CNET Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Fold is one of the most lust-worthy tech products in a long time. See, it’s a phone that unfolds to become a tablet. Or, if you prefer, a tablet that folds up to become a phone.However you italicize it, it’ll cost you: The Fold starts at $1,980. Let me just check under the couch cushions real quick, and… yep, nope.I’m not saying it won’t be an amazing product, just that my $1,980 could be put to much better use. Indeed, I started thinking about everything I could buy for that kind of money and came up with the following list. It’s not meant to duplicate the Fold’s functionality, but rather to sanity-check the expense. Sure, you’ll get a fancy phone and a tablet, but also a whole bunch of other goodies.Samsung Galaxy S9 unlocked: $600 at Amazon. Still a flagship phone, now at a lower price.Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: $199 at Samsung. Preorder Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch now and get a free Wireless Charger Pad. The Active is loaded with fitness-minded features.Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet: $60 at Amazon. Just use your phone’s hotspot feature for anytime, anywhere connectivity. Amazon’s 8-inch tablet does just about everything you could want. Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S9 (64GB, Midnight Black) 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. TCL 6 Series 55-inch Roku TV: $550 at Best Buy. It’s the best picture for the money, period.Why not? Costco Wheeler Power Fabric Recliner: $440 at Costco. The only thing better than watching TV is watching TV while reclining. And charging your phone, which you can do via the built-in USB port.Four Tile Mate trackers and a Google Home Mini: $60 at Best Buy. This is a deal I just happened to catch earlier today. You can’t always get this particular bundle, but you can right now, so why not throw it into the mix?Wyze Cam Pan Wi-Fi security camera: $38 at Amazon. Hey, there’s money left over, so definitely grab one of these. It’s a surprisingly full-featured camera for the price.Five months of Hulu: $30. Starting Feb. 26, the streaming service will drop its with-commercials rate to $6 per month — meaning you can enjoy it for five full months without tipping the $1,980 scale.Those are just examples, of course. You could swap out that chair or TV and buy yourself a decent laptop. The point is, $2,000 is a lot of money to spend on a single gadget, especially when there are less-expensive alternatives that give you the same capabilities.What would you buy for that kind of dough? Now playing: Watch this: See it Preview • Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: Hands-on with Samsung’s new phones (updated) $599 News • I bought a used Samsung Galaxy S9 for $315 — and I liked it $599 See It 60 Photos Amazon Google Samsung CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See It Share your voice See It 7 Samsung Galaxy S9 Sprint $319 Amazon Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Comments 8:28 Phones The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • Galaxy S9 review: The Galaxy S10’s arrival means a cheaper S9 for you Tags Best Buy $599 Samsung Galaxy Fold and S10: Editors react
US group Liberty Media is close to taking control of Formula 1 in an $8.5bn (Â£6.5bn) deal, according to reports.The investment group, which also owns Virgin Media, is in advanced talks with CVC Partners, the US private equity group which controls the motorsport, said the Financial Times and German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. Liberty Media is owned by US billionaire John Malone.A deal could be hammered out within the next two weeks.CVC Capital Partners, which has a 35% stake in F1 has held a major share of the sport for the past decade. But for the past several years the sport has been swept by rumours that it wants to sell its holding.A host of other parties have previously been linked with buying into F1 including Qatar Sports Investments, which owns Paris Saint-Germain football club; and Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins football team.If the deal goes ahead Chase Carey, the executive vice-chairman of US media group 21st Century Fox, is expected to become chairman of F1.However, a question mark remains over the future role of F1s longstanding chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, 85, who owns 5% of the sports parent company. At the Italian Grand Prix at Monza this weekend, Mr Ecclestone told reporters that Liberty are getting a lot of publicity out of their deals.It remains unclear whether Ecclestone is in favour of a deal with Liberty.F1 was not immediately available for comment.
Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity members present its statistics at a media briefing at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: CourtesyA total of 7,221 people were killed in at least 5,514 road accidents across the country last year, the Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare association, said on Friday.As many as 15,466 others were injured in the accidents.Apart from them, 394 people were killed and 248 others injured in 370 train accidents last year. Accidents on waterways left 126 people dead and 230 others injured with an estimated 387 others missing, the Samity told a media briefing at the Jatiya Press Club presenting its statistics, reports UNB.The numbers were compiled from local, regional, and online newspapers and television channels, said the organisation’s secretary general Md Muzammel Haque Chowdhury.They identified several reasons, including reckless driving, overtaking, road conditions, and vehicles without fitness, for the road accidents.
