iCloud vs Google Drive Apple ignites a price war for cloud storage

first_imgApple went into overdrive with the announcements it made yesterday during its WWDC 2017 keynote, but one small yet important change to iCloud wasn’t given much attention. It seems that Apple has reconsidered its iCloud pricing, ultimately giving heavy iCloud users more storage for their money. This could very well ignite a cloud storage pricing war between iCloud and competitors like Google Drive at a pretty important moment. Let’s start off with the changes Apple is making to iCloud. For quite some time now, Apple has offered a few different storage tiers. You have the option of getting 5GB for free, 50GB for $0.99 per month, 200GB for $2.99 per month, 1TB for $9.99 per month, and finally, 2TB for $19.99 per month. The changes Apple has implemented involve the 1TB and 2TB tiers.In fact, Apple is getting rid of the $19.99 tier entirely. As of yesterday, everyone on the $9.99 1TB plan has been automatically upgraded to 2TB of storage. As a result, Apple has updated its monthly pricing table for regions around the world, which you can check through the source link below.This is an interesting move, but it certainly seems premeditated. Yesterday, Apple announced a new Files feature for iPads coming in iOS 11. Files works a lot like a file manager on a traditional desktop, not only showing you the files and folders you have stored locally on your device, but also letting you directly pull files from a variety of cloud-based storage services.Notably, one of the services compatible with Files is Google Drive. With this change in pricing, Apple is pretty severely undercutting Google’s pricing, which still comes in at 1TB for $9.99 per month. Though Apple will allow you to easily access Google Drive, this pricing shift further cements the fact that Apple wants as many iOS users on iCloud as possible.This could very well spark a pricing war between Apple and Google. With Drive more easily accessible to iPad users in iOS 11, Google may be tempted to bump its 1TB tier up to 2TB, which in the end is a great thing for everyone, not just iOS users. We’ll have to watch how Google responds to this pricing shift in the coming weeks, but don’t be surprised to see Google make a few tweaks of its own.SOURCE: Apple Story TimelineiCloud.com now lets users restore deleted filesApple iCloud rises higher with new 2TB offerApple iCloud Calendar finally gets a “Report Junk” buttoniCloud Notes recovered well beyond Apple’s 30-day deletion windowlast_img read more

Meizu Pro 7 could have a second display on its back

first_imgWe aren’t entirely sure about the accuracy of this word of mouth rumor, especially considering how far out it looks in practice. In a way, it seems to combine the YotaPhone’s use of e-ink with LG’s not fullscreen second screen idea. But not all good ideas, when combined, yields another good idea.The leak comes in the form of photos of what is allegedly the Meizu Pro 7’s frame and back cover, showing a rather odd cutout on the left side of the device. The theory is that it would house a second display and an e-ink one at that.But what would be the use for such a second screen? Like the YotaPhone, it could show less dynamic content that you might want to see at a glance without waking up your main screen. Information like date and time, weather, and maybe notifications. It can show much more information than LG’s Second Screen, take up less space than YotaPhone’s version, and might cost less to make and consume less power.It still raises the question of “why?”. It is too small to be useful without squinting and its location seems to be begging to be accidentally activated, presuming it does have touch controls. Then again, this could just be someone’s crazy idea that may (or should) never see the light of day.VIA: GizmoChina Phones with second screens are nothing new. LG and HTC put a strip at the top of their phones. Yota even has a full-sized one made of e-ink. So when rumors swirl that Chinese OEM Meizu is planning to have one for its upcoming Pro 7, it might not be that much of a shock. But how and where it plans to implement it, at least based on these leaks, could be. That’s because the Meizu Pro 7 might have a somewhat small second display in just a small section of its back.last_img read more

As hacker steals 74M in Ethereum ETH price rises

first_imgThis morning an incident occurred that sent an apparent $7.4-million USD worth of cryptocurrency Ethereum to a malicious entity. This was more than likely a hacker who laid dormant with backend control over the website from whens the coin was stolen – until this morning. As a rather sizeable ICO (Initial Coin Offering) opened its doors for investors, this hacker changed the website’s target wallet. And boom! This secret wallet was full of $7.4-million USD worth of $ETH. This was CoindashThe site was Coindash, and their ICO was set to take place this morning. While the start of this ICO began like any other, it quickly turned sour. The way the site was apparently hacked was – I need to emphasize APPARENTLY – very simple.The “hacker” apparently got control or had control of the site at the point at which the Ethereum wallet address for the ICO was posted. According to the official Coindash channel on Slack, the ICO opened at local time 8:59 – and four minutes later, they made clear: “WEBSITE HACKED, don’t believe the website.”The screenshot above comes VIA Motherboard. Even after the 9:03 message, $ETH continued to roll in – of course – at which point the Coindash account wrote “GUYS WEBSITE IS HACKED! Don’t send your ETH!!!” on BitCoinTalk. Investors were less than pleased.Was this a scam?This MAY have been a scam – at best, it was a very bad series of decisions on the part of the people behind Coindash. This happened because the creators of Coindash didn’t use Ethereum the way Ethereum was meant to be used.It would seem that the Coindash crew wanted to offer some investors the chance to buy in early by posting the URL to their site – their site with a standard code to deposit Ethereum. What they SHOULD have done was to share their wallet code right away – but include an opening time at which the wallet could have Ether accepted. They could even have included an investor whitelist to their solidity code to allow VIP users the opportunity they promised.Coindash’s leadership should have released the correct address well in advance of the ICO. Because they didn’t, they set themselves up to potentially get their site hacked and the address to their wallet changed – which is exactly what happened. They very well should have used a solution like an ENS address to make their entire process as secure as possible.As it stands, the Coindash crew aren’t looking especially trustworthy at the moment. Especially considering the details included in this BitCoinTalk thread – be aware that this thread contains obscenities and slurs that SlashGear ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT endorse in any way.At the same time, Coindash developers are trying to calm investors. “All CoinDash investors will get their tokens,” said one Coindash developer in Slack, according to Motherboard. “We are working to solve the situation.”Ethereum Price EffectAs this relatively major event took place this morning, Ethereum prices seemed to fall – but only briefly. Since the event, the price of Ethereum has risen by nearly $20 USD. The price of Ethereum is up over $30 USD. As this article is set to publish, Ethereum’s price looks like it’s not going to tank any time soon.As it is with all articles about cryptocurrency, cryptocoins, Bitcoin, or anything money or investment-related, SlashGear nor the author are giving any sort of investment advice. The responsibility of any investments or value-holding actions taken by the reader are the reader’s own. Story TimelineWhy DigiByte’s price is soaring: $DGB, Minecraft, Memes, and CitibankCoinbase tipped at $1b valuation as demand for cryptocurrency soarsKeep your eye on $ETH or Ethereum’s major weaknessUnicode 10 arrives with bitcoin, hijab, Colbert emoji and moreWhy Ethereum crashed this week ($ETH)Bitcoin Mining graphics cards released by ASUS, Sapphire with NVIDIA, AMD insideMark Cuban called Bitcoin a bubble, now he supports an ICOlast_img read more

Plex adds Oculus and Gear VR support to its virtual reality app

first_imgPlex’s virtual reality app now supports Oculus and the Gear VR, expanding it beyond its former Daydream limitation. The Plex VR app was announced in January, enabling Daydream users to watch content using their virtual reality headset, including co-watching with a friend who is represented in-screen via an avatar. Those same features still exist, but they’re now available to more headset owners. Daydream, as great as it is, got a late start compared to Gear VR and Oculus. For that reason, many virtual reality users were left out when Plex released a VR app exclusive to the Daydream platform. Feedback on the new app has mostly been favorable and many non-Daydream users have been requesting support.Plex announced that support today, saying the new platforms “are amazing.” The company also says it is working to improve the Daydream experience, though it doesn’t go into details about that. The Plex VR app supports both 3D videos and 360-degree photos in addition to videos.As the screenshots above show, Plex has included a variety of environments in its app, enabling users to watch their favorite shows or movies from a virtual couch in a high-rise apartment, from a car in a drive-in theater, and more. Netflix and Hulu both do something similar, but Plex takes it up a notch with co-watching. There’s a minor exception, though — the co-watching feature won’t arrive on Gear VR immediately, instead being scheduled for ‘coming weeks.’SOURCE: Plex TVlast_img read more

