Sarah Tew/CNET Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Amazon 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. See it 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. Share your voice Read Google Home Hub review See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Boost Mobile 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. Best iPhone XS and XS Max cases See It $155 at Google Express Sprint $210 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo See All Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See at Turo 6 7 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express reading • Apple now makes smart battery cases for the iPhone XS and XR Turo: Save $30 on any car rental How deep can the iPhone XS and XR go? Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET The new Smart Battery Case on a blue iPhone XR. Apple The iPhone XR has pretty great battery life, but the iPhone XS, not so much. Apple on Tuesday released smart battery cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max. They’re available now for $129 (£129, AU$199).The new battery cases come in black or white, are wireless Qi charging compatible, have Lightning-out ports and, according to Apple, they’ll work with USB-PD fast charging systems, probably via Lightning to USB-C adapters. They also have that familiar battery bulge that was on previous models. (Here’s my review of the first one for the iPhone 6S.)Like Apple’s previous line of smart battery cases, they’ll charge via Lightning independently, show battery status in iOS under the “battery” widget, and discharge the case’s battery before tapping into the phone’s battery supply.Mophie’s iPhone XS and XR battery cases are expected soon, with similar features.Apple never made its own smart battery case for the iPhone X: This is the first battery case Apple’s made since the iPhone 7, and this time there’s a model for the larger XS Max and XR, too.More to come when we receive one to review. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. $999 $6 at Tidal Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X • Angela Lang/CNET Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 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. See It Tags $999 $520 at HP $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice $299 at Amazon Read the AirPods review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Apple iPhone XS 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. 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). 6:38 $999 $999 49 Photos Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Apple,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. 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. Read the Rylo camera preview Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Apple Phones $59 at eBay 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. Rylo Chris Monroe/CNET 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. 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. 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. Comments
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgI voted for Larry Hogan in 2014. However, I won’t be voting for him in 2018, because I am voting for Ben Jealous in November.Here’s why.I voted for Hogan over Rep. Anthony Brown (then Lt. Gov. Brown) and it wasn’t even a close call for me. I interviewed Brown on more than one occasion and I spoke to people who dealt with him on a regular basis in the months leading up the 2014 election and two things seemed abundantly clear to me; Brown didn’t seem genuinely interested in the fate of Baltimore City and he didn’t seem particularly eager to help resolve the HBCU lawsuit against Maryland favorably for the state’s majority Black higher education institutions, and begin to repair the fiscal Jim Crow implemented against HBCU’s in Maryland for decades.So, it wasn’t really hard for me to cast a vote for Hogan, the avuncular, seemingly harmless moderate Republican. Ultimately, when it comes to elections, I’m actually an Independent. But, unlike Sens. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in 2014 I went with the Republican. And I wasn’t alone.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)According to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, Hogan garnered 12.4 percent of the Black Democrat vote in 2014 (Trump won 8 percent of the total Black vote in 2016). According to the same poll, only 27 percent of the so-called “Hogan Democrats” approved of the job Martin O’Malley, did during the years Brown served as his Lieutenant Governor. This is an important data point of the Post-UM poll; the apparent general dissatisfaction of Hogan Democrats generally and Black Democrats specifically during the O’Malley-Brown years, probably made pulling the lever for Hogan more palatable. I know it did for me. But, I argue many Black Democrats weren’t just voting against O’Malley and/or Brown in 2014, I suspect a significant number were voting against the Democratic establishment machine for various reasons.Personally, during the 2018 primary process, I leaned towards Jealous (for reasons I’ll expound upon later). But, once I got to sit down with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (who I had never met before), Jealous’ most formidable opponent, I saw why so many people I respect were on Baker’s team and had been for many years. Then I saw the phalanx of Maryland’s Democratic establishment figures, led by O’Malley line up behind Baker. That did it for me; I enthusiastically voted for Jealous on June 26.Now, it is time for Black Democrats or Black Independents, who typically vote Democrat (like me) to come home to Jealous.I’ve known Jealous for a long time; I don’t know him extremely well, but I know enough to know that he is no darling of the Democratic establishment. Maryland’s Democratic machine has far too often taken the Black vote and Black people for granted and has at times (too many times) been openly hostile to Black progressive political leaders within the party (Sen. Jill Carter comes to mind).Jealous is at the apex of progressive Democratic leadership, not just here in Maryland, but nationally (he has been endorsed by Sanders and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA.), among others). As we find ourselves combating virulent strains of authoritarianism and fascism (not hyperbole), spewing wildly from the White House, an authentic Progressive movement is needed in America now more than any other time in my lifetime. Jealous has crafted a Progressive platform essential to many in Maryland’s burgeoning disenfranchised communities. Throughout his adult life Jealous has been a champion for these communities.On November 6, the winner of Maryland’s gubernatorial race will likely be a strong indicator of the breadth and ferocity of the much anticipated “blue wave” predicted to sweep across the nation on Election Day. For the sake of most Black and Brown people, poor people, the working class and LGBTQ community, I hope it is Jealous.But, in order for Jealous to win in Maryland, Black Democrats who voted for Hogan in 2014 have to “come back home” in a big way.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore Editor and the author of, Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of Baltimore’s Great Imperiled Cities.
