first_img bjdBJPcongressLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 22, 2019, 6:47 PM IST Bhubaneswar: A day ahead of poll counting Odisha, PCC president Niranjan Patnaik Wednesday conceded that the Congress will not only not be able to form a government in the state on its own but may even lose its opposition status.Patnaik’s statement indicates that BJP will take its place in the BJD-ruled state, which led senior Congress leaders to openly blame the party’s state leadership for the situation. “We(Congress) will not be able to form the government in the state on our own. However, our performance will be better than in 2014,” Patnaik told reporters here during an interaction reacting to exit poll predictions.The Congress had in 2014 bagged only 16 out of the total 147 seats in Odisha Assembly and had failed to open its account in the Lok Sabha polls. Different exit polls this time predicted one Lok Sabha seat and 15 assembly seats for the party.Patnaik, however, claimed that he himself will win from Bhandaripokhari and Ghasipura assembly seats which he has contested.Senior Congress leader and former minister Jagannath Patnaik has resigned from the OPCC coordination committee and the Pradesh Election Committee(PEC) in protest against the poor poll preparedness and management by the party state leadership.”The state leadership failed to propagate Rahul Gandhi’s NYAY and programmes for farmers. The party also failed to maintain its policy in ticket distribution andmanagement of elections …. I have sent my resignation letter to PCC president,” he said.The former minister said that the wrong doings in the party should be corrected and discussion should be held on the reason behind losing an opportunity this time. “I therefore did not resign from the PCC or AICC,” Jagannth Patnaik said.Congress candidate from Sukinda assembly seat and former minister, Sarat Rout directly blamed the OPCC president and accused him of failing to manage the elections.”He (Niranjan) has betrayed the trust of Rahul Gandhi,” Rout alleged adding that the Congress this time chose to take the third position giving an upper berth to BJP.”There was mismanagement at all levels – from ticket distribution to poll management. I was a candidate fighting against the BJD. Nobody from the party came to my help, I fought the election like an orphan,” Rout said.Asked whether change in PCC presidentship will be the right action, Rout said: “Removing Niranjan Patnaik from the post will not help the party. Damage has already been done. He may quit the post on his own.”Congress candidate from Cuttack Lok Sabha segment Panchanan Kangungo also expressed similar view. last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP is planning to conduct multiple surveys for better selection of political issues and candidates for the Delhi Assembly polls due early next year, in the wake of its massive victory in the Lok Sabha election, senior leaders of the saffron party said on Sunday.The ruling party was working on various fronts to ensure that it retained the whopping 55 per cent vote share it got in the national capital in the recent parliamentary election for a “comfortable” victory in the Assembly polls next year, a senior Delhi BJP leader said. At a recent meeting of Delhi BJP leaders, the party’s general secretary (organisation) Siddharthan said efforts should be made to retain the 55 per cent vote share in Delhi, he added. Regular meetings of the party are being held in view of the speculation that the Delhi Assembly polls may be pre-poned to coincide with the state elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand in October-November.”In view of the upcoming Assembly polls, three-phased surveys are planned for shortlisting constituency-specific issues, assessment of the AAP government (in Delhi) and the performance of its MLAs as well as to analyse the reach and popularity of our leaders for selecting suitable candidates,” another top Delhi BJP leader said.The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had trounced the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls, winning 67 of the 70 seats. Less than a year after his impressive performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the saffron party could manage to secure only three seats in the Delhi Assembly.BJP leaders have high hopes of victory in next year’s Delhi polls as the party got more votes than the Congress and the AAP in 65 of the 70 Assembly segments in the Lok Sabha election. “It is a big opportunity for us as the BJP has been out of power in Delhi for over two decades. Not only the Modi magic is working, but the influence of AAP and its supremo Kejriwal is also on the decline,” said the senior party leader.He admitted that the selection of candidates will be crucial in view of the party’s drubbing in the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls. “We need to find out fresh faces with a strong ground presence. Assembly polls are different from the Lok Sabha election, which is dominated by national issues. In Assembly elections, local issues and the local leadership will be important,” he said.As a part the party’s night-stay programme, office-bearers of the Delhi BJP, including its president Manoj Tiwari, will visit slum clusters and unauthorised colonies from the coming week to interact with the residents and get a first-hand view of their problems.”Tiwari has already started the night-stay programme by visiting the Valmiki Basti in Wazirabad last month. Other office-bearers will also spend time in their respective constituencies in the coming days,” the Delhi BJP leader said.The AAP had registered its massive victory in the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls thanks to a strong support of the residents of slums and unauthorised colonies. A large number of Purvanchalis, who account for around 35 per cent voters in the national capital and who had voted for the AAP in the previous Assembly election, live in such areas and their support will be crucial for victory in the coming polls, the senior Delhi BJP leader said. aaparvind kejriwalBJPcongress First Published: June 16, 2019, 2:03 PM IST | Edited by: Karan Anandlast_img read more

first_img Bengal BJPBJP supporter attackedJhargram districttrinamool congress First Published: June 30, 2019, 5:50 PM IST Jhargram: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter was critically injured after he was shot at from point blank range in West Bengal’s Jhargram district, police said on Sunday. The BJP blamed the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the incident, a charge denied by the ruling party.Police have initiated an investigation and detained a villager in connection with the incident that happened at Bagua village under the jurisdiction of Jamboni police station on Saturday night. Two persons approached Khagapati Mahato, when was returning on his two-wheeler after attending a ‘kirtan’ (devotional song) programme, and one of them shot at him from point blank range, a police officer said. The miscreants fled the scene immediately, he said, adding, the injured person and the miscreants were residents of Bagua village. Mahato was rushed to Jhargram hospital and from there he was taken to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital, the police officer said. Later, he was referred to a hospital in Kolkata, he added.Tension prevailed in the area after his death and there is heavy police deployment. BJP’s Jhargram district president Sukhomoy Satpati alleged that TMC supporters were involved in the incident. “We have informed the district administration. The miscreants should be arrested immediately,” he said.Denying the allegation, TMC’s district core committee member Prasun Sarangi claimed that the incident happened as a result of personal problems.(With inputs from PTI) last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre and the Assam government have moved the Supreme Court seeking re-verification of 20% of the names in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state.The pleas come a fortnight before the July 31 deadline set by the apex court for publication of the final list. The Centre’s plea on Tuesday also sought to suitably modify the timeline fixed for publication of final NRC from July 31, 2019, to a future date, stating the given is lesser to complete the process authentically.In the affidavit, the Centre had sought a direction for 20% re-verification of the final draft NRC in districts bordering Bangladesh and 10% in rest of Assam.Top officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the government is concerned over the draft NRC data showing wide discrepancies with that of the government data on illegal immigrants in the districts bordering Assam.”We are getting representations from both sides. One side claims illegal migrants are getting their name registered in the NRC using forged documents, while genuine Indians are getting left out,” a top ministry official told CNN News18.A day after the Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday told Parliament that the BJP is committed to implementing the NRC and weeding out illegal immigrants across the country. Replying in Rajya Sabha during the question hour, Shah said, “We will identify all illegal immigrants and infiltrators living on every inch of this country and deport them as per international law.” He also reiterated that the BJP in its manifesto has made its commitment clear to deport all illegal migrants.Though the government has already moved the apex court seeking more time, the top officials said even the legislative route is being considered if the SC order is not in favour of the government. Assam governmentcentreNational Register of Citizenssupreme court First Published: July 17, 2019, 9:40 PM IST | Edited by: Anu Parthibanlast_img read more

first_img gdpKapil Sibalrajya sabhaunemployment First Published: July 11, 2019, 10:01 PM IST New Delhi: Achieving a $5 trillion economy will have little meaning if the majority of people in the country are poor, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.Participating in the debate on the Union Budget, the former Union minister said, “In terms of per capita, we rank 122nd in the world. Tell us how you will improve income of the poor.” Sibal said under the circumstances the question was not of becoming a $5-trillion economy but of raising the per capita income. “In Mumbai, 60 per cent people are poor and only one per cent are rich but its GDP is impressive,” he said.”If 80 crore of the masses in the country earn less than Rs 10,000 per month then what is the point of a USD 5 trillion economy,” he said and asked what steps the government was taking to increase the income to Rs 20,000 or Rs 40,000 per month.He said the budget speech lacked thematic consistency and vision and it was like watching a trailer, not a movie. “There are four engines of growth – private investment, public investment, external consumption and internal consumption.”Three of these cylinders of the economy have collapsed and the fourth is on the verge of collapsing,” he alleged. He said investment in public and private sectors has been reduced impacting manufacturing, jobs and economy. He said the unemployment rates “are the highest and there are no new projects in the manufacturing which contributes 15 to 16 per cent of the GDP”. Sibal also stressed that scientific crop pattern should be promoted in the country saying exports like paddy and sugar require the consumption of billions of cubic metre of water.”India’s water ends up everywhere but in India. Paddy, sugarcane, cotton, which use the highest water, are among our exports. We will have no drinking water in the country if this continues as agriculture consumes 68 per cent of the drinking water,” he said.He said that 78 per cent of piped water was sourced from groundwater and 5,194 blocks of groundwater had dried up. He said farmers are not happy, automobile and FMCG sectors have witnessed declines and there was an overall slowdown in the economy.By increasing Rupee one on petrol and diesel the government will get Rs 18,000 crore to the kitty which will impact the poor while higher provisions of taxes on rich were a mere show off and budget optics, he claimed. He also charged the government with hiding the severity of ILFS scam. He warned that if the government was bent on bringing sovereign funds, it will not be able to service the debt in case the rupee value falls.Vishambahar Prasad Nishad (SP) alleged that faulty policies of the government were forcing farmers to commit suicide.Prabhat Jha (BJP) said Ayushman Bharat has benefited the poor immensely. Manas Ranjan Bhunia (TMC) alleged the government was suppressing figures related to expenditure and revenue.He also said that India never witnessed such a low rate of economic growth in past and asked the government to do something beyond giving just Rs 6000 per annum to farmers. Ashwini Vaishnaw (BJP) said, “A member’s comment that economy would double irrespective of whatever government would do, is not correct. Why didn’t that happen in pre nineties when we were struggling to increase the growth rate.”He suggested that the government should increase annual investment on infrastructure project from Rs 3.02 lakh crore to Rs 11 lakh crore as this would help in achieving nominal economic (GDP) growth of 13 per cent for achieving USD five trillion economy target.He claimed that there is enough fiscal room for doing it as Japan’s total debt is 240 per cent of their GDP while this ratio is 90 per cent for the US.RS Bharathi (DMK) asked the government to reconsider the proposal of a 10 per cent hike in customs duty on newsprint and 5 per cent tax on books saying it was like taxing learning.NCP leader Praful Patel said, “It is very crucial to give impetus to an economy which is showing signs of a slowdown. The government needs to tackle issues like agriculture and providing jobs to youth.”Biswajit Daimary (BPF), T Subbarami Reddy (Congress), KR Arjunan (AIADMK), Birendra Prasad Baishya (AGP), Anil Baluni (BJP), M V Rajeev Gowda (Congress), Vijaysai Reddy (YSRCP), Prabhakar Reddy (YSRCP) and K Ravindra Kumar (TDP) also participated in the debate.Binoy Viswam of the CPI said that the government has not taken any step for agriculture reforms. It has also ignored the health sector, he said. Veer Singh of BSP said that budget has no special schemes for SC/ST and women.The government says that it would double the income of farmers but it is silent, as how it would be implemented.”The government should focus more on farmers as they are not even able to recover their cost price,” he said. Sushil Kumar Gupta of AAP asked the government to increase spending on education, which is declining every year and is 3.40 per cent of the total budget.He also asked the government to increase its share in the central taxes from Rs 325 crore to Rs 6,000 crore, which the Delhi government has asked for.”Give us our proper share without any discrimination,” said Gupta adding that now the budget of NCT is around Rs 60,000 crore and the grant is just 0.45 per cent of that. Ripun Bora of Congress said posts are lying vacant in colleges and universities. He also asked the government to bring Women’s Reservation Bill in the house.Abdul Wahab of IUML, Shwait Malik of BJP and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa of BJP also participated in the debate. BJP leader and former Union Minister K J Alphons said macroeconomic data like inflation, fiscal deficit, current account deficit are best-ever in the country and alleged that the Upper House has been misled by ex-finance minister P Chidambaram who spoke earlier in the day.Gopal Narayan Singh of the BJP said the government will provide all possible support to the farmers and to uplift the poor.Kumar Ketkar of the Congress said apart from being the first full-time woman finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has another credential, that of belonging to the “widely condemned and abused” Jawaharlal Nehru University.”She (Sitharaman) does not come from the Tukde Tukde Gang but she comes from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, another member of the Ministry is Mr Jaishankar (External Affairs Minister) so in a way, JNU is contributing immensely to the Ministries led by Narendra Modi,” Ketkar said.Ketkar claimed that the recently released movie ‘Article 15’ clearly shows the plight of Swacchata Bharat (Clean India Drive) workers and their poor wages and living conditions.Delivering his maiden speech in Rajya Sabha, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar of the BJP said the Budget has accorded priority to women and the rural economy. He claimed that the condition of farmers deteriorated due to the apathy of previous governments.Also making his maiden speech, Naranbhai J Rathwa of the Congress demanded that Railway Budget be presented separately from next year.Mohammed Ali Khan alleged that the government has not done justice with minorities in the Union Budget and claimed there has been a reduction in scholarships offered to them. He said the Centre must fulfil the promises made to Telangana for its development and welfare. last_img read more

first_imgIf you’ve been absent from the geeky kitchen for some time, you may have missed the rise of sous-vide. Originally a technique favored by professional chefs – not least because of the price and complexity of the early hardware – it involves cooking foods over extended periods at very precise temperatures. While not a way to get a quick meal on the table, it does allow for precision control over factors like how well cooked a steak is, or mastery over unusual textures that only careful preparation can allow.Its transition to the domestic kitchen was in many ways facilitated by Anova’s first Precision Cooker. Now, a few generations on, the price has slipped below the $100 barrier. The Precision Cooker Nano has the same control over temperature that its more expensive siblings get, but goes simpler in order to hit a price. So, there’s no WiFi, only Bluetooth in order to connect to your smartphone. From the Anova app, there are various recipes that can be followed; it also receives push-notifications on cooking status. Basic controls are on the Precision Cooker Nano itself, for app-free control.However if you’re willing to get your phone out, there are some more advanced features you can unlock. Anova calls that MultiStep, and it’s effectively a way to manage different temperatures over time, for the same meal. So, if you have two steaks in your water bath, and want one rare and the other medium, MultiStep will allow that.MultiCook, meanwhile, lets two or more Precision Cookers to be managed by the same app. Obviously that’s only useful if you have multiple cookers, but it’s a common request from those who do. Previously, you’d have needed a separate device per cooker, or to switch the Bluetooth connection between them manually. NOW READ: Anova Precision Cooker WiFi ReviewOtherwise, the Precision Cooker Nano can handle up to 3 gallons (11 liters) of water, and up to 99 hour cook-times. It has a 700W heater, and a 360-degree pump for more consistent heating, and will work with a minimal water bath-fill of 2.44-inches. The clamp on the side, used to hold it to the bath or pot, can handle up to 0.7-inch thick container walls. Anova says the first Nano cookers should ship in October, with the second batch coming in November 2017. Those who get in early will get it for $89, too, though the RRP is $99.MORE Anova Sous-vide is getting cheaper, with Anova throwing open pre-orders for its Precision Cooker Nano, a sub-$100 version of its kitchen gadget. Intended to unlock sous-vide cooking for an audience that might blanch at spending three-figures on a niche cooking toy, the $99 Precision Cooker Nano borrows tech from its more expensive siblings. Story TimelineAnova Precision Cooker adds Bluetooth, mobile appWiFi-capable Anova Touch lets you Sous Vide anything from anywhereElectrolux acquires Anova as sous-vide leads smart home pushlast_img read more

first_imgClode challenges the common conception, or misconception, of what prosthesis is. It is commonly associated with products aimed at replacing lost or missing body parts. The origin of the word, however, is to add, not replace. And so Clode designed a prosthetic thumb to give you a third one, not replace either of your existing two.Unsurprisingly, much of this Third Thumb is 3D printed. The thumb itself is made from Ninjaflex, a flexible plastic filament. Two motors located on a wrist strap pull the digits in different direction and bend them at the knuckles. Or hinges rather.The unique part of the Third Thumb, however, is in the way it is controlled. It doesn’t make use of brainwaves or muscle contractions in your hand or arm. Instead, it is controlled by the wearer’s foot, using pressure sensors hidden inside their shoe. This rather odd mechanism is by design, meant to demonstrate the connection between our hands and our feet. Prosthesis is nothing new but the 3D printing and robotics have made it both more accessible as well as more advanced. But what if you don’t have any missing limb or body part? What if you just wanted to add one more? That’s the very question that Dani Clode from UK’s Royal College of Art is trying to answer. And her first answer comes in the form of a thumb that you can attach to your hand and control with your feet. What would you use an extra thumb for? Maybe for riffing a guitar, getting a better grip on things, or counting to eleven. While it can probably be turned into an actual useful product, Clode might be more interested in challenging conventions and probably giving rise to an equally loaded term: human augmentation.SOURCE Dezeenlast_img read more

