Crackle, the multi-platform entertainment network, has announced the launch of its first original music series, “Playing It Forward,” presented by FedEx.John Legend Plays It ForwardCredit/Copyright: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Sony CrackleThe special street performance-style follow-doc is produced by Team Downey, an entertainment company founded by Robert Downey Jr and Susan Downey, alongside veteran music producer/composer Tony Berg and Kevin Lake. The “Playing It Forward” music movement will showcase surprise street performances by some of the world’s biggest artists in unplanned, unexpected environments across the country benefiting music education and charities of the artists’ choice.The first episode is available here, and features a surprise show by acclaimed singer and songwriter John Legend. The Grammy Award-winning artist performed three fan favorites, “All of Me,” “Ordinary People,” and “Shine” to an unsuspecting and amazed crowd at the Culver City Town Plaza in Los Angeles.“Music is a shared passion among our viewers and we’re excited to open a door to some of the industry’s biggest artists, making them accessible to our audience—all while raising money and awareness for charity and music education,” said Executive Vice President of Digital Networks at Sony Pictures Television and GM of Crackle, Eric Berger. “‘Playing it Forward’ is more than a concert series—it’s a movement that shows the value of music and a gift to fans around the world – we’re excited to kick it off with a surprise set from John Legend, to air across all U.S. Crackle platforms.”In addition to creating unforgettable content, “Playing It Forward” is committed to changing lives and supporting organizations dedicated to preserving music education. Through each episode of “Playing it Forward,” $100,000 will be donated to the charity of the artists’ choice. The first episode will benefit the Show Me Campaign, created by Legend, which works to break the cycle of poverty by giving children access to quality education through the promotion of scalable, proven solutions and programs.Additional unexpected performances from “Playing it Forward” will be announced at a later date. Fans can get more details and uncover clues to the next performance by clicking here and following Crackle on Facebook and Twitter.
(The flashdrive holding 4,900 death records passed from the British Columbia government to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Friday. APTN/Photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIn the summer of 1920 Augustine Allen made a suicide pact with nine other boys who were attending St. Joseph’s Indian residential school in British Columbia.Allen was the only one who followed through with the pact, chewing and swallowing poisonous roots to find death. His family was never told where his body was buried. He was about nine years old at the time.“They never told my family he died,” said Esk’etemc First Nation Chief Charlene Belleau. “We want to find his grave. Part of our family’s closure will be when we find his remains and are able to take him home.”Belleau hopes her great uncle’s name will be found among the 4,900 death records the British Columbia government transferred to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Friday. The records include all deaths of First Nations children and youth aged four to 19 between 1870 and 1984.“I don’t know if it is there, I have asked, but they are not sure,” she said.Through its Missing Children Project, the TRC is currently trying to get an accurate count of the number of children who died in residential schools, the causes for their deaths and where they are buried. The commission has so far confirmed about 4,100 deaths, but expects the number to rise. TRC researchers are also tracking down cemeteries through death records, historical correspondence, the testimony of survivors, photographs and the use of ground penetrating radar.On Monday, the Alberta government quietly turned over 41 DVDs containing about 10,000 death records of First Nations people who died between 1923 and 1945. TRC researchers will now sift through the records to determine which ones died in one of the province’s 25 residential schools.The TRC has requested death records of First Nations children and youth during the residential school era from every province and territory. Quebec is the only province that has so far ignored the request.Nova Scotia, which was home to the Shubenacadie residential school, recently turned over 127 death records from 1922 to 1968. Thirteen of the records were of students who died in the residential school.Kimberly Murray, executive director of the TRC, said obtaining death records from Ontario remains a daunting task. The province, which had about 17 residential schools, has the oldest records and the largest collection, but none of them are yet digitized.Counting the dead and finding where they lie is one of the toughest tasks facing the TRC which has a little over a year left in its mandate. The commission’s final report will include a chapter on the deaths and it will be the last one written because researchers expect the numbers to continue to grow right up to the printing