Several new and refurbished Razer laptops are on sale

We may have said goodbye to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not to tech deals altogether. There are some nice discounts available as we progress through the holiday season, including ones from Razer, which is having a sale on several of its Blade, Blade Pro, and Blade Stealth laptops.

Razer’s sale includes a mix of new and refurbished models, both in the US and UK. Here’s a look:

UK DEALS

Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ 4K: £1,250, Razer (save £700) – This laptop pairs a Core i7-7500U processor with a 1TB SSD, giving you ample storage. It also has 16GB of RAM. Bear in mind that it’s running integrated Intel HD 620 graphics, so for more serious gaming, you’ll want to pair this with a external GPU enclosure.

Several other configurations of this laptop are on sale as well, though some are sold out. We’re listing them here anyway in case they come back in stock.

  • Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ 4K w/ i7-7500U 512GB SSD:  £999, Razer (save £550) – sold out
  • Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ 4K w/ i7-7500U, 256GB SSD:  £1,305, Razer (save £45) – sold out
  • Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ 4K w/ i7-7500U, 512GB SSD:  £1,460, Razer (save £90)
  • Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ 4K w/ i7-7500U, 1TB SSD:  £1,810, Razer (save £90)
  • Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ 4K w/ i7-8550U, 256GB SSD:  £1,455, Razer (save £45)
  • Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ 4K w/ i7-8550, 512GB SSD:  £1,610, Razer (save £90)
  • Razer Blade Pro 17.3″ Full HD w/ i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, 256GB + 2TB: £1,830, Razer (save £270)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade 14″ Full HD w/ i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, 256GB:£1,700, Razer
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade 14″ Full HD w/ i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, 512GB: £1,850, Razer
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade 14″ Full HD w/ i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060, 1TB: £2,200, Razer
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ QHD w/ i7-7500U, 128GB: £850, Razer – sold out
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ QHD w/ i7-7500U, 256GB: £1,100, Razer – sold out
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 13.3″ QHD w/ i7-7500U, 512GB: £1,200, Razer

US DEALS

REFURBISHED Razer Blade V5 14″ QHD: $1,750, Razer (save $350) – This thin and light laptop has a Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. Razer backs it with a 1-year warranty.

Here are several other configurations and models that are on sale. Note that all of these are refurbished models, backed by a 1-year warranty.

  •  REFURBISHED Razer Blade V5 14″ QHD w/ Core i7-6700HQ, GTX 1060, 512GB:  $1,800, Razer (save $500)
  •  REFURBISHED Razer Blade V5 14″ QHD w/ Core i7-6700HQ, GTX 1060, 1TB: $2,000, Razer (save $700)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth V1 12.5″ QHD w/ Core i7-6500U, 128GB: $750, Razer (save $250)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth V1 12.5″ QHD w/ Core i7-6500U, 256GB: $950, Razer (save $250)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth V1 12.5″ UHD w/ Core i7-6500U, 256GB: $1,000, Razer (save $400)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth V1 12.5″ UHD w/ Core i7-6500U, 512GB: $1,100, Razer (save $500)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ QHD w/ Core i7-7500U, 128GB:$850, Razer (save $150) – out of stock
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ QHD w/ Core i7-7500U, 256GB:$1,050, Razer (save $200)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ QHD w/ Core i7-7500U, 512GB:$1,150, Razer (save $250)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ 4K w/ Core i7-7500U, 512GB:$1,300, Razer (save $300)
  • REFURBISHED Razer Blade Stealth 12.5″ 4K w/ Core i7-7500U, 1TB: $1,500, Razer (save $500)

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Instagram Launches Stories Archive and Stories Highlights

Instagram Launches Stories Archive and Stories Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stories Archive and Stories Highlights are the new features
  • Highlights will be visible in a scroll above your photos
  • Available on version 25 for Android and iOS

Instagram on Tuesday rolled out two big updates for all Instagram profiles – Stories Archive and Stories Highlights. These two features are part of Instagram’s effort to let users save their stories for later use and give them another platform to represent their profiles.

Stories Archive lets you add your stories to the Archive feature. Stories will automatically save in your private archive for you to reference later. You can reshare Stories from your archive to your current Story, share them as a post in feed, add them to a highlight (called Stories Highlights), or turn off Stories Archive altogether.

On the other hand, Stories Highlights refers to a new space on your Instagram profile where you can source images from Stories Archive. The archived photos will appear on your profile in this new tab. You can add as many highlights as you want from your archive and they’ll appear as a horizontal scroll bar above your photo grid.

