Nearly 16 of Gujarat Candidates For LS Polls Facing Criminal Cases Report

first_imgAhmedabad: As many as 58 out of total 370 candidates in the fray from all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat have various criminal cases registered against them, as per Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysis.Among them, 34 nominees are facing serious offences including the charges of murder and attempt to murder under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In terms of proportion, 16 per cent of the total candidates have criminal cases against them while 9 per cent are facing serious cases, the ADR stated.Voting in all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state will be held in a single phase on April 23.At 19, Independent candidates lead the pack of the 34 nominees facing serious cases, followed by the Congress (nine contestants) and the BJP (five candidates).As per the analysis, BJP chief Amit Shah, the party candidate from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, is facing charges including criminal intimidation, mischief by fire, promoting enmity between members of different groups etc.In his poll affidavit filed last month, Shah had declared that though four criminal cases were pending against him, he has not been convicted in any of them.Bharatiya Tribal Party candidate and party chief Chhotu Vasava and his Congress opponent from Bharuch Lok Sabha constituency, Sherkhan Pathan are faceing charges related to the murder.Apart from the charges registered section 302 (Punishment for murder) of the IPC at Jhagadiya police station in 1993, Vasava also faces charges related to theft, rioting, causing grievous hurt, a criminal conspiracy among others. The charges are yet to be framed.Pathan also faces five other serious cases, including charges related to undue influence during elections, kidnapping, and voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons.Bhagvan Goltar, an Independent candidate in the fray from Surendranagar seat, and Vijay Parmar, the Bahujan Samaj Party nominee from Rajkot, are also facing charges of murder, attempt to murder, robbery under the IPC, as per ADR.Amrutbhai Karia, an Independent candidate from Junagadh constituency, has the highest number of 11 serious cases against him. These cases are related to attempt to murder, forgery, cheating, endangering life or personal safety of others, it said.BJP contestant from Anand, Mitesh Patel has nine serious offences registered against him, including promoting enmity between members of different groups, rioting withdeadly weapons, mischief with fire, and housebreaking among others, it said.Patel also faces the charges related to cheating, promoting enmity between two communities, rioting and arson, related to the post-Godhra riots.He was acquitted by a court, which was challenged in the Gujarat High Court by the state government, where the matter is pending.Pravin Dengada, an Independent candidate from Rajkot, has six serious offences pending against him, including theft, mischief by fire, using a deadly weapon to voluntary causing hurt, among others, the ADR analysis shows.Bhupat Solanki, an Independent candidate from Surendranagar, also has six serious offences registered against him that include dacoity, causing hurt by dangerousweapons, house trespass etc.Geetaben Patel, who is in the arena from Ahmedabad (East) seat on a Congress ticket, has five serious offences against her related to house-trespass and voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant, among others.Dharamsinhbhai Dhapa, a Vyavastha Parivartan Party candidate from Amreli seat, has five serious offences against him including dacoity, mischief by fire or explosives, and house-trespass.Congress nominee from Dahod Babubhai Katara has four serious cases against him related to cheating and forgery.Rajkot candidate Lalit Kagathara of Congress is facing serious offences including bribery, undue influence and illegal payment during elections.Vadodara candidate Prashant Patel of Congress also faces three serious charges under the IPC, including forgery and cheating.Soyabhai Bhoraniya, an Independent candidate from Patan, is facing charges related to attempt to murder and voluntarily causing hurt.Another independent candidate from Jamnagar seat, Sama Yusuf, also faces attempt to murder charge.Vechat Khant, a Congress candidate from Panchmahal seat, faces charges related to dacoity.Junagadh BJP candidate Rajesh Chudasama is facing serious offences including assault or using criminal force against woman with intent to outrage her modesty.Amardas Dasani, an independent candidate from Rajkot, is also facing similar charges. Amit ShahBJPcasescongress First Published: April 20, 2019, 4:55 PM ISTlast_img read more

ViratAnushka to KL RahulSonal Cricketers and Actresses Have Been Fond of Each

first_imgIndia loves cricket and Bollywood, and we love it a lot more when we see a probable connection between cricketers and Bollywood stars. Recently, the internet was abuzz with the reports of link-up rumours of KL Rahul and Sonal Chauhan.While Bollywood-cricket love affairs are not something new to both the industries, only a few affairs make it till the end. Here are some of the successful cricketer-actresses pairs:Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma: Team India captain Virat Kohli met and fell in love with the Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’s Anushka Sharma on a commercial ad-shoot. The chemistry between the two clicked instantly. With a few ups and downs, the couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tied the knot in 2017.Zaheer Khan-Sagarika Ghatge: Chak De! India fame Preeti Sabharwal aka Sagarika Ghatge married Zaheer Khan in November 2017. The news around their affair began when the two walked in as a couple at Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech’s wedding.Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech: Yuvraj Singh made headlines for his affair with Deepika Padukone and Kim Sharma, however, it was Hazel Keech who won the cricketer’s heart eventually. The couple attended Harbhajan Singh’s wedding together and soon after, Yuvraj proposed his lady-love in Bali. The couple has been enjoying a blissful married life since their wedding in November 2016. Harbhajan Singh-Geeta Basra: Unlike his closest friend Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh has been dedicated to Geeta Basra for three years before marrying her in October 2015. The couple was seen at a lot of parties and events together, but never announced it officially. Tiger Pataudi-Sharmila Tagore: The most inspiring and glamorous romance between Bollywood and Cricket has been of Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, also known as the Nawab of Pataudi. Sharmila also changed her name to Ayesha Sultana to marry Mansoor. Despite opposition from both the families, the couple had a blissful married life until the last day of Nawab Pataudi. Akansha Ranjan KapoorAnushka SharmaBollywood-Cricket affairsBollywood-cricket couples First Published: May 30, 2019, 3:19 PM ISTlast_img read more

