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Month: July 2019

Huma Qureshi Joins Dave Bautista Ella Purnell in Zack Snyders Army of

first_img Army of the Deaddave bautistaElla PurnellHuma Qureshi First Published: May 29, 2019, 12:28 PM IST Actor Huma Qureshi has boarded the cast of filmmaker Zack Snyder’s next directorial Army of the Dead. The 32-year-old actor joins Dave Bautista in the Netflix project, which will mark Snyder’s return to directing after a gap of two years, the streaming giant announced in a statement.Incidentally, the filmmaker, known for his work on DC films Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, made his directorial debut 15 years ago with zombie horror, Dawn of the Dead. Other newcomers in the cast include Ella Purnell, Ana De La Reguera and Theo Rossi.Army of the Dead is set following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, when a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.Joby Harold, Shay Hatten and Snyder are writing the screenplay from a story developed by the filmmaker.Principal photography is set to begin in July.Snyder is also producing the project along with his wife Deborah Snyder and Wesley Coller through their Stone Quarry production company.Huma is currently gearing up for the release of her dystopian drama series, Leila. The show will premiere on Netflix on June 14.Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

As UP Alliance Repairs DailtYadav Faultlines BJP Also Banks on Social Engineering

first_img akhilesh yadavAssembly pollsBSPDalit First Published: April 26, 2019, 3:44 PM IST | Edited by: Anu Parthiban Lucknow: With just three days left for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections, the focus in Uttar Pradesh shifts to the 13 parliamentary constituencies and five reserved seats that will go for polls on April 29. In one of the crucial seats – Etawah – the BJP, SP-BSP alliance and Congress have been banking on social engineering for their victory in the seat. Interestingly, it was the Etawah by-polls in 1991 that set up a milestone firming the alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in the 1993 Assembly polls for the first time. In 1991, when the founder of BSP Kanshiram had announced his candidature from Etawah parliamentary Lok Sabha seat for the by-polls. Kanshiram, who was busy campaigning on a bicycle, was silently supported by Mulayam Singh Yadav. Kanshiram won the by-poll against BJP candidate Lal Singh Verma.Of the total 17 lakh voters, the Dalit dominate with 26 per cent of vote share in Etawah. Out of the 26 per cent, half of them are Jatavs, Koris, Valmikis and Chaks. Apart from this, there are approximately 1.5 lakh Muslims, 2 lakh Yadavs, 1.5 lakh Lodhis, 2 lakh Brahmins and 1 lakh Shakyas. Though in 2014 elections, the SP and BSP had a combined vote share of 48.89% against BJP’s 46.71%, the seat was won by the BJP.However, now when both SP and BSP have come together once again in 2019, both the parties are depending upon the social engineering between Dalits, Muslims and OBCs to win back this seat from the BJP. The SP-BSP alliance has announced Kamlesh Katheria as their candidate from Etawah. While Kamlesh Katheria had contested the 2017 state assembly elections on an SP ticket but lost.According to a senior journalist and political analyst Parvez Ahmad, “The seat has been associated with Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav as this is his hometown. However, the seat is with BJP for now as it had gained significant advantage among the non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav Scheduled Castes.” Saying that the BJP has done much research in fielding the candidate from the Dalit dominated seat, Ahmad said, “Whoever manages good hand in social engineering on the ground will take away this reserved seat.”The BJP has decided to field Ram Shankar Katheria, the sitting BJP MP from Agra, but hails from Etawah. Ram Shankar Katheria who has been an RSS pracharark in Etawah region was born and brought in Etawah and even did his graduation from KK Degree College in Etawah.Meanwhile, the sitting BJP MP from Etawah, Ashok Dohre, switched sides to Congress after he was denied ticket by the BJP. During the Modi wave in 2014, the saffron party had bagged all the 17 reserved Lok Sabha seats including Etawah. At one hand BJP has been pushing all its top leaders including UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to repeat the 2014 win, on the other hand, SP-BSP alliance are busy holding small sabhas at village level to revive their cadre and for a smooth transfer of votes. The main concern for SP-BSP in this region is to repair the Dalit-Yadav faultlines while the BJP will also be banking on the same.last_img read more

International Day Against Drug Abuse 2019 5 Bollywood Films Depicting Drug Addiction

I Am Not My Work Says Robert Downey Jr on His Global

first_imgFor over a decade, Robert Downey Jr has been Tony Stark aka Iron Man for Marvel fanatics around the world but the actor is clear, in real life, he is not the beloved superhero.The actor, whose career stemmed from theatre, said his off-Broadway training taught him to maintain “aesthetic distance” from the characters he plays in order to remain in touch with his identity. “I am not my work. I am not what I did with that studio. I am not that period of time that I spent playing this character (Iron Man).  “And it sucks, because the kid in all of us wants to be like, ‘No. It’s always going to be summer camp and we’re all holding hands and singing Kumbaya,” Downey Jr told The Hollywood Reporter.But both Disney’s Marvel Studio and the actor benefited from the mirror-like personas of the Hollywood star and Iron Man. “Initially, by creating and associating and synergising with Tony Stark and the Marvel Universe… And being a good company man, but also being a little off kilter, being creative and getting into all these other partnerships, it was a time when… what do they say? Owners start looking like their pets,” he said.The 54-year-old actor earned $50 million as backend profit participation for Avengers (2012) and he made $75 million for Avengers: Infinity War. Calling himself Marvel’s “trust fund kid”, Downey Jr noted post Avengers: Endgame, an unknown road waits for him. “There’s always a dependency on something that feels like a sure thing. It’s the closest I will ever come to being a trust fund kid,” he said of his time with the studio. Follow @News18Movies for more. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’AvengersIron ManRobert Downey Jr First Published: July 16, 2019, 8:15 AM ISTlast_img read more

Indian Railways Novel Plan Bee Keeps Elephants Away from Train Tracks

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Railways have come up with a novel way of getting elephants to buzz off from train tracks: speakers that play the sound of bees to scare the jumbos away.Almost 70 elephants were killed by trains between 2013 and June this year, mostly in Assam and northern West Bengal. But nearly 50 buzzing amplifiers have been deployed as part of “Plan Bee” at a dozen “elephant corridors” in the vast forests of Assam, home to nearly 6,000 elephants, 20% of the country’s total.”We were looking for means to stop the elephants from coming on to the tracks and our officers came up with this device,” said Indian Railways spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma. The buzzing is played as trains approach vulnerable points and can be heard up to 600 metres away, he added.The devices were tested for efficiency in 2017 on domesticated elephants, and then wild ones, before they were deployed for real last year. The novel approach has won the team accolades from animal conservationists and on Tuesday an award for “best innovative idea” from Indian Railways for regional operator Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).Elephants have long been known to be frightened by the buzzing of bees and stings. Villagers in Kerala have been using “beehive fences” to scare away marauding elephants. When elephants touch the fences, bees inside boxes attached to the fences storm out angrily to defend their colonies.Besides the dangers posed to elephants and trains alike on railways, India has also witnessed an increase in man-animal conflict that conservationists blame on the shrinking of habitat for the wild animals. Nearly 2,300 people have been killed by elephants in the last five years, according to official figures released in June.The elephants are also paying a heavy price with around 700 fatalities in the last eight years.Most were killed by electric fences, poisoned or shot by locals angry at family members being killed or crops being destroyed, and accidents on railway lines cutting through migratory routes. ‘Plan Bee’Assamelephant deathselephants First Published: July 10, 2019, 6:31 PM ISTlast_img read more

