Responding to Ruffalo’s tweet, fans threw in their interesting replies. One user wrote, “Looks like a really bizarre version of London Bridge is falling down,” while another one commented, “They’re obviously lifting simba for the lion king (sic).”Looks like a really bizarre version of “London Bridge is falling down”— Heather Eileen (@flowerofeileen) July 14, 2019they’re obviously lifting simba for the lion king https://t.co/QFeNN692v3— miek FFH SPOILERS (@lokicaps) July 14, 2019See other fan reactions here:the jonas brothers reunion https://t.co/FRSIAEU9XI— . (@shantexodayan) July 14, 2019The aliens in area 51 are having a party https://t.co/Wl943ff0BN— nette / ia vacation (@bxlackroses) July 14, 2019Tony stark-resurrection ritual https://t.co/SZTL1p79YR— shezza (@ainnursarahh_) July 14, 2019Micheal, Dwight, and Andy at the end of Murder Mystery https://t.co/Wsazh3OnAK— build bridges not walls, please and thanks (@c_irene_m) July 14, 2019me and my three brain cells https://t.co/s9sEZi2gJU— ً (@trishavacadoo) July 14, 2019Ron, Hermione and Harry obvs https://t.co/hVxk7wCUmW— mc✨ (@__mxgic__) July 14, 2019As for the Anthony and Joe Russo’s directorial, the film is still around USD 12 million shy of beating James Cameron’s Avatar to become the highest grossing film of all times. Avengers: Endgame, with extra footage, has been re-released by the studio and is running in select theatres worldwide. The film is set for release on Digital HD on July 30 and Blu-ray and 4K UHD on August 13.Read: Scarlett Johansson Says Her Casting Remarks Were ‘Widely Taken Out of Context’Follow @News18Movies for more AvatarAvengers Endgameavengers endgame box officeAvengers Endgame BTS videos First Published: July 15, 2019, 11:52 AM IST Avengers: Endgame star Mark Ruffalo recently shared a behind-the-scenes picture from the sets of Marvel Studios superhero film, asking fans to guess what’s happening in the said picture. The image has Ruffalo (Hulk), Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Don Cheadle (War Machine) joining their respective arms in a triangle pattern, with their hands meeting in the center. All three Marvel stars can be seen sporting their motion capture suits as well, with a few extras in the background. Read: Original Hulk Lou Ferrigno Says He Can’t Take Mark Ruffalo Seriously as a Superhero Ruffalo, after sharing the picture on social media, urged fans to comment on it by writing wrong guesses only. He captioned the image, “What’s happening here? Wrong answers only. #AvengersEndgame.”What’s happening here? Wrong answers only. #AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/UnFeeCV9cv— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 14, 2019
Amethi is a stronghold for Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has been elected to Parliament from the seat since 2004. However, in 2014 BJP leader and Textile minister Smriti Irani gave him a tough contest and gathered over thee lakh votes in Amethi.BJP has fielded Irani yet again in the hope that she will improve her performance from five years ago and snatch Amethi away from Gandhi. The Congress president is also contesting a second seat from Wayanad in Kerala, so his attention is divided between the seats, in addition to him being a star campaigner for the party all over the country. Irani has capitalised on Gandhi’s absence and has accused him of running away from a fight. For Gandhi, Amethi will be a fight for his pride this time around. MNSP 3055 0.32% Ram Sidh Yadav BMP 6183 0.66% Afajal Varis IND 1580 0.17% Hemant Kumar IND 3860 0.41% Bhagwandeen IND 569 0.06% Saritha S. Nair IND 7816 0.83% Dhurv Lal IND 495 0.05% Shiv Kumar IND 779 0.08% Suresh Kumar Shukla Lok Sabha elections 2019Rahul Gandhiuttar-pradesh-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: May 23, 2019, 8:52 AM IST ARSP 1057 0.11% Pankaj Ramkumar Sing PARTY VOTES POLLED VOTES% CANDIDATE NAME IND 3177 0.34% Gopal Prasad IND 4301 0.46% Dinesh Kumar CPI 988 0.10% Bas Deo Maurya Amethi Election Results Nota 3940 0.42% Nota IND 5616 0.60% Ram Sajiwan BHSKP 1948 0.21% Shiv Nandan Singh IND 1039 0.11% Vipin Yadav KMBS 1574 0.17% Gopal Swaroop Gandhi BPHP 958 0.10% Durgesh Singh RSAD 1144 0.12% Ram Milan BJP46851449.71% Smriti Irani Won MAP 1729 0.18% Prem Shankar IND 2318 0.25% Lal Babu INC 413394 43.86% Rahul Gandhi JP (S) 847 0.09% Nathu Ram IND 1224 0.13% Mo. Hasan Lahari 2019 Candidates IND 547 0.06% Dr. U.P. Shivananda LGBP 1716 0.18% Shatrunjai Pratap Singh IND 2085 0.22% Harun Rasheed
BJPcongresslok-sabha-election-results-2019Narendra Modi First Published: May 28, 2019, 1:42 PM IST New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday called on former president and veteran Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee to seek his blessings. Modi, who will take oath as the prime minister for the second time on Thursday, described the former president as a “statesman”.”Meeting Pranab Da is always an enriching experience. His knowledge and insights are unparalleled. He is a statesman who has made an indelible contribution to our nation,” Modi tweeted, posting pictures with Mukherjee. “Sought his blessings during our meeting today,” he added. Mukherjee was conferred with the Bharat Ratna on the recommendation of the Modi-led government in January.Responding to his tweet, Mukherjee extended his wishes and wrote, “Thank you for your kind words and gesture PM Narendra Modi. It was indeed a pleasure meeting you. As you proceed, stronger into the second innings, my good wishes are with you in achieving your vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas’.”
ChandrapurmaharashtramumbaiTadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve First Published: July 8, 2019, 1:26 PM IST Chandrapur (Maharashtra): A tigress and its two cubs were found dead in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district on Monday morning, an official said.The carcasses were found near a drain in Metepur village under the Chimur forest range, Chief Conservator of Forest S V Ramarao said. An inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of death, he said. The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, which is home to a number of striped animals, is located in Chandrapur district, which is around 680 km from Mumbai.
barabankiDalituttar pradesh First Published: July 20, 2019, 10:29 AM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh): A 28-year-old Dalit man here in Uttar Pradesh was allegedly stripped, beaten up and set on fire by a mob who mistook him as thief.Sujeet Kumar, who was later rescued by police, has been admitted to a hospital in Lucknow with over 30 per cent burn injuries. Three named accused have been arrested and a manhunt has been launched for a fourth who remains unidentified, police said.According to the police, Kumar was on his way to his in-laws’ house, on Thursday night, when he was chased by a pack of stray dogs in Raghupurwa village.The man took refuge in a shed outside a house when locals, Shrawan Kumar, Umesh and Ram Lakhan and two others, saw him holed up near the house and began grilling him.Sujeet told them that he was going to bring his wife back home, but the group did not listen.They allegedly labeled him a thief and began beating him up. He was stripped, bathed in petrol and set on fire. Some people alerted the police and a patrol vehicle came to Sujeet’s rescue. He was first taken to a private hospital and later shifted to Lucknow.Barabanki Superitendent of Police Akash Tomar said a case has been registered under the SC/ST Act and sections of the IPC, including attempt to murder and voluntarily causing hurt.”Chief Medical Superintendent (Civil Hospital) Ashutosh Dubey has said that Sujeet had sustained burns from his thighs to feet. “He is under observation and his condition is serious,” Dubey added.
So-called “luxury” smartphone maker Vertu is liquidating all of their “luxury” pieces of hardware this week. After a baffling amount of years in business, Vertu finally collapsed under its own weight in June of this year. Now it’s time to look at all the weird stuff they had in their offices and say “why, why did you think this was a good idea, why?” Story TimelineMetawatch smartwatches aim for luxury with Vertu designerVertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury carVertu outs Signature for Bentley feature phoneNew Vertu Signature Touch puts specs on par with luxuryVertu Aster Yosegi smartphone has a wood embellished chassisLuxury smartphone maker Vertu debuts three models starting at $4,200Vertu presents its latest in absurdly expensive phonesThis is why Vertu died: smartphones can’t be luxury items This is without a doubt one of the strangest uses of cash by a smartphone brand on a single object in the history of smartphones – or brands. This sculpture was made in 2012 and was first shown as the Saatchi Gallery in London – now it’s in a liquidation sale. While the hammer price was 3,700 GBP, it’s not clear whether or not the sculpture actually had a winning bidder. 