Toshibas Wall Art TV is another so thin its crazy set

first_imgYou’re nobody, frankly, in the TV business if you don’t have a super-skinny display that looks almost as though it has been painted onto the wall. Now, Toshiba joins that rarified club. Making its debut at IFA 2017 today, the Toshiba Wall Art TV Concept is 65-inches of 4K resolution OLED. Toshiba isn’t giving exact thickness details, preferring to describe it as “card-thin”. We’re not especially sure what sort of card that means; it’s definitely more than a couple of credit cards stacked together. Nonetheless, combined with the ribbon-style power and data cable – which you could, in theory, plaster over – it does do a decent job of looking like it has been painted onto the wall. Of course, the reason Toshiba can do that is because it has offloaded all the processing to a separate box. That’s definitely on the large size, and finished in a finger-print grabbing gloss black. You do at least get Netflix and YouTube apps preloaded, Screenshare for beaming across content from Android devices wirelessly, and extension services through the Opera TV store. There are also four HDMI inputs. Courtesy of the OLED panel, the screen section can be thinner so no separate backlight is required. There’s HDR support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and 99-percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. It’s also compatible with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) which, though not really used today, will eventually mean broader HDR support for streaming content. Toshiba’s MEMC (motion estimation/motion compensation) feature has been carried over from the company’s other sets, promising reductions in blur between scenes. One advantage to the larger bass station is that it has a subwoofer, while Toshiba has somehow managed to fit the other speakers into the screen’s minimalistic bezels.As what’s officially being called a concept, Toshiba isn’t saying when you might be able to buy a production version of the Wall Art TV. Still, with LG and Samsung both having similar models on the market, it’s hard to imagine Toshiba holding back – just make sure you have sufficiently deep pockets as it’s unlikely to be cheap.last_img read more

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Android Pie update HTC Sony Huawei commit

first_imgHTC is one of the first to speak up to reassure fans that they’re getting their Pie. At least fans that one the latest HTC U12+ and last year’s U11 modes like the U11+, U11, and U11 Life with Android One. No other devices have been mentioned, even those that would normally fall under the two-year support coverage. As to when that will actually happen, “all in due time”. HTC is perhaps memorable for being the first OEM to publish an infographic detailing the Android software update process that practically placed the delay blame on carriers. Despite having almost near stock Android, Sony hasn’t exactly been fast in updating its smartphones either. So it’s definitely encouraging to hear that the company won’t be taking too long to bring Android 9 to its users. According to Gizchina, Sony will roll out Android Pie to six smartphone models between September and November this year. That list includes the Xperia XZ2, Xperia XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ2 Premium, Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact, and Xperia XZ Premium. We’ll presume that the late 2018 flagship Sony is expected to unveil in a few weeks will come with Android Pie running out of the box.More surprising, however, is Huawei, who hasn’t been fast at all with Android updates. Especially given its heavily customized EMUI experience. Despite, that, the manufacturer is proudly confirming that the Huawei P20, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Honor 10, and Honor V10 are already being tested with the update. How long that testing will take, however, is anyone’s guess.For Android P’s development, Google has tapped a number of partners to provide beta releases for some of their smartphones. Those, which include HMD, OPPO, Vivo, and OnePlus, have yet to announce their schedules. None of them, however, beats Essential, who got the ball rolling right on day one. We’re pleased as pie to confirm updates to Android Pie for the HTC U12+, U11+, U11, and U11 life (Android One). Timeframes for roll-out will be announced in due course. We can’t wait to know what you think of Google’s freshest slice of Android! pic.twitter.com/mPJePFegne— HTC (@htc) August 10, 2018center_img Every new Android version kicks off two guessing games. The first is at the start of the development cycle when users try to guess which sweet dessert the release will be named after. The second is when the final version is finally formally launched. That’s when users start guessing when and if their precious smartphone is actually eligible for the update. To help make their customers guess less, some manufacturers have chimed in, publicly committing to bringing Android 9 Pie to at least some of their latest devices “soon”.last_img read more

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mophie charge stream adds four new wireless chargers

first_imgIt’s still not as common as some would like but wireless charging is finally becoming a staple on smartphones. The number of quality wireless chargers, however, still isn’t exactly that many either. And if you’re on the hunt for one that maximizes the wireless charging capabilities of any brand of smartphone, your choices are even fewer. But with mophie’s four new wireless chargers, like the vent mount, desk stand, powerstation wireless and powerstation wireless XL, you’re being promised you won’t need to go looking elsewhere. Car mounts that slot into air vents aren’t new and neither are charging ports for smartphones. Some more tech-savvy modern cars even have wireless charging plates in the center aisle. But a wireless charger on an air vent mount? That’s what the mophie charge stream vent mount is delivering, holding your phone securely, at eye level hopefully, while keeping it juiced up for all your navigation and entertainment (audio only please) needs. With a wireless charging output of 10 W, the vent mount is optimized for both the iPhone 7.5 W and Samsung’s 9 W maximum charging capacities.Those who prefer to charge on their desks won’t feel left out. There’s a new mophie charge stream desk mount that props up your phone for easy access while still keeping it charged. And in case you were worried the design limits you to one orientation, don’t. You can stand your phone in portrait mode or landscape, just the way you want. It also outputs power at 10 W, accommodating the Apple’s iPhones, Samsung’s Galaxies, and any other Qi-compatible smartphone.Most wireless chargers have the irony of charging phones wirelessly while they themselves are still tethered to a power cord. The mophie charge stream powerstation wireless and powerstation wireless XL defy that trend. Yes, these 6,040 mAh and 10,000 mAh batteries do function as typical wireless charging pads when plugged in but they can still wireless charge your phone on the go. The catch is that they can only output 5 W when mobile, losing the fast charging advantage. You can still get 10 W out of it if you don’t mind using a USB cable.AdChoices广告These four new wireless chargers, which can work with cases up to 3 mm thick, are now available from mophie’s store. Save for the desk stand that’s coming in Fall. The prices are as follows:• charge stream vent mount – $69.95• charge stream desk stand – $69.95 (available in Fall)• charge stream powerstation wireless – $79.95• charge stream powerstation wireless XL – $99.95last_img read more

