Dubbed Ultimate Performance mode, this new power profile is made with high-end Windows 10 Pro workstations in mind. Currently, Windows 10 offers several different power options, with the two main ones being “Balanced,” which tries to find a healthy middle ground between performance and energy consumption, and “Power Saver,” which obviously cuts back on hardware efficiency so you use less energy.There are already High Performance and Game Mode settings available as well, but Microsoft wants to push things even further with Ultimate Performance mode. Over on the Windows 10 Blog, Dona Sakar explains that Ultimate Performance mode “builds on the current High-Performance policy, and it goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques.”Since Ultimate Performance mode cares little about energy efficiency, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that it won’t be available battery-powered notebooks. No, Ultimate Performance mode will only be the domain of high-end PC workstations. You’ll also be able to change some of the finer points of Ultimate Performance mode, such as when the display turns off and when the PC goes to sleep, along with advanced power settings for certain pieces of hardware.AdChoices广告Ultimate Performance mode is rolling out in Windows Preview Build 17101 for Windows 10 Insiders, so we should see it roll out to the live version of Windows sometime in the next month or two. You can read more about what’s coming in builds 17101 and 17604 over on the Windows 10 Insider Blog. While average, every day tasks like internet browsing and streaming video don’t require that you squeeze the most out of your PC’s hardware, there are just as many tasks that need unrestrained power. Microsoft, it would seem, recognizes that, and it’ll soon be rolling out a new power profile for Windows 10 Pro that should help bolster performance beyond what’s currently allowed by the OS. Story TimelineWindows 10 surpasses Windows 7 in market share, says one statisticMicrosoft Office 2019 will only support Windows 10Windows 10 Pro palm vein recognition coming courtesy of Fujitsu
Comcast and Tile have teamed up for a new way to track down lost items tagged with a Tile device, putting the search results right on your TV screen. The new functionality has been baked into Xfinity X1, and allows for voice searches using the system’s X1 Voice Remote. Tile uses Bluetooth to ping its location, reporting back to a paired smartphone whenever that’s in range. By pairing your Tile account with your Comcast Xfinity X1 account, that location data is shared. After that, you simply press and hold the microphone button on the remote control and as for the location of a specific Tile or whatever it’s attached to.For instance, you could say “Xfinity Home, find my wallet,” or “Xfinity Home, locate my saxophone.” The system will recognize “find,” “locate,” or “where” as trigger phrases for the Tile integration, and the command has to include the actual name of the Tile as it’s registered in the app. Assuming all goes correctly, the X1 will show the last recorded location of that particular Tile, along with the date and time it was seen at that spot. However the integration isn’t quite as comprehensive as the full Tile app at this stage. At the moment, for example, the X1 Voice Remote can’t “ring” the Tile, causing its onboard speaker to sound. To do that, you’ll need to open the smartphone app for iOS or Android. AdChoices广告That’s a shame, as one of the big selling points for Tile’s most recent trackers was both range and volume. The Tile Style and Tile Sport – together comprising the Tile Pro series – each have roughly 200 feet of Bluetooth range, making it more likely your phone will be able to log their position. Meanwhile, the speakers inside have double the volume of the older models.Ironically, the one thing the new system can’t find is your remote control itself. Even if you attach a Tile to your X1 Voice Remote, you’d need it – and its microphone – in order to request its location. Of course, in that situation you could just open up the Tile app on your phone (you haven’t misplaced that too, have you?) and hunt it down the old-fashioned way. Initially only those who are subscribing to Xfinity Home – Comcast’s home automation system built around the X1 cable TV box – will be able to use this Tile integration. However, all Xfinity Internet customers are in line to get support later in the year, Comcast says. Story TimelineTile Slim tracker hands-on: more than thin enoughTile Mate is company’s smallest Bluetooth tracker yet
The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera is official now, and mirrorless is officially trending. The EOS R is officially rolling with a 30.3-megapixel full-frame sensor with ISO range of 100-40,000. Inside you’ll find Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor with a dual-pixel autofocus setup up front. Around the back is a big touchscreen, and there’s an OLED electronic viewfinder up top. Stick around as we continue to get more information on this camera and its expanded set of lenses. We’ll have our hands on this camera sooner than later – so keep your eyes peeled for our full review! Story TimelineCanon officially ends sales of film camerasCanon PowerShot SX740 HS brings 4K to affordable compactsCanon Zoemini photo printer is smaller than your smartphoneCanon EOS R, Fujifilm X-T3 bringing mirrorless cameras this week The Canon EOS R is the first in what’s likely a long line of Canon-made mirrorless cameras. There’s a full-frame image sensor in here with a “redeveloped lens mount” as Canon’s said several times earlier today. The body of this machine has the capability of capturing continuous photos at up to 8fps and can capture video at UHD 4K at 30fps. Key Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera Specs:• 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor• DIGIC 8 Image Processor• UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out• Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 5655 AF Points• 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder• 3.15″ 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD• Expanded ISO 50-102400, 8 fps Shooting• Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot• Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW• RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM LensIf you’ll have a peek at this post from earlier this week you’ll find the trends gathering. Fujufilm is in the mix as well. This new wave of devices works with RF Lenses, complete with their own dedicated control ring. Lenses here have dials for zooming and manual focus, too. Lenses launching with the camera include the 24-105mm f/4 L, a 50mm f/1.2mm L, a 28-70mm f/2 L, and the one I’ll be looking for first – 35mm f/1.8 macro. Three lens-mount adapters for EOS SLR lenses will be released as well. At least one of these adapters has an EOS R control ring (like the standard RF lenses) and another has drop-in filters – neat! The EOS R itself will be available for $2,299 body-only in Late October. There’ll also be a lens package for $3,399 that includes a 24-105mm lens – that’ll also be out in Late October with pre-orders starting as soon as September 12th.
