Galaxy Note 8 specs tip the big war with iPhone 8

first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released later this year and now, more than ever, its hardware aims to fight the next iPhone. The iPhone 8 – or iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro as it might instead be called – has been tipped to skip a step in the world of yearly iPhone upgrades. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s specifications can be found within a range of specs already released – starting with the Galaxy S8 Plus. Earlier this year we found a set of images which were suggested to depict a Galaxy S8 with two cameras. This device was later tipped to be a template – of sorts – for the next Galaxy Note. If that tip remains true, we’re looking at a Galaxy Note 8 that’s set to go head to head with the next big iPhone – which will undoubtedly have a dual-lens back-facing camera like the iPhone 7 Plus – but a bit better, of course.The following specifications are entirely hypothetical. They are based on leaked images and benchmarks that’ve appeared over the past several weeks. In no way should these specs be read as final or official – we’ll see when we see.Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications (Hypothetical)• Display: 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD+ display (2960×1440, 529ppi)• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 PRO processor (if they make one)• RAM: 6GB• Internal Storage: 64GB, 128GB• Camera: 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 8MP secondary• Front-Camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR• Battery: 4000mAh• Connectivity: USB-C, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 3G, nanoSIM, NFC• Additional: Hidden Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner, IP68 water/dust resistance, Wireless ChargingThe iPhone OLED model will likely hedge most of its bets on several bits of technology that have not yet been used in an iPhone. The first and most obvious of these is the OLED technology in the display. That’ll make the display brighter and more intense than its been on any previous iPhone, but not necessarily any brighter or more intense than that of the Galaxy Note 8.The iPhone would also have a Touch ID sensor embedded within its OLED display – somewhat of a sandwich situation, as it were. Images of the iPhone 8 (OLED) based on early models leaked to case-makers suggest that this model is much the same shape as its predecessor. Without a home button, the front looks a bit different, while the back has a pill-shaped camera array that’s turned vertical rather than horizontal.Apple iPhone 8 (OLED MODEL) (Hypothetical)• Display: 5.8-inch OLED display• Processor: Apple A11 chip• RAM: 4GB• Internal Storage: 64GB, 128GB• Camera: Dual 12 MP, (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash• Front-Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama• Battery: 3000 mAh• Connectivity: Lightning Connector, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 3G, nanoSIM, NFC• Additional: Hidden Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner, IP68 water/dust resistance, Wireless ChargingSpecifications above are based on rumors and leaked images, not unlike those of the Galaxy Note 8. This device has not yet been confirmed by Apple, nor will it be confirmed before whatever special event they hold for it in the coming months. Both of these devices will be announced well ahead of release. Expect both to come closer to the end of Summer than the beginning – and expect a real face-to-face war when the time comes. Tap in to our timeline below to see other recent revelations. Story TimelineGalaxy Note 8 screen size gets leakedGalaxy Note 8 to add 3x zoom on top of dual camerasThis Galaxy Note 8 3D print video raises release questionsiPhone 8 price tipped to start at $870Galaxy Note 8 shows off dual camera in leaked imagesThe iPhone 8 will start a revolution at AppleiPhone 8 dummy hints at what could beThe iPhone 8’s Touch ID will be right in the OLED report claimslast_img read more

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Oculus Rift just gave a huge gift to the opensource VR world

first_imgStory TimelineOculus Rift and HTC Vive are amazing and you shouldn’t buy themOculus Rift and Touch bundle gets a big discount in summer saleOculus Rift gets its 2nd permanent price drop this year In its announcement last night, Oculus says that development on RDK2 was started with the release of the original development kit. As Oculus was still a small startup at the time this began, resources were limited. Oculus says that it had to create RDK2 with a team that wasn’t much larger than the original Rift Development Kit team, with a tight launch schedule constricting things further.Because of those two factors, there is a focus on off-the-shelf parts in some areas of RDK2. For instance, in the CAD in Headset/Mechanical, Oculus notes that users will find reference to “an entire screen assembly from a Galaxy Note 3.” The company says that by repurposing the display for use in a headset, it was able to reduce the schedule for RDK2’s creation significantly.As far as what else has changed from RDK1, Oculus says that the assembly is “much more complex” overall, with the headset cable actually being one of the most complex parts of the entire package. That stress over the cable ultimately paid off, though, as the work Oculus put into its design is “probably one of the most directly valuable areas of knowledge we carried on to the Rift.”In the end, Oculus warns that some of the components in RDK2 will be “challenging or impossible to source today,” so those of you looking to build a fully functioning headset by following only the development kit are likely going to be disappointed. Still, you can at least use this as a jumping off point, and if you have no interest in attempting to build a headset of your own, it’ll at least be interesting to see how Oculus came up with some of its ideas in the Rift. The whole development kit can be viewed now on GitHub, so go ahead and dive in. Oculus today announced that a new version of its Rift Development Kit – aptly named Rift Development Kit 2 – is now available for DIYers to peruse. This open source kit comes will all the information you need to begin making your own VR headset, and offers quite a few improvements over the original RDK. If you’re interested in what it might take to build a VR headset on your own, this is definitely worth checking out.last_img read more

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Dyson Cyclone V10 ushers in a new cordless era

first_imgFirst, let’s start with the vacuum itself. The first thing you should know about the Cyclone V10 is that it’s a cord-free stick vacuum. To many vacuum enthusiasts, the Cyclone V10’s cordless nature might suggest a disadvantage compared to the ones that have to be tethered to an outlet, but Dyson insists that isn’t the case.Over on Dyson’s website, the company claims that the Cyclone V10 has the most powerful suction of any cord-free vacuum on the market today, with capabilities comparable to that of big vacuums. Its bin is 40% bigger than its predecessors’, meaning more vacuuming time in between breaks to empty it. It also features a linear alignment throughout its cyclones, motor, and bin, which means there are fewer choke points within the vacuum itself, something that could lead to fewer blockages.The 7-cell battery within the vacuum could end up being the star of the show, as Dyson says that it can last up to 60 minutes on the Cyclone V10’s lowest power mode. Should you choose to run the vacuum at higher power levels, you’ll obviously eat through the battery faster, but a power-on time of 60 minutes in a vacuum that’s designed to be lighter than the ones that came before it (like the Dyson V8) is nothing to stick your nose up at.Dyson is apparently so excited about what it’s created in the Cyclone V10 that it’s going cord-free across its entire line up. That’s a bold move, but if the V10 is as good as Dyson claims, then it may not be a bad one. If you want to try the Cyclone V10 for yourself and see if it lives up to Dyson’s hype, you can pick one up now starting at $499 from Dyson’s website. Dyson has a new vacuum it would like to sell you, and this is perhaps the biggest vacuum it’s ever released. Not just because of what this vacuum, dubbed the Cyclone V10, can do, but also what it means for the future of the Dyson’s product line. Change, it would seem, is in the air. Story TimelineDyson undercuts its flagship cordless with V8 AnimalDyson patent details ‘high-velocity’ brush that can dry and curl hairA Dyson EV is coming in 2020last_img read more