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Pixel 3 Essential March updates are making owners very happy

first_imgAs always, the update is already available for supported Pixel phones in both OTA and firmware formats. Aside from the Essential, however, owners of other phones will have to just sit and wait for their OEM to roll it out which, in some cases, is almost never. Ever since the Stagefright exploit, Google has religiously been releasing updates every month. Most of the time, those have been filed with bug fixes and security patches, most of which have been uninteresting to consumers. This month’s update dump, however, might be exciting for owners of the latest Pixel 3 phones, with owners reporting palpable performance improvements. As always, Essential is the first OEM to rush to the frontline, bringing a different kind of treat to its faithful users. Monthly updates to Google’s Pixel devices mostly bumps up the security patch level and brings in some minor improvements. Listed in the March update are improvements on camera startup and responsiveness, Bluetooth reliability, and encrypted media playback. One item that has Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners excited, however, is read/write storage performance.Users are reporting significant increases in performance, especially when it comes to storage. This is confirmed by benchmarks comparing February’s and March’s updates. In some cases, like in random read/write tests, the speed is more than doubled. One could wonder why it took this long for this optimization to land on phones, but late is better than never.Essential has also announced that the update is now available for its one and only PH-1 phone. While it doesn’t really benefit from the improvements specific to the Pixel 3, it does have a highlight of its own. This update marks the addition of Digital Wellbeing to the phone, bringing Google’s digital lifestyle check to one more brand.AdChoices广告center_img The latest software release is now available. Check your Essential Phone for the update! pic.twitter.com/dzlWIPduAN— Essential (@essential) March 4, 2019last_img read more

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Galaxy A2 Core user manual reveals details for next Android Go phone

first_imgThe Galaxy A series might be gaining some attention thanks to their fancy and experimental features but Samsung has one that might be a bit less showy than the new one. A few leaks have pointed to the existence of a certain Galaxy A2 Core that bears more similarities with the recent Galaxy J2 Core than its Galaxy A family. In other words, it will be the first Galaxy A branded phone to come with Samsung’s own brand of Android Go. Given that detail, it’s to be expected that this will be the most entry-level Galaxy A phone, probably with as little as 1 GB of RAM, maybe an odd 1.5 GB even. Why Samsung would include it in the A line rather than the J will perhaps be a mystery.The user manual that Samsung may have published too early shows that it won’t be like most Android Go phones though. Just like with the Galaxy J2 Core, Samsung has liberally changed the way it looks to match its own aesthetics and include its own apps. There is a lot of focus on the Galaxy ecosystem, which is to be expected considering Android Go doesn’t enforce purity the way Android One does.What Android Go would offer, instead, is a configuration that should run well on very constrained hardware. At the moment, though, there’s little information on how constrained the Galaxy A2 Core would be. Simply based on the diagram about, it will be as basic as phones can be. There isn’t even a fingerprint scanner in sight.That might not be all that bad for a $99 Android Go phone but there might be other such phones that might offer more functionality. And considering it might be a Galaxy A series device, chances are the price will also be a bit higher, too.last_img read more

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Skullcandy Indy wireless earbuds launch as an 80 AirPods alternative

first_imgThe new Skullcandy Indy wireless earbuds feature two separate Bluetooth ear pieces, each in sync with the other to provide stereo audio sans a wire. This truly wireless earbud design has slowly trumped common wireless Bluetooth earbuds due to the cool factor and increased stealth.Indy offers on-the-go users 16 total hours of battery life, which includes recharging the ear pieces in the charging case. Without the case, users can expect around four hours of audio playback before the earbuds need recharged. Both ear pieces have an IP55 rating for resistance against sweat, rain, and dust.Users have access to capacitive touch controls, plus Skullcandy claims the ear pieces offer a noise-isolating fit to help block out ambient sounds. Indy features removable stability gels and gel tip options included with the kit, plus there’s a built-in microphone for taking and making calls.Skullcandy has launched the Indy truly wireless earbuds in Black at this time, but plans to expand the model with additional Indigo Blue, Moab, and Mint color options later this year. The model costs $79.99 USD and can be found on the maker’s website and from select retailers. Story TimelineSkullcandy Venue headphones have Tile built-in for trackingSkullcandy Push truly wireless earbuds include physical control buttonsSkullcandy Vert sports earbuds have a remote control puck Skullcandy has launched a new pair of truly wireless earbuds to compete with Apple’s AirPods and the growing number of similar wire-free in-ear headphones models. The new Skullcandy Indy features two ear pieces with an elongated design, as well as a carrying case that includes a built-in battery for charging. Unlike some competing models, Skullcandy’s offering has a budget price of $80.last_img read more

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Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR prices and 2019 release dates

first_imgThe “all-new Mac Pro” as they call it will cost approximately $5,999 USD, starting price. That’s the least expensive this computer gets, with the fewest upgrades right out the gate. This desktop monster will be “available to order in the fall.” The Pro Display XDR will be available starting at $4,999 – at its most base model configuration. There’ll be a Pro Stand available for an additional $999 USD, and a VESA Mount Adapter for $199. All will be “available to order in the fall.” Cross your fingers that this also means the devices will be available before the end of the year 2019 – no promises! To easily access the innards of the Mac Pro, the unit has a single-latch release. On top of the box is a handle that swings up and turns to unlock. Once unlocked the entire exterior shell of the desktop computer pulls up and away, revealing all four sides of the Mac Pro. So you’ll be super motivated to get in that and fiddle around and think about how you could buy more graphics cards and get the most powerful version of the machine – far above any one human being’s pay grade! Or something of that nature. In reality, this is an easy sell for Apple in that it takes full advantage of its massive size to deliver a classic piece of computing architecture for any professional environment. The display looks nice too. In the 2019 Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display we’ve got the most powerful, massive, and expensive top-end Apple computing hardware ever made. The Mac Pro for 2019 is modular, which means you’ll be able to buy a bunch of different configurations, also right out the gate. To make full use of the power coming with this Mac Pro, Apple’s delivered the Apple Pro Display XDR, a monitor that’s also quite unique.center_img Story TimelineThis is the new Mac Pro: Professionally modular, thermally soundApple Pro Display XDR is the perfect Mac Pro monitor2019 Mac Pro modular system in detaillast_img read more

