France 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. 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 Amazon
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the Rath Yatra festival organised by ISKCON on Saturday morning.There will be different functions at the temple premises. She will be inaugurating the Rath Yatra and at around 1 pm, it will start moving ahead from Hungerford Street and pass through AJC Bose Road, Sarat Bose Road, Hazra Road, SPM Road, ATM Road, Chowringhee, Exide Crossing, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Outram Road to reach Brigade Parade Ground. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThousands of people will be turning up to take part in the Rath Yatra. People from different walks of life will start pouring into the city from Saturday morning itself to attend the biggest Rath Yatra festival in Kolkata. The police have also made an elaborate arrangement to avoid any untoward incident during the Rath Yatra festival on Saturday. Steps have also been taken to ensure that no traffic congestion happens when the Rath passes through the important thoroughfares. The top brass of the Kolkata Police have held a meeting in this connection and chalked out a plan to divert vehicles through other roads. Additional policemen will be on-duty for the security of the devotees who will take part in the Rath Yatra. Policemen in plainclothes and women cops will also be deployed. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe chariot will be staying at Brigade Parade Ground till July 13 and people can visit to offer prayers to Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra. There will also be a fair at the ground on the eve of Rath Yatra. It is on July 22 noon that the festival of Ulta Rath Yatra will start. The Rath will be brought back to the temple through Outram Road near Park Street Metro, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Dorina Crossing, S N Banerjee Road, Moulali Crossing, CIT Road, Suhrawardy Avenue, Park Circus 7 Point Crossing, Shakespeare Sarani and Hungerford Street. The Rath Yatra will be celebrated across the state on Saturday with great pomp and show where lakhs of devotees will gather at Mahesh in Hooghly.
Kolkata: Metro services were disrupted for sometime in the peak hours of Monday evening after smoke was detected beneath a Dum Dum-bound non AC rake at MG Road Metro Station.The incident triggered panic among the passengers who were standing on the platform to catch a train. After the train entered the platform, the motor man spotted smoke billowing out from beneath the rake. The matter was immediately informed to the railway officials. The power connection in the third rail was immediately disconnected. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Metro personnel and the RPF rushed to the spot and evacuated all the passengers.The train was taken to the car shed. According to the Metro railway officials, train services between Maidan and Girish Park remained suspended for sometime due to the incident.Truncated services were being operated between Dum Dum and Girish Park in the Up line and between Maidan and Kavi Subhash stations in the Down.Some of the passengers were who were stranded at Esplanade Metro Station alleged that there was utter chaos at the station as services were suspended for more than half an hour during peak hours. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHundreds of commuters, who entered the stations, that are situated between Maidan and Girish Park faced inconvenience due to the disruption. Many passengers took buses to reach home.The passengers alleged that things were not properly communicated to them about when would train services resume between Maidan and Girish Park.Metro authorities are yet to ascertain the cause of the smoke which might have triggered due to some technical glitches, officials suspect.A senior official of the Metro railways said the situation was brought under control within a few minutes. The train services soon resumed between Girish Park and Maidan stations. A probe has been initiated in this regard.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Raise your hand if you’ve built up an extensive collection of loyalty punch cards through the years. I know I’m guilty. From free t-shirts to free meals, being rewarded with something complimentary from a business you frequent is always awesome. The trouble is I — like everyone else — get busy and forget about those punch cards squirreled away; I even sometimes forget the businesses that provided them in the first place. Moral of the story: if you’re trying to figure out a strategy to better harvest customer loyalty for your business, this isn’t the best tactic.As a business owner, the most reliable tool in your arsenal for attracting, engaging and retaining customers is the data you aggregate about them. In fact, a recent study from Forbes reports organizations that are taking a data-driven approach have higher levels of customer engagement and market growth in comparison to their old school competitors.Today’s consumer is a whole new breed. With the advent of advanced, real-time technology, consumers have come to expect a more personalized experience from the businesses they buy from — especially those they turn to most often. This might seem like a tall order — particularly for smaller businesses that are just starting out — but when used correctly, incorporating data into your relationships with customers can spur increased loyalty. Here are a few tips to make analytics your ally in retaining multi-dimensional customers:Start small.Think your business is too small to get overwhelmed by customer-related data? Think again. From in-store and online transactions to inventory, marketing and overall service performance, there is a lot for business owners to analyze when it comes to how well they’re resonating with customers. While all of the information you aggregate is important to some degree, the reality is you’ll have better success — and save yourself some sanity — by prioritizing capturing the right type of data and moving the needle on just a few key customer-driven metrics.For me, service and product satisfaction have always been the most critical components to measure throughout the lifetime of a business. Over the years I’ve deployed a variety of tactics to gather customer sentiment, but the most tried-and-true method has been surveys. They serve as a catch all for understanding your customers likes, dislikes and general persona. While there is always a debate regarding what question provides the most insight