The last week has been dominated by the news that Apple has been intentionally slowing the speeds of older iPhone models with aging batteries, followed by an apology from the company to be more transparent about its software updates with regard to power management. After this disclosure, Apple announced it would be lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements to $29 starting next month, however they’ve now stated that the price change is effective immediately. Story TimelineApple: Old iPhone slowdown is a feature not a bugApple sued for slow iPhone planned-obsolescence in FranceiPhone slowdown apology: Apple promises $29 battery replacement7 signs of Apple’s iPhone power management in actioniFixit matches iPhone’s battery discount in Right to Repair fight Apple usually charges $79 for out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements, and the company has said the $50 discount will apply to all affected users with an iPhone 6 or newer, even if their device isn’t actively covered by AppleCare. While it was originally said that the reduced price on battery replacements would go into effect in late January, Apple has stated the $29 replacement fee is now effective throughout the US.Along with removing the mention of the January timeframe from the apology letter to customers on its website, Apple released the following statement: “We expected to need more time to be ready, but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited.”The company notes it may not be able to fully ramp up its supply of replacement batteries until January, so owners of an iPhone 6 or newer may have some difficulty getting a new battery installed in the first few weeks. In addition, Apple’s reduced price on iPhone battery replacements will be available worldwide through December 2018, with exact prices varying depending on the country.AdChoices广告VIA TechCrunch
All signs point toward Huawei planning to launch three MediaPad systems at Mobile World Congress, including an 8-inch and 10-inch M5 model. The larger of the two has leaked via German site WinFuture.de, which shared four images of the machine. The first, above, shows the tablet connected to its folio keyboard.Joining that image is a close-up of the tablet, as well as a shot of the folio tablet and another of it from a side angle. Joining those images are some specs, the most notable being an alleged 2560 x 1600 resolution display. Huawei will reportedly offer the system with 32GB and 64GB capacities.The leak also claims the Huawei MediaPad M5 10 Pro is made with a metal body and it features the fingerprint sensor placed on the edge of the device. The Keyboard Folio Cover has a large camera cut out, indicating that it may be a notable feature on this model (unlike many tablets).WinFuture.de, via its Roland Quandt, leaked details about Huawei’s MediaPad plans earlier this month. According to him, Huawei will be launching three M5 models, two with a 10-inch display, one of them being a “Pro” model with an M-Pen stylus and support for LTE. This model will reportedly cost 520 Euro, but Huawei hasn’t confirmed any of these details yet. Huawei is the subject of a major leak: its anticipated MediaPad M5 10 Pro tablet has just leaked ahead of its planned Mobile World Congress 2018 debut. Multiple images of the tablet have been published online, as well as key specs. This is one of three MediaPad M5 tablets the company is expected to introduce in coming days. SOURCE: Twitter Huawei MediaPad M5 8 “Schubert” (SHT-xxx), 4/32GB ~329 Euro (~380 w/ LTE)Huawei MediaPad M5 10 “Cameron” (CMR-xxx), 4/32GB, ~379 Euro (~420 w/ LTE)Huawei MediaPad M5 10 Pro “Cameron Pro”, 4/64GB, supports M-Pen stylus and comes only with LTE, ~520 Eurogrey color only (?)— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) February 13, 2018
Simply put, Unium’s technology provides a “WiFi experience that simply works,” Nokia explained in a statement. The residential WiFi solution is designed to be very intuitive with plug-and-play functionality. The company’s software works by measuring WiFi performance in real time while adjusting the network as necessary for both capacity and coverage, among other things.Unlike ordinary WiFi routers, which offer users a poorer experience the further they are from the device, mesh networking works by blanketing an entire residence with WiFi coverage, providing a consistent and high-quality experience regardless of where the user is located. Nokia says it is using Unium’s tech to add “new enhancements” to its residential WiFi solution, those enhancements including new software, integrated analytic functions for getting network insights, a WiFi Home Portal for service providers, a simplified mobile app for users, and software update for existing gateways to add mesh networking support.In addition, Nokia plans to expand its wireless networking portfolio with new gateways and beacons that cover entry-level, premium, and flagship models. These products will work with Nokia’s new software tech from Unium, the acquisition of which is scheduled for a Q1 closure.SOURCE: Nokia Nokia announced plans to acquire mesh networking company Unium earlier this week, a business move that paves the way for it to get in on the home WiFi market in a big way. Unium, which is based out of Seattle, specializes in intelligent mesh technology to give customers a whole-home WiFi experience. Over the weekend, Nokia explained that it will use Unium’s software to expand its home WiFi portfolio with mesh networking capabilities.
That means Spotify will be part of the setup process on Samsung phones. As you step through the first-run process, along with adding your Google account and choosing other settings, there’ll be the ability to add a Spotify account or create a new one. There’ll be Bixby integration, too. Even if you’ve never had a Spotify account before, or downloaded the app to your device, asking Samsung’s voice assistant for music will default to searching Spotify. It’ll also deliver recommendations, new playlists, and more from the streaming service. It’s not just phones, mind. Soon, Samsung says, there’ll be the ability to link your Smart TV and Spotify accounts through the SmartThings app. That will allow you to play Spotify through that app, and move it from room to room with you. As we’ve seen from Sonos and others before, that’ll mean the ability to pause playback on one speaker or device and then resume it elsewhere. AdChoices广告It’ll come into its own when Samsung’s first smart speaker goes on sale. Previewed at today’s event, the Samsung Galaxy Home is a HomePod and Google Home rival, powered by AKG speakers, and promising whole-home audio. It’ll be controlled by Bixby, as well as touch-sensitive buttons on the top panel and a smartphone app. However, you might not need to actually use them. One of the advantages the two companies are talking about is presence awareness. If you move from room to room, each of the Samsung devices will keep track of your location, and then prompt you to transition your music between them.With Spotify Connect, there’ll be better support for shifting playback around devices, too. “When a user enters WiFi while listening to music on mobile with the Spotify app, they’ll be able to move playback from the mobile lock screen, instead of having to go back in the Spotify app,” CEO Daniel Ek says. Today’s functionality is, mind, only the start of what Samsung and Spotify say they have in mind. “In the future we envisage deeply integrated experiences on Samsung devices,” Ek teased during Samsung’s keynote. Story TimelineSamsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: Pro Android comes at a priceSamsung Galaxy Home Bixby smart speaker HomePod-rival previewed Samsung and Spotify are partnering up, pushing the streaming music service across phones like the new Note 9, smart speakers like Galaxy Home, and other devices like TVs. Announced at Samsung’s Unpacked 2018 event in New York City alongside the new Note 9, the deal will see Spotify integrated into Samsung devices out of the box.