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Windows 30 File Manager is now open source after almost 30 years

first_imgThe 90s called and want their file manager back. File managers have become de-emphasized thanks to the more app-centric world of mobile devices, but once upon a time, they were pretty much the center of a user’s computing world. Perhaps timed to commemorate the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update and it’s “uncluttered” File Explorer, Microsoft has just released Windows 3.0’s File Manager as open source software for both developers and users to look at. And, yes, it runs on Windows 10 too. The release of the Windows File Manager is more than just a trip down memory lane. At least for those old enough to have such memories. It’s pretty much also a short history in computing, especially when it comes to graphical users interfaces (GUI).File Manager, for example, operated based on a multiple document interface (MDI) paradigm, where an application would treat each object, like a word document or, in this case, a folder, as a separate document that can be displayed in mini-windows inside the main application window. These days, the MDI paradigm has been supplanted with the use of tabs, like in web browsers. Ironically, the current File Explorer, File Manager’s descendant, has neither.The open source File Manager comes in two flavors. One is mostly pristine, with just enough changes to actually make the software compile and run on recent versions of Microsoft Visual Studio and Windows 10. The other version, on the other hand, has a lot more changes that make the software actually usable, like adding keyboard shortcuts for copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V).Windows 3.0’s File Manager could also serve as a lesson and a seedbed for ideas on what and what not do with Windows File Explorer. While File Manager naturally looks terribly dated and cluttered by today’s standards, some features, like split panes or MDI could still be useful in the modern computing age of phones and tablets.last_img read more

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Those ridiculous ATT 5G E icons are arriving on phones

first_imgIf you’d forgotten, 5G Evolution is what AT&T is calling certain upgraded LTE networks. It’s not so much a distinct technology as it is branding for a handful of technologies. That includes features like 4×4 MIMO antennas, 256 QAM, and three-way carrier aggregation. That would be fine, except other carriers aren’t calling that 5G at all. Instead, they’re technologies usually associated with LTE Advance and LTE Advanced Pro. Where the confusion really sets in is when you consider which phones, exactly, are going to show “5G E” in their status bar. Initially it’s the LG V30, LG V40, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. A software update will now have them showing the new icon when they’re in the presence of those LTE Advanced features. Dig into it, and AT&T isn’t exactly hiding what it’s doing. “5G Evolution (5G E) is our first step on the road to 5G,” the carrier explains. “Our improvements are already enabling faster speeds on our existing LTE network.”Problem is, you might not realize that when you glance at the display and see the big “5G” and the little “E” next to it. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking that suddenly your existing phone had logged onto a widespread 5G network. That’s just what AT&T would like you to believe, anyway. To be fair, 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and features like carrier aggregation are all vital to 5G. For the foreseeable future, even with all the carriers – AT&T included – beginning to roll out their 5G networks they’ll be concentrated in relatively small geographies. Surrounding that will be LTE Advanced, and then regular LTE around that again. Think of it as a set of big concentric cellular donuts. There’s a marketing win to be had if your 5G chunk of the donut looks bigger than that of rivals. Hence 5G Evolution, and hence the fact that the carrier’s “most popular smartphones” are all going to end up showing 5G E in early 2019. Just don’t get too excited when you see it: the real 5G won’t just need a new network, but a whole new smartphone for you to take advantage of it. AT&T’s 5G network may have gone live in a handful of locations, but don’t be fooled if you see a 5G icon on your Samsung or LG smartphone: you don’t actually have true 5G. The carrier has begun updating a handful of Android smartphones with its fairly misleading “5G E” symbol, which AT&T insists is a perfectly reasonable indicator that you’re in “5G Evolution” coverage. last_img read more

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II unveiled 20MP 16x zoom and 4K recording

first_imgStory TimelinePanasonic Lumix S1 and S1R are the full-frame revolution we’ve been waiting forPanasonic HomeHawk Floor lamp has a built-in hidden cameraPanasonic LUMIX S1R and S1 detailed with hands-on pro demo videos Panasonic has quietly launched an update for its Lumix FZ1000 ultra-zoom digital camera. The new FZ1000 II point-and-shoot model features a fairly substantial body coupled with a 20.1-megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor and a 16x zoom lens. Buyers get a variety of features, including support for 4K video recording, at a price that undercuts mirrorless and DSLR cameras. The original Lumix FZ1000 mode was introduced five years ago, making this a welcomed upgrade for photographers in need of a fixed-lens ultra-zoom camera. In terms of style, the FZ1000 II resembles a DSLR, though unlike an interchangeable lens camera, this model’s lens isn’t removable.Of note is the FZ1000 II’s 1-inch 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor alongside 5-axis hybrid optical image stabilization and a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 25-400mm equivalent F2.8-4 zoom lens. The large sensor and ISO 125 – 12800 range enables the camera to capture high-resolution content in low-light environments where other cameras may struggle.The FZ1000 II features a mechanical shutter with 60 to 1/4000s shutter speeds, as well as an electronic shutter with a 1 to 1/16000s speed. Depending on the resolution used, photographers can continuously shoot at speeds from 2fps up to 30fps. As well, this model features a hot shoe for connecting an external flash; there’s also a built-in flash.Photographers get access to multiple recording modes, including Full HD at up to 120fps and 3840 x 2160 4K at up to 29.97fps. Videos can be recorded at lengths up to just under 30 minutes; the audio can be recorded using the camera’s built-in microphone or an optional external microphone.Users have access to both an electronic viewfinder with 100-percent coverage and a 3-inch rear touchscreen LCD. The camera features a micro HDMI port, micro USB 2.0, 802.11n WiFi, and support for SD cards. Consumers can preorder the FZ1000 II now for $897.99 USD; shipping is expected to start soon.last_img read more

