Pathanapuram, Kerala: Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Tuesday said he has “failed” to fulfil the promises made during the last five years.”The promises Modi has given to you, he has not fulfilled. but Anil Ambani gets Rs 30,000 crore in Rafale deal. “The Prime Minister is speaking of nationalism and he gave the biggest defence deal to a person who has not made a single aircraft,” Gandhi charged.The Congress President was addressing an election rally at the St Stephen college grounds here in Kollam district.Hitting at the Sangh forces, the AICC chief alleged the country is now under attack from the BJP-RSS and there was an ideological fight going on between the BJP on one side and Congress on the other.”No matter how many times you (BJP/RSS) attack us, we will use love and non-violence to convince you are wrong,” he said.”In the last five years, our Prime Minister promised several things. Two crore job opportunities.. Rs 15 lakh deposits in bank accounts and price support for farmers,” he said.Gandhi asked the people how many of them had received the money in their bank account promised by the Prime Minister.Gandhi assured the cashew farmers in the state that his party, if voted to power, will to take up their cause.”We will start a conversation to help make cashew growing a viable alternative”, he said adding that it was an “honour” for him to fight elections from Kerala.Rahul Gandhi arrived here last night on a two-day visit to Kerala.Besides Kollam, he would address rallies in three more districts.Gandhi, who is contesting from Wayanad district as a second constituency besides the Congress stronghold of Amethi, will be addressing meetings in his constituency on Wednesday. BJPcongresskerala-lok-sabha-election-2019Lok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: April 16, 2019, 1:00 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
It seems that Indian skipper Virat Kohli has started a new dancing challenge on Instagram after reaching England for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 that is slated to start from May 30. In a recent video that Anushka Sharma’s husband Kohli posted on his Instagram, he can be seen grooving to the popular track ‘Yaari Yeah’, a hit Punjabi song by Mickey Singh.Sharing the video online, Kohli, the Indian cricket team captain, who has been known to shake a leg at an event or two — Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech’s wedding for instance — can be seen showing off his ‘signature move’ and nominating AB de Villiers and Shreyas Iyer to take up the #BFFChallenge. He also encouraged others to nominate their friends online as well. The video, which has been viewed by 4.4 million people so far, saw fans hailing Virat Kohli’s dancing moves with one fan writing, “Worldcup mein Pakistan ko koon bchayega apna bhai form mein hai,” which roughly translates to “Who will save Pakistan cricket team in in World Cup. Our man Kohli is in form.”Another user wrote, “Sir You Have To Open An Dance Academy (sic),” while yet another commented, “Bruhhhh got some lit moves (sic).Notably, the Men in Blue are all geared up to play their first game, against South Africa on June 5 at the ICC World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, Kohli and team are playing their first warm-up game of ICC cricket World Cup 2019 against New Zealand at the Kennigton Oval Stadium today.Follow @News18Movies for more ICC cricket World Cupicc world cup 2019India at ICC World Cup 2019India vs new Zealand First Published: May 25, 2019, 12:28 PM IST
Highway actor Randeep Hooda also faced an unwanted situation as his flight, which was scheduled to land in Mumbai, was diverted to Nagpur. The actor was traveling with his uncles, and decided to visit Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve Buffer Zone in Nagpur after he was forced to take a detour.So the Hooda boys never made it Bombay..diversion to Nagpur so when in Nagpur one must head to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve Buffer Zone..the trip to Bombay has become a trip to the greater Maharashtra region.look for the best in every situation #MumbaiRainsLiveUpdates #MumbaiRain pic.twitter.com/Ol5wsJzVHz— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) July 2, 2019Actor Akshay Kumar, who decided to take a break and fly off to London with wife Twinkle Khanna and daughter Nitara, also returned home after the heavy rainfall. Taking to Twitter, Twinkle wrote, “The captain was better off commandeering a ship than an aircraft last night, planes skidding, runways flooded and we all sailed back home #DisableAirplaneMode”The captain was better off commandeering a ship than an aircraft last night, planes skidding, runways flooded and we all sailed back home #DisableAirplaneMode— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) July 2, 2019Follow @News18Movies for more Akshay KumarChhatrapati Shivaji airportDe De Pyaar Dekhubsoorat First Published: July 3, 2019, 6:58 AM IST The monsoon downpour in Mumbai has brought daily life to almost a halt, giving everyone a tough time in the city. While the general public is suffering the most, film stars are no less affected by the rains. While Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor had to inquire on Twitter whether the Mumbai airport is open, actress Rakul Preet informed she was left stranded at the airport. Sonam, who divides time between Mumbai and London, took to Twitter to inquire about the status of flights at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai. Tagging the Mumbai Police and the BMC departments, Sonam asked, “Can anyone tell me if the airport is open?” Replying to her post, Mumbai Police wrote, “As per information received from Airport Manager, flights are landing & departing from the airport depending upon weather condition & R mostly delayed. Pls check status of your flight b4 starting for airport. Due to waterlogging, travel time to airport may take longer than usual.” De De Pyaar De actress Rakul Preet Singh’s situation was even worse. Replying to Sonam, Rakul Preet wrote that she had been stuck at the airport since last night. She wrote, “No flights have taken off since last night… m stuck at the airport.”Can anyone tell me if the airport is open? @mybmc @MumbaiPolice @BOMairport— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) July 2, 2019
Congress MLAGirish ChodankarGoa Assemblygoa chief minister First Published: July 10, 2019, 11:20 PM IST Panaji: Reacting to 10 out of 15 party MLAs joining the ruling BJP, Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar said the BJP’s goal was to create “one nation one party” situation in the country.A group of 10 Congress MLAs in Goa, led by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar, merged with the ruling BJP Wednesday evening, increasing the saffron party’s strength to 27 in the 40-seat house. In a statement, Chodankar alleged that Congress MLAs joined the BJP after falling prey to blackmailing or allurements. Instead of “one nation one election” (which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is advocating), what the BJP really wants is “one nation one party”, he said, adding the BJP has “exposed its intense insecurity” about its coalition partner by poaching Congress legislators.Despite having enough numbers in the Assembly, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s “unethical act” of luring Congress MLAs displayed his fear of facing a united opposition in the upcoming Assembly session, he said.”The entire episode reflects the utter misuse of power adopted by the BJP which is full of arrogance and was finding itself on a sticky wicket after certain MLAs within its camp were unhappy with the government,” Chodankar said.It was also a lesson for alliance partners who went against the mandate in 2017 (when the Congress was the single-largest party but failed to form a government) and installed the BJP in power, he said.The development will not go down well with people who will defeat the BJP in the next polls, he said.
Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party workers owing allegiance to different leaders Sunday engaged in a heated altercation at the venue of a meeting chaired by chief Sharad Pawar.Supporters of defeated NCP Parbhani Lok Sabha candidate Rajesh Vitekar and those of MLA Madhusudhan Kendre were involved in a tussle over responsibility for the poll loss and police had to intervene to bring the situation under control. Vitekar lost to Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Jadhav by around 42,000 votes in the 2019 general elections. NCP Maharashtra state president Jayant Patil, however, termed it a “passionate discussion” among workers.”The party workers openly and fiercely put forward their views during meetings. The passionate discussion between workers is being painted as argument and altercation by a section of media. There was no untoward behaviour neither physical fight. This is not NCP’s culture,” he said.Pawar, who has begun district-wise meetings of leaders to finalise the candidates for the forthcoming Assembly polls, was discussing issues with functionaries from Marathwada region. maharashtraMarathwadaNationalist Congress Partysharad pawar First Published: June 23, 2019, 9:23 PM IST
Depending on which silicon maker you are rooting for, you can look at it as an upgrade beyond just the higher clock cycles. Unlike its higher end and more recent processors, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 and 410 which powered last year’s Galaxy J7 and J5, didn’t utilize the chip maker’s own Kryo cores. And that’s not even considering that the Galaxy J3 2016 came with a rather middling Spreadtrum processor.The new J series have mixed stories. The Galaxy J7 (2017), for example, already had a model that used an octa-core Exynos 7870 last year, which it retains this year. That said, Samsung did bump up the screen from HD to Full HD and the RAM to 3GB. The Galaxy J5 (2017), on the other hand, barely moved up, aside from getting that same Exynos 7870.The Galaxy J3 (2017) takes two steps forward and one step back. It gets a better Exynos 7570, which pulls in 150 MB/s LTE support, and a fixed 2 GB of RAM. However, it also downgrades its AMOLED screen to just LCD. All three new models boast of all metal bodies and fingerprint scanners, cementing those features’ prominence even in less premium phones. No word yet on international availability, but in Europe, the Galaxy J7 (2017) will launch in July for 339 EUR ($380), the Galaxy J5 (2017) this month for 279 EUR ($315), and the Galaxy J3 (2017) in August for 219 EUR ($245). All models come in gold and black color options.SOURCE: Samsung There are murmurs that Samsung is gearing up for an all out mobile SoC war, competing with Qualcomm’s Snapdragons, Apple’s As, Huawei’s Kirin, and everything in between. And it seems that it is equipping even its foot soldiers with its Exynos weapon. Samsung has just unveiled in Europe the 2017 series of its mid-range Galaxy J line and, in addition to upping the ante as far as appearances goes, the phones have also ditched the Snapdragons in favor of the company’s own Exynos processors.
Microsoft states that GLAS features a combination of Azure Cloud, Cortana voice services, and the aforementioned Windows 10 IoT core. On the user side of things, they get an elegant thermostat with an intuitive interface, one that makes old mechanical dials and battery-powered LCDs look positively archaic. The display is mounted on a base that appears to harbor a camera, though it could also be a light sensor.In addition to packing technology that will help consumers save money on electricity, Microsoft indicates the thermostat will in some way help monitor air quality — whether that’s via an integration with a separate air monitor or via built-in sensors is unknown at this time. The thermostat will also give the user daily reports on the environment.Microsoft says the thermostat can intelligently alter its settings when necessary based on the assessment it makes throughout the day. There’s voice activation, a menu that shows estimated energy savings, plus the current air quality. When will GLAS be available and how much will it cost? The company hasn’t yet revealed that information.SOURCE: YouTube To put it mildly, the Microsoft GLAS thermostat is beautiful and it could be paired nicely with both traditional and modern home designs. The video below shows off the thermostat, explaining that it is suitable for use in both homes and businesses. We don’t know the thermostat’s specs, but the imagery appears to show that it has a clear touch display. Microsoft has its own smart thermostat in the pipeline, and it is called GLAS. The model comes from HVAC provider Johnson Controls; it sports a Windows 10 Internet of Things core, according to Microsoft, and packs all of the intelligence of Cortana. The company is only teasing the thermostat at this time, and so there are some questions remaining. The model has, however, been shown off in a video.
