17 Oct

‘It’s an insane process’: How Trump and Republicans failed on their health-care bill

Vice President Pence arrived at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association with a single mission: to revive the Republican plan’s blatant support of rewriting the nation’s health laws.

Instead of waking up in the port of Providence, RI, Pence was greeted with a frozen skepticism Friday when the law was launched, which would reduce federal funding for Medicaid and eliminate the coverage of dozens of United States.

Monday night, when President Trump and Pence met a group of Republican senators in the Blue Hall of the White House on agnolotti plates of ricotta lemon and meat with grilled ribs, the measure was almost dead.

“The president spoke of France and Bastille Day,” said Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) In an interview Tuesday, recalling the president’s stories at the dinner parades and the bomb his recent trip to Paris .

Daines described the group’s conversation, which also addressed issues ranging from health to debt limit, as cowards – as if Trump “sat down and lived with friends, acquaintances, people who work. Talk about what’s going on. ”

At the end of dinner, it came true. Two other Republican senators suddenly bolted to support the health care bill, which helped raise the total number of Republicans who oppose four and kill him.

“I was very surprised when two people left last night,” Trump told reporters Tuesday. “We thought they were in good shape.”

However, the dramatic collapse of the Republican Party’s Senate proposal has not surprised many, especially those who are intimately involved in a business that was stuck and worsened as the House of Representatives approved its version in May.

The unrest Monday night was a turning point after weeks of discontent within the party over whether the passage of the law made sense.

Nearly all Republican senators were eager to check the cash repeal and the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, which they had opposed for a long time – but many of them were also worried about the possible costs of raising a law had a deep root In the United States, has increased in popularity and is supported by some Republican governors.

Moderates were always bad for the drastic cuts in Medicaid with the opposition of many of their rulers. Conservatives were still not satisfied with the scope of legislation in the Senate, which, according to them, does not go far enough to avoid the law.

And Trump often disengages himself, turning sporadically and making calls to senators on the field, but he avoided selling the project to the kind of large meetings he often takes on issues he defends.

“I have been clear for some time, and probably evident to the leaders, as much as 10 Republicans were uncomfortable with the bill and thought to vote against the motion to proceed,” Senator.

Susan Collins (R-Maine), a critic of the bill, said in an interview Tuesday. “So it’s surprising that after the administration has failed to win the governors this weekend, there was only an acknowledgment that Bill was a problem, probably fatal.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Who has long cultivated a reputation operator, found himself almost impossible to bypass the conference amid growing concerns.

09 Oct

Senate Republicans’ effort to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare all but collapses

Senate Republicans have conceded defeat both on Tuesday in their seven-year attempt to reverse the Affordable Care Act, acknowledging they lacked the vows of their pledge to “repeal and replace” the legislative takeover of President Barack Obama’s signature.

Hours after Republican leaders dropped a bill to revise the law known as Obamacare, their backup plan – a proposed repeal of major parts of the bill without replacing them – quickly collapsed.

A trio of moderate Republicans nullified the idea, saying it could pick up the millions of Americans without thinking insurance coverage.

“I have not come to Washington to hurt people,” criticized Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RWW.V.), who joined Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) to oppose an immediate repeal .

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Who has spent weeks trying to combine his heartbreaking column to support the original GOP legislation, said he is still planning a “early next week” vote in the GOP. Repeal plan But he seemed to recognize that he looked condemned.

“This has been a very difficult experience for all of us,” McConnell told reporters. “It’s pretty obvious we do not have 50 members who can accept a replacement.”

The collapse of the effort marks a devastating political defeat for Congressional Republicans and Trump’s president, who pledged to return the “First Day” Affordability Assistance Act of his presidency.

This also leaves millions of consumers receiving health insurance through the law in a sort of administrative limbo, wondering how their care will be affected since the program is in the hands of government officials who have openly destroyed their disappearance.

On Tuesday, Trump told reporters in the White House Roosevelt Room that he planned to “let Obamacare fail.” That way, he said, his party would have no political responsibility for the collapse of the system .

