Amazon Prime Day Sale A New Tata Sky HD Connection Becomes Even

first_imgIf you had been looking to buy a new direct to home (DTH) connection for your home, the Tata Sky HD connection is now available at its lowest ever price once you calculate the discounts available in the Amazon Prime Day Sale. A new Tata Sky HD set top box (STB) is priced at Rs 1,449 on Tata Sky as compared with the actual price of Rs 1,499. If you are paying with an Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card, you will get an instant 5 percent discount. There are multiple options to choose from, including just buying the STB or buying an STB with channel packages bundled. You can choose to buy just the Tata Sky STB for Rs 1,449 without any bundled channel package at the time. You can add the channel package of your choice later, by choosing from the curated channel packages, the broadcaster packs or from the ala-carte channels list. Or, you can choose to pay Rs 1,549 for the one month subscription of the Hindi Lite pack included. For Rs 1,599 you get the Tata Sky HD STB with one month subscription to the Hindi Starter Pack. The official prices of the Tata Sky STB is Rs 1,499. Airtel digital tvamazonAmazon FireTV Stick Tata Sky EditionAmazon Pay First Published: July 15, 2019, 12:54 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Mayawati Attacks PM Modi Over Caste Politics Claims He Converted to OBC

first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his statements in which he claimed to belong to the “most-backward caste” community. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister alleged that Modi had moved his caste to the list of the Other Backward Castes for “political gains”. “Narendra Modi is from the upper caste, but during his time as chief minister of Gujarat, he got his community enlisted under the OBC category for political gains,” she said at a press conference at her Mall Avenue residence in Lucknow.Contrary to Modi’s allegations, Mayawati and her party workers have never called him “neech” (backward), she added. “I would like to say that we never called him ‘neech’, instead we said with full respect that he belongs to an upper caste,” she said. “I did nothing wrong when I said that Narendra Modi was not backward like Mulayam (Singh Yadav) and Akhilesh (Yadav). I hope that after my press conference today, Narendra Modi will stop doing caste politics.”During his rally in UP’s Kannauj earlier in the day, Modi had attacked the opposition alliance in the state for “only speaking about caste and completely ignoring the crucial issue of terrorism”.“I have never spoken about my caste, but ‘mahamilawati’ people are forcing me to speak about it. I am not backward but was born in extreme backwardness. Don’t drag me into this caste politics,” he had said.Modi had also “thanked” Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav and the Congress for having “reminded” him of his caste. “I hail from an extremely backward caste, my caste is so small that there are only two-three houses of my caste in my village,” he had claimed.Modi’s comments came days after Mayawati dismissed his claims of hailing from a backward caste. Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav, who were from the backward classes, have been working towards the development of the backward people, she had said. akhilesh yadavBSPBSP-Sp allianceMayawati First Published: April 27, 2019, 8:55 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Kareena Kapoors Yoga Routine will Inspire You for a Healthy Lifestyle

first_imgIf you’re still trying to find ways to avoid gym then you should take a look at Kareena Kapoor Khan’s gym sessions. Some pictures from her routine exercise session have made their way to Instagram and they’re as inspirational as they could get.Kareena can be seen stretching and performing tough Yoga routine in these photos. It’s posted by an account named ‘therealkareenakapoor.’ On the work front, Kareena was last seen in Veere Di Wedding. She will soon be seen as judge on a dance reality show. Earlier, in an interview with IANS, she was asked if she is feeling any pressure about how the audience will accept her real-life personality on TV? “I think all my fans out there who know me or have seen me in films for years, are very well aware of the fact that I am taking all my decisions of my career from the heart. In fact, I use my heart more than my mind. So, my journey as a dance judge will also be thought out from the heart. I do not think I will be very tough. We have to understand that all the participants who are performing on stage, have reached there after crossing a lot of hurdles. So they need that encouragement and support,” said Kareena.In films, she will next be seen with Akshay Kumar in Good News Irrfan Khan in Angrezi Medium.Follow @News18Movies for more Akshay KumarInstagramirrfan khankareena kapoor khan First Published: June 14, 2019, 2:42 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Interesting Facts About Sam Manekshaw Inspiration Behind Vicky Kaushals Film

first_imgFilmmaker Meghna Gulzar released the first look of Vicky Kaushal as Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw from her upcoming movie Sam. One of the most gallant army officers in India, Manekshaw was born on April 3, 1914 in Amritsar, Punjab. A recipient of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Military Cross, Sam Manekshaw served as the 8th Chief of the Army Staff.Manekshaw joined the first intake of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in 1932. He fought for the British Indian Army in World War II and was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry. Commissioned as the eighth chief of the army staff in 1969, Manekshaw led the Indian forces against Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971, which led to the creation of Bangladesh in December 1971. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan, the second and third highest civilian awards of India for his contribution to the Indian Army. He was conferred with the rank of Field Marshal in January 1973, after retirement, making him the first army officer of independent India to be honored with the rank.Manekshaw fought five wars in his career span including World War II, the India-Pakistan war of partition, the Sino-Indian War (1962), and the 1965 and 1971 India-Pakistan wars, earning him the nickname Sam Bahadur.Before the India-Pakistan war of 1971, when Indira Gandhi asked Manekshaw if the Army was ready for a war against the rivals, he told her about the inevitable defeat if India attacked East Pakistan untimely. On the eve of the war, when Indira Gandhi again asked General Maneksaw if he was ready for the war, he replied, “I’m always ready, Sweetie!”A badass army officer, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw has served India in the best way possible and will always be remembered for his contributions.Follow @News18Movies for more Chief of the Army StaffField Marshal Sam Manekshawindira gandhiMeghna Gulzar First Published: June 27, 2019, 6:27 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Will BJPs High Decibel Poll Campaign Help Retain its Crown in Himachal

