The Cheapskate 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. Read the Rylo camera preview 2 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags Share your voice Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 See at Amazon See It Tags Share your voice Amazon $999 Comments WORLD’S LARGEST BEE: Take a look at Wallace’s Giant Bee!It’s the biggest bee in the world and hasn’t been seen in over 30 years … until now. pic.twitter.com/KB1MjDBCdh— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) February 21, 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Chris Monroe/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. 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. 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. $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $59 at eBay $520 at HP 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. Sci-Tech,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. 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 Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. 7 See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review “It was absolutely breathtaking to see this ‘flying bulldog’ of an insect that we weren’t sure existed anymore,” Clay Bolt, the photographer who took the rediscovered bee’s first photos, said in a statement. The report describes the bee as being about the size of an adult thumb, with a wingspan of about 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters). That means it’s four times larger than the European honey bee. It is a very big boy and we’re in awe of the size. Read the AirPods 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. See at Turo Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo Boost Mobile 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. $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET See it Comments $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Sprint See It 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). 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. Simon Robson, honorary professor of biology at the University of Sydney and Central Queensland University in Australia, with Wallace’s giant bee. Fanie Heymans The world’s largest bee has resurfaced after 38 years. In January, conservationists found Wallace’s Giant Bee, or the Megachile pluto, on a group of Indonesian Islands known as the North Moluccas, the Global Wildlife Conservation reported Thursday. The Global Wildlife Conservation is a nonproft that’s been searching for “lost” species, or species that might not actually be extinct, but haven’t been seen in a decade or more. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $299 at Amazon $155 at Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review 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. Angela Lang/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $210 at Best Buy Rylo
With less than a fortnight before the start of the budget session of Parliament, here are a few basic facts about the Union Budget, which is being seen as extremely crucial for the Narendra Modi government. The government is expected to move from its pro-infrastructure approach to focus on social welfare, especially ahead of elections in several key Indian states where Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is seeking to make inroads. When will Budget 2016 be presented? The finance minister usually presents the general budget before the fiscal year begins, usually at the end of the month of February, and this year, Arun Jaitley will present Budget 2016 on Feb. 29.The budget session of Parliament will begin on Feb. 23, the Rail Budget will be presented on Feb. 25, and the Economic Survey on February 26. The Economic Survey indicates the direction of the budget and highlights the country’s economic performance. What does the Budget entail?The Budget is a financial statement of the government’s revenue and expenditure for one fiscal year (April to next March), which essentially means it is an account of the finances of the government for a fiscal.The Union Budget consists of two aspects â€” the Revenue Budget and the Capital Budget. The Revenue Budget entails the revenue of the government, mainly from taxes and other sources. The Revenue Budget also looks at the day-to-day expenditure of the government. The Capital Budget entails capital receipts, which cover the loans the government raises and capital payments, which include government expenditure on acquisition of assets.What were the highlights of previous Budgets of the Modi government?The Union Budget 2014-15 was the first budget to be presented by the current government after Narendra Modi came to power in May 2014.One of the major highlights of Arun Jaitley’s 2014 budget was the increase in tax exemption limit to Rs 2.5 lakh, and for investment under Section 80C to Rs 1.5 lakh. The Modi government also raised the cap on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the defence and insurance sectors to 49 percent each. Read more about the 2014 Budget highlights hereIn Budget 2015, the government increased service tax to 14%, raised the tax devolution to states to 42% of the divisible pool from 2015-16 to 2019-20, and also hiked excise duty on cigarettes and tobacco products. Tax slabs were unchanged, and the government abolished wealth tax. Interesting facts about budgets in historyThe first Union Budget of India was presented in 1947 by the then finance minister RK Shanmukhan Chetty. Here is the documented speech made by the first finance minister of India.Union Budget 1950-51 was the first to give the foundation for the Planning Commission, an institution that formulates five-year economic plans for the country.Union Budget 1991-92 by then-finance Minister Manmohan Singh opened the country to economic liberalisation as the import-export policy was revised and import duties cut.Morarji Desai is the only finance minister to have presented the budget 10 times.