Senior Political Leaders May Skip June 19 Meet When PM Modi May

first_img Jagan ReddyK Chandrasekhar RaoN Chandrababu NaiduNarendra Modi First Published: June 17, 2019, 5:36 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswami Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with senior political leaders in Parliament on June 19. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi has written letters in this regard to several top party functionaries, including Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, YSR Congress president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Reddy and Telugu Desam Party chief and former AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu. Though Reddy is likely to attend the meeting, Rao and Naidu may not do the same.Five agendas have been set for the meeting and the PM is said to be keen to involve leaders of top political parties in these goals. The five agendas are setting up steps to enhance parliamentary nobility, taking ahead the one-nation-one-election policy, celebrating India’s 75th independence, Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary and development of backward districts across the country.Joshi said the prime minister will address the leaders of all the political parties with representation in Parliament. Rao had also stayed away from the NITI Aayog meeting on June 15 that was attended by chief ministers of non-NDA-ruled states, including Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Given his preoccupation with several important events, including inauguration of the Kaleshwaram project inauguration on 21, the TRS supremo easily be able to avoid the upcoming meeting and send one of his close aides as a representative. last_img read more

Day after Resigning from Rajya Sabha as Samajwadi Party MP Neeraj Shekhar

first_img akhilesh yadavAmit ShahNarendra ModiNeeraj Shekhar First Published: July 16, 2019, 4:32 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswami The development came as a major setback to the SP that is yet to recover from the shock of the Lok Sabha poll outcome, even as it served as a further boost to the saffron camp which is on an expansion mode across the country. Shekhar, a first-time Rajya Sabha MP was considered quite close to SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and a strong Thakur community leader. A two-time Lok Sabha MP, Shekhar, 50, was first elected to the Lower House in a by-election in Ballia in 2007 after his father’s death. He retained the seat in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.Following his defeat in the 2014 parliamentary polls, the SP nominated him to the Rajya Sabha and his term was to expire in November 2020. Sources said a spat over ticket distribution during the recent general elections with Yadav may have led Shekhar to decide on switching camps.Speculations are rife he may be given a ministerial berth in the Modi cabinet or may be sent to Upper House again on a BJP ticket. Earlier in the day, Vice President and RS Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he had accepted Shekhar’s resignation after being satisfied that the same was voluntary and genuine. With the latest defection, the tally of Samajwadi Party MPs came down to 12 in the House of 240 seats. He had paid a visit to Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah on Monday, after resigning from the SP and giving up his Rajya Sabha membership. center_img Lucknow: In what may be termed as a major jolt to the Samajwadi Party in the ‘Purvanchal’ region of the state, son of former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar and SP Rajya Sabha MP Neeraj Shekhar joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day.He said in Delhi, “I am formally joining the BJP today as I thought that it was not possible to continue working in the party with which I was associated. I wish to contribute towards nation-building and that is why I am joining the BJP.” Delhi: Former Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar, who is the son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, joins Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav. pic.twitter.com/WhQktfmcxI— ANI (@ANI) 16 July 2019last_img read more

Microsoft wants to put an ad for Office right on your keyboard

first_img Editors’ Recommendations WalkingCat/MicrosoftMicrosoft might roll out a dedicated Office key to Windows keyboards, and the proposition has us scratching our heads. Is this really necessary?According to The Verge, Microsoft’s Office key concept was first spotted on Monday, June 17, when Twitter tech detective WalkingCat published screenshots of a survey sent to users that asked them questions about their experience with the Office key. The survey seems to only be able to only be accessible to those with work or school Microsoft accounts but WalkingCat’s screenshot of the survey can be found here.The survey Microsoft sent out revealed a few details about the Office key: Namely, that the key expected to work with the May 2019 update of Windows 10, and that the Office key is supposed to support the use of a variety of Office-related keyboard shortcuts. The only photo of the key included in the survey, also indicates that it will have the familiar Office logo (a 3D square-shaped outline) and that it may show up as a key located next to an ALT key.While the Office key could be helpful for frequent Office users, the whole concept still reads like another unnecessary add-on or permanent product placement ad for its Office subscription service. If Microsoft really wanted to make things easier for its existing Office customers, it would have made more sense to just enable Office-specific keyboard shortcuts that make use of the keys that already exist in current and past versions of Windows keyboards.Dedicated Microsoft-specific keys aren’t new, but the ones that have been around (like the iconic Windows flag key) serve an actual purpose. The inclusion of additional keys should probably follow that standard.Not to mention, not all Windows users use Office. The addition of an Office key is unlikely to encourage non-Office users to subscribe to Office products. If people aren’t subscribing to Office, it’s not because of a lack of Office key keyboard shortcuts. It’s probably because some users may find it easier on their budgets to use free productivity apps rather than pay to use them. Especially when those free apps now make editing Office documents much easier. The best product key finders for 2019 Surface Centaurus: News, rumors, specs, release date, and more Microsoft opts to save Cortana by freeing it from Windows Microsoft xCloud vs. Shadow: Which one will be worth your hard-earned money? Everything announced at Microsoft Build 2019, from Edge to Azurelast_img read more

