160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram It’s been more than a decade since policymakers and educators launched concerted efforts to bring technology to the classroom. But for the most part, use of computers at school still falls far short of its potential to improve learning. Those same youngsters who can invent a specialized language for text-messaging, assemble full and varied iPod playlists, create individualized and attractive sites on Facebook and MySpace or display their videos on YouTube can handle more at school than delivering their project reports with PowerPoint presentations. It shouldn’t take another decade for schools to figure that out. But it won’t be easy or cheap. ? Computers offer the opportunity for instruction at each individual’s pace, guided by teachers skilled at recognizing the needs and skills of both. ? The fact that such computer-aided, highly individualized teaching is not available today is not the fault of the teachers or the schools. There simply has not been enough investment – public or private – in developing the software tools to make it possible and then to train educators in how to make maximum use of those tools. ?
Most people are aware of the need for captions to make videos more accessible. But few are familiar with the requirement for audio description for videos, which accommodates people who are blind or have low-vision. Audio description narrates what visually is happening in the video, information that’s not available to someone who can’t see. Think of a radio sports announcer at a baseball game, describing the ground ball hit to the third baseman who throws the ball to the second baseman for the beginning of a double play. That’s similar to audio description. Intro to Audio Description for VideosOn Thursday, January 17, 2019, you can learn more about video audio description when 3Play Media hosts their free Intro to Audio Description webinar at 2:00pm Eastern Time. In the one-hour webinar, Sofia Leivaf from 3Play Media, will highlight the basics of audio description:What is audio description?How to add audio description to online videoVideo player compatibility: which players support itLegal requirements: accessibility laws and complianceHow to create and publish it on your ownDifference between standard and extended audio descriptionWhat tools and features can make it easier to produce audio descriptionAfter the presentation, Leiva will take answer questions from webinar attendees.Who is the Audience for the Webinar?Anyone looking to make their videos more accessible, and those taking the next step beyond captioning their videos, will find useful information and help from the webinar. Wrapping UpIncluding audio description with your captioned video will make your video content more accessible; you’ll reach a wider audience. The free 3Play Media webinar will provide the background and knowledge you need to move forward and add audio descriptions to your videos. I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, January 17, 2019 and register for the free 3Play Media webinar. I’ll be live tweeting during the webinar!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedKey Takeaways from HTML5 Video AccessibilityLast week I attended the HTML5 Video Accessibility: Updates, Features & Guidelines webinar from 3Play Media. Guest speaker John Foliot, W3C contributor and accessibility expert at Deque Systems, discussed guidelines for making videos accessible and shared his tips and insights on HTML5 video. Check out the recording of the webinar…In “Accessibility”Free Webinar: Planning and Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, and eLearningYou’re invited to the Great Lakes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center free webinar on July 20, 2017, focusing on planning and producing accessible video. The Planning and Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, and eLearning webinar will teach you the key components needed to produce videos that are…In “Accessibility”DescribeAthon17: Make Video on YouTube More AccessibleI invite you to join me tomorrow, January 26, 2017 at DescribeAthon17 when amateur and professional describers around the world will join together to add audio descriptions to YouTube videos. Working from your home, business, or wherever you have a connection to the Internet, you’ll be part of a group…In “Accessibility”
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Half of U.S. adults use social media. That is, they do according to the latest findings from Universal McCann’s “Media in Mind” study, an ongoing research effort that analyzes how consumers relate to media and products in their daily life. However, it’s worth noting that in this particular study “social media” includes text messaging. Combined with blogging and social networking, these three technologies are used by 50% of U.S. adults for communication purposes. Wait, What Are You Calling “Social Media”?In the 18-34 year-old demographic, the numbers of social media users are even higher: 85% of rely on one of the three platforms to stay in touch with others. Of course, the increase in those who are now texting could be pushing these overall numbers up. It seems that more adults are texting than ever before. Those adults who say that they’ve never sent a text