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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice $999 $210 at Best Buy 0 See it 10 Photos $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. 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. 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). See It Welcome to sewer hell. South West Water The fatberg menace continues to haunt the UK. South West Water, which services an area in southern England, discovered a fatberg clogging up the sewers in Devon, and it’s a whopper. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. 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. Tags $999 Read the Rylo camera preview $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/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. 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) When fatbergs attack Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Random,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. $59 at eBay Read DJI Osmo Action preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express It will take a sewer team about eight weeks to remove the massive fatberg using high-pressure jets, shovels and pickaxes.In case you’re not grossed out enough already, you can tour the horrifying lump in 360 degrees on Facebook. Want more? The Museum of London offers a live video feed of a chunk of fatberg to feed your nightmares. 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 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Wacky science images from the Getty (pictures) $60 at Best Buy $999 Turo Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET Tags Rylo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice Sprint Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review See at Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Amazon Amazon The Cheapskate Best Buy 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. Sarah Tew/CNET The 210-foot (64 meter) fatberg is part of a modern problem where old sewer systems get packed full of congealed lumps of cooking oil, diapers, wipes and grease. London unveiled a particularly epic fatberg in 2017. The monstrous masses have to be physically removed from their lairs.”Fortunately, the fatberg has had no impact on Sidmouth’s excellent bathing water quality and has been discovered in good time,” South West Water reported Tuesday.. The utility reminded customers to only flush the “3Ps”: pee, paper and poo. See It $999 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple iPhone XS Post a comment Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Help name this disgusting 140-ton sewer fatberg Putrid fatberg is museum’s ‘most disgusting display ever’ See It Comments Read the AirPods review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP 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.
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RohingyaThailand faced mounting calls on Thursday to stop pushing migrants back out to sea amid fears an exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar could spark a new wave of boatpeople.Fighting in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state has forced about half a million Rohingya to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh since August, prompting concerns they could be targeted by people smugglers and human traffickers.Rohingya Muslims, who are denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, have been fleeing strife for decades.Neighbouring Thailand was a popular transit route by boat and land until a 2015 Thai police crackdown led to ships full of migrants being abandoned at sea.“Thailand urgently needs to set a regional example by adopting humane refugee policies,” said Audrey Gaughran from Amnesty International as the group released a report accusing Thai authorities of failing to protect refugees.“Instead of callously repelling people fleeing unimaginable horrors, the Thai government should ensure safe passage for those seeking international protection in Thailand,” said the global issues director.Campaigners say the Rohingya are likely to start travelling after the monsoon in late November when the water is calmer.Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said last month his government is “preparing to receive” people fleeing Myanmar and send them back “when they are ready”.But the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), a military unit dealing with national security, recently told local media it would continue to prevent refugees from entering Thailand. The ISOC did not reply to a request for comment.In an open letter this week, campaign group Fortify Rights urged Thailand to abandon its “push back” policy.“Thailand’s leaders should be doing all they can to stem the violence in Myanmar and prepare to provide protection to refugees fleeing the attacks,” executive director Amy Smith said.Thailand does not recognise the status of any refugees or recognise the Rohingya as legitimate migrant workers.
Tags: Delta Delta’s $50 million quest to end lost airline luggage Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Posted by Share LINTHICUM — Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit.As each suitcase climbs up the conveyor belt into the plane, a small computer verifies that it actually belongs on that flight. If one bag didn’t, a red light would flash and the belt would stop until somebody acknowledges the mistake and reroutes the luggage.This is the future of baggage handling. Delta Air Lines is investing $50 million to soothe one of air travel’s biggest headaches: lost and delayed luggage.Delta carried nearly 120 million checked suitcases last year, collecting $25 in fees, each way, for most domestic bags. For that price, fliers expect their suitcase to be waiting on the carousel when they arrive. Delta already has one of the airline industry’s best luggage handling records — just 1 out of every 500 bags failed to arrive on time — but hopes that by deploying a RFID, or radio-frequency identification, tracking system globally it can improve further.If the system works, other airlines are likely to follow. Ultimately the bag tag might be replaced with permanent RFID readers in our suitcases, reducing the chances fliers in the future will start a vacation missing their swimsuit.“It’s a very smart move,” says Henry Harteveldt, founder of travel consultancy Atmosphere Research Group. “It’s one that will help increase customer confidence that their bags will arrive with them.”RFID wirelessly identifies tags attached to items. The technology is widely used at warehouses to track goods but Delta’s rollout is the first global use for passenger bags.To better understand the technology, think about your local supermarket. If every grocery item had an RFID tag, cashiers wouldn’t have to scan each product at checkout. Instead, the groceries would pass by a scanner and be instantly registered. Shoppers could even leave everything in their cart, having it all tallied at once.The same principles apply to checked luggage.Most airlines today use barcodes on tags to identify each suitcase — each tag has its own unique 10-digit number — and make sure it is loaded onto the right plane. But reading each barcode with a handheld scanner is time consuming. Often, a bag or two aren’t scanned or error messages are missed by workers focused on getting planes out on time.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyDelta designed its system to stop those errors. At the airline’s 84 largest airports — accounting for 85 per cent of its passengers — Delta will have 1,500 special belt loaders with RFID readers built in. Those loaders — like the one DaRosa was using — stop when a bag for a different flight is accidently placed on the belt.“It’s amazing technology,” says DaRosa, a ramp supervisor who has been testing the technology at Baltimore Washington International Airport. “It’s going to totally eliminate a bunch of careless little errors.”Replacing handheld scanners allows ramp workers to use both hands to lift bags, reducing injuries and speeding up the loading and unloading process. RFID also shortens the time needed to find and remove a bag from a plane at the last second. All of that means more on-time flights.Delta is also using RFID to track bags through the labyrinth of conveyor belts below terminals. If bags fall off a belt at a particular curve or get suck at a junction, Delta will now have enough RFID readers — about 5,200 globally — to pinpoint the trouble spot and fix it. The Atlanta-based airline says it plans to have the system online in 344 airports by the end of August.The new tags look like traditional ones. But if held up to the light, passengers can see a fingernail-size chip and a credit card size antenna inlayed inside.By the end of this year, fliers will be able to track their bags through the Delta smartphone app, getting push notifications at each step of the journey. If a bag misses its flight, passengers are also notified instantly.That way passengers “aren’t standing at a baggage carousel waiting for the last piece of luggage to come off to realize their bag isn’t there,” says Sandy Gordon, Delta’s vice-president of airport operations for the eastern U.S.Most passengers’ bags do arrive on time. But there are so hiccups, with 1 out of every 500 bags Delta carried last year failing to do so. It’s a record surpassed by only Virgin America and JetBlue Airways, which both have smaller and simpler route networks. Twice as many were delayed last year on American Airlines, according to statistics reported to the Department of Transportation.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckBags often get delayed when bad weather forces tight connections or passengers are rerouted onto new flights.Of the 245,000 bags Delta mishandled last year, 208,000 of them arrived within three hours, according to the airline. Another 25,000 were reunited with passengers within 12 hours. The remaining 12,000 were either lost or took more than 12 hours to be delivered.Installing RFID isn’t going to solve all of Delta’s baggage problems. But the airline estimates a 10-per cent reduction in delayed bags. That means about 25,000 fewer bags the airline has to deliver to passengers’ homes, offices or hotel rooms.For the past five years, Australian airline Qantas has offered a permanent RFID bag tag that fliers can purchase for about $23 and use when flying the airline domestically. Several big airports, including those in Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Milan and Tokyo, use RFID to track bags through parts of their systems.But Delta, the world’s second largest carrier by passenger traffic, is providing the most-comprehensive tracking the industry has seen to date.Airlines have long found RFID too pricey but the cost has dropped. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas says it currently pays 12 cents for each RFID tag, down from 21.5 cents a decade ago. Traditional tags cost the airport 3 cents.Delta refused to say how much it’s paying for RFID bag tags, except that it is less than 10 cents each.The new tracking system won’t follow every suitcase.There are limitations.It includes bags checked at the gate and claimed at a baggage carousel. But items like strollers or bags checked at the gate for regional jets — those picked up at the arriving gate — currently aren’t tracked with RFID.If a Delta passenger connects onto a flight with a Delta partner like Air France, the traditional barcode tag takes over for the final leg of the journey. However, an Air France passenger connecting to a Delta flight gets a RFID sticker added to the traditional tag when their luggage first enters Delta’s possession.And nothing is preventing the airline from losing your bag if any of these tags get ripped off along the way. The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>
Iceland, Cambodia battle over-tourism with new tax & restrictions REYKJAVIK — Iceland, already known for being an expensive destination, is considering a new tourist tax that would limit the impact of over-tourism.According to The Star, the country’s government is considering ways of raising taxes in the tourism sector, which include a special licence required for bus companies and tour operators and increasing the existing levy on hotel rooms.The country is experiencing a surge in visitors – up from 490,000 in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2016 – thanks in large part to the popular TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. Considering that Iceland’s total population is less than 340,000, the country simply cannot keep up with tourist demand.Tourism Minister Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir said in a recent interview that “all of us have to be careful not to become victims of our own success.” She said that overcrowding may harm natural treasures like the Blue Lagoon and Jokulsarlon, and that “if we allow more people into areas like that, we’re losing what makes them special.”More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamA new tax will not go over well with tourists, who already face steep prices when visiting Iceland. Taking a taxi from the airport to the city centre costs about $150, while the cost of alcoholic beverages is twice as much as in other European destinations.Facing a similar situation is Cambodia, which says over-tourism is damaging the infrastructure of the Angkor temple complex, its most famous attraction. The Telegraph reports that the hill at Phnom Bakheng has become so overwrought with tourists during sunsets that Aprasar’s Tourism Management Agency will restrict the area to a maximum 300 visitors at any one time.Phoeun Sophoan, the president of the Agency, told Agence Kampuchea Presse that the organization has arranged alternative places for tourists to see the sunset on the hill without actually going up to the temple. Tags: Cambodia, Iceland Friday, March 17, 2017 Posted by Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by MONTREAL — Clients who book by Sept. 30 pay only a $100 deposit, for travel Jan. 3 – April 30, 2019, with Transat’s new ‘Book Now, Beach Later’ offer.Agents also benefit from the deal, with extra BONBON rewards with every booking:$10/room, so that’s 2x rewards on South, Florida, Spain, Portugal, cruise and Duo packages, as well as guided tours, says Transat$2/passenger, which amounts to 2x rewards on South, Florida, Spain and Portugal air-only bookingsClients who book South packages also get Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee, a $50 future travel voucher and free seat selection, valued at $50 (for Distinction Collection packages), says the tour operator.Clients who book Florida, Spain, Portugal, cruise or Duo packages or guided tours get a $50 future travel voucher.For more details and conditions see Get Connected. Book Now, Beach Later with Transat’s new promotion Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Deals, Transat Travelweek Group