iPhone 7 modder adds a headphone jack but it wasnt easy

first_imgAllen, of course, starred in a viral video where he built his own iPhone, so he seems like the perfect man for the job. His quest to add a headphone jack to the iPhone 7 begins innocently enough, as he cracks open a used phone to see if there’s actually any room to add one. There is, as it turns out, but the process of adding a headphone proves to be much more complicated than grinding down some spare plastic and drilling a hole.Allen runs into quite a few problems along the way, from messing up a soldering job because his microscope isn’t up to snuff to breaking expensive accessories he has to buy directly from the Apple store. Further complicating things is the fact that you can’t simply use existing wiring to hook up a headphone jack, unless of course you’re okay with disconnecting your lightning port and never charging your phone again. While some users may have adjusted well to the fact that the iPhone 7 and its big brother, the iPhone 7 Plus, don’t have a headphone jack, others have not. Case in point: Scotty Allen, otherwise known as the host of Strange Parts on YouTube. He has taken it upon himself to add a headphone jack to the iPhone 7, and of course, he documented the entire process in a new half-hour video. Thus begins an entirely new adventure in which Allen creates his own circuit board that will allow the phone to switch between playback through the headphone jack when earbuds are connected and charging through the lightning port. The process of creating and producing a new circuit board takes weeks on its own, and by the end of it all, Allen has spent months trying to add a headphone jack to his iPhone 7.If you have the time, you should absolutely watch the video in full, because it’s fascinating to see what kind of modifications Allen needs to make in order to add something as simple as a headphone jack to his phone. The video ends with Allen addressing Apple directly, telling the company that he would love to buy a phone with a headphone jack from them. With Apple’s iPhone reveal event just a few days away, we have a hard time believing they’ll listen, but Allen’s pleas can’t hurt.center_img Story TimelineSteve Wozniak wants Apple to fix Bluetooth sound issues or keep headphone jackRIP iPhone 7 headphone jack: Welcome Apple AirPodsApple on iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack: time to move oniPhone 7 “hack” drills hole for headphoneslast_img read more

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iOS 113 iPhone Battery Health feature detailed heres your first look

first_imgApple warns users that if they turn off performance management, they won’t be able to turn it on again, though it will automatically turn back on the next time the iPhone shuts down due to battery power issues. When that happens, the user will once again be able to disable the management feature if they want, but it’ll probably only be a matter of time before another shutdown happens.iPhone owners may see other messages displayed in the Battery Health section, namely a warning that the system can’t determine the battery health status, that the management feature has been manually turned off, and that the battery’s health is “significantly degraded” when applicable. The feature will be available for everyone with an iPhone 6 or later. This feature addresses criticism Apple faced over its lack of transparency regarding performance throttling on certain older iPhones. At the heart of the issue is decreased battery peak power in addition to a decrease in capacity, reducing the peak power levels available to the iPhone. This is problematic, Apple explains, because the iPhone may require a peak power level the battery is no longer able to provide.To avoid this issue and spontaneous shutdowns, Apple began reducing an iPhone’s performance so that it never exceeds the peak power abilities of its aging battery. However, users were largely unaware of this performance throttling, leaving them at times frustrated with slower handsets and no clear way to speed them back up. The criticism over lack of transparency on the matter prompted Apple to announce an upcoming feature that will reveal an iPhone’s battery health and related performance.That feature, simply called “Battery Health,” is available now in iOS 11.3 beta. Here we have a look at that feature, including its various menus and options. With it, users can view their iPhone’s battery health via a percentage that shows the battery capacity remaining relative to when it was brand new. As well, users can view the battery’s peak performance capability.AdChoices广告When the battery is new and for awhile afterward, the battery is able to support normal peak performance levels, which Apple notes in the Battery Health menu. However, over time that peak performance will decrease. Once that drop hits a certain level, the phone will experience a shutdown. Upon happening, users will see a different message in the Battery Health menu’s Peak Performance Capacity, one that reads:This iPhone has experienced an unexpected shutdown because the battery was unable to deliver the necessary peak power. Performance management has been applied to help prevent this from happening again. Disable… Apple recently promised to roll out a “Battery Health” feature in iOS that will offer transparency on the state of an iPhone’s battery health and any performance impacts it may be having on the handset. That feature has arrived in the iOS 11.3 beta 2, giving the public their first look at the feature before it arrives on all iPhones. last_img read more

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Chrome OS to support running Linux software in virtual machines

first_imgThe irony of both Android and Chrome OS is that while both are based on Linux, neither of them can run typical Linux programs like, say, the GIMP image editor. At least not directly. There are definitely methods to make that possible, but most of the time they are more trouble than they are worth.On Chrome OS, for example, there is Crouton, which does let users run Linux apps on Chromebooks. The catch is that aside from the laborious process of setting it up, using Crouton requires enabling developer mode, which means giving up any security checks and benefits.The folks at Chrome Unboxed, however, might have some good news. Chrome developers introduced what is nicknamed “Crostini” (a play on “crouton”) which is practically a Linux virtual machine running on Chrome OS. What’s more, Crostini will supposedly be available without having to enable developer mode and can simply be enabled by an administrator. In theory, that should allow for running Linux programs with less hassles. That said, virtual machines aren’t exactly known to be fast, so it remains to be seen how well that will perform in the real world.Chrome OS already officially supports running Android apps. And through WINE for Android, it can also run some Windows programs as well. Adding Linux to the mix practically makes Chrome OS almost a universal operating system. It might be too early to get hopes up, but Crostini might make a public appearance by April ahead of Google I/O in May. The idea of a fusion of Android and Chrome OS might not be totally dead but is, instead, taking on a different form. And that form comes in Chrome OS’ ability to run almost any kind of software from any OS, officially or otherwise. A recently spotted change to the Chromium source seems to imply that, in just a few months, Chromebooks might officially support running Linux software, considerably expanding the number of possible uses these “cloud” machines can have.last_img read more

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Carlsberg Snap Pack replaces 6pack plastic rings with glue

first_imgThe Snap Pack, as shown in the image above, involves a small amount of glue placed between adjacent cans. When dried, the adhesive holds the cans together, but is still weak enough that the buyer can pop a can free when they’re ready for a drink. The idea is similar to using adhesive to attach cards to paper.This sustainable packaging solution is one of multiple innovations Carlsberg has developed. Others include the use of a new coating on refillable glass bottles; this coating increases the bottles’ lifespan, enabling them to be used many more times before ultimately being recycled. As well, the company has developed new beer caps that strip oxygen to produce a fresher taste over a longer period of time. Joining those innovations is Cradle-to-Cradle Certified silver inks used on bottle labels — according to Carlsberg, this ink works better for recycling purposes. AdChoices广告Carlsberg Group CEO Cees ‘t Hart said:We always strive to improve and today’s launch clearly shows our ambition to follow in our founder’s footsteps towards a better tomorrow. Carlsberg’s Snap Pack will significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste, and we look forward to giving our consumers better beer experiences with less environmental impact.SOURCE: Carlsberg Group Carlsberg Group has introduced a new way to package cans called “Snap Pack.” Instead of connecting six cans into a pack using plastic rings, which often end up in landfills and oceans, the Snap Pack utilizes a type of glue that attaches the cans to each other. With this, Carlsberg says the plastic waste is reduced by up to 76-percent compared to traditional packaging.last_img read more

