of coffee and your phone – and anything which reduces the chance of dropping the device (or having to try to tap out-of-reach icons with your nose) could make a huge difference. As for the One UI’s updated aesthetic, it’s cleaner and more focused. Samsung has made greater use of black for the interface, something that looks particularly good on its inky Super AMOLED panels. “Focus Blocks” pull together key features and surround them with negative space. “By changing the layout and adding more blank space,” Lee suggests, “you can interact with your device more naturally.” At the same time, however, there’s more color – and more clarity of color. Settings and other controls more conspicuously show when they’ve been selected, and Samsung has grouped more of the linked options together to reduce both the visual clutter and the amount of menus and sub-menus you need to dig through. There’ll even be the option to match the UI color scheme to the color of your device. Samsung plans to roll the One UI out in the new year, starting in January 2019 with the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9. However there’ll also be a One UI beta test program – available for the US, Germany, and Korea – from December, which will allow developers and others to get a taste of the updated interface early. As for the first new smartphone to launch with One UI, that Samsung isn’t talking about today, but it’s hard not to imagine that it will be the much-anticipated Galaxy S10.last_img read more

The Best of 2018 Smart Devices Edition

first_imgIt’s that time of the year again when we not only take stock of the past nearly twelve months, we also go through our list of things we’d love to buy if we got the chance or the need. Whether it’s buying a gift for a tech-savvy friend or family member or even for yourself, there’s no shortage of options that could send you down a spiral of paralysis analysis. To save you from drowning, here are some of the best of the best this year when it comes to smart and mobile devices. Smartphone (High-end)Winner: OnePlus 6/6T Time and time again, OnePlus has proven that it’s the phone to beat when it comes to the balance of price and features. Sure, it might miss out on the Galaxy Note 9’s remote control S Pen or the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s array of cameras. It does, however, come with a price tag that won’t hurt your wallet too much. You can take your pick between the more conventional OnePlus 6 (with a headphone jack) or the OnePlus 6T if you’re on T-Mobile. Whichever one you choose, you’ll get a solid experience at a more affordable cost.Runner-up: Pixel 3/iPhone XS Max Naturally, Android purists and iPhone users won’t settle for anything less. If you’re reaching for the sky, the iPhone XS Max is the one to beat. But while the Pixel 3 XL is the top of Google’s line in size and price, you won’t be missing much with a more manageable and more accessible and not-notched Pixel 3. Smartphone (Mid-range)Winner: OPPO R17 Pro Our review says it all. If you’re in the market for a classy looking Android phone with features to match, the OPPO R17 Pro gives its peers a run for their money. The camera is more than decent and the fast-charging tech is leagues ahead. You will have to tame OPPO’s ColorOS, but it has been less wild than previous generations. AdChoices广告Runner-up: iPhone XR iPhone users need only look to the color iPhone XR for their iOS fix on a budget. True, it’s not exactly cheap, but when you have $1,200 as your top mark, $750 looks pretty sweet. Especially if you get almost all the performance at that price, not to mention one of if not the best single-camera phones today.Smartphone (Entry-level)Winner: Moto X4 Android One Edition There hasn’t been much movement in the Android One and Android Go markets so our verdict hasn’t changed that much either. The Moto X4, which is also available on Google Fi, is still the easiest and cheapest pure Android experience you can get your hands on. It might seem a bit dated, but because it’s Android One, its software won’t be.Runner-up: Moto E5 (Android Go) Want to go even lower? You can’t get lower than Moto E5 with Android Go (Oreo) without cutting corners. At $70, you are getting a lightweight, nearly pure Android phone with still enough power to stay by your side throughout the day.Smartphone (Innovation)Winner: OPPO Find X This year has seen some rather unconventional smartphones and two, in particular, take the cake. Although it may not have been the first of its kind, the OPPO Find X definitely did the elevating front sensor gimmick better. It looks great to boot and actually doesn’t skimp too much on the features either.Winner: Honor Magic 2 It was really a hard decision decided between these two, so we ended up just splitting it evenly between them. The Honor Magic 2 revives an old design and makes it new, throws in everything including the kitchen sink and still manages to make the phone look spectacular.TabletWinner: iPad Pro (2018) This year, Apple has all but perfected the iPad Pro. It has fixed its biggest annoyance (Apple Pencil), gave it a no-notch bezel-less design, and implemented a Face ID iPhone X users wished they had as well. It’s still not a computer but it comes pretty darn close.Runner-up: Surface Go If you do need a “real computer” on the Go, the Surface Go is always there to offer a hand. It doesn’t have the power of its bigger brethren but it makes up for it in utility, price, and portability. It’s really your PC on the Go, pun definitely intended.SmartwatchWinner: Apple Watch Series 4 Its design might be dated but its features definitely aren’t. Apple has turned its latest smartwatch into a mini health lab with all the sensors and features packed inside. The larger screen also offers a bigger view into your digital world without wasting time tapping around.Runner-up: Mobvoi TicWatch C2 Wear OS users have a sea of timepieces to choose from but the new TicWatch C2 best blends style and price in one. Yes, it’s still on Snapdragon Wear 2100 and yes $200 isn’t exactly cheap. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal though, especially one that doesn’t resort to gimmicks to make a headline.Smart SpeakerWinner: Google Home Hub Echo Show clone it is not. The Google Home Hub is more than just a speaker with a pretty face. It’s a smart photo frame, recipe reader, alarm clock, podcast player, and more. It’s the center of the smart home that doesn’t leave you guessing what it’s thinking of.Runner-up: Sonos One Alexa or Google Assistant? Why not both? At least when Sonos finally adds Google Assistant to the Sonos One, that will indeed be the case. Until then, you’ll still have a great sounding wireless smart speaker in your house that work with almost every service. Except Google Assistant, for now.Wrap-upThere are dozens if not hundreds of other tech treats that you can grab this month, many of them with very big discounts. From gaming consoles to laptops to toys to accessories, you will sooner run out of funds than choices. So keep your eyes peeled for more Best of 2018 shopping guides coming soon to help bring a bit of calm and sanity to this hectic festive season.last_img read more