1. One Michael Jackson lt.ed. mobile phoneThis amalgamation of metals and plastic was part of a set of at least 5 units – this one’s model MJ0005. As might be obvious by the name on the box, this device wasn’t made by Vertu. As listed by the auction company, this device was an “Official Present by Shanghai Expo Devnet Pavilion.”According to RSM, these phones were part of Hanmac’s marketing strategy. They were chosen as the 2011 IAAF Diamond League (track and field competition meeting) prize sponsor – and apparently gave these phones to winners… and to Vertu.Images above were originally posted to BigSpotter, likely photographed by G J WISDOM & CO AUCTIONEERS. The auction’s name was “By Order of the Liquidator – contents of ‘Vertu Corporation Ltd’ Museum, Collector’s & Limited Edition Phones, Artworks & Collectables.” After the most recent switching of owners of the Vertu brand and licenses, something went wrong. Aside from the fact that the company should never have been run as long as it was, in 2017 it was rolling with a cool 128 million GBP ($166 million) accounting deficit. As such, it became time to liquidate, and liquidate in a BIG way. All 200 employees of the company are gone elsewhere, and we get to look at the hardware that’s left over.10. Dragon Phone with Diamond EyesThis wild animal of a phone comes in 18kt Yellow Gold and features a “Special Edition Dragon with Small Diamond Eyes & Princess Cut Diamond Select Key.” It has a Ceramic Pillow, Battery Cover, Sapphire Screen, and a Keypad, all in a Black Leather Frame. No word on whether the phone actually works, nor if anyone actually bid on the device – hammer price: 13,200 GBP – $17k.9. Limited Edition Vertu Ferrari LithographThose owners of the device associated with the picture likely felt inclined to also have an art print to help enjoy their dump of cash. This print is an edition of 60, 15 of which were stamped and signed by the artist. This artwork was made for Vertu in the year 2007.8. One $300 presentation boxThis is a wood and leather Presentation Box the likes of which would be used to show all the best Vertu phones. The insides of the drawers and lids are lined with Suede. Hammer price: 280 GBP ($364). 7. 774 MicroSD cardsTo make certain we understand what’s going on here – this is a set of trays of SanDisk memory cards for smartphones. Seven hundred and seventy-four microSD cards, to be exact. Hammer price for this auction ended up being 2,850 GBP – that’s around $3,700. 6. Framed and Glazed Silver OrnamentThis very interesting piece of creation came with a very simple description. “Framed & Glazed Presentation Display with Silver Ornament (As Viewed).” That’s it. It sold for 55 GBP ($71). 5. Peacock EmbroideryThis is a Fine Silk Embroidery Depicting Peacocks in a Woodland Setting. If that wasn’t strange enough for a smartphone company to have, then perhaps the case it comes in will strike your fancy. This peacock painting is mounted in a large frame “in a Presentation Lined Alligator Skin Case.” 4. Vertu Soldier on Horse Bronze StatueAccording to the auction house, this mighty representation of a soldier was a present from Wahking Group to Vertu. Its name is “A Golden Spear with Armoured Horse” and it’s signed at the base by the artist and dated 2010 on its plaque. This statue is 110cm tall and it had nearly 100 bids when the hammer fell at 7,300 GBP ($95k). On the plaque beneath the statue is a description. “The soldier holding the VERTU logo full of power sense is standing for sweeping forwards without hindrance around the world, blazing new trails and forging ahead and making progress. There is vigour [SP] of invincibility and creation of the world in this work.” 3. Reuge Letter Rack that plays Vertu SongThis is a Reuge Wooden Letter Rack with built-in music player. Another form of the classic music box, this object is used less for jewelry and more for… letters. Make no mistake, this brand and this build likely cost Vertu in excess of $800 USD when they originally purchased it for their base of operations. 2. A City Sculpture made of Phone PartsThis sculpture is called “HOLD THE LINE” – like that, in caps. It is an “Original Richard Wilson Sculpture Commissioned by Vertu of a Futuristic City assembled of the Component Parts of Mobile Phones.” And it comes with its own video!
