Tinder Loops give you 2 seconds to show yourself worthy of love

first_imgIf still images can’t quite capture your dating majesty, great news: Tinder has gone live with video loop in its app. The new Tinder Loops feature was announced back in April, giving users the opportunity to add a GIF-like animated clip to their profile in the hope of making it more attention-grabbing. Each clip only lasts two seconds at most, and once it runs to the end it’ll reverse and play backwards. Then, it’ll start that all over again. You won’t need to shoot a whole new video in the Tinder app, either. Instead you can upload an existing video from your phone’s camera roll, trim it to suit a Tinder Loop, and crop it according to the portrait-aspect the dating service prefers. Tinder is also extending the number of photos it will support in each profile. Until now, that has been six: it’s being expanded to a maximum of nine. That applies to these Tinder Loops, too. Back when Tinder first previewed the feature, it was only testing it on iOS devices in Canada and Sweden. Now, though, it’s being rolled out on a much broader basis. Those in the US and UK can try Tinder Loops from today, along with Canada, and select countries in Western Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Sadly those using an Android phone won’t be able to take part, as so far the Tinder app for Android doesn’t support creating Loops. It’s not Tinder’s first attempt to make its dating service stickier. Back in March, the company rolled out Tinder Feed, a way to add swiped-matches to a social timeline that shows updates from those users. If they add a new photo of themselves – or a Tinder Loop, for that matter – or set other new details, that fact will be flagged up in the Tinder Feed. Of course, Tinder is also facing increased competition, and soon it’ll get a particularly hefty rival in the space. Facebook announced its intention to wade into the dating space back at F8 2018, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg describing Facebook Dating as “not just hook-ups” but promising the potential for real love.last_img read more

Pixel Slate release details The big leak

Story TimelinePixelbook 2 leaks in ads pre-Google eventGoogle Pixelbook tablet “Nocturne” leaked by BrydgeGoogle Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet might dual boot Windows 10 The Google Pixel Slate is one of several surprises set for official reveal on October 9th – and today we’re running down the full details. This is the first time we’ve got what we consider the full picture. That is: Photos (or renders), Code-names, and multiple release-level builds. The latest in a line of leaks is a set of benchmarks that show the many different versions of the device likely headed toward the big event on October 9th as held by Google. 1. Code-namesWe’ve been hearing about the device called “Nocturne” for quite a while – this is quite likely Google’s nest-generation Chrome OS Chromebook. This device is supposed to be not only a Chromebook, but a Chrome OS Tablet, as well. It’ll be a 2-in-1 sort of device that’ll come in multiple iterations, and Google’s been planning its release for several years.2. Photos / RendersWe’ve seen multiple angles on what MIGHT be this new device – if there’s only one version re: external hardware. This device could be the full-deal Pixelbook, it could be the Pixel Slate, it could be something we’ve not yet heard named (but that’s the least likely option of the three). Keep your money on Pixel Slate if you’re betting (but keep all bets on your own dime, SlashGear’s not responsible for your actions!)Above and below you’ll find leaked images of what MIGHT be the Pixel Slate. That’s a device running the newest version of Chrome OS and, as with all new versions of Chrome OS, it’s able to run Android inside a shell, too. That allows it to run Android benchmarks and apps, too.AdChoices广告3. VersionsVia PhoneArena and AboutChromebooks today we’ve got benchmarks with four iterations of the Google Pixel Slate. One has Intel Celeron 3965Y 1500 MHz (2 cores), another has an Intel Core m3-8100Y 3400 MHz. The other two run Intel Core chips: Intel Core i5-8200Y 3900 MHz (2 cores) and Intel Core i7-8500Y 4200 MHz (2 cores). All four versions were run on benchmarks testing in an Android 64-bit environment. This would indicate that Google is going all-out with multiple iterations of this Chromebook with multiple price-points. Imagine an affordable laptop-sized Chrome OS device able to run Android apps with a display that’s top-notch. Sound like an iPad competitor? Is there an echo in here? Is this just deja-vu?4. Release DateOctober 9th is the day we head to Google to see these devices as well as the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. These devices will all likely be put on pre-order basically immediately upon reveal, with release a week or two later. Different iterations will likely appear a few weeks later, and we’ll expect a couple colors coming available by the end of the year. read more

Lenovo Tab V7 is a tablet that wants to be a phone

first_imgTruth be told, this isn’t really something new. Back in the early days of phablets, some manufacturers have gone overboard and introduced 6.4 to 7.0-inch phones. Of course, back then, bezels accounted for a lot of space so those phablets ended up really bigger than their screen sizes.Thanks to narrow but still very visible bezels, the Lenovo Tab V7’s 6.9-inch Full HD screen achieves an 81% screen-to-body ratio. On paper, the device is 177.9 mm x 86.5 mm x 7.89 mm, making it iarger than the Galaxy S10 5G or an iPhone XS Max but still smaller than traditional 7-inch slates. It does weigh 195 g, lighter than many large smartphones, but probably thanks to materials used. AdChoices广告 The Lenovo Tab V7’s specs are sadly nothing to write home about, starting with the Snapdragon 450 processor. There’s at least 3 or 4 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of storage and two front-firing speakers. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back, below a single 13 megapixel camera. The front has a 5 megapixel fixed focus camera that’s just enough for basic face ID and iris detection.It might be more accurate to see the Lenovo Tab V7 as a tablet in a smaller smartphone form factor, one with 4G and dual SIM support. And it’s an entry-level tablet at that. The device will arrive in Europe starting April for 249 EUR ($282) but don’t expect it to arrive in the US.center_img Foldable phones are going to be the next craze this year but the one question that pops up in everyone’s minds is “why?”. The biggest and most immediate reason for having a phone that turns into a tablet is to have those two screen sizes in just one device. The compromise, however, is in switching back and forth between those two modes. Lenovo’s alternative solution? One device with one screen. That’s the new Lenovo Tab V7, a smartphone that’s almost big enough to be a tablet too.last_img read more

