WhatsApp Wants You to Share Status Update as Facebook Story Too Here

first_imgThis is all becoming quite complex. In a new beta for WhatsApp, there is a feature that allows you to share a new Status update that you post within the instant messaging app, on Facebook Stories too. WhatsApp is testing this feature as part of the latest WhatsApp Beta program. For those who are using the WhatsApp beta version, you will now see a sharing option underneath your Status update. For those who may be confused with all this, Status is basically WhatsApp’s version of Stories. And this new found sharing capabilities mean you can share a WhatsApp Story..opps Status…to Facebook Story on your Facebook account. But does this mean I have to now link my Facebook account with my WhatsApp account? The instant messaging app, incidentally owned by Facebook, insists they will be using the standard Android and iOS data sharing APIs. This means you can also share the WhatsApp Status to other apps if you wish to, including Gmail, Google Photos, Instagram and more. Now specifically about Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook. – When you do share data to another Facebook-owned service like Instagram, the company says that two separate posts will created in their systems, and that your WhatsApp will in no way be linked to your Facebook or Instagram account. Or vice-versa. Make of it, what you will. According to the numbers shared by the company, WhatsApp Stories now has over 500 million daily active users. Incidentally, the Facebook owned WhatsApp will roll out the monetizing mission for WhatsApp Stories next year, and you will start seeing adverts here. At present, in this WhatsApp Beta, you need to manually share a WhatsApp Status as a Facebook Story or an Instagram story. There is no automatic option. And that would be the least of the problems, we are sure. Android phoneAndroid Qandroid q betaandroid q dark mode First Published: June 28, 2019, 10:20 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi Will Lose Amethi His Attacks on PM an Outcome of

first_img BJPcongressG V L Narasimha RaoLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 4, 2019, 4:42 PM IST New Delhi: The BJP Saturday termed Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s attacks on Prime Minister, outcome of frustration as the party is not only losing elections across the country in a big way but its “so-called bastion Amethi is also crumbling.”Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said the remarks by the Congress chief indicate “desperation because the party is seeing not only its fortunes crumble all over India but also seeing its so called bastions in Amethi and Rae bareli crumbling”. “Field reports clearly suggests that Rahul Gandhi is losing Amethi by a wide margin and the party, therefore according to the local reports is resorting to unleashing manpower, distribution of liquor and even sizeable number of weapons have been seized from both the constituencies. So certainly a great desperation is visible in the Congress camp as they see even Amethi crumbling in this election,” Rao said.”People of the country want Modiji back. Rahul Gandhi knows the reality and is scared of losing Amethi, and out of desperation is making such claims which are factually incorrect,” he added.Congress president on Saturday said his party’s internal assessment after four phases of polling shows that the BJP will lose in the Lok Sabha elections and he sees a “scared prime minister” unable to face the onslaught of the opposition.Rao further said the “vote-cutter” comment of Congress is a clear acceptance of its defeat and degeneration of the party.Earlier this week, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress general secretary and in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, said wherever the party has strong candidates it will win while in other places it has fielded those candidates who will cut the votes of the BJP.Referring to various claims made by Rahul Gandhi as farcical, Rao said the Congress is not only losing polls in this election but also losing its relevance.”Congress is facing extinction in this election. Despite a series of lies uttered by Gandhi over the last several months, he simply has not been able to bring the party back to life and is literally on the death-bed in this election,” Rao said.Responding to questions by the Congress leaders as to why national security was an issue, he said it is the top issue for the BJP and dominant issue for the country unlike the Congress, during whose regime there have been several terror attacks.Referring to the recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka which claimed 253 lives, Rao said it shows how terrorism and violence can act detrimental for the development of a country and bring it to a stand still.Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts in Lanka that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21, killing 253 people and injuring over 500 others. “No major terror strike in any main states have happened during the Modi government’s rule and people today breathe easy and feel secure that they have a chowkidaar. Congress party’s track record in this regards has been dismal and that is why it doesn’t want any discussion on national security,” he alleged.Rao said that Congress leaders are making frivolous claims of having conducted surgical strikes during their tenure but before September 29, 2016 there is no record of such strikes and it was also stated by the Army Director General Military Operations in an RTI reply.He termed the BJP MLA Sangeet Som’s demand for a ban on burqa as his individual opinion not the party’s.”The key issues in this elections we comment on those from this platform. Various individual opinions of various leaders are strictly individual opinions,” he said. last_img read more

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Election 2019 LIVE KCR Meets Pinarayi Vijayan Amid Buzz of Federal Front

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, accusing him of politicising the armed forces. Gandhi, who was addressing a rally in Bhiwani, said he would rather die than use the army for electoral gains.Gandhi equated the Prime Minister with a boxer, saying he was supposed to fight unemployment, farmers’ issues, and corruption but “he instead turned around and punched his coach Advani ji, his team Gadkari ji and Jaitley ji, then went into the crowd and punched small traders and farmers”.Meanwhile, Modi accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of refusing to meet him to review the situation after Cyclone Fani, saying ‘speedbreaker’ Didi was hindering the state’s development.Modi, who conducted an aerial survey of cyclone-hit Odisha today and praised CM Naveen Patnaik’s efforts, said the entire country stood with West Bengal but Banerjee was letting her “arrogance” come in the way of relief measures.Returning the fire, Banerjee said the meeting was drama for publicity and sympathy, and asked why she should meet him if he is there to hold a political rally. “How dare you call for a meeting with chief secretary and senior officials without the CM. Don’t do this drama in Bengal. Mr Expiry PM, you are not worthy of (being) PM. We don’t want your sympathy,” she said.Banerjee said the Bengal government was only asked to attend the meeting after the PM landed in Kalaikunda. “As if we are servants,” she said.last_img read more