message fell to 41% from 49% last year. Says Graeme Hutton, SVP-Director of Consumer Insights: “We’re definitely seeing continual shifts. The great unwashed – those people who have never sent a text message – is getting smaller all the time.”Side Note: Personally, I find the terminology “the great unwashed (masses)” a little demeaning. The fact is that those at the lower end of the technology-use spectrum don’t use things like text messaging and the internet as much because they are usually economically disadvantaged – an unfortunate condition that has numerous causes including everything from poor educational resources to lack of job opportunities in their geographic region. Lumping this lower-income group into one “great unwashed” group was an unnecessarily cruel way to address those not participating in the social media revolution. That aside, there are still plenty of valuable findings that have surfaced because of this study, including the following new data:1 out of 10 U.S. adults now publish blogs (up from 5% last year)1 out of 5 18-34-year olds publish blogs (up from 10% last year)22% of U.S. adults use IM (up from 9% last year)21% of 18-34-year olds use IM (up from 14% last year) But are these numbers showing a true shift in sheer numbers of users or really just a change in awareness? Hutton says, “Two years ago, asking people about blogs, people were shaking their heads. I think now it’s taking off because social networks are taking off…People may have been doing it before, but may not have realized it. Now they’re recognizing it for what it is.”Although these numbers look promising for our favorite genre, social media, they should probably be taken with a grain of salt. While we do believe that text messaging is an important method of communication, it doesn’t quite fit with what the standard definition of social media is: blogging, social networking sites, and other web properties that engage collective groups of people to drive their content. We would like to see how the numbers really break down among the three “social media” activities they measured, but that data was not immediately available. Source: MarketingVOXUpdate: After contacting Universal McCann to clarify whether or not they really believed that text messaging counted as “social media,” I received this response: “The Media in Mind research bulletin we issued was in fact about emerging media not social media. I think the article took a broad over-arching view of the emerging media reviewed by the MiM research which might lead to that possible reading of the article to put all three media you mention together as “social media”. However, that said, I think your query raises an interesting point. I think we would typically define social media as online applications that aim to facilitate collaboration and sharing between users.In exploratory qualitative research, we have undertaken indicates the consumer might take a broader view of what social media might mean. For example, it could be taken by consumers to mean any digital form of personal communication that helps enable peer collaboration and sharing. This softer, less-structured definition is possibly useful in determining possible future growth areas of personal social P2P media from a consumer-centric POV.” sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Features#Social Web#Trends#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
New retail technology has evolved exponentially over the past few decades, especially when it comes to analytics. Originally, descriptive analytics was the primary investigative tool used across our industry. These solutions provided only a snapshot of information about past events, often in the form of reports. When the reports were opened, they still required a level of interpretation to determine what—if anything—should be done. The reports did not help to determine the root cause or identify how to solve the finding.Diagnostic analytics came about to answer the “why” for analysts and investigators, using ideas like data mining and data discovery to find correlations in events. From diagnostic, both predictive and prescriptive analytics were born.Predictive analytics used information gathered through diagnostic techniques to make predictions about future outcomes, helping organizations accommodate for these potential events.- Sponsor – Finally, the most recent solution—prescriptive analytics—combines all these ideas to identify opportunities for improvement, and takes the next step, making suggestions designed to remedy these opportunities and capitalize on them. Ensuring corrective action is taken to address the identified problem is what makes prescriptive analytics more effective than a traditional data reporting solution. By automatically turning data into understandable insights and placing them directly into the hands of those who can impact your business, this solution will dramatically help you optimize results.New Retail Technology is Opening DoorsUntil recently, asset protection teams would put exception-based reporting into the hands of a limited number of people within their own department, making their investment one of the best-kept secrets in the company, thus missing out on the true potential to maximize the return on their investment. Furthermore, their data mining