into customer satisfaction, I take my cue from Fred Reichheld, author of The Ultimate Question, and analyze responses regarding how likely my customers are to recommend my business to others. Advancements in customer facing technology, like point of sale (POS) solutions or online shopping carts make it easy and less cumbersome to capture customer satisfaction information, among other information, following the point of purchase.Related: 4 Steps to Knowing What Your Customers Want Better Than They DoPredict and prescribe success.Increasingly more technology platforms are putting analytics at the forefront and making it easier for business users to access and make data more actionable — which is huge for businesses with limited resources.The perfect solution can provide both predictive and prescriptive analytics on your customers based on historical data you and it collected. Both types of analytics serve a purpose when it comes to fostering the loyalty of your customers. Predictive analytics, for starters, forecasts what action a customer will take based on past behavioral data. You can use this intel to analyze customer order histories, for example, gaining a better understanding of trending peak times of purchase and products purchased in order to make more strategic buying decisions that you know align with what your customers want.Prescriptive analytics take things a step further providing recommended actions for you, or in some cases your customer, to take based on past behavioral and predictive data. Think about Amazon’s “Recommendations for You” or Facebook’s “Friends You Might Know” calls-to-action. Those are prescriptive analytics at work. This type of insight helps you deliver on the personalized experience your customers crave and provides you with a competitive advantage.Related: Young Entrepreneurs Are Applying the Power of Big Data to the Real WorldFind your customers, round out your omnichannel approach.Using analytics to determine where customers are interacting with your brand can also set your business a part and drive loyalty in the eyes of today’s multi-dimensional consumer. For example, reviewing things like survey responses to determine how a customer prefers to be reached, or analyzing the number of purchases and/or support requests made through a specific channel like mobile compared to other methods will paint a good picture of how best to communicate with your customers.This information builds the framework for a successful omnichannel strategy, which you’ll need in order to keep customers coming back. According to an Aberdeen Group study, companies with extremely strong omnichannel customer engagement retain on average 89 percent of their customers, compared to 33 percent for companies with weak omnichannel customer engagement.Related: Tweak Your Company Survey to Find Out What the Customer Actually ExperiencesWe took this approach at our company when determining the best channels to provide customer support. After some research and data analysis, we realized majority of our customers would prefer to text their support requests versus call a support line or email. With that in mind, we implemented text to chat capabilities as an additive to our existing live call center and online chat functionality.Related: What You Need To KNow About Omni-Channel MarketingFacing the facts.Ultimately, when you focus on gathering the right data, making the information actionable and using it to develop an omnichannel strategy, the true understanding your business has for its customers will shine through. It’s time to recycle those lame old punch cards and revert your attention to a more practical means for engaging existing loyal customers and generating new ones. 6 min read May 13, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
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At the ongoing Amazon re:Invent 2018, Amazon announced that AWS Key Management Service (KMS) has integrated with AWS CloudHSM. Users now have the option to create their own KMS custom key store. They can generate, store, and use their KMS keys in hardware security modules (HSMs) through the KSM. The KMS customer key store satisfies compliance obligations that would otherwise require the use of on-premises hardware security modules (HSMs). It supports AWS services and encryption toolkits that are integrated with KMS. Previously, AWS CloudHSM was not widely integrated with other AWS managed services. So, if someone required direct control of their HSMs but still wanted to use and store regulated data in AWS managed services, they had to choose between changing those requirements, not using a given AWS service, or building their own solution. With custom key store, users can configure their own CloudHSM cluster and authorize KMS to use it as a dedicated key store for keys rather than the default KMS key store. On using a KMS CMK in a custom key store, the cryptographic operations under that key are performed exclusively in the developer’s own CloudHSM cluster. Master keys that are stored in a custom key store are managed in the same way as any other master key in KMS and can be used by any AWS service that encrypts data and that supports KMS customer managed CMKs. The use of a custom key store does not affect KMS charges for storing and using a CMK. However, it does come with an increased cost and potential impact on performance and availability. Things to consider before using a custom key store Each custom key store requires the CloudHSM cluster to contain at least two HSMs. CloudHSM charges vary by region and the pricing comes to at least $1,000 per month, per HSM, if each device is permanently provisioned. The number of HSMs determines the rate at which keys can be used. Users should keep in mind the intended usage patterns for their keys and ensure appropriate provisioning of HSM resources. The number of HSMs and the use of availability zones (AZs) impacts the availability of a cluster. Configuration errors may result in a custom key store being disconnected, or key material being deleted. Users need to manually setup HSM clusters, configure HSM users, and potentially restore HSMs from backup. These are security-sensitive tasks for which users should have the appropriate resources and organizational controls in place. Read more about the KMS custom key stores on Amazon. Read Next How Amazon is reinventing Speech Recognition and Machine Translation with AI AWS updates the face detection, analysis and recognition capabilities in Amazon Rekognition Introducing Automatic Dashboards by Amazon CloudWatch for monitoring all AWS Resources.