In the film The Dark Knight, Morgan Freeman’s Lucious Fox showed Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne what he called “Memory Cloth.” This is sort of similar to what Motorola’s invention involves. Instead of an electric current, this phone uses heat, and instead of cloth, we’re talking about a transparent plastic or glass-like polymer (smart glass). The result is a smartphone that’s smart in a brand new way. Motorola’s description of this phone – the phone being an example of phones to come with this technology – seems relatively simple on the surface. The phone would detect any malformation – a crack, for example – on its external smart glass. Once a crack is detected, the user is notified, and action can be taken. Motorola described the process of this phone’s self-repair with thermal elements. That’s heat from the phone applied to the smart glass from within. This heat would trigger the smart glass’s shape memory properties and the smart glass would reverse the damage.Above you’ll see a drawing from Motorola showing one method with which the user could identify the damage that needs fixing. Encircling the crack on the smart glass could tell the phone which segments need to be reset, and where to apply heat. Also in images here – multiple methods of segmenting the smart glass for localized repairs.Motorola was careful in their description of this technology to note that they don’t mean it could fix every crack perfectly. They wrote “to reverse at least some deformation” – not all. Especially if the smart glass is shattered, or a chunk is chipped out entirely, there’s no way the phone is going to bring it all back to its original form entirely perfectly.FUN DETAIL: Notice the dock connection images and see the dual-port connection. That connection came in play with the Motorola Atrix back in 2011. It’s likely Motorola’s had this display glass healing technology in the works for QUITE some time now.At this stage we’re just looking at the original patent papers for the technology – it’s not quite to a place where we’ll see a Motorola Magic Fixit phone this year. If we do see something like this come to fruition, it’ll be a while out. Right now I can’t imagine a self-heating phone making it too far past the drawing board – but who knows? Story TimelineMotorola Moto Android tablet leaks with ‘Productivity Mode’Motorola’s back with Moto Z2 Play, a new Verizon phoneiPhone 10 years later (plus LG, Samsung, Motorola, HTC)5 Reasons it’s good to be a Motorola smartphone user againMotorola Moto Z2 Force Review: Modular compromise Motorola has a plan to make a self-repairing smartphone covered with shape memory polymer material. Motorola’s patent for this idea reveals in part how the device’s smart glass would function. Note that we’re using the term “smart glass” here for ease in explanation – in reality, Motorola’s plan for the device calls for a much more complex piece of material. Memory Cloth pic.twitter.com/qggI77Pv6q— Chris Burns (@t_chrisburns) August 15, 2017
That annoying clicking sound that is bothering some Pixel 2 owners will be fixed via a software update, according to a statement Google posted on its Product Forums. The announcement was made by a Google Community Manager, who said the update will be available “in the coming weeks.” As well, the statement gave Pixel 2 owners an official workaround for the issue, but it’s one we’ve heard before. Earlier this month, some Pixel 2 owners started reporting a sound problem that some describe as a ‘clicking’ sound or something similar. Users report that the sound is heard while taking a call, and that it persists despite rebooting and other attempts. Reports of this problem have appeared on Google’s own Product Forums, as well as XDA and some other online destinations.It wasn’t long before someone figured out that you can get rid of the annoying sound by disabling the phone’s NFC. Google’s update on its product forums confirm that disabling NFC is the temporary solution to eliminating the sound if it bothers you enough to bother.The full post reads:We are validating a software update to address faint clicking sounds on some Pixel 2 devices. The update will be made available in the coming weeks. The clicking noise being reported does not affect the performance of your device but if you find it bothersome you can temporarily turn off NFC in Settings > Connected devices > NFC.SOURCE: Google Product Forums
That meant some significant limitations new to Windows, however. Rather than being able to install software from any source, Windows 10 S machines are only able to load apps from Microsoft’s own download store. There’s also greater support for customization by schools and other organizations.Although it was fairly confusing initially, Microsoft also offered a clear path from Windows 10 S to regular Windows 10. That could be completed on-device, and although initially there was a charge announced for such an upgrade, Microsoft has been waiving it in a temporary – though long-running – promotion. The transition was one-way only, however: once you’d “unlocked” a Windows 10 S laptop to full Windows 10, there was no going back. Now, Microsoft is changing up how it’s handling Windows 10 S. It’ll no longer be offered as a specific SKU by Microsoft, Thurrott reports, but instead Microsoft will have “S mode” iterations of each of its Windows 10 versions. It will affect not only what software features are available, but the upgrade process from “S mode” to fully unlocked. For example, Home and Education versions of Windows 10 will be able to transition from Home S to regular Windows 10 Home for free. Windows 10 Pro S will cost $49 to convert to regular Windows 10 Pro. There’ll be Pro S commercial versions for Core, Value, Entry, and Small Tablet models, though not Core+ or Workstations. Microsoft’s assumption is, most likely, that buyers of those machines wouldn’t be interested in a locked-down OS anyway. While this might seem a little more confusing, going by Microsoft’s numbers on exactly how Windows 10 S users work with the OS would seem to suggest it’s a sensible shift in strategy. According to the company, 60-percent of users of the low-end PCs – Surface Laptop excluded – running Windows 10 S actually stay with the OS as installed. The remainder switch over to full Windows 10, and 60-percent of those who do so, do within 24 hours of having the device. It’s possible that such a rapid changeover is down to the availability of a “must have” app. Although the Windows Store will try to suggest alternatives to software that isn’t available there, if there’s a particular program that Windows users want that isn’t replaceable then unlocking the Windows 10 S machine to Windows 10 is the only answer. With this new system, home users will be able to do that without having to pay more, but Microsoft will be able to claw back some extra cash from business and professional users. Story TimelineSurface Laptop now lets you go back to Windows 10 S from Pro upgradeNew Windows 10 S laptops are designed for “Firstline Workers”Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 in market share, says one statistic Windows 10 S is being axed in favor of a so-called “S Mode” for any Windows 10 version, as Microsoft revamps the streamlined version of its OS to better challenge Chrome OS. Announced back in May 2017, Windows 10 S was the software giant’s attempt to claw back customers in the education and home markets from Chromebooks, a locked-down version of the full operating system finessed for performance and security.