BO Beoplay E8 20 earbuds get wireless charging longer battery life

first_imgBang & Olufsen has updated its truly wireless Beoplay E8 earbuds with a new slightly different model called the Beoplay E8 2.0. This new version of the wire-free earbuds now come with even less wires…that is, there’s now a wireless charging option to go alongside the charging case and the earbuds themselves. This gives consumers “true wirelessness,” according to the company, on top of longer overall run times via a higher capacity charging case. The original Beoplay E8 earbuds are around a couple years old at this point, making a slight refresh welcomed. The changes were made in response to feedback from existing E8 users, according to Bang & Olufsen, which says the overall user experience has received an improvement. The new Beoplay E8 2.0 offers a redesigned leather storage case that has been updated with support for wireless charging and a ‘more ergonomic form,’ according to the company. This case can be used to charge the E8 2.0 by placing the earbuds into the case, then placing the leather case onto a wireless charging mat.The model’s wireless charging case is now able to hold three complete charges, as well, which adds up to 16 total hours of audio playback before the charging case has to be recharged itself. This means users have four additional hours of audio playback from the charging case versus the original E8 model.Other changes include a case featuring a brushed anodized aluminum inlay — either single or double depending on the color. Finally, original Beoplay E8 earbuds can fit within the new wireless charging case, giving them the same benefits as newer customers. The new Beoplay E8 2.0 earbuds are available in black, indigo blue, natural, and limestone colors for $350 USD. The wireless charging pad’s cost hasn’t been revealed yet. The wireless charging case purchased on its own will be $200 USD. Story TimelineBeoplay P6 is the most chic bluetooth speaker of them allThese B&O Beoplay E6 headphones promise serious ear-gripBang & Olufsen reveals Beoplay B2 Brown Limited Edition portable speakerlast_img read more

