Share your voice 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. Tech Industry,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. 7 Apple iPhone XS The Cheapskate 0 Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. See at Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET 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. $60 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Southwest was one of the airlines impacted by Monday’s delays. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Computer problems are causing flight delays across the US Monday.The Federal Aviation Administration said airports in Chicago, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami and Detroit suffered computer issues, the Associated Press reported.There was an outage with a vendor that gives flight planning data to several carriers, Southwest Airlines told the AP. The news gathering service noted that some Delta flights were impacted too.However, the FAA later tweeted that the issue has been resolved and travelers should contact their airlines to see if their flight will be delayed.”Several airlines are experiencing issues with a non-FAA flight-planning weight and balance program called Aerodata,” the FAA said in an emailed statement.”Mainline operations and regional operations are affected to varying degrees. Airlines included Southwest (SWA), United (UAL), JetBlue (JBU), Alaska (ASA) and Delta (DAL),” it said.Southwest issued a 40-minute internal ground stop as a result of the problem and anticipated “scattered flight delays,” a spokesperson said via email. A ground stop slows or halts the flow of aircraft inbound to a given airport.A Delta spokesperson added, via email, that “no cancellations are expected due to the issue and our teams are working to resolve some resulting delays.” Read the AirPods review 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 How United Airlines prepares a Boeing 777 between flights Read the Rylo camera preview Read DJI Osmo Action preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET 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. $155 at Google Express $299 at Amazon Originally published April 1, 5:45 a.m. PT.Update, 7:29 a.m. PT: Adds more details.Update, 8:36 a.m. PT: Adds statements from Delta and Southwest. Rylo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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 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. Best Buy 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. 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 Google Home Hub review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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 It See it Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 2:33 Tags Post a comment Amazon $520 at HP 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. Comments $999 Sprint TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Now playing: Watch this:
Now playing: Watch this: 1 Mobile Tech Industry Internet 2:50 Share your voice Comment Opensignal found that the fastest speeds were in the North and Northeast, rather than “the tech hubs of the West Coast.” Corinne Reichert/CNET Want the fastest mobile download speeds possible? Move to Cleveland.On networks in the 50 largest US cities, mobile analytics company Opensignal found that Cleveland provided about double the speeds of Oklahoma City, which came in last: 32.8 megabits per second versus 16.9Mbps. The top five fastest cities were Cleveland, Minneapolis, New York, Detroit and Pittsburgh, while the bottom five were Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; Riverside, California; San Antonio; and Oklahoma City. For its latest report, the company looked at smartphone users’ experiences on mobile networks from January through March of this year. State by state, Opensignal found that the fastest speeds were in the North and Northeast, rather than “the tech hubs of the West Coast.””California, home to both Silicon Valley and the movie industry, ranked just 19th in download speed experience while Washington state, home to Amazon and Microsoft’s HQs, ranked 16th,” the company noted Friday.Mobile speeds state by state Opensignal The fastest state was New Jersey, with speeds of almost 33Mbps, while bottom-ranked Mississippi is averaging speeds of just 12Mbps. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio, Minnesota and North Dakota were also highly ranked.On latency — the time it takes to load web pages using mobile networks — the top five major US cities were Baltimore, New York, Washington, Dallas and Philadelphia. The cities with the slowest latency were New Orleans; Kansas City; Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky; and Memphis, Tennessee, according to the report.With 5G coming in now, Opensignal said its next report will show exactly what difference the new networks make to download speeds.”Carriers will find it hard to sell 5G services unless 5G offers a better mobile network experience,” it said.Earlier this week CNET tested Sprint’s 5G speeds, and earlier this month, Verizon’s 5G speeds. AT&T’s 5G network is also live, while the first signs of T-Mobile’s 5G network in New York have appeared. Tags Is 5G coming to a city near you? 5G
