The original Reuters report stated that iRobot “could reach a deal to sell its maps to one or more of the Big Three in the next couple of years,” meaning Amazon, Apple, and Google. The intended goal would be for the mapping data to help improve the smart home ecosystem, contributing to the intelligence of connected devices like thermostats, light bulbs, and security cameras.The source of the misinterpretation, which has been corrected by Reuters, was in stating that iRobot would “sell maps,” when instead it was supposed to be that map data could be shared with other services and apps, but only with customer consent. iRobot has also iterated that it has not had any conversations with third-party companies about selling collected data.SOURCE ZDNet Earlier this week, iRobot, the makers of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners, was said to have plans to sell the mapping data of users’ homes collected by the devices to third-party companies. This was shared by CEO Colin Angle in an interview with Reuters, and to little surprise in this age of growing privacy awareness, customers are more than a bit upset. To clarify the issue, Angle has stated that his comments were misunderstood, and that iRobot will never users’ data. In a statement given to ZDNet, Angle wrote that customers are in control of their data, not iRobot, and that’s how the company will continue to operate: “First things first, iRobot will never sell your data. Our mission is to help you keep a cleaner home and, in time, to help the smart home and the devices in it work better. Information that is shared needs to be controlled by the customer and not as a data asset of a corporation to exploit. That is how data is handled by iRobot today. Customers have control over sharing it. I want to make very clear that this is how data will be handled in the future. You may also want your robot to work with other connected devices in your home. For this to work, we will also require your permission, and we will always ensure secure means of communication between devices.” Story TimelineiRobot Create 2 brings DIY to Roomba robotsiRobot’s new Roomba 980 can be controlled with a smartphoneiRobot Braava Jet is a robot maid for your bathroom floorRoomba 960 arrives with ‘premium’ features and cheaper priceRoomba vacuum cleaners now take orders from Amazon AlexaiRobot selling Roomba maps is a good idea badly communicated
Some will argue that smartphone-based VR platforms like Cardboard and Daydream can’t give justice to what virtual reality is really capable of. While smartphone hardware has improved by leaps and bounds, they still pale in comparison to VR PC rigs. On the other hand, headsets like Vive, Oculus Rift, and PS VR are prohibitively expensive and tied to a specific headset or iteration of that headset. That is why ZEISS has come up with the VR ONE Connect to try and bring the two worlds together, letting you enjoy PC-grade SteamVR experience on your phone. It might sound like the best thing since the wheel, but better hear the whole spiel before you dive in. You’ll still need a PC powerful enough run SteamVR content. You’ll also need a smartphone, Android or iOS, with a screen good enough to display VR content, so at least 2K WQHD is recommended. You slide the phone into a ZEISS VR ONE Headset or any other mobile VR headset and connect the phone to the included motion controllers via Bluetooth. Now here’s the big caveat. The phone itself connects to the VR PC via a USB cable. Yes, you are still tethered to the PC through a wired connection, and perhaps not one of the fastest ones at that. USB cables are not exactly long either, but the one that ships with the VR ONE Connect hopefully has a generous length.So what’s the point of the ZEISS VR ONE Connect anyway? If you already have a gaming PC strong enough to run SteamVR and a smartphone with a decent display, you don’t need to spend another $500 or more just to experience what some would consider the full VR experience. You don’t even need ZEISS’ own VR headset, as any VR headset for phones will do.How much will the ZEISS VR ONE Connect cost, you ask. Just $129 when it goes on sale next quarter. That includes the two Bluetooth controllers with 3 degrees of freedom, the USB cable, a cable clip, and the software to connect phone and PC. The headest will be a separate purchase and ZEISS makes no mention of a bundle that will include the ZEISS VR ONE Plus headset, at least for the US. Such a bundle will be available in Europe for 199 EUR.SOURCE: ZEISS
According to anonymous sources from some of Apple’s suppliers, next year’s iPad Pro will have the company’s first octa-core processor. It will also be its first 7 nm processor, based on TSMC’s improved 7 nm process. All that boils down to is that a chip smaller than the 10 nm A11 in the iPhone X will pack 2 more cores (eight versus six), leading to more processing power but also more energy efficiency.Then again, that might not be completely unexpected. After all, the next jump up from hexa-core is octa-core and the next step down the manufacturing pipeline from 10 nm is 7 nm. What is a bit unusual is the composition of the cores. Where most octa-core ARM processors either have all eight cores of the same level or four energy-efficient and four high-performance cores, the A11X will instead have three high-performance “Monsoon” cores and five energy-efficient “Mistral” cores.Previous rumors paint a picture of a new iPad Pro that closely resembles the iPhone X with its all-screen front and no home button. The tablet will use Face ID but will have no need for a notch. But unlike the iPhone X, the iPad Pro will still use an LCD panel, because of the low yield rates for larger OLED screens.VIA: MyDrivers Ever since Apple went into the business of making mobile processors for itself, it has adopted a sort of tick-tock rhythm like Intel. It announces a new AN process in a new iPhone to be followed by a new ANX chip for an iPad, specifically an iPad Pro. With the iPhone 8 and iPhone X running on a spanking new A11 Bionic processor, it’s expected that the next iPad Pro will have an A11X Bionic in turn. What wasn’t expected until now is just how powerful and how small it would be.