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Renault Callie autonomous car can avoid obstacles as well as pro test

first_imgRenault is showing off a fancy autonomous car control system that promises to be able to handle challenging driving situations better than existing systems. Renault says that its autonomous system can avoid road obstacles as well as a professional test driver. The automaker calls this an industry first. SOURCE: Renault The professional test drivers served as the inspiration and benchmark for creating the autonomous system at the Renault Open Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley. The Open Innovation Lab is part of the network within the Alliance and its goal is improving safety and advancing autonomous driving technology.Renault’s new tech has been tested against professional drivers. It builds on existing achievements in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and vehicle safety. Renault says that it is an important next step in using autonomous driving to improve vehicle safety.Renault has a stated goal of becoming one of the first brands to offer a widely available “Mind Off” technology on mainstream vehicles. This sort of mind off tech would handle all driving duties requiring no help from a human driver.AdChoices广告The basis for the work comes from research that was published by Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Lab. The Renault Open Innovation Lab has been collaborating with the Dynamic Design Lab. Renault has a stated goal of launching 15 models with various levels of autonomous driving capability by 2022.last_img read more

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Google Maps AR navigation Alpha released Guides first iOS Android

first_imgHands-on with Google Maps AR navigationIn the latest version of Google Maps – iOS and Android, both – users can see the augmented reality system in full effect. Users have only to begin navigation and activate walking directions. This system does not work for ALL users yet, only those that are ranked Level 5 Local Guide or higher.With this navigation, the user begins navigation with a tiny bit of calibration. Holding the device up and seeing MINIMAL buildings, signs, roads, and other landmarks around the area sets the AR in motion. Our source tested this in a residential neighborhood well out of sight of any identifying signs Google Maps would’ve been able to read. As such, it seems clear that the calibration uses a combination of GPS location, location relative to known landmarks on the Google Maps map, and the camera’s AR vision. Walking around brings up mostly navigation cues, for now. This could be largely because of the relatively lesser-known area in which our source resides – not a major city. But in the future, facts about the area and recommendations about local hotspots will appear (with a toggle to turn these bits off, if you wish to stick to navigation alone).Why it’s not as dangerous as we expectedWhen AR navigation came up as a possibility for Google Maps, our first thoughts were – oh god, everyone is going to crash. Google likely thought the same thing, as they’ve relegated the navigation with augmented reality to walking directions, only. Users in their vehicles will need to stick to traditional Google Maps turn-by-turn graphics.Also, while it would seem that holding a phone up whilst walking would seem dangerous, this system encouraged our source to hold the phone up LESS than before. Before now it seems to have felt more important to keep one’s phone out whilst tracking with GPS. Now, with a combination of GPS mapping and augmented reality over real camera vision, there’s a better sense of real-time accuracy.Without the camera and the AR, our source felt that he needed to keep the phone out and turned ON to keep it calibrated and tracking – even if that wasn’t strictly true. Kind of like shaking a Polaroid instant photo – it just feels like the right thing to do.Now, with AR, especially with the speed at which calibration occurs, it seems to feel more natural to put one’s phone away until it’s needed. Stop walking, pop the phone out and look around, put the phone away, keep walking. Will Google Maps AR navigation waste a lot of battery?So far it doesn’t seem like the AR is any more of a hog than it was using navigation without AR. Obviously taking the phone out and having it turned on all the time is going to take more battery than keeping the phone’s display off, but that’s true of any other app too.Since this is still a relatively new system when we’re getting this first test experience, we can’t fairly judge the battery use anyway. Stay tuned for the full release in the near future where we’ll do the real battery tests at length. When will I get AR navigation?If you’re a Level 5 or higher Local Guide, you can get it now. If you’re not, you’ll have to wait – and we still aren’t completely sure how long. Google will likely release this system in time for the most walking-friendly time of the year, Spring, but we’ll only know for sure when we get there.Once you have access, you’ll know by the AR button in Google Maps. This button currently only appears to people using human walking navigation – with the little person icon. When navigation begins, tap the “Start AR” button and you’ll be on your way! Let us know if you’ve got access and have seen anything odd or interesting! What is a Local Guide?Local Guides in Google Maps are made by contributing to Google Maps with photos, edits, and reviews. To attain level 5, you’ll likely have to have been editing, contributing photos, and reviewing locations for a period significantly longer than a day. Along with perks like this augmented reality release, Local Guides are occasionally given things like free movie tickets and Google Drive cloud storage.Who is our source?Our source wished to remain anonymous due to the nature of the situation. Apparently each Local Guide given access to this AR version of navigation in Google Maps was also given a note suggesting they should probably keep it a secret, for the moment. As our source does not want to stop contributing helpful information to Google Maps, they’ve also asked that we refrain from sharing their name and and identifying information as such. Why the quotes around “new”?*Everything’s inspired by something that’s come before it, especially when it comes to this mobile tech universe. In this case, that’s pretty clearly Nokia City Lens. That was released back in 2012, and the similarities with Google Maps AR navigation are pretty substantial. Today we’ve got a bit of a demo of Google Maps AR through a friend of ours who happens to be a Google Maps Local Guides level 5+ user. That’s the level at which Google Maps now allows the augmented reality version of their live navigation right this minute. This augmented reality system was re-revealed early last month (after its first reveal at Google I/O last year) as a “new”* way to explore local areas with Google Maps, and it’ll eventually be free to use by all Google Maps app users. Story TimelineGoogle Maps adds Lime scooters to transportation optionsGoogle Maps speed trap warnings have arrived for some usersGoogle Maps AR mode can be more precise, more useful than GPSlast_img read more

