Facebook and Instagram launch new activity dashboards

first_imgOn Instagram, this new suite of tools is called simply “Your Activity,” while Facebook’s version is called “Your Time on Facebook.” You’ll find both in each app’s respective settings pages, and when you tap them, they’ll present you with information on how much time you’ve spent on the social media networks. You’ll see daily averages for the past week, along with a bar graph that helps to visualize high and low activity days.You can tap on any of those bars to see your total time for that specific day, but these tools don’t stop at just providing you an overview of your daily usage. You can also set daily reminders for both Facebook and Instagram, which will alert you when you’ve spent a predetermined amount of time using either service. You can also manage your push notification settings from this dashboard, muting them for a set amount of time so you aren’t tempted to check Facebook or Instagram when you should be doing other things.These dashboards are fairly straightforward, but they can be useful in realizing just how much time you spent on Facebook or Instagram and curbing your usage if its too high. They’re also one part of a larger push by Facebook and Instagram to make time spent browsing more worthwhile. On Facebook, for instance, users now have the ability to snooze keywords and unfollow people, while on Instagram, users will see “all caught up” alerts when they’ve seen every new post from the past 48 hours.It remains to be seen if these features actually help cut back on time wasted, but at the very least, they could be useful for getting a handle on how much time is spent using social media each day. Facebook says that these new dashboards are rolling out to both services soon, so keep an eye out for them and give them a look when they’re live. Story TimelineInstagram confirms new authentication option that skips SMS codesInstagram may soon let public accounts remove followersInstagram’s new status indicators are yet another thing to turn off Facebook and Instagram can be good ways to keep in touch with friends and family, but they can also be major time pits. If you find yourself dealing with a bout of social media addiction, the new tools launching for both services might help you spend less time aimlessly (and endlessly) browsing. Thanks to leaks, we had an idea that these tools were on the way, but now it appears that they’re ready for prime time.last_img read more

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Polaroid Mint 2in1 digital camera has builtin photo printer

first_imgPolaroid is back with two new products, the Polaroid Mint 2-in-1 instant digital camera and the Polaroid Mint pocket printer. The camera is exactly what it sounds like: a digital camera that has a built-in photo printer, making it possible to save images to a microSD card but also produce small instant prints. The new pocket printer, meanwhile, works with a mobile app to rapidly print photos. The Polaroid Mint 2-in-1 instant digital camera features a 16-megapixel sensor, as well as a microSD card slot that supports capacities up to 256GB. The camera also sports an automatic LED flash and a selfie timer; though the camera doesn’t have a front-facing display, it does have a selfie mirror for lining up shots.The camera itself is available in yellow, black, white, red, and blue colors; it can also print photos in full color, black and white, or sepia. The camera supports adding frames to photos before printing them, which is achieved by pressing the shutter button. This model is available now for $99.99 USD.In addition, the company has launched its new Polaroid Mint instant pocket printer, a portable instant printer that produces 2×3-inch glossy color photos in less than 60 seconds. The device is small enough to fit in a pocket and promises enough battery life to print 50 photos before needing recharged.AdChoices广告This model obviously doesn’t include the digital camera portion of the equation, but that doesn’t matter for most users who already have a smartphone. Instead, users download the Polaroid Mint app and use that to print digital images from the photo with the printer. As with other modern instant printers, the pocket printer uses ZINK’s ink-free Zero Ink tech.The Polaroid Mint instant pocket printer is available now for $129.99 USD.SOURCE: PRNewswirelast_img read more

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BMW MINI bring back enhanced driving training to the US