2018 Honda Gold Wing Now even your bike has CarPlay

first_img 2018 Honda Gold Wing Tour People who love big touring bikes love Honda‘s Gold Wing, and now the automaker believes it has the new model which will help break out of just existing fans. The 2018 Honda Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour were revealed this week, completely redesigned for greater agility on the road, more comfortable long-distance riding, and lashings of new technology. The latter sees Apple’s CarPlay arrive, not only a first for the Gold Wing but a first across all motorcycles. Plug in your iPhone and CarPlay can take over the Gold Wing’s 7-inch LCD display between the handlebars. As for the engine, that’s a liquid-cooled, horizontal opposed six-cylinder. Though the layout is carried over, Honda says, the new engine is smaller, lighter, and more fuel efficient. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission it drops almost 14 pounds, in fact, while the shorter length has meant Honda can push its positioning forward in the bike’s chassis.That improves on weight distribution, part of Honda’s efforts to improve low-speed maneuverability along with stability while at higher speeds. The twin-spar aluminum frame is paired with a single-side swingers, the pivot area structure of which has been redesigned. That sheds a further 4.4 pounds.The front gets double-wishbone suspension, while front and rear have Showa shock absorbers. The rear has a Pro-Link suspension with progressive reaction; Honda says most models are expected to get electrically-adjusted suspension damping and preload. Brakes have been upgraded to radially mounted front calipers and bigger, 320mm rotors, and there’s electronically controlled combined ABS that relies on a smaller and lighter ABS modulator. If you don’t want the manual transmission, Honda is offering a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. That includes a forward/reverse Walking Mode for easier transportation of the Gold Wing. Manual or auto, there’s throttle-by-wire and four new riding modes: Tour, Sport, Econ, and Rain. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and Hill Start Assist are available too, together with cruise-control. Honda’s design for the 2018 Gold Wing pares back some of the older bikes’ chunkiness in favor of a “more performance-minded shape” the company says. That helps improve aerodynamics, too, while the rider and passenger sit slightly further forward in a redesigned airflow for greater comfort. LED lights front and rear, along with LED turn signals with auto-cancelling, are standard. The new luggage system has two saddlebags, each capable of holding 30 liters. A top case adds 50 liters more. They come standard on the 2018 Gold Wing Tour, which will be offered in Tour, Tour DCT, and Tour DCT Airbag forms. They also have an electrically-adjustable windshield, front and rear speakers, and electrically adjustable suspension.As for the 2018 Gold Wing, that’ll be offered in regular and Gold Wing DCT forms. Each will have the saddlebags but no top case, and will do without the rear speakers. The electric windshield is shorter than on the Tour, and the suspension preload adjustment is manual; they also do without HSTC, electric damping-adjust, the center stand, and heated grips. All variants will go on sale in February 2018. The 2018 Gold Wing will start at $23,500, or from $24,700 for the Gold Wing DCT. The 2018 Gold Wing Tour will be priced at from $26,700 for the Tour, from $27,700 for the Tour DCT, and $31,500 for the Tour DCT Airbag.center_img 2018 Honda Gold Winglast_img read more

Philadelphia bans cashless stores to protect unbanked shoppers

first_imgThough cashless payments have become an increasingly popular way to purchase goods, cash is still accepted at most stores throughout the US. A growing trend, however, has seen a number of shops transition to a cashless business model, requiring customers to pay with a physical bank card or, in some cases, a mobile payment system. Though digital transactions are faster and easier, they leave some people out altogether. Individuals who don’t have bank accounts or credit cards are forced to use cash, which is impossible in a cashless store. It’s that problem that Philadelphia has addressed with its regulation, which will require shops to accept legal tender as payment.The regulation underscores a clash between any increasingly digital world and the people it is leaving behind. Critics have called cashless stores harmful, saying that though they may be more convenient, they ultimately discriminate against individuals who can’t accommodate the restriction.Speaking with the NYT, the bill’s co-sponsor Bill Greenlee, City Councilman, explained, “It just seemed to me unfair that I could walk into a coffee shop right across from City Hall, and I had a credit card and could get a cup of coffee. And the person behind me, who had United States currency, could not.” Philadelphia has become the first city in the US to ban cashless stores following a City Council vote against the retail practice. Cities have faced growing criticism over the number of retail stores that have eliminated the option to pay with cash, instead requiring a mobile or card transaction. The new rule requiring stores to accept cash payments will start this summer.last_img read more