Dropbox device linking limits just got added for Basic accounts

first_imgDropbox has quietly added a new limitation on free accounts, putting a cap on how many devices can be linked simultaneously. The cloud storage service offers new users 2GB for free, along with access across multiple devices; however how those devices are linked to an account is changing, and it could end up causing frustration. Story TimelineDropbox starts automatically scanning text in imagesDropbox Extensions let you do almost everything inside DropboxDropbox adds time-based comment support for videos and audio Until now, Dropbox has allowed an unlimited number of devices to be linked with a single Dropbox account. Linking takes place whenever a user installs the Dropbox app, whether the mobile version such as for iOS and Android, or the desktop version for macOS and Windows. Files are automatically synchronized across linked devices. As of this month, however, Dropbox is changing how linking works for free accounts. Dropbox Plus and Dropbox Premium users – who pay from $9.99 per month and get not only more storage but offline sync, priority support, and remote device wipe, among other features – will still be able to link an unlimited number of devices with their account. Dropbox Basic accounts, however, will be limited to just three devices. The new limit, spotted by Liliputing, could make for a far more frustrating experience among Dropbox users. One of the most common applications for the cloud service is to keep a set of files consistent across multiple devices. With the three device limit, however, it’s entirely possible that users won’t be able to achieve that any more, at least not without paying Dropbox for a subscription. AdChoices广告It’s possible to unlink old devices to free up slots if you’re on the Dropbox Basic plan. To do that, you first need to sign in to Dropbox in the browser, then go to Settings, then the Security tab, and finally scroll to the list of linked devices. Clicking the “X” next to a device will unlink it from the account, at which point it will cease automatically synchronizing. After that, it should be possible to add a new linked device. Alternatively, when you install the app on a new device, you’re given a list of older devices that you can remove from the three slots, taking up one of their places with the new installation.There are a few saving graces to Dropbox’s decision. For a start, if you’re a Basic user who already had more than three devices linked prior to this change in policy, the company won’t be forcing you to de-authorize some. Previously linked devices will remain linked, Dropbox says, but you won’t be able to add any new ones. If you just want to access your files from another place, meanwhile, accessing Dropbox through the browser interface doesn’t count as linking. Of course, you don’t then get automatic synchronization, but that may not be a concern if all you need is a file or two from a friend or colleague’s computer. [Updated to reflect how new installations can handle old devices linked to Dropbox Basic accounts]last_img read more

Huawei speaks out on Android ban

first_imgHuawei has reacted to Google’s block on key Android apps and features at the behest of the US government, insisting that existing devices won’t suddenly lose features, and pointing to its own enhancements to Android. The Chinese telecoms company found itself added to the Trump administration’s blacklist late last week, a decision which could have a massive impact on smartphone and tablet sales outside of China. Story TimelineHuawei sues the US government over ban, says it’s unconstitutionalCIA leak claims Huawei received funds from Chinese state securityHuawei’s eating Samsung and Apple’s lunch That decision left Google with little choice but to cut Huawei off from many new Android developments. While Huawei will be free to use the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version of the operating system, it won’t get access to things like the Google Play store, Gmail and YouTube apps, and other features. Those add-ons aren’t included in the AOSP version, and require a separate agreement with Google to include on a new smartphone or tablet. Without the ability to make that agreement, Huawei and Honor’s new devices could find themselves forced into using third-party replacements. That’s already commonplace in China, where few official devices have access to Google’s app store or other apps, but could be a huge blow to devices elsewhere in the world. Huawei – and Honor, its youth-focused brand for more affordable devices – currently lacks a significant footprint in the US, in no small part down to pressure from the government to keep the Chinese company out. Multiple accusations that Huawei technology allows Chinese agencies such as law enforcement to gain “backdoor” access to users’ data have been made, though none have been actively proven so far. Last year, pressure from the Trump administration saw a deal between Huawei and one of the big US carriers break down just days before a smartphone was meant to launch as a network exclusive. AdChoices广告However, roughly half of the Chinese firm’s business is in Europe, a market where buyers expect Google apps and services. Huawei’s huge momentum in the smartphone industry – which has seen it threaten heavyweights like Samsung and Apple – risks a sizable stumble if a workaround to the block, or an alternative to the embargoed technologies altogether, isn’t figured out. Now, Huawei is pushing back on accusations of impropriety. In a statement, a spokesperson pointed to the company’s contributions to both Android development and growth over the years. It also insisted that existing Huawei and Honor device owners shouldn’t have to worry about being unexpectedly locked out of updates.“Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry.Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”What’s unclear is how this will all impact Huawei and Honor’s future range. The US government’s decision doesn’t just affect the Chinese company’s access to Android: it prevents numerous American firms from doing business with it. Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom have all been forced to follow in Google’s footsteps. For Huawei, it remains to be seen how much its own in-house work could replace what it now cannot readily access. It already manufactures its own chipsets, for example, and its own radios, under the HiSilicon brand. Reports from earlier in the year suggested it was working on its own complete Android alternative, presumably just in case such a situation as this actually happened. How successful that might be will unsurprisingly depend on how well Huawei can convince potential customers that they don’t need Google’s official apps. last_img read more