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Ankita Lokhande Says I Will Think About It as Beau Vicky Jain

first_img Ankita LokhandeManikarnika The Queen Of JhansiPavitra RishtaSushant Singh Rajput First Published: July 3, 2019, 12:39 PM IST When asked about her speculative wedding in December, Ankita had responded to Bombay Times by saying “If it happens, I will let you know and invite you for the wedding. I can’t say anything right now, but there are no such plans, yet. I am just focusing on work at the moment.”Before Vicky Jain, Ankita was in a long-term relationship with actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The duo met during the shooting of Pavitra Ristha and soon began dating. However, they broke up in 2016 and as suggested by reports, she took a lot of time to move on.On the work front, she was last seen as Jhalkari Bai in Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Although her role was not that long, Ankita was appreciated for her performance.Follow @News18Movies for more Ankita Lokhande, known for her role in Ekta Kapoor’s hit show Pavitra Rishta, took to her social media account to share a series of pictures with beau Vicky Jain. In the pictures, the duo can be seen spending some quality time together. Ankita had kept her relationship with Vicky under wraps for a while. However, it seems that they are all ready to take their relationship to the next level now.In one of the pictures posted by the actress, Vicky, a Mumbai based businessman, can be seen going down on his knees to propose to her, while Ankita is seen dressed in gym clothes standing there, all smiles. She captioned the photograph, “Blissful.” In another photo the two are seen sitting on bench in the wilderness, sharing a laugh. This picture is captioned, “I will think about it”. Besides these pictures, she also posted other snapshots from what looks like a place far away from the hustle-bustle of the city.last_img read more

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This smart pill will tattle to your doctor if you dont take

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Have you ever been prescribed medication and then forgotten to take a dose and accidentally skipped it? It’s one thing if that’s a drug designed to treat a minor skin infection. But what if it’s something far more life-altering, like an antiretroviral drug used for treating HIV? In that case, defaulting on said drug could be profoundly dangerous. At the very least, it’s something your family physician would probably want to know about it.Thanks to a new kind of smart pill, called ID-Cap, they very soon will be able to. Developed by the medical startup EtectRx, ID-Cap is an ingestible capsule and sensor system which can reveal when it’s been successfully taken by a patient. “There is well-documented medical research that patients are not as good as they should be as at taking their medicine; this is known as being non-adherent,” Harry Travis, president and CEO of EtectRx, told Digital Trends. “We believe our technology will, in some small way, help clinicians help their patients take their medicine.”The system is comprised of three parts: the ID-Capsule, ID-Tag, and ID-Cap Reader, alongside a software layer which allows the data to be displayed for both patient and clinician. The ID-Capsule is a standard pharmaceutical capsule shell containing the ID-Tag ingestible sensor. This sensor emits a very low power radio frequency digital message from within the patient, which is sent to the ID-Cap Reader, a wearable device that verifies the message as a valid ingestion event. Finally, the information is transmitted, via Bluetooth LE, to data display systems utilized by clinicians and patients.EtectRx is currently waiting for official clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It hopes that this will be granted later this year. It is also the subject of a study being carried out in partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health.This study will examine what impact the system could have on patients potentially adhering to HIV medication. That is crucial for reasons which go way beyond simply one patient. When it comes to a potentially deadly disease like HIV, being able to ensure that antiretrovirals are taken could help end the spread of HIV. What more could you want from a smart pill? I mainlined a bag of liquid vitamins — for science Custom 3D-printed heads let doctors practice delicate brain procedures The best GPS for your car A cardiac arrest-detecting smart speaker could save your life Canadian medical project demonstrates the health care potential of smart homeslast_img read more

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Google Assistant now has Chromecast and TV functionality without Home

first_imgThough Google Assistant expanded beyond the Pixel and onto Android handsets back in February, there remain a few tasks it can’t accomplish without a Google Home backing it up. One of the most annoying limitations on the smartphone implementation of Assistant is that you can’t use it to control smart TVs and Chromecast devices. If you want to control playback on either of those, you’ll need to talk through Assistant though Google Home. There’s no apparent reason why this wasn’t possible from the get-go, but from today, that question becomes less relevant. Android Police reports that such functionality is going live, letting you use Assistant to control playback to TVs and Chromecasts directly from your phone. No more using Google Home to bridge the gap!It seems that Google hasn’t officially announced this new functionality just yet, leaving some question as to whether certain updates need to be applied before you can start controlling Chromecasts and TVs through your phone. Some of the users sending in tips to Android Police seem to have varying levels of success in trying this functionality, which suggests that it could be something Google is rolling out in phases.In any case, those who do have this option available are discovering fairly fleshed-out functionality. You can use Assistant to control playback of audio and video, telling it to skip songs, adjust volume, or pause, stop, and play. You can also tell Google Assistant to play on a specific Chromecast, just like you can on Google Home.This is big for a couple of reasons. The first is that it allows people who don’t own a Google Home to enjoy the same Assistant controls on their phones. It also helps decrease fragmentation in the Assistant, bringing its capabilities to similar levels regardless of the device it’s used on. We’ll see if Google clarifies how this roll out is being handled soon, so stay tuned. Story TimelineSonos One official: Alexa built-in, Google Assistant in 2018Google Assistant now has a male voice, new languages, integrationsHulu for Android TV update adds Google Assistant voice controllast_img read more