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You need to update Chrome right now Heres why

first_imgAt the heart of the problem is CVE-2019-5786, a terrible name for a potentially very dangerous flaw. First publicly identified by Google in late February 2019, it relies on an error in the memory management of the Chrome FileReader. If exploited correctly, it could allow a hacker to execute malicious code on a user’s system. Google has kept a lid on further details, arguing that it makes sense to limit awareness of the technical nature of the exploit until users have had a chance to update Chrome. It began pushing out a patched version of the browser a week ago, in fact, for Chrome on Mac, Windows, and Linux. However it’s unlikely that everyone potentially affected has installed it yet. The severity of the zero-day vulnerability – and the potential for the update to go ignored – encouraged the Google Chrome Security and Desktop Engineering Lead to speak out on the urgency of patching the browser. “Seriously, update your Chrome installs… like right this minute,” Justin Schuh took to Twitter to caution users. Speaking out publicly in such a way is unusual, Schuh noted, but there was a good reason for it. “Past 0days targeted Chrome by using Flash as the first exploit in the chain,” he explained. “Because Flash is a plugin component, we could update it separately, and once updated Chrome would silently switch to the fixed Flash, without a browser restart or any user intervention.”However users couldn’t rely on that taking place and protecting them in this particular situation. In fact, while Chrome might have done all it could to patch itself in the background, without warning the user, it would be caught waiting for them to do the final part. “This newest exploit is different, in that initial chain targeted Chrome code directly, and thus required the user to have restarted the browser after the update was downloaded,” Schuh said. “For most users the update download is automatic, but restart is a usually a manual action.”Adding to the urgency is the fact that, as Google said previously, this is no theoretical hack situation. Indeed the Chrome flaw – and a second flaw which Google researchers identified in Microsoft Windows – were being actively exploited. Microsoft is still apparently working on a fix for its OS. Chrome users should drop everything and update their browser immediately to version 72.0.3626.121, security experts at Google have advised, after discovering an exploit that hackers are actively taking advantage of. The browser is designed to automatically update itself in many cases of a security issue, but this particular exploit can’t be fixed until Chrome is manually restarted. last_img read more

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Toyotas electric vehicle plans just got aggressive

first_imgSo, it’s adding new partners to its existing collaboration with Panasonic and PEVE. Battery manufacturers CATL and BYD are joining, so as to ensure Toyota has enough supplies to meet its predicted demand. At the same time, it’s also looking at new ways that batteries can be reused and recycled, once they’ve reached the end of their natural lifespan in vehicles. The range of EVs which Toyota envisages is a comprehensive one. A new image shows six proposed cars for global sales, running the gamut from crossovers through hatchbacks and minivans. Details are in short supply at this stage – it’s unclear which the automaker envisages as being purely electric and which might be hybrid – but they all show a more aggressive, angular design language, reminiscent both of Toyota’s existing EVs but also of recent trucks like the new RAV4 and latest 4Runner. Toyota will collaborate with Subaru on the e-TNGA platform, its architecture for electrified vehicles. The two firms will create the platform together, and then develop a C-segment all-electric BEV SUV which can be sold under each brand, as well as reused for future models. Toyota, of course, is no stranger to electrification. The automaker arguably popularized the gas-electric hybrid with the original Prius, and was among the first to commercially launch a fuel-cell vehicle, the Mirai, running on hydrogen gas. Its hybrid technology went on to spread as an option through most of its models. In recent years, however, Toyota has lost momentum compared to EV rivals. That’s particularly been the case when it comes to purely electric cars, rather than hybrids. In the US, indeed, although the automaker at one point offered a battery-electric (BEV) version of the RAV4, it currently lacks a single fully-electric model. What this week’s news isn’t about is hybridization going away any time soon. Toyota execs say they’re still committed to that technology, and see it as remaining a key part of the automaker’s electrification strategy moving forward. What is changing is how quickly a new breed of Toyota EVs will arrive. By 2025, Toyota now says, it aims to have sold 4.5 million or more hybrids and plug-in hybrid vehicles, and 1 million battery-electric and fuel-cell cars. That’s approximately five years earlier than the company was predicting as recently as December 2017. Those numbers would mean that roughly half of Toyota’s global sales would be of electrified models. Achieving that will take more than just good intent, of course. For a start, more EVs will mean more batteries: Toyota says it aims to have at least 10 models available globally from 2020, spanning everything from compact cars and medium-sized crossovers and sedans, through to various sizes of SUV and minivan. The automaker predicts a roughly 20-fold increase in battery demand by 2025. The 2017 Concept-i RIDE two-seater prototype, for example, will spawn two tiny two-seaters, one for consumers and another for businesses. The consumer version is expected to arrive in 2020, Toyota says, and be limited to around 37 mph for urban use. Total range should be around 62 miles, with a focus on ease of use and parking. There’s also a nod to the Toyota i-ROAD concept, the tilting three-wheeler that the automaker has been showing off since 2013. Unfortunately there’s still no attached release date, despite how much fun we’ve had driving the tilting trike. The proposed platform should be highly flexible. It’ll support both front- and rear-wheel drive configurations, along with all-wheel drive, through a variety of motor combinations. Only a few dimensions will be fixed, like the width and length of the motors along with the battery pack slung underneath the cabin. The wheelbase, front and rear overhangs, and the overall width of the car can be modified to suit its requirements. It’s Japan, though, which arguably gets the most interesting range. There, Toyota plans to launch a series of ultra-compact BEVs and “walking area” BEVs to satisfy urban drivers, those who commonly make only short trips, and people who might not want – or be able – to drive a regular car. center_img Toyota has revealed a new range of electric cars it plans to launch, accelerating its roadmap for EVs by five years as it tries to keep pace with the rapidly moving segment. The automaker detailed its goals for fully-electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid vehicles along with new urban transportation in Japan this week, including new partnerships that it hopes will make electrification more affordable. The walking area BEVs, meanwhile, will call on prototypes like the Concept-i WALK from back in 2017. That will spawn a three-wheel scooter in 2020, with roughly 9 miles of range and a swappable battery, while 2021 will bring both a seated-type scooter and an EV attachment for a standard wheelchair. Toyota doesn’t necessarily see people buying these outright, instead envisaging rentals and leasing being more likely as people tap into electrified transportation only when it’s specifically required. It’s an ambitious – though necessary – path for Toyota to find itself on. “Much work lies ahead to achieve the popularization of BEVs,” the company concedes. “Specifically, we will be focusing on vehicle development and the stable supply, improved durability, and reuse of batteries.” The good news for drivers is that we should see the fruits of that work in Toyota dealerships much earlier than we previously expected. Story TimelineToyota just doubled-down on a hydrogen fuel cell EV futureToyota unlocks 24,000 hybrid car patents to help rivalslast_img read more