Nissan 370Z Roadster is no more

first_imgNissan has now confirmed that the Roadster has been discontinued starting in the 2020 model year. The move is no surprise, when was the last time you saw one of the roadsters on a Nissan lot or on the road? The car is as rare as hen’s teeth.The 370Z car overall isn’t selling well for Nissan, and some rumors have predicted that the 370Z would go away altogether. At the 2019 New York International Auto Show where the 370Z 50th Anniversary edition was unveiled chief product specialist for GT-R and Nismo, Hiroshi Tamura declined to confirm any next-generation plans for the 370Z or the GT-R.All Tamura would say on the next-gen cars is that customers will determine the future of both rides. Neither are big sellers for Nissan, but Tamura did note that both were very important to the Nissan brand. The challenge for the 370Z against its peers is its higher price; the car starts at $30,985, the fact that it is a two-seater, and its performance are also factors in its poor sales. If you move up to the 370Z Nismo you will spend $48,085 for a car that has only 350hp, a base Mustang GT is much cheaper and would run rings around the Nismo at the drag strip and on a road course. The 370Z has been predicted to die off for a long time, and while the coupe soldiers on, the roadster has died off. Not long ago Nissan unveiled the pricing for its 2020 370Z lineup including the high-end Nismo and the cool 50th Anniversary edition of the car. One model curiously missing from the price list was the 370Z roadster. The convertible version of the car has been part of the 370Z line since 2009 when it debuted as a 2010 model.last_img read more

Cheapest Galaxy Note 10 still has two surprising pluses

first_imgThe most basic future-proofingThe most important detail in our full list of leaked details on the Galaxy Note 10 is the base storage. Unlike any Samsung smartphone that’s come before, this device’s most base model will have a whopping 256GB internal storage. That’s one massive amount of data for a single device – but necessary when you start racking up the media downloads and recorded 4K resolution videos. This device will not be released with a pathetic 64GB internal storage size edition, nor a tiny 32GB version. There will be no unheard-of 16GB Galaxy Note 10.The least of these – your entry point into the Galaxy Note 10 family – is the standard Galaxy Note 10 (not Pro, not Plus, not 5G), that’ll likely cost you right around $1,000 USD. That same device with 512GB internal storage will likely come in at around $1,150 USD.On the audio sideThere’s a not-too-surprising change coming to the Galaxy Note series this year, portended by a few other lesser releases from Samsung this year. That is the removal of the headphone jack. Alas, poor Yorick, it’s time to die. But for those that will still stick around for the rest of the device, there’s a positive element in this. A pair of higher-quality in-ear headphones (earbuds) with noise cancellation is coming from Samsung at around the same time as the Note 10 itself. One would HOPE that something just as neat will be in the box with the Note 10 – but we shall see. One can cross their fingers as hard as they want and never see a pair of next-gen earbuds pop out.Galaxy Note 10 Release DateWe’re expecting Samsung’s August 7, 2019 event to show the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in all its glory. We expect that the Galaxy Note 10 release date is August 23, 2019, barring unforeseen circumstances that change the way Samsung generally schedules event-then-release dates. Story TimelineYour Galaxy Note 10 may replace all your other gadgetsGalaxy Note 10 leaked release date ready images in fullGalaxy Note 10 poses for the FCC to confirm rumors This morning we were taking a look at our latest set of pre-release date Galaxy Note 10 details (read: rumors and tips) and happened upon a revelation. The future was right before our eyes, and it wasn’t even a feature that hadn’t popped up on a phone before. In fact, it’ll appear on the base model!last_img read more

Nokia 1 Android Pie update has Android users dreaming of better days

first_imgExcited to share that our most affordable smartphone, Nokia 1, upgrades to Android 9 Pie starting today. Now there is a Nokia smartphone for everyone running Pie – bringing to you the latest experiences from Google. Nokia phones just keep getting better #Getsmart #Nokiamobile pic.twitter.com/BYONKx6q5n— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) June 25, 2019 You may have not heard of HMD Global before but it has certainly made waves in the mobile market when it acquired Nokia’s name to continue the Finnish brand’s mobile legacy. HMD Global has also risen among the ranks by providing a pure Android experience and keeping up with its commitment to push out regular updates. The latest proof of that is the Nokia 1, its first Android Go phone that is now receiving Android 9 Pie. Launched in early 2018, the Nokia 1 was HMD Global’s first Android Go phone. As part of that family of devices, it didn’t have much to offer in the way of features. It was pretty much the entry—level phone of the Android world, with a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen and 1 GB of RAM.Despite its lean configuration, Android Go edition phones didn’t actually carry any promise of regular updates the way Android One did. It was still up to the OEM and most manufacturers tend to forget their cheap phones ever existed after they made a few sales.HMD Global has been turning heads in the Android world by going beyond the call of duty to update its phones. Earlier this month, it rolled out Android 9 Pie to the Nokia 3, keeping up with its promise of two years of major Android updates. Now it’s the Nokia 1’s turn, even though there is no guarantee of updates.center_img Android users will probably wish all manufacturers were as diligent as HMD Global. Granted, there are relatively fewer Nokia phones in the market today but, if HMD keeps up its track record and improves on areas like cameras, it will probably have more users in no time.last_img read more

