The irony, of course, is that while the new iPad Pro 10.5 may be available to order from today, iOS 11 won’t be ready for the public until the fall of 2017. That means that, for the moment at least, out of the box it’ll run iOS 10 instead. No fancy drag-and-drop, no flexible launcher bar, just the same iOS 10 we already know. Still, the iOS 11 upgrade will be a free one, and until then the iPad Pro 10.5’s hardware has plenty of appeal. I’m not sure I’d upgrade if I were a current iPad Pro owner, but even this first, early taste suggest that those who have been on the fence have even more reason to make the switch. The upshot is a 10.5-inch display where previously you got 9.7-inches. It doesn’t sound like much, but it nudges the delta between this new iPad Pro and the larger 12.1-inch version even closer. Whereas before, if you really wanted a notebook replacement, you’d probably want to go for the bigger iPad Pro, suddenly that looks even more unwieldy than it already kinda did. In the artificial conditions of Apple’s demo room – and without an old iPad Pro 9.7 to compare with directly – it’s hard to say how much of a difference the new display makes in terms of color and brightness. The impact of the new 120Hz refresh rate, though, is far easier to observe. Suddenly, scrolling of webpages that might once have left the screen a smear until it came to a halt is now far crisper and smoother. Spinning around a 3D plan of a city, the iPad Pro 10.5 kept up exactly with where my fingers were. None of the smudging and catch-up you might experience on the 9.7-inch version when you’re using graphically-intensive apps. It’s not just down to the new display, of course. Apple’s new six-core A10X Fusion chip is bizarrely potent for a tablet. Indeed, the Cupertino firm is claiming it’s more powerful than many laptops. If there’s a downside to the new display, it’s if you got used to gripping the tablet by the edge. You may well have to change how you hold the slate, since there’s more likelihood of your fingers overlapping the edges of the touchscreen. There’s rejection technology to try to avoid that – it’s based on the same thing that stops your palm from triggering the display when you lean on it to write with the Apple Pencil – but it’s not infallible. As for iOS 11, even with this small taste of the new platform, it’s not hard to see how it’ll move the iPad Pro far further into the realm of “true laptop replacement”. In many ways it’s the simplest features which make the biggest difference. The new dock, which can now expand for easier multitasking, and be swiped up onto the screen from within any app. Being able to collect up a set of photos, links, text, or whatever else, drag them into a different app, and drop them there. Combined with the task switcher, which now does a far better job of keeping your last-state – including split-screen setup – for multiple apps, it’s all starting to feel a lot more like macOS. That’s by design, naturally, and I’m sure Apple would be quick to point out that there’s plenty macOS proper (whether in new High Sierra form or otherwise) will do that iOS 11 still doesn’t even want to attempt. Nonetheless, I feel like we’re closing the gap even further between what the typical, average user expects from their notebook on a day to day basis, and what an iPad can do. What that percentage is down to now I wouldn’t want to say until iOS 11 actually arrives. Nonetheless, it’s good news for those hoping to replace their notebook with an iPad Pro with its 10 hours of battery life and a display that suddenly puts a MacBook to shame. Throw in the improved Apple Pencil – something Apple continues to stubbornly refuse to even countenance on its Macs – and it stops being anything close to a compromise and starts to look like the alternative for the mainstream that Apple always claimed it was. Story TimelineiPad Pro Review Addendum: 1-year later, still sketchin’iPad Pro Smart Keyboard gets free repairs for three yearsApple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro tipped to debut at WWDC10 iPad Pro apps to help you ditch the laptopiPad Pro 2017 release date, pricing, and detailsiOS 11 on iPad Pro will finally make it a true Surface Pro alternative First, though, the new hardware. At first glance the iPad Pro 10.5 looks terribly familiar; it’s only really when you see it in photos alongside the old version that you can see the main changes. Although it’s almost exactly the same size – it has increased in size a little, Apple tells me, though it’s still about a pound in weight – the bezels have been shrunk dramatically. “In every generation there is a chosen one,” and in the case of iOS 11 it’s the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch that is the unofficial cheerleader for Apple’s big new mobile update. Both revealed at WWDC 2017 today, the new iPad Pro and the new iOS version go hand-in-hand. Indeed, Apple pointed out, iOS 11 will be the biggest iOS update for iPad ever.
