Flipboard Appoints Advertising Industry Veteran David Bell As New Board Member

first_img“David is a legendary leader with deep expertise and impeccable judgment. I’m honored he’s joining our board,” said Mike McCue, Flipboard’s co-founder and CEO. “His first principles based approach to growing an innovative business in the advertising industry will be extremely valuable as brands increasingly regard our content discovery platform as a effective way to engage consumers and drive results.”“We wanted to strengthen our board’s breadth of talent with a leader in media and advertising,” said Kal Amin, Flipboard’s president and chief operating officer. “David, whose career spans five decades in advertising and media, is a proven driver of growth and transformation. This could not be a more perfect match. He’s also one of the most inspiring people I know, challenges the teams he works with to be the best they can be and has been a great to mentor to me and others in the industry.”“The world is at its best when storytelling is at its best,” said Bell. “Thanks to Flipboard’s platform technology, its deep understanding of content and its highly engaged global audience the company well positioned to succeed. There is no other platform that consistently delivers highly valuable experiences for consumers, publishers as well as advertisers.”Marketing Technology News:Aussie Anthony Capano appointed Managing Director, International at Rakuten MarketingBell is the only advertising executive to lead all four industry associations: American Associations of Advertising Agencies (4As), the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Advertising Educational Foundation (AEF) and the Ad Council. He was elected to the Advertising Hall of Fame in March 2007 and held senior adviser roles to Google and AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong during that company’s turnaround. After the acquisition by Verizon, he continued to serve as a senior advisor of AOL until October 2018.As an early investor, Danny Rimer of Index Ventures has been a member of Flipboard’s board since the founding of the company. After 10 years on the board, Rimer steps down to partner with the next generation of early stage businesses.McCue who has been working with Danny Rimer since McCue started his first company 30 years ago, commented: “Danny’s contribution to Flipboard is immense. I want to thank him, on behalf of the entire team, for his leadership, wisdom and inspiration. While he leaves his role as board member, I am grateful he will continue to be a mentor and a friend.”“Mike is one of the most visionary and inspiring people I know. The common thread throughout his career is the creation of new paradigms for discovering and consuming content,” said Rimer. “Knowing Mike and his team, they will continue on this journey and create more breakthroughs.”Marketing Technology News: ANSYS Welcomes Lynn Ledwith as Vice President of Marketing B2Bcontent discoveryFlipboardMarketing Technology NewsMike McCueNews Previous ArticleMGID Adds Sellers.json and Support for OpenRTB SupplyChain Object to Drive Increased Trust and TransparencyNext ArticleBlueVenn Wins ‘Data-Driven Product of the Year 2019’ at London DataIQ Awards Flipboard Appoints Advertising Industry Veteran David Bell As New Board Member PRNewswireJuly 16, 2019, 9:41 pmJuly 16, 2019 An industry leader in marketing communication, Bell has been CEO of Interpublic Group (IPG), one of the world’s largest marketing communications and services companies, as well as True North Communications, Knox Reeves and Bozell. In 2008, Bell founded global B2B agency Gyro in partnership with Pegasus Capital Advisors, which became AdAge’s Global B2B Agency of the Year.Marketing Technology News: Blue Prism Collaborates with Microsoft to Deliver Free Cloud Trial on Azurecenter_img Flipboard, the content discovery platform, announced that David Bell, former CEO of Interpublic Group and founder and chairman of global B2B agency Gyro, has been elected to Flipboard’s board of directors. Danny Rimer of Index Ventures, who has been on the board since the founding of the company, is stepping down after 10 years of service. Current board members John Doerr and Mike McCue welcome Bell as Flipboard has become a top referrer to publishers and as brands look to drive similar results to their content via the platform. Flipboard, the content discovery platform, announced that David Bell, former CEO of Interpublic Group and founder and chairman of global B2B agency Gyro, has joined its board of directors.last_img read more

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After EC Order TDP Demands Repolling in 19 Booths in Andhra Pradesh

first_imgAmaravati: With the Election Commission ordering re-poll in five polling booth following a demand of the YSR Congress Party, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) too has demanded re-polling in 19 polling booths in seven constituencies across Andhra Pradesh.A delegation of the TDP leaders submitted a memorandum to Chief Secretary L.V. Subramanyam in this regard. The delegation including Ministers Devineni Uma, Kollu Ravindra and Nakka Anand Babu urged the Chief Secretary to recommend the re-poll to the EC.The TDP made the request two days after the EC ordered re-poll in five booths in Chandragiri Assembly constituency following a complaint by a YSRCP candidate that voters of a particular community were prevented from casting their votes during the polling held on April 11.The ruling party took strong objection to the EC decision to conduct the re-poll after more than a month and alleged that the poll panel was ignoring its demands for re-poll but was accepting the demand of YSRCP.The TDP leaders claimed that irregularities occurred during the polling in 19 polling booths on April 11.Re-polling in five booths in Chandragiri is scheduled on May 19. Earlier, re-polling in five other booths spread over three districts was held on May 6.Elections to the 175-member Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state were held on April 11.​ Chandrababu Naiduelection commissionLok Sabha elections 2019YSR Congress First Published: May 17, 2019, 6:41 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Super 30 Box Office Day 1 Prediction Hrithik Roshan Film Can Spring

first_img Talking about day one collections, Girish predicted double digits opening for Super 30. About the same, he said, “It is a word of mouth movie and I peg its day one box office collection at Rs 12 crore and it might go further to Rs 13-14 crore. The chances of it going downwards are bleak after the initial reactions.”Directed by Vikas Bahl, Super 30 will see Hrithik portray the role of mathematician Anand Kumar, who has been credited with putting underprivileged into Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) under his flagship Super 30 programme.Follow @News18Movies for more The fact that team India has exited from the World Cup 2019, may turn out to be in Super 30’s favour this weekend. Speaking about the expectations from Super 30, Girish Johar told indianexpress.com that since Hrithik is returning after close to two years, considering his star status, Super 30 is a set to attract audiences. He told the publication, “The trailer of the film has already made the right noise. The content-driven films are also going a long way at the box office. Super 30 surely looks like another winner from Hrithik.” bollywoodbollywood box officeBollywood film businessBollywood films First Published: July 12, 2019, 12:45 PM ISTcenter_img Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 has released in cinemas on Friday. This is the actor’s first film in close to two years, after 2017’s Kaabil. The makers hosted a special screening for the film and press fraternity on Wednesday, which elicited a largely positive response. However, the real test for Hrithik will be at the box-office as Super 30 will also aim to bring the successful run of Kabir Singh to a halt, in order to succeed commercially.Speaking about the morning shows of Super 30, film trade analyst Sumit Kadel informed that the film is off to an average start at the box-office. He tweeted, “#Super30 off to a mediocre start at the box office, film opened with 25-30% occupancy across India. Poised to grow noon shows onward.” #Super30 off to a mediocre start at the box office, film opened with 25-30% occupancy across India. Poised to grow noon shows onward.— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) July 12, 2019last_img read more

