Deloitte doubles paid parental leave for nonbirth parents

first_imgProfessional services firm Deloitte, which has more than 16,000 employees, has doubled its paid parental leave benefit for non-birth parents, offering four weeks of fully paid leave.The enhanced parental leave benefit, effective from 1 October 2019, enables any father, same-sex spouse or partner, civil partner or adoptive parent with at least 26 weeks of continuous service to take up to four weeks of paid leave. This can be taken in two blocks; one within the first 56 days of the baby’s birth, and the second at any time within the child’s first year.Previously, Deloitte offered two weeks of paid parental leave for non-birth parents, also known as paternity leave.The organisation has enhanced its leave for non-birth parents in order to reinforce its culture of supporting working parents.Deloitte has already improved the pay for shared parental leave in alignment with this goal; since the benefit was introduced in 2015, 200 employees have taken shared parental leave.Dimple Agarwal (pictured), managing partner for people and purpose, said: “We’ve listened to feedback and understand that an increasing number of non-birthing parents want the opportunity to be able to play a more active parenting role, both in those first weeks and longer term. However, take-up numbers for this leave is disappointingly low and we are very keen to change this.“This promise to our Deloitte families is all part of our commitment to inclusion, where we are creating an environment of respect, dignity and belonging for all. What’s more, we’ve increased flexibility as to when and how this leave can be taken as we recognise that when it comes to family commitments, one size doesn’t fit all.”last_img read more

911 call recording reveals moment carjacker took car with baby inside

first_img“Thank God for BSO,” Goodwin said. “I am so grateful. It could have been way worse. It really could have.”Police have not found the carjacker.If you have any information on this carjacker, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released a mother’s call for help after a man carjacked her car while her baby was in the backseat in Pompano Beach.Earlier this week, she spoke exclusively to 7News.“I was screaming like, ‘Oh, my baby’s gone! My car’s gone! My baby’s gone!’” she said. “Like, I didn’t know what to do. Bawling on the floor, crying, shaking.”According to police, her 1-year-old boy was in the backseat of her car when she was carjacked at a 7-Eleven gas station.“As soon as I got out of the car and walked up on to the step, all you hear is vroom,” Goodwin told 7News. “And the car is like gone.”Goodwin called 911 as the thief drove away with her baby.“Oh, my God! Someone just stole my car with the baby in the car!” she told the dispatcher. “He’s only 1 years old. He’s only 1.”“Is he in the car seat, in the back or the front?”“He was in the back of the seat. Oh, my God, where is my baby? Oh, my God!”Goodwin then endured 20 minutes of panic, until the car was found 20 minutes later, abandoned about two miles away from the convenience store with the toddler still strapped safely inside.Meanwhile, Goodwin was taken to the hospital for a panic attack. The father of 1-year-old Kayden said the baby didn’t even cry.“I was really relieved. He was great. He didn’t even cry,” Ronnie Cornish said. “BSO said that he didn’t cry until I actually got there.”Goodwin was grateful the dispatcher and BSO deputies were able to help her. center_img “Where did this happen, ma’am, where?” asked the operator.“I’m around the corner of 7-Eleven. Oh, my God! I was in the store for like less than a second, and I came outside and my car is gone.”Goodwin could be heard hyper-ventilating as the dispatcher tried to gather more information from her.“Oh my god, oh my god!” she’s heard saying frantically.“Ma’am, you need to calm down. What’s your name? You need to calm down, so I can help you, please.”“How can I calm down? My baby is gone.”“How old is the baby?” last_img read more

ISIS reportedly claims responsibility for Ohio State University attack

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSVN) — ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibly for the stabbing attack at Ohio State University that injured 11 people.The group said that a 28-year-old Somali-born man identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan was involved in the stabbing and was indeed an ISIS soldier.Officials said he was inspired by ISIS in the Ohio State attack. He allegedly made Facebook postings on Monday that referenced Al-Qaeda, Yemen and ISIS.There is no indication, authorities said, that he made contact with the group, however. Evidence points to the ordeal as a lone wolf attack. Officials are going through his computer and cell phone as well as speaking with his family and associates.Artan was a student who recently transferred to Ohio State. He wrote in a Facebook post that he had grown “sick and tired of seeing fellow Muslims killed and tortured,” according to Federal Law Enforcement officials.Ohio State police officials shot Artan after he failed to obey orders to stop. The shooting killed him and ended the attack.Classes resumed Tuesday at the university. last_img read more

Local rally held for fear of Airbnb rejection by Miami government

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. COCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Protesters have gathered at Miami City Hall, Monday morning, to demand an answer as to why the popular hospitality service Airbnb and their hosts are not prioritized over the Miami hotel industry.The local rally was held just after 10 a.m., and those hosts that attended sought an answer from Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia.According to reports, Regalado and Levine have sought to reject Airbnb in their cities, citing that the service disrupts residential living.“I think Airbnb is a platform that’s allowing middle class people to bridge the gap,” said Teresa Bajandas, an Airbnb host.The mayors held a news conference after the rally.“That’s the same argument that, for 40 years, elderly residents from Little Havana, Allapattah and Flagami have been saying about ‘illegal units,’” said Regalado. “You close your garage and you rent to your aunt or to your cousin and the city will go after you.”Regalado added that if he allows Airbnb to be anywhere, he has to allow anyone to have a rental unit. “This Thursday, we will be presenting to the City Commission an ordinance that reaffirms that the zoning code of the City of Miami, Miami21, prohibits any kind of commercial activity in the residential areas,” Regalado said.During the news conference, Levine said that the current $20,000 fine for illegally renting out a unit on Miami Beach is something he would like to see raised. “We’ve increased our fines dramatically, and we’re doing everything in our power to make sure if we have any semblance of proof, and our folks can go after them. We’re cracking down hard,” he said.In an open letter to both Regalado and Levine, the Greater Miami Airbnb Host Community said:The typical Airbnb hosts in Miami-Dade earn about $6,000 annually from sharing our homes. We use that valuable income to pay our mortgages and better afford to live in an increasingly expensive region. Please consider changing your stances and instead pursuing clear, fair rules that work for all of South Florida.Bajandas said rejecting Airbnb in Miami will hurt her’s and others’ bottom line. “Both my husband and I are retirees,” said Bajandas. “Should we not have this opportunity, we would lose the house. We wouldn’t be able to afford living in Miami.”This pushback comes after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez was reportedly close to endorsing an agreement with Airbnb to sanction the service, allowing renters to pay lodging taxes to the county.The Airbnb issue will be addressed again Thursday during a City Commission meeting and then later in March with the county. last_img read more

Crews working on Metrorail train car after partial derailment in NW MiamiDade

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews are working to re-rail a Metrorail train car less than a day after it partially derailed between stations in Northwest Miami-Dade, leaving 30 people stranded.7News cameras captured crews using a crane to lift the car onto the rails near Northwest 41st Street and 23rd Avenue, Saturday afternoon.The train was leaving from the Miami International Airport on Friday evening when, passengers said, they heard a loud noise.Transit officials said the train was transitioning tracks when it hit a concrete barrier east of the Earlington Heights Station.Twenty-eight commuters and two employees were stuck for about an hour before crews arrived.No one was hurt.The cause of the partial derailment is still under investigation. last_img read more

KSRM Week In Review 12111215

first_imgDivision Of Elections Keeps Seaton On Republican Primary Ballot, Sterling Intentional Community Answers The Toughest Question For Family Of Disabled, Doctors Warn To Take Flu Seriously This SeasonAudio PlayerDorene-Monday-1.mp3VmDorene-Monday-1.mp300:00RPd Thursday 12/14Soldotna Regional Sports Complex Expansion Plan Expected Early 2018Audio PlayerJennifer-Thursday-1214.mp3VmJennifer-Thursday-1214.mp300:00RPdOfficer Named In Anchor Point Trooper Involved Shooting Incident, SPD Received Grant For New Portable Radios, Sen. Giessel Presents Workers Comp Bill To Joint Chamber Monday 12/11Anchor Point Ospina Shot After Pointing Rifle At Troopers Tuesday 12/12Annexation Public Engagement Report Shows Strong Opposition From ParticipantsAudio PlayerJennifer-on-Tuesday-1212.mp3VmJennifer-on-Tuesday-1212.mp300:00RPdMan Arrested For Breaking Into Girls Locker Room At KCHS, Three Friends Dog Park Receives Donations For Benches, Soldotna To Look At 45 Day Extension To Marijuana Moratorium Wednesday 12/13Trump Inks Huge Increase In Military AppropriationsCommercial Cod Fishery Catch Drops 80% After Blob Attack, Resources Available To Help Mitigate Expected DV Holiday SpikeAudio PlayerDorene-Wednesday-2.mp3VmDorene-Wednesday-2.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Friday 12/15ANWR Opener Stays In Tax Cuts And Job Acts BillWalker Proposes 1.5% Payroll Tax To Cover State’s Deferred Maintenance, Minimum Wage Set To Increase To $9.84Audio PlayerDorene-friday-2.mp3VmDorene-friday-2.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Family Arrested In Ohio Killings Found On The Kenai

first_imgThe four were named as George “Billy” Wagner III; Angela Wagner; and their sons George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner.Last year, the family moved to the Central Kenai Peninsula and purchased trailers on a private property. The arrests are the culmination of a massive investigative effort since seven adults and 16-year-old boy were found dead in 2016 at four homes near Piketon. A message was left with a lawyer who has been representing the Wagners in the investigation. An attorney has said previously the family cooperated with investigators.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Investigators in Ohio have arrested four former Ohio residents as part of the investigation in the unsolved slaying of eight family members in 2016.last_img

KPBSD Students In Transition Program Gifted 600 In Food Cards

first_imgThe food cards will go towards supporting the nutritional needs of local homeless students in the SIT Program, according to KPBSD. These students range from pre-kindergarten to the 12th grade and are in every community within the school district. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Job Center and Office of Public Assistance employees gifted the Kenai Peninsula Borough Students in Transition Program $600 worth of food cards. KPBSD has reported an increase in students who lack a permanent, stable, and adequate place to sleep at night. The district anticipates serving over 100 students who are homeless this year; already over 50 students are enrolled.center_img The ‘Students in Transition Program for Homeless Children and Youth‘ program provides services and support for those students. Everyone – from the teachers to the front desk – communicate because at the end of the day it’s about “helping students be the best they can be.” KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “We try to identify students that need extra support as soon as possible. Last year at this time we had approximately 20 students identified as homeless, and this year we are already over 50.” last_img read more