first_imgWay back in 2010, the Library of Congress announced that it would archive all public tweets — just the text part — as a way to preserve information that could be prized by future historians. In addition to collecting and archiving those public tweets since 2010, Twitter itself gifted the Library of Congress with its own archive of public tweets dated from 2006 to 2010.The state of social media in 2010 was far different than it is in 2017, though. Social media is utilized by a huge number of people across many different services, as one example; an increasing number of posts also revolve around non-text media, which means many archived tweets are nonsense in the absence of the included video, GIF, or image.For a variety of reasons, the Library of Congress says that it will reduce its tweet archiving efforts starting on January 1, 2018. Once that date arrives, the Library will “acquire tweets on a selective basis,” which is similar to the way it chooses to collect web sites. The existing collection of public tweets will be maintained, though.The Library of Congress says it will be working with Twitter to collect these “selective basis” tweets going forth. The current collection of tweets still isn’t available, however, “until access issues can be resolved in a cost-effective and sustainable manner,” the Library says. If you’re interested, you can read a Library of Congress white paper that goes into further details about the Twitter archival revision.SOURCE: Library of Congress Following years of archiving every public tweet ever, the Library of Congress has reduced its Twitter archival goal: it will now only save tweets that it decides are important. That’s not to say the archiving was a failure, because it wasn’t; the Library of Congress is in possession of all public tweets spanning back 12 years. Going forward, though, the Library of Congress says it will only archive tweets on a “selective basis.”last_img read more

first_imgHolding it precariously so close to Google I/O, Microsoft’s own BUILD developer conference may have felt a bit more subdued, somber, and serious. Its most “futuristic” technology lacked the hype and pizzazz the usually surrounds its counterparts from other companies. Microsoft’s new AR push, perhaps to the disappointment of consumers, was squarely aimed at industry and enterprise customers and that is actually the perfect recipe to keep augmented reality from being passed up as a fad. Because for AR to grow, thrive, and survive, it has to be taken seriously and you can’t get more serious than the enterprise market. It’s not “sexy”. It might not even be ready for deployment just yet. And even if it were, it will be far out of reach for consumers, both in price and in usefulness. But that’s OK, perfect even. Augmented reality and mixed reality needs time to grow, especially in terms of “serious” applications. That market also needs an influx of investment and profits to keep it from sinking. And those can hardly come from a whimsical, fickle, and extremely broad consumer market. At least not yet.Microsoft isn’t turning its back on that market. Or at least it hopefully isn’t. It is bidding its time, waiting for users to finally come to grips with these emerging technologies that they literally cannot touch. But rather than wait in silence, letting its technology rot and its investments go to waste, Microsoft is setting its eyes on another market where it could continue developing its mixed reality platform and make a profit out of it. The enterprise might not be sexy and may even be downright boring for you and me, but it’s going to get the job done and pave the way for that second wave of computing. Despite being mainstream for a couple of years now, virtual reality and augmented reality still have the stigma of being technologies designed to entertain. They were born out of science fiction and grew up in films and pop culture. The very first VR and AR experiences revolved around games, virtual worlds, movies, and the like. It’s no wonder, then, that very few people see these platforms as the next wave of computing their proponents preach them to be.Of course AR and VR have the potential to do so much more, especially AR, which can seamlessly blend what is real and what is not. There have been a number of tech and app demos proving that point but it’s still a difficult leap to make, especially for consumers who can barely afford even just one AR headset. That is less of a problem in enterprise settings and, coincidentally, it can also be a profitable proposition for Microsoft.Redmond didn’t announce any new Mixed Reality or HoloLens headset. What it did reveal are two applications of mixed, which is to say augmented and virtual, reality for business and industry use cases. One is pretty much an extension of some of the new AR shopping apps that have popped up recently. Microsoft Layout allows customers to design their planned arrangement of equipment in virtual reality and then test that out in augmented reality.AdChoices广告Despite its boring name, Microsoft Remote Assist is admittedly fancier. It mashes up group video chat, screen sharing, and real-time collaboration in one hi-tech scenario. Almost all of these have existed before, separately and in different forms. The innovation here is in fusion of hardware and software into one, seamless, augmented reality.last_img read more

first_img Disclosure: SlashGear uses affiliate links, If you click on a link in this article and buy something we’ll get a small cut of the sale. Since the wireless radio inside each bulb requires a permanent connection to the Hue hub in order for them to be individually controlled, you can’t power off the lamp or light fixture they’re screwed into. That can prove confusing for people used to just flicking a light switch to turn on the lights. If you leave that switch turned off, the Hue bulbs won’t respond. Philips can’t retrain people not to use their light switches, but its latest firmware update does at least refine how they recover when the power is restored. Until now, if the power is cycled, the bulb will turn on in its default mode. That means white light and maximum brightness. With the new update for iOS and Android, however, that can now be changed. Instead, you can have the bulb resume to its last state – color and brightness – before the power was lost. If you want bright white light, toggling the light switch twice in rapid succession will still default to that. Meanwhile it’s also possible to leave the white resume as the default behavior. You can change it on a per-bulb basis, too.Only official Hue bulbs – not other Zigbee-compliant bulbs controlled through the Hue app – can use the new functionality. Some, too, will need a firmware update of their own before they can be reconfigured. That could be a fairly time-consuming process if you have a number of bulbs needing the new firmware, since they’re upgraded one at a time. All the same, it’s a welcome fix to a lingering complaint about Hue’s range. The lights themselves are also seeing a pre-holiday promotion; you can pick up a starter pack, for example, for $89.99, a $60 saving on the usual price. That gets you the Hue hub as well as two A19 color bulbs, each capable of displaying 16 million colors. If you want to set up more smart lights from the get-go, there’s also a four bulb starter pack. That includes the Hue hub and four color A19 bulbs, for $169.15, a 15-percent saving over the usual price. A new update for Philips Hue smart bulbs has improved how the lights recover after losing power, with the option to have them resume their last state. The connected bulbs can be controlled from a smartphone or a voice-controlled smart speaker, but they’ve always had one semi-frustrating limitation. center_img Story TimelineHue Sync release liberates on-screen color from your PC and MacPhilips Hue Signe Collection and Hue Play are slick, sleek & smart lampsNew Philips Hue smart switches have a clever installation aidlast_img read more