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Ford leapfrogs GM to ink Rivian deal Allnew electric vehicle confirmed

first_imgThe first was the Rivian R1T, an all-electric pickup truck. That was swiftly followed by the Rivian R1S, a seven seat, three-row SUV. Specifications include a maximum range of over 400 miles, the automaker promised.Both vehicles use the same underlying architecture, Rivian’s so-called skateboard platform. This packages together the motors, batteries, and other hardware and electronics, onto which the body of the vehicle is mounted. It’s a clever strategy, leaving plenty of space both in the cabin and for unusual storage areas, like the R1T’s truck-spanning cargo area just behind the cab. It also, however, gives Rivian the flexibility to provide its architecture to other automakers. Back when the company broke cover, the talk was of how niche players could bypass the lengthy and expensive process to EV certification and regulatory approval by instead adopting its skateboard platform. However now it’s big names in the auto industry who are getting involved. Ford is one such example. “As we continue in our transformation of Ford with new forms of intelligent vehicles and propulsion, this partnership with Rivian brings a fresh approach to both,” Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO, said of the deal. “At the same time, we believe Rivian can benefit from Ford’s industrial expertise and resources.”First off, Ford will make a $500 million minority investment into Rivian, and Joe Hinrichs – who, as of May 1, will be president of Automotive at Ford – will join Rivian’s board of directors. In the meantime, Ford will develop an all-new vehicle, using the Rivian platform.This will be in addition to, rather than replacing, Ford’s previously-announced EVs. They include a Mustang-inspired crossover, which the automaker has said should debut in 2020, and an electric F-150 pickup truck. Rivian will remain an independent company, though get to dip into Ford’s expertise in mass-manufacturing.It’s unclear at this stage what vehicle Ford might build using Rivian’s platform or, indeed, what nameplate it might launch on. Although the startup opted for two of the most popular categories when it developed a pickup truck and a three-row SUV, the underlying skateboard architecture isn’t solely intended for larger vehicles. By adjusting the size of the battery pack, and the number of motors, for instance, Rivian could just as well create a smaller, front-wheel drive city car, or a midsize rear-wheel drive crossover. One strong possibility, though, is that Lincoln could benefit from this new deal. Ford’s premium nameplate has done well in recent years with a number of highly-praised SUVs, starting with the new Navigator. However while there is a hybrid in Lincoln’s range, it’s the MKZ sedan: there are no electric Lincoln SUVs at present. Rivian’s technology could well help the automaker correct that omission.Ford hasn’t been the only automaker reportedly sniffing around Rivian for a potential deal. Around the same time as Amazon leading an investment round into the new automaker earlier this year, it was reported that General Motors – parent company of Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, and other brands – was also exploring the idea. However talks stalled, according to insider reports, earlier this month. Ford has inked a deal with electric vehicle startup Rivian, investing $500m into the new automaker, and revealing plans to build an all-new vehicle using Rivian’s platform. The deal sees Ford join other high-profile investors like Amazon in backing the EV-maker, which came out of stealth mode in late 2018 with not one but two vehicles. Story TimelineRivian R1S 7-seat electric SUV pairs self-driving and 410 mile rangeRivian has a bold EV plan that Tesla could learn fromAmazon just led a $700m investment in Tesla-rival Rivianlast_img read more

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Amazon slashes price on Ecovacs Deebot 500 robot vacuum for Prime Day

first_img Next Previous 1 of 5 While Roomba is a well-known brand for robot vacuums, Ecovacs is also one of the bestselling robot vacuum brands in the market. Its Alexa-and-Google Assistant-compatible smart home machines consistently give good value for the money. Amazon slashed the price of one of its newest models, the Deebot 500, by $110 for Prime Day 2019.The Deebot 500 is an update to the Deebot N79S model and incorporates all the features of basic robotic vacuums. As it happens, I purchased a Deebot N79S during Black Friday 2018 and have been extremely pleased with its performance. Vacuuming the house is one of my assigned chores, and now, instead of dragging an old, heavy, upright vacuum around the house, all I have to do is say, “Alexa, ask Deebot to start cleaning,” and my work is done.Buy NowThe Deebot 500 runs up to 110 minutes per charge. When the robot vac finishes cleaning or the battery runs low, it goes back to the charging station dock automatically. You can also command it to return to the dock with the included remote control, the Ecovacs mobile app, or hands-free with voice commands to Alexa or Google Assistant. You can schedule cleaning sessions to suit your preferences with the app or the remote, but you can’t do that with Alexa voice commands. When the Deebot moves from hard floors to carpets, it automatically increases the suction power. This model isn’t recommended for thick carpeting, but we have medium-pile carpeting in the bedrooms and the Deebot 500’s predecessor does an excellent job. You also can select from several cleaning modes, including spot cleaning, edge cleaning, single room cleaning, or auto.The Deebot uses anti-collision sensors to avoid bumping into objects and also has anti-drop detection so it won’t fall downstairs. I have found our Deebot can get entangled with extension cords on the floor, so we push them near walls, but that’s the only adjustment we’ve needed to make to let the robot vacuum do its job without pause. Ecovac recommends moving cables to avoid entanglement.Robot vac prices can easily rise over $500 and even top $1,000 if you want features such as room mapping, built-in wet mopping, and self-emptying dust bins. The Deebot 500 may lack those premier capabilities, but it vacuums floors on request, and that’s what most consumers want.Usually priced at $280, the Ecovacs Deebot 500 is on sale for $170 during Prime Day. If you’re looking for a dependable, thoroughly competent robot vacuum to clean your floors, this is a chance to buy the Deebot 500 at an attractive price.Looking for more great stuff? Find smart home deals and more on our curated deals page.We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.Digital Trends may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers. Editors’ Recommendations Amazon slashes prices of Ecovacs Deebot N79S robot vac with and without Echo Dot The Ecovacs Deebot 601 robot vacuum gets a huge 50% price cut on Amazon Amazon slashes prices on iRobot Roomba, Ecovacs Deebot for Prime Day 2019 Amazon cuts the price of Ecovacs Deebot 601 robotic vacuum by 50% for one day The best robot vacuums for 2019last_img read more