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Microsoft has a brighter future in mobile computing with Windows on ARM

first_imgOf course, Intel and AMD have the advantage when it comes to raw power, especially when that’s paired with graphics processors specifically designed for x86 computers. But the use cases where such power is needed is becoming more niche than common. While everyone would wish they could carry the equivalent of a supercomputer with them everywhere, the laws of physics and Moore, unfortunately, limit how much you can realistically cram inside a small piece of silicon. For most other computing needs, the power in most high-end smartphones is almost more than enough.It’s a connected mobile worldThe general use case for most PCs these days, both desktops and laptops, mostly revolve around the web and apps. But more than the tools being used, what’s continually changing is the nature of our work and their locations. Even regular office work requires the Internet but often not as much processing power or memory. Some offices have even started embracing the remote and mobile work lifestyle.But even in those cases where the computer just sits on a desk, an ARM-based computer may offer more benefits over regular computers. It would sip power rather than gulp it down, using only what’s needed. For the most basic computing uses, it would even be more cost-efficient, as ARM-based computers are often cheaper than Intel counterparts.We are living in an increasingly connected world where connectivity and sometimes mobility have become core requirements in getting work done. ARM excels in both those points, even offering processing power to compete with computers from two years ago. And for those that require more power for number crunching, gaming, rendering, and others, the likes of Intel and AMD will happily cater to them.New generation of computing“You can never get real work done a tablet” was the phrase often thrown at early adopters of the iPad Pro. Those users and Apple have proven them wrong and today the Apple camp is excitedly waiting for the arrival of iPadOS. You can get work done on tablets and even on phones. It really just boils down to the software that lets you get your work done.The criticism against doing work on mobile computers have mostly revolved around the lack of familiar software on those platforms. In some cases, alternatives have popped but there are still dozens if not hundreds of other software unavailable on iOS and Android. And that’s where Windows on ARM can come in.Imagine being able to do almost everything you do on a desktop or laptop on something as thin and as mobile as an iPad Pro? The Surface Pro comes closest to that dream but it still held back not by ports but by the requirements and consequences of x86 processors. No Surface can outlast an iPad or even a smartphone in battery life, especially if you try keeping connected all the time.The journey has just begunIt’s not an easy road to get to that ideal, as Microsoft itself will tell anyone willing to listen. But it’s a journey it must take if it wants Windows to still be relevant to the next generation of computer users who will not be tethered to desks or Ethernet connections.There’s still a lot of work to be done in making software run smoothly on that hardware. The Snapdragon 8cx looks promising but benchmarks don’t tell the whole story when running in real-world scenarios. There’s also the matter of supporting x86 apps on ARM. Either Microsoft finds an acceptable way to run those on a different platform or, better yet, influence developers to build for ARM.It’s a chicken and egg problem, though, and Microsoft will have to show better commitment than it did with UWP. The potential rewards, however, can put Microsoft back on the map and give users fewer reasons to want an iPad or even a Chromebook. A painful pastMicrosoft has had a rather colorful history with the ARM platform of late, and that’s speaking kindly. After its time with Windows CE, it hasn’t had much luck with ARM devices, be it its Android-based Nokia/Lumia phones or, more relevant, its ARM-based 2-in-1 tablets. That goes for the first Surface with Windows RT and the more recent Windows on Snapdragon from HP and ASUS.Microsoft’s problem with Windows on ARM has always been two-fold. On the one hand, there’s the performance of Windows itself on a platform it wasn’t designed to run on. In other words, it was tragically disappointing compared to the promises of mobility and longevity that Microsoft and even Qualcomm made.AdChoices广告The other side of the coin is the software that ran on these devices. Windows’ world has always been x86 and so does the software that run on it. Moving to ARM meant either leaving behind the reasons people still use Windows or trying to support running them on an alien platform. Neither scenario ended well.Always on, Always connected, Always everywhereIf it’s such a pain to get Windows, and Windows software, running on ARM in an acceptable manner, why should Microsoft bother anyway? Make no mistake, the x86 architecture is probably never going to disappear in a long, long while but, over the next few years, ARM-based devices will be dominating the computing market. Considering how smartphones outnumber PCs, both desktops and laptops, that’s already the case.The strengths of ARM processors have been repeated over and over. Their power efficiency allows devices to be always on or at least wake up extremely fast from sleep. They can also keep connected to the Internet longer in that case, even and especially when LTE is involved. And because of their size and thermal output, they can be placed inside very portable forms, like phones and tablets. Rumors about a Surface with an ARM processor has fans both excited and skeptical. That wouldn’t be Microsoft’s first dance with ARM, not even its first ARM-based Surface computer. In almost all cases since the first Surface, Windows on ARM has ended up being a disappointment. It is almost as if the computing gods were sending Microsoft a not so subtle message to stick with Intel and ARM or, in general, the x86/64 architecture. That may be the easy way out, but it won’t last for long. For better or worse, and Intel certainly won’t like it, Microsoft needs to move heaven and earth to make Windows work perfectly on ARM because its future there will be more promising than on a hardware platform that’s showing its age and limits. center_img Story TimelineSnapdragon 8cx gives Windows its most extreme Arm chip yetThe 5 big Snapdragon 8cx details to get you up to speedNext Surface Pro could have custom-made Snapdragon 8cx chiplast_img read more

