Samsung SMG888N0 Galaxy X foldable phone certified in Korea

first_imgIt seems that Samsung is really making true its word that it will finally be making available one of its most hyped moonshot devices. Over at Korea’s National Radio Research Agency, the country’s equivalent of the US FCC, a certain SM-G888N0 popped up for certification. This model number has been previously spotted in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications last April and has been associated with Samsung’s foldable smartphone, codenamed “Project Valley” or “Galaxy X”. While this certification doesn’t say much, it does imply that Samsung might indeed be on track to debut the device next year. Samsung has been talking about the possibilities of foldable mobile devices as far back as 2012 when it boasted of its YOUM flexible OLED technology. But while it did make progress on the display front, it has had less success in actually bringing all the parts together to create an actually usable foldable smartphone or tablet.Samsung’s foldable smartphone is one of those things that get pushed back year after year as far as rumors go. And then Samsung got distracted by problems with its finances, its executives, and then exploding phones. This has given other manufacturers, particularly Lenovo, a chance to actually put out a working prototype before it could.All of that is behind Samsung now. With the success of the Galaxy S8 and the so far successful (and fortunately uneventful) launch of the Galaxy Note 8, it seems that the company now has more time to devote to more experimental activities. Indeed, after the debut of the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung mobile division head DJ Koh has been quoted to say that the foldable phone would make an appearance next year.Having been certified by a Korean government agency does take it one step closer to that goal. It doesn’t however, provide any insight as to what the foldable smartphone will look like, much less if it will actually come in a final form before 2018 is over. There have been several patents filed by Samsung that could have been used in this eccentric device, from a very long phone that slightly curls in the middle to a tablet that folds outward to form a phone, much like Lenovo’s prototype.VIA: SamMobilelast_img read more

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Tumblr app ousted from App Store

first_imgThe Tumblr app has vanished from the App Store, with the iPhone software for the popular blogging service mysteriously being pulled from Apple’s download store. Although the reason behind its disappearance has not been given, speculation has been made that Tumblr has fallen foul of Apple’s policies on inappropriate content. Currently, searches for the Tumblr app in the App Store only result in third-party browsers. The official app is nowhere to be found, however. Exactly what prompted the removal of the app is unclear at this point. Tumblr itself confirmed the disappearance of its app on Friday, November 16, saying at the time that it was trying to address the issue. However, it did not give a reason for the app’s absence. “We’re working to resolve an issue with the iOS app and hope to be fully functional again soon,” the company said in a statement. “We really appreciate your patience as we figure this out, and we’ll update this article when we have news to share.”AdChoices广告Since then, Tumblr’s staff have posted two further updates. “We’re still working on the issue with the iOS app,” the company said on November 17. “We’ll let you know right here the minute everything’s fixed.”As of this morning today, the official word is that a fix is still a work-in-progress. “Our team is still working to resolve the issue with the iOS app,” Tumblr said in an update. “Thanks for hanging tight while we work on this.”The issue was first reported by PiunikaWeb, which spotted late last week that the App Store would only show the Tumblr app if Safe Mode was disabled. Shortly after that, the app disappeared from the store altogether. Users with it already installed, meanwhile, have reported problems using all of the features. While neither Tumblr nor Apple have commented specifically, there’s speculation that the app is deemed in contravention of the App Store’s policies on inappropriate content. Certainly, adult content is among the many purposes Tumblr users have made of the site. Users on Tumblr sharing explicit content on their pages are expected to self-assign a “NSFW” tag, which prevents those pages from showing up in regular searches, among other limits. For those who have already downloaded Tumblr on an iOS device before, there’s one possible workaround. The “Purchased” tab in the App Store should have a copy of the app to install, though that still doesn’t address the complaints that full functionality isn’t present right now.If it is indeed a content issue, Tumblr finds itself in high-profile company. Earlier this year, Apple removed the Telegram app after claims it had been used for terrorist communication. The app was restored in June. Story TimelineTumblr launches Live Video, but wont hostTumblr rolling out ads on blogs, users to get cut of revenueTumblr discloses 84 state-sponsored propaganda accountslast_img read more

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Its Drone vs 2017 Nissan GTR in this epic race

first_imgWhat do you do if you want to go chasing your speedy sports coupe around the track but the average drone simply isn’t fast enough? If you’re Nissan, you make your own GT-R Drone. Created to highlight just how fast the 2017 Euro-spec Nissan GT-R is, the remotely-controlled flying camera can actually out-accelerate its four wheeled cousin. In fact, the GT-R Drone does the 0-62 mph dash in just 1.3 seconds, cutting more than a second off the best of the car. Story TimelineNissan GT-R sets drift record at 189 mphThe 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO is a track monstercenter_img However, speed from a standing start isn’t everything, and the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbo engine has a much higher top speed. While the drone can do up to 115 mph, the car – in European specification – maxes out at around 195 mph. Nissan and the team at Tornado XBlades Racing used a Sky-Hero racing drone as the donor for its custom flying camera, swapping in a quartet of 2000kV XNova motors. They’re powered by 1,400 mAh Li-Poly 6s batteries, while helping keep overall weight down to 1.54 pounds. There’s also a special, low-drag canopy for better aerodynamics.The result is a super-speedy way to film your supercar on the track, and even if the GT-R outspeeds the drone, the latter’s 0.3 meter turning circle means it’s not long before it can get the Nissan back in frame. NOW READ: This is the new Nissan GT-RSadly there’s no sign of Nissan producing the GT-R Drone for actual purchase alongside the car in its dealerships, even though we suspect there’d be plenty of GT-R drivers who’d like to take a flying companion to their next track day. Of course, it’s not the first time we’ve seen cars and drones come together in unusual ways. Last year, notorious car customizer Rinspeed showed off a concept vehicle with a drone that could dock in an integrated silo on the back, while the year before Renault had a similar idea with its punchy little Kwid SUV.Practical? Not really: after all, there’d be some serious autonomous flying technology needed to safely land a drone onto a moving landing pad, even if you were only traveling at typical city speeds.last_img read more

