akhilesh yadavazam khanBahujan samaj partyJaya Prada First Published: April 15, 2019, 5:34 PM IST | Edited by: Sumedha Kirti New Delhi: Samajwadi president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday defended Azam Khan after former SP lawmaker’s “underwear jibe”, allegedly targeting film actor Jaya Prada, drew sharp reaction.”He was talking about someone else. We are Samajwadis, we never use foul language for women,” Yadav said. The comment came hours after UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath condemned Khan’s remark and hit out at “two former CMs” (Akhilesh and Mayawati) over their silence on the leader’s derogatory comment. “The mean and indecent remark against Jaya Prada reflects the mean mindset and personality of Azam Khan,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said in tweet. “The silence of Akhilesh Yadav over it is shameful indeed. And the silence of Mayawati, despite her being a woman, indicates that for the sake of power, they are ready to do and put up with anything,” he said.Without naming the actor, who is fighting on a BJP ticket from Rampur, Khan had told the gathering in an election there on Sunday, “… you got represented (by her) for 10 years. (aapne das saal apna pratinidhitwa karwaya)”.”People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and people of India, it took you 17 years to understand her reality. But, I could recognize it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear. (Rampur waalo, Uttar Pradesh waalo, Hindustan waalo, usski asliyat samajhne mein aapko 17 baras lag gaye. Main 17 dinon mein pehchaan gaya ki inke neeche kaa jo underwear hai, woh khaki rang kaa hai), said Khan.The video of Khan’s purported speech had also deluged various social media platform. The National Commission for Women also urged the Election Commission to take “strong action” against Khan for making offensive remarks. NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora cited two instances when Khan made offensive comments against Jaya Prada, who is fighting the Lok Sabha election against the SP leader from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur seat.The NCW also issued a show-cause notice to Khan over his remarks.
Game of ThronesJason MomoaJason Momoa Game of ThronesJason Momoa Instagram First Published: May 29, 2019, 9:22 AM IST After eight seasons, Game of Thrones recently ended in a way that did not go down well with a lot of viewers around the world, including Momoa. Daenerys Targaryen (Khaleesi, his wife played by Emilia Clarke) is stabbed to death by her lover and nephew Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) in one of the most heart-breaking twists of the show.Frustrated with the ending, Moma had said, “Let me get this sh*t straight. You’re going back to what the f**k you did in the first place and you killed Khaleesi… Oh my God! We’re gonna go to the bars and we’re gonna get in a fight.””I feel lost. I’m lost. What the f**k? Drogon should’ve melted his a**. Ugh. And the godda*n bar is closed!” he added.Follow @News18Movies for more. Actor Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo in the first season of Game of Thrones, says he and his friend drove around Ireland during a break while shooting the fantasy drama as they were too broke to fly home.Momoa, 39, shared an image on Instagram from the time. “So homesick. Looking through my phone I found this,” he captioned the picture. “It was an amazing simple moment with my best friend (Brian Andrew Mendoza). While filming GoT we had a lil break. We were to (sic) broke to fly home so we rented a panel van aka UHAUL in Belfast and drove around beautiful amazing IRELAND searching for the greatest pint of Guinness. Turns out it’s perfect everywhere. So many wonderful people and stories I treasure those times. It was the simplest moments I remember the most,” he wrote.“I still miss my family. Been a long road and I feel like I’m just getting started. On the roam Needs to go home. Ps ill ask Brian for more pics he’s got the gold. Aloha j,” he added.
Amit ShahBharatiya Janata PartyBJPcongress First Published: May 17, 2019, 3:42 PM IST Bhopal: Even as Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah issued notices to three party leaders over their ‘anti-Mahatma Gandhi’ utterances, party spokesperson from Madhya Pradesh kicked up another row with his social media post.BJP spokesperson Anil Saumitra was suspended from the BJP, while the party also served a notice to Pragya Thakur over her remarks. “Rastrpita the, par Pakistan Rashtra ke. Bharat Rashtra me to unke jaise karodon putra huye, kuchh layak the tau kuchh nalayak (He was the father of the nation, but it was Pakistan. India has had many sons like him — some are deserving, others aren’t),” posted Saumitra on his Facebook wall.Stating that views expressed by Saumitra were in contradiction to BJP’s principles, party state head Rakesh Singh suspended the leader from primary membership of BJP and gave him seven days to furnish a reply. While speaking to News18, Saumitra however claimed those were his personal views and also identified himself as a follower of Gandhian thoughts, adding he extensively reads Gandhi and his ideology.He objected to the term ‘Rashtrpita’ saying after independence, the term was simply translated into Hindi from Father of the Nation to Rashtrapita by some “conspirators”. This term was later established in discourse and discussions.Not offering a candid reply, Saumitra even claimed India was an ancient country and was a rashtra long ago and the concept of Rashtra was found in Vedic scriptures as well. “Even the seers proudly called them sons of this soil,” he said.The BJP leader further added that the great personalities of the nation also were eligible to be called suputra (true son) of the country.On being asked about his “rashtrapita of Pakistan” statement, Saumitra went on to claim that Pakistan was born out of a “conspiracy of the British and mutual confrontation of both Jinnah and Jawaharlal Nehru who both wanted to become Prime Minister”. “As only one of them could become the PM, they bifurcated the nation,” he added.Asked whether he did not agree to rashtrapita tag used for Mahatma Gandhi, the leader went on to claim its “them who follow and implement Gandhian ideology”. Gandhi preached us about swachhta and look who has implemented it, he said.Saumitra declined to accept that Congress had propagated the Gandhian ideology and instead claimed Congress leaders were the murderers of Gandhian thoughts.”Where is Gram Swaraj, gau based economy, swadesi model and so on,” questioned the BJP leader.Claiming that he carries immense respect for Gandhi, the BJP spokesperson added that all the great personalities, including Gandhi, are sons of this motherland.On being asked about his take on layak and nalayak putra, Saumitra claimed layak (deserving) sons are those who have propagated his thoughts and “PM Narendra Modi is the worthiest among sons”.On Thursday, BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur had kicked up a row calling Nathuram Godse a patriot during a roadshow in Agar Malwa. She later apologised for the remarks.
