Chandrababu Naiduelection 2019Federal frontJaganmohan Reddy First Published: May 8, 2019, 1:41 PM IST | Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna New Delhi: The feedback from opposition leaders on the feelers sent out by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on forming a third front post the Lok Sabha election has been clear – there cannot be an alliance without the Congress. The TRS chief has been proposing a non-BJP, non-Congress federal front at the Centre and stayed away from all opposition meets over the last year and more, but News18 has learnt that he is growing receptive to the idea of gaining a “backdoor entry” into any such alliance if it forms. According to sources, the apparent change in his stand has come just in time as the opposition parties are planning to hold a meeting on May 21, two days after polling ends and two days before the result is announced, to decide on a prime ministerial face. Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, sources told News18, met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday morning, asking him to call a meet of all opposition parties to fine-tune strategy on how to stake claim to power if they get the numbers, as well as decide on a leader. The opposition parties have repeatedly said they would decide on the PM face after the election results, but that has not stopped various leaders, including Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati, from hinting at their ambitions for it. KCR, who had recently met Kerala CM and Left leader Pinarayi Vijayan to further his third front plans, has still not committed to teaming up with the joint opposition and is keeping cards close to his chest. He was hopeful that both the DMK and the JDS, both Congress allies, would join his federal front in a post-poll scenario, where regional parties would emerge as the key players, but was told by them that the grand old party has to feature in the plans. Although MK Stalin had cancelled a scheduled meet with the Telangana CM for May 13, the DMK has told the TRS about its leanings and a similar message was sent across by Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy when he spoke to KCR two days ago. Sources also revealed that KCR has asked the opposition to also take YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy on board the alliance, and he too, is not opposed to it but wants certain conditions met before making a decision. However, it remains to be seen how his entry would play out considering his arch rival, Chandrababu Naidu, is a key figure in the joint opposition and one of the top contenders for the PM post, despite his repeated claims to the contrary.
akhilesh yadavbajuhan samaj partyjaunpur-s24p73Kanshi Ram First Published: May 9, 2019, 8:15 AM IST Jaunpur: Dev Narayan Yadav remembers being a much younger man when Kanshi Ram of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP) announced their alliance. As a loyal foot soldier of the SP, he accepted that union with open arms. The alliance did not last long and the bitterness resumed between the two rivals. Twenty-five years later, Mulayam and Kanshi Ram’s political heir have repeated history. The 66-year-old former SP worker finds himself excited once again. The Pacchassi (85% masses), he says, are ready to take on the Pandrah (15% upper castes).“Kanshi Ram said ‘yeh ladai pandrah aur pacchassi ke beech mein hai’ (This is a fight between the 15% and the 85%). The 85% were the poor, Dalits, Muslims and OBCs, while the 15% comprised the rich and prosperous. The 15% held all the power. Today, there is unity again. If not 85:15, I am seeing a 75:25 split in society. Some of our people have joined the other side hoping to get power. But by and large, Dalits, OBCs, Muslims and all oppressed sections are coming together once again,” he says.A year ago, this sight would have been unimaginable. Samajwadi Party worker Vikram Ajoshi and BSP worker Narsingh Gautam are sitting at a tea shop in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur and chalking out the strategy for Jaunpur and Machhali Shahar Lok Sabha seats. The BSP has fielded candidates from both these seats. SP workers say they have no qualms about campaigning for their former rivals. BSP counterparts say they will return the favour in neighbouring Azamgarh, where SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is the alliance candidate.“We felt no hesitation in working with BSP workers since we share the same ideas. My experience of working with the BSP has been great. Wherever the BSP is contesting the election, our BSP friends have given us a lot of respect and we are doing the same on seats where we are contesting,” Ajoshi, a Yadav by caste, says.Gautam, a Dalit BSP worker, interrupts him, but only to express solidarity and offer his two cents about the campaign in Azamgarh. “We really want Akhileshji to win. There is no leader like him. We have told our comrades to campaign for SP candidates. After all, Behenji (Mayawati) has given us the order. Her word is the law for us.”Among the driving forces behind the alliance is a feeling among a section of Yadavs and Dalits that dominance by upper caste Hindus has reached its peak since the BJP came to power in the state. The SP and BSP are hoping their combined vote share of 44.6% will help them trump a rising BJP and stem the growing tide of Hindutva.