CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work

first_imgThe Family of Agile Marketing Tools Helps Marketers Publish More Work, Complete Projects on Time and Prove Value to StakeholdersCoSchedule, the fastest-growing marketing platform on the Inc. 5000 list and recognized on Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Content Marketing Platforms, announced its new CoSchedule Marketing Suite . The Marketing Suite helps marketers stay focused, deliver projects on time and make their team happy.The strategic shift to build a unified marketing platform is the company’s direct response to marketers’ feedback and frustration with disconnected toolsets that cause marketing teams to waste time coordinating work rather than completing it.“We surveyed more than 3,000 marketers, and they unanimously shared the need to get more work done in less time,” said Garrett Moon, co-founder and CEO of CoSchedule. “The pressure for this productivity pushes them to adopt new technologies and processes. But in reality, we hear this only leads to siloed tools and teams. They’re frustrated. At CoSchedule, we call this ‘makeshift marketing.’ It’s the wasted effort marketers spend coordinating projects, managing spreadsheets and cobbling together single-function tools.”Marketing Technology News: Verve Releases SDK 4.0 To Supercharge The Revenue-Generating Power Of In-App InventoryThe CoSchedule Marketing Suite brings together a work management, content marketing, social media management and digital asset management toolset built upon a marketing calendar foundation. This family of agile tools is designed to provide unprecedented visibility into marketing operations with a single source of truth for all marketing activities.“Our mission is to end makeshift marketing, so we decided to build a completely new way for marketers to work,” said Moon. “The CoSchedule Marketing Suite brings together all the tools that marketers need on a daily basis and puts them in one place. It’s a monumental step and an exciting evolution for CoSchedule and our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Gigapaces Partners with Tableau to Accelerate Machine Learning and Data VisualizationCoSchedule’s Marketing Calendar is the cornerstone of the Marketing Suite. The platform includes four additional product offerings that build off the calendar.Content Organizer is content marketing software to drive strategy and growth.Social Organizer is social media management software to empower marketers with everything they need from publishing to measurement.Work Organizer is team collaboration software designed to help marketers manage and automate workflows.Asset Organizer is brand new digital asset management software designed to organize digital assets and share files with stakeholders.Promoting the value proposition “the only way to organize your marketing in one place,” CoSchedule saw it necessary to add new functionality into the platform to fulfill its promise. The Social Organizer includes all-new Social Conversations Inbox monitoring capabilities for engaging with followers, which makes the software a complete social media management solution. Asset Organizer is an entirely new product to the company as well, making the Marketing Suite a complete marketing project management solution.“Prior to CoSchedule, we were using tons of different tools,” said Sadie Rudolph, public relations director at Flint Group and long-time CoSchedule customer. “We were jumping from product to product and none of the things we were doing were working together. Because everything wasn’t in one place, I didn’t have a lot of visibility into what our team was working on.Marketing Technology News: Invoca Survey Finds Over Half of Consumers Only Offered Automated Communications By Brands Feel Frustrated When They’re Unable to Speak with a Live Person“The CoSchedule Marketing Suite lets us know what everyone is working on and when it’s going to get done, and it’s allowed us to consistently meet our deadlines,” said Rudolph. “Because we have visibility into every project, we’ve been able to drastically reduce wasted effort and produce more content.” Content Marketing PlatformsCoscheduleCoSchedule Marketing SuiteGartnerMagic QuadrantMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleAmperity and Snowflake Partner to Help Joint Customers Power Customer 360 InitiativesNext ArticleConstant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer Conference CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 4:52 pmJune 28, 2019 last_img read more

4 Reasons PeerToPeer Recognition and Rewards Should Be the New Normal

first_img Time doesn’t do refunds. It’s a pithy statement made famous by David Hieatt, creator of the DO Lectures. In his talks to entrepreneurs, he says, “The Time Bank won’t tell you how to spend it. Time poorly spent will not be replaced with more time.” Put that into perspective. A typical workweek has 120 hours. Given a 40-hour workweek, you spend one-third of that time interacting with colleagues. I’d argue it’s probably more time than you spend with your family or loved ones. This reality makes having positive relationships at work extremely important. This could be acheived by peer-to-peer recognition and rewards.Mental Health America says when employers prioritize positive relationships at work, they promote a creative, collaborative, and supportive workplace culture. On the other hand, if employers allow toxic relationships to manifest, it can increase stress levels and feelings of isolation. The result, Mental Health America asserts, is a negative impact on employee mental and physical health, which lowers morale and motivation. When peer-to-peer recognition is frequent, visible, and meaningful, it becomes part of an employee’s everyday habits. Imagine sending a colleague a “job well done!” for their latest project, welcoming a new team member aboard their first day, or showcasing a peer who went above and beyond – recognition has value at every step of the employee experience.Here Are Four Reasons Why Continuous Recognition Should Be the New Normal:Technology makes it easier: Reward Gateway research found that 82% of HR professionals in the U.S. believe employee engagement would improve if their people had the technology to recognize their peers for good behavior. An employee engagement app, for example, can integrate into your existing HR technology and mimic the type of digital experience employees get on personal social sharing platforms. Technology enables access and frequency, so peer-to-peer recognition can be done in real time. Recognition and rewards technology also keeps your employees connected to each other, whether they are on the train headed home or at the watercooler catching up with a co-worker.Real-time feels more organic: Employees attach different expectations when recognition is given in a timely manner. Why make employees wait until the employee-of-the-month happy hour to give them kudos? With the right recognition and rewards technology, employees can send, comment, and react to recognition moments in real time (before it’s old news). And they can put the spotlight on these moments, even in between meetings, using e-cards, blog posts, or instant awards.Promotes “team” performance for organizational success: Programs that allow peer-to-peer recognition and rewards to thrive help to foster trust among teams. According to author Stephen M. R. Covey, trust is essential for unparalleled success and prosperity within a business organization. Giving an “attaboy” to a colleague encourages more collaboration that builds stronger team dynamics over time. And it simply creates the space for more recognizable opportunities to occur and to be acted upon by people who work alongside the employee.Managers are busy, give them the tools. The demand for a manager’s time is usually high, and keeping tabs on every employee’s shining moment can be challenging. In fact, 60% of workers feel that their colleagues could be thanked and praised more regularly by managers and leaders. Our 2017 study found that 54% of employees would rather work for a company with a culture where they receive recognition over a higher-salary job where they don’t get any recognition. Managers being available to react and respond when these moments occur is critical because recognition is one of the key drivers needed for employees to become ingrained in a company’s values and corporate mission. When you give managers the tools they need to overcome the barriers, they, too, can be active participants in continuous recognition.ConclusionPeer-to-peer employee recognition and rewards have the power to foster the type of positive workplace relationships that lead employees to have better job satisfaction and increased productivity. It is also the foundation for creating a culture of continuous recognition.We can’t get time back, but we can give employees a reason to feel like each workday is time well spent. By giving employees and managers the tools to more easily give recognition and rewards, we can also actively include employees in building positive workplace relationships and more meaningful employee experiences Employee RecognitionJob Satisfactionpeer-to-peerRecognitionRewardsWorkplace Relationship Previous ArticleLonely Planet Partners with Acquia to develop the Most Consumer-Centric Platform in TravelNext ArticleContentful Unveils Headless CMS Ecommerce Solution for Faster Content Delivery and Improved Sales 4 Reasons Peer-To-Peer Recognition and Rewards Should Be the New Normal Will TraczJuly 11, 2019, 9:00 amJuly 8, 2019 last_img read more

5G for Connected Cities Predicted to Generate US17 Trillion by 2035 Reveals

first_img5G Connected Cities Services Set to Play Important Role in Economic growth5G will generate trillions of dollars in direct, indirect contributions and productivity gains, according to a new study conducted by ABI Research and commissioned by InterDigital, Inc., a mobile technology research and development company. The study, which examined the growth opportunities for next-generation wireless technologies in urban environments, also revealed how 5G would underpin future vertical services and spur the proliferation of connected cities.In the new study entitled, ‘5G urban deployment: debunking the capex myth and unlocking new growth’, ABI Research highlighted increased revenue opportunities through 2028 in three separate areas as a result of 5G:US$2.4 trillion in direct contributions: mostly driven by end-user subscriptions for connectivity services. This compares with US$1.1 trillion with 4G.US$866 billion in indirect contributions: these include increases in the supply chain from devices, infrastructure, applications, advertising and other products or services. This compares with US$500 billion in 2018 on 4G.US$3.2 trillion in productivity gains: these refer to better workforce efficiency due to the availability of connectivity throughout cities.Marketing Technology News: MultiVu Launches Digital Marketing SuiteThe survey particularly highlights the role of connected cities in the US$17 trillion in economic growth 5G is expected to generate by 2035. According to the findings, mobile operators should take bold steps to deploy 5G mobile broadband connectivity more aggressively in cities over the coming years. The study also highlights how the introduction of 5G in urban areas can create a new wave of enterprise vertical use cases that will redefine consumer lifestyles and enterprise operations in cities. The dense population of urban areas will allow mobile operators to better monetize new 5G services without massive investment or a long ROI cycle.Early commercial 5G deployments have already been announced, with examples across the globe in the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, supported by infrastructure vendors that have started to ship 5G-capable network equipment. The first 5G-related use cases will be fueled by enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), but advanced and use-case enabling 5G features, such as Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications (URLLC) and Massive Machine Type Communications (MMTC) will start to appear as early as 2020. A number of technologies are contributing to this development, including private cellular, millimeter wave (mmWave), small cells, fixed wireless access, and telco cloud/edge.Marketing Technology News: Live Data Is Now The Lifeblood For Telco Value Creation“We expect 5G deployment to begin to place huge pressures on mobile operators over the next couple of years as they look to compete to capitalize on its revenue potential,” said Henry Tirri, CTO, at InterDigital. “Many are trying to understand how they will monetize this next generation of wireless technology, and most importantly, how they’ll deliver ROI from it. But while there may still be several questions and doubts surrounding 5G monetization, these findings clearly demonstrate the growth opportunities that 5G is set to bring about. While CAPEX and OPEX investments will be high, it is evident that 5G technology will radically change our ability to deliver new and innovative consumer and enterprise services, and help dictate the trajectory of our future global economy.”Commenting on the findings, analyst Dimitris Mavrakis from ABI Research said: “We have reached a critical point today where our global economy is heavily reliant on our ability to deliver new technological services. 5G has the potential to completely change our every day lives, but only if mobile service providers can roll out 5G in a way that makes economical and logical sense – that is, to start with mobile broadband connectivity deployments in urban areas to create the right use cases that will justify investments in CAPEX and OPEX.”Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven Enterprises 5G for Connected Cities Predicted to Generate US$17 Trillion by 2035, Reveals ABI Research PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 7:09 pmJune 10, 2019 5G5G urban deploymentABI ResearchInterDigitalMarketing Technology Newsmobile technology researchNews Previous ArticleForging MarTech with Big Data: Salesforce Eyes Tableau’s Big Data Expertise with $15.7 Billion DealNext ArticleLiveData Announces the Launch of PeriOp Manager for Salesforce Health Cloud on Salesforce AppExchangelast_img read more

Jackie LeeJoe Named Netflix Chief Marketing Officer

first_img Jackie Lee-JoeMarketing Technology NewsNetflixNewsTed Sarandos Previous ArticleSharpSpring Unveils Sales Optimizer, a First-of-Its-Kind Product to Streamline the Sales ProcessNext ArticleMarTech Series Exclusive: Pop-In with VidMob at Cannes Lions 2019 Netflix announced that Jackie Lee-Joe has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer. Jackie has served as CMO of BBC Studios, part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, since 2015.“Jackie is a truly original thinker with a wealth of global experience – making her the perfect fit as our next Chief Marketing Officer. I’m excited to work with her in promoting our brand and original programming in new and creative ways to our members all around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.Marketing Technology News: SynergySuite Closes $6 Million Series A Led by First Analysis“Netflix is a much loved and respected brand with audiences globally thanks to its rich and varied original programming. I’m thrilled to be joining one of the most creative, dynamic and fearlessly innovative companies in the world,” said Jackie Lee-Joe.A graduate of the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, Jackie joined the BBC in November 2015 from Skype, where she was Global Director for Audience, Entertainment Marketing & Broadcast Media. She has over 20 years of marketing experience with leading media, technology and telecoms companies including Virgin Mobile, Carphone Warehouse and Orange. She will start at Netflix in September and will be based in Los Angeles. Jackie succeeds Kelly Bennett, who announced his retirement from the company earlier this year.  Marketing Technology News: Accelerators Launched for Rapid Execution and Faster Time to MarketNetflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.Marketing Technology News: Brave Expands Advertising Platform to Mobile Devices and Launches Brave Ads Certified Vendor Program Jackie Lee-Joe Named Netflix Chief Marketing Officer PRNewswireJuly 12, 2019, 5:00 pmJuly 12, 2019 last_img read more

