first_img Ajay DevgnAjay Devgn TabuAjay Devgn Tabu FilmsDe De Pyaar De First Published: May 21, 2019, 6:34 PM IST After the successful box office opening of his latest venture De De Pyaar De, actor Ajay Devgn took a cue from his comic character, Ashish, in the film and poked fun at his film’s co-star Tabu in a throwback picture. In the still, where Tabu and Devgn can be seen sitting next to each other, Devgn seems to be dozing off while Tabu sits next to him, intently looking down on the paper that Devgn is holding in his hands.Read: De De Pyaar De Earns More Than Student of the Year 2 in First Four Days at Box Office Seated on plastic chairs on the sets of a film, Tabu is dressed in a bridal attire. She wears a traditional red saree, jewellery and maang tikka. Devgn sits in an all white ensemble, holding some papers in his hands that contains some puzzle he refers to in his post. The image is from the 90s, when the Devgn-Tabu duo featured films like Vijaypath, Haqeeqat and Takshak.Devgn captioned his post, “Still haven’t figured if the reason to fall asleep was the puzzle or Tabu.”Still haven’t figured if the reason to fall asleep was the puzzle or Tabu— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) May 21, 2019Devgn, Rakul Preet Singh and Tabu-starrer comedy film De De Pyaar De, which released on May 17, has had a decent weekend and first weekday at the box office. Earning Rs 38.54 crore in the first weekend and Rs 6.19 crore on Monday, the film has already made a total of Rs 44.73 crore at the box office. If it continues its steady pace at the box office, the film will soon cross the Rs 50 crore mark. About De De Pyaar De, News18’s Rajeev Masand said, “Student of the Year 2 is both predictable, and far from original. But that’s not even the big problem with the film. Unlike the previous instalment this one isn’t grounded in emotion, so it’s hard to be invested in the characters or affected by their conflicts. Doubly so when they look like they’ve stepped straight out of the pages of a fashion magazine.”Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

first_imgAustralian actress and movie producer Margot Robbie is celebrating her 29th birthday today. A nominee for an Academy Award and three BAFTA Awards, Margot has done many remarkable movies including The Wolf of Wall Street, The Legend of Tarzan, Focus, Suicide Squad, I, Tonya and Mary Queen of Scots. While the actress has received compliments for her roles, what makes her more commendable is her unbelievable makeovers in the movies. From Harley Quinn to Tonya Harding, Margot is known for transforming her looks for new movie roles. On the Once Upon A Time in Hollywood star’s birthday, here’s a look at some of her major look transformations: 1. As Naomi Lapaglia in The Wolf of Wall Street: In the 2013 movie, which has received many accolades, Margot played blonde bombshell Naomi Lapaglia alongside actor Leonardo DiCaprio. While her transformation was not physical, given that the actress looked her usual self, the Australian actress did surprise audiences with her Brooklyn accent.2. As Ann Burden in Z for Zachariah: In the 2015 sci-fi thriller, Margot went brunette, dying her hair in a mousy brown shade, and sported a minimal makeup look for her role as Ann Burden. In the movie, she played the role of one of the last women left on earth following a disaster that wipes out most of civilization.3. As Jane Porter Clayton in The Legend of Tarzan: In the 2016 movie, the actress underwent a transformation once again, sported red locks and a feminine 19th-century wardrobe for her role.4. As Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad: One of the most-talked about movie transformations to date of Margot Robbie is her role Harley Quinn in the 2016 movie, Suicide Squad, where she sported white pigtails with pink and blue in coordination with her ensemble. She did a lot of workout to look sexy, as she had to sport hot pants throughout the movie. 5. As Daphne Milne in Goodbye Christopher Robin: In the 2016 movie, Robbie played the role of Daphne Milne, the wife of author AA Milne, and looked mostly like her usual beautiful self, with 1920s bob length hair.6. As Tonya Harding in I, Tonya: Margot surprised her fans with the 2017-released sport-drama, I, Tonya, where she portrayed disgraced American figure skater Tonya Harding. The actress wore body prosthetics with frizzy blonde hair and freckles for her look. 7. As Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots: In one of her most intense movie role transformations, Margot sported a red wig, a receding hairline and a smallpox-scarred complexion for her role as Queen Elizabeth I. 8. As Sharon Tate in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood: In the 2019 movie, which has been premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Margot is seen donning sleek blonde waves and a retro-inspired ensemble, playing the American actress and model Sharon Tate. Follow @News18Movies for more Daphne MilneGoodbye Christopher RobinHappy Birthday Margot Robbieharley quinn First Published: July 2, 2019, 2:14 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_img biharLalu PrasadLok Sabha Election Result 2019Rashtriya Janata Dal First Published: May 28, 2019, 11:59 PM IST Patna: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav Tuesday told party men to leave the party if they don’t like his younger brother Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s leadership.”Why should he (Tejashwi) resign (as leader of opposition)? If one does not like his leadership, one can leave the RJD or Mahagathbandhan,” Tej Pratap Yadav told reporters here. “I am with my younger brother as Krishna and will always stand by him,” he said. Tej Pratap lamented that had Lalu Prasad been out of jail, the RJD would not have faced the rout. Tej Pratap, who could not attend the RJD’s Tuesday meeting held at former chief minister Rabri Devi’s residence to discuss the poll debacle, said he had intimated the party leaders about his inability to attend the meeting.RJD legislator Maheshwar Prasad Yadav had virtually revolted on Monday against the party leadership asking Tejashwi Prasad Yadav to take moral responsibility for the party’s rout in the elections and resign from the post of the leader of opposition in the assembly.”As a party MLA, I would request Tejaswhi Yadav to resign from the post of LOP, taking moral responsibility of the poll debacle and appoint any other senior leader of a caste other than Yadavs as the LOP, failing which the party will have to face crushing defeat in 2020 the assembly elections,” Mahesh Yadav had told reporters. Tej Pratap Yadav, however, emphasised upon the need to focus on the 2020 assembly elections for which his brother, he said, needed to mobilize the people’s support. Asked about his failed request for two Lok Sabha seats for his supporters, he said, “That is a closed chapter. Now we have to focus on the electoral battle for the upcoming assembly elections.”He said despite the leader of ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) unifying at the top, the failure of the workers of five allied parties to mix up at the grassroots level could be one of the reasons of the debacle. last_img read more