This newest hack is unlikely to help Facebook’s argument against greater regulation and oversight. The “security issue” was spotted on September 25, the social network says. According to its early investigations, hackers were able to exploit the “View As” feature in ways Facebook wasn’t intending. “View As” allows Facebook users to see their profile as other people see it. For instance, if you lock down details like your phone number, address, college and relationship details, and other elements shared on your Facebook profile, you can then use the feature to preview what that might look like according to different levels of friendship on the site. It’s a useful way to make sure you’re not inadvertently giving out more personal information than you intended, given Facebook offers multiple levels of privacy. However, it has also backfired. A vulnerability in the “View As” code allowed the attackers to steal Facebook access tokens. These “are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook,” Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management writes. In short, they’re what allow you to repeatedly access Facebook on your devices without having to sign in each and every time. Problem is, with access to them, third-parties with ill intentions toward your data can also gain access. It’s not a small issue, either. With almost 50 million accounts known to be affected, Facebook has reset the access tokens to those accounts. It has also gone one step further, and reset the tokens to any page which has used “View As” over the past year. That adds another 40 million accounts to the clamp-down, Rosen says. “As a result, around 90 million people will now have to log back in to Facebook, or any of their apps that use Facebook Login,” the VP writes. “After they have logged back in, people will get a notification at the top of their News Feed explaining what happened.”Facebook has fixed the vulnerability, it says, but is still going to turn off the “View As” feature until it can run through a thorough review process on what happened. Early indications suggest it was a change to the video uploading feature made in July 2017 which was responsible, inadvertently affecting the page preview in the process. “Since we’ve only just started our investigation, we have yet to determine whether these accounts were misused or any information accessed,” Rosen admits. “We also don’t know who’s behind these attacks or where they’re based.”For now, the first you might know of being affected yourself is when you try to access Facebook today. If you see a notification saying you need to log in again, you’ll know you’re among the ninety million people at risk. A Facebook hack affecting almost 50 million accounts has been revealed, with the social network saying attackers compromised its security but admitting they don’t yet know what data might have been stolen. The news is the latest in a series of bombshell security confessions from Facebook around digital privacy, which has led regulators and politicians to question whether greater scrutiny is required. Story TimelineFacebook is exploiting your fear of changeFacebook is secretly rating users’ trustworthinessFacebook uses info you never provided to target you with ads
Story TimelineVIVE Focus release date narrows, and there’s good newsHTC U12+, VIVE Focus integration bridges the mobile, VR divideHTC VIVE Focus standalone enterprise VR headset arrives in Western markets While many of us are probably interested in learning more about the VIVE Cosmos, HTC has announced another headset in its VIVE Focus line. The original VIVE Focus has only been available in western markets for a few months now, but that isn’t stopping HTC from announcing the standalone VIVE Focus Plus today. As you might have already guessed from the name, this isn’t so much a successor headset as it is a beefed up VIVE Focus. The biggest upgrade comes in the form of new controllers. Gone is the single controller that shipped alongside the VIVE Focus, and it’s been replaced by a pair of ultrasonic six degrees of freedom controllers that look more like what we’re used to seeing from HTC. These controllers will allow users to control VR objects with pressure-sensitive inputs, so it sounds like the VIVE Focus Plus will offer a higher degree of accuracy than its predecessor.The VIVE Focus Plus is still primarily aimed at enterprise customers, so average consumers likely won’t have much use for it. For those business customers, the Focus Plus will offer things like Kiosk Mode and Gaze Support, along with tools that allow companies to remotely manage all of their headsets at once. The headset has also seen a few upgrades centered around comfort, as HTC says that it should rest easier on users’ heads than the original did.Since the Focus Plus is a standalone headset, it doesn’t need to be tethered to a computer to work. Instead, it’ll rely on a Snapdragon 835 to do the heavy lifting. It’s worth pointing out that the original Focus also uses a Snapdragon 835, so there Focus Plus doesn’t offer any kind of upgrade in terms of the CPU.The VIVE Focus Plus will be launching at some point in Q2 2019. Pricing details haven’t been announced yet, but HTC does say that the Focus Plus will be launching in 25 countries simultaneously this time around, with purchases in “most” of those markets including a free enterprise license. We’ll keep an eye out for more information on the Focus Plus, so stay tuned for that.
Amazon is reportedly planning a bigger, better Echo smart speaker Having a chat with Alexa will soon feel a lot more natural Second-gen vs. third-gen Echo Dot: What’s the difference? Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which Prime Day deal is better? Amazon Echo vs. Echo Dot: Which smart speaker is best for you? Editors’ Recommendations If you wish your Amazon Echo was just a little bit more powerful, then you’re in luck. According to Bloomberg, the retail giant has plans to release a new, higher-quality Echo unit. This new Echo is designed to have better audio quality overall, the report states. It’s supposed to be wider than existing models to include more components, including at least four tweeters — a type of speaker than can accurately reproduce high frequencies. Even Amazon knows it’s not all about that bass.This is in response to a major loss in market share to Google Home Max and other smart speakers, all of which claim to have higher-quality audio output than the Echo units. Although Amazon still claims two-thirds of the smart speaker market, other companies are gaining on them. And this isn’t Amazon’s first time improving the sound quality of the Echo. In the past, Amazon introduced a subwoofer, the Echo Sub, that would produce the lower bass notes the Echo was incapable of creating.Also according to the Bloomberg report, Amazon intends to launch an improved version of Amazon Music. If the company goes through with this, higher-quality speakers make a natural tie-in for users, but a new Echo is not completely confirmed. Amazon could still ax the project before launch. Bloomberg said that an unnamed Amazon spokesperson declined to comment on the project.On top of possible new Echo units, Amazon has long been rumored to have a “home robot” in the works. The robot was reported by Bloomberg in April of 2018 under the codename “Vesta.” The report says that “people familiar with the project” speculate the robot could serve as a type of mobile Alexa that follows users throughout the home. The robot is supposedly about waist-high and traverses obstacles with an array of cameras, suggesting a navigation system similar to what Tesla uses.Although no public announcement has been made about the Vesta project, Amazon has reportedly pulled engineers from other projects to work on the Vesta. While the robot might never see the light of day for a variety of reasons, the fact a project like this exists is exciting, though its real-world use remains to be seen. A mobile Alexa might be useful, but the idea of a waist-high robot conjures images of Rosie from the Jetsons — and I for one could use a robot maid.