or exception-based reporting solution was used in a very limited capacity to identify dishonest behavior.The problem with this strategy is that it virtually eliminates the chance for loss prevention technology solutions to add value in other departments. To combat this, we need to think differently about how we use our loss prevention technology investments, searching for new ways to use old ideas.At a time when the face of retail is changing so rapidly and many companies are cutting expenses in order to either stay competitive or simply survive, it has become critical for every asset protection team to add value throughout the entire organization. I would also stress that senior-level executives do not perceive big organized retail crime (ORC) cases or internal theft investigations as value. Although they may see these results as commendable and even necessary, they don’t see them as adding value. And when the time comes for budget cuts, the number of cases you resolved will hardly be a consideration.In today’s environment, it is critical to offer services the company simply cannot live without. The best way to achieve this is to embed your culture, knowledge, services and technology throughout the entire enterprise. It’s no longer enough to protect profits; it’s time to start thinking about how you can expand them.Increasing ValueIn my previous role, I used a prescriptive analytics solution. We partnered with that particular vendor because they had a progressive view on how data could be used to expand a company’s profitability rather than just catch dishonest associates. In fact, they were also instrumental in helping us extend our technology throughout the entire enterprise. We trained upwards of 700 employees, across all departments, on how to use the solution to enhance the daily functions that fell within their current area of responsibility.Basically, everyone was using the same tool to meet their specific needs. Each user was looking at something completely different than the next. By sharing our loss prevention technology and our expertise, the solution’s value increased exponentially. In addition, the company looked at the department in a different way because we were able to assist them in creating a broad range of successes by targeting their individual requirements and unique challenges.Creative UseDon’t limit yourself by using only POS data. The more data you push through your analytics software, the more uses you will discover. POS data is limited, however, when you add billing, invoicing and inventory data, you have dramatically increased the variety of service you can provide to other departments. Once that has occurred, you can really start to add value that your partners cannot live without. From an investigative standpoint, you will add multiple layers of clarity to what used to be a directional starting point at best.For example, using this combination of data feeds; we offered our analytics to the entire front-end department. The traditional use would be to monitor cashier performance for training concerns as well as dishonesty. By sharing the expanded data, we were also able to help them monitor critical compliance issues and improve customer service. We then offered the loss prevention technology to our merchandising department in order to provide enhanced data designed to maximize shelf space allocation, monitor product specific performance, quickly identify quality issues and sell more merchandise at a profit. Triggers were also established to point out profit erosion and missed sales opportunities.All too often, these decisions are based on emotion rather than factual information. Imagine how the senior executives will perceive your department when you can say your team helped increase sales and that you have processes in place to monitor for any missed opportunities that occur in the future.Your pricing department can also benefit. Automated patterns can quickly identify pricing errors such as product selling below the intended retail or even items selling below cost. You can also help illustrate which promotional strategy was most profitable for a specific item. And why not give the technology to your operations counterparts so they can pinpoint execution deficiencies and then create a more impactful and targeted store visit strategy?Finally, place the software in the hands of your store-level managers. This will allow them to identify areas of opportunity and adjust as their market demands. These are just a few examples, as the possibilities for expansion are limitless.Build a Strong PlanBefore you begin, you will need to educate yourself on which new retail technology is right for you and your organization. What old technology do you currently have, and how can you use it in a different way? What new retail technology will your company benefit from?Selecting your solution provider is a critical step in this process. Failed technology and long implementations can kill your ideas and your reputation. It is important that you select your solution providers carefully. They can make or break a program implementation. I see a lot of buzzwords, such as “prescriptive analytics” and “artificial intelligence” being used across the industry. Although a solution provider might enjoy using the latest and greatest terminology, it