Share your voice Tags $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $155 at Google Express 7 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $520 at HP Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile Comments Android 10 (Android Q) Google Play Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sarah Tew/CNET 1:33 $60 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See at Turo See it Sarah Tew/CNET Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Now playing: Watch this: JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Cheapskate $999 $59 at eBay Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Google is apparently introducing a method for you to pay for Android apps in cash. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google will soon let people literally part with their cash to pay for Android apps, a report said.The search giant will launch “pending transactions” to give you more payment options, according to TechCrunch.”This is a new class of delayed form of payment – like cash, bank transfer and direct debit,” Aurash Mahbod, the Director of Engineering responsible for the Play Store and Games on Google Play, told the site at Google’s I/O Developer conference on Wednesday. $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Google Home Hub review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buy Rylo Android 10 beta’s best new tricks from Google I/O 2019 Turo The feature is geared towards emerging markets where credit cards aren’t as common, Mahbod noted. It apparently gives people a payment code that they can use to make their purchase in cash at a local store — they’ll get the app or in-app item and an emailed receipt within 10 minutes.However, TechCrunch mentions that getting your purchase can take up to 48 hours at times and refunds only come as Play Store credit, not cash.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.First published at 5:04 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:23 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Read the AirPods review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET See It See at Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Apple iPhone XS Sprint 0 Read the Rylo camera preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. All of the news out of Googles I/O keynote $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 34 Photos $6 at Tidal See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Internet Services Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Angela Lang/CNET See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Amazon
Direct tax collections during April to November 2014 grew 5.67% to ₹3.29 lakh crore over the same period a year ago. ReutersIndirect tax collection stood at ₹3.28 lakh crore for the April to November 2014, up 7.1% compared to the same period a year ago.Cumulative tax collection stood at ₹6.58 lakh crore for the April to November 2014 period.For fiscal 2015, the government’s budgeted revenues are₹13.6 lakh crore, mandating direct taxes to grow by 16% to ₹7.36 lakh crore and indirect taxes by 20% to ₹6.24 lakh crore, reports Livemint.Tax collection for the year has continued to remain tepid, with the Ministry of Finance asking the tax department to step up tax collections in the remaining three months of the fiscal.At the current rate, the government is unlikely to meet its fiscal deficit target of 4.1% of the GDP.Tax mobilization is a reliable indicator of economic growth in GDP terms, and factors affecting it.
Tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated Indian officials met the 18 crew Indian crew members in Iranian seized ship, Stena Impero on Thursday.V. Muraleedharan/TwitterThe Indian authorities have sought the release of the remaining three crew members on board the MT Riah ship on Saturday. Iranian officials had earlier released 9 out the 12 Indians.The UAE-owned tanker was detained by the Iranian authorities for allegedly smuggling Iranian fuel out of the country in the first week of July.”Nine crew members have been released and they will be on their way to India soon,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesman Raveesh Kumar.”Our mission in Iran has requested the concerned Iranian authorities for the release of remaining crew members,” he added.Information on why the remaining three detained crew members were not reported at the time of filing this report.Iran had granted consular access to 18 Indians stranded on another ship, the British-flagged Stena Impero, that was seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.All of them are fine, the Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said on Thursday, adding India will continue to take necessary steps to ensure their early release and repatriation.British officials have detained Iranian tanker Grace 1, carrying 24 Indians in Gibraltar earlier this month for allegedly carrying oil to Syria, violating European Union sanctions. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:35Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:33?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Tensions in the Persian Gulf increased after relations between Iran and western powers deteriorated following US imposition of sanctions on countries participating in oil and other products trade with Iran.Both the US and Iran have shown aggressive military stance triggering analysts to fear a military confrontation between the two countries in the strategic Strait of Hormuz channel.Around 45 Indian crew members from three vessels — MT Riah, Stena Impero and Grace 1 — have been detained by the UK and Iran authorities over alleged violations of international maritime security regulations over the past month.
A young man was stabbed to dead over a trifling matter at Mohishkotha in Sadar upazila of Dinajpur on Thursday night, reports UNB.Redwanur Rahim, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said Mahbub Islam, 35, son of Aftab Uddin of Mohishkotha village, along with his father was returning home from a fair in Cheradangi by a van.When the van reached Mohishkotha, Mahbub locked into an altercation with a man over giving side to him around 8:00pm.At one stage, the man hit Mahbub with a sharp weapon, leaving him critically injured.Later, he was taken to Dinajpur M Abdur Rahim Medical College where doctors declared him dead around 10:45pm.
