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  • Amazon Prime Day Sale Begins July 15 Offers on Smartphones TVs Laptops

    first_img amazonamazon fba prime dayamazon indiaamazon prime First Published: June 25, 2019, 1:12 PM IST Amazon India has announced a special two-day sale for this year’s Prime Day celebrations. Scheduled for July 15 and 16, this will be the third Prime Day sale in India and will also be the longest Prime Day ever, running for 48 hours. As usual, the sale will have special offers for Prime members.According to the company, the sale will be offering best deals with the ‘lowest pricing’ across smartphones, consumer electronics, appliances, TVs, kitchen, daily essentials, toys, fashion, beauty and more. The two-day sale is also expected to witness 1,000 new product launches and surprise offers on OnePlus, Samsung M40, Oppo F11 pro, LG W30 phones. Also, expect offers on new Intel laptops from HP and Lenovo Legion Y540 gaming laptop. The e-commerce giant has also listed devices like voice-enabled Alexa Smart TVs from Panasonic, smart wearable from Amazfit, Bluetooth headphones from Sennheiser, new range from LEGO, India’s first-ever Alexa-enabled washing machine from IFB, and more.Prime members can also avail additional 10 percent instant discount with HDFC Bank Debit and Credit Cards, unlimited reward points with Amazon Pay ICICI Bank Credit Card and No Cost EMI on credit/debit cards and Bajaj Finserv EMI cards.Other deals include up to Rs 2,500 cash back from Amazon Pay on domestic flight bookings on and Amazon Pay cash back of up to Rs 850 on popular apps Yatra, Box8, EazyDiner and Medlife. last_img read more

  • From Buying Votes to Hired Goons Its Another Day of Verbal War

    first_img bangladeshi actorKolkataLok Sabha elections 2019Mamata Banerjee First Published: April 24, 2019, 5:41 PM IST | Edited by: Sumedha Kirti New Delhi: A war of words ensued between West Bengal chief minister and PM Narendra Modi as he went to the eastern state to address public meetings on Wednesday. While the prime minister slammed Mamata Banerjee for taking support of “goondas” to get to power, the CM accused Modi of of converting huge black money into white through demonitisation and spending it to purchase votes.”Modi Babu you may forcibly impose notebandi (demonetisation) on people to convert black money into white and spend them during elections to purchase votes, but you can never purchase voters in Bengal,” Banerjee said at a public meeting at Serampore in Hooghly district in support of Trinamool Congress candidates. On the other hand, the prime minister claimed that after the three phases of polling it has become clear from news reports that the Trinamool Congress supremo’s “sun is about to set” in West Bengal. “If Didi has the power of goondas, we have the strength of democracy,” he said while addressing an election rally here in Birbhum district.Taking a dig at the opposition, he said, anybody whose party is contesting even 20-25 seats, wants to become the prime minister. “Sab ghungroo bandhke taiyar ho gaye (everybody is decked up to take the hot seat),” he said, mocking them.Banerjee alleged that Modi had distributed liquor licenses to some handpicked people just ahead of the polls and said that the TMC government will unearth the scam and expose his “real face” to the people.Both Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have repeatedly spoken on implementing the citizen’s register in the state to weed out the large number of infiltrators in it. Banerjee reiterated that she will not allow it in Bengal and not a single people will be asked to leave the state. Speaking in Ranaghat over the issue, the prime minister said, “Mamata Banerjee used to shed tears in Parliament seeking that illegal immigrants be thrown out, is now their biggest protector.”Hitting out at TMC supremo over Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed and Gazi Abdun Noor campaigning for her party, PM Modi said, “Now she is calling foreign actors in the state through her hired goons to make one last effort to get power. But this time, it’s not even difficult but impossible because both BJP and residents of West Bengal are standing against her.”However, Banerjee expressed confidence about the victory of her party’s candidates and said “The BJP will not get a single seat. Trinamool Congress will win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal and will form the government at the Centre together with all like-minded secular parties.” last_img read more

  • Mark Ruffalos Avengers Endgame Throwback Video Will Make You Cry One More

    first_img Actor Mark RuffaloAnthony MackieAnthony RussoAvatar First Published: May 27, 2019, 11:53 AM IST The Avengers from Marvel Cinematic Universe are not going to be forgotten anytime soon and the stars featuring in the superhero franchise are making sure of the fact by sharing nostalgia-evoking photos and videos that are too incredible to be missed. In a recent video, shared by actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk in the franchise, we can see some glorious BTS footage from time of the shoot and its heart melting to say the least.Read: For 10 Years, You have Got Marvel Cinematic Universe All Wrong and It’s Your Fault The video is a collage of probably all of the Avengers’ all smiles moments and goofy times at the sets. You can see the likes of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and others hanging by harnesses to shoot their sequences, while some edits feature on-screen foes hugging the fellow actors. The joyful camaraderie between the cast members is very palpable and you can’t help but shed a tear or two. The video also features various gag moments that will surely leave you in splits. Set to the tune of Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra, the clip features a look back at the heartfelt moments of ten years of movie making.Read: This is Why Marvel’s Avengers is the Biggest Movie Franchise in India And Will Always BeFrom Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame, the video features endearing and fun times with the entire cast of the 22 films. It also has some fight sequences and some impromptu dance moves to channel your emotional curve. Ruffalo took to Twitter and wrote along side the two-and-a-half minute, fan made video, “OMG 😮! What a ride. How I love these people and all the fans who made it so damn good (sic).” OMG 😮! What a ride. How I love these people and all the fans who made it so damn good. Video by @Crissi40— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 27, 2019On the box office front, after completing a month post release, Avengers: Endgame is closing in on the worldwide figures of James Cameron’s Avatar. Currently, Endgame is near the USD 2.7 billion mark, while Avatar sits on top with USD 2.788 billion milestone.Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

  • In Pics Meghan Markle Makes First Public Appearance Since Archies Birth Flaunts

    first_img Meghan MarkleMeghan Markle public appearancemilitary paradePrince Harry First Published: June 9, 2019, 7:45 AM IST Spectacular scenes down The Mall as Her Majesty travels back to Buckingham Palace at the Head of The Queen’s Guard, preceded by Massed Bands and the Sovereign’s Escort #TroopingTheColour.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 8, 2019Meghan Markle, an American actress who married Harry at Windsor Castle in May 2018 and gained the title of Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to Archie on May 6.She was not among royals who met U.S. President Donald Trump during his state visit to Britain earlier this week. During the United States’ 2016 presidential election campaign, she had accused Trump of being misogynistic and divisive.Follow @News18Movies for more Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were among members of the royal family to attend an annual military parade in honour of Queen Elizabeth on Saturday – Meghan’s first official royal engagement since the birth of her and Harry’s son Archie.Known as the Trooping of the Colour, the parade has marked the official birthday of the reigning British monarch for more than 260 years, and this year features more than 1,400 soldiers, nearly 300 horses and 400 musicians. The display closes with a fly-past by Britain’s Royal Air Force.Her Majesty is joined by The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex #TroopingtheColour.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 8, 2019last_img read more

