Instagram hijacked accounts are getting easier to reclaim

first_imgWith a social network as big as Instagram, users getting their accounts hacked and hijacked is a common problem. Instagram has rolled out some measures to keep accounts secure, but users are saying those aren’t enough, especially when it comes to reclaiming a hijacked account. Today, Instagram detailed some more security methods for user accounts – including a way for users to get their usernames back, even after it’s been changed by hackers. Story TimelineInstagram influencers and celebrities had their private data exposedInstagram’s IGTV now supports horizontal videosInstagram Stories can now automatically display song lyrics The first method is launching into testing today. In the event that your account is compromised, this new feature allows you to send a six digit recovery code to the email address or phone number linked to the account – or, importantly, the email address or phone number that were linked to the account when you initially created it. In the event that a hacker gains access and changes your linked email or phone number, that could potentially allow you to regain access anyway.As outlined by Motherboard today, that method isn’t entirely foolproof, but it also isn’t the only new security option Instagram is testing. If the hacker also has access to the email address associated with your account, they could simply request a recovery code and lock you out again. To combat that, an Instagram spokesperson told Motherboard that the company will “take additional measures to ensure a hacker cannot use codes sent to your email address [or] phone number to access your account from a different device.”How Instagram will prevent that wasn’t detailed, but it’s nice to know that it’s something that’s being considered. Instagram is also testing a new method for protecting high-value usernames, which are often targets for hijackers. Now Instagram will protect usernames “for a period of time after any account changes, meaning it can’t be claimed by someone else if you lose access to your account.”AdChoices广告These features are just in testing for now, but it isn’t hard to imagine that they’ll soon be available to all Instagram users. It sounds like all features are rolling into testing today, with the lock on usernames live now on Android and coming to iOS soon. We’ll see if this does anything to stem the tide of Instagram account hijackings, so stay tuned. last_img read more

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Viewpoints The Case For Govt Shutdown Over Obamacare Tea Partiers Vs GOP

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. Viewpoints: The Case For Gov’t Shutdown Over Obamacare; Tea Partiers Vs. GOP ‘Establishment Types’ The Wall Street Journal: The Only Way to Stop ObamaCare Is To Cut Off Its Funding So the fight to stop ObamaCare now is an urgent matter. Elected leaders in both parties should summon the courage to put their political futures on the line, because the future of America is truly on the line. Politicians who oppose ObamaCare should not vote to fund it. … a failure of Republicans to show the courage of their convictions on such a fundamental issue will inspire no one and will further alienate the American people from their government. This carries far greater risks to the nation’s future than the threat of a government shutdown or the risk of losing the next election (Jim DeMint and Mike Needham, 8/8). San Francisco Chronicle: Republicans Should Bring It On To Defund ObamacareRepublicans are battling over whether they should make an attempt to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the new national health care law commonly referred to as Obamacare. Tea Partiers want the fight, while the establishment types think it is a futile and damaging effort. There are a lot of reasons this fight makes sense, not to mention the obvious fact that you cannot win a fight if you are not in the ring (Sal Russo, 8/9).The Washington Post: How Will Republicans Explain Government Shutdown To Constituents? It’s easy to rail about Obamacare’s evils inside the safe confines of the conservative media echo chamber. But it may not be so easly for GOP lawmakers to explain to their constituents that they support repealing specific provisions in Obamacare, i.e., the ban on discrimination against preexisting conditions. … concerned constituents may wonder what meaningful solutions, if any, Republicans do support to fix the health care system (Greg Sargent, 8/8).Huffington Post: What To Expect On October 1 There is every reason to believe that … successes will mark the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act in several states. … Observers should keep in mind that when millions of people are applying for coverage, thousands of mistakes are inescapable. They should not lose sight of the fact that many of those mistakes will result from the uncooperative and obstructionist efforts by those who have refused to recognize that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and that law-abiding citizens obey the law (Henry Aaron, 8/7). USA Today: ObamaCare’s Effects Difficult To Measure When California announced that individual premiums in its health insurance exchange could be 29% lower than expected, President Obama cheered. When Indiana announced premiums might be 72% higher than before, state officials predicted doom. So who is right? Are health insurance premiums going up or down? We don’t know, at least in part, because both sides are playing with the numbers (Dhruv Khullar, 8/8).The Washington Post’s The Root: Mistrust Of Government May Be D.C.’s Biggest Hurdle With New Health-Care Law The biggest hurdle facing D.C. officials as the city begins to roll out the first phase of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act might not be finding the District’s uninsured people and convincing them to sign up for health insurance. The stiffest test might be convincing residents that its city government can implement and manage the program (Keith Harriston, 8/8).Bloomberg: Is Obamacare Forcing You To Work Part-Time?The law requires employers to sponsor health insurance for all full-time employees. It defines “full-time” as 30 hours per week or more. To avoid that burden, conservatives are saying, businesses are replacing full-time positions with part-time ones. … I’d like to get rid of the employer mandate entirely. But I also believe in thorough, objective use of data. And they show no evidence of a part-time surge yet. (Evan Soltas, 8/8).The Wall Street Journal: Rationing Health Care In Oregon Liberal states often preview health-care central planning before the same regulations go national, which ought to make an Oregon cost-control commission especially scary. On Thursday a state board could change Oregon’s Medicaid program to deny costly care to poor patients who need it most. … Like most such panels, including the Affordable Care Act’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, the Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission, or HERC, claims to be merely concerned with what supposedly works and what doesn’t. Their real targets are usually advanced, costly treatments (Hope Landsem, 8/8).The Washington Post: 85 Million Americans Lack Dental Coverage. Fixing That Requires More Than Just Money. [The authors of a new paper] find that the behavioral impact of raising Medicaid reimbursement rates is disappointingly small. Because dentists’ willingness to participate in Medicaid isn’t very sensitive to reimbursement rates, moving Medicaid rates closer to parity with private providers would be somewhat costly, yet would not greatly increase children’s use of dental services (Harold Pollack, 8/8). JAMA: Medicare Payment For Chronic Care Delivered In A Patient-Centered Medical Home Each July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publishes in the Federal Register its proposals for updating the Medicare physician fee schedule for the upcoming calendar year. … Although these rules cover a wide range of services, included within the document issued this past July is a little-noticed discussion of Medicare’s intent to make a substantial change in its payment policy. If the rule is finalized as proposed, for the first time physicians would be able to bill Medicare for the non–face-to-face delivery of complex chronic care management services provided by a practice that has the capability to furnish these services (Dr. Andrew B. Bindman, Jonathan D. Blum and Richard Kronick, 8/8).Kansas City Star: Despite Roadblocks, Some Progress On Health Exchanges In Missouri and KansasFirst, the wishful thinking. If only Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback hadn’t returned a generous federal grant that would have enabled Kansas to set up its own online insurance marketplace for people newly eligible to receive policies and price discounts under the federal Affordable Care Act (8/8).last_img read more

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Study Finds Health Law Offers Income Boost To Poorest People Insurers Experiences

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. News coverage offers different looks at how the health law is impacting consumers and insurers. USA Today: Obamacare Increases Incomes Of Poorest, Study FindsThe Affordable Care Act will “significantly” increase the incomes of Americans who fall in the bottom one-fifth of the income levels, while slightly decreasing — by .8% — the incomes of senior citizens, a new study finds. Those in the bottom one-fifth will see income measurements rise 6%; those in the bottom one-tenth will see an increase of more than 7%, according to researchers at the Brookings Institution, a non-partisan think tank (Kennedy, 1/27).Politico Pro:  Brookings Study Sees ACA Affecting Income DistributionThe Obama administration never billed the Affordable Care Act as tool for redistributing income, but that’s one effect it will have, according to a new study from The Brookings Institute. Americans with incomes in the bottom fifth of the distribution will see an average increase of 6 percent because of expanded access to Medicaid and tax subsidies for private coverage, while higher taxes, lower Medicare Advantage payments and changes to the insurance market will somewhat reduce incomes for the rest of the population, the study reports. The analysis, by Brookings Institute scholars Henry Aaron and Gary Burtless, uses a definition of income that is expanded to include the value of government and employer contributions to health insurance (Norman, 1/27). The Huffington Post: These Health Insurance Companies Are Winning At ObamacareA central promise of Obamacare was to spur competition between insurance companies to drive down health care costs and give consumers more choices. The results are mixed so far. Months after the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, large insurance companies such as WellPoint still dominate many local markets — although smaller insurers are challenging some of the biggest players in some markets, according to data from nine states analyzed by The Huffington Post (Young, 1/27).Meanwhile, sign-up deadline confusion continues – Marketplace: Court Ruling Could Clear Up Some Obamacare ConfusionThe deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act — or face penalties — is a little more than two months away now: March 31. A survey out today says lots of people don’t know that, highlighting just how much confusion there still is about the health care law. More than half of Americans don’t know when the deadline is to sign up for health insurance, according to a report from Bankrate.com. Granted, many of those people already have insurance (Scott, 1/27). Study Finds Health Law Offers Income Boost To Poorest People; Insurers’ Experiences Are Mixedlast_img read more