first_imgAmid political dynasties pushing their legacy forward and loyalties shifting in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections will come to a close on Sunday. The tourist state of Himachal Pradesh is one among the seven states and a union territory going to polls in the final phase today. The state includes four parliamentary constituencies, namely Mandi, Shimla, Kangra and Hamirpur, out of which Shimla is reserved for the scheduled castes and rest are general seats. After Punjab, the state has the largest share of Dalits, constituting close to 30 per cent of its population. Sirmaur, Kullu, Mandi and Solan are districts with the highest Dalit population. On the subject of women members of parliament in the state, the story is no different from most parts of the country. Since 1951, there have been only three MPs elected—Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur from Mandi-Mahasu seat in 1951, Chandresh Kumari from Kangra in 1984 and Pratibha Singh from Mandi in 2004 and 2013 by-polls. Though women account for 49 per cent of the electorate, this year only one woman, Nisha Kotach, is contesting from Kangra as an independent candidate. Ashok Sharma, advocate general of Himachal Pradesh, admits to this fact and adds, “It’s not the case of gender discrimination in the state but of active participation, which in politics is important for political representation of women.” Being a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bastion for the last two Lok Sabha elections, the state is facing strong competition from opposition parties this time. In 2014 general elections, all four seats were won by the BJP, while in 2009 all but one, Mandi, was saffronised. The two biggest political players in the state remain the Congress and BJP, which have won a majority of elections for decades now. Mandi Mandi, the second largest Lok Sabha constituency in India in terms of area, includes 17 Assembly constituencies. Out of the 15 Lok Sabha elections in the past, 11 of them were won by the Congress. Though in recent history, the BJP has managed to make it a stronghold by winning 14 of the 17 assembly seats that fall under this Lok Sabha constituency in the last Assembly polls. In Mandi, Aashray Sharma, grandson of former Telecom minister Sukhram, is contesting on a Congress ticket. He faces BJP’s Ram Swaroop Sharma and Communist Party of India’s (Marxist) Daleep Singh Kaith, among others. This year the constituency witnessed aggressive campaigning from political parties, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. The current chief minister Jai Ram Thakur is a legislator from Seraj Assembly, a constituency that falls under Mandi. Elected as the first CM from his district in 2017, he’s fighting hard for the party to retain the seat. Part of the political dynasty in the state is Aashray Sharma whose grandfather Sukhram has been titled a defector. 93-year-old Sukh Ram, probably the oldest campaigner in the state, has previously moved from parties starting from Congress to Himachal Vikas Congress to BJP and now back with the Congress party to push for his grandson’s entry into politics. Claiming this to be his last election, he’s giving it his all by even publicly befriending his long-standing arch enemy and former CM of the state, Virbhadhra Singh, during the opening of his grandson’s campaign. He was also seen crying while asking for forgiveness for his past mistakes and seeking blessings for his grandson. In 1996, former telecommunications minister Sukhram hit national headlines after his Delhi and Mandi residences were raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). With Rs. 1.16 crore recovered from his Mandi house and Rs. 2.45 crore from his Delhi house, it became one of the largest raids of currency notes in the country. Consequently, Sukhram was dismissed from the Congress and later attempted to jump back in the political scenario by forming his own political party, Himachal Vikas Congress (HVC). In 2017, he joined the BJP and but left that team as well to only come back to the party he started off with. Aashray’s father Anil Sharma, who until recently served as a cabinet minister in the Jai Ram Thakur government, was under pressure to quit when his father and son left the party to join the Congress. He was elected as a BJP MLA from Mandi Sadar Assembly seat. Seeking re-election from this seat is sitting MP Ram Swarup Sharma. The former BJP state general secretary has his roots in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he was elected by the BJP to contest against two-time MP Pratibha Singh, wife of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh of the Congress party. She was elected in the 2013 by-election in the state. Kangra Contesting on a Congress ticket from Kangra is Pawan Kajal who was earlier part of the BJP but left the party before the 2017 Assembly elections after he was denied a ticket. In the fray from the BJP is Kishan Kapoor, who is the minister of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs in the state. The 2014 polls here were won by Shanta Kumar, a three-time MP from the BJP who had contested for the fourth time and won. He was up against Congress’ Chander Kumar but won with a margin of 1,70,072 votes. Aam Aadmi Party fielded Rajan Sushant who managed to fetch a mere 3.06 per cent votes.HamirpurHamirpur has another dynasty family pushing for legacy with BJP’s Anurag Thakur who is seeking re-election for the fourth time. He is the son of former CM Prem Singh Dhumal, who has represented the constituency multiple times in the past elections. Against him in the fray is Congress candidate Ram Lal Thakur, MLA from Sri Naina Deviji Assembly seat, which comes under the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency.Except for a brief period between 1998 and 99 when the Congress won this seat, the BJP has held the seat since 1989. Shimla In the fray here are former state minister Col Dhani Ram Shandil from the Congress, Suresh Kumar Kashyap from the BJP and Vikram Singh from the Bahujan Samaj Party, among others. Excluding the last two Lok Sabha elections that were won by BJP’s Virender Kashyap, the Congress had consistently won this seat since 1984. In 1999, Dhani Ram Shandil from the Himachal Vikas Congress won with a margin of 46, 930 votes, followed by Congress’s Gangu Ram Musafir. In the general elections held in 2014, Shandil contested from the Congress and won with 58.86 per cent vote share. 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MCC NEET 2019 Medical Counseling Committee to Release Final List for UG

first_img MCC NEET 2019MCC NEET examination 2019MCC NEET provisional list for round First Published: July 18, 2019, 12:00 AM IST Step 3: Log-in using your roll numberStep 4: Enter the password allotted to youStep 5: The tentative seat allotment list for Round 2 of counselling will be displayed on the screen.This year, a total of 1,41,0755 students appeared for the MCC NEET examination, out of which 79,7042 cleared the examination. Nalin Khandelwal from Rajasthan topped the NEET 2019 examination and Madhuri Reddy G from Telangana came out as the topper among female candidates. MCC NEET 2019 | The Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) has released the provisional list for round 2 of undergraduate admissions through National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The MCC NEET provisional list for round 2 for MBBS and BDS programmes has been released on the official website of MCC at today (Wednesday), July 17. However, the Medical Counseling Committee has clarified that it is only a provisional list for the round 2, while the final list will be out today (July 18) at 10:30 am. In an official notification, MCC has clarified that the Result published on MCC website is provisional in nature and may get changed in case of any discrepancy. All the candidates who have been selected for round 2 have been requested to report to allotted colleges along with allotment Letter and original certificates. The reporting time will begin at 11 am on July 18. The process will continue till July 25. Steps to check second round seat allotment list for NEET UG 2019:Step 1: Log on to the official website of MCC at 2: Go to the UG Admission tab and check for the link, ‘2nd round provisional counselling seat allotment result’last_img read more

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This glitch couldve destroyed Bitcoin but it didnt

first_imgOsaka Japan-based company Tech Bureau Corp. reported the glitch in their cryptocurrency exchange Zaif on Tuesday, the 20th of February. That’s several full days after the glitch was allowed to roll for what could’ve been a devastating 20 minutes. In the report, Tech Bureau Corp. suggested they’d invalidated the transactions that occurred during the glitch, and “corrected the user balances” therein. The exchange hasn’t been especially straightforward about the glitch on their own website, despite having informed the press. Instead, they’ve got one video up in a new news release – dated the same day the glitch was supposed to have happened. The video is very magical, and all should experience it as such. Zaif exchange had cryptocurrencies – including Bitcoin – available for free for approximately 18 minutes on February 16th. Fortunately, the mistake was mitigated. Fortunately, none of that “free” cryptocurrency was allowed to leave the exchange. One user essentially got as far as the front door with 2,200-trilion-Yen (approximately $20-trillion USD) worth of coins – but was stopped in the nick of time. One of several users who’d attained “free” Bitcoin attempted to resell the same day before the correction. Users reportedly found the sale on the market to be a bit odd, as it included over 2,000-trillion-Yen worth of coins. This sale did not go down, thank goodness – though it, too, would likely have been corrected after the glitch was found. Strange Days in Crypto: Seagal, PayPal, and PetroThe glitch took place from 5:40 PM to 5:58 PM (Japan time, GMT+9). The problem was reportedly fixed by 7:34 PM the same day. According to Asahi, a total of 7 users were able to obtain cryptocurrency on the exchange for “free.” All seven user accounts were fixed the same day – or so says Zaif. If Zaif hadn’t caught the glitch when it went down, and even a single user got away with a portion of the “free” coins, the entire market could well have taken a hit – a legendary hit. If Zaif allowed even a small percentage of its full capacity for Bitcoin to be transferred out of their exchange without trade, there’s no telling what the consequences on the entire industry might be. If not on the price of cryptocurrencies of all sorts, then on public perception of blockchain – whether or not it was well deserved.center_img Story TimelineThis bitcoin miner could end the GPU shortageBitcoin price up on White House rep commentsBitcoin Price volatility: Paypal, Petro, and Steven Seagallast_img read more

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Bloodhound SSC successfully completes its first public speed runs

first_imgYesterday the speed demons behind the Bloodhound SSC jet car completed their first public runs in the vehicle on their quest to beat the world land speed record. The first public runs of the vehicle were completed at Cornwall Airport Newquay where it reached a top speed of 210 mph. The vehicle streaked down the 9,000-foot runway with acceleration at 1.5G. The top speed for the runs of 210 mph was reached in only 8 seconds. Bloodhound SSC is powered by a Rolls-Royce EV200 jet engine that is normally found inside a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet. That jet engine develops 20,000 pounds of thrust.That number converts to an astonishing 54,000 thrust horsepower. It would take about 360 typical family cars to match that horsepower number. The Bloodhound and its crew have a long way to go before it can attack its goal of 1,000 mph.During the public runs, Bloodhound SSC used runway wheels that were originally from an English Electric Lightning fighter jet. Those tires are very low friction and were specifically reconditioned by Dunlop for the event.AdChoices广告During the actual top speed run, to be held at a dry lake bed in Hakskeen Pan, South Africa, the supersonic car will be rolling on solid aluminum wheels with even less grip than the runway tires. That makes the car very hard to slow down and slowing down from 1,000 mph is critical. The car also has a bulletproof exterior to protect the driver from debris SOURCE: Bloodhound SSClast_img read more

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Tesla Model S owner builds Bitcoin mining rig in trunk of car

first_imgBitcoin is a big deal right now as the value of the cryptocurrency has reached about $10,000. The rub for miners is that the process of mining the Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies consumes lots of electricity. One miner has found an odd way to get free power for his mining rig. He built it in the trunk of his Tesla Model S EV. Some have suggested that the Autopilot computer inside the Model S could be used to mine Bitcoin when not minding the commute. While access to that Autopilot computer might never happen, one owner found a way to get free power for his mining operations from Tesla.The mining rig in the image here lacks GPUs and is probably not being used to mine Bitcoin, but it could be mining other cryptocurrencies. While there are no real benefits to processing speed or performance to having the mining rig in the back of the Tesla, free power is a big deal for some miners.The owner of the car claims that he is using power from his Tesla to power the mining rig. Exactly how he is doing that isn’t spelled out. It’s possible the entire thing is bogus. The power would be free if the owner has a vehicle covered under the free Supercharging feature.AdChoices广告As his mining rig slurps the power from the battery, he could just hit the Supercharger for a free re-up. All that computer hardware is likely putting lots of heat inside the car. This seems like a lot of effort to save a few bucks on electricity. It’s not clear how much power the mining rig might be consuming and how long the Tesla battery is able to run that mining rig per charge.SOURCE: ELECTREKlast_img read more

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Fords Transit Connect is much more than just a van

