Verizon launches its first 4G LTE basic phone

first_imgLTE capabilities on a basic phone seem rather unnecessary on the surface. After all, these phones don’t typically have the RAM or CPU to even browse the web at speeds an LTE connection would allow. You also won’t be able to access any type of app store to download apps, so why bother with 4G LTE?As it turns out, there are still uses for 4G LTE, even on a basic phone like this. That 4G LTE connection allows you to use Verizon’s HD Voice feature, which is essentially voice over LTE (VoLTE). With HD Voice, your calls are placed over your LTE connection, leading to better sound quality overall.You can also use this phone as a 4G LTE hotspot. With its 1,470 mAh battery, it may not last very long when it’s being used as a hotspot, but you can use it as one nonetheless. That’s about all you can do with the Exalt’s 4G LTE capabilities, so if you don’t need things like a web browser and an app store, this may actually be worth picking up.That’s because the Exalt LTE’s monthly price is significantly lower than that of a smartphone. While Verizon will require $20 or more per month for decent smartphones, the Exalt LTE will only set you back $7.00 per month. Of course, you’ll also need an LTE plan to go along with it, increasing your monthly bill beyond that of a standard basic phone, so keep that in mind. If you’d like to read more about the Exalt LTE, check out the source link below.SOURCE: Verizon These days, you’re not going to want a smartphone without 4G LTE capabilities, but would you buy a basic phone with 4G LTE? That’s what Verizon and LG are asking by launching the new Exalt LTE, a basic flip phone that can nonetheless access Verizon’s cellular data network. Talk about an interesting device, right?last_img read more

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OnePlus 3 3Ts final update will be Android O

first_imgThe only real good news there is that app updates and security fixes will still be made available, but it’s not really clear what the “foreseeable future” means to OnePlus. There’s still no word on when Android O will finally debut from Google, but when it does OnePlus’ Open Beta Program, which allows users to test new and upcoming features every few months, will also shift away from the 3/3T and only be used on the newer OnePlus 5.SOURCE OnePlus Story TimelineOnePlus 3T Review : Budget BossOnePlus 3T dicontinued, most likely because of OnePlus 5OnePlus 5 911 reboot problem addressed in new updateOnePlus 5 ads start spamming OnePlus 3, 3T ownersOnePlus 5’s dangerous 911 bug explainedOnePlus is setting up shop in Australia “Android O is going to be the last Android version update we’ll release for the OP3/3T. We’ll continue to release security patch updates for the foreseeable future, and offer support for individual application updates.” This is likely to come as a disappointing blow to OnePlus 3/3T owners, as the devices were only updated to, or shipped with, Android Nougat before this, meaning they’re getting letting than two years of updates. The company revealed the news on the OnePlus forums, where it stated: Android users with the OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T will be getting one last major update for their devices. The upcoming Android O has been confirmed by the company to be the final version of the operating system that will come to the short-lived phones. While both the OnePlus 3 and 3T are now discontinued, they were only released in mid and late 2016, respectively.last_img read more

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Xperia XZ1 price and press renders leak

first_imgWith the Galaxy Note 8 out of the way, the road is now clear for other smartphone makers to try and still the spotlight, and consumers’ attention, in the next few days. Next in line is LG’s “anti-stylus” V30 and at least two of Sony’s next premium models. While there’s barely anything else to be said of the former, there’s plenty of room left for the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. And, as luck would have it, we’re seeing new information about them, including prices and even press photos. VIA: Roland Quandt While the Xperia XZ Premium is Sony’s nominal flagship, not everyone might care for its 4K screen or its price tag. Some might be willing to make a few compromises for something powerful yet affordable. For them, the Xperia XZ1 might be the better deal.This smartphone will similarly be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and have 4 GB of RAM. There’s also 64 GB of storage on board, usually expandable. The one concession is that it will only have a 1080p screen. Not even QHD or 2K. For all of that, however, the Xperia XZ1 will allegedly carry a 599 GBP price tag, somewhere along the likes of $770. It’s definitely lower than the Xperia XZ Premium’s launch price and still lower than after its price cut. The same leak also puts a 499 GBP or $640 price on the Xperia XZ1 Compact, which might also be just as premium save for a smaller screen.A separate leak gives us an idea of what the Xperia XZ1 could look like, allegedly lifted from Sony’s own press materials. It’s a familiar sight, except for the odd position of the flash and sensors on the back. The images do bring something disappointing: the absence of a fingerprint scanner anywhere other than the power button. Sony fans in the US will just have to wait another year for some good news on that front.last_img read more

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Apple Essential Google had fastest security updates SecurityLab

