Microsofts Seeing AI app for the blind arrives on iPhone

first_imgStory TimelineNokia “Mercury” was the Surface Mini Microsoft should have doneThousands of Microsoft jobs cut in cloud-first pivotMicrosoft wants broadband Internet through rural America by 2022 Back in March 2016, Microsoft introduced an app called Seeing AI designed to help the blind using a combination of artificial intelligence and computer vision. It has been many months since, but the app is officially now available for anyone with an iOS device. With this, anyone who has trouble seeing can utilize Microsoft’s artificial intelligence technology to transform their smartphone into a personal audio guidance system. The app is simple to use, just requiring the user to hold their phone up so that their camera is pointed at the object of interest. The app will respond in various ways depending on what the camera is seeing, such as identifying the faces of people you’re out with, telling you about how old someone is, what their emotion appears to be, and more. The app also works with text documents and images.center_img If you get a document but can’t read the print, using Seeing AI provides audio guidance for capturing the document and then spoken words reading the text to the app user. The app also has what is described as an experimental feature that describes a scene, and it will soon be able to identify which bills you place in front of it.Current features available on the iPhone include all the above, plus the option of scanning barcodes to identify what a product is; the app gives audio beeps to help the user find the barcode on the device, aiding in being independent. If you’d like to give it a try yourself, you can download the iOS app here; there’s no word on when an Android app may be available.SOURCE: Microsoftlast_img read more

Amazon free Echo Dot promo goes live for just a few minutes

first_imgAmazon Echo Dot is FREE at checkout right now…— Chris Maddern (@chrismaddern) August 18, 2017 The promotion, which has not been referred to on Amazon’s site, nor by Audible, was spotted by Twitter user Chris Maddern, co-founder of Button. He shared the news with his followers, some of whom reported success. Indeed, there were claims that multiple orders were permitted using the same code, which auto-populated as part of the checkout process. A clandestine Audible promotion made Amazon’s Echo Dot free for a short window, though the deal was only stumbled upon accidentally on Friday afternoon. The promotion, only disclosed when Echo Dot buyers had the smart speaker in their cart and had reached the checkout stage, was listed only as an “Audible Promo” credit. However, it reduced the normally $49.99 device to free. Story TimelineNinety7 Vaux Review: Echo Dot speaker-battery cuts Alexa’s cordiHome iAVS1 Bedside Stereo Speaker for Echo Dot ReviewAnker Eufy Genie undercuts Echo Dot for low-cost Alexa Only a few minutes later, though, Amazon’s site began showing an error message suggesting the Echo Dot was now out of stock. “The following items are no longer available from the seller you selected,” the warning confirmed. At time of publication, Amazon is not listed as a seller for the Echo Dot in either black or white, though various third-party vendors have supplies. All signs point to this being a mistake on Amazon’s part. It’s unclear whether the retailer will honor any orders successfully placed in the few minutes the deal was available. We’ve got a request in for more information with Amazon PR, and will update when we know more. Amazon hasn’t been shy about running promotions to get the Echo Dot into more homes. The smart speaker is usually $49.99, but has seen discounts of around $10 on events like Black Friday and Amazon’s own Prime Day. Cheapest of the current Echo line-up, the speaker drops the more powerful integrated drivers of the original Echo, though otherwise packs the same multi-microphone array for cross-room pickup. As for Audible, that’s the audiobook specialist which Amazon acquired back in 2008. It’s not unfathomable that today’s short-lived deal was part of a promotion with that site that went awry technically. We’ll be keeping an eye out for cancellation emails to see if those Echo Dots actually are headed out to buyers with fast fingers.last_img read more

Google Fiber wont offer traditional TV in San Antonio and Louisville

first_imgGoogle is about to shake things up with its Internet service: Google Fiber won’t offer cable TV services when it arrives in San Antonio and Louisville. The company will instead focus on providing its ultra-fast Internet service, a decision that changes the way it has operated thus far (the TV part, that is). This news comes at a time when people are ditching cable in large numbers. Google announced the change on Wednesday, saying that it has decided to focus on offering “super fast Internet” at its two upcoming locations without the TV add-on option. Why the change? Google points toward cable-cutting as a reason, saying that an increasing number of people are deciding not to get traditional cable in favor of streaming options.Those streaming options come in two varieties: on-demand content and OTT (live television) services. Netflix is the king among such offerings, at least for now, but have been joined over the years by popular offerings like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Sling TV, YouTube TV, DirecTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue, among others. Google Fiber is arguably the best option in the US for streaming these services; many service providers in the US still offer ‘high speed’ Internet as slow as 6Mbps, and these packages are usually joined by 500GB or 1TB data caps. These data caps, while decently high, are increasingly inadequate for those who stream all of their music and video content. Google’s fiber offering is a notable exception.If you’re an existing Google Fiber customer and you have a traditional TV add-on through the company, you don’t have to worry about it being taken away. Google says it will still offer the service in existing markets; whether things will change in the future wasn’t stated. Google Fiber will be arriving in both San Antonio and Louisville soon.SOURCE: Google Fiberlast_img read more

