So what it is AutoTools and how does it differ from this Tasker? In truth, AutoTools is actually a plugin for Tasker and wouldn’t exist, let alone work, without it. In a nutshell, it provides a higher level interface to much of the functionality that Tasker offers. Using a popular software engineering metaphor, Tasker is the plumbing while AutoTools is the porcelain. So if you’re the type who loves to push your Android device to the limit, then AutoTools is the, er, tool for you. Neither AutoTools nor Tasker require root to work, but both do have special functions available only on rooted phones. AutoTools is available for free but Tasker itself is a $2.99 purchase. AutoTools also has other free extensions, like AutoVoice, which has been used to control your phone using Cortana on the PC or bring Google Assistant to the desktop.SOURCE: Joao Apps If you’re an iPhone power user migrating to Android, you might feel you’re missing out on one of the most powerful automation tools available on iOS: Worklow, not a property of Apple. Sure, there is the equally popular Tasker in the Android world, but, for all the power it offers, it has one or two major flaws. It’s not particularly easy to use and not that pretty either. Fortunately, there is AutoTools, which is billed as a “Tasker Plus”. And with the latest version 2.0, it has gotten better and fancier you’d almost forget you were actually using Tasker underneath. What makes AutoTools particularly appealing is that it gives users the building blocks to create decent looking user interfaces for their Tasker actions. Not all tasks automatically happen behind the scenes. Some might need some input or decision-making before carrying out the automated task. Others will at least need to show some visual feedback or notification.All of that has always been possible with AutoTools, but the latest 2.0 release steps up its game. Developer Joao Apps added Web Screens, which are basically templates for some of the most common UI elements, from lists to navigation drawers to notifications. These are appropriately themed based on the latest Material Design specs. There are even some presets available for reuse so you won’t have to waste your time creating one from scratch.AutoTools 2.0 also gets the framework up to speed with the latest conventions on Android. For example, it now support app shortcuts, provided you’re on Android Nougat (7.1 or higher). Better yet, a new AutoTools Launcher can dynamically change what AutoTools task is launched, depending on the context.
Of course, given how different a device it is, there are very important differences in how you use Apple Pay Cash on the Apple Watch. Since there’s no keypad, you’ll have to ask Siri to pay someone using your money. And since there’s no Touch ID, much less Face ID, you’ll have to key in your passcode the old-fashioned way.Other than that, Apple Pay Cash works in the exact same way under the hood. It sources funds from the credit and debit cards you already have linked to Apple Pay, so no need for yet another tedious setup process. The recipient doesn’t even need to have Apple Pay setup on their device first. They’ll still receive the money and they’ll get a shiny new Apple Pay Cash card when they accept the terms and conditions.The one hard requirement is that both sender and receiver should be on iOS 11.2 on their iPhone or iPad. In the case of the Apple Watch, that requirement is watchOS 4.2. It’s also available only in the US for now. As for the supported hardware, that includes the iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later, Apple Watch, iPad Pro, iPad (5th Generation), iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 or later.SOURCE: Apple After a brief hiccup due to an unplanned early update, Apple has finally flipped the switch for its much-awaited “person to person” mobile payment system. But since Apple Pay Cash transactions happen on Messages, you might presume it’s only limited to iPhones and iPads. Apple has now released the fine details of the new system and in case you missed it in beta, here’s the all-important reminder: you can use the Apple Watch to send payments, too.
Clothing franchise Forever 21 disclosed a security breach involving credit cards last month, and now the company is back with an update on its investigation. According to the company, it was alerted to a potential security issue by a third-party back in October of this year. That triggered an investigation by the company, which found that some stores’ point-of-sale devices didn’t always utilize encryption. In addition to encryption issues, the investigation found “signs of unauthorized network access,” as well as malware installed on some store point-of-sale systems. This malware, according to a statement from the company, was used to find payment card info. Details about the malware were given, including that it searched for the track data read by the POS device from the bank card.“In most instances,” Forever 21 says, “the malware only found track data that did not have cardholder name — only card number, expiration date, and internal verification code — but occasionally the cardholder name was found.” It appears the malware only hit US stores, not international ones; it was active on the infected devices from April 3 to November 18 of this year, though not all stores were compromised for that entire duration. Most stores only had one or a few devices infected with the malware, the company explains.AdChoices广告However, because of a POS log that tracked card transaction authorizations, Forever 21 says devices that didn’t have encryption turned on were storing the info in the log. Data from prior to April 3 may in some cases have been accessible to the malware via the unencrypted log. The scope of that problem isn’t clear. Forever 21 customers who believe their info could have been compromised should monitor their accounts for signs of fraud.SOURCE: Forever 21Image by Natalitiameom via Wikipedia
