Share on LinkedIn The Trump family after Donald Trump took his oath of office. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters Share on Pinterest Trump administration Legal woes mount as NBC also reports Trump was present for talks over National Enquirer payments Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on 20 January 2017.Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Share on Facebook Share via Email The scrutiny of Trump’s campaign finances will intensify after reports that prosecutors are investigating whether Trump’s inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC received illegal donations from foreigners hoping for influence over US policy.Citing people familiar with the inquiry, the New York Times reported on Thursday night that the inquiry was focusing on individuals from Middle Eastern nations using straw donors to hide their own gifts to the Trump funds.The new focus on Trump’s inauguration is the latest trouble to beset the president as a result of the dramatic downfall of his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen who was sentenced to three years in prison this week. Cohen had pleaded guilty to federal crimes that included paying hush money to two women alleging sexual affairs with Trump in order to silence them during the 2016 election.According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI raid on Cohen’s home and office in April resulted in the disclosure of a recorded conversation between the lawyer and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to Melania Trump. In the conversation Wolkoff, one of the main producers of the 20 January 2017 inauguration celebrations, is alleged to have “expressed concern” about how the inaugural committee was spending the money it had raised.The Journal also reports that in their new inauguration inquiry, prosecutors are drawing on the help of Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of the Trump inaugural committee. Gates pleaded guilty in February to a number of charges brought against him by the special counsel in the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller, and as part of his plea deal agreed to cooperate with the US justice department.Many of the top donors to Republican causes in general, and to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign in particular, were represented among those who gave large sums to the inaugural fund. They include the Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, whose wife, Miriam, was last month bestowed by Trump with the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.The inaugural committee was headed by another major conservative donor, the real estate developer Thomas Barrack. There is no suggestion that either Adelson or Barrack are subject of the federal investigation. Topics Share via Email US politics Ed Pilkington in New York Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, which managed the $107m celebrations in Washington to mark the start of his presidency in 2017, has become the latest focus of federal prosecutors who, according to the Wall Street Journal, are now investigating whether the money was properly spent.The Journal reports that Manhattan-based prosecutors are in the “early stages” of a criminal investigation into how the record sum for such a presidential inauguration was used, as well as whether huge donations were made in return for easy access to the Trump administration as it entered power. The newspaper says that were evidence found of improper spending or quid pro quo, it could amount to a criminal violation of US anti-corruption laws. Last modified on Fri 14 Dec 2018 09.42 EST US elections 2016 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter This article is more than 7 months old Shares164164 @edpilkington Since you’re here… Share on Messenger The legal peril for Trump is now piling up as a result of the Cohen fallout. Cohen himself, as well as federal prosecutors and the judge in his case, are agreed that the lawyer paid the hush money to the two women alleging affairs, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, at the direction of Trump personally – an allegation that Trump has denied.Further legal misery has landed on Trump after the publisher of the National Enquirer admitted in an agreement with federal authorities that it had also coordinated with the Trump presidential campaign to pay $150,000 hush money to kill off a story of Trump’s alleged adultery. American Media Inc, which owns the Enquirer, said the magazine’s publisher, David Pecker, had offered to buy the story and then suppress its publication, in a so-called “catch and kill” deal.Deepening the hole for the president, NBC reported on Thursday that Trump himself was present in the room in August 2015 when Pecker and Cohen discussed how the supermarket tabloid could play a part in quashing stories about Trump’s alleged affairs as the presidential election got under way. NBC said it had confirmed that Trump was at the meeting when a $150,000 payment to be made “in concert with the campaign” was discussed.The mounting evidence places him increasingly at the center of campaign finance violations that have already led to prison time for Cohen. While criminal charges are unlikely to be brought against the president while in office, it does raise the risk that he could face charges when he leaves the White House. 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Topics Nancy Pelosi Nancy Pelosi Footage of the Democratic House Speaker was edited to make her appear drunk or unwell, in the latest incident highlighting social media’s struggle to deal with disinformation. Compare the original footage with the viral clip• Facebook refuses to delete fake Pelosi video spread by Trump supporters Donald Trump Share on Twitter Source: Various Share on Facebook Share via Email Democrats Real v fake: debunking the ‘drunk’ Nancy Pelosi footage – video,Play Video 0:38 Shares198198 Facebook Social media Last modified on Fri 24 May 2019 13.20 EDT Fri 24 May 2019 12.38 EDT US politics