Android 81 new Product Sans fonts available for you to try

first_imgWe’ll leave it out to typography experts to weigh in on the matter, but if you’re curious to try it out yourself, you can already do so without having to install the Android 8.1 Oreo preview on your phone. You don’t even need to change ROMs to do so.You do need, however, to be using a custom recovery like TWRP. The procedure to do that varies from device to device, but, normally, it doesn’t require rooting. It does require unlocking the bootloader, which could still be considered voiding your warranty, again depending on the device.The fonts have been tested to work fine on Android devices version 5.x Lollipop and higher, Xiaomi MIUI 8 and 9, stock ROMs from OnePlus, Lenovo, and Motorola, and custom ROMs based on Lineage OS and, of course, AOSP. Do note that unless you’re rooted or using a special Magisk or Xposed module, installing this font will change it for the whole system indiscriminately.VIA: Reddit Google just recently made available its first public preview for Android 8.1 and it’s already proving to be quite the treasure trove of new features, or removed ones, and not all of them are being welcomed with open arms. One of those features is a new “Product Sans” font that has now been extracted and made available for anyone willing to install it on their phone. But like any theme or part of it, it’s reception is a subjective thing. Google has been making its own fonts ever since the days of Roboto, and some of those have had better luck than others. This still unnamed Google font might not be immediately noticeable to most users, but those with an eye for detail are already pointing out clear differences, like how the ends of the fonts terminated in curved edges rather than straight ones.last_img read more

Motorola phones coming next month amidst company reshuffle

first_imgThe announcement explains that de Lencquesaing has decided to spend less time on a plane and more time with his family, which no one will fault him for. In his stead, Buniac, who is credited for the brand’s growth in Latin America, will try to steer the slowly sinking ship to safe harbor. Buniac will hold the position of Motorola President and Chairman.It’s definitely going to be a challenge, considering Motorola’s current standing in the market. Although it was completely on a downhill trajectory, the company’s brand and phones have slowly started to lose its luster, appeal, and sales. And it could be in part due to Motorola’s lack of focus.Once limited to at least three models per year in the X, G, and E tiers, Motorola adopted a multi-device strategy under Lenovo’s ownership, adding the high-end Z brand (probably named after Lenovo’s own Vibe Z line) and putting out multiple variants per line. Now it would seem that Motorola is doing some cost-cutting, both in products and personnel, but we’ll have to wait until April to find out which products survived the purge. Changes are afoot at Motorola and it might not be the good kind of change. Just recently, the company reportedly laid off not a small number of its workforce and also scrapped the next Moto X phone. While those were never made official, this official news coming from the company does hint at the changes happening inside Motorola. President Aymar de Lencquesaing has stepped down and 20-year company veteran Sergio Buniac will take his place. But no worries, Motorola’s first new products are still coming soon. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Ring update Timeline Alerts Previews

Smart Alerts are coming to all Ring users with the Ring Protect Plan in 2019, while Timeline and Camera Previews are coming sooner.Timeline will begin rolling out in November. Timeline allows the user to scroll through their event history, complete with a color-coded system with which to distinguish different sorts of events. Users can zoom in and out and view at will.Camera Previews are apparently out now – you’ll just have to head to the “New Feature” menu in the Ring app. Camera Previews allow the user to view all their devices in one view. These are preview images, so they’re not all updating with the same frame rate as the Live View, but should anything interesting seem to appear, one tap brings up Live View for any camera. Ring suggested today that they’re bringing 24/7 Recording “for an additional fee” for Ring Protect Plan subscribers. Also coming is a Bulk Download system for Ring Protect Plan subscribers, as well as timestamps for shared Ring recordings. Audible Announcements and Live Camera Previews will be released in the Ring app in 2019 – as well as the rest of the upcoming updates in this paragraph. The new Ring Smart Alerts system works with “cloud-based video analysis” to send alerts to Ring Protect Plan members. But not just any alerts – and certainly not every alert. This system sifts through all the potential alerts that COULD be sent to the end user and decides which are relevant and worth sending. With the new Smart Alerts system, Ring suggests that battery-powered Ring devices “will have a longer battery life by up to three times and more advanced motion detection features to reduce the number of false alerts.” These new Smart Alerts features are as follows.• Motion Verification• Motion Stop• Person Detection• Motion ZonesAdChoices广告Motion Verification works to rule out false alerts, while Motion Stop stops recording if the motion is “deemed unimportant.” Person Detection allows the system to identify the type of object that’s moving, and can ignore certain objects – like tree branches and squirrels. Motion Zones allow small sections of the full viewing area to be part of their motion detection alert system. The Ring smart doorbell and security system group revealed a number of updates to software this morning. They’re pushing new Smart Alerts, updates to their app experience, and a new Timeline. There’s a new way to work with Camera Previews straight from the Ring app, too. Story TimelineAmazon buys Ring as smart home security range growsThis great Ring Video Doorbell deal is thanks to Amazon’s acquisitionRing’s Neighbors app makes camera security sharing standaloneRing Alarm preorders open for DIY smart security with a twist read more