“If we are backward or Dalit, we will face problems with the administration. I am a Zila Panchayat member and I, too, am a victim of casteism. When there is an action, there is a reaction. When their oppression reached the peak, those who believe in Samajwad and Bahujanwad had to come together,” Ajoshi says.Dev Narayan Yadav adds, “In our parts of the state, the gamcchha (a traditional cloth used in eastern UP) is a symbol of Thakurs and Bhumiars. If you go to a government office with a gamcchha, they will listen to you instantly and take you seriously. That is why even I have started carrying a gamcchha when I go for some work.”Underpinning the rivalry between the SP and BSP are the caste tensions between Yadavs and Dalits. Yadavs, an OBC community concentrated in central and eastern UP, have traditionally thrown in their lot with the SP and Dalits were believed to be BSP supporters. This is coupled with the notion that an SP regime would crack down on Dalits and a BSP regime on Yadavs.Shyam Singh Yadav’s candidature from Jaunpur has become a symbol of the alliance’s unity. As a Yadav in the BSP, he is placed in a unique position. “This notion (that SP and BSP oppressed each other’s cadres) is false. The SP and BSP are not just Yadav and Scheduled Caste parties. They have a very wide ambit. There is great unity in the alliance. It is real unity. You saw how Mayawati campaigned in Mulayam Singh’s constituency Mainpuri. Did you ever think this would happen? This is a message that all workers should see. There is now an emotional connect between the parties.”On BSP chief Mayawati’s 63rd birthday, the ‘North Pole’ and ‘South Pole’ of UP’s politics came together. Akhilesh Yadav announced that he would join hands with Mayawati, his arch rival, and jointly contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election. But will the workers of both parties, who once saw pitched battles on the streets of Uttar Pradesh, show the same bonhomie that their leaders did?In 2014, the SP was reduced to five parliamentary seats, while the BSP could not open its account. The fight for survival prompted the former rivals to come together. The joint fight in the bypolls of Phulpur, Gorakhpur and Kairana gave them a fresh lease of life. However, getting votes transferred in a Lok Sabha election is a very different ball game. Tribhuvan Ram is canvassing the length and breadth of Machhali Shahar Lok Sabha constituency as the BSP candidate to cement this newly formed alliance. He says Mayawati’s word is enough for a vote transfer as the bypolls had proved last year.“Our national president asked BSP workers to vote for SP candidates just four days ahead of the bypolls. You saw the result. In all the three seats, the BJP lost badly. SP workers are excited and attend all meetings. They are sometimes contributing more than our own workers,” he says.However, the distrust has not fully dissipated. Some SP supporters are still sceptical of the BSP’s alleged practice of selling Lok Sabha tickets. This deprives the assiduous SP workers of their due. Rahul Yadav, 25, says he broke ranks with his community and voted for the BJP in 2014, a decision he says he now regrets. However, he says he finds the alliance a little hard to stomach.“Had the Samajwadi Party fought alone, it would have been better. There are two Lok Sabha seats in Jaunpur. They may win one of the seats, but they won’t win the Machhali Shahar seat. It would have been better if they had given tickets to ground workers. Now crorepatis are getting tickets. These candidates were never workers, people don’t know them,” says the young Yadav.But committed cadres are convinced that an SP-BSP alliance is the silver bullet they needed to take down the BJP. The saffron party has claimed that this is an unnatural, opportunistic alliance. But most workers of both parties say this is a coalition for social justice, an alliance of the ‘have nots’ against the ‘haves’. They say 2019 is a battle of the 15% against the 85%. BSP worker Narsingh Gautam rues the day Kanshi Ram and Mulayam Singh Yadav parted ways. “Had the 1993 alliance stayed together, we would have formed the government in Delhi three or four times at least. Nobody could have removed us from power. Now the alliance is back and nobody can hold a candle to us.”
Nagapattinam (TN): A police FIR has been registered against a man who was attacked last week for allegedly uploading on Facebook a picture of himself consuming beef soup at a village in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu. Four people were arrested in connection with the attack.Poravachery resident Mohammed Faizan, who is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital, had posted the picture of the soup and had also described its taste. After his post was shared by those living in his locality, more than 20 people went to Faizan’s house and questioned him. The group then allegedly thrashed and attacked Faizan with a knife. Those living in the neighbourhood came to his rescue and saved him from the mob. Parthiban, a member of a Hindu fringe group, later filed a complaint against Faizan and two others claiming that an argument had broken out between his wife and Faizan’s friend. Parthiban alleged the friend had threatened his family and put out a Facebook post to take “revenge”.Acting on the complaint, the police booked Faizan and two others under sections 153(A) (promoting enmity), 294(B) (obscene acts causing annoyance to others), and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Since Faizan is in hospital, the police are yet to arrest him.The four accused who were arrested a day after the attack were identified as Dinesh Kumar, Agathian, Ganeshkumar, and Mohankumar — all in their late 20s. The police registered cases under various IPC sections, including attempt to murder, against them. The police sources say the arrested do not belong to the Hindu fringe group.“I went to Chennai to meet my relatives where I had beef soup. I posted the picture after I returned home,” Faizan had said after the attack. “Five hours later, I was attacked by a group of people. They thrashed me and asked me if I would ever consume beef again.”However, Faizan’s family alleged that members of a right-wing group, Hindu Makkal Katchi, were behind the attack.A member of a group called Hindu Munnani said that several people from the locality have been uploading pictures of beef. “Cow is our God. Despite that, many from Faizan’s locality have been sharing posts on beef,” said Chezhiyan, terming it unacceptable. arrestbeefcowcrime First Published: July 18, 2019, 11:40 PM IST