AP AbdullakuttyBJPcongressCPI(M) First Published: June 3, 2019, 5:06 PM IST Thiruvananthapuram: The state committee of Congress party has shown leader AP Abdullakutty to the door for non-compliance with the party norms. The action comes in the wake of Abdullakutty repeatedly letting down the party leaders and not changing his stand on praising the deeds of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Facebook post. The expulsion was confirmed in an official statement issued by the party. He is also said to have given the cold shoulder on the party’s demand for an explanation. The party found Abdullakutty to have violated party norms by putting up a post in praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “An interesting factor that makes him (Modi) so popular is that he inculcated Gandhian values in his governance,” the controversial post reads. The party later constituted a committee to probe into the matter.Soon after the expulsion, Abdullakutty said the reaction from KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran occurred as expected. He added saying Kerala should not let itself be painted in a bad light by ridiculing Modi. Furthermore, the Congress leader said Modi succeeded by putting into practice what Gandhi has envisaged. Quizzed about joining BJP, Abdullakutty said he is not in that state of mind of giving it a thought. Abdullakutty, a formerly SFI leader, was termed Albhuthakutty’ (wonder child) after he trounced sitting MP Mullappally Ramachandran in 1999 elections. A decade ago, Abdullakutty, an MP from Kannur, faced expulsion from CPI (M) after he extolled the Gujarat Model of Development mooted by Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat. “Modi’s efforts to bring development to his state was worthy of emulation even in the face of disagreement over his political policies,” he is quoted as saying in a Malayalam Television channel in Dubai in 2009. Soon, he was expelled from CPI (M) and subsequently joined the Congress to win the Kannur seat in a by poll. He was re-elected in the 2011 Assembly Polls. Since tasting a defeat for Congress from the Communist bastion of Thalassery in 2016, Abdullakutty has not been holding any party position. However, BJP is positive towards inducting the expelled right-wing leader. “CPI (M) had expelled Abdullakutty for the same reason. Back then, Congress welcomed that move. Abdullakutty had a discussion with party sympathisers,” says K. Renjith, state cell coordinator of BJP.
Skype Preview is a desktop-based version of Skype that allows users to see what’s coming up next from Microsoft. This version of Skype is akin to a Beta, sort of, and comes with all the bells and whistles generally associated with a Beta. This is Microsoft showing users features before they’re ready for prime-time.ALSO SEE: Windows 10 Preview with eye control (new this week!)Users will want to be aware that this version of Skype may not be as reliable as the standard version. The most important thing Microsoft told us about this version of Skype is this: “It’s not yet complete and we need your feedback.” It’s not for everyone.Skype Preview brings in features previously developed for the service’s mobile app. This version includes new features “that improve your connection with friends and family.” This includes @mentions and a new notifications panel in-app. This update also has a new set of message reactions that’ve not been part of the desktop version of this app before. Chats also have a new media gallery to assist in finding shared content. Microsoft said today that this version of Skype adds functionality to group calls, including photo sharing and real-time screen sharing. In-call reactions are added here, complete with a heaping helping of the newest emoji.Mac and non-Windows 10 users can head to Skype Insider and tap the links to download. This includes an early version of Skype for Android, too, if you do so please. There’s an iPhone version too, but it requires an invitation and TestFlight and all sorts of junk that makes the process less-than-worth the effort.For fully-updated Windows 10 users, you’ll already have many of the features arriving on this Preview for Skype detailed above. Several features coming to Skype Preview will also be coming to the standard Skype app for Windows 10, too. In other words: if you’re on Windows 10, Skype is developed with you in mind first and foremost. Story TimelineSkype preview adds Slack integrationSkype Preview now lets you stick emoticons on video callsThis iPhone 8 “preview” will give you goosebumpsWindows 10 preview gets Eye Control: here’s what it can doThis mind-controlled game previews VR’s unbelievable futureXbox Insider Program opens previews to everyone: Here’s how to join The next generation in Skype functionality is coming to Apple and non-Windows 10 computers. Yes, you read that correctly, non-Windows 10, as in every version of Windows before Windows 10 version 1511 (OS Build 10586). For everyone who has the newest version of Windows 10, there’s also good news to be had.