The election to select the governance model for Python following the stepping down of Guido van Rossum as the BDFL earlier this year has ended and PEP 8016 was selected as the winner. PEP 8016 is the steering council model that has a focus on providing a minimal and solid foundation for governance decisions. The vote has chosen a governance PEP that will be implemented on the Python project. The winner: PEP 8016 the steering council model Authored by Nathaniel J. Smith, and Donald Stufft, this proposal involves a model for Python governance based on a steering council. The council has vast authority, which they intend to use as rarely as possible, instead, they plan to use this power to establish standard processes. The steering council committee consists of five people. A general philosophy is followed—it’s better to split up large changes into a series of small changes to be reviewed independently. As opposed to trying to do everything in one PEP, the focus is on providing a minimal and solid foundation for future governance decisions. This PEP was accepted on December 17, 2018. Goals of the steering council model The main goals of this proposal are: Sticking to the basics aka ‘be boring’. The authors don’t think Python is a good place to experiment with new and untested governance models. Hence, this proposal sticks to mature, well-known, processes that have been tested previously. A high-level approach where the council does not involve much very common in large successful open source projects. The low-level details are directly derived from Django’s governance. Being simple enough for minimum viable governance. The proposal attempts to slim things down to the minimum required, just enough to make it workable. The trimming includes the council, the core team, and the process for changing documentation. A goal is to ‘be comprehensive’. The things that need to be defined are covered well for future use. Having a clear set of rules will also help minimize confusion. To ‘be flexible and light-weight’. The authors are aware that to find the best processes for working together, it will take time and experimentation. Hence, they keep the document as minimal as possible, for maximal flexibility to adjust things later. The need for heavy-weight processes like whole-project votes is also minimized. The council will work towards maintaining the quality of and stability of the Python language and the CPython interpreter. Make contribution process easy, maintain relations with the core team, establish a decision-making process for PEPs, and so on. They have powers to make decisions on PEPs, enforce project code of conduct, etc. To know more about the election to the committee visit the Python website. Read next NumPy drops Python 2 support. Now you need Python 3.5 or later. NYU and AWS introduce Deep Graph Library (DGL), a python package to build neural network graphs Python 3.7.2rc1 and 3.6.8rc1 released
Share Wednesday, September 20, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> TALLAHASSEE — VISIT FLORIDA is launching a hurricane response marketing plan “to invite visitors back to the Sunshine State in a responsible way”, where the focus is on marketing on unaffected areas while providing real-time information and updates on locations that continue to strengthen every day, says VISIT FLORIDA President & CEO, Ken Lawson.While several communities sustained serious damage from Hurricane Irma, many areas of Florida did not see significant impacts, he noted.VISIT FLORIDA has been in touch with the state’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) “to get a county-by-county damage assessment and to review plans to best promote our state to visitors”, says Lawson.“The vast majority of DMOs were happy to report that their destination is open for business. The areas of our state that were more impacted are rebuilding and planning to reopen as soon as possible.”Lawson says VISIT FLORIDA’s post-hurricane marketing plan will provide “an authentic view” of Florida to assist potential visitors as they make travel plans. Campaign tactics will be digitally focused with a series of true-view videos from destinations across the state – “an aggressive push to energize our Share a Little Sunshine advocates to share real-time images of the state with #LoveFL”, as well as customized plans to support the communities that were directly impacted by Hurricane Irma.VISIT FLORIDA continues to share real-time travel safety updates at its Florida Now page at its website, visitflorida.com. Local DMOs are also updating their websites to serve as a post-hurricane information resource.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth“The Florida tourism industry has recovered from many storms over the years, and I have no doubt that our communities and our state will quickly rebound from Hurricane Irma as well,” said Lawson.In Miami, the Greater Miami CVB has kicked off its #MiamiNow campaign with discounts and deals for visitors. The new destination-wide promotion supports local businesses and jobs offering savings throughout Miami and the Beaches now until Oct. 31.Miami and the Beaches is open for business following minimal impact from Hurricane Irma this past week, says the CVB.#MiamiNow unites 6 of the 12 top GMCVB Temptations Programs: Miami Spice, Miami Spa, Miami Hotel, Miami Attractions, Miami Museums and Shop Miami Month.The program offers a variety of deals, providing tremendous value on hotels, restaurants, spas, museums, attractions and shopping. “There has never been a better time to visit, or better destination-wide savings,” says the CVB.