Amazon 10inch Fire tablets 50 off at Best Buy

first_img 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. 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. 7 Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo Rylo Share your voice 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. Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal 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. See it Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. Boost Mobile Now playing: Watch this: Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 0 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Comments Apple iPhone XS See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags $59 at eBay CNET Deals Amazon,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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $299 at Amazon Tablets 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. Amazon’s Fire HD 10 lights your tablet fire, for less Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $155 at Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See at Amazon 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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). 1:44 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $520 at HP Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. $999 See at Turo Best Buy See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint 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. Read the AirPods review 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. $210 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) David Carnoy/CNET Today only, Best Buy is offering $50 off of Amazon’s largest tablet, the Fire HD 10, bringing the price down to $100. That matches the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the 32GB model. (Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the product featured on this page.)See it at Best BuyBest Buy is also offering $50 off the 64GB version of the tablet, which now costs $139. See it at Best BuyThe Fire HD 10 was already a pretty sweet deal starting at $150 (which remains the price for the 32GB model at Amazon, by the way, though we’ll be watching to see if it matches Best Buy’s price). Sure, it lacks the elegance of the 9.7-inch iPad and can’t match the power of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but it’s definitely a better value — especially at $100. You get a 10-inch tablet with a high-res screen and solid performance, 32GB of storage — equal to the base model iPad — and hands-free Alexa capabilities. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Amazonlast_img read more



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Mueller report dives into Russian election interference and Trump campaign

