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. Sarah Tew/CNET ‘Save the Internet Act’ aims to restore net neutrality Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview See It Read the AirPods review 1:07 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. Comment $520 at HP 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. Boost Mobile Politics Internet Internet Services 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. 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Net neutrality FCC Donald Trump,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. $60 at Best Buy 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). DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read DJI Osmo Action preview 1 The Cheapskate 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. Share your voice See at Amazon See it Colorado could be about to get its own net neutrality law. AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images Colorado is reportedly on the cusp of getting its own net neutrality law even as Democrats fight for one at a national level.Jared Polis, the state’s Democratic governor, is likely to sign legislation banning internet service providers from getting Colorado taxpayer money if they slow internet access down or unfairly speed up certain websites, the Denver Post reported.Senate Bill 78 passed Colorado’s House and Senate chambers along strict party lines — all Democrats voted in favor, Republicans against, the paper noted. Polis, who founded internet access company American Information Systems while he was in college, apparently supports it.The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $210 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. $999 Comments $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo 7 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $155 at Google Express Best Buy Turo Rylo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags $999 See It Tech Turkeys 2018: So much Facebook! But net neutrality too See It Apple iPhone XS $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 42 Photos California also has its own net neutrality law, but the state’s not currently enforcing it due to legal complications. Nationally, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules and they officially ended in June 2018. Last Wednesday, Democrats introduced the Save the Internet Act of 2019 to restore them.However, President Donald Trump’s advisors said on Monday that they’ll push him to veto the bill if it makes it through the Republican-led Senate.First published at 5:27 a.m. PT.Updated 6:20 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon
By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated PressHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday questioned why actor Bill Cosby never got a supposed non-prosecution agreement in writing as his lawyers asked the panel to overturn his sexual assault conviction.Cosby, 82, is serving a three- to 10-year prison term for drugging and molesting a woman at his home in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.The three-judge panel asked why Cosby’s top-shelf lawyers didn’t follow the norm and get an immunity agreement in writing, and approved by a judge, when accuser Andrea Constand first came forward in 2005.In this, Sept. 24, 2018 file photo Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, , in Norristown, Pa. A Pennsylvania appeals court will hear arguments, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, as Cosby appeals his sexual assault conviction. The 82-year-old Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison term. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)“This is not a low-budget operation. … They had an unlimited budget,” said Superior Court Judge John T. Bender. “Could it be they knew this was something the trial court would never have allowed?”Cosby’s lawyers have long argued that he relied on the promise before giving testimony in Constand’s 2005 lawsuit that proved incriminating when it was unsealed a decade later.Judge Carolyn Nichols echoed Bender’s point, asking, “how can the elected district attorney bind that office in perpetuity?”Cosby’s lawyers also attacked Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill’s decision to let five other accusers testify when Cosby went on trial last year, after more than 60 accusers came forward and his deposition was unsealed. Prosecutors said they chose women whose accounts showed that Cosby had a “signature” crime pattern. Bender seemed to agree, interrupting defense arguments that their stories had significant differences.“The reality of it is, he gives them drugs and then he sexually assaults them,” he said. “That’s the pattern, is it not?”Kristen L. Weisenberger, representing Cosby, said one of the women wasn’t even sure she’d been violated. But prosecutors said that’s how Cosby planned it.“The defendant should not be . rewarded because she has no recollection because of the drugs he gave her,” Assistant District Attorney Adrienne Jappe argued.The court’s decision on how many other accusers should be allowed to testify will be closely watched by sexual assault survivors and defense lawyers as men like movie mogul Harvey Weinstein await trial in #MeToo-type cases.O’Neill had allowed just one other accuser at Cosby’s first trial in 2017, when the jury failed to reach a verdict.Cosby’s lawyers called the decision to let five testify at the retrial arbitrary and prejudicial. However, the panel said judges are not bound by their earlier trial rulings.Cosby, who is serving time at a state prison near Philadelphia, was not in court for the arguments at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. The court typically takes several months to issue decisions.Long beloved as “America’s Dad” for his TV role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable, Cosby has called his encounters with Constand and other accusers consensual.In his deposition, Cosby acknowledged getting quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women before sex, including 19-year-old Therese Serignese, whom he had met at a Las Vegas hotel. Serignese traveled from Florida to attend Monday’s hearing.“Remember, there are 60 accusers,” she said. “Out of 19 prior bad act witnesses requested by the prosecutors, the judge only allowed five. I say Bill Cosby got a good deal there.”
