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BJPBS YeddyurappaChief Ministercongress First Published: May 16, 2019, 8:21 AM IST Kalgi: Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa has said it will be a mistake for the Veerashaiva community to vote for the Congress again as the party “insulted” its tallest leader Veerendra Patil, who had served as a chief minister twice.”It will be a mistake on the part of Veerashaiva community members living in this part of the state if they vote for the Congress, which had heaped insult and brought ignominy to their leader Veerendra Patil, who had helped the Congress win about 178 seats in Karnataka,” Yeddyurappa told a public gathering in Kalaburgi district’s Kalgi village on Tuesday. He was campaigning for the party candidate for the Chincholi Assembly bypoll.Patil, who hailed from the Veerashaiva community, was the chief minister twice — from 1968 to 1971 and from 1989 to 1990. He was born in a middle-class family in Chincholi in Kalaburgi district.The bypoll to Chincholi has been necessitated by the resignation of sitting member Umesh Jadhav, who quit the Congress to join the BJP. Jadhav was the BJP candidate from the Gulbarga Lok Sabha seat.
Chennai: DMK president M K Stalin on Saturday said no single state can be ignored by the government at the Centre and asserted India was not Hindi-speaking states alone.Buoyed by his party’s performance in the Lok Sabha election, the Dravidian party chief for the first time said his party would take the initiative to oppose the BJP -albeit without naming it explicitly- in other states by working with outfits in those regions. “The DMK will take constructive measures to replicate the Tamil Nadu model (of propping up secularism and DMK’s victory in polls) in other states as well by coordinating with forces committed to communal harmony,” he said in an open letter to party cadres.On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected leader of the NDA, Stalin said this was the time to support and embrace people of all identities, states, adding “the days that Hindi speaking states alone was India has vanished.”The future was all about “constructive politics that centred around the states,” the DMK chief said.”No single state can be ignored whichever party took over reins of power at the Centre,” Stalin asserted.The DMK’s voice will reverberate in Parliament and State Assembly to protect the people’s interests, he said.The DMK has won 23 seats and the front (Secular Progressive Alliance) led by it has won 37 of 38 seats in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in Puducherry (Congress) as well.DMK will continue its “journey of victory,” to protect people’s interests, he said.The historic win of his party-led front in the Lok Sabha polls showed the “secular approach,” of the people which was nurtured by Dravidian stalwarts including reformist leader Periyar E V Ramasamy.The people’s verdict in Tamil Nadu showed that Dravidian movement -a reference to the DMK and a pointer to the Dravidian ideology which includes secularism and social justice- can never be decimated, he said.As regards AIADMK’s jibe that despite good showing in the polls, DMK’s goal has not been realised, he said it was a “reflection of the frustration of the ruling party and political rivals.”The DMK had vowed to return to power in the state by winning the bypolls to all the 22 Assembly seats and strongly pitched for a government led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the Centre.Apart from emerging as the third biggest party in the Lok Sabha, the DMK has wrested 12 seats from the AIADMK pushing its total strength in the Assembly to 101, Stalin said.The DMK retained Tiruvarur in the by-elections and totally won 13 constituencies in the Assembly bypolls while the ruling AIADMK won 9 segments warding off the probability of threat to its government.The AIADMK’s strength has now risen to 123 while 118 members are enough for a simple majority in the 234-member House.Stalin credited the DMK’s victory to party workers and support of allies including the Congress. DMK chief M K StalinHindi speaking statesLok Sabha elections 2019Lok Sabha polls 2019 First Published: May 25, 2019, 10:15 PM IST
New Delhi: The modifications made by the English department of Delhi University – by removing riots and gods from the course – has led to the demand for more changes by the same group – National Democratic Teachers Front, DU.The head of the department (English), Raj Kumar earlier told News18.com that changes were being made in the course to avoid controversy as the academics didn’t intend to hurt sentiments. Now ahead of the Executive Council meeting of Delhi University on Sunday, the Delhi University teachers are up in arms against further modifications being proposed. One of the academic, also a member of Academic Council, Saikat Ghosh issued a statement saying, “Despite complying with all the syllabus modifications required by the Delhi University’s Undergraduate Curriculum Revision Committee, and removing the texts that the NDTF had raised objections to, the UGCRC has yet again sent another long list of further required modifications to the English Department.” The department that is reeling under the objections-and-correction scenario is Delhi University’s English department. This is the only DU department that ranked among the best in the QS World University Rankings.On July 17, 2019 the decision was made to remove the content on — Muzaffarnagar and Gujarat riots and modify the course of “Interrogating Queerness”, as per the objections raised by in the Academic Council meeting by the representatives of National Democratic Teachers Front. On July 18, 2019 Rasal Singh and other teachers associated with NDTF and students with ABVP students sent a letter to the Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi saying that e changes made are cosmetic.The letter to the VC that Singh shared at the time of the EC meet today said that though they are relieved to notice that the council took cognizance of “some serious concerns”, “all these syllabi including the course in English needs to be comprehensively reviewed by including more teachers in the exercise. Any piecemeal, hasty and superficial approach on such important academic matters will not find any support in the University,” read the letter.According to them, some teachers approached NDTF with “serious apprehensions on the PG syllabus of Chemistry”.Demanding that in view of the above, Singh wrote to VC, “All the syllabi sent back to their respective departments must be comprehensively reviewed. Further, revised syllabi of these courses must then be placed in the Academic Council for discussion and approval. We firmly believe that bypassing any of the laid down procedures will not help in strengthening the academic health and functioning of this premier University.” Ghosh in a statement called these required modifications “absurd” and were being “listed in order to make a mockery of the efforts of teachers (from approx. 