Kado is a wall charger that fits in your wallet

first_imgThere are two problems when trying to charge via wall sockets. One, there are so few such outlets. Two, wall chargers take up precious space. Even the iPhone’s charger, short as it may be, is a fat and thick cube. If you’re the type that obsesses over whether you have room for a charger in your bag, let alone your pocket, then the Kado is for you. It’s a wall charger that is not only thinner than the thinnest smartphone, it thin enough to even fit inside your wallet. It really boils down to efficiency, in space and in use. If you choose to keep the Kado in your wallet or pocket, that means you have more room for other stuff in your bag or purse. But even if you decide it’s safe to keep it away from your body, it won’t take up too much space. And when it’s time to charge, it can slip in between the tightest spaces that try to make it impossible for any other wall charger to fit.But unlike ultra slim power banks, you aren’t really sacrificing efficiency in charging with this petite size. Kado even supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.1 which, while not the latest, is no slowpoke. And you can choose between micro USB, USB-C, and an Apple-certified Lightning cable. Sadly, you can’t really switch between the three unless you order for an extra cable.So the drawbacks? Well, obviously the fact that it’s still on Kickstarter, which means it may or may not ship on time, if at all. But the promise of an ultra thin wall charger that can slip into almost anything is so strong that the campaign broke through its meager funding goals in no time flat.At its most basic, you get the Kado and a cable of your choice for a Kickstarter exclusive price of $39. Prices are expected to nearly double when retail launch comes. For $44, however, you can get a Kado Phone Clip that you can stick on the back of your phone, providing a more permanent home for the Kado. After all, what’s another 5 mm tacked onto your 5 mm phone. VIA: Kickstarterlast_img read more

IT Escape from Pennywise VR is a horror experience for Gear VR

first_imgWarner Bros just launched a horror virtual reality experience for Android users called “IT: Escape from Pennywise VR.” The experience puts viewers inside of Pennywise’s abandoned house, specifically in front of the three doors movie viewers will be familiar with. You’ll have to pick your own path and face whatever fears lie ahead while navigating through the abandoned domicile. The app isn’t free, but it isn’t oppressively expensive at $0.99. The download is 1.15GB, so make sure WiFi is turned on before downloading (assuming you don’t have unlimited, of course). Even if you’ve seen the movie, this VR experience presents IT in a very different way, an immersive one that puts you inside the Neibolt house…or as close to inside as possible.Your device must be running Android 7.0 or newer to run the experience and you’ll need the Daydream app. The VR experience is also eligible for Family Sharing, which means the app can be shared with up to five other family members. Those people must be added to your family group to get the shared app, though. You can get the app from the Google Play Store. This app comes from the fine folks at SunnyBoy Entertainment Anyone can undertake this VR experience, of course, but you probably want to avoid it unless you’ve already seen the movie since it does contain some spoilers. The VR experience is now available for Google Daydream and the Samsung Gear VR.last_img read more

Google Arts Culture now lets you explore Earths historic locations

first_imgCyArk isn’t just trying to prevent the loss of these structures to war or disaster, either – the wear associated with heavy tourism is a concern as well, which is why we see monuments like Chichen Itza on the list. You can browse the list of available sites on Google’s Open Heritage page if you’re on desktop, but you can also explore these sites on mobile or with your Daydream headset by downloading the Google Arts & Culture app.Beyond just preservation, the work CyArk is doing can aid in restoration efforts after these structures have been damaged by disasters or war, so the work the company is doing is doubly important. The 3D models CyArk has been able to put together are definitely impressive, so be sure to give them a look if you get the chance. There’s no lack of historic locations to visit on out fair planet, but most of them are constantly under threat of disappearing. Whether due to disasters, war, or the eventual killer of all things, time, many of the amazing structures around today will be gone eventually. However, a company named CyArk has dedicated itself to archiving them before that happens. It’s possible that you’ve never heard of CyArk before, but Google has, and now it’s making CyArk’s impressive maps of these structures and wonders available through its Arts & Culture app. CyArk was founded by Ben Kacyra, who is also the creator of one of the world’s first three-dimensional laser scanner systems. As Google explains it over The Keyword, Kacyra was prompted to found CyArk and dedicate himself to preserving at-risk monuments and structures digitally after he watched the Taliban destroy 1,500-year-old Buddhist statues in Afghanistan.That was back in 2001, and for the past 17 years, CyArk has been working to photograph and map locations that are at risk of disappearing. With this new partnership with Google, Arts & Culture users can now use the app to explore 25 different historic locations spread across 18 countries. Some of these sites, such as Ancient Corinth, have already been heavily exposed to the ravages of time, while others like the Brandenburg Gate don’t seem to be at any immediate risk of being torn down or otherwise destroyed.center_img Story TimelineGoogle Arts & Culture app updated with Cardboard supportGoogle Arts and Culture app now shows your fine art lookalikelast_img read more