Julian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsSprint may soon merge with T-Mobile, but the company is hardly holding back its 5G rollout. The next generation of cellular connectivity already launched to Sprint subscribers, and there a few devices you can buy that support it.But wait, what is 5G, anyway? The fifth generation of wireless networks, or 5G, has been nearly a decade in the making, and it’s finally becoming a reality. Promising dramatically faster speeds, instantaneous communication, and the ability to network everything, 5G has incredible potential. Limited rollout of the service began in select cities in 2018, and mobile 5G has started appearing in cities around the U.S. in 2019, with much more comprehensive launches expected in 2020. For its part, Sprint’s 5G is here, with the company promising connectivity in nine markets by the end of the first half of 2019. Those markets include some of the largest cities in the country.Here’s everything you need to know about Sprint’s 5G rollout.Mobile 5GSprint has officially begun rolling out its 5G network. The first cities to get the new tech — Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, and Kansas City — began enjoying 5G’s blistering speeds as of May 30. Shortly after, Sprint announced that it had turned on its 5G network in Chicago, extending coverage to around 700,000 people. Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and the District of Columbia are likely to follow soon after, though we don’t have any dates for those launches yet. If you’re in one of the areas that already has 5G, you’ll need Sprint’s Unlimited Premium plan, which costs $80 per month, to take advantage of the tech. Thankfully, there are some other great perks, too — like Hulu, Amazon Prime, Tidal, and 100GB of hot spot usage.Sprint also said Google Fi customers can access Sprint’s 5G network, though you need a 5G-enabled phone to make use of 5G.Digital Trends tested the LG V50 ThinQ on Sprint’s 5G network in Dallas, and you can read our impressions about the service here.NetworkWhile Verizon and AT&T are primarily rolling out 5G with millimeter wave spectrum (mmWave), Sprint has a completely different deployment strategy. The carrier will use excess 2.5GHz spectrum to initially build its 5G network.Sprint is adding 128-antenna massive Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO) equipment to its existing cell towers to create a 4G/5G split service, which allows the company to roll out its service quickly and less expensively than other carriers. It means if you have a 5G phone, you’ll see 5G service near these towers. Dip away from the range and your phone will fall back to 4G LTE.While rolling out 5G on midband spectrum may allow Sprint to deploy quickly and inexpensively, the strategy is not without pitfalls. Midband 5G does not offer the same fast speeds and low latency you’ll see on other providers with mmWave. It covers a larger area, but it doesn’t have as large a range as 4G LTE, and doesn’t do the best job of penetrating through walls and some types of glass.Although Sprint is initially rolling out service on midband, it will continue to build its 5G network on other bands as well. The plan — if the Sprint and T-Mobile merger is successful — is for “the New T-Mobile” to have a robust, nationwide 5G network that supports lowband, midband, and mmWave.Mobile hardwareSprint has a few products that support 5G at the moment.LG V50 ThinQHTC 5G HubSamsung Galaxy S10 5GWe’ll keep this list updated as Sprint launches new hardware. The two phones on this list cost more than $1,000, and they are not interoperable — so if you switch carriers, the Galaxy S10 5G you bought on Sprint’s network will not connect to 5G networks from other carriers. As 5G launches around the country, we’re expecting prices to drop, so it may not be worthwhile to shell out for a 5G phone just yet.Updated on July 11, 2019: Sprint has turned on its 5G network in Chicago. Verizon 5G rollout: Here is everything you need to know We tested Sprint’s 5G. It might not be worth an upgrade yet The $1,300 Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is here: What you need to know T-Mobile 5G rollout: Here’s everything you need to know People are buying 5G phones when they don’t even have 5G Editors’ Recommendations
When it comes to Google hardware, all eyes may be on the Pixel 2 and Pixelbook, but the search giant still wants to make inroads in businesses. That explains the new Hangouts Meet hardware, an awkwardly named meeting management system that builds on the Hangouts Meet service recently announced for enterprise. It’s another attempt to make video conferencing more straightforward. Hangouts Meet basically takes the consumer version of Hangouts and gives it a business-focused twist. It’s also getting an update today, with support for recording meetings and saving them directly to Google Drive for later sharing, and the ability to host meetings with up to fifty participants involved. Dial-in support has been extended too, now covering more than a dozen markets. However it’s the hardware that’s most interesting. Google is powering it with an ASUS Chromebox running Chrome OS, and connecting up three peripherals. First, there’s a new touchscreen controller for managing both the setup of the Hangouts Meet session and how it runs mid-call. From there, you get the full calendar for scheduling, and the ability to pin or mute team members. Plug in a laptop via HDMI, and you can screen share directly to the session. Meanwhile, Google’s 4K camera has a 120-degree field of view, for getting even broad tables all in frame. Like the Pixel 2’s cameras it relies heavily on machine learning, in this case to spot who is talking and automatically crop and zoom so as to frame them better. Update: The camera is the new Huddly GO, and it’s actually quite interesting in its own right. As well as its wider field of view, it can also stream multiple perspectives simultaneously; it’s not clear how much of that Google and Hangouts Meet is actually using right now, but Huddly says it has high hopes as developers get their hands on the tech. The sensor itself is 16-megapixels, and there’s onboard software to correct color, perspective, and lighting. The fourth and final part is the speakermic. Up to five can be connected simultaneously, to cover large spaces, all daisy-chained off a single cable. That has echo and background noise cancellation, too. Part of Google’s pitch is ease of management. The Chromebox itself is automatically updated from the cloud, but it can also automatically push updates to each of the other devices plugged in. There’s Chrome OS’ remote device monitoring and management, too, for security. As you might expect, this is pitched at enterprise pricing levels. The Hangouts Meet hardware is available to order now, at $1,999. Meanwhile, Huddly GO will eventually be offered individually, priced at $499.