50 DU colleges) who have worked hard for two years with the hope that DU will eventually be able to give its English students a syllabus that is genuinely at par with the best in the world.”The statement has condemned “RSS- backed NDTF and ABVP”, who have single-mindedly tried to kill this hope and scuttle the English syllabus, which has received a fabulous feedback. Ghosh said, The NDTF and ABVP may be successful in their nefarious agenda tomorrow because they are more powerful than the university. Academic arguments are not being heard. The University is following their diktats.” ABVPdelhi universityGujarat riotsMuzaffarnagar riots First Published: July 20, 2019, 3:27 PM IST
Apple will unveil the iPhone 8 in September, along side its less glamorous siblings, the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. There seems to be very little argument about that. When you will actually be able to buy, much less hold, an iPhone 8 is the one subject to debate. According to Japanese fansite Mac Otakara, the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone might launch near the end of the year, confirming some speculation, as well as fears, for a very “L8” iPhone 8. Mac Otakara’s sources, which come from component suppliers, the iPhone 8 could launch in the first fiscal quarter of 2018, which October to December this year. Because of production delays and supply issues, the iPhone 8 will be running and late and might not even start shipping until November 2017 at the earliest. That said, it most likely won’t negatively affects sales, but it will, at the very least, affect when Apple will be able to add those numbers to its earnings.Those same suppliers refute theories that the Touch ID might be under the iPhone 8’s power button. That theory came from a recent leak of an iPhone dummy unit that revealed an extra large power button. Suppliers, however, say that there is no hole there to make room for Touch ID. Unfortunately, they also don’t know where Touch ID will really be.That does leave the option of 3D facial recognition, something that Mac Otakara does seem to support.There are a variety of sensors in the display cutout at the top of the nearly bezel-less screen, though they will be mostly invisible. There is also now a rumor that the iPhone 8 will support a “raise to unlock” gestures.Lastly, Mac Otakara says there might be no white iPhone 8. That is, no iPhone 8 with a white front. This could mean that there will be limited color options, because a few of those, like Rose Gold and Red, only go with a white front. That said, having white on a screen with almost no bezels does break the illusion, so the decision might be purely cosmetic rather than practical.VIA: Mac Otakara
It’s really just a matter of taste. The original BlackBerry KEYone was mostly black already but did have some silver accents, particularly at the top of the smartphone. There is none of that here and the only not-black parts of this KEYone is the screen and the backlight under the keys.Fortunately, that’s also the only difference between the two. In everything else, AT&T’s BlackBerry KEYone is exactly identical with Sprint’s. So unless you really, really want that all-black coating, there’s no reason to be jealous over the previous variant.That means you still get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4.5-inch “almost” Full HD screen, BlackBerry’s world-famous QWERTY keyboard, which now doubles as a touchpad as well. AT&T isn’t saying whether its all black KEYone will have more than the 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage that the regular KEYone does. Chances are it will.The carrier isn’t yet saying much about the retail price of its BlackBerry KEYone other than being available on AT&T Next for $16.67 in 30 monthly payments. The smartphone officially launches September 1st. SOURCE: AT&T Dreams apparently do come true. At least if you’re part of the subset of BlackBerry faithful under AT&T’s network. Earlier this month, a much-desired all black limited edition of the BlackBerry KEYone was launched exclusively in India, though there were whispers it might not be limited to the subcontinent for long. Lo and behold, AT&T has just announced that the BlackBerry KEYone will be making its way to its shelves, ending Sprint’s exclusive hold on the device. And guess what? It’s all black too!
Before IFA 2017 even started, Samsung already hit the mobile market strong with the Galaxy Note 8. But that didn’t mean it didn’t have anything to show for the gadget loving crowd in Berlin. Part of its focus was on wearables, announcing not one, not even two, but three fitness-minded companions for your smartphone. It has just kicked off the pre-order for one of those, the Gear Fit2 Pro tracker, and, if you get it early, you can have a Bixby-enabled headphone as well. Overshadowed by the impending announcement of the Galaxy Note 8, the Samsung U Flex wireless headphone almost flew under the radar. The neckband design, after all, is no longer so novel that each new such headphone would immediately be noticed. One thing it did have that no other Samsung U headphones before it had was Bixby. No, it didn’t run Bixby inside, of course. It simply tied into the Galaxy S8 or, soon, the Galaxy Note 8.The Samsung U Flex retails for $59.99 but there’s a way for you to get it for absolutely nothing. You will, however, have to quickly put in a pre-order for a Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro, which costs $199.99. Samsung says it’s a time limited promo and doesn’t give a hint whether it will end before the tracker ships mid September. So if you were planning on getting a Gear Fit2 Pro anyway, now might be a good time to do so.The Gear Fit2 Pro, as the name clearly suggests, is the “Pro” version of Samsung’s smart fitness trackers. By which it means the addition of built-in GPS, making it the near perfect companion for all sorts of activity. Even swimming, thanks to its 5 ATM water proofing.The Gear Fit2 Pro debuted alongside the Gear Sport smartwatch and the Gear IconX wireless earbuds, the latter with Bixby support as well. While the hardware was certainly the focus of the announcement, Samsung also placed due emphasis on the string of partnerships it made with fitness services and apps to help make more sense of all the data those devices accumulate.