Kolkata: Taking strong exception to the name of the party written under the symbol of BJP during a mock poll at Barrackpore, the Trinamool Congress has lodged a complaint with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Bengal.TMC had raised questions over the act as the name of no other party is written under its respective symbol, except the saffron party. The ruling party alleged that BJP is trying to influence the Commission through such an act. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe anomaly was perceived during the mock poll at the office of the SDO of Barrackpore on Friday morning. Soon, the polling agents of TMC who were present during the mock poll protested and started agitating. The mock poll was stopped and a complaint was lodged with the returning officer. Congress also joined the protest along with TMC. It may be mentioned that Arjun Singh is contesting on the ticket of the saffron party from the Barrackpore seat, while Dinesh Trivedi is the candidate for Trinamool Congress. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLater in the day, a delegation of TMC led by its secretary general Partha Chatterjee, along with senior TMC leaders Tapas Roy, Derek O Brien, Subrata Bakshi and Subhasish Chakraborty met CEO Ariz Aftab and lodged a complaint in this regard. “We have seen during the elections till date that only the symbol of a political party is present on the EVM. The name of any political party does not feature on it. If the name of one party is written then it should have been so for other parties as well. It seems that a political party is trying to use technology with an evil intention. We have urged the Commission to take immediate action so that such things are not reflected during the elections,” Chatterjee said. Barrackpore, along with six other Lok Sabha constituencies namely Bongaon, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampore, Hooghly and Arambagh goes to polls on May 6, the fifth phase of the ongoing seven phase elections. TMC district president, North 24-Parganas, Jyotipriya Mallick said: “We are witnessing strange things during the elections this year. How can the name of a political party be written under the symbol? The act is illegal and BJP has done this with malafide intentions. They have realised that they will be defeated and so they are doing such things out of desperation.” TMC has also pointed out in its complaint that similar things had also occurred during the mock poll at Raiganj, where the elections have already been held. A senior official of the CEO’s office said that they have forwarded the report of the District Magistrate in this regard to the Election Commission of India for necessary action.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. June 17, 2014 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free With the addition of 250 new emojis to an existing palette of roughly 850, mobile users will soon be able to flip their friends the bird via text.“Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended” is just one of the many new pictographs announced by Unicode, a nonprofit organization that governs the representation of text in software products.While code for all of the new symbols has been added, Apple, Android and other mobile companies must still design the emojis themselves.Other icons slated to arrive on phones in coming months range from the fairly predictable (“Fog,” “Chipmunk”) to the whimsical (“Envelope With Lightning,” “Raised Hand With Part Between Middle And Ring Fingers” — also known as the Vulcan salute) to the downright insane (“Derelict House Building,” “Man In Business Suit Levitating.”)The list can be viewed in full here.Related: Lazy Customers Can Now Search Yelp Using Emojis
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 15, 2019 2 min read If a police officer or federal investigator wants to get into your smartphone, they can no longer use your eyes, face, or fingerprint to force you to unlock it.A federal judge in Northern California has ruled that compelling a device unlock using biometric data is a violation of Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. Cops are already barred from asking suspects to unlock their devices with a passcode, thanks to a Florida appeals court decision this past October. With this decision, biometric login mechanisms are afforded the same protection.In her decision, Judge Kandis Westmore said that fingerprints and face scans such as Face ID on iOS devices are not the same as physical evidence, and that even with a warrant, the government has no right to force suspects to incriminate themselves.”If a person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot be compelled to provide one’s finger, thumb, iris, face, or other biometric feature to unlock that same device,” she wrote.The case hinged on Judge Westmore denying a warrant to police officers investigating an alleged extortion crime in Oakland, California, where the suspects used Facebook Messenger to threaten the release of a compromising video. She said officers had probable cause to search the suspects’ property, but not to unlock any devices or compel suspects to do so.Apple and other device makers have pushed back against forced device unlocks in many forms for years. The warrant denial, and the precedent it sets for protected biometric data, is a significant decision for digital privacy as well as search and seizure law in the connected devices era. This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now »