Canon retro rangefinder camera revived as an 8GB flash drive

first_imgCanon is no stranger to creating realistic replicas of its own gear; this isn’t the first flash drive it has created based on one of its cameras, for example. Photographers and others can also buy mugs that are shaped like camera lenses, including Canon’s own, among other things. In this case, the flash drive looks like an iconic Canon IV rangefinder camera, one that existed long before the rise of DSLRs.As far as design goes, the flash drive’s shell is well made, including fine details like lens and camera body print, knobs, faux viewfinder, and even precise textures on the body and lens. Adding to the realistic look is the shiny, reflective optics on the front of the faux lens. The big deviation from the real thing, though, is the USB connector jutting from one end. Plug it directly into your computer and you now have access to your photos or whatever you’ve stored on the drive. The big downside here is the drive’s modest capacity: it is only 8GB in size, which isn’t much in the world of 4K videos. Just in case it needs to be said: no, this isn’t a real camera, and no, you can’t take photos with it.Available now from the Canon Australia online store for $89. SOURCE: PetaPixel Canon just revived one of its classic rangefinder cameras, but you won’t be able to take photos with it. The camera comes in a miniature form-factor and contains within it a modest USB flash drive, giving camera lovers and photographers alike an unusual way to store and transport their images. The ‘camera’ includes a realistic lens.last_img read more

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Vivo NEX launches internationally excludes US EU

first_imgIf you simply look at the spec sheets, the Vivo NEX, specifically the NEX S (there’s a mid-range NEX A model) is hardly special. Yes, you have a bezel-less 6.59-inch 2316×1080 Super AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and dual 12 and 5 megapixel cameras among others. Where it really shines, however, is what you don’t see. At least not until you try to take a selfie.Open the camera app and switch to the invisible front camera and you’ll see that camera slide out from the top. That’s pretty much it. Of course, there’s also the in-display fingerprint scanner and the “Screen SoundCasting” tech that make the Vivo NEX’s seamless design and 91.24% screen-to-body ratio possible.Gimmicky as they may feel, those have made the Vivo NEX S one of the most sought out smartphones this year. But unless you’re living in China, you were out of luck. Until now, that is. Vivo has announced that the NEX will also come to Russia, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan this month to kick off the phone’s international expansion.Some will hardly consider that “international” but at least they will have a chance to get the Vivo NEX. Unfortunately, it seems that US and European (except Russia) buyers will still have to wait and hope that the phone launches there. Then again, there’s always the OPPO Find X. There are two very interesting smartphones this year, at least as far as novelty goes. Those would be the Vivo NEX and the OPPO Find X, both with their own take on how to solve the design problem of front cameras in a bezel-less, notch-less world. Both launched initially in China but only one has revealed its intent to sell elsewhere. But while the Vivo NEX is indeed launching internationally, it sadly continues to snub the US and Western Europe.last_img read more

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Opera Labs brings cryptowallet to desktop browser in advance

first_imgOpera is clearly excited about crypto wallets. It remains the only (relatively) major browser vendor that’s integrating cryptocurrency features into its software. It’s so excited about it that it wants to let users test out its crypto wallet feature without having to install a plugin or extension. Instead, you’ll have to install a whole browser alongside your normal Opera desktop browser.Opera Labs will save you the hassle of having to set up a different crypto wallet for your desktop browsing but it does require you to have Opera for Android beta, which has the built-in crypto wallet feature. Whenever you need to sign a transaction on the desktop, your phone will prompt you to provide your fingerprint to authorize it.Opera’s crypto wallet supports Ethereum Dapps and Web 3.0, as well as tokens and “collectibles”. Keys are all stored on the phone using secure hardware. This crypto wallet definitely makes Opera unique though hardly a feature that will let it leap frog over the likes of Chrome and Firefox. That is, unless you’re a diehard cryptocurrency fan, of course. The hype and scandals over bitcoin may have died down but cyptocurrency still has some very strong believers and pushers. One of those is browser maker Opera, who is dead set on claiming the title of the first web browser with built-in crypto wallet access. That’s already true for its Android browser and now it’s doing the same for the desktop with a small twist. It’s coming via a Labs version you’ll have to install and use separately from any other Opera desktop browser.last_img read more

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Tesla tops 2016 owner satisfaction survey as VW plummets

first_imgTesla has taken the top spot in a customer satisfaction survey, with more owners of the electric car saying they’d buy another than any other automaker brand. The results of Consumer Reports’ 2016 Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey see Tesla once again in pole position, with Porsche and Audi keeping hold of their second and third place spots. However, there’s some sizable movement elsewhere in the rankings, particularly after this year’s “dieselgate”. The survey is interesting because it doesn’t, at least specifically, look at quantitive measures like reliability, economy, or value for money. Instead, Consumer Reports looks at owner sentiment, or more specifically the number of owners who say “definitely yes” when asked if they’d buy the same car or truck if given a do-over. The organization then takes an average of the scores for all the models, and uses that to figure out the overall rankings. As a result, it’s a good barometer of where brand affection – or lack of it – lies over a twelve month period. Volkswagen has been hit hard by that, with the high-profile revelation that it misled in emissions testing for millions of cars doing little to encourage enthusiasm among drivers. Indeed, VW dropped from 16th place last year, to 24th place in 2016, with 64-percent satisfaction.The survey also underscores just how enthusiastic and passionate Tesla owners tend to be. 91-percent of those surveyed said they’d buy the same car again – either a Model S or Model X – making it the only marque to go above the 90-percent mark. Porsche, in second place, had 84-percent, while Audi scored 77-percent. Movement further down the chart has been more interesting, though. Lincoln, which launched the new Continental earlier this year to general, quiet acclaim, rose from 21st place to 12th; the Continental may not have been on sale for most of the year, but it may well have acted as a halo for the brand overall. Hyundai, too, rose – in its case, from 24th to 13th – even though the automaker itself is undergoing something of a struggle right now, with US president and CEO Dave Zuchowski unexpectedly leaving the company this week amid reports that he was fired for not meeting sales goals. What’s intriguing is that actual car performance doesn’t necessarily translate to perceived affection among owners. Consumer Reports itself has criticized Tesla in recent years – accusing the Model S of being unreliable last year, and arguing it should change the name of its “Autopilot” system earlier this year so as not to confuse drivers – but owners themselves are seemingly unswayed. Even the issues the Model X has faced, including temperamental doors, and Autopilot crashes haven’t been enough to dim their enthusiasm.How much of that is the so-called “Cult of Elon Musk” showing its power is unclear, though the enigmatic CEO and founder is undoubtedly a contributing factor to the appeal of “Club Tesla”. Nonetheless, Tesla’s enthusiastic and frequent updates, delivering new features to existing owners, and its free Supercharging (admittedly set to change to a less welcoming policy for new drivers) are almost certain to have sweetened the deal. MORE Consumer Reportslast_img read more

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New Alzheimers Data Highlight The Diseases Deadly Toll

first_imgAccording to figures released by the Alzheimer’s Association, deaths from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia rose 68 percent  between 2000 and 2010.  NPR: Alzheimer’s ‘Epidemic’ Now A Deadlier Threat To Elderly Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just steal memories. It takes lives. The disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and figures released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association show that deaths from the disease increased by 68 percent between 2000 and 2010 (Hamilton, 3/19).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Beyond Memory Loss, Report Finds 1 in 3 Seniors Dies With Dementia That Can Impede Other CareA staggering 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, says a new report that highlights the impact the mind-destroying disease is having on the rapidly aging population (3/19).USA Today: One In Three Elderly Have Dementia When They DieDeaths from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have increased 68% from 2000 to 2010, according to the report being released today by the Alzheimer’s Association, an advocacy group. Meanwhile, deaths from heart disease, HIV/AIDS and stroke have declined. The numbers are taken from Medicare and Medicaid reports (Lloyd, 3/19). New Alzheimer’s Data Highlight The Disease’s Deadly Toll 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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Walmart Stores To Offer Health Insurance

first_imgDirectHealth.com will set up counters in Walmart stores where consumers can compare and purchase health plans.The Washington Post: Wal-Mart Adds In-Store Program To Help Customers Compare Insurance OfferingsWal-Mart announced Monday that it will dive deeper into the health-care market, unveiling an initiative to allow customers to compare and enroll in health insurance plans in thousands of its stores. Wal-Mart is teaming with DirectHealth.com, an online insurance comparison site and independent health insurance agency, to set up counters in its stores where consumers can talk to licensed agents about plan options (Halzack, 10/6).The Associated Press: Wal-Mart Plans 1-Stop Health Coverage Shopping Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance. … The strategy is another step into insurance marketing as the retailer tries to use its mammoth size to expand beyond food and other basics at a time of sluggish traffic and sales. It also could help Wal-Mart compete with drugstore chains such as Walgreen and CVS, which are rapidly adding health care services. … Wal-Mart won’t receive commissions on health coverage sales and hopes to benefit partly by luring customers into stores. DirectHealth is absorbing most of the costs to operate the program, Labeed Diab, senior vice president and president of Wal-Mart’s health and wellness division, told The Associated Press (d’Innocenzio, 10/6). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Walmart Stores To Offer Health Insurancelast_img read more

