Post a comment 0 Samsung showed off its Galaxy Fold phone-tablet hybrid last February, but it was outshone even earlier than that by Xiaomi’s own foldable effort. The Chinese electronics maker is hoping to show it’s a company that can do even more: Not only compete with super-premium devices from bigger companies, but make phones for those on a budget.Xiaomi on Monday revealed its latest phone, the Redmi 7. Starting at 699 Chinese yuan, or just $105, AU$145 or £80, the slick-looking device manages to be notably inexpensive even in an increasingly crowded field of inexpensive phones.For that price you’ll get a 6.26-inch device powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 632, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s a 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel dual-camera combo at the back, with an 8-megapixel camera up front. For some extra cash, you can get a Redmi 7 with more memory; 3GB RAM and 32GB storage fetches 799 yuan ($120, AU$170 £89), while 4GB and 64GB will cost 999 yuan ($150, AU$190, £100). 2:51 The phone is a little brother of sorts to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro, which has a 48-megapixel rear camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 675 processor and 6GB RAM.Those looking for a bargain will, as with all Xiaomi phones, have to import one from China, India or Europe, where Xiaomi officially sells its phones. If you’re in the US and looking for a great phone that doesn’t break the bank, check out the Moto G6 or Moto G6 Play. Xiaomi Redmi Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Phones Review • Xiaomi’s ultra-budget Redmi shines for Asia Tags Xiaomi Mi 9 hands-on Xiaomi Samsung
Playboy Audio Playboy has a recent history of wacky ideas, and its latest oddball announcement is the company’s first Bluetooth headphones: the Playboy Audio Icon 1. You know, because the magazine interviewed Miles Davis or something.The $149 headphones promise better comfort in a lightweight design and feature the iconic bunny logo over each earcup, as well as the word Playboy on the headband.Playboy Audio says the Icon 1 has an “ultrapremium distortion-free sound combined with our powerful rich bass offers a superior, industry leading, high-fidelity listening experience”.The Icon 1 also offers “better hands-free calling” (ick) using the company’s “advanced microphone technology” and the ability to listen for up to 22 hours per charge.The magazine’s racy history is never far away, especially when it comes to fan extras like the promised and suggestively-named “Pleasures Playlist.”The Icon 1s aren’t even the weirdest thing to happen under the Playboy banner in the past few years. In 2015, after 62 years of naked centerfolds, Playboy magazine went non-nude, and yet the decision only lasted for 18 months. In March 2018, six months after founder Hugh Hefner’s death, the brand announced it was developing an online cryptocurrency wallet for paying for… the articles; yeah, that’s it. Comments See at Turo Read the AirPods review Tags Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $59 at eBay $520 at HP 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. Bluetooth Headsets Headphones,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. Rylo Angela Lang/CNET $999 Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. Read Google Home Hub review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy Share your voice See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sprint $299 at Amazon See It 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. Boost Mobile Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The Cheapskate 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. Post a comment 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. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 7 $999 $6 at Tidal Share your voice 0 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. $60 at Best Buy Tags Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See at Amazon 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. Chris Monroe/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Amazon
Infosys Ltd saw its shares fall 4% on Monday on news that its co-founders are set to sell shares worth almost $1.1billion. ReutersThe sale, said to involve four of its co-founders and their families, are to offer 32.6 million shares in the IT outsourcing firm for a fixed price of ₹1,988 ($32) each, a 4% discount to Friday’s close.Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilekani, S.D.Shibulal and K.Dinesh, have been named as those offloading the shares.Deutsche Bank is the sole book runner for the issue and the books were covered just after launch, according to IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication.As of September 2014, the founders and their families hold about 16% of shares outstanding. Nandan NelikaniReutersInfosys launched a 1:1 bonus share issue earlier this month. The shares being offloaded could be the the pre-bonus equity stake.In June, Vishal Sikka was chosen as the tech major’s CEO, breaking a trend of the founding members heading the organisation for more than three decades. The last few years had seen the company flounder, while its counterparts did roaring business.Founder-Members Investment ProfileNarayana Murthy’s Catamaran Ventures has a strategic partnership with global retail giant, Amazon, for its India business. Murthy is also known to invest in various realty projects across the country. His other interests include FMCG and education. Reuters FileShibulal’s family office, Innovations Investment Management (IIM), manages investments in hospitality, property management, project management, investment portfolio management, plantations, farms and education. The company also owns an 800-apartment block in Seattle, USA.Nandan Nilekani and his wife Rohini together are worth ₹7,700 crore, with 80% of it tied to their combined ownership of 2.75% in Infosys Ltd. They are well known philantrophists. ReutersK.Dinesh, who resigned from the board in 2011, has been devoting his time to social work in the areas of health care, education and governance.At the time of reporting, information on what the promoters seek to do with the funds is unavailable.
