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iPhone 8 release date tip will make you nervous

first_imgThe iPhone 8 and the production schedule of the 3x iPhone collection rumored for 2017 has been tipped as “delayed.” It is in this latest tip that it’s suggested that not only the OLED 2017 iPhone might be in danger of low supply, but the other two models might be cutting it close, too. This report suggests that the OLED iPhone might be in short supply due to production not reaching “mass production” at this time. You might remember reports like this coming for past iPhone models in past years. It’s true – almost every year we see at least one report on some sort of production delay or similar news. It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine it could all be manufactured rumors – just as it’s possible that it’s all extremely, terrifyingly true. Back in 2012 we saw iPhone 5 demand outpacing Foxconn’s ability to produce. This came after earlier rumors in 2011 that a iPhone 5 production delay could lead to a “cheap 4S launch alone.” SEE: This iPhone 8 prototypeIn 2014 we saw some iPhone 6 display rumors. In 2017 we’re seeing tips that even the software’s development might be holding things up. Today’s anonymously-sourced report suggests that “yield rates at the two main ODMs, Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron, have not yet reached levels that warrant mass production” on all three new models of iPhone this year. The anonymous source spoke with Economic Daily News (EDN) in China. This was then reported by DigiTimes, the first digital source for the news on the web today. It’s also suggested in this report that Foxconn will be producing 95% of orders of the OLED (iPhone 8 or iPhone Pro, or whatever it’ll be called), while Pegatron will produce 65% of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s, and ODM Wistron will produce the iPhone 7s Plus (5.5-inch). The apparently less-than-best production speed at this time MIGHT mean a slightly smaller supply than would be ideal with the next iPhones later this year. That does not necessarily mean that any one model will be delayed beyond the others – but if one WERE to be delayed, the most likely candidate would be the OLED. It’s quite likely Apple will hold an event for the whole set this September. Story TimelineiPhone 8’s software isn’t ready yet either, dread ensues at AppleiPhone 8 might also have a 3D sensor on its backThis iPhone 8 “preview” will give you goosebumpsApple leases vital iPhone 8 production equipment to suppliersiPhone 8 leak: New design claims tip huge display changelast_img read more

New Amazon Fire HD 10 adds Alexa handsfree

first_imgYour money gets you a tablet that’s 30-percent faster, Amazon says, than the old Ford HD 10. RAM is 2GB while storage is 32GB or 64GB; you can add up to 256GB more to the latter via the tablet’s microSD card slot. As you’d expect, Amazon On Deck can make use of that space to download TV shows and movies for offline viewing while you’re on a plane or otherwise disconnected.The other big change is Alexa. Now, for the first time on an Amazon tablet, you can activate the virtual assistant hands-free, just as you would with an Echo smart speaker. As with those speakers, you can use Alexa to load music and audiobooks, answer questions, bring up your calendar, and interact with your connected smart home devices.MORE Amazon Echo Show ReviewRather than having to hit a button to bring up Alexa, you can simply say “Alexa” to summon her. Like the Echo Show, there’s support for instantly seeing a preview from select connected security cameras, too. If you’ve got a Nest, Ring, or Arlo camera, you can ask to see what they’re seeing, directly on the Fire HD 10. Battery life, Amazon claims, is up to ten hours of mixed use. There’s also both front and rear cameras, together with dual-band 802.11ac WiFi for better wireless connections. No 4G LTE option, sadly, but Amazon does throw in Dolby Atmos Audio support with dual stereo speakers. The tablet itself comes in black, marine blue, and punch red. Amazon will also have a range of covers – in black, marine blue, punch red, and cobalt purple – which will both protect the Fire HD 10 and stand it up in either portrait or landscape orientations. You might not actually need one, though: Amazon claims that the Fire HD is more durable than the iPad Pro 10.5 in its tumble testing. The Fire HD 10 goes up for preorder from today, priced from $149.99 for the 32GB model or $189.99 for the 64GB model. It’s worth noting, though, that those prices are the “subsidized” figures based on you allowing Amazon to show its “special offers” ads on the tablet’s lock screen. If you don’t want those, you’re looking at $164.99 for the 32GB or $204.99 for the 64GB. Either way, the covers are $39.99 apiece. The tablet segment may have stalled, but Amazon believes there’s still room for an impressively potent, surprisingly affordable Android model. Welcome, then, the Amazon Fire HD 10, the newest update of its 10.1-inch slate, with a 1080p Full HD display and quad-core 1.8 GHz processor. The headline specs might be speed, but the price is just $149.99.last_img read more

Westinghouse 4K Amazon Fire TV Review Great for anyone especially cordcutters

first_imgSmart TVs are the natural progression of at-home entertainment. For every user who prefers Kodi or their own Plex media server, there are countless others who want something simple and ready-to-use out of the box. Set-top boxes like Android and Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire have filled that void, but tides are again changing.Is a smart TV worth it?For every upside that comes with a set top box — the ability to take it with you on vacation, to use it on any TV — there are downsides: it takes up room on your entertainment stand, it uses up one of the HDMI ports on your TV. Beyond that, the integration between box and TV is never quite perfect; you have two remotes to toggle between, an input you regularly toggle back to.With a smart TV, that little bit of hassle is gone. The box is no more because the software is baked into the television itself. You have one remote and it controls everything: volume, inputs, TV antenna. Pair that with the Fire TV platform and the end result is a convenient and highly capable TV with Alexa to round things out.One may be tempted to think there is no difference between Westinghouse’s Amazon Fire TV and a non-smart TV with a Fire Stick plugged in, but that’s not the case. There’s the single remote for both the Fire system and the TV, for example, but more notably there’s software for an OTA TV antenna baked in and it’s pretty great.TV antenna software featuresWestinghouse’s 4K lineup features all the hardware necessary to use an antenna built into the TVs. The Fire platform on the televisions cover the software side of this, offering a dedicated input labelled ‘Antenna’ amidst the apps and others inputs. Click that for the first time and the system will scan to find your available OTA channels.Once the OTA channels are discovered, the Fire TV pulls up a channel guide for those free networks, showing you what is on, what will be playing later in the day, and more. It is sleek and indistinguishable from an ordinary satellite or cable channel guide. Go back to the Fire TV home screen and those OTA channels are shown in thumbnails that present which show is currently playing on each channel.In addition, the OTA software supports fast-forwarding and rewinding live TV out of the box. This means, for example, that you can watch your favorite primetime show from a TV antenna live on the TV’s software, pause it while getting a drink, then resume it when you get back and fast-forward through the commercials. Thanks to these features, Westinghouse’s Amazon Fire TV makes using a TV antenna indistinguishable from ordinary cable or satellite.Image qualityIt’s the most important element for any television, and the one upon which Westinghouse’s Amazon TV will no doubt flounder or thrive: the display. There’s a caveat that must be immediately stated, and it’s that this is a budget TV. As with any budget television, you’re not getting the best on the market because you’re not paying for the best. The goal in this market segment is clear — striking the best balance between quality and price.How does this Westinghouse model do? Not bad. I introduced several people to the television over the course of a couple weeks, some for playing video games, others for watching movies or TV. Mentioning that this was a review model removed the social barrier that would otherwise block them from expressing their true opinions on it.All but one person had exclusively great things to say, and that one negative comment revolved around the image quality as it existed out of the box. Manually changing it — increasing backlight, decreasing brightness, and tweaking contrast — completely improves things. The bright, seemingly washed colors because saturated and crisp. The darks were dark enough that many people wouldn’t realize there are better (much more expensive) alternatives.Westinghouse’s TV supports 4K video but not HDR, and so that’s something to keep in mind when shopping for your ideal model. Blu-ray and 4K videos indeed look great on this TV — they’re crisp, the colors are reasonably expansive, and saturation is good. But. There are better television displays on the market, and anyone familiar with them will notice that this is a budget panel, relatively speaking. That’s just the nature of buying a budget television.With “Amazon Fire TV Edition”, 4K TVs now come with AlexaThe question comes down to, then, what kind of quality are you looking for? We all know someone who scrunches their nose in disgust at the audio quality of our favorite headphones, and the same is true for TVs. Are you coming from a smaller, expensive, high-quality TV looking for similar quality in a larger size? Then look elsewhere or be prepared to adjust (read: lower) your expectations. Are you coming from a smaller budget TV with a less-than-4K resolution? Then Westinghouse’s model will probably make you happy.Audio QualityWhile I found the image quality pleasant (again, relative to other models in its price tier), the audio wasn’t to my liking. It isn’t tinny, but it is also lacking in bass, barely covering what you’d need to consider it anything but tinny. It isn’t muddy, though; the audio is clear, just flat.If you’re going to go so far as to buy a large 55-inch TV — which by its nature becomes a focal point in the room — you should go the extra mile and get a surround sound system, or at least a sound bar. It doesn’t need to be very expensive to be an upgrade over the built-in audio quality.Ports and other stuffOne thing that separates cheap TVs from not-so-cheap TVs is the variety and quantity of ports they offer. If you only have one HDMI port, the TV is going to be useless as anything more than a simple display for a cable box. Two HDMI ports is the bare minimum for most people, but more is always better. This Westinghouse model has 4 HDMI ports, which is a good number. Keep in mind that because the Fire TV platform is baked into the TV, you’re not using up one of the ports just for a streaming stick/box. That effectively leaves you with four extra ports. That’s enough for another media device, such as a Chromecast, a couple gaming systems, and some other thing. There’s also component and composite video options, a pair of USB ports, RF-in, SD card slot, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio-out, and optical audio.This television has Alexa built-in, and that’s pretty neat if you’re someone who plans to use it. You can summon Alexa directly from the television remote and tell her your commands the same way you would an Echo. Getting that functionality paired with a huge display was a welcomed experience.Finally, you have two placement options: a pair of feet that you’ll need to screw into the bottom of the television yourself, enabling it to be placed on a stand, or a VESA mount for mounting the television on a wall. Given its ~30lbs weight, wall-mounting isn’t terribly difficult.IssuesI don’t have many complaints about this Westinghouse TV. After using it daily for a couple weeks, I could easily see making this my everyday television and I wouldn’t feel like I was missing out. Having a single remote for both the television and the Fire platform is great, as is the software tweaks that makes using OTA television so convenient.That said, this isn’t a perfect model. The biggest omission for many people will likely be the lack of HDR support; if you’re going to the trouble of getting a 4K Ultra HD smart TV, you’ll probably find it worthwhile to go just a nudge further and tack HDR onto that list. There’s really no reason not to.I would have also liked to see the addition of picture-in-picture, which used to be a basic TV feature, but one sadly being left out on an increasing number of modern flat screen televisions. That’s odd given the ever-growing screen sizes for consumer television; if you have a 55″ (or greater) display, PiP is more appealing than ever.Finally, because the remote control is so minimalist, adjusting actual television settings, such as colors and brightness, isn’t very intuitive and I found myself having to experiment (and consult Google) to get the answers. It isn’t clear just by using the TV that you must, for example, press and hold the ‘home’ button on the remote to pull up the settings to adjust the TV panel. It doesn’t take long to learn all of the shortcuts, however.Wrap-upWestinghouse’s Amazon Fire TV is a great addition to the budget smart TV market, and it offers enough features to feel like more than just a budget television. There are some notable lapses in feature, HDR being the most obvious, and the display quality will leave some wanting more. Many people will no doubt be very pleased with this model, though, and so if you’re looking for a big 4K smart TV at a sub-$1,000 price point, definitely give this TV a long look. The model is available now from HSN and Micro Center for prices ranging from $599.95 to $1299.95 (43″ to 65″). Roku got a jump on the budget smart TV market, but Amazon’s own platform is ready to battle for top spot. The company first introduced its media box product in the form of the Fire TV and then the Fire Stick, and now that same system has been built into select televisions to bring the same features (and more!) without the actual dongle or box. Chief among these televisions is Westinghouse’s new 4K lineup.last_img read more