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The Tough New Road To Creating A Blockbuster Drug

first_img Bloomberg: Novo To Cap Price Increases As Drug Costs Face Growing Scrutiny The Wall Street Journal: Big Pharma, Short On Blockbusters, Outsources The Science The Wall Street Journal: Novo Nordisk Pledges To Limit Price Increases In U.S. For Its Drugs Novo Nordisk A/S has pledged to limit price increases in the U.S. for its drugs, acknowledging that many diabetes patients struggle to afford its products. Jakob Riis, Novo’s U.S. chief, said the company would limit future increases in list prices of its drugs to no more than single-digit percentages annually. He made the pledge in an article posted on the company’s website last week. (Roland, 12/6) With drug companies under fire over high prices, the world’s largest insulin maker plans to limit increases and join competitors by introducing a model that ties the cost of medicines to the results they deliver. Novo Nordisk A/S expects to make prices dependent on achieving certain outcomes or promising benefits to patients, Chief Executive Officer Lars Rebien Sorensen said in an interview at the company’s headquarters in Bagsvaerd, Denmark. That type of pricing should play a bigger role in contract negotiations with purchasers starting early next year, he said. (Paton, 12/5) The Associated Press: Can’t Buy Love? Drug Price Hikes Put Sex Beyond Reach Global spending on prescription medicines will reach nearly $1.5 trillion by 2021, although the annual rate of growth will decrease from recent years, according to a forecast by Quintiles IMS Holding released on Tuesday. That figure, based on wholesale pricing, is up nearly $370 billion from estimated 2016 spending. The United States will account for up to $675 billion of the $1.5 trillion. (Berkrot, 12/6) Stat: Global Spending On Drugs To Reach $1.5 Trillion By 2021 Pfizer Inc. has been fined £84.2 million ($106.7 million) by the U.K.’s competition regulator for charging the country’s National Health Service excessively high prices for an anti-epilepsy drug. The Competition and Markets Authority said Wednesday that Pfizer and drug distribution company Flynn Pharma broke competition law by charging unfair prices in the U.K. for phenytoin sodium capsules, an anti-epilepsy drug used by around 48,000 patients in the country. (Roland, 12/7) The Wall Street Journal: Pfizer Fined $107 Million For Overcharging Britain’s National Health Service For Epilepsy Drug British regulators have fined U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and distributor Flynn Pharma almost 90 million pounds ($114.6 million) for increasing the cost of an epilepsy drug by as much as 2,600 percent.The Competition and Markets Authority says Pfizer and Flynn Pharma broke competition law by charging “excessive and unfair prices” for the drug used by some 48,000 people in Britain. Pfizer was fined 84.2 million pounds ($106 million) and Flynn Pharma 5.2 million pounds. (Kirka, 12/7) Los Angeles Times: How Free Coupons For Patients Help Drugmakers Hike Prices By 1,000% The United States is exceptional in that it does not regulate or negotiate the prices of new prescription drugs when they come onto market. Other countries will task a government agency to meet with pharmaceutical companies and haggle over an appropriate price. These agencies will typically make decisions about whether these new drugs represent any improvement over the old drugs — whether they’re even worth bringing onto the market in the first place. They’ll pore over reams of evidence about drugs’ risks and benefits. The United States allows drugmakers to set their own prices for a given product — and allows every drug that’s proven to be safe come onto market. (Kliff, 11/30) French drug giant Sanofi SA is betting that a biotech partnership named after a Star Trek premise will help it crack one of the biggest mysteries in pharmaceutical research: molecules that drive diseases, including some cancers, that have been considered “undruggable” because of their shape. Four-and-a-half years in, Sanofi now believes its partnership, Warp Drive Bio, is close to getting its first new drug candidate. But the path has been painful. The venture has gone through three CEOs, two organizational structures, dizzying shifts in priorities—and so far, no marketable products. (Rockoff, 12/6) center_img The Tough New Road To Creating A Blockbuster Drug News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical drug pricing. The Associated Press: UK Fines Companies For Hiking Epilepsy Drug Price 2,600 Pct Vox: The True Story Of America’s Sky-High Prescription Drug Prices The U.S. government has written to a senior aide of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, calling on Tokyo to reconsider a plan that would allow more frequent pharmaceutical price cuts.The letter from Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker describes how the U.S. is “disappointed” by the Japanese plan to reduce drug prices. Tokyo’s policies “raise serious concerns about the incentive structure for health-care products, as well as about the market’s predictability and transparency,” it said. (Warnock and Fujikawa, 12/6) Horizon Pharma charges more than $2,000 for a month’s supply of a prescription pain reliever that is the combination of two cheap drugs available separately over the counter. Another company, Novum, sells a small tube of a prescription skin rash cream, containing two inexpensive decades-old medicines, for nearly $8,000. What is key to the companies’ business plan of raising prices by 1,000% or more? (Petersen, 12/5) The Wall Street Journal: U.S. ‘Disappointed’ By Japanese Plan To Cut Drug Costs Global spending on pharmaceuticals is forecast to reach $1.5 trillion by 2021, a whopping 32 percent increase from expected spending this year. Even so, the year-on-year rate of increase is expected to be less than it has been in the recent past, when new, high-priced medicines for treating hepatitis C and some cancers prompted a huge uptick in demand. Indeed, overall spending will rise nearly 1.5 times faster between 2017 and 2021 than between 2012 and 2016, growing by $367 billion compared with $148 billion. But spending is forecast to drop 9 percent in 2016 from the past two years, which represented nearly unprecedented spending growth, and reach anywhere from 4 percent to 7 percent, on a compounded annual basis, between now and 2021. (Silverman, 12/6) Imagine not being able to afford one of life’s great pleasures — sex. That’s true for many older couples, doctors say. Soaring prices for prescription medicines for impotence and other problems have put the remedies out of reach for some. Without insurance coverage, Viagra and Cialis cost about $50 a pill, triple their 2010 list prices. (Johnson, 12/5) Reuters: Global Prescription Drug Spend Seen At $1.5 Trillion In 2021: Report FiercePharma: Are DTC Ads Tipping The Balance In Psoriasis Battle Between Lilly’s Taltz And Novartis’ Cosentyx? Eli Lilly’s aggressive Taltz DTC advertising seems to be giving the new-to-market drug a boost in the next-generation psoriasis drug battle against Novartis’ Cosentyx. While analyst Lynn Price was careful to note that Taltz and Cosentyx market share should eventually stabilize, a new report from her firm Spherix Global Insights indicates the Taltz DTC campaign is having an early impact on uptake of the drug. (Bulik, 12/2) 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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Dwindling Funds Strain AlreadyStressed Native American Health System As Shutdown Continues

first_img By a wide margin, more Americans blame President Trump and Republicans in Congress than congressional Democrats for the now record-breaking government shutdown, and most reject the president’s assertion that there is an illegal-immigration crisis on the southern border, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. (Clement and Balz, 1/13) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Wall Street Journal: Shutdown Breaks Record For Longest In Modern History WBUR: On The Navajo Nation, 5,000 Workers Dependent On A Federal Paycheck With the partial federal government shutdown dragging on, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says Congress should exempt tribes from feeling the effects. Historically, treaties with the U.S. government have guaranteed the Navajo and many other tribes federal financial assistance for health, education and economic development. So the shutdown is having an outsized impact. (Morales, 1/12) The Department of Agriculture said in a Jan. 8 statement that food service programs, including its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, were fully funded for this month and for February. But as the shutdown, which began Dec. 22, drags on, local officials are concerned that if funding is not restored, people who rely on SNAP will increasingly turn to food banks, which get food from the federal agency. (Hilliard, 1/14) Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment, where one person often supports an extended family. The effects were being felt far and wide. (Fonseca, 1/12) At 10 o’clock in the morning, Austin Lanham should be working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center routing satellite communication. But with the partial federal government shutdown, he’s not working, deadlines are slipping, he’s not getting paid and the preschool his two sons go to is shut down because it’s on NASA’s property. “Now I’m just a full-time stay at home dad,” he says. That’s the case with many federal child care centers in the Washington D.C. region and with some around the country. (Madden, 1/14) Boston Globe: Food Banks To Discuss How To Respond To Federal Government Shutdown The partial government shutdown halted a major challenge to the 2010 health care law among other civil litigation on Friday, as Justice Department lawyers sought the same in a challenge from three Senate Democrats to the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued a two-page order granting the Trump administration’s request to halt the 2010 health care law case “in light of lapse of appropriations.” (Ruger, 1/11) The Associated Press: Shutdown Puts Strain On Hundreds Of Native American Tribes NPR: Child Care: 1 More Way Some Federal Workers Struggle During Shutdown Dwindling Funds Strain Already-Stressed Native American Health System As Shutdown Continues Native American tribes rely heavily on federal assistance for basic services such as health care, so the shutdown is hitting them harder than others. Tribal members say they can’t get referrals for specialty care from the Indian Health Service if their conditions aren’t life-threatening. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has created a workaround so that food stamp beneficiaries won’t be cut off from aid this month. After raising alarm that the food-stamp program could run out of funding for February, the Trump administration announced this week that it had come up with a way to bankroll more than $4.8 billion in benefits next month — with just one catch: Benefits for the nearly 39 million people enrolled in the program must be paid out by Jan. 20, weeks earlier than usual. (Bottemiller Evich, 1/11) The Washington Post: Americans Blame Trump And GOP Much More Than Democrats For Shutdown, Post-ABC Poll Finds CQ: Health Law Appeal Paused As Shutdown Affects Federal Courts The partial government shutdown became the longest in modern U.S. history on Sunday as the impasse over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border stretched into its 23rd day. (Peterson, Bender and Ballhaus, 1/13) Politico: Billions In Food Stamp Payments To Come Early Because Of Shutdown And in other news from the longest shutdown in U.S. history —last_img read more

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A OnePlus 7 Pro model might get all the best new features

