South Korea launches 5G networks early to bag world 1st

first_imgSeoul: South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks two days early, its top mobile carriers said Thursday, giving a handful of users access in a late-night scramble to be the first providers of the super-fast wireless technology. Three top telecom providers – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – began their 5G services at 11 pm local time Wednesday, despite previously announcing the launch date would be April 5. Hyper-wired South Korea has long had a reputation for technical prowess, and Seoul had made the 5G rollout a priority as it seeks to stimulate stuttering economic growth. Along with the US, China and Japan, South Korea had been racing to claim the title as the world’s first provider of the ultra-fast network. But speculation that US mobile carrier Verizon might start its 5G services early forced South Korean providers to hastily organise a late-night launch, Yonhap news agency reported. In the event, Verizon began rolling out its 5G services in Chicago and Minneapolis on Wednesday in the US, a week ahead of schedule. But according to Yonhap, the South Korean launches came two hours earlier. “SK Telecom today announced that it has activated 5G services for six celebrities representing Korea as of 11 pm April 3, 2019,” the country’s biggest mobile operator said in a news release Thursday. The celebrities – including two members of K-pop band EXO and Olympic ice-skating heroine Kim Yu-na – were “the world’s first 5G smartphone subscribers”, it said. Both KT and LG Uplus said they also went live at the same time, with a total of three specially-selected users: KT offered it to the wife of a technician setting up its network on the disputed island of Dokdo, while LG Uplus provided it to a television personality and her racing-driver husband. For general customers, the services will be available from Friday – the original launch date – when Samsung Electronics rolls out the Galaxy S10 5G, the world’s first available smartphone with the technology built in. Verizon’s network will work with Lenovo’s Moto Z3 smartphone fitted with a special accessory, while rival US carrier AT&T launched a 5G-based system in parts of 12 cities in December – although it is only accessible to invited users through a free hotspot device, rather than paying customers with mobiles. Qatari firm Ooredoo said it offers 5G services in and around Doha – but does not have devices available to use them – while Japan is also expected to roll out a limited deployment in 2019 before full services start in time for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Experts say 5G will bring smartphones near-instantaneous connectivity – 20 times faster than 4G – allowing users to download entire movies in less than a second. The technology is crucial for the future development of devices such as self-driving vehicles and is expected to bring about 565 billion in global economic benefits by 2034, according to the London-based Global System for Mobile Communications, an industry alliance. The implications of the new network have pitted Washington against Beijing – whose firms dominate 5G technology — in an increasingly bitter standoff. The US has pressed its allies and major economies to avoid 5G solutions from Chinese-owned telecom giant Huawei, citing security risks that technological backdoors could give Beijing access to 5G-connected utilities and other components. Chinese entities, including 1,529 5G patents registered by Huawei, own a total of 3,400 patents – more than a third of the total, according to data analysis firm IPlytics. South Korea comes next, with its companies holding 2,051 patents, while US firms have 1,368 together. Neither KT nor SK Telecom use Huawei technology in their 5G networks, but it is a supplier to LG UPlus, the companies said.last_img read more