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Kerala Jail Ties up With Swiggy to Sell Biryani Made by Inmates

first_imgThrissur: Seeking to tap the hugely popular online food market, prison authorites in Kerala on Thursday began offering piping hot biriyani prepared by jail inmates.In the first phase, the plan is to sell biriyani combo online, priced at Rs 127. The combo, which was specifically designed for online sale, includes 300 grams of biriyani rice, one roasted chicken leg piece, three chappathis, a cup cake, salad, pickle and one litre bottled water along with a plantain leaf to eat the food, authorities at the Viyyur central jail, where it is being prepared. The prison authorities have tied up with Swiggy, online food delivery player, to deliver food from the Central Jail premises.Freedom Food Factory, an enterprise selling food prepared by inmates at Kerala’s prisons, has been engaged in the business since 2011.”We are going online for the first time,” Superintendent of Viyyur Central Jail, Nirmalanandan Nair told PTI. “We started making and selling chappathis in 2011. It was the Viyyur Central jail which started making chappathis on commercial scale. The idea of going online was proposed by jail DGP Rishiraj Singh,” he said.The jail food was a hit among people due to its quality and low price.”We have already been selling various biriyanis, non-vegetarian curries, bakery items and other from Viyyur jail. We also have counter sales. But now we have decided to go online and sell a biriyani combo initially,” he added.Noting that the new facility would start from July 11, Nair said based on the feedback more items would be sold online.”This does not mean that we are stopping the over-the-counter sale. As of now, Swiggy will deliver food within six km radius,” he said.At present, the jail sells around 25,000 chappathis, and over 500 biryanis a day, which is prepared by around 100 inmates, who are supervised by prison officials.The state prison department is also considering a proposal to open portals of one of its central jails for common people to spend a day and night there to get the ‘feel’ of jail life by charging a fee.The ‘pay and stay’ initiative is planned as part of a unique prison museum coming up in the premises of Viyyur Central prison in Thrissur district. biryanijailkeralaSwiggy First Published: July 11, 2019, 11:24 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Motorola mocks Samsung ad that mocked the iPhone X

first_imgWhen Apple finally started shipping the iPhone X, Samsung put out an ad that more or less trolled Apple on how, after 10 years, it still lagged behind some of the innovations Samsung started. It was, in a way, telling iPhone users to “grow up”. Now out of the blue, Motorola is taking a shot at Samsung with a new ad that instead advises users to “up-grade”, ironically with a mid-range Moto Z2 Play. Even stranger is that Motorola is using the Moto Z2 Play to demonstrate those capabilities. It is, of course, not Motorola’s highest end model this year and would probably be left behind eating the Galaxy Note 8’s smoke in a performance race. But perhaps Motorola is trying to sell the idea that, even with a less expensive phone, you can get that big screen that you want. That is, if all you really wanted as a big screen. Large screen, stylus, waterproofing, internal storage, headphone jack. Those are just some of the things that Samsung is saying Apple has to catch up with. To some extent, Cupertino did, especially with the large screen. Some, like the headphone jack, is something Apple is quite set against.Motorola’s ad is basically saying that those are not even enough. Want an even larger screen? Use a Moto Mod projector. Yes, Motorola is touting its Moto Mods to be the “up-grade” you need. Strangely, it only really shows that one mod out of half a dozen or so available.last_img read more

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Galaxy A8s could herald Galaxy S10s camera under the screen

It seems that Samsung is really making true on its promise to bring innovative, and probably crazy, new features to its Galaxy A series first. The Galaxy A7 debuted Samsung’s first triple cameras and the Galaxy A9 (A9s in China) became its first quad-camera phone. Less sensational is the Galaxy A6s, a China exclusive, that is the first Samsung phone not made by Samsung. Now another China-only phone might turn head and raise eyebrows. Samsung has just teased the Galaxy A8s which might be its first phone with a camera underneath the screen. Either that or it would have a hole for the front camera. The teaser image that leak source Ice universe tweeted then deleted (preserved by SamMobile thankfully) showed a Galaxy A8s that is all screen. Now, companies have been known to exaggerate their marketing renders. But let’s take it for granted that this is close to reality, which leads to two possibilities, both equally interesting.The first one might have come from Ice universe again who tweeted a few days ago about an upcoming 2019 phone with a “display open hole camera technology”. One would normally be puzzled about drilling a hole just for a camera, especially one that may seem to be in different places along the top of the phone. The display open hole camera technology will become the mainstream technology in 2019, then you think, where is the camera position better? pic.twitter.com/4mh5G7CbeT— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 18, 2018 The other and more exciting possibility is that the Galaxy A8s will be the first example of Samsung’s earlier leaked Under Panel Sensor tech or UPS. This would allow Samsung to place the camera beneath the screen and, if XDA was correct, the screen could become transparent right above the camera when needed. This could explain the varying positions in Ice universe’s leak.AdChoices广告If that is the case, the might be even more reason to be excited about the Galaxy A8s, even if it will never be available outside of China. That particular technology is also slated for the Galaxy S10 or the Galaxy Note 10 so its appearance on the mid-range model could be a beta test of sorts for the feature. read more

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Apple AirPower charging pad may finally be launching soon

first_imgHowever, there are a few additional details from ChargerLAB that seem to back up their claim. They include a screenshot of a conversation from the WeChat messaging app that, when translated, indicate the source believes AirPower will be shipping soon. The tweet also says that manufacturer Luxshare Precision has already started production on the wireless charging pad.As part of the Wireless Power Consortium backing the Qi standard, Luxshare already manufactures Apple’s AirPods, and has been said to be a supplier for the AirPower mat as far back as 2017. There were also reports last year that Pegatron would also be producing AirPower, and shortly after their first tweet, ChargerLAB followed up with a source saying that Pegatron would begin manufacturing on January 21st. It’s believed that the main reason AirPower has been delayed so long is because of numerous technical difficulties. The AirPower mat is said to be able to wirelessly charge the iPhone 8 and iPhone X or newer, the Apple Watch, AirPod headphones and their wireless charging case — handling multiple devices at once. Unfortunately Apple was held up by complex problems with overheating, interference, and charging efficiency. Last fall there were reports that Apple was now aiming for a first quarter 2019 release for AirPower, with sources including reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It’s still a big question is this latest rumor is accurate, but it’s looking more and more like Apple is gearing up to finally release its wireless charging pad. If you’ve been wondering where Apple’s AirPower charging accessory is, you’re far from the only one. The wireless charging pad was announced alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X way back in 2017, and while Apple told us then that it would be released sometime in 2018, here we are in 2019 still waiting for an update. The latest news is far from an official confirmation that AirPower will be shipping soon, however it is the most credible rumor about the device we’ve heard in some time. Breaking: AirPower is finally coming. We just learned from credible source in supply chain that the manufacture Luxshare Precision has already started producing Apple AirPower wireless charging pad. Luxshare Precision is also the maker of Apple AirPods and USB-C cables. pic.twitter.com/UqgWIAh3sx— ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019 The Twitter account ChargerLAB, based in Hong Kong, reports that Apple has begun the manufacturing process for the AirPower mat, meaning a release date may not be far away. The site says this information comes from a “credible source” within the supply chain, so take this news with a grain of salt, etc. Apple AirPower: Another source claims Pegatron is set to start mass produce AirPower at Jan 21. Pegatron is also an Apple OEM in Asia. The company employee says AirPower has total three layers of coils in 8-7-7 configuration from bottom to top. pic.twitter.com/xsboO47PGR— ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019 Story TimelineApple AirPower is still MIA: This might be whyAirPods wireless charging case coming soon, AirPower still MIAApple AirPower needs a rethinklast_img read more