first_imgIn a way, it’s a sort of re-launching. The BMW Performance Center East opened way back in 1999 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the company’s first center in the US. That center has trained more than 161,000 BMW customers since its opening. The BMW Performance Center West in southern California is a bit newer, opening only in 2014. That said, it already boasts of 9.700 trained customers in that short time span.The West Performance Center is located on a sprawling 32-acre area with numerous facilities to accommodate all sorts of driver training, including a 1.4-mile circuit, skid pad, and 8,500 sq. ft. performance facility. It’s location, just two hours’ drive southeast of Los Angeles, is also auspicious, as it is within easy driving reach of The Thermal Club’s 5.5-mile racetrack and maintenance facilities.The driver training courses offered at this Performance Center embraces drivers of all types and ages. For younger and less experienced drivers, there’s the Car Control Clinics and Teen Driving Schools. Those who want more a racecar experience can look towards the M and Advanced M Schools. There are also courses for specialized classes of drivers, like business customers.BMW and MINI are working hand in hand to bring its Driving Experience certification to more countries around the world. Starting with Netherlands and now the US, the two are working on adding South Korea, South Africa, and Scandinavia to that roster soon.SOURCE: BMW The recent push towards autonomous cars, whether full or partial, doesn’t really excuse humans who don’t know the basics of safe driving. In order to help better train the drivers of tomorrow, and, at the same time, give them a taste of the exhilarating experience of driving a BMW car, BMW and sibling company MINI have launched a joint Driving Experience program, offering training courses for drivers of different ages and bents. That BMW and MINI Driving Experience is coming to US once again now that BMW’s Performance Center West and East now both carry that seal of approval.last_img read more

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Honda is the new torch bearer for the massmarket stickshift

first_imgStory TimelineThis is it: The 306hp 2017 Honda Civic Type R2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan pack turbocharged 205HPHonda’s Clarity EV trio is complete: All-electric and Plug-in Hybrid debut5 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition The manual transmission may be falling from favor, but you can’t blame Honda for that. The Japanese automaker might not be the first you think of when it comes to preserving the stick-shift option, but it’s actually doing more than most, particularly in the mainstream mid-range where most rivals have thoroughly embraced automatics. For the 10th generation, 2018 Honda Accord, though, enthusiasts won’t be disappointed. Indeed, though Honda is using the 2018 Accord as an opportunity to ditch the V6 and go all-in on 4-cylinders, it’s not junking the stick-shift too. A 6-speed manual transmission will be offered on both of Honda’s turbocharged engines, in fact. That 6-speed has been used before to good effect. It’s available on the Civic in several configurations, including the latest Civic Si coupe. When we tried it out in the Civic Hatchback, we came away impressed by its short, snappy throw and nicely weighted clutch. The first engine Honda will offer for the new 2018 Accord will be a 1.5-liter, direct-injected DOHC turbo, with dual VTC. A step up from that will be a 2.0-liter version, with i-VTEC. Honda isn’t talking exact power numbers at this stage, though it’s worth noting that under the hood of the Civic Sedan the 1.5-liter turbo delivers 174 horsepower, while in the Civic Si that’s cranked up to 205 horsepower.Although both engines will have the 6-speed option, it seems likely that most drivers – in the US, at least – will go for the automatic. For the 1.5-liter that’s a CVT, which Honda will produce in Ohio. The 2.0-liter, meanwhile, gets a new 10-speed, a first for a front-wheel-drive passenger car Honda points out, manufactured in Georgia. Finally, there’ll be a hybrid option.That’s the next-generation of a two-motor hybrid system Honda has used before. The Accord Hybrid will do without a conventional automatic transmission, in the hunt for better economy. Again, exact figures will come closer to the official reveal, as will shots of the car itself without the camouflage wrap. last_img read more

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Galaxy Fold details spilled by early adopter

first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X are arguably very interesting phones but very few will have the courage to spend $2,000 or more on a first gen prototype. There are indeed those that do have the resources and the opportunity to make such a risky investment and, fortunately, one of them was willing to answer questions regarding the Galaxy Fold, the first foldable phone that will hit the mass market. XDA Editor-in-Chief Mishaal Rahman was able to get in touch with one such early owner of a European unit. Acting as a liaison, he took to Twitter to gather and answer some of the burning questions that interested buyers have. Suffice it to say, it’s a mixed bag that should probably give them pause.The crease is there, no escaping that fact. It’s too early in the game for Samsung to develop a new crease-proof material and too late for it to change the Galaxy Fold before it hits markets in May. The consolation is that the owner says that it’s not really that visible, especially with brightness at 70% or higher. Sadly, your finger will definitely feel when you swipe over the spine.Those imagining they will be able to use the Galaxy Fold as a makeshift laptop might want to skip this one. While the phone can indeed stay folded at a 90-degree angle, the screen is said to be “off” at that position and is barely usable. The owner also noted that switching between screens when opening and closing the device isn’t as smooth as some might expect. In addition to the delay, there are cases where apps like Chrome won’t even re-render their screens immediately.It’s not all bad news, though. Benchmarks report that the UFS 3.0 storage is definitely as fast as advertised and that battery life, at least on Wi-Fi is noted to be comparable to the Galaxy S10+. Even better, the EU version is said to have an unlockable bootloader, though the same can’t yet be said of the US versions.Most of these are more or less expected for such a first gen device, though one would hope that Samsung has ironed out some software kinks before it launches to the public in two months. It’s definitely something that very few will be able to rely on for everyday use, presuming they can even afford it. Hopefully, though, it won’t discourage Samsung from making improved, and hopefully more affordable, versions in the future.last_img read more