Facebook Thu 20 Jun 2019 15.43 EDT Kari Paul ‘Flaky, unstable, bad with money’: astrologers on Facebook’s Libra currency features Last modified on Thu 20 Jun 2019 16.42 EDT Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Twitter Cryptocurrencies When Facebook announced its cryptocurrency Libra, which shares its title with an astrological sign for people born approximately between 23 September and 23 October, people had a lot of questions.Will this upend the traditional banking system? Is Facebook going to sell my financial data to advertisers? And most importantly, what does an astrology-adjacent cryptocurrency name mean for us all? Share on Facebook Since you’re here… So what is in the stars for Libra’s future success? It’s hard to say, said Henry Weingarten, a consultant at the Astrologers Fund, Inc, a company that makes investing recommendations based on market data, behavioral economics and astrology. Astrology readings for cryptocurrencies must be made for the first transaction, not the release of the report describing it.“My reading is skeptical because this is a chart based on conception, not on birth,” he said. “But the reading shows they are promising a lot more than they can deliver.”Raj Chadha, a self-described “stock astrologer”, did a reading of Libra’s conception chart and said his findings show the coin will face criticism and opposition from government and financial institutions, but ultimately succeed.His reasoning? Libra’s chart showed Mars was in the 12th house when the currency was announced. Meanwhile the Sun was in the 11th house, the house of success and support from friends, and Jupiter was in the fifth house – the house that stands for speculation and the stock market.“Based on the astrology chart made for this time and place, it is my opinion that Libra will face a lot of criticism and opposition from government and financial institutions, but it will come to exist,” he said. “I cannot say that it will thrive or shine or outclass other cryptocurrencies, but it will have its desired place in the financial system.”Indeed, Facebook is already facing backlash: shortly after Facebook’s announcement, the chair of the House financial services committee, Maxine Waters, called on the company to put a stop to the project until Congress and regulators could review it. She also called on company executives to testify before the committee.Facebook has agreed to answer questions from Waters, and said it will continue to work with legislators on the launch of Libra, which is set to roll out to the public in 2020.Although it is difficult to create an accurate reading for Libra ahead of its official launch, the stars are aligned for growth in the world of cryptocurrency in general, David Crook, a San Francisco-based astrologer, said.“The planet of Uranus, which is the planet of awakening and revolution and new inventions, is in Taurus, the sign associated with wealth,” he said. “This could birth changes and rise of new technology, like cryptocurrency.”Crook studies “mundane astrology”, an ancient kind of astrology used as early as the ninth century by kings and other world leaders to predict events and interpret world affairs. He has examined Donald Trump’s chart extensively and believes, based on upcoming transits, an impeachment may be on the horizon. His work also guides him in creating timelines for world events such as wars, elections and the climate crisis. But he is quick to say the stars can’t tell us for sure what will happen in the future, including to Facebook and its new project.“Astrology is a way of interpreting the world, it is not totally predetermined and etched in stone,” he said. “In many ways, it’s a recognition of what you already know.” Support The Guardian Share via Email Cryptocurrency Libra’s name is supposed to signify balance and unity represented by the scales, the symbol of the astrological sign.Photograph: andriano_cz/Getty Images/iStockphoto Facebook says it chose the name Libra based on the Roman form of currency the Libra and for the balance and unity represented by the scales, the symbol of the sign. Many Libras were upset about having their sign co-opted by one of the largest companies in the world.And some astrology fans questioned why a company would name a cryptocurrency after a sign with a reputation of being chronically flaky, unstable, and bad with money. (Source: this writer is a Libra.) Share on LinkedIn What is Libra? All you need to know about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency Read more Shares205205 Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on Pinterest With Mars in the 12th house at the time of the announcement, the new cryptocurrency should ultimately succeed Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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A weekly look at assistive technology–tools designed to assist people with vision, mobility, or hearing impairments. Produced by the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/accessibilityminute/AM040612.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Web Accessibility Part 2October 7, 2013In “Products and Devices”Monday Tech Tip: INDATA PodcastsMay 7, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Friday Podcast: Dynavox, Holiday Gifts and more!December 16, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”
A Key Pillar of Inte Q’s Agency Vision to ‘Create Customer Love Is a Proprietary Score. This Proprietary Score Leverages AI and Machine Learning Algorithms to Identify Behaviors That Indicate ‘Love’ for a Brand. Using over 80 Different Metrics, Including Proprietary Brand Research, Social Media Listening and Monitoring, and First-Party Transaction Data, Inte Q Creates a Single Score That Accurately Measures Emotional LoyaltyInte Q, a leader in the loyalty marketing industry, is proud to announce Forrester Research has given the organization the highest score possible in the Emotional Loyalty Measurement Services criteria in the recently released report, The Forrester Wave™: Loyalty Service Providers, Q3, 2019.“A key pillar of Inte Q’s agency vision to ‘Create Customer Love™’ is a proprietary Customer Love Score, which quantifies the emotional connection a customer has with a brand using a combination of emotional, transactional and brand data,” states Forrester in the report.Marketing Technology News: NextStage to Support YSEOP, a World Leader in AI Dedicated to Natural Language Generation, in View to Accelerating Growth, Particularly in the United StatesThis proprietary score leverages AI and machine learning algorithms to identify behaviors that indicate ‘Love’ for a brand. Using over 80 different metrics, including proprietary brand research, social media listening and monitoring, and first-party transaction data, Inte Q creates a single score that accurately measures emotional loyalty. The score also provides insights and performance metrics, such as Net Promoter Score and share of wallet, relative to the competition.