FCC votes to allow default robocall blocking by carriers

first_imgStory TimelineApple and Google team up with FCC to fight robocallsVerizon Call Filter goes free to fight robocallsHere’s how to block robocalls and spam on your iPhone with iOS 13 Robocalls have become a massive problem for wireless customers who report, in some cases, receiving dozens of unwanted calls every day. These calls often use spoofed numbers featuring the recipient’s own area code, a deception that aims to trick the consumer into thinking they’re receiving a local call. These robocalls are difficult to block because they often come from different numbers.Many carriers offer tools that help customers detect and avoid these calls — they include call screen ‘Spam’ labels and, in some cases, the option to opt-in for an automatic robocall feature. Many consumers remain unaware of the ability to opt-in to the service, however, a problem the FCC will tackle by allowing carriers to enable it by default.The newly approved Declaratory Ruling allows wireless service providers to use ‘reasonable call analytics’ for automatically blocking robocalls. These companies are required to alert customers about the automatic blocking and enable them to opt out of the service.As well, the FCC has clarified that these voice service providers are also allowed to offer an opt-in feature for blocking any calls coming from numbers that aren’t on the user’s contact list or white list. This is a more drastic alternative to automatic spam call blocking, enabling users to ensure they only get calls from people and companies they’ve explicitly white listed. Last month, the FCC announced that it planned to vote on a new ruling that would enable wireless carriers to block robocalls by default, a change that’ll require customers to opt-out of the service if they don’t want it. In an update on the matter released today, the FCC revealed that it has voted in favor of allowing robocalls to be blocked by default.last_img read more

Confusion Surrounds Regulation Of Various Types Of Drug Makers

first_imgConfusion Surrounds Regulation Of Various Types Of Drug Makers Stateline: Big Drug Companies Poorly RegulatedFar from triggering a quick fix, the deaths or illnesses of 620 people in 19 states that have been linked to a Massachusetts pharmacy have only underscored confusion over how to regulate the various types of drug-makers in the United States. All that’s clear at the moment is that the present federal-state regulatory divide isn’t working. “This is the time that we have to get this right,” Cody C. Wiberg, executive director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, said last month after attending a hearing convened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. One of the ideas the FDA floated at that hearing was a bigger role for states in the regulation of drug-making, a role for which some believe they are ill-equipped (Ollove, 1/3). 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

Medicare Proposes Changes In Pain Questions Cuts In Payments To Hospitals OffSite

first_img Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal: Proposal Saves Medicare Counseling Program Related KHN coverage: Doctors Wrestle With Mixed Messages When Deciding Whether To Prescribe Painkillers (Luthra, 7/28) Medicare Proposes Changes In Pain Questions, Cuts In Payments To Hospitals’ Off-Site Facilities The changes are part of the proposed hospital payment rule, which was released Wednesday. Also in Medicare news, a House committee is calling for funding for a consumer assistance program that a Senate committee rejected, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, questions plans for possible changes in cancer drug payments and some Medigap rates are rising in Michigan. Detroit Free Press: Blue Cross Plans Medigap Rate Hikes On Seniors, Up To $315 Per Month Federal funding for free local counseling on annual Medicare options may be preserved for fiscal 2016-17 after all. The U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s draft bill for education, health and human services and labor, released Wednesday, includes $52 million for the State Health Insurance Information Plan — the same amount in the current federal budget. The $52 million was stripped in June from the budgets of the same three agencies by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee in a 29-1 vote. (Craver, 7/7) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Modern Healthcare: CMS Angers Hospitals With Plans For Site-Neutral Rates In Outpatient Payment Rule Nearly 200,000 Michigan seniors can expect to pay more for their Medigap supplemental health insurance plans next year — for some older individuals, more than twice their current amount — when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan goes forward with a long-awaited rate increase that does away with what the insurer says are below-market rates. (Reindl, 7/6) The CMS has responded to calls to eliminate patient satisfaction on pain management from Medicare’s value-based purchasing program. The agency angered hospitals, however, with plans to stop paying their off-campus facilities the same as hospital-based outpatient departments. Both policies are included in the proposed rule for the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System issued Wednesday.(Dickson, 7/6) Iowa Public Radio: Grassley Implores Federal Government To Not Change Medicare Policy Sen. Chuck Grassley has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, urging the agency to keep a policy in place that requires private Medicare insurers to cover all antidepressant medications and all immuno-suppressant drugs used for transplant patients. CMS is considering changing this rule. In a report last month, the agency reasons that medications in these categories include a number of generic options. (Boden, 7/5) last_img read more