first_img BJPcongressHD KumaraswamyJD(S) First Published: June 20, 2019, 6:47 PM IST Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday alleged the BJP was continuing its efforts to ‘destabilise’ the Congress-JD(S) coalition government led by him but asserted it was stable and would complete its term.He also said the challenge before him was to take the administration close to the people in a way that they should repent about their decision not to support Congress-JD(S) alliance in the Lok Sabha elections. The ruling alliance partners had fared miserably winning only one seat each and conceding 25 out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state to the BJP. An independent candidate had won in Mandya.Repeating his charge that BJP was still attempting to pull down the coalition, Kumarasamy said with its “pro-development and people-centric approach”, his government would complete its term and work to make the state number one position in the country.”There is no instability to this government, it is stable. But some section of leaders wanted to create instability and they have failed in it,” he said.He was talking to reporters after releasing the book “Mitri Parva”, regarding the achievements of his government during the last one year.”The government has completed 13 months. The main opposition party BJP’s leaders have been unable to digest it…efforts are being made even today to push this message (in the media) that 8-9 legislators will resign, I’m aware what is happening everyday,” he added.Kumaraswamy had claimed a few days ago one of the JD(S) MLAs had received call from a BJP leader on Monday, saying the government’s fall was imminent and if he agreed (to switch sides), he would dispatch Rs 10 crore at his location.Hitting back at Kumaraswamy, BJP state unit chief BS Yeddyurappa has asked him to name the persons involved.”Opposition leader himself has asked for the information, but leave others aside, people have heard his own tape,” he said.Kumaraswamy was referring to the audio clip in which Yeddyurappa was heard purportedly trying to lure JDS MLA Naganagouda through his son. The chief minister had released the tape during the budget session in February.Deputy chief minister and Congress leader G Parameshwara, who was also present, said the opposition had been making attempts to topple this government from day one.”Government is stable and strong. There will not be any trouble to this government for any reason,” he added.Talking about the coalition’s rout in the Lok Sabha polls, Kumaraswamy said his government would perform in a way that people would have to repent for their decision to no support the Congress and JD(S).”Yes people of the state did not support Congress and JD(S). We could not meet our own expectations. People should themselves repent and feel their decision on this government was wrong. This government will take this as a challenge and go much closer to people,” he said.In the next four years, they would take effective steps to make the state the number one in the country, he said. Listing out the major achievements of his government in the last one year, including the loan waiver scheme for farmers, Kumaraswamy said, development of the state had been its primary focus and allocations been made to this effect.Regarding the”Grama Vastvya” (overnight stay in villages) programme to make the administration more effective, he said, it is not for “show off” or a ‘gimmick’.”I will spend entire day to resolve local issues and also spend night there Changes will be seen in the days to come,” he said, adding Ministers and MLAs will also begin their own village stay programmes separately.He also maintained his government has followed fiscal discipline and there was no shortage of funds. last_img read more

first_imgThis morning Verizon announced their official release of the Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition. This device is Verizon’s version of the device featured in our Moto Z2 Force Review from earlier this month. Verizon’s release centers on the bits and pieces that come only with a purchase through their carrier – including Gigabit Class LTE service, launching with Verizon later this year. The Moto Z2 Force Edition has a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440p) (that’s 1440 x 2560) AMOLED display – that’s super bright and sharp and colorful. This display is protected by 2nd-gen Motorola-made ShatterShield for extra protection against destructive damage. Onboard is Android 7.1.1 Nougat, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage – and a microSD card slot for a potential 2TB more.SEE: More about that SoundBoost Moto ModThis smartphone works with Motorola’s accessories that connect to the device’s back magnetically. Verizon’s exclusives include the Moto GamePad and the red color version of the JBL SoundBoost 2. Other Mods available from Verizon (but not exclusive) include the Moto TurboPower Pack and the 360 Camera Moto Mod. This version of the device also comes with an Insta-Projector Modo Mod (by mail) (while supplies last) (for eligible customers).The Moto Z2 Force Edition was made available today in two color versions: Super Black and Fine Gold. This device was priced at Verizon at $756 retail, and “as low as” $15 a month for 24 months when adding on a new line of service with Verizon unlimited AND trade in an eligible smartphone. Of note – the SoundBoost 2 is shipping now, while the Moto Gamepad will be shipping starting on 8/25. On the pricing – without that trade-in bit above, the device can be had for $31.50 a month for 24 months. In the end that comes out to $756 – AKA the full retail price. All purchases come with a “one time activation fee” of $30.last_img read more

first_imgWhile it doesn’t have as aggressive a stance against open source as the old Microsoft did, Apple has never really been seen as an open source-friendly company. Which is somewhat ironic considering some of its core foundations are built on open source software, like the BSD kernel and the KHTML engine used by WebKit. So it’s not exactly a small thing, though not exactly huge either, that Apple just released the kernel source code for iOS. What’s more interesting, however, is that Apple also released the source code for macOS kernel for the ARM architecture. The kernel is the lowest layer in an operating system that orchestrates how a computer runs and how users are able to access hardware resources. But while it is a critical piece of the OS puzzle, a kernel does not an entire user experience make. So, in a way, this open source release of macOS and iOS kernel code will benefit only a small subset of the computing industry.Besides, Apple has already been releasing the open source code of its macOS, formerly OS X kernel, which was based on Darwin, which, in turn, traces its roots back to the late Jobs’ ill-fated NeXTSTEP operating system and, eventually, to the open source BSD operating system. The new code, however, revolves around the ARM versions of the macOS and iOS kernels.Considering iOS runs on ARM hardware already, that’s hardly surprising. What’s curious is that macOS apparently has support for ARM as well. After its divorce from the PowerPC computing architecture, Apple has been using Intel’s x86 architecture for its Macs. That it actually can run on ARM is going to raise some eyebrows and maybe ruffle Intel’s feathers a bit.That said, this doesn’t mean that macOS will soon run on ARM devices. This is only the kernel, after all, and is a very small part of the entire macOS system. It does lay the foundation, however, and could be used as a leverage for bargaining with Intel in the future.VIA: Redditlast_img read more

