LOS ANGELES — An arbitrator has ordered 21st Century Fox to pay $179 million in a dispute over profits with the stars of the long-running Fox TV show “Bones.”The decision revealed in a court filing Friday includes $128 million in punitive damages against Fox executives for “intentional fraud and malice.”David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, the stars of “Bones” from 2005 through 2017, sued Fox in 2015, saying it denied them profits by licensing the show to Fox’s TV division and to Hulu for below-market rates. They were joined by executive producer Barry Josephson and author Kathy Reichs, who authored the novels “Bones” is based on. The case went to private arbitration in 2016.Fox criticized the decision and intends to fight it, saying the arbitrator “is categorically wrong on the merits.”Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press
17 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is dispatching the United Nations’ top political official to Cyprus to lead an assessment team to the region amid hopes of a possible breakthrough in the search for a resolution to the long-running dispute on the Mediterranean island. Mr. Ban told reporters today at UN Headquarters in New York that he was sending Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe to head a team that would “engage in dialogue with all stakeholders” in Cyprus. “We hope that we will be able to see improvement and make some breakthrough in this long-pending issue in Europe,” Mr. Ban said. Dimitris Christofias was recently elected President of the Republic of Cyprus and the Secretary-General said he was encouraged by both the signals so far from Mr. Christofias and from the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat, who met with Mr. Ban last week in Senegal, and “also expressed his willingness to engage in constructive dialogue.” Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat have agreed to take part in direct talks under UN auspices this Friday in Nicosia. “I think the international community should seize the momentum and window of opportunity when Mr. Christofias, the new Cyprus President, was elected and [who] is committed to a resolution of this issue,” Mr. Ban said. The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was established in March 1964 following the outbreak of intercommunal violence on the Mediterranean island and the mission is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to the maintenance of law and order and to a return to normal conditions.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The first consumer-ready Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset was delivered to a real person over the weekend, and reviewers got their first taste. The initial feedback: It’s a beautiful, wonderful device that immerses you, yet it still has a ways to go.Oculus founder Palmer Luckey hand-delivered the first Rift to software developer Ross Martin in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, kicking off a new era in virtual reality by putting the most powerful VR device yet into a consumer’s hands.Martin, who had never tried VR before, spent a few hours on the Rift Monday morning. He watched a short movie, played a game and explored a virtual environment that included an up-close encounter with a Tyrannosaurus Rex.“I couldn’t stop saying, ‘Wow,’” Martin, a 33-year-old Web developer, said in an interview. But he said that he felt a touch of nausea at times and that the resolution could be better.“If you’re a gamer, this is right up your alley,” he said. “You’re going to be able to forgive that.”Oculus has said it’s sending the Rift to its first Kickstarter backers first, followed by those who ordered one in January for $600, or at least $1,500 with a high-end personal computer included. Oculus, which began crowd-funding through Kickstarter in August 2012, was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion in 2014 and has shipped two developer versions so far.Expectations for a consumer version have been high. There’s a backlog of orders and if you order now, you can expect delivery in July. It’s not clear, though, how many units Oculus made for the first round — and whether there will ultimately be much demand beyond gamers and hard-core technologists.Early reviews by journalists have been mixed.Steven Tweedie of Business Insider was glowingly positive in his review of the Rift, relishing the greater presence he felt in both games and narrative stories.“Everything feels like it means more: there’s a heightened connection to characters, both in games and short films, and the action carries weight,” he wrote.But he noted its hefty price tag “is undoubtedly the biggest thing keeping more people from getting the chance to try virtual reality.”Time’s Lisa Eadicicco called the Rift “expensive, complicated, and totally wonderful.” She added, “It’s brilliant. It’s fascinating. It’s not perfect, but it’s only getting started.”Several reviewers, including IGN’s Dan Stapleton, wrote that because the Rift doesn’t come with controllers that allow for separate actions by each hand, the Rift will suffer compared with the HTC Vive, which will have such controllers included when it comes out next month. Oculus expects its “Touch” controllers to come out later this year.Wired reviewer Peter Rubin similarly bemoaned the lack of games using Touch.Nathan Olivarez-Giles of The Wall Street Journal wasn’t wowed by all the 30 games that were available at launch.And he wrote that nausea, a consistent complaint among VR headset users, was real.