Gmail has changed the face of email for better or worse. It has offered a free service that is putting even paid premium services out of business. It has pushed for a minimalist interface that made Yahoo! Mail look and feel like the Titanic. But perhaps one of its most controversial “innovations” is one that is both hated and loved: the conversation view. Google has conceded back in 2010 that not everyone is a fan but it only offered a toggle for Gmail on the web. Mobile users won’t feel so left out anymore now that they too will have that power. Gmail’s Conversation View practically shoehorns the decades-old email system into a form that millennials would be more familiar with: text and instant messages. The flow of email follows a chronological order that disregards the threading, often visually represented as a tree, that seasoned email users are more familiar with. While some eventually embraced the new ways, especially on constrained screens of smartphones, others would have none of it even after years of Gmail use.Rather than lose the latter subset of users, Gmail eventually provided a toggle for users to disable Conversation view in Gmail. The catch was that it only worked for the web version of Gmail. On mobile, you’ll still be forced to see things through Google’s eyes.Finally, after a few years, Google is changing that. Soon, you will be able to dig into your Gmail account on your Android phone or iPhone and toggle it on or off. Do note that this is different from the same option that’s already available under the General Settings but only applies to IMAP or POP3 accounts you’ve added to the Gmail app.AdChoices广告Of course, the option does come at the price of making emails look less organized on phones. After all, you can only cram so much in such a small space. Unfortunately, that’s the best compromise Google will be willing to make and those who prefer to have more control over their email threads will have to settle for third-party mobile apps.
The design of the AirPods almost doesn’t seem to lend itself well to active lifestyles. Looks can be deceiving, of course, and the AirPods are not known to jump so easily when you do. Their white color, premium design, and price, however, don’t exactly inspire confidence in their survivability with rugged use.Earbuds like the BackBeat FIT 3100 promise both durability and comfort, with the soft flexible earbuds making a snug and firm fit in your ear. It’s also promised to be safe, with Plantronics’ Always Aware feature that keeps noise out but lets important sounds, like horns, in.Despite those promises, not everyone will be sold on the reliability of true wireless headphones. Fortunately, Plantronics does have a wireless design for everyone. The new BackBeat 2100 uses a more conventional flexible band that wraps behind the user’s head while still delivering the Always Aware promise. Even more traditional is the Backbeat FIT 350 with a cable that dangles down from the buds and safely behind the neck. Finally, there’s the BackBeat GO 810 that, unlike the others, has over-the-ear cups that pack up to 20 hours of listening time.AdChoices广告Plantronics’ new wireless headsets are all available today in the following prices and color options:• BackBeat FIT 3100 – Black and Grey for $149.99• BackBeat FIT 2100 – Black, Grey, Blue and Lava Black for $99.99• BackBeat FIT 350 – Black/Grey, Grey/Bone and Grey/Blue for $79.99• BackBeat GO 810 – Graphite Black, Navy Blue and Bone White for $149.99 Like with many of its products, Apple takes something that may have existed in one form or another and makes it the hottest thing since the wheel. That is the case with the somewhat controversial AirPods that have made “true wireless earbuds” the next big thing in audio accessories for smartphones. That has given birth to a wide range of such earbuds designed to appeal to different audiences. Like the new Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100 that tries to sing to runners.
