JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major Launch

first_imgIt’s been a good year so far for popular form-building software, JotForm. On the heels of releasing JotForm Mobile Forms, a powerful tool that enables remote data collection, the company just reached its 5 millionth user.JotForm reached 4 million users in September 2018, which means the 13-year-old company added its most recent million users at a considerably faster rate than previous milestones.“We believe that incremental improvements to our product, investing in customer research, and being adaptable will ultimately lead to sustained growth. We’ve proven that’s the case,” said Aytekin Tank, founder and CEO of JotForm. “What most people don’t realize is that we’re doing this as a bootstrapped company. All of our primary competitors received funding a long time ago, but we’ve excelled by forging our own path.”Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public OfferingAfter the first two quarters, 2019 is shaping to be JotForm’s best year yet.2019 JotForm highlights so far includeNew integrations with Airtable, HubSpot CRM, Google Calendar, and PayPal InvoicingThe release of JotForm Mobile Forms, which makes the full power of JotForm accessible on any device, anywhereRevenue growth that’s on pace to exceed the company’s recent rate of 50 percent year over yearThe release of JotForm Inbox, a vastly superior way for users to view, organize, and manage form submissionsHeadcount that now exceeds 150 employees in three global officesNearly 900-percent growth in its enterprise-level product“JotForm today doesn’t resemble the JotForm I founded in 2006. But I couldn’t be happier how our platform is helping so many other organizations,” Tank said. “It’s really humbling to reach our 5 millionth user.”Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand AwarenessThe company’s drag-and-drop form builder powers online forms for organizations all over the world, including small businesses, major universities, NGOs, Fortune 500 corporations, and government agencies. With JotForm Mobile Forms, the company expects significant growth in industries comprised of field workers, like the oil and gas, construction, and home inspection industries.This year JotForm introduced a number of new customer stories, including how Doist, another popular productivity software, and Skate Like a Girl, a famous nonprofit and summer camp, are leveraging JotForm to improve the flow of important information.Marketing Technology News: Nordic XR-company Bublar Group Acquires Finnish Augmented Reality Pioneer Sayduck JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major Launch MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 7:07 pmJuly 11, 2019 Aytekin TankcrmJotFormNews Previous ArticleWix and FaZe Clan Launch Global PartnershipNext ArticleBeanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven Insightslast_img read more

The Pataudis in One Picture Will Make You Miss Your Family

first_img Akshay KumarCoolie No 1diljit dosanjhGood News First Published: May 29, 2019, 2:09 PM IST As soon as the image surfaced on social media, loving messages started flooding Soha’s comments feed. One user wrote, “Beautiful Family…..stay blessed (sic),” while another one said, “BLESS Y’ALL (sic),” accompanying it with heart shaped emoticons.On the work front, Sara will be seen alongside Varun Dhawan in Coolie No 1 remake, to be directed by David Dhawan. Kareena will feature in Good News, opposite Akshay Kumar, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani and Saif will be seen in Laal Kaptaan and Netflix’s hit crime-drama series Sacred Games season 2.All aforementioned projects will be releasing as per announced dates in 2019 and 2020.Follow @News18Movies for more It’s a rare moment when in the world of increasing distances and reduced attention span, fueled by the digital age, the entire family gets together and spends fun times. In a recent picture shared by Soha Ali Khan on her Instagram account, we can see the Pataudi clan gathered in one adorable family picture. The image shared by Soha has Saif, Kareena Kapoor, their mother Sharmila Tagore, Saif’s kids Ibrahim and Sara and the little one Taimur, all smiles for the world to witness. If anything, this picture sets the ultimate family and relationship goals and the still will remain in the memory for ages. The image is from their family house and they all seem to be posing inside the living room. Considering its the holy month of Ramadan, the picture must have been for a special feast gathering. Sharing the picture on social media, Soha captioned the post, “Like the branches of a tree ❤️ #family #familygoals #missingafew @saraalikhan95 (sic).”last_img read more

Nobody Did the Foolishness of Note Ban Gabbar Singh Tax in Last

first_img amethiBJPcongressgabbar singh tax First Published: April 27, 2019, 3:43 PM IST | Edited by: Anu Parthiban Rae Bareli: Launching a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said nobody did something as foolish as demonetization and Gabbar Singh Tax in the last 70 year.Addressing an election rally in Rae Bareli, Gandhi said, “In the past 70 years, the foolishness of demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax (Gandhi’s coinage for the Goods and Services Tax or GST) was not done by anyone.” Rae Bareli is from where UPA chairperson and his mother Sonia Gandhi is seeking reelection to the Lok Sabha election.His remarks come against the backdrop of repeated attacks by the prime minister on the Congress, holding it responsible for all ills since the country got Independence.”Chowkidar (watchman) has done ‘chori’ (theft) of factories and employment of people of Raebareli and Amethi (the Lok Sabha seat represented by the Congress chief),” he said.Rahul Gandhi also accused Modi of not wanting to fill 22 lakh vacant posts in the government.The Congress president asked the gathering, “Where is Anil Ambani, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi – in jail or outside?”Charging the prime minister of taking away money from “our pocket, your pocket”, he promised that the Congress will ensure that the people get back their money. last_img read more

Delhi Govt to Deduct Casual Leave of Officials Coming Late to Office

first_imgNew Delhi: Cracking the whip on latecomers, the Delhi government’s Labour Department has warned against deduction of casual leave of its officials, besides initiation of disciplinary proceedings.In a circular, the department said 10 minutes of grace period is allowed for coming late or going early in special circumstances beyond one’s control. “Though up to two such coming late/going early in a month can be condoned on valid grounds, each coming late or going early is liable to result in deduction of half-day CL and initiation of disciplinary proceedings for habitual latecomers…from the prescribed office hours,” the statement stated.It stated that all branch and district heads will observe and ensure punctuality and they will also keep up-to-date CL account of officials working under them and check any overtaking of leave beyond the permissible limit.”All the branch/district incharges will ensure that the total staff working under them is making attendance in the attendance register and also in bio-metric system,” the statement stated. aaparvind kejriwaldelhigovernment First Published: April 30, 2019, 10:43 PM ISTlast_img read more

