ATU320 – MAS Mobile Accommodation Solution App with Louis Orslene of the

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.ATU320 – MAS (Mobile Accommodation Solution) App with Louis Orslene of the Job Accommodation Network – JAN——————————If you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/INDATA——-transcript follows —— LOUIS ORSLENE:  Hi, this is Lou Orslene, codirector of the Job Accommodation Network, more commonly known as JAN, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.WADE WINGLER:  Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Welcome to episode number 320 of Assistive Technology Update. It’s scheduled to be released on July 14, 2017.Today I have a conversation with Lou Orslene who is the codirector of the Job Accommodation Network. He’s going to tell us about MAS, Mobile Accommodation Solution, which is a new app scheduled to come out fall 2017 to facilitate that job accommodation process. We hope you check out our website at www.eastersealstech.com, give us a note on Twitter at INDATA Project, or leave a voicemail on our listener line at 317-721-7124.***Not long ago, I saw a press release for a thing called mobile accommodation solution. I knew it was a project that included JAN and some other organizations. I said, hey, I know those guys and they do great work, plus it’s about assisting with the job accommodation process. Our organization here at Easter Seals crossroads in Indianapolis has been doing job accommodation for a long time. When I saw the stuff, I was immediately interested and asked that we reach out to Lou who is the codirector of the job accommodation network and also working on the MAS project. He agreed at the last minute and graciously to pop on the show and talk with us about that a little bit.Enough of my rambling, Lou, welcome to the show. Thanks for being here.LOUIS ORSLENE:  Thank you very much and thanks for the opportunity to talk about MAS. We’re pretty excited about the launch later in the year.WADE WINGLER:  Before we talk about MAS, let’s talk about you a little bit. Tell folks a little bit about who you are, your role with JAN, and how you got there. There may be some folks in our audience who may not be familiar with JAN, so can you give us a sketch of that?LOUIS ORSLENE:  Let me say how I came to JAN first of all. I had an interest since early on in life on disability and employment, in particular the nexus between the needs of employers and the abilities of people with disabilities. My interest really started when my father was blinded when I was young in a coal mine accident. I grew up in a small coal mine community and southwestern Pennsylvania. My father was blinded in a coal mine accident. He worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor from the state of Pennsylvania, was really successful was his rehabilitation, went on to work with people with disabilities at a local arc. His love was always coal mining and the union. After he worked a couple of local jobs, he was then recruited to work with United mine workers of America and went on to be director of organizing for the UMWA and went all over the country doing a lot of press for them.I have seen it firsthand. I’ve seen it work. I’ve seen rehabilitation counseling work firsthand. I know it can happen, but I know that people just need to be open-minded about it. For instance, my father went back to college after he was medically stabilized and able to work again. He got a college degree from California University of Pennsylvania. That was a leap of faith at that time. We were talking 1972 copy for any of the ADA legislation, pre-Rehab Act of ’73. The University decided to accommodate him to provide readers and other equipment so that he would be able to successfully complete his classwork, which he did very well. He went on to do some masters work as well.Seeing that success, mind you, I’ve also seen failure. I’ve seen a member of my family who has epilepsy, and that’s still not very well accepted and stigmatized in workplaces. I’ve seen it not work so well either. That’s been my history.WADE WINGLER:  It’s interesting pure you and I have been acquainted for years now. I don’t think I’ve heard the story about your dad. You piqued my interest because that’s a very interesting perspective to have. When we think about people with disabilities and employment, you don’t always think about that from the perspective of a child looking at your dad. That’s a different perspective and probably one of more empowerment on his part and an interesting perspective with you as his son observing that, which I think speaks to your spirit and serves you well in this role. That’s a great story.LOUIS ORSLENE:  Thanks.WADE WINGLER:  Tell us a little bit about what you do at JAN and what JAN does for folks who don’t know, then we will jump into the MAS project.LOUIS ORSLENE:  I’ve been working with JAN for over 20 years. I was a consultant on the psychiatric cognitive team and then took and administered of role. Today I serve as one of the codirectors. I share the directorship with Anne Hirsch. What JAN does is provide one-on-one consulting regarding place accommodation and also disability legislation from an employer’s protective. If an employer calls us, they can dial our 800 number, they will press three, and our phone tree that gives them a program assistant that asks what kind of disability or issue they are dealing with. Then they go to one of our teams. We had a cognitive team, psychiatric team, motor E team, and sensory team. All of our team members have education at either a Masters level or PhD level. Typically what we do is coach the employer through the accommodation process, the interaction process, making sure they don’t run afoul of any legislation copied and also proposing a job accommodation along the way. By the end of that consultation, I typically sent out an email with companies that make – if we discussed assistive technology, then we will send an email out listing those assistive technologies and where they can be purchased.Our main customer, about 60 percent of our consultations are done with employers. Then about 30 percent, our second largest customer, are individuals with disabilities often calling us wanting to understand their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, wanting to know if they have to disclose and when and how to disclose. Then finally we coach them through submitting a request for accommodation if that’s their choice. That’s the kind of services we provide.We also have an expensive website, pretty comprehensive publications on everything from accommodating arthritis to wheelchair use and vision impairments. We have a searchable online accommodation resource for those that would prefer to hop online and put in a disability and see the accommodations that are typically offered for those types of accommodations.We also provide training, virtual training. We have a just in time library of canned training that are fully accessible and the respect that they are within our Adobe connect software platform and they do have captions that run along with the webcast.Then we provide free webcasts on topical issues on accommodations. Once every quarter, we invite an employer customer that we have had success with, and we let them count their success and talk about how they did it and how they became more inclusive and how they were able to hire and retain people with disabilities.All of our services are free and funded through the US Department of Labor’s office of disability employment policy. People can reach us through various channels. They could call us, they could use our online chat, they could call Skype us, text us. We also have a virtual office in Second Life. There are various ways people can reach as and use our consultation services.WADE WINGLER:  What is the web address?LOUIS ORSLENE: askJAN.org. And if I could also talk for a minute from the employer’s perspective. Over the last year, we done a number of focus groups with employers. We wanted to touch base and see where they are with their policies and procedures. We had received a number of requests from employers asking us to review their policies and procedures. The result of that became the job accommodation workplace toolkit. That was released last fall and we’ve seen many page views and also a number of unique visitors to that site. We think that it’s serving the employer community well. Although, if one looks at the toolkit – and if you go to the askJAN.org, and in the search box put in toolkit, it will be the first thing that pulls up – there are three drawers to that toolkit. The first one is aimed at talent acquisition and managers. Then there is a drawer for accommodation specialists. And then the third drawer is for employees or employee resource groups.WADE WINGLER:  There is always great stuff happening over at JAN. It sounds like you are continuing the great work. I want to shift our topic a little bit and get into the MAS project. I know it is an app and is going to continue to support a lot of the activities that JAN has done over the years. Talk to me about MAS. What is it?LOUIS ORSLENE:  Let me start out from the beginning of it. We have found over the years that, again, the people that are least supported and have the least amount of training and education in inclusion are talent acquisition staff and supervisors. Training is always an issue. Employers have many demands before them that they need to do in order to comply with various legislation. We know that finding the time to really train the talent acquisition staff and supervisors is challenging. However, what we found is that we had developed over the years a lot of good resources. While those resources seem to have influenced people in HR, people in employee relations, people in diversity and inclusion, it had really not been driven down and we are still not seeing the impact with the people who are really receiving the disclosure request form people with disabilities requesting accommodations for work. We’ve really been seeing this need over the years.A few years ago, we looked at this issue intently and first of all started looking at the resources we had on the website. We were thinking we really need to create an easy, free app that people can just download onto their mobile devices and can use in the field. This was also driven by we were seeing more and more people really out in the field, office list kind of companies that people were tele-working, or by the nature of their work, large financial companies, that their workers were out in the field. We saw this need for having a mobile device. What we didn’t want it simply to be is to be another website. We didn’t want it to be just a micro site where people can access our resources. What we wanted to do is build an app that would have all of the best practices that we’ve discovered over the years, so it would be built in, and by using the app people would be using those best practices. Those best practices, much like the toolkit I described earlier, would be institutionalized into organizations. We really felt this was the best approach to take.Finding funding and a partner for that was somewhat challenging. It took two or three years, much longer than we really anticipated. But we knew there was a need for this and it was really important for somebody to put out there.We had also done an environmental scan. We wanted to see if anyone else had thought of this idea or was putting something out like this. We could not find another app. We could find enterprise-level, sort of the Cadillac of accommodation tools. At an enterprise level, you could internally cut through your PC, manage your accommodations. We have seen that. There is Simplicity, there is IBM’s workplace accommodation connections tool. There are a number of tools that are out there, but they are all very large, pretty expensive and at the enterprise level.What we wanted was something sort of for the grassroots folks, the people that are supervisors and the people that are talent acquisition who in a moment can open the app and it really be able to use the app to facilitate the interactive process. By facilitating it through the app, they would learn all of those best practices. They can also case manage. Much beyond our best practices, they would have a tool where they could enter people’s requests for commendation and they could see how they’ve progressed through our six step accommodation process that has tips built into it along the way. They could monitor the accommodation and capture the conversations around accommodation which is so vitally important as you move through that interactive process. First of all, to show they are making a good-faith effort, the second of all, it’s difficult in a mobile environment. We all work in that environment. There are so many conversations along the way that you really need to capture. It’s impossible for us to remember all of that.This becomes their case management tool, their facilitator of the interactive process. We believe that with this tool that it will be that much more easy for people to embrace these practices and for them to successfully provide accommodations. Again, because we’re not really able to train all the people in all of the intricacies of the interactive process, we know it can be difficult at times. There is difficult conversations. Sometimes creativity is limited. You are limited by the time that you have. So we believe that the tool can really assist in overcoming those barriers and therefore really get more people employed and ensure that more people are retained whenever they run into those challenges that disability creates in the workplace.WADE WINGLER:  That process is an important one. You are right. I’m not aware of tools that handle that at a grassroots level either. I’m excited to hear about that. Give me information about the features from the employer’s protective. What’s the user experience going to be like and what kind of features might they use?LOUIS ORSLENE:  First of all, it will be free. It will be downloadable from the App Store. It will be available in both iOS as well as android. The user experience will be that they will download the app, and then they will be our splash screen that will be the entry point for the app. You will need to determine whether you are coming in it from the employer’s perspective, the rehabilitation professional perspective, or the employee or individual looking for a job, their perspective. Then the tools will flow from there.Let’s say you are an employer. Of course the first thing that you are able to answer is someone an employee, is disclosing to you, then you are able to enter all the information into the notes section and the demographic information into the website. Then if the person proposes accommodations, says that this has worked for me in the past, or I’ve used this assistive technology in the past, then you are able to enter that. From there, there is a suite of forms. There is an accommodation form that you can then provide to the employee to flesh out and provide more information. There is an approval form, a denial form, and appeals form. There are a few other forms as well. One can fill out those forms and store those, and each of those follow the person that is requesting an accommodation. If there are any documentation that someone provided you with medical information, then you’re able to indicate that and store the information in the app. It really is very comprehensive in containing all of the information you need to make decisions and move forward with the accommodation. You are also more readily able to contact the JAN consultants either through phone or chat through the app so that you can then discuss the ideas, see you can quickly get a form filled out, and that the employee or prospective employee doesn’t really have ideas about what kind of accommodation might work in this specific industry setting, then you have access to all of the JAN resources. I think that is another really nice add on and value add to the app.WADE WINGLER:  As somebody who has provided lots of job accommodation services, I am smiling. As my organizations HIPAA security officer, I am squirming a little bit in my seat. Talk to me about privacy and the data and how that is handled.LOUIS ORSLENE:  This is one of the first things that we looked at. When we first to develop the idea and the concept, we were really thinking everything was going to be cloud-based and that we could manage all of the information from here. But over the last two years, there have been so many breaches of very large organizations with very secure databases. We became less and less secure that that was really the approach that we wanted to take. If major employers cannot keep their databases secure, then how would they have confidence in us maintaining this cloud. They are right, because we are doing this with very little money.We decided at that point with the cooperation of IBM to take a different approach. We decided that all of the information would be native to the mobile device so that all of the information would be secured to that device. Most of us use passwords for our devices. If they are lost, no one is able to access that. But what we did want to then make sure is that all of the information that was stored also could be downloaded more locally into legacy information systems or could be downloaded in such a way that if the device were lost, you would still have those records. We have ensured that information from the app can be downloaded. It can be printed. It can be emailed. The email function is really a good fiction as well because often in the interactive process, you are emailing information back and forth. You’re capturing the information, you’re able to use it, it has great functionality in terms of providing communication between parties. But then you are able to say the information. Again, it is all saved natively to the mobile device. When we release the app, we expect security to be a big issue and to be a big concern. We want to explain that to everybody that they are in charge of the security and information. Even information they will be pulling from JAN in terms of our specific resources and technical assistance, that will all be native to the app. Nothing will be connected to the Internet or to any cloud which would really create those security issues.WADE WINGLER:  I feel better now.LOUIS ORSLENE:  Is that a good – we are just putting it out there and hoping that people feel much better about that. I’m glad to hear that.WADE WINGLER:  Especially since you can back it up locally in email it to a secure email system. I feel good about that.LOUIS ORSLENE:  Good to hear.WADE WINGLER:  We are just about out of time for the interview. I need to know when is this thing going to be available. Remind us what platforms it will be on and how we can get a hold of it.LOUIS ORSLENE:  The two platforms will be iOS and android. Right now we are doing internal testing. The app is pretty much done. We are doing internal testing. We’ve done some beta testing at enabling conference. We will be doing external testing in September. We are expecting to launch iOS in the last quarter of 2017 and then the android version 1st quarter of 2018.I would also be remiss in letting folks know who’s involved in this. While JAN is a driver, this is funded from NIDLER at the Department of Health and human services. It is a field development project through them. It is in partnership with IBM. Also we partnered with a number of groups that we thought could inform and also test the application. We have the Disability Management Employers Coalition, American Association of People with Disabilities, the US Business Leadership Network, the National Business and Disability Counsel, and CSAVR, which is the coordinating to body for all the states vocational rehabilitation agencies. I really want to thank them for being involved in the project. Each group has brought a different perspective to the tools that are needed and to the testing. We as a team are very grateful for their participation and grateful for IBM. We approached a number of companies with the idea. I’m not sure that everyone saw the value in it. When we worked with a former global accessibility officer at IBM, when I mentioned it to Francis West, Francis was enthused about it. I want to make sure I get Francis credit and IBM credit for their willingness to explore this with us.WADE WINGLER:  It sounds like a great project, a great team, and it sounds like we are going to have a great tool to add to our arsenal when it comes out. Lou Orslene is the codirector at the JAN, has been leading the efforts for the master project. Inks for being on the show.LOUIS ORSLENE:  Thanks for the opportunity. I appreciate it.WADE WINGLER:  Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Looking for a transcript or show notes from today’s show? Head on over to www.EasterSealstech.com. Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more shows like this plus much more over at AccessibilityChannel.com. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi.  For requests and inquiries, contact tjcortopassi@gmail.com***Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU326 – Accessibility at the Smithsonian with Beth Ziebarth Director of The Smithsonian Institution’s Accessibility ProgramAugust 25, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU351 – ATIA – a new conference-goer’s perspectiveFebruary 16, 2018In “Assistive Technology Update”ATFAQ059 – Q1 JAWS won’t read my icons Q2 Where to find a SmartVision 2 phone Q3 Accessible music technology Q4 Contacting JAN Q5 Sip/Puff mouth joystick Q6 Accessible textbooks for kids with dyslexia Q7 What do you use instead of MS OfficeAugust 14, 2017In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”last_img read more