first_imgSonos has launched a public beta of its Alexa integration, following up on its promise to use Amazon’s virtual assistant to control its multiroom speakers. The public beta follows Sonos‘ ongoing closed beta, which has been running for a small number of users over the past few months. However, you won’t need a new Sonos speaker in order to try it. That’s because Sonos is integrating its existing connected speakers with Amazon’s Echo lineup. So, if you throw a basic Echo Dot into your configuration, you’ll soon be able to speak to it in order to have it control music across your various zones. It’s an interesting partnership, not least because Amazon is doing its best to edge in on Sonos’ territory itself. The retail behemoth launched its own Echo Plus in September, a version of its cylindrical speaker with upgraded audio quality. At $149, though, it undercuts any Sonos on the market. Sonos is clearly hoping that its loyal customers and its well-renowned sound quality will be enough to prevent Amazon’s own hardware from stealing away its business. Still, it’s not counting solely on Alexa to give its speakers hands-free talent. The company is upfront about the fact that it’s willing to work with any voice control system that wants to stake a place on the Sonos ecosystem. Sonos is calling it “the sonic internet,” a new way to make audio content more accessible. “Bringing the sonic internet to life with Sonos begins with expanding the type of content and experiences that are available on our platform,” Allen Mask, VP of partnerships at the company, says. Sonos has already been working with third-party players, but now it’s looking to accelerate that.“Sonos has always been a platform company,” Mask points out, “it’s just that, technically speaking, our platform hasn’t been very open.” Over 50 more companies will added by the end of the year, while in 2018 Sonos will open its platform completely. There’s new badging, too. The first “Works with Sonos” products will arrive in the coming months, while by the end of this year you’ll be able to control Sonos with Pandora and Tidal within their apps. iHeartRadio and Audible will follow on next year, as will Apple AirPlay 2 support. You’ll need a firmware update in order to get your Sonos speaking with Alexa, which the company says will launch today.last_img read more

first_imgTesla has fired hundreds of managers, factory workers, engineers and others in a move said to not be a layoff, but instead the result of an annual review of worker performance. The company has more than 33,000 employees, and indicated that this firing spree was the result of each worker’s performance, with one spokesperson explaining that performance reviews “occasionally result in employee departures.” The statement was given to The Mercury News, which reports that it spoke with both current and now-former employees who claim that Tesla didn’t give much of any warning before firing the workers. They also claim that Tesla fired some of its engineers trained for production and vehicle design, as well as one supervisor and some factory workers.Tesla hasn’t stated how many people it fired, and the interview with employees leaves an estimate that between 400 and 700 people were cut. The spokesperson went on to explain that ‘most’ of the fired individuals comprised sales and administrative roles or were otherwise outside of manufacturing. Not surprisingly, anonymous word from the inside says the surprise round of firings has lowered worker morale across the company.The spokesperson stated that Tesla will be hiring new workers to replace the ‘vast majority’ of those who were fired. Some fired employees have spoken up about their dismissals. One worker, for example, claimed that he has been late for work twice in the recent past, and though believing that it had been set straight with his supervisor, he was ultimately one of the people fired.Because Tesla fired these individuals for reported performance problems, it says it doesn’t need to fire a notification with the state. Contrary to what the interviewed employees said, Tesla’s spokesperson claimed to Mercury News that its recent business actions have improved workers’ morale since some high performing workers were given promotions and other rewards.This move follows a report earlier this year published by a Tesla employee who alleged poor working conditions for many Tesla employees, including having to work ‘excessive mandatory overtime,’ endure ‘preventable injuries’ and ‘a constant push to work faster,’ and more. Though Tesla denounced the report, it isn’t the first time Tesla workers have surfaced claiming poor working conditions.Despite Tesla’s push back against the claims, the National Labor Relations Board ordered Tesla to respond to these complaints back in August. The order revolves around the company’s alleged restrictive confidentiality policy as well as claimed harassment endured by workers when they tried to promote unionizing.That follows a public campaign by Tesla’s factory employees who wanted to union with United Automobile Workers in order to get better working conditions and higher pay. One complaint alleged that Tesla had threatened to fire any of its workers who passed out any materials it hadn’t approved, something reportedly intended to block unionizing efforts. Tesla will have to address these issues with the Board next month.SOURCE: The Mercury Newslast_img read more

first_img808 Audio has just launched its first smart home device, the 808 Audio XL-V. This smart speaker is cylindrical with a tower design and, most importantly, it has Alexa built-in. As with other Alexa devices, 808’s new smart speaker allows users to ask for the weather, request that it play music, tell them the news, answer questions, and more. The XL-V is something like Amazon’s Echo devices, at least in the sense that it has Alexa packed in. With Alexa, users can do all the same things they would with a different Alexa device. This includes controlling other smart home products with Alexa compatibility, including connected light bulbs and thermostats. It also has all of the Alexa skills like ordering a pizza or an Uber ride.Because there’s Alexa, users are able to directly ask the speaker (via the personal assistant) to play music from a number of different sources, including Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. The speaker can also be connected directly to the user’s smartphone to stream audio from it to the XL-V.The Alexa integration aside, the XL-V smart speaker weighs 3lbs and measures a bit over 15-inches tall, plus 4-inches deep and 6.20-inches wide. Unfortunately, 808 Audio doesn’t go into too many details specs-wise, though it does say its speaker has a pair of 1.5″ full-range speakers that boast ‘deep bass’ while maintaining ‘balanced stereo sound.’The sound is projected outward across 360-degrees, according to 808; there are manual controls, including volume, plus a reflex port for deep sound without distortion. Users can also plug in a 3.5mm audio cable to play music from wired sources versus Bluetooth. More than one of these speakers can be connected together for a multi-room setup.The speaker will be available next month for $129.99 USD.SOURCE: 808 Audiolast_img read more

