The SpotMini has just upped the stakes. Boston Dynamics Ten SpotMini robots have demonstrated their strength by hauling a truck across a parking lot. Boston Dynamics, the company behind robots like the SpotMini, Spot and Atlas, posted the video on YouTube on Tuesday. Boston Dynamics wasn’t immediately available for comment but said in the video’s description that the robots are being developed for a range of applications. Last May, the company’s president, Marc Raibert, said SpotMini robots should be ready for sale this year. The SpotMini is a four-legged robot that handles objects, climbs stairs and is capable of working in office, home and outdoor settings. The robot can carry about 31 pounds, weighs about 66 pounds and stands at just 2.6 feet. SpotMini has a battery life of about 90 minutes, depending on the task. Boston Dynamics says the SpotMini is the quietest robot it’s built. Robots,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. Amazon Sprint 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Comment Read Lenovo Smart Clock review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Read Google Home Hub review 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. 1 $60 at Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the AirPods review $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. Angela Lang/CNET 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 Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Best Buy See It $999 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. 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). Sarah Tew/CNET Watch this robot identify and sort recycled goods Chris Monroe/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview See at Amazon Turo Rylo The Cheapskate $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags $59 at eBay Share your voice 2:30 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. Comments Tags $155 at Google Express $210 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Boost Mobile Sci-Tech 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. 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $520 at HP Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $6 at Tidal
By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROThe quiet neighborhood got a jolt of funk, hip-hop and rock and roll last Sunday at the 2nd annual Porchfest DC, which brought music, comradery and bar-b-que right to your doorstep. The afternoon started off with music wafting through the air. At times it had a go-go swing, at other times you could hear a tenor cutting through the air with just their notes and a beat. This was Porchfest DC. The sun bore down hard throughout the day. But a slight breeze cut the neighborhood some slack.Porchfest DC allowed for residents to head to houses in the Hillcrest neighborhood to listen live to local musicians. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)It was easy to report on this event as I am a new-ish Hillcrest resident and didn’t have too far to travel before the sounds of sizzling vegetables outpaced the aroma of grilled meats. According to the newsletter, “The goal of the Southeast, D.C. Porchfest is not just to spotlight emerging talent, but to shine a light on the beautiful communities in Wards 7 and 8.”Hillcrest is a prime example of beauty with idyllic homes and immaculate lawns that stretch up and over hills, and valleys. But the neighborhood touted as “Washington, D.C.’s best kept secret,” may not be a secret much longer after this weekend’s festivities.According the Hillcrest Civic Association, the area is bordered by: “a line beginning at the intersection of 31st Street, SE and Pennsylvania Avenue, extending southeastward along Pennsylvania Avenue SE to the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. and the District of Columbia boundary line (at Southern Avenue, S.E.); extending southwestward along that District Line to the intersection of that line with Naylor Road, S.E.; extending northward along Naylor Road, SE to the intersection of Naylor Road, SE with 27th Street, S.E.; from thence in a straight line running eastward through the park to reach the upper point of 31st Street, S.E. and then following 31st Street, S.E. northward to the original intersection of 31st Street S.E. and Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. said boundary to include both sides of 31st Street, SE including Randle Highlands Elementary School.”The population of the neighborhood is about 4,700, according to Niche.com, and boasts a population that is 89% Black, and a diverse age demographic that is split between millenials, gen-xers and baby boomers according to data from the site. A good sized group of those people all sat together in their neighbor’s lawns for Porchfest. People brought their lawn chairs, bikes, food and flowing dresses, and listened to jazz as children tried to learn to skateboard down streets. Porchfest DC was what it would look like if Erykah Badu and Lena Horne had a block party. It was both laid back and elegant. Both “woke” and “non-pressed.” Both “sophisticated” and super casual.”Artists from across the District