The healthcare industry should take design cues from Lyft and Airbnb

In 1966, when life expectancy in the United States was 70 years, nearly three-quarters of Americans said they had great confidence in medical providers, but by 2012 this number had fallen to just one-third of Americans—even though we had gained another eight years of life on average over that time.

No doubt this mistrust has little to with medicine itself and everything to do with economic anxiety.

Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy for American households. We get far less for our money in the United States for medical treatment compared to other countries, while at the same time being required to navigate a confusing bureaucracy that demands we unravel Kafkaesque intricacies of insurance enrollment, FSAs, HSAs, co-payments, and pre-existing conditions to get the services we need.

It’s hard to have confidence in an inefficient system that threatens to leave you destitute if you take advantage of its benefits.

Source: The healthcare industry should take design cues from Lyft and Airbnb

Analysts Foresee Supply Chain Impact from Chip Hack Report | EE Times

Analysts said the impact of the reported spying will be substantial.

“There’s going to be structural changes in how hardware gets validated, tested and approved across the supply chain following this,” Arete Research analyst Brett Simpson said to EE Times.

“We’ve lost the trust factor — and where something is made will get scrutinized until steps are taken to get that trust factor back. Geopolitics and tech are becoming intertwined and that’s the new normal we have to live with.”

One of the results may be higher manufacturing costs.

Source: Analysts Foresee Supply Chain Impact from Chip Hack Report | EE Times

Capacity Media | Deutsche Telekom unveils 5G investment plans

CEO Tim Hottges announced the German telecoms giant’s investment plans at a press conference in Berlin, saying it will reach 90% with 5G coverage by the same year. In the announcement, Hoettges revealed it will hit the same numbers with LTE by 2021.

The announcement followed the revelation that around 80% of Deutsche Telekom’s 27,000 mobile sites are now linked to fibre connectivity, which will support its 5G plans. The German incumbent has already laid over 500,000km.

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Tariffs Will Depress Board Sales | EE Times

After January you will pay $1,500 for a 2080 Ti and $1,000 for the 2080. U.S. consumers will be paying that tax, not the Chinese government as some politicians would like you to believe.

The price increases will provide opportunities for some smart people who will buy and hold the new AIBs (add-in boards). When the price goes up, they will sell them on eBay for only 15% more than today’s price and make a nice profit. That won’t help the GPU or AIB suppliers, already nervous about the last generation of AIBs bought for mining being dumped on eBay and killing new sales.

The falloff in sales could reflect back into the supply-chain as orders from the AIB and GPU builders are cut back. That could swell inventory levels, making balance sheets for the graphics superstars look like a mid-western cereal company’s financial report.

As a result, we could see layoffs in the supply chain, mostly in China, that could have the perverse effect of increasing costs reflected six months later in higher end-user prices. The process could trigger a feedback-loop that could look like a death-spiral.

Source: Tariffs Will Depress Board Sales | EE Times

The Memory Party is Winding Down | EE Times

A major indicator that DRAM ASPs are on the verge of decline is back-to-back years of big increases in DRAM capital spending, flooding the market with capacity that is now outstripping demand.

According to IC Insights, DRAM capital spending jumped by 81% to $16.3 billion last year and is expected to climb by another 40% to $22.9 billion this year.

“Capex spending at these levels would normally lead to an overwhelming flood of new capacity and a subsequent rapid decline in prices,” said the firm.

Source: The Memory Party is Winding Down | EE Times

Apple-Dialog Deal Seen as ‘Win-Win’ | EE Times

Apple’s $600 million deal to buy Dialog Semiconductor’s power management IC business is not only a shrewd move from Apple’s perspective, but it is also the best possible scenario for the British chip company considering that its biggest company was inevitably going to design Dialog out of most if not all of its products.

To be clear, Dialog would have clearly preferred its lucrative arrangement with Apple — which as recently as 2016 accounted for 74% of Dialog’s revenues — indefinitely.

But by late last year, Dialog could see the writing on the wall, warning in a regulatory filing that it realized that Apple had the potential to bring its PMIC development in house, leaving Dialog out in the cold.

Source: Apple-Dialog Deal Seen as ‘Win-Win’ | EE Times

Five changes Democrats will seek at the Pentagon if they win power in Congress | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Here are five defense priorities Democrats identify if they win back the majority:

  • trimming the defense budget;
  • cutting off military support in Yemen;
  • more oversight of special operations;
  • reversing Trump’s transgender troops ban; and
  • blocking a low-yield nuclear weapon.

Few Democrats argue that the military is not facing readiness issues, yet the military needs to be “smart” about how it spends its money, says U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Source: Five changes Democrats will seek at the Pentagon if they win power in Congress – Military & Aerospace Electronics

How the Midterms Will Test Trump’s Hold on the GOP | Time

Trump’s strong support in the rural heartland offers a window into his resilience among Republican voters across the country.

It’s not just farmers who are weighing the pros and cons of Trump’s controversial presidency and coming down on his side. The business community nationwide hates tariffs but finds plenty to like in the December 2017 tax law, which cut individual and corporate rates.

Some suburban Republicans can’t stand Trump’s bombastic style but find smug, knee-jerk liberals even worse. As long as he’s owning the opposition and shaking up Washington, they’re with him.

Source: How the Midterms Will Test Trump’s Hold on the GOP | Time

Adelson drops tens of millions more to save the GOP Congress | POLITICO

Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is pumping tens of millions of dollars more into Republican Party coffers in an 11th-hour push to save their congressional majorities, according to two senior Republicans familiar with the donation.

The contributions were made to a pair of GOP super PACs tied to congressional Republicans, Senate Leadership Fund and Congressional Leadership Fund. They are expected to be reported in public filings with the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15.

Source: Adelson drops tens of millions more to save the GOP Congress – POLITICO