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first_imgHey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!In recent months, I’ve been experiencing migraines at least a couple times a week.  If you also experience frequent migraines, check out the Migraine Alert App on the App Store.Migraine Alert predicts the frequency of a migraine so that you can try to stop it before it begins.  The app uses a data-science algorithm to create a personalized migraine forecast based on your uncontrollable triggers, such as weather.After you record about 15 migraines, the app presents you with a personalized migraine forecast multiple times a day.Features of Migraine Alert:Migraine forecast allows you to take actions to prevent a migraineWeather conditions such temperature, humidity, pressure, and more are automatically tracked in the backgroundMigraine history allows you to track, edit, and share your migraines with your physicianInformation is anonymously stored Podcast: Play in new window | Download268-1-5-18 Migraine Alert App: Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMigraine Alert AppFebruary 8, 2018In “Apps”5 popular apps using VoiceOverSeptember 6, 2017In “Apps”UmbrellaToday.comAugust 1, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”center_img Visit SoMobileHealth.com to learn more.For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com.  That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I¹m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.last_img read more

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first_imgSticking with the theme of robots, I found a story over at WDTN.com by Judith Retana, and the story is called, “WSU first university to introduce assistive eating device for students.”  It talks about the Obi robots.  If you don’t know what the Obi robot is, it’s a device that sits on a table, it has an arm, it is a feeding device.  It will take down the spoon, the fork, pick up the food, bring it up to the individual’s mouth, allow them to eat it, and go back and get more food.  Essentially it removes the need for having a care attendant at all times, at least for that feeding portion of it. Your weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. *** WADE WINGLER:  Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana, and this is your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist individuals with disabilities and special needs.   *** Apps worth mentioning: www.bridgingapps.org WSU eating device Story:http://bit.ly/2PJTPzr It talks in here about Jon Dekar who is the individual who created the device.  He said he was actually inspired to make it after his grandfather developed a degenerative neuromuscular disease.  He said he researched different assistive eating devices and just couldn’t really find one that could get the food from the plate to the person. And then also he had a lot of challenges with making it sleek, simple, and almost invisible when used in public. One would think about all this assistive technology to help individuals in college with reading, writing, math, computer access, all this stuff, this robot can help them with one of those aids in daily living, something that would normally take another individual to assist them with and now they’re able to do it on their own.  Definitely kudos to Wright State forgetting those for their students, big kudos to the Christopher and Dana Reeve foundation for that grant in order to help those folks become more independent. *** Very need, and of course the story is good.  It talks about the team themselves that created it.  The app is free on both iOS and android.  It talks a little bit about the stories and the beta of it as well as some other apps that have been developed by folks that they worked with. Again, the app is called Augmenta11y, and it’s A-U-G-M-E-N-T-A-eleven-Y.  You can find that on the App Store or on the Google play store and it is free to download. Go ahead and download it and start using it for those individuals that you might work with or might know that have disabilities and see if maybe you can help them. *** Are you interested in spending a day learning more about web accessibility?  Join us for our web accessibility for developers 2019 webinar where you can join renowned web accessibility professional Dennis Lembry for a full day of training.  This webinar training begins with a background on disability, guidelines, and the law. That many techniques for designing and developing an accessible website are explained.  This is basic through advanced levels that are going to be covered. The main topics include content structure, images, forums, tables, CSS, and Aira.  Techniques on writing for accessibility and testing for accessibility will also be covered.  If you are involved in web design or development, you don’t want to miss this wealth of practical knowledge.  This is completely free, but you do have to register for it online.  Webinar will take place on May 8, 2019 from 11 AM to 4 PM. For more information or to register, go to EasterSealsTech.com/A11Y.  We will go ahead and put a link to that over in our show notes. *** So very cool.  We’ve talked about a few different apps that help out with anxiety or help with emotion and help with these other things, but I really like the way they built in reminders and the timers and those things in here that can really help you with the routine.  I’m sure they were probably smart on the way that they put it all together.  I know for me, when I look at my calendar, sometimes it actually causes more anxiety when I look at all the things I need to do.  But if I just get a pop-up sometimes that says hey, in 15 minutes you have this meeting at work tomorrow don’t forget to do this, it can be a little bit easier and not as overwhelming. 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We hope that you enjoy and will be back to our normal interview format next week. Very First ATU Episode: http://bit.ly/2PHyBlN Moving away from robots and moving into machine learning as we take our tour of things that would kill you in James Cameron movies, I found a story over at ecnmag.com, a short story by Texas State University.  We may have had a story about this a little bit before, but this talks about using machine learning to help folks with autism spectrum disorder recognize facial expressions.  It actually starts by saying there are really only seven universal facial expressions in humans: happiness, sadness, fear, disgust, anger, contempt, and surprise. You could probably mix those together, because I know I’ve been angry and surprise before, but I guess you could probably, if you are just looking at the movement of the face, break it out into those different expressions.  It talks about how individuals with autism spectrum disorder can have a lot of difficulty distinguishing among these emotions while they are talking to other individuals. First off, have you ever wished that your iPhone had a larger screen, larger buttons, or other large print features for low vision?  Well, iPhone Islam is planning to release a new application designed to convert your iPad into an iPhone.  This app is reported to allow you to make voice calls, FaceTime calls, SMS messages, and more.  Although a jailbreak is required, this may prove to be a very promising telephony tool for people who are visually impaired. *** So some researchers at Texas State are developing mobile applications to help children recognize facial expressions on a device screen.  I believe we had a story about folks trying to use Google Glass to do this; Otsimo, they were working on that as well, folks we interviewed back some episodes ago.  So very cool. It does have one part in here that I thought I had to read.  One of the quotes from Dr. Valley says, “I don’t think even five or ten years ago, we could have had this discussion based on the technology available.”  So as we are having a flashback episode for something from 2011, I thought it was nice to sit here and have a story where they mentioned that back then, we wouldn’t even be having a conversation about this kind of technology. *** Exoskeleton Story:http://bit.ly/2PNwEEI It does say as kids use this to identify, they will also begin to identify how folks work.  It says by the summer they are hoping to have the app verified by Apple and start the process of clinical trials for patients, and then see if direct improvements can be made in the technology. Just to end the story on a very creepy note, they even talk about maybe using facial recognition for airport security and authorities to identify potential threats based on those nonverbal cues.  So the story kind of ends on what I consider to be a little bit of a creepy note in technology gone awry, but I can definitely see how that facial recognition and recognizing emotions has great use for individuals with disabilities. ***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi.  For requests and inquiries, contact tjcortopassi@gmail.com***Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU099 – Zoomtext Image Reader (www.AiSquared.com), Battery Tester for Deaf Blind, Voice Control on Android, GoTalk Now FREE on iPad, Hashtag: #lowvision App: Story PatchApril 19, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU117 – Comcast’s Assistive Technology Initiatives (Fred Maahs), Smart Spoon, APM Marketplace Access Tech Stories, Backup your iPhone pictures, Seeing Eye GPS appAugust 23, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU091 – A11y Project – Dave Rupert, Siri to post to Twitter, Bionic Hands that “feel”, Ultracane, Qube Twitter client on Mystic Place Podcast, #atpeepsFebruary 22, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update” It does say here that nationally, the Brain in Hand app has helped 4000 people reduce anxiety and improve their independence, which lowers the demand on careers and support services. So a very cool app to help with anxiety. *** JOSH ANDERSON:  Thank you, Amy, for the app worth mentioning. Since we started off the show today with a blast from the past, that’s may be talk about some technology from the future.  If we think back to growing up as kids, at least if you grew up like I did, robots were always the evil thing.  The Terminator, other things like that, were really scary with the destruction of mankind. Well, I found a great story at Mainline Today.  Through the help of a robotic exoskeleton, a Collegeville man gets the chance to walk again. It was talking about some of the new technology.  We’ve seen these for a little while, but we are starting to see a lot more stories about them.  These are kind of the robotic legs.   It does make sure to mention here that the technology does not replace contact with the real person, but it can enable a person to be more independent and not have to rely on having that therapist or person there with them all the time.  It has a quote from one of the Cornwall residence that’s been using the app for about five months.  She says she can pick different faces which help her communicate to people around about how she’s feeling.  It also reminds her about appointments.  For example, it will remind her when she asked to go work in the charity shop. JOSH ANDERSON:  Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? If you do, call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Are you looking for a transcript or show notes? Head on over to our website at www.EasterSealsTech.com. Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. For more shows like this, plus so much more, head over to AccessibilityChannel.com. The opinions expressed by our guests are not necessarily that of this oath or the.. This is been your Assistive Technology Update.  I’m Josh Anderson with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana. Thank you for listening, and we’ll see you next time. So we are going to start the show today by listening to the very first episode and then we are just going to get in and actually do news stories this time.  A little bit different, no interview this week, but we will go over some of the things in the news related to assistive technology. I hope you all really enjoy the show today.  Next week we will be back to our normal format.  But I thought why not a little blast from the past and go back to the way things used to be eight years ago.  Of course, this is not Wade Wingler.  The suggestion is in here.  But other than that, let’s go back to the old format, just the way the show used to run. Let’s get on with the show. Very cool story, we will go ahead and put a link to that in our show notes. *** AMY FUCHS:  This is Amy Fuchs with BridgingApps, and this is an app worth mentioning.  This week’s featured app is called Jabberwocky.  Jabberwocky uses face ID technology to turn the latest generation of iPhones and iPads into communication devices.  The app is laid out as a QWERTY keyboard with word production and a message bar where you write the message.  The face ID tracks your face.  Think of your nose as the pointer.  Then you select by resting or dwelling on a key.  The dwell time is adjustable, and there is a blank space to allow you to rest while skinny with your eyes for the next key or word.  You can also draw words by quickly dragging the cursor to all of the letters of the word, similar to the draw feature on some phone keyboards.  This app is great for older children and adults with literacy skills to type out messages.  Individuals with fine or gross motor difficulties are able to interact and touch the screen using this app and you face ID technology.  The app is not yet equipped with multiple voices or the ability to export text written in Jabberwocky to another app such as notes or emails, but this is an exciting new innovation for accessing a device, as well as it will both communication application. Jabberwocky is available for free at the iTunes Store for iOS devices.  For more information on this app and others like it, visit BridgingApps.org. Podcast: Play in new window | Download We will stay in the world of apps for our final story today.  