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2018 Audi Sport RS 3 first drive a 4door 174 mph speeddemon

first_imgStory TimelineSlashGear to race against piloted Audi RS 7 at HockenheimringAudi RS 3 Sportback can hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromisesMan vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7Audi RS Q3 performance rockets from naught to 62.1mph in 4.4 seconds2018 Audi A5 and S5 First Drive – Gran Tourismo inspired coupeMy Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016Audi Q8 sport concept teases world-first hybrid tech Audi Sport may be a new name, but it has some serious heritage. For many enthusiasts, it’s best-known for its less mainstream engines: the TT RS and RS 3, for instance, are rare breeds primarily because they’re powered by a 2.5-liter, 5-cylinder engine. The atypical number of cylinders pushes out 400 HP and 354 lb.-ft. of torque, with maximum torque kicking in at 1,700 rpm and keeping up all the way through 5,850 rpm. In 2018 form, Audi Sport has squeezed 33 horsepower more and shaved off 57.3 pounds, thanks in no small part to the switch to lightweight aluminum for the crankcase and magnesium for the oil pan. Top speed is electronically limited to 155.3 mph, though ticking the optional Dynamic plus package raises it to 174 mph. 155 mph is plenty fast, mind, as I can attest to after having topped out on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans last year in the upcoming 2018 Audi S4. Unlike that car, the RS 3’s 5-cylinder engine is mated with the S tronic 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission, but even without that eighth ratio I have no complaints. Up and downshifts are lightning quick – yes, far quicker than your or I doing it – and the gearbox smartly sticks to the first six ratios and leaves the seventh as more of an overdrive for better highway efficiency. Paddle shifters are standard for when you want to get more involved, or just to provoke the bark from the optional sports exhaust when you downshift.MORE: My Days of Thunder with the 2017 Audi R8 V10 PlusFor buyers on the fence trying to decide between the S3 versus RS 3, perhaps the difference of 108 HP and 74 lb.-ft would be enough to push you towards the RS 3. The S3 Premium Plus starts at $42,900 and $48,400 for the S3 Prestige; the S3 model I compared the RS 3 with was fully loaded, bringing the price to roughly $52k. While US pricing for the RS 3 is still TBD, when the car goes on sale in Europe in April it will start at $55,900 euros; that roughly converts to $60k and change. US specification, which still hasn’t been finalized at this point, will play a big part: the US will get the panoramic sunroof as standard, for instance, whereas other countries do not. Normally, I’d think it would be nuts for anyone to fly across the world to drive a car for a few hours. While that’s all true, the RS 3 isn’t just any car: although on the surface it may look like a regular Audi, – and indeed the electricals, Virtual Cockpit dashboard, and a few other components are Audi AG – the real engineering magic is the handiwork of the Audi Sport team. Similarly, on the surface, Salalah, Oman may look like the Phoenix desert, but it’s really not. Camels, goats, donkeys, and the combined manure of all three are scattered over the roads, while rocks and unexpected patches of sand elevate the driving experience to a whole new level. Throw in the lack of police monitoring the mountain roads, and alternating short and long stretches of sweeping left and right turns, and you get a demanding road course that requires a taut, precise car and – hopefully – a driver that can keep up. It more than made up for the 18hr+ travel day. In most cars, I suspect this scenario could’ve ended up with my spinning out of control or – worst still – ending up in a ditch and not necessarily on all four wheels. That would make for a bad day. Instead, in those precious few seconds where all four wheels drifted sideways, I gently lifted my foot off the gas and the quattro magic kicked in, delivering the much-needed traction to set things up for the sharp left that came next. My heart skipped a few beats, certainly, but I was left with only more respect for what Audi Sport has achieved. If you’re wondering where the electronic nannies were in all this, you’ll be pleased to hear that both the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) and anti-slip control have been given RS-specific tuning, with controlled drifting-fun-and-safety in mind. There are three modes: full, sport mode – in which the ESC waits for you to get into trouble before kicking in, and the mode I was using at the time – and then finally you can turn the whole thing off by holding the ESC button down for more than three seconds. Cornering at higher speeds, the RS 3 benefits from torque braking, with the ESC gently slowing the inner wheels on a curve while allowing the outer wheels more power.I’m not going to lie; I drove this green machine like I had just stole it. In my defense, the environment just begs to be driven on, hard and fast. The downforce is great on straights going into sweeping turns; commit and press forward, resist the urge to lift or tap the brakes, and it’s smooth sailing. And then, just when you’ve almost lulled yourself into thinking you’re on one big public race track, a heard of a couple dozen camels overtake the road, seemingly out of nowhere. Swerving around them is not an option: all you can do is slam on the brakes – hard. I’m happy to report that the optional front carbon-ceramic brakes never once let me down.On the outside, while the RS 3 shares the same shell as the A3/S3, is gets a selection of RS-trims like additional air intakes that flank a deeper bumper with “quattro” embossed across the bottom of the grille. The rear is treated to two massive tailpipes, diffusers for reducing lift at higher speed, and a lip spoiler on the trunk lid. If you thought the stance looked meatier than the regular cars, you’re not wrong: the front track has been widened by 20mm, a combination of 7mm x 2-wheel offset and 3mm x 2 for a more robust wheel hub. The rear track is 14mm wider, purely from wheel offset. Step inside, and the interior gives you an instant sense of sportiness. The base model comes with aluminum insets with the option of carbon fiber, though my favorite – and I’d argue the most sportiest – are the red accents. The stitching on the seats takes nothing away from the support you get from the wide bolsters and integrated headrests, and even after a hard day of driving – or playing passenger as my drive partner had equal fun – I was still ready for more. Alcantara in all the right touch points – like the nine and three positions on the wheel, as well as on the gear knob – both looks and feels good. Audi Sport has sensibly kept the S3’s best technology in the cabin. Visually, you get Audi Virtual Cockpit, and honestly it alone is worth the price of the package. The 12.3-inch high-resolution display is configurable, with its various panels displaying a variety of driving-related information. The RS-only tach view gets a central rev-counter which lights up in sequential colors to let you know when to shift, flashing urgently as you approach the redline. The other mode takes advantage of the entire display to show Google Earth, whether you’re using it for navigation or not. Audi Sport also throws in Audi MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, Audi side assist with rear cross traffic assist, and – if you should tire of the powertrain’s own serenade – a great sounding Bang & Olufsen audio system. For nearly twenty years, Audi Sport was known as quattro GmBH, but with cars like the 2018 RS 3 the performance division is embracing its more public persona. There’s brand equity in “Audi”, and Stephan Winkelmann, Audi Sport’s CEO is under no illusion about how much potential that has for his line-up of unusual, rip-roaring cars. Winkelmann’s next job, he tells me, is to bring the brand to a whole new level. The roads in Oman share a whole lot with many of the race tracks I’ve driven on. The main difference is that tracks are generally designed with run-off for when you over-estimate the car’s abilities or your own; on Oman’s public roads, if you screw up, you’re hosed. Lucky, therefore, that the RS 3 is the Mighty Mouse of four-door sedans. It’s agile as well as fast, and while danger lurks ahead when you might get a little overzealous or drive beyond your capabilities, you can trust that Audi’s safety features are there to bail you out trouble. quattro all-wheel-drive is standard, though biased to the rear wheels. On a stretch of unusually zig-zagged road, sharply kinking left and right five or six times, I gained a new level of respect for how easily the RS 3 handled darting changes in direction. Push it even harder and the car rewards you for it: the quattro drive system may use the same hardware as before, but Audi Sport has worked miracles with the software and as a result the power split constantly varies depending on driver input and road conditions. Sure, it’s there primarily for your safety, but don’t think for a second that it’ll get in your way of having fun. Drifting sideways is something AWD cars usually discourage, but I can tell you from first-hand experience that the bright green RS 3 was more than happy to oblige.Turn-in is far more direct, due to progressive steering and the variable power distribution of the quattro drive: the RS 3 can push anything from 50- to 100-percent to the rear axle, constantly tweaking that amount according to its updated software. It rewards eager drivers, too, rather than working against you. After getting relatively comfortable with how the RS 3 handles, I whipped the steering to the right into a sharp turn while aggressively yet steadily pressing on the gas pedal. The drive system recognized a change in my driving style, pushing more power toward the rear axle as a result. When it sensed that all four wheels were started to slip, the distribution finessed again, pushing more to the front wheels. You buy a car for the horsepower but you drive the torque, Stephan Reil, head of Audi Sport Development, reminded me, and he’s not wrong. In the case of this particular 5-cylinder, the torque is an invisible and near-relentless force that presses you back against your seat. Peak torque early in the power band gives you the thrill of driving a sports car – even with the practicality of a four-door A3 – while the bigger horsepower gets you from point A to B faster. Make no mistake, the RS 3 is legitimately fast; in fact, I’d go as far as calling it a speed demon, hitting 0 to 62.1 mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds. It’s a car with personality to back up the power, too. Your ears tell you something is up from the outset, thanks to the thunderous exhaust note courtesy of the 1-2-4-5-3 cylinder ignition sequence. By alternating between directly adjacent cylinders and widely spaced ones, Audi Sport is the conductor of a fantastic thump-crackle-pop-crackle orchestra, a glorious rumble unique to the five-cylinder engine. After Audi Sport got its pitch out of the way, my drive partner and I picked were drawn magnetically to one of the two Viper Green RS 3 waiting outside, complete with black optics trim and all the bells and whistles you can check on the order sheet. The Dynamic plus package also comes with RS fixed sport suspension for maximum handling and driving performance; the base trim comes with Magnetic Ride suspension as standard. If you plan on taking the RS 3 to the track, you’re better off ticking the Dynamic plus package, though unkempt road surfaces will make themselves known through the stiffened suspension. It also comes with front carbon ceramic brakes and a carbon engine cover. All RS 3 variants have fixed-ratio steering. The Dynamic package, meanwhile, gets you 19” 5-arm-blade-design wheels, titanium finish throughout, red brake calipers, sport exhaust system with black tips as well as 255/30 front and 235/35 rear summer performance tires. Having spent some time in both Dynamic and Dynamic plus cars, I suspect you can’t go wrong with either. I must say, the black optics package – which replaces the aluminum trim with piano black – looks amazing, and definitely suits the car’s fierce attitude. At the moment, Audi sells around 20,000 A3 annually in the US. With the arrival of the 2018 RS 3, the expectation is that it will shift between 3,000 and 5,000 of the hottest variant per year to drivers with the desire and means for Audi Sport’s RS-entry model. While there are a handful ofhigh-performance 4-bangers on the market, your choice for 5-cylinders is significantly smaller.I’m already a fan of the TT RS, and like the RS 3 it’s a great performer both on and off the track with all the sounds and style to match. Still, the RS 3 is the perfect no-compromise for anyone going through a midlife crisis with a family to haul around. The drive select modes allow you to chauffeur the kids to school or dance class and, once you’ve got the car to yourself, switch over to Dynamic or Individual mode for a treat. If that’s the plan, I’d suggest sticking with the standard magnetic ride control for its variable dampers. The overall package is a four-door speed-demon that won’t let you or your family down. In fact, if there’s a problem it’s more that, for many in the target audience, the RS 3’s creators simply don’t have the brand recognition that some of their competition enjoy. Speaking with Stephan Winkelmann, Audi Sport’s CEO, I asked what the company was doing to address that, when many potential Audi buyers I’ve talked to haven’t heard either of quattro GmBH or Audi Sport. “We have to work on the brand, one of the most important thing is that Audi Sport, today is a lineup of very good cars. But the brand is in my opinion not there where it should be, and therefore we are redefining the brand strategy for Audi Sport,” Winkelmann told me. That includes setting the division’s products up as attainable halo cars throughout Audi’s range.“It’s good that it’s a sub-brand and the sub-brand needs to have a function within the Audi brand. The function could be like for example, the first R8 is a lighthouse in terms of design and technology for the entire Audi company,” Winkelmann explained. “If this works, you have a cascade process … for instance if I love the R8 but I can’t afford the R8 so I’ll buy a different Audi because I can’t afford it.” The challenge there, undoubtedly, is selling enough vehicles to justify your existence, while not sacrificing the rarity that helps make your products special. According to Winkelmann, that’s something he’s very conscious of.“This makes it a very simple idea behind Audi Sport, in that it’s able to make people dream about something outstanding and not something you see every day: exclusivity is one of the things. Focusing on the right segments and for sure you have to keep the promise. Keeping the promise means you have to have a perfect balance; for us, between design, performance, top quality and daily usability. This is very much car related.”Get it right, he says, and the result isn’t merely a great new car for the performance enthusiast, but a domino effect that benefits Audi as a whole. “We have to elevate the brand to new heights,” Winkelmann concludes. “This can be done with a good brand strategy, this is what we are working on. Also, if you have the opportunity to launch a car which again a lighthouse for the entire company and not just for the Audi Sport brand. Everything we do, should be done to the greater purpose to be part of the big family of Audi.” slashgear.com/audilast_img read more

