Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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). 0 Mobile Apps Phones 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. 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. See It Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Cheapskate Comments $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Sprint $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Amazon Share your voice Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 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. See at Turo 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. Tags $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Tags Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $999 7 $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. See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. 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. 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. Post a comment Google Trips was designed to take care of all your travel needs, including itineraries. Juan Garzón/CNET It’s the end of the road for Google Trips.The internet giant announced this week that it would discontinue support for the Android travel-planning app in two months. The app debuted in 2016, promising to help users organize their travel arrangements via phones and other devices, even when offline. The app would guide users to particular places of interest and restaurants, as well as consolidate their reservations and tickets.It also let you customize a daily itinerary, laying out how to get to places and figuring out how long your route would take. And if you didn’t have an itinerary in mind, the app could generate one for you.Several travel services already offered this kind of planning, but Trips took advantage of Google’s wide geographical database as well as Gmail, which is where you could send reservations and ticket confirmations. Speculation that Google Trips’ days were numbered began in May when Google announced plans to revamp the Trips web service, making the Trips information more accessible at Google Travel, Google Maps and Google Search. Google said on a support page that it’ll end support for Google Trips on Aug. 5, but users will still be able to access email and trip information until then. 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. $999 Read the AirPods review Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray)
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the most challenging budget of the Narendra Modi era on Wednesday (February 1). This would be the first after the prime minister took the shocking financial step of demonetisation on November 8 last year.Also read: From halwa ceremony to leather briefcase, interesting traditions of Union Budget 2018Now, to what extent will the Budget 2017 be able to satisfy the common man after the November shock therapy is for time and the experts to tell. Meanwhile, we can focus on some lighter facts related to India’s budget, things that would make it a not-so-tedious read amid all the complicated calculations:A Scottish presented India’s first-ever Budget: The first-ever Indian budget was presented by James Wilson, the founder of The Economist, in April 1860. Wilson was the Finance Minister of the Indian Council which had advised the Indian Viceroy. He passed away a few months after presenting his Budget.The Indian to present first-ever Budget: The first-ever budget in independent India was presented by R K Shanmukham Chetty, the country’s first finance minister, in November 1947. That budget covered a period of seven-and-half months between August 15, 1947, and March 31, 1948. Chetty had also introduced the term ‘Interim Budget’ during his speech in 1948-49. It meant a budget for a short period.A scandal had broken in the UK over its budget the same year it was presented for the first time in independent India. The then British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Hugh Dalton, had met a journalist on the Budget Day after he walked into the British parliament and revealed to the latter a few details on tax changes that he had in his plans. The journalist broke the story before the speech was made and Dalton had to step down. It is said that the incident had made Chetty extra-cautious while preparing independent India’s first budget back home.John Mathai did not read out the Budget: John Mathai, the successor to Chetty and in office between1949-50 is said to have delivered the most plain budget speech ever. He had decided not to read out the budget and told the members that a White Paper including all details had been circulated. The highlights of this budget were setting up of the now-defunct planning commission and beginning of the five-year plans. Mathai also used the opportunity to give a speech on economic policy.Morarji Desai presented the Budget 10 times, the most: It is said the credit of turning Budget into a ‘tool of publicity for the finance minister’ goes to former prime minister Morarji Desai, who had presented it the maximum number of times: 10.Desai presented the Budget on his unique birthday twice: On two occasions, Desai had presented the Budget on his birthday – February 29. That happened in the years 1964 and 1968.The 1973 Budget was ‘Black’ one, while the 1997 one was called ‘Dream’: While the Budget of 1973-74 was called the ‘Black Budget’ owing to a deficit of Rs 550 crore, that presented by former finance minister P Chidambaram in 1997 was called the ‘Dream Budget’ owing to its roadmap for big reforms.Two presidents have presented Budget as FMs: Other than Pranab Mukherjee, R Venkataraman was the only finance minister who later went on to become the president of India.Yaswant Sinha presented four Budgets under difficult conditions: Yaswant Sinha, who presented five Budgets under two governments, had faced challenges almost every time he presented it as the NDA’s finance minister. While the 1999 Budget was presented after the Pokhran II blasts, the 2000 was presented after the Kargil war. Similarly, his presentation in 2001 came after the horrible earthquake in Gujarat. His budget presented as the finance minister of the National Front government in 1991 was also in the wake of the forex crisis.Only one woman presented Budget: The only woman to have presented the Budget is late prime minister Indira Gandhi, who did so in 1970-71 after Desai’s resignation.Railway and general budgets were separated in 1924: The railway budget was separated from the general budget in the year 1924. They have been merged this year.First disclosure scheme for black money in Budget: The first disclosure scheme for black money came in the Budget of 1965-66.Three PMs presented budgets: Three prime ministers – all from the family – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had presented the Budget while serving as prime minister.Biggest-ever Budget was presented in 1991: The biggest Budget ever in the history of India was that of 1991 when the country’s economic policy underwent a complete change. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh had presented that budget and late PV Narasimha Rao was the prime minister then.Budget timing was changed from 5 pm in 1999: Earlier, the Budget used to be presented at 5 pm, which was essentially a continuation of the colonial-era practice. It was during the NDA government of Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1999 when this ritual was changed. That year, the budget was presented by Yashwant Sinha at 11 am. PM Modi’s government also made another change by bringing the Budget ahead by a month to present it on February 1.The halwa ceremony: Printing of the Budget documents begin with the annual halwa (a sweet dish) ceremony. It marks the beginning of lockdown for many officials in the Ministry of Finance who remain in the budget printing press till the finance minister’s speech gets over. During this time, the officials are not even allowed to contact their family members.