Ultimate Ears Megablast Blast to get Spotify voice control

first_img“Alexa, play my Discover Weekly.” That should be how fast and convenient control the UE Blast and Megablast should be. After all, they already house Alexa inside so it shouldn’t be too much to ask. Especially since Alexa already does that for Deezer, TuneIn, Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and, of course, Amazon Music.But wait, there’s more! The speakers won’t just get Spotify voice control. They’re also getting Spotify Connect at long last. Now you can easily play your Spotify tunes when the speakers are on a WiFi connection, without having to connect your phone via Bluetooth.Speaking of WiFi and Bluetooth, the speakers will soon also be able to form an eight-member choir. Sadly, these features are still marked as coming soon, with grouping coming even much later this year. What Blast and Megablast can enjoy now in the latest update is volume control and battery status from within the Ultimate Ears app. These days, it’s not hip for a wireless speaker not to have some form of music streaming feature or a smart assistant. The best ones have both even. When we reviewed both the Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast last year, were indeed disappointed in not seeing features like Spotify over WiFi included in these Alexa-powered speakers. Half a year later, Logitech is announcing that exact feature and is bringing even more to liven up your party.last_img read more

BMW Z8 owned by Steve Jobs heads to auction

first_imgDespite the handful of owners over the last 17 years, the Z8 has only 15,200 miles on the odometer, and it comes with a number of original accessories, including the hardtop, car cover, keys, navigation CDs, owner’s manuals, and, most interestingly, the BMW-branded Motorola cell phone that came with purchase. While it’s said that Jobs hated the Motorola phone, another aspect adding to the vehicle’s value is that it includes several documents that reflect his ownership, like service invoices and the California registration. This is rare as Jobs was known to protect his anonymity by preferring not to register his cars.RM Sotheby’s expects Jobs’ Z8 to sell for somewhere between $300,000 and $400,000, far below the $1 million-plus prices for other exotic cars going under the hammer, but for Apple fans and Steve Jobs collectors, this could be much more valuable.SOURCE RM Sotheby’s There have been many auctions for items connected to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs since his passing in late 2011, including a number of early Apple computers, as well as various personal goods owned by the technology visionary. But the latest item could be one of the more sought after due to its existing status as a modern collectible. RM Sotheby’s will soon be auctioning the 2000 BMW Z8 that was once owned and driven by Jobs. AdChoices广告 The Z8 was only produced by BMW in limited numbers starting in 2000, and with almost 400 horsepower the convertible was a noted example of new engineering technologies that the German car maker would use in models to follow. Jobs was the original buyer of this Z8, receiving the car in October 2000 in his signature colors of titanium silver and a black leather interior. [Update: the car was delivered to Jobs in 2000, not 2008; we apologize for the typo]RM Sotheby’s history of the car notes that Jobs was encouraged to buy the Z8 by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who told the Apple co-founder that it was reflective of his own tastes and a pinnacle of modern automotive engineering. Jobs eventually sold the car in 2003 to the second owner, who then sold it in 2004 to the third owner, a tech executive. In 2006 it was then returned to the second owner (making them the second and fourth), who has kept the vehicle since then. Story TimelineApple 1, sold by Steve Jobs in 1976, to be auctionedWhy Banksy just painted Steve JobsRare Apple-1 ‘Celebration’ model sells for $815K at auctionSteve Jobs’ old leather jacket, black turtleneck, and more up for auctionIconic Seiko watch made famous by Steve Jobs sees limited releaselast_img read more