Just when you thought Samsung has the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco well behind it, another battery-related problem pops up. And unsurprisingly, it affects its successor. Users, mostly concentrated in the US, are reporting that their Galaxy Note 8 phablets have stopped charging and won’t even start up after it has been fully drained. And while Samsung seems to be replacing practically bricked devices, the randomness of the problem, not to mention Samsung’s silence, is making owners anxious and apprehensive. It’s not unusual for batteries to be completely depleted. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, when you have no means to give your phone a few minutes of life through a power bank or, better yet, a wall socket. Sometimes it’s intentional, following the old advice to let batteries fully drain once in a while.Whatever the reason, it’s an expected phenomenon. What’s not expected, however, is for a phone to remain dead after it has been drained, even when the phone is plugged in later. Sadly, such seems to be the case for some owners of the Galaxy Note 8 who had the misfortune to let their battery meter reach zero.Complicating matters is the fact that it’s currently impossible to trace down the issue. At least not without sacrificing some units in the process. It seems to hit US owners the most, which suggests it might be limited to Snapdragon models. The phones sometimes do show signs of life, like the phone heating up or the charging circle appearing, suggesting it might be a software bug that got through in a recent update. Nonetheless, the phone remains dead.Samsung’s response, or rather the lack of it, isn’t exactly encouraging either. It has not yet made any official statement, despite the widespread reports, pretty much like the case of the Galaxy Note 7. And to add insult to injury, Samsung is replacing affected phones with refurbished units, even when the Galaxy Note 8 is still well within warranty.VIA: PiunikaWeb
That’s something OnePlus is looking to change. Speaking to CNET through company co-founder and impromptu translator Carl Pei at CES 2018 this past week, OnePlus chief executive Pete Lau said that talks with US carriers were expected to begin this year. “If the right opportunity and right timing come along,” Lau suggested, “we’ll be very happy to experiment.”OnePlus should plan on facing some significant hurdles in that experiment, mind. Huawei was widely expected to announce a partnership with AT&T at CES, to launch the Mate 10 Pro in the US. However, the deal was apparently spiked at the last moment, following political pressure over distrust of the Chinese phone manufacturer. Huawei went on to announce that it would be offering the handset SIM-free and unlocked, but its CEO, Richard Yu, went off-script at the company’s press conference to criticize the agreement’s collapse. Meanwhile, OnePlus fans have been chomping at the bit to find out when the company’s next smartphone might arrive. That device – known unofficially as the OnePlus 6, though the official name has not been confirmed at this stage – is set to arrive by the end of Q2 2018, Lau confirmed. That would put it roughly twelve months after the debut of the OnePlus 5.AdChoices广告The only detail Lau would confirm about the smartphone’s hardware is its processor. “Of course,” he agreed, when asked if Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 845 would be at the heart of the phone, “there’s no other choice.”OnePlus is almost certain to follow Samsung chronologically in offering a device with the Snapdragon 845. The South Korean company is expected to use the new chipset in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, its 2018 flagships, in the US among other markets; other geographies will use Samsung’s own Exynos 9810. Both the Snapdragon 845 and the Exynos 9810 will actually be produced by Samsung Semiconductor, indeed. The expectation is that the OnePlus 6 – or whatever the new smartphone ends up being called – will overlap considerably with what the Galaxy S9 can do but, in keeping with previous launches, undercut it on price. That’s likely to be the case no matter whether OnePlus finds a US carrier to partner with or otherwise. OnePlus is on track to launch its next flagship smartphone around June 2018, its chief executive has suggested, though the company has set itself an arguably bigger challenge this year. The Chinese smartphone maker has had a surprising trajectory since it launched its first Android device, the OnePlus One, back in 2014. However, it’s yet to ink a carrier deal with a US network. Story TimelineOnePlus 5T Review : Right on TargetOnePlus Switch tries to make it easy to ditch your old phoneOnePlus 5T Sandstone White limited edition: All the details
This week the folks at Wacom announced a new set of Intuos pen pen tablet devices. These devices are made to allow the user to write and draw with a stylus with almost any computer, Mac or Windows PC. The newest Intuos pen tablets include the same active tablet area as previous versions, but with improvements elsewhere, all around. Each new version of the Intuos pen tablet includes four express keys, an LED indicator, and a “60 percent improvement” on battery life – so says Wacom. Two of the three tablets work with Bluetooth and/or USB (your choice), and the third works with USB only. Each of these units has a “Pen 4K” stylus that requires no battery.The pen is actually heavier than it was in previous editions, rolling with a soft touch grip area and an “improved ergonomic design” to boot. Like some previous Wacom pens, this one includes an in-pen nib compartment and nib extractor.The new Wacom Intuos Small comes in two editions, one with Bluetooth, the other without. The “Small” with Bluetooth includes a choice of two out of three software downloads: Corel Painter Essentials 6, Corel AfterShot 3, or CELSYS CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO (in China: UDM PAINT PRO.) This smallest Bluetooth edition comes in charcoal black, pistachio green, or berry pink, and costs a cool $99 USD.The Small version without Bluetooth comes with a choice of one out of two software downloads: Corel Painter Essentials 6, or Corel AfterShot 3. This Small without Bluetooth edition of the Intuos pen tablet comes in any color you like, so long as it’s charcoal black, and it’ll cost $79 USD. A third option is the new Wacom Intuos Medium with Bluetooth. This version includes all three of the following bits of software download action: Corel Painter Essentials 6, Corel AfterShot 3, or CELSYS CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO (in China: UDM PAINT PRO.) This Medium edition comes in charcoal black, pistachio green, or berry pink, and will cost you right around $199 USD. Each of these tablets is the same size as their predecessor, only here they’re rolling with a smaller footprint. They’re also lighter weight, which means you’ll be able to transport or hold each unit with greater ease. These new versions of the Intuos pen tablet collection include their own built-in pen trays to hold their stylus.