Viewpoints States May Not Be Up To The Challenge Of Setting Up

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: ‘Exchange’ For The Worst On the ever-lengthening fiasco list, the “exchange” problem is one of the worst. Congress told states to build these bureaucracies that will dispense health insurance subsidies and regulate coverage, but by and large the states aren’t doing so. … The exchanges do not merely subsidize but must verify who is eligible by income and residency, police compliance with the individual mandate and report scofflaws to the Internal Revenue Service; regulate insurers and enforce price controls; and penalize businesses that don’t insure their employees. All this is a vast, complex, extremely technical and expensive undertaking that the states can barely handle, even if they wanted to (7/30).The New York Times: It’s D-Day For The Post Office Welcome to the week the United States Postal Service defaults on a major obligation. D-Day is Wednesday, Aug. 1, when the Postal Service is obligated, by statute, to make a $5.5 billion payment, money that is supposed to be put aside to “prefund” health benefits for future retirees. But, with less than $1 billion in the bank, the Postal Service announced on Monday that it would not be making the payment. It has a second payment, for $5.6 billion, due in September. Unless lightning strikes, it won’t be making that one either (Joe Nocera, 7/30). The Washington Post: Social Security Disability Insurance’s Incentive Not To Work Social Security Disability Insurance, however, pays people who can show that they are too mentally or physically impaired to remain in the labor force. In short, for many workers, SSDI creates a quasi-right not to work. This paradox is getting expensive. SSDI spending has doubled as a percentage of gross domestic product in the last 25 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (Charles Lane, 7/30). Fox News: Obama Administration Chooses Planned Parenthood Over Women’s HealthThe Obama administration’s decision this month to award $3.1 million in federal funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates and other family planning groups in New Jersey comes as no surprise. Despite the $15 trillion national debt, the administration seems willing to keep borrowing to support the nation’s largest abortion provider. And this isn’t the first time the Obama administration has stepped in to ensure that taxpayer dollars continue to flow to its favorite abortion provider even at the expense of women’s health care (Kellie Fiedorek, 7/30).The Washington Post: House Late-Term Abortion Bill Exploits The District Legislation that would ban late-term abortions in the District is set for a vote this week on the House floor under a procedure that is normally used for non-controversial things like naming post offices or honoring folks back home. That the Republican leadership is suspending its rules for this bill suggests it’s more interested in putting on a show to placate special interests than actually passing the measure. Or it thinks infringing on the authority of a local government to limit women’s constitutional rights is no big deal. Either way, it’s a misuse of Congress’s time and another cynical exploitation of the District to advance others’ political agendas (7/30). Minneapolis Star Tribune: Worst Possible Time To Cut ResearchMinnesota’s congressional delegation must more prominently wield its clout to prevent harmful cuts to medical research funding — an economic engine vital to the state and the nation. Major federal budget decisions aren’t likely until after this fall’s election. But disturbing recent moves in Washington, D.C., suggest that policymakers are willing to potentially delay medical advances and risk the country’s leadership position in global research by inadequately funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other critical initiatives (7/30).The New York Times: A Battle For Florida’s Courts Under Florida’s system of choosing Supreme Court justices, the governor makes the initial appointments, then voters get to decide every six years whether to keep them. This system of “retention elections” was intended to avoid the politicization of the courts associated with regular, multicandidate judicial elections. It is not working out that way this time. Some conservatives are trying to purge three moderate justices facing a retention vote in November: R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince. The only Democratic appointees on the state’s seven-member court, they are being singled out for various rulings, including a decision in 2010 that blocked from the ballot a misleadingly worded constitutional amendment designed to permit the state to opt out of national health care reform (7/30).  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: States May Not Be Up To The Challenge Of Setting Up Exchanges; Post Office’s ‘Default Day’last_img read more

