The smart diaper has entered the building at CES 2019

first_img Share your voice Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See it The Cheapskate See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review $520 at HP Read DJI Osmo Action preview CES 2019 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 1:44 Sprint Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Google Home Hub review CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.  CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect.  Read the Rylo camera preview Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $60 at Best Buy $999 $210 at Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. 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. See It Wearable Tech Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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). Angela Lang/CNET 3 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. 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 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Comments HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile 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. 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. $299 at Amazon $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple iPhone XS 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. 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. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 $59 at eBay $999 85 Photos Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 7 The Monit smart diaper sensor attaches to the outside of a baby’s diaper. Monit Nobody likes a dirty diaper, even if it’s one of the realities parents have to cope with. So South Korean company Monit has set out to make the experience a bit more bearable. At CES, Monit shared what might be the ultimate wearable: a smart diaper. Monit created a cookie-sized sensor with Bluetooth that attaches to the outside of a baby’s diaper. The sensor can detect whether there’s pee or poo in the diaper and alert parents and caregivers. No more need for a diaper sniff test. Using a smart diaper sensor can reduce instances of diaper rash and urinary tract infections. Also data from the sensor can be used to track diaper consumption, pee and poo patterns and sleeping patterns. The Monit smart diaper monitor launched in Korea and Japan at the end of 2018. The company is partnering with Kimberly Clark to bring Monit’s tech to Huggies this April. Monit also plans to transition from selling the smart diaper sensor to a subscription service that provides unlimited diapers and personalized care service for the baby. Pricing has not been announced at this time. See at Turo $6 at Tidal Turo CES 2019: What tech to expect 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. Rylo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: Tags 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. Tags CES Products,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. 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On First Anniversary of Harvey Harris County Votes on 25 Billion Flood

first_img Share 00:00 /03:46 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy of U.S. Air Force, Tech Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017.Saturday marks exactly one year since Harvey made landfall in Texas. It’s also the day Harris County is asking voters to approve a $2.5 billion bond to pay for flood mitigation projects. The vote comes after weeks of public meetings in all 22 of the county’s watersheds, each of which experienced some degree of flooding during Harvey.“These folks that we were visiting with live and work and recreate in these watersheds, and so their input was very valuable,” says Russell Poppe, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District.The running theme of that input was speed. Residents want the county to move faster, and on more projects, than the federal government has.“We do have some money in there to help us make sure we leverage as many federal dollars and partnership dollars as we can,” Poppe says. “But we also know that because of various reasons that those federal dollars may not be appropriate for all of the projects that we know we need to do. And therefore I think we’ve got around $1.7-$1.8 billion in projects that we’re proposing to do all our own, locally.”On the basis of those meetings, the flood control district put together a list of 237 potential projects. They include channel improvements, construction of new storm water detention basins, and voluntary buyouts of homes too deep in the flood plain to be protected.“I’m more encouraged than I’ve ever been with respect to flood response in the county,” says Philip Bedient, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center. He’s spent years pressing for Harris County to do more to combat flooding.“Three’s the charm,” Bedient says. “The ’15, ’16, and ’17 [floods], three years in a row, I think, finally lit the fires under the powers that be to move aggressively, and I think they have.”But can they convince voters to move aggressively too? “Normally when you have a bond election, people look at the bond and they say, ‘What’s in it for me?’” says Rice University political scientist Bob Stein. “That’s not what’s happening here.”The University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs recently conducted a survey and found overwhelming support for the bond among likely voters. Stein was one of the lead researchers.“We find evidence that people do believe that this is a general threat to the quality of life and to their own economic well-being,” Stein says, “that is, if flooding continues in our community unabated, if homes are destroyed, people will not want to move to our community, people won’t want to buy homes in our community, property values will decline, and it’ll cost more to provide the services we already have.”But the survey also found that even the bond’s supporters are skeptical that it will help. Many fear the money would wind up benefiting politically connected developers. Others just don’t think the government has any better idea about how to deal with flooding than they do.“The phrase I’ve been using is. ‘People have the courage of their confusions.’ They’re courageous about doing something in the presence of not knowing exactly what to do,” Stein says.One point that local officials make over and over: $2.5 billion will address the region’s most urgent flood control problems, but that’s a fraction of what’s needed to fix them all.“I think the idea that $25 to $30 billion is required over the long term for the bigger fix here, I don’t know that that’s really well understood by the general population,” says Marvin Odum, chief recovery officer for the city of Houston.The bond’s fate is likely to rest with a sliver of the county’s registered voters. Fewer than 6 percent had cast ballots as of the close of early voting on Tuesday. Xlast_img read more

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Third explosives haul in a week at Bankura

first_imgKolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) seized huge quantity of explosives from Bankura on Sunday. This is for the third time within a week, the CID has found explosives here.According to CID officials, on Saturday sleuths got a tip-off that a truck loaded with explosive materials will enter Bankura. Working on the information CID sleuths intercepted a truck bearing Jharkhand registration number in the evening at Beliatore. CID and police officials present at the spot asked for documents from the driver. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLater during search, sleuths discovered that the truck was loaded with explosive material. The driver and the owner of the truck, identified as Nishant Kumar, was arrested immediately. After preliminary interrogation, sleuths suspect that the explosives was destined to Birbhum district. During search operation, sleuths seized 97,500 electric detonator, 6250 kg gelatin sticks (power gel) and 11,450 kgs ammonium nitrate from the truck. Previously on Wednesday CID had seized huge quantity of explosive materials from Saltora. The explosive material was stored inside a warehouse at Kastora village of Saltora in Bankura. Sleuths have seized 52,500 pieces of electric detonators, 106 cartons of gelatin sticks (power gel) and 133 sacks of ammonium nitrate along with one abandoned SUV and a bike from there. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe explosive materials were being procured from Orissa, Telangana and Jharkhand. It is suspected that the explosive materials was procured to be used in illegal stone quarries. CID had found explosive materials from a person’s house at Boga village of Indpur in Bankura on Friday night. The owner of the house has been arrested. During search sleuths had seized approximately 800 electric detonators, 200 packets of gelatin sticks (power gel) and around 100 kg of ammonium nitrate. Seeing the huge recovery within a week panic triggered across the Bankura district. Sleuths have also took a serious note in this regard and stepped up the security across the district to maintain law and order situation.last_img read more

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