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Toyotas 22 megawatt hydrogen plant could ignite fuelcell cars

first_imgStory TimelineToyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generatorFuel Cell Safety: Why hydrogen cars like Honda’s Clarity are safeToyota “Fine-Comfort Ride” concept vehicle is a hydrogen-powered EV Toyota may be one of the automakers pushing hydrogen fuel cells, but it’s only now that the company is getting serious about hydrogen fuel production. Plans to build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant have been revealed at the LA Auto Show 2017 today, turning bio-wasted into green fuel. The so-called Tri-Gen facility will be based at the Port of Long Beach, and fueled from the waste byproducts of California livestock farms. With that bio-waste, Toyota believes it can generate water, electricity, and hydrogen. It’s no small amount of those components, either. The plant will generate approximately 2.35 megawatts of electricity when it comes online, Toyota says, along with 1.2 tons of hydrogen each day. That’s enough to power approximately 2,350 average-sized homes, along with supplying enough power for nearly 1,500 vehicles to go about their typical daily routine. Meanwhile, the Tri-Gen plant will also be used to supply power to the nearby Toyota Logistics Services (TLS) operations, which take place at the nearby port. That’ll make it the first of Toyota’s facilities in North America to be 100-percent reliant on renewable power. Not only will that mean filling up any Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedans that pass through the port, but Toyota’s Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell truck. Known as Project Portal, it’s a class 8 truck that emits only water, the byproduct of the fuel cell process. Toyota is working with FuelCell Energy with the support of the US Department of Energy, California agencies including the California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Orange County Sanitation District, and the University of California at Irvine. Not only is it capable of producing green power, it’s actually ahead of California’s existing air quality standards. “Going forward, Toyota remains committed to supporting the development of a consumer-facing hydrogen infrastructure to realize the potential of fuel cell vehicles,” the company said in a statement. “Thirty-one retail hydrogen stations are now open for business in California, and Toyota continues to partner with a broad range of companies to develop new stations.”Fuel cell vehicles have some obvious advantages over their gasoline or plug-in electric counterparts. Unlike gas vehicles, their emissions are pure water and their fuels can be from renewable sources. Unlike plug-in electric cars, however, the time to refuel a hydrogen vehicle’s tank is far swifter. Indeed, Toyota says the Mirai can be filled completely in roughly the same amount of time as a gas car can be refueled traditionally. Still, despite the advantages there, the logistics of actually getting hydrogen to locations where it can be used to refuel vehicles like the Mirai – or, indeed, rival fuel cell cars like Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell – aren’t straightforward. Currently, that often means delivering it in a tanker truck, or via a pipeline. However, Toyota and others have experimented with on-site production, using green electricity generation such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric, to create hydrogen gas in-situ.last_img read more