ExMiss India Ushoshi Sengupta Narrates Tale of Abuse in Kolkata Says Cops

first_imgKolkata: Former Miss India Universe Ushoshi Sengupta was harassed and abused by a group of youths while travelling back home from work late on Monday night in the heart of the state capital. After a harrowing few hours, alleged police inaction and a viral social media post, seven men have been arrested so far. The incident took place at around 11.30pm when some men on a two-wheeler hit the cab in which Sengupta and her friend were travelling near the busy Exide Crossing. Within moments, about 15 men appeared at the scene and started banging on the car windows. They dragged the driver out of the cab and roughed him up. Sengupta then started recording the incident on her mobile phone wherein the youths can be seen boasting that they don’t have their helmets.When the youths started beating up the driver, Sengupta and her friend screamed for help. She approached an officer of Maidan Police Station for help, but he told her that the area of crime did not fall under his jurisdiction and hence, he was helpless.Sengupta, who later narrated her ordeal in Facebook, wrote “This is when I broke down I begged them to come or else the boys would have killed the driver. The officers came and held the boys saying why are they creating nuisance. The boys pushed the police officers and ran away. After everything was over two officers from Bhawanipore police station came, by then it was 12 AM. I requested the driver to drop me and my colleague home and decided to take it up with the police station tomorrow morning. “To my utter surprise the boys followed us till my colleagues house and right when we were dropping him near Lake Gardens government housing 6 of the boys in 3 bikes came and stopped my car, threw stones, broke the car. (They) Dragged me out and tried to break my phone to delete the video. My colleague jumped out of fear and I was completely shaken. I came out started shouting by now the locals had come out.” When she went to the Charu Market Police Station to file a report, she was told that she could do the same only at Bhawanipore Police Station where the incident had taken place. “At this point I gave up and started shouting. 1:30 am. No female police officer at the station. After raising a lot of questions the officer took my complaint but refused to take the uber drivers complain stating that 2 FIR’s can’t be taken for the same complain. And he told me that it’s against the law. My Uber driver insisted that he wants to do (file) the complaint but the officers didn’t take it. I am attaching the video of the mob and the picture of the broken car,” she wrote.Sengupta’s post has gone viral and has been shared over 6,500 times at the time of filing this report.Soon after, the Kolkata Police wrote on Twitter, “We have taken this incident very seriously and seven persons have been arrested so far. On the order of the Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, an inquiry regarding the non-registration of F.I.R. has been initiated into this incident, at a very senior level. (sic)”Sengupta told News18, “I am finding it difficult to believe that it is my Kolkata. How come youths without helmets are roaming fearlessly in Kolkata and teasing people? You can see in my video how all of them were laughing. They were misbehaving, manhandling and tried to snatch my bag. It happened in the heart of the city. It’s shocking. I am thankful to Kolkata Commissioner of Police who called me after getting to know about the incident and I heard that all of them were arrested.”Seven of the youths arrested were identified as Rohit, Fardin Khan, Sabir Ali, Gani, Imran Ali, Wasim and Atif Khan.“I left other cities and chose Kolkata for my career, but I can’t believe that my city has become like this,” the former Miss India said. Sengupta had won the title of ‘I Am She – Miss Universe India’ and represented her country in Miss Universe 2010 held at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. harassmentKolkataKolkata policemanhandling First Published: June 19, 2019, 10:00 AM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswamilast_img read more

Mumbai Court to Give Verdict in Sensational Scarlett Rapemurder Case on Wednesday

first_imgPanaji: The Bombay High Court will pronounce on Wednesday its verdict in the death and rape case of British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling, an incident that grabbed headlines worldwide over a decade ago.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has charged two men, Samsung D’Souza and Placido Carvalho, with death and rape of the girl, who was then 15-year-old, when she was holidaying in Goa along with her family. Scarlett’s bruised semi-nude body was found at the Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008.Advocate Vikram Varma, representing Fiona Mackeown, the deceased’s mother, Tuesday said the Goa division bench of the Bombay High Court is scheduled to pronounce final verdict on Wednesday.Varma said the matter was heard by the division bench comprising justices RD Dhanuka and Prithviraj Chavan. The CBI was represented by senior counsel Ejaz Khan.”Senior Counsel Ejaz Khan as well as my team have laboured day and night to bring out the truth. We have absolute faith in the High Court and hope that justice would be served,” Varma said.The Goa Children’s Court had acquitted both the accused in the case in September, 2016 after which the CBI challenged the order in the High Court in February 2017. Bombay High CourtcbiCentral Bureau of Investigationcrime First Published: July 16, 2019, 6:47 PM ISTlast_img read more

SP BSP Gear Up for Bypolls in 12 Assembly Seats in UP

first_img akhilesh yadavBahujan samaj partyBSPLok Sabha election 2019 First Published: July 4, 2019, 3:36 PM IST Lucknow: The upcoming by-polls in Uttar Pradesh this year hold strategic importance for both the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as both will compete to establish themselves as the main Opposition in the state.The two rival parties, which came together to take on the Narendra Modi wave during the 2019 general elections, will be contesting for the Muslim vote bank in the by-elections to 12 UP constituencies. The political landscape of Uttar Pradesh has been defined by the parties over the last two decades. Both have, at some point, enjoyed power at the state level. During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the two adversaries formed an unlikely alliance, which was called off due to debate over transfer of vote share. The BSP shot up to 15 seats in the Parliament from zero, while the SP still only had five. The Samajwadi Party claimed that the BSP could win 15 seats owing to its alliance with the SP, while the BSP flaunted that it was stronger of the two.The upcoming by-poll contest may help one party stake claim to being superior.The BSP believes that it can rise to power again by uniting Muslim and Dalit votes under its umbrella, with the BSP chief Mayawati exhorting voters from both groups to come together and ensure that the party wins more seats like it did during the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The BSP has also sent a message to Muslim voters that its adversary, the SP, has lost its core vote bank, and it was only the Muslim and Dalit votes it received that ensured the mere five seats it could win, of which, three went to Muslim candidates.Ratan Mani Lal, senior journalist and political analyst, believes that SP leader Akhilesh Yadav should comment on Mayawati’s claim that his party has failed to retain Muslim and Dalit votes, as it may be detrimental to the SP’s prospects. Yadav has already failed to make any fruitful alliances in the past, first by siding with the Congress in the 2017 assembly polls, then with the BSP in the 2019 general elections. “In such a scenario, Akhilesh should revert to the allegations by the BSP and try to retain his vote bank by giving out a message. Else, the BSP might succeed in getting Muslim voters to its side in the upcoming polls and will prove fatal to the existence of the Samajwadi Party,” Lal said.In the 2014 general elections, the SP managed to bag five seats, thereby establishing itself as the main opposition in UP. During the 2012 to 2017 term, the Samajwadi Party also ruled the state. In the 2017 UP Assembly elections, SP got 47 seats and the BSP was reduced to 19 seats.last_img read more

