OAKLAND — Houston Rockets guard James Harden will miss Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena because of both a cervical strain and flu-like symptoms.Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni did not consider Harden’s serious and noted that his injury happened during a recent practice. But it was at least serious enough to sit their star player in a marquee game against the Warriors.“He got hit and woke up the next day and it was sore,” D’Antoni said. “He might’ve played with a …
Riding on skipper Virat Kohli’s unbeaten century, India defeated West Indies by eight wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Sabina Park Stadium. Kohli (111 not out) and middle-order batsman Dinesh Karthik (50 not out) helped India on Thursday to outplay the hosts and clinched the five match ODI series 3-1.Chasing 206, India started on a poor note as opener Shikhar Dhawan (4) was sent back to the pavilion in the first over by pacer Alzarri Joseph.Incoming batsman Kohli and opener Ajinkya Rahane (39) then added 79 runs for the second wicket to stabilise the Indian innings.But, just when things seemed to be in control, Rahane was adjudged leg before wicket off Devendra Bishoo in the 19th over.Unperturbed by the fall of Rahane’s wicket, Kohli displayed his class and waited for the bad balls. Soon, Kohli along with Karthik, started thrashing West Indies bowlers all around the park and chased down the total with 79 balls remaining.Kohli slammed 12 boundaries and two sixes in his 115 ball knock while Karthik’s 52-ball knock was comprised of five boundaries.For West Indies, Joseph and Bishoo chipped in with one wicket each.Earlier, Mohammed Shami bagged a four-wicket haul as India restricted West Indies to 205/9.The Bengal pacer decimated the hosts’ lower-middle order to return figures of 4/48 in his 10 overs.Fellow pacer Umesh Yadav also did well to return figures of 3/53.Shai Hope was the most successful among the West Indies batsmen with 51 runs of 98 balls.Shai waged a lone battle along with opener Kyle Hope who scored a breezy 46 off 50 deliveries before being sent back by Umesh Yadav.advertisementThe hosts were off to a slow start with openers Evan Lewis and Kyle struggling to find the gaps.Lewis crawled his way to nine runs off 20 deliveries before a mistimed attempt to hit pacer Hardik Pandya over mid-off saw him hand an easy catch to Indian skipper Virat Kohli.Kyle and Shai joined forces and was building up what seemed to be a potentially promising partnership before the former pulled a Yadav delivery into the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at midwicket.Yadav tasted success with his very next delivery when he trapped Roston Chase leg before.The twin blows prompted the hosts to become extra cautious and the run rate crawled along at snails pace as Shai and Jason Mohammed added just 39 runs between them over the next 14.3 overs.Following Mohammed’s dismissal, Jason Holder tried to up the ante with 36 runs off 34 deliveries before being sent back by Shami. Shai followed him back to the pavilion soon after.However, Rovman Powell seemed set to end the West Indies innings on a high note with a 32-ball 31. But he did not too much support at the other end as the Indians picked up wickets at regular intervals.Brief scores:West Indies: 205/9 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 51, Kyle Hope 46; Mohammed Shami 4/48, Umesh Yadav 3/53) vs India: 206/2 (Virat Kohli 111 not out, Dinesh Karthik 50 not out; Alzzari Joseph 1/39).
