One collection of Amazon Fire TV Edition sets coming this month is made by Element Electronics. The folks at Element Electronics are bringing the first 4K televisions with Amazon Fire TV Edition innards to the market. With these televisions, users will have 4K Ultra HD picture quality, Amazon Fire TV smart tv abilities, and over-the-air TV broadcasts as well. Each of these televisions will come with a Voice Remote able to work with Amazon Alexa right out the box. The first wave of these televisions from Element Electronics will be coming in four sizes – all of which will be available straight from Amazon online, of course. Pre-orders for these 4K tvs will be starting this week.Users will find 43-, 50-, 55-, and massive 65-inch sets available from Element in Fire TV Edition models. Below is a list of technical product specifications from Element and Amazon for this first wave of TVs in the Fire TV Edition collection.• Screen Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-inch• Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD)• Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native) / 120Hz (Effective)• Processor: Quad-core CPU/GPU Chipset• Memory: 3GB memory, 16GB internal storage, expandable with USB/SD card• Streaming Resolution: Streaming resolution at 4K Ultra HD (2160p), 1080p, 720p up to 60fps• Other Features: Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (4.1); 4 HDMI, Component / Composite; Optical SPDIF Out• Warranty: One year limited warrantyPre-orders of all four 4K Amazon TV Edition televisions from Element Electronics will begin today. Each pre-order will include a free (otherwise $14.99) AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor HD TV Antenna. In-store availability for these televisions will begin in June “at authorized retailers nationwide.” MSRPs for the Element – Fire TV Edition models are $449 (43-inch), $549 (50-inch), $649 (55-inch) and $899 (65-inch). There’s a way in which some brands of ultra-HD television are coming with Amazon’s Alexa – and it’s not a separate element. While users can still buy an Amazon TV box, there’s a new set of televisions with the abilities of Amazon TV inside. They’re branded with Amazon’s new “Amazon Fire TV Edition” brand, and come with the Amazon Fire TV experience built in. That makes things easier for those users that don’t want to take the time to plug in an extra piece of technology. Story TimelineAmazon Fire TV Edition hands-on: Westinghouse 4K set gets AlexaFacebook Video app released for Apple TV, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVAmazon’s All-New Fire TV Stick pre-orders begin in the UKAll-New Amazon Fire TV Stick makes its way to the UK
Back near the beginning of June, Huawei officially unveiled the Honor 9, its new flagship phone for 2017. At the time of that announcement, the phone was only confirmed for release in China, but at an event today in Berlin, Huawei confirmed what we suspecting: the Honor 9 will spread to other regions around the world. Specifically, we’re talking about Europe, with regions like the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy on the docket for release. Surprisingly, there won’t be much of a delay between confirmation and launch. Huawei revealed during the show that the Honor 9 will be available from early July, so presumably, you only have a couple of weeks to wait should you want one for yourself. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any word on US availability during the presentation in Berlin, but considering that the Honor 8 eventually made its way to the US, there’s reason to hope for the Honor 9 as well.This presentation today mostly served to introduce to Honor 9 to European audiences. Indeed, this is still the same phone we were introduced to a few weeks back, complete with its dual-lens camera. The camera should prove to be a major draw of this device, with its 12MP RBG lens and its 20MP monochrome lens. With these two working in tandem, Huawei promises shots that have better contrast and higher detail than those from a single-lens RGB camera, along with improved low-light photography.On the front of the device, we’re working with a 5.15-inch 1080p display and a 3,200 mAh battery. There’s an octa-core Kirin 960 CPU powering the show, with four of those cores clocked at 2.4GHz and the other four at 1.8GHz. That processor with be paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM depending on the configuration you pick up, along with 64GB of internal storage (which can be expanded by up to 256GB with the included microSD slot).The Honor 9 is the next step in Huawei’s efforts to expand outside of China. The Honor is already a popular line inside Huawei’s home country, and previous releases have sold moderately well in other regions. In Europe and the US, Huawei has some heated competition from other companies like Samsung, LG, and even Apple, so it certainly has its work cut out for it, but the Honor 9 seems to be chasing a different group of customers than flagship phones from those other manufacturers. That’s perhaps best reflected in the pricing of the device. Huawei says that a Honor 9 model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will be available in the UK for £379.99, while a model with 6GB of RAM will go on sale in other regions of Europe for €449.99. We’ll see if Huawei shares any new official details during this Berlin event, which at the time of this writing is still ongoing, so stay tuned. Story TimelineHuawei Honor 8 smartphone launches in the USHuawei Honor 8 to get Android 7.0 Nougat via EMUI 5.0Huawei Honor 8, Sony Xperia Z5, Z3+, Z4 Tablet Android Nougat update releasedHuawei Honor 8 Pro Review