Michael Wolff Named Editorial Director of Adweek Media

first_imgTrouble or not, e5 has at the very least secured impressive media buzz from the Min and Wolff appointments, not to mention Beckman himself, who left a president and chief executive post at Condé Nast’s Fairchild Fashion Group in January to head up e5.e5 Global Media, backed by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, bought the Adweek Media Group titles, along with The Hollywood Reporter and four other brands from Nielsen Business Media in late 2009. Michael Wolff, Newser founder and Vanity Fair columnist, has been named editorial director of Adweek Media, a group of trade magazines including Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek owned by e5 Global Media. Wolff is the second high-profile appointment since e5 CEO Richard Beckman hired Janice Min as editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. Wolff [pictured] is known for his aggressive take on the media business and it appears that this sensibility was key to his appointment and one he will continue to exploit. Beckman told the New York Times that Wolff is “…controversial. Which is good. If you want to make an omelet you have to break some eggs.”Likewise, Wolff said of his hire that he plans on having a lot of fun covering the media business and that he wants to “make some trouble.”last_img read more

MPA Hires New Head of Research

first_imgThe Association of Magazine Media has hired a new market research head. Anthony Sarcone will be the association’s senior vice president of marketing initiatives and insight, reporting directly to president and CEO Mary Berner.Sarcone will be leading MPA‘s research initiatives as they relate to showing how magazine media can influence branding and culture.Also under Sarcone’s watch will be PIB, of which he’ll be president. Sarcone was most recently owner and partner of Solveris Marketing Communications. He’s also held marketing director positions at Bon Appétit and Condé Nast’s bridal group. Sarcone joins just as Berner has been touting magazine brands as a cross-platform media opportunity for marketers, simultaneously pushing the power of print, but also the overall impact magazines can have digitally as well.Accordingly, the MPA is looking for new ways to report market information—print is only one part of a larger story, after all. In April, Berner told FOLIO: that PIB reporting is evolving and the MPA is examining ways to broaden its traditional print advertising metrics to digital. “We’re very focused on trying to expand PIB measurement to include all of the digital advertising as well. We should have that in the next several months,” she said.Berner didn’t offer any more details in light of Sarcone’s appointment, but the intention is clear. “I hired Tony because he is a very experienced research and marketing executive, and we look to his considerable talents to help lead our efforts in establishing and communicating metrics that more accurately represent the reach and effectiveness of Magazine Media,” she says.last_img read more

Air Force Sticks with JLL for Real Estate Services Contract

first_imgJLL’s Public Institutions Group has won a five-year, $88 million contract for real estate portfolio advisory services for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s privatized projects, continuing the portfolio advisory support the firm has provided to the Air Force since 2001.Under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, JLL will support housing privatization efforts, enhanced use leasing (EUL) transactions, value-based transactions, real estate and environmental issues related to BRAC, and other real estate transactions and privatized programs.“We have had the honor of working with the Air Force to optimize its real estate assets, housing privatization and utilities privatization efforts across the U.S. for over 14 years,” said John Leineweber, managing director for JLL, who will oversee the Air Force Public Institutions team.“Our team’s hands-on experience in all facets of public and private real estate finance, operations, construction and development will help us bring the best solutions to accomplish the Air Force’s goals of sound financial management, long-term viability, maximized consideration and reduced liability,” Leineweber said.The Air Force’s portfolio of privatized assets currently includes more than 53,000 housing units and nine active EUL projects. JLL formerly was known as Jones Lang LaSalle. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Keeping KPop Competitive The Continued Success Of Monsta X

first_img Twitter On Nov. 30 in Los Angeles, Monsta X will be closing the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on the main stage, the first K-pop group to perform at a Jingle Ball. Their English-only version of “Shoot Out” describing a toxic love promises to convert new audiences to Korean pop as they continue the tour to San Francisco on Dec. 1, Minneapolis on Dec. 3, Boston on Dec. 4, and finally Philadelphia on Dec. 5.As performers, Monsta X is not a substitute or an alternative for other bands — they succeed at doing their own thing. The mounting following for Korean pop and other cross-Pacific pop music in the U.S. is being won over by recordings and performances, and Monsta X has not let up.Monsta X Bring The Beat With “Jealousy,” Plan U.S. Summer TourRead more Monsta X Heat Up The K-Pop Competition keeping-k-pop-competitive-continued-success-monsta-x News Keeping K-Pop Competitive: The Continued Success Of Monsta X As the K-Pop group’s latest single, “Shoot Out,” tells a dark tale of toxic romance, Monsta X keep up the pressure for American audiences to fall in love with K-popPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2018 – 3:24 pm With charm, swagger and style of their own, Monsta X toured the U.S. summer 2018, is returning to tour the U.S., and their latest release, Take.1:Are You There?, reached No. 24 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart for Nov. 3, 2018. Showing why there is room for more than BTS in American audiences’ discovery of Korean pop music, Monsta X is also on main stage closing out shows for five stops on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour, Nov. 30 through Dec. 5.For the first time in the band’s very bilingual history, a version of their lead single “Shoot Out” has also been released completely in English. To separate the commercial competition from the cultural contributions of many K-pop artists, the fun they have with the English lyrics also has a fresh style all their own. The K-Pop wave reflects America back at us in its art, fusing its own aesthetic with the influence of U.S. music and culture as a growing number of Korean artists deliver pop songs that earn a loyal American following.A rave review of their Los Angeles show in Orange County’s OC Weekly from Aug. 2018 praised their sexiness and even greatness. Their summer U.S. tour was called “The Connect,” emphasizing the group’s connection to the diversity of their fans, an enthusiastic and growing base. As evidence of the success and resonance of their music and message, those U.S. dates all sold out. Facebook https://twitter.com/OfficialMonstaX/status/1062663028720553984 Email last_img read more