Facebook says it has eliminated a total of 82 Groups, Pages, and accounts that were linked to Iran and engaging in coordinated “inauthentic behavior.” These accounts were targeting users located in the US and UK, the company said in a statement today, and were meddling with political topics like immigration and race relations. Facebook’s team first picked up on the coordinated activity a week ago; it doesn’t yet know who is responsible for the activity. Platforms like Facebook have become an information battleground, spurring the rise of so-called fake news and the weaponization of trolling. Governments and other entities can use such platforms to manipulate populations and spread lies, fuel incendiary political issues, and more.The issue came to mass attention following Facebook’s disclosure of 2016 election meddling on its platform. The company has since revealed the discovery of other coordinated campaigns on its social networks, the latest being these 82 Iran-linked accounts, Pages, and Groups.In a blog post today, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher detailed the discovery, saying that Facebook has found no ties between these accounts and the Iranian government. The company alerted officials in both the UK and US after discovering the campaign, as well as law enforcement in the US, Congress, and others.Breaking down the numbers, Facebook says there were three Groups, 30 Pages, and 33 accounts on Facebook. Another 16 accounts were found on Instagram. One Page had at least 1.02 million followers, and one Group had at least 25,000 accounts as members. One of the Instagram accounts had in excess of 28,000 followers.The campaign included seven events that were scheduled from February 2016 through June 2018; Facebook says it doesn’t know whether any of the events actually took place, but two of them had no interest from users. Example posts from purged Pages include images targeting race relations in the US and UK, President Trump, corruption, and more.SOURCE: Facebook
Before I was forced to part with the Shelby, my instructor hopped in the drivers seat for a final lap. Though I had glimpsed the GT350’s potential, my time as a passenger truly opened my eyes (and tightened my sphincter) in reaction to its capacity for speed. While maneuverability within corners and its power between corners was extraordinary, the braking performance was most impressive. Where some supercars would have coasted straight off the track, the GT350 seemed to move the earth backwards to scrub speed before turns.The fact that $60,000 grants you performance to rival some of the fastest cars in the world is confounding. Comparing the Shelby GT350/R to any preceding Mustang is like contrasting a Cheetah with a Dachshund. Sure, they can both run, but that’s where their similarities end. No doubt Chevrolet’s next generation Camaro Z/28 will push the track performance envelope even further, but the GT350 may take the current edge as king of the muscle cars until then. Before I ruffle too many feathers by calling the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350R Ford’s fastest ‘stang yet, let me set some parameters. Was the 2013 Shelby GT500 with 662hp quicker to 60 mph and through a quarter-mile? Yes. Could that car out-maneuver the GT350R? Not a chance. Set those two vehicles against one another around any non-oval track in the world and the GT350 would spank its sibling. In many ways, automotive enthusiasts have the never-ending rivalry between Mustang and Camaro to thank for the ultra high performance muscle cars we see today. What once was a horsepower war has now become a battle for faster lap times. It’s a freaky world we live in where a Camaro (in Z/28 guise) can match a Porsche 911 GT3. And the odd matchups will become more bizarre, especially since Ford’s new Shelby Mustang has exceeded even the Camaro Z/28’s lofty performance threshold. To understand just how much better the GT350/R is than both the track-honed Camaro and the solid rear-axle Mustang Boss 302 that came before it, we joined Ford Performance for a few laps at Buttonwillow Raceway in California.Before diving into how the car handled, let’s recap what sets the GT350/R apart.While it’s true that Shelbys of years past owe their performance to their engines, the GT350 is only partly defined by its powertrain, which is more impressive considering this is one of the best motors Ford has ever built. 526hp and 429 lb-ft of torque roar from a brand new 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 motor. No forced induction, no sloppy seconds, just the most powerful naturally aspirated motor Ford has ever produced. For those unfamiliar with flat-crank motors, in very simple terms, they are lighter, rougher, and faster revving than cross-plane crank designs. These engines are more commonly found in motor sports applications where ride quality matters far less than outright performance. In the Shelby GT350/R, this translates to an 8,250 rev limiter and one of the most vicious sounds of any production vehicle.Both the standard GT350 and more aggressive “R” designation produce the same power, use the same 6-speed Tremec manual transmission, and route their horses to the rear wheels through a Torsen limited-slip differential. Both cars also employ Ford’s MagneRide magnetic dampers, 15.5-inch front brake rotors with 6-piston Brembo calipers, 14.9-inch rear discs with 4-piston calipers, and lowered ride heights. The major differences between the standard GT350 and R come down to 130 pounds of weight savings. For example, the GT350R salvages an incredible 15 pounds per wheel thanks to carbon fiber construction.Visually, you can pick out the R from its larger chin splitter, carbon fiber rear wing, red interior accents, and lack of rear seating. Audibly, you’ll hear the R coming from farther off without its exhaust resonators. Experientially, the R’s ability to induce stronger G forces drains the blood from your brain quicker. At the dealer, the differences between the vehicles will amount to an $8,000 premium. Now to how they performed on track. While three laps is hardly enough to draw firm conclusions about how a vehicle handles—and we’ll have more significant time with the GT350 next month—it was enough to see Ford’s engineering brilliance shine through. Buttonwillow Raceway is a fairly technical track, with several potential layouts. Ford’s Track Tour had us take an abbreviated route covering just under two miles that included a dozen turns and one quarter-mile straightaway. “Your brain will tell you to shift at 6,500 rpms, but don’t,” cautioned the Ford Performance Racing instructor. Sure enough, seconds later my hand and left foot subconsciously made for the gear lever and clutch pedal. Fortunately, I was able to resist the urge to shift until the tach had climbed to a more respectable 8,000 rpms and the engine was given a chance to howl into the crisp morning air. What a rush – unlike the 700hp Hellcat, power delivery was controllable, yet still tremendous. Thankfully, the Brembo brakes were equally mighty, because I was rapidly approaching the first corner. With a hint of nose dive, the GT350 put the kabosh on forward motion before angling into the bend. Steering inputs were immediately communicated to the front wheels while the MagneRide dampters tightened, keeping the body flat through the corner. As I spoon-fed power to the rear wheels, the Michelin Pilot Super Sports gripped where previous Shelbys would happily break traction. As I began to grasp the GT350’s limits, speed through corners grew and braking distances shrunk, but the Mustang refused to show even the smallest sign of stress. By the third lap, I’d finally been able to break the standard GT350’s tires loose with a heavier right foot, but the ultra sticky Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber on the R wouldn’t budge once up to temperature. Even when the GT350 would hang its tail out, the release was progressive and completely manageable.