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Fitbits Apple Watch rival leaks with strong hints of Pebble

first_imgThe folks over at Wareable have spoken to an anonymous source who claims to have knowledge of Fitbit’s next project. This new smartwatch could be a follow up to the Blaze, with Fitbit taking what it learned from the unenthusiastic reception of the Ionic and attempting to create a watch that has broader appeal. Wareable has also managed to obtain images of this new smartwatch, which seems to streamline the square design we saw with the Ionic.Part of the problem with the Ionic, this source notes, it that it was a somewhat bulky device that didn’t appeal to a wide range of people in terms of design. This new watch will be smaller than the Ionic, with a new look that seems to merge some features of the Apple Watch and a Pebble. While Fitbit may decide to call it the Blaze 2 by the time it actually gets a reveal, it’s also possible that it will sport an entirely new name.Even though the Ionic was a failure from a sales standpoint, some of its features will make the jump to this new watch. For instance, we hear that Fitbit is planning to use the same OS that debuted in the Ionic, and that the Ionic’s SpO2 sensor will present in this device as well, allowing users to monitor for sleep apnea. Beyond that, it’ll be water resistant up to 50 meters, though Wareable’s source says that it won’t contain a GPS.AdChoices广告Finally, we come to the most important aspect for many people: price. Though we don’t have specific details just yet, this new watch is said to be less expensive than the Ionic, which lines up with Fitbit’s goal of appealing to the mass market. Hopefully we’ll see if there’s any truth to these rumors soon, because it would be interesting to see Fitbit attempt to shake up the smartwatch market once more. Though the market for smartwatches feels like it’s on the decline these days, there are still a few companies that are doing well with wearables. Apple is one that immediately springs to mind, and now it appears that Fitbit is going to try to challenge the dominance of the Apple Watch. Rumor has it that the company has a new smartwatch in development, and the goal this time around is mass market appeal. Story TimelineFitbit’s Ionic smartwatch is here, but will it be enough?Pebble gets 6 month reprieve but Fitbit warns the end is nighFitbit Ionic: Adidas Edition adds exclusive traininglast_img read more

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Amazon live TV DVR tipped to battle TiVo Slingbox

first_imgAccording to a tipster speaking with Bloomberg, Amazon’s device goes by codename “Frank.” This device would be at the center of a new service slightly different from that of the devices offered by TiVo and Dish. This device would not necessarily play live TV, but it would work with live TV to record programming.The Frank device would potentially work with Fire TV devices and Fire TV televisions from brands like Toshiba, Westinghouse, and Insignia to play recorded content. This would work in accord with the Fire TV live streaming content channel as well, most likely. That’s the Fire TV’s Amazon Channels service. That service currently works with per-channel costs for brands like Cinemax, Starz, the History Channel, Reelz, HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central.It’s possible Amazon will reveal this new DVR device at the same time as the refresh of its Amazon Fire TV stick. That stick provides basic functionality and access to Amazon smart TV services to any display with an HDMI port. The Amazon Fire TV Stick utilizes wireless internet to connect to Amazon services and apps which connect to 3rd-party streaming platforms. It’s not yet known if this DVR device will include service with Amazon Prime. Given the amount of cloud Amazon Prime is given in every other device and service within Amazon, working with this DVR device would not be a surprise. Rumors suggest that the DVR is currently being developed at Amazon’s Lab 126 R&D center, and we’ll probably see a whole lot more, soon. Story TimelineTiVo BOLT VOX with voice remote control is now on AmazonAmazon Alexa gets DVR support for TiVo, DISH, and moreAlmost no one buys via Amazon Alexa: this is whyAmazon may buy Landmark Theaters to screen its original movies Amazon was tipped to be in the process of developing a device that would compete directly with TiVo and Slingbox from Dish. This device was rumored to have the ability to record live programming from television channels, store said content, and stream said content to smartphones, tablets, PCs, and televisions. last_img read more

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Waze Android Auto handson The reason for Androidinthecar

