Anna Leung, iPad specialist at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana, introduces us to the free “Slide 2 Unlock” app–available for the iPad. This app provides great practice for the “slide to unlock” gesture, which is required for iOS devices.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Hand Gestures on iPadJuly 14, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech tip: Petralex-Hear it Clear! AppNovember 7, 2016In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Weather Pro appDecember 7, 2015In “Tech Tips”
Portable communication doesn’t get any better than this!The Hip Talk Plus is a wearable augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. AAC devices help people with disabilities who have lost their natural speaking ability to be able to communicate or express their thoughts, wants and needs to others without speaking.The Hip Talk Plus is by Enabling Devices, a company that has created products to help people with disabilities participate fully in the world for more than 30 years. Founded in 1978, the family-run company provides caring, individualized service to each customer.Enabling Devices’ AAC products include simple one- and two-message communicators, more complex progressive communicators, wearable communication devices, and AAC devices for the special needs education classroom.The speech-generating devices are for children and adults with complex communication needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, ALS, stroke, aphasia, Down syndrome and other diagnoses.The Hip Talk Plus allows users to stay with an easy and familiar device as their needs and abilities may change.The newly-improved Hip Talk Plus device features:300 seconds of recording time – 5 seconds of record time per messageIncredible sound qualityAuditory cueingMagnetic snap-on frames for easy icon changingNew, waterproof Neoprene carrying bagAdjustable waist strap to fit mostSleep mode to save battery lifeVolume controlLow battery warningThree interchangeable frames with 3, 6 or 12 messagesWith the Hip Talk Plus, you can record and re-record different sayings. You have the option to choose from either three, six or 12 different icons you can record on.All you do is hold down the icon you want to play and speak into it so it records your voice.The auditory cueing allows for the user to hear a message at a lower volume when a button is pressed. A second press on the button plays the message at a normal volume setting. It’s especially helpful for a visually-impaired user or someone with reading difficulties.The Hip Talk Plus makes it easier for people with disabilities to communicate and interact with family and friends. For more information, visit https://enablingdevices.com/product/hip-talk-plus/.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAssistive Technology for People with AutismMarch 7, 2013In “Services”Communicating with Assistive TechnologyNovember 28, 2009In “Loan Library”Augmentative and Alternative Communication AppsApril 13, 2011In “Accessibility Reviews”
Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform Market PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 8:25 pmJune 17, 2019 customer experienceData PlatformMarketing TechnologyNewsOracle Previous ArticleDatabricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding RoundNext ArticleCoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace To help organizations quickly and easily bring together customer data from across the entire organization, Oracle is collaborating with Accenture and Capgemini to address the hype and confusion around the Customer Data Platform (CDP) market.In collaboration with two Platinum level members of Oracle PartnerNetwork, Oracle is moving beyond current CDP capabilities to power richer digital marketing and customer experiences across the entire customer journey. This includes delivering the technology and best practices that help organizations understand and map different customer data sources, define business outcomes and key performance indicators for customer intelligence projects, and create a single and dynamic view of the customer.The CDP market has quickly expanded as marketing technology vendors have launched point solutions to try and help marketers bring together various customer data sources to better understand and engage known customers. Overall, this first wave of CDP solutions has failed to address the challenge of creating a single and dynamic view of the customer due to the complexity of integration, the need to address the entire customer journey and a limited set of use cases/capabilities centered on B2C marketing.Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency Icon“Clients across industries are eager to leverage the power and insights that CDP solutions offer but are concerned about the perceived cost and complexity of bringing different customer data sources together,” said Lucia Lesar, global practice lead for Oracle CX at Accenture. “Building on nearly 30 years of teaming with Oracle to help clients with digital transformation, this new joint initiative will enable us to better address these challenges, along with changing customer expectations, so that our clients can unify their data for a more holistic view of the customer that they can act on dynamically.”To provide B2B and B2C organizations with a complete customer intelligence platform for managing customer data, Oracle launched Oracle CX Unity in October 2018. Oracle CX Unity provides brands with powerful and actionable insights in context, in motion and in real time across the entire customer experience by providing the ability to bring together online, offline and third-party customer data sources. This unique approach provides organizations with a fast and easy way to bring together customer data from across the entire organization and across the entire customer journey. In addition, Oracle CX Unity goes one step further than existing CDP solutions by applying built-in machine learning to prescribe the optimal experience within existing business processes.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series D“The customer journey has changed beyond recognition, making it much harder to gain a single source of customer truth,” said Jane Arnold Hommet, Global Partner Executive for Oracle at Capgemini. “As our clients adapt to the evolving nature of customer interactions, they are looking for customer data strategies and data sources that go beyond marketing which can enable anyone within their teams to have quick and easy access to comprehensive customer insights and intelligence.”Oracle CX Unity is pre-integrated with Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud to enable intelligence to be applied across every customer touchpoint. Oracle CX Cloud is an integrated set of applications which empower organizations to take a smarter approach to customer experience management and business transformation initiatives. Accenture and Capgemini are helping enterprise companies tap into all that Oracle CX Unity has to offer.“The CDP market is a confusing place right now with lots of promise and hype, but very few solutions that can provide a comprehensive view into customer interactions across channels and applications,” said Rob Tarkoff, executive vice president and general manager, Oracle CX Cloud. “To address the challenges of this first wave of CDP solutions and provide our customers with the scale and precision needed to make every customer interaction truly matter, we are delivering CX Unity, our customer intelligence platform, in partnership with experts in customer data such as Accenture and Capgemini.”Marketing Technology News: New Global Report Reveals 9 in 10 Companies See ‘Self-Service’ as the Future for Customers