Indeed, the Hydrogen One effectively becomes the smart viewfinder for Lucid and RED’s camera. The 3D/4-View (4V) device captures full 8K video and stills, and can convert into RED’s 4V format in real time. With the Hydrogen One connected, the phone will give a live preview – in 3D/4V, courtesy of its holographic display – of what’s being recorded. RED is building the new camera, based on Lucid’s real-time 3D Fusion Technology as seen before in the VR180 3D LucidCam. That means it has the same, industrial look and feel of RED’s other cameras, but there are actually two 4K cameras inside. A beam splitter is used to capture and convert their output into an 8K 4V (.h4v) file. Where the LucidCam is targeted at consumers, however, with a $399 price tag, this new RED camera will be targeted at a market with deeper pockets. That’ll include independent filmmakers and studio producers, though neither RED nor Lucid are saying quite how much the camera will cost at this stage. That, along with its official name, will be confirmed closer to its expected launch in Q4 of this year. AdChoices广告Hydrogen One sounded, initially, like something of a pipe dream for RED when the camera firm first announced it. The smartphone promised two unusual features. First, it would have a holographic display that could show 3D graphics without requiring that the user wear special glasses. That brought to mind memories of old 3D Android devices which were invariably disappointing, but RED promised that its system was far more engaging than those gimmicky devices. Second, and maybe more exciting to RED’s current audience, was the camera technology. Although Hydrogen One does have its own cameras, each capable of recording in the 4-View format the company has created for 3D/holographic images, it’ll also support modular add-ons. RED says it’s working with a number of lens-makers along with other camera industry stalwarts on devices that will take advantage of the Hydrogen One’s array of pogo-pins. Modular phones have certainly been tried before, with varying levels of success. Still, if RED can engage with its videographer audience – which typically has much larger budgets than the average phone-buyer – it could give the Hydrogen One an angle that existing modular handsets have lacked. The phone is expected to launch this summer, with support from both AT&T and Verizon. If when RED said its Hydrogen One smartphone would have interchangeable cameras, you were thinking simple lenses, think again. One of the first of the modular camera accessories for the upcoming smartphone has been revealed, courtesy of 3D specialist Lucid, and it’s big enough to dwarf the upcoming Android handset. Story TimelineRED Hydrogen just 1st step to full 4-View holographic line-upRED HYDROGEN One release and spec details crank excitementThis Mysterious RED Phone: 10 things we know so far
Of course, that may not be a shocking announcement considering that T-Mobile, Metro’s parent company, has made a similar commitment. Considering that Metro uses T-Mobile’s network to provide service, it makes sense that it will begin offering 5G service around the time T-Mobile does. Still, it isn’t necessarily a given that prepaid networks will offer 5G just because their parent companies do, so it’s nice to have the commitment nonetheless.Obviously, details on Metro’s 5G offerings are pretty much non-existent at this point, just as they are at every other carrier. Though some carriers plan to begin rolling out their 5G networks before the end of the year (Verizon has already started launching its 5G Home service), most of them won’t really get the ball rolling until we’re into next year.A couple of weeks ago, T-Mobile announced this name change for Metro PCS and revealed two new unlimited plans, which offer additional subscription to Google One and/or Amazon Prime, depending on which plan you sign up for. Those plans also offer “unlimited” 4G LTE data, but your speeds will be slowed once you pass a 35GB monthly threshold and your streaming resolution will be limited to just 480p.AdChoices广告Those new unlimited plans are available today at all of Metro’s retail locations. You can check the table above to see the pricing difference between these new unlimited plans and Metro’s other plans, but otherwise keep it here at SlashGear for more details on Metro’s eventual 5G service roll out. Today is a pretty big day for T-Mobile, as it’s relaunching the Metro PCS brand as Metro by T-Mobile. Along with the rebranding comes two new unlimited plans that offer some fairly tempting perks, but on its first day with a new name, Metro by T-Mobile is also making a commitment for the future too. The company today announced that it will offer 5G service and phones beginning in 2019. Story TimelineMetroPCS unlimited LTE deal offers free Android phones for switchingMetroPCS offers free iPhone SE, T-Mobile LG BOGO deal starts FridayAlcatel 7 brings a 18:9 phablet to MetroPCS lineup
Story TimelineiPhone X Review: This changes everythingApple discontinues iPhone SE, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone X That has served Apple well, with the iPhone XS launching from $999 this year, too. Hopes that the iPhone X would, as previous Apple flagships have, be shifted down in the line-up as a more affordable iPhone were dashed, however. Instead, Apple launched the iPhone XR. Now, though, Amazon’s deal of the day could put an iPhone X in your pocket and save you some money in the process. The retailer is offering refurbished iPhone X handsets, SIM-free and unlocked, today. In the process it’s undercutting the original sticker price considerably: almost by a quarter, in some cases. The iPhone X 64GB, for instance, is $725 unlocked. It’s available in Space Gray or Silver, and will work with any GSM carrier in the US. If you want more storage space, the iPhone X 256GB is also available, for $829 unlocked. AdChoices广告There’s no denying that the iPhone XR is a tempting option if you’re in the market for a more affordable new iPhone. Undercutting this year’s flagships, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, by at least $250, the iPhone XR keeps the same styling – and even offers a larger, albeit lower-resolution, display than the XS – and niceties like the TrueDepth