I found this at yourstory.com, and it’s entitled, “These 20-year-olds developed an app to help students with dyslexia learn better.”  The story is about an app called Augmenta11y, but it’s spelled A-U-G-M-E-N-T-A-eleven-Y, so the accessibility code built in to the name of the app.  I found this story and I went ahead and downloaded the app and started playing with it. It’s very cool.  It actually uses augmented reality to kind of change the text. So if you think about a lot of apps that we’ve used in the past have OCR, so they will snap a picture of something and then read it back to you.  A lot of times after you have that picture taken, you can change how the text looks.  This app does it a little bit differently.  It pulls that text out and changes it right there on your screen before you even push a button.  There are different settings you can change for the background, the font, the way the text appears, the size, a lot of different things you can alter and change in order to make it easier to read.  They will pop up in different boxes on your screen with different pieces of text.  You can type on them and then it will actually make that larger, a little bit easier to read.  It does have OCR in it, so you can have it read to you as well.  There are just tons of different things.  And also very cool to sit here and find out that it was a bunch of twenty-somethings that created this app that put this together. *** *** Ever wish you didn’t have to physically handle credit cards?  Google has just announced a new service called Google wallet that’s going to take advantage of near field communications technology.  That means that you will be able to pay for your gas, your groceries, and gadgets with your cell phone.  For some people with physical challenges, this may open up a new way to independently pay for everyday goods and services. It does say that the device does have a couple of drawbacks.  The batteries weigh about 47 pounds, so it’s definitely pretty heavy. A lot of folks use crutches, canes, in order to be able to stay on balance and be able to use a little bit more. It says there are about four or five different manufacturers that make these kinds of things since they were approved by the FDA in 2012, so going back to that original episode from 2011, these were approved by the FDA a year after, but we definitely don’t see them all the time in mainstream society.  One of the main reasons for that is it does say the least expensive run about $90,000, and it says that the Exo GT that they are talking about in the story is about $140,000.  Luckily they were able to get a donation from Independents Blue Cross for $280,000 so they could get two of these units in order to use them with their folks. Are you looking for more podcasts to listen to?  Do you have questions about assistive technology?  About an accommodation or maybe how something works?  Are you really busy and only have a minute to listen to podcasts?  Guess what, you are in luck, because we have a few other podcasts that you should really check out.  The first one is Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions, or ATFAQ, hosted by Brian Norton and featuring myself, Belva Smith, and a bunch of other guests.  What we do is we set around and take questions about assistive technology, either about accommodations, about different things that are out there, or about different ways to use things.  We get those questions on Twitter, online, on the phone, and in many other ways.  We are also trying to build a little bit of the community, as sometimes, believe it or not, we don’t have all the answers, so we reach out to you to answer some of those questions and help us along.  You can check out anywhere you get your podcasts and wherever you find this podcast. Did the end of that last story give you a little bit of anxiety?  I know for some folks, it can.  There are a lot of folks in this world that suffer from anxiety all the time. Believe it or not, that is leading into something.  I have this story hear from homecareinsight.co.uk.  It says, “Cornwall trials smartphone app proven to reduce anxiety, aid independence.”  It’s by Sarah Clark.  It talks about the Cornwall Council and a smartphone app called the Brain in Hand app. Is a portable support system that allows users to quickly find their best coping strategies, access a daily diary, receive prompts, and many other different things that usually they would actually have to have a care provider there to help them.  It says it also has a built-in anxiety monitor.  This can be accessed by a team of professionals that can get in touch with the user and help them solve problems if the individual can’t figure them out themselves.  You think if that anxiety level gets way too high, that individual can call them, maybe FaceTime them, intervene in order to be able to help the individual. It says this Cornwall Council is really working to trial all different kinds of technology and ways to support people and let them be able to live a little bit more independently. WADE WINGLER: Listeners, there you have a blast from the past.  For our new listeners, that was Wade Wingler who hosted the show for many a year before stepping away from the mic and letting me take over.  I must admit, you can tell a lot of changes.  For one thing, instead of being a half hour long show, that was almost 3 minutes, I do believe.  So we’ve definitely increased in the amount of time that this show has. As you see, it’s also just really fast news stories, not much commentary, just a quick thing.  So if you really think, that show has morphed into accessibility minutes, one of our other shows.  What I really love about listening to that, besides that great bass line at the beginning — I’ve got to see if I can find that music and work that back into the show — just think about the technology that’s changed in those eight years.  An app that you had to jailbreak your iPad to use it as an iPhone in order to make FaceTime calls or send SMS text messages.  You can do all that from an iPad nowadays, sometimes without the need for an app and definitely not the need for a jailbreak. Google was going to be introducing Google wallet.  So if you think Apple has Apple wallet, Google wallet, all the different pay options and everything.  An iPhone app that will allow you to read money; now there are all kinds of apps that can help you recognize money, recognize items, know where you are, so we can really look back and see how much technology as well as this show has changed.  That first show was put out on June 2, 2011.  We did not actually start doing interviews on the show until episode seven, which was back on July 15 of 2011.  Hopefully we can replay this episode eight years down the road.  Thanks for going down that little trip down memory lane with me. The story talks about Wright State University, and it says that they have received a grant for $15,000 from the Christopher and Dana Reeve foundation to purchase three of these Obi robots to be able to assist their students with special needs who need help with eating.  They talked to a student in here named Sarah Faith Davis.  It says she’s studying communications there and is also learning how to use this device.  She just had some difficulty scooping up food.  Sheets quoted as saying in here that, “Students like me, we like to be as independent as possible.”  So if you really think about the whole college experience and the social aspect of that – sitting on the quiet, studying, or talking, or doing anything like that – and having lunch, it can be kind of weird, especially for individuals who aren’t used to personal care attendants to kind of deal with this person looming over the individual you are talking to and feeding them.  This actually allows the individual to be independent and do that on their own. I want to take a little bit of time out to thank you all for listening to us every week and also for going ahead and listening to us today and putting up with a totally different episode.  I just wanted to pay homage back to about eight years ago when this show was first started when it was only news stories.  There were no interviews.  Thanks for going along on this journey with me.  Thanks for listening to those old shows and paying homage back to Wade.  I want to thank him for starting Assistive Technology Update and letting us get to episodes in the four hundreds already. We will be back next week with our normal programming with interviews so you will not be forced to listen to just my voice for the full half hour.  Thank you again for listening and being a part of our program.  We can’t wait to see you next week. Want more?  Find links to all this great new technology and check in our block at Easter Seals Crossroads or follow us on Twitter @INDATAProject.  Until next time, this is been your Assistive Technology Update. It says right now this isn’t actually completely available.  They are trying to work with the different folks who are blind or visually impaired and ride their transit system to start having them try it out. It says they have approximately 3000 blind and low vision riders, and they were to have them try it out and test the technology’s performance before they really support it.  They also want to review possible funding options such as private grants.  It does say in Boston, Aira is already free for users at Boston Logan International Airport, Worchester Regional Airport, Bank of America branches and ATMs, and several other locations across the state of Massachusetts.  So Aira, a very cool app, a very cool program, but I love the way that some of these businesses and other places are starting to pay to really help the access of individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The story is by Melissa Jacobs, and it talks about a gentleman in the South Philadelphia area that’s been using this exoskeleton called Exo GT for a couple of years, and just how it’s really changed his life.  His bone strength has gotten better, he has increased muscle tone, bladder and bowel efficiency, better skin texture.  You have to think if you are not sitting in the wheelchair.  The gentleman says he hasn’t walked since he’s 16 years old, so for 30 years this gentleman has been in a wheelchair and now he’s actually able to use these – I don’t know, I guess you would call them robotic prosthetics – in order to be able to walk.  He does still need a little bit of assistance, and he really had to learn how to balance and shift his weight in order to use that item again. It says here when he first started using it that he could take about 300 steps in an hour and now takes about 1700 every session.  Used to be he wore himself out, now he’s wearing out the batteries on the thing.   Speaking of money, did you ever wonder how people with limited vision can tell a one-dollar bill from a five-dollar bill or a ten-dollar bill without sighted assistance? There is a new iPhone application from the Looktel group that does just that.  For $1.99, you can download the money reader application that will quickly and accurately tell you if you’re holding a one-dollar bill or a twenty. According to Looktel, this is just the first product in their plans.  Imagine an application that you could use at the food court, at the mall to determine the location of a Starbucks, a Burger King, or a Taco Bell. Object recognition is an up-and-coming technology, and we look forward to more developments in this area. Aria in Boston Story: http://bit.ly/2PH8bkg JOSH ANDERSON:  Hi, I’m Josh Anderson, manager of clinical assistive technology services for Easter Seals Crossroads, and this is your Assistive Technology Update. *** We’ve talked about Aira before on this show, and I believe that Wade interviewed them way back in the day. I found a story on the bostonglobe.com that says, “T [which I believe is their transit rail system] offers app to help the visually-impaired navigate the system.”  We’ve had a few stories about this before where Aira is starting to be used in different places such as schools, some businesses, department stores and things like that.  Of course, if you’re not aware, Aira is an app that goes on your phone.  If you pay the monthly service fee for it, you can actually get a pair of glasses so folks can see what you see.  You log in – it’s made for folks who are blind or visually impaired.  This person called an agent, you will log into them, and they will be able to see through your glasses, your phone, something like that, tell you where you are, what’s around you, and help guide you.  They did not replace the white cane or the dog, but they are there to help you get more information.  Aira itself, if you are a paying customer, has a monthly fee, but more and more places are starting to offer this service for free.  Basically, you show up wherever they are, you can open up that app and you are using their account.  Or if you are an Aira user, someone who does pay for it, you will be using their account is supposed using your minutes as it is a monthly fee. On today’s episode, we are going to do something a little different.  I was looking back through and actually realized that our very first episode came out almost 8 years ago.  I believe it was eight years ago this coming June.  So I thought, why not go back and listen to the episode and maybe make this one a little more like it.  So back then, we do not do interviews.  It was just the news stories.  It was also only about three minutes long, so you’ll notice when we play that first episode, it sounds a little bit different.  But, much like technology has changed a lot in the past eight years, this show has changed a lot too.   Hello and welcome to your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist individuals with disabilities and special needs.  I’m your host, Josh Anderson, with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in beautiful Indianapolis, Indiana.  Welcome to episode 414 of Assistive Technology Update.  It’s scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019.last_img read more