first_imgThat Apple is all green shouldn’t be news by now. Having control over both software and hardware and not being beholden to carriers, Apple is at a distinct advantage. However, it should still be praised for choosing to put out updates quickly. With no hurdles to overcome, Apple could have slacked off just as well if it chose to. Amusingly, Microsoft is almost in the same situation, but it doesn’t have much to maintain anyway.Among the Android phone makers, Essential and Google are the only ones that have a good amount of green in their row. Google is pretty much a no-brainer, following in Apple’s footsteps when it comes to the Pixel phones. Essential deserves credit for still being able to put out updates as fast as Google, without being Google. Sadly, both’s scores are hobbled by the latency introduced by carriers.What’s somewhat surprising is that Samsung actually isn’t at the bottom of the pile as most would have expect. It’s far from perfect, of course, but it supposedly only takes weeks for the first security update to hit at least one device. But like ComputerWorld’s criticism of some manufacturers, Samsung’s graph quickly drops after that first rollout. OnePlus is surprisingly nearer to the bottom in that regard as well.AdChoices广告 Smartphone security update availability report (February 2018)Smartphone comparison : Android, iOS, PrivatOS, Windows.#Google #Apple #WindowsPhone #Samsung #Blackphone #FairPhone #Malware #MobileSecurity pic.twitter.com/EzFEP0GWKE— SecurityLab (@SecX13) February 26, 2018 Just last week, a report came out on how major Android phone makers, at least those who sell their stuff in the US, fared when rolling out major Android updates, like Nougat, Oreo, and whatever Android P will be called. But while major updates are important, rolling out security updates are even more critical. Independent security researcher @SecurityLab just published a table showing how smartphone companies fared in providing their users much-needed timely security updates. And the results are not exactly surprising save for one.center_img Although you should take the chart with a grain of salt, it does match most impressions and observations, especially among Android OEMs. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture, unless you love red. Even more worrying considering the growing rate of security exploits being discovered and revealed of late.last_img read more

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Firefox Lockbox Notes bring desktop tech to mobile

first_imgMozilla’s Firefox browser may have had a successful run on the desktop but it hasn’t been smooth-sailing when it came to mobile. That’s especially true for iOS where it was only recently that it was able to actually have an actual web browser for iPhones and iPads. In the meantime, it has seemingly fallen by the wayside compared to Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari. With its Test Pilot experiments, Mozilla aims to bring some of its desktop features and technologies to smartphones, like passwords on iOS and notes on Android. That Firefox is a second-class citizen on iOS is really no secret. Not only was it extremely late to the party, thanks to restrictions Apple has on third-party web browsers, but it also lacks in some features. Mozilla has aimed to supplement those with third-party iOS apps, like this new experiment called Lockbox.In a nutshell, Lockbox for iOS is like a simplified password manager, one that uses Firefox Sync’s mechanism behind the scenes instead of those dedicated password managers. The idea is that, when you need to log into an app and have your password stored in Firefox, you launch Lockbox, search for the password, and copy it the clipboard. You still have to manually paste it into the app login though. Notes for Android might be a bit more practical if you live inside Firefox both on desktops and mobile. It again uses Firefox Sync to, well, sync notes you take on either device and access them on the other. Sync is promised to be secure, encrypted, and private, which is the bread and butter of Firefox’s business.Truth be told, Lockbox and Notes do duplicate the functionality long provided by other services. The only reason you’d gravitate towards them is if, as mentioned, you practically live inside a web browser, specifically Firefox. Don’t get too attached though, as, being Test Pilot services, they might not be there forever.last_img read more

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2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition boasts big 62L V8

first_imgGMC has rolled out the Graphite Editions of its Yukon full-size SUV. The big SUV comes in the normal Graphite Edition and the Graphite Performance Edition. Both vehicles are based on SLT trim and can be had in Yukon or Yukon XL 2wd or 4wd configurations. Graphite Edition vehicles include 22-inch bright machined wheels with carbon flash metallic pockets, black assist steps with gloss black accents, black chrome grill mesh inserts, and foglamp surrounds, body-color grille surround, black roof rails, gloss black beltline, and other black trim. Opting for the Performance Edition adds some other nice features to the mix. The Performance package includes a 6.2L V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.The vehicle also gets magnetic ride suspension, gloss black 22-inch wheels, and an active 2-speed transfer case on 4×4 models. A trailer brake control is integrated along with a 170-amp alternator. Standard axle ratio is 3.23 and the ride has a high capacity air cleaner.One of the cooler features is Bose Active Noise Cancellation. Performance buyers get a multi-color head-up display, 8-inch driver information center, and 8-inch color touch nav screen. The big 6.2L V8 makes 420hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.AdChoices广告GMC is offering Graphite Editions in onyx black, white frost tricoat, and dark sky metallic. The vehicles will launch this summer in the US. GMC is mum on package pricing right now promising pricing details closer to launch. SOURCE: GMClast_img read more

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The Alpine A110S is a feistier sports coupe you still cant have