Chinese visit to Italy seeks closer ties stirs suspicions

MILAN — At the heart of Chinese Premier Xi Jingping’s visit to Rome beginning Thursday is a key prize: A deal to make Italy the first major democracy to join China’s ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project that has raised concerns about Beijing’s growing economic clout.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has pledged to sign the memorandum of understanding on Saturday, despite objections from U.S. allies and doubts within the coalition government that it could give China greater political influence in Europe and the West.But Xi’s visit, at the invitation of Italian President Sergio Mattarella, also aims more broadly at deepening trade and cultural ties. Conte has even suggested that Italy could play a role in easing tensions over trade between China and the United States.Mattarella told the Chinese stat-run news agency Xinhua Thursday that the visit is an expression of the “solidity of the bond and mutual respect” between the two countries, which will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations in 2020.Xi’s visit includes a meeting with Mattarella and a wreath-laying at Italy’s monument for unknown soldiers on Friday. On Saturday, Conte will sign the infrastructure deal and Xi will visit the Sicilian city of Palermo before departing Sunday.Here’s a look what’s at stake with the visit.____INFRASTRUCTUREItaly’s signature on the ambitious “Belt and Road” infrastructure-building project would give legitimacy to a project that envisions overland and maritime routes connecting China with Europe, reviving the old Silk Road travelled by Marco Polo in the Middle Ages. The initiative encompasses about 60 countries through Asia and Africa to Europe.Conte has dismissed concerns that signing the framework with China would downgrade Italy’s strategic ties with Europe and the United States, saying its focus was more commercial and on encouraging trade with China.The White House has criticized the deal, saying it is weighted in China’s interests. Italy’s European allies have declined to sign a joint declaration on the “Belt and Road,” saying it lacks standards on financing and transparency.While full details have not been released, it includes collaboration and investments in the northern Italian ports of Genoa and Trieste as well as roads, railways, airports and telecommunications.“Our two countries may harness our historical and cultural bonds forged through the ancient Silk Road,” Xi wrote in the Corriere della Sera newspaper this week.____TECHNOLOGYKey Italian officials have insisted that the issue of expanding Chinese company Huawei’s 5G network into Italy is not part of the “Belt and Road” memorandum.The Chinese 5-G network is viewed with suspicion, mainly by the U.S. government, which says it could give Chinese security services a backdoor to snoop on consumers. The issue is a major source of tension between China and the U.S.While European countries have balked at banning Huawei outright from participating in the creation of the new 5G networks, one key member of Italy’s government, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, shares the concerns, saying nothing in the memorandum can threaten Italians’ data.____CULTUREAhead of the visit, Xi noted that China and Italy are the countries with the largest number of UNESCO world heritage sites, sharing both cultural and tourism resources. He suggested that the two countries could form “twinning relationships” between world heritage sites and co-operate on art exhibitions, TV and movie production, language course and travel.Mattarella said that the heritage of Italy and China both “arouse admiration around the world” and could help develop the economy.The two countries are expected to soon announce the pairing of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato wine region in Piedmont with China’s Honghe Hani rice terraces, while Verona and Hangzhou are to establish sister-city relationships.Culture and tourism officials will be meeting Saturday on the sidelines of Xi’s visit.____TRADEConte said he aims to rebalance trade with China. Currently 1 billion Chinese consumers provide a market for 13 billion euros (nearly $15 billion) in Italian goods, while Italy’s 60 million people buy 60 billion euros in Chinese-made products each year.Italy’s undersecretary for economic development, Michele Geraci, says Italy lags its European partners in trade with China by 15 or 20 years, and that the aim is to increase Italian exports to China by 7 billion euros, putting Italy in line with France.Mattarella said that Italy sees China “not only as an economic partner of prime importance, but also as a driver of global trade,” and a market for Italian technology and expertise in areas like environmental protection, food security, health services and machinery. He called for “open and transparent” trade with both countries acting “on an equal basis.”Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao said the “Belt and Road” deal would be beneficial for both countries’ economic development and trade.However, Francois Godement, a specialist in Chinese politics at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, called such claims “bogus,” because Chinese companies already have significant investments in Italy._____Joe McDonald in Beijing contributed to this report.Colleen Barry, The Associated Press read more

Princess Lalla Salma Rents Luxury Yacht on Greek Holiday

Rabat – The Princess of Morocco Lalla Salma and her son, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, arrived on the island of Skiathos in Greece on the afternoon of Sunday, July 7, for a holiday.Skiathos, a Greek island in the northwest Aegean Sea about 140km from Athens, is best known for its beaches and buzzing, youth-driven nightlife scene. The two members of the royal family arrived on the island in a private jet at Skiathos airport. The pair then headed to a luxury hotel in Koukounaries, the island’s main town.Making the absolute most of the trip, Princess Lalla Salma has rented a yacht aptly named “Serenity,” which costs €600,000 (MAD 6,465,545) to rent for a week. The hefty price tag comes of this 72-meter long boat comes with 15 suites capable of accommodating 28 guests, and a crew made up of 31 people. The boat was renovated just two years ago and includes a swimming pool as well as a diving platform so guests can jump straight into the ocean. Greek media have reported that the boat is in Agnontas Bay, Skopelos. Despite some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the mother and son duo have stayed aboard the yacht. Since the yacht rental includes scuba gear, jet skis, kayaks, and fishing equipment, there’s no shortage of fun activities on board. It’s not the first time Princess Lalla Salma has holidayed in Greece, having been spotted there multiple times over the years, either alone or with family. In 2012, Lalla Salma visited Ilia in Western Greece, after visiting port town Kyllini the year before.Making her love for Greece even more apparent, in 2017, she purchased a €3.8 million villa in Kea, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea’s Cyclades archipelago. The island is known for its hilly countryside and quiet beaches.However, this seems to be the first time she’s taken her son Crown Prince Moulay Hassan along with her. The Crown Prince recently turned 16, on May 8, 2019. read more

