Heres how to create Spotifys new group playlists in Facebook Messenger

first_imgCreating playlists with your friends can lead to the discovery of a lot of great music, and today Spotify is trying to make that process even easier. Spotify announced today that it has given Facebook Messenger users the ability to create group playlists in-chat. The process of creating a group playlist seems pretty straightforward, as it centers around using Spotify’s own Messenger extension. Some of you may already be familiar with extensions, but for those who aren’t, they’re best described as third-party apps integrated into Messenger. To get get going on a group playlist, you’ll need to tap the blue “+” button that appears in the lower left corner of the app when you’re using it on mobile. From there, tap the Spotify icon and create a new playlist.Once you begin adding songs to the playlist, everyone else in that specific discussion will be able to tap the “Add a Song” button that appears within the conversation. Just like it does with high scores when you’re playing games with friends, Messenger will post an alert visible to everyone when someone adds a new song to the playlist.The most intriguing part about all of this is that the other people in chat don’t even need to be Spotify members to contribute to the playlist. Of course, it’s hard to imagine someone not using Spotify these days, given its dominance in the streaming space, but nonetheless, your friends who count themselves among Google Play or Apple Music users can help build these playlists as well.If you get lost on your quest to build a group playlist, never fear. Spotify’s Messenger bot, which can be accessed here, will take you through the process of setting up a group playlist and then offer its own recommendations if you decide to stick around. You should see this new functionality rolling out today, so go nuts!SOURCE: Spotify Story TimelineSpotify is working on “category defining” music hardwareSpotify Codes are barcodes shaped like audio waves for sharing musicSpotify acquires Niland, a machine learning and AI startupTaylor Swift’s “1989” will finally be on SpotifySpotify is showing sponsored songs to some free userslast_img read more

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro leak shows a rear fingerprint sensor

first_imgStory TimelineHuawei Mate 10 renders show only one significant changeHuawei Mate 10 leaked photos show no front home buttonHuawei promotes Mate 10 “real AI phone” by mocking Face IDHuawei Mate 10 Lite leaked with 18:9 screen, four cameras If the fingerprint scanner were on the front home button, that would imply that there would still be a good amount of bezels at the bottom at least. Indeed, that seems to be the idea behind OnLeak’s renders earlier this month.But then that was somewhat debunked by hands on photos that showed no such button on the front. Instead, the phone showed a screen that is possibly 18:9 or more, like an LG V30 or Galaxy Note 8. Unfortunately, it didn’t show the back of the device this time around.In contrast, these photos show only the back of the alleged Mate 10 variant. It “confirms” the position of the rear fingerprint sensor but also has a bit of a bad news to it. According to the source of the leak, this phone has a 5.99-nch 16:9 screen, not 18:9. An explanation for this discrepancy and confusion could be that this phone is actually the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, not the regular Mate 10. Either way, Huawei is setting up a confusing lineup next month.Another curious revelation here is the dual camera setup. Unlike other Huawei flagships so far, this one has the two lenses arranged horizontally rather than vertically, with the LED and laser AF flanking them. It is noted to comprise a 20 megapixel sensor paired with a 12 megapixel sensor. Huawei has scheduled a press event on October 16 to reveal all the Mate 10 you will ever need, from Lite, to Pro, to maybe even Plus.VIA: Weibo The Huawei Mate 10 is one confused smartphone. Not unlike the iPhone X when it was still known as the iPhone 8, there are conflicting rumors and leaks surrounding Hauwei’s late 2017 flagship. Most of the revolve around a rather basic thing: where the fingerprint sensor will be placed. That said, its placement might actually also lead to whether or not it will have a nearly bezel-less screen. This latest live photos show that fingerprint scanner on the back, beneath a horizontal camera “pill”, but the text that accompanies it isn’t exactly reassuring.last_img read more

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Google Home Mini Review Affordability comes at a cost

first_imgWhether the Google Home Mini resembles a UFO, a deliciously-filled donut, or some sort of bathroom sponge depends on the eye of the beholder. Needless to say, it’s smaller and cuter than the original Google Home, which I still think looks like an air freshener. It’s 3.86-inches in diameter and stands just 1.65-inches tall on its grippy little rubbery foot.Google is offering a variety of colors for the fabric-wrapped top surface: chalk white, charcoal gray, or this pinky coral. Unlike the full-sized Google Home, the cover on the Google Home Mini isn’t interchangeable. Under the top there’s a row of four multi-color LEDs: most of the time they’re glowing or pulsing white, as Google listens and processes your commands, though they can be hard to see unless you’re up-close. For a few useful days, the top surface of the Google Home Mini was touch-sensitive. Pressing the center would skip the “Ok Google” trigger word; tapping it would pause or resume the currently playing music. Unfortunately Google discovered that a defect in the sensor meant the Google Home Mini was recording 24/7, and so it’s permanently deactivating it. You still get touch-volume controls on the left and right edges, while there’s a physical microphone mute switch on the back. Flip it, and the four LEDs turn orange to show Google can’t hear you. Oddly, you can also turn off the microphones with a voice command; to undo that, you’ll need to physically throw the mute switch to on and then off again. It’s alongside a microUSB port for power, an oddly backward choice given Google’s move in general to USB Type-C. What you don’t get – and which Amazon’s Echo Dot has – is a 3.5mm audio output jack. That means, if you want to connect to a larger speaker, you’ll need to use its Bluetooth. Problem is, that’s not as straightforward as it sounds. Where you can use the Echo Dot’s Bluetooth to pair with any regular Bluetooth speaker that supports the A2DP profile, the Home Mini relies on the Google Cast protocol. A few speakers and TVs have that built-in – I was able to get it working with a Vizio TV, for instance – while others can be upgraded with a Google Cast for Audio dongle, but that will set you back another $35. Assuming you’ve gone the Google Cast route there are benefits over regular Bluetooth, like more granular control over which speakers are used from the Chromecast app or by voice control, but I question whether that’s the same audience that will be considering the Google Home Mini. It’s a shame, too, because the Home Mini’s own 40mm driver isn’t going to give audiophiles any sort of pleasure. Voice prompts and replies sound great, and Google’s promise of 360 sound is accurate – as is the recognition quality from its two microphones – in that it doesn’t really matter where you are in the room when you’re conversing with the Assistant, but music falls flat. The high end lacks clarity, bass is unsurprisingly absent, and it’s generally not much better than cranking your phone volume to max and expecting it to power a party. Of course, you can do all the other Assistant things the original Google Home offered too, including the progressive feature updates we’ve seen rolled out in the months since it launched. If you’ve got connected lights, a smart thermostat, or other IoT devices, there’s a reasonable chance you’ll be able to control them by voice through the Google Home Mini. Google is working on a “Routines” feature that will basically work like smart home macros: you’ll be able to change your lights, adjust the thermostat, and turn on your Chromecast all with a single command. The Google Home Mini also supports free phone calls, to the US, Canada, and Mexico. Using voice match voice-recognition, it can differentiate between up to five people: so, if you say “Ok Google, call Dad” it’ll know to use the number from your contacts list, not those of someone else in the house. That – and indeed calling – used to be something Google offered while Amazon didn’t, but that has since changed. Unfortunately, actual voice quality isn’t great: I could hear things, but the person I’d called complained I was too quiet unless I was right next to the Google Home Mini. Google of course has the breadth of its “knowledge graph” to answer your questions, but I wish it had spent similar time making sure the Google Home Mini worked well with all types of user accounts. If you have a regular, free Google account you’ll be fine. Those with G Suite or work accounts, however, are still out of luck. Since that’s where my calendar resides, I couldn’t use the Home Mini to read out my schedule. Wrap-UpAt $49, the Google Home Mini is undoubtedly a more affordable way to wade into Google’s vision of the voice-powered world. Indeed, even with the Google Home’s recent $109 promotion, you could outfit two rooms with its Mini sibling and still have change. Whether that’s cost-effective depends entirely on your expectations of use.Frankly, if you’re at all interested in playing music, you should skip the Google Home Mini. Its woeful speaker performance saps all the pleasure from your favorite songs, unless you’re willing to go to the effort of installing Chromecast for Audio adapters (or upgrading your speakers with models that have native Cast-support). Amazon’s Echo Dot may not have a great music-focused speaker itself, but its more flexible Bluetooth and standard 3.5mm jack give it a significant edge. For answering questions, though, and controlling your smart home, Google Home Mini is a strong contender. Really, I think it comes down to how embedded in the Google ecosystem you already are: the functionality war between Google and Amazon means neither Home nor Echo keep an exclusive edge for long. As a standalone device, the Google Home Mini struggles, but as an adjunct to your Google-powered life, it makes a lot more sense. The Google Home Mini’s existence is hardly a mystery: the squat little smart speaker is Google’s retort to the Amazon Echo Dot. Packaging the virtues of the Google Assistant into a smaller, cheaper form factor than the existing Google Home, it’s a $49 way to add the search company’s smarts – and IoT support – to another room. Question is, has some of the magic been squeezed out in the process? last_img read more

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Samsung vs Apple patent appeal rejected by US Supreme Court

first_imgThe patent war between Apple and Samsung has ranged for years and has encompassed gestures and features we take for granted today, like slide to unlock and turning addresses and numbers into tappable links. In 2014, a San Jose, California jury awarded Apple nearly $120 million in damages, having found Samsung guilty of infringement. Apple, however, was seeking $2.2 billion.Naturally, Samsung preferred not to pay a single cent. And thus began a legal roller coaster, where a Federal Court overturned the verdict, only to have it reinstated by even more judges in 2016. With no other recourse, Samsung turned to the Supreme Court for its last appeal.Unfortunately for Samsung, the Supreme Court doesn’t want to get dragged into the ongoing drama. It has refused to hear Samsung’s appeal to have the full amount stricken off. That practically means that Samsung will have to pay that sum anyway.Samsung has had mixed results with its patent squabbles with Apple, winning some and losing others. It is lucky enough to have narrowly escaped paying the full amount that Apple has been seeking, which is quite on par with these kinds of legal proceedings. The dance between the two giants, however, did cause the industry as a whole to take stock of the US patent system and demand for reforms.SOURCE: Reuters It’s nearly 2018 and Apple and Samsung are still going at it in patent lawsuits. The battle that has been raging for nearly a decade, however, might be at a close now that the Supreme Court has finally put its foot down. Unfortunately for Samsung, that means it will indeed have to fork over the $119.6 million a jury awarded to Apple years ago. But while the sum is peanuts for Samsung, and only a fraction of what Apple wanted, the loss is nonetheless legal leverage Apple can exploit in the future.last_img read more

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Huawei leak shows 2019s big gambit

first_imgGone are the oppressive days of the notch! No longer do we have to live with the nonsense that is the oddly shaped smartphone display. Instead, we’ve got… what’s essentially the green on a golf course – hole and all. This is the Huawei Nova 4, the first device to be revealed officially with a hole in its display.SEE: Samsung’s many non-notches for 2019This is one of several different sorts of ways Samsung aims to get around the whole “notch” situation. They’ve got holes, they’ve got peninsulas, they’ve got entire bending displays. They’ve got solutions aplenty for the problem that is filling the entire front side of the device with display space.But did Huawei work with Samsung Display to make this phone’s display? It’s certainly possible. And would Samsung allow this tech to be released on a device that doesn’t have their name on it before they release a similar phone? Of course they would – Samsung Display is not the same group as Samsung Mobile, and Samsung Mobile’s not currently in the business of releasing new big tech first – they’ve gone down a different path for 2019.For the year 2019 (from the fourth quarter of 2018 and forward), Samsung Mobile’s strategy has been to release major new technological breakthroughs on non-headline smartphones. This way they spread the love and don’t rely so heavily on their Galaxy S and Note series. With the Huawei Nova 4, we see the first in a long line of notch-alternative solutions from Samsung Display. Don’t be surprised when you see this sort of display appear again, and again, and again on different phones. It’s bound to happen! Story TimelineHuawei Mate 20 Pro review: you’ll wish you could get oneHuawei Mate 20 durability test ends in a two-faced stalemateUS versus Huawei part two: getting allies in lineSamsung Infinity-O camera hole is big, Huawei wants to be first It’s time again to see what’s going on next year – in a leak from Huawei that essentially tells the future. It was by “mistake” that a popular singer in China by the name of Jackson Yee revealed the next major Huawei smartphone. In doing so, he revealed the industry’s next big thing. That’s one big hole in the device’s display instead of a notch.last_img read more

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BMW Vision E3 Way concept imagines emissionsfree roads for ebikes

first_imgBMW has taken the wraps off a new concept that imagines transportation for urban cities of the future. Called the BMW Vision E³ Way, this concept presents an elevated road system designed for electric two-wheel vehicles (e-bikes, essentially) that could be used by city-dwellers of the future to efficiently travel within the urban environment. The concept was developed by BMW’s Technology Office located in Shanghai, China. Two-wheel electric vehicles, e-bikes, come in many forms, including everything from bicycles with electric motor assists to EV scooters and electric motorcycles. All are popular in big cities where parking is expensive and roads are crowded, but few cities are designed in such a way that traveling by e-bike is convenient, and in fact it can be quite dangerous in some places to operate these vehicles on the same roads as traditional cars.Thus enters BMW’s Vision E³ Way concept, an idea that allows for personal transportation (that is, one that doesn’t depend on mass transportation like buses and trains), but that eliminates the noise, congestion, and pollution associated with the majority of existing personal vehicles. BMW explains that the E³ in its concept name stands for “elevated, electric, and efficient,” the three big properties associated with its new concept.Elevated, in this case, is literal. BMW says its concept positions the E³ Way above existing traditional roads, allowing for expanded traffic capacity while also giving the electric two-wheel vehicles their own place to operate. To increase its appeal to big cities, the concept was designed to be economical and modular, keeping costs and construction difficulty low. Assuming the elevated roadway is appropriately placed, it will connect these commuters with a city’s major traffic hubs at distances up to about 9 miles / 15km.Such a road system could also provide a means of transportation for individuals who don’t have access to traditional cars, whether due to cost or different reasons. It is suggested that cities that implement this concept could offer EV rentals at destinations along the modular roads, establishing a bike-sharing scheme not dissimilar from the ones in some big cities that offer regular (non-EV) bicycles.SOURCE: BMW Grouplast_img read more

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Moto Z4 has a secret feature if you have a Microsoft Surface

first_imgWhen the Moto Z4 launched just two weeks ago, there wasn’t much applause for the rather disappointing Motorola “flagship”. Aside from the Moto Mods support and the capability to get a 5G connection in the future, the Moto Z4 is pretty much a mid-range phone that fails to reach up to expectations of a 2019 flagships. It might, however, have an unpublicized feature that may make it a little more interesting to a certain class of users: active stylus support. To date, only one phone actually has that kind of feature, Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. LG does have a Stylus/Stylo brand but the stylus it includes is pretty much a very thin version of the rubbery tips common on cheap pointers. So Motorola adding stylus support with pressure sensitivity to its not so expensive flagship is pretty surprising and unexpected.And yet a few astute observers noted that Motorola’s product page previously mentioned stylus support. What’s more, it mentioned compatibility with Microsoft’s active pen protocol. One did try it with a few Surface pens and it worked with pressure sensitivity even.It’s definitely an odd feature to have on a phone and not publicize. In fact, Lenovo and Motorola has removed mention of that feature, if it did exist. If the feature was there and Motorola didn’t actually want users to know about it, it could very well push an update that would disable it in the near future.AdChoices广告That might be a misstep for Motorola. The Moto Z4 seems to already be dead on arrival in the market. And while few will probably be interested in such a feature, even the knowledge that the phone is more capable that in looks could help improve its image just a bit. Story TimelineMoto Z4 briefly pops up on Amazon, shipping to some customersMoto Z4 on Verizon comes with a 5G offerMoto Z4 may be the last of the Moto Z line, no Force cominglast_img read more

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Android malware Agent Smith replaces legit apps with infected copies

first_imgThe malware is both fascinating and frightening at the same time because of this. Security researchers from Check Point have identified that the malware works in three stages. The first involves checking if the phone has installed apps that are on its “hit list” while the second stage in actually installs the malware without user intervention, much less knowledge.The third stage is where things get nasty. If it has seen apps that are on its list, it will quietly extract the app’s APK, modify it with malicious code, and then install that infected copy to replace the original clean one. It also uses a known exploit to bypass Android’s own security system that checks exactly for such cases where an app was modified behind the scenes.Agent Smith’s infected apps then serve ads that do the usual phishing and scamming for financial gain. All at the literal expense of the user, of course. And since those users presumably installed the other apps from legitimate sources, they may be confident in presuming that those apps are operating normally.AdChoices广告The weakness of Agent Smith is prevention. Apps carrying the malware are often installed from third-party app stores offering unofficial or even pirated versions of some apps. There has been no reported sighting of the malware on Google Play Store and hopefully it will stay that way. It’s not uncommon to hear of some form of Android malware wreaking havoc on users’ lives. Some of these even manage to get into Google Play Store, much to the platform maker’s shame. This new strain of virus at least doesn’t come from Android’s canonical app store but its effects are no less destructive. In fact, it can manage to replace apps you did install from Google Play Store with infected duplicates, which is why its discoverers have dubbed it “Agent Smith”.last_img read more