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2019 Cadillac XT4 First Drive Fresh and Fun

first_imgThe rearview mirror has the option of displaying from a rear camera. However, I found myself feeling a little queasy while using it on the freeway, as if I was viewing the road through my smartphone’s camera. I suspect the change in focal distance takes some getting used to.Although the XT4 doesn’t have Cadillac’s new Super Cruise function it does have lane change alerts with side blind spot warnings, safety alert seats which give you a haptic pulse when you’re getting close to another object, and optional adaptive cruise control. There’s also a teen driver mode which allows you to configure the car settings to encourage better driver behaviors and can provide you with a vehicle report-card on your teen’s driving practices. Engine, Transmission, and DrivetrainCadillac’s 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine is built in Tennessee and gives you 237 horsepower, enough to make the XT4 feel zippy around town while providing sufficient overtaking power on the freeway. You’ll get 258 lb-ft of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm, and the 4-wheel antilock disc brakes are incredibly responsive. Cadillac has built-in intelligent brake assist and brake fade resistance technology so you’ll get the same braking power at high altitude as you do at sea level and they make short work of even the longest mountain road descents. Cadillac has also added an active thermal management system which allows the engine to warm up faster from cold starts and provide optimized coolant flow between the head and the block to provide the best combustion conditions. The coolant pump is also electric rather than belt driven, allowing for more precise management. With Canada as a prime market, it is unsurprising that Cadillac offers an optional engine block heater for below freezing morning starts. The 9-speed automatic transmission is designed to make nearly-imperceptible changes, which I found to be true unless you really put your foot to the floor, making the changes a little more aggressive.The XT4 has three driving modes, Sport, AWD, and Tour. Tour mode switches you to front-wheel drive for fuel efficiency and less noise when cruising at speed on the freeway or during the summer months when you may not need all-wheel drive. In the Sport mode you can also get active sport suspension with continuous damping control which adjusts 500 times per second, giving you better handling and a more comfortable ride. Wrap-upAll in all, if you’re looking for Cadillac luxury, but the grandiose Escalade is a little excessive for your daily drive, the XT4 is well worth your consideration. The design stylings really stand out giving you a unique looking SUV, and the infotainment system feels like a natural extension of all the systems we’ve already learned to use. It’s reasonably priced, all the comfort you’d expect from the brand, while also being incredibly functional. But best of all, it’s fun to drive. They really have managed to create a car which glimmers of Cadillac, but which feels like a fresh, new direction from the company. The grill looks considerably more modern than we’ve seen from Cadillac in the past, and there is a distinct lack of polished chrome on the XT4. Instead you’ll see satin silver and gloss-black finishes, color-coded door handles on the Sport and darker diamond-cut wheels. You’ll also notice there is a lot more sculpting of the panels than normally associated with Cadillac, and the lines of the car lunge forward from the rear to give the viewer an impression of speed even while stationary.“You’ve got a lot of body-side drama on this car,” Krieg explains. “There’s a big offset from the glass to the wheels, and you’ve got a lot of sculpture. With such a small car we really felt like it needed to have that strength and core running through the vehicle, but there are still top lines that run through and tell you it’s a Cadillac.” The Sport edition of the XT4 comes with clear tail lights, letting you see through to the technical elements in the tail lamp. The clear tail lights were originally only destined for the global market and weren’t going to be available in the U.S., but the team successfully fought to have them included here and they definitely give the car an additional dose of style. A cabin with approachable techThe interior of the XT4 has been just as carefully considered as the exterior design, with attractive leather colorways and carbon fiber, metallic, or wood accents. The active noise cancellation, 7-speaker audio system, and leather seats with lumbar support — not to mention the optional massage function — make for a very comfortable ride. Even adult passengers sitting in the back will feel content, with the XT4 boasting best-in-class legroom at 39.5” and optional rear heated seats.Beyond all of these thoughtful details, what impressed me the most was the new Cadillac User Experience system. It is one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems I’ve seen in a long time. Near-field technology allows you to sync your phone to the car without any drama by simply holding your phone near the designated area, and the display screen behaves just like a smartphone: touch enabled, swipe functionality to move between screens, and long-press and drag features to reorder the apps you use most. The navigation system was clear, easy to use, and as we were driving through the city it displayed nearby parking options, including the cost to park at each location. Cadillac isn’t known for making particularly small cars, with their flagship being the Escalade — seating 7 adults, and equipped with a 6.2L V8 — but you’ll be pleasantly surprised with their latest offering, and forgive them for being a little late to the compact SUV party. Starting at $34,795, Cadillac’s new XT4 has a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine and all the luxury features you’d expect to find in a Cadillac. SlashGear took it for a spin last week, and here are our first impressions. A thoroughly modern Cadillac outsideAt first glance it’s a good looking car. It’s got great street presence and the design details have been carefully considered for both style and function, while the finishes feel sporty and modern. Robin Krieg, Lead Exterior Designer of the XT4, described the design process as trying to design a baby Escalade, with all the best features from the larger model reimagined for this smaller platform. Krieg likened it to a puppy, with large paws and ears but hints of its future full-grown self. “The features are a little bit oversized, the wheels are out to the corners, you’ve got big 20 inch wheels,” Krieg tells us. Cadillac’s intent being to create a very bold statement through this entry into crossover SUVs, with exaggerated proportions applied to specific features of the vehicle, namely the wheels and headlamps, and with really bold graphics in the front. center_img 2019 Cadillac XT4 Gallery Story TimelineCadillac XT4 Oscars tease previews GM’s most important new car2019 Cadillac XT4 puts punchy 2.0 turbo in luxury crossover2019 Cadillac XT4 first look: Compact crossover will open walletslast_img read more

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Ford Mustang 23L High Performance Package aims at autocross

first_imgFord has unveiled a new high-performance Mustang that is aimed directly at the enthusiasts out there wanting a car that can compete on the autocross course. The car is the 2.3L High Performance Package that is hailed as the most powerful four-cylinder sports car offered by an American automaker. The 2.3L EcoBoost four makes 330hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. 2020 Ford Mustang Gallery It wasn’t that long ago that you had to buy the Mustang GT with a V8 to get that level of power. The 2010 Mustang GT with its V8 engine made only 315 bhp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The 2.3L High Performance Package also gets other tidbits off the current GT to up its performance.The car gets chassis and aerodynamic upgrades from the Mustang GT Performance Package. 2.3L High Performance Package buyers get a car with 53/47 weight distribution, four-piston fixed front brake calipers, performance calibration for power steering, antilock brakes, and stability control. The car offers five drive modes and a 3.55:1 limited-slip rear axle.The car rolls on 19×9-inch machined aluminum face wheels with 255/40R summer tires. Styling tidbits include blacked-out grille with tri-bar pony emblem, special 2.3L High Performance Package side badges, and magnetic gray side mirrors and a raised blade rear spoiler. Buyers can opt for an EcoBoost Handling Package as well.center_img That package includes semi-metallic brake pads, specially calibrated Magneride dampers, wider 19×9.5 painted wheels with 265/40R PirelliP Zero Corsa4 summer tires, and more. The special performance package will be offered on the entry-level coupe and convertible Mustangs this summer with either the 10-speed auto or 6-speed manual transmission. Ford says the 0-60mph time will be in the mid-4-second range. Pricing is unannounced; the car will hit dealers this fall.last_img read more