Worried about how FaceApp is using your photos Heres how to delete

first_img How to delete your FaceApp dataIf all this makes you want to rethink FaceApp, deleting the app itself isn’t enough to protect your photos. You’ll need to request to have your data removed from FaceApp’s servers. FaceApp told TechCrunch that users can request data deletion using the “report a bug” feature within the app. Here’s what you need to do:In FaceApp, go to settings in the upper left-hand corner, then go to Support.Click “Report bug and send logs.”Ask for your data to be deleted and be sure to include the word “privacy” in the request.FaceApp told TechCrunch they are backlogged with requests like these, so it may take a while for it to delete all of your data. If you didn’t realize what kind of permissions you were giving FaceApp, you’re not alone. According to a survey from, Nixplay, a smart photo frame company, 50% of people do not review the what data an app is able to access when they download it.Digital Trends reached out to FaceApp to see how long it’s going to take to delete user data and what kind of backlog they have, but have yet to receive a response.  Video Player is loading.Face App Privacy Concerns The viral app that changes people’s faces in photos is raising privacy concerns. SharePlay VideoPauseUnmuteCurrent Time 0:01/Duration 0:51Loaded: 57.68%0:01Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Worried about how FaceApp is using your photos? Here’s how to delete your dataCloseAre you concerned about how FaceApp is using your photos? If so, there’s a way to remove your data from the app — but it might take a while.The face-filter app has dominated social media over the past few days, but it’s come under fire for its terms of service which allows its Russia-based developer to use photos run through the app for commercial purposes. FaceApp now says it will delete user data upon request.The app, which has gained more than 12.7 million new users this past week, told TechCrunch that they don’t sell or share user date with third parties. However, people are still suspicious of how the app could use your private data. The broad terms of service mean FaceApp developer Wireless Lab could use your face photos for anything from advertisements to facial recognition training.FaceApp processes your data in the cloud, not on your phone:Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:17Loaded: 57.01%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:17 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFaceApp’s terms and conditions states, “You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you.” The terms go on to say that, “By using the Services, you agree that the User Content may be used for commercial purposes.” On Wednesday, the Democratic National Committee sent a security alert about the app to 2020 presidential candidates warning them to not use the app, according to CNN. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also called on the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open an investigation into FaceApp, largely because it was developed in Russia. Editors’ Recommendationscenter_img How to protect your smartphone from hackers and intruders How to record the screen on your iPhone How to secure your Alexa device FaceApp says it won’t hold on to your face photos. Should you trust it? How to delete your Kik accountlast_img read more

UnitedHealth Indicates Limited Participation In StateBased Exchanges

first_imgCEO Stephen Hemsley said Thursday that the insurer expects to participate in 10 to 25 of these marketplaces and noted that there should be no assumptions that the company will participate widely. His announcement comes along with news that the company’s 4th quarter profits were down slightly, which was mainly attributed to rising medical costs.The Wall Street Journal: UnitedHealth Weighs In On New Exchange OptionUnitedHealth said it expected to participate in 10 to 25 or more of the marketplaces, out of what the insurer said could be as many as 100, with each state hosting exchanges for individual plans and for small businesses. However, the insurer also said it had “absolutely no firm commitment to that range,” and its total will change based on the situation in each state (Mathews and Kamp, 1/17).The Associated Press/Washington Post: UnitedHealth Says Participation In Overhaul Coverage Expansion Depends On Fairness, ViabilityUnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley said Thursday analysts shouldn’t assume that the nation’s largest health insurer will participate widely in the health care overhaul’s online insurance exchanges (1/17).Reuters/The New York Times: Income At UnitedHealth Drops A Bit As Medical Costs RiseThe UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, reported a slight drop in its fourth-quarter net income on Thursday as medical costs rose, but its revenue increased more than 11 percent, helped by growth in its Medicare, care management, technology and international businesses (1/17).The Associated Press/Washington Post: UnitedHealth 4th-Quarter Profit Down 1 Pct. As Costs Rise; Insurer Maintains 2013 ForecastUnitedHealth Group Inc.’s fourth-quarter net income slipped 1 percent, as a rise in costs from medical claims and other expenses countered revenue gains for the nation’s largest health insurer. The Minnetonka, Minn., company also said Thursday it was reaffirming a forecast for 2013 earnings it made in November (1/17). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. UnitedHealth Indicates Limited Participation In State-Based Exchangeslast_img read more