“The Customer Love Score™ revolutionizes how we look at marketing and allows us to help clients improve targeting, optimize loyalty programs and build personalization strategies. The score has already demonstrated measurable results. Using it for campaign targeting has provided a 24% incremental transaction lift and 15% increase in ROI over traditional targeting methods. We are thrilled to bring these revenue-generating results to our clients,” said Chris Duncan, President, Inte Q. “It’s the centerpiece of our strategy, and it’s a game-changer for our clients.”Marketing Technology News: Study Finds Enterprises Rapidly Shifting to Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Business ModelIn addition to accurately measuring consumers’ emotional connection through the Customer Love Score, Inte Q “provides loyalty strategy, management, and measurement services, a dedicated paid loyalty program offering, and recently launched a personalization practice focused on helping clients personalize marketing at scale and maximize ROI,” states Forrester in the report.Marketing Technology News: Softeon Expands Retail and eCommerce Logistics Solution Footprint and Success Inte Q Receives a Top Rating for Measuring Emotional Loyalty by Leading Research Firm PRNewswireJuly 16, 2019, 3:07 pmJuly 16, 2019 Customer Love ScoreForrester ResearchInte QLoyalty Measurement ServicesMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleTechBytes with Reza Rassool, CTO at RealNetworksNext ArticleFive9 to Provide Extraordinary Customer Experiences Using Microsoft Teams
The Age of AI and Wall Street PRNewswireJune 16, 2019, 5:00 pmJune 14, 2019 Age of AIAI technologyBroadridge Financial SolutionsFresh RelevanceNews Previous ArticleInfluencer Marketing Is Maturing: Here’s What You Need to KnowNext ArticleGoldilocks Principle of Marketing: The Need for a Consistent View of the Consumer Journey Broadridge’s 2019 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Outlook Survey reveals majority of financial services firms see value in AI for data mining, but legacy technology is a continuing impedimentThe financial services industry’s top priority for AI applications is Fresh Relevance,, according to the second annual AI Outlook Survey from Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., a global Fintech leader that is part of the S&P 500® Index. The survey results, released today, explore the state of AI adoption and readiness among U.S. financial services companies. Data mining (36%) was followed by post-trade processing (20%), market analytics (13%) and trading systems (12%). Broadridge polled operations, technology and regulatory leaders from across the financial services industry and released the findings in conjunction with a white paper focused on AI adoption.The Age of AI?Comparing and relating the progress of AI initiatives to relevant historical eras, a clear majority of respondents (84%) say their company is in or past “The Enlightenment Age” of AI, during which they are at or beyond proof of concept. Twenty-nine percent of companies have moved into the “Industrial Age” with pilots and one-fifth (20%) are in the modern “Information Age” with AI in full production.Though most companies are in some stage of AI adoption, or at least exploration, a cautious 10% remain in the Stone Age with no current plan to leverage AI. Broadridge’s white paper is paired with the AI Readiness Assessment, which helps firms establish the strategy, structure, systems, skills and staff needed to create a successful AI program.“While most organizations recognize that AI is a transformational technology with huge potential impact, their approach to adoption has been cautious. The survey data and white paper demonstrate how to harness the power of AI and successfully increase its adoption by first establishing a clear strategy and framework,” said Michael Tae, head of strategy for Broadridge. “At Broadridge, we are focused on what we call ‘the ABCDs of innovation’™: AI, blockchain, the Cloud, digital and beyond. This is how we define our continued commitment to driving the innovation roadmap; helping our clients understand and apply next-generation technologies to transform business, optimize efficiency and generate growth.Marketing Technology News: DXC Technology 600 Brings Great INDYCAR Racing, “Digital Fan Experience of the Future” to Texas Motor SpeedwayAI’s Productivity Boost Blocked by Legacy TechnologyRespondents also ranked their top motivations or desired outcomes for investing in AI. Half (53%) cited “increased efficiency and productivity” as their top motivation and a majority (84%) included it in their top three. Other top-three motivations among respondents included enhanced data and security (69%) and the ability to redeploy human capital (51%).While it’s encouraging that a high number of respondents understand the advantages of AI’s capabilities, roadblocks continue to impede implementation. Nearly half of respondents (46%) cited legacy technology as their top challenge. This tracks with the difficulties associated with modifying or replacing a current infrastructure and the potential need for vendor or personnel changes. Cost of investment/perceived ROI was named the second largest roadblock (31%), while executive buy-in was considered a challenge by only 7% of respondents.Marketing Technology News: Step Raises $22.5 Million Series A Led by Stripe to Disrupt Banking for TeensAvengers Style: Wall Street’s Relationship with AI PartnersWhen asked which superhero relationship best describes their company’s interaction with AI technology partners, a majority (58%) chose “The Avengers,” alluding to their desire for teamwork. Conversely, 8% admitted to having an adversarial relationship with their Fintech partners, likening it to that of Batman and the Joker. Other respondents compared their technology-related relationships to that of “frenemies” like Professor X and Magneto (16%) and internal conflict like The Hulk’s (14%). The power of partnership for planning smooth AI adoption is clear and prevalent for financial services professionals and technology vendors.The Four Stages of AI Adoption The corresponding Broadridge white paper reveals the four stages of AI adoption — beginner, experimenter, fast follower and innovator — and how they differ from the stages that have played out in previous waves of technology transformation. According to the white paper, AI algorithms are often self-teaching and improve over time, making them opaque and difficult for competitors to copy or reverse engineer. Those in the innovator stage truly have an advantage over fast followers and experimenters.Marketing Technology News: L.A. Lakers Partner Wish Jumps to No. 1 in Earned Social Media Value Among NBA Jersey Patch Sponsors