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The Boeing 777X just got its recordbreaking GE9X engines

first_imgEarly last year, GE Aviation successfully tested its giant jet engine, the GE9X, in its first test flight. Now, nearly a year later, Boeing has installed two GE9X jet engines on its first 777X flight test airplane. The engine has been in development for years and is expected to exceed upcoming environmental regulation standards. At 134-inches, the engine has the largest fan ever made for a commercial jet. READ: Watch GE’s huge GE9X jet engine ace its first flight testThe GE9X commercial jet engine promises an impressive mix of power and efficiency, with GE Aviation saying that it engineered the engine with the environment in mind. The model will bring the same reliability as the GE90-115B model, according to the company, while managing to be the quietest engine ever produced by GE.In a statement today, Boeing revealed that it installed both of GE’s GE9X engines onto its 777X aircraft, a model that itself builds upon the 777 and 787 Dreamliners. As the company previously stated, the 777X will be its biggest and most efficient twin-engine jet to date, bringing a wider cabin with bigger windows and an “enhanced architecture.” Now that’s a big engine! We recently installed both GE9X engines on the first #777X flight test airplane. Designed specifically for the 777X by @GEAviation, the engines have the largest fan ever produced for a commercial jet! Check out some beauty shots of the install. pic.twitter.com/zeLg339yTK— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) January 4, 2019 Story TimelineBoeing hypersonic plane concept teases 2-hour flights from NY to LondonBoeing, SpaceX delays have NASA scrambling for crew contingency planAmazon leases another 10 Boeing 767 jets for Prime Air fleet In a tweet today, Boeing shared a video containing images and clips of the GE9X engine installation, putting the model’s massive size better into perspective. Prior to its first test flight, the GE9X jet engine had been tested multiple times in ground-based trials.last_img read more

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New 3cam iPhone models leaked for 2019

first_imgSeveral new iPhones will be released this year with powerful new 3-camera setups on their backs, if today’s leak turns out true. Leaks this day suggested that the big deal with this year’s top-tier iPhone models was that they’d have their very own 3-camera 3D camera setups, facing the back, while similar cameras likely continue to face the front. These devices will be joined by a new version of the iPhone XR and a set of new iPads. The new iPhone XR was tipped along with the rest with very few details. This new iPhone XR will likely take on some of the qualities of the 2018 iPhone Xs, as the lesser of the iPhones each year generally do. The costs of the iPhone XR and the other two devices won’t likely rise substantially this year, especially considering less-than-expected sales of iPhones in China in 2018.For the iPhone XS and XS Max units for 2019 (something like iPhone XI, XI Max, maybe) I’d like to believe the design would be something like these designs for XI conceptualized by one artist not too long ago. But given the track record of one other leakster, chances are these other renderings are more accurate.The iPhone 3D camera system was tipped to work at “about 15 feet from the device.” This is different from the current system used in the iPhone XS, that with which Face ID is run. The iPhone 3D camera system is said to create 3D reconstructions of the world in which it resides.AdChoices广告With this system, Apple’s augmented reality environment and development system will expand. It’s been tipped today that Apple’s dot-projection tech, used in its front-facing camera and sensor array, will not be used on the back-facing camera setup. The iPhone’s new 3D camera system will likely use a laser, not unlike that of the ASUS ZenFone AR.It’s almost as if Apple faked Google out when it was first expected that they’d get in deep on augmented reality when Google was working on Tango. The systems with which Tango worked – with a big camera array and all – were dumped by Google and they went with a slightly more restricted bit of tech rolled in to their VR/AR family.Apple might well be coming back now, years later, with a system that can scan the world in a manner similar to that which Google included with the scanners in Tango devices. It’s also been tipped that the camera system will allow a wider field of view for the iPhone (compared to previous models) as well as a more substantial zoom feature. There’ll also apparently be a modification to the Live Photos feature that’ll ramp up the 3-second capture to 6-seconds – mind-blowing! It’s expected that the reveal date for the new set of iPhones will be somewhere inside September 2019. This year the most likely dates are September 11th or 18th. iPhone XI (11) release dates would then track to September 20th or 27th, 2019. Story TimelineCould iPhone XI power a laptop?Galaxy S10 benchmarks lower than iPhone XS: why it doesn’t matterIn 2019, consider no Galaxy S10 or iPhone XIiPhone XR US sales beat iPhone XS, XS Max combined: the reasons behind itlast_img read more

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Apple Maps gets serious with more transit directions indoor maps

first_imgOnce the butt of jokes, Apple Maps has grown up to become a serious rival to Google Maps, especially for those deep into Apple’s ecosystem who have very little trust in the search giant’s ethos. Although it still does miss out on some features, Apple is fortunately not one to slack off. No major announcement has been made but Apple Maps’ coverage is growing bigger and stronger, especially with the addition of new indoor maps and transit directions both in the US and the rest of the world. Because of that notorious rough start, some would joke that you can’t trust Apple Maps to get your directions. Those days are long gone, of course, so you can start trusting it in all your travels. Of course, some of those travels will probably involve public transportation, so it’s probably a good thing that Apple Maps has directions for those, too.According to MacRumors, the company has quietly updated its iOS Feature Availability page to reflect the fact that transit directions have been enabled for all of Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Texas. Even more impressive, that is also true for all of Australia and parts of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.Apple Maps, however, isn’t just thinking about long travels. It’s just easy to get lost indoors as well. Whether you’re in a mall in Boulder, Colorado, Sydney, Australia, or even in Shibuya, Japan, you can whip out your iPhone or iPad and navigate towards restaurants, shops, and, of course, bathrooms.last_img read more

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Galaxy Note 10 availability details leak to complete the picture

first_imgThe price of the Galaxy Note 10 isn’t that surprising. The line has always been more expensive than its Galaxy S counterparts though. With every year, the price goes higher and this year is no exception, despite the removal o lack of some components.According to sources like WinFuture, the Galaxy Note 10 will start at 999 EUR for 256 GB of RAM. That’s around $1,100 for the base model presuming there’s no lower 128 GB model. For the Galaxy Note 10+, the price starts at 1,149 EUR or roughly $1,300, also for that same 256 GB storage.Korean media says Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Note in late August. That would be August 23 in South Korea to be followed by other markets. Given its recent practice, customers in major smartphone markets need not wait that long for their turn.The Galaxy Note 10 will test the longevity of the S Pen-enabled line and Samsung’s ability to innovate in that regard. The phone has seen little significant change over the years and its biggest this year might prove to be unpopular. The OEM has removed the headphone jack and moved the back cameras to the corner, a design that may remind some people more of the iPhone X than any other Samsung phone to date. The Galaxy Note 10 has been leaked to death by now, but one thing that was left undecided was its launch date and price. Samsung has already announced when the phone will be unveiled but, as always, the exact details of when it would hit shelves have yet to be revealed. With less than a month left, that information is coming out to give prospective buyers the chance to save up and prepare for the most expensive Galaxy Note phones yet.last_img read more