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Viewpoints Adding A Middle Man To Medicare Circumcision Wars Who Is An

first_imgViewpoints: Adding A Middle Man To Medicare; Circumcision Wars; Who Is An Extremist On Abortion? The New York Times: Voucherizing Medicare Bear in mind that health expenses will still have to be mainly paid for by some kind of insurance; that’s in the nature of medical care, with its high but unpredictable cost. So what we’re doing here is replacing government insurance with a program that gives people money to buy private insurance — that is, adding an extra layer of middlemen. Why would this save money? I guess the answer is supposed to be the magic of the marketplace — but we have the experience of Medicare Advantage, plus studies of Medicaid versus private insurance, plus the raw fact that America relies more on private insurance than any other nation and also has by far the highest costs. Nothing, absolutely nothing, in the record suggests that this will do anything other than make health care less efficient (Paul Krugman, 8/27). The Washington Post: Republicans Steal Medicare From The Democrats At a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg News on Monday morning, Mitt Romney’s campaign brain trust claimed to welcome a fight with President Obama over the future of Medicare. I say “claimed” because the Romney team surely recognizes that putting Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the ticket means not being able to run away from Ryan’s plan — endorsed by House Republicans — to transform Medicare into a voucher program (Eugene Robinson, 8/27). The New York Times: ‘Warning: Smoking Can Kill You’ The new warnings were carefully chosen to replace text-only warnings that had become ineffective — “unnoticed and stale,” the Institute of Medicine reported — in the face of the tobacco companies’ long history of deceptive advertising. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia … struck down the new warnings on the grounds that they violated the First Amendment rights of the tobacco companies. It ruled that the government failed to provide evidence that the warnings would reduce smoking rates, and therefore could not justify what it called a restraint on corporate free speech. But this view ignores that these companies have spent billions of dollars over many decades misleading consumers about smoking’s terrible consequences. …. As Judge Judith Rogers noted in dissent, there is good evidence that bolder warnings will “alleviate” some of the harm (8/27). Los Angeles Times: Circumcision Wars: The Other Side Weighs In Maybe up there with abortion and healthcare reform, circumcision of male babies and children is shaping up to be one of the hottest issues in the sociomedical world over the next few years. Once uniformly regarded as kooks by nearly everyone, people who vow to outlaw circumcision are now only regarded as kooks by the majority of people. They managed to get a measure on the San Francisco ballot last year. The California Legislature quickly intervened, passing a law that made it (rightly) clear that the state is in charge of determining medical law, not individual cities, which ended that as well as any talk of measures elsewhere in the state (Karin Klein, 8/27). Los Angeles Times: Can Abortion Extremists Attack Other Extremists For Being Extreme? Can you accuse someone of having “extreme” views on abortion without implicitly endorsing a middle-of-the-road position yourself? Strictly speaking, yes. If I am an extremist on the right side of the spectrum — the Todd Akin/Paul Ryan position of no abortions even in cases of rape or incest — I can accurately observe that someone at the left end of the spectrum — abortion should be legal in every circumstance, even late in pregnancy — is also an extremist. Yet there is something intellectually dishonest about bewailing extremism in the other camp — in the hopes of appealing to “moderates” — when you espouse an equally extreme position on the other side (Michael McGough, 8/27). The Seattle Times: Lawsuit Victory For Treatment Of AutismGroup Health Cooperative has settled a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to cover behavioral-health treatment for autism, an important moment and model for other Washington insurers. Indeed, the state Health Care Authority followed with its partial settlement of a class-action lawsuit, agreeing to cover intensive early-intervention behavior therapy for children with autism-spectrum disorders whose parents have health insurance through the state’s Uniform Medical Plan. Coverage for Medicaid patients is also close to an agreement…. Early investment in these therapies make a big difference for a lifetime (8/27).Medpage Today: How To Replace The AMAThe divide between physicians who think that the AMA should fight for them and those who think that the AMA should fight for the health of the people seems too large to bridge in 2012. When you add to that the often expressed belief that the AMA fails on both fronts, it really becomes unsalvageable. … I see only three ways to rescue the AMA. Membership in the AMA, state, and county medical association could be made a legal condition for state medical licensure, or a national medical license. Or, the AMA could change its key objective. It could either become a lobbying organization representing all physicians with group bargaining, to the fullest extent of the law, or a new law that allows collective bargaining. Or, it could follow its current key objective and truly “promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health” and stop also trying to represent the financial interests of its members (Dr. George Lundberg, 8/27).  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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Caregivers Juggle Medical Tasks

first_imgCaregivers Juggle Medical Tasks Boston Globe: Caregivers Taking On More Complex Medical TasksJust listening to Irene Ingemi describe the patchwork system of friends, family, and part-time day-care services she’s stitched together to help her care for her frail mother-in-law is exhausting. The 90-year-old broke her hip last fall and has since become incontinent, needs a walker to get around, takes seven pills daily, and is having increasing memory problems. As Ingemi, a 60-year-old nursery school teacher, dashes from work back to her Norwood home each day, she mentally juggles a list of appointments for her mother-in-law with chores that need to get done (Lazar, 5/6). 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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State Highlights Troubled Manchester VA Center Poised To Undergo Changes But For