ZTE’s troubles began way back in 2012 when Reuters reported that ZTE was breaking the US embargo on shipping tech products to Iran. In 2017, the company pleaded guilty in a Texas federal court. I agreed to pay a settlement of $361 million, fire four senior employees, and discipline 35 others over the misconduct.It did only the first two of those three, investigations early this year revealed. This prompted the US Commerce Department to impose a heavier sanction. US tech companies are prohibited from exporting hardware and software to ZTE. Considering those are the lifeblood of ZTE’s businesses, the company announced it was halting operations until further notice.Implying a change of heart, Trump tweeted that he directed the department to find ways to get ZTE back up and running again due to the loss of employment for hundreds of Chinese workers. He suggested higher fines, a management shakeup, and more concessions from the company. According to Reuters’ sources, the agreement ZTE signed included the following:AdChoices广告• $1 billion fine plus $400 million in escrow, in addition to the earlier $361 million settlement• Replace its board and executive team within 30 days• Unfettered site visits without coordinating with the Chinese government.ZTE isn’t out of the woods yet, though. In addition to still not having any official confirmation, the very deal itself might be blocked by US own Congress. Both Democrats and Republicans are up in arms over Trump’s compromise amidst pressures from China. Both parties believe that ZTE is a threat to national security and that the US should not remove the sanctions imposed earlier by the government. When Huawei was under pressure from the US government for its alleged role in state-sanctioned espionage, the Chinese OEM refused to bend a knee. ZTE, unfortunately, couldn’t afford to be as unfazed. The seven-year sanction imposed by the US government has caused the Chinese smartphone and network equipment maker’s operations to come to a grinding halt, which, in turn, prompted US President Donald Trump to swoop in to save the day. Now sources are reporting that ZTE has signed an agreement over the weekend that would finally get that export ban lifted, and it’s bending over backward to do so.
While hybrid versions of big, high-end sedans might seem like a contradiction in terms, they’re actually one of the more significant areas electrification has spread into. Lexus arguably kicked things off with its LS 600h hybrid all the way back in 2007, but since then Mercedes-Benz has embraced the idea wholeheartedly with a hybrid version of the S-Class. Meanwhile, Audi developed a hybrid version of its A8 luxury sedan, while the all-new A8 is expected to come as an electrified version among other powertrain options. BMW‘s tech-packed 7 Series has gained a plug-in hybrid model, with the 2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance borrowing tech from its i8 electric coupe sibling for greener luxury. The new car will hit dealerships across the US this month, BMW says, with an $89,100 sticker (plus $995 destination), undercutting the existing 750i by around $10k while also wearing a – slight – green halo. That won’t land until 2018, however, giving BMW a chance to scoop its tech-heavy foe with the new 740e. To do so, BMW pairs a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine from its EfficientDynamics range, mustering 255 HP and 295 lb-ft. of torque, with an electric drive good for 11 HP and 184 lb-ft. of torque itself.Both are hooked up to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission, for a total of 322 GHP and 369 lb-ft. of torque. BMW claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds, and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.They’re legitimately sporty numbers for what’s a large, well-equipped sedan, though green fans will also be pleased to hear that the 740e is EPA rated for 64 MPGe. Electric-only motoring is possible, though don’t expect Tesla-matching range: in fact, the car will only manage 14 miles before the gas engine has to kick in. Still, it can be driven at up to 75 mph in all-electric mode. Four-wheel drive is permanent, with an electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch to push power to whichever wheel has greatest traction. There are three drive modes, the default being Auto eDRIVE which juggles gas and electric to try to balance efficiency and dynamics, preferring all-electric at sub-50 mph speeds and only kicking the gas engine in when you get aggressive with your right foot or when you climb above that speed. Max eDRIVE leaves the electric powertrain in charge permanently, unless the accelerator is pushed down into the kickdown position, while finally Battery Control allows the driver to set a chunk of battery power – from 30- to 100-percent – to reserve for use later on. If the car doesn’t have that degree of charge at the time, it’ll automatically use the gas engine as a generator to reach the target. BMW says it’ll charge fully in 7hrs from a 120V residential outlet, or under 3hrs from a 3.6 to 7.2 kW