AgraAkash Anandakhilesh yadavBJP First Published: April 16, 2019, 4:21 PM IST Lucknow: After the Election Commission banned BSP supremo Mayawati from campaigning for 48 hours, her nephew Akash Anand addressed a joint gathbandhan rally at the Kothi Meena Bazar Ground in Agra on Tuesday.The political newbie, who was recently made a ‘star campaigner’ of the BSP, shared the stage with SP president Akhilesh Yadav and RLD chief Ajit Singh. In a short speech, his first, he started with the chant of ‘Jai Bhim’ that Mayawati also uses at the start and end of her rallies. “People have turned up in such huge number due to the appeal of Mayawati Ji. I hope you all will listen to what I say and vote in such huge numbers that security deposits of opponents gets forfeited. This will be the real answer to the Election Commission. I would also like to appeal to vote for alliance candidates in your constituencies,” he said and chanted ‘Jai Bhim, Jai Bharat.’Apart from Akhilesh Yadav and Ajit Singh, BSP’s national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra was also present on stage.Akash has been accompanying his aunt and BSP chief in all the major rallies and public gatherings this election season.His name in the star campaigner list of 20 was only third to that of Mayawati and party secretary Satish Chandra Mishra.Akash, an MBA graduate from London, made his first public appearance in 2016 when he accompanied Mayawati to Saharanpur.The 24-year-old also shared the stage with her during a rally in Meerut in February 2017. According to sources, Akash’s induction to the party was a part of Mayawati’s larger policy of attracting young voters towards the BSP this time.Recently, she even made her debut on social media by joining Twitter to directly interact with potential voters.Dressed in a blue suit and unique shoes that got media’s attention, Akash was spotted standing behind the BSP supremo when Akhilesh Yadav came visiting to wish Mayawati on her birthday on January 15. Akash was also present when RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav flew down from Patna to meet her.In January, Mayawati had lashed out at the media for “unfavourably targeting” her nephew and calling him her successor. At that time, she had announced that in order to give a befitting reply to media, she will be inducting Akash into the BSP movement.“Certain media houses mischievously tried to drag my nephew Akash in the entire controversy and even wrote false reports on his footwear. Now as a befitting reply to such people, I would like to announce that I will now induct Akash into the BSP movement to understand the struggle of BSP and to further strengthen it,” she had said.Earlier, Mayawati had appointed her brother Anand as the National Vice President of the party, who was later relieved of all his posts, in the face of stiff allegations of dynasty politics against her.
Some marriages are not made in heaven and end earlier than expected. In one such not-so-surprising news, actor Nicolas Cage has ended up his marriage with his fourth wife Erika Koike just four days after their marriage. The couple began dating in April 2018 and got married on March 23, 2019. However, just 4 days into the marriage, Nicolas Cage filed for an annulment — or a divorce if an annulment is not possible — according to court documents. This isn’t the first short-lived marriage for Nicolas Cage, who had earlier been married to Lisa Marie Presley for just 3 and half months. While this may come up as surprise for many, short-lived marriages are not a new trend, for both Hollywood and Bollywood.Here are a few other couples who ended up their marriages before making it last for even a year: 1. Britney Spears and Jason Alexander (55 hours)After ringing in the New Year in 2004, Britney Spears and Jason Alexander tied the knot on January 3, 2004 at 5:30 in the morning in Vegas. However, as soon as the courts were open on Monday, January 5, the couple was granted a divorce.2. Cher and Gregg Allman (9 Days)In July 1975, just three days after divorcing Sonny Bono, Cher fled to Vegas with musician Gregg Allman to get married. However, due to Allman’s drug and alcohol problems, the couple got divorced 9 days later in July 1975.3. Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Thomas (39 Days)Drew Barrymore had two short-lived marriages. Before her wacky marriage to Tom Green, Drew has a month-long marriage with bar owner Jeremy Thomas. The couple married in March 1994 and separated in April the same year. She has another short-lived marriage with Tom Green for five months, lasting from July 2001 to December 2001.4. Sara Khan and Ali Merchant (2 months)Sara Ali Khan got married to Ali Merchant on the national television during her reality show, Bigg Boss 4. The couple had nikah in 2010, but decided to split just 2 months after their marriage. The couple filed the divorce in 2011, while Sara described the marriage as a nightmare.5. Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon (2 months)The Baywatch actress got married in Vegas to the star of the Paris Hilton sex tape in October 2007. However, less than ten weeks later, the couple filed for divorce in December 2007 citing irreconcilable differences.6. Kim Kardashian West and Kris Humphries (72 days)While divorces cost a lot to celebrities, both Kim and Kris cashed millions for their marriage and divorce. Kim Kardashian married NBA player Kris Humphries in August 2011 and filed for divorce by Halloween.7. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito (122 days)The acting pair tied the knot in a hush-hush wedding in late December 2006. However, just four months later in May 2007, the actress filed for divorce. Both the actors called the decision “mutual”.8. Mandana Karimi and Gaurav Gupta (6 months)Another former Bigg Boss contestant, Mandana Karimi got married to businessman Gaurav Gupta on January 25, 2017. After having a lavish wedding In Mumbai, the couple filed for divorce 6 months later, citing domestic violence.9. Karan Singh Grover and Shraddha Nigam (8 months)While Karan Singh Grover is now happily married to Bipasha Basu, his third wife, he had a short-lived marriage with his girlfriend, Shraddha Nigam, with lasted just 10 months. The couple married in 2008 and filed for divorce in 2009, which is blamed on Karan’s extra-marital affairs.10. Rekha and Mukesh Agarwal (12 months)Bollywood’s timeless beauty Rekha has been known for her relationships and marriages. The actress got married to a Delhi-based businessman, Mukesh Agarwal in the year 1990. However, just few months later, in 1990, the couple filed for divorce. Mukesh committed suicide in 1991, giving their marriage a span of just 12 months. ali merchantbaywatchBigg BossBipasha Basu First Published: June 4, 2019, 3:21 PM IST
Marking Mahesh Bhatt’s return to direction after about 20 years, the film is scheduled to release July 10, 2020.Other than Sadak 2, Alia will also be seen alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy in Ayan Mukerji’s fantasy drama Brahmastra and in SS Rajamouli’s RRR, which also stars NT Rama Rao Jr, Ram Charan and Ajay Devgn.Follow @News18Movies for more. Alia BhattAlia Bhatt Sadak 2Alia Bhatt songsMahesh Bhatt First Published: July 12, 2019, 11:30 AM IST Alia Bhatt, who earlier revealed that she’d be singing a track in her father Mahesh Bhatt’s forthcoming directorial Sadak 2, reportedly recorded its scratch version this week at a Juhu studio in Mumbai.An unnamed source who was present during the recording, told Mid-Day, “While Jeet Gannguly’s score is ready, the lyrics are still being worked upon. Jeet da wanted to understand Alia’s pitch and voice modulation, so they decided to record the scratch. The lyrics will now be rewritten under the supervision of Mahesh Bhatt.” “It is a romantic number and comes at a crucial point in the film, so Bhatt sir is being meticulous about it. The final track will be recorded only after the unit returns from their Ooty schedule in August,” the source added.The sequel to the 1991 hit film Sadak, which was also directed by Mahesh Bhatt, Sadak 2 stars Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Pooja Bhatt in lead roles. Meanwhile actors Jishu Sengupta, Akshay Anand and Priyanka Bose make up the supporting cast.
Gori Riverpithoragarhuttarakhand accident First Published: July 16, 2019, 4:17 PM IST Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand): Three persons were killed and another was injured when a pickup van fell into the Gori river in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district, police said on Tuesday.The accident occurred late on Monday night near Madkot when the vehicle was on its way to Munsyari amid heavy rain, Pithoragarh additional district magistrate R D Paliwal said. “It was dark and the road was slippery due to heavy rain. The vehicle apparently slipped off the road and fell into the river killing three on the spot and leaving another injured,” he said.The bodies could be recovered quickly as the pickup van landed near the river bank and did not get swept away by strong current, Paliwal said.He said the deceased were identified as Ravindra Rawat, Dhiraj Kumar and Ravindra Bisht.The injured, Suraj Paliwal, was admitted to a hospital in Madkot, Paliwal said.It has been raining incessantly in the border subdivisions of the district for nearly a week.
