Googles latest educational coding project brings in Wonder Woman

first_imgThe new Wonder Woman movie is about to launch in theaters, and ahead of its release comes a new educational product from Google based on the movie. Released as part of its Made with Code initiative, Google has released a Wonder Woman-themed educational coding project that teaches kids (and adults!) the basics of coding using fun, interactive tools with instant results. Google has many versions of its coding projects; anyone who has used a past project will have a general idea of what to expect in the new Made with Code Wonder Woman project. Open the interactive environment here and you’ll be greeted with a picture under a grid, a character, and some actions. The goal is to choose the character and ‘code’ it to perform a specific action.In the first step, this action is running forward two blocks, jumping the distance of two blocks, then landing in a final block. The coding is achieved by piecing together blocks with pre-set actions, then clicking ‘Play’ to run the code. Users get to see the on-screen character react according to their code blocks.It’s all very intuitive, something a child could pick up easily and perform on their own. The Wonder Woman project has a total of three levels, the total duration of which is only a few minutes each. If you enjoy this project, you can find a bunch of others like it on the Made with Code Projects page, including others based on movies.SOURCE: Google Blog Story TimelineEssential Home revealed to take on Amazon Echo and Google’s assistantUber just fired the ex-Googler accused of Waymo autonomous tech theftGoogle figured out the most misspelled word in every US statelast_img read more

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Sennheiser GSP 301 and 302 gaming headsets offer monochromatic style

first_imgGaming headsets typically come with a certain design flavor: sharp angles, a black foundation color, and bright, bold, highly saturated colored accents. This is fine if that’s what you like, but maybe you’re looking for something a tad less flashy. That’s where Sennheiser‘s new GSP 301 and GSP 302 gaming headsets come in. If you’re familiar with Sennheiser’s GSP 300 gaming headset, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from the new 301 and 302 models. Both of these are, according to Sennheiser, identical to the GSP 300 model in every technical aspect. The changes are purely cosmetic, and particularly revolve around the headset’s color design.The black foundation color is still present, as is common on both headphones and gaming headsets. Rather than making the headsets stick out with brightly colored accents, though, Sennheiser has chosen a more minimalist, monochromatic palette. The GSP 301 has a white satin finish, whereas the GSP 302 is matte black. This is compared to the GSP 300’s black-and-blue duo-tone design.Not familiar with the GSP 300 headset? It is designed for gamers, and features a microphone on an armature alongside a pair of over-ear speakers. The headsets likewise boast noice cancellation that Sennheiser describes as producing ‘broadcast grade’ clarity. They also feature enhanced bass, which isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but is popular when it comes to video game audio.The headsets can be used with the PCV 05 adapter, which offers compatibility with the Xbox One, Mac, PC, and PlayStation 4. The new GSP 301 and GSP 302 headsets are both available through Sennheiser’s own website exclusively for $99.95 USD / $129.99 CAD.last_img read more

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watchOS 43 makes the Apple Watch usable again

first_img AdChoices广告 Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. And sometimes, Apple giveth back. Apple has just released version 4.3 of watchOS, in line with the release of iOS 11.3 and it returns one of the most common uses for a smartwatch: controlling your music playing on your iPhone. In fact, it even goes beyond that and can now control even the music playing on your HomePod. The update also includes other bits and pieces of functionality that make Apple’s wearable a more useful accessory all around. Smartwatches are often used as remote controls for other devices, whether a paired smartphone or smart home products. That comes in handy when, for example, your iPhone is out of reach and you want to pause, play, or skip the music that’s playing on it. Strangely, Apple removed the ability to do that, something that was available since the earliest watchOS versions, in favor of playing music directly on the Apple Watch.In watchOS 4.3, that feature makes a return and it didn’t come along. Now you can control the music playing on your iPhone but also the music playing on your fancy new HomePod smart speaker. It’s probably no coincidence that those two actually arrived on the same update.Another usability fix is that the Apple Watch is now more usable no matter which way you charge it on the Nightstand. The screen orientation will automatically adjust so that you can still use the smartwatch while charging without having to break your neck. Apple watchOS 4.3 also brings in a couple of fixes, including not working Siri music commands, incorrectly awarded Activity achievements, and a couple of security patches as well.last_img read more

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus gives Apple Watch some doitall competition

first_imgFor starters, all three watches in the Fenix 5 Plus family will offer Garmin Pay and onboard storage for music, which are two of the marquee features of the recently refreshed Vivoactive 3. Garmin seems to be rotating through its product lineup to update its watches with onboard storage, and with each of the three Fenix 5 Plus watches – the Fenix 5S Plus, Fenix 5 Plus, and Fenix 5X Plus – you can store up to 500 songs by either downloading them through services like iHeartRadio and Deezer or uploading them directly from your PC.All three watches also feature built-in map data that can help you track your walks, hikes, or climbs. Garmin’s Trendline is making an appearance here, allowing you to enter a distance you would like to run and ride or then creating a round-trip route based on data from other users. Story TimelineGarmin rolls out Fenix 3, Epix wearables with new software platformGarmin goes luxury with Fenix Chronos GPS smartwatchGarmin Fenix 5 smartwatch comes in small and ultra-rugged styles Last week, Garmin made a round of updates to its Vivoactive 3 fitness tracker, and today, it’s taking a pass at the Vivoactive’s big brother. The Fenix 5 series is the next in line to get some updates, with Garmin today announcing three new watches that will comprise the Fenix 5 Plus line. The watches boast some significant upgrades over their predecessors, but be prepared to shell out a lot of cash if you want to own one.center_img Speaking of climbing, the Fenix 5X Plus comes packing some extra hardware that the other two do not: a wrist-based pulse oximeter. This will allow you to measure your blood oxygen levels, and while most owners probably won’t have much reason to actually use that, it can certainly come in handy when you’re making a big climb. Of course, each watch also comes equipped with the standard suite of fitness tracking apps we’ve come to expect from these health-focused smartwatches, meaning that oximeter is just icing on the cake.AdChoices广告If you’re looking for a watch that boasts a big display, the 5S Plus is probably the one for you, as its 1.2-inch display is 20% bigger than the original 5S. You’ll even have satellite navigation features through Galileo, which can help you figure out where you are even GPS is spotty. In short, these watches attempt to do a little bit of everything, despite some features that may be targeted at specific niches.Of course, if you want a smartwatch that does it all, you’re going to need to put up some serious cash. Specific pricing hasn’t be announced yet, but Garmin has said that pricing will start at $699.99 and max out at $1,149.99. We’ll see all three Fenix 5 Plus watches launch in Q2 2018.last_img read more