Nations Largest Insurer Slams Medicare For All Plans As A Wholesale Disruption

first_imgNation’s Largest Insurer Slams ‘Medicare For All’ Plans As A ‘Wholesale Disruption Of American Health Care’ UnitedHealth Group CEO David Wichmann spoke out against the measures, which are popular among progressive Democrats and some 2020 presidential candidates. The move comes as shares of hospitals and insurers lose $28 billion in market value. The Hill: Largest Private Insurance Company Slams ‘Medicare For All’ Plans UnitedHealth favors universal coverage through the expansion of existing private and public programs, Chief Executive David Wichmann said. He criticized the prospect of a government-led single-payer system, sometimes called Medicare for All, that would effectively eliminate private health insurers like UnitedHealthcare. “The wholesale disruption of American health care being discussed … would surely jeopardize the relationship people have with their doctors, destabilize the nation’s health system and limit the ability of clinicians to practice medicine at their best,” Wichmann said. “And the inherent cost burden would surely have a severe impact on the economy and jobs, all without fundamentally increasing access to care.” (Snowbeck, 4/16) The Star Tribune: UnitedHealth CEO Warns Against Democrats’ Push For Single-Payer Health Coverage  Former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is a rare breed in the 2020 presidential race — he’s running as a moderate. On health care, he supports universal coverage and boasts about Colorado’s record-low uninsured rate. But unlike many of his competitors for the Democratic nomination, he opposes “Medicare-for-all,” the single-payer federal system that would guarantee health care coverage to every American. (Rennie, 4/17) Meanwhile — Bloomberg: Health Stocks Take $28 Billion Beating In Medicare-For-All Fight  Kaiser Health News/Politifact: Hickenlooper Expanded Medicaid, Created State-Run Marketplace To Insure Nearly All Coloradans Politics can be an ugly business. Health-care politics, especially so. Health-care companies that get mixed up in politics? That’s $28 billion worth of ugly. On Tuesday, UnitedHealth Group Inc. — treated by investors as a bellwether for the insurance sector — waded into the debate over Medicare for All, which would expand government-administered coverage to most of the population and rewrite the businesses of U.S. health insurers, hospitals and doctors. (Tozzi and Armstrong, 4/16) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is trying to use “Medicare for All” to win over white working-class voters, many of whom supported President Trump in 2016. The 2020 candidate went on Fox News, Trump’s turf, on Monday night for a town hall, where audience members cheered when asked if they would support Medicare for All. Sanders shared the clip on social media several times the following day. (Sullivan, 4/16) The CEO of the nation’s largest health insurer on Tuesday sharply criticized “Medicare for all” proposals being debated by Democratic lawmakers and presidential hopefuls, weighing in on a major political fight ahead of the 2020 election. Medicare for all would amount to a “wholesale disruption of American health care [that] would surely jeopardize the relationship people have with their doctors, destabilize the nation’s health system, and limit the ability of clinicians to practice medicine at their best,” UnitedHealth Group CEO David Wichmann said on a conference call. (Weixel, 4/16) The Hill: Sanders Courts GOP Voters With ‘Medicare For All’ Plan  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

Google Stadia Founders Edition How to get on Googles gaming service first

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Google has unveiled a new Stadia Founder’s Edition swag pack that’ll let you be “among” the first to try out its cloud  gaming platform. Here’s everything you need to know about it.The kit will reportedly let you access the Google Stadia platform earlier than everyone else when the streaming services launches at an unspecified point in November. You can pre-order the Google Stadia Founder’s Edition now. Google claims it includes roughly £240 worth of hardware and services despite costing just. £119For your money you’ll get a limited edition Night Blue Stadia Controller, Chromecast Ultra as well as three months of Stadia Pro membership for you and a friend. Stadia Pro is the top tier package on Google’s new streaming platform. It will grant players access to new games every month and support 4K, 60fps, HDR game streaming and Dolby 5.1 surround sound.Related: Best games consolesStadia was unveiled by Google at the Game Developer Conference earlier this year. It aims to let people stream triple-A games over Google’s cloud infrastructure. It’ll work on any TV with a Chromecast Ultra plugged in. You’ll also be able to run it through a Chrome browser tab on laptops, tablets and PCs or the Pixel app – which currently works on Google’s own brand smartphones.The company has announced plans to expand the number of compatible phones ahead of launch.As well as the exclusive hardware, Stadia Founder’s Edition buyers will also be granted full access to the popular Destiny 2 shooter. This will include all existing DLC plus the newly announced Destiny 2 Dark Keep pack. Players will be able to migrate their character from the Xbox, PlayStation and PC versions of Destiny 2.Google isn’t the only company experimenting with game streaming tech. Microsoft is working on a similar xCloud streaming service. The service works in a similar way to Stadia but leverages Microsoft’s Azure cloud tech. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

Microsoft boosts is AI offering for PowerPoint

first_imgThere’s nothing worse than a lifeless, bland PowerPoint presentation, and to celebrate PowerPoint Designer hitting one billion slides designed, Microsoft has announced a whole slew of new features for its little AI presentation helper.First up is one of the “biggest asks from customers”: Designer will now work seamlessly with a company’s branded templates. That means that Designer’s AI will step in to help pick the most suitable layout for content, intelligently crop images and recommend pictures and icons to make presentations pop. For those without a branded template, Designer will now help you come up with theme ideas even with a blank canvas. From the moment you start entering words on your first slide, Designer will pop up with a number of design ideas for you to implement or reject. Handily, the “high quality photographs” Designer recommends have all been fully licenced for commercial use, giving you one less thing to think about as you work on your pitch.Related: Office 2019 vs Office 365Lastly, Designer will now offer perspective to data. So if you type that an aeroplane flies at 30,000 feet, Designer might suggest adding that 30,000 feet is around the same height as Mount Everest. The idea is to help you add a bit more colour to a stat-heavy presentation, but as ever, you’re completely free to ignore Designer’s suggestions if they don’t chime with your intended tone.Of course, it’s no good having a beautiful visual display if your human presentational style feels flat, lifeless and boring, so Microsoft has one more feature to demonstrate: Presenter Coach. This will offer insights into your presentation, giving feedback on “pacing, inclusive language, use of filler words, and culturally insensitive phrases,” according to Microsoft. “It even lets you know when you’re just reading off the slide,” Microsoft explains. “At the end of each rehearsal session, a detailed report with metrics for additional practice is provided.”Related: Best laptopsIt’ll be available on PowerPoint for the web this summer. Hopefully you don’t have any daunting presentations coming up before then…PowerPoint users: are these features gimmicks or gamechangers? Let us know on Twitter: @TrustedReviews. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think.last_img read more