Dell has launched a new all-in-one desktop that, at its highest configurations, is capable of powering all your virtual reality needs. The particular model we got our hands on features an AMD Ryzen 7, among other things, and we’ve put it through the paces to see what all this beast can handle. Will the Dell Inspiron 27 7000 meet all your needs or leave you wanting? Read our review to find out! Note: The protective plastic film used on the back of our review unit was very adhesive and pulled off the logo’s black D, E, and one L letters when removed.The pedestal only supports tipping up and down, so rotating involves turning the entire base. It’s not as flexible as, say, Lenovo’s lie-flat all-in-one stand, but it is fine in most occasions. However, it does have a hole through which cables can be fed to keep them nicely contained.Another thing that isn’t so much of an issue as it is a point to note: the cheaper of the two models comes with some compromises to hit the sub-$1,000 price point. Rather than the 4K resolution that comes with the higher-end model, you get a 1080p resolution. As well, the base model only features an ordinary HDD rather than an SSD, you’re getting the Ryzen 5 instead of the 7, and the RX 560 graphics instead of the RX 580.Wrap-upThe Dell Inspiron 27 7000 won me over with its clean, professional style, matte display, and classy peripherals. This all-in-one can handle your gaming or professional needs, whether those needs include something like animating with Moho or creating videos with After Effects. That’s not to say the model is perfect, as it does have some small compromises, but nothing major. This all-in-one PC is available now from Dell starting at $999.99 USD. DesignThe Dell Inspiron 27 7000 AiO is impressive from the moment you pull it from the box. Featuring a highly angular design, slim bezels, and a high-contrast color scheme, this Inspiron catches the eye. This is no small system, measuring 27-inches across the display, but it doesn’t feel imposing on the desk thanks to its minimalist design. It would be fair to say that the Inspiron 27 7000 looks utilitarian, though that’s not to say it is unattractive. The model has a clean look — sharp, angular, with very slim bezels, a broad-but-thin stand, and long front-facing speaker grille. The ports are easily accessible, a big plus for the model, and the wireless keyboard matches the style.You’re not likely to turn heads with the design, but it won’t go unnoticed, either. When viewed from the front, you’re not likely to realize you’re looking at an all-in-one system, and that’s a good thing. That’s not to say that the design is perfect; it makes liberal use of plastic and matte paint which, while feeling premium enough, is still clearly subpar to the fancy (and likely more expensive) aluminum alternatives.HardwareThis Inspiron model’s big boasting point is the inclusion of an AMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 processor, as well as up to a terabyte of storage alongside a 256GB SSD, AMD RX 580 graphics, and 32GB of RAM. This clearly positions the Inspiration 27 as a PC suitable for modern gamers including those looking to buy their first PC-centric VR headset. You don’t have to be a gamer to appreciate this model’s power, though. The 4K display coupled with the large visual real estate and powerful hardware makes this a good choice for photographers, graphic designers, animators, and anyone else who performs intensive tasks. The display isn’t glossy, an upside for some users; the lack of glare makes for more comfortable usage in the long term.The included wireless mouse and keyboard are both excellent; the keyboard has a very low profile, looks great on the desk, and is very comfortable to type on. The mouse works as expected and is also attractively designed. Both feel reasonably premium and leave the user happy about their inclusion.SPECSDisplay:– 27-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) InfinityEdge display (350-nits)– 27-inch FHD (1920×1080) InfinityEdge display (250 nits)Memory:– 8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4 (8GBx1 or 4GBx2)– 12GB, 2400MHz, DDR4 (8GB+4GB)– 16GB, 2400MHz, DDR4 (16GBx1 or 8GBx2)– 32GB, 2400MHz, DDR4 (16GBx2)Graphics:– RadeonTM RX580 8GB GDDR5 110W 256 bit– RadeonTM RX560 4GB GDDR5 50W 128 bitCamera:– HD (720p) webcam with wide, quad array digital microphones, Windows Hello compliant infrared facial recognition cameraAudio: Performance Stereo speakers with 5W subwooferBase:– Dell wireless keyboard and mouse KM 636– Premium – Dell Premier wireless keyboard and mouse KM 717Processor Options:– AMD RyzenTM 5 1400 Processor (4C/8T, 10MB Cache, 3.4 GHz Precision Boost)– AMD RyzenTM 7 1700 Processor (8C/16T, 20MB Cache, 3.7 GHz Precision Boost)Operating System Options:– Windows 10 Home 64-bit– Ubuntu2 DIMM SlotsHard Drive Options:– 1TB 5400 RPM Hard Drive– 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive– Dual Drive with 128GB SSD + 1TB 5400 RPM HDD– Dual Drive with 256GB PCle NVMe SSD +1TB 5400 RPM HDDPorts & Connectors:– Rear – (2) USB 2.0, (3) USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, (1) USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI-in, HDMI-out Side – (1) USB 3.1 Type-A, 3:1 SD MCR, (1) Microphone/Headset jackDown firing: DC Power, Audio Line Out audio, RJ-45 LAN 10/100/1000Communication:– 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1– Dual Band 2.4 & 5 GHz– 1×1 & 2×2 M.2 10/100/1000 EthernetSoftware:– Dell Digital Delivery– Dell Recovery Environment– SupportAssist– DropBox– Microsoft Office 2016 trial– McAfee LiveSafe (30Day)Stand Options: Fixed PedestalDimensions:Height: 15.5″ (394.1mm) x Width: 24.2″ (613.8mm) x Depth: 2.1″ (53.0mm)Software & PerformanceHow well the model performs depends on configuration, of course. Our review model comes with the Ryzen 7 processor, but the cheaper base model comes with the Ryzen 5 and 1080p display. You can choose a more powerful configuration versus that base model, but expect to spend up to about $1800 to max out all of the available hardware features.As the benchmark results above make clear, this Dell machine is ready to meet demanding needs, not the least of which is virtual reality. Any gamer is likely to enjoy this Inspiron; not only is it powerful enough to handle some fairly intensive games, but it is paired with an excellent glare-free 4K display (again, depending on configuration). Whether you’re a Steam addict who likes to play games at high settings or you’re just looking for a machine through which to build your Minecraft kingdom, the Inspiron 27 7000 does not disappoint.What we likeI enjoy the Inspiron 27 7000’s design even if it is modest, and the slim bezels quickly won me over. The matte display is crisp, images are sharp, and the color accuracy is high.The system’s performance was excellent during testing, able to hold its own while gaming and doing some other intensive things like processing audio and creating animations. I developed an appreciation for the included keyboard after hours of use; it is very comfortable to type on with the right amount of key resistance and travel. The mouse is also very responsive and didn’t present any connectivity issues during usage.Having easy access to the various ports is also a welcomed change over some competing models; you don’t have to completely turn the display to get at the ports, but rather just angle it. Soon enough you figure out where the ports are and can plug things in without looking.IssuesThis isn’t an issue, but rather something to keep in mind: the unit uses plastic rather than metal, and so it doesn’t have that same premium feel as aluminum construction. That’s not to say that it feels cheap, because it doesn’t. On top of that, this model spends its life sitting on a desk — you’re not going to be touching it, so the visual impression is what matters most, and visually it looks just fine. The base is sturdy and the overall construction feels solid.
READ: iPhone X Review: This changes everythingWikipedia version 5.7.3 was released on December 20 for the iPhone and iPad. In addition to the new dark mode is faster article loading, according to the app’s changelog. Wikipedia also says this new app uses less data than the older version, meaning primarily or solely mobile users should be sure to update soon.The app manages to cut down on data usage by only downloading images if they’re about to be displayed or saved. This means an image-heavy article will only download the images you’re about to scroll to; if you don’t scroll to the bottom of the article, you won’t have to use up data to load those images you won’t see.The new version also updated the app with a new appearance option that will have information boxes open by default, but only if the user wants. Those things aside, the new version has “lots of other small bug fixes,” none of them important enough to name individually. You can find the latest Wikipedia for iOS app via the iTunes link below.SOURCE: iTunes Wikipedia has released an update for its iOS app, bringing it up to version 5.7.3. With this version comes a sleek new “Black” mode that Wikipedia says is “perfect for OLED devices” — chief among those, of course, being the iPhone X with its OLED screen. As with other apps that have added a dark mode, Wikipedia’s new Black Mode turns the display a dark shade, making it easier to read in dark environments.