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Xperia XZ3 preorder comes bundled with Xperia Ear Duo

first_imgThe Xperia XZ3 is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it has just enough new features to make it a slight upgrade from the Xperia XZ2 earlier this year. On the other hand, that might not be enough to actually make it that tempting to buy. Good thing that there’s a deal going on for Xperia fans.The Xperia XZ3 marks the company’s first smartphone with a P-OLED, not just plain OLED, screen. And compared to its predecessor, it steps up to a 1440×2880 QHD+ resolution, though still not as pixel-dense as the XZ2 Premium’s 4K. That could probably come in an XZ3 Premium later if that ever comes.That said, it retains many of the Xperia XZ2’s specs, like the 64 GB storage and the 19 megapixel camera. Fortunately, the front camera did get upgraded to 13 megapixels and the battery is slightly larger at 3,300 mAh. Despite that, the Xperia XZ3 is actually thinner and lighter than its predecessor.As always, the only way you can get your hands on one in the US is through Amazon, which sells the Xperia XZ3 unlocked and compatible with GSM networks only. For the pre-order period, Sony is throwing in the $280 Xperia Ear Duo for the same price of $899.99. Shipping is noted to start October 17. Given the flood surrounding Apple’s new iPhones and the subsequent rollout of iOS 12, it’s easy enough to forget some of the recent flagship phones that came just days before it. Especially when said flagship phone is a Sony. The Xperia XZ3 debuted last month without much fuss or fanfare, typical of Sony, and it is now finally being made available to US consumers. But while the $900 price tag remains, Sony is throwing it in a bundle to at least soften the blow.last_img read more

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VWs electric Microbus just got confirmed for production

first_img Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ Gallery That happened back at the Detroit Auto Show, earlier this year. Then, the I.D. BUZZ was intended to demonstrate the flexibility of the Modular Electric Drive kit (MEB). Previously that had been used as the underpinnings of the first VW I.D. concept, a Golf-sized hatchback, but the automaker wanted to show that its brand new architecture was flexible enough to suit a variety of cars. Whereas the concept car promised full autonomous driving, VW says the production model will have Level 3 support. That, defined as “conditional automation,” will be mostly self-driving but expect the human driver to step in as a fallback should issues arise. The automaker says that the “I.D. Pilot” Level 4/5 autonomy won’t be ready until 2025 at the earliest; similarly, the high-tech and minimalistic cabin is unlikely to make it through to production unscathed. Still, this is a welcome decision for a car which has possibly generated the most enthusiasm among VW fans in recent years. Pricing isn’t known at this point, unsurprisingly, but VW’s Diess says the I.D. BUZZ will be “much more affordable” than the competition. The I.D. will still be the first car to get a production version, mind, currently scheduled for around 2019 when it will launch as a model year 2020 vehicle. The I.D. BUZZ production version will follow on in 2022, VW said today. It’ll be targeting drivers in the US, Europe, and China. To do that, it’ll combine a brand new, emissions-free platform with a healthy dose of nostalgia. Though clearly a modern concept, the I.D. BUZZ is unmistakably related to the original Volkswagen Microbus that epitomized the Sixties. “After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva,” Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess said of the decision, “we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car’.”center_img The result will be a zero-emissions vehicle intended for flexibility. Its iteration of the MEB will have all-wheel drive as an option, VW has suggested, with final power, range, and other specifications yet to be confirmed. The concept Microbus had AWD, 369 HP, and a 111 kWh battery pack that is said to be good for close to 300 miles of range. A 150 kW fast-charging system would get it from 0- to 80-percent in 30 minutes. Inside, meanwhile, VW is promising full-size SUV capacity on a midsize SUV footprint. That’s helped by the drivetrain and batteries being low down, under the floor. For the concept there was seating for eight or 162.5 cubic feet of cargo with the seats folded. The production version will come in minibus and I.D. BUZZ CARGO forms for work hauling. Volkswagen has given the green-light to its I.D. BUZZ concept, with plans to put the electric VW Microbus into production. The decision, announced at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance today, will deliver one of the automaker’s most well-received concepts to dealerships, atop its brand new electrified platform. According to VW, the demands to build a production version of the I.D. BUZZ have been frequent and vocal since the concept bus was first shown off. last_img read more

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LG HERE join forces on selfdriving car tech

first_imgLG boats of its lead in the telematics market, since 2013 even, providing access to key communications and location technologies, like GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. LG is also one of the key proponents for 5G, which has recently been ratified in a large part.HERE, on the other hand, at one point nearly rivaled Google Maps in the market. Since its acquisition by a consortium comprised of Audi, BMW, and Daimler, it has steered its ship towards more automotive applications rather than consumer products.Its latest product is HD Live Map, a cloud-based map service that can integrate with existing driver assistance systems and self-driving solutions rather than develop an entire autonomous vehicle system by itself. Being cloud-based, however, HD Live Map is naturally at the mercy of network communications technologies, which is where LG comes in.AdChoices广告While a car gathers data from cameras, radars, lidars, and other sensors, LG’s network communication technologies will send that data to HERE’s HD Live Map system. That, in turn, will combine data from other nearby vehicles via V2X (vehicle-to-everything) technologies in order to provide accurate and customized driving information to each vehicle. Neither company has revealed any timeline, let alone car maker partners for this new telematics solution.SOURCE: LG No, LG isn’t making autonomous vehicles. It isn’t even making its own in-vehicle unit itself. Instead, it is hooking up with HERE, formerly owned by Nokia, to provide car and head unit makers with a new telematics platform that will leverage the two companies’ key strengths in order to give self-driving cars a better picture of the world around them. Basically, it’s a partnership that bundles HERE’s navigation technology and LG’s communication expertise for the cars of the future.last_img read more

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Windows 7 end of support countdown starts with nagging reminders

first_imgThey say that all good things must come to an end. What they often fail to say is that what follows may not exactly be better or even just as good. After a disastrous Windows Vista release, Microsoft was able to salvage its reputation with Windows 7. Given how Windows 8, 8.1, and now 10 have substantially changed things, not many users were keen to move on from Windows 7. They soon won’t have any choice if they still want to receive critical updates and Microsoft will start repeatedly reminding them of that. Microsoft pushed out a simple update to Windows 7, named KB4493132, that did one and one thing only. It added and enabled notices of Windows 7’s upcoming end of life and to “encourage” them to upgrade to Windows 10, not even Windows 8.1. It might bring up nightmares of Microsoft’s last update reminder fiasco, but it seems that it at least offers the option not to be reminded again.Windows 7 support formally end on January 14, 2020. Released in October 2009, Windows 7 has had a good run and is one of the few versions of Windows that may actually be fondly remembered. Users can opt not to update at all but they’ll be on their own with unpatched systems that could be exploited more easily without any updates.Ironically, Microsoft has given some users fewer reasons to jump ship immediately. It has just announced that it is making available parts of DirectX 12, exclusive to Windows 10 only, available for games like World of Warcraft on Windows 7. It is also offering a paid extension for Enterprise customers for another year.Users who do want safe and secure systems will have no choice but to upgrade to Windows 10. Their worries, however, won’t be coming from external actors but from within. For all the good that Windows 10 brings, it will probably go down in history as having the worst track record of updates that break users’ PCs or, worse, delete their files. Story TimelineWindows 7 support is ending next year, Microsoft urges Windows 10 upgradesGoogle reports Windows 7 exploit, urges upgrade to Windows 10Microsoft’s hated desktop notifications are coming back to Windows 7last_img read more

