Share your voice Amazon,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. 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. 4:00 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. $210 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. See It 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. 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Google Home Hub review See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Rylo 7 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. $520 at HP Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET 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. $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 1 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. $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Amazon 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. Amazon is expanding its Denver tech hub. Amazon Amazon is opening a new office in downtown Denver and adding 400 new high-tech jobs, the company said Tuesday. This expansion of its Denver hub will more than double Amazon’s tech workforce in the area. The e-commerce giant opened an office in Boulder last fall. The new jobs will be in fields such as software and hardware engineering, cloud computing and advertising.”We’re excited to continue to grow and invest in the Denver area,” said Dave Wood, site lead for Amazon’s Denver tech hub, in a statement. “Our new office will offer our teams the convenience of a downtown location with an array of outdoor adventures just up the road.”The Denver office will be part of a network of 17 development centers across North America, in addition to the company’s main headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and its future second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. These hubs employ more than 20,000 in total, according to Amazon. In November, Amazon said it’d build two 25,000-employee campuses: one in Long Island City in New York’s Queens borough and another in Arlington. In February, Amazon canceled its plans to build the New York City campus, but said it’d continue with the Virginia location. 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). An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It $999 Turo See at Turo Best Buy Comment Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Sprint $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon kills plans for NYC headquarters 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See it Comments Tech Industry Boost Mobile
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA woman has been arrested after her car crashed into a funeral parlour sign on a Staffordshire street. The car damaged a lamp post before crashing into the sign in Cannock at around midday on Thursday, June 13. The woman, who was driving the vehicle, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Staffordshire Police attended a road traffic collision at midday today in Cannock. A vehicle veered off the road near to the McDonald’s, taking out a lamp post and collided with a sign for the Funeral Parlour, where it came to a stop. Read MoreSuspicious male loitering in alley turns out to be man looking for lost key “Thankfully, no injuries to the driver, passenger or pedestrians. “The female driver was arrested for drink driving. If ever somebody was trying to send a sign, that was probably it.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .
Here are the best places to enjoy some R&R in Nicaragua TORONTO — What can travellers expect to see while in Nicaragua? Unspoiled natural beauty, crystal clear beaches, and an exceptionally welcoming culture that make this Central American country a must-see destination in 2019 and beyond.For those in search of some serious R&R, Visit Nicaragua has compiled a list of the country’s very best places to recharge, rejuvenate and recalibrate:THE CORN ISLANDSIf your clients are looking to get away and unplug, then a trip to the remote Corn Islands is a must. Once a refuge for pirates, Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island are now a secret hideaway for many Nicaraguans and visitors from around the world. White-sand beaches, swaying coconut palms and clear turquoise waters are par for the course on both Corn Islands.Little Corn Island is a quiet and verdant jewel surrounded by calm cerulean waters. The gentle waves and supple sands lend themselves to world-class scuba, sailing and fishing, while the charming amenities of The Village offer an escape from the mainland bustle. Unassuming Little Corn may be out of sight, but this idyllic escape deserves to be top of mind.YEMAYA ISLAND HIDEAWAYNamed after the goddess of the sea, Yemaya Little Corn caters to wellness enthusiasts who seek out tranquility in natural locales. This unique island hotel offers 16 oceanfront rooms with stunning sea views, exquisite white sand beaches surrounded by lush jungle and a pristine reef teeming with sea life.Do not expect marble foyers or uniformed bellhops here: the decor is both locally inspired and tasteful. The organic garden that supplies the resort’s kitchen adds a healthy and authentic touch to the delectable cuisine. yemayalittlecorn.comMore news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksMALIBU POPOYO SURF RESORTMalibu Popoyo is what you get when you cross a luxury surf retreat with an adventure sanctuary. This all-inclusive, eco-friendly boutique surf resort and retreat centre caters to surfers, yogis and adventurous souls. Located beachfront in the heart of Popoyo, the resort is grounded in Nicaraguan culture and is a neighbor to more than 10 world-class surf breaks.With stimulating experiences for all walks of life, this high-end accommodation will indulge the senses without breaking the bank. malibupopoyo.comJICARO ISLAND LODGERelaxation and wellness at Nicaragua’s ‘Tourism Triangle’ on the west coast are easily within reach when visiting Jicaro Island Ecolodge. Located on a private island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua and just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada, Jicaro