Google Maps is about to get personal all the new features coming

first_imgAccording to Google, the navigation app’s upcoming redesigned Explore tab will serve as a “hub” where users find unique places nearby, as well as places that are new to them. The tab will present options based on the area the user is exploring within the map, the company explains. The section will also tie in data from local experts, show where notable “tastemakers” are at, factor in trusted publications, and more.The content isn’t limited to just restaurants, of course. Google demonstrated the Explore tab with things like annual arts and crafts fairs, marathons, sightseeing destinations, and similar. Options are also broken up by category, such as “dive bars” and places where literary notables visited. These things tie in other products via links; users can, for example, tap “Add to calendar” to add a suggested event to their calendar.The Explore tab isn’t passive, says Google, instead actively helping the user keep track of what they’ve done on the various lists. For example, users who visit the top restaurants for the destination will see them marked as such in the app, helping narrow down future activities.Google heavily emphasized AI and intelligent features in its keynote today, and we see that mission highlighted in its upcoming Google Maps update. The app will soon show users their “match” — that is, how likely they are to like a suggestion alongside an explanation about why it may be a match.That data, as you’ve likely guessed, is based on Google’s machine learning technology, which uses what the company knows about you to make the determination. Various pieces of data are factored into the rating, such as what you’ve rated other restaurants in the past, where you’ve already been, the drink and food preferences you’d have already given Google, and more.The match is presented next to the listing’s start rating; users see a Chrome-like circle next to a percentage reading “Your match.” Tap that match and a card will give brief information about why you got that rating — maybe you’ve already expressed interest in Mexican food, for example, and Google thinks this new place fits the bill.The changes continue from there. Google Maps is adding a feature that helps groups of people coordinate their interests, each person contributing to the creation of a shortlist of choices. Users then vote on those choices, narrowing it down to a single place. Reservations for the chosen destination can be made directly from Google Maps.Finally, Google Maps has a new “For you” tab in which the user finds things happening in the regions they’re into. The user has an option to follow specific neighborhoods and other locations; by doing so, For you will offer places to check out the next time you decide to venture into the region or you’re setting up an outing.Google promises the new Google Maps features will be arriving for everyone on Android and iOS around the globe “in coming months.” Google Maps is about to be revamped with a more personal experience, Google has revealed, helping users figure out where to eat, where to stop for drinks, and more. The company aims to eliminate the current seemingly endless scrolling involved with “recommended restaurants,” replacing it with faster, smarter suggestions. In coming months, users will see a new Explore tab and more.last_img read more

Review Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rdgen

first_imgStory Timeline2018 Lenovo Legion gaming towers and cubes detailed: Up CloseLenovo ThinkPad P52 is a VR-friendly 15-inch beastMoto One Power: Lenovo’s Android savior The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is a 2-in-1 alternative to the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga laptops. Unlike those models, the X1 Tablet can be used by itself as a slate or attached to a slim keyboard for a more traditional laptop experience. A built-in kickstand enables users to prop the tablet on a flat surface. The 3rd-generation model has a redesigned kickstand with two angles ideal for typing.The tablet sans keyboard measures 0.35in / 8.9mm thick; it sports the black matte finish found on other ThinkPad products, including the new X1 Carbon ultrabook. The kickstand is visible via two flat hinges and a line splitting the rear of the tablet horizontally. When popped open, the kickstand feels durable and accommodates multiple angles. Both traditional “ThinkPad” and X1 logos are found on the tablet’s backside.The detachable keyboard, which is removable with a simple tug, sports a more traditional ThinkPad appearance, including the red TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard and red trim on the trackpad buttons. The ThinkPad Pro Pen stylus joins both to enable drawing and writing. The tablet’s edges feature the device’s various ports (listed below), as well as a recessed power button that’ll reduce accidental presses, the volume rocker, and indentations on both sides for opening the kickstand. Despite the device’s slim size, Lenovo says the X1 Tablet is highly durable, including Gorilla Glass for the display. The company says it subjected the tablet to more than 200 quality checks across a dozen different military-grade requirements, finding the device suitable for “extreme environments.” The 3rd-gen ThinkPad X1 Tablet has received a security upgrade versus the previous models, adding FIDO authentication in addition to the fingerprint scanner and IR Camera + Windows Hello combination. In addition, the latest model features a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for encrypting user data. Other notable features include the option for LTE-A connectivity, providing wireless access when away from a WiFi network, as well as Intelligent Cooling, Modern Standby, and the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3. TECH SPECS:Processor: Up to 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8650U with vPro® (1.90GHz, up to 4.20GHz with Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)Operating System:– Windows 10 Home – Lenovo recommends Windows 10 Pro– Windows 10 ProGraphics: Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620Memory: Up to 16GBStorage: Up to 1TB PCIe SSD OPAL2.0Camera:– Front: 2MP– Rear: 8MP– Optional: Rear IR camera – required for facial recognition.Battery: Up to 9.5 hours, integrated Li-ion 42 WhrDisplay: 13.0″ QHD+ 3K (3000 x 2000) IPS multi-touchAudio:– Dolby Audio Premium– Noise-cancelling dual-array far-field microphonesSecurity:– Fast Identity Online (FIDO) certification– dTPM 2.0– Touch Fingerprint Reader– IR camera for facial recognition software– Kensington lock slotColor: BlackI/O Ports:– 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer)– 4-in-1 MicroSD card reader– Headphone / microphone combo jack– Nano Sim slotConnectivity:– WLAN: Intel Dual Band 8265 Wireless AC (2 x 2) + Up to Bluetooth® 4.1 with vPro– NFC (not available with IR camera)– WWAN: Integrated Global Mobile Broadband LTE-A (optional)Dimensions:– Tablet: 11.96″ x 8.88″ x 0.35″– Tablet & Keyboard: 11.96″ x 8.88″ x 0.59″Weight:– Tablet: Starting at 1.69lbs– Tablet with keyboard: Starting at 2.79lbsUnlike some 2-in-1 detachable keyboards, which feel flimsy or cheap, the X1 Tablet’s detachable keyboard is stiff and feels indistinguishable from using a ThinkPad laptop. Trackpad and TrackPoint performance are excellent; the keys are spaced nicely and akin to what you get from any 13″ laptop.The X1 Tablet’s battery life, though not blowing the competition away, is decent at 8 – 9 hours, depending on how you’re using it. It’s enough to get someone through a full work day if you’re conservative with usage, which means keeping the brightness down a bit and similar actions. If you max the brightness and stream videos during the day, you’ll likely have to plug in before the work day ends, and that’s something to keep in mind if you travel frequently.Battery aside, performance depends on configuration, of which there are multiple options. Our review unit features 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8650U processor and 16GB of memory. Performance is snappy and without issues. Multitasking, including streaming videos and music, editing images, keeping 12+ browser tabs open, and running multiple applications presented no issues.Stylus performance is similarly great, though I found the lack of friction made it difficult to handwrite; this in comparison to the Apple Pencil. That’s not to say you can’t take handwritten notes, but the experience lends itself more toward signing digital documents, annotating reports, and similar things, rather than long-form handwriting.Wrap-upThe 3rd-generation X1 Tablet is a great addition to the X1 product family, adding more powerful hardware, additional security, a better display, redesigned kickstand, and more. There’s nothing in particular to dislike about this model, lackluster battery life aside, but multiple aspects to appreciate, making it a solid choice for someone in need of a business-tier 2-in-1 tablet + detachable keyboard system.Available from Lenovo now starting at $1269 USD. Looking for something like the X1 Carbon ultrabook but in tablet form? That’s where Lenovo’s slim ThinkPad X1 Tablet comes in. The model is now in its third generation, bringing the same ThinkPad aesthetic of past models in refreshed form. There was a lot to like about the second-generation model; despite that, the latest installment in the series beats it, adding improvements and enhancements that make this tablet a great choice for anyone.last_img read more

Apple warns Trump tariffs will drive up US prices on popular products

first_imgHowever, it would also catch US companies dependent on Chinese suppliers and manufacturers in the process. Several have spoken out during the U.S. Trade Representative’s public notice and comment period, concerned at the fallout impact on domestic business. Apple, though, carries more weight than most. “Apple is the largest U.S. corporate taxpayer to the U.S. Treasury and pays billions more each year in local property, sales and employee taxes,” the company points out in its letter. “Our concern with these tariffs is that the U.S. will be the hardest hit, and that will result in lower U.S. growth and competitiveness and higher prices for U.S. consumers.”It’s not just speculation, either. Apple has gone through the various categories in the proposed tariff list and highlighted just which of its own products will be impacted. It spans everything from dongles and adapters through to entire computers. For instance, the Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, Beats headphones, AirPort, and Apple Time Capsule would all be affected, as would the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. The Apple Pencil would fall foul, along with the Mac mini. Apple’s adapters, chargers, cables, and cords, together with leather cases and covers for products spanning Mac and iOS ranges, would be caught up in the list.Apple’s concerns don’t end there, however. Seven of the tariff codes would impact is US operations, the company argues, including computer parts, printed circuit boards, and memory modules. “Finally,” Apple concludes, “it is difficult to see how tariffs that hurt U.S. companies and U.S. consumers will advance the Government’s objectives with respect to China’s technology policies.” In the process, it highlighted the $50+ billion it spends with its US suppliers last year, and the fact that the majority of its direct employees are based in the country. Unexpectedly, in a statement to CNBC, a U.S. Trade Representative spokesperson seemingly brushed off Apple’s concerns. “USTR is conducting a thorough review of public submissions,” spokesperson Lindsay Walters said. “However, potential scenarios like this only further reinforce the importance of how getting China to play by the rules and fix their unfair practices will be good for the US and global economy.”Apple has held off from making specific threats about how it might be forced to change its activities should the proposed tariffs go into play. Other companies, though, have been less cautious. In August, Ford announced that it was axing plans to bring the Focus Active to the US, having decided that the margins involved in the China-made car would be too narrow in the escalating trade war. Earlier reports have pegged Sonos and Fitbit, among others, as also potentially at risk. If approved, the new tariffs could be implemented as soon as this fall. Apple is warning that the Trump Administration’s China tariffs will make products like the AirPods, Apple Watch, and HomePod more expensive in the US, in a letter criticizing the proposed policy change. President Trump’s new tariffs would, if implemented, affect $200 billion in Chinese goods. last_img read more

Facebook Messenger gets a selfie portrait mode and Boomerang support

first_imgStory TimelineFacebook Messenger 4 tackles chat app’s biggest problemFacebook Messenger unsend feature starts rolling out to some usersMessenger Lite gets animated GIFs and file sharing support Since Facebook is Instagram’s parent company, it isn’t too surprising to see Boomerang head to Messenger today. It’s being added as a new mode for Messenger’s camera, and with it, you’ll be able to splice a burst of photos together into a 1-second video, not entirely unlike iPhone’s Live Photos.Also going live today is a new Selfie mode for Messenger’s camera. With this mode, you’ll get a software-created portrait effect on your selfies, where the subject of the photo is in focus and the background is blurred. Since this blurring is all done by software, we shouldn’t expect it to be perfect, but it is a nice feature for people who don’t have dual-camera phones. Facebook says that Selfie mode will also add “a little extra glow” to subjects, so it sounds like there’s some smoothing going on there too.Those modes are joined by a new set of stickers made for AR. You’ll be able to drop stickers in your photos and videos by selecting the sticker you want to use and then tapping the camera icon that pops up next to it. Finally, Facebook says that it’s added new holiday-themed masks and filters for Christmas and New Year’s. Facebook says that these features will be going live today across iOS and Android, though it sounds like a complete release might take a couple of days. For what it’s worth, I’m not seeing the update yet on Android, so it sounds like this update is still in the process of rolling out. Facebook Messenger’s camera is getting a pretty significant update today. This update adds a handful of new features to the app, including a new selfie mode and support for AR stickers. Messenger is also adding native support for Boomerang today, which was launched by Instagram a couple of years back.last_img read more

NextGen Mitsubishi Delica to debut at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

first_imgA next-generation Mitsubishi Delica is expected to turn up in October at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The Delica isn’t a car you can get in the US, and the previous generation was a very odd looking car that looks like something between and SUV and a minivan. The renderings for the next-gen Delica show a vehicle that looks much better than its predecessor with a style that is reminiscent of other current generation Mitsubishi vehicles. It’s important to note that these renderings were apparently not created by Mitsubishi so there is nothing official about them. Word is that the new Delica will ride on the same platform as the Mitsubishi Outlander. Most of the Outlanders sold in the US are front-wheel drive, but the Delica won’t have FWD as an option, instead it is tipped for only a 4WD mode using the S-AWC system.Engine options are expected to include a new 2.2L turbo diesel engine making 170ps and 392.27 nm of torque. There is no word on what transmissions will be offered. The vehicle isn’t expected to launch until the 2019 model year.The past generation Delcia launched about a year after renderings were seen. The Tokyo Motor Show kicks off on October 25 and if this report is accurate we can get eyes on the new Delica then. This vehicle is not expected to come to the US.SOURCE: Indian Autos Blog Things have been very quiet in the US on the Mitsubishi front. The company isn’t doing well in the US, but that may be turning around for it with the Nissan-Renault deal that we talked about last year. Many are quite bummed that Mitsubishi killed off the Evo, the only enthusiast exciting car the company offered. Cars aren’t the future for Mitsubishi though and it is betting on crossovers for its turnaround.last_img read more

The tiny Palm phone can now be your only smartphone

first_imgSo, it was offered solely as a companion device to an existing smartphone, and only on Verizon. The Palm phone would share the same number as your regular device, so that incoming and outgoing calls would ring the same way, but its smaller display was designed to minimize distractions and allow users to spend more time focusing on the real world around them. It was an intriguing idea, but it’s unclear just how many people felt so obsessed with their regular, full-sized phone that paying for a second, smaller version – and a monthly subscription fee on top of that – was worthwhile. Now, though, a new update is making the Palm phone a lot more flexible. Although it will still work as a companion device, linked to the same account as an existing smartphone, from today you’ll also be able to use it as your primary smartphone. Verizon is selling the Palm for $199.99 through to the end of April, assuming you agree to a 24 month contract. After that, it will be $349.99. It’s also available on a monthly payments plan. Obviously you’ll also need service with it, too. Used as a standalone device, the Palm phone will have its own data plan and its own number. The specifications remain an outlier in the smartphone world: with a 3.3-inch display, it’s roughly the same size as a credit card. You still get a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera, though, along with IP68 water- and dustproofing. Although it may look toy-like, it’s also a full Android phone. That means access to the Google Play Store, the Google Assistant – with a dedicated side button to trigger it – and everything else you’d expect from an Android device. Just smaller. Meanwhile there’s also a new software update which will affect both standalone and companion use. Palm has updated the camera, with improvements to HDR performance, color balance, and low-light shots. Improved battery life is also promised.Palm says that standalone phones purchased now will get the new software out of the box. Companion Palm phones will have it rolled out later this month. A new update has made the tiny Palm phone a much bigger deal, with the ability to now have it as your only device, not just a companion gadget to your everyday smartphone. Launched late in 2018, the Palm phone rebooted the old name with an odd new focus, targeting those who wanted to set their regular devices aside but not go completely tech-free.last_img read more

Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 camera Night mode comes with a

first_imgSamsung’s flagships achieve high scores on DxOMark but have so far failed to steal the top spot from Huawei. One of the reasons for falling short of becoming Number 1 is its average performance in low light, especially night-time, photography. Samsung heeded the call of the market and started rolling out a dedicated Night Mode not only to the Galaxy S10 but to last year’s generation as well. Unfortunately, the price users have to pay may not be worth the new feature. To be fair, Samsung has had a sort of night mode for its phones since last year but it wasn’t immediately available and hidden behind its AI-powered automatic mode. Given the trend in the smartphone market, users clamored for a dedicated Night Mode for the Galaxy S10. To its credit, Samsung rolled it out to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 but a bug hitchhiked with the feature.It is a random bug that affected a random set of owners of the 2018 flagships. According to those users, the phones’ cameras would randomly fail when taking a photo in Night Mode. Naturally, it would also fail save the photo that was just taken.SamMobile and other users couldn’t find any theory to explain the bug and no permanent solution seems to be available. Strangely enough, it seems to only happen when the camera is taking 12 megapixel 4:3 photos. The temporary workaround, then, is to switch to the 9.1 megapixel 16:9 aspect ratio when shooting in night mode.AdChoices广告It may sound like a small bug but it can be infuriating, not to mention depressing under some circumstances. Considering the warning for camera failure comes only after you’ve tried to take a photo, the special nighttime moment you were hoping to capture may be long gone.last_img read more

Ford reveals 2020 Police Interceptor Utility a techloaded hybrid Explorer

first_imgThe new standard drivetrain for the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility is a 3.3-liter V6 hybrid. Ford says this model is 1.1 seconds faster to reach 60 mph than the outgoing 3.7-liter model, and its fuel economy is 41% better with an estimated 24 mpg combined. The hybrid option could also benefit taxpayers as well, as Ford believes it can reduce fuel costs by as much as $5,700 per car annually.The other two engine options include a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 for those police departments that need something a little more powerful, and a non-hybrid 3.3-liter V6. All three drivetrains are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.To protect the officers inside, the new Police Interceptor Utility is outfitted with several new tech features. The Police Interceptor Utility system uses sensors to monitor a 270-degree area around the vehicle for possible threats from blind spots, automatically locking the doors and notifying drivers if movement is detected. There’s also a rear view camera system and anti-stab plates behind the front seats.On top of all this are a number of driver-assist features from Ford’s civilian vehicles, including autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection. The car maker says the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility will be on the roads starting this summer.SOURCE Ford Fans of the good old American SUV will getting their first look at Ford’s 2020 Explorer next week when the truck makes its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. However, the car maker has given us an early look by revealing the new law-enforcement model, the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility. But not only does the police vehicle show off the visual design we expect to see on the next Explorer, it promises to be more fuel efficient with a hybrid model. Story TimelineFord patent shows autonomous police car that can hideFord teams with Walmart and Postmates to test self-driving deliveriesFord patents method to eliminate ‘new car smell’ from vehicles2019 Ford Ranger officially rated for 26mpg highwayFord noise-cancelling doghouse blocks loud fireworkslast_img read more

Nissan 2020 370Z 50th Anniversary Package priced up

first_imgNissan has changed that with the announcement of pricing for the entire 2020 370Z lineup. The line for this year includes the base 370Z coupe, 370Z coupe sport, 370Z Sport touring, and the 370Z Nismo. All of the models except the Sport touring are offered with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic. The Sport touring only comes with a 7-speed automatic, and that car starts at $39,490. The base 370Z coupe with the manual starts at $30,090 with the 7-speed auto version for $31,490. The 370Z Sport with 6-speed manual starts at $44.820 with the 7-speed auto version starting at $35,070. The 370Z 50th Anniversary edition is only offered as a package on top of the 370Z coupe Sport model and adds $2,600 on top of the base price of that car.The package includes leather and suede interior with red accents and 50th Anniversary embossing. The front and rear spoilers of the Sport edition are removed, and other interior features are included. The significant change is that painted on racing livery that the cars wear as a throwback to the original 240Z.AdChoices广告Sitting at the top of the 370Z range is the Nismo with the 6-speed manual going for $45,790 and the 7-speed automatic for $47,190. All prices are without the $895 destination and handling charge. All 370Z cars save the Nismo use a 332hp 3.7L V6 engine; the Nismo gets a 350hp engine. About a week ago we talked about the cool 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary edition when the automaker announced the 2020 line of 370Z cars. The 50th Anniversary Edition is the version that caught the eye of most Z car fans with its slick racing inspired, throwback livery. One thing we didn’t know about that car was how much it would cost.last_img read more

Democrats To Spotlight Health Care Abortion Rights At Convention

first_imgParty leaders will be touting the health overhaul passed two years ago, as well as efforts to expand contraception coverage. In addition, the platform looks ahead at issues such as health disparities, public health and HIV, Politico Pro reports.NPR: ‘Now It’s Our Turn’: The Democratic National Convention Kicks Off In Charlotte Unlike what Republicans did in Tampa last week, Democrats will lay out a clear plan to get the country back on sound footing, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said during a news briefing in Charlotte, N.C. … Villaraigosa said that the next few days were a time to remind the country about Obama’s first term in office. He said they’ll try to explain how Obama “stopped an economic catastrophe” and “how he saved the auto industry” and passed a landmark healthcare law (Peralta, 9/3).Politico Pro: Platform Defends ACA, Suggests Next StepsThe Democratic platform includes a lengthy defense of the Affordable Care Act, but says it’s “not the end” of the party’s efforts and lays out a series of future health care goals targeting issues like health disparities, the health care workforce, public health and HIV/AIDS. The platform, released Monday night, suggests that the only future health care efforts that can unify Democrats would be targeted more narrowly than the Affordable Care Act. The platform promises to protect Medicaid from Republican efforts to turn it into block grants, a bitter fight that’s far from over. But the other promises are less ambitious and focused on politically safe goals, like spending more money on the public health infrastructure and the fight against HIV (Nather, 9/3). National Journal: Democratic Convention A Chance To Sell ObamacareThe Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has been making a modest comeback since the Supreme Court ruled in June that it is indeed constitutional. It’s now a standard part of President Obama’s stump speech, right there with saving the auto industry and killing Osama bin Laden. … the true measure of the controversial health law’s standing, with Obama and the public, will be how it is handled at the Democratic National Convention this week in Charlotte. The convention presents a high-profile opportunity for Obama and his party to do what they haven’t done before: Sell this law (Lawrence, 8/2).CNN (Video): Democrats Tackle Health CareCNN’s Suzanne Malveaux talks with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick about health care and the economy at the DNC (9/3).Modern Healthcare: At DNC, Democrats Tout Benefits Of Healthcare ReformHealthcare politics were a constant refrain during Monday’s organizational meetings for the Democratic National Convention, which officially launches today. Party leaders regularly invoked popular provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in pre-convention addresses to the various councils representing different demographic and interest groups to which the party is focusing its appeal (Daly, 9/3).The Associated Press: Ex-Obama Advisers Seek Healthcare Cost ControlsSome of President Barack Obama’s former advisers are proposing major changes aimed at controlling healthcare costs as political uncertainty hovers over his health law. Call it Healthcare Overhaul, Version 2.0. Their biggest idea is a first-ever budget for the nation’s $2.8-trillion healthcare system, through negotiated limits on public and private spending in each state (9/3).The Wall Street Journal: Obama To Press Case For Four More Years The party also will emphasize its support for abortion rights and insurance coverage for contraception. Speakers include the chiefs of Planned Parenthood and Naral Pro-choice America, as well as Sandra Fluke, the law student who came to prominence after radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh attacked her for supporting Mr. Obama’s mandate that most employer health plans include contraception coverage (Meckler, 9/3).Politico: DNC 2012: Democrats Reframe Abortion DebateDemocrats think they’ve figured out how to win the abortion debate: Don’t make it about abortion. … Instead, they’ll defend President Barack Obama’s record on reproductive health and reproductive rights. And, as they have before, they’ll accuse GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his party of waging a “war on women” (Dovere, 9/4).Los Angeles Times: Obama Aims To Tie Romney To Far-Right RepublicansObama’s team plans to portray the Republicans as an association of ideologues hoping to return to power with the election of a pliant White House servant who would follow a conservative, tea-party-driven agenda. In the Democrats’ version of the campaign, (Mitt) Romney is a man with little substance who has subordinated himself to the party’s most right-wing forces. Those include his running mate, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, and other House Republicans and GOP candidates who espouse views about reproductive rights that Democrats say put them out of step with a majority of voters, particularly women (Parsons, 9/3).NPR: Romney And Abortion: Another Shift In The Works?Is Mitt Romney shifting his abortion position again? It’s fairly well-known that Romney proclaimed himself in favor of abortion rights when he ran for office in Massachusetts, then reversed himself before launching his presidential bid. But recently, the GOP nominee seems to be softening his opposition somewhat. Or is he (Rovner, 9/3)?The New York Times offers a behind-the-scenes view of how the contraception decision was made at the White House.The New York Times: The Other Power In The West WingLeaders of the Roman Catholic Church were up in arms last fall over a proposal to require employers to provide health insurance that covered birth control. But caving in to the church’s demands for a broad exemption in the name of religious liberty would pit the president against a crucial constituency, women’s groups, who saw the coverage as basic preventive care. … What (chief of staff William M. Daley) did not realize was that while he was trying to put out what he considered a fire, the person fanning the flames was sitting just one flight up from him: Valerie Jarrett, the Obamas’ first friend, the proposal’s chief patron and a tenacious White House operator who would ultimately outmaneuver not only Mr. Daley but also the vice president in her effort to include the broadest possible contraception coverage in the administration’s health care overhaul (Becker, 9/1).Meanwhile, the San Jose, Calif., paper looks at a local doctor who is hitting both conventions.San Jose Mercury News: San Jose Physician Pushing For Equal Health Care Access At Both Political ConventionsSan Jose native Dr. Rita Nguyen is spending most of her two-week summer vacation on a bus, visiting the Republican and Democratic National Conventions with one goal in mind: spreading the word about affordable quality health care for all. As a member of Doctors For America, a group of 15,000 U.S. physicians and medical students working to improve the health of the nation by ensuring that everyone has access to health care, Nguyen is passionate about the tour’s message, called “Patients Over Politics”(Seipel, 9/3).And Medpage Today examines the health care situation in Charlotte.Medpage Today: Charlotte Wins Some Big Health BattlesHaving identified high infant mortality rates, HIV transmission, and poor health access in recent years, the Mecklenburg County Health Department undertook a number of initiatives to correct those issues and others. … the overall infant mortality rate in the county has shown improvement since 2009 when it was 6.1 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the 2011 Mecklenburg County State of the County Health Report. … That’s just one of the issues health leaders can brag about as the country’s political attention shifts to Charlotte, a city of 750,000, this week for the Democratic National Convention (Pittman, 9/2).Republicans, however, are also gearing up on the issue of health care.CNN: Conservative Group’s Ad Compares American Health Care To Canada’s SystemThe conservative group Americans for Prosperity on Monday announced it would spend just over $6 million to run in eleven states an ad hitting President Barack Obama’s health reform law. The 60-second spot features a woman, Shona Holmes, who said she turned to the U.S. medical system for treatment of her brain condition when the wait for a specialist would have been too long under the system in her country, Canada. “I knew then that the system had become far more dangerous for patients than I had ever realized,” she says in the ad. As she speaks her next line (“the American system was there for me when I needed it”), text on the screen says that “under President Obama, America’s health care is becoming more like the Canadian system that failed Shona”  (9/3). Democrats To Spotlight Health Care, Abortion Rights At Convention 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

First Edition February 25 2013

first_imgFirst Edition: February 25, 2013 Today’s headlines include reports about the looming sequester, how health programs fit into the debate and how the automatic budget cuts are being viewed by various stakeholders.  Kaiser Health News: Plans To Expand Florida Medicaid Welcomed And FearedKaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: “Almost overnight, Florida has gone from being an ardent opponent of the federal health care law to a laboratory for an ambitious experiment under the law” (Galewitz, 2/24). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: 2 Hill Panels Examining Changes To MedicareNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports: “With $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday and predictions of economic disruption, much of official Washington is focused on the ‘blame game.’ Publicly, there has been no sign that Congress or administration officials has made any progress on averting these cuts or finding common ground on tackling the country’s fiscal problems” (Carey, 2/25). Check out what else is on the blog. Kaiser Health News also tracked weekend health policy headlines, including reports about Virginia’s work on the Medicaid expansion (2/24).The New York Times: Budget Impasse Signals A Shift In GOP’s FocusBut at the heart of the battle over sequestration — the nearly $1 trillion in budget cuts that are scheduled to begin on Friday and accelerate over the next decade — are fundamental misunderstandings between the two parties over their respective priorities. During the 2011 negotiations to raise the nation’s statutory borrowing limit, Mr. Obama wanted an onerous “trigger” to force both sides to reach a compromise on deficit reduction. For Democrats, the bludgeon that would drive them to negotiate changes to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security would be cuts to domestic programs like child nutrition and national parks. For Republicans, the president wanted automatic tax increases to force a compromise on the broader tax code (Weisman and Parker, 2/24).The New York Times’ Political Memo: A Complex Role For MedicareIn The Standoff In Washington But the politics of one core dispute between Democrats and Republicans — what to do about Medicare — are changing. And some of those changes complicate President Obama’s agenda, even as he continues to flex his postelection muscle (Harwood, 2/24).Los Angeles Times: Neither Side Blinks In Federal Budget StandoffNow the cuts that both said would never happen are only days away. With some of the largest government programs, including Medicaid and Social Security, fully walled off from the cuts, and Medicare only partially exposed, the reductions in other federal accounts work out to about 13% for defense and 9% for domestic spending for the rest of this year, according to the government’s Office of Management and Budget. At first, the public likely will not notice huge changes. Many furlough notices for federal workers take at least 30 days to kick in, for example, and the effect on other programs will vary in timing (Mascaro, 2/23).The New York Times: As Governors Meet, White House Outlines Drop In Aid To StatesIn an effort to put pressure on Congressional Republicans, the White House warned on Sunday that automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect this week would have a devastating impact on programs for people of all ages in every state (Pear, 2/24).The Washington  Post: White House Releases State-By-State Breakdown Of Sequester’s EffectsRepublicans questioned whether the sequester would be as harmful as the White House predicted and worked on a proposal that could preserve the cuts while giving the administration more discretion to choose how to implement them. Democrats expressed worry that they might be forced to accept the cuts if the public outcry is not loud enough in coming weeks (Goldfarb and Kane, 2/24).The Associated Press/Los Angeles Times: Governors From Both Parties Condemn Forced Federal Budget CutsAt their weekend meetings, governors were focusing on ways to boost job development, expand their state economies, restrict gun violence and implement the new healthcare law approved during President Obama’s first term. Some Republican governors have blocked the use of Medicaid to expand health insurance coverage for millions of uninsured; others have joined Democrats in a wholesale expansion as the law allows. The Medicaid expansion aims to cover about half of the 30 million uninsured people expected to eventually gain coverage under the healthcare overhaul. Yet for many governors, the budget fight remains front and center and fuels a pervasive sense of frustration with Washington (2/23).The New York Times: In Impasse, New York Would Face Steep CutsThe three states would also face nearly $1 million in curtailments to programs providing vaccinations to children against diseases like mumps, rubella, tetanus, measles, whooping cough, hepatitis B and influenza. If enacted, the cutbacks would mean that 12,670 fewer children would be receiving vaccinations in all three states, according to the White House estimate. … Programs providing meals for older people would also be hit. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut would face about $2.1 million in cuts to such programs, the White House estimated (Hernandez, 2/24).The Washington Post: Jindal: Delaying Medicaid Expansion, Health Care Exchanges Could Avert SequesterLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) suggested Sunday that delaying elements of President Obama’s health care law could help avert the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester (Sullivan, 2/24).Politico: Jindal Pitches Obamacare DelayLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has one idea to help avoid the looming sequester: Use Obamacare. The Republican governor said delaying the expansion of Medicaid and delaying the health care exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act would help find the funds to offset the coming automatic budget cuts (Kim, 2/24).The New York Times: Panel On Health Care Work Force, Lacking A Budget, Is Left WaitingOne of the biggest threats to the success of President Obama’s health care law comes from shortages of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. But a 15-member commission created to investigate the problem has never met in two and a half years because it has no money from Congress or the administration (Pear, 2/24).The Washington Post: Big Health Insurance Rate Hikes Are PlummetingThe number of double-digit rate increases requested by health insurers has plummeted over the past four years, according to a Friday report from the Obama administration (Kliff, 2/23).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: White House Doesn’t Budge On Health PremiumsThe Obama administration isn’t budging on restrictions in the federal health-care law over how much insurance companies can reduce premiums for younger consumers. Federal officials released final rules Friday confirming that insurers will not be allowed to charge older people more than three times the amount they charge younger people starting in 2014 (Radnofsky, 2/22).Politico: Suits Hit Contraception Rule’s ‘Religious Burden’The Obama administration is aggressively defending its contraception coverage policy in the courts, asking judges to require the companies bringing the lawsuits to provide contraceptives to their employees even before the legal fight over religious freedom is resolved (Haberkorn and Smith, 2/25).The Washington Post: After Newtown, Support For Mental-Health Spending GrowsMental-health advocates from coast to coast are seizing upon a rare and unexpected chance to stem the years-long tide of budget cuts and plug gaps in the nation’s patchwork mental-health-care system. In the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers from both parties, along with notoriously tight-belted governors, are pushing to restore some of the estimated $4.3 billion in mental-health spending that was slashed from state budgets between 2009 and 2012. At the same time, they are weighing new initiatives, such as adding beds at psychiatric hospitals and improving treatment for inmates with behavioral disorders (Dennis and Sun, 2/23). The Texas Tribune/New York Times: Advocates Seek Mental Health Changes, Including Power To DetainHospitals do not have legal authority to detain people who voluntarily enter their facilities in search of mental health care but then decide to leave. It is one of many holes in the state’s nearly 30-year-old mental health code that advocates, police officers and judges say lawmakers need to fix. In a report last year, Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit advocacy organization, called on lawmakers to replace the existing code with one that reflects contemporary mental health needs (Grissom, 2/23).The New York Times: ‘Bloodless’ Lung Transplants Offer Hint At Surgery’s FutureThe reason: Ms. Tomczak, who was baptized at age 12 as a Jehovah’s Witness, insisted for religious reasons that her transplant be performed without a blood transfusion. The Witnesses believe that Scripture prohibits the transfusion of blood, even one’s own, at the risk of forfeiting eternal life. Given the complexities of lung transplantation, in which transfusions are routine, some doctors felt the procedure posed unacceptable dangers. Others could not get past the ethics of it all. With more than 1,600 desperately ill people waiting for a donated lung, was it appropriate to give one to a woman who might needlessly sacrifice her life and the organ along with it? (Sack, 2/24).Los Angeles Times: Jerry Brown Wants Wiggle Room From Feds On Healthcare(Gov. Jerry) Brown hopes to coordinate with other state leaders about how to expand coverage to the poor under the federal Medicaid program. Speaking to reporters at the National Governors Assn. winter meetings in Washington on Saturday, Brown said he wants to “build support among the governors for an appropriate state rule in the Medicaid expansion.” With billions of dollars at stake, he said it was “absolutely critical that states have the authority they need to manage this very complex and expensive program” (York, 2/23).The Wall Street Journal: GOP Pledges Medicaid Probe New York state Senate Republicans plan to investigate the state’s Medicaid program after news reports and a congressional audit alleged it was fraught with waste and mismanagement (Nahmias, 2/22).The Washington Post: White House Moves To Make Federally Funded Research Open To The PublicThe White House moved Friday to make nearly all federally funded research freely available to the public, the latest advance in a long-running battle over access to research that exploded into view last month after the suicide of free-information activist Aaron Swartz. In a memo, White House science adviser John P. Holdren directed agency leaders to develop rules for releasing federally backed research within a year of publication in scientific or technical journals (Vastag and Brown, 2/22).The Wall Street Journal: Drug Makers Recall Omontys Anemia MedicationThe recall comes as a sharp blow to Affymax, a small biotechnology firm based in Palo Alto, Calif., that developed Omontys and has no other late-stage drugs in its pipeline. The move affects thousands of kidney-disease patients who have been receiving the drug, promoted as a cheaper and more convenient alternative to Amgen Inc.’s blockbuster Epogen, which holds a near-monopoly in treating anemia in that market (Walker, 2/24).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. 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

First Edition October 1 2013

first_imgFirst Edition: October 1, 2013 This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines detail how the federal government has been shutdown as a result of the ongoing congressional battle over the health law. Still, even as House and Senate lawmakers were unable to overcome this issue to reach a deal to provide funding to continue government operations, Oct. 1 is still the official launch of the overhaul’s online insurance marketplaces.Kaiser Health News: Millions Previously Denied Insurance Coverage Because Of Health Problems Look To Online MarketplacesKaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz, working in collaboration with McClatchy, reports: “Denise Marshall of Sonoma, Calif., was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and a year later, lost her toy company job along with her health insurance benefits. The good news is that her disease was caught early and she is now in remission. The bad news was her cancer diagnosis made it impossible to buy coverage because insurers thought she was too high a health risk. Marshall, 55, is one of millions of Americans with pre-existing health conditions who have been shut out from buying coverage on the individual insurance market. But under the Affordable Care Act., starting Jan. 1 insurers can no longer reject people, charge them more or restrict their benefits because of their health status” (Galewitz, 9/30). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: Start Your Exchange Shopping Early, But Don’t Rush To BuyKaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews reports: “In recent months, all eyes have been focused on today, the day health insurance marketplaces open for business. While the date is a milestone in the implementation of the health law, other dates are likely more critical for consumers planning to shop for health insurance on their state marketplace” (Andrews, 9/30). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Options For Young Adults: Stay On The Folks’ Plan, Move To The Marketplace Or Go WithoutReporting for Kaiser Health News in collaboration with NBC News, Michelle Andrews writes: “In 2014, options for young adults, many of whom either aren’t offered health insurance at their jobs or can’t afford it, will expand again with the opening of the state health insurance marketplaces and the expansion of the Medicaid program to low-income adults in many states. Here’s what to look for” (Andrews, 10/1). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Marketplace Shoppers Must Pay 1st Premium By Dec. 15; Answers To Your Online Health Insurance Exchanges QuestionsNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Phil Galewitz reports on when the first premium payments will be due for new coverage purchased on the exchange: “When consumers start shopping for coverage through new federally run health insurance exchanges on Tuesday, they will be asked dozens of questions before they are shown what health plans are available and how much they cost. Then, to finalize their enrollment, they must contact the private insurer and pay their first monthly premium. If enrollees don’t pay their insurer by Dec. 15, they will not have coverage that takes effect Jan. 1, federal health officials said Monday.  If they miss that first deadline, however, open enrollment runs through March 2014” (Galewitz, 9/30).Also on the blog, you can watch Galewitz Monday  on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal taking questions about the launch of the health law’s online health insurance exchanges (9/30). Check out what else is on the blog.Kaiser Health News also provides a resource page designed to help you navigate your way around what the new health law will mean for you, your family and what health care — and insurance — will cost you.Los Angeles Times: Government Shutdown: House Seeks Conference With SenateAn hour after the federal government began shutting down, House Republicans approved a last-ditch effort early Tuesday seeking to set up a committee with the Senate to resolve their monumental differences over Obamacare. … Although Democratic leaders said they would be willing to work with the House to resolve the differences, they said they would only agree to form a committee after the House approved a government funding bill that was not linked to stopping the president’s healthcare law (Mascaro and Memoli, 9/30).The New York Times: Government Shutting Down In ImpasseA flurry of last-minute moves by the House, Senate and White House late Monday failed to break a bitter budget standoff over President Obama’s health care law, setting in motion the first government shutdown in nearly two decades. … In the hours leading up to the deadline, House Republican leaders won approval, in a vote of 228 to 201, of a new plan to tie further government spending to a one-year delay in a requirement that individuals buy health insurance. The House proposal would deny federal subsidies to members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff, executive branch political appointees, White House staff, and the president and vice president, who would be forced to buy their health coverage on the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges. But 57 minutes later, and with almost no debate, the Senate killed the House health care provisions and sent the stopgap spending bill right back, free of policy prescriptions (Weisman and Peters, 9/30).Los Angeles Times: With Congress At Impasse, Government Starts Shutting DownThe official word to shut down came from the White House just before midnight Monday. Hours earlier, the Senate, by a 54-46 party-line vote, killed a House measure that would have funded government agencies for six weeks but delayed key parts of Obamacare for a year. It was the second such vote that the Senate took during a day in which the two chambers exchanged volleys of legislation with little expectation that any of it would become law (Mascaro and Memoli, 9/30).The Wall Street Journal: Government Shuts Down As Congress Misses DeadlineOn Capitol Hill, a day of rapid-fire legislative maneuvering between Senate Democrats and House Republicans over the terms of a short-term spending bill collapsed late Monday. House Republicans said they planned to appoint a set of negotiators to work out a budget resolution with a small group with senators. But the GOP move came with no concessions on the party’s central demand—that Democrats agree to scale back the new federal health law—and it brought lawmakers no closer to reaching a budget deal (Hook and Peterson, 10/1).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Long-Running Feud Over Obama Health Care Law Plunges Nation Into Government ShutdownThe health care law itself was unaffected as enrollment opened Tuesday for millions of people shopping for medical insurance (10/1).Los Angeles Times: Government Shutdown: Obama Calls House GOP IrresponsibleSpeaking for several minutes without taking questions, the president outlined the functions that would continue in a shutdown – including Social Security, Medicare, national security and public safety – and those that would be curtailed, including national parks, NASA, federal lending programs and recovery efforts helping victims of Superstorm Sandy. Obama said the impact would be a setback to a recovering economy. … The president also noted that, despite Republican efforts to kill his healthcare law, the online insurance marketplaces will roll out Tuesday as scheduled. “The Affordable Care Act is moving forward. That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down,” he said (Hennessey, 9/30).USA Today: Obama: A Shutdown, A Health Care LawPresident Obama spends the first day of a partial government shutdown talking about the issue at the heart of the dispute: The new health care law. At mid-day, Obama will meet with Americans who are signing up for new health care exchanges that are available today. “The President will meet with Americans who will benefit from the opening of Health Insurance Marketplaces and being able to comparison shop for the health plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act,” says the White House schedule (Jackson, 10/1).Los Angeles Times: Full Steam Ahead For Obama Healthcare LawThree and a half years after President Obama signed his landmark healthcare law, his administration made its final preparations Monday to begin enrolling millions of Americans in health insurance amid persistent anxiety over possible technical problems and intense opposition from Republican critics. Administration officials emphasized that a government shutdown would not prevent the federal website for enrolling in health coverage — http://www.healthcare.gov — from going live at 8 a.m Eastern time Tuesday, allowing consumers to begin signing up for plans (Levey, 9/30).The Washington Post: As Government Shuts Down, Obamacare Moves ForwardThe day has arrived when millions of uninsured Americans have their first chance to sign up for what the administration says will be high-quality, affordable health coverage. That achievement is something presidents of both parties sought unsuccessfully for more than 60 years. The coming months and years will show whether the new health-care law, commonly known as Obama¬care, lives up to its aspirations. Those who sign up now, for instance, will not begin to receive benefits until January (Tumulty, 10/1).The Wall Street Journal: Health Exchanges Open For BusinessNew marketplaces meant to steer millions of uninsured Americans to health insurance under President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law open for business today. After a weeks long scramble by state and federal officials to iron out technical wrinkles and position thousands of outreach workers, the marketplaces are set to launch, warts and all, giving the public a first taste of the health law’s core provisions (Weaver, 10/1).The Wall Street Journal: Muted Rollout For Much-Changed Health-Care LawIt’s Oct. 1 and the Affordable Care Act is finally getting its rollout, but President Barack Obama’s health-care law looks a lot different from the one he signed 31/2 years ago. Thanks to a Supreme Court ruling, about half the states aren’t participating in a Medicaid expansion that was a core part of the legislation. The federal government is running the bulk of new marketplaces for health insurance, not the states as originally envisioned. And some of the key provisions are delayed, including one that makes larger businesses pay a fine if they don’t offer coverage (Radnofsky, 9/30).Politico: Obama: Expect Months Of ‘Glitches’President Barack Obama on Monday said he “absolutely” expects glitches and problems with Obamacare as enrollment kicks off Tuesday. But even with the inevitable complications and issues that accompany the new health insurance exchanges, the president told NPR News he is “confident” the law will offer “the prospect that any American out there who does not currently have health insurance can get high-quality health insurance” (Weinger, 10/1).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Agencies Set To Implement Health Law, Shutdown Or NoA Department of Health and Human Services memo says staffers helping to get the Affordable Care Act off the ground won’t be furloughed along with other federal workers. That includes employees who are helping with “coordination between Medicaid and the Marketplace, as well as insurance rate reviews,” according to the memo. Although Congress is fighting about funding for the law known as Obamacare, a government shutdown wouldn’t actually stop the law from being implemented Tuesday. That’s because the principal funding for the Affordable Care Act comes from mandatory spending rather than a short-term extension to discretionary spending that Congress is considering now (Schatz, 9/30).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Health Insurance Marketplaces Open For Coverage, But Their Success Remains Far From AssuredMillions of Americans will be able to shop for the first time Tuesday on the insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, entering a world that is supposed to simplify the mysteries of health coverage but could end up making it even more confusing, at least initially. Whether consumers will be pleased with the experience, the premiums and the out-of-pocket costs of the plans offered to them will finally start to become clear. Tuesday’s rollout comes after months of buildup in which the marketplaces, also known as exchanges, have been both praised and vilified (10/1).The Washington Post: White House Shows Off Web Site to Buy Health Insurance Under ObamacareThe Obama administration on Monday showed off the federal Web site, Healthcare.gov, where millions of Americans starting Tuesday will be able to buy coverage under President Obama’s health-care law, promising it will be open for business despite congressional battling and widespread reports of computer problems. People seeking to buy health insurance on the federal marketplace will be able to enter personal information, including their incomes and Social Security numbers; learn how much government assistance they might qualify for, if any; search for plans by price and coverage level; and then purchase a plan directly from the insurance company (Somashekhar and Sun, 9/30).USA Today: HHS Puts Final Touches On Exchange Sites Before LaunchStarting at 8 a.m., visitors to healthcare.gov, the federal government’s health care website, will be able to navigate how to shop for and buy health insurance as part of the law, Sebelius said. … The stakes for the health exchanges are high, and there have been some stumbles on the way. In July, the administration acceded to the wishes of business groups and delayed the requirement that employers with more than 50 workers provide health insurance to their employee or pay a fine. Businesses had complained the tax and insurance requirements were too complicated and difficult to implement in time for the Jan. 1. Deadline (Kennedy, 10/1).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Consumers Will Need Personal Details, Financial Info, Basic Insurance Knowledge To Get CoveredGetting covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law might take you more than one sitting. In a media preview, it felt like a cross between doing your taxes and making an important purchase that requires research. “Nothing like this has ever existed before,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (10/1).Politico: Poll: Most Will Get Health InsuranceAsked whether they plan to get insurance when the requirement takes effect or pay the fine for not doing so, 65 percent of uninsured Americans said they would get health insurance, according to a Gallup poll out Monday. Twenty-five percent said they would pay the fine. Gallup also asked about the whether those individuals planned to use the exchange markets that launch Tuesday to buy their insurance. Almost half, 48 percent, said they planned to use the exchanges, 36 said they did not and 17 percent weren’t sure (Kopan, 9/30).The New York Times: House To Add Measure Cutting Health Subsidy For CongressConservative activists have framed the language as ensuring that Congress and the White House live under the same strictures as ordinary Americans under the health care law. In fact, the language would put poorly paid junior staff members at a disadvantage. Most people purchasing coverage on the exchanges will be subsidized by generous tax credits. Most Americans will still get their insurance from their employers who will remain subsidized by a tax deduction for the cost of that care (Weisman, 9/30).The Associated Press/Washington Post: House GOP Conditioned Keeping Government Open To Making Lawmakers Pay More For Health CareAbout 18,000 people — including members of Congress, all their aides, presidential appointees and even the president and vice president — would lose the employer-provided health insurance under a condition that Republicans proposed for averting a government shutdown. The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected the measure Monday night, an hour after the House passed it (10/1).The Wall Street Journal: One GOP Demand On Health Law Hits Lawmakers’ CoverageThe latest Republican demand for keeping the government running doesn’t dismantle the president’s health-care law. Instead, it exposes lawmakers, their aides and White House staff to the law in a way designed to maximize the pain. The proposal, similar to one backed in the Senate by Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, would limit federal health-care contributions to lawmakers, staff and to some White House officials, making their coverage more expensive (Peterson, 9/30).The Washington Post: Administration Moves To Limit, But Not  End, Health Insurance Subsidy For CongressMembers of Congress and their staff who will have to get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act would continue to receive a government contribution toward premiums next year but only if they enroll in a specific ACA plan, under a revised Obama administration policy unveiled Monday. The policy was issued as House Republican leaders floated a plan, as part of the maneuvering over the budgetary deadlock, to end that contribution for Congress and certain employees who will be forced out of their current health program (Yoder, 9/30).NPR: How A Tax On Medical Devices United Political RivalsAs the federal government lurches toward a shutdown, there’s one thing a lot of people in Congress actually agree on. A 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that took effect at the beginning of 2013 should be undone, they say. House Republicans included a provision to do that in a funding bill passed over the weekend that also sought a one-year delay in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Hensley, 9/30).NPR: Lessons For The Obamacare Rollout, Courtesy Of MassachusettsToday marks a milestone on the nation’s long march toward universal health coverage – the launch of online marketplaces, called exchanges, designed to help people find health insurance they can afford (Knox, 10/1).The New York Times: Federal Official at Center Of The Health Care Tumult Has Gone Against The GrainThe federal official in charge of health insurance shopping malls, which open Tuesday under President Obama’s health care law, has been challenging conventional wisdom since he came to Washington from California three and a half years ago. The official, Gary M. Cohen, is at the center of the furor over the health care law. As director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, he enforces the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that affect insurance companies. He supervises the new insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, including more than 30 that will be run by the federal government (Pear, 9/30).The Wall Street Journal: Government Shutdown Is Defining Moment For BoehnerSince January, Mr. Boehner has strained to steer clear of either a shutdown or a debt-ceiling crisis for which his party might be blamed, from reshuffling the legislative calendar to scheduling more than 40 votes to repeal or rework the health law, a move designed to give his members ample opportunity to voice their displeasure with the law. In the end, the impasse resulted as much from the internal dynamics of Mr. Boehner’s GOP caucus as it did from the partisan divisions in the country as a whole and the chasm between Democrats and Republicans about basic tax-and-spending policies. After months of jockeying, Mr. Boehner heeded the calls from his most conservative colleagues by refusing to give in on requesting health-law changes (O’Connor, 10/1).NPR: A Doctor’s 9 Predictions About The ‘Obamacare Era’Debate is raging about Obamacare, and not just in Washington. Out here in Oklahoma we’re grappling with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Patients. Employers. Hospitals. Doctors. Insurers. All of us. Here then are one doctor’s predictions about what we will see in the short and medium term for what I see as the unfolding Obamacare era — the biggest domestic health expansion since the enactment of Medicare in 1965 (Schumann, 9/30).The Wall Street Journal: Health-Care Overhaul Pushes Small Firms To Lock In Lower RatesWith major provisions of the federal health overhaul set to take effect Jan. 1, many U.S. insurers are prodding small-business customers to renew their current coverage early, to lock in lower rates. “With all of the changes coming up in 2014, we want to provide you with options that allow you to make the right decision for you and your employees,” said a recent letter from one major insurer, Blue Shield of California, which has made the pitch to all of its small-business customers, who can keep their 2013 rates if they act to renew existing plans by Oct. 14 (Simon, 9/30).Politico: Stakeholders Will Be Spending Big On 2014 ACA AdsIf you think you’re seeing a lot of Obamacare ads right now, just wait until 2014. No other piece of legislation has engendered such massive ad efforts as the Affordable Care Act, say marketing experts. They expect television ad spending to double in the next year and a half as people start to enroll for coverage and the health law remains a top political issue in House, Senate and gubernatorial races in 2014 (Cunningham, 10/1).The New York Times: Online Map Helps New Yorkers Understand Federal Health Law BenefitsMore than one million New Yorkers are expected to gain coverage under the federal health care law, according to estimates from the New York State Health Foundation. On Monday, the foundation unveiled an online map, where people will be able to view estimates by region of how many people are expected to be covered under Medicaid and how many will get private insurance – as well as how many are likely to remain uninsured (Abelson, 9/30).The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: NYC’s Plan To Get Health Insurance Bids On HoldNew York City’s plan to solicit bids for health insurance for hundreds of thousands of workers has been put on hold. A Manhattan judge on Monday granted a preliminary injunction preventing the City from issuing the bids. A group of unions sued the city Aug. 10, shortly after Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city was planning to seek bids within days. Bloomberg said the request for proposals will look to save up to $400 million a year (10/1).Los Angeles Times: L.A. Sues To Block Vote That Could Force Separate Health DepartmentsThe city of Los Angeles filed a lawsuit Monday to halt a ballot measure that would require the city to start its own health department separate from the county’s. AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a major provider of HIV testing and treatment services for Los Angeles County’s health department that also frequently butts heads with county leadership, led the charge to get the city measure on the June 2014 ballot (Sewell and Mehta, 9/30).The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: Dartmouth-Founded Health Collaborative GrowsFour more health systems have joined a data-sharing project at improving health care and lowering costs that was started by New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system and other partners three years ago (9/30).  Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.last_img read more

Key Pharmacy Benefits Manager Will Offer Two Expensive Cholesterol Drugs To Some

first_img The first major showdown between two new effective but expensive cholesterol-lowering drugs resulted in a draw. Express Scripts Holding Co., the big pharmacy-benefits manager, said it would include both drugs—Praluent from Regeneron Inc. and Sanofi SA and Repatha from Amgen Inc., on its national list of covered medicines. … Insurance coverage for the two agents, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, has been an unanswered question since the drugs were approved this summer. The list price for Praluent is about $14,600 a year while Repatha is priced at $14,000. (Winslow, 10/6) The Wall Street Journal: Express Scripts To Cover Both New Cholesterol Drugs The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager said Tuesday it’s not going to try to bring down costs by forcing the makers of two pricey new cholesterol drugs to compete against each other, as it successfully did this year with expensive hepatitis C treatments. Instead, Express Scripts said it will control spending by aggressively managing which patients get the injectable medications. The firm also said it won some discounts from the treatments’ estimated $14,000 annual list price. (Appleby, 10/7) Express Scripts created a stir late last year when it decided to pay for AbbVie’s new drug to treat hepatitis C, Viekira Pak, and not for Harvoni, a competing product from Gilead Sciences. Some other health plans followed suit in choosing only one of the two drugs, forcing Gilead and AbbVie to offer bigger discounts to retain sales. Investors and cardiologists have been waiting to see whether health plans would try to force the same winner-take-all bargaining from the makers of the two new cholesterol drugs. Express Scripts, at least, will not, saying Tuesday that it had received sufficient discounts to offer both products. However, it did not indicate what it would pay for the drugs or what consumers would pay, which depends on their health plan. (Pollack, 10/6) The Associated Press: Express Scripts To Cover Pricey New Cholesterol Treatments But in addition to their promise, the drugs carried a suggested price of more than $14,000 a year — 140 times more expensive than statins, the most common cholesterol-fighting medication. The pricing had drawn widespread criticism, with one study concluding the true value of the drugs is a fraction of their sticker price. The new drugs hit the market amid a fierce debate between insurers and pharmaceutical companies about the appropriate pricing of specialty drugs, which treat smaller patient populations but can come with price tags significantly higher than older medications. (Pfeifer, 10/6) The decision comes as soaring drug prices draw criticism from patients, doctors and politicians, as well as insurers and employers that generally pay most of the prescription bill. Praluent and Repatha both stirred worry, in particular, because of their potential to be used by millions of patients. The biologically-engineered drugs are considered the first major advance in managing cholesterol since the introduction of statin drugs more than 20 years ago. They aim to lower bad, or LDL, cholesterol, and analysts expect them to generate billions in sales. (Murphy, 10/6) 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. The New York Times: Express Scripts Says It Will Cover 2 New Cholesterol Drugs Los Angeles Times: Prescription Firm Agrees To Cover Pricey New Cholesterol Drugs — For Some Key Pharmacy Benefits Manager Will Offer Two Expensive Cholesterol Drugs To Some Patients Express Scripts says it will add both of the new cholesterol-lowering drugs to its list of covered drugs, but it will closely adhere to federal guidelines about who should get the medicines. Kaiser Health News: Express Scripts To Cover Pricey New Cholesterol Drugs last_img read more

State Highlights Iowa Lawmakers Vote To Raise Own Premiums After Press Reports

first_img The Oregonian: 2 Portland Cafe Workers Contract Hepatitis A; Health Officials Investigating  Iowa Public Radio: GOP Lawmaker Calls Reporting on Legislators’ Health Insurance Premiums ‘Fake News’ A 41-year-old man who cheated public and private health insurance plans and the Internal Revenue Service out of $2.5 million over seven years at his father’s eye clinic should spend at least 2 1/2 years in federal prison, a prosecutor argued Tuesday. But a defense lawyer countered that Anthony Curtis Neal suffers from autism spectrum disorder and was acting as a “servant” for his “manipulative,” “monstrous” and “distorted” father. Dr. Dean Elton Neal, 80, died from a stroke in May 2015 before federal prosecutors could charge the ophthalmologist. (Bernstein, 4/4) Multnomah County health officials are investigating two hepatitis A cases among workers at a pair of Portland Cup & Saucer Cafes.The first of the cases was reported to the county health department on March 20, and the other was reported Monday, said county spokeswoman Julie Sullivan-Springhetti. Officials advise people who ate or drank at the cafes on specific dates in late March to contact their health care provider, she said.Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease usually spread when someone ingests the virus from drinks, food or other things contaminated by an infected person’s fecal matter, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can be a mild sickness, lasting a few weeks, or be more severe and last several months, the CDC said. (Ryan, 4/4) The Philadelphia Inquirer: A Penn Nurse Tackles Ageism In Health Care Intermedix is acquiring WPC Healthcare to strengthen its data analytics and machine learning capabilities. Intermedix, which moved most of its top executives to Nashville in 2015, expects the deal to help fuse clinical, financial and operational data into the decisions that health care providers make about revenue cycle management, or the complex health care billing process, said CEO Joel Portice. WPC Healthcare is a Brentwood-based company that collects data for a variety of uses in health care, ranging from technology that helps clinicians identify people with sepsis earlier to helping cities think about where mosquito populations might surge during warm months. (Fletcher, 4/4) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The New York attorney general joined a whistleblower lawsuit accusing an AstraZeneca unit of defrauding Medicaid by obtaining confidential data on infants in order to boost sales of a key medicine. From 2007 through 2011, the lawsuit alleges that the MedImmune unit worked closely with a specialty pharmacy called Trinity Homecare to generate prescriptions for Synagis, which is given to premature infants to protect them from contracting a severe respiratory virus known as RSV. At the time, Trinity actively dealt with many New York City public hospitals, where infants were insured by Medicaid. (Silverman, 4/4) What’s the first statistic that medical professionals mention when they talk about patients? It’s the patient’s age, Rebecca Trotta, a Ph.D.-level nurse, pointed out in a lecture Monday to colleagues at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She urged them to consider how differently they would think about these two patients: a 57-year-old man who had fallen and had a change in mental status, and an 87-year-old man with the same symptoms.  Chances are, she said, that they would instantly make unconscious assumptions about where those two patients were headed.  They were much more likely to assume that the older man was frail, had dementia, and would wind up in a nursing home.  Could it be that what she called “intrinsic ageism” makes such a negative outcome more likely? (Burling, 4/4) State Highlights: Iowa Lawmakers Vote To Raise Own Premiums After Press Reports; Fla. Safety-Net Hospitals Oppose Proposed Budget Cuts Outlets report on news from Iowa, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Tennessee. center_img More than seven in 10 people in one of the nation’s largest tobacco-producing states support a statewide smoking ban in most public places. It’s the highest level of support ever recorded in polling by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky since the group first asked the question in 2011. Anti-smoking advocates hope the numbers will fuel a renewed push for a public smoking ban in a state that leads the country in the number of tobacco-related cancer cases per 100,000 people. (4/4) The Oregonian: Eye Clinic Manager Convicted In Huge Health Care Fraud: Puppet Of Father Or Partner In Crime?  Leaders of safety-net hospitals from across the state gathered Monday at the Capitol to argue against potential cuts in Medicaid payments. The House last week released an initial budget that included $672.3 million in Medicaid reimbursement cuts, while a Senate plan included about $309.1 million in cuts. Safety-net hospitals include public, teaching and children’s hospitals and serve large numbers of Medicaid patients and uninsured people. (4/4) Nashville Tennessean: Intermedix Buys WPC Healthcare Health News Florida: Safety Net Hospitals Oppose Potential Cuts Stat: AstraZeneca Is Sued Over ‘Baby Leads’ Used For Medicaid Fraud Some state lawmakers will pay more for their health insurance under a bill approved unanimously in the Iowa House today, after an earlier unanimous vote in the Senate. (Russell, 4/4) The Associated Press: Support Surges For Smoking Ban In Tobacco Country last_img read more

Postmedia posts net loss of 51 million as digital revenue growth streak

first_img Comment Sponsored By: 7 Comments April 11, 20196:53 PM EDT Filed under News Postmedia Network Canada Corp. posted its ninth consecutive quarter of double-digit digital revenue growth on Thursday, but declining print revenues and an impairment charge contributed to a net loss of $5.1 million for the company’s fiscal second quarter.In the three months ending Feb. 28, 2019, Postmedia, which is Canada’s largest newspaper chain, saw its revenue decline to $145.7 million from $157.6 million in the same period last year.The drop in the Postmedia second fiscal quarter, the company said, was due to a $10 million decrease in print advertising and a $2.9 million decline in print circulation revenue. The company noted, however, that the rates of decline for both metrics slowed as compared to last year.Overall, the company’s net loss increased from the same period in 2018, when it posted a $1.3 million loss. Postmedia attributed the difference to an impairment charge and a tax credit recovery in the second quarter of 2018 being offset by gains it made through selling property and equipment.Digital revenues, however continued to grow and were up 10.2 per cent to $28.18 million in comparison to $26.37 million in the same period last year.“We’ve clipped our debt by $125 million, we’ve got nine quarters of (digital) growth and we’ve seen improvements in the rates of decline,” said Andrew MacLeod, Postmedia’s president and chief executive. Despite the progress, MacLeod said he had no illusions about the challenges facing the company and the industry.“No one is sitting here on the executive floor and cracking open champagne and feeling great about life,” MacLeod said. ”There’s a heck of a lot of work in front of us and we know that.”MacLeod, who took over as Postmedia CEO from Paul Godfrey in January, said that the main challenge is to grow digital revenue, not just incrementally, but to the point where it surpasses what the company is earning in both print advertising and print circulation — a combined $110.7 million in the second quarter. This has to be accomplished, MacLeod said, while slowing the erosion of legacy revenues.We’ve clipped our debt by $125 million Twitter Reddit advertisement That’s been hard to do while competing with juggernauts such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google for digital revenue. “You’re going up against these two players on a global scale that literally own 70-80 per cent of the market,” he said. “Every day before you wake up, most budgets have already been pre-allocated to these two platforms.”The federal government’s plan to invest $595 million in local journalism should assist Postmedia in continuing to make its transition from relying on print revenue streams to those in the digital realm. Postmedia and other Canadian media companies will be eligible for tax credits that are tied to the salaries of the journalists they employ. Because the credit is tied to jobs, MacLeod said it may force companies to think long and hard about future layoffs.He also sees the new cash as a revenue stream that will help the company “play offence” and steer it towards growth — something he said Postmedia can focus on even as it pays off millions of dollars in debt. The company paid off another $20.4 million in debt, as well an additional $5.5 million subsequent to the quarter’s end, bringing the total it owes in first-lien notes down to $99.7 million.While releasing its results on Thursday, Postmedia also announced that MacLeod has been appointed to the boards of directors of both the company and its subsidiary. The company also appointed Mary Anne Lavallee to the role of executive vice-president and chief operating officer. Lavallee joined Postmedia in 2014 and had been working as its senior vice-president of reader sales and commercial operations.• Email: vferreira@nationalpost.com | Twitter: More Share this storyPostmedia posts net loss of $5.1 million as digital revenue growth streak continues Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Postmedia Network Inc. President and CEO Andrew MacLeodPeter J Thompson/National Post Featured Stories What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Victor Ferreira Recommended For YouU.S. FDA approves Karyopharm Therapeutics’ blood cancer drugOntario Cannabis Store pulls affected CannTrust products amid Health Canada probeUPDATE 2-FDA approves expanded label for Regeneron/Sanofi’s DupixentTrump pick for Fed seat says doesn’t want to pull rug from under market -CNBCAP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt? Postmedia posts net loss of $5.1 million as digital revenue growth streak continues Digital revenues up 10.2% in ninth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth ← Previous Next → Facebook Email Join the conversation →last_img read more

Green Deals ChargePoint 18foot 32A WiFi Electric Vehicle Charger 519 more

Source: Charge Forward Home Depot offers the ChargePoint Wi-Fi-enabled 18-foot 32A Indoor/Outdoor Electric Vehicle Charger for $519 shipped. That’s good for $130 off the regular price and the best available at the moment by $80. You can upgrade to a longer cable length or other power input options for around $50 more. ChargePoint’s vehicle charger can power your ride up to six-times faster than a standard wall outlet. The free smartphone app lets your track your vehicle’s progress along the way. Rated 4.9/5 stars. more… read more