is your responsibility to validate that they actually offer the specific services they advertise.Finally, embedding your technology into other departments is not as easy as it may sound. Be aware of the fact that you may be perceived as overstepping your bounds. With that said, take the time to share your information in a manner that promotes partnership and teamwork.As loss prevention technology becomes increasingly useful across all departments within an organization, the opportunity to elevate the importance of your department grows. By capitalizing on basic data that is readily available and using it for purposes outside of the traditional asset protection wheelhouse, you will drive improved results and increase efficiencies in other departments, thus earning respect and adding value across the entire enterprise.This post was originally published in 2016 and was updated August 8, 2017. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
On NBA fan engagementI was yesterday at the Boston Celtics game, and there was a lot going on besides the pitch. There were a lot of gadgets and bling bling. And it was good. I liked it. Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/carl_bayernanalytics.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At Boston’s annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the main focus is on U.S. sports. But people come from all over the sporting world, and the globe, to exchange ideas and learn about what’s happening in the major U.S. sports. This was important enough for FC Bayern Munich, one of the best practitioners of the most popular sport on the planet in the middle of its season, to have its head of match analysis, Michael Niemeyer, come to Sloan — and catch a Celtics game in between sessions.He came by our booth at Sloan to talk to us about how Bayern and its recent coaches, especially current boss Pep Guardiola, are embracing analytics even as some U.S. coaches are free to ignore it as a sideshow. Listen to or download the interview via the player above. And read highlights from the conversation below. On the difference between Bayern and U.S. teamsOur job is seen differently in the U.S. You have data people who are not sitting out in the coaching office. … I think that you have to be in the coaching office. If you sit somewhere else, you never get it on the pitch. It won’t work. The only way it works is you have to sit right next to the coach. On in-game analytics-driven coachingNiemeyer: For me, the one thing that really has to come is the exchange from the analytics under the roof, the exchange between us with the bench. It’s not allowed in soccer.Carl Bialik: During the game.Niemeyer: During a game.Bialik: To say, hey, we picked up on this tendency.Niemeyer: Yeah. We can do it in halftime, and we do, but you’re not allowed to exchange during the game.Bialik: And if you could, that makes your department a lot more valuable.Niemeyer: Yeah, of course, of course. On Pep GuardiolaAs he came to Bayern, the first thing he said was: “The match analysis department is the most important department for me.” The second thing was: “I see a big part of my work in the auditorium.” The auditorium is the place where he has video sessions. If you want to bring your ideas to the pitch, you have to use these technologies and you have to use match analysis. On technology[Players] have laptops or iPads where they can see — we have an online platform similar to Facebook where they can discuss. And it’s an exchange platform.
Kentucky has to win two more games to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1975-76. And if the Wildcats succeed, the stats we have suggest that they’re a notch or two more dominant than those Hoosiers were.Getting data on Kentucky is easy: The Wildcats’ every game has a digital box score that’s been compiled and analyzed by the likes of Ken Pomeroy and our own March Madness predictions. But Indiana’s statistical record from its undefeated season remains in the analog age, locked in scans of stat sheets.To truly measure the 32-0 Hoosiers’ greatness, we’d want to compile the schedule and results of every Division I team that year. Unfortunately, that would involve inputting dozens of data points from hundreds of image files. And our favorite speed typist was busy.1Seriously, we asked him. So we simplified our analysis: We entered the scores of every Indiana game, then adjusted the Hoosiers’ average margin of victory by the average margin of victory of each of its opponents that season.2Accounting for home-court advantage. That gave us an estimate of Indiana’s Simple Rating System scores, which otherwise aren’t available for teams that far back.3We checked how well this technique estimates SRS for teams from the Big Ten — Indiana’s conference — and the SEC — Kentucky’s — for more recent seasons. We found it’s very reliable, with an r-squared of 0.96 against actual SRS for seasons since 1984-85. The distribution of its errors is approximately normal, with mean of zero and a standard deviation of 1.26, allowing us to create a confidence interval around its predictions and estimate the likelihood that Indiana’s true SRS was greater than or less than the known SRS ratings of more modern teams.What we found is that Kentucky has been slightly better, relative to its opposition, than