deadline. The final report will also include recommendations on how to maintain the search for the lost children.So far, in addition to combing through 7,000 survivor statements, TRC researchers have based their current tally on records from Aboriginal Affairs and Health Canada. The recent influx of provincial documents from B.C. and Alberta will now be added to the mix. TRC researchers will also soon be searching through the RCMP’s closed records held by Library and Archives Canada.With limited resources and a slow drip of new records, researchers have been forced to rely on clues in other historical evidence to track down deaths in the schools. In one instance, researchers used an invoice sent by a church to Ottawa for the cost of wood used for coffins to track down possible deaths.Finding where the children are buried is, in some ways, more difficult. Many of the cemeteries are overgrown and unmarked, lost in time and memory. The TRC has so far located about 50 cemeteries and, on a few occasions, used ground penetrating radar to confirm the existence of bodies below, said Murray.Researchers have also been forced to piece together fragments in the historical record to find where the children are buried. In one instance, a letter surfaced from a residential school principal to one of the churches describing how a full burial ground had forced the school to bury children across the street.Irene Cowley, 79, lost two uncles to the Elkhorn residential school in Manitoba. She doesn’t know how they died or what their first names were. All she knows is what was passed on to her by her father Roderick John Head who was their younger brother.“They didn’t bring their bodies home. They don’t know where they are buried,” said Cowley, who attended St. Alban’s and All Saints residential school in Saskatchewan.While at residential school, Cowley was forced to watch over a mentally ill girl named Stella Sapp who was strapped to a bed under a stairwell. She said she hopes that a death records search in Manitoba will turn up her lost uncles.“They just have to search the name ‘Head,’” said Cowley, who remembers that Sapp constantly yelled out for her mother and father. “It would be nice to know where they are buried.”firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
TORONTO – A guilty plea from a lawyer who had fled the country gave investigators the information they needed to lay charges against four men in a $17 million alleged mortgage fraud involving high-end Toronto properties, police said Tuesday.The men, who are all from the Toronto area and between the ages of 45 and 53, face charges including fraud, conspiracy, forgery and money laundering, police said.Police allege the men took part in a “sophisticated and complex” scheme involving “several high-end properties.”Lawyer Golnaz Vakili’s flight from Canada in March 2013 was the reason it took five years to bring charges against the men, said Det. Alan Fazeli.“She was the lawyer that was registering a lot of these things,” Fazeli said. “She was a missing piece.”Vakili has since pleaded guilty to charges related to facilitating the frauds, he said.Fazeli said numerous different methods were used in the alleged frauds, many of which involved properties in Toronto’s upscale Bridle Path area.“One of the methods that was used was fake individuals and shell companies had taken mortgages on some of these properties, and for all of them they had produced fake insurance and title insurance,” he said.Police would not say how many properties were involved in the alleged scheme.Law Society of Upper Canada documents say Vakili “participated in a massive fraud spree and multiple dishonest acts involving 13 different properties over a two-year period” beginning in 2011.“She prepared and acted upon fake documents in support of other clearly fraudulent transactions,” a Law society hearing document states. “She repeatedly lied to her clients. She gave false testimony before the Deputy Director of Land Titles. Her clients lost just under $14 million as a result of her activities.”Police said the four men — two from Toronto and two from Richmond Hill, Ont. — were arrested and charged last month.
A new investment video put out by Hamilton Economic Development invites you to ‘come closer’ and ‘take a look’ at what Hamilton has to offer.Marketing Coordinator, Michael Marini, says the focus of the video is the people behind local businesses in the city.Helena McKinney, owner of In Fine Feather Yoga on Ottawa St. N., is one of the business owners featured in the video and she said she was honoured to be a part of it.“I truly believe in the ambition this city has. I see so many small business owners giving their all everyday to create change. We are all working towards Hamilton being the most beautiful city to live in,” said McKinney.In a post on Facebook, Colourblind Productions, the Hamilton company that created the video, said it was “a love letter from us to the ambitious community we’re proud to call our home.”Marini says they wanted the video to show investors the quality of place Hamilton is.“Hamilton is not a bedroom community,” said Marini. “Once the investment is made here, you have so many things to see, do and experience.”