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State Highlights Concerns Continue About CoakleyPartners Antitrust Settlement

first_imgA selection of health policy stories from Massachusetts, Oregon, Wisconsin, Maine, New York and Texas.The Boston Globe: Judge Grants Coakley’s Request For Delay In Partners Antitrust SettlementCriticism of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s antitrust pact with the state’s largest health care system mounted Thursday as a watchdog panel warned a judge the proposed deal might not meet its goal of holding down medical expenses. But Coakley, a Democratic candidate for governor, signaled she was prepared to toughen the terms of her settlement with Partners HealthCare System. To allow more time to supplement the agreement with findings by the state Health Policy Commission that Partners’ takeover of Hallmark Health could drive up costs, Coakley sought to have a scheduled Aug. 5 hearing on the deal postponed. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders agreed and set it for Sept. 29 (Weisman, 7/18). WBUR: New Concerns About Coakley-Partners DealThere are new concerns about an agreement Attorney General Martha Coakley negotiated to try and control the prices and market power of Partners HealthCare. The implication, from a commission created to help reduce health spending, is that the deal does not go far enough. “Without lasting change to the market structures,” the Health Policy Commission (HPC) writes in comments to be filed in court, “price caps may not be effective in keeping costs down.” Price caps? The commission dug in on a portion of the deal Coakley reached with Partners — the part that says network prices could not rise faster than inflation for six and a half years (Bebinger, 7/18). The Wall Street Journal’s Pharmalot: Will Gilead’s Hepatitis C Drug Bust State Budgets?A new analysis suggests many states may, in fact, be overwhelmed as they attempt to pay for the Solvaldi medication sold by Gilead Sciences, which costs $84,000 for each patient, and several forthcoming treatments that may be priced at a similar level. More than 750,000 Americans with chronic hepatitis C receive health care coverage through Medicaid or the prison system. And in its analysis, Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager, consequently projects that states will collectively spend more than $55.2 billion to provide Sovaldi to all comers (Silverman, 7/17).The Oregonian: Suspicions, Money Drive Multnomah County’s Near Split With Oregon Health ReformsEmergency rooms flooded with people mentally ill or on drugs. A mental health program poorly managed. Agencies and health systems dumping people’s problems on each other to improve bottom lines. Oregon’s health reform law, approved with much fanfare and hope in 2012, was supposed to solve problems like these. Instead, Multnomah County, the state’s largest, has come to the verge of divorce with the main reform group set up to care for low-income residents in the region, documents and interviews show (Budnick, 7/17). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee Mental Health Board Meets For First Time, Vows Better CareThe new Milwaukee Mental Health Board met for the first time Thursday, vowing to improve care for the more than 13,000 patients who seek help each year through the county’s public psychiatric system. The board also indicated it would move to close the county’s embattled Mental Health Complex by 2016. “I’ve been waiting to sit at this table in this situation for a long time,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, who pushed to strip the County Board of oversight after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Chronic Crisis” investigation showed how patients continued to die of abuse and neglect as politicians ignored decades of calls for reform (Kissinger, 7/17). Bangor Daily News: LePage Announces Extra $13.1 Million For Nursing Homes — No Legislature RequiredGov. Paul LePage announced Thursday his administration will use $4.6 million in Medicaid savings to make additional payments to Maine’s 106 nursing homes — and he’ll do it without involving the Legislature. The extra money will draw down federal matching funds of $8.5 million. Combined with state and federal money allocated by the Legislature this spring, Maine’s nursing homes will see a total of $25.4 million in extra revenue this fiscal year (Moretto, 7/17).Buffalo News: BlueCross BlueShield Withdraws From Medicaid Managed Care ProgramSome 53,000 Medicaid recipients in the region, including nearly 29,000 in Erie County, will have to look for new insurance coverage this fall because BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is withdrawing from the Medicaid managed care program. The insurer, which plans to publicly announce its withdrawal from the program today, informed government officials of the move Thursday in a memo that was obtained by The Buffalo News (Zremski, 7/17).Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close Due To State LawIn just over the past year, the number of abortion clinics in Texas fell from 41 to 20, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September. Many of those closed because of the requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a certain radius of the clinic, and many doctors couldn’t comply. That requirement began November 1. This week marks the one-year anniversary of the law that started it all (Feibel, 7/17). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Highlights: Concerns Continue About Coakley-Partners Antitrust Settlementlast_img read more

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First Edition October 8 2014

first_imgFirst Edition: October 8, 2014 Today’s headlines include a story about how healthcare.gov will face “confidential” check-ups by insurers and news that Walmart will trim health benefits for some part-time workers.    Kaiser Health News: Many Medicare Outpatients Pay More At Rural Hospitals, Federal Report SaysKaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau reports: “Many Medicare beneficiaries treated at primarily rural “critical access” hospitals end up paying between two and six times more for outpatient services than do patients at other hospitals, according to a report released Wednesday by the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services” (Rau, 10/8). Read the story, which also ran in the Chicago Tribune.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Study: Robotic Surgery More Costly For Ovarian Problems; How One U.S. Hospital Braces For EbolaNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Daniela Hernandez reports on a study examining the costs of some robot-assisted surgeries: “A study published today in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology suggests that robot-assisted surgeries to remove ovaries or ovarian cysts were more expensive and had more complications than traditional minimally invasive surgeries” (Hernandez, 10/7). Also on the blog, WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports on one hospital’s plans to contain Ebola: “In Connecticut, the idea of taking care of an Ebola patient is still just theoretical. However, one of the reasons that public health officials in the U.S. are confident that American hospitals could contain an outbreak is because they can accommodate the isolation and sanitation needed to keep the virus from spreading” (Cohen, 10/8). Check out what else is on the blog.The Wall Street Journal: Healthcare.gov Testing To Be ConfidentialThe new HealthCare.gov is set to open for broad testing by insurers on Tuesday, but they’re not going to be publicly talking—or tweeting—about it. On Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services emailed insurers that it would require “all testers to acknowledge the confidentiality of this process to access the testing environment,” according to a copy reviewed by The Wall Street Journal (Wilde Mathews, 10/7).The New York Times: Health Law Drug Plans Are Given A Check-UpWhen the new health insurance exchanges opened for business one year ago, whether they would succeed was a matter of fervent debate. Who would sign up? Would they know how to use their insurance? And would a flood of seriously ill patients overwhelm insurers, sending premiums skyrocketing and dooming the new law? Two new studies are beginning to answer some of these questions by looking at prescription drugs, one of the most common ways that people use their health insurance (Thomas, 10/7).The Associated Press: Health Law Waivers: Too Complicated To Claim?Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal. Community groups are concerned about a convoluted process for waivers from the law’s tax penalty on people who remain uninsured. Not everyone is complaining, however: Tax preparation companies are flagging it as a business opportunity (10/7).The Wall Street Journal: Wellness Programs Get A Health CheckCompanies are trying to figure out just how far they can go to keep their workers fit and healthy. Employer wellness programs, designed to motivate employees to get in shape and address medical and lifestyle issues, have proliferated in recent years as bosses look for new ways to manage health-care costs. Nearly every major employer has some sort of initiative, many of which reward workers for their participation with discounts on insurance premiums or extra cash in their reimbursement accounts. Those are the carrots. Sticks—adding a surcharge to premiums for those who don’t complete certain requirements, for example—are being applied as well. That’s due in part to the Affordable Care Act, which encouraged the growth of wellness programs by increasing both the maximum incentives and the maximum penalties employers may use (Weber, 10/7).The New York Times: Minimum Wage And Overtime Protections Are Delayed For Home-Care WorkersWith numerous states pushing for a delay, the Obama administration announced Tuesday that it would put off enforcement of its plan to extend minimum-wage and overtime protections to the nation’s nearly two million home-care workers (Greenhouse, 10/7).The Wall Street Journal: Labor Department Upholds Home Health-Care Pay Rule, Delays EnforcementBusiness groups and Republicans lost their bid to get the Labor Department to suspend a rule that will extend minimum-wage and overtime pay to home health-care workers, but the agency said it won’t enforce the measure for the first six months after the Jan. 1 effective date. Some worker-advocacy groups and Democrats applauded the department’s decision to move forward with the rule, calling it a balanced approach. Congressional Republicans and others who wanted a suspension said the department’s solution is unworkable (Trottman, 10/7).The Associated Press: Wal-Mart Cuts Some Part-Time Health BenefitsStarting Jan. 1, Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move, which would affect 30,000 employees, follows similar decisions by Target, Home Depot and others to eliminate health insurance benefits for part-time employees. … Wellborn says the company will use a third-party organization to help part-time workers find insurance alternatives: “We are trying to balance the needs of (workers) as well as the costs of (workers) as well as the cost to Wal-Mart” (D’Innocenzio, 10/7).The New York Times: 30,000 Lose Health Care Coverage At WalmartWalmart Stores, the world’s largest retailer and the nation’s largest private employer, said on Tuesday that it would terminate health insurance coverage for about 30,000 part-time workers, joining a string of retailers that have rolled back benefits in response to the Affordable Care Act (Tabuchi, 10/7).Los Angeles Times: Wal-Mart To End Healthcare Coverage For 30,000 Part-TimersRetail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cutting healthcare benefits for roughly 30,000 part-time employees, citing rising costs. Wal-Mart said Tuesday that it will end coverage for employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week. The decision affects 2% of the retailer’s U.S. workforce of 1.4 million. For those losing coverage come Jan. 1, the Bentonville, Ark., firm said it will work with an outside company to help workers find “the right, affordable health care” (Khouri, 10/7).The Wall Street Journal: Wal-Mart To End Health Insurance For Some Part-Time EmployeesAutumn is typically when U.S. companies unveil changes to employee insurance plans. This is the first such enrollment period since employers could assess the full financial impact of the federal health-care overhaul, and it is a key moment as companies work to lower their spending ahead of looming taxes on the most generous plans. Many businesses are continuing to shift more costs to workers. Phoenix-based technology distributor Avnet Inc., for example, is paring back its traditional plans in favor of high-deductible options. Other companies are reducing coverage for spouses, according to consultants at Towers Watson & Co. (Banjo, Wilde Mathews and Francis, 10/7).The New York Times: Officials Question The Rising Costs Of Generic DrugsThe price of some generic drugs have soared more than 1,000 percent in the last year, and federal officials are demanding that generic drug makers explain the reasons for the increases or potentially face new regulation (Rosenthal, 10/7).Los Angeles Times: Obama Pulled 2 Ways In Responding To EbolaPresident Obama talked up his administration’s response to Ebola and the procedures standing as a line of defense against the spread of the virus in the U.S. while flanked by military and civilian advisors. After several minutes of this show of force, he ended with an unscripted message: the desperate circumstances and need for help fighting Ebola in West Africa. “Let’s keep in mind that, as we speak, there are children on the streets dying of this disease — thousands of them,” Obama told reporters Monday. “Obviously my first job is to make sure that we’re taking care of the American people, but we have a larger role than that.” The moment revealed a tension in the president’s response to the deadly disease that’s devastating parts of West Africa and causing fear in the United State (Hennessey, 10/7).Politico: U.S. To Announce Tighter Ebola Screening This WeekPassengers flying into the U.S. from Ebola hotspots will soon have to go through additional screening steps — including temperature checks and health questionnaires — when they arrive in the country. Federal officials said they will announce the additional screening guidelines this week in a move that will serve as a safety precaution to calm nervous travelers — and a way to silence the growing chorus of lawmakers and outsiders calling for more administrative intervention (Caygle, 10/7).Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court Is Asked Again To Block Texas Law On Abortion ClinicsBecause of the law, critics say more than 900,000 Texas women of reproductive age now live more than 150 miles from a licensed abortion facility. The impact is most severe among low-income women who find it hardest to travel, they said. … More than 20 years ago, the Supreme Court said states may regulate abortion to protect the health of women, but they may not put an “undue burden” on those who seek to end an early pregnancy. Justices have not yet defined what amounts to an “undue burden” on these women (Savage, 10/7).The Washington Post: Connecticut Health Department Gets Power To Quarantine Possible Ebola VictimsConnecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed an order Tuesday allowing the state health commissioner to order quarantines for individuals who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, a step he said would help fight any possible outbreak. The order [pdf] gives Jewel Mullen, commissioner of the state Department of Public Health, authority to order isolation or quarantine for anyone believed to be exposed to or infected with the deadly virus (Wilson, 10/7). 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.last_img read more