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Some Democratic Candidates Make Hay With LittleNoticed Health Law Provision

first_imgAlso in the headlines: a variety of reports on House and Senate races from across the country including some key House races in California, New York, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Illinois; as well as Senate contests in Connecticut, Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.The New York Times: Democrats Use Health Law To Assail RepublicansA little-noticed provision of the new health care law is causing big headaches for some members of Congress in this year’s elections. And it is likely to cause even bigger headaches for lawmakers next year (Pear, 10/18).Los Angeles Times: Democrats Have A Shot At Key House Seats In Inland Empire RegionThe most coveted demographic in the district is residents 55 and older — about half the voter pool. That has made Medicare a focus of the campaign (Willon, 10/19).The Associated Press/Washington Post: In Conn. Senate Race, McMahon Says She Offers No Specifics On Some Issues To Avoid CriticismRepublican candidate Linda McMahon says she hasn’t offered specifics throughout Connecticut’s Senate race for changing Social Security and Medicare because she would be “demagogued” for her ideas. Senior citizens issues have been a key point of contention in the close race to fill the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent. McMahon and Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy are running to replace him (10/18).The New York Times: Women’s Issues At Fore In Final Debate For Connecticut Senate SeatMr. Murphy, a Democratic three-term congressman, tried repeatedly to put Ms. McMahon, the Republican, on the defensive on issues concerning women. He noted his strong support from women’s organizations, Ms. McMahon’s opposition to requiring that employer-provided health insurance cover contraceptive services, and the national Republican support for overturning Roe v. Wade. And Mr. Murphy, 39, tried to link her election to the possibility that Ms. McMahon, 64, could become the 51st Senate vote for a Republican agenda antithetical to the values of Connecticut voters (Applebome, 10/18).Politico: McMahon And Murphy Spar Over AbortionAbortion and access to birth control took center stage in the fourth and final Connecticut Senate debate between former WWE CEO Linda McMahon and Rep. Chris Murphy. While both candidates said they strongly support abortion rights, Murphy is endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.  The Democrat worked to portray McMahon as anti-abortion, saying her election could lead to the nomination of a Supreme Court judge who would help overturn Roe. V. Wade (Nocera, 10/18).The Associated Press/Washington Post: McCaskill Casts Akin As Extreme While He Links Her To Obama Policies In Missouri Senate DebateMcCaskill, who is seeking a second term, asserted Akin has an “extreme record” on women’s issues, education, Medicare and Social Security, among other things. It’s “moderate versus extreme. I think there’s a very big choice for Missourians to make,” she said (10/18).The New York Times: GOP Congresswoman In Fight To Retain A Hudson Valley SeatTo Sean Patrick Maloney, Representative Nan Hayworth is a Tea Party extremist who callously votes to slash health care for women and the elderly while protecting the wealthy. … This fall features many bitter fights for House seats in New York State. But the contest for the 18th District is among the most intense, featuring tart-toned television advertisements, drawing millions of dollars from across the country and attracting luminaries like former President Bill Clinton, who was a guest at a fund-raiser for Mr. Maloney hosted by Diana L. Taylor, the girlfriend of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Hernandez, 10/18).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Michele Bachmann Seems Likely To Win But Other House Tea Party Icons Face Re-Election HurdlesMinnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s tendency to cause a ruckus on Capitol Hill made her a tea party sensation. … Three other high-profile House conservatives, facing opponents insisting that their views are too extreme, have trickier paths to re-election next month. … Bachmann abandoned a short-lived run for the GOP presidential nomination last winter. She has stirred tea party voters by her opposition to Obama’s health care law, resisting an increase in the federal borrowing limit and frowning on spending deals struck by her own party (10/18).The Associated Press: Baldwin, Thompson Spar Over Health CareRepublican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson and Democratic challenger Tammy Baldwin sparred over Medicare, health care reform and sanctions against Iran in a freewheeling second debate Thursday for Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat. Polls show the race to be a dead heat, and both candidates tried to hammer home key themes of their campaigns at the debate on the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County in Wausau (Bauer, 10/18).Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Thompson, Baldwin Wrangle Over Health Care, Economy In Testy DebateRepublican Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin tussled in a debate Thursday over the economy, health care, the federal deficit and Iran as they battle for the upper hand in a razor-close race that could determine control of the Senate. … The two also tangled over health care. Baldwin voted for the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and has backed a single-payer system that would have the federal government fund health care costs for all Americans. Thompson has railed against Obamacare, saying he would vote to repeal it and replace it with a voucher-like plan similar to the one authored by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville, the Republican vice presidential candidate (Marley and Bergquist, 10/18).The Associated Press: Medicare A Top Issue In Mass. US Senate ContestThe future of Medicare is taking center stage in Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate race, with both candidates saying the other would jeopardize benefits to seniors and put the long-term solvency of the health insurance program at risk. Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has criticized Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren in recent days, saying she supports “gutting Medicare by three quarters of a trillion dollars” by backing the federal health care law signed by President Obama (LeBlanc, 10/18).The Associated Press/Houston Chronicle: Senior Issues At Center Of RI Congressional RaceMedicare, Social Security and health care reform are taking center stage in the race to represent Rhode Island ‘s 1st Congressional District. Incumbent Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, 51, blasts congressional Republicans, who have proposed holding down Medicare costs with a voucher system and for voting repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which reduced prescription drug costs for those on Medicare while also reforming the nation’s health care system. Republican Brendan Doherty, 53, the former head of the state police making his first run for political office, says he wants to give more benefits to those on Social Security while slightly raising the retirement age and has pledged to vote against cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits (Smith, 10/18).The Associated Press/Houston Chronicle: Smith, Casey Tangle Over [Medicare], Social SecurityProtecting Social Security and Medicare are emerging as high-profile issues in Pennsylvania’s increasingly contentious race for U.S. Senate, as Democratic Sen. Bob Casey tries to fend off Republican challenger Tom Smith and gain the upper hand with crucial senior voters. Pennsylvania, at nearly 16 percent, has one of the highest proportions of residents who are at least 65 years old. Casey went on the attack in a Philadelphia news conference Thursday, highlighting his opposition to Smith’s support for giving future Medicare recipients the option to take a government check to help buy coverage from a private insurer (Matheson, 10/19).Chicago Sun-Times: Abortion Front And Center In Final Walsh-Duckworth DebateIt’s perhaps the most closely watched congressional race in the nation, and Democrat Tammy Duckworth and Republican Joe Walsh didn’t disappoint TV viewers Thursday night — serving up a heated exchange over the hot-button issue of abortion. Duckworth charged that Walsh “would let a woman die,” rather than allow her to have an abortion…The incumbent Republican countered that Duckworth was out of step, favoring taxpayer-funded abortions (Korecki, 10/18).Roll Call: Illinois: Joe Walsh’s Todd Akin Moment?Rep. Joe Walsh asserted Thursday night that an abortion is “absolutely” never medically necessary to save a woman’s life because of “modern technology and science,” according to multiple local media accounts. The Illinois Republican does not support abortion in any circumstance — including in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman — and the issue was a focus of his debate with Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth (Shiner, 10/19). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Some Democratic Candidates Make Hay With Little-Noticed Health Law Provisionlast_img read more