front camera for Face ID. It’s also available in a range of brighter colors than we’ve seen from Apple’s smartphones over the past few years. Still, up against even last year’s iPhone X, we know which one we’d go for. The slightly thinner bezels and stainless steel casing of the iPhone X give it a more premium look in your hand than the iPhone XR. Meanwhile, with iOS 12 released for the older phone, even with a slightly older processor you’re still getting pretty much the same software experience. In other areas, the iPhone X is still ahead. Its dual camera system means you’re getting Apple’s full Portrait mode, for example, unlike the software-powered – and feature-limited – version for the iPhone XR’s single rear camera. You also get the 2x optical zoom, which can be very useful. As with all of Amazon’s deal of the day promotions, this price cut on refurbished iPhones won’t last longer than, well, a day. Even with Black Friday approaching, it’s questionable whether you’ll find a better cut on the iPhone X. SlashGear uses affiliate links, and sometimes if you buy something we will receive a small commission Apple may have hustled the iPhone X out of its range when it launched the iPhone XS a few months ago, but a new Amazon deal for the 2017 flagship could sway you from spending too much on a new phone. The iPhone X launched Apple’s new notched aesthetic, as well as hardware like the TrueDepth camera, but it also ushered in a high price for new phones.
The race towards self-driving, autonomous cars seems to have gone quiet lately. And although they surfaced in news this week, they weren’t exactly seen in a very positive light. At CES 2017 next month, however, car makers have the chance to rekindle interest in this future technology, and BMW is definitely not going to pass up that chance. Combining everything it had learned from its HUD and gesture control features, the BMW HoloActive Touch will make drivers feel like wizards making magic in the air to control their cars. Arthur C. Clarke is often quoted to have said that any sufficiently advanced technology would be indistinguishable from magic, and this might be the case with the BMW’s holographic control panel. Like its Heads-up Display, it uses smoke and mirrors, actually just mirrors, to project a full color display. Unlike that HUD, however, the image really does seem to float in the interior of the vehicle instead of being projected onto the windshield.That might make for fancy visuals, but the system doesn’t stop there. There are cameras that keep an eye on the driver’s hands, fingers to be exact, and determines if a finger has made contact with one of the virtual control pads. If it does, a pulse is generated and the appropriate action is taken. BMW doesn’t detail which actions and controls will be available, but it does hint that some of its BMW Connected services will be floating in the air.Fantastic and futuristic as it may sound, it is one of those things that we’ll have to see and “not touch” to really believe. The virtual controls are displayed next to the steering wheel at the same height as the center console to offer an ergonomic and safe reach for such an unfamiliar interface. BWM, however, insists that the new system will still offer a tangible experience familiar to drivers. That one we’ve got to see. Or rather, touch, if we can.Luckily, we won’t have to wait long. BMW will be showing off the HoloActive Touch system inside one of its BMW i Inside Future concept cars at CES. That will be from January 5th to 8th in Las Vegas. As astounding as it might sound, it is really just one of the chess pieces that BMW is setting up for the connected and autonomous car of the future.
Now, Audi has revealed new design sketches of the Q8, ahead of the car’s official debut at the Audi China Brand Summit Shenzhen. Promising to be “the most exciting Audi SUV of all times,” at least as the automaker itself sees is, the Q8 is expected to take the category into a different direction from its existing models. While the Audi Q7 certainly isn’t short on technology or high-end fit and finish, it’s also designed to carry large groups or people or cargo. Seven seats and a sizable trunk add up to plenty of flexibility for families, after all. However the Q7 tops out at a 3.0-liter supercharged gas engine, in the US, at least, which has long been seen as paving the way for a more performance-focused model. To some extent, the Audi Q8 will be that car. The new flagship SUV be built atop the same Volkswagen Group MLB platform as the Q7 – and, indeed, the Bentayga and Lamborghini’s new Urus SUV – but will sacrifice some of the space is permits in favor of bolder styling. At the front, there’ll be a striking hexagonal grille with dominant vertical slates. That will flare out to the slim projection headlamps and the sizable front air intakes. At the rear, meanwhile, the practical upright trunk of the Q7 has been jettisoned in favor of a more dramatically angled hatch. That gives the Q8 something of a station wagon look, albeit one jacked up on SUV suspension. The result is a car that, while maybe not your first choice for an epic IKEA run, certainly looks a lot more interesting than most SUVs. AdChoices广告Inside, if the Q8 Concept that Audi showed off back in early 2017 is anything to go by, that same prioritization of luxury and style over practicality is carried through. Just four seats were included in the concept car, each a plush throne so that those in the rear aren’t compromised in comfort. There’s a floating dashboard design, along with all the touchscreen and virtual gage tech we’ve grown to expect from recent Audi models like the A8. As for drivetrain, the Q8 Concept packed a plug-in hybrid system. That combined the 3.0-liter TFSI gas engine from the Q7 with electric motors and an eight-speed auto transmission. Overall, it meant around 402 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque, delivered through quattro all-wheel drive. Whether that’ll make it to the production Q8 remains to be seen. Audi has been pushing its plug-in hybrids of late, but also bringing 48V mild hybrid technology to the mainstream. With the Audi e-tron quattro all-electric SUV in the pipeline, it might opt to leave the Q8 as a mild hybrid to better distinguish the two. We’ll know more very soon, when the Audi China Brand Summit Shenzhen takes place in early June. Audi has begun teasing the big reveal of the Q8, dubbed “the most extravagant Audi you have ever experienced” by the German automaker. Set to slot in above the Q7 SUV as an even more luxurious truck, the Audi Q8 may well cause some internal waves as it takes on cars like the Porsche Cayenne and even Bentley’s Bentayga in the process. Story TimelineAudi Q8 Concept first look: Next-gen MMI dashboard hands-onAudi Q8 sport concept teases world-first hybrid tech2019 Audi Q8 spy shots show a classy ride