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Last year, insurance company John Hancock introduced a program for certain customers to get an Apple Watch for $25 in exchange for recording their daily activity. The activity goes toward points that reduce (or eliminate) the monthly payments for the wearable. That program has proven very successful for the company, which has announced that it is now an option for all of its current and future John Hancock Vitality life insurance customers. The idea of using money as an incentive to get up and exercise is nothing new, though it hasn’t always proven successful (turns out some people would just rather lose the money than exercise). John Hancock has had positive results with its Apple Watch offer, though. The insurer says its Vitality customers who took advantage of the deal were recorded using it six out of seven days a week. Based on their data, the company says these customers increased the number of steps they take a day by an average of 2,000. They also saw a 20-percent increase in activity per week and about half of the users record enough activity to completely eliminate their monthly Apple Watch device. Talking about this, the company’s VP of Marketing and Strategy Brooks Tingle said, “Apple Watch appears to inspire increases in physical activity across all our customers.”The arrival of fitness trackers and smartwatches had spurred speculation that insurance companies would utilize the devices in some way to get customers moving and, hopefully, cut costs by encouraging them to exercise regularly.That’s what John Hancock is doing via its offer; customers have the chance to get the Apple Watch for only $25, assuming they get up and exercise enough every day to eliminate each month’s device cost over the course of two years. The program gives customers an Apple Watch Series 3 and requires having the customer share their physical activity with the insurer.SOURCE: John Hancock
Dual selfie cameras have been the rage for some Chinese OEMs, particularly OPPO. That is probably one reason why major OEMs are steering clear of what could simply be a passing fad. There is one trend, however, that could make dual front cameras a more permanent fixture: portrait mode.While it’s definitely possible to pull off using a single camera and some smart algorithms, as proven by Google, bokeh or portrait mode is often better performed by having dual cameras. This gives the system a better perception of depth and contrast, allowing it to extract the foreground and blur the background.Samsung calls this Live Focus and it was one of the key features of the Galaxy Note 8. So when that same feature appeared in the user manual of the Galaxy A8 and A8+, it was pretty much a done deal. That and the said manual explicitly says so. Ironically, or fittingly, it won’t have dual cameras on it back.AdChoices广告This is seemingly confirmed by what is allegedly a working model of the Galaxy A8+ (2018) spotted in Bangladesh. This shows two front-facing cameras and the Live Focus feature in the camera app when using the front cameras. The back has no second camera and, therefore, no Live Focus. Despite its prowess in mobile photography, Samsung hasn’t been quick to jump on the dual camera bandwagon. It was only with the Galaxy Note 8 that it really puts is weight on the matter, with relatively positive results. It still hasn’t gone dual on the front, which, admittedly, few of the big OEMs have. But that could be changing with the 2018 Galaxy A8 and A8+, a.k.a. this year’s Galaxy A5 and A7, which could be the first Galaxy to finally get two cameras on its face. Not much else is known about the Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) but it seems that this dual camera feature isn’t bound for China exclusively. That said, if Samsung is debuting it on a mid-range model, it might still not be ready to put the feature on its upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship just yet.VIA: SamMobile
In the ad, we see actors posing as Burger King employees attempt to pull one over on customers ordering a Whopper. Burger King, it would appear, has implemented a new fast lane method of getting your Whopper after you order, mimicking the fear that ISPs will implement fast lanes for some traffic without these net neutrality protections in place.If you pay the standard fare for your Whopper, as these customers did, you’ll have an extended wait ahead of you, even though the burger itself is finished shortly after you order it. On the other hand, you can pay extra to move up tiers, with those who pay a whopping $26 (no pun intended) getting their orders in expedient fashion. The actors posing as Burger King employees point out that the company thinks it can make more money selling chicken sandwiches and products, so has therefore decided to “slow down access to the Whopper.” Even though the FCC vote to repeal net neutrality protections has come and gone, people are still talking about it left and right. The topic is becoming so visible that even companies that seemingly have no stake in whether or not net neutrality survives are getting in on the debate. Case in point is Burger King, which today rolled out a new ad focused entirely on educating its customers on the pitfalls of having Title II regulations for net neutrality repealed. The results, as you can guess, are equal parts funny and frustrating. The customers who are being fooled know there’s no real reason for Burger King to slow down the delivery of their food; it’s just doing this to squeeze some extra cash out of people who want to eat now. Of course, when the ruse is up, the actors teach these unsuspecting customers about the repeal of net neutrality protections, with some of them saying that this little experiment opened their eyes to the issue.AdChoices广告In the end, this is ultimately just an ad for Burger King, but with that said, it’s a pretty good one that touches on some of the fears associated with net neutrality repeal. At the very least, it’s a funny video that will hopefully get some people thinking about net neutrality in general. What did you think of the ad? Head down to the comments section and let us know! Story TimelineBurger King acts weird again, launches all red burgerBurger King tricks Google Assistant with clever and creepy adBurger King WhopperCoin cryptocurrency is real and it’s only in Russia
Sprint is getting ready to launch an unlimited plan specifically for older adults, according to a new report, giving anyone age 55 or older the option of getting two lines at a generous discount compared to the ordinary Unlimited option. The new option would follow a similar plan recently launched by T-Mobile, that one also offering seniors a discount over regular rates. The plan was revealed early by Android Police, which reports that Sprint will be calling its plan the same thing as T-Mobile: Unlimited 55+. Competition is always a good thing, and it appears older adults will be benefiting this time. Assuming the report is accurate, Sprint’s plan will also mirror T-Mobile’s senior rate.Unlimited plans are great, but they’re pricey compared to limited high-speed data options. Ordinarily, a Sprint customer would pay at least $60/month for their first unlimited plan and $40/month to add a second line, bringing the total to $100/month for two people.Anyone age 55 or older under the tipped promotion will get the two lines at $70/month total. That’s ultimately a $30/month savings over regular plan rates. Note that T-Mobile recently increased the cost of its own senior plan, bringing the total for two lines up to $70/month, as well.AdChoices广告As with any Unlimited plan, customers on Sprint’s Unlimited 55+ will get unlimited data, talk, and text, plus unlimited hotspot and access to the carrier’s Global Roaming service. The new plan will supposedly be available starting on May 18.SOURCE: Android Police
T-Mobile customers are the victim of yet another hack, this one following a major breach the wireless carrier revealed in late 2015. According to the Uncarrier, its team found an “unauthorized access” of its system exposing some information about its customers. T-Mobile put an end to that access, but it wasn’t in time to prevent things like names, phone numbers, and email addresses from being left vulnerable. T-Mobile disclosed the breach today, explaining that while it didn’t involve financial details or Social Security numbers, some customer data was left exposed to the hackers. In addition to the personal data mentioned above, the hackers may have been able to access customers’ account types, such as whether they were prepaid, and account numbers.Customers impacted by the security issue have been notified of the potential data theft; subscribers who haven’t been notified weren’t exposed. Individuals who received an alert — including impacted MetroPCS customers — are able to contact T-Mobile’s Customer Care about the matter; this can be done by dialing 611 from the smartphone or using the T-Mobile App, among other things.T-Mobile hasn’t revealed any information it may have about the nature of the breach, including whether they know who was behind it. The carrier says it reported the intrusion to law enforcement, but no additional info was provided.However, a T-Mobile spokesperson clarified the scope of the matter to Motherboard, reporting that 2 million wireless customers were impacted by the breach. As well, the rep revealed that passwords were exposed — to a degree — by the intrusion, but weren’t mentioned in the official disclosure due to being encrypted.SOURCE: T-Mobile
Story TimelineOnePlus 6T release details ‘leaked’ in OPPO R17OnePlus 6T release tipped for October as T-Mobile exclusiveOnePlus 6T just leaked in (nearly) full It was only last week that a leaked image of the OnePlus 6T’s packaging revealed a major feature: fingerprint on display. Instead of sitting back and letting us speculate like most companies would after a leak like that, OnePlus instead has confirmed it. As it turns out, the OnePlus 6T will indeed use fingerprint on display, which is a relatively young technology that’s pretty exciting from a functionality standpoint. OnePlus confirmed the 6T’s fingerprint on display support in a statement to CNET. Fingerprint on display, as some of you likely already know, ditches the dedicated fingerprint scanner and instead embeds that functionality in the display itself. When you touch a designated area on the screen, sensors underneath will read and verify your fingerprint, unlocking your phone without the need to carve out a spot for a scanner on the front or back of the device.It’s an interesting evolution of fingerprint readers, and this isn’t the first time we’ve seen it applied to a consumer device. Other companies like Vivo and Huawei have already used fingerprint on display in some of their phones, but it still has yet to take off in a big way. OnePlus told CNET that it actually intended to launch this feature in the OnePlus 5T, but decided to hold off as “the technology wasn’t mature enough to meet standards for delivering a fast and smooth user experience.”Fingerprint on display will be paired with Face Unlock in the OnePlus 6T, so you’ll have a couple of options when it comes to unlocking your phone quickly. The presence of fingerprint on display means that there are some slight design changes from the original OnePlus 6, as the 6T will have to be slightly thicker – 0.45mm thicker, to be exact.So, there you have it: the OnePlus 6T will have fingerprint on display when it launches later this year. We’re still not sure when, exactly, the phone will be released, but current thinking is that it’ll be sometime in October. Stay tuned for more on that, and be sure to check out the story timeline below for more leaks and rumors about the OnePlus 6T.