“We’re not going to be. I’m not going to have it,” the president said. “I can say that the Republicans will not. We’ll let Obamacare fail, then the Democrats will come” to fix it.

But Trump’s comments seemed to ignore the many Republican lawmakers who care about depriving voters of their federal benefits they now depend on.

The president invited the 52 Republican senators to join him for lunch on Wednesday at the White House to try to remedy the collapse.

Senate leaders have struggled to come up with a plan to review Obamacare as the House of Representatives passed its version of legislation in May, an erroneous bill that some House members have openly asked in the Senate to repair.

With just 52 seats, McConnell could afford to lose the support of the only two members of his bench – and still count on Pence vice president to break the tie.

The measure would have reduced the key federal regulations on insurance and reduced Medicaid drastically over time.

But it was not enough for many conservative Republicans, who wanted to give back more of ACA’s mandate to insurers.

And the bill was too far for many moderates, especially the United Republicans, who accepted the ACA’s offer to expand eligibility for Medicaid.

08 Jul

VR: Google’s ‘Blocks’ App Should Help Foster Some Great VR Content

VR: Google’s ‘Blocks’ App Should Help Foster Some Great VR Content

VR: Google’s ‘Blocks’ App Should Help Foster Some Great VR Content

Virtual reality is probably not the easiest platform to develop, but that does not necessarily mean it can be simpler. Earlier this week (yesterday, actually), Google launched blocks, a free 3D modeling application for helmets HTC Vive and Oculus Rift that allows anyone, novice experts to easily create 3D VR models for content.

These models can be simply to present a portfolio or templates created for a game or an application under development, but whatever the idea, Google wants more and more people to create VR platforms and want to do so without additional challenge levels.

Part of this level of simplicity focuses on limiting things to only six collections of tools, and this is the short list of tools that is the cornerstone of ease with which you can create amazing 3D models the content of reality virtual.

This includes the painting tool, the shape tool, the racing tool, the editing tool, the grabber and the erasing tool.

Using these tools and headsets and drivers, anyone interested can create whatever they want, and Google stresses that 3D models can be simple or complex, depending on what it is inspired to create. The only limit is your imagination here.

The video above shows some of the possibilities of what you can do with creative blocks, and once things are over, Google even offers a practice gallery on the official website blocks where users can upload their creations 3D models Others can verify how to share, download and re-create in the blocks themselves if they want to “remix” or change the model with a little of their own style.

You can even use the gallery to capture the models and create GIF images of popular creations.

08 Jul

Slapping a Fancy Name on Nokia’s New Smartphone Cameras Won’t Make Them Good

Slapping a Fancy Name on Nokia's New Smartphone Cameras Won't Make Them Good

Slapping a Fancy Name on Nokia’s New Smartphone Cameras Won’t Make Them Good

Nokia smartphones have long been known to have large cameras. Conventional devices like N95 (2007) 808 PureView (2012) or Lumia 1020 (2013) both a camera technology on the market.

But will Nokia’s new Android smartphones be so impressive now that it makes HMD Global?

This week HMD Global has announced a partnership with the Zeiss camera that “aims to define new imaging standards in the smartphone industry.”

The partnership will cover various aspects of the camera experience on Nokia devices, including software, screen quality and optics.

While this sounds promising, since earlier Nokia phones were equipped with Zeiss lenses, it is important to recognize that as you market more than background.

No matter the quality of Nokia and Zeiss names, brands do nothing to improve the actual performance of a smartphone’s camera.

We have seen recently when the Leica brand cameras on the Huawei P9 demonstrated OEM garbage.

The components of the camera are obviously very important for smart phone cameras, but a brand name is not what makes them good.

What made the old Nokia models so good that they used the company’s image sampling technology, which gave the devices a competitive advantage in the oversaturated smartphones market.

Meanwhile, the iPhone and Galaxy S8 Samsung currently frame the package on the camera’s smart technology without any sign of the camera.

The new Global HMD smartphones may have the brand of Nokia and Zeiss lenses, but most of all, they do not have the DNA software that has made Nokia smartphones good cameras.