The smart home security market is about to heat up. Amazon just recently acquired Ring, undoubtedly in direct opposition to Google who of course owns Nest. Not too long after the latter launched the Nest Hello, it is coming out with a complement to its smart doorbell camera. Partnering with famed lock maker Yale, the Google subsidiary has just revealed the Nest x Yale Lock designed to let people in without a key. With your consent, of course. The Nest Hello can really only do so much. It can alert you to a presence at the door and even let you respond, whether or not you’re actually at home. But unless that person has a key, which would make your smart doorbell moot anyway, you have no smart way of letting them in.Enter the Nest x Yale Lock, the oddly-named smart lock that won’t leave you wondering who made it. It’s advertised to be key-free and tamper-proof. You unlock it with a PIN or remotely from the Nest app. If you’re home anyway, you can also do a voice command to open the door without getting up from your couch.But what about people who are not you? They can still get in in two ways. Either you let them in remotely or you give them their own PIN (that you can revoke if you get into a fight). If they forget that PIN, you can still let them in remotely anyway.AdChoices广告The Nest Hello and the Nest x Yale Lock are not really new but it took months, and an Amazon threat, to finally bring them to market. The Nest Hello retails for $229 while the Nest x Yale Lock, previously known as the Yale “Linus” Lock, goes for $249. And while you can buy and use them separately, Nest really wants you to know they’re meant for each other.
According to Amazon, the aforementioned companies are already using the Video Skill API to create skills for their customers. Amazon explains that its updated API “is available at the same top level that Alexa uses to build video experiences on Fire TV.” Assuming companies utilize it, their customers will be able to launch the video app and then use their Alexa-enabled device to control it with voice commands. Those voice commands could extend beyond just setting and managing recordings, including things like, “Alexa, find dramas” or “Alexa, tune to Showtime.” The video devices can show a list of accepted commands to customers when they use the app, helping them control the app and its content without using a remote or mobile app. The user will be able to access the DVR and its videos using the phrase, “Alexa, go to DVR.” Once they’ve accessed the service, the user can control the content using natural commands that don’t include the skill’s name each time. For example, the user will be able to say, “Alexa, pause,” rather than, “Alexa, pause TiVo DVR.” It’s not clear when these companies will be launching their skills, however.SOURCE: Amazon Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant now supports DVRs from certain companies, including TiVo, DISH, DirecTV, and Verizon. The new capabilities are made possible by an update to the Video Skill API, which Amazon announced today. With it, users can ask Alexa to schedule a new DVR recording and manage existing recordings, among other things. One example of a voice command now supported by the Video Skill API is, “Alexa, record TV Show Name.”
Google previously launched a premium service called YouTube Red, which offers ad-free access to videos on the platform, as well as a pair of convenient perks for music fans: offline access and the ability to stream content in the background/with the screen off. That’s great, but the company may have bigger ambitions, namely an on-demand service that’s less like YouTube and more like Spotify. According to a report from DroidLife, a source has revealed that YouTube Remix will replace Google Play Music, and that users of the latter service will need to make the switch by the end of this year. Google Play Music’s loss won’t hurt too bad, though, assuming the leaked info is correct. According to past rumors, YouTube Remix will bring improved user recommendations, and it’ll also rope in video content, enabling users to play clips as well as audio. On the business side of things, a service like Remix could address ongoing complaints about copyright violation on YouTube itself.Last month, YouTube’s Lyor Cohen confirmed Remix’s existence, though users are still left to wonder how much it will cost. As well, it’s still unclear how Google Play Music’s end will arrive — whether users will have a long transition period or will need to make the jump posthaste.SOURCE: DroidLife Google may be planning to kill off Google Play Music and replace it with a new one called YouTube Remix in the near future. The Remix platform first surfaced in a report last year; according to the rumors, the service is an on-demand music offering that could take on Spotify. Though many official details are still missing, a new report has popped up claiming that Google Play Music will be sacrificed to make room for Remix by the end of the year.
