$999 $520 at HP Mobile Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo Read Google Home Hub review IGTV will now feature both landscape and vertical videos. Instagram Instagram will now support landscape videos on its IGTV platform.The Facebook-owned photo app said Thursday that it’s adding the capability following requests from creators and viewers. Previously, IGTV only supported vertical videos. Viewers can now also watch landscape videos in full-screen by turning their phone sideways. “We realize this is an evolution from where IGTV started — we believe it’s the right change for viewers and creators,” Instagram said in a statement. “In many ways, opening IGTV to more than just vertical videos is similar to when we opened Instagram to more than just square photos in 2015. It enabled creativity to flourish and engagement to rise — and we believe the same will happen again with IGTV.”Instagram launched IGTV last year as a standalone app geared toward programming from creators. It features longer videos and is also accessible from the main Instagram app. In February, Instagram allowed creators to upload previews of their IGTV videos to their feed. Instagram says landscape video could be especially useful for high-motion videos that feature several people, such as those depicting dance and sports. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. 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. $999 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. $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Instagram,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 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. 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. $299 at Amazon 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. 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See It Read the AirPods review Tags 7 Rylo Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $155 at Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice 0 Sprint Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Turo $999 Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See it $6 at Tidal $59 at eBay See at Amazon See It See It Boost Mobile JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy 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. The Cheapskate Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET 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). Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon
Share From Rep. Carol Alvarado’s victory in the special election to fill Sylvia Garcia’s Texas Senate seat, to Pres. Donald Trump’s public argument with Democrats Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer over the impending government shutdown, to the President’s search for a new chief of staff, to his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s sentencing, Houston Matters breaks down the week’s biggest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.In the audio above, host Craig Cohen talks it over with Mark Jones from Rice University and Renée Cross from the University of Houston.
Popular on Variety Glashow wouldn’t disclose financial details of Awesomeness’ operations. But she said the company’s cutbacks helped accelerate its growth, compared with its previous ownership under Comcast’s NBCUniversal, Verizon and Hearst. “We’ve made a lot of changes, and being part of Viacom has let us tap into resources that have made us more efficient,” she said.One of the reasons Awesomeness has clicked with Viacom: The group is overseen by Viacom Digital Studios president Kelly Day, who worked with Glashow and Zimmerman at Awesomeness as chief business officer. Also in Viacom’s senior ranks is Brian Robbins, currently president of Nickelodeon, who co-founded AwesomenessTV in 2012 and provides critical support to the Awesomeness team.“We’re inside a company where we have the ability to partner and collaborate and align with their goals,” Glashow said.Glashow praised Awesomeness’ parent, touting its “best-in-class distribution relationships” and noted that Awesomeness is working with Viacom International Media Networks to sell its content around the world. she also cited Viacom’s relationships with marketers “that are such a scale we’re able to tap into that immediately. We’re able to amplify our series on Day One.”All that said, some of Awesomeness’ recent wins — with popular movies and series it has sold to Netflix and Hulu — have less to do with Viacom and more to do with the company’s history of focusing on content for teen audiences on YouTube and social media.