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Nissan uses diamond polishing tech for Altima engine

first_imgThe treatment was first used inside the Nissan GT-R engine and has been applied to specialty models in the past, such as the Sentra Nismo. The mirror bore process helps the engines to run smoothly by eliminating the need for bulky cylinder liners. Nissan says that its Decherd assembly line added mirror bore equipment for the launch of the Altima making it the highest volume application of the technology at Nissan.The Decherd assembly plant assembles an engine every 19 seconds and can build 1.4 million engines per year. The special process sprays and polishes the cylindrical space inside the engine where the piston moves. During the spraying phase, sparks fly due to a charged metal wire used to atomize the material and coat the inside of the cylinders.The coating only needs to be 200 microns thick, which is about twice the thickness of human hair. In the second stage of the process, a special drill bit is used that has tiny bits of diamonds unfit for jewelry use that spins at high speed. That drill bit polishes the metal inside the cylinder until shiny and smooth. That is what gives the process its mirror bore name.The Decherd Powertrain Assembly Plant is the highest volume engine plant in the United States according to Nissan. The facility builds over a million engines annually and has built nearly 13 million since it opened in 1997. The factory is massive at 1.1 million square feet and is about 90 miles southeast of Nashville and employs over 1,700 people. Nissan is talking up some of the tech it is using in the new Altima engine. Nissan says that the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima 2.5L engine uses manufacturing tech that is normally reserved for supercars. The tech Nissan is talking up is a mirror bore process used to reduce friction inside the engine and improve efficiency.last_img read more

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Hospitals Tackle Variety Of Health Law Issues

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. News outlets report on a variety of issues including the slow acceptance of ACOs and a legal set-back for doctor-owned facilities.Medpage Today: Hospitals Slow To Embrace ACOsAlthough the vast majority of surveyed hospitals aren’t yet ready to participate in accountable care organizations (ACOs), supporters of ACOs shouldn’t panic, according to a major hospital trade group. Three-quarters of the hospitals participating in the Commonwealth Fund’s Hospitals on the Path to Accountable Care survey reported not considering ACO participation at all. … ACOs are networks of doctors and hospitals that manage the health of a specific group of patients. One of the pillars of the Affordable Care Act, ACOs aim to make providers accountable for their quality as well as for the cost of care (Pittman, 8/21).Medpage Today: Federal Court Dismisses Stark Law ChallengePhysician-owned hospitals suffered defeat late last week when a federal court dismissed their challenge to a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that limits the expansion or building of new physician-owned hospitals. The ACA expanded Stark self-referral laws, which bar Medicare reimbursement to hospitals owned by physicians who “self-refer” patients there, by ending reimbursements for physician-owned hospitals even if they weren’t specialty facilities. Any physician-owned hospital licensed before Dec. 31, 2010, would still be reimbursed under the previous Stark laws, which say physician-owned hospitals are eligible for payments if they are “whole hospitals,” or more than a specialty care facility (Pittman, 8/21).Modern Healthcare:  AHA Pushes HHS On Medicaid QuestionsHospitals pressed HHS this week to address a range of Medicaid-related uncertainties created by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the federal health care overhaul.  The Aug. 20 letter from the American Hospital Association to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius primarily sought details on a range of payment issues for hospitals, including the fate of cuts in disproportionate-share hospital payments also included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Daly, 8/21).And in other news about health law implementation –Modern Healthcare/Crain’s Business Insurance:  Mid-Market Companies Face Health Benefits Enrollment ChallengesThe nation’s health care reform law requires companies with more than 200 full-time employees automatically to enroll their full-time workers in a health benefits plan starting in 2014, but uncertainty is delaying many employers’ efforts.  One challenge for middle-market companies is the U.S. Department of Labor has yet to finalize the regulations implementing the mandate in Section 1511 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In fact, the labor department already has said that its automatic enrollment guidance will not be ready to take effect by 2014 (Kenealy, 8/21). Hospitals Tackle Variety Of Health Law Issueslast_img read more