The idea of an e-paper second screen isn’t exactly new. That was, to some extent, pioneered by Russian company Yota and its YotaPhones. Those, however, lock you into always having that second display and paying upfront for the feature.In contrast, Microsoft Research’s Display Cover, reported by On Msft, acts like a regular cover and is even as thin as one, only 3 mm. It is implied that the cover is removable as it it attached to a regular Lumia 640 and communicates via Bluetooth only. As such, users wouldn’t have to pay the penalty when they want to use the second screen.What would they use that for anyway? The most immediate use case would be for data you need to be more or less permanent for a long period, like boarding tickets or passes, schedules, or shopping lists. Given it wouldn’t always be visible unless flipped open, it wouldn’t make much sense to have it display time, weather, or social media.That said, the researchers also gave some though into using the second screen as a virtual keyboard, pretty much like what Lenovo has done with its newest Yoga Book. Sadly, their prototype didn’t have any touch input capability so that was mostly in the realm of the theoretical. Microsoft Research also concedes that the idea will nt have much appeal until the advent of colored e-paper screens. And considering the Windows Phone platform is dead, they’ll have to start from scratch from Android anyway. Our smartphone screens are becoming larger and larger but they can only go so far without turning those phones into actual tablets. Some manufacturers are trying to solve that with still to come foldable phones though others take another approach by adding a second screen, usually on the back. Researchers at Microsoft apparently had a different approach to the problem. It did have a second screen, an e-paper one even, but instead of permanently fixing it behind the phone, they put it in a flip cover instead.
Story TimelineNissan Shuts Down NissanConnect EV App Due To Hacking ExploitThis is the 2017 Nissan GT-R: Power and luxury boostedNissan Navara truck hides an 800hp GT-R heartNissan GT-R sets drift record at 189 mphNissan Leaf reads drivers’ minds and projects thoughts onto the road This is Nissan’s fourth recall over problems with the sensor since 2013. The company says it has reports of three injuries related to the issue, but thankfully no deaths, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received more than 1,200 complaints over the sensor. The recall applies to the following vehicles in their 2013-2017 models: Nissan Altima, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Sentra, Rogue, NV200, NV Taxi, the Infiniti JX35/QX60 and Q50, and the Chevrolet City Express, which was built by Nissan.Nissan says it will begin notifying dealerships of its plan to fix the issue by late May, with affected customers being contacted within 60 days. The car company notes that most of the recalled vehicles will just need software reprogramming, while the remainder will see a parts replacement.VIA Reuters Nissan announced a new recall yesterday affecting 3.53 million of its cars, most of which are in the US, over concerns the passenger-side airbag may not deploy. The carmaker said the problem lies within the Occupant Classification System, or the sensor that detects if someone is sitting in the front passenger seat. The airbag is designed not to deploy if that seat is empty, however, if the sensor fails to detect a passenger, they wouldn’t be protected by an airbag in the event of a crash.
That doesn’t mean it’s a compromise on performance, though. Like the Chevrolet Volt, it relies on electric motors – in this case two at the rear – and a gas engine that acts as a generator: that’s good for an electronically-limited top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds in Sport mode. With the powertrain so set, the Revero uses both the charge in its batteries and the gas generator. There’s also a Sustain mode, which uses the generator only and saves the battery power, which adds up to a 7.2 second 0-60 mph time and a further limited top speed of 95 mph. Finally, Stealth mode runs on electric power only, with the same top speed limit at Sustain but a 6.9 second 0-60 mph time. Karma Automotive says that the Revero should do up to 50 miles on battery alone, or up to 300 miles if the generator’s reserves are added. Interestingly, the Revero also gets a 200W solar panel roof which can apparently top up both the regular 12V battery and the powertrain battery. It’s unclear exactly what its total contribution is to range at this point, mind. If the rough definition of karma is “what goes around, comes around” then Karma Automotive picked an excellent name for its Revero luxury hybrid, the rebirth of the loved-but-flawed Fisker. After snapping up the gas-electric leftovers from Fisker’s demise in early 2014, the new company has taken the wannabe Tesla rival and brought it back up to date, preserving the distinctive – and still fresh – design but revamping powertrain, tech, and more. Inside, there are leather seats, a 12.3-inch 1920 x 700 digital infotainment cluster, and a 10.2-inch 1920 x 1200 main touchscreen which will get CarPlay and Android Auto next year in an OTA update. A 275W audio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer is standard, as is navigation, 4G and WiFi connectivity, dual-zone climate control, lane-departure and forward collision warnings, parking monitoring, and an external “pedestrian awareness” sound that plays at speeds up to 28 mph. Fast charging support can pump in 80-percent of battery capacity in 24 minutes, if you have access to a 40 kW, 480V DC/DC Quick charge outlet. Otherwise, you’re looking at 10 hours for a full charge on a domestic 110V, 16 amp outlet, or three hours on a 240V, 32 amp outlet. EPA tests aren’t complete yet, but Karma Automotive is expecting 54 MPGe or 20 MPG when the generator is active. As you might expect, this low-volume phoenix from the (quite literal, in some cases) ashes doesn’t come cheap. Pricing kicks off at $130,000 before options, with orders being taken now. The result is a car that, though it may look like the roughly thousand Fisker Karma examples still on the road – numbers were sapped a little by a spontaneous combustion problem, something Samsung is now experiencing with the Note 7 – is actually significantly different. Karma Automotive will build the rebranded Revero in Moreno Valley, California, counting on low-volume production and a large degree of individual involvement in the construction process to help set the hybrid apart from rivals. Story TimelineKarma Automotive teams with BMW for EV and hybrid techKarma Revero takes Fisker from ashes to EV rebootKarma Revero revealed as deja-vu plug-in hybrid for the well-heeled
