BJD Wants EC to Get Liedetector Test Narco Analysis of Dharmendra Pradhan

first_img bjdBJPDharmendra PradhanLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: April 21, 2019, 11:51 PM IST New Delhi: The Biju Janata Dal Sunday wrote to the EC demanding a lie-detector test and narco-analysis of BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan and others, alleging them of staging a self-inflicted bombing on the empty vehicle of BJP Candidate from Central Bhubaneswar.On Sunday evening, miscreants allegedly hurled a bomb at the vehicle of Jagannath Pradhan in the state capital on Sunday evening. Pradhan, however, escaped unhurt in the incident, though the windows of his car were badly damaged. The Naveen Patnaik led party has accused of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan along with BJP MP candidate for Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi and Jagannath Pradhan of conspiring together “in a coordinated effort to create an impression that law and order has broken down” in the state. “We demand that lie-detector test and Narco-analysis test be done on main conspirator BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP MP candidate Aparajita Sarangi and BJP MLA candidate Jagannath Pradhan to ascertain the falsehood that they are propagating,” BJD said in its letter to the EC.Following the attack, Pradhan alleged the involvement of BJD goons in the incident. “I was returning from campaigning when the miscreants hurled a bomb to my car. I was lucky as the windows were closed,” Pradhan told Odia media house, Pragativadi.To level all accusations made against the Naveen Patnaik led government, the BJD in the letter has also welcomed any investigation on the case. Furthermore, it has also assured that all those alleged by the BJP of staging the attack will also undertake the lie-detector test and narco-analysis test. “We are confident that the truth will be revealed and the habitual lying of the BJP will again be exposed before the people of Odisha,” the letter ended. last_img read more

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Political Courtesy Trinamool Congress on Mamata Banerjee Sending Kurtas Sweets To PM

first_img BJPLok Sabha elections 2019Mamata BanerjeeNarendra Modi First Published: April 24, 2019, 6:32 PM IST | Edited by: Debdeep Mukherjee Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay has supported his party supremo Mamata Banerjee after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the West Bengal Chief Minister sent him kurtas which she had personally selected. PM Modi also went on to say that Banerjee sent him ‘misti’ after she learnt that Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent him ‘misti’ too. In a apolitical interview to actor Akshay Kumar, PM Modi opened up about his association with various political leaders including Mamata. Modi, said: “It may affect me during elections but I can admit that Mamata Banerjee still gifts me kurtas… When Banerjee found out that Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina gifted me Bengali sweets, she also started to send me those.”Reacting to this, senior TMC leader Chattopadhyay said, “If Mamata Banerjee has sent sweets, she has done the right thing because this is political courtesy in a democracy. There is nothing wrong with it.” Chattopadyay also went on to defend the West Bengal Chief Minister saying that he has also been an MLA for 28 years and has worked in harmony with opposition party leaders in various committees. “When we are in election mode, we fight and criticise each other. But after elections when we are responsible to build the country or state so we work with opposition parties too,” added Chattopadhyay.While this reference to Banerjee speaks of bonhomie, both leaders have taken potshots against each other in the ongoing campaign. In her speech in Sreerampur, Banerjee had lashed out on Modi by saying, “In Bangla, we give rasgullas and tea to guests, so we will give them those, but not a single vote.” last_img read more

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Frozen 2 Trailer Releases For the Sequel of 2013 Hit Heres Everything

first_imgDisney released a full-length trailer of Frozen 2, sequel to 2013 animated hit Frozen. In the trailer release of Frozen 2, sisters Elsa and Anna were seen to be gearing up for new adventures as they head out on a journey to find answers about Elsa’s magical powers.The much-anticipated movie has had all the fans waiting for the trailer release for long. The sequel to the 2013-hit Frozen, the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, has geared up enough expectations among the fans. animated movieannaDisneyElsa First Published: June 12, 2019, 1:27 PM IST In the opening scene, Elsa can be seen running over the water to find out about the secret of her magical powers. While she tries to freeze a huge water wave, she fails and gets taken down by the water. Not just Elsa, Frozen 2 trailer also shows glimpses of Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven venturing beyond their home of Arendelle.Frozen 2 release dateFrozen 2 will hit the theatres in the UK and US on November 22, while it will release in Australia on December 26. The film is expected to release in India in November 2019. The movie will also be available for streaming on the Disney Plus service next summer.While Disney released the trailer of Frozen 2 on June 11, it released a teaser trailer in February, becoming the most watched animated trailer of all time within 24 hours. Another clip for the film came out in April, which showed Anna kneeling in front of Olaf, who says, I don’t think Elsa’s OK.Frozen 2 castMost of the cast of the movie stays the same where Idina Menzel will be shown as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff and Josh Gad as Olaf. Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K Brown will also be featuring in the film; however, their characters have not been named yet. Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