Bill Would Give FDA Clearer Authority Over Drug Compounders

first_imgThe bill, introduced in Congress, would also direct the Food and Drug Administration to train state regulators — who may have contributed to the meningitis outbreak that sickened more than 500 and killed at least 36.Modern Healthcare: Bill Would Make Drug Compounders Register With FDAA bill that would require compounding pharmacies to register with the Food and Drug Administration was introduced in the House, according to a news release from the two sponsors of the bill, Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.). The bill, called the Supporting Access to Formulated and Effective Compounded Drugs Act, or SAFE Compounded Drugs Act, would establish an FDA database on the pharmacies for use by the FDA and states in oversight of drug compounders, according to the news release. In addition, it would require the FDA to set minimum production standards and direct the FDA to offer training to state regulators. A compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts is blamed for a meningitis outbreak that sickened more than 500 people and caused at least 36 deaths (Barr, 12/5). CQ HealthBeat: DeLauro, Lowey Bill Would Give FDA Authority Over Compounding PharmaciesTwo House Democrats introduced a bill to give the Food and Drug Administration clearer authority over compounding pharmacies, although any action on the issue probably will have to wait until the next Congress. The bill, from Democrats Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Nita M. Lowey of New York, would give the FDA more authority and also try to build more collaboration between state and federal regulators (Ethridge, 12/5).In other Capitol Hill news –Medscape: Proposal Nixes Medicaid Raise To Fund Doc FixOrganized medicine is protesting a nascent Congressional proposal to eliminate a Medicaid raise for primary care physicians that would either fund a 1-year postponement of a 26.5 percent Medicare pay cut set for January 1 or reduce the federal deficit in general. The American Medical Association and 260 other national and state medical societies registered their “strong opposition” to the idea in a letter today to Republican and Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate. … In 2013 and 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) raises Medicaid rates to Medicare levels for evaluation and management (E/M) services and vaccine administration. Family physicians, general internists, pediatricians, and subspecialists related to these fields (eg, pediatric cardiologists) are eligible for the increase. Congress wrote the raise into the ACA to entice more physicians to accept Medicaid patients, who will grow dramatically in number as a result of the law (Lowes, 12/5). The Associated Press/Washington Post: Proponents For Abortion Coverage For Military Women Press To End RestrictionsProponents of ending the ban on women in the military using their health insurance to pay for abortions in cases of rape and incest stepped up the political pressure on Wednesday, insisting that this year’s defense bill be used to finally lift the prohibition (12/5). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Bill Would Give FDA Clearer Authority Over Drug Compounderslast_img read more

Governors Mull Medicaid Expansion As White House Signals States May Reduce Payments

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Governors Mull Medicaid Expansion As White House Signals States May Reduce Payments With federal budget cuts looming, the nation’s governors met in Washington and discussed whether or not to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.NPR: Governors’ DC Summit Dominated By Medicaid And The SequesterWhen the nation’s governors gathered in Washington, D.C., over the weekend for their annual winter meeting, the gathering’s official theme was about efforts to hire people with disabilities. But out of the public eye, at the sessions for “governors only,” the discussion reportedly was dominated by two more pressing issues of the day: whether or not to expand the Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act; and the potential upcoming budget cuts set for the end of the week, known as the sequester (Rovner, 2/25).The New York Times: States Can Cut Back On Medicaid Payments, Administration SaysThe Obama administration said Monday that states could cut Medicaid payments to many doctors and other health care providers to hold down costs in the program, which insures 60 million low-income people and will soon cover many more under the new health care law (Pear, 2/25).Meanwhile, states continue to take action regarding Medicaid and other aspects of health law implementation — The Associated Press: Mo. House GOP Lawmakers Defeat Medicaid ExpansionMissouri House Republicans gave a resounding “no” Monday to Democratic plans to expand Medicaid coverage in a strategic preview to the unveiling of an alternative plan touted to transform the state’s health care program for the poor into “the most free-market-based Medicaid system in the entire country.” Two separate House committees simultaneously heard arguments for — and then rejected — proposals to adopt a central component of President Barack Obama’s health care law that could have eventually extended government-funded Medicaid coverage to an additional 300,000 lower-income adults in Missouri (Lieb, 2/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Health Care Exchange Hires Va. Company With Troubled History In Conn. To Help ConsumersThe state’s health care exchange announced Monday it has selected a Virginia company with a troubled history in Connecticut to run a new center to help consumers enroll in a health insurance plan beginning later this year (2/25).In other news, CQ HealthBeat examines a health law regulation released last week and Politico details a study tracking health care tweets — CQ Healthbeat: Remaining Health Care Law Regs Won’t Solve Affordability Problem, Insurers SayInsurers are still waiting for some federal regulations before they file applications to sell coverage under the health care law next year. But two big final rules Health and Human Services officials released last week have left companies with little doubt that a significant number of people will find it difficult to find affordable coverage next year (Reichard, 2/25).Politico: Health Care Twitter Depends On Who’s TweetingThe study will be made public Tuesday, and an advance copy was given to POLITICO. Kaiser Permanente said it was interested in tracking patterns and also looking at how some topics it was particularly interested in — like low-cost interventions to prevent disease including sunscreen or hand washing — were showing up on Twitter. The bottom line: Overall, physicians prioritized health education, the media paid a lot of attention to the business end of health care and lawmakers had their thumbs on the politics (Kenen, 2/26).last_img read more