MIT SoFi soft robot swims in the ocean like a real fish

first_imgSoFi is described as being lightweight and simple, relatively speaking, using a motor and camera to navigate and study the ocean without scaring nearby creatures. A lithium-polymer battery powers the soft robot, which features a pair of chambers described as “balloon-like.” These balloon chambers are located in SoFi’s tail, where they function like engine pistons to enable swimming motions. As shown in the video above, the side-to-side swimming motion is similar to the movements made by real fish, and just like with real fish, SoFi can adjust its patterns to change speed. In addition to the balloon chambers, SoFi features flexible plastic and silicone rubber for its back half, as well as a 3D-printed head and other components. The robot has both electronics and machinery, which are isolated from the water and sealed, in part, using baby oil. A pair of fins on the robot’s sides, meanwhile, enable it to dive up and down, an action partially made possible by decompressing and compressing air. AdChoices广告Motor noise is kept to a minimum, as are ultrasonic emissions, to avoid disrupting the environment. Because the robot is so realistic, it can be operated at a close distance to real fish without disturbing them. That enables researchers to better study marine life while also reducing concerns found with traditional marine robots, such as the need to avoid collisions.SOURCE: MIT MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has unveiled SoFi, a soft robotic fish that can swim in the ocean using realistic movements, enabling it to get up close and personal with real sea life. SoFi was tested in the Rainbow Reef, where it was able to swim at depths down to 50ft, taking on ocean currents while capturing videos and photos using a built-in camera. last_img read more

Apples Texture digital magazine service slashes Premium rate

first_imgMany magazines have struggled to survive in a world where media is primarily consumed through the Internet. Digital subscription services may be the answer, enabling those companies to offer their products digitally on phones and tablets. Texture is one such service, providing access to various publications like National Geographic and Entertainment.According to an email sent to customers earlier today — as well as a new rate on its website — Texture is now priced at $9.99/month rather than $14.99/month. Customers don’t need to do anything to get this new rate — they’ll be charged it for their next billing cycle as usual. New customers will get the lower rate when they sign up.An image of the email shared on Twitter by Harry McCracken notes that nothing about the Texture service will be changing — the lower rate doesn’t come with any catches or other issues. An explanation for the rate change was not provided. Texture can be accessed via a free trial on iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire tablets.SOURCE: Harry McCracken Back in March, Apple announced plans to acquire digital magazine subscription service Texture, which offers access to more than 200 magazines for a flat monthly fee. That rate has, until now, been $14.99/month. However, customers received an email today alerting them to a new lower price that is now live on the service’s website, revealing a big change now that Apple is in control.last_img read more

Hexa personal electric flying machine can cruise for 15minutes per charge

first_imgLots of people around the world have dreamed of flying, but flight instruction, aircraft, and maintenance are very expensive putting flying out of the reach of many. A company called LIFT Aircraft has unveiled its new electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft called Hexa. The aircraft will be used to launch the world’s first experimental entertainment business. Hexa is also able to operate with up to six of its eighteen motors out. If it suffers a catastrophic failure, it has a ballistic parachute that deploys automatically and has five floats to allow safe water landings. It can also be operated remotely by trained pilots in an emergency. These aircraft will be used in entertainment business near tourist attractions and other locations, pricing is unannounced. Hexa flying machines need no pilots license to operate, and anyone over 18 and up to 6’5″ tall and 250 pounds can operate in the aircraft for up to 15 minutes at a time. Hexa looks like a giant drone and features 18 sets of propellers, motors, and batteries that can take people into the skies. The single seat powered ultralight aircraft weighs in at 432 pounds.The control system for Hexa uses distributed electric propulsion allowing control of the aircraft by varying the speed of multiple electric rotors. Flight computers handle that control method. The pilot doesn’t do the actual flying of the aircraft with Hexa as they would be with a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.The flight computer keeps the aircraft stabilized, and the pilot provides control inputs using a joystick. Hexa is semi-autonomous and needs no input from the pilot to operate safely; it only works within limits programmed into the flight computer. The aircraft automatically returns and lands when the battery lacks the power to fly further.last_img read more

Multiple RAZR 2019 foldable phones pop up in Motorola drawings

first_imgThe next Motorola RAZR phone – the RAZR 2019 – might well pop up with an ornamental design not unlike what we see here today. But, as we were to find in our search early this morning, these images weren’t really meant to depict the device in its final form. They also weren’t really meant to be hidden – and they weren’t really leaked. We first found the images pop up in a number of blogs, including one that hit the viral button: 91mobiles. Once we got that far, finding the true source meant a search of the entirely public-facing WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) database. There, we found the full patent application registration.SEE TOO: Motorola RAZR Foldable smartphone has a rare opportunity in 2019The patent goes by the unassuming name “Electronic device with hinge and corresponding systems and methods” and was granted back in August of 2018. As such, images haven’t been in the public eye for quite a few months, and anyone who DID see the images back then have long since forgotten than they snuck a peek. The patent includes the description of the most unique feature, the foldable display, here called the “flexible display.” “The flexible display is inwardly folding and deforms when the first device housing of the electronic device pivots toward the second electronic device housing about the hinge from an open position toward or to a closed position.”This patent centers on one design, but leads in to a very similar set of patents, all with foldable display components. “Other displays can be configured to accommodate both bends and folds. In one or more embodiments the display 105 may be formed from multiple layers of flexible material such as flexible sheets of polymer or other materials.”Above and below you’ll see displays from the folks at Royole as shown at CES 2019. They’ve got the first flexible display smartphone on the market, the Royole Flexpai – and they’ve got more on the way, too.The images you see below come from another patent from Motorola described as follows: “Foldable wireless electronic devices that communicate wirelessly are provided that can attenuate the cavity modes created when the devices are folded.” You’ll find several different sorts of folds in the mix, not just that of the replicated original RAZR. A series of illustrations was sent to SlashGear this morning depicting what appears to be the next Motorola RAZR phone, with a foldable display. We were understandably excited when the images appeared, albeit attached to an anonymous and untested source. As such, we did some digging – and we found some connections we might not have otherwise made. Motorola (and Lenovo) are pumping out every different sort of foldable display imaginable – or at least all the models you see here. In concept images, anyway. Cross your fingers they make real-life concepts and consumer devices of the lot. Might as well! Story TimelineMotorola RAZR might return in a different wayMotorola RAZR could return with foldable screen, suggests patentMotorola RAZR could return as Verizon foldable smartphoneThe foldable screen RAZR reboot has a rare opportunitylast_img read more

