Google Home Max is now available for purchase

first_imgSince the day the Google Home Max was first revealed, we knew Google planned to launch it in December. Google never really got more specific than that, but late last month, a listing from Best Buy revealed a release date of December 11. That day is now here, and sure enough, you can now purchase the Google Home Max. Just a little while ago, Google Home Max listings went live on both Best Buy and Verizon. The Google Home Max comes in two different colors – charcoal and chalk – but it’s worth noting that as of this writing, the charcoal model is sold out over at Verizon. Both models are available through Best Buy, and the speaker seems to be shipping out immediately for free from both retailers.Get ready to lay down some cash, however, because the Google Home Max runs $399.99. That’s much more than many competing smart home speakers, even those within the Google Home family. There’s good reason for that, though, as the Google Home Max comes packing dual 4.5-inch woofers and a pair of custom 0.7-inch tweeters.Google Home Max was made for the person who wants a smart home speaker that’s able to hold its own when playing music. Equipped with Smart Sound, the Google Home Max can automatically adjust settings like volume depending on the ambient sound of the room. You also have a variety of connection options, including Chromecast, Bluetooth, and even a 3.5mm jack.AdChoices广告Curiously, Google Home Max isn’t available on the Google Play Store just yet. At the time of this writing, what should be the “buy now” button merely invites you to put your name on a waiting list. We imagine that’ll be changing soon, so stay tuned for more. Story TimelineGoogle Home Max tipped to better battle EchoGoogle Home Max release date and pricing hit in a big wayGoogle Home Max makes the Assistant blast musiclast_img read more

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Googles new OLED VR display sounds intense

first_imgBetween Google Cardboard and Daydream VR, Google has done a pretty good job at making a splash in the entry-level virtual reality market. These days, however, it might looking at developing VR technology that’s on the higher end of the spectrum. Though we don’t have many details at the moment, it seems that Google is getting ready to demo a new VR display sporting some very impressive specifications. The freshly-published session list for Display Week 2018, which is taking place in Los Angeles at the end of May, lists Google as one of the demonstrators during the show. In its presentation, Google will show off a new 4.3-inch, 120Hz display that clocks in at a whopping 1443 pixels per inch. That pixel density is quite a bit more than we usually see in VR displays, so this could represent a big jump in technology for virtual reality.We don’t know who Google worked with on this display, but OLED-Info points out that both Samsung Display and LG Display have been working on OLED VR-ready displays lately. Samsung Display specifically has been working to improve the pixel density of its OLED displays, while Google’s recent partnership with LG could have easily resulted in experiments with pixel density.Whoever Google’s partner is, it sounds like they’ve landed at something impressive with this new display. Will we ever see it feature in a VR headset? That’s the big question, as Google will only be demoing the display itself at SID 2018. Even if the demo is successful, this could just be the first of many iterations on the road to making a VR display with this kind of pixel density.Time will ultimately tell here, but for now, we’ll look forward to Google’s demo at Display Week on May 22. The entry in Display Week’s session list says that the 18MP display was developed with high field of view and high acuity in mind, so it may not be much longer before we see a Google-branded competitor to HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Bugattis W16 quadturbo engine in the Divo hypercar will be the last

first_imgThe old adage in the car world says there is no replacement for displacement. In modern cars, turbos and hybrid tech have been replacing displacement and doing a good job of maintaining the performance. Bugatti was a holdout with its massive W16 engine with four turbos crammed inside the Divo hypercar. Fans of those giant motors may need to take a moment to mourn. Word is that the Divo and Chiron will be the last Bugatti cars to use the W16. The reason is increasing emission standards around the world. Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelman has confirmed the demise of the giant engine that helped put Bugatti on the map.The exec said that “everybody would like to keep it forever, to continue to develop it.” We also said that Bugatti will do its best to keep the engine alive. To continue to be on the edge with advancing tech, times change and apparently, this is the time for Bugatti to change.Winkelmann notes that if the weight of batteries continues to decrease and batteries can reduce emission to an acceptable level, going hybrid is good. Bugatti has used the W-16 built by VW in its cars since the Veyron turned up with it packing 1,000hp. The engine later pushed to 1,200hp and in the Chiron and Divo the W16 makes 1,480hp.It’s not clear what sort of hybrid power Bugatti might adopt. Perhaps a hybrid V8 or V12 will fit the bill. Lots of hypercars are already using hybrid tech, including the LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder.SOURCE: Motor Authoritylast_img read more

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iPadOS shows where Android tablets went wrong