Viewpoints: A Doctor Finds Father’s Hospital Care Frightening; Politicization Of Science Has Hurt Research Funding This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. WBUR: Cognoscenti: Even A Doctor Can’t Keep His Father Safe In The HospitalThree years ago, on a Friday afternoon, I received a frantic phone call from my mother. My active and healthy father was in the hospital with a suspected stroke. I immediately started driving to New Jersey, where they lived. I knew I had to be there to ensure that my dad would be safe. He had been taken to one of the most dangerous places in the world: a hospital. The story of my dad’s three day stay in a major American teaching hospital is remarkably unremarkable (Ashish Jha, 4/5). Journal of the American Medical Association: The Future of Biomedical Research For decades the importance of biomedical research was a reliable pillar of bipartisan agreement, as evidenced by the continuous high levels of funding that both parties have sustained during the last 3 presidential administrations. … This coming year, there will almost certainly be no increase in NIH funding. Moreover, sequestration means that the NIH will actually lose approximately 5.1% of its current level of funding, or about $1.55 billion. Bipartisan support has all but evaporated, and biomedical research is quickly becoming just another partisan issue. … Four factors contribute to the erosion of support for the NIH. First, there is increasing politicization of science in general (Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, 4/4). Los Angeles Times: Blowing Smoke On Workplace Health The best way to hire productive employees is to look for people with qualifications, talent, honesty and commitment. Now, however, a small but growing number of employers are looking for something else as well: job applicants who don’t smoke. As much as we despair of the death and damage caused by tobacco, this new employment criterion strikes us as a lamentable and unwarranted intrusion into applicants’ private lives — and one that should worry anyone in this country who has an elevated risk for any sort of injury or illness. In other words, most of us (4/4). The Washington Post: Obama Must Take The Lead On Medicare Reform Reforming Medicare must be part of long-term deficit reduction. Alas, between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) plan to replace Medicare with a “premium support” and President Obama’s refusal to countenance it, Washington is hopelessly deadlocked. Or maybe not. There are ways to generate meaningful savings that don’t involve either abolishing Medicare “as we know it” or perpetuating the status quo (4/4). The Washington Post: The Politics Of Roe V. Wade And Gay Marriage Arkansas last month enacted a law that bans abortion after 12 weeks. North Dakota went even further, banning abortion after six weeks. These blatantly unconstitutional statutes aren’t the product of a 40-year-old Supreme Court ruling. They are the result of a sincere and intense belief — one I do not share — that abortion is the taking of a human life. They do not demonstrate the folly of the justices’ intervention in Roe. They demonstrate its necessity (Ruth Marcus, 4/4). The Washington Post: Let’s Go Down The Aisle Toward Legalized Pot Anytime now, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to make an announcement about marijuana, one of the administration’s trickier policy problems. In November, two states, Colorado and Washington, passed ballot initiatives — by strong margins — to legalize marijuana use. Both states established regulatory systems akin to those for alcohol, though Washington’s is somewhat more stringent. And both states acted in defiance of federal marijuana policy: The 1970 Controlled Substances Act makes marijuana illegal and places it in the same class as heroin. How should the administration respond to this frontal challenge? The answer is: View it not as a threat but as an opportunity (Jonathan Rauch, 4/4). Boston Globe: BC Should Work With Students To Resolve Issues Over CondomsBoston College has taken action against a student group that dispenses condoms, intending to reinforce Catholic Church teachings in favor of marriage and against premarital sex. Administrators are certainly within their rights, as overseers of a private Catholic institution, to crack down. But it’s still an unfortunate move: The administration and the student group coexisted respectfully for four years before the administration abruptly changed course. There’s no reason to believe they can’t do so again. And BC’s leaders would earn the admiration of students by being mindful of their interests and needs — which might, in turn, make them more receptive to church teachings (4/5). Bloomberg: How To Finish the Last, Hard Path To Polio Eradication The end of polio is in sight. Last year, there were fewer cases of the disease — 223 — in fewer endemic countries — three — than ever. Still, the eradication campaign can seem like Achilles’ effort to outrun the tortoise in Zeno’s paradox: There’s always a little more ground to cover. The goal can be achieved only if health workers can find and inoculate the last unvaccinated children on earth. That’s going to take an estimated $5.5 billion (in addition to the $9 billion spent so far), a huge commitment from endemic-country governments and a push by Muslim leaders to counter anti-vaccination extremists (4/3).
The New York Times: By Any Means Necessary The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — has endured so many near-death experiences that digging into the details of still another effort to demolish it is admittedly not an inviting prospect. (My own reaction, I confess, to hearing some months back about the latest legal challenge — this one aimed at the supposed effect of a single word in the 900-page statute — was something along the lines of “wake me when it’s over.”) But stay with me, because this latest round, catapulted onto the Supreme Court’s docket earlier this month by the same forces that brought us the failed Commerce Clause attack two years ago, opens a window on raw judicial politics so extreme that the saga so far would be funny if the potential consequences weren’t so serious (Linda Greenhouse, 8/20). Bloomberg: Republicans Won’t Have Obamacare Forever [Arkansas Sen. Mark] Pryor doesn’t say that he helped pass “Obamacare,” or even that he helped pass the “Affordable Care Act.” Instead, he simply touts provisions of the law that almost certainly sound good to most people, saying that he “helped pass a law that prevents insurance companies from canceling your policy if you get sick, or deny coverage for preexisting conditions.” The wrong way to think about this is to imagine that the ACA is getting more popular. It isn’t …. But what this does get to is that individual provisions of the law (especially, naturally, the benefits) have always polled well, and the Republican solution — repeal — is even more unpopular than the law itself (Jonathan Bernstein, 8/20). The New York Times: Quackery And Abortion Rights The deception behind the wave of state-level abortion restrictions now threatening women’s access to safe and legal abortions was strikingly revealed during a trial that ended last week in Texas (8/20). The New York Times’ Room For Debate: When Do Doctors Have The Right To Speak? Two federal appellate court decisions, one allowing Florida to prevent doctors from discussing gun safety with patients, the other letting California ban “gay-conversion” therapy, raise questions about health professionals’ First Amendment rights. Do occupational-licensing laws trump the First Amendment? What limits, if any, does the First Amendment impose on government’s ability to restrict advice? (8/20). The Wall Street Journal: The Golden Age Of Neuroscience Has Arrived More than a billion people were amazed this summer when a 29-year-old paraplegic man from Brazil raised his right leg and kicked a soccer ball to ceremonially begin the World Cup. The sight of a paralyzed person whose brain directly controlled a robotic exoskeleton (designed at Duke University) was thrilling. We are now entering the golden age of neuroscience. We have learned more about the thinking brain in the last 10-15 years than in all of previous human history (Michio Kaku, 8/20). The Wall Street Journal: FedEx’s ‘Money Laundering’ Scheme According to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag’s