  • Services Disrupted on Metros Magenta Line After Technical Snag

    first_imgNew Delhi: Passengers on the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line faced hardship on Sunday as services were disrupted on the corridor for nearly two hours due to some technical issues, officials said.Magenta Line connects Botanical Garden in Noida to Janakpuri West stations in Delhi, both stations being interchange facilities. Around 9.30am, the DMRC tweeted about the snag and disruption in services. “Due to a technical issue, train services will be run in following loops temporarily:1) Between Janakpuri West & RK Puram 2) Between Botanical Garden & Kalkaji,” it tweeted.Officials said, trains were operated on a single line between R K Puram and Kalkaji Mandir stations temporarily, adding exact cause of the snag was being ascertained.In an official statement, DMRC said, “Train services on Line-8 (Magenta) between Kalkaji and R K Puram section were affected today from 8.55 AM to 11 AM due to motoring problem being reported from a train at Chirag Delhi UP platform (going towards Janakpuri West). It stated that after local troubleshooting measures, the train was withdrawn from service after deboarding its passengers at Chirag Delhi to avoid further delay on the Line and sent to depot for investigation.”During this period, services were run normal between Janakpuri West and R K Puram section as one loop and Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden section as another loop. Whereas, connectivity was provided on the affected section between Kalkaji Mandir to RK Puram section on single line during the period,” it also stated. Several commuters took to Twitter to share the hassles they faced on the Magenta Line.”In Magenta Line metro at Okhla Vihar station…Train is standing here from last 10 minutes and doing exactly same at every other station,” @iamtuhindixit tweeted.Around 11 am, the issue was resolved and normal services were resumed, officials said. botanical gardenDelhi metroDelhi metro Magenta LineDMRC First Published: July 14, 2019, 1:44 PM ISTlast_img read more

  • Tombot is the hyperrealistic dog robot that puts Spot to shame

    first_img Editors’ Recommendations Forget Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot canine, and move over Sony’s Aibo! When it comes to robot dogs, the folks behind a new Kickstarter campaign have plans to stake their claim as makers of man’s (and woman’s) newest best friend. Their hyper-realistic Golden Labrador retriever promises to carry out many of the cuter functions of a real dog, from wagging its tail when stroked to responding realistically when its name is called. It’s not just a novelty bit of fun, either: Its creator hopes that Tombot could become an invaluable robotic emotional support animal for people with a range of mental health conditions.“We are focused on filling the emotional void for those cannot safely or practically care for a live animal,” Tom Stevens, founder and CEO of Tombot, told Digital Trends.Stevens said that the path to developing Tombot began after his mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011. “Of the many difficult days we had soon after her diagnosis, by far the worst was when I had to remove her dog,” he said. Looking around for a substitute, Stevens couldn’t find anything to fit the bill. This ultimately led to him studying the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.Tombot isn’t the only therapeutic robot on the market. The most famous responsive animal-inspired robot in this vein is Paro the seal. However, as Stevens pointed out, Paro comes with a price tag of $6,400, which places it out of the reach of many potential users. Costing a mere fraction of that, Tombot could be far more readily available to those who need it.“By far the most challenging aspect of the robot’s development was how to attain the level of realism that seniors and other mental health groups wanted,” Stevens said. “While Tombot’s technical team are experts at software and robotics engineering, we didn’t know how to make a robot that looked and moved realistically. We turned to the creative geniuses at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, who in addition to their world-renowned work with the Muppets and Sesame Street, have also produced hyper-realistic animatronic animals for movies and television.”As ever, we advise that readers are aware of the risks inherent in crowdfunding campaigns. But if you’re aware of these and nonetheless want to get involved, you can head over to the project’s Kickstarter page. Prices to get your hands on a Tombot puppy start at $299, with shipping set to take place in August 2020. The promise and pitfalls of using robots to care for the elderly The best PS1 games of all time: From Symphony of the Night to Final Fantasy 7 The best movies on Netflix right now (July 2019) Sea of Solitude deftly explores how loneliness turns humans into monsters The best Netflix Original serieslast_img read more

  • Optoma UHD51A Alexaenabled 4K home projector obeys your voice

    first_img Optoma Lights Up CES with First Alexa-Enabled Home Theater Projector (PRNewsfoto/Optoma Technology) Amazon has just recently announced its thrust to help developers put Alexa in all sorts of connected devices, mostly speakers and headphones. You don’t need to wait that long, though, because Alexa has long had a head start in integrating with all sorts of devices, from speakers to phones and to, for the first time, a home projector.The Optoma UHD51A doesn’t just boast of Alexa integration, of course. It’s a capable projector in of itself. With a 2,400 lumens brightness and 500,000:1 contrast ratio, the projector will be perfect for any indoor lighting condition. It runs Android inside, giving you more access to video sources. And if that weren’t enough, HDMI 2.0 inputs make it compatible with all sorts of media devices, including gaming consoles. The UHD51A has a native resolution of 4K UHD, in 60 Hz refresh rate, and supports the RGBRGB color wheel, the DCI-P3 industry-standard color gamut, and HDR10 format. Next to, or perhaps even equal with, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa is one of the big winners of CES 2018, appearing in almost every kind of device imaginable. And sometimes unimaginable as well. You probably never imagined that a home projector would respond to your questions about the weather, but that is exactly what the new Optomo UHD51A 4K UHD home projector will be able to do and more. From showing your favorite Prime Video content to controlling your home’s smart lighting, this project can do it all. And all you need to do is ask Alexa.center_img It is, however, hardly the only home projector Optoma is showing off at CES 2018. For those who don’t need all the extra Alexa and Android functionality, the Optoma UHD50 delivers the same set of specs at a slightly lower price range. Even going lower is the LH150, with a 1,300 lumen LED source, 40,000:1 contrast, HDMI, USB, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity and a battery back for portability. If you really want portable, however, the Optoma LED Pocket Project might be more to your liking, though the 3 in x 4.5 in x 1 in box comes with its sacrifices, like a 854×480 WVGA resolution and 300 lumens. If price is not an issue, the Optoma 4K UHD HDR Laser UST promises the best of the best, with 2,300 lumens and a whopping 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, a laser light source, and an ultra short throw that projects a 100-inch screen at a mere 8-inch distance.The availability and prices for Optoma’s new range of home projectors are as follows:• Optoma UHD51A with Alexa – $1,699, Q1 2018• Optoma UHD50 – $1,499• Optoma LH150 – $899, Q2 2018• Optoma LED Pocket Projector – $279, Q2 2018• Optoma 4K UHD HDR Laser UST – $4,999, Q2 2018last_img read more

  • Watch Intels stunning CES 2018 drone light show right now

    first_imgAt CES 2018, Intel set the Guinness World Records title for Most UAVs airborne simultaneously from a single computer indoors. That’s what you’re seeing in the video above. Intel did this with 100 Intel Shooting Star Mini drones on the 7th of January, 2018. OF NOTE: Similar drones – the slightly larger version, non-mini, Shooting Star drones – flew over the Super Bowl during the Lady Gaga halftime show in 2017. This is not the first time a Gaga x Intel collaboration has lit up the night. Intel wanted to do something interesting with a whole bunch of drones, and they landed on Las Vegas. A lovely show of lights in more than 4 billion color combinations flew over the Fountains of Bellagio, making a mockery of the pitiful, legendary water show below. Intel’s first showing came on the 8th of January at 9 and 11 PM, then showed from the 9th until the 11th at both 8PM and 10PM, entertaining hundreds of viewers below. The Intel Shooting Star Mini drone was built specifically for indoor light show experiences. In this case, Intel was given special authorization to fly – specifically over this one casino hotel at these specific times. Intel included the following note with their presentation of the drones themselves: “This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.”AdChoices广告Intel’s Shooting Star Mini Drones have set several records over the past several years. In October of 2016, Intel set the Guinness World Record title for Most UAVs airborne simultaneously from a single computer outdoors in Hamburg, Germany. Intel’s previous record before that was 100 drones outdoors less than a year before that. Story TimelineIntel Drone light show puts 100 drones in the air with one controllerIntel Drone 100 hits Palm Springs for the nations’ first aerial experience300 Intel drones light up Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl act Intel’s presentation was what they called “an entirely new entertainment concept” that used hundreds of “Intel Shooting Star drones” controlled by a single pilot below. Each of the drones in this show was custom-built for entertainment just such as this – and you can bet your biffy this won’t be the last place we see them in action.last_img read more

  • 2018 MacBook Pro with Core i9 reportedly gets too hot

    first_imgThe “Pro” in the MacBook Pro’s name clearly marks it as a machine for work and heavy-duty play. It’s almost perfect, then, that Apple would offer a configuration with Intel’s beefiest desktop processor yet, the Core i9. But, as always, there’s a price to pay, if not actual money then in thermal problems.YouTube Dave Lee put the said Core i9 MacBook Pro to the test and came out not just unimpressed but downright worried. In a nutshell, he theorizes that the MacBook Pro’s chassis and cooling systems are not enough to maintain the Core i9’s clock speed. Nevermind boosting or overclocking. When thermal throttling kicks in, the Core i9 couldn’t even maintain its base speed. With great power comes great responsibility or, in the case of computers, great heat. The fact that computers generate heat is nothing new and is solved by one of two methods to cool things down: heat dissipation or throttling. The latter, of course, reduces the processing power of the computer and is not an ideal situation. That, however, is exactly what one YouTuber found in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro running on an eighth-gen Intel Core i9, the fastest and the hottest model. Literally, too. The caveat here is that Lee’s test was hardly scientific, despite the use of benchmarks and a freezer test. He used only Adobe Premiere, which he himself admits isn’t really optimized for macOS, and no other software. So far, it is the only report of such a throttling issue and Lee doesn’t mention if he has contacted Apple support.That’s not to downplay his experience, of course. For a consumer whose livelihood depends on Adobe Premiere, that is a major setback, even if the other programs work well enough. But one also has to give Apple the benefit of the doubt that it hasn’t been too hasty in putting such a processor in a MacBook Pro and would have thoroughly tested uses such “pro” uses cases as well.last_img read more

  • Skype adds call recording feature but Windows 10 users have to wait

    first_imgMicrosoft has released an update for Skype that adds a call recording feature, enabling users to save a copy of the call for archival and more. This new cloud-based feature has launched on “most” platforms except Windows 10, says Microsoft, which has plans to launch it on the OS some time in the next few weeks. Call recording is exactly what it sounds like — a way for a user to record a copy of a call, which can then be saved for future reference or any other number of reasons. Users are alerted when someone starts recording the call, giving them the option of ending the session. Assuming it’s a video call, each participants’ screen is saved. Users can initiate a call recording on desktop and mobile, doing so by clicking/tapping the “+” button during a call, then choosing “Start recording.” Once the recording is finished, users have up to 30 days to save and share it before the video is deleted; it is posted in the group’s chat once the call ends so that each participant has the download option.Assuming you’re on a recorded call and would like to save it, you can do so by opening Skype chat and choosing “More Options” on the triple-dot menu icon. From there, choose “Save to Downloads” and the video will be saved to the system’s downloads folder by default. AdChoices广告For mobile users, simply press and hold the video until the save option appears, then tap it. These videos can also be directly sent to other contacts using the Forward feature on both desktop and mobile.SOURCE: Skypelast_img read more

