Democrats will try to save net neutrality with new bill report says

first_img Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sprint $299 at Amazon 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. 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. See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Democrats in Congress will try to restore net neutrality rules.  Win McNamee / Getty Images Democrats in the US Congress will introduce a bill Wednesday to bring back net neutrality rules that were repealed in 2017, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Monday.House Democrats will work with the Senate to pass the “Save the Internet Act,” Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers, according to Reuters. The text of the reported bill hasn’t been released. Net neutrality, which lasted from 2015 to 2018, banned broadband providers from slowing or blocking internet access or charging companies more for faster access. In December 2017, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules.Democrats in Congress have said the repeal allows for large broadband and wireless companies to “control people’s online activities.” Tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook, as well as tech pioneers such as Tim Berners-Lee, have spoken out against net neutrality’s repeal. In August, attorneys general from 22 states, as well as activist groups and companies including Mozilla, filed suit, alleging the FCC arbitrarily rolled back net neutrality rules and overstepped its authority to ban states from passing their own regulations.And in October, California reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice not to enforce its own net neutrality law, saying it’d hold off until questions about the FCC’s authority to pre-empt states from adopting their own net neutrality laws were answered in federal appeals court. The FCC declined to comment. A representative for Pelosi didn’t respond to a request for comment. First published March 4.Update, March 5, 2:41 p.m. PT: Adds background on net neutrality.  Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. The Cheapskate 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). 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. See It $59 at eBay $155 at Google Express $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 12 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 Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img Internet Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Angela Lang/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 Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 $6 at Tidal Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview $60 at Best Buy $210 at Best Buy Turo 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. Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET See It Comments See it See It Net neutrality,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. 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. Share your voice Boost Mobile $520 at HP 7 Comments $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Amazonlast_img read more

Texas Set To Pass Transgender Bathroom Law For Schools

first_img Share Paul Ladd/AP Images for ReliantFILE — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at the valve turning ceremony for the Petra Nova carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery system on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston.A transgender “bathroom bill” reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas — though it may only apply to public schools.A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country’s second-largest state use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates sailed through the Texas Senate months ago. A similar measure had stalled in the House, but supporters late Sunday night used an amendment to tack bathroom limits onto a separate and otherwise unrelated bill covering school emergency operation plans for things like natural disasters.Republican Rep. Chris Paddie authored the hotly-debated language, saying it had “absolutely no intent” to discriminate. Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.“It’s absolutely about child safety,” said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. “This is about accommodating all kids.”His change passed 91-50. Final House approval should come Monday, sending the modified bill to the Senate, which should easily support it. Texas’ legislative session ends May 29, but that’s plenty of time — even if the bathroom bill is scaled-back enough to only affect the state’s roughly 5.3 million public school students, and not the general public.“This amendment is the bathroom bill and the bathroom bill is an attack on transgender people,” said Rep. Joe Moody, an El Paso Democrat. “Some people don’t want to admit that because they are ashamed, and this is shameful.”A small group of Democratic women legislators went into the men’s restroom just off the House floor before debate began in protest. With Republicans enjoying solid majorities in both of Texas’ legislative chambers, though, such opposition was purely symbolic.Houston Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson, one of the House’s longest-serving and most-respected members, likened the new language to when restrooms nationwide were segregated by race.“Bathrooms divided us then and bathrooms divide us now. Separate but equal is not equal at all,” Thompson said, drawing floor applause.While Barack Obama was still president, the U.S. Department of Education tried to implement requirements that school districts nationwide allow transgender students to choose campus bathrooms or locker rooms they wished to use. Texas led a lawsuit challenging that directive and a federal judge in Texas ordered it suspended. President Donald Trump then rescinded the order in February.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law. House Speaker Joe Straus, a Republican from San Antonio, has been even more vocal opposing one — saying it could hurt a Texas economy that has been among the country’s strongest in recent years.Top firms, chambers of commerce and lobbyists also have decried the bathroom bill in all forms as bad for business. Many Hollywood actors and music stars have suggested state boycotts, and the NFL and NBA have expressed concerns about it passing — even though Houston successfully hosted this year’s Super Bowl.Since 2004, Texas has hosted more combined Super Bowls, NBA All-Star Games (three) and NCAA men’s Final Fours (five) than any other state. San Antonio is scheduled to host another Final Four in 2018, and Dallas is hosting the 2018 women’s NCAA Final Four.Supporters described limiting the scope to schools as “middle ground” and hinted that it could soften the kinds of costly boycotts that hit North Carolina after it approved its bathroom bill last year. The NCAA pulled sporting events and the state faced losing billions of dollars in related economic fallout, though some opposition has quieted since North Carolina lawmakers voted in March for a partial repeal.Straus said in a statement that the House amendment “will allow us to avoid the severely negative impact” of the original Senate bill, which was closer to what North Carolina’s original looked like.But opponents still vowed to fight Sunday’s Texas amendment with lawsuits.If the Legislature succeeds “in forcing discrimination into Texas law, you can bet that Lambda Legal will be on the case before the next school bell rings,” Jennifer C. Pizer, senior counsel and director of law and policy at the national gay rights group Lambda Legal, said.last_img read more