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Barajas LIDAR sets its sights on selfdriving cars

first_imgIt was enough to catch the eye of a number of high-profile investors, including Sequoia China, Blackbird, and others. However it also pits the startup against some big name rivals in the car sensor space, like Velodyne. I caught up with the Baraja team in San Francisco, CA this week, to take a ride in a Spectrum-Scan LIDAR equipped test vehicle and find out more. LIDAR, or “light detection and ranging,” works by firing out lasers and then recording how they bounce back. Sensors using the technology can build up complex 3D maps, or point clouds, from that data, after peppering their surroundings with multiple laser points. They’re also one of the more distinctive elements of autonomous prototypes. The form-factor most commonly associated with the technology is the “spinning bucket” atop self-driving vehicles. That works by stacking multiple laser emitters in a column, all pointed at a different slice of the scene, and then spinning them 360-degrees to build up a view of the entire area around the car. AdChoices广告That, Baraja argues, has a few inherent flaws. For a start it’s large and technologically complex. Multiple moving parts mean more points that can break down or let in the elements; it’s also hard to scale up the resolution, which often means the core spinning LIDAR gets supplemented with secondary sensors to fill in gaps in the scene. Given the laser arrays are one of the single most expensive components on such vehicles, that can add significantly to the overall cost. Baraja’s alternative takes a very different approach. Rather than spinning its lasers, its Spectrum-Scan system relies on a wavelength-tunable laser that can cycle rapidly through different frequencies of infrared light. That laser light is passed through a prism, and since different frequencies emerge from the other side of the prism at different angles, it effectively delivers scanning with no movable parts. Because of that, Baraja can address one of the other common complaints about traditional LIDAR: the bulk. Rather than mount everything in the same enclosure, the Spectrum-Scan system splits the laser emitter and processing from the prism optics. The former are in a small enclosure that can be packaged right next to the car’s onboard computers, minimizing latency; that box is linked via a fiber-optic cable to the optics. Currently, they look a little like industrial outdoor light fixtures. There’s scope, though, to much more cleanly integrate them into the body of the car, so that only the glass window at the front is actually visible from the outside. Since the delicate electronics and laser emitters are at a safe distance, too, even if a rock hits the optics components it should be a relatively less expensive repair. Meanwhile, though there are several projects out there working on alternative ways to deliver LIDAR scanning, Cibby Pulikkaseril, Baraja co-founder and CTO argues that it’s in a better place than most to actually deliver commercial products. Its system is built primarily with off-the-shelf components already in use by the telecoms industry, he pointed out to me, albeit constructed in a unique way. The important part is that such components already have economies of scale, and the manufacturers involved already have experience producing them them in considerable numbers. The other big advantage with Spectrum-Scan LIDAR is how it can be focused. Laser rangefinders typically have two key performance factors: the resolution of the point cloud they produce, and the distance at which they can spot objects in their field of view. Since Baraja can, through precise control over what wavelengths of light are being emitted, focus its LIDAR’s attention more acutely on certain portions of the scene, autonomous vehicles could theoretically choose to sacrifice broader scanning in favor of a more intensely-mapped portion. That could pay dividends, depending on where the vehicle is actually driving. In the city, for example, you’d likely want as broad coverage as you could get, just in case a pedestrian walks out into the road or a car pulls out of a side street. On the highway, though, distance might be of primary interest: by focusing on the horizon line of the road ahead, you could more accurately map cars in the distance. Out in Baraja’s test car, which was fitted with a single emitter pointing forward, I was able to see on a screen inside how the LIDAR was scanning the road ahead as we drove around. Pulikkaseril had configured it to match one of Velodyne’s most popular models, with up to 250 feet of range and similar resolution, though Baraja’s LIDAR actually has a range of over 650 feet. In effect the car creates a cone of data ahead of itself, tracking objects whether they’re fixed or they move. Spectrum-Scan LIDAR startup Baraja wants to knock the silly hat from the top of autonomous cars. Emerging into the light after several years in stealth mode, the Australian company is promising a double whammy for self-driving vehicle manufacturers: better performance than current laser scanning systems, but in a more discreet and flexible package. center_img By adjusting the frequencies emitted, however, Pulikkaseril could focus the LIDAR on a more specific band across the scene. In a separate demo, he showed me how with such higher resolutions you could make out text on a poster that, at the regular resolution, was too indistinct to read. Exactly how that data is utilized will be down to the individual companies making the cars that eventually use Baraja sensors. There’s currently interest from both mainstream automakers and those working on more rideshare-like models that eschew direct vehicle ownership, Pulikkaseril tells me. The company isn’t putting any bets on which will be successful, or indeed on when fully autonomous vehicles might make it to commercial readiness, but it’s certainly hoping that its sensors will be inside a good few of them. Of course, it’s not just about entirely self-driving vehicles. Modern cars you can buy in dealerships today are already full of sensors, with cameras, radar, ultrasonics, and more being used for features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic emergency braking. Right now, LIDAR isn’t among them, primarily because the cost of outfitting a vehicle with laser scanning is cost-prohibitive. That won’t, if Baraja has its way, be the case forever. Indeed, the initial implementations of the Spectrum-Scan system would seem likely to be in driver-assistance rather than outright replacement. Safety and convenience technologies that can better augment a human driver, much in the way that features like Tesla’s Autopilot and Cadillac’s Super Cruise have begun to do already. With such a market at stake, Baraja won’t have it all to itself. It’s also not the only company working on solid-state LIDAR. Velodyne, for instance, revealed one such sensor last year, designed to be better integrated into vehicle bodywork along with being cheaper than the company’s existing products. Pulikkaseril wouldn’t, unsurprisingly, be drawn on just who the company is working with. Neither would he make an outright prediction as to how soon Baraja’s sensors will appear in production vehicles. Still, with the Spectrum-Scan LIDAR available now, this is not technology making big promises today but shipping at some some vague point in the future. Given the pace of automotive development right now, that could well make the difference for Baraja versus other LIDAR upstarts. [8/12 Updated to add further detail on Baraja’s LIDAR range]last_img read more