On Wednesday, in a landmark ruling, Mr Ball and his Remain-supporting backers convinced a district judge that the former Mayor of London may have criminally misled the British people during the EU referendum campaign. Unless Britain’s top prosecutor chooses to intervene, Mr Johnson must now appear in… This is the 29-year-old history graduate whose campaign threatens to overshadow Mr Johnson’s Tory leadership push, and perhaps even to derail Brexit itself. “My name is Marcus J. Ball. I am a private prosecutor, and I have a problem with lying politicians.” The well-dressed young man looks directly into the camera and begins to talk. “Hello Boris Johnson,” he says, with the beginnings of a smirk.
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IRELAND WILL BE represented at the World Conference of the International Society for Music Education for the first time.It’s the largest music education event in the world and staff and students from Dundalk Institute of Technology will be performing for Ireland.ISME is hosting its 31st World Conference in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil.The DkIT Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Music Ensemble flew in on Friday and have their first official performance tomorrow.As well as performing at the ISME conference, they will facilitate workshops and perform with local groups Bando Celta and Irish Fellas.Head of Music, Dr Adèle Commins is very proud of the group: Performances by staff and students enrich the cultural life of the Institute and provide opportunities for the Institute to engage with both the wider community and the rich cultural heritage of the region in which they are situated.Over the past twelve months, the group has performed at Birr Castle, Stormont Assembly Buildings and at the renaming of the Boyne Bridge in honour of former President Mary McAleese.It has also welcomed performing groups from New York and Kansas to perform in Dundalk.The author is Dr Daithí Kearney, Programme Director of the BA (Hons) Applied Music at DkIT and Director of the DkIT Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Music Ensemble.He said the experience “will provide staff and students the opportunity to engage with music education on the world stage, highlighting the quality of education available in Ireland”.The DkIT Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Ensemble is supported by Culture Ireland and the Society for Music Education in Ireland.Read: Guinness announce €1 million fund for emerging Irish musicians>Read: ‘Sacred, secular and irreverent’: Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus on their summer concert>
In a world dominated by Angry Bird with slingshots, can the one-time undisputed king of casual gaming regain its title? PopCaps today is unleashing the Bejeweled 3, the first full sequel to popular puzzle series in more than a half dozen years.The latest version of the game features double the game modes of Bejeweled 2, a complete revamp of graphics and sound, and eight new mini games. The title also features four distinct new game play modes, including Butterflies, Poker, Dimond Mine, and Ice Storm. Popcap’s latest title is available now from the company’s site and a number of other online partners including MSN Games and Steam. Those looking for a stocking stuffer, can pick up a physical copy of the game for $19.95 from Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon.AdChoices广告Game trailer after the jump.
