2021-10-20 09:53:09| Mondaq.Com
Partners David Higbee, Djordje Petkoski and counsel Matt Modell (all Antitrust-Washington, D.C.) authored the chapter "United States: Cartels" in the Americas Antitrust Review 2022
2021-10-19 16:04:20| Mondaq.Com
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding for state programs supporting primary health care workers in underserved communities.
2021-10-19 16:00:33| Engadget
The main selling point of Facebooks line of Portal devices has always been its video chat capabilities. Plus, its the only smart display that works with Messenger and Whatsapp, two of the most popular chat platforms in the world (with added support for platforms like Zoom last year). This year, Facebook is introducing a portable version called the Portal Go, that you can drag around the house to make calls from any room.That portability combined with a few software updates make the $199 Portal Go an improvement over its predecessor, but it still doesnt have the same breadth of features as Googles or Amazons smart displays. And, as with all things Facebook, it all comes down to whether you trust the company with your data in the first place.HardwareThe Portal Go has a softer aesthetic than previous models, with a grey fabric enclosure thats similar to Googles Nest Hub. It has rounded corners and almost looks like the display has been stitched onto a pillow (albeit a not very plush one). All of these curves make the Go pleasant to hold or to prop up on your lap, which is important for a device thats meant to be portable.Along the top of the Go are the volume controls and a button that disables both the camera and the microphone; The status light will turn red when that happens. If you want to leave the microphone on but not the camera, you can slide a built-in cover over the lens. This way, you can still use voice commands and make calls without worrying that anyone is watching you.On the front is a 10.1-inch display with the same 1,280 x 800 resolution as previous Portals, but thats not a bad thing. Its crisp, colorful and the viewing angles are great. It has the same adaptive lighting features too: Automatic screen brightness, color adjustment and a Night Mode that reduces the amount of blue light in the evening.Facebook Portal GoEngadgetThe main difference between the Portal Go and its predecessors is that it doesnt need to be plugged in all the time. Thanks to its integrated handle and light weight, its easy to tote around with one hand. When its time to charge it, the device fits neatly into a proprietary 3-pin charging dock, too.According to Facebook, the Portal Go will get up to five hours of Messenger calling on a charge, and up to 14 hours of music playback if the screen is off. But I actually managed to get six hours and five minutes of calling out of it before having to stick it back on the charging dock.One of the benefits of the Gos portability is that it is now effectively a portable speaker as well. The audio quality is pretty decent too, thanks to its two full-range speakers and subwoofer. The bass was relatively deep considering its size and the highs were clear. Its not as good as the audio from my Sonos One of course, but itll do in a pinch.Video callsFacebook Portal GoEngadgetIt should go without saying that, like all Portal devices, the Go requires a Facebook account. (How else is it supposed to make Messenger calls?) You can choose to integrate your WhatsApp account too.Basically, the Go is a smart display thats meant to be as easy to tote around as a tablet. You can keep it docked in your office for most of the day, for example, but when it comes time to chat with grandma, you can carry it to whichever room the kids are in. I dont have any kids, but I liked being able to set it up wherever the best lighting was at various times of day for calls.The Go has a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens coupled with AI-powered tech that will automatically pan and zoom to keep you in frame. Instead of crowding over an iPad, for example, you could just place the Go on a coffee table and get the whole family on the call. You can also double tap on someones face to Spotlight and keep the focus on them. I was impressed with how well it was able to follow me around the room, keeping me in frame as I wandered from my desk to my couch.This automatic panning and zooming doesnt just work in Messenger and WhatsApp, but also third-party video applications like Zoom and GoToMeeting. I should say, however, that this face-tracking technology also exists in the Nest Hub Max and the Echo Show 8, and they too have Zoom integration. However, only the Portals have Messenger and WhatsApp.I was quite pleased with the video quality overall. I did notice occasional latency issues, but it wasnt that bad. The Portal Go was able to handle different lighting conditions too; The colors were great even in relatively dim lighting. I did notice that calls in WhatsApp were a bit more pixelated than Messenger, but according to Facebook, that could be a bandwidth issue as theyre separate networks.Facebook has also updated the Watch Together experience so it can be used not just on Portal-to-Portal calls, but also with Messenger contacts on other devices. It was a blast laughing over videos like 5-minute Crafts on calls with my friends. My main criticism is that we could only Watch Together clips that were on Facebook. Portal devices unfortunately lacks support for YouTube, which is a much more diverse source of video contentLike previous Portals, the Go has AR features such as StoryTime, which is an AR storytelling experience, and PlayTime, which is an assortment of AR games. These are fun, but theyre the sort of thing you try once and never again.InterfaceFacebook Portal GoEngadgetThe whole Portal family got an update recently with a new, more personalized home screen. Theres a top row of favorite contacts that you can customize, and youll also see call notifications here.Underneath the favorite contacts is an array of cards that lead to different apps, depending on what you have installed. I found the calendar card particularly useful, which not only shows upcoming events with handy links to join Zoom chats where relevant.The Portal Go can be used by the whole family, but you might not trust everyone to use the device responsibly. Thats why Facebook introduced Household Mode, which restricts what users can do while it is enabled. For example, you can set it so that the Portal can only be used for Messenger calls to grandma and grandpa. You can then disable Household Mode to regain full control of the device.By default, the Portal Gos home screen will show stock art, but you can also customize it with a Digital Photo Frame app. When you tap the Apps button on the home screen, youll see an array of pre-installed apps like Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Photo Booth, a browser, Facebook Live and Facebook Watch, and more are available for download.As with previous Portals, the Go supports Alexa and the Facebook Assistant, which you summon by saying H
2021-10-19 15:34:19| Mondaq.Com
A group of 20 Democratic AGs, led by New York AG Letitia James and Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro, filed a complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission.
2021-10-18 19:39:05| Mondaq.Com
In a judgement delivered on 30 June 2021 in the names of MSD (Darlington) Limited vs Dipartiment tal-Kuntratti, the Court of Appeal upheld an appeal lodged by the Department of Contracts...