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 98 Politics Security Share your voice Tags Originally published April 18, 8:05 a.m. PT. Updates, 8:51 a.m.: Adds more detail; 9:02 a.m.: Includes responses from lawmakers. 11:39 a.m.: Adds more analysis from the report; 1:48 p.m.: Includes response from Kellyanne Conway. But the report has landed in a politically charged environment, and repercussions are likely to persist for months.Some lawmakers remain skeptical, because of the Justice Department’s role in redacting multiple pages of the document, as well as Barr’s input on its release. At a press conference Thursday, Barr said he had no objection to Mueller testifying before Congress. Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a Democrat from California, invited Mueller to testify shortly after the report’s release. “After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin,” Schiff said in a statement. Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a Republican from North Carolina, didn’t indicate whether he intends to have Mueller testify, but he noted that the committee would be releasing its own findings soon.  “I look forward to presenting the American people with an accounting of the facts the Committee has uncovered as we conclude our own investigation. It is my hope to release the first of our final reports in the coming weeks,” Burr said in a statement.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, also criticized how much was redacted in the report, joining the growing demand for Mueller to testify before Congress. President Donald J. Trump and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.  Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images The Mueller report, released to the public Thursday, is offering a deeper look at the efforts by Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, including ways that intersected with actions by members of Donald Trump’s campaign.The nearly two-year investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, concluded that Russian interference took place through two channels. The first was a social media campaign designed to favor Trump and to disparage rival candidate Hillary Clinton, and more broadly to sow discord among American voters, and the second involved “computer-intrusion operations,” including hacking, against members of the Clinton campaign.”The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion,” the report says. You can download the report, some of which has been heavily redacted at points to shield sensitive information, from the special counsel’s website here. (We’ve also embedded the report at the bottom of this article.) It was released to Congress and the public Thursday following a press conference with Attorney General William Barr.  Barr emphasized that the investigation failed to find that any Americans, including those working to elect Trump, colluded in Russia’s schemes.”There was no evidence of Trump campaign ‘collusion’ with the Russian government’s hacking,” he said.  Shortly after Barr’s press conference, the president claimed victory in a Game of Thrones-styled tweet. “Game Over,” read the tweet, addressed to his political opponents. The ongoing drama of the Mueller investigation has seized the public’s attention and shined a spotlight on the ways Russia has been able to manipulate the US electoral process — an issue companies like Facebook and Google and agencies like the Department of Homeland Security are still working to address.  The special counsel wrapped up his investigation and delivered his report to Barr on March 22. The next day, Barr provided Congress with a four-page summary of the roughly 450-page report and received criticism from some members for the summary’s lack of details. Following the release of the Justice Department’s summary, the White House said the report was a “total and complete exoneration” of Trump. Barr’s summary, however, noted that Mueller’s report said in regard to obstruction of justice that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”  The report found that the Russian government would benefit from a Trump presidency and that Trump’s campaign benefited from Russia’s efforts, but didn’t find any coordination between the two parties. On Thursday at a veterans event at the White House, Trump called the investigation a “hoax” and said, “This should never happen again to another president.” At a press conference outside the White House on Thursday afternoon, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Mueller’s report exonerated the president.”There was no collusion and there was certainly no criminal conspiracy with any Russians,” Conway said. Russian meddling The investigation was heavily focused on connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, but the report also gives an in-depth look at how election meddling played out through technology. The special counsel examined how Russian hackers infiltrated the Democratic National Committee and used social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread disinformation. As the investigation proceeded, the special counsel’s office announced multiple indictments, including charges against 12 Russian hackers behind the DNC’s cyberattacks and 13 Russian nationals for spreading disinformation on social media. The propaganda efforts’ chief accountant was also charged. More on the Mueller report The facts on the Trump-Russia case How to read the Mueller report for free AG says no evidence of Trump collusion in report Findings will be delivered to Congress on CD, says report Memes all about being redacted for your amusement Justice Department indicts 12 Russian cyberspies suspected… Though the evidence didn’t point to an agreement between the Trump campaign and the Russians on election interference, Mueller’s investigation turned up issues with key members of the campaign, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former campaign advisers Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and longtime Trump associate Roger Stone.     Stone has been accused of communicating with WikiLeaks, which published thousands of hacked emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic committee. Last Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested after being kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’d been in asylum for more than six years. and is facing extradition to the US over hacking charges.  Tech giants have also fallen under the investigation’s scope. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company was working with Mueller’s office. Russian operatives had used fake personalities on the social network to pose as Americans arguing on divisive issues. Facebook was also heavily scrutinized over its Cambridge Analytica scandal, involving a UK data analytics firm with consultants who worked with the Trump campaign. The firm, which harvested data on 87 million Facebook users without their permission, kicked the hornet’s nest on privacy issues for Facebook, leading to multiple congressional hearings and changes within the company. Mueller’s investigation questioned Cambridge Analytica’s former director of business development, Brittany Kaiser. Cambridge Analytica and Zuckerberg were not mentioned in the report. The special counsel’s office scrutinized Twitter as well, looking at tweets Trump sent related to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former FBI Director James Comey. Trump has taken to Twitter to criticize Mueller’s investigation, often calling it a “witch hunt” and arguing that there was “no collusion” and “no obstruction.” Russia’s hacking efforts Mueller’s indictment against 12 Russian hackers last July detailed that their operations started in March 2016, as hundreds of files containing malware infected the DNC’s servers. The Russian malware stole thousands of emails, which were posted on WikiLeaks and DC Leaks, a website created by Russian hackers posing as Americans. The defendants are members of Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU.   The hacking victims included John Podesta, who was Clinton’s campaign chairman during the election, with 50,000 emails leaked online. The Russian hackers also bought servers to host their operations, paying more than $95,000 for setups, Mueller’s investigation found. The malware was discovered on at least 10 different DNC computers and allowed hackers to steal passwords, take screenshots and monitor network activity. They searched for terms like “Hillary,” “Trump” and “Benghazi Investigations.” Another hacking group from the GRU targeted the US’s election infrastructure, hacking systems belonging to state board of elections, local election officials, and US companies that supply voting software and machines, the report noted. Mueller’s investigation found that Russian hackers looked for vulnerabilities on election websites in more than 24 states. When the GRU successfully hacked Illinois’s Board of Elections, it gained access to a database containing information on millions of voters in the state. The investigation also found that Trump’s campaign had a strategy in place if WikiLeaks released stolen emails from Clinton’s campaign. The report detailed communications between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks during the campaign. On Oct. 12, 2016, WikiLeaks asked for Trump to tweet out a URL. Two days later, Trump Jr. tweeted out that same URL.  screen-shot-2019-04-18-at-12-31-25-pmWikiLeaks asked Trump Jr. to tweet this URL out on Oct. 12. Twitter But while Mueller’s investigation found direct contact between Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks, it did not find any evidence of coordination or exchange of services. The social media storm Mueller’s investigation also found that Russia was backing a $35 million operation to meddle with US politics through social media. The money was spent between January 2016 and June 2018 and dedicated to spreading disinformation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The operation ran like a professional social media marketing campaign, with specific departments in search engine optimization and graphic design, along with a staff of hundreds who posted on social networks. The operation studied political groups on social media starting in 2014 and mimicked their tactics, Mueller’s investigation found. The group behind the effort, the Internet Research Agency, was directed to support Trump’s campaign and attack Clinton, according to the investigation. The operation also spent $60,000 on Facebook ads, $6,000 on Instagram ads and $18,000 on Twitter. screen-shot-2019-04-18-at-11-31-15-amA screenshot of a Trump post from Mueller’s report. Department of Justice The report showed that the first ad the IRA paid for was on Instagram, on April 19, 2016. The ad said it came from the “Tea Party News,” and it asked people to upload photos with the hashtag “#KidsForTrump.”  The disinformation campaign was so successful that Facebook estimated the posts had reached up to 126 million people on the social network, with more than 80,000 posts. They also hosted rallies and events posing as Americans — sometimes even tricking the Trump campaign.  A post from August 2016 from Trump’s official Facebook account posted photos from a rally the IRA had organized. The Russian state-actors would pose as Americans opining on divisive issues like race, gender and gun control. The goal was to create political chaos by fueling intense arguments around these issues. The IRA tricked politicians and social activists with the fake personas, targeting battleground states like Colorado, Virginia and Florida. It also used stolen Social Security numbers and birthdates of US citizens to set up PayPal accounts. While members of the IRA had contact with Trump’s campaign, the investigation found that no one from the campaign knew that they were speaking with Russian actors.  The only American charged in Russia’s disinformation efforts was Richard Pinedo, a fake ID salesman in California, who sold bank account credentials to the IRA, which allowed the group to use PayPal. He pleaded guilty to one charge of identity fraud. He was sentenced in October to six months in prison and six months house arrest.  You can read the redacted Mueller report here:   1:59 Comments Now playing: Watch this: This is a disgrace. The American people deserve answers—and Special Counsel Robert Mueller should testify publicly before Congress. #ReleaseTheFullReport pic.twitter.com/ROG0Bt6JVq— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 18, 2019 1:45 AG Barr: Trump campaign did not work with Russia in election…last_img read more



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UK housing Why you should bank on builders Barratt Berkeley and Bellway

first_imgThe Brexit debate over Britains upcoming Stay or Go EU referendum has had some obvious effects in financial markets, not least on sterling, which has weakened markedly against both the US dollar and the euro in recent weeks.A more surprising casualty of the economic uncertainty thrown up by Brexit is the UK housebuilding sector. Why should this be the case, given that this is an exclusively domestically-oriented industry?Housebuilders have been left behind over the last monthWhile the bellwether FTSE 100 stock market index has recovered nearly all of the ground lost between the start of the year and early February, housebuilders like Barratt Development, Berkeley Group and Bellway have struggled. Over the year to date, the FTSE 100 has lost just 1%, while these housebuilders have lost on average 12% (Chart 1).But the long-term is a completely different storyThat is all very short-term. But if we pan out and look at a much longer time frame such as since the year 2000, we get a completely different story.While housebuilders have enjoyed massive highs and suffered crushing lows over time, the last 16 years have seen house builders gain 340% while the FTSE 100 has gone precisely nowhere (Chart 2).Investors worry about a construction slowdownA key negative driving housebuilding shares lower is the worry that the UK construction sector is slowing down.It is true that the recent Market/CIPS survey of activity in the sector revealed slowing growth but activity is still growing, albeit at a slower pace than previously. (Chart 3).On the other hand, house price trends have remained remarkably robust, judging by the most recent readings from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) monthly housing survey.Over the long term, housebuilders have suffered when this RICS survey has pointed lower, but right now the RICS survey is hovering around historic high levels (Chart 4). Which should be very supportive for housebuilders, as they can then achieve better profits on new houses that they build.Housebuilders are cheap and pay high dividendsA key attraction of housebuilders right now is that they are much cheaper than the overall stock market. While the FTSE 100 is valued at a price/earnings ratio of 13.8 times (lower is cheaper, higher is more expensive), all three of Barratt, Bellway and Berkeley Group are valued at well under 10 times according to financial data website stockopedia.com (Chart 5), so much much cheaper than the average UK stock.Secondly, all three Bs in the housebuilding sector offer excellent income potential with high dividend yields with Barratt and Berkeley in particular forecast to pay out income yields from dividends of over 6% in the coming year.Bottom line: the stock market looks to have overreacted to short-term slowdown concerns in housebuilders Barratt, Berkeley and Bellway, giving an excellent potential entry point for the long-term, value-oriented investor. It could be a much better investment than, lets say, a buy-to-let property.last_img read more



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