In the years since its debut, the iOS App Store has grown to include a ridiculous number of apps, and while Apple takes occasional steps to clear out the crud, there’s still cases of shady, scammy apps making their way to the store in the first place. Fortunately the company has updated its developer guidelines to prohibit misleading apps altogether, including those that claim to perform a “virus scan” on the device. Apple’s new policies explicitly ban apps that claim to “include content or services that it does not actually offer.” This directly applies to virus and malware scanning apps, which can’t perform any such actions due to the way iOS isolates third-party apps from each other and from the core operating system. Not only are these apps dishonest, but they mislead users into thinking iOS can be infected with viruses or malware in the same way a PC can.Apple has removed these kind of apps in the past, such as pulling VirusBarrier in 2015, but the ban has only been an unspoken rule until now. The new language used in the guidelines makes it 100% clear and official:“Similarly, you should not market your app on the App Store or offline as including content or services that it does not actually offer (e.g. iOS-based virus and malware scanners). Egregious or repeated behavior is grounds for removal from the Developer Program.”SOURCE Hacking With Swift Story TimelineApple will let developers respond to reviews on App StoreApple pulls VPN apps from Chinese App StoreApple pulls Iran-made apps from App Store over US sanctionsiPhone X hands-on : Apple’s OLED flagship up closeiPhone 8 hands-on: not quite X, better than 7siOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 launch dates announced
The Mate SE, just like the Honor 7X, is a mid-range variant of Huawei’s 2018 flagships. You might not be able to tell just by looking at it, thanks to its FullView Display and thin bezels. Design-wise, it is not so unlike the Honor 7X, with both looking like modified iPhones. There are some subtle differences, of course, like the unified dual camera design and, of course, Huawei’s branding instead of Honor’s. Huawei’s US expansion dreams may have been dashed by the sudden change of heart by AT&T and Verizon, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t making its phones available in the country. It just has to take a different, sometimes inconvenient, route, that’s all. And that practically means selling directly to consumers via retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. That is what it is doing with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and that is also what it’s doing now with the Huawei Mate SE, which is practically just a slightly better and slightly more expensive Honor 7X. Inside, the two are even more similar. Both run on a HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor and have 5.93-inch 2160×1080 18:9 screens. The dual cameras on the back are made up of a 16 megapixel and 2 megapixel pair while the lone camera in front only has 8 megapixels. So where do the two differ? The Honor 7X only has 3 GB of RAM while the Huawei Mate SE gets 4 GB. Similarly, the US warranty Honor 7X only has 32 GB of storage while the Mate SE doubles that to 64 GB.AdChoices广告Those higher specs don’t come for free. While the Honor 7X retails for $199.99, the Huawei Mate SE sells for $229.99. And that’s actually with a $20 discount from its regular $249.99. When prices will go up is still unknown at this point, but, for now, it will be a tough decision for Huawei and Honor fans.Huawei Mate SE on Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo
To kick things off, Google will be verifying the identity of election advertisement buyers, including confirming they’re either a lawful permanent resident or a US citizen. To prove this, the buyer will need to provide a government ID as well as other unspecified “key information.”In addition, and for the benefit of people who will view the ads, Google is also requiring a “clear disclosure” revealing who is paying for the advertisements. Starting this summer, Google will launch a new Transparency Report that focuses specifically on these election advertisements.Included in the report details will be info on who is paying for the election ads, as well as how much money they’re spending. In the future, Google plans to offer a searchable library containing election advertisements, helping anyone find ads that were purchased via the company, as well as info on the buyer. “As we learn from these changes and our continued engagement with leaders and experts in the field,” Google says, “we’ll work to improve transparency of political issue ads and expand our coverage to a wider range of elections.” SOURCE: Google Blog Google has announced new election advertisement policies rolling out this week. The change follows the company’s promise last year to help make political ads more transparent. Initially, Google says it will require extra verification from the buyer when they attempt to buy an election ad in the US, among other things. That’s just the start, though, as the company plans to launch additional transparency efforts this summer.