Those looking for the best 5G smartphone of the year might want to skip the Galaxy S10, so says information shared with SlashGear today. Why would you skip one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year just to wait for a different phone from the same company later this year? It has a lot more to do with infrastructure than it does with the hardware made by Samsung – but more issues are, apparently, at play as well. Story TimelineSamsung 1TB UFS chip practically confirms Galaxy S10+ rumorGalaxy S10 battery sizes in contention: At what cost?Galaxy S10 lineup leaks in full: iPhone XS to bonkersGalaxy S10, S10+ renders, colors leak to show off new design As it is with any major set of releases in a two-tier system for smartphones, the first wave is best for early adopters. Samsung’s strategy isn’t the same as OnePlus. OnePlus’ two-tier strategy reveals a standard version of a phone earlier in the year, then a “T” version later in the year. Apple has a “tick tock” strategy – or at least they’ve had such a strategy in the past. One year they’ll release a device with a number, the standard version, then the next they’ll release a slightly modified and updated version with the letter “S” at the end. Fun fact: OnePlus only started using the letter “T” because they wanted to sort of parody Apple’s “S”. Samsung’s strategy is a little different. They release two tiers of phone per year, but they call them something different. Earlier in the year they release a Galaxy S phone, then later in the year they release a Galaxy Note. The two phone brands are different, and they have slightly different sets of features, but they share an extremely similar software experience, and the vast majority of their features come along the same tracks.This year, however, there’s a bit of a wrench thrown into the gears of Samsung’s usual strategy. With the release of 5G connectivity, Samsung needs to work with and around networks around the world. According to sources familiar with the situation speaking on condition of anonymity, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 5G phone (codename “Beyond X”) “won’t be as full or complete a 5G experience” as the Galaxy Note 10 later this year. It stands to reason that the longer we wait, the more a set of 5G networks will be complete, regardless of our location in the world. As our sources this morning suggest, networks will be significantly more prepared for a “true 5G launch” once the Galaxy Note 10 is made available. The standard Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E, and S10 Plus will not have 5G connectivity available in their hardware. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be ready for 5G connectivity right out the gate.We’re expecting to see the Galaxy S10 family in full on February 20th, 2019. Pre-orders will likely start the same day, and in-store availability is expected on or around March 9th – but we’ll see! The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will likely be revealed in early August, 2019.
Spice company McCormick has revealed that it tapped IBM’s artificial intelligence to bolster its flavor expertise. The company plans to launch a new product line called ONE later this year that features recipe mix flavors for a handful of popular dishes, including New Orleans Sausage and Tuscan Chicken. The new offerings are the by-product of McCormick’s vast data and IBM’s AI. McCormick approached IBM about using its artificial intelligence technology to augment its existing work, the company revealed in an announcement today. According to IBM, its AI algorithms are able to help predict substitutions for formulas, the right ratios of materials for a recipe, and even how people are likely to respond to the flavor.As well, the AI can predict how novel a system-generated formula is. McCormick was able to bring a huge amount of applicable data to the table, according to IBM, including its historical flavor formulas, test results from experiments and consumers, raw materials available for use, and more. The project between the two companies has been ongoing for four years.Sometime around this summer, McCormick plans to launch its new ONE product line with flavor creations made possible, in part, by IBM’s AI. The company explains that its artificial intelligence was able to help McCormick come up with flavor solutions that were otherwise missed while speeding up the entire process. As with scent, flavor is a science. A vast number of spices exist that can be used to create a huge number of flavor combinations, but developing these new recipes takes time. Experts are tasked with not only identifying spices for any particular recipe, but also figuring out the right proportions in which to combine them, all the while considering things like individual variations in taste perception and culture preferences. Story TimelineIBM Project Debater AI can argue its position in plain EnglishIBM trained an AI to help humans create new fragrancesIBM to buy Linux maker Red Hat to stay relevant in the cloud
Benchmarks are great for starting a discussion as those usually have set rules and guidelines that can make comparisons a bit more consistent and standardized. They aren’t, however, great for gauging real-world performance, which can vary wildly depending on unpredictable factors and, sometimes, personal preference. That seems to be the case with the OnePlus 7 Pro which has been given rather high scores on DxOMark, putting it in second place (tied with the Honor 20 Pro). Now that the phone is actually in users’ hands, however, some are questioning how the site achieved those figures. Users on the OnePlus forums have flocked to air their complaints about the less than acceptable quality of the company’s latest and much-praised flagship. They’re not alone, though as some YouTubers and tech reviewers have also gone public about their disappointment. Complicating matters, however, is the fact that not all owners agree with those criticisms, claiming to have had good if not great experiences with the phone. Still, others try to point out flaws in the image quality comparisons made by some owners.OxygenOS Product Manager Jimmy Z tried to assure owner’s that they’re listening to every feedback, good or bad. He also notes that software updates improve the camera and that one was pushed out just recently. DxOMark even notes in their review that the version of the ROM that they used would be available to consumers before the end of the month.Jimmy Z, however, also tried to point out how subjective camera quality assessments can be. Never mind the environmental variables, there are also factors like the viewer’s personal preferences to factor in. He isn’t downplaying the complaints, however, but asks for some patience as they sift through every sample and complaint sent to them.AdChoices广告Of course, the situation does questions on the validity and usefulness of such benchmarks if they end up not reflecting what users experience in the real world. While the jury is still out on whether the OnePlus 7 Pro’s high marks are truly deserved, the company’s response is encouraging at the very least. Story TimelineOnePlus 7 Pro Review: A hero phone with a price to matchOnePlus 7 Pro DxOMark score should give Samsung and Huawei pauseHonor 20 Pro vs OnePlus 7 Pro: battle of affordable flagships