Present Generation of Dynast Has Become Liability for Congress Arun Jaitley in

first_img arun jaitleyAtal Bihari VajpayeecongressIndian National Lok Dal First Published: April 20, 2019, 7:42 PM IST New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the “present generation of dynast” has become a liability for the Congress party and expressed hope that aspirational India would reject caste-based and dynastic parties during the ongoing general elections.Jaitley added that with the socio-economic profile of the country moving up on account of growth, it would be difficult for people to accept dynasties. “If the Congress’s dynast has only an ability to deliver 44 seats or 60 seats in Parliament, what then is the incentive for conventional Congressmen to bear humiliation of subjecting themselves to a dynast? Ultimately, in dynastic parties one has to accept political slavery,” Jaitley said in a blog titled, ‘Will 2019 Witness the Dynasty as a Liability on the Congress Party?’The grand old party is led by Rahul Gandhi, grandson of Indira Gandhi and son of Rajiv Gandhi, and is assisted by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.Jaitley said the two Prime Ministers that BJP gave to the nation — Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi — were by a mile the “tallest politicians of their generation”, adding that this could happen only in merit-based parties and not dynastic ones.”A relevant question with this changing socio-economic profile of India is – Are dynasties an asset for a party or are they a liability? Unquestionably, the present generation of dynast has become a liability rather than an asset for the Congress Party,” he said.Jaitley further said: “Is history going to witness something wholly unprecedented? Are we going to witness the rejection of caste based and dynastic parties? And will aspirational India make a harsh judgement on electing a merit based leadership? This may well be the case.”Referring to other dynastic parties, Jaitley said the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)has splintered, while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) got zero in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 19 seats in the assembly elections.The Samajwadi Party could only retain seats for its family members in the 2014 elections, while the RJD was down to two seats, he noted.Commenting on the first two phases of polling for the general elections, Jaitley said the momentum was clearly with the BJP and Prime Minister Modi.”In terms of national leadership contest for a Prime Ministerial election, it is almost becoming a one horse race. There is nobody else measuring up to Prime Minister Modi’s level of capacity and acceptability,” he added.The second phase of the Lok Sabha elections got over on Thursday, covering 95 constituencies in 11 states and union territory Puducherry. As many as 91 constituencies went to polls in the first phase on April 11.The seven-phased general elections would be completed on May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23. PTI JD CS last_img read more

Why Not 10 am Opposition Claims Campaign Ban in West Bengal Allows

first_img aapAhmed PatelAIMIMarvind kejriwal First Published: May 15, 2019, 10:40 PM IST New Delhi: Leaders from Opposition parties came down heavily on the Election Commission’s order curtailing campaigning in West Bengal from 10 pm on Thursday in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata a day earlier. The ban’s timing is under fire because it allows Prime Minister Modi to address two rallies in Laxmikantapur and Dum Dum in the state scheduled in the afternoon, alleged several leaders. BJP’s West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh, however, defended the decision saying it was taken “following lack of faith in state administration”.”It is unfortunate that the candidates did not get their stipulated time, but I think commission took the decision following lack of faith in the state administration,” he said. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel raised questions over the EC order, wondering if the poll panel is “waiting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to complete his public meetings” there.”If situation in Bengal is so severe that campaigning must be stopped, why is EC waiting until tomorrow? Is it because PM has scheduled rallies tomorrow?” Ahmed Patel tweeted reacting to the development.If situation in Bengal is so severe that campaigning must be stopped, why is EC waiting until tomorrow? Is it because PM has scheduled rallies tomorrow?— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) May 15, 2019 “Isn’t it unprecedented that EC claims it’s an unprecedented situation in West Bengal but yet is waiting for PM to complete his public meetings?” he said in another tweet.BJP and TMC supporters Tuesday fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive road show by Shah, who escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by the police.The EC’s campaign ban order is the first such action in the history of the country’s electoral politics.Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav slammed the decision, saying “the decision to call off campaigning in Bengal is against all norms of democratic fair play”.The EC’s decision to call off campaigning in Bengal is against all norms of democratic fair play. I fully support @MamataOfficial ji in her fight to stop the undemocratic march of the two and a half men who have used and abused every institution of our country for their own gain.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 15, 2019 CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also took to Twitter to criticise the poll body. “If a ban is intended for 72 hours, why is it starting at 10 pm tomorrow? Is it to allow the two rallies of the PM before that?” Yechury tweeted shortly after the EC’s announcement.If a ban is intended for 72 hours, why is it starting at 10pm tomorrow? Is it to allow the two rallies of the PM before that? https://t.co/wn6MqmmrhD— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) May 15, 2019 “The decision by the EC to stop campaigning a day in advance is not understood. The first thing being expected by EC was action against the lumpen elements of BJP and TMC for violence yesterday. Why has no action been initiated?” he asked.Yetchury also alleged that there has been no response to the many complaints and letters written about violations and breakdown of law and order with impunity in Bengal.The poll body invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to curtail the campaigning in West Bengal for the last phase of the election on May 19.AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi also expressed discontent over the decision claiming that such a decision should be taken with regard to eastern Uttar Pradesh also, in line with principles of “natural justice.””@ECISVEEP why only West Bengal, Natural Justice & Fair Play demands it should have been for entire 7th Phase why only West Bengal, why not for Eastern UP,” he tweeted.@ECISVEEP why only West Bengal ,Natural Justice & Fair Play demands it should have been for entire 7th Phase why only West Bengal ,why not for Eastern UP ? https://t.co/xpE2L2vYpI— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) May 15, 2019 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also came out in support of his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee saying the people of the state will give a befitting reply to the “perpetrators of violence and hooliganism”.”Time to wake up, India. This very cult and ideology killed Mahatma and is now behind the desecration of the bust of one of the greatest reformers Shri Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar ji. People of Bengal will give a befitting reply to Modi-Shah led perpetrators of violence and hooliganism (sic),” Kejriwal said.Time to wake up, India. This very cult n ideology killed Mahatma and is now behind desecration of the bust of one of the greatest reformers Shri Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar ji. People of Bengal will give befitting reply to Modi-Shah led perpetrators of violence and hooliganism— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 15, 2019 The BJP and the TMC have accused each other of inciting the violence which broke out during BJP president Amit Shah’s massive road show.During the violence, a bust of Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was also vandalised.(With inputs from PTI) last_img read more