“Jump Start” for 5G Era is not Limited to Fast Speed, And China Mobile MIGU Aspires to Emerge as 5G+ UHD Ecosystem Booster PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 3:39 pmJuly 2, 2019 5G license5G UHD Arena5G+UHD experiencesMarketing TechnologyMWCNewsTechnology Previous ArticleNew Study: “Digital Natives” Value Brick and Mortar Stores More Than Their Parents or GrandparentsNext ArticleBelgian Telecom Provider Speeds Delivery of Customer Services with Oracle MWC 2019 officially closed the curtain in Shanghai. This was not only the first industry-wide event after 5G license is officially issued in China, but also a technology carnival with full coverage of the world’s largest 5G network. Three major Chinese operators, domestic and international mainstream communication equipment manufacturers and headphone brands showcased their latest technologies and products.UHD will be such an industry that launches a thorough transformation in the wake of 5G Era, which is also closely related to cultural and entertainment life of individual users. During the three-day MWC 2019, which 5G+UHD experiences have been made available to individual users? Which industry challenges and opportunities have been revealed thanks to the worldwide industry heavyweights’ brainstorming and wisdom pooling?Experience: 5G+ UHD Immersive Experience Available to EveryoneThere were seven exhibition pavilions of MWC 2019. As expected by Organizers, 60,000 professionals from 110 countries and regions attended, and 550 exhibitors supplied exhibits for exhibition. During this three-day event, “Global 5G Immersive Experience Exhibition” undoubtedly gained the highest popularity, which was organized by China Mobile and co-organized by MIGU and Global Virtual Reality Organizing Committee.In front of the first 8K MIGU Cinema in China, guests and visitors queued up at any time. Since the first Chinese-style 8K film Dance of a Dream premiered on June 26, 20 sessions were filled to capacity every day. Many experiencers marvel at the immersive experience of this 8K film.Focusing on various scenarios of daily cultural consumption (such as entertainment, sports, games, etc), MIGU also set up “5G UHD Arena”, “Museum in Movement”, “Panda 5G Paradise”, “5G Virtual Reality” and other exhibition areas together with NBA China, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chinese Museum Association and other sports and entertainment IP partners, showing off skills in the basketball training camp supported by holographic training system, taking a millennium boat to play the game of Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival through VR, and directly watching cute giant panda Gun Gun to eat bamboo branches thousands of miles away under 5G+4K+VR. For the first time, 5G+ UHD immersive experience was available for users in a lifelike manner.It is worth mentioning that 5G UHD video, 5G UHD video polyphonic ringtone, 5G UHD fast games and other three 5G+ UHD innovative applications also made their debut on the scene, thereby offering the experiencers with HD imagination spaces under more scenarios.Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking PlatformsCruxes: Lack of UHD Content and Three Major Pain Spots of the Whole Industry5G greeted users earlier than the expected schedule. At MWC Barcelona in late February 2019, 5G was placed in a glass showcase together with another star product: folding-screen smartphone. Just four months later, 5G’s advancement made rapid progress in MWC 2019 Shanghai. In addition to 5G+ UHD experience in the pavilions, 5G products are also unveiled. On June 27, China Mobile released the first 5G phone card in MWC 2019 Shanghai, which is called as “Huaka“. Its lowest pricing package of RMB10/month aroused the widespread attention of the whole industry. This is another important move after China Mobile announced “5G+ Plan” for the purpose of spreading 5G on the mass consumer market.However, although China’s 5G construction capability has already taken the lead in the world, the pace of 5G+ is still hindered by some cruxes, especially in UHD segment with pioneering efforts for 5G applications. At Global 5G UHD Industry Summit during MWC 2019, which was jointly organized by MIGU, Shanghai Jinqiao (Group) Co., Ltd. and Global Virtual Reality Conference Organizing Committee, leaders of Huawei, Sony China, Cameron Pace Group, BesTV, China Sports Media, China UHD Video Industry Alliance, 5G Multimedia Innovation Alliance and other worldwide UHD put their heads together and discussed the challenges and opportunities for the industry.Three major pain spots of the whole industry are insufficient supply of UHD video capabilities, shortcomings of key technologies (such as acquisition and production) and no popularization of consumer-grade terminals at the user level. Wang Bin, CEO of MIGU Video, pointed out that these pain spots lead to the immature UHD industry chain.Yan Xing, Vice President of Industry Development, Huawei Technologies, also pointed out: “Currently, 80 operators draw blueprints for UHD video services all over the world. There are 200 UHD video channels overseas, but there are only two UHD video channels in China“. According to him, from another perspective, the existing pain spots of 5G+ UHD industry really affords important opportunities, and the most important opportunity lies in UHD Content Production.Wen Xiaojun, Secretary-general of China UHD Video Industry Alliance, also commented that consumer-grade terminal mode and closed loop haven’t taken shape up to now. The business model between upstream production content, TV stations and consumers hasn’t been completely integrated. It is uncertain when these things will occur in the market.Marketing Technology News: Anexinet Continues Growth Under New OwnershipPromising Outlook: Joining Hands with Partners to Jointly Build an Ecosystem and Be Poised to 5G+ Wave with Tremendous CourageFaced with the existing pain spots of 5G+ UHD industry and the increasingly fierce global 5G competition, with a view to corner overtaking in 5G+ Era, Chinese enterprises should not only take fast pace, but also promote the all-round development and balanced development of the industry, and work together to build a favorable ecosystem.In this regard, MIGU makes full preparations. China Mobile will invest RMB3 billion to implement a plan of “5G+ UHD Enabling Digital Content Industry Innovation and Development”, which will be put into practice by MIGU. As an all-scenario immersive platform affiliated to China Mobile, MIGU has been deeply involved in video, music, reading, animation, game and other content segments for nearly five years. MIGU tapped into sports content industry during the FIFA World Cup 2018. Up to now, MIGU presents 350 live 4K sports events and live artistic performances, while its HD content library ranks first in the industry.Committed to boosting ecosystem construction of 5G UHD industry, MIGU initiated the establishment of 5G Multimedia Innovation Alliance (5MII), the first-ever alliance for digital content in China. 5MII not only comprises the entire industry chain of digital content production, transmission, dissemination and consumption, but also vigorously pushes forward media technology application and business model innovation in the context of 5G. Currently, 44 industry partners have been united of one mind. Two standards have been submitted to International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and projects have been approved for initiation. Nearly 20 collaboration research tasks have been carried out. A number of key project achievements have been made. The y new impetus has been injected into innovation and development of digital content industry.The seed, sowed by China Mobile in the field of UHD, has already broken through the soil and sprouted. With the advent of the first year of Commercial 5G, MIGU, which boasts dual advantages of 5G+ UHD technology and content, will further thrive by leaps and bounds. In order to help strengthen the UHD content production pool, during MWC 2019, MIGU also signs contracts with China Hualu Group Co., Ltd., Mango Excellent Media Co., Ltd., Wanda Film Holding Co., Ltd., International Skating Union, Real Club Deportivo Espanyol, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and other partners, with a view to profoundly figuring out sports and entertainment IP content, expanding 5G+ UHD ecosphere and promoting sound development of the industry ecosystem.Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTVIn addition, MIGU has also launched 5G+UHD Video Industry Demonstration Base together with Administration Committee of Jinqiao Economic and Technological Development Zone and Shanghai Jinqiao (Group) Co., Ltd. Three parties will jointly establish a national-level UHD joint laboratory. This is of great significance for propelling two-way enabling of 5G technology and UHD, exerting superposition effect and accelerating the innovation and development of China’s UHD industry.The unveiling of 5G and the growth of MIGU simultaneously take place. As the national team in the new media industry, MIGU will unswervingly insist on openness and integration, join hands with all partners to solve the industry development problems, and be poised to 5G+ UHD wave with tremendous courage.