first_img Bisphenol A — or BPA — is a plastic additive found in bottles, the resin lining of food cans and thermal receipt paper. An experiment by Mizzou researchers exposed a small group of people to the chemical. After the exposure, the researchers measured subjects’ insulin levels, and found people exposed to the BPA had produced more insulin. (Fentem, 9/25) New Orleans Times-Picayune: 4 New Orleans Doctors, 2 Others Ordered To Pay Millions In Restitution In Medicare Fraud Case State Highlights: Troubled Manchester VA Center Poised To Undergo Changes, But For Now Will Remain Open 24/7; Contentious Mass. Nursing Ballot Initiative Gets Sen. Warren’s Support Media outlets report on news from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Virginia, California, Missouri, Louisiana, Minnesota, Florida, Michigan, Texas, Georgia and Virginia. Those two health concerns — asthma and lead poisoning — are at the heart of a city plan to spend more than a half-million dollars to raise awareness and connect at-risk families with resources to help. Trice is helping facilitate a discussion Thursday inviting community members to offer suggestions on how the $600,000 should be allocated over the next three years. (Yuen, 9/25) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. As the health care ground continues to shift, sometimes surprising alliances emerge.In Houston, one such pairing has formed with the announcement Tuesday of a collaboration between the planned University of Houston’s College of Medicine and insurance giant Humana, which has pledged a $15 million gift over 10 years to help defray startup and operational costs. It is the first major gift by a large corporation to the future medical school’s campaign to raise $1 billion, said Dr. Steve Spann, founding dean of the UH College of Medicine. (Deam, 9/25) Concord (N.H.) Monitor: VA Urgent Care Facility Will Stay Open 24/7 For At Least The Time Being The labor union promoting a ballot question to increase nurse staffing at Massachusetts hospitals now has the endorsement of US Senator Elizabeth Warren. …The Massachusetts Nurses Association is promoting ballot Question 1, which would set limits on the number of patients assigned to hospital nurses at one time. (Dayal McCluskey, 9/25) Now, dozens of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 members plan to hold an informational picket in Oakland on Tuesday afternoon to draw attention to staffing issues there and two other Alameda County medical facilities. (Goldberg, 9/25) Tampa Bay Times: A Doctor Was Sued For Malpractice. He Tried To Fight It. It Cost Him Nearly Everything. St. Louis Public Radio: Mizzou Researchers Find Potential Link Between Insulin, Plastic Additive BPA An Oakland County jury awarded a family more than $130 million in damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Beaumont Hospital after a child sustained severe brain damage, resulting in cerebral palsy, while receiving care at its Royal Oak facility. The jury award Monday came after a three-week civil trial in Oakland County Circuit Court, and is believed to be the one of the largest jury settlements in Michigan history, according to the law firm that filed the lawsuit. (Hall, 9/25) Four New Orleans area doctors, a biller and an office manager were sentenced to prison time and a collective $30 million in restitution payments this week for their roles in a Medicare fraud scheme that involved more than 20 people and netted millions in fraudulent Medicare reimbursements, according to U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser’s office. The six people sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan were convicted in May following a month-long federal trial. (McKnight, 9/25) MPR: Minneapolis Community Funds Focus On Lead Poisoning, Asthma center_img Detroit Free Press: Family Wins $130M In Beaumont Hospital Malpractice Case Boston Globe: Warren Backs Nurse-Staffing Ballot Question Even now, his mind flashes to the legal papers, to the accusation that he was responsible for a woman’s death. [Scott] Plantz’s insurer encouraged him to settle the suit for $50,000, which it would have paid, and move on. …Convinced he had done nothing wrong, Plantz refused on principle. The decision would lead him on a decade-long odyssey that bloomed into an obsession. (Solomon, 9/25) The federal appeals court in Atlanta has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an African-American woman who says she endured racist comments from her coworkers on an almost daily basis, including one who allegedly called her “a dumb black (racial slur).” The ruling, issued Monday by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, allows Brenda Smelter’s lawsuit to go to trial against Southern Home Care Services, which sends caregivers to the homes of clients with medical needs. (Rankin, 9/24) Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta Court Allows Woman’s Racial Harassment Suit To Proceed Houston Chronicle: Humana Pledges $15 Million To UH New Medical School  Virginia regulators gave initial approval Tuesday to five companies planning to open the state’s first medical cannabis dispensaries, selecting a mix of established industry players and Virginia-based entrepreneurs. After private discussions that lasted more than five hours, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy named the five winning applications out of a field of 51. (Moomaw, 9/24) The Associated Press: Board Tasked With Developing Cancer Research Center To Meet A Virginia state board tasked with developing plans for a cancer research and treatment center is set to convene for the first time. The Henrietta Lacks Commission is named for Henrietta Lacks, a Virginia woman whose cells were taken without her consent and widely used in groundbreaking research. It will meet Wednesday in South Boston. (9/26) Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia Regulators Pick Five Companies To Open State’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Many things are in flux at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester, but overnight hours at the urgent care facility aren’t among them – at least, not yet. … The idea that the VA is looking at a number of possible changes, among them whether to close the urgent care facility in Manchester during some late-night hours, came up at a recent regular meeting between VA staff and staffers of U.S. Rep Annie Kuster, who serve on the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. That and news of meetings by senior staff at the Medical Center has led to rumors that the urgent care facility might end its long-standing policy of never being closed. (Brooks, 9/25) KQED: State Fines Psychiatric Hospital In Attack On Nurse Amid Renewed Staffing Concerns last_img read more

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This is your absolute last chance to buy the Echo Dot for