“When I pushed myself to play ‘Valkyrie’ for as long as 45 minutes nonstop, I took aspirin to fight off a headache.”___Follow AP Business Writer Ryan Nakashima at https://twitter.com/rnakashi . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/ryan-nakashima FILE – This Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, shows the Oculus Rift on display at the Oculus booth during CES International in Las Vegas. As Facebook’s Oculus Rift begins shipping to consumers, reviewers describe the virtual-reality headset as a device that immerses you, yet it still has a ways to go. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) Oculus Rift begins shipping; reviews suggest waiting is OK by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2016 3:10 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
North American stock markets extend losing streak amid ‘Brexit’ concerns by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:37 am MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Uncertainty over whether Britain will vote to leave the European Union later this month drove North American stock markets lower on Monday as traders priced in a possible exit.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite fell 43.66 points to 13,993.88, registering declines in all sectors except materials and metals and mining.It was the same sentiment in New York, as Wall Street ended lower for a third consecutive trading day. The Dow Jones industrials was off 132.86 points at 17,732.48, while the broader S&P 500 lost 17.01 points to 2,079.06 and the Nasdaq fell 46.11 points to 4,848.44.Investors are concerned about whether Britain will choose to remain in the European Union in a June 23 referendum. Recent polls predict the so-called “Brexit” vote will be a close one, which has led to unpredictability on what the departure may mean for 28-member economic and political union.“Markets are getting a bit more jittery,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis. “The markets are reading this as a tremendous amount of uncertainty as opposed to some sort of global economic catastrophe.”Fehr said equity markets will feel the pressure in the short term if British voters decide to leave the EU, but not because it will necessarily be a negative for the global economic landscape. If successful, investors may also read it as a signal that other nations will soon contemplate the same move.“It would take some time before we actually see the true economic impact of an exit,” he added. “All the political and economic agreements between the U.K. and the EU would not immediately cease overnight.”Another factor that is weighing on markets is the upcoming U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting that ends Wednesday. The Fed had been expected to raise rates again as early as this month, but it now appears likely it will remain in a wait-and-see mode after the last two monthly jobs reports in the U.S. put a damper on expectations.In corporate news, shares in professional social networking site LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) soared $61.13 or 46.64 per cent to US$192.21 after Microsoft announced it was purchasing the company for US$26.2 billion in cash. Shares of Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) fell $1.34 or 2.6 per cent to US$50.14 at the close.Meanwhile in commodities, the July contract for benchmark North American crude oil was down 19 cents at US$48.88 a barrel, while July natural gas rose three cents to US$2.59 per mmBtu.Traders continued to see bullion as a safe bet in the current environment as August gold rose $11 to US$1,286.90 a troy ounce, while July copper added two cents to US$2.05 a pound.The Canadian dollar was off 0.31 a U.S. cent at 78.08 cents US.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
Iain Wright MP, Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, was the keynote speaker, discussing Labour’s perspective on industrial strategy. Mr Wright spoke of the world-class goods and services produced by the automotive industry in the UK, reiterating strong support for an active industrial strategy. He stressed the importance of collaboration between industry, government and Parliament as well as the need for certainty and stability in policy making for long- term investment decisions. SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt opened the breakfast and welcomed guests. He spoke on behalf of the sector, outlining SMMT’s industrial strategy paper that was used to focus discussion on government-led policies to ensure continued investment in the manufacturing industries. Today’s Labour breakfast is the second of three Party Conference fringe events being hosted by SMMT over the next few weeks, as the industry body continues its high-level engagement with key politicians and stakeholders. Click through to find out more about discussions held the Liberal Democrat breakfast event last week.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Ã¯»¿This morning SMMT hosted a breakfast event at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester which focused on the need for an industrial strategy to boost UK competitiveness. SMMT representatives met Labour MPs, MEPs and policy advisors, including Rt Hon John Denham MP, Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Richard Burden MP, Adrian Bailey MP and Ian Lucas MP. Representatives from Unite the Union also joined the roundtable, offering valuable contributions to the discussions.