Mobilicity says Telus has killed takeover deal

TORONTO — Telus Corp. called off its plan to buy small wireless provider Mobilicity on Monday after Ottawa signalled last week that it would not allow the deal.Mobilicity, which has about 250,000 customers, said it will instead go ahead with a recapitalization plan, which will be voted on by debtholders on June 25.“The company will continue to provide updates as warranted,” Mobilicity said in a brief statement.Telus had offered to pay $380-million for Mobilicity but its deal required the federal government to make an exception to certain rules and allow the larger company to transfer ownership of wireless spectrum owned by Mobilicity.However, Industry Minister Christian Paradis quashed that idea last week when he said the current rules would stand.The government has tried to increase competition in the wireless sector which is dominated by Bell, Rogers and Telus.During a 2008 sale of wireless spectrum, Ottawa set aside a portion for new entrants including Mobilicity and placed restrictions on it to prevent it from being easily acquired by the larger companies.Telus had argued that it should be allowed to acquire the company and the wireless spectrum because Mobilicity would not be able to survive without financial help.The Canadian Press read more

In Vienna Annan says isolated Arafat should be given more room to

“By being isolated and virtually being under house arrest makes it difficult for him to lead,” Mr. Annan told a press conference in Vienna following his meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner. The Secretary-General added that Mr. Arafat was in an extremely difficult situation, being asked to stop the violence and being asked to lead.”And yet, as a leader, he and his institutions are under so much pressure that I really do not see how that is going help, how he is going to go about delivering what the international community is asking him to do,” Mr. Annan said. “We need to be careful how we deal with the situation because when the leader who is supposed to act is weakened to the point of impotence, we have a real problem on our hands.” As for breaking the latest impasse between Israel and the Palestinians, the Secretary-General stressed that too much focus was being put on security only. “I think security should be linked with improvements in the conditions of the Palestinians and it should also be linked with political prospects of getting the parties to the table and discussing a settlement of their differences at the table,” he said.In addition to the Middle East, the Secretary-General’s discussions with Ms. Ferrero-Waldner focused on Afghan reconstruction and security, tensions between India and Pakistan, Iraq, Central Asia, Cyprus and the Balkans.The Middle East and Afghanistan topped the agenda of Mr. Annan’s meeting earlier in the day with Federal President Thomas Klestil. In a press encounter afterwards, Mr. Annan said he was encouraged by what he had seen during his visit last week to Kabul but reminded that the new government needed funding to help it consolidate its control.”We have major hurdles ahead of us, not least in the area of trying to strengthen the [Afghan] Interim Administration and help it expand its authority throughout the country,” the Secretary-General said, adding that the question of security should also include the development of a national Afghan army and national police. “But we need resources quickly to be able to strengthen the new Administration and I hope that would be forthcoming.”The Secretary-General had a working lunch with President Klestil before meeting with leaders of the Austrian parliament, including the parliamentary president Heinz Fischer. read more