Heres how to get OneDrive working again

first_imgSure, there might be some technical advantages to using NTFS over something like FAT32 or even its exFAT descendant. NTFS is a more modern filesystem with modern features, like journaling, file permissions, and support for larger disk sizes and larger file sizes. Although the newer exFAT address the size concerns, many storage devices, particularly SD cards still only use FAT32. That, and for whatever reason, some users might prefer using FAT32 for some of their partitions or drives.Microsoft has removed that choice for OneDrive users and did so in a very disrespecting way. Users who have set up OneDrive to sync on a storage that doesn’t use NTFS have suddenly found themselves unable to access their OneDrive there. And those just starting to link OneDrive to such a type of storage, like an SD card, will be prevented from doing so.While it’s arguable why Microsoft would require NTFS for OneDrive, probably to take advantage of features like permissions and journaling, it could have taken a kinder route to make that known. It could have given users a warning and a grace period to make the necessary changes before flipping the switch. Perhaps they were worried users would suddenly decide to move away from OneDrive, not that this blunder isn’t going to cost them either way.There is a quick and somewhat dirty way to regain access to your OneDrive files on a FAT or FAT32 drive. You can simply convert the drive to NTFS without the need for reformatting. First open a Command Prompt in Admin mode by pressing Win+X and selecting the appropriate menu entry. And then type in the command, substituting “drive_letter” with the correct one. WARNING: Be very careful with what letter you useconvert drive_letter: /fs:ntfsThere are a few caveats here, the most important one being that this is a one-way street. Once converted to NTFS, you can’t go back to FAT or FAT32 without having to reformat the drive or partition. Second, if performed on an SD or microSD card, know that the card might no longer be readable by devices that don’t support NTFS natively, like some cameras and smartphones. As always, best back up the files on the drive first before undertaking the conversion.VIA: BetaNews It seems that Microsoft has painted itself into a corner with a move that doesn’t really have practical merit. At least not in the way the company has carried out the matter. Users of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage solution suddenly locked out of their OneDrive shares mirrored on their local computers. All because Microsoft, without prior warning, suddenly decided that no filesystem is good enough for OneDrive other than its own proprietary NTFS.last_img read more

MetroPCS gets TMobiles scam IDing and blocking tech

first_imgIf you have a phone on T-Mobile‘s network, you have access to a technology that automatically identifies and, if you wish, blocks incoming calls from scammers. The technology is baked into T-Mobile’s network, and it’ll soon be available to anyone using MetroPCS devices. The technology has been live since this past April, and it has thus far identified and/or blocked scam calls for more than 243 million users, according to the company. If you’ve ever used a scam-IDing app, you’ll already have an idea about how this technology works. Users don’t have to do anything, and instead just look at their phone when they get a call. If the call is coming from a number of a scammer or suspected scammer, the phone will flag the number with the warning ‘Scam Likely.’ If that’s the case, the user can then decline it straight away instead of bothering with answering.If you put a lot of trust into the technology, you can set the phone to automatically block any calls that trigger the ‘Scam Likely’ warning, eliminating the need to hear or deal with them at all. This feature is available to T-Mobile subscribers, but on July 25 (that’s tomorrow) it’ll also be available on MetroPCS handsets.The Uncarrier has also shed some light on the data it has gathered with this technology, saying for example that most of the scammers make their calls between 8AM Eastern Time to 5PM Pacific Time during weekdays. That highlights a fairly standard working week, illuminating the business-like nature of many of these scamming operations. Most of the calls, meanwhile, are made in the late afternoon.Only half the number of calls are made over the weekend, though, likely indicating that these professional scammers and those working for them hang up their hats for a couple days of rest. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that most scammers utilize single-use phone numbers — out of the hundreds of thousands of scam calls the tech identified, only about 24,000 of them are used multiple times.SOURCE: T-Mobilelast_img read more

This floating lightbulb just went Peak Wireless Charging

first_imgThe Flyte Magnus 2.0 is a flying lightbulb that’s powered by a wireless charger. This is a solution similar to what’s used in wireless smartphone charging, but also employs magnets to allow the powered bulb to float. Obviously this is not a fantastic solution for families with multiple toddlers, but the concept is certainly an excellent experiment in minimalist design. Story TimelineGE smart lightbulbs to take on Philips hueHack shows ‘smart’ lightbulbs may allow WiFi accessNew graphene lightbulb available soon this year in retailPhilips introduces new 60W LED lightbulb under $5GE’s latest connected lightbulbs adjust color based on time of day This device was part of a Kickstarter, was fully funded, and now exists as a device out for purchase on its own. It consists of a block of wood with a wireless charging coil and power cord. A magnetic system between the lightbulb cap and the base allow the bulb to float.Technical Details:• Lifetime: 50 000 Hours.• Efficiency: 16Lm/W.• Max Brightness: 60 Lumens.• Power Adapter: 15 Volts, US/EU/UK /AU Plug.• Global Voltage Compatible: 100 – 240V• Usage: Indoor Use Only.• Weight of Base: 500 grams / 1.10 Pounds.• Base Dimensions: 126mm x 126mm x 30mm ( 5 in. x 5 in. x 1.2 in.)The base is made from what the creators suggest is a sustainably-sourced Ash wood. The lightbulb is not your average lightbulb – look closely at the “filament” inside. It’s made of 7 LED bulbs, allowing it to function for “about” 50,000 hours. The bulb’s shape is a classic “Edison style” and the glass is borosilicate, making it extra resistant to thermal shock. This is the same glass that scientific beakers are often made of.center_img Individual bulbs can be purchased – if yours ever breaks or you’ve used it for 50,000 hours. The bulb alone costs $60, while the full setup costs around $350. Or if you’d like the first edition, that’s on sale (as of this article’s publish time) for around $265, all through Flyte.Also the above illustration shows how the bulb might be used as an Idea Hat by a dimwit. This illustration comes from Reddit from the infamous user/artist Shi**y_Watercolor. But without the stars – seriously this Reddit user is such an amazing artist. last_img read more

LG V30 price might be higher than expected

first_imgTruth be told, LG would have valid reasons to pump up the price. In addition to the cost of the latest parts and its high-end audio components, the LG V30 is also LG’s first smartphone to sport an OLED display, which is more expensive to make. But there are also two factors working against such a price hike. The first is that LG has traditionally launched its V series, at least for the past 2 years, with a figure floating around the $700 mark. That is one of the things that made the LG V phones appealing to some consumers.The second is related to that. LG needs to set itself apart from Samsung and Apple, the latter of which is expected to unveil the world’s second “regular” $1,000 phone in less than 24 hours. Giving the promise of premium features for significantly boost the LG V30’s public image and hopefully help sales.That said, the V30 is facing an uphill battle and will be facing off rivals from both ends of the price range. At the lower end is the Essential PH-1 which, despite a number of blunders, is still a solid bezel-less phone for $699. And those outside of the US can also look forward to the newly launched Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, which also brings all of that together, sans the dual cameras, at an even lower price tag.VIA: Korea Herald Depending on who you ask or which source you believe, LG’s late 2017 flagship might be a relief or a disappointment as far as pricing goes. Given the trend of flagship smartphones this half of the year, some expected LG to try and match its rivals Samsung and Apple. But, if this latest bit from industry sources is to be believed, the LG V30 might be priced, at least in Korea, starting at 949,300 KRW, roughly $840. That’s a lot cheaper than the expected more than 1,000,000 KRW price tag that would match the Galaxy Note 8. But it’s also significantly higher than the $750 leak we saw a few weeks ago.last_img read more