Councillor Angeliki Stogia said: “We believe that the vast majority of penalty notices are being issued to motorists from outside of the city who are travelling to Manchester for the first time and following outdated sat nav routes.”She added: “The number of motorists driving into the prohibited zone is very low compared to the volume of traffic which used this road prior to the introduction of bus gates, which proves their effectiveness.” Signs at either end of the “bus gates” show a red circle with a car and motorbike inside. One driver, Alexandra Frank, said: “Unsuspecting city visitors and other drivers are corralled into the ‘no cars’ area and then photographed.”They realise only too late.” She said the signs were clear and the measures had not been introduced to raise revenue. Some have complained that the signs are confusingCredit:MEN Media Sat-navs are sending drivers down one of Britain’s most prolific bus lanes where nearly 1,000 people are fined every day, motorists have complained.Drivers on Oxford Road in Manchester have been caught in bus lanes 149,898 times since the road layout was changed last September, according to figures obtained by Manchester Evening News.Only buses, black cabs and cyclists can now use sections of the road between 6am and 9pm.But drivers have said the signs are confusing and sat-nav devices have yet to catch up with the change.
If you have a Raspberry Pi in your possession, chances are it has been running either Debian Squeeze or Arch Linux as an OS. Both are very capable solutions for the $25 PC, but neither one of them takes advantage of the Pi’s floating point hardware, meaning you aren’t getting the best performance. Today, that changed.Last week a video appeared of the Raspberry Pi running a new Linux distribution called Raspbian. It was lightning quick, especially when loading web pages. That same video also confirmed overclocking your Raspberry Pi up to 1GHz is possible and relatively easy to achieve.At the time Raspbian was a work in progress, but the SD card image has now appeared on the Raspberry Pi download page. And it must be good because it has replaced Debian Squeeze rather than appearing as an option alongside it.Apparently the performance tweaks on offer extend to the applications, firmware, and kernel, so it’s an all round improvement from what was available before today. Benchmarking by network engineer Adam Armstrong clearly shows the gains:You should check out Adam’s blog post for an in-depth look at the performance difference Raspbian brings.If you’re not sure how to update the image on your SD card, full instructions are given on the download page including links to relevant software to help you get the job done.Those of you interested in how Raspbian came about, as well as how long it took to develop, should check out the Raspbian timeline (PDF), which gives you a full rundown of its short history.Get Raspbian from the Raspberry Pi Downloads page, via Raspberry Pi
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last week Prime Minister elect, Tony Abbott, announced his new cabinet. Of the 19 member cabinet, only one female – Julie Bishop – was elected. With this, the PM announced he would not include a minister for the Status of Women. And then last Thursday Mr Abbott announced he would be responsible for women’s policies and programs, with the assistance of West Australian Senator Michaelia Cash, as minister assisting. But as we watched his election campaign filled with seemingly politically incorrect gaffes about women, as many claimed, is Mr Abbott really the best person to take on women’s issues? “Those gaffes I believe were purposeful,” says Helen Marcou, co-founder of SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music). “I think he was setting an agenda and he was very calculated.” Ms Marcou adds that he’s sending a “clear message to Australian women and the population” that the Coalition will do what they want and we Australians will just have to “suck it up”. “They are taking non-PC to the extreme and we are so shell-shocked that people will be willing to accept anything from here on in,” Ms Marcou tells Neos Kosmos. Councillor for Whittlesea Kris Pavlidis believes the decision to elect Mr Abbott as PM reflects Australia’s “very conservative community”. Ms Pavlidis was volunteering at a polling booth the day of the 2013 Australian Federal Election and says she was stunned to hear young ladies say they loved Tony Abbott. Curious as to why, Ms Pavlidis asked one young girl what it was about Mr Abbott that she ‘loved’. The young lady responded: “He represents the average Aussie bloke.” “What I took away from that was that we [Australians] are – unfortunately – a very conservative community,” she tells Neos Kosmos. “It’s been tested out with a range of different views, like equality in marriage, refugee issues – with the slogan ‘stop the boats’.” Not only was the Status of Women excluded from Mr Abbott’s new ministry, so were the following: multiculturalism; science; aged care; disabilities; climate change; higher education; youth; early childhood; workplace relations; mental health and water. The ministries the PM decided to include are: border security; Anzac Day