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High Court Turns Away Challenge To Obama Administration Stem Cell Policy

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. High Court Turns Away Challenge To Obama Administration Stem Cell Policy Meanwhile, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case involving Medicaid and malpractice awards. In addition, the justices rejected an appeal from Social Security recipients who don’t want Medicare benefits.Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Obama Stem Cell PolicyThe Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to President Obama’s policy of expanding government-funded research using embryonic stem cells that scientists say may offer hope for new treatments for spinal injuries and Parkinson’s disease (Savage, 1/7).McClatchy: Supreme Court Case Involves Medical Malpractice Awards, MedicaidSandra and William E. Armstrong’s 12-year-old daughter will never learn of the Supreme Court’s deliberations Tuesday, though the results could change her life. The young Taylorsville, N.C., resident is deaf and blind. She cannot sit, crawl, walk or converse. She’s the victim, her parents say, of negligence by the troubled doctor who delivered her. She’s at the center of a high-level legal case that pits state governments against the Obama administration and afflicted families. What the high court ultimately decides, after the hourlong oral argument Tuesday, could shape how states stake claims on medical malpractice awards that Medicaid beneficiaries win (Doyle, 1/7). The Associated Press/Washington Post: Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal From Social Security Recipients Who Don’t Want MedicareThe Supreme Court has turned away a challenge from former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and other Social Security recipients who say they have the right to reject Medicare in favor of continuing health coverage from private insurers (1/7).last_img read more

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Cancellation Notices Uncertainty Over Doctors In New Plans Spur Concerns

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Cancellation Notices, Uncertainty Over Doctors In New Plans Spur Concerns News outlets report on a range of policy issues related to the health law’s implementation.  Kaiser Health News: Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law ChangesHealth plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies (Gorman and Appleby, 10/21). The Texas Tribune: Uncertainty In Marketplace Health Plans Concerns DoctorsAs consumers weigh coverage options available in the newly launched federal health insurance marketplace, three of the largest medical associations in Texas have raised concerns about the uncertainty of provider networks offered by health plans in the marketplace (Aaronson, 10/18).Los Angeles Times: Insurer Health Net Overhauls Its Operations Preparing For ObamacareHealth Net Inc. sees a big opportunity in Obamacare. Although some insurers have taken a cautious approach to the Affordable Care Act, the Woodland Hills managed care company is actively seeking to cover thousands of previously uninsured people under the new healthcare system (Pfeifer, 10/20).In addition, fresh legal tests to the health law will be heard this week –The Wall Street Journal: Health Law Faces New Legal ChallengesThe health law championed by President Barack Obama survived one major legal challenge in last year’s Supreme Court ruling, but it will face fresh legal tests starting this week. Federal judges in Washington, D.C., and Virginia will consider whether the text of the statute prevents the administration from offering subsidized health insurance to millions of low- and middle-income Americans (Palazzolo, 10/20).last_img read more

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First Edition October 25 2013

