7 Stainless Steel Starship pic.twitter.com/rRoiEKKrYc— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 24, 2018 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. Turo $6 at Tidal Share your voice $299 at Amazon $999 He also added that the skin “will get too hot for paint” and will instead feature a “stainless mirror finish” for “maximum reflectivity.”Musk has said SpaceX plans to begin testing its Starship design in 2019 with “hopper” flights that will essentially launch the rocket straight up and bring it back down for a landing. The test flights will use three of the company’s next generation “Raptor” engines, according to Musk. Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Sci-Tech 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. $210 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). 15 Photos 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. Tags Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X A look at Elon Musk’s plan to move us to Mars (pictures) $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Now playing: Watch this: Comments 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. Chris Monroe/CNET Elon Musk’s 2018 highs and lows HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Cheapskate $59 at eBay 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. Sprint 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. Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 4:10 See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. SpaceX managed over 20 launches in 2018, but it’s also been working on arguably bigger and better plans for the future. In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve Monday, CEO Elon Musk shared a picture of the prototype version of his “Starship” under construction. Starship is the new name for the huge rocket previously known as “BFR” that SpaceX plans to use to send people around the moon, to Mars and on super-fast international flights via space. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo Comments Read DJI Osmo Action preview Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. $999 See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Google Home Hub review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express See at Turo See it 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the AirPods review Elon Musk Space SpaceX,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 The photo provides some idea of the scale of the rocket, which SpaceX has said will be bigger and considerably more powerful than the Saturn V rocket that took Apollo astronauts to the moon. The nose cone alone appears to be multiple stories tall, dwarfing the work trucks parked around it. Musk tweeted that the massive rocket prototype being built at the SpaceX test facility in Texas has a stainless steel skin. In subsequent comments, he said steel will perform better than lighter weight carbon fiber material at high temperatures like those felt during reentry. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 22 See at Amazon $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS Amazon
Dutee Chand becomes first Indian athlete to reveal her homosexualityLinato Zhang/Getty ImagesOne of India’s most successful athletes of all time, Dutee Chand, who won silver for the country in both 100 meter and 200 meter event at last year’s Jakarta Asian Games has created history by becoming first major sportsperson from India to declare herself in a same-sex relationship.This announcement by Chand was made in an interview given to The Indian Express’ Sunday edition. She stated: “I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her.”Facing troubles in the pastThis revelation has made waves in the Indian social media with many people coming out in her support and praising her for what they describe as ‘courage.’ The 23-year old, who hails from Odisha, had been earlier caught in a controversy over her eligibility to compete as a female in events for that gender. Due to hyperandrogenism, a condition which causes women to have higher levels of androgens than what is considered normal for the sex, she was removed from the Indian athletics squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Australia’s Gold Coast and the Asian Games of the same year in South Korea’s Incheon.However, in 2015, thanks to a case being filed in the Court of Arbitration for Sports on her behalf, the rules pertaining to testosterone levels in female athletes were changed and Dutee was allowed to participate again. Chand had earlier been disqualified from participating due to hyperandrogenismIANSAn uncharted territoryBut her latest revelation is an even bigger step. While there are many athletes in other countries who have revealed their homosexuality and have continued their participation, India has been relatively untouched by this phenomenon. For Dutee, the Supreme Court judgement invalidating section 377 of Indian Penal Code which criminalised homosexuality was a major moment.”I have always believed that everyone should have the freedom to love. There is no greater emotion than love and it should not be denied. The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me as an athlete because of my decision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at international meets,” the girl from Odisha said.While homosexuality has been de-criminalised, there is no provision in the Indian law for same-sex marriages. Yet, the sprinter looks forward to having the company of her partner. “I wanted to be with someone who will encourage me to continue being a sportsperson. I have been a sprinter for the past 10 years and I will perhaps continue to run for the next five to seven years. I travel around the world to compete. It is not easy. Mujhe kisi ka sahara bhi chahiye (I also need to have the support of someone),” the athlete added.
Kolkata: In a major step to streamline the process of giving permission to the puja committees, Bidhannagar Police has decided to give it online.A high-level meeting to discuss the matter was held on Wednesday. Sabyasachi Dutta, mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Krishna Chakraborty, chairperson of BMC and Sujit Basu, MLA Bidhannagar attended the meeting along with Debashis Sen, chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe representatives of Salt Lake, Lake Town and Sribhumi attended the meeting. Earlier, the puja organisers had to obtain permission from the Fire and Emergency department and local civic body and then apply for police permission. The process was elaborate and the organizers often complained of harassment. To put an end to the harassment of the organizers, they can now apply for police permission online after getting the required clearance. It is a major development and will reduce the time of giving permission. The authorities of HIDCO will sit with the puja committees at New Town on Thursday. HIDCO has decided to select the best Puja through Blockchain to ensure fair competition.