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Democrats pressed the six-term Republican to say that ACA replacement legislation—which as the head of HHS, he would be instrumental in helping shape—would maintain popular ACA benefits.Those include barring insurance companies from discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions; putting caps on the amount of medical care that insurance will cover; allowing young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until they re 26; ensuring women have access to birth control; expanding access to Medicaid; and improving medical care for minorities.Many of those benefits would be lost with to replace the ACA, the Empowering Patients First Act which would also cause millions to lose coverage.Still, she emphasized that an ACA replacement is necessary.The individual market is seeing higher deductibles, higher premiums, and fewer choices, she said.For us to say that everything is going well with Obamacare is just not accurate.
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A new crop of Nigerian developers is drawing on the depth of culture across the continent to make distinctly African games.And they hope their reach will go far beyond the continent.
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Leica M cameras have always been beautiful, but the new M10 marries the classic design with high-tech performance.For Leica, a camera is defined by its details, and nowhere is this more evident than in how the company talks about its newest flagship rangefinder, the M10.Leica proudly boasts it is a full four millimeters thinner than its predecessor, a fact that longtime Leica fans will appreciate as it brings the camera in line with the dimensions of analog M cameras although we mere mortals may not have noticed the difference .But the true improvements of the M10 lie beneath its magnesium and brass exterior.At 24 megapixels, it is the same resolution as the unit on the M Typ 240, but Leica says a redesigned microlens architecture and removal of the optical low pass filter offer significant improvements in sharpness.While not typically known for speed, Leica claims the M10 s generous two-gigabyte image buffer will let photographers shoot longer bursts and ensure they don t miss the moment.
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unlike Samsung's and LG's counterparts, it has been relatively quiet about Sony's next top model.Perhaps we will not see a new Sony flagship, until in the summer or the fall, when the company is expected to show off two new smartphones in the middle segment during the show.What do you hope for from Sony this year?
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Mark Zuckerberg's first stop on his 2017 tour of the US isThe billionaire Facebook CEO helped plant fruits and vegetables in a community garden in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to his Facebook page.He also met with computer science students from a local public high school.
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Prosecutors in South Korea are seeking an arrest warrant for Jay Y Lee, the de facto head of Samsung, accusing him of making bribes in exchange for government support.Mr Lee, the long-time heir to the Samsung dynasty, is accused of participating in payments to a friend of South Korea's president Park Geun-hye in order to smooth over his ascent to power and the merger of two Samsung businesses in 2015.The corruption scandal is the latest crisis for Samsung, coming months after its botched launch of the Note 7 phone.Samsung said it denies the allegations."We can't accept the prosecutor's argument that we made illegal requests associated with the merger and management succession," a spokesman said.Mr Lee became the head of the Samsung Group, a conglomerate that ranges from its famous electronics division to shipbuilding and construction, after his father Lee Kun-hee, who remains technically in charge, suffered a heart attack in 2014.
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Nintendo are considered a wholesome, family-friendly company, so imagine our horror when – at the first hands-on event for its new console, Nintendo Switch – we played a game that can only accurately be described as absolute filth.1-2 Switch will launch alongside the home and handheld hybrid console on 3 March.It is a mini-game collection making use of the Switch's 'Joy-Con' controllers - the two controllers that slot onto either side of the Switch's portable screen to create a handheld device, but which also serve as controllers on their own.Joy-Cons are motion-enabled and house 'HD Rumble' - which provides detailed, rumble-based feedback while playing games.In it, two players compete to milk as much milk from a virtual cow as they can in the short time limit."Press the top button at the top of the udder, move your hand down smoothly and press the bottom button as do to eek the milk out," said the Nintendo rep as IBTimes UK's two writers sat facing each other in straw farmer's hats.
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Nintendo is promising some forward-thinking online features for its now console.The Nintendo Switch will have a premium online service that you can control from your smartphone, according to president Tatsumi Kimishima.During an announcement event in Japan, the publisher revealed that you can start online matches, send friend requests, and boot up a mutiplayer party all from a mobile app.The company also noted that this service will be free for a limited time, but it will eventually become a premium subscription service that you will have to pay a monthly fee for beginning this fall.By charging for online, Nintendo is going up directly against Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Network.Both of those services offer games at no extra charge, and Nintendo is going to do the same … only with its older games.Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System or Super Nintendo Entertainment System game — with newly-added online lay — for free for a month, reads Nintendo s breakdown of the Switch Online service.That s a huge addition that should appeal to long-time fans.Enabling online multiplayer in SNES games like Super Mario Kart is something only Nintendo can do, and it s a smart way for the company to leverage its extensive back catalog.