first_img Page 6 OnePlus 7 Pro 5G Review Related: Interested in 5G? Check out our OnePlus 7 Pro 5G reviewOnePlus 7 Pro design brings a new level of attention to detailThe OnePlus 7 Pro looks and feels unlike anything the company has produced thus far. While the standard OnePlus 7 bears more than a passing resemblance to last year’s OnePlus 6T, the Pro model is a wholly different beast.The lessons that Oppo learnt creating its Find X 2018 flagship may well have played a part in the engineering used by OnePlus’ new star player (as OnePlus uses Oppo’s production facilities to build its phones), based on not just its looks but the way it feels too.Almost bezel-freeAn expansive and near bezel-free curved display stretches across the phone’s front, granting it an impressive 88.6 percent screen-to-body ratio; one of the highest of any current smartphone. Essentially, when looking at the front of the 7 Pro, all you’ll see is screen, especially thanks to the display’s curved edges.Related: Amazon Prime Day Smartphone DealsWith a curved Gorilla Glass front mirrored by the phone’s curved glass back, the metal frame that sits within this sandwich is decidedly thin, but in spite of this, the phone still feels sturdy and well-built.There’s still room for OnePlus’ signature physical alert slider along its right side – a defining feature on the company’s phones that lets you quickly switch between ringing, vibrating and silent sound profiles without having to look; it’s a small but important bonus that you’d miss, were it taken away.With no notch or hole-punch camera to speak of, OnePlus has instead opted for a motorised pop-up front-facing snapper, akin to the one found on the Vivo Nex (although this one looks and feels a lot more robust).It’s quick enough for face unlocking and, as with every phone that’s integrated such a system, comes with claims of rigorous testing and reliability.Related: Best Android phoneOnePlus states that the phone’s front camera mechanism has withstood some 300,000 actuations during testing, without any sign of lag, slowdown or breakage. There’s fall detection in there too, which will pull the camera back inside the moment the phone detects itself hurtling towards the ground.Collectively, you should feel comforted by these assurances, but as ever, in the real world, I still have my doubts about the longevity of any moving parts on a phone, especially one a delicate and intricate as a motorised camera unit.For all the care and attention OnePlus has poured into the aesthetics of the 7 Pro, such beauty does come at a practical sacrifice that some might not be willing to overlook.For a start, with a 6.67-inch, 19.5:9 display; this is a very big device – OnePlus’ largest ever. It’s almost identical in width to its predecessor but notably taller, plus those narrow metal sides give you less purchase, making one-handed use precarious.Add to that a complete lack of any one-handed mode within the software and elements at the top of the screen within apps (such as the placement of Instagram’s story ‘bubbles’) require two hands or a risky shimmy up and down the phone’s body to be pulled in reach of a thumb.There’s also the matter of the finish of the phone. I appreciate OnePlus’ decision to shy away from a boring all-black body, instead offering up three colours at launch (partially tied to different RAM and storage configurations).For the base 6GB RAM/128GB internal storage SKU your only option is ‘Mirror Gray’ – an understated colourway for those uninterested in flash and flare, or ideal if you’re looking to slap a case on it immediately. This is the closest thing to black on offer from this generation of OnePlus.Fork out for the 8GB/256GB model and you have the full gamut of colours available to you. Mirror Gray is accompanied by ‘Almond’ – a mix of polished gold metal and an iridescent cream tone set behind glass, similar in styling to a gold iPhone XS. Nebula Blue is arguably the biggest head-turner and the finish that my review unit (pictured) came in.While all three looks deserve praise for their ‘understated cool’, if you’re planning on going caseless, ergonomics once again come into play. The gloss finish of the Mirror Gray and Almond models backs attract fingerprints as readily as any of their competitors, while the finely-textured glass given to the Nebula Blue model will remain comparatively smudge-free.The trade-off is that the blue model’s treated rear also lacks grip which, paired with it’s already unwieldy form, pushes the chance of the phone slipping from your fingers way up. While I haven’t asked OnePlus directly, I have no doubt that the 7 Pro’s fancy new screen isn’t cheap to replace. You have been warned.Related: OnePlus 7 ReviewThe OnePlus 7 display is the first truly competitive mobile HDR screenOn a more positive note, that display is nothing short of exceptional. Out the box, it may not be as accurately tuned as some of its rivals’ screens but there are plenty of tools to customise the viewing experience should you wish to tinker around.The company also lauded the screen’s A+ rating from independent body DisplayMate, before the 7 Pro had even officially launched, just in case there was any doubt about its capabilities.HDR visuals on 6.67-inch display are stunningIt’s the first time we’ve seen a OnePlus screen transcend above Full HD+ resolution. This Quad HD+ panel is also HDR10 complaint, with approved support for services like Netflix – a popular service that previously only offered limited support for OnePlus devices.Related: What is HDR?The ‘Fluid AMOLED’ panel, as OnePlus calls it, gets its name not just from the inky blacks and vivid colours it can push out, but the intriguing 90Hz refresh rate that it supports.Although you can manually dial it down to 60Hz, as most phones use (or have it jump down when battery saver mode is activated), the 7 Pro’s screen remains fixed at 90Hz. The result is an effortlessly smooth-looking user experience that lends itself perfectly to the idea that this is a cutting-edge handset.Seeing really is believing, especially as only a handful of other devices offer anything close to what OnePlus has cooked up here.Apple’s ProMotion technology, along with the Asus ROG Phone‘s OLED and the Razer Phone series’ IGZO displays all have the ability to operate at refresh rates notably higher than 60Hz, but in the smartphone space, the OnePlus 7 Pro might be the most approachable and mainstream handset to showcase such technology.There are known concerns around the impact on battery life leaving the smooth 90Hz setting on all the time might have, but based on the longevity I experienced without ever switching it off (or rather, down to 60Hz), I’d just enjoy its inclusion and how it elevates acts as simple as swiping around the interface.The worst thing about the feature? You really notice its absence when using any phone that doesn’t support it.The display smarts don’t stop there. There’s also the integrated optical in-display fingerprint sensor – an evolution on the feature that OnePlus introduced with last year’s 6T.This time around, OnePlus has enlarged the sensor’s read area and reduced latency; all I can say is that it feels much faster and more reliable than its predecessor, even if it can still be tripped up by particularly cold or wet hands.With next-to-no bezel, there’s no notification LED to speak of, so instead light pulses down the curved edges of the display in the corresponding app colour to great effect – a feature that both Samsung and Oppo have used on curved-display laden devices.OnePlus 7 Pro camera has greater versatility, but is that enough?OnePlus has kept up with principle imaging trends in the realm of smartphone photography, and the OnePlus 7 Pro makes the same move that many of its contemporaries already have; implementing a triple-sensor on the back.The 7 Pro’s three-lens arrangement is comprised of a 48-megapixel main snapper with OIS (optical image stabilisation), an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor, again with OIS, that grants the phone 3x lossless optical zoom, while a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor, with an impressive 117-degree field of view, rounds things out.Related: Best camera phonesOnePlus has worked hard to ensure the hardware is put to good use, with the phone boasting enhanced versions of the company’s Nightscape (version 2.0) scene mode and pixel-binning technology (condensing the image data of four pixels into one to reduce shake and noise) as a result of that huge 48-megapixel main sensor.The ultra-wide angle sensor lets you fit more in-frame, only adding to the 7 Pro’s photographic versatility.The quality of the telephoto snapper also left me impressed, with pleasing detail retention. Its narrower aperture means images do, however, suffer in low-light shootingMain sensor (left), telephoto (right) – drag the white slide bar to compare the two imagesAs for low-light photography, I was surprised by the results produced by the phone, but not in a good way. OnePlus worked hard to improve the low light capabilities of last year’s OnePlus 6 and 6T, but this new hardware is clearly trickier to tune. As before, we’ll likely see subsequent software updates that rectify the phone’s current low light capabilities which I’m hoping will improve with time.The newly-updated Nightscape mode certainly helps alleviate general low-light shooting but over-corrects, with hard-hitting sharpening and mismanaged colour correction that give shots an unnatural finish.For a true deep-dive into this phone’s imaging capabilities, jump over to our full OnePlus 7 Pro camera review.The OnePlus 7 Pro performance is stunningThe OnePlus X notwithstanding OnePlus isn’t in the business on skimping on performance. When you buy a OnePlus phone, you know you’re getting a top-notch processor and complementary smarts to match. Never has that been truer than with the OnePlus 7 Pro.I already mentioned the memory and storage options that the 7 Pro is available in, which range from generous to pure excess (with up to an additional £150 in tow) but speed and power are everywhere within the phone’s internals.The latest and greatest 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset takes charge, which is also how OnePlus is able to convert the 7 Pro into the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G – the 5G-capable brother to the standard model that also integrates Qualcomm’s complementary X50 5G modem.Then there’s the inclusion of Universal Flash Storage 3.0. OnePlus has managed to beat Samsung to the punch after the Korean tech giant had to pull its first foldable, the Galaxy Fold, before launch as a result of engineering and reliability issues.Related: Samsung Galaxy Fold – The final chapterWith the Fold out of the way, it looks as though the OnePlus 7 Pro will be the first phone on the market to support UFS 3.0, with Samsung following with the rumoured Galaxy Note 10 later into 2019.The technology is theoretically up to twice as fast when it comes to read and write speeds, which affects everything from app load times to file transfers.There’s so much powerful hardware here that I can’t find fault with the 7 Pro’s performance, and this new addition only serves to help the 7 Pro take the lead in an area that its pricier competitors still haven’t ventured.OnePlus 7 Pro battery life goes beyond expectationThe story of speed on the OnePlus 7 Pro doesn’t stop with the phone’s fluid user experience and raw performance; it sports suitably solid fast charging technology too.We first encountered the company’s Warp Charge feature on last year’s OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition and it’s now become part of the mainstream offering here.The 30W Warp Charge adapter and complimentary cable are unquestionably sizeable (although the previous generation Dash/Fast Charger wasn’t really any more compact) but the convenience they bring nullifies the hassle of carrying them around.The 7 Pro’s large footprint means it’s also able to carry a hefty 4000mAh battery within its belly and, with the included Warp Charger, that sizeable cell can be refilled from flat to full in under an hour and twenty. What really impresses is the initial charge rate, however.A third of the battery can be filled in just 15 minutes and more than a day’s worth of juice can be replenished within 30. Most of the battery can be charged within an hour too, so you never have to wait long to give the 7 Pro a meaningful top up.While quick in their own right, OnePlus’ fast-charging capabilities are no longer industry-leading; Huawei has instead taken that crown. The OnePlus 7 Pro does also lag slightly behind due to its lack of any form of wireless charging – an absentee feature that the company has explained may never be part of the equation on its devices.As for longevity, the OnePlus 7 Pro, left me thoroughly impressed. While charging the OnePlus 7 Pro is a lot less painless an experience compared to some phones (I’m looking at you Apple), not having to charge it all was an even bigger win.I was consistently reaching two days of use and up to 5 hours of screen-on time on a single charge, which is well above most modern phones’ more approachable promised day-long endurance.If I had flipped the refresh rate down to 60Hz or relied on battery saver mode at all, there’s every chance the phone would have lasted even longer.Little has changed with OnePlus 7 Pro software, and that’s no bad thingAndroid 9.0 underpins the software experience on this generation of OnePlus phones but the company’s OxygenOS overlay (version 9.5.2 as tested) is what you’re actually navigating around. It’s a great tweaked take on base Android that’s slick and clean, easy-to-use and powerful.Integrated gestures make it easier to summon the notifications and quick settings (particularly useful with the 7 Pro’s tall display), as well as activating features like the camera and the flashlight without ever having to wake the phone up.‘The Shelf’ is a dedicated space for iOS-like widget placement which keeps things tidy, and there’s a hidden ‘second space’ where you can place apps that you want to hide from prying eyes should you hand your phone to a friend. These are all pre-existing features, however.Notable new additions for the 7 Pro include an enhanced gaming mode that silences notifications and locks screen brightness down, or by enabling ‘fnatic mode’ the phone directs all CPU, GPU and memory usage to your current gaming session and nowhere else.The new Zen mode was born from the mindfulness practices of OnePlus’ senior staffers and takes a hard stance on pervasive phone checking by locking down everything, save for emergency calls, incoming calls and camera access, for 20 minutes at a time.Not even restarting or powering the phone off and back on can you escape out of this experience, so make sure that you’re ready for the break, before committing.The feature feels like OnePlus’ extension of Android Pie’s native digital wellbeing toolset and as with much of what makes the 7 Pro decidedly OnePlus, it’s an odd inclusion but one that I appreciate nonetheless.Should I buy the OnePlus 7 Pro?When I first took delivery of the OnePlus 7 Pro, I wasn’t told how much it would cost (that information came later), and I was a little worried.This phone is undoubtedly feature-packed, the richest the company has ever made, but its higher price warrants greater scrutiny. Previous OnePlus phones have always been pit against the flagships of the time but the comparative affordability they’ve offered has absolved them of any minor shortcomings that would otherwise have been met with disappointment or beratement.Even so, the OnePlus 7 Pro still undercuts the majority of the 2019 flagship pack (by several hundred pounds in some cases), meaning I can forgive the absence of features like (certified) water resistance and wireless charging – this phone will still leave you impressed (and with more money in your pocket).Related: Is the OnePlus 7 series water resistant?Where Huawei’s P30 Pro takes the cake for smartphone camera and battery ability, the OnePlus 7 Pro’s screen is easily one of the nicest I’ve clapped eyes on, plus OnePlus’ user experience is among the best skinned Android experiences you’ll find out there.The OnePlus 7 Pro shows that the company is able to grow, bring about meaningful changes and greater competition without losing what makes the brand and its devices so uniquely appealing. Pros Key Specifications Page 3 Battery Life Review Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think – send your emails to the Editor. Page 5 Performance Review Page 2 Camera Review Underwhelming cameras No wireless charging No water resistance Large and unwieldy Oxygen OS user experience Stunning 90Hz HDR display Top-notch performance Great battery life Page 1 OnePlus 7 Pro Review Verdict The OnePlus 7 Pro manages to innovate in one of the most competitive technology markets out there while still circumventing convention by undercutting the majority of the competition on cost. Even if wireless charging and water resistance aren’t part of the equation, It has one of the nicest displays you’ll find on a phone, is a superb performer, offers great battery life and the camera is always improving. Sections Page 4 Screen Review The OnePlus 7 Pro has the best display currently available on a phone, the latest internals and a design that takes a lot of inspiration from the Samsung Galaxy S10. It’s also the priciest OnePlus phone yet, moving away from the company’s idea of offering high-end specs for a bargain price.Despite starting life as a plucky underdog, however, OnePlus has had to grow up fast and nothing highlights the momentum the company has amassed like its debut entrants into the phone market for 2019: the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro.The OnePlus 7 Pro is for those who want the best the company has to offer and a phone that packs in enough to compete with the latest rival flagships; devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Huawei P30 Pro. Cons Review Price: £649 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 128GB/256GB internal storage 6GB/8GB/12GB RAM 6.67-inch QHD+ 90Hz Fluid AMOLED 48MP main camera w/ OIS 16MP ultra-wide 117-degree sensor 8MP tele w/ OIS + 3x optical zoom 16MP pop-up front camera 30W Warp Charge fast-charging 4000mAh batterylast_img read more

