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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Rylo Best Buy Post a comment $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 0 See it $6 at Tidal Boost Mobile $999 Angela Lang/CNET See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. $999 See It See at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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) 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). Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. 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. LeVar Burton appears in Weird City. Screenshot/CNET A dystopian future could be in the not-too-distant-future. At least, that’s part of the premise of Jordan Peele and writer Charlie Sanders’ upcoming satirical anthology show, Weird City. The trailer dropped Wednesday, giving us a look at a world where the middle class ceases to exist. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 7 $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice The Cheapskate 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. $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview $520 at HP Apple iPhone XS $155 at Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review “Each episode is a topic that pertains to present day life in America and the world: social media addiction, online dating, fitness obsession, etc,” according to the description on YouTube. The cast includes LeVar Burton, Mark Hamill, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Awkwafina, to name a few.Weird City is slated for 2019 and will be available with YouTube Premium.Peele is also working on the upcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone, and his movie Us premieres in March. Chris Monroe/CNET Turo Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Sprint Read the AirPods review Tags 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Culture,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. Share your voice Tags $60 at 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. Amazon See It Sarah Tew/CNET
2019 Toyota Camry Review #8 @Toyota_Hybrid TS050 wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second time this Super season! Well done to @alo_oficial, @kazuki_info and @Sebastien_buemi!#WEC #SuperFinale #LeMans24 pic.twitter.com/fEgnzaxiRc— 24 Hours of Le Mans (@24hoursoflemans) June 16, 2019 Post a comment Toyota Also taking home class wins were the No. 36 Signatech Alpine (LMP2); No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE (GTE Pro) and the No. 85 Ford GT of Keating Motorsports (GTE Am class). The win was something of a redemption for the Blue Oval, as the automaker’s own factory-backed effort failed to finish better than fourth place in GTE Pro in the car’s last race.For full race results, see the race’s official site, 24LeMans.org. 0 Roadshow Car Culture Toyota More From Roadshow 2020 Toyota Corolla review: More emotional, still sensible 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly Tags Enlarge ImageToyota took 1-2 at the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans, just not in the expected order. Toyota It was a foregone conclusion, yet it was anything but. On Sunday, Toyota’s Gazoo Racing team notched its second 1-2 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in as many years. It’s an impressive achievement and Toyota’s was a dominant performance. Yet the win didn’t come without some surprises, including a costly final-hour gaffe that resulted in the longtime race-leading car No. 7, of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José Maria López, slipping into second place.It was no surprise that the pair of Toyota TS050 hybrid racers would dominate the 87th running of France’s legendary endurance race from the opening laps to the close of the 24th hour. They were the only factory-backed cars contesting the top-tier LMP1 class. But a final-hour puncture (the second in as many hours) and some pit-lane drama centering on a bum tire sensor triggered the replacement of the wrong wheel, costing the No. 7 car a storybook victory. Instead, the No. 8 car of Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, took the checkered flag, taking the FIA WEC series win in the process. Toyota’s 1-2 finishing order results mirror those of last year. Share your voice
Airbus Helicopters said it is in consultations with Indian conglomerates – Tatas, Mahindra and Mahindra and Reliance Industries, to jointly manufacture military helicopters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative envisages foreign arms makers to form partnership with Indian companies to enable local manufacturing of arms, to reduce imports. A general view of helicopters being assembled at the Airbus production facility in Donauwoerth, Southern Germany October 9, 2014.ReutersAirbus HelicoptersThe subsidiary of the Airbus Group is offering to build its light utility AS550 Fennec and the medium lift EC725 in India, to replace India’s ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.”We are in the selection process, talking to different industries to form a JV (joint venture),” Rainer Farid, a senior Airbus Helicopters executive told Reuters on Friday at Aero India 2015 in Bengaluru. In 2014, India decided to scrap the earlier proposal to acquire 197 light utility helicopters in order to allow local companies to join international majors and build the helicopters within India through joint ventures.Russian helicopter manufacturers and US-based Sikorsky are also expected to bid for the order.Currently, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics, based in Bangalore is the only Indian producer of helicopters, meaning global defence firms will have to find partners with Indian conglomerates who have ventured into the arena, with the opening of the sector a little more than a decade ago.However, Farid, who was speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing Aero India 2015, noted that the task of establishing necessary vendor units in India was going to be tough, given that such vendors don’t exist as of now.The Narendra Modi government has increased foreign direct investment in the defence sector up to 49%, in the belief that more international firms would be willing to tie up and start producing locally.On Wednesday, India’s Bharat Forge announced its joint venture with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems to produce the Spike anti-tank guided missile.