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First Edition April 23 2013

first_imgFirst Edition: April 23, 2013 This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines include reports about immigrant patients’ health care as well as the coverage limits that some victims of the Boston Marathon bombings might face. Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: Questions Arise About Robotic Surgery’s Cost, EffectivenessKaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: “In the dozen years since the Da Vinci robot has been approved for surgeries in the United States, it’s been embraced by health care providers and patients alike. Surgeons routinely use the multi-armed metal assistant to remove cancerous prostate glands and uteruses, repair heart valves and perform gastric bypass operations, among many other procedures” (Andrews, 4/23). Read the column.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: New Website Will Disclose Health Industry Payments To Doctors; Video: What Insurance Exchanges Mean For ConsumersNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Ankita Rao reports on a new government website that will make public information about financial relationships between physicians and other parts of the health care industry: “To comply with a provision in the Affordable Care Act, drug and device manufacturers, along with group purchasing organizations, will have to disclose all of their payments and other compensation to physicians and teaching hospitals. Those who don’t comply could be fined” (Rao, 4/23).Also on Capsules, a video of Kaiser Health News’ Jenny Gold, who appeared on the C-SPAN program, to discuss the insurance exchanges where consumers will be able to purchase coverage beginning Oct. 1 (4/22). Check out what else is on the blog.The Associated Press/Washington Post: US Hospitals Send Hundreds Of Immigrant Patients Back To Home Countries To Curb Cost Of CareIn interviews with immigrants, their families, attorneys and advocates, The Associated Press reviewed the obscure process known formally as “medical repatriation,” which allows hospitals to put patients on chartered international flights, often while they are still unconscious. Hospitals typically pay for the flights (4/23).The New York Times: Day Centers Sprout Up, Luring Fit Elders And Costing MedicaidNot a wheelchair or walker was in sight at these so-called social adult day care centers. Yet the cost of attendance was indirectly being paid by Medicaid, under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s sweeping redesign of $2 billion in spending on long-term care meant for the impaired elderly and those with disabilities. Such centers have mushroomed, from storefronts and basements to a new development in the Bronx that recently figured in a corruption scandal. With little regulation and less oversight, they grew in two years from eight tiny programs for people with dementia to at least 192 businesses across the city (Bernstein, 4/22).The New York Times: For Wounded, Daunting Cost; For Aid Fund, Tough DecisionsMany of the wounded could face staggering bills not just for the trauma care they received in the days after the bombings, but for prosthetic limbs, lengthy rehabilitation and the equipment they will need to negotiate daily life with crippling injuries. Even those with health insurance may find that their plan places limits on specific services, like physical therapy or psychological counseling (Goodnough, 4/22).Politico: Coverage Limits Are Harsh Reality For AmputeesThose who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombings now need care to learn to navigate the world in a new way — and navigate a thorny area of health care coverage, too. In the case of the Boston bombings, pledges and offers of support have poured in to help with the health care costs of the 14 people who reportedly lost all or part of a limb. But for some amputees, covering the staggering cost for prosthetics care can be a struggle (Smith, 4/23).Los Angeles Times: Study: Growth In Health Spending, Curbed By Recession, To ReboundA new study attributes a slowdown in U.S. healthcare spending to the recent recession and predicts more rapid growth as the economy strengthens. The report issued Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation seeks to shed light on the reasons behind the recent drop-off. The analysis found that economic factors related to the recession accounted for 77% of the reduced growth in national healthcare spending, which totaled an estimated $2.8 trillion in 2012 (Terhune, 4/22).The Washington Post’s WonkBlog: Here’s Why Health-Care Costs Are SlowingThe answer has huge implications for the federal budget, which now faces threats of really fast growth in Medicare, Medicaid and other health programs. If those programs grow like they have for the past few years — at the same rate as the rest of the economy — then that frees up lots of funds for whatever other investments the federal government wants to make (Kliff, 4/22).The Wall Street Journal: Tobacco Industry’s Challenge to Law Requiring Graphic Labels Is RejectedThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a tobacco-industry challenge to a 2009 federal law that requires graphic warning labels on cigarettes and expanded marketing restrictions on tobacco products. The challengers argued that parts of the law, which gave the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco, violated their constitutional free-speech rights (Kendall and Dooren, 4/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: NYC Proposes Raising Minimum Age For Cigarette Purchases From 18 To 21After years of striving to set a national agenda for curbing smoking, New York City may set a new bar by becoming the most populous place in America to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. A new proposal would increase the threshold from 18, a federal minimum that is the standard in many places. Four states and some communities have raised the age to 19, and at least two towns have agreed to raise it to 21 (4/23).The Washington Post: Supreme Court Weighs Restrictions That Congress Can Impose On Groups It FundsThe Supreme Court seemed conflicted Monday on the question of whether the federal government can force groups that receive funding for overseas anti-HIV/AIDS programs to adopt its views against prostitution and sex trafficking (Barnes, 4/22).The New York Times: Justices Weigh Conditions In Awarding U.S. GrantsThe question for the Supreme Court on Monday was whether groups receiving federal money to combat AIDS abroad may be required to adopt policies opposing prostitution. The answer, judging from the justices’ comments in the first half of the argument, seemed to be that the First Amendment bars attaching that kind of condition to federal grants (Liptak, 4/22). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.last_img read more

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Mulling The Pros And Cons Of A Govt Shutdown

first_imgCongressioinal Republicans are at odds about whether they should try to block all funding for the health law’s implementation — even if it triggers a government shutdown. Some say it wouldn’t work anyway and might bring with it a high political cost. But a new poll shows blame would likely be split evenly between Democrats and the GOP.NPR: GOP Debate: Is Obamacare Fight Worth A Government Shutdown?Congressional Republicans agree that the new federal health care program should be ended. But they are finding themselves bitterly divided over how. They have tried dozens of times to repeal it. Now, some GOP lawmakers want to block all money for Obamacare in a stopgap spending bill that must be approved next month to prevent the government from shutting down on Oct. 1. But other Republicans say that won’t work and may well backfire (Welna, 8/14).Politico: Poll: Shutdown Blame Would Be SplitHouse members shouldn’t worry about losing their seats if they oppose spending bills that contain Obamacare funding, conservatives said Wednesday. The blame for a potential government shutdown when the current spending bill expires Sept. 30 over the issue of stripping out funding for the Affordable Care Act would be spread among congressional Republicans, Democrats and President Barack Obama, according to a poll by GOP-leaning Basswood Research commissioned by Heritage Action for America (Everett, 8/14).In other news – Health News Florida: Obamacare Controls Prices: McCartyFlorida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty says there’s no need for the state to regulate health premiums because the Affordable Care Act has a rule that keeps them under control. In a discussion with the Orlando Sentinel editorial board, McCarty said the ACA contains a “self-regulator” that limits the amount of the premium that companies can keep for administrative expenses and profits (Gentry, 8/14). Mulling The Pros And Cons Of A Govt. Shutdown 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

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Obama To Acknowledge Troubled Rollout Of Healthcaregov

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Obama To Acknowledge Troubled Rollout Of Healthcare.gov President Barack Obama is expected to call the problems plaguing the insurance exchange’s startup unacceptable and detail efforts to fix them in an address in the Rose Garden today.The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama To Address Health Care Problems; President Said To Find Glitches UnacceptablePresident Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law’s rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the glitches. Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first health care-focused event since the cascade of computer problems became apparent. The troublesome rollout of the health care exchanges has been a glaring embarrassment for Obama’s signature legislative achievement (10/21).Politico: Obama To Speak About Obamacare WoesHe will be joined by people whom the White House described as already benefiting from the law, or helping with the outreach for people to understand and sign up for the new health coverage options. The White House has not announced how many people have enrolled in coverage, but some of the people attending the Monday event have done so (10/20).Reuters: Obama To Call Healthcare Website Glitches ‘Unacceptable’ As Fix SoughtPresident Barack Obama will declare the glitches in a new healthcare website “unacceptable” on Monday and outline ways for consumers to sign up for insurance while his team scrambles to fix problems that have tainted the rollout of his signature healthcare law. Fresh from two weeks of budget battles that have consumed Washington, Obama will hold an event at 11:25 a.m. (1525 GMT) in the White House Rose Garden with consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists who have been affected by the new law (Mason and Mutikani). The Associated Press/Washington Post: For President Obama, A Frustrating Rollout For His Signature Health Care LegislationLast week, President Barack Obama gathered some of his top advisers in the Oval Office to discuss the problem-plagued rollout of his health care legislation. He told his team the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses for not having the health care website ready to operate on Day One. The admonition from a frustrated president came amid the embarrassing start to sign-ups for the health care insurance exchanges. The president is expected to address the cascade of computer problems Monday during an event at the White House (10/20).last_img read more