first_imgThe Alpine A110S joins the A110 Pure and A110 Légende as the most expensive – and most powerful – of the bunch. According to the automaker’s chief engineer, Alpine opted to make its first A110 versions with the same ethos of the 1970s cars which inspired them. As such, “just like that classic model they’re playful and fun to drive,” Jean-Pascal Dauce observes. For the A110S, though, Alpine had something new in mind. “The A110S has a very different character,” the chief engineer explains. “Its bespoke chassis setup makes it a very focused sports car. High-speed stability and handling precision are two of its defining characteristics. Although lap times are never a priority for our road cars, the new A110S is nonetheless faster than the A110 ‘s other versions.”So, the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine now gets 288 horsepower, up almost 40 hp over the earlier cars. Torque is 236 lb-ft, and sticks around at its peak for 1,400 rpm higher than in the regular A110. As before, there’s rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but a brake-based e-differential system promises different cornering behavior. AdChoices广告At under 2,500 pounds the goal, though, is still agility through lightness. Alpine uses an aluminum body structure but with 4mm lower ride height and 50-percent stiffer coil springs. The hollow anti-roll bars are now 100-percent firmer. New wheels and tires – shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber – deliver more grip, the automaker says, and the A110S gets the upgraded Brembo brakes and 320mm bi-material discs that are optional on the car’s other variants. The result, Alpine promises, is better high-speed stability, more responsive steering, and improved handling precision. The ESC has been retuned, and you can still turn it off altogether if you prefer. As for the styling, there are new GT Race wheels with a dark finish, carbon fiber and orange flag detailing on the rear pillars, and orange brake calipers. Gris Tonnerre matte finish paint is an exclusive option for the A110S. A carbon fiber gloss-finish roof is optional, and cuts almost 4.2 pounds, while there’ll also be optional lightweight Fuchs forged alloy wheels. Inside, the blue A110 stitching is replaced with orange, and there’s black Dynamic upholstery on the roof lining, door panels, and visors. The lighter Sabelt seats, too, get the same fabric, and there’s a leather and Dinamica wrapped steering wheel. More carbon fiber and orange emblems are scattered throughout, and there are lightweight aluminum pedals. Options will include carbon fiber finish for the seats, while the Focal audio, Alpine Telemetrics, and parking sensors are all standard. The goal, Alpine says, is a car which can be used every day, despite its responsiveness. Story TimelineThis is Renault’s stunning Alpine Vision ConceptRenault opens new Alpine A110 production line Sadly there’s still no indication that those of us not in Europe will get to try that day-to-day usability ourselves. The new Alpine A110S is available to order now, priced from 66,500 euro ($74,500), and will appear in dealerships from October. Deliveries are expected by the end of the year. It’s fair to say we still haven’t got over Alpine refusing to bring the punchy little A110 sports coupe to the US, and the more aggressive new flagship A110S is going to do nothing to placate us. The mid-engined European two-seater returned the Alpine name to roads back in 2017, and now the line-up is gaining a third version. last_img read more

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Genetically modified plants could help get to the root of climate change

first_img Researchers have built a robot whose sole mission in life is to pick lettuce A giant new solar farm in Texas will harness the sun’s rays to … brew beer? The best gardening apps help you watch your garden grow Motion-sensing shrubs and robo-Venus flytraps: Inside the world of Cyborg Botany Google’s Stadia is the future of gaming, and that’s bad news for our planet There’s not going to be one singular solution to solve the problem of climate change. In reality, it’s going to take a multi-pronged approach encapsulating everything from reducing our individual carbon footprints to potentially more drastic solutions such as geoengineering. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California have another approach to add to the pile — and it’s one that involves genetic modification.Salk researchers have been investigating ways to engineer plants so that they grow with more robust and deeper roots that are capable of storing increased amounts of carbon underground for longer; thereby reducing CO2 in the atmosphere. This is based on their discovery of a gene which dictates the depth to which plant roots grow in soil.“We are very excited about our recent finding, because we have found a gene — Exocyst70A3 — and its variants that can change a shallow root system architecture, [in which] the roots grow closer to the surface of the soil, to a deeper root system architecture, [where] the roots grow deeper into the soil,” Wolfgang Busch, an Associate Professor in Salk’s Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, told Digital Trends. “We also have understood to a great extent how this gene works. It changes the flow of the plant hormone auxin through the root tip. That way the roots are not as swift to sense if they don’t grow downwards. Importantly, this gene seems to only specifically change root system architecture and no other property of the plant — it is therefore a precision tool.”Making the work particularly promising is the fact that the Exocyst70A3 gene has very closely related genes in all plants. This means that this research could theoretically work with every crop plant in existence. To further develop the project, the Salk initiative will receive more than $35 million from a number of organizations and individuals.“The next stage for this project is to translate this to crop plants that we would like to enhance in terms of root depth,” Busch continued. “Other work that we are starting is to look for other genes and their variants that increase root depth in a similar way. Having multiple genes in hand to work with to tune root system architecture will increase our ability to get to custom-tailored root systems.”A paper describing the work, titled “Root System Depth in Arabidopsis Is Shaped by Exocyst70A3 via the Dynamic Modulation of Auxin Transport,” was recently published in the journal Cell. Editors’ Recommendationslast_img read more

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Insurer Sues Medtronic Over BoneGrowth Drug

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Humana Inc. alleges the device maker violated federal racketeering statutes by conspiring with prominent physicians to promote unapproved uses of the drug, reports The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Ventas, the nation’s biggest health care real estate investment trust, said Monday it had agreed to acquire the American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust for $2.6 billion.The Wall Street Journal: Humana Files RICO Claim Over Medtronic Bone DrugHealth insurer Humana Inc. is alleging that medical-device maker Medtronic Inc. violated the federal racketeering statute by conspiring with prominent physicians to promote unapproved uses of its bone-growth drug, according to a lawsuit Humana filed in federal court last week. Humana alleges that Medtronic paid $210 million to prominent physicians who advocated the drug’s use in certain neck and spine surgeries that hadn’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to Humana’s complaint (Walker, 6/2).The New York Times: Ventas To Buy American Realty Capital Healthcare For $2.6 BillionVentas, the nation’s biggest health care real estate investment trust, said on Monday that it had agreed to acquire the American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust for $2.6 billion in stock and cash. At $11.33 a share, the offer is 14 percent above the Friday closing stock of the company, known as A.R.C. Healthcare (6/2). Insurer Sues Medtronic Over Bone-Growth Druglast_img read more