revised indictment, FedEx engaged in a “conspiracy to launder” more than $630,000 in payments from shipping drugs sold illegally by online pharmacies. Justice accuses FedEx of conspiring to launder money because it “requested payment for providing shipping services” to such fly-by-night pharmacies via wire transfers, checks, direct debits, credit card charges and telephone. But as we wrote last week, FedEx had no way of knowing which pharmacies were violating the law by filling orders without valid prescriptions, and Justice hasn’t provided FedEx with a list. Even if employees ripped open packages, they wouldn’t be able to finger the contraband (8/20). Bloomberg: Why Do More Men Commit Suicide? Robin Williams’s death has brought welcome attention to the very real problem of suicide in the U.S. From 2000 to 2011, suicides increased to 12.3 per 100,000 people from 10.4. Deaths by suicide now exceed those from motor-vehicle accidents. This is not, as you might think, a problem occurring disproportionately among teenagers or the very old. The people most prone to taking their own lives are those 45 to 59 years old …. What puzzles researchers even more is that men commit suicide more often than women do — about four times as often — even though most studies find that women are twice as likely to be depressed and also more likely to have suicidal thoughts (Peter R. Orszag, 8/20). The New England Journal Of Medicine: The Impact And Evolution Of Medicare Part DMany ACA provisions position Medicare for major payment and delivery-system changes that are designed to improve quality and reduce spending growth. These reforms include altering provider reimbursement to encourage efficiency and improving care coordination among providers. In some ways, the Part D program, which is run by stand-alone plans that don’t carry risk for total medical spending and have no financial relationships with providers, is out of sync with such changes. … [T]he long-term success of payment and delivery-system reforms will depend in part on integrating Part D policy with broader reforms (Julie M. Donohue, 8/21).The New England Journal Of Medicine: Did Hospital Engagement Networks Actually Improve Care?Everyone with a role in health care wants to improve the quality and safety of our delivery system. Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released results of its Partnership for Patients Program (PPP) and celebrated large improvements in patient outcomes. But the PPP’s weak study design and methods, combined with a lack of transparency and rigor in evaluation, make it difficult to determine whether the program improved care. … [T]he failure to generate valid, reliable information hampers our ability to improve future interventions, because we are no closer to understanding how to improve care than we were before the PPP (Drs. Peter Pronovost and Ashish K. Jha, 8/21). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Viewpoints: ‘Raw Judicial Politics’ On Health Law; Texas Abortion Trial; Suicide And Gender
The chief federal information technology policymaker stopped short of denouncing a recently released CMS proposed rule that patient-engagement advocates say is a step backward for their cause. Instead, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, said she hopes a “call to action” by her predecessor seeking to pressure the CMS to walk back the proposed rule change encourages more patients to seek access to their electronic health records. (Conn, 4/15) Modern Healthcare: Health IT Chief DeSalvo Urges More Patients To Seek Access To Electronic Records The Fiscal Times: $30B Digital Health Record Push Hits Big Roadblocks Health IT Chief Wants More Patients To Seek Electronic Medical Records Elsewhere, the government’s $30 billion push to encourage hospitals and doctors to adopt electronic health records is slow to achieve its goals. The federal government has poured nearly $30 billion into modernizing the health care industry by incentivizing hospitals to shift to digital health records. The idea is for health providers to be able share a person’s vital health information with doctors and hospitals others across the country – when someone moves, when they travel, no matter where they are. While about 62 percent of all U.S. health providers have adopted the technology, very few can actually share their digital files with other hospitals and providers – a feature that is required in order to receive financial incentives from the government. (Ehley, 4/15) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
The CMS has released a sweeping proposed rule intended to modernize the regulation of Medicaid managed-care plans. Medicaid managed-care enrollment has soared by 48% to 46 million beneficiaries over the past four years, according to consulting firm Avalere. By the end of this year, Avalere estimates that 73% of Medicaid beneficiaries will receive services through managed-care plans. (Dickson, 5/26) The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) is proposing that Medicaid managed care groups align their standards with those in the private marketplace to create more uniform practices across states. Those changes will help to “ease the administrative burden on issuers and regulators” while also providing “an appropriate level of protection for enrollees,” CMS wrote in the rules.But the proposed rule is likely to draw fire from many of the 39 states that have enjoyed considered leeway in their own use of managed care. (Ferris, 5/26) CMS Releases Regulations To Overhaul Medicaid Managed Care The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled Tuesday nearly 700 pages of long-anticipated rules that will impact millions of Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries currently enrolled in managed care organizations, as well as stakeholders like health care providers, insurers and state agencies. The federal regulations have not been updated since 2002. National Journal: The Obama Administration’s New Medicaid Rule Has Health Plans Fuming Kaiser Health News: ‘Milestone’ Rules Would Limit Profits, Score Quality For Medicaid Plans The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services unveiled reams of proposed managed care rules for the low-income insurance program; this is the first time that the agency is revising the regulations since 2002. They cover everything from network adequacy and beneficiary protections to long-term care, which is new ground for federal regulations. But managed care companies, private health plans that cover Medicaid enrollees while receiving a per-member payment from the government, had been bracing for one proposal in particular: Medical-loss ratio. Medical-loss ratio says that health plans have to spend a certain percentage of money that they are paid on actual health care. (Scott, 5/26) Sweeping proposals disclosed Tuesday would create profit guidelines for private Medicaid plans as well as new standards for the plans’ doctor and hospital networks and rules to coordinate Medicaid insurance more closely with other coverage. “We are taking steps to align how these programs work,” said Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which proposed the rules. Privatized Medicaid has grown rapidly as budget-pinched states have responded to commercial insurers’ promise to deliver care for a fixed price. Most beneficiaries of Medicaid — state programs for the poor run partly with federal dollars — now get care through contracted insurers. (Hancock, 5/26) In the first major overhaul in more than a decade, the U.S. has proposed new rules for private health insurers who run Medicaid plans covering millions of poor people and children. The proposed rules, issued Tuesday, call for plans to report what portion of the money they collect to care for patients actually gets spent on benefits. They would attempt to broaden access to doctors and hospitals by having states set standards on access to care. The rules would also create a performance-based ratings system for plans. (Tracer, 5/26) Modern Healthcare: Sweeping Medicaid Rule Targets Enrollment Boom In Private Plans Bloomberg: Insurers Face Tighter Oversight Of Medicaid Plans In Proposal Document: Download 653-Page Rule (PDF) The Hill: Feds Unveil Long-Awaited Overhaul Of Medicaid Managed Care This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Twitter ← Previous Next → Reddit