Now, though, Google has reduced that by $50, meaning you can pick up a Clips camera for $199. You still get free shipping, and a removable Clip stand. The core idea of Clips was a promising one. Rather than expect people to actively take photos at events, like birthday parties or when playing with their kids, they’d instead set up an AI-powered camera. That would use Google’s machine learning – the same sort of technology which powers its well-esteemed Google Photos service, in fact – to decide when to take pictures. The result would be a series of unexpected photos and short animations, which would be served up when you later connected Clips to your smartphone. Over time, so the promise goes, Clips will get better at figuring out what you’re likely to be most interested in. With three hours of battery life, it’s designed to be left to its own devices.Still, Clips wasn’t met with universal acclaim. While the idea of bringing Google Photos’ smarts to the point out capture was generally seen as a good idea, and some reviewers praised the camera’s ability to get snapshots they might otherwise have missed, others were less impressed. Clips, it was pointed out, could unexpectedly ignore moments that would seem ideal for memorializing.The wide-angle lens, meanwhile, which allows Clips to get more in frame at any point in time and make it more likely to catch something interesting, could also be a drawback. That broad framing was criticized by some, as was the fixed-focus lens. If the subject wasn’t relatively close to the camera, some reviewers observed, they’d simply end up tiny in the resulting image. At the same time, of course, others were happier with what Clips was recording, and Google can indeed tweak things along the way with firmware updates. The idea of the AI-based system is that it will improve over time, much as Google Photos has got better at creating animations, edited photos, and generally surfacing important shots. If you want to give Clips a try, getting it for under $200 is definitely preferable to its launch price, though there’s no telling how long Google’s promotion will run. Google has quietly slashed the price of Google Clips, its smart camera that promises to use artificial intelligence to automatically capture the best possible photos. Released earlier this year, after its debut alongside the Pixel 2 in 2017, the camera was originally priced at $249. Story TimelineGoogle Clips is one more camera lens for Pixel 2Google Clips on sale: Android camera packs AI smarts
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus just leaked in full, with expected reveal and release date details as well as images. The images come from sources that’ve revealed early looks at previously-released phones that’ve been highly accurate – working, it seems, with official CAD drawings from official manufacturers. This set of images shows the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, complete with 2 cameras in an Infinity O-style (or Infinity pill-shaped style) display, and three cameras on its back. Story TimelineGalaxy S10’s 4th model leaked: It’s a BIG oneGalaxy S10 pre-release glass tells tale of two new phonesGalaxy S10 Plus looks like a beast in early testingGalaxy S10 has most RAM, ROM in a phone, ever: ReportGalaxy S10 release date secrets spilled x4, suppliers too The back of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus looks like it’ll roll with three cameras – not unlike very recent releases from Samsung in China. You might remember the Galaxy A9 with 4x cameras on its back, or the Galaxy A7 with 3x cameras – both were revealed in early October, 2018. Have a peek at their use of gradient backsides too – that’ll likely come to the Galaxy S10 as well.Renders revealed this week were made by OnLeaks. They were then posted to the website 91Mobiles, a site that pays OnLeaks to make these renders in order to draw people to their website to buy their products. Onleaks has a good record of access to accurate CAD drawings of smartphones, rendered into devices like you see here for easy viewing for the public. You might also want to take a peek at the newer Samsung Galaxy A8s with its three back-facing cameras and single front-facing camera popping through an Infinity O display. That’s the same sort of display-cut-hole that’ll be used to create the pill shape in the Galaxy S10 Plus, most likely.Specifications for the Galaxy S10 Plus are as follows. These specs are based on rumors, anonymous tips, and some fairly obviously assumptions based on precedent. Have a peek and keep in mind: None of this is official just yet.Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Specs (rumored):• Size: 157.5 x 75.0 x 7.8mm• Fingerprint Sensor: In-display Ultrasonic• Headphone Jack: Yes, bottom• USB: USB-C• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 (USA), Samsung Exynos 9820 (international)• RAM: 6GB RAM+• Display: 6.44 inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel, 511 PPI, Super AMOLED• Cameras: 16 MP + 16 MP + 13 MP• Front Cameras: 8 MP + 5 MP• Battery: 3700 mAhWe’re expecting that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be revealed at Mobile World Congress 2019, likely on February 24th, 2019. That’ll be the day before the start of the main show floor, as it’s been in the past several years for Samsung devices. If that is the place where the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus and S10 Lite are revealed, it wouldn’t be a stretch to expect the Galaxy S10, S10 Lite, and S10 Plus to be released on March 6th, 2019.