Treat with teachers concerns as an urgent issue Opposition Leader

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo urges Govt to respect commitments made by previous administration with GTUJanuary 27, 2017In “latest news”Jagdeo chides Govt over its sloth regarding teachers’ benefitsAugust 6, 2018In “latest news”Yes, it was a sell out! -Jagdeo on MoU inked between Guyana, T&TSeptember 20, 2018In “Business” Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“I would urge the Government to treat with the concerns of teachers as an urgent issue and don’t drag them along in a never-ending issue of negotiations.”These were the words of Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) Dr Bharrat Jagdeo who, in his most recent weekly press conference, said that the move by Government to now hire a consultant to sort the issues related to salary increases was another ploy to stall for time.The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), after meeting for nearly three hours with Government and labour officials, said on Thursday that since the situation remained unchanged, their plans remain intact, meaning that an imminent nationwide strike will go ahead as planned.Jagdeo, pointed out that “for too long”, the nation’s teachers have been dragged out with the hope that their demands would be addressed.“It seems as though the Government never had any anything to accede on those demands…when we asked the minister what was happening with the report of the task force, and when the Government intends to pursue the recommendations, she practically gave zero answer,” he stressed.Jagdeo said, too, that when Government has matters of similar nature, it should include in the delegations persons who have the authority to makes commitments of the Government.“Another meeting with the minister, who always claims that ‘I can’t make any final determinations as to what we were hoping,’ is a waste of time,” Jagdeo opined.Union President Mark Lyte said on Thursday that the August 27 countrywide strike will go ahead as planned.Immediately following the Union’s announcement outside the Education Ministry on Brickdam, Georgetown, subject Minister, Nicolette Henry held an emergency press conference where she signalled that Government is already considering alternative measures to deal with the fallout from any strike action.Meanwhile, the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), which forms part of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Government, on Friday said it was perturbed at the Administration for its inability to reach consensus with the GTU on wage increases.The party noted that, from a political standpoint, it feels that the Government is committing “political suicide by picking a fight with teachers, most of whom voted for the Coalition. It is bad politics to alienate your supporters on a matter that could be easily solved.”The GTU envisions that 90 per cent of teachers in the public schools were ready to support their Union’s move to strike. read more

Man 60s who was injured in farm accident dies in hospital

first_img By Daragh Brophy Short URL A MAN INJURED in a workplace accident on a farm in Co Roscommon on Friday has died in hospital.The farmer, aged in his 60s, suffered serious head injuries on the farm near the village of Arigna – around 25km from Boyle – on Friday morning.Emergency services were called and the man was airlifted to Galway University Hospital.He was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, which specialises in treating head injuries.A Garda spokesperson has confirmed that he died at the Dublin hospital.Separate Garda and the Health and Safety Authority investigations are under way.Read: Shauntelle Tynan starts chemotherapy in US after raising €600k for treatment > 16,411 Views Share Tweet Email Arigna, Co Roscommon. 1 Comment Mar 13th 2017, 12:00 PM center_img Arigna, Co Roscommon. Image: Google Streetview Man (60s) who was injured in farm accident dies in hospital The farmer suffered serious head injuries on Friday morning. Image: Google Streetview http://jrnl.ie/3284610 Monday 13 Mar 2017, 12:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Netflix Renews Haunting of Hill House as Horror Anthology Series

first_img The Haunting of Hill House is returning to Netflix, however, it will be a horror anthology series with a chilling new plot.On Thursday, Netflix unveiled that it ordered a new installment dubbed The Haunting anthology, meaning that the next chapter of the horror series (Season 2) will feature a different story and characters, Variety reported. According to a Haunting of Hill House teaser tweet, The Haunting of Bly Manor will debut on Netflix in 2020.You guessed it. The HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, a new chapter in the Haunting series based on the works of Henry James, is coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/nvhRBEfH2E— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019Fans won’t see the Crain family next year, but The Haunting of Bly Manor is expected to be just as eerie as The Haunting of Hill House. Based on The Turn of the Screw, a gothic novella by Henry James, The Haunting of Bly Manor follows a governess who’s hired to look after two siblings. When she moves to the secluded mansion, she realizes that the home’s ghosts have creepy bonds with the kids.Netflix didn’t reveal any details about casting or a premiere date, but Mike Flanagan, The Haunting of Hill House’s creator, and Trevor Macy, the executive producer of the creepy show, will be leading creative efforts for The Haunting of Bly Manor. So, fans once again might be sleeping with their lights on.More on Geek.com:Netflix Cancels Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’ New ‘Transformers’ Animated Origin Series Is Coming to Netflix in 2020‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Sequel Is Reportedly Coming to AMC and Netflix Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer last_img read more