Mindbending model shows Venus isnt our nearest neighbor — its Mercury

first_img Editors’ Recommendations A highly stylized rendition of our solar system NASA/JPLIf someone asked which planet was closest to Earth, you’d be pretty certain — it’s Venus. We measure distances in the solar system in terms of Astronomical Units (AU), where 1 AU is the distance between Earth and the Sun. So, with a orbit distance of 0.72 AU, you’d assume that Venus is just 0.28 AU away from us, right? Even NASA’s public information website says that Venus is our closest planetary neighbor.But if that’s what you said then you’d be wrong, according to a new article in Physics Today. The authors argue that these measurements calculate the average distance of planets from the Sun, but they don’t take into account all of the time that the planets spend moving away from each other. They say the traditional model is “simple but wrong,” so they designed a new mathematical model which takes into account the movement of the planets relative to each other as well as to the Sun.Using this model, they found the distance between two orbiting bodies is proportional to the radius of the inner orbit. “In other words,” the article explains, “Mercury is closer to Earth, on average, than Venus is because it orbits the Sun more closely.”If you’re wondering how that works, it’s true that Venus is the closest planet to Earth when at its nearest point, as no other planet comes closer to us, but at times Venus and Earth are on opposite sides of the Sun and are 1.72 AU apart. When we consider the average distance between planets over time then our closet neighbor is actually Mercury which orbits at 0.39 AU.Credit: Tom Stockman/Gabriel Monroe/Samuel CordnerOK, sure, that makes sense. Mercury has a small orbit so we spend time close to it more often. But here’s the mind-bending part: Mercury is actually the closest planet to every other planet in the solar system, including Neptune and even quasi-planet Pluto. The same stipulations apply to other planets as they do to Earth — Mercury’s tiny orbit makes it closer on average to all other planets, as you can see in the table of average distances at the bottom of the article.A simulation of the movements of bodies in the solar system was run for 10,000 years, and the traditional way of thinking about distances between planets gave results that differed from the simulation by up to 300 percent. The new method gave results that deviated by less than 1 percent, making it undeniably more accurate.So next time someone asks which is the nearest planet to us, you’ll be in the know: it’s Mercury, as proven by mathematics. Two baby gas giants spotted in orbit around a distant star Bill Nye the Science Guy talks “solar sailing” and the new space race Astronomers have spotted a moon forming around a proto-Jupiter In the search for extraterrestrial life, we should look to exomoons Starlink: String of satellites captured in cool video a day after launchlast_img read more

Amazon cuts prices of Fire TV Recast DVRs in prePrime Day deal

first_imgAmazon dropped the price of yet another Alexa-compatible smart home device in this year’s increasingly dramatic buildup to Prime Day 2019. With this latest deal, you can buy the Fire TV Recast over-the-air digital video recorder for $100 off the usual selling price.Both Fire Recast TV models are on sale with the same discount. The Fire TV Recast with two tuners and 500 GB of content storage records up to 75 hours of content and the Fire TV Recast with four tuners and 1TB storage holds 150 hours of video. With either model, you save $100 during this sale. If you cut the cord from cable or satellite TV service and stream video content over the air (OTA), the Fire TV Recast lets you watch and record sports, TV series, and any other shows you receive with an HD antenna.Buy NowIn order to use the Fire TV Recast to record programming, you need an HD antenna to receive OTA streaming digital video from local network affiliate stations and other local or regional channels. The Fire TV Recast connects to the same Wi-Fi network as a Fire TV streaming media player or Echo Show smart display. Finally, you’ll need to access the free Fire TV app on a Fire tablet or iOS or Android mobile device. To be clear about what you can and cannot record with the Fire TV Recast, it works with OTA streaming content only and cannot record shows from cable or satellite services or from streaming apps such as Netflix or Prime Video.The Recast is Amazon Alexa compatible so you can enjoy the added convenience of voice control. You can use Alexa voice commands to search and select channels, schedule and play recordings, and manage the Recast’s content. When you’re away from home, so long as you have a mobile device running the Fire TV mobile app, you can watch live and recorded content via the Recast when you are connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi or a cellular signal.Normally priced $230, the 75-hour capacity Fire TV Recast with two tuners is just $130 during this Pre-Prime Day sale. You can double the storage capacity with the 150-hour capacity Fire TV Recast with four tuners for $180 during this sale instead of the usual $280 price. If you’re happy you cut the cord from cable and satellite TV services but miss the convenience of recording content to watch on your schedule, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of awesome prices.Buy NowWe strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.Digital Trends may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers. Editors’ Recommendations Next Amazon slashes prices on full range of Echo, Ring, Fire TV, and Blink devices Early Prime Day Deal: Amazon slashes the price on these Fire TV devices and more Amazon Memorial Day sale: Apple Watch, Surface Pro, and 4K TV Deals Amazon Father’s Day sale: Blink and Ring security camera systems get price cuts Amazon drops the price of this 50-inch Toshiba 4K Smart TV under $300 Previous 1 of 4last_img read more