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Public Health Advocates Press White House To Help Expand Use Of Costly

first_img People whose diabetes requires insulin injections usually have to make a series of visits to the doctor’s office to fine-tune their daily dosage. But many low-income patients can’t afford to take those few hours off to see the doctor. As a result, they often live with chronically elevated blood sugars for weeks or months until they can find time to get to the clinic. (Shaikh-Lesko, 8/26) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Fiscal Times: Should We Be Rationing Hepatitis Drugs? Obama Pressured To End Restrictions If you’ve ever had surgery, you may have been given an analgesic named fentanyl. Fentanyl is a favored painkiller because it acts fast. But it’s also 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The powerful drug has made its way to the streets and increasingly is being used to cut heroin — resulting in a deadly combination. (Whitehead, 8/26) Amid mounting evidence that federal and state authorities are rationing costly new wonder drugs for treating people with the potentially lethal hepatitis C virus, public health experts have begun pressing the White House to intervene to expand the use of Sovaldi and other new medications. An estimated 3.2 million adults are chronically infected with hepatitis C while an estimated 20,000 people die from the serious liver ailment every year, including many military veterans. (Pianin, 8/26) center_img NPR: Texting Helps Diabetes Patients Fine-Tune Insulin Dosing NPR: How The Prescription Painkiller Fentanyl Became A Street Drug Public Health Advocates Press White House To Help Expand Use Of Costly Hepatitis Drugs Also in the news, NPR examines the role of the prescription drug Fentanyl in the current opioid epidemic and a new strategy for some patients to control their diabetes.last_img read more

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In 2015 FirstOfA Kind Drug Approvals On The Rise

first_imgIn 2015, First-Of-A Kind Drug Approvals On The Rise This trend reflected an industry-wide focus on drugs for rare and hard-to-treat diseases. Meanwhile, Gilead’s hepatitis C combo drug gets a Food and Drug Administration priority review, a gene-editing drug maker files for an IPO and some testing of another drug is suspended. The Wall Street Journal: Gilead Gets FDA Priority Review Of Hepatitis C Combo Drug Approvals for first-of-a-kind drugs climbed last year, pushing the annual tally of new U.S. drugs to its highest level in 19 years. The rising figures reflect an industry-wide focus on drugs for rare and hard-to-treat diseases, which often come with streamlined reviews, extra patent protections and higher price tags. (Perrone, 1/4) Gilead Sciences Inc. said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted a priority review of its experimental hepatitis C combination drug. The Foster City, Calif., drugmaker filed a new drug application for the treatment—a combination of the biopharmaceutical company’s Sovaldi with velpatasvir—in late October. The FDA is expected to decide whether to approve the combination therapy by June 28. (Stynes, 1/4) Editas Medicine Inc., the drugmaker whose backers include Bill Gates and Google Ventures, filed to become the first publicly traded company to specialize in a new technology to edit flaws in genes. The company, which uses a gene-editing technique called Crispr, filed Monday for the IPO with an initial size of $100 million. That’s a placeholder amount used to calculate fees and will probably change. (Chen and Barinka, 1/4) Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Active Biotech AB said Monday they were ending the higher-dose portions of two multiple-sclerosis studies with the drug Laquinimod after eight patients suffered nonfatal cardiovascular events. The companies said the incidents occurred in the higher-dose components of a phase 3 and a phase 2 clinical trial. The lower-dose and placebo components of the tests will continue. (Hufford, 1/4) center_img The Washington Post: First-Of-A-Kind Drug Approvals Continued Rise In 2015 The Wall Street Journal: Heart Incidents End Parts Of Two Studies By Teva, Active Biotech Bloomberg: Gene-Editing Drugmaker Backed By Google, Gates Files For IPO This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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New Account Would Allow People With Disabilities To Save Money Without Losing

first_img The Associated Press: How A New Savings Account For People With Disabilities Works Justin Bainbridge is 27 and works two jobs, but he wasn’t allowed to start saving money for his future until a few months ago. Bainbridge has Down syndrome, and like other people with disabilities who receive government benefits, he can’t have more than $2,000 in savings. If he does, he would start to lose those much-needed benefits. But a new type of savings vehicle is giving Bainbridge, and others, a chance to save more cash. (Pisani, 2/1) The Associated Press: People With Disabilities Finally Get A Way To Save Money New Account Would Allow People With Disabilities To Save Money Without Losing Government Benefits Disability advocates say that the savings vehicle is overdue and badly needed by people who could previously only hold $2,000 in savings. The Associated Press reports on how the ABLE accounts will work.center_img A new type of savings vehicle, known as an ABLE account, is allowing people with disabilities to save more money for the first time. That’s because the accounts allow them to save without losing much-needed government benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income monthly payments or Medicaid health care. The accounts are run by states and are similar to 529 college savings plans. Here’s more on how ABLE accounts work. (2/1) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Tough Policy Talk Azar Takes To The Hill – With Lots Of