WatchGeopolitical environment the most dangerous its been in decades warns elite risk

first_img January 9, 20196:00 AM ESTLast UpdatedJanuary 9, 20196:00 AM EST Filed under News Economy Anti-liberal strongmen are tugging away at the edges in Turkey, Brazil and Hungary. Some in the twilight zones of the democratic world are drifting towards the Putin-Xi camp. “U.S. alliances everywhere are weakening. The limited trust that underpins the U.S.-China relationship appears to be gone,” said Eurasia in its annual outlook. All that bad stuff the stock market worried about is starting to happen What’s in store for Canada’s economy, markets and politics World’s biggest money manager expects Bank of Canada to hit the brakes in 2019 The dystopian picture is grim enough even at this late stage of global economic expansion, which begs the question: what would happen in a deep recession with mass unemployment?Eurasia Group warned that 2019 could “turn out to be the year the world falls apart” although it is not the central forecast. Denouement may take a little longer. There is much ruin in a great geopolitical order, to paraphrase Adam Smith.Once a system of values and institutions has evolved over decades, it is sticky. “Barring bad luck (like Sarajevo in 1914?), it takes years, even decades to knock down a geopolitical order. That process of erosion is under way around the world today,” it said.We’re setting ourselves up for trouble down the road. Big trouble Ambrose Evans-Pritchard 0 Comments Comment Reddit The Telegraph This is the year that mounting hammer blows to the Western alliance system and the edifice of global governance threaten to bring the old order tumbling down.“The geopolitical environment is the most dangerous it’s been in decades,” warns Eurasia Group, political risk adviser to the world’s elites, and a voice of globalist ideology.Pax Americana is unravelling. The transatlantic concord underpinning the West since the Fifties is dying. Nato, the G7, the G20, the WTO and the EU are all in varying degrees of crisis. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has an open goal. “Every single one of these is trending negatively. And most in a way that hasn’t been in evidence since the Second World War,” it said.Donald Trump is — in Eurasia’s view — the central catalyst and accelerant for much of what is going wrong in the world It is a world in which the gloves are coming off in cyber warfare, setting off a cycle of “action and reaction” that could all too easily spin out of control.The Pentagon’s Cyber Command is preparing for “pre-emptive strikes.” There are exploratory plans to give private U.S. companies leeway to “hack back” when attacked.In parallel, a “global tech Cold War” is closing in. States are slashing reliance on foreign suppliers wherever national security is at stake. The West is shutting out Chinese manufacturers of 5G high-speed equipment. Digital globalism is in retreat.Donald Trump is — in Eurasia’s view – the central catalyst and accelerant for much of what is going wrong in the world. It starts at home in Washington. “Damage is being done to the legitimacy of democratic institutions in the world’s largest economy,” it said.Eurasia says House Democrats will probably move forward articles of impeachment for obstruction of justice. This will resolve nothing. The Republican Senate will resist. The battle will not end like Watergate with an obedient resignation in the interests of the nation. Trump is no Richard Nixon. He will fight back tooth and claw, and precipitate a constitutional crisis.Europe is in no fit state to step into the leadership vacuum as America turns its back on the liberal alliance system and nexus of shared values.Fond hopes that Emmanuel Macron would scatter the hordes of rebel populism in Europe after his triumph in 2017 have been dashed. His approval rating has dropped to 23 per cent. He faces a national emergency from the gilets jaunes. His domestic and eurozone reforms are “a dead letter.”Eurasia estimates that eurosceptic/populist forces will win 37 per cent of the seats in the European Parliament next May, up from 28 per cent in 2014.“The new body formed later in 2019 will be in crisis before it even gets to work. This year will be the one when populists gain real power on Europe’s largest stage,” it said. This before the next inevitable downturn hits. When it does come the political shock absorbers will be perilously weakened. Belt-tightening will unleash a lot of deflationary demons.“The reason many in the U.K. voted to leave the EU is that they recognized it wasn’t fit for purpose over the long term. On that count, they look to be right,” states the group.The biggest tail risk is a Sino-American showdown ending in global economic slump, bitter recrimination, and a cycle of escalation “into the kinetic space.” Eurasia says relations have already deteriorated beyond the point of no return. Nor is there any workable common ground for compromise. At stake is 21st Century technology dominance, not trade.“Rising nationalist sentiment makes it unlikely that Beijing will ignore U.S. provocations,” it added.The balance of probabilities is that the world will muddle through 2019 without any of these landmines detonating. Yet the drift of events is clear. The Western liberal order we took for granted at the end of the Cold War is under existential threat.“We’re setting ourselves up for trouble down the road. Big trouble,” it said. More Join the conversation → Share this storyGeopolitical environment the most dangerous it’s been in decades, warns elite risk adviser Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Twitter Recommended For YouOman urges Iran to release seized tankerDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through Facebook Geopolitical environment the most dangerous it’s been in decades, warns elite risk adviser Nato, the G7, G20, WTO — The transatlantic concord underpinning the West since the Fifties is dying Emaillast_img read more

Almost 30000 PlugIn Electric Cars Sold In Europe In August 2018

Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 27, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News U.S. plug-in electric car sales finally way higher than in Europe.In August, plug-in electric car sales in Europe increased by 42% year-over-year to 29,949 at an average market share of 2.7%.After the first eight months fo 2018, sales amounted to some 242,000 (up 41%) at an average 2.3% market share.More sales reports Nissan LEAF Sales In Europe Dip Below 2,500 In August 2018 As August is a rather slow month, now we look forward to a new record – maybe in September.Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – August 2018The three top-selling models for the year are without change, although the Nissan LEAF doesn’t shine as brightly as before.Nissan LEAF – 2,924 and 24,539 YTDRenault ZOE – 2,213 and 21,127 YTDBMW i3 – 1,675 and 14,664 YTDInterestingly, the new Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid was the 3rd best-selling model in Europe – 1,848! Also, the PHEV Panamera noted a strong 850 sales.On the other hand, Hyundai Kona Electric starts with 455 – not bad compared to just 86 Jaguar I-PACE.Registration stats for Europe are provided by EV Sales Blog:Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – August 2018 (Source: EV Sales Blog)The comparison between Europe and U.S. starts to change as the Tesla Model 3 enabled the U.S. to take over in July and extend the advantage in August. In September, it will be a huge disproportion, we believe. Tesla Model S Retains Europe’s Top-Selling Large Luxury Car Title BMW & Volkswagen Are #1 And 2 In Plug-In Car Sales In Europe read more