Story TimelineUndercutting Tesla, the Jaguar I-PACE takes the EV war mainstreamWaymo Jaguar I-Pace delivering 20k self-driving vehicles in the next 2 yearsWaymo’s self-driving Jaguar is the luxe autonomy needs2019 Jaguar F-PACE SVR gets 550HP V8 to give Porsche anxietyJaguar XJ50 celebrates five decades of the XJ Jaguar is far from the only car manufacturer making the switch to producing electric vehicles, but it might one of the first to jump into the electric boat game. The company didn’t just dip its toe in water, it went all out and set a new world record for maritime speed. Jaguar teamed up with racing partners at Vector and Williams Advanced Engineering to build a small, single-person speedboat with an all-electric drivetrain. Dubbed the Jaguar Vector Racing V20E, the boat reached speeds of 88.61mph while being piloted across eight miles of the Coniston Water lake in England. This easily broke the previous world record of 76.8mph, which has stood since 2008.The trio of companies have decided to keep quiet on the vessel’s details, including the motor and battery, revealing only that it shares technology and hardware with Jaguar’s vehicles for the all-electric Formula E racing series. There’s no word on when or if we’ll see more of the V20E in action, or what the companies’ plan is for future watercraft development. But if Formula E continues to grow in popularity, it’s anyone’s guess when electric racing might make the jump to the water.AdChoices广告SOURCE Williams #ICYMI earlier – A new world record! @jaguarvector & @Jaguar with @WilliamsAdvEng break the #maritime #electric world #speed record #JaguarElectrifies #AdvantageEngineered Find out more at https://t.co/qvlLQPKVJr pic.twitter.com/DPQLlFiI0W— Williams Advanced Engineering (@WilliamsAdvEng) June 15, 2018
READ: Apple and Amazon blast China hack chip reportBloomberg‘s report, which was published earlier this month, claims Chinese spies managed to implant tiny microchips on Super Micro servers in order to get backdoor access to networks. The report alleged that more than two dozen US companies were impacted by the supposed hardware breach, including Amazon and Apple.Both companies challenged the report within hours of its publication, calling it incorrect and stating that they’d previously talked to Bloomberg for months before the report’s publication. In its own statement, Amazon AWS had said that it had never found any malicious chips or modified hardware in Elemental servers, challenging a statement in the report claiming Amazon had found breached Super Micro motherboards in a Beijing data center. In a tweet today, Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy tweeted a link to Buzzfeed’s recent interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, who called for Bloomberg to retract the report. “@tim_cook is right,” Jassy said, also stating, “Bloomberg should retract.”In addition, Super Micro has published a letter to its customers expressing doubt over the report, pointing out that “technical implausibility” makes it very unlikely spies managed to add a chip to the board. In the letter, which has been published by the SEC, Super Micro said:Our motherboard technology involves multiple layers of circuitry. It would be virtually impossible for a third party, during the manufacturing process, to install and power a hardware device that could communicate effectively with our Baseboard Management Controller because such a third party would lack complete knowledge (known as “pin-to-pin knowledge”) of the design. These designs are trade secrets protected by Supermicro. The system is designed so that no single Supermicro employee, single team, or contractor has unrestricted access to the complete motherboard design (including hardware, software, and firmware).Super Micro points out that Bloomberg has not presented a single modified motherboard.SOURCE: Tweet Amazon has followed Apple CEO Tim Cook in calling for Bloomberg to retract its China chip hack story. The company previously denounced the report, stating it was “erroneous” and contained “so many inaccuracies…they’re hard to count.” Now Amazon AWS company CEO has called for Bloomberg to retract its story, as has manufacturer Super Micro’s CEO.
Just last week Tesla and SolarCity unveiled their new “Solar Roof” product, which is designed to cover a home’s roof in small solar-powered shingles. But now the electric car company has announced a new roof option for the flagship Model S sedan, and it aims to remove all barriers to between passengers and the sky above: an all-glass roof. The new option, which comes at an extra price of $1,500, is designed to give passengers a wide open view of the sky, as well as the feeling of “an open expansive cabin” inside the Model S. The all-glass roof even goes beyond the sedan’s existing panoramic sunroof option by completely removing the center crossbar.Tesla says their new tinted glass will block 98% of UV rays and 81% of heat, so the car’s interior won’t become a sweltering oven with all that exposure to the sun. The glass roof option does replace the standard sunroof, and if drivers want to add satellite radio or a roof rack, they’ll need to stick with the panoramic sunroof, which costs $2,000.Tesla’s glass roof design was first showcased with the unveiling of the upcoming Model 3 sedan, which is due to arrive next year. Along with bringing the glass roof to the Model S, some of the same technology that was used to develop it went into the new Solar Roof, which relies on shingles made from pieces of glass laid over top small solar cells.SOURCE Tesla 1, 2 Story TimelineTesla makes self-driving tech standard on all carsTesla slams brakes on autonomous ride-sharingTesla Powerpack 2 system comes with “twice the energy density”Tesla and SolarCity’s Solar Roof aims to transform residential powerTesla Powerwall 2 can power a 2-bedroom home for a full day
Officially dubbed microSD Express, cards supporting these new specifications will use the PCI Express and NVMe interfaces to reach data transfer speeds of up to 985MB/s. That certainly isn’t anything to stick your nose up at, as it’s a pretty major boost in transfer speed over what we currently have.The announcement of microSD Express comes at a time where support for things like 4K video recording, RAW image capture, and 360-degree video are becoming more and more common. Larger file sizes obviously mean longer transfer times, so the hope is that SD Express and microSD Express do something to help keep those file transfers at least somewhat quick. The SD Association says that microSD Express will be available in a few different capacities, including microSDHC Express, microSDXC Express, and microSDUC Express. SDUC and microSDUC were both introduced when the SD Association rolled out its 7.0 standards last year. Support for microSDUC Express means that we should see high-capacity cards that boast these fast data transfer rates, and it’s worth noting that these cards will be backwards compatible with legacy microSD readers as well.AdChoices广告The only question now is when we’ll see these microSD Express cards hit the market (and when manufacturers will start building support for them into their devices). As file sizes continue to grow across a number of different mediums, there’s definitely a market for microSD cards that are both fast and high-capacity, so hopefully it isn’t long before manufacturers start to deliver some microSD Express cards. We’ll keep an eye out for more, but in the meantime, head over to our MWC 2019 hub for more from Barcelona. Story TimelineSamsung PRO Endurance microSD cards are made for video camerasHyperX’s Nintendo Switch microSD cards have a serious downsideLexar unveils world’s largest capacity A2 microSD card at 512GB Last June, the SD Association rolled out its SD 7.0 specification. Along with increasing the maximum potential capacity for SD cards to 128TB, this also introduced SD Express, which greatly increased data transfer rates. Today, the SD Association announced the roll out of the SD 7.1 specification, bringing those improvements from 7.0 to microSD cards as well.