first_imgFirst Edition: October 25, 2013 Today’s headlines include reports and analyses of yesterday’s Capitol Hill hearing, which featured website contractors talking about the troubled rollout of healthcare.gov. Kaiser Health News: Health On The Hill: Lawmakers Challenge Healthcare.gov Contractors On Website ProblemsKaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey and Politico Pro’s Jennifer Haberkorn discuss recent events on Capitol Hill. For more than four hours in a hearing Thursday, House Energy and Commerce Committee members grilled contractors who helped build the health law’s problem-plagued online insurance marketplace (10/24). Read the transcript or listen to the conversation.Kaiser Health News: A Reader Asks: I Don’t Have Children, So Why Do I Have To Buy Pediatric Dental Insurance?Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers a question about pediatric dental insurance (10/25). Read the exchange.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Administration Says 700,000 Have Applied For Coverage; Medical Schools See Record Numbers Of EnrolleesNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Phil Galewitz reports on administration estimates about how many people have sought insurance coverage: “The Obama administration said Thursday that 700,000 people have completed applications for coverage in the health law’s new marketplaces — a key step before people can begin shopping for insurance plans” (Galewitz, 10/24).Also on Capsules, Ankita Rao reports that medical schools are experiencing a record level of enrollees: “About 20,000 students enrolled in medical school in 2013, around 2.8 percent more than the year before, according to the data distributed by the Association of American Medical Colleges on Thursday. First-time applications were also up by almost 6 percent” (Rao, 10/24). Check out what else is on the blog.The Washington Post: Full Testing Of Healthcare.gov Began Too Late, Contractors SayPrivate contractors in charge of building the federal online health insurance marketplace testified Thursday that the administration went ahead with the Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov despite insufficient testing. In their first public remarks since the debut of the problem-ridden insurance exchange, executives of the main IT companies told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that full tests of the Web site that should have been carried out months in advance, but began just two weeks before its rollout (Somashekhar and Goldstein, 10/24).The New York Times: Contractors Describe Limited Testing of Insurance Web SiteFederal officials did not fully test the online health insurance marketplace until two weeks before it opened to the public on Oct. 1, contractors told Congress on Thursday. While individual components of the system were tested earlier, they said, the government did not conduct “end-to-end-testing” of the system until late September (Pear, 10/24).Los Angeles Times: Health Website Contractors Acknowledge Late Changes, Limited TestsDevelopers of the troubled Obamacare website confirmed Thursday that a last-minute decision requiring users to sign up before shopping for insurance caused the system to bottleneck and acknowledged they did not conduct an “end to end” test until just before this month’s botched rollout. The federal contractors sought to shift responsibility for the more than $400-million project to the Obama administration, providing fuel for Republicans who want to kill the Affordable Care Act (Mascaro and Hennessey, 10/24).The Wall Street Journal: Botched Launch Of Health Site Blamed On Poor CoordinationNo one in the government made sure the many complex parts of the federal health-insurance website worked together properly, and testing of the complete site didn’t take place until two weeks before its Oct. 1 launch, contractors said at the first congressional hearings into the matter. The website’s botched launch has become the biggest threat to the success of President Barack Obama’s health law, just days after Democrats beat back a Republican bid to defund it. More Democrats said Thursday that penalties on those who lack health insurance—a linchpin of the law—should be delayed because of the difficulties many people have had in navigating the site (Schatz, 10/25).Politico: Contractors Grilled On The Hill Top Obamacare contractors said Thursday they never recommended that the Obama administration delay the Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov — even though some of them harbored doubts about a website that would crash shortly after it went live. Republicans pressed four contractors appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on why they had told Congress in September that Obamacare’s online enrollment system was on track, only to go off the rails in October (Haberkorn and Millman, 10/24).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Contractors: Obama Admin. Left Little Time For Testing Health Care Site And Made Late ChangesWho’s to blame? The first congressional hearing into what went wrong dug into issues of website architecture and testing protocols — but also re-stoked the partisan battle over President Barack Obama’s signature expansion of health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. Republicans who’ve been trying to kill the program the past three years sounded outraged that it is being poorly carried out, while Democrats jeered them as political hypocrites (10/24).Politico: Obamacare Website Hearing Takeaways: Missing Word Was ‘Sorry’So now we know the contractors’ side of the Obamacare website debacle: They did a great job, the bad decisions weren’t their fault, and they’re fixing it. Thursday’s standing-room-only hearing on the snakebit federal Obamacare enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, saw a parade of witnesses who weren’t about to take responsibility for the disaster. We just do what the client asks, they said — and in this case, the client was the Obama administration (Nather, 10/24).The Washington Post’s Post Politics: Pallone: House Health-Care Hearing A ‘Monkey Court’Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) derided today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing as a “monkey court,” accusing Republicans of exhibiting false concern during testimony and chastising them for raising security concerns that he said were specious. “You are trying to scare people so they won’t apply,” he said, adding that he believes the Republicans’ true purpose is to undermine people’s trust in the new health-care law so that it has to be delayed or repealed. His outburst came after two Republicans alleged that the federal marketplace does not adequately protect people’s medical privacy (Somashekhar and Eilperin, 10/24).USA Today/The Arizona Republic: Sebelius Promises Fixes To Health Care SiteAs a congressional panel probed her agency’s oversight of the federal health care website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday during a visit to Arizona that a team of government and private-sector technology experts are working around the clock to fix the problem-filled website. Following a tour of a Phoenix call center that handles enrollment and a community health center, Sebelius acknowledged that the website, Healthcare.gov, has not operated as seamlessly as she had hoped when it launched Oct. 1 (Alltucker, 10/25).Politico: Kathleen Sebelius Hits Back At CriticsHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took a swipe at those calling for her resignation over the troubled launch of the Obamacare enrollment site, saying she doesn’t work for them. “The majority of people calling for me to resign, I would say, are people who I don’t work for and do not want this program to work in the first place,” Sebelius said Thursday during a press availability, according to the Associated Press (McCalmont, 10/25).Politico: CMS Obamacare Briefing Day One: It’s Getting BetterThe Obama administration’s tech “surge” to repair the Obamacare enrollment system may be more of a slow crawl — but a senior official said Thursday she’s confident the system will be running smoothly for consumers by mid-December. The agency quarterbacking the repair process told reporters Thursday that any fixes to HealthCare.gov would be “incremental.” Consumers may not even detect them (Cheney, 10/24).Los Angeles Times: Nearly 700,000 Applications Completed At Heatlhcare.Gov, Officials SayNearly 700,000 applications for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act have been completed, administration officials said Thursday, although they would not release data on how many people successfully enrolled in insurance plans despite problems with the online marketplace. The updated figure comes as administration officials tried to respond to complaints and finger-pointing from the contractors who built the troubled website, www.healthcare.gov (Hennessey, 10/24).