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 This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. After a week of having subscribed to the music streaming service, you’ll be sent an email linking you directly to the Echo Dot offer. So all in all, you’ll only be paying £15.98 which is a sure sight cheaper than the £49.99 RRP for the Echo Dot, plus you’ll get to enjoy two month’s access (one free, one paid) to over 50 million songs. You can’t say fairer than that?Plus, as far as music streaming services go, Amazon Music Unlimited’s family plan ticks all the right boxes. Under the plan, up to six people can enjoy listening to their favourite tunes without interrupting anyone else or cutting them off from the service. With six unique accounts, this also means that no one can mess with your carefully curated playlists.Related: Amazon Prime Day Echo DealsGetting back to the star of the show, the Echo Dot brings together style and substance in a way that few other smart speakers do. Packing a new stylish design with a fabric finish, the Dot can find its way into your established décor without any issues, plus it’s just a darn good conversation starter (particularly when you ask Alexa for some ice-breakers).Running Amazon’s Alexa AI, the Dot can be used for a whole range a features, including managing your smart home devices or even just running multiple timers while you cook your favourite pasta dish. Plus, it’ll be handy to have an Echo around to quickly order all of those Amazon Prime Day Deals that’ll soon be on their way.Given that the summer holidays are fast approaching, this is perfect time to set up the Dot, get the friends over and enjoy some banging tunes (maybe over a barbecue if the weather improves), just be sure to get the deal before it expires on Monday.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. All great deals must come to an end, and in the case of Amazon’s offer to nab an Echo Dot for just 99p, this is the last weekend to do it.Expiring next Monday at 9am, time is running out for you to pick up the most compact Amazon Echo smart speaker at the lowest price it’s ever been. In order to access the deal, all you have to do is sign up for a paid month of Amazon Music Unlimited’s family plan at just £14.99. Amazon Music Unlimited DealAmazon Music Unlimited Family Plan – Comes with an Echo Dot for just 99pWhen you sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited’s Family Plan – which grants access to six unique users for just £14.99 a month – you’ll also be able to nab a brand new 3rd gen Echo Dot for just 99p.Amazon|Echo Dot Offer|£14.99/monthView Deal£14.99/month|Echo Dot Offer|Amazon 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. Deals 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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Corporate Canada sets out its election wish list but will Ottawa listen

first_img Comment Email Featured Stories Facebook Corporate Canada sets out its election wish list, but will Ottawa listen? Kevin Carmichael: Corporate Canada and the Trudeau Liberals aren’t really that far apart. Neither appears to want to acknowledge that. I wonder why? Leave it to the business lobby to exploit first-mover advantage with its election strategy.On Monday, more than five months before the federal vote on Oct. 21, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will release for mass consumption its “Platform for Prosperity,” a seven-point, 45-recommendation roadmap for winning the hearts and minds of the members of 450 local chambers of commerce and boards of trade.“Canada’s job creators are not thriving,” Perrin Beatty, the Mulroney-era cabinet minister who leads the Ottawa-based Canadian chamber, writes in an open letter to party leaders. “Canadian businesses face burdens those in other countries don’t, which makes it much harder for us to compete.” Canada’s job numbers make history with biggest gain on record Dismal economic data gives Liberals licence to spend, spend, spend This year’s federal budget is built for voters, not business If job creators aren’t thriving, they still are hiring.Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey, based on a poll of 56,000 households, estimates the economy created about 107,000 jobs in April, the largest one-month increase in comparable data that dates to 1976. The monthly reading is volatile, but StatCan is fairly confident that no fewer than 77,000 positions were created last month, according to the survey’s margin of error. Nearly three-quarters of the working age population has a job, the highest on record. The unemployment rate, which measures the percentage of the men and women in the work force who don’t have jobs, dropped to 5.7 per cent, a number that many economists associate with full employment. The jobless rate in Quebec plunged to 4.9 per cent, the lowest on record. Average hourly wages rose 2.5 per cent from April 2018, the third consecutive annual increase and the biggest since August.Hiring data don’t get much better than this.“Those waiting for a pull-back in labour-market momentum will have to wait another month,” said Brendon Bernard, a Toronto-based economist at Indeed, the job-search platform. “StatCan finds the job mark took another leap forward to start [the second quarter], continuing a trend of strong employment growth, defying other lukewarm data.”It seems that we’re spending and spending and spending, but not necessarily having a very clear vision May 11, 201912:45 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Recommended For YouUK banks say business investment slowing further ahead of BrexitEuropean shares muted as Germany’s weak economic outlook weighsHold the beers: Budweiser APAC IPO hit by investor push-backClimate activists disrupt British cities with ‘summer uprising’Remnants of storm Barry dump more rain in the U.S. southeast Look closely at those themes. With the exception of taxes and the deficit, the Trudeau government could make a case that it already is taking the business community’s concerns seriously.In the fall economic statement, Finance Minister Bill Morneau promised to get serious about over-regulation and set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to help smaller companies make better use of the country’s trade agreements. This year’s budget pledged money for rural broadband and various training initiatives — and it approached pharmacare only gingerly. Much of the deficit is the result of spending on innovation and infrastructure for the purpose of keeping pace in the digital economy and making it easier to get goods and services to market.I wrote recently that the Trudeau government and the business community are talking past each other. Sometimes I wonder if they even want to communicate.Absent from the Chamber’s list of election priorities is any mention of climate change and income inequality, meta-issues that frame most everything the Liberals do. And Trudeau and Morneau could trigger a wave of praise from the business community tomorrow by promising a comprehensive review of the tax code, which almost every mainstream economist says is long overdue.So Corporate Canada and the Trudeau Liberals aren’t really that far apart. Neither appears to want to acknowledge that. I wonder why?• Email: kcarmichael@postmedia.com | Twitter: 7 Comments Canadian Chamber of Commerce CEO Perrin Beatty: “Canada’s job creators are not thriving.”Brent Lewin/Bloomberg/File Kevin Carmichael Share this storyCorporate Canada sets out its election wish list, but will Ottawa listen? Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn The election campaign is setting up to be a strange one.The Liberals and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appear ready to run on the economy, even though economic growth essentially stalled in the fourth quarter and the Bank of Canada reckons the first quarter was just as bad. Trudeau and other Liberals flooded social media on May 10 with boasts about how they had overseen the creation of “one. million. jobs.” The Toronto Stock Exchange is more than 10 per cent higher since the start of the year, and the new North American free-trade agreement is mostly sorted. Those are tailwinds that should help the Liberals come election time.Except at every turn, Liberals will be bumping into entrepreneurs and executives who are dissatisfied. Profits are high, and companies are pushing forward. But some are doing so without a good feeling about what is going on in Ottawa. It makes you wonder what those jobs numbers would look like if the prime minister and the C-Suite were on the same page? Last month, I interviewed Jean-Pierre Vasseur, chief executive of Avenir Global, the Montreal-based firm that runs National Public Relations, after Avenir announced that it had expanded its European reach by purchasing Hanover, a London-based communications agency. Vasseur said he plans to double the size of the business by 2025. When I asked him about the economic outlook, the first thing he talked about was Ottawa.“I’m not sure where we’re going, I’m not sure there is a plan,” Vasseur said. “It seems that we’re spending and spending and spending, but not necessarily having a very clear vision.”The Chamber of Commerce consulted its members about what they most cared about and came up with these themes: regulation; taxes; freer trade; support for smaller companies; digitalization; training; and pharmacare. Specific recommendations include: a Royal Commission on taxes; a plan to balance the budget; a pledge to eliminate two regulations every time a new rule is created; help for “high-potential” smaller companies that lack knowledge about international markets; better access to to high-speed networks; co-operation on skills retraining; and a promise that the cost of any new pharmacare program won’t be passed to businesses.Finance Minister Bill Morneau What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Reddit More Join the conversation → Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press advertisement Sponsored By: ← Previous Next → Twitterlast_img read more