is a serene alternative to the bustle of the nearby historic city. The ecolodge is comprised of nine private two-story casitas, many with a glorious view of the lake and nearby Mombacho Volcano, and offers year-round yoga and wellness retreats that combine exceptional yoga experiences with opportunities to learn about the destination and its culture.The wellness center at Jicaro, overlooking the lake, features two open-air rooms and private showers for spa treatments. A highlight at Jicaro is the floating yoga deck accessible by boat, a serene location where guests can enjoy sunrise yoga, afternoon meditation and sunset dinner. jicarolodge.comMore news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedAQUA WELLNESS RESORTNestled among the treetops and overlooking a private white sand beach along Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast is Aqua Wellness Resort. This Rainforest Alliance-verified resort maximizes the beauty of its natural surroundings by offering tree-top villas, the perfect choice for travellers keen on seeing a variety of flora and fauna, not to mention monkeys, birds and butterflies. Additionally, Aqua rests on a turtle-nesting beach that affords frequent sightings of the majestic animals. Other highlights include daily yoga on an elevated, open-air platform that overlooks the beach, and The Aqua Spa, featuring treatments that draw inspiration from Nicaragua’s natural resources such as local fruit and cacao. aquanicaragua.comCOCO LOCO RESORTCoco Loco Resort, a community-focused eco-resort in northern Nicaragua, offers guests a very special travel experience. Since 2009, it has worked to improve the quality of life of the local community through education programs, development initiatives and volunteer efforts. Over the past 10 years, Coco’s Waves of Hope foundation has invested over $400,000 into projects and initiatives focused on education, infrastructure, health care and the environment.After giving back, guests can nurture themselves with yoga retreats, private classes and a teacher-in-training program. They can also take up surfing at all levels. Accommodations include eight palm-thatch cabanas on the main property and three boutique rooms in the new beach house. cocolocoecoresort.com Tags: Destinations, Nicaragua Posted by Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, May 31, 2019
Family vacations in tropical destinations with Sunwing & Ocean Hotels Friday, July 26, 2019 TORONTO — With picturesque beachfront locations across Mexico and the D.R., spacious accommodations and entertainment for all ages, Ocean Hotels offers vacationers unforgettable family getaways in paradise, says Sunwing.Sunwing clients can upgrade their stay to the Privilege level for a luxurious Caribbean experience with additional amenities and services and dining options for all tastes. Ideal for family vacations, Ocean Hotels “provides guests with beautiful properties to make lifelong memories”, says the company.Families can also vacation better at Ocean Hotels with Sunwing’s convenient direct flights to Cancun from 22 gateways across Canada and to Punta Cana from 25 gateways.FUN IN THE SUN FOR EVERYONEThere’s never a dull moment for families staying at Ocean Riviera Paradise in Riviera Maya, with a complete entertainment program for the whole family to enjoy.Nestled on a beautiful white-sand beach, vacationers can soak up the sun, build sandcastles or play a fun game of beach volleyball before exploring the turquoise waters with available non-motorized water sports like snorkelling and kayaking ($). Mini-vacationers will love exploring the on-site water playground or spending the day at the supervised Daisy club with fun activities and games while parents hit the links at the nearby golf course or try their luck at the casino.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksWELL-APPOINTED ACCOMMODATION & ADDED AMENITIESFamilies staying at Ocean Blue & Sand in Punta Cana can expect spacious, well-appointed accommodations with sweeping views of the lush resort grounds or the sparkling pool. Vacationers can upgrade their room category to the Privilege level for an even more comfortable stay with exclusive amenities and services.Clients can get their vacation started right away with private check-in and have their luggage brought to their room and unpacked by the provided Butler Service. Those looking for some active fun can spend the day scaling a climbing wall, hitting targets at the archery range or taking advantage of the non-motorized water sports before unwinding in their comfortable suite.DELICIOUS DINING OPTIONS FOR ALL TASTESOcean Coral & Turquesa in Riviera Maya offers guests a range of delicious cuisines so even the pickiest vacationers can find something that they love. Sample some of the local flavours at Hacienda Los Girasoles or enjoy dinner and a show at Sensai, a Teppanyaki-style restaurant. Travel back to the 1950s at the Route 66 diner serving American classics, sample some delicious Caribbean flavours at Villa Marina and indulge your sweet tooth at La Petite Creperie by the sparkling pool. Mini-vacationers can build up an appetite at the new water playground, while parents can relax with a refreshing cocktail.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalFamilies that upgrade to Privilege level accommodations can enjoy a gourmet dining experience at the exclusive Privilege Restaurant with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea or take advantage of the 24-hour à la carte room service and special Privilege menu.THE SUNWING ADVANTAGETravellers can Vacation Better at Ocean Hotels when they book their tropical getaway with Sunwing. Vacationers can look forward to Sunwing’s convenient direct flights to Cancun from 22 gateways across Canada and to Punta Cana from 25 gateways with award-winning inflight service on board Sunwing Airlines.For more details see SunwingAgents.ca or Sunwing.ca. Travelweek Group Posted by Share Tags: Family Vacations, Ocean Hotels, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>