Our MarTech Radar 2019 Brings You The Top 250 B2B Technology Companies That We Believe Would Continue to Excite Us the Most With Their Cutting– dge Insights, Events, Content, and Product Updates.According to a survey, 71% Martech leaders agree that their company lacks sufficient in-house martech talent; 61% of the IT leaders acknowledge lack of enough MarTech training and learning resources for Marketing professionals in dealing with traditional and advanced Martech stacks.Why MarTech Training?Last year, we published the MarTech RADAR 150 Technology landscape for B2B marketing and sales companies based on an extensive research and marketing analytics. In the last twelve months, a lot has changed in the MarTech landscape as we saw some significant mergers and acquisitions in 2018. In 2019, we have expanded our horizon to include a few more companies in the Marketing Technology RADAR. This year we are also including MarTech Training, Learning and Development Platforms that share abundant resources for Marketing and Sales professionals.Why?Because, Marketing Technology is no longer a dish of tech supremacy – but more of a cultural clash between companies that can provide smarter, personalized and highly contextual Customer Experience. And, it is only possible to deliver on promises when MarTech professionals train right with tools, technologies and read best content available from vendors, magazines and events.We had an exciting time re-evaluating* what our MarTech RADAR companies did versus the rest in the B2B tech space.Our research and listing was based on Accenture’s 4R Personalization Framework. Accenture had put forth ‘4R’ to guide MarTech companies in curating individual-centric contextual content and omni-channel services.PERSONALIZATION AT SCALEHere is your MarTech RADAR 250 that we hope have a lot to offer and why you should keep an eye on them.Marketing Clouds for Total Customer Experience Management (The Big Five)SalesforceGenesysSAPOracle Marketing CloudAdobe Experience CloudMarketing Automation HubSpotPardotSalesfusionSharpSpringMailChimpAct-OnSelligent Marketing CloudActiveCampaignMaropostGetResponseAdestraDemandforceZaiusOracle Eloqua and Oracle ResponsysZohoMarketoNetcore Marketing AutomationMauticDrip Ecommerce CRMKeap (earlier Infusionsoft)LeadSquaredLead Liasionbpm’onlineGleanViewListrak3D Interactive Sales & Marketing, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality ApplicationsBlipparKaon InteractiveWorldVizMarxent LabsSmart2VRTRIVVERVARJOCustomer Data Platforms and Customer Intelligence IgnitionOneArm Treasure DataLyticsSegmentExperianAcxiomTealiumBlueConicIPONWEBOptimoveHull.ioSimon DataCaliberMindNGDataAmperityAgilOneMarketing Performance ManagementAllocadiaBiziblePercolateHive9AprimoAnaplanSAS Marketing OpsAdobe CampaignBrightfunnelInfor MRMContent Marketing and EngagementUberflipKapostSnapAppLookBookHQ(rebranded as PathFactory, as on 5 May 2018)CurataUpContentOutbrain AmplifyContentlySprinklrHootsuiteOracle Content and Experience CloudMapp DigitalShowpadSABIOCheetah DigitalEvent Management and TrackingCertain Event AutomationetouchesRegOnline by CventEventbriteBizzaboHubbSplashEventogySymphonyEventsforceHubiloDryfta Predictive Analytics and Sales Intelligence ToolsMintigoEverStringInfer by IgniteRadiusDiscoverOrgFICO PredictiveAmbitionCien6SenseClariDatahugQymatixLookerTableauInfusionsoftTopOPPSLeadspacePegaSeismicInsideSales.comGoodDataLeanPlumNeustarData Science, Visualization, and Marketing Analytics (The 16) TIBCOStatisticaTeralyticsMapD TechnologiesBuxton Analytics AlteryxTolunaLatentViewDatoramaChartioInformaticaDataFoxZilliant IQDataXuSwrveZementis Media Intelligence and Social Media MonitoringCisionTalkwalkerMeltwaterTrendKiteSysomosSynthesioBrandwatchSprout SocialSendibleNetBaseCrimson HexagonTrack MavenUnion MetricsUnmetricSocialbakersAudienseNUVISimply MeasuredAgoraPulse Conversational Marketing— Chatbots, Voice Assistants, Contact Center AutomationDriftZendeskFreshdeskAtlassianRingCentralChatfuelNewVoiceMediaSalesmachineAudience Data and Identity ResolutionJanrainTriton DigitalEvergageTru SignalOktaBitiumOneLoginLogMeInYsanceSimilarWebSmarterHQMonetateDynamic YieldVideo Marketing for B2BWistiaTwentyThreeAnimotoVidyardBrightcoveSproutVideoKnovio- Knowledge VisionInnovidBombBombZypeOoyalaKalturaVimeoPanoptoAdvertising, Post-Click Marketing and Ad Network Management ViralGainsOutbrain.comAdmixerJebbitInstapagePerfect AudienceQuadient Digital ExperienceDigital Asset ManagementAcquiaCantoWidenBynderWrikeSitecoreKenticoState-of-the-Art Artificial IntelligenceConversica Fractal AnalyticsInvocaDeepIntentUruSensoryProtagonistSalesBrainLyticsSentient AIEquals 3AivoIntercomAlexa for BusinessDigital Advertising and Live AnalyticsSpotXCriteo4C InsightsPubMaticMarin AnalyticsNielsen AnalyticsMarchexComscoreDataxuChoozleVerizon Media DSPMediaMathConversantThe Trade DeskQuantcastViant Advertising CloudSteelhouse EdgeVungleXaxisPixabilityTeadsVideo Conferencing GoToMeetingZoom Video ConferencingRingCentralSkype for BusinessCiscoWebexBlueJeansUberConferenceZoho MeetingFree Conference CallPolycomFuzeQumuMarTech and SalesTech TrainingMedill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing CommunicationsArke UniversityHubSpot Academy LinkedIn Sales NavigatorSalesforce Trailhead / Salesforce Learning CentreAdobe eLearningContent Marketing Institute(CMI)ITSMA Account-Based Marketing Certification and Mentoring Program Demandbase ABMMarketo UniversityGartner Marketing TechnologyTo participate in our editorial programs, drop us a line at email@example.com Adobe Experience CloudAugmented RealityCustomer Data Platformscustomer experienceGenesysmarketing automationMarketing TechnologyMarTech RADAR 2019Oracle Marketing Cloudsales & marketingSalesforceSAPvirtual reality Previous ArticleAdoreboard Recognised as a 2019 Gartner ‘Cool Vendor ‘in Artificial Intelligence for Customer AnalyticsNext ArticleFrost & Sullivan Names Luminati the 2019 Global Market Leader in the Enterprise IP Proxy Networks Market MarTech RADAR 2019: Top 250 B2B Technology Companies You Should Follow Sudipto Ghosh6 hours agoJuly 23, 2019
Acquisitioncloud-native technologiesMarketing Technology NewsNewsNikesh AroraPalo Alto NetworksTwistlock Previous ArticleKaltura Introduces Industry’s Most Advanced Video Analytics Platform To Drive Actionable Business Insights from Video DataNext ArticleAT&T Invests More Than $100 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in San Joaquin County Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, announced that it has completed its acquisition of Twistlock, the leader in container security, to extend its Prisma™ cloud security strategy. This acquisition will further advance the company’s ability to secure today’s modern applications throughout the entire life cycle, enabling organizations to deliver innovations that are secure, reliable, and scalable.“As a growing number of organizations move their business to the cloud, developers increasingly rely on cloud-native technologies such as containers and serverless infrastructure to accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of modern applications and services,” said Nikesh Arora, CEO of Palo Alto Networks. “We are excited to welcome Twistlock to Palo Alto Networks. With Twistlock’s market-leading container security capabilities, we are more confident than ever in our ability to enable a secure journey to the cloud for our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative AssetsTwistlock combines vulnerability management, compliance, and runtime defense for cloud-native applications and workloads. The company serves more than 300 customers, with more than a quarter of those on the Fortune 100 list. Twistlock co-founders, Ben Bernstein and Dima Stopel, will join Palo Alto Networks. Twistlock will continue to be available as a standalone product and will also be integrated into Prisma Public Cloud.Containers are a fast-growing software development infrastructure option. The technology packages code, configurations, and dependencies, enabling organizations to deliver software more quickly and easily.Marketing Technology News: AccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York CityPalo Alto Networks paid approximately $410 million in cash, excluding purchase price adjustments, to acquire Twistlock. The company announced another addition to its Prisma cloud security suite with the completion of its acquisition of PureSec, a leader in serverless security, on June 13, 2019. With the acquisitions of Twistlock and PureSec, customers migrating to the cloud can now rely on Prisma to secure all types of cloud workloads and architectures, across multiple public cloud provider platforms, as well as private and hybrid cloud environments.Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offering Palo Alto Networks Completes Acquisition of Twistlock PRNewswireJuly 10, 2019, 3:56 pmJuly 10, 2019
Bhopal: BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, who recently kicked up a row with some of her remarks, on Monday apologised for it and said she is observing “silence” for 63 hours as a mark of penance.Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, said she felt it was now time for some “soul searching”. The BJP leader last week courted controversy by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”.Prior to it, she claimed that the then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her “curse”.Taking a dim view of her remarks on Godse, the BJP said it did not agree with her.Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will never forgive Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi.An aide of Thakur told PTI that she began observing a ’21 prahar maun’ (63 hours silence) from Monday morning.Thakur, in a tweet, also apologised for her remarks. “After the poll process, time has arrived for soul searching. During this period, if my words have hurt the patriots, I apologise for it. As per the decorum of public life and to repent, I am observing a 21-prahar silence and will undergo hard penance,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.Following some of Thakur’s controversial statements, the Election Commission had imposed a 72-hour ban on her from campaigning in the Lok Sabha polls. BJPHemant KarkareLok Sabha elections 2019Mahatma Gandhi First Published: May 20, 2019, 4:41 PM IST
BJPdilip ghoshLok Sabha elections 2019Mamata Banerjee First Published: May 24, 2019, 5:11 PM IST Kolkata: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh Friday criticised TMC for allegedly letting loose violence on the party’s workers in the state since the Lok Sabha polls and said BJP would follow the ‘tit for tat’ policy to counter it.He urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take her party’s poor showing in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls in the “right spirit”. “The TMC is unable to concede defeat. It should take the results in the right spirit. If TMC tries to use violence as a tool to intimidate and attack our workers then we will answer them in the same coin. We will follow the policy of tit-for-tat,” Ghosh said.He along with several other BJP MPs from Bengal were felicitated at the party’s state headquarters.The people have given Banerjee a “befitting reply” for her arrogance, Ghosh said and claimed that the opposition candidates and leaders were heckled and assaulted by TMC goons in an unprecedented way.”The people of Bengal have reposed their faith in us. They want an end to TMC’s misrule in Bengal and have chosen BJP as an alternative,” he said.Asked whether BJP would allow entry to TMC leaders who would like to switch over, he said the doors of the party are open for those who want to fight against TMC.Bengal like the rest of the country witnessed a saffron surge on Thursday with the BJP winning 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, up from just two in 2014.TMC has won 22 seats this time, down from 34 in 2014.The saffron party also gave the TMC a run for its money bagging 40.25 per cent of the vote share counted so far compared to 43.28 per cent clinched by TMC.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan in a communique on Sunday said that President Ram Nath Kovind would administer the oath of office and secrecy to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Council of Ministers at 7 pm on May 30.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier in the day called PM Modi to congratulate him on his massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections, reiterating Islamabad’s desire to work with Delhi.In his first bilateral meeting after a resounding victory in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Maldives next week. Earlier today, Modi met Vice-president Venkaiah Naidu as well as Jaganmohan Reddy, chief of the YSRCP that trumped Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh. With Reddy, Modi discussed issues of special status of Andhra Pradesh and the state’s finances.Modi is all set for a packed schedule with visits to Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh after the BJP crossed the 300 figure in a stunning victory. He is first scheduled to visit Ahmedabad with BJP chief Amit Shah where he will meet his mother Heeraba and the state party unit.He will then visit his constituency Varanasi where he will seek blessings at Kashi Vishwanath temple and then attend a ‘karyakarta sammelan’ at Deendayal Hastkala Sankul.
external affairsHindimeaofficial language First Published: July 4, 2019, 8:49 PM IST New Delhi: The Union government has made “sustained efforts” to publicise Hindi and spent Rs 43.48 crore over the past five years to propagate the language worldwide through diplomatic missions and posts, the External Affairs Ministry said Thursday.Responding to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the government has made sustained efforts for acceptance of Hindi as an official language of the United Nations and its propagation across the world. According to UN’s procedure, getting Hindi accepted as an official language involves adoption of a resolution by the General Assembly with at least two-thirds of its membership. Besides, the additional expenditure will have to be borne by all UN member-states.Muraleedharan said the government has allocated and spent Rs 43.48 crore over five years to publicise Hindi worldwide through diplomatic missions and posts abroad.”The details of the funds spent over the last five years are: Rs 2.88 crore (2014-15); Rs 10.88 crore (2015-16); Rs 5.01 crore (2016-17); Rs 3.54 crore (2017-18) and Rs 21.17 crore (2018-19),” he said.He said India signed an MoU with the UN Secretariat in March 2018 for an initial period of two years to increase the volume and frequency of Hindi content produced by the UN.”In July 2018, UN launched Hindi versions of its social media content on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Hindi website of UN News was initiated on the occasion of World Hindi Day in January 2019. The UN News audio bulletins in Hindi (UN Radio) are being released on a weekly basis,” he said.Listing out the steps, the minister said Indian leaders have delivered statements at the UN in Hindi, including the prime minister’s statement at the 69th UN General Assembly in September 2014 and at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015 and a World Hindi Secretariat has been set up in Mauritius since February 2008 to promote Hindi as an international language.He said efforts to propagate Hindi worldwide are also being made by our diplomatic missions abroad in coordination with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations through activities such as establishment of chairs of Hindi language in universities abroad, scholarship and fellowships to foreign students to study Hindi, internationally distributed publications such as “Gagananchal”, and holding of international conferences pertaining to Hindi.
The Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has an embedded touchscreen display that’ll tell you when to stand up or sit down. This desk is also a standing desk – as you might have guessed – that’s motorized for ease in rising. It’s the touchscreen, though, that I’ve found strangest – as it’s embedded at an angle, aimed at the user in the center. Story TimelineStir Kinetic Desk pairs Fitbit for height-adjustable health trackingNextDesk CrossOver makes any desk a standing deskThis desk changed my lifeUpDesk UpWrite Standing Desk ReviewLifeSpan TR1200-DT7 Treadmill Desk Review: Because sitting is killing you This touchscreen device does not run Android, as you might expect. Instead it runs Autonomous OS 1.0, and connects with Bluetooth (for music) and Wi-Fi (for internet). This touchscreen requires its own power (of course), which is provided by a cord which runs under the desk. This touchscreen connects wirelessly (with Bluetooth) to the user’s smartphone to interact with a variety of apps. It can connect to both Android and iOS operating systems, and has a variety of functions right out the box.While this touchscreen’s processing does equate to somewhat of an artificial intelligence, it isn’t exactly Autonomous’ first. Back in 2015 we covered the very first Autonomous Desk, and its humble beginnings. This most recent SmartDesk 3 works with a lowest height of 24-inches (609mm) and a highest height of 50-inches (1270mm). It’s made with industrial-grade steel and has a lifting power of 300 lbs. This desk is available in three different colors: Black, White, or Grayscale.The Autonomous SmartDesk 3 is available for purchase through Autonomous’s store online. They can be found at Autonomous (dot) AI, and they’ve got the desk available for $500 as an “early bird special”, after which it’ll be $600 USD.Of note – this desk is exceedingly similar to a desk we’ve seen in the past. Have a peek at the Stir Kinetic Desk M1 and see what you make of it. Stir decided to place their touchscreen straight-on – wild! It makes sense, when you think about where you’d put a tablet on a desk. The tablet wouldn’t necessarily sit flush with the desk’s edge, it’d be aimed sideways, aimed at you. That’s what the folks at Autonomous have decided to run with for their own embedded (read: non-moving) touchscreen display.
Airbus is one of the biggest manufacturers of aircraft for commercial aviation in the world. The company has announced that it will be ending production of the A380 aircraft in 2021. The end of production for the aircraft comes as Emirates airlines decide to reduce the number of A380 aircraft it had ordered by 39 units. As Emirates cut its A380 orders, it ordered 40 A330neo and 30 A350 commercial aircraft. With the Emirates order reduction, Airbus says that it has no substantial backlog of aircraft despite the sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. Airbus notes that the consequences of its decision to end production in 2021 is embedded in its 2018 full year results.Airbus says that the A380 is an “outstanding engineering and industrial achievement” it also notes that passengers globally love to fly on the aircraft. It says that the announcement of the end of production for the aircraft is “painful for us.”Airbus’ Tom Enders noted that the A380 aircraft will be flying for many years to come and that Airbus will continue to support the aircraft. Emirates notes that the A380 is its flagship aircraft and that the aircraft contributed to its success over the years.Another consequence of the end of the A380 comes in workers who are in that A380 supply chain. Airbus says that it will start discussions with its social partners in the coming weeks to talk about the positions potentially impacted over the next three years. The end of production could put as many as 3,500 workers out of a job. The ramp-up of the A320 aircraft and new orders from Emirates will mean a “significant number” of internal mobility opportunities according to Airbus.
Story TimelineAlexa finally gets hands-free support on Windows 10Install Windows on a Chromebook in 2019: Campfire dead, what still works?Korean government is moving from Windows to Linux The next major Windows 10 update has been released, Microsoft announced on Tuesday. Users can download the Windows 10 May 2019 update starting today, though Microsoft cautions that it is taking a ‘measured and throttled approach’ to the release. Users who want the update as soon as possible can manually check for downloads; everyone else can keep tabs on the release through Windows release health dashboard. Though the Windows 10 May 2019 update (version 1903) is now rolling out to all users, Microsoft is issuing the update very slowly. The ample caution follows a long release preview phase that aimed to avoid the overlooked bug issue that impacted the version 1809 rollout late last year. In its wider release announcement today, Microsoft stressed that it is taking this release slowly in order to ‘study device health data’ as availability increases. Some users will not immediately have access to the May 2019 release due this ‘throttled’ approach; anyone can manually check for the update now, however.To see whether you have the option to update, open Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update on your Windows 10 machine. Select “Check for updates” and, assuming you see the “Download and install now option,” initiate the update process. If you don’t see that option, according to Microsoft, you’ll need to wait until the update rolls your way.AdChoices广告The new Windows release health dashboard detailed in the video above is now available, as well. This dashboard provides the present rollout status for an update, as well as any issues known to impact it. Microsoft will use this new dashboard to release information about the May 2019 update’s progression.The new update separates Windows search and Cortana, adds the light Windows 10 theme previewed months ago, and adds a Windows sandbox features and Kaomoji support.
Consumer Reports (CR) recently ranked autonomous driving systems for the first time and in that test, it pitted Cadillac against Tesla, Nissan, and Volvo. Tesla’s Autopilot system is the partially autonomous driving tech that we hear about most, but Cadillac has a similar system called Super Cruise. In CR’s testing, the Cadillac system came out on top. Part of the reason CR ranked the Cadillac system higher is because it feels that the system does more to ensure the car is being operated safely and that the driver is paying attention. Both the Cadillac and Tesla system used similar hardware with cameras, radar, and other sensors. Mapping data is sometimes used to keep the cars moving on the intended path. Cadillac also has a camera that looks at the driver to ensure they are paying attention.While neither system is intended to provide autonomous operation, the systems can help reduce driver fatigue and prevent accidents in heavy traffic. The publication noted in its testing that these systems do add additional risk for drivers if the systems allow operation in situations where drivers feel as if they don’t need to pay attention.CR’s rankings put Cadillac Super Cruise first, Tesla Autopilot second, Nissan/Infiniti ProPilot Assist third, and Volvo Pilot Assist fourth. Nissan’s system good at keeping drivers engaged. Autopilot did outscore super Cruise in capability and performance, as well as ease of use. Autopilot scored lower than Super Cruise in being clear when safe to use, keeping the driver engaged, and handling unresponsive drivers. Test rankings for the Volvo system weren’t good, but it did outscore Tesla in keeping the driver engaged. CR went so far in testing as to call Volvo and ask why it was marketing its system for “autonomous driving” on its website and Volvo changed the wording.SOURCE: CR
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km Story Timeline2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive: Elegantly tech-savvyThe 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe is 4-door seduction Mercedes-AMG saves the real monster for Europe, however. The images you see here are of the Euro-spec CLA 45 S, tuned even further for 416 hp. That, sadly, isn’t coming stateside; still, what’s on offer for those in the market should be more than sufficient, the M139 paired with an equally-fresh eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive with AMG torque control helps get you from zero to 60 in 4-seconds flat with launch control. While the CLA 45 isn’t a sports car by a purist’s definition, adding to the sportier driving experience is torque vectoring on the rear wheels. That allows for variable amounts of torque to be transferred to the front and rear, and then from left to right, according to traction, drive mode, and driving style.A fast car requires equally effective brakes. The CLA 45 pairs its 235/55 R 19 tires with 13.8-inch discs with four-piston calipers at the front, and nearly-matching 13-inch brake discs with single-piston calipers at the rear.AdChoices广告The unique all-wheel drive setup allows for an optionally available drift mode, for those seeking an even more thrilling driving experience. It pushes all of the power to the rear axle, trading grip for fun going sideways. Having experienced the E63’s rear-wheel bias on an ice track, I can first hand-attest to how much more entertaining it can be, just as long as you’ve got the right track to safely do so. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, though buyers have the option to unleash the engine’s potent power for a higher top speed of 168 mph – and get adaptive dampers at the same time – by ticking the AMG Driver’s Package. Peak torque arrives at 4,750 rpm to 5,000 rpm, and the engine redlines at 7,200 rpm. In AMG’s eyes, the power band’s on par with a naturally aspirated engine. Differentiating from the A-Class, CLA owners enjoy more form-fitting seats – with red accent stitching to match the red seat belts – and an AMG steering wheel. Similar to Audi’s RS line, the instrument clusters display additional info that more engaged drivers might care about. Opting for the Track Pace package adds additional telemetry data: g force, throttle and brake position, on top of engine/oil, selected gear and track time. It’s all served up on the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, which is optional on the CLA 250.Mercedes’ dual display infotainment system is one of the best in the class. Alongside the driver’s instrumentation panel is a 10.25-inch touchscreen, from which you control all aspects of the vehicle. One of my favorite features is the natural-language voice control, which can handle not only vehicle settings but answer general knowledge questions and more. Just how far can you squeeze a turbo-four? If you’re Mercedes-AMG, then the answer is to record-setting levels, with the new M139 hailed as the world’s most powerful series-production turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. That’s found a home under the shapely hood of the new AMG CLA 45, where it’s good for 382 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. For those keeping track, that’s 7 hp more than the the first-generation CLA 45. Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km On the outside, the CLA 45 gets AMG’s slatted Panamericana grille, with bigger lower air intakes integrated into the front bumpers. The wider-looking grille blends nicely into the the front fenders and new side skirts. At the rear, the CLA gets bigger diffusers with round-quad exhaust pipes, and a rear spoiler for more downforce.Going on sale at the end of the year, pricing for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, 35 and CLA 250 will be announced at a later date. Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: May 23, 2013 Today’s headlines include various status updates about state activity regarding the health law’s online insurance marketplaces. Kaiser Health News: Can My Insurer Deny Coverage For Care At An Out-Of-Network Hospital? (Video)Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers a reader question about emergency room and out-of-network hospital cost changes under the health law (5/23). Watch the video or read the transcript.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: 11 Insurers Want To Play Ball In Colorado’s MarketplaceNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Phil Galewitz reports: “Colorado became the latest state Wednesday to post proposed health insurance plans for its new online marketplace, which is slated begin enrolling people in coverage Oct. 1. What stands out is the number of plans being proposed. A total of 11 insurers are seeking approval to market about 250 health plans to individuals and small groups in the state’s online marketplace under the federal health care overhaul” (Galewitz, 5/22). Check out what else is on the blog.The Wall Street Journal: Two States Seek Help With Health ExchangesTwo states that had planned to run their own health-insurance exchanges this fall are asking the federal government for help in the first year, a sign of the obstacles states face in carrying out a centerpiece of the health-care overhaul. Idaho and New Mexico had been among a few Republican-led states that had agreed to operate their own health exchanges, which will offer a variety of insurance plans for people who don’t have coverage otherwise (Dooren, 5/22).Los Angeles Times: UnitedHealth, Aetna And Cigna Opt Out Of California ExchangeSome prominent health insurers, including industry giant UnitedHealth Group Inc., are not participating in California’s new state-run health insurance market, possibly limiting the number of choices for millions of consumers. UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest private insurer, Aetna Inc. and Cigna Corp. are sitting out the first year of Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange and a key testing ground nationally for a massive coverage expansion under the federal healthcare law (Terhune, 5/22).Politico: Clock Ticking On Full Medicaid Expansion FundsStates still mired in the fight over the Obamacare Medicaid expansion are starting to give up on their first year of full funding — and it’s unclear whether they would be able to tap into the money before 2015. Expansion remains an open question in about a dozen states after months of legislative fights. As more states continue to wrap up their budgets, some are already looking to next year’s legislative sessions as their next shot at the expansion, even amid calls for state legislatures to return for special sessions (Millman, 5/23).The Wall Street Journal: Contraception Violates Beliefs, Firms Tell CourtTwo small-business owners challenging contraception-coverage mandates in the federal health-care law told a federal appellate court Wednesday the law would force them to violate their beliefs because they run their businesses in accordance with their religious faith. The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is the first federal appellate court to hear arguments in cases challenging the mandate that took effect last August for most employers to cover contraception, including the morning-after pill, in workers’ insurance plans without out-of-pocket costs (Kesling and Radnofsky, 5/22).The Washington Post: Some Business Owners Resist Providing Employees With Contraceptive CoverageReligiously devout business owners are waging a broad rebellion against providing their employees with contraceptive coverage, bringing dozens of lawsuits that seem certain to land the issue before the Supreme Court. The company owners say their religious beliefs take precedence over a new federal requirement, contained in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, that they give employees insurance that covers contraceptives (Barnes, 5/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Hobby Lobby Appeal Tests Limits Of Federal Birth-Control Coverage MandateIn the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill. The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain argues that businesses — not just the currently exempted religious groups — should be allowed to seek exception from that part of the health law if it violates their religious beliefs (5/23).USA Today: Incentives Push Doctors To Electronic Medical RecordsMore than half of doctors’ offices and 80% of hospitals that provide Medicare or Medicaid will have electronic health records by the end of the year, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday (Kennedy, 5/22).The New York Times’ Bucks Blog: Family Medical Costs Still RisingThe good news is health care costs are going up more slowly. The bad news is that families continue to see larger medical bills. The typical cost to cover a family of four now exceeds $22,000, including the amount paid in insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, according to the latest Milliman Medical Index for 2013. Milliman, an actuarial and benefits consultant, puts the cost at slightly less than the amount a family might pay to send a child to an in-state public college for a year (Abelson, 5/22).Los Angeles Times: Geography Has A Role In Elective Surgery Decisions, Study FindsGeography plays a role in whether patients in California have elective operations such as joint replacement, weight loss surgery and gallbladder removal, according to a new study. The California HealthCare Foundation study showed wide variations in patient surgeries across the state (Gorman, 5/22).Los Angeles Times: Most Unionized UC Hospital Workers Go To Jobs Despite StrikeAs University of California patient care workers returned to the picket lines Wednesday, hospital administrators said they were gratified that so many others chose to come to work. More than three-quarters of union members who had been scheduled to work Tuesday did so, said Dianne Klein, spokeswoman for the UC office of the president. Hospital officials said they expected a similar turnout Wednesday (Gorman, 5/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: American Samoa To Keep Frequent Flier Miles Of Government Travelers; Use For Sick, StudentsAmerican Samoa plans to take away frequent flier miles from government workers who travel on behalf of the U.S. territory and use the loyalty points to help medical patients and students travel off the islands when necessary (5/22). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.
As Medicare and Social Security’s trustees prepare to release their annual report Friday, USA Today reports that the rate of increase in overall Medicare spending could continue to slow because of the 2010 health law. The Associated Press reports that a slowed upward curve only delays a day of reckoning for the popular programs, however.USA Today: Analysts: Medicare Costs May Keep DecliningInnovations adopted and accelerated by the 2010 health care law will continue to force down overall Medicare costs, according to industry analysts and studies, even as the economy continues to improve. Those changes include new payment plans, improved efficiency and a move toward consumer-driven insurance plans that started before the law’s passage. They influenced the $618 billion drop in projected Medicare and Medicaid spending over the next decade that was reported May 15 by the Congressional Budget Office. That report showed that costs for the two programs in 2012 were 5 percent less than projected in early 2010, and the CBO data are expected to foreshadow the spending projections in the annual Medicare trustees report scheduled to be released this week (Kennedy, 5/30). The Associated Press: Social Security, Medicare Still Face Big ChallengeAs the U.S. recovery slowly gathers steam, federal deficits are finally coming down from their nosebleed $1 trillion-plus heights. That will postpone until fall a new budget showdown between Congress and the White House — and also will probably delay the days of reckoning, feared by millions of aging Americans, when Social Security and Medicare could become insolvent. Why does it matter? If those programs’ money dries up, benefits must be reduced. Some answers on future financial prospects should come Friday when trustees overseeing the two popular programs issue their annual report (Raum, 5/31). Analysts Predict Continued Medicare Cost Growth Slowdown This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
New Enrollment Figures Give Clearer View Of Exchange Efforts In States This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Officials in California, Maryland, Illinois, Kansas and Georgia give status checks on their online health insurance exchanges. In the meantime, officials in Oregon are pressuring their website contractor, Oracle, to speed up fixes to the marketplace as insurers consider extending deadlines there.Los Angeles Times: California Enrolls 107,000 In Obamacare Policies Through NovemberCalifornia’s health exchange has signed up 107,087 people in Obamacare policies through the end of November, federal data show, accounting for nearly a third of enrollment nationwide. The federal figures released Wednesday also show that 181,817 Californians have qualified for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor (Terhune, 12/11).The Washington Post: O’Malley, Back From A Trade Mission, Plans To Provide Update On Health Insurance RolloutMaryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who recently returned from a trade mission to Brazil and El Salvador, plans to brief the media on Thursday regarding the status of the state’s online health insurance exchange, an aide said. O’Malley’s expected appearance comes just two days after Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) addressed reporters on the same subject and declined to say whether the state would meet a mid-December target set by O’Malley to fix the major glitches that have hindered enrollments in private insurance plans (Wagner, 12/12). The Associated Press: Feds: More Than 7K Illinoisans Select Health Care PlansMore than 7,000 Illinois residents signed up for private insurance coverage in the first two months of the troubled healthcare.gov website, less than 30 percent of the federal government’s projection for the state’s enrollment at this point of the rollout (Johnson, 12/11).The Associated Press: Kansans Slow To Embrace Health Marketplace In Nov.Kansans remained slow to enroll in health insurance plans in November through the online marketplace set up under the federal health care overhaul, though enrollments did jump, figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed Wednesday (Hanna, 12/11).Georgia Health News: Exchange Enrollment Up, But Still Weak The number of Georgians signing up for a health plan through the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange increased to 6,859 by the end of last month, up from 1,390 as of Nov. 2, federal officials announced Wednesday. The rise in enrollees reflects, in part, a better-functioning federal website, which has been plagued with problems since ACA enrollment began Oct. 1. … November enrollment in the federally run exchanges — used in Georgia and 35 other states — was more than four times greater than October’s reported enrollment number, HHS said (Miller, 12/11).The Oregonian: Oregon’s Health Exchange Woes Spark Tension With Largest Contractor, Oracle Corp. After Oregon’s high-profile failure to build a functioning health insurance exchange, the already strained relations with its largest contractor, Oracle Corp., escalated into finger pointing and acrimony in November. Cover Oregon emails obtained by The Oregonian show that it enlisted a high-profile trio of political heavyweights for help as its website, which has cost more than $150 million, still didn’t work. Democrats Gov. John Kitzaber, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader took turns calling Oracle’s top executives on the carpet in October and November, demanding the technology giant deliver the functional health care exchange it had promised (Manning, 12/12). The Oregonian: Insurers Consider Extending Deadlines To Address Cover Oregon BacklogState officials and insurance carriers are looking at extending certain enrollment deadlines to deal with problems at the state’s overwhelmed health insurance exchange, one company executive said Wednesday. Insurance executives met Tuesday with state Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali and Cover Oregon director Bruce Goldberg to discuss ways the exchange can get more time to work through its backlog of more than 30,000 applications. At least some insurance carriers tentatively agreed to push back the deadline they would take enrollment information from Cover Oregon from Dec. 23 to Dec. 30, said Dawn Bonder, chief executive officer and president of Health Republic Insurance, one of two new Oregon-based cooperatives (Hunsberger, 12/11).