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Medicare Advantage Plans Marked By Shortcomings

first_imgThe New York Times reports that these problem areas include rejection of claims for medical services and limits on prescription drug coverage. News outlets also report on ACOs grades and Medicare Advantage rate shifts. The New York Times: U.S. Finds Many Failures In Medicare Health PlansFederal officials say they have repeatedly criticized, and in many cases penalized, Medicare health plans for serious deficiencies, including the improper rejection of claims for medical services and unjustified limits on coverage of prescription drugs (Pear, 10/12).Modern Healthcare: Pioneer ACOs Get High Marks From Patients, Mixed Grades On QualityMedicare’s first and most sophisticated accountable care organizations scored highly with patients for easy access to care and clear communication with doctors. The ACOs’ success at preventing potentially avoidable hospital stays was decidedly more mixed, as was quality performance in areas such as diabetes management and patient involvement in healthcare decisions (Evans, 10/10). Philadelphia Inquirer: Medicare Advantage Rate Shifts Hits Insurance Firms, SeniorsIn June, Anthony Capone said he liked his AmeriHealth Medicare Advantage plan so much he persuaded his 89-year-old mother and aunt to make the switch. Things were going along fine until recently, when the Mount Laurel businessman’s renewal notice arrived in the mail. He opened the package and was taken aback. His monthly premium had spiked to $62 a month, a $23 rise. Other fees – in-hospital co-pay (up to $175), Part D deductible ($25), and ambulance ($100) – have also risen. The hikes, Capone says, weren’t a catastrophe for him. But his mother and aunt are another story. “She’s on Social Security and has a small pension,” Capone, 66, says. “Although it’s only $30 or $40 a month, it affects her and people in her generation with a limited income.” Across the country, Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are opening renewal letters and finding higher monthly premium payments, co-pays, and other fees. (The enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7) (Calandra, 10/12). And, in Alaska – Alaska Dispatch News: Ancorage Hospital To Acquire Medicare ClinicAlaska Alaska Regional Hospital has plans to acquire an Anchorage clinic that has relied on state money to cover its bills. The facility, Alaska Medicare Clinic, operates under an unusual business model, treating only patients 65 and older who carry Medicare – federal health insurance shunned by many doctors who protest that its reimbursement rates are set too low. …  But Dr. George Rhyneer, the retired cardiologist who spearheaded the clinic’s creation, calculated that with the right mix of registered nurses, medical aides and patients, a Medicare-only primary care hub in South Anchorage could succeed (Hanlon, 10/11). Medicare Advantage Plans Marked By Shortcomings This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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McConnell Says Senate GOP Will Go Forward With Push To Defund Planned

first_img Dr. Robert Califf, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration, defended his acceptance of drug industry funding Tuesday and promised never to lower the agency’s safety standards. (Kaplan, 11/17) Politico: Senate GOP Presses Ahead With Planned Parenthood Defunding Senate Republicans are still planning to force Planned Parenthood defunding legislation through the chamber using a fast-track process — despite concerns from some GOP moderates. GOP leadership briefly mulled dumping the defunding provision from a broader measure that dismantles key parts of Obamacare, in an effort to mollify worried moderates. Senate Republicans have struggled to corral 51 votes for the package, which will be passed using a fast-track “reconciliation” process, amid growing opposition from both the conservative and moderate wings of the party. (Kim, 11/17) The Hill: Planned Parenthood Defund Language To Stay In ObamaCare Repeal Package Senate Republican leaders initially wanted to vote on the ObamaCare repeal bill this week, but they’ve had trouble rounding up enough votes in part because moderates have balked at the Planned Parenthood language. McConnell, however, held course Tuesday and vowed it would not be dropped to make the bill more enticing for Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). He told reporters the repeal package “will contain a defund of Planned Parenthood,” adding, “we’ll be moving to that after Thanksgiving.” Senate GOP sources say the package, which will move under special budgetary protections that allow it to pass with a simple-majority vote, still does not have enough support. As many as eight Republican senators are threatening to vote no either because of the Planned Parenthood language or because of concern it does not go far enough to repeal the landmark healthcare reform law. (Bolton, 11/17) One of the most pressing problems facing the agency is boosting competition in the generic drug market. Right now, it takes a long time to bring a generic drug to market — 48 months, according to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. (Gorenstein, 11/17) President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration defended his record Tuesday as senators pressed him about rising drug prices, slow approval times for new drugs and his ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Robert Califf, 64, is currently the No. 2 official at the agency, which regulates consumer products from medications to seafood to e-cigarettes. He joined the FDA as deputy commissioner earlier this year after more than 30 years as a prominent cardiologist and medical researcher at Duke University. (Jalonick, 11/17) center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Associated Press: Senate Panel Questions FDA Nominee On Drug Prices, Approvals Marketplace: A Challenge At The FDA: Getting New Generics To Market McConnell Says Senate GOP Will Go Forward With Push To Defund Planned Parenthood This steps comes despite concerns from some GOP moderates. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama’s pick to run the Food and Drug Administration faced tough questioning during a Senate hearing. STAT: Califf: I’ll Never Lower FDA’s Approval Standards last_img read more