Car subscriptions are here but theres no onesizefitsall

first_imgIt’s clear that the industry is facing a pivot point, if it’s not within that already. For the moment, traditional financing and outright purchase still outweighs leasing, though the numbers of people opting for the latter increases in the US every year. What was once pretty much the preserve of luxury cars has expanded to a variety of new segments. Market-favorites SUVs and crossovers; attainable high-performance vehicles; and green EVs and hybrids with question marks still lingering over what happens to their battery packs in 5-10 years time. Now, new subscription models more akin to smartphone upgrade plans are beginning to emerge. Volvo announced its pricing for Care by Volvo, its car subscription plan, at the LA Auto Show 2017 this past week. For $600 per month, subscribers get an impressively well-equipped 2019 Volvo XC40 crossover, the automaker’s brand new model, along with insurance for the household, servicing and maintenance, roadside rescue, and access to a 24/7 concierge. After 24 months, they hand the car back – complete with a discretionary fund to cover any wear & tear – or, after as little as a year, they can switch to a new Volvo and renew for another two year plan. It’s not the first subscription car service we’ve seen, though it is the most affordable to-date. Cadillac kicked things off back in January with Book by Cadillac, offering access to a selection of the company’s luxury cars and SUVs for a fixed monthly fee. Porsche followed, with Porsche Passport, its own interpretation with two tiers of service unlocking cars like the 911, Cayenne, and Panamera. What’s interesting, though, is that while all have the same core premise – rather than financing or leasing a vehicle, you effectively rent both it and the convenience of having someone else handle servicing and regular costs – they vary significantly in how they’re enacted. Porsche Passport and Book by Cadillac, for instance, are only offered in select cities; Care by Volvo will be across the US (as well as internationally). However, that limited availability to subscribers to the Porsche and Cadillac is because they get a perk Volvo subscribers don’t: the ability to change at-will to another vehicle, even if it’s just for the weekend. It’s part of a move toward seeing the car as a service. Certainly, there are plenty of drivers for whom having the same vehicle for three years works out just fine. Others, however, might want an SUV for a weekend getaway, but then a coupe for the rest of the week. For that audience, however small, there’s now an option – just as long as they’re willing to pay the premium. The differences in the schemes are indicative of how this new “ownership” model will pan out more generally. Porsche, Cadillac, and Volvo are unlikely to be the only companies to offer car subscriptions, but it’s almost certain that other options will be different in their structure as automakers try to identify the sweet-spot of flexibility and price. Audi, for example, is looking at the space, though could end up tackling it very differently. Earlier this year, it acquired Silvercar, the car rental service which offers travelers a single vehicle – the Audi A4 – for an all-in price, booked through an app rather than the high-pressure, confusing environment of the traditional car rental counter. When I spoke with Silvercar CEO Luke Schneider in LA this past week, he predicted that there wouldn’t be a one-plan-fits-all scheme. Instead, Schneider suggested, the message will effectively be “Don’t buy an Audi, buy Audi.” Rather than a single car, it will be a relationship with an automaker and the services that are part and parcel of that relationship. Schneider is skeptical that the majority of people actually want the freedom to change car every other week. In contrast, though, he thinks there’d be plenty who would be happy with a car at home they use regularly and then access to a distributed fleet when they’re traveling. That might be something integrated into a more traditional lease, in fact. Audi could, if it wanted to, offer those leasing its cars the option of also building Silvercar access into their plan too. That way, if they fly to another city, they could have the use of a loan car in that different location rather than having to rent separately. Schneider was clear with me that he couldn’t say exactly what Audi has planned – Silvercar is operated independently of its automaker owner – but it’s not hard to see how such a package might be appealing to drivers. NOW READ: SUVs dominated the LA Auto Show If there’s anything I know for sure, it’s that no one-size-fits-all plan is ever likely to be settled upon. Nonetheless, I suspect there are plenty of people for whom the idea of minimal obligations, broader flexibility than buying a single car, and an escape from the headache of arranging servicing and maintenance would be worth a premium every month. Just as we pay Spotify or Apple Music a subscription to avoid the hassle of collecting CDs, so that freedom could invert the car ownership experience. Once upon a time in America, you went to your local auto dealership, gave them a wad of cash, and drove a car off the lot. Then came leasing, and drivers became temporary stewards of their cars in return for three year flexibility. Now, in the midst of an auto industry terrified of Millennial disinterest and general apathy, the hunt is on for the Next Big Thing in car buying. Only the way it’s shaping up, you won’t be buying a car at all. last_img read more

Twitter live video broadcasts now support up to three guests

first_imgGo live with guests! It’s more fun than talking to yourself. We promise. pic.twitter.com/CB5qSLebwq— Twitter (@Twitter) May 29, 2019 Live videos are useful in a number of situations — they can be used to stream from events or to simply talk with fans or followers, for example. The tool is powered by Periscope and accessible to all users by tapping the camera icon in the composer. From there, users are presented with a live mode icon with the options to live broadcast either just audio or audio and video. Story TimelineTwitter retweets can now contain photos, videos, and GIFsTwitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partnerTwitter’s new tool helps users avoid anti-vax misinformation Twitter features a live video tool that enables users to broadcast content to their followers and the general Twitter user base. This feature has, until now, been limited to broadcasting the user live while viewers were limited to interacting using chat messages. That changes with the company’s newest update — broadcasting users can now add multiple people to their live videos for real-time communication. Starting today, users who are broadcasting can now add other users who are also on Twitter. The new option is demonstrated in the video above; it’s simple to use, and involves two aspects. The user who wants to join the broadcast as a guest must manually request guest access. The request is sent to the user who is broadcasting, The live video remains visible in full screen and the guest is added in a smaller picture-in-picture thumbnail window. Up to three guests can be added to a livestream at any given time; the broadcaster is in control of who is given access and when they are removed. AdChoices广告Viewers can hear the guest in real-time along with the original broadcaster; the guest’s Twitter handle and avatar are also visible. The feature opens the door for Twitter live video as a useful platform for creators, making it possible to conduct live interviews with remote individuals, give fans a little time in the spotlight, and more.last_img read more