Inside, the Xperia L3 is expected to have 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. No word yet on the processor though. It will have a dual camera setup, though the sensors are placed in the upper left corner, made up of a 13 megapixel main sensor and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. It will also be powered by a 3,300 mAh battery.With an expected price of 199 EUR ($225), the Xperia L3 is clearly targeted at the budget market. Sadly, it will be running a rather outdated Android 8.1 Oreo version, not even an Android One. We’ll know for sure when MWC 2019 comes around. Just when you thought Sony was done with the letters, along comes a new leak that says otherwise. Of course, the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus might just be its new mid-range line and that doesn’t mean the company has abandoned those who can’t afford even that. It is still keeping its Xperia L series alive and it will be revealing a certain Xperia L3 at MWC later this month for those who need or have less. Or for those who don’t want their phones to be insanely long. The Xperia L3, based on WinFuture’s info, will be as traditional Sony as you can get, without going back to the old boxy and edgy design. The phone will have an old-fashioned, at least by today’s standards, 5.7-inch 1440×720 18:9 screen with the company’s signature thick top and bottom bezels.The phone does seem to have one design similarity to the upcoming tenth anniversary Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. The side fingerprint scanner is vertically placed in the middle, flanked by the volume rocker and what could be the power button. Definitely an odd design whose ergonomics and usability has to be tested in the wild.
Story TimelineSurface Hub 2 is another massive PC for wallsSurface Hub 2X revealed as Microsoft makes full potential modularThis Surface Hub 2 promo video feels even more premature now There’s a gigantic “collaborative display” called Microsoft Surface Hub 2S that’s been revealed this morning. This PC is gigantic, rolling with an 85-inch touchscreen display, and there’s a 50-inch model that’ll ship in June. There’s also a Surface Hub 2X with a rotating screen. So in total, for every Surface Hub with a number “2” in the title, we’ve got Surface Hub 2 (revealed last year), Surface Hub 2S (50-inch), Surface Hub 2S (85-inch), and a Surface Hub 2X (coming next year with a rotating screen). Microsoft wants to be the undisputed king of massive-screen touchscreen computers, pretty clearly. They revealed their first Surface Hub collection in 2016, number 2 came in 2018, and in 2019 they’ve got some slightly thinner versions of the 2. The differences are few.They’re all working with Windows 10 Team, a software that’s a variant of Windows 10 Enterprise, and they can be tiled. Up to four of these monsters can be put together to create one even more mega-massive touchscreen PC. For those times when you need a touchscreen so big, you can sleep on it. Also you can move this one around on a stand from Steelcase. Surface Hub 2S will come with an 8th-gen Core i5 processor inside. It’ll come in June in its 50-inch configuration for approximately $9,000 USD. That’s nine THOUSAND dollars for this business-aimed PC. Then there’s the bigger version that’ll only be in testing in early 2020.AdChoices广告The big kanuna is also called Surface Hub 2S, and it’ll cost a cool $12k. That’s 12-THOUSAND dollars for a PC with an 85-inch display. Cross your fingers this means the Surface Hub 1 will one day be within the realm of affordability for us pathetic non-business individuals – for… stuff like…. Hearthstone? I don’t even know. Have a peek at the timeline below to see more about how this Surface Hub line of products has appeared over the last several years. Imagine this sort of thing for the average citizen – but perhaps in a different form. I’m thinking maybe expandables?
Google plans to add shopping links below some videos on YouTube, according to a new leak. The alleged business plan is presented as a way to compete with online shopping giant Amazon, though the merchandise links are described as simply a test, meaning they may not stick around. As well, Google allegedly plans to rebrand its Google Express marketplace. Story TimelineYouTube’s newest deal brings free MLB games for everyoneYouTube, Facebook will be home to new streaming ‘SpongeBob’ showFuture YouTube Originals will be available for free with ads It’s no secret that Amazon dominates the online shopping industry, something it has rapidly expanded beyond with things like Amazon Go and its Whole Foods acquisition. Other companies have failed to offer substantial online shopping competitors, with Walmart perhaps being the closest.According to a report from The Information, Google will rebrand its Express marketplace as Google Shopping. The report also alleges that Google plans to test the addition of shopping links under YouTube videos, which would enable viewers to directly, and easily, see product recommendations and follow through with a purchase.The report claims the product links will direct users to the Google Express marketplace, which is reportedly gaining a number of new retailers. This YouTube-based shopping experience would join similar links Google previously started testing with image search. Google makes a small bit of money from product sales that take place through Express.Some users have reportedly started seeing shopping links under YouTube videos related to Nike; it hasn’t been stated how widely these advertisements may have deployed, however. This test appears to build upon the merchandise linking ability Google extended to some creators last year, though the full picture of the company’s plans remains unclear.