To access the stories in your archive, tap the Archive icon on your profile. From there, you can easily switch between your Posts Archive and the new Stories Archive. The first story from each day will show a date indicator to help you navigate your archive as you scroll. The new feature will be available from Instagram version 25 on Android and iOS.

The Stories Archive feature has been a highly requested feature on Instagram as Snapchat has offered something similar for a while. Instagram has been accused, on numerous instances, of copying Snapchat’s features in the past.

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SF politicians, bicyclists and others gear up for bike lane changes

Supervisor Hillary Ronen is living in fear.

Her husband takes their young daughter to school nearly every day on the back of his bicycle and, nearly every day, she’s haunted by mental imagery of the two of them being doored or sideswiped or otherwise coming to grief on Valencia Street. San Francisco’s major cycling artery is also ground zero for Uber and Lyft drop-offs and pick-ups, a mixture about as combustible and ominous as locating a match factory next to the lighter fluid depot.

These are the sorts of things that wander into Ronen’s mind during endless public comment sessions in Board of Supervisors meetings.

Valencia Street forms the border between Ronen’s District 9 and Supervisor Jeff Sheehy’s District 8. Sheehy — who worked as a bike messenger when he arrived in this city in 1988 to underwrite food, beer and $300-a-month rent — recently donned an aggressively yellow shirt and served as a human protected bike lane.

So, the supervisors overseeing both sides of the street are on the record in calling for protected bike lanes to keep Ronen’s family and Sheehy’s bike-messenger successors from tragically commingling with some dude in an Uber. Everyone says they want the same thing — but San Francisco is a peculiarly political town. And, very much in spite of our self-styled reputation for progressiveness, it’s also a place that’s often stridently opposed to change.

Right now, everyone is, ostensibly, on the same page. But this book is long.

When bike lanes were first proposed for Valencia Street, Department of Parking and Traffic boss Bill Maher had a succinct message: “Over my dead body.”

Those lanes were installed in 1999. Maher is still alive and well.

So, clearly, this city’s relationship with cycling and cyclists has transformed, as has Valencia Street. Rather than mortal opposition, our elected leaders and city staff are growing increasingly amenable to cycling and are keen to reach out to what is now a constituency. But this city has a number of constituencies and, in this neighborhood and, specifically, with this proposed project, they’re commingling to the same degree as Ubers and bikes. This endeavor may end nearly as badly.

On Nov. 13, the Board of Supervisors will, all but certainly, greenlight a proposed $145,000 study on how Valencia Street’s bike lanes could be upgraded. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will be the body undertaking the work, but the Board expedited this process by offering to pay for the whole thing; Sheehy’s office will kick down $50,000 in transportation improvement funds. So, it’s clear that getting this study started, tout suite, is important for members of the board.

But that’s when things slow down. The study’s timeframe calls for its results to be presented in December of 2018. The crucial “stakeholder outreach” component of this study — i.e. finding out who is going to declare war on whom depending on what the study concludes — won’t be completed until September of next year. Actually doing the stuff the study recommends we do, if we actually do it, will take years more. And, all during that time, the scenarios that necessitated the study won’t be improving.

And perhaps that’s why, last week, Ronen proposed that Uber, Lyft and other app-hailed services stop picking up and dropping off riders on Valencia and instead pull onto the numerous side streets.

For San Franciscans who would have reveled at the sight of Travis Kalanick slinking off via the perp walk, this proposition was likely well-received. But Ronen knows she has no regulatory authority over app-hailed services; that’s the domain of the California Public Utilities Commission. And striking a “deal” with Uber et al. is a bit like Lando Calrissian trying to drive a hard bargain with Darth Vader. None of the city’s progressives, in fact, have much faith in Mayor Ed Lee to demand significant concessions from any manner of tech company.

And yet, those countless Ubers and Lyfts dropping off countless folks on Valencia aren’t doing so merely for the joy of driving through the Mission. “If you think restaurants are not going to freak out about not having Lyft and Uber doing pick-ups, well, that’s crazy,” summed up a longtime city official.

Ronen’s proposal was inspired by the well-meaning and understandable desire to keep cyclists from being run down. Everyone wants that. But no one wants to give up something that’s working for them. And this is why a year of studying this and proposing “solutions” may move everyone further apart rather than closer together.