performed intimate sets with nothing but light and mosquitos between them. There was a market with candles that eased tensions and smelled of herbs and were good for the environment, along with fun snarky tee-shirts and lots of lemonade and fruity drinks. The object of Porchfest is to stroll from house to house taking in the performances at each residence. But once you set foot in one backyard it was hard to leave. One wanted to just lean back in the chair and take a nap serenaded by a jazz artist. Slated performers included DJ Goldy Smokes, TY Jones, Deuce Ducartier, Future Band, Cassonovela, Femi, Black Out Band, Original Jesus Gang, Sweet Something and Bliss Ananda to name a few. There was also yoga, a kids party and events for all ages. The event was scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. but music thumped through the air well past dark. The festival originated in Ithaca, NY, by Gretchen Hildreth and Lesley Greene, according to the site. But fever for the fest has spread throughout the country. In DC the Porchfest has landed in District neighborhoods like Adams Morgan and Rhode Island Avenue. Want to know where Porchfest DC will go next? Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DGCMHD2
Kolkata: Renowned classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passed away at a city hospital on Monday morning after a prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 75 and is survived by wife and son. Pandit Bhaduri, considered to be one of the masters of Bengali songs and Bhajans, was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory ailments for quite sometime. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her grief over the demise of Pandit Bhaduri. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “I am deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Pandit Arun Bhaduri, an exponent of Kirana, Rampur Gharana… “He was a guru at the state Sangeet Academy. In 2014, we had conferred Bangabibhusan award. I convey my heartfelt condolences to members of his family, friends and followers,” Banerjee said in a statement. The veteran singer had served as a guru (teacher) at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, and was a top radio and television artiste. Pandit Bhaduri was trained in Indian music by Md A Daud and Md Sagiruddin Khan.
July 12, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Amazon Prime Day is upon us and, if you didn’t know, it’s a day of deals and a show of appreciation for Prime members. If you aren’t a Prime member you can easily join free for 30 days to take part in the festivities. Better yet, if you are a student, you can sign-up for a Free 6-Month Membership and also get 50 percent off your membership after that.The best deals go fast so act and look quickly. Lightning Deals start every five minutes and if you want to see full coverage of the best tech Lightning Deals and Prime Day Deals as they go live, check back at TechBargains for full coverage.Here are 14 Amazon Prime Day deals you simply can’t afford to miss:1. $50 off Amazon Echo Informational Speaker w/ Alexa & Home Automation Support for $129.99 (list price $179.99).This is one of the best prices we’ve seen since the Amazon Echo came out and even cheaper than we saw on Black Friday. It gets rave reviews and goes far beyond playing music on demand. You can ask it questions for the weather or traffic, set timers or alarms, order items off Amazon and even help you control your home automation system. Plus it has an always on mic that will listen for when you beckon it for information.2. $15 off Amazon Fire Wireless Streaming HDMI Stick for $24.99 (list price $39.99).If you don’t have a ChromeCast then this is an excellent which is actually a little bit better as it has a dual-core processor, more storage, more memory, and there is an option for a remote if you choose. At this price range it’s a great choice if you want to replace some of your cable programming with online streaming. Plus you can always have it handy if you travel.3. Lowest Price Amazon Fire Tablet Quad-Core 7″ Tablet for $33.33 (list Price $49.99)This is an incredible price for a highly rated and very durable tablet. If you are planning on traveling and don’t want to bring a laptop or your expensive iPad then at $33 this is a nobrainer purchase. In fact you may find yourself switching over entirely as it has a powerful processor and is built to be durable and take a few bumps. As a Prime member you will also get to download movies and shows so they can be viewed off-line or borrow books from the Kindle lending library.4. $30 off Amazon Tap Portable Bluetooth Speaker w/ Alexa for $99.99 (list price $129.99).This has all the functionality of Echo but does not have the “always on” feature which many users will enjoy. It does have a leg up on the Echo as it is portable and battery powered so that it can be easily taken anywhere with you go or moved room to room. It’s basically costs a little less and is a little smaller as the Echo.5. $30 off Amazon Fire TV 4K Media Streamer + HDTV Antenna bundle for $101.47 (list price $131.47).If you are looking to cut the cord, Amazon