Fitbit is postponing the Pebble death sentence, but smartwatch fans only get six more months before their wearable of choice loses many of its most popular features. Having acquired cash-strapped and struggling Pebble back in 2016, Fitbit attempted to sweeten the deal for frustrated owners by promising to keep the lights on key services until the end of 2017. Now, that deadline is being pushed back a little more. Story TimelinePebble Fitbit acquisition confirmed: Backers’ hardware cancelledThe Pebble Post-Mortem: The Wisdom of the CrowdPebble details what users should expect next yearPebble update keeps your watch ticking when the clouds fall In an announcement today, Fitbit said that is has changed the end of support for the Pebble ecosystem until June 30, 2018. It’s also offering a Fitbit upgrade discount for those who currently have a Pebble with a valid serial number. They’ll get $50 off the cost of a new Fitbit Ionic, which usually retails for $299.As for what will happen to the Pebble currently still on many wrists, it’s another example of how cloud-based services can come back to haunt you when the companies paying for them decide to pull the plug. The smartwatches themselves will continue to work after June 30, as will mobile apps users have already downloaded and installed. However, the Pebble Appstore will shut down completely. The Pebble forum will also be closed, and the CloudPebble development tool will be shuttered. On the smartwatches themselves, any voice recognition functionality will cease working, and SMS and email replies will no longer work either. Calendar pins will continue to work as usual, but timeline pins from third-party apps will not. On the smartphone side, though the iPhone and Android apps will continue to work for the moment, there’ll be no further updates to them. That means, Fitbit warns, that while they’re currently fine with iOS 11 and Android 8.1 Oreo, there’s no guarantee that future changes by Apple or Google won’t result in some aspect of the Pebble app breaking. Still, Pebble’s enthusiastic fan community may well step in to fill some of the gaps. Fitbit points to Rebble, for example, which has an appstore of its own that can be used to manage third-party apps and watch faces. Still, Fitbit’s hope is clearly that Pebble owners will migrate over to its own smartwatches. MORE Fitbit
Story TimelineWindows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release DayASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset: 3K display and all-day comfortWindows Mixed Reality headsets are now more affordable HP kicked off the work week by making a bunch of new announcements, indicating that it’s about to hit the world of VR hard. Today the company unveiled its new HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset – Professional Edition. Though it could do with a somewhat shorter name, those who are looking for a high-end VR headset might want to give this one a look. One of the key features of HP’s Professional Edition headset is the resolution it boasts. At 1440 x 1440 resolution per eye, the headset outclasses even the Oculus Rift and the HTC VIVE. Like those two headsets, the Professional Edition boasts a 90Hz refresh rate, but only if you’re using it with a Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PC (you’ll be capped at 60Hz otherwise).In fact, this headset requires a Mixed Reality Ultra PC for most of its features to shine. For instance, when paired with one of those beefy PCs, you’ll have a 100-degree field-of-view, though HP doesn’t say what the FOV will be when the headset is connected to a standard Mixed Reality PC. The headset also offers six degrees of freedom, integrated motion tracking, and the standard pair of Bluetooth controllers that ship with most Windows Mixed Reality Headsets.If you’re going to pick this up, you’ll need a beefy rig if you want to put all of its features to use. HP’s “recommended minimum” specifications call for DX12-capable graphics, like a NIVIDA GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100. In terms of CPU, you’ll need an Intel Core i7 or Xeon E3-1240 v5 or better, along with 16GB of RAM. HP also recommends that you’ve applied the Windows 10 Pro Fall Creators Update before you get going with the headset.AdChoices广告If you find yourself without a PC capable of handling HP’s Professional Edition headset, HP has you covered there as well. Today the company introduced its new Z4 workstation, which offers a number of configurations for those who need a lot of power for intensive projects. Options include an almost ridiculous range of Intel Xeon, Core i9, and Core i7 processors, along with up to 256GB of RAM and graphics ranging from NVIDIA Quadro P400 and AMD FirePro W2100 all the way up to the Quadro P6000 and Radeon Pro WX 9100.We’re guessing the fact that both of these announcements are being made on the same day is more than mere coincidence. The HP Z4 workstation is available now from HP’s website with prices starting at $1,499, while the Windows Mixed Reality Headset – Professional Edition will launch sometime in March at a $449 price point.
First, a little background on the devices that comprise the Chromebox 3 line. There are four Chromebox 3 models in all, and though they’re mostly all the same in terms of hardware, they do have different CPUs, RAM amounts, and storage space. The base model comes equipped with a Celereon 3865U CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB M.2 SSD, and while none of that hardware is particularly impressive, the benefit is that this Chromebox 3 model only costs $249.99.Thanks to its low price tag, that base model could very well become the most popular Chromebox 3, as it should provide enough horsepower for many of the things you’d want to do with Chrome OS. If you need some more power, there are more capable options available. ASUS is also launching models that come equipped with Core i3-7100U, Core i5-8250U, and Core i7-8550U processors.The Core i3 model ships with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD, while the Core i5 model bumps available RAM up to 8GB and storage up to 128GB. Finally, the Core i7 model will boast 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Pricing, however, climbs significantly with each bump in power, topping out at around $734 for the Core i7 model.Though ASUS says these Chromebook 3 models will be available beginning this month, we get a better idea of specific launch dates by checking out Ebuyer, which is one of the company’s pre-order partners in the UK. Ebuyer expects to have the Celeron model in stock on June 8, while the Core i3 model will be available on June 15. We won’t see the Core i5 and Core i7 models launch until July, as Ebuyer doesn’t expect to start shipping those out until July 6 and July 20, respectively. Release dates for the US might vary slightly, but we can probably expect a launch schedule similar to the one Ebuyer lists. We’ll let you know if release dates for the US end up being wildly different than the ones for the UK, so stay tuned. The ASUS Chromebox 3 has been available for pre-order for a little over a month at this point, and today, we’re getting a better idea of when the new lineup will launch. ASUS has announced that the first devices in the Chromebox 3 line will be available later this month, with specific availability for each model seemingly different depending on configuration. Story TimelineASUS Chromebox hits 4K displays in MarchASUS unveils Chromebox 3, Tinker Board S, and Mini PCs for 2018ASUS Chromebox 3 desktops with Chrome OS now available to preorder