Despite Repairs To Health Website Concerns Remain And Lagging Enrollment Could Create

first_imgThe Associated Press examines concerns that young people may not sign up for coverage as part of the law. Other news organizations report on a new poll, some of the problems insurers face and security issues.The Associated Press: Overhaul Website Problems May Trigger Price HikesProblems with the government’s main health care overhaul website carry a bigger risk than frequent crashes: Higher prices could follow for many Americans if technical troubles scare off young people. The government has touted recent improvements to HeathCare.gov, which millions of Americans are expected to use to sign up for coverage. But enrollment still lags far behind projections, and that has triggered worries that legions of potential customers in their 20s and 30s might not sign up. If that happens — and older, sicker people continue to register in larger numbers — insurers might have to raise future prices to address the imbalance (Murphy, 12/19).Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Website Repairs Have Not Bolstered Support For The Health Law, Poll FindsImprovements in the government’s insurance Web portal have not translated into stronger public support for the health law, a new poll shows. Nearly half of the public views the law unfavorably this month, while only a third likes it. That’s about the same as in November, when public opinion plummeted after the technologically troubled start of the health care marketplaces, according to the poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (Rau, 12/20).The Wall Street Journal: Last-Minute Health-Site Enrollment Proves A Hard SellInsurers pressing for last-minute enrollees under the health-care law say they are running into a worrisome trend: Customers who were put off by the insurance marketplaces’ early troubles are proving hard sells. Many people thwarted by the technical problems of HealthCare.gov are reluctant to try again, citing frustration with the federal site, web-security concerns and the pressure of the holidays, several insurers say (Martin and Weaver, 12/19).CQ HealthBeat: Insurers Must Use Temporary Process To Gather Marketplace Information To Get PaidInsurance companies in every state are scrambling to figure out by Friday how much money the federal government owes them for consumers’ health tax credit subsidies. If the companies don’t submit bills under a recently-created process, they won’t get federal payments to offset their costs of discounting coverage in the health law’s insurance marketplaces (Adams, 12/19).ABC News: Exclusive: Security Risks Seen At HealthCare.Gov Ahead Of Sign-Up DeadlineNearly three months after its launch and as millions of Americans log on to shop for health plans, HealthCare.gov still has serious security vulnerabilities, according to documents and testimony obtained exclusively by ABC News. There have been “two high findings” of risk – the most serious level of concern – in testing over the past few weeks, the top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cybersecurity official told the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday in a private transcribed interview. It’s a “vulnerability in the system,” CMS chief information security officer Teresa Fryer told the committee of one of the issues. “They shut the module down, so this functionality is currently shut down” (Dwyer, 12/20). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Despite Repairs To Health Website, Concerns Remain And Lagging Enrollment Could Create Problemslast_img read more