Smartphone notifications are both the bane of the modern digital world but also its lifeblood. They both keep us up to date on our friends’ random outbursts as well as remind us of an important appointment. As such, notifications need to be smarter but also give us more control over them beyond simply swiping them away. Fortunately, if the latest screenshot for the experimental Reply app notifications is any indicator, it seems that the next version of Android, the still to be named Android P, will do just that. Android notifications are often considered better than its mobile counterparts. They offer better control, better segregation, and the ability to reply or take action right within the notification. Of course, there’s always room for improvement, which is what the Reply app is trying to do.Created by Google’s Area 120 skunkworks group, Reply aimed to bring the Smart Reply feature already available on some of Google’s messaging apps to more third-party apps. It does so by loading the suggestions into the apps’ notifications. In other words, they’re pretty focused on improving Android’s notification system.The latest update to the private testing hints that they have done exactly that. An expanded notification bubble, now complete with rounded corners, show more than just the smart suggestions. It also shows options for snoozing the notification, setting up s reminder, or even reminding you based on your location.While this could very well just be something specific to Reply but it there’s also a big chance it will be part of Android P itself. Reply’s development, after all, is also directed towards having the Smart Reply feature integrated into Android itself, and what better way to do that than by improving the overall Android notification system in the process.VIA: 9to5Google
That means you’re not just limited to casting your music to first-party Alexa speakers like the Echo and the Echo Dot, as the feature should work with third-party devices that offer built-in Alexa support as well. There’s always the possibility that we’ll see Alexa Cast functionality built into other apps eventually, but for now, the feature is only available in Amazon Music.It’s long overdue, too. Before Alexa Cast launched, there wasn’t really an easy way to go from listening to music on your phone to listening on your speaker. Playback on Alexa speakers was typically limited to voice commands, but with the launch of Alexa Cast, you simply need to go to the “now playing” page in the Amazon Music app, tap the Alexa Cast icon, and then select from a list of available Alexa devices to begin casting.Another benefit to Alexa Cast is that it allows you to control playback of your music from your phone. This was possible before if you paired your phone to your speaker via Bluetooth, but this is definitely a more elegant solution.It’s been a fairly big week for music on Alexa devices. On Monday, Amazon rolled out a new equalizer for many Echo speakers that can be pulled up and changed through voice commands, which makes an excellent pairing with this new Alexa Cast functionality. Alexa Cast is available from today on the iOS [download] and Android [download] versions of the Amazon Music app, so be sure to apply the update and get to casting. Amazon has announced that Amazon Music is getting Alexa Cast compatibility, bringing it one step closer to being a fully-fledged competitor to Spotify. Casting, of course, is not a new concept, but the Amazon Music app has been strangely missing that kind of functionality up until now. That all changes today, as you can now cast music from your phone to any Alexa device you might own. Story TimelineAmazon Music scraps storage subscriptions for MP3 importsAmazon Music Storage will kick out uploaded music this monthThe Amazon Music app just borrowed some killer Alexa features
Story TimelineYouTube Music and Premium get special student pricing plansYouTube tipped to change original content strategyNintendo Creators Program axed, YouTubers and Twitchers rejoice YouTube originally introduced its feature under the name Reels, later changing it to YouTube Stories. This past summer, the company promised to expand Stories’ availability to more creators, and now that time has arrived. Starting today, any YouTube creator with at least 10k subs can publish their own Stories.It’s easy to see where YouTube’s inspiration for Stories may have come from — it is similar to Snapchat’s, Instagram’s, and Facebook’s own Stories feature. There’s one big exception, though, and it’s that YouTube’s short mobile-only videos will stay live for seven days instead of only 24 hours.According to Google’s support page for YouTube Stories, users can share Stories by signing into their account in the YouTube app, then tapping the video camera icon. From there, a “+” Story option will be presented — tap it and then hold the capture button to record a short video.Users can also take a photo by tapping (instead of holding) the capture button. Alternatively, users can select an existing image or video from their phone and add it to their Story. The feature includes various editing options, such as trimming, adding music/stickers/text/filters, and saving to the camera roll.Stories are found under a channel’s Stories tab; both subscribers and non-subscribers can view them. As with regular videos, viewers can leave comments and creators can respond to them. The feature includes comment moderation support, and shared short videos can be deleted by the creator. Around this time last year, YouTube introduced its own Instagram-like Stories, a new feature that enables users to share short mobile-only videos. The Stories feature was introduced in beta and only made available to select users at the time, but now YouTube is expanding it to all creators who have at least 10,000 subscribers.