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Health-Insurance Applications Near 700,000Nearly 700,000 Americans have completed applications for health insurance using federal and state insurance marketplaces, an Obama administration spokeswoman said Thursday, trying to parry characterizations of the health-law rollout as a failure and a disaster. Thursday was the first of what the administration says will be daily briefings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, the agency in charge of the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website (Dooren, 10/24).The Washington Post: State Insurance Boards Frustrated With Obamacare Technical GlitchesCommissioners responsible for overseeing insurance industries in states relying on the federal government to run health-care exchanges are hearing from consumers who can’t log into Web sites, and some aren’t hearing back when they call Washington for answers. At the same time, the Department of Health and Human Services says its Web site, HealthCare.gov, is working better every day. More than 700,000 applications have been completed, many through the Web site, according to a department spokeswoman (Wilson, 10/25).The New York Times: In White House Pitches, Rosy View Of Health Care SiteJust days before HealthCare.gov went live with disastrous results, top White House officials were excitedly briefing lawmakers, reporters, Capitol Hill staff members and Washington pundits on their expectations for the government’s new health care Web site. … In fact, the rosy presentations set President Obama up for even more criticism when the portal was swamped by millions of people who quickly found out they could not log on. The technical problems that emerged have raised questions — still not entirely answered — about how much the president’s aides knew, or should have known, about the site’s troubles (Shear and Stolberg, 10/24).The Washington Post: Maryland Shelves Educational Workshops For Small-Business Health Insurance ExchangeIt isn’t just the federal health insurance exchange that is running into problems. Some of the state-run exchanges are facing their own setbacks — including the one in Maryland. State health officials, who already missed the federal government’s deadline to launch an insurance exchange for small businesses, have quietly nixed plans to hold informational sessions this month to educate employers about their soon-to-open insurance marketplace (Harrison, 10/24).Politico: Democrats’ United Front CracksThe great Democratic unity of 2013 held for five-and-a-half days. For weeks leading up to the shutdown — and over the 16 days it dragged on — President Barack Obama did the unthinkable: he held every Democrat in the House and Senate together. There weren’t any defectors. There wasn’t even anyone running to reporters to question his strategy. The man who’d disappointed them so many times was suddenly exciting them, with his newly apparent backbone and successful resistance to Republicans. They were rushing to do whatever they could to stand by him, next to him, with him (Dovere, 10/25).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: More Democrats Seek Delay In Health-Law PenaltyMore Democrats called for a delay in a core element of the federal health law, with two senators blasting the Obama administration’s rollout of a health-insurance website and its response to public criticism. Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.), who is up for re-election in 2014, said in a Thursday statement that the $95 penalty on individuals who fail to enroll in a health insurance plan should be waived for two months. That penalty starts at $95 for 2014 tax returns. A few hours earlier, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) said in a television interview that the U.S. needs to consider delaying the penalty, which as at the heart of the 2010 law designed to prod Americans without health insurance into buying coverage (Hughes, 10/24). Politico: Senate Leaders Consider Health ExchangesSenate leaders are beginning to make the tough choice about whether to put their staffers on Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. Three members of Senate leadership all plan to place their aides on the health exchanges, they confirmed to POLITICO. They are: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 3 in GOP leadership; Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the No. 4 among Senate Republicans; and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), No. 4 in Senate Democratic leadership and the Senate Budget Committee chairwoman (Everett, 10/24).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Both Sides Agree: No ‘Grand Bargain’ Budget Agreement In Upcoming Congressional NegotiationsLong-standing, entrenched differences over taxes make a large-scale budget pact virtually impossible, according to lawmakers, their aides and observers who will be monitoring the talks. Republicans say they simply won’t agree to any further taxes atop the 10-year, $600 billion-plus tax increase on upper-income earners that President Barack Obama and Democrats muscled through Congress in January. Without higher taxes, Democrats say they won’t yield to cuts in benefit programs like Medicare (10/25).The Washington Post: Lawmakers Now Focusing On Replacing Sequester Spending CutsBut the two parties remain far apart on the question of how to replace the sequester cuts, which are scheduled to slice about $100 billion a year out of agency budgets through 2021. Democrats are insisting that even a partial replacement of the cuts — which are set to hit the Pentagon particularly hard next year — must include new revenue raised by closing tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy. Republicans want to replace the agency cuts by trimming spending on Medicare and other long-term expenses, such as pensions for federal workers. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and on Thursday, Ryan, have ruled out new taxes, saying they would rather stick with the sequester (Montgomery, 10/24).The Associated Press/Washington Post: CBO: Raising Medicare Eligibility Age Produces Smaller Savings Than Previously ThoughtRaising the eligibility age for enrolling in Medicare won’t produce nearly the cost savings that had been assumed previously, said a new report issued Thursday. The Congressional Budget Office analysis says that phasing in an increase in the eligibility age from 65 to 67 years old would lower the budget deficit by just $19 billion over the coming decade. Savings would rise more in future years, however (10/24).NPR: Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight ContinuesThe fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law. The measure bans abortions at 20 weeks, adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Some clinics have shut down, saying they can’t comply with the law set to go into effect Oct. 29 (Lohr, 10/25).The New York Times: Visiting Nurse Service Cuts 500 WorkersThe move is new evidence of the turbulence in the home-care industry under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s sweeping redesign of Medicaid, which has transferred tens of thousands of people receiving long-term help from a fee-for-service system to managed care, in an effort to save money and reduce nursing home use (Bernstein, 10/24).The Wall Street Journal: Fight Against HIV Hits A Roadblock, New Study ShowsNew research has dealt a setback to scientists’ quest for a cure for HIV, finding that the virus might be harder to eliminate from the human body than previously thought. The study, published Thursday, found that the amount of potentially active HIV that lurks in infected immune-system cells could be up to 60 times as large as previously observed. That poses a major hurdle for a promising strategy researchers have hoped might one day eradicate the virus and enable HIV patients to go off therapy (Winslow and McKay, 10/24).The Wall Street Journal: FDA Recommends New Limits On Pain DrugsThe Food and Drug Administration Thursday recommended imposing far more severe restrictions on the prescribing of the most commonly used narcotic painkilling drugs in the U.S., an effort to combat their widespread abuse. The move will fundamentally change the use of medicines taken by millions of Americans to alleviate acute pain, such as broken bones or following dental surgery (Burton and Martin, 10/24). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Best Laptop Deals in the UK for June 2019 – Bargains for