Tesla cars are getting Fallout Shelter Netflix and YouTube

first_imgOf the games, it’s likely to be Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter which is the most exciting. Launched back in 2015, it’ll be playable on the dashboard of the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 through each car’s sizable center display. It’s not the first game Tesla owners have been able to play in their car, mind. Back in August 2018, the automaker added a selection of Atari classic games to its cars, though earlier this year was forced to remove Pole Position over a licensing issue. Cuphead, meanwhile, joined the party earlier in the month. Musk promised that Pole Position would be replaced with another racing title, and today he previewed what that looks set to be. Beach Buggy Racing 2 is likely to be familiar to Android gamers, but was shown running on the far larger display in a Model 3 today. However what makes it special is that you can use the car’s controls to control the in-game vehicle. AdChoices广告Although the car itself is in park, the steering wheel is used to play the game, as is the brake pedal. Tesla also has support for controllers for Xbox and PS4, too. If you’d rather just kick back and watch, rather than play, another update will bring YouTube and Netflix support through the Tesla browser. Again, the EV will need to be stopped and in park first.Down the line, though, it’s worth remembering that Musk has been among the most bullish of those predicting autonomous driving reaching the mass market sooner rather than later. One of the big questions – beyond matters of safety, regulation, and self-driving technology – is just what occupants of autonomous vehicles will do to occupy themselves while their car handles the roads. Playing games or streaming video may well be the most obvious answer. Musk didn’t give a release date for when the new software might be pushed out. As per previous updates to Tesla cars, it may well be that owners simply wake up one morning and find the new functionality has been added while they slept. Story TimelineTesla’s latest full self-driving car went for a drive: Watch how it didTesla Model S refresh tipped to make two huge changes Sitting in your Tesla and not actually moving might seem like an odd way to pass the time, but the addition of Fallout Shelter along with a host of other time-wasting dashboard distractions could end up more fun than even Ludicrous Mode. Tesla CEO Elon Musk made an E3 2019 appearance this week to talk about new games and apps coming to the touchscreens of the EV-maker’s cars.last_img read more

Insurers Again Extend Payment Deadlines For Jan 1 Coverage On Exchanges

first_imgInsurers Again Extend Payment Deadlines For Jan. 1 Coverage On Exchanges This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. News outlets in California offer examples of companies that are giving new customers more time to pay their first month’s premiums, while in Connecticut, one insurer is beginning to get a handle on the crush of enrollment.Los Angeles Times: Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente Extend Payment Deadlines Again Amid further delays for consumers, California’s two largest health insurers extended payment deadlines once more for people who signed up for Jan. 1 coverage through the Covered California exchange. Anthem Blue Cross, a unit of industry giant WellPoint Inc., said it is giving new enrollees until Jan. 31 to pay their first month’s premium. Kaiser Permanente, the state’s largest HMO, extended the deadline to Jan. 22 (Terhune, 1/15).The San Jose Mercury News: Health Net Agrees To Extend Two Payment Deadlines Until Jan. 31Responding to the crush of health insurance applications, a third major health insurer whose plans are sold on Covered California, the state’s health care exchange, has agreed to extend to Jan. 31 two payment deadlines for its policies. On Wednesday, Health Net said it would delay until month’s end the payment deadline for anyone who bought a Health Net plan through the exchange in late December for coverage that began Jan. 1. The previous deadline was Wednesday (Seipel, 1/15).The CT Mirror: Anthem Still Lags But Making Progress Processing PaymentsAs of Tuesday, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield had processed the payments of 45 percent of Connecticut members slated to begin coverage Jan. 1 and expects the number to “rise rapidly,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday. Anthem has struggled to set up coverage for customers whose plans were scheduled to begin Jan. 1, with a backlog in processing payments that’s left many Connecticut customers wondering if they have insurance and unsure how to handle doctor visits or prescription refills. Malloy said it was “a disappointment” that Anthem’s parent company, Wellpoint, had not been prepared to handle the enrollment of customers who signed up for insurance as part of the federal health law commonly known as Obamacare (Becker, 1/15). Meanwhile, Politico Pro notes that next Tuesday insurers are expected to reveal to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services how many checks they’ve received in the mail – Politico Pro: Deadlines Keep Coming — And Moving — For ObamacareTangled Obamacare due dates got even messier this week as the deadline for February enrollment came Wednesday and more payment deadlines for January coverage were pushed toward the end of the month. But clarity is at least on the horizon for one critical detail: the true number of people who have signed up and then paid their first premiums. Next Tuesday, insurers are due to disclose to CMS how many of the people who signed up for their plans actually sent in checks for that initial premium. The reports will determine how millions of dollars in subsidies are apportioned by the government to each company. Insurers will only receive these premium tax credits for enrollees who have paid their share of their plan (Cheney and Norman, 1/15). last_img read more