BJPMamata BanerjeePrashant Kishortmc First Published: July 8, 2019, 2:16 PM IST Kolkata: Almost a month after Mamata Banerjee roped in poll strategist and JD (U) vice-president Prashant Kishor for the 2021 Assembly polls in West Bengal, all eyes are on his extensive brainstorming session with the TMC leaders on Thursday.All senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, district presidents, MLAs and MPs have been asked to attend Kishor’s session at Kolkata’s Nazrul Mancha auditorium, where he will emphasize on countering opposition workers at the booth level and on what went wrong in the 18th Lok Sabha elections that went in favour of the BJP. The TMC suffered a major setback in the general elections and won only 22 out of the 42 seats in Bengal. In 2014, the party had won 34 seats. The BJP managed a big jump from only two to 18 seats – forcing Banerjee to hire Kishor for doing the poll arithmetic ahead of 2021 Assembly elections in the state.Speaking to the News18, a senior TMC leader said on the condition of anonymity: “Prashant Kishor will hold his second session with the party members on July 11 at Nazul Mancha at Southern Avenue in South Kolkata. Earlier, it was decided to organise the meet at ‘TMC Bhawan’ at North Pachanna Gram at Topsia, but to keep the media persons at bay, the venue has been changed to Nazrul Mancha.”“All senior party leaders were told that they must attend this session where Kishor will deliver a speech with some facts and figures related to the Assembly seats and the voters concerned. He is also likely to present his report on Dalits, Muslims, Matuas and tribal issues through a powerpoint presentation. It will basically be a session on highlighting Opposition’s weak points and keeping an eye on their slippery tracks,” he added.On June 19, Kishor had his first meeting with the TMC leaders at the party office at Topsia near Science City auditorium. The meeting was an interactive session, meant to understand the problems in handling the situation on the ground level – especially after BJP managed to make inroads in Jungalmahal and in North Bengal.Like the previous one, the upcoming session is also a hush-hush affair as most party leaders are not willing to disclose details of the meeting. In a recent television interview, Banerjee had claimed that “it may be possible that poll strategist Prashant Kishor will extend his services to TMC as a part of corporate social responsibility (CSR).”“It is not necessary that everybody has to work for money,” she had said.Asked why Banerjee, an immensely popular leader who understands the pulse of the public in Bengal, needs Kishor to chalk out a political strategy, she had said, “This is party’s internal matter and I don’t want to discuss it. Those who are in the corporate sector do CSR activities. It may be possible that it is his CSR initiative. Taka niye kono kotha hoy nai (There was no talk on money).”“If someone wants to work willingly without asking for money, what is the problem? Let him work,” she added.On June 7, Banerjee held a two-hour meeting with the poll strategist in Kolkata. The meeting between the two held special significance, given the rise of the BJP in Bengal and the political threat that its rise poses for her.
He added these products are non-biodegradable in nature and produce poisonous gases on burning besides choking drainage and reducing the soil fertility. “The government intends to ban these products after a particular time-frame,” said Modi, who also holds finance and environment and forest and climate change departments.The department has sought objections/suggestions from all stakeholders through an advertisement, the minister said adding that they can be sent latest by August 16, 2019, ondepartment’s e-mail “email@example.com” and Bihar state pollution control board’s e-mail “firstname.lastname@example.org”.The government would take an appropriate decision in the interest of the state after receiving all objections/suggestions besides holding wider consultations with all stakeholders in this regard, he said.Products (cup, plate, glass etc) made up of leaf and other alternative materials would get a major fillip with the ban on thermocol, Modi asserted.The use of all types of plastic carry bags, irrespective of size and thickness, have been banned in the state through a gazette notification dated December 11, 2018, the Dy CM said.Their manufacture, import, storage, transportation have been completely banned through the above notification, he added. Patna: After putting a blanket ban on polythene carry bags in Bihar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday informed the Legislative Council that a proposal to prohibit single use disposable plastic/thermocol products is under consideration of the state government.Modi said this while replying to RJD member- Sanjay Prasad – question if the government intended to ban thermocol plates in the state. The single use disposable plastic/thermocol products which are under government’s consideration for ban, included cup, plate, glass, fork, spoon, plastic coated cup, plates,pouch containing water, packet, plastic flag, banner, flax and festoon, Modi said. biharBihar Deputy Chief MinisterplasticSushil Modi First Published: July 18, 2019, 8:14 PM IST