first_imgStory TimelineiPhone X OLED burn-in test puts Galaxy Note 8 to shameBelkin debuts iPhone X-focused wireless charging devicesiPhone X wireless charging forces Powermat into Qi’s embraceiPhone X gets some tempting discounts in T-Mobile BOGO deals [Update]Galaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone X A report today suggests iPhone X won’t be moved to a second-tier spot in Apple’s iPhone collection: not now, not ever. Over the past several years, each time a new iPhone was released, the previous iPhone was knocked down one spot in the overall iPhone hierarchy, thereby reducing its price. Now, with the first generation of iPhone X done, that traditional movement isn’t likely. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo spoke on the subject of this year’s new set of iPhone devices. The next collection of iPhone devices wouldn’t look like previous years, suggested Kuo. Instead, iPhone X will probably disappear altogether, while a new set of two iPhone X-like devices will take its place.That’d make way for a lineup that includes two iPhone X devices, one with a more standard bezel and Face ID, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and iPhone SE. If that amount of iPhones available for sale at one time isn’t good enough for you, you might want to try switching to Android.AdChoices广告Per MacRumors, Kuo’s note to investors today included the following: “iPhone X would hurt product brand value & lineup of 2H18 new models if it continues to sell at a lower price after 2H18 new models launch,” said Kuo. “Lowering iPhone X’s price after the 2H18 new models launch would be a negative to product brand value given 3D sensing and OLED display are features of the new high-price model.”SEE OUR: iPhone X ReviewApple used the same move model since they released the first “Plus” iPhone. They’ve done this not only because it makes sense to continue selling a device as long as the company has stock. It makes sense because Apple maintains their iPhone hype in the public eye, hype that continues to say “an iPhone is an iPhone, no matter its age.”More action on the iPhone X would eat up sales of the newest models in 2018, said Kuo. “Additionally, to sell iPhone X at a lower price may have a negative impact on shipments of the new 6.1″ LCD iPhone in 2H18,” said Kuo. “Thus, we estimate iPhone X will reach end-of-life (EOL) around the middle of 2018.”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAApple hasn’t been afraid to cannibalize their own sales in the past. “If we don’t cannibalize, someone else will,” said Tim Cook in February of 2013. Here it might be a bit different than it was in the past with iPads, however. Selling a new iPad that’ll eat the sales of iPads is a little different from an older iPhone eating sales of the newest models. Kinda backward.last_img read more

first_imgInstagram launched as a photography app for enabling users to share photos from their lives and adventures. Over time the platform expanded to become something of a chatting app, too, though many don’t consider it primarily a messaging app, instead turning to Messenger, WhatsApp, or something similar.The launch of a video calling feature may change that, taking what is mostly a photography app and making it a viable communication tool between friends and family. Such a feature may be arriving in the future, at least based on a leak by WABetaInfo. The site claims to have found evidence of a video calling feature in the Instagram iOS app. Supposedly this feature will be available within an active chat, which is basically how it works on Facebook Messenger. The site provided a screenshot of the alleged feature (above).Not surprisingly, Instagram has not commented on the report. Assuming the evidence does reside within the app, there’s no guarantee that we’ll see an actual video calling feature launch for all users on the platform. If Instagram is working on this feature, though, some users may spot it in the future as part of a test. The Instagram of today certainly isn’t identical to the Instagram that launched years ago, having introduced things like Stories and ephemeral messaging abilities over time. Just how drastically is Facebook willing to change the platform? That question was posed this week by a leak hinting at the upcoming launch of a video calling feature on Instagram.last_img read more

first_imgWhile not as aggressive as the Supra-replacing FT-1 concept, the rear-wheel drive Fiorza looks good. The prototype we see here has unmistakable Ferrari badges, and not-coincidentally is seen in a color very similar to Rossa Corsa, and we’re told will also be offered in Grigio Oso Permanente at launch. Famed design director Fabio Mansani says Fiorza was “sculpted by the wind,” adding engineers used “very complex aero soluzione to reduce the drag, and increase downforce.” Ferrari’s Space frame chassis is replaced with a new ultra-lightweight, more cost-effective FRAME chassis. Fiorza rides on Michelada Piloto rubbers for ultimate performance, and counts on BROSTEIN shocks and BRIMBOH brakes to totally complement the setup. Other details include AngLED daytime running lights, slanted for maximum menace. A small wing actually releases an “ITSY-BITSY actiVATiONwing” that automatically crawls out at speeds over 37 mph. An “86” badge can be seen above the front wheels, presumably referring to 1986, a good year (isn’t every year good) for Ferrari. Referring to the until-now-quiet partnership, Toyota spokesperson Greg Takumi said “we’ve been in talks with the Italians for a couple of years now, and in the end, they made us an offer we uh, couldn’t refuse.” Takumi looked kind of spooked upon recalling the talks, and declined to comment further. The model has been rumored to be priced closely to the Maserati Ghibli, which starts around $67,000. Whereas the Ghibli counts on a twin-turbo V6, the Fiorza is believed to employ a twin-turbo four-cylinder, with output near the Ghibli’s 330 hp. Ferrari has most recently brought back the use of turbochargers on its 488 GTB. The Fiorza serves as the entry-level car to the ultra-alluring Ferrari world, and reflects a larger partnership with Toyota. “The synergies are there,” said Miguel Krawl, a spokesperson for Toyota. “Ferrari is the most iconic and widely-recognized sports car maker today, and Toyota is the largest automaker in the world.” Krawl added that Toyota boss Apio Tacoma has called for renewed emotion and passion, and the Fiorza—said to officially debut sometime next year—would be another step in that direction. While Toyota will gain major cachet by partnering with Ferrari, the prancing horse stands to gain from Toyota’s wealth of hybrid knowledge, which could be used in motorsports applications, and in the LaFerrari hypercar replacement. Ferrari spokesperson Megan Taze said “Ferrari was happy to partner on this project, internally referred to as ‘Model IIII,’ and we’ll have a related motorsports announcement at Daytona later this year. Stay tuned.” Taze said as of this morning, Ferrari had received more than 150,000 deposits ($1,000 refundable) for Model IIII/Fiorza. We’ll be following details closely as this story progresses throughout the month of April. Our first spy shots of the new Ferrari Fiorza give us an excellent window into Maranello’s “volume model.” While Ferrari has acknowledged that a more accessibly-priced model was in the works, this naked-Fiorza sighting in a Hollywood garage leaves no doubt about the automaker’s wider ambitions. Story TimelineFast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 available for freeMicrosoft announces Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition ConsoleForza Motorsport 6 to feature entire Formula E lineupFallout 4 cars come to Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport 6Forza Motorsport 6: Apex unveiled for Windows 10Lamborghini Centenario to make its digital debut in new Forza gamelast_img read more