Story TimelineKarma Automotive ressurrects FiskerBMW 9 Series and i6 EV tipped for 2020 Tesla headacheFaraday Future FFZERO1 concept teases modular EV carExclusive: Faraday Future prototyping 5G with LeTVDubuc Tomahawk all-electric supercar promised for 2017 debutRimac challenges Tesla with world’s fastest electric car debut in March This prototype GXE the company built features over 700hp and some 600 foot-pounds of torque, making it an EV that even Tesla would have trouble standing up against. As the video below of Genovation’s speed run shows, the car reached 186.8mph with seemingly little effort. The 2006 Z06 Corvette you see here was recognized recently for setting a new world record for the fastest street-legal all-electric car. Now, before you scratch your head wondering when Chevy produced an electric version of their flagship sports car, know that this isn’t the everyday Corvette. Dubbed the GXE, it’s a heavily-modified version from automotive startup Genovation, which is known for producing powerful electric motors and batteries. The speed record was set at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in February, with the International Mile Racing Association making it official. Genovation notes that they reached the record speed on just the first day of testing the GXE, and that they expect to top it in the near future.The thing is, if Genovation doesn’t top that speed, someone else is likely to anyway. A number of electric car startups are promising to launch all-electric supercars that can reach 200mph, if not top it. This includes Rimac, with its recently announced Concept_One, as well as Faraday Future, which made waves at CES this year with the FFZERO1 concept. Either way, it’s nice to see the impact EVs are having on the auto industry, well beyond the everyday 4-door sedan for consumers.SOURCE Genovation Cars
Starship Technologies first came on the scene with the little autonomous sidewalk robots that look like coolers on wheels designed to cart goods around neighborhoods for the final delivery to the buyer. Starship Technologies has now announced that it has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz Vans to develop a new transportation system called Robovan. This system will use special vans combined with autonomous delivery robots to allow efficient delivery of items in neighborhoods. The entire system would be semi-autonomous with the Sprinter vans from Mercedes as a mothership capable of hosting eight of the delivery robots. The idea is that the vans would drive through a neighborhood and then stop in certain locations and disgorge the sidewalk robots. After the small autonomous robots make their deliveries, they would return to the van to be carried to the next location.“Starship Technologies has solved the last mile problem by introducing sidewalk delivery robots. However, vans are best suited to bring goods to the local area from businesses and distribution centers. When the two transportation methods converge into one, the outcome is the most efficient, cost effective and convenient local delivery method in the world”, said Ahti Heinla, CEO of Starship Technologies.Starship Technologies says that using the Robovan system with robots inside, 400 packages could be delivered for every nine-hour shift. Current delivery methods where drivers deliver items to each door see 180 packages delivered over the same time frame. “A typical van delivery today involves driving to a delivery area, and then spending an entire day on door-to-door deliveries. By leaving the door-to- door part to delivery robots the van drivers’ productivity will significantly rise while reducing congestion on the streets and CO2 emissions,” said Allan Martinson, Starship’s Chief Operating Officer. SOURCE: Starship
The new AMG performance steering wheel – also from the 4-door coupe – is now being added to the 2-door cars, with perforated black nappa leather side grips and a heavily contoured rim. Integrated Touch Control buttons can be used to navigate the dashboard, and all of the 2-door AMG GT cars get the AMG steering wheel buttons with integrated displays. They’ll control, among other things, the new AMG DYNAMICS system. Using sensors to track speed, steering angle, yaw rate, and other metrics, it can predict the car’s behavior and adjust the ESP, power distribution at the rear axles, and the steering characteristics proactively. Four modes will be offered: Basic, Advanced, Pro, and Master, the latter only on the GT C and GT R. 