Mortgage stress test is helping fuel alternative lending boom report

first_img Geoff Zochodne What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation April 16, 20194:01 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street 5 Comments Email Comment More Facebook Featured Stories ← Previous Next → Mortgage stress test is helping fuel alternative lending boom: report CIBC economist says regulators need to revisit rules that have made it harder to get a mortgage center_img Twitter Recommended For YouSuspected Japan arsonist a reclusive, quarrelsome gamer, neighbor saysHuawei says Italy’s new 5G powers discriminate against itTSX propped up by gains in materials stocksSwiss agree to extradite Chinese scientist to U.S. on theft chargesMercosur leaders meet in Argentina, EU deal in focus Join the conversation → Sponsored By: The value of new mortgages fell 8% or $25 billion in 2018, though the decline began before the mortgage stress test started.Tyler Anderson/National Post Regulators should reconsider a stress test for uninsured mortgages that was imposed amid an already slowing housing market and that has helped fuel an alternative-lending boom, a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce economist said Tuesday.Since the stress test was brought in last January, the Bank of Canada has hiked its key interest rate by 75 basis points and the five-year mortgage rate has increased by 35 basis points, says Benjamin Tal, the deputy chief economist at CIBC World Markets.“Accordingly, regulators should revisit B-20,” Tal wrote in a report. “We need a more flexible benchmark, potentially a narrower spread over the contract rate when interest rates approach cyclical peak, and perhaps to establish a reasonable floor under which the qualifying rate will never drop below.” Mortgage stress test is keeping Toronto home buyers on sidelines, says real estate board The mortgage ‘stress test’ has started harming Canadians more than it helps OSFI under pressure by banks, industry lobbyists to ease mortgage stress test: sources Tal’s comments come as the housing market has cooled, but as some Canadians are still finding real estate out of their price range. In its budget last month, the federal government introduced a first-time homebuyer incentive program to try to give those would-be owners a hand.A softer housing market has also weighed on firms that do business in the sector. Canadian banks have seen their rate of mortgage originations slow and the real-estate industry has complained that the stress test has made it tougher for homebuyers to get a loan.On Monday, the Bank of Canada released its latest business outlook survey, which noted “continued weakness in housing-related activity in some regions.”“During 2018, growth in mortgage originations continued to decline,” Tal wrote. “The value of new mortgages fell by eight per cent (or $25 billion) during the year. Note, however, that the slowing in the pace of mortgage origination growth started well before B-20 was introduced.” The stress test was part of a revised guideline for residential mortgage underwriting, which was known as B-20. It sets out that the minimum qualifying rate on uninsured mortgages of whichever is higher: the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate or the rate on the contract plus 200 basis points. It also preceded a stress-test that was slapped on insured mortgages back in 2016.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, which oversees federally regulated lenders, introduced the new stress test for uninsured mortgages. In February, an assistant superintendent defended the measure as prudent during a lunchtime speech in downtown Toronto, although they also suggested that the regulator could make changes if necessary.Tal said that the stress test was probably necessary when it was introduced, “since there was a need to save some Canadian borrowers from themselves.”“But is 200 basis points the right number?” he asked. “At the end of the day, there is no real science behind that number.”The economist added that the income of borrowers is likely to rise during their mortgage term and that the B-20 stress test does not consider decreasing borrower risk with a longer term.“And finally, B-20 is in part behind the strong rise in alternative lending,” Tal wrote.Based on information from the Ontario Land Registry, Tal wrote that alternative lenders now account for nearly 12 per cent of total real-estate transactions, and about 15 per cent of deals in the Greater Toronto Area.“A year ago, that number was close to 10 per cent, meaning that alternative lenders’ share has risen since the introduction of B-20,” Tal said. “Behind the scenes, there is a transfer of risk from the regulated to the less regulated segment of the market—from where there is light to where it’s dark. That was certainly not the intent of B-20, and any other mortgage-related change to regulations.”• Email: gzochodne@nationalpost.com | Twitter: Share this storyMortgage stress test is helping fuel alternative lending boom: report Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn advertisement Redditlast_img read more

WatchWe remain very concerned Morneaus tax proposals still need work despite changes