With Three Weeks To Go The SignUp Push Is On

first_imgWith Three Weeks To Go, The Sign-Up Push Is On News outlets report on the creative outreach efforts, including those geared to moms, young people and Latinos, to increase the number of newly insured people before March 31. Even prison inmates are signing up.   USA Today: 5 Things To Know For March 31 Health Exchange DeadlineAmericans have until March 31 to sign up for health insurance or face a penalty when they file their 2014 taxes next April. Millions of uninsured people qualify for subsidies to pay for their insurance, but there are still — even after months of advertising, community meetings, door-to-door information sessions and even speeches by the president — many who don’t know about the exchanges, don’t know they’re eligible for financial help, or who don’t know the Affordable Care Act still stands. Others simply haven’t gotten around to enrolling yet (Kennedy, 3/8). NBC News: Obamacare Supporters Beat The Bushes For Final Sign-UpsThe final deadline to enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is less than three weeks away, and the White House and its allies are pulling out the stops to get more people signed up after one of the most disastrous debuts ever of a government program. The administration has rounded up every Democrat it can find — mayors, county executives, state representatives as well as nonprofit groups whose main goal is to support Obamacare -– to spend Saturday pushing Americans to sign up for health insurance in a “Day of Action.” In Atlanta, supporters will be in libraries. In Charleston, S.C, they’re holding a waterfront enrollment fair. And in Houston, Spanish-language ads will urge the uninsured to show up at sign-up events staffed by Spanish speakers (Fox, 3/8). Politico: Politico: Calling All Moms: It’s ObamacareOpen enrollment ends March 31, and President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and top administration officials all have events this week that aim to reach America’s moms, who typically drive health care decisions for their families — including the young adult children who are a key demographic for the new insurance exchanges. … The pace of enrollment has picked up this winter as HealthCare.gov improved. More than 4 million people have chosen plans, although not all have begun paying their premiums. But the White House and its allies have a lot of work to do to hit the 6 million enrollment target by the end of the month. That mark was revised from 7 million after the website’s botched launch dampened sign-ups in the fall (Kenen, 3/9).The New York Times: Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing UpIn a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population (Goode, 3/9). Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Obamacare On Campus: Reaching The Young And UninsuredYoung adults may be key to the success of Obamacare. Insurance companies need a mix of ages, and a mix of healthy and sick people to balance out the costs for everyone – and young people tend to be healthier. But persuading them to sign up for health insurance is no easy task. Many don’t know about the law, don’t think they need coverage, or are confused about how to sign up (Feibel, 3/10).Health News Florida: Signup Efforts Get Creative Supporters of the Affordable Care Act continue to push Floridians to sign up for health insurance, and they’re using everything from college computer labs to community carnivals as their enrollment hotspots. Through January, nearly 300,000 Floridians had signed up so far on the health insurance marketplace, and updated numbers could come next week (Shedden, 3/7).NBC News: After Obama’s TV Plea, Will Latinos Enroll In Obamacare?Signing up Latinos for health care has been a bumpy enterprise. With less than stellar enrollment for health coverage and just 3½ weeks before the signup deadline, everything is being tried to get Latinos’ attention. President Barack Obama decided to appeal directly to Latinos via a live-streamed town hall this week that was to be broadcast on Spanish-language television networks Saturday, including on Telemundo, at 8 p.m. EST. “If you get in an accident or get sick, then the cost of health care without health insurance is so high that either you may not be able to get the treatment you need, or it could end up bankrupting you, losing your home, everything you have, all your savings,” Obama warned (Gamboa, 3/8).Los Angeles Times: California Drafts Labor Icon Huerta To Woo Latinos To ObamacareWith time running short to sign up for Obamacare, California officials have recruited labor activist Dolores Huerta to urge Latinos to get health insurance. The state’s move comes amid struggles at enrolling Latinos, who represent about 60% of the state’s uninsured population. Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ends March 31 (Karlamangla, 3/7).The California Health Report: The Faces Of Obamacare In Humboldt CountyIn many ways, Jude Ehrlich is the face of federal health reform on the northern California coast. The good face, anyway. The 44-year-old McKinleyville man never used to have much trouble getting health insurance. He had employee-offered plans until 2000, when he started his own small business and purchased his own policy, which helped cover his treatments for psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, migraines and other health problems. But paying for the Blue Cross policy increasingly became a challenge, especially as his computer repair and consulting business slogged through the recession and his monthly insurance premiums steadily climbed to $400 (Greenson, Scott-Goforth and Walters,  3/6). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. 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Rand Pauls Vaccination Politics Play Role In Larger Ambition

first_img The New York Times: Rand Paul Is Linked To Doctors’ Group That Supports Vaccination Challenges Rand Paul, who has been mired in controversy over whether child vaccinations should be mandatory, has long been associated with a medical group that opposes mandatory vaccinations and has published reports promoting a handful of other dubious positions. The Kentucky Republican’s association with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons dates back to at least 1990, though the group’s executive director, Dr. Jane Orient, told Politico that Paul stopped paying dues when he was elected to the Senate in 2010. (Debenedetti, 2/4) This week, Paul’s ideas put him at the middle of a national controversy when he applied his trademark libertarian, skeptical thinking to the question of childhood vaccines. They should be largely voluntary, Paul said, as a matter of freedom. He also said he had heard of children who “wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.” Paul also ran into trouble on the P.R. front. At times, he has seemed disinterested — or unprepared — for the basic tasks of being a national politician. For instance, this week he “shushed” a female interviewer on national TV. After his vaccine comments drew angry reactions, he accused the media of misconstruing his remarks about vaccines and mental disorders. (Fahrenthold and Hamburger, 2/5) The Washington Post: For Rand Paul, A Rude Awakening To The Rigors Of A National Campaign Rand Paul’s Vaccination Politics Play Role In Larger Ambition Sen. Rand Paul’s beliefs on childhood vaccination — that it be mostly voluntary — are playing into what some view as a potential run at the Republican nomination for president. Paul’s longtime association with a doctors’ group that opposes mandatory vaccinations is also scrutinized.center_img Politico: Rand Paul Decades-Long Member Of Group Opposed To Forced Vaccines Back in 2009, when Rand Paul was pursuing his long-shot bid to win Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary, he spoke to a small physicians’ association that has publicized discredited medical theories, including possible links between vaccines and autism and between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer. At the time, Mr. Paul, an ophthalmologist, was no stranger to the group, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He boasted at its annual meeting that he had been a member for more than two decades and that he relied on its research, statistics and views about the role of government in medicine. (Peters and Meier, 2/4) 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