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Hrithik Roshans Cousin Eshaan Says Sunaina is Vulnerable Asks People to Not

first_img And living in hell continues ….gosh I’m tired— Sunaina Roshan (@sunainaRoshan22) June 18, 2019 Hrithik Roshan’s sister Sunaina has been making headlines lately. It was earlier reported that she is suffering from the bipolar disorder and is critically ill, following which she was transferred to a hospital and kept under medical observation. However, Sunaina later trashed all reports of her being ill and tweeted that she was instead partying with friends.Soon after, in a series of tweets, actress Kangana Ranaut’s sister and spokesperson Rangoli Chandel alleged that Sunaina doesn’t suffer from the condition and is being targeted. Later, Sunaina also tweeted in support of Kangana and wrote on Twitter, “I support Kangana all through,” while also hinting that all is not well in her life. See Sunaina’s tweets here: I support Kangana all through— Sunaina Roshan (@sunainaRoshan22) June 18, 2019 Now, in a further development, Rakesh Roshan’s nephew, Eshaan Roshan has come out in support of Hrithik and has shed light on the entire controversy. He also slammed Kangana and her sister Rangoli in a couple of tweets. He wrote, “It’s sad to see how people can stoop this low as to use a vulnerable period of the family for their own ends. Even if there is a family crisis, Didi has the law and order machinery of this country for her.”It’s sad to see how people can stoop this low as to use a vulnerable period of the family for their own ends. Even if there is a family crisis, Didi has the law and order machinery of this country for her.— Eshaan Roshan (@RoshanEshaan) June 19, 2019In another tweet, attacking Kangana and Rangoli, he further added, “Why are these sisters obsessed with this family? My bade papa is undergoing a health crisis, Didi is vulnerable. It’s a very sensitive period for our family. I request these people to be sensitive and not act as vultures.” Why are these sisters obsessed with this family ? My bade papa is undergoing a health crisis, Didi is vulnerable. It’s a very sensitive period for our family.I request these people to be sensitive and not act as vultures.— Eshaan Roshan (@RoshanEshaan) June 19, 2019The matter is still developing and Hrithik and Rakesh are yet to comment on the event. Also read: I Support Kangana All Through, Tweets Hrithik Roshan’s Sister SunainaFollow @News18Movies for more center_img Eshaan RoshanHrithik Roshan Twitterkangana ranautKangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel First Published: June 19, 2019, 6:35 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Jonas Says Priyanka Chopra to Newlyweds Sophie Turner

first_imgWhile Sophie’s white gown was stunning, Priyanka absolutely stole the show in a powder pink saree. Priyanka was also seen getting emotional at Sophie’s wedding ceremony. In a recent interview with Elle magazine, Priyanka opened up about her equation with sisters-in-law Sophie and Danielle Jonas, the wife of Nick’s eldest brother, Kevin Jonas.”I’ve never had a sister, so it’s really nice to have Danielle (Jonas) and Sophie (Turner), and just inheriting the family by proxy. Sophie is super talented, super funny and we have the most fun when we go out together,” the Bollywood diva said.On the work front, Priyanka will next be seen in the film The Sky Is Pink, which will release in October.Follow @News18Movies for more joe jonas and sophie turnerJoe Jonas Sophie Turner WeddingJoe Jonas Sophie Turner Wedding Picturesnick jonas First Published: July 7, 2019, 5:59 PM IST Priyanka Chopra recently attended husband Nick Jonas’ brother, Joe Jonas’ wedding to Sophie Turner held at Château de Torreau in Sarrians, France. Sophie and Joe hosted a big wedding at Sarrians, having originally gotten married in Las Vegas in May, 2019 following the Billboard Music Awards.Priyanka, who is on a vacation with Nick in Italy, took some time off to congratulate her sister-in-law and Joe on their wedding. Priyanka shared a gorgeous picture of Sophie and Joe from their wedding day on Instagram with a caption that read, “Truly the happiest people I know. May life be everything you want it to be. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Jonas.”last_img read more

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Former BJP MP Hariom Singh Rathore Dies in Udaipur Aged 61

first_imgJaipur: BJP’s former MP Hariom Singh Rathore died after prolonged illness in a hospital in Udaipur on Monday, a senior party official said.He was 61. Rathore’s funeral will take place on Tuesday at his ancestral village Kelwa in Rajsamand district,” Virendra Singh, the BJP’s district president said. Rathore was BJP MP from Rajsamand constituency from 2014-19 and Zila Pramukh from 1995-2000. BJPHariom Singh RathoreRajsamandUdaipur First Published: May 27, 2019, 7:24 PM ISTlast_img

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Modi 20 Several Ministers Including Sitharaman Jaishankar Take Charge Outline Plans

first_img Dharmendra PradhanGajendra Singh ShekhawatJaishankarjitendra singh First Published: May 31, 2019, 11:47 PM IST New Delhi: Several ministers of the Modi government Friday took charge of their ministries within hours of their portfolios being allocated, with some outlining their plans and speaking about challenges.Later, they got together at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in South Block for the first meeting of the Narendra Modi Cabinet, that took some key decisions like announcing pension to farmers, traders and shopkeepers. The cabinet also decided to convene the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha from June 17 to July 26, with the regular budget to be presented on July 5.Prime Minister Modi also took charge of his office in the morning.Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her deputy Anurag Thakur, External Affairs minister S Jaishankar, Railway minister Piyush Goyal, Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar, Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan were among the ministers who took charge on Friday.Minister of the newly-formed ‘Jal Shakti’ Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister for Personnel Jitendra Singh, Power and New and Renewable Energy minister R K Singh also assumed charge of their ministries.Prahlad Singh Patel, a five-time lawmaker from Madhya Pradesh and known for supporting ban on cow slaughter, took charge as the Culture minister (independent charge).”I am happy that there will be continuity in the work that we had begun in the first stint….Newer speed of implementing infra projects and customer satisfaction that is the new Indian Railways and new India that the PM has charted for us,” said Piyush Goyal, who retained the Railways portfolio. last_img read more