Indiana was. Kentucky’s SRS is 29.05, meaning it would beat an average team on a neutral floor by about 29 points. Indiana’s estimated SRS is 27.49. Though that’s just an estimate, we can be fairly confident — about 90% sure — that Kentucky is the more dominant team. (Again, these are estimates only relative to the average team each season — the question of which team would win head-to-head is an entirely different one.) We also did a bit more data entry from those NCAA.org scans of old team stat sheets to compare Indiana’s core stats with Kentucky’s. Our former ESPN colleague Dean Oliver, now with the Sacramento Kings, developed four factors to describe teams’ style of play. We estimated these for Indiana,4We had to guess what share of its and its opponents’ rebounds came on the offensive side of the floor, because offensive and defensive rebounds weren’t listed separately in the stat sheets that year. To that end, we estimated from trends in recent college data (paywalled) and in the NBA that 35 percent of rebounds by Indiana and its opponents were of the offensive variety. and we also computed each undefeated team’s pace of play and its points scored and allowed per 100 possessions.Indiana was better than Kentucky in a few ways: It allowed fewer points per possession, shot for a slightly higher effective field goal percentage, forced a greater rate of turnovers and allowed slightly fewer free-throw attempts per shot from the floor. But in every other respect, and every net measure, the Wildcats best the Hoosiers.Of course, Kentucky is trying to finish as undefeated champion in 2015 — it’s not chasing the 1975-76 Hoosiers or perfection. Or, as Kentucky coach John Calipari keeps emphasizing to the media when they ask about his team’s quest to finish 40-0, “We know we’re not perfect. We’re undefeated, but we’re not perfect.” The coach is right, and he’d be just as correct if he were describing the 1975-76 Hoosiers.Both the 2014-15 Wildcats and the 1975-76 Hoosiers are great teams — probably among the 25 best teams relative to their competition in the last 40 years of men’s college basketball. But neither team ranks as the best in recent decades. What sets apart Kentucky and Indiana is that they managed to win all their close games and remain undefeated. Indiana won two games in overtime, and five more by five points or fewer. Kentucky has also won two OT games, and two other games by five points or fewer. Each team played nailbiters against Notre Dame: Indiana won by three on Dec. 11, 1975, while Kentucky won by two on Saturday to advance to this weekend’s Final Four in Indianapolis.We have reliable SRS data going back to 1985. Eight teams rank ahead of this season’s Kentucky squad, including two previous Kentucky teams: the 1996 two-loss champs, and the 1997 national runners-up. Those 1997 Wildcats — along with the No. 1 team on our list, the 1999 runners-up, the Duke Blue Devils — provide a warning to this year’s Kentucky squad that the best team usually doesn’t win the NCAA tournament. Even among the eight teams of the last 30 years that were more dominant than Kentucky has been so far this year, just two won the title.
When contacted by FOLIO:, Scovotti declined to offer many details of the self-financed projects but says, with no shortage of grand ambitions, that NueMedia will “change the face of trade publishing forever.” “It is my belief that if the concept by which trade magazines were launched was born today, there would be no trade magazines, no reason to have paper assets,” he says. “Naturally, the world of market space is a world that offers us tremendous amounts of capability and variety that we can’t get out of static media.”In its long-term business plan, Scovotti says NueMedia will add tools that will give advertisers the capability to connect to customers 24 hours a day, “regardless of where they are and regardless of which instrument they have at their disposal—they won’t even need to access the internet. … This field is wide open for somebody who knows how to put together and deliver the right package, and that is our goal.”NueMedia intends to have the portals live by mid-April and fully operational by early May, Scovotti says. Last summer, Cygnus Business Media shut down several magazines in sectors it said were “depressed due to market conditions.” Now, a new company formed by former Cygnus staffers has purchased the publishing assets of a pair of those shuttered trade titles.NueMedia LLC said earlier this month that it acquired the content, circulation and product archives associated with Wood Digest and Finishing magazines from Cygnus. The deals did not include the magazines’ brand identities, which Cygnus retained.NueMedia is made up of president Ross Scovotti, a former Cygnus regional sales rep, and ex-Cygnus commercial woodworking group publisher Jay Schneider as CIO.Under NueMedia, Scovotti and Schneider say they are developing a pair of “Digital Information Portals” around Wood Digest and Finishing called WoodIQ.com and FinishingIQ.com, respectively. Instead of relaunching the brands in print, NueMedia’s DIPs will utilize 4G mobile technology (the successor to the 3G standard) to deliver new and archived commercial woodworking articles and information from the portals to its audience of business professionals.