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TerraMaster D2 Thunderbolt 3 Review

first_imgDesignThey say looks can be deceiving and the D2 Thunderbolt 3 definitely fits the bill. At first glance, it could easily be mistaken for any two-bay NAS. That’s not accidental, of course, as the box offers the same convenience of taking out trays as NAS devices. Replacing drives, though, isn’t as quick. You’ll have to screw the drives in place for stability. It does accommodate both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives and TerraMaster does provide all the tools needed for that.The D2 Thunderbolt 3 has a very minimalist aesthetic. A single button for the power can be found in front and three LED lights for power and the two drives. The back is equally bare, with only two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a Display Port, and power port. There is an odd switch at the bottom for changing modes. All of which we’ll cover in a later section.One unique design feature of TerraMaster’s two-bay DAS is the carrying handle on the top. This pretty much earmarks the box as something that’s meant to be more mobile than any NAS. At the same time, you probably won’t be taking it along with you on long trips. Needless to say, it’s a nice touch to make relocating the DAS easier when, not if, needed.AdChoices广告Specs & PerformanceOne of the advantages of a Direct-attached storage is that it isn’t as dependent on factors like network latency compared to a NAS. Considering it uses a wired Thunderbolt 3 connection, the bottleneck isn’t going to be that tunnel. This time, it will all depend on the drive itself.The D2 Thunderbolt 3 supports almost all HDD and SSD sizes as long as they are SATA compatible. That means 3.5-inch SATA HDDs, 2.5-inch SATA HDDs, and 2.5-inch SSDs. The max capacity for each bay is 14 TB so it pretty much supports any future capacities, at least within the foreseeable future. On paper, the TerraMaster D2 advertises 760 MB/s read speeds and 390 MB/s write speeds, but that’s only using an SSD under RAID 0.Unlike more sophisticated NAS products, TerraMaster prioritized simplicity over configurability. It only supports RAID 0 for performance, RAID 1 for redundancy, JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks), and Single configurations. In that same vein of simplicity, there is no software or app or web UI to speak of. Switching between those modes requires turning the bottom screw on the back of the DAS and poking the reset hole. Power users may find it tedious but it’s probably an intentional failsafe feature since changing modes will wipe the drives clean.ConnectivityThe TerraMaster D2 Thunderbolt 3 is all about physical connections. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the back, one of which you connect to your computer. Thanks to the magic of Thunderbolt 3, the other port can be used for almost anything. That means you can daisy chain other devices, including other TerraMaster DAS, to make a data storage farm.You can also use that for video output but the D2 does have a dedicated DisplayPort 1.2 port for that. So with just a single box, you can practically create a data and display dock for any laptop.Wrap-upThe data usage of computer users today are getting more complicated but data storage solutions don’t need to be. There will always be a class of users that will need the power and flexibility of a full-blown NAS or the dead-simple convenience of an external drive. For those that need something in between, the TerraMaster D2 Thunderbolt 3 DAS offers a sweet spot for $249.99. The amount of data we generate and accumulate is sometimes too much for our laptops or even desktops to accommodate. Normal external hard drives are veritably just that, hard drives you plug in as needed. Networked Attached Storage or NAS provide some speed, reliability, and power but at the price of complexity. Enter Direct-Attached Storage or DAS like the new TerraMaster D2 Thunderbolt 3 that offer the reliability of NAS drives without the hassle nor the latency of networks.last_img read more

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Viewpoints Medicare As A 401k Plan Health Doublespeak

first_imgViewpoints: Medicare As A 401(k) Plan; Health Doublespeak 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 New York Times’ Economic Scene: Rationing Health Care More Fairly Older adults are understandably anxious about the political sniping over the future financing of Medicare. That is precisely the intention of the presidential campaigns. Yet the cross-fire over who will cut Medicare by how much sidesteps a critical issue about the future of our medical care: If we must ration our care to hold down costs in the future, how can we do it in a fair, efficient and transparent way? (Eduardo Porter, 8/21).Los Angeles Times: GOP Platform Presents Medicare As A 401(k) Plan The proposed Republican Party platform, which convention delegates will vote on next week, embraces the controversial “premium support” model for Medicare that presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), have advocated. In doing so, it puts the idea in terms that are easy for voters to grasp — and, potentially, for Democrats to attack (Jon Healey, 8/21). The Fiscal Times:  Medicare Doublespeak On The Campaign TrailSo let’s stack up the reality against the campaign rhetoric. Romney has wrapped himself in the flag of fiscal austerity while opposing all cuts in Medicare. He supports a version of Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan without specifying which one or how much less the government will contribute, which he wouldn’t call “cuts.” Obama is also against cuts in Medicare, which he defines as the type proposed by the Romney-Ryan privatization plan. Meanwhile, he is moving on implementing the cuts, er, reductions in projected future cost increases, in the ACA while his brain trust outlines plans for even greater cuts. … No wonder most Americans hate politics. Between the ads and the newspaper commentary, they have no idea what is going on (Merrill Goozner, 8/22).MinnPost:  Why Today’s Seniors Should Object To The Dissolution Of MedicareThe seniors who now participate in Medicare desire to make a clear statement: This is a plan we like, we appreciate, we use, and is of significant value. The fact that we will continue to enjoy it also makes a statement to those who follow us, it is something you should have as well. And we will help you retain it (Myles Spicer, 8/22).In addition, several outlets look at local health issues.(St. Paul) Pioneer Press: Insurance Exchange An Opportunity To Minimize The Negative On a positive note, Minnesota has the opportunity to minimize the negative impact of the law if policy-makers engage the customers in the creation and implementation of the state health insurance exchange. … Minnesota’s exchange should promote quality, affordability, flexibility and competition. … Minnesota can achieve these goals if policy-makers engage all stakeholders — especially consumers — in developing an exchange that emphasizes quality at each step of the equation (David Olson, 8/21).Detroit Free Press: James Haveman’s Record Raises Concerns For Michigan Community Health Dept.Gov. Rick Snyder’s surprise appointment of James Haveman to head the Department of Community Health raises troubling questions about the direction of mental health care in Michigan. During the administration of Gov. John Engler, Haveman was the department head largely responsible for sweeping changes that undermined community mental health care and, in effect, pushed tens of thousands of mentally ill people into jails, homeless shelters, prisons and hospital emergency rooms, as reported in this year’s Free Press editorial page series, “Criminal Negligence” (8/22).last_img read more