Political Prostitution Cant Talk About it Goa Congress MLA Over Recent Mass

first_imgPanaji: Senior Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco Friday called the switch over of his party MLAs to the ruling BJP as “political prostitution”.Led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, 10 of the 15 Congress MLAs in Goa joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday. Lourenco is among the five MLAs left in the Congress, which had emerged as the single largest party after the 2017 assembly polls.”What has happened this time is political prostitution. We cannot talk about it,” he told reporters in Margao after meeting Goa Forward Party (GFP) president and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai.He said his meeting with Sardesai was “casual”.Sardesai and two other ministers from his party may be dropped from the state cabinet to accommodate rebel Congress MLAs who have joined the BJP, sources said.”Everyone meets a person when he is in power. I am meeting him when he is not,” Lourenco said, referring to speculation about the fate of Sardesai and the two other GFP legislators who are presently members of the cabinet.After the merger of the breakaway Congress MLAs, the BJP’s strength in the 40-member assembly has gone up to 27.Sources said four new ministers would be sworn-in Saturday. BJPcongressdefectionGFP First Published: July 12, 2019, 5:00 PM ISTlast_img read more

Toyotas futuristic golf cart will transport people around at the 2020 Olympics

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Next Previous Toyota is helping the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games ensure the event goes as smoothly as possible by developing a futuristic golf cart-like vehicle called the Accessible People Mover (APM). It wasn’t designed exclusively for golfers, though. Styled like a prop in Avatar, the APM will provide attendees a zero-emissions mode of transportation in which to move around Tokyo during the event.Toyota designed the APM with an eye on function, not form, so design took a back seat to practicality. The end result is a lunchbox-shaped vehicle that looks like a city bus that shrunk in the dryer. The driver sits front and center, and looks at the road ahead through a huge panoramic windshield. The passengers sit a little bit lower, and they have an unobstructed view of the outside world because the APM’s sides are fully open.Toyota plans to build 200 units of the APM in two versions. The first and most basic one is a people-hauler with space for a driver and up to five passengers on two rows of seats, or for a driver, a wheelchair rider, and up to two passengers. This is the model that will transport staff, athletes, and visitors between the different venues. The second version is essentially a low-speed ambulance. Its cabin is configured to carry a driver, a stretcher, and two paramedics. This is the model that will hopefully not see service on a regular basis.Move beyond the interior, and both APMs are identical. Fully electric, the model has a top speed of about 11 mph, and a range of 62 miles. It can drive flat-out for about five and a half hours. It’s about as long as a Honda Fit, yet it’s taller than the average Ford F-150.What will happen to the APMs after the Tokyo Olympics remains a mystery. They might be sold to private users, or they might end up in the hands of local governments across Japan. For all we know, they could receive a Supra-sourced six-cylinder engine and join a one-model racing series held on the Fuji Speedway. What’s certain is that the APM won’t join the Prius, the Tacoma, and the Corolla Hatchback in Toyota’s American showrooms.center_img 1 of 4 Hyundai’s new entry-level Venue crossover targets used car buyers Motion-sensing shrubs and robo-Venus flytraps: Inside the world of Cyborg Botany 2019 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback review The best minivans for 2019 Subaru and Mazda join Toyota’s self-driving car development venturelast_img read more

The iPhone X has the best smartphone display around

first_imgDisplayMate has been putting the panel through its paces, and for several reasons it’s coming out top of their chart. While you might assume it’s just a matter of resolution, brightness, and color accuracy, the furore around the Pixel 2 has demonstrated that there’s more to a good screen than those three facts. Indeed, elements like off-angle viewing and temperature are key. The bottom line is that DisplayMate calls the screen “the most innovative and high performance” on a smartphone that it has tested. On the one hand, that’s down to Samsung Display’s manufacturing. However, this is no off-the-shelf panel, for a number of reasons.Brightness, for instance, isn’t created equal across OLED panels. The iPhone X comes in at 634 nits, with a peak 726 nits on the home screen and, for small areas of the panel, an even higher 809 nits. In contrast, the Galaxy Note 8 can light small sections of its screen up to a significantly higher 1,240 notes, but the overall brightness of the panel as a whole is at most 560 nits.Apple and Samsung Display have used a diamond layout for the OLED screen’s sub-pixels on the iPhone X. “On the iPhone X the resulting Sub-Pixel fill factor is much higher than other OLEDs,” DisplayMate says, “which is a key factor in providing the much higher full Screen Peak Luminance of over 625 nits.” It also reduces aliasing and artifacts, which some have criticized about other OLED phones. “The iPhone X is the most innovative and high performance Smartphone display that we have ever tested,” DisplayMate concludes. “First we need to congratulate Samsung Display for developing and manufacturing the outstanding OLED display hardware in the iPhone X. But what makes the iPhone X the Best Smartphone Display is the impressive Precision Display Calibration that Apple developed that transforms the OLED hardware into a superbly accurate, high performance, and gorgeous display!!”It’s not come easy for Apple, mind. Issues getting the OLED panel right reportedly plagued the iPhone X’s early weeks in production, as low yields of the screen plus the high demands the company placed on its suppliers led to fears of a bottleneck. That, if the sooner-than-expected delivery estimates and in-store stock are anything to go by, failed to pan out. Now, the expectation is that Apple will shift further to OLED in 2018, potentially moving the handsets that replace the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to the screen technology away from their current LCD.For more on the iPhone X overall, check out our full review. With all the attention on OLED screens lately, all eyes – no pun intended – have been on the iPhone X’s first use of the technology. While the early feedback from reviewers has been glowing, it’s now time for the panel experts to weigh in, and if you’re Apple the news is good. Turns out, Samsung Display has made the iPhone X a very good screen. Story TimelineApple warns of iPhone X OLED burn-inI love this iPhone X Face ID feature – but it could be betteriPhone X keyboard gap: There’s a reason for thatlast_img read more

