POLICE LOG for May 18 State Police Makes Arrest Driver Issued Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 18, 2018:Police checked on a male party sitting on a guardrail on Main Street and Glen Road. Man checked OK. (1:31am)Josue O. Posada-Dubon, of Wilmington, was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Signal. (5:19am)Resident reported she heard 3 gunshots from the wooded area behind their house on Main Street. Police responded and deemed the call unfounded. Police told resident to call back if she hears anything else. (7:19am)Police received report of ducklings weaving in and out of traffic in Wilmington Plaza lot. Caller escorted them out of harm’s way into the woods next to the bank. (11:14am)State Police reported they had a routine traffic stop on 93 South Exit 41, near the Avalon complex, a male party took off on foot towards the Avalon complex. K9 and Airwing enroute. State Police eventually located man and took him into custody. (11:33am)Animal Control Officer assisted Jere Road resident with animal in ceiling. (12:56pm)A bird flew into a classroom at the Wildwood Early Childhood Center. Animal Control Officer called. (2:11pm)Police, Fire and State Police responded to multi-vehicle accident prior to Exit 41 on 93 North. State Police handled scene. (2:38pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 31: Man Issued Summons For Assault & Battery; Missing Teens Return To Group HomeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Summers On The Swain Begin August 3 Bob Ryan To

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsGoogle: More Than Just Search *RRWednesday, August 1, 7 pmGoogle may have started out as just a search engine, but it’s now so much more; email, calendars, and docs are just three of the offerings from the tech giant. Join Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, for an introduction to the World of Google. Author Talk: Louise Miller*RRThursday, August 2, 7 pmLouise Miller is a writer and pastry chef who lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the author of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Livingand the recently released title The Late Bloomers’ Club, a delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town’s efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to conjure up true love.Summer Movies on the SwainFridays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 7:45 pmLocation: Swain Green near 4th of July BuildingAugust 3: CocoAugust 10: Pitch PerfectAugust 17: SingAugust 24: GreaseCome and enjoy music-themed movies on the Swain Green! Family friendly movies will be shown on Friday nights in August starting at 7:45 pm. Check our Facebook page in case of inclement weather. This program is presented in partnership with the Wilmington Rotary.Bob Ryan: Boston Sports *RRMonday, August 6, 2:30 pmBob Ryan, retired columnist for the Boston Globe and author ofScribe: My Life in Sports,will share his favorite memories of covering the Boston sports scene. Ryan began writing for the Globe in 1968 and his column still appears occasionally. Ryan is a regular panelist on ESPN’s Sunday morning roundtable, “The Sports Reporters.” Please note that author Dick Trust who was originally scheduled to speak on this date has been cancelled due to illness.Kids & TeensDrop-in KaraokeFriday, July 27, 3 pmSing your heart out (or jam out with your friends) to your favorite tunes using our karaoke machine. Grades 4-8Storytime in the Sun: Wilmington Farmers MarketSunday, July 29, 10 amJoin us for a fun outdoor storytime at the Wilmington Farmers Market!Little Movers *RRMonday, July 30, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2Preschool Storytime: Rock Around the WorldTuesday, July 31, 10 amThis storytime on includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 3-5Pokémon Club *RRTuesday, July 31, 3 pmJoin other Pokémon lovers to play the game, trade cards and have fun! Grades 1+Summer Talent Show *RRWednesday, August 1, 6:30 pmDo you like to sing, dance, play an instrument, or have a unique talent? Well, here is your time to shine! If you would like to participate, stop by the library to fill out an application. All ages. Deadline for applications Friday July 27.Baby TimesThursday, August 2, 9:30 amThis program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers. Infants through 24 months.Time for TwosThursday, August 2, 10:30 amThis fun program is for two year-olds and features books, songs, rhymes, music and movement. Parents and caregivers accompany the child into the story room and participate in the activities.All You Can Read Buffet *RRThursday, August 2, 1-5 pmIt’s time for one of the library’s most favorite traditions–a reading and eating marathon! Bring something comfortable to lounge upon and read your materials or ours in air-conditioned comfort. We will provide the snacks and beverages throughout the day, and a pizza party at the conclusion. Grades 4-8Just DanceFriday, August 3, 10 amPlay a variety of Just Dance for Wii games with our friends and family at the library! Grades 1-5Middle Ground Book Club *RRFriday, August 3, 3 pmRead Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes, and get a chance to chat with the author. Grades 6-9Library NewsLibrary Hours Friday August 10The library will be closed Friday August 10 from 9 am to 12 noon for staff training. The library will be open from 12 noon to 5 pm that day.Food for Fines in AugustIn lieu of fines, the library will accept items for the Wilmington Food Pantry as payment during the month of August. In support of this effort, we ask that the items brought be comparable in cost to the fines owed.(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Buzz Lightyear To Visit On July 29; Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein Talks On Aug. 1In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Make Your Home Energy Efficient On Sept 12 Bill Littlefield