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. While [former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom] Price distinguished himself as a zealous opponent of the ACA, [nominee Alex] Azar has the opportunity to enact a proactive agenda to improve America’s health care. But first he has to decide whether he’s going to be an agent for the future or a captive of his past as an executive for a top U.S. drug company. Azar can revive HHS’s mission to “enhance the health and well-being of Americans,” or follow the profit-driven path he plowed at Eli Lilly which jacked up the price of insulin by 225 percent since 2011. (Margarida Jorge and Ethan Rome, 1/8) The New York Times: Republicans In Congress Are Failing America’s Children CNBC: HHS Nominee Azar Needs To Come Clean On Obamacare, Medicare In Senate Hearings After passing a lavish tax cut for corporations and wealthy families, Congress hastily left town last month without reauthorizing the federal-state health insurance program, which benefits nearly nine million children. Authorization expired in September, and so far states have kept CHIP going with unspent funds carried over from previous appropriations. Before Christmas, Congress allocated $2.85 billion to the program, saying that the money would take care of the children’s needs until the end of March. But that appears to have been a gross miscalculation, because the Trump administration said on Friday that some states would start running out of money after Friday, Jan. 19. (1/8) Bloomberg: Britain’s Health-Care Choice center_img The News & Observer: ACA Alive And Well In NC Tough Policy Talk: Azar Takes To The Hill – With Lots Of Questions To Answer; Congress Should Step Up For Kids’ Insurance Opinion writers offer strong thoughts, advice on a number of health policy issues now in the news. Can a relatively low-tax country run a high-quality, taxpayer-funded health service that’s free to all? Britain’s National Health Service suggests the answer is no.The NHS is good at some things but bad, bordering on disastrous, at others. Its great virtue is truly universal coverage, no questions asked — and by international standards, the system is also cheap to run. As a result, though, it’s perpetually short of money, and the service is erratic. Today the NHS is yet again dealing with a financial crisis and a surge of complaints about standards. (1/8) In North Carolina the ACA remains popular indeed. Despite Trump’s administration having shortened the signup period for 2018 – the mandate requiring signup or a penalty also has been nixed in the GOP budget – some 523,989 North Carolinians signed up for health insurance through the ACA. That’s the third highest enrollment in the country, behind Florida and Texas. (1/7) last_img read more

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Ahead Of Hearing On Transgender Troops Report Offers Details On Pentagon Spending

first_imgAhead Of Hearing On Transgender Troops, Report Offers Details On Pentagon Spending For Service Members Who Have Gender Dysphoria Through Feb. 1, the cost of treating troops with the diagnosis of gender dysphoria included 22,992 psychotherapy visits, 9,321 prescriptions for hormones and 161 surgical procedures. Surgeries performed included 103 breast reductions or mastectomies, 37 hysterectomies, 17 “male reproductive” procedures and four breast augmentations. Psychotherapy sessions cost nearly $5.8 million and surgery cost more than $2 million, according to the data. The Associated Press: Decorated Transgender Troops To Testify Before Congress USA Today: Exclusive: Report Shows $8M Spent On More Than 1,500 Transgender Troops Lindsey Muller served in the Army as a man for nearly a decade before telling her commanders in 2014 that she identified as a woman and would resign because military policy barred transgender personnel. Her superiors, citing her outstanding performance, urged the decorated attack helicopter pilot to stay so she did. After then-President Barack Obama changed the policy, she started dressing in uniform as a woman. Muller went on to be recommended for a promotion as the surgery to complete her gender transition was scheduled, but the operation was postponed in 2017 when President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he was reinstituting the ban. (2/27) center_img The Pentagon has spent nearly $8 million to treat more than 1,500 transgender troops since 2016, including 161 surgical procedures, according to data obtained by USA TODAY. As of Feb. 1, 1,071 service members have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Public Health Service on active duty and in the reserve force. Most of them are senior enlisted personnel, but there are 20 senior officers – majors and lieutenant commanders and higher – as well. (Brook, 2/27) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Three hopes its skyhigh 5G speed claims make up for the fact