Chris Evans Career could have been Different If His Good Movies were

first_imgFor years, you have known Chris Evans as Steve Rogers or rather Captain America or simply Cap cool. Evans played the courageous superhero with a megawatt smile in total nine Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, starting from Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011. Soon, he was trapped into an image of a conventional idea of heroism. While his fan base grew bigger and stronger, each time a Captain America film released, Evans’ eccentric side somewhere remained unexplored.Evans was, however, starring in Marvel movies long before his iconic run as Captain America. In 2005, Evans played Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch, in 2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer. Even though the Fantastic Four failed to gain favours from the critics, it went on to earn USD 154 million domestically. Chris Evans as Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch, in Fantastic Four. Unfortunately, the movie underperformed globally.In an interview with Moviefone in 2011, the actor sighed, “Everybody goes and sees Fantastic Four, but nobody sees Sunshine. I’d have a different career if people saw that. All my good movies, nobody sees.”Chris Evans as James Mace, an engineer, in Danny Boyle’s Sunshine.Evans hasn’t always been the righteous superhero that the world sees him as. In fact, on either side of landing the title role of Captain America in MCU franchise, the actor has appeared in a number of critically-acclaimed movies— from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World to Puncture to Gifted to The Iceman and finally Snowpiercer, all of which showcased Evans’ varying degrees of acting talent and success as both a leading man and a secondary support.But sadly, Evans’ superhero fame always seemed to overshadow the real artiste inside him. He, in fact, tried his hands at direction with 2014 indie romance drama Before We Go, in which he starred alongside Alice Eve. The film received mixed response from the critics, but failed to make any mark at the box office.Chris Evans as Curtis in 2013’s fantasy thriller Snowpiercer.In an interview to New York Times, Evans spoke about navigating fame during the later part of his career.“The question is: What’s the endgame?” Evans said in a characteristic moment of self-analysis. “What’s the goal? If the goal is to be a giant movie star, then yeah, this is a great way to achieve that. That’s not necessarily what I’m trying to achieve.”In fact, Evans’ Avengers: Endgame co-star Robert Downey Jr. recently pointed out that Captain America was “a stretch” for him.During the interview with People Magazine, Downey Jr. was asked: “What do you really think of Chris as Captain America?” To which, he said, “Cap is a stretch for Evans because you (looks over at Chris Evans) are so… nothing about you is a square. Even though you’re a nice guy from the east coast, and all that stuff, you’re raised like me. You’re raised doing theatre. Kind of artsy, eccentric types…But I like that Cap is cool now. You made Cap cool.”Chris Evans and Alice Eve in a still from Before We Go.As Evans’ story arc as Captain America finally comes to an end in Avengers: Endgame, we really hope he would finally get time to do what he has truly been wanting to all these years. A follow up to Before We Go won’t be a bad idea, what’s say, Cap?Follow @News18Movies for more Around the same time, Evans’ Sunshine hit the theatres, and it is the actor’s favourite of his own films. The Danny Boyle-directed movie took the sci-fi space genre to a whole new level with brilliant performances from Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh and Evans. AvengersAvengers EndgameCaptain AmericaCaptain America: The First Avenger First Published: June 14, 2019, 7:00 AM ISTlast_img read more

Kartik Aaryan is Bollywoods New King of Sequels to Star in Bhool

first_imgThe sequel to Akshay Kumar’s 2007 comedy-horror Bhool Bhulaiyaa has been in the planning stages for a while now. A few months back, it was reported that Farhad Samji will be writing and directing the film, which is in the development stage and will feature a fresh cast. It was further reported that Kartik Aaryan will star in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 to replace Akshay. Now, as per latest reports in Mumbai Mirror, it’s confirmed that Kartik indeed has been roped in to play the lead in the sequel. A source told the tabloid, “While the makers have locked the idea, the script is still to be finalised. But the idea was shared with Kartik who liked it and has agreed to take the franchise forward with the story set in a metropolis.” The horror-comedy genre has been buoyed by the success of Rajkummar Rao’s Stree last year, and writers are focused on weaving an interesting plot with music playing an important part in it. Producer Bhushan Kumar always wanted to continue with Bhool Bhulaiyaa and is invested in the film. He is looking to start filming by the year-end. The source added that the director of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 will be locked in a few days, following which they will decide on the leading lady and the rest of the cast. Kartik, in the meantime, is busy with multiple sequels and remakes. He recently wrapped up shooting for the untitled reboot of Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal and will also be seen in the remake of Pati Patni Aur Woh. He posted a photo from the sets of the Imtiaz Ali film with Sara Ali Khan, announcing the wrap-up. actor Kartik AaryanAkshay KumarBhool Bhulaiyaa 2Bhool Bhulaiyaa sequel First Published: July 2, 2019, 1:07 PM IST Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

JNUEE Result 2019 Jawaharlal Nehru University Declares Second List of MAMScMCABA Results

first_img Candidates waiting for the second list of JNUEE Result for MA/MSc/MCA/BA 2019 can check their score by following the below-listed steps-Step 1: Visit the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s official website 2: Search for a tab reading ‘JNU Entrance Examination Results MA/Msc/MCA/BA 2019-20’Step 3: Click it and you will be redirected on a new pageStep 4: Login using your JNUEE Application number and password and enter the captcha givenStep 5: As applicable, the JNUEE MA/MSc/MCA Result 2019 or JNUEE BA Result 2019 will be displayed on the screenStep 6- Download and take a printout for your score for future referenceThe Jawaharlal Nehru University declared the JNUEE MPhil Result 2019 and JNUEE PhD Result 2019 for written examination on June 24. All the candidates selected in the JNUEE MPhil/PhD written examination will be able to sit for JNUEE viva-voce examination. JNUEE Result 2019 | The second list of Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examination Result for MA, Msc, MCA and BA courses has been declared on its official website The JNUEE Result 2019 comprising of JNUEE MA/Msc/MCA Result 2019 and JNUEE BA Result 2019 has been uploaded at JNU’s official website. All the candidates who have applied for the JNU Entrance Examination for MA/MSc/MCA/BA programmes can check the second list of JNUEE Result 2019 at The online JNUEE exam was conducted for the first time by the National Testing Agency (NTA) from May 27 to May 30. The answer key of JNUEE 2019 was released on June 8 and objection raised against the JNUEE answer key were accepted till June 9.JNUEE Result 2019: Steps to check JNU MA/MSc/BA score ‘JNU Entrance Examination Results 2019jawaharlal nehru universityJNU MA/MSc/MCA/BA First Published: July 5, 2019, 8:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