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Most Uninsured Unaware Of Tax Credits Survey Finds

first_imgMost Uninsured Unaware Of Tax Credits, Survey Finds 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 than two-thirds of uninsured Americans don’t know they might be eligible for financial assistance to buy health coverage and therefore haven’t visited new online marketplaces, according to a survey of the uninsured released Thursday by Enroll America, a nonprofit with close ties to the Obama administration. Meanwhile, media outlets report on developments in Oregon, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Minnesota.McClatchy: Most Uninsured Unaware Of Cost Breaks For ObamacareObamacare supporters say nonstop news coverage of HealthCare.gov’s early technical problems has hurt efforts to inform the uninsured about financial assistance that can help them purchase marketplace health coverage. With less than three months before the Affordable Care Act’s six-month open enrollment period ends on March 31, a whopping 69 percent of uninsured Americans don’t know about the tax credits and other assistance that will make coverage more affordable, according to a new survey of the uninsured released Thursday by Enroll America, a national coalition working on behalf of Obamacare. That helps explain why 68 percent of survey respondents haven’t visited their state marketplace or HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange portal that serves 36 states. They simply don’t believe they can afford coverage (Pugh, 1/9). The Hill: Most Uninsured People Haven’t Visited O-Care Site, Survey FindsA strong majority of uninsured adults lack basic knowledge about the Affordable Care Act and haven’t visited an Obamacare exchange yet, according to a poll released Thursday. The survey from Enroll America, a nonprofit with close ties to the Obama administration that is aiming to sign people up, found seven out of 10 uninsured people in the United States haven’t visited an ObamaCare online exchange yet (Easley, 1/9).The Associated Press: Some Find Insurers Have No Record Of ThemRecord-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as millions of people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Insurance companies are still trying to sort out cases of so-called health insurance orphans, customers for whom the government has a record that they enrolled, but the insurer does not (Murphy and Alonso-Zaldivar, 1/9). Reuters: Humana Says Mix Of Obamacare Enrollment Worse Than ExpectedHealth insurer Humana Inc. said on Thursday that it projected its enrollment mix in private plans through the exchanges created by President Barack Obama’s healthcare law will be “more adverse than previously expected.” Humana attributed the enrollment trend to regulatory changes allowing people to remain in previously existing plans not sold on the exchanges (1/9).The Boston Globe: Outside Review Ordered For State’s Failed Insurance WebsiteAn independent technology firm will review the state’s failed health insurance website and make recommendations about how to move forward in rebuilding a system that allows people to easily shop for and buy coverage online. That’s how the state’s old virtual insurance marketplace, created under a 2006 state law and run by the Massachusetts Health Connector, used to work. But the system was overhauled in October to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. Since then, technical problems have frustrated consumers and required the state to process applications offline in order to prevent tens of thousands of people from losing coverage (Conaboy, 1/10). The Oregonian: Despite Exchange Problems, Kitzhaber Defends Oregon’s Coverage ExpansionIn an Oct. 1 speech in Monterey, Calif., Gov. John Kitzhaber told an audience of health care officials that Oregon’s landmark health exchange website went live without issue. “I told them the website was rolled out without a glitch,” a rueful Kitzhaber said Thursday. Actually, the exchange site was in shambles. After $90 million paid to the state’s primary IT contractor, the website failed to launch and has since become a major technological and political fiasco (Budnick, 1/9). The Lund Report: Health Share Of Oregon Boasts 25,000 New EnrolleesOregon’s largest coordinated care organization expected to get 20,000 to 23,000 new members in the first year after the state’s Medicaid expansion kicked in. Just days into the new year, chief operating officer Susan Kirchoff announced that it had already exceeded that projection (McCurdy, 1/8).The CT Mirror: Obamacare Coverage Problems? Here’s What You Need To KnowNine days after health plans sold as part of the federal health law were slated to take effect, some state residents are still struggling to get their coverage set up. Here’s what you need to know about the payment deadlines, what to do if you need an insurance ID card, who to call if you’re having problems, what you can do if you need a prescription filled before you get your insurance information, and the deadlines to know if you’re still shopping for coverage (Becker, 1/9). MinnPost: MNsure’s Rocky Rollout: It’s Blame-Game TimeMNsure’s bumpy rollout has moved into full blame-game mode. The vendors are blaming the state. Gov. Mark Dayton and state officials are blaming the private companies who built the faulty technology, and MNsure leaders are quick to point out that they weren’t around when controversial decisions were made (Nord, 1/9).Minnesota Public Radio: Lawmakers Putting MNsure On The Hot SeatThe interim CEO and board chair of MNsure, the state’s new online health insurance marketplace, faces a grilling about its troubled website on Thursday from Minnesota lawmakers. Scott Leitz goes before a Legislative Oversight Committee whose members include Republicans strongly opposed to MNsure’s creation. And the hearing takes place with the online health insurance marketplace under fire from angry, frustrated consumers, an unhappy governor, and an increasingly critical legislative auditor (Stawicki, 1/9). Minnesota Public Radio: Legislative Auditor: MNsure Oversight, Accountability ‘Top Priority’Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles has laid out his plans for investigating the state’s new online health insurance marketplace. In testimony to the MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee on Thursday, Nobles said he plans at least two investigations into MNsure, and a third if the Legislature will let him. “This year is going to be the year of … oversight and accountability (for MNsure),” he said. “We’ll be doing a lot of other things as well. But it is the top priority” (Richert, 1/9).The Star Tribune: Minnesota Lawmakers Take Their Swipes At MNsureMinnesota legislators blasted the troubled MNsure website Thursday and railed against a lack of accountability over its continued woes. In their first opportunity to question leaders of the insurance exchange since it opened for business, the 10 members of the bipartisan MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee grilled agency executives about decisions last year to downgrade the participation of the lead technology contractor, which came to light only in recent days. Maximus Inc., a Reston, Va., data services firm that specializes in government projects, was initially awarded the job as general contractor under a $41 million federal grant that later grew to nearly $46 million. But that contract was amended last February, and MNsure took over management and responsibility for building its website and technical infrastructure, according to a document that Maximus provided to the committee (Crosby, 1/10). last_img read more