first_img 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. Three has shed a little more light on its upcoming UK 5G network, at a press event that was jam-packed with bold claims about how it will deliver faster 5G speeds than any of its rivals. However, will it be enough to claw back some of the ground it has lost to EE and Vodafone?First, some background. Three’s 5G service is set to go live in August, but it will initially consist of a home broadband service in London. Three will only offer 5G phones once its 5G network has been switched on in 25 UK cities − something that’s scheduled to happen before the end of 2019.This puts it a little way behind EE and Vodafone, which have taken a lead on the 5G front. 5G phones have been available on EE’s network since June 7, and devices will be available on Vodafone’s 5G network from July 3 − which is this Wednesday.However, at a press event in London on July 1, Three repeatedly tried to downplay the importance of being the first UK mobile operator to send its 5G network live. The company also made some big claims, which include the following quotes (and several more variations of them):“First isn’t fastest or best”“Only Three has enough spectrum to deploy 5G effectively”“5G is ours to own”In many cases, far too much importance is placed on being first − just look at the Royole FlexPai and Samsung Galaxy Fold. However, in the case of 5G, being first definitely was a big deal.That’s because the 5G revolution is effectively taking place in two stages − and right now, we’re at the very start of the 5G journey. Blanket 5G coverage is still way off, and not only are 5G devices not yet widespread − in many cases they’re also expensive and deeply flawed.In other words, 5G is currently really only for early adopters. And for early adopters, being first is, of course, of the utmost importance.Three essentially lost the first key 5G battle to EE. But it’s now time to focus on the long game. The battle for general consumers will only really get going next year, and by then the landscape should look very different indeed.Three has made a lot of big claims about the speed of its 5G network, and if it comes good on those it will be in a great position to take on EE and Vodafone.“When we launch 5G in the UK we will have the most spectrum in the market,” said Shadi Halliwell, Three’s CMO. “And not all spectrum is created equal.”In June − when, incidentally, Three said that it will offer the “fastest 5G network in the UK” and that it’s also the only operator that would offer a “true 5G experience” − it explained that it has acquired a 100MHz contiguous block of 5G spectrum covering 3580-3680MHz.According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU): “5G needs a significant amount of new harmonised mobile spectrum. Regulators should aim to make available 80-100MHz of contiguous spectrum per operator in prime 5G mid-bands (e.g. 3.5GHz) and around 1GHz per operator in millimetre wave bands (i.e. above 24GHz).”Spectrum within the 3.3-3.8GHz range “offers a good mixture of coverage and capacity benefits” and will “form the basis of many initial 5G services”, the ITU adds.In December 2018, Halliwell explained, Ofcom approved a licence variation request submitted by Three, which resulted in the mobile operator securing a 100MHz contiguous block of spectrum in the 3.4-3.8GHz band.Neither EE, Vodafone or O2 managed to get an 80-100MHz contiguous block and, to put it lightly, Halliwell said: “Not many people were really happy [about Three’s  arrangement]”.And in arguing against the move, Three’s biggest rivals involuntarily paid the mobile operator some seriously big compliments.Related: Best smartphoneFor instance, here’s what Telefonica argued at the time: “[Three] would be the only operator able to exploit fully the benefits (speed, capacity and latency) associated with 5G and supporting network infrastructure, such as higher order MIMO, available from 2019”.“We expect the variation to provide [Three] with a small to moderate incremental increase in capacity … which will allow it to offer higher average speeds in heavily loaded cells … We also expect an increase in the peak speeds it can offer due to using a larger single carrier, and potentially better 5G coverage by having higher transmit power levels,” was Ofcom’s conclusion.However, it added: “We do not consider it likely that the benefit to H3G described above would be so significant as to provide H3G with an unmatchable competitive advantage over its competitors. Moreover, there are a number of dimensions to competition, and capacity and 5G speeds are only one aspect of the competitive offering. We therefore do not consider the variation is likely to have an adverse impact on competition such that we should not consent to it.”We were impressed with the speeds we got on the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G on EE’s network, so it will be interesting to see how much faster Three’s 5G network might be, if at all. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.center_img 5G 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 Editorlast_img read more

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US stocks surge in best rally since March 2009

first_imgU.S. stocks surge in best rally since March 2009 The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 1,050 points for its biggest-ever point gain and the Nasdaq 100 rallied 6 per cent Twitter Bloomberg News Facebook Comment Sponsored By: December 26, 20186:14 PM EST Filed under News U.S. stocks staged one of the biggest rallies of the 9 1/2 year bull market after coming within points of seeing it end, with major indexes surging at least 4.9 per cent. Crude jumped almost 10 per cent. Canadian markets were closed Wednesday, Boxing Day.All but one member of the S&P 500 finished in the green, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 1,050 points for its biggest-ever point gain and the Nasdaq 100 rallied 6 per cent in a surge last seen in March 2009. Small caps joined the rally with a 5 percent advance.Consumer shares paced the rally, with Amazon jumping 9.5 per cent after reporting record holiday sales. Each member of the FAANG cohort rallied at least 6.4 per cent, while energy producers surged as crude powered past US$46 a barrel. All 30 Dow members gained, with Nike and Apple rising more than 7 percent. Newmont Mining was the only S&P 500 member to fall.“It was probably a pretty good retail-oriented holiday and that probably has a lot to do with what’s happening today,” said Kim Forrest, a senior portfolio manager at Fort Pitt Capital Group.President Donald Trump said a day earlier that the rout that took stocks down 19.8 per cent from a record provided a “tremendous opportunity to buy.” Investors also welcomed assurances by Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, that Jerome Powell’s job is “100 per cent” safe. Oil’s best rally since 2016 added to the equity surge. Stocks are looking to stop one of the most miserable Decembers on record, as a host of headwinds combined to drag down America’s benchmark index.A reminder that consumers — a key part of the American economy — remain on solid footing helped soothe anxiety created by fears of a global slowdown and personnel churn in the U.S. administration. A late report that a U.S. government delegation will travel to Beijing in two weeks to hold trade talks gave stocks a final push higher.“The thing that the Fed chairman won’t be axed, that has a lot to do with everyone being happy Powell gets to keep his job and that the turmoil about this has abated for today,” Forrest said. “You have the market leaning one way or the other, and it can often do what it’s doing today, which is go higher. On Monday the market leaned lower. It’s an outsize move.”Hassett was the latest government official to try to calm the markets after Bloomberg’s report Friday that President Donald Trump asked about firing Powell. Steven Mnuchin was criticized for saying he called bank chiefs to gauge liquidity. Trump expressed confidence in Mnuchin on Tuesday.Crude surged, the greenback was stronger versus its major peers and Treasuries fell. Exchanges throughout Europe remained closed for the holiday.Elsewhere on Wednesday, Japanese equities closed higher on a wave of late buying after fluctuating throughout the day. Korean shares tumbled after a holiday, and Shanghai stocks fell for a second day. Markets in Australia and Hong Kong were closed.West Texas Intermediate crude rebounded to trade above US$44 a barrel. The offshore yuan was little changed after China released new rules promising to treat all companies equally, the latest positive step on the trade and investment front since further U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes were paused.“There’s a lot of uncertainty in the short-term and that makes sense,” Gershon Distenfeld, AllianceBernstein co-head of fixed income, said on Bloomberg TV. “We’re going to have a lot of volatility. But this base case of ‘the world is coming to an end’ just given the fundamental data out there doesn’t make any sense.” Join the conversation → Jeremy Herron and Vildana Hajric More Share this storyU.S. stocks surge in best rally since March 2009 Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Email Traders exchange high fives before the closing bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Dec. 26, 2018.Richard Drew/AP ← Previous Next → 0 Comments advertisement Recommended For You’We were experiencing headwinds’ — Canopy Growth stock heads south on poor sales ramp-upDefining the future of Canadian competitiveness: How partnerships between industry and educational institutions can help lead the way forwardTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016 Featured Stories Redditlast_img read more