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Qualcomm 215 brings dualcameras and more to 100 phones

first_imgQualcomm has added a new smartphone chip to its 2-series, and while it may not have the flagship appeal of the Snapdragon 855, the new Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform could be a game-changer in phones around $100. Borrowing features like dual camera support, Quick Charge, and higher screen resolutions, it’ll make a big difference in whether or not budget handsets are a pleasure or a chore to use. The big change is the use of 64-bit CPUs. For the 2-series, it means improvements in performance as well as a degree of future-proofing, with Qualcomm pointing to Google’s push to make 64-bit Android apps the norm. In the case of the Qualcomm 215, that means up to a 50-percent CPU performance boost compared to the previous chipset. There are four 28nm ARM Cortex A53 cores running at up to 1.3 GHz, with Hexagon DSP. Graphics come courtesy of the Adreno 308 GPU, which can support up to 1080p video playback. Gaming performance is up 28-percent over the old chip, Qualcomm says.The 215 Mobile Platform also supports HD+ resolution displays, meaning up to 1560 x 720 at 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Considering 540p panels still are fairly commonplace in smartphones in this price bracket, that’s another noticeable improvement. AdChoices广告On the back, there’ll be support for up to a single 13-megapixel camera, or dual-cameras at up to 8-megapixels each. The Qualcomm 215 can handle Full HD 1080p video capture, another first for the 2-series, as is Dual-ISP. It paves the way for phones with an optical zoom, for example, or a depth sensing camera. As for connectivity, that’s courtesy of the Snapdragon X5 modem. It supports LTE Cat 4 with Carrier Aggregation, for up to 150 Mbps downloads and 50 Mbps uploads. It’s the first 2-series chipset to deliver Ultra HD Voice Calls and Dual SIM with Dual Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). That means a single phone can have two LTE SIMs not only installed, but active at the same time. There’s also WiFi ac with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 4.2. Targeting markets where mobile transactions have flourished, the 2-series gets its first NFC-enabled chipset with Android’s Google Pay payment support. Finally, there’s the promise of significant improvements on battery life. With a 3,000 mAh battery, for example, Qualcomm says a 215-based phone could deliver more than five days of music playback, or over 10 hours of video playback. The same battery could manage over 20 hours of voice calls. Quick Charge support, meanwhile, could see phones recharge 75-percent faster than before. Clearly, these are features users of flagship smartphones have been enjoying for some years now, but that’s not the Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform’s point. Instead, it’s aiming to bring the entry-level up to speed given the changing expectations led by those high-end devices. How much of an impact that makes in markets like the US remains to be seen, but regions where roughly $100 phones are the mainstay will suddenly get access to technologies that might previously have cost twice the price, if not more. Qualcomm expects the first 215 Mobile Platform-based phones to go on sale in the second half of 2019.last_img read more

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Growth In Medicaid Slows

first_imgGrowth In Medicaid Slows This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A new report shows that improvement in the economy helped curb enrollment in the health care program for low-income people.The New York Times: Spending On Medicaid Has Slowed, Survey FindsThe annual growth in spending on Medicaid slowed sharply last year as the economy began to improve, a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found. Enrollment in the program grew only modestly as well, but that may change as millions of people are due to become eligible in 2014 under the new national health care law (Goodnough, 10/25).Bloomberg: Medicaid Spending Growth Slows As U.S. Economy ImprovesSpending on Medicaid, the U.S. health insurance program for the poor, grew at its slowest rate since 2006 in a signal the economy is improving, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Spending on the program, which is run by states and funded largely by the federal government, rose 2 percent in the year ended Sept. 30, compared with 9.7 percent growth in fiscal 2011, the Menlo Park, California-based nonprofit research group said today in a report. Along with help from economic improvements, 48 states implemented at least one new policy to slow spending, such as cutting payments to health-care providers, Kaiser said (Wayne, 10/25).CQ HealthBeat: Improved Economy Eases Pressure On MedicaidLower-than-expected Medicaid enrollment growth led to an almost-record low in annual spending growth in the program in fiscal 2012, according to an annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey of 50 states released Thursday. Medicaid spending in fiscal 2012, which ended June 30 in many states, grew by only 2 percent on average, which was slightly less than legislators expected. The main reason for the better-than-anticipated growth rates is that the economy improved and fewer people enrolled in the federal-state program. Enrollment grew by 3.2 percent, which the report noted was the lowest growth rate since the early days of the recession in 2008 (Adams, 10/25).Related KHN Coverage: Medicaid Spending Growth Drops As Enrollment Slowslast_img read more

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18 Dems Join House GOP On Bill To Change Laws Definition Of

first_imgThe legislation is bolstered by Republican charges that employers are cutting part-time workers’ hours so that they don’t have to provide insurance to those workers.The Associated Press: House GOP Moves Against Health Care LawHouse Republicans renewed their election-year assault on President Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday, their opposition undimmed just days after Obama celebrated news that more than 7 million Americans had signed up for coverage under the law. The GOP-led chamber voted 248-179 to change the law’s definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week. The result would be that fewer workers would get employer-sponsored health coverage and hundreds of thousands more people would be uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office (Werner, 4/3).The Washington Post: House Votes To Change Health-Care Law’s Definition Of Full-Time WorkEighteen House Democrats voted with Republicans Thursday to change the definition of full-time work as it relates to the Affordable Care Act, signaling that for some members of President Obama’s party the law remains a difficult political issue. The bill approved Thursday would change the law’s definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week back to 40 hours, a move that Republicans say is necessary as employers continue limiting the hours of part-time workers in anticipation of the law’s employer insurance requirement (O’Keefe, 4/3).The Wall Street Journal: Health-Law Tweak Redefining Full-Time Worker Gains Bipartisan TractionAn effort to change the 2010 health-care law’s definition of a full-time worker to ease its requirements on businesses has gained bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, as the Republican House on Thursday passed a bill to make the change with the help of 18 Democrats. The idea has popped up in several places in recent days. In the Senate, a similar measure has attracted two Democratic co-sponsors and has been floated as part of a potentially bipartisan package to raise the minimum wage. Republicans are pushing the issue hard, and sought to attach it as an amendment to unemployment-insurance legislation on Thursday (Peterson, 4/3).In other Capitol Hill legislative news – CQ HealthBeat: Divisions In Mental Health Policy Apparent At Hearing On Murphy BillLawmakers expressed bipartisan interest Thursday in finding common ground on mental health policy, but the fracture lines that could complicate the effort were on full display at a House subcommittee hearing on wide-reaching legislation sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Tim Murphy. Murphy introduced the bill (HR 3717) in December after holding hearings on mental health issues as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee (Attias, 4/3). 18 Dems Join House GOP On Bill To Change Law’s Definition Of Full Time This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Perspectives Before Crowning CEO As Champion Of Consumers Lets Check Allergans Record