Both have f/1.75 apertures, and the 20MP camera has “Super Pixel” technology. Xiaomi suggests that this 2um pixel size 4-in-1 Super Pixel technology combines 4 pixels at once to create a larger pixel, making the end product photo better than ever. There’s a 20MP camera up front as well with the same Super Pixel technology. That’ll probably be more interesting to behold than the back shooter – SELFIE TIME. The front-facing camera also has AI-powered “beutify” tech and Portrait semantic segmentation as well as soft Selfie-light action. Unfortunate for those lovers of the headphone jack, this device drops the port. There’s nothing like an upgrade that cuts options, right? Below you’ll see a comparison between the Mi A1 and A2 – in Spanish, but you get the idea, right?Mi A2 will be available soon in three iterations: 4GB+32GB for €249, 4GB+64GB for €299, and 6GB+128GB for €349. There’ll be black, gold, and blue versions. The Mi A2 Lite has a 5.84-inch LCD display with a notch and an aspect ratio of 19:9 – so that’s pretty weird! On the back the cameras are 12MP+5MP, and up front is a 5MP camera. This device is pretty comparable to the Mi A1, which was excellent to be sure. This device will come with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and will cot around Euro 229 at launch. This morning we’re taking a peek at two new phones from Xiaomi, the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite. Much like some of the other two-tier smartphone releases of late from other companies, Xiaomi has two distinct phones here with the same name. The larger device has a rectangular display, and the “Lite” version has a notch. How weird! The Mi A2 is similar to the Mi A1 in name – but that’s about it. This device has a larger display, a slightly thinner body, and a different set of priorities in general. The Mi A2 has a 7.3mm body that’s all aluminum and glass (aluminum on the back, glass up front) with USB-C at the bottom with dual-speakers (also at the bottom). The display on the Mi A2 is 5.99-inches large with Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Around the back is a set of cameras, one 12MP, the other 20MP. Inside are a 12MP Sony IMX486 sensor and a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor – keep that in mind for future phone camera battles. Story TimelineXiaomi Mi A2 Lite leaks with Android One onboard [UPDATE: And non-lite!]Xiaomi Mi Max 3 killer mid-range specs confirmedXiaomi Mi Max 3: the Battery King cometh
In fact, the 2017 A4 quattro manual will be capable of 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, Audi says, a cut of 0.7 seconds over its predecessor. That’s with the 2.0 liter TFSI engine, good for 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of torque. There’s a new quattro all-wheel drive system too, intended to work better with the manual gearbox, that relies on both an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch at the rear of the transmission, and an integrated decoupler in the rear axle differential.It’s also 8.8 pounds less than the previous quattro system, though it’s not the only weight saving in the car.AdChoices广告Audi turned to magnesium along with open gearwheels, hollow shafts, and a smaller clutch to trim more then 35 pounds from the transmission versus the outgoing A4. It also gets a new spur-gear stage, replacing the front-axle differential’s shaft from the old design.Further distinguishing the manual car will be an exclusive Sport plus package. That will have cast aluminum 18-inch 5-double-spoke-star design wheels, the option of Daytona Gray paint, and an S line leather and Alcantara interior with sport seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and matching aluminum trim.Audi dynamic steering and sport adaptive suspension will also be included in the package. While loved by enthusiast drivers, manual gearboxes have long fallen from favor among American drivers, particularly in the luxury segment where slick-shifting automatics are de rigueur. Alongside the growing reluctance among drivers to use their left foot, automatics have improved in their contribution to both performance and economy; indeed, it’s not unusual for the fastest 0-60 mph times to be achieved by leaving the gearbox to handle its own shifts.Audi also offers the 2017 A4 with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, in either front-wheel or all-wheel quattro forms, and it’s likely to be the more popular choice.Still, as the only all-wheel drive six-speed manual car in its luxury sedan segment, the new 2014 A4 is likely to be even more appealing to a certain cadre of owners. It’ll be priced from $39,400 (plus $950 destination). Story TimelineAudi A4 and A4 Avant pulls out all the hi-tech stops2017 Audi A4 first drive: A8 for the everyman2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro first look2017 Audi A4 Review At a time when manual gearboxes in the US are more commonly associated with base-trim cars, Audi is bucking the trend with a version of the 2017 A4 that eschews the automatic. The company has confirmed that there’ll be a manual A4 quattro in its model year 2017 line-up, with a redesigned six-speed gearbox that promises to be both smoother and faster than the outgoing version.
Oasis is an electric autonomous vehicle that has two seats inside and boxy styling. The car has lots of glass with a massive windshield in front and most of both sides of the car made of glass, including the doors. One of the key Oasis design features is the ability to turn on its axis with almost zero turn radius.Inside the concept, the interior aims to deliver the sort of ambiance you would get from a family room at home with an armchair, sideboard, TV, and multifunctional steering wheel. The windshield is a screen for virtual and augmented reality content.The designer says that the vehicle is designed with lots of flexibility in its use and could be a micro delivery vehicle in the mornings and a shopping car in the evenings. It may well be the ideal way to pick up a pizza since it has a drawer in the rear of the vehicle that can be heated or cooled as needed.The strangest part of the design of the Oasis is a small green space for growing flowers or radishes below the windshield. Growing flowers or vegetables in your car sounds very strange. It seems that the concept is purely on paper at this point. Presumably, it will make the leap to a real world, if not a working, concept by January.SOURCE: rinspeed Rinspeed is a name that many car guys and gals associate with extremely hopped up Porsche cars. The company has unveiled a new concept that will be on display at CES 2017 come January called the Oasis. Frank M. Rinderknecht designed the car and it is meant to be an alternative to city driving for two people who don’t actually want to have to drive.