Installing  protected bike lanes of the sort everyone professes to want on Valencia is going to require overcoming two sorts of obstacles: logistical and political. It’s not clear which will be more difficult.

Without tumbling too far down the rabbit hole of traffic minutiae, let’s discuss the physical problems first. These are significant. Several blocks of Valencia sit below overhead power lines and bus wires. This sets up a battle both with the SFMTA and the Fire Department. Pushing traffic further toward the middle of the street would potentially require a firefighter’s ladder to a burning building to go right through those wires — which is a nonstarter. There’s a long list of proposed cycling lanes that the Fire Department has held up over similar concerns, including a stretch on Upper Market that was approved by the Board and had the money earmarked and ready to go. Furthermore, any attempt to move those wires could trigger California Environmental Quality Act requirements. That’ll have a molasses effect on the process.

So, there’s trouble brewing with public city institutions. And, on other stretches of Valencia, private institutions may be spoiling for a fight.

On some blocks of Valencia, there’s a center turn lane. On some there isn’t. Removing that lane would allow the installation of bike and buffer zones without losing parking. But on the blocks where it’s not there, parking is going to have to come out. That will rankle people.

We’ve come a long way from Maher’s “over my dead body” era. There have been winners and losers over the past two decades as Valencia Street has hyper-gentrified. But, writ large, nobody can say that increased cycling amenities are incompatible with booming business.

Writ small, however, removing parking spots irritates business owners. Especially, City Hall officials note, if it’s their parking spot, the place in front of their business they arrive at early in the morning and where they feed the meter throughout the day. Times are changing, but some things never change.

Putting serious money into improving Valencia Street’s bike lanes, when much of the city isn’t nearly as safe and accommodating to cyclists, is a debatable decision. But Valencia is the backbone of the city’s cycling network and the place we’ve rolled out the green carpet for would-be riders. And, city officials tell us, if San Francisco can’t get it right on this street, then it can’t get it right, period.

“If ever there was a corridor on which to push progressive transportation policy, it’s Valencia,” says one. “The merchants are young. The raw material is fabulous. I think the timing is right. Let’s just hope Hillary and Jeff work it out so it doesn’t become political.”

And let’s hope that, whatever we do, it’s done before Ronen is worried about her daughter riding around with a grandchild.

Source:-missionlocal.

Demonetisation, corruption and black money

ON the evening of November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went on all media channels to announce that his government had decided to demonetise 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee currency notes “to break the grip of corruption and black money”, and announced that the “five-hundred and thousand-rupee notes hoarded by anti-national and anti-social elements will become just worthless pieces of paper”. It is not that demonetisation as a monetary measure is not resorted to by other countries. In fact, the Economic Survey 2015-16 does refer to over 20 countries resorting to demonetisation with different purposes and different rationales, with varying results. But the manner in which Prime Minister Modi made the announcement brought a certain sensationalism to this measure of the government. “Demonetisation” is a financial or monetary measure, and normally involves the central bank or the Finance Ministry. But in this case, neither the RBI Governor nor the Finance Minister came to announce it, raising serious doubts whether they were involved at all in the decision-making. The Prime Minister took it upon himself to personally announce the decision for almost 40 minutes in Hindi, and another 40 minutes in English. The speech did not stop with the policy decision and soliciting the people’s support for it but went on to list over 20 points of procedural detail which would normally be part of any government notification. But the choice of such a method of announcement was obviously a well-designed strategy to make people believe the priority that the Prime Minister was according to wiping out the past evils. As many behavioural psychologists or even behavioural economists would know, the less one knows about the reality behind the numbers or the procedures, the more awe and respect people would develop for them and for those using them. Such political strategies are increasingly in evidence across the world. There was no sign of any financial or economic crisis. On the contrary, the Prime Minister began his speech by describing how, when he took over, there was a feeling that “I” in the BRICS was shaky, and how, under the new government, India became strong and emerged as an economy with the highest GDP growth. True, the magnitude of the measure of withdrawing almost 86 per cent of currency in circulation was an extraordinary measure that needed convincing the people. But more than that, much of the speech was devoted to whipping up people’s anger against corruption and black money, and building on people’s imagined notion of black money stashed in cash that could be wiped out. There was an emphasis that whatever “pain” people were likely to face would be short-lived, and wiped out by the gains of unearthing black money and wiping out corruption.

Source:-.frontline.i