The advantages of independent connectivity are clear. A cellular Apple Watch could download music and podcasts while on the move, pull in messages and emails without needing an iPhone nearby, and stream content through LTE networks. Apple made moves toward that independence with the addition of GPS to the second-generation Apple Watch, and updates of watchOS have allowed for direct WiFi and Bluetooth connections to networks and accessories like AirPods. The evolution from supporting only the pared-back apps of the original Apple Watch release, which in fact ran on the iPhone it was paired with, to actual software loaded onto the wearable itself, also underscored Apple’s goal of making it a standalone device. Nonetheless, for full functionality it has still demanded an iPhone.That looks set to change later in 2017, according toBloomberg. Its sources say an Apple Watch LTE is finally ready for primetime, with Apple supposedly using an Intel LTE modem for the smartwatch. The new model will be able to download songs and apps while away from WiFi networks or the iPhone.According to the insiders, not all of the Apple Watch range will get the LTE upgrade. Apple supposedly plans to offer it on at least some of the wearables, presumably at a price premium much as the WiFi+Cellular iPads are more expensive for those who don’t want to be reliant on WiFi alone. Apple is said to be in talks with potential carrier partners, with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile all tipped to offer the Apple Watch LTE in the US. However, the sources underscored, plans could well change before the new models get to store shelves. Apple apparently axed plans for a cellular smartwatch in 2016. That, presumably, was a reaction to battery life. The current Apple Watch Series 2 promises up to 18 hours of active use, though that varies considerably depending on how it’s used. Having the GPS active, for instance, is a considerable drain on power, much as LTE is expected to be.Of course the other big question is whether users actually want – and will pay a premium for – an Apple Watch LTE. Although the freedom to leave the iPhone at home may sound appealing to some, the smartwatch’s admittedly limited portfolio of talents compared to what the smartphone it capable of doing might undermine its appeal. Update: Meanwhile, Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber weighs in with another tidbit. He’s heard that there’s an “all-new form factor” for 2017’s watches. [Update 2: Gruber has added a caveat to his addition to the rumor: “That tidbit came from an unconfirmed little birdie, though, so I wouldn’t bet the house on it.”] Story TimelineApple Watch tipped to move from OLED to Micro-LED in 2017Apple Watch could slim down with this interesting new patentThis is without doubt the best Apple Watch accessoryTim Cook himself is testing the new Apple Watch’s huge medical feature Apple may finally have cracked the Apple Watch LTE battery problem, with reports that a cellularly-connected version is launching later this year. Rumors of a version of the company’s smartwatch which could independently connect to cellular networks without requiring a tethered iPhone have circulated since even before the first-generation Apple Watch was released in April 2015. However, fitting sufficient power into such a device has always been a limiting factor.
One must wonder how many Sling TV subscribers would prefer to watch the service through Chrome browser rather than any of the number of set-top-box apps or mobile apps, but no doubt these users exist. A MacBook or Windows PC connected to a television may be one possible reason to try out this beta; it also makes it possible to have television playing in one tab while you get work done in another tab on your laptop.Regardless of why, Sling TV has made the feature a reality, and it is now just a matter of working out the bugs. You must be running at least OS X Lion 10.7 or higher, or Windows 7 or higher to use the dedicated Sling TV apps on laptop. However, the Chrome beta is available to everyone who is using the latest version of Chrome browser.This suitably rounds out Sling TV’s already wide array of supported devices. Sling supports the Xbox One, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire, LG webOS 3.0, ZTE devices, Android TV, LeEco smart TVs, AirTV Player, Channel Master, Xiaomi Mi Box, Roku LT and newer, Chromecast, and Apple TV. The only major absence at this point is a persisting lack of support for PlayStation 4 consoles.As for Sling TV as a service, new subscribers can sign up for a 7-day trial to test the platform. As with competing services, Sling offers live streaming television over the Internet, and it has also recently introduced a cloud DVR feature. Competing services include Hulu Live TV, DirecTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.SOURCE: Sling TV If you prefer to stream live television on your laptop rather than through the company’s mobile apps, a new beta launch should get you excited. The company has announced the arrival of Sling TV streaming in Google’s Chrome browser, though the entire thing is still in a beta right now. The streaming is possible within Chrome sans the use of a plugin or app.
Story TimelineSamsung Bixby expands globally, still speaks only 2 languagesSamsung confirms Bixby speaker is still happeningGalaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) might be first tablet with Bixby insideSamsung Gear IconX 2nd Gen adds Bixby and boosts battery Speaking as a Galaxy S8 owner, I have to say that the phone is great, save for one rather annoying feature: the Bixby button. Not only is its usefulness wasted on me – someone who doesn’t have much interest in Bixby – but it’s also located in one of the most frustrating places. If you find yourself in the same boat, then take heart, because a new update is letting you fix those problems. Samsung has delivered an update to the Bixby app that allows you to disable the function of the Bixby button. Assuming the update has been pushed to your phone, you can now select between two different settings for the Bixby key: “Press to open Bixby Home. Press and hold to open Bixby Voice,” or “Don’t open anything.” It appears that this update is rolling out to both Note 8 and Galaxy S8 owners.It should be noted that the wording for the second option is a little misleading at first blush. Though “don’t open anything” suggests that you’ll disable the Bixby key’s function entirely, a long hold will still open Bixby Voice. Regardless, a lot of Samsung users will be happy to limit the Bixby key’s functionality, as its position on the Galaxy S8 makes it easy to press accidentally, launching into Bixby Home when you may have just wanted to turn down the volume on your phone.READ MORE: The Bixby button is the bane of my mobile existenceOf course, it would be even more exciting if Samsung let us remap the Bixby key to something else, but it doesn’t look like Samsung is ready to make that concession yet. Still, this is certainly a step in the right direction, even if it is annoying that it means you now have a button that serves no purpose.In any case, to disable the Bixby button, you need to make sure that Bixby and Bixby Home are up to date, which you can confirm or initiate by going into the Galaxy Apps Store and navigating to “My Apps.” Once they’ve been updated, open Bixby by either pressing the Bixby button or swiping right on your home screen and then head into Settings. Scroll down and you’ll see the option to disable the Bixby button.This seems to only be rolling out to certain users for the time being, so if you don’t see it yet, sit tight. Hopefully Samsung will soon let us remap the button entirely, so stay tuned for more.
Some smartphone makers created their own problems when they switched to a nearly bezel-less design. Unlike LG and Huawei, who had long put their fingerprint scanners at the back of their devices, Samsung and Apple scrambled to relocate theirs. The more interesting option would have been to implement an on-screen fingerprint scanner, but that turned out to be a terrible dud.Apple already threw in the towel and decided to aggressively push forward the idea of unlocking phones with your face. For a time, it seemed that Samsung still had its eyes on the prize. That may no longer be the case, if this rumor is to be believed. It seems that makers of fingerprint sensors for smartphones might soon find themselves in a tough spot. Well-known leakster UniverseIce claims 100% certainty that the Galaxy S9 will not have an on-screen fingerprint scanner yet again. Given there are very little options around, that would mean that either Samsung keeps its oddly-placed rear fingerprint scanner or, at the risk of being called a copycat yet again, implement face recognition instead. If that’s the case, then Samsung has two, well three actually, options moving forward. The first and simplest is to keep the regular fingerprint scanner on the back, hopefully in a better location next time. The other is to improve its own iris recognition and actually convince people of its accuracy and security.Given Samsung’s habits, however, we are more likely to see some form of face recognition as well. Or perhaps a combination of face and iris. Either way, it will most likely move away from a fingerprint scanner, even the one on the back, which is still the quickest, most accurate, and most secure way to unlock a phone. 100% sure, Galaxy S9 no screen fingerprint recognition— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 26, 2017
NBC has acquired the rights to stream Sunday Night Football on mobile starting with the 2018 season, it has announced. The network will stream these games on all devices that support it, including phones and tablets, computers, and smart TVs. NBC will be able to stream the games under its TV Everywhere platform, including the ability to extend its streaming rights to its telecom, cable, satellite, and virtual MVPD partners. The key part of this new rights acquisition is the ability to stream Sunday Night Football games on mobile devices; the network has already had the rights to stream on smart TVs, tablets, and computers. With this new rights acquisition will come both local and national advertisements broadcast on the mobile streams, which those national ads being passed through both NFL Mobile and Verizon.Mobile is the fastest growing