first_imgStory TimelineFord unveils Edge ST Performance SUVFord Mach 1 performance battery-electric car teased for 20202019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon aims at active Baby Boomers Indeed, unlike the industry’s usual obsession with Millennial drivers, this one is for the 50+ bracket. Nonetheless, even with that targeting in Ford’s message, the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon could well find favor among younger families too. Based, as the name suggests, on the Ford Transit van, there’ll be not only space for hobbies, kids, or grandkids inside, but a range of new engines at the front. That includes a brand new 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel, which Ford says should be good for 30 mpg on the EPA’s highway run. Alternatively, there’s a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine with direct injection. That has Auto Start-Stop as standard, and like the diesel will be paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Ford isn’t saying quite how much either variant will cost at this point, but it is talking up the affordability in general. According to the automaker, it expects the 2019 Transit Connect to be one of the most affordable seven-passenger vehicles on the market in the US when it arrives at dealerships. That offers up an unusual challenge to what has been one of the most enduring segments of the past few years. AdChoices广告While sales of sedans and other body types have stumbled, SUVs and crossovers have proved more than popular among new car buyers. Typically, owners praise the flexibility of their design and cargo capacity, along with the higher-than-average seating. It’s a skew that automakers have been happy to accommodate, too, with the mass-market names rolling out numerous sizes of model from tiny crossovers through to vast seven or eight seaters. Meanwhile, companies more commonly associated with luxury and sports cars have added SUVs to their ranges too, often finding the new, larger models quickly come to eclipse sales of their traditional cars. Jaguar, for example, bucked its historic trend with the F-PACE SUV in 2016, only to see the luxury crossover become the best-seller in its line-up. The new 2019 Jaguar E-PACE we drove recently is expected to quickly enter the top three of the automaker’s best-sellers, though some industry experts predict it could well overtake the F-PACE entirely and become the most popular of Jaguar’s cars. Nonetheless while crossovers and SUVs have found popularity, they’ve also generally settled on premium pricing. That’s both the case in the dealership, where the bigger cars tend to be more expensive than sedans and hatchbacks, and at the pump. The larger, heavier vehicles typically prove more thirsty, even if they’re not carrying the full complement of which they’re capable. Ford’s strategy with the 2019 Transit Connect, therefore, is a cunning one. Finding a seven-seater that isn’t a huge minivan or an SUV in the US is tough, given the country’s ongoing antipathy toward wagons in general. Similarly, finding an affordable way to transport that many people is also tough. While SUV and crossover sales are unlikely to go anywhere, at least not any time soon, there’s almost certain to be a market out there among drivers needing seats but not wanting to cough up the levels of cash a sizable truck would demand. If the Transit Connect has ambitions in redirecting SUV sales, it also bucks the trend in terms of audience. Ford is explicitly targeting a demographic that, for the most part, automakers have been happy to let simmer unchallenged for some time now. The market-wide fear that younger drivers will give up on car ownership altogether has arguably led car-makers to neglect their more willing customers. While coaxing Millennials out of ride-sharing and off public transit might be a perennial focus for the auto industry right now, in reality there’s still plenty of hay to be made from Baby Boomers. The 50+ demographic is – at 111 million people in the US – still bigger than both the Millennial and Gen X categories, at least when compared individually. Meanwhile, research by AARP suggests that, far from the lease reluctance of their younger counterparts, one in three Boomers is planning to pick up a new car within the next three years. Many of the messages that would once have been attached to crossovers and SUVs, about flexibility, cargo capacity, and practicality, are now being attached to the new Transit Connect. And, while Ford may not come out and say it explicitly, downsizing from larger, gas-guzzling vehicles to something more frugal and easy to park is a known priority among older demographics. What seems on the face of it to be a simple van conversion, therefore, arguably has far more importance for the state of the industry today. SUV and crossover sales continue to flourish, but the margins they command mean automakers like Ford are arguably bypassing buyers on a tighter budget. Those customers are instead likely to head into the used marketplace, something all of the car companies are keen to curtail as investors watch closely at new car sales. The 2019 Ford Transit Connect may look like a compact van, but it’s carrying a whole lot more weight than you might first expect. When is a van not a van? When it’s an affordable Ford family-carrier targeting Baby Boomers with misty-eyed memories of old nameplates. The American automaker has resurrected the Ford Transit Connect Wagon brand for a whole new seven-seater, and it looks set to challenge two of the industry’s current obsessions: Millennials and SUVs. last_img read more

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Reasons against regulating the internet – The Flip Side

first_imgA couple of years ago, the cyber-sphere seemed to be split into two sides: one for internet regulation, and one for absolute freedom of its users. But in recent times, the threat of terrorism, abuse, exploitation and treason have made internet regulation a lot more appealing for nations that once stood by the values of freedom of expression. The United Kingdom for one are gearing up to launch their “explicit content ban” laws, requiring adult websites to verify the age of a user with ID. China are capitalizing on their mass surveillance infrastructure and tools and have found customers in powerful nations like the United Arab Emirates and Germany. They also offer “public opinion guidance,” which others would consider propaganda and censorship.Even in the U.S., public opinion has fluctuated more than you might think. Polls have indicated a majority in favor of tighter government control especially during the threat of terror. A Pew Research Centre survey in December 2015 showed 56 percent of Americans were more concerned that the government’s anti-terror policies have not gone far enough to protect citizens. It proves one thing: The debate is more contested than you might think. While we may value the possible security that regulation could provide, it’s also crucial to know what we could potentially give up. This is a glance at the reasons against the regulation of the internet. What does a world of internet regulation look likeA look at the east might give us a clearer picture at what internet regulation looks like. For one, the internet becomes more of an intranet – a privatised and restricted network that is often designed for a company, or your school. In this case, it is a country. Many internet services we take for granted today would be government-controlled. The government would keep talks on our activities on Facebook and Instagram, flagging suspicious activities or analyzing trends that could upset political agendas. Unsurprisingly, our private conversations on services like Messenger and Whatsapp would be monitored too, using word detection technology today. This technology has been controversially employed in some companies like the government-sponsored mortgage corporation Freddie Mac, and in authoritarian systems like China, where citizens have been detained for using blacklisted words. Having said that, one reason against the regulation in the west is the sheer difficulty of bringing internet users on to the authoritarian intranet. China’s advantage is that their platforms like WeChat – China’s all-in-one rendition of Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram – was already government-controlled to begin with. With its restrictive internet policies, there wasn’t much choice for users to choose other platforms (legally, that is). But for the rest of the world, it’s hard to imagine Facebook or Google ever giving up full control to the government. And even in that scenario, we would still have the freedom to leaving and switching on to other platforms and means of connecting with others. A worrying culture from the top-downThe government stalking its netizens on a macro-level is one thing, but corporations doing the same may just make it way too close for comfort. Often, practices of the authorities are spilled over to corporations as well, who may see it as a stamp of approval to conduct their own surveillance. And this could be deeply intrusive. Products like Microsoft’s Workplace Analytics let employers check how long their workers spend on e-mail, meeting time and time spent workings after hours. This is just the tip of the iceberg; ideas that companies have patented present a 1984-like future of corporations. Amazon patented a bracelet that detects a worker’s location and interaction with their products. While they said they had no plans to implement this technology, it could one day become a reality should such intrusive surveillance become a norm. For many, this would seem like a gross violation of personal space. Sometimes, we just need that therapeutic scroll through Instagram to give us a productivity boost. The barriers are hard to defineIn a culture that values the freedom of expression, it would be difficult to set a standard. If A.I. is an authority’s tool of choice for governing the internet, giving it a set of activities to track would be massive hurdle for programmers to wrap their brains around. The line between art and exploitation is often blurred. We humans are struggling to discern between the two – we couldn’t possibly ask for more from a machine. We could err on the side of caution, but on a practical level, it would represent a bigger dilemma for individuals using the internet for research. Researchers looking up topics on terrorism, or controversial topics and its associated “flagged” terms could be flagged and restricted by A.I. – or a stalking government official. These are all hypothetical narratives, but it presents the tricky terrain. When it comes to rules, laws can only be set in place when justified punishments are determined. It’s going to be a can of worms debating how to punish internet crimes, not to mention highly controversial and problematic. On another extreme, it could harm convicts with one-size-fits-all punishments that are only re-evaluated after years of debate. PropagandaFinally, and most unsurprisingly, a regulated internet follows the agenda of its authority – it promotes its ideas. Control over the internet gives those in power control over the kinds of messages that spread, meaning ideas against authorities could easily be diverted. While arguable not without its merits, it’s a form of control that much of the world has broken away from. 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Early Signs That ACOs Are Boosting Care Saving Money