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Viewpoints Contraception Religious Freedom And The Supreme Court How Insurers Networks Lead

first_img The Baltimore Sun: Warning Labels Don’t Get To Root Of Our Addiction Problem The Washington Post: The Most Terrifying Part Of My Drug Addiction? That My Law Firm Would Find Out. The Supreme Court looks like it’s going to split 4-4 on whether religious organizations are entitled to have even their health insurance providers exempted from providing contraceptive care under the Affordable Care Act. That much was clear from the justices comments at oral arguments on Wednesday. (Noah Feldman, 3/24) Los Angeles Times: Surprise! You’re Covered For The Hospital, Not The Doctors The New York Times: The Racism At The Heart Of Flint’s Crisis Viewpoints: Contraception, Religious Freedom And The Supreme Court; How Insurers’ Networks Lead To Surprise Medical Bills A selection of opinions from around the country. After Dave Connors’ teenage son broke his leg, he was rushed to an Orange County hospital that Connors knew was in his insurer’s coverage network. It was only after the bills recently started arriving that he learned the doctors and anesthesiologist in the operating room were out of network, requiring him to pay thousands of dollars more. (David Lazarus, 3/25) The abundant deficiencies of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration are laid bare in a scathing report issued Wednesday by the task force the governor himself appointed to postmortem the Flint water crisis. The appointment of this task force was the governor’s response, in the days after he finally acknowledged that the water in Flint was not safe to drink, to critics demanding accountability from an administration that for too long seemed unmoved by the events unfolding in Flint. (3/24) Bloomberg: What Religious Freedom Means. (It’s Complicated.) Detroit Free Press: Time To Govern, Move Forward To Fix Flint While we all acknowledge there is a persistent abuse of opiod painkillers that causes addiction and overdose in the U.S., having the FDA strengthen the warning labels on these drugs does not get to the root cause of the problem (“FDA adds boldest warning to most widely used painkillers,” March 22). Many patients are in need of strong painkillers, and with an aging population we will see that need increase. While some physicians may prescribe too many painkillers, I don’t believe that’s the main cause of our current epidemic. (Mike Gimbel, 3/24) There would be some cost increases if Kansas allows a federal expansion of Medicaid, as the state eventually would be responsible for 10 percent of the cost of expansion. But a new national report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation notes that expansion also saves money, in part because the federal government would pick up some costs currently paid by states. An expansion proposal by the Kansas Hospital Association is projected to save the state $151 million each year from 2017 through 2020. KHA also estimates that by not expanding Medicaid, Kansas has forfeited more than $1 billion in federal funds since Jan. 1, 2014. (Phillip Brownlee, 3/24) Modern Healthcare: Democrats, Women More Likely To Think About Healthcare This Election center_img Wichita Eagle: Medicaid Expansion Can Save States Money An important new report makes clear the principal cause of the water crisis in Flint, Mich.: the state government’s blatant disregard for the lives and health of poor and black residents of a distressed city.The report released Wednesday by a task force appointed last year by Gov. Rick Snyder to study how Flint’s drinking water became poisoned by lead makes for chilling reading. While it avoids using the word “racism,” it clearly identifies the central role that race and poverty play in this story. “Flint residents, who are majority black or African-American and among the most impoverished of any metropolitan area in the United States, did not enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards as that provided to other communities,” the report said. (3/25) Most voters say healthcare is either very or extremely important to them as they think about this year’s presidential election, but what they actually mean by healthcare varies by party, a new poll shows. Most voters say healthcare is either very or extremely important to them as they think about this year’s presidential election, but what they actually mean by healthcare varies by party, a new poll shows. The Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday found that 36% of registered voters surveyed said healthcare was “extremely important” and 42% said it was “very important.” Voters cared most about the economy/jobs and more people said terrorism was extremely important than said the same about healthcare. (Shannon Muchmore, 3/23) The Columbus Dispatch: Don’t Weaken Smoking Ban The Des Moines Register: Childhood Trauma Plays Role In My Obesity A bill that proposes to carve out exceptions in the state’s Smoke-Free Workplace Act contradicts the will of Ohioans who voted overwhelming to enact the indoor smoking ban through a 2006 ballot measure. Today roughly 1 in 5 Ohioans smoke, about the same as then. But there’s even less tolerance for secondhand smoke given what has become a mountain of medical evidence about the serious health problems it causes bystanders. Among the risks, according to the Ohio Department of Health, are stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, emphysema, pneumonia and, for babies whose moms are exposed, premature birth and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. (3/25) Lexington Herald Leader: Don’t Reduce Ky. Medicaid Services For Those With Brain Injuries More than 20 years ago, I became an associate at a big New York City firm and almost simultaneously spiraled into alcoholism and drug addiction. Top law firms are filled with academic overachievers who are realizing their dreams when they start work. Upon arrival, though, instead of making a brilliant argument before a judge, these young lawyers may find themselves competing with their similarly gifted peers for the privilege of proofreading documents for a high-ranking partner. If they do a great job, they may get to proofread all weekend. That’s what success can look like. Failure can look much worse. To cope with that life, many need an outlet. Over the years, I have known lawyers with eating disorders, out-of-control shopping habits and extreme exercise addictions. (Lisa F. Smith, 3/24) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. I recently wrote about a woman who is dying of lung cancer. Someone asked me if the subject of my story smoked. She didn’t. The question is, in a way, a natural outgrowth of decades of anti-smoking campaigns. The link between smoking and lung cancer is scientific fact. (Daniel P. Finney, 3/25) We were enjoying a wonderful Christmas Day when it happened eight years ago. My son, Matthew Stoney White, was at the time 23 years old and in his final semester at the University of Kentucky. He had traveled back to Pikeville to enjoy Christmas break with his family. Driving down one of our curvy Eastern Kentucky country roads, he encountered black ice. The car went sideways into a large tree and Matthew received an acquired brain injury. (Mark White, 3/24) last_img read more