We already know at this point that BMW has a new SUV coming that will be called the X7 xDrive50i. This will be the first true three-row SUV to come from BMW and people who need to haul lots of stuff or passengers are looking forward to the vehicle. Spy shots like the one below have been seen and now details on what features will be available have leaked. SOURCE: BMW Blog The leaked options include powertrains with the xDrive50i getting a 4.4L twin-turbo V with 455hp. That power will go to the road through an 8-speed automatic to all four wheels thanks to xDrive. A rear-wheel drive model is a possibility.Before you hit up the gallery images with the spec sheets, be warned they are a bit hard to read and some of the items listed on them are clearly not options. Some appear to be codes for materials used in shipping for instance.The rear-wheel drive model is tipped by an option for an M Sport Differential, which isn’t available on xDrive cars. That said, the new BMW M5 does have an M-spec xDrive system and there is always the chance the X7 will get that differential.Other features gleaned from the list include active steering, panoramic glass roof, heads-up display, Harman Kardon audio and more. There are codes or cold and hot weather versions of the X7.
The entry-level engine will remain Ford’s 6.2-liter V8. However it’ll be joined by a 7.3-liter V8, which the automaker says will be “the most powerful gas V8 in its class” when it arrives under the Super Duty’s hood. Final power and economy figures haven’t been confirmed yet. In the cabin, there’s a tech and comfort upgrade. 4G LTE with a WiFi hotspot for up to ten devices is standard; leather, real wood trim, and a B&O audio system are among the options. Wireless charging is available, as are USB-C ports. Like the new Super Duty’s capacities, pricing will be confirmed closer to the trucks’ release. They’re due to arrive in US dealerships this fall, Ford says. 2020 F-Series Super Duty Gallery Both the 7.3-liter V8 gas and 6.7-liter diesel engines will be paired with Ford’s latest 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission as standard. It’ll be an option on the 6.2-liter V8, which will come with the 6-speed as standard. Ford says that the 10-speed does better at towing, but also includes live-drive power takeoff, which can engage industrial equipment and accessories while the truck is already in motion. It also adds a number of drive modes. There’ll be normal, tow/haul, eco, slippery, and finally deep sand and snow. AdChoices广告What Ford isn’t saying yet is just how much the F-Series Super Duty will be able to tow. All the automaker is promising is its “highest conventional, gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing and payload ratings ever” from the Super Duty. Indeed, it’s warning that trailer manufacturers may have to raise their game when the new trucks hit the market. Like the F-150, Ford will give the new 2020 Super Duty features like Pro Trailer Backup Assist. That uses a knob on the dashboard to reverse, rather than the steering wheel, with the reverse camera showing exactly where the boat, trailer, box, or whatever else is positioned. Trailer Reverse Guidance, meanwhile, shows the angle and direction of the trailer, along with steering suggestions. Both work with all trailer styles, Ford says, including fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers. The same is true for features like blind-spot warnings and lane-keep alerts, which have been upgraded to suit longer vehicles when towing is underway. Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and adaptive cruise control also take potential towing into account. Ford has revealed the 2020 Super Duty range, and the new F-250, F-350, and F-450 promise to be the most powerful, tech-savvy trucks from the automaker to-date. A range of new gas and diesel engines are joined by a new 10-speed automatic transmission, along with some big promises from Ford. The third engine will be a diesel. That’s a third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8, which has a new 36,000 psi fuel injection system. It promises more economy, more horsepower, and more torque than before, but with lower noise levels.