BMW Charging Station. Finally, shifting the transmission into “S” automatically mixes gas and electric for maximum performance, with BMW claiming the jolt of instant torque from the electric motors give the feel of a much larger gas engine than the 740e actually has. Inside, there’s a new graphic display for hybrid monitoring, along with an auxiliary air conditioning system which can heat or cool the cabin on external power before you get into the car. That’s all controlled via the BMW Display Key or the BMW Connected smartphone app. NOW READ: 2016 BMW 750i ReviewLike the BMW 750i, there’s no shortage of luxury and technology. Two-axel air suspension, ambient lighting, and gesture-control for the infotainment are present, while options include Integral Active Steering, a Bowers & Wilkins audio system, active seat ventilation with massage, a panoramic LED roof, head-up display, semi-autonomous cruise control, and more. There’s also an M Sport package for those wanting a more aggressive look.While the 2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance is never going to be mistaken for a fully “green” car, there’s a lot to be said for making big, luxury vehicles a little lighter, a little more frugal, and a little more environmentally-conscious. It’s in production now.
Story TimelinePolestar hops up Volvo XC90 SUV2016 Volvo V60 Polestar T6 Review – Swedish mettle Volvo is turning its tuned car division into an electrified performance car company, with Polestar set to create its own range of unique EVs. The decision will see Polestar operated as a completely separately-branded company, rather than sharing Volvo badging as is the case on current vehicles. In the future, its line-up will include both its own cars and performance versions of Volvo’s vehicles. Polestar began as a race car company, Polestar Racing, taking Volvo cars and tuning them for performance purposes. Volvo acquired the tuning arm in mid-2015, bringing the team in-house and expanding plans for more powerful, aggressively designed versions of its mainstream vehicles. Most recently, that saw the new V60 Polestar and S60 Polestar added to the line-up.Now, the latest step in Polestar’s evolution is underway. “Polestar will be a credible competitor in the emerging global market for high performance electrified cars,” Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, said of the news. “With Polestar, we are able to offer electrified cars to the world’s most demanding, progressive drivers in all market segments.”Currently, Polestar gives Volvo vehicles what amounts to an engineering makeover. In the case of the 2017 V60 Polestar, for instance, the engineering team takes the regular V60 R-Sport and drops in an AWF22 8-speed automatic with paddle shift, together with BorgWarner AWD and ESC. It also switches the regular shock absorbers for adjustable Ohlins versions, and reprograms the 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine’s ECU for a greater focus on turbocharger and supercharger performance.The result is a car that rides stiffer, holds higher engine speeds, changes gear faster, and generally rewards enthusiast drivers. It’s proved to be a winning formula, too: Polestar expects to sell every one of the 1,500 cars it produces for the 2017 model year, though has intentionally capped manufacturing so as to maintain the models’ niche status. Now, it seems, that focus on squeezing out as much as possible from gasoline engines will make space for electrification as well.Exactly what form of drivetrain that will take is unclear at this stage. “Polestar will enjoy specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefit from significant economies of scale as a result of its connection to Volvo,” the car company says. “These synergies will allow it to design, develop and build world beating electrified high performance cars.”Volvo already has plug-in hybrid versions of its powertrains. The XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid, for instance, combines the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with electric motors and a battery mounted centrally in the car, for overall power rivaling a Porsche Macan Turbo. However, the automaker also plans to launch a full EV by 2018. Either of those systems could form the basis of Polestar’s own-brand cars. These will ditch the Volvo logo altogether, and presumably have their own styling – and Polestar’s distinctive cyan blue paint, known informally among the Swedes as “Swedish Racing Green.” Volvo owners wanting something with a little more grunt won’t be left out in the cold, mind, as there’ll still be “Polestar Engineed” tuning available for the mainstream vehicles.NOW READ: 2017 Volvo V60 Polestar First DriveFor fans of the niche tuning company, though, it’s the thought of a high-performance electrified car that could rival Tesla’s Model S and similar that is likely to be of most interest. Exactly what that car will look like, what color it’ll be painted, and what’ll be under the hood remains to be seen. Polestar says that it will flesh out its plans publicly this fall.