first_img Join the conversation → November 22, 20174:01 AM ESTLast UpdatedNovember 22, 201711:37 AM EST Filed under News Economy The Canadian Press Comment Facebook OTTAWA — A coalition of industry associations says Bill Morneau must make more changes to the controversial tax proposals he first unveiled last summer to ensure he addresses deep, persistent concerns in the small-business community.The group, which came together in recent months as a vocal opponent of the finance minister’s tax-reform plan, is urging him to go further — beyond the adjustments he made to calm an uproar that dogged him for months.The message was delivered to Morneau on Monday as part of the coalition’s first official response since the government announced several amendments last month.Ontario cuts small business taxes to ease transition to higher minimum wageSmall business owners are facing a ‘triple whammy’ that could wipe out the value of their life’s work. Here’s an example“While we thank you for making progress … we remain very concerned by the remaining proposals that appear to be moving ahead,” said a letter sent to Morneau’s office from the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, which represents about 80 associations.The changes to Morneau’s plan followed an onslaught of complaints from doctors, lawyers, accountants, shop owners, farmers, premiers and even some Liberal backbenchers. They denounced the proposals, contending they would hurt the very middle class the Trudeau government claimed to be trying to help.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Morneau argued the reforms were designed to ensure they targeted wealthy individuals who have used the incorporation of small businesses to gain what the government maintained was an unfair tax advantage.But following a consultation period, Morneau took steps last month to quiet the backlash by tweaking two of the three proposals and abandoning the third one altogether.Amid the outrage, the government also announced it would resurrect a 2015 campaign promise to cut taxes for small businesses. Trudeau promised to gradually trim the small-business tax rate to nine per cent by 2019, down from its current level of 10.5 per cent.The coalition acknowledged the progress but, after digesting and assessing the adjustments, it insisted the government has yet to go far enough.“I’d say the level of alarm is still very high with respect to the package of changes as a whole,” said Dan Kelly, a coalition member and president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.“I think that this is still very, very tender. … The business community has really only pressed pause here, it certainly hasn’t warmed up to the overall package.”Morneau ditched one of the proposals last month related to converting income into capital gains. The change, he said at the time, came in response to concerns the measure could have negative tax implications for small businesses following a death and create challenges for owners who hoped to pass their family businesses to the next generation.The government also announced it would move ahead with its proposal to limit the ability of owners of private corporations from unfairly lowering their personal income taxes by sprinkling their earnings to family members who do not contribute to their companies.However, the Liberals vowed to simplify the proposal, which is set to come into effect Jan. 1, in response to concerns about its complexity. It also removed an element that would have limited access to the lifetime capital gains exemption as a way to avoid negative impacts on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms.Morneau also scaled back what some believe is the most-contentious piece of the tax-reform plan — its proposal on passive-investment income. The change, the government says, will create a threshold of $50,000 on passive income per year to ensure only three per cent of the most wealthy private corporations will have to pay higher taxes.The coalition’s letter urges Morneau to postpone the income-sprinkling proposal until Jan. 1, 2019, provide more clarity on how it will work and, at minimum, consider making spouses exempt. Members are concerned that the change is supposed to come into effect at the beginning of January 2018, which is only weeks away, Kelly said.He added that the coalition also wants the government to abandon the passive-income proposal.The letter also argues that the $50,000 annual income threshold is too low and would prevent small businesses from making investments to help them grow. It also insists business owners would be stuck with added costs from the additional red tape.The government plans to release draft legislation on the passive-income change in the lead up to next year’s budget.Daniel Lauzon, a spokesman for Morneau, wrote in an email that the public and parliamentarians will still get an opportunity to comment on detailed proposals before they are legislated, even though the formal consultation period has ended.He said the government has already acted on some of the recommendations.“From the beginning we said we would listen in order to get this right,” Lauzon wrote in response to questions about the coalition’s letter.“We are always open to input and ideas, and I think we’ve shown our willingness to listen carefully, and to act on what we hear. What we won’t do is move away from our core objective of ensuring the middle class is treated fairly.” Share this story’We remain very concerned’: Morneau’s tax proposals still need work despite changes, critics insist Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Twitter ‘We remain very concerned’: Morneau’s tax proposals still need work despite changes, critics insist A coalition of industry associations says Bill Morneau must make more changes to the controversial tax proposals he first unveiled last summer Email More Recommended For YouG7 finance chiefs agree to tackle digital tax challenges – summarySouth Korea, Indonesia cut key rates, more Asian policy easing seenStocks fall on trade worries, weak economic dataCharity shops, antiques behind surprise UK retail sales jump in JunePakistan price squeeze hits middle class as well as poor Reddit 0 Comments Andy Blatchford last_img read more