first_imgiPadOS: What’s new and what’s just catching upUndoubtedly, Android fans will be chuckling at some of the things that were announced as shiny and innovative in iPadOS. Admittedly, there are some things that may be new to iOS users on iPads that Android users have enjoyed for years, be it on a phone or a tablet. Android, for example, has never shunned USB devices, both storage and mouse, and has had home screen widgets from day one. While plain Android or Google’s version didn’t get a file manager app until recently, the platform has allowed such third-party apps to proliferate, sometimes a bit too much.On the other hand, Android users don’t have any reason to gloat. There are quite a few things coming to iPads that they wished they have. Sidecar is a very nifty feature though, admittedly, perhaps difficult to integrate with different desktop operating systems. Not impossible, given Android’s more open nature, just difficult. Opening multiple instances of the same app has been somewhat of a hit or miss, depending on the OEM or supported apps, and having a “desktop class” web browser can definitely be useful on such a big screen. These, unfortunately, are things that Android could have gotten years ago if companies only got their act together earlier.Squandered OpportunityIt’s not like Android is a new player to the tablet market. The platform has had a rather colorful history with tablets even before Google officially “allowed” Android on tablets. The disastrous Honeycomb release was meant to curb the wild growth of manufacturers doing their own thing and offer both OEMs and app developers the components and API to build tablet-friendly experiences. But without a concerted effort from the market, and without Google’s influence, it didn’t really take off.As a platform, Android has proven itself technically capable of supporting the experiences that iPadOS is promising and more. Just take a look at the tablets and UI that Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, and third-party developers have produced as evidence. Granted, it isn’t perfect but the seeds are there, just waiting to be nurtured.Android already has official split-screen support but its implementation feels raw and tacked on rather than an integral part of the experience. iPad users can probably only dream of floating windows but Android is capable of that. There’s official support for pressure sensitive input but due to licensing or other business considerations, not even Bluetooth styluses caught on. Widgets were once a point of pride for Android users but Google seems to be pushing them out just when Apple is ironically pushing them forward. And despite fewer restrictions on web browsers, no one has even thought of developing a desktop-class browser to Android. Not even or especially not Google, browser king.DirectionWhat Android lacked wasn’t the technical capability to pull off a tablet-friendly user experience. What it lacked was a general sense of direction, the drive to go in that direction, and some people to nudge things along. Android doesn’t have an Apple to dictate its direction. The closest it has is Google and even then it isn’t a dictatorial regime. Google could have spent some effort to really sell the idea of Android tablets but it wasn’t a fan of tablets in the first place.The Android market is largely driven by cooperating and competing companies who go where the market goes and, to them, there is barely and Android tablet market. It’s one of the Catch-22 situations of Android tablets that Apple had a very simple solution for. It didn’t wait for there to be a pro tablet market or for users to start demanding for prosumer iPads. It created that market by creating a product and an experience that consumers will want, whether they wanted to before or not.Chicken and Egg AppsIt’s almost too easy to pin the blame on the lack of push from OEMs or from Google itself but hardware and platform are just one part of the problem. The other has always been and continues to be the app situation on Android. The platform boasts of thousands of apps with millions of downloads but, if you make a tally, the most popular and most lucrative ones are still not on Android. That’s true for Android phones but was especially true for tablets.That deficiency in Android tablet apps is even more pronounced when it comes to a category that tablets are best suited for: content creation and productivity. It isn’t even just about painting apps or video editing apps that rose in fame with the iPad Pro. Truth be told, those existed even before there was an iPad Pro, back when Android device makers were boasting about phones’ and tablets’ incredible performance. No, these class also includes sophisticated text editors, design suites, task managers, and even 3D modelers. These do exist on Android as well, but few if any have achieved the same level of renown as their iOS counterparts.Chrome OSAndroid tablets are pretty dead and it will only take a miracle for them to reemerge. The few that remain are mostly focused on the budget entertainment market that is fueled not by device sales but by subscriptions and services. If any OEM, like Samsung or Huawei, wants to continue making Android tablets, they’re pretty much on their own. Because as far as Google is concerned, Chrome OS is the future of tablets.Chrome OS, however, risks repeating history. It is a capable platform with almost limitless potential. That potential still has to be realized in the same way iOS on iPads has graduated to become iPadOS. And unless Google and its partners put their weight into it and pull hardware makers, accessory makes, and app developers into the ecosystem, Chrome OS will return to what it once was: a glorified web browser in a laptop. Story TimelineiPadOS brings support for USB drives and SD cardsiPadOS official: Multitasking, Files, more for iPadiOS 13, iPadOS, tvOS 13, macOS Catalina release date and Beta today One of the most surprising things to come out of WWDC is arguably iPadOS. Until just a few hours before the event, there was very little evidence of its existence. Sure, Apple has been making iOS on iPads, especially iPad Pros, more and more capable but few probably expected it would come out with a slightly modified and dedicated version of iOS for larger screens. More than just confirming Apple’s vision for its iPad line, iPadOS also reinforces the opportunity that Google and other Android device makers had with Android tablets and how they squandered that chance to beat Apple to this market.last_img read more

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Party Lines On Entitlement Programs Play Role In Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