Heres whats coming to the Essential phone in the future

first_imgOne of the benefits of not being a giant company is that you are able to move a bit faster and are less bogged downy be legacy considerations. Especially when you’re a small smartphone OEM carrying a nearly pure Android phone. That said, that agility may also cause such smaller companies to make bold promises, just like how Essential is putting some much-requested features on its list for the near future. Whenever that is. Story TimelineEssential camera update: Portrait Mode and image quality boostNokia 8 won’t get Android 8.0 Treble feature, HMD says whyOnePlus 5T won’t get Project Treble, risk is too bigEssential Phone Camera update brings Facebook and YouTube 360 streaming into play Aside from the delays it experienced when it first launched, one of the biggest complaints about the Essential PH-1 was the rather disappointing initial experience of its camera. Essential has since then rolled out updates to improve the camera on the software side, but there is still one area where it is severely lacking: image stabilization, but especially video stabilization.Essential almost tried to take a page from Google’s book when it opted not to include bulky and expensive optical image stabilization on the PH-1’s camera, just like the first gen Pixel (the Pixel 2 does have OIS). However, it failed to include the page where Google used a mix of EIS and pretty smart algorithms to make OIS almost irrelevant. While Essential might not have the AI and machine learning talent, it will implement EIS in a future update. The only question is when.Perhaps one of the most surprising revelations in Essential’s bi-weekly Reddit AMA is its plan to bring Project Treble to the Essential phone in the future. It won’t make it by the Android 8.0 Oreo update but it will in the 8.1 release. This is rather unusual because, aside from Google, most OEMs with nearly pure Android implementations, like Nokia/HMD and OnePlus, have begged off from that because of the risks of bricking phones when repartitioning internal storage.Of course, these are what companies would usually label as “forward-looking statements”, in that they are mostly planned for the future but not yet set in stone. Should Essential hit a major block, it will always have the prerogative to make a U-turn. Not without some fan fallout, of course.VIA: Redditlast_img read more

Snapchat redesign is bad How to go back

first_imgTell your friends, keep your streaks:1. Delete the Snapchat app2. Go to Settings – iTunes and App Store – Turn off automatic updates3. Download Snapchat4. Type in your email and “forgot password”5. Reset via phone6. Get the code via phone, login, change password7. LoginAnd bang, like evil wizard magic, you’ll have the “old one” back. BEWARE though, this method might well delete some of your data. Memories have been deleted from the iPhone I just used with this method – but an Android device did not. Take your super precious fate into your own hands. AdChoices广告Or, if you’re unwilling to make this un-update happen, or you’re reading this too far into the future for it to be possible to use, consider the following. Why are you using Snapchat in the first place? Is it the streaks? What would happen if, one day, Snapchat decided to reset all of your streaks? Would you keep using the app then? Story TimelineFacebook does a Snapchat with messaging StreaksSnapchat update: What just happened?Facebook Messenger World Effects bring Snapchat-like AR stickersCNN kills its daily Snapchat news show ‘The Update’ after 4 monthsSnapchat will be basically unavoidable with Stories EverywhereSnapchat video ads may get three second delay to stop rapid skipsSnapchat Do Not Disturb mode sneakily added Consider Snapchat, an app and an ecosystem that’s gained thousands of users at the same time as Facebook declines. A study released by eMarketer this week suggested that “Snapchat could eventually experience more growth in older age groups, since it’s redesigning its platform to be easier to use.” Yeah right, said a whole crapload of people both within and outside of Snapchat over the past week. Check out trending hashtags #snapchatisoverparty and #snapchatupdate to witness the carnage.The newest Snapchat update cuts the app in half. All the content from friends is on the left, and all other media is on the right. Those wishing to un-update their app have one option at this time – it seems to work for both Android and iOS devices, but we’ve yet to test every single piece of hardware, because that’d be insane.center_img Snapchat released a new redesign of their social networking app this month and throngs of users hate it. They cannot fathom how developers at Snapchat could possibly have come up with something so bad. They’ve gone so far as to download old versions of the app to attempt to keep their tapping and swiping the way it was. But they can’t. They can’t have anything the way they want it, because Snapchat is dragging them kicking and screaming into the future, just like Facebook.last_img read more

iPhone 2018 made affordable with these features

first_imgWe should be just a few weeks out from the reveal of Apple’s new iPhone lineup for 2018, so naturally, we’ve got some last-minutes rumor to tell us what we should expect. A new report today has detailed Apple’s trio of iPhones, and if you were a fan of last year’s iPhone X, it sounds like there’s going to be a lot to love here. This information comes from a lengthy report published by Bloomberg. In it, people who are familiar with Apple’s plans claim that all three 2018 iPhones will feature an edge-to-edge display, just as the iPhone X does. Internally, however, Apple is treating 2018 as an “S year,” which means no totally new designs and instead iterations of existing ones.Bloomberg says that the high-end device with ship with a 6.5-inch OLED display, along with a glass back and a stainless steel frame. We can expect dual cameras around the back, along with a focus on multitasking that’s helped along by that large display. It’ll be joined by a second OLED iPhone with a 5.8-inch display, which is meant to be the successor to last year’s iPhone X and offers improvements in CPU speed and camera quality.Then we come to what is arguably the most interesting phone of the bunch: the one meant for mainstream users. While Bloomberg’s report says that this will have an edge-to-edge display like its more expensive brothers, it’ll use an LCD display instead of OLED to save on production costs. We also hear that the 6.1-inch phone will be available in a variety of colors, much like 2013’s iPhone 5c. Apparently, this phone will use an aluminum frame instead of a stainless steel one, which further saves on costs.AdChoices广告Apple is expected to offer the 6.5-inch OLED and 6.1-inch LCD iPhones with dual-SIM slots in some regions (probably not here in the US, though), while all three phones are said to support Face ID and gesture controls. It sounds like quite the lineup, and Bloomberg’s report seems to confirm many rumors we’ve heard in recent months.The report also claims that Apple is working on new AirPods, a new Apple Watch, and some new iPad Pros as well. In the case of the Apple Watch, we can expect larger displays that don’t increase the overall footprint of the device, while the new iPad Pros will ship in 11-inch and 12.9-inch models with slimmer bezels and no home button. That, of course, means that we’ll see gesture controls and Face ID on these new iPads as well.There’s a lot to unpack in Bloomberg’s report, but all of seems to fall well within the realm of believability. As always, take what you hear with a dose of skepticism, but at this point, we’ve heard some of these specifications so often that it’s hard to imagine this report missing the mark entirely. All will be revealed soon enough, as Apple is expected to announce its new iPhones at some point next month. Story TimelineEntry-level MacBook rumored to debut alongside 2018’s iPhonesiPhone 2018 release date and pre-order leakedMaybe a new iPhone, probably a remixlast_img read more

Galaxy Buds in Canary Yellow will match the Galaxy S10e

first_imgColor options, or at least even a black one, has been one of the things AirPods owners have been asking for and Samsung fans will most likely flaunt these new colors in their faces. That said, both current gen Apple AirPods and Galaxy Buds share the same limitation: the lack of wireless charging option for the case itself.The case above shows a USB C port for charging along with a “Sound by AKG” label. Not much has been leaked about the Galaxy Buds, other than a rebranding of the old Gear IconX earphones. With less than two days left, all we can do is wait for the details to land. This year, Samsung is expected to do an Apple and release three Galaxy S10 models covering three different sizes and three different price tiers. It’s also expected to do half an Apple and offer one new bright color that contrasts with its otherwise somber collection. Although not limited to it, Canary Yellow is pretty much the Galaxy S10e’s signature color. It isn’t stopping there and will apparently launch a matching Galaxy Buds in the same color, something Apple would never do for its own AirPods. Color is really a matter of taste and there are a few ways to change your phone’s design, from cases to skins. Some, however, prefer their phones to already come in the color they prefer, even when naked. Earbuds, unfortunately, don’t have that luxury and they stay in the color they came in unless you paint over them.According to Roland Quandt, the still to be announced Galaxy Buds are also coming in Canary Yellow. We can presume that they will also come in the same White, Black, and Blue options that the Gear IconX had. Whether there will be a green option to match some Galaxy S10 colors, that remains to be seen.last_img read more

One Mix 3 Review – Smaller alternative to Surface Go

first_imgIn terms of ports, it has one of almost everything. There’s only one USB-C port for both power and data, one full-sized USB 3.0 port, one microSD card slot, and one micro HDMI port. That pretty much provides the basics while retaining the minimalist appearance of the mini laptop.The Core m3-8100Y, while no powerhouse, is a massive step up from the Atoms, Celerons, and Pentiums that Intel offers for entry-level laptops. Its closest comparison and rival is the Intel Pentium 4415Y on the Microsoft Surface Pro. As you would expect, it scores low on the benchmarks compared to bigger and more expensive notebooks but, thanks to the combination of 8 GB of RAM and SSD storage, can hold its own in more than just basic computing tasks. It can handle multiple browser tabs and multiple apps with aplomb and you’ll be more concerned about running out of memory or thermal throttling rather than raw performance from the CPU. Here are some of those benchmarks for those who prefer to see hard numbers. A tiny history of tiny laptopsThe One Mix 3 isn’t the first small notebook to come to market. It’s not even One Netbook’s first such product as the number tells. One can probably trace the obsession for compact laptops back to the netbooks and their 10-inch, tablet-sized screens. More recently, however, the latest trend was kicked off by GPD when it successfully crowdfunded and, more importantly, delivered the GPD Pocket back in 2017. Today, there are at least three companies competing for attention and sales.One Netbook is the rather unknown newcomer, at least compared to the likes of GPD and Chuwi. Its first product, the One Mix, gained quite a following. Now the three Chinese companies are vying for the title of the best 8-inch or larger UMPC in the market but the On Mix 3 got a few months head start from the competition.DesignIn terms of appearances, the One Mix 3 doesn’t stray far from its predecessors, all of which are all-metal rectangular slabs that look like the old MacBook Pros, only thicker and smaller. There is an industrial look and feel to the mini laptop, especially with its sharp corners and light gray sheen. It’s almost as if the One Mix 3 is saying out loud that it means serious business and not the frivolity usually associated with tiny gadgets. Our smartphones have become so powerful these days that it’s almost possible to do everything with them. That includes not only entertainment and web browsing but also “light work”, like emailing or frantically hammering out some text in Google Docs or Microsoft Word mobile. While it may be possible to do almost everything on a mobile device, some still prefer the traditional form of a laptop or the benefits of a larger screen. At the same time, some of those would concede wanting a smaller device they can carry with them anywhere. That fusion of portability and versatility is what the new breed of Ultra Mobile PCs is promising and the One Mix 3 is one of the first to arrive at the scene. We take it for a thorough run to find out if it delivers on that promise. Multimedia and GamingAlthough it is billed primarily as a productivity device, any laptop worth its salt can also function as an entertainment machine as well. The extremely bright, pixel-dense screen help make that not only possible but a positive experience as well. In fact, you could probably say that its screen is too bright and you can even get away with 0% brightness depending on the ambient light or location. On the flip side, that also means that the difference between darkest and brightest isn’t that much and that the screen can’t go dim as much as you may want to.Audio is another area where the One Mix 3 seems to be maxed out to the point of being too much. This time, though, the range between softest and loudest is wide. The bottom-firing mono speaker can get very, very loud but at max volume you can definitely hear the distortion. Fortunately, it does have a headphone jack for your favorite buds or cups.The One Mix 3 is neither here nor there when it comes to gaming. It’s definitely powerful enough to run some games but also pales in comparison to Core i5 computers, especially with its integrated Intel graphics. You will be able to play some normally graphics-intensive games on low settings but be warned about the heat generated by all that pixel pushing. A fun aside, with the right accessories (like an iPega PG-9023, you can even turn the One Mix 3 into a portable PC gaming console!Keyboard and StylusA laptop lives and dies by its keyboard. One that won’t let users effectively and comfortably type on it might as well be a tablet, if it has a touch screen, or a makeshift desktop with an external keyboard. With a body this small, there is definitely cause for concern about the typing experience. Fortunately, the One Mix 3 is a bit unique in