Consumer Health Publisher Acquires University Health Publishing Group

first_imgMediZine, the New York-based publisher of consumer health education titles like Healthy Living, Remedy and Diabetes Focus, has acquired the University Health Publishing Group.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.UHPG publishes products—including newsletters, reports and Web sites, in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Berkeley.MediZine is a portfolio company of private equity firm Veronis Suhler and Stevenson. UHPG was represented in the deal by the Jordan, Edmiston Group.last_img read more

iOS 13s FaceTime will apparently fake eye contact

first_img • Apple’s FaceTime video chats might feel more real soon. Angela Lang/CNET Apple’s third iOS 13 developer beta adds a FaceTime feature that’ll fake eye contact during video calls, according to app designer Mike Rundle. Toggling the FaceTime Attention Correction setting makes it look like you’re looking directly into the camera, even though you’re really looking at the screen and the person you’re talking to.Rundle apparently tested the feature with podcaster Will Sigmon, who noted that it’s only working on the iPhone XS, XS Max and “maybe” the cheaper XR. The 2017 iPhone X apparently doesn’t support the feature. You’ve probably been unnerved by the fact that the person you’re talking to during FaceTime video calls always seems to be looking down slightly, since they’re looking at the image of you on screen rather than at their camera. We don’t know what trickery Apple is using for the Attention Correction feature, but it sounds pretty impressive.The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.If you’re looking for iOS 13 features to try right now, Apple added some nice Wi-Fi and Bluetooth shortcuts too.First published at 4:15 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:48 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Now playing: Watch this: iOS 13 beta: Install at your own risk iOS 13 Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All Apple Tags Mobile Internet Services Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Guys – “FaceTime Attention Correction” in iOS 13 beta 3 is wild.Here are some comparison photos featuring @flyosity:— Will Sigmon (@WSig) July 2, 2019 3:53 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • iOS 13’s FaceTime will apparently fake eye contactlast_img read more

Avengers Endgame 4K Bluray hits stores today for 30

first_img See the best Marvel Avengers cosplay from San Diego Comic-Con 2019 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! Bring home Marvel Studios’ @Avengers: Endgame on Digital July 30 and Blu-ray August 13:— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) June 26, 2019 Share your voice Comments Now playing: Watch this: 30 Photos TVs Blu-ray Players Media Streamers TV and Movies Avengers: Endgame could have been very different Amazon Fire TV Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of merchandise featured on this page.   Getting a disc or digital version with the directors’ commentary and deleted scenes will shed some new light on the movie, even for hardcore Marvel fans.  See Avengers: Endgame (plus bonus features) at AmazonAlso notable for the home release is that Endgame is one of the first movies to support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on the Movies Anywhere service — at least when viewed on 4K-capable Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV hardware on compatible 4K TVs. Those premium HDR video and surround audio features will also be retroactively added to some previous 4K Movies Anywhere releases throughout the summer and fall. See Avengers: Endgame in 4K HDR at Movies AnywhereBefore you plunk down more cash to see it again, however, keep in mind it’s also slated to hit the Disney Plus streaming service on Dec. 11. That online channel arrives in November and will cost $7 per month. Avengers: Endgame takes disc form today. Marvel Studios The humble Blu-ray disc hasn’t been Thanos’d yet. Avengers: Endgame, the biggest movie in the world, hit stores today on Blu-ray, UHD 4K and DVD, joined by a handful of older Marvel films.Avengers: Endgame is now available at most outlets for $22.99 (1080p), $29.99 (UHD 4K Blu-ray). Best Buy has an exclusive SteelBook version for $34.99 — basically, a fancy case — while Target has a version with an exclusive book — Avengers Initiative: The First 10 Years — for the same price.The release of Endgame is accompanied by five other remastered Marvel titles on UHD 4K Blu-ray — Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Thor, and Thor: The Dark World — with more expected soon.See Avengers: Endgame SteelBook Edition at Best BuyThe $20 digital version of Endgame was released earlier this month on sites such as Amazon, iTunes and Vudu. In July, Endgame surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, thanks in part to a theatrical re-release in recent weeks that included a post-credits scene and Stan Lee tribute. Marvel Thor Amazon Iron Man 3 News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV Review • Amazon Fire TV: Affordable Alexa-infused 4K streaming Tags 2:00last_img read more

