Actualidad breaking news http://www.actualidad.com Actualidad News Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:32:40 GMT Another last-ditch effort to tackle Obamacare stalls within hours of its release https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/key-senators-reach-bipartisan-health-care-subsidy-deal-and-trump-expresses-support/2017/10/17/72be5b04-b355-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html/ Yet another last-ditch effort to tackle the nation’s health-care system stalled within hours of its release by a bipartisan pair of senators Tuesday, with President Trump sending mixed signals and Republicans either declining to endorse the proposal or outright opposing it.<p><p><iframe width="320" height="180" src="ver.cfm?id=14273&tipo=9&vv=zAdLHvelgPk" frameBorder="0"<p>scrolling="NO"></iframe><p><p>The week began on Capitol Hill with a renewed sense of urgency to craft legislation following Trump’s decision last week to end key payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage but that the president argued were illegal under the Affordable Care Act.<p><p>The compromise offered by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday proposes authorizing those payments for two years in exchange for granting states greater flexibility to regulate health coverage under the ACA. Those payments help offset deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for low-income consumers who obtain insurance through the law; critics of Trump’s decision said eliminating the subsidies would cause insurers to back out of marketplaces across the country.<p><p>The measure presented congressional Republicans with an uncomfortable choice between helping sustain coverage for many Americans and making good on a long-standing campaign promise — and paying the consequences — by allowing the ACA to falter.<p><p>Senate Republican leaders did not immediately endorse the proposal. Influential House Republicans panned the blueprint, and Trump offered conflicting reviews. The discord swiftly cast the plan’s viability into serious doubt.<p><p>In an address at a Heritage Foundation dinner in Washington on Tuesday, Trump commended “the bipartisan work” of Alexander and Murray but suggested that a different kind of fix is needed.<p><p>“I continue to believe Congress must find a solution to the Obamacare mess instead of providing bailouts to insurance companies,” Trump said.<p><p>Earlier in the day, at a joint news conference with the prime minister of Greece, Trump sounded positive notes about the plan. “Yes, we have been involved, and this is a short-term deal,” Trump said. He said the proposal would “get us over this intermediate hump” and allow Republicans to later revisit efforts to aggressively undo the ACA.<p><p>In between those two appearances, the president tweeted: “Any increase in ObamaCare premiums is the fault of the Democrats for giving us a ‘product’ that never had a chance of working.”<p><p>Trump stopped the CSR payments last week, arguing that the subsidies were illegal because they were not explicitly authorized under the ACA, and he instructed Congress to decide whether to appropriate the funding.<p><p>“None of our guys voted for Obamacare,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a close ally of House GOP leadership, said in an interview. “They’re not very interested in sustaining it.” ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:00:00 GMT https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/key-senators-reach-bipartisan-health-care-subsidy-deal-and-trump-expresses-support/2017/10/17/72be5b04-b355-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html ADOBE’S NEW VERSION OF LIGHTROOM LETS YOU RESUME EDITING ANYWHERE https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/18/16494080/lightroom-cc-adobe-update-release-price-photography/ Adobe’s best photography management and editing app is evolving in a big way today. The company announced an all-new cloud-connected version of Lightroom with a more approachable look and feel, and a deep connection to the mobile app that will let you progressively edit a photo in near real time across multiple devices. It’s called Lightroom CC, a reference to the company’s Creative Cloud subscription service launched in 2012. <p><p>Lightroom CC is going to be available a few ways, all starting today. It can be purchased on a standalone $10 per month subscription, which comes with 1 terabyte of cloud storage. This is the option Adobe expects most new users, or ones who don’t need access to Adobe’s other programs (like Photoshop or Bridge), to select.<p><p>Adobe is also adding it to the current Creative Cloud photography subscription plan (which does include Photoshop, Bridge, and the current version of Lightroom) with 20GB of storage. And if those users want to upgrade to the full terabyte cloud backup option, they’ll only have to pay $5 more a month. There are a few more plans available on Adobe’s website.<p><p>Photographers who love (or love to hate) the existing version of Lightroom won’t lose that app. Instead, it’s being rebranded to Lightroom Classic CC. It’s also getting some updates today, like faster boot speed, file imports, and image previews, and some better masking tools. Adobe understands that many photographers are too deeply tied to the workflow, file system, and look and feel of the “old” Lightroom, so it isn’t going to just pull the rug out from underneath them.<p><p>Lastly, Photoshop CC is getting an update as well, with better connection to the cloud backend, added support for HEIF format images, 360 panorama workflows, and more. Lightroom Classic CC will keep the square logo, while the new Lightroom CC’s has rounded corners and is slightly bluer.<p><p>A quick recap, because those naming choices are quite confusing: there’s a new, cloud-connected version of Lightroom that’s cleaner, easier to use, and syncs edits across devices called Lightroom CC. The old version of Lightroom stays mostly the same and will be called Lightroom Classic CC. But Photoshop CC, while remaining mostly the same like Lightroom Classic CC, won’t get the “Classic” designation, since Adobe’s not creating a new, second version of the app.