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Report No proof that drones have flown close to Gatwick or planes

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor It’s been a quiet year for new drone launches and one report suggests that this could be down to overblown scaremongering about the flying cameras – in fact, it says there’s “no proof that a drone has ever flown close to an aircraft in UK skies” and that proposed legislation could “decimate” the hobbyist drone space.The website Airprox Reality Check, set up by the Chief Executive of FPV UK as a “response to the misrecording of drone airproxes in the UK”, submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the UK Airprox Board (UKAB), which records ‘near misses’ from pilots.And the response was apparently that “in all cases UKAB has no confirmation that a drone has flown close to an aircraft, other than the report made by the pilot(s)”.In the last six months there have been highly publicised incidents at Gatwick and Heathrow, sparked by apparent ‘drone’ sightings, which led to airport closures and flight cancellations.A northern gannet and a DJI Phantom 4 both pictured over water (Image credit: DJI)But Simon Dale of Airprox Reality Check says these and other ‘near miss’ drone incidents are based on unreliable eyewitness accounts from the public and pilots rather than hard evidence. The eyewitness reports are, he says, influenced by a “confirmation bias” whipped up by the recent media furore, which sees them unfairly classified as ‘drones’ rather than ‘unidentified objects’.He says: “​We have the crazy situation where completely unproven, unscrutinised, ‘UFO’ reports (which often describe drones being spotted at altitudes and locations that are impossible) have been used by the Government to drive regulation, as if they were solid, proven, facts.’“They are, in fact, totally uncorroborated eyewitness accounts, and are generally based on the simple errors of perception to which humans are prone,” he continued.While the Gatwick Airport drone incident in December 2018 was based on a number of separate sightings, Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley, who investigated the incident, admitted to the BBC that it was possible that there was never a drone involved. “Of course, that’s a possibility,” he said. “We are working with human beings saying they have seen something.”And Airprox Reality Check, which analyses all official ‘near miss’ reports, says this extends to pilot sightings too – with the UK Airprox Board revealing, in response to the Freedom of Information Act request, that “there is no confirmation that a drone has ever even been involved in any of the 350+ drone airprox reports that they have published to date”.Is it a bird? Is it a drone? Is it a cognitive distortion?Trusted Reviews put this to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the UK’s drone regulator, and it told us that it’s important to put the reports in context. “Drones are not generally visible on radar, so there is no recorded evidence of an incident,” a CAA spokesperson told us. “UKAB therefore only ever have eyewitness reported accounts from pilots with which to draft a report”, they added.But Airprox Reality Check thinks this only strengthens the argument that drones are being unfairly classified and singled out in reports. Simon Dale, who analysed 217 reports, says that “by their own definition, the UK Airprox Board are mis-classifying 80% of reports as ‘drone’ instead of ‘Unknown Object.”When Trusted Reviews asked Mr. Dale why he thought this was the case, he said “whereas reporting a ‘UFO’ would previously have carried a stigma, drone reporting is all the rage,” he said. “The pilot’s association and airlines actively encourage it,” he added.He also pointed to a number of studies on the unreliability of eyewitness reports. These including one from the UK’s Head of the Accident Investigation Branch which stated that eyewitnesses to aviation accidents are “almost always wrong”, and a number of other previous airprox incidents, including one in 2016 where a British Airways crew thought their plane had been hit by a drone, which later turned out to be a plastic bag.The droney warWhatever the truth about these incidents, there’s no doubt they’re having an impact on drones. So what are the knock-on effects? According to a recent survey from PwC in April 2019, one is that drones aren’t doing too well in the public opinion polls. Its ‘Building trust in drones’ study found that less than a third (31%) of Brits feel positively about the flying cameras, with over two thirds (68%) worried about improper use or criminal activity.This all comes despite DJI’s recent ten-point ‘elevating safety’ plan, which includes adding ADS-B sensors to its drones from 2020 that can detect aeroplanes and helicopters from miles away, plus its backing for compulsory geo-fencing on all drones, which automatically prevents them from flying near airports.But if you already own – or are eyeing up – a drone like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, the bigger impact is likely to be the UK government’s proposed new registration scheme, which comes into force in October 2019. This includes compulsory registration and a proposed fee that has jumped up to £16.50, plus competency testing that will apparently take 45 minutes to complete.While this might not sound completely prohibitive for hardcore gadget fans, Airprox Reality Check and the UK’s Model Flying Associations are strongly opposed to the new proposals and have contacted the CAA in their thousands to let them know.When Trusted Reviews asked Simon Dale about the government proposals, he said: “In France, where registration is free and lasts three years, they have already seen a 10% drop off in participants. At £16.50 we expect the industry to be decimated – the hardcore will probably continue, but occasional flyers (who make up the majority) will drop off.”If true, that would be a big shame for casual flyers of everything from drones to model aircraft, though the CAA says the fee has been decided based on “numbers registered in similar schemes in the USA and Ireland, matched against the UK population and available research on drone use.”Fancy having your say on the new drone registration scheme? You can read our guide to it in our ‘UK Drone Laws 2019: Everything you need to know’ article, but to send your views to the official government consultation you can fill in their form.Hurry though – it closes this Friday 7 June, though, so you’ll need to be quicker than a DJI Mavic 2 Pro in Sport mode. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

