Intel knows you’re obsessed with speed, so please feel free to add the Intel Core i9 and the Core X-series processors to your List of Gadgetry to Covet. Unveiled at Computex 2017 this week, the new chips are part of what Intel says is recognition that no, not all PC users are created equal. Indeed, when it comes to gamers, content creators, and people dealing in compute-intense segments like virtual reality, the needs are higher than the current Core i3, i5, and i7 range can deliver. The new Core i9 gamely steps into that open space. Billed as offering the highest performance for those doing “advanced gaming, VR and content creation” it’s the first consumer desktop CPU that packs – in Core i9 Extreme Edition form – a full 18 cores and 36 threads. “This is by far the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced,” Intel boasts.It sits in a new range of Core X-series chips targeting enthusiasts. Not all will be quite so over-specified, mind. They’ll start out at four cores, with Intel promising more affordable options than what will undoubtedly be a premium price tag for the Core i9 Extreme Edition. Then there’ll be 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 core options, all using the new LGA 2066 socket. New too is the Intel X299 chipset to go with the Core X-series. Improving the I/O capabilities over Intel’s old version, it’ll have 30 total high-speed I/O lanes and up to three Intel Rapid Storage Technology PCIe 3.0 x4 storage support. Intel Ethernet Connection 219 is also supported, together with up to eight SATA 3.0 6 Gb/s ports, up to 10 USB 3.0 ports, and up to three independent displays. It can handle DDR4 memory, Intel Optane memory, overclocking, and has Intel Platform Trust Technology 3.0. Updates to Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, meanwhile, now allow the system to spot which are the two top performing cores, and then target them with the most critical workloads. That, Intel promises, should deliver a sizable jump in both single- and multithreaded performance. The upshot is more than just on-paper boasting, though. For video editing, Intel suggests, it opens the door to even faster image and video rendering and encoding, and real-time previews of even the most complex projects. Gamers will be able to configure rigs with up to four discrete graphics cards, with 12K video and both maxed-out settings on their games of choice while also streaming and recording in the background. The first systems running the X299 chipset will be available in the coming weeks, along with motherboards using the chipset and the LGA 2066 socket.
Kuo merely echoed the doubts of hundreds of iPhone users. How could Apple abandon a feature they had worked so hard to perfect, not to mention promote to financial institutions, businesses, and security firms? It was almost easier to believe that Apple simply saw Face ID as a stop gap measure while it also tries to chase the elusive under-display fingerprint sensor.Some insiders and analysts, however, believe that Apple had been working on Face ID and its hardware far longer and that it is the way forward for the iPhones. Now Kuo himself thinks it is going to be the way forward for Android phones as well. He notes that inquiries on 3D sensing technologies have at least tripled ever since Apple unveiled its TrueDepth hardware.There might be more to this than just following Apple’s lead, though. There is the factor that there are more companies and more solutions available for 3D sensors than there are for under-display fingerprint scanners. The latter also presupposes the use of OLED screens, of which very few manufacturers have access to. In other words, there’s a bigger chance of manufacturers getting their hands on TrueDepth-like hardware than they have implementing both under-display fingerprint scanners and OLED displays.Then there’s also the matter of futureproofing. A fingerprint scanner, be it traditional or under-display, is just that and can’t be used for any other purpose. A 3D sensor, however, has the potential to be used for other applications, including augmented reality.Kuo believes that the next two to three years will see a surge of Android smartphones with features advertised to be similar to the iPhone X’s Face ID. However, he also believes it will also take that long for any of them to achieve the same quality and accuracy as Apple’s TrueDepth camera. Perhaps by that time, the mobile world has moved on to the next big thing in biometric security.VIA: MacRumors Like it or not, and many definitely won’t, Apple has a tendency to set trends and even, sometimes, rewrite history. There has been no small amount of speculation and debate regarding Apple’s use of 3D face sensing technologies to replace its fingerprint-based system, but now that the iPhone X and its Face ID feature is real, it seems that Android smartphone makers will be following suit. That is the picture being painted by popular KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, who, somewhat ironically, initially doubted reports of Apple using face recognition in the first place.