This is the New Microsoft Surface Pro

first_imgThere are also internal changes as well. As expected, there is a jump in the processor, to a 7th gen Intel processors. Despite packing that much power, however, the New Surface Pro boasts of a fanless design. The Surface Pro 4 was only able to pull that off with a Core m3 variant, but this time even the Core i5 model ditches the active cooling. It remains to be seen how the heat-generating Core i7 will manage not to burn the device, your hand, or your lap. A new chip also makes its way inside, bringing LTE-A support to the tablet, the first in a Pro model.No Surface Pro will be without a Surface Pen, and the equally New Surface Pen is a fitting partner to this refined 2-in-1. Panay boasted that it is the fastest digital pen on the planet. Wacom and Apple might beg to disagree. But it does have some numbers to back it up. It is now capable of 4,096 levels of pressure, more sensitivity than anyone but professionals might ever need. There is only 21 milliseconds of latency, Microsoft claims and tilt support.And with the new version of Office, you can use the Surface Pen to directly draw and scribble on documents. As expected, Microsoft didn’t announce a new Surface Pro 2-in-1 at its Shanghai event. It, instead, announce “The New Surface Pro”. No number this time, perhaps to hide the fact that this Surface Pro might not be worthy of a bump in digit. That said, with the refinements that Microsoft bestowed on this New Unnumbered Surface Pro, it still deserves to be given a deeper look, especially for those upgrading from a much older Surface Pro model. Panos Panay, who introduced Microsoft’s new Surface products, curiously used the Surface Pro 3 as his launchpad. It was arguably Microsoft’s biggest success. Of course, the Surface Pro 4 took off from that same model, making the fraternity between the Surface Pro 4 and the New Surface Pro even more evident. That said, this latest model has enough differences that it might actually feel like a Surface Pro 5.Microsoft has obviously settled on its winning design, but still managed to sneak in some subtle changes. It boasts that the New Surface Pro is its lightest ever at 770 g and the overall design is smooth and seamless. The once flat edges now have a bit of a curve to them and the vents are now almost invisible. The biggest design change, however, is the hinge. It can now fold back at a maximum of 165-degrees, mimicking the flexibility of the Surface Studio. In fact, Microsoft calls it “Studio Mode”.center_img In many senses, the New Surface Pro is, as expected, the Old Surface Pro 4 given a new lease on life. The 12.3-inch 2736×1824 PixelSense screen remains the same, as is the absence of USB-C. Whether those changes are enough to win, not to mention pacify, the hearts of Surface fans, we’ll have to wait for the device to hit the market. Prices start at $799.99 for a Core m3 with 4 GB of RAM and surges all the way up to $2,699.99 for a Core i7 with 16 GB RAM and 1 TB of storage. And, as Panay himself teased, the signature colors of the Surface Laptop will also be available as Surface Type Cover for $160, while a regular Type Cover is not much cheaper at $130. Pre-order starts today and ships on June 15 in 25 markets worldwide including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Span, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the US.last_img read more

Review Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 headphones with bass boost button

first_imgPlantronics went with a modest over-ear design for its new series, the only flashy design element being a shiny “PLT” logo across part of the headband. That aside, the BackBeat GO 600 have a simple, lightweight design complete with circular cushioned ear cups, a cushioned band, and thin metal hinges. Audio controls, charging port, and power switch are located on the ear cups.Though wireless via Bluetooth, the BackBeat headphones also feature a 3.5mm audio port for a wired connection. The power switch doubles as a trigger for activating pairing mode. Bluetooth has a reputation for sometimes buggy or frustrating pairing issues, but the Plantronics never presented any issue connecting to PC, Mac, Android, or iOS. Future pairing is automatic and nearly instant.The headphones offer direct audio control via reverse/forward and play/pause buttons on the left ear cups, as well as a volume rocker, USB charging port, and 3.5mm audio port. The right ear cups feature the power and Bluetooth pairing switch, as well as the dedicated bass-boost button. Pressing this button toggles the headphones from a more neutral “Balanced” audio profile to one with stronger bass.The BackBeat GO 600 features very clean, even audio without any muddy/tinny sounds; this remains true when the bass boost is activated. Though there’s a very noticeable increase in bass, it at no point is overbearing or distorting, instead adding a pleasant robustness for music genres that benefit from it. Spoken content like podcasts come through very clear and strong.Plantronics says the BackBeat GO 600 offer up to 18 hours of battery life, and that is true in my experience. The headphones lasted a couple days of about 4-6 hours of use per day before offering a “medium battery” alert. Recharging is done with an ordinary micro USB cable and takes up to 90 minutes assuming the battery is fully discharged. The company offers this model in four color options: Navy (featured above), Grey, Black, and Khaki.The combination of features, plus the excellent audio quality, put the BackBeat GO 600 Series toward the top of the list when looking at competing products in the same price range. The inclusion of a dedicated bass boost button gives the model an edge over those alternatives, making it an excellent choice for anyone seeking great audio at a sub-$100 price. Plantronics has released a new pair of over-ear headphones with a unique feature: a dedicated button that boosts the bass level when pressed. The wireless model is designed for audio enthusiasts of all kinds, offering a way to instantly adjust the audio quality based on what’s playing. At only $99.99, the BackBeat GO 600 are fairly inexpensive, but how do they compare to other budget headphones?last_img read more

65inch OLED iPhone XS will reportedly drop Plus name

first_imgTo be a little more specific, Apple is said to be planning two iPhone X follow ups. We’ve heard plenty of times that both phones will be outfitted with edge-to-edge OLED displays, which was one of the major design features of the original iPhone X. Like many of the iPhone duos Apple has released since the iPhone 6, one will be a little bit larger than the other as well, presumably leading to a “Plus” label for the larger phone.However, a new report claims that Apple may drop that particular naming convention this time around. 9to5Mac reports today that the larger of the two phones will actually be called the “iPhone XS Max” instead of “iPhone XS Plus” as we’ve been expecting. 9to5Mac learned this information from unnamed sources who are familiar with Apple’s plans.That name is quite the mouthful, and we’re not quite sure what would lead Apple to call its larger phone “Max” instead of “Plus.” Perhaps the larger phone will ship with hardware that’s noticeably more powerful? Maybe Apple just got tired of tacking the word “Plus” onto the end of the names of its largest phones and decided to shake things up? Your guess is as good as ours.As always, take this rumor with a grain of salt, as nothing is ever official until someone at Apple gets up on stage to confirm it. We don’t have much longer to wait until we find out if this rumor is legitimate, as Apple is scheduled to reveal its 2018 lineup of iPhones on September 12. We’ll be covering that event as it happens right here at SlashGear, so be sure to check back next week for everything you need to know. By this time next week, Apple will have revealed its new iPhones for 2018. At this point, we know pretty much what to expect, as many rumors have claimed that Apple will announce three iPhones at its reveal event. Essentially, we’re expecting it to be similar to last year’s iPhone reveal event, only with more focus on growing the iPhone X brand. Story TimelineFortnite plus iPhone XS, a release date in heavenApple Touch ID on iPhone screens not happening soon, says KuoApple September 12 event: What to expectlast_img read more