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R PROIn addition to the existing, updated AMG GT Coupe and Roadsters, there’s also some new hardware for 2019. The new 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO will be a limited edition, road-legal but fettled for the race track. Indeed, the automaker says, the AMG GT3 and GT4 racing cars each donated some of their DNA. So, there’s new AMG coil-over suspension which can have its spring preload length adjusted mechanically, as well as its compression and the damper rebound, all from a tool-free system on the damper itself. Separate settings for high- and low-speed movements can be dialed in. The front axle, meanwhile, gets an adjustable carbon-fiber torsion bar; the rear is hollow steel tube, also adjustable. The AMG GT R’s lower rear wishbone Uniball spherical bearings are added to the upper wishbones too, adding to the GT R PRO’s precision. A carbon-fiber shear panel at the rear underbody helps there, too, and makes the car stiffer. As for the body, carbon-fiber components help keep the weight down, and AMG uses ceramic composite brakes for the GT R PRO as standard. They’ll have black painted calipers with white lettering, to match the AMG Performance Twin 5-spoke forged wheels in titanium gray. At the front, a reworked front apron gets clear-coated carbon fiber side flics, an extended front splitter with extra bracing, and new air slots in the front fenders. More carbon-fiber aero elements at the rear wheel arches help cut front-axle lift without impacting rear aero performance. AIRPANEL active air regulation in the underbody works with the standard-fit rear spoiler; the latter gets a spoiler lip and milled aluminum brackets. AMG’s Carbon Packges I and II are standard-fit, and there’s a unique vehicle wrap with racing stripes across the hood, roof, hatch, and sides. It doesn’t just look fast, though. The automaker took the AMG GT R PRO to the Nürburgring North Loop, where GT3 racing driver Maro Engel did a 7.04.632 minute lap, roughly 6 seconds faster than the regular AMG GT R. 0-60 mph comes in 3.5 seconds, the same as the regular GT R, with a top speed of 198 mph. All of the 2020 AMG GT cars will be arriving in US dealerships in late 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to launch. Mercedes has given its AMG GT a revamp, with the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupes and Roadsters also joined by a fearsome 2020 AMG GT R PRO for the track. The automaker’s most potent sports cars got their big reveal at the LA Auto Show 2018 today, gaining new styling, better performance, and more cabin technology. Story TimelineRoad to Racer: Inside one team’s big Mercedes-AMG GT4 ambitions2019 Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster is a tempting tweenerMercedes-AMG GT R Pro is a GT4-inspired monster The AMG GT gets a black grained sill cover on the bottom section, which can be customized with different exterior packages. Light alloy y-spoke wheels in polished titanium gray can also be fitted, while the AMG GT C gets optional 10-double-spoked forced wheels in titanium gray, or in soft black with a finely-polished rim flange. Inside, there’s a standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Three AMG-specific display styles – Classic, Sporty, and Supersport – are new, too, with fresh animations. The center console gets a stylized V8 design, along with the color display buttons that integrate small screens into the controls for the transmission, chassis, ESP, exhaust, spoiler, and start/stop features. 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT and AMG GT R PRO Gallery On the outside, the updated AMG GT takes inspiration from the 2019 AMG GT 4-door coupe launched earlier this year. That includes new LED high performance headlamps and an arched light guide, the latter serving as a daytime running light, navigation light, and turn signals in one. A new multi-chamber reflector system gives a new light signature, while the LED rear lights now have dark backgrounds. Also at the rear is a new bumper, with a redesigned diffuser insert on the GT and GT C. The AMG GT 4-door coupe donates the styling of the exhaust pipe outlet: twin round outlets on the AMG GT, and trapezoidal on the AMG GT C. The AMG GT R, meanwhile, keeps its large, central outlet, flanked with two more black tailpipes on either side of the diffuser.