  • Raspberry Pi Model 3 A is even more affordable

    first_imgAs it turns out, the cuts aren’t super significant. There’s no longer an Ethernet port on the Model 3 A+, but it still can connect to the internet through Wi-Fi. The number of USB ports has dropped from four to one as well, and RAM has been cut in half, going from 1GB in the Model 3 B+ to 512MB in the Model 3 A+.Looking at the spec sheets side by side, however, those seem to be the only real cuts. You’ll still get the same Broadcom BCM2837B0 SoC running the show, support for Bluetooth 4.2, and a full-size HDMI port. It sounds like the biggest question facing those choosing between the Model 3 A+ and B+ is whether or not they can deal with the drop in RAM.If you decide that you can, you can pick up the Model 3 A+ from one of the resellers listed on Raspberry Pi’s store beginning today. Raspberry Pi will begin offering a case for the 3A+ around the start of December, so keep an eye out for that as well. The company said in a blog post today that the 3A+ is “the final iteration of the ‘classic’ Raspberry Pi” and that whatever comes next will “of necessity be less of an evolution.” In that case, we’ll look forward to seeing what’s next for the brand, so stay tuned. Instead of the $35 price tag that comes along with the Model 3 B+, the Model 3 A+ costs a mere $25. If cash is tight or you’re buying in bulk, that $10 discount could end up being significant, but the most important question is one of compromises: what do you give up in exchange for the lower price point? Story TimelineOpenAuto makes car smart with Raspberry Pi DIY hackRaspberry Pi 3 Model B+ boosts speed but keeps $35 priceCool things you can make with a Raspberry Picenter_img Earlier this year, Raspberry Pi launched a new model in its 3 series dubbed the Model 3 B+. The Model 3 B+ made a few slight improvements over its predecessor but managed to keep the same $35 price tag despite the bump up in capability. Today, we’re seeing yet another new model in the 3 series, but this time around, a few cutbacks have been made to bring the asking price lower.last_img read more

  • Tesla Model Y livestream How to watch Elon Musks big EV reveal

    first_imgEverything has been building up to Model YAfter several years and with numerous cars under its belt, it’s easy to get blasé about what Tesla has achieved. The Model Y, though, will catapult the California automaker into the midst of the fiercest category in the car space today. Crossovers and small SUVs are perennial best-sellers these days, and you need to bring your A-game if you want to succeed. In Tesla’s case, that’ll require great packaging, pricing, and production. The “production hell” of the Model 3 has hopefully given the automaker enough lessons when it comes to figuring out how to produce an electric car for the mass market. Similarly, by now it should have an angle on how to deliver premium features – including advanced driver-assistance technology like Autopilot and Autopark – without forcing buyers to break the bank. We’re expecting a bigger car than Model 3With the Model Y set to build on the success – and the design – of the Model 3, it’s no surprise that the two cars will share a common design language. Tesla has been coy with pre-announcement images of its new EV, unsurprisingly. Still, from what we’ve seen so far, it certainly appears like the Model Y will look a little like a Model 3 that has been stretched upwards. That’s going to give it a distinct look on the road, much as the Model X distinguishes itself from the Model S. However it should also improve on factors like ride height and clearance. Model Y drivers may not have off-roading in mind, but the ability to go down rutted roads – potentially while towing – without worrying about catching the underbody could be a huge advantage. More than that, though, is the psychological impact. Crossovers and SUVs are a huge category right now, comfortably out-selling sedans and other body styles. Key to that is the feeling drivers have when they’re at the wheel: higher up in traffic, generally with better visibility, and the perception that, should the worst happen and they be in a crash, their car will handle it better.Tesla has some big Model Y questions to answerDespite what we know already, there are still plenty of gaps that Tesla needs to fill in today at the Model Y reveal. Style is just one of those: arguably more important are factors like price, range, and performance. We already have a rough idea how much the Model Y will cost. Elon Musk described the crossover as being around 10-percent bigger than the Model 3, and carrying a similar price premium. That would suggest the Model Y will start at around $39,000 before any incentives or other savings.As we’ve seen before, though, the cheapest Tesla isn’t necessarily the first to go on sale. As with the Model 3, the $35k version of which arrived a long time after more expensive trims of the car were available to order, we’d expect Model Y buyers to be nudged toward the higher-spec versions initially. Tesla may not be too forthcoming on how soon, exactly, the cheapest Model Y will go on sale – after all, that might dampen sales of more premium trims, even if the automaker could put a solid date on it – but we’ll be listening closely for an idea on timescales. How much will those more expensive versions cost? Again, looking at the current Model 3, a $52,000 starting price for the top-spec trim seems likely. That will presumably come with all-wheel drive, the premium interior, and the longest range. The entry-level Model Y, meanwhile, is likely to be rear-wheel drive and have the shortest range. Musk previously said that, as a bigger and heavier car, it won’t go as far on the same battery size as a Model 3, but we’d still be surprised if the Model Y’s starting range dropped below the 200 mile mark. That’s an important psychological barrier, after all. Tesla Model Y livestreamExcited? You probably should be. The big Tesla reveal kicks off at 8pm PDT, and the automaker will be live-streaming the whole thing at Expect Elon Musk to make some big promises as he tackles all the questions investors and potential customers have about this new challenge. SlashGear will be at the event in LA, and we’ll be bringing you all the details as well as some first-impressions as the launch goes down. Join us this evening as we get our first look at what’s shaping up to be Tesla’s most important car to-date! Story TimelineTesla sales go online-only amid huge test drive changeTesla Model Y will finally be unveiled next weekTesla changes plans and will keep more stores open Tesla is about to take the wraps off the Model Y, and the electric car company has shared another teaser image to fully whet appetites ahead of today’s big reveal. The fourth car in Tesla’s current line-up will arguably be its most important: a compact SUV to target one of the most popular segments in the automotive market today. last_img read more

  • Research Roundup AHCAs Impact On Medicaid Hearing Aids In Free Clinics

    first_img Are there socioeconomic disparities in 10-year predicted absolute cardiovascular disease risk and individual risk factors (systolic blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and total cholesterol) among U.S. adults? A cross-sectional analysis using data on adults 40 to 79 years of age without established cardiovascular disease … showed the percentage of adults with diabetes and the mean total cholesterol level did not vary by income. The authors concluded that adults in each socioeconomic stratum have not benefited equally from efforts to control cardiovascular risk factors. (Odutayo, Gill, Shepherd, et al, 6/7) JAMA: Income Disparities in Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the United States This paper examines the coverage and financing impacts of the Medicaid provisions of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), including the reduction in the federal matching rates for ACA and pre-ACA expansion populations and per capita caps. Estimates for three scenarios of state responses to the bill’s changes are provided… The first scenario would reduce federal spending by $373.6 billion from 2019 to 2028, the second by $803.2 billion, and the third by $938.3. (Holahan et al., 6/16) New England Journal of Medicine: Changes In Hospital Quality Associated With Hospital Value-Based Purchasing  Urban Institute: The Impact Of The AHCA On Federal And State Medicaid Spending And Medicaid Coverage: An Update  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) established value-based purchasing programs throughout Medicare, including the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) program… Our estimates of the effect of HVBP on clinical process, patient experience, and mortality were small, not consistent with one another in the direction of the association, and generally nonsignificant. The significant reduction in 30-day risk-standardized mortality among patients who were admitted to the hospital for pneumonia was driven by an increase in mortality in the matched sample of Critical Access Hospitals. (Ryan et al. 6/15) JAMA Psychiatry: Efficacy Of A Maternal Depression Prevention Strategy In Head Start center_img Is it possible to provide free, comprehensive audiologic services to indigent patients? In this observational cohort study at a preexisting free clinic, 34 patients were identified as eligible for a free hearing aid and 20 of these patients (59%) received hearing aids. The value of services provided was estimated to be $2260 per patient. It is feasible to provide free, comprehensive audiologic care, including hearing aids and fitting, in a well-established, free clinic model. (Wertz et al., 6/15) JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery: Comprehensive Hearing Aid Intervention At A Free Subspecialty Clinic Research Roundup: AHCA’s Impact On Medicaid; Hearing Aids In Free Clinics Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. In this randomized clinical trial of 230 Head Start mothers, those receiving problem-solving education experienced a 60% incident rate of depressive symptom episodes compared with those not receiving it. Among the subpopulation with low symptom levels at baseline, those receiving problem-solving education experienced a 39% incident rate. The efficacy of problem-solving education demonstrates the promise of embedding maternal depression prevention programs in Head Start; additional effectiveness studies are necessary to develop meaningful public health programs. (Silverstein et al., 6/14) last_img read more