first_imgAsk any Android Auto user what app they’ve been most eagerly awaiting, and the answer will probably be Waze. Sure, Google Maps is one of the best navigation apps around, but for the true road warrior there’s no replacing its speeding ticket-saving cousin. The good news is that Waze for Android Auto is here, and I’ve been testing it out to see if it was worth the wait. Up until now, though, you’ll have needed to mount your smartphone on some sort of bracket to actually use it safely while on the move. That worked, but it was hardly preferable given most modern cars invariably have a larger display than the smartphone in your pocket does. Meanwhile, I confess, I’m not a huge fan of the regular Waze UI. The cutesy graphics always looked busy to my eye, and I generally stuck with Google Maps – or, if Apple’s CarPlay is my only option, Apple Maps grudgingly – which has a little of the Waze data, but nowhere near all of it. You also can’t log your own reports through Google Maps.Anticipation for Waze on Android Auto, therefore, has been high. It’s taken a long time, though, mind. A beta launched back in early June, and I’ve been trying out the most recent version in one of the cars that supports it, Chevrolet’s Cruze. The good thing about Android Auto is that, unlike a regular smartphone app, it’s designed to be safe for use on the road. That means minimal distractions, big interface elements suitable for careless stabs and swipes while you’re concentrating on piloting several tons of metal down the highway, and best of all integration with the systems in your car. Rather than needing to mount your phone, you can leave it tucked safely in the center console, charging happily, and interact with driving-safe apps through the car’s own head unit. As you’d hope, given how long it takes, the Waze on Android Auto experience is generally a slick one. You can access it by tapping twice on the navigation icon in the Android Auto toolbar running across the bottom of the homescreen. Once you’ve selected Waze, every time you plug your phone in subsequently it’ll remember your preferred navigation app. Alternatively, you can switch between it, Google Maps, and any other Android Auto compatible mapping app you might have installed.The interface is Waze-like, but a little cleaner. You can use it without setting a destination, and you’ll simply see upcoming hazards and warnings on the screen while alerts are read out. Tapping an icon on-screen opens up more information; there are also icons for nearby gas stations. Alternatively, you can set a destination and have Waze direct you. The experience is much like you’d have from Google Maps, except periodically you’ll get warnings about a traffic slowdown ahead, a police car at the side of the road, or even an animal among the traffic. There’s a thumbs-up button to thank the poster and occasionally a button to confirm that the warning is still relevant; if you choose, this can be the extent of your interaction with the Waze network.More fun, though, is getting involved with your own reports. Tap the button in the lower right corner and you can flag something to Waze yourself. As you’d hope, the UI is big and straightforward: you choose first an overall category – Police, Traffic, Crash, Map Issue, Hazard, or Camera – and then drill down into a subcategory accordingly. It’s the handiwork of a few seconds tapping, and at the end you get a gratifying “You’ve helped other Waze users” confirmation. If there’s room for improvement, it’s in the interface as you drive. What I missed most from other navigation systems is the ability to see what the current speed limit is; while it’s certainly useful to know if there’s a speed camera or patrol car around the corner, making sure you’re actually driving at the right limit anyway is the more sensible route. The other frustration I found was in navigating the map. By now we’re used to pinch-zooming our way around maps, but Waze can’t take the required touchscreen technology for granted. Instead, you zoom by holding down on an icon and then dragging your finger up and down the screen to enlarge or shrink the map. Great in theory, but not so much in practice. I suspect it might be the resistive touchscreen on the Cruze, but zooming always turned out to be a jerky affair. My fingertip would catch slightly and the zoom would lurch in or out. After a day, I was wishing Waze had just given up extra screen real-estate to a pair of separate buttons. Still, they’re minor complaints and readily addressed should the Waze team feel so inclined. Driving with Waze’s layer of extra road data really is transformational: when I got into a car without Android Auto support, it was something I instantly missed. Would I say Waze alone is worth picking a car with Android Auto available? If you’re a regular driver, and if you have – how to put this delicately – a tendency toward a slightly leaden right foot, it can certainly mean the difference between a clean license and a ticket. “Is this legal?” a passenger asked me while I was testing it, “And are the police okay with it?” It also puts the spotlight directly on Apple and CarPlay. According to the rumors, the Waze team has been trying for some time to get a version of the app through the fortified walls into Apple’s garden, but with no luck. If ever there was an app to provide Android envy among iPhone users, though, it’s this. The ball is in your court, Apple; don’t wait too long.center_img Waze, if you’ve been living under a navigation rock, is a crowdsourced traffic, hazard, and general road condition platform. While the maps may be supplied by Waze-owner Google, the metadata – whether that be a slowdown further down your route, or a closed road – is provided by reports from other Waze users. Where that gets interesting is when they tag police cars or speed cameras: effectively, Waze becomes the 21st century version of a trucker’s CB network. It’s become invaluable for anybody who spends any significant length of time on public highways. Yes, some other navigation systems have records of where fixed speed cameras can be found, but none has the same live data that Waze offers. Driving with Waze is a little like having an augmented reality layer dropped over the road network, a backchannel of anonymous friends all trying to help you get from A to B with the minimum of headaches.last_img read more

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Sony Wena Wrist smart strap for your regular watch escapes Japan

first_imgInstead, Sony squeezes the gadgetry into the strap itself. That may sound like an unnecessary challenge to the company’s engineers, but there’s a good reason for it. Sony’s target audience is those watch-wearers who have a timepiece they’re not wanting to give up, but who still want more functionality from it. Think along the lines of someone with a Rolex, Panarai, or other high-end wristwatch – or someone with a watch that has sentimental value – but who still wants to be able to track steps, get alerts, and other features. So, the Wena Wrist attaches like a regular, replacement strap to your existing watch, and hides its tech on the underside of your wrist. It has a tiny display integrated into the buckle, a small strip of OLED that can show Caller ID for incoming phone calls, along with message previews for email, texts, and other app messages. The display also shows battery status.NFC for contactless payments is also integrated, and there are sensors for step tracking. In the companion app, the Wena Wrist can show you how far you’ve walked, what speed you walked at, and other metrics like your heart rate and how many calories were burned. Sony’s Wena Wrist smart watch strap is finally spreading outside of Japan, though the unusual upgrade to make traditional watches connected is still a tough sell. Sony revealed the Wena back in 2015, part of its First Flight crowdfunding platform. Unlike most smartwatches, the tech isn’t in the face. It was an interesting idea, but Sony didn’t show much enthusiasm for giving the Wena Wrist platform a broad launch. In fact until now it has only been available in Japan, though that’s finally changing. Pre-orders have now opened up in the UK. Sony offers both the straps, and a selection of chronograph “heads” with which a whole watch can be assembled. There are three band designs, two metal and one rubber, and a number of “head” designs that they can be paired with. These range from more classic designs through to more technical chronographs. What they’re not is especially cheap, at least not in smartwatch terms. In fact Sony has priced the Wena Wrist more in the region of traditional replacement straps for high-end watches. The bands alone are from £100 ($129) and range all the way up to around £400 ($515). For that, you could get a whole new Apple Watch Series 4. US availability is yet to be announced.center_img Story TimelineSony Wena smartwatch puts traditional face on a smart bandSony to finally launch wena “smart” watch bands in leather, steellast_img read more

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BMWs allnew 2019 M5 Competition starts production in July

first_imgBMW has unveiled the all-new 2019 M5 Competition sedan. The big beast of a car will start production in July and will carry a starting MSRP of $110,995 including destination. BMW has fitted the M5 Competition with a TwinPower Turbo engine that offers 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. SOURCE: BMW Peak torque for the big V8 is made between 1,800 and 5,960 rpm. BMW says that the M5 competition can go from 0 to 60mph in 3.1 seconds. After 10.8-seconds goes by the M5 Competition will have hit 124 mph making it 0.3 seconds faster than the normal M5. The car is fitted with a special M Sports exhaust to give it improved sound and faster turbo response. That exhaust has flaps that control the sound and features various engine modes. The exhaust has black chrome finishers on the back. Special suspension tuning makes the M5 Competition handle better with increased spring rates for better handling. The car features M xDrive all-wheel drive to give better grip and acceleration. Power from the engine goes to the ground via an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission and the car has an Active M Differential that controls torque distribution. That all-wheel-drive system is rear biased.AdChoices广告Brakes are six-piston fixed calipers and perforated and vented brake disks. Optional M carbon-ceramic brakes can be added for lower weight, better thermal stability, and increased resistance to wear. BMW uses M light-alloy wheels that are 20-inches with 275/35R 20 front and 285/35R 20 rear tires.last_img read more