Meanwhile, there are large gaps in income along racial and ethnic lines in Texas: Texans tend to believe more money should be spent on primary and secondary education, including 54% of Hispanics and 52% of African Americans: Meanwhile, whites are making up less and less of the state’s population. This shift is especially pronounced in major cities like Houston: The Texas House of Representatives Committee on County Affairs invited experts to share insights on shifting demographics, voting habits and voter opinions in Texas. Below are ten takeaways from presentations by Rice University Sociologist Dr. Steve Murdock and University of Texas professor Dr. James Henson, who directs the Texas Politics Project.Texas has always been a rapidly growing state, and that’s as true now as ever: Even modest demographic predictions show the Hispanic population will be the majority of the statewide population by at least 2050: When you consider these socioeconomic gaps and changing demographics, Texas could see a decrease in mean consumer expenditures over the next several decades: A plurality from a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll disapprove of how education has been handled: Share As these demographics shift, Texas lawmakers say they want to make important changes to school finance. So, what do their constituents think? Most of that growth is from Hispanics. As you can see, that population has increased in almost every county across Texas: However, a plurality of Texans say they care more about immigration and border security than any other issue: Those gaps in income are also reflected in educational achievement:
NBCUniversal sees a potential $200 million-plus jackpot in adapting some of its old TV and movie franchises into an interactive storytelling game.The company’s Universal Games and Digital Platforms group on Thursday is launching a new, free-to-play mobile game, “Series: Your Story Universe” that lets players pick an avatar and play through different episodes of original stories in which they make choices that affect the narrative.It’s your chance to star in brand-new stories alongside the ’90s high-schoolers from “Saved by the Bell,” and a range of other characters from NBCUniversal’s TV and film catalog, including reality TV personality Lisa Vanderpump, the NYPD’s Olivia Benson and Fin Tutuola from “Law & Order: SVU,” and Xena, the famed warrior princess.Out of the gate, “Series” will include episodic series based on seven NBCU properties: “Vanderpump Rules,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Law & Order,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Bridesmaids,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.” The iOS and Android app also will include original stories, starting with rags-to-riches tale “Legacy & Love.” According to Heatherly, Universal Games decided to get into the storytelling game after seeing the success of other apps, including Episode Interactive’s “Episode” and Pixelberry Studios’ “Choices: Stories You Play,” both of which have generated over $200 million in revenue to date, according to research firm Sensor Tower. “Episode” has been downloaded by 139 million users, who have spent approximately $256 million so far in the game. “Choices” has approximately 63.5 million installs globally and has raked in around $231 million since launch, Sensor Tower estimates.“We looked at the portfolio of IP [intellectual property] we have at NBCUniversal, and we thought it made sense for us to build an app and to bring a lot of that together in one place,” Heatherly said.Heatherly also saw the results of NBCU’s deal to license “Pitch Perfect” for an Episodes series two years ago. “It’s reaching a demographic that isn’t what you would think of as your traditional gamer,” he said, noting that an estimated 60% of mobile game players are women.The “Series” app, which launched in a beta-test last fall, is free to download and play. Like other titles, users can opt to make in-game purchases (of “gems”) that can be used to accelerate a player’s pace through a story or buy bonus content. Individual purchases in the app may be 50 cents to $1 each, according to Heatherly.The app was developed by Endless Entertainment, an interactive storytelling company with offices in New York City and Oakland, Calif., which provides a platform that lets artists and writers iterate the branching narratives quickly. “That’s part of the magic trick of being able to deliver this content at high volume,” Heatherly said.