The Mother of Dragons helped inspire some baby names. HBO/Helen Sloan The top baby names of 2018 as logged by the US Social Security Administration are now out. You won’t find any geeky surprises on the top-10 lists, but the data on the rising popularity of names shows Game of Thrones and Star Wars fans are expressing their love of fantasy and sci-fi.A future generation of George R.R. Martin readers came into the world in 2018 bearing names like Khaleesi (up from 631 in 2017 to 549 in the rankings) and Yara (up from 986 to 672). Babies born in the US received “Ari,” “Ariyah” and “Aria” as names, though it’s hard to determine if those are Game of Thrones references. “Arya” ranked in the 119th spot for female names while “Aria” came in at 19th. Perhaps a lot of opera fans had babies last year. 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. 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. Share your voice Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Game of Thrones Star Wars,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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Stephen King has his own idea for how Game of Thrones should end Game of Thrones star apologizes for evil deed Cersei made him do Post a comment Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Amazon See at Turo Rylo 57 Photos Chris Monroe/CNET 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. $60 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET See it DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. Best Buy 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. Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Angela Lang/CNET $999 See It 0 $155 at Google Express 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). Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $6 at Tidal 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. Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TV and Movies Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET See It $210 at Best Buy Turo Amazon 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 See It Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read the AirPods review $59 at eBay Boost Mobile 7 Some characters didn’t even crack the top 1,000. You won’t find Cersei, Tyrion, Brienne, Sansa or Samwell on the list. Jon Snow isn’t getting much love, either. The spelling “Jon” logged in at 754 for male names, while “John” ranked in the 27th spot.On the Star Wars side of things, Kylo moved up from 1,152 in 2017 to 865 in 2018. Rey, however, still remains primarily a boy’s name. It didn’t even make the top-1,000 list for girls.The No. 1 names in 2018 were Liam for boys and Emma for girls. While Khaleesi gained ground, “Daenerys” is conspicuously missing. Maybe because it’s so hard to spell it right. We can blame George R.R. Martin for that one. $999 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview 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. Game of Thrones heads to the finish Tags 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! 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Lucky-Akhter-and-Umme-Habiba-BenazirChhatra Union president and a quota reform activist Lucky Akhter has complained that Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists are using social media to harass her, with the help of the police.Detective Branch police picked up a leader, APM Suhel, of the ongoing quota reform movement last week from Lucky’s house in Shantinagar. Police took some snaps of Suhel at the time.“I thought police were only taking Suhel’s photos during the arrest, but I later saw certain content with pictures of Suhel and me on some insignificant online newspaper sites,” Lucky told Prothom Alo.Citing her concern, Lucky further added, “Only the police had those photos. How did the portals get the photos if police did not provide them with the pictures?”The student leader informed Prothom Alo that the police had snatched everyone’s mobile phones during the drive, so nobody else could have taken any photos.Lucky Akhter lives with her husband and two younger brothers in Shantinagar. Suhel, a university junior to Lucky, went to her house to watch the football match and stayed over, when police arrested him at around 4:00am.Lucky then posted a Facebook status describing Suhel’s arrest by DB police. She came under fire in the social media shortly after the status.Student federation president of Dhaka University Umme Habiba Benazir is also being harassed online.Another student involved in quota reform movement who was abused and imprisoned for 27 hours, left Dhaka but was still not spared.Lucky said, in the past when she was a part of the Ganajagaran Mancha,the Shahbag based youth-led movement, she had been abused by Jamaat-Shibir activists over the phone..“BCL activists send exactly the same messages now. Only the abusers have changed, not the words,” Lucky said.Umme Habiba criticised the government and university administration in a speech for their silent role during the quota reform movement in front of Raju sculpture on 3 July.Many has sent her rape threats on social media right after that, even calling her a prostitute. These abusers haven’t even bothered to conceal their identities. There are reportedly a number of BCL leaders among those who issued the rape threats on that day.In reaction to the situation, Habiba has said, “I spoke some bitter truth in my speech and they couldn’t tolerate that.”“Female students who are involved with the movement have two options in case of sexual harassment. Either they have to quit or carry on what they are doing with double determination. I choose the latter,” she added.Another student left Dhaka after being assaulted by BCL men in front of Central Shaheed Minar on 2 July. She was abused in many ways on social media.A Facebook group released a private telephone conversation claiming that the female voice was hers. A relative of the girl told Prothom Alo yesterday, she left Dhaka after the press conference.She keeps her phone switched off most of the time and does not have contact with any relatives, he added.Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik said, “According to the law, a phone call can be recorded with the home minister’s permission for the sake of state security. That means, the audio clip must be submitted before home minister.”“The way the audio clips are being spread, it is against article 43 of the constitution and against the law,” he added.The police refrained from comment when contacted regarding these three incidents.
Brain areas that are traditionally not associated with learning science can become active when people are confronted with solving physics problems, finds a study. This shows that the brain’s activity can be modified by different forms of instruction.”The neurobiological processes that underpin learning are complex and not always directly connected to what we think it means to learn,” said lead author Eric Brewe, Associate Professor at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings, published in the journal Frontiers in ICT, showed that newer brain regions associated with attention, working memory and problem solving – the lateral prefrontal cortex and parietal cortex, sometimes called the brain’s ‘central executive network’ – showed activity when dealing with such problems.Another area that became active was the posterior cingulate cortex, which is linked to episodic memory and self-referential thought.”These changes in brain activity may be related to more complex behavioural changes in how students reason through physics questions post- relative to pre-instruction,” Brewe noted. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”These might include shifts in strategy or an increased access to physics knowledge and problem-solving resources,” he said.Using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to measure blood flow in the brain, the researchers looked to map what areas become active when completing a physics reasoning task, both before a course on the concepts and after. A small group of students were taught a physics course that utilised ‘Modeling Instruction’, a style of teaching which encourages students to be active participants in their learning. “This suggests that learning physics is an imaginative process, which is not typically how people think of it,” Brewe said, in reference to the study which aimed to explore how students use their own mental models to understand new concepts.”The idea of mental models is something that people who research learning love to talk about, but have no evidence of what is happening inside brains other than what people say or do,” Brewe said. “We are actually looking for evidence from inside the brain,” he added.