Story TimelineTesla urban Superchargers bring high-speed charging to citiesTesla patent shows yet another way to reduce range anxiety with battery swappingTesla and AMD tipped in development of AI chip for autonomous cars Tesla is further widening the gap between the Model S and the new Model 3, discontinuing the entry-level version of its premium sedan. The automaker has long been fighting assumptions by would-be owners that the Model 3, simply by virtue of being newer, is actually “better” than the Model S. Now, since CEO Elon Musk’s repeated insistence of that fact still isn’t hitting home, Tesla is making the differences even more obvious. That means taking the axe to the Model S 75 rear-wheel drive (RWD), which is currently the most affordable version of the car. Tesla confirmed to Elektrek that, as of this coming Sunday, September 24, the option will be removed from the online “design studio” with which customers can configure new vehicles. It will mean that the Model S – like the Model X SUV – will only be available in all-wheel drive (AWD) form, which Tesla signifies with the “D” suffix to the model name. Currently, the Model S 75 starts at $69,500 (plus $1,200 destination and fees) before any federal and/or state tax credits. The Model S 75D, the all-wheel drive version of the same car with 10 miles of extra EPA-rated range from the 75 kWh battery and 0.1 seconds shaved from the 0-60 mph time, is currently $74,500. It’s unclear at this point whether Tesla will adjust its prices after the change is made. The automaker does have a track record of that: only in April, it cut $5,000 from the Model S 75, shortly after discontinuing the previous entry-level car with the 60 kWh battery. However, it’s possible that Tesla might prefer to maintain the current pricing, given it better distinguishes between the Model S and the Model 3. The latter will, eventually, be offered in AWD “D” form, but for the moment Tesla is only producing RWD cars. That’s expected to last until the Spring of 2018. Given the margins on luxury cars are generally better than on more affordable models, and that the Model S doesn’t face the same initial production hurdles any new vehicle experiences, it’s in the automaker’s best interest to nudge as many buyers over to Model S as possible. For the moment, according to Tesla, there’ll be Model S 75 production and inventory, ensuring that deliveries can take place through Q4 2017. However once they’re gone, there’ll be no further cars of that configuration manufactured.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro is one of two models that’ll likely be released in late August, 2019. The full reveal date for these devices will likely hit somewhere in the first week and a half in August. For now, we’ve got the next best thing: a set of renderings done using original CAD drawings, showing all sides of the Galaxy Note 10 Pro from all perspectives. Today we’ve also got a rundown of release dates and pricing for the lot. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro and familyThe Samsung Galaxy Note family is expanding again, this time with a “Pro” model. This is a little different from what Samsung generally brings to the table with their Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy Note is generally a sort of refinement and solidification of what’s appeared earlier in the year with the Galaxy S series. As such, it’s generally “refinement, not revolution,” as my colleague Chris Davies said in our Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on and first impressions.Above and below you’ll see some renderings of the Galaxy Note 10 Pro (save the first image, the camera array image, and the Note 9 image below). These images come from a post this morning with images from OnLeaks, the same source as the images delivered yesterday (see the timeline of links below). You’ll also see the Galaxy Note 10 Pro next to the Galaxy Note 10 – the Pro is the larger of the two. The smaller 10 will have a 6.3-inch display (0.1-inch smaller than the display on the Note 9). The larger Pro will have a 6.75-inch display. Inside the Pro you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC and up to 12GB of RAM. It’s quite likely this Pro device will have many of the same specifications as the standard 10, like UFS 3.0 data storage, and 45W super-fast battery charging with USB-C. Much like the 10, the 10 Pro will have (at least) three camera lenses on its backside. Unlike the 10, the 10 Pro will almost certainly also sport a TOF sensor. The camera arrangement would then be thus:Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro Backside Cameras:• 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS• 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom• 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)• TOF camera (Time of Flight, 3D sensor)This camera arrangement is the same as that of the Galaxy S10 5G. It MAY be that the Galaxy Note 10 Pro has an improved array by the time August rolls up – but we shall see. The Galaxy S10 5G’s camera array has enough sensors/camera lenses to account for the design of the Note 10 Pro, here, with three big lenses, one small lens, another sensor, and an LED flash – so it might just be a new configuration.The Galaxy Note 9 is shown below is from our full original Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review, available now for your perusal. You might also want to take a peek at our Samsung Galaxy S10 Review for a better idea of what technology we’ll be seeing with the Note 10 and 10 Pro in August.Galaxy Note 10 PriceWhat’s unclear at the moment is whether the Pro version will include 5G connectivity, or if there’ll be a Pro 5G edition released later. Given the potential price structure below, there’s a chance that there is YET ANOTHER model yet to be revealed. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro will likely have a starting price at around $1,299.99-$1,399.99 USD for a 256GB edition. Verizon per-month pricing will likely start at around $54.17/mo for 24mos for the lesser of the two models. The more expensive model will start at around $58.34/mo for 24mos with Verizon (that’s for a 512GB edition). There may also be a 1TB/2TB edition for a higher price (around $1,599.99 USD). Given the above price structure, the Galaxy Note 10 (non-pro) will stick closer to between $999-$1,100 USD. That’s with a starting internal storage size of 128GB. A 512GB edition will then cost $1,349.99, and there won’t likely be an higher-storage version. Once you get past 512GB, you start into Pro territory. Galaxy Note 10 Release DateThe reveal date – the big event generally tagged Samsung UNPACKED – for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro will likely hit August 8th, 2019. That’s the same Thursday of the month as last year (the second Thursday of the month), though last year’s appeared on the 9th. If tradition holds true, the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Pro release date will be August 23rd, 2019. Given Samsung’s speed at delivering the Galaxy S10 and S10+ this year, it would not be a shock to find both the Galaxy Note 10 and the new model, 10 Pro, appearing for sale on the same day. Unlike what the OnePlus 7 Pro delivered in May, Samsung will release both the 10 and the 10 Pro at the same time, in the same regions. No non-US-only funny business here.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Dementia’s Price Tag Can Exceed $50,000 A Year, Study Finds The study, published in the April 3 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, found this medical condition costs the nation as much as $215 billion a year. The Wall Street Journal: Dementia’s Cost To Nation Piles UpDementia is one of the country’s most expensive medical conditions, costing the U.S. between $157 billion and $215 billion a year in medical care and other costs, such as lost wages for caregivers, according to a new study (Wang, 4/3).CBS News: Dementia Costs U.S. Up To $215 Billion Per Year, Study FindsThe average cost of care for a patient with dementia can exceed $50,000 a year, according to new research. A study published April 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine that tracked elderly adults found dementia can represent a significant financial burden not only on individual families but society at large. Researchers determined the annual costs associated with a patient with dementia were between $41,689 and $56,290. That added up to between $159 billion and $215 billion in American health care dollars, $11 billion of which is paid for by Medicare, the study found (Jaslow, 4/3).