Roundup: Abortion Opponents See Openings In Ark., Wis.; Dems Look To Upend Maine GOP Health Law; Rural Health Care Issues In Texas, Kansas A selection of health policy stories from Arkansas, Wisconsin, Maine, Texas, Kansas, California and Minnesota.The Associated Press: Abortion Opponents See New Opportunity In ArkansasAbortion opponents in Arkansas see an opportunity to enact new restrictions, including a ban on the use of telemedicine to make the abortion pill available, with Republicans controlling both sides of the Legislature in next year’s session. Fresh off an election where Republicans won control of the state House and Senate for the first time in 138 years, GOP lawmakers and anti-abortion groups are now focusing on a handful of bills they believe have a better chance (DeMillo, 11/25).Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Right To Life Aims For Further Abortion RegulationsThe state’s largest anti-abortion group sees opportunities to place further regulations on abortion, including requiring women seeking the procedure to view an ultrasound of her fetus. Wisconsin Right to Life is also proposing banning abortions that would cause pain to the fetus, … Wisconsin Right to Life noted in an email to supporters that the election also put all of Wisconsin’s state government in the hands of Republicans. … Walker has yet to weigh in on the specific proposals (Marley, 11/24). The Associated Press: Democrats May Reverse Maine Health Insurance LawDemocrats who’ve wrested control of the Legislature back from Republicans are poised to reverse a GOP health insurance overhaul when the 2013 session gets going. The law, passed in 2011 after Republicans pushed for years for the changes, seeks to lower health insurance costs and cover more Maine residents through a series of market changes (Adams, 11/24).The Texas Tribune: For South Texas, No Easy Road To Medical SchoolWhen Travis County voters approved a ballot measure this month that paved the way for a new University of Texas medical school in Austin, many South Texans had to stifle the emotions that came most naturally: frustration and resentment. They had been trying for decades to secure financing for a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley, only to watch the deal get sealed first for their wealthier northern neighbor (Ramshaw, 11/25).Kansas Health Institute News: Rural Kansas Towns Cope With Aging Hospital FacilitiesConstruction on a new $8.2 million hospital is scheduled to begin early next year in this small, south-central Kansas community. The project is in response to conditions common in many parts of rural Kansas where an increasingly aging population often is treated in outdated hospital facilities. … 80 percent of the critical access hospital’s business is from Medicare patients, said Alden Vandeveer, chief executive of the Kiowa District Hospital (Cauthon, 11/26). Los Angeles Times: Health Insurer Sued Over Disclosure Of ExclusionsA health insurer owned by two Wall Street giants is headed to trial next week over claims it misled a San Bernardino County couple into buying a policy that left them with more than $140,000 in unpaid medical bills from cancer treatment. Norman and Kathleen Carter of Yucaipa are battling their insurance company, even as Kathleen continues to fight abdominal cancer (Terhune, 11/24).The Associated Press: Minn. Health Incentives Raise Privacy ConcernsMore Minnesota workers are considering financial incentives to participate in wellness programs that monitor their health, but those programs come at the sacrifice of some privacy. It’s not uncommon for an employer to offer basic incentives, such as a discount for gym membership (11/24). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
No Easy Answers About Health Law’s Impact On Full-Time Jobs CQ HealthBeat parses conflicting data on whether the health law may be spurring employers to keep workers part-time. Meanwhile, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, questions whether the projections of rising health insurance subsidy costs may be due to employers dumping coverage. News outlets also offer reports on health exchanges from Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado and California.CQ HealthBeat: Gauging Impact Of Health Law On Part-Time Work No Simple MatterWill the health law trap a growing number of workers in part-time jobs as employers scramble to avoid higher health insurance costs under the overhaul? And to avoid a penalty, will those workers increasingly have to get federally subsidized coverage from insurance exchanges to comply with the law’s insurance mandate that starts next year? (Reichard, 6/5).The Hill: Hatch Probes Rising Cost Of Health Law’s SubsidiesSen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) wants to know why the price tag keeps rising for new insurance subsidies under President Obama’s healthcare law. Hatch wrote to Cabinet officials Wednesday seeking more information about the cost of providing tax credits to help people pay for their insurance premiums (Baker, 6/5).CT Mirror: Anthem Files Rate Proposal For Obamacare Insurance PricesIn a much-anticipated proposal, the state’s largest insurer has indicated what it wants to charge people buying coverage in the new insurance marketplace being created under federal health reform. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield said the average monthly premium for an individual health plan would be $440.65. The prices would vary based on each customer’s age, location and the specific health plan chosen, ranging from $101.73 to $1,259 (Becker, 6/5). Baltimore Sun: Maryland Panel Approves Hospital Rate IncreaseA state panel voted unanimously Wednesday to increase the rates hospitals can charge by 1.65 percent, but the medical institutions say the amount is inadequate and will collectively drive hospitals into the red. The Maryland Hospital Association said the decision will cause operating margins to plummet to negative 0.24 percent. The association had pushed for a rate hike of 2.43 percent, which would have also pushed down margins, but still left hospitals operating in positive territory (Walker, 6/5). Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Rates Vary Widely, Should Promote Brisk Insurance MarketCompetition among health insurance companies should be brisk in Colorado, according to an analysis by a consumer health advocacy group. “As we’ve dug more deeply, we’ve seen enough competition that we think Colorado’s going to have a really good marketplace,” said Dede de Percin, executive director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI). “Despite doomsday predictions, the state is not seeing ‘rate shock,’ so many of the choices will be more affordable, especially with the subsidies.” Regulators from Colorado’s Division of Insurance (DOI) are reviewing all proposed plans and must approve or deny them by July 31. Then, they’ll be available to consumers starting on Oct. 1 on Colorado’s exchange, Connect for Health (Kerwin McCrimmon, 6/5).California Healthline: Physicians Wary – Or Simply Unaware – Of ACA LoopholeDoctors who contract with state health insurance exchanges next year might find themselves on the hook for treatment costs resulting from what many are calling a loophole in the Affordable Care Act. Some say the provision might prompt doctors to avoid the exchanges altogether, while other experts say few health care providers are aware of the issue and likely won’t know about the loophole until it’s too late. Under the ACA, if families who obtain subsidized health plan coverage through the exchanges fail to pay their premiums, they have a three-month grace period before the policy is cancelled. However, insurers are responsible only for paying claims during the first month of that grace period (Wayt, 6/5).Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Feds Require Contingency Plans For Health ExchangeFederal health officials have required Colorado to create contingency plans in case the state’s health exchange can’t function as planned by the beginning of October. Documents that Solutions obtained show that Colorado health exchange managers are preparing for three primary problems that could undermine the planned Oct. 1 launch. … Colorado officials already had to deploy one contingency plan earlier this year. Colorado lawmakers set up the exchange as an independent public agency, not part of state government. Exchange officials and those at the state Medicaid office were planning to build a single shared IT “rules engine” to determine whether people qualify for Medicaid and are eligible for tax credits (Kerwin McCrimmon, 6/5). 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 Wall Street Journal: Democrats Run For ObamaCare Cover Jeanne Shaheen doesn’t sound like a Democrat who just won a government-shutdown “victory.” Ms. Shaheen sounds like a Democrat who thinks she’s going to lose her job. The New Hampshire senator fundamentally altered the health-care fight on Tuesday with a letter to the White House demanding it both extend the ObamaCare enrollment deadline and waive tax penalties for those unable to enroll. Within nanoseconds, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor had endorsed her “common-sense idea.” By Wednesday night, five Senate Democrats were on board, pushing for . . . what’s that dirty GOP word? Oh, right. “Delay” (Kimberley A. Strassel, 10/24).USA Today: Obama’s Y2K Moment While the website mess will certainly go down as one of the great case studies on how not to launch an Internet service, it will not dictate the legacy of the Affordable Care Act. Indeed, several of the state websites are doing just fine, and once the political grandstanding on HealthCare.gov is over — it’s not by a long shot — we’ll be able to finally begin assessing just how well the Affordable Care Act works and whether it indeed helps reduce costs. The inevitable calls for a delay in the mandate, beyond the penalty assessments, may still be a matter of hot debate for both practical and political reasons. But even a small delay will not affect how this initiative will ultimately be judged. Democracy is a messy business. Plenty of major government programs are still argued about decades later. Yet the politics behind their implementation is seldom remembered (David Callaway, 10/25). The New York Times’ Economix: The Midterm Grade For HealthCare. Gov President Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. How would he have graded a student’s performance on, say, a term paper or test that the professor viewed as “unacceptable,” especially when there was “no excuse” for the paper’s deficiencies? One would hope that the grade would have been F, even under modern grade inflation. I certainly would affix that grade to such inexcusably deficient work. But who exactly should be assigned the F for the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov? (Uwe E. Reinhardt, 10/25). The New York Times: Why The Government Never Gets Tech Right Millions of Americans negotiating America’s health care system know all too well what the waiting room of a doctor’s office looks like. Now, thanks to HealthCare.gov, they know what a “virtual waiting room” looks like, too. Nearly 20 million Americans, in fact, have visited the Web site since it opened three weeks ago, but only about 500,000 managed to complete applications for insurance coverage. And an even smaller subset of those applicants actually obtained coverage. … But HealthCare.gov is only the latest episode in a string of information technology debacles by the federal government. Indeed, according to the research firm the Standish Group, 94 percent of large federal information technology projects over the past 10 years were unsuccessful (Clay Johnson and Harper Reed, 10/24). The New York Times’ Taking Note: GOP Roots For Failure In theory, lawmakers hope that government programs work well, and if they don’t, try to fix them. In theory, our representatives hope that government agencies carry out their missions smoothly, and if something goes wrong, try to figure out what happened to avoid making the same mistake in the future. Obviously that’s not how things work in the United States, where one of the two parties doesn’t even believe in government (Juliet Lapidos, 10/24). Los Angeles Times: Wrong Rx For Healthcare Website The problems at the federal government’s new health insurance website are so severe that even Democrats are starting to talk about neutering a key provision of the 2010 healthcare law: the requirement that adult Americans obtain coverage next year. But now is not the time to take such a drastic step, which could lead to sharper increases in premiums for individuals. It is true that the federal government hasn’t yet fixed its website’s problems, but there is still time to do so before Jan. 1, the first day coverage is supposed to go into effect. The focus should remain on fixing the site quickly and signing up more people for insurance (10/25). Los Angeles Times: What FDR Would Say About Obamacare’s Botched Launch Yes, Obamacare’s website debacle is a problem for the healthcare reform program and for many customers still unable to apply for and secure health insurance. But no, it’s not the first time a big government program experienced birth pangs. The go-to source on how to manage the launch of a major federal undertaking, of course, is Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched dozens of such programs during the New Deal–several of them every bit as revolutionary as the Affordable Care Act (Michael Hiltzik, 10/24). The Washington Post: GOP: Stop Being So Negative The American political class is facing a perfect storm of public contempt. Congressional Republicans have proved themselves divided and incapable of adopting a coherent strategy, with a significant minority determined to light the way with an auto-da-fé. Meanwhile, an administration that seeks to transform U.S. health care cannot run a Web site — a breathtaking gap between ambition and competence. And its responses to failure — denial, defensiveness and secrecy — have been as discrediting to Obamacare as any technical breakdown (Michael Gerson, 10/24). The Washington Post: How Uncle Sam Can Avoid Another Healthcare.gov HealthCare.gov was launched Oct. 1 with bugs that made it impossible for many Americans to purchase insurance. Although these problems are the focus of many tirades and jokes , it’s not a disaster — in a few months the site will work as expected. Moreover, in the range of federal IT debacles, HealthCare.gov doesn’t come anywhere close to the worst. Over the past five years, agencies including the Justice Department have had to scrap software projects that cost far more than the $70 million to $125 million (at least) reportedly spent on HealthCare.gov. … But HealthCare.gov’s issues remain troubling, and the government can still learn from the site’s failures (Evan Burfield, 10/24). The Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare Takes On Water The ObamaCare rollout is a disaster for the White House, not a problem or a challenge or an embarrassment, not a gaffe or a bad few weeks. It is a political disaster, and the only question is whether it is partially recoverable, meaning the system can be made to work in a generally satisfactory way in the next few weeks. But—it has to be repeated—they had 3½ years after passage of the Affordable Care Act to make the program into something the American people could register for and feel they were benefiting from. Three and a half years! (Peggy Noonan, 10/24). Bloomberg: Obamacare’s Virtual Fantasy Couldn’t Handle Messy Reality So why didn’t the administration realize that integrating a bunch of incompatible government databases into a seamless system with an interface just about anyone could understand was a really, really hard problem? Why was even the president seemingly taken by surprise when the system didn’t work like it might in the movies? We have become seduced by computer glamour (Virginia Postrel, 10/24). The Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare’s Political Choices It’s been another lousy week for the Affordable Care Act, as hundreds of thousands of Americans learned they’re losing their current coverage and new details emerged about the 36 federal insurance exchanges that are still as useful as a cement wall. But the truth is that these and other events aren’t “glitches.” They’re the intentional or inevitable results of political control of the health economy (10/24). The Wall Street Journal: Another ‘Affordable Care’ Sticker Shock Looms President Obama and supporters of his health-care law have defended it by saying that the Affordable Care Act is “the law of the land.” However, the spending reductions in the 2011 Budget Control Act—the so-called sequester—also remain “the law of the land.” … Some have claimed that the sequester “exempts” ObamaCare’s subsidies from spending reductions. That is only half true. The Budget Control Act does exempt from sequestration the premium subsidies for households with incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level ($94,200 for a family of four) and that meet other eligibility criteria. But other ObamaCare subsidies, paid directly to insurance providers on behalf of eligible beneficiaries, are subject to the sequester—namely “cost-sharing subsidies.” These include subsidies for households with incomes below 250% of the federal poverty level ($58,875 for a family of four) to reduce copayments and deductibles (Chris Jacobs, 10/24). Charlotte Observer: Another McCrory Mistake On Medicaid If only Pat McCrory were right this week when he told a conservative group in Washington that a new federal regulation might force North Carolina to expand its Medicaid program. If that were true, hundreds of thousands more N.C. residents could get medical coverage, and the state could see some economic benefits, too. But the governor, once again, got it wrong on Medicaid (10/25). And on other health issues -The Washington Post: A Fair Trade For Entitlement Reform Includes Increased Revenue The Post’s Oct. 20 editorial on the budget challenge [“A fiscal quid pro quo”] made important points but was way off-base on the issue of revenue. It suggested that a fair trade would be reductions to the “sequester” budget cuts in exchange for reforms to Medicare and Social Security and said that Democrats should not insist on additional revenue because that’s a non-starter with many Republicans. Democrats would make a serious mistake by following that advice. Our country needs more revenue to help us get back on track (Kent Conrad, 10/24). The New York Times: Raising The Medicare Age, Revisited Back in 2011, we almost had a “grand bargain” whose centerpiece would have been a rise in the Medicare eligibility age. Liberals were horrified, but it actually would have happened if Republicans hadn’t balked at the idea of any revenue increases at all. Now we learn that it would have been not just cruel and a betrayal of promises, but bone-stupid too (Paul Krugman, 10/25). Los Angeles Times: Antibiotics For People, Not Animals Antibiotics are modern medical miracles that rendered lethal infections minor nuisances. But that 20th century success story is turning into a 21st century parable about shortsightedness and denial. The president and Congress have more than enough scientific justification to curb antibiotic overuse in food animal production. It is time for them to act (Gail Hansen, 10/23). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Viewpoints: Marketplace Snags Spook Democrats; Government Seldom Gets Tech Initiatives Right; New Revenue Is ‘Fair Trade’ For Entitlement Changes
The state will send voter registration cards to nearly 4 million state residents who visited the online insurance marketplace to ease voting rights group worries.Los Angeles Times: State To Send Voter Registration Cards To Obamacare ApplicantsHeading off a lawsuit over compliance with a federal voting rights law, California officials have agreed to help millions of state residents register to vote. Under a deal announced Monday by several voting-rights groups, the state will send voter registration cards to nearly 3.8 million Californians who have applied for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Merl, 3/24). The Washington Post: Californians Who Used Health Marketplaces Receive Voter Registration FormsCalifornia officials have started sending voter registration forms to 4 million people who shopped on the state’s new online health insurance marketplace, as part of a legal settlement with voting rights groups that are urging states to make it easier for people to sign up to vote as they enroll in coverage (Somashekhar, 3/24). Calif. Health Exchange Shoppers Will Get Voter Registration Form 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: Michigan Schools Try Out Gold Standard Of Concussion Tests Heartland Health Monitor: New E. coli Infection Turns Up In Kansas The Associated Press: Bribery Probe Nets $12M And More Than 2 Dozen Doctors A long legal battle between the