Watch: Captain Sees Rare Whale Shark Swim By Boat in Atlantic

first_img Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida A boat captain recently spotted a rare whale shark swimming by his boat and he called the beautiful creature “an angel of the sea.”Capt. Brian Esteppe and two customers were on his charter boat about five miles off the coast of Virginia, when they noticed a big dark shadow in the water on Saturday, The Virginian-Pilot reported. When the animal swam to the side of the boat, Esteppe recognized it as a whale shark, since it had gray and white specks all over its body. Esteppe captured a video of the creature, which has gone viral on Facebook. “You would not believe this folks. This whale shark is 16 feet,” Esteppe said in the video. “Man, this is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen…so cool. Oh my God, that’s so wild.”The whale shark stayed around Esteppe’s boat for a couple of minutes, then swam away.Esteppe recently lost a family member and said that “as crazy as it sounds,” the whale shark could have been a positive sign from a higher power. Stay on targetcenter_img “I believe it was almost sent from above somehow, there just to make sure I was OK,” Esteppe told The Virginian-Pilot. “Almost like an angel of the sea.”According to National Geographic, the whale shark is known as the largest fish in the sea and it could reach lengths of 40 feet or more. As a filter feeder, its favorite food is plankton, since a “barrier” in its mouth has to sift through any meals it would like to eat. Whale sharks prefer warmer waters and typically populate tropical areas. More on Geek.com:Watch: Great White Sharks Swim Yards Away From Oblivious SurfersWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii BayWatch: Big Hammerhead Shark Snatches Catch From Captain’s Handslast_img read more

Bayley appears on tonight’s 9/16 NXT on WWE Network

first_img WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Pinterest Ucraina: test anti-droga per i candidati alla presidenza Bobby Lashley Officially Replaces John Cena at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next The following is scheduled for tonight’s 9/16 WWE NXT on the WWE Network:* An appearance by new NXT Women’s Champion Bayley* DRTTC Second Round Match: Baron Corbin & Rhyno vs. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa* Apollo Crews vs. Solomon Crowe* Tye Dillinger vs. Martin StoneCheck back later tonight for a detailed recap of NXT on Wrestleview.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCalcio: Premier League pi ricca, divario crescente con la serie AVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:15/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 77.08%0:04Remaining Time -1:12 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Has John Cena Left WrestleMania? Now Playing Up Next WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Calcio: Premier League pi ricca, divario crescente con la serie Acenter_img Google+ Now Playing Up Next Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

VillasBoas regrets not taking the PSG offer

first_imgBack in his days at Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas was offered a chance to become the PSG coach but he declined as he wanted to stay at his current club – but he was fired later on and now, he regrets his decision.After declining this offer, his downfall at London began – and now, he admitted that it might have been a mistake to say a strict “no” to the French giants. However, it is not anything that the Portuguese can change and he knows about it as he reflected in the latest interview.The former Spurs coach spoke about this crucial decision as he claimed, according to Goal:PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“The first season was magnificent in all aspects. We had a ‘short’ squad in terms of depth, but a great spirit and so much will.”“We picked up the most points in Spurs’ history with an incredible Bale who played behind Adebayor where he was free to move, but also with Lennon and Walker who allowed us to have a good counter-attacking 4-4-2.”“I got an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, who wanted me, but I said no out of love for Tottenham. Maybe that was a mistake.”last_img read more

BG school levy fails backers look to April

first_imgVoters OK levies for Vancouver school districtBattle Ground Public Schools failed to pass a replacement four-year maintenance and operations levy Tuesday night.But in spite of the failure, the levy’s backers say they’ve set their sights on the April ballot, when they’ll try again to pass the levy.Out of the five maintenance and operations levies to appear on the county’s February ballot, Battle Ground’s was the only one to fail. La Center, Camas, Ridgefield and Vancouver all passed their M&O levies. Vancouver and Camas also passed technology levies, while La Center failed to pass a first-time capital fund levy for sports facilities.The mood was somber at the Mill Creek Pub, where Battle Ground’s levy supporters gathered to watch the election results.John Idsinga, president of the Battle Ground School Board, said he was in “shell shock” following the release of the election results. The levy failed with more than 55 percent of district voters casting a “no” vote.“What we’re asking for is what we need,” Idsinga said. “This is the minimum amount we need.”The levy would have raised the district’s tax rate by 25 cents in 2014. For district residents, that would have meant a tax rate of $4.49 per $1,000 of assessed home value, which would have generated about $24.42 million in revenue for the district.Residents would have paid $898 in 2014 for a home valued at $200,000, a $50 increase over what they’re paying in 2013.Superintendent Shonny Bria said the district has a history of successfully running levies twice.The Battle Ground School Board will readdress the levy at a meeting later in the month.Still, a second failure could drastically affect the district’s revenue moving forward, officials said. Not only would Battle Ground, Clark County’s geographically largest school district, lose about 20 percent of its operating revenue, it would also lose an additional $6.1 million in levy equalization funds from the state.last_img read more