and sport. “The newly appointed Cabinet is a very public example of enacting the boys club attitude, and does nothing but give organisations and businesses the permission to do the same,” says Penny Kyprianou, manager, arts and culture program, Antipodes Festival. “Tony Abbott’s choice in ministries is a pretty good insight into his brand of conservatism, and the inclusion of only one woman speaks volumes,” adds Ms Kyprianou. Comedian, writer and social commentator Terri Psiakis says leaving out the ministry on the Status of Women shows that female issues are “clearly not a concern” to Mr Abbott. “His slashing and burning of ministries that represent the concerns of some of the most vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged people in our country is an absolute disgrace and indicative of what I believe is a very uncaring government unconcerned with social justice, and a PM who lacks compassion on both a personal and professional level,” she adds. Ms Kyprianou says the fact that Australia voted in Mr Abbott as Prime Minister – with his conservative views – concerns her more than Mr Abbott himself. “That he spoke in a voice that resonated with so many Australians doesn’t sit well with me at all,” she says. “I heard many people explain their decision to vote for Mr Abbott by using phrases like ‘to increase border security’ and ‘to stop the boats’. Mr Abbott identified a common fear, and ran with it.” As a Greek Australian woman, safety to Ms Kyprianou means being safe at work, walking at night, catching public transport, not to be protected from asylum seekers, adding this “hysteria of a national emergency is ludicrous”. Apart from these issues, executive director of AGWS, Ms Voula Messimeri Kianidis AM, believes not having a female voice and representation on a Federal Government level means not having women in policy making decisions that will invariably impact on the whole community of Australia. “There are women in Australia who have extraordinary experience and merit – not only in government but across the board – so there are plenty of women to choose from that can occupy decision making positions,” Ms Messimeri Kianidis tells Neos Kosmos. “Women have a particular approach to the way they relate to the community and this will impact on Australia and we will be poorer as a community for it by not having that perspective.” As it stands, Ms Messimeri Kianidis believes that there is no diversity in terms of gender in decision making in the Commonwealth. “It’s important there is a gender balance, a representational balance of people from different walks of life, who reflect different views, represented in Federal Government,” Ms Marcou says, adding that by having everyone’s voice heard, it will show Australia as a “tolerant society”. “You want to see someone that’s like you in Government; that thinks about you; that represents the things that you believe in; that you feel you can relate to and generally, a lot of white upper class men are totally unrepresentative of the greater population.” All the women spoken to about the current government’s cabinet believe that this is a backward step for Australia. And given that Australia was moving forward by having its first female Prime Minister, they all believe that women now need to fight for their rights. “Women of all ages and nationalities in Australia must now fight even harder to be heard,” says Ms Psiakis of the new government. Ms Marcou – who has a ten-year-old daughter Lola – adds that this current attitude by our Federal Government has “decimated the aspirations of a lot of young women”. But Ms Marcou makes another point, and that is how Australia is now being perceived on an international level. Ms Marcou – who was in Greece during the election campaign – says many Greeks were looking intently at the outcome of Australia’s Federal election and were concerned with the Coalition coming into power. “[Greeks] have an idea of Australia as being progressive, educated, wealthy, somewhere they would always think of moving to; a place you go for a better life,” she says of the feedback she was receiving from Greeks. “And now we have prejudice and misogyny from our prime minister – it sets off alarm bells about the country and what culture we have here.” Ms Kyprianou echoes these sentiments. “You only need to look at how international media covered the election campaign to see how the rest of the world views us. “Tony Abbott’s ‘woman problem’ was picked up extensively internationally and the male heavy cabinet is giving rise to a whole set of new headlines condemning our conservatism.” She says the message it sends to young Greek Australian women – and the wider Australian female community is clear – “find your voice”. “When worthy females were demoted in place of poor performing men, there is definitely an issue,” states Ms Kyprianou. “Given the man they said was too right-wing to be our Prime Minister is now leading this country, we need to be role models for each other, and continue trying to bring the men who subscribe to the boys’ club ideology out from their caves.” *Neos Kosmos attempted to speak with Greek Australian women who support the Coalition but they declined to comment.
Lazio Coach Simone Inzaghi feels they were worthy winners over Marseille despite a turbulent entrance to the Velodrome.Lazio beat Marseille 3-1 at the Stade Velodrome, but their bus was pelted with rocks and bottles as they approached the stadium.“We played a great game against a strong opponent,” Inzaghi said in his post-match Press conference via Football Italia.“Lazio were superior, we deserved to win. We deserved another goal in the second half, but this evening will be a great memory for all of us.“Marseille’s weak points? I think sometimes you just have to recognise the merits of the opponents, it’s happened to me many times. I think tonight Lazio were just better than Marseille.Marseille needing to replace Florian Thauvin Taimoor Khan – September 12, 2019 Florian Thauvin is out of action due to an ankle injury which means that Olympique de Marseille have to quickly seek a solution. It’s…“We didn’t give them anything, the goal we conceded was on a set piece. We did really well in helping each other out, and the players who came on did really well.“The entrance wasn’t pleasant, stones and bottles fell on the bus. There was a bit of discomfort on the approach to the stadium but the players responded well.“I think we’ve seen a growth in the team in the last 10 games, we’ve won eight and lost two.“Inter? We need to grow to win against teams that have obviously been constructed in another way. With work and ideas, I think we can win against top teams like that.”
Turo Read the Rylo camera preview 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. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. $6 at Tidal 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. 7 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Streaming music service Tidal has a new three-month membership promotion for new customers, for 99 cents for the Premium tier, or $1.99 for the, er, more premium HiFi tier.Tidal’s promotion runs from Wednesday until Jan. 2 and it will revert to $9.99 a month for premium and $19.99 a month for HiFi. Like its main competitor Spotify, Tidal’s Premium tier is a 320kbps stream, while the HiFi tier offers both lossless FLAC and hi-res MQA. The deal comes in the wake of a similar offer from Spotify that gives you 3 months for 99 cents, which expires on Dec. 31. Apple Music still offers a free 3-month membership for new subscribers. 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. Boost Mobile Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon $210 at Best Buy Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Best-sounding albums to own on vinyl Chris Monroe/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Share your voice Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $59 at eBay 5 tips for free-tier Spotify users 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. Apple iPhone XS Sprint Comments Rylo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Now playing: Watch this: Read the AirPods review $999 $999 1:53 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. $999 Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The Cheapskate Read Google Home Hub review Angela Lang/CNET 1 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 at Turo Audio Music,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. $155 at Google Express 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). See it 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. $60 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Comment $299 at Amazon See at Amazon See It 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. 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. 21 Photos $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays
As expected, Google released its first tablet Nexus 7 on the first day of its ongoing annual developer conference Google I/O, which begun on Wednesday in San Francisco.Nexus 7 is a new tablet with a vibrant, 7″ 1280×800 HD display, powerful, portable and designed for Google Play. It comes preloaded with some great entertainment, including the movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the book “The Bourne Dominion,” magazines like Condé Nast Traveler and Popular Science, and songs from bands like Coldplay and the Rolling Stones.Google Play is digital entertainment source, with more than 600,000 apps and games plus music, movies and books. It’s entirely cloud-based, which means all of your content is always available across all of your devices. Google will also offer magazines, episodes of broadcast and cable TV shows, purchase and rent movies etc.The Nexus 7 will be the first device to ship with Jelly Bean, a new version of Android. Jelly Bean uses cards to help gets the right information at the right time.”Starting in mid-July, we’ll start rolling out over-the-air updates to Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom and Nexus S, and we’ll also release Jelly Bean to open source,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content.Tablet Nexus 7 SpecificationsGoogle’s new tablet has 7″ 1280×800 HD display. It features 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra-3 chipset, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core Graphics Processing Unit GPU, making everything, including games, extremely fast. And best of all, it’s only 340 grams, lighter than most tablets out there. It is the first 7 inch tablet with a quad core processor.Nexus 7 has 1.2-megapixel front camera with 8GB memory.Price of Tablet Nexus 7Nexus 7 is available for preorder from Google Play in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, and starts at $199 in the U.S. It will start shipping in mid-July. It is expected to be available in India soon though the search giant has not announced it.($1=Rs.57 approximately)Google’s Tablet Nexus 7 Demo