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More Numbers Expected This Week On October Health Law Enrollment

first_imgIn related news, The New York Times reports that state and federal exchanges are using “happy talk” to market the new health coverage options available through the online insurance marketplaces, but they rarely mention the penalty. Other news outlets report on developments from Maryland, Oregon and Colorado. Reuters: Early Obamacare Data To Signal How Many Still Waiting To EnrollThe Obama administration will release healthcare enrollment numbers for Obamacare’s rocky October rollout this week that could be more important for what they fail to say, than for what they do. President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration, which is under intense pressure from Republicans to release the data, has signaled that the total will be low after weeks of technical problems with the federal website, HealthCare.gov (Morgan, 11/10).The New York Times: Talk Of Penalty Is Missing In Ads For Health CareNew York’s health exchange slogan is “Today’s the Day.” Minnesota has enlisted Paul Bunyan. Oregon held a music contest, and California stresses the “peace of mind” that will come with insurance. The state and federal health insurance exchanges are using all manner of humor and happy talk to sell the Affordable Care Act’s products. But the one part of the new system that they are not quick to trumpet is the financial penalty that Americans will face if they fail to buy insurance (Hartocollis, 11/10).St.Louis Post-Dispatch: As Federal Health Website Stalls, So Does MarketingMarketing campaigns to promote the new health insurance exchanges hit a speed bump the size of a boulder last month. The problem-plagued launch of HealthCare.gov on Oct. 1 made it all but impossible for most people to sign up for insurance on the exchanges (Kulash, 11/10).The Wall Street Journal: Maryland Delays Full Rollout of Health WebsiteMaryland officials decided Friday to delay the rollout of the small-business insurance exchange program until April so it can continue fixing  problems with marylandhealthconnection.gov, its new online marketplace. Maryland launched the exchange on Oct. 1 for uninsured individuals, and had planned to open it to small companies in January (Corbett Dooren, 11/8).Baltimore Sun: State Delays Small-Business Health MarketplaceContinued technical problems with the state’s health insurance exchange have prompted another delay of the opening of a site for small businesses to buy health plans. Citing the problems on marylandhealthconnection.gov, which include sluggish navigation and error messages, state officials also postponed when the exchange would begin collecting payments from people who have already bought plans. The state exchange is where uninsured Marylanders — estimated to number 800,000 — can buy health plans under the Affordable Care Act (Walker, 11/8).The Associated Press: Cover Oregon Clings To Grand Vision Despite DelaysOregon officials set out to build one of the biggest and best in the nation — a model that other states would want to copy. But more than a month after Cover Oregon’s online enrollment was supposed to launch, reality is lagging far behind Gov. John Kitzhaber’s grand ideas. The online system still doesn’t work, and the exchange has yet to enroll a single person in health insurance (Cooper, 11/10).Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service):  Impatience Mounts For Immediate Exchange FixesColorado’s health exchange needs to be fixed now, not next month or next year, say increasingly frustrated board members for Connect for Health Colorado. “It really had to be fixed yesterday,” said Nathan Wilkes, an IT expert and chair of the exchange board’s Operations Committee, who earlier this week called the mandatory Medicaid application that customers must fill out before they can move forward “onerous, odious and embarrassing” (McCrimmon, 11/8).   This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. More Numbers Expected This Week On October Health Law Enrollmentlast_img read more

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All Eyes Turn Toward Moderates As Conservatives Give Approval To Revived GOP