first_imgRelated: Amazon Prime Day Laptop Deals(Back to top)Best Laptop Deals – ArgosArgos might not be known for its computing sales, but we’ve seen this retailer offering the best price on great laptops countless times in the past. Here are our picks of the moment. Best Argos Laptop DealsMicrosoft Surface Pro 6 Intel Core i5 8GB 128GB Laptop & Type CoverThis great deal from Argos sees you picking up a Surface Pro 6 laptop-tablet for £100 less than Microsoft’s RRP, and comes with a Type Cover keyboard dock (usually priced at £100).Argos|Save £200|£779.00View Deal£779.00|Save £200|ArgosMicrosoft Surface Pro 12.3-Inch 2-in-1 LaptopA good price for this stylish 2-in-1 with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM and Surface Pen compatibility.Argos|Save £500|Now £749.00View DealNow £749.00|Save £500|ArgosMicrosoft Surface Book 2 13-Inch 2-in-1 LaptopThis compact laptop features a 13-inch 3000 x 2000 resolution display, 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM and a powerful dual-core Intel Core i5 7300U processor.Argos|Save £100|Now £1,099.00View DealNow £1,099.00|Save £100|Argos (Back to top)Best Laptop Deals – John LewisJohn Lewis price matches other retailers like-for-like but, due to the nature of laptop specifications, it can sometimes be tricky to find an identical model between retailers. John Lewis also sells some exclusive models. You get a 2 year warranty on many models, which helps John Lewis stand apart. Best John Lewis Laptop DealsLenovo YOGA 330 81A60009UK Convertible Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB, 128GB eMMC, 11.6”, Mineral GreyA very flexible Windows 10 portable with an 11.6-inch touchscreen and a handy flip-around hinge. You get a 3 year guarantee with it, too.John Lewis|Reduced to clear|Now £299.95View DealNow £299.95|Reduced to clear|John LewisApple MacBook 12″, Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 615, GoldYou can get Apple’s MacBook at this cut price from a variety of sources right now, but with John Lewis, gets you that 2-year guarantee.John Lewis|Save £366|Now £799View DealNow £799|Save £366|John Lewis2017 Apple MacBook 12″, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 615, SilverHere’s he more capable MacBook model with the same hefty discount and John Lewis’s magical 2-year guarantee.John Lewis|Save £340|£999View Deal£999|Save £340|John LewisMacBook 12″ with Retina Display (2018) – 256 GB SSD, GoldAn unmissable deal, save on this fantastic device ideal as a lifestyle or work laptop. It will easily breeze through web browsing, spreadsheets and video streaming.Currys|Save £450|£799.00View Deal£799.00|Save £450|Currys (Back to top)Best Laptop Deals – AmazonWith so many products on Amazon, it can sometimes be difficult to work out what’s a good deal and what’s not. Fear not, these top-notch discounts are legitimate money-savers. Best Amazon Laptop DealsApple MacBook Air 2018 – GoldA great price for Apple’s latest compact laptop, which packs a 13.3-inch Retina display, Touch ID, and an i5 processor.Amazon|Save £130|Now £999.97View DealNow £999.97|Save £130|AmazonApple MacBook Pro – Space GreyPick up a 2018 MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage, a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, and a 13-inch screen for less on Prime Day 2019.Amazon|Save £180|Now £1269View DealNow £1269|Save £180|AmazonHuawei Matebook X PRO 13.9″ – GreyA compelling Ultrabook with top notch hardware and a sleek design. This is a desirable MacBook Pro rival at a decent price.Amazon|Save £324.84|Now £1299.99View DealNow £1299.99|Save £324.84|AmazonAcer Aspire 7 A715-71G Gaming Notebook – (Intel Core i5-7300HQ, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2G, 15.6″ FHD Display, Black)This inexpensive Acer gaming laptop just got even more bargainous – get a laptop with a huge 1TB of storage and dedicated Nvidia graphics for under £700.Amazon|Save £150|Now £702.74View DealNow £702.74|Save £150|Amazon (Back to top)Best Laptop Deals – VeryVery frequently has great deals on budget laptops under £200, so if you only have basic needs, it’s worth having a look. These are our top picks right now. Best Very Laptop DealsApple MacBook Air (2017) 13 inch, Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, 8Gb RAM, 128Gb SSD with Optional MS Office 365 Home – SilverThe latest MacBook Air is a notable improvement, but that means you can get a hefty saving on the still-decent 2017 model.VERY|Save £170|Now £779View DealNow £779|Save £170|VERYAcer Aspire 3 A314-31 Intel Pentium N4200, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 14 inch Laptop with Microsoft Office Included – BlackThe Acer Aspire 3 14 inch Laptop is a great laptop for everyday life, and at a very affordable price.VERY|Save £110|Now £299.99View DealNow £299.99|Save £110|VERYDell Inspiron Chromebook 14 7000 2-in-1One of the best Chromebooks we’ve ever tested, the 7000 2-in-1 is a metal-clad laptop-tablet hybrid which comes with its own stylus.VERY|Save £150|Now £479.99View DealNow £479.99|Save £150|VERY Deals Product Deals ——————————————————————————————————–Grab these great Prime Day savingsSave £40 on the Kindle Paperwhite£160 off the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook 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. Best Laptop Deals in the UK: Whether you’re working on the go or looking to replace a bulky desktop, picking up a great laptop deal has never been easier.The sheer range of laptops can be dizzying to any potential buyer, though. Prices can range from a few hundred to several thousand pounds, reflecting the enormous variety of components and specifications that are out there.We’re here to help. Below you’ll find a link to our round-up of the best laptops on the market. This particular feature, though, is all about guiding you to the best laptop deals.Related: Best LaptopsWhether you’re a professional video editor, a hardcore gamer, a busy writer, or a stressed-out student, we can show you a laptop that will meet your needs.We monitor the UK’s biggest online retailers for any fresh and appealing laptop deals. We’ve been sure to include a selection of laptops that will suit every occasion and budget.If you don’t see something you like, stick a bookmark in this page. We update it regularly, so there’s bound to be a deal for you along shortly.Jump to laptop deals:Currys PC World | Amazon | Argos | John Lewis | VeryAll prices were correct at the time of publication, but do tend to change quickly. Act fast if you want to snap up a bargain.Best Laptop Deals – Currys PC WorldCurrys PC World is currently offering £20 off Microsoft Office when you buy any Windows 10 laptop, sweetening its deals further. Best Currys PC World Laptop DealsApple MacBook 12-inch with Retina Display (2018) – 256 GB SSD, GoldGet this Apple MacBook with a 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM and a 12 hour battery and save an incredible £450.Currys PC World|Save £450|Now £799.00View DealNow £799.00|Save £450|Currys PC WorldLenovo IdeaPad 330s – 14-inch laptopThe Lenovo IdeaPad 300s was already a bargain, and ideal for basic PC work – now you can pick one up with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM up for even less.Currys PC World|Save £130|Now £399View DealNow £399|Save £130|Currys PC WorldDell Inspiron 15 7000 laptopIf you’re after a workhorse laptop, you can currently pick up this 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron laptop. Powered by a Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake CPU and Nvidia NX150 graphics, it’ll breeze through your to-do list.Currys PC World|Save £100|Now £799.00View DealNow £799.00|Save £100|Currys PC WorldHP 14-ck0596sa 14-inch Intel Core i5 Laptop – 128 GB SSD, SilverThis all-rounder is priced so as not to break the bank, yet it’ll handle some fairly advanced tasks thanks to an i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.Currys PC World|Save £200|Now £499View DealNow £499|Save £200|Currys PC WorldHP 14-ck0501sa 14-inch Intel Core i7 Laptop – 256 GB SSD, SilverHP’s laptop fives you a fast core i& CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 26GB SSD, making it great for video editors and other high-end tasks.Currys PC World|Save £250|Now £599View DealNow £599|Save £250|Currys PC WorldPixel Slate 12.3″ Intel® Core™ m3 2 in 1 Chromebook – 64 GB eMMC, BlueThis versatile tablet/laptop hybrid puts Google’s Chrome OS at your fingertips, giving you fast access to your documents and sheets when you’re working, and Netflix, iPlayer and the rest for when you’re not.Currys PC World|Save £150|£599.00View Deal£599.00|Save £150|Currys PC World This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. (Back to top)Choosing a laptop dealHow much power do you need?First off, decide what you actually need a laptop for. If it’s only basic productivity, think a bit of word processing and browsing, then an entry-level laptop below £300 can likely do the trick. Or even a Chromebook.These are basic laptops that run Chrome OS, and they’re great if you only have basic needs. They’re a great choice for students who just need something for writing essays and note-taking. Keep in mind that installing software isn’t as straightforward as on a macOS or Windows-based laptop.Spend a little more, and you can pick something up that can handle more intensive tasks like video or image editing. It’s here you might come across laptops with different Intel core processors. Have a read of our Intel processor and AMD processor guides for more information on the differences. There are a whole section on laptop processors and what to look for.The most expensive laptops will be gaming models. These will have meaty processors as well as dedicated graphics cards. They’re not just good for gaming, though, as those GPUs can also help with tasks like video rendering to make those processes faster, too.Different form factorsLaptops nowadays come in a whole range of form factors, too. Not just different-sized screens, although that’s important. If you want something portable, you might want to look at a 13- or 14-inch model as these tend to be more shoulder friendly. Have a look at the weight before picking one if you’re on the road a lot.But besides screen size, some laptops have tricks up their sleeves. There are 2-in-1s and convertibles. You can think of the former like tablets that can dock with a keyboard, whereas the latter have a hinge that let you bend them backwards in either tent mode or as a tablet. Both of these are versatile, letting you have a touch-based tablet experience alongside the productivity of having a keyboard.Larger laptops tend to be powerhouses, particularly where gaming is concerned. If you do want to use your laptop as a gaming machine then make sure that the one you go for has a dedicated graphics card and plenty of RAM to handle all the action. Then again, your choice may depend on the type of games you intend to play. Something like Minecraft is fairly forgiving where CPU is concerned, and could even run on some tablet hybrids, but just don’t expect to play a high-end game like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on the same device.Battery lifeThe next big deciding factor is also battery life. If you’re looking for a desktop replacement and plan to have your laptop plugged into the mains all the time, this isn’t such an issue. If you’re constantly going to be away from power, you’ll want something with strong battery life, so have a look at our reviews before making a decision.Of course, if you’re favouring battery life all other features then you might want to consider buying a high-end tablet. While not as fully featured as laptops, tablets can be used nowadays as devices for most day-to-day work without requiring a charge for several hours. Plus, their portability will allow you to carry the device and its charging cable without much hassle. If buying a new tablet is starting to sound like a more appealing endeavour then head on over to our collection of the best tablet deals available right now.Want to stay up to date with Amazon Prime Day 2019? 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. (Back to top)Best Laptop Deals – eBay Best eBay Laptop DealsASUS ROG FX503 15.6 Inchi5 8GB 1TB GTX1060 Gaming LaptopHere’s an interestingoption for those who want to game on the go. A GTX1060 GPU, Intel i5 processor and 8GB of RAM should be able to handle the biggest games pretty well.eBay|Save £50|£699.99View Deal£699.99|Save £50|eBayASUS ROG FX503 15.6 Inch i5 8GB 1TB GTX1060 Gaming Laptop [OK]You can save a further £75 on this well-specced Surface laptop using the current PURE20 code.AO on eBay|Save £630|£899.00View Deal£899.00|Save £630|AO on eBay 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.last_img read more