Former Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and ex-Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh waits for his vehicle outside the Parliament in New Delhi on July 2, 2009.The budget session of parliament began on a stormy note with opposition members staging angry protests over the hike in petrol and diesel prices. During the second session of 15 Lok Sabha Railway budget is to be presented on July 3 and the Union budget on July 6PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]After the Aligarh district magistrate submitted evidence of Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh’s reported remarks of supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Election Commission (EC) has found his remarks to be in violation with the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).Singh had sparked a major controversy on March 23 while addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters gathered outside his Aligarh residence he reportedly said, “All of us are BJP workers and we want the party to win. We want Modiji to become the prime minister.”According to the earlier reports, clips of the comments were submitted to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the EC had sought a factual report from the CEO. The commission after a thorough examination came to the conclusion that his remarks have violated the Model Code of Conduct.The election commission said that they will write to the President Ramnath Kovind about the matter as Kalyan Singh, who holds a high constitutional post should remain apolitical.Kalyan Singh, former chief minister of UP, reportedly made these comments to pacify some anxious BJP members who had gathered outside his house over ticket distribution.In a similar situation during the 1990s the election commission had expressed their disapproval over Gulsher Ahmad, then Governor of Himachal Pradesh after he was found in violation of the MCC.He was pulled up by the EC for campaigning for his son Sayeed Ahmed in Madhya Pradesh. He quit the post when the commission expressed displeasure over the misuse of official machinery for his son’s poll campaign, reports The Indian Express.
Obaidul Quader file photoBangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Friday urged the students not to step into any trap, reports BSS.“After failing in the quota reform demos, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the fundamental forces are depending on the students and they want to instigate their movement,” he told newsmen after a joint meeting of the party at its Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.Quader said the government has accepted all the nine demands of the agitating students.“We are seeking cooperation from the heads of all the education institutions, member of the governing bodies and the guardians to bring back discipline on the roads,” he added.At the same time, the AL general secretary urged the teachers and guardians to take back the students to homes and educational institutes.The AL leader urged the party leaders and activists to have patience and face the present situation with caution.“The government has accepted all the demands of the students to avoid any untoward situation and mitigate the people’s sufferings,” added the minister.The AL general secretary said prime minister Sheikh Hasina herself is looking into the demands put forward by the students.He said a draft act will be finalised in the cabinet meeting on Monday and it will be placed in the next parliament session for enactment to ensure safety and discipline on roads.“The slogans being chanted by children against the government are not decent, said the minister, adding that some vested quarters are now acting on the students.“The people are the worst sufferers as plying of vehicles are being suspended on the street due to torching and vandalising of those,” he said and hoped the sufferings will ended soon.