Story TimelineLincoln Aviator first look: This plug-in hybrid luxury SUV nails it2020 Lincoln Aviator sings with orchestral luxury for the ears2020 Lincoln Aviator makes sleek luxe SUV a plug-in hybrid Big, glitzy, and unapologetically brash, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator is the latest example of the automaker’s singularly lavish vision of “American luxury.” Smaller sibling to the Navigator, though hardly less imposing, the new midsize SUV also debuts Lincoln’s new hybrid drivetrain. 2020 Lincoln Aviator Gallery The standard 2020 Aviator will come with a regular 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. Lincoln says it expects that to be good for 400 horsepower and a matching amount of torque, routed through a 10-speed SelectShift automatic.Far more interesting, though, is the 2020 Aviator Grand Touring. That combines the V6 gas engine with an electric motor for a plug-in hybrid. Lincoln says that it’s expecting 450 horsepower from the car, and a whopping 600 lb-ft of torque. Electric-only range hasn’t been shared, though there’ll be a Pure EV mode that shuts off the gas and lets the Aviator whisper forward on battery power alone. It’s an alluring feature in a category that’s fairly ill-served with hybrid options. Lincoln isn’t stopping there with its tech push, mind. There’s also Air Glide Suspension, an option that will automatically lower the Aviator for easy entry. A forward-facing camera scans the road surface ahead and proactively adjusts the suspension settings to accommodate bumps and potholes. Then there’s “Phone As A Key,” which is Lincoln’s fairly uninspired name for remote locking and unlocking, remote start, and remote control of the tailgate through a smartphone app. Not exactly new technology for the auto world, but a first for the automaker nonetheless.AdChoices广告The interior is Navigator-writ-smaller too, with Lincoln’s lavish 30-way adjustable massage seats just as cosseting in the midsize SUV as they are in its bigger sibling. The dash is dominated by a tall, free-standing display – it still looks like it should retract, but it doesn’t – while the driver’s instrumentation comes courtesy of a sparsely-filled digital panel. It’s a self-confident and cohesive cabin in all. Then again, as the larger Lincoln Navigator has demonstrated, it takes more than sleek styling, lashings of power, and a luxe interior to drive sales. The bigger SUV may have been well-reviewed, but with US sales averaging just over 1,400 cars each month over the past six months – roughly half of Cadillac Escalade sales in the same period – it’s clear that Lincoln faces a problem. Exactly why the Navigator has struggled – and how, exactly, the new Aviator could avoid those same pitfalls – is unclear. The automaker was quick to cite its rising Navigator sales earlier this year, but they’re still moderate when compared to other, often older, luxury SUVs. In the 2020 Aviator’s favor will be the hybrid drive, of course, not to mention a lower sticker price. Given sales of the Navigator Black Label have been the healthiest of all, the fact that Lincoln is doubling down on Black Label options for the Aviator seems sensible, too. They’ll get special wood and leather combinations, along with different trim and paint colors. Lincoln hasn’t confirmed 2020 Aviator pricing yet, and that won’t come until closer to the SUV’s release date in Summer 2019.
Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Wearable chargers and A.I.-enhanced keyboards The best Google Home tips, tricks, and Easter eggs to try The best smart thermostats you can buy The best wireless speakers for 2019 Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Which is better? Best Smart SpeakersShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteCurrent Time 0:05/Duration 1:18Loaded: 63.23%0:05Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:13 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenKenzie wants to hide smart assistants inside its cute, crocheted animalsCloseSmart speakers are designed to fit into the aesthetic design of most homes, but some homes have a unique look that the cool metallic grays and blacks just don’t mesh with. If your home is particularly colorful — or you just have a lot of stuffed animals that you like to show off — then Kenzie might be the go-to company for you.Kenzie was founded by Eric Grudzien and Karen McIlquham with the intent of changing the way people decorate their nurseries. If you want to keep an Alexa or Google Home in your child’s nursery for the sake of playing lullabies or controlling smart home technology within the room, you can now hide it. Kenzie designs crocheted and knitted creatures that slide down over the top of smart speakers and mask them from view–and from the prying hands of curious toddlers.According to an interview with GeekWire, the idea sprang out of a desire to change up the look of their homes. Given how many smart devices the average person now has, people might get a little tired of seeing the same color schemes and cylindrical shapes throughout the home.McIlquham creates the animals by hand. According to GeekWire, it takes her about eight hours and $6 worth of yarn to make even a single stuffed animal. The options for purchase right now are a giraffe, a pig, a cat, a bear, and octopus, and a frog. The company has seen a good amount of interest in their local area, and the pair have taken it to Kickstarter to see how widespread that interest might be.Even the name “Kenzie” has a home-grown feel to it: it’s the name of one of Grudzien’s daughters. He wanted to soften the appearance of smart home technology in their rooms and gave the example of music emerging from the stuffed animal. It would keep the children entertained and make for a cute conversation piece.Kenzie has a goal of $30,000 on Kickstarter and 33 days left to meet that goal. Early bird pricing starts at $50, but once the Kickstarter ends the Kenzie animals will be priced at $75. It’s an adorable idea and one not often seen in the tech-driven world of smart home technology. If you want to contribute, keep in mind that pledging to a Kickstarter is not a guarantee of delivery. Editors’ Recommendations