Similar to how electrons orbit an atomic nucleus without collapsing inward, mini black holes below a certain mass may cause surrounding matter to orbit without falling into the black hole. Image credit: Halfdan, Wikimedia Commons. More information: A. P. VanDevender and J. Pace VanDevender. “Structure and Mass Absorption of Hypothetical Terrestrial Black Holes.” arXiv:1105.0265v1 [gr-qc] (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study, scientists have proposed that mini black holes may interact with matter very differently than previously thought. If the proposal is correct, it would mean that the time it would take for a mini black hole to swallow the Earth would be many orders of magnitude longer than the age of the Universe. Explore further What are ‘mini’ black holes? Citation: Mini black holes that look like atoms could pass through Earth daily (2011, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-mini-black-holes-atoms-earth.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Although this may seem purely theoretical, the concept could provide a way to test the current theory of how mini black holes age and die, called quantum evaporation. In this process, mini black holes lose mass until they eventually disappear. As they lose mass, they should produce X-rays. However, attempts to observe the X-ray signature of the final stages of evaporation have so far been unsuccessful. This lack of evidence suggests that either mini black holes were not created in large numbers as predicted, or that they do not evaporate.Assuming the latter explanation, the VanDevenders propose that, instead of searching only for evaporation effects, researchers should search for evidence of the actual existence of the mini black holes, as well. If their theory of mini black holes as GEAs is correct, then the gravitationally bound matter in a GEA should produce emissions that could be detected with current detectors, even though the chance of detecting these emissions would be slim.“Quantum evaporation has been a major cornerstone of quantum gravity theories for three decades, yet it has never been experimentally confirmed,” Aaron VanDevender told PhysOrg.com. “Our study asks, ‘what if small back holes do not evaporate?’ We have shown that if they do not evaporate, they may interact with matter and be detected. If we are able to observe such objects, it will have a significant impact on our understanding of black hole evaporation, and quantum gravity in general.”How a GEA worksIn their paper, the researchers mathematically describe how a black hole can exist on Earth without consuming all of the surrounding mass. Such a mini black hole has constraints on its Schwarzschild radius, which is the closest an object can be to a black hole before it is absorbed, never to escape. Any object smaller than its Schwarzschild radius is a black hole. But because mini black holes with masses below 1012 kg are so small, they can have a Schwarzschild radius that is much smaller than the orbit of the gravitationally bound matter particles. As long as these matter particles stay beyond the mini black hole’s Schwarzschild radius, they will orbit rather than be absorbed. (Black holes with masses of 1012 kg have a Schwarzschild radius that equals the ground state radius at which the nearest matter particles orbit, so this mass is the upper limit for a GEA.) The researchers compare the GEA’s risk of collapse with that of real atoms.“The concern that a terrestrial GEA might absorb the earth is similar to the early 20th century expectation that electrons orbiting a nucleus should radiate their energy away and fall into the nucleus,” the researchers wrote in their study. “Since the electron energy levels are quantized and the expectation value of the radius of the ground state is much larger than the radius of the nucleus, the probability of an electron being captured by the nucleus is vanishingly small. Similarly, particles of mass m are unlikely to fall into the black hole at the center of a GEA; however, those few that do could, in principle, provide energy for observable emissions.”Up closeThe scientists calculated that mini black holes with a mass of about 100,000 kg may be of particular interest, since they could be candidates for dark matter. They estimated that, if dark matter is composed primarily of mini black holes and is evenly distributed throughout the galaxy, then about 40 million kg of mini black holes should pass through the Earth every year. The researchers calculated that about 400 mini black holes per year could be detectable through their strong electromagnetic emissions from their gravitationally bound matter.If a particle on Earth approaches a GEA while it’s passing through the planet, the particle could either scatter off, be captured in orbit, or strip an already bound particle off. Due to the mini black hole’s high velocity compared to the binding energy required to capture a particle, the researchers predict that the mini black hole would quickly be stripped of its particles as it passes through the Earth. Therefore, the search for the emissions should be focused on space-based sources. “It would be difficult, but not impossible [to detect one of the mini black holes passing through the Earth],” Aaron VanDevender said. “The available power of a GEA to emit detectable radiation is small but not negligible. It would likely be substantially easier to observe a GEA in orbit around the Earth, rather than one that is passing through at a tremendous velocity. Also, the larger GEA will likely be much easier to detect, so it is worth focusing our observational efforts on objects in the range of 104 to 106 kg.”The researchers also noted that black holes created at the LHC would be too small and not have sufficient binding energy to bind matter into quantum orbitals that might emit detectable radiation.In any case, according to this theory, mini black holes of any size would not absorb large amounts of matter very quickly. The scientists calculated that, for a black hole with a mass of 1 kg, it would take 1033 years to swallow the Earth. For comparison, the Universe is about 13.7 x 109 years old. And for smaller black holes like those that might be formed at the LHC, the time it would take to absorb the Earth would be even longer. © 2010 PhysOrg.com In their paper, which is posted at arXiv.org, Aaron P. VanDevender from Halcyon Molecular in Redwood City, California, and J. Pace VanDevender from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wanted to find a way to detect the mini black holes that are thought to exist in nature. Their calculations suggest that mini black holes may be passing through the Earth on a daily basis, and pose a very minimal threat to the planet.Orbiting matterMini black holes are different than the ordinary astrophysical black hole in terms of how they’re formed and their size. Whereas astrophysical black holes are formed by the collapse of giant stars, mini black holes are thought to have formed during the Big Bang, which is why they’re also called primordial black holes. And while an astrophysical black hole has a minimum mass of 1030 kg, the mass of mini black holes range from the tiny Planck mass to trillions of kilograms or more, but are still much smaller than astrophysical black holes. (Although physics should allow for black holes of all sizes, scientists don’t yet know of any mechanism that could produce objects in the intermediate range.) The expected mass of laboratory-produced mini black holes is on the small side, about 10-23 kg. Because of their extreme density, even the most massive mini black hole is microscopic in size. The conventional view of a black hole is one of an object that is so dense that its powerful gravity pulls in all nearby matter past a critical point called the event horizon, from where it cannot escape. But the VanDevenders have suggested that something different happens with mini black holes with masses below 1012 kg. Instead of absorbing matter, these mini black holes may gravitationally bind matter, so that matter orbits the black holes at a certain distance. Because matter atoms orbiting a black hole due to gravity are reminiscent of the way that electrons orbit a nucleus due to electrostatic forces – both without collapsing inward – the physicists call this theoretical system the Gravitational Equivalent of an Atom (GEA).
The five day celebration of classical music in the Capital came to an end with a spellbinding jugalbandi between two maestros Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia on Saturday. The two classical music doyens came together for the music lovers in the national capital at Siri Fort Auditorium. The final day of the festival was characterised by the best of classical music, a full house and a lot of excitement to match up to it, as the veteran santoor maestro and the legendary flautist performed together. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The five day celebration was marked by the best of classical music presented by veteran vocalists, sitar, sarod, santoor, flute and veena players. The performances by some of India’s most celebrated classical music artists lit up the Capital and attracted the lovers of the classical music tradition. Capital witnessed legends like Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Vidushi Girija Devi, Meeta Pandit and Manjari Asnare. Vocalists were supported by renowned artists like Veena player Ustad Mustafa Raza; sitar maestro Budhaditya Mukherjee, sarod maestro Pt. Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, santoor maestro Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and renowned flautist Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival was presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture and Languages along with the Punjabi Academy under the theme Delhi Celebrates. Each day at Delhi Classical Music Festival was undoubtedly one of its kind. ‘As part of Delhi Celebrates we make sure that art and culture get its due spot in the national capital. Our country’s rich and soulful classical music traditions have gifted us with a culturally-rich identity. This week-long festival aims to promote the best of Indian classical music amongst music lovers,’ said Rawail Singh, Secretary, Punjabi Acacdemy.
Posted by Wednesday, April 25, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Caesars Entertainment LAS VEGAS — Caesars Entertainment Corporation, best known for its gambling resorts in Vegas and Atlantic City, is making good on its plans to expand into new markets with non-gaming properties with news of a 500-room beachfront property coming to Los Cabos.The US$200 million luxury beach front hotel will be managed by Caesars Entertainment and developed by Mexico’s Grupo Questro.The resort represents Caesars’ first investment in Mexico. “Bringing Caesars Palace to Puerto Los Cabos will represent further progress on our strategy to expand the company’s non-gaming businesses into premiere resort and gateway destinations,” said Caesars Entertainment President and CEO, Mark Frissora.The non-gaming luxury beachfront hotel will feature 500 rooms and suites, a 40,000-square foot convention centre, a 25,000-square foot full service spa, three fine dining restaurants, an array of amenities including an entertainment venue, pools, cabanas, fitness centre, tennis courts and access to the two signature golf courses.The property will be situated in the Puerto Los Cabos Tourist Corridor and the San Jose del Cabo resort city on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthCaesars says Puerto Los Cabos is a prime market for these early days of Caesars’ expansion, with the number of airline passengers into the market up 40% since 2015 with the majority coming from the U.S. and Canada followed by Mexico.The announcement of the Puerto Los Cabos project follows last week’s announcement that Caesars Entertainment will manage two luxury hotels and a beach club at Meraas’ Dubai-based Bluewaters Island development. In late 2018, Bluewaters Island is expected to become home to Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, and will be the company’s first non-gaming resorts. Caesars Entertainment takes on Mexico with new Los Cabos resort Travelweek Group Share