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State Highlights NY Seeks Payments From Disabled Who Were Abused Cancer Surgeries

first_img Reuters: Colorectal Screening Up, Racial Disparity Down In New York City A report released last week looked at 11 types of cancer surgeries and reviewed how often they were performed at hospitals across California. In general, hospitals performing a higher volume of some of those kinds of surgeries have better outcomes, so patients could potentially use the new information to find hospitals that do more of those surgeries. (Gorn, 11/23) Mayo Clinic’s startling decision to pull out of its “integration agreement’’ with Satilla Health Services has left the South Georgia hospital with an uncertain future.Officials with Mayo’s Florida operation said Friday that they ended the deal with Satilla in Waycross to focus on expanding specialty care for people with complex medical needs. (Miller, 11/23) The Associated Press: NY Bills For Costs Of Care After Alleged Cases Of Abuse NJ Spotlight: The List: NJ Hospitals With The Most Commercially Insured Patients California Healthline: Report Examines Cancer Surgeries In California Hospitals State Highlights: N.Y. Seeks Payments From Disabled Who Were Abused; Cancer Surgeries In Calif. News outlets report on health care developments in New York, California, Iowa, Georgia and New Jersey. Iowa Public Radio: Palmer Hopes Medicaid Privatization Lawsuit Settled ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’ Kaiser Health News: Small Coastal California Town Fights To Keep Hospital Afloat Des Moines Register: Another Medicaid Math Puzzler: Who Has The Contracts? center_img Iowa Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer says the state is proceeding with a controversial plan to privatize the state’s health care program for the poor and disabled, in spite of a legal challenge by unsuccessful bidders for the contract. (Russell, 11/23) Bill Liblick was shocked to learn that his sister, a disabled woman with the mind of a 1-year-old, had repeatedly been sexually assaulted at a state-run group home. Then, after her death, he was astonished again when he received a $1.6 million bill from the state for the cost of her care. Liblick says it was a coldhearted attempt by the state to get its hands on the money her estate eventually won in a lawsuit over her abuse. … At least three times in recent years, New York has pursued Medicaid reimbursement of $1 million or more from those who allegedly suffered devastating, even deadly, mistreatment while in state care. In two of those cases, the state eventually dropped its claims after the families contested them. (Virtanen, 11/23) The Iowa Hospital Association on Monday questioned whether Iowa has reached agreements with heath care providers on more than 12,000 contracts to provide Medicaid services through for-profit management companies. Federal officials will not allow Iowa to move forward with Gov. Terry Branstad’s privatization plan on Jan. 1 unless the state has an adequate number of health care professionals who agree to accept Medicaid. At least 560,000 poor or disabled Iowans depend on the $4.2 billion annual program for their health care. (Clayworth, 11/23) Through the efforts of a coalition of New York City health officials in 2003, colon cancer screening rates there rose dramatically, and by 2014 there were no longer differences in screening rates by race or ethnicity. “Nationally colon cancer screening rates have been increasing and mortality has been decreasing, but the overall decline in mortality is not equal by race,” said Lina Jandorf of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, senior author of a publication detailing the success of the NYC program. (Doyle, 11/23) Board meetings for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital are usually pretty dismal affairs. The facility in remote Fort Bragg, Calif., has been running at a deficit for a decade and barely survived a recent bankruptcy. … Now it’s barely hanging on. And some locals are worried that the only hospital in the area might close for good. “Nobody can live here without that hospital,” says Sue Gibson, 78, a Mendocino resident. “I mean, the nearest hospital is an hour and a half away on treacherous mountain roads.” It’s not only her family’s health and the community’s that Gibson is concerned about. She’s afraid the local economy would be wrecked: The hospital is the largest employer. (Dembosky, 11/23) Georgia Health News: Shock As Mayo Clinic Cuts Loose Waycross Hospital Some New Jersey hospitals face a constant fiscal challenge as they provide care to a high number of patients who are uninsured or are covered through the lower-paying Medicaid program. On the other end of the spectrum, however, are those that thrive financially, thanks to a large number of patients who have commercial health insurance. Statewide, only 33.6 percent of admitted patients are insured through commercial plans – typically through their employer, although a rising number of New Jerseyans have commercial insurance through the federal marketplace. (Kitchenman, 11/23) 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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FDA To Institute Safety Warning Labels For Opioids

first_img The Wall Street Journal: FDA Sets New Requirements To Address Opioid-Abuse Concerns Federal health regulators will add their strongest warning labels to the most widely prescribed painkillers, part of a multi-pronged government campaign to stem an epidemic of abuse and death tied to drugs like Vicodin and Percocet. The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday plans to add a boxed warning — the most serious type — to all immediate-release opioid painkillers, including some 175 branded and generic drugs. (3/22) STAT: FDA To Require Stronger Warnings On Some Prescription Painkillers The Associated Press: FDA Adds Boldest Warning to Most Widely Used Painkillers The actions follow separate FDA requirements unveiled last month, including that any new opioid go before an outside committee of experts unless the product has abuse-deterrent properties. In 2013, the agency mandated labeling changes for extended-release and long-acting opioids, which generally pack a larger load of medicine and tend to be favorite choices of addicts. But the immediate-release versions make up about 90% of the market, said FDA officials. The new rules—expected to go into effect by the end of the year, following comment—clarify that immediate-release opioids should be reserved for severe pain with inadequate treatment alternatives, the agency said. (Beilfuss and Burton, 3/22) “Opioid addiction and overdose have reached epidemic levels over the past decade, and the FDA remains steadfast in our commitment to do our part to help reverse the devastating impact of the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids,” Dr. Robert Califf, the FDA’s new commissioner, said in a statement. (Scott, 3/22) NPR: FDA Requires Strong New Safety Warnings For Opioids The Washington Post: FDA Adds New Warnings On Risk Of Addiction, Overdose And Death For Prescription Opioids center_img FDA To Institute Safety Warning Labels For Opioids They will include messages about the serious risk of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death from the medications, and the Food and Drug Administration expects to warn doctors that the immediate-release opioids should be limited to cases of severe pain where there are inadequate treatment alternatives. Califf said the FDA wants to warn doctors and patients about the dangers of the drugs while ensuring they remain available for patients who need them to alleviate pain. However, Califf stressed the drugs should be reserved for severe pain for which no alternatives are available. In addition to the risks of addiction and overdose from opioids, the new labels will also warn that chronic use of the drugs by pregnant women could lead their newborns to suffer from neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. (Stein, 3/22) In a briefing for reporters, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf called opioid addiction one of the most “urgent and devastating public health crises facing our nation” and said the new labels were just part of the government’s larger strategy for addressing it. But Sen Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who delayed Califf’s confirmation while he demanded that the FDA overhaul its approval process for opioid medications, issued a statement saying that “the labels given by the FDA have done little to prevent opioid addiction. Unfortunately, it has taken the FDA far too long to address the grave risks of these drugs that have claimed the lives of thousands this year alone.” (Bernstein, 3/22) In an effort to stem the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, the Food and Drug Administration will require its strongest warning on immediate-release opioid painkillers. The “black box” warning will alert users to the “serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death” involved with taking opioids, a class of painkillers that includes morphine, Vicodin and Percocet. The warnings will appear on immediate-release painkillers, which are taken every four to six hours. (Szabo, 3/22) USA Today: FDA Will Require Warnings On Immediate-Release Painkillers 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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Ikea smart blinds are finally incoming