first_img The changes would let states escape a requirement under President Barack Obama’s health care law that insurers charge healthy and seriously ill customers the same rates. They could also be exempted from Obama’s mandate that insurers cover a list of services like maternity care, and from its bar against charging older customers more than triple their rates for younger ones. (Fram, 4/26) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Wall Street Journal: House GOP Health Insurance Plan Gains New Life Shortly after his amendment received an endorsement from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur said Wednesday he was “cautiously optimistic” the changes he’s negotiated to revive the House GOP Obamacare replacement plan could soon become a reality. “I don’t think the issue was ever needing to move moderates from no to yes,” MacArthur, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, told POLITICO New Jersey in a phone interview. “We gained some votes from the Freedom Caucus and that’s helpful, extremely helpful. I think we now need to make sure we hold the people that were yes before. And if we do, I’m cautiously optimistic we can get this done.” (Jennings, 4/26) Many moderates have expressed concerns in the past about changes that would eliminate the protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions that are at the center of the 2010 health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152). The MacArthur-Meadows amendment would let states apply for waivers from some of those protections, like the requirement that everyone be charged the same price. The amendment would keep a requirement that insurers offer coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, and consumers who maintained continuous coverage would also be protected. Dent said he feels the latest proposal “is simply a matter of blame shifting and face saving.”(Mershon and McPherson, 4/26) Politico: GOP Senators Not So Keen On House’s Obamacare Repeal Under MacArthur’s proposal, waivers could be granted only to states that participate in a proposed $115 billion risk-sharing pool to help pay medical costs for people with costly pre-existing conditions. (Pugh and Clark, 4/26) Two influential conservative groups that opposed the GOP’s original ObamaCare repeal-and-replace plan will now support the latest version of it. Club for Growth and FreedomWorks on Wednesday announced their support for the American Health Care Act after seeing proposed text of an amendment that would make conservative changes to the bill. The amendment, drafted by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) of the moderate Tuesday Group and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) of the conservative Freedom Caucus, would allow states to waiver out of some ObamaCare regulations. (Hellmann, 4/26) CQ Roll Call: Moderates Hedge On New Obamacare Repeal Amendment The Hill: Club For Growth, FreedomWorks Throw Support Behind Latest GOP Health Plan  With Democrats firmly opposed to the legislation, pressure to support the bill is now on Republican centrists. Ensuring protections for people with pre-existing conditions remained a key concern for some. Rep. Mike Coffman (R., Colo.), who had previously backed the bill, said he was now undecided.“What I’ve got to do is to make sure people are protected in terms of pre-existing conditions and I’m not there yet,” he said. The bill retains deep cuts to Medicaid and other elements of the original proposal that concerned centrist GOP members who worried too many people would lose coverage. Many of the centrist Republicans who had been opposed to the bill last month said their position had not shifted, among them GOP Reps. Jeff Denham of California, Dan Donovan of New York and Leonard Lance of New Jersey. (Armour, Peterson and Hackman, 4/27) All Eyes Turn Toward Moderates As Conservatives Give Approval To Revived GOP Health Plan It’s unclear whether the compromises made to woo the Freedom Caucus cost them moderate votes, but some lawmakers say they’re hopeful it will pass. The vote could come possibly as early as Friday, although some members suggest it will take longer for lawmakers to make their decisions. House Republicans have been under intense pressure to deliver on years of promises to repeal Obamacare, but GOP leaders weren’t making predictions of an imminent vote despite the pressure from the White House. (Edgerton and House, 4/26) Politico: Freedom Caucus Endorses Obamacare Repeal Compromise center_img Senior House Republican sources said they still didn’t have the votes for passage Wednesday evening. But GOP leaders felt bullish enough about their progress that they began considering a vote as early as this week. Nothing is scheduled. However, Republicans on Wednesday — through an obscure House rule for another piece of legislation — gave themselves same-day authority to fast-track any bill at the last minute, through Saturday. (Cheney and Bade, 4/26) The House may finally be on its way to scrapping Obamacare, but don’t expect the Senate to go along: Any plan sent over will undergo major surgery — and survival is far from assured. The hurdles in the upper chamber were on vivid display Wednesday as House Republicans celebrated their breakthrough on the stalled repeal effort. The compromise cut with House Freedom Caucus members won over the right flank, but the changes will almost surely make it harder to pick up votes in the more moderate-minded Senate. (Kim and Everett, 4/27) The House Freedom Caucus, a group of hard-line conservatives who were instrumental in blocking President Trump’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act last month, gave its approval Wednesday to a new, more conservative version, breathing new life into Republican efforts to replace President Barack Obama’s health law. (Steinhauer and Pear, 4/26) The Hill: Freedom Caucus Endorses Revised ObamaCare Bill  Politico: MacArthur ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About His Obamacare Replacement Amendment Bloomberg: GOP Leaders Weigh Saturday Health Bill Vote Amid New Support The Associated Press: Conservatives Back Revised Health Bill, GOP Moderates Balk “While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs,” the Freedom Caucus said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill. Our work will continue until we fully repeal Obamacare.” (Marcos, 4/26) House Republicans have an updated bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and The Hill has a new whip list. The updated bill includes an amendment that would allow states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules, including on minimum coverage requirements and allowing insurers to charge more based on individuals’ health. (4/26) McClatchy: House Republicans Weigh New Trump-Backed Health Care Proposal  The New York Times: Hard-Line Republican Caucus Backs Revised Bill To Repeal Obamacare The Hill: The Hill’s Whip List: Who To Watch On GOP’s New ObamaCare Bill last_img read more

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WatchDiversify or die Why the next Alberta premier must look beyond oil

first_img Reddit April 10, 201911:15 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Comment Recommended For YouKenyan, Tanzanian currencies seen weakening, Zambian Kwacha gainingDavid 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 Kevin Carmichael Email 43 Commentscenter_img More Diversify or die: Why the next Alberta premier must look beyond oil Kevin Carmichael talks about why Alberta needs to reposition its economy and what it will take to do it Twitter Share this storyDiversify or die: Why the next Alberta premier must look beyond oil Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Financial Post columnist Kevin Carmichael talks about why now, as the world pivots away from fossil fuels, is the time for Alberta to reposition its economy. But the way forward won’t be easy. It will take psychological change, economic change and fiscal change. ‘A stampede of stupid’: Alberta’s energy sector fighting Ottawa on three fronts Canada’s oil and gas sector to lose over 12,000 jobs this year, PetroLMI report predicts ‘We’re going to get this pipeline built’: Trans Mountain approval to come by end of May, Rachel Notley says Join the conversation →last_img read more

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Fashionable Electric Car Chargers Are Now A Thing Says Wallbox

Source: Electric Vehicle News We are not encouraged at all that there is a need for facial-recognition by the charging station, but maybe you have a different opinion – feel free to leave a comment.Wallbox co-founder and CEO Enric Asuncion says: This Portable EV Charger Operates On 120 Or 240: Costs Just $299 Wallbox’s charging stations feature facial-recognition access control.Wallbox – CommanderSpanish charging station manufacturer – Wallbox – is approaching a milestone of 20,000 installations around the world (mostly in Europe, but also as far as in China and New Zealand).Three main products (soon to be presented at the British CENEX show) are “fashionable” charging stations.Wallbox offers three-phase 22 kW stations for domestic and commercial installation, with special features. While the base Pulsar model is simply compact (6.3-in. / 16-cm square), the Commander offers touchscreen with data about charging and Copper features facial-recognition access control.EVSE Tesla Mobile Connector Versus Wall Connector – Pros & Cons Wallbox – Copper“Customer understanding and innovation are fundamental to our approach. We have to remember that when people buy a plug-in vehicle, they are taking control and owning their mobility energy for the first time. This is a big and very liberating change.“To date the emergence of electric propulsion has mostly been framed in terms of societal and environmental change. We recognize these big issues but are also responding with a new design language, one that rewards the important choices people are making with solid engineering, creativity and functionality to deliver charging solutions that have emotion and flair.”Wallbox Copper – Home Charging.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Wallbox Copper – Business Charging.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Wallbox Business.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Wallbox Commander – Screen interface.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Cool feature for bigger parking lots is power sharing:.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Source: Wallbox via WardsAuto Best Home Chargers For Your Money Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 14, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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New Kia Soul EV To Get 39kWh Battery From Niro EV