SpaceX satellites could threaten vital telescope data experts warn

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Astronomers are worried SpaceX satellites could soon put an end to stargazing SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are in position and ready to begin testing SpaceX is on a hiring spree for its Starlink global internet project Galactic mapping satellite Gaia spotted by ground-based Very Large Telescope SpaceX wins contract to launch NASA’s new X-Ray observatory in 2021 An image of the NGC 5353/4 galaxy group made with a telescope at Lowell Observatory in Arizona on May 25, 2019. The diagonal lines running across the image are trails of reflected light left by more than 25 of the 60 recently launched Starlink satellites as they passed through the telescope’s field of view. Victoria Girgis/Lowell ObservatorySpaceX launched its first set of 60 satellites last month, and astronomers have already raised concerns about the effect these and similar launches could have on our ability to view the stars. Now, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has weighed in on the issue and underlined the potential problems to science that satellite launches could cause.Light pollution is a serious problem for astronomers, as it makes it harder to see dim stars in the sky. Anyone who has lived in a busy and well-lit city knows that urban light pollution blocks the view of most stars. In fact, estimates state that around half of all Americans can barely see any stars in the sky at all.When discussing light pollution, we are usually talking about light generated here on Earth, from streetlights and other sources on the surface. But the large number of satellites launched in the last decade has raised concerns about light pollution in the atmosphere and in the sky as well. In particular, satellite constellations, in which whole networks of satellites are launched together, are a source of worry.The IAU raised two main concerns about the scientific impact of satellite constellation launches. First, they argue that the satellites will affect readings from highly sensitive telescopes like the Extremely Large Telescope. Because the satellites are made of reflective metal, they reflect light from the sun at sunrise and sunset and cause bright white lines to appear across telescope images. An example can be seen in the image above, which was captured by a telescope in Arizona a few days after the SpaceX satellite launch.  This is detrimental to the telescopes’ abilities to gather accurate scientific data.The second problem relates to radio interference. Radio signals are an important tool in astronomy, and are how the first image of a black hole was generated. Even though satellites are designed to avoid interference with the radio frequencies used in astronomy, having many satellites in a constellation giving off radio signals can cause problems.In fairness to SpaceX, the IAU has acknowledged that the visual impact of the satellites is much higher in the first few days after the launch. The satellites have already grown less bright and will continue to fade as they reach their final orbital positions. But as the IAU points out, this is an unregulated frontier and governments and individuals should consider the potential scientific detriment to these kind of launches.last_img read more

Vivo TimeofFlight 3D sensing tech challenges Apple Face ID

first_imgBeyond just face recognition, the sensor can also be used in other applications that will require an accurate “scan” of a real-world object. Those include mixed reality games, 3D scanning of objects for 3D printing and virtual reality, and more. This isn’t the first time Vivo revealed some new innovation, not all of which end up in its own phones. Given its recent streak, however, you might actually find this in next year’s Vivo flagship. Apple’s TrueDepth used in Face ID and Vivo’s TOF 3D share a lot in common, especially in how they work. As structured light implementations, they both measure the time it takes emitted light pulse to be reflected back to the sensor, hence the “time of flight” moniker. The data from this is then used to create a 3D map of an object, usually a face in this case.The difference between the two is the accuracy and distance, or so Vivo boasts. Its TOF 3D sensing tech is able to capture 300,000 sensor points, which it points out (no pun intended) is ten times more than the leading brand. It doesn’t name names, but considering the context, it naturally means Face ID. It also boasts of being small and simple enough to be nearly invisible on smartphones. Curiously, it’s still big enough to require a bezel. Vivo has some crazy ideas and it’s not afraid to use them. It wasn’t content to put an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo X20 UD, it had to turn half the screen into one as well. Plus, it moved the front camera out of the bezel and into a motorized sliding popup. It might bring it back to the front, though, at least to make its latest innovation possible. It’s simply calling it the Vivo TOF (time of flight) 3D Sensing Technology and it’s issuing a challenge to Apple’s own tech.last_img read more

Our Microsoft Andromeda folding Surface hopes just got iced

first_imgEnthusiasm about the Microsoft Andromeda folding Surface tablet may have been premature, with new whispers suggesting a 2018 release simply isn’t going to happen. Chatter around Microsoft’s bold new hardware had gained pace over the past few months, with the Windows 10 based device said to be positioned as a disruptor to both the smartphone and laptop segments. Story TimelineAndromeda: The secret Microsoft folding tablet leaksControlling Microsoft’s Andromeda folding tablet could hinge on thisWhat if Andromeda competed with Galaxy Note 9? To do that, insiders suggested, it would cherry-pick from the cutting-edge in display hardware and the latest and greatest in Windows code. On the physical side, Microsoft was said to be experimenting with flexible OLED panels. That could allow a tablet that folded in half – or even into thirds – so as to be more pocket-friendly without sacrificing on usable screen real-estate. As for software, Andromeda depends on a number of new features being developed for Windows 10. The device was expected to build on a new, modular approach to Windows architecture, for example, which would allow hardware OEMs to select piecemeal what their OS build of choice would comprise. A new way of dealing with flexible user interface layouts was also said to be instrumental, allowing Andromeda’s UI to change according to how much of the screen was unfolded and visible at any one time, as per these beguiling concept mock-ups by designer David Breyer. It’s that – collectively, though unofficially, known as “AndromedaOS” – which is said to be causing headaches now. Microsoft has reportedly decided to push back the aspects of Windows 10 that relate to Andromeda, with sources telling ZDNet that they will no longer be part of the upcoming “Redstone 5” feature release. That’s on track to be pushed out later in 2018, most likely around October. Now, indeed, Microsoft is apparently trying to decide whether those features will even be part of “Redstone 6” when that is released. According to the sources, though part of the issue is getting the specific code actually ready for public consumption, that’s not the only issue. The software giant is also said to be cautious about whether there’s a market for Andromeda at all, at least in its current state. Among the concerns is that, though there’s been a generally positive reaction to the leaks so far, the actual cohort of people who would buy Andromeda in production form could be vanishingly small. Such a group would need to accept the premium pricing that hardware like folding OLED would demand, require pen and touch input, and be content with only those apps available through the Microsoft Store. center_img Exactly what sort of price we’re talking about is still unclear, but nobody is expecting the first batch of folding OLED gadgets to be cheap. Leaks around Samsung’s Galaxy X folding Android smartphone, for example, have tipped a price equivalent to around $1,800. With the Galaxy X benefiting from the fact that it’s Samsung Display making the screen the handset will use, it’s hard to imagine Microsoft coming in under that figure. Although this might sound like Andromeda going to same way as the Surface Mini and, years prior to that, the Microsoft Courier, it may not be quite so pessimistic an outlook. The sources claim that Andromeda may well reach the market as more of a folding tablet than a smartphone-scale device, with full Win32 app support. That might make it something more like what we’re expecting from the Lenovo Yoga Book 2, which will have both a regular touchscreen and an e-paper touchscreen keyboard in a clamshell notebook design. last_img read more