HMD starts off by assuring Nokia 7 Plus owners that were affected by the “bug” that no personally identifiable information was transmitted much less shared with any third-party. All that was sent to the server in China were the very same pieces of data sent by any newly activated phone that it says is required for starting the phone’s warranty and, optionally, improve user experience. The latter, however, only happens with user consent by signing up for its User Experience Program.What apparently happened was that the device activation client that was meant only for Chinese models of the Nokia 7 Plus was mistakenly put on a few phones that shipped internationally. Those Nokia 7 Plus phones tried to send the activation data to HMD Global’s server in China but failed, causing it try repeatedly and send the data over and over again. The company explains that the fix was already rolled out last month but didn’t explain why it kept silent about it.Furthermore, the remote Chinese server in question is indeed owned by HMD Global even though the owner is mistakenly shown as the domain registrar, in this case, China Telecom. Chinese laws require that data originating from China to be stored in China. All other Nokia phones send and store their data to Amazon Web Services servers hosted in Singapore. Those, HMD Global insists, are in full compliance of privacy laws and Europe’s GDPR.AdChoices广告The company admits that there are indeed some legacy and poor quality code in the activation client, as found by third-party enthusiasts who tore down the software. It promises to improve its software quality while maintaining that nothing sinister has taken place behind the scenes. Whether that’s enough to satisfy both users and governments is another question entirely but it would definitely be a shame given how HMD Global has proven itself to be quite a good Android player. After having become the new darling of the Android community, HMD Global’s pristine reputation was almost completely tarnished by what may have been just a simple error. Not everyone, however, might have been satisfied by the Nokia phone maker’s brief explanation and claims of an innocent mistake. To assuage those concerns, the Finnish company has published a longer explanation of what really happened and, more importantly, why there is no reason to panic.
The media site gave up several pictures and some specifications for the truck before it was pulled down. One key takeaway from the images is that it will be offered in a hardtop convertible and a soft top version, just as the JL Wrangler is offered. Some of the images also show a soft bed cover made out of the same material as the soft top.Images show the Gladiator in Rubicon trim, presumably, it will have all the trick off-road gear that the Rubicon JL offers like electronically detachable sway bars and lockers from the factory. The gray truck may be a Sahara trim as base Sport Wrangler trims don’t feature body-colored tops unless base models can be optioned that way in Gladiator form.As for looks, the truck is precisely what we all thought it would be, and looks dead on for the renderings we saw back in April. It’s essentially the Wrangler JL Unlimited with a truck bed on the back. Specs from the media page tip the ability to ford up to 30-inches of water, Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems are tipped with third-gen Dana 44 axles.Standard tires will be 33-inch units, and the truck can tow up to 7,650 pounds and haul up to 1,600 pounds of payload. That is significantly more than the Wrangler can tow. “Dozens” of soft top, door, and windshield configurations are tipped, and the windshield will fold down. One cool option tipped is a forward-facing off-road cameras to see obstacles in front of the truck when off-road. Engine options include the 3.6L Pentastar V6 with start stop tech mated with an 8-speed auto or 6-speed manual. A 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 with ESS and an 8-speed auto will land in 2020. The crew cab configuration has a five-foot steel bed. There are no details on length, which is a big deal for serious off-roading, or pricing information. FCA can’t seem to keep things under wraps when it comes to the highly anticipated Wrangler-based truck that has been in the works for a while now. The truck is expected to debut at the LA Auto Show, and if that happens, it will be one of the biggest reveals of the show. Ahead of any official details on the Jeep truck, which is now expected to be called the Gladiator rather than Scrambler, the FCA Media site page for the truck went live too soon.