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LifeSaving Drugs Offer Hope To Desperate Families But Economic Barriers And Other

first_img Loxo Oncology (LOXO) chief executive Dr. Joshua Bilenker negotiated the $8 billion sale of his company to Eli Lilly (LLY) in little more than two weeks, and did not approach any other suitors or engage in a bidding war. According to a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Loxo believed that its most valuable asset was not its approved medicine, Vitrakvi, but an experimental one, the RET inhibitor LOXO-292. (Herper, 1/17) Stat: How Eli Lilly Arranged For A Surprise Purchase Of Loxo Oncology CBS News: Rx Drug Prices Continue To Rise — Here’s What You Can Do Once again, lawmakers have introduced legislation to end the tax breaks that drug makers can take for advertising their medicines to consumers, a move that effectively becomes part of a wider package of bills  Democrats are devising rein in the pharmaceutical industry. The latest attempt comes from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who argues that drug makers are spending too much to market high-priced medicines at a time of growing anger over the cost of prescription drugs. Their legislation, called the End Taxpayer Subsidies for Drug Ads Act, would amend the Internal Revenue Code to disallow deductions for such ads. (Silverman, 1/17) Stat: How Celgene Leaves A Legacy Of Chutzpah In Science And Drug Pricing CNN: Trump’s Drug Ad Price Transparency Contains Huge Loophole, Researchers Identify Life-Saving Drugs Offer Hope To Desperate Families, But Economic Barriers And Other Obstacles Often Stand In The Way News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing. The Wall Street Journal: Eli Lilly’s Sarcoma Drug Combo Proves Ineffective In Trials When the company launched thalidomide as a treatment for leprosy in 1998, it cost $6 a pill. As it became clear that it was also an effective cancer drug, Celgene slowly raised the price, quadrupling it by the time it received approval for an improved molecule, Revlimid. Then, it slowly increased the price of Revlimid by a total of 145 percent, according to Sector & Sovereign LLC, a pharmaceutical consultancy. Revlimid now costs $693 a pill. In 2017, Revlimid and another thalidomide-derived cancer drug represented 76 percent of Celgene’s $12.9 billion in annual sales. (Herper, 1/22) Stat: Lawmakers Want To End Tax Break For Drug Ads — Again. Will It Work? Six-year-old Zahra Dehghanipour suffers from a genetic disease that causes her muscles to atrophy. She wears a painful chest brace to stay upright, and has to be carried up and down the stairs in her family’s two-story home. Her condition, spinal muscular atrophy, has a drug treatment. But her family faces many hurdles in accessing it. Cost is one: The drug, called Spinraza and made by Cambridge, Mass.-based Biogen , costs $750,000 for the first year, and $375,000 annually after that. (Reddy and Eqbali, 1/20) center_img Saline, a sterile version of saltwater used to rehydrate patients, the anesthetic propofol and the anticoagulant heparin—which are used in almost every admission—have consistently been in shortage … One potential solution—a provider-owned drug company—has garnered the support of around 750 hospitals and nearly two dozen founding members. Civica Rx is backed by a group of health systems and philanthropic organizations that aim to bring some stability to the pharmaceutical supply chain by producing generic drugs used in nearly every hospital. (Kacik, 1/19) Modern Healthcare: Civica Rx Aims To Stabilize Fragile Pharmaceutical Supply Chain The Wall Street Journal: One Family’s Struggle To Get Their Daughter Lifesaving Medication Eli Lilly & Co. said Friday it would stop promoting a relatively new cancer drug after a follow-up study found it failed to significantly prolong the lives of patients. Analysts said regulators in the U.S. and Europe could withdraw their approvals of the drug, named Lartruvo, based on the new results. The company also said it would take a charge to its first-quarter earnings. Lilly shares fell 3% on the news. (Loftus and Chin, 1/18) Stat: Supreme Court Upholds Language In Patent Law, A Win For Generic Drug Makers n a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld disputed language in patent law that could lead to patents being canceled more easily, unless small drug makers and biotech companies more carefully construct deals involving their intellectual property. At issue was the intent of the America Invents Act, which in 2011 made several changes to U.S. patent law, and prohibits a company from patenting an invention if it was “on sale” for more than a year before filing a patent application. (Silverman, 1/22) The Trump administration’s proposal to require pharmaceutical companies to list drug prices in television ads would have a profound impact on the way consumers think about expensive drugs and whether they would ask their doctor about them, according to a study published Tuesday. But the study found that the effect was mitigated when the advertisements included modifiers, such as saying the medication might not cost anything due to insurance coverage or other discounts. Pharmaceutical companies have been pushing for such modifiers to be allowed in the ads. (Drash, 1/22) The price you pay at the pharmacy is going up — again. Prices increased on more than 250 drugs in the beginning of the year, with an average jump of 6.3 percent, according to data from Rx Saving Solutions, a consultant to health plans and employers. That’s down from the 400 drugs that saw price jumps last year, but prescription drugs still remain one of the highest out-of-pocket medical costs for many consumers. (Konrad, 1/22) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Facebooks Portal will soon follow Brits around their homes too

first_imgFacebook has confirmed it is bringing its Portal smart display to the UK and Europe this autumn, and will include new WhatsApp video calling capabilities.The device, which is currently on sale for half price in the United States, is designed primarily to facilitate video calling, but also enables users to connect with Messenger, share content and display photos and notifications.It also has built in Alexa support, meaning you can make commands using Amazon’s powerful personal assistant.As well as adding WhatsApp video calling support with end-to-end encryption, the company is adding a “Hey Portal, Good Morning” feature to bring information on friends’ birthdays, calendar events and other information from Facebook. Facebook Live and Amazon Prime video will soon be joining in the fun too.Overall, the unique selling point appears to be the ability for Portal to follow the action, so you can stay within the frame while moving around the room during a video call. As cool as it sounds, this is a  terrifying capability for anyone familiar with Facebook’s current and historic disregard for the privacy of its users.Related: How to delete a Facebook accountThe company says Portal was created with privacy, safety and security in mind, but it’s somewhat of a hollow claim given each week the company’s vows are put into perspective by another instance of compromised user data.The company says: “You can completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap, or block the camera lens with the camera cover provided,” while also promising “Facebook doesn’t listen to, view or keep the contents of your Portal video calls. Your Portal conversations stay between you and the people you’re calling.”It also gives users the right to delete the history of “Hey Portal” voice commands, while Facebook pledges the camera doesn’t use facial recognition to identify users. It also says the AI camera software lives directly on the device with nothing transmitted to users.If you trust Facebook, then you’ll have no problem picking up a Portal and enjoying using it. If you have any reservations about Facebook’s privacy record then you’re probably not going to want to take a chance on this one.There’s no news on the UK price yet, but we’ll keep you posted.Will you be buying Portal when it lands in the United Kingdom later this year? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