Postponing A Delay To Funding Cut For Hospitals UncompensatedCare Costs Floated By

first_img A new $17 million rehabilitation hospital with a special unit designed to treat patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and strokes is slated for completion in mid-2019. (Garcia, 10/3) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Modern Healthcare: House Panel Proposes Delay In Cuts To Uncompensated-Care Funding  The Memorial Hospital of Salem County, which has been struggling for years, remains on life support and desperately needs an infusion of cash from a trust fund to keep its doors open, state lawmakers said Tuesday. A trio of lawmakers led by State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester) called for the return of the $51 million trust fund to Salem County to help facilitate the sale of the hospital. The money was set aside for the Salem Health and Wellness Foundation when the hospital was sold earlier, in 2002. (Burney, 10/3) Boston Globe: Lahey Health Is Laying Off About 75 Employees House lawmakers have made a move to postpone a multibillion-dollar cut to federal funds to offset hospitals’ uncompensated-care costs. The House Energy and Commerce Committee added language that would delay the disproportionate-share hospital funding cuts to its Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization bill. The Affordable Care Act required the CMS to cut Medicaid DSH funds by $43 billion between fiscal 2018 and 2025. The cuts build year over year, starting at $2 billion in fiscal 2018 and ending at $8 billion in fiscal 2025. (Dickson, 10/3) center_img Austin American-Statesman: New $17 Million Rehab Hospital Coming To Round Rock The Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com: South Jersey Hospital Is On Life Support, Lawmakers Say, Seeing Rescue In Disputed Trust Fund Postponing A Delay To Funding Cut For Hospitals’ Uncompensated-Care Costs Floated By House Committee The House Energy and Commerce panel added the delay of disproportionate-share hospital funding cuts to the CHIP reauthorization bill. Hospitals in New Jersey, Texas and Massachusetts also make headlines today. Lahey Health System on Tuesday became the latest local hospital system to slash expenses by cutting jobs. … The cuts come as Lahey is pursuing a big merger with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and several other hospitals. (Dayal McCluskey, 10/3) last_img read more

iPhone moulds point to an unusual triplecamera layout

first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. 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. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor For anyone who couldn’t quite believe the iPhone 11 rumours pointing to a square panel containing the handset’s three cameras, another piece of evidence has arrived. This time, it’s the iPhone 11 and 11 Max moulds used to help case manufacturers, if a photo on SlashLeaks proves to be legitimate.In these metal moulds, a large square with gentle rounded edges is prominent in the top left-hand corner of the handset. Inside it are three circles in a triangular formation – quite different from the ‘traffic light’ order of other triple-camera handsets. Even the Huawei Mate 20 Pro which has its own square section for the cameras puts a circle in each corner (the fourth being the flash). Related: Best iPhoneIt’s certainly an unusual design, but then we thought that about the notch and before you knew it every major Android manufacturer – Samsung aside – was aping it in some form or other.  What’s even more unusual is the placement of the familiar Apple logo. On the regular iPhone 11, it’s almost touching the camera array, while on the Max it’s in the middle of the handset. That doesn’t feel too likely to us, but it’s probably not too important on a case mould anyway. Indeed, we’re not sure why Apple would include its logo on moulds, casting a little doubt on this – surely that just invites leaks, after all?Related: Best iPhone gamesAs for the original source of the leak, it seems to go back to Chinese social network Weibo. On the site, there’s also a photo of the moulds flipped over. Though on this side, there are no big surprises.There’s the now familiar notch housing the technology needed for Face ID, and precious little else. Anybody still clinging to the unlikely hope that Apple might bring back the home button and Touch ID for 2019 is going to be sorely disappointed.Does this look legitimate to you? Let us know what you think on Twitter: @TrustedReviews. last_img read more