  • Judge Blocks Cuts To Planned Parenthood Grants Saying HHS Acted Arbitrarily And

    first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice on Tuesday issued a permanent injunction preventing the administration from ending the grants two years earlier than originally planned, saying that doing so would cause public harm. “The Court determines that the public interest weighs in favor of Plaintiffs, as it would prevent harm to the community … and prevent loss of data regarding the effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention,” Rice wrote. (Hellmann, 4/25) The Hill: Federal Judge Blocks Trump Cuts To Planned Parenthood Teen Pregnancy Program The Associated Press: Judge Prevents Trump From Cutting Planned Parenthood Grants center_img A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction blocking the Trump administration from cutting grants to Planned Parenthood that pay for a teen pregnancy prevention program in numerous states. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice of Spokane issued his ruling late Tuesday, after listening to arguments from attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Geranios, 4/25) Judge Blocks Cuts To Planned Parenthood Grants Saying HHS Acted ‘Arbitrarily And Capriciously’ In July, HHS informed recipients of 81 teen pregnancy prevention grants that it would terminate their agreements two years early, despite previously seeking competitive bids for a firm to conduct the five-year study.last_img read more

  • In Some Cities This Common Blood Test Costs Under 20 In Others

    first_imgIn Some Cities This Common Blood Test Costs Under $20. In Others, Nearly $1,000. Why Do Prices Vary So Drastically? A look at what a common, basic metabolic blood test costs in different cities reveals huge differences between costs that far outpace other commercial goods, like grocery store items. It was dusk as Oakley Yoder and the other summer camp kids hiked back to their tents at Illinois’ Jackson Falls last July. As the group approached a mound of boulders blocking the path, Oakley, then 9, didn’t see the lurking snake — until it bit a toe on her right foot. “I was really scared,” Oakley said. “I thought that I could either get paralyzed or could actually die.”Her camp counselors suspected it was a copperhead and knew they needed to get her medical attention as soon as they could. (Heredia Rodriguez, 4/30) It’s one of the most common tests in medicine, and it is performed millions of times a year around the country. Should a metabolic blood panel test cost $11 or $952? Both of these are real, negotiated prices, paid by health insurance companies to laboratories in Jackson, Miss., and El Paso in 2016. New data, analyzing the health insurance claims of 34 million Americans covered by large commercial insurance companies, shows that enormous swings in price for identical services are common in health care. In just one market — Tampa, Fla. — the most expensive blood test costs 40 times as much as the least expensive one. (Sanger-Katz, 4/30) More Bills Of The Month: Check out KHN’s special coverage on surprisingly high medical bills.  Kaiser Health News: Summer Bummer: A Young Camper’s $142,938 Snakebite center_img The New York Times: They Want It To Be Secret: How A Common Blood Test Can Cost $11 Or Almost $1,000 In other health care costs news — This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

  • Everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Music Unlimited Audible and

    first_imgFor more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Audible and Kindle UnlimitedKindle Unlimited and Audible are Amazon’s hi-brow subscription services and a unique selling point for the company. However they differ in a couple of ways.Audible offers audiobooks, allowing you the ease of multi-tasking as you listen to the story being told to you.If you still enjoy the art of physically reading, Kindle Unlimited might be a better fit for you, allowing you to download a wide spectrum of titles.Both are available to try out with a 30-day free trial and offer hundreds of thousands of amazing titles, including favourites like Harry Potter. Kindle Unlimited gives you complete access not only to books, but to magazines and audiobooks too, whilst Audible is exclusively audiobooks. The closest rival to Kindle Unlimited at the moment is Apple News Plus, but this doesn’t offer access to full fat books, instead you just get subscriptions magazines.Audible works a little differently to Kindle Unlimited. There are multiple packages that charge varying amounts per month. The cheapest only gives you access to one free audio book per month, so avid listeners will need to consider which price package works best for them. Whichever you pick, you’ll also get access podcasts and a library of serial radio shows. One nice touch is that Amazon has a no questions asked swapping policy, that lets you exchange any audio book you’ve used your credit on, so you’ll never be stuck with a lemon on your morning and evening commute. Get Amazon’s Online Book ServicesSubscribe to Audible for AudiobooksWith millions of titles available in audiobook format, digest even more books and listen across any device with the ability to exchange with credits if it’s not your cup of tea.Amazon|Now £7.99/monthView DealNow £7.99/month|AmazonThousands of eBooks with Kindle UnlimitedWhether on your Kindle or another device compatible with the Kindle app, you can have hundreds of thousands of books all in one portable device, completely free to peruse and read.Amazon|Now £7.99/monthView DealNow £7.99/month|Amazon What Does Amazon Music Unlimited Have?Unlike the Prime Music supplement you get with your Prime membership, Amazon Music Unlimited does exactly what it says on the tin. Get unlimited access to the latest bops with up to 50 million songs at your fingertips. Much like Spotify, you can listen ad-free with this premium service and save music to listen to offline so you don’t breeze through all your mobile data.Thinking of signing up to Amazon Music Unlimited? Now is the time to do it with their current offer of getting an Echo Dot for just 99p when you sign up for a Family Plan. Able to cancel anytime, get a whopping saving of £35 when you spend just £14.99 for your first paid month (after the free trial period) and 99p for the Echo Dot itself.Related: Amazon Music Unlimited vs Prime Music Subscribe to Amazon Music UnlimitedListen to 50 million+ songs with Amazon Music UnlimitedWith new music coming out constantly, keep your finger on the pulse of the latest bops by subscribing to Music Unlimited. Save and download tracks to listen to offline and enjoy amazing curated playlists.Amazon|Now £9.99/monthView DealNow £9.99/month|Amazon Amazon FreshAmazon Fresh is the company’s answer to Ocado, Tesco Direct and pretty much every other online grocery service. The only big differentiation is that, unlike Ocado and its ilk, you don’t have to wait around and ensure you book your delivery slot in advance. Much like Prime members, join Amazon Fresh and you can get food items delivered to you the very next day — if not, you’ll get a refund. Sign-Up to Amazon Fresh Online Grocery ServicesBecome a Subscriber of Amazon FreshWith at least 9% savings across your day-to-day essentials, get next day delivery on your food shop when you order online with the Amazon Fresh services.Amazon|Save 9%|Now £3.99/monthView DealNow £3.99/month|Save 9%|Amazon We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. 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Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Don’t know your Amazon Prime from your Amazon Prime Music? We’ve got you covered with our breakdown of all of Amazon’s own-brand services.With Amazon Prime Day 2019 just around the corner, it’s important that you are in on the down low of all Amazon’s services. The sale event is exclusive to Prime members only, so whether you’re going to sneakily take up their free 30-day trial just in time, or you’re um-ing and ah-ing about going full time with it, allow us to explain exactly what’s up for grabs, including some of those services you might not have been aware of.Amazon Prime MembershipThe big boy of Amazon’s elite services is the original, Amazon Prime. For the shopaholics out there, by signing up to Amazon Prime you open yourself up to a number of benefits. Not least, the company’s free one-day delivery services, meaning you can order on Monday and expect your package on Tuesday. With a free 30-day trial, you can sample this treat and much more, including Prime Video.Prime Video is Amazon’s Netflix rival. It allows you to stream an unlimited amount of TV shows and movies, including Amazon originals you won’t find anywhere else. This streaming service, much like Netflix, allows you to download and watch offline with a nifty app for those commute binges.Amazon Channels also offers plenty to watch, which you can pay a non-contracted, low subscription for. You can quite literally keep up with the Kardashians on Hayu, or watch fan-picks on Comic Con HQ. For film enthusiasts, the BFI Player+ offers British film at its finest. No need to take up the full Prime membership, you can tailor your watching experience to you and pay individually for the channels you want.Included in the £79 annual fee for a Prime membership, you can also listen to two million songs with Prime Music. This is a more restricted service than that of the full fat Amazon Prime Music Unlimited, which is the company’s main Spotify and Tidal rival. If you’re a pop fan, it’ll also grant you access to Amazon’s 2019 Prime Day concert, which’ll feature performances from big name acts including Taylor Swift. 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Pay £35 a year and enjoy free delivery, access to Prime Video and all the rest. Prime Student is also here to help you out, giving you special discounts on the textbooks you’ll need for your studies. Save 50% on Prime Membership for StudentsSign-Up for Prime Student for 50% SavingsWith a 6 month free trial versus the usual 30-days and 50% off the monthly cost, students can benefit from all the perks of a Prime Membership for less.Amazon|Free 6 Month Trial|Now £3.99/monthView DealNow £3.99/month|Free 6 Month Trial|Amazon Kids UnlimitedKids Unlimited is a custom service for Amazon Fire devices that’s designed to help parents keep an eye on what they’re watching or playing. On TV it works in a similar way to Netflix Kids mode. In short, it lets you set limits on things like screen time and block access to content you don’t want the sprogs seeing.It also features a curated marketplace for educational apps and books. It’s a coll feature that comes free with most relevant Amazon devices. If you buy one of Amazon’s kids editions of their Fire tablets, whether the 7, HD 8 or HD 10, you’ll have a years subscription of Kids Unlimited thrown in. Get Amazon’s Kids UnlimitedEducational Games, Books & More with Amazon’s Kids UnlimitedMake screen time a safer experience for parents and their kids with the Kids Unlimited subscription service, offering games, books, TV shows and more age appropriate content.Amazon|£1.99/monthView Deal£1.99/month|AmazonFire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8″ HD Display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof CaseBuy any of Amazon’s Fire Tablets (kids edition) and you’ll get 1 years access to Kids Unlimited for free.Amazon|1 Year Free Subscription|Now £129.99View DealNow £129.99|1 Year Free Subscription|Amazon With a whole host of services that can dramatically benefit your day-to-day life and simplify the art of online buying, it’s worth signing up and experiencing one of their many 30-day free trials. And be on the lookout this Prime Day. Not only can you benefit from amazing savings on great gadgets and appliances, Prime Day 2019 may also be pushing some of their services at discounted rates too.Amazon Prime Day 2019 dealsIf you are thinking about signing up to Amazon Prime just to get access to the company’s Prime Day deals, make sure to check out and bookmark our deals hubs. We’ll be updating each with all the latest and greatest deals during the sale.Amazon Prime Day Echo DealsAmazon Prime Day Laptop DealsAmazon Prime Day Smartphone DealsAmazon Prime Day Sonos and Soundbar DealsAmazon Prime Day Wearables DealsAmazon Prime Day TV DealsAmazon Prime Day Kindle and Fire Tablet DealsAmazon Prime Day Headphones DealsAmazon Prime Day Smart Home DealsAmazon Prime Day Dyson and Vacuum Cleaner DealsAmazon Prime Day Fire TV Stick DealsAmazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch DealsAmazon Prime Day Xbox One DealsAmazon Prime Day PS4 Dealslast_img read more

  • Senate votes to keep oil tanker ban alive as C69 heads to

    first_img June 6, 20199:15 PM EDTLast UpdatedJune 7, 201910:33 AM EDT Filed underCanadian Politics ← Previous Next → More Share this storySenate votes to keep oil tanker ban alive, potentially ending defiant streak in upper chamber as C-69 heads to House Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Comment 107 Comments Reddit Recommended For YouLiberal environmental contradictions could pave way for Conservative winFrench environment minister quits after claims of gold hairdryer and lavish dinnersLotto Max winning numbers’Free Willy’ bill to end whale captivity in Canada set to become lawSuwannapura-Clanton in control at Dow Great Lakes Facebook Observers say Conservative and some Independent senators are likely to propose new amendments to C-48 following the Thursday vote, but that those amendments are unlikely to be accepted before the moratorium becomes law.The votes come as a number of Independent senators have been meeting with officials in the office of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, part of what some observers say are last-minute negotiations over which proposed changes may ultimately be accepted by the Trudeau government.Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, head representative for the Independent Senators Group and member of the energy committee studying Bill C-69, said he has had “technical briefings” with Environment officials about the legislation but denied discussing specific amendments.“I do not know what they will or will not accept, but we have crafted our amendments in such a way that we tried to make consistent with the objectives of the bill,” Woo said in an interview Tuesday.A government source said it is common for federal officials to meet with senators throughout the study of a bill. The person said Environment officials have spoken with a long list of senators in meetings facilitated by non-affiliated Sen. Grant Mitchell, the sponsor of Bill C-69, largely for technical briefings and sometimes to discuss the likelihood of some amendments being accepted.Two leading oil and gas lobby groups, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), proposed about 90 amendments to the bill, which were later put forward by Conservative senators in the final report of the bill.Sen. Woo criticized the nearly word-for-word adoption of the industry-inspired amendments, saying the committee should avoid acting as “stenographers” for corporate interests. Environment Canada also proposed amendments that were tabled through Sen. Mitchell.The industry amendments would amount to a deep restructuring of the bill. They would, among other things, limit the discretionary powers of the environment minister in approving or rejecting major projects, restrict the ability of special interest groups opposed to natural resource development to testify at public hearings, and effectively reverse a bid to sideline the national energy regulator in the decision-making process.In a written statement, McKenna said her office is “carefully considering” the proposed amendments to Bill C-69.“I’m happy that Bill C69 is now through the Senate, despite many delays caused by the Conservatives who wanted to kill the Bill, weaken protections, and limit public discussions,” she said. Meanwhile, the Senate committee’s final report on the C-48 oil tanker moratorium, written by Conservative chair David Tkachuk, said the bill would be “destructive” to Canadian federalism.The highly contentious bill has been criticized for unfairly targeting would-be pipeline projects that would ship oil out of ports along the northern B.C. coast. Environmental advocates and some coastal First Nations support the bill, while a number of other B.C. Indigenous communities have strongly opposed it, saying it restricts their right to develop natural resources on their traditional lands.Bill C-69 has been broadly supported by a number of industry associations, including the Mining Association of Canada, who also forwarded proposed amendments. Environmentalists have also supported the bill, but warn it doesn’t go far enough to protect sensitive ecological regions and account for wider greenhouse gas emissions.Industry groups and environmental advocates are largely in agreement that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, passed in 2012 by the Harper government, was in need of an update, saying the bill restricted some aspects of Canada’s environmental assessment regime in a bid to get projects built.• Email: | Twitter: jesse_snyder Errol McGihon/Postmedia/File advertisementcenter_img OTTAWA — Senators voted on Thursday to save Ottawa’s controversial oil tanker ban, potentially ending a prolonged pushback in the Senate against legislation that has been met with intense criticism by Western provinces and the energy industry.In a 53-38 vote, senators rejected the adoption of a report that would have effectively killed Bill C-48, the moratorium on oil tankers in northern B.C. waters. Also on Thursday, senators adopted a heavily-amended version of another contentious natural resources bill, C-69, which is now headed back to the House of Commons for review. The legislation would overhaul Canada’s environmental assessment process for major projects like oil pipelines and power lines.Both votes put to rest a long saga in which senators have shown uncommon resistance to government legislation, raising concerns about an overzealous Senate that has acted not just as a chamber of sober second thought, according to critics, but as an outright opposition to the House of Commons.Bill C-48 and Bill C-69 have drawn the ire of provincial governments in the oil-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as industry lobby groups who argue they could delay the construction of major energy projects. Industry has been warning Ottawa about C-69 in particular, amid a failure by the oil and gas industry in recent years to build major pipeline projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, now owned by the federal government.Industry groups and some senators blasted the decision to salvage the tanker moratorium on Thursday.“The vast majority of Trudeau-appointed Senators have decided it is more important to support a bad Liberal bill than to listen to concerns from provincial governments from across the country,” Conservative senate caucus leader Larry Smith said in a statement. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said it was “deeply disappointed” in the vote and urged senators to find a common ground on the bill.Both bills have received intense scrutiny in the Senate in recent months. The Senate energy committee adopted 188 changes to Bill C-69 on Thursday, the most proposed by the upper house on government legislation in decades.On Bill C-48, meanwhile, the transport committee took the rare move of recommending that the government scrap the legislation altogether, after Independent Sen. Paula Simons voted alongside five Conservative senators to sway a decision in favour of nixing the tanker ban.Senator Paula Simons. Sponsored By: Senate votes to keep oil tanker ban alive, potentially ending defiant streak in upper chamber as C-69 heads to House Both votes put to rest a long saga in which senators have shown uncommon resistance to government legislation, raising concerns about an overzealous Senate Join the conversation → Twitter Featured Stories Jesse Snyder Email The Apollo 11 moon landing was so boring it must be real If Americans were going to fake the moon landing, you’d better believe there would be some high drama and maybe even an explosion or two.… Opponents of Bill C-69 rally outside a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources in Calgary on April 9, 2019.Jeff McIntosh/CP last_img read more

  • Inside the battle being waged over Beyond Meats push to be found

    first_img Reddit Share this storyInside the battle being waged over Beyond Meat’s push to be found in the grocery store meat aisle Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Facebook The move has drawn the ire of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, which wants the meat case reserved exclusively for real meat and says the new products create confusion and erode the trust consumers place in the meat case.“These plant-based companies are riding on the coattails of the beef industry, which has spent decades building up a healthy brand consumers trust,” said Lia Biondo, USCA’s director of policy and outreach.COMPETITION COMINGThe debate is about to get more noisy as Beyond Meat, which began selling its burger patties to retailers about three years ago, begins to face more plant-based competitors in stores.“Competition over placement is clearly heating up as everyone vies for a spot in the meat case,” said Phil Lempert, an expert on retail food trends who advises companies on food branding and consumer behavior.Canadian packaged meat producer Maple Leaf Foods Inc , which sells plant-based meat alternatives such as vegan ground beef under its LightLife brand, expects its products in the meat case of U.S. retailers by this summer.Impossible Foods, which has so far focused on supplying restaurants, plans to sell its Impossible Burger in supermarkets’ meat cases by the end of the year.Nestle, the world’s biggest packaged foods group, seeks to sell a pea-based veggie patty called Awesome Burger under its U.S. plant-based Sweet Earth brand in the fall.Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat processor, is also working on its own line of alternative protein products after it sold its stake in Beyond Meat in April.John Beretta, group vice president for meat and seafood merchandising at Albertsons Companies Inc., which owns Safeway Inc., Lucky and Randalls stores, said the meat case will change based on consumer demand, with plant-based items potentially replacing some meat products.“We’re at a point where plant-based meats have become a segment of their own, and by the end of the year we’ll have a section solely dedicated to these products inside the meat department,” said Beretta.© Thomson Reuters 2019 Email Reuters Beyond Meat burgers on display at a store in New York.Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Joe Raedle/Getty Images Comments Inside the battle being waged over Beyond Meat’s push to be found in the grocery store meat aisle Securing the location of its burger in meat cases is crucial to Beyond Meat’s strategy, and it’s sparking a food fight with the meat industry Related Stories Tim Hortons launches test of Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches, sending shares of meatless sausage maker soaring Twittercenter_img Beyond Meat could be valued at up to $1.2 billion in U.S. IPO Comment Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc., which owns some 150 stores in 19 states, told Reuters it places Beyond Meat in a refrigerated section with other alternative proteins like tofu, and not the meat case, to avoid confusion among shoppers, its co-president, Kemper Isely, said. James Cameron sees global salvation in plant-based investing Inside the intense, high stakes grocery battle for the best Victoria Day meat sale Tim Hortons launches test of Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches, sending shares of meatless sausage maker soaring At the 35 Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Markets across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the Washington D.C. area, Beyond Meat products are sold both in the dairy and meat section.“Sales in both spaces have been great and customers generally view this as a new food category,” said Stephen Corradini, chief merchandising officer at KB US Holdings Inc, the investment firm owning the stores.Other retail chains across the United States, including Town & Country Markets Inc in the Pacific Northwest, New York-based Morton Williams Supermarkets and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in the Midwest, echoed Corradini, saying they see high demand among customers regardless of where Beyond Meat products are placed.Beyond Meat and its new meatless burger rivals are counting on going head to head with meat inside stores. They avoid terms such as vegan or vegetarian, and request stores do not place their products in the supermarket vegan aisle where non-meat eaters traditionally buy tofu, tempeh and other plant-based alternatives.Marketing its burger as one designed to look, cook and taste like traditional ground beef, Beyond Meat targets mainstream consumers who want to reduce their meat consumption amid growing concerns over health risks, animal welfare and environmental hazards of industrial animal farming.“Find it in the meat aisle,” the company’s website says of its sausages and burger patties, which are made of yellow pea protein, coconut and canola oil.Beyond Meat declined to comment ahead of its first earnings report scheduled for Thursday afternoon.Beyond Meat products being sold in California. NEW YORK — In a bid to directly compete with ground beef and pork sausage, Beyond Meat Inc. bills itself the world’s first plant-based burger sold in the meat case of U.S. grocery stores.But interviews with nine U.S. grocery chains show that retailers are still figuring out Beyond Meat’s best fit in their shopping aisles — and it may be closer to the vegan section than the refrigerated meat department so desired by Beyond Meat.The stakes are high in the battle over supermarket real estate, as upstart Beyond Meat seeks to quickly carve out its place in the meat section in the face of pushback from meat producers before more plant-based rivals from Impossible Foods and Nestle SA hit the market. Beyond Meat’s shares surge 163% in the first day of trading — and they are still going up June 6, 201910:48 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Join the conversation → More Tina Bellon Reuters The company has warned in regulatory filings that changes to retail placement could hamper growth by failing to attract new customers and effectively compete with animal-based protein. Analysts consider Beyond Meat’s strategic placement a “strong advantage” over competitors and a differentiating factor in reaching the broadest possible U.S. market which they estimate to be US$100 billion by 2035.Investors are bullish on the business model, boosting Beyond Meat’s valuation to more than US$6 billion from US$1.5 billion when it went public on May 2, even though the California-based company said it may never turn a profit.But while Beyond Meat requests stores sell its products next to real meat, there are no contractual obligations on product placement, according to interviews with nine retail chains. Some grocers, such as The Fresh Market Inc, which operates some 160 stores across 22 states, place Beyond Meat in the freezer with other veggie burgers or even the dairy section as they evaluate sales and decide on a long-term placement strategy.“The freezer section is our initial go-to destination as our guests otherwise wouldn’t intuitively know where to find the product,” said Dwight Richmond, Fresh Market’s director of grocery.Kroger Co, Target Corp, Inc’s Whole Foods, Walmart Inc, Ahold Delhaize, Shop Rite, Stater Brothers and Wegmans, which all sell Beyond Meat, did not respond or declined to comment on their placement strategy.Sean Saenz, senior director of meat and seafood operations at Gelson’s, which owns 28 stores across Southern California, said the retailer did not see strong sales when it initially placed Beyond Meat in the freezer.Since moving the burger out of the freezer, Beyond Meat sales are up 60 per cent, Saenz said, while sales in the overall vegan section grew 20 per cent.“We’re still heavily weighted on probably 60 to 70 per cent of the Beyond Meat being sold from the vegan location,” Saenz said, calling purchases out of the fresh meat case “more of an impulse buy.”“I don’t think it will ever be as big as meat, but it’s definitely adding growing sales which is something every retailer is looking for,” he said.CONSUMER CONFUSION?The fresh meat case is one of the most restricted areas in a supermarket because space is limited and perishable items need to be chilled, according to Rick Stein, vice president of fresh foods at the Food Marketing Institute, the retail trade association.He sees retailers carving out space for plant-based meat alternatives in the packaged meat section, next to bacon, sausages and ham, a placement aimed at adding sales.A meat case at a Florida grocery store.last_img read more

  • eBook Design and Test Solutions for Automotive and Energy

    Sponsored by KeysightThe automotive industry is accelerating its electronic technology revolution and fusing with the clean energy ecosystem.Dramatic increases in the number of sensors and applications in new automobiles have evolved the vehicle from a peripheral role to a network hosting clusters of connected devices. Cars now need to be optimized for: power efficiency sensor fusion communicationshigh-power processinghigh throughput data connectivityTo learn more about design and test solutions for automotive and energy applications, download the free eBook:Design and Test Solutions for Automotive and Energy Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine read more