EV Road Trips Are Getting Easier Even Without Tesla Supercharger Use

first_imgTESLA SUPERCHARGERS MAKE IT EASY, BUT YOU CAN STILL ROAD-TRIP CROSS-COUNTRY WITHOUT THEMWhat’s more American than a road trip? Immortalized in songs (Route 66) and literature (On The Road), the Cross-Country Road Trip is a staple of our culture. The Electric Road Trip adds a couple of new dimensions to the adventure. Drivers can enjoy the natural wonders of our country more than ever before, knowing that, by driving electric, they’re doing their bit to preserve them for future generations of wanderers. There’s also the challenge of finding places to charge along the way – a quest that can actually be fun, adding a treasure hunting element to the quest.*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. The folks at Tesla were hip to the lure of the open road from the beginning, and that’s why they made deploying the comprehensive Supercharger network a priority. Today, you can travel through many regions of the country using only Superchargers and Tesla’s growing network of Destination Chargers. However, you may not always find a Supercharger in a convenient location, and furthermore, with Model 3 gradually becoming a mainstream automobile, some popular Supercharger locations are getting downright crowded.Fortunately, there are lots of other options, and with Electrify America and several regional networks under construction around the country, the number of public charging stations is growing every day (well over 22,000 in the US and Canada at last count). However, the savvy road-tripper carries a complete set of charging adapters, as well as the latest Plugshare and ChargePoint apps, and knows a few places to find alternative charging spots.This handy new infographic from CarRentals.com depicts the various types of public chargers you’ll encounter on the road, and also suggests a few scenic cross-country routes that are well-served by chargers. INFOGRAPHICWritten by: Charles Morris; Infographic: Carrentals.com*InsideEVs Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. How Tesla Cracked The Code On EV Road Trips: Model 3 Performance Above: Tesla Model 3 parked below the Golden Gate Bridge (Flickr: Thomas Hawk)As Tesla vehicles and other electric cars have become popular, a new genre of road trip narrative has developed — we’ve reported on many of these odysseys (and not only in the US):Tesla road trip hacks after driving through 48 statesTop 11 Tesla road trip tipsThe Ultimate Tesla Road Trip4 days, 4 girls, and zero emissions in a TeslaAn 1800 km road trip through Europe in a Tesla Model S70-year-old Tesla owner documents her road trip around Australia Source: Electric Vehicle News Check Out These Stories: Monumental Tesla Road Trip: 48 States, 107 Stores, Unparalleled Discoveries Hyundai Kona Electric Road Trip From Los Angeles To Las Vegas: Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 5, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

In March Almost 5000 PlugIn Electric Cars Were Sold In The Netherlands

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Here’s How Nissan LEAF Sales In Netherlands Were Impacted By Gen 2 It was the best March ever by a huge marginThe Netherlands is experiencing another spike of plug-in electric car sales caused mostly by volume deliveries of Tesla Model 3 and decent performance from a few other models, despite the fact that high-end and expensive BEV models are in retreat after a decrease of the tax incentive in 2019.From January 1, 2019, the BiK tax increased from 4% to 22% for BEVs that costs more than €50,000 (the 22% applies only to amount above amount of €50,000).The number of new plug-in electric car registrations amounted to 4,721 at a high 12% market share (10% share falls on BEVs)After three months of 2019, the average market share amounted to 9% (7.4% BEVs) while sales exceeded 10,400.News from Netherlands Well over 2,000 deliveries of Tesla Model 3 enables it to take the #1 spot in model rank and Tesla to grab #1 among manufacturers.Once again, Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV achieved decent results of 376 and 323 respectively.The top models were:Tesla Model 3 – 2,195Hyundai Kona Electric – 376Kia Niro EV – 323Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 323Nissan LEAF – 288 Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands – March 2019 Heuliez Receives Order For 49 GX437 Articulated Electric Buses Tesla Model 3 Was #1 Selling Car In Netherlands In March 2019 Source: EV Sales Blog Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 7, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

BlackBird adding 100 Bye electric airplanes to ondemand service by 2020 3x

first_imgSource: Charge Forward BlackBird, an on-demand flight service that’s been called “Uber for planes,” is partnering with Bye Aerospace to add more than 100 electric airplanes to its platform. The companies say that the partnership will make flying cheaper more affordable than driving for trips up to 300 miles. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://youtu.be/WdPfw3XWyJQThe post BlackBird adding 100+ Bye electric airplanes to on-demand service by 2020, 3x faster and 4x cheaper than driving appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

Judge tells Americas Cup rivals to settle conflict

first_imgSailing Judge tells America’s Cup rivals to settle conflict Support The Guardian Tue 18 Mar 2008 22.35 EDT First published on Tue 18 Mar 2008 22.35 EDT Since you’re here… Sailing Share via Email The America’s Cup could be back on the water earlier than scheduled. Judge Herman Cahn in the New York state supreme court denied applications from Ernesto Bertarelli’s Team Alinghi and the Société Nautique de Genève, the holders of the trophy, that the challenge received from Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle from the Golden Gate Yacht Club failed to meet the requirements. The judge, in ruling against the Swiss arguments, has ordered the parties to settle the matter immediately. It could mean that a match in 90-foot multi-hulls could take place as early as July. That match, the 33rd, would not involve any of the other teams, but doubt remains over the venue.center_img Topics Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook America’s Cup Shares00 Bob Fisherlast_img read more

FCPA Challenge

first_imgHow much do you know about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? Let’s find out.To commemorate the FCPA’s 40th year, FCPA Professor is presenting the FCPA Challenge.Each Thursday during 2018, a question will be posed and the answer will be below the fold.This week’s question is: in 2011 a federal trial court judge vacated the trial court convictions and dismissed the indictment against this company and individuals after finding numerous instances of prosecutorial misconduct – “so many in fact, and so varied, and occurring over so lengthy a period … that they add up to an unusual and extreme picture of a prosecution gone badly awry.”Answer: Lindsey Manufacturing, Keith Lindsey and Steven Lee (see here).last_img read more

Short intensive arithmetic training strengthens neuronal connections between brain regions

first_imgJul 2 2018Researchers at the Leibniz-Institutes für Wissensmedien (IWM) and of the Graduate School and Research Network LEAD at the University of Tübingen now found out: Short and intensive arithmetic training strengthens the neuronal connections between brain regions in adults. This neuronal plasticity through numerical learning was already detectable after only five training sessions. Results of the study have been published in the renowned journal “Cortex”No matter whether a person learns new knowledge or a new body movement – synapses, nerve cell connections and entire brain areas, i.e. the function and structure of the brain, do always change. The human brain remains “plastic” for a lifetime, i.e. it is able to change. Researchers led by Dr. Dr. Elise Klein at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) have investigated functional and structural changes of the brain as consequence of media-based numerical learning. It seems obvious that arithmetic training has an impact on our ability to calculate. The study demonstrated this on a neuronal level: The calculation training changed the network of brain areas that was activated when solving math calculations. However, the study has now also revealed structural changes in the brain as a result of calculation training – and thus anatomical changes in the neuronal network.The findings indicate how learning processes manifest themselves in the brain and show the potential of neurocognitive plasticity in adulthood.The calculation training not only successfully improved the performance of the participants, the researchers from Tübingen also succeeded in determining how this learning process takes place on a neuronal level. In a previous study, they had already observed that training increases functional activation in brain areas associated with the retrieval of arithmetic facts from long-term memory (e.g. hippocampus). By using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, the researchers have now been able to show that the training also strengthened the structural connection between these areas which led to a successful learning process. “The neuronal plasticity following media-based training was already evident after only five training units,” says Elise Klein from the IWM. “This change at the neuronal level indicates that even short cognitive training sessions can induce plastic processes in the brain. The selectivity of the neurostructural changes, in turn, gives insight into the processing of arithmetical facts in the brain.” The findings not only indicate how learning processes manifest themselves in the brain, but also show the potential of neurocognitive plasticity in adulthood.Korbinian Moeller, head of the Junior Research Group Neuro-cognitive Plasticity, comments on the results of the study: “The study improves our understanding of the neuronal foundations of numerical learning and of the possibilities of neuronal reorganization in the brain. The results can be used to develop interventions for children with learning disabilities and for patients with arithmetic difficulties after brain damage.” Source:https://www.iwm-kmrc.de/www/en/institut/aktuelles/index.html#file26221last_img read more

Probiotic supplementation may reduce use of antibiotics scientific analysis shows

first_img Source:http://isappscience.org/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Sep 17 2018Global demand exists for new ways to reduce antibiotic use, given the urgent public health threat of antibiotic resistance. A scientific paper published [today] in European Journal of Public Health reports that those who take probiotics as a preventative measure are less likely to receive antibiotic prescriptions.The systematic review, which was authored by an international group of ten scientists, reviewed studies that administered Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium to healthy people to determine the impact of probiotics on incidence or duration of common infectious diseases. In all studies that also tracked antibiotic use, the study found that healthy infants and children who consumed probiotics rather than a placebo were at least 29% less likely to receive or consume antibiotics. No studies in adults were included because these studies did not track antibiotic prescriptions.Related StoriesFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDAntibiotic susceptibility pattern of Enterobacteriaceae found in GhanaMultifaceted intervention for acute respiratory infection improves antibiotic-prescribingAuthor Andi Shane MD MPH, Emory University School of Medicine, says, “Taken together, the studies we included in this analysis demonstrated that probiotic supplementation is more effective than placebo for reducing the incidence or duration of certain illnesses: acute respiratory tract infections, acute digestive infections, and acute ear infections. This analysis shows that, in addition to those advantages, probiotic supplementation may reduce the use of antibiotics.”This reduced antibiotic prescribing may occur because probiotics reduce incidence and duration of infections. If people stay healthy or get healthy sooner, antibiotics may not be prescribed. Alternatively, probiotics may serve as a tool physicians use as a replacement for antibiotics for self-limited illnesses that don’t require antibiotics.The authors emphasize that follow-up studies are needed in all age groups, investigating the probiotic formulation and dose that may be the most effective.Previous analyses show a high prevalence of unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions–contributing to the critical public health threat of antimicrobial resistance and inciting hospitals worldwide to implement antibiotic stewardship programs. Furthermore, antibiotics may have implications for children’s long-term health, given the emerging links between increased use of the drugs in childhood and chronic diseases later in life.”This publication is proof-of-concept that taking probiotics on a regular basis deserves consideration as a way to reduce the over-prescription of antibiotics,” says Prof. Daniel Merenstein MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine. “Given the potential public health risks of widespread antibiotic misuse, innovative strategies for addressing this problem are urgently needed.”The analysis was initiated by a working group that met at a 2016 meeting of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP).last_img read more