Just in case you missed the lunacy of it all, NBA commissioner David Stern summed up in one word Dennis Rodman acting as a quasi-U.S. diplomat in meeting with North Korea suppressor Kim Jong Un and calling him a “cool guy.”“Ridiculous,” the outgoing commish said.Rodman was in North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters as part of a project for HBO. Somehow, the strange Rodman ended up attending a game and convening afterward with Kim, who has been a dictator and continues to defy United Nations acts on nuclear weapons.In an interview with Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes, Stern – suspended Rodman many times during the former player’s NBA career with the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers – did not hold back his disdain for Rodman’s laudatory remarks about Kim.”I think it’s ridiculous,” Stern said. “I think that if you’re going to meet someone with the record on human rights, and nuclear testing in a reckless way, counterfeiting U.S. dollars, and exporting a horrible brand of whatever it is that he’s exporting, starving his people, and locking them up, it should be done only in conjunction with the State Department with an agenda. If not, you shouldn’t go.”Rodman went on ABC on Sunday and rambled mindlessly about how the dictator was a basketball fan, a good guy and that Kim wants President Obama to call him, among other things. It was pointed out by interviewer Charlie Rose that Rodman did not intend to meet with the country’s leader when he arrived in North Korea.“No,” Stern said. “But then it was the burden of somebody to try to educate Dennis a little bit so he doesn’t come back and say, ‘The dude is really cool. His father was great. His grandfather was great. And really why doesn’t the President just give him a buzz?’ ”Surely, if this was an NBA matter, Rodman would be suspended by Stern indefinitely.
$210 at Best Buy $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Google Home Hub review CES 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon $155 at Google Express Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sprint 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. Boost Mobile $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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). 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. $59 at eBay 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. Mr. Whiskers has secrets. Carlos G. Lopez / Getty Images If you’ve ever wondered what exactly your cat is (aside from a fluffy agent of chaos), Basepaws wants to give you genetic insight on your feline buddy. The company is bringing its at-home DNA test for cats to CES 2019. The kit reportedly gives owners breed information and details about potential diseases and nutritional needs, the company said Thursday.”DNA research has revealed a vast amount of useful, often life-saving information for humans. We want to facilitate those same kind of breakthroughs for cats,” said Basepaws CEO and founder Anna Skaya in a statement. All you have to do is send in some hair (the cat’s, not yours), and a swab from the cat’s cheek. Just make sure Mr. Whiskers doesn’t chomp your fingers while you’re trying to ascertain whether he’s got a little Siamese somewhere in there. 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See at Turo Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $520 at HP Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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 Amazon See It Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read the Rylo camera preview See it $999 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $6 at Tidal Post a comment 7 Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. $999 0 Read the AirPods review Apple iPhone XS 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. Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice Comments 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. 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Rohit Sharma became a father to Samaira last yearRohit Sharma TwitterRohit Sharma is one of the best batsmen in limited-overs cricket and the captain of Mumbai Indians. But apart from this, the Mumbai cricketer also happens to be a doting father who is not hesitant to show his love for his newly-born daughter Samaira.With a day to go for the IPL Final, Rohit Sharma again took time off to play with his daughter. The official Twitter handle of his team Mumbai Indians, put out a video where the young father is showering his affection on Samaira. Daddy Ro reporting on duty ✅?#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvCSK @ImRo45 @ritssajdeh pic.twitter.com/0NWvqLtAha— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 11, 2019Rohit Sharma playing with his daughterTwitter/Mumbai IndiansThis is not the first time that the India opener has been seen on Twitter in this role. Earlier in the season also, he posted a video of himself giving Spanish lessons to his daughter. After his team had won the first qualifier of the ongoing season of IPL, he had posted a picture of himself and his wife sitting on the Wankhede outfield with their daughter. The text accompanying the photograph said: “At the end, this is what matters the most.”Rohit, who is 32 years old, got married in December 2015 to Ritika Sajdeh and the couple became parents in December last year. His wife has been seen often at stadiums supporting her husband while the whole family has been together during most of the season.It has become common among Indian cricketers of current generation to have their families with them and their spouses and partners present at the stadium. It is a sea change from earlier generations of cricketers who were rather discreet about showing their emotions in public.Both Sharma and India captain Virat Kohli have acknowledged their wives on field as well after getting to landmarks. While that may draw a mixed response from people used to watching the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid maintain stoicism about their personal feelings, the pictures and videos of Rohit Sharma with his cute daughter are bound to melt the heart of most sensitive people.
The logo of India’s largest e-commerce firm Flipkart is seen on the facade of the company’s headquarters in Bengaluru on July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Abhishek N ChinnappaDriven by attractive promotions and exclusive launches of popular brands, Smartphones sales in the e-commerce zone continues to flourish in the Indian market.Data from a market research firm Counterpoint shows that online smartphone segment captured a whopping 38 percent share of total smartphone sales during the first quarter of 2018 whereas last year in the same quarter, the online sales stood at 34 percent. Offline smartphone sales declined by 3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter.Xiaomi, which has disrupted the Indian smartphone market in the mid-segment, continues to grow and consolidate its position. Strikingly, Mi.com has grown faster than big rivals Amazon and Flipkart. Xiaomi which already has created its market by offering exclusive deals on Amazon and Flipkart is now growing its own portal by active media strategy and engaging MI fan community.Data presented by Counterpoint reviles that in online space Mi.com increased its market share to 14 percent in first quarter of 2018 up from 10 percent during the same quarter last year. While, Flipkart increased its online market share from 51 percent to 54 percent in Q1, 2018 as against Q1, 2017. Amazon recorded a fall of 3 percent in its market share of 33 percent from last year; however, it continues to dominate the e-commerce market in the premium smartphone segment chiefly because of its exclusive partnership with OnePlus.Xiaomi also maintained its lead in India’s online smartphone market with 57 percent share in the first quarter of the current year, followed by Samsung at 14 percent and Huawei that captured 8 percent share. In recent years, Chinese mobile companies have dominated the Indian smartphone segment by launching series of models in the mid-segment bracket.Apple’s push to start a manufacturing plant in India also shows Tim cook’s aggressive plans to capture the emerging cell phone market in India. In order to maintain its market share, companies are tying up with e-commerce players to give exclusive deals to the customers. The battle is expected to grow tighter with the entry of Walmart in the Indian market and Jio phone with cheap data plans.