The Toughest Tesla Question What Is The Companys Biggest Asset

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla CEO Elon Musk: The Recode Decode Podcast Interview Sean is presenting this newest video as part one of a two-part series. His followup will look at the company’s biggest risk. As soon as that video becomes available, we’ll share it with you here. In the meantime, let’s take a look at how he came up with the information to determine the Silicon Valley automaker’s most valuable asset.Sean says he posted a survey asking if the Tesla Roadster referral prize should go away. Not surprisingly, some 70 percent of respondents voted “Yes.” The electric car maker doesn’t advertise in the traditional sense, but it uses its referral program to round up new customers, and it’s clearly working. But, we know of multiple YouTubers that already have a free Roadster coming and at least one person that has already secured two! If the company can afford to give away multiple Roadsters, the success of the program is clear.The survey started a conversation between Sean and another Tesla owner, which enticed Sean to try to get a rough idea of the monetary value of a Tesla customer. While he doesn’t have access to all the data to assure a truly accurate figure, he takes the time to estimate based on the information that’s available. The result may shock you. Essentially, if not for Tesla’s supportive owner base, the company wouldn’t be selling nearly as many cars.Check out the video and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.Video Description via Sean Mitchell (AllThingsEV.info) on YouTube:What is Tesla’s most valuable asset?Tesla’s most valuable assetA two part series where in the next video I will cover Tesla’s biggest risk.Intro: Is it Elon Musk? Bloomberg estimates at 23.6B as of December 2018Is it the Model 3? Which as sold nearly 100K vehicles as of October 2018I would say it is its current owner base.Some Tesla critics even call it a cult.I posted a Twitter poll last night asking if the Tesla Roadster referral prize should go away. Of the 300+ that have voted 70% say yes.That spurred on a discussion with Tesla owner Marc Benton on if there was any other car maker who has as active of an owner base as Tesla. We both agree that we could not think of one.That got me thinking, what is the monetary value of Tesla’s customers.Since Tesla does not do traditional advertising, I surmised a lot. After looking at the data I was blown away at how much ‘a lot’ actually is.That’s just car sales, what about brand awareness?Digiday estimates that the going rate for a YouTube sponsorship is around $2,000 per 100,000 subsIf we take a few of the most prominent YouTubers promoting their referral code, we find something really interesting.Summary: Tesla has a more than $3.5B annual cash cow on their hands which I believe no other car company has figured out.In my next video I’m going to cover the areas I believe Tesla is at risk of losing their largest asset and how they can preserve it. Tesla Model 3 Sales Charge Way Past Milestone Of 100,000 In U.S. The answer that’s most likely correct may surprise you.Of course, many people would immediately say that Tesla’s most valuable asset is CEO Elon Musk. Despite any of his shortcomings, he’s a brilliant visionary with a massive net worth and a huge social media presence. The Model 3 may be another answer that tops many peoples’ list. This makes perfect sense since the automaker has sold an impressive number of Model 3s and has really only just begun. However, our good friend Sean Mitchell did some digging, and he seems convinced that Tesla’s owner base is its largest asset by far and wide.Related Content: Tesla Model 3 Performance Added To Referral Program Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Tesla Model 3 2nd Best Resale Among All Cars Tops Segment All

first_img Tesla Vehicles May Hold Value Resale Better Than Gas Cars Source: Electric Vehicle News Let’s Look Into The Resale Value Of A Tesla Model S Tesla Model S, X Hold Higher Resale Value Than Rivals No matter how you frame it, the Tesla Model 3 has better resale value than all rivals.Let’s start by saying the Kelley Blue Book (KBB) awarded the Tesla Model 3 for best resale value among all electric cars. Its larger sibling, the Tesla Model X, grabbed the second position within the same segment. However, the electric car segment is quite small, so while this is impressive, it isn’t saying a lot Interestingly, KBB ranked these cars in the electric car category, but didn’t talk about how they compare overall or in their respective classes.Related Stories:center_img The numbers:According to KBB, the resale value of a Model 3 after 36 months comes in at 69.3 percent of the original price. After 60 months, this number drops to 48.7 percent. Tesla Model X percentages are 56.7 and 34.3 over the same time periods.The overall winner among all vehicles is the 2019 Toyota Tacoma, which is a subcompact pickup truck and doesn’t compare with either Tesla vehicle. However, KBB says its estimated 36-month resale value is 69.4, only one-tenth of a percent better than the Model 3. Next in line overall is the 2019 Jeep Wrangler, at 66.5 percent. So, while KBB doesn’t point it out, over 36 months, the Model 3 is the second-place car in terms of resale value among all vehicles on the U.S. market.Diving Deeper:What if the Tesla Model 3 and Model X were matched up with other vehicles in their classes, rather than divided into a solitary electric car category? Looking closely at the numbers provides a very interesting answer to this question.The Model 3 is officially categorized as a compact car, but it also fits in the luxury car segment, and some people would argue that it’s nearly a midsize. What were the vehicles in those segments with the top resale values and how did they fare?Best Compact Car – 2019 Honda Civic36 months: 55.5%60 months: 41.2%Best Luxury Car – 2019 Audi A736 months: 47.3%60 months: 32.3%Best Entry-Level Luxury Car – 2019 Lexus RC36 months: 54.5%60 months: 38.5%Best Mid-Size Car – 2019 Subaru Legacy36 months: 51.8%60 months: 38.4%As you can clearly see, the Model 3 wins by a long shot in all the above categories. If you look at Model X resale value in comparison to others in categories like Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover, Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover, Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover, and Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover, it fares well against every winner, especially with its 36-month figure.There is a lot to digest in KBB’s resale value awards. Follow the link (2) below if you want to crunch some more numbers and form your own conclusions.If you’re interested in purchasing a used electric car, check out our sister site MYEV.com.Sources: KBB, 2, CleanTechnica The @Tesla #Model3 has a cultural magic and desirability about it that made people willing to wait months and even years to own one — that’s how you hold on to your resale value over time. #KBBBestResaleValue— Kelley Blue Book (@KelleyBlueBook) January 24, 2019 Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 25, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Tesla To Unveil Supercharger Version 30 Tonight In California