Windows 10 Your Phone now lets Insiders sync photos SMS

first_imgWithout a mobile phone platform to call its own (anymore), Microsoft has little choice but to make the PC and mobile connection as seamless as possible. It did that with Cortana and, more recently, Timelines through its Android app launcher. Now it’s doing even more with the Your Phone app. Soon, users will be able to see new photos from their phones on their PCs and even send messages from their desktop or laptop without having to pick up their phone at all. All you need is the upcoming Windows 10 update. Microsoft’s Your Phone app started rolling out to all Windows 10 users, including those on the current 1803 version. The app’s intended feature set is modest but practical. Right now, it’s limited to getting access to an Android phone’s gallery so you can drag and drop them into a Windows 10 PC or program, like PowerPoint, for example.In Build 17755 that’s now rolling out to Insiders, it can do a lot more. When you take a photo with your phone, that new image is immediately synced to the PC. Just like that. But even better is the two-way SMS integration.The latest build lets you not only receive but also send messages from the Windows 10 PC. And you aren’t limited to typing those messages. Provided you have the right hardware or accessories, you can also scribble your text with Windows Ink or dictate your message.AdChoices广告Android users can probably gloat this time that all these fancy features are only available on Google’s mobile platform. For now, all iPhone users can do is to use their phones to unlock PCs though Microsoft promises to change that soon. Story TimelineWindows 10 “Your Phone” and Timeline on iOS/Android blurs linesMicrosoft Your Phone app begins its test run for Android, iOSMicrosoft Your Phone app available already on Windows 10 version 1803last_img read more

Galaxy S10 might have a fourth sibling

first_imgIt’s pretty much expected to be called the Galaxy S10 by now, though, at least internally, they’re still nicknamed the “Beyond” phones, numbered 0 to 2 (it’s a geek thing). The three phones are expected to slightly mirror this year’s iPhones in terms of pricing scheme, sizes, and features. At least to some extent.For example, the “Beyond 0” phone is said to be the budget version, though it will have the same 5.8-inch screen size as the “Beyond 1”. It will have a single main camera though, and the jury’s still out on what kind of fingerprint sensor it will have and where. The 5.8-inch “Beyond 1” will be the base Galaxy S10 model with dual cameras while the “Beyond 2” is the 6.44-inch “Plus” that brings the rumored triple rear cameras along with dual front cameras.Some digging by XDA revealed, however, that there’s going to be a variant of the Beyond 2, simply called “Beyond 2 5G”. If it isn’t that obvious, it refers to the exact same Beyond 2, just equipped with a 5G-capable modem. Manufacturers are slowly putting out 5G-compatible phones, or at least addons, in preparation for what’s still a year or two away in terms of mass adoption.AdChoices广告With four models and two processors (Qualcomm and Exynos), Samsung will be bringing a total of eight Galaxy S10 phones to the market next year. No problem for the world’s largest smartphone maker. Whether those eight phones sell better than this year’s flagships will depend on whether it has more than just triple cameras to offer. Why have only two when you can get away with three? But why stop at three when you can have four? Even before Apple announced its iPhone Xs trio, but around the time rumors started popping up, Samsung was leaked to also have three Galaxy S10 models in the works. Now it seems that Samsung will actually have four, really three and a half, models, with one bearing what OEMs and carriers are pushing to be the next big thing in the market: 5G.last_img read more

AnTuTu top 10 performing smartphones has some surprising winners

First, a preamble from AnTuTu on how the numbers have been gathered. They come primarily from its AnTuTu version 7 app, gathered from September 1 to 30 this year. The scores it presents have also been averaged instead of showing the highest score the phone is capable of. To this we add that much of AnTuTu’s numbers may have come from China considering the models that have been listed.Right at the very top is the ROG Phone, which might not be that much of a surprise. It runs on a customized Snapdragon 845 clocked to run faster than any in the market. With its abundance (or overabundance) of cooling systems, the gaming smartphone is guaranteed to achieve maximums speeds without throttling. Not far behind is the Xiaomi Black Shark, with a more normal Snapdragon 845 but touted advanced cooling systems too.So it isn’t surprising that gaming smartphones lead the way since they are designed especially for that kind of number-crunching performance. What may be surprising, however, is to find the Galaxy Note 9 at seventh place only. It was easily surpassed by the OnePlus 6 and even the vivo NEX S. Some might argue that the OnePlus 6’s lower res screen might help it achieve better performance, but the gap is just too wide to ignore.Of course, there might be other factors to consider, which is part of what makes benchmarks harder to use as a foolproof reference. AnTuTu’s numbers only come from users themselves and, thus, are skewed heavily in favor of the phones that are in such user’s hands. If the bulk of your users come from China, it won’t be surprising that the numbers will lean in favor of models that are more readily available in that market. Benchmarking is almost like a game. Well, it really is a numbers game where companies try to reach for the highest (or lowest, depending on the ranking system) figures through any means possible, sometimes even through cheating. Still, it’s an interesting phenomenon to watch and to see how smartphone makers rank up in terms of perceived performance. AnTuTu, makers of one of the most popular smartphone benchmarking apps, has just released its September chart and, suffice it to say, the top-ranking phones are not what you might expect. read more