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Well see Fords Mustanginspired performance electric SUV this year

first_imgThat’s the all-electric F-150, which Ford made mention of today during the company’s 2018 Q4 and full-year earnings review. Announcing revenues up by 2-percent to just north of $160bn for the full year, along with a 7.9-percent margin, Ford did have some less impressive news all the same. Across all of its key metrics bar revenue, the automaker highlighted, Q4 saw lower year-on-year performance. That, it said, was down to sales in China and Europe, in addition to a greater investment in its work on autonomous cars and other services. In China and Europe, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were down $692m. However Ford is still confident that its upcoming portfolio will do the trick there. First off, there’ll be the new all-electric utility. That will be revealed this year, Ford promises, ahead of an on-sale date in 2020. The car will be “inspired” by the Mustang, Ford has said previously, borrowing liberally from the iconic sports car’s design language. So far, however, all we’ve seen are some Mustang-esque rear lamps and a steep rear hatch. AdChoices广告Ford is aiming for a 300 mile range, or thereabouts, from the car. It’ll be at the vanguard of a huge drive into battery-electric propulsion, too. Indeed Ford says it should have sixteen such options by 2022. What’s unclear at this stage is whether the new all-electric F-150 pickup will be among those sixteen options. Ford confirmed it was working on such a truck earlier this month, a surprise announcement following the Detroit Auto Show. Although a hybrid F-150 had been on the public roadmap for some time, the automaker was not expected to go as far as make an entirely electric version. With the upcoming Tesla pickup EV on the horizon, however, and other manufacturers eyeing the space, Ford clearly decided it couldn’t do things half-heartedly. Ford may well look to expand on its recent deal to collaborate on future vehicles with Volkswagen, which will begin with midsize trucks. The two automakers confirmed, though, that the potential to expand the agreement to encompass EVs and self-driving technologies was on the table. Ford’s all-electric utility, the SUV previously known as the Mach 1, is still on track to be revealed this year, the automaker has confirmed today. The new model – part of a sizable investment into electrification by the brand – will sit alongside an arguably even more important truck, however. Story TimelineThis is the Ford Mustang hybridFord and VW deal on EVs and autonomy could be huge2020 Ford Explorer ST and Explorer Hybrid bring power and electric to Detroitlast_img read more

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Obama Emphasizes Womens Health Issues

first_imgPresident Barack Obama is differentiating his positions from those of GOP challenger Mitt Romney, saying a Romney win could result in the overturning of Roe v. Wade. He is also assailing efforts to “redefine rape,” attempting to link Romney to comments made by Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock.Politico: Obama: Politicians Should Stay Out Of Women’s HealthPresident Obama launched into a defense of women being allowed to make their own health care and reproductive choices. “These attempts to re-define rape in some way make no sense to me, and I don’t think they make sense to the vast majority of women across the country,” Obama said in an interview with NBC — indirectly referring to an incident where Indiana senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that babies who were the result of rape were part of God’s plan (Tau, 10/25).The Hill: Obama: No Doubt Romney Win Could Overturn Roe V. WadeThere’s no question a Romney presidency could spell the end of Roe v. Wade, President Obama said in an interview with Rolling Stone. Romney has said he’d like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that said abortion is legal. And if he wins in November, he might be able to tilt the balance of the court to make that possible. “I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Obama said when asked whether he fears that Roe could be overturned. “Governor Romney has made clear that’s his position. His running mate has made this one of the central principles of his public life. Typically, a president is going to have one or two Supreme Court nominees during the course of his presidency, and we know that the current Supreme Court has at least four members who would overturn Roe v. Wade. All it takes is one more for that to happen” (Baker, 10/25).Reproductive issues are reverberating in other races, too – Politico: Democrats Go All In For Abortion RightsDemocrats have gone all in for abortion rights, with none of the hedging or defensiveness they’ve shown in recent years — a subtle but striking repositioning with political consequences that extend far beyond Nov. 6 (Nather and Mahtesian, 10/26).The Hill: SBA Lists Blasts Obama For Saying Planned Parenthood Provides MammogramsA leading anti-abortion-rights group on Thursday slammed President Obama for saying Planned Parenthood provides mammograms when the group provides only referrals for the procedure. The Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, which works to elect candidates who oppose abortion rights, said Thursday that Obama “persists in falsehood” on the distinction to attract female voters. Planned Parenthood is anathema to Republicans, who say its public funding as a healthcare provider allows the group to further subsidize its abortion services (Viebeck, 10/25).The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Archdiocese Wades Into Legal Fight Over Birth Control MandateThe Archdiocese of Atlanta has placed itself squarely in the midst of a national fight over what it believes is an attack against religious freedom during a hotly contested election. The archdiocese recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies over the birth control insurance mandate. The lawsuit is among a dozen or so that have recently been filed in federal courts across the nation, in what some experts see as a strategy to ensure the issue winds up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court (Poole, 10/26).The Boston Globe: Antiabortion Group Endorses Brown In MailerThe National Right to Life Committee has spent about $45,000 sending out mailers backing Senator Scott Brown, even as he supports ­legalized abortion. Federal election law prohibits Brown from having any say over mailings sent by a political action committee. The latest expenditure figures were reported over the last few days (10/26).In other news related to women’s health issues – The Associated Press: Native Women Face Patchwork Of Policies For Plan BMonths after the federal Indian Health Service said it was finalizing a policy that would make emergency contraception more accessible to American Indian women, advocates say they’re still waiting. And in the meantime, Native women face a patchwork of policies at hospitals and clinics that don’t always ensure timely access to the medication (Fonseca, 10/25). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Obama Emphasizes Women’s Health Issueslast_img read more