first_imgOkay, with the Supercharger V 3 primer out of the way, let’s move on to what’s now known. Tesla will host an event tonight at 8 PM Pacific Time (11 PM Eastern) in Fremont, California. Select invites have been sent out (see below).  V3 Superchargers will apparently work on all versions of the Model 3.Anyone received invitation to supercharger v3 too? @marc_benton @Model3Owners @Teslatunity pic.twitter.com/i2Bo1LsBgi— privater (@privater) March 6, 2019 Tesla Now Operates Over 12,000 Superchargers At 1,400 Stations We’ll update this post as more information becomes available this evening.Developing story…In somewhat related news, Tesla will officially unveil the Tesla Model Y on March 14. Right on schedule.Tesla has announced the unveiling of its first-ever Supercharger version 3.0. This higher-powered charger will further enable and encourage long-distance travel.Tesla CEO Elon Musk told us it would open this Wednesday and, sure enough, it will. This new, higher-powered Supercharger will enhance the long-distance travel capabilities of all Tesla vehicles.Before we dive into the details, let’s look at what was speculated:First unit to be located in Northwest U.S.Built-in coolant system that pumps liquid into the cable portionCharge rate of 200 kW initially, but 250 kW later onMost beneficial to the Model 3, which can accept all of the extra juice First Tesla Supercharger Version 3.0 To Go Live On Wednesday Source: Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 6, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Musk made the version 3.0 announcement back on March 3 via Twitter. We’ve embedded his tweet below:First public Tesla V3.0 Supercharger Station goes live Wed 8pm— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2019 More Supercharger news Check Out This Anti ICE-ing Tesla Supercharger Device In Taiwan: Videolast_img read more

UECC orders two hybrid batteryLNG car carrying ships

first_imgShipping company United European Car Carriers (UECC) has signed a contract to construct two new Pure Car/Truck Carriers (PCTC) with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group. The vessels will be powered by a hybrid battery/liquefied natural gas (LNG) solution, and the first vessel is planned for delivery in 2021.Each vessel will have a length of 169 meters, a beam of 28 meters, and a carrying capacity of 3,600 vehicles on 10 cargo decks.“UECC’s experience with LNG PCTCs has been very good and there was really no other alternative for us,” said UECC’s Jan Thore Foss. “The LNG solution will reduce the CO2 emission by about 25 percent.” Source: United European Car Carriers Source: Electric Vehicles Magazinelast_img read more

Turbowheel Lightning review Cheating death on a 40 mph electric scooter

first_imgElectric scooters have exploded in popularity over the last year or so. You can see them everywhere from college campuses to boardwalks and city streets. But while cute little 250 W and 15 mph (25 km/h) electric scooters are the norm, there are much, much more powerful options lurking in the shadows.And when it comes to high power, you need not look any further than the Turbowheel Lightning electric scooter from Ewheels. At 40 mph (64 km/h), this electric scooter is a beast. And having survived the last two weeks on it, I’m here to share my story. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqMH4mh99DcThe post Turbowheel Lightning review: Cheating death on a 40 mph electric scooter appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img read more