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DU Admissions 2019 Delhi University To Release Fifth Cutoff List Today duacin

first_imgDU Admissions 2019 fifth-cut off List | The Delhi University is all set to announce the fifth-cut off list today, i.e, July 19. The University of Delhi will announce the fifth cut-off list for DU Admissions 2019 on its official website at du.ac.in. Additionally, each college will publish the cut-off list individually on the college’s official website. The aspiring candidates can either check the individual DU fifth-cut off list 2019 on the colleges’ official website or an accumulative Delhi University fifth-cut off list 2019 on DU’s official website.The Delhi University’s fifth cut-off will be released for seats which remained vacant after admissions based on the DU fourth cut-off list 2019. The candidates who have secured minimum cut-off marks, can book their seat by paying the fee online. The fee window for DU Admissions 2019 will be available for two hours. Last year, a total of 10 cut-off lists were declared by the University of Delhi. After the University will release the fifth cut-off list, the admission process based on the fifth cut off will be conducted from July 20 to July 23, 2019 (except on Sunday). The candidates also need to get their documents verified at the respective institutes.In case if a candidate has already booked a seat in another course in another college, or the same college and wants to make a shift, they can do so by cancelling the previous admission. However, a cancellation fee of Rs 1,000 in order to curb switching between colleges.Meanwhile, Delhi University’s Non Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) will release the second cut off list for admission to BA Programme and B.Com on July 20. delhi universityDU Admissions 2019DU fifth-cut off listDU fifth-cut off list 2019 First Published: July 19, 2019, 5:49 PM ISTlast_img read more

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DDA to Hold Draw of Lots Under Housing Scheme 2019 on July

first_imgNew Delhi: The draw of lots for allotment of flats to applicants under DDA’s Housing Scheme 2019 will be held on July 23, officials said Saturday.The scheme is for sale of nearly 18,000 newly built flats in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Narela residential areas, for which the DDA has received about 50,000 applications. “The draw of lots for the scheme will be held on July 23 from 12:30 pm onwards and the process will be streamed live on the web through the DDA website,” a senior DDA official said.Applicants can also visit the DDA headquarters at Vikas Sadan at INA to watch the proceedings at Nagarik Suvidha Kendra, he said.The DDA Housing Scheme 2019 was launched on March 25, offering flats under four categories. The flats available in these categories are – 488 (HIG), 1,555 (MIG), 8,383 (LIG) and 7,496 (EWS).The deadline for application was extended by a month till June 10, after it received a not-so-encouraging response.”As many as 17,922 flats are on offer in four categories HIG, MIG, LIG and EWS,” a senior DDA official had said.For the economically weaker section category, the application fee was fixed at Rs 25,000, for LIG it was Rs 1 lakh and for MIG and HIG flats Rs 2 lakh.On June 11, DDA’s vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor attributed the poor response from applicants to the bulk of flats being located in Narela are in outer Delhi, among other factors.Recently, the DDA had approved a proposal to reduce the cost of EWS flats in Narela, part of the online Housing Scheme 2019, “by up to 40 per cent of the construction cost”.The modified rates would apply to allottees of the current scheme.In case of leftover flats, it would be re-advertised soon at reduced rates. This will make these flats available at concessional rates to the economically weaker section, it had said. ddadda flatsDDA housing schemedelhi First Published: July 20, 2019, 11:25 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 launches to tackle midrange devices

first_imgWhen we’re talking about mobile processors, a lot of attention is paid to the high-end, like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. The mid-range is just as important to many phone manufacturers, however, and Qualcomm wants its processors to feature in those devices as well. With that in mind, Qualcomm has launched its new Snapdragon 450 at Mobile World Congress Shanghai. There are four main talking points Qualcomm has chosen to focus on with the Snapdragon 450. The first, obviously, is the improved CPU and GPU. Qualcomm says that the octa-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU offers a 25% jump in compute performance over the Snapdragon 435, while the Adreno 506 GPU shows a similar increase in graphics performance. So, while we’re not talking leaps and bounds here, it sounds like the Snapdragon 450 provides a considerable increase in performance.Battery life is the second area of focus in the 450, with Qualcomm boasting a 4 hour increase in overall live as compared to the 435. Just as well, power consumption while gaming has been decreased by as much as 30%. Of course, the Snapdragon 450 is compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, but that’s to be expected of most Qualcomm SoCs in this day and age.Though you wouldn’t necessarily expect high quality cameras on a mid-range phone, the Snapdragon 450 seems to have that covered anyway. Qualcomm says that the 450 can support dual-lens cameras of up to 13MP for each sensor, or single-lens cameras up to 21MP. Where the 450 shows its mid-range chops, however, is in the fact that it can only support 1080p video capture and displays with a resolution of up to 1920×1200. So, no 4K video recording or support for UHD displays, though it should be noted that it can capture that 1080p video at 60 frames per second.Finally, the 450 will use the Snapdragon X9 LTE modem. 2x20MHz carrier aggregation should result in download speeds of up to 300Mbps and peak upload speeds of 150Mbps. It also supports USB 3.0, so expect to see more support for the latest USB standard to pop up on mid-range devices.All in all, it doesn’t sound like too bad of a SoC, and hopefully it continues to blur the once distinct line between high-end and mid-range phones and tablets. We won’t see this new CPU for a little while yet, though – Qualcomm says that commercial sampling for the Snapdragon 450 won’t begin until Q3 2017. Devices featuring the Snapdragon 450 should then follow by the end of 2017. Story TimelineQualcomm Snapdragon 835 benchmarks produced mixed resultsWindows 10 on Snapdragon 835 devices are still comingQualcomm Snapdragon 630, 660 promise high-end features for allSnapdragon 835 will power Windows 10 PCs from ASUS, HP, and Lenovolast_img read more