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback is a 5door coupe with 444 HP

first_imgStory Timeline2018 Audi Sport RS 5 Coupe First-Drive Review: A go-anywhere grand-tourer 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback Gallery The Audi Sport engineers placed the two turbochargers on the 2.9-liter V6 engine directly inside the V,” improving engine responsiveness and performance. The B-cycle combustion process uses a centrally mounted fuel injector and a combustion process with shorter compression and a more extended expansion phase. The result is a highly efficient and powerful engine with excellent torque delivery. The power from the 2.9-liter V6 reaches the quattro permanent four-wheel drive system with self-locking center differential via a sports-tuned eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. The Audi Sport engineers have optimized shifting times, while the quattro system distributes the power asymmetrically 40:60 between the front and rear. An updated traction control system manages power and torque distribution for maximum acceleration with minimal slip, and the standard quattro sport rear differential allows the driver to extract the most potential from their car. Then there’s the redesigned lightweight front five-link suspension, which promises greater steering precision and improved handling through an optimized steering-rack placement directly at the center of the wheels. With the standard RS sport suspension, the RS 5 Sportback sits 7 mm lower than the 2018 S5 Sportback. The optional RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control, which uses steel springs and adjustable dampers that are connected to one another via diagonal oil lines and a central valve, offers fixed damping rates in four drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual.The exterior design of the new RS 5 Sportback borrows distinctive details from the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. As with any vehicle that bears the RS badge, the RS 5 Sportback features development rooted in motorsport and technologies that embody the Audi Sport authenticity of “Born on the Track. Built for the Road.” This development process involves hundreds of hours of testing on the famed Nürburgring. The wave-design shoulder line underscores the athleticism through the body, and the flared box fenders provide cues to the standard quattro system. In addition to widening the body by 15 mm on each side over its S5 Sportback sibling, the RS 5 Sportback features a wide and flat Singleframe grille, large RS-specific honeycomb air intakes, matte alu-optic front spoiler with quattro script, matte alu-optic exterior mirror housings, and high gloss black side sills. At the rear, the Sportback features an RS-specific diffuser, oval RS exhaust pipes, and a high gloss black rear-lip spoiler. Inside there’s seating for five, with plenty of RS accents along with driver-focused tech. The RS 5 Sportback features the Audi brand’s hallmark wing-design wrap-around dashboard, along with S sport seats with RS embossing. There’s a flat-bottomed, perforated leather RS sport steering wheel, with matching gear shifter, and stainless steel pedals. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while the Audi Virtual Cockpit and a full-color head-up display are optional. Unique RS displays in the digital instrumentation inform the driver of torque, a shift light indicator, and g-forces, among other metrics. While performance remains the priority, the RS 5 Sportback offers a host of driver assistance systems. As standard you get Audi pre sense basic, Audi pre sense city, Audi side assist, rear cross traffic assist, and Audi pre sense rear. On the options list is adaptive cruise control with stop & go, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, Audi active lane assist, and the high beam assistant. The 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback will be on sale in the second half of 2018. Pricing will be confirmed closer to launch. It’s a performance-oriented 5-door coupe, though Audi would rather you think of it as occupying a segment of its own. “The Audi RS 5 Sportback is a completely new offer for our customers. Our progressive interpretation of a five-door high-performance coupe has neither a predecessor model nor a direct competitor,” Michael-Julius Renz, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH, said of the latest member of the RS family. “The Sportback offers the ultimate in functionality with maximum performance.”The 2.9 liter TFSI V6 biturbo engine promises no shortage of power, efficiency, or that distinct RS sound. The new engine produces 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, available in a wide rev range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. The sprint from 0-60 takes under four seconds, and the car tops out at 155 mph. With the optional Dynamic plus package, the top speed is increased to 174 mph. The Audi RS 5 Coupe has only been on sale in the US for a few weeks, and tonight Audi unveiled the Sportback version of the RS 5 in New York City. The 2019 RS 5 Sportback marks the seventh new Audi Sport entry. With seating for five, the 444 hp TFSI biturbo V6 coupled with quattro sport rear differential promises exceptional performance and handling.last_img read more

2019 Camaro 5 things you should know

first_img 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Gallery A new pony car is a big deal, and with the battle between Chevrolet and Ford never fiercer, the 2019 Camaro has plenty to live up to. Restyled for the new model year, packing extra technology, more power, and some clever fixes to lingering frustrations, it’s a gauntlet thrown down to the 2019 Mustang. Read on for five things about the 2019 Camaro you should know. Chevrolet’s new Camaro design is… controversialAesthetics are subjective, of course, and never has that been better illustrated than with the 2019 Camaro. Redesigning a muscle car with as much legacy as the Camaro is always going to bring out vocal criticism – the Ford Mustang faced the same, after all – but the outcry about the new Camaro may be even more voracious than we expected. It’s the grille that seems to be most divisive. Chevy actually has a couple of different versions for the 2019 model year, since it’s trying to better visually differentiate between the different Camaro trims. For the non-SS models, there’s a deeper, more pronounced grille that pushes the front bumper further down than in the outgoing 2018 Camaro. The LED lights have been tweaked, too. Whether you like it or not is a matter of taste, though the complaints have generally been focused on the 2019 Camaro SS. That has an even more distinctive grille, which has been variously compared to that of the Dodge Charger and the Toyota Avalon. We’re not entirely sure Chevrolet would be pleased about the comparisons. There’s a new Camaro Turbo 1LEThe star of the 2019 Camaro line-up may, oddly enough, not be the most expensive. Indeed, the pick of the bunch could well pack the smallest engine on offer. That’s Chevy’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, and while you may turn your nose up at its shortage of cylinders and relatively humble power output, there are a few good reasons to recommend it. The Turbo 1LE musters a “mere” 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque, a far cry from some of the more potent Camaro models out there. However, despite being the entry-point in the 1LE track-focused lineup – which includes the V6 1LE, SS 1LE, and ZL1 1LE – there’s every indication it’s going to be a hoot. The six-speed manual transmission is standard, so no compromising and going for an automatic, while the near-50/50 weight balance suggests it’ll be a nimble thing. Then Chevrolet throws in special Brembo brakes, improved suspension with larger diameter front and rear stabilizer bars and specifically tuned dampers, and a host of tweaks that promise to enhance lateral stiffness. In short, we’re expecting a fair chunk of the fun you’d get from the Camaro V6 1LE, only with a more affordable price tag and, crucially, more chance of actually using what power is on offer without hitting license-losing speeds on public roads. The cabin gets a tech upgradeGM’s cars were early aboard the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay bandwagon, and the 2019 Camaro is no different. The standard-fit infotainment system is fronted by a 7-inch touchscreen, with screen projection for your iPhone or Android device. All get OnStar 4G LTE with WiFi hotspot support, too: there’s a three month, 3GB data trial thrown in. Navigation remains an option, but the UI has been updated to make the whole thing easier to control. Chevrolet offers an 8-inch touchscreen as an option, too. Keyless entry and start are standard, while the 2LT gets heated and ventilated leather-trimmed seats as well. If you get the eight-speed auto, you’ll also get remote start thrown in, too. The 2019 Camaro LT can also be had with the Convenience and Lighting Package, which throws in things like a head-up display, color driver information display, and a heated steering wheel. It also adds the interior spectrum lighting system, which has new color options for the 2019 model year. Active safety tech gets a step up, too: the Convenience and Lighting Package includes rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and side blind zone alerts with lane-change warnings. The 2019 Camaro ZL1 is the most potent… so farChevy is playing some cards close to its chest still. With the 2019 Camaro not expected to arrive in dealerships until this fall, so far the most aggressive of the new line-up is the Camaro ZL1. No photos of the car – which will be available in coupe and convertible form – quite yet, but we do have the all-important numbers. The 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 will be offered with either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed paddle-shifting automatic. Either way, you get 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm, and 650 lb-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. It’s rear-wheel drive, as you’d expect, and Chevy says it’ll do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, an 11.4 second quarter-mile at 127 mph, and hit a top speed of 198 mph. Magnetic Ride suspension will be fitted as standard, along with an electronic limited-slip differential. Brembo brakes with six-piton mono block front calipers and 15.35-inch two-piece front rotors will lurk behind 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, shod in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires: 285/30ZR20 up front, and 305/30ZR20 at the rear. Altogether you’re looking at 1.02g max cornering, Chevrolet promises, which you can keep track off using the enhanced Performance Data Recorder lap timer. Chevrolet may have fixed the biggest Camaro complaintAsk current Camaro drivers what their biggest problem with the car is, and you might be surprised at the answer. Turns out, visibility is the big headache, particularly when it comes to reversing. The coupe’s skinny rear glass and chunky C-pillars don’t make it easy. Thank goodness, then, for the new full-display rear camera mirror. That’s standard on the 2SS trim and above, beaming an unobstructed high-definition view from the back of the car to a display squeezed into the interior mirror housing. We’ve seen it before on GM stablemates from Cadillac and others, but it might well be on the 2019 Camaro that the technology truly comes into its own. last_img read more