WILMINGTON, MA — This is the sixth in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Dylan BresnahanEvery team needs a player like Dylan Bresnahan on its roster. The player who keeps everyone lose, the team jokester. The one who’s easy going and funny, great in the dugout and on the field. He is the prototypical tall lanky lefthander in the mold of former Red Sox Pitcher Bill Lee. The word laid back adequately describes Dylan. But, put him between the lines and he knows when to bear down and compete, smiling all the while. He is his team’s gentle giant, no matter, baseball, football or hockey always ready with a quick one liner and a smile.Dylan began his WLL career in Rookie ball playing for the Thunder, coached by his dad John. Coming out of a year of T-Ball in which he got to play with his twin sister Morgan, Dylan was ready for his first year on the small diamond. Even at a young age his personality stood out. He not only loved to play the game, he loved having fun with his teammates. But his number one memory of that first year was getting to play for his dad. He made his way through WLL playing A ball for the Pirates and Coach Pete Marino, and AA for the Brewers and Coach Derek Santini. He made the AA all-star team getting him ready for the jump to the Majors.Dylan was drafted by the A’s as an 11-year-old and played for Coach Mike Gracia. Following his first season in the majors, Dylan was selected by the Twins and Coach Tom Sheehan. By getting a chance to play on two different teams, one of Dylan’s top memories from the Majors were the many great teammates played with. He got to play with future WHS teammates Danny Gracia and Tommy Worob on the A’s and Ben Maynard on the Twins. On field highlights included making the 12-year-old all-star team, winning the regular season and playoff championship with the A’s, and winning the regular season championship with the Twins. Dylan has to be one of a few players in WLL history to win titles with two different teams. He really enjoyed playing for Coach Mike Gracia in his first season in the Majors.Dylan also played Jimmy Fund in the summer, having a great time in a relaxed atmosphere getting to hang out with his friends and just playing ball. He played on some fun teams while representing Wilmington at the Memorial Day tournaments in Woburn, at Wafer park. As with almost anything Dylan does he enjoyed playing alongside his friends and was probably one of the best teammates.He capped his WLL career as a member of the 2016 Northeast team, which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship. His care free attitude helped settle the team down during tense moments. He also enjoyed the “fun times” he and his teammates had playing for Coach Boyle.This was Dylan’s first year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats, having competed at the Freshman and JV level for the past 3 years. Dylan played four years for the WHS Hockey team and also played a couple of seasons of WHS Football, scoring a defensive touchdown as a Senior.Dylan is the son of Linda and John Bresnahan, twin brother of Sister Morgan and older brother of Sister Shaylan. His parents have enjoyed watching him play over the years with both family and friends. In the fall he is planning on attending UMass Amherst and studying Business. (NOTE: The above profile was submitted by Wilmington Little League.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Danny GraciaIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Tommy WorobIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Carl BeatriceIn “Sports”
Another Chinese tech giant is withdrawing from the US, voluntarily delisting from the New York Stock Exchange. CBS/iStockphoto China’s largest chipmaker plans to delist from the New York Stock Exchange.Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) cited limited trading volumes in the US in comparison to the rest of the world as the reason for delisting, according to the South China Morning post on Friday.SMIC also said “the significant administrative burden and costs of maintaining the listing” on the NYSE were reasons for withdrawing.SMIC, which provides integrated circuit foundry and tech services on process nodes from 0.35 micron to 28 nanometer, said it will file the form to delist on June 3, with its last day of trading to be around June 13.While its headquarters are in Shanghai, SMIC also has labs throughout Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Jiangyin and Italy. It also has offices in the US, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.The decision to delist follows Chinese technology compatriot Huawei being blacklisted by the US last week, and President Donald Trump signing an executive order essentially banning the tech giant following national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government amid the US-China trade war.SMIC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but told CNBC that its decision to delist was not related to the US-China trade deal.”SMIC has been considering this migration for a long time and it has nothing to do with the trade war and Huawei incident,” a SMIC spokesperson reportedly told CNBC.”The migration requires a long preparation and timing has coincided with the current trade rhetoric, which may lead to misconceptions.” Share your voice Mobile Phones Politics 4:59 Now playing: Watch this: 0 Post a comment What is going on between Huawei and the US? Tags Huawei Donald Trump
Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 4:11 The Cheapskate 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. How to buy the right security camera for you Review • Amazon Fire HD 8 review: Affordable media consumption for Prime members 0 Amazon Tags 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. Amazon Fire HD 8 Security Cameras Mobile Accessories Tablets This full-featured security camera is wireless, weatherproof and rechargeable. But is its app any good? That’s the $48 question. WiYA Lately I’ve been testing a variety of outdoor-friendly security cameras — dedicated ones and video doorbells alike. I haven’t tried this model, which is brand new, but the price demands I share it. For a limited time, and while supplies last, the WiYA rechargeable wireless security camera with free cloud storage is $47.99 when you clip the on-page 10%-off coupon and apply promo code QJTCI4WV at checkout. That’s considerably less than you’d pay for any number of higher-profile cameras — most of which charge extra for cloud storage (see below).Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at AmazonOn paper, this camera ticks all the important security-cam boxes:1080p videoTwo-way audioNight visionPassive infrared (PIR) sensorWeatherproofRechargeable batteryCloud and local storageAlthough you could certainly use this as an indoor camera, its IP66 rating means it should be able to withstand all manner of outdoor weather. The battery is good for three to six months on a charge, according to WiYA, a pretty wide range. How often you need to recharge probably depends on how often you access the live feed and how you’ve set motion-detection sensitivity.One definite highlight here is the free, unlimited rolling cloud storage, which keeps your videos for seven days. If there are paid tiers available as well, they’re not listed on the product page.All that being said, I’ve learned that most of these cameras are only as good as their software. The WiYA relies on an app called VPai Home, which has only a few user ratings (probably because it’s so new) for both its Android and iOS versions. Those ratings: mixed.Meanwhile, the camera itself currently has no Amazon customer reviews, again because it’s very new.Here’s my thinking: A visible outdoor security camera is almost certainly a theft deterrent. For not much more than the price of a “dummy” camera, you can get a real one that offers motion detection and free cloud storage. If the app turns out to be overly problematic, send the thing back.Your thoughts?Read more: The best smart-home security cameras for 2019Bonus deal: This is the $14 selfie stick I’m taking on vacationEnlarge ImageThis selfie stick does all the things for only $14. BlitzWolf My summer vacation is coming up, and I’m not going to make the same mistake as last year: Forgetting to pack a selfie stick. Make fun of me all you want, but I learned the hard way that my arms weren’t long enough to fit my family and the Colosseum into the frame.You can buy a cheapie stick for $5 to $10, but I’m going to make the argument for spending just a bit more on something like this — the BlitzWolf BW-BS3 selfie stick for $14.29 with promo code CNETBWBS3. Regular price: $21.99. (Note that if a seller other than BlitzWolf appears, or the code doesn’t work, that means it’s sold out.)See it at AmazonI own one of these. I like it because it doubles as a tripod: The feet fold right out from the base. Plus, there’s a removable, rechargeable Bluetooth remote for triggering the camera shutter.It feels solid, too, not cheap and flimsy like a lot of the, well, cheap and flimsy sticks out there. And it folds up to become about as compact as these things can get. (The phone holder cleverly “hugs” the base of the stick.)Trust me when I say you’ll quickly start to find this thing indispensable for vacations, weddings and other group-photo occasions.Bonus deal No. 2: A used Amazon Fire HD 8 32GB for $40This doesn’t quite rival Amazon’s Prime Day deal, but today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the used Fire HD 8 32GB (2018) tablet for $39.99. Shipping is free for Prime subscribers, $5 for everyone else. That’s about the lowest price I’ve seen on a 32GB model.See it at WootIndeed, the Fire HD 8 with 32GB sells new for $110; the 16GB model runs $80. The aforementioned Prime Day deal had the latter (briefly) for $28.These units are likely to have minor cosmetic blemishes on the casing, though the screens should be pristine, which I consider no big deal. However, if you prefer something that looks more like brand new, Amazon proper has the certified-refurbished Fire HD 8 16GB for $39.99. (It’s available in black or blue, but Woot’s deal is for the black version only.)Either way, you’re getting a 90-day warranty. Me, I say take the extra storage and hang the odd scuff or two. Your thoughts?
John McAfee has apparently gone missing. Screenshot by Sean Hollister/CNET John McAfee has apparently gone missing and is believed to have been detained by authorities, according to a series of tweets Tuesday from the Twitter account of the 2020 presidential candidate and maker of an “unhackable” cryptocurrency wallet. Operating McAfee’s Twitter account, his campaign manager Rob Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Loggia-Ramirez said data hidden across the world by McAfee will be revealed if he remains detained. The antivirus software pioneer has been on the run since 2012 after his alleged involvement in a murder in Belize, which he denies. McAfee last week tweeted his only “crime is not filing tax returns.” He claims the rest of the charges against him is “propaganda by the US government to silence me.” “I have good reason to suspect that John McAfee, @theemrsmcafee and other companions have been detained by authorities at their latest port of call,” Loggia-Ramirez tweeted on McAfee’s account Tuesday. “If John misses his next check-in, events will be set into motion that I cannot prevent once they have begun. John has secreted data with individuals across the world. I know neither their identities or locations. They will release their payloads if John goes missing.” Loggia-Ramirez told CNET he has no more information about the detainment, but that he and others are “employing every possible resource to locate him and secure his release.” “The bastards wouldn’t even give him a cigarette,” Loggia-Ramirez tweeted. The Twitter thread didn’t say when McAfee’s next check-in was scheduled. On July 19, McAfee had tweeted that the CIA “attempted to collect us.” “We are at sea now and will report more soon. I will continue to be dark for the next few days,” he tweeted with a picture of himself and his wife holding guns. On July 22, McAfee then tweeted about being at sea in rough weather for four and a half days. “Nearing port. All is well. Will be back in the saddle shortly,” he said. Loggia-Ramirez told CNET later Tuesday that he could not share the plans or timeline for the release of the secreted data across the world. “I can say that our response has been pre-coordinated in the event something like this happened, and it that has many moving pieces involving people unaware of each other,” he said in a private Twitter message. “John is not stupid.” Loggia-Ramirez sent three additional tweets from McAfee’s account later on Tuesday, thanking people for their support and emphasizing that this is not a stunt.”There are also some people that doubt the veracity of today’s report. That is fair enough and can be forgiven. But you will find you are mistaken – this is not a publicity stunt,” he tweeted. (2/4) I last spoke with John as his boat was being boarded. The situation was tense but controlled. Our conversation was cut short by authorities confiscating their phones. The bastards wouldn’t even give him a cigarette.— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 23, 2019 Share your voice Originally published July 23, 12:59 p.m. PT.Update, 4:16 p.m. PT: Adds further statement. Update, July 24: Adds additional tweets. More on John McAfee John McAfee running for US president on pro-cryptocurrency platform John McAfee has recruited ‘hundreds’ of masked look-alikes for his 2020 presidential bid John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ Bitcoin wallet is hackable, company admits Tags Comments Computers Software Security Applications (2/3) There are also some people that doubt the veracity of today’s report. That is fair enough and can be forgiven. But you will find you are mistaken – this is not a publicity stunt. #freemcafee –@loggiaonfire— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 23, 2019 5 Legal McAfee
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. Comments $6 at Tidal $999 Turo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile Mobile,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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It Comments 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. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon 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. MoviePass reportedly froze out subscribers and changed their passwords to keep them off the app. MoviePass MoviePass, the $10-a-month movie subscription service that once dominated the industry, has been hit with financial issues that essentially brought an end to the company as we knew it. It dealt with those issues in-part by changing some users’ passwords to keep them from ordering tickets, according to a Business Insider report this week. MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Because MoviePass’ business model essentially involved paying theaters the full price for customers’ tickets, the company was quickly losing money, according to the report. CEO Mitch Lowe reportedly became frustrated with subscribers who took advantage of the low monthly rate by going to the movies every day, and ordered the company to limit subscriber access before the April 2018 release of Avengers: Infinity War. Lowe called for the passwords for a “small percentage of power users be changed,” which would keep them from going into the MoviePass app and ordering tickets, according to Business Insider.By the end of July 2018, the company was losing around $40 million a month, and on July 26 it ran out of money to put on MoviePass cards, Business Insider says. To get things running again, Helios and Matheson reportedly borrowed $5 million in cash. To deal with the loss of money, MoviePass reportedly made Mission: Impossible – Fallout unavailable for subscribers and froze half of them out on opening weekend, former employees told Business Insider.MoviePass has been wrestling with financial obstacles in the last several months by curbing its offerings. Last year, it reduced its plan to three movies for $10 a month. The company brought back its $9.95 unlimited movie plan in March, albeit with restrictions, before suspending its service indefinitely last month. $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo Read Google Home Hub review $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express MoviePass manages to get more expensive and less useful Angela Lang/CNET $155 at Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 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. 21 $299 at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. Read the AirPods review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Now playing: Watch this: DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The Cheapskate 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. 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. 1:38 Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS Share your voice 7 Tags $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Sprint $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. See It 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. Share your voice Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. 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 at Turo $999 See at Amazon See it See It Best Buy
It’s official: Lenovo buys Motorola mobilityMotorolaMotorola has announced that the company has officially become a part of the Lenovo family.Under the deal, Lenovo will pay Google, the former owner of Motorola, a total amount of $2.91 billion dollars. The transaction will include 660 million worth cash and 750 million worth stock to be paid by Lenovo. The remaining money worth $1.5 billion will be paid to Google in three years.After the deal, Lenovo will handle the mobility device business part while Google will keep the patents portfolio.Lenovo, the prime laptop and PC manufacturer has not acquired that much of presence in the mobility segment in developed countries. On the other hand, Motorola is quite popular in those countries and is counted as one of the leading Android smartphone manufacturer. Their recent launches, Moto 360 Smartwatch, Moto G, Moto E, Moto X and Droid Turbo, are widely appreciated by the consumers. Even the latest, Nexus 6, the first smartphone featuring Android Lollipop OS is also made by Motorola.With raw Android experience, quick updates, great apps and awesome Google integration, Motorola has risen like a phoenix with good revenues and popularity.In the blog, Motorola mentioned: “We will continue to focus on pure Android experience and fast upgrades, and remain committed to developing technology to solve real consumer problems. And we will continue to develop mobile devices that bring people unprecedented choice, value and quality.”The acquisition of Motorola will add a huge amount of handset sales to Lenovo’s credit and they will hold a 8% share of the global smartphone market, which will lead them to the third best smartphone maker in the global sales, according to a report. Meanwhile, Motorola mobility alone has 5% share in the Indian smartphone market.Rick Osterloh, President and COO will still lead the operation of Motorola out of Chicago.”With an impressive portfolio of smartphones, wearables and PCs, our two companies will be uniquely positioned to push the boundaries of choice and value, and bring exciting new experiences to people everywhere,” Osterloh said.