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Viewpoints House GOP Moves Away From Health Law Repeal Demands Defeating Polio

first_imgViewpoints: House GOP Moves Away From Health Law Repeal Demands; Defeating Polio; Health Website Insults Hispanics The New York Times: Finally, Congress Does Its Job Assuming hard-right members of the House don’t manage to block it, a $1 trillion appropriations bill is about to be approved by both chambers for the rest of the 2014 fiscal year, through the end of September. … Republican moderates, politically burned by the government shutdown last fall, joined Democrats in fending off almost all of the Tea Party’s demands. Right-wing Republicans failed to prevent any money from being spent on implementing the health care law, or enforcing power-plant regulations, or reforming financial practices under the Dodd-Frank law (1/14). The New York Times: Eradicating Polio Everywhere It has been three years since the last new case of polio was reported in India. The country can now be declared polio-free. India’s victory is an important milestone in the global effort to eliminate polio. In 2013, just 250 people were paralyzed by polio. But the viral disease remains a threat. The World Health Organization reported 359 new polio cases as of Dec. 10, 2013, up from 213 in December 2012. And the number of countries where polio is present rose to eight from four between December 2012 and December 2013, with polio spreading out of Nigeria into the Horn of Africa and from Pakistan into the Middle East. Violent conflict and distrust of vaccination programs are to blame (1/14). The Washington Post’s The Plum Line: As Republicans Kill UI, A Battle Looms Over Safety Net This is a reminder that the safety net is going to be front and center in many races this fall, even in red states. To read much of the commentary, you’d think Dems have two choices: either sink under the weight of Obamacare, or run away from it. As Charlie Cook put it, Dems are talking about inequality to “shift the focus” from Obamacare, because it has become a “sore subject.” That’s true in some ways, but the nuances of what Dems are up to are worth appreciating (Greg Sargent, 1/14). The Wall Street Journal: Speechless In Massachusetts A hallmark of the John Roberts Supreme Court has been its support for the First Amendment, and the Justices have another chance to advance free speech on Wednesday when they hear a case challenging one of their historic mistakes. In McCullen v. Coakley, 76-year-old Eleanor McCullen wants to stand outside clinics to change the mind of women who may want an abortion. She is challenging a 2007 Massachusetts law that says only patients and clinic employees can stand within a 35-foot radius of the entrance of a “reproductive health facility.” Violators can be fined up to $500 for a first offense, and repeat offenders punished with fines up to $5,000 and two and a half years in jail (1/14). The Sacramento Bee: Ask Emily: Obamacare’s Other Story: Medi-Cal Has Its Own GlitchesState officials have been crowing that more than 400,000 Californians have enrolled in plans through the state’s health insurance exchange, Covered California. However, another important statistic is getting lost in the exchange hubbub, and it has to do with Medi-Cal, the state’s publicly funded Medicaid program that insures low-income residents. Medi-Cal is huge. … like the folks who have wrestled with the Covered California website or waited on hold for hours without getting an answer to their question, some Medi-Cal applicants say they are hitting roadblocks that are preventing them from obtaining coverage (Emily Bazar, 1/15).USA Today: Obamacare Insults Hispanics Hispanic Americans have a rocky relationship with the Affordable Care Act. After years of planning, the Spanish-language version of HealthCare.gov opened two months late and was only officially launched in January. But that was the least of the website’s problems. The finished product turned out to be more punchline than health care portal. The glitchy “Spanglish” site is not only a technical disaster; it’s also an embarrassment to the Spanish-language and a sign of disrespect to the Hispanic-American community, for whom much is at stake in the health care debate (Daniel Garza, 1/14). Journal of the American Medical Association: Implications Of New Insurance Coverage For Access To Care, Cost-Sharing, And Reimbursement Whether the goal of the ACA in providing access to care for millions of uninsured US citizens is realized depends largely on the current primary care system to treat newly insured patients. The reimbursement and regulatory structure of the US health care delivery system makes decisions about accepting new patients particularly complicated for physicians, other clinicians, and practices. … How, how much, and how long clinicians and practices will be paid for their services under Medicaid and the exchanges will be important considerations. It may well be that the ACA’s temporary reimbursement increases coupled with high cost-sharing insurance products and payments tied to quality measurement are simply not an attractive enough business proposition (A. Everette James III, Dr. Walid F. Gellad and Dr. Brian A. Primack, 1/14). The Fiscal Times: Opening Up the Black Box Of U.S. Health Care Prices What if you could compare hospital and doctor’s fees the way you could shop for something online? For those expenses you pay out of pocket, it would make a huge difference. In theory, providers would compete to offer the highest-quality service at the lowest cost and would likely be “star” rated by consumers the way they are on hundreds of online sites. That begs a critical question: Will the 2.2 million Americans who signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act – including some 1.8 million added just last month – be more demanding consumers? (John F. Wasik, 1/15). 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Trump Rolls Out Plan To Reform Veterans Health Care

first_imgTrump Rolls Out Plan To Reform Veteran’s Health Care One of the changes proposed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump includes the ability for eligible vets to see any private doctor or facility that accepts Medicare and receive immediate treatment. Several readers asked us to fact-check this claim, which drew sharp backlash from veterans groups and both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Clinton is referring to the VA scandal that unfolded in 2014 after whistleblowers alleged that dozens of veterans died at the Phoenix VA while waiting for medical care. The VA Office of Inspector General later acknowledged that wait lists may have contributed to the veterans’ deaths. Patient and appointment record falsification and manipulations were then found to be a systemic, years-long problem. (Lee, 11/2) Billed as “the Trump Plan” in keeping with the billionaire developer’s habit of naming things after himself, the initiative would allow veterans to get medical care from any doctors or medical facilities that accept Medicare. It also would give veterans education benefits, business loans, job training and placement services to ease their transition from battlefield to civilian life. The plan was cheered by veterans in the crowd, which the campaign estimated at more than 5,000. (Vozzella, 10/31) Donald Trump proposed a series of reforms to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs on Saturday, delving deep into the specifics of his plan for nearly half an hour at a rally in Virginia before releasing the documents online a few hours later. (Vitali, 10/31) The Washington Post: Former Obama Health Adviser Sought To Credit Clinton With ACA Reform Ideas, Per E-Mails The Washington Post: Trump Announces Plan To Improve Veterans’ Health Care Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released a plan on Saturday aimed at overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs and improving veterans’ health care and employment services. Under Trump’s plan, eligible veterans would be able to bring their veterans’ identification cards to any private doctor or facility that accepts Medicare and be able to receive immediate treatment. The change, he said, would help improve wait times and services by adding competition. (Colvin, 11/1) NBC News: Donald Trump Gets Specific On Veteran’s Affairs Policy Reform Plan Fox News: Donald Trump Vows To Take On ‘Corrupt’ Veterans Affairs Veteran health is also a campaign issue for Hillary Clinton, as is her role in shaping the 2010 health law — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a new pitch Saturday to veterans, promising them that he’ll take on the “corrupt” and “incompetent” Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump told a crowd of supporters in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., that the department is mismanaged and “not efficient. (Snyder, 10/31) The Washington Post’s Fact Checker: Hillary Clinton’s Misleading Claim That ‘Numerous Surveys’ Show Veterans Are Satisfied With VA Medical Care Neera Tanden, a former Obama administration senior adviser on health-care reform, was working to push the impression that many of the health-care ideas proposed by the administration were in fact part of Clinton’s 2008 campaign platform, according to e-mail correspondence released Friday between her and the former secretary of state. (DelReal, 10/30) The Associated Press: Trump Releases Plan Aimed At Improving Veterans’ Care This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Heres what it would take for Epic Games to stop snapping up