Entry-level luxury cars like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC have a fine line to walk. On the one hand, they’re the gateway to an aspirational brand. At the same time, though, Mercedes’ margins get healthier the further up the range you shop: it’s in Stuttgart’s best interest to get you hooked on the three-pointed star and then rapidly coax you into larger, more expensive models. 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Gallery The cynical driver, therefore, accepts that corners are probably going to be cut. Make an entry-level car too good, after all, and you run the risk of delaying those upgrades. Nonetheless, Mercedes can’t afford to sacrifice so much that the A-Class’ $32,500 starting price starts to feel outlandish.Some questioned the new sedan’s existence given Mercedes also has the CLA, but in the metal the baby four-door makes its argument well. It’s compact and punchy, as you’d expect, but perfectly proportioned with it. The grille, lower fascia, and squinting headlamps give it the right amount of snarl at the front, while the rear – though a little Mazda-esque from some angles – has a tautness that’s pleasing. Mercedes had added the $2,600 AMG Line package, which adds different bodywork, lowered suspension, the chrome-finish diamond-block grille, and perforated front brake discs to this review car. $500 AMG black multi-spoke 19-inch wheels look the part, too. Together they make the A Class a little more youthful, bridging the gap between a C-Class and a CLA, and to my eyes besting both in the process. AdChoices广告Power is down compared to the latest CLA, but the A220 4MATIC is a lesson in how there’s more to performance than the numbers on paper. In theory, the 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine might seem underwhelming, as could the 7.1 second 0-60 mph time. From behind the wheel, though, it never pans out that way. Don’t get me wrong, the thought of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 sedan with its 302hp has me mighty curious. The A220 4MATIC, though, is unexpectedly sprightly. It’s a clear case of the right powertrain for the right car: I never felt like I was lacking in power, the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission both smooth and never reluctant to downshift when required. The 3,417 pound curb weight helps – a smudge lower than the A3 in Quattro form – as does the small footprint. While the A-Class may look like its bigger sedan siblings at first glance, it’s a far more manageable car in tight corners. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive lends confidence, and even in Comfort mode and with no air suspension on offer, it feels planted and controllable. Factor in steering with just the right amount of weight, and you end up with a car that can be more entertaining to drive than its siblings twice the price (and considerably larger). Even at slower paces, though, you quickly come to appreciate the cabin. Never mind its segment, the interior of the A-Class is one of the nicest places you can spend your time in a recent car, period. Again, the feel is at odds with the specs: while you do get more rear headroom than in a CLA, the A220 still isn’t exactly overwhelming with space. However the design of the dashboard and the large greenhouse leave it feeling airier. It feels as good as it looks, too. Mercedes’ materials game has taken a huge step up, and where previous entry-level cars from the automaker felt like they settled for a cheaper parts-bin, the same doesn’t hold for the A220 4MATIC. Switchgear that wouldn’t feel out of place in an E-Class, along with dual displays perched atop the center console, should give Audi and BMW pause. Twin 7-inch screens – one for the driver’s instrumentation and one for the infotainment and HVAC – are standard, but twin 10.25-inch upgrades come as part of the $2,100 Premium Package. That’s a worthy addition, as it also includes blind spot warnings, keyless start, and auto-dimming for both the rearview and side mirrors. $310 adds the 64-color ambient lighting system and, while that may seem excessive, the way it so thoroughly lifts the interior makes it a must-have too. Further upending the usual rules about which cars debut which new features, the A-Class is also first to bring Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system to market. While it cleans up the UI and generally leaves the menus less confusing than the old version, the biggest change is the “Hey Mercedes” smart assistant. Think of it as Alexa for the car.I’m generally wary of in-car voice recognition systems. Even when they manage to handle my British accent, they’re usually so convoluted a process getting anything done, you’re better off going to old-fashioned way with buttons and touchscreens. The Mercedes assistant, though, was a pleasant surprise. You can issue navigation instructions in several ways, either calling out the whole address – which the car seamlessly understood – or asking for a more general search, like the nearest Starbucks. MBUX doesn’t demand specific command language, either: I could say “navigate to…” or “get me directions to…” or whatever seemed most natural. Follow-up commands, like searching for a gas station along an existing route, can often be near-impossible to do with voice control systems, but were no issue in the A220. Like Alexa, meanwhile, you can ask general knowledge questions. That may seem like a gimmick, but actually proved to be pretty useful: queries that would typically require my pulling out my phone to get the answer to, I could do more safely by voice. “Hey Mercedes” also ties into the car’s HVAC and