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. Party Lines On Entitlement Programs Play Role In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Negotiations Congressional leaders signal they are making progress in “fiscal cliff” talks. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., urged his party to back an immediate extension of Bush-era tax cuts for households earning less than $250,000 and focus on tax breaks for higher-income people later. Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, said that Medicare and other federal health care programs should be part of long-term solutions, but not a short-term deal. The New York Times: House Republican Urges Party To Yield On Tax Cuts For Most EarnersDemocrats said they would not accept cuts to Medicare or Medicaid as part of the upfront “down payment” on deficit reduction that would be passed next month along with a broader framework on tax and entitlement changes to be worked over in 2013. In a speech at the liberal Center for American Progress, Mr. Durbin still expressed confidence that beneath all the public posturing, the White House and Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, were making progress toward averting the so-called fiscal cliff. … Mr. Durbin said that Medicare should not be tapped for that upfront down payment but that federal health care programs should be part of next year’s deliberations. And he opened the door for money-saving adjustments to Mr. Obama’s signature health care law (Weisman, 11/27).Los Angeles Times: Senate’s No.2 Democrat Calls For Cuts To Social Safety NetA top Democrat pressured fellow progressives Tuesday to consider long-term changes to the social safety net, even as the party digs in for a fight to save Medicare and other government programs from deep budget cuts. As closed-door talks continue with the hope of a year-end deal, President Obama will travel to a Pennsylvania toy store this week to pressure Congress to extend the expiring tax cuts for the middle class, while letting those for the wealthiest 2% of Americans expire (Mascaro and Parsons, 11/27).USA Today: Durbin Outlines Liberal Plan To Avert ‘Fiscal Cliff’Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., is optimistic President Obama and congressional leaders will reach a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and spending cuts at the end of the year only if Republicans relent on their opposition to raising individual tax rates on the wealthy (Page, 11/27).Bloomberg: Durbin Says Deficit-Reduction Talks Can Include MedicareDeficit-reduction talks can include savings from Medicare without raising the eligibility age or turning it into a voucher program, said Richard Durbin, the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat. Still, proposals to address the long-term solvency of Medicare and Social Security shouldn’t be part of the current short-term negotiations to avert the year-end fiscal cliff, Durbin said in remarks prepared for his speech today in Washington. Though he didn’t deliver that portion of his prepared speech, he told reporters he stood by the full text (Rubin, 11/27). Reuters: Senior Democrat Durbin Urges Talks On MedicareDick Durbin, a senior Senate Democrat and close ally of President Barack Obama, urged fellow liberals on Tuesday to consider reforming Medicare and Medicaid, the U.S. healthcare programs they have long fought to shield from spending cuts. The timing of his message – just as Democrats and Republicans struggling to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” looming early next year – and its prominence may signal that Democratic leaders and the White House will discuss social programs at the fiscal policy negotiating table (Dixon and Ferraro and Morgan, 11/27).The Wall Street Journal: Democrats Harden Budget PositionsThe White House and congressional Democrats hardened their budget positions on Tuesday and signaled they are prepared for partisan jockeying before any agreement to block impending spending cuts and tax increases can be reached with Republicans. Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), a rare liberal who has supported changes in Medicare and other entitlements as part of a broad budget deal, made clear he wouldn’t back them under a short-term agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff (Hook and Lee, 11/27).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Senate Democrats Divided Over Cuts To Benefit Programs, Raising Roadblock To Any Fiscal DealDeep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to slow the government’s mushrooming debt pose a big obstacle to a deal for avoiding a potentially economy-crushing “fiscal cliff,” even if Republicans agree to raise taxes (11/28).Politico: Democrats Talk Tough On Entitlements In Fiscal Cliff DebateCongressional Democrats are starting to draw a much tougher line on entitlements in the increasingly messy fiscal cliff talks, warning Republicans to keep their hands off Social Security and Medicare benefits. Democrats also say they’ll refuse to look at GOP calls to dramatically slash Medicaid. And for them to even entertain any changes to Medicare and Medicaid, they say the price is for Republicans to agree to far higher taxes than they have flirted with so far (Raju, 11/27).Los Angeles Times: Reid, McConnell Clash On ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Filibuster RulesAsked about Sen. Richard Durbin’s (D-Ill.) comments earlier in the day calling for major entitlement programs to remain open to negotiations, Reid partially agreed with his colleague. … Despite his complaints about Republican stonewalling, Reid said that he’s still optimistic that a deal can be reached before the end of the year, when automatic federal tax hikes and spending cuts would kick in (Little, 11/27).CQ HealthBeat: Labor Lobbies Hill On Entitlements, Bush Tax CutsAFL-CIO leaders orchestrated a “lobby fly-in day” Tuesday on Capitol Hill, with local labor leaders and their advocates from 33 states visiting lawmakers to urge them to refuse benefit cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and to let the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire for the top 2 percent of American earners. The effort coincided with a report the AFL-CIO issued that lists the number of people per state who currently get their health coverage through Medicaid. The report also highlights the amount of money Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security pump into each state’s economy and the economic costs to individuals if the Medicare eligibility age were increased (11/27).last_img read more

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Impact Of Health Law On Costs Reaches Beyond Premium Pricetags

first_imgImpact Of Health Law On Costs Reaches Beyond Premium Pricetags This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Much of the debate about the overhaul’s costs has focused on “rate shock,” but other issues also are in play. Kaiser Health News: Big Changes Ahead For Those Who Buy Their Own InsuranceMost of the debate about how the health law will change the individual market has centered on whether consumers will experience “rate shock” from higher premiums when key changes go into effect next year. But there’s a flip side: new rules that broaden benefits, prohibit discrimination against those with health issues and cap consumers’ out-of-pocket costs, which can cut far deeper than premiums (Appleby, 6/28). Politico: How Much Will Obamacare Cost?This is the summer when the country will find out just how “affordable” the Affordable Care Act will be. There’s been a sneak peek this spring, when states started to reveal health insurers’ proposed rates for 2014, the first year insurers can no longer turn away sick patients and must offer a more robust set of benefits to everyone (Millman, 6/28).Also in the news – CQ HealthBeat: Chamber Urges Slower Start To Health Care Law To Lessen Rate ShockMajor aspects of the health care law meant to make comprehensive insurance affordable to people who have a difficult time getting coverage because of poor health should be implemented more slowly instead all taking effect Jan. 1, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in wide-ranging recommendations released Thursday (Reichard, 6/27).last_img read more