that regard.It has regular-sized island-style keys that are spaced apart adequately and has a comfortable travel, something rare in small keyboards like this. It even 6 rows of keys, though it’s unsurprisingly missing the row of function keys. It also has backlighting for the entire keyboard, which can also be too bright for comfort. Unfortunately, the choice of white characters on silver keys doesn’t do well for readability in certain lighting conditions. Overall, the keyboard is quite comfortable to type on, especially compared to the 7-inch GPD Pocket, even after hours of hammering out this review.That said, space constraints force the One Mix 3 to adopt a non-standard keyboard layout. My biggest peeve has been the Tab key at the top, which I eventually swapped with the rarely used Caps Lock. Even after weeks of daily use, I still find myself looking for certain symbols instead of relying on muscle memory. There is also no trackpad and not even a nub. All it has is an optical sensor whose sensitivity can be a bit unreliable at times.The one thing that sets the One Mix 3 apart from its rivals, the GPD P2 Max and Chuwi MiniBook, is its support for an active stylus. Not just any stylus, mind, but N-Trig ones just like the Microsoft Surface Pen. It also performs just as well, which means palm rejection is a hit or miss depending on the app.The device also comes with a screen protector applied which can affect the quality of strokes so digital artists should bear that in mind. The size and portability of the One Mix 3 make it a handy digital sketchbook and notebook that can run Photoshop and OneNote with no problems, aside from RAM that is.Wrap-upNow that the initial pre-sale period is over, the One Mix 3 retails for $759.99 for 256 GB of storage and no stylus. That pen costs an extra $39.99 separately but the bundle goes for only $779.99. There is even a Core i7 version with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for $1,299.99 without the pen. That’s definitely quite a high price when you can get a more powerful laptop for that same amount. You won’t, however, get the same portability and versatility it offers.Can the One Mix 3 be your main or only computer? Depending on your eyesight and use case, it definitely can! It can do almost everything you’ll need from a regular laptop, including some light gaming. On a desk, you can attach peripherals to create a better desktop experience. Of course, if you need something more powerful for gaming or multimedia work, you probably won’t be looking in this direction anyway. By no means is the One Mix 3 perfect, especially given its price. All things considered, however, you’d be hard pressed to find a multi-functional computer that is as portable and as usable as this.center_img Of course, unlike the One Mix and the previous GPD Pocket mini laptops, the One Mix 3 boasts of a larger screen. At 8.4 inches, it sits in between the 8.0-inch Chuwi MiniBook and the 8.9-inch GPD P2 Max. That larger screen also allows the One Mix 3 to have a larger space for its keyboard, which it uses in a rather smart way as we’ll see later. The screen has rather thick bezels at the sides but the top one is very narrow. There is obviously no room there for a webcam but that design also means you’re likely to touch the screen and trigger events when trying to hold it on that side.It’s not just a laptop, though. Just like its predecessors, it can fold all the way back into a tablet form or stop at any angle in between. This allows for a “tent” mode as well as a “presentation” mode, though the latter can be a bit problematic because the keyboard doesn’t deactivate until the back of the screen sits completely flush on the back of the keyboard, a.k.a. in “tablet” mode. That last form offers the biggest versatility in terms of use, either with fingers or a stylus. But at 650 grams, don’t mistake this for an iPad Mini of the same size. Your arm will eventually get tired holding this thing up for long periods.Specs and PerformanceYou might expect that a device as small as this would have low-end mediocre components inside. Indeed, the GPD Pocket initially launched with Intel Atoms and eMMC storage. But the times have changed and, for the right price, one can cram into an 8.4-inch laptop almost the same specs you’d find in mid-range 11 to 14 inch notebooks. Here’s a quick rundown of those juicy figures:• Operating System: Windows 10 Home• CPU: Intel Core m3-8100Y, UHD Graphics 615• RAM: 8 or 16 (3S) GB• Storage: 256 or 512 (3S) GB PCIe NVMe SSD, one M.2 slot, one microSD card slot• Display: 8.4-inch 2560×1600 IPS LCD• Network: 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band Wi-Fi• Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, USB-A, USB-C, micro HDMI, headphone jack• Battery: 8,600 mAh The One Mix 3 isn’t fanless but it seems that its fan doesn’t go off as often as it needs to. On the one hand, it does save up on power and reduces noise. ON the other hand, that means it throttles more and sooner than when the fan is on. It also means it can get hot quite a lot. Actually, the fan is always on but One Netbook just has settings for “quiet” and “loud”. There is a switch for the fan but it only keeps it from going louder at the expense of throttling.BatteryThe One Mix 3 has a massive 8,600 mAh battery that, on any tablet or phone, would mean lasting for more than a day at least. On an Intel computer with Windows 10, that would be a miracle. One Netbooks says that the One Mix 3 should last about 12 hours but also follows it with “should depend on the actual working condition.”On a regular work day involving multiple Chrome tabs, a text editor, a chat program, and light image editing, I would be lucky to pull 6 hours from the One Mix 3. And that’s with almost 0% brightness (see below) and with the “Better battery” profile. More casual use with some periods of sleep here and there could reach that 12-hour mark. But throw in Netflix and gaming, both of which are perfectly doable on the device, and don’t expect it to last even 3 hours.The mini laptop charges via USB-C and One Netbook throws in a 30-watt PD charger in the box, along with a USB-C to USB-C cable. The One Mix 3 naturally charges slower while using it, bout four hours to go from 20% to full, but things pick up when you let it idle. 6 hours of continuous use does sound rather disappointing for a laptop of this power and price though you can always top off using a compatible power bank, unlike a regular laptop. Still, battery life could be a deal breaker for some users who prefer to work for hours uninterrupted, relegating the One Mix 3 to a secondary “out of office” role.last_img read more