It’s that time in the world of Android – time to pull the plug on Android apps not prepared properly for the coming of 64-bit CPUs. It’s not as if these newer, faster computing processors aren’t already here in Android devices. They’ve been here before – and they’re not going away any time soon. As such, Google’s announced their “TIME’S UP” marker for apps that haven’t made way for 64-bit hardware – the future of smartphones in general, that is to say. Google first started supporting 64-bit CPUs in Android all the way back in the year 2017. That wasn’t particularly long ago in the life of a human being, but in this mobile tech realm, it may as well have been decades. Android 5.0 Lollipop came with the first big warning from Google about the coming of the 64-bit app. Developers were told then that apps using native code must provide a 64-bit version in addition to their standard 32-bit version. The edict from Google is about to get a bit more strict, and indeed will get stricter as time goes on. Today Google let it be known the following changes on the following dates, VIA Google:Starting August 1, 2019:• All new apps and app updates that include native code are required to provide 64-bit versions in addition to 32-bit versions when publishing to Google Play.• Extension: Google Play will continue to accept 32-bit only updates to existing games that use Unity 5.6 or older until August 2021.Starting August 1, 2021:• Google Play will stop serving apps without 64-bit versions on 64-bit capable devices, meaning they will no longer be available in the Play Store on those devices.• This will include games built with Unity 5.6 or older.There are some exceptions that developers probably already realize. Not subject to these rules are those APKs or app bundles that target Wear OS or Android TV explicitly, as these platforms do not yet support 64-bit code. App bundles or APKs that “are not distributed to devices running Android 9 Pie or later” will also continue to be unrestricted re: 64-bit code.Do not despair, all you very old smartphone users! Google is “not making changes” to their policy regarding 32-bit support. Google Play will continue to host and deliver apps with 32-bit support for 32-bit devices. This update means only that apps with 32-bit NATIVE CODE will need to have “an additional 64-bit version as well.” Story TimelineiPhone 5s 64-Bit app submissions opened by Apple64-bit Apple A7 processor is a “marketing gimmick” says QUALCOMM execNew Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit appsWindows 10 on ARM 64-bit apps will finally be coming soon
Toyota is leading a $2.8bn investment into a new autonomous driving company, TRI-AD, aiming to create an industry-leading platform for driverless cars. The Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development will be based in Tokyo, and sees the automaker team up with Aisin and Denso, both automotive parts suppliers. Initially, the three companies will be focusing on picking a location in the city for the new company. Approximately 300 staff are expected to be involved at the outset, though the goal is to increase that to around 1,000. Toyota says it expects to build that workforce both by internal recruitment from its own ranks, and from both Aisin and Denso, as well as global recruitment of external candidates. At first, Toyota will be putting in 90-percent of the primary 50 million yen (roughly $500k) investment. Dr. James Kuffner, currently the CTO of the Toyota Research Institute in North America, will be leading the new TRI-AD business. The goal will be to make a commercial autonomous driving system more practical in terms of both engineering and cost. As a result, the new company, Toyota, and the Toyota Research Institute “will have a streamlined relationship, resulting in a fast-track, truly integrated development model,” the automaker says. That includes a focus on how Toyota can “efficiently link research results to product development” so that new advances from the engineers can more rapidly make it to production vehicles. Currently, Toyota and Lexus cars offer adaptive cruise control systems on their commercial models, but the technology is a long way from the driverless systems the automaker has demonstrated. AdChoices广告Indeed, at CES 2018 the company showed off its latest autonomous research vehicle, though you might not realize what it was at first glance. The newest-generation of prototype, it’s based on a last-gen Lexus sedan and the engineers focused on integrating the sensor technology as much as possible. While hardly invisible, the resulting design is far closer to production models than earlier iterations, but Toyota insists that the aesthetic changes haven’t impacted the vehicle’s driverless talents. Toyota’s plans for TRI-AD will have broader implications than just for the automaker itself, mind. Also at CES, the company revealed its e-Palette Concept, a self-driving electric vehicle intended to offer highly flexible space to a broad range of users. Effectively a shipping container on wheels, the e-Palette Concept could be anything from a delivery truck to a ride-sharing taxi replacement, not to mention more unusual applications such as a mobile restaurant, pop-up store, or even accommodation. What set the concept apart from other such ideas, though, is Toyota’s intended flexibility when it comes to the software driving the vehicle. Although it will have its own autonomous system, it will also be open to companies combining their own driverless AI with the e-Palette hardware. In such a case, the Toyota technology will remain as a last-straw “guardian” safety system. Toyota already has interest from Amazon, Uber, and others in the vehicle. Story TimelineToyota’s Concept-i designers talk AI co-pilots and self-driving styleToyota’s smart car consortium wants to save the cloudToyota’s new driverless prototype has a surprise inside