Viewpoints Protect The FDAs Regulatory Efforts Generic Drug Shenanigans Does Ryan Not

first_imgViewpoints: Protect The FDA’s Regulatory Efforts; Generic Drug ‘Shenanigans;’ Does Ryan Not Understand The 2012 Election? 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: The Best Prescription For Pre-Emption On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett, a case about the ability of consumers to bring lawsuits against the makers of generic drugs. A central issue is the Food and Drug Administration’s doctrine of federal “pre-emption,” meaning that state tort law cannot trump FDA regulation. In Bartlett, the manufacturer is being sued for selling an allegedly flawed drug that was nevertheless approved by the FDA, which also regulated the manufacturer’s exact formula. The pre-emption doctrine … was established to protect the agency’s ability and authority to regulate the safety and effectiveness of drugs nationwide. The left detested pre-emption, since it impeded the ability of trial lawyers to bring big dollar lawsuits in state courts challenging FDA regulatory decisions (Tevi Troy, 3/18).Los Angeles Times: Prescription Needed To Remedy Generic Drug Pricing Shenanigans Wanda Ferrin fills her husband’s prescription for the generic antibiotic doxycycline at a Target in Simi Valley. For years, the medication has cost her $6 a month. In February, however, the price tripled to $18 for 30 pills. And this month, it skyrocketed to $133. This is noteworthy enough. But what happened next makes the entire business of drug pricing a study in lunacy (David Lazarus, 3/18). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A New Ryan Budget That Looks A Lot Like The Others We’re tempted to ask U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan: What part about losing the 2012 presidential election didn’t you understand? … The new spending plan, like the others Ryan has written, would make big changes to Medicare and Medicaid, cut tax rates on individuals and corporations, and reduce the size of domestic spending programs over time. The plan would restructure Medicare by paying subsidies to the insured rather than paying directly for medical services. Medicaid would become a block grant program. It repeals Obamacare while leaving in place Obamacare’s taxes. … continuing to call for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act is the height of folly (3/17). Bloomberg: Paul Ryan’s Budget Won’t Help Republicans Win Now that (Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan is) advancing a version of Medicare reform with fewer risks for seniors, that slow phase-in makes less sense. And the plan should raise co-pays, especially for the affluent, which would also lighten the burden on younger people. A budget that reduced spending on those older than 55 would make it possible to bring the government’s long-term debt to a manageable level while allowing for a higher (and more realistic) level of Medicaid spending than the Ryan budget includes. The House Republicans should have been bolder on health care, too. Their new budget envisions the repeal of President Barack Obama’s health-care law but outlines no replacement for it, which is rather odd for a document that purports to provide a Republican vision for the future of the welfare state (Ramesh Ponnuru, 3/18). The New York Times: Paul Ryan’s Ax Isn’t Sharp Enough As a family doctor for more than 30 years, I understand that we must look for savings in our health care system too. I recently co-sponsored legislation that would convert Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program into state-managed programs through a single federal block grant. This would save approximately $2 trillion over 10 years by capping federal funding at 2012 levels for the next 10 years and giving states an incentive to seek out and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse. … We must repeal Obamacare — including the associated taxes, which the Ryan budget leaves intact by assuming the enactment of tax reform later on. We’ll replace it with a market-based health care system devoid of government involvement and managed by patients and their doctors. … If we get government out of the way and put Medicare in patients’ hands by increasing contribution limits to health savings accounts, it will transform Medicare into a more flexible premium assistance program (Rep. Paul C. Broun Jr., R-Ga., 3/18). The Washington Post: Progressives’ Budget Merits A Closer Look Ryan’s budget is cruel, deceptive and incomplete. Even as the Affordable Care Act and Medicare expansion are being embraced by reality-based Republican governors (or those, such as Florida’s Rick Scott, who are experiencing a momentary bout of poll-induced realism), Ryan stubbornly ignores Congressional Budget Office evidence that the