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsFiction Critique Group*RRSaturday, September 8, 9:15 am (will resume firstSaturday meetings starting in October) Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Using Social Media and Websites for Job Hunting*RRMonday, September 10, 10 amSusu Wong, Principle and Chief Connector of Tomo360 an online marketing firm, will talk about using social media and the web for job hunting and for building a personal brand.  In the online job market of today, knowing the ins and outs of social media and keeping your personal brand sharp is a must.NFL Anthem Protest and Free Speech*RRTuesday, September 11, 7 pmFacilitator Keith West, debate coach at Boston Latin, will lead this first amendment discussion.This is an opportunity to voice your opinion and to listen and learn from others.  Background reading (article length) will be available at the main desk starting August 13 for those interested.How To—Make Your Home Energy EfficientWednesday, September 12Wilmington resident Bernie Lyons, who has developed and conducted various energy audit courses, will explain the basics of heating and cooling systems (and heat transfer) and how efficiency can be improved by simple consumer maintenance and the use of various insulation. Other money saving tips will be mentioned as well. Samples of items will be available.Bill Littlefield on Sportsmanship*RRThursday, September 13, 7 pmYou know the old adage “it isn’t whether you win or lose, but how you play the game”, in other words, good sportsmanship counts.   Bill Littlefield, recently retired host of public radio’s sports show Only a Game, will speak about the importance of sportsmanship and its close kin civility.   Bill will detail examples of good sportsmanship that he has witnessed throughout his over 25 years covering sports and of various forces in sports militating against good sportsmanship. A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Bill Littlefield taught English at Curry College for 39 years and served as writer-in-residence there.Empathic Meditation*RRThursdays, September (6, 13, 20, & 27), 11 amPart of civility is being mindful of other people’s thoughts and opinions as well as being kind to them no matter whether you agree or not. Meditation is a great way to work on that. These four half hour sessions will focus on general practices of compassion and gratitude as well as the Buddhist practices of Metta and Tonglen. Led by Technology Librarian Brad McKenna.  Drop in.Kids & Teen EventsDrop-In Baby TimesSaturday, September 8, 9:30 amBabies and their caregivers will enjoy this fun storytime that includes rhymes, songs, books, scarves, shakers, bubbles and more. Infants through 24 monthsPokémon Club Saturday, September 8, 3 pmJoin other Pokémon lovers to play the game, trade cards and have fun! Grades 1+Minecraft Mondays *RRMonday, September 10, 3:45 pmCome play Minecraft with other enthusiasts.  Grades 1-5.Farmer Minor and DaisyMonday, September 10, 6:30 pmCome meet Farmer Minor and Daisy the famous pot-bellied pig, and learn all about Daisy’s adventures. After the show, meet Daisy and her friends, the pugs! Ages 3+ Art Adventures:Create your own masterpiece in the style of Jackson Pollock *RRTuesday, September 11, 3:45Create your own masterpiece in the style of three celebrated artists and illustrators. We’ll explore different forms of media and techniques to make one of a kind artwork for you to take home.  Grades 1-5Star Mag Wednesday, September 12, 3:45 pm Calling all kid writers and artists! Drop in to help create this magazine written by, for and about kids, and published by the library. Grades K-5R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club: Hello Universe by Erin Estrada *RRFriday, September 14, 3:45 pmJoin us as we make kaleidoscopes and discuss Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelley.  The book tells the story of three very different sixth-graders and the bully who ultimately unites them.  It is a suspenseful, quirky and heartwarming story.  Bring a friend to this great discussion!  Snacks provided. Grades 4-5(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: How To Talk To The Other Side on Sept. 10; Classical Music Concert on Sept. 12In “Community”last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between January 20, 2019 to January 27, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierDetox facility appeal denied by ZBA by Lizzie McDermottNewhouse seeks reelection to School Committee by Lizzy HillSleet turns small storm into a big one by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunSafety at Wilmington train station under scrutiny by Kori TuittHis stats aren’t much, but former Wilmington standout Bennett has added value to the River Hawks by Matt LangoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers June Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s June 2019 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloInformation about upcoming events and programs, including: Walking Group; Medicare in a Minute; Annual Cook-Out; The Buzz Book Club; Bocce; Line Dancing Class; The 60’s, Moon Memories & More; Day Trips; Game Night; Flower Arraning Workshop; Zumba; Gentle Yoga; Scam Alert with the Better Business Bureau & Officer Paul Chalifour; Caregivers Support Group; Keep Fit Forever; and Memory Cafe.Information about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, & Get Well WishesThe Senior Center’s June Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

Verizon waiving some fees for fed workers hurt by shutdown

first_imgThe shutdown is the longest in US history. Getty Images Hit hard by the longest government shutdown in history? Verizon says it “has your back.” The carrier on Monday said it’s “waiving late fees and agent assist fees for federal government employees directly impacted for the duration of the shutdown. “We appreciate everything you do and we’ll continue to do what we can to help you stay connected,” Nancy Clark, Verizon’s senior vice president of customer support, said in a statement. Verizon says federal employee customers who aren’t getting paid can use its self-service tools or speak directly to a customer support rep by calling 1-866-266-1445. Last week, Verizon said government workers could use its Promise to Pay program and set up a date for future payment. Instructions for setting up Promise to Pay can be found here. Since Dec. 22, More than 800,000 federal employees have either been furloughed or are working without pay as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats spar over $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border. The shutdown affects the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.T-Mobile and AT&T both announced similar efforts last week. T-Mobile said customers affected by the partial shutdown can call T-Mobile Customer Care at 1-877-746-0909 to spread out or defer service payments. AT&T said its customer service team will work with customers to adjust late fees, provide extensions and revise payment schedules as long as the shutdown remains in effect. People who pay their bills online can click here to get started. DirecTV users can learn about flexible payment options here. Updated at 4:50 p.m. PT: Adds information about AT&T’s payment options.  Share your voice 0 Rylo Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 0 Post a comment 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. See It $520 at HP Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags $210 at Best Buy $6 at Tidal DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo Apple iPhone XS Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. Mobile Tech Industry The Cheapskate 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Boost Mobile See it T-Mobile Verizon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBaycenter_img Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. Angela Lang/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. See It 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). 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. Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon See at Turo Sprint Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. Post a comment Tags Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Protests in Russia target internet iron curtain legislation

first_img 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.last_img read more