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. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. 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.center_img ——————————————————————————————————–Grab these great Prime Day savingsSave £40 on the Kindle Paperwhite£160 off the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook Ikea’s long-awaited Fyrtur and Kadrilj smart blinds are finally coming, releasing in the US on October 1, six months after their originally planned April 1 release date.Despite the delay, however, Ikea’s new smart blinds will maintain one of their most unique selling points: they are significantly cheaper than nearly anything else on the market, delivering affordable smart blinds for the first time for a lot of smart home enthusiasts.Related: Best Smart Home DevicesThere are two different blinds planned for release in the US. The cheaper Kadrilj blind will let in a little light, but is priced at €99 or local equivalent, while there’s a blackout Frytur blind that will cost €119. It’s unclear which of these, if any, will be offered for sale in other territories, but they are incredibly cheap for smart blinds. The blinds have a battery powered motor that can raise and lower the shades, which work wirelessly, so you can control them using a bundled remote, your phone via Ikea’s own Trådfri smartphone app. You can also set timers for the blinds in the app or even voice control using an Android or iOS voice assistant.The below video gives a good overview of how they work, and honestly it’s quite compelling, even if you didn’t know that hands-free blinds were something that you wanted.No news on when these will get across to the UK, but providing they hit their proposed release date this time and hit their US launch in October, hopefully we’ll see it arriving on England’s not-so-sunny shores sometime soon. last_img read more

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Google Maps now finds you a restaurant AND tells you what to

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. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Google Maps has always been able to guide us to great restaurants, but from today it’ll attempt to give you a helping hand with what to order.The popular navigation app will start highlighting the most popular dishes at restaurants, which it says will give foodies more confidence when deciding on what to eat. Google says the AI-powered feature will match dish names with photos and reviews posted by other users, in order to glean an idea of what the regulars grab when they drop in.Related: Best smartphone 2019Combined with the existing Explore tools that provide a local guide to the happenin’ spots, to tools that inform potential diners how busy the restaurant is likely to be at certain times of the day, it seems the only thing left for Google to do now is actually eat the food for you.Google also highlights new Maps features that will translate dish reviews for users within the app if they don’t speak the language, while diners can also post their own photos, complete with dish names, in order to let others know what’s whetting appetites.In a press release, Google says: “To use the feature, simply pull up a restaurant on Google Maps to find its popular dishes in the overview tab. Dive into the menu tab to scroll through all the most talked-about meals. Tap on a popular dish to explore reviews and photos posted by other restaurant-goers.”The feature is rolling out on the Android version of Google Maps from 5pm on May 30, while iOS users will have to wait for Google to launch the feature in the coming months.Google writes: “The popular dishes feature is powered by a machine learning algorithm that matches dish names, provided by Google Maps users, with relevant photos and reviews. This creates a handy arrangement of a restaurant’s most-talked about meals right at your fingertips in Google Maps. In a country where you can’t read the language? Maps will also translate the dish reviews for you too.“Simply pull up a restaurant on Google Maps to find its popular dishes in the overview tab. Feeling extra peckish? Dive into the menu tab to scroll through all the most talked-about meals. Tap on a popular dish to explore reviews and photos posted by other restaurant-goers.” 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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Renault and Fiat shares skid after 35 billion merger deal collapses

first_img Facebook What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Renault and Fiat shares skid after $35 billion merger deal collapses FCA, Renault and its 15% shareholder, the French state, had been locked in talks over the Italian-American manufacturer’s bid. France had broadly welcomed the tie-up Recommended For YouUK retail sales jump in June in much-needed lift for economyASOS warns on profit again, blames overseas warehouse problemsAnglo American’s Q2 output rises 2%, on track to hit 2019 targetsSterling recovers, with retail sales in focusChina stocks fall on earnings worries; new tech board in focus Join the conversation → Comment Reddit Featured Stories ← Previous Next → Twitter Laurence Frost PARIS — Fiat Chrysler said it has abandoned its $35 billion merger offer for Renault , blaming French politics for scuttling what would have been a landmark deal to create the world’s third-biggest automaker.A source close to the French carmaker’s board said Fiat Chrysler made the move after France sought to delay a decision on the deal in order to win the support of Nissan Motor Co , Renault’s Japanese alliance partner.Related Stories:UPDATE 1-France’s Macron says no need to lower govt’s stake in RenaultUPDATE 1-Macron calls for ‘synergies, alliances’ to strengthen Renault-NissanRenault-Nissan audit findings submitted to French prosecutorsFrench government officials had pushed for Nissan to support the merger. Nissan had said it would abstain.Shares in carmakers Renault and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) both fell sharply on Thursday after Fiat Chrysler abandoned the merger offer.Renault shares slumped 7 per cent while Fiat’s shares fell around 3 per cent in early trading.The French government, which owns a 15% stake in Renault, had also pushed Fiat Chrysler for guarantees that France would not lose jobs, and for a dividend to be paid to Renault shareholders, including the government, people familiar with the talks said. Fiat Chrysler’s original proposal offered no special dividend to Renault shareholders.“It has become clear that the political conditions in France do not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully,” Fiat Chrysler said in a statement issued early Thursday from London.Renault, in a separate statement, said its board was “unable to take a decision due to the request expressed by the representatives of the French state to postpone the vote to a later meeting.”The collapse of merger talks leaves the two companies facing an array of issues, starting with the dismay of investors who bid up shares in both companies after Fiat Chrysler proposed a merger of equals just over a week ago. Shares of Nissan and Renault alliance partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp fell in early trading in Tokyo on Thursday.Fiat Chrysler had proposed that its shareholders receive a 2.5 billion euro ($2.8 billion) special dividend as part of the merger, had it been completed.NEXT STEPS UNCLEARThe two companies told investors a merger would cut operating costs and investments by 5 billion euros or more a year. Fiat Chrysler stood to gain access to Renault’s superior electric drive technology to meet mandates for zero-emission cars.Renault would have had a share of the Italian-American company’s lucrative Jeep sport utility vehicle and RAM pickup truck franchises.It is not clear what the two companies will do next to tackle the costs of far-reaching technological and regulatory changes. Fiat Chrysler had held inconclusive talks with France’s PSA Group, which also has the French government as a shareholder.Fiat Chrysler said it “will continue to deliver on its commitments through the implementation of its independent strategy.”The sudden end to the merger talks came after midnight in Paris, after Fiat Chrysler and French government officials had reached a tentative agreement that cleared the way for Renault’s board to consider moving forward, people familiar with the situation said.Renault’s previous alliance and cross-shareholding with Japanese automaker Nissan had loomed all along as a potential snag. Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa met last week with Renault Chief Executive Jean-Dominique Senard, and said he did not see “any particular negative aspect” to the proposed Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger.But people familiar with the situation said last week Nissan executives felt blindsided by the merger proposal. A Nissan spokesman had no immediate comment.Nissan had indicated that a full merger between Renault and Fiat Chrysler would significantly alter the structure of Nissan’s cross-shareholding alliance with Renault and require a fundamental review of their relationship.FRENCH PUSH FOR CONTROLThe failure of the proposal to combine Fiat Chrysler and Renault is the latest blow to the French automaker, already reeling from the fall of its longtime CEO Carlos Ghosn, who is awaiting trial in Japan on charges of financial misconduct as chairman of Nissan. Ghosn has denied the charges and said he is the victim of treachery by Nissan underlings who opposed his plans to merge Nissan and Renault.Fiat Chrysler’s decision to walk away is a defeat for Senard, former head of tire maker Michelin. He invested heavily in the proposal to merge with Fiat Chrysler, and traveled to Japan last week to make the case personally to executives of Nissan and third alliance partner Mitsubishi that a merged Renault-Fiat Chrysler could work closely with them as well.As Renault board members met in Paris Wednesday evening, it appeared that Senard, Fiat Chrysler Chairman John Elkann and representatives of the French government led by finance minister Bruno Le Maire had ironed out most of their differences.The French government had pushed for more control over the company going forward, according to people familiar with the situation, while Fiat Chrysler’s controlling shareholder, representing descendants of Gianni Agnelli, had sought to defend the valuation assigned to their company and the potential cost savings.Nissan had signaled that its representatives would abstain. But during the meeting, French government representatives sought to persuade Nissan to endorse the deal. The meeting was held up three times for consultations, people familiar with the events said.NISSAN ABSTAINSFiat Chrysler had also become increasingly aware of the pitfalls of pursuing a Renault merger without its larger alliance partner’s buy-in.“Nissan needs to be in the loop,” an FCA source told Reuters shortly before the deal fell apart.When it came to a vote, the Nissan representatives abstained, the leftist CGT union voted against, and all other directors voted for it. When it was the French state representatives’ turn to vote, they insisted that the vote be postponed, people familiar with the events said.France’s lead representative on the board, Martin Vial, said finance minister Le Maire would hold talks with his Japanese counterparts over the weekend and in Tokyo on Monday, after the G20 summit, and a vote could then take place on Tuesday.Senard requested that Fiat Chrysler grant a delay. Instead, Fiat Chrysler quickly rejected the request, a person familiar with the events said.On the French side, Fiat Chrysler was seen as being in too great a hurry to lock down the deal. French officials, however, signaled they saw no need to rush. More In this file photograph taken on March 12, 2019, Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard speaks during a press conference at the Nissan headquarters in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture.Behrouz MEHRI / AFP 0 Comments Share this storyRenault and Fiat shares skid after $35 billion merger deal collapses Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Sponsored By: Reuters Email June 5, 201910:21 PM EDTLast UpdatedJune 6, 20197:28 AM EDT Filed under News advertisementlast_img read more