Lamborghini also fits the concept with special protective composite bodywork that has stone-deflecting protection around the engine and air intakes along with mudguards in carbon fiber and elastomeric resin. An off-road light package includes roof-mounted LED light bar and LED bumper lights with a flood function. The interior is designed to reflect the off-road nature of the vehicle, and it has four-point seat belts and carbon bi-shell sport seats and aluminum floor panels. The base for the Sterrato is the Huracan Evo, and the concept uses the same 5.2L naturally aspirated V10 making 640hp. The car uses the Evo’s LDVI system with predictive logic to control Sterrato systems including the four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, the modified suspension, and torque vectoring.The system is calibrated for use on low traction surfaces and to enhanced real-wheel drive behavior. The vehicle has raised ground clearance by 47mm, the front approach is “sharpened by 1%” and the departure angle enhanced by 6.5%. The concept has a wheel track that is widened front and rear by 30mm. The Sterrato rolls on 20-inch wheels with balloon tires set into new wide-body arches with integrated air intakes. The underbody of the car has reinforcement and protection with a rear skid plate that acts as a diffuser. The front frame is covered with an aluminum skid plate. Lamborghini has unveiled a new concept car that might be the coolest off-roader that the Italian brand has ever offered, and it has offered some cool off-road rides in the past. The concept is called the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato, and it is based on the V10 Huracan. Lambo says that the new concept car draws on its off-road expertise exemplified in the Urus Super SUV.
The Nokia 2.2 has a sleek, modern design with a display that nearly covers the entire front of the device and a ‘hole punch’ camera positioned at the top. This is the first model in the Nokia 2 series lineup to be part of the Android One program.This model features a 5.71-inch HD+ edge-to-edge display with 400 nits brightness alongside a MediaTek A22 quad-core chipset, the promise of all-day battery life, and support for Nokia Xpress-on covers. As well, HMD includes a dedicated Google Assistant button on the phone to immediately access the assistant.The Nokia 2.2’s most notable feature is its AI-powered rear camera, which HMD claims is able to capture ‘detailed photos’ in low-light settings, which are typically beyond the capabilities of smartphones. The software makes this possible by capturing multiple images nearly instantly, then using algorithms to create a single low-grain, higher detailed image.AdChoices广告In addition to the camera, HMD is emphasizing the phone’s face unlock feature, which the company says is an ‘AI-driven’ feature that utilizes ‘liveliness detection’ and deep-learning algorithms to avoid simply trickery. The features are notable given the Nokia 2.2’s low $139 USD price tag; the handset is available in the US starting today from Amazon and Best Buy. HMD Global’s Nokia 2.2 Android smartphone is now shipping in the United States, the company has announced. The launch gives consumers another attractive budget phone option at a very modest price, one that features an AI-powered camera for low-light environments, face unlock, and access to Google Assistant. Though the handset ships with Android 9 Pie, HMD says the model is Android Q ready with the promise of operating system updates for two years and monthly security updates for three years. Story TimelineNokia 3.1 comes to the US via special AT&T and Cricket modelsNokia 1 Android Pie update has Android users dreaming of better daysNokia 5.2 could have 48MP camera, look like a Huawei-Moto hybrid
As President Barack Obama prepares to highlight how the health law will help Californians in a speech he will deliver Friday, The New York Times reports that the measure’s opponents are outspending supporters when it comes to television ads.Politico: Obama To Deliver Health Care Speech In CaliforniaPresident Obama is scheduled to deliver an address in California Friday touting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. “He’ll highlight the promising news that despite dire predictions, early data on insurance competition and premiums in the state show that ACA — the Affordable Care Act — is creating quality affordable choices for Californians who plan to buy insurance this fall,” press secretary Jay Carney said (Slack, 6/4).The New York Times: Critics Of Health Care Law Outspending Its Supporters On AdsSeven months before the core provisions of President Obama’s health care law are to take effect, most television advertising that mentions the law continues to come from its opponents. Since the law’s passage in March 2010, critics have spent a total of about $400 million on television ads that refer to it, according to a new analysis by the Campaign Media Analysis Group at Kantar Media, which tracks such spending (Goodnough, 6/4).Bloomberg: Obama Called Bully By Republicans Over Health Law PushAnne Filipic, who helped Barack Obama secure a turning-point victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, plans to send thousands of volunteers door-to-door this year on a new campaign: to help the president sell his health-care law to the nation’s 50 million uninsured. First, though, her organization, Enroll America, must deal with the fallout from congressional Republicans who say the Obama administration is pressuring companies such as drugmaker Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to