Share REUTERS/ Leah Millis/Via PBS NewsHourSteve Penny, former president of USA Gymnastics, invokes his 5th amendment right to not answer questions during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee in Washington, D.C.Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the Walker County district attorney’s office in Huntsville, Texas, said Penny was arrested by a fugitive task force in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and awaits extradition to Texas.The third-degree felony is punishable by two to 10 years in prison. It was unclear if Penny has an attorney. Messages left with USA Gymnastics weren’t immediately returned.Penny resigned under pressure in March 2017.The indictment alleges Penny ordered the removal of documents from the Karolyi Ranch relating to Nassar’s activities at the ranch, near Huntsville. It alleges Penny acted after learning that Texas Rangers and Walker County authorities were investigating the ranch, which was being managed by USA Gymnastics.The indictment states the documents were delivered to Penny at the USA Gymnastics headquarters in Indianapolis, they have not been recovered and their whereabouts are unknown to authorities.Nassar was charged in June with sexually assaulting six minors in Walker County. A former sports medicine trainer, Debra Van Horn, was also indicted on one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. Prosecutors said Van Horn was charged as “acting as a party” with Nassar.In Michigan, Nassar was sentenced earlier this year to decades in prison, after hundreds of women and girls accused him of molesting them with his hands under the guise of medical treatment. They said the abuse went as far back as the 1990s while he worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.Nassar was a former team doctor for both the women’s program at USA Gymnastics as well as Michigan State University athletics.In Texas, a number of gymnasts who had trained at the Karolyi Ranch have said Nassar sexually assaulted them there. Walker County prosecutors have said there is no corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by world-renowned gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, and the couple has denied wrongdoing.Following is a copy of the indictment:
If you’ve been following Microsoft’s Kinect, then you know that all sorts of development has taken place around it. The motion sensor has had a significant impact on the Xbox 360, but the development that is taking place on the computer side is much more clever. Of course, independent developers aren’t bound by commercial viability, or even tastefulness, so we’ve seen a lot of fun stuff happening with the Kinect that Microsoft surely never imagined. The latest Kinect hack that will blow you away? Kinect Russian Roulette.Russian Roulette, as anyone who has seen The Deer Hunter will know, is a lethal game which has a very high chance of an unfortunate outcome. By using the Kinect to play you get all the anticipation and none of the unfortunate after effects of losing.The setup looks pretty simple: the Kinect recognizes your face and then your hand in the shape of a firearm. When you mimic the action of the gun’s hammer moving forward, the Kinect understands that and fires a round. The computer does the math and you have a 1/6 or 1/8 chance of, erm, losing. If the math is in your favor you can keep going, or presumably pass the gun to the next player. And if you lose… well you’ve probably already seen the video or the screenshot below. Kinect Russian Roulette was an art project, by Theo Watson, for the Art Hack Day. He made it in just three hours using openFrameworks 007 and ofxKinect, the latter of which is an openFrameworks wrapper for the Kinect, which Watson coded.As a game KRR might get old fast, but it could still be useful. Maybe it’ll end up being a high-tech, adult-only replacement for rock, paper, scissors?via Theo Watson
Have you heard? Virtual reality is a thing again. The trend kicked off by the Oculus Rift head-mounted display has ensnared companies like Sony, Samsung, and Valve, and the latter has only recently started showing off its secret VR project. A recent Valve meetup in Boston gave attendees a chance to actually try the company’s head mounted display.Valve’s prototype unit looks a lot like Oculus’ recently demoed Crystal Cove test unit. It’s a black wrap-around device covered with white IR-reflective dots. A separate camera uses those dots to keep tabs on how the wearer is moving his or her head. This allows for much more accurate motion tracking and a better immersive experience than simply using accelerometers and gyroscopes in the device itself. The last prototype, which was demoed in a very limited fashion, used QR codes and a camera attached to the visor to improve tracking.Inside the headset are two screens with a total resolution of 2160 x 1280, but in this early version, not all of the screen is visible. You can probably tell from the images this device is rather oddly shaped, meaning the bottom half of the screen is basically unused. However, people who got to use the updated prototype say the tracking and framerates were incredibly impressive already.Valve has a Dota 2 demo that allowed wearers to see the entire game arena spread out on a virtual table. It responded to motion tracking by letting the wearer lean down and inspect any section of gameplay more closely. Cool though it may be, this is still a long way from a real gameplay demo.It’s not clear if Valve will ever bring its VR headset to market, or if this is just a little side project to explore new interfaces. The company has worked with Oculus in the past, but with the Facebook acquisition of Oculus VR, Valve might be looking to ramp up its own VR hardware in the future.