In this file photo taken on 9 November, 2017 US defence minister James Mattis delivers a press conference during the second day of a defence ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Photo: AFPUS defence secretary Jim Mattis met with top Afghan leaders during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Friday, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.His trip comes a little more than a year after president Donald Trump unveiled a revamped strategy for Afghanistan that saw him commit thousands of additional US forces to the war-torn country on an open-ended basis.Mattis, on his fourth visit to Afghanistan since becoming defence chief in January 2017, has met with president Ashraf Ghani and the new US commander for American and NATO forces, general Scott Miller.His arrival in Kabul comes at a sensitive time in the 17-year war.The grinding conflict has seen little progress by Afghan or US forces against the Taliban, the country’s largest militant group.Six US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, the most recent happening on Monday in an apparent insider attack.Ghani told Mattis that preventing so-called “green-on-blue” attacks, in which Afghan soldiers turn their weapons on international troops with whom they are working, was a “top national priority”.They also discussed other issues including the peace process, security reforms, upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, and Pakistan, according to a statement from the presidential palace.Afghan and international players have been ratcheting up efforts to hold peace talks with the Taliban, which was toppled from power by US-led forces in 2001.An unprecedented ceasefire in June followed by talks between US officials and Taliban representatives in Qatar in July fuelled hopes that negotiations could bring an end to the fighting.Battlefield setbacksBut a recent spate of attacks by the Taliban and the smaller but potent Islamic State group that left hundreds of people dead has severely dented that optimism.A twin bomb attack on a wrestling club in a Shiite neighbourhood of Kabul on Wednesday was just the latest in a long line of devastating assaults, killing at least 26 people and wounding 91.The attack underscored the challenges facing Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces, which have been beset by corruption and low morale.Trump’s strategy, announced in August 2017, increased the US troop presence in the country and now includes a renewed push to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.Speaking to reporters as he headed to Asia this week, Mattis said he had reason to hope the Taliban may be ready for talks.There’s “still hard fighting, but right now we have more indications that reconciliation is… no longer just a mirage”, he said, adding that Afghan security forces were now taking the fight to the enemy.But there are fears that Trump is growing frustrated with the pace of progress in the country, spurring US diplomats and other officials to intensify their efforts.The Taliban have long insisted on direct talks with Washington and refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which they see as illegitimate.There is speculation that another meeting between US and Taliban representatives could be held this month.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Islamabad on Wednesday where he said he was “hopeful” of resetting the troubled relationship with Pakistan, a key player in the Afghan conflict.He made the remarks after confirming that Zalmay Khalilzad, a high-profile former US ambassador to Kabul, Baghdad and the United Nations, would be appointed to lead peace efforts in Afghanistan.Miller, who took command of US and NATO forces at a handover ceremony in Kabul on Sunday, replaces General John Nicholson, who rotated out of the role after a more than two-year deployment.Nicholson told reporters last month that the warring parties now had an “unprecedented” opportunity for peace, and insisted Trump’s strategy for the country was working.But his positive outlook belied recent setbacks on the battlefield, including last month’s extraordinary raid by the Taliban on the provincial capital of Ghazni-just a two-hour drive from Kabul.Militants held large parts of the city for days and Afghan forces needed US air power to push them back.
Gov. Martin O’Malley extends an invitation to all Marylanders involved in volunteer service to spend a fun-filled Sunday at the Maryland State Fair on August 24. The Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day is presented by the Governor’s office on Service and Volunteerism and the Maryland State Fair.“Each year Maryland’s volunteers give over 190 million hours of their time to our communities and we thank them for their service,” said Gov. O’Malley in a statement. “I invite every volunteer in the State to come to the Maryland State Fair on August 24 to celebrate the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day.”To thank Maryland’s volunteers for their countless hours of service, Gov. O’Malley is offering them discounted admission, $2, to the Maryland State Fair on August 24. Each pass allows admission of up to five (5) people who have volunteered in Maryland during the past year. The pass will also entitle the patron to discounts on the purchase of food tickets and ride packages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 24 only. The discounted food and ride passes will be good until closing. In case of inclement weather that forces the closing of the Fair on that date, the Governor’s discounts will be honored on August 31. To request passes, visit www.GOSV.maryland.gov.