Graph Nets – DeepMinds library for graph networks in Tensorflow and Sonnet

first_imgGraph Nets is a new DeepMind’s library used for building graph networks in TensorFlow and Sonnet. Last week a paper Relational inductive biases, deep learning, and graph networks was published on arXiv by researchers from DeepMind, Google Brain, MIT and University of Edinburgh. The paper introduces a new machine learning framework called Graph networks which is expected to bring new innovations in artificial general intelligence realm. What are graph networks? Graph networks can generalize and extend various types of neural networks to perform calculations on the graph. It can implement relational inductive bias, a technique used for reasoning about inter-object relations. The graph networks framework is based on graph-to-graph modules. Each graph’s features are represented in three characteristics: Nodes Edges: Relations between the nodes Global attributes: System-level properties The graph network takes a graph as an input, performs the required operations and calculations from the edge, to the node, and to the global attributes, and then returns a new graph as an output. The research paper argues that graph networks can support two critical human-like capabilities: Relational reasoning: Drawing logical conclusions of how different objects and things relate to one another Combinatorial Generalization: Constructing new inferences, behaviors, and predictions from known building blocks To understand and learn more about graph networks you can refer the official research paper. Graph Nets Graph Nets library can be installed from pip. To install the library, run the following command: $ pip install graph_nets The installation is compatible with Linux/Mac OSX, and Python versions 2.7 and 3.4+ The library includes Jupyter notebook demos which allow you to create, manipulate, and train graph networks to perform operations such as shortest path-finding task, a sorting task, and prediction task. Each demo uses the same graph network architecture, thus showing the flexibility of the approach. You can try out various demos in your browser using Colaboratory. In other words, you don’t need to install anything locally when running the demos in the browser (or phone) via cloud Colaboratory backend. You can also run the demos on your local machine by installing the necessary dependencies. What’s ahead? The concept was released with ideas not only based in artificial intelligence research but also from the computer and cognitive sciences. Graph networks are still an early-stage research theory which does not yet offer any convincing experimental results. But it will be very interesting to see how well graph networks live up to the hype as they mature. To try out the open source library, you can visit the official Github page. In order to provide any comments or suggestions, you can contact graph-nets@google.com. Read more 2018 is the year of graph databases. Here’s why. Why Neo4j is the most popular graph database Pytorch.org revamps for Pytorch 1.0 with design changes and added Static graph supportlast_img read more

Garuda Indonesia seeks to cancel order for 49 Boeing Max 8s

first_img Posted by Garuda Indonesia seeks to cancel order for 49 Boeing Max 8s << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, March 22, 2019 center_img Travelweek Group JAKARTA — Indonesia’s flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes in the past six months.It is the first announcement of a cancellation since Boeing’s new model aircraft were grounded following fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.PT Garuda Indonesia, which had ordered 50 Max 8 jets in 2014 and had received just one plane last year, has sent a letter to Boeing last week requesting to cancel the order worth US$4.9 billion, the company’s spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said Friday. The carrier has so far paid Boeing about $26 million for the order.“Passengers always ask what type of plane they will fly as they have lost trust and confidence in the Max 8 jet. This would harm our business,” said Rosan.“We don’t want to use Max jets … but maybe will consider switching it with another Boeing model of plane,” Rosan said. He said Indonesian passengers are afraid to take flights using any Max model, whether it’s the 8, 9 or 10 series.A preliminary report from Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee in December stopped short of declaring a probable cause of the Oct. 29 crash.Officials have provided scant details since then, saying they are still analyzing data from a cockpit voice recorder that was only recovered from the sea in January.Meanwhile, in Europe, Polish national carrier PLL LOT said it was considering asking for financial compensation from Boeing or even a delay to deliveries of purchased 737 Max 8 aircraft after the planes were grounded globally following the crash in Ethiopia.In a statement Friday, LOT said it would wait for communications from Boeing and flight regulators on whether to put the Max 8 planes back into service. LOT has five 737 Max 8 planes and is to receive nine more this year. Its total fleet counts over 80 aircraft.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAnother Polish carrier, charter airline EnterAir, said Friday it would also seek damages. It has two Max 8 planes and has placed orders for another four.Earlier this month, Norwegian Air Shuttles said it would seek compensation from Boeing. It had grounded its 18 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.The news comes on the heels of revelations that Air Canada and WestJet have at least one of the optional safety features on their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that were reportedly lacking on the jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia.Air Canada and WestJet Airlines both say they purchased disagree lights used by the aircraft’s software system during flight to avert stalls.The New York Times has reported the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air jets involved in recent fatal crashes were not equipped with angle of attack indicators and disagree lights.The safety features are not standard on the aircraft and are offered by Boeing as upgrades.Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said the country’s largest airline purchased both safety features for its fleet of 24 Max 8 planes.WestJet spokeswoman Morgan Bell said the Calgary-based airline’s 13 Max 8 planes are not configured with the angle of attack indicators.She said the disagree light was purchased so the new aircraft will have common configurations with its Boeing 737 NG fleet.Neither airline would disclose the cost of purchasing these options.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Norwegian Air, which is preparing to launch Canadian service to Europe on March 31, says it hasn’t added the optional extra because it is “not a critical safety feature nor is it a requirement by any aviation authority.”“We are in close dialogue with Boeing and follow their and the aviation authorities’ instructions and recommendations, we immediately implement all safety recommendations as required,” stated acting chief operating officer Tomas Hesthammer.The low-cost carrier said it is working on using other aircraft to cover the route but said it is too early to tell how the grounding of the Boeing planes will impact its operations in the coming months.The safety indicators help pilots detect any erroneous readings from two vanelike sensors that determine the position of the plane’s nose relative to oncoming air.The angle of attack indicator displays the readings of the two sensors while the disagree light is activated if the sensors don’t provide the same information, the U.S. daily said.The MCAS system can automatically push the plane’s nose down to prevent stalling if it determines it is pointing up at a dangerous level.The New York Times also said, citing unnamed sources, that Boeing will soon update the MCAS software and make the disagree light standard on all new 737 Max planes, but maintain the angle of attack indicator as an option.Boeing is reportedly rushing to complete the upgrades on jets by early next week.With files from The Canadian Press Tags: 737, boeing, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesialast_img read more