The name for Android O (Oreo) was revealed today by Google amid the United States’ first full solar eclipse since 1918. To make this happen, they revealed a video – that video is below. That video shows the sun blotted out by what’s quickly revealed to be an Oreo – a SUPER OREO. Story TimelineSony Xperia Android O update: who’s in and who’s notLenovo to use stock Android on all future phonesOnePlus 3, 3T’s final update will be Android OHTC U11 confirmed to support Bluetooth 5 with Android OAndroid O launch date could happen next weekAndroid OEM customizations are never going away, and that’s OKZenFone 3 will eventually get Android O but you don’t have to wait Today also brought an update to the latest beta version of Android 8.0 Oreo available to the public. The public beta release is slightly different from the version of this operating system we’ll eventually see on devices like the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 – but this is as close as the average user is going to get today.SEE TOO: Android Oreo is officialThe devices that are eligible to work with the Android Beta program are Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel (gen 1), and Pixel XL (gen 1). More will be able to use this program eventually – likely later this year. Those in addition to the next couple of Pixel phones which will be revealed sooner than later.“We’re pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone to access today,” said Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android & Google Play. “Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing, and we expect to start rolling out in phases soon, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player.”“We’ve also been working closely with our partners, and by the end of this year, hardware makers including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.” That’s good news for everyone that just purchased a device in the past few months.Head over to Google Android to see the download process for the beta. And stay tuned as the “final” version (which is essentially what you’re getting in the Beta now) is released in full to your unique device.UPDATE: Also for those of you with Pixel or Pixel XL devices, now’s the time for the OTA update, too. First download your precious data and/or back it all up, then go to the link above (Google Android) and turn OFF your connection to Android Beta. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be returned to the non-Beta channel on your device, and you’ll see the OTA update in Notifications soon! Today users will be able to download Android Oreo from the source – Google – and its developer program. To make this happen, users will need one of a variety of relatively new smartphones unless they’re willing to go above and beyond the average process and hack their phone. Today we’re beginning with the basic process that’s available to any average user.
As reported by 9to5Google, the launch of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might also usher in a new era for accessories. Three unnamed sources all confirmed that Google has been plotting such a program, but none of them had any information on when Made for Google-branded accessories will first be available. It’s likely, though, that Google wants them program to be in place by the time the Pixel 2 goes on sale.Launching such a program would allow Google to implement a certain amount of quality control on some of the accessories made for its phones. Details about Made for Google are pretty much non-existent at the moment, but it isn’t too hard to imagine some of the stipulations Google would put into place.For instance, Google could require that cases with Made for Google branding protect phones when dropped from a certain height, or that chargers meet stringent specifications. In the end, Made for Google would allow the company to ensure that accessories offered for its products are up to snuff while also presumably acting as another revenue stream through either cuts of accessory sales or licensing fees.It should also help accessory makers who pursue Made for Google branding, as it stands to reason that consumers will be more willing to buy accessories certified by Google. For now, though, whether or not a certification is actually in the works is down to speculation, so take these rumors with a grain of salt. We’ll hopefully get confirmation of such a program on October, when Google reveals the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Later this week, Google will take the stage and introduce all of us to the next entries in its Pixel line of devices. According to new rumors today, new hardware might not be the only thing Google plans to introduce. The company may also be looking to launch a “Made for Google” certification program for third-party accessory makers. Story TimelineGoogle Pixel 2 will be ‘just Android’ – and that’s goodPixel 2 XL leak spills nearly all release infoThese are the Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 specs to look out for next weekThis Google Ultra Pixel 2 just hype-blocked iPhone X
If you’re a Tesla owner, you might have noticed an update this past week that adds limited use of automatic emergency braking (AEB), a safety feature that was first announced some six months ago. The roll-out of the feature came just ahead of Consumer Reports lowering their scores of the Model S and Model X vehicles, specifically citing the absence of the AEB as their justification. Tesla models produced before October 2016 have had AEB available at speeds up to 90 mph. The feature is designed to help protect drivers in situations like abrupt braking on the highway. Newer Teslas, however, have been without this feature for the last six months, with the company promising to activate it after it had been thoroughly tested.Last week Consumer Reports stated that it was deducting points from the scores of the Model S and Model X as a result of the missing safety feature. Tesla says it actually began rolling out its AEB update from April 25, the day before Consumer Reports criticized its cars. The AEB system is currently limited to speeds of 28 mph or slower, which the reviews organization argues is still far below the higher speeds where the feature is really needed.Tesla has said that it will continue updating AEB over time, and that “higher limits will come later.” Consumer Reports has responded that once it confirms the “vast majority” of Tesla owners have received the update, they will then re-evaluate the vehicles’ scores.Update: Headline amended to clarify that Tesla is enabling automatic emergency braking as per the body-text, which will “automatically engage the brakes to reduce the impact of an unavoidable frontal collision with another vehicle.”Update 2: Article updated to reflect Tesla’s claim that it began rolling out its AEB update the day before Consumer Reports’ initial announcement on April 26. In a statement on Wednesday last week, a spokesperson for the automaker said “Tesla confirmed that the over-the-air rollout of automatic emergency braking began yesterday.” However, according to the Consumer Reports article on April 28, it was Thursday, April 27 when the Model S 60D in their fleet received the update. Tesla operates