Bloomberg News advertisement Facebook What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Share this storyChina offers to ramp up U.S. imports for six years to eliminate trade imbalance, sources say Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Comment China has offered to go on a six-year buying spree to ramp up imports from the U.S., in a move that would reconfigure the relationship between the world’s two largest economies, according to officials familiar with the negotiations.By increasing goods imports from the U.S. by a combined value of more than US$1 trillion over that period, China would seek to reduce its trade surplus — which last year stood at US$323 billion — to zero by 2024, one of the people said. The officials asked not to be named as the discussions aren’t public.The offer, made during talks in Beijing earlier this month, was met with skepticism by U.S. negotiators who nonetheless asked the Chinese to do even better, demanding that the imbalance be cleared in the next two years, the people said.Economists who’ve studied the trade relationship argue it would be hard to eliminate the gap, which they say is sustained in large part by U.S. demand for Chinese products.U.S. stocks extended gains and the dollar rose following the news. The S&P 500 Index rallied, climbing 1.2 per cent by 11:31 a.m. and heading for its fourth weekly increase, while the dollar traded at session highs.Trade OffersIt’s not the first time China has made an offer to reduce the deficit as a way of trying to break the deadlock between the sides which has darkened the global economic outlook and roiled financial markets since last year. In May, Trump scrapped a framework for a deal negotiated by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that would have seen China “significantly” increase purchases of U.S. goods.By agreeing to buy more goods from the U.S., China may just shift its trade surplus toward other trading partners, said Tom Orlik, the chief economist for Bloomberg Economics.“If China switches its imports from other countries to the U.S. — less Brazilian soybeans, more U.S. soybeans — that might help deal with their bilateral problem with the U.S., but at the expense of worsening imbalances with other countries,” he said.Additionally, the types of products that China offers to buy more of could matter more than the overall target for a dollar amount, Orlik said. Airplanes, soybeans and automobiles were among China’s top U.S. imports last year.“Over the years, China has used the offer of purchasing more technologies with national security applications as a gambit in trade negotiations,” said Orlik. “That’s always been unacceptable to the U.S. because of the strategic costs.”Decisions PendingNo decisions were finalized in the latest Beijing talks and discussions are set to continue at the end of January, when Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is scheduled to travel to Washington.The U.S. will miss an opportunity for discussions with its trading partners after President Donald Trump canceled his trip and the U.S. delegation’s visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week amid the partial government shutdown.While no official plans were disclosed for U.S.-China negotiations at Davos, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan is due to attend the gathering.There’s no clear sign that such an offer would now have a greater chance of success or even if it is practically feasible. U.S. negotiators are also focused on matters including China’s alleged intellectual-property malpractices and state support of industry, disputes that are much harder to bridge. The Americans’ major sticking points were more prominent issues than China’s import plans during the latest round of talks in Beijing, one of the people said.Import ValuesThe offer implies raising the annual import total from US$155 billion to around US$200 billion in 2019 and in increasing steps thereafter, reaching an annual total of about US$600 billion by 2024, one of the people said.The Commerce Ministry in Beijing didn’t immediately respond to request for comment on the negotiation details. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Bloomberg.com By raising annual goods imports from the U.S. by a combined value of more than $1 trillion, China would seek to reduce its trade surplus, which last year stood at $323 billion, to zero by 2024, one of the people told Bloomberg.Getty Images Email More 19 Comments Join the conversation → Sponsored By: January 18, 201912:47 PM EST Filed under News Economy China offers to ramp up U.S. imports for six years to eliminate trade imbalance, sources say By buying a $1 trillion more of U.S. goods a year, China could reduce trade surplus to zero by 2024, Bloomberg told Recommended For YouMexico’s peso dips on Pemex plan; Latam stocks riseUAW head to GM: we invested in you, now invest in usTSX lower as slide in Turquoise Hill dents materialsMSCI Schedules Investor Conference Call to Review Second Quarter 2019 ResultsRussia eyes 2035 grain crop boom with $70 bln investment plan Featured Stories
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Donald Trump poses with his children Don Trump Jr., left, Ivanka and Eric at a ribbon cutting ceremony of the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Toronto in 2012.Ernest Doroszuk/Postmedia 1 Comments Share this storyDonald Trump is suing Deutsche Bank, Capital One to stop them from handing over his finances Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Twitter advertisement April 30, 20197:36 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street Recommended For YouSuspected Japan arsonist a reclusive, quarrelsome gamer, neighbor saysEU to scrap financial market access for some countries in Brexit warning shotAP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary weekAP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary weekIndian govt seeks to tap foreign lenders for loans to its small firms-sources Facebook Peter Blumberg and Robert Burnson President Donald Trump sued to block Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp. from complying with congressional subpoenas targeting his bank records, escalating the president’s showdown with Democratic lawmakers investigating his finances.The German lender has already begun the process of giving documents related to loans made to Trump or some of his businesses to the New York state attorney general, who is conducting her own probe, said a person familiar with the matter. The bank hasn’t yet handed over any client-related records to the House committees and will wait for the outcome of the legal proceedings, said the person, asking not to be identified in disclosing internal information.“The subpoenas were issued to harass President Donald J. Trump, to rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses, and the private information of the President and his family, and to ferret about for any material that might be used to cause him political damage,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in the introduction to the 13-page complaint filed Monday in Manhattan federal court.Joining Trump as plaintiffs were his eldest children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump, as well as the Trump Organization, the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust and other entities affiliated with the president’s family.House Democrats’ investigations into President Trump’s finances and potential money laundering tied to Russia have prompted them to demand documents from nine banking giants, according to people familiar with the matter. Deutsche Bank, which lent Trump some US$340 million, has been a primary target of the House Financial Services Committee, led by Representative Maxine Waters.Both Waters and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff have been seeking information from Deutsche Bank since Democrats took over the House majority in January. Schiff said the Frankfurt-based bank has been cooperative with the investigations and their request was a “friendly subpoena.” Such a subpoena is typically submitted when a firm is willing to hand over documents but wants a formal request first.Related Stories:U.S. appeals court judges spar with Trump lawyer over bid to block House subpoenaExit of Deutsche Bank’s investment bank chief marks end of eraAfter Deutsche Bank cuts, where will the growth be?