One of the most popular arguments against Chromebooks is a criticism against productivity. Many argue that the operating system precludes a reasonable workflow, and in some cases that’s true. If you absolutely require specific applications, you’re unarguably stuck on whatever platform those programs support. But if you can find sites or Android apps that can replace the tools you need, now juggling those windows in a multi-monitor workflow will be that much easier, as the current Canary channel now has support for keyboard shortcuts to move windows between monitors.
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The Colorado Department of Transport (CDOT) is trying to figure out how to bring a Colorado hyperloop proposal to life. Virgin Hyperloop One has been brought on as a partner on the project, and together with CDOT, they’ll spend the next nine months hashing out the details on the construction of a track that links the Denver International Airport to the cities of Vail and Pueblo in Colorado and Cheyenne in Wyoming.
The entire Colorado hyperloop is estimated to cost $ 24 billion, but the plan is to start by building a smaller section of the route that would cost just $ 3 billion. That segment would connect the airport with Greeley, CO, which is located about 64 kilometers (40 miles) to the north.
“Moving people rapidly from one place to the next has implications of radically changing how we think about land use, and where people live, and where they work, and how they get between that,” CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford told The Coloradoan. “We cannot build our way out of congestion, and that’s why we’re looking so widely at technology.”
Still, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce President David May emphasized the importance of not expecting a Colorado hyperloop to solve all the state’s transportation problems. “We still need to work within the current transportation technology paradigm,” he wrote in an email to The Coloradoan. “It’s OK to dream about El Dorado as long as you continue to invest in ‘Realville.’”
Japanese automaker Toyota is serious about perfecting hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its vehicles, and it’s scheduled an initial feasibility study operations for its zero-emissions heavy-duty truck a little over a week from today. A concept version of a truck running Toyota’s specialized hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy-hauling use will be moving goods from select terminals at the Port of LA and Long Beach to nearby warehouses and rail yards beginning on October 23.
“If you see a big-rig driving around the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that seems oddly quiet and quick, do not be alarmed! It’s just the future,” Toyota wrote in a press release. The company expects the daily runs to cover some 322 kilometers (200 miles) to test the fuel cell system’s duty-cycle capabilities. Afterwards, longer trips could be introduced.
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According to Toyota, this zero-emissions heavy-duty proof-of-concept truck has already covered roughly 6,437 kilometers (4,000 miles) in development tests, where it pulled a progressive weight of cargo — 36,287 kilograms (80,000 pounds) tops — while only emitting water vapor. It packs a 670 horsepower, with 1,325 pound-feet of torque, from two Mirai fuel cell stacks combined with a 12kWh battery.
E-retail giant Amazon has reportedly been considering a move to sell prescription drugs online for quite some time. Back in July, Jeff Bezos’ billion-dollar company was said to have set up a secret lab called “1492” — a reference to the old rhyme about Christopher Columbus — as Amazon supposedly wants to usher in a new age in healthcare with the introduction of selling medicine online. The stealthy lab is developing plans to set up a new healthcare system by making medical data services available for the Amazon Echo.
With this move, it seems that the company is serious about entering the pharmacy business to sell medicine online. According to an email from Amazon, which CNBC viewed together with an anonymous, well-informed source, the company is working out the details of its strategy to enter the multibillion-dollar prescription drug industry — a $ 560-billion-per-year market, to be exact.
To do this, Amazon needs a dedicated team, which sources close to the company said it has already started to create. Amazon has been looking for people to be part of a project simply called “healthcare,” and among its first hires was Mark Lyons, an executive from the nonprofit health insurance company Premera Blue Cross. Reportedly, Lyons created an internal pharmacy benefit manager for Amazon’s employees, the success of which could determine how they plan to proceed with this pharmacy business. Eric French, the VP for Amazon Consumables, has also consulted with a number of people about this possible move.
Amazon is a leading force in the impending era of artificial intelligence (AI) in business, alongside Google, which is dominating. Amazon’s presence in the Internet of Things (IoT), thanks to the Echo and Alexa, is obvious. The company’s cloud platform, Amazon Web Services, has also become a go-to for companies in the health and medicine industry. If the company does end up selling prescription drugs online, it could disrupt the entire healthcare industry.
A 30-page report from Goldman Sachs’ investment research arm showed just what this disruption could mean. Amazon won’t immediately replace pharmacies. Instead, they would start by serving as an intermediary between health insurers, consumers, and the rest of the healthcare industry by working with a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) — essentially Lyons’ role — which would provide “access to patient data and the potential to cross-sell related products,” the report stated, according to CNBC.
Banking on their IoT devices, Amazon could also improve the so-called digital health industry. “Imagine seeing a virtual doctor on your Amazon app, having it prescribe you a certain medication, and then tapping a ‘buy now’ button — all without leaving your home.” In short, Amazon would serve as the new “middleman” in healthcare, potentially improving drug price transparency for consumers by reducing out-of-pocket drug costs.
Still, the Goldman Sachs report notes some challenges worth considering. The general profile of Amazon’s users is younger and healthier, which isn’t typically the market for prescription and maintenance drugs that their services could cater to. Amazon has time to consider how it would decide to move forward, of course, but it’s obvious that technology, like AI and the IoT, is driving us to a future of personalized healthcare.