first_imgJaguar has ambitious electrification plans for its line-up, which will see some form of EV offered on every new model by 2020. The news was shared today, at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest 2017, alongside the reveal of the new FUTURE-TYPE concept of an autonomous, all-electric car intended for a shared motoring world. However, we won’t have so long to wait for electric versions of the rest of the automaker’s range. “Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020,” Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, said today, “giving our customers even more choice.” That means both cars like the Jaguar F-TYPE and F-PACE, as well as SUVs like Range Rover’s Velar and Evoque. Exactly how much electrification will be involved will depend on model, mind. Jaguar Land Rover plans to offer fully-electric, plug-in hybrid, and mild hybrid cars, depending on the core vehicle. The fully-electric side will be most conspicuously catered for with the Jaguar I-PACE, the automaker’s performance SUV EV, which is set to go on sale in 2018. Other cars will still keep their gasoline engines, but gain some electric support. The 2020 F-TYPE, for instance, may seem like an unlikely candidate to spawn a fully-electric version, but could easily be upgraded as a mild hybrid. In such a situation, an electric motor could be used to shut off the gasoline engine when the car is coasting, braking, or stopped, but also allow it to restart quickly when required. The I-PACE will wade into an increasingly crowded marketplace. Tesla’s Model X has arguably set the standard for all-electric SUVs, though there are a wide range of hybrid rivals on offer already, from more traditional automakers. Jaguar promises a car with a smaller footprint than the Model X, but a highly flexible cabin layout that takes advantage of the EV drivetrain being predominantly underneath the floorpan of the car. It’s not all green motoring for the sake of efficiency and saving the planet, mind. In addition to its 2020 commitment for new EVs, Jaguar has also been showing off a new, electrified retrofit of the E-Type today. Dubbed the E-Type Zero, the car sees its original six-cylinder engine removed, and replaced by a fully-electric drivetrain that in the process cuts the 0-62 mph time by a full second, to 5.5 seconds. Jaguar says it plans to gage opinion on the retrofit, with the possibility of offering it as an option on other E-Types. The rest of the electrified range – I-PACE excluded – will be revealed closer to the automaker’s self-imposed 2020 deadline. Story TimelineJaguar I-PACE Concept previews Model X rivaling EV for 2018The Jaguar I-PACE got loose, and even British weather can’t overshadow itlast_img read more

first_imgThe car had some unique options and features that made it so attractive to buyers. The only color the 30th Anniversary car comes in is the very cool Racing Orange seen in photos here. As for why that color, Mazda says that the Racing Orange was inspired by the yellow that the MX-5 Miata Club Racer was shown in at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show when it debuted.Mazda also notes that “this new orange evokes sunrise and anticipation to celebrate the future of MX-5.” Each of the 500 US buyers had to plunk down a refundable $500 deposit. That means people can back out and if that happens more cars might be available to order. Each of the cars wears a special badge on the dash that shows its build number out of the 3,000 units available. Cars coming to the States might not have sequential numbers, and buyers don’t get to choose their number. All of the cars have the same features including dark gunmetal forged aluminum Rays wheels based on the design used by the Global MX-5 Cup racing cars. AdChoices广告 Yesterday Mazda pulled the wraps off a very special MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition at the Chicago Auto Show. The car was to be a very limited edition run with only 3,000 units offered globally. Only 500 examples were coming to the States, and all 500 of the cars were snapped up, and reservations closed in four hours. Brembo brake calipers are painted orange, manual transmission cars get Bilstein dampers, and the Recaro seats have orange contrast stitching and piping. Manual cars also get a limited-slip differential. The only options are whether you get a retractable top or soft top model and if you choose manual or automatic transmission. The starting MSRP for a soft top, manual car is $34,995.last_img read more