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Maryland To Replace Troubled 125M Health Exchange With New System

first_imgMaryland To Replace Troubled $125M Health Exchange With New System This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Despite a late surge in sign-ups in the past week, Monday will mark the end of Maryland’s problematic health exchange system which encountered many technical issues. The exchange will be replaced with technology used in Connecticut’s system, one of the most successful in the country, The Washington Post reports.The Washington Post: Maryland Gears Up For Health Exchange RedoOn Monday, the first enrollment period for health insurance plans made possible by the Affordable Care Act will end, so call centers in Maryland plan to stay open until midnight in a last-minute effort to boost enrollment numbers. Then on Tuesday, Maryland will begin the process of replacing its troubled exchange, which has had so many problems since its launch on Oct. 1 that officials have decided it would be better to start anew. … The exchange’s board plans to vote Tuesday to use technology from Connecticut, which has had one of the most successful exchanges in the country, and hire the contractor that built that system, Deloitte, according to two people familiar with the decision (Johnson and Flaherty, 3/30).The Baltimore Sun: Maryland Gears Up For End Of Health Care Enrollment Monday marks the end of a six-month enrollment push for Maryland’s troubled health exchange, and despite a surge in the past week, it is unclear whether the state can overcome technical problems that have persisted since the Oct. 1 debut and meet its goals. As a flurry of consumers signed up for health insurance Saturday during an enrollment fair, Gov. Martin O’Malley said that he expected the next enrollment period to run more smoothly on a new platform built by Deloitte Consulting LLC, replacing the troubled existing website (Walker, 3/29).Fox News: Maryland To Reportedly Abandon $125M ObamaCare Exchange For New SystemWith just days to go before open enrollment ends on March 31, Maryland officials are reportedly planning to abandon its glitch-ridden ObamaCare website and replace the health exchange with technology from Connecticut’s marketplace. The Washington Post reported late Friday that the board of the Maryland exchange will vote on changing the system that has cost at least $125.5 million at a meeting on Tuesday, the day after the end of the first enrollment period under ObamaCare. Maryland residents will still be able to use the exchange as it is being replaced with technology from the Connecticut exchange, Access Health CT, officials told The Post. The state is expected to tap consulting firm Deloitte for the overhaul (3/29).The CT Mirror: Report: Maryland To Replace Obamacare Exchange With CT ModelCiting unnamed sources, the Washington Post reported late Friday that Maryland was going to abandon its glitch–plagued health exchange with technology from Connecticut’s marketplace, Access Health CT. Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT, said he “had not heard” about Maryland’s decision. Counihan said he’s had several conversations with Maryland officials about his concept of an “exchange in a box,” a package of technology that could be sold to other states that have had problems with their exchange portals or are currently served by HealthCare.gov., the federal exchange many states are using. Counihan said he traveled to Baltimore in February to discuss Access Health CT with Maryland officials. But he also said Maryland is considering other options, including pouring more resources into fixing its site, MarylandHealthConnection.gov,  or using the federal exchange (Radelat, 3/28).last_img read more

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States Tech Companies Wrestle Over Efforts To Fix Troubled State Marketplace Sites

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. States seek to recoup funds from technology companies that were involved in creating the online insurance portals that malfunctioned. Meanwhile, Massachusetts reaches a deal on payment while Maryland considers moving to the federal marketplace.The Wall Street Journal: States, Firms Spar Over Insurance-Exchange FundsStates and technology companies, including Xerox Corp. and Oracle Corp., are locked in disputes over more than $100 million allocated for Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges that had troubled rollouts. Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts and Nevada are seeking to recoup funds or withhold money for work they say wasn’t properly done. Poorly functioning exchanges in those states hampered enrollment last fall, and states blame contractors (Armour, 6/20).The Boston Globe: Deal Reached On Botched Mass. Health SiteMassachusetts agreed Friday to pay $35 million to the Canadian technology developer that created the botched health insurance website, which the state abandoned last month. Counting $17 million already paid last year to the company, CGI, the state’s bill will total $52 million for a site that malfunctioned from the start when it launched last October. State officials said the deal will ensure an orderly end to CGI’s work for the state, avoid litigation, and pay for the company’s assistance in recent months and its contributions to a replacement website (Freyer, 6/20). The Baltimore Sun:  Weighing Maryland’s Switch To Connecticut Vs. Federal Health Exchange Since Maryland health exchange officials decided to replace their troubled website with technology used in Connecticut, critics have asked whether it would be cheaper and less risky to join the federal website. Exchange officials said the federal option could be a good deal for some states. But Maryland’s antiquated Medicaid system couldn’t hook up to the federal site, and building a separate system would be costly, they said (Cohn, 6/21). States, Tech Companies Wrestle Over Efforts To Fix Troubled State Marketplace Siteslast_img read more

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For Every Mile Theyll Save 100 Study Finds Health Care Costs Vary