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress observed ‘black day’ in districts and blocks across the state on Saturday to protest against the “detention and manhandling” of its leaders in Assam’s Silchar airport, where they had gone to assess the situation after the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The protest will continue on Sunday too. Carrying placards and sporting black masks and badges, TMC activists shouted slogans against the BJP governments at the Centre and Assam and the final draft of the NRC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had alleged that the members of the delegation, including women, were manhandled at the airport and accused the BJP of imposing a “super emergency” in the country. TMC Secretary-General Partha Chatterjee had said, “What happened to our party delegation is not only shameful but also undemocratic. Our slogan will be ‘we don’t need this monstrous government any more’.”At Englishbazar, Malda, BJP workers attacked Trinamool Congress supporters who were participating in a rally. The BJP workers demanded that the NRC should start in Bengal, too, and that those whose names would be in the list should be deported to Bangladesh. A large police contingent went to the spot and brought the situation under control. Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury said that the BJP was trying to create chaos in different parts in the district. “Trinamool Congress supporters had taken part in a rally and the BJP workers attacked them without any provocation.”In Kolkata, an effigy of PM Narendra Modi was burnt by TMC supporters at a rally led by minister Subrata Mukherjee. “Those whose names have been dropped from NRC are panicking and really do not know what to do. The BJP is ruining the country with its divisive politics,” said Mukherjee.
Artists Malay Karmakar, Archna Jaideep singh, Neena Talwar and fashion designer Swati Suri combined their passion for painting and fashion designing and shared their artistic journey through an exhibition organised by Vikram Sethi, a Bharat Nirman awardee in 2005 for the best art curator of the year, open to the public from July 30 till August 6 at the ITC Sheraton Hotel in the national Capital. Karmakar has been painting for thirty years and his style is distinctive of cubism and is worthy of drawing a comparison to the great Picasso. His paintings have work on palm leaves, boards, and canvases and give an insight into the “man with nature” concept. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Artist Archna Jaideep Singh too, has been painting for thirty years. Her nudes and abstract work aim at portraying beauty in its most natural form, transcending boundaries of geography, culture and time. Artist Neena Talwar who has been painting since 1976 has a style of charcoal on paper which has been appreciated by one and all. Designer Swati Suri is known for her innovative designs on fabrics. Her design label ‘Cobia’ has a unique collection of evening and informal dresses in rich and vibrant colours each dress unique in itself.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. According to the ancient Mayan calendar, the current cycle of the world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012. But even if their prediction doesn’t come true, it’s a good idea to prepare your business for a potential data emergency.Pete Khanna, CEO of the Denver-based software company TrackVia, says entrepreneurs face a whole host of potentially dangerous situations every day.”Sometimes an emergency can appear small, like the executive employee who loses his laptop or smart phone containing sensitive information,” he says. “Other emergencies are larger and more obvious, such as the recent storms in the northeast that flooded offices and buildings, and destroyed equipment and data for thousands of businesses.” Related: How to Create a Disaster Plan for Your BusinessWhether it’s the end of the world or a lost cell phone, entrepreneurs should be prepared. Khanna offers these three steps for protecting your information, and your sanity. December 19, 2012 First, take inventory. Khanna says most businesses don’t know what information they have, let alone what information needs protection. “For example, a sales employee may have a spreadsheet containing all of the company’s key customers, their contact information, and maybe even sensitive information like credit card numbers or buying history,” he says. “Start by identifying what information you have, what information is critical to the business, where it’s located, and who’s in charge of managing or maintaining it.”Next, develop a plan. Once you’ve identified your critical information, protect it with physical security and internal processes.”Physical security may be as simple as knowing who has office keys,” says Khanna. “It may also include employee badges, which secure and track access in and out of a facility. Internal processes may be something simple, like outlining steps for granting or limiting access to key documents. Another example is defining a process for destroying and dealing with paper copies of sensitive data.”Finally, back up your data. The technology you choose should fit your data protection needs, says Khanna. On-premise back-up solutions range from making copies of information onto CDs to having back-up servers on premise. However, the obvious disadvantage of this approach is that it doesn’t protect against natural disasters that occur in the immediate area.”If you’re protecting critical information that people need to safely and securely access to do their work, cloud solutions are key,” he says. Many cloud providers use military-grade reinforced data facilities dispersed around the world, so if the disaster is more localized, you data will have a better chance of survival. Related: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Storage Apps for Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » min read