support an outreach effort that could cost as much as $100 million (Nussbaum and Wayne, 6/5).And a former member of Congress changes his take on the health law — Politico: Ex-Lawmaker Who Opposed ACA Now Supports ItFormer Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) voted against the Democrats’ health reform law in 2010 amid intense pressure to support it. Now that he’s left Congress, he’s the public face of a Florida insurance company that is trying to put the law into place. As a senior vice president at Florida Blue, a Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurer, Altmire travels around Florida explaining how the law will operate and works with business partners on how to implement it. He’s particularly focused on the exchanges — the web portals where Florida Blue and other health insurers hope that customers will buy their health plans beginning in October (Haberkorn, 6/5). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Obama To Tout Health Law In Calif. Speech
MNsure To Give Some Deadline Flexibility To Last-Minute Health Exchange Shoppers Minnesota officials announced Monday that people who hit technical snags that prevent them from completing the sign up process by March 31 may still be able to avoid the federal tax penalty for not having health insurance. The Wall Street Journal: Some Leeway On Coverage DeadlineSome states are worried that lingering technical problems may prevent people from completing the sign-up process, especially if a surge of enrollees clogs sites in the final days. Consumers have until March 31 to sign up for insurance coverage and avoid facing a financial penalty for 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. On Monday, Minnesota said it would extend a completion deadline for anyone who starts the process of enrolling in a plan by midnight on March 31 but doesn’t finish it. Maryland and Nevada also have extended the deadline for people who can show they began to sign-up before the end of the month (Corbett Dooren, 3/24).Pioneer Press: MNsure: Last-Minute Consumers Won’t Be Penalized If They Run Into Glitches People who run into technical problems at MNsure that prevent them from obtaining health insurance by March 31 still might be able to avoid a federal tax penalty, health exchange officials announced Monday. The deadline for people to obtain coverage remains March 31, said Scott Leitz, the interim chief executive officer at MNsure (Snowbeck, 3/24).Minnesota Public Radio: MNsure Grants Reprieve For Late Enrollment SnagsConsumers who make a good faith effort to enroll in health coverage through Minnesota’s online insurance marketplace can avoid a penalty even if they don’t complete the process by the deadline of midnight March 31, MNsure officials said Monday. Until now, agency officials have said consumers had to select and pay for a plan by the deadline. But given a likely rush of last minute enrollments, MNsure will offer an extension for consumers who have started the process but couldn’t finish before the clock runs out, MNsure interim CEO Scott Leitz said (Stawicki, 3/24). The Star Tribune: MNsure Lays Out Flexible Deadline Options For Health Insurance Sign-UpsAiming to give Minnesotans every possible chance to buy health insurance before the March 31 deadline, MNsure officials on Monday said they will grant some flexibility to those making a good-faith effort to buy coverage when the clock strikes midnight that night. MNsure interim CEO Scott Leitz stressed the state insurance exchange isn’t softening the deadline. He compared the newly announced steps to allowing people to vote if they’re standing in line when the polls close (Crosby, 3/24). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
An Epidemic Of Nursing Home Closures In Rural Areas Leaves Vulnerable Residents With Few Options More than 440 rural nursing homes have closed or merged over the last decade, and instead of being able to find new care in their homes and communities, many residents end up at different nursing homes far from their families. Harold Labrensz spent much of his 89-year life farming and ranching the rolling Dakota plains along the Missouri River. His family figured he would die there, too. But late last year, the nursing home in Mobridge, S.D., that cared for Mr. Labrensz announced that it was shutting down after a rocky history of corporate buyouts, unpaid bills and financial ruin. It had become one of the many nursing homes across the country that have gone out of business in recent years as beds go empty, money troubles mount and more Americans seek to age in their own homes. (Healy, 3/4) The New York Times: Nursing Homes Are Closing Across Rural America, Scattering Residents Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The Last Of 105 Patients Were Moved To New Homes On Thursday This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. In other news — Wellspring of Milwaukee, a nursing home and rehabilitation center, moved the last of its roughly 105 residents on Thursday after a chaotic day and week set off when its bank account was frozen. The nursing home’s last day included police responding to angry former employees, who believed they would not get paid, gathering in the parking lot and a threat against the nursing home’s executive director. (Boulton, 3/1) A newspaper reports that federal authorities have imposed a $600,000 fine on a New Jersey nursing home following a viral outbreak that killed 11 children. The North Jersey Record reports that the penalty stems from state and federal inspections at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation during last fall’s outbreak. (3/2) The Associated Press: Paper: $600,000 Fine Imposed On Nursing Home After Outbreak