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Viewpoints Health Law Offers Lifeline To Many National Exchange Could Solve Many

first_imgThe New York Times: Report Card On Health Care Reform Republican leaders in Congress regularly denounce the 2010 Affordable Care Act and vow to block money to carry it out or even to repeal it. Those political attacks ignore the considerable benefits delivered to millions of people since the law’s enactment three years ago Saturday. The main elements of the law do not kick in until Jan. 1, 2014, when many millions of uninsured people will gain coverage. Yet it has already thrown a lifeline to people at high risk of losing insurance or being uninsured, including young adults and people with chronic health problems, and it has made a start toward reforming the costly, dysfunctional American health care system (3/22). The Washington Post: On Health Reform, A Shortsighted Vote We’re all for bipartisanship, but just because Republicans and Democrats agree on a particular policy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good one. Case in point: Thursday’s Senate vote to repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that will help fund Obamacare to the tune of $30 billion over the next decade. … Reforming health insurance and expanding coverage costs money — a lot of money. The medical-device tax is one part of a funding package that will enable the health-care law to cover 27 million previously uninsured people, at a projected cost of just under $1.2 trillion over 10 years, without adding to the projected federal deficit. Asking the medical device industry to chip in 2.5 percent of that doesn’t seem unreasonable, given the $100 billion-plus sector’s profitability (3/22). Fox News: ObamaCare Turns Three – A Checkup On The Rhetoric Vs. The RealitySaturday marks ObamaCare’s third anniversary, and President Obama and Democrats across the country will surely celebrate its greatest achievement to date: survival. The health care law narrowly survived a Supreme Court challenge, repeated attempts by House Republicans to repeal it and, with President Obama’s reelection, seems to be set for implementation next year. But survival is a pretty low bar for the law, and far from the lofty claims made on its behalf (Paul Howard, 3/22). Reuters: Should Congress Create A National Health-Care Exchange? Rather than have the federal government build state-based exchanges governed by state insurance regulations, Congress should consider building a national health exchange. Insurance plans sold on the national health exchange would have to be certified by the federal government, just as employer-sponsored health insurance plans offered under ERISA have to meet certain minimum requirements, but regulations and mandates would be kept to a minimum (Reihan Salam, 3/22). The New York Times Opinionator: A Plan To Fix Cancer Care This year, more than 1.6 million Americans — 0.5 percent of the population — will receive a diagnosis of cancer. Their treatment will consume at least 5 percent of the country’s health care spending, at a cost that is growing faster than all other areas of medicine. Doctors and patients recognize that this is unsustainable and that we need to change the way we deliver care. But we need help. … Many cancer patients, after getting a diagnosis of a terrifying disease, pursue any potentially promising therapy, regardless of the price. But the main cost driver is the fee-for-service payment system (Ezekiel J. Emanuel, 3/23). The New York Times: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, The Sequel Last week, scientists sequenced the genome of cells taken without consent from a woman named Henrietta Lacks. She was a black tobacco farmer and mother of five, and though she died in 1951, her cells, code-named HeLa, live on. They were used to help develop our most important vaccines and cancer medications, in vitro fertilization, gene mapping, cloning. Now they may finally help create laws to protect her family’s privacy — and yours (Rebecca Skloot, 3/23). USA Today: Hip Replacement Throws Johnson & Johnson: Our View In the late 2000s, as evidence mounted that two of its hip implants were failing at high rates, a J&J subsidiary left the devices on the market for several years. It finally recalled them in 2010 — but not before surgeons had put them in 93,000 patients, more than a third in the U.S. This month, a Los Angeles jury found the design of the ASR XL implant defective and awarded $8.3 million to a retired Montana prison guard — one of 10,000 patients who have sued J&J and its DePuy unit (3/24). USA Today: On Hip Replacement, DePuy Acted Properly: Opposing View When DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, decided to recall the Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) Hip System in August 2010, it was the right decision at the right time. Only at that point did new data from a United Kingdom national joint registry report that 13% of patients were undergoing a second hip replacement surgery, called revision surgery, sooner than expected. We immediately recalled the product in every country where it was sold (Pam Plouhar, 3/24). The Washington Post: ‘Pay-To-Delay’ Pharmaceutical Deals Smack Of Illegal Collusion In 2006 Solvay Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the testosterone-therapy drug AndroGel, settled a dispute with a group of generic pharmaceutical companies, agreeing to allow would-be competitors into the market in 2015, five years before the AndroGel patent expires. So how is this bad for consumers in search of cheaper drugs? (3/24).Des Moines Register: Medicaid Vote Is About Health Care, Not Politics The Iowa Senate is expected to vote today on legislation to expand Medicaid health insurance to cover more than 100,000 additional Iowans. With Democrats holding a majority in that chamber, the bill will pass. But simply approving Senate File 296 along party lines isn’t enough. Eventually the Iowa House, where Republicans hold a majority, will need to agree to expand Medicaid, too. That is why it is crucial for Senate Republicans to be true leaders today. They can help poor Iowans finally get health insurance by voting to support the legislation (3/24). The Tennessean: Medicaid Expansion Will Save Lives It’s hard to find a reason not to expand Medicaid. It will add money to our economy, create jobs, help families become healthier and prevent needless deaths. If we don’t take the money from the federal government, it won’t be used to impact our national deficit — it will go to other states to help their hardworking families (Rebecca B. Kelly, 3/23). Health Policy Solutions: Expansion Of Medicaid A Boon For Low-Income Baby BoomersThe expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act will help thousands of Colorado families who lack insurance. You’ve probably heard that. What you might not have heard is that the expansion will greatly benefit a large number of Colorado’s aging baby boomers. These are low-income residents between the ages of 50 and 64 who may be in great need of health care coverage but often are not be able to afford it (Bob Semro, 3/22).Health Policy Solutions: Behavioral Health, Firearms And Suicide: The Public Health Conversation We Aren’t HavingThe rampage killings that reignited the gun control debate have been inextricably linked in the public consciousness with the issue of mental health. … What the gun control debate in Colorado and across the U.S. has ignored, however, is that the most significant intersection of behavioral health and gun violence is not mass shootings nor violence against others. It is suicide (Michael Lott Manier, 3/22).Boston Globe: Actors Help Doctors Learn To Convey Empathy Early one morning when I was an intern, a truck driver, a father of four in his 40s, came to the ER with a cough and a low-grade fever. Two hours later he was dead, from an overwhelming staph infection. The resident on duty thought it would be instructive for me to deliver this news to the man’s wife, who stood waiting in the hall, not suspecting that anything was seriously wrong. I stepped into the crowded corridor, found her, and said the first thing that came into my head, something I’d undoubtedly remembered from a B movie: “We lost him. There was nothing we could do” (Suzanne Koven, 3/25). Los Angeles Times: Discord Over Elder Care Project In Sherwood Forest Sherwood Forest is not a neighborhood of merry men and women these days. For the last several months, the leafy enclave of rambling homes in Northridge in the San Fernando Valley has been the site of a pitched battle between developers who want to build a 112-unit elder care facility and opponents who complain that the “Costco-size” institution will be an eyesore, and an unnecessary one at that, in a community zoned for single-family dwellings (3/24). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Viewpoints: Health Law Offers ‘Lifeline’ To Many; National Exchange Could Solve Many Problems With State Insurance; Contrasting Looks At Faulty Hip Replacementslast_img read more