First Edition: July 3, 2013 This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines detail the Obama administration announcement that it would delay the health law rule requiring businesses provide insurance to workers. Kaiser Health News: Employers To Get An Extra Year To Implement Health Law Requirement On CoverageKaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey reports: “The Obama administration Tuesday announced a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees offer coverage to their workers or pay a penalty. Administration officials said the delay was in response to employers’ concerns about the law’s reporting requirements” (Carey, 7/2). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Business Groups, Consumer Advocates, Politicians, Policy Makers React To Mandate DecisionKaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz reports: “Opponents of the federal health law, especially business groups and conservatives, were quick to praise the decision by the Obama administration to delay enforcing the employer mandate provision by one year, until 2015. Some supporters of the law said the decision would not create major problems. Here is a roundup of some of the statements and edited quotes from interviews within the first few hours of the announcement” (Galewitz, 7/2). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Delay In Major Health Law Provision Raises Doubts At Critical Stage Of RolloutKaiser Health News staff writers Jay Hancock and Julie Appleby report: “The Obama administration’s decision Tuesday to delay a major component of the Affordable Care Act — the requirement for employers with at least 50 workers to offer health coverage — postpones another feature of the law and hands ammunition to critics who contend it is unworkable. But it could have a relatively small effect on the number of Americans who gain medical insurance next year. The law’s other two major provisions, expanding Medicaid and requiring individuals to obtain coverage or pay a penalty, were projected to add far more people to the ranks of the insured than the employer mandate, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Those measures are still in effect, although many states have opted not to expand Medicaid next year” (Hancock and Appleby, 7/2). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Lawmakers To NY Docs: Screen All Baby Boomers For Deadly Liver DiseaseWNYC’s Fred Mogul, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Hepatitis C is a life-threatening infection that attacks the liver, but the symptoms often don’t show up for years. So Dr. Alex Federman, an internist at a primary clinic at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, makes sure he urges testing for many patients” (Mogul, 7/3). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: AMA To Do ‘Whatever We Can’ To Help Carry Out Health Law; Federal Rule Extends Subsidies For College StudentsNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on the American Medical Association’s new president and her take on the health law: “In an interview taped for C-SPAN’s Newsmakers, Ardis Dee Hoven, who became the AMA’s 168th president last month, said the White House has not approached her or the AMA directly about a formal role, but “we have been in communication with many, many individuals in the administration about our role as physicians in this and what we can help them do, and what we can do to help our patients get the kind of information they need. “We will continue to work with the administration and do whatever we can in our power to make this happen,” said Hoven, an infectious diseases specialist from Lexington, Ky.” (Carey, 7/2).Also on the blog, Michelle Andrews reports on college students and health care: “While expansion of coverage under the health law has helped about 3 million young people get insurance through their parents’ plans, many remain uninsured or have coverage through student health plans. But that’s not an option for some students, who might look to student health plans or the online health insurance marketplaces for coverage next year” (Andrews, 7/2). Check out what else is on the blog. The New York Times: Crucial Rule Is Delayed A Year for Obama’s Health LawIn a significant setback for President Obama’s signature domestic initiative, the administration on Tuesday abruptly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in his health care law’s mandate that larger employers provide coverage for their workers or pay penalties. The decision postpones the effective date beyond next year’s midterm elections (Calmes and Pear, 7/2).The Washington Post: White House Delays Health-Care Rule That Businesses Provide Insurance To WorkersThe White House on Tuesday delayed for one year a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that businesses provide health insurance to employees, a fresh setback for President Obama’s landmark health-care overhaul as it enters a critical phase. The provision, commonly known as the employer mandate, calls for businesses with 50 or more workers to provide affordable quality insurance to workers or pay a $2,000 fine per employee. Business groups had objected to the provision, which now will take effect in January 2015 (Goldfarb and Somashekhar, 7/2).The Wall Street Journal: Health Law Penalties DelayedSome companies had bet the law was going to be overturned by the Supreme Court last year, or by a new presidential administration after the 2012 election. After it withstood those legal and political challenges, some firms said there was too little time remaining before the provision was due to kick in. “They realized they were not ready, and we were not ready,” said Neil Trautwein, vice president at the National Retail Federation, an employer trade group. “At the very least, this will give retailers and chain restaurants a chance to breathe.” The decision follows media reports that companies had already cut back on some workers’ hours to avoid exposure to penalties under the new health-care law. Those who work fewer than 30 hours a week aren’t counted as full-time employees, according to the law (Radnofsky, 7/2).Los Angeles Times: Obama To Delay Healthcare Law’s Employer MandateThe one-year delay, announced by the Treasury Department late Tuesday in response to complaints from businesses, marks a major retreat in implementing the 2010 Affordable Care Act. It also underscores the immense pressure the administration is under as it tries to roll out the extremely complex law. By next year, most Americans were supposed to be guaranteed access to health coverage even if they have preexisting conditions (Levey, 7/2).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama Administration Delays Central Element Of Health Care Law Until After 2014 ElectionsTuesday’s move — which caught administration allies and adversaries by surprise — sacrificed timely implementation of Obama’s signature legislation but might help Democrats politically by blunting an election-year line of attack Republicans were planning to use. The employer requirements are among the most complex parts of the health care law, designed to expand coverage for uninsured Americans (7/2).Politico: Key Obamacare Rule For Business Delayed For YearThe delay, revealed just as the administration was stepping up efforts to educate the public about enrollment this fall, is at least partial proof of what Republicans have been predicting for months: that the health law is way too complex to be ready to go live in 2014. And that’s a message that may well resonate all through next year – including the 2014 midterm elections (Norman and Haberkorn, 7/3).NPR: U.S. Pushes Businesses’ Health Insurance Deadline To 2015U.S. businesses that had been looking at possible penalties if they don’t provide health insurance to their employees by January are getting an extra year before they must comply with the new law, the White House says. The requirement, part of the health care overhaul known as “Obamacare,” affects all companies that have at least 50 employees (Chappell, 7/2).USA Today: Obama Administration To Delay Part Of Affordable Care ActThe announcement by the Internal Revenue Service comes after numerous complaints from businesses that the requirements were too complicated and difficult to implement in time. … Other key parts of the law, including the health