ACA decreases the deficit. Even at a moment when we need the safety net more than ever, Ryan wants to shred and slash programs including Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and domestic violence prevention. And even as Ryan coasts on his unearned reputation as a serious wonk, his budget math is full of holes (Katrina vanden Heuvel, 3/18). Houston Chronicle: The Case For A Texas Solution The Texas Medicaid program as it presently exists has reached an unsustainable capacity. The current network of hospitals and physicians who care for our state’s Medicaid population has reached a true breaking point. They can no longer welcome new patients under the existing model of coverage. … It is true that Texas stands to gain coverage for a significant number of now-uninsured residents through any healthcare expansion, but an expansion of Medicaid also results in an expansion of patient need. As it stands, only about 30 percent of Texas physicians are willing to accept new Medicaid patients. Without reforms, those new patients will still find the Texas health care system inaccessible for preventive and primary care, leaving them seeking care in emergency rooms at a continued high cost to Texas taxpayers. The state’s existing system is broken, and placing more pressure on an already broken system sets us up for a crisis (State Rep. John Zerwas, 3/17). Seattle Times: Expand Medicaid Under The Affordable Care Act To Improve Mental-Health Care Our mental-health system has gaping holes and we cannot continue to ignore them. In our work at Downtown Emergency Service Center we see these holes reflected every day in the people who fall through them. Our mission is to provide the kind of care that helps people get back on their feet and find stability. Expanding Medicaid access to 250,000 people in our state under the Affordable Care Act will (Bill Hobson and Paul Tipps, 3/18). The New York Times: A Cure, In Essence, For HIV In Some Adults Two weeks ago, American doctors reported that they had “functionally” cured a baby infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, with an aggressive treatment of drugs starting some 30 hours after the baby was born. Experts hailed the feat but cautioned that the findings might have little relevance to adults. Now French researchers have identified 14 adults whose treatments with antiviral drugs began within a couple of months of infection, continued for one to seven and a half years, and then stopped (3/18).The Washington Post: Why Should Food Stamps Pay For Junk Food? What really caught my attention, though, were the photographs that showed what some SNAP recipients bought with their government-funded debit cards: Cheetos Puffs, a one-ounce handful of which contains 10 grams of fat; a box containing two dozen 12-ounce cans of Fanta Orange soda, each of which contains 44 grams of sugar; a carton of six-ounce Capri Sun drink pouches, each of which contains 16 grams of sugar. In short, this immense nutrition program pays for a lot of stuff that is the opposite of nutritious (Charles Lane, 3/18). WBUR: Cognoscenti: Medical School Debt And The Potential Impact On Patient CareAs we waited for an operating room before my recent knee surgery, I lay on a gurney making small talk with the five doctors and nurses who surrounded me. My anesthesia had just started to kick in when one of the doctors mentioned his eye-popping student debt. His admission prompted his colleagues to chime in with what they owed. They were all resigned to the fact that borrowing insane amounts of money was required to pursue a medical profession. As I fell into a deep sleep, I tallied their collective student loans in my head; about a half-million dollars in unpaid debt went into the operating room with me that day. Tuition and fees at public medical schools increased by an average of 133 percent  between 1984 and 2004. At private schools, costs went up by 50 percent in the same period (Bob Hildreth, 3/19). Journal of the American Medical Association: Ushering In A New Era Of Open Science Through Data Sharing A wall surrounds much of these clinical research data, sequestering knowledge, impeding the free flow of information, and obscuring a clear view of the totality of evidence relevant to many research questions and clinical decisions. Nearly half of clinical research trials are never published. Moreover, publications are often incomplete, selectively reporting favorable outcomes and infrequently reporting relevant safety findings. Motivations and explanations for this phenomenon vary, but whether intended or not, selective publication distorts the medical evidence and inhibits the flow of information that is vital to decision making by patients and their clinicians (Dr. Joseph S. Ross and Dr. Harlan M. Krumholz, 3/18). last_img read more