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Amazon gains on report it plans to expand Whole Foods stores

first_img Bloomberg News Share this storyAmazon gains on report it plans to expand Whole Foods stores Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Amazon.com aims to add Whole Foods locations to suburbs and other areas where the organic grocer is adding more customers.Associated Press Reddit Amazon gains on report it plans to expand Whole Foods stores Move would allow more customers to tap into Amazon’s Prime Now two-hour delivery service Join the conversation → Krista Gmelich Amazon.com Inc. shares gained Monday after a report said the company plans to expand its Whole Foods grocery stores in the U.S.The e-commerce giant aims to add locations to suburbs and other areas where the organic grocer is adding more customers since it was bought by Amazon last year, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited a person familiar with the plans. The move would allow more customers to tap into Amazon’s Prime Now two-hour delivery service.A spokesperson for Amazon couldn’t immediately be reached by Bloomberg News. Amazon shares gained 1.4 per cent to US$1,499.16 at 10:19 a.m. in New York.Amazon has been pushing to expand in the US$840 billion grocery business since buying Whole Foods for US$13.7 billion in 2017. Amazon has used discounts to lure Prime members to physical Whole Foods stores. Now, it needs more stores that are closer to more people, according to a report over the summer by Sense360. Amazon’s Prime Now service offers delivery from Whole Foods in as little as an hour in more than 60 cities.Amazon intends to expand its delivery and pick-up services to almost all of its more than 400 Whole Foods stores in the U.S., the WSJ said.Despite Amazon’s investment in Whole Foods, the number of Amazon Prime members who shop for groceries at least once a month declined in 2018 compared with 2017, according to an annual consumer survey by UBS.The WSJ reported that Whole Foods employees have looked at potential retail locations in the Rocky Mountain region, including in Idaho, southern Utah and Wyoming. Some of those spaces were about 45,000 square feet, according to the report.Bloomberg.com What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation ← Previous Next → Recommended For YouDollar takes a spill on rate-cut view by Fed’s WilliamsPeru’s Vizcarra says Southern Copper must resolve local concerns at Tia Maria mineChico’s FAS names Bonnie Brooks as new CEOSoy futures fall on cooler weather, China cancellationGlu Announces Date of Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results Release, Conference Call, and Webcast 0 Comments Facebook Twitter December 31, 201812:39 PM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Sponsored By: Featured Stories advertisement Comment More Emaillast_img read more

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Consumer debt stabilizing but Canadian banks face significant risk if economy goes

first_img More March 14, 20198:00 AM EDTLast UpdatedMarch 14, 20195:37 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street The level of Canadian consumer debt that’s outstanding “stabilized” at 174 per cent of disposable income in the last three months of 2018, the report says.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press files Related Stories The percentage of money that Canadian consumers owe relative to their disposable income may have levelled off last year — but the amount borrowed and the way it was borrowed continue to cause concerns, according to Moody’s Investors Service.“Canadian consumers continue to repay their debts, but remain highly vulnerable to an employment shock, posing significant asset risk to banks in an adverse economic scenario,” says a report from the credit-rating agency, which is set to be released Thursday morning.The level of Canadian consumer debt that’s outstanding “stabilized” at 174 per cent of disposable income in the last three months of 2018, the report says. Furthermore, unemployment is hovering near a 40-year low at 5.8 per cent, helping to keep borrowers from defaulting on their loans, according to Moody’s.However, the credit-rating agency notes that higher interest rates helped increase the amount of that disposable income going towards paying down debt, hiking it to 14.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018 from 13.7 per cent in 2013.Mortgage payments rose to 6.6 per cent of disposable income in the fourth quarter, up from 6.1 per cent five years ago.“Meanwhile, the proportion of riskier uninsured mortgages continues to rise, increasing asset risk for the largest eight Canadian mortgage lenders,” the report adds.Related Stories:Alternative lenders gain ground as mortgage originations slow: CMHCBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016Interest rate cuts could add to the headwinds already facing Canada’s big banksThere are also signs that some consumers, facing higher mortgage costs, are agreeing to “longer term manufacturer-subsidized auto loans” with lower payments.“As vehicles depreciate each year, longer-term loans result in higher rates of ‘negative equity’ where the value of the vehicle is less than the amount of loan principal,” the report says.The latest from Moody’s comes as the Canadian economy has shown some signs of stalling. Job growth surprised to the upside in February, but economic growth slowed to 0.1 per cent for the fourth quarter of 2018.In announcing it was holding its key policy rate at 1.75 per cent earlier this month, the Bank of Canada had said the slowdown in the last three months of the year “was sharper and more broadly based” than had been expected.This could spell some trouble for Canada’s big banks, which still derive much of their business from their home market.Moody’s report showed that Canada’s Big Six banks still control the majority of the mortgage market in the country, albeit maybe not as much as they used to.“Smaller lenders have gained market share in residential mortgage lending over the past two years; the largest six banks’ share has fallen almost 1% to just under 69% at the end of 2018,” the report says.Other banks, such as the Canadian arm of HSBC Holdings Plc, have managed to grow their share of the mortgage market to 6.4 per cent in 2018 from 5.4 per cent in 2016.The overall mortgage market grew at an annual rate of just over three per cent last year, Moody’s notes.“Policymakers have taken a number of macro-prudential measures to slow house-price appreciation in Canada, including stress-test-based mortgage adjudication for banks and reduced availability of government-sponsored default insurance,” the report says. “The recent price growth moderation in Toronto and Vancouver suggests this is having the intended effect.”• Email: gzochodne@nationalpost.com | Twitter: Geoff Zochodne Facebook What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Email Comment Share this storyConsumer debt stabilizing, but Canadian banks face ‘significant’ risk if economy goes south, Moody’s warns Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Why central banks — including Canada’s — are finding it so hard to get interest rates back to ‘normal’ territorycenter_img Reddit Twitter Sponsored By: TD predicts Bank of Canada will keep rate on hold through 2020 ← Previous Next → Featured Stories advertisement 2 Comments Join the conversation → Consumer debt stabilizing, but Canadian banks face ‘significant’ risk if economy goes south, Moody’s warns Canadians paying more for their loans, risky borrowing on the rise last_img read more