Reports State Budgets Looking Grim Medicaid Particularly Problematic

first_imgReports: State Budgets Looking Grim, Medicaid Particularly Problematic Medicaid costs continue to rise as state revenues are not recovering fast enough from the recession.The New York Times: As State Budgets Rebound, Federal Cuts Could Pose DangerAdjusted for inflation, this year’s revenues are still expected to be 7.9 percent below the 2008 levels. And with Medicaid costs continuing to rise — states now spend more on Medicaid than on elementary and high school education — states find themselves hard-pressed to restore many of the deep cuts they have made to other services. Now many governors are bracing for the prospect of cuts in federal aid, which provided states with roughly a third of their revenue last year (Cooper, 12/14).The Washington Post: States Face Double Fiscal Whammy: Federal Aid Cuts And Spiraling Health-Care CostsThe Fiscal Survey of States, a report released Friday by NASBO and the National Governors Association, found that state revenues for the current fiscal year surpassed pre-recession levels for the first time. The problem for states is that the revenue is increasing slowly while health-care costs are going through the roof. The result is that many other state government priorities — including higher education, infrastructure development and law enforcement — are being forced to take a back seat (Fletcher, 12/14).Stateline: Medicaid Trumps ‘Fiscal Cliff’ As Top State Budget ConcernThe so-called fiscal cliff talks in Washington, D.C., might be getting all the attention, but for states, Medicaid is still the biggest budget worry for the coming year, according to a new survey of state legislative directors to be released soon. Nowhere is the problem larger than in Texas, which faces a $4.3 billion Medicaid deficit. Nine other states likewise are reporting spending overruns for Medicaid and other health care programs for the current 2013 fiscal year, compared with six at this time last year, says the National Conference of State Legislatures (Prah, 12/14). The Wall Street Journal: Fiscal Threats Are Forecast For New JerseyNew Jersey faces “major fiscal threats in years ahead” despite having made strides in reining in costs and resorting to fewer budgetary tricks than other states according to a report released Thursday … The privately financed report from former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and former New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch found that it will cost New Jersey an additional $9 billion over the next five years to keep up with four major expenses: Medicaid, school aid, health benefits and pensions. That amount represents 29% of the state’s current $31.7 billion budget (Haddon, 12/13).The New York Times: New Jersey’s Pension Plan Is Said To Be In Trouble Despite Overhaul By ChristieMr. Volcker and Mr. Ravitch formed the task force out of a concern that the fiscal debate in Washington was overlooking parallel fiscal problems at the state level, and that the coming measures to shore up the federal government’s finances were likely to make the states’ troubles worse. Federal proposals to raise the Medicare age to 67 would blow back onto the states, for example, because many have promised to cover retiree health care in the years before Medicare kicks in (Walsh, 12/13).The Associated Press: Report: Retiree, Health Costs Draining NJ BudgetThe report describes spiraling retiree and health care costs draining all state budgets. … “It became very clear to many of us that for a lot of reasons most states were on the verge of being on unsustainable paths for true fiscal balance. The reasons for this, which are almost uniformly true, are that the cost of pensions and other retiree payments and the costs of health care and Medicaid in particular are rising at rates far greater than the rates at which taxes are being collected,” Ravitch said (Delli Santi, 12/13). 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

Despite Sales Efforts Polls Show Continued Obamacare Doubts

first_imgEven as states like California push the health law exchanges, bolstered by a growing list of celebrity pitchmen, surveys of some groups — among them, physician practices and likely Virginia voters — show continued doubts about the marketplaces.The Washington Post: California Aggressively Pushes Health-Care LawFliers and tablet computers in hand, a small team of outreach workers from a local nonprofit health clinic blanketed a shopping strip east of Los Angeles, spreading the word about the state’s expanding health insurance landscape under Obamacare. Stopping passersby on the sidewalk as they ducked in and out of the row of discount stores and easy-credit furniture shops at the Valley Mall, the workers assured them that the changes would put health insurance within the reach of more Californians. The mostly Latino shoppers seemed intrigued, but they also were skeptical. They worried about the penalties imposed on those without insurance. They worried about the cost of policies. And they did not know where and how to sign up (Fletcher, 10/7).ABC News: More Celebrities Stage Star-Studded Effort to Sell ObamacareIn the week since the launch of the law’s state health insurance exchanges, a steady stream of celebrity advocates (think Lady Gaga, Connie Britton, Olivia Wilde, Taye Diggs, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Silverman and Justin Long) have taken to social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram to encourage Americans to #GetCovered (to use their preferred hashtag) (Konstantinides, 10/8). Politico: Politico Poll: Virginians Not Pleased With ACA Rollout Forty percent of likely Virginia voters rate the implementation of the health law as “poor” and another 18 percent describe it as just “fair,” according to a new POLITICO poll, conducted this weekend by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling and the Republican firm Harper Polling using automated survey methodology. Twenty-five percent of those surveyed say the rollout has been “good.” The findings suggest the technical problems with the health law rollout have permeated public consciousness in the state, which is relying on the federal exchange’s infrastructure. Just 11 percent rate implementation as “excellent.” The partisan split over the health law was as sharp as ever, with 89 percent of Republicans polled calling Obamacare implementation “poor” or “fair” and 81 percent of Democrats calling it “excellent” or “good” (Cheney, 10/7). Medpage Today: Docs Skeptical Of ACA Exchanges, Survey ShowsA majority of physician practices (55.5 percent) hold an “unfavorable” or “very unfavorable” view of the impact the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance exchanges will have on them, a survey of more than 1,000 group practices showed. Almost as many (40.2 percent) said they were still evaluating their options or planning not to participate with insurance products sold on the exchanges, according to a survey that the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) released Monday at its annual meeting (Pittman, 10/7). 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 Sales Efforts, Polls Show Continued Obamacare Doubtslast_img read more

State Highlights Cuccinelli Blasts Health Law Sebelius To Gain Ground In Va

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. State Highlights: Cuccinelli Blasts Health Law, Sebelius To Gain Ground In Va. Governor’s Race A selection of health policy stories from Virginia, New York, California, Oregon, Michigan, Texas and Georgia.The Washington Post: Cuccinelli Teams With Paul Ryan To Rip New Health Care LawVirginia’s Republican candidate for governor, Ken Cuccinelli II, sought to make up lost ground in his campaign on Tuesday by again spotlighting the bug-filled launch of Obamacare and teaming with a nationally known conservative. This time it was Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who shared a telephone press conference with Cuccinelli to bash the Affordable Care Act and warn that Terry McAuliffe (D) has bet his agenda on expanding Medicaid in Virginia under the federal health-care law (Kunkle, 10/23).The Richmond Times Dispatch: Cuccinelli Calls For Obama To Fire Sebelius Over Health Care RolloutRepublican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli also called for Congress to back legislation delaying the individual mandate provision of the law by one year. Exemptions have already been provided to large employers affected by the act. “President Obama put Kathleen Sebelius in charge of implementing a bad policy that is already having disastrous consequences as it intrudes upon our fundamental liberties and significantly exacerbates the uncertainty already felt by job creators in Virginia and around the country,” Cuccinelli said in a copy of prepared remarks distributed to reporters (Nolan, 10/22).The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: Poll: NY Residents Divided Over Health Care LawA new poll has found more New York state residents who favor moving ahead with the new health care law than those who want to repeal it. A Siena poll released Tuesday found 43 percent of respondents saying they want to see the law go forward. Another 32 percent say the law should be put on hold until it’s workable and affordable and 22 percent want it repealed (10/23).California Health Report: Cuts To Medi-Cal Threaten Access to CareMedi-Cal, the Medicaid program for 8.5 million impoverished Californians, will greatly expand with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act next year. But even as the state Department of Health Care Services prepares to accept an estimated 1.1 million newly-eligible people into the program, California is reducing its payments to many doctors and pharmacies by at least 10 percent. That’s bringing warnings it may be increasingly difficult to find health-care providers willing to serve Medi-Cal patients (Richard, 10/23).Los Angeles Times: L.A. Leaders Fight Ballot Measure To Create City Health AgencyCity Hall and Los Angeles County elected leaders are warning that if voters pass a June ballot measure that forces the city to create its own health department, it will increase costs and erode essential services now provided by the county. But the officials find themselves in a quandary: Although they vehemently oppose the measure, state law blocks them from publicly financing an opposition campaign (Mehta, 10/22).Kaiser Health News: Oregon Experiment Puts Therapists On Primary Care TeamsThe state of Oregon is trying some experiments to bring different kinds of medical professionals under the same roof. Medicaid patients can see different kind of doctors in one visit, and the hope is it will provide better patient care, eventually at less cost to the state. This can make sense in a primary care setting, where doctors often have to deal with stomach aches and migraines that end up stemming from mental, rather than physical, problems (Foden-Vencil, 10/22).The Associated Press: Retirees File Suit Against Health Care Plan CutsAttorneys for a committee representing retired Detroit municipal employees and other unions filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court to stop health care benefits cuts imposed by the city’s state-appointed emergency manager and slated to go into effect Jan. 1. The suit in U.S. District Court in Detroit asks a judge to issue an injunction and seeks a jury trial (Williams, 10/22).The Texas Tribune: Court Battle Continues Over TX Abortion RegulationsAbortion providers and state attorneys will present their final arguments Wednesday morning on whether the restrictions on the procedure in House Bill 2 are constitutional. … The plaintiff’s final witness, Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, countered the state’s claim that providers could expand their ability to perform abortions by recruiting new doctors with active hospital admitting privileges (Aaronson, 10/22).California Healthline: State Opens Adult Day Services DialogueTwo state agencies — the Department of Health Care Services and the Department of Aging — tomorrow will convene the first stakeholder meeting in a new process designed to extend the CBAS program beyond the expiration date of the legal precedent that established it. The Darling v. Douglas settlement officially ends in August 2014. The state is exploring the idea of reworking its federal 1115 Medicaid waiver to include CBAS care as a Medi-Cal managed care benefit. That means altering the transitional terms and conditions created when the program changed from Adult Day Health Care to the CBAS program (Gorn, 10/22).Georgia Health News: Hospitals, Nursing Homes Fear Provider Fee CutsAs the fiscal standoff intensified last month, the Republican House leadership at one point pushed repealing such Medicaid provider assessments, including those for nursing homes, according to hospital industry officials. Other speculation has centered on the feds lowering the provider tax rates that a state can use to gain extra dollars for Medicaid. That’s why local hospital and nursing home groups, along with their national associations, have recently sounded alarms over possible federal attempts at changing these assessments (Miller, 10/22).last_img read more