Last C130 from Ft Bragg Airlift Wing Set to Depart

first_imgThe last C-130H from Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing will leave the post’s Pope Field Wednesday for the Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson in one of the final steps before the Air Force Reserve unit is formally inactivated. The last significant hurdle to the Air Force’s effort to shutter the unit was crossed in February when the Army’s top civilian and military leaders agreed to the plan in February. In May, the Air Force notified Congress that it would go ahead with its plan to shutter the airlift wing, reported the Fayetteville Observer. North Carolina’s congressional delegation had fought to postpone the unit’s elimination since the Air Force first proposed it as a cost-cutting measure in early 2014.The loss of the 440th means Fort Bragg’s paratrooper units will need to rely on air crews from other bases for airborne training. The unit moved to Fort Bragg — initially Pope AFB before it was transferred to the Army — in 2007.Other C-130s from the 440th were shifted to an Air National Guard unit in Little Rock, Ark. Today, only a few hundred of the 440th’s airmen and civilians, down from 1,200, remain at Fort Bragg. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

2019 Ford Ranger falls short of IIHS honors still crashes commendably

first_img Midsize king: The 2019 Ford Ranger 5:39 Ford Tags Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 review: Loud and proud, and absolutely divine 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch More about 2019 Ford Ranger Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive: Small tweaks make this midsize truck even better Ford 0center_img 36 Photos It’s the headlights that did the Ranger in. The IIHS evaluated three different Ranger headlight configurations — halogen reflectors, halogen reflectors with automatic high beams and LED reflectors — and all three received a rating of Marginal. To qualify for TSP or TSP+, at least one headlight configuration requires an Acceptable rating. In the evaluation of its crash-avoidance system, the standard automatic braking setup received a rating of Superior.As of this writing, no Ford vehicle has qualified for TSP or TSP+ during the IIHS’ evaluations in 2019. But with several new vehicles on the horizon, including new versions of the popular Escape and Explorer crossovers, that’s likely to change. 2019 Ford Ranger: It’s got the look Trucks Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker Enlarge ImageSomething tells me this one won’t end up on a used-car lot. YouTube screencap via IIHS In order to pick up one of the two major accolades from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a vehicle must withstand not only a battery of typical crash tests, but it must also score well in evaluations of its headlights and safety systems. While the 2019 Ford Ranger fell short of such an award for the same reason that still plagues many automakers, its crash-test results still prove the new midsize pickup is plenty safe.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently published detailed evaluation results for the 2019 Ford Ranger. Sadly, it wasn’t eligible for either Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t perform admirably. When it came to crash tests, the Ranger received the top rating of Good in five of the six crash tests: Small overlap driver-side, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and seats including head restraints. The Ranger achieved the second-best Acceptable rating in the Institute’s latest trial, the small overlap passenger-side test, which was instituted to ensure automakers gave both front-seat occupants the same level of protection. The Ranger’s score in this test did not disqualify it from Top Safety Pick. More From Roadshow News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

EA Access is finally available on PS4

first_img1:57 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 $6 at Tidal Rylo Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Electronic Arts (EA) Microsoft,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. Angela Lang/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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 Chris Monroe/CNET 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See It Sarah Tew/CNET 1 Share your voice The Cheapskate Apple iPhone XS See it $210 at Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Google Home Hub review 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. 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. 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. 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. $59 at eBay 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. See at Turo Read the AirPods review Boost Mobile $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Now playing: Watch this: Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Read the Rylo camera preview See It 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 AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Lenovo Smart Clock review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Gaming $999 $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Electronic Arts is known for games like the Madden NFL and FIFA sports titles. Christian Petersen/Getty Images After what seems like an eternity, PlayStation gamers on Wednesday can sign up for EA Access. The subscription service, from gaming giant Electronic Arts, costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 per year. EA announced in May that it was finally expanding EA Access support to PlayStation. The service first launched in 2014 for Microsoft’s Xbox One console, and then in 2016 for PC. It didn’t launch for the PlayStation, however, in part because the company didn’t believe it brought “the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect.” Membership gets gamers access to a growing catalog of games known as the Vault. Popular games include Titanfall 2, Madden NFL 19 and Battlefield V, according to Gamespot. Members also get a 10% discount on all digital EA games and content and access to the Play First trials, which let gamers play new EA titles prior to their official release. Tags $60 at Best Buy PlayStation State of Play event reveals new console and… Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sprint 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 7 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. Tags $299 at Amazon 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). 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. Commentlast_img read more