first_imgIn September 2018, Amazon unveiled Echo Wall Clock, a new connected device in its Echo product line. The device was only available to purchase for a short time before Amazon stopped selling the product in January. According to the company, it had paused sales in order to fix a connectivity problem customers reported experiencing, which is partly reflected in some of the device’s low reviews on Amazon. Though the Echo Wall Clock never disappeared from the Amazon store, customers were unable to add it to their shopping cart when sales were paused. That has changed, and Amazon customers have noted that they can once again purchase the device. It is priced at $29.99 USD.According to customers who were impacted by the problem, the Echo Wall Clock was having trouble connecting with Echo devices, instead presenting users with a red light. It appears that removing the batteries would temporarily fix the problem, but soon enough the connectivity issue would reappear, leaving users without the clock’s most important features.Echo Wall Clock works with a compatible Echo device, using LED lights to display timers that are convenient while cooking. The clock supports displaying multiple timers at once, showing both the duration and time remaining via each LED positioned around the inside edge of the device. Echo Wall Clock also uses the paired Echo device to automatically sync its time and adjust for daylight savings time. As far as design is concerned, the clock measures 10-inches across and runs off four ordinary AA batteries. The model is once again available to purchase from Amazon and, hopefully, will no longer have connectivity issues.last_img read more

first_imgToday we’re running down the five most essential ways the new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is an upgrade over its predecessors. Raspberry Pi is the most famous super-tiny DIY-projects-friendly super-inexpensive PC in the world, and it’s been the center of attention in this community since its launch on the 29th of February 2012. This miniature computer is notable not only because it’s tiny and cute, but because it’s capable – and it only costs approximately $35 USD. 5. RAM and Bluetooth upgradesThe newest model Raspberry Pi 4 has LPDDR4 2400MHz RAM, with 1, 2, and 4GB variants from which to choose. The big beast that is that lump of RAM is a big upgrade compared to the 900Mhz RAM on the 3B+. Bluetooth moved beyond the Bluetooth 4.2 tech in the 3B+ (plus BLE). Now we’ve got BLE (since low energy bluetooth basically comes standard with every new Bluetooth implementation, of course), and Bluetooth 5.0.4. HDMI… upgrade?If you’re the sort of person who likes to pop your old Raspberry Pi model OUT of your long-developing DIY project and pop a new Raspberry Pi IN, you might need some adjustments in the process this time around. The full-sized HDMI connector of the last most current Raspberry Pi was removed for this new model, and replaced by 2x micro-HDMI connectors.This is, of course, an upgrade if we look past the fact that we’ll have to work with different cords (NBD!) Before we just had 1080p60 in one HDMI 1.4 port. Now we’ve got 2x micro HDMI ports and the ability to output to 4Kp60 in each of the two. 3. Ethernet upgrade (and move)There’s also the matter of the move of the ethernet port. Where before if you were looking at the board from above, the USB ports were north, and the ethernet port was south. Now the ethernet port is north, and the USB ports are south. The upgrade in ethernet power is a move from the Gigabit Ethernet over USB (300 Mbps max) to a new entirely Native Gigabit Ethernet. We’ve still got Power over Ethernet via PoE HAT, too!2. SoC and GPU upgradesThe 3 B+ rolls with a Broadcom BCM2837B0 quad-core Cortex-A53 @ 1.4 GHz, while the 4 has a new Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core Cortex-A72 @ 1.5 GHz. The GPU gets a boost from the VideoCore IV with OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 to the VideoCore VI with OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0, 3.0. The CPU is up to three times faster, while the combination of the processor upgrade enable a set of new features. Now we’ve got features like HDR, the ability to output signal to two 4K monitors at once, and VP9 video decoding. 1. USB to 3.0USB gets a big boost to 3.0 in two ports. To facilitate the transition, we’re not moving immediately to ALL FOUR ports to 3.0, but two of four. Where with the 3B+ we had 4x USB 2.0, now we’ll have 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0. You’ll also notice that the power brick is USB-C, too. That’ll deliver power up to 15W. You could potentially buy a converter to turn your micro-USB power cord into USB-C to power this board, but you’ll probably just want to head straight to a real-deal USB-C cord.If you’re going to end up purchasing the official Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit, you’ll find a “Raspberry Pi 15.3W USB-C Power Supply” in the box. 0. Released for saleYou’ll find the Raspberry Pi 4 up for sale at Raspberry Pi dot org right this minute. The Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop kit includes the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, 4GB edition with official keyboard, mouse, 2 × micro HDMI to Standard HDMI (A/M) 1m Cables, the aforementioned official USB-C power supply, a case, a beginners guide, and a 16GB NOOBS with Raspbian microSD card, all for approximately $120 USD.Or you could buy the board on its own for $35 USD if you do so choose. You’ll find the board and various kits available for sale starting this week at your favorite local Raspberry Pi supply shop, wherever fine kits are sold. Story TimelineRaspberry Pi Model 3 A+ is even more affordableRaspberry Pi Foundation starts selling products in its first physical storeRaspberry Pi 4 launches with more modern capabilities and featureslast_img read more