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Why 12%? We chose this number to provide a super-competitive deal for partners while building an enduring and profitable store business for Epic.From that 12%, we net around 5% after direct costs and that could grow to 6-7% with greater economies of scale.— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) April 22, 2019‘If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share for all developers and publishers without major strings attached, Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam,’ explains Sweeney. Steam’s revenue is also tiered, offering developers a higher split of profits depending on how popular the title in question ends up being. In theory, they’re encouraged to promote their projects through Valve. Sweeney goes onto explain that publishers like Ubisoft, Bethesda and Electronic Arts adopting their own digital stores is a direct result of this. To put it simply, they make more money selling things themselves.Control, World War Z and Borderlands 3 are just some of the exclusives available and coming to the Epic Games Store with timed exclusivity, and we have to imagine only more will follow. What are your thoughts of Epic Store exclusives? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @trustedreviews. Epic Games has detailed some of the reasoning behind its recent acquisitions of multiple exclusives for its digital storefront. CEO Tim Sweeney has been taking to Twitter again to voice his opinions, highlighting why the company has decided to take on a handful of digital titles.It mostly comes down to revenue split, with developers taking 88% of profits from all copies sold through the Epic Games Store. Compared to Valve’s Steam, which demands a 30% cut of all profits, it feels like a no-brainer for studios and publishers to embrace this new route. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.center_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more

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The Razer Hammerhead Duo could be a perfect choice for Nintendo Switch

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Razer has announced the Hammerhead Duo, a dual driver in-ear headset for PS4, Xbox One and even Nintendo Switch. Engineered to be used for games, films and music, it’s aiming for a wider demographic than the usual gaming headset. It’s also far smaller. Comprised of two earbuds and a control panel for adjusting volume, microphone and play/pause functionality, the small form factor seems really attractive.Related: Best PC GamesThe aluminium frame and braided cables should ensure it’s more robust than your usual in-ear headset, and it’ll also ship with additional ear-cups if any happen to be lost. Having a third-party microphone that supports voice chat on Nintendo Switch is also a rarity, although there aren’t many games we’d consider using it with. The dual drivers should also result in crisper audio free from distortion even if you’re enjoying things at a loud volume.Related: E3 2019“Hammerhead Duo primes dual driver technology to become a standard for mobile audio users,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “It delivers a clear and precise audio experience in a comfortable form factor that perfectly meets the demands of daily use no matter where you are.”Retailing for £59.99, the Hammerhead Duo is available in two variants. One normal, and another which is specifically catered for Nintendo Switch users. If it tickles your fancy, you can pick it up from the Razer Store.last_img read more

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What is Minecraft Earth What you need to know about Microsofts ambitious

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Microsoft has announced its most ambitious Minecraft creation yet – Minecraft Earth. Minecraft Earth was unveiled by Microsoft on Friday. It’s a free-to-play augmented reality game that follows in the footsteps of Pokemon Go and will be available in beta this summer for iOS and Android.It aims to build upon what’s gone before with tools to create and share in an AR world. The launch trailer showed off what you can expect from the new augmented reality adventure. Much like Pokemon Go, you will be able to see digital elements in the real world and interact with them in various ways. Minecraft Earth sets itself apart by allowing players to build permanent structures collaboratively.In the game, you can build collaboratively with friends using something called “Build Plates”. Your creations can be built on a flat surface through your mobile phone. When you are done it can be placed in the AR world for all to see.Related: Best iPhone gamesBefore you begin to build in Minecraft Earth, you’ll be tasked with exploring the real world in order to collect resources and complete challenges. Minecraft Earth players will also need to hone their survival skills – taking on hostile mobs just like you do in Minecraft. All these activities can be done individually or with friends.The technology behind Minecraft Earth is Microsoft Azure Spatial Anchors AR tracking and PlayFab integration. How these elaborately-named technologies work to bring the in-depth augmented reality of Minecraft Earth to life is not completely clear. The Minecraft Earth trailer shows an elaborate and impressive game but opts to use CGI to showcase the AR world – not actual in-game footage.The announcement of Minecraft Earth comes ten years to the day since the launch of the original Minecraft. Since then, Minecraft has sold over 176 million copies across the globe. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more

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This monster Xbox One S deal gets you FIFA 19 three more

first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Want to stay up to date with Amazon Prime Day 2019? We’ve got you covered. For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. One thing to note, however, is that you’ll also need to purchase an Xbox Live Gold subscription (£6.99 per month), in order to bag Sea of Thieves. It’s one of the best Xbox One games out there, so we think it’s worth it. But of course, the choice is yours and yours only.The Xbox One S scored 4 out of 5 stars in our review, in which we wrote:“The Xbox One S is far better than the original Xbox One, with improvements on every front. It’s smaller, it’s prettier and it includes a greater number of features. Sure, the gaming element is almost unchanged, but HDR gaming compatibility means at least a degree of future-proofing. Then there’s the 4K output: although it’s upscaled, rather than native, right now this is the best you’ll get from a console.” 46% off a monster Xbox One S bundleXbox One S 1TB + extra controller + FIFA 19 + plenty moreGet your hands on the 1TB Xbox One S, an extra controller, plus download codes for FIFA 19, Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves for just £169.99.Amazon|Save £144.98|Now £314.97View DealNow £314.97|Save £144.98|Amazon You can get your hands on the 1TB Xbox One S, an extra controller, plus download codes for FIFA 19, Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves for just £169.99 − that’s £144.98 less than it would usually cost you (£314.97). In terms of percentages, this deal treats you to a 46% discount. It’s one of the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 gaming deals we’ve spotted.Buy now: Xbox One S 1TB, an extra controller and four games now just £169.99 (Save £144.98) at AmazonThe Xbox One S is one of the best games consoles on the market, and all of the games included in this bundle are biggies. We’ve reviewed FIFA 19, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves, and we’ve rated them all really highly.  We’re expecting this deal to be a popular one, so you’ll have to act fast to avoid disappointment. 46% off a monster Xbox One S bundleXbox One S 1TB + extra controller + FIFA 19 + plenty moreGet your hands on the 1TB Xbox One S, an extra controller, plus download codes for FIFA 19, Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves for just £169.99.Amazon|Save £144.98|Now £314.97View DealNow £314.97|Save £144.98|Amazon We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Amazon Prime Day Deals Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think. ——————————————————————————————————–Grab these great Prime Day savingsSave £40 on the Kindle Paperwhite£160 off the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebooklast_img read more

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Consensus Among Reviewers Tesla Model 3 Performance Is Fantastic