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Hudsons Bay chairmans firm to buy Ontario pension fund stake in retailer

first_img 0 Comments Recommended For YouBoeing takes $4.9 bln charge for prolonged grounding of 737 MAX planesU.S. hog futures rise amid hopes of increased China pork demandSherritt Provides Notice of Second Quarter 2019 Results, Conference Call and WebcastBrazil’s Monashees buys stake in plant-based meat producer Fazenda FuturoWall Street rises as Fed’s Williams cements rate-cut expectations Hudson’s Bay Co Chairman Richard Baker is buying shares in the retailer through his firm Rupert of the Rhine LLC.Canadian Press Email Comment Reddit Facebook January 4, 20199:50 AM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Hudson’s Bay chairman’s firm to buy Ontario pension fund stake in retailer; stock surges more than 12% Shares of the company have fallen 37% in the last 12 months Reuters Share this storyHudson’s Bay chairman’s firm to buy Ontario pension fund stake in retailer; stock surges more than 12% Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn More An entity controlled by Hudson’s Bay Co Chairman Richard Baker will buy the stake owned by a unit of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in the Canadian retailer, according to L&T B Cayman Inc, a top shareholder in Hudson’s Bay and a joint buyer.The purchase of about 18 million shares at $9.45 each by Baker’s entity Rupert of the Rhine LLC represents a premium of 28.6 per cent to HBC’s Thursday close, L&T B Cayman said on Thursday.HBC stock surged 12.5 per cent to $8.25 after the open Friday. The acquired shares will represent about 9.76 per cent of common shares on a non-diluted basis and 7.54 per cent assuming the conversion of the outstanding convertible preferred shares of HBC into common shares, L&T B said.Upon completion of the deal, L&T B will own about 25.03 per cent of Hudson’s Bay on a non-diluted basis.HBC, the owner of the Saks Fifth Avenue luxury retailer, has embarked on a mission to boost flagging sales as it combats market share erosion by e-commerce companies including Amazon.com Inc.Last year, HBC formed a joint venture for its European business, sold its unprofitable online brand Gilt and had said it will close up to 10 struggling Lord & Taylor stores after selling the brand’s flagship building in Manhattan.Still for some investors, the measures have not gone far enough. Hedge fund Land & Buildings in November called for HBC to sell the Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor brands and its 50 per cent interest in the European joint venture.Hudson’s Bay CEO Helena Foulkes then said the company agrees with Land and Buildings that HBC is undervalued and that “everything is on the table in terms of increasing value for our shareholders.”Shares of the company have fallen 37 per cent in the last 12 months.Hudson’s Bay and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board were not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours.© Thomson Reuters 2019 Twitter Join the conversation →last_img read more

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What gives Canadas job market off to its best start in almost

first_img Last week, Canada’s statistics agency reported the nation’s economy grew by just 0.1 per cent in the final three months of 2018. Most economists expect the sluggishness to persist in the first six months of this year, before growth picks up steam later in 2019.The jobs increase largely reflects higher labor force numbers, rather than falling unemployment, due to rising participation rates and accelerating population growth over the past couple of years. Much of the increase in Canada’s population comes from international working-age migrants. In an economy with more than half a million vacant jobs, many seem to be finding work.The labour force increased by 55,100 in February, and is up by 159,000 so far this year. Canada’s jobless rate was unchanged at 5.8 per cent, even with the employment gains, because more people were looking for work.The breakdown in the numbers was also positive, with 67,400 new full-time jobs offsetting a loss of 11,600 part-time positions.Even the wage picture is looking better. Annual average hourly gains accelerated to 2.3 per cent in February from 2 per cent a month earlier, with pay for permanent employees up 2.2 per cent, from 1.8 per cent previously.One weakness was total hours worked, which fell 0.1 per cent in February from a year earlier.With assistance from Erik HertzbergBloomberg.com David Rosenberg: If American bulls want a reality check all they have to do is look at Canada Reddit Join the conversation → advertisement Theophilos Argitis Twitter Comment March 8, 201911:11 AM EST Filed under News Economy Employment increased by 55,900 in February, all full-time jobs, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, building on a 66,800 gain in January.Bloomberg Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The latest charts that matter most to the Bank of Canada Facebook Sponsored By: What gives? Canada’s job market off to its best start in almost 40 years Aren’t we supposed to be in a slowdown? Featured Stories Economic headwinds threaten to dampen outlook for Canada’s big banks, analysts say Canada’s economy posted its second-straight surprise job gain, making the labour market a lone bright spot for an economy in the middle of a sharp slowdown.Employment increased by 55,900 in February, all full-time jobs, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, building on a 66,800 gain in January. The two-month gain is the best start to a year since 1981. Canada’s economy has added 290,000 jobs since August, the largest six-month increase since the early 2000s.The much-stronger-than-expected labour market is the only thing giving policy makers comfort amid a run of bleak data in recent months. It’s a key reason why the Bank of Canada is sticking to its belief the economy will rebound and interest rates will likely head higher. Bank of Canada holds rate as longer, deeper slowdown grips economy Canada just racked up a record trade deficit as the value of our oil exports plunged 21% ‘The Bank of Canada is on hold,’ with little good news to be seen on the economic front The employment gains in recent months come amid an otherwise dismal performance for the economy recently, amid stresses in the oil sector, weakening housing markets, volatility in global financial markets and waning consumer and business confidence. Economists were forecasting a gain of just 1,200 in February. What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation 351 Comments Email Share this storyWhat gives? Canada’s job market off to its best start in almost 40 years Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn More Related Stories Bloomberg News ← Previous Next →last_img read more