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You can now try out even more of macOS Catalinas new features

first_imgApple has opened up the second public beta for macOS Catalina – giving anyone who’s already a part of Apple’s beta testing program access to some exciting new features. And if you haven’t signed up for the beta yet, it’s pretty easy.We’ll get into the new features below – but first, here’s how you can get involved with the macOS Catalina beta. Simply go to Apple’s beta testing website, click Sign Up and follow the instructions. This will give you access to public beta versions of macOS Catalina, iOS 13, iPadOS and tvOS 13.Related: Amazon Prime Day smartphone dealsWe must stress that this is unfinished software, which can inherently be unstable – so brace yourself for some potentially annoying bugs. We would recommend carrying out a backup on your devices before installing any of the public betas.One of the big changes for macOS Catalina is the death of the iTunes app. At this point, it feels like iTunes has been around forever – from syncing our click wheel iPods to discovering our first podcasts.In its place, we get three apps: Music, Podcasts and TV. The apps basically do what you’d expect, just in three separate applications. The only real thing to note here is device management stuff. For instance, syncing is now performed in macOS Catalina’s Finder, rather than in any of these apps.A remarkable new feature coming on macOS Catalina is Sidecar. The feature wowed viewers when it was revealed at WWDC 2019. Sidecar allows you to wirelessly connect your iPad to your Mac or MacBook and use it as a secondary display. Using your iPad as a graphics tablet for working in apps like Photoshop looks like an excellent use for the new feature, especially for anyone who’s already locked into Apple’s ecosystem.Related: Amazon Prime Day 2019Another handy new feature is the awkwardly named Find My app. Find My replaces the Find My iPhone app – to represent that the app supports finding other Apple devices too. A nifty new trick of Find My is that you can even find devices that aren’t connected to the internet – using Bluetooth connections of nearby devices to track down your lost property instead. 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. 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 Editorlast_img read more

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WatchFrom record highs to crisis lows volatility takes toll on debt markets

first_imgAmong the more prominent transactions were AT&T Inc.’s $2 billion in issuances, as well as Bank of America Corp. and Lloyds Banking Group Plc, at $1.5 billion each.And despite the fact that the Maples’ market dropped from about 23 per cent in 2017 of overall supply to 20 per cent in 2018, growth will continue in the medium and long-term, Halliday says.“Maples were down a little, but they remain a very important segment of the market going forward,” he said, noting that TD was involved in nine of the market’s 11 syndicated deals and acted as bookrunner on AT&T’s issuance. Canaccord king of cannabis deals, but competition looms in new year Conversely, Canadian companies, including Canadian National Railway Co. (US$900 million), Telus Corp. (US$750 million) and Rogers Communications Inc. (US$750 million) continued to take advantage of debt markets in the U.S.“The main reasons for looking south are a need for U.S. dollars, a desire for alternative sources of capital, and diversification of the investor base,” said MacDonald of RBC, which led the vast majority of Canadian offshore issuances. “Telcos, however, tend to be more opportunistic in terms of what they’re looking for and they’re finding attractive funding costs in the U.S., especially over 30-year terms.”On another nascent front, Canada is also developing a broader and deeper hybrid market, says Halliday of TD Securities, which participated in all of the country’s corporate hybrid issuances in 2018.Among the prominent issuers in Canadian dollars were Enbridge and ATCO, who offered a collective $950 million in hybrid supply. Meanwhile, Enbridge and Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. priced $1.7 billion collective in U.S. dollar hybrid supply.In other innovations, the past year saw BMO price a $600 million Secure Overnight Financing Rate-linked floating rate note, the first such security linked to the SOFR index, seen as an alternative to the troubled benchmark London Inter-bank Offered Rate.But the future of SOFR-linked issuance in Canada remains uncertain.“We’re not planning to replace LIBOR here, so SOFR’s applicability is limited unless Canadian issuers are looking to make offerings outside Canada,” says Andrew Becker, the Toronto-based managing director at TD Securities.Bail-in bonds were also in vogue during the year, a new type of bank debt which eventually could be converted into equity, if the banks’ lower-ranking reserves are not sufficient enough to offset losses. RBC was the first Canadian bank to issue senior bail-in debt in both Canadian($2 billion) and U.S. ($1.8 billion) markets after the Canadian bail-in framework came into effect on September 23, 2018.Fitch Ratings notes that banks have until November 2021 to build up required total loss absorbing capital.“A number of banks have successfully issued bail-in eligible debt in recent months, albeit at slightly higher rates than non bail-in debt, proving the market for these new securities,” Fitch said in a report. “Canadian banks will need to replace legacy senior debt equivalent to approximately 6%-9% of risk-weighted assets, which Fitch expects to be built up over 1-2 years.”According to Sibthorpe, Canadian banks are well on their way to doing so.“Our banks have been very active globally, and we expect to see more supply from bail-in funding in 2019,” he says. “But it’s all very manageable both form a volume and a borrowing perspective.”Looking ahead, guarded optimism seems to be the byword for 2019.“The pipeline we have isn’t a blockbuster, but it’s not bad and I’d call it ‘hopeful’,” says McCarthy’s Parker. “The fundamentals are still there, the economy seems to be moving forward and people require capital refinancing that needs to happen.”Sibthorpe sees 2019 as beginning on a “much more defensive” stance as the business community reflects on the end of 2018 from a risk appetite perspective.“But the past few days (around mid-January) has been more constructive, with investors and dealers back in their seats and liquidity improved,” he said. “There’s also a pretty strong backlog of issuers who opted to defer towards the end of the year and even though corporate borrowing rates have gone up, they’re still attractive.”The wild card, however, continues to reside in the equity markets, and volatility is expected to persist throughout 2019. But that, many bankers say, is not all bad.“In a lot of ways, we don’t mind these types of markets,” Halliday said. “They attach higher importance to institutions’ execution advice, receptivity, and ability to price pockets of investor interest.”FP Dealmakers tables, including our full ranking for common share equity deals and our tables for preferred equity, structured products and government debt, as well as information about how we crunched the numbers, are available online at financialpost.com/fpstreet. Share this storyFrom record highs to crisis lows, volatility takes toll on debt markets Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Facebook Data compiled by Financial Post Data shows that when the dust settled, issue activity, including international offerings by Canadian companies, was down 10.7 per cent to $176.77 billion from $197.8 billion in 2017. Deal volume dropped six per cent to 678 transactions, from 722 the previous year.“The dry-up in the fourth quarter was driven by macroeconomic factors, including trade wars, rate hikes, political uncertainty and speculation about economic stagnation,” said Richard Sibthorpe, the Toronto-based head, global debt capital markets at BMO Capital Markets. “These factors and others impacted performance and returns in securities markets, causing investors to take a much more defensive stance that in turn affected how issuers looked at their prospects.”Credit spreads that widened as the year went on didn’t help much either.“It was an extremely volatile year, with corporate cost 40 to 50 points higher by year’s end,” says Patrick MacDonald, the Toronto-based co-head, debt capital markets at RBC Capital Markets.RBC, which led the corporate debt league tables, saw volume fall from $28 billion to $23.5 billion, a drop of 16.3 per cent, with September emerging as a turning point.“At the end of August, we were $5 billion ahead of last year,” said Rob Brown, the Toronto-based co-head, debt capital markets at RBC.TD Securities Inc., in second place, and CIBC World Markets Inc., in third place, had their respective volumes of some $20.6 billion and $12.7 billion remain virtually unchanged. BMO, which ranked fourth, saw an almost 40 per cent contraction to $10.7 billion from $17.7 billion.“My perception is that it was a good year with a weak finish,” says Steve Halliday, executive managing director and global head, debt capital markets, corporate bond trading and distribution, at TD Securities.And even though overall supply, at $99.9 billion according to RBC statistics, was down 16 per cent compared to 2017, RBC’s Brown maintains that things were “not all that bad, considering.”“Last year was the fourth most active year on record, and the overall supply was very close to the $100 billion average we’ve seen since the credit crisis,” he said.Turning to individual debt markets, the Maple market’s $9 billion worth of issuance in 2018, according to RBC statistics, was way off the $15.7 billion achieved in 2017, but still Maple’s second most active year. Maple bonds are issued by foreign issuers in Canadian dollars in the Canadian fixed income market .Steve Halliday, executive managing director and global head, debt capital markets, corporate bond trading and distribution, at TD Securities Nick Kozak for Postmedia News From record highs to crisis lows, volatility takes toll on debt markets On the bright side, Canada is developing a broader and deeper hybrid market Julius Melnitzer Join the conversation → Canadian issuer activity in debt capital markets last year turned out to be nothing less than a tale of two halves: a record first half, followed by the slowest second half since the financial crisis.“H1 was busy, the summer was the normal summer we would expect, and there was the usual ramp up just before Labour Day,” said Andrew Parker, the Toronto-based co-head of McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s national capital markets practice. “But September and October saw very, very few deals, with November picking up a little but then no further sign of the usual push to year’s end.”It was a good year with a weak finishTD’s Steve Halliday Worst break in the stock, bond correlation in two decades signals more pain for markets ahead Emailcenter_img Goldilocks has left the building, David Rosenberg warns, so best get ready Reddit Twitter Related Stories More CIBC’s $1-billion gender bond paves the way for more socially responsible debt January 29, 201912:27 PM ESTLast UpdatedJanuary 30, 20197:59 AM EST Filed under News FP Street 0 Comments Commentlast_img read more