First Edition May 5 2014

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 reports about how President Barack Obama poked fun at the health law during his White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech. Kaiser Health News: Who Should Get Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs?Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: “Simple math illustrates the challenge facing U.S. taxpayers, consumers and insurers following the launch late last year of two expensive new drugs to treat hepatitis C. If all 3 million people estimated to be infected with the virus in America are treated at an average cost of $100,000 each, the amount the U.S. spends on prescription drugs would double, from about $300 billion in one year to more than $600 billion” (Appleby, 5/5). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Even With Obamacare, Many Latinos Still Seek Treatment In MexicoKaiser Health News staff writer Anna Gorman, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: “Irma Montalvo signed up for a health plan through California’s new insurance exchange last month, getting coverage for the first time in eight years. But when she needed treatment for a painful skin rash, Montalvo didn’t go to a doctor near her home in Chula Vista. Instead she drove to Mexico, about 16 miles south. Her doctor, Cecilia Espinoza, diagnosed her with shingles and prescribed medication to relieve pain and head off complications” (Gorman, 5/5). Read the story. The Wall Street Journal: Employers Must Notify Laid-Off Workers Of Health-Care Options, New Rule SaysEmployers must inform laid-off employees that they are eligible to buy health-care coverage through new online insurance exchanges as an alternative to paying full premiums for their old employer policies, the Obama administration said Friday. Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, or Cobra, workers who lose their jobs have long had the option of staying on their company insurance as long as they pay their share of the premium, as well as the share their employer had been paying for them. Since employers often pay the majority of workers’ premiums, the cost of continuing coverage often came as a shock to people, although some elected to bear the expense anyway because they needed to continue receiving care (Radnofsky, 5/2).Los Angeles Times: College Graduates Should Consider Options For Health Insurance Devyn Bisson is a 22-year-old Orange resident about to graduate from Chapman University with a degree in film. She knows she’ll need to think about health insurance after graduation, but not just yet. “It’s the last thing I’m looking at,” she says. “I’m way more preoccupied with how I’m going to make money.” With graduation looming, college students have many big issues to face in the coming months. They may include signing up for health insurance, and facing deadlines and even fines for laggards (Zamosky, 5/4).The Wall Street Journal: FBI Scrutinizing Health Law Implementation Flaws in OregonThe Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into problems that plagued Oregon’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, after the state was forced to scrap its problematic health insurance exchange that was never fully functional, according to people familiar with the investigation (Paletta and Barrett, 5/4). The Washington Post: As Md. Rebuilds Its Health Insurance Exchange, Lots Of Pressure And Little Room For MisstepsMaryland is sprinting to rebuild its malfunctioning online health insurance system on a time schedule that leaves no room for error, without the endorsement of the federal government or a clear plan for funding the project. The state has adopted software from Connecticut and hired new consultants. But many of the decision makers who led the first, flawed effort remain in place and — despite criticism — continue to operate largely behind closed doors (Johnson and Flaherty, 5/3).The Wall Street Journal: Head Of HHS Office Of Health Reform To Retire Michael Hash, a top Department Health and Human Services official overseeing the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, will be retiring, agency staff confirmed on Friday. Mr. Hash, 70 years old, joins a long list of health-care officials leaving the administration in the aftermath of the rollout of the law (Radnofsky, 5/2).The New York Times: Comedian In Chief’s New Punch Line: ObamacareFive and a half years into President Obama’s time in office, the jokes are getting a bit stale: Fox News is a “shadowy right-wing organization.” The 47 percent “called Mitt Romney to apologize.” The whole “Kenyan president” bit. Thank goodness for Mr. Obama started his annual remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday night with the recognition that the rollout of his health care website could have gone better, admitting that “in 2008, my slogan was ‘Yes, we can!’ In 2013, my slogan was ‘Control-Alt-Delete’” (Shear, 5/3).The Wall Street Journal: Obama Cracks Jokes At White House Correspondents Dinner At the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, President Barack Obama poked fun at the clumsy rollout of his health-care reform plan, relations with Congress and Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential aspirations (Williamson, 5/3).Politico: Obama Jokes ‘Stellar 2013’ At White House Correspondents’ DinnerTaking the stage, Obama deadpanned that while the launch of “could’ve gone better,” it was made into one of the year’s biggest movies – before showing a title screen for the film “Frozen.” At the end of his 20-minute remarks to the crowd of 2,600 in the Hilton ballroom, Obama even brought out former Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to “fix” a technical problem that he was supposedly having with a video the president pretended he wanted to play for those in attendance at the Hilton (McCalmont, 5/3).Los Angeles Times: Obama Slings Jokes, Jabs At White House Correspondents’ Dinner Joel McHale, who stars on NBC’s “Community” and hosts “The Soup,” followed Obama with his own roast of the president, 2016 hopefuls and gridlock in Washington. … McHale’s best jokes: … On Obamacare: “Over 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, which is impressive, until you realize that Ashley Tisdale has 12 million Twitter followers” (Rothberg, 5/4).The New York Times: Democratic Group To Return DonationsThe Democratic National Committee, faced with the possibility that it had accepted illegal campaign contributions from straw donors, decided Thursday to return sizable donations made last fall in the names of the children of a Florida cardiologist whose lucrative medical practice has caught the attention of Medicare regulators. The doctor, Asad U. Qamar, 50, is a prolific campaign donor who found himself politically sidelined last year once word got out that he had asked his contacts in Congress for help with a federal review of his Medicare payments (Robiles, 5/2).The Wall Street Journal: Thom Tillis Faces Test In North Carolina PrimaryRepublicans have criticized Ms. Hagan, who was elected on President Barack Obama’s strong coattails in 2008, for consistently supporting Democratic priorities, particularly the Affordable Care Act. Conservative groups already have spent millions attacking her in ads. Mr. Tillis has the support of most party leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and the head of the Republican campaign arm in the Senate (O’Connor, 5/4). USA Today: Health Care Spending Surges In First QuarterHealth care spending rose at the fastest pace since 1980 in the first quarter as the new health insurance law prompted many more Americans to visit doctors and hospitals. But analysts say the sharp increase also reflects other trends that should continue to drive up both medical spending and costs in 2014 after years of slow growth (Davidson, 5/3).The Wall Street Journal: Medical Code Delay Costing Hospitals Big BucksA delay in the implementation of ICD-10, a new health-care coding system, will cost some hospitals hundreds of thousands of dollars, increase complexity for an already-complex system, and increase the risk that something will go wrong when the new coding system eventually kicks in (Boulton, 5/2).The Wall Street Journal: The Move From Tricare To MedicareThe rules on military service and Social Security are complex because they’ve changed three times in the past 30 years and could change again. What’s important, however, is that you can get both Social Security and military retirement benefits because you paid Social Security and Medicare taxes, just like civilians have (Waters, 5/4).The Washington Post: Terminal Neglect? How Some Hospices Decline To Treat The DyingFor more than a million patients every year, the burgeoning U.S. hospice industry offers the possibility of a peaceful death, typically at home. But that promise depends upon patients getting the medical attention they need in a crisis, and hundreds of hospices provide very little care to such patients, a Washington Post investigation has found (Whoriskey and Keating, 5/3).The Associated Press: Louisiana: Hospital Plan RejectedFederal officials have rejected financing plans by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration for privatization deals involving six state-run hospitals. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told the state on Friday that the deals do not meet federal Medicaid guidelines (5/2).The Wall Street Journal: SEIU, California Hospitals In Talks On Cooperative DealThe nation’s biggest health-care union and the California hospital industry are in talks on a deal that could allow the union to boost its ranks by thousands with the cooperation of management, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal (Trotter and Maher, 5/2).USA Today: VA Treatment Records Falsified, Probe FindsA VA investigation of one of its outpatient clinics in Colorado reveals how ingrained delays in medical care may be for an agency struggling to rapidly treat nearly 9 million veterans a year amid allegations that dozens have died because of delays. Clerks at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Fort Collins were instructed last year how to falsify appointment records so it appeared the small staff of doctors was seeing patients within the agency’s goal of 14 days, according to the investigation (Zoroya, 5/4).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. First Edition: May 5, 2014last_img read more