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Nintendo Switch Controllers Are Beginning to Fail in Large Numbers

first_img Nintendo’s Switch has been a huge hit for the company. We’ve heard relatively little news of problems with the hardware since soon after launch when JoyCon controller connection issues proved to be an issue for some users.It turns out, however, that the JoyCon controllers — which are fairly expensive, at $80 per set — have an issue that’s been an increasing problem for gamers: drift. It’s apparently not unusual for these controllers to begin to read input from a controller stick, as though an individual actually had their thumb on it and were pushing the analog controller in a specific direction. The issue is distinct from a calibration problem and is not resolved by recalibrating a JoyCon. It doesn’t happen at first, but it may appear after several weeks or months of play.Standard explanations for this kind of problem include connection errors, dirt or grime building up inside the controller, or people (children especially) simply being too hard on the Switch’s internals while playing it. The reports from players are too numerous to chalk up solely to these explanations, however. One gamer, LocusAintBad on Reddit, who insists he’s treated his Switch with the utmost care and has used a Switch Pro controller for all “rough” gaming, has nevertheless seen this issue appear on his JoyCons, even though he’s only used them lightly over four months of ownership, relying primarily on the Switch Pro.Kotaku notes that there are widespread reports of JoyCon drift all over multiple Switch gaming communities and tons of videos on YouTube that purport to show people how to resolve the problem. There’s a cottage industry of mods and fixes. Kotaku notes that roughly a quarter of the Switch-owning staff have had issues with drift. Nintendo Life states that nearly all of their employees have been impacted. Nintendo will honor a warranty on your Switch controllers, provided the device is in-warranty, but some buyers have been through multiple pairs of Switch controllers, most or all of which have shown signs of drift within weeks to months.This kind of repetitive failure rate can be key to diagnosing whether an issue is really hitting users. Forums have a well-known tendency towards negative reports because all of the people who aren’t having Switch problems don’t show up to post about it on technical support forums. Seeing people talk about having the same problem with multiple Switch controllers doesn’t guarantee that they aren’t causing it themselves, but it at least suggests an issue that goes beyond a single bad controller.According to Rainbopython, who examined the JoyCons in a teardown, the issue is caused by wear and tear on the internals of the device, which leads to residue build-up inside the controller, which causes the drift. This can apparently be addressed to at least some degree with DIY repairs. The frequency of failure and the repetitiveness of it, however, may or may not be permanently fixable at-home.@NintendoAmerica I’ve owned the switch for 4 months and am experiencing joycon drift already this is highly unacceptable and unprofessional. Your “Support” told me to pay $4 shipping to have you guys fix your faulty controller. No thanks. pic.twitter.com/PAnGO9BIcd— Daniel Jacques (@NemisisPlays) July 14, 2019Users are also concerned about what this could mean for the Switch Lite, which doesn’t have removable controllers at all. Having to ship a Switch Lite back to Nintendo for repair would be a far larger headache than switching to a Pro controller while the Switch JoyCons are off at Nintendo for repair.At the same time, however, two years is more than enough time to have diagnosed and fixed this issue and the high price of JoyCons means Nintendo has no excuse as far as continuing to ship the current designs. At $80 a pair, it doesn’t take all that many sets of JoyCons to add up to the base cost of the hardware itself. This may not be an issue to compare to Microsoft’s infamous RROD, but it’s big enough that Nintendo should’ve already fixed it.Now Read:Nintendo Unveils Switch Lite, Coming Sept. 20 for $199Nintendo: 34.74M Switches Sold, No Plans for New Hardware at E3Report: Smaller Nintendo Switch to Arrive Before More Powerful Version Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. 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2019 Ford Ranger Midsize Pickup Review Whats New Again Is Old