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Price Crunch Save Nearly Half the Price on a WD My Passport

first_imgNow cut in price by 46%, jump on this superb deal and buy the WD My Passport 4TB portable hard drive for £79.99.For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. There is now 46% off additional storage with the 4TB WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive.Buy: WD My Passport 4TB Portable Hard Drive for £79.99 (down from £149)Expand your digital storage space for a fraction of the price in this Amazon deal. Ready and raring with 4TB of memory, the WD My Passport portable hard drive has now been reduced by 46%, taking £69.01 off the original £149 price point.Now just £79.99, save almost half on your purchase today. WD My Passport Portable Hard DriveWD My Passport 4 TB Portable Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – BlackGreat for transferring wherever you go, reap the benefits of WD Backup software as well as to keep all your important files on lockdown.Amazon|Save 46%|Now £79.99View DealNow £79.99|Save 46%|Amazon Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Deals Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.center_img We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. No need to clog up and slow down your laptop or PC. With the WD My Passport 4TB hard drive, reap the benefits of a substantial amount of additional storage. No matter what you need it for, with this healthy dose of space, you can save any digital files from photos and videos, to music and more.You can even utilise the WD My Passport portable hard drive to expand the built-in storage on your Xbox or Playstation 4 console. Stretch the gameplay out for longer and pack in even more gaming with the ability to save new game slots right onto your My Passport hard drive.Coming in a swish, black casing, you can pick up the My Passport in a choice of colours and put it straight to use straight out of the box. Easy to set-up, you’ll be transferring over your files in no time. You can even utilise the WD Backup software to set up automatic back ups of your entire system.As well as the security of backing up and never losing those precious files, with built in 256-bit AES hardware encryption, password protect everything on your device to ensure maximum privacy.Sitting at 11 x 8.15 x 2.16cm and weighing 245g, this is an ideal gadget for taking around with you, built with portability in mind so you always have access to those all-important files. WD My Passport Portable Hard DriveWD My Passport 4 TB Portable Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – BlackGreat for transferring wherever you go, reap the benefits of WD Backup software as well as to keep all your important files on lockdown.Amazon|Save 46%|Now £79.99View DealNow £79.99|Save 46%|Amazonlast_img read more

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First look at the Audi etron pricing options and online configurator

Source: Charge Forward One of the most disappointing thing about the launch of the e-tron yesterday was that Audi is not making it immediately available despite announcing the start of production earlier this month.Instead, Audi is following Tesla with the reservation model that requires a $1,000 refundable deposit.With a reservation, you at least get to see all the options and pricing information in the online configurator. more…

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Jaguar IPACE Is Top Gears EV Of The Year 2018

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Jaguar I-PACE Named 2018 Professional Driver Car Of The Year Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 27, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Is Jaguar I-Pace A Tesla Model X Killer? Watch To Find Out Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said:“As Jaguar’s first ever electric vehicle, the I-PACE was a completely blank canvas. Our engineers were tasked with creating an electric vehicle without compromise; it would be quick, stylish, luxurious, exhilarating to drive, fast to charge, spacious and easy to use every day. The result has even surpassed our ambitions, and I’m pleased to see I-PACE pick up another award from one of the most respected media outlets in the world.” MotorWeek Tests Out The Jaguar I-PACE: Is Hugely Impressed Jaguar I-PACE has been appreciated by TopGearBBC TopGear Magazine has named the Jaguar I-PACE an EV of the Year. It’s already won 17 major awards since its introduction, including German Car of the Year, Scottish Car of the Year, Sunday Times Car of the Year, Auto Express New Car of the Year and Autocar’s Game Changer title.In its review, TopGear once said: “The I-Pace won’t be for everyone, but hats off to Jaguar for making a car that steps boldly into the unknown, and shows those pesky Germans the way.”Positives for the I-PACE are acceleration, interior space, big boot, brave exterior design, while price, the infotainment system and claimed range (difficult to achieve) were on the cons side.See Alsolast_img read more

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Myth Busted Battery Recycling Is Already Feasible

first_imgDon’t let anybody convince you that we can’t recycle EV batteries or that it’s too difficult.There are a plethora of myths out there about electric cars. Two of the more consistent pieces of propaganda are that EV production and energy sources pollute the air more than gas cars, and batteries are full of hazardous waste that can’t be easily safely or easily recycled and will eventually cause all sorts of environmental damage. The former has been debunked time and time again, while the latter hasn’t been addressed as thoroughly. Now, we have proof that battery recycling is viable, despite the fact that a standard system and regulatory framework are yet in place.Related Content: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 23, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Koch Brothers Attack Electric Cars With Misinformation Campaign Again EV battery packs are teeming with materials that could be of use once the cells no longer function properly. We’re talking about a variety of metals, plastics, and liquid electrolytes. It’s necessary to recycle these materials in order to protect the environment, not to mention driving battery costs down into the future. However, since it will be several years before most of these electric vehicle batteries to be ready for recycling, little work or research has been done to set up a recycling network and process. Not to mention the fact that current processes are considered difficult and costly.Duesenfeld in Wendeburg, Germany has already figured out the battery recycling situation ahead of a significant need for the service. According to Duesenfeld, the task, which many other companies have claimed is exceedingly difficult, is not so. In summary, this is because rather than using high temperatures to thermally decompose the battery cells and burn their electrolytes,  Duesenfeld shreds and/or crushes the modules, after which the electrolyte simply evaporates. Finally, magnets and oxygen are used together to separate any remaining substances.There are plenty of more specific details in the source article. Click below for more information.Source: electrive Lux Research: Recycling, not Reuse, Is the Better Choice for Batteries from Retired EVs Is Anti-EV Propaganda Affecting Potential Buyers Of Plug-Ins? Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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ABB To Supply Fast Chargers To Petrol Retailer In Poland