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BoC upbeat about outlook as it leaves rates unchanged but will proceed

first_img Kevin Carmichael Stephen Poloz’s statement on the rate hold: “The degree of accommodation being provided by the current policy rate remains appropriate.”Sean Kilpatrick / Canadian Press BoC upbeat about outlook as it leaves rates unchanged, but will proceed with caution Kevin Carmichael: Potential backlash from U.S.-China trade war mutes Poloz’s spring exuberance advertisement Recommended For YouTrade wars are the number one risk to the global economy, warns IMFSNC-Lavalin execs ponder company break-up at private shareholder luncheonJim Balsillie : ‘Data is not the new oil – it’s the new plutonium’J&J faces U.S. criminal probe related to baby powder – BloombergToronto home sales surge 10%, narrowing affordable options for buyers The Bank of Canada is feeling pretty good about the economic outlook, all things considered.Policymakers left the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent on May 29, noting that the escalation of Donald Trump’s trade war with China “is heightening uncertainty about economic prospects.”That was expected, as economic growth essentially stalled at the end of 2018 and was struggling to rebound early in the new year. An expression of worry about a new round of tit-for-tat tariffs between the world’s largest economies also was expected.Canada’s non-energy exports already were weak. Anything that hurts global demand, or makes it more difficult for Canada’s relatively uncompetitive exporters to find new markets, would deny the economy a lift from international sales. The International Monetary Fund estimates the row between the U.S and China will erase 0.3 per cent from global gross domestic product in the short term. Markets are more gloomy about our economy than the Bank of Canada — who’s right? Trudeau government gives formal notice it intends to ratify new NAFTA China’s trade war threat to withhold rare earths from U.S. would inflict ‘devastating’ blow “The degree of accommodation being provided by the current policy rate remains appropriate,” the Bank of Canada said in a statement.Related Stories:Bank of Canada puts rate firmly on hold as global trade war damage risesCanadian inflation dips to 2.0% in June, hitting central bank targetBank of Canada content to leave rates unchanged, frets about trade war damageAside from trade, policymakers say the world was unfolding much as they expected last month, when they slashed their forecast for economic growth in the first quarter to an annual rate of 0.3 per cent, while predicting a rebound to a rate of 1.3 per cent in the current quarter. The central bank said there is “accumulating evidence” that the slump was temporary, just as it thought.That note of assurance restores a bit of the swagger the Bank of Canada lost when it failed to anticipate the severity of last year’s slowdown.Stephen Poloz and his deputies on the Governing Council were gradually taking interest rates higher last year, when the economy hit a wall. Oil and real estate prices plunged in fourth quarter and household spending sputtered. Policymakers retreated to the sidelines, unsure if the economy was ready for higher interest rates.They remain unsure, as there is no indication in the new statement that policymakers are ready to resume their path back to a more normal interest-rate setting.At the same time, there is nothing to indicate that an interest-rate cut was on the table over the past couple of weeks as the Governing Council assessed the outlook. That could surprise some people. Prices of assets geared to short-term interest rates suggest that some investors are betting economic conditions will force interest rates lower this year. The central bank doesn’t appear to see things going that way.“The bank isn’t moving,” Darcy Briggs, a portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Investments, said in a telephone interview from Calgary. “The Canadian outlook is mediocre at best.”Poloz said in April that the unusually severe winter appeared to have disrupted commerce, but that he couldn’t be sure until he saw more data. The information since then has been mostly positive. Factory sales jumped 2.1 per cent in March from February after stalling the previous month, while new orders increased by 1.5 per cent, Statistics Canada reported on May 16. Retail sales also recovered in March, climbing 1.1 per cent, the second-consecutive monthly increase.Continued strong job growth suggests that businesses see the weakness in the past two quarters as temporaryBank of Canada statement Sponsored By: Share this storyBoC upbeat about outlook as it leaves rates unchanged, but will proceed with caution Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Facebook Comment The Bank of Canada said the oil sector is “beginning” to recover and that weakness in the housing market appears to be isolated to a few regions. Evidence indicates that consumer spending and exports have picked up, and “overall business investment has firmed,” the statement said.And then there are those impressive hiring numbers. Employers created more than 100,000 new positions in April, the most on record. The data are volatile, but the central bank has concluded that companies wouldn’t be taking on new workers at this rate if the economy was going off the rails.“Continued strong job growth suggests that businesses see the weakness in the past two quarters as temporary,” the statement said.The U.S.-China trade war makes forecasting with confidence impossible because the rules on which standard economic models and theories are built don’t apply to Trump and China’s form of state-directed capitalism.So orders will be determined by geopolitical considerations rather than factors such as quality and price, according to Angelo Katsoras, geopolitical analyst at National Bank. International companies may need multiple supply chains to avoid the web of tariffs and sanctions that the U.S. and China have deployed. And a settlement wouldn’t be an automatic gain for a country such as Canada, which has benefited to some degree from China’s tariffs on American farm goods. Any agreement likely would involve U.S. agriculture exports, which could hurt Canadian farmers.The Bank of Canada reiterated that interest rates will be guided by data, especially indicators that shed light on what’s going on with household spending, oil prices and trade policy.Poloz and his deputies have seen enough to assure themselves that they aren’t fighting a recession. But they will proceed extremely cautiously because Trump and China still could trigger one.• Email: kcarmichael@postmedia.com | Twitter: CarmichaelKevin Reddit Twitter 0 Comments Email May 29, 20196:21 PM EDT Filed under News Economy What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Featured Stories Join the conversation → More ← Previous Next →last_img read more