Story Timeline2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review: Electric all-rounder5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip There’s some form there already. Back in April, GM inked a deal with EVgo for a dedicated DC fast charge network for the Chevrolet Bolt EV. However, that was for use by drivers on GM’s Maven car-sharing platform, not for regular EV owners. Now, though, it’s those individuals who are getting some attention, and Chevrolet is looking further afield than just one charging network. A deal with not only EVgo but ChargePoint and Greenlots will see charger data and access brought together into a single platform for Bolt EV drivers. For example, the myChevrolet app for iOS and Android will be able to show the real-time status of individual charging stations, so that users will be able to see whether the location they’re headed to is in use, out of action, and compatible with their car. Rather than requiring Bolt EV drivers to have to register three times, individually with each charger network, Chevrolet plans to create a single interface in its app that deals with all of them. Once that’s in place, the charging process could get even easier. One possibility Chevrolet says it might developer is starting the charging through the app, rather than needing to swipe a membership card as is currently required. Of course, what we’re really hoping to see is a Plug&Charge technology such as that which Electrify America said earlier this week that it would implement. That way, simply plugging the charger into the socket on the car is enough to authenticate the account, authorize the session, and get the EV charging. While the functionality is focused on the Bolt EV for the moment, that’s probably because it’s the only model in General Motors’ overall lineup that would really benefit from it. Where things get interesting is when the automaker’s next EVs come down the pipe. That will see GM’s other brands get involved. This morning, GM confirmed that it would be Cadillac that debuted the automaker’s new, all-electric architecture. Flexible enough to power front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive vehicles, it’ll also be able to cater to different battery pack sizes for varying range. GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra, though, did describe 300 miles as the range sweet-spot. Addressing the charging headache is a big deal for any company with realistic ambitions in the EV space. Tesla’s strategy of building out its own Supercharger network is one route; Volkswagen’s approach, with Electrify America, is another. Given the latter operates as a standalone entity, there’s nothing to say that GM couldn’t add that network to its list of supported charging systems in the future, too. If all goes to plan, GM says it expects to have the deals with EVgo, ChargePoint, and Greenlots finalized by the end of Q1 2019. GM is building a simpler way to charge its electric cars, cutting through the confusion of multiple charging networks. What the automaker isn’t going to do is echo Tesla or Volkswagen-owned Electrify America and build a charger network of its own. Instead, GM plans to integrate its vehicles and its services more tightly with existing third-party charging infrastructure.
Story TimelineA Note 10 leak just spilled too much: More ‘lesser first’ from SamsungGalaxy Note 10 launch date tipped, screen protectors confirm designGalaxy Note 10 Pro release tipped less expensive than Fold The Galaxy Note 10 will be breaking away from its predecessors in more ways than one. While it will thankfully still keep its iconic S Pen stylus, Samsung will be throwing out the headphone jack and possibly some other front sensors. Word on the street now is that it will be throwing out another front-facing component and will, instead, hide the earpiece speaker under the screen. This shouldn’t be a shocking revelation to those following Samsung’s movements. The company has already been revealed to be working on a few “on Display” sensors, including the recent ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on display. Samsung is also planning on having a camera under the screen without a hole but it looks like someone will beat it to the punch.For now, however, the company might be focused on bringing its Sound on Display technology to the Galaxy Note 10. Sources claim that Samsung is removing the earpiece speaker at the top, allowing it to push the screen further. That could explain why renders and screen protectors don’t seem to have any cutout for the speaker grille.That means that the Galaxy Note 10 will employ a piezoelectric vibration mechanism to turn the entire display into the speaker. The technology isn’t completely new and has been employed by the likes of Xiaomi and even LG. While audio quality isn’t always the best, most reviews of piezoelectric speakers have been at least favorable, even citing the benefit of the technology preventing sound from leaking out to others.AdChoices广告One question that hasn’t been answered by those sources is how Samsung will implement its stereo speaker setup. On previous flagships, it would utilize the earpiece speaker as a second audio output to pair with the bottom-firing main speaker. It could use the same strategy as LG’s Crystal Sound OLED that turns the entire screen into a second speaker when activated.