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WatchSensitive seafood Take a peek inside one of Canadas stateoftheart shrimp farms

first_img More Sensitive seafood: Take a peek inside one of Canada’s state-of-the-art shrimp farms Planet Shrimp says it’s finally cracked the code to growing at a commercial level, producing almost 300,000 pounds of shrimp at its facility outside London, Ont. Twitter 0 Comments Join the conversation → Facebook Reddit Email Share this storySensitive seafood: Take a peek inside one of Canada’s state-of-the-art shrimp farms Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Planet Shrimp says it’s finally cracked the code to growing at a commercial level, producing almost 300,000 pounds of shrimp at its facility outside London, Ont. How Canada’s fledgling land shrimp industry is working toward becoming the ‘new cannabis’ Comment April 25, 20191:40 PM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Jake Edmiston last_img read more

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Teslas Version 9 Is Bringing Dash Cam Functionality and Missile Command

And much, much more!The new Version 9 update is coming to Tesla vehicles and it’s going to offer sweeping changes and a ton of new features, including important things like “Navigate on Autopilot,” video games, and other “productivity tools.” For those who have cars with the newer version of Tesla hardware (HW2.5), its forward camera may also offer dashcam-like functionality. One owner, who apparently is a beta tester, shared screenshots and information about the dramatic update (embedded below).More about the Tesla Dash Cam Source: Electric Vehicle News Musk Says Tesla Dashcam-Like Playback Ability “Coming Soon” According to a tweet from CEO Elon Musk yesterday, the update should be shipping across the entire fleet soon. Said he, “Going over final tweaks tonight. Hopefully in wide release end of week.” That’s certainly good news! Now, let’s take a look at what owners should see. Here are some of the official update notes owners will see on their screens (Complete release notes at bottom of post).Version 9.0 introduces new applications including Calendar, Energy and Web Browser which can be accessed from the application launcher in the bottom bar. For those with Enhanced Autopilot, we are also introducing Navigate on Autopilot (Beta) — our newest Autopilot convenience feature, designed to get you to your destination more efficiently by guiding your car on and off the highway. Finally, we have made improvements to the Tesla mobile app, Status Bar, Navigation, Climate, Media, and Seatbelt Card in addition to several safety features.The Navigate on AutoPilot may be one of the more popular new features, at least in the U.S., the only territory where it will function so far. Basically, it will “automatically steer toward and take the correct highway interchanges and exits based on your destination,” in addition to suggesting lane changes that will help decrease travel time. This may not be available on every stretch of highway just yet. The notes caution, “For each route where Navigate on Autopilot is available…” (emphasis ours).Sounds pretty good, right? And that’s even before you take into account changes to the company’s app, which will also improve the ownership experience. According to the release notes you can, “…start navigation in your car by using the share button in your favorite phone apps…” as well as allow passengers to take control of the media player. Among other handy features, V9 also lets you begin any new updates from the app, instead of forcing you to go to the car and initiating updates from the car’s screen.And then there is the new dash cam functionality. According to the notes, after one prepares a USB drive according to instructions, footage from the front-facing camera will be stored on the USB. Apparently, exact instructions can be found in the Owner’s Manual, though they are not there yet. We assume the document will be updated upon release.Of course, as Musk had previously mentioned, and as you can see in the video at the top of the page, there are a number of Atari video games that can be played on the screen. While we haven’t seen Pole Position yet, it does appear to include Missile Command and Centipede. Now doubt we’ll have some nicely produced footage of these to share with you soon. Another new feature is a web browser that can be used (by a passenger, obviously) when the vehicle is in motion.Another feature worth a mention is Blindspot Warning: “…the lane line on the instrument panel now turns red when your turn signal is engaged and a vehicle or obstacle is detected in your target lane.” This one is long overdue and should go some way toward improving safety. Just remember to (always) use your turn signal when changing lanes.There are any number of other small changes to the user interface (UI) which owners will appreciate. We’ve embedded a number of photos (below) from Twitter user Marc Benton which show them off.Ohhhh snap!!!! Version 9 getting sent to testers, I bet wide release will be the end of the week like Elon said! pic.twitter.com/7KRqhbpifZ— Marc Benton (@marc_benton) September 26, 2018 Mobile App – All carsWith this car software version, you can now do even more with your vehicle from your mobile app.You can now start navigation in your car by using the share button in your favorite phone apps. In iOS, you can enable sharing to your vehicle by opening up the app you want to share from, tapping the More button in your sharing menu, and then scrolling to the right until you find your vehicle.You can also allow your passengers to quickly control the media. Play/pause, previous/skip, and cycle through your media favorites. Note: You can disable this feature by going to Media Settings > Allow Mobile Control.Whenever there’s a software update available for your vehicle, you can conveniently start the update from your phone. A notification will be sent to other drivers of your car, and they’ll have a few minutes to cancel the update from their app.Note: these features require mobile software version 3.6.0 or above.Application Launcher – S/X​Located at the bottom of your touchscreen, the new application launcher brings all your apps together in one place. You can also access your last-used app by swiping up on the application launcher icon.Calendar – Model 3The Calendar app allows you to view your phone’s calendar for the current and next day. The Calendar is conveniently integrated with Phone and Navigation so you can dial into a meeting or route to your next meeting with a single tap. For events to appear, you must connect your phone to your car via Bluetooth and allow calendar access by enabling Calendar Sync in the Tesla mobile app settings.Application Launcher – Model 3Located at the bottom of your touchscreen, the new application launcher brings all your apps together in one place, including your Calendar, Energy, Web Browser, Rear View Camera, Phone and Charging apps. You can also access your last-used app by swiping upward.Energy App – Model 3View energy consumption in real time for your Model 3. When there is an active navigation route, touch the Trip tab to view the projected energy consumption for the trip.Web Browser – Model 3The Web browser app allows you to access the internet. Navigate to your desired website by entering the URL in the address bar. Easily return to your favorite sites by adding them to your Favorite using the heart icons.Status Bar – Model 3The status bar has been rearranged to make the time and temperature easier to view at a glance. Musk: Pole Position Using Steering Wheel, Other Games Coming To Tesla Version 9.0 – Model S/X pre-APVersion 9.0 introduces updates to the touchscreen and Tesla mobile app which are designed for an easier and more convenient driving experience. We have also made improvements to Climate, Navigation, Media, and Controls in addition to several safety enhancements.Version 9.0 – Model S/X AP1Version 9.0 introduces updates to the touchscreen and Tesla mobile app which are designed for an easier and more convenient driving experience. We have also made improvements to Climate, Navigation, Media, and Controls in addition to several safety enhancements.Version 9.0 – Model S/X AP2&2.5Version 9.0 introduces updates to the touchscreen and Tesla mobile app designed for an easier and more convenient experience. For those with Enhanced Autopilot, we are also introducing Navigate on Autopilot (Beta) — our newest Autopilot convenience feature, designed to get you to your destination more efficiently by guiding your car on and off the highway. We have also made improvements to Climate, Navigation, Media, and Controls in addition to several safety enhancements.Version 9.0 – Model 3Version 9.0 introduces new applications including Calendar, Energy and Web Browser which can be accessed from the application launcher in the bottom bar. For those with Enhanced Autopilot, we are also introducing Navigate on Autopilot (Beta) — our newest Autopilot convenience feature, designed to get you to your destination more efficiently by guiding your car on and off the highway. Finally, we have made improvements to the Tesla mobile app, Status Bar, Navigation, Climate, Media, and Seatbelt Card in addition to several safety features. Graphics are better! @Model3Owners @teslanomicsco @ElectrekCo @TheTeslaLife pic.twitter.com/wixPykl05Z— Marc Benton (@marc_benton) September 26, 2018 Navigate on Autopilot (Beta) – Model S/X with AP2&2.5, US ONLY!Introducing Navigate on Autopilot (Beta) — our newest Autopilot convenience feature, designed to get you to your destination more efficiently by guiding your car on and off the highway. Navigate on Autopilot intelligently suggests lane changes to keep you on your route in addition to making adjustments so you don’t get stuck behind slow cars or trucks.When Navigate on Autopilot is active, a single blue line indicates the path ahead, keeping your car in the lane. Gray lines highlight lane changes for a more efficient driving route. Navigate on Autopilot will also automatically steer toward and take the correct highway interchanges and exits based on your destination.You can enable Navigate on Autopilot by going to Controls > Autopilot and first enabling Autosteer. For each route where Navigate on Autopilot is available, you have the option of enabling the feature by pressing the button located in the Navigation Turn List. This update rules! @TheTeslaLife @teslanomicsco @Model3Owners @Teslarati @ElectrekCo @TheTeslaShow pic.twitter.com/3Dl3ACnKT1— Marc Benton (@marc_benton) September 26, 2018 Climate Control – Model 3It’s now easier to direct airflow where you want it with the new Model 3 Airwave visualization. When you’re done, you can now simply swipe the Climate panel down to dismiss. The temperature settings on the bottom bar can now be controlled with a simple swipe: swipe to the left to lower the setting, or to the right to raise it. Tapping or pressing and holding the control will continue to work as before. As before, if you’d like to have different passenger and driver temperatures, simply unsync to reveal two temperature settings.Climate Control – S/XClimate has been redesigned to be more compact and easier to use.Climate and Seat Heat – S/XAll of your controls for Climate have been moved to one place. Touch the seat icon to access controls for all seat heaters, steering wheel heater, and wiper heater.Navigation – S/XNavigation on your touchscreen now provides more information about upcoming turns—including highway exit information, when applicable. Tap or pull down the turn-by-turn list to see additional details in the full Trip Overview. In addition, Navigation settings, including voice guidance volume, can be quickly accessed by tapping the settings icon directly on the bottom corner of the touchscreen map.Navigation – M3​Directions have been moved to the left side of the screen, and simplified to display relevant upcoming information—including highway exits, when applicable. Tap or pull down to see additional details in the full Trip Overview. Navigation settings including voice guidance volume can easily be adjusted by tapping the settings icon on the touchscreen map.Use HOV Lanes – S/X/3 – US, Canada, MexicoTo improve Navigation’s ability to provide relevant instructions, you can now select whether or not your vehicle is eligible for high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. When enabled, Navigation will route you though HOV lanes. When disabled, Navigation avoids routing you through HOV lanes. Tap the settings icon on the bottom corner of the map then enable or disable Use HOV Lanes as desired.Traffic View – S/X/3 – US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, Spain, Hongkong, Taiwan, JapanThe traffic view has been restyled to further highlight problematic areas. Roads experiencing slower speeds or delays will be emphasized with red and yellow outlines.Media – S/X – MCU2 – Mexico, China, Hongkong, Taiwan, Japan, KoreaThe Media Player now allows for 3 different views: the Miniplayer when you want just the basics; Recent & Favorites when you might want to quickly change what you’re listening to; and Browse, for when you’re looking for something different. You can easily hide or show the Media player by dragging the window up or down.To switch sources, tap on the icons on the bottom of the Media player.Similar to other apps, use the tabs on the left to navigate the Media Player, where you can find your saved Favorites or look for more content.On the radio, you can now tune directly to a station using Direct Tune. For example, enter “88.5” while you’ve selected FM and you can listen immediately.Media – M3 – US, CanadaOn the radio, you can now tune directly to a station using Direct Tune. For example, enter “88.5” while you’ve selected FM and you can listen immediately.In Media Settings, the Options tab allows you to turn off explicit lyrics with the Explicit Content setting. The DJ commentary button for hearing music news on Streaming stations has also moved to Media>Settings.Media – S/X – MCU2 – US, CanadaThe Media Player now allows for three different views: the Miniplayer with simple controls and more space for viewing your map; Recent & Favorites with your favorites and listening history; and Browse, for discovering something new. You can easily hide or show the Media Player by dragging the window up or down. To switch sources, tap on the desired icon at the bottom of the Media Player.On the radio, you can now tune directly to a station using Direct Tune. For example, enter “88.5” while you’ve selected FM and you can listen immediately.In Media Settings, the Options tab allows you to turn off explicit lyrics with the Explicit Content setting. The DJ commentary button for hearing music news on Streaming stations has also moved to Media>Settings.Media – S/X – MCU1 – Outside US and CanadaThe Media Player now allows for 3 different views: the Miniplayer when you want just the basics; Recent & Favorites when you might want to quickly change what you’re listening to; and Browse, for when you’re looking for something different. You can easily hide or show the Media player by dragging the window up or down.To switch sources, tap on the icons on the bottom of the Media player.Similar to other apps, use the tabs on the left to navigate the Media Player, where you can find your saved Favorites or look for more content.Media – S/X – MCU1 – US, CanadaThe Media Player now allows for three different views: the Miniplayer with simple controls and more space for viewing your map; Recent & Favorites with your favorites and listening history; and Browse, for discovering something new. You can easily hide or show the Media Player by dragging the window up or down. To switch sources, tap on the desired icon at the bottom of the Media Player.In Media Settings, the Options tab allows you to turn off explicit lyrics with the Explicit Content setting. The DJ commentary button for hearing music news on Streaming stations has also moved to Media>Settings.Controls – S/X​The Controls panel has been reorganized to make controls and settings easier to find. We have also added Quick Controls that give you quick access to the most commonly used controls.Seatbelt Card – Model 3You can now toggle the Rear Seatbelt alerts to mark them as child seats. By adjusting the alert, the Seatbelt Card will only display once per drive cycle when triggered, removing the need to dismiss the alert multiple times.Obstacle-Aware Acceleration – All carsAcceleration is automatically limited if an obstacle is detected in front of your vehicle while driving at low speeds. Obstacle-Aware Acceleration can be enabled or disabled in Controls > Autopilot.TeslAtari – All carsPlay Atari games in your Tesla. Tap the Atari logo in your easter egg tray which can be found by touching the Tesla “T” (top center of the touchscreen). To play, select a game from the menu, enter some quarters and press Start. You can also play in full screen mode while in PARK.This release contains minor improvements and bug fixes.Source: Twitter, Reddit Navigate on Autopilot (Beta)- Model 3, US ONLY!​Introducing Navigate on Autopilot (Beta) — our newest Autopilot convenience feature, designed to get you to your destination more efficiently by guiding your car on and off the highway. Navigate on Autopilot intelligently suggests lane changes to keep you on your route in addition to making adjustments so you don’t get stuck behind slow cars or trucks.When Navigate on Autopilot is active, a single blue line indicates the path ahead, keeping your car in the lane. Gray lines highlight lane changes for a more efficient driving route. Navigate on Autopilot will also automatically steer toward and take the correct highway interchanges and exits based on your destination.You can enable Navigate on Autopilot by going to Controls > Autopilot and first enabling Autosteer. For each route where Navigate on Autopilot is available, you have the option of enabling the feature by pressing the button located in the Navigation Turn List.Combining Autosteer and Auto Lane Change – All cars with any APAutosteer (Beta) and Auto Lane Change settings are now combined under Controls > Autopilot. When Autosteer (Beta) is ON, engaging the turn signal will activate Auto Lane Change to move your car into an adjacent driving lane. @Model3Owners @ElectrekCo @teslanomicsco @Teslatunity Boom! pic.twitter.com/Bi3SuyLS9s— Marc Benton (@marc_benton) September 26, 2018 And a little video of the new AC/Heat controls. pic.twitter.com/eW1B8e9MY7— Marc Benton (@marc_benton) September 26, 2018 Blindspot Warning – Model S/X with AP2&2.5To improve safety and increase confidence when changing lanes, the lane line on the instrument panel now turns red when your turn signal is engaged and a vehicle or obstacle is detected in your target lane.Blindspot Warning – Model 3To improve safety and increase confidence when changing lanes, the lane line on the touchscreen now turns red when your turn signal is engaged and a vehicle or obstacle is detected in your target lane.Dashcam – All models with AP2.5You can now record and store video footage captured by your car’s forward facing camera onto a USB flash drive. Note that you must manually add a base-level folder in the flash drive called “TeslaCam” (without quotation marks) before it can be used for Dashcam. Refer to the Owner’s Manual for details on how to use Dashcam. Tesla Camera As Built-In Dashcam Part Of V9 Update Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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CATL Commands 40 Of Chinese Battery Market This Year

first_imgWhen combining the revenues and income with deliveries we can calculate results per kWh, which are very interesting:Average sales price: $235/kWhAverage net income: $29/kWhIn June, 2018 CATL raised some $850 million in IPO for about 10% of shares. It was earlier expected that up to $2 billion is possible, and it was reasonable, as the prices quickly more or less doubled and stabilized at twice the level of the IPO (around 70 yuan vs 36.20 yuan). Currently, stock value is at 75 yuan per share.Source: Gasgoo In-Depth Look At CATL’s Massive Battery Factory In Germany World’s Largest Battery Maker Seeks $2 Billion In IPO, But Will Raise Only $850 Million? BMW Inks $4.7 Billion Battery Contract With CATL Source: Electric Vehicle News CATL already delivered 11.7 GWh in the first three quarters of 2018.According to news from China, Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) – one of the leading lithium-ion battery manufacturer – delivered in the first nine months some 11.7 GWh of battery cells, which is over 40% of the total of 28.87 GWh in China (the remaining part is 17 GWh). This year’s results are better than in 2017, when CATL delivered around 12 GWh in the entire year.Revenues during the period increased almost 60% to 19.136 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) at net income of 2.379 billion yuan ($342 million) (down 7.5%). It seems that the net margin stands at 12.4%.CATL news Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 31, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Electrify America Launches Fleet Of EV OnDemand Cars