Tesla Model 3 Performance Converts Lifelong BMW Fan Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Lay Down New 1/4-Mile Record Above: Tesla Model 3 Performance is also available with special badging and a carbon fiber spoiler (Image: Tesla)Steve Fowler (via UK’s Auto Express) gives it a perfect 5 stars. He says the “range-topping Tesla Model 3 Performance sports saloon offers M3-beating performance and best-in-class tech. Among a sea of legends, the Tesla Model 3 stacks up.” Fowler says, “What’s most enjoyable is that the slightest tickle of the throttle from any speed – especially standstill – will shove you back into your seat with a ferocity to rival the fiercest rollercoaster, with a fun factor to match. You’ll never tire of it and will look for every opportunity to do it.”*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Source: Electric Vehicle News Above: Tesla Model 3 Performance has a lower stance with 20″ wheels and red calipers (Image: Tesla)Alexander George writes (via Popular Mechanics), “The ultra-luxe Performance variant, at $64,000, adds the kind of stuff that will appeal to anyone who’d chose a BMW M3 or M4 over the 3-Series.” In a race, the Performance version of the Model 3 “can dust anything that’s not mid-engined and costs six figures.” Regarding the radical interior, George adds that “after driving a Model 3, every other car’s console feels like a misuse of wires and visual real estate.”However, Tim Stevens (via CNET) is not a fan of the car’s console. He admits it’s “nice once you experience it, but still not as immediately intuitive as the dedicated controls found in most cars.” Yet, when it comes to raw power, Stevens says the Model 3 Performance will “leap forward with brutal aggression.” He adds, “the Model 3 is just always ready to go, morphing from docile, silent EV to ballistic projectile with just a little more pressure on the go pedal.”.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: CNET’s Antuan Goodwin also tested Tesla’s Model 3 Performance “Track Mode” feature on an autocross course (Youtube: Roadshow)After 600 hours behind the wheel of the Model 3 Performance, Kim Reynolds (via Motor Trend) reports, “Tesla still knows how to extract staggering performance out of its electric vehicles.” Reynolds says, “Imagine a gigantic slot car, and you’ll get the idea. Of course, the slot you’re following isn’t an actual slot but a virtual one, a sharply defined path the steering angle has mentally scribed on the road ahead of you. If any alterations are needed, you just make small steering adjustments… [and] quick steering is exactly the scalpel you need here.”Patrick George (via Jalopnik) says, “For me, the Model 3 Performance is the most impressive Tesla I’ve driven to date, and easily the most fun… It’s very, very quick.” And, “Inside it feels about as roomy as a BMW 3 Series, but it feels noticeably more compact to drive… its relatively small size makes it super fun to just throw into corners.” His impression: “the Model 3 Performance handles like a legit sports car, and that’s not a descriptor I toss around lightly, especially for a sedan.” Top Gear’s Take On The Tesla Model 3 Performance With Track Mode *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. WHAT ARE CAR REVIEWERS SAYING ABOUT TESLA’S PRICIER ‘PERFORMANCE’ MODEL 3?Should you settle for a lower-priced Model 3 or splurge on the souped-up “Performance” version of Tesla’s newest sedan? The reviews, thus far, have been enticing. Media outlets ranging from Top Gear to the Wall Street Journal have come away impressed. Check out this latest round-up of Model 3 Performance reviews to consider if this top-end model might be right for you.Check Out These Stories: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 28, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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Car And Driver Reviews The Tesla Model X 100D

CAR AND DRIVER: THE 2018 TESLA MODEL X 100D IS ‘FRESH, DIGITIZED, AND FUTURISTIC’With all the attention focused on the Tesla Model 3 these days, it’s hard to remember that Tesla’s SUV, its Model X, is still considered an industry game changer. Steve Siler (via Car and Driver) recently got a chance to review the 2018 Tesla Model X 100D, noting that its many fun features “contribute to a character that can be described as fresh, digitized, and futuristic… a car that offers plenty of novelty.”*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.Check Out These Stories: Above: Tesla’s Model X (Image: Tesla)After spending time in the Model X, certain features stand out. The vegan leather “white premium interior upgrade gives the space a bit of a Buck Rogers starship vibe.” And, “the gigantic windshield that extends uninterrupted over the front passengers’ heads just seems cooler each time we drive a Model X… The view out is truly spectacular.” Yet, the “novelty wears off” of the dramatic “attention-getting… [albeit] slow” falcon wing doors.That said, “The Model X doesn’t need these Tesla-isms to earn its stripes as a standard-setting electric vehicle.” Tesla’s SUV is more than road trip capable as “it boasts an EPA-estimated 295 miles of range, thanks to its potent, 100.0-kWh battery pack tucked beneath the floor, making it the longest-range electrified crossover on the market.” And Tesla’s Supercharger network is growing rapidly while “recharging is admirably speedy.” Tesla Model 3, Model S And Model X Compared: Range, Price, 0-60 Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 5, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model X Road Trip From Denver To Zion National Park Tesla Model 3 Performance Races Model X P100D, Ford Falcon Drag Car Above: Tesla’s Superchargers (Image: Tesla)When compared to other electric cars, Siler points out a significant Tesla advantage: “the car will remind you while you’re still within range of one of Tesla’s Supercharger stations, the population of which has risen to 1342 different locations and more than 11,000 individual stalls.” Compared to Car and Driver’s last count, “that’s a huge jump from the mere 400 or so locations and 2000 chargers available three years ago.”Where the Model X really shines is its performance. “Even though there’s no Ludicrous mode as in the P100D, the 100D’s relative silence, high seating position, and considerable cabin width—combined with the unobstructed view of the outside world becoming a blur—make full-throttle acceleration an immersive experience,” writes Siler. And this SUV is no slouch. “Tesla estimates a 4.7-second zero-to-60-mph time” for the 100D. In addition, “Handling is respectable, thanks no doubt to a low center of gravity.”.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: The dancing Model X Holiday Show draws a crowd at the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Youtube: Bjørn Nyland)Siler found many of the Model X Easter eggs, like the Holiday Show “audio/visual extravaganza” to be one of many “surreal moments” to be had in the Model X. While other innovative features like “Tesla’s nifty Summon… solve a problem no other car in the world presents.” He concludes, “If some of its novelties are silly… plenty of others are not. And the 100D version proves that you don’t need Ludicrous mode to feel as if you’ve entered the future.”===Source: Car and Driver*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Source: Electric Vehicle News read more