State Highlights Battle Over Brooklyn Hospitals Fate Widens In Court

first_imgA selection of health policy stories from New York, Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Minnesota and California.The New York Times: Judge Raises Prospect Of Criminal Charges In Hospital CaseJustice Johnny L. Baynes in Brooklyn, who has issued three temporary restraining orders in the case since March, all forbidding SUNY to take steps to close [Long Island College Hospital], asked a lawyer representing Bill de Blasio, the public advocate and a Democratic candidate for mayor, whether he had reported allegations of criminal interference with emergency room services to the Brooklyn district attorney. Murmurs of approval rose from the room, packed with longtime patients, doctors, nurses and residents of northern Brooklyn where the fate of the 150-year-old hospital has become a rallying cry (Bernstein, 8/7).Atlanta Journal-Constitution: State Health Care Shift Is On: Notes From A Convention Of Expensive PeopleAt 10:17 a.m. Wednesday, a black-robed, bow-tied Judge Jerry Baxter sat down in Room 4D of the Fulton County courthouse and opened a three-day convention featuring some of the most expensive people in Atlanta. … At stake was a five-year contract to manage the health insurance coverage of 650,000 state employees — including most public school teachers — and the $3 billion in claims they make each year (Galloway, 8/7).Des Moines Register: Proposed Telemedicine Ban Proceeds After Vote DeadlockLegislators have declined for the moment to step into a dispute over whether state regulators should shut down a video-conferencing system used to dispense abortion pills statewide. The Iowa Board of Medicine ruled in 2010 that the Planned Parenthood system, the first of its kind in the nation, could continue (Leys, 8/7). Texas Tribune: Dental Board’s Review Process Gets MakeoverAhead of the 83rd legislative session, the Texas House Public Health Committee heard pointed criticism of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, with some critics accusing the board of ineptitude and not acting swiftly to address Medicaid fraud cases. Lawmakers have responded by approving new regulations, and they are optimistic that the board will have the tools to add staffing and become more efficient in handling complaints (Floyd and Lai, 8/7).MPR: Simple Solutions Can Help Fill Gaps In Health Care Martha Hitzeman is legally blind, and at 87, needs medication for pain and to prevent strokes. … MedSmart was created in response to a state Minnesota Department of Human Services request for ideas that could help elderly patients stay at home. It is funded in part by a $117,000 DHS matching grant (Gunderson, 8/8).California Healthline: Scope-Of-Practice Bills Proceed, PauseThe Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection yesterday passed SB 493 by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), which would expand scope-of-practice rights for pharmacists. The committee failed to pass a companion bill (also authored by Hernandez) that would have expanded scope of practice for nurse practitioners. The failed bill, SB 491, can be reconsidered, setting up a final vote next week. The bill fell two votes short of approval with five committee members abstaining. … At issue is the dearth in primary care physicians in California, particularly in rural and urban underserved areas (Gorn, 8/7). State Highlights: Battle Over Brooklyn Hospital’s Fate Widens In Court This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Audi Unveils Charging Station Fit For Electric Era

28 photos Audi e-tron GT To Debut AT LA Auto Show: 12 New EVs By 2025 Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 18, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News First Look Inside & Out At The Audi e-tron By Autogefühl The charging station is kind of a fancy vision of how the electric era will look like. In reality, we will be happy if there is a network of chargers with high reliability. Looks don’t matter much.Audi e-tron will be one of the few models that can charge really quickly – at 150 kW it will need just a half hour to replenish 80% ofthe capacity of its 95 kWh battery. We need to add here that Audi deserves applause for the European on-board charging options – three-phase 11 kW (standard) and 22 kW (option), which is something the Jaguar I-PACE and Mercedes-Benz EQC lack.Here are details of the demonstration: Now, Bay Area residents can be among the first to check out the all-new e-tron at a four-day experience called ‘Charging Station Unleashed,’ located near the Embarcadero at 90 Broadway, San Francisco. ‘Charging Station Unleashed’Audi envisions a charging station for the electric era, celebrating the new all-electric Audi e-tron SUV in San FranciscoIn celebration of the global launch of the e-tron, Audi has reinvented the charging station for the electric era. Visitors to this interactive pop-up experience will have a glimpse into the future of electric mobility and be the first in America to see the 2019 e-tron in person and place their reservations. Other electric Audi vehicles on display include the championship winning Formula E racecar and the 764-horsepower, PB18 concept car, which debuted at Monterey Car Week in August (on display until Sept. 20).“The heart of the experience is a modern take on what a charging station could look like in the near future – a place where drivers of electric vehicles can refuel themselves while their vehicle recharges,” said Loren Angelo, vice president of Marketing, Audi of America.The experience will also offer complimentary charging from Audi for current electric car owners with chargers supplied by Electrify America.  Electrify America is investing $2 billion to create a nationwide network of highway, and community ultra-fast DC fast chargers, as well as Level 2 stations at workplace and multi-unit dwellings. These efforts are designed to take electric further than it’s ever gone before, and enable millions of American to discover the benefits of electric driving.Interactive exhibits:Interactive experiences will be on-site for consumers to see, touch and taste what the future of design and innovation can be in a future where ‘Electric has gone Audi,’ including:A kinetic energy capture installation that showcases how electric power could come from anywhere in the future, even human movement. The activation will showcase the power humans generate walking, hopping, or dancing across the energy capture floors. The positive energy will then animate a wall installation in real time.LED swings, nodding to the role the e-tron has in ushering in an era where technology, design and mobility are designed to combine to create a more thrilling experience.An innovative menu of reimagined “electric provisions” curated by James Beard award-winning Chef Stuart Brioza and Chef Nicole Krasinski from State Bird Provisions.The entire experience will run on social currency. Visitors won’t pay for anything in cash. Rather, they’ll receive special LED bracelets that let them access the station’s amenities when they share posts about the experience on social media.On-site reservations for the Audi e-tron SUV. This is the first time the e-tron will be available for consumers to see and experience the new vehicle, review product specifications, stats and options, and place a reservation right on-site with a fully refundable $1,000 reservation fee ahead of delivery in mid-2019. Source: Electric Vehicle News Newly Revealed Audi e-tron: Wallpaper Tuesday Audi envisions a charging station of the futureRight after the unveiling of the e-tron, Audi took a while to rest… accelerated the marketing campaign by presenting more stuff. The latest news from Audi is Charging Station Unleashed – a four-day experience near San Francisco’s Embarcadero (at 90 Broadway) that will display the all-new Audi e-tron, the championship Formula E racecar and the PB 18 all-electric concept car.The German brand will present the vehicles, its technology, accept reservations (the special Edition One is already sold out) and make people familiar with its charging station from Electrify America that will play a key role in Audi’s BEV rollout by placing hundreds of DC fast charging stations with multiple chargers at each location.Audi e-tron debut read more