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News The first wave of VW e-Golfs for car sharing hit the streets in SacramentoEnvoy Technologies and Electrify America (Volkswagens’ subsidiary), as announced earlier this year, launched a community-based car sharing system with electric cars in Sacramento, under the Electrify America Green City initiative called Sac-to-Zero.Initially, there are more than 20 Volkswagen e-Golf at over 10 multi-family properties, equipped with AC Level 2 charging stations. In 2019, when the project will be completed, 142 EVs are to be available at 71 locations (apartments, hotels and workplaces). 75% of EVs will be in disadvantaged communities.Electrify America .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%; }Official info:“The companies joined Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg at an event to unveil the first EVs, and outline the vision for future development.More than 20 Volkswagen e-Golf vehicles are now available across Sacramento at over 10 multi-family properties, each with an accompanying Level 2 charging station. The majority of these sites are in disadvantaged communities where drivers can use the “Envoy There” mobile application to use vehicles for a myriad of uses, including personal errands or exploring job opportunities in new areas.Envoy’s car share program is part of Electrify America’s $44 million investment in a comprehensive initiative, Sac-to-Zero, which is designed to shift mobility choice to electric mobility options. The initiative is intended to increase access to zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) in the Sacramento area, expand ZEV technology use, and prepare the City for future electric vehicle adoption.“We’re extremely proud to collaborate with Electrify America and bring this deployment to fruition only months after being announced,” said Envoy co-founders Aric Ohana and Ori Sagie. “With thanks to Electrify America, the City of Sacramento, and Mayor Steinberg’s office, we can offer drivers easy access to EVs, especially drivers from disadvantaged communities, where transportation options tend to be scarce.”“The arrival of Envoy in Sacramento will give our residents who struggle to find reliable transportation an affordable, clean option for getting around,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “It’s another step in our City’s evolution into a national model of clean, shared mobility. We are thrilled to partner with Electrify America in this effort.”The Sac-to-Zero initiative features two new car sharing services, new ZEV bus and shuttle routes and state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging systems throughout the Sacramento area.“Envoy is the first of multiple zero-emission vehicle initiatives to be funded through our Sac-to-Zero investments,” said Rich Steinberg, Senior Director, Marketing, Communications and Green Cities at Electrify America. “We are excited to begin the rollout of this program in Sacramento and look forward to launching additional ZEV transportation choices for the residents of the Sacramento area.”The full project is anticipated to be completed early in 2019. Envoy’s fleet will eventually feature more than 140 vehicles in over 70 different locations.The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), which was created to ensure the ongoing development of affordable housing in Sacramento, was an early collaborator with Envoy to help identify car sharing locations.“The agency is excited about being one of the leading partners in this effort,” said Tyrone R. Williams, director of development, SHRA. “As the Housing Authority for the City and County we are committed to providing mobility options in public housing communities and to residents in underserved communities.”” Electrify America Adds A “Locate A Charger” Map: See If It Works Here Ohio Turnpike Gets Electrified Via Electrify America Electrify America Announces Stage 2 Of Its EV-Based Plans (For California) Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 7, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Ignore The FUD Tesla Was Auto Industrys Leader In 2018

first_img Watch Hidden Camera Capture Tesla Emissions Prank: Video *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. Above: Tesla outsells all other cars and SUVs in the U.S. luxury segment (Chart: Wired; Source: KBB, InsideEVs)And how does Tesla compare with its automotive brethren on Wall Street? According to Bloomberg, “Stocks of automakers in China, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. are down as much as 36 percent… Only one of the world’s 10 most valuable car companies is setting sales records and outperforming the equity market. That would be Tesla Inc., proving that the zero-emission future works.”“How is the rest of the industry, still overwhelmingly committed to fossil fuel, doing? Daimler AG, the parent of Mercedes, lost a third of its value. Porsche Automobil Holding SE declined 23 percent. BMW AG, which brands its product ‘the ultimate driving machine,’ made stockholders 17 percent poorer. Even Toyota Motor Corp., the global No. 1 making everything from the popular hybrid Prius to the esteemed Lexus luxury line, is down 3 percent. All of the giants, including General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SA, reported minuscule sales growth the past five years, a major reason why they are investor also-rans,” notes Bloomberg. Bentley Says It’s Losing Sales To Tesla Above: Tesla’s total return in 2018 outshines all other automakers on Wall Street (Source: Bloomberg)“Tesla became No. 3 in market capitalization among the 20 largest automakers with a total return (income plus appreciation) dwarfing the few that are up on the year when the industry average was a loss of 13 percent. Tesla also produced the greatest risk-adjusted return, which is the market’s way of saying that Tesla investors received the most compensation for price fluctuations,” according to data compiled by Bloomberg.With Tesla’s planned expansion in European and Asian markets in 2019, Forbes says, “As major automotive makers batten down hatches for the stormy financial times ahead, U.S. upstart electric carmaker Tesla Inc is set to prosper in 2019.” Jefferies analyst Philippe Houchois agrees, “Tesla is one of the few (manufacturers) likely to grow earnings in 2019-20.” Above: Tesla’s Model 3 proved to be a game changer (Instagram: barbaratheninja)Although Tesla won’t release official figures until the new year, Kelley Blue Book estimates the company sold about 160,000 cars (including Models S, 3, and X) through the end of November. “Last year was around 50,000, so it’s more than triple the sales,” says Kelley Blue Book analyst Tim Fleming.The current price point puts the newest Tesla sedan in KBB’s “luxury” segment, but that hasn’t stopped people from buying the Model 3. “It will be the top-selling luxury vehicle this year,” Fleming says. That’s against all luxury vehicles, including SUVs. The next best-selling car, the Mercedes C-Class, comes in seventh. Moreover, Tesla sold 2.5 times more Model 3 vehicles than BMW sold 3 Series. IGNORE THE FUD, TESLA WAS THE AUTO INDUSTRY’S CHAMP IN 2018Much of this year was marked by a massive smear campaign against Elon Musk and his electric car company Tesla. FUD was at an all-time high. Ignore it. If you cut through the clutter, and instead, according to Wired, “If you focus on Tesla the company, then 2018 has been very good indeed.”More Tesla News Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla’s Lathrop Facility Now Nearly Complete On Outside: Video Above: Even serial Tesla bashers, like (gasp!) Fox Business News, are giving kudos to the company and its boss Elon Musk (Youtube: Fox Business)According to Inverse, “next year’s rollout to other continents will send sales surging as more consumers get on board.” Scott Shepard, senior analyst at Navigant Research says, “The effect here should be considerable. The Model 3 roll-out in North America made it the fastest growing plug-in vehicle market in 2018.” Nevertheless, Shepard notes, “China is a big market for Tesla, but China’s market is already so big that the Tesla effect on it will not be as dramatic as in North America or Europe.”*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: Wired, Bloomberg, Forbes, Inverse; Video: Fox Businesslast_img read more

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Elevate Your FCPA Knowledge At The FCPA Institute – Indianapolis Sept 2829

first_imgIn short, the FCPA Institute is offered as a refreshing and cost-effective alternative to a typical FCPA conference and is designed to elevate the FCPA learning experience for a diverse group of professionals such as in-house and outside counsel; compliance personnel; finance, accounting, and auditing professionals; business executives and others seeking sophisticated FCPA information.At the end of the FCPA Institute, participants can elect to have their knowledge assessed and can earn a certificate of completion upon passing a written assessment tool. In this way, successful completion of the FCPA Institute represents a value-added credential for professional development. In addition, attorneys who complete the FCPA Institute are eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education credits and prior FCPA Institute participants have successfully obtained continuing education units from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.To best facilitate the unique learning experience that the FCPA Institute represents, attendance at each FCPA Institute is capped at 25 participants.To learn more about the FCPA Institute – Indianapolis and to register, click here. Could someone in your firm or organization benefit from a two-day, active learning experience devoted to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?If so, please consider the FCPA Institute which is next making a stop in Indianapolis on September 28-29 and hosted by Quarles & Brady.Since 2014, the FCPA Institute has elevated the FCPA knowledge and practical skills of over 100 diverse professionals through active learning and the below video introduces you to the FCPA Institute; how the FCPA Institute is different than other FCPA conferences; the substantive knowledge and practical skills participants will gain by attending the FCPA Institute; and what prior FCPA Institute “graduates” have said about their experience.last_img read more