“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” on Netflix, starring Noah Centineo and Lana CondorAwesomeness is the studio behind Netflix 2018’s film phenomenon “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” — co-starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, which Netflix said was one of its most-streamed original movies of the year — as well as Hulu’s critically acclaimed “Pen15″ and Daytime Emmy-winning drama “Zac and Mia,” starring Anne Winters and Kian Lawley.“We’ve been as a brand working in the teen space since the inception of Awesomeness,” said Glashow. “We’ve supersized our audience on streaming platforms, and we are proselytizers in the marketplace about connecting with that audience. The marketplace is now waking up to how critical this segment is.” Digital media players face uncertain and challenging economic times — and the best outcome these days for struggling independents may be to get swallowed by a larger entity.Nine months after Viacom scooped up Awesomeness for a fire-sale price, the co-heads of the youth-targeted division — Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman — say they couldn’t have asked for a better home.“It’s been beyond our expectations in terms of how we can align with not only VDS [Viacom Digital Studios] but the broader Viacom brands,” said Glashow. “We’ve been able to take Awesomeness and hit the ground running.”Added Zimmerman, “Part of why we’re so excited about the prospects for Awesomeness is that we’re partnered with a company that has built iconic youth brands.”Of course, Awesomeness went through pain in assimilating into Viacom: The media conglomerate cut nearly 100 Awesomeness employees — about half the staff — after deal closed last July. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Reuniting Was Difficult for ViacomCBS, but the Hardest Work Is Yet to Come (Column) Related “Part of why we’re so passionate about Gen Z is the power they have to turn the lights on for a new platform,” Zimmerman said. “Gen Z is why I know what Snapchat is.”Based in New York, Glashow most recently served as chief strategy and distribution officer at Awesomeness. Before joining the company in 2016, she held senior roles in content distribution and strategy at Discovery and Comcast.Before being promoted co-chief of Awesomeness, L.A.-based Zimmerman was head of its TV studio and prior to that led scripted programming development and production at Warner Horizon and Tollin/Robbins Productions.Pictured above: Awesomeness co-heads Rebecca Glashow (l.) and Shelley Zimmerman Media and Tech Execs Talk Fostering Safe Dialogue Online This spring’s Awesomeness film slate includes Netflix’s “The Perfect Date,” starring Centineo as a high-school student who creates a dating app that lets him act as a stand-in boyfriend to earn money for college. And Awesomeness is now working on a sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” which will again star Centineo and Condor.Additionally, Awesomeness has sold Netflix “Trinkets,” a series based on Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith’s YA novel, which follows three teenage girls (played by Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madera and Quintessa Swindell) from different social circles who form an unlikely friendship over their shared affinity for shoplifting.“Pen15” was produced by Awesomeness with Andy Samberg’s production shingle, set in the ’90s and portraying “middle school as it really happened.” In “Zac and Mia” season 2, which launched on Hulu in February, the couple are now forced to navigate their budding relationship out in the real world, unprotected and unsheltered by the walls of a hospital.“Pen15” on HuluAnother Awesomeness show on Hulu is thriller “Light As a Feather.” Hulu has brought it back for a second season, which will debut this summer with the return of Liana Liberato and Brianne Tju along with co-star Haley Ramm. The second season picks up following the events of season one, when an innocent game of “light as a feather, stiff as a board” goes wrong and the five teen girls who played start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they’re being targeted — and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own.“We want to be the dominant studio for [the Gen Z] audience across platforms,” Glashow said.Awesomeness is looking to continue to grow its film and TV slate, in addition to expanding its popular short-form programs on YouTube, which include “My Dream Quinceanera” and “Malibu Surf.”Zimmerman noted that Awesomeness also has been building relationships with “the most important talent for this generation,” like Noah Centineo. They’re “people we’ve always had relationships with who are having this exponential growth,” she said.
regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Last Updated Mar 16, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Which Graduate Business School Students Have The Highest GMAT Scores? RelatedHow to Deal with a Bad GMAT ScoreYou’ve been studying for months, possibly losing sleep as you go over the practice questions in your head and, as a result, getting some oh-so-enjoyable stress dreams. If any of this sounds familiar, you probably have had to—or currently are—preparing to take that Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). If you…August 31, 2017In “Admissions Tips”Which Business School Students Have the Top GMAT Scores?A strong GMAT score is essential to a stellar business school application. Though the score is universally important to admission, certain schools emphasize a high score on the test more than others. Below, we’ve laid out a list of the 10 business schools with the top GMAT scores for incoming…August 9, 2018In “Admissions Tips”Chicago MBA Programs without GMAT and GRE RequirementsIf you are applying for an MBA program, it’s likely that you are already a working professional with a busy schedule. Simply finding time to write personal essays, prepare your resume and pursue recommendation letters while working full-time can feel like an impossible challenge. In addition, many MBA programs require…June 23, 2016In “Featured Region” Along with required work experience and undergraduate prerequisites, prospective MBA students also look at the average scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for a certain school they are interested in applying to.According the Graduate Management Admission Council, the exam is used as part of the admissions process for more than 6,100 graduate programs around the world. A GMAC study found that 261,248 GMAT exams were taken by prospective MBA students during the 2016 test year. The report also shows that less than 30 percent of scores were 650 or higher. The GMAT has a maximum score of 800.That’s a pretty low number: Among the 10 schools with the highest GMAT scores in the U.S., incoming full-time students for fall 2016 had an average score of 725. Of course, the most prestigious business school require the highest marks, as you’ll see below with this compiled list of schools with highest GMAT scores. The list was put together by U.S. News & World Report–the same folks behind the prestigious annual ranking of of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Online Programs. The schools ranked top half of the top 10 are as follows:10. University of California—Berkeley (Haas) – 717 9. Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH) – 717 8. Columbia University (NY) – 720 7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) – 724 6. Yale University (CT) – 725Here’s a deeper dive into the top five schools with the highest GMAT scores:5. University of Chicago (Booth) – 726Home to the nation’s first Executive MBA program, Chicago Booth is one of the premiere business schools in the country and offers full-time, Evening, Weekend and Executive MBA Programs.The University of Chicago full-time program is comprised of 21 total classes, which are generally completed over the course of 21 months. Unlike many other cohort or team-based programs, the Booth MBA allows students the flexibility to schedule and prioritize their own course of study as long as they fulfill basic program curriculum requirements listed below.Booth’s Executive MBA is a 21-month program where students take 17 courses together in a set format and complete Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD). Students also select three to five elective courses to complete their individual course of study. The EMBA program has campuses in Chicago, London, and beginning in summer 2014, Hong Kong. The program begins in June and runs for 21 months, spanning seven academic quarters.4. Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL) – 728Originally founded in 1908 as the Northwestern University School of Commerce part-time evening program, the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management was a founding member of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. Today, the school is ranked among the top graduate business school’s in the world.Kellogg offers one-year full-time, two-year full-time, part-time and Executive MBA programs. The immersive two-year full-time MBA at Kellogg begins in September. Students must complete a minimum of 20.5 credit units over the six quarters they are enrolled. Meanwhile, the EMBA program has campuses in Evanston, IL as well as Miami, FL.3. Harvard University (MA) – 729Harvard Business School’s MBA program was established in 1908 making it one of the oldest MBA programs in the world. Along with its full-time MBA program, Harvard Business School offers eight doctoral programs and 80 executive education opportunities organized across topics including Entrepreneurship, Healthcare and General Management. For students looking for specialized program, the school’s dual degree options include a JD/MBA, an MD/MBA and a DMD/MBA, all offered in conjunction with other Harvard graduate schools. HBS also partners with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to offer a Master of Public Policy/MBA and a Master of Public Administration-International Development/MBA.2. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) – 730Founded in 1881, Wharton was the first dedicated school of business at the college level in the United States. Today, the school enrolls 1,788 total students in its MBA program and 436 students in the MBA Program for Executives.Wharton is cut and dry with its MBA offerings: There is a full-time MBA Program and an Executive MBA program. It also offers Certificate programs and a number of opportunities to pursue dual degrees. Among the joint degrees is the MBA/MA Lauder Joint Degree in International Studies, designed to prepare students for careers in international management.1. Stanford University (CA) – 737The Stanford Graduate School of Business was originally conceived to be the West Coast alternative to eastern business schools when the Executive Development Program offered its first classes to business managers in 1952. Today, Stanford offers only a full-time MBA Program.Stanford’s MBA program is known for its small size and is also well recognized for its strengths in entrepreneurship and the tech industry thanks to its close proximity to Silicon Valley. The Class of 2017 is comprised of 407 total students out of nearly 8,000 applicants, which makes the average high GMAT scores even more astounding.According to U.S. News, 471 business schools were surveyed to put together these rankings. Schools self-reported data regarding: academic programs, makeup of their student body, etc. While the data comes from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News‘ rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Online Programs. About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini