79 offer flexible working as a benefit

first_imgMore than three-quarters (79%) of organisations offer flexible-working opportunities as an employee benefit, according to research by insurer Unum.Its ‘The Future of Employee Benefits’ report, which surveyed 13 organisations, also found that just over half (53%) of respondents’ benefits packages are influenced by employee requests.The research also found:65% of the sandwich generation are struggling to balance their care needs with work responsibilities.When it comes to the structure of an employee benefits package, 36% are influenced by what competitors offer, and the HR and benefits press, while 60% are influenced by their organisation’s board. Marco Forato, senior vice president, global growth strategy at Unum, said: “A lot has changed in UK workplaces over the last 30 years. Industries that the UK was previously famous for have slowed, disappeared, been rebuilt or transformed. New sectors have emerged, without traditional geographic and technological boundaries.“Being an employer of choice in this quickly evolving environment is key to providing a clear competitive advantage. Building an employee benefits package that supports employees both now and in the future is one of the most important ways an employer can demonstrate it understands this need. “A balanced and comprehensive benefits package will be as, if not more, important in the future to fuel loyalty and improve staff retention to help a business thrive.”Giving staff a financial back-up plan if they fall ill and can’t work is often overlooked, but income protection can complement and support an organisation’s wellbeing programme allowing businesses to show their employees they care.”last_img read more

Massachusetts introduces equal pay for comparable work law

first_imgThe US state of Massachusetts is introducing a pay equality bill to ensure equal pay for comparable work for all employees.Charlie Baker, the governor of Massachusetts, signed the Act to Establish Pay Equality into law on Monday 1 August 2016, after it was unanimously passed by both the Massachusetts House and the Senate.The new law will prevent pay discrimination for comparable work based on gender, as well as allowing employees to freely discuss their salaries with colleagues.In addition, job applicants will not be required to provide their salary history to prospective employers before receiving a formal job offer. Instead, employers can take into account factors such as work experience, education, job training or target measurements as a basis for pay.The bill will go into effect on 1 July 2018.Baker said: “I am pleased to sign the bipartisan legislation to create a more level playing field in the Commonwealth [of Massachusetts] and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to earn a competitive salary for comparable work.”Maura Healy, attorney general for Massachusetts, added: “This new law is an important step toward ensuring economic security for Massachusetts women and families. It makes vital updates that reflect our modern economy and balance the needs of workers and the business community.“Pay equity is not only a women’s issue, it’s a family issue, and with this new law on the books, we are closer to closing the pay gap in our state.”last_img read more

Starbucks to enhance parental leave policies for US staff

first_imgStarbucks is to enhance its parental leave policies for both store and non-store based employees in the US.The changes, which will come into effect from 1 October 2017, will enable non-store based employees who are birth mothers to take up to 18 weeks of paid parental leave.Non-birth parents, which includes fathers, foster parents and adoptive parents, who are not based in Starbucks stores will be able to take up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave.For store-based staff, birth mothers will be able to take six weeks of fully-paid leave and 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave, while non-birth parents will be able to take 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave.Kevin Johnson, president and chief operating officer at Starbucks, said: “While we have made substantial investments in our [employees], we want to continue to do more. This is one of many steps we are actively taking to evolve our benefits and create a partner experience that lives up to our aspirations.”last_img read more

Leigh Day to launch pensions discrimination case for teachers and doctors

first_imgLaw firm Leigh Day has today (27 August 2019) announced that it will bring legal challenges against the UK government for age discrimation in relation to public sector pensions for teachers and doctors.The case relates to changes made to pension arrangements across the public sector, which came into force on 1 April 2015. This saw employees born after a certain date being moved into an alternative, less beneficial pension schemes, while protecting older staff, within 10 years of retirement, by allowing them to remain in the original arrangement.Aside from the age discrimination implications, Leigh Day has also noted that increased diversity in certain public sector professions in recent years has resulted in a higher proportion of female and ethnic minority employees being affected by these changes.This case follows the success of the firm’s similar actions on behalf of judges and firefighters. On 27 June 2019, the Supreme Court rejected the government’s petition to appeal a December 2018 Court of Appeal ruling that the Ministry of Justice had discriminated against judges on the grounds of age, race and equal pay.In addition, on 2 August 2019, Leigh Day announced that the government had acknowledged that its treatment of police officers following changes to pensions schemes in April 2015 was discriminatory. This followed a legal challenge brought by the firm on behalf of 13,500 police officers born after 1 April 1967.Nigel Mackay, partner at Leigh Day, said: “We believe the government is short-changing hundreds of thousands of hardworking doctors and teachers.“Public sector pension schemes have been known to provide better than average benefits to reflect the valuable contribution that those in the public sector make to society. However, the changes made by the government have unfairly left younger public sector workers out of pocket.“As a result of the Supreme Court ruling in June, the government has [run] out of options in relation to those judges and firefighters who have brought claims. However, it has not made any commitments to remedy the issue for any judges or firefighters who have not brought claims, or any other public sector workers, including doctors or teachers, that have been affected by the same changes to their pension policy.”last_img read more

Police looking for Fort Lauderdale missing man

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing man.The city’s police department tweeted out a request for help finding 52-year-old David Dees, described as standing 5 feet 7 inches, with a thin build and with graying hair. Police said he may show signs of dementia. #FLPD #missing Help find David Dees. He is 52 yoa, 5’7″, thin, greying hair. He may show signs of dementia. If seen call us @ 954-764-HELP. pic.twitter.com/SKRy4X2Fb5— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) September 22, 2016If you have any information, call 954-764-HELP.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Miami judge tosses Raquel Regalados lawsuit against Mayor Carlos Gimenez

first_imgA judge has dismissed Raquel’s Regalado’s lawsuit against Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.Regalado, filed suit to knock him off the ballot after she claimed the check Gimenez filed to run for re-election was flawed because it has the wrong year on it.The judge ruled that the voters will decide the outcome of the race come Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

KNWR Opening Ceremony For Marsh Lake Trail

first_imgThe refuge will host a guided 6-mile hike, there will also be a shorter 1-mile length, returning on a new loop of the trail just completed this fall. Marsh Lake Trail is located on Skilak Lake Road, at milepost 16.6, just over 2 miles from the west entrance junction with the Sterling Highway. Beginning at noon, on October 6, guests are invited to join Refuge staff at the newly completed Marsh Lake Trailhead as the trail is officially opened with a ribbon cutting. Marsh Lake Trail was built over a rehabilitated wildland fire fuel break from the 2015 Card Street Fire. It is a wide, rolling trail with few hills. The trail passes a wildlife habitat restoration area which, over time, will show the stages of forest succession, but now makes the first part of the trail windy and more exposed to the elements than the rest of the trail, which passes through old growth boreal forestbefore reaching Marsh Lakecenter_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for Marsh LakeTrail at the trailhead on Skilak Lake Road. Anyone with questions can call the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820 for more details.last_img read more

Neil Portnow Talks 60th GRAMMY Awards Return To New York

first_imgNews RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List In a new interview with Melinda Newman for Billboard, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow discussed several factors involved with the GRAMMY telecast’s return to Madison Square Garden for the first time in 15 years on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.”From the time [the 45th GRAMMY Awards ended in 2003, I was always thinking about when would it be good and appropriate for us to go back to New York,” said Portnow. “Not only because that’s what we’d done [before], but if you think of half of the Academy’s membership being east of the Mississippi, it always made sense that we’d figure out how to go back.”Though the Academy’s membership includes representation in Chapter cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and Miami, taking the GRAMMY Awards telecast back east has financial implications, not only relating to the telecast but the Academy’s slate of GRAMMY Week events.”The reality is that it’s a major undertaking in many respects,” said Portnow. “One is that we’re West Coast-based so it means moving essentially a majority or good portion [of the staff] back east. No. 2 is the weather. No. 3 is reinventing not just the GRAMMY telecast, but the whole week we’ve developed. … It’s way more expensive to do anything in New York.”The Academy President/CEO also detailed the role New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his office played in the show’s return to the Big Apple, including Julie Menin, the commissioner of the mayor’s office of media and entertainment.”When we got into exploring doing this in reality … different people [assisted] and Julie had been appointed to this newly created position having to do with the arts and bringing culture to New York, so we have conversations about how they might be helpful in dealing with issues and concerns and challenges for us so that we could cross the finish line,” he said. “They pulled together some folks they identified as potentially helpful. We had several meetings to discuss some of the ideas and so on and so forth. They also play another role, which is logistically to pull all of this off there are a variety of things that have to happen in the city that are beyond what have to happen in L.A. …”Though the GRAMMY Awards are slated to return to Los Angeles in 2019, Portnow says that the organization’s focus is the milestone 60th telecast.”Even as we speak there are things that are left to be done, ironed out, figured out,” said Portnow. “In terms of going back [to Los Angeles], I think that’s a topic for the other side of this adventure. …” More 60th GRAMMY Awards News 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Despite the financial implications, Recording Academy President/CEO explains why the GRAMMY telecast going back to New York in 2018 “made sense”Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 18, 2017 – 11:16 am With first-round voting in progress and nominations for the 60th GRAMMY Awards just weeks away, the excitement surrounding Music’s Biggest Night is beginning to build. 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Watch Spike Lee’s Star-Studded ‘NY Stories’ Film Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: WireImage.com Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images MusiCares Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? MusiCares Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: Wireimage.com Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? 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Twitter John Legend Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Email Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: Wireimage.com Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images MusiCares Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Facebook Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/WireImage.com Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Neil Portnow On The GRAMMYs’ Return To NYC neil-portnow-talks-60th-grammy-awards-return-new-york Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nomineeslast_img read more

Town Manager Calls For More Civility When Discussing Hot Button Issues In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from Town Manager Jeff Hull, published in the latest Town Topics newsletter:As residents receive this edition of Town Topics, another holiday season has drawn to a close. During the lead-up to the holidays, feelings of giving, kindness and good cheer have, for many, been in the air. As I prepare to step into a new year, one of my goals is to exercise a greater measure of civility. Treating people with respect, as we would like to be treated, seems obvious. For a variety of reasons, civility is more challenging than ever.Society appears more accepting of harsh rhetoric that we direct at one another. Main stream media is drawn to distributing the latest barbs while social media platforms have created “safe havens” for us to “vent” increasingly hostile verbal attacks directed at one another. Incivility occurs across the spectrum of our daily lives whether driving to work, shopping at the grocer, watching our children’s sporting event or during the public meetings.In September 2018, the library led a month long effort entitled “Revive Civility.” Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, was a featured speaker. She cited results from an annual poll conducted by an international public relations firm that noted 75% of respondents believe that incivility in America is in crisis and that 83% of respondents agreed that incivility leads to intolerance in free speech. You can find her presentation at https://www.wilmlibrary.org/revive-civility/.Wilmington, like other communities, has confronted controversial issues over the years. The most recent “hot button” issues were proposals for a gas station/convenience store on West Street and a substance abuse detoxification facility on Middlesex Avenue. In each case, passions ran high and the communications turned hostile. Focusing on the facts can be challenging. Attacking someone’s character or motivates can sometimes appear to be the most effective way to make one’s point. But at what cost? Relationships should not dissolve because we cannot agree to disagree.As we begin a new year, I hope you will join me in identifying ways to a bit more patient, a bit more tolerant, a bit more understanding, and a bit more forgiving in the moment. In the words of President John F. Kennedy: “Civility is not a sign of weakness.”(NOTE: The above information is from the latest Town Topics Newsletter.)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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Candidates Discuss What They’ll Do To Increase Civility In TownIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Marsh & O’Mahony Discuss What They’ll Do To Increase Civility In TownIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town May Unknowingly Own 4.5 Acres Of Land Off Route 125, Could Be Spot For SubstationIn “Government”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Heilind Electronics Awarded Channel Partner Of The Year Award

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Heilind Electronics, a premier distributor of electronic components worldwide, was recognized with the 2019 Channel Partner of the Year award by Sensata Technologies, a global leader in the development and manufacture of sensors and controls.The award was presented to Heilind Electronics by Sensata’s Vice President of Industrial and Commercial Excellence, Matthew Lesniak, at the 2019 Sensata Sales Summit held earlier this month in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Facilitating the reception was Sensata’s Channel Director, David Foster.“Heilind delivered the highest percentage of new revenue and customers within the Sensata industrial channel,” said Foster. “Heilind will continue to grow with Sensata as we expand our portfolio of leading-edge sensing solutions.”Since Heilind became an authorized distributor for Sensata Technologies in 2016, it has continued to expand its sensor offerings through the integration of several Sensata divisions. In addition to its standard line of Sensata industrial pressure sensors, Heilind’s growing Sensata portfolio includes solid state relays from Crydom, position sensors from BEI, and pressure sensors from both Kavlico and Sensata.“It’s been a pleasure to work with David and his team toward earning this distinction,” said Glen MacGibbon, Vice President of Business Development – Sensors, Heilind Electronics. “To be acknowledged as Sensata’s top channel partner is a testament to our growing success in the sensor market. This is a result of Heilind’s proactive efforts to not only acquire new customers, but to work with them on integrating next-generation designs that meet their custom requirements.”About Heilind ElectronicsHeilind Electronics, Inc. (http://www.heilind.com) is one of the world’s leading distributors of connectors, relays, sensors, switches, thermal management and circuit protection products, terminal blocks, wire and cable, wiring accessories and insulation and identification products. Founded in 1974, Heilind has locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Follow Heilind on Facebook at facebook.com/Heilind and on Twitter at twitter.com/Heilind.About SensataSensata Technologies is a world leader and early innovator in mission-critical sensing, electrical protection, control and power management solutions. Sensata’s operations span twelve countries and cover a broad range of markets, including aircraft, appliance, automotive, HVAC, industrial, marine, military and telecommunications. For more information, visit http://www.sensata.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Heilind Electronics via PRNewswire.)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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics Expands Sensata PartnershipIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Panduit Honors Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics With 2 Awards for Top Electronics DistributorIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Heilind Electronics Receives Molex Distributor Of The Year AwardIn “Business”last_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore Law

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week. In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Assunta Perez of DaMore Law.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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About CareOne At WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Fathers Day gifts for all the pitmaster dads

first_img Pink Butcher Paper $30 at Amazon Amazon If dad’s a little lost when it comes to getting started, the first thing he’ll need to help him along is someone else’s expertise. There are a number of great BBQ cookbooks to consider, but this is a No. 1 best-seller for good reason. It’s from Aaron Franklin, multi-award-winning pitmaster extraordinaire and owner of constantly-lauded Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX. It covers every part of the process, from customizing your smoker (or even building your own from scratch) to curing wood and creating the ultimate fire for perfect barbecue. And of course, there are recipes for smoking brisket, sausage, ribs and other cuts of meat. Pit Boss Memphis Ultimate 4-in-1 Gas & Charcoal Grill with Smoker One more option for dads who appreciate a multi-use appliance is this hybrid grill and smoker that lets him smoke meat, grill with gas and cook with charcoal — and even do all three at once if he wants to feed a crowd (or just show off).Read more: The best gas grills for 2019 Thermapen Mk4 Thermometer $21 at Amazon See All $700 at Amazon 15 Photos PitmasterIQ Temperature Regulator Kit Amazon Snow’s BBQ Brisket Aaron Franklin Texas-Style BBQ MasterClass Smoked ribs, turkey, brisket—whatever dad makes, it will demand the utmost care when it comes time to carve and serve such a masterpiece of meat. This knife is not kidding around, and shows the proper respect due the pitmaster’s creation. Also, it’s super sharp, so it slices cleanly and easily; remind your father to watch his fingers, and consider throwing in a knife guard for safe storage. Etsy Amazon Snake River Farms American Wagyu Gold Grade Brisket • Walmart Once your dad has the method down, he’ll need the right equipment. You can hack any charcoal grill into a smoker, but if you have deep pockets and really want to impress (i.e. earn the coveted title of Favorite Child), you can put a big old bow on this big old Traeger grill and smoker. It runs on wood pellets and enables you to cook hot and fast (for steaks and burgers) or low and slow (for smoked turkey, brisket and more). The built-in temperature regulator makes it easy to maintain the proper environment, and there’s enough room to make four whole chickens at once or five racks of perfect ribs.Read more: Traeger’s wood pellet grill is so good it hurts 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. Victorinox 12-Inch Granton Edge Slicer $140 at Amazon Taking your meat’s temperature is a surefire way to know when it’s done, so a nice digital thermometer would be a great gift for wannabe (and already-made) pitmasters. This one is often name-checked by chefs and has legions of devoted fans in both professional and home cooking circles. The company also makes this smoking thermometer with a two-channel alarm for monitoring a couple cuts of meat at once, in case dad likes to know how things are doing every step of the way. Amazon $189 at Snake River Farms $99 at ThermoWorks Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Charcoal Smoker In the world of barbecue, there’s something known as a Texas crutch, which is wrapping your meat in foil part way through cooking to help keep it moist—controversial in some circles, but widely practiced because it works. If your dad’s not one to shun such helpful hacks, he might like this pink butcher paper (also known as peach paper), which serves the same purpose but, unlike aluminum, is breathable, so the meat will still keep picking up smoky flavor and the precious bark that’s built up won’t be ruined, because the steam will be able to escape. If you know your dad’s dreams are really just to indulge in delicious barbecue—if it’s more about the destination than the journey—maybe you should just order him a taste of some of the country’s best BBQ, straight from Texas. No muss, no fuss for him. And if you’re lucky, maybe he’ll share.Read more: A pitmaster’s tips & tricks for the best smoked brisket ever A recurring tip that many pitmasters give is to practice on cheaper cuts of meat, which makes total sense. But if you have confidence that your dad knows what he’s doing, consider gifting him a premium cut that takes beautifully to smoking. This American Wagyu packer brisket is an impressive piece of beef, and all that marbling promises a supremely tender texture.Read more: The best meat delivery & subscription services Share your voice $493 at Walmart $14 at Walmart Western Premium BBQ Post Oak Smoking Chunks Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who enjoy their booze If a Traeger’s not in the budget or your dad only has a little outdoor space to work in, this Weber charcoal smoker is a great option at a fair price. It has a temperature gauge for easy monitoring, two internal shelves for cooking multiple items at once and a fuel door to make adding more wood and charcoal easy. Otherwise it’s pretty no-frills. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive and contain lots of tips and tricks for optimizing its performance, so consider jotting down a few of them to give dad along with this smoker if you’re feeling generous. (And if pops has a bit more outdoor room, another one in this price range to consider is the Oklahoma Joe Highland Smoker.) Amazon Amazon There’s a lot of overlap between dads and self-proclaimed grill masters, and one could argue that title is fairly easy to achieve. Just learn a few secrets for juicy burgers, know how to operate your grill of choice, nail the science of when to use the grill lid and you’ve got a fair amount of bragging rights already. But when it comes to barbecuing — as in, smoking meat over long periods of time, practicing the craft of pit mastery — there’s definitely a little more mystique (and patience) involved.Maybe your dad does know his way around a smoker already. Or maybe he’s always wanted to learn to make Texas brisket like the pros at Snow’s and Franklin Barbecue. Whatever his current skill level, if he has “master smoked meat” on his BBQ bucket list, here are some gifts to help him achieve his pit-god goals this Father’s Day.Disclosure: CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. MasterClass 0 $18 at Amazon Hudson Goods BBQ Apron $23 at Amazon Dad’s going to need somewhere to keep all his tools (and his beer opener) while he’s tending the smoker, so if he needs an apron upgrade, this is a good one to get. It has multiple pockets, including a quick-access cell pocket and a loop meant for a towel that could also hold the spray bottle he’ll be using to mist his meat. Made from “heavy weight, yet soft and breathable” cotton, it’s machine washable and sturdily constructed, plus it adjusts up to XXL. (If that’s not quite “dad” enough for you and yours, consider this “Dinner Is Coming” version with a chef-hatted direwolf, perfect for “Game of Thrones” fans who want to keep the Stark legacy alive.) Jun 15 • Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts for 2019 Does dad plan on sticking with his trusty Weber kettle grill? This kit (which includes “a microprocessor controlled fan to feed oxygen to the fire and regulate cooking temperature”) will help him hack it into a smoker and maintain consistent temperature control for optimal results. It costs nearly as much as the Weber smoker above, yes, but it fits in a drawer when not in use, so if your dad is short on space for another backyard appliance, this might be just what he needs. As a bonus, it’s Alton Brown-approved. It works with charcoal smokers too, but cannot be used with gas grills, so take note if that’s all dad has at his disposal. Thermoworks reading • Father’s Day gifts for all the pitmaster dads $65 at Amazon Pitmaster Shirt Snow’s BBQ Father’s Day: Clever smart home gadgets your dad will actually love $15 at Etsy As a supplement, or if your dad’s not one for cookbooks, you can sign him up for a 16-part MasterClass on Texas BBQ taught by Aaron Franklin, veritable meat messiah, himself. The lessons are via video (so dad can learn at his own pace and convenience and on the device of his choosing) and there’s also a class cookbook with lesson recaps, recipes and other exclusive additional materials. If you think your dad would like to learn cooking tips from other chefs (Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters), or would be into even more diverse subjects (like guitar as taught by Carlos Santana or film making as taught by David Lynch), you can get him the $180 All-Access MasterClass pass for a full year of learning opportunities. $200 at Amazon Before the meat goes into the smoker, it needs at least a little seasoning. Dry rubs vary from pitmaster to pitmaster; some like to incorporate coffee, some go with straight-up Lawry’s seasoning salt. There are near-infinite rub recipes and dry rubs you can buy, but this one comes from The Salt Lick, a Texas BBQ institution. Reviewers use it on just about everything, including brisket, ribs, chicken wings, pork, steaks, salmon and even asparagus. The exact ingredients are a secret. The label discloses only salt, black pepper, cayenne and spices. It just might become dad’s secret weapon too, or at least inspire him to create his own unique blend. $139 at Goldbelly See also Traeger Grills Lil’ Tex Elite Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker Weber The Salt Lick Add fuel to dad’s fire, in a good way. He’ll probably want to experiment with different types of wood (from apple and cherry to hickory and mesquite), but post oak is a solid choice to start with. If he’s using his charcoal grill as a smoker, wrap these up along with a smoker box. And speaking of charcoal (which he’ll also need), this Fogo super premium hardwood lump charcoal is some of the best around; bye bye, briquettes. The Salt Lick BBQ Rub 3-pack Jun 14 • Make it a 4K Father’s Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart Snake River Farms Amazon Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who love breakfast Post a comment Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide $90 at MasterClass Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto Our favorite gifts for Father’s Day 14 great gifts under $50 Gifts for Dad under $100 Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 For the dads who enjoy their booze Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day Laptop and PC gifts for dads Best phones to gift your dad for Father’s Day Best headphones for dads from $50 to $350 Best audio gifts for Father’s Day Best Father’s Day gifts to combat dad bod Father’s Day gaming gifts for the badass dad Best Father’s Day gifts for every kind of foodie dad The Cheapskate’s top Father’s Day gift picks Father’s Day gift ideas for your car-loving dad Pitmaster dreams finally achieved, all your dad needs is the proper attire. If he wants to express a fuller sentiment, there’s this “All I Want to Do Is Drink Beer and Smoke Some Meat” shirt, and this “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” shirt (among many others), but if he likes to make his points in a simple manner, just go with this understated t-shirt that proclaims his pitmaster status for all to see. Tags Applianceslast_img read more

Dozens strip down outside Facebook office to protest nudity rules on social

first_img Facebook Post a comment Digital Media Mobile Apps Mobile Now playing: Watch this: Artist and photographer Spencer Tunick created a nude installation outside of Facebook’s New York office. Fay Fox Despite Facebook’s policies that make certain allowances for nudity on the social network, some artists say the rules prevent them from sharing their work online. On Sunday, artist and photographer Spencer Tunick created a nude installation outside of Facebook and Instagram’s New York office with help from the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). Dozens shed their clothes, lay in the street and used images of male nipples — which are acceptable on Facebook — to cover people’s nipples and genitalia.In a tweet describing the performance piece, Tunick said there were “male nipple stickers covering female presenting nipples and male nipple cards covering all … genitalia.””The nudity ban is punishing for photographers and particularly harms artists whose work focuses on their own bodies, including queer and gender nonconforming artists. It also affects museums and galleries that have difficulty promoting photography exhibitions featuring nudes,” Christopher Finan, NCAC’s executive director, said Sunday in an open letter to Facebook. The NCAC’s campaign, #WeTheNipple, calls for Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram to make an exception to their nudity restrictions to allow for art photography. The campaign has support from more than 20 US and international organizations, museums and art institutions, as well as hundreds of artists. Finan suggests creating the ability for users to set filters and blocks, instead of having Facebook decide for everyone. Tunick said Facebook and Instagram should communicate more with artists. Similarly to Finan’s idea, Tunick said there could be a verification process to protect artists from censorship. “Instagram has become the magazine of the world and to censor artists using the nude body as their medium is repressive and hurtful to art and freedom,” Tunick said. “They are deleting artworks and accounts where artists are even using proper self-censoring techniques to make their nude works acceptable for Instagram. Plus it’s just downright mean, hurtful and unnecessary to allow male nipples and not female nipples on their platform.”A Facebook spokesperson said the platform had been in touch with the NCAC in the lead up to Sunday’s demonstration. The NCAC said that Facebook’s response in discussions so far has given it some hope and that it expects to announce progress soon. “We look forward to continuing the dialogue with NCAC and other affected groups in more detail,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an email.Originally published June 3.Update, June 4: Adds comment from Facebook, the NCAC and Spencer Tunick. Tagscenter_img 0 Share your voice 1:14 Inside Facebook’s robotics research lablast_img read more

Fan has seen Avengers Endgame 116 times in quest for world record

first_imgAlanis usually goes twice on weekdays and more often on weekends. On the film’s opening weekend, he saw it five times. When he’s not in the theater, he’s works in his family’s construction business.”My friends and family have been very supportive,” he said. “My parents and younger sister came with me when I reached 100 views.”Isn’t he sick of the same lines and scenes over and over?”Can’t be sick of it,” Alanis said. “I do recite (the lines) in my mind, and sometimes out loud when there’s no one sitting next to me.”And as for a bathroom break, despite the film’s three-hour runtime, he says he’s just never needed one. Share your voice An Avengers-worthy quest indeed. Marvel Did you make it through Avengers: Endgame’s three-hour runtime without a bathroom break? Good for you! But as of Thursday night, Agustin Alanis, 30, of Riverview, Florida has made it through that blockbuster film’s three-hour runtime 116 times. Never once has he ducked out for a break, even though he most certainly knows when the more skippable scenes come up.Alanis is gunning for the Guinness World Record for “most cinema productions attended — same film,” and he’s in good shape to do that. On Thursday night, he sat through viewing 116 with no end in sight. His goal is 200 viewings, or close to it.”I wasn’t planning to try and break (the world record) to begin with,” Alanis told me. “But I had watched it every day since it came out for two weeks, and just like the movie shattered records, I decided to do it as well.” Round/View 114We’re gonna Win, Whatever it Takes.#avengersendgame #tigrevengador @Avengers @ChrisEvans @RobertDowneyJr @Russo_Brothers @chrishemsworth @karengillan pic.twitter.com/MC8ZJiIEGy— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) June 13, 2019 Round/View 115Get it together, you can do this, you can do this!!!#AvengersEndgame #tigrevengador @chrishemsworth @Russo_Brothers @MarvelLATAM @jimmyfallon @Avengers pic.twitter.com/VJTgHHshyb— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) June 13, 2019 Alanis’ top-rated Avengers: Endgame scenes involve his favorite character, Captain America, especially when the WWII hero manages to wield Thor’s hammer, mighty Mjölnir, and when the once-dusted heroes reappear and Cap delivers his famed “Avengers assemble!” line.And as far as the protests and petitions about fans wanting a different fate for Iron Man? He’s not on board.”To end the infinity saga, Iron Man had to die saving everyone,” says the man who’s seen the movie more than perhaps anyone on the planet. “That was his purpose and his fate , so no, I wouldn’t change it.”Alanis has sent details of his quest to the Guinness Book of World Records, and regularly tweets photos with his ticket stubs and movie theater employees after each showing. He hasn’t heard back from Guinness yet, but there is precedent.The current record is held by Tony “Nem” Mitchell, who spoke to me in 2018 when he was setting the record with Avengers: Infinity War. When Mitchell spoke to me, he had seen the film a mere 45 times, but he went on to watch it a total of 103 times, earning himself an invite to the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. Marvel The Avengers Alanis hasn’t met Mitchell, but there seem to be no hard feelings.”We have crossed words on Twitter, with him cheering me on to break the record,” Alanis said. Comments Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit 32 Photos TV and Movies 3 Tags Round/View 116Honey? Hey, babe! Babe? Babe? Boys? Boys? Laura?#avengersendgame #tigrevengador @Avengers @Renner4Real @Russo_Brothers @louisde2 pic.twitter.com/EEvYuGT0eM— Agustin Alanis (@agalanis17) June 14, 2019 Anthony @NemRaps Mitchell has watched Avengers: Infinity War an incredible 103 times at his local movie theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.The lifelong @marvel fan achieved the record for the most cinema productions attended – same film 🎥🎬💥 pic.twitter.com/4TncaJ34EB— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) February 28, 2019 Alanis said he’s a Marvel fan who’s watched 2014’s Captain America: Winter Soldier numerous times at home, and he knew he could stand the repetition — at least for a Marvel film.”I don’t think I would try it with another movie,” he admitted.last_img read more

Super Mario Maker 2 review A genius idea taken to a whole

first_img Tags Gaming 7:10 Share your voice Trying to break Super Mario Maker 2 Post a comment Nintendo 0 The possibilities are tremendously and amazingly weird. Super Mario Maker 2’s creative toolkit is larger than you might expect. In addition to the large swathe of objects and items players can use to create new worlds, Super Mario Maker also allows players to save levels in five unique Mario styles (Super Mario, Mario 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros, and Mario 3D World), all of which have different graphics and different Mario moves/mechanics. This means you could build a level, change it from one style to another and potentially give your level a whole new aesthetic with the push of a button. I wanted a completely portable magic Mario gaming kit when the Wii U version came out. There was a Nintendo 3DS version, which was fun but the screen was too small and there was no way to share your games on a larger screen. The Nintendo Switch solves for both, and offers up the perfect package. This is the beautiful Mario Infinity I can stick in my bag and experience on a large-screen TV.super-mario-maker-2-05I found this stylus in my desk, after seeing Jeff Bakalar use one. It’s helped. Josh Goldman/CNET Get a stylusI’ve been playing Super Mario Maker 2 for a week and also letting my kid play. He’s moved on to other games since the original Maker and he’s older now, but he caught up fast. Maker’s creative app is still about tapping and dragging icons and building them with the touchscreen. The Switch doesn’t have a stylus, but you could (and should) use a capacitive stylus like the kind you can buy for phones and tablets. It’ll help. Jeff Bakalar talked me into it, and he’s right.Super Mario Maker 2 does has a few multi-touch moves, though, including a two-finger zoom-out to see course overviews. It’s the most tablet-like game Nintendo’s ever made for the Switch.Unlike the Wii U version, which truly allowed second screen gaming when connected to a TV, the docked Switch ends up needing the controller to navigate, which isn’t ideal for creating but can be done. Nintendo added a two-player create mode, too, which I haven’t even explored. Levels can also be played with up to four players, even online.My son agreed with me that it’s hard to work on the TV, because you have to use the controllers to move the cursor, and it’s harder to select items. The button mapping is different, and not all that clear. (A better instruction manual would have helped.) In fact, I could have done with a whole textbook to study. I still feel like I’m missing things.super-mario-maker-2-03The Story Mode is a full Mario game of levels, and there are an infinity more that’ll be online. Josh Goldman/CNET So many things to makeMy son says: “It’s really cool because it has the original characters and also new spinoff characters, things like Meowser (a cat Bowser).” He made a level that cleverly guided me along a path of coins and an arrow made of blocks into a pit of doom.It may seem like you know everything Mario Maker 2 can do. You’re wrong. There’s the game’s Story Mode, which is like a full standalone Mario game and has dozens of levels to try. The levels are designed to illustrate ideas you could potentially make yourself. They blew me away with their creativity: From cranes and balancing games to shooter-like levels where you ride clouds. Then there are the levels others make. The most amazing thing about the first Mario Maker was the online community. Player-created levels ran the gamut from brilliant to ridiculous. Some felt like performance art. On the pre-release version I played, that community barely exists yet. But it will, and I can’t wait to see what happens. super-mario-maker-2-07The pigeon lessons are helpful. I could use a whole year’s worth of pigeon gaming classes. Josh Goldman/CNET My home-made levels suckI’ve realized, playing Super Mario Maker 2, that I’m a terrible game designer. My levels are a garbage pile of weird ideas thrown together. There is a sort of teacher in Mario Maker 2, in the form of a pigeon (Yamamura) who delivers a few dozen short lessons on game design, helpful ideas and tutorials.I loved watching these sessions, and I wish there were more. I’ve started getting addicted to Master Class, the online video educational series where famous designers and creators give classes on writing, cooking, filmmaking, and even game design (Will Wright has a series of videos). Mario Maker 2 feels like it’s Nintendo’s Master Class in game design. If only Shigeru Miyamoto were to materialize and give a few talks, too.Seriously: I need game design help! Playing with Mario Maker 2 began to teach me some things. I’d love it even went further. Nintendo’s onto something amazing here.super-mario-maker-2-08This, but also Zelda, Metroid, Mario Kart, etc etc. Josh Goldman/CNET Mario Maker, but for everythingMy final note, which I also made five years ago: Nintendo should make Maker a whole line of games. Zelda Maker. Metroid Maker. Mario Kart Maker. I love game construction sets. Many years ago, I played Pinball Construction Set on my Apple IIc. I remember Adventure Construction Set, too.Super Mario Maker 2 is a great update to the original Mario Maker. But what about a way to make other 8-bit and 16-bit games and publish them online? Do it, Nintendo. Let’s deconstruct every classic Nintendo franchise. It’s what a console like the Nintendo Switch is born to do. Now playing: Watch this: Get a stylus, btw. Josh Goldman/CNET If I asked you what the ideal Nintendo Switch game was, you might suggest Super Mario Odyssey or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Possibly Mario Kart 8 or Smash Bros. But the game that truly pushes the Switch in unique, compelling directions? Super Mario Maker 2. Super Mario Maker made its debut on the Nintendo Wii U in 2015. Super Mario Maker does exactly what it says on the tin: It’s a video game, but also a tool that allows you to create your own Mario levels. It’s a Super Mario construction set, essentially. A complete kit to make endless 2D Mario levels. I loved it. So did my son. He ended up making level designs and tinkering with world-building on his own. The Wii U’s game pad controller and stylus worked perfectly with the game’s level design tools.But most people never had a Wii U. For many Super Mario Maker 2 will be an entry point to an idea waiting to go stratospheric. last_img read more

Avengers Endgame originally had a Thanos fight scene with Hawkeye and Black

first_img Avengers: Endgame breakdown of Thanos’ fate Tags 7 Photos 0 Culture TV and Movies Jeremy Renner plays Hawkeye. Captura de pantalla por Jován Pulgarín/CNET Perhaps one of the most powerful scenes in Avengers: Endgame was the battle between Hawkeye and Black Widow on Vormir, as they fought it to decide who would sacrifice themselves for the Soul Stone. It was a unique scene. We’re used to seeing heroes fight for their survival, not for the right to die.It turns out that scene was part of a reshoot. Initially, Hawkeye and Black Widow were supposed to be fending off an attack from Thanos, but that scene was cut, reshot and replaced.”It was a tough scene for us to shoot,” explained Renner, at Ace Comic-Con over the weekend. “It’s a reshoot we did about six months ago. The original was a lot more complicated, with an attack by Thanos. This was just us.”Which made perfect sense. No one would have batted an eyelid if Black Widow’s eventual death had been the result of some sort of battle with Thanos, but the scene that made the final cut was a far more an interesting way to resolve that scenario. It had more impact and, for me, was one of the most memorable and interesting sequences in the entire movie. Good call!center_img Preview • ZTE’s Hawkeye packing midrange specs hits Kickstarter Post a comment Share your voice ZTE Hawkeyelast_img read more

EUs Galileo satellites have been down for days

first_img Read the AirPods review 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 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The problem may lie with the Precise Timing Facility, a ground station in Italy that gives each satellite in the system an accurate time reference, Inside GNSS said.The Galileo program launched its first satellite in 2011, so that the EU wouldn’t have to rely on the US Global Positioning System, or GPS, for commercial, military and other applications like guiding aircraft.The agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.First published at 2:42 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:09 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Angela Lang/CNET $59 at eBay $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Tags Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 0 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The Cheapskate DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best Buy 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. 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Boost Mobile Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The EU’s Galileo satellites have been suffering from technical problems. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images The European Union’s Galileo global navigation satellite system hasn’t worked since last Thursday. This is apparently due its ground infrastructure suffering technical problems. A service status page lists 24 of its 26 satellites as “not usable” or “not available,” while the remaining two are “testing” — which our sister site ZDNet reports means they aren’t usable. Only the search and rescue service, which is used to find people who get in trouble at sea or in the mountains, is still operating, the European GNSS Agency noted.”Experts are working to restore the situation as soon as possible,” the agency wrote in its release. See at Turo See at Amazon $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 $299 at Amazon Sprint Share your voice Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) null Read DJI Osmo Action preview 14 Photos Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo $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). Now playing: Watch this:center_img Sci-Tech Tech Industry 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Devastating natural disasters as seen from space (pictures) 3:42 $6 at Tidal Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. Space,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. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS $999 $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo Chris Monroe/CNET See It See It Comments $210 at Best Buy $520 at HP All the ways satellites have changed our lives See It Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $155 at Google Express Tags 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazonlast_img read more

BMWs next M3 will have a manual transmission and optional allwheel drive

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 2019 BMW M4 CS: More performance and exclusivity come at a price 2018 BMW M4: 5 things you need to know 65 Photos Tags BMW Enlarge ImageThe new M3 will probably look like the G20 3 Series if it took some of those weird supplements that Joe Rogan advertises. BMW If you were one of the countless car enthusiasts who bemoaned the lack of a manual transmission option in the newest-generation BMW 3 Series, then I have some good news for you. The forthcoming 2020 G80 M3 will be available with three pedals.I’ll pause while you celebrate like the Ewoks at the end of Return of the Jedi.Now, there’s more good news, according to a report published Friday by Car Magazine. Unlike the M5, the M3 will still be available as a rear-wheel drive vehicle. That said, those who want a little more stability in their German hot rod can opt for all-wheel drive, though BMW’s engineers will likely add a RWD switch just like the M5’s, you know, for extra silliness.The 2020 M3 will — according to BMW — share the new S58 engine that will first see duty in the X3M and X4M sport crossovers. The S58 is once again a turbocharged straight-six engine, and it can be had with either 480 horsepower, or 510 if you’re feeling extra sporty and go for the Competition trim.But wait, there’s more. According to Car’s report, BMW is also planning a lower-powered, entry-level, more stripped-back version of the M3 called the M3 Pure. That naming convention seems to have been borrowed from BMW Motorrad’s experiments with making a lower-cost version of its wildly popular R Nine T motorcycle.This “Pure” version would — in theory — have around 450 horsepower and will be the only way to get that sweet, sweet manual transmission we mentioned earlier. This seems, to us anyway, like a fantastic move for BMW. Its M cars have been drifting further and further away from the original mission of the sub-brand and a return to form would be killer.As far as the rest of the car, we don’t know much other than that we really liked the G20 3 Series in its more plebeian trim levels so hopefully a ‘roided-up version will be more of a good thing. We also sincerely hope that the S58 engine sounds better than the S55 in the current car and that it makes its way over to the land of the rising sun for duty in the Toyota Supra.Fingers crossed. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better BMW More From Roadshow Performance Cars Car Industry Sports Cars Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 1 Share your voice 1:24last_img read more

Watch video of ULAs Atlas V rocket blasting off from Florida

first_img Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Tags $59 at eBay 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $60 at Best Buy $520 at HP $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 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. See at Turo Turo 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. 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. Angela Lang/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sci-Tech $299 at Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile Military Space,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. The ULA also tweeted that the rocket successfully released the satellite and that the satellite will be able to “relay survivable, protected, antijam communications to strategic commanders and tactical warfighters on land, at sea and in the air.”  See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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) 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. The Atlas V is a “workhorse” for the military.  Walter Scriptunas II The United Launch Alliance launched an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday. The rocket carried a communications satellite for the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. It’s the fifth satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) series, built by Lockheed Martin.The ULA describes the Atlas V as a “workhorse for the US military, intelligence community and scientific researchers. Developed as a modular vehicle.”The launch happened at 6:13 a.m. ET, but if you missed it, there’s a full video available. Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. 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. $155 at Google Express Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read the AirPods review $999 Share your voice See at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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). TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. Sprint Apple iPhone XS Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET See It Tags 7 $999 $6 at Tidal Read Google Home Hub review 0 $210 at Best Buy 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 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. 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Anchorage Assembly – Seat 4G

first_imgElvi Gray-Jackson, who is running unopposed for Anchorage Assembly Seat 4G, discusses local issues with host Michael Carey.Elvi Gray-Jacksonlast_img