Volvo buys valet service app Luxe to implement its tech

first_imgStory TimelineThe limits of semi-autonomous driving tech: We go Volvo Pilot Assist II winter testing2018 Volvo XC60 First Drive: The best Swedish all-rounder since ABBAVolvo spins Polestar into performance EV-maker to take on TeslaVolvo commits to going all electric in 2019Volvo’s rich Chinese owner reportedly bought a flying car companyMeet the Volvo XC40, the compact luxury SUV that hasn’t forgotten safety Volvo has announced that it’s acquired Luxe, the premium valet service app that lets users request someone to not only park their car, but also perform tasks like deliver parcels or wash and refuel the vehicle. The Swedish car company says it plans to integrate the startup’s systems and technologies into Volvo’s own services with a goal of providing its customers with the ultimate convenience. While no financial details on the acquisition were disclosed, Volvo did say that Luxe’s engineers and CEO/cofounder Curtis Lee will be joining the company. Among the specific technologies included in the deal are those we’re seeing more and more in connected cars: routing algorithms, logistics planning, and arrival time prediction. Volvo says the Luxe acquisition will bolster its existing concierge services, and help bring to reality its vision where customers never need to refuel, wash, or take their car in for servicing themselves. These services will even be controlled through Volvo’s own smartphone apps and in-car touchscreen system.“Our vision is a future in which technology simplifies life… The acquisition of Luxe is a step towards realizing that ambition. I look forward to working closely with the highly talented team at Luxe who created its advanced technology from the ground up,” said Volvo’s Chief Digital Officer Atif Rafiq. SOURCE Volvo, Luxelast_img read more

Firefox 67 promises to be faster thanks to procrastination

first_imgPrivacy is still a major focus for Mozilla and Firefox 67 is no different. It now has options to block fingerprint and cryptomining but you have to turn it on yourself because those might break some sites. Ironically, the latest release also now allows passwords to be saved and extensions to work in Private Browsing mode. At your own discretion, of course.Although it’s arguable that Google Chrome has become the world’s biggest browser, especially considering how Chromium serves as the foundation of other browsers like Microsoft Edge, Firefox remains a solid choice especially for those who may have qualms using Google’s software. Some may have had issues with Firefox’s performance, however, and version 67 is geared towards addressing at least part of that. Web browsers have become bigger than ever in more ways than one. Yes, they have become practically central to the way we use computers but they’ve also become more complex as they gain new features. Web pages, too, have become more complex and browsers have to adjust to support them. Complexity always has a cost, however, and most of that cost is in performance. With the latest version 67 release of the Firefox browser, Mozilla is promising a faster experience not by trimming off the fat but by “procrastinating on purpose”. Not everything has to be loaded when you open a web page or even start up Firefox itself. In fact, some web pages already employ progressive loading so that users can immediately see the content they want or the content the authors want them to see first. Likewise, Firefox 67 prioritizes which parts and scripts get loaded first, like scripts for Google or Amazon searches. Some don’t even get loaded until they’re actually needed, like form auto-fill modules.In other cases, Firefox will even suspend content that’s not immediately needed. Idle tabs, for example, start getting suspended when the browser detects the computer only has 400 MB of RAM left. Firefox itself will skip loading stuff on startup when the user has already customized the browser.last_img read more