The new Amazon Fire TV Recast price is already slashed for Black

first_imgThat’s because the Fire TV Recast doesn’t rely on a cable or satellite subscription. Instead, when plugged into an HD antenna, it picks up over-the-air (OTA) free TV channels. You can then either watch them live, wirelessly streaming within the home to a Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube, or to wherever you are courtesy of the Fire TV Recast app on your smartphone or tablet. Usually, the entry-level Fire TV Recast is priced at $229.99. However Amazon has cut that by $50, bringing it down to $179.99 for Black Friday week. That gets you 500GB of storage, which is enough to capture up to 75 hours of shows from channels like CBS, ABC, and Fox. MORE Amazon Fire TV Recast ReviewAdChoices广告The savings are even bigger on Amazon’s larger-capacity Fire TV Recast. The 1TB model has enough storage for 150 hours of recorded video, and to help you fill that up you get double the number of tuners, too. With four tuners onboard, you can record several shows at the same time, or watch live TV while still recording a few channels. Now, you can save $60, with it priced at $219.99.You’ll also need a Fire TV device plugged into your TV in order to actually watch the content the Fire TV Recast is capturing. Currently, the Fire TV Stick is down to under $25 versus its usual price of $40, while the Fire TV Stick 4K – which cranks up the supported resolution to 4K, depending on source – is down $15, to just $34.99. If you want a standalone Echo Dot speaker as well, for the usual price of a Fire TV Stick you can get both the smart speaker and the streaming media adapter. The bundle of them both is now $39.98.Alternatively, the Fire TV Cube makes it even easier to use Alexa to control your home entertainment. With a full microphone array built-in, you don’t have to press a single button to record a show, play a live TV channel, or resume playback of something you’ve already recorded. It’s usually $119.99, but for Black Friday Amazon has reduced that to $59.99. If you’ve been looking for a kitchen TV, meanwhile, Amazon has another option. The Fire TV Recast can wirelessly stream live and recorded TV directly to a second-generation Echo Show, Amazon’s Alexa-powered smart display. That’s priced at $229.99 and has a 10.1-inch screen. Story TimelineAmazon Black Friday 2018 deals include free Echo and Fire TV gearAmazon Black Friday 2018 already underway: The first dealsAmazon Black Friday 2018: The deals worth seeing SlashGear uses affiliate links, and sometimes if you buy something we’ll receive a commission on the salecenter_img Amazon’s Fire TV Recast may be among the newest of the cable-cutting DVRs, but a pre-Black Friday deal is already making it even more affordable. Part of the retailer’s week-long Black Friday promotions, the unassuming Alexa-compatible box could well be the gift that gets friends and relatives to consider cutting their expensive cable TV once and for all. last_img read more

Welcome to the 5G wars

first_img5G is here. Almost. Sort-of. That’s the message from Qualcomm, which kicked off its annual Snapdragon Summit with an unsurprising focus on how next-generation networks will shape the wireless world as we know it – as well as its own fortunes in the decade ahead. Story TimelineQualcomm’s next-gen 7nm Snapdragon is in the hands of phone-makersQualcomm’s next chip might finally beat AppleQualcomm Snapdragon 855 revealed as 5G flagship “A new technology phase has begun,” Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Incorporated, insisted during the opening keynote. “Virtually everything is becoming connected and intelligent.” It’s not a new message, certainly, but it’s one which is finally ringing true given the fact that networks themselves are catching up. All of the key operators in the US have announced they’ll be operating 5G networks in some form in 2019. Key smartphone brands like Samsung, OnePlus, Motorola, and others have committed to launching devices with 5G support, some as soon as the first half of next year. Even for the Snapdragon Summit itself, there’s an early taste of 5G. AT&T and Verizon have built out test 5G networks to demonstrate exactly the sort of bandwidth users will be able to expect. Qualcomm, meanwhile, has a new 5G Reference Design, a full Android smartphone that while it may look like the sort of handset you see in carrier stores currently, but which includes 5G support and is working on those test networks. AdChoices广告It’s not just the US, though. “5G is so important that the entire industry is moving at the same pace for 2019 launches,” Amon says, pointing to carrier plans across Europe, China, Japan, and elsewhere. “This is what’s different to the transition to 4G. All the developed economies are moving at the same time.”Qualcomm isn’t the only company working on 5G modems, of course. However it’s making its usual pitch that its wireless capabilities give it an edge against rivals like Intel, who have 5G roadmaps of their own. “It’s easy to say a company has a 5G chip,” Amon argues. “But you need to really scale all that complexity.”That starts with sub-6GHz and mmWave, but also evolves to use of the unlicensed spectrum, to including gigabit 4G, and to support carrier aggregation. “The complexity of the network will be half of the problem, as we think of the complexity of the device.”Get it wrong, though – over-promise on speed and performance but then under-deliver on the actual experience when the 5G icon is in the status bar – and it could prove disastrous. “The device battery needs to last for the whole day,” Amon points out. “The form-factor needs to be as attractive, if not better. You have to provide fast access to content and services.”Qualcomm argues that the challenges have been addressed, and unsurprisingly addressed by its silicon over that of other companies. The proof of that won’t be too long in coming, mind. With the first devices headed to the US market in the first half of 2019, whether Qualcomm and its device partners have fixed them to the point where mainstream users will be happy will quickly be revealed. At the same time, not everybody is going to get a taste of Qualcomm’s flavor of 5G deployment. While Android phone-makers are expected to jump upon the new Snapdragon chipset with its native 5G support, Apple is expected to remain a hold-out. Conspicuous by its absence from Qualcomm’s partner slide, its recent legal spats with Qualcomm have driven the Cupertino firm into the arms of arch rival Intel. Intel’s 5G platform isn’t expected to be ready until Apple’s 2020 iPhone. That gives Qualcomm-powered rivals a year or so to shape not only the public perception of 5G, but set expectations of what a 5G phone should look like, what features it should boast, and how long its battery might last. SlashGear is Qualcomm’s guest at the Snapdragon Summit, with the chip-maker bringing more than 300 media to show off its latest handiwork in 5G and mobile processors. last_img read more