first_imgIt immediately triggered weeks of uncertainty and confusion. Huawei was ousted from – and then restored to – a number of key trade groups, which control technologies like WiFi, Bluetooth, and memory cards. It saw its Windows laptops pulled from Microsoft’s official store, though later returned. In all, Huawei has estimated that the financial impact of the ban could amount to $30 billion in 2019 alone. That’s despite the company’s attempts to clarify just what the impact on both new and existing devices might be, a moving target given few can actually quantify the situation fully. Indeed, even President Trump confirmed that Huawei’s perilous position could all be part of pressure on China to accede to a trade deal. Now, Huawei is trying to tackle one of the biggest hurdles it faces in trying to persuade people to keep buying its smartphones: Android upgrades. With Android Q, the as-yet-unnamed version of Google’s new phone software, in the pipeline, whether or not Huawei devices would have access has been a huge uncertainty. Those doubts, Huawei insists, are pretty much unfounded. AdChoices广告“We are confident that our most popular devices, including the P30 series, will be able to access Android Q,” Huawei now says. “We have been working with third parties for many months to ensure devices will be able to receive Android Q updates. Technical preparations and testing has already begun for over 17 devices. In fact our Mate 20 Pro has already been given approval to receive Android Q as and when it is released by Google.”According to Huawei, the seventeen devices expected to get Android Q are as follows:P30 ProP30Mate 20Mate 20 ProPORSCHE DESIGN Mate 20 RSP30 liteP smart 2019P smart+ 2019P smart ZMate 20 XMate 20 X (5G)P20 ProP20Mate 10 ProPORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10Mate 10Mate 20 LiteIt’s notable that no devices from Honor – Huawei’s sub-brand of more affordable phones – are on that list. A source within the company, however, tells us that the recently announced Honor 20 Series, along with a few other models launched earlier in the year, will also be upgraded to Android Q. A list of which, exactly, has not been made public yet. Huawei’s challenge is an unenviable one. For a start, all it can commit to at this point is to say it is “confident” that Android Q will be released. Even then, it’s unclear whether existing license agreements between it and Google will hold true. Those separate agreements are required for bundling key Android apps like Gmail and YouTube, along with providing Google Play access. “Anyone who has already bought, or is about to buy a Huawei smartphone, can continue to access the world of apps as they have always done,” Huawei says. “All devices continue to be covered by our manufacturer’s warranty and will receive full service support accordingly.”A beta development program for Android Q on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is already underway, the company also points out. What’s notable in all this, however, is that there’s no mention of upcoming phones: all of the attention is on handsets which have been announced already. The first planned Huawei device to have met with an untimely end has already happened, after all. For the impact of the trade block on that, Huawei may just have to play wait-and-see like the rest of us. Huawei has come out fighting amid rumors that its smartphones won’t get Android Q upgrades, releasing a list of handsets it says it’s “confident” will get Google’s latest OS despite the Trump administration’s blacklist. The saga of just what will happen to existing – and new – Huawei devices has been ongoing since May, when the US put the Chinese company onto its trade blacklist and effectively told American businesses that they couldn’t work with it. Story TimelineHuawei’s Android replacement is a 7 year paranoia projectHuawei’s appeal to Android developers won’t work without these key factorsHuawei returns to Microsoft Store [UPDATE]last_img read more

first_img President Barack Obama on Tuesday appeared to back more rigorous procedures for dealing with soldiers returning from missions to Ebola-hit West African countries, even as he criticized moves by some U.S. states to quarantine returning civilian health workers. Obama said that American military personnel were in a “different situation” compared with healthcare workers. (Alexander and Holland, 10/28) President Obama on Tuesday forcefully rejected the idea of a quarantine for medical­ workers returning from Ebola-affected­ countries, arguing that such an approach would undermine the broader effort to eliminate the epidemic . Politicians in the United States, including the president, have come under increasing pressure to curtail the movements of medical personnel returning from Ebola-affected regions after Craig Spencer — a doctor who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea — was diagnosed with the virus 10 days after he returned home to New York City. (Eilperin, Dennis and Achenbach, 10/28) The New York Times: New York’s Rules To Let Travelers Pick Site For Isolation Politico: Obama: Don’t Put Barriers On U.S. Help To Ebola Zones President Barack Obama offered an implicit rebuke Tuesday of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others who have demanded mandatory quarantines for public health workers returning from Ebola-ravaged West African countries, stressing that policies should be based on fact and not fear. “We don’t want to do things that aren’t based on science and best practices because if we do, we’re just putting another barrier on somebody who’s already doing important work on our behalf. And that’s not something that I think any of us should want to see happen,” Obama said from the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One for a trip to Wisconsin, where he’ll be campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. (Epstein, 10/28) Politico: Jeb: Obama ‘Incompetent’ On Ebola Obama Rejects Needs For Health Care Worker Quarantines The president says quarantines like that imposed by New Jersey could undermine efforts to get health care workers to volunteer to help in Africa. The Wall Street Journal: Maine Willing To Enforce Ebola Quarantine, Official Says The Washington Post: Obama Assails Ebola Quarantines, Saying They Are Based On Fear, Not Facts center_img Offering the first detailed account of how New York State’s quarantine order for travelers returning from West Africa will be put into effect, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has issued guidelines that go beyond federal recommendations but seek to allow people to choose where to spend their enforced isolation. The state protocols show an effort by the administration to portray the quarantine, which has been criticized as excessive by some experts and doctors’ organizations, in a humane manner. (Santora and Kaplan, 10/28) Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is calling President Barack Obama’s initial response to Ebola “incompetent.”“It looked very incompetent to begin with, and that fueled fears that may not be justified,” Bush said during a discussion at Vanderbilt University, according to the Tennessean. “And now you have states that are legitimately acting on their concerns, creating a lot more confusion than is necessary.” (Breitman, 10/29) President Barack Obama’s commander in the fight against Ebola was expected to operate below the public radar. But did that mean invisible? Ron Klain has barely been seen, and a week before midterm elections, Obama is pressing to dispel criticism that the government can’t manage the Ebola crisis. The White House’s behind-the-scenes coordination of the Ebola response is being severely tested, while the Pentagon and states like New York and New Jersey take public steps that are far firmer than federal guidelines. That’s creating the appearance of a crazy quilt of Ebola measures. (Kuhnhenn, 10/28) 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 Associated Press: Where’s Czar? Ebola Raises Management Questions Maine’s health director asserted Tuesday that the state can impose a quarantine on someone potentially exposed to the Ebola virus amid continued pushback from a local nurse who is fighting such restrictions. Kaci Hickox, a 33-year-old from northern Maine, flew back to the U.S. on Friday after a five-week stint with Doctors Without Borders in West Africa. After she raised complaints about her forced quarantine in New Jersey, where she landed, she returned to Maine on Monday to a state request she voluntarily self-quarantine there. (Kamp and Levitz, 10/28) Reuters: Obama Sees Different Ebola Rules For U.S. Military Than For Civilians last_img read more