MISSING CAT Have You Seen Stella

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CAT: Have You Seen Mic?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Lakshmi?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Loki?In “Missing Pets” WILMINGTON, MA — Stella, a female Bengal cat, has been missing from the Royal Street/Salem Street area since Wednesday, August 22. If seen, please call 781-420-0678.Stella(NOTE: The above information & photo was shared by the Wilmington Animal Control Officer.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img

Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Invitations To BidMackinac Island and Chicago Trip — Deadline: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 2pmAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

Tumblr porn ban goes into effect puppy photos caught in sweep

first_imgTumblr’s ban on adult content went into effect Monday, and it didn’t take long for users to bare their naked thoughts on the move.The blogging platform announced the change Dec. 3 in a post titled “A better, more positive Tumblr.” On Monday, a new post apologized for what the site admitted has “not been an easy transition.” Flagged content will be hidden, not deleted, the site reported.”Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, specifically sculptures and illustrations, is also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr,” the post says. “Although, photorealistic imagery or photography – images, videos, or GIFs — with real humans that include exposed genitals or female-presenting (yeah, we know you hate this term) nipples or depict sex acts is not allowed per our guidelines.”Breastfeeding and nudity in art are still OK to post.  Users quickly found flaws in Tumblr’s implementation of the ban. Some found tricks to get around the flagging process, others saw legitimate content hidden.Asked for comment, Tumblr referred CNET back to the Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 posts, as well as the site’s posted updates to its community guidelines. Tags Images Tumblr users said were incorrectly hidden include:Photos of cats, birds and rocks: Things that were flagged on @tumblr: -Smoke art-BNHA fanart-A field of flowers-woman in cosplay-leather boots-men kissing-A puppy-Fat sphinx catThings that weren’t flagged: -75% of the nsfw content on my side blog-Bots-Literal NAZISFIX YOUR SHIT TUMBLR.#TumblrLogOff— Snow F. (@SnowySpaceship) December 17, 2018 A pixelated Pokemon: FREE THE FEMALE PRESENTING NIPPLE #tumblrprotest pic.twitter.com/u90s08qiXc— bukkake bitch (@bipolarhippy) December 14, 2018 Post a comment #tumblrprotest if you are boycotting tomorrow make sure to pass the plan around pic.twitter.com/4pXpsp23RK— Angharad Griffiths (@Angiepose) December 16, 2018 Too late. You blew it #TumblrIsDeadParty #nsfw #tumblrpurge pic.twitter.com/PagEG2QOIr— xstumbl (@xstumbl) December 12, 2018 I’m doing #TumblrLogOff because their idiotic algorithm thought a text post with a single pixelated pokemon was NSFW. Thanks @tumblr, your already nigh-unusable site just got worse!— Duke (@laangdons) December 17, 2018 Anyways tumblr is dead to me because they flagged these set of pictures pic.twitter.com/eqjED9mVTH— 🌙 litchi 🌙 (@suicunepng) December 16, 2018 This cosplay tutorial: In a fairly meta move, some people posted their Tumblr issues on Tumblr itself.Although the ban may have been well-intentioned, many users clearly disagreed with how it was implemented. #Tumblr how’s this for female presenting nipples #tumblrlogoff pic.twitter.com/PRNm2eoTiv— Momo (@AS_Flow_MoMo) December 17, 2018 I’m officially off #Tumblr for the next 24hrs in protest of their new policy changes that do nothing to stop porn bots & child predators but do harm artists, gamers, social justice blogs, body positivy blogs & many others #TumblrLogOff— LevelUpLynn 🦄 (@LevelUpLynn) December 17, 2018 hey @tumblr maybe you might want to listen to the people using your site, and actually ban literal nazis and pedophiles instead of “female-presenting nipples” and content you’ve deemed “nsfw” (how the fuck is my aesthetic picture of a pool nsfw?) #tumblrprotest #tumblrpurge— december chrimms time babeys 🙂 (@AgentAngelace) December 17, 2018 0 Today, we mourn the loss of female presenting nipples, but celebrate their legacy.. #tumblr— 🧛🏻‍♀️Nicole Maines🧛🏻‍♀️ (@NicoleAMaines) December 17, 2018 “…female-presenting (yeah, we know you hate the term) nipples…”……well that doesn’t sound patronizing at all…. #TumblrLogOff #Tumblr https://t.co/E4mHjR4ulj— RecordRewind (@record_rewind) December 17, 2018 And even Tumblr’s own post announcing the ban: A photo of a pool: First published Dec. 17, 11:18 a.m. PT.  