first_img Stat: Will One CEO’s Pledge To Cap Drug Price Hikes Really Help? The public reproach over the price of Mylan’s lifesaving drug EpiPen is the latest imbroglio in a much broader debate over drug costs. At issue is the rising list price on drugs. But as Mylan argued, these high reported prices often bear little relation to the real price actually paid, after rebates and discounts, by most health plans. The question is how we can bring more prudence to this complex system, in which drug discounts don’t flow evenly to the patients who need access to these medicines. (Scott Gottlieb, 9/12) A year into tracking pharma TV ad spending with data provided by iSpot.tv, FiercePharmaMarketing is ready to declare a “winner.” No surprises here though: It’s AbbVie’s Humira. AbbVie has dropped more than $288 million on Humira TV ads for the year we followed from September through the end of August, according to data from realtime TV ad tracker iSpot. That includes spending across its three indications for arthritis, psoriasis and Crohn’s disease/colitis, with arthritis spending the highest at $144 million, or half of the total. Crohn’s and colitis spending were next at $104 million, followed by Humira’s indication for psoriasis at $40.3 million. (Snyder Bulik, 9/12) The Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com: We All Pay The High Cost Of EpiPens Forbes: How Congress Can Make Drug Pricing More Rational Chicago Sun Times: Get To Bottom Of Drug Company Overpricing There’s a conflict at the heart of pharmaceutical pricing in the U.S.: On the one hand, it’s in the public’s interest for pharma companies to get a good return on the huge investments they often make in developing new drugs. On the other, it’s in the public’s interest to be able to afford those drugs. (Justin Fox, 9/9) Recently there have been numerous articles and editorials understandably scrutinizing the increases in pricing of EpiPen produced by Mylan, a generic drug company. The strong reaction to the behavior of Mylan and a few other companies is threatening to impede the ability of R&D-focused innovator companies to provide innovative, life-changing new therapies to patients. (Ron Cohen, Paul J. Hastings, Rachel K. King, Jeremy M. Levin, John M. Maraganore and Michael A. Narachi, 9/12) The bad press and outrage swirling around the pharmaceutical company Mylan has forced it to take an unusual new step. In response to criticism of the company’s $600 price tag for its EpiPen — an emergency response system for severe allergic reactions — Mylan is offering a generic version of its own product. The generic EpiPen will cost $300 dollars — half the current price of a two-pack of the product — and would compete directly with its name-brand counterpart. (Nathan Nascimento, 9/12) Forbes: Biotech CEOs: Don’t Let EpiPen Threaten Innovation Perspectives: Before Crowning CEO As Champion Of Consumers, Let’s Check Allergan’s Record Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues.center_img Bloomberg: The Strange Case Of Off-Patent Drug Price Gougers Fortune: Don’t Only Blame Mylan For $600 EpiPens FiercePharma: AbbVie’s Humira, Pfizer’s Lyrica Dominate A Year Of TV Ad Spend With Almost $500M Total We should be anything but surprised at the sky-high prices we now see for prescription drugs. In the past several weeks, the public’s attention has focused on Mylan and its 400% EpiPen price increase since 2009. Yet EpiPens are not—by a long shot—the only drugs that have sparked recent outrage due to price hikes. Generic epinephrine costs, for example, have risen by more than 200%. And the price of Naloxone, a life-saving drug that can help reverse opioid overdoses, has risen 17-fold in the past two years. What is shocking, then, is not that an EpiPen 2-Pak now costs as much as $600, but rather that it took Mylan nearly a decade to raise its price this high. (Ezekiel Emanuel, 9/8) Morning Consult: The Real EpiPen Lesson Outrage over a new $608 sticker price for a two-pack of life-saving EpiPens snowballed last week into an announcement that the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations had opened a “preliminary inquiry” into the matter. Tough scrutiny of the decision by the pharmaceutical company Mylan to jack up EpiPens’ price by 550 percent since it bought rights to the product in 2007 is well-deserved. (9/11) Over the past month, the EpiPen controversy has triggered a national debate on what to do about high drug prices. The enormous public attention stems from a doubling of the price over a three-year period. Families with life-threatening allergies can now end up paying more than $600 for a prescription. Heather Bresch, CEO of the company (Mylan) that makes the EpiPen, blames insurance plans. She says it’s high deductibles that are the root of the problem. I disagree. High deductible health plans are not causing the price hikes – they are just making them visible to consumers and the public. (David Grande, 9/12) How much credit should we give Brent Saunders for trying to put a lid on drug prices? The Allergan chief executive last week issued a manifesto in which he vowed to avoid “price gouging” as part of a “social contract” with the public. And he promised that his company, which is best known for selling Botox, will limit price hikes to single-digit percentages each year — although he acknowledged that there may be exceptions. (Ed Silverman, 9/13) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. 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Top Officials At Memorial Sloan Kettering Fostered Environment Where Profits Were Put

first_img The New York Times/ProPublica: Memorial Sloan Kettering Leaders Violated Conflict-Of-Interest Rules, Report Finds Stat: Fining One ‘Predatory’ Publisher Won’t End Bad Science In Journals  This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Science publishers aren’t supposed to be in the disinformation business. And that’s precisely what a federal judge in Nevada was saying late last month when she slapped OMICS International with a $50 million penalty in a suit brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Judge Gloria M. Navarro agreed with regulators that OMICS, which publishes hundreds of journals and puts on scientific conferences, was guilty of “numerous express and material misrepresentations regarding their journal publishing practices.” (Marcus, 4/5) In other news on ethics and research — Top officials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center repeatedly violated policies on financial conflicts of interest, fostering a culture in which profits appeared to take precedence over research and patient care, according to details released on Thursday from an outside review. The findings followed months of turmoil over executives’ ties to drug and health care companies at one of the nation’s leading cancer centers. The review, conducted by the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, was outlined at a staff meeting on Thursday morning. (Ornstein and Thomas, 4/4) Top Officials At Memorial Sloan Kettering Fostered Environment Where Profits Were Put Ahead Of Patient Care, Review Finds The review, conducted by the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, came after investigations turned a spotlight on the financial conflicts of interest of top officials at the prominent cancer center. The cancer center announced on Thursday an extensive overhaul of policies governing employees’ relationships with outside companies and financial arrangements.last_img read more

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Google Assistant is finally coming to Sonos speakers

first_img We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. It’s been a long time – nearly 18 months – since Sonos announced support for Google Assistant. But it is finally coming after Sonos CEO Patrick Spence confirmed the company’s plans to launch during a quarterly earnings letter to shareholders.The rollout of the Google Assistant update will start in the US next week, with Spence mentioning the feature will go live in “more markets to come over the next few months.” Its introduction means users of Sonos products can now choose between Assistant, Alexa and Apple’s Siri (via AirPlay 2).Spence also went to say that [Google Assistant] “will truly elevate the customer experience… we think giving consumers choice is always the right decision, and we anticipate this philosophy will be adopted in the industry over time.”Sonos first announced Assistant was on the way when it announced the Sonos One speaker in October 2017. An initial target was set for 2018, but for whatever reason that promise proved tricky to keep and the release date came and went with no sign of the feature.Google Assistant integration arrived back on the agenda when Sonos showed its products working with Google Assistant at CES 2019. The Sonos and Beam are both expected to carry the voice assistant technology, though Google mentioned at CES that it expected earlier models – Play:1, Play:5, Playbase and Playbar – could be updated to be compatible.While that doesn’t appear to have been fully confirmed by Sonos yet, owners of those products could receive it later down the line.A UK release date for Google Assistant on Sonos is yet to be confirmed, but we’d hope for a release sooner rather than later. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. 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