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See This Electric Audi RS3 Beat A Porsche 911 GT2 RS –

Folks, aside from the bonkers factor of racing an Audi in reverse against a 700 hp (522 kW) Porsche, you have to see this video simply for the gamut of legitimate fear and excitement coming from both the driver and the crew. There’s additional drama as well, because the official speed record for going backward in a car is 162.7 km/h (101 mph), and that’s easily obtainable by both cars in just a handful of seconds. In other words, if the backwards-driven Audi hopes to beat the 911, it’ll have to set a new world record in the process.We know the Audi wins, but the action doesn’t stop there. Several more runs were made after the official race, because 200 km/h (124 mph) in reverse is a far more tidy number for the books. It’s also a freaking harrowing experience to just watch, so sit down a spend a few minutes with this video. You’ll never feel the same about drag racing again. Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 13, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Watch Audi RS3 With Formula E Motors Get Tested Watch Electric Audi RS3 Drag Race Huracan Performante, 911 GT2 RS In fact, it’s the exact same all-electric RS3 we saw just a couple days ago, racing a Lamborghini Huracán Performante and yes, the same Porsche featured in this clip. That exhibition of speed was conducted with all three cars facing the same direction, and since we’ve already spoiled the outcome of this unorthodox race, you can probably surmise the Audi came out on top in the conventional contest as well.Thing is, the comparatively simple electric powertrain in the Audi is just as capable of going backward as it is forward. The real question is whether or not the driver can manage such power at high velocities while basically sitting the wrong direction, controlling a vehicle that essentially has rear steering. The answer, in this case, is yes … and no. We’re freaked out just watching this.We’ve seen many drag races over the years, both in-person and through the glorious wonder that is the internet. We’ve seen jet-powered semi-trucks, wheel-standing school buses, even fighter jets racing F1 cars. But we’ve never seen an Audi race backwards against a Porsche . . . and win. We’re not talking about any old 911 either, but a freaking GT2 RS. Then again, this Audi RS3 isn’t what you’d call normal. Watch How Formula E Tech Makes This 1,180 HP Audi RS3 Possible More On This RS3 read more

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Ivecos Electric Acco Hits The Road In Australia

first_img DAF Reveals Three Plug-In Electric Trucks At IAA SEA Electric ACCO EV from Tony Fairweather on Vimeo.Source: dieselnews.com.au Electric Iveco Acco by SEA Electric will clean up Australia.SEA Electric, an Australian company engaged in electric powertrains and commercial vehicle conversions, is introducing Australia‘s first, locally manufactured (in Victoria)  all-electric truck based on highly popular Iveco Acco.The truck is equipped with a 220 kWh battery pack, good for up to 250 km (155 miles) with full payload (GVM is 23,500 kg). 85% of the components were sourced locally.As the Iveco Acco EV is a joint project with waste body equipment manufacturer, Superior Pak, the truck will be used as a waste truck.“The first truck off the production line is a special order featuring a two-in-one body incorporating an industrial cage with electric ramp for picking up white goods and similar heavy items, while at the rear is a more traditional compactor body, it will be used on a hard waste collection with the City of Casey in Melbourne.” Thor Trucks To Develop Heavy-Duty E-Powertrain System With AxleTech Volvo To Begin Sales Of Battery Electric Trucks In U.S. In 2020 Rob Wrigley, Superior Pak Managing Director said:“We’ve had a similar electric powered collection vehicle operating in New Zealand for some time now, and the owners are very pleased with the performance. The payback on the vehicle is attractive as is the low operating costs and lower total cost of ownership.”Iveco Acco EV specs:up to 250 km (155 miles) of range at full payload220 kWh battery pack (lithium-ion NMC type), 10+ years lifecycle23,500 kg GVMtop speed limited to 100 km/h (62 mph)22 kW on-board charger6×2 and 6×4 versions available Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 21, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News EV truck newslast_img read more

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Watch Tesla Model 3 Navigate On Autopilot Versus Dreadful LA Traffic

first_imgThe latest v9 over-the-air software update upgraded Tesla’s Autopilot system by adding a new feature Navigate on Autopilot (Beta). It enables the car to change lanes, as well as enter and exit highways automatically.The driver first needs to set navigation, engage Autopilot and allow Autopilot to do so, which requires reading a disclaimer. Settings allow for changing lanes without confirmation (yes/no) and, separately, speed-based lane changes (disabled, mild, average, mad max).The video above features a Tesla Model 3, but the system is found on the Model S and Model X, too.Video description:Mix of stop and go, and congested, but flowing traffic.In general, I feel Musk’s joke of a setting above Mad Max mode being “Los Angeles Traffic Mode” may need to be a thing. To be more effective, Nav on AP needs to be more aggressive on lane changes, and go into smaller gaps.To be fair, this is the first public deployment of Nav on AP, and it’s best to be cautious, putting more emphasis on safety than on efficacy. Thinking like a drug trial, this is Phase I, the safety trial. Later we’ll see improvements in efficacy, hopefully.I also found it best to confirm the lane changes when you are or about to be clear to change lanes. Otherwise, the car may slow down and wait for a gap, severely slowing down your lane.This is with a Tesla Model 3, running v9 / 2018.42.2.Bonus video below where Navigate On Autopilot attempts to take on the “Curve of Death.”Video Description:Tesla autopilot v9 (2018.42.3) is able to handle very tight (20 mph) cloverleaf interchange curves like never before..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Watch Tesla Model 3 Navigate On Autopilot: New UI Images + Videos Consumer Reports Tests Tesla’s Navigate On Autopilot Watch Tesla Model 3 Navigate on Autopilot Almost Crash Before Off-Ramp Even Mad Max is no match for the gridlock that is LA’s daily traffic grind.A setting above Tesla’s Mad Max mode should be called Los Angeles Traffic Mode where the car shoots into the ever-so-tiny gaps.More Navigate On Autopilot Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 18, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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We Have An Interesting Question For Tesla Fans What Is A Gigafactory

first_imgPOP QUIZ TESLA FANS: WHAT, PRECISELY, IS A GIGAFACTORY? [VIDEO]With so much buzz surrounding Tesla’s new Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, some of those newer Model 3 owners might be secretly wondering — a Giga-what? So let’s take a second to explain what this moniker really means. Mike Brown at Inverse dives (head first) into this topic, reminding readers: “One of the most impressive machines from Tesla isn’t a car, but a factory.”Check Out These Stories: Source: Electric Vehicle News Above: Elon Musk on a March 2015 tour of the construction of Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada (Flickr: Steve Jurvetson)And, Brown notes that the Nevada Gigafactory’s “planned annual production rate is set to reach 35 gigawatt-hours by 2020, exceeding the total global production of batteries in the year 2013. It’s enough to send 500,000 vehicles onto the road.” With Shanghai’s Gigafactory officially launched and talk of “building more Gigafactories, including one in Europe,” Tesla is poised to be the reigning king of batteries for the foreseeable future.===Source: Inverse*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Tesla Gigafactory 3: Facts & Videos From Groundbreaking Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 1, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. See New Video Of Tesla Gigafactory 3 Construction In China Above: Inside the lobby of Tesla’s Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada (Image: Lifeinism)So what exactly is this special Giga-factory? According to Brown, “Musk is believed to have first coined the term ‘Gigafactory‘ in November 2013, when he told investors during the company’s third-quarter earnings call that ‘there is going to need to be some kind of giga factory built’ to handle the company’s upcoming high-volume production vehicle, the Model 3.”Later, “Musk went on to say that the output would need to be ‘something that’s comparable to all lithium-ion production in the world in one factory.’ The word comes from the prefix ‘giga-,’ which is used to denote a measurement that’s been multiplied by one billion. A common example of this is with the kilogram, which adds the prefix ‘kilo-‘ onto ‘gram’ to denote one thousand grams. ‘Giga’ is believed to come from the Greek word ‘gigas,’ meaning ‘giant.’ In short, Musk is saying he wants a really huge factory.”.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: Explaining the real meaning behind Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’ (Youtube: Inverse)And, according to Brown, this will be a very, very big factory indeed: “When complete, the Nevada Gigafactory is expected to cover over 4.9 million square feet of space over numerous floors. This is expected to make it the largest building in the world. The building is only 30 percent complete at this stage, though, covering a space of 1.9 million square feet. The total plot of land measures five square miles.”And output from this Gigafactory is equally impressive: “In August 2018, [Tesla] announced that it had reached an annual production rate of 20 gigawatt-hours, more power than all automakers combined… [and] Alongside the batteries, the factory produces electric motors for the Tesla Model 3, the company’s cheapest-ever car, plus the Powerwall and Powerpack energy storage systems designed to work with renewable sources.” Quick Look At The Tesla Gigafactory 3 Construction Progress: Videolast_img read more