.The election commission has said it is ready to hold the by-polls in 90 days to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation as it fell vacant with the death of its mayor Annisul Huq.“We are ready to hold the by-polls as per the electoral law. We’ll hold the polls within 90 days since the day it falls vacant,” EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told a group of newsmen at the EC secretariat on Sunday.He said the commission will begin the preparatory work for the by-polls once the local government ministry publishes the gazette notification declaring the mayoral post vacant.Article 16 of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009 says that if any post of mayor or councillor of a city corporation falls vacant 180 days before the expiry of their tenures, a by-election to the post shall be held within 90 days since the day it falls vacant to fulfil the post for the rest of the tenure.Annisul passed away at a London hospital on Thursday night. He was diagnosed with cerebral vasculitis after he was admitted there on 13 August.He was buried in Banani graveyard on Saturday afternoon.Read More:Annisul laid to eternal rest
Khaleda Zia BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia appeared in the makeshift court set up in the old central jail on Nazimuddin Road in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Wednesday, but without her senior lawyers.”You don’t get justice here. You can hand me whatever punishment you want. I am ill. I cannot come here so many times. My legs swell up if I sit like this. None of my senior lawyers came today. I would not have come had I known this,” said Khaleda, a former prime minister.The judge, Md Akhtaruzzaman, attended the court at 11:00am while Khaleda was produced before him at 12:15pm.Brought in a wheelchair, the BNP chair was wearing a purple saree, her legs covered with a white shawl.Dhaka Bar Association president Golam Mostafa Khan came to the court on the day. When he saw that none of her senior lawyers were present, the pro-BNP lawyer spoke to Khaleda with the permission of the court.”I have come here as the president of Dhaka Bar Association. The order that the court will sit here in the jail did not reach her lawyers,” he said, urging the court to set a fresh date for the debate that was scheduled for today.Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, however, claimed that the order did reach Sanaullah Mia, the most senior lawyer moving for Khaleda.In the end, judge Md Akhtaruzzaman extended the bail and set 12 and 13 September the next dates for the hearing.The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust case on 3 July 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21. 0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants for orphans from a foreign bank.
Summer used to be synonymous with poring over a juicy read at the beach, or curling up next to a good book outside on the porch.But not anymore. A new survey conducted by New York-based research firm Miner & Co. Studio reveals that, while 76 percent of Americans say they have a summer reading list, 85 percent report to having a summer “streaming” list — a catalog of content that they intend to binge before summer ends.And the great outdoors has slowly become the venue of choice for streaming. Sixty-four percent of participants said that they are consuming video in places where they used to spend time reading outside, including on porches, decks, backyards, beaches and lakes.Related: Binge-Watching Is Our New NormalYouTube (93 percent) and Netflix (90 percent) are the two platforms leading this streaming trend, according to the report, which surveyed 800 adults aged 18 to 59.But before you’re quick to bemoan the unplugged vacations of yesteryear, Miner also found that summer streaming can have certain social benefits. Ironically, streaming has increased social interaction between friends and family, according to the survey, in that 65 percent of participants said that they now spend more time with their loved ones watching and talking about their favorite shows.For additional streaming trends this summer, check out Miner’s infographic right here:Click to EnlargeRelated: As Online Video Explodes, a Look at 5 of the Industry’s Biggest Trends (Infographic) 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. August 28, 2015 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now