Why Disney Plus is worth the price for now

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Boost Mobile • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 50 Photos Share your voice $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Disney Plus streaming service: Release date, price, shows and movies to expect Disney Plus will cost $7 a month and launch Nov. 12 Female Marvel superheroes who deserve Disney Plus shows: She-Hulk, Valkyrie and more Star Wars Celebration Chicago: What to expect from this weekend’s convention Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? TV and Movies Comments $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Marvel Disney Amazon Star Wars Hulu Apple But for $7 a month, Disney Plus could leave some change in the budget for one or two other streaming services in all but the most squeezed households. Ultimately, though, Disney Plus silos superheroes and princesses in one place, and if you can’t afford it, well, too bad, kids — no Frozen for you.Disney also promises Hulu and ESPN bundled in with your Disney Plus subscription, which means the kids can watch Frozen while the grownups get stuck in The Handmaid’s Tale and your sport of choice. As someone who’s expecting my first child in a matter of weeks, that looks like a pretty attractive way to spend seven bucks.Speaking of the price, it’s worth noting a very, very big caveat from Disney’s announcement. That cheerful $7 fee? It’s only an initial price. Which means not only do I need to start saving for my unborn child’s college fund, like, yesterday, but I also need to brace myself for the subscription hikes you just know are coming.Although I can’t help wondering if my daughter is going to grow up in some kind of Disneyfied cultural hegemony, where all entertainment is fed directly into her neural lattice from a giant transmitter beaming from the Cinderella Castle on the moon. Sorry, kid, the whole world is Disneyworld. But my love, my darling, my precious angel, you have to understand: They had the whole of The Simpsons for seven bucks!  See It Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Everything we know about Disney Plus Sprint Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Let’s face it, Disney Plus is a no-brainer. It’s got a bunch of new Marvel and Star Wars shows, it’s got Frozen 2, it’s got The Simpsons — and it’s only seven bucks a month.Disney revealed the $7 price for its forthcoming streaming service, along with a Nov. 12 launch date, at a splashy industry event on Thursday. Attendees also heard more about the exclusive Star Wars and Marvel shows that’ll only be available on Disney Plus, although one of the biggest reactions from the audience was for the announcement that every episode of The Simpsons will be available too.This isn’t an official review or final word on the subject, because we don’t know what the service will actually look like. But so far, I’m sold.I’m loath to cheerlead for a faceless conglomerate gobbling up your favorite stuff and siloing it in a money-making machine, but I have to admit that Disney Plus puts the spotlight where it should be: the content. That’s media-speak for stories — like the brand-new Star Wars shows The Mandalorian and the Rogue One prequel; Marvel’s Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston, a Falcon and Winter Soldier live-action show with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan from the Avengers movies, or WandaVision with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany; and Pixar series Monsters at Work, returning to the world of Monsters Inc.Yup, so many beloved stories and characters and brands are owned by Disney that if you had to choose just one streaming service… Disney Plus could well be it.Can Netflix, Amazon Prime or Apple TV Plus really say that? See It $999 See All See It Apple iPhone XS More on Disney Plus $999 Best Buy Apple reading • Why Disney Plus is worth the price — for now Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Star Wars Celebration Chicago cosplay Now playing: Watch this: Of course, no self-respecting telly addict wants to have just one streaming service. Disney might have The Mandalorian, Captain Marvel, Frozen 2 and the rest, but there’s still your other favorite superheroes on DC Universe. There’s still Star Trek and The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company). And there’s always the latest thing everyone’s going wild about on Netflix. Not to mention Hulu, Britbox — the list goes on. 1:29 77 Photos 41 Photos 3 See it Tags 2019 movies to geek out over Enlarge ImageThe Mandalorian, one of the exclusive new shows on Disney Plus. StarWars.com Netflix and Amazon had a headstart in filling their services with prestigious and popular exclusive content, from House of Cards and Transparent to Stranger Things to Oscar winners Roma and Manchester By The Sea. And even if you’re not hooked on Queer Eye or After Life, Netflix in particular has a million other shiny new things spewing out of the content pipe.But Disney has Marvel. Star Wars. Frozen. The frickin’ Simpsons!Among the other players, Apple should be worried about Disney Plus. Apple is seriously late to the party, recently unveiling its much-heralded streaming service, Apple TV Plus, with a galaxy of stars trumpeting a cavalcade of content. And it was booooorrrriing. Everybody’s tastes are different, but I’m certain I’m not alone in being underwhelmed by Apple’s initial lineup of shows. Nothing has yet grabbed the public imagination. Admittedly Apple has a few shows still in the back pocket, such as the sci-fi epic Foundation, but so far it’s shy a Game of Thrones, a Russian Doll or even a Jack Ryan. Disney’s late, too, but it doesn’t matter. Announcing the new service, Disney bosses didn’t need to wheel Steven Spielberg and Oprah on stage for a livestreamed song-and-dance. They just invited in a few investors and said, hey guys. Marvel. Star Wars. Frozen. Simpsons. Seven bucks.Then Mickey Mouse dropped the mic and moonwalked off stage.last_img read more

ATT misses on revenue loses more DirecTV Now customers

first_img 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 Commentslast_img read more

Facebook needs fixing Zuckerberg says he has a plan

first_img2:50 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.Facebook F8 logo on screenEnlarge 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 Storelast_img read more