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BMW X series gets new M Performance Parts

first_imgThere are parts available for the inside and outside of the vehicles. Buyers can get side lettering for their cars in Frozen Black. Owners of the X3 and X4 can also opt for the front lettering on the cars to be in high-gloss black. BMW is offering radiator grilles in high-gloss black for the X2.That black grille has the same geometry as the standard grille with more visual style. BMW is offering carbon fiber exterior mirror caps for all three models. Those are made by hand with carbon fiber reinforced plastic. BMW notes that they have several coating layers and are finished in high-gloss polish.BMW is offering M Performance Floor mats made with velour velvet with leather looking surround. An M Performance steering wheel fits all three models and has areas covered with Alcantara for grip with leather on the upper and lower and has red marking at the 12 o’clock position. Carbon fiber shift paddles are offered for X3 and X4 models.Most of the offerings are a range of summer wheels. There are multiple wheels that will fit the three models in different styles and finishes. LED door projectors are offered that throw a graphic on the ground when doors are opened. Pricing on the parts isn’t mentioned. There are plenty of people out there who will buy a slick new car like one of the rides from the BMW X line and then modify the vehicle to their tastes. BMW has announced some new parts for the folks who like to customize that will fit the BMW X2, X3, and X4 vehicles. The entire line of parts is from the M Performance Parts catalog and all are matched to the specific properties of each X vehicle. SOURCE: BMWlast_img read more

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OPPO teases inscreen front camera for this weeks big event

first_img“How can front cameras evolve when the full screen era comes?” That is the question that OPPO asked no one in particular over on Weibo. Over the years, it has tried different ways of answering that, from rotating cameras to elevating ones. This week, the Chinese OEM is going to attempt what is probably the most daring and riskiest design of all: putting the camera in the display without any hole. The craze over bezel-less phones may be relatively recent but OPPO was actually ahead of the game when it came to the designs that would enable that. Back in 2013, it launched the OPPO N1 with a rotating camera that served a different purpose. Instead of making bezels disappear, it presented it as a way to use the same high-quality rear camera for taking selfies, an idea that would also be adopted in the Samsung Galaxy A90 and the ASUS ZenFone 6.More recently, OPPO has also dabbled in all kinds of notches. Together with Vivo, it was one of the first to introduce an elevating mechanism to pop up the front cameras of the OPPO Find X. With the OPPO Reno, it reduced the component to a “shark fin” design.This week, it will bet on a technology and design that Samsung was expected to be the first to introduce. Based on its steady flow of teasers, the front camera will be completely hidden inside the screen and will be invisible when not in use. Not like Samsung’s somewhat controversial punch-hole Infinity-O screens.AdChoices广告How it will solve problems with occlusion and light bleeding, it will probably reveal in less than two days. OPPO has scheduled an event on June 26 to unveil this new tech. Whether it will come in a future phone is a different question entirely.last_img read more