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Ending Medicare Coverage Of Erection Aids Would Save 444M

first_img The Wall Street Journal’s Pharmalot: A Drug Maker Uses Doctors With Troubled Pasts To Promote A Painkiller Americans with health coverage – including those who buy it through government insurance exchanges and Medicare beneficiaries – are likely to pay more out-of-pocket next year for so-called “specialty drugs,” which treat complex conditions, according to two studies from consulting firm Avalere Health. (Appleby, 12/2) Bloomberg: Medicare Spending Cuts On Erection Aids Would Save $444 Million Congress is poised to prohibit Medicare from spending an estimated $444 million for vacuum pumps used to treat erectile dysfunction in the next decade, a cost-saving move that may frustrate people who can’t afford drugs such as Pfizer Inc.’s Viagra. Medicare’s prescription-drug benefit, created in 2003, generally isn’t permitted to cover Viagra or other erectile-dysfunction medicines. A bill under consideration by Congress would put a similar ban on the pump devices some people use as an alternative. The spending estimate was published yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office. (Wayne, 12/4) An analysis of payments to physicians by Insys Therapeutics, a small drug maker that markets a powerful, but highly restricted painkiller, found that five of the 20 doctors who received the most money recently faced legal or disciplinary action, The New York Times writes. And some of the physicians had allegedly prescribed painkillers inappropriately. Moreover, many of the 20 highly paid doctors, who were paid for consulting, travel or meals, were also among the top Subsys prescribers, according to the Times analysis, which relied on filings with the federal government Open Payments database, as well as internal Insys documents and prescribing information from Tricare, which is the health insurance program for military families. (Silverman, 12/2) center_img Ending Medicare Coverage Of Erection Aids Would Save $444M Medicare’s prescription-drug benefit doesn’t cover erectile-dysfunction medicines and now Congress is weighing a similar ban on the pump devices some men use as an alternative, reports the CBO. Meanwhile, media coverage continues of a drug maker that uses physicians with troubled pasts to market its painkiller and an Avalere study projects consumers will pay more for specialty drugs next year. Kaiser Health News: Consumers Will Pay More Out Of Pocket Next Year For Specialty Drugs 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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The Golden Age of Final Fantasy has found a second home on