Viewpoints Zika And The Reluctant Congress Better Ways To Pay For Hospital

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. The House of Representatives recently passed a number of bills designed to combat the epidemic of dangerous drugs sweeping across the United States. No congressional district has been spared from this problem, and people are dying at an alarming rate from the use of fentanyl, bath salts, flakka, K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs. But lawmakers failed to act to close a major entry point for these terrible drugs into the United States: the global postal system. (Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, 8/4) What’s the right way to pay for hospital care? Believe it or not, even in 2016, we don’t really know. In many advanced economies, hospital care is paid with a yearly budget for a given population. In other countries with advanced health care systems, hospital care is paid piecemeal; every inpatient day generates new bills for the room, the nursing staff, and the procedures. (Ashish K. Jha, 8/4) JAMA: United States Health Care Reform: Progress To Date And Next Steps Houston Chronicle: Congress’ Reluctance To Fund Zika Response Harms Texans  The New England Journal Of Medicine: Toward Fairness In Data Sharing The Associated Press investigated the claims for floss and found: The evidence for flossing is “weak, very unreliable,” of “very low” quality and carries “a moderate to large potential for bias.” Our favorite moment in this floss beatdown: The federal government has recommended flossing since 1979, lately in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. But that recommendation must be based on scientific evidence. After AP inquiries, the feds removed the flossing recommendation from the guidelines this year . . . and admitted to the AP that “the effectiveness of flossing had never been researched, as required.” (8/4) The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Comprehensive New Law Offers Help In Fight Against Opiate Epidemic Health care costs affect the economy, the federal budget, and virtually every American family’s financial well-being. Health insurance enables children to excel at school, adults to work more productively, and Americans of all ages to live longer, healthier lives. When I took office, health care costs had risen rapidly for decades, and tens of millions of Americans were uninsured. Regardless of the political difficulties, I concluded comprehensive reform was necessary. The result of that effort, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has made substantial progress in addressing these challenges. Americans can now count on access to health coverage throughout their lives, and the federal government has an array of tools to bring the rise of health care costs under control. However, the work toward a high-quality, affordable, accessible health care system is not over. (President Barack Obama, 8/2) So long as obstinate members of Congress are willing to prioritize political showboating over the lives of actual, living people, Texas women and families will remain particularly vulnerable to the largely unknown health consequences of the Zika virus. With at least 80 confirmed cases so far, the Lone Star State ranks among the top four most widely infected states in the nation. (Sarah Nesbitt, 8/4) Viewpoints: Zika And The Reluctant Congress; Better Ways To Pay For Hospital Care A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. JAMA Forum: Will Episode Payment Models Show How To Better Pay For Hospital Care? Data sharing has incredible potential to strengthen academic research, the practice of medicine, and the integrity of the clinical trial system. Some benefits are obvious: when researchers have access to complete data, they can answer new questions, explore different lines of analysis, and more efficiently conduct large-scale analyses across trials. Other advantages, such as providing a guardrail against conflicts of interest in a clinical trial system in which external sponsorship of research is common and necessary, are less visible yet just as critical. (Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., 8/4) Chicago Tribune: Sink Your Teeth Into This Debate Over Flossing The Des Moines Register: Medicare Should Help Seniors Stay Active The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has proposed a plan for sharing data from randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) that will require, as a condition of acceptance of trial results for publication, that authors make publicly available the deidentified individual patient data underlying the analyses reported in an article. Before any data-sharing policy is enacted, we believe there is a need for the ICMJE, trialists, and other stakeholders to discuss the potential benefits, risks, and opportunity costs, as well as whether the same goals can be achieved by simpler means. Although we believe there are potential benefits to sharing data (e.g., occasional new discoveries), we believe there are also risks (e.g., misleading or inaccurate analyses and analyses aimed at unfairly discrediting or undermining the original publication) and opportunity costs (e.g., the ICMJE proposal would have enormous direct costs and would probably divert resources, both financial and human, from the actual conduct of trials). (8/4) Earlier, related KHN coverage of President Obama’s JAMA special communication: Obama Renews Call For A Public Option In Health Law (Rovner, 7/11).The issue of JAMA also includes related editorials by Howard Bauchner, Peter R. Orszag, Stuart M. Butler, and Jonathan Skinner and Amitabh Chandra. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: For Better Health Care Access, Pursue Interstate Licensing The New England Journal Of Medicine: Strengthening Research Through Data Sharing Imagine you got a nasty cut that needed stitches while you were vacationing in Florida this summer. Apart from putting a damper on your trip, would you be concerned that you wouldn’t be able to see a Missouri-licensed doctor? Probably not. After all, a doctor based in Orlando is trained the same way as a doctor based in Kansas City …. To make health care in this country better, we need to make the supply of doctors a priority — doctors who are physically present in a state, but also doctors who can reach patients through telemedicine. (8/5) The Washington Post: It’s Time To Make It Harder To Get Dangerous Drugs Through The Mail Last year a grim record was set in the Cleveland area, with someone dying of a heroin or prescription drug overdose every day on average. This year, it’s worse; nearly twice as bad, with two people losing their lives to opioid overdoses every day. We’ve already lost more than 230 Greater Clevelanders in 2016. Even deadlier drugs, like fentanyl, a synthetic form of heroin, are increasingly involved. (Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, 8/5) As you approach the ripe old age of 65, your mailbox begins filling up with a daily dose of Medicare plans from insurance companies you may have heard of and many you have not. It truly can be overwhelming. As you contemplate your next move and begin the task of sorting out and trying to make sense of it all, there is help. And it’s free. (Deb McMahon, 8/4) last_img read more

New Call of Duty Mobile details revealed – classic characters and maps

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. 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. Activision has dropped a whole host of new information about Call of Duty: Mobile. Long-running fans of the popular first-person shooter franchise will recognise classic characters like John “Soap” MacTavish, Alex Mason and Captain Price.In a blog post, the Call of Duty publisher went more in-depth on the finer details of Call of Duty: Mobile. Along with the ability to play as some of the series most popular characters, Activision revealed classic maps like Crash, Killhouse and Crossfire will all be part of the free-to-play mobile version.Some more key details included game modes featured in Call of Duty: Mobile. Those familiar with the series will recognise all of the returning modes. “Free-For-All” is there, an eight-player every-player-for-themselves deathmatch. The classic team-on-team mode “Team Deathmatch” is also included. Other announced modes include “Domination”, “Hardpoint” and “Frontline”.Related: Best iPhone Games 2019Call of Duty: Mobile will also feature a range of customisation options, in the form of different loadouts and rewards for “Scorestreaks”. “Scorestreaks” will allow mobile players to choose which advantage you receive when getting a certain number of kills in a row. These rewards range from things like “Recon Cars” to “Sentry Guns”. The different loadouts let players choose between various kinds of primary and secondary weapons.The mobile version of Call of Duty is set to feature a range of control customisation and accessibility options. Call of Duty: Mobile will have a “Simple Mode” and “Advanced Mode”. The “Simple Mode” enables automatic fire when you aim your sights at an enemy. “Advanced Mode” adds manual firing and HUD customisation.You can currently pre-register for Call of Duty: Mobile on Android and iOS. Closed beta testing of the mobile game began this week in India, with regional beta tests in the US and UK expected in the coming months. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, 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 Editorlast_img read more

Groping and stalking claims deepen Lloyds of London scandal

first_img “The types of behavior described do not in any way reflect the values of TMK,” Franks said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg News in which he expressed support for the internal investigation and promised to follow through on any recommendations.TMK is the Lloyd’s of London underwriting arm of Tokio Marine Holdings Inc., Japan’s oldest insurance company. The unit employs about 900 people and manages three underwriting syndicates at Lloyd’s, making it one of the largest so-called managing agents at the exchange.The TMK sexual-harassment allegations are the first in the Lloyd’s insurance market to become public since the exchange’s CEO, John Neal, pledged in March to crack down on the misconduct reported by Bloomberg. Neal has written to market participants warning them that anyone involved in inappropriate behaviour could potentially be banned for life from the 331-year-old insurance market and publicly named and shamed.A spokeswoman for Lloyd’s said the company has had ongoing discussions with TMK and is “satisfied that they are taking these reports extremely seriously.” She said Lloyd’s has been “very clear on the standard of behaviours we expect and the actions we will take to ensure that our market, and all of those who work in it, operate to the highest standards.”Tsuyoshi Nagano, president, Tokio Marine Holdings, parent company of Tokio Marine Kiln, which is one of Lloyds’ largest underwriting managing agents. Lloyd’s of London headquarters building.Bloomberg file photo Two executives at a top Lloyd’s of London insurance company have resigned following allegations of sexual harassment. One was accused of groping colleagues at a booze-fuelled party, the other of stalking a junior employee.The first executive was said to have grabbed one colleague’s buttocks, unbuttoned another’s shirt and made lewd sexual remarks at a party for employees of Tokio Marine Kiln Group Ltd., a subsidiary of one of Japan’s biggest insurers, according to people familiar with the matter. The second allegedly bombarded a woman who reported directly to him with unsolicited text messages and emails asking her out on dates, even after she said she wasn’t interested, the people said.The alleged incidents came to light amid the fallout from a Bloomberg Businessweek article about endemic sexual misconduct in the Lloyd’s of London insurance market. Following publication of the article in March, TMK Chief Executive Officer Charles Franks called a town hall meeting where he condemned the widespread behaviour it revealed. Energy’s #MeToo moment: Ex-Anadarko employee alleges culture where women treated as ‘sexual playthings’ Alphabet’s board accused of covering up sexual misconduct claims in shareholder lawsuits Employees say they’re still afraid to report sexual harassment That led several current and former employees to approach a senior lawyer at the firm, Ifeanyi Okoh, to complain about abuse they said they had endured or witnessed at TMK, including the incident at the off-site party. The lawyer emailed Franks and other senior managers criticizing what he called a culture of fear and harassment.“I have been contacted by several TMK employees and ex-employees who recounted some of the most appalling and shocking details of bullying, intimidation, harassment, victimization, unwanted attention, sexual harassment and racial abuse,” Okoh wrote in the email seen by Bloomberg News. “Sadly, this is part of a longstanding pattern in TMK, one further amplified by systemic intimidation, normalization of harassment and inhibiting reporting.”Laura Guerin, a spokeswoman for TMK, confirmed that an employee had raised concerns and said the company was reviewing its policies with the help of outside advisers. “TMK’s priority is to ensure the allegations are investigated thoroughly, independently and confidentially,” Guerin said in an email. “TMK has clear standards and policies for workplace conduct. Any breach of these will be taken extremely seriously and would not reflect our company values.”… part of a longstanding pattern in TMK, one further amplified by systemic intimidation, normalization of harassment and inhibiting reporting.Ifeanyi Okoh, senior lawyer, TMK Okoh’s email to top TMK executives was forwarded to Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority, the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority, the Metropolitan Police and Lloyd’s, one of the people said. It isn’t known whether the regulators are investigating. Spokesmen for the FCA and the PRA declined to comment. The Metropolitan Police said it had closed one inquiry as the alleged victim of the assault didn’t want to make any criminal allegations. The police said it was still trying to substantiate a further claim.TMK was already in the financial regulator’s crosshairs following governance and risk failures in recent years, three of the people said. The PRA was concerned enough about the way the firm was being run that it was placed under heightened scrutiny last year.“We are in regular dialogue with the PRA and committed to ensuring robust governance controls and processes across our entire business,” Guerin, the spokeswoman said. “TMK is well-capitalized and our owners, Tokio Marine Holdings, support our strategy and approach.”Some of the half-dozen men and women interviewed by Bloomberg said they were afraid of reporting their concerns to human resources because they believed it would get back to their bosses and hurt their careers.Guerin said the company has urged employees to come forward with any concerns. “They can speak, in confidence, to a member of senior management or an independent whistle-blower helpline,” she said. “Workplace harassment will not be tolerated.”Okoh, currently on leave from the firm, sounded a different note in his email. “This is a crisis and an existential threat to the TMK brand and reputation,” he wrote, “which requires immediate and very urgent action!” Reddit Sponsored By: Facebook Groping and stalking claims deepen Lloyd’s of London scandal TMK Group normalized ‘… bullying, intimidation, harassment, victimization, unwanted attention, sexual harassment and racial abuse’ Join the conversation → Gavin Finch More What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Twitter The executive accused of groping colleagues was given the option of resigning after he was reported to TMK’s human resources department, according to people with knowledge of the matter. He received a payout of more than £200,000 pounds ($338,000) after denying culpability and arguing that the company was in part responsible for any drunken behaviour at the party because it had supplied free alcohol for several hours, one of the people said. The executive now works outside the London insurance market.The incident apparently wasn’t an isolated one. Three other current and former TMK employees, who asked for anonymity because they feared speaking publicly would hurt their careers, said it was common at work social events to be grabbed or harassed by colleagues who were drunk. One said in an interview that her buttocks were fondled several times at office parties by male underwriters who denied they had done anything when challenged. The woman, who asked not to be named and no longer works at the firm, said she didn’t report the groping as it was standard behaviour and she didn’t believe anything would come of it.The woman who was allegedly stalked told colleagues she was subjected to a four-year campaign of sexual harassment, according to people familiar with her case. The executive allegedly would sit next to her at meetings and work-related social events so he could fondle her legs under the table. She claimed he once turned up outside her home uninvited and attempted to kiss her on the mouth, the people said.The woman told friends she was too worried about losing her job to go to HR. But she eventually did after the executive sent an email to her personal account describing a “secret dream” he had about holding her hand while walking along a beach, the people said. The executive resigned and now works for another insurance business.… she didn’t report the groping as it was standard behaviour and she didn’t believe anything would come of it. 0 Comments Bloomberg file photo Recommended For YouPOSaBIT Signs Deal With Reef Dispensaries, Bringing Compliant Debit Payment Technology to Nevada’s Biggest Cannabis RetailerDocsCorp Announces Its Best Ever Year-End Results for the Financial Year 2018-2019Fortune Minerals Announces New Discovery at NICOFutures edge lower as Netflix tumblesIndonesia aims to start electric vehicle production in 2022 Email Bloomberg News June 11, 20191:10 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Featured Stories advertisement ← Previous Next → Comment Share this storyGroping and stalking claims deepen Lloyd’s of London scandal Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn last_img read more