2019 Chevrolet Volt Gets New Blackout Package

Source: Electric Vehicle News 2019 Chevy Volt, Bolt EV Pass Automobile Mag #noboringcars Test The 2019 Chevrolet Volt undergoes few changes, but a new blackout package is a thing.In fact, the Volt Blackout Package came along as a limited addition dealer-upgrade-only offering during the 2018 model year. But now, you can order a factory 2019 Chevrolet Volt with the package. For the 2018 model year, this option was only a limited edition and limited production upgrade, which was subject to dealers being able to outfit the car in such a way.Additional 2019 Chevrolet Volt News: 2019 Chevrolet Volt Slight Price Increase: Premier Gets 7.2 kW Charger According to GM Authority, the new Chevrolet Volt Blackout Package includes the following:Front and rear Black bowtie emblems17-inch split 5-spoke aluminum wheels with ultra-bright machined finish with painted gloss black pocketsSport pedal kitIt will cost you an extra $1,995 and can be had on either current Volt trim level: LT and Premier. Let’s hope the 2019 Chevrolet Volt continues the recent sales momentum that the outgoing model has enjoyed. Perhaps with the upgrades and added packages it will fare well.Source: GM Authority Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News 2019 Chevy Volt Finally Gets 7.2 kW Charger, -13 Degrees F Engine Activation read more

Audi etron GT Concept Test Drives In LA Videos

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Audi e-tron GT on the streets of LAThe Audi e-tron GT concept unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show turns out to be much closer to production-ready than one might think, considering the launch date of late 2020.The German manufacturer recently allowed several media outlets to get behind of the wheel of a concept, as its 95% ready and to drive it in LA with a police escort.Audi e-tron GT concept Audi e-tron GT Stuns At LA Motor Show: Images + Videos Cutaway Of Audi e-tron GT + Comparison With Porsche Taycan Audi e-Tron GT Makes Global Debut In LA: Packs Mighty Punch [UPDATE] The Audi e-tron GT concept looks stunning on the streets and according to ThomasGeigerCar, it attracts a lot of attention. The interior is also pretty slick.The car needs to now be adjusted to reality – get some proper door handles, suspension or infotainment, but overall you will here it many times – it looks amazing, it’s athletic, sporty and many drivers might be tempted by the e-tron GT, especially if it is more affordable than its Porsche Taycan sibling. Audi e-tron GT concept:more than 90 kWh batteryover 400 km (248.5 miles) of range (WLTP)dual motor (PMSM) all-wheel drive with torque vectoringsystem output: 434 kW (590 hp)0-100 km/h (62 mph) in about 3.5 seconds0-200 km/h (124 mph) in over 12 secondstop speed of 240 km/h (149 mph)800 V battery system voltagefast charging: 0-80% in 20-minuteswireless charging at 11 kW (on-board charger is at least 11 kW)450 liters of luggage capacity plus extra 100 liters under the hood4.96-meter length, 1.96-meter width and 1.38-meter height.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }last_img read more

Tesla is finally starting to expand rollout of new Supercharger V3 stations

first_imgTesla is finally starting to expand the rollout of its new more powerful Supercharger V3 stations a few months after unveiling the latest generation of its fast-charging stations. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast. post Tesla is finally starting to expand rollout of new Supercharger V3 stations appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img