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Will the Surface Pro 7 ditch Intel chips for Qualcomms 5G support

first_imgMicrosoft’s Surface laptops all come with Intel processors at their heart, delivering solid all-round performance with seventh and eighth-generation CPUs. But that might change with the Surface Pro 7. Whispers of Microsoft opting for an AMD or even Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in the new system suggest Microsoft could have quite different hardware options in its new Surface notebook. Better yet, it could launch with 5G support right out of the gate.The last few generations of Microsoft’s Surface Pro (apart from the Surface Pro 6) have seen the most connected versions, sporting LTE cellular data connections, launching months after the main model in the range. These models were often more expensive for potential buyers, making them a premium feature. If Microsoft were to take Qualcomm as its partner for a new Surface Pro 7 device, as Petri suggests, it would likely include one of its high-end Snapdragon SoCs, which would give it LTE Advanced or even 5G connectivity. That would mean giving access to such a connectivity option at the line’s launch, not months later with a specialized version.Buyers may not have to sacrifice much by moving away from an Intel chip either. Microsoft could opt to use the Snapdragon 8cx, which as we’ve seen in early benchmarks, is more than capable of going toe to toe with Intel’s Core i5 CPUs in general computing and gaming. It also holds a significant advantage in battery life. In a demonstration of the 8cx at Computex 2019, it managed more than 20 hours of video looping, where a comparatively specced Intel laptop managed just 12 hours. We’d have to test it out ourselves to know for sure, but those are some impressive claims on paper.If all of this seems like an out-of-character shake up for the typically iterative Surface Pro line, it might be a warranted overhaul of a range that could do with it. We’re big fans of the Surface Pro range. In fact, the Surface Pro 6 is our favorite 2-in-1 laptop in the world, but it wasn’t much of a change over its predecessor. Beyond the new paint job, there wasn’t a lot to say about it, and its port selection was practically antiquated. That seems likely to change with the next-generation device, although chip selection doesn’t particularly matter if we’re talking generic USB-C. Thunderbolt 3, on the other hand, remains an Intel exclusive for now, so if Microsoft does ditch Intel for AMD or Qualcomm, we wouldn’t expect that high-speed standard to be present.Fortunately, it looks like USB 4 could save us all from this mismatch of features and performance, though that’s still a ways out.If Microsoft opted for AMD instead of Qualcomm or Intel, the extra connectivity of the Snapdragon chips would likely fall at the wayside, but we could see more capable graphics in the new Surface Pro. AMD’s Zen + APUs with Vega graphics tend to be more capable than Intel’s comparable HD graphics and they’d likely blow past even the Snapdragon 8cx too.Microsoft hasn’t suggested which way it’s leaning just yet, but if it does go in a new direction, it will shake up one of its major hardware lines. One that feels in most need of it too. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx vs. Intel Core i5 AMD is leaving Intel in the dust on die size, with no 7nm Intel chips until 2021 AMD’s Ryzen one-two punch will end with a 64-core Threadripper in 2019 AMD vs. Intel Lenovo and Qualcomm show off Project Limitless, the first Snapdragon 8cx PC Editors’ Recommendationslast_img read more

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Views On Ryans Medicare Plan A Change From Petty Politics Creative Approach