With Infosys’ Q3 earnings beating the Street’s estimates, the focus now turns to Wipro results, which will be released on 18 January.While it is widely expected that Wipro — India’s third largest IT firm — will not be able to spring any surprise in its revenue growth for the December quarter, investors may look for impact of Chennai floods on its income.India’s third largest IT firm Wipro also gave a similar warning about its Q3 earnings following floods in Chennai. The company had said that increase in costs due to deployment of business continuity plans would impact revenues and operating margins for the quarter ended December 2015.The Bengaluru-based IT giant is expected to post a 0.5% growth in dollar revenue for the October-December quarter on a sequential basis, according to an analysts’ poll conducted by CNBC-TV18.Wipro’s dollar revenue stood at $1,831.9 million in the second quarter of the current fiscal year.In constant currency terms, dollar revenue is likely to come at around 1-1.2% against guidance of 0.5-2.5% ($1841-1878 million), due to Chennai floods’ impact witnessed in December last year.Wipro has a headcount of about 22,000 people in its facilities in Chennai.”Revenues from our IT Services business are expected to be in the previously communicated range of $1,841 million to $1,878 million; However, we expect revenues to be in the lower half of the guidance range,” the company had said in the statement.Analysts expect the acquisition of Designit to slightly contribute to Wipro’s revenues in the third quarter. Wipro had acquired Designit, a Denmark-based global strategic design firm, in July last year to improve its income from the emerging digital vertical.In rupee terms, Wipro’s Q3 revenue is expected to increase by 2.7% to Rs 12,371 crore compared to Rs 12,042.8 crore in the September quarter.However, a depreciation in rupee during the quarter is expected to partly offset the impact of Chennai floods on its margins.
Hamsa Moily’s book Homecoming-poems was released on Wednesday by politician and author Shashi Tharoor.The book which consists of a collection of 30 poems is published by Rupa Publications and includes a foreword by diplomat and successful littérateur Pavan Kumar Varma.The poems in the book speak about the mysteries of life and death; about love that is seamless and unconditional, about a yearning to turn a new leaf, a new life. These poems come from music through silences, which is nothingness, and from this nothingness these poems have arrived. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Commenting on the book, the minister of oils and gas, Veerappa Moily, father of Hamsa Moily said, ‘I am not here to talk about her book as a politician or a father, I speak from the perspective of an author. Hamsa’s poems reflect a certain purity which is rarely seen in the poems these days, her poems are devoid of the sense of self and pride which is very difficult for an author. I, myself have never been able to detach from my sense of self in my works.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe poet, on the occassion, read out two of her poems including the one titled, Homecoming from the book and said, ‘I have written these poems in 30 days. Enclosed within the four walls of my room, these poems arose from my loneliness, from nothingness, from silence.’Hamsa moily is a Bharatanatyam dancer and an experimental choreographer. She has acted in a Tamil film, Shringaram, based on the lives of Devadasis.She has recently choreographed a Hindi play for children, Kyun Kyun Ladki, inspired by Mahashweta Devi’s book by the same name, and an English play for children written by Rabindranath Tagore. She describes herself as a seeker and a practitioner of yoga. If you are a literature lover, grab a copy of the book soon.