other systems, so you can do things like adjust the temperature by voice, too. It’s not the only geeky feature I found unexpectedly rewarding. The optional augmented reality navigation system – part of the $1,150 Multimedia package – floats turn-by-turn directions over a real-time view of the road ahead, and proved surprisingly helpful when trying to figure my way through unfamiliar routes. Sadly it can’t actually project those AR directions onto the windshield, but it’s not hard to imagine a future version that might.If it wasn’t already clear, I was far more impressed than I expected to be by the 2019 A-Class. My suspicion had been that it would be a fairly calculated car, effectively a way to lure new owners to the brand but then quickly propel them up the ladder to more expensive models. Instead, I find myself asking whether it could actually steal a few entry-level C-Class sales. If you want the Mercedes badge, and the styling, and the luxury tech interior, but don’t actually need all the rear space of the larger sedan, there’s a lot to recommend this smaller, nimble car. Sure enough you can send its price spiraling up if you go heavy-handed on the options, but demonstrate a little restraint and you can still get a decently-equipped sedan at a fraction of the price of Mercedes’ larger cars. That’ll teach me to be so cynical. Story Timeline2019 A-Class says “Hey Mercedes” to a new age of car tech2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive: Elegantly tech-savvy2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan priced for US release
While AMD may have, for a while, gone silent when it came to the CPU market, its Radeon graphics card continue to stand in opposition to NVIDIA’s dominance of the market. While NVIDIA seems to be distracted by AI and machine learning, AMD is aggressively moving to secure its foothold in the graphics and gaming market.The Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards are based on AMD’s brand new RDNA gaming architecture and boasts of 36 compute units, 40 for the RX 5700 XT, and 8 GB of DDR6 RAM. It puts the focus on high-fidelity graphics, thanks to a FidelityFX open source SDK, anti-lag performance for eSports, and sharpening images that have been softened too much by post-processing effects.Working in tandem with the Radeon RX 5700 is a new third-gen Ryzen 9 3950X desktop process for the ultimate gaming experience, or so AMD promises. The processor has 16 cores and 32 threads and runs at a base 3.5 GHz speed. When pushed to the limits with overclocking, AMD says it can reach 5.375 GHz, making it, based on AMD’s claims, the highest-performing 16-core CPU in the market.AdChoices广告The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will go on sale September this year for $749 while the Radeon RX 5700 will go for $379 starting July 7. There will also be a Radeon RX 5700 XT version available for $449 and, to top it all off, a 50th anniversary edition of the graphics card with gold accents and a higher clock speed for $499. E3 is naturally focused on all the new titles and updates to make gamers drool but, also naturally, those games are only made possible by the hardware that runs them. Game streaming services promise to make client hardware less relevant but, until that day comes, gamers will continue to need the beefiest components for the most demanding games. It’s no surprise, then, that AMD is using that opportunity to reveal its combo of a new RDNA-powered graphics card and third-gen Ryzen desktop processor to promise the ultimate gaming platform for PC enthusiasts among the E3 2019 crowd.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a preliminary injunction from the rule for Frank O’Brien and his company — which is the fourth private business to secure such a temporary order. The Associated Press: Ruling Temporarily Blocks Contraception MandateA federal appeals court has issued an order temporarily blocking implementation of the contraception mandate of the federal health care law for a Missouri business owner. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday on behalf of Frank O’Brien and his company, O’Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis (Salter, 11/29).CQ HealthBeat: Fourth Private Business Obtains Injunction Against Birth Control RuleA federal appeals court has issued a temporary injunction to a Missouri company blocking enforcement of a rule requiring contraceptive coverage in workers’ health insurance policies. This makes the fourth private business to secure a temporary order against the Department of Health and Human Services rule, and lawyers for the company said it was the first decision from an appeals court. Other injunctions have been obtained by a Bible publisher in Illinois, a supply company in Michigan and a heating and cooling company in Colorado. But the largest concern to challenge the rule — the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores — was turned down in its attempt to obtain an injunction in an Oklahoma federal court. Hobby Lobby has since appealed (Norman, 11/29).St. Louis Beacon: Federal Appeals Court Here Resurrects Battle Against ACA Mandate On Contraceptive CoverageU.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is lauding a decision by the federal 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis, that is temporarily blocking enforcement of a provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring employer-provided insurance to cover contraception. The 8th Circuit voted to delay the provision while St. Louis businessman Frank R. O’Brien continues his court fight against the requirement. O’Brien, a Catholic, contends that it would violate his religious beliefs to provide such coverage for his 87 employees (Mannies, 11/29). Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Contraception Rule