Cleveland Clinic and a retired Air Force colonel who says he was injured by a group of Clinic surgeons is entering a potentially decisive stage before the Ohio Supreme Court. David Antoon and his wife have accused the doctors of botching a surgery to remove his cancerous prostate gland, leaving him impotent and incontinent, and unable to continue his job as a commercial 747 pilot. The Clinic denies any wrongdoing. (Ross, 12/23) About 10,000 Kentuckians a year are taken by cancer in a state where the disease consistently kills at the highest rate in the nation. Experts say the biggest culprit is lung cancer, which strikes and kills Kentuckians at rates 50% higher than the national average. But Kentucky’s death rates also rank in the Top 10 nationally for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers. (Ungar, 12/22) USA Today: Burden Of Lung Cancer Pushes Kentucky’s Cancer Rates To Nation’s Highest Sixty-two Michigan high schools are participating in a unique pilot program that does baseline testing of athletes in football and other sports to help with concussion diagnosis. Baseline testing — a combination of memory, reaction time, attention and stress assessments — is done in major pro sports because it is considered an objective and individualized tool. The NCAA recommends baseline testing of all college athletes. While all states have laws that address preventing concussions in youth sports, many are weak and none require baseline testing. (Schneider, 12/23) A Tennessee woman accused of using a coat hanger to try to abort her 24-week-old fetus pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted first-degree murder in a Nashville-area court on Tuesday, a sheriff’s official said. Anna Yocca, 31, was indicted earlier this month for attempting to abort the fetus in a bathtub filled with water in September. (12/22) A Johnson County resident is the latest person to fall ill with an E. coli infection that may be linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill. Federal health officials have identified five people, including the Johnson County resident, who have been infected with what they said was a “different, rare DNA fingerprint of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli026,” or STEC 26. (Margolies, 12/22) Reuters: Tennessee Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge For Abortion Attempt State Highlights: 26 Physicians Plead Guilty in Bribery Scheme; Kentucky Cancer Rates Highest In Nation News outlets report on health care developments in New Jersey, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of Malpractice Case Against Cleveland Clinic This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. An ongoing federal investigation of a New Jersey medical laboratory has netted guilty pleas from more than two dozen doctors, the latest Tuesday from a physician who admitted taking cash bribes from lab employees. … Prosecutors say the bribes were part of a long-running scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory. They say the company bribed doctors to refer patients and perform unnecessary tests, reaping millions of dollars. (12/22)
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: New York Bill Extends Deadline For Medical Malpractice Suits Sixteen months after her arrest, Katie Darovitz — one of at least 500 women prosecuted under Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation chemical endangerment law — has had her case dismissed. … Though Darovitz’s case is unusual in some of its details, in other ways it is typical of the cases ProPublica and AL.com examined. Like Darovitz, 20 percent of mothers charged with chemical endangerment used marijuana only; like Darovitz, about a quarter had no prior criminal record. And like Darovitz, many of the mothers were turned over by hospitals, which sometimes conducted drug tests without mothers’ knowledge or consent. (Martin, 6/2) The Boston Globe: Marijuana Patients In Limbo As Doctor’s License Is Suspended Philadelphia Inquirer: Actress Sues Phila., Alleges Lead Contamination Cover-Up The Wall Street Journal: CDC Identifies Counties At Risk Of HIV Outbreaks The Arizona Republic: Arizona Measles Outbreak Infects 2 More At Eloy Detention Center In 2010, there were nearly 219,000 adults age 65 and over in the nine-county Kansas City metropolitan area. That was 11.4 percent of the population. By 2030, the area’s 65-plus population is projected to grow to more than 416,000 people, or nearly 18 percent of the population. (Margolies 6/2) The Connecticut Mirror: Consumer Group Demands Wade Recuse Herself On Cigna Merger A family medicine physician in Franklin declared Tuesday in a blog post that his practice will no longer administer vaccines because of what he calls questionable safety. An eight-point blog post on the website of Cool Springs Family Medicine lays out Dr. Daniel Kalb’s concerns about vaccinations and autism, the safety of Gardisil, a vaccine against human papilloma virus, and ingredients in vaccines. … The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that vaccinations do not cause autism. (Fletcher, 6/2) A consumer group says Gov. Dannel P. Malloy should avoid “going back to the days of Corrupticut” and replace Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Wade as the key state regulator on a proposed mega-merger between Anthem and Cigna insurance companies. (Radelat, 6/2) The Associated Press: Hawaii’s Lack Of Mental Health Care Forces Teens From State The Tennessean: Nashville-Area Doctor Halts Vaccinations ProPublica: Alabama Mom’s Charges Are Dropped, But Only After An Arduous Battle State Highlights: N.Y. Bill Gives Longer Legal Life To Medical Malpractice Suits; Consumer Group Pushes Conn. Regulator To Recuse Herself On Anthem-Cigna Merger Outlets report on health news from New York, Connecticut, Arizona, Hawaii, Tennessee, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Minnesota and Massachusetts. Within months of starting the process of adopting her son, Susan Callahan knew something was wrong. Aron, who was 7, had trouble communicating and started getting violent at home and school, trying to hit his mother and teachers. Callahan took him to a psychiatrist, where he was diagnosed with a range of conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and developmental disabilities. Desperate, his parents sought help from the state. But when Aron finally found adequate care nearly a decade later, it was not in Hawaii but more than 3,000 miles away, at a specialized facility in Kansas. (Starleaf Riker, 6/2) A Shakespearean actress from West Philadelphia, represented by a major national law firm, has filed a class-action suit claiming the city put her family – and tens of thousands of other Philadelphians – at a “significantly greater risk” for lead poisoning. Eleni Delopoulos, 37, who lives with her 2-year-old son and husband, filed suit Thursday in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The suit contends the city has been aware of high levels of lead in the tap water for years and failed