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Android Pay Visa Checkout available now one year later

first_imgTo be fair, Google did say they were aiming for an early 2017 rollout, not a late 2016 one. Then again, it’s far too late for an early 2017 thing. And while the Visa Checkout integration did pop up in Google I/O last May, but that was pretty much the only sign of life since then.Android Pay’s home page actually still says that Visa Checkout is coming soon. However, one astute user has posted screenshots proving that, at least for her, the Android Pay app already has it enabled. If that is the case for you as well, you will be able to link your Visa Checkout account with your Android Pay account for an even faster checkout.Of course, this only works with online or web purchases, not in stores. When you get to an online store with a Visa Checkout button, simply tap the button and Android Pay will take care of all the info transfer. Of course, you will have to authenticate your purchase, using a fingerprint scanner or other security methods.VIA: +Nicole Spivey “Good thing comes to those who wait” or “better late than never”. Those are probably the two overused aphorisms that come to mind when thinking of promised features that seemingly fell off the radar before suddenly and finally landing in users’ hands. That is definitely the case with the Visa Checkout support on Android Pay, which is reported to now be rolling out to some users, almost exactly a year after it was announced.last_img read more

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Clip Studio Paint EX for iPads is a game changer

first_imgClip Studio Paint, formerly (and still confusingly) known as Manga Studio, is right up there with Adobe Photoshop and Paint Tool SAI as the software of choice for both professional and hobby artists. But like the full Photoshop, its lack of a mobile solution has made using capable devices like the iPad Pro more like a sidekick than a serious tool.That changes a bit with CSP’s arrival. It isn’t a mere watered-down version, like Photoshop Express. Nor is it a dedicated mobile version of a desktop app, like MediBang Paint. For all intents and purposes, it is almost exactly the same Clip Studio Paint you’ll find on Windows and macOS. CELSYS will definitely keep its process a secret, but having accomplished that, without significantly dragging down performance, is nothing short of a miracle. Just a few days ago, I wrote about how to get started on your dream comics and manga artist career using nothing but your mobile device. Now software developer CELSYS just dropped a huge mobile bombshell. It has released Clip Studio Paint EX for iPads, bringing one of the most popular comics creation software on desktops to mobile. While it’s not exactly a perfect setup, its arrival, and future success, could change the face of content creation on the iPad for good. Of course, bringing a desktop interface to mobile isn’t always the best option. While you do have the familiar menus and panels of desktops, you also break most of the conventions of iOS. That said, CELSYS does throw in some touch-based conventions, like two-finger tap to undo and three fingers to redo, and an “edge keyboard” for most frequently used actions. Regardless, it’s going to be an odd experience save for those already used to Clip Studio Paint in the first place. But even those will probably be a bit thrown off at first by the way CSP will handle file management with iOS’ limitations.Clip Studio Paint EX for iPad also changes CELSYS’ business a bit. On the desktop, you simply buy a license once and never worry about it. Here, however, CELSYS will be requiring an $8.99 monthly fee. The app is free to download and use but, in order to save files or export to image formats, you’ll need that subscription.Fortunately, CELSYS is offering a rather generous 6-month free trial for anyone who activates Clip Studio Paint EX for iPad now until December 20, 2017. Anything can happen within those six months, including a change in price or more features. One important note is that you have to cancel the subscription before the trial period ends, otherwise you automatically get charged for the next month.SOURCE: CELSYSDownload: Clip Studio EX for iPad on iTunes App Storelast_img read more