Some Lawmakers Signal Openness To Grand Deal On Deficit This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., suggested during the Sunday talk shows that a deal that includes tax revenue and changes to entitlement programs including Medicare is possible while Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., conveyed openness to Medicare changes. Durbin’s comments included shots at the House budget plan advanced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.The New York Times: Republicans Act With Air, If Not A Vote, Of ConfidenceIn Congress, Republicans are pushing an agenda that is almost identical to the one that their party lost with in November, with no regrets and few efforts to reframe it even rhetorically. The House will vote this week on the third iteration of Mr. Ryan’s budget, which would again try to turn Medicare into a subsidy for private insurance purchases, slash the top income tax rate and cut deeply into programs the president campaigned to protect (Weisman, 3/17).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Corker: Deal Possible On Taxes, EntitlementsA Republican senator said Sunday that his party would be open to raising tax revenue as part of a broader deal that makes changes to Social Security and Medicare, a sign that President Barack Obama and at least some GOP lawmakers have a pathway to starting talks on a sweeping deficit-reduction package (Nicholas, 3/17).Politico: Durbin Hits Ryan Budget, Eyes Medicare ReformWhile suggesting Democrats were open to reforming Medicare and other entitlements, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin also took some shots Sunday at Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, saying it would eliminate Medicare. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Durbin said that once the Senate passes the budget resolution fashioned by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), “we’re going to move to the next stage, and that is the grand bargain stage” (Kopan, 3/17).
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Elsewhere, advocates for the Children’s Health Insurance Program express optimism that the program will be renewed, and scrutiny of the VA continues.The Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Plan To Introduce Bill Regulating ‘Political Intelligence’Lawmakers plan to introduce legislation in the House on Thursday that would for the first time shed light on the political-intelligence industry. … A spokeswoman for Mr. Grassley said that he was still interested in pursuing regulations on the issue, and is “looking for the right time and vehicle, as usual with legislation.” Mr. Grassley’s push for regulations became more complicated last year when one of his former aides ended up at the center of a high-profile investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into the political-intelligence industry. The aide, Mark Hayes, sent an email to a Washington research firm correctly predicting a major change in government funding for private health-insurance firms. That prediction was relayed to more than 100 Wall Street firms and prompted a big rally in health-insurance stocks in the moments before the policy change was officially announced by the government (Mullins, 9/17).The Hill: Advocates Claim Momentum Following CHIP Hearing Advocates for children are claiming momentum after senators held an initial hearing on financing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) past September 2015. First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., emphasized that CHIP has the “same strong bipartisan support among lawmakers as among voters.” The hearing in the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Healthcare comes amid debate over how much money to provide for CHIP given the new coverage options available to families under ObamaCare (Viebeck, 9/17). CNN: Lawmakers, Whistleblowers Heatedly Hammer Away At VA Inspector’s ReportA bipartisan group of lawmakers and two whistleblowers harshly grilled and criticized the top watchdog of the Department of Veterans Affairs for a recent report that could not conclude whether long wait times at the Phoenix VA might have caused veterans’ deaths. Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin faced a barrage of questions at a hearing before the House Committee on Wednesday. At issue was a VA report released in August that stated investigators could not “conclusively” link the deaths of 40 veterans to health care delays (Devine and Bronstein, 9/17).Seattle Times: VA Gets Earful From Vets At Town HallDavid Winter is a Gulf War Veteran who depends on the Puget Sound VA to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder, neck pain and other ailments. In a town-hall meeting Wednesday evening called by the Department of Veterans Affairs, he spoke in stark detail about his difficulties trying to see his health providers and to get medications in a hospital system struggling under an expanding patient load. Though he was supposed to have a 20-minute PTSD counseling session once every six weeks, he’d been to only three this year. “The last time I went, I was told: ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you,’ ” Winter recalled. He says they never did call. The Wednesday meeting in South King County is one of a series of town halls the VA is hosting around the nation to reach out to veterans in the aftermath of scandals that included manipulations of waiting times for veterans seeking medical care (Bernton, 9/17). After Health Stock Scandal, Lawmakers Plan Bill Regulating ‘Political Intelligence’