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Google Fit turns the lights out with new dark mode heres how

first_img We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Google Fit, Google’s fitness app, is adding a dark mode with version 2.16, joining the huge list of Google apps that are getting dark mode upgrades ahead of Android Q’s system-wide dark theme. So, Fit is taking a place alongside Keep, Photos, Calendar and even Google’s own search app as dark theme compatible apps. However, you won’t need to wait for Android Q to turn out the lights on Google Fit. If you want to turn it on, make sure you’ve updated or installed the 2.16 version of Google Fit. Then, go to your profile, hit the cog-shaped settings icon, then scroll through to your theme option. There, you can set it to light (that’s how it looks now), dark or even have it follow your system theme., as Android Q will have a global toggle to let you flip between light and dark mode. Related: Best Android PhonesCrucially, this isn’t a ‘true’ dark mode, so instead of a perfect black you’re just getting a slightly more relaxed darker colour scheme, but it should stop you being blinded when using your phone in low light, and it will look better alongside other dark mode apps, which you’re going to continue to see more of as conventional design wisdom has people moving towards darker colour schemes in general. However, Google Fit is still struggling with negative reviews due to some server-side issues that are leaving some users unable to log in, or even unable to access or sync their data. The Goog is looking into it, and say a fix is coming, but an aesthetic update will probably leave those experiencing these issues a little grumpy in the meantime.Still, the low-contrast mode Google is adopting across all of their apps is a good one, and we’re quickly getting to the point where I no longer have to look at bright white on any screen I use. Good news. 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. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

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Hudsons Bay posts widerthanexpected loss on fewer stores lower sales at Lord

first_img Reuters Email Facebook Same-store sales at Hudson Bay stores tumbled 4.3 per cent in the quarter.Peter Thompson/Postmedia Hudson’s Bay posts wider-than-expected loss on fewer stores, lower sales at Lord & Taylor Hudson Bay is evaluating a $1.74 billion go-private cash offer from its executive chairman Richard Baker and other shareholders Share this storyHudson’s Bay posts wider-than-expected loss on fewer stores, lower sales at Lord & Taylor Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Recommended For YouChina’s AIIB eyes $10-12 bln a year in project financing, steady growthIntema Appoints New President and Chief Executive OfficerSale of Shaw stake could mean more deals for Corus: analystTMAC Resources Announces Record Low Cash Costs and AISC and Its First Positive Earnings in Q1-2019The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through Reddit Twitter Join the conversation → More June 13, 20197:50 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Canadian department store operator Hudson’s Bay Co. on Thursday posted a wider-than-expected loss and a 3.3 per cent fall in first-quarter revenue as it closed some stores and sales at its Lord & Taylor unit fell.The owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor retail chains said earlier this week it was evaluating a $1.74 billion go-private cash offer from its Executive Chairman Richard Baker and other shareholders.The company, North America’s oldest, said first-quarter comparable sales decreased 2.1 per cent, and excluding Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters increased 0.3 per cent. Hudson’s Bay offered escape from retail carnage with chairman’s bid Hudson’s Bay Co to pay $4.5 million to close deceptive pricing probe: Competition Bureau Hudson’s Bay Co exploring strategic alternatives for Lord & Taylor, including sale or merger Same-store sales at its namesake stores tumbled 4.3 per cent in the quarter.The struggling retailer has been shutting its underperforming shops to cut costs and exploring strategic alternatives such as a sale or merger of its department store Lord & Taylor. The company is also set to sell its stake in its real estate joint venture in Germany to Signa Retail Holdings in a deal valued at $1.5 billion.Related Stories:Hudson’s Bay chairman’s buyout bid pits retail against real estateWalgreens third-quarter profit falls 23.6%BlackBerry posts smaller quarterly lossThe company reported a profit of $275 million, or $1.15 per share from continuing operations, in the first quarter ended May 4, compared to a loss of $398 million, or 72 cents per share, a year earlier.First quarter net income included a $817 million gain from the sale of the Lord & Taylor flagship building in New York.Excluding items, the company posted a loss of 87 cents per share, wider than the 56 cents loss based on estimates from 2 analysts, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.Total revenue fell to $2.12 billion from $2.19 billion, a year earlier.© Thomson Reuters 2019 Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

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Nissan LEAF Sales Up 1292 In Japan In September 2018

Nissan LEAF sales in Japan increased 1,292%!!!It’s been around a year since the introduction of the second-generation Nissan LEAF in Japan in October 2017. Because the preceding month was at just 202, this year in September the LEAF can enjoy an increase of sales by almost 1,300% to one of its best results ever of 2,811 (#30 best-selling model in Japan in September).During the first nine months of 2018, Nissan sold in Japan 21,502 LEAFs (up 137% year-over-year). Sales of the second-generation mode now stand above 29,000 in 12-months in Japan.The total number of LEAFs sold in Japan since December 2010 now stands at almost 111,000.Nissan LEAF results Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 5, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Nissan LEAF Sales In Europe Dip Below 2,500 In August 2018 Nissan LEAF Sales Increase In September 2018 Source: Electric Vehicle News Nissan Sells 43,000 LEAF In Europe In 2018: 70% To Previous ICE Owners read more

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Standard Swappable Batteries The Future For Electric Scooters

Some manufacturers have already announced that they are working on the development of swappable batteries technologies and docking stations to accommodate them. Provided a large-enough network of docking stations was established, this swap-and-go system could help solve the age-old issues companies have been facing when trying to market electric vehicles. No more need to go for lunch or wait around while your motorcycle is charging—all you would have to do is unplug the battery, plug it at the charging station, and swap for a fully charged battery.With enough of these stations spread out, charging an e-bike would become as simple and as quick as filling up a gas tank. So it’s good news that certain manufacturers, including Yamaha and Honda, are looking into developing and mainstreaming the technology.There is a downside, however: just like Apple and Android phones are not compatible, each company is working on its own protocol. This means there could be as many different models of swappable batteries as there are models of bikes that use them. This also means that unless the charging ports are standardized (like c-chargers or lightening chargers for smartphones), there would have to be enough battery-specific charging stations to support every brands’ products. If that doesn’t give you a headache, I don’t know what will.There’s light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m surprised it’s taken this long for someone to step up to the plate. The answer to this conundrum is a standard battery. That is what Taiwan e-scooter maker Kymco is suggesting. The company would like to develop a swappable-battery electric scooter platform that other manufacturers could use to build their own models that would ultimately use the same type of battery across the board. This means that technical support for the batteries would be centralized and only one type of docking station would be required for a wide variety of vehicles.At the moment, Kymco and its partner Ionex’ are targeting fleet owners and ride-sharing programs by offering a turn-key service that provides customers with the swappable batteries technology, the charging stations, the software and app to manage the fleet, and the electric scooters. Though there is more of a commercial focus on this plan, a public application isn’t too far behind. Owners of future electric scooters, and eventually, electric motorcycles, would be able to either travel without worrying about range and charging time, but this could also open the door to keeping multiple batteries at home, which would simplify electric vehicle ownership for the entire family. What a time to be alive One battery to rule them allThere are good intentions between every new electric motorcycle and scooter to roll out of well-established manufacturers and newborn startups’ creative minds. The issue they all face, however, is the same that’s been plaguing the EV industry for almost a decade: range anxiety and not-so-short charging times. People don’t like to wait around for their ride to charge—even 30 minutes can sometimes feel like a stretch. This is where swappable batteries could save the day, provided standardization becomes a thing.More E Bikes The Mysterious Rumble is an E-Bike With Engine Noises Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 19, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Indian Startup Ultraviolette Announces E-Bike for 2019 Source: Electric Vehicle News This Pocket Rocket Isn’t Your Typical Missile-Shaped E-Bike read more

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