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Galaxy S9 prerelease leaks fixing these S8 mistakes

first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy S9 was the subject of a number of tips today and over the past few days, largely with respect to device size. What we’ve gotten to know about this device is, first and foremost, it’ll look different from its predecessor. According to feline-icon’ed South Korea-based tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S9’s backside in particular “will change a lot.” That Backside Camera ArrangementThe change Ice refers to may be in the devices self, or with regard to its predecessor. Chances are Ice was referring more to the difference between the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S9. This is par for the course, especially given Samsung’s propensity to place the newest features and design changes on the Galaxy Note series in-between releases of the Galaxy S. Galaxy S9 may fix S8s fingerprint sensor blunderDual cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 point to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus getting something similar in 2018. It would not be a surprise to find the Galaxy S9 effectively replicating all of the Galaxy Note 8’s best features. That’s without the S Pen, with a slightly different – perhaps thinner – design. We’ve seen more on the backside of this device quite recently. Some of the information here comes from the link to the right of this section of the article, too. There you’ll find out how the Samsung Galaxy S9s rear end fixes the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor blunder.Galaxy EdgeEdges of the Galaxy S9 will almost certainly remain quite similar to what they are on the Galaxy S8. Samsung is doing exceedingly well with their frontside design for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, so there’s little reason to modify the external glass curve. Below the glass, however, there’s a good chance of a set of sensor changes. Samsung calls the edge the Samsung Infinity Display, now, by the way. Not like the old days when it was just called Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, and was only cascading over one side. Those were heady, strange days, they were.Internal Storage and PowerIf the backside fingerprint sensor fix weren’t enough for those disenchanted with the Galaxy S8, there’s an improvement tipped for internal storage, too. The Galaxy S8 had a microSD card slot, and the Galaxy S9 almost certainly will too. But the Galaxy S8 came with 64GB of internal storage, and the Galaxy S9 was tipped this week by Venya Geskin to have 128GB internal storage standard. Geskin also predicted the relatively obvious this week on processors and RAM and such. That is, the Galaxy S9 will come with either a Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM845 (US & China) or a Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 10nm SoC. Rumors from earlier this month suggested the Snapdragon 845 to be exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy S9 collection for the first half of the year, much like the Snapdragon 835 and Galaxy S8.Release DateWith firmware developments for Galaxy S devices coming 2 weeks earlier than the company’s schedule last year, we might also have a reveal date. Mobile World Congress would be the sensible place to reveal the Galaxy S9, and generally that means a Samsung event set for the day before MWC’s main events. Our estimation is a February 25th, 2018 reveal event date, and a release date around March 23rd, 2018.OF NOTE: The dates we’ve got here are based on a combination of precedent and common-sense analyzation. Samsung generally has smartphones release dates set a few weeks after reveal, and it makes sense for Samsung to reveal the Galaxy S9 at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. Don’t make any long-shot bets on these dates, but do keep them in mind. Story TimelineGalaxy S9 fingerprint sensor patent shows less awkward front placementGalaxy S9 won’t have screen fingerprint scanner, says confident leakGalaxy S9 software sent to Samsung phones in beta formThere’s bad news about the Galaxy S9 displayGalaxy S9 in new tiny form tipped in ChinaGalaxy S9 might finally fix Samsung’s biggest 2017 blunderGalaxy S9 announcement to happen early, face recognition tippedGalaxy S9 Bluetooth AKG earbuds raise headphone jack questionlast_img read more

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Snapchat video ads may get three second delay to stop rapid skips

first_imgSnapchat is considering a new monetization method that will upset users should it go live: three-second wait times before skipping advertisements. According to sources speaking on the matter, Snapchat is “serious” in its contemplation of the change, which would come close to mirroring the skip-button used on YouTube video advertisements. The reason, according to the sources, is young users’ tendency to immediately skip ads. The information comes from AdAge, which says that the company is looking at forcing a three-second wait time on its users, who are primarily young and unwilling to view ads. The report claims that Snapchat users skip advertisements in less than a single second when they appear, and that’s a problem for the company.Snapchat has traditionally been hesitant to deploy ads in any significant way on the service. Snapchat currently shows video ads, but users can easily and quickly get rid of them…and that’s a problem, at least according to unnamed media and ad partners. The rapid skipping means average view times for ads on Snapchat are abysmal, and to no one’s surprise, that’s a problem.Company execs are reportedly being pressured to accept the new three-second delay, a move that may help the company keep and increase its appeal to brands that may otherwise not see much of a point in spending their ad dollars on Snap’s chief product. However, even if this delay appears, it may not remain.The sources, via the report, indicate that this three-second delay would be introduced as a trial to see whether it is beneficial for the company. Getting consumers to watch video advertisements has long been an issue for brands and ad companies. Auto-playing ads can be a solution for some products, but they aren’t popular with consumers and are often either closed or the user quickly scrolls to where they’re no longer visible. In other cases, such as YouTube, the user tolerates the ad only as long as necessary before the skip button appears, at which time they dismiss it without a thought.SOURCE: AdAgelast_img read more