a rolling update process, upgrading cars progressively rather than in one fell swoop; in doing so, it’s able to identify any unforeseen issues before the software is spread across all vehicles. As such, the timescale for a complete roll-out can vary, though Tesla said last week that it was expecting to have the 28 mph AEB functionality fully distributed by the end of last week. The disparity between the 90 mph functionality for pre-October 2017 cars, and the 28 mph functionality rolled out in this new AEB update, comes down to the second-generation Autopilot hardware. Tesla began fitting that as standard to all new Model S and Model X cars from October last year, but the updated sensor suite required new software and, importantly, new testing before the so-called “AP2” vehicles could reach feature-parity with existing, “AP1” cars. SOURCE Consumer Reports Story TimelineConsumer Reports wants Tesla to rename & disable Autopilot until it’s saferTesla Model 3 production starts July, but 2017 will be expensiveYour Tesla Autopilot is one step closer to autonomous drivingTesla’s electric semi truck will be revealed in SeptemberTesla drops price on 75kWh Model S, upgrades for 60kWh batteriesTesla recalls 53,000 of its 2016 models over parking brake issues
When I mention the cost of this garbage can, you may recoil in horror. How dare I even consider recommending anyone pay two hundred and fifty US dollars for a can into which garbage should go? I thought the same thing at first, then I considered how often I’d replaced my kitchen garbage can in the last decade. Then I got to thinking about how much I hated the fact that no garbage can I’d ever owned really did a great job of masking smells of any significant strength, ever. Then I wondered if a can of this caliber could actually be a good investment. Story TimelineDog’s best friend-the SimpleHuman Sensor Trash Cansimplehuman sensor can review The can we’re looking at here is made by the folks at simplehuman. The can’s name is “Rectangular Sensor Can with voice and motion sensor” and it’s available in stores right this minute. This is the most extravagant of the garbage cans offered by simplehuman at the moment, save the ever-so-slightly more expensive alternate metal – Black Stainless Steel for $10 more. There are several versions of this can – the one we’re reviewing here is “brushed.” There’s also rose gold, black stainless steel, dark bronze, and white. They’re all metallic, and all have the company’s “invisible fingerprint-proof coating” which is “infused with nano-silver particles that prevent microbes from reproducing.” The can is 18.5 x 13 x 24.8 inches – that’s 24.8-inches tall, 13-inches from back to front, and 18.5-inches wide. When the can is open, the distance from base to tip of can top is 34.6-inches. The capacity of this can is 58 liters, and it’s split into two sections. AdChoices广告There’s also a version of this can with a single section – for JUST trash. This version we’re reviewing has two sections, one for trash, the other for recycling. The recycling part has a removable bucket with a handle into which you’ll put all your soda pop and/or beer cans. Also there’s a bag of bags that comes with the can. The bag of bags is what simplehuman will assume you need to buy more of when you’re done, because they’re a specific size. The size you buy is “Q” and you… might not actually need them if you don’t really want to use them.The bag you use in the can, the non-recycling side of the can, fit in a way that allows them to stay hidden when the can’s lids are closed. Buy a cheaper bag and it might peek out a little – but there aren’t really any other drawbacks to using a 3rd-party replacement. On top of this can are two lids. One lid is the topmost top, then there’s a second part that’s sort of akin to the top on an inkjet printer – you only use it when you need to replace the bag.There’s a voice control sensor and a motion sensor, too. When I spoke with simplehuman about getting a loaner review unit, here, I assumed we were getting one of the models that did not require electricity. I just wanted to see if one of the several simplehuman cans was able to do a better job than a $25 piece of plastic. But this is a sensor can with voice control. You can talk to this can. If you say “open can” the can opens. You can also say things that sound similar to open can, like “total ham” or “soap and lamb” and they work, too. Your children will CONFIRM that the voice control works on this can, endlessly. The positive side of this situation is that your child will be super happy to throw trash away. Just don’t do it if your child gets super annoyed when “close can” doesn’t actually close the can. They’re gonna slam it, just you wait.The good news on THAT bit is that this garbage can is pretty gosh-darned tough. It’d better be, given the materials it’s made of – and it is. It’s also extremely quiet. I didn’t actually consider the noise level until I went back to the simplehuman webpage for the can and saw that they’d worked specifically on the sound – it’s so quiet I never even thought about it. You can also wave your hand above/in front of the can’s sensor and the can’s motor will open the lid. Both sensors use the same method to open the lid, smoothly and calmly.If you get this model with the sensors, you’re going to need to be sure you want to actually utilize the motion sensor and/or the voice control. Because there’s no alternative to opening this can, short of digging your fingernails under the lid to pry it open. You’ll also need to either open the back and insert 6x AA alkaline batteries or plug the can into a wall power socket with the included power adapter. It was a bit of a bummer for me to have to find a place in the kitchen that was convenient because of this plug since I live in an old unit with relatively few sockets. But now that the can’s been set up for a while, I’d really rather not go back to a lesser can. In the end, every garbage can sort of does the same thing, but this one is fancy. It’s also the first trash can I’ve ever used, EVER, that did a decent job at keeping smells contained.The folks at simplehuman have this can available at stores for right around $250 USD. At that price it most certainly does seem like it’ll be an investment of sorts. But as far as I’m concerned, as often as I use this can on a daily basis, there’s no better place to invest in a long-lasting appliance than with a few bucks here in the trash.