has made it easy for you with a bonus HDTV antenna and the powerful Amazon Fire TV which can support 4K streaming and a quad-core processor for gaming. In fact you are basically getting the HDTV antenna for free with this bundle so that you can get the major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. You even get a free HDMI cable with this bundle.6. $50 off Kindle Voyager 300ppi eReader w/ PagePress Sensors & Adaptive Light for $149.99 (list price $199.99).This is the first discount we’ve seen on the Voyager at hefty 25% off. It is sleeker than the lower end models with a magnesium back and reinforced glass. Amazon hand-tuned the built-in light to automatically adjust to the perfect brightness for your lighting conditions.Amazon also discounted the very popular siblings: $30 off Kindle Paperwhite 300ppi eReader w/ Built-in Light for $89.99 and the $30 off the New Kindle w/ Glare-Free display for $49.99 (list price $79.99).7. $40 Cashback when you book an Amazon Home Service $75 or more.This is by far the best deal Amazon has offered on their home services with a $40 Amazon Credit. This is a terrific service that will do many home improvement services for you. Cleaning, plumbing, building furniture, installing a new thermostat. They do it all and their prices are competitive. We tried this ourselves to install a new smart thermostat on an old furnace and they did a great job.8. Buy a Dash Button for $0.99 and RECEIVE A $4.99 CREDIT after your first pressThe Amazon Dash button allows you to easily reorder items from Amazon that you may have run out of: laundry detergent, coffee, dog food, toilet paper. Simply put it next to your stash and press the button when you need more. This deal is even better as you are only paying $1 for the button and getting $4 off anything you buy with the Amazon Dash button. Amazon ends up having competitive pricing on many of these goods.9. Bose In-Ear Sports Headphones for $49.99 (Orig $99.99) or Bose SoundTrue Headphone II for $99.99 (Orig $179.99)Bose headphones don’t often go on sale and rarely ever hit a 50 percent discount. These are easily the lowest prices we’ve seen on the Bose In-Ear Sports headphones. They are made to be durable and stay in your ears as you exercise. Amazon is also discounting the popular Bose SoundTrue Around the Ear Headphones II for only $100. These are slim, lightweight and and made to be portable without sacrificing on sound quality. 10. Up to 40 Percent Off Open Box Laptops, Desktops, Monitors, Routers & more + Extra 20 Percent Off Amazon Warehouse DealsUse code: “WDEARLY20” or “WDEARLY”. Amazon sells customer-returned electronics at a discount. On Prime Day they are taking up to 40 percent off in addition to a bonus 20 percent off any price you see. If you were looking for a high-end LG OLED TV or a Quad HD monitor, this is your time to get a discount on a used version from Amazon’s warehouse division. 11. iRobot Roomba 614 Robot Vacuum Cleaner for $249.99 (Orig $379.99)We typically see these 600 series Roomba’s on sale for around $300 and this is a full $50 less than a sale price. It features Roomba’s patented three-stage cleaning system and will use it’s iAdapt system to map your room. Many reviews state that this latest model comes with numerous improvements and won’t get stuck under problem furniture. It also comes with a redesigned filter and dust-collection bin. This is a low price and less expensive than you can even get last generation’s model.12. GoPro Hero 4 Session 1080p Action Camera Bundle w/ 32GB SD Card & Remote $199 This is an extremely portable GoPro which is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than the already small Hero4 Cameras. This can shoot 1080p video at at 60fps and up to 100 fps at 720p. It is easy to use and can start recording with just a single press of a button. PCMag rated this 4 out 5 and this is an excellent deal as you are getting a $50 remote and a SD card for the same price as just the camera by itself. 13. Instant Pot DUO 6-Quart 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker & more for $69.99 (Orig $119.99)We own one of these personally and purchased it for $10 more during Black Friday. An electric pressure cooker dramatically cuts down the cook time on soups, stews or braised meats. However this does more than just pressure cook as you can use it simply to slow cook, steam food, sear meats and this newer model can even make yogurt and has two pressure settings. We love ours and highly recommend it if you are busy or need to make a lot of food for the week or for a party.14. Oral-B Pro 7000 Smart Electric Tooth Brush for $89.99 (Orig $149.99)This is the new lowest price we’ve seen by 10 percent. This is less expensive than the 5000 series and includes smart functionality which can track your brushing habits and ensure you are spending enough time on each section of your mouth. It gives real-time feedback and will let you know if you are applying too much pressure. It can even help prevent you from damaging your gum line by brushing too hard. Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. 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