LG rollable 65inch OLED 4K TV tipped to hit shelves in 2019

first_imgREAD: LG Display unveils 65-inch rollable 4K OLED TVThe 65-inch rollable OLED TV features LG’s flexible display technology, which enables the TV to roll up in the same way one would roll a poster. The version LG Display introduced at CES 2018 was a prototype, but a new report claims a final consumer version of the same device will be brought to market next year.As with the prototype, the consumer version will reportedly be designed to retract into a base, where it is rolled up like a poster. This design would enable the TV to be hidden from view when not in use, also helping save space and eliminate the intrusive presence of a big, dark television.LG has not confirmed the news, which is said to come from people with knowledge of the matter. Assuming the product is launched, the model will be the first rollable television released. The same report claims that LG doesn’t share Samsung’s plan to offer a flexible smartphone, having doubts about the consumer demand and whether it will justify the costs.Details about the television, including connectivity options and how they’ll work, remain unknown. There’s no word on when next year LG Electronics will allegedly offer the device, nor is there information on what kind of prices consumers could expect to pay for the model.A report earlier this year claimed LG plans to unveil its consumer rollable television at CES 2019. During CES 2018, LG Display introduced a rollable 65-inch 4K OLED TV, a prototype oddity that featured a box-like base into which the TV retracted. Starting next year, LG will bring these rollable TVs to the market, a new report claims, giving consumers an entirely unique space-saving television option. The source claims LG’s TV will retract when a button is pressed. Story TimelineLG Display brings rollable OLED newspaper to CES 2016LG debuts razor-thin OLED 4K TVsLG Display pumps $1.75 million into flexible OLED productionlast_img read more

Tesla Model 3 EPA driving range is 310 miles

first_imgThe resulting EPA MPGe rating is 120 MPGe on the highway and 126 MPGe combined. One important tidbit is that this driving range is for the up-level Model 3. The base Model 3 will have a driving range of 220 miles. That base version will sell for about $35,000 with the longer-range version going for $44,000 for starters.Production of that standard version won’t start until next year. Production bottlenecks have plagued Tesla with the Model 3 so far meaning in the last quarter only 260 cars were built. Tesla is normally able to build a car per minute.This means delayed deliveries of the Model 3. By comparison, the closest competitor to the Model 3, Chevy’s Bolt, saw the production of 2,632 vehicles in September alone. Interestingly, the EPA originally came up with a higher driving range for the car.AdChoices广告The EPA figured a range of 334 miles in its testing. Tesla came in and asked the EPA to cut the range back to 310 to reflect its “Tesla Desired Range.” It’s certainly better to have buyers happy with more miles per charge than promised than having people upset at fewer miles than promised.SOURCE: The Verge One of the most important details of the Tesla Model 3 has now been confirmed with the EPA giving the EV an official driving range. That official range per change is listed as 310 miles making this one of the best lower cost EVs out there. The 310-mile driving range is an EPA estimate based on combined city and highway driving.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 feature apps readied for older phones with fixes

first_imgPhones like the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 6 will get a new set of features in an update that’ll make them more like OnePlus 7. The OnePlus 7/Pro has a set of features like Zen Mode and Screen Recorder that push the already-excellent phone into the “so many features that I’ll probably never use them all” zone. That’s a good place to be, especially for people that already own a OnePlus phone. Story TimelineIf this is Pixel 4, thank goodness for OnePlus 7 ProOnePlus 7 Pro Clear Back hints at some potential bad repair newsOnePlus 6 revisited – A year later, it is still a solid option OnePlus just made a very good decision. Instead of keeping their newest software features restricted to their very newest phones, they’ve decided to spread the love. They’re bringing at least one, if not several, software updates to devices like the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T, 6, and 6T. These software updates roll with two key features.SEE TOO: Our big OnePlus 7 Pro ReviewThis situation started – publicly, anyway – with OnePlus users uploading OnePlus 7 Pro apps and software to internet forums. Once there, developers took said apps and software and attempted to retrofit to older OnePlus smartphones. In a shock to absolutely no one person, both apps worked – but only mostly.AdChoices广告OnePlus left a message with OnePlus users this week. They suggested that users that’ve downloaded Screen Recorder or Zen Mode for their older OnePlus smartphone might find the apps will misbehave. The Zen Mode app doesn’t block notification reminders as it aught, and the Screen Recorder app blocks some or all audio from the phone’s speakers.As OnePlus suggested this week, these apps are not fully prepared for the OnePlus 5, 5T, 6, or 6T. And they’re definitely not prepared whatsoever for OnePlus phones 3T and older. There’s no word yet on whether these two apps will ever be prepared for older OnePlus phones than 5, but 5 and forward should have access soon.OnePlus suggested that Screen Recorder and Zen Mode will be part of “next week’s open beta build” for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. They’ve let it be known that they’re also working on retrofitting the apps to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, and the stable builds for the lot. So you can FIND these apps right now – you could download the APK files if you wanted – but they’ll only sorta work. If you want the real deal, you’ll probably only need to wait a week or so. Once OnePlus releases the true updates in Beta form, they’ll likely be posted with 3rd-party sites independently as well. last_img read more