<p><p>Got it?<p><p>Whether or not you do (and it’s fine if you don’t; even Adobe admits “there will be some confusion”), we should talk more about the actual new version of Lightroom, Lightroom CC. ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:00:00 GMT https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/18/16494080/lightroom-cc-adobe-update-release-price-photography NORTH KOREA'S KIM JONG UN IS OFFICIALLY OBSESSED WITH MISSILES http://www.newsweek.com/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-officially-obsessed-missiles-687434/ Kim Jong Un is becoming less prone to appear in public and, when he does, he prioritizes his country’s military activities.<p><p><iframe width="320" height="180" src="ver.cfm?id=14271&tipo=9&vv=Vj1qnOqeVxY" frameBorder="0"<p>scrolling="NO"></iframe><p><p>The North Korean leader appeared in public only 75 times between January 1 and October 17, almost twice a week on average, according to data released by South Korea’s unification ministry on Wednesday and reported in South Korean media.<p><p>The figure is down 24.2 percent from the 99 appearances made over the same period last year, continuing a downward trend in Kim’s public engagements. These have been steadily decreasing in number since 2013, when he conducted more than 200 public activities compared to just 133 in 2016.<p><p>Keep Up With This Story And More By Subscribing Now<p><p>Almost half of Kim’s engagements (49 percent) so far this year related to military activities, the highest level recorded since he took power at the end of 2011. Kim dedicated just over a fifth (22.7 percent) of his activity to the economy, the lowest portion to date, indicating a shift in the regime’s priorities.<p><p>Emblematic of Kim’s focal change is the data for July and August, in which Kim conducted no economy-related public activity at a time of frequent missile testing activity and disappeared from public view for weeks at a time.<p><p>In July, North Korea successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) on separate occasions for the first time in its history, demonstrating its potential to hit the U.S. mainland with its rockets. Kim supervised both launches and reportedly celebrated the rocket scientists with lavish banquets.<p><p>Kim then escalated tensions with the U.S. when appearing to review military plans to strike the island of Guam, home to key American military bases, with four Hwasong-12 rockets, ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic missiles. ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:00:00 GMT http://www.newsweek.com/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-officially-obsessed-missiles-687434 Facebook Building 8 Head Regina Dugan Is Leaving The Company... http://www.techtimes.com/articles/214499/20171018/facebook-building-8-head-regina-dugan-is-leaving-the-company-future-of-proposed-mind-reading-device-uncertain.htm/ ... Future Of Proposed Mind Reading Device Uncertain<p><p>Facebook's experimental hardware laboratory, Building 8, is going to lose a key person. Regina Dugan, the lab's head, has announced that she's leaving the company after just 18 months.<p><p>Regina Dugan Leaves Facebook's Building 8<p><p>Dugan announced her exit plans on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and in a new Facebook post she explains why, saying she'll be leaving the company to focus on a new endeavor, but will remain working with Facebook's leadership over the next several months to help with a smooth transition into 2018.<p><p>"This was a difficult decision for me. Together, we have already done so much good work. And there are many people that I will miss, personally, and professionally," wrote Dugan.<p><p>What remains unclear is who'll occupy Dugan's position once she's gone. Facebook recently promoted Andrew Bosworth to be in charge of all the company's hardware projects, but that includes Oculus-branded hardware and peripherals, not just Building 8.<p><p>Dugan claims she feels that there's a "tidal shift" occurring in Silicon Valley, and that people like her inside the industry now have greater responsibilities than ever before. She says the timing of her exit "feels right," and she's now looking forward to what's next and thinking about "new ways to contribute in times of disruption."<p><p>News of Dugan coming to Facebook in early 2016 made headlines, not only because it signaled Facebook's evident interest in developing its own hardware, but also because Dugan herself has quite a resume.<p><p>What Has Regina Dugan Been Up To?<p>Dugan was the head of Google's Advanced Technology and Products division, which, during her time there, produced innovations such as modular smartphones, apparel equipped with micro-sensors, and Google's highly sophisticated augmented reality platform, Tango. But before joining Google, Dugan was the director of DARPA, which develops new technology for the U.S. military.<p><p>Dugan's most notable project inside Building 8 was something called "Silent Voice First," which sought to allow computers to read users' mind, announced back in April during the company's F8 developer conference. Theoretically, a device like that could allow anyone to post to Facebook without using their hands — and most importantly — it could help people with physical or mobility impairments. Really, though — a mind-reading device, not to mention one that's powered and run by Facebook? Crazy.<p><p>What Happens To Facebook's Mind Reading Device?<p>It's still not clear exactly why Dugan is leaving Facebook's experimental hardware research lab, but Building 8 seems on track to unveil exciting new things next year. As Business Insider reports, one of the first projects from the lab will be revealed in 2018, reportedly somehow related to drones, since it's being headed by drone expert Frank Dellaert. ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:00:00 GMT http://www.techtimes.com/articles/214499/20171018/facebook-building-8-head-regina-dugan-is-leaving-the-company-future-of-proposed-mind-reading-device-uncertain.htm