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Questions abound after study links tumors to cellphone radiation

first_img“This is a big deal. This is something really important in our everyday lives that needs to be carefully evaluated and quickly, because people are going to be concerned,” says Christopher Portier, a biostatistician who oversaw development of the study as the associate director of the toxicology program, which is based at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Durham, North Carolina. But, he adds “I don’t know if [people] need to be concerned yet.” (Portier is now semiretired and consults for the Environmental Defense Fund.)In a statement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has a hand in overseeing potential health risks posed by cellphones, says its own panel of experts was reviewing the study data. The agency says it would then “determine what, if any, impact this study has on the agency’s thinking about any risks” tied to cellphone radiation.The rat results from the study—which involves both rats and mice—were first outlined by Microwave News, a specialty newsletter, on 25 May. NTP officials say they decided to release the rat data before completing their analysis and write-up of the entire study, which isn’t scheduled to be finished until 2017, because of high public interest and the intriguing results. “We feel that these findings are potentially of interest to the discussion over cellphone safety issues,” said John Bucher, associate director of the toxicology program, during a Friday press conference.Reverberation roomsThe new findings stem from an elaborate $25 million study mounted by the toxicology program at FDA’s request. In Chicago, Illinois, scientists built 21 special “reverberation” rooms designed to evenly distribute the radiation produced by cellphones to caged rats and mice over a 2-year period. Groups of 90 animals, segregated by sex, were exposed to one of two kinds of cellphone signals for 9 hours a day. Some rats received radiation of 1.5 watts per kilogram of body weight—just below the 1.6-watt limit for cellphones set by the Federal Communications Commission. Others got double and quadruple that dose. Other sets of rodents weren’t exposed at all.Pathologists scrutinizing the rats’ bodies found two rare types of cancer. A malignant glioma, a kind of brain tumor, was found in 2% to 3% of groups of irradiated male rats. The hearts of 2% to 6% of male rats in the cellphone groups also developed a tumor in what’s known as a Schwann cell, which is part of the sheath around nerves. Neither tumor was found in rodents not exposed to the radiation. In female rats, there was little difference among the groups.The results were notable in part because they echo several human studies that pointed to a potential link between cellphone use and gliomas and acoustic neuromas, a cancer that affects the same type of cell as the one found in the rats’ heart tumors, Bucher said.The data from the heart tumors appear the most clear-cut. Cancer rates were highest in the male rats that received the biggest doses. And they were at levels higher than those in control groups in other experiments as well. In contrast, for the brain tumors, the number of afflicted rats didn’t climb with more radiation. And the cancer rates were within the levels found in control groups in other experiments. For both types of cancer, scientists found related abnormal cells in irradiated rats, but not in the controls.Taken together, the evidence was persuasive but “far from definitive,” Bucher said. In internal agency discussions, “about 70 to 80 percent of the people who look at the study feel that there is a significant association between radio frequency radiation and the tumors and the outcomes that we see in this study. This is not a universal conclusion.”Among the skeptics was Michael Lauer, deputy director of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Extramural Research in Bethesda, Maryland. In review comments included with the report, Lauer, a cardiologist formerly at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, said the relatively small number of animals in the test, among other things, raised concerns the results could be false positives. “I am unable to accept the authors’ conclusions,” he wrote. (Other researchers noted that the number of animals involved was somewhat higher than usual.)Uncertain mechanismToday, cellphone users confront a scientific field marked by uncertainty. In 2011, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared the kind of radiation emitted by cellphones a “possible carcinogen,” based partly on the epidemiological studies that found potential links to gliomas and acoustic neuromas.But some scientists have questioned how nonionizing radiation, the kind produced by cellphones, could cause cancer, in part because it does not have enough energy to strip electrons from atoms and potentially cause cell damage. FDA, in its statement, noted that previous human studies had found “limited evidence” that cellphones increased cancer risk, and “the majority of scientific studies conducted to date have not linked cell phones with any health problems.”The main cellphone industry group, the Washington, D.C.–based CTIA, issued a statement that the report should be considered in the context of previous research that found “there are no established health effects from radio frequency signals used in cellphones.”But the toxicology program researchers say they may have found tantalizing clues to a mechanism. In a small side experiment, DNA from the tissues of 80 mice and rats that had spent 90 days in the reverberation rooms were examined for breaks in the DNA strands. There was more DNA damage in some of the rodents that received the highest radiation levels, Bucher says, something that has been linked to cancer.It’s possible the radiation was causing the damage or somehow inhibiting the repair process for routine damage, he told ScienceInsider. Those results weren’t contained in the report, however, and are in an article that hasn’t been published.What do rats say about humans?One of the biggest unknowns is how the findings might translate from controlled animal experiments to people walking around with cellphones pressed to their heads. “This is exactly the issues that are being discussed among the agencies,” Bucher said.Several groups of scientists are trying to make the leap from lab rats to humans. In five European countries, scientists are tracking the cellphone habits of nearly 300,000 people for up to 5 years, while at the same time monitoring them for cancers, neurological and heart diseases, as well as headaches and sleep disorders. Another project based at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, Spain, is comparing the cellphone habits of 903 people ages 10 to 24 with brain cancer with 1800 similar people without cancer. Neither project has yet reported results.Meanwhile, the NTP results have added important data to a field hampered in part by a lack of comprehensive animal studies, says Jonathan Samet, an epidemiologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Samet chaired the IARC expert committee that examined the science surrounding health effects from cellphones.He predicted the new study will fuel interest in further research. It’s important to understand “a kind of environmental exposure that roughly everybody in the world will be exposed to from very early in life,” he says. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Male rats exposed to cellphone radiation in a large U.S. government study were more likely to develop rare brain and heart cancers, a preliminary analysis has found, adding weight to concerns the ubiquitous devices could pose a health risk to people.But though the study is the most comprehensive yet of lab animals exposed to cellphone radiation, researchers say it’s far from conclusive. And the findings pose a number of puzzles. It’s not clear why cancer rates rose in male but not female rats, for instance, or why rats exposed to cellphone radiation lived, on average, longer than radiation-free rats. The study also does not pinpoint a biological mechanism that would account for the findings. And, as usual, it comes with the caveat that studies of rodents can mean little for humans.The findings, posted on the bioRxiv preprint server late on 26 May by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), a multiagency research effort, have already begun rippling through scientific and political circles, triggering calls for additional research and, potentially, additional warnings about cellphone use.center_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Emaillast_img read more

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China overtakes US supercomputing lead

first_imgChina has claimed two computing crowns. A new supercomputer at China’s National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi in Jiangsu province has snagged the top spot on the latest TOP500 list of supercomputers, which was unveiled today at the 2016 International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The new machine, known as the Sunway TaihuLight, has a peak performance of 93 petaflop per second (Pflop/s), or 93 quadrillion calculations per second. That’s nearly three times the performance of its closest competitor, Tianhe-2, another Chinese supercomputer, and nearly 2 million times faster than a standard laptop. More important, for the first time China has overtaken the United States as the country with the largest installed supercomputing capacity.“We’re seeing an inflection point,” says Horst Simon, a supercomputing expert and deputy director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. Simon and a few other supercomputer experts update the TOP500 list twice a year to track trends in their field. Countries other than the United States have previously claimed the top spot for an individual machine’s performance, but this is the first time another country has eclipsed the United States in total supercomputing power. “We’ve seen this trend building for the last few years,” says Wu Feng, a supercomputing expert at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. “It shows that China is committed to a sustained investment in high-performance computing.” Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) According to Jack Dongarra, a supercomputing expert at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who keeps close tabs on international trends, China is expected to add another machine comparable to the Sunway supercomputer either late this year or early in 2017. The United States, meanwhile, isn’t expected to have one in the 100 Pflop/s range until the end of 2017. The most powerful U.S. machine, ranked third overall, is Titan, a 17.59 Pflop/s supercomputer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.China is now looking to extend its lead. Chinese officials announced recently that they expect to produce their first machine capable of running at 1000 Pflop/s, or 1 exaflop/s, in 2020. Such exascale machines should dramatically speed up a host of scientific and industrial computing tasks, such as modeling climate change and the activity of the human brain, searching for new high-performance materials, and designing energy-efficient car engines. DOE, which heads U.S. supercomputing efforts, has said it doesn’t expect to build its first exascale supercomputer until 2023 at the earliest, a target that has already slipped several years.The Sunway machine marks a noteworthy step toward those goals, Dongarra says. The new supercomputer is powered by more than 10.6 million processor chips, which were designed and built in China, and consumes 15.4 megawatts (MW) of power. That means the Sunway machine carries out 6 billion calculations per watt, making it the third most efficient supercomputer ever designed. “That’s quite remarkable,” Simon says. “Usually the top systems are not at the top in efficiency.”Even so, simply scaling up the current Sunway system to exascale is impractical, as the resulting machine would require on the order of 150 MW, enough to power thousands of homes. It’s more likely, Simon says, that achieving the computational efficiency needed to get to exascale will require technologies still under development, such as low-power 3D memory chips and links between processors that pass data as light instead of electrons.An exascale machine could have payoffs beyond high-end computing. Although the worldwide market for supercomputers themselves is modest—smaller than sales of conventional consumer electronics—Simon and others note that supercomputing technology often trickles down to consumer markets. So if China’s researchers are the first to come up with the technology breakthroughs needed to reach exascale, the feat could supercharge their consumer electronics industry and spell danger for other electronics giants around the globe. Email According to the TOP500 list, China now has 167 of the world’s top 500 supercomputers, with a total capacity of 211 Pflop/s. The United States has 165 of the top machines, with a cumulative capacity of 173 Pflop/s. That’s a reversal of the rankings 15 years ago, when the United States had more than half of the world’s top 500 supercomputers, Simon says. Europe’s share, meanwhile, has dropped to 105 systems with a combined capacity of 115 Pflop/s. China’s supercomputing crown could pay off not just for research and engineering but for commerce: Chinese companies already have a 34% market share in the global market for supercomputers, a percentage that is growing fast. And Haohuan Fu, a supercomputer expert at Tsinghua University in Beijing, says the Chinese government is making a concerted effort to support supercomputing to propel advances in everything from life sciences research to manufacturing design for its companies. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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