first_imgEarly Signs That ACOs Are Boosting Care, Saving Money This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Bloomberg reports that hospitals across the U.S. are improving care and saving millions by creating accountable care organizations, one of the least-touted provisions of the health care law. In other news, Politico reports on a town hall meeting on the health law in Baltimore. Also, the Wall Street Journal details the steps one company is taking in anticipation of the 2014 coverage mandate.Bloomberg: Obamacare Shows Hospital Savings As Patients Make GainsLess than five months before the Affordable Care Act fully kicks in, hospitals are improving care and saving millions of dollars with one of the least touted but potentially most effective provisions of the law. While much of the focus on Obamacare has been on the government rush to open insurance exchanges by Oct. 1, 252 hospitals and physician groups across the U.S. have signed up to join the administration’s accountable care program, in which they share the financial risk of keeping patients healthy (Wayne, 6/12).Politico: Baltimore Holds Town Meeting On ACAAll those polls on just how little Americans understand about the health law sprung to life an hour north of Washington one evening this week, as Baltimore County held one of the first public forums to try to explain the new health care options and how to sign up for them. About 100 people, most middle-age adults to seniors, attended the session at a temple here Monday. Their questions provided a glimpse of the public’s perceptions of Obamacare enrollment and underscored the challenge facing the law’s backers: Before people can sign up, they have to understand it (Haberkorn, 6/12).The Wall Street Journal: At Work: What Makes Employees Stick Around? One Company Has an AnswerNow that the Jan. 1, 2014 deadline is getting closer, firms with many part-time or hourly workers are beginning to finalize their decisions on eligibility and workforce scheduling, with a number of employers choosing to cut employees’ hours and skirt coverage requirements. But not every company is choosing that route. The Cumberland Gulf Group is expected to announce Tuesday that it is maintaining or expanding some workers’ schedules to make them eligible for company-sponsored care. Its reasoning: The increased costs for care will pay off in the long run, with better employee retention and customer service (Weber, 6/10).last_img read more

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CMS To Settle Payment Fight Over Gamma Knife

first_imgCMS To Settle Payment Fight Over Gamma Knife The Wall Street Journal: CMS Steps In To Settle Gamma Knife-Varian Fight The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a new rule that would effectively put to rest a provision inserted into last year’s fiscal cliff bill by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) to help a U.S. company. The original provision threatened to slash payments to the Swedish maker of a radiosurgical device called the Gamma Knife, thereby helping its competitor, a U.S. company that makes Linac — short for linear accelerator — machines. … Under the rule proposed Monday, CMS would reimburse any facility performing the delicate brain tumor radiosurgery in a single treatment the same amount (Mundy, 7/10). 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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Telemedicine Boosts ER Care For Kids In Rural Areas

first_imgNew research shows that rural emergency room physicians are increasingly using videoconferences to gain access to specialty care. Reuters: Telemedicine Improves Care For Kids Seen In Rural ERsTelemedicine consults can help rural emergency room doctors provide better care to seriously ill or injured young patients, new research confirms. Rural hospitals and doctors’ offices are increasingly using telemedicine — essentially, videoconferencing with another doctor from a remote location — to gain access to specialty care, Dr. James Marcin of the University of California Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, the senior author of the new study, told Reuters Health (Harding, 8/19).Also, the Food and Drug Administration published a guide for wireless health care devices -Modern Healthcare: FDA Offers Guide On Wireless Healthcare DevicesThe Food and Drug Administration has published a guide to the use of wireless healthcare devices in healthcare settings. For providers, one key issue covered is data security, including a recommendation that encryption technologies on the devices, if available, should be activated and used (Conn, 8/19). Telemedicine Boosts ER Care For Kids In Rural Areas 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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Tech Surge Mounted To Fix Healthcaregov