Jon Fingas 2 min read 40shares Next Article This story originally appeared on Engadget Netflix Image credit: Netflix via engadget Enroll Now for $5 ‘Stranger Things 3′ Has Been Seen by Over 40 Million Netflix Accounts Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue Remember when it was a big deal that Bright racked up 11 million viewers? That’s now quaint by comparison. Netflix has revealed that 40.7 million accounts have watched Stranger Things 3 in the four days since its July 4th premiere, making it the most-viewed show of any kind on the service in that time frame. And many in that audience were determined to finish the season before they returned to work — 18.2 million have already completed the entire season.The company treats a view as anyone having watched at least 70 percent of an episode or movie. It didn’t break down the audience by region.The view count isn’t completely surprising given the sheer amount of hype involved, but it’s still a major feat. Netflix broke its movie record in June, when Murder Mystery garnered nearly 30.9 million views in three days — Stranger Things is well past that, and makes earlier TV shows seem downright modest. It took Umbrella Academy, one of Netflix’s bigger series, a month to reach 45 million account views.Yes, this is clearly about bragging rights. Netflix wants to show that it’s a top dog in the streaming world, and that any misgivings about Stranger Things’ performance are firmly in the past. This does demonstrate that Netflix’s viewership still has room to grow, however, and that its flagship shows can be cultural events in the right circumstances..@Stranger_Things 3 is breaking Netflix records!40.7 million household accounts have been watching the show since its July 4 global launch — more than any other film or series in its first four days. And 18.2 million have already finished the entire season.— Netflix US (@netflix) July 8, 2019 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand July 9, 2019 More than 18 million have finished the whole season.
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Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. 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The Sussex chairman, Jim May, last night said: “This is making life very difficult. This is the time of year when we are generally selling corporate hospitality for the following season. Members also want to make their plans, including booking holidays around matches next summer.”There are also diaries to be published. I appreciate that there have been difficulties, and the England and Wales Cricket Board have had to deal with a lot of spinning plates lately,” he continued. “But in an uncertain economic climate it is all very unfortunate.”At Sussex we are hugely privileged to have a match against Australia next summer. It is just before the first Test and they should be fielding a full-strength side. But it is the only firm fixture we have in the book at the moment.”The ECB organises the international fixtures first before scheduling the television matches and finally the rest of the domestic programme. The delay this winter has been caused by the uncertainty over who will be touring England before the Ashes series. Zimbabwe were coming originally and, after that was considered inappropriate, Sri Lanka were invited, even though that meant rupturing the future tours programme. But when it became apparent Sri Lanka would be without many of their best players owing to Indian Premier League commitments, the ECB opened negotiations with the West Indies board.Details of the West Indies tour are likely to be announced shortly. The ECB’s head of operations, Alan Fordham, said last night: “We are just waiting for the last pieces of the jigsaw. It is impossible to say exactly when the fixtures will be out but it will be two or three weeks after everything is finally sorted out. If that happened this afternoon we would be talking about the first week in December.”David Harker, the chief executive of Durham, who are due to stage the first Test of the summer in May, said yesterday: “This is an example of the turmoil in international cricket having an impact on the domestic game. The situation is far from ideal but I think the ECB have been doing their best in a very difficult situation.”The Worcestershire chief executive, Mark Newton, added: “Members like to plan ahead. We’re OK here at the moment because we normally start selling things in the new year but there could be problems if the fixtures are not out by Christmas.”The former Sussex captain Chris Adams is in line for the Surrey cricket manager’s job and is expected to be interviewed next week by the new managing director of cricket at The Oval, Gus Mackay. Adams was linked with managing Hampshire at the end of last season and was on a shortlist of two, before the job went to Giles White. Adams, 38, led Sussex to three county championships, including their first in 2003. He is still a member of the Sussex playing staff after quitting as captain in September and has never made a secret of his management ambitions.The all-rounder Ian Blackwell is also on the move and set to leave Somerset to join Durham. Blackwell has two years left on his contract and losing him will come as a big blow to his West Country fans who warmed to his hard-hitting batting and slow left-arm bowling. Share on Twitter Counties bear strain of delay in organising fixtures schedule Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Cricket County Championship Division One Reuse this content