Update, Dec. 17 at 11:57 a.m. PT: Adds response from Tumblr.Update, Dec, 17 at 12:17 p.m. PT: Adds Tumblr user posts relating to ban. Prudishness aside, can we address the hyphen? It implies the nipples are presenting the females.— Sad Lieutenant (@unocajone) December 17, 2018 An ancient Egyptian tomb:center_img maybe the real female-presenting nipples were the friends we met along the way pic.twitter.com/UdyMRZoCzV— Animated Text (@animatedtext) December 10, 2018 not the best look for tumblr to try cutesily distancing itself from “female-presenting nipples” while actually doubling down on it pic.twitter.com/nCQnHLLUgC— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) December 17, 2018 A man’s chest, but not when next to an owl: A sleepy penguin: #Tumblr just flagged as “adult” this post I published relative to the recent archaeological discovery in Egypt … pic.twitter.com/nqARBqEcMf— bittenapple (@bittenapple) December 16, 2018 YOU FLAGGED A PICTURE OF MISTER ROGERS AND A MAILMAN!That is all. #TumblrProtest— Kaylee Fuhr (@KayleeFuhr) December 17, 2018 The term “female-presenting nipples,” mentioned in the Tumblr post about images that aren’t allowed, came in for special ridicule from users, especially for the way the site acknowledged the term was problematic. the problem isn’t that We Hate That Term;), although it’s stupid and we do, it’s that the whole idea that the female body is inherently sexual is Fucked Up And Bad, yall— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) December 17, 2018 Hashtags including #TumblrLogOff, #TumblrPurge, #TumblrIsDeadParty and #TumblrProtest objected to the way the changes were being implemented, and some urged users to stay off the site for 24 hours in protest. My most popular #cosplay tutorial was flagged on Tumblr as inappropriate… What are they smoking over there? pic.twitter.com/OpgWOTQRoN— Quinn-tessential (@HorrorShadows) December 17, 2018 #tumblr #tumblrisdeadparty”We did it! We fixed our site by deleting all the porn!” pic.twitter.com/fu8fmkZ3eV— Takashi Shirogane (@Starry_Paladin) December 3, 2018 Signed out of @Tumblr for 24 hours. If they’re going to crash and sink their own ship, might as well make it go ALL THE WAY DOWN. #TumblrIsDeadParty— Merry Impmas (@ImperfectXIII) December 17, 2018 So here’s something. Users are testing the limits of Tumblr’s new algorithm that flags adult content (aka “censorbot”). This one found that a man’s chest was flagged, but a man’s chest next a 50% scale owl went unnoticed. Things seem to be going greathttps://t.co/FU1MudA0K9 pic.twitter.com/Tmm0JyPWJC— Chappell Ellison ٩( ᐛ )و✎ (@ChappellTracker) December 7, 2018 #tumblrpurge remember when THEIR OWN POST ANNOUNCING THE BAN WAS FLAGGEDYeahThe only people arguing that #tumblr staff know what theyre doing is the staff themselves #tumblrban #tumblrpurge #tumblrboycott pic.twitter.com/o8sAlcIP2r— Team True Alpha ⭕️ (@VOlDlAS) December 17, 2018 Share your voice Mister Rogers and a mailman (was it Mr. “Speedy Delivery” McFeely?): Pictures of my cat and photos of birds and rocks got flagged but i still had to block four porn bots yesterday #TumblrIsDeadParty #Tumblr— European Gay Disaster Girl (@kissesgrell) December 17, 2018 The items on this list, which includes “a puppy” and “leather boots”: tumblr users: “hey guys, if you could do something about the pedophiles, porn bots, and white supremacists, that would be great.”tumblr staff: “ban the female nipple but let the nazis stay. got it. 👌”users: “no, that’s not what–”staff: “w e g o t i t 👌👌👌”#TumblrLogOff— beam me up, guy (@cali4niaenglsh) December 17, 2018 this just in: porn bots on tumblr are evading being flagged/taken down by just straight up tagging their sexy posts as ‘SFW’ and it workslike, this is some Looney Tunes shit 2018 pic.twitter.com/JdnP8aoMcL— Girls and Gay (@InsomniaArrest) December 11, 2018 Online Pornography Tumblrlast_img read more