first_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. ‘Tech Surge’ Mounted To Fix The Obama administration promised Sunday to enlist experts both inside and outside the government to solve the problems that have crippled and caused consumers frustration as they attempt to shop for coverage. But some federal contractors worry the system may be weeks away from operating smoothly.The New York Times: Contractors See Weeks Of Work On Health SiteFederal contractors have identified most of the main problems crippling President Obama’s online health insurance marketplace, but the administration has been slow to issue orders for fixing those flaws, and some contractors worry that the system may be weeks away from operating smoothly, people close to the project say (LaFraniere, Austen and Pear, 10/20).The Washington Post:’s Glitches Prompt Obama To Call In More Computer ExpertsThe Obama administration said Sunday that it has enlisted additional computer experts from across the government and from private companies to help rewrite computer code and make other improvements to the online health insurance marketplace, which has been plagued by technical defects that have stymied many consumers since it opened nearly three weeks ago. This expanded team has come up with new ways of monitoring which parts of the federal Web site,, are having problems and has been taking the site offline for rigorous overnight tests, according to a Department of Health and Human Services spokesman (Goldstein, 10/20).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: ‘Tech Surge’ Planned To Fix Obamacare ExchangesThe Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday it was bringing in outside help to resolve some of the technical woes that have beset the federally run insurance exchanges, which the agency acknowledged “has not lived up to the expectations of the American people” (Radnofsky, 10/20).Politico: Tech ‘Surge’ To Tackle Obamacare WebsitesThe Health and Human Services statement didn’t explain everything that’s wrong, or give technical details about the repairs underway. It outlined some steps being taken to fix the site, including updates with “new code that includes bug fixes.” The department also says it’s installing monitors to catch parts of the website that are proving the most troublesome for consumers. And it also said it had seen some improvements in wait times and consumer access to the website, the online portal to health insurance exchanges or marketplaces the federal government is running in 36 states (Millman, 10/20).Politico: HHS Makes Changes To Obamacare Home PageHealth and Human Services officials announced Sunday that consumer-friendly changes have been made to the homepage of the troubled Obamacare enrollment website. The changes to the homepage aim to relieve some user frustration — but it isn’t a wider fix to the buggy and crash-plagued signup system (Kenen, 10/20).USA Today: HHS ‘Committed To Doing Better’ On Insurance ExchangesSignaling a shift in tone in acknowledging problems with the launch of the Affordable Care Act website, the government posted a blog Sunday taking responsibility for issues millions of Americans have had trying to sign up for health insurance (Kennedy, 10/20).NBC News: Damage Control: Administration Pledges Obamacare Enrollment FixesAs the Obama administration scrambles to rectify the rocky rollout of the online health care marketplace, the Health Department said Sunday that it has enlisted the “best and brightest” to help fix the website’s torrent of technical glitches and bugs as the president prepares to address the problems at the White House on Monday. “Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a blog post published Sunday. The blog post also says technology officials have been working “around the clock” to ensure that individuals can create accounts and apply for health care coverage without any digital roadblocks (Welker and Arkin, 10/20). CBS News: Outside Help Called In To Fix Obamacare WebsiteThe Obama administration has called in additional help from inside and outside the government to fix glitches that have plagued the Obamacare website. Critics say the issues reveal that Obamacare is a bad idea, while the White House says half a million people have successfully enrolled (Pegues, 10/20). Bloomberg: Obamacare Hustles To End Delays As Deadline Talk GrowsThe Obama administration said it has reached out to the “best and brightest” from inside and outside of government to get its health-insurance exchange up to speed, even as it faces another missed deadline for the rollout. The promised debut this week of a Spanish-language version of its website is uncertain after an administration spokeswoman said no date had yet been set for it (Wayne, Armstrong and Nussbaum, 10/21).The Fiscal Times: Can An Army Of Private Programmers Fix Obamacare?The Congressional Budget Office established two simple benchmarks for Obamacare to meet in its projections last February: 1) 7 million Americans would receive private insurance through the exchanges; and 2) 8 million more Americans would enroll in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. That means 15 million Americans total would have health insurance coverage. The administration is currently on pace to get a fraction of those projections. Millward Brown estimates that just 36,000 Americans bought insurance through Obamacare during the first five days of the online exchanges. Just 2 percent of the 9.47 million unique visitors to the federal exchange during that period even began the application process. (Boak and Ehley, 10/21). Fox News: ObamaCare Site Glitches Run Risk Of Turning Off MillenialsThe prolonged glitches with the ObamaCare website are frustrating many of the president’s most high-valued customers — the young, tech-savvy generation that helped him win two terms and whose participation is critical to the success of the health care exchanges (10/19). The Kansas City Star: Glitches Persist In Health Insurance Marketplace Mandated By ObamacareWould-be health insurance buyers and the merely curious continue to be frustrated by the rocky rollout of the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Nearly three weeks into the planned launch of this centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, Kansas City area residents, as well as millions nationally, are unable to get enough policy details to make purchase decisions (Stafford, 10/21).The Fiscal Times: Obamacare Tech Fail May Do What The GOP Couldn’tThe myriad of obstacles raise questions as to whether the White House will be forced to push back deadlines and even postpone the tax penalty for Americans who forgo health coverage. “There are so many key technical problems you can’t sum them up,” said Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a policy and marketplace consulting firm. “I mean, it’s [Internet] architectural problems at the front end, it’s coding problems in terms of the inefficiency in the way the system works and wastes people’s time, and it’s screens that freeze. And then connections between insurance companies simply aren’t working” (Pianin, 10/21). last_img read more

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Implementation Issues Optimism Winners Losers And What About Those Paper Applications

first_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. Implementation Issues: Optimism, Winners, Losers And What About Those Paper Applications? A range of health law issues are examined, including a look at some of the consumers who approach the overhaul with a sense of relief and optimism. Meanwhile, while insurance agents are feeling left out, public relations firms see the law as a boon.    The New York Times: Amid The Uproar Over The Health Law, Voices Of Quiet Optimism And ReliefThe rollout of the health care law has been plagued with problems so deep that even some of its strongest supporters have soured on its potential. The bottlenecks in the federal online insurance exchange, which serves 36 states; the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of policies that did not comply with the minimum requirements of the new law; and the high price of some plans sold through both federal and state-run exchanges have all cast a pall over President Obama’s efforts to win support for the law (Goodnough, Thomas and Abelson, 12/8).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Insurance Agents Feeling Left Out Of ‘Obamacare’When insurance agent Kelly Fristoe recently spent 30 minutes helping a client pick a mid-level health plan and the federal marketplace website froze, he called the government’s hotline and tried to finish the application. But the operator refused to credit Fristoe as an agent on the application, meaning he wouldn’t get the commission or be listed as the follow-up contact if his client needed help again later (12/8).The Associated Press: Feds Curtail Paper Applications For Health Care LawFederal health officials, who encouraged alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time (12/7).Politico: Website Woes, PR Firms Boon It may be have been a debacle, but there is one upside to the glitch-plagued rollout of the health care website: It’s become a powerful case study for crisis management consultants and their clients of what not to do. … Far from the world of government and politics, the botched launch of has become an instant classic. It has replaced such notorious bungles as New Coke and the BP oil spill as a real time example in the crisis management world of how not to respond when everything goes wrong. Experts are eagerly cashing in on the administration’s missteps, offering critiques in private interactions with clients, as well as publishing blog posts and op-eds on the basic rules of crisis management that were not followed (Gold, 12/8).Fox News: Just A PR Problem? Obamacare Architect Claims ‘Big PR Campaign’ NeededThe federal health care overhaul was central to President Obama’s two campaigns for the White House, and has been the defining achievement — for better or worse — of his presidency.  But one of the architects of Obamacare, in a heated interview on “Fox News Sunday,” argued that the reason young people are not signing up in droves for coverage under the law is the administration hasn’t promoted it.  Ezekiel Emanuel, a former health adviser to the president (and the brother of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel), argued the administration has been too caught up with fixing to give the law the proper promotional push (12/8). last_img read more