2019 Toyota Sienna vs 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Comparison

first_imgSport-utility vehicles and crossovers are currently the darlings of the crowd. They’re the ‘in’ thing nowadays; the default choice for a family car. I find this a bit confusing, to be quite honest. If what you really want is a dedicated people hauler or family vehicle, nothing comes close to the versatile nature of a proper minivan. And to be quite honest, I prefer the car-like driving feel of modern minivans over a lumbering SUV any time of the day. Or probably it’s just me. Whatever the case, this is the reason why we decided to pit the 2019 Toyota Sienna with the 2019 Honda Odyssey. Both minivans are the best in their class. The 2019 Toyota Sienna is the third-generation model introduced in 2011. The platform is aging quite gracefully but is facing stiff competition from the newer 2019 Honda Odyssey, which made its debut in 2018. The Kia Sedona and Chrysler Pacifica are excellent alternatives to the Sienna and Odyssey, but we’re here to check out the best of the best. 2019 Toyota SiennaThe Toyota Sienna has grown up over the years. This comes as no surprise. As carmakers started supersizing compact cars to better compete with car-based crossovers, the same holds true for the Toyota Sienna. The 2019 model is a far cry from the first-generation Sienna sold from 1998 to 2003. The base four-cylinder motor was scrapped in favor of a stronger, torquier, and more fuel efficient V6 motor.AdChoices广告Oh, and the 2019 Toyota Sienna is the only minivan in the United States that comes with an optional all-wheel drivetrain. This unique feature makes a lot of sense for potential buyers who need a minivan that can hack it over snow or ice. All 2019 Toyota Sienna trims are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 296-horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. The V6 motor is mated to an 8-speed automatic to achieve 19/27 mpg.The base L trim starts at around $31k. It comes well-equipped with automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone climate control system, keyless entry, rearview camera, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. The base trim offers comfortable seating for up to seven passengers.All trim models of the Toyota Sienna also come standard with Toyota Safety Sense which includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist. The Sienna LE starts at $34k and can be optioned with an all-wheel drivetrain and 8-seating capacity. The Sienna LE includes roof rails, privacy glass, power-sliding rear doors, heated mirrors, rear sunshades, unique easy-clean upholstery, Wi-Fi hotspot, and HD satellite radio. Ticking the options box for the all-wheel drivetrain will also come with larger 18-inch alloys. The LE with Auto Access Seat includes a power rotating lift-up second row seat and a power liftgate for less than $40k.The Sienna SE starts at $37k and comes with LED running lights, sport-tuned suspension and steering, 19-inch alloys, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and leather upholstery for the first and second row seats. The XLE trim starts in the same price range as the SE but includes a smart key system with push button start. The Limited trim starts at $44k and includes a 10-speaker JBL audio system, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, and in-dash navigation system.The 2019 Toyota Sienna is a blast to drive. It’s not as fun as a sports sedan that’s for sure, but the strong V6 engine enables the Sienna to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. This is enough to make the Sienna the fastest minivan in its class. The steering is overly light and dull, but it does make it easier to squeeze the Sienna in tight parking spaces. It also rides smoothly over bumps and the third row seats are large enough to fit grown adults. However, there are sour points. Given the age of the platform, the Toyota Sienna (even in top-tier Limited trim) is not as nice on the inside as the newer Honda Odyssey or Kia Sedona. Granted we’re not talking about a luxury car, but the center console, instrument panel, and interior materials in the Sienna are a bit nasty compared to the soft touch interior of the Honda Odyssey. 2019 Honda OdysseyThe Honda Odyssey is all-new for 2018. The 2019 Honda Odyssey is basically a carryover of the previous model, and that’s not a bad thing. All Odyssey models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with Honda’s VCM or Variable Cylinder Management. The motor is good for 280-horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. But unlike the Toyota Sienna, the Odyssey is only available in front-wheel drive. Base and mid-trim models will have to make do with a standard 9-speed automatic, while higher trim models get the excellent 10-speed automatic. I find this a bit disconcerting. While you might say ten driving gears are too much for a minivan, I wish Honda made this standard among all trim models of the 2019 Odyssey. As a consolation, the nine-speed unit is equipped with paddle shifters, but so does the ten-speed variant. Whichever you choose, both transmissions will allow the Odyssey to achieve an EPA-rated 19/28 mpg. Honda is also kind enough to throw in Honda Sensing as standard on all models of the 2019 Odyssey except the base LX trim. This feature includes lane keeping assist, collision mitigating braking system, road departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.The base Odyssey LX starts at $30k and comes with power front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, and a 5-inch infotainment screen with seven speakers with Bluetooth connectivity. The LX offers adequate seating for seven passengers similar to the Sienna in base trim. Higher trim models get seating for up to eight adults. While the lower base price of the Odyssey LX is an attractive bargain, I prefer the EX trim if my money is on the line. Starting at just around $34k, the Odyssey EX comes with keyless ignition and entry, power-sliding rear doors, Magic Slide second row seats with a removable center seat, tri-zone climate control, remote engine start, and heated front seats. You also get a larger 8-inch touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The Odyssey EX-L throws in a sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a noise-reducing windshield, and a power tailgate for less than $38k. The Touring model starts at under $45k and comes with a hands-free access tailgate, automatic engine stop-start, LED headlights, and Honda’s CabinWatch rear interior camera system with night vision. The Touring is also equipped with an integrated vacuum cleaner and 4G LTE connection. The ultimate Honda Odyssey is the Elite, which starts at under $47k. This model comes with heated and ventilated front seats, a wireless smartphone charger, rain-sensing wipers, an 11-speaker audio system, 19-inch alloys, and blue ambient lighting. While the Toyota Sienna is nice to drive and all, the Honda Odyssey is a better driver’s car than the Sienna. The steering and the reflexes of the Odyssey are sharper and it handles better as well. Although the Sienna has a stronger V6 motor, the Odyssey is no slouch. It can still blast from 0 to 60 mph in around 7.6 seconds with the 10-speed auto. The 2019 Honda Odyssey has a more modern-looking interior than the Sienna, although both minivans offer premium levels of room for both passengers and cargo. My only gripes with the Odyssey are the second row seats and the stiff ride, especially in Elite trim with 19-inch wheels. The second-row seats doesn’t fold flat to the floor, but they can slide laterally to allow easier access to the third-row seats. This can be a problem when loading bigger items or cargo. Since the seats won’t fold flat, you’ll have to remove them as needed, which is no easy feat. VerdictBoth the 2019 models of the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey are stellar choices for a family hauler. Even though the Toyota Sienna is riding on an older platform, it is easily the default choice for those who want a reliable, durable, and spacious minivan. However, the fresh interior and excellent driving dynamics of the Honda Odyssey can make the Toyota Sienna feel like an aging athlete in the sea of newer contenders. In short, you can’t go wrong with the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. Choose the Toyota if you prefer a comfortable family vehicle. Meanwhile, our pick is the Honda as we can’t resist a minivan that drives as well as the Honda Accord.last_img read more

Microsoft ToDo for Macs arrival heralds Wunderlists exit

first_imgWhen Microsoft bought popular list app Wunderlist, there were fears that it would sunset the app and service just like it did with Sunrise Calendar. Microsoft didn’t leave these users hanging and did confirm the inevitable but not until it has made its own replacement is ready. That day may now be fast approaching as it announces that Microsoft To-Do is finally available in the last missing platform: macOS. Microsoft To-Do has admittedly come a long way since its first release. Back then, it was inconceivable for Wunderlist fans that it would take the place of their beloved app. Those will probably still find MS To-Do pales in comparison but others may finally be able to migrate to the app now that it’s available practically everywhere and with mostly the same features.On macOS, Microsoft To-Do has two forms. Pressing ⌘2 activates its “minimized view”. This way, you can keep on working on a document or spreadsheet and still have your todo list within view. You don’t even need to go into detailed view to edit a task. But if you need more screen real estate, the full view is just a ⌘1 away.Other features include the ability to work offline, seeing flagged emails, and sharing lists with friends and family. Typing a “#” in a list automatically pops up the tag list. Sadly, Microsoft says that Planner integration isn’t there yet.AdChoices广告With the addition of macOS, Microsoft To-Do is now available on almost all major platforms. That includes Android, iOS, Windows, and the Web for everything else. Whether it has what it takes to take on the likes of Todoist is, however, a different question entirely.last_img read more

2020 Camaro SS gets a welcome nosejob as LT1 V8 joins range

first_imgChevrolet has changed the much-maligned front end of the 2020 Camaro SS, ditching the little loved fascia, while also adding a cheaper Camaro LT1 V8 option to the range. Restyled last year, the Camaro SS proved to be a controversial car mainly because of its front styling, not its 455 horsepower engine. Chevy grafted a huge, oddly gaping grille in black onto the car, and in the process did away with most of the sixth-generation’s style improvements. The reaction was, predictably, not positive. Now, the automaker is fixing it. The 2020 Camaro SS will have a whole new – and far improved – nose, Chevrolet confirmed today. It hasn’t had to look far for inspiration there, either. The new look is based off the Camaro Shock concept that was shown off at the SEMA 2018 auto show last year. “The overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Shocks stylized design helped prompt its transition from concept to production,” Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing, said of the update. “Customer spoke, and we listened,” he admitted. Gone is the ridiculous black plastic grille. In its place, there’s a more traditional cross-bar design that separates the grille into upper and lower sections with a body-color bar. The bowtie emblem has been repositioned into the upper grille, meanwhile. 2020 Camaro LT1Meanwhile, there’s a new way for drivers to get their hands on Chevy’s 455 horsepower V8 LT1 engine. It’s at the heart of the new 2020 Camaro LT1, which will start from $34,995 (including destination). Both coupe and convertible versions will be offered.As standard, there’ll be a six-speed manual transmission. A 10-speed automatic will be optional. Outside, there’ll be the LT’s exterior styling, predominantly, but with the vented hood from the SS added. LT1 fender badges and black bowtie emblems will be standard. The SS will donate its wheel design, but the 20-inch x 8.5-inch alloys will be the same size on all wheels. They’ll also get all-season rubber as standard. The Technology Package will be optional, as will 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, the choice of red. Or orange brake calipers, and other customizations. The 2020 Camaro – in both LT1 and updated SS form – will go on sale early in the fall of 2019. Meanwhile, Chevrolet will also be offering the 10-speed automatic gearbox as an option with the 3.6-liter V6 engine in the Camaro LT.last_img read more