first_img Fastned Fast Charging In The Lens Of Fully Charged: Video ABB was contracted to deliver Terra 54, which are 50 kW chargers, equipped with CHAdeMO, CCS and AC Type 2. There are also other chargers planned – probably higher power.The scope includes design, installation and commissioning, as well as complete signage and approvals. PKN ORLEN announced that in phase one, which will be completed by the end of 2019, approximately 50 fast-charging stations from three chosen suppliers, will be in operation.ABB Terra 54Frank Muehlon, Managing Director for electric vehicle charging infrastructure at ABB said:“What makes the contract stand out from the previous projects of this type is the fact that it covers a wide range of maintenance services tailored to the individual requirements of the customer, as well as availability of constant technical support. At ABB we constantly invest in ensuring proper maintenance of our devices and in the highest comfort and convenience for the end user,”.“Today the vast majority of electric cars travelling on the roads of Europe and around the world are adapted to use chargers with a maximum power of 50 kW. Investment in charging infrastructure is therefore necessary to ensure that drivers can travel freely and comfortably, and to promote new e-mobility technologies. Of course, there are also vehicles that may already require a higher charging capacity. In Switzerland, we have equipped a station with Terra High Power 350 kW super-fast chargers. We hope that over time similar solutions will become popular in Poland and see this agreement as the first sign that the e-mobility sector in Poland is maturing and developing in the right direction,” concluded Muehlon. EVgo Dispensed Electricity For More Than 75 Million Miles In 2018 Petro-Canada To Equip Fuel Stations With Fast Chargers Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 15, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Another day, another petrol retailer is switching to fast chargingPKN Orlen, a major Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer, is launching a charging infrastructure project. The plan is to install 150 fast charging stations at selected fuel stations on select transit routes across Poland and within the largest cities.According to ABB – one of the suppliers for the project – PKN Orlen will install approximately 50 first chargers by the end of 2019, which should highly improve the infrastructure.Fast charging news Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Tesla Model 3 Potential Buyers Might Be Interested In Kia Niro EV

first_img Kia Niro EV Electric Crossover Sells Out In UK: New Deliveries Delayed The battery-powered Kia Niro EV comes with more than a few advantages.Whatever you may think about Kia, the South Korean carmaker has made strides in both improving quality and the appeal of vehicles. The carmaker is also embracing the electric revolution with open arms, signified by several rather appealing models entering their range in the recent months.However, it’s the battery-powered Kia Niro EV that makes the most fuss in the car world today. Sure, it didn’t have anywhere near the same level of anticipation surrounding it before launch as did the Tesla Model 3. However, the Niro EV is a great alternative to the entry-level EV from the California-based carmaker.More about the Kia Niro EV Source: Electric Vehicle News This is backed up by several things. Car and Driver made a nice article describing all of the advantages that might push more potential Tesla Model 3 and even Jaguar I-Pace buyers towards the 2019 Kia Niro EV. While we understand the pioneering and early adoption factor that comes along with Tesla, the Niro does have a thing or two to say on its behalf.First, the vehicle isn’t tech-filled like the Model 3. And for some, that might actually be a good thing. Furthermore, the Niro EV comes with good build quality, and thanks to a substantial 239-mile EPA-range rating—one mile more than the Bolt EV—plus more back-seat room together with nearly 25 percent more cargo space than the Model 3, it’s definitely a dark horse in the entry-level EV race.Price AdvantageFurthermore, the Niro is priced at a substantial discount of roughly $10,000 when compared to Tesla. And it also comes with a full federal tax credit still. However, Kia might not be helping the Kia Niro EV sales, as the South Korean company is only limiting it to only 12 states (California and seven of the other ZEV states—but neither Vermont nor Maine—plus Georgia, Texas, Washington, and Hawaii). And that could mean that some buyers might not be inclined to even consider it as a Model 3 alternative.Whatever happens in the EV market, both Kia and Hyundai (another South Korean carmaker investing heavily in EV’s) will have a thing to say. With rich trim levels, impressive EPA range, packed with features and bringing a more price-optimized model range, both of these manufacturers might sway would-be buyers towards their offerings.While Tesla will still remain the dominant force in the EV market for the foreseeable future, some legacy carmakers are starting to chip away at their lead. And for us, as the end customers, that’s not really a bad thing at all.Source: Car And Driver 2019 Kia Niro EV First Review By Kelley Blue Book 2019 Kia Niro EV Review: Two Huge Players In EV Press Talk It Up Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 16, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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BorgWarner releases new integrated eAxle

first_imgSource: BorgWarner Automotive parts supplier BorgWarner is releasing an integrated axle called iDM. The modular eAxle contains a transmission, electric motor and power electronics. The iDM is available in three versions and can be integrated into the front or rear axles of passenger and light commercial vehicles.The iDM’s integrated power electronics are designed to allow for a small package, low complexity and minimum losses. It offers full software functionality with an option for control of vehicle dynamics and energy management. The software architecture is adaptable to common platforms such as AUTOSAR, and allows for safety aspects such as ASIL D.“Operating at 250 to 450 volts DC, the iDM has exceptional torque and power densities ranging from 90 kW to 160 kW and 2,500 Nm to 3,800 Nm,” says BorgWarner. “The advanced transmission technology offers smooth and quiet operation and the patented bar wound stator motor technology delivers exceptional performance with superior noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.”“With the iDM, BorgWarner delivers a product family of highly integrated propulsion solutions to drive our customers’ hybrid and electric vehicles,” said Stefan Demmerle, President and General Manager of BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems. “We deliver key elements for electric vehicles: the electric motor, the transmission, the power electronics and the thermal management system.” Source: Electric Vehicles Magazinelast_img read more

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Video Interview Fremont Police Captain Talks Tesla Model S Patrol Car

first_imgWhile the cost may be prohibitive, at least for now, government organizations should try to set an example by employing EVs in whatever capacity makes sense. We’ve seen this becoming the case more and more, especially in Europe. Tesla vehicles are perfect as police cruisers due to their instant acceleration, among other less obvious reasons. Any EV fleet could be widely advantageous for municipalities by saving money on gas and maintenance, while reducing the carbon footprint.Check out the interesting interview and then let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.Video Description via Tesla Raj on YouTube:Fremont Police Department Tesla Model S — InterviewFremont, CA Police Department Captain Sean Washington talks about their decision to pilot a Tesla Model S as a patrol vehicle. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 19, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Fremont Police To Deploy Tesla Model S Patrol Car Tesla Model X Police Cruiser Catches Speeding, Mars-Bound Roadster Tesla Model S To Enter Active Police Patrol Duty In Los Angeles Tesla Model S on patrol. All government agencies should move forward like this.There are a plethora of YouTubers out there, but we’ve taken a liking to Tesla Raj. He’s fun, well-informed, and seems to have a knack for getting exclusive content concerning Tesla. In this particular video share, Raj interviews Fremont Police Department Captain Sean Washington. Why? Because the Fremont PD just officially deployed its Tesla Model S patrol vehicle pilot program.Related Stories: Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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