first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. 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 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 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. NASA 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. Apple iPhone XS Tags As long as we’re throwing around cool space terms, here’s another one: “blue stragglers.” These stars are bluer and more luminous than their brethren. They look younger than their neighbors, but they’re really more like vampires. ESA reported in 2009 that blue stragglers may form by siphoning fresh hydrogen from more massive star companions. “The new fuel supply allows the smaller star to heat up, growing bluer and hotter — behaving like a star at an earlier stage in its evolution,” ESA said. You can spot a bunch of these glowing blue freeloaders in the Messier 3 Hubble image.Hubble has been on a roll with space clusters. Check out the telescope’s view of an “open cluster” called the Wild Duck Cluster. It’s a very different look from Messier 3, but also gorgeous in its own right. Sprint $59 at eBay 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. Tags 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. Hubble space telescope goes on cosmic duck hunt, shoots a cluster Hubble delivers dazzling Lagoon Nebula for 28th anniversary $6 at Tidal JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. 7 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET See it $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $520 at HP Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Boost Mobile Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Messier 3 shines in this Hubble Space Telescope image. ESA/Hubble & NASA, G. Piotto et al. The term “globular cluster” doesn’t invoke visions of beauty all on its own, but the actual objects out in space are some of the most stunning the Hubble Space Telescope has ever laid eyes on. The European Space Agency described the Messier 3 globular cluster, the subject of a newly released Hubble view, as “one of the most beautiful of them all.” It’s 8 billion years old and contains half a million stars. Globular clusters are spherical collections of stars. Messier 3 is a bit unusual, though. It’s packed with a whole bunch of variable stars, ones that change in brightness over time. Scientists have spotted 274 of these twinklers in Messier 3.  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). $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 $155 at Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET NASA’s Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo 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. See at Amazon Share your voice See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET 13 Photos See It Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. The Cheapskate 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. $999 Sci-Tech TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the AirPods review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the Rylo camera preview Best Buy $299 at Amazon See It 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. Hubble sees stars Angela Lang/CNET See It $60 at Best Buy Share your voice Comments Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $210 at Best Buy Post a comment Amazonlast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: About 12 kg of smuggled gold valued at Rs 3.7 crore was seized in two separate operations and seven persons were arrested, an official said on Monday. Acting on a tip off, personnel of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence intercepted three persons at Burrabazar, one of Asia’s biggest wholesale markets, in central Kolkata and recovered 53 gold biscuits having a foreign marking, weighing 6.18 kg and valued at 1.68 crore. “Gold biscuits were hidden in the shoes,” the official said. The gold biscuits were smuggled into India from Bangladesh through Bangaon, an Indo-Bangladesh border town in North 24 Parganas. The men were in a car. “Three persons and the driver of the car have been arrested,” a DRI official said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThree of the accused have been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. In another case, one person was apprehended from a bus plying between Kolkata and Khulna (Bangladesh) at Kaikhali in North 24 Parganas by DRI officials. The driver and the supervisor of the bus were also arrested for smuggling the gold from Bangladesh. A total of 5.55 kg of gold of foreign origin, valued at Rs 1.75 crore, was recovered from the person’s shoe and a belt tied around his waist, a DRI official said.last_img read more


first_img Brought to you by SCORE Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. December 6, 2005 Enroll Now for Free 5 Tips about Electronic ContractsTake note: federal law now makes electronic contracts and electronic signatures as legal and enforceable as those on paper.Consider what advantages e-contracts might have for your business. Some companies will be able to conduct their business entirely on line, often with great savings.Be aware that if you start using e-contracts, you have to let customers know whether paper contracts are available and what fees might apply for the paper agreements.Proceed with caution. The law doesn’t define what an electronic signature is, and e-signature technology is still evolving.Visit this website for more information: the American Bar Association , a site that specializes in legal issues.5 Tips for Ensuring Your Customers’ PrivacyUnderstand that protecting customers’ privacy is essential to maintaining and increasing sales and profits online.Develop a privacy policy, post it on your website, and live by your policy. For guidelines, visit these websites: www.privacyalliance.org and www.privacyrights.org .Put top-notch security systems in place to make sure customer