The folks at Moleskine have created a planner to write in – but it’s not like any other planner in the world today. This is the Moleskine Smart Planner, and each page inside contains a near-invisible grid. Each grid allows the Moleskine Pen+ to pick up and digitize every pen-stroke that comes with the pen’s flowing ink. This notebook works with the Moleskine Smart Writing Set – which comes with a paper tablet. The Smart Planner is the Moleskine that’s missing from the Moleskine-made Smart Writing Set. This notebook’s pages are specially made to work with the Moleskine Pen+, but can be used with any other pen, pencil, or other writing utensil.To be extra clear here – the notebook itself is made of paper products. It does not do anything super special without the Pen+, also made by Moleskine. Once the pen is in play, the user can write notes and record them to the pen, then to a smartphone or tablet connected with Moleskine Timepage, iCal, Microsoft Outlook, and others with a Google Account – Google Calendar too, of course.The pen might look familiar to those smart pen aficionados out there – it looks somewhat like a the Livescribe pen from a couple years ago. But it’s NOT.* The Livescribe 3 looked a lot like what we see here, and in fact was made a Moleskine edition, too, but it’s a different piece of equipment. *UPDATE: Moleskine wishes to make clear the following: “The pen that is used with the planner is called a Neo smartpen.”Another dead-ringer is the NeoLAB Convergence N2 smartpen. The Smart Planner is priced at €29.90 / $29.90 / £25.99 and will be in stores immediately if not soon. The Smart Writing Set is already in stores and costs right around €229/ $199 / £199, depending on where you look. Story TimelineEvernote takes Moleskine into the notebook cloudEvernote announces new Moleskine Business NotebookMoleskine adds Livescribe digital pen supportMoleskine partners with Adobe to digitize sketchesLivescribe 3 Smartpen Moleskine Edition goes up for preorderMoleskine Smart Writing Set bridges analog and digital notes
It’s no Surface Pro 5 but, given the changes Microsoft has made, it could have very well be called one. But perhaps one of the most significant changes made to Redmond’s premium 2-in-1 device is the addition of built-in LTE connectivity. That, however, was four months ago and, save for a premature preorder listing, there was nary a word about it. At Ignite 2017 this week, a company spokesperson semi-officially confirmed at least a launch date, which will take place right at the start of December. What’s so special about a Surface Pro LTE anyway? The question itself hints at the answer. Users these days have almost come to expect tablets and even laptops to at least offer a variant with built-in LTE support. In fact, there are already a few Windows 10 tablets, laptops, and everything in between that do.The Surface Pro line, however, has never included such a feature. That was only available in the ARM-based, and long forgotten Surface Windows RT models. So these new Surface Pro models would be the first of their kind to have LTE support without the need for dongles, offering true mobile productivity at long last.It’s not all good news, though. Based on the listing from a UK retailer, the LTE models will be limited to the Core i5 configurations only. That means you will be limited to 4 or 8 GB of RAM, 128 or 256 GB of SSD storage, and an Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU. The highest configuration available for the new Surface Pro goes up to an Intel Core i7 with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB storage.According to the spokesperson, the Surface Pro LTE will launch on December 1. Details are not yet final, however, and there might be more coming next month at an event in London.VIA: Neowin
There are two things about that iPhone X that will never stop to be controversial: its notch and its removal of any fingerprint scanner in favor of Face ID. The former was by necessity but the latter, no matter how much Apple denies it, was due to the unavailability of in-display fingerprint scanners at that time. What if Apple had waited a year longer? What would the iPhone X have been like? Now you longer have to wonder because the Vivo X21 UD has just answered it for you. This combination of a bezel-less screen (with a notch) and an in-display fingerprint scanner is what the iPhone X could have put on the table had the technology been available at the time of its launch. Of course, Apple insists that 3D face recognition has always been what was planned for the 10th anniversary edition, despite rumors saying contrary. The Vivo X21 and X21 UD both have face recognition features but, considering the narrow bezel, it unlikely has the same 3D sensors that would improve the feature’s accuracy and security.Of course, the Vivo X21 is an Android phone and it’s pretty much a high-end one except for one odd thing. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, which is paired with 6 GB of RAM. The 6.28 bezel-less screen has a resolution of 2280×1080, more than 18:9 for the notch, and has dual 12 megapixel rear cameras and a 12 megapixel front camera, assisted by an IR camera for face recognition. It runs the latest Android 8.1 but with Vivo’s Funtouch OS customization. The Vivo X21 and Vivo X21 UD are the latest to join the growing number of Android phones with notches. In that sense, they are hardly remarkable. But the X21 UD specifically has one feature none of these other notched phones, including the Vivo X21, has: an in-display fingerprint scanner. Most likely the exact same one on the Vivo X20 UD, namely the Synaptics Clear ID FS9500. The Vivo X21 comes in black, white, and red color options, depending on which configuration you aim for. There’s a plain Vivo X21 with 64 GB of storage and a conventional rear fingerprint scanner going for 2,898 RMB ($460) while a 128 GB option sits at 3,198 RMB ($505). The Vivo X21 UD with in-display fingerprint scanner only comes in a 128 GB storage model for 3,598 RMB ($570).
Some OEMs are scrambling to be the first to claim the foldable phone title. Samsung and Huawei are reportedly neck-to-neck in that race while others are taking their time. They are, however, preparing by amassing patents to cover their legal bases. Fortunately, those patents are subject to public scrutiny, giving us an idea of what they might have in mind.Admittedly, it’s not called the RAZR but if Motorola manages to pull this design off, it might as well be RAZR 2.0 (technically 3 or 4 by now). We’ve seen our fill of foldable phone patents but, admittedly, this one is odd, though not entirely in a good way. It does feature a clamshell design with a single screen that folds in the middle. However, there are actual laptop-like hinges that connect what is two halves of a whole.The hinge might solve one of the design and engineering problems with screens that fold in, like a book or a clamshell. They can’t fold flat and you’ll need to have some open space where the screen folds. That patent unearthed by Mobielkopen does hint at that, though it will leave a gaping hole at one end of the folded device.Of course, these are just patents, and only a fraction of patents ever get used in actual products. However, Motorola’s parent company Lenovo was one of the first to demonstrate an actual working foldable tablet, which it at least suggests Motorola is just as close to making it real as Samsung or Huawei. Motorola has gone through numerous changes and even numerous owners, but throughout its history, perhaps only one phone has remained an icon and an example of its glory days: the RAZR. Even Motorola was acutely aware of this to the point that it attempted to ride on that nostalgia for the slim clamshell to no avail. It doesn’t seem to have given up on the dream of resurrecting the beloved phone and, at least based on a new patent, it might introduce a certain twist. Or rather, a fold.
This week the Google Pixel 3’s Live Wallpaper collection leaked, and one shows the Mololo Barrier Reef. When the wallpaper is loaded to an Android smartphone properly, a tiny white boat can be seen. In the Live Wallpaper version of this image, this little boat drives around the screen, moving in and out of the reef, all cute-like. Having sought out the sources of the images used for this wallpaper (for an article written earlier this week,) I can safely suggest that Google took some inspiration from real life for their boat placement and sizing. In the image we attained this week from Google Earth from the year 2017, a couple of boats can be seen. One is a wide, rectangular-shaped boat, and the other is a speed boat, much like the one seen in the live wallpaper. The live wallpaper does not use the same image of the boat as seen in the photograph for Google Earth. However, the two are of extremely similar size, and the similarities cannot be ignored. It’s very, very likely that Google saw one and created the other. AdChoices广告The rest of the live wallpapers in the collection are similarly awesome. In a “Bird’s Eye View” of Zion National Park, Google uses a series of images of a cliffside. In the images we see a near overhead view moved down to closer to a 45-degree angle. At that angle, we see some animated birds fly by every so often – very subtle, very fun. There’s also a bunch of other live wallpapers from other locations. Have a peek at our original Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers feature to see more information on the locations chosen for the lot. Also head over to Android File Host to download the APK yourself. You’ll need one version if you have Android 6-7.1, or a different version if you have Android 8 or 8.1, or yet another different version if you have Android 9 Pie. You’ll also need the Google Wallpapers app from Google Play.
Similarly, give a driver a car that has the front wheels aiding the rears by doing some of the driving, and they’ll probably feel braver on a track’s more harrowing features. The difference is, a boxer won’t walk away from a victory with a sense that using gloves is sort of cheating. You’ll hear many a track session tale end with someone mentioning that the all-wheel drive car “did all the work” for those who escaped a circuit unscathed. It’s for these folks that Audi now offers the R8 RWS, the first rear-wheel drive version of its famous sports car. Four rings, two wheels?The Audi R8 RWS – or Rear Wheel Series – comes to us from Audi Sport, the automaker’s performance division analogous with Mercedes AMG or BMW M. Formerly called “Quattro” to be in line with Audi’s all-wheel drive speciality, the name was dropped in 2016. Free of the specificity that its former moniker beheld them to, Audi Sport was now able to satisfy the demand by some for a “pure” version of the R8. Like the standard R8, the RWS is saddled with a mid-mounted 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine that churns out 540 and 398 pound-feet of torque. This is married to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. Power now goes right to the back end for the duration of your enthusiastic ride. The attentive will pick up on the whispers that speak to the differences between the RWS and the standard R8. Matte black design elements like the single frame grille and air apertures on either end of the car will be your first clue. More pronounced indicators include the R8’s signature side blade matching the body color and the “1 of 999” badge found on the dashboard. If the whispers aren’t getting the message across enough for your liking, your RWS can shout it out loudly with an optional off-set graphic stripes that streak across the shiny side.You’re all individualsInside, the R8 RWS retains the two-passenger leather-and-Alcantara-wrapped interior of its sister models. The “1 of 999” badge sadly doesn’t change depending on the car; you’ll have one of 999, you just won’t know which one. Behind the wheel is the Audi virtual cockpit, the 12.3-inch TFT monitor that is the sole interface for Audi’s MMI infotainment system. It’s a driver focused car, after all. The fully digital display is brilliant in both color and functionality, displaying all the necessary gauges, but can also be expanded to display whichever relevant menu you wish to view in full screen mode. The best example of this is when navigation is used, displaying a fullscreen map and directions of the road ahead within a simple glance downward. It’s amazingly useful when out tackling unfamiliar backroads allowing the driver an easy way to plan for upcoming bends. The virtual cockpit can also be quite handy on the track, either as an impromptu Google Earth-powered track map, or in Performance view. This setting places the tachometer front and center, coupled with colored shift indicators in manual mode that are easy to see in your periphery as your attention is focused on the circuit ahead. If you need a break from the song of the V10 sitting behind your head, a Bang & Olufsen sound system surrounds the cabin to facilitate your auditory desires. A 550-watt amplifier controls 13 speakers – two of which are in the head restraints – and are matched with a subwoofer in the front bulkhead. The rain in Spain tries in vain to make us hydroplaneBy this point, the SlashGear crew is intimately familiar with the Audi R8, and climbing in the car feels like slipping into a trusty pair of running shoes. We were curious as to just how drastic the difference between the RWS and the quattro-fied R8 were. As it turns out, it’s not particularly drastic. The RWS is all about subtracting more than adding, nixing the driveshaft and differentials that would normally send power to the front wheels. Audi then re-tuned the suspension to better accommodate the pure rear-drive performance of the car and sent it out the door. This amounts to about 110 lbs in weight savings from the standard R8 V10 coupe, giving the RWS coupe an unladen weight of 3,505.3 lbs.Our testing grounds were the rainy mountain roads north of Madrid, Spain, and our R8s were shod in 20-inch winter tires. 19-inch wheels fitted with Pirelli P Zeros are the standard sets, but semi-snowy conditions required our testers to be set up to favor their odds of being returned intact, so the optional 20-inch wheels got the cold rubber treatment. Soggy as the roads were, the R8 performed with the poise we’ve come to know from its other incarnations. You’d be unsurprised to know that the R8, all-wheel or rear-wheel, is a fairly well composed car, and the removal of quattro doesn’t catastrophically skew the formula. On the road, the car delivers its 540 horsepower with clinical smoothness, and its electromechanical power steering responds to inputs with an equal crispness. In fact, the experience is rather tame, as much as barreling on soaked mountain roads in a 540 horsepower sports car can be, anyway. Audi’s stellar coupe is the opposite of unruly and, even in the worst conditions, it takes a lot of abuse to provoke it into biting back. We concluded our road drive with mixed feelings. On one hand, the RWS is still a great R8 and is in no way “broken” or “ruined” by a layout heretical to the core of Audi’s performance. Of course, why would it be? After all, it shares 60-percent of its components with the R8 LMS GT4 race car. If it’s good enough for Daytona, it should be good enough for the likes of you and me. That aside, those expecting the car to feel more “raw” or “pure” will probably be disappointed to hear that the RWS isn’t the head-bashing Mr. Hyde to the R8 V10’s Dr. Jekyll. Would the story be different on the track? We’ll have to wait to find out. In a perfect world, we’d have an R8 V10 and an RWS at a track and drive them back-to-back where we suspect the differences would be far more palpable, though probably not staggeringly different. In lieu of this, an open area of a nearby military vehicle testing facility had a course of cones arranged for us to use the Audi in a manner unconventional for an R8: Drifting. Bullish behaviorHere it is, the one thing 999 R8 owners get to say they can do better in their precision sports car. Like its cousin, the Lamborghini Huracán RWD coupe, the Audi RWS allows enthusiasts fun with an electronic safety net. In “Dynamic” mode, the R8 can freely kick the back end out, but go too far, and the ESC will step in and try to right your wrongs. In practice, it feels like answering the call to join a pickup football game while still in business attire, but after the tie is metaphorically loosened, all reservations quickly fade. Each corner quickly felt like a part of our own personal Miami Vice-style chase scene, with the R8 free to fly around a corner and fan out in perpetuity before targeted for the next set of cones. This, it seemed, was the raw experience some R8 shoppers were looking for. With that said, the limited nature of the RWD’s production began to make sense. 999 will hit the roads globally, with 320 coming to the United States. That feels about enough to satisfy anyone who thinks the R8 is too well behaved, though they’ll find that quattro isn’t the gatekeeper of shenanigans they presume it to be. Could you drift an R8 V10 as we did in the RWS? Probably, but the RWS certainly made it easier. Appearing stateside as early as this summer, Audi have pleasantly avoided charging more for less functionality. Though official pricing has yet to be announced, anyone looking to be one of 320 can be assured to know that the RWS is expected to come in below the standard price of the R8 V10, which starts at $164,900. Those who have the means to purchase an R8 and yet haven’t done so by now have little reason to overlook what the four rings has to offer. We’d still recommend the standard R8 V10 for its extra performance capability, but for those looking for an R8 strictly for road use, the price and the unique nature of the RWS can’t be beat. All-wheel drive systems in sports cars like the Audi R8 are a little like boxing gloves, in that the added safeguards give the people behind them the confidence to attack past their usual means. A bare-knuckle pugilist is less likely to put hand-bones vs face-bones to the test with a full force skull punch, but shod them with a padded mitt, and they’ll have no issue ringing the other guy’s bell all night long.
The hot new thing in pharma — “biosimilar” drugs — is getting so crowded that soon nobody will want to go there any more. Biosimilars are a relatively new wave of generic-like drugs that substitute for biologic drugs, which are made with living cells rather than chemicals. Many big pharma companies have jumped into the market with both feet. (Max Nisen, 2/24) The pharmaceutical industry in the United States is impressive. It is producing new drugs that can radically improve or even save people’s lives. But as these companies produce amazing advances, why does it appear that some are taking advantage of the very people the drugs are meant to help? Without painting the industry too broadly, if we are serious about controlling health care costs, we must look at the problems in the system. (Eric H. Shultz, 2/27) Having a child who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and fatal muscle-wasting disease that affects about 12,000 boys in the United States, is tragic enough. But watching drugmaker Marathon Pharmaceuticals seek a 70-fold increase in the price of a drug that can extend those patients’ lives — that’s beyond the pale. In fact, it’s outrageous enough that it should persuade California lawmakers finally to shine a light on how drug companies set their prices. (2/28) Getting the FDA to approve drugs faster is seen as one way to get the access that many patients and their families want. Vice President Pence and many other legislators seem to have been persuaded that the FDA is the roadblock. It isn’t. The real barrier is payers of prescription drug benefits, such as health insurance companies and self-insured employers. The premise that the FDA needs to speed things up worked in the late 1980s when AIDS activists and cancer groups successfully pressured the FDA to make the drug approval process faster. But this won’t work today because payers, which weren’t nearly as influential 30 years ago, now regulate access to drugs. To speed access to new treatments, then, groups need to incorporate payers into their strategies. (Russell Teagarden and Arthur L. Caplan, 2/28) Bloomberg: “New Valeant” Looks Suspiciously Like The Old One Stat: The FDA Isn’t The Only Roadblock To Accessing To New Therapies Boston Globe: Trip To Caymans Could Show How Out Of Whack Drug Pricing Is In US Emulating a questionable re-branding role model, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. referred to itself as “New Valeant” in its quarterly earnings slides on Tuesday. Don’t expect New Valeant to be much more successful than New Coke. The perma-troubled specialty pharmaceutical company has taken some positive steps under its new leadership team and CEO, including meeting its own reduced full-year revenue guidance for once and setting relatively conservative future goals. But there’s not much that’s new about the New Valeant. (Max Nisen, 2/28) Scranton Times-Tribune: Import Bill Solid This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Bloomberg: Allergan’s Biosimilar Pullback Won’t Be The Last Perspectives: Gouging Patients Has Never Been Industry’s Goal — But Everyone Still Ends Up Suffering Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues. The American health care system, in many ways, is an outlier among the world’s economically advanced countries. One of the principal differences, and among the most expensive, is that the U.S. government takes a hands-off approach to the price of medicine. Pharmaceutical companies, which face price controls on drugs in most other countries, in effect, make up the difference with the exponentially higher prices they charge in the United States. American consumers, in effect, subsidize the rest of the world’s prescriptions. (3/1) Los Angeles Times: Are Pharmaceutical Companies Gouging Taxpayers? Lawmakers Need To Find Out
Next Article Nintendo As the rumors predicted, Nintendo has announced a smaller version of the Switch is set to hit the market in September carrying the name Switch Lite.As The Verge reports, this Lite version of the Switch includes several big changes to the original model made possible and necessary by it being offered as a handheld-only device. First of all, it’s smaller and ships with a 5.5-inch touch screen rather than the Switch’s 6.2-inch display. The Joy-Cons are gone, replaced with integrated controls either side of the display. You’ll notice the directional buttons on the left have also been replaced with a D-Pad.No Joy-Cons also means Nintendo has removed the IR Motion Camera and the HD rumble feature from the Switch Lite. If you want to play a game that requires Joy-Con motion input, for example, 1-2 Switch or Pokemon Let’s Go, you’ll need to purchase a set of Joy-Cons separately to use with the Lite. The kickstand is also gone, which nobody will complain about, right?As it’s a handheld-only model, the Switch Lite can’t be hooked up to a TV, which also means it will only work with games that support handheld mode. Currently all games support handheld mode and now all future games will need to.So the Switch Lite is smaller, less versatile, and is missing some key features of the original Switch ($299.00 at Amazon). However, that does come with some positives. For one, the Switch Lite is $100 cheaper at $199. It’s noticeably lighter than the Switch and battery life is expected to be slightly better. There’s also going to be three color options at launch on Sept. 20, with the choices being yellow, grey, and turquoise. A Pokemon Sword and Shield edition is also planned.The price alone should make the Switch Lite a very popular choice and we could see the original Switch left on stores shelves. Isn’t this also the clearest sign yet that Nintendo has no intention of replacing the 3DS? It’s a smaller, handheld-only version of the Switch with a 5.5-inch touch screen. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Matthew Humphries Senior Editor Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: via PC Mag Nintendo Announces the Switch Lite for $199 July 10, 2019 36shares Enroll Now for $5
Join the conversation → December 21, 20184:22 PM ESTLast UpdatedDecember 27, 20188:12 AM EST Filed under News Economy Facebook Share this storyThings could go terribly wrong for Canada’s economy in 2019 — but there’s reason for hope Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Things could go terribly wrong for Canada’s economy in 2019 — but there’s reason for hope Kevin Carmichael: Amid weak oil prices and high debt, business leaders are moving forward and that could be enough to avoid stagnation, or worse Twitter Reddit Email More Merry Christmas Canada — It will be 22 years before Ottawa balances the budget, finance department reveals Comment Related Stories The best economic news heading into 2019 might be that we’re poorer than we thought a few weeks ago. Statistics Canada changed history last month, revising economic growth in 2015 to a mere 0.7 per cent, compared with its original calculation of 1 per cent. The 2016 expansion was also cut by three-tenths of a percentage point, to 1.1 per cent. Merry Christmas. Now the central bank must do some recalculating of its own. Policy makers have a rough idea of how many goods and services the economy can produce without causing inflation. Before StatCan’s revisions, they thought we had reached that point. A smaller gross domestic product suggests the pressure to raise interest rates vanished, along with the billions of dollars in economic output that only ever happened on paper.Higher interest rates pushing more Canadians to seek debt relief as business booms for insolvency trusteesInstead of an honest debate about fiscal policy, we get filter bubble papOur trade with China is bigger than you think — and exporters are getting worriedIt’s weird to cheer the disappearance of so much wealth, but Governor Stephen Poloz and his deputies will benefit from some breathing room. At this point in 2017, virtually every major economy was growing. Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was nudging her institution’s members to fix their roofs while the sun was still shining. The clouds rolled in faster than most expected. President Donald Trump’s trade wars are slowing global commerce and upsetting financial markets. The tumult could be temporary, or it could be the beginning of something terrible; it’s hard to tell. The jobless rate in the United States is 3.7 per cent, which must count for something. Yet the S&P500 index was on track for its worst year since the financial crisis a decade ago.Earlier this autumn, DHL Express announced it was adding a new flight to Vancouver from its North American distribution hub in Cincinnati to keep up with a double-digit increase in demand. “Absolutely, there is strength in the global economy,” Andrew Williams, chief executive of the company’s unit, said in an interview. But not enough strength to keep one of DHL’s rivals out of trouble. FedEx Corp. cut its earnings outlook this week, after raising it just three months ago, according to Bloomberg News. The company’s stock price plunged the most in a decade. “When you have a change that comes on you as fast as this did, it’s hard to react to it,” Fred Smith, the chief executive, said on a conference call with analysts. “Most of the issues that we’re dealing with today are induced by bad political choices,” Smith said, citing Trump’s import tariffs and the retaliatory measures they provoked. BlackRock Inc., the New York-based asset manager with a portfolio of more than $6 trillion, says the U.S. could tip into recession as soon as 2020. That’s disconcerting because America is currently the only major economy that still is performing well.Most of the issues that we’re dealing with today are induced by bad political choicesFred Smith, FedEx chief executive HSBC Bank Canada boss sees opportunity in trade even as economy cools The verdict is in: Canada’s 2015 downturn amid shock oil collapse wasn’t a recession Canada may avoid a downturn, although at the price of being condemned to muddling along, much like Japan and some of the bigger European economies. Weak oil prices and excessive private and public debt could stall the engines that powered the economy clear of the Great Recession. If the trade wars persist, exports also will suffer, threatening stagnation. “Growth will be shallow and corrections will be shallow,” Aubrey Badeo, BlackRock’s Toronto-based head of Canadian fixed income, said in an interview. “A Japan situation could be something we gravitate towards here.” We’re not there yet. Most forecasts predict the economy will grow by around 1.5 per cent next year, roughly equivalent to the Bank of Canada’s non-inflationary speed limit. “Plans to increase investment and employment, often supported by sales expectations, are widespread, especially in the services sector,” the central bank says in its latest quarterly Business Outlook Survey (BOS), released Friday. Companies added about 220,000 jobs over the 12 months through November, around the annual average since 2010, and the unemployment rate has been no higher than six per cent since October 2017, by far the most impressive stretch in data that dates to 1976. Hiring is a lagging indicator, but one that says a lot about an economy’s underlying strength. By that measure, Canada is fine: There is a reason the Bank of Canada felt the need to raise its benchmark interest rate five times from July 2017 to October 2018.“The Canadian economy begins this new year in a pretty good place,” Poloz said in an interview with CTV News this week. Still, the central bank paused earlier this month, and most economists and market watchers predict that it will opt to leave its interest-rate target unchanged at 1.75 per cent again in January, and probably even at its policy meeting in March. That’s a shift; the consensus until a couple of weeks ago was that policy makers would move borrowing costs higher first thing in the new year. Some analysts now predict an increase in the spring; Basdeo said “we’d be lucky” to get one hike in 2019, and definitely not before the second half. Central banks raise interest rates when the economy is strong. Canada’s prospects are mediocre, at least until the trade wars subside and oil prices rise. Wage growth remains lacklustre, and personal consumption grew only 1.9 per cent in the third quarter, the weakest since 2013. The household savings rate was 0.8 per cent, near an historic low. Monthly retail sales have been roughly flat since posting an outsized 2.1-per-cent gain in May. Hope for Canada’s economy in 2019 rests with the country’s entrepreneurs and business leaders. “We expect to see quite a good improvement in investment,” Poloz said. He’s been saying that for years, but the story came true in 2018, despite the uncertainty created by the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. There’s reason to think that will continue. NAFTA is sorted, mostly. The BOS, which ranks among the central bank’s favourite indicators, shows investment intentions over the next 12 months are depressed on the Prairies, but “solid” everywhere else. The Trudeau government’s promise to cut taxes on new capital, including intangibles such as intellectual property, and to prune regulations should be good for animal spirits, according to Michael McCain, chief executive of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Basdeo of BlackRock acknowledged that the shift to a digital economy, which is driving rapid investment in talent, software, and advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), could offset the many negatives. Bold companies will see the chaos as a chance to make money, or get a jump on their rivals. “No doubt, there is a level of concern,” Tasso Lagios, managing partner at Richter LLP, the Montreal-based provider of financial services for wealthy entrepreneurs, said in an interview. “But I find my clients are moving quicker and quicker to take advantage of opportunities. A lot of opportunities are being taken, but always with a worry.” Things could go terribly wrong in 2019. That’s why so many equity investors are cashing out. But executives are moving forward, emboldened by high profits, full order books, and the need to retool their businesses for an economy based on data and AI. That could be enough to avoid stagnation, or worse. Expect low interest rates for a little longer as a hedge, but also to give the boldest executives another reason to seize the moment. • Email: email@example.com | Twitter: 0 Comments Kevin Carmichael
Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 5, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Jaguar Proves I-Pace Range With Channel Tunnel Drive Jaguar I-Pace Range Test – Video + Images 46 photos Jaguar I-Pace Range Test Yields Disappointing Results Source: Electric Vehicle News Source: YouTube Nyland conducted his test in Norway, carefully filling up the battery for an extended period. Apparently, if you want an absolutely full-to-the-brim battery, it takes such a considerable amount of time we recommend only attempting that overnight at home rather than at a charging station. Here, Nyland waited about an hour and a half after it indicated it was a 100 percent full, and still only seemed to begin with 81.5 kWh, a little less than the 84.7 kWh Jaguar claims it will take.Nyland also does us the courtesy of weighing his test vehicle, and we find it tips the scales at 2,320 kg (5,110 pounds). As he starts out, the temperature is about 15 degrees Celcius (59 F), though as the sun goes down, it drops down to about 8 C (46.4 F). He only turns on the heated steering wheel and seats to combat the chill and keep energy losses to a minimum.Unlike the Autocar test, Nyland runs the I-Pace battery down until there’s just a couple percent left of its full capacity. Perhaps this helped achieve a more accurate result. In any case, the range distance he calculates at the end of the trip, during which he traveled at an average speed of about 90 kph (45 MPH), is 373 km (232 miles), with an efficiency of 214 Wh/km (344.4 Wh/mile).If you can spare 21 minutes, we recommend watching the entire video, as Nyland gives interesting insights all the way through. We especially enjoyed the segment that shows how the trick climate control knobs work and how you can choose to heat either the back of the individual front seats, their bottoms, or both. Enjoy!Video description:Expected range at 90 km/h, 56 mph: 350 km, 217 mi with HVAC on Estimated available energy from 100-0 %: 81.5 kWhJAGUAR I-PACE Maybe the best range test yet.A lot has been made of the range of the Jaguar I-Pace, or more appropriately, the lack thereof. We feel a lot of the negativity has to do with early expectations — original figures given offered what turns out to be an unrealistic 292 miles under the WLTP cycle. Now, Jaguar websites cite both 220 miles or 234 miles on different pages (previously, it had also cited 240 miles). However, a recent test by Autocar seemed to indicate the all-electric crossover might only get about 195 miles on a charge. Luckily, electric vehicle YouTuber Bjorn Nyland has conducted his own test and come up with a more comforting (and, hopefully, more realistic) range figure of 232 miles.More Jaguar I-Pace range tests
Source: Charge Forward Lyft, normally known for their ride-sharing service, has been trying to break into the personal mobility market with electric bicycles and scooters. Now the company has reportedly hired Liam O’Connor to help build their personal electric vehicle portfolio. more…The post Lyft hires former Apple/Tesla executive to build e-bikes and e-scooters for sharing programs appeared first on Electrek.
Visualization makes is super simple to understand.When Nikola Tesla invented the alternating current motor in 1887, he paved the way for the invention of the electric vehicle more than a century later. Electric vehicles could make gas- and diesel-powered vehicles obsolete by the year 2025, effectively ending the reign of the internal combustion engine. The acceptance of electric vehicles into car culture has already begun, with the Tesla Model S winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 2013.EVs Compared EV Comparison: Tesla Model 3 Versus Chevy Bolt Source: Electric Vehicle News Understanding how an electric vehicle works is actually much simpler than understanding how a gas- or diesel-powered car works. That’s why The Zebra created the below infographic — to help readers understand the basics of electric vehicles and how they are instrumental in changing our environment for the better.Electric vehicles are more efficient in just about every way compared to our standard gas and diesel-powered engines. We highlighted some of the main reasons why electric vehicles are better below:High performance – Electric vehicles have instant acceleration, allowing them to reach incredible speeds in seconds. The Tesla Model S is the second fastest production vehicle with a 0–to-60 mph time of 2.28 seconds.No noise – With no internal combustion engine, electric vehicles are significantly quieter than gas or diesel powered vehicles.No pollution – According to the EPA, motor vehicles collectively cause 75 percent of carbon monoxide pollution in the U.S. Electric vehicles produce no pollution at the vehicle level.Lower maintenance and driving cost – With fewer mechanical parts and an overall simpler design, electric vehicles don’t risk the same mechanical issues that gas and diesel-powered vehicles do.Electric vehicles are helping us pave the wave for real environmental change, but if you don’t have the resources to buy a new Tesla there are still many things you can do to help improve the world we live in. Consider using natural cleaners and reducing your plastic waste. When driving, stay calm and alert and make sure your vehicle’s maintenance and insurance are up-to-date.Source: The Zebra EV Comparison: Chevy Bolt Versus Hyundai Kona Electric Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 19, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News EV Comparison: Tesla Model S Versus Tesla Model 3
Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is becoming big business and ChargePoint is a big part of that as it raises $240 million from Daimler, BMW and others to accelerate their charging station deployment. more…The post ChargePoint raises $240 million from Daimler, BMW, and others to accelerate EV charging infrastructure appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward
Don’t look now. But Mazda, Jeep, and Subaru have EVs in the works.We know which companies are leading the electric car revolution. Yadda, yadda. But if you want to know when the EV tipping point is approaching, keep your eyes on the EV laggards. It’ll indeed be a new day for vehicle emissions when every single dealership showroom in America has a pure EV model for sale.News from EV Laggards Fiat Chrysler Readies For Production Of Renegade PHEV: Launch In 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV Debuts At LA Auto Show: Videos With that in mind, ponder a future in which even Mazda, Jeep, and Subaru offer electric vehicles. These lively automotive brands are mostly quiet these days about EVs. But based on recent evidence, that’s changing slowly but surely.An All-Electric MazdaMazda’s European chief Jeff Guyton told Automotive News in December that “a battery-electric vehicle will come in 2020 and a plug-in hybrid will arrive in 2021.”He explained that the EV launching in 2020 would use Mazda’s own technology. Mazda also has a partnership with Toyota to develop electric platforms. That tie-up will result in additional Mazda EVs “a couple of years later,” according to Guyton.At the recent 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s design chief, said that the upcoming all-electric model would have a unique aesthetic. In other words, it won’t be based on an existing model.Thankfully, Maeda said it would not be geeky or weird. “I hate that direction, and I won’t aim for that.” Other reports suggest the model would be a crossover and not a sports car. (Sorry, no electric Miata derivative.) Regardless, there’s something in the works at Mazda, despite disparaging remarks from Mazda president Akira Marumoto. At the LA show, he said, “I prefer the smell of gasoline.”Four Electric Jeeps on the WayIt’s known that Jeep is planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler for 2020—and a Renegade plug-in hybrid by about 2022.But Mike Manley, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler, let this line slip at the 2018 LA Auto Show: “In addition to the all-new mild hybrid Wrangler, a full plug-in electric Jeep Wrangler will be available in 2020.”Manley’s statement left if vague if the Wrangler would be a pure EV or the previously announced plug-in hybrid. But it’s clear that Manley, who replaced the late Sergio Marchionne as CEO last July, is more open to EVs than his predecessor.Manley’s veiled EV announcement is backed by Jeep’s five-year electrification plan, which was unveiled in June 2018. The planned roadmap includes 10 plug-in hybrids and four battery-electric cars. Maserati, another Fiat Chrysler brand, similarly said it plans to make four pure EVs by about 2022. And the 2020 all-electric Fiat 500e is due for a redesign and a much bigger battery.Mr. Manley, how about a fun and funky off-road EV?A Crunchy Subaru EV, Eventually2019 Subaru Crosstrek HybridSubaru unveiled the 2019 Crosstrek SUV plug-in hybrid in Los Angeles. It will offer a modest 17 miles of all-electric range.Okay, so the outdoorsy auto brand is only dipping its toes in the water. But that doesn’t mean it’s not working on pure EVs. Last year, Colin Christie, Subaru Australia’s managing director explained, “We’re not talking 10 years, and we’re not talking two years. But in somewhere around five years we’ll potentially have fully-electric vehicles.” He suggested that the first EV would use an existing SUV platform.That statement from down under is timid, but sources in Japan have been reporting since 2016 that a Subaru all-wheel-drive electric crossover is due in the US by 2021. Moreover, those same reports indicate that Subaru’s new global platform will accommodate gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric drivetrains. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Will Mazda’s First Electric Car Ride On Dedicated Platform? Source: Electric Vehicle News
Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Road Trip In Bitter Cold & 2 Feet Of Snow: Video Tesla Model 3 Snow Driving Explored By Engineering Explained: Video Rear-wheel drive … stock tires … Midwest winter. Not necessarily the best recipe, unless it’s an EV like the Tesla Model 3.It sure has been an interesting winter in the Midwest. In fact, the last several winters have been strange. If anyone still had doubts, it has become increasingly clear the climate change is taking hold. This year, we were fortunate to have mild weather and little precipitation in November and December. Even much of January was pretty tolerable. Then the flood gates opened, and we’ve had snow storms, ice storms, and bitter temps leaving children out of school for nearly a week at a time.While dealing with this cold snap and tough road conditions is far from fun, we’re fortunate that the last month or so has been the perfect storm for winter weather vehicle testing. So, how does the Tesla Model 3 deal with a winter storm in Chicago? We’re talking about four to five inches of fresh snow and unplowed suburban streets.Related Tesla Model 3 Winter Weather Content: Tesla Model 3 Winter Fixes Video: Frozen Door Handle & Charge Port Latch This particular Model 3 happens to be of the Long Range variety, meaning it’s rear-wheel drive. It’s also wearing stock 18-inch all-season rubber. Rear-wheel drive and all-seasons would not be our first recommendation for Midwest winter driving. However, we know that many of you have commented that the Model 3 is likely much the same as any other compact/midsize sedan when it comes to driving in snow and ice.It’s important to note, however, the many electric cars utilize a skateboard design, which means the very heavy battery pack sits beneath the floor. This creates a low center of gravity and provides the extra weight necessary to keep those rear tires firmly planted. Not to mention the magic of all-electric instant torque and the highly advanced traction control technology that comes with such a setup.Check out the video and let us know your thoughts and experiences related to winter driving in an electric car.Video Description via Pure Tesla on YouTube:Tesla Model 3 vs Midwestern WinterI took the Model 3 (LR AWD with stock 18” all-season tires) out right after our latest winter storm – some partially plowed streets, some not plowed at all. Check out how the Tesla handled! Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 11, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News