That surprise news came after Ford had already committed to a hybrid F-150. That would pair an unspecified gas engine with an electric motor and batteries, for reduced emission, more torque, and more flexible operation. The hybrid F-150, Ford said back in early 2017, would have a number of advantages over a regular gasoline or diesel truck. For a start, owners could use the electric component of the drivetrain as a mobile generator, to power equipment and tools. The addition of electric drive, meanwhile, would allow for the towing capacity equivalent of a much larger gasoline engine. Since then, of course, we’ve seen other players throw their hat into the ring. Tesla has long maintained that it will build a compelling electric pickup, with a reveal of the new EV potentially as soon as 2020. Startup Rivian made an unexpected announcement of its R1T all-electric pickup last year, coming out of stealth with a new, homegrown platform that could underpin trucks, SUVs, and other vehicles.AdChoices广告Now, GM is seemingly getting in on the action. Duncan Aldred, VP of the GMC brand, confirmed to CNBC that the automaker was weighing electrification of its heaviest trucks. “Certainly it’s something we’re considering,” he said, when asked of the possibility of an entirely electrified GMC Sierra. While nothing is finalized, it’s clear that General Motors is taking electrification seriously. GM CEO Mary Barra has previously committed that the automaker behemoth is on a “path to an all-electric future,” which is widely taken to mean electrified versions of all of its cars. And while a work truck might seem like an unusual place to focus on delivering that goal, there are in fact some good reasons for it. For a start, high-end trucks have healthy margins. Not only are buyers willing to drop sizable sticker prices for the latest breed of luxury pickups and SUVs, the profit margins for such vehicles are equally large for the automakers themselves. That gives plenty of scope to absorb higher-cost components, like battery packs. GM’s focus on electrified vehicles hasn’t only meant adding to its line-up, however. Indeed the company has taken a knife to several models in recent months, including the Chevrolet Volt hybrid and the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid. Both were launched with great fanfare and heralded as offering a compelling mixture of gasoline convenience with electric frugality and performance. With the Volt headed to GM’s graveyard, it leaves the Chevrolet Bolt EV – its all-electric hatchback – as the focus. Certainly, with its mid-$30k price tag and roughly 250 miles of range, it helped demonstrate that long-legged EVs needn’t be premium models. Development on the car has also helped GM drive down the cost of batteries and electric drivetrain technology in general. Nonetheless it can’t afford to wait for a perfect price tag to be achieved, particularly with rivals – large and small – already adding all-electric utility models to their roadmaps. General Motors is considering electric trucks and pickups, giving its GMC brand a range of EVs as Ford and others weigh into the space. The admission from GM comes a week after Ford confirmed it had begun work on an electric F-150, a zero-emissions version of its best-selling truck.
The revelation arrived as part of FedEx’s investor news today, during which time the company said that less than 1.3-percent of its total revenue in 2018 came from Amazon, which only partially relies on FedEx for shipping packages. The decision impacts FedEx Express US; other business units in the company and its international services remain unaffected.FedEx points toward the expectation that daily e-commerce package deliveries in the US will grow from the current 50 million to 100 million by 2026. The company will focus on other players in the e-commerce market, saying in its statement, ‘We are excited about the future of e-commerce and our role as a leader in it.’Amazon depends on multiple services for its package delivery needs, including UPS and the United States Postal Service. FedEx didn’t elaborate on why it decided not to renew the contract, which expires on June 30. The reduction in services arrives amid Amazon’s own growing delivery business. Amazon has notably been expanding its fleet of planes among other work that paves the way for its own major launch in the delivery business. FedEx’s decision not to renew the contract may hint at a desire to distance itself from what may one day become a major competitor eclipsing both it and rival UPS. FedEx decided it won’t renew its FedEx Express US domestic contract with Internet retailer Amazon, the company revealed on Friday. Though the company’s existing contracts with Amazon will remain in place, FedEx will no longer provide express service for Amazon, which the company says represented a little over a single percent of its annual revenue last year. In its place, FedEx will focus on other e-commerce companies. Story TimelineFedEx goof exposes 119,000 passports, IDs and more20 new Tesla Semi electric trucks joining FedEx fleetFedEx created this autonomous robot for local deliveries
McLaren makes very high-performance sports cars and will let a buyer customize their ride all they want via McLaren Special Operations (MSO). We have seen MSO create custom 570GTs and other rides and MSO has now turned its hands to the most exotic of McLaren cars, the P1 GTR. MSO was commissioned to build this special car by the buyer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna winning his first F1 title. New aerodynamic features of the car allow it to make in the area of 800kg of downforce. Aero enhancements include new front dive planes, a wider front splitter, a rear Gurney flap, and the rear wing has larger endplates and secondary inboard elements. MSO also created the owner a bespoke helmet that matches the racing livery of the car. The P1 GTR is chassis 12 and is finished in the Rocket Red and Anniversary White colors that remind of the Marlboro racing livery that Senna’s car wore. McLaren says that the buyer of this unique ride was inspired by Senna from a young age and wanted a tribute to the famous racer.The project to build the car spanned three years with the owner overseeing every detail of the project. Details on the vehicle include the Senna Brand Trademark on the front splitter and in front of the air intake as well as on each door. The doors also have the Brazillian flag and a barcode that was used instead of the Marlboro script at races with advertising restrictions.The paintwork alone took over 800 hours. The owner of the car calls it “Beco” which is the nickname given to Ayrton as a child by his parents. Style isn’t all this car offers; it also has more downforce and power than a normal P1 GTR. McLaren and the owner are both mum on exact power specs, but the owner has said the car has a “suitably pleasing” increase in power.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. High Court To Consider Whether Drug Company Deals Restrain Trade Philadelphia Inquirer: Case Pits Generic Drug Makers Against Insurers, StoresGeneric drugs have dramatically changed the pharmaceutical and health-care landscape in the last 25 years and now account for about 80 percent of prescriptions in the United States, with lower prices for consumers and insurers. But a U.S. Supreme Court case scheduled for argument March 25 pits drug companies, generic and branded, against government officials who argue that prices for consumers would be even lower if those companies did not strike deals to restrain trade. Drugstore chains and health insurers back the government’s side. Trying to buttress his case, Ralph Neas, president of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday that the ruling “will define how an entire industry does business.” An adverse decision will hurt drugmakers, consumers, and taxpayers, who pay the drug bill through public or private insurance, he argued (Sell, 3/6).
Funding For Native Americans’ Mental Health Services Hit Hard By Sequestration Marketplace: Sequester Hits Native Americans’ Mental Health ServicesCenturies ago, tribes gave up much of their land to the federal government in exchange for promises of funded health care, education and housing. Time and time again those funds have been cut. The sequestration has been no exception. Even though suicide rates are nearly four times the national average, Indian country’s mental health services have been hit. Amber Ebarb, a budget and policy analyst with the National Congress of American Indians, says sequestration undermines American-Indian treaty rights, and makes a dire situation even worse (Morales, 7/18). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Elsewhere, a former editor of a prominent medical journal says many or most doctors have had conflicts of interest that could harm patients. And, doctors look for new ways to thrive — or survive — economically.The Wall Street Journal: Taxpayers Face Big Medicare Tab For Unusual Doctor BillingsThe government data show that out of the thousands of cardiology providers who treated Medicare patients in 2012, just 239 billed for the procedure, and they used it on fewer than 5 percent of their patients on average. The 141 cardiologists at the Cleveland Clinic, renowned for heart care, performed it on just six patients last year. Dr. Weaver’s clinic administered it to 99.5 percent of his Medicare patients — 615 in all — billing the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled 16,619 times, according to the data (Carreyou, Stewart and Barry, 6/9).MinnPost: Shining Light On Physician Conflicts Of Interest“Many, if not most physicians practicing today have, or have had, conflicts of interest that clearly to do not result in their patients’ best interest,” charges Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, former editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), in an op-ed article in the June issue of the Milbank Quarterly. And those conflicts of interest — which DeAngelis defines as “a conflict between the private interests and the official responsibilities of an individual in a position of trust” — have become rampant over the past two decades or so, she says, as pharmaceutical companies merged their marketing and scientific divisions (Perry, 6/9).Miami Herald: Doctors’ Dilemma: Physicians Weigh Ways To Thrive Economically — And Sometimes To Survive It’s getting harder to be a doctor. Gone are the days of Marcus Welby, when a doctor focused solely on treating the sick, assured that bountiful compensation would follow. Today, physicians are as much business people as healers, hamstrung by rising staffing and technology costs, increased paperwork demands by the government, stratospheric malpractice premiums and limited reimbursements from muscle-flexing insurance companies (Madigan, 6/8). Some Doctors Bill Medicare Far More Often For Unusual Procedures 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 Denver Post: Medicaid Drives Big Increase In Colorado Health Insurance Coverage The Boston Globe: Mass. Health Spending Rises, Led By Medicaid Costs News outlets also cover rising state health costs in Colorado and Pennsylvania – The Wolf administration said Tuesday that it had completed the transfer of more than 1 million adult Medicaid enrollees into a single, new benefits package it had created as the program expands to record numbers under the 2010 federal health care law. The process that the Human Services Department finished included the dismantling of changes that Gov. Tom Wolf’s predecessor had sought to make to Medicaid coverage as part of Pennsylvania’s embrace of the Medicaid expansion. (Levy, 9/1) The Associated Press: Wolf Administration Wraps Up Overhaul Of Medicaid Benefits In Setback To State Efforts To Control Costs, Mass. Health Spending Soars Massachusetts’ health spending was $632 million more last year than it was supposed to be and increased at a rate much higher than that of inflation, according to a new report. Much of the boost was attributed to Medicaid costs. Marketplace: Medical Debt Collectors Up In Arms Over FCC Ruling The Washington Post: Fewer Americans Skipping Medical Care For Cost Reasons This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Massachusetts spent $632 million more on health care last year than it was supposed to, according to a report from the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis. The goal, established via a 2012 law, is to keep health care spending in line with the rising costs of other goods and services. Every year the state sets a benchmark. In 2013 — the first year of accountability — Massachusetts