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Gayle with MallyaTwitterWhile he remains a fugitive awaiting court’s decision on his extradition plea, Vijay Mallya continues to wine and dine with famous people in London. On July 13, West Indies cricket superstar Chris Gayle posted a photo of himself with Mallya on his Twitter account.In the tweet, the ‘Universe boss’ refers to the absconding businessman as ‘big boss,’ possibly a hangover from the days when Mallya headed the UB group, the owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team in Indian Premier League (IPL). Gayle was the star player in that side for many seasons and reached great heights of success while playing for it. Tweet of Gayle with picture of himself with MallyaTwitterHowever, the left-handed batsman may not be aware of the legal status of Mallya as someone who escaped the law and is trying to prevent detention by Indian authorities. But Twitterati were on to the tweet and saw the funny side of it. Some of them posted hilarious responses to the picture which took potshots at the businessman.Here is a collection of some of the best ones:
Darjeeling: The Himalayan Plantation Workers’ Union (HPWU-affiliated to the Gorkha National Liberation Front) has demanded the district administration to take steps for the sale of processed tea of Rangli-Rangliot Tea Estate in Darjeeling in order to settle the dues of the workers including wages, salary, fringe benefit dues and provident fund.Incidentally, the dues include gratuity, provident fund, leave travel allowance, salary, wages, staff kitchen allowance, JCO and tea makers’ salary, medical bill and LTA of temporary workers. Till February 14, 2018, the accumulated due was to the tune of Rs. 1,45,76481 and the amount has gone up since then. Gratuity has not been paid since 2011. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The wages have not been paid for the last 7 weeks and salary of the staff and sub staff for the past two months along with fringe benefits. The workers have been pushed to the brink of poverty. Despite repeated requests, the Management except for making empty promises have not done anything,” alleged Roshan Rai, Chief Advisor, HPWU, Rangli-Rungliot unit.HPWU on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Darjeeling District Magistrate. Copies of the memorandum were forwarded to the Assistant Labour Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe HPWU has eventually stopped the dispatch of premium first flush tea from the garden April 14. In the memorandum, the HPWU had written: “In the factory of the Rangli-Rangliot Tea Estate, first flush tea worth Rs 1 crore and 5 lakh is in store.The memorandum prompted the District Magistrate to either take legal action against the company owner or arrange for the sale of the tea to pay the dues of the workers.”In the absence of the DM, the Additional District Magistrate, Darjeeling, assured us that he would conduct an inquiry into the matter and take necessary steps,” added Rai. The garden is owned by Duncans Industries Limited. The tea estate has 350 workers and around 100 staff and sub staff. It produces 1,60,000 kg of tea annually and has an area of 183.95 hectare. The Management could not be contacted for comments.
Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. David Polinchock has worked in the virtual reality (VR) and experiential advertising space since the 1990s, and he’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly for using VR and augmented reality (AR) to create marketing events and experiences. At the Propelify 2017 Innovation Festival, he gave a talk about three big ways technologists, marketers and companies need to improve their use of VR and AR to create amazing experiences in the future.Related: 3 Ways Augmented Reality Will Find Its Way Into Your Life in 2018 and Beyond1. Include elements of the real world to create a more engaging VR experience.“How many times have you seen a VR setup that includes a table, a chair and a head seat?” Polinchock asked. “Where’s the sense of falling into the story?” Instead of just focusing on the tech, Polinchock wants companies to use real-world elements in their VR setups to enhance the total experience. Polinchock offered up a few creative, low-budget ways companies could incorporate physical elements of the real world into a user’s VR experience. For example:A tourism board wants a user to experience a particular beach. Craft a VR experience where the user sits in a sandbox and smells sunscreen while wearing a headset.A VR experience that takes place in the woods? Try adding a few potted plants to the room with the VR setup, so when the user walks around, branches occasionally brush over their cheeks or arms.At a VR experience about conquering fears, users in head seats “walked on a ledge” in VR — and in actuality, Polinchock recounted. Users stood on a small ledge, a few inches off the ground, with their back to a wall, while also walking a ledge on a super-tall building in VR.Related: What Are the Legal Issues That Stare at Augmented/Virtual Reality?2. Possibilities for the future of AR.To Polinchock, AR is a totally different world than VR. The key to creating a great AR experience? “We don’t want to walk down the road and see virtual billboards jumping at our faces. But, we do want interesting information that helps us get through the day,” he said. A few exciting possibilities he sees for AR include:A building plaque that pops out diagrams and text with significant historical information about a siteWalls, statues or monuments that relay information, key dates and importance of a site or artworkFacial recognition technology that could remind you of where you met someone or of pertinent info like a birthday, job, or other details that would make networking easier3. Complete the experience.Polinchock used to work as a character actor at Disney, and he credits Disney for fully immersing their visitors at the theme parks. “Even when you’re waiting in line, you’re fully in their world,” he said.Polinchock finds companies using VR for marketing experiences often don’t give users a similarly immersive experience. “If someone doesn’t know how VR works, don’t just drop them into the room. Because then, they’ll go into an experience, don’t get the whole story, and then don’t think the tech works,” he said.Related: This Vital Storytelling Principle Is the Key to Producing Great VR and AR ContentRather than just plopping a headset on someone, Polinchock wants companies to educate users in advance on what they should expect to see, hear and feel from the VR experience — before the experience begins. By fully prepping users of the possibilities of the VR experience awaiting them, more users will have truly relevant, engaging and informative VR experiences. Watch highlights from Polinchock’s talk at the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival. What do you think about the future of AR and VR? Follow @propelify on Twitter for more on innovation and entrepreneurship. Visit our website to sign up for a complimentary Propelify Insider membership to receive future access to our full video library of incredible content and talks from innovators and entrepreneurial changemakers. 4 min read April 1, 2018