first_img The cost of medical care for Connecticut patients with private insurance is more than 20 percent above the national average for dozens of medical services, but exactly how much higher can vary widely across the state, according to data released Wednesday and an analysis published in the journal Health Affairs. (Levin Becker, 4/28) The Connecticut Mirror: Yeah, CT Health Care Costs Are High. But Which Ones Are Highest? Huge variations exist in the prices of some of the most common medical procedures across state lines, by according to a report major insurers released Wednesday, but some experts say the data is of little use to consumers who rarely know what they owe until the bills arrive. The insurer-funded Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) won’t disclose which hospitals or doctors are the high-price culprits and instead are releasing how much states’ average prices differ from national average. (O’Donnell, 4/27) NPR: That Surgery Might Cost You A Lot Less In Another Town Need knee replacement surgery? It may be worthwhile to head for Tucson. That’s because the average price for a knee replacement in the Arizona city is $21,976, about $38,000 less than it would in Sacramento, Calif. That’s according to a report issued Wednesday by the Health Care Cost Institute. The report, called the National Chartbook on Health Care Prices, uses claims and payment data from three of the largest insurance companies in the U.S. to analyze how prices for procedures vary from state to state, and city to city. The takeaway? Health care prices are crazy. (Kodjak, 4/27) USA Today: Huge Health Care Price Differences Even Within Same Area, By State Why does a knee replacement cost $29,000 in Kansas but $40,000 in next-door Colorado? Health care prices are all over the map in the U.S., a new study finds. It digs deeply into the crazy pattern of health costs across the U.S. and shows there is very little consistency. (Fox, 4/27) center_img NBC News: U.S. Health Care Prices Are All Over The Map, New Study Finds Prices of some medical services in Charlotte are 20 percent higher than the national average, according to a new study that contributes to the national push for transparency in health care costs. (Garloch, 4/27) The Charlotte Observer: Health Care Costs Often Higher In Charlotte For Every Mile They’ll Save $100: Study Finds Health Care Costs Vary Widely Even Within Same State A knee replacement in Riverside, Calif., is about $27,000 less expensive than it is in Sacramento. And that’s just one example of the wide discrepancies analysts found when they looked at costs across the country. 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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Heres how to watch tomorrows Super Mario Maker 2 Nintendo Direct

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. 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. Nintendo has announced an upcoming direct presentation that will focus entirely on Super Mario Maker 2. Set to launch on June 28 exclusively for Nintendo Switch, this will be one of the system’s first big exclusives in 2019. You can watch the presentation as it happens on Wednesday, May 15 at 11pm BST, and it will last for roughly 15 minutes or so. As for where you can watch it, Nintendo will once again host the stream across its YouTube and Twitch channels, with on-demand playback available shortly after.Related: Best Nintendo Switch GamesSuper Mario Maker 2 is launching only a few short weeks after E3 2019, so we don’t imagine it’ll be shown off there in much capacity. That spotlight belongs to Animal Crossing and Pokemon Sword and Shield. We imagine the stream will focus primarily on mechanics, items and other changes that are being introduced as part of the sequel. Given the Switch doesn’t have a dedicated touch-screen stylus, which was essential for the original game, perhaps we’ll see some form of peripheral announced, too?The original Super Mario Maker included three distinct visual styles from a number of Mario games, and we wouldn’t say no to a fourth being thrown into the mix.What new features would you like to see from Super Mario Maker 2 announced? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @trustedreviews.  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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The Oculus Quest is going to warn you less about bumping into

first_imgThe Oculus Quest‘s latest firmware update is out and it aims to fix an issue where the Guardian system was trying a bit too hard to stop you from getting bumps and bruises.The update launched today and comes with some general performance improvements and improved Guardian sensitivity. Oculus Quest – and other Oculus VR products – utilises a system called Guardian to warn you when you are nearing objects in your environment. However, the Oculus Quest has been experiencing problems where the system is activated even when it isn’t required. Related: Best VR headsetGuardian presents a grid to the user when they are nearing a real-life object but the grid has been cropping up at the wrong times. Oculus declared the fix should bring the Quest’s Guardian sensitivity in line with the Rift.Alongside the update to prevent unwanted grids interrupting your virtual reality fun, Oculus lists “various performance improvements” in the changelog as well. Unfortunately, no more detail is provided but – hopefully – it enhances the overall user experience as intended.The Oculus Quest seems like it is going to be receiving fairly regular updates to ensure optimal performance. A firmware update was made available on launch day – following the first update, users reported improved audio performance.Related: Best VR gamesGuardian is particularly important for the Oculus Quest – a completely untethered virtual reality experience. In May, a pair of game developers showed off the true potential of new headset’s wireless capabilities. The developers created a shooting game based on the layout of their office – allowing them to freely roam around in-game without fear of crashing into a desk.In our review of the Oculus Quest, computing writer Ryan Jones said: “The pick-up-and-play convenience coupled with the affordability of an all-in-one system make the Oculus Quest the very best virtual reality headset you can buy. If VR is ever going to hit the mainstream, this is the headset to pull in the masses”. 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. 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.last_img read more

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WatchCanadian Tire profit falls but revenue and sales gain ground

first_img Reddit Facebook Comment May 9, 20198:36 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Twitter Canadian Tire profit falls, but revenue and sales gain ground Sales at Canadian Tire stores increased 7.4% TORONTO — Canadian Tire Corp. reported its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as revenue moved higher.The retailer says it earned a profit attributable to shareholders of $69.7 million or $1.12 per share for the quarter ended March 30.That compared with a profit of $78 million or $1.18 per share a year earlier.Revenue totalled $2.89 billion, up from $2.81 billion in the first quarter of 2018.The increase in revenue came as retail sales at its Canadian Tire stores increased 7.4 per cent and comparable sales gained 7.1 per cent.Meanwhile, sales at its SportChek stores gained 2.8 per cent, while comparable sales rose 3.4 per cent. Mark’s sales grew 5.5 per cent, while comparable sales at the clothing chain increased 4.9 per cent.Related Stories:Walgreens third-quarter profit falls 23.6%Corona maker Constellation Brands beats quarterly sales estimatesAccenture quarterly profit jumps as digital investments pay off  Share this storyCanadian Tire profit falls, but revenue and sales gain ground Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn center_img The Canadian Press Recommended For YouU.S. FDA approves Karyopharm Therapeutics’ blood cancer drugOntario Cannabis Store pulls affected CannTrust products amid Health Canada probeUPDATE 2-FDA approves expanded label for Regeneron/Sanofi’s DupixentTrump pick for Fed seat says doesn’t want to pull rug from under market -CNBCAP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt? Email More 0 Comments Join the conversation →last_img read more

