Microsoft’s GitHub will give free users unlimited private repositories. Microsoft If you’re using a free account on GitHub, you’re now able to create and share private software projects.The company on Monday said the platform will give users of its free plan access to unlimited private repositories, which are software projects only shared with certain collaborators instead of the public. Private repositories were previously only available on GitHub’s paid plans, which start at $7 per month.Developers now can use GitHub for private projects with up to three collaborators per project for free, according to Microsoft’s blog. Public repositories are still available at no cost and can have an unlimited number of collaborators. Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5 billion in October last year. GitHub is a popular platform for software developers to share codes programs. Microsoft said GitHub would continue to operate independently after the acquisition. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Post a comment Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review Internet Services Software,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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $59 at eBay See It $999 $60 at Best Buy 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. 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’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. $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $299 at Amazon Share your voice 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. Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Tags The Cheapskate See at Amazon 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). Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Read Google Home Hub review 0 See It Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. Angela Lang/CNET See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $210 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. Boost Mobile Read the Rylo camera preview 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. Rylo 7 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It $999 $155 at Google Express Apple iPhone XS $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sprint See at Turo Comments Tags 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. 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Myanmar minister Kyaw Tint Swe. photo: Collected Amid growing pressure on Myanmar, state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is sending her representative to Dhaka to discuss the Rohingya issue with the Bangladesh government.The State Counselor’s office minister Kyaw Tint Swe will arrive early Monday to hold a meeting with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali.The only meeting will be held on Monday noon, said an official.The Myanmar minister had wanted to meet the prime minister Sheikh Hasina but she is scheduled to return home from the US on 7 October.Violence in the Rakhine state that began on 25 August forced over 500,000 Rohingya refugees to cross the border into Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh.Of all the new arrivals, 429,000 are in need of emergency food assistance.Among the new arrivals, an estimated 55,770 pregnant and lactating women, and children under-five require targeted food assistance.Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque earlier said Bangladesh keeps its door open to discuss and resolve the Rohingya issue bilaterally, apart from discussing it at international forums.
http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/11/1117_LEVANDER-5-web.jpgA Rice University-led team of scientists observed downwelling of material from the European and African continental plates, the result of the destabilizing effects of the subducting Alboran (Mediterranean) oceanic plate. The team’s new work in Nature finds similar effects on either side of the Atlantic. (Credit: Alan Levander/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/11/1117_LEVANDER-4-web.jpgA network of seismic instruments revealed downwelling of continental lithosphere under northern South America associated with the Atlantic plate (ATL, left), as reported in a Rice University-led study in Nature. (Credit: Alan Levander/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/11/1117_LEVANDER-2-web.jpgA study led by Rice University found that continental plates on either side of the Atlantic Ocean are thinning under the influence of subducting oceanic plates. By pulling lower lithospheric material from the continental plates, the oceanic plate allows aesthenospheric material to rise, triggering seismic activity and downwelling of further inland. (Credit: Bezada et al., Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B12333) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/11/1117_LEVANDER-3-web.jpgDownwelling (arrows) of lithospheric material from the South American continental plate can be observed from seismic images made from teleseismic earthquakes. A dense network of seismic instruments revealed the “dripping” reported on both sides of the Atlantic by a Rice University-led team. (Credit: Alan Levander/Rice University) ShareDavid Ruth713email@example.comMike Williams713firstname.lastname@example.orgSubducting oceanic plates are thinning adjacent continents HOUSTON – (Nov. 13, 2014) – The continental margins of plates on either side of the Atlantic Ocean are thinner than expected, and an international team led by a Rice University scientist is using an array of advanced tools to understand why.According to Alan Levander, lead author of a new paper in Nature and the Carey Croneis Professor of Earth Science at Rice, the viscous bottom layers of the continental shelves beneath the Gibraltar arc and northeastern South America are literally being pulled off by adjacent subducting oceanic plates.Removing the base of the continental margin can destabilize the plate further inland by creating topography on the base of the lithosphere, he said. The topography can trigger additional downwellings by setting up small-scale convection in the underlying asthenosphere. The space left by the sinking lithosphere is filled by rising asthenosphere. As it rises, the asthenosphere can undergo partial melting, which gives rise to surface volcanism.Levander and his team saw evidence of “dripping” lithosphere in a previous study of the Colorado plateau, and he thinks these “secondary downwellings” are similar in nature and common. “We see similar downwelling under South America right now, and there’s evidence that there’s been downwelling under parts of North Africa,” Levander said.The researchers believe the new findings reconcile a number of “sometimes mutually exclusive” tectonic models at two subduction zones. “What I find interesting is that these two National Science Foundation (NSF) Continental Dynamics projects are on opposite sides of the Atlantic and they both involve relatively small subduction zones,” he said. “But we see what we think are the same processes in each one.”None of this can be observed directly, but modern seismic instruments deployed in both regions have contributed greatly to Earth scientists’ ability to view processes deep within the planet.“Until recently, we didn’t have a good way to tell where the bottoms of the tectonic plates were. Only with the development of fairly dense, observatory-quality seismic networks like USArray and dense deployments of instruments elsewhere in the world have we been able to determine local variations in lithosphere thickness,” Levander said. Many seismology groups are now studying the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (the LAB) under the oceans and continents, he said.The study used portable seismographs belonging to the NSF-funded IRIS/PASSCAL facility that were deployed for several years with instruments from Spain’s IberArray and Venezuela’s National Seismograph Network. From that data, geophysicists determined the topography of the LAB using techniques roughly similar to medical CAT scans and ultrasound images.“People have had an idea where the base of the lithosphere is since the ’70s and ’80s, but only on a very large scale,” Levander said. “Even regional variations were poorly resolved by the seismic data available at the time. There weren’t enough instruments.”Co-authors of the paper are Maximiliano Bezada, a former Rice Ph.D. student now on the faculty at the University of Minnesota; Fenglin Niu, a professor of Earth science at Rice with an appointment at the China University of Petroleum; Eugene Humphreys, a professor of geophysics at the University of Oregon; postdoctoral researcher Inmaculada Palomeras and graduate students Sally Thurner and Jeniffer Masy, all of Rice; Michael Schmitz of the Venezuelan Foundation for Seismological Research; Josep Gallart and Ramon Carbonell of the Institute of Earth Science Jaume Almera, Barcelona, Spain; and Meghan Miller of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.The NSF, the Venezuelan National Fund for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supported the research. The Rice researchers utilized the NSF-funded DAVinCi Visualization Laboratory, administered by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the paper at http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v515/n7526/full/nature13878.htmlFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Alan Levander: http://terra.rice.edu/web/people/levander.htmlRice Department of Earth Science: http://earthscience.rice.eduImages for download: AddThis