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It's now possible to play Nintendo games in 4K quality - but only if you run them through an emulator.Cemu is a piece of "highly experimental software" that allows Wii U games to be emulated on PC.It's fairly demanding in terms of the rig you'll need to run - recommending 6GB RAM and only supporting 64bit processors - but it is also the only emulator that has cracked a current generation console.As of its latest release, it's also the only one that can technically outperform the hardware it's emulating, allowing for a 4K experience.While Nintendo's seventh home console hasn't even scratched the surface of the sales reached by its predecessor, it has become home to a solid gaming library, including some truly brilliant first party titles, such as Splatoon and Mario Kart 8, alongside quirky third-party exclusives including Bayonetta 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles X.However, while the Wii U can hold its own in terms of games, it's undeniably underpowered when compared to the likes of even the base model PS4 and Xbox One, let alone their upgraded models that can boast 4K output.
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VIENNA, Va.– BUSINESS WIRE –January 12, 2017– Urgent.ly – the company reinventing the roadside assistance market for premier global automotive, insurance, mapping, and parking brands as well as roadside assistance professionals and consumers – continues its rapid growth and expansion with the addition of three new senior members to its team.Urgent.ly delivers the quickest, safest, and most innovative roadside assistance services and technology through its branded and white label products in the North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions.The three new team members include: These three new team members bring tremendous expertise and depth to Urgent.ly as we continue scaling both nationwide and internationally, Urgent.ly CEO and co-founder Chris Spanos said.The addition of Alan, Bill, and Joe to our already outstanding team will help Urgent.ly further accelerate our growth as we continue our mission to reinvent the roadside assistance marketplace for the betterment of consumers, our partners and roadside assistance service providers around the world.About Urgent.ly Urgent.ly – the leading global digital roadside assistance platform – is reinventing the roadside assistance market to the benefit of premier global brands, roadside assistance professionals, and consumers.Urgent.ly delivers the quickest, safest, and most innovative roadside assistance service, products, and technology through: For more information, visit www.geturgently.com.
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Scaling the Partner Business is Centerpiece of 2017 Strategy BOSTON– BUSINESS WIRE –January 12, 2017– Philip Rooke, CEO of Spreadshirt, the e-commerce platform for spreading ideas on something tangible, has unveiled the grand plan for the company in 2017.The mission for the global enterprise includes a hyper focused scale up in the U.S. as harnessed by significant and sustained growth in the U.S. partner business and an aggressive plan to consolidate market leadership in the EU.These benchmarks will help fulfill the company s mission to become a $1 billion entity that enables anyone to publish an idea on everything in less than 60 seconds.After leading Spreadshirt for nearly 8 years, Rooke knows that 2017 will be pivotal for sustained corporate survival.These key market forces are driving this year s general global e-commerce strategy for sustained long-term value: Spreadshirt, as the European market leader, is poised to navigate 2017 successfully and skillfully.As a well-respected e-commerce business celebrating their 15th EU anniversary and 13th U.S. anniversary in 2017, they understand that they can no longer rely on what has worked in the past.
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Reuters – China s Xiaomi targets 2017 sales of over 100 billion yuan $14.47 billion , Chief Executive Lei Jun said on Thursday, after a year that saw the firm fall down the smartphone vendor rankings while it overhauled its business.The worst is over, Lei said at an annual meeting in Beijing, describing 2016 as a make-up year .Seven-year-old Xiaomi was briefly the world s most valuable startup and had hopes to be China s equivalent of Apple Inc.But it fell out of the top five in China for smartphone vendors in 2016, after reaching No.2 in 2015.Last year saw increased competition from compatriots Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Oppo and Vivo while growth in the global smartphone market stagnated.In response, privately held Xiaomi said it made adjustments to several business areas, including increasing its offline retail presence and pushing for more overseas business.Lei did not detail Xiaomi s financial results but said the smartphone vendor ranked among the top three in India with sales of over $1 billion, and that revenue from its smart hardware ecosystem exceeded 15 billion yuan.He also said online revenue doubled, without elaborating.For 2017, Xiaomi plans to open 200 more Mi Home stores and a total of 1,000 stores over the next three years to strengthen its offline retail operations, since e-commerce makes up only 20 percent of China s overall smartphone market, Lei said.At present, Xiaomi has 54 Mi Home stores, he said.Developing artificial intelligence and internet finance will also be among 2017 growth strategies, he said.Xiaomi is the second-largest shareholder of Sichuan XW Bank, launched in December.Lei said Xiaomi has over 300 people working on loans, insurance, securities, finance and payments, as well as securing the necessary licenses.
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Veteran support Racker Cotten takes on global business roleRackspace support manager Jeff Cotten was Tuesday named company president, halving the workload of the now single-jobbed chief executive Taylor Rhodes.Newly private Rackspace has promised more professional services in support of public clouds and VMware as it enters a tipping point year.Cotten, with Rackspace for eight years, will now lead global sales – taking over from president of global sales and marketing Alex Pinchev, who will retire.Cotten will also lead Rackspace s international business and what Rackspace reckoned are its fast-growing AWS support and Managed Security businesses.He joined Rackspace eight years ago as a front-line support manager and also ran international operations during a three-year period living in London and Zurich.
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In October, Rockstar Studios answered the cries of fans around the world and officially announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 was in active development.At the time, the game was given a release window of fall 2017, but now the day and date might have been leaked by an over-eager online retailer.U.K. retailer Littlewoods listed Red Dead Redemption 2 as being scheduled to release on October 2, 2017, as recently as this morning, according to a report from MS Power User.Since then, the storefront has removed that date and replaced it with December 29, 2017, which is likely to be a placeholder.The question remains: Was the original date itself a placeholder, or did Littlewoods erroneously publish a legitimate release date ahead of Rockstar s official reveal?At this point, the only concrete information we have is confirmation that the game is scheduled to launch in fall 2017.
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Voice-focused messaging app Voxer has added an end-to-end encrypted private chats feature on its Android and iOS apps — powered by Open Whisper Systems Signal Protocol.So all content shared within a private chat, including live voice, text, videos, images, GIFs, and document sharing, is fully e2e encrypted.It s the latest messaging app to make use of the Signal Protocol, which is also used by the likes of WhatsApp and Wire to secure users content from the risks associated with the service provider having internal access to users comms — albeit those apps use e2e everywhere, not just within a single private chats silo.e2e encryption means data is encrypted locally and users hold the encryption keys, meaning providers cannot be compelled to decrypt and hand over their communications.Why isn t Voxer applying e2e encryption across all comms content?CEO Irv Remedios says it s trying to balance convenience and robust security.
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How do I hide my number in an Android phone?Can I make so that the recipient does not see my number when I call you up?Thanks to the system with caller id it is now easy to see who is calling.Yes, there are even apps that show who the person is, even hen not in your phone book.Sometimes, however, of course, be able to call anonymously, and you can do this in several different ways.Either press 31 before you dial your phone number.
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MGCOOL are going all-in with the creation of their next action camera.The MGCOOL Explorer 2 will in fact be able to shoot 4K videos at 30fps and sport features such as GPS positioning, H.265 recording format and a 2.0-inch touchscreen, to please all types of users.Today we also come to know that the MGCOOL Explorer 2 will be boasting a powerful gyroscope sensor which will work hand in hand with the EIS, the primary image stabilization technology.The sensor will be able to track fast or slow movements and correct the video to avoid jitter or blur in photos and videos.This technology will allow to create higher quality videos which look more stable, a very important feature in the action camera market.The MGCOOL Explorer 2 will be probably coming out very soon, but in the meanwhile you can read more about it over at MGCOOL s official website or Facebook page.
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!MrSenseofReason I'm not saying it's aliens, but...no, it's definitely aliens.The crashed alien ship on Pleiades Sector AB-W B2-4 9 A appears to be the same design as the ship interdicting pilots out of hyperspace.While there are so far no clues about the exact nature or intent of the aliens, it is likely almost to the point of certainty that they are the Thargoids, the universe s featured non-human species… and Big Bad Guy.In the original 1984 the Thargoids could be encountered mainly through botched hyperspace jumps—and seeing them was pretty much a sure sign of death.Though the Thargoids moderated their behavior a bit in subsequent games, they were always mysterious, always powerful, and always A previously offline canonical page has been put back online with no fanfare or announcement.
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The Ministry of Defence has handed out £30m to a consortium of defence companies, with the ambition of creating a laser-based weapon to tackle whatever remote menaces might need destroying in the 2020s and beyond.The UK Dragonfire group includes known weapon specialists Qinetiq, BAE Systems and Marshall ADG, and has been assembled to create a prototype Laser Directed Energy Weapon, or LDEW, similar to existing US technology, that could be demonstrated zapping drones out of the sky as soon as 2019.The MoD told the BBC that there's no one specific threat being targeted by this approach, the idea is more to see the technology work under a range of scenarios then decide if it's worth sticking with and attaching lasers to everything in the future.Harriet Baldwin, the minister for defence procurement, said: "The UK has long enjoyed a reputation as a world leader in innovation and it is truly ground-breaking projects like the Laser Directed Energy Weapon which will keep this country ahead of the curve."Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
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Intel's Project Alloy headset was announced last year - but the CES demo was brand newIntel has shown off a headset that can replace a room's pre-scanned furniture with more appropriate video game scenery in virtual reality.The capabilities of the firm's Project Alloy headset, currently in development, were demoed at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.Chief executive Brian Krzanich said Intel planned to license the technology to manufacturers by the end of 2017.The headset does not require a separate PC or a connection to a power source - both computer and battery are built in, noted Mr Krzanich as he introduced the latest prototype.Intel calls this "merged reality".
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