exchanges where individuals can buy insurance, are on schedule. The exchanges will open on Oct. 1, wrote Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, in a White House blog released Tuesday (Kennedy, 7/2).Politico: 6 Questions About The Obamacare MandateThe bombshell announcement came from the Treasury Department on Tuesday night, catching even the administration’s close allies by surprise: A key part of Obamacare will be postponed for one year. The employer mandate — or as the administration calls it, the shared responsibility rules — was put on hold. Businesses won’t have any new requirements to cover workers, or penalties if they don’t, until 2015. The news came just as the White House was building momentum for its public education campaign and trying to send out signals that everything was on track for enrollment to begin in October. Tuesday’s announcement throws such assurances off course (Haberkorn, Millman and Norman, 7/2).The Wall Street Journal: Employers Welcome Delay In Health-Care Overhaul PenaltiesEmployers and their advisers cheered a one-year delay in employer penalties under the health-care overhaul law, but said they remain wary of unsettled details and the law’s long-term impact (Thurm and Berzon, 7/2).Politico: Businesses Cheer Employer Mandate DelayUnder a decision released by the Treasury Department on Tuesday, large employers won’t be penalized until 2015 — and not next year — for failing to offer coverage to full-time workers. The delay will have less of an effect on small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, who face new reporting requirements under the law but don’t have to offer coverage (Cunningham, 7/2).USA Today: Businesses React To Health Care Act Delay Reaction marked a divide between representatives of big business, who mostly provide insurance already and were focused on complying with complex new reporting rules, and representatives of small business who said they need much bigger changes (Mullaney, 7/2).Politico: GOP Gloats Over Obamacare DelayObamacare opponents on Tuesday had a “We told you so” moment. … The administration defended the delay as an effort to provide flexibility to the business community, but it’s bringing negative attention to the law just as the White House and its health care allies launch a major campaign to sell Obamacare to the public. Enrollment in the exchanges starts in October (Millman, 7/2).The Washington Post’s Wonk Blog: The Politics Of Delaying ObamacareBy delaying a requirement that all large employers provide health insurance, the Obama administration heads off the unseemly spectacle of companies vowing to cut jobs or workers’ hours to avoid the costly mandate. But the late Tuesday action is not a free pass: It contributes to critics’ claims that the White House does not have the ability to launch its biggest legislative accomplishment on schedule (Kliff, 7/2).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: GOP, Democrats Clash On Meaning Of Health-Law DelayRepublicans pounced on the Obama administration’s announcement late Tuesday that it would delay enforcement of the federal health law’s mandate on employers to offer workers coverage or pay a penalty, prompting some Democratic supporters of the law to praise the administration and others to pause for thought. GOP lawmakers were quick to say the shift was a sign the law wasn’t ready for prime-time — and that its most unpopular provision, the requirement that individuals carry coverage or pay a fee, should go too (Peterson and Radnofsky, 7/3).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Ohio Tea Party Turning IRS To Advantage In Medicaid Expansion BattleTea party activists in Ohio want to turn an enemy — the Internal Revenue Service — into an ally as they fight continued efforts to expand Medicaid. In a confidential email sent to fellow Ohio tea party leaders and obtained by The Associated Press, Tom Zawistowski laid out a strategy for invoking a little-known IRS provision that allows citizens to challenge executive salaries and the nonprofit statuses of charitable hospitals (7/3).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Justice Department, 55 Hospitals Reach $34 Million Settlement Over Medicare Fraud ClaimsFifty-five hospitals in 21 states have agreed to pay $34 million to the U.S. government to settle allegations that they used more expensive inpatient procedures rather than outpatient spinal surgeries to get bigger payments from Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday (7/2).The Associated Press/Washington Post: UnitedHealthcare Notifies California Regulators That It Will Stop Selling Individual PoliciesA second health insurer notified state regulators Tuesday that it will stop selling individual policies in California.UnitedHealthcare announced it will no longer offer individual insurance plans after the end of the year. It will focus instead on its core business of group plans for large and small employers (7/2).Los Angeles Times: Doctors Prescribe Narcotics Too Often For Pain, CDC Chief SaysThe nation’s top public health official on Tuesday sharply criticized the widespread treatment of aches and pains with narcotics, saying that doctors are prescribing such drugs too soon, too often and for too long — putting patients at risk of addiction and overdose. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that doctors are relying on these powerful drugs to treat chronic pain when physical therapy, exercise and other remedies would be safer and in many cases more effective (Girion and Glover, 7/2).Politico: Texas Abortion Bill: Committee ApprovesIt was the first action on the bill since the Legislature returned to the Texas capitol for a special session starting on Monday. The full chamber will now take up the bill next week (Glueck, 7/3).Politico: GOP Sits Out Texas Abortion FightThe RNC hasn’t latched onto the fight. Few national Republicans have weighed in. And a key party official in Texas acknowledged there’s no behind-the-scenes help coming, though he says he doesn’t need it. Republicans will talk about the abortion bill when they’re asked about it, but they aren’t swooping into the fight with the same enthusiasm as liberals (Nather, 7/2). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Report: States Lax In Taking Steps To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse The number of deaths attributed to the abuse of painkillers and other prescription drugs has risen sharply in recent years. Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Addressing A Dangerous Epidemic: Abuse Of Painkillers And Other Prescription DrugsAbout 50 Americans die every day from a prescription drug overdose — a tally that, in most states, turns out to be more than deaths from car accidents. In a new report, ‘Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic,’ researchers at the Trust for America’s Health found that rates of overdose and addiction doubled since 1999 in most states. In West Virginia — the state with the highest number of drug overdose deaths — the rate was six times higher than fourteen years ago (Rao, 10/7).McClatchy: Report: States Lack Strategies To Curb Prescription Drug OverdosesPrescription-drug overdose deaths have risen sharply in recent years, and a majority of states are not implementing the best strategies to curb them, according to a new report from a health-care advocacy group. The report from the Washington-based Trust for America’s Health, which was released Monday, found that 28 states – including Alaska, Pennsylvania and Texas – and the District of Columbia had put in place six or fewer out of 10 promising strategies to lessen prescription drug overuse (Helblig, 10/7).Medpage Today: Rx Drug Abuse Up, States Lax In Curbing ItMost states are doing little to help curb prescription drug abuse even as the number of prescription drug overdose deaths has doubled in 29 states since 1999, according to a report released Monday. A total of 28 states and the District of Columbia met six or fewer indicators showing they had implemented strategies to prevent prescription drug abuse, the report from the Trust for America’s Health said. Meanwhile, prescription drug overdose deaths have tripled in 10 states and quadrupled in four states since 1999; nationally, prescription drug-related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined (Pittman, 10/7).