data isn’t lost, misused, altered or stolen.Require that third parties with whom you deal provide similar data security.Don’t provide personal information collected from customers to third parties unless you have explicit permission from the customers to do so.5 Tips for Improving Your WebsiteVisit the sites of other companies to find out what you like and dislike. Do some sites seem to “work” while others don’t?Decide what objectives you want your site to meet. Do you want it to be fun, funny, educational, “cool,” or all of those things?Consider your corporate culture and your company image. Your site should support both.Design or re-design the site to meet your objectives. Unless you have a real expert on staff, hire a consulting firm to do the job.Get feedback. Ask customers how your site can be made more useful to them, and keep making improvements.5 Tips for Marketing Your WebsiteThink strategically. Your website should be a part of your overall marketing plan.Choose a ebsite address (URL) that’s intuitive and easy to remember. Your company’s name (if it’s short) or the name of your main product might work well.Put your web address on all your printed material, including business cards, letterhead, press releases and invoices. Include it in all your advertising.Don’t forget offline media and traditional publicity techniques. Send news releases promoting your site to newspapers, broadcasters, and magazines.Speak at conferences and trade shows, and write informative articles for trade publications. When you do, mention your web address.5 Tips for Getting Noticed OnlineGet your website listed on major search engines, such as Google or Yahoo! Two sites, Search Engine Watch at www.searchenginewatch.com and the Web Marketing Info Center at www.wilsonweb.com/webmarket , offer guidance.Join a “banner exchange,” and trade advertising banners with other websites. Look under “banner exchange” on search engines.Visit sites similar to or related to yours and offer to exchange links with them.Write useful articles for other sites and include your web address.Get more online marketing help from such sites as www.zdnet.com/eweek/ , workz.com and www.bcentral.com .5 Tips on Getting Closer to Customers with TechnologyUse your website to build solid, trusting relationships with customers. Trust helps bring customers back.Enhance communication with customers. Some small business CEOs put their e-mail address on the company website so customers can contact them directly.Don’t forget the basics: Post your company’s address and phone number on your website.Remember that the internet is educating your customers and making them smarter buyers. Keep pace with their knowledge.Respond to e-mails promptly.5 Tips for Managing Virtual RelationshipsMake sure you’re up to speed. Good hardware, software and training are the tools you need to make virtual relationships work.Structure your workday so information can be easily shared, discussed and exchanged.Don’t let the technology get in the way. If e-mail technology isn’t working, quickly default to the phone or a letter.Remember, people do business with people–not machines. Always keep up with your networking contacts.You’ll need another set of skills when you use nontraditional means to communicate: writing must be concise and thoughts must be closely linked.5 Tips on Meeting the Demand for SpeedRealize that the swiftest competitor, not necessarily the smartest, is often the winner in today’s marketplace. Speed is increasingly of the essence, no matter what business you’re in.Respond to sales leads quickly. One small business requires staff members to follow up within the hour, by e-mail, fax or phone.Get comfortable with rapid, strategic decision-making. Five-year planning horizons are out the window.Compress your timetables. One internet startup rolled out its expansion efforts in a reduced-time span of 45 days instead of the originally planned year, beating out competitors.Make speed a part of your corporate culture. Reward employees’ swiftness with stock options, bonuses or other perks.5 Tips on Running a WebsiteFind ways to attract customers. Link up with a variety of search engines so when potential customers are searching for your product, they’ll find your company listed.Make it easy for people to “navigate” your site. Hire a good website designer.Help customers trust you. Provide information on the company’s history, mission, and values.Enable customers to get in touch with you easily–via e-mail, phone and regular mail–and respond promptly.Provide top customer service along with the speed and good prices technology offers. Think about how you’ll keep customers coming back.5 Tips for Taking Your Small Business OnlineYour product line should be able to be delivered economically and conveniently through the mail or over the internet.The web allows you to market to customers outside your geographical location. Your product should appeal to people nation–or–continent-wide.Compare new “technology” costs to current bricks and mortar costs, e.g: rent, labor, inventory and printing costs.Realize that the internet levels the playing ground–you can look like a big company with a great website.Draw visitors to your site cheaply. Establish and grow alliances that’ll hotlink to your site for free.5 Tips to See Whether Your Website Is Up to SnuffSimple, clear and fast–think of your homepage as a billboard. Tell them exactly what they need to know up front.Leave plenty of white space around text. A simple font on a light background works best. Separate wide blocks of text into columns.Sub-headings make for quick reading. Make sure pages are easily skimmed.Let your best customers sing your praises. Display their testimonials prominently on your site.After each update, click through your entire site. Mistakes or broken links will only send visitors away.Brought to you by SCORE , “Counselors to America’s Small Business.”last_img read more