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. Views On Ryan’s Medicare Plan: A Change From ‘Petty’ Politics; ‘Creative Approach’ To Solving The Problem; Time For A ‘Serious National Debate’ Commentators welcome the addition of Medicare policy to the presidential campaign rhetoric.The Wall Street Journal: Seriousness In Politics By picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney introduced Medicare into his campaign for the presidency. Veterans of the entitlement wars immediately said that in doing so Gov. Romney was suiciding his candidacy. This essentially was the same view many Washington Republicans had when Paul Ryan first brought up the subject of reforming Medicare and the other entitlements in his 2008 budget Roadmap. … Until Mr. Romney’s decision, it has been conventional GOP wisdom not to introduce Medicare into elections. If Republicans did, Democrats would pound their shoes on the table and yell that Ryan-like reforms will “end Medicare as we know it.” The truth is that an unreformed Medicare will end the United States as we know it. … By whatever calculation, Gov. Romney has introduced seriousness into American electoral politics, which has become increasingly petty and self-absorbed (Daniel Henninger, 8/22). The Wall Street Journal: The Truth About Ryan And His Critics The more voters learn about Congressman Paul Ryan’s leadership style and his thoughtful and creative approach to solving problems, the more they will decide that the Romney-Ryan ticket looks presidential and electable. That’s why there has been a coordinated effort in recent days to ramp up not just the “Mediscare” rhetoric against Mr. Ryan, but to depict him as a partisan ideologue who was instrumental in derailing a grand bargain on the deficit. This line of attack is cynical and, most of all, false (Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., 8/22). Bloomberg: Diving Into Health Care Is Dangerous To My Health The bad news is, nothing that has been enacted (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010) or proposed (Republican Representative Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity”) addresses the fundamental problem plaguing the U.S. health-care system: It is designed to manage disease rather than promote wellness. …The challenge of saving Medicare from insolvency in 2024 would be easier if seniors had lived healthier lives. It would be a lot easier if the system corrected the perverse economic incentives that reward doctors for unnecessary procedures (Caroline Baum, 8/22).Journal of the American Medical Association: Time For A Serious National Debate About Medicare ReformWith Rep Paul Ryan (R, Wis) now Governor Romney’s running mate, Medicare reform is front and center in the election debate. This development could provide a chance to have a serious national debate about the program. But it could also mean any chance of a real conversation is drowned out by political hysteria and attack ads (Butler, 8/22).Health Policy Solutions: The Ryan Plan – Better Medicine At A Lower PriceThe selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate holds out hope that people in public life are finally beginning to appreciate the fact that market-oriented health care reforms offer the best potential for finally giving elderly Americans the ability to get better medical care at a lower cost. They do this by giving people an incentive to use health care more wisely. Individuals and their physicians know more about the health care that they need and what adds value to it than any number of officials in Washington, D.C., and various state capitols working on “value-based” health care plans. Because individuals know more, they can economize in a multitude of small ways that outsiders would never dream of (Linda Gorman, 8/22).last_img read more

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600M For Health Law Implementation In Presidents Proposed Budget

first_img$600M For Health Law Implementation In President’s Proposed Budget This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. In the meantime, the budget also proposes $5.5 billion for “risk corridors” in 2015 to pay insurers who find themselves with a higher number of sicker and older people they must insure. Some call that program a bailout.Kaiser Health News: HHS Seeks $600 Million For Health Law Enrollment EffortsJust in case Congress doesn’t pass President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget plan, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services say they have other options for finding the money they need to implement the health care law (Carey, 3/5 ).The Wall Street Journal: Obama Health Budget Seeks Funds For Health-Law Rollout, Doctor TrainingThe Obama administration has asked Congress for about $600 million in new funds to continue implementing the Affordable Care Act in 2015, including work on the insurance-enrollment website HealthCare.gov. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that it will cost about a total of $1.8 billion to keep rolling out the president’s signature health-care law. However, the administration estimates that about $1.2 billion will come from various taxes and fees that were created by the health law. Part of the law’s funding comes from fees imposed on the pharmaceutical and health-insurance industries (Corbett Dooren and Burton, 3/4).Bloomberg: Insurers’ Obamacare Losses May Reach $5.5 Billion in 2015Health insurers such as WellPoint Inc. (WLP) and Humana Inc. (HUM) stand to gain $5.5 billion next year to cover losses from Obamacare in a program the law’s opponents label a bailout. The money, outlined in President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins in October, is designated to help insurers who find the cost of the law higher than expected, based on the percentage of older, sicker people who sign up compared with younger enrollees (Wayne, 3/4).The Hill: Budget Allots $5.5B For Obamacare Program Decried As A ‘Bailout’The White House’s 2015 budget proposes spending $5.5 billion next year on an Obamacare program that Republicans have labeled a “bailout” of the insurance industry. The Affordable Care Act creates a temporary pool of money, known as risk corridors, to pay insurers who enroll a higher-than-expected number of sick patients through 2016 (Easley, 3/4).The Fiscal Times: $5.5 Billion For Obama’s Contested Risk CorridorsThe president’s 2015 budget proposal includes $5.5 billion in new spending for a controversial Obamacare provision that Republicans have dubbed a “bailout” for insurance companies. Here’s how it works: If signups and pay-ups fall short of the administration’s anticipated goals of getting 6 – 7 million people to pay for Obamacare, with about 40 percent being young and healthy, the cost to insurers would explode. They would, in turn, pass those costs on to consumers in the form of increased premiums and deductibles. The “risk corridor” program establishes a safety net for insurers that don’t earn enough revenue in order to stabilize those premium prices under the health care law (Ehley, 3/4). last_img read more

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