A selection of health policy stories from North Carolina, California and Virginia.Politico: North Carolina Abortion Bill Hurts Gov. Pat McCrory, Poll FindsThere’s little support for a controversial abortion bill in North Carolina, and voters are directing some of their anger at Gov. Pat McCrory, a new poll on Tuesday shows. Only 34 percent of voters support the abortion measure, which would bar so-called sex-selective abortions and impose additional regulations on abortion clinics, while 47 percent oppose it, the Public Policy Polling found. And 80 percent of voters disapprove of how the bill was brought to the floor and passed — it was attached to unrelated motorcycle safety legislation (Gold, 7/16).Los Angeles Times: California Hospital Workers Get Training In Surviving ShootingsBetween 2000 and 2011, there were 91 shootings inside U.S. hospitals, and another 63 outside on hospital grounds, according to a Johns Hopkins study. Emergency departments were the most common site of hospital shootings, and hospital employees accounted for 20 percent of those killed or injured. The study, published last year in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, was one of the catalysts for workshops that the California Hospital Assn. began offering to help medical workers prepare for the worst: a shooter in the workplace (Susman, 7/16).The Washington Post: Ad Targets Cuccinelli On Medicare, Social SecurityThe Democratic Party of Virginia released a new television ad Tuesday that focuses on Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli II’s criticism of Medicare and Social Security. The 30-second spot, titled “Peggy,” features a senior citizen from the suburban Richmond swing territory of Henrico County (Vozzella, 7/16).KQED/State Of Health: California Bill Would Lift Restrictions On Egg DonationA bill awaiting Gov. Brown’s signature would end a decade-old disparity in California law regarding egg donation. Under current law, it is legal to pay a woman who provides her eggs, called oocytes, to a couple going through in-vitro fertilization. But there is a ban on paying the same woman for the same eggs if they are to be used in medical research. AB 926, a bill by Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord), would lift that ban on payment for research oocytes. Bonilla said the bill will create equity in the field of medical research compensation (Korry, 7/16).Los Angeles Times: Health Care Law May Close Gaps In Mental Health CoverageA disjointed financing system for mental health services in California has led to gaps in care, but the national health care law is expected to help close some of those holes, according to new research by the California HealthCare Foundation. Half of the state’s adults and two-thirds of the adolescents with mental health issues aren’t receiving treatment, according to the study (Gorman, 7/17).California Healthline: S.F. Alzheimer’s Pilot Results ReleasedPilot project results from California were presented yesterday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston. A six-month coordinated care study involving Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers based in San Francisco yielded impressive reductions in use of emergency department services along with other care improvements. “Emergency room services were significantly reduced, almost cut in half,” said Elizabeth Edgerly, chief program officer for Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California. “It was at about 40 percent.” The reduction in emergency care indicates not only that patients are getting better care, but also that the project has the potential to save a lot of money, Edgerly said (Gorn, 7/16).Los Angeles Times: USC Buys Verdugo Hills Hospital In GlendaleThe University of Southern California has purchased Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, one of numerous mergers occurring around the country as hospitals prepare for the national health care overhaul. Keck Medicine of USC, which already had two hospitals, a medical school, a physician group and numerous clinics, wanted to expand its reach into the foothill communities and add an emergency room to its network. For its part, Verdugo Hills, a community hospital, wanted to become more competitive and gain access to the expertise and specialized services offered through USC (Gorman, 7/16).North Carolina Health News: Health Care Advocates Examine Tax Plan, Wait For BudgetMembers of the North Carolina Hospital Association breathed a collective sigh of relief as Republicans lawmakers rolled out their budget plan on Monday afternoon. The tax plan agreed upon by Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis restored a sales tax refund for not-for-profit organizations. Several hospitals are the largest not-for-profits in the state and would have lost tens of millions of dollars in tax refunds under plans proposed by the Senate (Hoban, 7/17). State Highlights: Poll Says N.C. Abortion Bill Hurting Governor Support This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Who Will Care For Older Americans As They Age — And Who Will Pay For It? 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 implications of caring for aging Americans continues to worry many as news outlets examine workforce and cost issues related to treating older Americans.The Wall Street Journal’s Total Return: Making Caregivers Part Of The TeamAARP has crunched some alarming numbers: The number of potential caregivers available for every person who is at least 80 years old is expected to plummet by 2030, as the older population outpaces the number of younger Americans. The ratio of people in the most common caregiving age group (45 to 64) to those most likely to need long-term care (80 and over) is expected to fall to 4 to 1 by 2030 — compared with more than 7 to 1 in 2010, AARP says. By 2050, the ratio could drop to less than 3 to 1 (Greene, 9/3).Fox News The Cost Of Long-Term Care Dealing with a sick parent is emotionally draining, but it can also be financially devastating for adult children making health-care decisions. Whether children choose to put a parent in a nursing home, hire in-home professionals or go it alone, there are host of financial and emotional factors to (Fuscaldo, 09/03).In related news -ABC News Top 5 Ways To Reduce A Hospital BillFamilies around the country are struggling to pay the price of healthcare. Nearly 2 million Americans are living in medical bankruptcy, and one in five adults has trouble affording medical care. While we don’t often think of it, discounting the price of healthcare is nothing new. Almost every major participant in the health system routinely negotiates reduced payments rates (LaMontagne, 09/04).