Facebook does have a means for users to control and erase the data the social networking giant gathers about them. It just doesn’t make it always easy to find them. To be fair, it took Google a few years and iterations to finally give a simpler interface to check what data it collects and, if desired, stop it.Currently, Google lets you delete all or some pieces of data it collects, like Location History or Web & App Activity. You have to do so manually, however, and have to dive into the settings to do that for each and every type of activity. Most importantly, you’ll have to remember to do that regularly as well.With this new feature, you won’t have to. Simply let Google know that you want that data to be deleted at intervals. Currently, only 3 months and 18 months are available so there’s not much choice in the range. Once selected, it will delete all previous activity and history prior to setting that option.AdChoices广告At the moment, automatic deletion of history and activity is only available to Location History and Web & App Activity, and there are definitely more things that Google collects on a regular basis. Of course, Google would prefer you didn’t delete that data, promising more personalized and more relevant experiences in exchange. Although Facebook has now probably surpassed Google as the most reviled and most distrusted Big Tech company, the search giant still has it beat when it comes to the data it has and is able to accumulate every day. Thanks to its own share of controversy, investigations, and lawsuits, Google at least has clear and easy methods to erase some, not all, of that data. Now it is giving users one more tool in case they forget to delete their location or activity data on their own.
Revealed at CES 2019 at the start of the year, the NuraLoop is Nura’s latest attempt at bringing personalized sound technology to the general population. The Nuraphone, with its unique “inova” (in and over architecture) design, appealed to audiophiles who won’t take any compromises to achieve audio nirvana. There are audiophiles and music lovers, however, who need to be always on the move and require flexibility and versatility in their equipment.The NuraLoop tries to offer the best of both worlds, using the same technologies that helped the Nuraphone personalize audio output based on the users’ ears and sensitivity. Using a combination of sensitive mics, advanced signal processing, and an automated mobile app test, the NuraLoop creates a personalized profile for each user that is then stored in the earphones themselves. Those earphones aren’t just a conduit for audio. Each earphone has a TouchDial control that can be, well, dialed, tapped, or double tapped for playback controls, answering calls, and other actions. Just like the Nuraphones, the NuraLoop offers the option to have ANC enabled or, at a tap or turn, enable Social Mode that lets in the sound via four high-sensitivity mics that also improve the quality of phone calls.The NuraLoop advertises 16 hours of wireless use per charge but you can also use the detachable analog cable when you need to. Retailing at $199, you can pre-order the NuraLoop now and get a time-limited 30% discount until the personalized audio earphones fully launch. Headphones and earbuds are designed for all ears but not only does no one size fits all, not everyone hears the same as well. In the past year or so, audio accessory makers have been pushing for a “personalized audio experience”, many of them requiring rather massive headphone cups. Nura is one of those at the forefront of that thrust and it is now pushing the envelope even further by bringing all the lessons of the Nuraphone into the more portable form of the NuraLoop.
That was a wagon-esque crossover version of the existing Mission E, the sedan concept which went on to rebranded as the production Porsche Taycan. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show 2018, the Cross Turismo settled in somewhere between the original Mission E and the Macan SUV, with all-wheel drive and the same 800 volt electric architecture as the earlier EV concept. However, Porsche also added wireless charging support to the concept, allowing it to top up its batteries by parking atop a special pad. 20-inch wheels sit underneath bulked-up wheel arches, emphasizing the rugged intent of the concept, while the 600+ horsepower drivetrain was tipped for 0-62 mph in under 3.5 seconds. Inside, there was sculptural seating for four and a whole host of touchscreens. At the time, Porsche bucked the usual concept trend and instead said that it thought it very likely that the Mission E Cross Turismo would be headed for production. Indeed, it teased, that could happen sooner than expected. The Taycan is expected to go on sale in 2019. Now, it looks like that teasing is adding up to a new EV in relatively short order. The Mission E Cross Turismo has, indeed, been given the green light, according to Top Gear, and could even get its big reveal by the end of next year. Sales, though, seem unlikely to begin until 2020 at the earliest. It will probably be worth waiting for, mind. The underpinnings of the Taycan are likely to be shared with the Cross Turismo variant, so expect something in the region of 592 horsepower, permanent all-wheel drive, and over 300 miles of all-electric range. Porsche’s 800 volt charging system could mean an 80-percent charge to the battery in a mere 15 minutes, assuming you have access to a powerful enough charger. As for what the EV might end up being called, that Porsche is playing close to its chest for now. The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo wouldn’t be too far-fetched a guess, however; the automaker has already said that it expects multiple variants of the first electric car. That also includes extra power, with high-end, super-fast iterations also teased. The big battle, though, will be at the more affordable end of the scale. Despite suspicions that Porsche would market the Taycan as a high-end option atop its range, recent reports have suggested it will actually be laser-focused on besting the Tesla Model S when it comes to price. Porsche’s Taycan all-electric sedan is getting a striking sibling at dealerships, with the automaker reportedly putting a Cross Turismo version into production too. The German car company previewed those intentions back in March, when it took the wraps off the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo. Story TimelinePorsche’s first fast charging park to pack 800V techPorsche Taycan specs include 600hp and 500km driving rangePorsche Electric Pit Stop sees faster, smarter EV charging Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept Gallery
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Every week reporter Ankita Rao selects interesting reading from around the Web.The New Yorker: Slow IdeasWhy do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly? Consider the very different trajectories of surgical anesthesia and antiseptics. … On October 16, 1846, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Morton administered his gas through an inhaler in the mouth of a young man undergoing the excision of a tumor in his jaw. … By February, anesthesia had been used in almost all the capitals of Europe, and by June in most regions of the world. … In the eighteen-sixties, the Edinburgh surgeon Joseph Lister … perfected ways to use carbolic acid for cleansing hands and wounds and destroying any germs that might enter the operating field. The result was strikingly lower rates of sepsis and death. You would have thought that … his antiseptic method would have spread as rapidly as anesthesia. Far from it. … In our era of electronic communications, we’ve come to expect that important innovations will spread quickly. Plenty do … But there’s an equally long list of vital innovations that have failed to catch on. The puzzle is why (Dr. Atul Gawande, 7/29).The New Republic: Weight Loss Is Not The Answer: What Michelle Obama Doesn’t Get About ObesityThe biggest mystery when it comes to obesity is not how to prevent it. It’s how to treat it. Don’t get me wrong. We need to know what expands our girth so that millions more don’t suffer the type 2 diabetes and heart disease that follow. But millions are obese, right now, and the medical establishment doesn’t really know how to help them. I learned that to my dismay when I tried to find a program for a relative who seemed too young for stomach bands and gastric bypasses. The problem is simple and well known. It’s hard but not impossible to lose weight. But it’s nearly impossible to keep it off (Judith Shulevitz, 7/23).The Atlantic: Answering To Patient Who Yell The LoudestFew people would argue that scarce medical resources should simply go to patients and families who yell the loudest, but the recent case of a ten year-old Pennsylvania girl with cystic fibrosis shows how such a strategy can work. The parents of Sarah Murnaghan went to court to demand that their daughter be placed on the transplant list for new lungs. The court agreed, and she has now received a second set of lungs after her immune system rejected the first set. There is a long—and storied—history of activist patients bucking the system to obtain treatments initially denied to them. … But in an era of rising health care costs and passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which seeks to reign and regulate spending, the privileges of activist patients need to be reexamined (Dr. Barron Lerner, 7/23).New Scientist: Why Is The Rich U.S. In Such Poor Health?Americans die younger and experience more injury and illness than people in other rich nations, despite spending almost twice as much per person on health care. That was the startling conclusion of a major report released earlier this year by the U.S. National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. … As distressing as all this is, much less attention has been given to the obvious question: Why is the United States so unwell? The answer, it turns out, is simple and yet deceptively complex: It’s almost everything. … we can hope that the evidence of a health disadvantage in the United States is now so compelling that the terms of the conversation and even the political calculus will begin to change. Then, perhaps, we can start addressing that disadvantage and stop paying for it with our lives (Laudan Aron, 7/15).Boston Globe: Hypothermia Making A Comeback In MedicineThe last Dr. Peter Franklin remembers, he was lying on a table in the cardiac catheterization lab in a Miami hospital when his chest started to hurt. Then he died. The medical team raced to restart Franklin’s heart, then placed a stent in a blocked artery to allow blood to again flow freely. His doctors also worked to save his brain, using a technique that’s as old as ancient Greece — hypothermia. With recent studies lending scientific credibility to the practice, doctors now know that lowering a patient’s body temperature — using methods including cooling blankets or an infusion of cold fluid — can improve brain recovery in patients who are comatose after cardiac arrest (Dr. Daniela J. Lamas, 7/22).The New England Journal of Medicine: The Residency MismatchFor generations, the supply of practicing physicians in the United States has swung from too small to too large and back again. In 2006, alarmed about a growing physician shortage, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recommended that medical school enrollments be increased by 30% over the next decade. … But there’s another barrier to creating enough practicing physicians: there are insufficient residency posts to accommodate all these medical graduates. … The absence of health-workforce planning, a hallmark of the freewheeling U.S. market economy, may come back to haunt policymakers, particularly when physician shortages become more apparent as the ACA’s coverage expansion takes hold (John K. Iglehart, 7/25). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Weekend Reading: The Mystery Of Some Innovations That Are Slow To Be Accepted; Myths About The Obesity Crisis