to warn residents of contamination. (Wood, 6/3) Kansas Health Institute: AS KC Area’s population Ages, Who Will Treat The Elderly? Aaron Dimler was on his way. The captain of his football team at Roseville High School, he had a job, a long-term girlfriend and a scholarship worth $240,000 to study and play football at Macalester.Then he started taking Xanax. (Shipley 6/2) Legislation before state lawmakers in New York would significantly change medical malpractice law by allowing patients to sue years after an alleged misdiagnosis or mistreatment. (Klepper, 6/2) In this rural town, the forces of poverty and addiction drove a needle-sharing drug problem that caused the first-known HIV outbreak related to the current opioid crisis in America. Now, as Austin struggles to recover from its outbreak last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 220 counties across the U.S. where similar conditions create vulnerability to eruptions of HIV and hepatitis C. (Campo-Flores and McKay, 6/2) Pioneer Press: A Macalester Athlete Had A Scholarship, A Job And A Shining Future. Then Came Xanax. Nearly 5,800 Massachusetts patients certified to use medical marijuana are in limbo after state officials suspended the professional license of the doctor who authorized their use of the drug. (Lazar and Freyer, 6/3) Public-health officials reported that two more detainees at an Eloy immigration-detention center have confirmed cases of measles, bringing the total to 13 cases tied to the facility in Pinal County. (Alltucker, 6/2)
Jaguar I-PACE Sales Hit Just 140 In August: Sign Of Production Hell? Efficiency Matters And That’s Where The Jaguar I-Pace Falters Jaguar is set to enhance the infrastructure to support its newly revealed I-Pace and other, future all-electric models. The first move by Jaguar comes in South Africa, where in Pretoria – the hometown of Elon Musk – the company is set to install its first set of chargers. Jaguar is set to do this thanks to a cooperation with a Listed ICT group Alviva, who are working through their newly acquired business Gridcars – a Pretoria-based developer of electric vehicle charge point software management systems, but also, a supplier of charge points.The group aims to create a roadmap of charging stations for electric vehicles in South Africa that will cater to the forecasted uptake in EV usage rates. Furthermore, they will be supplying local Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships with destination chargers as part of their deal. In total, this will definitely improve the charging grid situation in the country, providing a more powerful argument for early EV adoption in South Africa.In a presentation revealed by Aliva last Thursday (6 September), the company claims that it expects to have as many as 56 charging stations opened by November. Additionally, the Jaguar agreement is set to bring locally manufactured chargers to 32 Jaguar dealerships.According to the group CEO, Pierre Spies, the company doesn’t expect to get a return on the investment right away. The company expects to recoup the R20 million investment within two and a half years.Even though there were only 75 electric vehicles sold in South Africa since the inception of electrically powered vehicles (EV), car makers are now committing to the country in a big way, expecting a much bigger EV volume uptake in the following years.Currently, for South African early adopters, the vehicles of choice are the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 and i8. However, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa says it is committed to an “electrified future” – with its first all-electric and hybrid models slated for arrival in South Africa in January.Source: Business Tech Source: Electric Vehicle News UPDATE: Prince Charles Buys Jaguar I-Pace In One-Off Color Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 8, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News A jab by the British carmaker?Clearly, the race to the complete EV solution (vehicles, range, performance, and infrastructure) is brewing. Tesla is currently leading the charge in most of these categories. Thanks to its Supercharger network, allowing for fast & easy charging, the Fremont, California-based company is pulling to a solid lead over the entire industry.More about the Jaguar I-Pace
Just the other day, we discovered that Rivian had a patent for an add-on battery pack that would extend range. With the auxiliary pack, the range would be well over 400 miles for the top-line R1T.Now, there’s a new patent discovery. This one was dug up by Forbes contributor Sebastian Blanco and it suggests multiple configurations for the electric truck.Take a look at the patent imagery below:The images appear to show the Rivian R1T in various forms such as a flatbed, camper and other non-descript forms. Have a read of the patent abstract below:Systems and methods for reconfigurable electric vehiclesAbstractUtilization of shared vehicles that are structurally and reversibly reconfigurable to suit requests for particular vehicle configurations is described. Vehicle use is monitored for plural vehicles shared among multiple users/uses. In response to a first request for a first particular configuration of a vehicle, a first vehicle is selected/provided in the first particular configuration having a predetermined first feature set, the first feature set being automatically set based on the first vehicle being placed in the first particular configuration. In response to a second use request for a second particular configuration of a vehicle different from the first particular configuration, the first vehicle is selected/provided in the second particular configuration having a predetermined second feature set, the second feature set being automatically set at the first vehicle based on the first vehicle being placed in the second particular configuration, the first feature set being different from the second feature set.You’d expect Rivian to make full use of the R1T skateboard platform and it has with these additional configurations. There’s not word yet on when or if the electric truck maker will reveal/offer these particular versions for sale though.Grab a look at the R1T in our gallery below: Source: Electric Vehicle News Rivian R1T Pickup Truck & R1S Hit The Slopes At 11,000 Feet: Video Rivian Pricing: Think GMC Denali, Chevy Suburban, Loaded Ford F-150 Source: U.S Patent Office via Forbes 17 photos When is a pickup truck not a pickup truck?Answer: When’s it’s configurable into other non-truck-like forms, such as a camper.A patent reveals that the Rivian R1T isn’t meant to be just a pickup truck. In fact, there are various configurations that transform it into more than just a truck.More Rivian Truck News Rivian R1T EV Pickup Truck Range Exceeds 400 Miles: Here’s How Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 23, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News
As we all know, the lines between vehicle classes are completely blurred these days.Source: Electric Vehicle News