first_img Tampa Bay Times: Florida Senate Shows Leadership On Medicaid Expansion Money The New England Journal of Medicine: Medicare’s Step Back From Global Payments — Unbundling Postoperative Care Like many fields, public health is in the midst of a data revolution: randomized control trials, pay-for-performance and value calculations, all based on data, are changing our ideas about what works and how to finance it. The impact of these new methods to gather and evaluate data pales, however, next to the Global Burden of Disease Report, an attempt to understand what sickens us and kills us in every country in the world. The Global Burden of Disease study is a single scientific project on a scale with the moon landing or mapping the human genome. It has been going for a quarter century and involves hundreds, perhaps thousands, of scientists. In 2012, its most recent report, based on 2010 data, became the subject of the first issue that the medical journal The Lancet devoted to a single study. (Tina Rosenberg, 4/9) In February, some parents’ decisions not to vaccinate their children caused great hubbub in the United States, fueled by measles outbreaks and a few politicians’ expressions of respect for this choice by “anti-vaxxers.” A natural concern is that lack of vaccination by some degrades herd immunity and makes spread of disease more likely. Because choosing not to vaccinate harms others—something we economists call a “negative externality”—it justifies government action to encourage vaccination. But in other cases in which a negative externality arises, government action is much less widely accepted as justified. Why the difference? (Austin Frakt, 4/9) Viewpoints: Kansas And Abortion; Stop Missouri’s Move To Medicaid Managed Care A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Expanding hospital bundled payments to include physicians has been on the policy horizon for three decades. Previous efforts were derailed by concerns about physician autonomy and other implementation barriers, but it is time to reconsider. Such a payment change could remove unnecessary administrative and regulatory barriers, improve quality, and potentially provide greater freedom for individual hospitals and physicians to decide on the optimal way of delivering care. (Ateev Mehrotra and Peter Hussey, 4/9) news@JAMA: On The Public Harms Of Personal Health Care Choices Kansas City Star: Reject A Mismanaged Medicaid Proposal In Missouri If you could help 800,000 low-income working Floridians gain health care coverage at no cost to state taxpayers, would you? The Florida Senate would — but they have no dance partner. The Florida House, or at least the leadership of the House, adamantly refuses to do so and Gov. Rick Scott has reversed course once again on the issue. … Taking the federal funds is a no-brainer. While polls show the vast majority of Floridians support taking the federal money to extend health care coverage to the working poor, some of Florida’s elected officials in positions of power are dug in against doing so. And this year the federal Low-Income Pool funding, which has been going to hospitals to reimburse them for treating this same group of people, is being phased out. Shouldn’t that factor into their decisionmaking and budget writing? (Paula Dockery, 4/9) center_img During the past four years, the state of Kansas has become ground zero in the war to criminalize all abortions, and in the process to remove a woman’s ability to control what happens in her own body. … On Tuesday the state went still further, becoming the first to ban the safest and by far the most common method of ending a second-trimester pregnancy, dilation and evacuation, which involves dilating the cervix and removing the fetus, often in parts. (4/9) A hasty and ill-timed attempt to make a major policy change regarding how to oversee health care services for about 200,000 Medicaid recipients in Missouri requires a quick burial. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer succeeded in pushing through a plan to extend the use of for-profit companies to manage Medicaid in much of the state’s rural areas. The full Senate narrowly sent the managed care idea on to the House as part of a $26 billion annual state budget. That’s where it should die. (4/9) JAMA: Including Physicians In Bundled Hospital Care Payments Medicare’s recent decision to unbundle most postoperative visits from global packages of surgical services is striking. … Medicare’s experience with global surgical payments offers a cautionary tale for other bundled-payment programs. The discrepancy between the number of postoperative visits paid for and the number that actually occur highlights the importance of being able to monitor utilization so that payments can be adjusted as care delivery changes. Bundling of payments also creates a perverse incentive to “unbundle” services — that is, to change the time or location of care or the clinician providing it so that the care qualifies for separate payment. The global surgical packages as previously structured lacked mechanisms for updating bundles over time and for monitoring unbundling. (Andrew W. Mulcahy, Barbara Wynn, Lane Burgette and Ateev Mehrotra, 4/9) The New York Times’ Opinionator: Turning To Big, Big Data To See What Ails The World The New York Times: Kansas Tries To Stamp Out Abortion 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

first_img More than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans in the pending backlog for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs have already died, according to an internal VA document provided to The Huffington Post. Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta and a past whistleblower on the VA’s failings, provided HuffPost with an April 2015 report titled “Analysis of Death Services,” which reviews the accuracy of the VA’s veteran death records. The report was conducted by staffers in the VA Health Eligibility Center and the VA Office of Analytics. (Grim and Bendery, 7/13) VA May Shutter Some Hospitals To Close Budget Gap The Department of Veterans Affairs may have to take this step if Congress does not address the agency’s $2.5 billion, current-year budget shortfall. This news comes as the Huffington Post reports more than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans in the backlog awaiting care may have already died. The Huffington Post: Nearly One-Third Of 847,000 Veterans In Backlog For VA Health Care Already Died And in Missouri – The Department of Veterans Affairs may have to shut down some hospitals next month if Congress does not address a $2.5 billion shortfall for the current budget year, VA officials warned Monday. (Daly, 7/13) The Associated Press: VA Says It May Shut Down Hospitals To Close $2.5B Budget Gap St. Louis Public Radio: As More Women Enlist In Military, VA Health Care System Sees Changes More than 38,000 veterans who live in Missouri are women, and that number continues to grow rapidly. That means changes are in store for the Veterans Health Administration, a network of hospitals and clinics that provide care to active duty service members and discharged veterans. Serving more women means expanding the VA’s capacity to offer gynecological exams, services surrounding childbirth, and counseling related to military sexual trauma. (Bouscaren, 7/13) 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