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Parsing Obamacares Impact On Business Insurers And Parolees

first_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. Media outlets explore how the law might affect those buying less expensive policies, businesses anxious about new investments and those recently released from prison.Kaiser Health News: Consumers Beware: Not All Health Plans Cover A Doctor’s Visit Before The Deductible Is MetIf you buy one of the less expensive insurance plans sold through the health law’s marketplaces, you may be in for a surprise. Some plans will not pay for a doctor visit before you meet your annual deductible, which could be thousands of dollars (Appleby, 12/23). Appleton (Wis.) Post Crescent/Gannett Wisconsin Media: Health Care Changes Worry Some Employers The Affordable Care Act is having a chilling effect on some Wisconsin employers, as soaring health care costs and uncertainty over new fees and requirements have caused some businesses to put a hold on hiring and expansion, business leaders say. Reed Hall, CEO and secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., said profit margins remain small as the nation recovers from the Great Recession, and many Wisconsin businesses view President Obama’s trademark legislation as yet another reason to avoid adding expenses (Litke, 12/22). Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Alabama Blue Cross Shares Obamacare Tax Woes With CustomersInsurance companies aren’t crazy about their share of the health law’s taxes, but mostly they’ve complained to politicians and regulators. At least one health plan wants to bring consumers into the loop. “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes” is a separate line item on bills Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is sending to individual customers (Hancock, 12/23). The California Health Report: Parolees, Corrections To Benefit From ACARecent parolees, a population in dire in need of improved medical care, could be among those poised to benefit most from the Affordable Care Act come Jan. 1. The full implications of how the law will affect this population are still hazy, as officials across all fields of corrections prepare for the changes. It is clear, however, that parolees are among those with a high rate of health concerns and are likely to fall into the categories qualifying for assistance under the new law (Wyman, 12/24). Meanwhile, security concerns persist -Roll Call: Issa’s Quest Continues To Expose Security GapsOversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa is on a quest to prove there are vast security gaps on, and he and his staff think they may have just hit a gold mine. On Dec. 20, the California Republican’s office released selected portions of a Dec. 17 interview between the committee and Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (Dumain, 12/23). Parsing Obamacare’s Impact On Business, Insurers And Paroleeslast_img read more

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FDAs Routine Food Safety Inspections Disrupted By Shutdown Following A Year Marked

first_img The Associated Press: Routine Food Inspections Halted By US Government Shutdown Stat: Shutdown Has Aimmune Waiting On FDA On Multiple Fronts The two-week-old shutdown has halted one of the federal government’s most important public health activities, the inspections of chemical factories, power plants, oil refineries, water treatment plants, and thousands of other industrial sites for pollution violations. The Environmental Protection Agency has furloughed most of its roughly 600 pollution inspectors and other workers who monitor compliance with environmental laws. (Davenport, 1/9) The New York Times: Government Shutdown Curtails F.D.A. Food Inspections The Washington Post: FDA Food Inspections, Reduced By Shutdown Furloughs, Put ‘Food Supply At Risk’ Gottlieb said the agency is working to continue high-risk food inspections. “There’s discussion today that we’ve ‘stopped’ high risk food surveillance inspections,” he tweeted. “Fact: We’re working to continue those inspections.” He also said in an earlier tweet Wednesday the agency’s limited food safety inspections would be focused on products like seafood, soft cheeses and unpasteurized juice that are more susceptible to food safety risks, compared to more routine inspections. (Shanker, 1/9) FDA’s Routine Food Safety Inspections Disrupted By Shutdown Following A Year Marked By High-Profile Outbreaks FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, however, said that high-risk food surveillance inspections will resume soon. The shutdown’s impact is being felt across many sectors, including drug approvals, pollution inspections, and approval of mergers such as the CVS-Aetna deal. Reuters: Trump Storms Out Of Talks On Shutdown, Bemoans ‘Total Waste Of Time’ He said the high-risk products include seafood, custard-filled bakery products, soft cheeses and unpasteurized juices, but that the risk determination depended on a variety of factors. “We assess risk based on an overall, cross-cutting risk profile. The primary factors contributing to a facility’s risk profile include: the type of food, the manufacturing process, and the compliance history of the facility,” he said. (Siddons, 1/9) The waterlogged ceiling of Betty Gay’s rural Kentucky home sags so low that she hits her head on the light fixture. She’s only 5-foot-1. When it rains, the retired nurse’s aide covers her bathroom floor with buckets and towels. Mold festers on the damp walls. Gay, 70, was counting on a $20,000 loan from the Agriculture Department this winter to patch the hole in the roof of the ranch-style Mount Sterling home she’s lived in for 30 years. But the money is on hold. (Jan and Wan, 1/9) Reuters: U.S. Government Says Shutdown May Slow Resolution Of CVS/Aetna Court Process Food inspections are just one of the public health and safety efforts that have been cut or curtailed during the shutdown, now deep into its third week. The federal government also keeps airplanes from colliding, inspects pharmaceutical drugs, pursues criminals and defends against possible terrorist and cyberattacks. It is a 24-7-365 effort to make Americans safer.But a shutdown upends the calculus of risk management as agencies including the FBI, Coast Guard, Secret Service, FDA, Federal Aviation Administration and Agriculture Department face drastically reduced resources. (McGinley and Achenbach, 1/9) center_img Routine food inspections aren’t getting done because of the partial government shutdown, but checks of the riskiest foods are expected to resume next week, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The agency said it’s working to bring back about 150 employees to inspect riskier foods such as cheese, infant formula and produce. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency can’t make the case that “a routine inspection of a Nabisco cracker facility” is necessary during the shutdown, however. (Choi, 1/9) Bloomberg: 2019 Government Shutdown Puts FDA Food Inspections At Risk  The Justice Department has said in a court filing that a partial government shutdown could delay its response to comments on pharmacy chain CVS Health Corp’s purchase of health insurer Aetna, a necessary step in a court giving final approval to the deal. Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has been reviewing a consent decree reached by the government and the companies in October to allow their $69 billion merger. The deal has closed, although Judge Leon has required that some aspects of integration be halted during the review process. (1/9) The Washington Post: How Food Stamps, Housing Subsidies And Other Programs For Americans In Need Will Be Hit By Shutdown The New York Times: Shutdown Means E.P.A. Pollution Inspectors Aren’t On The Job CQ: FDA Says ‘High-Risk’ Food Inspections Will Continue F.D.A. inspectors normally examine operations at about 160 domestic manufacturing and food processing plants each week. Nearly one-third of them are considered to be at high risk of causing food-borne illnesses. Food-borne diseases in the United States send about 128,000 people to the hospital each year, and kill 3,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Domestic meat and poultry are still being inspected by staff at the Agriculture Department, but they are going without pay. The F.D.A. oversees about 80 percent of the nation’s food supply, as well as most overseas imports. (Kaplan, 1/9) U.S. President Donald Trump stormed out of talks with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday over funding for a border wall with Mexico and reopening the government, complaining the meeting at the White House was “a total waste of time.” On the 19th day of a partial government shutdown caused by the dispute over the wall, a short meeting that included Trump, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ended in acrimony with no sign of a resolution. (Zengerle, 1/10) Aimmune Therapeutics CEO Jayson Dallas would be enjoying his time at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference a lot more this week if the U.S. government were open for business. Instead, in between meetings with investors and other health care folks, Dallas is being forced to monitor D.C. gridlock because his company’s experimental treatment to protect people against peanut allergy is in FDA limbo. Aimmune purposefully submitted its marketing application and transferred the user fee money needed to pay for the review to the FDA on Dec. 21, Dallas said. (Feuerstein, 1/9) 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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Google has created a game that lets you build games – no