Best brothers determined to keep getting better

first_imgShares11 Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Greg Wood Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Jim and Tom Best during a training session. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst Share on WhatsApp From their hill in East Sussex, two young trainers look down on many of their rivals Horse racing They still have a long way to go, though, because the target is the very top. “We want to be big,” Tom says. “That’s why we concentrate on the jumping rather than being dual purpose.” This time, Jim takes over. “We just feel that on the Flat, you’ll never compete with Aidan O’Brien and people like that,” he says. “You’ll never be the champion, whereas in jumping, it’s more realistic.”Jumping is more of a business than it was 20 years ago but such naked ambition will still jar with some, much as it did when Martin Pipe started to change the way things were done in the mid-1980s. The Bests, who cite Pipe as their great inspiration, do not seem too bothered.”We always had it in mind that we wanted to train,” Jim says. “When we learned to ride, we used it as a ticket to get into various yards and see what people are doing. It’s amazing how many different methods trainers have and, in the end, we came up with a combination of all the things we thought were good.”Tom continues: “We’re always looking at sellers and claimers, looking for horses we think we can improve. Sometimes we’ll follow them for a year or more, waiting for the form to deteriorate so that they end up in a seller.”There’s no point claiming from trainers like Paul Nicholls or David Pipe, but there’s others we love getting them from.”Back to Jim. “Standards are much higher now,” he says, “but there are people who had success 15 years ago and are still stuck in the past. They still get winners, they make a living and they’re happy, but you can’t have that mentality if you’re looking to get bigger and bigger.”A grass gallop up the sharp face of the South Downs is key to the Bests’ ultra-fitness programme. “We get horses that have run last week,” Tom says, “and we send them up there and they blow up halfway.”Such is the Bests’ dedication – neither has had a day off in nearly four years – that their training career seems unlikely to follow suit. “We want to get to the top,” Jim says, “and we won’t give up until we do.”center_img First published on Tue 14 Oct 2008 19.01 EDT … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Tue 14 Oct 2008 19.01 EDT Best brothers determined to keep getting better Reuse this content Horse racing @Greg_Wood_ Share via Email “It’s an obsession,” Jim Best says. “There was no one in our family who could even ride a horse, but when I was nine years old, I had a diary and I’d write down the result of every race, every day.” Across the table, Tom, his brother, picks up the theme. “We’ve had the Racing Post or the Sporting Life every day since I was six,” he says. “Every morning, first thing, our mum would be off to get it. All the other kids would read comics. They must have thought it was a bit strange.”The Bests do this a lot. Though not twins – Jim is 28 and Tom two years younger – they catch each other’s thoughts and finish each other’s sentences, so often that they might as well be. Jim’s name is the one on the trainer’s licence for their stable on top of a hill in Lewes, East Sussex, but he is at pains to stress that it is “completely a 50-50 partnership”.As partnerships go, it is proving to be hugely effective. In three full seasons at Grandstand Stables – it is next to the old grandstand of Lewes racecourse, now converted into flats – the Bests’ jumping operation has had a strike-rate of 21%, 24% and 17%. Their much smaller Flat team, meanwhile, is firing at 17% this season, with five winners from just 29 runners and a level-stakes profit of £24.That will recede into insignificance, though, if Gee Dee Nen, their runner in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday, can win the first prize of £100,000.”He’s really been bought to go hurdling,” Jim says, “but we couldn’t pass up a prize like that. Last year, we thought £12,000 was a lot of money to spend on a horse. Six thousand, that always seemed to be the figure when we found a new owner. Last year, we had 18 horses, but now we’ve got 35 and this one cost over £100,000, so we’re going the right way.” Read more Support The Guardian Share on Facebook featureslast_img read more

Researcher wins 2 million NIH grant to study immunological memory

first_imgJun 27 2018The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a $2 million, five-year grant to Ken Oestreich, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, to study immunological memory.The human immune system can “remember” invading pathogens, such as viruses, and can recognize intruders from previous infections and respond more quickly and robustly.”We want to know how memory cells form as part of the immune response,” said Oestreich, who also serves as an assistant professor in both the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “Understanding the ways in which these cells form is critical for the design of more effective vaccines, as well as new therapies that capitalize on the body’s natural defense system.”In response to infection by intracellular pathogens, such as influenza, the immune system triggers a boost in the number of specialized immune cells available to fight infection. Called effector T cells, these soldiers differentiate into two classes to battle influenza: T helper 1 (Th1) and T follicular helper (Tfh) cells.These two effector cell types perform distinct duties as part of an immune response. Th1 cells help coordinate the responses of other immune cells at the site of infection, while Tfh cells help other cells make antibodies specifically designed to eliminate the pathogen. Oestreich and his team previously discovered that, despite their different functions, these T cell populations may be developmentally linked.As the immune system eliminates the infection, the large population of defending cells is no longer needed, and their numbers wane. However, a small number of cells are left behind. These cells transition from actively fighting to a passive state.”These new memory T cells are waiting, poised to react should a challenge arise again,” Oestreich said.Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerSlug serves as ‘command central’ for determining breast stem cell healthResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairThis means that if the body sees the same pathogen during a future infection, the memory effector T cells bounce back into action, wiping out the disease so efficiently that the host often doesn’t even develop symptoms.It’s unclear, though, whether memory cells arise directly from the fighting effector T cells, or whether they form as a separate set of cells during infection. It was previously thought that they use the same battle plan as before, where memory Th1 cells fight at the site of infection, while memory Tfh cells work with other cells to produce antibodies needed to defeat the invader.”We’re questioning that now,” Oestreich said. “We have good preliminary evidence suggesting that Th1 cells can give rise to Tfh cells, and that they may transform into memory T cell populations.”That’s an important distinction, Oestreich said — it would mean that these cell types aren’t as dissimilar as previously thought.”We’re investigating whether Th1 cells can give rise to memory cells,” Oestreich said. “This would mean that memory populations can come directly from effector cells, allowing them to switch roles as needed during the course of an immune response.”Ultimately, this means that the immune system may not fight with separately-trained soldiers, but, rather, the soldiers change roles as the environment changes.”This allows the cells to respond and perform different functions as soon as they are needed,” Oestreich said.The research grant from the NIH allows Oestreich to study exactly how the molecular environment affects effector and memory T cell status and function. Oestreich and his team will use both cells cultured in his laboratory and infection models, such as influenza. By understanding the regulatory pathways of memory cell transitions, scientists may be able to develop increasingly effective vaccines as well as innovate novel immunotherapeutic strategies, according to Oestreich. Source:http://research.vtc.vt.edu/news/2018/jun/21/vtcri-scientist-awarded-2-million-grant-national-i/last_img read more