first_imgSome people might be familiar with how “RGB” is used to represent colors on computers and phones but things can get a bit more complicated when you progress towards professional colors. While sRGB has long been the standard color gamut, that is, range of colors supported by smartphones, the industry has long moved to wider ranges, with P3 as the current reference.For all the boasts of Android phone makers, only Apple’s iPhones since the 2016 iPhone 7 have supported the wide-color P3 gamut when taking photos. While smartphone cameras and screens do technically support the gamut, XDA says that Android itself has insufficient software support for both taking photos and displaying images in the P3 range.That may change in the Pixel 4 though probably not because of a significant hardware change. Instead, the clue comes from an unreleased version of Google’s Camera app which may that support. That app may first make its way to the Pixel 4, making its debut there.Hopefully, it’s a feature that will make it to other Android phones as well. And not just via the Google Camera app but as an innate part of Android. For a couple of generations now, Android phones have dominated camera benchmarks like DxOMark. Google’s Pixel phones, in particular, have been praised for what they can pull off with just one camera and software where others require two or more. Despite those advancements, Apple’s iPhones have had one distinct advantage since 2016. That, however, may be a thing of the past if the Pixel 4’s Google Camera will indeed start supporting wide-color photo capture later this year.last_img read more

first_imgAudi is now offering new equipment lines that include basic, advanced, and S line for the exterior. The S models get their own look, and the A4 allroad quattro does as well. A4 buyers have 12 paint options to choose from including a new color called terra gray. Inside the vehicles, a new contour/ambient lighting package is offered that highlights the interior in the dark.Audi also has a new MMI system for the A4 range that promises a user experience similar to a smartphone. It has a touch display with acoustic feedback that replaces the old version’s rotary dial in the console. The system is paired with a 10.1-inch TFT display. The nav system has new online services, including Car-to-X services that take advantage of swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet. The Car-to-X service allows the car to gather information from traffic lights and to get hazard information from supported sources. In areas with the correct infrastructure, the vehicle can give drivers an ideal speed recommendation to make the lights along with the time before the next light changes.The A4 range comes with six turbo engine options at launch in Europe. Power ranges from 150 PS to 347 PS depending on the model. Three versions will launch with a mild-hybrid system installed that is based on 12V system. The S4 TDI will have an available mild hybrid system that pairs a 48V alternator/starter with the engine. That system can recapture up to 8 kW of power when braking. The new A4 range launches starting in May with pricing for the A4 series starting at 35,900 Euros. Static photo,Colour: Daytona gray Static photo,Colour:Terra gray Dynamic photo,Colour: Turboblau Audi has announced its A4 mid-size model that has a new sportier design. A4 cars now have Singleframe grille that is broader and flatter with horizontal lines to emphasize width at the front and rear. All A4 models now get standard LED headlights with the top-of-the-line headlights offering Matrix LED technology. AdChoices广告last_img read more

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. The Washington Post: In State Of The Union Address, Obama Lays Out His Second-Term Agenda Somewhat more substantively, he called for a larger deficit-reduction deal built around loophole-closing tax reform and what he called “modest” reforms to Medicare and entitlements. In an apparent effort to rally Democrats to this cause, he called on “those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare” to “embrace” reform. Yet in promising the same amount of Medicare savings as the Simpson-Bowles commission proposed, Mr. Obama did not mention that this would be a mere $341 billion over 10 years (2/12).Los Angeles Times: Obama’s Less-Is-More Agenda He exhorted Republicans (for the umpteenth time) to adopt his solution to the impending crisis over automatic spending cuts: closing tax loopholes that benefit “the well-off and well-connected.” In return, he offered to support modest reforms in Medicare, an offer he has also made before. And, significantly, he contended that a modest amount of deficit reduction is all we need (Doyle McManus, 2/13). The Wall Street Journal: The President’s Plans He also spoke of “entitlement reform,” but his only two concrete ideas were price controls on drug companies and more means-testing for affluent seniors. These won’t come close to solving the health-care entitlement problem that even he admits is unsustainable, which is why Republicans don’t think he’s serious (2/13). The New York Times: Rubio’s Rebuttal In his speech, Mr. Rubio followed the Republican rebranding strategy by rephrasing the party’s grand old policies without offering any new ideas. … Mr. Rubio declared that he was particularly concerned about seniors who depend on Medicare, like his mother, and that “anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare exactly the way it is right now, is in favor of bankrupting it.” Funny Mr. Rubio should say that, because on Tuesday night, Mr. Obama argued that we can’t leave Medicare as is: “Those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms.” … Mr. Rubio didn’t actually mention how he would fix Medicare. But we all know that he supported Paul Ryan’s plan to turn it into a voucher system (Andrew Rosenthal, 2/12). Bloomberg: The Medicare Change Obama Was Talking AboutPresident Barack Obama promised to save as much money on Medicare in the next decade as was proposed by the Bowles-Simpson commission. That would include, he said, lowering tax subsidies for drug companies and asking more affluent beneficiaries to pay more. And he said it would also include making a fundamental change in the way the government pays for care — by basing bills not on fee-for-service but on “the quality of care our seniors receive.” This explains why John Kitzhaber, the governor of Oregon, was watching the State of the Union address from first lady Michelle Obama’s box. Kitzhaber has made his state’s Medicaid program a laboratory that will test a promising model for making that change (Mary Duenwald, 2/13).The Washington Post: Obama’s Message: ‘We Can Fix This’ Obama even made the country’s intractable fiscal mess sound soluble. He didn’t offer new proposals, but he made clearer than in any speech I can recall that he’s willing to make real changes in Medicare and other entitlement programs to begin to get the deficit under control. He said he was willing to offer savings on Medicare that would equivalent to those proposed by the Simpson-Bowles commission. Now he should show the way by proposing those cuts, rather than throwing this rhetorical pledge into the miasma of congressional budget politics (David Ignatius, 2/12). Los Angeles Times: Obama’s New Vision: Doable? Yes, there are problems left over from his first four years: high unemployment and slow economic growth. He rightly called on Congress to close the nation’s long-term budget gap by reforming entitlements and simplifying the tax code, rather than making across-the-board reductions that only chip away at the deficit. But it wasn’t clear how he’d get his ideas, many of them recycled from his first term, through a polarized Congress (2/13). And a few opinions on topics other than the State of the Union address –The New York Times: Calorie Detective Diet programs revolve around a proven principle: if you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. The calorie is the defining metric. And so, in the interest of public health, the Food and Drug Administration requires most packaged foods to list their calories, among other data, on labels. To help combat obesity in New York City, the Department of Health requires most chain restaurants to post calorie content on their menus and fines those who don’t comply. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a national program will soon follow (Casey Neistat, 2/12). Los Angeles Times: Susan Love, Doctor/Patient And now, she is the patient. For decades, as a surgeon, researcher, professor and medical celebrity of sorts, Susan Love has led the charge against breast cancer and for women’s health. She served on President Clinton’s cancer advisory board. She set up a research foundation. Her book on breast cancer is on the short shelf for clinicians and counselors. And last June, when, like so many women, she was feeling and doing fine, the diagnosis came. Except it wasn’t breast cancer but leukemia (Patt Morrison, 2/13). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker Finds The Medicaid Middle GroundGov. Scott Walker has decided to decline federal funds that would have allowed the state to expand Medicaid coverage, sources in his administration say. Walker is right to do this. Last week, legislative Democrats urged the governor to participate in the Medicaid expansion program created under the Affordable Care Act, arguing that it would allow Wisconsin access to “free” federal money. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Wisconsin would be eligible for $4.38 billion in federal aid until 2020 under the plan, with the state picking up an increasing share as the program moves forward (Christian Schneider, 2/12). Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Health Care Cost Increases Under Scrutiny In San Luis ValleyIn 2012, (the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), a grant-making foundation focusing on improving health, conducted focus groups in four American cities to gauge consumer attitudes on health care costs.  The focus groups revealed that although most Americans are unclear as to why health care costs are increasing, many if not most know down to the penny how those increases are affecting their wallets. This should be expected in a time when workers covered through their employers pay 97 percent more for their family insurance premiums than they did in 2002, while wages increased just 33 percent over the same period (Gena Akers, 2/12). Viewpoints: Obama Prescription For Medicare Is ‘Modest;’ GOP Doubts Entitlement Plan Is Seriouslast_img read more