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Battery metals see bigger gains in 2018 than EVs thanks to increasing

first_imgIn 2018, global deployment of nickel, graphite, copper, LCE, aluminum and cobalt by cell suppliers for passenger vehicles increased by 75% to 99% over the previous year, according to data from Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker.These growth rates are particularly remarkable considering that global EV registrations increased by just 67% over the same period.Nickel saw major gains in 2018 due to an ongoing shift by cell suppliers in China from LFP to NCM 523/622 cathodes, and outside China due to an ongoing evolution from NCM 111 to NCM 523/622, or from NCA 80-15-05 to higher-nickel varieties.Other metals and materials, such as graphite, copper, LCE, aluminum and cobalt, saw growth above the EV baseline due in large part to a steady increase in average battery capacity per EV, which in turn is fueling greater metals usage per EV.In August 2018, global combined EV and PHEV registrations exceeded hybrid registrations for the first time – a trend that has continued every month since. In December 2018, for the first time, EV registration alone exceeded the number of hybrids registered. Adamas expects EVs will continue to outpace hybrids throughout 2019 and beyond.This trend is causing the sales-weighted average battery capacity of electrified vehicles to increase at an accelerated rate in all regions. At the global level, the sales-weighted average EV battery capacity has increased by a factor of 18 in nine years, from 1.4 kWh in January 2010 to 24.8 kWh in December 2018.Adamas predicts that the ongoing increase in average battery capacity, coupled with strong growth in EV demand, will create an unprecedented surge of demand for battery metals and materials over the coming decade. Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Source: Adamas Intelligencelast_img read more

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You can win this Teslapowered oldschool VW Bug

first_imgOne of the coolest electric conversions we have ever seen, an old-school VW Bug powered by Tesla batteries, is being given away for a good cause. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVp0Cr2Pg4gThe post You can win this Tesla-powered old-school VW Bug appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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England need to be positive on judgment night