Certainly, Autopilot remains one of the most controversial elements of Tesla’s cars. The system combines features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping, and auto lane-change, and is intended to assist drivers on highways. Though those features are available on other cars from rival automakers, Tesla’s bullish claims about how capable Autopilot is have prompted criticism from some. Although the official guidance is that drivers are still entirely responsible for the operation of their car, that hasn’t stopped some Tesla owners from performing stunts like napping behind the wheel or even leaving the driver’s seat altogether. Meanwhile a number of high-profile crashes where Autopilot was active has also raised eyebrows. Tesla, though, insists that Autopilot makes for safer driving, and it says it has the statistics to back that assertion up. “In the 1st quarter, we registered one accident for every 2.87 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged,” the automaker said today. “For those driving without Autopilot, we registered one accident for every 1.76 million miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 436,000 miles.”AdChoices广告The outstanding question is just when Tesla’s promise of a fully autonomous EV will be delivered. The automaker currently sells a Full Self Driving package option on the Model S, Model X, and Model 3, though warns buyers that, as it stands, a completely self-driving system is not supported. In the background, Tesla is collecting data from its EVs around the world as to how its AI algorithms handle different road and traffic conditions. While the system may not be active, its “shadow mode” observes those conditions to passively test the programming. According to Tesla, more than 10 billion miles of such driving data has been amassed, of which around a tenth was while Autopilot was active. Tesla’s Q1 2019 figures are roughly in line with its Q4 2018 report, which saw one accident for every 2.91 million miles driven when Autopilot was engaged. Most recently, Tesla pushed out an update to Navigate on Autopilot, allowing it to automatically change lanes while driving with a preset route on highways. Tesla has released its latest Autopilot safety report, its third assessment of how many accidents its electric cars have experienced while the driver assistance tech is active. The automaker began reporting Autopilot safety back in late 2018, in an attempt to counter skepticism from some quarters as to how reliable the system is. Story TimelineTesla Autopilot could drive from home to work soonTesla Autopilot hack raises new self-driving car concernsElon Musk spills the Model 3 cabin camera’s secrets
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. 6 Million Enrollees In Sight, Some Analysts Say Three million of those enrollees alone are in California, while Georgia enrollment moves up slightly to more than 177,000.USA Today: Analysts Say 6 Million Health Care Enrollees In SightThe government will meet — and possibly exceed — its goal of 6 million people enrolled in insurance through the federal and state health exchanges by the March 31 deadline, analysts said Wednesday (Kennedy, 3/26).Kaiser Health News: 3 Million And Counting: Final Push Underway To Enroll Californians In Health PlansWith just days to go before the formal March 31 deadline, hundreds of events are taking place around the state to enroll residents through Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace. Officials recognize they won’t reach everyone but are trying to create a sense of urgency, especially in areas like the Inland Empire and the San Joaquin Valley where the pace of enrollment has been slower (Gorman, 3/27).Georgia Health News: Georgia Enrollment Edges Up; Feds Relax DeadlineState insurance officials said Wednesday that 177,668 Georgians have completed applications for coverage in the health exchange as of March 15. That number, reported by health insurers in the state, reflects a recent surge in enrollees from the latest figures released by the federal government. As of the end of February, federal officials said, Georgia’s exchange enrollment totaled 139,371. The Office of state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens also said Wednesday that of the Georgia enrollees, 144,665 had paid premiums for their new coverage (Miller, 3/26).