#MiamiNow features include:DINE: The much-loved Miami Spice Restaurant Month has been extended through Oct. 31 with nearly 200 restaurants participating. Highlighting Greater Miami and The Beaches’ diverse culinary scene, Miami Spice restaurants will continue offering reduced prices (US$23 per person for lunch and brunch / $39 per person for dinner) in some of the hottest neighborhoods in town.STAY: Many hotels are extending special offers through Oct. 31 as part of the #MiamiNow promotion. Hotels throughout the destination from Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Sunny Isles Beach and more are offering promotional rates and special amenity packages. A few of the hotel participants include: Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Coconut Grove and Bal Harbour properties, Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, Marenas Beach Resort Sunny Isles Beach, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables, EPIC Hotel, Four Season Hotel Miami and Mandarin Oriental Miami.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemPAMPER: Miami Spa Month is back with more than 25 spas offering exclusive treatments at $109 and $139, with select spas offering treatments for $199.SHOP: Miami’s most popular malls, marketplaces, boutiques, restaurants and hotels will be offering incentives across different retailers.ARTS & ATTRACTIONS: Many Miami and the Beaches attractions and museum are rolling out special Miami Now offers and buy-one-get-one-free admissions.“We are proud of our local tourism industry for being among the first in the destination to raise their hand to keep the community moving forward,” says William D. Talbert, III, C.D.M.E. “Tourism is the number one industry in Miami-Dade County and the #MiamiNow promotion celebrates the best of Miami’s tourism industry across many sectors while welcoming visitors from near and far for some of the best value driven offers the destination has ever seen.”For a complete listing of all the #Miami Now special offers, visit MiamiandtheBeaches.com. For a live look at Greater Miami and the Beaches, see the webcams at SeeMiamiLive.com. Travelweek Group Florida looks to jump-start post-Irma travel with new campaign Tags: Florida Posted by
Posted by “Transat’s future is very bright”: Transat marks 30 years since its first Toronto-London flight Tags: Transat Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Share Transat had two Lockheed aircraft back in those days, and a vision that has endured, said Eustache: “We have always tried to offer traveller affordable products that encourage them to travel the world.”He added: “I am exceedingly proud when I look back at how far we’ve come since that first flight out of Toronto, and how much the company has grown in Ontario and the rest of Canada. Over the years, our organization has adjusted to a changing and ever more competitive business environment. It has evolved and rapidly responded to emerging consumer needs when it comes to products, destinations, services, and of course price.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“We work in a vibrant industry full of stimulating challenges, which is seeing steady growth. And there is no shortage of travellers. We are moving forward enthusiastically and optimistically.”Eustache said that Transat “is above all a leisure travel company” and is working actively to achieve its growth strategy. By combining Transat’s new hotels initiative with its existing leisure-travel business, “we will remain on the leading edge of travel industry innovation. We aim to stay at the forefront of the travel industry.”Earlier this year Transat tapped Jordi Solé to head up its Hotel Division. TORONTO — A gleaming white and blue A330-200, part of Transat’s strategic move to an all-Airbus fleet, was a fitting backdrop for last night’s 30th anniversary celebrations marking Transat’s first flight from Toronto to London, a buzzy event that drew hundreds of industry execs, colleagues and friends to the Air Transat hangar at Toronto Pearson Airport.Transat rewarded agents all throughout last year with Surprise Dates, prize giveaways and special incentives, to commemorate three decades since Transat took flight with sun routes, the first to Acapulco in 1987.Last night the celebratory mood continued – and so did the prizes – as Transat gave away three trips to the Transat destination of the winner’s choosing, to mark 30 years since Transat took wing across the Atlantic with service from Toronto to London.Jordi Solé, President, Hotel Division, Transat and Jean-Marc Eustache, President and CEO, TransatOver the years Transat grew to become Canada’s first integrated international tourism company and its lineup now includes 60 destinations in two major markets – transatlantic (Europe and the Middle East) and the South – out of 21 airports across Canada. It also commercializes flights to Canada in 13 European countries as well as in Israel, the U.S. and its sun destination countries.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Addressing the crowd at last night’s event, Transat President and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache sent out a special thank you to industry veteran Errol Francis, who took a chance on Transat back in those early days. After retiring from the travel industry Francis, in attendance last night, got into the real estate game, noted Eustache. “He tells me he’s happy, he’s not working too hard and he’s making lots of money,” Eustache joked. Francis’ support was pivotal in getting Transat off the ground, said Eustache, adding: “I want to thank him.” Eustache also lauded Transat’s Chief Operating Officer, Annick Guérard, an integral part of Transat’s succession plan as Eustache eyes retirement: “Annick will be terrific, ten times better than me.”Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, among the dignitaries at last night’s event, said Transat is renowned for its excellent customer service and top-notch fleet. “Transat’s future is very bright.”Among the company’s distinctions and awards (2017–2018), Transat was named the world’s second-best leisure airline and best in North America at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.After three decades Transat remains steadfast in its mission, said Eustache: “to brighten the days of travellers with the joys of vacations.” Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>