Automatic Engine Shut Off or “Auto Shut Off” will come to most 2020 model year vehicles and is an enhanced audible and visual warning to the Smart Key System (SKS). This feature will automatically shut off the engine after a predetermined period if the vehicle is left running. Toyota intends to add enhancements in the future, like smartphone reminders.The new Automatic Engine Shut Off feature might spell the end of leaving a passenger waiting in the car while the driver runs in to do some shopping without leaving the key behind. Another feature Toyota will deploy is Automatic Park. Toyota says this will begin a “phase in” in the model year 2020.Automatic Park is a system designed to help prevent any rollaway issues. The feature will be available on vehicles that have an electronic means of shifting and/or applying the parking brake. This system automatically shifts the vehicle into park and/or applies the parking brake if the driver exits the vehicle without placing it in park. Toyota notes that its vehicles already include an audible and visual warning and its non-traditional shifters have a separate P button to reduce confusion.It would seem useful for Toyota to get its Automatic Park system to automatically apply the parking brake when the car is placed into park, but that feature isn’t indicated. Toyota offers no indication of how long the rollout of the features might take. Toyota has announced new safety features that it will be adding to its vehicle line starting in the 2020 model year. The safety features are Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic Park. The automaker says that the new feature represents its “relentless” commitment to continuous improvement.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. News outlets report on health exchange developments in California and Florida. Politico: Obamacare’s California Dreamin’The best news for Obamacare these days is coming out of California — but it’s a best-case scenario that might not work everywhere else in the country. The state surprised many when it announced that there won’t be any big price hikes for the health plans available through its insurance exchange — the marketplace that will serve people who don’t have another place to get health coverage. … But even as advocates trumpet California, the state’s aggressive promotion and implementation of Obamacare isn’t the perfect comparison for other states. And some analysts say the state is playing games with the numbers to make the law look good (Nather, 5/31).Health News Florida: 10 Insurers File For New MarketplaceTen Florida health insurers have filed documents indicating they want to compete for shoppers on the Affordable Care Act marketplace when it opens Oct. 1, state records indicate. However, it is not clear whether all of them will follow through or receive federal approval (Gentry, 5/31). Calif. Exchange Success May Not Translate Elsewhere; 10 Insurers Reportedly Want To Join Florida Online Marketplace
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. As Congress considers an immigration law overhaul, health care for newly legalized residents is a sticking point. The proposed deal would bar such residents from receiving Medicaid or buying coverage in new health exchanges for more than a decade after they qualify for legal status. Meanwhile, budget issues and sequestration cuts are also hot topics. The Associated Press/Washington Post: As Congress Tackles Immigration Reform, Obama’s Health Care Overhaul Looms Over The DebatePresident Barack Obama has championed two sweeping policy changes that could transform how people live in the United States: affordable health care for all and a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants illegally in the country. But many immigrants will have to wait more than a decade to qualify for health care benefits under the proposed immigration overhaul being debated by Congress, ensuring a huge swath of people will remain uninsured as the centerpiece of Obama’s health care law launches next year (6/21).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Senate Democrats Press Ahead On Spending Bills Restoring Sequestration-Mandated Budget CutsAt issue is the congressional appropriations process in which 12 individual bills set the day-to-day operating budgets of 15 Cabinet departments and other federal agencies. The bills make up a little more than one-third of the budget, with expensive benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security making up most of the rest. The 12 bills represent Congress’ most basic job but the appropriations process has broken down over the years and is showing signs of grinding to a complete halt this year. Congress is likely to resort yet again to a stopgap spending measure in September that keeps the government running but President Barack Obama has issued a blanket veto threat against the House GOP’s spending measures, which reflect not just the sequestration-mandated cuts but transfers $28 billion from domestic programs in order to patch up the Pentagon’s budget (6/20).Modern Healthcare: Providers Hang Back On Pushing For Sequester FixDespite two months of pain induced by Medicare cuts under the deficit-reduction law triggered this year, advocates for hospitals and physicians are waiting until fall to push a legislative fix. The dire warnings before the 2% cuts in Medicare payments hit April 1 have given way to watchful waiting. “In terms of mainstream policymaking, we’re in a quagmire right now until we get to event-making policies that have to be dealt with, like the debt ceiling and government spending for 2014,” said Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federal of American Hospitals (Daly, 6/20). Health Coverage A Divisive Issue In Immigration Debate