It will be interesting to see what specific smartphone HMD time decides to reveal more information about the new Nokia line.

So far, there has been a possibly filtered video rumored Nokia 9 with two rear cameras, but it does not have the Zeiss logo on the back. The new partnership could help HMD upgrade the model prior to its launch.

08 Jul

Destiny 2 Beta Trailer Showcases What’s Included

Destiny 2 Beta Trailer Showcases What's Included

Destiny 2 Beta Trailer Showcases What’s Included

The beta of Destiny 2 comes later this month for console gamers, and developer Bungie has now revealed that it will feature. If you are interested in PvP or PvE content, there will be something to do.

In a new trailer, the studio announced that the beta version of Destiny 2 will give players access to various parts of the game. You can play through the mission of opening history, called back home, which Bungie mounted E3 2017.

You can also replicate the Spire Strike Inverted Mission and jump into the Competitive Multiplayer Crucible. Check out the trailer for the previous beta version.

In his weekly report, Bungie has further detailed the content that players can access.

In Crucible, you can play two modes, Control and Countdown. Control is a traditional mode of domination, while countdown is an asymmetric mode of attack and defense.

You can also try the new subclasses. Finally, on July 23 at 10am PT / 1 hour lunch / 6 PM BST, you can explore the new social space, the farm, for one hour.

However, some services are not yet available online. The beta does not support the functionality of clan Destiny 2, the character’s progression will not be representative of the last match and the characters will be erased before the game’s release.

However, if you participate in the beta, you will get a special emblem.

The beta version of Destino 2 is open July 21 and runs through July 23. However, you can quickly access the preordonnant beta version of the game.

Early access begins July 18 for PS4 players and July 19th for Xbox One players. PC gamers will have to wait at least a month to access the beta; Bungie says the PC beta will begin in late August.

Destiny 2 launches September 6 on PS4 and Xbox One, and October 24 for PC.

The game is going to be considerable changes over the first destination, as a social space that will evolve over time and a new foray is “unlike anything we have done,” according to Bungie.

08 Jul




A little over a month since WannaCry has spread all over the world in an unprecedented cyber attack, not only the world is also vulnerable to a similar attack, another attack has already surpassed WannaCry on virulence and damage using some of the same Tools.

On June 27 of this attack, known as “Petia” after a computer crime operation using a similar code, has spread rapidly throughout the world as the first malware attack, and even used the same software vulnerability , But from hence, the operations differ.

In May, ransomware called WannaCry has been extended to 150 countries in a single day, by encrypting the files of the victims and demanding payment in exchange for access.

WannaCry could be extended despite a well-known software vulnerability for which a patch was available, a situation that encouraged many to call for WannaCry revival and, hopefully, a lesson learned.

A list of viruses in LHS (High Security Laboratory) INRIA (National Institute of Computer and Automatic Research) in Rennes November 3, 2016, where computer viruses flourish under the watchful eye of scientists.

The high security laboratory (LHS-PEC) in Rennes is a small fortress from which the first studies on “ransomware” and other malicious software emerge.

But Petia had additional means of infection and, much worse, Petia does not encrypt the files, but is irreparably damaged.

Moreover, the way to pay the Petia ransom was inconvenient at best and was quickly becoming no after the public administration used e-mail to confirm the payment provided closed the account. In short, Petia was just posing as ransomware; Its real function was to destroy the data of the computers of the victims.

The victims of Petia are in sixty-four countries and major ports go to lawyers around the world, but the attack had a specific purpose: Ukraine.

The attack began in Ukraine, where the victims are government offices, Kiev’s main airport, banks and power companies.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine reported that their computers were frozen, ATMs in Kiev could not distribute money and workers at the Chernobyl nuclear plant had to go to manual operation.

Victims were infected with M. E. Doc, a popular tax accounting software in Ukraine through regional commitments of Ukrainian sites and, in some cases, may have been deliberately infected beforehand. The calendar can also be deliberated on June 28 is Constitution Day, a national holiday that celebrates the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union.

Since relations with Russia have deteriorated in 2014, Ukraine has suffered a series of online attacks on government, business, infrastructure and the media, among other sectors. They even caused two accidents, one of which used the first software designed to attack industrial control systems since Stuxnet sabotaged uranium enrichment facility at Natanz in 2010.

It is believed that these attacks are from Russia and begins when tensions between Russia and Ukraine intensified in 2014. Circumstantial evidence linking Petia Russia.

It would have been possible for the attackers behind Petia to restrict infections to only victims using an IP address from Ukraine, but they did not. Attackers could also have avoided infections with machines with Russian IP addresses, but they did not.

This may have been a deliberate decision to allow Petia extended worldwide to support the claim that it was indeed a ransomware effort. Supporting this story could make mud allocation efforts and convince world observers that the attack may have been the work of a band of criminals rather than a nation-state.

If that is the case, it shows a willingness to accept Cavalier collateral damage worldwide, even in Russia itself, where Rosneft, the country’s largest oil company, was one of the victims. Whatever the reason, the damage has reached a global scale.

08 Jul

EA/Origin Access Vault Adding More Games, Including Battlefield 1

EA/Origin Access Vault Adding More Games, Including Battlefield 1

EA/Origin Access Vault Adding More Games, Including Battlefield 1

Electronic Arts has shared some details about the content you just added to EA / Origin Dome Access, as well as some great names games that are out the next month.

As of today, access members can participate in all DLCs for Star Wars Battlefront.

The game itself was already free through EA access, but now, Xbox One and PC gamers will be able to enjoy the full experience before launching later this year.

At a time before September, EA and Access domes originate adding Titanfall Battlefield 1 and 2 for 2 main versions last fall.

The original access members also get their hands on the Sims 4: Digital Deluxe Edition, and Oxenfree Rebel Galaxy.

The release dates have not been announced, but the additions to the Vault are usually permanent, so you will have plenty of time with the game once they have been added.

As for testing, FIFA 18 will be playable for EA members and the source of access prior to its launch, while the first will also be the first test of Madden NFL 18, NHL 18 and NBA Live 18.

Specific dates for one of these have not been announced, but will probably be the week before its release.

EA Origin and access are subscription-based services to Xbox One and PC, respectively.

They offer unlimited access to a library of games (see our complete list of all EA games / Origin of access), preliminary tests for many EA versions and a 10% discount on EA digital purchases. Each of them cost $ 5 a month or $ 30 a year.

08 Jul

CopyCat Malware Roots Devices, Shows Fraudulent Ads

CopyCat Malware Roots Devices, Shows Fraudulent Ads

CopyCat Malware Roots Devices, Shows Fraudulent Ads

Security Services, a security services company, has posted new information in malicious software integrated with certain applications installed outside the Google Play Store.

Malware CopyCat is capable of stopping the device, installing fraudulent applications, distributing fraudulent ads and stealing installation credits from the application.

All these features have been possible thanks to the exploitation of certain security breaks in the Android operating system, which should allow the malware root of infected devices.

The roots of infected devices is in itself a matter of great concern, since it opens the user to a wide range of security issues and exploits.

Once the device is rooted, the malicious software then tries to change the application code launch system for the Android operating system.

Modifying the application startup system also allows malware developers to monitor user activity.

This information could be used by developers to generate advertising revenue by displaying fraudulent ads in non-infected applications or stealing the credit facility from other developers’ applications.

As developers can remotely change attack targets from malicious software, they can also be used to infiltrate a corporate network or retrieve sensitive information stored on a device.

The malware has infected about 14 million Android devices, of which more than half are in Asia. Of the total number of infected devices, about $ 8 million were ingrained, probably without the user’s knowledge.

In addition, software installed by fraudulent malware on about 4.9 million devices, while owners of 3.8 million devices should treat advertising for malware.

Due to the large number of infected devices, malicious software developers CopyCat managed to earn about $ 1.5 million in advertising revenue.

It is likely that most affected devices installed Android 5.0 Lollipop, or even previous versions of the software because these vulnerabilities are present in the versions of the Android operating system.

It is not yet known exactly what group is behind the imitation malware, but the evidence suggests MobiSummer, a China-based advertising network.

While the company itself is not responsible for malware developers use the network infrastructure to earn advertising revenue.

Given the recent discovery of different malicious software embedded in some Android applications, it is important that users are more vigilant.

If CopyCat malware, just install the applications directly from the Google Play Store to prevent the device from becoming infected.

08 Jul

Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA review: A versatile laptop with lots to love

Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA review: A versatile laptop with lots to love

Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA review: A versatile laptop with lots to love

ASUS Chromebook C302CA Flip is ahead of its time. All deliveries of Chromebooks in 2017, including Chromebook pull, can run Android applications natively. Android apps we tested on Chrome and we can see great potential to expand the capabilities of a Chromebook. We really wanted to review this feature on Chromebook Flip, but in light of this writing, the technology is still in beta.

Meanwhile, we can still appreciate Chromebook’s pull of its components and its higher performance. They will cost you: $ 499 for our model (a lower version costs $ 449).

For the money, however, Chromebook Pull offers a better user experience than the popular $ 200 Chromebook, you could love it again in a few years.

To start, let’s go through the main specs for the Chromebook pull C302CA and talk about what you get for the price:

RAM: 4 GB LPDDR3. This is a sufficient amount of memory for common tasks, but if you push your browser tabs or communicate so much, you can hit a wall. A high-powered Chromebook pull model offers 8GB of RAM, but obviously costs more.

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515. This is an integrated graphics solution, not as powerful as Intel Iris integrated graphics, but will allow you to stream videos.

Storage: 64 GB eMMC with TPM. EMMC flash storage is cheap, but not very fast. The amount of 64 GB is better than the 16 GB or 32 GB that can be found on the cheaper models. The Trusted Platform Module is a security feature that can encrypt sensitive information, such as access information.

Display: 12.5 inches 1920×1080 FHD touch screen. This is where a lot of money goes. After surviving a colorful parade Chromebooks lower end with pellets of 1366×768 screens, we welcome the full HD screen on Chromebook Flip.

It has a 16: 9 aspect ratio, a width of 178 degree viewing angle and a high brightness of 300 nit. We actually measured 310 nits with our views, but we also realized that the screen dims quickly:

The average setting seems low, while the best settings are high or medium high. Note that the higher resolution means that your icons and text will be smaller, and the screen will also ask you for more of your battery, especially if you must enable brightness to routine routine>

08 Jul

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Full Launch Delayed

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Full Launch Delayed

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Full Launch Delayed

The Playerunknown battlefields will be launched in full after planned, developer Bluehole announced. The title of Battle Royale was to get early access to the PC before the end of October, but the full launch from now “before the end of the fourth quarter of 2017.”

In a blog post player Braming himself, Brendan Greene said: “I realized that limiting the window to a specific month could prevent us to offer a complete set and / or lead to disappointment community if the Period of dissatisfaction.

“So we have decided that we will fully push the start of the initial period of six months, but we want to make sure we continue to expect a full version before the end of the fourth quarter of 2017,” he added.

It is not known whether Greene means the end of this calendar year or refers to the year 2017 if the latter, which would put the release date battle somewhere before the end of March 2018.

GameSpot contact Bluehole clarification on the issue and that the new medium for the next version of Xbox One, to be launched in early access to the end of 2017.

The director went on to say that he and his team would “continue to drive changes and monthly weekly updates for the full release, because we want to make sure that the game we’re launching is the best version.”

Yesterday, a new update has arrived, which fixes a lot of errors. Bluehole working on a loaded content, including a new weapon – the OTS weapon at short and medium range – and a better intersection of entertainment. More and more time effects are on the way as well as supporting the mod on the line.

We knew that a desert themed map is on the battlefield, with a snow-covered sand in the Adriatic. No release date has been announced for any of the cards, but the first was recently introduced for the first time.

Finally, the Battle Royale title will soon add a new Zombies mode, where players can control the undead and try to outdo their human enemies. To learn more about the popular game, check out our Playerunknown battlefields, play games.