first_img 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. There was once a time where some of Final Fantasy’s finest chapters were only playable on PlayStation. My annual playthrough of the 7th installment would see me wiping dust from my older consoles and fumbling with multiple discs, praying that my siblings hadn’t scratched them to death in the months gone by. It was a nostalgic yet frustrating chapter in gaming history, as JRPGs began to penetrate the western market like never before. FF7 set a benchmark that continues to define the genre, so much so that Square Enix is set to spend several decades remaking the damn thing. And because I’m a desperate fangirl, I can’t bloody wait. But now, things are much easier. Relaxed relationships between major console manufacturers and publishers mean classic adventures once bound by a singular platform can be played by millions more. If you told me I’d be enjoying Final Fantasy X and its fabulous sequel in 4K on Xbox One X just a few years ago, I’d have laughed in your face. Related: Best RPGsIn the past few months alone, both Microsoft’s Xbox One family of consoles and Nintendo Switch have received Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 9, Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster and, from this week onward, Final Fantasy 12: Zodiac Age. That’s a lot of JRPG, and the average player definitely won’t finish them all – but to me, it’s not about that. Now all we’re missing is Final Fantasy 6 (or 3, as it’s known in Japan).As much as I’d love to lock myself in a room and spend hours replaying these myriad classics, I can now speed through an hour of mythical storytelling or grind in preparation for a devious boss on my morning commute. The Switch completely transforms once solitary outings into those that can be paused and resumed at a moment’s notice. Save points ain’t got nothing on sleep mode! While Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn continues to be hugely popular in the MMORPG space, the only single-player Final Fantasy we’ve received this generation is 15. Many regard it as being worthy to stand among its peers, but others (myself included) felt it took months of updates for it to eventually resemble something great. It was visually marvellous and mechanically competent, yet the narrative felt disjointed, culminating in an emotional crescendo that didn’t really feel earned. That, and killing off its major female character without much development was particularly disappointing. And, no, I’m not going out of my way to watch a CGI film to make up for it. Related: PS5 vs Xbox TwoAt this rate, our current generation of consoles will last until 2020, and Final Fantasy 15 has likely been the entry point for thousands of young players experiencing the franchise for the first time. Given it took an entire roadmap of downloadable content and a re-release to reach its full potential, disappointment surrounding it is understandable. Nor is it on Switch, unless you count the adorable Pocket Edition.But now, the floodgates have opened and “The Golden Age of Final Fantasy”, as I’ve cheesily penned it, has an entirely new audience just waiting to experience them on Switch and Xbox One. Yes, some are graphically outdated despite a gorgeous visual concept, and gameplay mechanics might feel slower and more deliberate. But at the end of the day, many of them stand the test of time.These new versions also make the games more accessible, and the Switch’s portability isn’t solely responsible for this. Those wishing to see the story without succumbing to countless deaths can activate modifiers that lessen the stress of combat, or provide you with unlimited resources. It’s a cheeky way to go, but speeding up a combat encounter as your train stop approaches is a blessing I’ve experienced a few times this past month.One major qualm I have is the ports of Final Fantasy 7 and 9, which fail to address pronounced audio and presentation issues found in the PC versions from which they originate. It’s hardly a deal-breaker, but Square Enix had the perfect opportunity to address matters and create the definitive collection of classic Final Fantasy titles.  The PlayStation originals or modded-to-heck PC releases are superior, but for first-timers the alternative still shines.Final Fantasy has, and always will hold a special place in my heart – sitting snugly next to John Wick and videos of pugs falling off sofas – and knowing so many are set to enjoy the adventures of Cloud, Zidane and Tidus for the first time puts a big smile on my face.Related: Persona 5 Royal The ports across PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch definitely aren’t perfect, with some showing flaws that simply weren’t present in the original. While others improve upon them tenfold, adding oodles of new content, enhanced visuals that not only warrant a revisit, but make things even better for newcomers.We’ll be putting together our own definitive list of the Best Final Fantasy games in the near future. For now, go ahead and get stuck into the godfather of JRPGs. Maybe we’ll see Final Fantasy 16 emerge at E3 2019? 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 This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

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Moto Z4 wont get Android R – yet another reason to pick

first_imgThe Moto Z4 will only be updated to one new Android version, according to recent reports.News Motorola’s ill-fated 2019 flagship, the Moto Z4, will only be upgraded to Android Q broke via Digital Trends over the weekend. Trusted Reviews has contacted Motorola to confirm the report and will update this article when it hears back.If accurate the news means the phone will not get updated to next year’s version of Android. This would be a key change for Motorola which has an excellent track record for software updates across its entire portfolio of phones, including its cheaper Moto G line.Related: Best Android phone 2019The Moto Z4 is Motorola’s current flagship smartphone. It made an unintended debut in May when Amazon accidentally put it on sale before Motorola had actually unveiled it. It’s currently only available in the US for $499.99 and Motorola hasn’t indicated any plans to expand its launch to other territories.Unlike past Z-series phones the Moto Z4 has fairly mid-range specs that are on a par with things like the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, not the Galaxy S10. We haven’t reviewed the Moto Z4 yet, but the lack of support would in our mind make the Pixels better long-term purchases on paper. The Pixel phones are built by Google and generally get software updates as long as their hardware can handle them.Related: Best mid-range smartphoneThe Moto Z4 runs using a mid-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 CPU and 4GB RAM. Round back you’ll find the same 48-megapixel camera sensor seen on the OnePlus 7, as well as numerous other handsets.Up front you’ll see a 6.4-inch, FHD+ resolution, OLED screen and 25-megapixel selfie camera that’s housed in a Huawei P30-style dewdrop notch. The only atypical feature is its support for Motorola’s Moto Mod peripherals.The feature lets you add extra functionality to the Moto Z4, like 5G support or a bigger battery, by magnetically attaching optional peripherals to the phone’s back.Motorola’s confirmed that, unlike past years, it has no plans to release Play of Force variants of the Moto Z4, which is a little sad. The Play-series phones are designed to be cheaper slightly stripped down versions of Motorola’s main flagship, similar in kind to the Galaxy S10e. The Force variants were designed with durability in mind and feature ruggedised designs. 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 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. 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.last_img read more

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Green Deals Earthwise 21inch Push Lawn Sweeper 5750 more

Amazon offers the Earthwise 21-inch Push Lawn Sweeper for $57.42 shipped. Also at Walmart or Home Depot for $1 more. Regularly up to $70 at other retailers, today’s deal is a new Amazon all-time low and the best available. Comparable options sell for $100 or more at Amazon. This is an easy way to clean your yard this fall, and get a little exercise at the same time. Add in that you don’t have to do deal with oil or gas, and you’re in business. Rated 3.5/5 stars. more… Source: Charge Forward read more

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Sol Motors prepares to launch its 50 mph Pocket Rocket electric motorcycle

“Unique” might be an understatement. Sol Motor’s new Pocket Rocket electric motorcycle looks nothing like many of the new e-motos we’ve covered recently.Perhaps that is why the company is pitching their new Pocket Rocket electric motorcycle as a completely new class of light electric vehicle. more…The post Sol Motors prepares to launch its 50 mph Pocket Rocket electric motorcycle appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward

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