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BritishBuilt Electric Taxi Gets Approved For Use In Paris

first_imgParis is hoping the new cab will help it wage war on air pollution.The new electric London taxi can now work on the busy streets of Paris, after the French regulators approved the high-tech Hackney Carriage for use in the city.More News from London UPS To Deploy 35 Arrival Electric Delivery Vans In London And Paris Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 22, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News London’s Black Cab Maker Shows Off Electric Van Manufactured in Coventry by the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), the TX eCity is marketed as “the world’s most advanced electric taxi”, and combines an electric motor with a small petrol engine ‘range extender’, which kicks in when the batteries run flat.According to LEVC, this arrangement allows the eCity taxi to manage up to 377 miles before it needs refuelling and recharging – far more than the average London cabbie’s 120-mile day.LEVC also says that the TX eCity offers far lower running costs than its conventionally fuelled predecessor, the TX4, with some drivers reporting savings of more than £100 a week.As a result, the taxi has been popular both in London and abroad, with more than 600 examples already roaming the British capital, while Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Oslo all see the eCity on their streets.But despite the Parisian authorities’ permission to launch the TX eCity in France and the country’s war on air pollution, which will see all pre-2005 diesels banned next year, the new taxi will not go on sale until the first half of next year because of negotiations with the importer.In a statement, LEVC said the new taxis came at a “vital time” and would have “a significant impact on Paris’ 20,000 taxis.”Chris Gubbey, CEO of the company, said: “Given the air pollution difficulties facing French cities, we are very much looking forward to giving both drivers and passengers new options in Paris following a very positive reception on the streets. This truly bolsters our European position and we look forward to serving the cities of France alongside those in Norway, the Netherlands and Germany.”Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, said: “The UK has led the world in cutting emissions whilst growing our economy – with clean growth driving incredible innovation and creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs.“Ten years on from the Climate Change Act, the first ever Green GB week is a time to build on our successes and explain the huge opportunities for business and young people of a cleaner economy. I’m delighted to see how many more businesses and organisations such as LEVC are seizing this multi-billion-pound opportunity to energize their communities to tackle the very serious threat of climate change.” London Charity Goes Green Renault Electric Vans Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Ford Europe To Electrifying Every Model From AllNew Focus On