Apple seems to have conceded that professional users buying a new iMac Pro might be more demanding about upgrades than their consumer counterparts. Since the iMac was saw its most dramatic unibody adoption in 2009, embedding all of the components behind the display, its potential for user-upgrades has decreased. The new iMac Pro, however, takes a more forgiving approach along with its premium price tag. While the Space Gray all-in-one might look much akin to its 27-inch iMac cousin, there’s a not-inconsiderable change inside when it comes to the core components. OWC, a Mac parts and upgrades supplier, has shared a teardown video of the entry-level iMac Pro, confirming that in some ways it’s going to be easier to do things like add more RAM or storage to the Mac. In other ways, though, the regular iMac might still be ahead. Story TimelineThe iMac Pro is the gorgeous Darth Vader of Apple productsiMac Pro still doesn’t give the one thing pros wantApple iMac Pro launches December 14: Everything we know It all comes down to access and connectivity. The regular iMac isn’t designed to be opened by end-users, but the 27-inch model does make some provision for user-installed RAM. It has a small panel, located behind the stand, which gives access to its RAM slots.The iMac Pro doesn’t have such a hatch. As OWC discovered, to gain access to the interior you have to break down the computer and remove its display. Once there, though, there are four quad-channel RAM modules.In the $4,999 “base” iMac Pro configuration, for example, those models are made up of 8 GB RAM modules: four of them, to give the minimum 32 GB Apple ships the computer with. If you upgrade at the point of ordering, Apple will put up to four 32 GB modules in, for a maximum of 128 GB. However, if you’re brave enough to open your iMac Pro yourself, OWC says it’ll be offering RAM kits for DIY upgrades soon, as well as “turnkey” options for those who’d rather leave the work to someone else. Perhaps more interestingly, the iMac Pro’s storage also looks like it has upgrade potential. In this base model, for instance, the 1 TB is split into two 512 GB SSDs, in a RAID setup. They’re not soldered to the mainboard either, instead having detachable connections. No word on whether OWC – or others – will offer upgrades, but it seems likely. For the moment, though, even if Apple has taken a more upgrade-friendly approach to the internal architecture, the hassles involved in getting to those guts still make for an awkward process. For now, even with the typical Apple premium for RAM and storage, it’s probably still best to order the configuration you really want upfront. How that might change – and be more affordable – as third-party vendors get to grips with the iMac Pro, we’ll have to wait until 2018 to see.
Story TimelineToy Jeep is insanely detailed and way nicer than your JeepNHTSA Safety Probe Involves 856,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep ShiftersJeep concept features the 707HP V8 engine from Dodge Hellcat2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Wheeler Review Nearly half a million Jeep Wranglers are being recalled over potential loss of airbag functionality in vehicles that have been exposed to a lot of dirt and dust (eg, used off-roading). Fiat Chrysler America announced the recall following an internal investigation that surfaced the issue; of the units being recalled, 498,985 of them are located in the United States. Affected Jeep Wranglers span from the 2007 to 2016 model years; of them, 391,464 are located in the U.S. and have a model year from 2007 to 2010, while the rest (7,435) have model years from 2011 to 2016. The rest of the recalled units include another 35k in Canada, about 8.5k in Mexico, and 62.5k elsewhere.Once the recalled vehicles are brought to dealerships for servicing, Jeep will replace the clockspring assemblies and any other related bits, shrouds in the steering column, and the steering wheel’s rear covers. This is all due to potential issues with dust and dirt, which could eventually mess with the clockspring and keep the driver’s airbag from deploying.Fortunately, there are no known injuries resulting from the airbag issues, nor from a separate recall affecting 80.5k Fiat 500s from 2012 to 2016. In that latter instance, the clutch release assembly needs to be upgraded in units equipped with a manual transmission. VIA: Detroit News
Take the super-exclusive Ford GT, trim what little fat you might be able to find, and you end up with this: the Ford GT Competition Series. Few would describe Ford’s supercar as anything close to being obese, but the automaker is giving the coupe every edge it can when it comes to track performance. That includes ditching the creature comforts, but it’s only the start. Gone is the air conditioning system, along with the radio and its speakers, plus any stowage space. Even the cupholders have been deleted. A badge on the center console explains why you’re getting little more in the way of controls than a multi-function steering wheel with anodized red paddle shifters. Though you still get Alcantara-clad racing seats with red accents, the cabin features exposed carbon trim. The lightweight material shows up elsewhere, too. Gone is the regular glass engine cover, replaced with a Perspex acrylic version that has a manual latch and a carbon fiber prop rod. The bulkhead glass behind the cabin uses a sheet of Gorilla Glass half the thickness of the regular GT. Story TimelineFord GT configurator opens letting us lust after Ford’s supercarThe biggest Ford GT mystery is how to buy oneFord GT production expanded for another two yearsThe 2017 Ford GT is a 216 mph monster: All the stats you need Anything offered as an option on that car for weight gains, like carbon fiber wheels, are standard on the Competition Series version. The lug nuts are titanium, as is the exhaust system. Exposed carbon fiber carries over to the exterior too, with a gloss-finish stripe running down the center of the car; it’s also used on the side mirror caps and the A-pillars, plus the lower body trim.The standard GT’s FIA-certified steel roll cage is retained, as is the active aerodynamic system. Nonetheless, the combination of weight cutting and new materials not only drops the curb weight – Ford isn’t saying by how much at this point – but lowers the center of gravity, too. The result should be better performance and handling out on the track, even though the car’s 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 still puts out the same 675 horsepower. Standard are a 7-speed sequential shift dual-clutch manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and independent front and rear suspension with electronic active damping and a front lift system. Brembo carbon ceramic brakes have six pistons on the front and four on the rear. Ford will offer the GT Competition Series as a limited number of cars, in six colors: Shadow Black, Frozen White, Ingot Silver, Liquid Blue, Liquid Grey, and Triple Yellow. It’ll be sold alongside the standard GT, though pricing has not been confirmed. Expect to pay a fair amount more for getting considerably less. Ford GT Competition Series Gallery
The Huawei P30 Pro is laden with features but it will most likely be remembered for bringing the market’s first periscope-style optical zoom camera in a smartphone. Technically speaking, OPPO was the first to publicize this technology, way back in 2017. Unfortunately for OPPO, it didn’t capitalize on its lead and let Huawei take that crown.Nelson notes how the 5x optical zoom camera takes up almost a third of the P30 Pro’s motherboard. It uses up quite a good chunk but it’s just the beginning. In the future, there might even be more space left for even larger modules. That is if the modules themselves don’t shrink by that time.The new camera module is shown to actually have three segments. One the far end you get the actual sensor that collects and process light information. Unlike most smartphone cameras, that sensor faces to the side rather than up or out. Next to it are the stack of lenses, also facing to the side, that magnifies the image. And finally, there is the angled mirror that reflects the light at, well, an angle. As far as tearing down the phone is concerned, the Huawei P30 Pro pretty much exhibits traits of every other premium phone these days. That is it’s hard to pry apart. That does speak well of its dust and water proofing but not so much for repairability. People are getting mad, and rightfully so, over the “accidentally” breaking $2,000 Galaxy Fold phone but price doesn’t seem to be enough of a deterrent for JerryRigEverything. For the sake of science and discovery, not to mention a few juicy views, Zack Nelson isn’t just showing the guts of the Huawei P30 Pro but also literally tore apart its most important feature to give us an inside look at how it all works together.
Kia says that it is the first manufacturer to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric, and 48V mild-hybrid tech across its entire line. The EcoDynamics+ 2.0L R diesel mild-hybrid tech supplements acceleration with a 48V battery and extends engine off time with a mild-hybrid starter-generator unit. Kia says that tech can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4% on the World Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure.Kia replaced the 1.7L CRDi diesel engine that was available on previous Sportage models with a 1.6L U3 CRDi engine that is said to be the cleanest diesel Kia has ever made. That 1.6L unit makes 115 or 136 ps with higher power models offering available all-wheel drive and a 7-speed double clutch. It’s unlikely that these new diesel engines make it to the US, diesel isn’t very popular here. The outside of the Sportage gets new front and rear bumpers and redesigned front and rear lamps. The car is also offered with 16-, 17-, and 19-inch wheels.Five new paint colors are available, and buyers can opt for a GT line with a gloss black radiator grille, gloss black and silver skid plate, and dark chrome inserts. The interior is also revamped with new black and grey upholstery and GT models can have black and grey leather or optional black leather with red accents. SOURCE: Kia Kia has unveiled the new 2018 Sportage SUV bringing a new exterior and interior design. The Sportage also gains new power options along with new safety and infotainment technology. The biggest change is the EcoDynamic+ 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain.
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been prematurely priced up, with the 760 horsepower coupe promising to embarrass supercars at a fraction of their cost. The automaker has been teasing us with Shelby GT500 details since the car was unveiled back in January, most recently by detailing just how much power would be squeezed from its 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. Pricing leaked via the Mustang6G forum, and was confirmed to Motor Authority by Ford. The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will start from $73,995, including $1,095 destination and a $2,600 gas guzzler tax. In comparison, the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 will be $61,535, including its destination fee and a $1,300 gas guzzler tax. The cost of the car will start to spiral as you add in extras, however. If you want Recaro leather-trimmed seats, for example, the suggested retail price for that will be another $1,595. The Carbon Fiber Track Pack, meanwhile – which adds an exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing, among other changes – will be $18,500. The GT500 Technology Package will be $3,000.Adding the distinctive over-the-top racing stripes, meanwhile, will set you back $10,000, while the Handling Package will be $1,500. Go crazy with the options, indeed, and you could easily be in the region of six figures. That’s before the dealers get their hands on the cars. It’s pretty much guaranteed that there’ll be a big sticker mark-up on top of Ford’s suggested retail pricing and the RRP for extras, after all. Just how much gouging will take place on these in-demand cars remains to be seen, but potential buyers should probably brace themselves for tens of thousands of dollars more on the sticker as dealerships attempt to cash in on the interest. As for when sales will open, Ford has said that the car will arrive at dealers this fall, while a spokesperson said that the online pricing tool will open “at a later date.” According to the forum leaks, however, the order banks could open as early as today, with dealers also finding out their final allocation number of cars.There’s still some tidbits that Ford is yet to reveal. While we know the power that the GT500 is pushing through its TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, we still don’t know quite how fast it will be. The automaker has previously promised a mid-three-second 0-60 mph time. That had initially been promised as “700+ horsepower” but, Ford confirmed earlier this month, was considerably higher than the estimate suggested. Along with 760 hp, the Mustang Shelby GT500 will pack 625 lb-ft of torque. It means the car will actually be more powerful than Ford’s GT supercar.That’s despite costing a fraction of the amount. Certainly, we knew to expect that the GT500 would be at the top end of Mustang pricing. What Ford hadn’t been ready to tell us was just how much of a premium it would carry. Story Timeline2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is a 700+ horsepower supercar-killer2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 first look: King CobraFirst 2020 Shelby GT500 Raises $1.1M at auction for diabetes research 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Gallery
Romney Campaign Focuses On New Trio Of States This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. With just days to go until Election Day, the Romney campaign sees possibilities to win in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota, while pro-Obama groups launch new ads about Medicare and women’s health.The Washington Post: Romney Forces See Pennsylvania, Michigan And Minnesota Ripe For Turning RedAfter a season dominated by talk of Ohio, Virginia and Florida, Campaign 2012 suddenly shifted focus to a new trio of states Wednesday amid a new verbal battle about which candidate is better positioned to win on Tuesday (Balz, Merkon and Kane, 10/31).The New York Times’ Political Memo: In Dwindling Days Of The Race, Romney Takes A Softer TackThere are plenty of carry-overs, of course: he dings President Obama’s health care law as cumbersome and bemoans the size of the federal debt as immoral, as he has since 2011, when he entered the race. But even if the extent of the evolution is up for argument, there is little debate that Mr. Romney is finishing the presidential campaign as a milder candidate than when he started (Barbaro, 10/31).The Washington Post: Ad Watch: Pro-Obama Group Ties Romney To Medicare FraudWhat it says: “[Rick] Scott ran a company that paid a record fine for committing Medicare fraud. Then, as governor, Scott cut millions from health care. Romney was director of a company that stole millions from Medicare. Now, Romney’s plan would end Medicare as we know it.” What it means: A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that Romney is closing the gap with President Obama on who would better handle Medicare. This ad seeks to widen it by linking Medicare cuts to Medicare fraud (Weiner, 10/31).The Hill: Planned Parenthood Launches $853K Ad Buy Against RomneyPlanned Parenthood’s political wing is making what could be its final attempt to alienate female voters from Mitt Romney before the election. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) is spending $853,000 to run a 60-second radio ad on Colorado, Ohio and Virginia airwaves until Tuesday. The ad accuses Romney of holding views on women that “seem like they’re from the 1950s.” It also paints Obama as the right choice on the economy (Viebeck, 10/31).
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A selection of health policy stories from the District of Columbia, Georgia, California, New York, Montana, Oregon and Pennsylvania.The Washington Post: Chartered Health Plan Settles With DistrictThe District of Columbia has reached a settlement with a health-care company that was once the city’s largest contractor and whose former owner is at the center of a federal investigation into political corruption (Weiner, 8/21).Georgia Health News: Judge Refuses To Halt State Health ContractA Fulton County judge Wednesday rejected UnitedHealthcare’s request for an injunction to halt the implementation of a lucrative contract for the state employee health plan. Attorneys for United argued that the Department of Community Health’s award of a State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) contract to a rival company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, amounted to “state-sponsored bid-rigging” (Miller, 8/21).Los Angeles Times: Few California Voters Know Much About Health Care Overhaul, Poll ShowsA large majority of California voters know very little or nothing at all about the state’s new health insurance marketplace less than six weeks before enrollment starts, according to a new poll (Terhune, 8/21).The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: NY Surgeon Must Pay $388,000 In Medicaid FraudA respected New York spine surgeon is being ordered to pay the government almost $400,000 to settle charges he overbilled Medicare. Federal Justice Department officials said Wednesday that Richard S. Obedian inflated reimbursements by using incorrect billing codes (8/21). The Associated Press: Mont. Says Early Returns Good On Health ClinicMontana lawmakers were told Tuesday that new state health clinics appear to be helping reduce costs. The state opened a Helena clinic for employees last summer, an idea championed by former Gov. Brian Schweitzer. Another clinic was later opened in Billings, and more are planned in places with a large number of state employees (Gouras, 8/21).The Lund Report: PEBB Set To Overhaul Medical Insurance ContractThe Public Employees Benefit Board released its blueprints for a new contract design at its August meeting, asking companies that will either administer or insure health coverage for Oregon’s public workers to offer more innovative plans that will hold down costs while actually improving care. It’s the first major request for proposal or RFP to deliver medical care for PEBB since 2004, and the cost of the plan is intended to fit into PEBB’s capped budget of $1.5 billion for the next two years (Gray, 8/21).The Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State Health Coverage Switching From Carrot To StickLike most big employers across the country, Pennsylvania State University has spent several million dollars over the last decade on voluntary wellness programs, hoping to cut health costs and improve workers’ health. … So Penn State, like a small but fast-growing number of employers, is switching from carrots to sticks. In January, employees will face a $100 monthly surcharge if they haven’t filled out health-screening forms and gotten a physical exam. If they smoke, that’s an additional $75 a month (McCullough, 8/20).California Healthline: Hospital Fee Is One Step Closer To LawThe Assembly Committee on Health yesterday approved a bill designed to offset Medi-Cal costs for hospitals. SB 239 by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) extends the Medi-Cal quality assurance fee for hospitals for an additional two years. “This bill would create a two-year fee program that would provide supplemental Medi-Cal payment to hospitals, to help reduce that annual loss of about $5 billion a year, from treating Medi-Cal patients,” said Anne McLeod, senior vice president of health policy at the California Hospital Association (Gorn, 8/21). State Highlights: Health Plan Settles With D.C. Over Payments
Health Exchanges Will Help Some Retirees Bridge The Medicare Gap 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 reports on how the health law may assist some retired people who do not yet qualify for Medicare obtain affordable health insurance. In addition, Kaiser Health News details how the health law does and does not intersect with Medicare. The New York Times: In New Health Law, A Bridge To MedicareThe sweeping federal health care law making its major public debut next month was meant for people like Juanita Stonebraker, 63, from Oakland, Md., who retired from her job in a hospital billing office a year and a half ago. She was able to continue her health insurance coverage from the hospital for a time, but when she tried to find an individual policy on her own, none of the insurers she contacted would cover her because she was diabetic (Abelson, 9/9).Kaiser Health News: Capsules: How Will Obamacare Affect Your Medicare Benefits?KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal Monday morning to take questions about how the health law will affect Medicare’s benefits (9/9). Meanwhile, in other Medicare news, some small-town hospitals are concerned about how proposed reimbursement cuts could undermine their finances – The Texas Tribune: Rural Hospitals Wary Of Proposed Medicare CutsSmall-town hospitals are worried that a federal recommendation to cut costs by re-evaluating which rural hospitals receive higher Medicare reimbursements could threaten their financial security — and even prompt them to shut their doors (Aaronson, 9/10).
VA Has Made Little Progress In Reducing Wait Times The Associated Press reports that since the summer, the number of vets waiting more than 30 or 60 days for non-emergency care has basically remained steady, and the number of medical appointments that take longer than 90 days to complete has nearly doubled. In related news, Jeb Bush offers his thoughts on the veterans’ health system – In the eight months since Congress passed a law pumping billions of dollars into a Veterans Affairs healthcare system plagued by long patient delays and controversy, Miami veterans are seeing improvements in their wait times to see a doctor. According to VA data released last week, about 98.6 percentof appointments completed in Miami’s VA Healthcare system during February — the most recent month for which data is available — were scheduled within 30 days of the patient’s preferred date to see a doctor. (Herrera, 4/9) A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms costing billions of dollars — government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all. No one expected that the VA mess could be fixed overnight. But The Associated Press has found that since the summer, the number of vets waiting more than 30 or 60 days for non-emergency care has largely stayed flat. The number of medical appointments that take longer than 90 days to complete has nearly doubled. (Caruso, 4/9) Miami Herald: Miami VA Reports Fewer Patient Delays Than Florida, Nation The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Jeb Bush Calls For Privatizing Elements Of Veterans Health Care This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Atlanta VA Medical Center ranks near the bottom nationally in providing timely appointments to vets needing care and has made little progress toward fixing the problem. (Schneider, 4/9) The Baltimore Sun: Glen Burnie VA Clinic Has Highest Delays In Maryland As medical care for veterans continues to raise concerns across the country, new data show that thousands of former service members still face significant delays when they seek treatment at Veterans Affairs medical centers in Maryland. The longest delays among Maryland’s VA centers were at the Glen Burnie VA Outpatient Clinic, where nearly 8 percent of appointments were not scheduled within 30 days, the goal set by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, according to data for the six-month period ending Feb. 28. The center’s so-called failure rate topped the statewide rate of 2.9 percent and the national rate of 2.8 percent. (Puente and Donovan, 4/9) The Associated Press: VA Makes Little Headway In Fight To Shorten Waits For Care While Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) was formally launching his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday, still-not-a-candidate Jeb Bush was in Colorado, where he called for privatizing some parts of veterans’ health care. Mr. Bush, sitting in front of an untouched breakfast at an IHOP in Colorado Springs, told a group of veterans that he favors transferring some elements of veterans’ care to private hospitals from government-run Veterans Affairs facilities. (Epstein, 4/8) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta VA Still Ranks Low On Wait Times
Orlando Sentinel: UCF, Adventist University Receive Federal Grants For Nursing Programs The Dallas Morning News: Should Texas Doctors Do More To Recommend HPV Vaccine? It’s summertime, and to Sandra Gompf, that means ‘amoeba season’. Seven years ago, her 10-year old son Philip went swimming in a lake in Auburndale. About a week later, he died from a brain-eating amoeba that lives in freshwater and enters the body when water is forced up the nose. Both of Philip’s parents are doctors. And since their son’s death, they’ve been educating the public — including posting a series of billboards along Interstate 4 through August. (Walters, 7/20) Minnesota Public Radio: How Mental Health Works In Schools The Baltimore Sun: Rash Of Break-Ins Hits City Health Clinic An appeals court Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against a Broward County hospital and a psychiatrist in the death of a former patient who overdosed a day after being discharged from the hospital. The ruling stems from a negligence lawsuit filed by the estate of Michael Taime against Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center and psychiatrist Robert Antoine. (7/20) Columbus City Schools and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are expanding student health-care mini-clinics to eight more buildings in Linden and the West Side. The district opened the first seven clinics in the past school year after it announced in November that the hospital would provide nurse practitioners and medical equipment for the program. The clinics rolled out between November and late January, and since then 251 students have visited on average twice each. (Bush, 7/21) For thousands of Minnesota students, surviving the school day isn’t as simple as it seems. MPR News host Tom Weber guides a conversation that looks at how undiagnosed mental health issues can play out in the classroom. Weber is joined by Mark Sander, Director of School Mental Health, Hennepin County and Minneapolis Public Schools talks about how hundreds of children will go through their elementary school years with undiagnosed mental health issues. (Weber, 7/20) Unionized nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital voted Wednesday to approve a new three-year contract, formally ending a bitter labor dispute with one of the state’s largest hospitals. Officials at the Massachusetts Nurses Association declined to say how many nurses turned out for the vote, or how many voted in favor of the contract. The union represents 3,300 Brigham nurses. Union and hospital leaders reached agreement on a contract in the early hours of June 26, capping 10 months of tense negotiations — just one day before a planned strike. (McCluskey, 7/20) Detroit Free Press: Some Farid Fata Cancer Patients To Share In $8M Malpractice Settlement About 40 of the hundreds of former patients who were purposely misdiagnosed with cancer or poisoned with unnecessary treatment by Oakland County oncologist Farid Fata will share in an $8-million settlement entered today in lawsuits filed against Fata and three hospitals… The malpractice victims represent just a fraction of Fata’s victims, who number at least 550, but many didn’t file malpractice claims; some were unable to sue because of the statute of limitations. (Dixon, 7/20) Augusta Chronicle: Veggie Truck Food Program Feeds, Teaches Kids Three states are empowering dental therapists to perform some tasks that previously were done by dentists. Dentists say the shift could weaken the quality of patient care because therapists are not sufficiently trained, an assertion therapists dispute. Vermont became the latest state earlier this summer to recognize dental therapists, which are licensed dental hygienists who have gone on to complete a dental therapy graduate program. The Green Mountain State joins Maine and Minnesota in allowing dental therapists to practice under the supervision of a dentist. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium also recognizes dental therapists to help on tribal land but state lawmakers have not formally passed legislation that would allow them to practice statewide. (Evans, 7/18) Roll Call: Dental Therapists Take on Dentists’ Duties in Some States Parents in Dallas may be getting mixed messages about whether or not their children need to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted infection linked to several types of cancers. While the Gardasil vaccine is now recommended for both boys and girls starting at age 11, nearly half of Texas teens fail to get it. Part of issue might be the way clinicians approach the topic, says a study analyzing recorded discussions between parents and providers at six pediatric safety-net clinics in Dallas. (Rice, 7/20) The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus Schools Adding More Nationwide Children’s Mini-Clinics State Highlights: 3 States Empower Dental Therapists; Medicaid Application Processing Hit Hard By Conn. Budget Cuts Outlets report on health news from Vermont, Maine, Minnesota, Connecticut, Texas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maryland, Ohio, Florida, California, Iowa and Georgia. A city health clinic was broken into a third time in two weeks last night, leaving city officials frustrated and employees of the facility unnerved. No patient files or drugs were stolen during the incidents at Eastern Health Clinic, where foot patrols by private security and Baltimore police officers have been increased, said Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen. (McDaniels, 7/20) Sacramento Bee: Three Sutter Facilities Make Best Places To Work List Three Sutter Health hospitals have made a list of best places to work. Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Davis Hospital and Sutter Center for Psychiatry were named by Modern Healthcare magazine as three of the 100 best places to work in healthcare in 2016. It is the 8th year in a row that Sutter Davis Hospital has made the list, the fifth year for Sutter Center for Psychiatry and the first time for Sutter Amador Hospital. (Lindelof, 7/20) University of Central Florida and Adventist University of Health Sciences are among the recipients of a new batch of federal grants aimed at expanding health-care workforce. UCF received nearly $350,000 for training advanced nurse practitioners and more than $33,000 for a program to offer eligible nursing students partial loan forgiveness when they graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty. (Miller, 7/20) While the budget adopted by legislators often doesn’t explain how various cuts will be achieved, the Department of Social Services has now formulated a detailed plan for saving the tens of millions of dollars legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cut from its budget. …The plan for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services also includes millions in cuts, which will be finalized over the next several weeks. The largest cut to the agency’s budget was also in personnel. The plan does not outline whether 87 positions that already have been eliminated through layoffs will be enough to achieve the $22 million in savings the state budget calls for. (Rabe Thomas, 7/21) The Des Moines Register: Madrid Nursing Home Sanctioned For Fifth Time Since 2014 The Boston Globe: After Avoiding Strike, Brigham And Women’s Nurses Approve 3-Year Contract Health News Florida: Court Sides With Hospital, Psychiatrist In Man’s Death Health News Florida: Family Tragedy Behind Amoeba Awareness Campaign That was the point of the Summer Feeding program at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market put on by Wholesome Wave, Augusta Locally Grown and Icebox Ministries, to feed the kids and give them the chance to learn about and try something new, Knox said.“It opens them up to different things,” she said.The groups partnered this summer to help the Richmond County Board of Education distribute meals at the market as part of its summer feeding program, which tries to reach kids who would normally be getting meals through the National School Lunch Program. (Corwin, 7/19) A Madrid nursing home that repeatedly has been cited by state inspectors is temporarily barred from accepting new residents who use Medicaid or Medicare to pay for their care…Inspectors’ allegations included that in April a resident tumbled to the floor and broke a hip because a nursing home supervisor failed to properly secure a sling to a mechanical lifting device. (Leys, 6/20) The CT Mirror: Education, Social Service Agencies Digest Their Big Budget Cuts This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Source: Charge Forward Fires in electric vehicles are rare but not unheard of occurrences. So far, the thousands of electric scooters zipping around US streets as part of scooter share programs have been spared.But Lime just announced that certain Lime electric scooters have caught on fire, prompting the company’s partial recall. more…The post Lime pulled 2,000 electric scooters off the street due to threat of fire appeared first on Electrek.
Source: Charge Forward The whole Volkswagen group is massively investing in electric vehicles as it is trying to move away from diesel vehicles.Now Audi is making its part as it approves a new €14 billion investment plan in “electric mobility, digitalization and autonomous driving by the end of 2023.” more…The post Audi announces €14 billion investment with focus on electric vehicles appeared first on Electrek.
Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 15, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Rowland, the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 champion, finished third in the 2017 Formula 2 championship before working as Williams’s ’18 official young driver, which included a run at the Hungaroring test.He will make his full-time FE debut with the Nissan team at this weekend’s Ad Diriyah E-Prix alongside Sebastien Buemi.“I don’t think it’s my aim anymore at all,” Rowland told Motorsport.com when asked if racing F1 remained his ultimate ambition.“Formula E is going in a really good direction – it’s getting bigger and bigger. It’s exciting – I think the level of drivers is probably, on average of the 22, the best in the world.“In F1, you’ve got exceptional people, but maybe not the whole grid is the same.“But in Formula E, if you look at what they’ve achieved, a lot of them deserve to be in F1 at some point or another.“So, I’m not focussing on that so much anymore. I’ve got a big opportunity with Nissan and that can be long-term, so not so much on Formula 1 anymore.”Rowland has completed just one day in Nissan’s 2018/19 FE challenger – the final day of the Valencia pre-season test where he was a late call-up following Alexander Albon emerging as a 2019 Toro Rosso F1 candidate.Albon subsequently negotiated a friendly release from his three-year deal with Nissan, and Rowland, who was in consideration for a 2018/19 reserve FE role with the team, was signed as his replacement.As a result of his lack of running, Rowland explained that there was “zero” pressure from Nissan for him to succeed straight away.“There’s pressure from myself a little bit – I want to do well,” he said.“That’s normal, I’m a racing driver – I don’t want to go there and finish 10th or 11th, I want to go there and fight with the good guys.“[But] they’ve made it quite clear that there’s absolutely zero pressure on me.”When asked what his plans for 2019 had been looking like before he signed with Nissan, Rowland replied: “To be honest, I’m not really sure.“I had some options still to do more of the reserve stuff in Formula 1 and I’d have probably found something.“My  year was a bit messed up with the whole [Manor/Ginetta] LMP1 project, to be honest.“I signed a deal to do that and it was a proper professional contract and stuff like that and it was a good step for me, although the car wasn’t quite ready and things went the way they did.“It kind of stopped me from doing anything else.“Now with the [WEC] superseason, it was difficult to try and find something.” Oliver Rowland says he is no longer aiming for a Formula 1 race drive after sealing his ABB FIA Formula E deal with the Nissan e.dams squad.
Oracle’s billionaire founder Larry Ellison is Tesla’s newest board member and he had to reveal in a new SEC filing that he has a stake in the company worth almost $1 billion. more…The post Newest Tesla (TSLA) board member Larry Ellison reveals $1 billion stake in the automaker appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward
VW Mobile Fast Charging Station Confirmed For Volume Production VW Boss: Tesla Controls 50% Of EV Market, We’re Aiming For The Rest It will be unveiled next month at the Geneva Motor Show.In the late 1960’s something curious happened in America. Actually, lots of curious things were taking place back then, but in the car world, people were yanking the exterior bits off Volkswagen Beetles and replacing them with open-air, barebones bodies. The result became the iconic VW beach buggy, and now, the automaker is reviving the concept with an electric twist.More VW News Volkswagen just dropped a pair of teaser photos for a new dune buggy concept, based not on the outgoing Beetle but the company’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform. Yes, the classic rear-engined beach buggy is now reimagined as an all-electric dune hopper, and though the teaser photos don’t reveal all the details, we can see that the core elements appear to be present. The body is all curvy and swoopy, the roof is open, and there are no doors. The only thing missing is a properly vintage coat of crazy metallic paint, though the teasers suggest the concept will wear a garish shade of green. That works for us. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 3, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News VW Open To Sharing MEB EV Platform With Other Automakers Source: Electric Vehicle News “A buggy is more than a car,” said Klaus Bischoff, VW’s head designer. “It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create.”As this is just a teaser, we don’t have details to offer just yet. We do know that Volkswagen’s primary mission with this retro reboot isn’t so much about tapping into a nostalgic vibe, but showcasing the versatility of its MEB chassis. There’s certainly something to be said for the compact nature of an electric system – there’s no need to route exhaust systems, fuel lines, or make room for bulky driveline components that could change from vehicle to vehicle. We’re not sure aftermarket body-swapping will become a new fad for electric vehicles, but from a practicality standpoint, it’s easy to see how an automaker could easily adapt the platform to accommodate everything from sports cars to SUVs.VW will officially reveal its dune buggy concept in just over a month at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Getting a kid committed to a brand before that kid is even out of diapers is a pretty brilliant move, and what little kid would not want a Harley Davidson “motorcycle” built just for them? I would have loved this as a kid.StaCyc launched in 2016 with two different models, the 12e and 16e. The 12e is a 12” frame and the 16e a 16” frame; slightly larger and more powerful, but each can be operated as a traditional push bike in no-power mode until the child gets a feel for how the bike acts. The smaller bike is for kids with at least a fourteen (14) inch inseam and the larger for an 18” inseam.The StaCyc website, though everything is listed as “sold out” (no doubt a process of the acquisition), has not only the whole bikes for sale but spare parts and upgrades available too.These bikes will be rebranded as Harley-Davidson and sold through the Harley dealer network. Harley is planning to have them available in the third quarter of 2019, so look for them starting in July or so. Plenty of time before the holiday rush!Ryan Ragland, Founder of StaCyc, says “After a few conversations with Harley-Davidson, we realized that the ethos of our brands and our commitment to bringing more riders to motorcycling were incredibly aligned. The opportunity to work with the team at Harley-Davidson and have the support to carry out our mission to create the next generation of riders is exciting. Together we’re building a plan that fast-tracks our ability to help the industry create as many riders as possible.”Though there is no word on the EDRIVE bikes’ pricing now that they’re Harley-branded, they were originally $649 for the 12” bike and $699 for the 16”.Anything that gets kids more interested in motorcycling is a good thing in my book.Source: StaCyc It’s a Harley for your toddler!When we all said that Harley Davidson needed to appeal to younger riders, this isn’t quite what we had in mind, but we’ll take it!Harley Davidson has acquired StaCyc, Inc., a company that produces “stability cycles” more commonly known as “push bikes” for kids. They are electric-powered two-wheelers made just for kids called “EDRIVE.”More E-Bikes Harley’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand, Heather Malenshek, says “We’re thrilled to have StaCyc become part of the Harley-Davidson family. The StaCyc team shares the same vision we have for building the next generation of riders globally and we believe that together, we will have a significant impact in bringing the fun and enjoyment of riding to kids everywhere.” Watch New Harley Concept Electric Bike In Action So… About The Harley-Davidson LiveWire Source: Electric Vehicle News New Zero Motorcycles SR/F Specs Leave Harley-Davidson In The Dust Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 10, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News