A couple of consumers vaulted into the headlines as the first to complete the sign-up process for health coverage through new online marketplaces. Other shoppers, including those who have coverage but who are looking for better, lower-cost options, tell their stories, too.The Wall Street Journal: Meet One Of The First Obamacare EnrolleesWhile millions of consumers stared down error messages on the online insurance marketplaces launched this week, some did make it through to shop the slate of coverage choices under the new federal health law. Leslie Foster, a 28-year-old freelance filmmaker in Hollywood, is among the first to sign up for an insurance plan (Weaver, 10/3).Politico: Rare Health Exchange Enrollee Gets 15 Minutes Of Obamacare FameChad Henderson, a college student who is one of the few people to have signed up for health insurance on a federal exchange, is having his 15 minutes of Obamacare fame. The 21-year-old Georgian and former Obama campaign volunteer hit “send” on his online health insurance when the exchanges opened Tuesday, and was catapulted quickly into the Obamacare spin wars (Cheney, 10/3).The Associated Press: Texans Bypass Website Glitches To Get Health CareLuis Veloz wasn’t going to wait for the federal government to work out the kinks in its website before enrolling in the nation’s new health insurance system. Instead, he rushed to fill out a paper application and mailed it in, eager to have a plan that would prevent him from racking up major medical bills like his parents. As Texas residents encountered difficulties with the website for a second day, those trained to assist with the process said callers are simply asking for a nearby location where they can complete the process the old-fashioned way: in person and on paper (Plushnick-Masti, 10/3).Reuters: Covered And Looking For Deals, Insured Americans Shop ObamacareStephanie Desaulniers is among the millions of Americans seeking information on new Obamacare health insurance plans launched this week, not because she lacks coverage, but because she’s ready for a better deal. The 26-year-old geologist has health benefits through her employer, an environmental consulting firm in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania (Skinner, 10/2).Kaiser Health News: A Former ‘Young Invincible’ Looks Forward to Health InsuranceHave you heard of the young invincibles? That’s the name given to young people who think nothing bad can happen to them — healthy people whose enrollment in Obamacare insurance is key to offsetting the costs of older, less healthy buyers. Brad Stevens is a 54-year-old, not-so-young invincible— recently reformed (Varney, 10/3).Marketplace: Obamacare Day One In Camden, N.J.After a decade of working together and sharing data, Camden’s providers made some painful discoveries. Nearly half the city’s residents visited the ER in one year alone. The most common diagnoses? Colds, sore throats, earaches and viral infections. Ninety percent of Camden’s healthcare costs were being spent on just 20 percent of patients. Something had to give. But those in the health business here insist the collaboration isn’t driven purely by dollars. “It’s not just the money that it costs us as a provider,” says Patient Access Director at Lourdes Health System, Joan Braveman. “It’s [also about] the quality of life for the patient” (Reid, 10/3). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Consumers Share Tales Of Success, Frustration Buying Coverage
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A pair of stories examine the health law and Medicare’s prescription drug “doughnut hole” as well as what might change for people who are near retirement age, but not yet eligible for Medicare.The Wall Street Journal: Obamacare Aims To Close Medicare ‘Doughnut Hole’ There’s a Medicare prescription-drug coverage abyss that is playfully referred to as the “doughnut hole,” though there is nothing sweet or amusing about it. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which had a rocky launch last week, Medicare beneficiaries will see that gap shrink again in 2014 and in each year until 2020, according to Medicare.gov. The doughnut hole is the temporary limit on what Medicare drug plans pay after certain dollar thresholds for drugs have been met (Waters, 10/6).The Wall Street Journal: How Obamacare Benefits Older Workers For those 65 years or older and on Medicare, the health-care reform law doesn’t require doing anything different. It will lead to slightly expanded coverage, but won’t dramatically change the landscape. It’s a different story for those in the years approaching retirement who don’t already have health insurance. For that group, the ACA could provide an opportunity to get more-affordable insurance than in the past and make it possible to get coverage for those who might otherwise be denied insurance or find it too costly. And it’s a particular plus for those considering early retirement (Lauricella, 10/6).Related KHN story: FAQ: Seniors On Medicare Don’t Need To Apply To The Health Law Marketplaces (Carey, 9/23). The Health Law And Older Americans