State Highlights: Survey Shows State-By-State Variation In Long-Term Care Costs; Opponents To Calif.’s New Vax Law Plan Referndum Health care stories are reported from California, Connecticut, North Carolina, Kentucky, Minnesota, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The Chicago Tribune: Could Chicago Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning Before It Happens? The Philadelphia Inquirer: Empathy Training For Doctors The Colorado Board of Health voted 6-2 — amid shouts, hisses and boos from a packed house — not to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the medical conditions that can be treated under the state’s medical marijuana program. The board voted Wednesday against the recommendation of the state’s chief medical officer. A dozen of the veterans who testified said cannabis has saved their lives. Many said drugs legally prescribed to them for PTSD at veterans clinics or by other doctors — antidepressants, antipsychotics, opioids and others — nearly killed them or robbed them of quality of life. (Draper, 7/15) The Charlotte Observer: Carolinas Patients Pay More For Oral Chemo Los Angeles Times: Opponents Of New California Vaccination Law Begin Referendum Drive The parent company of New London’s Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Rhode Island’s Westerly Hospital has reached an agreement to join the Yale New Haven Health System, the two corporations announced Wednesday. The deal, which is subject to approval by federal, Connecticut and Rhode Island regulatory agencies, would make Lawrence + Memorial and Westerly hospitals part of a network that includes Bridgeport, Greenwich and Yale-New Haven hospitals and is already the largest network of Connecticut hospitals. It comes at a time when many independent hospitals are looking to partner with larger organizations, and as consolidation within health care draws increased scrutiny from some state officials. (Levin Becker, 7/15) The Washington Post: The Mysterious Death Of A Doctor Who Peddled Autism ‘Cures’ To Thousands The Connecticut Mirror: New London, Westerly Hospitals To Join Yale New Haven System PBS NewsHour: Long-Term Care Costs Vary Greatly By State And Type It’s hard to teach empathy in the classroom, yet it’s one of the foundations of the doctor-patient relationship. How well physicians can put themselves in their patients’ shoes is directly linked with patient satisfaction. “When I was in med school, no one told me how to do that,” said Dennis Novack, professor of medicine and associate dean of medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine. “You could watch your mentors, if you were lucky. Or make mistakes.” (Faherty, 7/15) Citing deplorable conditions, some that endangered the health and lives of residents, federal officials are cutting off Medicaid and Medicare funds for a Louisville nursing home, a move that could force it to close. The action against the Hurstbourne Care Center at Stony Brook follows an investigation by officials with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services who cited filthy, unsanitary and dangerous conditions at the facility of 125 residents. (Yetter, 7/15) MinnPost: Hennepin Health Doesn’t Want You In The ER, But Does Want You To Have A Phone Each of New Hampshire’s 10 community mental health centers will have a staff member devoted to helping veterans, military service members and their families connect with other community resources under a first-of-its-kind initiative being launched by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. Commissioner Nick Toumpas was joined by state military officials, the directors of VA health centers in New Hampshire and Vermont, and numerous civilian sector partners on Wednesday to describe several initiatives aimed at improving health care and other services for veterans, active military and their families. He said the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently confirmed that no other state has created military liaison positions within its entire community mental health system. (Ramer, 7/15) The Charlotte Observer: Aetna Breaks Ties To Man Who Sold Policies To Hundreds Of Homeless Politico Pro: California May Let Undocumented Immigrants Sign Up For Obamacare The Associated Press: New Program Puts Military Liasons At Mental Health Centers North Carolina is one of only 11 states where cancer patients who get their treatment in pill form pay much more than those who get chemotherapy by infusion or injection. That difference has come under attack by patient advocates who are pushing for a state law to require insurers to apply the same out-of-pocket requirements for patients no matter which way they get treatment. By taking pills, patients can avoid hours of sitting in clinics getting intravenous drugs, but they may also be charged thousands of dollars more. (Garloch, 7/15) The first thing the middle-aged and frail man in front of me tells me is that he has a tick; he rocks back and forth. The second is that a month ago he thought his life was over. The third is he needs to take a call. He takes his ringing cellphone out of his pocket, gives me the apologetic “one-second” hand gesture, and says hello. I wait. This is a good thing. I know this because Holly Sandefer tells me it is. She’s sitting there with us at the Hennepin Health Access Clinic in downtown Minneapolis. She’s the one who gave Jimmie Jo his phone. (Wahlberg, 7/15) Aetna is ending its relationship with a Charlotte insurance agent who used the Affordable Care Act to sell premium-free policies to hundreds of homeless people while the N.C. Department of Insurance continues its review of the arrangement. The state has scheduled a Sept. 3 “informal administrative conference” on the sales, which sparked questions and criticism from Charlotte advocates for the homeless and national experts on the health care act. That session will be closed to the public, spokeswoman Kerry Hall said this week. (Helms, 7/15) The Denver Post: Colorado Board Votes No One Allowing Medical Pot For PTSD It is not surprising that long-term care can be expensive, but the cost differences based on location, level of care and comfort are staggering, according to recent reports. The 2015 GenWorth Cost of Care Survey explored the price of long-term care, breaking it out by private or semi-private room in a nursing home, home health