The trade group for pharmaceutical companies, PhRMA, has filed another lawsuit to try to block a government rule meant to widen the number of products included in a federal drug discount program for so-called safety net hospitals and clinics.The Wall Street Journal’s Pharmalot: Pharma Sues Again Over Orphan Drug Discounts To HospitalsAn ongoing feud between the pharmaceutical industry and a federal agency over a discount drug program for certain hospitals is back in court. The industry trade group has filed another lawsuit trying to block the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration from enforcing a rule that allows so-called safety net hospitals and clinics to obtain orphan drugs at a discount. Orphan drugs are used to treat rare diseases (Silverman, 10/9).CQ Healthbeat: Drugmakers Launch New Bid To Stop Expansion Of Drug DiscountsThe trade group for the nation’s pharmaceutical companies is fighting a rule meant to widen the number of products involved in a federal drug discount program. This latest skirmish over what’s known as the 340B program involves a Department of Health and Human Services rule on “orphan drugs,” medicines that often can be approved for a mix of both rare and common conditions. The battle is playing out as officials try to develop what is known as a megarule for the 340B program (Young, 10/9). Drugmakers Sue To Stop Expansion Of Drug Discount Program This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
More ‘Real spillovers’: UBS boss tells Davos no-deal Brexit would do global harm “Even if we get a delay, or a second referendum, and it turns out the U.K. remains, will those companies reverse their plans? I doubt it,” he said. “If another referendum were in favour of remain, it still looks like it would not be by a huge margin. In two to three years, a new British government could then pick up the Brexit argument again. It’s too much uncertainty for businesses.”Brexit is expected to hurt the European Union too, shaving its growth potential at a time when its economy is already slowing and facing the threat of potential auto tariffs from the United States. A soft or orderly Brexit is expected to shave 0.2 per cent of European GDP growth, Brzeski said, with smaller, more trade dependent countries like Belgium and the Netherlands suffering more than others.But ultimately, the EU would benefit from the shift in jobs and business spending away from the U.K. and toward Europe, Brzeski says.“We are seeing more and more companies leave the U.K. everyday,” he said. “This is a structural negative impact on the U.K. economy but for the European economy it means more jobs leaving the U.K. coming to continental Europe, increasing purchasing power. This means that for the EU as a whole it would be net positive.” Comment Share this storyDon’t give up on Britain yet — the odds of ‘hard Brexit’ just shrank Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn February 27, 20198:04 AM ESTLast UpdatedFebruary 27, 20198:19 AM EST Filed under News Economy Placing the probability of a “no-deal Brexit” at just 5 per cent, Westaway argued “there are enough sensible heads around the table” to prevent that outcome.“All the doom and gloom in the market is probably a little misplaced,” he told reporters. Seven ways to safety-proof your U.K. investments in a ‘no regrets’ Brexit portfolio Our debt-clogged world is just one shock away from tipping into recession Barclays sets aside millions to deal with Brexit uncertainty The British pound surged Tuesday as May promised members of parliament three crucial votes. The first will decide whether the U.K. will leave the EU on March 29 under the terms of her deal — an arrangement that has so far failed to win the support of lawmakers. The second vote will decide whether to leave with no deal — a so called hard or “crash” Brexit. Should that option be rejected, a third vote will determine whether to ask the EU for a delay in departure by up to three months.The vote on May’s deal would occur by March 12 with the additional votes occurring in the following days.“I don’t want to see an extension,” May said, adding that any delay to Brexit should be “as short as possible.”A hard Brexit would shave up to 2 per cent off the U.K.’s gross domestic product in 2019 and prompt a drop in the sterling, said Jeremy Stretch, head of G10 FX strategy at CIBC Capital Markets in London. But the likelihood of that happening is now far more remote at about 10 to 15 per cent, he said.“A delay looks inevitable, the PM has flagged that up as a realistic probability today,” said Stretch. “So we’re still looking for a scenario that in the next four months or by the end of June we will see some sort of managed solution. Overall I think over the next 6 to 12 month time horizon we will see sterling appreciating and recovering more of its lost value subsequent to the referendum in 2016.”But at the moment, the ongoing political turmoil in the U.K. has made sterling assets “less manageable to trade,” leading many investors to sit on the sidelines, he added. That risk will continue.