first_img2019 Ford Ranger Midsize Pickup Review: What’s New Again Is Old Only in the world of pickup trucks can a vehicle be 211 inches long and described as a midsize. The 2020 Ford Explorer at 199 inches is at the top end of what’s considered a midsize SUV.  The Ranger is a two-row pickup. The SuperCab version trades snug rear seat legroom for a six-foot cargo bed while the costlier SuperCrew variant (you have to pick one or the other) gets a passable back seat but the bed is only five feet long (both 44.8 inches wide inside, meaning 4×8 plywood or drywall won’t lie flat). Which is too bad, because the Ranger carries 1,560-1,860 pounds of cargo.The Ranger I tested was a premium Ranger Lariat 4×4 with the SuperCrew configuration (bigger cabin, smaller cargo bed) and off-roading configuration, coming in just under $45,000. But the cheapest Ranger XL at $25,395 has the same powerful turbo-four engine mated to a 10-speed automatic delivering 270 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque, which is a lot for something with just 2.3 liters of displacement. That’s why Ranger has a higher base price than the competition: Every Ranger built gets the good motor.It only took a decade for Ford Sync to get good (about the same as BMW needed for iDrive): less complexity, bigger fonts, and slick features such as the audio volume indicator when you’re turning the dial.Technology of the Present and PastThat cheaper Rangers come with the Ford Sync version that dates to when Ke$ha was breaking in. It has a 4.3-inch screen. Move up to Lariat and you get Sync 3, which is one of the best infotainment interfaces available, thanks to a simpler interface and bigger fonts. One of the Sync 3 signature tricks is the big ring and number inside showing the volume or temperature you’re adjusting. The darker portion of the ring shows what fraction of max volume or temp you’re at.As standard equipment, Ford provides telematics, Sync Connect, and a Wi-Fi hotspot serving the cabin and about 50 feet outside the truck. On a jobsite, until the accessory power times out (about 20 minutes, then run back and press the ACC button again), you can get internet access for a tablet and the car’s antenna pulls in a better signal than your phone does.The left side of the steering wheel controls the instrument panel (arrow buttons) and adaptive cruise control. The ACC buttons are small to medium size and on the downward slope of the wheel. Sometimes they’re hard to punch accurately.Driver Assists: Helpful Above 10 mphThe Ranger offers Ford Co-Pilot360 technology: blind spot detection (Ford term: blind spot information system) with cross-traffic alert for truck and trailer, lane keeping system, pre-collision alert, and automatic emergency braking. It’s a $735 option on the entry XL that also includes front and rear sensing and a 150-watt AC outlet.It’s been months since I’ve tested a 2019 or 2020 vehicle whose adaptive cruise control wasn’t full-range, meaning it didn’t take you down to a full stop and then back up to speed. The Ranger’s ACC cuts out at 10 mph, making the feature unhelpful in stop-and-go traffic.The older instrument panel design of a mechanical speedometer with a 4-inch LCD on each side tried to jam too much information into too little space. Having the fuel gauge next to the ACC following-distance info, both as vertical strips, was hard on the eyes.Also missing is Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a slick knob that figures out how to make the truck back up, in the direction you want, without jackknifing.Ford Ranger in its element: bulk garden supplies section of Home Depot.Should You Buy?2019 Ford Ranger FX4 Off-Road badging.The 2019 Ford Ranger is new to the US market, but otherwise, it’s an eight-year-old vehicle. The ride is generally soft, perhaps too soft for some. The opposite may be the case if you order the $1,295 FX4 off-road package: everyday driving will be too stiff for others, and it doesn’t have the off-roading cred of the F-150’s Raptor version.The entry Ranger XL is short on features such as cruise control (not adaptive cruise control) or power door locks, although you can add them in an options package. You’ll want that and the Co-Pilot360 package.The mid-range Ranger XLT is $32,290 including$1,195 freight. The Ranger Lariat is $33,585 and includes Sync 3 standard. On all three trim lines, the SuperCrew adds $2,400 to the price. Four-wheel-drive adds $4,000, more than twice what you pay in an SUV to go from two- to all-wheel-drive. The SuperCab is too snug for adults, so SuperCrew is probably the Ranger you want.The 2019 Ranger makes the most sense if you’re buying a work truck and not a family car, and if you don’t need adaptive cruise control. If you think you’ll be towing, you need the $495 tow package to get the 7,500-pound tow rating. When you’re not towing, you’ll get decent mileage: 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway with rear drive, 20/24 with four-wheel-drive. For a pickup, those are exceptional. That’s topped only by the Chevrolet Colorado with the optional turbodiesel engine: 20 city/30 highway.As for the competition, the Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, and the new Jeep Gladiator are all solid competitors with more contemporary interiors. The full-size F-150 is more well-rounded than the Ranger, and it’s also the best-selling vehicle in the US (more than 800,000 in 2018). The Ranger may be a suitable midsize pickup, including against the F-150, if you’re towing heavy loads or carrying a bed of heavy material; just not extraordinarily heavy loads / materials. It fits the sweet spot for pickup owners and there’s no wimp engine in the base trim to keep the price down. Just buy knowing you’re getting a capable pickup with some throwback technology. Ford will need a new Ranger in the next two years to be competitive going forward.Now read:2020 Hyundai Palisade Review: A New Star Among Midsize SUVsThe Go-Fast, Go-Safe Parts You Only Get on Police Cars 2019 Mini Countryman S E All4 Review: Bouncy, Fun-to-Drive Plug-In Hybrid You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Bill Howard on July 2, 2019 at 7:25 am The cabin in the Ranger Lariat is nicely trimmed in black leather. Even the upscale fittings don’t mask that this interior feels dated compared with the much newer Ford F-150.<><>12345678910111213141516 Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ The Emotional Way ‘Riverdale’ Paid Tribute to Luke Perry at SDCC The Ford Ranger nameplate returns to the US after an eight-year absence. Once again Ford has a credible entry in the booming midsize pickup truck market with a powerful turbocharged engine and extensive safety technology. The ability to tow 7,500 pounds or carry 1,800 pounds of cargo means you don’t always need a Ford F-150.While the 2019 Ranger is new to the US and Canada, it has been out in the world markets since 2011. The Ranger cockpit has not aged well and some of the technology is past its sell-by date. Completely Ridiculous Reasons Actors Were Denied Roles 7 Comments Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Tagged In carsautomobilesautosfordcar reviews2019 carspickup trucksauto reviews2019 pickupsFord RangerFord reviewsmidsize pickup trucks Post a Comment 7 Commentslast_img read more

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BSI Reports Top Supply Chain Themes for 2019

first_img BSICTPATCustoms-Trade PartnershipCybersecurityMarketing Technology NewsNewsSupplY chain Previous ArticleSiriusXM Introduces New Streaming Subscription Package; Makes It Easier Than Ever To Subscribe and Listen Without a CarNext ArticleFishbowl, Inc. Names New Chief Revenue Officer Revision of the Minimum Security Criteria under the US Border Protection’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)Supply chain growth in Africa increasing exposure to varying risksOngoing mass migration posing both security and corporate social responsibility risksDramatic shifts in politics including those in Brazil, the US-China trade dispute, and uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the European UnionThe continued threat to supply chains posed by cybersecurity issues BSI has also identified several key trends in supply chain risk from 2018:Food and beverage remains the top commodity stolenMetal has now entered the top five commodities stolen worldwidePoor working conditions led as the top labour violation recorded last yearLabour strikes most frequently disrupted manufacturing operationsJim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI, said: “We’re seeing key shifts to global supply chains this year, driven by quite dramatic changes in the geopolitical landscape. The concern is that as supply chains change – with Chinese companies moving operations to Africa, for example, or the US sourcing goods from other Southeast Asian nations – major implications will also evolve.“Increased exposure to labour exploitation, terrorism, corruption and natural disasters must be a consideration for companies making changes to their supply chain, and best practices must be maintained in order to prevent threats to business continuity or corporate social responsibility.”Marketing Technology News: Sales Engagement Leader Outreach Reaches Unicorn Status, Raises $114 Million Series EThe report provides analysis of each of these top supply chain challenges, developments, and trends to help organizations increase their understanding of potential exposures. A sample of the analysis by theme is identified below:CTPAT Minimum Security CriteriaWithin the United States, companies enjoying trade benefits under CTPAT will soon need to meet new criteria for certification in order to meet the evolving risks of today’s operational environment. As the revised criteria for CTPAT are unveiled, companies will need to undertake new efforts to achieve supply chain security and mitigate emerging risks.Exposure to varying risks in AfricaBSI’s report reveals the potential for increasing movement of supply chains to Africa, particularly amongst companies based in China spurred on by the US-China trade dispute. Shifting manufacturing operations to Africa, where labour costs are lower and shipping to the US or Europe is cheaper and can be cost-effective compared to staying in China.However, BSI warns that the relatively unchecked risk of terrorism in African countries, where 23 percent of all supply chain terror incidents take place, sets the operational environment apart from that of Asia. Companies whose supply chain moves to Africa must be wary of this increased risk, often compounded by corruption among security and customs personnel.Migration continues to pose a riskAs conflict, together with political and economic conditions, continue to drive mass migration, businesses must contend with the double-edged challenge of security and corporate social responsibility risks.This year’s report records an increase in stowaway and labour exploitation risks stemming from migrants traveling along three major flows: Central to North America, Intra Southeast Asia, and Africa and the Middle East to Europe.BSI has also noted regression in countries such as Brazil – where budget cuts are reducing the resources available to carry out inspections – that could increase the risk of migrant labour exploitation.Approximately half (48 percent) of all corporate social responsibility (CSR) incidents recorded by BSI in the last year involved migrants. The often desperate need for income to support their family leads many vulnerable individuals into labour exploitation.BSI believes this issue will remain key for supply chains in 2019, and companies must invest in a more thorough understanding of their supply chain to truly assess the risk of migrant labourer exploitation.Marketing Technology News: PCM Partners with RingCentral to Bring Cloud Communications Solutions to EnterprisesDramatic policy shiftsRecent shifts in political ideology in the governments of Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, India, and the United States are setting the stage for an eventful 2019.Newly-elected leadership in Brazil and Mexico are attempting to chart a new course in Latin America. President Bolsonaro in Brazil has swiftly undertaken efforts that may pose corporate social responsibility risks for some industries operating in Brazil, particularly in relation to the rights of workers, the LGBTQ community, and indigenous territories. BSI recommends companies take a more active due diligence role on business partners in Brazil, to fill gaps left by the government’s removal of some regulatory requirements.Mexico’s president is undertaking new initiatives to curtail corruption that has historically underwritten organized crime, cargo theft, and oil theft in the country. The ramifications of such initiatives may have sweeping consequences for business continuity and cargo security, but despite President Obrador’s actions, BSI expects that security challenges will continue to affect businesses in the coming year, in particular in-transit cargo theft.The US-China trade dispute has raised new concerns related to intellectual property protections and the relocation of relevant facilities for a host of businesses. However, companies looking to other Southeast Asian countries should weigh the costs of tariffs against the cost of increased risks to their supply chains. Exposure to child labour, forced labour, and natural disasters are each prevalent in other Southeast Asian countries.The outcome of negotiations on Brexit remains unclear, creating ripples of uncertainty through supply chains operating within and through the United Kingdom and the European Union.India’s ongoing elections in April and May could create a shift in politics with effects on global supply chains. Workers’ dislike of many recent policies, with strikes over low wages and fuel prices, could cause immediate disruption and longer-term changes.CybersecurityWithin this new global landscape, cybersecurity stands as an overarching and multi-faceted struggle for all parties throughout the supply chain. Securing data and facilities in a fast-paced and modular world connected by the Internet of Things is an emerging challenge that all supply chain professionals undertook in 2018 and will continue to grapple with in 2019.The data and analysis within this report is pulled directly from our global supply chain intelligence platform, SCREEN. SCREEN provides insight into global supply chain security, business continuity and corporate social responsibility threats and trends in real-time. SCREEN allows users to visualize risk on a global scale and easily identify high-risk locations and potential exposures. Our spotlight news feature and proprietary global risk maps help organizations stay up to date with emerging threats and better protect their supply chain, brand and reputation.Marketing Technology News: Userful Announces New Drag-and-Drop Command and Control Module for Visual Networking Platform BSI Reports Top Supply Chain Themes for 2019 PRNewswireApril 23, 2019, 4:03 pmApril 23, 2019 BSI SCREEN’s New Report Highlights the Top Challenges, Developments, and Trends Likely to Impact Supply Chains This Year BSI has identified five major themes that are most likely to impact the supply chain in 2019. The analysis of how these five themes will affect supply chains this year forms the business improvement company’s annual analysis of global supply chain risks. The five themes are:last_img read more