35 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share21 Tweet Email Feb 22nd 2019, 6:06 AM 29,147 Views Fethard, Co Tipperary. Source: GoogleMapsTWO OUT OF every five jobs in Ireland are at ‘high risk’ of automation, according to research from University College Cork, which has identified the top 10 most at-risk towns in Ireland for the first time. Topping that honour roll is Edgeworthstown in Co Longford.A new report, ‘Automation in Irish Towns: Who’s Most at Risk?’, was conducted using Central Statistics Office data alongside automation risk methodology, according to co-author, Dr Frank Crowley.“It’s the first time that any paper has gone this local,” he says. Examining data identifying which jobs are least likely to require human input in the future, Dr Crowley, alongside co-author Dr Justin Doran, paired this with occupational data from towns around Ireland. Measuring ‘high risk’ towns against ‘low risk’ towns, Dr Crowley concluded that among the most at-risk jobs in Ireland were office, secretarial and administrative support positions as well as process plant operators, jobs in agriculture and customer service.The least at-risk jobs include teaching and education, as well as jobs in the arts, media and culture related positions. Health and social care and research and development positions also remain at low-risk from automation. ‘High-risk, Low-risk’As part of the study, Crowley and Doran studied urban towns with a population of 1,500 people or greater. In total, they’ve identified the top 10 town jobs at-risk of automation, which are as follows: This town in Longford is the most at-risk place from job automation in the country Research from University College Cork has identified the top 10 most at-risk towns in Ireland for the first time. https://jrnl.ie/4506110 Friday 22 Feb 2019, 6:05 AM Edgeworthstown, Co. LongfordBallyjamesduff, Co. CavanCarrick-On-Suir, Co. TipperaryPortlaw, Co. WaterfordClones, Co. MonaghanTullow, Co. CarlowCahir, Co. TipperaryLifford, Co. DonegalEdenderry, Co. OffalyFethard, Co. TipperaryWhile the Irish towns least at risk from automation are:Bearna, Co. GalwayStrandhill, Co. SligoMalahide, Co. DublinAnnacotty, Co LimerickGreystones, Co. WicklowPortmarnock, Co. DublinEnniskerry, Co. WicklowBallina, Co. MayoSkerries, Co. DublinMaynooth, Co. KildareAs a result of this research, Dr Crowley has concluded that efforts to ensure Irish towns don’t decline as a result of automation must be localised. The government’s Ireland 2040 initiative largely identified urban growth over the coming decades but Crowley says that this raises the question as to how peripheral towns in rural areas will survive. “It’s concerning that we don’t really have much of a policy focus around this whole area,” he has said. “What about these towns that aren’t in city regions?,” Crowley says. “The context to all this is Brexit, Trump, the Yellow Vest protests. We have this stability at an international level and we know that most of this is actually being driven by economic discontent, particularly in lagging areas.”“Do we leave these places to decline? says Crowley. “Or do we come up with some sort of policy to mitigate the effects of their decline over time?” Short URL By Cónal Thomas
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Despite strong opposition from ethnic community broadcasters and many others within the community broadcasting sector, the CBF has announced it will go ahead with a new governance and structural model. “The changes will have a dramatic impact on how ethnic community broadcasters continue to broadcast in Australia. The National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC) will maintain its campaign against the disempowering changes being implemented by the CBF,” said NEMBC president Dr Tangi Steen. “The NEMBC represents all the ethnic stations and programs, reaching supporters and audience of over 5 million people throughout Australia,” said vice president of the NEMBC Nick Dmyterko. “The CBF’s new model will mainstream and dilute ethnic funding that will mean ethnic radio stations will lose funding, ethnic language programs jeopardised and metro and regional stations will lose their incentive to attract and broadcast new language programs,” said Mr Dmyterko. “We are concerned that ethnic community broadcasting will be controlled by a small group of people – the CBF board – that will hand-pick its own organisation. Under the CBF’s changes, democratic processes will be abolished and the NEMBC will be excluded from any say in how funds are to be distributed to ethnic community broadcasting. The new CBF board will make decisions and determine new guidelines without democratic ethnic community representation,” said Dr Steen and Mr Dmyterko. “The NEMBC is asking all ethnic community broadcasters and stations to boycott the CBF’s new model and boycott the call for nominations for any of the positions on the board or committees,” stated Dr Steen.