first_imgSource: Kia, Autocar 10 photos 2020 Soul EV will be available in select retailers in select markets with limited availability. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 14, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Kia Soul EV Spy Shots Next-Gen Kia Soul EV Might Have Niro EV-Like Range 2019 Kia Soul EV Spied, May Offer All-Wheel Drive New Long-Range Kia Soul EV Set To Debut At LA Auto Show Not the 64-kWh battery from the Niro EV though.Regardless, at 39-kWh, the next-gen Kia Soul EV will go a whole heck of a lot further per charge than the electric Soul available today.More Soul EV News Source: Electric Vehicle News Slated to be shown at the LA Auto Show, the next-generation Kia Soul, in electric form, will boast a much bigger battery than it does today.The current Soul EV features a 30-kWh battery pack and is EPA-rated at 111 miles of range. With its new 39-kWh pack (the smaller of the two packs offered on the Kia Niro EV), the 2020 Soul EV should go some 140 miles per charge. That’s still far short of the top range electric cars, but it’s a solid improvement nonetheless.Soul LA Auto Show TeaserIn releasing this first teaser (above) of the new Soul, Kia states:An undeniable automotive icon will make its world debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The instantly recognizable Soul Crossover is all new for 2020 and will come to market with awesome versatility for everyone. Its bold design, uncompromising utility and fun-to-drive personality will be highlighted through the availability of several drivetrains, including turbocharged and “gas-free” electric(1) options. The all-new Soul Crossover is set to go on sale next year.Unfortunately, like seemingly every other Kia and Hyundai plug-in sold in the U.S., availability will be limited and present a problem for buyers outside of CARB states. Per Kia:last_img read more

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Ready for a risky bet Curtiss is crowdfunding investments ahead of electric

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Curtiss Motorcycles has been hard at work turning their futuristic and crazy-powerful electric motorcycle designs into production-ready bikes.The company is hoping to enter production in 2020. With that goal drawing closer, Curtiss Motorcycles is now turning to crowdfunding to sell shares and raise capital for production. more…The post Ready for a risky bet? Curtiss is crowdfunding investments ahead of electric motorcycle production appeared first on Electrek.last_img

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Honda Clarity PHEV KBB To Conduct 1Year Ownership Review

first_imgKelley Blue Book is spending 12 months with the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. Let’s take a look.KBB added a 2019 Honda Clarity PHEV to its testing arsenal just this month. As the publication notes, the plug-in hybrid promises electric efficiency paried with good fuel economy. Not to mention the fact that it’s a family-friendly offering by Honda, with rising sales as of late. The Clarity PHEV already took home KBB’s “Electric/Hybrid Car Best Buy of 2019” award.More on the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: EV Comparison: 3 Flavors Of Honda Clarity: PHEV, BEV & Fuel Cell Source: Electric Vehicle News KBB shares:Kelley Blue Book’s long-term Clarity is a Touring model, in Solar Silver Metallic, which is the range-topping trim. In addition to the standard features such as full-LED lighting, Honda Sensing safety equipment, and an 8-speaker (180-watt) audio system, it adds navigation, leather upholstery, and power seats with a memory function.The 2019 Honda Clarity PHEV joins a four-person family household, where it will be used as a daily driver for carpools, running around, and hauling the family all over the LA Basin. And, it will be forced to endure a two-hour drive to work — 98 miles each way. This should present an excellent opportunity to see how well the Clarity delivers comfort and efficiency during the daily trek.It’s important to note that the Touring model is Honda’s top Clarity PHEV time and will set you back some $36,600 prior to any rebates. However, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid starts at $33,400, according to Honda. Due to its 17-kWh battery pack, it qualifies for the full $7,500 U.S. federal EV tax credit, as well as additional credits available in some states. In addition, the Clarity PHEV is available in the U.S. nationwide.While it’s not a looker, the reviewing agency says the Clarity is quite aerodynamic and its interior it what really counts. Yes, it’s important to many of us how our car looks on the outside, but honestly, we spend our time inside, and that’s where the Clarity excels. The car is much like the award-winning and sought-after Accord with its above-average predicted reliability. Unfortunately, crash test ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS are not yet in for the Clarity, but we expect it to fare well, like the lion share of Honda’s competitive and popular vehicle lineup.KKB clarifies that the Clarity PHEV will use its electric motor in most cases, for speeds up to some 100 mph. However, if you want to go faster (we sure hope not unless you’re at the track – this is not a track car!), the vehicle will add its ICE to the mix. Additionally, the ICE must kick in after you exceed its 47-mile range.Interestingly, and as many of you may already know, this PHEV doesn’t employ a traditional CVT or any type of standard multi-speed automatic transmission like many other PHEVs. Instead, it relies on a single-speed gearbox that’s more comparable to most all-electric vehicles. However, it’s somewhat unique in that it works off a power-split transmission, which utilizes an electronic CVT-type mode when the gas engine is active.KBB makes mention of the Clarity PHEV’s three power modes, which give the driver ultimate control of the car’s powertrain management. You can choose between “versatility, flexibility, and efficiency.” Nonetheless, regardless of user choices, the Clarity is able to switch between electric and gas power seamlessly.Hat tip to some welcome clarification from Viking79 about the unique transmission situation.For more details from KBB, follow the source link below.Source: Kelley Blue Book Honda Clarity PHEV: #1 Selling Plug-In Hybrid In U.S. In December 2018 Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 15, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Honda Clarity PHEV U.S. Sales Edge Out Toyota Prius Primelast_img read more

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