True North Mortgage moves toward opening its own bank

first_img Sponsored By: True North Mortgage moves toward opening its own bank Think Bank would provide consumer retail services, including low-rate mortgages January 2, 20196:55 PM EST Filed under News FP Street Twitter Featured Stories What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation The privately held company has also been an “approved lender” under Canada’s National Housing Act since 2016, which allows True North to underwrite Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.-insured loans for residential properties of one to four units. The company’s Think Financial brand offers mortgages exclusively through True North.Eisner said True North would remain the approved lender even after the bank is launched, as their current plan does not include the bank funding insured mortgages.According to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), Canada’s federal banking regulator, applicants trying to create a federally regulated financial institution must apply to the government for the legal instrument that allows them to do so, the letters patent.OSFI judges the application — assessing an applicant’s business plan and financial resources, among other things — and makes recommendations to the finance minister.The finance minister will then decide whether or not to issue the letters patent, after which the would-be bank must still obtain an order to commence and carry on business that would have to be issued by the superintendent. Before that order is given, OSFI says it must be “satisfied” that the financial institution has all the necessary systems, structures and controls in place.• Email: | Twitter: GeoffZochodne Join the conversation → advertisement True North Mortgage Inc., a Calgary-headquartered mortgage broker, has taken a step toward opening a bank of its own.According to recent notices in the Canada Gazette, the federal government’s official newspaper, True North planned to apply to the Minister of Finance for the letters patent needed to incorporate a Canadian bank.The proposed bank would be named Think Bank, and it would provide “consumer retail and mortgage services to Canadian residents,” the notice said.“The granting of letters patent will be dependent upon the normal Bank Act application review process and the discretion of the Minister of Finance,” it added. Meridian Credit Union clears key hurdle to launching new national bank Higher interest rates, tougher mortgage rules drive surge in Toronto private lending Mortgage rules now ‘overkill’ that are hitting millennials particularly hard, home builders say True North opened its first store in 2006 and it has 11 locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. According to its LinkedIn page, True North has between 51 and 200 employees.In an email, the head of the company said they had applied for but not received the letters patent, and anticipated opening the new bank in either 2019 or 2020. The specific launch date will depend on the lender receiving the required regulatory approvals.“We are looking to create a Bank which will be a wholly owned subsidiary of TNM that can support the launching of a few unique products,” said Dan Eisner, True North’s founder and chief executive. “The Bank will not be publicly traded and will support our mission to provide really low mortgage rates to good-credit Canadians.”True North’s website says it “works closely with both large public banks and small private trust companies” to help its customers find financing. “In short, we match you with the best lender for your needs,” it adds.We are looking to create a bank which will … support the launching of a few unique productsDan Eisner, CEO, True North Mortgage Share this storyTrue North Mortgage moves toward opening its own bank Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn center_img Comment More 0 Comments Email Reddit True North CEO Dan Eisner plans to apply to the Minister of Finance for the letters patent needed to incorporate a Canadian bank.Postmedia file photo ← Previous Next → Geoff Zochodne Facebooklast_img read more

2019 VW eGolf Price Increase Comes As A Surprise

first_img Small, Entry-Level Electric Cars Won’t Be Affordable, Says VW Source: Electric Vehicle News We don’t know for sure why Volkswagen decided to increase the prices of base version, as we would expect to see a gradual decrease.Maybe it’s simply the effect of simplifying offers to cut costs, which in general decreased the number of options and actually increases prices. As automakers seek savings, we will probably see such practice often in the next couple of years.CarsDirect points out that the competitive position of e-Golf, both in case of purchase and leasing, isn’t too good anymore.“This month, VW is offering 2.9% financing for up to 60 months, plus a dealer cash incentive worth up to $3,000. In terms of leases, the 2019 e-Golf SE is listed at $319 for 36 months with $2,999 at signing, which equates to an effective cost of $402/month.Based on our analysis, that makes the SE $72/month more expensive than a 2019 Nissan LEAF S here in Los Angeles ($330). At that price, shoppers may find the 2019 Chevy Bolt LT to be more appealing ($421) for an extra $19/month but a range of up to 238 miles.”Besides this, the supply of e-Golf in the U.S. is constrained anyways and only 1,354 were sold in 2018 – down from 3,534 in 2017 and 3,937 in 2016 and 4,232 in 2015.Source: Volkswagen news Volkswagen And Ford Officially Announce Global Alliancecenter_img MSRP went up, but it’s now better equippedThe order guides for the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf in the U.S. indicate upcoming changes in prices and standard equipment. According to CarsDirect, the base price will go up by $1,400.Here are the details:Base SE trim:2018 – $31,390 ($30,495 MSRP + $895 D&H)2019 – $32,790 ($31,895 MSRP + $895 D&H) – $1,400 moreDC fast charging inlet now standard (previously $995)Driver Assistance Package (automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a blind spot monitor and adaptive cruise control with stop & go capability) option now available for $650 (previously not available)SEL Premium trim:2018 – $38,240 ($37,345 MSRP + $895 D&H)2019 – $39,790 ($38,895 MSRP + $895 D&H) – $1,550 moreDriver Assistance Package (with more features than in SE version: parking assistance feature and automatic high beams) now standard (previously $1,075) With Chattanooga, VW Will Have 8 Plants For EVs Based On MEB Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 21, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Electrek Review InMotion L8F electric scooter offers high quality high visibility

first_imgSource: Charge Forward With so many different electric scooters on the market, it can be difficult to stand out. That has led companies to get creative with the features they include in their scooters.InMotion took that notion to heart with the design of their InMotion L8F electric scooter. In addition to the standard scooter features we all know and love, they included some fun and fascinating new features I haven’t seen in any other model. more…The post Electrek Review: InMotion L8F electric scooter offers high quality & high visibility appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