aide, homemaker services, assisted living facility and adult day health care. The data further drilled down into differences by state. (Santhanam and Hickey, 7/15) The Courier Journal: Feds Cut Off Funds For Louisville Nursing Home By the time city inspectors show up to check for brain-damaging lead hazards at a home in Chicago, children already are poisoned. For years health advocates have stressed the need for a different approach — one that saves children from the devastating effects of lead poisoning with more preventive strategies. But even as the studies pile up and the toxic legacy of lead proves stubbornly persistent, political leaders in Chicago and beyond have been slow to embrace attempts to prevent kids from being harmed in the first place. (Hawthorne, 7/16) Opponents of a new state law requiring more children to be vaccinated are moving to stop it from taking effect next year as scheduled. The California secretary of state announced Tuesday that the opponents have been cleared to begin collecting petition signatures for a referendum on the law. Their measure would appear on the November 2016 state ballot. A majority of voters would have to say yes to the referendum, in favor of the new vaccination law, or it would not go into effect. (McGreevy,7/15) California lawmakers and activists, frustrated by stalled immigration reform efforts in Washington, are spearheading a first-in-the-nation plan to let undocumented immigrants buy Obamacare health insurance. Supporters say the California proposal, which would need federal approval and couldn’t start until 2017, is the next logical step in expanding health insurance to a population that was intentionally excluded from the president’s health care law. But uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health care reform controversy. (Pradhan, 7/15) Bradstreet offered thousands of autism patients around the globe controversial treatments. He claimed he could effectively cure kids of their autism, cancer and other maladies simply by injecting them with protein shots. When Bradstreet’s body was found last month in the Rocky Broad River in mountainous North Carolina with a bullet wound to the chest, therefore, friends, family members and patients pointed fingers at drug corporations. The FDA. Anyone but Bradstreet. (Miller, 7/16) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Bloomberg: Dirty, Dingy Hospitals: Doctors Blame Debt-Fueled Takeovers In other hospital news — There are two groups Community Health Systems Inc. can’t push too far: the doctors at its hospitals, and the debtholders it owes billions of dollars. Right now, the creditors are winning, and the doctors aren’t happy. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the rancor about Community’s neglect of a local health system has gotten so bad that a group of doctors tried to get rid of corporate ownership and buy the company out. And 1,500 miles away on the island of Key West, Florida, doctors say patients are being overcharged so that Community, sometimes called CHS, can rake in cash. (Lauerman and Welch, 6/1) Chicago Tribune: Crowd Expresses Reservations At Possible Hospital Merger St. Louis Post Dispatch: Mercy Finalizes Acquisition Of St. Anthony’s Medical Center The Service Employee International Union and the NAACP’s Gary chapter held a town hall meeting at Ivy Tech Wednesday night to discuss how Methodist employees would be affected by a potential merger with Franciscan Health. Methodist CEO Raymond Grady told the nearly 100-person audience that 37 potential buyers had expressed some interest in acquiring its hospitals. He said Methodist chose Franciscan because it was the only one that pledged to keep equitable health services in Gary. If merger plans would advance and win approval, Franciscan would take over Methodist’s assets and liabilities, he said. (Colias, 6/1) Hospital’s Acquisition Binges Have Left Doctors With Sour Taste In Their Mouths The physicians say Community Health Systems’ quality has suffered greatly. St. Anthony’s Medical Center is now owned and operated by Chesterfield-based Mercy, one of the country’s largest Catholic health care providers. Mercy, the third largest medical provider in the region, announced it was entering into an agreement to operate the south St. Louis County facility earlier this year. Mike McCurry, Mercy executive vice president and chief operating officer, is expanding his responsibilities and taking on the role of president at St. Anthony’s. (Liss, 6/1)
Barbara Shecter Sponsored By: 0 Comments March 5, 20198:24 AM ESTLast UpdatedMarch 6, 20199:36 AM EST Filed under News FP Street Comment Reddit Recommended For YouDavid Rosenberg: How weak economic growth is actually fuelling this bull market’s riseIt’s getting harder to be a long-term investor: Here’s how to keep your focus on what really countsDavid Rosenberg: The hopes that fuelled the market rally are all evaporating — and now reality is setting inThe storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them throughTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permits The short seller who sent Dollarama into a spin sees Canada as land of opportunity for activism Shareholder activism ’off the charts’ in Canada with 22 short campaigns last year alone Email What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation More Twitter Join the conversation → Featured Stories ← Previous Next → advertisement Spruce Point Capital Management targeted Dollarama in a campaign last October.Tyler Anderson/National Post Spruce Point Capital Management LLC, the New York short-selling firm that targeted Montreal-based retailer Dollarama Inc. last year, is planning to take aim at more Canadian companies, Ben Axler, the firm’s founder and chief investment officer, said Monday.“We’re going to do more Canadian activism, definitely,” Axler told the Financial Post after speaking on a panel about activist investing at a Canadian Club event in Toronto.He declined to identify any specific new targets, but suggested they are likely to share characteristics with past ones such as Dollarama, which Spruce Point said was overvalued by about 40 per cent, and space tech firm Maxar Technologies Ltd. Meet the New York investor who’s making all the right calls in shorting Canadian stocks Dollarama shares drop after short-seller says ’broken growth story’ could tumble 40% Ten stocks for 2019: What the pros are picking to outperform this year Axler said he finds Canada’s relatively small market appealing because there are fewer analysts, particularly forensic analysts, tracking companies.