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Canada just racked up a record trade deficit as the value of

first_img Twitter advertisement Recommended For YouDollar firm on upbeat U.S. data; pound and euro on the back footAsia shares subdued, dollar benefits as sterling suffersAmazon in deal with German watchdog to overhaul marketplace termsAustralia bank watchdog faces funding challenge as it becomes powerfulU.S., Japan eye possible small trade deal by September – sources The Canadian Press Email Comment Join the conversation → Pumpjacks are shown pumping crude oil near Halkirk, Alta.Larry MacDougal / THE CANADIAN PRESS Reddit 18 Comments March 6, 201911:16 AM EST Filed under News Economy center_img Canada just racked up a record trade deficit as the value of our oil exports plunged 21% Energy exports lowest in two years Sponsored By: More Featured Stories What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Share this storyCanada just racked up a record trade deficit as the value of our oil exports plunged 21% Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s merchandise trade deficit grew to a record $4.6 billion in December as lower crude oil prices prompted a drop in exports.The result followed a trade deficit of $2.0 billion in November.Exports were down 3.8 per cent to $46.3 billion in December. We’re getting a look at the true state of Canada’s economy — and it’s no world beater Canada’s economy practically grinds to a halt — and nobody saw it coming Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The latest charts that matter most to the Bank of Canada Exports of energy products fell 21.7 per cent to $6.4 billion in December, the lowest level since July 2016. Excluding energy products, exports were essentially unchanged in December.Total imports rose 1.6 per cent to $50.9 billion in December.Imports of energy products rose 19.7 per cent to $3.3 billion while imports of motor vehicles and parts were up 4.0 per cent to $9.4 billion in December. Facebook ← Previous Next →last_img read more

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Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Race Challenger Model X Model S

Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Crush Corvette At The Strip Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 15, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Performance Hits 60 MPH In Record-Setting 3.13 Seconds 10 photos As we noted before, Thunder Mountain’s ~ 5,814-foot elevation gives a nice advantage to EVs. Traditional ICE cars will find performance hindered at higher altitudes due to the thinner air. This problem may be able to be solved by way of a turbocharged or supercharged engine, though the best solution is to drive a Tesla!In the first race, the Tesla Model 3 Performance faces off against the Model X 100D. You can probably guess how that one turns out. Next up, the 3P lines up next to a Dodge Challenger R/T, which is powered by a 375-horsepower Hemi V8. We won’t spoil that one for you either, however, we will say that if you’re a Tesla fan, you’ll be happy with the results.The final race features Erik in his Tesla Model 3 Performance versus a Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous. You’ll have to watch to see what happens in that one. Let’s just say, we think they’ll be doing it over again very soon.TESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE Car And Driver Puts Tesla Model 3 Performance To The Test Source: Electric Vehicle News How do these three Teslas fare at the drag strip?Colorado-based YouTuber Erik Strait (DAErik) is back out at Bandimere Speedway, this time with his Tesla Model 3 Performance, a Model X 100D, a Model S P100DL, and a Dodge Challenger. Bandimere — known by the NHRA as Thunder Mountain — is located partly up the Rockies in Morrison, Colorado, not far from Denver.Check Out These Stories: read more

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Arcimoto Kicks Off Production Of Pilot Run Of Electric FUV

As the Beta hits the road, the company began manufacturing its new 25-unit Pilot Series. The last step will be series production for customers.“The Pilot Series, now in production, marks the transition to semi-automated manufacture of all custom frame and chassis components completely in-house at the Arcimoto Manufacturing Plant. These vehicles represent the final production series of the FUV before Retail Series production begins, expected by the end of 2018.”Arcimoto says that demand for FUV is strong with more than 3,000 pre-orders (at $100 refundable deposits each). The average price of FUVs is expected to be $15,000.Mark Frohnmayer, President and Founder said:“On-roading the Beta Series is a huge step forward for Arcimoto. Our pace of production has improved between the Signature and Beta Series, from more than a year for the ten Signatures to just over a quarter for the first drives of fifteen Betas. We expect a similar increase in pace with the Pilot Series. With each FUV we build, we learn invaluable lessons on how to refine and streamline our manufacturing process as we march toward Retail Series production, expected later this year. The starting line is in sight, and we couldn’t be more amped.” Arcimoto Flaunts Its First FUV At The LA Auto Show If You Don’t Watch This Arcimoto Q2 Video, You’ll Regret It Arcimoto  Fun Utility Vehicle spec.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%; } Source: Electric Vehicle News Arcimoto Gets Amped, Delivers On Signature Series Promise See Also In the 12-month period following its September 21, 2017 IPO, Arcimoto has:Tripled the size of its staff, which now totals 77 full-time employees.Moved operations from a bodega design studio to the Arcimoto Manufacturing Plant (AMP).Improved manufacturing capabilities, demonstrating the ability to produce a finished vehicle from raw materials entirely in-house at the AMP.Completed production of ten Signature Series FUVs and begun a 15-unit Beta Series production run, reducing build time while improving vehicle quality.Announced the first two Arcimoto rental locations to open in Oregon and California, anticipated in Q4, 2018, which will combine rental operations and customer options.Grown pre-orders of the FUV to more than 3,000 units and counting.Demonstrated the FUV across the country, including major commercial auto shows, electric vehicle industry events, consumer ride-and-drives, and investor conferences.Rung the Closing Bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in April 2018 Arcimoto moves from Beta to Pilot production.Arcimoto, the Oregon-based manufacturer of the three-wheeler electric vehicle – Fun Utility Vehicle – announced that it has completed first drives of its 15-unit FUV Beta Series.Betas will be used for rental purposes (5 in Oregon, 5 in California) or were purchased by Arcimoto Pioneers, a group of key, early pre-order customers.“The Company expects that the Beta fleet will be used primarily as rental vehicles. Five are planned for use at an Arcimoto rental location, expected to open in the fourth quarter in Eugene, Oregon. Five are planned for use as rentals by the Company’s partner, HulaCar in San Diego. The final five FUVs have been purchased by Arcimoto Pioneers, a group of key, early pre-order customers.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 6, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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US Department Of Energy Reports 1 Million PlugIn Vehicles Sold