method for consuming entertainment, being the primary choice for youngest viewers. The arrival of new unlimited plans gives many mobile customers the data they need to stream this content while away from home, but many companies are slow to embrace the change in media consumption.As we reported earlier this month, a new deal between Verizon and the NFL will make live NFL games available on any carrier in the US, not just Verizon. It’s great news for football fans who previously needed a Verizon handset in order to stream these games over mobile. Once 2018 arrives, football fans will be able to watch live NFL games regardless of carrier by downloading the Yahoo Sports, Yahoo, NFL, or go90 apps.AdChoices广告Talking about the new changes is NBC Sports’ Rick Cordella, who said:This is an exciting day for NBC Sports. We have been streaming Sunday Night Football on numerous platforms since 2008, but as a result of this agreement, 2018 will be the first time we can stream primetime television’s No. 1 show on all digital platforms, creating a more seamless viewing experience for NFL fans.SOURCE: NBC
The high ends have the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. The mid ranges now have the Galaxy A8 (2018). What is the budget conscious Samsung fan to do? Why, wait for the Galaxy J2 (2018), of course. 2017 is about to end and so the time of 2018-labeled models is nigh. Although not yet official, there is barely anything about this new Galaxy J model that is still left unknown except for the price. Well, not anymore, thanks to a Russian retailer who just generously given that piece of information. The Galaxy J2 (2018) admittedly isn’t a looker nor a performer. The design is more typical of Samsung’s old days and its penchant for plastic, not to mention capacitive buttons flanking the home button. That also means sticking to a micro USB port and, fortunately, a headphone jack.Inside, you’ll find a not so latest Snapdragon 425 paired with 1.5 GB of RAM. Why Samsung couldn’t spare 2 GB memory is beyond understanding. There’s 16 GB of expandable memory. The screen is 5 inches with a 960×540 resolution, thankfully of Super AMOLED quality.It’s pretty much your standard fare low-end phone. Except, perhaps, for the battery, rated at 2,600 mAh. Often, these wallet-friendly models try to offset the disadvantages with more battery capacity. Not so the Galaxy J2 (2018).The phone will, instead, try to appeal to brand loyalty and price. According to Russian retailer Becompact, the Galaxy J2 (2018) will retail for 7,990 RUB, roughly $140. Not exactly that bad, but Samsung could have definitely done better.VIA: Helpix
Often, the reveal of a new product doesn’t always mean you can buy them immediately. For some business and practical reasons, very few companies begin sales or even pre-orders on the same day, which is why same-day launches are often a big deal. Google isn’t yet doing that this year but it will do the next best thing. According to promo emails, pre-orders for the Pixel 3 will start immediately after Google’s big event next week. All that means, of course, is that fans will basically have no time left if they want to be one of the early birds. While we don’t know if there are prizes for the first few orders, some do take pride in being there first, especially when certain configurations or color options will be revealed to be in limited supply. Fortunately, almost everything about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have been leaked by now in what could be Google’s biggest secrecy problem in years. Unless, of course, it’s one massive hoax which may or may not be perpetuated by Google itself. Either way, the announcement will still be interesting if just for finally putting that debate to rest.And it’s not just the Pixel 3. Although a Pixel Watch is already off the table, Google still has plenty to show. There’s the Home Hub smart display and a 3rd gen Chromecast whose capabilities we still don’t know. And there’s also the Pixel Slate which may well be the first Chromebook to dual boot with Windows 10.The Pixel 2 was a test of whether lightning would strike twice. The Pixel 3 will test whether the things that made Pixel phones special still hold today when much of the market has moved on to other trends, especially with more than two cameras on the back and thin chins. Story TimelinePixel 3 video leak shows features pre-release dayPixel 3 XL hands-on leak maintains phone’s notorietyGoogle’s new Pixel 3 teaser shows an absurdly small phone
We feared the Mac mini was dead. Left for years without the merest glimpse of an update, Apple’s smallest computer had somehow shrunk even further, eclipsed by the iMac Pro and promises of a bold new Mac Pro still to come. Now, though, it’s time for the 2018 Mac mini to have its moment in the spotlight, and it’s hard to argue with what Apple has done. At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking this was the same computer. The darker Space Gray finish is the first giveaway that this is 2018’s machine, though. Still no optical drive, but the same flexible form-factor that’s both at home on a desktop – or in a drawer, for that matter – or stacked together into a mini server array. It’s the back where things get interesting. The connectivity world has changed dramatically since the last Mac mini refresh, and now it’s time for this 2018 model to catch up. Unlike Apple’s recent laptop updates, however, the new Mac mini doesn’t drop all semblance of backward compatibility. There are four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, of course, just as you’d expect. However you still get two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, along with an HDMI 2.0 output. A 3.5mm headphone jack is welcome, as is an ethernet socket. The latter can even be upgraded to 10Gb ethernet if you need the fastest possible speeds. Inside, the wireless connectivity has been brought up to date, too. WiFi 802.11ac, for example, along with Bluetooth 5.0. What hasn’t changed in there, however, is the flexibility. For a compact desktop, the Mac mini always punched above its weight for user upgrades. No, you can’t change the processor – in this case a choice of 4-core or 6-core Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 chips – but Apple has stuck with SO-DIMM memory. If you don’t want to pay Apple for an upgrade to up to 64 GB of RAM from the standard 8 GB, you should be able to do it yourself later on. It’s little things like that which give the new Mac mini its charm. The $799 starting price, too, is aggressive – especially with the new MacBook Air Retina nudging up to $1,200. If you can do without Apple’s Retina display and provide your own, this first rung on the macOS ladder no longer feels like such a compromise. In fact, there’s plenty here that could sway iMac buyers back to a familiar old form-factor. Story TimelineMac mini 2018: Four things we hope Apple deliversMac Mini 2018 revealed with modern specs Mac mini (late 2018) Gallery
One of the next big advancements in mobile won’t come from a specific device, but instead have an effect on many devices over the next few years. It’s the arrival of 5G networks and the promise of faster download speeds offered by networks with more bandwidth than what we have now. It’s a safe bet we’ll start seeing several smartphones supporting 5G in 2019, but according to new report, Apple won’t be among the first. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise for Apple users, as the company often takes its time implementing new technology and features into its devices, leaving others to be the first out of the gate. According to sources speaking to Fast Company, it’ll be the same case with 5G support for the iPhone as well. This source “with knowledge of Apple’s plans” says that the first 5G iPhone is planned for release in 2020.We know Apple has been toying with 5G technology for some time, as they were granted FCC approval over a year ago. The report notes that the 5G iPhone will use Intel’s 8161 5G modem, although for the time being they are using a 8060 predecessor chip for testing and prototypes. The latter seems to have too many issues with heat dissipation and battery drain to be used in a device for consumers.While Apple may be unhappy with Intel’s chip for these performance issues, the company’s ongoing problems with using Qualcomm as a supplier mean they’re believed to be in talks with MediaTek as a backup chip provider in the event Intel can’t deliver. Story TimelineIntel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhoneApple gets 5G license to test its wireless tech for future iPhonesFuture iPhones could use Intel’s 5G modem instead of Qualcomm’sApple brings 5G and national security into Qualcomm patent battle
SOURCE: MotorTrend The electric car world might count Tesla as the biggest name in EVs, but there is always growing competition. Tesla was the first major manufacturer to roll out an all-electric big rig, but it isn’t the last. A new contender has stepped into the ring and it is called Thor Trucks. Thor has an electric big-rig called the ET-One and it is promising to have a 300-mile range while pulling an 80,000-pound load at 70 mph. The truck is aiming at a $150,000 base price. These specs make the ET-One appealing compared to the Cummins AEOS that is aiming at a 100-mile range with the option of extending that to 300 miles with more batteries. The E-Fuso from Daimler is aiming at over 200 miles of range but only pulling 22,000 pounds.Tesla is certainly the big dog in the hunt and has already racked up a slew of pre-orders for the electric big rig. Tesla is aiming at 500-miles of range hauling up to 80,000 pounds. Tesla is expected to sell the Tesla Semi for between $150,000 and $180,000. It certainly looks better on paper than the Thor truck.The real question remaining is if a startup like Thor Trucks can produce the electric truck it is talking up. Tesla has certainly found that building cars gets very complex and difficult. Thor is bound to find the same thing and with specs that are only on par with other offerings Thor sounds to have a long road to go.AdChoices广告The ET-One does look to be more conventional in its interior layout. The interior of the Tesla Semi has drawn criticism from truckers for the central seating configuration and all the screens inside that might distract.
Chevrolet has restyled its Malibu for 2019 across the line. The automaker is really talking up the new RS trim, which is a first for the Malibu family and starts at around $25,000. The RS trim gets 18-inch machined wheels, black sport grille, black bowtie emblems, rear spoiler, and dual-outlet exhaust. Inside RS models get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, black cloth seats, and a standard 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen Infotainment 3 system. The standard engine for the Malibu line is a 1.5L turbo paired with a new CVT transmission.The Premier trim gets a larger 2.0L turbo and a 9-speed automatic. The front fascia, headlights, and grille are all-new on the 2019 Malibu. LED lighting is used for headlamps on Premier models and there are LED daytime running lamps for LT and Premier.Premier models get an 8-inch reconfigurable infotainment center display. The Rear Vision Camera system is standard on Malibu L model. Premier buyers get standard heated outboard rear seats. AdChoices广告Chevy is rolling out new colors for interior and exterior of the Malibu. The refreshed Malibu will hit dealers this fall. Other than saying the RS will start at around $25,000 no pricing details on the 2019 Malibu are offered. SOURCE: Chevrolet
This afternoon, Google made a bold move: They revealed the backside design of their phone. They added a hashtag #Pixel4 and they suggested the following: “Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait ’til you see what it can do.” They tweeted the following – with an image of their new (previously unseen officially) Pixel 4.Now, look at that, and compare it to the leaked imagery for the next set of iPhone devices from Apple. Remember that these images are not directly from Apple, but rendered using CAD drawings. CAD stands for computer-aided design, and it’s generally used as a sort of modern blueprint for technical hardware. Most of the time when we speak about a CAD drawing, it’s when a CAD drawing has leaked from a manufacturer somewhere in Asia (likely in China) where it’s been sent to accessory-makers and leakers for profit. This drawing is only supposed to be made for the manufacturer of the device and POSSIBLY official accessory brand partners (partners of the group who designed the device in the first place). So the images of the iPhones you see here first appeared in late April, 2019. The leak of the Google Pixel 4 came on June 10th, 2019. Both leaks are shown below.Now on June 12th, 2019, Google revealed the entire back side of the Pixel 4 (in the Tweet above). Imagine the cost/benefits calculations Google must have had to make for this to happen. Imagine how bold some PR individual had to have been to suggest that, since someone else already leaked the phone, Google may as well attempt to control the narrative with their own imagery. Also imagine how Apple must be reacting now, assuming their iPhone collection for 2019 really does look at least somewhat like what’s shown above. They’re probably feeling a little something like this:They’re likely feeling this way because, due to the order in which these devices are being shown (by their makers), it’ll likely look like the iPhone’s hardware design copied what Google had already shown. In reality its just as likely (if not a whole lot MORE likely) that Apple designed their hardware at the same time, or before Google’s Pixel was in its final stages of concept work. Who will get credit for the design – and will it matter? Given the comparative sales numbers of the Google Pixel and the iPhone, I can’t imagine Apple is too worried. I DO wonder how Google is playing this situation, and if their PR moves with the Pixel 4 have anything to do with the international leak nightmare that was the Pixel 3 – who can be sure? For the past several days, the Google Pixel 4 seemed to leak one tiny detail every few hours. The earliest major leak seemed to be a set of 3D renders of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, in part of their glory (not all their glory, as the design details didn’t seem complete). That leak looked really, really familiar – especially when compared to the also-leaked hardware designs of what’s assumed to be the iPhone 11. With neither phone acknowledged as existing, who was the copycat? Story TimelineGoogle Soli radar magic tipped for Pixel 4Pixel 4 is shaping up to be Google’s most controversial phone yetPixel 4’s Pixel Aware may be Google’s next secret weapon
Also, the Medicare Newsgroup reports that industry players are cautiously upbeat about the potential of accountable care organizations to improve quality and lower costs. WBUR: Berwick Weighs In On Despute Over Medical Quality StandardsMedicare’s Pioneer ACOs are arguably leading the most important experiment under the Affordable Care Act. … Berwick, who is also busy helping Britian’s National Health Service recover from an “enormous illness”, offers the Pioneer ACOs some guidance. “As you work through solutions, stay on the high road. And then, try to get to a platform where the discussion is not, will we play or not, but can we work this through at a technical level” (Bebinger, 3/21). The Medicare Newsgroup: Industry Players Express Cautious Optimism on ACO PotentialProviders, researchers and industry stakeholders expressed simultaneous hopefulness and skepticism about whether ACOs will achieve their goal of improving quality while lowering costs, on Wednesday, March 20 at the National Press Club during the free-wheeling discussion held by The Medicare NewsGroup (Rosenblatt, 3/21).In other news related to health care quality – ProPublica: When Harm In The Hospital Follows You HomeA slip of the scalpel, an invisible microbe, a minute miscalculation. It’s estimated that something goes wrong for more than one million people per year during a visit to the hospital. Some patients experience a full physical recovery. Some are never fully healed. but even if patients are lucky enough to physically heal, their lives may never be the same (Pierce, 3/21). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Berwick Weighs In On Dispute Over ACO Quality Standards
Bloomberg: Pfizer Is Weighing Sale Of $2 Billion-Women’s Health Portfolio Stat: Drug Companies Try To Catch The Rising Wave Of RNAi Medicines Stat: Merck Cuts Back On Vaccine Commitment To West Africa As China Shipments Ramp Up Pfizer Inc. is reviewing options including a sale of its women’s health portfolio as the U.S. pharmaceutical giant seeks to focus on developing treatments with higher growth potential, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The drugmaker is working with financial advisers to gauge the interest of potential buyers, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private. A sale of the division, which has annual sales of roughly $1.2 billion, could fetch about $2 billion and draw bids from both private equity firms and rival pharmaceutical companies, they said. (Baigorri, 11/1) Kaiser Health News: New Heart Drug Spotlights Troubling Trends In Drug Marketing And in other marketplace news — At the end of September, Amarin Corp. teased some early findings for Vascepa, its preventive medicine for people at risk of heart disease. The claim was astounding: a 25 percent relative risk reduction for deaths related to heart attacks, strokes and other conditions. Headlines proclaimed a potential game changer in treating cardiovascular disease. And company shares quickly soared, from $3 a share to about $20. Vascepa is Amarin’s only product. The company wants to turn its pill made of purified fish oil into a cash cow, allowing it to staff up both in the United States and abroad so it can sell doctors and millions of consumers on its medical benefits. … Except there is one problem. The particulars of the scientific study on which this claim was based remain a mystery. (Luthra, 11/2) Cigna Joins Health Companies Reporting Strong 3Q Results And Raising 2018 Forecasts The insurer beat Wall Street expectations with its third-quarter profits, Cigna reported. And pharmaceutical industry developments are reported out of Teva, Pfizer, Merck and McKesson. Reuters: Cigna Boosts 2018 Forecast After Third Quarter Earnings Beat McKesson Corp. said its longtime Chairman and Chief Executive John H. Hammergren will retire next year, capping a 17-year reign in which he helped build one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical wholesalers despite weathering shareholder criticism over his compensation and handling of the opioid crisis. (Walker, 11/1) Less than two months after the FDA approved the first-ever drug that uses a Nobel-winning technique to mute disease-causing genes, the pharmaceutical industry is already looking for a piece of the next one. Within the last month, Eli Lilly, Alexion and Janssen have all announced licensing and collaboration deals — each potentially worth billions — with companies developing treatments with the technique known as RNAi. (Sheridan, 11/2) The Wall Street Journal: Teva Passes Its Check-Up The turnaround at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries remains on schedule. The generic drug giant reported third-quarter sales of $4.5 billion and adjusted earnings of 68 cents a share. While both figures were down significantly from a year earlier, the earnings figure topped expectations thanks to deeper cost cuts than analysts had anticipated. Teva also increased its full-year guidance for profit and free cash flow. (Grant, 11/1) In a controversial move, Merck is rolling back its commitment to provide a life-saving rotavirus vaccine to parts of West Africa at the same time the drug maker is ramping up supplies to China, where the product would reportedly be sold for a much higher price. The company supplies its RotaTeq vaccine through an arrangement with GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, a public-private partnership that helps provide medicines and vaccines to low-income countries. However, Merck is reducing shipments by one-third this year and next, according to GAVI. After that, supplies are not expected. About 4.7 million doses will be delivered this year and 4 million next year. (Silverman, 11/1) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp, which is in the process of acquiring Express Scripts Holding Co, significantly bumped up its 2018 adjusted profit forecast, and its shares rose more than 3 percent on Thursday. … “The guidance raise in excess of the magnitude of the earnings beat this quarter signals Cigna’s confidence in its industry-leading medical cost performance,” Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said. (Mishra and Mathias, 11/1) The Wall Street Journal: Longtime McKesson CEO To Step Down