First Edition July 30 2013

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines include a USA Today story reporting that personal health care costs rose in the 12 months ending in May at the slowest rate in the last 50 years — a finding that makes the White House happy.Kaiser Health News: HHS Inspector General Scrutinizes Medicare Observation Care PolicyReporting for Kaiser Health News, Susan Jaffe writes: “Medicare patients’ chances of being admitted to the hospital or kept for observation depend on what hospital they go to — even when their symptoms are the same, notes a federal watchdog agency in a report to be released today, which also urges Medicare officials to count those observation visits toward the three-inpatient-day minimum required for nursing home coverage” (Jaffe, 7/30). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: Benefits On Health Marketplace Plans Will Be Similar But Costs Will VaryKaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: “As the state health insurance marketplaces, also called exchanges, get set to launch in October, many people have questions about the coverage that will be offered there. Here are a few that were posed to me recently” (Andrews, 7/30). Read the column.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: KHN Reporters Answer Health Law QuestionsKaiser Health News’ reporters Mary Agnes Carey, Jay Hancock and Sarah Varney talked about a variety of issues related to the health law’s implementation on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal Monday morning (7/29). Watch the video.USA Today: White House Touts Slow Increase In Health Care CostsPersonal health care costs rose in the 12 months ending in May at the slowest rate in the last 50 years, as spending on hospital and nursing home services declined, the White House announced Monday (Kennedy, 7/29).The New York Times: Wrinkle In Health Law Vexes Lawmakers’ AidesAs President Obama barnstorms the country promoting his health care law, one audience very close to home is growing increasingly anxious about the financial implications of the new coverage: members of Congress and their personal staffs (Pear, 7/29).The New York Times: At The 11th Hour, A Languid CongressBut the House’s marquee moment before adjourning until Sept. 9 will come on Friday with its 40th vote to cripple President Obama’s health care law. House members preparing their vacation plans have been assured that the last vote will be no later than 3 p.m. In the Senate, a glimmer of hope has appeared for a bipartisan deal to end the automatic across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration and shift some of those savings to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. But even optimistic negotiators do not suggest that an agreement between Senate Republicans and the White House is in reach before the break (Wesman, 7/29).Politico: Tom Cole: Obamacare Shutdown ‘Suicidal Political Tactic’House Deputy Whip Tom Cole thinks shutting down the government to defund Obamacare is a “suicidal political tactic.” … Cole said he has voted multiple times to repeal Obamacare and called defunding the health care law an “admirable goal,” but said shutting down the government is the wrong way to do it (Arkin, 7/29).Los Angeles Times: Back Pain: Doctors Increasingly Ignore Clinical GuidelinesDoctors have increasingly ignored clinical guidelines for the treatment of routine back pain by prescribing powerful and addictive narcotics instead of other recommended painkillers and by recommending unwarranted diagnostic imagery, according to a new study. Researchers at Massachusetts’ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School based their conclusion on an examination of roughly 24,000 cases of spine problems in national databases from 1999 to 2010. Their findings appeared online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine (Morin, 7/29).The New York Times: Task Force Urges Scans for Smokers at High RiskThe recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, still in draft form, could change medical practice by making annual CT screening the standard of care for the highest-risk smokers. And because insurers cover procedures strongly recommended by the task force, eligible patients would no longer have to bear the cost themselves. Under President Obama’s health care law, those who are eligible for the scan would have no co-pay. The procedure’s average price is about $170, according to the Advisory Board Company, a health care research firm in Washington, which polled oncology professionals (Tavernise, 7/30).The Washington Post: Older Smokers Should Get CT Scans For Lung Cancer, Panel RecommendsPatient advocates welcomed the task force’s decision to give its recommendation a “B” rating, which, under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, would require insurance companies eventually to cover the tests without co-payments from patients. The average national cost of the procedure is about $750, though prices vary widely, according to Castlight Health, which analyzes price and quality data for health-care services (Bernstein, 7/29).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Panel Backs Lung Cancer Screening For Heavy Smokers; Insurers Likely To Pay For ScansFor the first time, government advisers are recommending screening for lung cancer, saying certain current and former heavy smokers should get annual scans to cut their chances of dying of the disease. If it becomes final as expected, the advice by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force would clear the way for insurers to cover CT scans, a type of X-ray, for those at greatest risk (7/29).The Wall Street Journal: Influential Federal Panel Backs CT Scans For Lung CancerThe federal preventive-services task force, which consists of private physicians appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, acknowledged risks but concluded that low-dose computed tomography, or CT, imaging “reduced lung cancer mortality by 20% and all-cause mortality by nearly 7%.” Its findings are being published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “We believe the benefits do outweigh the harms,” said Michael LeFevre, co-vice chairman of the task force. He said the decision was largely based on a 2011 study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. The task force recommended that people consider screening for lung cancer if they are current or former smokers between the ages of 55 and 79, and have smoked the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years and have smoked within the past 15 years. Lung screening is already available at some hospitals and often costs in the range of $100 to $300 a test (Burton, 7/29).NPR: Montana’s State-Run Free Clinic Sees Early SuccessA year ago, Montana opened the nation’s first clinic for free primary healthcare services to its state government employees. The Helena, Mont., clinic was pitched as a way to improve overall employee health, but the idea has faced its fair share of political opposition. A year later, the state says the clinic is already saving money (Boyce, 7/30).The New York Times: Program Compelling Outpatient Treatment For Mental Illness Is Working, Study SaysFor some people with severe mental illness, life is a cycle of hospitalization, skipped medication, decline and then rehospitalization. They may deny they have psychiatric disorders, refuse treatment and cascade into out-of-control behavior that can be threatening to themselves or others (Belluck, 7/30).Los Angeles Times: L.A. Seniors Confident About Aging, Yet Many Don’t Manage HealthNinety percent of Los Angeles seniors are confident they will keep up the quality of their lives as they age, a new survey shows. Yet experts warn that only a fraction are taking steps to manage their health. For many seniors battling chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis, “they’re gliding toward a very distressing future,” said Richard Birkel, senior vice president for health at the National Council on Aging, which helped conduct the survey. If seniors don’t take action, “they will see their world begin to shrink” (Alpert, 7/29).The Associated Press/Washington Post: NC Gov. McCrory Signs Abortion Clinic Bill That Critics Say Will Force Most To CloseNorth Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law a measure directing state officials to regulate abortion clinics based on the same standards as those for outpatient surgical centers, a change that critics say will force most to close (7/29). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. First Edition: July 30, 2013last_img read more

Magic Johnson Alonzo Mourning To Jump Start Efforts To Urge Young People

first_imgMagic Johnson, Alonzo Mourning To ‘Jump Start’ Efforts To Urge Young People To Sign Up For Insurance Coverage This and other related marketing attempts are meant to spark young people’s interest in obtaining health coverage before enrollment ends March 31. USA Today: White House Jump Starts Health Exchanges With CelebritiesAfter a month of marketing the federal exchange site as “not broken anymore,” the White House has tossed the ball to Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning in new ads touting health insurance to begin running Thursday. Both men offered up their help for free, said Julie Bataille, communications director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Their ads will spark a full-court press effort to get young people — in particular, young men — to sign up for health insurance before enrollment ends March 31 (Kennedy, 1/16).CQ HealthBeat: White House Allies Plan Young Adult Sign-Up DayA new TV advertisement featuring basketball legend Magic Johnson endorsing the health care law. Paid Internet ads targeting young people on ESPN.com and Hulu. A fresh video on the comedy website Funny or Die. Those are some of the ways that the Obama administration is trying to urge Americans, particularly young adults, to sign up for health care coverage in the last two months of the law’s sign-up period (Adams, 1/15).Fox News: White House Taps Magic Johnson, Alonzo Mourning To Promote ObamacareThe Obama administration has turned to two basketball legends in the hope of driving young people to enroll in Obamacare before the March 31 deadline. USA Today reported that Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning will appear in ads touting healthcare.gov that will begin airing Thursday and be broadcast during NBA games on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBATV. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokeswoman Julie Bataille told USA Today that both men offered to appear in the ads for free (1/16). The Associated Press: State Tries To Connect Health Care, Rock ‘N RollThe people who run Washington’s new health care exchange are hoping rock ‘n roll will inspire more young people to sign up for insurance. On Wednesday, they announced a partnership with a major concert producer to publicize the value of health insurance at rock concerts including the popular Sasquatch Music Festival (1/15). 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

