New Highway Ramp to Provide Relief for Mark Center Commuters in Northern

first_imgTraffic relief promised to defense workers at the Mark Center, which opened in August 2011 to house thousands of DOD civilians kicked out of leased space in nearby Arlington following the last BRAC round, arrived last week after the Virginia Department of Transportation opened a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) ramp on I-395 in Alexandria.While the opening of the Mark Center did not disrupt commuters as much as originally feared, the addition of 6,400 workers in Alexandria has exacerbated congestion in the area.The reversible ramp will provide a direct connection for HOV drivers heading to and from the Mark Center, reported the Washington Post. Only buses and vehicles with three or more occupants will be able to use the ramp.The new ramp is part of a set of VDOT projects designed to ease congestion and provide easier access to the Mark Center. The final piece of the $76 million project is a pedestrian bridge over I-395, expected to open next month.State and local leaders had opposed the Pentagon’s decision to relocate workers to the Mark Center site due to its lack of access to Metrorail and accused the department of relying on flawed traffic data when it selected the location at the intersection of Seminary Road and I-395. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

BTS DNA Video Tells 7 Members Stories With Color

first_img Demi Lovato On Renewed Faith In Music, New Album Interview: Miley Cyrus On Younger Now, Dolly Duet Whose Stories Does The BTS “DNA” Video Tell? bts-dna-video-tells-7-members-stories-color Bebe RexhaPhoto: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images Fall Out Boy: Evolution Of Rock And Roll Email PJ MortonPhoto: Patrick Melon Beyond psychedelic, the K-pop pioneers’ visual storytelling is based on bandmates’ identities, preferences and stylesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2017 – 3:38 pm K-pop band BTS released their fifth EP, Love Yourself ‘Her,’ a few weeks ago and its track “DNA” is visually intravenous, as intended, as is its dancing, colorful graphic storytelling, and chart performance. Inviting comparison with Psy and Wonder Girls, “DNA” and BTS have broken into the mainstream. Twitter Gary Clark Jr. On Clapton, Prince & Cars 21 Savage On Jay-Z’s Ability To Stay Relevant PJ MortonPhoto: Patrick Melon BTS “DNA” Video Tells 7 Members’ Stories With Color More Interviews Dirty Heads Dish On ‘Swim Team’ PJ Morton Dishes On His Love For New Orleans Bebe Rexha: ‘All Your Fault,’ Collabs And Cardi B 21 Savage On Jay-Z’s Ability To Stay Relevant Miley CyrusPhoto: Liam Hensworth Fifth Harmony: Biggest Girl Group In A Generation? Portugal. The Man Talk ‘Woodstock’ Camila CabelloPhoto: Denise Truscello/BBMA2017/Getty Images Interview: Noah Cyrus on ‘NC-17,’ Katy Perry PJ MortonPhoto: Patrick Melon Drake Bell Drake Bell Camila CabelloPhoto: Denise Truscello/BBMA2017/Getty Images Camila CabelloPhoto: Denise Truscello/BBMA2017/Getty Images Fall Out Boy: Evolution Of Rock And Roll Bebe RexhaPhoto: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images Bebe Rexha: ‘All Your Fault,’ Collabs And Cardi B Niall Horan on “Seeing Blind” With Maren Morris Interview: Miley Cyrus On Younger Now, Dolly Duet Miley CyrusPhoto: Liam Hensworth Fifth Harmony: Biggest Girl Group In A Generation? Portugal. The Man Talk ‘Woodstock’ News MUNA Talk Emotional Pull Of “I Know A Place” Niall Horan on “Seeing Blind” With Maren Morriscenter_img PJ Morton Dishes On His Love For New Orleans Camila Cabello On Healing, Michael Jackson & Love Interview: Noah Cyrus on ‘NC-17,’ Katy Perry Interview: Miley Cyrus On Younger Now, Dolly Duet Interview: Drake Bell On ‘Honest,’ Beatles & TV Gary Clark Jr.Photo: Joey Martinez MUNA Talk Emotional Pull Of “I Know A Place” Gary Clark Jr. On Clapton, Prince & Cars Bebe RexhaPhoto: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images Interview: Drake Bell On ‘Honest,’ Beatles & TV Bebe Rexha: ‘All Your Fault,’ Collabs And Cardi B PJ Morton: ‘Gumbo,’ Maroon 5, SZA & New Orleans Portugal. The Man Talk ‘Woodstock’ PJ Morton: ‘Gumbo,’ Maroon 5, SZA & New Orleans Fall Out Boy: Evolution Of Rock And Roll Demi Lovato On Renewed Faith In Music, New Album Gary Clark Jr.Photo: Joey Martinez Facebook Miley CyrusPhoto: Liam Hensworth Niall Horan on “Seeing Blind” With Maren Morris MUNA Talk Emotional Pull Of “I Know A Place” PJ Morton Dishes On His Love For New Orleans Demi Lovato On Renewed Faith In Music, New Album Fifth Harmony: Biggest Girl Group In A Generation? Camila Cabello On Healing, Michael Jackson & Love Prev Next Drake Bell Gary Clark Jr. On Clapton, Prince & Cars Gary Clark Jr.Photo: Joey Martinez PJ Morton: ‘Gumbo,’ Maroon 5, SZA & New Orleans Dirty Heads Dish On ‘Swim Team’ Interview: Drake Bell On ‘Honest,’ Beatles & TV Dirty Heads Dish On ‘Swim Team’ 21 Savage On Jay-Z’s Ability To Stay Relevant Camila Cabello On Healing, Michael Jackson & Love Interview: Noah Cyrus on ‘NC-17,’ Katy Perry The “DNA” YouTube video was published Sept. 18 and currently has more than 80 million views.From No. 85 on the week published Oct. 7, the BTS hit jumped to No. 67 for the Oct. 14 published period. “DNA” is now the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 title by a K-pop artist or band. In 2009 Wonder Girls reached No. 76 with “Nobody.”Big Hit Entertainment, the group’s creative team, explained to Billboard how catering to the individuality of the band’s seven members helps them express unique stories, using their personal style and flair. This binds the group together while representing BTS as an epic cooperation between diverse and energetic young men, full of passion in song. With this powerful combination, there’s no telling how high up the charts BTS will go.Miles Davis In DNA: Music Preservation With A TwistRead morelast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Thanks The Voters

first_imgDear Wilmington Community,I just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to voters for re-electing me to the Wilmington School Committee at this past weekend’s Town Elections. I am humbled and honored by your trust in me, and am looking forward to serving my community and schools once again.I am committed in ensuring our schools continue to remain strong centers for student learning and achievement. As our community welcomes Dr. Glenn Brand into our District, I am looking forward in working collaboratively with him and the Board to ensure the work we do together continues to focus on this goal.I appreciate and thank families and residents, who have reached out to me during my campaign, not only with their concerns, but also with words of encouragement and support. I will continue to listen and be available to you, and promise that I will be objective in my decision making. I will continue to work diligently on your behalf to find solutions, so that all students have the opportunity to learn in a safe, positive and supportive environment.I would also like to extend many thanks to friends and residents, who were kind enough to have my signs on their lawns, took time out of their busy schedules to write letters of endorsements on my behalf, and came out this weekend to hold signs. I am sincerely grateful for your help and support!I would also like to thank my incredible husband, Joe, and my children, Conor and Erika, for allowing me to do this labor of love, and encouraging me throughout my campaign. Without their sacrifice and support, I couldn’t do what I do.It is easy to see why Wilmington is a great place to live! I am truly grateful to be a part of such a strong and caring community that not only supports one another, but the Town as a whole. I feel fortunate to be able to contribute in serving my community in my role on the School Committee and look forward to my third term on the board and working on behalf of our schools and families.Sincerely,MJ ByrnesWilmington School CommitteeLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE Q&A: Fennelly, Ragsdale & Byrnes Discuss What They Want To Accomplish In Year #1, How They’ll Be Responsive To ResidentsIn “Education”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee’s MJ Byrnes Asks For Your VoteIn “Education”CANDIDATE ANNOUNCEMENT: Wilmington School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Announces Re-Election BidIn “Government”last_img read more

Wilmington Book Club Listings — January 2019

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Book Club Listings — July 2019In “Community”Wilmington Book Club Listings — August 2019In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a listing of book club discussions happening in Wilmington this January:Pints & Pages Book Group (Library’s Social Book Group For 20 & 30 Somethings)Thursday, January 3, 7pmPancho’s CantinaInstead of discussing a particular book this month, we’ll meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.Novel Ideas Fiction Book GroupThursday, January 17, 7pmWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellEnjoy reading fiction? Join the library’s fiction book group led by Adult Services Librarian Kim Rowley.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.Well Read Wednesday Book GroupWednesday, January 23, 10amWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: A Piece of the World by Christina BakerThis is book group discusses contemporary books both fiction and non-fiction led by Library Director Tina Stewart.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.The Buzz Book ClubMonday, January 28, 1pmWilmington Senior CenterFeatured Book: Into The Water by Paula HopkinsMembers are asked to get their own book for this meeting.  No registration required.Have your own book club and looking for members? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:last_img read more