The next iPhone may come sooner than expected

first_imgThe iPhone X Plus or the iPhone SE 2, both seem to be part of Apple’s plans for 2018. But today’s tips suggest that the smaller of these two units will be coming sooner than the larger. The iPhone SE 2, a device we’ve been waiting since basically right after the iPhone SE was released – it is probably well on its way, and it’s more than likely going to continue to look utterly classic. This next-gen iPhone SE 2 likely has a set of specifications that’ll make it remain a player in the mid-tier smartphone game. Apple’s otherwise higher-end collection of smartphones are both larger and more expensive. iPhone SE is like a moment frozen in time – and an iPhone SE 2 would take a small leap into the future.Word from several anonymous tipsters is that the iPhone SE 2, or just iPhone SE (2018) is scheduled for May of 2018. This echoes word from Macotakara where they’ve interviewed several casemakers exhibiting at this year’s Global Sources Mobile Electronics show. This next iPhone SE will have all the abilities of its predecessor, save one.This next-gen iPhone SE will axe the headphone jack. That shouldn’t come as any major surprise, given the rest of Apple’s iPhone lineup, but there it is. This new iPhone SE will have LTE, Wi-Fi calling, Bluetooth 5.0, iOS 11, Apple Pay access, Touch ID, and NFC, as it did in the first model. A new A10 Fusion processor will likely appear onboard, as well as a single-lens camera.AdChoices广告Above and below are renderings of the tipped iPhone SE 2 and iPhone X Plus, both from creator Martin Hajek.While there’s still a possibility Apple could move to a 2-lens setup, case-making sources suggest otherwise. They suggest that most cases from the iPhone SE will fit the iPhone SE 2. Slight changes might require some adjustments – in axing the headphone jack, for example – but for the most part it’ll be the same size situation.It’s unlikely the iPhone SE 2 will have any built-in wireless charging abilities. The iPhone SE 2 will quite likely replace the iPhone SE entirely upon release, and leftover parts from the iPhone SE could potentially be deconstructed by a robot and re-used to forge new iPhone SE units or provide replacement parts for Apple service seekers.The iPhone SE 2 will quite likely also replace the iPhone 7 in Apple’s in-store lineup. If not in its entirety, then spiritually. If it works like an iPhone 7 and has the same processor as an iPhone 7, is it an iPhone 7? Story TimelineiPhone SE 2: Don’t hold your breathiPhone SE 2 tipped to give beloved design a 2018 updateiPhone SE 2 wireless charging unlikely says contrary analystlast_img read more

NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is the AI brain of Roborace autonomous race

first_imgThe autonomous race cars set to compete in the Roborace Championship will have NVIDIA’s Drive PX 2 as their artificial intelligence brains, the company has announced. This is the first global autonomous competition of its kind, and it’ll be pitting software against software rather than human driver against human driver. A total of ten teams will be competing, each of them having a pair of autonomous race cars running Drive PX 2. Story TimelineNVIDIA cleared of Samsung’s patent infringement suitNVIDIA SHIELD Android TV gets Marshmallow, Vulkan updateStardock tool to let you mix AMD and NVIDIA cards in one PCParaplegic gamer gets to skydive, courtesy of NVIDIA SHIELDBorderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes to NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV The ten teams competing in Roborace will have the same cars, and they’ll be competing in 60 minute races. Because the cars are all the same, it’s the software that’ll make or break the race. Says the company, “That’s why Kinetik, the London-based investment firm behind Roborace, approached NVIDIA.”The maker’s Drive PX 2 is described as being about the size of a lunchbox and capable of up to 24 trillion operations every second, powering the artificial intelligence applications each team will utilize. The small size is necessary due to the svelte, compact nature of the cars — something that itself is the result of not having to accommodate a human driver.The vehicle itself was designed by Daniel Simon, an auto designer who created the light cycles from Tron: Legacy. To give an how powerful the Drive PX 2 powering them is, NVIDIA says each one has the processing power of 150 MacBook Pros.AdChoices广告SOURCE: NVIDIAlast_img read more

Ford and Baidu pump 150m into firm giving eyes to autonomous cars

first_imgFord and Baidu have pumped $150m into Velodyne LiDAR, the sensor company specializing in the super-precise laser mapping systems many believe are vital to autonomous cars’ success. Velodyne is responsible for the “turrets” most self-driving vehicles sprout from their roofs, each containing a laser array that can build up a 3D view of the world around them in real-time. That precise mapping of the topography around the LiDAR sensor – including other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, buildings, and other aspects – then allows the autonomous vehicle to make smarter judgements than from radar or camera-based systems alone. In fact, Velodyne’s current models are capable of generating 300K to 2.2 million data points per second, the company says, with a range up to 200 meters at centimeter-level accuracy.None of that comes cheap, though, with LiDAR sensors one of the most expensive parts of any autonomous vehicle. With each potentially adding around $80k to the bill-of-materials, and at least two required per car – if not more – it effectively prices the technology out of the consumer market today.In fact, alternatives to LiDAR have already sprung up with the promise of far cheaper components and similar performance, though commercial success is still some way off. Ford renewed its commitment to Velodyne’s technology back in January, announcing that its expanding fleet of self-driving cars would use the company’s newest, even smaller solid-state model. The automaker said it was targeting first Level 4, then Level 5 autonomy.Now, with a joint investment in the sensor maker – along with Baidu, the Chinese search engine giant that is also developing its own self-driving technology – the hope is that future LiDAR sensors can be even smaller and cheaper. “The investment will allow Velodyne to rapidly expand the design and production of high performance, cost effective automotive LiDAR sensors,” Velodyne said today, “accelerating mass adoption in autonomous vehicle and ADAS applications and therefore accelerating the critical, transformative benefits they provide.”Meanwhile, as self-driving vehicles become more commonplace, Velodyne says it plans to add two “independent industry executives” to its board to help advise. It’s yet to name who those people will be.Most recently, Ford used LiDAR sensors in tandem with a much cheaper camera-vision system in an autonomous EV project that could move electric shuttles around an MIT campus in response to demand.last_img read more