An Obama Administration Rule Modification Causes Angst For Home Health Workers

first_imgAn Obama Administration Rule Modification Causes Angst For Home Health Workers McClatchy Newspapers: Home Health Workers Sweat Obama Rule On PayAn uneasy sense of deja vu is building among advocates for nearly 2 million workers who help the elderly and disabled live independently in their homes. Because of a 38-year-old amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, home health aides and personal care aides in many states can be paid less than the federal minimum wage – $7.25 an hour – and not receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. Enacted by Congress in 1974, the “companionship services exemption” was supposed to exclude baby-sitters and casual companions for the elderly from overtime and minimum wage requirements, not to waive federal pay guidelines for professional caregivers. So after years of failed efforts to change the guidelines, President Barack Obama in December announced plans to modify the exemption and extend overtime and minimum wage protections to home-care workers employed by private companies (Pugh, 8/7). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

First Edition October 17 2012

first_imgFirst Edition: October 17, 2012 Today’s headlines include health policy highlights from last night’s presidential debate.Kaiser Health News: Putting The ‘Care’ Into Long-Term Care InsuranceOregon Public Broadcasting’s Kristian Foden-Vencil, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Oregon, for example, has new rules on how to appeal a denial on a long-term care insurance claim. Previously, the only way to appeal a decision was in court, an arduous process for a person who may be elderly, sick and in a nursing home” (Foden-Vencil, 10/17). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Houston Hit Hard In Latest Medicare Fraud BustKUHF’s Carrie Feibel, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “When federal law enforcement agents swept through seven U.S. cities earlier this month to arrest more than 91 doctors, nurses and others for Medicare fraud, one of their targets was Houston. For the Bayou City, it was the latest in a disturbing series of revelations about health care fraud there” (Feibel, 10/17). Read the story.The New York Times: Rivals Bring Bare Fists To RematchPresident Obama and Mitt Romney engaged Tuesday in one of the most intensive clashes in a televised presidential debate, with tensions between them spilling out in interruptions, personal rebukes and accusations of lying as they parried over the last four years under Mr. Obama and what the next four would look like under a President Romney (Rutenberg and Zeleny, 10/16).Los Angeles Times: A Sharper Tone In Second Presidential DebateIn a town-hall-style debate that was supposed to focus on questions from ordinary voters, President Obama and Mitt Romney circled each other on the stage and engaged in finger-pointing displays. … But Romney also appeared to contradict himself when he stated that all women should have access to contraception, though he supported an amendment in Congress that would allow employers to deny birth-control coverage to their workers. … Obama’s wide-ranging assault — on everything from Romney’s personal tax rate, his comments about “the 47%” and his work as a venture capitalist, to his policies on taxation, immigration, contraception and healthcare — were studded with specific details designed to portray the Republican challenger as an avatar of the wealthy (West and Mehta, 10/16).The Wall Street Journal: Candidates Tangle In Fractious DebateMr. Romney distilled his argument against the president to a simple theme: The country can’t afford four more years under Mr. Obama. … The candidates fielded a range of questions from undecided voters, selected by the Gallup Organization polling company, in a 90-minute debate at Hofstra University on New York’s Long Island. Mr. Obama took on Mr. Romney’s positions on taxes, trade, energy and women’s health issues in an attempt to cast him as more conservative than the GOP candidate has suggested in recent days (Lee, Hook and O’Connor, 10/17).The Washington Post: With Stakes High, Obama Hits Back At Romney In A Fiery Second DebateA far more aggressive President Obama showed up for his second debate with Mitt Romney on Tuesday, and at moments their town-hall-style engagement felt more like a shouting match than a presidential debate. … The debate, which was framed by questions from the audience, ranged into topics that had not been broached in any depth at the earlier one — including immigration, women’s issues, gun control and foreign policy (Tumulty and Rucker, 10/17).Los Angeles Times: Energized Obama Takes Aggressive Approach In Second DebateEach man aimed comments directly at voters that are key to their election efforts. Obama offered a long list of policies that his administration has designed to help women in the workplace and said Romney’s plans would deprive many working women of contraceptive coverage on their health plans, something Romney denied (Lauter, 10/16).Los Angeles Times: Romney And Obama Spar Over Their Women-Friendly PoliciesAs he often does, Romney brought the question around to a strong economy. In such an environment, he said, employers are “going to be anxious to hire women.” Obama came back at Romney by knocking him for his opposition to insurers being required to provide contraception coverage, as well as his intention to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood (Abcarian, 10/16).Politico: Abortion Finally Comes To The SurfaceIt took a debate and a half to get there, but the biggest social-issue debate of the 2012 campaign finally came up in an Obama-Romney debate. It was the president, rather than a questioner, who raised abortion. In an exchange about women’s rights in the workplace, Barack Obama segued to a sharp critique of Mitt Romney’s views on contraception and his support for defunding Planned Parenthood (Burns, 10/16).Politico: ‘Determinators’ DVD Takes Swipe At ‘Obamacare’The Tea Party Patriots is going postal, announcing plans Tuesday to mail anti-“Obamacare” DVDs to more than 350,000 undecided voters in pivotal swing states. The film, which the group has dubbed “The Determinators,” is meant to underscore “the ills of the president’s health care reform law that many have forgotten since the law was passed” (Cheney, 10/17).NPR: Home Health Aides Often As Old As Their ClientsAs America ages, its 2.5 million home health workers are graying right along with the clients they care for. And by all accounts, these older workers are especially well suited to the job (Ludden, 10/17).NPR: Home Health Aides In Demand, Yet Paid LittleThe home care workforce — some 2.5 million strong — is one of the nation’s fastest growing yet also worst paid. Turnover is high, and with a potential labor shortage looming as the baby boomers age, there are efforts to attract more people to the job. One such effort plays out in a large, sunny room in a Bronx high-rise, where Cooperative Home Care Associates holds an extensive, monthlong training program. On a recent day, two dozen women paired off at rows of hospital beds. As instructors coached them, they took turns lifting each other in a mechanical sling, or gently stretching each other’s limbs, as is commonly done for stroke patients (Ludden, 10/16).The Wall Street Journal: Benefits To Get A Small BumpMore than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries will see their checks increase 1.7% starting in January, under an annual cost-of-living adjustment that is tied to how much certain prices climb in July through September compared with a year earlier. Eight million people who receive Supplemental Security Income—mainly the poor and disabled—will get the boost starting in December, the agency said. This means the average monthly Social Security check will rise by $21 to $1,261, the agency said. However, the increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums—the portion of a retiree’s check that the government deducts to cover health-care expenses. The premiums for 2013 haven’t been announced yet (Mitchell, 10/16).Los Angeles Times: Social Security Checks To Increase, But It May Be Hard To NoticeSeniors receive an average of $1,237 a month, meaning the increase will add about $21 a month to their checks, according to the agency. However, the Social Security Administration warned that “for some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums.” The Medicare Part B premium is now about $100 a month and the government is projecting an expected increase of about $7 a month when new rate schedules are announced soon. The Part B premium covers doctor’s visits (Muskal, 10/16).The New York Times: Investigators Visit Company Tied To Meningitis CasesCriminal investigators from the Food and Drug Administration were at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., on Tuesday, officials said, in the first public indication that the federal government was preparing a case against the company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak (Tavernise and Grady, 10/16).Los Angeles Times: State Probes CVS Refill AllegationsState pharmacy regulators have opened an investigation into reports that CVS Caremark Corp. refilled prescriptions and billed insurance companies without patients’ consent. Virginia Herold, executive officer of the California Board of Pharmacy, said Tuesday that investigators were probing complaints about the refill practices of the country’s largest drugstore chain after Walgreen Co (Lifsher,10/16).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Spending On Prescription Drugs Dropped Slightly in 2012