“We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations,” a Deutsche Bank spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.Deutsche Bank had been Trump’s go-to lender for decades, even as other commercial banks stopped doing business with him because of multiple bankruptcies. Although the German lender’s investment bank had severed ties with Trump during the financial crisis, after he defaulted on a loan and then sued the bank, its wealth management unit continued to extend him credit.The firm has stopped doing new business with Trump while he is president, a person briefed on the matter said previously.The complaint is very similar to one Trump filed last week in Washington to block Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Democrat who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, from getting records held by Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA LLP.The new case is Trump v. Deutsche Bank, 19-cv-03826, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).With assistance from Steven AronsBloomberg.com Join the conversation → Email Comment What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Featured Stories Reddit More Donald Trump is suing Deutsche Bank, Capital One to stop them from handing over his finances Deutsche had been Trump’s go-to lender for decades, even as other banks stopped doing business with him Sponsored By: Bloomberg News ← Previous Next →
Source: Electric Vehicle News Audi Urges Norwegians To Order e-Tron Now Platforms:Audi’s modified platform for first BEVs: for Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback“The Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback use components from Audi’s modular longitudinal platform. This and numerous innovative technologies primarily in the area of drive systems are giving rise to a separate product family of e-SUVs with electric quattro all-wheel drive. Fast charging with up to 150 kW and ample range suitable for long-distance journeys are benchmarks in this class.”Second e-platform: for Audi e-tron GT concept“Audi will present the first member of another e-platform by the end of 2018: The Audi e-tron GT concept showcar, a highly dynamic coupe with a flat floor assembly, is debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The technology in this automobile was developed in collaboration with Porsche; the design and character of the e-tron GT concept are packed full of unmistakable Audi DNA.” Premium Platform Electric (PPE) developed by Audi and Porsche: multiple models in high-volume B through D segments“Another joint project of the development departments at Audi and Porsche is the Premium Platform Electric (PPE). It will be the basis for multiple Audi model families with all-electric drive covering the high-volume B through D segments of the market.Both SUVs and classic body concepts are planned here. A major strength of the PPE is that it was developed exclusively for electric drive. This offers advantages with respect to weight, the package and the proportions of the body.”Volkswagen modular electrification platform (MEB): for high-volume A segment“Several Volkswagen Group brands are collaborating on the development of the modular electrification platform (MEB), which serves as the basis for a series of Audi e-models, particularly in the high-volume A segment. One of these is being developed specifically for the requirements of China, the single most important market.” Audi sets a target of 12 electric models by 2025.Audi finally is going bold with electrification. After the most recent unveiling of the e-tron SUV, the company already is hard at work with other models – twelve in total by 2025.The EV expansion is promised to include all market segments using four platforms to construct cars of all kinds and sizes.Soon, at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, we will see a new Audi e-tron GT concept, which will target Tesla Model S territory. The car will be based on a new e-platform with tech developed in collaboration with Porsche, so maybe it will get ultra-fast charging at 800 V?Audi e-tron Here is what we know about Audi’s plans:Audi e-tron (already in production)Audi e-tron Sportback (to debut in 2019) By 2025: 12 BEV models and roughly one-third of its sales with electrified modelsThe range will cover every relevant market segment from the compact to the full-size class. A series of models with classic body layouts such as Avant and Sportback will also be availablerange of plug-in hybrid automobiles to greatly expanded to virtually every market segment Audi e-Tron Becomes First Vehicle To Integrate Toll Payment Module Audi Claims e-Tron Is World’s First Series-Produced Car To Charge At 150 kW Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at AUDI AG:“The Audi e-tron is definitely a highlight in the history of our company and the starting signal for our electrification strategy.” A total of four technical platforms and product families are the prerequisite for offering electric vehicles in every segment from A to D. Close collaboration between Technical Development and other Group brands leverages the synergies required for a broad, global range that also offers optimal prospects of financial success. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 18, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News
Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid – Why Buy? Hyundai IONIQ Electric Could Get Performance N Version These days, an EV needs a lot more than 124 miles of range to be relevant.When the Hyundai Ioniq Electric went on sale early last year, it offered one the industry’s most compelling set of EV features: 124 miles of range, a price below $30,000, and a lot more passenger and cargo room than the Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf, or Chevy Volt. In a sign that EV technology is moving at warp speed, that’s not nearly enough—just 18 months later.“It will be a nice improvement but not like the Kona’s range,” said Hyundai’s Castillo.So Hyundai is planning to increase the size of the Ioniq Electric’s battery pack next year, most likely with the 2020 model. “The Ioniq’s range will improve at the model-year change. It will get bigger,” said Gil Castillo, Hyundai’s senior group manager for alternative vehicle strategy, during our drive of the 258-mile Kona Electric last week.Learn more about the Hyundai Ioniq “It will be a nice improvement but not like the Kona’s range,” said Castillo.As we discussed in our first drive of the Kona EV, new EVs need two characteristics to be viable: more than 200 miles of range and a crossover body style.Case in point: The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid, a small crossover, costs $2,000 more and is less efficient than the compact Ioniq PHEV. The plug-in Niro offers 26 miles of all-electric range compared to the Ioniq’s 29 miles. At the same time, the Niro’s 105 MPGe is handily beat by the Ioniq’s 119 MPGe.Crossovers rule“It doesn’t matter that the Ioniq has better fuel economy,” said Castillo. “That doesn’t matter as much as the body style, which is so much more important.” Despite its superlatives, Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid sales this year are half as much as Kia sale of the Niro PHEV.Even with a boost in battery size, the Ioniq Electric compact will struggle to get noticed at Hyundai dealership, when it’s sitting next to the 258-mile Kona EV crossover sport utility. That’s the case even though the Kona is converted from a gas-powered vehicle and the Ioniq is a purpose-built electrified platform. (The Kona EV is not on sale yet, but Hyundai has managed only 266 sales of the Ioniq Electric so far in 2018.)Now that we know the Ioniq’s battery pack will get bigger next year, the question becomes how big? In the past couple of years, we saw Ford Focus Electric, Volkswagen E-Golf, and BMW i3 get model-year range upgrades of between 40 and 51 percent. A 50-percent increase in the Ioniq Electric’s range would bring it to 186 miles. Source: Electric Vehicle News Nissan LEAF Goes Head-To-Head Against Hyundai IONIQ Electric Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 16, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News
Which flavor of Tesla do you prefer: sporty commuter or highway bomber?It usually doesn’t make sense to compare a full-size luxury sedan with a compact car that sells for about half its price. But the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model 3 are unlike any other stablemates in the automotive universe. The big and brawny Tesla Model S arrived on the scene like a thunderbolt in 2012, obliterating any notion that a battery-electric vehicle had to be small and compromised. The Model S opened the eyes of the most ardent high-octane auto enthusiast to the ways of electrification. And yet, its six-figure price tag was beyond the reach of most consumers.More Comparisons Battery Size50 – 75 kWh60 – 100 kWh Onboard Charger7.7 – 11.5 kW11.5 0 – 17.2 kW Start Price$46,000 (mid-range version)$74,500 (new) or Mid-$40,000 (for some 2015/16 cars) Passenger Cargo Space5-passenger limit and 15 cubic feet5 to 7 passengers and 30 cubic feet (expandable to 58.1 cu-ft) Compared: Performance Tesla Model 3 Vs. Long Range Tesla Model 3 Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 7, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News EV Comparison: Chevy Bolt Versus Hyundai Kona Electric Enter the Tesla Model 3 in 2017. Tesla’s compact is much more than a baby version of the Model S. It was designed as the ultimate manifestation of the Muskian vision of a beautiful, capable, long-range electric vehicle that’s accessible to all. Whether or not the Model 3 has achieved that lofty goal – or if it soon will – the Tesla commuter is a gorgeous, attainable EV that out-competes similar models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz in nearly every criteria.If you’re not yet convinced that this comparison makes sense, consider that a brand spanking new Tesla Model 3 granting 260 miles of range on a charge sells for nearly the same price as a certified pre-owned Model S with the same range but a lot more room. Hence we will stack up the Model 3 not only against the 2018 Model S but used versions from the past few years.How Far Can You Go on Electricity?The Tesla Model 3’s range is between 220 and 310 miles.MODEL 3: All Tesla cars come with a choice of battery size. To understand the Model 3’s range, you need to specify the size of the battery pack on the model being considered. For example, Model 3s sold to date use a ~75 kilowatt-hour battery pack to deliver an estimated range of 310 miles on a single charge. In late 2018, Tesla will offer a mid-range, 260-mile variant of the Model 3 – followed by the 220-mile, 50-kWh version in early 2019. So the Model 3’s distance on a single charge varies between 220 and 310 miles. Let’s use the mid-range 260-mile, $46,000 mid-range model as a benchmark because it’s available to order now and represents a good comparison to many used Model Ss on the market. MODEL S: If maximum range is your goal, there’s no way to beat the 335 miles provided by a 2018 Model S 100D. But economically, the $99,800 cash purchase price for a new 100D means you’re paying significantly more for each mile of capacity. The better comparison with a mid-range Model 3 is the Model S 75D with its 75-kWh that provides 259 miles of range. The 2018 75D at $80,300 delivers the same amount of range as the mid-range Model 3 that sells for $46,000.The longest range Model S goes 335 miles on a single charge.We should emphasize that the number in the Model S name corresponds to the size of the battery pack. Multiply that number of kilowatt-hours of energy storage by 3.5 miles for a quick calculation of real-world range – a Model S with “75” in the name will likely deliver about 260 miles of range. If we were trying to match the price of a certified pre-owned Model S to a brand new mid-range Model 3, we’d need to go back to a 2016 rear-wheel-drive 70-kWh or 2015 all-wheel-drive Model S 70D. WINNER: MODEL SThe range battle between Tesla’s compact and full-size models is close. But the Model S offers bigger packs with more range.Which Car Is More Fun on the Road?The Model 3 has less horsepower but it’s a small, zippy car.MODEL 3: The mid-range Model 3 using a single motor on the rear axle delivers 258 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. A sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour happens in 5.6 seconds. Meanwhile, the longer-range dual-motor versions up the ante to 450 horsepower and 471 pound-feet of torque. The Performance version takes things even further with 0-to-60 mph performance in a supercar-like 3.3 seconds. No matter which version, the Model 3’s acceleration, steering, and handling are on par or exceed most German luxury compacts.For this comparison with the Model S, consider that the Model 3 is one foot smaller and 800 pounds lighter than its bigger sibling. “I would take a new Model S over a new Model 3 as a main family vehicle,” wrote a three-time Tesla owner on Reddit. “But the smaller size [of the Model 3] makes it feel very zippy around town.” On the same thread, another comment explains, “Do you want a tight street-fighter sports car feel or a large comfortable freeway bomber?”And a user named vbpatel describes the difference after driving the two cars: “I can honestly say I prefer the 3. The S is very luxurious, but feels a bit dated,” vbpatel writes. “I would take the Model 3D over the used MS 70D.”Repeat after me: 518 horsepower.MODEL S: These sentiments on forums belie the reality of the Model S’s 518-horsepower drivetrain. The slowest version of the 2018 model rockets to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. Again, that’s the slowest one. The Performance version reaches 60 mph in a mind-boggling 2.5 seconds. The adrenaline rush experienced when stepping into the Model S’s accelerator pedal pushes the boundaries of how much fun can be had in a vehicle big enough to carry five full-size adults with optional rear-facing jump seats for two children in the third row. Edmunds says, “It changes direction like a much lighter machine. It’s a total blast to drive.” Car and Driver opines, “On the road, the Model S is dynamite, with colossal acceleration power, nimble handling, and standard all-wheel drive.”Each successive year has brought upgrades to the Model S powertrain, battery, software, and safety systems. So the further you go back in time, the worse the build quality may be – with owners reporting more squeaks and rattles. And if you’re considering a certified pre-owned Model S, know that non-performance versions before 2015 granted just 382 horsepower. WINNER: MODEL 3Both cars are thrilling to drive. The affordability and toss-ability of the Model 3, and the assurance provided by a new-car warranty and the latest Tesla technology, give the compact model an ever-so-slight advantage. Charging Times for the Model 3 and Model SAll Tesla vehicles have access to the expansive Tesla Supercharger network.MODEL 3: The long-range Tesla Model 3’s 48-amp onboard charger provides an 11.5-kilowatt flow of electrons. That adds up to about 40 miles of range per hour when charging via a 240-volt source. To fully recharge the long-range Model 3, you’ll need about eight hours. The 260-mile mid-range version, with its smaller battery, can be recharged in about six hours. When the most affordable 220-mile Model 3 arrives next year, it will be equipped with a 32-amp (or 7.7-kilowatt) onboard charger that still manages a full overnight charge in about seven hours.No matter which version of the Model 3 you buy, it will have access to Tesla’s nationwide network of 120-kW Superchargers. The Superchargers can add as many as 150 to 170 miles of range in about 30 minutes, turning long-distance EV road trips into a reality. Model 3 drivers don’t have free access to Superchargers, but the cost is modest. The fee slightly varies depending on your location but is usually around $0.25 per kWh. That equates to about $0.07 per mile. For reference, a 50-mpg gas-powered hybrid paying $3 a gallon for gas is about the same cost for fuel. Of course, that cost is only while Supercharging on the highway. Home-based charging is less than half that price on a per-mile basis. And Performance versions of the Model 3 get free Supercharger access for life.MODEL S: The longest range Model S 100D uses a 17.3-kW onboard charger while plugging in at home. For Model S cars with a whopping 100-kWh battery pack, it’s useful to utilize the 17.3-kW rate, which adds about 50 miles of range per hour of charging. The 2018 Model S 75D, meanwhile, uses the same 11.5-kW onboard charger found in the Model 3.With a 17.3-kW home charger, the Tesla Model S can add more than 50 miles of range in an hour.So the recharging rate, the size of the battery pack, and the estimates range are exactly the same for the long-range Model 3 and the Model S 75D. A charge from empty to full takes about six hours. The amperage of chargers in older Model S variants has changed over the years, most commonly providing 11.5-kW service. However, through 2016, Tesla offered the option of a 22-kW dual charger (for about $1,500). It was discontinued partly because the dual charger offered little practical advantage over the current 17.3-kW charger. Like Model 3 owners, today’s buyers of a new Model S pay a fee to use a Tesla Supercharger. An 80-percent charge of a Model S with a 75-kWh battery pack – enough to go nearly 200 miles – costs about $15. These kinds of top-ups on long-distance road trips are not common. But that doesn’t reduce the benefit and joy of free, lifetime usage of Superchargers granted to those who purchased a Model S (or Model X) before Dec. 31, 2017. The lifetime privilege could transfer to you as the next owner of a used Model S.WINNER: MODEL SIn many cases, the Model 3 and Model S use an identical charging system. The Model S gets the win because owners of pre-2018 used Model Ss continue to benefit from free Supercharging. Comparing Dashboards and Cargo SpaceHow will cars look in the future? That’s how the Model 3 feels today.MODEL 3: The Tesla Model 3 is a compact commuter with a trunk, compared to the Model S, which is a luxury family sedan with a hatchback. The Model 3 is one foot shorter and four inches narrow than its bigger sibling. The two vehicles are, however, the same height. While the Model 3 strictly seats five passengers, its leg- and head-room are nearly identical to the Model S. It’s surprising to learn that the 3’s official spec for passenger volume is 97 cubic feet, three more cubes than what you get with the Model S. Where the two vehicles dramatically depart is their interior design. While the Model S provides a traditional instrumental cluster behind the steering wheel and a larger 17-inch touchscreen for auxiliary functions, the Model 3 removes nearly every physical control and gauge from its dashboard. Its center-mounted 15-inch, horizontally oriented touch screen handles almost all of the car’s functions. It’s this minimalistic, high-tech design that gives the Model 3 its futuristic vibe, making the Model S feel much more like a traditional automobile.The Model S comfortably seats three adults in the second row.MODEL S: There’s no doubt that the Model S is more spacious than the Model 3. It offers about a foot more shoulder and hip space, key metrics for side-by-side comfort in the front and back seats. The S can also expand to a seven-seater with the optional two rear-facing jump seats suitable to children. More dramatically, the hatchback Model S’s power liftgate and frunk provide 30 cubic feet of cargo space – twice the space of what the Model 3 provides. If you like to haul around a lot of gear, the Model S is a better choice. With the Model S’s 60/40 folding rear seat put down, the hatch’s cargo capacity rises to 58.1 cubic feet – more than many SUVs provide.WINNER: MODEL SIn the battle of the tape measure, the larger Model S comes out ahead. Also, the friendlier dashboard is preferred by many (although not all) drivers.The Price for Model 3 Versus Model SThe Model 3 can be had for as little as $46,000 today. And for close to $30,000 in 2019.MODEL 3: Tesla garnered a lot of buzz when it first announced that the Model 3 will sell for below $30,000 after incentives. However, the most affordable version with a shorter 220-mile range is not expected to go on sale until spring 2019. So far in 2018, the only available Model 3 sells closer to $60,000. That’s the long-range 310-mile version, which has a base sticker price of $49,000 – with the price growing by $10,000 or more based on a $5,000 Premium upgrade, a $5,000 Enhanced Autopilot package, and special $1,000 paint colors. Dual motor and performance configurations are even richer, and all Tesla vehicles carry a destination fee of $1,200.In a stepping stone toward mass affordability, a mid-range, rear-wheel Model 3 with about 259 miles of range can be ordered now with a starting price of $46,000. In January 2019, federal tax credits for Tesla vehicles will start to diminish because the company has hit the cut-off threshold of 200,000 total EV sales. The credit for all Tesla vehicles, including the Model 3, gets cut in half to $3,750 starting in January 2019, and will be further reduced to $1,875 beginning on July 1. The credit goes completely away by the end of next year. The argument to buy a 2018 or 2019 Model 3 (regardless of the credit amount) is that you’re buying Tesla’s latest and greatest technology with the best build quality and the quietest cabin ever offered by the company. The counter-argument for the Model 3 is that you’re spending a lot of money for a smaller ride.The Model S’s starting price is $74,500 but commonly sells for six figures.MODEL S: The 2018 Tesla Model S 75D, the base model, offers 239 miles of range for a starting price of $74,500. The sticker climbs to $94,000 for the long-range 335-mile 100D. The performance version of the Model S, which reduces the sprint to 60 mph to 2.5 seconds and the range to 315 miles, will set you back $135,000. As with the Model 3, there is a wide selection of options and trim enhancements, such as the Enhanced Autopilot and Premium Upgrade for $5,000 each.The comparison with the Model 3 gets more interesting when you consider used Model Ss. Pricing parity begins when you stack up a Model 3 with a Model S dating back to 2015 or 2016. Models with fewer than 20,000 miles are commonly offered at prices above $50,000. Then there are added premiums for dual-motor and all-wheel-drive variants. As of this writing, 2014 models, especially those with extra miles of use and cars with 60-kWh battery packs, drop to the low $40,000s. Most observers say the level of reliability of the Model S greatly improved with the 2015 model so you’re taking more risks with 2014 model-year cars or earlier. In addition, it’s smart to buy a Model S with fewer than 50,000 miles of use, which qualifies for a four-year warranty in Tesla’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program. This warranty covers 50,000 miles of driving after your purchase. If you buy a Model S with more than 50,000 miles on the odometer, then the warranty will only cover two years of driving with a hard stop on the warranty when the odometer reaches 100,000 miles.For used Teslas, the devil is in the details because the company has continually upgraded and modified features and battery sizes over the years. Pay attention to the model number in the name, which corresponds to the battery size. The letter P designates performance while D denotes all-wheel-drive. Autopilot, meanwhile, arrived in 2014. Another option to consider is the panoramic roof, which some people love and others believe adds glare to the interior. With a private sale, as opposed to a certified pre-owned car, there’s no warranty, and used electric vehicles do not qualify for a tax credit. WINNER: MODEL 3The Model 3 is more affordable. That’s the bottom line.*Note: Ignore the red font in the table below. We’re experiencing technical issues with TablePress EV Comparison: Tesla Model 3 Versus Chevy Bolt Driving range220 – 310 miles259 – 335 miles All things considered, the Tesla Model 3 is the company’s best vehicle so far.BEST OVERALL: TESLA MODEL 3Given its lower cost, higher efficiency, spacious passenger volume, and the best build quality ever offered by Tesla, the Model 3 is the better overall vehicle. Of course, the Model S continues to be championed by its well-heeled owners, as well as serious auto enthusiasts with a need for speed. After all, the Model S was arguably the start of the EV revolution. But the more affordable and accessible Model 3, especially when the 220-mile version arrives in 2019, will bring the movement to the masses as promised. If maximum space is a must, then a used Model S could be the way to go – although you will likely be driving a car with some wear and tear. Also, older models are not known for perfect reliability.BEST FOR COMMUTERS: TESLA MODEL 3BEST FOR FAMILIES: TESLA MODEL S Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3Tesla Model S
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