Braves ad blocking eases your computers memory use

first_img See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) Software Internet $1,099 Walmart Ad-blocking Brave also gives you a memory advantage, tests show. Stephen Shankland/CNET You might run an ad blocker in your browser to cut website clutter and keep companies from tracking you online. But the ad-blocking Brave browser has another reason to intervene: to free up memory and preserve your battery life.Detailed tests comparing Brave to Google’s dominant Chrome browser, with and without the Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin ad-blocking extensions, show that blocking ads can help reduce browsers’ ever-heavier use of precious computer memory on ad-heavy sites. Brave cuts memory use by 33 percent to 66 percent compared with ordinary Chrome, the company said Friday.Memory is a precious resource on laptops and phones, critical to everything a device does. As browsers have increased in power, becoming full-fledged software foundations instead of just vessels for digital documents, memory usage has soared. But browsers are getting more assertive about displaying websites in ways that are good for those of us looking at them, not necessarily those publishing them.Reader mode, tracking protection and ad blocking are some examples of browsers taking more control. Ad blocking helps not just with memory use, but also with power consumption, Brave has found.”The primary savings come from blocking resource-hungry ads and trackers that popular sites are teeming with, especially news ones,” Brave Chief Scientist Ben Livshits told CNET in an exclusive interview. “In our research, we show that Brave consumes 40 percent less battery than popular browsers like Chrome, Edge and Firefox thanks to a combination of bandwidth savings and lower CPU pressure.”Brave Software, founded by JavaScript inventor and former Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich, got its start with an ad-blocking browser. But it isn’t opposed to ads. In fact, its business strategy relies on showing its own ads with its own technology designed to protect privacy and share some of the ad revenue with anyone using its browser. In its first phase, now in testing on personal computers, ads are shown in notifications that have no tracking scripts, animation, audio or video.Brave Chrome ad-blocking memory testBrave testing showed its browser using less memory usage than Google Chrome, with or without the AdBlock Plus and uBlock Origin ad blockers. The four comparisons show results for a higher-end MacBook (W1) and less powerful MacBook Air (W2) making network requests from the US and UK. The test was on ad-heavy news sites where ad blocking saves memory and cuts power use. Brave Software Reducing memory use is a priority in the browser world. Google Chrome — whose open-source Chromium project is the foundation for Brave, Opera, Vivaldi and soon Microsoft Edge — is working on memory reductions. And Firefox has a whole project called MemShrink, a good thing since security improvements mean it won’t be as economical.Memory is preciousNew trends make memory even more precious. Websites are piling on ever more JavaScript code, and smartphones don’t typically have as much memory as laptops even though web developers want to build more advanced websites.If you want to stick with Chrome, you can get most of Brave’s advantages with the uBlock Origin extension, Brave’s test showed. The AdBlock Plus extension actually increased memory use. The company measured memory usage with a number of websites, mostly news sites, on a powerful MacBook Pro, but it said its results were validated with an older, feebler MacBook Air.Adblock Plus by default shows ads that comply with its “acceptable ads” policy. Disabling that reduces memory usage to about the level of Chrome and uBlock Origin, Livshits said. Adblock Plus developer Eeyo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Google, Apple and Microsoft didn’t comment.”We’re very conscious of Firefox’s memory footprint, but efforts to decrease RAM must be balanced against features that make the browser faster, more responsive, and more secure,” Mozilla said in a statement. The upcoming Firefox 66, for example, will improve performance without requiring more memory. “We’ll continue to improve the resource efficiency of Firefox so it continues to run great for every user on whatever device they’re using,” Mozilla said.Advantage evaporates on sites without adsBrave’s memory advantages won’t carry over to websites that aren’t so heavily loaded with ads as those in the company’s test.”Pages that are clean, such as Gmail or Wikipedia, would currently use the same amount of memory as on Chrome,” Livshits said. And your mileage may vary: “Power users tend to see high memory use regardless of browser or ad blocker,” because browsers cache more information for quick access, he added.You could see websites get even easier on your hardware, too. Brave is working on a new SpeedReader mode — a more aggressive alternative to browser reader modes that show reduced-clutter views of websites. SpeedReader is designed to block ads and trackers long before they burden the computer, increasing website display speeds by a factor of 20. That’ll bring benefits for memory and power usage, too.”By focusing on allowing the least content possible for great content reading experience, it does not load any scripts (advertising or not) and even removes unimportant graphics,” Livshits said. “We haven’t run the exact same test to measure memory use in this scenario, but expect it to use a fraction of the memory of standard mode.” $1,199 Comments See It Apple News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro $899 Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop Share your voice Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air 2 Tags Apple MacBook Air Microsoft Edge Advertising Brave browser Chrome Firefox Google See Itlast_img read more

Gmail Google Drive hit with global outage

first_imgGoogle confirmed the outage to CNET. It was widespread and appeared to cover North and South America, Europe and Asia, though not all users we impacted. (Gmail was working for CNET staff in New York and Australia but not for one of our reporters in San Francisco.)Either way, you might have an excuse for not already having sent that annoying email reply.   First published, March 12 at 8:12 p.m. PT.Update, 9:20 p.m. PT: Adds update from Google. Correction, March 13 at 5:30 a.m. PT:  Fixes the time of Google’s initial notification of the outage. Update, March 13 at 5:59 a.m. PT: Notes that the outage is over.  Internet Online Happy birthday internet, @gmail is taking the day off— Slice Penala (@SlicePenala) March 13, 2019 Gmail is having issues since 10:08 PM ESThttps://t.co/vvOkRr96MSRT if it’s down for you as well #gmaildown pic.twitter.com/TtPEx6Er3V— Outage.Report (@ReportOutage) March 13, 2019 Google Drive for Android Gmail is back. Google Gmail and Google Drive are back up after an hours-long outage affecting people around the world.”The problem with Gmail should be resolved,” reads a message  posted at 11:13 p.m. PT Tuesday on Google’s GSuite Status Dashboard. “We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.”Google had a similar status message for Google Drive, posted at the same time.Gmail users flooded social media on Tuesday evening to complain about problems sending emails. Some also reported issues with Google Drive, including spotty performance and certain file types not opening.According to an initial message posted on Google’s GSuite Status Dashboard at 7:53 p.m. PT Tuesday, both Gmail and Google Drive were experiencing what it described as a “service disruption.”So what do you do when you’re email isn’t working? Send out a tweet! Tags 11center_img Gmail going down globally pic.twitter.com/qGOx7akcEs— Urthboy (@urthboy) March 13, 2019 Share your voice Help! Gmail is down and I’m being forced to chill out! pic.twitter.com/zXZuLOrSwO— Chris Sacca (@sacca) March 13, 2019 Review • Google Drive for Android gets a bit more powerful Comments Gmail Google Drive Googlelast_img read more

Amazon Japan reportedly stops selling Huawei devices

first_imgAmazon Japan apparently isn’t directly selling Huawei’s products anymore. Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP / Getty Images The Amazon Japan store became the latest entity to ice out Huawei by removing all its products from direct sale, a Nikkei report said Friday.Despite the end of direct sales, Amazon Japan customers can still buy Huawei phones, tablets and PCs through third-party sellers in the online marketplace, Nikkei noted.The Chinese company’s devices were listed as out of stock for direct sale in the wake of the US blacklisting Huawei last week. President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively banning the company from doing business with US companies or governments based on national security concerns over Huawei’s close ties with the Chinese government.In the US, Microsoft also reportedly removed Huawei MateBook laptops from its online store.Neither Amazon nor Huawei immediately responded to requests for comment.First published at 5:53 a.m. PT.Update, 6:23 a.m.: Adds more detail. $60 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. 7 4:59 Post a comment Amazon Huawei,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. $299 at Amazon $210 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 $520 at HP Turo Comments Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Angela Lang/CNET 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. 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Read Google Home Hub review What is going on between Huawei and the US? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Amazon See at Turo See It Mobile Tablets Computers Phones 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. $59 at eBay 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Boost Mobile See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best Buy See It $155 at Google Express 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Rylo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $6 at Tidal 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). Sprint Apple iPhone XS 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. 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. Chris Monroe/CNET 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. 0 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags Share your voice $999 See it 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. 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Scam artists reportedly stole 19 million worth of iPhones

first_img Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mobile Security Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Apple 0 Post a comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All • The iPhone XS Max could fetch hundreds of dollars on the black market. CNET A New York crime ring that allegedly stole hundreds of iPhones over the past seven years has been busted, according to Quartz. All told, the group reportedly got its hands on more than $19 million worth of the devices.Six people were charged in the case, which was filed by federal prosecutors in New York state in April. The complaint was just unsealed, according to Quartz. The felony charges range from mail fraud to conspiracy to identity theft.It’s not unusual for scammers to focus their efforts on Apple’s iPhones given the device’s high price tag, which can run as much as $1,450 per phone. Just a couple of months ago, a pair of Chinese engineering students studying in Oregon allegedly conned Apple out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by exchanging counterfeit iPhones for new ones. And last year, another New York group was nabbed for allegedly stealing more than $1 million worth of iPhones.The group that was most recently caught reportedly ran a scam in which some members used stolen identities to pose as cellphone subscribers. With fake IDs and debit cards they’d allegedly go to mobile phone stores across the US and say they wanted to upgrade their phones to a new iPhone. Then they reportedly shipped the iPhones back to the crime ring’s New York headquarters. People there would allegedly sell the iPhones on the black market.The cellphone subscribers whose identities were stolen ended up being charged for the upgraded phones, according to Quartz. The crime ring reportedly signed the victims up for monthly payments, so that they wouldn’t notice the charges right away.  Court filings didn’t specify how many people were allegedly affected and how many phones were reportedly stolen, but in one incident 250 phones were discovered in dozens of packages being sent to New York. The crime ring was ultimately busted by an unnamed person who worked at an overnight shipping service and became suspicious of all of the packages being sent out of state that weren’t addressed to a physical business or home address.A trial is pending for the six people charged in the scam, according to Quartz. They all pleaded not guilty and were released on $100,000 bonds.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment. reading • Scam artists reportedly stole $19 million worth of iPhones Applelast_img read more

ATT earnings sees wireless growth in Q2 but video side continues to

first_img Share your voice 1 Review • Live TV streamer is stronger on channels, weaker on DVR 2:00 Now playing: Watch this: News • AT&T misses on revenue, loses more DirecTV Now customers Why you should say no to DirecTV Now Mobile Tech Industry 13 Photoscenter_img DirecTV Now continues to underperform for AT&T.  Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images AT&T met analyst expectations in its latest earnings report, even as struggles continued around the company’s U-Verse and DirecTV video unit. The technology giant added 335,000 phone users, the bulk of them coming on the company’s prepaid side. AT&T says it added 72,000 postpaid users, the more lucrative customers that sign up for its traditional monthly wireless service. By comparison, in the first quarter of the year, the company added 179,000 phone users, of which 80,000 were postpaid. Utilizing its deployment of FirstNet, a wireless network for first responders, AT&T says it has been able to upgrade its traditional wireless network and get it ready for 5G, which it plans to make commercially available nationwide during the first half of 2020. “The wireless side of the house, we’re feeling more and more confident every day,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and CEO in a call with investors. Stephenson says the company has built out 60% of its FirstNet network thus far. The growth in mobile comes as its more premium DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse continue to shed users for its traditional satellite, cable and streaming DirecTV Now services. AT&T said it lost 778,000 premium video users, with an additional 168,000 users disconnecting from DirecTV Now as the company rolled out fewer promotions. AT&T warns that the losses could continue through the rest of the year as it still has 1 million users locked on two-year pricing promotions. The company is touting a new, forthcoming over-the-top streaming service called AT&T TV, set for trial in the third quarter of the year, as well as next spring’s HBO Max launch, as options to turn its video ship around. Read more: DirecTV Now vs. YouTube TV vs. Sling TV vs. Hulu and moreStephenson says HBO Max will have live sports, touting the NBA and MLB as two potential examples. While it is unclear exactly what AT&T TV will look like and how it will compare to the company’s other streaming services, Stephenson told investors that the company “will put our shoulder and our muscle behind AT&T TV.”WarnerMedia, the division that houses the Time Warner properties AT&T acquired last year, including Turner TV stations and HBO, had revenues of roughly $8.4 billion. Earnings per share were 89 cents for the quarter, exactly matching the estimates from analysts polled, according to Yahoo Finance. Revenues came in at $45 billion, slightly higher than the $44.85 billion analysts anticipated.   Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Comment Tags DirecTV Now AT&Tlast_img read more

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Tarantino love letter to movies has

first_imgOriginally published July 26.  10 best free movie and TV streaming services 2:38 Comments Tags Movie reviews Share your voice Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, is actually two stories. On the one hand, you have the odd couple of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth. Dalton, an actor who’s seen better days, left his TV hit to make movies and has struggled ever since. Booth is his stunt double, driver, impromptu therapist and best friend. On the other hand, you have Dalton’s new neighbors: director Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate. Similar to what he did in Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino reinvents history here, imagining an alternate version of 1969 Hollywood in which Dalton lives next door to Tate on Cielo Drive, where the actress and three of her friends were famously murdered by the Charles Manson family.I was all in for the stylish homage to Hollywood’s golden age. I just wish it didn’t also have to be a horrific real crime with the full-on, blood-spattering Tarantino treatment. I should say up front that I’ve never been a Quentin Tarantino fan. I found both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction violent and uncomfortable to watch. Watching Kill Bill: Vol. 1, I wanted to leave the theater because I was disgusted by all the blood and explicit acts of violence against women. I never bothered with Vol. 2. I’m among those who think Tarantino’s time may have passed and never understood why he was so revered. So I was ready to hate Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. In fact, I liked it, though I have some quibbles. Not the least of them is that at 161 minutes, the film would have benefitted from being shorter and tighter. Basically one movie instead of two. qt9-r-00318-01-rgbQuentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt on the set of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures There’s already a lot going on in a film with two very strong leads. One (DiCaprio) is going through quite the midlife crisis. The other (Pitt) is just trying to scrape by. On top of that, you have an ensemble with so many famous names it’s hard to recall them all. We’re talking the likes of Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Luke Perry, Rumer Willis, Bruce Dern, Scoot McNairy and Lena Dunham.qt9-r-00061-rMargot Robbie in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures With so many characters popping up, Margot Robbie doesn’t really have much to do as Sharon Tate other than stand there with perfect blond hair and exquisitely sculpted legs. She’s flawless throughout the whole movie, with one exception. In Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Tarantino lets everyone know that even gorgeous women snore. Actress Margaret Qualley gets a similar superficial treatment. She plays Pussycat, a member of the Charles Manson family with a penchant for hitchhiking and flirting. She has a scene with Pitt’s character that is quite cringe-inducing. Not only because she looks like a teenager and he’s well into his fifties, but because at one point she offers him oral sex while he’s driving. But let’s talk more about what I liked in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Longtime Los Angeles institutions (and their neon lights) make an appearance: among them, restaurants Musso & Frank Grill and El Coyote, the landmark Capitol Records and theaters Cinerama Dome, Bruin and Pantages. center_img 77 Photos 2019 movies to geek out over Endless cameos and historic references will seduce any film and TV buff. Mike Moh plays a cocky version of Bruce Lee who says things like, “My hands are registered as lethal weapons.” Damian Lewis plays a blond-but-not-cool-enough Steve McQueen. Director Sergio Corbucci’s name is shown some reverence. There are countless references to spaghetti westerns (the title of the movie being one of them). People are glued to their TV sets to watch Three in the Attic, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The F.B.I. Our protagonists’ pasts are re-enacted as little flashback sequences perfectly interwoven into the action, and Tarantino has a lot of fun with the format, especially with Dalton, as we get a glimpse of his work as an actor but also how it could have been. One standout sequence shows the ending of The Great Escape with DiCaprio’s Dalton playing McQueen’s character in a way that made me want to watch The Great Escape for the umpteenth time. In another sequence, we see Dalton as a performer lashing out in the funniest way because he can’t remember his lines. Then there’s Pitt, whose cool Cliff Booth is arguably just as objectified as Robbie’s and Qualley’s characters. He has a shirtless sequence on top of a sunny roof where he doesn’t have any reason to be jealous of his very ripped and younger Fight Club self.There’s much more to say about Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. The camera moves masterfully. The soundtrack is catchy. There’s some sort of shoe and foot fetish going on. A conversation between Dalton and a child actor is both hysterical and raw.Be sure to go see the movie the way the director intended you to see it: in 35mm. I just hope you’re luckier than me and your theater has more than one projector, like the charming little theater I saw it in has. Otherwise, prepare yourself for a pause every hour or so as they change reels. Or just take that opportunity to stretch your legs. Did I mention this is a 161-minute movie? Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies 9last_img read more

Gov Focused On Working With Legislators On Medicaid

first_imgWith time winding down in the scheduled 90-day session, questions remain about whether or not legislators can agree on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to expand and reform Medicaid.Download AudioHouse Finance Committee co-chair Steve Thompson said he’s concerned with whether thousands of people can be added to a system he calls broken.Senate Health and Social Services Committee chair Bert Stedman says he thinks that financially it works in the state’s best interests to go ahead with expansion and reform.If expansion doesn’t pass, some believe Walker, by law, could seek authority from the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee to accept and spend federal money tied to expansion and that even if the committee disapproves, he could move forward.A Walker spokeswoman says the administration is focused on working with lawmakers.last_img read more

Govs pipeline proposal raises eyebrows

first_imgKeith Meyer took over as the new president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. in June 2016. Photo courtesy of AGDC.The state is considering a dramatically different approach in its effort to build a natural gas pipeline.After more than two years of working with the big three North Slope oil companies, state officials are proposing Alaska take a larger stake — or take complete control of the project.And that plan is raising some eyebrows.Download AudioThe Alaska LNG project, as currently planned, is massive. People working on it call it a “gigaproject” — a giant gas treatment plant on the North Slope, an 800-mile pipeline down to Cook Inlet, and then a huge liquefaction facility in Nikiski — all to fulfill the decades-long dream of tapping the state’s gas reserves and shipping it to market.Estimates have pegged the cost at $45 to $65 billion dollars.Under the current plan, the state would split that cost with its three partners: ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips.So the question becomes: if the state takes full ownership, who would pay?Keith Meyer is the new president of the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. He said, not Alaska.“Just because state owns more doesn’t mean it has to invest more,” Meyer said.The idea is to bring in outside investors to finance the project — anyone from customers in Asia to large pension funds.“It is an infrastructure project,” Meyer said. “If we do this correctly, and put some good contracts in place, this will be very attractive to infrastructure funds and investors.”Meyer said the new approach was prompted by discussions with the state’s partners this winter, when the three companies indicated that with low oil prices cutting into their cash flow, they might not be ready to move ahead next year as planned.Asked Meyer if any company wanted to pull out entirely, Meyer said, “Pull out, I would say no. Change the pace of investment, yes…But everybody, without exception, wants this project to happen.”But the administration sees any delay as potentially fatal.Right now, the LNG — or liquefied natural gas — market is over-saturated, with prices a fraction of what they were a few years ago. Many analysts predict that oversupply will subside by the early 2020s.When it does, Meyer said, the state needs to be ready, or competing projects will fill the void.“We need, as a state and as a project, we need to hit that window,” he said. “We need to be in service in that window.”But the idea has its skeptics.“A lot of people get hurt jumping through windows that aren’t open,” said Larry Persily, an oil and gas advisor to the Kenai Peninsula Borough and longtime observer of the state’s pipeline efforts.Persily said there is some consensus there will be more demand for LNG early next decade. But it’s impossible to say exactly when — and for the state to focus on that window may not make sense.And, Persily said, while many LNG projects do bring in outside financing, the sheer size of Alaska’s project makes that approach daunting.“If you’re looking at $30-, $40-, $50 billion of investment to go out and raise in the market for an LNG project,” he said. “That would be the largest LNG project financing ever put together in the world.”Is the state capable of marshaling that kind of effort? That’s the question raised by Anchorage Republican Cathy Giessel, who chairs the Senate Resources Committee.“The most obvious and first concern is how do we afford it?” Giessel said in a phone interview Wednesday. “The secondary concern is, who has the expertise to step into a greater role?”Giessel said she doesn’t believe that either the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or its citizen board, have the experience to oversee a project like this.And she says she doubts the Senate would support the plan, from what she knows of it so far. That’s not much — Giessel said the administration hasn’t shared any details with lawmakers.As for companies, ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips all replied to questions with brief emailed statements. Exxon and BP wouldn’t discuss their negotiations with the state.But ConocoPhillips confirmed the administration has floated the idea of a state-owned pipeline.“We can confirm that the State has proposed a state-controlled project and conversations to better understand the proposal have begun,” spokesperson Natalie Lowman wrote in an email. “Regarding our perspective on these conversations, right now we are evaluating all options.”last_img read more

Agarwal Samaj gets new president

first_imgAbids: Naresh Kumar Choudhary has been elected as the president of Telangana Agarwal Samaj on Tuesday. Naresh Kumar Choudhary is the founder chairman of Agarwal Samaj Sahayata Trust. The trust gives free education, conducts kanya vivah (girls’ marriage), donates tailoring machine to the beneficiaries, organises free medical camps and provide medical facilities. The trust donated ventilation machines to NIMS Hospital, dialysis machines to Gandhi Hospitals. Members of Telangana’s Agarwal community greeted the newly elected president Naresh Kumar Choudhary.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu MDMK chief Vaiko files nomination for Rajya Sabha

first_imgChennai: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party General Secretary Vaiko on Saturday filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections as a DMK-supported candidate. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Chief MK Stalin was also present on the occasion. On July 1, the DMK had announced names of its three nominees for the ensuing Rajya Sabha polls. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Stalin nominated M Shanmugham of DMK and advocate B Wilson for the Rajya Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu to be held on July 18. The DMK had agreed to give one of its three Rajya Sabha seats to Vaiko, chief of DMK” as part of an agreement in the recently held parliamentary elections. Elections to the six Tamil Nadu Rajya Sabha seats is scheduled on July 18. In the 234-member Assembly, AIADMK has 123 members, DMK 100, Congress 7, IUML and Independent one each with two seats vacant.last_img read more

Javadekar worships in Tirumala

first_imgTirumala: Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, accompanied by spouse Prachee Prakash Javadekar, had darshan of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on Sunday. On his arrival, the Union Minister was accorded a grand welcome by TTD EO Anil Kumar Singhal, Joint Executive Officer P Basanth Kumar and temple priests who escorted him to the sanctum sanctorum. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us The priests of Tirumala temple explained to the Union Minister about the significance of the Lord and the jewels adorned to the deity. The Union Ministers spent a few minutes praying before the Lord Venkateswara and later reached Ranganayakula Mandapam where he was accorded Vedasirvachanam by the priests. TTD EO presented Lord’s silk vastram, prasadams andlamination of Lord Venkateswara to the minister.last_img read more

Gandhi Hospital contract staff goes on strike

first_imgMusheerabad: The washrooms of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th floors of the Gandhi Hospital have been locked up and the patients are forced to use the public toilet on the ground floor. With no sanitation workers attending the duty, the stench has become unbearable. The attendants who accompany patients are forced to wait outside hospital.500 outsourcing workers that include sanitation workers, security staff and causality workers of Gandhi Hospital went on strike and staged protest at the entrance of the main block of the hospital on Tuesday morning. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us TS Medical Contract Employees and Worker Union’s city council affiliated to All India Trade Union Congress (AICTU) called the strike. “We have given strike notice 15 days back,” said M Narasimha, president, Gandhi Hospital Contract Workers Union. Further, he said, “We have represented the issue to the department concerned of the hospital last week, but we did not get any response from them. Whenever we ask about our salary they say that we have not received any sanction amount from the hospital authorities.” “We would remain off duties till we get our salaries and strike would continue till our demand is fulfilled,” says Rajani, a sanitation worker. Ramakant, an attendant said, “I am taking my son to the second floor by carrying him on my shoulder.”last_img read more

Rich tributes paid to Major Padmapani

first_imgVanasthalipuram: Representatives of the ‘Corporate Vidya Niyantrana JAC’ and Bharatiya Vidyarthi Reservation Samithi (BVRS) jointly paid tributes to the late Major Padmapani Acharya at his statue here to mark Martyrs Day, with local ACP Gandhi Narayana as the chief guest. Chairman of JAC Chennoju Srinivas and BVRS chairman S B S Chary garlanded the statue. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The ACP told the gathering that the sacrifices made by the Kargil martyrs would always remain etched in the people’s memory. He urged the people to salute the soldiers who were protecting the country’s borders. Narayana suggested to the people to take up tree plantation in the name of Acharya, thus protecting the environment. Vanasthalipuram CI Venkatayya, Nandigama Venkatesh, who made the statue, JAC vice-president Bacchu Ramakrishna, general secretary Venugopal Reddy and others were present.last_img read more

Delay in clearing tree branches irks locals

first_imgMiyapur: Locals staying near Satyabharati Function Hall, Prajay City Apartments and Allwyn X Roads bus stop are furious over the indifferent attitude shown by the civic authorities in clearing the fallen trees and tree branches from the locality.The locals allege that the tree branches were cut down weeks ago as a precaution during monsoon as trees are uprooted and branches fall due to heavy rains. A local resident shared, “A team of workers came on a vehicle and cut down overgrown branches of trees to avoid it falling when it rains, but they seldom clear the branches as it is the responsibility of other department.” If these branches are not cleared immediately, they would start decomposing and foul smell will begin to emanate causing inconvenience to the locals and commuters, they said.last_img read more

Congress hails Sonia Gandhi taking over reins of the party

first_imgHyderabad: Congress senior leader M Shashidhar Reddy, M Kodanda Reddy, S Chandrasekhar, Syam Mohan and G Niranjan on Sunday hailed the decision of the Congress Working Committee to appoint Sonia Gandhi as AICC interim president. Addressing the media, they said that winning and losing was part of the game and one should learn lessons from the defeats. They said that they were confident that Sonia Gandhi would pull out all the stops to rejuvenate the party. AICC secretary V Hanumantha Rao, in a statement, welcomed Sonia Gandhi taking over the reins of the party.last_img read more