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Swrve Helps KeyPoint Credit Union Achieve 248 Growth in Monthly App Usage

first_imgSwrve Helps KeyPoint Credit Union Achieve 248% Growth in Monthly App Usage MTS Staff WriterJune 6, 2019, 7:12 pmJune 6, 2019 customer engagementKeyPointMarketing Technologymobile member engagementNewsswrveValley-based full-service Previous ArticleHow to Use Interactive Quizzes as a Marketing Medicine to Jumpstart Campaigns?Next ArticleLeading YouTube Multi-Channel Network Announces Launch of its Development and Investment Division, Yoola Ventures Award-Winning Silicon Valley Credit Union Sets New Bar for Finance Engagement, Retention and Loyalty with Global Leader in Real-Time Customer EngagementSwrve, the world leader in real-time, relevant customer engagement announced that KeyPoint, a Silicon Valley-based full-service, not-for-profit credit union, has chosen Swrve to elevate member experiences and drive significant mobile member engagement. As one of California’s largest credit unions with over $1.3 billion in assets and more than 60,000 members, KeyPoint uses Swrve to send hyper-relevant push notifications, geo-triggered campaigns, and informative in-app messages.This has translated into a 248% growth in monthly fast balance usage—a tangible return on relevance. Swrve’s real-time marketing and customer engagement platform enabled KeyPoint to achieve:INCREASED FEATURE USE AND ENGAGEMENT248% increase in fast balance usage, allowing members to quickly view their balances in the app via Touch ID34% increase in payment feature usage, making payments faster and more convenient17% increase in the money transfer feature and a 17% increase in the account detail feature, saving mobile users from an unnecessary trip to the branch, which ultimately helps branch staff focus their efforts on larger, more complicated transactions and operate at greater speed and efficiencyMarketing Technology News: Unmetric Adds Image Analytics for Branded Social Content to its PlatformOVERALL RETURN ON RELEVANCE (ROR)20% growth in monthly active users (MAU) within a year of deploying campaigns29% increase in day 30 app retention, measurably decreasing churn and improving the frequency of app usage in users that were sent Swrve campaigns, all achieved by successfully delivering relevant, real-time engagement, improving individual experiences and demonstrating the value of their app to new customers10% increase in multiple app opens per week, due to relevant member messaging deployed in real time.Marketing Technology News: Etsy Names Ryan Scott Chief Marketing Officer“We’ve found great success using Swrve in our campaigns,” said David Greene, Marketing Manager at KeyPoint Credit Union. “We’ve asked Swrve to elevate KeyPoint member experiences on mobile, and they’ve done exactly that. I’m excited to take our use of Swrve to the next level by incorporating more location-based campaigns that will be totally personalized to our members. We’ll deliver even more value exactly when it’s most relevant to them.”“KeyPoint Credit Union was able to drastically increase app engagement and retention rates by incorporating Swrve’s marketing and customer experience platform into its messaging strategy,” said Tom Aitchison, CEO of Swrve. “KeyPoint Credit Union have demonstrated the potential for financial institutions to offer each customer unique, real-time value by optimizing the relevance of their app’s user experience in real time.”Marketing Technology News: Credorax Launches Smart 3D Secure Solution in Partnership With Netceteralast_img read more

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CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work

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

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Epsilon Appoints Lee Myall as its Chief Commercial Officer

first_imgThe Former Senior VP and MD of Interoute Will Manage Epsilon’s Sales and Business Units as It Continues to Transform Its Business and Target New MarketsEpsilon, a privately-owned global communications Service Provider, has appointed Lee Myall as its Chief Commercial Officer. The appointment marks a new phase of Epsilon’s transformation as it expands its presence in the global enterprise market. Myall will be leading the sales and business development units and will be based in Epsilon’s London office.He brings over 20 years of industry experience, having held Senior Vice President and Managing Director positions most recently at Interoute, which operated one of Europe’s largest cloud services platform. Before Interoute, Myall held leadership positions at WAM!NET, which was acquired by SAVVIS. Epsilon Appoints Lee Myall as its Chief Commercial Officer MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 1:57 pmJuly 11, 2019 EpsilonJerzy SzlosarekLee MyallMarketing Technology NewsNewsSoftware-Defined Networking Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Andrew Joiner, CEO at InMomentNext ArticleGartner Says US Insurance Brands Underperform in Digital, Despite Customers’ Growing Willingness to Provide Datacenter_img “I see tremendous potential for Epsilon to expand its scope and use its Software-Defined Networking (SDN) platform to serve growing enterprise demand. In this role, I will build on my experience in transforming wholesale businesses to compete in the enterprise space and support Epsilon’s global growth,” said Lee Myall, CCO at Epsilon. “It is a unique business with a model that is aligned with new enterprise expectations for service delivery, performance, and control. It is an exciting time to join Epsilon and be part of its transformation journey.”Marketing Technology News: ResponseiQ’s New Handcrafted Letter Campaigns Smash 1600% ROI RateIn January 2019, Epsilon appointed Colin Whitbread as its Managing Director, Service, and Operations. Whitbread is leading the operational side of Epsilon’s transformation and expansion into new market segments while delivering customer service excellence. He joined Epsilon from TalkTalk, a leading UK PLC communications company, where he was COO, Technology.“Lee brings unique experience to our business and will support our long-term growth across new market segments. He understands what it takes to deliver across the entire value chain, from wholesale carriers through to enterprises,” said Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO at Epsilon. “We are adding world-class talent to support both our commercial and operations teams. As our business continues to grow, we are bringing leadership on board that have a proven track record in transformation and have executed at the highest level. With each new hire, we gain new expertise that will directly benefit our customers and partners.”Marketing Technology News: Domo Releases Seventh Annual “Data Never Sleeps” InfographicEpsilon serves SaaS, PaaS, OTTs, Content and Media, Enterprises in addition to its carrier customer base. It is continually adding to its capabilities, including the addition of Enterprise WAN services and Data Centre Interconnect solutions. Customers and partners that choose Epsilon’s SDN Platform, Infiny, gain on-demand access to 600+ Service Providers, world-leading Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), and Internet Exchanges from a single solution.Marketing Technology News: Ellie Mae Extends Deeper Integration Capabilities to CRM Vendors as Part of the Ellie Mae Integrated Partner Programlast_img read more

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3 Tamil Nadu Men Held for Stealing Bags from UP MLAs Car

first_img A complaint was filed by the legislator’s personal assistant Rajesh Kumar Singh on Tuesday.During interrogation the accused told the police that they were working for Murugan and Govindan, who used to bring alcohol addicts and unemployed youngsters from Tamil Nadu to Delhi and trained them to steal bags from vehicles, they said. Two laptops worth Rs. 1.5 lakh, cash worth Rs. 18,000, foreign currency notes and a country-made pistol were recovered from the duo, police said. ​ delhiTamil NadutheftTrichy First Published: July 10, 2019, 10:11 PM IST New Delhi: Three men were arrested for allegedly stealing bags from the car of an Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA here, police said on Wednesday. Gurvayurappan (36), Prasath (26) and P Surender (25), all natives of Trichy in Tamil Nadu, are presently residing Madangir area, police said, adding that with their arrest, nine cases of theft have been solved. At around 5 pm on Monday, they stole the bags from the car of Hari Shankar Manohar, the MLA from UP’s Hathras while it was parked at a private hospital’s car park in southeast Delhi.The driver was sitting alone in the vehicle when one of the accused told him that some currency notes were lying on the ground near the car. As the driver got down to collect the money, the bags were stolen, they said.last_img read more

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Heres whats happening if you see someone steering a Tesla while its

first_img Editors’ Recommendations If you happen to spot someone steering like crazy while sitting inside a parked Tesla, just take a moment to see if they’re playing Beach Buggy Racing 2 before questioning their sanity.Launched this week as part of the new Tesla Arcade games hub, the Mario Kart-like game from developer Vector Unit lets you use the Tesla’s steering wheel to race along the track as the game plays out on the vehicle’s built-in center screen.Take note though, Beach Buggy Racing 2 can only be played while the Tesla is in park, a sensible limitation designed to prevent confusion and distraction among video-game-loving drivers as they tool along the highway at maximum speed.Beach Buggy Racing 2 joins a raft of classic Atari titles — namely Asteroid, Centipede, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, 2048, and Breakout — that began to arrive with the launch of Tesla’s V9.0 software update last year.The collection also included Pole Position, but that title was recently dropped because the company was unable to resolve all of the rights issues, according to Tesla boss Elon Musk. At the time, Musk promised another racing game was on its way, with the arrival of Beach Buggy Racing 2 fulfilling that pledge.Another game expected to launch in the next few months for the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 is Cuphead, a cartoony run-and-gun action game from Studio MDHR that first launched for the Xbox One and Windows in 2017.Musk recently described Cuphead as “a cool game” but added, “It’s insanely difficult … it’s sadistically difficult. It’s a twisted plot. It’s dark. It looks like some cute little Disney thing and you’re like, ‘This plot is very dark.’”The arrival of Tesla Arcade with this week’s over-the-air update now brings all of the games together in a hub accessible via the main menu.As part of efforts to promote the new hub, the company is transforming its showrooms into arcades through June 30, encouraging Tesla owners to bring their families and friends along for some gaming fun.Although the games can be played at any time when the Tesla is in park, the main idea is that they offer easy entertainment while you’re stopped at a charging station waiting for your battery to power up. But just be prepared for some weird looks from passersby when you’re playing Beach Buggy Racing 2. Tesla owners will soon be able to play Cuphead while parked The best Nintendo Switch games you can get for under $20 The best indie games The best Xbox One games you can get right now The best indie games on Nintendo Switchlast_img read more

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Corsair blazes with Dominator Platinum Special Edition Torque RAM

first_imgComputer memory often takes a backseat to processors and graphics cards, but they are actually one of the cheapest ways to give your computer a performance boost. Relatively speaking, of course. There is nothing cheap about this new DDR4 memory from Corsair, a company that prides itself for catering to performance and gaming enthusiasts. You are getting what you’re paying for, or at least that’s the promise. Because the new DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition Torque promises blazing fast speeds that won’t burn your PC from the inside. DDR4 3200 MHz. That’s the base speed that Corsair is guaranteeing with the DOMINATOR PLATINUM. Of course, that’s not going to cut it for high-performance users and hardcore gamers. Those can crank it up all the way to 3600 MHz, secure in the knowledge that the memory was designed to take on the punishment.That overclocking feat is thanks to two Corsair specials. One is a custom 10-layer PCB and the other is a patented DHX cooling system. Together, this means that the heat spreader is built into the PCB for more efficient and faster heat dissipation.To make sure you don’t forget the DOMINATOR PLATINUM Torque’s blazing hot personality, figuratively of course, Corsair has commissioned a one of a kind chassis with a 60s hot-rod motif. Sold separately, of course.The Corsair DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition Torque comes in two 32 GB configurations, both using DDR4 3200 RAM. One consists of two 16 GB modules for a price of $399.99 while another uses four 8 GB modules for $449.99. The memory can only be purchased from Corsair’s online store in the US, UK, and Germany.SOURCE: Corsairlast_img read more

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Samsung Metal12 to make phones sturdier lighter

first_imgSmartphones have always been and continue to be a design puzzle. How to cram so much components inside while keeping the phone lightweight and, at the same time, keeping them durable. Since little can be done to change the materials used in making circuit boards and other components, some OEMs turn their attention to the frame and materials used outside instead. Indeed, based on this trademark filing, Samsung might be eying using its new “Metal12” alloy for future smartphones and even wearables as well. “Metal12” might not be new but it is a new marketing term for Samsung. It refers to the lightweight magnesium-aluminum alloy that the manufacturer used for its newest Notebook 9 laptop. That one weighs a mere 1 kg (2.2 lbs) while still packing high-end specs and a 13.3-inch screen.Of course, using it on a laptop and using it on a phone are two different things that call for two different ways to think about design. Samsung might already be thinking about it, if this trademark filed at the EU intellectual property office is any indication. In fact, Samsung might not stop at smartphones only. It may use that same “Metal12” on wearables, including smartwatches and even “3D eye glasses”.Like a patent, a trademark is less an indication of actual use and more of intention. Or, to be specific, more of a way to “reserve” the use. It’s unlikely at this point for Metal12 to be used on the Galaxy S9, which seems to diverge very little from last year’s Galaxy S8. AdChoices广告In fact, it will diverge so little that the Galaxy S9, and its larger Galaxy S9+ sibling, are now reported to even have the exact same battery capacities as their predecessors. That means 3,000 mAh for the Galaxy S9 and 3,500 mAh for the Galaxy S9+. Samsung has largely been criticized for being stingy on battery sizes and it seems that it won’t be changing course anytime soon.last_img read more