Register Now » 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals If you were a business that wanted an app, your options weren’t always good: You’d likely lose weeks of your life wading through AppTank and Craigslist listings, emailing developers and taking meeting after meeting. Now there’s Gigster, a site that boils all that work down into one sitting. Just fill out a form at Gigster.com outlining your project, budget, time frame and desired features (say, processing orders or handling payments), and the site will send a guaranteed estimate in 10 minutes.“Founders would take out their credit cards and pay for the project on the spot,” says Roger Dickey, who founded Gigster with engineer Debo Olaosebikan. “It was a series of those ‘one click and go’ transactions that allowed us to grow very quickly as word spread about what we could do.”The site was started in 2014, and currently works with more than 1,490 freelance designers, developers and project managers. Gigster’s network will build anything from simple mobile apps and websites to advanced product features for existing apps — and, bonus, it provides a project manager to make sure progress stays on track. That no-fuss process has won a wide range of fans. Gigster began by serving only small businesses, but is now also doing work for the likes of Square, IBM and the World Bank. The only catch: Its days of low-cost apps are over. The average project fee on Gigster used to be $7,000, but now that larger companies (and their big budgets) have arrived, prices have risen to an average of $22,000. Still, deals can be had: The minimum fee is $1,000, and simple projects can be done on the cheap. “We can finish a project in a week that would take inside developers a month,” Dickey says, “and I know we’ll do higher-quality work for less money.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 28, 2016 This story appears in the April 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Thousands of Canadians in path of extreme storms: Global Affairs Canada Thursday, September 13, 2018 Tags: Hurricane Florence, Mangkhut, Weather By: The Canadian Press Share TORONTO — Global Affairs Canada says thousands of Canadians are in the path of extreme weather expected to hit the U.S. and Southeast Asia.The department says 440 Canadians have registered in areas expected to be impacted by hurricane Florence, while 3,446 Canadians have registered in areas expected to be impacted by typhoon Mangkhut.It says 149 Canadians have registered in areas that tropical storm Isaac could affect.Global Affairs noted that registration is voluntary, so the numbers are only estimates.The department says it is ready to provide consular assistance to Canadians if required, and travel to the U.S. east coast should be avoided, especially from Edisto Beach in South Carolina to Duck, N.C.Forecasters still aren’t sure where exactly hurricane Florence will make landfall, but they expect it will cover the North Carolina and South Carolina line.Meanwhile, Philippine authorities began evacuating thousands of people Thursday in the path of typhoon Mangkhut, which has been categorized as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Rafael Viñoly Architects has designed the new Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay. This is the firm’s first completed airport and its largest project in Viñoly’s home country. The new terminal became fully operational on December 9, 2009.The new terminal at Carrasco International Airport, which serves Uruguay’s capital city of Montevideo, was created to expand capacity and spur commercial growth and tourism in the surrounding region. The design of the building emphasizes its public zones and amenities, providing these areas with an abundance of open space and natural light. Arriving travelers, for example, pass through a fully glazed mezzanine level that helps orient them to the terminal space before they descend to immigration, the baggage claim, and customs. A public, landscaped terrace and a restaurant occupy the second floor, providing sweeping views of the runway and the main concourse.Rafael Viñoly Architects’ design elevates the public zones, both on the fully accessible roadside departure hall and terrace and the secure runway-side concourses, and houses everything beneath a curved, 1,200-foot-long roof. The gentle curve and low profile of this monolithic roof help integrate the building into its site. The exterior’s flowing lines and undulating geometry resemble the natural landscape of Uruguay, making it not only an iconic architectural structure, but a symbolic one as well.Inside the building, arrivals and departures are separated vertically: arrivals on the ground floor, and departures on the first floor, with vehicular access roads for passenger drop-off and pick-up servicing each level independently. An open atrium adjacent to the street entrance opens the ground floor to the monumental space of the main hall, visually and spatially linking the beginning and ending stages of a traveler’s journey. The roof provides a canopy over these access roads on the land-side of the building, and on the air-side it opens up to give wide views of the airfield and countryside beyond.In keeping with a long tradition of grand transportation halls, the departures level is one large space. With glazing on all four sides and thin structural supports, the roof appears to float above the building. The departures level features the public concourse and the secure passenger concourse; each is separated by the security checkpoint and immigration control at the center of the plan. After completing check-in and security procedures, departing travelers have access to duty-free shopping and restaurants in the waiting areas. Four fixed, elevated pedestrian bridges with articulating corridors, accommodating a total of eight passenger gates, connect the passenger concourse to narrow- and wide-body aircraft and provide access to the apron for smaller planes.“In Uruguay, friends and family still come to greet you at the airport or see you off,” says Rafael Viñoly, “so this terminal provides great spaces for the people who aren’t traveling as well as those who are. The atrium, the main hall, the terrace, and the passenger concourse make this a dramatic and welcoming place for everyone.”Visit www.aic.com.uy for more information.
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The police prosecutor noted that he could not. He owns a large potato farming operation with his two brothers in Grafton and entered the Legislature in 2013,P. we can count on more than dumb luck. A civil lawsuit has been filed on behalf of about 100 of Nassar’s victims.