“You’re reliant on politicians who are sometimes making comments meant for the domestic audience or even their own party not financial markets, but of course financial markets read them and respond accordingly,” he said. “That’s partly why many people have been sitting outside sterling assets, the degree of political risk is high.”Brexit uncertainty has already taken a toll on the British economy. Though the U.K. was the top performing economy in the G7 group of nations prior to the referendum in 2016, it has since slipped to the bottom of the pack, Westaway noted. And business uncertainty has also prompted many firms to shift operations abroad or postpone investments.At least some of that damage could be permanent, said Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Germany in Frankfurt.We are seeing more and more companies leave the U.K. everydayCarsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Germany Naomi Powell Twitter Sponsored By: The British pound surged Tuesday as Theresa May promised members of parliament three crucial votes.Simon Dawson/Bloomberg 2 Comments What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Facebook British Prime Minister Theresa May has offered lawmakers a vote that would prevent the United Kingdom from tumbling into a disruptive “hard Brexit” and instead delay its exit from the European Union.As the likelihood of an orderly departure from the EU strengthens so too does the argument for investors to avoid pulling out of the beleaguered U.K. market — at least for now, according to some analysts.“If anything at the moment, pulling out of the U.K. is the worst thing you could do because the market has gotten down on the U.K.,” Peter Westaway, chief economist at Vanguard.All the doom and gloom in the market is probably a little misplacedPeter Westaway, chief economist at Vanguard Related Stories Join the conversation → Don’t give up on Britain yet — the odds of ‘hard Brexit’ just shrank But at least some of the damage caused by Brexit uncertainty could be permanent, says economist Featured Stories Email William Watson: There’s no such thing as a borderless Brexit. 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Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News There’s a new e-bike in town and it looks pretty coolThe electric revolution is on and e-bike companies are sprouting like weeds both here and abroad. A flight of newborn businesses, mainly out of tech-hub California have been flooding the American market with their own take on the electric scooter and motorcycle. From modern and futuristic lines to hipster-ish retro designs, everyone has an opinion. That’s a good thing: it gives the consumer more options and the companies, the will to push the technology further. The latest addition to the market is Fly Free with its Smart lineup.More E Bikes Harley To Set Up Silicon Valley Facility For Electric Bike Development Source: Electric Vehicle News Fly Free’s Smart family will have three members, one of which has already been revealed: the Smart Desert. It’s probably one of the coolest-looking, scrambler-inspired electric motorcycles out there at the moment. With its Captain America-looking logo, flat saddle, off-road tires, narrow wheelbase, exposed skeleton, and single headlight, the Smart Desert looks the part.You don’t like the matte rusty red color scheme? No problema, amigo: the Smart Desert is fully customizable. There are up to 80 different combinations of colors and accessories for a perfectly personalized electric scrambler. Though it’s hard to do any cooler than those leather saddlebags.Under the rugged 60s looks is all the fancy 2018 technology. The Smart Desert is fitted with a removable battery that makes it super easy to charge wherever you go. The bike has two settings: one with a 50-mile range that allows the Desert to reach 40 miles per hour and a second one that doubles the range to 100 miles with a top speed of 50 miles per hour.The three ride modes, Eco, City, and Speed will allow the rider to choose the level of energy used during the commute. The Smart Desert will also have a smart key and connect with a smartphone app.The other two models will be called Smart Classic and Smart Old and are expected to launch shortly. The company will also launch a crowdfunding campaign, so at the present time, pricing and details have yet to be announced. With 100 miles of range and a perfect retro styling, it’s hard at this point not to get onboard the e-bike bandwagon.Source: EV Nerds, Fly Free via RideApart The Grom Reaper Takes You to E-Bike Heaven Indian Startup Ultraviolette Announces E-Bike for 2019
Elon Musk’s Boring Company has slightly delayed the launch of its first tunnel, but Musk said that it will also include the unveiling of ‘fully road legal autonomous transport cars’. more…The post Elon Musk’s Boring Company to unveil ‘fully road legal autonomous transport cars’ appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward