26/11 Mumbai attacksAhmed PatelBJPgujarat First Published: April 20, 2019, 6:11 PM IST Ahmedabad: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday hit out at the BJP’s “double standards” for talking about fighting terrorism and then giving tickets to those who are criticising martyrs.He was speaking in Rajkot against the backdrop of the BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, claiming that former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks as she had “cursed” him. The remarks caused a furore, forcing BJP to distance itself from them, and compelled Thakur to issue an apology on Friday evening.Slamming the BJP on the Thakur episode, Patel said, “The BJP has given tickets to such people. What message do you want to convey? On one side, the BJP talks about fighting terrorism. And those who are actually fighting terrorism are being criticised by BJP candidates.””Why these double standards? There is huge difference between what the BJP preaches and what it actually does,” the Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat asserted.He said while the BJP spoke about fighting terrorism, it was the Congress’ leaders who had laid down their lives opposing it.”After the Mumbai terror attack (on 26/11, 2008), our chief minister (of Maharashtra) and Union home minister had tendered their resignations. We fought the terrorists and captured Kasab (who was later hanged).”Praising Karkare, Patel said, “What is Pragya Singh saying today? A man (Karkare) who sacrificed his life fighting terrorists is now being criticised and even termed a traitor by her.”Patel added that Narendra Modi will become ex-Prime Minister on May 23 when the Lok Sabha results are announced. He said public anger would ensure that the BJP and its allies will not get more than 200 seats in the April-May Lok Sabha polls.”I am saying with full confidence, and also with pain because he (Modi) is from Gujarat and the country’s PM, that when poll results are announced on May 23, Modi’s name will have the prefix ex-PM,” Patel said.”It is very difficult for the BJP to win over 150-160 seats. I am confident the BJP and allies will not get over 200 seats,” he said, adding that the Congress would win between 10-15 seats out of the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat.The state goes to polls on April 23.
abhay deolAbhay Deol ChopsticksAbhay Deol filmsAbhay Deol interview First Published: May 30, 2019, 9:07 AM IST Abhay is making his digital debut with Netflix’s Chopsticks. Talking about the boom in the web space, he said, “They come from a space of encouraging artistes to be original. They have thrown in diversity into… when there was very little of it. They have already done that. It’s a formula for them just as much as the formula for a lot of producers and studios in our country’s Bollywood.”Abhay asserted that the digital platform’s formula is “about diversity, being provocative, original and so for any artiste that matter it’s an opportunity and Godsent”. “It saves a lot of people and will also throw in diversity in our own industry. Something that we desperately need or else we will continue making the three films we have been making for the past 70 years.” In Sachin Yardi-directed Chopsticks, Abhay will be seen playing a conman alongside actress Mithila Palkar. However, this is not the first time Abhay will be seen playing a conman. It is a role he memorably played in Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!. “This (Chopsticks) character is far more suave and urban from the Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! character. And for him, stealing is something he does with a passion. It’s something he’s good at,” he said. The Hindi film industry is still running behind the usual “formula” based content leading to a new trend of flops, says actor Abhay Deol, who believes the web space is a “godsent opportunity” for everyone to push the envelope for diversity and originality in the entertainment world.Asked if content on digital platforms can overshadow cinema and theatre culture, Abhay told IANS, “If you see what happened in Hollywood, their drama became so good on TV that now you only see superhero films releasing (in theatres) as cinema has become all about a spectacle. People want to see something grand and large scale, and superhero films are hard to beat in that sense. But if you want to watch good drama, then you watch it on HBO or Netflix. “Whereas over here (in India), what’s interesting is that because films have never actually gone beyond the formula… Now, what is happening is that our drama will improve, no doubt…like Delhi Crime is a huge achievement for Indian shows, but I also think there are expectations for Bollywood to match up.””Now, when you see the Bollywood films, the trend is for them to flop, really,” added the 43-year-old actor, who was himself a part of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Zero, which fell flat at the box office.Abhay said the audience is done with “larger than life stories” in Hindi films. “It’s because people are watching actors performing roles that are heroic but you believe them as they look like you, act like you and act real… Now, suddenly they are spoiled as they are like, ‘Okay, I want to watch that in films now’… The larger-than-life candyfloss is far too diabetic for me. That’s what I think is happening,” he added. Follow @News18Movies for more.
BJPECgujarat-lok-sabha-elections-2019Jitubhai Vaghani First Published: April 30, 2019, 11:21 PM IST New Delhi: The Election Commission Tuesday barred BJP’s Gujarat unit chief Jitubhai Vaghani from campaigning for 72 hours for using “intemperate and abusive language” at an election meet.His ban will come into force from 4.00 pm on May 2. The Lok Sabha election in Gujarat were held in a single phase on April 23 in the third phase.For 72 hours, Vaghani cannot hold “in any part of the country”, any public meetings, public processions, roadshows and interviews, public utterances in the media (electronic, print, social media) for using intemperate and abusive language and violating the poll code while addressing party workers and voters at Amroli in Surat on April 7, official sources said.
arya starkConan O’BrienGame of Thronesmaisie williams First Published: June 11, 2019, 7:15 AM IST Game of Thrones actors Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are among the better of friends from the series’ entire cast. Both Turner and Williams have never shied away from expressing mutual admiration and love for each other during interviews and public appearances. Their charming chemistry was also fueled by the fact that both were almost the same age group when they started filming HBO’s fantasy-drama in 2011.Giving a sneak peek into their striking relationship, Turner, whose film X Men- Dark Phoenix released in theaters on Friday, June 5, admitted during a candid interview that she and Williams would try to kiss whenever possible. Appearing on Conan this week, show host Conan O’Brien asked Turner about her relationship with Williams, saying, as quoted by cosmopolitan.com, “There were people who thought, you two were so close, they thought, ‘are they (Turner and Williams) a couple?” Turner replied, “Oh, we fully knew about it, we played into it…So on the set, we would do the scene, and then we would try to, you know, just try to kiss each other in the middle of the scene and see if anyone would react. And it’s Game of Thrones, so incest is so normal, that they were just like, ‘that’s fine.’ It was probably the most tame thing that happened on the show, actually.”Adding further Conan asked, “You wanted to get it out there that you two were a couple as a joke?” to which Sophie replied by saying, “Yeah, sometimes you just wanna make out with your best friend.” Watch clip here:Follow @News18Movies for more
Lucknow: In a major setback for the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh, the Centre has declared as ‘unconstitutional’ the decision to issue Scheduled Caste certificates to 17 Most Backward Caste (MBC)s.Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, assured the Rajya Sabha that he would request the UP government to take back its decision since has been declared invalid by a court of law. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)’s Rajya Sabha MP Satish Chandra Mishra raised the issue in the House, saying that issuance of SC certificates to the 17 MBCs was bypassing the Constitution. He added that under Section 341 of the Constitution, no one can modify or change the list of Scheduled Castes without presidential notification.Earlier, BSP chief Mayawati had also attacked the state government over the issue. “It’s a fraud with people belonging to these 17 castes as they won’t receive the benefits of any of the categories. The UP government will not treat them as OBCs. They won’t receive the benefits of belonging to SC as no state government can put them in or remove them from any of the categories through its orders,” Mayawati had said.The UP government had decided to implement a 2017 order of the Allahabad High Court to issue SC certificates to the 17 MBCs in the state. The government had directed district magistrates to issue SC certificates to MBCs till the high court takes a final call on the issue.The demand for SC status to the 17 castes: Kashyap, Rajbhar, Dhivar, Bind, Kumar, Kahar, Kewat, Nishad, Bhar, Mallah, Prajapati, Dhivar, Batham, Turha, Godia, Manjul and Madhua, has been pending for a long time.The Samajwadi Party government, under Mulayam Singh Yadav, had first tried to implement the order in 2006, which was followed by Mayawati making the same effort during her regime from 2007-2012. However, the idea was vetoed by the Centre. Allahabad High courtBahujan samaj partyBathamBhar First Published: July 2, 2019, 3:13 PM IST
Editors’ Recommendations You know how it is. You need to get some files off your thumb drive so you go to plug it into your PC and … nope … it ain’t going in. So you flip it around and fiddle and fumble to find the port again and … nope … it still ain’t going in. So you flip it around again and … what the … somehow it still refuses to slot in as it surely should. How can that be?The final stage of the process usually involves a thorough visual inspection of the USB drive before craning your neck to a potentially vertebrae-shattering position in a bid to ensure the perfectly aligned insertion of stick into slot. Or getting up out of your seat to approach the problem from another angle entirely, and with all the steady-handedness of a crack surgeon carrying out a life-saving operation.If the delicate USB-docking procedure fails at this stage, there’s a good chance the drive will experience several seconds of weightlessness as it takes an unscheduled trip to the other side of the room.It’s taken a while, but the man that led the Intel team that created the USB (Universal Serial Bus) all those years ago, Ajay Bhatt, has finally acknowledged that the design has caused plenty of frustration over the years.Stating what hundreds of millions of people around the world have known for years, Bhatt told NPR recently: “The biggest annoyance is reversibility.”While the 50-50 design of the USB plug can sometimes feel more like 90-10 when we go to use it, Bhatt insists there was a good reason for designing it in the way that he did: cost.You see, if his team had created a USB connection that could be inserted both ways — thereby sparing us all a lifetime of teeth-gnashing, head-banging, expletive-shouting madness — it would have required double the wires and circuits, thereby doubling the cost. Hmm, perhaps you’re nodding your head now and saying quietly under your breath: “Goddammit, triple the cost woulda been worth it.”“In hindsight, based on all the experiences that we all had, of course it was not as easy as it should be,” Bhatt said of his USB design, which was first adopted by Apple’s iMac in 1998 before being taken up by tech manufacturers globally.The newer USB-C design is reversible, but it’s yet to be widely adopted, so the frustrations experienced with the regular USB port are set to continue for some time to come.But take note — Bhatt said his team also considered a round design. Mercifully, it ditched the idea as it would have been even more difficult to plug in. So at least we have something to thank Bhatt and his team for. Why Jony Ive’s greatest achievement wasn’t the iPhone. It was the original iMac 13 year old who hacked Apple servers sentenced to probation Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Moon lander in grand plan to return to lunar surface Motion-sensing shrubs and robo-Venus flytraps: Inside the world of Cyborg Botany How Epic Games almost made the mistake of ending Fortnite
Google Home can be used to play movies and TV shows on a Chromecast or Chromecast built-in device, but only if the app with the content is supported by Home. Google has been slow to introduce support for those apps, meaning Google Home owners are still pretty limited in what they can play videos from. That changed a tiny bit in recent days, though, as Google Home just got support for a new app: Crackle. It’s strange that Google’s own Play Movies & TV still isn’t supported, but Crackle’s addition to the list is a welcomed one. The service, unlike most of the supported apps, doesn’t require the user to pay to subscribe, giving Google Home owners a free option with which to use the more convenient voice commands. This brings the total number of supported video apps on Google Home up to seven.In addition to Crackle, Google Home can be used to control videos from YouTube TV, Netflix, CBS All Access, CW TV, HBO NOW, and Viki. That’s a decent list, though many apps are still missing, including big ones like Hulu. Some Google Home owners have criticized Google for the slow pace at which support arrives for additional apps, not to mention the glaring omission of support for its own Play option.If you have a Google Home and Chromecast device, once properly set up (instructions here), you have a bunch of voice commands available to use. For example, you can tell Google Home that you want to watch a particular show and the app through which it is available, as well as controlling the content through typical pause/resume/stop commands.Users are also able to tell Google Home to skip to the next episode in a series or go back to the previous episode. There’s also support for turning subtitles on and off, turning dubbing on and off, turning on subtitles for a specific language, and skipping back to a specific time in a movie or TV show. These depend on the app’s support for them, though.
Story TimelineGalaxy S9 could use Samsung’s new 512 GB UFS storageGalaxy S9 release preview “unlikely” at CES 2018Galaxy S9 display set Samsung an incredible challengeSamsung energy-harvesting clothes could charge your Galaxy S9Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health appGalaxy S9’s answer to iPhone X security gets an upgradeGalaxy S9 tipped release specs: An early look at 2 models A recent entry into the “fastest” battery charge race was the OnePlus 5T with its own brand of speedy charging tech. But for all the distance OnePlus claims out in front of the rest of the pack, a Samsung implementation of Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 could do the industry one better. Earlier this year Qualcomm outlined the abilities of their newest charging system.Samsung device users will be glad to hear that Quick Charge 4 is made specifically with charging safety in mind. One big part of this initiative is the ability to monitor both connector temperature and the temperature of the phone case at the same time. Quick Charge 4 works with a feature called Intelligent Thermal Balancing. With this system, the processor monitors the heat level of each of two channels into the battery, sending power to whichever channel is cooler. The Galaxy S9 might well have use this feature to avoid the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco altogether – if it’d existed back then. AdChoices广告While I don’t think it’s realistic to assume Samsung will tempt fate with a battery that’s able to charge 5-times faster than any before it, the Galaxy S9 will certainly charge faster than its predecessors. If only from the Qualcomm Quick Charge tech, the Galaxy S9 will charge up to 15% faster. In addition to the charging speed update, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is sure to get a bevy of new features both inside and out. We’ve gone over quite a few Galaxy S9 features in our most recent capture-all article, too. Have a peek, and stick around for the most likely date for the event at which this device will be revealed: February 24th or 25th, 2018! This week we’re having a peek at what the Samsung Galaxy S9 may well bring to the smartphone universe in 2018. One item we’re almost certain will be onboard is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and with it, the swiftest charging solution ever released for a smartphone battery. That is to say Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.
Following a fatal accident earlier this year that involved one of its autonomous vehicles, Uber has laid off about 100 employees who were involved with its self-driving effort. The information comes form Pennsylvania news agencies, which report that most of the impacted individuals were located in Pittsburgh. Uber had started autonomous car tests in the city back in 2016. The information comes from Pittsburgh’s WTAE local news agency, which says it confirmed the business action with Uber. Some employees were reportedly located in San Francisco, but the majority were working in Pittsburgh. Those former employees are eligible to apply for a mission specialist role with Uber, but only 55 positions are open, meaning about half of impacted workers will be out of luck.The move isn’t surprising in light of Uber’s recent self-driving car accident. The company stopped its autonomous vehicle tests after the fatal incident, including in Pittsburgh. Though it has since stated that it plans to resume the tests, Uber still hasn’t returned its self-driving cars to the road and there’s no hard date for when it plans to relaunch them.In late May, word surfaced that Uber was laying off 300 people, mostly drivers it had hired to operate its self-driving cars on Arizona roads. The company confirmed at the time that it has no plans to continue its self-driving work in the state of Arizona.At the time, Uber had said that it would continue working on the technology in Pittsburgh, where it opened a tech center. It’s unconfirmed what role these newly laid off workers filled, but Quartz reports on behalf of a source that all 100 workers were autonomous car drivers.
The No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the global smartphone market has always been Apple’s and Samsung’s arena. While the two have been able to maintain their dominance in specific markets, like China and India, they have continued to fight over the top two ranks in the worldwide market. That is until last quarter.In the second quarter of 2018, Huawei managed to become No. 2, shipping 54.2 million smartphones. Samsung’s total actually declined from the same quarter last year but it’s 71.5 million is still way ahead of anyone else’s. Apple’s shipments increased but only slightly, allowing Huawei to gain the upper hand. It could be short-lived though, as Apple always picks up the pace after new iPhones are launched.IDC attributes Huawei’s highest growth so far to its dominance in the Chinese market as well as its introduction of new technologies, including triple cameras and the recent GPU Turbo. How much of that those shipments represent non-Chinese markets, the market analyst doesn’t say. Curiously, an earlier study by Canalys reveals that 55% of Huawei’s shipments actually come from its sub-brand Honor.AdChoices广告IDC also notes that 2Q18 is the third consecutive quarter where smartphone shipments have declined. There’s no reason to panic yet, though, as this is attributed simply to increased penetration rates and market saturation. Growth in other markets should restore the balance over time. The US government has started to close in on Huawei and, more recently, ZTE over national security concerns. Perhaps in retaliation, Huawei has seemingly been limiting the availability of its smartphones in the US. Now the Chinese company may be showing its true power, which could give the US even more reason to be worried. According to IDC, Huawei has just overtaken US-based Apple as the world’s largest smartphone vendor. It may be temporary but still proves the growing strength of Huawei’s brand.
First the basic specs. The Huawei Watch GT is pretty much what the leaks said it would be. It’s running on a custom ARM Cortex-M4, not the usual Qualcomm Snapdragon, and has a 1.39-inch 454×454 AMOLED screen with a 420 mAh battery. It’s pretty much standard but it’s really the software that matters the most.Huawei is making battery life one of the biggest selling points of the Watch GT. It promises 30 days in relatively lower power watch mode or 22 hours if you opt to enable all the bells and whistles. Part of that is thanks to the fact that the smartwatch won’t be running your typical smartwatch apps. It has the basics, like reminders, notifications, tracking, calendars, etc. It does support NFC-based mobile payment but only for Chinese services.That’s not to say it’s lacking functionality. Its other major selling point is the plethora of sensors in the device. Like TruSeen 3.0 heart monitoring, TruRelax atmospheric pressure monitoring, and TruSleep sleep monitoring. All the things that make the Watch GT a diagnostics clinic on your wrist, which will probably push Huawei to position it against the Apple Watch.AdChoices广告And like the Apple Watch, the Huawei Watch GT might also be limited only to its own smartphones, both Huawei and Honor brands. Or at least it requires EMUI 9.0, so there’s still a remote possibility it can be compatible with Android 9 Pie devices as well. We’ll have to wait next week for the full details. Huawei’s event isn’t until next week but it seems at least one part of the company’s big day has leaked early. And it’s not exactly all good news. The Huawei Watch GT, both in name and in form, is pretty much official as its product listing has gone online. And while it has all the makings of a modern smartwatch, Huawei has made changes that might mean it will be compatible only with its own smartphones and very little else.
Nissan has announced the official starting price of the 2017 GT-R Nismo and it’s very far from an affordable car. In fact, if you take the $174,990 price tag for the GT-R Nismo and then add another $1,000 to it, you could own a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The new Nismo GT-R packs in 600hp via a twin-turbo 3.8L V6 engine. The engine is mated to an advanced independent rear transaxle all-wheel drive system. The car also has enhanced body structure that allowed Nissan to refine the NISMO suspension tuning further. The 2017 NISMO GT-R pricing announcement coincided with the official North American debut of the car at the Japanese Classic Car Show at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.2017 marks the third year of availability for the NISMO GT-R and this version of the GT-R costs significantly more than other versions. A GT-R Premium for instance carries a MSRP of $109,990. Both MSRPs exclude the $1,595 destination and handling fee. For 2017, Nissan enlarged the V-motion grill on the front to allow more air inside to keep the car cool.Other features unique to the NISMO include carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, black outside mirrors, and carbon fiber side sills and emblem treatment. The rear spoiler is dry carbon fiber. Output from the 3.8l TT V6 is 600hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a paddle-shift 6-speed dual clutch transmission. The car also comes standard with a special lightweight titanium exhaust system. The car is available now at certified Nissan dealerships.AdChoices广告“Last spring, our most exclusive and fastest road-going GT-R ever, the 2017 NISMO, made its global debut at the famed Nürburgring race course, where the Nissan GT-R’s potent performance was honed, tuned and developed,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “Now, as it readies to hit the streets of North America, it’s fitting that it does so among a gathering of the Nissan and Datsun heritage cars that paved the way for this ultimate expression of Nissan innovation and performance.”SOURCE: Nissan News
One Hand Operation + is a perfect complement to One UI’s new gesture-based navigation system which simply assigns the three standard Android buttons to invisible zones at the bottom of the screen. With some wider phones, reaching the area on the opposite side of the phone is difficult if not precarious. Like with any other one hand gesture utility, it’s not perfect and it sometimes clashes with some app’s side swipe gestures, not to mention Samsung’s own Edge screen. But it’s a great tool to have especially considering today’s large phone screens.Sadly, it’s only available for Samsung phones, given how it integrates with the UI. Hopefully, Samsung will give the same treatment to other Good Lock apps and make them widely available on Google Play Store as well. Samsung is often criticized for overloading its TouchWiz now One UI experience with too many features. Funnily enough, it actually has a lot more in mind for users of its Galaxy phones. Fortunately, it has opted to separate those into distinct apps that aren’t installed by default. Unfortunately, for some strange reason, Samsung has decided that its Good Lock apps aren’t fit for markets other than the US and Korea. Good thing, then, that Samsung has released one part of that suite on Google Play Store and now you can use the One Hand Operation + (yes, there’s a blank space there) to make large phones a bit more usable. Samsung naming convention is a bit confusing. On thee one hand, Good Lock is indeed an independent app that gives you more options in customizing a Galaxy phone’s lock screen. On the other hand, it also refers to a group of loosely related apps that also customize the appearance of parts of the phone like the navigation bar, quick shortcuts panel, recent apps, and the like. There are even apps that setup automated routines or implement one-hand gestures like One Hand Operation +.Hopefully as the start of a new trend, Samsung has released One Hand Operation + on Google Play Store so that Galaxy phone owners outside of the US and Korea will be able to take advantage of one-hand gestures. There’s a variety of apps out there that offer the same functionality but, naturally, One Hand Operation + has the advantage of integrating better with system actions since it’s made by Samsung in the first place.Once installed from Google Play Store, One Hand Operation + presents a rather straightforward list of options. The app uses both sides of the screen as gesture triggers and, unfortunately, there is no option to turn one off or different trigger sizes separately. You can, however, assign different actions to either side at least.By default, three actions are recognized: a horizontal swipe to the center, a diagonal swipe up, and a diagonal swipe down. You can also toggle a switch that basically adds three more of the “swipe and hold” type of gesture, bringing the total number of gestures to six. There is quite a long list of actions you can assign to those gestures, from simply recreating what the navigation buttons do to pulling down the notification panel to even calling the default AI assistant. Curiously, there is no action to pull up the app drawer.
The EV devil is in the details, and on that front Polestar 2 is shaping up very nicely indeed. It’s our first chance to see the Volvo spin-off electric car company’s vision for mass-market electrification in person, and the Geneva Motor Show 2019 debut suggests it was worth the wait. As with the exterior, it’s the little touches that make it so pleasant. The gold seatbelts are a welcome splash of color; the digital instrumentation graphics balance clean simplicity with no shortage of the essential information. Frequent touch-points such as the drive shifter – with its sculptural hollow center – have clearly been thought through. The central touchscreen dominates the dashboard, like an iPad someone has propped up there. It uses Volvo and Polestar’s new, Android-based infotainment system, which looks almost too large on the 11-inches it has to play with. You may not need to spend much time touching it, mind. With Google Assistant support, and integration with Google Maps, this should be a voice control system that actually works, unlike many in the automotive world right now. Polestar 2 verdictIt’s notable just how comprehensive and complete Polestar 2 feels, for what is effectively a “new” car company. Polestar is no random automotive startup, of course. It arrives with the benefits of Volvo’s prior work on design, engineering, and manufacturing in its back pocket. That should pay dividends when it comes to doing what Tesla has struggled so much with: ramping production. Polestar plans to begin manufacturing this new EV in early 2020, but isn’t slowing after that. Shortly afterwards it will reveal Polestar 3, a crossover version of the car. At the same time, the tech- and engineering-sharing between Polestar and Volvo will continue. Polestar 2 uses Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, the same architecture that’s used for the well-reviewed XC40: I’d expect the EV to drive nicely too, as a result. Volvo will use the CMA platform for an all-electric version of the XC40 and a new EV of its own, too.Were it not for the Volvo connection (and the Geely wallet financing all this), I’d be skeptical that Polestar was biting off more than it should. Certainly, even with the best of intentions – and the best expertise on tap – big automakers have been known to make dire missteps. Still, the premium compact EV segment seems so hungry for well-designed, well-considered models, that Polestar would need to screw up considerably in order to get this wrong. Story TimelinePolestar 2 revealed: 2020 premium EV with 275 mile rangeThe Polestar 2 is Tesla Model 3’s first real competition Polestar 2 may be the second car from Polestar – the EV brand co-owned by Volvo Cars and Geely – but it’s undoubtedly the most important, and the most relevant. Whereas Polestar 1 is a gas-electric hybrid, with big power and torque numbers and handsome styling to match, it’ll be sold in niche numbers only. Polestar 2, however, is aiming to make a far bigger splash. It arrives, of course, to find the sizable ripples from the Model 3 already waiting for it. Tesla has made headlines in recent weeks with the launch of the $35,000 Model 3, its long-promised – and long-delayed – most affordable version of the car. Along with price cuts across the Tesla range, it’s undoubtedly the Polestar 2’s biggest competition. Polestar 2 exteriorRight now we don’t know how well Polestar 2 will compete with that $35k car, at least not in the US. The only confirmed model for North America so far is the Polestar 2 Launch Edition, which will be $55,500 before incentives. European pricing for the expected base model will be 39,900 euros, which works out to around $45k.AdChoices广告The Launch Edition will have a 78 kWh battery, which Polestar says should be good for around 275 miles on the EPA cycle, or around 310 miles in the European and Chinese tests. Its power is split between two electric motors for all-wheel drive, together mustering 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 mph should take under five seconds, the automaker suggests.For the moment we only have a well-specified Polestar 2 to go from, but first impressions are good. It’s handsome in person, the fascia showing clear hints of Volvo design language – no bad thing, in my opinion – but with a reduction in chrome for a more sober, youthful look. Neat touches like the frameless side mirrors and contrasting gold brake calipers add some visual interest. The rear three-quarter view is, to my eyes at least, the Polestar 2’s most awkward. It’s a hatchback – unlike the Model 3, so the rear hatch opening is far more flexible – but it doesn’t quite look like it. Instead there’s something of the truncated sedan about the profile, with the rear deck raised up a little too high. Polestar 2 interiorInside, Polestar’s approach to materials is the killer feature. The seats eschew leather in favor of a technical fabric that feels like the sort of thing you’d find on a high-end sofa in a minimalistic house. Matte-finish, open-pore wood on the dashboard is bracketed by more fabric. Even the glossy black plastic, which I’m not typically a fan of, looks good in combination with the unusual palette of materials. Polestar 2 Gallery
Twitter has something of a tricky situation on its hands. Sometimes, public figures – specifically, people in government – say things on Twitter that violate the company’s rules, forcing Twitter to make a tough decision. Does it enforce its rules and remove the offending tweet, or does it leave the tweet published because it’s in the public interest to do so? We‘ll now clearly label any tweets which violate our terms of service but decide to keep up due to public interest. https://t.co/0jxS7GrARy— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) June 27, 2019 Dorsey linked to a post on the Twitter blog which goes into more depth about this new alert and the thought process behind implementing it. The company explains that it’s important for users to be able to interact with their elected officials on platforms like Twitter, so even for tweets that violate the website’s rules, it still may be in the public’s interest to leave them accessible.These new rules apply to only a limited number of accounts, it seems. Twitter says that the account must “be or represent a government official, be running for public office, or be considered for a government position.” That last bit applies to political appointees who may not need to be elected but still must go through a confirmation process. Accounts also must have more than 100,000 followers and be verified. It sounds like accounts that don’t meet those three conditions will have their tweets which break Twitter’s rules be removed.Twitter shared an image of what the alert will look like, saying that it will appear your home timeline and other areas like search. The company then ran down of list of considerations it’ll make when it comes to deciding when to actually use this notice. Check out all of the factors Twitter will consider below:• The immediacy and severity of potential harm from the rule violation, with an emphasis on ensuring physical safety;• Whether preserving a Tweet will allow others to hold the government official, candidate for public office, or appointee accountable for their statements;• Whether there are other sources of information about this statement available for the public to stay informed;• If removal would inadvertently hide context or prevent people from understanding an issue of public concern; and• If the Tweet provides a unique context or perspective not available elsewhere that is necessary to a broader discussion.If a tweet violates Twitter’s rules but doesn’t meet fulfill considerations listed above, Twitter says that it will require the account owner to remove the tweet instead of placing its notice on it. Furthermore, tweets that are flagged with this alert will be less prominent across the service, as they won’t appear in safe search, explore, the notifications tab, push notifications, or the “Top Tweets” timeline view.Twitters goal, it seems, is to make sure it uses this notice sparingly. “The notice won’t be applied to any Tweets sent before today and, given the conditions outlined above, it’s unlikely you’ll encounter it often,” the company wrote. “We cannot predict the first time it will be used, but we wanted to give you more information about this new notice before you come across it on Twitter.”So, in walking a fine line between enforcing its rules and making sure the words of government officials stay accessible through its platform, this seems like a pretty good solution. We’ll see how often Twitter’s notice is used soon enough, but given the current political climate, Twitter might be a little optimistic when it says users shouldn’t expect to see it frequently. It’s not a question that has an easy answer, but now it seems that Twitter has decided on something of a compromise. As tweeted by CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey, Twitter will now in some cases leave tweets that break its rules published, but it will do so by flagging them with an alert that informs other users that the tweet breaks Twitter’s rules on abusive behavior. Story TimelineTwitter live video broadcasts now support up to three guestsNo, Twitter won’t notify you if someone DMs your tweetsTwitter removes precise location sharing, but there’s an exception
Ford has revealed a punchy little crossover, the new 2019 Ford Puma, but don’t hold your breath to see it on American roads. Rebooting the Puma name from the original compact coupe discontinued in 2002, the new Puma sticks with the automaker’s trend away from cars and toward utility, throwing in some mild-hybrid action along the way. At the front, there are “canoe-shaped” headlamps and LED fog lamps, the latter integrated into functional air curtain inlets. They’re designed to guide airflow across the front wheels, and cut down on turbulence. At the rear, there’s a 16.1 cu.ft. trunk – the largest, Ford says, in the Puma’s class – capable of holding two upright golf bags. AdChoices广告That’s courtesy of a flexible trunk floor, which can be height adjusted or closed to make a bin for muddy or wet items. Ford has dubbed it the MegaBox, and given it both a waterproof lining and a drain plug in the bottom. A hands-free tailgate opens the trunk when you kick your foot under the rear bumper. It’s a handsome little car, certainly. Based on Ford’s B-car platform, it eschews the usual “wedge” crossover profile in favor of a flatter belt-line. Oversized wheel arches and a stretched out wheelbase help there, too, and there’s a “floating” A-pillar that visually pulls the cabin further back on the small SUV. Ford will offer both Puma ST-Line and Puma Titanium trims, among others, differentiated outside and in with different wheels and finishes. The 2019 Puma ST-Line, for example, will have either 18- or 19-inch matte black machined alloy wheels, along with sports supsneion. It’ll also get matte black elements to the grille, gloss surrounds, and an optional larger roof spoiler. Instead, there’ll be a flat-bottom steering wheel and optional partial leather seats. The 2019 Puma Titanium, meanwhile, has Pearl Gray machined 18-inch alloy wheels, and more chrome outside. Inside, there’s a leather-effect wheel and wood-effect trim on the dashboard. Under the hood, Ford’s move to electrify all its models continues with some mild hybridization. The Puma gets a 1.0-liter EcoBoost with a 48V system – paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission – that can add torque to the three-cylinder. It’ll be offered in 123 hp and 153 hp configurations. Thanks to the hybrid, torque should come in lower in the rev range, and also help avoid turbo lag. On the tech side, there’ll be Ford Co-Pilot360 active safety tech, Local Hazard data powered by HERE that includes warnings about broken vehicles, animals on the road, and other problems up ahead, and a 180-degree rear view camera. Blind spot warnings and cross traffic alerts are available, too, as is parking assist. The dashboard gets wireless charging, too, and even the option of massage seats and a B&O 10-speaker audio system. Unfortunately for those of us outside of Europe, right now there’s no sign of Ford bringing the 2019 Puma to the US. Despite its push for utilities, what’s shaping up to be an appealing little crossover apparently has no future on North American roads. That seems a shame, but Europe will get to try the Puma out from the end of the year.
As with the exterior, it’s the little touches that make it so pleasant. The gold seatbelts are a welcome splash of color; the digital instrumentation graphics balance clean simplicity with no shortage of the essential information. Frequent touch-points such as the drive shifter – with its sculptural hollow center – have clearly been thought through. The central touchscreen dominates the dashboard, like an iPad someone has propped up there. It uses Volvo and Polestar’s new, Android-based infotainment system, which looks almost too large on the 11-inches it has to play with. You may not need to spend much time touching it, mind. With Google Assistant support, and integration with Google Maps, this should be a voice control system that actually works, unlike many in the automotive world right now. Polestar 2 verdictIt’s notable just how comprehensive and complete Polestar 2 feels, for what is effectively a “new” car company. Polestar is no random automotive startup, of course. It arrives with the benefits of Volvo’s prior work on design, engineering, and manufacturing in its back pocket. That should pay dividends when it comes to doing what Tesla has struggled so much with: ramping production. Polestar plans to begin manufacturing this new EV in early 2020, but isn’t slowing after that. Shortly afterwards it will reveal Polestar 3, a crossover version of the car. At the same time, the tech- and engineering-sharing between Polestar and Volvo will continue. Polestar 2 uses Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, the same architecture that’s used for the well-reviewed XC40: I’d expect the EV to drive nicely too, as a result. Volvo will use the CMA platform for an all-electric version of the XC40 and a new EV of its own, too.Were it not for the Volvo connection (and the Geely wallet financing all this), I’d be skeptical that Polestar was biting off more than it should. Certainly, even with the best of intentions – and the best expertise on tap – big automakers have been known to make dire missteps. Still, the premium compact EV segment seems so hungry for well-designed, well-considered models, that Polestar would need to screw up considerably in order to get this wrong. Polestar 2 may be the second car from Polestar – the EV brand co-owned by Volvo Cars and Geely – but it’s undoubtedly the most important, and the most relevant. Whereas Polestar 1 is a gas-electric hybrid, with big power and torque numbers and handsome styling to match, it’ll be sold in niche numbers only. Polestar 2, however, is aiming to make a far bigger splash. It arrives, of course, to find the sizable ripples from the Model 3 already waiting for it. Tesla has made headlines in recent weeks with the launch of the $35,000 Model 3, its long-promised – and long-delayed – most affordable version of the car. Along with price cuts across the Tesla range, it’s undoubtedly the Polestar 2’s biggest competition. Polestar 2 exteriorRight now we don’t know how well Polestar 2 will compete with that $35k car, at least not in the US. The only confirmed model for North America so far is the Polestar 2 Launch Edition, which will be $55,500 before incentives. European pricing for the expected base model will be 39,900 euros, which works out to around $45k.AdChoices广告The Launch Edition will have a 78 kWh battery, which Polestar says should be good for around 275 miles on the EPA cycle, or around 310 miles in the European and Chinese tests. Its power is split between two electric motors for all-wheel drive, together mustering 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 mph should take under five seconds, the automaker suggests.For the moment we only have a well-specified Polestar 2 to go from, but first impressions are good. It’s handsome in person, the fascia showing clear hints of Volvo design language – no bad thing, in my opinion – but with a reduction in chrome for a more sober, youthful look. Neat touches like the frameless side mirrors and contrasting gold brake calipers add some visual interest. The rear three-quarter view is, to my eyes at least, the Polestar 2’s most awkward. It’s a hatchback – unlike the Model 3, so the rear hatch opening is far more flexible – but it doesn’t quite look like it. Instead there’s something of the truncated sedan about the profile, with the rear deck raised up a little too high. Polestar 2 interiorInside, Polestar’s approach to materials is the killer feature. The seats eschew leather in favor of a technical fabric that feels like the sort of thing you’d find on a high-end sofa in a minimalistic house. Matte-finish, open-pore wood on the dashboard is bracketed by more fabric. Even the glossy black plastic, which I’m not typically a fan of, looks good in combination with the unusual palette of materials. Story TimelinePolestar 2 revealed: 2020 premium EV with 275 mile rangeThe Polestar 2 is Tesla Model 3’s first real competition The EV devil is in the details, and on that front Polestar 2 is shaping up very nicely indeed. It’s our first chance to see the Volvo spin-off electric car company’s vision for mass-market electrification in person, and the Geneva Motor Show 2019 debut suggests it was worth the wait. Polestar 2 Gallery
Story TimelineXperia XZ3 DxOMark score makes the case for an Xperia 1Sony Xperia 1 screen will be in 4K almost all the timeSony Xperia 1 release date set for July, pricing revealed There’s also a 2x optical zoom, along with a 16mm wide-angle lens at the other extreme. Optical image stabilization is included, together with 960 fps super-slow motion video at up to HD resolution. There’s also 4K HDR recording. Inside, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 lurks, with 6 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage; there’s also a microSD card slot and a 3,330 mAh battery. No wireless charging, sadly, just USB-PD fast charging via the USB-C port. The Xperia 1 is water resistant to IP68, and runs Android 9.It’s a tempting device, certainly, though Sony’s SIM-free and unlocked pricing might make you wince. When the Xperia 1 goes up for pre-order on June 28, it’ll cost a hefty $949.99. Sony does, at least, have something to assuage your guilt at splashing out almost a grand on a new tech toy. Anybody buying the Xperia 1 before it hits shelves on July 12 will get a set of the company’s WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones. They’re not only usually $350, but also come highly recommended. If you were already considering the headphones, it means the phone works out to around $600 instead. That’s far easier to stomach, frankly. We’ll have a full review of the Xperia 1 up soon to tell you whether or not the deal makes sense. It’s a 4K OLED panel, but the long and narrow shape is down to Sony adopting a 21:9 CinemaWide aspect ratio. The goal is to bring some of Sony’s TV know-how to he phone, and so there’s also Dolby Atmos audio as well. The screen, though, isn’t the only interesting feature. On the back there’s a triple camera array, combining three 12-megapixel cameras. That supports Sony Eye AF, borrowed from the company’s standalone cameras, for up to 10 fps burst shooting with autofocus. Sony has confirmed US launch details for what could well be the company’s most eagerly-anticipated smartphone in recent years, the Xperia 1, and it’s sweetening the deal with a set of its flagship WH-1000XM3 headphones. Revealed at Mobile World Congress back in February, the Xperia 1 stands out first for the unusual shape of its 6.5-inch display.
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 element of the ruling that allows states to “opt out” of the health law’s Medicaid expansion without losing current program funding immediately changed state-level implementation dynamics.Kaiser Health News: Ruling Puts Pressure On States To ActThe Supreme Court has given states a way out of expanding the Medicaid program under the health law, but governors will be under strong pressure to take the federal money that would pay for coverage for millions of low-income people (Galewitz and Werber Serafini, 6/28). The Wall Street Journal: Medicaid Decision Looms For StatesThe Supreme Court’s decision to let states opt out of the health overhaul’s Medicaid expansion without losing current funding for the program lifts a budget mandate from states but could mean fewer Americans gain insurance coverage under the law (Burton, Radnofsky and Dooren, 6/28).NPR: High Court Health Care Ruling Shifts Action To StatesThe Supreme Court’s decision to uphold nearly all of the Affordable Care Act may move the debate to presidential campaign trail. But it shifts much of the burden of implementing the law to the states.States are actually responsible for the lion’s share of getting people without insurance covered under the health law (Rovner, 6/29). Los Angeles Times: Court’s Decision Could Widen Medicaid GapThe Supreme Court did not dismantle that guarantee Thursday. But while upholding the Affordable Care Act, the court opened the door to something the president and other champions of the law sought to avoid — widening disparities between red and blue states in who gets healthcare. Under the court’s ruling, states will be free to elect not to cover all of their poor residents through their Medicaid programs (Levey, 6/29).The New York Times: Uncertainty Over States And Medicaid ExpansionThe Supreme Court said on Thursday that a huge expansion of Medicaid envisioned in the 2010 health care law was an option, not a mandate, for states. Experts disagreed on whether states would take the option, one of the most important questions created by the court’s decision (6/28).The New York Times: States Face A Challenge To Meet Health Law’s DeadlineThe Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act shifts the focus from whether sweeping changes to the health insurance market should take place to a scramble to meet the law’s rapidly approaching deadlines (Sack and Abelson, 6/28).Bloomberg: States Confront Tough Choice on Medicaid Funds After RulingThe U.S. Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul forces Republicans in states that opposed the measure to make a difficult choice. …”There’s probably a small group, at least initially, who won’t do it,” said Ray Scheppach, the former executive director of the National Governors Association who is now a professor of public policy at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “It’s part political. It’s part fiscal. There’s pressure on them both ways” (Selway and Wayne, 6/28).Modern Healthcare: Public Hospitals Wary Of Ruling On MedicaidIf states are not going to be required to expand Medicaid, that would hurt safety net providers, which as part of the ACA are going to see reduced payments from the disproportionate-share hospital program, Siegel said. The expansion of Medicaid would have presumably removed the need for the DSH program, but now that trade-off is put into question, he said. The [National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems] wants Congress to avert what it says would be a potentially disastrous outcome for vulnerable populations by immediately re-evaluating safety net funding in light of the decision, according to a news release (Barr, 6/28).The Fiscal Times: Will States Opt Out Of Medicaid Expansion?Now states are facing another crossroads in the evolution of the program, assuming the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, politically survives beyond the fall elections. The Supreme Court on Thursday reaffirmed the right of states to reject expanding Medicaid to cover poor-but-working adults and prohibited the federal government from withdrawing support for other parts of the program to penalize non-participation. Some states are already planning to ignore the coverage expansion offer when it goes into effect in 2014 (Goozner, 6/28).CQ HealthBeat: States With Largest Uninsured Populations May Be More Likely To Opt Out Of MedicaidAny states that choose to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling and opt out of the health care law’s Medicaid expansion are likely to be those with a larger population of uninsured and poor people, experts said. But doing so would mean refusing huge sums of federal money, which could be difficult for most states to do (Reichard, 6/28).Stateline: Court Lets States Opt Of Medicaid ExpansionBut in declaring the health law constitutional, the justices also limited the federal government’s power to compel states to expand their Medicaid programs. That is likely to change the course of the law’s implementation in much of the country…The court ruled that if a state chooses not to participate in the Medicaid expansion, the federal government can withdraw only funds specifically targeted to the expansion. It cannot take away existing Medicaid funds (Vestal, 6/28). Medicaid Piece Of High Court Decision Creates Questions For States