first_img 2020 Lincoln Aviator Lands In LA With Potent Plug-In Power Ford Motor Company CEO, Jim Hackett said (see video below) that new lineup of electric vehicles is coming, including F-150 and Mustang. Hopefully, we will see those on the market soon..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%; }Full press release:Ford to Strengthen European Competitive Position and Profitability; Sets Vision for the FutureNew strategy targets near-term profitability and a more competitive business for the futureNear-term actions underway to improve profitability and reduce structural costs, with parallel redesign to include a more targeted vehicle line up within three customer-focused business groups – Commercial Vehicles, Passenger Vehicles and ImportsNew all-electric vehicles and electrified options to be offered for all modelsLeveraging relationships, including a potential alliance with Volkswagen AG, to support commercial vehicle growthFord to improve or exit less profitable vehicle lines and address underperforming markets; also undertaking a strategic review of Ford Sollers, the company’s joint venture in RussiaCOLOGNE, Germany, Jan. 10, 2019 – Ford is starting consultations with its union partners and other key stakeholders to implement a comprehensive transformation strategy aimed at strengthening the Ford brand and creating a sustainably profitable business in Europe.The strategy – which is part of the company’s broader global vision of providing smart vehicles for a smart world – will offer differentiated vehicles designed to create a deeper connection with Ford customers.Near term, Ford is accelerating key fitness actions and reducing structural costs. In parallel, the fundamental redesign will include changes to Ford’s vehicle portfolio, expanding offerings and volumes in its most profitable growth vehicle segments, while improving or exiting less profitable vehicle lines and addressing underperforming markets.“We are taking decisive action to transform the Ford business in Europe,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We will invest in the vehicles, services, segments and markets that best support a long-term sustainably profitable business, creating value for all our stakeholders and delivering emotive vehicles to our customers.”Ford is entering into formal consultation with its Works Council and trade union partners, and is committed to working together with all key stakeholders to enable the new strategy.Near-term profitability and cost improvements – reset for 2019 and 2020To improve near-term financial performance, Ford will drive improvement in profitability across its product portfolio. This improvement will be driven by reducing the complexity of existing Ford products, optimizing the most profitable vehicle configurations, and increasing volumes of profitable vehicle lines.Structural cost improvements will be supported by reduction of surplus labor across all functions – salaried and hourly. An improvement in management structure, announced in December, already is underway through Ford’s redesign of its global salaried workforce, that will improve the agility of the organization.Ford aims to achieve the labor cost reductions, as far as possible, through voluntary employee separations in Europe and will be working closely with social partners and other stakeholders to achieve this objective.Future business redesignFord is establishing three customer-focused business groups in Europe – Commercial Vehicles, Passenger Vehicles, and Imports – each with clearly defined aspirations and dedicated organizations. The new operating model will better enable the businesses to make fast decisions centered on customer needs.Ford of Europe is targeting a 6 percent EBIT margin longer term, with returns in excess of the cost of capital for each business group.Commercial Vehicles: Ford will continue to enhance its commercial vehicle leadership in Europe with a tightly integrated offering of smart vehicles, services and partnerships that deliver lifetime value for commercial customers. Already highly profitable, Ford is Europe’s No. 1 commercial vehicle brand in terms of sales volume, and more than one in four Ford vehicles sold today in Europe is a commercial vehicle.In line with Ford’s global fitness approach to build, partner or buy, Ford of Europe will leverage relationships – such as the successful Ford Otosan joint venture and the potential alliance with Volkswagen AG – to support its commercial vehicle growth.Passenger Vehicles: Ford will establish a more targeted portfolio of European-built passenger vehicles focused on the quality, technology-rich and fun-to-drive DNA of the Ford brand, with the goal of building emotional connections with customers through sporty and progressive designs.Every Ford nameplate from the all-new Ford Focus onwards will include an electrified option.  This includes new nameplates and new versions of existing vehicles. From Fiesta to Transit, either a mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric option will be offered, delivering one of the most encompassing line-ups of electrified options for European customers.Ford also will build on its success in the growing utility segment in Europe. Ford SUV sales – comprising EcoSport, Kuga and Edge – hit a record high in 2018, surpassing a quarter million vehicles sold for the first time.Imported Vehicles: A niche portfolio of imported iconic nameplates for Europe that builds on the heritage of the Ford brand will include Mustang, Edge, and another SUV to be revealed in April, along with an all-new Mustang-inspired full-electric performance utility in 2020.Additional efficiency actionsFord’s new strategy will result in a more efficient and focused business. Key actions already underway include:Production at the Ford Aquitaine Industries plant in Bordeaux, France, which manufactures small automatic transmissions, will end in August 2019.Formal discussions have begun between Ford and its Works Council to end production of the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX at the Saarlouis Body and Assembly Plant in Germany as the compact MPV segment shrinks in Europe.Ford is undertaking a strategic review of Ford Sollers, its joint venture in Russia. Several significant restructuring options for Ford Sollers are being considered by Ford and its partner, Sollers PJSC. A decision is expected in the second quarter.Ford plans to consolidate its UK headquarters and Ford Credit Europe’s headquarters at the Ford Dunton Technical Center in South East Essex to improve business fitness and create a customer-centric technical hub. The action is subject to union consultation and local approvals.“Working collectively with all stakeholders, our new strategy will enable us to deliver a more focused line up of European-built passenger vehicles, while growing our import and commercial vehicle businesses – for a healthier and more profitable business,” added Armstrong.Ford will provide specific details of its strategy in the coming months, once appropriate formal consultation with its Works Council and trade union partners has concluded. New all-electric vehicles and electrified options to be offered for all modelsFord intends to conduct deep restructurization of its entire business in Europe. The focus is on strengthening competitiveness and profitability of the company.The important part of the plan for the future is broad electrification, which will concern every new model, including the all-new Ford Focus. We appreciate that the entire portfolio will be electrified, but it’s hard to say how many models will go all-electric and plug-in hybrid.“Every Ford nameplate from the all-new Ford Focus onwards will include an electrified option. This includes new nameplates and new versions of existing vehicles. From Fiesta to Transit, either a mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric option will be offered, delivering one of the most encompassing line-ups of electrified options for European customers.” Source: Electric Vehicle News More Ford news Ford Transit Custom PHEV To Be Tested In Cologne, Germany Ford Trademarks Mach E: Likely For Mustang-Inspired Electric CUV One of pillarz of the three-pronged strategy in Europe is import – Ford re-announced the all-new Mustang-inspired full-electric performance utility in 2020. Debut of this particular model is scheduled for April 2019.“Imported Vehicles: A niche portfolio of imported iconic nameplates for Europe that builds on the heritage of the Ford brand will include Mustang, Edge, and another SUV to be revealed in April, along with an all-new Mustang-inspired full-electric performance utility in 2020.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 10, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Audi etron GT Concept Overview Video

first_img Audi Q4 E-Tron Electric CUV Sparkles In Geneva (Photos/Videos) Exclusive: Audi VP Says Brand’s Electric Car Plan Is All Encompassing The Audi halo electric car is 90% readyAudi e-tron GT concept, one of the many stars of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, was presented in detail from the exterior through to the interior by Autogefühl, which as usual brings interesting insights.The car is scheduled for late 2020, but the design is already 90% done. Things required for market launch are rather minor (door handles for example). The key battery/drivetrain technology is the fruit of a partnership with sister brand Porsche.Audi in Geneva Audi e-tron GT concept:more than 90 kWh batteryover 400 km (248.5 miles) of range (WLTP)dual motor (PMSM) all-wheel drive with torque vectoringsystem output: 434 kW (590 hp)0-100 km/h (62 mph) in about 3.5 seconds0-200 km/h (124 mph) in over 12 secondstop speed of 240 km/h (149 mph)800 V battery system voltagefast charging: 0-80% in 20-minuteswireless charging at 11 kW (on-board charger is at least 11 kW)450 liters of luggage capacity plus extra 100 liters under the hood4.96-meter length, 1.96-meter width and 1.38-meter height Audi E-Tron Sportback, E-Tron GT Stun In Geneva: Live Photos, Videos Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 13, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Tesla is now making Supercharger V3 and energy products at Gigafactory 2

first_imgAs the original intent of Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 is not working out yet, Tesla is adding new products to manufacture at the factory, including making Supercharger V3 and energy products. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://youtu.be/ee5nKd7zjWoThe post Tesla is now making Supercharger V3 and energy products at Gigafactory 2 appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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Teslas biggest bear Jim Chanos becomes biggest hypocrite as he hedges on