$299 at Amazon Favreau is the show’s executive producer and is currently writing the second season of the series. He’s so dedicated to his vision, Favreau says, that he “wrote four of the episodes before I even had a deal, because I wanted to do this but only if they wanted to do the version that I wanted to do.”Favreau says Disney Plus fits the kind of story he wants to tell with The Mandalorian.”There’s an opportunity to tell a story that’s bigger than television, but you don’t have the same expectations that a big holiday release has, which to me isn’t that type of Star Wars that comes out of me,” he said. “The type of Star Wars that I’m inspired to tell is a smaller thing with new characters.”Pedro Pascal, best known for playing Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones, will play the main character, a lone Mandalorian gunfighter operating in the outer reaches of the galaxy. The show will debut when Disney Plus launches on Nov. 12. Boost Mobile Originally published Aug. 21, 9:11 a.m. PT. Star Wars land: Everything we saw at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge See at Amazon More on Star Wars Share your voice Share your voice Post a comment 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. 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo Chris Monroe/CNET $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Best Buy 7 The Mandalorian premieres on Disney Plus in November. Lucasfilm Star Wars fans, get ready for a novel twist on the famed universe. Ahead of this weekend’s Disney D23 Expo, filmmaker Jon Favreau said his upcoming Disney Plus series, The Mandalorian, will draw on some of the wilder aspects of sci-fi worlds.”I’m trying to evoke the aesthetics of not just the original trilogy but the first film,” Favreau told The Hollywood Reporter. “Not just the first film, but the first act of the first film. What was it like on Tatooine? What was going on in that cantina? That has fascinated me since I was a child, and I love the idea of the darker, freakier side of Star Wars, the Mad Max aspect of Star Wars.” Amazon $520 at HP Read Google Home Hub review Read the Rylo camera preview Tags The Cheapskate Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Turo TV and Movies 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Angela Lang/CNET 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. Read the AirPods review Rian Johnson’s Star Wars movies will feature new characters Star Wars Barbie dolls look like they’re from the planet Vogue Star Wars star Mark Hamill reveals worst advice he ever gave Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $155 at Google Express Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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). Tags $59 at eBay $999 Disney Star Wars,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.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 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $60 at Best Buy See It See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Comments 74 Photos DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $6 at Tidal Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. 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 SearsMore to come! Note: 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. 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. 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New Delhi, September 26 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 36.30 points up to stand at 19892.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 5.75 points up to stand at 5879.60. BHEL and JP POWER were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.53% and 5.89% along with Financial Technologies and Oberoi Realty with an increase of 4.73% and 4.44% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include HDIL and Indian Oil Corp with a decrease of 4.67% and 4.10% along with OIL INDIA and Reliance Communications Ltd. with a decrease of 3.85% and 3.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 4.29 points at 11,186.12 while the banking sector is down 36.74 points at 11,452.68 and the realty sector is down 11.42 points at 1,209.29. The Indian currency is up 0.43% at Rs 62.17 per dollar.
Bharti Airtel on Thursday launched 4G trials exclusively for its customers in Delhi NCR.Airtel’s 4G services in the National Capital Region are the first in India to leverage an integrated FD and TD network which will deliver the fast 4G experience and a better network coverage.Airtel 4G enables superfast internet speeds and allow customers to enjoy capabilities like high definition video streaming with zero buffering, downloading 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, uploading entire photo albums in less than five minutes (i.e. uploading two high resolution photos per second), connecting multiple devices without compromising on the experience, etc.As part of the trial offer, Airtel customers across Delhi NCR can now avail a complimentary upgrade to Airtel 4G at 3G prices and experience blazing Airtel 4G speeds.The company will assimilate valuable customer feedback from these early adopters and leverage the initial market response towards strengthening its service experience – thus building a world-class 4G network infrastructure for the city.”As customers in India show an increasing propensity for consuming data services, we at Airtel are excited to take the lead in introducing the market to power of blazing 4G speeds,” said Sarang Kanade, Hub CEO – Delhi NCR and Rajasthan, Bharti Airtel (India).Aimed at transitioning more and more customers to superfast 4G experience, Airtel has also announced a go-to-market partnerships with Samsung and Flipkart for 4G devices.Select retail stores of Samsung India will shortly facilitate easy Airtel 4G SIM swap for customers buying 4G smartphones. Airtel 4G double data offers are now available for customers of Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5 mobile devices.Samsung has recently also launched its all new Core Prime 4G mobile smartphone in Airtel 4G markets. In the weeks to come, Samsung will also offer bundled Airtel 4G SIMs alongwith select Samsung 4G handsets in the Indian market.Additionally, Flipkart now offers Airtel 4G with double the data benefits for customers buying select 4G handsets. Flipkart-exclusive 4G devices (including brands like Xiaomi, Motorola, Lenovo, Asus and Huawei) will come bundled with an Airtel 4G SIM.While existing Airtel customers will be able to follow a quick SMS registration process to activate 4G, non-Airtel customers buying their 4G device from Flipkart will be guided through a simple process to smoothly transition to the Airtel 4G network.