Sandbox VRs new Amber Sky 2088 is great scifi fun

first_img Video Games Comment 1 Do the robot! Sandbox VR Want to save the world as a robot hero alongside your friends? Sandbox VR’s new Amber Sky 2088 is here to make it happen.Working with your buddies in a team of four or six, you’re thrust into a world under attack by aliens as part of a robot squad out to save the planet from destruction. The 30-minute experience is mostly on rails, you’ll still get to roam around and blast aliens attacking from all directions.The game starts in New Hong Kong and has you escorting a package up the “Beanstalk” space elevator. You’re treated to an amazing view as you lift up to a sub-orbital station thanks to the game’s stunning graphics. And as the story progresses, you learn that the Beanstalk you’re on is the only one left.You play as either an attacker or defender. Attackers’ rifles have a special flamethrower secondary ability, while defenders get a shield to deflect attacks — they can toss it like Captain America to kill marauding alien monsters.screenshot-2019-01-22-at-16-43-02Defender robots can toss their shields like Captain America (and it’s super fun to do so). Sandbox VR Like other Sandbox VR games, the haptic vest helps add immersion, and lets you know when you’re being attacked. While you’re mostly standing on a platform in the game, you can move around that small space, helping your team fend off attacks from all directions (including above you). Other environment tricks include using fans to simulate explosion breezes, which helped sell the immersion.There are also epic boss fights that require you to dodge mega lasers or die in one hit. Some monsters attack with plasma orbs that defenders have to block, meanwhile attackers can use flamethrowers to burn eggs that hatch baby aliens. And, similar to the Alien movies, those hatched alien babies like to jump on your chest.img-3284VR games can be a ton of fun with a group of friends.  Aloysius Low/CNET Last time I played a Sandbox VR game, I killed the zombies of Deadwood Mansion alongside experienced gamers. This time around I brought newbies to see if they could do as well. Surprisingly, they did — but not without plenty of deaths. Fortunately you can revive a buddy by touching their shoulder.Still, my team had fun. That was a relief because I wasn’t sure how they’d take to VR, having never tried it before. But the session ended with big smiles and everyone wanted to try more games, so it appears that VR gaming has gained more converts.Sandbox VR’s rep told me that there are plans for more games coming this year, and they should rolling out to official Sandbox VR stores around the world, though franchises may not see the new game any time soon. If you’re keen, you can check out the Sandbox VR stores located around the world in Los Angeles, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. A 30-minute session costs around S$32 (about $23, £20 or AU$35) per person.VR in 2019: Five years in, is it just a dream gathering dust?VR’s missing link: You likely haven’t bought a VR headset yet and it’s beginning to show. center_img Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