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LazyLoad No more wasted data on the web for Android first

first_imgTwo parts of this system exist. One is Blink LazyFrames, the other is Blink LazyImages. The loading of frames is deferred if a frame is a 3rd-party iframe, is larger than 4×4 dimensions, is not marked as display:none or visibility:hidden, and is not positioned off-screen using negative x or y coordinates. This system will not defer the loading of first-party iframes as they share a javascript context with the embedding page.The frames bit of this feature is, at first, recording data on how much mobile data is deferred, per frame. For now, the system will record a flat 50kb per frame, and will re-add 50kb if a frame is later loaded. This is in contrast with the images that’ll be deferred, each of which will be calculated by parsing the full resource size from the Content-Range response header. To avoid mashing up the design of any given webpage, an appropriately sized rectangular placeholder will be inserted wherever an image load is deferred. Both foreground and background images will be deferred until they’re called upon by the user – when their screen scrolls near them and they become visible. AdChoices广告LazyLoad will be implemented on Android first, since “the benefits of LazyLoad will likely have the most impact on Android.” If this implementation is successful, other platforms will be considered. These other platforms include: everywhere else there’s a Chrome web browser.The plan at the moment is to implement LazyLoad as an opt-out feature. Users will need to flip a switch if they do NOT want to use the feature, otherwise it’ll be on by default. Each individual webpage will have the ability to switch LazyLoad off, as well, with a string something like lazyload=on|off|auto in the page’s body tag. Testing for LazyLoad will begin in the Chrome Dev app on Google Play if all goes as planned. Chromium developers S.Little, R.Ajendrant, and B.Engr are currently attached to this feature – and we’ll hopefully see it implemented on all Chrome browsers sooner than later. In the near future on the Chrome web browser on Android there’ll be a feature called Blink LazyLoad. This feature stops webpages from loading until the parts of the webpage the user needs are requested. Questions remain about how this will affect users looking to read webpages offline, but for everybody else, this might well be the next big step in saving on unwanted and unnecessary mobile data use. Until you scroll down, everything below the cut will be FROZEN.last_img read more

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If VWs ID CROZZ is the electric future we cant wait

first_imgStory TimelineVW I.D. EV boast: We’ll hugely undercut Tesla’s Model 3 says execVW I.D. Crozz II zero emission SUV set for 2020 launchVW I.D. CROZZ previews 2020’s electric crossover We’re on the cusp of an electrification revolution, and if the Volkswagen I.D. trio are anything to go by, we think it’s time to bring it on. Joined at the LA Auto Show 2017 today by the new I.D. CROZZ, the line-up of EVs may look different from the outside, but under their sheet metal they share a common architecture. However, Volkswagen’s modular electric platform isn’t the only theme. Look at VW’s I.D. trio, and it’s hard not to see some of that new breed of soul. The I.D. BUZZ electric Microbus is clearly the most emotive of the three, tapping as it does into a deep well of familiarity and nostalgia, yet blending its retro with modern elements masterfully. The original I.D. is instantly recognizable as a Volkswagen hatchback, with hints of Golf combined with this new aesthetic. It’s arguably the I.D. CROZZ which fingers the current American car zeitgeist the most effectively, however. US drivers have a love-affair with crossovers, and the I.D. CROZZ ticks that box neatly. It has the chunky, reassuring heft that owners like for its halo of perceived safety and sturdiness. Yet within its distinctiveness is a modernity that you could easily see commercialized now. Unlike many EV concept cars, there’s no sense that an automaker really couldn’t make a production version today. VW is planning to bring the electric crossover to market in 2020, and that feels entirely practical. The more playful details, like the plush seats which looks like they’re the direct descendants of your grandpa’s recliner, are charming in part because they seem feasible, too. VW I.D. CROZZ Concept Gallerycenter_img Undoubtedly, some of the more esoteric features will be dropped before the I.D. CROZZ appears in dealerships. Concept car mainstays, like cameras instead of wing mirrors, are unlike to translate from the LA Auto Show floor to a sales floor. Yet while the steering wheel is probably going to get more round, the dashboard as a whole doesn’t look too far from what a production vehicle could come with.Starting out its big EV push in the US with a crossover makes perfect sense for Volkswagen. The segment is a known quantity; drivers already have an appetite for compact SUVs. They won’t need to be convinced on practicality, only on propulsion. Best of all, the electrification doesn’t feel like its being snuck in through the back door. The I.D. CROZZ – like its I.D. and I.D. BUZZ siblings – wear their differences on their sleeve. In many ways, that’s just as important for their overall success as fast-charging and a 300 mile range. On of the most common concerns you hear voiced about electric cars is that they lack “soul” in comparison to traditional, gas-powered vehicles. Certainly, the soundtrack that goes with a naturally-aspirated V8, or a fiercely howling supercharger, has the capability of tickling the right set of neurons in many enthusiasts. It’s led to some odd suggestions, like fake engine noises, and indeed to some writing EVs off together as every being “emotional” transportation. All the same, as anybody who has felt the rush of adrenaline after putting their foot down in a high-powered Tesla will know, or felt the responsiveness of a hybrid supercar like the Acura NSX, electrification needn’t be all hair-shirt and eco-flagellation. There’s soul there to be found, it just needs to manifest in new ways. last_img read more

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2020 Nissan GTR Nismo Starts At Over 210000

first_img For the 2020 GT-R NISMO, Nissan engineers set out to take race-proven technology and make it accessible and comfortable for drivers of all skill levels. Vehicle control and predictability were critical in achieving this; thus, they adopted the theme “absolute street and track performance” when developing the car. Nissan has announced pricing for the 2020 GT-R line, and the cars are costly. The starting price for a 2020 GT-R Premium, the entry-level car for 2020, is $113,540. The next rung up the ladder is the cool GT-R Premium with 50th Anniversary Edition tidbits. That car starts at $122,040. GT-R fans wanting the most performance will be interested in the GT-R Track Edition that starts at $145,540. The top of the line GT-R for 2020 is the GT-R Nismo, and the car costs a lot of money. GT-R Nismo buyers will have to plunk down $210,740.The Nismo version of the car packs a 600 horsepower 3.8L twin-turbo V6 engine with 481 lb-ft of torque. The Nismo uses turbocharger tech directly from the GT-R GT3 racing car; the car also includes carbon-ceramic brakes. The 2020 GT-R Track edition has 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. It also features forged aluminum wheels, a dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler, and special Recaro seats.GT-R Premium rolls on 20-inch RAYS forged wheels and has a new headliner color for 2020. The car can also be had with a “Hai Gray” premium interior with hand-stitched semi-aniline appointments. The twin-turbo V6 in this version is rated at 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque and includes a standard titanium exhaust.AdChoices广告 The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition takes the nameplate to a level that was unimaginable when it was first introduced 50 years ago. To celebrate the half-century of the GT-R, engineers challenged themselves to find undiscovered performance potential while still making sure the car can be enjoyed by drivers at any level.center_img The special GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition is offered in three heritage two-tone color combinations. Colors include Bayside, which is a blue color with white racing stripes. Pearl white with red stripes and super silver with white stripes round out the available color options. All 50th Anniversary editions get the same gray interior color scheme. All of the prices are plus a $1,695 destination and handling fee. The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition takes the nameplate to a level that was unimaginable when it was first introduced 50 years ago. To celebrate the half-century of the GT-R, engineers challenged themselves to find undiscovered performance potential while still making sure the car can be enjoyed by drivers at any level.last_img read more

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Several Health Law Provisions Take Effect In New Year

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. Several Health Law Provisions Take Effect In New Year While health exchanges and the Medicaid expansion grab most of the headlines, media outlets explore other, lesser-known provisions soon to take effect.CQ HealthBeat: Health Law In The New Year: It’s Not Just Exchanges And MedicaidThere’s a lot happening in coming weeks to implement the health care law that has nothing to do with what everyone has been talking about in recent days — standing up health insurance exchanges, expanding Medicaid and establishing a new regulatory structure for the insurance market. Just consider the changes that occur starting Jan. 1. That day marks the start of the Medicare bundled payment pilot. It’s a form of reimbursement that policy analysts hope will help bend down the upward curve in health care spending, together with other strategies. Hospitals, doctors and nursing facilities taking part in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative will get one payment for multiple services a patient receives during an episode of care (Reichard, 11/28).Politico: ACA Boosts ‘Shared Decision-Making’What can they do when everyone seems to be trying to push aggressive, expensive treatments on them? One solution — or a partial solution — is known as shared decision making, in which patients are given specific tools, such as easy-to-understand videos laying out the pros and cons of treatment choices, to help them make decisions along with their doctors (Kenen, 11/29).Bloomberg: Unaffordable Costs Seen For Some Under Affordable Care ActTo Megan Hildebrandt, President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act means she can no longer be denied health insurance because of her lymphatic cancer. There’s a big catch: Coverage for the 28-year-old artist and many other Americans without insurance will come at a potentially unaffordable cost. … The landmark health-care law, which survived the threats of repeal and a Supreme Court review, now confronts another hurdle: living up to expectations. As the administration spells out the details, many uninsured will be surprised at how much they will have to pay (Faler, 11/28). Bloomberg: Insurers Join Former Adversaries To Publicize Health LawAetna Inc. and other insurers that initially fought President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul are reversing course and supporting the effort by funding a group planning to spend $100 million to help the uninsured get coverage. Enroll America, a nonprofit created two years ago, has gathered support from the insurers that opposed the law and consumer organizations such as Washington-based Families USA that supported it. The new organization plans a broad-based educational campaign to make uninsured people aware of the health-care law’s benefits and help them sign up, said Ron Pollack, Enroll America’s chairman (Wayne, 11/29).Meanwhile, a Gallup survey measures public thoughts on the government and health coverage – Politico: Poll: Health Coverage Not Federal Government’s JobFor the first time in 12 years, a majority say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to ensure that health care coverage is provided to all Americans, according to a poll on Wednesday. Only 44 percent believe the government should guarantee health care coverage, and 54 percent believe it has no such responsibility, according to a Gallup survey (Robillard, 11/28).last_img read more

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DaVita To Pay 450M Settlement For False Claims While Probed About Coding