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Huawei phones to disappear from Best Buy shelves

first_imgPrepare for another tirade from Richard Yu next week. It is becoming harder and harder to be Huawei these days, especially to be Huawei in the US. It was already a huge deal when AT&T (and Verizon) pulled the rug from under it at the worst possible time. Now it seems that one of Huawei’s last strongholds in the country. Best Buy has reportedly stopped ordering new stocks of Huawei’s phones and will actually stop selling them in the next few weeks. Of course, neither company will comment on speculations and rumors, but we’ll know soon enough. The company is scheduled to announce the Huawei P20 and its two siblings next week and the presence or absence of US retailers will clue us in.According to the source, the decision was unilateral on Best Buy’s part. This could already be a clue to the events that lead to that reported change. After all. Huawei probably won’t want to cut off ties with it’s three remaining sellers in the US. Not unless it was sour graping over the political maneuvering that’s going on.Neither Huawei, AT&T, Verizon, or, now, Best Buy would confirm that there was government pressure involved, but the US government’s subsequent actions pretty much tell it all. Just weeks after CES 2018, directors of US intelligence agencies all voiced their concerns on the national security risks of having Huawei and ZTE products not just in government or national use but even consumer use.Leaving out politics, Huawei’s absence in the US market does lead to a loss for consumers in terms of choices. Huawei’s phones, as well as those from sub-brand Honor, are quite competitive and sometimes offer more affordable prices than the leading Samsung and Apple models. Xiaomi is another such alternative but it remains to be seen whether it will face the same hurdles that are making Huawei CEO Yu go off-script all the time.last_img read more

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Alexa Routines gets music support heres how to use it

first_imgAmazon has announced an improvement to Alexa’s Routines feature, enabling the digital personal assistant to play music as one of its preset routines. Routines, as usual, enables the user to automate certain series of actions, such as reading the news, turning on the lights, and getting the traffic based on a trigger phrase. Now users can make music part of those routines. Routines expand Alexa’s usefulness within the home as a part of daily life. Users can, for example, set up a morning routine in which Alexa helps them get the day’s vital info when told the phrase, “Alexa, good morning.” Assuming the user has compatible smart home devices set up, Alexa may automatically turn on the lights, trigger a pot of coffee to start brewing, and, thanks to the new support, begin playing music.Amazon details multiple potential routines the user can choose from, such as a “good night” routine for having Alexa lock the door (assuming it has a smart lock), turn off the porch light, and start playing nighttime audio, like relaxing instrumental music, to help the user fall asleep. Similarly, the morning routine could trigger Alexa to play the user’s favorite morning radio show while they get ready for work.Users can choose their own trigger phrase or use one that has been created by Amazon. The routine feature is found within the Alexa mobile app, where the user can choose a preset routine or create their own. More than one routine can be created. Supported music services from which music can be played include Amazon Music, Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn, SAAVN, and iHeartRadio.This is a welcome expansion to Alexa’s Routines feature, which many users feel is still lacking despite the steady improvements Amazon has made. The ability to trigger music as part of a routine takes the work out of using Alexa, helping make the technology feel more like a useful assistant and less like an audio-based interface the user has to repeatedly command.How to use itNot familiar with Routines? Setting one up is easy.1) Open the Alexa app’s left-side menu and then tap “Routines.”2) Tap the “+” icon in the upper right-hand side.3) Add a trigger phrase under “When this happens.”4) Select the action to play when that trigger phrase is said under “Add action.”5) Choose music, news, traffic, and other options to add them to the routine.last_img read more

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LG G7 ThinQs Boombox Speaker promises louder improved audio experience

first_imgLG’s teaser notes that the Boombox Speaker is capable of increasing base sound levels “by more than 6dB,” as well as doubling the amount of bass. When the phone is placed on a flat surface, bass levels will be further amplified. The company boasts that these improvements add up to more than ten times the loudness of rival smartphones. This is all made possible by placing the new speaker inside the G7 ThinQ and using extra space to create a resonance chamber, with the below image hinting that it takes advantage of the full size of the phone. The presence of the resonance chamber also means users can expect quality audio from the phone itself, rather than relying on connecting an external speaker. Of course, it’s hard to know how this will all sound without an in-person demonstration.LG didn’t reveal many other details on the Boombox Speaker, but it did share that the headphone audio experience is also being improved. The G7 ThinQ will feature Hi-Fi Quad DAC, along with support for DTS:X 3D Surround Sound. This allows the user to experience 3D surround sound effects in 7.1 even if they’re using standard headphones. It’s said that this will be the first time DTS:X is used on a smartphone.VIA Phone Arena The official debut of the LG G7 ThinQ is only a few days away now, but LG continues to tease some of its biggest features. The latest is LG’s continued focus on high quality, something the company’s previous flagships have been known for, such as the inclusion of quad-DACs. This time around, the G7 ThinQ will feature a “Boombox Speaker” which is said to offer significantly increased sounds levels and bass. Story TimelineLG G7 ThinQ details continue to flowLG G7 ThinQ to feature Google Assistant hardware buttonLG G7 ThinQ: what to expect from LG 2018 contenderLG G7 ThinQ Super Bright Display cranks up the pixels, controlsLG G7 ThinQ notch: this is how you hide itlast_img read more

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Virgin Hyperloop One wants to replace cargo planes

first_imgThat, they suggest, is set to grow to an industry worth more than $516bn by 2025, and air freight is unlikely to be able to keep up. DP World Cargospeed aims to replace planes with hyperloops instead. Pallets of cargo would be transported at speeds in excess of 600 mph, it’s suggested. Much like airports dealing with freight transportation today, the hyperloops the two companies have in mind would link hubs together. Indeed, the idea is that it would complement – rather than outright replace – existing air, rail, road, and sea transport. What would currently require a 23 hour flight, or a four day truck journey could be completed in 16 hours, it’s suggested. Target markets include fresh food, medical supplies, and electronics. However, the system wouldn’t necessarily require its own, dedicated hyperloop network. DP World Cargospeed envisages a mixed-use approach, in which both passengers and cargo would share the infrastructure. AdChoices广告“Two elements control freight transport: cost and speed,” Virgin Hyperloop One’s Richard Branson says of the collaboration. “If you want something fast, be prepared to pay a high multiple. If you can wait several days, ship it via ground transportation, and it will be cheaper. We’re looking to change that equation.”Branson took the helm at the firm back in December 2017, after Virgin Group invested in the company formerly known as Hyperloop One. That investment was followed by $50m in funding from DP World. The company revealed its first passenger pod design at CES 2018 in January, while testing at its full-scale site, DevLoop, continued ahead of any production rollout. Of course, we’re still some way from a commercially operated hyperloop network, whether from Virgin Hyperloop One or any of the other companies working on the technology. Exactly when this new cargo system could actually begin lifting some of the weight from more traditional logistics methods, therefore, is unclear. Hyperloop’s transportation promises may have focused on bussing passengers until now, but two big players are expecting the high speed pod-in-a-pipe technology to have an even bigger impact on cargo transportation. Virgin Hyperloop One and logistics firm DP World have teamed up to create DP World Cargospeed, a new supply system for high-priority shipments. Story TimelineHyperloop One’s first big propulsion test was a successVirgin Hyperloop One sees billionaire Branson back Elon Musk’s techVirgin Hyperloop One app demos how pod travel will fit your lifelast_img read more

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Rings Neighbors app makes camera security sharing standalone

first_imgRing has launched a new app, Neighbors, opening up its security video sharing in the hope that it becomes Nextdoor but for more than just complaining about security. The app, the first to be released since Ring was acquired by Amazon, pulls out features that previously were only available within its Ring app for camera owners. After downloading the app and signing up, users must opt-in to their neighborhood. Since that could be a good opportunity for those with nefarious intentions to scope out possible crimes, users have to verify where they’re located before they’re allowed to join. You can’t join more than one neighborhood. AdChoices广告Within the app, there are real-time alerts both from other members and from local law enforcement. The app also shows local crime and safety posts, with an interactive map to show whereabouts problems are taking place. Anybody with a security camera – not only a Ring model – can share photos and videos they’ve captured, as well as text updates. The idea is that, within the Neighbors app, people within the same neighborhood will be able to collaborate on security. Effectively a digital neighborhood watch, it supports both private sharing and real-time communication between members. With this new release for iOS and Android, those members needn’t have bought a Ring camera themselves yet. According to Ring, the idea behind Neighbors came because of feedback around how users of its cameras were being asked to share the footage. People in the area affected by crime had apparently been asking to get clips from Ring cameras installed on other properties. It’s not the first time we’ve seen something along these lines, mind. Back in January, professionally-monitored security system firm Vivint announced Streety, its own version of a digital neighborhood watch app. Like Ring’s, it allows those with cameras to share clips in a limited and secure way with their neighbors, after members confirm that they are indeed residents. The tipping point for any such app like this is, of course, how many people actually sign up to it. There, Ring may have an advantage. With its new Amazon owner, that’s a considerable mouthpiece to get word about Neighbors out there. We’ve already seen how that can result in price cuts for its more popular models, after all. Story TimelineRing Protect vs Nest Secure: Home alarm showdownRing Stick Up Cam, Beams, Alarm round out home security lineupAmazon buys Ring as smart home security range growslast_img read more