Who is Microsoft’s new Edge browser for? Probably not you or me Windows 10 is getting a Linux kernel, starting with Insider builds this summer Everything announced at Microsoft Build 2019, from Edge to Azure Rivals Sony and Microsoft team up for cloud-based gaming solutions Office 365 has been banned from German schools due to privacy concerns A Linux kernel developer working with Microsoft has let slip that Linux-based operating systems have a larger presence on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform than Windows-based ones. The revelation appeared on an Openwall open-source security list in an application for Microsoft developers to join the list, and was apparently part of an evidently credible argument that Microsoft plays an active-enough role in Linux development to merit including the company in security groups.The overwhelming prevalence of Linux on Microsoft’s cloud platform may come as a surprise when viewed in isolation, but it makes complete sense from a business perspective. To start with, it’s simply cheaper to run Linux on Azure, as Microsoft’s own price calculator illustrates as clear as day. In this respect, Microsoft basically forced its own hand in terms of monetizing OS licensing into a consistent revenue stream, since Windows 10 Home is essentially free (if you don’t count the “Windows tax“) and Windows 10 Pro works out to a one-and-done revenue opportunity with many enterprise customers.The fact that Linux conforms closely (enough) to the Unix structure and philosophy also makes Linux instances easier to manage. Because Unix is so prolific, basically any system administrator will instantly be at home in the Linux file system, and the saved time and headaches translate pretty quickly into saved dollars and cents, not to mention fewer complications posed by downtime.Linux’s dominance also fits perfectly in the context of its gradual, deliberate integration into Microsoft’s long-term development and innovation vision. When Microsoft first proclaimed its love for Linux in 2014, many industry professionals, especially in the open-source sphere, were skeptical, but from that point on, Linux has been rolling steadily ahead at Microsoft. Initially, Microsoft’s embrace of Linux manifested as the Windows Subsystem for Linux, a curiosity mostly aimed at developers.Last year, though, the company announced Azure Sphere, a cloud-connected platform for internet of things (IoT) devices which includes Azure Sphere OS, an in-house headless Linux-based operating system. This was a masterstroke for Microsoft — even a stripped-down Windows OS is far too bloated to run on practically any IoT device, but most IoT manufacturers could benefit from a secure, off-the-shelf IoT solution to replace their own ill-conceived attempts. Azure Sphere was designed specifically to fill this void.Taken together, it’s easy to see how the numerous Linux options Microsoft offers on Azure alone — to say nothing of the deeper integration Linux is getting on the Windows 10 desktop — outflanks the comparatively more limited options and higher cost associated with running Windows on Azure. At the rate at which the company finds new and inventive applications for Linux, this trend looks set to continue, and Microsoft seems just fine with that.Updated on July 15, 2019: Revised with additional information from Microsoft regarding Azure Sphere. Editors’ Recommendations
The New York Times: The States Get The Bad NewsCuts this draconian have no place in a tottering economy. But, realistically, the only way to break this standoff is for the cuts to exact their toll on daily life, causing Republicans to face pressure from the public to negotiate an alternative plan with higher revenues in March as part of talks to finance the government for the final six months of the fiscal year. The details the White House released over the weekend are eye-opening. In Ohio, Mr. Boehner’ home state, the cuts could cost 30,000 jobs. An 8 percent cut in federal research grants “would probably bring us to our knees,” said Dr. Thomas Boat, dean of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer (2/25).The Washington Post: Sequester Offers President Obama A Time To LeadMuch of what President Obama hopes to accomplish in his second term would tap into what’s known as the “discretionary budget” — money not already claimed by entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security. But the discretionary budget itself is about tapped out, squeezed by the growth of entitlement spending. That’s what makes the minimal presidential leadership on entitlement reform so baffling (2/25).Reuters: The Route To A Real Budget Deal The deal we need is about far more than addressing the sequester. Our elected officials must agree to a fiscal Grand Bargain in 2013 ? or they will have once again punted on the tough decisions that define leadership. We know the issues that could eventually sink our ship of state: demographics that are predicted to overwhelm our social insurance programs, rising healthcare costs and an outdated, unfair and inadequate tax system (David M. Walker, 2/25). The Wall Street Journal: Is Obama Overconfident? The idea that $85 billion in cuts to a $3.6 trillion budget would mean that children would go without vaccines and battered women would have nowhere to turn is preposterous, but it demonstrates the rhetorical lengths to which the president will go to score political points. It also shows that the White House and Democrats are very confident that they will win this latest showdown with Republicans. Where is that confidence coming from? (Jason L. Riley, 2/25).Des Moines Register: It’s Time For Lawmakers To Act On Medicaid Gov. Terry Branstad has a lot in common with Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Both are Republicans. Both have worked in the health field. Both have been staunch opponents of the federal health reform law. Both repeatedly vowed not to implement a provision in the law to expand the eligibility for Medicaid and provide health insurance to more low-income people in their states. The difference between the two governors: Scott found his moral compass; Branstad has not. … So now it is up to the Iowa Legislature to stand up for the people of Iowa — and to stand up to Branstad (2/25). The Washington Post: PEPFAR’s Glowing Report Card, 10 Years LaterSince 2003, Congress has appropriated more than $38 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR — the largest global health initiative ever undertaken focused on a single disease. Congress reauthorized the program for five years in 2008 and asked for a report card. Now, after four years of work, some 400 interviews and visits to 13 nations, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has provided a 678-page examination of this incredibly ambitious program. The verdict: PEPFAR has been “globally transformative,” a “lifeline” and credited around the world for “restoring hope” in the long, difficult struggle against HIV/AIDS (2/25).The Seattle Times: Address Gaps In Mental Health Tracking For Gun Buyers The fierce politics of universal gun-buyer background checks has stirred up such a cloud of dust in Olympia this session that a simple fact has been obscured: Washington doesn’t have a foolproof way to tell who has been civilly committed for mental illness. That’s a big hole. Federal law bans firearms for people who have been involuntarily committed by a court; in Washington, that means a 14-day involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital (2/25). Boston Globe: The Guilt Of Caring For Elderly Parents Four years ago, at 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, my mother died. A few hours earlier I had taken a brief break from my vigil in the hospice to wander through an excessively air-conditioned Florida mall. The kiosks were overflowing with heart-shaped Mylar balloons, stuffed bears, and chocolate roses. As I surveyed the depressingly cheerful Valentine’s paraphernalia, I thought: I really should bring her something. It was a ridiculous thought, since my mother was in a coma and had no use for balloons or bears. Why did I feel obligated to do something more for Mom just then — as if the years my brothers and I had spent flying back and forth to be with her, the thousands of phone calls, the long hours spent at countless hospital bedsides had not adequately expressed our loyalty and affection (Dr. Suzanne Koven, 2/25)? WBUR: Cognoscenti: Beyond Awareness: The Fight Against Rare Diseases Did you know that February 28 is Rare Disease Day? Probably not, despite the fact that more than 700,000 classified rare disorders affect nearly 30 million Americans. Whether it’s finding specialists who can diagnose us, advocating for our needs, or getting effective medications when blockbuster drugs get much of the funding, rare disease patients live beyond the fray in many senses (Laurie Edwards, 2/26). The Medicare NewsGroup: Why Consumers Aren’t Ready For Medicare Self-Directed Decision-Making In recent years, one of the prevailing schools of thought in health-care reform has been to put consumers more in charge of their health care. … It may very well be that the consumer-driven model will be inadequate when it comes to informing future beneficiaries of every aspect of treatment. It’s too much to ask of average health care consumers to understand scientific method, the limits of medical science and the tremendous economic pressures behind certain drugs and treatments (John Wasik, 2/25). Viewpoints: GOP Faces Pressure From Spending Cuts Effects On Daily Life; President Needs To Lead On Medicare Cuts This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Arizona Republic: Abandoned Baby Prompts Reminders Of Arizona’s Safe Haven Law Orthopedic surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital repeatedly kept patients waiting under anesthesia longer — sometimes more than an hour longer — than was medically necessary or safe, as they juggled two or even three simultaneous operations, according to a federal lawsuit that alleges frequent billing fraud at the prestigious hospital. Dr. Lisa Wollman, a former anesthesiologist at Mass. General, alleges in the lawsuit that at least five surgeons endangered patients by regularly performing simultaneous surgeries. (Saltzman and Wallack, 6/7) The Star Tribune: HCMC Neurosurgeon Gets A Read On Brain Function This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Highlights: Calif.’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law Approaches Its First Anniversary; Ga. Gov. Creates Panel To Improve State’s Mental Health Services For Kids Media outlets report on health-related news from California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, Washington, Arizona, Missouri, Florida, Oregon, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The discovery of a newborn baby found abandoned in a Tempe grocery-store parking lot on Sunday has prompted organizations to remind the public of a long-standing Arizona law that establishes designated areas to safely relinquish the care of a newborn. The Arizona Safe Baby Haven Law was passed in 2001. It says a person can leave their newborn child at a designated location, like a fire station or a hospital, and not face criminal charges as long as the child is less than 3 days old and appears to be unharmed, according to Damien Johnson, director of the Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation. (Frank, 6/7) The brain has many more functions, which makes it notoriously difficult to assess the brain’s physical performance in the hospital emergency room, on the sidelines of an athletic event or during long-duration space travel. But a new system developed by a Hennepin County Medical Center neurosurgeon may be on the cusp of assessing brain function in real time in all of those locations. (Carlson, 6/7) Pioneer Press: ‘Dummy’ Social Security Number Used To Give Teens Contraception Was A Minnesotan’s California’s Democratic-controlled state Senate advanced a bill that would establish a $400 billion, tax-supported public health plan that would cover all residents, including undocumented immigrants. The bill would eliminate private insurance. There would be no co-pays or deductibles. Observers say the measure is unlikely to be enacted because it would require a big tax increase, and all tax increases require a two-thirds super-majority in both chambers of California’s Legislature. (Lee, 6/7) Cincinnati Enquirer: From Food Stamps To Full Time: Hamilton Co. Program A National Model The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls will host three free Youth Mental Health First Aid training sessions later this year… The mental health “first aid” training helps adults understand how to recognize the symptoms of a mental health crisis, how to approach someone experiencing them, and how to interact and support them, she said. (Kleiner, 6/7) For five years, Oregon Health officials used a “dummy” Social Security number to help thousands of teenagers register for free contraceptive care. Turns out, that was no dummy, but the number of an actual person from Minnesota. The Oregon Health Authority began using a dummy number in 2010 for teenagers who did not give their Social Security numbers for care in that state. Medical clinics were directed to enter in the dummy number as a placeholder. A vendor had provided the dummy number. (Chavey, 6/7) Joplin city leaders and school officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience campus on Tuesday. Built near the site of what was the parking lot of the old Saint John’s Regional Medical Center, which was destroyed in a 2011 tornado that killed 161 people, the new medical school was described as a “phoenix rising from the ashes.” Like the KCUMB medical school in Kansas City, the Joplin school will teach osteopathic medicine, which supporters describe as a more “holistic” approach to health than that practiced by the majority of doctors and nurses. (Smith, 6/7) The Department of Community Health said this week that it has “an open investigation’’ of Edna Warren’s death. The GBI recently arrested Hakim Ogunkunle, 43. Newnan Health and Rehabilitation had reported to local law enforcement that Warren, 98, had suffered a broken leg after physical contact with the certified nursing assistant. (Miller, 6/7) Boston Globe: MGH Surgeons Left Patients Waiting Under Anesthesia While They Did Second Surgeries, Whistle Blower Charges KCUR: First New Missouri Medical School In Nearly Half A Century Opens In Joplin Tampa Bay Times: Lawmakers To Vote (Finally) This Week On Medical Marijuana Deal Hamilton County partnered with the state and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service in this first-of-its-kind partnership meant to elevate food assistance recipients. The National Association of Counties President Bryan Deslodge called it “one of the best innovations in county government.” (Knight, 6/7) Richmond Times-Dispatch: Free Youth Mental Health ‘First Aid’ Training Available This Summer In Richmond Area Tampa Bay Times: County Agreement With Eckerd Kids Creates More Beds For Hard-To-Place Foster Kids Health News Florida: Hillsborough Caps Number Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries When Brian Reedy wanted to market his Berks County plastic surgery practice, he turned to Facebook Live and put his face – and body – on the line. In a series of live streaming videos, Reedy, a board-certified plastic surgeon who sports a muscled physique and not much apparent body fat, undergoes DualSculpting (a nonsurgical way to remove fat) and receives Botox injections. It’s all in the name of introducing viewers, especially men, to the benefits of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures and – not incidentally – to advertise his wares. (Rush, 6/7) Boston Globe: Governor Baker’s Quiet Approach To The Mental Health Crisis Draws Criticism The [Charlie Baker] governor has said little publicly and repeatedly rejected interview requests from the Globe over the past year in connection with the Spotlight series “The Desperate and the Dead,” which documented the large number of police shootings and violent crimes involving people with untreated mental illness. Plus, critics say his proposals fall far short of the sweeping changes that are needed to address years of cuts and neglect that have severely hampered the mental health care system. (Wallack, Russell, Helman and Cramer, 6/7) Next fall, Bellevue, Renton and Vashon Island each will open one school-based health center, offering an array of services from annual checkups to behavioral counseling — far more than the school nurses of old used to do. Nationally, the use of such school-based clinics has increased rapidly, particularly in rural areas where families may lack a regular pediatrician, or might have to drive an hour for children’s basic medical care. Not surprisingly, lack of a nearby doctor results in high absenteeism. (Rowe, 6/7) California’s End of Life Option Act went into effect on June 9, 2016. The law created a process for dying patients to ask their doctors for a lethal prescription that the patients can then ingest privately, at home. Since then, at least 500 Californians have received life-ending prescriptions, according to newly released data collected by Compassion and Choices, an advocacy group that promotes aid-in-dying laws nationwide. (O’Neill, 6/7) Modern Healthcare: Single-Payer Bills Bloom In California And New York, But Experts Question Viability Georgia Health News: Health Officials Probe Death Of Newnan Nursing Home Patient After Alleged Attack Seattle Times: One More Tool To Help Students Learn: Seattle-Area Districts Turn To Health Centers The Philadelphia Inquirer: The Plastic Surgeon Who Got His Love Handles Frozen On Facebook Live KQED: Physician-Assisted Suicide Has Been Legal In California For A Year. How’s It Going? Child welfare workers will have more options to house older and often hard-to-place foster kids through a deal approved Wednesday between Hillsborough County and Eckerd Kids, the agency that runs child welfare in Tampa Bay. Under the agreement, Eckerd will be able to place children age 10 and up in two cottages at the county-run Lake Magdalene group foster home in Carrollwood until they get a longer-term placement. (O’Donnell, 6/7) No more than 19 medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to open in unincorporated parts of Hillsborough County. County commissioners voted on Wednesday to cap the number of dispensaries based on population and also approved rules for how those dispensaries are chosen. (Ochoa, 6/7) Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday the creation of a commission charged with providing recommendations to improve state mental health services for children. The panel is composed of government leaders, children’s advocates and health care experts. (Members are listed below.) It is tasked with submitting a report to Deal on Sept. 1 on potential improvements to Medicaid services, and on ways to increase access to care for uninsured kids. (Miller, 6/7) State lawmakers reached an agreement to make medical marijuana available in Florida, ending an impasse that derailed the issue last month. Reached Tuesday night after weeks of closed-door negotiations, the deal affirms the will of 71 percent of voters who approved a constitutional amendment in November’s election that allowed patients with a host of conditions access to the drug. (Auslen, 6/7) Seattle Times: Virginia Mason To Inform Patients About Overlapping Surgeries Virginia Mason Medical Center has adopted a new consent-for-surgery process that informs patients about the prospect of overlapping procedures. Virginia Mason joins Swedish Health, which began testing a new form for neurosurgery patients last month, and the University of Washington, which began using a new form in April. In the past, consent forms from all three institutions spoke generally about the role played by care teams and assistants but didn’t say that surgeons may be running multiple operating rooms at the same time. (Baker, 6/7) Georgia Health News: Governor Creates VIP Panel To Review Policy On Children’s Mental Health