Alpha project opens housing complex for homeless veterans in Normal Heights Posted: March 25, 2019 March 25, 2019 Updated: 10:19 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, A place for homeless veterans to call their own. The non-profit group Alpha Project formally opens a new apartment complex built specifically for veterans. We followed along as the first veteran to move in got a look at his new apartment home. @KUSINews pic.twitter.com/dhqMguc9db— Sasha Foo KUSI (@SashaFooKUSI) March 26, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tenants will begin moving into a brand new apartment complex in Normal Heights on Tuesday.However, it is no ordinary apartment building. Alpha Lofts, built by the non-profit group, Alpha Project, was built specifically for homeless veterans. We interviewed one of the first tenants who will be moving in this week.Charles Needs has been living in the Alpha Project’s bridge tent in the East Village and before that, he spent about a month sleeping on the street.We tagged along as Army Veteran Charles Needs got his first glimpse of what will be his new home after living several months sleeping on the street. He could hardly believe what he was seeing stating “It’s overwhelming, surreal actually- to know that my future begins here,”To build the 3 story building with 53 units, Alpha Project partnered with developer, Chelsea Developments to construct the $20 million complex. As a housing community with supportive services, caseworkers will help tenants achieve short term goals such as preparing resumes and finding help for substance abuse or mental health issues, as a way to work towards more long term plans. KUSI Newsroom
Clark County’s recently approved 2011-12 budget includes funding to keep Clark County regional parks and boat launches open all year long and return lifeguards to Klineline Pond.In December 2009, $1.6 million in cuts to park maintenance and operations forced the county to close 10 regional parks, boat launches and trail heads in January and February. The new budget does not restore all of the cuts. While the parks and boat launches will remain open this winter, maintenance of the parks will be reduced.Another important source of maintenance funding is from daily parking fees, which are now collected year-round at four parks and two boat launches.Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation sells annual parking passes for $40.Go to http://www.vanclarkparks-rec.org.
SOUDERTON, Pa. — A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her 14-year-old niece, was at large Monday night, and a prosecutor said investigators didn’t know where he was or how he was getting around.Police recovered the cellphone and car of Bradley William Stone, who had recently been in court fighting with his ex-wife over custody of their two children. SWAT teams surrounded his Pennsburg home and pleaded through a bullhorn for him to surrender, but Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said it was unclear if he was there.“As I stand here right now, we do not know where he is,” Ferman told reporters at an evening news briefing.The shooting rampage started before dawn at the home of Stone’s former sister-in-law in Souderton and ended about 90 minutes later at ex-wife Nicole Stone’s apartment in nearby Harleysville, Ferman said, correcting a timeline that had been based on when the crime scenes were discovered.Nicole Stone’s sister, Patricia Flick, her sister’s husband, Aaron Flick, and the couple’s 14-year-old daughter, Nina Flick, were killed in the first wave of violence, which wasn’t discovered until just before 8 a.m., Ferman said.Their 17-year-old son, Anthony Flick, was pulled from the home with a head wound around 12:30 p.m. and was taken in an armored vehicle and then by helicopter to a Philadelphia hospital for treatment.
GREENACRES, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who, they said, stole scratch-off lottery tickets from a Palm Beach County convenience store earlier this month.Newly released surveillance video from the June 8 incident captured the subject breaking into the Greenacres store through the ceiling and shoving Lotto scratch-offs into a bag.The subject then returned to the store to cash in some of the winning tickets.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Palm Beach Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out at a house in a Miami Gardens neighborhood.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze along the 3900 block of Northwest 182nd Street in LeJeune Gardens, just before noon, Saturday.Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and the home engulfed in flames.Crews were able to extinguish the fire.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida’s Venezuelan community gathered in downtown Miami to show solidarity with the crisis in the South American country.A free benefit concert was held Saturday to help raise aid for the struggling nation.Addressing concertgoers in Spanish, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez expressed his support for the Venezuelan community and opposition leader Juan Guaido.“So Venezuela can be free, have democracy, liberty and the opportunity we have here,” said Gimenez. “We will always be with Venezuela.”Protests have been erupting in the divided country for months, as Guaido continues to call for the end of what he says is President Nicolas Maduro’s fraudulent government.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags Read Google Home Hub review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. Turo See at Amazon Politics Internet Security 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. 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 See at Turo Chris Monroe/CNET ‘Save the Internet Act’ aims to restore net neutrality $299 at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET $210 at Best Buy Read the Rylo camera preview See It 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. 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. $60 at Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Now playing: Watch this: $6 at Tidal Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 $999 Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The Cheapskate Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) A protester holds a flag during the demonstration in Moscow on Sunday. Igor Russak/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Thousands of Russians on Sunday protested the country’s tightening grip on its internet.The main rally took place on Moscow’s Prospekt Sakharova street, where people chanted slogans demanding freedom online, according to Reuters.Last month, Russian politicians supported legislation that could see Russia disconnect from the worldwide internet to test its cyberdefenses — a notion critics compared to an “online iron curtain.”Officially sanctioned protests took place in Moscow, the southern city of Voronezh and Khabarovsk in the east, while a few people protested in St. Petersburg without authorization, Reuters noted. Activists said that more than 15,000 people gathered in Moscow, double the estimate by police, and that several protesters were arrested, the BBC reported.The legislation, known as the Digital Economy National Program, will be up for a second vote this month, after which it’ll go to the upper house of the parliament and ultimately to President Vladimir Putin for signing.Roskomnadzor, Russia’s state communication agency, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Last year, Russia’s ban on messaging app Telegram sparked similar protests. Authorities said terrorists used the encrypted app to plan a deadly 2017 attack. $59 at eBay 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. Apple iPhone XS Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See It Sarah Tew/CNET 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 Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It 1:07 $155 at Google Express Boost Mobile 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. Sprint Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET See it Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best Buy Amazon Comment $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Comments $999 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. Vladimir Putin,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. 1 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.
Game of Thrones AT&T 5 Mobile 1:29 DirecTV Now Everything we know about Disney Plus Share your voice Robert Alexander / Getty Images It’s not easy to be a media conglomerate and telecom powerhouse. That’s the reality for AT&T.On Wednesday, the company disappointed Wall Street analysts by missing revenue expectations in spite of gains in new wireless subscribers and a strong media and entertainment business. It also announced continued subscriber losses for its DirecTV Now streaming service.The main takeaway is that AT&T is facing intense competition in both its wireless and video services, where the key to success is attracting and keeping customers, while also making sure you’re not giving away too much of your profits to do so. One potential bright spot is its WarnerGroup entertainment properties, acquired last June from Time Warner Media. This business includes movie studios and cable channels like HBO, which offers hit shows like Game of Thrones. But making money from these entertainment properties is proving a challenge. Revenue for WarnerMedia in the first quarter was slightly below what investors had expected.The company’s chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson says he sees big upsides in the entertainment business. He’s also encouraged by the company’s wireless business, which is seeing improvements thanks to deployment of new spectrum from its nationwide FirstNet network. FirstNet is being built in a partnership with the first responder community, and Stephenson said access to this spectrum has allowed the company to expand its and significantly improve performance. “I take more satisfaction in this area than anywhere else,” he said on the conference call with investors on Wednesday. He added that after investing tens of billions of dollars building out its wireless infrastructure, the FirstNet spectrum is “having the impact we thought it would have and changing the value proposition” in terms of the “quality and speed” of the so-called “5G Evolution” service.”Our customers are seeing the faster speeds,” he said. “And it is truly a step change difference.” The resultsFor the first quarter, the No. 2 wireless carrier in the nation reported a surprise gain of new wireless customers, who pay their bills monthly. In total, it added 80,000 new postpaid phone subscribers in the first quarter. This was the first three-month period in five years that the company added these valuable customers to its roster. But those gains may have come at a price, as the company used price cut promotions to attract new subscribers. AT&T missed Wall Street revenue expectations. Total revenue was up to $44.83 billion from $38.04 billion, but it fell short of the $45.11 billion that analysts had expected, according to Yahoo Finance.There were some other trouble spots in the company’s earnings report, as its video service DirecTV Now lost 83,000 subscribers in the quarter, which follows a loss of 267,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2018. DirecTV Now finished 2018 with 1.6 million subscribers and at the end of March it had 1.5 million. AT&T also said it lost 544,000 traditional pay TV subscribers in the first quarter from its DirecTV satellite business and its AT&T U-verse services. It now has 22.4 million TV subscribers. But because the company jacked up prices on its subscription services, it was able to increase revenue per subscriber across all of its TV products with so-called ARPU (average revenue per user) up more than $10 on the DirecTV Now streaming product as compared with the same quarter a year ago.Stephenson said he expects the pay TV subscriber losses to continue into next quarter, but added they should stabilize by the end of the year. He said the $10 price hike to $50 per month for its DirecTV Now service puts the product in a “sustainable place.” Stephenson noted that price is a major factor for streaming services.”Make no mistake about it,” he said on the call, “this segment of the market is very price-sensitive.”He said he also expects continued subscriber losses throughout 2019 in the company’s DirecTV satellite TV product as two-year price guarantees start to expire. AT&T saw some growth in WarnerMedia Group, with revenues of $8.4 billion, which was up a little more than 3% compared with the same quarter last year as the company continued to see revenue gains from its big holiday blockbuster, Aquaman. But analysts said they had expected revenues to be a bit higher. Still, AT&T executives said they are encouraged by HBO’s Game of Thrones premiere, which broke records for viewership, and another superhero blockbuster, Shazam!, has already grossed more than $300 million worldwide. More than 17 million people viewed the first episode of Game of Thrones and more than 27 million have viewed it since it aired on the cable channel. As for AT&T’s prospects for leveraging this content in the future, Stephenson said he’s encouraged by the positive response that Disney has gotten as it’s rolled out its own Disney Plus streaming service. AT&T plans to launch a similar video-on-demand service in the second quarter of 2019 that will highlight the company’s deep WarnerMedia catalog of movies and TV shows. “The Disney announcement has brought us even more optimism of what we plan to bring to market,” he said. The company also saw strong growth in its broadband internet business, adding about 45,000 new subscriber, a 10% jump in revenue compared with a year earlier.All in all, Stephenson said in a press release that he feels confident about the company’s prospects for the year. After touting some key achievements in the quarter he said, “All this speaks volumes about our focus on our strategic priorities and our ability to grow our mobility, WarnerMedia and emerging Xandr [advanced advertising and analytics] businesses. Our teams are executing well and have turned in a good performance to start the year.”The company’s stock was trading down 3.72% to $30.91 in midday trading. Originally published April 24 at 5:39 a.m. PT.Update, 8:21 a.m. PT: Adds comments from CEO Randall Stephenson as well as other information from the company’s earnings call. Review • Live TV streamer is stronger on channels, weaker on DVR Now playing: Watch this: News • DirecTV Now adds HBO, raises prices by $10 a month Tags Comments
2:50 3 Now playing: Watch this: Preview • Oculus Rift review: Welcome to the future Tags See it Zuckerberg gives a first look at redesigned Facebook… 3:23 Mark Zuckerberg wants to remake Facebook. James Martin Mark Zuckerberg gets it. He understands that people don’t trust Facebook with their information. He sees that we look at his company with distrust.”I know that we don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly,” he told an audience at the social network’s annual F8 developer conference in San Jose on Tuesday. He wore an awkward grin.He also promises things are going to change.Facebook will reform into a privacy-focused and secure service with “simple, intimate spaces where you have complete confidence that what you say and do is private and and clear control over who you’re communicating with,” he said.”This is about building the kind of future that we want to live in,” Zuckerberg told the crowd. The company’s new mantra will reflect that idea: “The future is private.” Now playing: Watch this: Facebook Review • Oculus Touch: The best VR controllers ever CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Culture Tech Industry Mobile Mentioned Above Oculus Rift + Touch $740 Oculus Rift The moves mark Facebook’s latest efforts to its way out of the years of scandal that has engulfed the company. Privacy gaffes and data leaks, such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal, have fueled concerns about the security of the world’s largest social network. They’s also raised questions about corporate malfeasance among Zuckerberg and his management team. Can we trust Facebook?So far, users have voted with their time and attention. The result is a resounding yes. Facebook’s count of people who log in at least once a month continues to grow, hitting 2.38 billion at the end of March. That’s a third of the planet. The company’s sales continue to rise, hitting more than $15 billion in March, up 26 percent from the same time a year earlier.Enlarge ImageMark Zuckerberg mapped out Facebook’s new efforts at the company’s F8 developer conference. James Martin/CNET Still, the pressure is mounting. Governments around the world are beginning to investigate Facebook, seeking to regulate the 15-year-old social media giant. In the UK, the government is considering installing its first internet safety czar, with the power to punish Twitter, Google and Facebook for bad behavior. Australia and New Zealand are mulling a ban on “weaponized social media.” In the US, the Federal Trade Commission is weighing a potential $5 billion fine against Facebook for its mishandling of users’ data.For Zuckerberg, whose goal last year was to effectively fix Facebook, the problems are only continuing to mount.”This focus on privacy was something that Facebook needed to do,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst for eMarketer. “There was really no choice but for them to adapt and adopt this focus.”Still, you’d be forgiven for approaching Zuckerberg with suspicion.”I get that a lot of people think we’re not serious about this,” Zuckerberg said. But this is a serious shift, he said. “This is the next chapter.”Meet the new Facebook, same as the old FacebookIn an effort to focus where Facebook is headed, the company deluged conference goers with both new initiatives and updates on existing ones.The social network is expanding its dating service, launched last year, to 14 more countries including Vietnam, Singapore, Brazil and Chile. The US, the company said, will get it later this year. Facebook’s also expanding its Craigslist-like Marketplace service to make it easier for people to pay one another and ship their goods too. And it’s refocusing its core app on groups and stories, the ephemeral in-the-moment posts that disappear from Instagram and Facebook a day after they’re published.The company even announced preorders for its latest virtual reality headsets from its Oculus VR division, which it purchased in 2014 for more than $2 billion. The Oculus Quest and Rift S, both $399 (£399), represent the company’s next-generation headsets, and the latest sign Zuckerberg continues to bet on the future despite how mired in the present he is. Comments Facebook’s Zuckerberg preaches ‘The future is private’ Perhaps most dramatic, though, will be a new look for Facebook, coming later this year. The new site will have a more minimalist appearance, which makes today’s Facebook seem cluttered and stale. The new look is much more akin to a simple mobile app with a lot of unused space on the screen and bigger icons to click.”This is the sum of hundreds of details rather than just a few major changes,” Zuckerberg said. In other words: It’s not just a new coat of paint. But if Zuck and Co. have a vision of where they want Facebook to go, these changes are still baby steps toward that better future.”I believe that we should be working to build a world where we can be ourselves, and where we can live freely knowing that our private moments are only going to be seen by the people we want,” he added. “It we work hard and deliver this vision today, I’ll be proud of the difference we’ve made.”Originally published April 30, 11:44 a.m. PT.Update, May 1: Adds analyst comment. News • Oculus Rift S gets May 21 release date in Microsoft Store
Amy Jo MienersJuneau teacher Amy Jo Meiners has been named 2016 Alaska Teacher of the Year.Download AudioAlaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley made the announcement Sunday at the Association of Alaska School Boards conference.Meiners works with gifted and talented students as an extended learning teacher at Auke Bay and Riverbend elementary schools.The selection process is based on a written application reviewed by a committee of educators, followed by interviews with the top ranked applicants.The state title puts her in the running to be the National Teacher of the Year to be announced in April. The national teacher of the year serves as a spokesperson for the profession who is given a paid leave of absence for one year to travel for speaking engagements and policy commissions.