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro 3D camera tipped to battle iPhone X

first_imgStory TimelineThe Huawei MateBook X Pro is finally on sale in the USHuawei MateBook D with AMD Ryzen now available in USHuawei Mate 20 leak looks like Galaxy S10 earlyHuawei Mate 20 Lite pops up with a notch The Huawei Mate 20 suffered a bit of a leak this week in the form of a couple of front panels. If the leak’s contents be entirely legitimate, it would suggest that the company were delivering the smartphone with a 3D camera setup. This would not be a giant shock, as the only 3D camera setup on the market thus far is the Xiaomi Mi 8, a device that’s just about as blatant a copycat as the latest Motorola phone leak – but, back to the subject. The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will quite likely follow closely in the footsteps of their predecessors, Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro. That means high-end specs and details that are aimed at the most popular smartphones in the world. What’s strange here is the very early timing – unless the leaks have just started appearing far earlier than last year. SEE TOO: Our Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A great phone jumping through hoopsThe Huawei Mate 10 started hitting review benches in early February of 2018. In the United States, reviewers started seeing the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in April. Now here in August we’ve already got leaks for the next device? That seems sort of soon.It’s not as if Huawei’s stopped developing smartphones, and it’s not like they’re not already prototyping materials. As such, it’s quite likely that Huawei’s just reached a point at which they’re popular enough to have leaks this early on in the manufacturing process.Imagine if Huawei were the subject of as much focus as Apple. We’d already have leaks of the Huawei Mate 30, for crying out loud. As of now, we’re starting with the frontside panel and guesses at what the various details can tell us.center_img The Huawei Mate 20 has been rumored to roll with a 6.3-inch AMOLED display, while one differentiator between the 20 and the 20 Pro will likely be the 3D camera in the display’s notch. This MIGHT mean the notch is a different size depending on the device. Images above were leaked by the folks at DigiQQ from an anonymous “industry supply chain” source. It being this far in advance of the reveal and eventual release of this phone, I dare note guess too much else. Have a peek at our timeline of related materials to see if you can piece together any other clues!last_img read more

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2019 MercedesAMG GT 4Door Coupe is Porsches 630hp nightmare

first_imgThe aero work is surprisingly subtle. At the front, there’s an “AIRPANEL” active air control in the bumper, borrowed from the AMG GT R coupe. It has louvers that open and close rapidly, shifting airflow between cooling and aerodynamics. At the rear, a multi-stage spoiler changes its angle according to driving conditions. The Aerodynamics Package is optional, with extra aero-flics and a larger front splitter. It gets a new diffuser, too, and a fixed rear spoiler – optionally in carbon fiber – with three-position manual adjustment. Hair-raising performance needn’t demand hair-shirt accommodation, of course, and so the cabin gets the tech of the S-Class but with a racing twist. The dashboard flows around the driver, into the door trim, with turbine-look air vents and twin 12.3-inch dashboard displays as standard. It goes beyond what the S-Class version offers, though, and AMG bills it as a sort of three-in-one deal, with three instrument cluster styles to suit the driver’s tastes or situation. The Classic is your old-school option, with the traditional round meters needles, while the Sports style is the mode that it shares with S-Class and E-class models. Completely new – and exclusive to the car – is the Supersports sports style, putting the tachometer right in the center and adding extra colors, effects, and animation. For example, when driving in manual gear with a very high RPM, you will eventually reach an upshift: at that point, the entire display flickers red, not unlike the effects you’d get in video games to call your attention.The new AMG Performance Steering Wheel has touch-control buttons for navigation, and optionally gets a round-controller with its own integral display to switch drive modes. On the opposite side, you get an odd-looking two-button control that offers shortcuts to key AMG features. Each button has a small LCD on above them that do more than display the associated setting. Touch them and you can select which setting will be changed when you press the appropriate button.It’s not the only embedded screen tech Mercedes-AMG has used. The center console gets color-display buttons, showing transmission, suspension, ESP, exhaust system, start/stop, and rear spoiler position status. Capacitive switches handle drive programs and volume control, as well as features like the summoning the reversing camera, and switching between the navigation, radio, media, phone, and settings modes. As your finger nears, the function automatically highlights in the UI, so you don’t need to look down to see where your fingertip is pointing. Multiple seat options are available. In the US, all AMG GT 4-Door Coupe models will have four seats; other geographies will get a bench rear seat option too. An Executive Rear Seat Package will have a touchscreen controller integrated between the back seats. Passengers at the back can change radio stations or songs without having to bother the driver. They can also change the ambient light in a rather interesting way. The AMG GT 4-Door Coupe has different color zones, so you can have a different ambient light at the back from the one in front, almost perfect for keeping kids entertained or at least mystified. In the front, there’s everything from comfort options with diamond quilting, through to contoured performance seats with integral head restraints. Features like the S-Class’ adjustable multi-fragrance HVAC system and ENERGIZING comfort control can be had as options. Arguably more interesting to keen drivers is AMG TRACK PACE. Built into the COMAND infotainment system as standard, it collects lap times and collates it with car data with 80-different metrics: everything from lateral and longitudinal acceleration, accelerator and brake position, and steering angle. It’ll figure out drift angle, too, and then allow for easy lap comparisons with color-coding for the parts you aced and the sections you could do better in. In the US, the 2019 AMG GT 4-Door Coupe will begin shipping in early 2019, though only in AMG GT 63 and GT 63 S forms. The 2019 AMG GT 53, meanwhile, will follow on in mid-2019. Pricing, Mercedes-AMG says, will be confirmed closer to launch. Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Exterieur: Heckspoiler, Außenfarbe: Graphitgrau magno, Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 256 g/km //Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet,Exterior: Rear Spoiler, Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black, Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km AMG’s fearsome coupes are getting a sedan sibling, though the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is no compromise on the sports front. Unveiled officially at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 this week, the new four-door borrows the aggressive design and focus on performance of its two-door cousins but makes the whole thing more practical. Well, as practical as up to 630 horsepower can ever be. Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Night-Paket, Exterieur: Außenfarbe: designo diamantweiß bright, Rad: AMG Schmiederad im Vielspeichen-Design, Farbvariante schwarz Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 9,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 209 g/km //Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Night-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: designo diamond white bright, Wheel: AMG Performance wheels in several crossing design, colour variation black, Fuel consumption combined: 9.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 209g/km Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Night-Paket, Exterieur: Außenfarbe: designo diamantweiß bright, Rad: AMG Schmiederad im Vielspeichen-Design, Farbvariante schwarz Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 9,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 209 g/km //Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Night-packet, Exterior: Exterior paint: designo diamond white bright, Wheel: AMG Performance wheels in several crossing design, colour variation black, Fuel consumption combined: 9.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 209g/km Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Exterieur: Außenfarbe: Graphitgrau magno, Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 256 g/km //Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet,Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation blackFuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km Three versions of the car will be on offer, though even the tamest still promises to be a beast in the four-door segment. That’s the AMG GT 53, packing the AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter Inline-6 turbo engine with EQ boost. That’s good for 429 horsepower, bumped up by as much as 21 HP and 181 lf-ft of torque courtesy of the add-on electric motor. AMG says it should so 0-60 mph in around 4.4 seconds, on to a top speed of 174 horsepower. Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Exterieur: Heckspoiler, Außenfarbe: Graphitgrau magno, Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 256 g/km //Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet,Exterior: Rear spoiler, Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation black, Fuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km Story Timeline2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster First Drive: A silver bullet2018 Mercedes-AMG GT First Drive: Porsche’s nightmare Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Exterieur: Außenfarbe: Graphitgrau magno, Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 256 g/km //Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet,Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation blackFuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km The real kicker, though, will be the remaining two models: the AMG GT 63 and GT 63 S. Each uses the AMG-made 4.0-liter V8 biturbo, tuned to 577 HP and 553 lb-ft in the GT 63; that makes for a top speed of 193 mph, and a 0-60 time of approximately 3.3 seconds. In the AMG GT 63 S, meanwhile, you’re looking at 630 HP and 627 lb-ft of torque, with 0-60 coming in an estimated 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph. AMG’s differences between the two, though, are more than just raw figures. The AMG GT 63 S, for example, packs active engine mounts as standard, automatically adjusting their rigidity according to the current driving conditions. They’re optional on the AMG GT 63, as is Drift Mode, which comes standard on the S-badged variant. Turn on the RACE drive mode and, with ESP shut off and the transmission in manual, you can enable Drift Mode with the paddles. It switches the standard-fit Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive into rear-wheel drive only, unlike the regular cars which automatically shift power front and rear – and left and right in the GT 63 and GT 63 S, courtesy of an electronically controlled locking rear differential – depending on traction. The V8 cars also get active rear axle steering as standard – not available on the AMG GT 53 – which points the back wheels either in tandem with, or opposite to, the front depending on speed. Up to 62 mph, they point in the opposite direction for a faster turning circle. Above that, they turn in the same direction for improved stability and swifter changes of direction. Electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering with AMG tuning is standard across the tiro, with Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ settings. V8 cars get the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission, with a wet clutch for reduced weight and swifter shift speeds. That should be particularly noticeable when it comes to rapid-fire downshifts, courtesy of a double-declutching function. AMG bakes in a Race Start function, too. The six-cylinder, meanwhile, gets the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed. That uses a torque-converter, and adjusts its shift patterns according to the drive mode. It also gets steel spring suspension with adjustable damping, while the V8 cars get AMG RIDE CONTROL+ multi-chamber air suspension. Up to six drive modes are available through the AMG DYNAMICS system. Spanning “Slippery” through “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport+,” “RACE,” and “Individual,” they also modify the Basic/Advanced/Pro/Master agility functions that control elements like when the ESP weighs in and how the all-wheel drive balances power. If you just the whole thing to sound better, mind, there’s an exhaust system flap control too. At the opposite end, of course, there’s stopping. The V8 models get compound discs with 6-piston fixed calipers at the front, and single-piston floating calipers at the rear. On the GT 63 they’re red, while the GT 63 S finishes them in yellow. The AMG GT 53 gets internally ventilated and perforated compound discs with silver-painted 6-piston front brake calipers. However, both V8 cars can optionally be fitted with AMG’s ceramic brake system. That gets 6-piston fixed calipers at the front and single-piston at the rear, finished in bronze, with a cut in weight over the regular set. As standard, the AMG GT 53 and GT 63 have 19-inch 10-spoke disc wheels, while the GT 63 S wears five twin-spoke 20-inch light-alloys. Options up to 21-inches will be available from AMG. 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Gallery Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Exterieur: Detail, Außenfarbe: Graphitgrau magno, Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 256 g/km //Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet,Exterior: Detail, Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation blackFuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Exterieur: Außenfarbe: Graphitgrau magno, Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 256 g/km //Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet,Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation blackFuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Exterieur: Außenfarbe: Graphitgrau magno, Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 256 g/km //Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet,Exterior: Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation blackFuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km The family resemblance is clear. The AMG GT R has donated much of its stylistic DNA, though stretched to accommodate two back doors and a more spacious trunk. The hood is low and long, with twin powerdomes bulging through the sheet-metal. The sizable grille is flanked by multibeam LED headlamps, while the side windows are frameless and lower to emphasize the coupe comparison. Oversized rear arches dominate the back of the car, while the rear lamps are slim LED slashes. A Night Package throws in high-gloss black trim, while at the other extreme the Chrome Package swaps that out for high-gloss chrome. There’s not one but two Carbon-Fiber Packages, with different flavors of the race-friendly material. Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Türer Coupé, AMG Carbon-Paket, Exterieur: Scheinwerfer, Außenfarbe: Graphitgrau magno, Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 256 g/km //Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé, AMG Carbon-packet,Exterior: Headlight, Exterior paint: graphite grey magno, colour variation blackFuel consumption combined: 11,2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/kmlast_img read more

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