first_img USA Today: Big Business Backs Virtual Doctor Visits, As Texas Loses Fight For Limits Laura Markowski used to worry every time a text alerted her that a patient had posted a negative review online of a doctor at her health-care system. She’s in charge of “reputation management” at a group of hospitals and clinics in Virginia, and it’s her job to monitor complaints about rudeness, long waits, lack of face time with a doctor or something more serious. … Markowski is part of a new and urgent effort by hospitals and health systems to track and control their online reputations. (Sun, 6/3) The Washington Post: How Hospitals Hope To Boost Ratings On Yelp, HealthGrades, ZocDoc And Vitals Video or telephone visits with doctors — the practice known as telemedicine — have survived one of their biggest legal challenges yet in Texas, but hurdles remain in Arkansas and some other states. The challenges come as telemedicine is gaining widespread support among major employers and many consumers. (O’Donnell, 6/3) center_img Hospitals Work To Manage Their Online Reputations The Washington Post looks at how hospitals try to improve their reviews on Yelp and other websites. Meanwhile, USA Today reports on why big business supports telemedicine. 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

first_imgLonger Looks: Drug Pricing; Paying For Birth Control; Amazon’s Medical Advice Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web. Amazon’s websites are hawking a universe of dangerous, pseudoscience health products — from electronic “zappers” that promise to cure HIV to bleach enemas for autism. That’s according to an investigation by UK’s Sun newspaper, which accuses the internet giant of profiting off people’s desperation and illness by selling unproven, snake-oil products. (Julia Belluz, 9/6) Vox: Amazon Is A Giant Purveyor Of Medical Quackery Juliana Keeping is rushing to work in Oklahoma with two children in tow. Her three-year-old son, Eli, has cystic fibrosis, a deadly lung disorder. He is too young for a drug called Orkambi from Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a biotech firm, but one day it may keep him alive. His mother’s question is why it costs over $250,000. A charity helped pay for its development, she says, with some donations from people who were “D-Y-I-N-G”—she spells out the word. That is because she doesn’t want her other child to understand. “She doesn’t know her brother’s disease is F-A-T-A-L.” (9/3) Last week, Hillary Clinton unveiled a sweeping proposal that would expand suicide prevention efforts nationwide and get more Americans mental health care. Many mental-health advocates praised the plan, with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law’s Janice Frey-Angel calling it “the most comprehensive mental-health plan put forth by a presidential candidate.” Of course, whether Clinton will be able to pass her policies remains up in the air: In the past, Congress been reluctant to spend too much on mental-health fixes. (Francie Diep, 9/7) Pacific Standard: A Clinton Adviser Weighs In On Society’s Stigma Against Those With Mental Illness While scientists have carefully chronicled the damage that the immune system can wreak on the body, they have paid much less attention to the mechanisms in place to repair it. “We spend a lot of our time figuring out how to stop the disease, but the real problem is how to get better, how to recover,” said David Schneider, an immunologist at Stanford University. “It’s possible that getting better is a different thing, not just the reverse of getting sick.” (Emily Singer, 9/6) The Economist: Seizure-Inducing center_img Leanna Standish, a researcher at the University of Washington School of Medicine, estimated that “on any given night in Manhattan, there are a hundred ayahuasca ‘circles’ going on.” The main psychoactive substance in ayahuasca has been illegal since it was listed in the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, but Standish, who is the medical director of the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center, recently applied for permission from the F.D.A. to do a Phase I clinical trial of the drug—which she believes could be used in treatments for cancer and Parkinson’s disease. (Ariel Levy, 9/4) All contraceptives are to be covered without a copay. That was the promise of the Affordable Care Act when it passed in 2010. The specific provision regarding contraceptive coverage took effect in 2013. Advocates and policymakers repeat this assertion all the time. But I know, as many practicing physicians do, that it is not as simple as that. (Tracey Wilkinson, 9/6) The Atlantic: The New Science Of Disease Recovery Vox: Obamacare Was Supposed To Make All Birth Control Free. As A Doctor, I See It’s Not Happening. The New Yorker: The Drug Of Choice For The Age Of Kale 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