Tesla Supercharger V3 Everything You Need To Know

first_imgTesla is making positive strides when it comes to announcements and transparency.Not too long ago, it seemed Tesla would make an announcement, and we’d still have plenty of questions. Sometimes press releases were few and far between and/or the company wouldn’t update information on its website very quickly. Then, we’d have to count on Musk to provide more info via Twitter, which was sometimes true, and other times not so clear and/or changed and corrected at a later date. We’re happy to report that times are changing.More Tesla V3 Supercharger Coverage: Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 7, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Reveals Supercharger Version 3.0: Up To 250 kW Late last evening, we covered the launch of Tesla’s new Supercharger Version 3.0 (V3 Supercharger). Sadly, there was no working livestream, but we were fortunate to get all the information out ahead of others. This is because Tesla was not only timely with the reveal itself, but also with sending us multiple communications about the new technology.Tesla updated the Supercharging section of its website almost as soon as the event began. It includes pertinent information about the new technology, as well as a helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” section.The website shares that Tesla is breaking ground on the first public V3 Supercharger site in North America this April. Additional charging installations with the latest technology will occur thereafter and continue globally over the course of this year. The new system will work to cut charging time in half and will benefit all Tesla models. It offers a ridiculous 1,000 mile-per-hour charging rate!We’ve included the entire information set below:Supercharger stations are conveniently located near desirable amenities like restaurants, shops and WiFi hot spots. Each station contains multiple Superchargers to get you back on the road quickly.Below are additional program details which apply to Tesla vehicles under the Supercharger program.All new Tesla vehicles require a fee to Supercharge.Where possible, owners are billed per kWh (kilowatt-hour), which is the most fair and simple method. In other areas, we bill for the service per minute.When billing per minute, there are two tiers to account for changes in charging speeds, called “tier 1” and “tier 2”.Tier 1 applies while cars are charging at or below 60 kW and tier 2 applies while cars are charging above 60 kW. Tier 1 is half the cost of tier 2.Tier 1 also applies anytime your vehicle is sharing Supercharger power with another car.Pricing to use a Supercharger may vary by location, and prices may change from time to time. All prices include taxes and fees.Average pricing information is provided below and specific pricing for each Supercharger location is shown in the navigation application on the vehicle touchscreen.Certain Model S and X vehicles ordered before November 2, 2018 receive 400 kWh (~1,000 miles) of Supercharger credits annually. Standard Supercharger fees apply after credits are used.Supercharging is simple and convenient—just plug in and charge up. Supercharging history is automatically populated in your Tesla Account showing the credits used or, if applicable, the amount billed. Tesla is committed to ensuring that Supercharger will never be a profit center.Frequently Asked QuestionsWhere can I find current and existing Supercharger stations?You can find existing (and upcoming) Supercharger stations here. To identify the station nearest you, visit our interactive map.How do I use the Supercharger network?Simply park and plug in your vehicle using the connector at the Supercharger post. Once plugged in, the vehicle’s charge port LED will flash green to indicate that charging has started. You can monitor charging progress on your instrument panel in your Tesla App.How should I plan a trip using Superchargers?Your built-in Trip Planner will automatically route you through Superchargers on the way to your destination. In addition, all Supercharger locations are displayed in your car’s Navigation to assist with route planning.I don’t have any free, annual Tesla credits. How does Supercharging billing work?After completing your charge, you will automatically be billed to the payment method on file in your Tesla Account. No action is required on your end with a payment method saved. You can review the details of each session in your account. Supercharger history and downloadable invoices may also be viewed online. For more details, see our Payment Terms for Services.How do I add a new payment method for charging, or change an existing one?You can add a credit card through your car’s charging screen or in your Tesla Account. Existing payment methods can also be edited or removed in your Tesla Account.What are idle fees?Idle fees apply to any car occupying a Supercharger if the station is at least 50% full and once the charge session is complete. If the car is moved within 5 minutes of the charge session completion, the fee is waived. To be clear, this is purely about increasing customer happiness and we hope to never make any money from it. Learn more about idle fees.How do I know the speed of the Supercharger before I plug in?Your car’s Navigation will display the maximum power output of each Supercharger location. You can also see this information on our interactive Supercharger map.Do I need to install charging at home if there are Superchargers near me?Charging where you park is one of the best ways to live with a Tesla and there is no need to travel to get a full charge. We recommend using an easily-installable Level 2 charging solution at home or work whenever possible. Superchargers are ideal while on a road trip, or while visiting from out of town, or while home charging is being established.Where exactly is the Supercharger station on the property?Supercharger stations are GPS located in your vehicle’s touchscreen navigation. Your vehicle’s Navigation will route to the nearest entrance and you can zoom in on the map to find the exact location of the station. If additional instructions are needed, they can be displayed when you tap on the station’s red lightning bolt icon.How does Tesla decide where to put Supercharger stations?Tesla Superchargers enable long distance travel and convenient charging in urban areas. We use precise energy modeling and locate Superchargers near amenities, such as hotels, restaurants and shopping areas. Attract Tesla drivers to your property by hosting a Supercharger station. You may submit your property suggestion here.Why do Superchargers in urban areas look different?Superchargers in urban areas have a unique post design that occupies less space, enabling more rapid deployment in tight city spaces.Do Superchargers in urban areas charge as quickly as other Superchargers? How long will charging take?Consistent with the rest of our network, Superchargers in urban areas are located in places where it’s convenient to spend time, like grocery stores or shopping centers, which means owners can charge while going about their weekly routine. Superchargers in urban areas deliver a nearly consistent 72 kilowatts (kW) of power, even if another Tesla begins charging in an adjacent stall. This creates a predictable charging experience with an average Supercharging session lasting around 45-50 minutes in city centers.Are Superchargers always open?Almost all Supercharger stations are open for charging 24 hours a day. However, nearby amenities are subject to business hours.I am not Supercharging as quickly as I expected. What could be happening?Your vehicle and the Superchargers communicate to select the appropriate charging rate for your car. Supercharging rate may vary due to battery charge level, current use of the Supercharger station and extreme climate conditions. Your vehicle charges faster when the battery is at a lower state of charge and charging slows down as it fills up. Depending on your destination, charging to completely full is often not necessary.Does Supercharging affect my battery?The peak-charging rate of the battery may decrease slightly after a large number of high-rate charging sessions, such as those at Superchargers. To ensure maximum driving range and battery safety, the battery charge rate is decreased when the battery is too cold, when it is nearly full or when its condition changes with usage and age. These changes in the condition of the battery may increase total Supercharger time by a few minutes over time.How can I maximize power and reduce charge time at a Supercharger?Each charge post is labeled with a number and letter, either A or B (e.g. 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B). When possible, select a charge post with a unique number that is not currently connected to a vehicle. When a unique number isn’t available, the Supercharger cabinet has technology to share available power between charge posts A and B. To maximize power, park at a Supercharger shared with a car that is nearly done charging. For Superchargers in urban areas, there is no need to consider these suggestions, as those sites do not share available power; each car has dedicated power available.My Tesla includes 400kWh of credits annually—how do those work? Certain Model S and X vehicles ordered before November 2, 2018 include annual Supercharger credits of 400kWh, or roughly 1,000 miles. For usage above the complimentary annual credits, a small fee applies to Supercharge. Credits replenish automatically on the anniversary of your delivery or known ownership transfer. Unused credits do not rollover to the next year and you can view your vehicle’s Supercharger credit status by logging into your Tesla Account.Can I have separate payment methods for different cars on my account?Not yet, but this functionality will be available in the coming months. Please note that saving a payment method on file applies to all cars on the Tesla Account.Why do some locations bill per kWh and some per minute?Tesla believes that owners should pay for energy delivered to the vehicle and therefore we price the service on a per kilowatt-hour (kWh) basis for the global network. In some regions, regulations and requirements make it difficult for companies that are not utilities to sell electricity for vehicle charging per kWh. In these places, we offer the Supercharger service at a per minute price, with two tiers to account for the dynamic charge rate.How do I know if my car has surpassed the free Supercharging credits?To check your vehicle’s Supercharger credit status, please view your Tesla Account or contact do I do if I have an issue while Supercharging?Please contact Customer Support at long can I park at a Supercharger?Once your vehicle has reached the range necessary to get to your next destination, please move your vehicle so other drivers can charge. Vehicles parked at a Supercharger beyond an active charge session will be subject to idle fees. Learn more about idle fees.As a commercial driver or operator, can I utilize the public Supercharger network?With the introduction of our Supercharger Fair Use Policy, commercial vehicles may not use the public Supercharger network. If you are an interested commercial operator, please reach out to us so we can help recommend charging solutions that meet your business’ needs. Keeping the Supercharger network available for non- commercial users will have a lasting positive impact on the Supercharger network and Tesla customers as a whole.A non-Tesla car is parked in a Supercharger stall, what should I do?Most Supercharger stalls are reserved for Tesla charging but some stalls allow general parking. Please be aware of stall signage and if a non-Tesla vehicle is blocking a Supercharger stall for greater than the posted time limits, please notify us at it okay to Supercharge in the rain and snow?Tesla vehicles are designed to charge in inclement weather including rain and snow. Charging times may vary in extreme climate conditions.What other charging options are available to me?In addition to the Supercharger and Destination Charging network, visit Plugshare for a map of supplementary public charging locations.When will V3 Superchargers be available in my area?Tesla will break ground on the first permanently public V3 Supercharger site in North America in April and continue to ramp V3 installations through 2019 globally.What is the peak charge rate for V3 Superchargers?V3 Superchargers are capable of delivering peak charge rates up to 250kW.Will all Tesla vehicles be able to receive a 250kW charge?All Tesla models will benefit from the elimination of power sharing in V3s architecture. The peak rate each vehicle achieves will vary with size and age of battery pack, state of charge and ambient temperature conditions.How long will it take to reach 80% state of charge at V3 Superchargers?We expect average charge times to be cut in half when the benefits of On-Route Battery Warmup are combined with V3 Supercharger power capability. The impact to individual owners will vary based on multiple factors, such as size and condition of battery pack.Will current PPU pricing and idle fee charges change at V3 Supercharger stations?No. Supercharger PPU and idle fee charges will remain unchanged at this time. Learn more about idle fee pricing here.Source: Tesla First Tesla Supercharger Version 3.0 To Go Live On Wednesday Here’s A Look At Tesla’s New Supercharger V3 In Action: Videolast_img read more

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