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Final Update: October 2018 U.S. Plug-In EV Sales Report Card The DOE based its report on cumulative data from Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne uses automaker sales data and compiles reports from multiple sources including J.D. Power and Associates, Electric Drive Transportation Association, Hybrid Cars Dashboard, Green Car Congress and InsideEVs.While we here at InsideEVs focus on vehicles with plugs, the research lab also looks at sales of hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. According to the data, hybrid vehicle sales have seen a significant drop off while plug-ins have seen dramatic increases in recent years. Although final hybrid data for 2018 will not be available until early next year.This forward momentum is likely to continue in 2019 and 2020 as more electric vehicles make it to market. It took roughly 10 years for plug-in vehicle sales to reach this point. The EV marketplace has certainly come a long way since the early days of the Nissan Leaf VS Chevy Volt. It wasn’t too long ago that Tesla was the scrappy underdog selling only the low volume Roadster and struggling to get the Model S into customer hands. That’s not even taking into account the early “modern” electrics like the EV1.It’s been a long road, getting from there to here. We expect the next million to arrive in a fraction of that time.Source: energy.gov Will The Tesla Model 3 Lead 2018 Global EV Sales? The Department of Energy (DOE) writes:As of October 2018, one million plug-in vehicles (PEV) have been sold in the United States. PEV sales began in December 2010 with sales of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. Other PEV models followed, but PEV sales remained below 5,000 per month until September 2012. Cumulative PEV sales reached 500,000 in September 2016. Sales have been greater than 20,000 per month since May 2018, with the highest being 45,000 in September 2018.center_img Renault Sold Over 5,000 Electric Cars In October 2018 Your plug-in vehicle is truly “one in a million”In the most recent “Fact of the Week” posted by the US Department of Energy, the government agency shared that 1 million plug-in vehicles (PHEVs and BEVs) have now been sold in the United States. This is of course not news to readers of InsideEVs since we had already estimated the lucky millionth plug-in would be sold in October. But further review and confirmation from the Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory certainly formalizes the occasion.More About Electric Vehicle Sales Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 29, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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PSA Providing 550 Citroën CZero Peugeot iOn To Free2Move Paris

first_img Car2go Announces Car Sharing In Paris: 400 Smart EQ Fortwo Paris Will Resume Service Of 1,000 Autolib Charging Stations Source: Electric Vehicle News Renault & ADA Launch Moov’in.Paris Car Sharing Free2Move offers also free parking in Paris as well as access to authorized public places and dedicated electric vehicles spaces (for example, Autolib).It will be interesting to see how well the short-range EVs will cope in Paris (dedicated teams will regularly recharge the cars).Brigitte Courtehoux, Free2Move CEO, said:“Within just two years of its launch, Free2Move already has more than 1.5 million users in 12 countries and a fleet of 65,000 vehicles. We are delighted to launch our car sharing service in Paris and we are also planning to expand our offering to the surrounding metropolitan area very soon.”center_img Car sharing in Paris The void after Autolib is slowly filling up in Paris.On December 3, Parisians finally will be able to use the new electric free-floating car-sharing service as PSA Group launches Free2Move Paris.Initially, there will be 550 Citroën C-Zero and Peugeot iOn (based on the good old Mitsubishi i-MiEV).Cars can be located and rented through Free2Move Paris app in two plans:€0.32/minute with a monthly subscription of €9.90 (no commitment) for regular use€0.39/minute with no subscription for occasional use Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 1, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Audi Teases ETron Sportback Prototype Testing In Finland Video

first_img More Audi E-Tron Sportback Electric Spy Photos Surface Audi e-tron Sportback in motion.After spy photographers already caught the Audi e-tron Sportback prototype from every angle, Audi decided to release an official video of the car being test driven in cold weather in Finland.There are no new details on the car though. All we know is that it’s a derivative of the Audi e-tron SUV with coupe-like style. Production (in Brussels, Belgium) and sales should begin by the end of 2019.Audi prototypes Source: Electric Vehicle News New Version Of More Powerful Audi E-Tron Spied: E-Tron Allroad? This Sportback version of the e-tron simply adds to the SUV e-tron in that it enables Audi to increase production and sales of the car, thereby driving down costs.Earlier today, Audi debuted its Q4 e-tron at the Geneva Motor Show. That rides on the MEB platform though and it a whole different type of car.Audi e-tron Sportback concept (2017) specs:95 kWh battery pack500 km/310 miles of range (NEDC)370 kW of powerdual motor all-wheel drive0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 4.5 seconds Audi E-Tron Sportback Electric Car Spied Winter Testing Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 5, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Honda e Prototype Is Beyond Adorable PhotosVideos

first_img Honda e Prototype Video Roundup: Cute, Tiny, Probably Pricey 4 photos Source: Electric Vehicle News Honda E Prototype To Spawn Into Family Of Small Electric Cars 24 photos Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 27, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img Honda e Prototype previews a new EV for EuropeThe Honda e Prototype shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show is on the outside a cute and sporty little car, while at the same time cozy and modern on the inside. The style combines retro design with the future.Sales of the production version should start in Europe by the end of this year. Honda will introduce the EV also in Japan.Honda news Those who didn’t have the opportunity to see the electric Honda in Geneva maybe can visit Milan Design Week (Milan Design Week) where e Prototype also will be present.Below we gathered all the images and videos with Honda e Prototype.Honda e Prototype specs:over 200 km (125 miles) of range in undisclosed test cyclebattery cells supplied by Panasonicrear-wheel drivefast charging to 80% in 30 minutes Honda E Prototype Revealed: Production-Bound Small, Sporty EV .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%; }.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%; }last_img read more

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Market Share Of NCM 811 LithiumIon Cells Increased To 2

first_imgIn China, NCM 811 already reached 4% market share in New Energy Vehicles. Globally, it’s at 2%.Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

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