first_imgGames allow their players to live different lives, experience new adventures and to develop skills they might not have in their daily lives – but what if your dream is to make your own game? Google Game Builder allows you to bring your weirdest and wildest game ideas to life, no coding experience required.The idea behind Game Builder is to teach players how to create their own virtual words with no programming experience and no knowledge of 3D art creation. Google announced the game on the company’s blog yesterday and it is available to download now on Steam.Related: Google StadiaGame Builder is designed to make programming a game feel like a full interactive game in its own right. Gamers should find that the process feels surprisingly intuitive to them as they follow typical game actions only to watch their ideas come together in real time.The best part is that players won’t have to hole themselves up in their room and work for days to see results. With Game Builder’s multiplayer modes, you can work together with friends and family and even let them have a go at the game as you work on it. Building games becomes a collaborative and social activity for friends and these features allow you to receive feedback on your creation as you go.Related: Best Gaming LaptopCreating characters in Google Game Builder is easy. Just head over to Google Poly to choose from thousands of 3D models and drop them directly into your own game.Rather than leaving you to struggle through the coding stage on your own, Game Builder presents players with a card-based visual programming system. The system displays prompts such as ‘how do I move?’ for players to answer and actions follow after if statements in a simplified version of popular programming languages. There are cards to make platforms move, display scoreboards, use healing potions and zoom around the map in a car.Related: Best PC GamesThere is even an option to build your own cards, More advanced users can use the Game Builder’s real-time JavaScript API to run almost everything in the game. The code is all live too so there’s no need to compile it before you go.Google Game Builder is available now free via Early Access on Steam. 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 Editor 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. 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. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

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Lawsuit dismissed after Canadian bridgemaker accused of plotting to steal US competitors

first_img Sponsored By: ← Previous Next → More But in a cringe-worthy twist, a string of emails discussing the plans — some allegedly written by Big R chief executive Cameron C. Klein — appear to have been unintentionally forwarded to the galvanizing plant by a Big R employee.The fumble occurred on April 25, when an employee of Big R sent an email request for a tour of the galvanizing plant, Acrow’s court filings state. Australia dodges Trump tariffs on metals, thanks to U.S. politicians What Canada gave up to get the U.S. steel and aluminium tariffs lifted Trump drops steel and aluminum tariffs, clearing path for USMCA Attached to that email was a series of messages in which Klein allegedly stated that he had been working with the two Canadian firms to develop a panel bridge system that could be manufactured in the U.S.The firms had attempted to “reverse engineer” Acrow’s bridge components, Klein wrote, according to the filing, but the project ran into a snag when they were unable to determine the closely guarded identity of the company’s steel supplier.“I was wondering if you could swing by and do a plant tour under the cover that we would like to see their operation for future work,” one email states. “On your tour, you should be able to walk the entire site and innocently ask ‘what are these panels’ and walk over and see the marking (or even get a photo).”By examining the components for “mill markings” prior to galvanizing — a process that conceals them — the defendants had hoped to obtain the steelmaker’s identity, Acrow alleged. Upon receiving the emails — which include Google aerial maps marked with red arrows indicating possible locations of the components — the galvanizing plant alerted Acrow, prompting the lawsuit.“Defendants intend to use this unlawfully obtained information to gain a competitive advantage in the steel bridge building industry,” the Acrow filings stated.Neither Klein, nor a lawyer for the defendants responded to requests for comment. The allegations have not been proven in court.Peter Mesheau, vice president of marketing for Atlantic Industries Limited, declined to comment on the details of the complaint but said his company was determined to continue to seek business in the U.S. market.Acrow is “a good sized company and they do good stuff and they are protecting their turf,” he said in a phone interview. “We’ll continue to compete in the U.S. or wherever.”Acrow, which agreed to the stipulation, said it was happy to go back to business. “AIL Group and Big R agreed they weren’t in possession of the identity of our steel supplier and wouldn’t make attempts to obtain that information, so we’re satisfied,” said Michael Nicodema, a lawyer for Acrow.Acrow’s bridges are produced entirely in the U.S. with American steel and therefore qualify for lucrative government contracts under Washington’s Buy America provisions. In order to protect this advantage over its competition, “maximum secrecy” is used to shield the identity of its steel supplier, which produces the material in facilities not accessible to the public and transports it on trucks that “are virtually impossible to trace,” Acrow’s court documents state. Employees are bound by confidentiality agreements and computers are password protected.“Should Acrow’s supply sourcing trade secrets be misappropriated by a competitor, Acrow would suffer a huge competitive blow that would be impossible to quantify in monetary terms,” the company said in its complaint.The lawsuit was filed May 15. In a stipulation between the parties filed with the court on May 28, the defendants declared they were not possession of the identity of the steel supplier or any other trade secrets or confidential information belonging to Acrow. They also affirmed that they would not attempt to gain such information through improper means but would “continue to compete with Acrow and others in the marketplace in a lawful manner.”In response to the stipulation, the court dismissed the case.• Email: | Twitter: Lawsuit dismissed after Canadian bridge-maker accused of plotting to steal U.S. competitor’s secrets agrees to play nice String of emails detailing alleged plans forwarded accidentally, court documents claim Comment Acrow Corp. of America, a firm specializing in prefabricated steel bridges, had accused Atlantic Industries Limited and AIL International Inc. of conspiring with their American affiliate Big R Manufacturing to gain secret information on Acrow’s bridge components.Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg Related Stories Featured Stories A U.S. civil proceeding accusing a Canadian bridge and infrastructure firm of plotting to steal trade secrets was dismissed last month after the company and its affiliates told the court in a stipulation that they were not in possession of the confidential information and would not pursue it by improper means.Acrow Corp. of America, a 65-year-old global design and engineering firm specializing in prefabricated steel bridges, had accused Atlantic Industries Limited and AIL International Inc. — both of New Brunswick — of conspiring with their American affiliate Big R Manufacturing to gain secret information on Acrow’s bridge components.According to the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the State of Colorado, Acrow alleged the defendants sought to have a Big R employee tour, under false pretences, a galvanizing plant where Acrow’s components were stored in order to catch a glimpse of them. 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