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Tesla has many detractors but maybe none bigger than hedge fund manager Jim Chanos who has consistently compared Tesla to a fraud and said that its CEO, Elon Musk, was lying and misleading investors.Now Chanos surprisingly hedges his bet against Tesla – becoming a hypocrite in the process. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Tesla’s biggest bear Jim Chanos becomes biggest hypocrite as he hedges on TSLA appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

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Allweather jumps back on the agenda

first_imgHorse racing @Greg_Wood_ All-weather jumps back on the agenda Share via Email Share on Facebook The return of all-weather jump racing, which was scrapped 10 years ago owing to the high level of fatalities and injuries, could be on the cards as the sport faces up to the effects of climate change, the British Horseracing Authority said yesterday.There has been no National Hunt racing in this country since last Friday owing to the freezing conditions and there is little prospect of any till the end of the week. Tomorrow’s scheduled jumps cards are fully expected to be called off today and Kempton’s valuable meeting on Saturday, which was due to feature the Lanzarote Hurdle, has already been abandoned, to be replaced by an all-weather Flat meeting. Both Wetherby’s card the same afternoon, and Carlisle’s meeting on Sunday, are not expected to survive unless a thaw arrives much earlier than expected. The BHA has given Ayr the go-ahead to stage a meeting on Saturday, which will carry prize money of £65,000, but in the longer term it may be that all-weather tracks will bear an increasing burden in guaranteeing betting income for the sport if turf racing is frozen off – or, for that matter, stymied by fast going and water shortages – on a regular basis. “I can’t say that we are all sitting around here thinking up a 15-year plan,” the BHA’s spokesman Paul Struthers said, “but that may well be necessary at some point in the future, and all-weather surfaces are undoubtedly going to have an increasingly important role. “The issue of jumping on all-weather tracks is one that gets looked at from time to time, and will always be at the back of our minds. The main concern is still about the effects of falls on all-weather surfaces, and whether there is an increased risk of injury. The all-weather track at Kempton. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Tom Jenkins Greg Wood Share on Facebook Reuse this content The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share via Email Topics Share on Messenger Tue 6 Jan 2009 19.01 EST Share on Twitter First published on Tue 6 Jan 2009 19.01 ESTcenter_img Read more Share on Twitter “The all-weather is developing, and becoming much safer for horses when they are galloping, and much more able to deal with the elements, but it comes down to the age-old issue of falls. If you fall off your bike on grass, it’s going to hurt far less than if you fall off on a harder surface.” An increase in the quality of all-weather Flat racing is also an ongoing objective for the BHA, though the authority concedes that the increasing value and importance of the Dubai Carnival – which opens next week – makes it harder to keep the best all-weather horses in Britain. “I don’t think that all-weather racing here will ever be able to compete with the prize money on offer in Dubai,” Struthers said, “and National Hunt racing will remain the most important code in the winter. “This is a very strong period for jumps racing, which has been building up over several years having apparently been under threat seven or eight years ago. “But we are always aware of the importance of keeping racing in betting shops when there is a significant cold spell. Depending on how the climate goes, jumping on the all-weather could be an option, as could the idea of trying to keep some of the better Flat horses here for longer.” Racing depends heavily on its income from betting turnover, but despite the current spate of cancellations, Douglas Erskine-Crum, the chief executive of the Levy Board, does not see any immediate cause for concern.”It’s difficult to make any predictions about how much could be lost as the levy yield depends on the bookmakers’ gross profits,” Erskine-Crum said yesterday. “But we are extremely lucky to have the all-weather tracks, and very grateful to them for putting on as much racing as they can given the size of the horse population. “Racing hasn’t faced a really big freeze for quite a while, but in a way we had something worse, which was the foot-and-mouth crisis, when even the all-weather tracks were struggling to race. From the levy point of view, racing is in a much stronger position now than in previous big freezes, thanks to the all-weather courses.” Kelso’s Friday meeting is the next realistic chance of seeing any jump racing, with prospects for Hereford tomorrow “very slim” and Catterick inspecting at noon today. Huntingdon is very doubtful on Friday, while Saturday’s valuable card at Warwick also under threat. “The track is frozen and we are forecast low temperatures,” Andrew Morris, the clerk of the course, said yesterday. “The forecast yesterday offered some encouragement, but I’m not sure temperatures will rise sufficiently to get the frost out of the ground.”Ron Cox’s tip of the daySpectait 4.20 WolverhamptonJonjo O’Neill and owner J P McManus are not noted for their all-weather exploits but Spectait could give them reason to cheer while they wait for jump racing to resume. He won at Glorious Goodwood when with Sir Mark Prescott, for whom he was also fifth in a Group Three on Polytrack. His jumps career is on hold and he was running on at the finish over seven furlongs on his last two starts. Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn • Sand racing over hurdles under consideration• National Hunt turf racing curtailed by icy blast Shares00 news This article is more than 10 years old Since you’re here… This article is more than 10 years old Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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