stayed well under the cap. But last year, spending shot right past the 3.6 percent target and hit $54 billion, a 4.8 percent increase over the previous year. (Bebinger, 9/2) A record number of Colorado residents now carry health insurance. Statewide, the uninsured rate plummeted from 14.3 percent in 2013 to 6.7 percent this year — the lowest ever, according to a report being released Tuesday. Nearly 5 million people are covered now. The increase is attributable to a dramatic growth in Medicaid enrollment following Colorado’s decision to raise income eligibility limits and allow unmarried adults to qualify, an option available to states under the federal Affordable Care Act. (Olinger, 9/1) The Associated Press: Health Care Costs In Massachusetts Surged In 2014 WBUR: A Mass. Miss: 2014 Health Care Spending Rises Faster Than Goal The soaring costs of insuring the state’s poorest residents drove health care spending in Massachusetts up 4.8 percent last year, double the rate of growth in 2013, dealing a setback to the state’s efforts to contain medical costs. The increase far exceeds inflation, which was 1.6 percent last year, and blows past a state goal of holding health care spending growth to 3.6 percent annually, according to a report to be issued Wednesday by the state Center for Health Information and Analysis. (Dayal McCluskey, 9/1) During the first three months of the year, just 1 in 20 Americans said they did not get medical care they needed because they could not afford it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings, from the federal National Health Interview Survey, show that 4.4 percent of people interviewed from January through March said they had skipped medical care in the previous year because of its cost — the lowest percentage in 16 years. The percent skipping care for cost reasons had reached nearly 7 percent in 2009 and 2010 and has been shrinking since then. (Goldstein, 9/1) Twenty-seven million Americans were contacted by a collection agency about unpaid medical bills last year. A new Federal Communications Commission ruling makes it more difficult to track down those debtors on their cell phones, according to the collection industry. The new rule clarifies that collection agencies can “robo-call” someone on a cell, but only if that person consented to those calls for billing issues. (Gorenstein, 9/1) Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that fewer Americans are skipping health care because of cost concerns and Marketplace examines how a new Federal Communications Commission ruling is impacting medical debt collection – The cost of health care soared nearly 5 percent in Massachusetts last year, despite efforts to hold costs down. The state Center for Health Information and Analysis said Tuesday that costs grew in 2014 at double the rate of 2013 and far higher than the inflation rate. (9/2)
Source: Electric Vehicle News It’s almost like you’re driving this Hyundai Kona Electric yourself.It seems few people have enjoyed the opportunity to test drive the Hyundai Kona Electric, especially in the U.S. However, we were fortunate to have two of our esteemed team members drive it and review it. In addition, Tom Moloughney spent some time putting together an in-depth comparison of the Kona Electric and Chevy Bolt EV. Hopefully, our long list of reviews and coverage has helped you form an initial opinion about the electric crossover. Now, you get a chance to see what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat of this all-electric Hyundai.Additional Hyundai Kona Electric Coverage: Hyundai Kona Electric Test Drive Review From Paris: Video 41 photos There’s not much to share here since this video is of the silent variety. Still, it’s well done and surely pretty sweet to imagine that you’re in the cockpit. Also, RoadFanatic does provide a link to a technical specs page in the video description below. Let us know your thoughts and observations in the comment section.Video Description via RoadFanatic on YouTube:2018 Hyundai Kona Electric – POV Test Drive (no talking, pure driving)This POV test drive features a Hyundai Kona Electric. For technical specifications of this car, visit https://www.roadfanatic.com/electric-…HYUNDAI KONA EV Comparison: Chevy Bolt Versus Hyundai Kona Electric This Hyundai Kona Electric Review Claims “It’s Amazing” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 2, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that he will reach out to Daimler to propose a collaboration on an electric version of the Sprinter van. more…The post Elon Musk would like Tesla to work with Mercedes-Benz on an electric Sprinter van appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward