Huawei Calls Its Response To P10 Memory Controversy ‘Arrogant’

Huawei recently confirmed reports that it uses different memory chips inside its new P10 and P10 Plus flagship smartphones. Customers have complained about differences in performance but Huawei initially claimed that there would be no difference in performance as its engineers had made the relevant adjustments to eliminate that possibility. Since third-party performance testing has proven otherwise, the company has acknowledged that its initial response to the controversy was “arrogant.”

Huawei CEO Richard Yu said in a letter to employees that was later published on Weibo that the manner in which Huawei initially responded to this controversy was arrogant.

He further adds that this issue has been a “wake-up call” for the company and that Huawei has learned a “profound lesson” to not cut corners where flagship products are concerned.

Huawei uses different eMMC and UFS flash memory chips in the P10 and P10 Plus. The company said that it had to do that due to “severe shortage in the supply chain.” It claimed that there would be no performance difference but tests have shown otherwise.

Customers are obviously not happy about this, so while Huawei has admitting to not responding in a proper manner, it hasn’t said anything about compensation for customers.

Huawei has formed a “customer listening task force” that will be led by Yu himself. The task force is going to visit service centers and retail stores to interact with customers. Yu has also promised that Huawei will work harder to be “more considerate of consumers’” feelings.

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Acer Predator Triton Gaming Laptop Specs And Price Confirmed

Acer has announced the launch of its new Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop. The machine packs a quad-core processor by Intel, a GeForce GTX 10 series graphics processor as well as 16GB of RAM. Since the company has tried to strike a balance between specs and weight here, the laptop weighs 2.6 kilograms.

The Acer Predator Triton 700 packs a 15.6 inch Full HD display and is powered by an Intel Core i5-7300HQ or Core i7-7700HQ processor, depending on the model chosen. It also features 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and can be configured with up to two 512GB SSDs.

The laptop features a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series GPU with G-Sync support, Rivet Killer Wireless-AC 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, and 1 USB Type-C port, DisplayPort, HDMI as well as a mechanical backlit keyboard with programmable keys. Measuring in at 393 x 263 x 18.9 mm, the laptop weighs 2.6 kilograms.

Acer’s new gaming laptop tackles heat with five heatpipes and two thin AeroBlade 3D fans that have curved metal blades to increase airflow. The cooling system is covered with a large Gorilla Glass plate that acts like a touchpad.

Despite confirming almost all specifications of this laptop, Acer hasn’t confirmed precisely which graphics processor the Predator Triton 700 is going to have. It has only confirmed that the GPU will be from the GeForce GTX 10 series.

Acer is going to release the Predator Triton 700 in North America this August with prices starting at $2,999.

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Tesla rolls out automatic braking following Consumer Reports’ criticism

If you’re a Tesla owner, you might have noticed an update this weekend that adds limited use of automatic emergency braking (AEB), a safety feature that was first announced some six months ago. That’s because the electric car maker was pressured to start rolling out the feature after Consumer Reports lowered their scores of the Model S and Model X … Continue reading

Trump’s Tax Plan Is An Assault On Working Families

When the Trump administration says that the tax cuts our President proposed this week would be historic, they’re right in one sense. The plan President Trump put forward on Wednesday is one of the worst legislative proposals for working families in recent history.

I agree that today’s tax code is in need of reform. Working American families need relief, American small businesses need help to compete in an increasingly global economy, and many of our nation’s wealthiest individuals use loopholes to avoid paying their fair share. Congress needs to find bipartisan, workable solutions for genuine tax reform that help all Americans make ends meet, and I am ready to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to make that happen.

But President Trump’s tax plan fails to address our biggest economic challenges all while increasing the burden on low- and middle-income families by raising the deficit and laying the foundation for massive budget cuts.

Out of the trillions of dollars in tax cuts that Trump proposed this week, nearly all of that money would end up in the pockets of America’s highest income households and corporations, like Trump and his family.

By any measure, the President’s tax plan proposes massive giveaways to high-income individuals. For example, President Trump’s plan recommends dropping the top individual tax rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent – a change that would apply only to individuals making over $400,000 each year. President Trump would also scrap the Alternative Minimum Tax, a tax provision meant to ensure that the richest Americans pay their fair share. On top of that, Trump’s plan would also eliminate a tax created under the Affordable Care Act which applies only to individuals making over $200,000.

Every day I’m honored to represent Alabama’s 7th District, which includes many underserved communities in the rural south. The average income in my district for a family of four is just $34,000 annually, and only one percent of the families in my congressional district make over $200,000.

That means that more than 99 percent of the constituents in my district would see zero benefit from lowering the top income tax bracket and eliminating the healthcare tax.

But Trump’s tax cuts don’t just target wealthy individuals, high-earning corporations are the other main beneficiaries of this week’s proposal. The Trump tax plan calls for reducing the corporate tax rate and “pass-through” tax rate to 15 percent, a proposal that helps wealthy corporations far more than the mom-and-pop businesses in Alabama’s 7th District.

The real impact Trump’s tax proposal would have on my constituents comes in the form of a ballooning deficit and future cuts to essential government programs.

The non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says that the Trump tax plan would reduce federal tax revenue by $3 trillion to $7 trillion over the next decade. At the high end, that represents over a third of our nation’s annual GDP.

Attempting to balance those losses in the federal budget could be disastrous. Already President Trump’s proposed budget targets programs that many constituents in my district rely on, like Meals on Wheels and Community Development Block Grants. Together, these initiatives help to keep our seniors from going hungry and our infrastructure from deteriorating.

But the elimination of programs like these does not even come close to paying for the $7 trillion in tax cuts proposed in Trump’s tax plan.

To put $7 trillion of debt in perspective, consider that Social Security costs our nation about $900 million annually, or that we spend about $600 billion annually to fund the United States military. Trying to balance $7 trillion in revenue loss doesn’t just mean cutting to the bone of our most important federal programs, it means cutting off limbs.

President Trump is known for speaking in hyperbole, whether he’s discussing the size of his electoral victory or defending his claims that Mexico will pay for a border wall. But to call his tax plan “reform,” is one of Trump’s greatest exaggerations to date.

True reform means making our child tax credit refundable to provide struggling parents with the help they need raising a family. Reform means building a tax code that focuses relief on our nation’s small businesses and allows our workforce to compete in a global marketplace. Reform is about helping families make ends meet, giving entrepreneurs the leg up they need, and putting our country on solid financial footing.

Instead, President Trump’s tax plan offers our nation’s wealthiest families the tax break of a lifetime. This tax plan isn’t just a missed opportunity, it actively works against reform by raising the deficit and laying the groundwork for damaging budget cuts.

I know that this Congress can do better. Regardless of party, I believe that every lawmaker wants the best for their constituents and for the future of our country, because that is what brought me to Congress. I urge President Trump to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to craft legislation that gives all Americans the opportunity to succeed in today’s economy.

My constituents have too much at stake and deserve nothing less.

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Trump Still Thinks Obamacare Repeal Will Cover People 'Beautifully'

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The 101st day of Donald Trump’s presidency sounded an awful lot like the first, with Trump talking utter nonsense about health care.

In a series of tweets and during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Trump made the same basic promise he’s been making ever since he started running for president ― that his plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act would reduce both premiums and deductibles, while protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

This is not an accurate description of the American Health Care Act, the repeal bill House Republicans have been trying to pass since March.

That bill would definitely help some people ― in particular, younger, healthier and wealthier people who buy insurance on their own today and end up paying high prices because they get little or no financial assistance from the Affordable Care Act.

But the proposal would cause real hardship for many millions of Americans ― whether by raising their premiums or deductibles or both, or depriving them of coverage altogether. And it’d be the poor and the sick struggling the most, even as the wealthiest Americans walked away with a sizable tax break.

Whether Trump understands all of this is an open question. During the “Face the Nation” interview, host John Dickerson kept pressing Trump to explain how the health care law could do all of these things ― and Trump, in response, kept modifying his answers.

But Trump isn’t the only prominent Republican making false promises about what the party’s proposal would do. Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have made similar comments in the past few days ― Pence during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and Ryan during his weekly press conference.

The timing is not coincidental. Pence and Ryan are working hard with their allies to round up votes for the AHCA in the House. Right now the challenge is winning over less conservative Republicans who are anxious about what the AHCA would mean for health insurance coverage ― and how that would play in their districts.

The promise to provide health insurance that is simultaneously less expensive and more comprehensive, all without excluding people who have serious medical problems, is designed to reassure these lawmakers.

But the promises belie what the Republican proposal would actually do.

GOP Bill Would Shift Costs Onto The Poor, Sick And Old

Republicans are calling for a series of dramatic changes to the so-called non-group insurance market ― that is, coverage for people buying insurance on their own, rather than through employers.

Specifically, the bill would shift financial assistance away from people with low incomes and high insurance costs, while giving insurers new freedom to vary prices by age, so that carriers could charge older customers more than five times what they charge younger customers. The bill would also allow insurers to offer skimpier coverage than the law permits today.

And thanks to the amendment that Republicans introduced last week, states could opt out of some of the law’s most important regulations ― a ban on charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions, and a requirement that all plans include a set of “essential” benefits including mental health, maternity care and prescription drugs.

“On net, the new bill has to be worse with this than even the original,” Linda Blumberg, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, told HuffPost. “This doesn’t give new protections to [states that want to keep existing consumer protections], it gives new flexibility to the states that want to set the clock back to the pre-ACA days.”

Although the effect of all the changes to the individual market would vary from person to person and place to place, the net effect would be cheaper coverage for the young, healthy and wealthy, but more expensive coverage for the old, sick and poor ― to the point that many could not get decent coverage at all.

Republicans claim that other provisions of their bill, designed to reimburse insurers for expensive beneficiaries or to create separate programs for people with pre-existing conditions, would take care of people with serious medical problems.

“They say we don’t cover pre-existing conditions, we cover it beautifully,” Trump said on “Face the Nation.”

But as multiple analysts have pointed out, these programs have never provided adequate protection in the past, even though Republican leaders like Ryan keep claiming otherwise. 

GOP Bill Would Blow Away Medicaid Coverage For Millions

The changes to the individual market represent just one part of what the American Health Care Act would do. The proposal would also cut Medicaid by a whopping $839 billion over 10 years.  

The amendments that supposedly make the proposal so much more appealing don’t do a thing about this. And it’s this cut that would have the single biggest effect on insurance coverage ― with the number of people getting Medicaid coverage falling by 14 million over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

That Medicaid cut alone would probably represent the single biggest rollback of a public benefit in American history ― and cause widespread hardship to the millions of people who depend on it for everything from opioid treatment to cancer care.  

The vast majority of Americans oppose these proposals, polls now show consistently. Those numbers ― and the backlash Republicans have faced in town hall meetings ― undoubtedly explain why the American Health Care Act hasn’t passed the House yet.

But Republican leaders haven’t given up trying ― and, based on their recent comments, they haven’t given up distorting the truth about their plans, either.

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Zoe Saldana Shares Video Showing How Long It Takes to Get Into Gamora Makeup

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Chinese Hackers Show How To Steal Your Car With $20 Of Hardware

I’ve never really been crazy about proximity keys, mostly because I’m a scatter-brained fool. The overall car industry loves them, though, and most new cars use these types of keyless entry systems. A team of Chinese researchers have figured out a very clever and cheap way to hack the passive keyless entry system and…

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Latest ZTE Axon 7 U.S. Update Brings Night Mode

ZTE has only launched a few handsets in the United States and the Axon 7 happens to be one of them. It’s a high-end smartphone that recently received an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. ZTE continues to improve the features that this handset offers. It has now released a new update for the device which adds a Night Mode and also brings support for 256GB microSD cards.

ZTE Axon 7 owners in the United States are going to appreciate that they can now use microSD cards of up to 256GB with their smartphones. Most users are always looking for more storage on their smartphones in this day and age so this is going to be very well received.

Aside from the Night Mode setting, this update also enables users to disable some of the native apps that come pre-installed on the handset. This is a feature that those who dislike bloatware on their devices are really going to use.

The update also brings improvements to the overall device stability as well as some important bug fixes. Minor performance improvements have been made as well.

ZTE has now released the latest Axon 7 software update in the United States and it will be live for all users in the very near future.

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'Fate Of The Furious' Becomes The Second 'Fast And The Furious' Movie To Earn $1 Billion

The “Fast and the Furious” pedal earned another medal this weekend, with “The Fate of the Furious” grossing $1 billion.

As of Sunday, the eighth “Furious” installment has earned $192.7 million domestically and a whopping $867.6 million overseas, according to Universal Pictures’ estimates. It’s the 30th movie in history ― and the second in the franchise, after 2015’s “Furious 7” ― to join the billionaires’ club. 

“The Fate of the Furious” pulled this off after just 17 days in theaters, the same amount it took “Furious 7.” The year’s first billion-dollar release, “Beauty and the Beast,” required almost a month to hit that mark. “Fate” is also the highest-grossing film directed by an African-American. 

This news comes as no surprise, given the increasing international fervor surrounding these high-octane movies. Since “Fast & Furious,” the fourth movie in the series, was released in 2009, each installment has outpaced its predecessor domestically and globally. Universal, which is enjoying a bang-up year at the box office thanks to “Fate,” “Get Out” and “Split,” already has two more “Fast and the Furious” sequels planned, and studio executives have reportedly discussed a potential spin-off surrounding Dwayne Johnson’s and Jason Statham’s characters. Plus, as we pointed out a couple of weeks ago, “The Fate of the Furious” introduces a certain baby who could extend the story’s shelf life far beyond its current expiration date

Other franchises with multiple $1 billion earners include “Star Wars,” “The Avengers,” “Transformers” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

In other weekend box-office news, “How To Be a Latin Lover” opened to a decent $12 million, while the big-screen adaptation of Dave Eggers’ popular cyber-panic novel “The Circle” collected $9.1 million, a drowsy figure for a title released on more than 3,000 screens. The weekend’s big surprise was the Indian fantasy “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” which took in an estimated $10 million despite a mere 425-theater opening. 

The rest of the Top 10 includes “The Boss Baby,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Going in Style,” “Gifted,” “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and “Born in China.”

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