Viewpoints The GOPs District Court Win Against Obamacare What The Trump Campaign

first_imgViewpoints: The GOP’s District Court Win Against Obamacare; What The Trump Campaign Is Now Saying About Medicare A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The Washington Post: House Of Representatives Prevails In Obamacare Suit, But Will Decision Withstand Appeal? Today, a federal district court in Washington ruled in favor of the House of Representatives — and against the Obama administration — in House v. Burwell, concluding that funds to pay cost-sharing subsidies to health insurers under Section 1402 of the Affordable Care Act had never been appropriated by Congress. In her opinion, Judge Rosemary Collyer concluded that, insofar as such subsidies have been paid, it was unlawful for the executive branch to do so. This is a significant ruling, and one that is certain to be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. (Jonathan H. Adler, 5/12) Narrowing the gap between the generous insurance reimbursements awarded to Massachusetts’ biggest medical centers and smaller payments made to community hospitals has long been the subject of debate. With every passing year, alarms about the underfunding of struggling hospitals grow louder. The state legislature’s failure to do its job and address this issue has produced two unpalatable options, which both have the potential to do further harm. (5/13) As doctors, patients and former U.S. senators, we’ve seen firsthand how medical innovation benefits patients. Those on our operating tables and in our practices—and we ourselves when we’ve needed medical care—have benefited from breakthroughs in science and newly approved treatments that translate into better health and longer lives. (Bill Frist and Tom Coburn, 5/11) The New England Journal Of Medicine: Health As A Family Affair With the push of a button, a rural nurse, doctor, or other health provider can activate a telehealth system and be instantly connected to a board-certified emergency medicine physician, experienced critical care nurse, neurologist, cardiologist, trauma surgeon, or other specialists. Access to such specialists improves the quality of emergency health care in rural areas, facilitates interprofessional collegiality, and reduces the professional isolation experienced by some rural clinicians. (Clint MacKinney, 5/12) Stat: Rural America Needs Greater Access To Telemedicine Emergency Care 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: Medical Errors Are A Deadly Epidemic A new survey puts the spotlight on the nation’s most unpopular governors. A quick look at those governors’ records shows many disliked decisions that impacted healthcare. Four of the 10 least popular governors highlighted in the Morning Consult analysis have not expanded Medicaid to more low-income people. Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican who made the “bottom” 10, actually called Medicaid expansion “sinful” a couple years ago. Several other governors, including Republican Matt Bevin of Kentucky, have openly expressed their antipathy for the Affordable Care Act. (Bob Herman, 5/12) The Wall Street Journal: Streamlining Medicine And Saving Lives The most important political event today was not the Donald Trump/House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pantomime, but rather, a critical court ruling against the administration on Obamacare. … Ryan appeared to be ecstatic. In a written statement, he declared: “This is an historic win for the Constitution and the American people. The court ruled that the administration overreached by spending taxpayer money without approval from the people’s representatives. Here, the executive branch is being held accountable to We the People, and that’s why this decision is very good news.” Since Ryan had just stressed in his post-Trump presser the importance of restraint on the executive branch as a key component of conservatism, the timing could not have been better. (Jennifer Rubin, 5/12) Modern Healthcare: Trump Adviser Now Says Medicare And Medicaid Changes Are On The Table center_img On June 9 California will join four other states — Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana — in allowing physician-assisted suicide. Meanwhile, my state, Arizona, and a dozen or so others are considering their own “right to die” laws. As a hospice physician, about twice a year I am asked by a patient to prescribe a lethal dose of a medication. Oncologists throughout the country report that up to half of their patients at least ask about it. But even if it were legal in Arizona, and I knew a patient met all the criteria established by law, I would still not hasten his or her death. That would be my right as a doctor, and it will be the right of doctors in California as well. (Ann Marie Chiasson, 5/12) Lexington Herald Leader: USDA Should OK Benefind Boost Six years after losing the battle in Congress over the Affordable Care Act, Republicans haven’t stopped fighting to reverse the results. They’ve had little or no luck on Capitol Hill, even though they now control both the House and the Senate. On Thursday, however, they won a skirmish in court when a federal judge canceled funding for the subsidies that help millions of poor people pay the out-of-pocket costs of doctor visits, outpatient care and hospitalizations. The GOP win, if upheld, is a loss for many of their constituents. (5/13) If your parents are in their 80s, you probably have a conditioned response to middle-of-the-night phone calls: “What happened?” The first time, it may be your father who’s in trouble, and your mother is calling from the hospital. When he returns home, she becomes the de facto caregiver, despite being equally elderly and hardly up for the responsibility. The next phone call may be about your mother — perhaps she’s had a fall, and your sibling is calling from the hospital. Now, care becomes more complicated: the siblings negotiate, one of your sisters volunteers to take primary responsibility, even move in, and her life changes. She cuts back to part-time work and takes over managing your parents’ medications, appointments, and checkbook. Each successive call brings more responsibilities and decisions — a home health aide, a life alert bracelet, equipping their home with grab bars and nonslip floors, working out coverage during your sister’s trips and vacations. Resources become strained, emotional health is challenged, and sometimes physical health suffers. (Eve Wittenberg and Lisa A. Prosser, 5/12) Modern Healthcare: Unpopular Governors Have Fingerprints On Health Policy Decisions Cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death in the United States. People diagnosed with these illnesses turn to the medical community for help. But doing that presents yet another risk to their lives. Medical errors in hospitals and health facilities are now the third leading cause of death in this country, according to a new study. Mistakes made in the places we rely on for care claim 251,000 lives annually. That’s more than respiratory disease, accidents and strokes. It’s more than Alzheimer’s, diabetes and pneumonia combined. (5/12) From the start of his race for the Republican presidential primary run last year, Donald Trump repeatedly has promised that unlike other Republican candidates, he would not touch Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. It’s been one of his core appeals to older working- and middle-class voters. “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid,” he tweeted last May. As recently as this week, he told Fox Business that “I’m leaving (Medicare) the way it is.” (Harris Meyer, 5/12) Los Angeles Times: The GOP’s Scorched-Earth Approach To Obamacare Finally Pays Off – Except For The Poor Of Course The Washington Post: Obamacare’s Financial Health Is Impaired Los Angeles Times: Why Many Hospice Doctors Like Me Won’t Participate In Legal Physician Assisted Suicide One of the many unpleasant surprises accompanying the troubled debut of Benefind, the state’s new $100 million integrated benefits system, was the lockout of kynectors. This cadre of 500 highly-trained people, working in non-profit organizations and a contractor-run call center, have been key to helping 500,000 Kentuckians navigate new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act and gain access to routine medical care. The U.S. Department of Agriculture can restore kynectors’ ability to help low-income Kentuckians by approving an exception to some privacy provisions in its Food and Nutrition Service programs. Such an exemption would jeopardize no one’s privacy because kynectors’ already know the financial information of the people who seek their help in applying for benefits through Kynect’s and now Benefind’s online self-service portals. (5/13) The Boston Globe: This Is No Way To Negotiate Health Care Pricing last_img read more