“We’ve really had to put together, in a sense, a content factory to do this thing,” he added. “It’s almost like running a television network.”In selecting the initial lineup for “Series,” Heatherly and his team gravitated toward titles that skewed toward young audiences and had sizable online communities following them. The stories can’t be too character driven, he said, “because then there’s no place for you entering that world. But they’re not just one-note characters. Your choices are actually going to matter.” Universal Games provides more info on “Series” at seriesthegame.com. The “Series: Your Story Universe” app will be updated with new episodes each week, with additional shows also in the pipeline. The stories are adaptations, rather than retellings of the originals, said Chris Heatherly, EVP, Universal Games and Digital Platforms: “We tried very hard to not make you sit through the movie or show you’ve already seen.”The new game is the biggest initiative NBCU’s games group has ever undertaken. The Universal Games team’s big launch last year was “Jurassic World Alive,” an augmented-reality game tie-in with the movie. “That alone required a ton of work but, this is that times seven franchises,” he said.To promote the global launch of the game, Universal Games has enlisted talent from the shows tout the “Series” app in video spots. Mario Lopez, who starred as A.C. Slater in “Saved by the Bell,” invites fans to play the game while wearing his Bayside High letterman jacket, while Lisa Vanderpump, Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval from Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” must make a critical decision to “whine or wine.” The promo videos will run online, and Bravo will feature the “Vanderpump” spot on-air.Lopez, who currently hosts syndicated entertainment show “Extra,” said he continues to be surprised that the ongoing fandom for “Saved by the Bell.” “It was a Saturday morning show for young kids,” Lopez told Variety. “It still kind of trips me out as to why it continues to resonate with people,” he said.The “Series” app take on “Saved by the Bell” is pretty true to the show, Lopez said, but “at the same time, there’s a little bit of tongue-in-cheek liberty taken with the characters.” He’s planning to talk about the game on his syndicated radio show and is likely to mention it on “Extra.”“It’s a very clever way for people who have an affinity for these shows get immersed in the world,” said Lopez. ‘Schooled’ Boss Breaks Down ‘Rent’ Episode and Plans to Tackle ‘Saved by the Bell’ Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoices ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright Settle Into the Suburbs Popular on Variety Related
There’s a rather boring little species of gnat in New Zealand called Arachnocampa luminosa. Well, it’s boring when it’s an adult gnat. When it’s still in its larval stage, Arachnocampa luminosa is known as the New Zealand glowworm. As you can probably guess from the name, they glow. The glowing is actually a fascinating way for the largely immobile worms to hunt with the aid of slimy tendrils of silk.KQED’s Deep Look series had a cool video on how the New Zealand glowworm uses its bioluminescence to capture prey. These worms live in caves throughout both islands of New Zealand. They stick to the ceiling and extend long strings of mucous-covered silk downward. If an insect gets caught up in one of these strands, it’s doomed.If you were to stand in a glowworm cave and look up, the expanse of glowing blue points of light would look like a sky full of stars. That’s exactly what the glowworms want you to think. Well, not you specifically, but insects like moths. Insects that navigate by light can be easily confused by the glowworm ceiling, and are prone to fly right into it, becoming stuck in the silk.Any insect caught in the glowworm’s silk will quickly tire itself out and be reeled in. The worms look soft and slimy, but they have sharp teeth that can gnaw through the exoskeletons of their prey. The glowworms feed in this way for a year before becoming adult gnats. However, the adults don’t have mouths. They live for a few days, mate, and die. Arachnocampa luminosa has this whole “life” thing down to a science.
Britta Reinhardt, chief commercial officer – consumer, for C&W CommunicationsEnglish Premier League rights holder RUSH has launched on Flow TV in the Carribbean.Announced on July 15, the launch of RUSH on the TV offer will provide viewers with live coverage all 380 matches per season for the next three years in addition to team highlights, special studio and magazine programmes.Flow offers cable TV to Barbados, Curaçao, Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent.Britta Reinhardt, chief commercial officer – consumer, for C&W Communications (C&W), operator of the consumer brands Flow, BTC and UTS in the Caribbean, said: “This is a huge win for all football fans across the region. As we continue to place our customers at the heart of everything we do, our priority is to provide them with exciting and fun access to premium sports. Adding the RUSH channel to our lineup was an easy decision in that it gives our customers the access they deserve.Flow will replace its current Flow Sports Premier channel with RUSH. RUSH will be available in all Flow TV markets on the same channel number that Flow Sports Premier previously used.Reinhardt added: “This means that Flow customers who are die-hard fans of the Premier League will continue to tune in to Flow TV to enjoy riveting football action in real time and have 24/7 access to all of the Premier League coverage they desire.” RUSH will broadcast the excitement of all 380 Premier League matches in each of the next 3 seasons via programming that will include team highlights, special studio and magazine programmes.