first_img Email (optional) Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment 10 Sep 2008 14:09 kayakking Reply 0 1 Twitter Facebook Twitter Share Share on Twitter hey BL, not to sound like me mate marsman but surely it would be better to unleash the young lad from the start rather than rely on ‘that bloke’s’ dead ball & crossing abilities which has been on the wane for some time. besides, walcott is more likely to track back & help out defensively than ‘you know who’. just a thought… collapsed Twitter Share Support The Guardian Twitter KeithSimmonds Share on Twitter 10 Sep 2008 16:24 0 1 Facebook blogposts Reply Close report comment form Share via Email Share Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share on Twitter 10 Sep 2008 10:37 Reply Report I expect both teams to play smart (read: with 9 players behind the ball), waiting for countrer-attack that will never happen. It means that the game could be easily settled by a single goal coming from a deadball situation. Luckily for England, Robinson will sit on the bench. But I wonder would marsman survive yet another blow? recommendations Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 50 Share on Twitter | Pick Share stealthbanana Report Loading comments… Trouble loading? | Pick 2 0 1 10 Sep 2008 16:34 Twitter Share on Twitter 0 1 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Reply GomezAddamms Twitter Report 10 Sep 2008 18:48 Reply View more comments Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share 10 Sep 2008 9:35 Reply Order by oldest Show 25 Share on Twitter England 10 Sep 2008 16:32 Share on Twitter | Pick jeffhull Twitter Facebook Right on the basis that the Cern Particle Collider didn’t destroy the Earth, we’d better go to plan “B”.We are going to lose tonight. This is because they like running with the ball and passing accurately to each other, somtimes when the passee and passer are in the same postcode. We, on the other hand like lumping the ball forty yards and then chasing possesion when the forty yard pass isn’t accurate (ie always).So, in the certain knowledge that we’re screwed, lets at least play a team that might be excited and , god forbid , joyous at pulling on an England shirt. I’m not sure if this lot are fit, or in the squad but this is who I would like to see playing tonightFosterRichards King Woodgate BridgeWalcott Barry AgbonlahorRooneyYoung HeskeySubs Bullard, Lenon, Defoe, Richards, JamesIt might not win, so no change there….but it might at least run with the ball and do it with a smile on its face. | Pick … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 100 Twitter Walcott surely must be picked for his positive performance against Andorra, okay he was not a constant threat but he will pose problems to Croatia’s left-back. He will draw fouls and like most youthful teams, such as Croatia might play with that same attitude that a young Owen did. He can roam on the right and cut inside. Surely picking Beckham, means also picking Heskey? I can not believe Ashley Young was not picked, although Joe Cole is the most consistent performer having a player like Young on the bench is more useful as tired legs appear. Not too sure how Walcott’s defensive work is but, England should just go all out to win.Perhaps Croatia are a perfect mix of youth and experience, with young wingers and a mix in centre of midfield with a very experienced central defence pairing. @miroljub Facebook Twitter Report Share on Facebook Kyle1982 Report 0 1 miroljub Share World Cup Share on Twitter 3 Reply Reply unthreaded nocod Share on Twitter 10 Sep 2008 12:42 expanded Comments 62 Facebook Share Share 10 Sep 2008 14:55 0 1 KittenKong | Pick 10 Sep 2008 16:41 | Pick Sportblog I feel a bit wierd in the approach to this game. Croatia have probably the most exciting midfield in Europe at the moment and, even though they’re up against England, I’m ready to sit back and admire. Also I’ve still got a vague hope that Bilic will take over at West Ham and a solid thumping of England will allow him to walk out on Croatia without any negative publicity at home. I’m sort of hoping Lampard et al will put in the sort of performance we’ve come to count on in recent years.I am Jamie Carragher and I will have that five pounds. jeffhull Threads collapsed This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share World Cup 2010 0 1 World Cup 2010 wonk 0 1 Twitter Facebook 10 Sep 2008 16:47 Facebook Facebook Report Share on Facebook 10 Sep 2008 15:41 Share on Messenger Share 10 Sep 2008 16:24 Comments on this selection all focus on our attack. This is an away game against the favourites. The most encouraging fact for me is that we have our first choice back 4, and we are playing a back 4. Neither of these happened last time.Good chance of a clean sheet I reckon nocodi think dreaming about beckham is cause for concern…this might helphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6FF7RZFK5o&feature=relatedpretty good, but far too much intelligence for any real accuracy… Report Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Report 25 10 Sep 2008 18:12 Reply Share on Twitter 10 Sep 2008 15:27 oldest Report Report Twitter Agram Share Share | Pick Share am having a right nightmare trying to get this fkng thing working.like fabio.a draw tonight i think and a slowly improving perfomance and team.slowly slowly catchy monkey.or something. | Pick Share Reply 10 Sep 2008 18:02 Capello’s reputation is on the line in Zagreb and he cannot afford to rely solely on resistance Facebook | Pick Terry saying (from the perspective of the “honour” of playing as England captain) that the team will not feel pressure because most of them have played in bigger games, e.g. Champions’ League….————————————————————————————————-He’s just cheapened the whole thing. Some would applaud his honesty whilst hopefully most will realise that hes just ignorant.This attitude that a lot of the English players seem to hold seems to be more of an English thing. Its almost as if they are consigned to defeat before a ball is kicked and are looking elsewhere for proof of their ability, such as performances for their clubs in the CL. Do the Dutch or the Spanish (prior to their Euro 2008 win) prioritise in this way as a response to a lack of trophies at international level? Share on Facebook 0 1 | Pick nocod Croatia 0 1 Report Capello should shake up the midfield if he is to change the way England play.My ideal team for England:James.- Brown – Terry – Ferdinand (Ledley) – Cole.- Huddlestone – Barry(Hargreave).- Walcott – Joe Cole – Rooney.Darren Bent.4- 2- 3- 1.Croatia 1- England 1.England can’t afford using 4-4-2 in a tough away game; that’s why I left Heskey out. Also I believe Rooney needs space in order to be more efficient; so having him wide will provide that and Joe cole, who is the most opportunistic of the two could do better by playing just behind the main striker. Shares00 Twittercenter_img Share on Twitter Twitter guadacnet England need to be positive on judgment night 10 Sep 2008 18:12 Share on Facebook 10 Sep 2008 16:07 Report Share on Twitter Share 0 1 comments (62)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Reply Share | Pick Share on Facebook Nobody comments of Capello’s nonsense about his ‘shy players playing better away than home where they may be booed?’Gosh, after two absolute idiots you managed to find another.Capello will play an ugly italian catanaggio tonight, mark my words.He may come away with 0-0 and then the whole english menagerie will sing accolades in unison; effectively construction another mass delusion, similar to one witnessed at world cup in Germany. In the end, when the whole ‘make-believe’ build-up bursts the outcome will be as usual – poor english kids will cry, adults will get drunk and FA will go scour for the next duschbag globally.If I were English I’d find these cycles of sameness deeply depressing. And out of compassion I am herewith offering a solution: why don’t just cheer for the Croatian team? Lots of them play in Premiership, they all speak English, so what the hell? Reply | Pick @jeffhullYou’re a breath of fresh air blowing into the GU sportblogging scene, a pollution-expert seemingly able to provide more respect for the present England team.Being the first victim of your ‘clean air’ action, I heartily appreciate your great efforts. If england are playing for a draw what happens if they score the first goal ?It was encouraging to hear capello admit he hadn’t watched any past videos of england defeats under maclaren. Not. But it was as I had expected . He continues to jemmy lampard and beckham into the team (sorry not team, eleven individuals).Oh well, critical as I’ve been over capello’s tenure I can only wish him and the side he picks the best of luck… They’re going to need it.Last night I had a very convincing dream that England won 3-1 with beckham very prominent in the goals. So convincing in fact the first thing I worried about was what the hell was I going to right on here. Sad but true. “I always said that fabio knew what he was doing…” Share Twitter 10 Sep 2008 16:48 Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > 0 1 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply First published on Tue 9 Sep 2008 19.07 EDT Report miroljub 0 1 There is a chain of novelties to this phase of Fabio Capello’s life. He is in charge of a national team for the first time and holds that position in a country where he had not worked before, while picking up a salary whose magnitude was presumably unfamiliar even to him. With a managerial CV hitherto confined to Milan, Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus, he now breaks new ground by guiding a side with good cause to be uncertain of its standing.His mission starts in earnest tonight. It would be nonsensical to suppose that defeat against Croatia will doom him as an England manager. In theory, after all, this is the most daunting fixture that will be presented to him until the 2010 World Cup, should the team get there. The result, however, must shape perceptions of him and, if the worst comes to the worst, a reputation constructed over decades will be defaced, temporarily at least.There is more at stake than his vanity. The squad needs reason to believe that they are in the hands of a manager who will lead them to an eminent place in international football. The negotiations over this fixture saw Croatia allowing England to have the away match first in return for it taking place in the opening days of the programme. Slaven Bilic’s calculation is that Capello has not had sufficient time to re-engineer the team.The Fifa rankings look quite sensible, with Croatia, in fifth, squinting at England 10 places below them. This evening’s match at the Maksimir Stadium may be a challenge, but it also invites Capello to confound Bilic. The country remembers all too well the defeats inflicted on Steve McClaren in this fixture and the first significant evaluation of his successor will be made through a comparison. Capello is sure to be lionised if he engineers a day of reckoning for Bilic.Croatia do hold that undefeated record in competitive matches in Zagreb reaching back to 1994. The statistic nudges a rival coach towards picking an iron-clad line-up and Capello, in any case, is never known to be fanciful, but it would be shallow to think solely of resistance. These opponents would best be deterred by making them worry about England now and again.A country of 4.5 million people does not furnish a coach with excellent players in peak form for every position. It is notable that the Kovac brothers and Josip Simunic are all expected to occupy their accustomed defensive roles tonight despite the fact that each is on the fringes of his squad at club level. The holding midfielder Niko Kovac, 37 next month, announced that he was stepping down from the national team after Euro 2008.So quickly did Bilic talk him out of it that the veteran’s retirement felt almost subliminal. That change of heart confirmed the fellowship between a manager and squad who keep on bucking the odds. This adventure is highly charged and even volatile. At Euro 2008 Croatia went ahead against Turkey in the 29th minute of extra-time and Bilic was part of a pitch invasion by the coaching staff. Order was never quite restored in the minds of a side who then conceded an equaliser before losing the quarter-final in a shoot-out. There was an insight there both into how much Croatia invest in these occasions and how much it takes out of them. In Zagreb, with the help of a remarkable home crowd, they usually come out ahead. Capello has to make unease seep into those spectators and that probably cannot be achieved by resistance alone.He would best deter Croatia by surprising them. So loquacious was the manager on the topic of Theo Walcott that cynics concluded Capello must really have no intention of sending him out against Croatia. However, the youngster does have a destabilising pace that no one else offers for England. That consideration has brought a realistic prospect of Walcott playing from the start. Those who have followed Capello’s career struggle to remember a key fixture in which he opted for an emerging player who had never started in a top-level occasion for club or county. Then again, there is a rational calculation that the opposition, at their core, have men who could dread being exposed to speed.It is feasible that Walcott and Joe Cole will be deployed in support of Wayne Rooney, even if the Manchester United player would then have the lone striker duties that do not suit him. Should Walcott be chosen, he will be obliged to track back and cover as, say, Danijel Pranjic and Ivan Rakitic spring into attack on his wing in a bid to exploit his callowness. David Beckham, should he be on the right of three in midfield, will have to be assiduous in his defensive work.The overall ambition must be to make Croatia pause and review their strategy. Like many modern sides who excite us, Bilic’s line-up flourishes on the counter-attack. The Czech Republic, who deserved better than a 2-2 draw in last month’s friendly at Wembley, disturbed Capello by undoing England repeatedly on the break. Judging by Luka Modric’s exuberance in the 3-0 defeat of Kazakhstan at the weekend, Gareth Barry and others will need to have been schooled in stifling the Tottenham Hotspur player.There cannot be a flying start for Capello unless Croatia are brought to a standstill.Croatia decoded: how they triumphed beforeCroatia 2 England 0October 11 2006 4-1-3-2European Championship qualifierNiko Kovac was deployed as a defensive midfielder, allowing Luka Modric the freedom to drift forward. With Niko Kranjcar he was the outstanding player in Croatia’s line-up. But Slaven Bilic was most delighted by England’s decision to play five in midfield, which he took as an indication of their defensive outlook. They would, he said later, have been more comfortable in a familiar 4-4-2, to which they reverted when 2-0 down.England 2 Croatia 3November 21 2007 4-4-2European Championship qualifierA similar line-up again got the better of a much-changed England side. Steve McClaren’s nervousness was evident in his selection, with only one striker in his starting XI. Again a more familiar formation was found when the match appeared lost. Luka Modric was the outstanding player – Gareth Barry, a lone shield in front of England’s back four, was unable to contain Croatia’s attacking midfielders and Dario Srna embarrassed Wayne Bridge. 10 Sep 2008 10:40 Report 0 1 Share via Email 0 1 Reply Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook 2 Facebook 0 1 Share | Pick Share Surprised to hear no comments from anyone about Terry saying (from the perspective of the “honour” of playing as England captain) that the team will not feel pressure because most of them have played in bigger games, e.g. Champions’ League….a) as captain, what does he think of the effect of the pressure on those who didn’t play for Man U or Chelsea that night (wouldn’t his comment ADD to it?) andb) wouldn’t we like to think that this team of plutocrats COULD feel extra pressure in playing for their country, and could face up to it?The policy seems to be: talk bull before the game, but only after getting your excuses in first, about the negativity of the fans, etc. And how it affects the team. But John, the team won’t feel pressure because this is only an England game, a key one in a series which could well (my sad prediction) see England fail to qualify. Ooooh I like this new comment box thing.Tonight could be bloody embarassing if all goes wrong you know. The Croatians have never lost at home and are of a more technically able stature than England. Skill, combined with their obvious ‘love of the shirt’ mean a draw would be a good result, just don’t tell the England players that or you know how wrong it will all go.Some say more passion is needed, but that isn’t enough, you need ability and maybe just maybe England have had as much of that possible that stifled by the nervousness surrounding the England situation. They will never be Argentina, but the best we could get from them is to have them playing without barriers.Cole, Rooney, Walcott…Bullard? Just…go on lads, have a go. Twitter Share on Facebook 10 Sep 2008 16:17 MUST….RESIST……LAMPARD….GAGS… 0 1 invain All Facebook Share Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook Report Share on Twitter 0 1 0 1 Reply Facebook Report Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Reply Facebook Kevin McCarra hmmm, should Capello play Becks or Walcott? should he play Heskey or Defoe? Should he…………Well I dunno, I don’t get paid 6mil to make a decision and I trust Capello in whoever he picks. As a sidenote though, from what he has available, I’d personally go with this line-up in a 4-3-2-1:James,BrownTerryRioA. ColeBarryLampardBeckhamColeRooneyHeskeyIf things don’t go smoothly, Walcott should come in as a sub. I don’t think starting him in a high-pressure match might be such a good idea. Capello knows best though Report Facebook Reply Tue 9 Sep 2008 19.07 EDT Report Reply Share on Twitter Twitter 0 1 1 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook MenCallMePhil Share | Pick Rofko Share on Twitter 3 Miro- I objected to your use of the word re******- no more no less-I enjoy reading your posts but that word is unacceptable and thankfully the moderator has deleted our posts. Carry on sir. Facebook Share on WhatsApp Twitter 0 1 Facebook Twitter Sportblog Facebook | Pick Facebook the current England team start to look like a not so bright, even a slightly retarted fatboy Share on Twitter Reply Report Report Twitter 1 sarkmah Share on Facebook miroljub Share on Facebook | Pick Since you’re here… 10 Sep 2008 9:31 BlueLegend newest Reply Share on Facebook Facebook Kieth Simmons:- I think, to an extent, he’s right.This is a group match where second place should be good enough, there should be less pressure. The problem is that Englands failure to qualify the last time means that every game(especially against the group favourites) will be seen as must win.I see this match being a draw, or a very narrow england win. Krankjar and Eduardo would have made Croatia the favourites but I can see Croatia struggling to break England down. A set piece will probably be the difference, the person I feel sorry for in all of this is marsman Share 0 1 What is wrong with the word retarted? For all his wikipedia entries on this site, I think that was an one of miro’s best and most insightful comments.In any case, I had a comment with the word ‘f***’ it in accepted by the moderators the other day on the football blog, which was utterly gratuitous.I have terrible visions of Croatia passing it through a static and slow Terry and an exposed and unfit Ferdinand. Going out with an attacking mentality would be wrong because of this; we need to give our defence enough protection that it will not be completely humiliated… Gifting Croatia the Space behind our midfield to charge into would be suicide and would require us to score several goals to win, which is unlikely. The goalposts have been moved regarding the meaning of playing defensively given our recent encounters with Andorra, who actually don’t WANT to score, let alone try. Obviously we should still celebrate if we manage to score.Hopefully Capello will pick an attacking four or five that is willing capable and motivated enough to play patiently and unselfishly enough to get a couple of chances. England have lacked team players for a long time in terms of going forward. Heskey is definitely someone who gives a lot to the side, but he is the exception… In our NBA-EPL all the English players seem to think that it’s all about what your personal outstanding-ness can bring to the side (Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney, Beckham and several others spring to mind) – This is why players like Barryand Hargreaves have shone at times for England in recent years. 0 1 Share on Twitter againstthebar Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter 10 Sep 2008 18:59 Share on Facebook Report 10 Sep 2008 17:45 sarkmah Reply Share Share on Twitter “The country remembers all too well the defeats inflicted on Steve McClaren in this fixture and the first significant evaluation of his successor will be made through a comparison. Capello is sure to be lionised if he engineers a day of reckoning for Bilic.”i really doubt that don fab will replicate the sheer incompetence of scs over the course of his tenure so comparing them is a little nonsensical, though seems an easy thing to fall into. & don’t forget scs was brought up on premier league/english football whereas fab’s had to take a crash course…i certainly know who i’d rather have managing the team going into this clash.The keys tonight will be theo (if he starts ahead of becks then we’re virtually a goal up even before kickoff) & barry (must rediscover the form which made him a solid back up to hargreaves). 10 Sep 2008 18:39 GomezAddamms. god yes. more of a ‘mare than a dream. You’ve got me worried now.The clip. 58 games of that ! It’s funny coz it’s true. Aaargh. Share on Twitter wonk Twitter Topics Report | Pick Reason (optional) I was just thinking when was Rooney last effective and it was probably Euro 2004. Of course England still had PAul Scholes to call on then. Unfortunately they never really had anyone to replace him.I cant really see how England can prevail in this game. The only thing that could possibly turn things to their advantage is if a number of Croatian players have a bad day. But their unbeaten record in Zagreb goes back a few years and surely in that time theyve had bad days and still come through.I would love to see a good performance from England but I suspect that it will be more of the same and any success is more likely to be from graft and a touch of luck rather than anything else. | Pick KeithSimmonds Facebooklast_img read more