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2nd Generation Renault ZOE Spied In The Wild

Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 11, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Images: CarPix Renault & ADA Launch Moov’in.Paris Car Sharing Renault Makes Belle-Île-en-Mer France’s First Smart Island What to expect from Renault ZOE 2:Market launch in late 2019 or 2020built on a new platform shared between Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Allianceslightly bigger than ZOE50 kWh battery instead 41 kWhDC fast charging capability (CCS Combo 2) on top of 22 kW three-phase 12 photos Renault Unveils Special Edition “Iconic” ZOE Source: Electric Vehicle News The new Renault ZOE, expected in 2019/2020, is seen here in the wild for the first time.Renault didn’t present any new ZOE – not even a concept – at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, although development is progressing at full swing.Recently, a largely camouflaged prototype of the new ZOE was seen in France. The car seems slightly bigger, and is expected to have better performance (power, battery capacity), as well as more equipment. It’s also likely that Renault will be trying to implement many autonomous driving features.Renault ZOE read more

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Norway reportedly has over 30000 electric vehicle preorders Tesla Model 3 and

Source: Charge Forward Norway keeps impressing the world with its fast pace electric vehicle adoption, but what is most impressing is that they are doing it with relatively few options.Automakers are now turning to the market to introduce new EVs early with pre-orders. The country now has reportedly over 30,000 electric vehicles on pre-orders. more…The post Norway reportedly has over 30,000 electric vehicle pre-orders, Tesla Model 3 and Audi e-tron to make huge impact appeared first on Electrek. read more

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Tesla Semi First Deliveries Set For 2020 Or Maybe Late 2019

first_img On Tesla: Open Letter Proposal For Your Consideration Key specs:Acceleration 0-60 mph with 80K lbs load – 20 secSpeed up a 5% Grade – 65 mphMile Range – 300 or 500 milesPowertrain – 4 Independent Motors on Rear AxlesEnergy Consumption – Less than 2 kWh / mileFuel Savings – $200,000+Expected Base Price (300 mile range) – $150,000Expected Base Price (500 mile range) – $180,000Base Reservation – $20,000Expected Founders Series Price – $200,000Founders Series Reservation – $200,000* Prices displayed in USD. International pricing will vary.Source: FreightWaves Source: Electric Vehicle News The question is whether prices and the time frame for Tesla Semi deliveries are really possible. The other concerns are range, charging and servicing the vehicles.“They are staying relatively consistent with their timeline, even though Elon doesn’t talk about it on their earnings call,”“Despite the advances in electric semis, fleets still face unknowns. The cost of truck remains high relative to diesel. Tesla has given an indicative price of $180,000 for its semi, but O’Leary said the actual cost may be higher as has occurred with Tesla’s passenger vehicles.” Watch & Listen As Tesla Semi Accelerates With Trailer Attachedcenter_img Tesla Semi to be launched in late 2019, but more likely expected in 2020.NFI Industries (a third-party logistics provider) is closely watching manufacturers of electric trucks as the Tesla Semi unveiling sparked a lot of interest from shippers – “Tesla effect”.NFI Industries vice president of fleet services James O’Leary said:“Nobody in North America was talking about electric vehicles until your local news outlets picked up the rollout of the Tesla semi. That led basically to what we call the Tesla effect. Now shippers are asking their carriers where you are with electric vehicles.”To gain experience and validate the trucks, NFI ordered various models. Beside 10 Tesla Semis, scheduled for delivery in 2020 (technically Tesla could deliver the first units in late 2019), Daimler’s Freightliner is to provide 10 eCascadia in the second quarter of 2019 for tests. Another project is with Volvo in California.Tesla Semi Study: 1/3 New Trucks In Europe Must Be EVs To Satisfy Paris Agreement Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 29, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Nissan Infiniti Both Expected To Reveal NextGen EVs In Detroit

first_img Infiniti CEO Says Brand Is Committed To Future Battery-Electric Vehicles Infiniti Q50 EV Rendered As Hypothetical Tesla Competitor Source: Electric Vehicle News Nissan’s First Plug-In Hybrid To Be Premium Infiniti Q80 Inspiration – Report As the LA Auto Show comes to a close, we look forward to NAIAS and its electric debuts.As Autoblog recently reported, Nissan and Infiniti chief designer has teased that both brands will come forth with electric vehicle debuts at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The show will take place in Detroit starting January 12. Apparently, theses new vehicles will expand upon the new electric architecture that was previously shown at last year’s show via the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept.Related Content: Sadly, no specific information was provided as to what type of vehicles the automaker is talking about here. Supposedly, we’ll know more when the concepts make their way to Detroit. Additionally, they will also be shown at upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. In a recent interview, global design senior chief Alfonso Albaisa told Autoblog:The Q Inspiration kind of hinted at it and we avoided discussing too much about what’s driving that car. Of course, we talked about VC-Turbo, which is also possible. But if you really look at the car, Q Insipiration shifted the cabin forward. It was the first one to break the [mold] of Infiniti. So how to still have this artistry and this sense of carrozzerie (coachbuilding) of Infiniti without kind of the stereotypical long hood and the cabin shifted back and the windshield has to go through the center of the front wheel, these golden rules.We covered Infiniti’s Q launch last January (linked above). However, according to this new report, EV tech previously set for Japan could make its way into these upcoming concepts that will be featured in Detroit. In addition, the exec spoke to some next-gen “magic carpet” battery packs. He remarked that they are able to power larger vehicles and are thinner and denser.Albaisa went on to say that Nissan Group has an advantage due to its current all-electric offerings and platforms. He also admitted that while this may just be the showcasing of a few vehicle concepts, it could result in “more of a whole family of cars.”This is very exciting. This is especially true due to the source company and its history in the segment. Meaning, it’s not likely some vaporware effort..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Source: Autoblog Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 29, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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