first_imgSpending On Prescription Drugs Dropped Slightly in 2012 The decrease was miniscule, but it was the first time since 1957 that the research firm IMS Health had recorded a dip in United States drug expenditures, reports The New York Times. In related news, more effective use of medications could lead to Medicare savings, according to the Congressional Budget Office.The New York Times: U.S. Drug Costs Dropped In 2012, But Rises Loom Spending on prescription drugs nationwide has been slowing for years because of the increasingly widespread use of low-cost generics. But in 2012, something unheard-of happened: money spent on prescription drugs actually dropped (Thomas, 3/18).The Medicare NewsGroup: Spend More, Save More: How Expanding Part D Could Pay Off For MedicareBetter use of medications can save money for Medicare by helping beneficiaries avoid some hospital and physician services, and growth in Part D activity is expected to shave $35 billion from Medicare’s expected spending of $5.6 trillion between 2011 and 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The savings bolster the political argument for supporting Part D expansion at a time when politicians and health care experts worry about slowing the growth of the mammoth federal budget deficit. The CBO’s proof of savings is new (Rosenblatt, 3/18).In other news, The New York Times reports on calls to ensure that taxpayers benefit from government-subsidized research that helps to produce lucrative drugs – The New York Times: Seeking Profit For Taxpayers In Potential Of New Drug With automatic spending cuts cascading through the government, lawmakers are calling for a review of federal policies they say have allowed businesses to profit on government research with limited return for taxpayers or consumers. That re-examination could be particularly intense in federal science, once a corner of the government with bipartisan protection that has become something of an orphan caught between Republican efforts to protect the military and Democrats’ defense of Social Security and Medicare. Now, advocates for creative new funding policies might have an example for their cause (Weisman, 3/18).Finally, the Supreme Court will hear arguments today in Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett, a case that could impact the availability of generic drugs in the U.S.Marketplace: Cheap Generic Drugs Face Possible Legal LiabilitiesAccording to John Hertig, associate director of the Center for Medication Safety at Purdue University’s College of Pharmacy, a generic drug and a brand name drug are chemically identical. “We are talking about medications that are intended to do the same thing,” he says, and they can have the same adverse reactions. Later this morning, the Supreme Court hears arguments in Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett, a case that could have big implications on the availability of generic drugs in the U.S. (Gura, 3/19). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

PwC Slowdown In Health Care Costs May Be Turning Into A Trend

first_imgPwC: Slowdown In Health Care Costs May Be Turning Into A Trend The accounting and consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers projects lower overall growth in costs for next year. The Associated Press: Report: Slowdown In US Health Care To ContinueThere’s good news for most companies that provide health benefits for their employees: America’s slowdown in medical costs may be turning into a trend, rather than a mere pause. A report Tuesday from accounting and consulting giant PwC projects lower overall growth in medical costs for next year, even as the economy gains strength and millions of uninsured people receive coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law (Alonso-Zaldivar, 6/17).Bloomberg: Health Cost Growth Slows Further Even As Economy ReboundsProvisions in the Affordable Care Act that penalize hospitals for excessive readmissions and encourage employers to offer wellness programs are slowing the growth of U.S. medical costs, even as the economy rebounds. Health-care costs for commercial insurers and employers are expected to rise about 4.5 percent next year after accounting for changes in benefits, … The report supports President Barack Obama’s contentions that the 2010 law has contributed to historically slow cost growth. “It’s picking up speed and force,” said Ceci Connolly, managing director of PwC’s Health Research Institute (Wayne, 6/18).Meanwhile, another study examines the future of Medicare savings — Politico Pro: Study: More Medicare Savings ComingMedicare savings could be $1.1 trillion more than the Medicare trustees estimated over the next 10 years if current trends continue, according to a study backed by the Federation of American Hospitals. The study, due to be released on Tuesday, also finds that the recent decline in health care spending growth is because of structural changes in health care more than economic factors (Haberkorn, 6/17). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more