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. Denver-based DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. disclosed Wednesday that it was subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for how patient diagnoses were coded under Medicare. The subpoena, which covers the period from Jan. 1, 2008, to the present, relates to HealthCare Partners, the medical and doctors network that DaVita acquired for $4.4 billion in 2012, and HealthCare Partners’ subsidiaries, DaVita said Wednesday in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. (Wallace, 6/24) DaVita To Pay $450M Settlement For False Claims, While Probed About Coding The largest U.S. supplier of dialysis services agreed to the settlement to resolve claims that it knowingly created unnecessary waste in administering the drugs Zemplar and Venofer to dialysis patients, and then billed the federal government. It is also being investigated for how the company codes for Medicare Advantage patients. Reuters: DaVita Healthcare Partners To Pay $450M For Violating False Claims Act: Justice Department Modern Healthcare: Dialysis Patients Get Substandard Care Despite Guidelines The Denver Post: U.S. Government Subpoenas DaVita Over Medicare Coding DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc, the largest provider of dialysis services in the United States, has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. It said the Denver-based company, whose largest shareholder is Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., knowingly created unnecessary waste in administering the drugs Zemplar and Venofer to dialysis patients, and then billed the federal government. (Beech, 6/24) Many kidney failure patients continue to receive critical dialysis treatments through catheters, a vein access method that is widely known to increase the risk of serious infections, blood clots and even death. The best method (an arteriovenous fistula) is not always the first resort, despite more than 20 years of evidence and national best-practice campaigns encouraging its use. It’s a problem some associate with poor access to care, misaligned reimbursement incentives and geographic disparities. (Rice, 6/24) The federal government has expanded its investigation into DaVita HealthCare Partners’ Medicare Advantage risk-adjustment practices, DaVita revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday. DaVita said in the filing that HHS’ Office of Inspector General recently issued a subpoena seeking documents related to DaVita and its subsidiaries’ services to Medicare Advantage plans and organizations and “related patient diagnosis coding and risk adjustment submissions and payments” from 2008 to present. The company operates a large multispecialty medical group in addition to its main dialysis business. (Schencker, 6/24) Meanwhile, Modern Healthcare reports how many dialysis patients do not get the best treatment method – Modern Healthcare: Feds Expand Probe Into DaVita’s Medicare Advantage Practices The Wall Street Journal: DaVita HealthCare Subpoenaed Over Medicare Coding DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in connection with how the company codes diagnoses for Medicare Advantage patients. In a regulatory filling, the Denver-based company said the subpoena covers the period from Jan. 1, 2008, through the present and seeks documents from the company and its subsidiaries. DaVita specializes in kidney care and is one of the largest U.S. providers of dialysis services. (Beilfuss, 6/24) last_img read more

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ER Wait Times Penalties Noise Levels Now Yelp Pairs Data On Providers

first_img Los Angeles Times: Yelp Adds Healthcare Data For Hospitals, Nursing Homes To Reviews How fast is delivery? How fast is an ER visit? Both questions can now be answered through Yelp. The company added data from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as independent research and opinion surveys, for nearly 26,000 hospitals, nursing homes, and dialysis clinics to its reviews site on Wednesday. (King, 8/5) The Washington Post: You Can Now Look Up ER Wait Times, Hospital Noise Levels And Nursing Home Fines On Yelp USA Today: Yelp, ProPublica Pair To Give Consumers More Data On Health Care Facilities Modern Healthcare: How Does Your Hospital Rate On Yelp? NPR/ProPublica: On Yelp, Doctors Get Reviewed Like Restaurants — And It Rankles Dental patients really don’t like Western Dental. Not its Anaheim, Calif., clinic: “I hate this place!!!” one reviewer wrote on the rating site Yelp. Or one of its locations in Phoenix: “Learn from my terrible experience and stay far, far away.” In fact, the chain of low-cost dental clinics, which has more Yelp reviews than any other health provider, has been repeatedly, often brutally, panned in some 3,000 online critiques — 379 include the word “horrible.” Its average rating: 1.8 out of 5 stars. (Ornstein, 8/6) Just as Yelp can give you advice on which restaurant to go to for the best burgers, now it can give you advice on which hospital to go to for the shortest emergency room waiting time. Yelp announced Wednesday that it has joined forces with ProPublica, a non-profit investigative news organization, to incorporate additional statistics onto the Yelp pages of more than 25,000 medical treatment facilities pages. (Thadani, 8/5) center_img Yelp is adding a ton of health-care data to its review pages for medical businesses to give consumers more access to government information on hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis clinics. Consumers can now look up a hospital emergency room’s average wait time, fines paid by a nursing home, or how often patients getting dialysis treatment are readmitted to a hospital because of treatment-related infections or other problems. (Sun, 8/5) ER Wait Times, Penalties, Noise Levels: Now Yelp Pairs Data On Providers With User Reviews ProPublica teams up with Yelp to help consumers make informed health care choices by adding objective government information and ratings on hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis clinics to the website’s existing, more subjective, user-driven reviews. CNN Money: Yelp Adds Medicare Data To Hospital Reviews Yelp has launched a new feature that adds healthcare information to its online reviews pages for hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis clinics. The San Francisco company said Wednesday that it will provide statistics for 4,600 hospitals, 15,000 nursing homes and 6,300 dialysis clinics in the U.S. The information is compiled by ProPublica from their own research and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and will be updated quarterly. (Chang, 8/5) The online consumer review company Yelp is entering the high-stakes world of gauging patient satisfaction. Yelp will offer quality statistics for hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis clinics during a time when metrics are being scrutinized for their usefulness and accuracy. (Muchmore, 8/5) 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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