first_img Louisville Courier-Journal: Medicaid Benefits Clear, Former Director Says The Wall Street Journal: A Victory Over Obamacare Kansas City Star: The Glacial Pace Of Progress On Medicaid Expansion In Kansas Bloomberg: Three New Reasons to Expand Medicaid About 150,000 persons in Kansas and twice that many in Missouri are believed to be uninsured because of the states’ failure to increase Medicaid eligibility to the threshold called for the in federal Affordable Care Act. But [Sen. Jeff] King’s presence and posture at the event — sponsored by local chambers of commerce, hospitals and businesses — signified a sort of progress. The senator is conservative on most issues and used to avidly oppose expanding Medicaid. But then Mercy Hospital of Independence closed because of financial problems, leaving the town without a hospital. “The hospital I was born in, the hospital my kids were born in, is gone,” King said. “I know Medicaid expansion is not a panacea, but my constituents would have other options if we had it.” (Barbara Shelly, 1/5) If you would be willing to ask a living person to sell his or her kidney to you, be aware that you enter a moral, social, ethical and political gray zone. While it may mean that you wouldn’t have to resort to organ waiting lists and dialysis treatment in the event of kidney failure, you’d be putting the seller and yourself at risk. (Nancy Scheper-Hughes, 1/5) Differences in life expectancy by education and income are increasing. And while differential trends in smoking and other habits partly explain the lifespan gap, it’s mostly a puzzle. I suspect that a major factor is stress — that prolonged exposure to stress has risen more among families of moderate income than it has among those of high income, and that the stress is literally killing people. A new study raises doubts about this hypothesis. (Peter R. Orszag, 1/6) As early as Wednesday the House will vote to send a bill repealing most of ObamaCare to President Obama, and this may become a consequential moment, assuming Republicans are prepared to make an argument. Some on the left and right are dismissing the move as pointless because Mr. Obama will veto the measure …. The task now is to leverage Mr. Obama’s veto to hold Democrats accountable for their votes and the consequences. Liberal spin can’t disguise that the law is failing on every level other than expanding coverage—as if anyone ever argued that a new entitlement couldn’t reduce the uninsured rate. The huge premium increases and other disruption in the health-care markets that the critics predicted explain why the law continues to be so unpopular. (1/5) The adequacy of health insurance coverage – sometimes called under-insurance – pops up periodically, but the issue has taken a back seat to covering the uninsured and controlling health-care costs. Yet the number of Americans who have problems paying their medical bills in a given year runs into the tens of millions, a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the New York Times found. These are not only people who are uninsured, have low incomes, or are very sick. For many, their uncovered medical expenses affect their ability to meet other basic needs – such as paying for housing, food, or heat – or make it tough for them to pay other bills. (Drew Altman, 1/5) Concord Monitor: Bills Alone Won’t Solve Drug Crisis Bloomberg: Warning: You Still Need To Stress About Stress Despite the recent federal law requiring that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine, this mandated insurance coverage still fails to protect a significant percentage of Americans. A new Kaiser Family Foundation/New York Times survey challenges a narrative put forth by many policymakers — the notion that patients do not have enough “skin in the game.” To the average American, this is nonsense. (Mark Rukavina, 1/5) center_img On Dec. 30, Gov. Matt Bevin repeatedly and, in his own words, intentionally, used the word “lie” to describe the representations of the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear regarding the economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Kentucky. … Gov. Bevin’s comments reflect either a grave misunderstanding or a deliberate misrepresentation of even rudimentary economics, about which no serious person can disagree. It is a simple fact that Medicaid expansion is an enormous economic win for Kentucky and every other state that has chosen to participate. (Emily Whelan Parento, 1/6) Louis Post-Dispatch: Think The Insured Can Afford Their Medical Bills? Not So, New Survey Finds North Carolina has the opportunity to shape how we take care of our own, through Medicaid reform, passed by state lawmakers in September. The Medicaid Reform mandate passed by the North Carolina General Assembly puts the state on a tight timeline to customize our plan. The goal is to seek permission from the federal government by June 2016. North Carolina can negotiate with the federal government for a Medicaid waiver that is North Carolina-specific, that closes the coverage gap and takes advantage of $21 billion in federal funds. This does not have to be political. North Carolina can join the 30 other states who have expanded coverage. (Susan Fitzgibbon Shumaker and Allen Smart, 1/5) Charlotte Observer: N.C. Medicaid Reform Would Benefit Nearly 500,000 Viewpoints: GOP’s Repeal Vote Is Not ‘Pointless’; Medicaid Expansion Debates Rev Up Again A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Some 3 million Americans who lack health insurance could gain coverage, if only their states would accept the Medicaid funding that the Affordable Care Act provides. Two years into Obamacare, the arguments in favor of extending this coverage have only grown stronger. (1/6) The Wall Street Journal: How Health-Care Bills Hinder Millions Of Americans When the New Hampshire Legislature reconvenes today, the focus will be on how it handles the state’s opioid crisis. A special task force has wrapped up its work and proposed several bills. And while lawmakers have come a long way in acknowledging the problem, much ground remains to be covered. They should start by considering drug addiction itself – what the term means, how we understand it and what science tells us. A YouTube video titled “Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong” made waves in October by condensing arguments from British author Johann Hari’s Chasing the Scream. (1/6) The Washington Post: The Market For Human Organs Is Destroying Lives 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