UnitedHealth Higher Earnings Despite Pressuers On Medicare Medicaid Business

first_imgThe Minnesota-based insurer said second-quarter earnings rose 5.5 percent but stock falls on the company’s report of tough rate environment.The Wall Street Journal: UnitedHealth Posts Higher Profit, Lifts OutlookUnitedHealth Group Inc.’s second-quarter earnings rose 5.5% amid rising membership in government-based health plans and signs that patients are still using health-care services sparingly following the recession. The company—the biggest managed-care firm in the U.S. by revenue and membership—raised its full-year earnings outlook as the quarterly results exceeded expectations (Kamp, 7/19).Los Angeles Times: UnitedHealth Reports Solid Second-Quarter Results But Shares DipUnitedHealth Group Inc. reported solid second-quarter results and raised its full-year profit outlook, but shares slipped in midday trading after the company projected a tough rate environment for its Medicare and Medicaid plans (Terhune, 7/19).Reuters: UnitedHealth Sees Pressures Even As Profit BeatsInsurer UnitedHealth Group Inc on Thursday signaled that pressures on its health plans would not ease anytime soon as the government reins in reimbursement for Medicaid and Medicare and tough competition persists among plans serving employers. … It was the first report from a health insurer since the U.S. Supreme Court late last month upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, which more tightly regulates the industry and adds new fees while also adding millions of potential new customers by expanding coverage to the uninsured (Krauskopf, 7/19).Bloomberg: UnitedHealth CEO Says Profit Pressures Squeezing PlansUnitedHealth Group Inc., the biggest U.S. health insurer, declined after Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hemsley said profit margins are being squeezed in its Medicare and Medicaid plans. … While UnitedHealth raised its 2012 profit forecast, the company is still coping with “minimal” rate increases in Medicare, the U.S.-backed plan for the elderly and disabled, Hemsley told analysts today on a conference call. He said the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based insurer may also consider pulling out of Medicaid markets in states where rates “aren’t sustainable” (Nussbaum, 7/19).Market Watch: UnitedHealth Q2 Net Rose 5.5%; Lifts Year ViewUnitedHealth Group Inc.’s second-quarter earnings rose 5.5% as the health insurer’s revenue improved at its UnitedHealthcare insurance business and Optum, its information- and technology-based health-services business. … UnitedHealth, the biggest managed-care company by revenue and membership, is the industry’s first to report quarterly results, making its view of health-cost trends and patient traffic an important barometer (Warner, 7/19).In related news -The New York Times’ Deal Book: After Health Care Ruling, Centene Is Cast As Takeover TargetSince the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s transformative health care law last month, Wall Street has been wondering whether the decision would set off a fresh round of consolidation in the industry. One analyst says the Centene Corporation, a health care services company focused on Medicaid, could be a takeover target (Morrissey, 7/19). UnitedHealth: Higher Earnings Despite Pressuers On Medicare, Medicaid Business 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

HHS Awards New Insurance Exchange Grants To 8 States

first_imgThe funding will be used to help build marketplaces for consumers to buy coverage.Modern Healthcare: HHS Awards $765 Million In Insurance Exchange GrantsHHS has awarded eight states more than $765 million in additional grant funding to establish the health insurance exchanges that are supposed to be available for consumers in 2014. The department awarded level-one establishment grants—which provide a year of funding to states that have already started the process to build an exchange—to California, Hawaii, Iowa and New York. Meanwhile, Connecticut, Maryland, Nevada and Vermont received level-two grants, which are awarded to states that have made more progress in their planning efforts. HHS reports that 34 states and Washington, D.C., have received establishment grants (Zigmond, 8/23). Politico Pro: Eight States Receive New Exchange GrantsHHS announced a new round of exchange establishment grants Thursday, and reiterated that states will have another 10 chances to apply for funding before the end of 2014. California, Hawaii, Iowa and New York were awarded Level One Exchange Establishment grants, which provide one year of funding to states that have begun the process of building their exchanges. California alone received $194.5 million (Norman, 8/23).The Washington Post’s Maryland Politics: State Unveils Name, Logo For Insurance Exchange Under The Federal Health Care LawGov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) administration on Thursday released the name, logo and Web site for a new state government unit created to let residents purchase health insurance plans next year under the Affordable Care Act. Maryland Health Connection will begin open enrollment in October 2013 (Davis, 8/23).Baltimore Sun: Maryland Wins Big Grant For Its Insurance MarketplaceMaryland secured $123 million of federal funding to launch its health insurance exchange, the cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s health care reform, state officials announced Thursday. The money will help build the marketplace, now formally called the Maryland Health Connection, where hundreds of thousands of uninsured Marylanders will buy coverage. It is expected to open by October 2013, and insurance coverage would begin the following January (Cohn, 8/23).California Healthline: What’s In An Exchange Name?A few ideas for a new name — ranging from the expected, traditional options to the less expected, non-traditional  — were floated at yesterday’s Health Benefit Exchange board meeting. The board’s executive director, Peter Lee, also announced yesterday that the federal government just approved the exchange’s Level 1.2 grant request for $196 million. The exchange staff has already started working on the next grant request, a Level 1.3 establishment grant, which will be submitted to federal officials in November, Lee said. The board had a full slate of issues to handle at yesterday’s meeting — from working out the details for how agents would be paid in SHOP exchanges to decisions about premium aggregation (Gorn, 8/24).Detroit Free Press: Michigan To Ask U.S. To Run Health Insurance WebsiteMichigan is likely to ask the federal government in November to run a Web-based state health insurance shopping site, Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday. Michigan still hopes to run some parts of the program and wants to collect nearly $10 million awarded to the state by federal health officials, his spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said. “Given the reality of current deadlines” and the fact that Michigan’s Legislature has taken no action yet on how the program will be run here, Snyder has few other options, she said (Anstett, 8/24).Minnesota Public Radio: Gov. Dayton Asks For Additional $42.5M To Build Health ExchangeThe Dayton administration has asked the federal government for another $42.5 million to build Minnesota’s insurance exchange, a key part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In a letter to top state lawmakers, Dayton also said his administration will wait to make any final decisions on the exchange until after the November elections. But that’s less than two weeks before a major deadline for detailed plans of the exchange to the federal government (Stawicki, 8/24). HHS Awards New Insurance Exchange Grants To 8 States 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

Kentucky Georgia Offer Insights To Health Law Realities

first_imgKentucky, Georgia Offer Insights To Health Law Realities The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News examine how the overhaul is working on the ground in specific locations.  The Washington Post: Life After Jan. 1: Kentucky Clinic Offers Early Glimpse At Realities Of Health-Care LawThis is the world that many critics of the new health-care law have worried about, one in which the sick and the poor expand the ranks of Medicaid while other Americans see premiums rise, policies canceled or favorite doctors booted out of networks. Supporters of the new law argue that another scenario will unfold in places such as eastern Kentucky, in which the sick and the poor get insurance, seek treatment for long-neglected illnesses and prevent other health problems down the line, ultimately saving the health-care system billions in emergency-room visits and other costs. A week at the Breathitt County Family Health Center provides an early glimpse into how those theories are beginning to play out in a place where people have long worried about having no insurance at all (McCrummen, 2/1).Kaiser Health News: In Southwest Georgia, The Affordable Care Act Is Having Trouble Living Up To Its NameAll the dynamics that drive up health costs have coalesced here in Southwest Georgia, pushing up premiums. Expensive chronic conditions such as obesity and cancer are common among the quarter million people in this region. One hospital system dominates the area, leaving little competition. Only one insurer is offering policies in the online marketplace, and many physicians are not participating, limiting consumer choice (Rau, 2/3). 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