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Suzuki To Test Its First Electric Cars In India

Suzuki e-Survivor Concepts Imagines Automaker’s Electric Future Renault Reportedly Working On Kwid Electric: Price Of $8,500 See Also In November 2017, Suzuki entered an agreement with Toyota about the commercialization of EVs in India. Toyota will provide technical support for Suzuki, which will produce the cars locally, while Suzuki will provide part of production to Toyota. The other two Suzuki partners (for battery joint venture) are Toshiba and Denso.Currently, Suzuki set the highest priority for India, higher even than for Japan and as India has ambitions to be engaged in electric revolution, the answer is simple.“Suzuki estimates that if total auto sales in India continue rising at 9% a year, sales will reach 10 million cars by 2030. It aims to grab half that market.The Indian government is expected to urge automakers to sell electric cars in the country. It is considering a sales target for such vehicles, although it has yet to publish a figure.”Source: asia.nikkei.com Suzuki to start EV tests in India next monthSuzuki, which holds nearly half of the passenger car market in India (half out of 3.28 million in 2017) is going to start tests of electric cars in the country.It’s expected that the Japanese manufacturer will begin with a fleet of 50 prototypes, based on the conventional Suzuki Wagon R kei car. Market launch of series-produced EVs is expected around 2020.“Suzuki will put the car through rigorous testing, particularly since it will be the company’s first electric model. The automaker says it will expand its electric-car lineup after smaller models are on the market.” Hyundai Kona Electric Priced In India Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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Tesla sales grow by almost 400 in California pushes EV market share

first_imgWith the launch of Model 3, Tesla is growing at a record pace in its home state of California. The automaker increased deliveries by 400% in California last quarter and helped push all-electric vehicle market shares to a new record: 4%. more…The post Tesla sales grow by almost 400% in California, pushes EV market share to record 4% appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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Tesla TSLA stock regain as SEC seems to be overreaching by going

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Tesla (TSLA) stock went down 5% last night after investors panicked over the SEC trying to hold Elon Musk in contempt of his settlement deal over a tweet.Now, the automakers stock has erased the losses today as the SEC could be overreaching by going after Musk for the tweet. more…The post Tesla (TSLA) stock regain as SEC seems to be overreaching by going after Elon Musk for tweets appeared first on Electrek.last_img

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EGEB The value of oil and gas companies by 2050 NY moves

first_imgIn today’s EGEB:Oil and gas companies could lose 95% of value by 2050 if Paris Agreement is followed.New York announces $30 million to modernize grid as state advances green energy transition.200 community leaders have now expressed support for the Voices for 100% Renewable Energy project.JDR Cable Systems and Tufts University are collaborating to help students who want to pursue an offshore wind career. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVp0Cr2Pg4gThe post EGEB: The value of oil and gas companies by 2050, NY moves to modernize grid, and more appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img read more

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FCPA Flash – A Conversation With David Pere Regarding Developments In France

first_imgThe FCPA Flash podcast provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with David Pere (an attorney in the Paris office of Bryan Cave). During the podcast, Pere discusses: (i) developments in France relevant to the anti-bribery and compliance space including, most notably, the new so-called Sapin II law and the new French anti-corruption agency (AFA); (ii) what general counsel and other compliance professionals need to know about the new law and enforcement agency; and (iii) French resentment to aggressive U.S. prosecution of French companies based on sparse jurisdictional allegations.FCPA Flash is sponsored by Kroll. Kroll is trusted by companies and compliance officers worldwide to help prevent, detect, and remediate FCPA challenges with scalable, end-to-end compliance solutions: from high-volume third party screening and automated monitoring, to risk-based due diligence, to complex investigations and monitorships.last_img read more

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