“We view that as a market opportunity,” he said, adding that a growing base of retail investors in certain sectors provides a ready audience for activists seeking to make an impact.“We think Canadian shareholders are more apt to listen to an activist,” he said.Dollarama stock has been climbing so far this year, regaining some of the ground it lost after last year’s Spruce Point report and a general market decline. Maxar stock hasn’t bounced back from a slide that began in mid-2018.Activism is already “off the charts” in Canada, with 22 short campaigns last year alone, said Patricia Olasker, a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg who was part of the panel discussion.During the discussion, Axler, whose firm has targeted companies from North America to Australia to China, criticized managers who pursue unsustainable returns, use short-term funds to pursue share buybacks, and pay themselves well despite missing targets.Conditions are ripe for activism in a bull market, where “excessive valuations” are common, he said. While some companies are rising with the tide, analysts tend to be unified in assigning ‘buy’ recommendations.Short-sellers create a “natural counterbalance,” in these circumstances, he said.Axler said he attended the Toronto event to stake Spruce Point’s claim as a “fact-based” short-seller, firmly outside the camp of “short and distort” players who use misleading facts to drive down a share price and profit from the decline.“That’s not the type of activism we want to engage in,” he said. “The downside is there are others who might.”Canadian market watchdogs are in the initial stages of a probe aimed at uncovering “the nature and extent of abusive short-selling” in the marketplace. But Axler said he views the regulatory environment in both the United States and Canada as positive for short-sellers.“The regulatory environment is actually an opportunity for third-party activists to come in,” he said, adding after the panel discussion that regulators, particularly in the United States under the Trump administration, are hampered by limited resources.This creates a “need for short-sellers” and they are “filling that void,” he said.“We can highlight problems as we see them. (Then) it’s up to the market to decide.”The panel discussion included Sunny Puri, a portfolio manager at Anson Funds, and David Salman, president of Laurel Hill.Puri said some sectors appear ripe for activist activity, including Canada’s cannabis industry, where fortunes rose at a frenzied pace ahead of October’s nationwide legalization.“There are a few quality companies,” Puri said, adding that many of the rest don’t justify their valuations. He compared the intense interest from retail investors — and the likelihood of a boom followed by a bust — to crypto-currency a year earlier, and mining a decade or so before that. Facebook Share this storyThe short seller who sent Dollarama into a spin sees Canada as land of opportunity for activism Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn
Manitoba restaurant charges ‘ridiculous’ $15 for Bud Light to promote craft beer instead ‘I figured the only way I was going to get people out of their comfort zone was to charge a ridiculous price for a beer that I shouldn’t’ Facebook More Comment The Canadian Press Email Join the conversation → BRANDON, Man. — Ordering a standard, big-brand beer in one western Manitoba restaurant can also leave your wallet hammered.Prairie Firehouse in Brandon has decided to charge $15 for a regular-size can of Bud Light — double or more the price of other suds on the menu.Owner Anna Dumas said she has nothing personally against Anheuser-Busch InBev, makers of Budweiser and other international brands.She just wants to coax people into trying some of the craft beer on her menu from smaller breweries in Manitoba and other nearby provinces and states.Weed is the new craft beer, says former Budweiser exec: ‘Ignore it at your peril’Roving beer-canning caravans, beer trading come to the rescue of U.S.’s craftiest brews“Brandon is very much a Bud Light town and it’s a farm kind of culture and very small-town mentality,” Dumas said of the city of 49,000.“I figured the only way I was going to get people out of their comfort zone was to charge a ridiculous price for a beer that I shouldn’t.”The restaurant offers craft beer from Manitoba, Ontario, Minnesota and elsewhere — by the bottle or in pints of draft — for as little as $7.Reaction so far has been mostly positive. But there are exceptions.“There has of course been some negative and some people that, you know, (say) OK well they’re never coming back to the restaurant or whatnot.”Dumas said she got the idea from one of her chefs who previously worked at a Calgary restaurant that charged $25 for some big-name beers. Eventually, she hopes to have only craft beer on the menu.The Manitoba Brewers Association, which represents small craft breweries in the province, likes the financial incentive for people to try out local suds.“The craft beer ideology … across North America is basically community-driven business,” said association president John Heim.“We give back, we practice buying local as a brewery and it’s just nice to be able to see some reward come back to us as far as offerings at the table.” Reddit Recommended For YouLS Power will not expand Ohio gas plant if state subsidizes nuclear powerGoogle accused of ripping off digital ad technology in U.S. lawsuitArgentina asks IMF to increase end-September goal for primary fiscal balanceS&P trades near flat as Citigroup results weigh on bank stocksGarneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights Share this storyManitoba restaurant charges ‘ridiculous’ $15 for Bud Light to promote craft beer instead Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn January 8, 20189:48 AM ESTLast UpdatedJanuary 8, 201810:00 AM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Ordering a standard, big-brand beer in one Brandon, Manitoba restaurant can leave your wallet hammered a lot more than you.Gene J. Puskar / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 0 Comments Twitter
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