2019 Volvo XC40 economy puts luxecrossover top of class

first_imgVolvo’s chunky little 2019 XC40 crossover has finally been granted its official EPA fuel economy numbers, and there’s excellent news if slim-sipping l’il luxury SUVs are your thing. Launched this year as the smallest SUV in the automaker’s lineup, the XC40 is also the first to use Volvo’s new GMA platform, which will eventually span a whole range of 40 Series cars. For the moment though, in the US at least, Volvo is keeping things simple. Initially it’ll only be offering the 2019 XC40 T5, with all-wheel drive as standard. That means a four-cylinder turbocharged gas engine, with 248 horsepower. Eventually, there’ll be a T4 version with less power, and a T6 which will combine gas and electric for hybrid drive; beyond that, Volvo is also planning an all-electric XC40 too. So, it’s the 2019 XC40 T5 AWD that the EPA has got its hands on, and what we have economy figures for today. According to those, the crossover will do 26 mpg combined, 23 mpg in the city, and 31 mpg on the highway. That works out to a $2.96 cost per 25 miles, though obviously it’ll depend on just how much you’re paying for gas. For the luxury crossover SUV segment, those are top-of-the-class numbers. BMW’s 2018 X1 xDrive 28i, for example, matches the XC40’s 31 mpg on the highway, but its 22 mpg in the city drags the combined figure back by a point, to 25 mpg. Still, it’s ahead of the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio AWD, which does 24 mpg combined, 22 mpg in the city, and 28 mpg on the highway, and the 2018 Audi Q3 Quattro, with its 23 mpg combined, 20 mpg in the city, and 28 mpg on the highway. AdChoices广告Indeed, the only car in the segment to match Volvo is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4matic. That has the same 26 mpg combined, 23 mpg city, and 31 mpg highway figures as the XC40 does. If you buy the 2019 XC40 as Volvo would prefer you did, meanwhile, those fuel costs might be all you need to open your wallet for while you have the car, too. It’s the first model to be included in the Care by Volvo package, a subscription-based system where for a set fee every month almost all your bills are included. In addition to the XC40 itself, Care by Volvo covers the insurance, servicing, and many incidental costs. All you need to worry about is fueling it up. Orders for Care by Volvo cars – as well as regular purchase and lease sales, which Volvo is still offering – have already begun. Pricing kicks off at around $25k, or from $600 per month for a subscription car. Story TimelineMeet the Volvo XC40, the compact luxury SUV that hasn’t forgotten safetyCare by Volvo priced for 2019 XC40 car subscriptions2019 Volvo XC40 Reviewcenter_img 2018 Volvo XC40 Gallerylast_img read more

Galaxy Note 10 could have more controversial design features

first_imgGranted, they may not be as terrible as they may sound. One of those has already been alluded to in an unofficial design concept. Now, prolific leakster Ice universe is hinting that it could actually be correct. According to him, the Galaxy Note 10’s hole will be a small one, right in the middle of the phone’s forehead. Whether you like curved display or not, it’s still the flagship phone logo, especially in the second half of the year, you’ll see a very superb curved design, a more aggressive curved display than Note7 will appear, and more than one brand will do so.😎— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) April 30, 2019 Notches, more formally cutouts, are a rather divisive feature. Some hate them with a passion while others seem to forget they’re even there after some time. Samsung took it up a notch, pun totally intended, when it introduced punch-hole cutouts, a.k.a. the Infinity-O display, on its Galaxy S10 flagships. It seems that the company isn’t done playing around with that idea and will give the Galaxy Note 10 some design elements that people might talk about for a while. Da Vinci is symmetrical— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) April 25, 2019 Story TimelineGalaxy Note 10 could dazzle with a understated holeWhy the best Galaxy Note 10 experience won’t reach VerizonGalaxy Note 10 may have confusing specs for hardcore users In addition to having two models, it sounds like Samsung will be mixing things up a bit with the Galaxy Note 10 later this year. Although the phone remains a strong brand, the company may see it as stagnating and in dire need of something new and exciting. But as its Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S10 5G phones show, new and exciting isn’t always a good thing. On the one hand, Samsung may be attempting to reduce the attention that the punch-hole is getting by making it smaller. On the other hand, putting it in the middle might only make it even more obnoxious. There is, however, one practical side effect of a single, smaller hole. There won’t be enough room for a good camera and an additional sensor for things like secure facial recognition or bokehs.Ice universe also suggests that the Galaxy Note 10 will have a “more aggressive curved display”. It’s not like anyone expects the phone to be suddenly flat this year. How that will impact the phone’s usability as far as writing or drawing is concerned is still unknown. Then again, Samsung has been rumored to be considering ditching its iconic S Pen anyway.last_img read more

A guide to protecting your child on the internet

first_imgWriter James Bridle spoke on TED Talks about how algorithmic suggestions on YouTube can take one from an innocent video made for children to one of explicit video – clearly made by people who “shouldn’t be anywhere near children.” On the screen behind him are YouTube thumbnails of violent, explicit and haunting parodies of children’s characters like the Teletubbies and Marvel superheroes. Instead of television channels, many kids today stream their video content on YouTube or Netflix. Being able to select the specific episode and show you want gives parents and children more flexibility. But there’s a dark side to this convenience – the proximity of explicit content. Even on Netflix, curious children are just a step away from switching over from their children’s account to the adult one, gaining access to countless of sexy thumbnails and shows made for grownups.The internet has always been a dangerous moral landscape to navigate, and more so for children in their formative years. And sadly, just like the outside world, there’s little we can do to stop others from doing inappropriate things online.It’s vital therefore, to create an environment at home where kids are protected from harmful content, and more importantly are educated to know how to respond to it.Surf publicly, not in their roomsKids today get all sorts of portable luxuries like iPads and spare phones to watch shows and play games with. The problem is when they take these to their bedrooms, making it difficult to know what they’re watching. One practical step to check on what your kids are watching is to make sure they watch their shows in a common area.It’s a good idea to keep the portable devices away from the kids, especially when they are young. Instead, make a little sacrifice and let them use the telly instead. While you may be bombarded with repetitive clips of Peppa Pig calling for Susie over and over, at least you know what goes into their heads.Install an Anti-VirusYour kids may have learnt what images and thumbnails to avoid, but it takes a lot of familiarity to recognized dodgy links that may contain viruses and malware.Most computers already have one built-in, but you may want software with more sophisticated tweaking and diagnoses like Norton AntiVirus or Bitdefender. This could prevent a lot of loss especially if your family shares a computer. Turn on restrictions on search engineMost of the popular internet browsers today like Google Chrome and Safari have the option of setting up content filters and security safeguards – so take advantage of them. These can filter explicit content like violence and nudity, making things generally safer. Alternatively, you can introduce your kids to the internet with browsers made just for kids such as KidSplorer browser.Teach them how to protect their privacyKeeping our passwords a secret and not surrendering them to scammers online may be obvious to us, but it is something that needs to be taught.Education online goes beyond security, but also how kids conduct themselves online and the content they post. This could be content like inappropriate selfies, rants they’ll regret later and irresponsible commenting. Set up rulesLet your children know which sites they are allowed to visit and other websites that are similar. As they get a little older, ask them what other kinds of sites they are interested in visiting and expand the list. There is also no point hiding the reason for many of these rules – to avoid violent and harmful content from reaching your kids. So, tell them about what these are and make it a rule not to go looking for them. Set time limits for how long the kids can spend surfing the net and watching videos too. You’ll be surprised at how many children use their tablets all day long. Establish accountabilityPrepping the computer and teaching your kids are merely precautionary measures. Mistakes are bound to happen, and dangerous content will inevitably slip through the cracks.While easier said than done, it’s important to build a culture of accountability between parents and young children. Encourage your children to let you know when they see something that didn’t quite look like a kids cartoon. You’ll want to know the harmful things that they encounter and talk about it. Use tech to build a stronger relationship with your kidsChildren may resist, defy your rules out of curiosity and even turn off the filters, but these moments present a good opportunity to discuss and build values with your kids. Be ready to talk through these issues with your kids: Why did you set up these rules in the first place? Why is explicit content and violence a problem? What would happen if we didn’t have these rules in the household?Discussing these sensitive issues with the kids helps them know we take it seriously, and we believe they are mature enough to understand, making them feel important.It’s a journey after all, and moments like these can help the relationship grow stronger, which is the foundation of good internet behavior.last_img read more

Skype screen sharing officially lands on mobile along with cleaner UI

first_imgWith the proliferation of video chat services, the former king Skype has almost completely lost its share of the pie. It has recently attempted to appeal to a broader range of users with hip and trendy features. That continues with the latest features coming today to Android and iOS users that is reinforcing the image of Skype as a tool isn’t just for serious business but for group online shopping as well. Skype started out more as a collaboration tool for work but with the more rivals in the market, it needed to diversify and introduce features to appeal to more casual and more social users. Even the new features it’s introducing are being painted in a less business-oriented way.You’d probably think of screen-sharing as something for remotely troubleshooting computers and programs or collaborating on a presentation. That’s definitely true especially for Skype on desktops. But for mobile, Skype is presenting an interesting use case of shopping online with a friend.That’s not the only new thing coming to Skype on mobile either. A revamped mobile calling interface puts an even bigger focus on faces. A single tap does away with the call controls and a double tap removes even more.While Skype remains a major player in the video chat market, especially with Microsoft’s backing and integration with its other products. It’s becoming a rather crowded market though, especially with collaboration services that offer their own integrated video calling features and Skype might need to do more to make up for lost time.last_img read more

First Edition November 1 2013

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: November 1, 2013 Today’s headlines include information from the inside about what happened on day one of the health law’s online insurance marketplace roll out, as well as details about how nervous some Democrats are getting about how the overhaul is shaping up.  Kaiser Health News: As Robot-Assisted Surgery Expands, Are Patients And Providers Getting Enough Information?Kaiser Health News staff writer Marissa Evans reports: “The use of robotic surgical systems is expanding rapidly, but hospitals, patients and regulators may not be getting enough information to determine whether the high tech approach is worth its cost. Problems resulting from surgery using robotic equipment—including deaths—have been reported late, inaccurately or not at all to the Food and Drug Administration, according to one study” (Evans, 11/1). Read the story. Kaiser Health News: A Reader Asks: If My Son Gets Insurance From The Indian Health Service, Is He Fulfilling His Health Law Requirements?Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers this reader’s question (11/1). Read her response.Kaiser Health News: Why State Exchange Sites Worked While The Federal Site FalteredThe Seattle Times’ Patrick Marshall, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reports: “When President Obama addressed massive problems with the federal health-insurance exchange website last week, he couldn’t cite any actual enrollments in health plans offered through the site. At the same time, several states running their own exchanges have exceeded federal-enrollment targets, including California, Connecticut, Kentucky, New York, Rhode Island and Washington. As of Oct. 28, Washington’s online site — the Washington Healthplanfinder — had enrolled 48,995 people” (Marshall, 10/32). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Florida Insurer Says It Didn’t Drop Customers, Just Insurance PlansThe Miami Herald’s Daniel Chang, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reports: “This month, Florida Blue, the state’s largest and oldest health insurer, notified 300,000 members that when their plans expire in 2014 they must enroll in new plans that comply with requirements of the ACA that insurers offer coverage to everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions, and that plans cover 10 ‘essential health benefits’’ such as hospitalization, prescription drugs and maternity care” (Chang, 10/31). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Troubles Don’t Change Public’s View Of Health Law, Poll FindsNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Jordan Rau reports: “The public has a dim view of how the government has rolled out the health care law so far, but those stumbles have not changed people’s overall opinions of the law itself, a new poll finds. The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 48 percent of people think the federal government has done a poor job of implementing the law, and another 32 percent give the government an ‘only fair’ review. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) Only 14 percent gave the federal government good or excellent reviews for the rollout of the law.  The public was slightly less critical about state government management of the law, but even there, 63 percent said their state had done either a poor or ‘only fair’ job” (Rau, 11/1). Check out what else is on the blog.The New York Times: Troubled Start for Health Law Has Democrats Feeling AnxiousAlready under fierce attack from Republicans over the new health care law, President Obama now faces broad and mounting Democratic concerns that the troubled start of the insurance program will cut into the political benefit the party received from the government shutdown and cost Democratic candidates in next year’s midterm elections (Weisman, 10/31).Politico: Senate Dems Vent To W.H. On ObamacareAnxious Senate Democrats gave senior White House officials an earful over the bungled rollout of the health care law, pushing the Obama administration to rectify problems that have become a political liability for their party. At a private lunch briefing Thursday in the Capitol, senior administration officials heard concerns over the law’s new website, frustration about the cancellation of some insurance policies and fears that the White House’s poor messaging failed to convey how Obamacare will actually work. While the mood was cordial, senators said, the questions were pointed and the anxiety was palpable (Raju, Everett and Haberkorn, 10/31).The Washington Post: In First Month, The Vast Majority Of Obamacare Sign-Ups Are In MedicaidThe first month of the new health law’s rollout reveals an unexpected pattern in several states: a crush of people applying for an expansion of Medicaid and a trickle of sign-ups for private insurance. This early imbalance — in some places, nine out of 10 enrollees are in Medicaid — has taken some experts by surprise. The Affordable Care Act, which expanded Medicaid to cover millions of the poorest Americans who couldn’t otherwise afford coverage, envisions a more even split with an expanded, robust private market (Kliff, 10/31).The Washington Post: Obamacare’s Launch Looked Even Worse From The had tallied exactly six successful enrollments by the morning of Oct. 2, new documents released by the House Oversight Committee show. By the end of Oct. 2, the health law Web site that serves 36 states had received 248 insurance enrollments (Kliff, 10/31).Politico: Six Enrolled On Health Site On Day 1Only six people enrolled in health insurance via the Obamacare exchanges on the website’s first day, newly released documents reveal. “War room notes” obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and posted by CBS News from the morning of Oct. 2, the day after the exchange site opened, show that amid ongoing problems with the site, just six people had completed enrollment as of that morning (Kopan, 11/1).The Wall Street Journal: Health-Site Flaws Put Navigators On Front LinesChristine Kaufmann and thousands of other people hired to help consumers sign up for health insurance on the new exchanges this fall knew they would be busy. But problems with the federally run website have placed these “navigators” on the front lines, facing a deluge of questions and resorting to pen-and-paper applications to enroll consumers (Martin, 10/31).Politico: Obamacare Marketing Push On HoldTeam Obamacare is sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars of essentially frozen assets — yet another consequence of the failed launch of There’s no point in an ad blitz directing people to sign up on a website that doesn’t work. And while advocacy groups say they had always planned to spend more money on the back end to boost enrollment in lagging states at the end of this year and early next year, they didn’t count on the opening month fizzle (Palmer and Allen, 10/31).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Oracle, Red Hat Join In Effort To Fix Problems Crippling Obama’s Healthcare SiteThe Obama administration has recruited engineers from several prominent technology companies to help fix the problems preventing people from signing up for government-mandated health insurance. Oracle and Red Hat are pitching in as well as Michael Dickerson, an engineer on leave from Google, according to a blog post Thursday by Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (10/31).The Wall Street Journal: Data Security Added To Worries About WebsiteConcerns about the security of personal information on the website are getting closer attention in Washington, potentially adding to the list of problems with the new federal health-insurance exchange. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), on Thursday subpoenaed information about the website from the Obama administration, including on whether the site was well-protected from hackers (Dooren and Schatz, 10/31).Los Angeles Times: IRS Eases Rules On Healthcare Flexible Spending AccountsWorkers faced with forfeiting unused money in their flexible spending accounts for healthcare expenses may be getting some relief under a new federal rule. The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service changed the use-it-or-lose-it rule for flexible spending arrangements, or FSAs, to allow account holders to carry over as much as $500 from one year to the next without penalty (Terhune, 10/31).The Wall Street Journal: Consumers Can Roll Over $500 In An FSAThe Obama administration loosened rules governing health-care savings accounts known as flexible-spending arrangements, or FSAs, allowing consumers to roll over as much as $500 in unused funds each year. The change—likely to be popular with consumers—modifies the use-it-or-lose-it rule that has governed the tax-advantaged accounts for decades (McKinnon, 10/31).NPR: Which Plans Cover Abortion? No Answers On HealthCare.govAs if the rollout of the federal health law didn’t have enough problems, abortion is back in the spotlight. How the various health plans in the exchanges would or would not pay for abortion was one of the very last issues settled before the bill was passed in 2010. Now abortion’s invisibility on the federal website has some people pretty upset (Rovner, 11/1).The Washington Post: Does Obama’s Health-Care Law Make Men Pay For Maternity Care? Breaking Down The Facts.It was one of the lighter moments in a House hearing Wednesday in which Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified about the government’s problem-ridden health insurance exchange. Rep. Renee L. Ellmers (R-N.C.) said the health-care law was forcing many Americans to pay for benefits they would never need, such as maternity coverage. “To the best of your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?” Ellmers asked. The back-and-forth focused attention on a key part of the law: Starting next year, individual plans must provide a minimum package of essential benefits — including maternity care — to everyone (10/31).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Still All Smiles: new Insured who Became Latest Faces Of Health Overhaul Defend Their ChoiceIt didn’t take long for the friendly-looking young woman whose face was splashed across to spiral from smiling stock photo to laughingstock. As it scrambles to correct problems with the website, the Obama administration is now asking people who have successfully purchased health insurance to let their pictures be used instead (11/1).The New York Times: When Insurers Drop Policies: Three StoriesEach, in a different way, represents the relatively small part of America that the Obama administration did not talk about while campaigning for the Affordable Care Act: people who have health insurance that they like, but who will be unable to keep it under the law. Now that new insurance marketplaces are opening, insurance companies are canceling millions of individual plans that fail to meet minimum standards. The dropped plans have become the political talking point of the moment — and, according to many Republicans, a symbol of the president’s flawed ambitions (Thomas and Abelson, 10/31).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Q&A: Explaining The Widespread Health-Plan CancellationsAs many as 10 million Americans are expected to have their health plans terminated by their insurers effective Jan. 1 or after. Here’s a look at who’s affected, why and options for staying covered (Needleman and Martin, 10/31).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Congress Governs Self Under ‘Obamacare,’ With Discretion, Coyness About who Is Covered And HowFor House members and senators, it’s about a section of the law that may — or may not — require lawmakers to toss some staffers off of their federal health insurance and into the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. The verdict from congressional officers is ultimately that lawmakers, as employers, have discretion over who among their staffs gets ejected, and who stays. And they don’t have to say who, how many or why (11/1).NPR: For The Young And Healthy, Health Insurance Is A Hard SellGetting young, healthy people to sign up for health insurance is seen as critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act. It’s precisely those people who will help offset the cost of the older, sicker ones. But while cheap health insurance and subsidies based on income are intended to make the program appealing to the young, what if they haven’t even heard of the health care law? Or don’t want to buy even an inexpensive policy? (Glinton, 11/31).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Houston Launches Major Effort To Roll Out Federal Health Plan Despite Political OppositionBut this is no hurricane. Instead, it is Houston’s offensive to reach more than 1 million people across 600 square miles who don’t have health insurance and connect them with the new federal health insurance program that began accepting applications this month. The push is happening in one of the nation’s reddest states, an example of the gap between the vitriolic political opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature initiative in some conservative bastions and the actual response to it by local officials (10/31).The New York Times: Conservative Group Tests New Attack On Health LawA promise President Obama may come to regret — “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” — is the centerpiece of the latest web video attacking the Affordable Care Act, released Thursday by Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group that is working to undo the health law. The video, titled “America’s Broken Promise,” features a mash-up of clips of Mr. Obama’s statements and newscasters questioning his assertion, as foreboding music plays in the background (Stolberg, 10/31).Politico: The Obamacare Sabotage CampaignThe opposition was strategic from the start: Derail President Barack Obama’s biggest ambition, and derail Obama himself. Party leaders enforced discipline, withholding any support for the new law — which passed with only Democratic votes, thus undermining its acceptance. Partisan divisions also meant that Democrats could not pass legislation smoothing out some rough language in the draft bill that passed the Senate. That left the administration forced to fill far more gaps through regulation than it otherwise would have had to do, because attempts — usually routine — to re-open the bill for small changes could have led to wholesale debate in the Senate all over again (Purdum, 11/1).The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Obama’s Claim That The Massachusetts Enrollment Experience Is Relevant To ObamacareThe president traveled to Boston this week to tout his troubled health care law, to the very spot where his erstwhile rival, former governor Mitt Romney (R), has signed into law his own universal health care law with an individual mandate. He cited the experience in Massachusetts to point out that enrollment in Massachusetts started off slowly and increased substantially just before key deadlines. The administration has not released enrollment numbers, but presumably it is preparing Americans for relatively low numbers at first (Kessler, 11/1).The New York Times: In Reversal, Court Allows Texas Law on AbortionOnly three days after a federal judge blocked a new Texas law that threatened to shut down many of the state’s abortion clinics, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, reversed the decision, saying the rule should take effect while the case is argued in the months to come (Eckholm, 10/31).NPR: Appeals Court Gives Texas OK To Enforce Abortion LawA federal appeals court has granted a Texas request to reinstate restrictions on abortion providers after a lower court blocked the state from fully implementing the new law. The stay follows a ruling by District Judge Lee Yeakel on Monday — a day before the law was to have gone into effect. It requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinics they practice in (Neuman, 10/31).Los Angeles Times: Strict Texas Abortion Law Takes EffectA federal appeals court allowed most of Texas’ new abortion restrictions to take effect immediately, lifting an injunction Thursday that had suspended much of the law. The decision came three days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin blocked restrictions that he found unconstitutional, including one that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and another that limits medication-induced abortions (Hennessy-Fiske, 10/31).USA Today: Court Reinstates Most Of Texas’ New Abortion RestrictionsA federal appeals court reinstated most of Texas’ tough new restrictions on abortions Thursday in a ruling that means as many as a dozen clinics around the state will not be able to continue performing procedures. The restrictions could take effect Friday, stopping abortion procedures in at least one-third of the state’s licensed health centers, according to opponents of the law (Welch, 10/31).Los Angeles Times: Patients Pour Into LA Sports Arena For Free Medical, Dental CareAn army of doctors, nurses, dentists and other health workers on Thursday began providing free care to a steady stream of patients at the annual Care Harbor clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Care Harbor founder Don Manelli estimated that 700 to 800 people would receive free care by the end of the day Thursday. In all, the clinic expects to serve about 4,000 Angelenos–many of whom don’t have insurance, or don’t have coverage for services like dentistry or vision care (Brown, 10/31). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.last_img read more