Bogra passport official hacked

first_imgbograMiscreants hacked an officer of local passport office at Koigali in Bogra town on Thursday, reports UNB.The victim is Shahjahan Kabir, assistant director of local passport office.Witnesses said some miscreants obstructed Shahjahan around 1:30pm while he was returning home from the office.They chopped him indiscriminately in the head, right leg and a hand. Locals took him to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital.Shahjahan, who joined the passport office 6-7 months ago declared a war against corruption and organised brokers in the passport office which might have led to the attack, police said.Shahjahan also introduced a transparent complaint box in the office for passport seekers, additional police superintendent (Media) Sonatan Chakrabarty said, adding that they were trying to arrest the offenders.Meanwhile, in-charge of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital police camp Abdul Aziz Mondal, quoting the victim, said some young men on Tuesday demanded extortion from him.last_img read more

Frustrated Trump signs order to end subsidy payments to Obamacare

first_imgPresident Donald Trump on Thursday signed an order to make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans, using his presidential powers to undermine Obamacare after fellow Republicans in Congress failed to repeal the 2010 law.Trump issued the executive order aimed at letting small businesses band together across state lines to buy cheaper, less regulated health plans for their employees with fewer benefits. Such new insurance options, however, may not be available until 2019, and the order could face legal challenges from Democratic state attorneys general.It was Trump’s most concrete step to undo Obamacare since he took office in January promising to dismantle Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of “using a wrecking ball to single-handedly rip apart our healthcare system.”Later on Thursday, Politico reported that Trump plans to cut off subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage, citing two people familiar with the matter.Trump has repeatedly threatened to stop the payments, which are made directly to insurance companies to help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income Americans enrolled in individual healthcare plans under Obamacare.The payments are estimated at $7 billion in 2017.If Trump does eliminate the subsidy payments, premiums for many customers on the Obamacare individual insurance markets would be 20 percent higher in 2018, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said.The White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.Republicans call Obamacare, which extended health insurance to 20 million people, a government intrusion into Americans’ healthcare, and have been promising for seven years to scrap it.Trump’s order aims to give people more access to cheaper plans, which do not cover essential health benefits such as maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, and mental health and addiction treatment.Obamacare, known formally as the Affordable Care Act, requires most small business and individual health plans to cover those benefits.“DESTROYING EVERYTHING”“The cost of the Obamacare has been so outrageous, it is absolutely destroying everything in its wake,” Trump said at a White House signing ceremony.Trump’s order was aimed at making it easier for small businesses to join together as associations across state lines.Unlike large employers that can create their own health plans because their work forces are big enough to spread risk – mitigating the effect of individuals with serious illnesses – small employers have few options to offer reasonably priced health coverage.Allowing small employers to band together in associations is meant to give them options similar to larger companies. The White House also said the associations would give employers more leverage to negotiate with insurance companies in purchasing health insurance plans for employees.Some of the business groups that the order is aimed at, including franchise organizations and retailers – which generally have a large number of hourly employees – said they are interested and want to be part of the rule-making process at the Department of Labor, but cautioned that there are many details to tackle.“It’s not something we’ll be able to open a suitcase tomorrow and be in business with. There are a lot of issues to be worked out and to consider,” said Neil Trautwein, vice president of health care policy at the National Retail Federation.A spokesman for the National Federation of Independent Business, the largest small-business association in the country, said it would be watching to see “how the regulatory architecture develops” and make a determination in the future.Small businesses have been among the biggest critics of Obamacare.The order also sought to change an Obama-era limit on the time span that people can use short-term health insurance plans, which are cheaper but cover few medical benefits. Those plans are currently limited to three months.Joseph Antos, a healthcare expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, said he did not believe the order would have much of an impact because employers from regions with lower healthcare costs, like Iowa, would not want to join up with those from regions with higher costs.Experts also questioned whether Trump has the legal authority to expand association health plans.Democratic state attorneys general have said they will sue if Trump tries to destroy Obamacare. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Trump’s executive order is just another step toward imploding the Affordable Care Act.“It should come as no surprise that California is prepared to fight in court to protect affordable healthcare for its people,” Becerra said.The association health plans could attract young, healthy people and leave a sicker, more expensive patient pool in the individual insurance markets created under Obamacare, driving up premiums.The American Hospital Association said Trump’s order “could destabilize the individual and small group markets, leaving millions of Americans who need comprehensive coverage to manage chronic and other pre-existing conditions, as well as protection against unforeseen illness and injury, without affordable options.”Small health insurers and state insurance regulators also criticized Trump’s move.Hospital stocks edged lower in Thursday trading, with HCA Healthcare Inc down 1.7 percent and Tenet Healthcare Corp down 4.4 percent. Medicaid insurers also fell with Centene Corp off 2.5 percent.Trump has taken a number of other steps to weaken or undermine Obamacare. He has not committed to making billions of dollars of payments to insurers guaranteed under Obamacare, prompting many to exit the individual market or hike premiums for 2018.The administration also halved the open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 1, slashed the Obamacare advertising and outreach budget, and allowed broad religious and moral exemptions to the law’s mandate that employers provide coverage for women’s birth control.last_img read more

Irate students call for scrapping of exam following NEET question paper fiasco

first_imgKolkata: After the question paper fiasco in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018, the medical aspirants from Bengal, including the HS toppers of the previous academic year appearing for the medical entrance examination with Bengali as the medium of examination, demanded scrapping of the exam.They also urged the state government to conduct its own medical entrance examination, as it was done earlier. It may be mentioned here that before the introduction of NEET, the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board used to conduct the medical entrance examination. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMany of the candidates who topped the HS examination last year have appeared for NEET 2018, but faced difficulties as the Bengali translation of most of the questions was done wrongly.Vehemently opposing the implementation of NEET, many of the Bengali medium students have decided to appeal to the Chief Minister, to strongly deal with the issue. They will urge Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take up the issue with the Centre and take necessary steps to cancel the examination. They also demanded that the Centre must allow the respective state governments to hold their own examination, as was done earlier. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that following the question paper debacle in NEET 2018 held on last Sunday, the Chief Minister has written to the Union Human Resources Development minister Prakash Javadekar, demanding a re-examination.Debasish Saha, a medical aspirant who had ranked eighth in HS last year, said that if the Centre continues with this single-level entrance examination in the country, it would be disastrous for the students appearing in the vernacular languages. He alleged that the state boards were being forced to emulate the CBSE syllabus, in the name of implementing NEET. Bengali medium students, who always achieve good results in the state-level medical entrance exam, perform pathetically in NEET.Noureen Hossain, another top ranker in HS last year, said that NEET’s design is starkly favourable to the CBSE syllabus and hence, it creates an educational imbalance. Students from state educational systems will be deprived in this format of examination, she added.Many of the Bengali medium students appearing for NEET this year, viewed that it was devised in English and extended to Hindi. But those educated in vernaculars are the worst sufferers. They also said that the common entrance exam may spell doom for the majority of medical aspirants from the state boards.Shreya Dutta, who appeared for the examination with Bengali as the medium, said: “The poor students who were unable to afford the exorbitant training required to be successful in national examinations, would not be able to compete with the urban students studying in CBSE board schools. A single-level examination cannot be implemented throughout the country, where there are multiple languages and different cultures.”last_img read more