Apple reportedly agrees to pay France nearly 600M in back taxes

first_imgFrance has millions in back taxes coming to it from Apple. Chesnot / Getty Images Apple reached a deal with French authorities to back-pay 500 million euros ($571 million) in taxes, reports said.The Cupertino, California, company’s French branch confirmed the tax agreement to Reuters on Tuesday, without revealing how much it would pay.However, French magazine L’Express reported the sum and noted that the deal was made at the end of December. See it $59 at eBay Sprint 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple reading • Apple reportedly agrees to pay France nearly $600M in back taxes $60 at Best Buy 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. 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. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 7 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 3 Tags Sarah Tew/CNET EU: Apple, you owe $14.5 billion in taxes Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tags Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Turo Apple,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. In December, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said his country would start taxing tech giants at a national level if European Union countries couldn’t agree on a joint tax on digital revenues. Last May, Apple handed over the first billion in a $15 billion Irish tax fine ordered by the EU in 2016.Neither Apple nor the French tax authorities immediately responded to requests for comment. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Angela Lang/CNET See at Amazon Rylo Read Google Home Hub review 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.center_img Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today 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. Share your voice Comments • $210 at Best Buy See at Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Comments $999 See All Read the AirPods review 1:58 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. $999 $520 at HP 48 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The Cheapskate $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Boost Mobile See It Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. $6 at Tidal 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. $155 at Google Express Tech Industry Politics Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Amazonlast_img read more

Wikileaks may bring Trumps latest crisis The 359 Ep 526

first_img Read Google Home Hub review Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher Read the Rylo camera preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. 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. $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. See It Sprint $6 at Tidal 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. Amazon 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Comments Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It See at Turo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags 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. 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). Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET On this podcast, we talk about: New reports that President Donald Trump may have known about Wikileaks’ 2016 dump of Democrats’ hacked emailsA new task force at the Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize Silicon ValleyThe lifting of the last constraint on AT&T’s takeover of HBO parent Time Warner The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Wikileaks may bring Trump’s latest crisis (The 3:59, Ep. 526) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $520 at HP 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. $155 at Google Express $999 Politics Security Mobile Read the AirPods review $60 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET $299 at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. Apple iPhone XS Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The Daily Charge Turo $999 The Cheapskate See it 7 $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Time Warner AT&T WikiLeaks Donald Trump FTC,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. Boost Mobile 2 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Your browser does not support the audio element. $210 at Best Buy Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET See at Amazonlast_img read more

Mothers Day gifts for the Mom whos got game

first_img May 15 • Best gifts for grads from $100 to $250 CNET’s Mother’s Day gift guideThese are our favorite gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Cool cheap gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Mother’s Day gifts under $50Best Mother’s Day gifts from $100 to $250Mother’s Day gifts to get her streaming with ease, starting at $30Mother’s Day gift ideas for health nuts and fitness buffsBest Mother’s Day gifts for foodie momsMother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got gameThoughtful gifts for every kind of momMother’s Day gifts for moms who love coffee (Chowhound)CNET’s Mother’s Day gift hub Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice reading • Mother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got game James Martin/CNET For the budget-conscious mom: Dell G5 15, Aukey KM-G6 keyboard, Logitech G300s mouse See at HP Read full review Read full review Tags Sarah Tew/CNET For the unconventional mom: Roccat Kova ambidextrous mouse, Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller Read full review When mom’s in that demon-killing mood, she should be able to frag with the best of them. Help her overcome the annoyance of gaming in a world designed around right-handed people or the frustration of using mainstream game controllers. Like the Logitech G300s mentioned above, the Roccat Kova (see at Amazon) is an ambidextrous mouse that feels responsive and comfortable in women’s smaller hands, comes in a snazzy white and costs less than $40. For more challenging input issues, Microsoft’s $100 Xbox Adaptive Controller maps all the typical controller functions to a design which requires less coordination to operate. While it works with an Xbox console, it also works with PC games. Sarah Tew/CNET They may thrive on the gore of a slash-and-hack, but some will still shudder when they see the unsightly cables that enable their zombie-killing sprees. For the mom who likes an uncluttered gaming space, Logitech’s sub-$100 each wireless mouse and mechanical keyboard (see at Amazon) play way above their price. And the $120 HyperX Cloud Flight (see at Amazon) is one of the lightest, most comfortable headsets you can find, but with sufficient battery life to make it through the war. See at Dell 31 Photos See All May 17 • Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day For the mobile-gaming mom: Nintendo Switch, Steelseries Stratus Duo or Nimbus controllers When mom goes on the road for work, the Zenbook (see at Amazon) and Spectre are a couple of laptops she’ll feel comfortable pulling out in a meeting but still will let her play some lightweight games in a hotel room at night. Both have a little more graphics oomph than a typical thin-and-light notebook, enough to power a platformer, puzzler or 8-bit adventure. The convertible Spectre is convenient for gaming at bedtime: Just flip it into the tent position, connect the controller and she can Gris until her eyes close. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET If “why did you spend so much on me?” is a familiar refrain, reassure mom that you didn’t with one these cheap-for-their kind presents. The 15-inch Dell G5 is one of the best budget gaming laptops we’ve tested — and the design doesn’t scream “I game!” — and it starts at only $900. Not a cheap gift, but a great value. If your budget only stretches to accessories, the Aukey KM-G6 (see at Amazon) is a terrific-feeling mechanical keyboard (I’m typing on it right now) with RGB lighting that costs less than $35. The Logitech G300s (see at Amazon) is a highly rated wired mouse for only $20 that’s good for the righty or lefty mom. See at Razer Asus HP Logitech Razer Nintendo If mom’s snatching moments here and there to indulge her gaming, get her a console she can carry: the Nintendo Switch. If that’s too expensive a gift ($300), a controller designed to work with her phone is a lot more affordable and still gives her an edge when jumping into a quick battle royale while carpooling. The Steelseries Nimbus (see at Amazon)  is a good choice if she uses an iPhone, while the Stratus Duo (see at Amazon) goes with her Galaxy — or any other Android phone or Windows PC.  For the cool mom: Anything Razer Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Thoughtful gifts for every kind of mom Read preview Instead of eyeing that Apple Watch for Mother’s Day, give her something that will really get her heart pumping instead of just tracking it. She may not have as much time as she used to for gaming, but you can make it more fun by equipping her for those days when she can grab a few stolen hours to beat back a demon incursion or even let her join your squad in battle.At a loss as to what mom might like? Here are some suggestions to get you started, no matter how little — or how much — you want to spend. Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Post a comment James Martin/CNET Laptops Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Desktops For the cables-be-gone mom: Logitech Lightspeed G903 mouse, G613 keyboard and HyperX Cloud Flight headset May 12 • Mothers Day 2019: How not to piss off your mom this year May 24 • Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 Razer’s gaming gear is almost uniformly great, if pricey, and doesn’t go overboard on the gaming bling. Mom would be proud to tote one of the company’s laptops into a board meeting, and the accessories can be as tasteful as she wants — or even pink, if that’s how she rolls. There’s also a Mercury White model of the Blade 15. And the laptops are fast, despite being thin and relatively light, so they’re up for accompanying Lara Croft on her latest adventure. See at Best Buy 0 • For the traveling mom: Asus Zenbook 15, HP Spectre 15 x360 See at Microsoft Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Read full reviewlast_img read more

Computex 2019 Every announcement you need to know

first_img Intel’s stunning Twin Rivers and Honeycomb Glacier concept laptops reading • Computex 2019: Every announcement you need to know Next week the tech world will converge in San Francisco for WWDC, Apple’s conference on all things iOS and Mac. But for the past week in Taipei, Taiwan for Computex, we’ve gotten a glimpse into the future of Windows PCs and laptops.The big, long-term takeaway is that single-screen laptops are possibly a thing of the past — or dual-screen laptops are going to be the tech industry’s next spectacular gimmick. Either way, there will be many multiple-screen devices in our future.The chip business is also, ahem, heating up. AMD had a buzz-creating showing at Computex, while Intel introduced its 10th-generation Ice Lake CPUs, among other big announcements. Qualcomm, meanwhile, promises 5G laptops in the not-too-distant future, and Nvidia is expanding its graphics card line to better accomodate creatives.And then there were the cases. Oh, the cases. Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know. 17 Photos See All The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 9 Photos Now playing: Watch this: And that’s just the beginning, Intel saysAs nifty as Asus’ ZenBook Pro Duo looks, it could be just the first step to a dual-screen future. Intel at Computex showed off two concept laptops, Twin Rivers and Honeycomb Glacier, to demonstrate what it thinks our laptops will look like in the coming years. (Remember, Intel doesn’t make computers, just computer parts, so these are just demonstrations to show what can be made off the back of Intel tech.)Twin Rivers is Intel’s take on thin-and-light, ultra-portable laptops. It’s a dual 12.3-inch display setup, where the bottom screen has an onscreen keyboard, like one you’d find on a tablet. However, this concept also comes with a physical Bluetooth keyboard that fits perfectly atop the virtual one for use in long sessions. Then there’s Honeycomb Glacier. It’s a gaming rig, with a 17.3-inch main display and a 12.3-inch secondary screen. It’s similar to the ZenBook Pro Duo, except that it has an ergonomic lift that lets you game with less shoulder-hunching action. Tags May 29 • The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 23 Photos 1 Asus doubles down on dual displaysAsus unveiled the ZenBook Pro 15 at last year’s show. Its star feature was the ScreenPad, a phone-sized second screen that functioned as the laptop’s trackpad. One year later, Asus’ ZenBook Pro Duo became Computex 2019’s star product.In addition to its 15-inch 4K main display, the ZenBook Pro Duo has a 14-inch screen above its keyboard. It’s the same length and resolution as the top screen, but about half as deep. It can serve two different functions: you can either use it as an extension of the main stream, so for instance your Facebook feed will flow from one screen down to the second, or as a completely separate display.The latter option allows you to run three programs on the bottom screen. So, you may be doing your work on the main display and have Spotify, Facebook Messenger and Netflix open on the bottom three. (In which case, you’re probably not getting much work done.)Apart from that, it’s an impressively spec’d high-end laptop. It can be configured with up to an Intel Core i9 CPU and an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU. There’s also a less expensive version, the ZenBook Duo, that goes up to a Core i7 and an Nvidia MX250 card. The sacrifice here is weight: It’s not chunky like a gaming laptop, but it’s not a thin-and-light device either. Asus is calling the big second screen a ScreenPad Plus. The regular ScreenPad in last year’s ZenBook Pro 15, now called the ScreenPad 2 thanks to improvements in responsiveness and functionality, will be ported to Asus’ less expensive ZenBook line and its less expensive still VivoBook S range. May 29 • The laptops of tomorrow will make us even more productive — and it’s terrifying Share your voice • Computex 2019 Laptops Gaming Asus ZenBook Pro Duo foreshadows our multiscreen future Alienware m15, m17 get a bold new look 2:17 But Intel had a strong showing at Computex, too. Apart from the dazzling concepts shown above, Intel’s two main announcements were its 10th-gen Ice Lake CPUs and Project Athena.While AMD focused on benchmark comparisons, Intel promised tangible quality-of-life improvements. Laptops with its Ice Lake chips will be even thinner than already lithe devices like the Dell XPS and HP Envy and their battery life will be improved, too. I was personally most impressed by Ice Lake’s gaming chops: Intel showed an Ice Lake-powered laptop running Destiny 2 on integrated graphics alone, without any discrete GPU.Project Athena, meanwhile, is a new class of laptop. To get the Athena stamp of approval, companies like Asus, Lenovo and Dell need to make laptops that hit certain criteria. These include the ability to wake up within a second, achieve 9 hours of “real-world battery life” and more. Project Athena laptops will hit the market by the end of the year, Intel says.Qualcomm made a similar pitch. Just as its parts power the 5G phones from Samsung, LG and Nokia, the American company wants to fuel the 5G laptop revolution. It says we’ll soon have laptops that are internet connected at all times and location aware — in addition to the usual promises of svelter designs and longer battery lives.Nvidia unveiled RTX Studio, which are laptops powered by its new Quadros RTX GPUs. These graphics cards have similar power to the new RTX GeForce cards (that is to say, a lot), but have much more memory. A high-end GeForce GPU will have 8GB of memory, for instance, while Quadro cards can double that. The average Joe won’t need that boost, but for creatives who work with 3D rendering and high-resolution video editing (think 4K, 6K and 8K), it makes a huge difference.And finally, UK-based Arm announced its Cortex-A77 chip, which it promises will make high-end Android phones 20% faster in 2020.The laptops of ComputexThe Asus ZenBook Pro Duo was the most attention-grabbing laptop at Computex, but it wasn’t the only one worth your attention. Dell pushed meaningful updates to both its premium productivity laptop, the XPS, and its premium gaming laptop, the Alienware m. The XPS 15 gets OLED displays for the first time, as well as Intel’s Ice Lake CPU, Nvidia’s GTX 1650 and 64GB of RAM. The Alienware m15 and m17 laptops got significant facelifts, and the latter can now be configured with a 244Hz display. By the way, if you prefer hulking gaming laptops over thin-and-light-but-less-powerful ones, check out MSI’s newest Titan. It has an RTX 2080 — no Max-Q tweaking needed. The most futuristic feature of this laptop, however, is eye tracking. In the demo we saw the laptop had four windows open, one on the main screen and three on the bottom one. The laptop tracked the demonstrator’s eyes and put him in control at whatever window he was looking at, distinguishing even between the three on the bottom screen. It was wild.Intel says we’ll see devices like Twin Rivers in “one to two years.” However, it gave no timeline on when a Honeycomb Glacier-like gaming rig would hit the market.Processor proselytismOne of Computex’s biggest stories wasn’t about devices, but the parts that power them. Intel and Nvidia have both dominated the CPU and GPU markets, respectively, for the past decade. Since 2015, Intel has held roughly 80 percent of the processor market against its main rival, AMD. Meanwhile, Nvidia has fluctuated from 60 to 80% over its main rival, AMD.But AMD, whose CPU marketshare has jumped 3% in the last year, came out guns blazing at Computex. It officially announced its Navi range of Radeon GPUs, which will power the Sony PlayStation 5, but its main focus was on competing with Intel. The “one last thing” moment of the press conference was the Ryzen 7 3900X CPU. A competitor for Intel’s top-of-the-line Core i9 9920X CPU, the “no compromise” Ryzen 7 3900X features 12 cores and has a boost clock speed of 4.6GHz. It runs on 105 watts, versus the 9920X’s less efficient 165 watts, and more importantly will retail for $499 upon its July 7 release. The 9920X, for comparison, costs $1,199.Notably, AMD stock rose 10% after the announcement. 40 Photos May 30 • Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers OLED Comment Luxury trimmings were also displayed at Computex, with Asus revealing a special 30th-anniversary edition of the ZenBook. A 13-inch, ScreenPad-equipped laptop clad in genuine white leather and 18 karat rose gold plating. Then there’s HP’s updated Envy, which comes with a wooden palm rest.Last but not least, Nvidia’s RTX Studio parts are cool — but mean nothing without companies making laptops for creatives. Razer and Acer have stepped up to the plate, with the former committing its Razer Pro 17 to the RTX Studio program and Acer updating its ConceptD with new Quadro parts.And that’s it for Computex 2019! We’ll see you again next year, where we will presumably welcome our new 5G, tri-screened overlords. Computex 2019 Asus ZenBook Pro Duo doubles down on screens 5G Acer Asus Dell HP Intel Lenovo LG Nokia Nvidia Razer Samsung Sony Applelast_img read more