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Dendrobium Committed To Produce D1 Electric Car In UK

first_imgDendrobium, unlike Dyson, prefers the UK over Singapore.Dendrobium Automotive Limited announced that in contrast to Dyson, which intends to produce electric cars from 2021 in Singapore, it is fully committed to producing the Dendrobium D-1 electric hypercar in UK.It’s interesting especially since Dendrobium’s roots are in Singapore, where the project was started by battery technology company Vanda Electrics.“Following industrialist Sir James Dyson’s controversial announcement that his new electric car will be built in Singapore rather than the UK, in contrast the new British electric hypercar maker Dendrobium Automotive Limited is today (25 October 2018) reaffirming that it is looking to manufacture its game-changing all-electric D-1 hypercar in Great Britain.” Source: Electric Vehicle News City of London Aims To Be First Zero Emissions Zone In UK Dendrobium D-1“Ironically the Dendrobium D-1 was initially conceived by the Singapore-based battery technology company Vanda Electrics, but as the Southeast Asian island has no history or expertise in vehicle manufacture, the electric transportation design specialists turned to the UK for its renowned know-how and prowess to fully develop and engineer the all-electric D-1 hypercar, initially with the support and proven capabilities of the celebrated Formula 1 company Williams Advance Engineering.Following its recent show-stealing UK debut at Salon Privé within the stunning surroundings of Blenheim Palace, the now fully-British Dendrobium Automotive is looking to manufacture its all-electric D-1 in the UK, despite the current challenges and uncertainties continuing to be created around Brexit.Despite these Brexit concerns, Dendrobium Automotive’s aim is to manufacture its technically advanced electric D-1 in the UK and keep the technology development intellectual property and supply chain in Britain to help sustain and create new jobs and opportunities.The distinctive D-1 looks like no other supercar or hypercar in the world, reflecting Dendrobium’s focus on having technology embodied in sculpture that is a testament to the British marque’s endless pursuit of quality in terms of thought, design and build; all areas where the UK excels. With a target weight of just 1,750kgs, the fully carbon fibre D-1, with its superlight and super strong advance composites and alloys, will represent the true feel of a supercar, not big and heavy, allied to impressive linear performance, and re-write the rules for the hypercar ownership experience.The lightweight construction of the D-1 is based on a unique Protocell carbon tub which has been skillfully engineered with future adaptability for further generations of Dendrobium e-performance cars. In addition to its advanced vehicle technology, the D-1 has enormous drama and presence thanks to its unique Bio-Aerial Locomotion door and roof opening system, which is inspired by the Dendrobium orchid plant which unfurls naturally in a similar manner, from which the new British hypercar company takes its name.”Commenting on Dyson’s announcement, Chairman and CEO of Dendrobium Automotive, Nigel Gordon-Stewart said:“I am just back from meetings in mainland Europe and Brexit is unquestionably causing real issues in investment in the UK. Both British and overseas investors are shying away from committing to technology developments in the UK, mainly because of the uncertainty of the financial and commercial landscape.”“Despite the current Brexit difficulties, however, Dendrobium Automotive is committed to manufacture in Britain. The British Government continues to do its best providing Research and Development tax credits and various grants specifically for EV and PHEV UK technology and product development operations. In my opinion, Dyson’s planned manufacture in Singapore, seems very wrong. And the current ‘brain drain’ by EV development companies in the USA and Far East is also a huge concern as our focus seems to be more on a Brexit blame culture rather than keeping our sight firmly fixed on the future and investing in that future. British Engineering is, without doubt, the best in the world, and needs to be focused here in the UK to enable dominance in the biggest and most dramatic change in personal mobility in over 100 years.”“The electric and hybrid car shift is the greatest revolution, and ev-olution, in the £100 billion automotive industry for over 100 years, and timing is critical for ensuring British Engineering remains best in the world to benefit Britain. Dendrobium are designing our own in-house all-electric power train and we plan to use our own power storage cells moving to solid state as and when the technology is reliable and financially viable, with our own unique cabling and connector system, developed in-house in the UK, as well as our own complete vehicle integration and ADAS hardware and software. From a technical perspective, the D-1 will be a British engineering tour-de-force, designed and built in Britain.”Dendrobium D-1 videos:.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Nissan LEAF Might Become 10% More Expensive Because Of Brexit UK Excludes PHEVs From Plug-In Electric Car Grant: BEVs Still Qualify Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 27, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News More from UK The biggest challenge is still Brexit, but hopefully, Dendrobium will be able to launch its halo model, which is never easy for start-ups.Dendrobium D-1 spec:0-62 mph (100 km/h) in about 2.7 secondsmore than 200 mph (320 km/h) top speedtwo electric motors per axle – the front motors are connected to a single-speed gearbox and differential, while the rear ones with a multi-speed gearbox and differential3,858 pounds (1,750 kg) of weightlast_img read more

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Bjorn Nyland Gives Us The Lowdown On The VW eUp

first_imgNumber of banana boxes:VW e-Up: 4 in trunk, 14 with seats foldedBMW i3: 4 in trunk, 14 with seats foldedHyundai Kona: 5 in trunk, 16 with seats foldedHyundai Ioniq: 6 in trunk, 16 with seats foldedVW e-Golf: 5 in trunk, 17 with seats foldedNissan Leaf (2013): 5 in trunk, 18 with seats foldedAmpera-e: 5 in trunk, 18 with seats foldedKia Soul EV: 6 in trunk, 21 with seats foldedModel X 5 seater: 1+10 in frunk+trunk, 28 with seats foldedNissan e-NV200: About 48-50Model X 6 seater: 1+9 in frunk+trunk, 23 with seats foldedModel S pre-facelift: 2+8 in frunk+trunk, 24 with seats foldedModel S facelift: 8 in trunk, 22 with seats foldedMercedes E-class estate: 10 in trunk, 24 with seats folded Volkswagen e-up! Price Cut Reaches UK: Interior Gets Extra Flair The major general drawback seems to be cheap materials and hard plastics all over the place, which simply doesn’t matchthe price (€22,975 in Germany) – way above the price of the conventional up!.The small size of the e-up! makes it tight, especially in the rear.On the other hand, the small trunk is deep enough to pass the Bjorn’s banana boxes test with a score equal to the BMW i3. Both cars were able to store 4 boxes in the trunk and 14 with seats folded..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Exclusive: VW’s $21,000 Future EV Is Actually A Next-Gen e-Up! Volkswagen e-up! Now Almost €4,000 Cheapercenter_img Is the VW e-up! still worth buying more than 5 years after its introduction?While the next-generation Volkswagen e-up! with a price tag of $21,000 (€18,000) is still just a rumor, Bjorn Nyland recently tested the actual e-up!The e-up! is the smallest all-electric Volkswagen, available in Europe since 2013 without any upgrades to its 18.7 kWh battery (without active cooling) and 60 kW electric motor. It’s a cool city EV with a range of up to around 160 km (100 miles) under NEDC testing.Bjorn’s tests revealed that depending on driving mode and driving profile, winter range will be as follows:100 km (62 mi) and 15.6 kWh/100 km at 90 km/h75 km (47 mi) and 20.6 kWh/100 km at 120 km/h (highway)probably over 150 km (93 miles) and 9.7 kWh/100 km at 40 km/h in the cityUsable battery capacity seems to be 15.6 kWh (although maybe in summer conditions it could be 16.5 kWh as other drivers report). The DC fast charging is around 35 kW, which is not that much, but it’s achievable in a wide range of state of charge (almost up to the full charge).Volkswagen e-up! news Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 19, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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