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Canada Now Has Deferred Prosecution Agreements

first_img FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available. Learn More & Register A guest post today from Toronto-based Borden Ladner Gervais attorneys Milos Barutciski, Graeme Hamilton and Julia Webster.On September 19, 2018, deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) became available to resolve corporate offences in Canada under the Criminal Code and the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.Remediation Agreements will be available to resolve criminal charges against corporations, partnerships and other forms of business organizations without registering a criminal conviction. Remediation Agreements will be negotiated by the prosecution and the accused and are subject to judicial approval. They will typically be accompanied by the payment of penalties, restitution, implementation of compliance measures, and other terms and conditions as negotiated by the parties, including the potential appointment of corporate monitorships.Offences subject to resolution through a Remediation Agreement include bribery of public officials, both domestic and foreign, fraud, municipal corruption, insider trading, private bribery (secret commissions), money-laundering and other offences (listed at the end of this article). Competition offences such as price-fixing, bid-rigging and misleading advertising are notably absent from the Remediation Agreement regime.Key TakeawaysRemediation Agreements create incentives for corporate cooperation in investigations, recognition of responsibility and payment of penalties and restitutionCorporations can resolve criminal investigations and prosecutions without the stigma of criminal conviction and the collateral burden of debarment from public procurementThe requirement of judicial approval of Remediation Agreements and the potential involvement of victim representatives may inject uncertainty into the processRemediation AgreementsThe introduction of Remediation Agreements follows from a lengthy public consultation on the merits of DPAs undertaken by the Government of Canada in 2017. The results of the consultation were published in a February 2018 report that highlighted public support for a DPA regime.A Remediation Agreement is defined in Part XXII.1 of the Criminal Code as: “an agreement, between an organization accused of having committed an offence and a prosecutor, to stay any proceedings related to that offence if the organization complies with the terms of the agreement.” Resolution of offences through a Remediation Agreement is available to organizations as defined in section 2 of the Code, which includes corporations, partnerships and other forms of business organizations, but does not include a public body, trade union or municipality.The offences subject to Remediation Agreements are listed in a schedule to Part XXII.1, as set out below. Remediation agreements are also available for the offences of conspiracy and attempts to commit, being an accessory after the fact, and counselling in relation to the listed offences.Like other DPA regimes, Canadian Remediation Agreements are focused on deterrence. The amendments set out the objectives of the regime as denouncing wrongdoing, promoting accountability and respect for the rule of law, encouraging voluntary disclosure, providing reparations and reducing the negative consequences for employees, customers and others not responsible for the corporate wrongdoing.Commencing a Remediation Agreement NegotiationNegotiations for a Remediation Agreement are formally initiated by the prosecution, although we expect that corporations accused will typically invite the initiation of a negotiation as part of a company’s cooperation with an investigation. Prior to commencing a negotiation, the prosecution must determine that there is a reasonable prospect of conviction, that the negotiation is in the public interest and obtain the consent of the Attorney General to the negotiation. The prosecution must also determine that the act or omission did not result in serious bodily harm or death, injury to national defence or security, and was not committed at the direction of organized crime or a terrorist group. The prosecution must also inform victims of the negotiation, including non-Canadian victims (e.g., in the case of a foreign bribery prosecution).The negotiation begins with a notice to the accused that sets out a summary description of the offence to which the Remediation Agreement, and other statutory cautions. One of the most significant cautions relates to the company’s obligation to cooperate and provide information to the prosecution in connection with other matters resulting from the act or omission in question (e.g., ongoing investigations of directors, officers and employees involved in the offence). Any company seeking the benefit of a Remediation Agreement will therefore be well-advised to take appropriate disciplinary action against personnel that it believes have culpability for the relevant offence.A Remediation Agreement must contain several mandatory terms, including:a statement of facts;an admission of responsibility;an obligation to provide additional information regarding the matter and to cooperate in future investigations and prosecutions;an obligation to forfeit to the Crown any property, benefit or advantage obtained or derived, directly or indirectly, from the act or omission, or to otherwise deal with it as the prosecution directs;an obligation to pay a penalty and restitution to victims; andan obligation not to deduct the cost of any penalties for income tax purposes.Remediation Agreements may also include optional terms such as:the implementation of compliance measures;the appointment of an independent monitor; andreimbursement of the prosecution’s costs.Judicial Approval of a Remediation AgreementRemediation Agreements must be approved by a superior court, which must determine whether the offence charged is one for which Remediation Agreements are available, whether the agreement is in the public interest, and whether the terms of the agreement are fair and reasonable and proportionate to the offence. The court must also consider any victim or community impact statement and reparations to victims under the agreement.In the event that a Remediation Agreement is concluded, the criminal prosecution is stayed. No other proceedings may be initiated against the accused once the agreement is in force in relation to the subject matter and any limitation agreements are also suspended. All agreements must be published unless the court determines that partial or complete non-publication is necessary for the proper administration of justice.If the agreement is terminated at any time and the prosecution resumes, the agreed statement of facts remains admissible, but admissions not contained in the statement of facts or admission of responsibility that were made during the negotiation period are not admissible as evidence during the resumed proceedings.Remediation Agreements Offer a New Avenue for Resolving Corporate Criminal ProsecutionsDeferred prosecution regimes are increasingly being used globally as a mechanism to resolve corporate criminal investigations:The United States Department of Justice has used DPAs to address corporate wrongdoing since the early 2000s;The United Kingdom introduced a DPA regime in 2014 under the Crime and Courts Act 2014;France introduced the Sapin II law in December 2016, which provides for a DPA (convention judiciaire d’intérêt public) for certain economic offences;Australia introduced legislation in December 2017 to establish a DPA regime (not yet in force);Argentina introduced Law 27.403 in December 2017 (in force since March 2018) to establish a DPA regime (effective collaboration agreements); andSingapore introduced a DPA framework into its Criminal Procedure Code in March 2018.Remediation Agreements hold out advantages for both prosecutors and corporations. For prosecutors, they provide a means to entice cooperation and further assistance in investigations, admission of culpability, and payment of penalties and restitution, while maintaining judicial supervision and sanction, transparency and accountability. For corporations, there is now the option of settling criminal charges under the Criminal Code and the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Actwithout the collateral burden of a criminal conviction. Concluding a Remediation Agreement may allow the corporation to avoid debarment from public procurement and an opportunity to demonstrate good corporate citizenship. Depending on the evolution of the process and the extent to which supervising courts defer to the parties as in the case of plea agreements, it may also provide for more expedited resolutions in the public interest, as well as to the benefit of both prosecution and accused.These types of agreements are not entirely new to Canadian regulators. Similar types of settlement agreements are currently used to address corporate and individual wrongdoing by several Canadian regulatory agencies, such as the Mutual Fund Dealers Association and the Ontario Securities Commission, where the respondent corporation or individual submits to an agreed statement of facts, provides an admission of culpability and may agree to pay penalties and payment of costs.The requirement of judicial approval may inject uncertainty into the process in the absence of precedent, as will the mandatory notice to victims and potential role for victims’ representatives in the approval process. It is to be hoped that over time, however, courts will draw guidance from case law regarding the negotiation and acceptance of guilty pleas and that a body of case law will provide guidance with regard to the Remediation Agreement process.Offences Subject to the RegimeOffences under the Criminal Code(a) section 119 or 120 (bribery of officers);(b) section 121 (frauds on the government);(c) section 123 (municipal corruption);(d) section 124 (selling or purchasing office);(e) section 125 (influencing or negotiating appointments or dealing in offices);(f) subsection 139(3) (obstructing justice);(g) section 322 (theft);(h) section 330 (theft by person required to account);(i)  section 332 (misappropriation of money held under direction);(j) section 340 (destroying documents of title);(k) section 341 (fraudulent concealment);(l) section 354 (property obtained by crime);(m) section 362 (false pretence or false statement);(n) section 363 (obtaining execution of valuable security by fraud);(o) section 366 (forgery);(p) section 368 (use, trafficking or possession of forged document);(q) section 375 (obtaining by instrument based on forged document);(r) section 378 (offences in relation to registers);(s) section 380 (fraud);(t) section 382 (fraudulent manipulation of stock exchange transactions);(u) section 382.‍1 (prohibited insider trading);(v) section 383 (gaming in stocks or merchandise);(w) section 389 (fraudulent disposal of goods on which money advanced);(x) section 390 (fraudulent receipts under Bank Act);(y) section 392 (disposal of property to defraud creditors);(z) section 397 (books and documents);(z.‍1) section 400 (false prospectus);(z.‍2) section 418 (selling defective stores to Her Majesty);(z.‍3) section 426 (secret commissions); and(z.‍4) section 462.‍31 (laundering proceeds of crime).Offences under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act:a) section 3 (bribing a foreign public official); andb) section 4 (maintenance or destruction of books and records to facilitate or hide the bribing of a foreign public official).last_img read more

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