Viewpoints Law Is Not The Fault Of Health Systems AgeOld Woes Obamas

first_imgThe Boston Globe: Don’t Blame Obamacare For Health System’s Age-Old Woes The angst over the Obamacare rollout has obscured two truths: First, the computer glitches — while deeply embarrassing — are a tech problem that is fixable. Second, the cancellation of some Americans’ insurance policies and premium hikes for others reflect longstanding problems in the health care system that weren’t suddenly caused by the Affordable Care Act. The great advancement in Obamacare is that it finally provides a framework to address these flaws (11/5). USA Today: An Empty Pledge Comes Back To Haunt Obama It was a disingenuous promise that has come back to haunt the Obama administration. Time after time, before and after the law went into effect, President Obama and his aides have promised that people who liked their current health insurance would be able to keep it under the Affordable Care Act. … What makes the situation even worse is this was not simply some careless slip of the tongue, but rather a cold-blooded political calculation. The Wall Street Journal reports that way back when the law was being drafted, some White House policy advisers warned that this ironclad guarantee was a stretch. But, the Journal reported, they were overruled by political operatives (Rem Rieder, 11/4). The Washington Post: A Dishonest Presidency He said, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” That statement was clear, unequivocal and wrong — and Obama and his advisers knew it. The president’s defenders are twisting around for ways to explain away his 16 words (Marc A. Thiessen, 11/4). The Wall Street Journal: How Low Can They Go? To misspeak means to express oneself imperfectly or incorrectly. It implies either a careless choice of words or an unintended candor (as in a “Freudian slip”). Obama did not misspeak. As The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend, the slogan was the result of careful deliberation. Whereas “some White House policy advisers objected to the breadth of Mr. Obama’s ‘keep your plan’ promise,” “political aides” insisted upon it. The latter prevailed. In an interview with the Journal, one unidentified former official “added that in the midst of a hard-fought political debate ‘if you like your plan, you can probably keep it’ isn’t a salable point” (James Taranto, 11/4). Mother Jones: If the GOP Repeals Obamacare, 137 Million Americans Could Get Cancellation Notices The GOP has gleefully jumped on media reports about Americans having their health insurance plans nixed because of Obamacare. “Obama lied. My health plan died,” conservative blogger Michelle Malkin wrote in September, referring to President Barack Obama’s promise that people who liked their health insurance plans could keep them. But how many Americans’ health plans would receive some form of cancellation notice if GOP hard-liners got their wish and repealed Obamacare? Probably at least 150 million. Let’s do the math (Erika Eichelberger, 11/5). The New Republic: A Mixed Blessing From Obamacare To simplify things a bit, some advocates and experts believe it’s important to insulate people even from more modest medical costs. They argue that the burden of paying even a few thousand dollars a year can cause serious hardship and discourage people from getting care they really need. … Other advocates and experts believe that insurance should exist primarily for protecting people from catastrophic expenses — and that leaving people directly responsible for other costs will encourage them to be smarter consumers of medical care. … But the political debate over this issue lately has been mystifying — and occasionally maddening. Conservatives tend to be ones who oppose making coverage more generous. They are the ones who hold up catastrophic policies as the ideal. But you never hear them applauding Obamacare for making such policies available and financially attractive. On the contrary, they say Obamacare fails to encourage catastrophic-only insurance — when, in fact, the law seems to do just that (Jonathan Cohn, 11/4). The Wall Street Journal: The ObamaCare Website Failure Was Inevitable While the Obamacare website fiasco is disturbing, it is no isolated event. Dysfunctional information systems are endemic in the federal government. Officials’ incessant talk about living in a 21st-century information society that can generate “big data” to help solve our problems diverts attention from the stubborn truth: Many government agencies and programs operate in an informational stone age (Peter Schuck, 11/4). Bloomberg: The Primary Care Technician Will See You Now One obvious way to address the shortage of primary medical care in the U.S. is to train more people who can provide it. Even if this could somehow happen overnight, though, it wouldn’t necessarily solve the problem: Only 1 in 4 medical-school graduates goes into primary care (the least lucrative area of medicine), and no more than half of nurses and physician assistants do. Just as important, those who do practice general medicine are rarely drawn to work in the rural and inner-city areas where people most lack access to medical treatment (11/4). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Viewpoints: Law Is Not The Fault Of Health System’s ‘Age-Old Woes;’ Obama’s ‘Empty Pledge;’ Dysfunctional Website Was Inevitablelast_img read more