first_img The Hill: US Spending On Health Care Estimated To Reach $5.7 Trillion In 2026 “High and rising costs expose two often overlooked problems,” Harvard economist David Cutler noted in an article accompanying the new spending projections, published in the journal Health Affairs. “First, spending is too high because many dollars are wasted. … Second, high medical costs combined with stagnant incomes for a large share of the population and the inability of governments at all levels to raise tax dollars leads to increased health and economic disparities,” Cutler wrote. (Levey, 2/14) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Health spending is expected to increase 5.5 percent annually through 2026, according to a report from the actuaries at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). That’s 1 percentage point faster than economic growth projections. Overall, health spending is projected to make up 19.7 percent of the U.S. economy in 2026, up from 17.9 percent in 2016. In total, spending on health care in the U.S. is estimated to reach $5.7 trillion in 2026, about $2 trillion higher than this year. (Hellmann, 2/14) Health spending is determined by the price of goods and services, as well as how much health care people use. In recent years, increases in health spending have been driven by volume, as millions more people gained insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. While high-cost drugs have made headlines, overall price hikes have been historically low, increasing by an average of 1.1 percent annually between 2014 and 2016. (Levingston and Tozzi, 2/14) Aging Population, High Prices Will Continue Fueling Rise In Health Care Spending Levels Prescription drugs account for the fastest increase — 6.3 percent a year on average — due to the high cost of advanced medications. Prescription drug spending will grow faster than any other major medical good or service over the next decade, according to a projection from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The analysis, published in the journal Health Affairs, estimates that by 2026, national health spending will climb to $5.7 trillion, or nearly a fifth of the economy. Prescription drug spending is forecast to grow at 6.3 percent per year, on average, between 2017 to 2026. (Johnson, 2/14) Los Angeles Times: U.S. Healthcare Tab To Keep Rising, Led By Higher Costs For Drugs And Services, Government Report Says center_img The Associated Press: Gov’t Says Health Costs To Keep Growing Faster Than Economy Bloomberg: Health Prices To Outpace Inflation For First Time Since 2010 U.S. health care spending will keep growing faster than the overall economy in the foreseeable future, squeezing public insurance programs and employers who provide coverage, the government said Wednesday. Annual projections from number crunchers at the Department of Health and Human Services cite an aging population and an uptick in prices for health care services and goods as factors behind the ongoing growth in costs. (2/14) The Associated Press: A Surprise No One Wants: Big Medical Bill Even With Coverage This winter’s nasty flu season may smack patients with a financial side effect: surprise medical bills. People who wind up in the emergency room or need an ambulance can be blindsided by hefty, unexpected charges. This often happens after patients visit a doctor or hospital outside their insurance network so coverage was limited. Insurance deductibles that reset every January and must be paid before coverage begins can make these invoices even more painful. Here’s a look at the issue and some tips for dealing with surprises. (Murphy, 2/14) The Washington Post: U.S. Spending On Drugs Will Grow Faster Than On Other Health-Care Services Over The Next Decade last_img read more

first_img This story originally appeared on Benzinga Jay-Z Gets Into the Pot Game –shares July 10, 2019 1 min read Next Article Add to Queue Shawn Carter, better known as the rapper Jay-Z, will be “chief brand strategist” for California cannabis company Caliva, working to boost the benefits of the legalization of cannabis in communities that were hit hardest by the War on Drugs.Related: 23 Celebrities in the CannabizHigh Times first reported Tuesday that Jay-Z has agreed to a multi-year partnership with the company and will focus on increasing opportunities resulting from legalization for “citizens returning from incarceration.” The rapper released a 2016 film that called the War on Drugs an “epic fail.”“With all the potential in the cannabis industry, Caliva’s expertise and ethos make them the best partners for this endeavor,” Jay-Z told High Times. “We want to create something amazing, have fun in the process, do good and bring people along the way.”Caliva and Jay-Z will work on issues surrounding job training and workforce development in communities heavily hit by drug incarcerations. Download Our iOS App Free Green Entrepreneur App Celebrity Endorsement The legendary rapper/entrepreneur got 99 problems but a bud ain’t one. Image credit: Brian Ach | Getty Images Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Dave Royselast_img read more

first_imgEA’s PC client, Origin, has been popular of late. The runaway success of Apex Legends and big releases like Anthem has seen players jumping in to Origin with aplomb. However, a security vulnerability could be putting users at risk. Daley Bee and Dominik Penner of Underdog Security (via TechCrunch) have found a flaw that can let malicious actors run or install applications on the PC without users permissions, through something as innocent as a hyperlink. As with the recent Internet Explorer flaw, this doesn’t require you to even open Origin, you just need to have it installed. This is due to the way EA uses a custom URL protocol to access the web store of individual games through a browser using the Origin:// protocol.Related: Best Android PhonesHowever, it turns out that Origin can be tricked, and this could allow internet-dwelling bad guys to install programs onto an end user’s PC without them even knowing. EA has fixed the exploit now, so, Windows users, you can fix it right now. Stop reading, go to Origin and update it. Problem solved. For those of you reading along on the Mac, congratulations, you get a pass this time. The exploit only affects Windows users. As a demonstration, Bee showed off an exploit that shows up the Windows Calculator application, disguised as an EA sales offer, showing how easily users could be taken advantage of.Related: Best FPS GamesOur advice is the same as always for big exploits: be careful what you click and keep all of your applications updated. This is a worrying exploit to see in the wild, and it’s unsure whether it was used to get to users, but it’s serious enough that you should definitely be updating your Origin client posthaste. Doctors orders. Use Origin? You could get hold of us on Twitter at @TrustedReviews, or you could go and update your Origin. I’d recommend the Origin update first, honestly. 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. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor 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.last_img read more