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Watch BMW i8 Smash Into A Light Pole

first_img Watch BMW i8 Race Porsche 996 Turbo, BMW M3 And Others Wired Drives The New BMW i8 Roadster Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 13, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News BMW i8 Roadster Tested By The Autogefühl – Video All we can really say here is whoops and this BMW i8 owner is in for a huge repair bill.We can also say that due to there being few BMW i8 vehicles on the road, and most people likely using them in a limited fashion, there aren’t a ton of i8 crashes out there, at least that we know of. With that being said, we can’t even imagine the repair bill from BMW. But hey, those that can afford this ridiculous car can likely afford to have it fixed, right? Maybe or maybe not. Yea, we honestly have no idea of the damage and the cost thereof.More On The Unique BMW i8: Source: Electric Vehicle News This lady must have mixed up the accelerator and the brake (although we don’t know that for sure). Anyhow, as shown on CCTV, she backs into a light pole at a pretty aggresive clip. Whoops! Of course, she’s clearly upset by the situation, but she’s probably not so aware that this is going to put a huge dent in her wallet.The i8’s carbon-fiber cockpit and build structure make it an outlier when it comes to vehicle construction. This being said, the repairs will be exorbitant. On top of that, this BMW i8 Coupe already set her back a minimum of $147,500.Video Description via Multimedia Live on YouTube:That is not going to be cheap! – Woman wrecks BMW i8Video footage of a woman crashing a BMW i8 into a pole when she tried to reverse out of a driveway is making the rounds on social media. The clearly distraught woman exits the car and stares at the damage in disbelief as onlookers try to comfort her. The timestamp on the CCTV footage shows that the incident took place on November 5 2018. last_img read more

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ChargePoint CEO On Tesla Superchargers The Future Of EV Charging

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 30, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Above: ChargePoint has big plans for fast charging (Image: ChargePoint)In Romano’s interview, some of his most interesting comments have to do with Tesla’s Supercharger network. Tesla created its own proprietary charging standard because it was unwilling to wait for the rest of the industry to catch up. Romano says that, while the ultimate goal is to have a uniform standard for all automakers, Tesla made the right decision at the time.“If I were Tesla, I probably would have done the same thing in building out a charging network when they did, because they were highly dependent on that, and the rest of the world was just not getting off the blocks fast enough,” says Romano. “Now they’ve proven that, if you take away that buying objection [charging], you can have a very high-demand car.”.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano sits down with Jim Motavalli to discuss his views on the future of EV charging (Youtube: Web Summit)Romano is optimistic about the future of vehicle autonomy, which he believes will reduce the cost of living in several ways. He also has some interesting comments about wireless charging, which he sees as just “a different cable.” He points out that ChargePoint is focused on software and the customer interface. “Our biggest value add is not…hardware. What we care about is, from a driver perspective, how we make it easy to find, access, pay for stations…all of the software problems associated with managing the charging ecosystem.”===Written by: Charles Morris; Source: Web Summit*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Source: Electric Vehicle News Above: Tesla Model 3 and Model S using ChargePoint (Image: ChargePoint)Romano sat down with EV writer Jim Motavalli at the recent Web Summit conference for a wide-ranging interview. The two start their discussion by marveling at the accelerating growth of the EV market – in California, plug-ins now make up 5% of new-car sales, and in Silicon Valley it’s fast becoming a social faux pas to show up at a party in a gas burner. Romano highlights the importance of workplace charging – across the US, drivers who enjoy the opportunity to charge at work are six times more likely to buy an EV.ChargePoint is beginning to deploy chargers capable of charging at 800 volts, which means a vehicle could add 250 km of range in about 10 minutes. Motavalli notes that this sounds like a major tipping point – charging an EV can now be almost as fast as gassing up a fossil-powered ride. In addition, the company just raised $240 million Daimler, BMW, Chevron and others to help expedite the buildout of its EV charging infrastructure. CHARGEPOINT CEO TALKS ABOUT TESLA SUPERCHARGERS AND THE FUTURE OF EV CHARGING [VIDEO]ChargePoint is one of the world’s largest EV charging networks, with over 57,000 public chargers in several countries. The company’s CEO, Pasquale Romano, has been involved with public charging since the days when only a handful of people knew such a thing existed. Like Elon Musk, he’s ignored the doubters and naysayers, and built a successful and rapidly growing business.*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.last_img read more

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