Foxconn recommits to Wisconsin plant despite governors doubts

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. Turo $520 at HP Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags Comments Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See at Turo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Angela Lang/CNET 7 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. 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. 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. 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Foxconn,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. See it $210 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $155 at Google Express 3center_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Share your voice 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. The Cheapskate Sprint Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best Buy 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. 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. See at Amazon $60 at Best Buy Rylo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal See It Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. 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 AirPods review 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. $999 Tech Industry Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) President Donald Trump (left) and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin (right) joined Foxconn founder Terry Gou at the groundbreaking of the company’s Wisconsin plant last summer. Andy Manis / Getty Images Foxconn apparently still has big plans for Wisconsin, even though the state’s governor is skeptical.The Taiwan-based contract manufacturer best known for assembling Apple iPhones said Friday it remains committed to building a factory and research facility in the state.”Foxconn’s commitment to job creation in Wisconsin remains long term and will span over the length of the WEDC (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation) contract and beyond,” said Foxconn Technology Group in an emailed statement. The company added that construction on its facility to manufacture LCD displays will start this summer, though it didn’t specify how many people it plans to hire. Foxconn said in 2017 that the $10 billion facility would make LCD displays and employ up to 13,000 people, but reports earlier this year suggested the company was scaling back its plans. On Wednesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said that the project would likely be much smaller than originally planned and that it’s “unrealistic” to expect Foxconn to hire 13,000 people. “The bottom line is they’ve shrunk their expectations,” Evers said. “That’s what they’re communicating now.”Evers, a Democrat, inherited the deal from previous Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Walker helped woo Foxconn to Wisconsin with the largest incentive in state history, and Evers was critical during his campaign of Walker’s dealings with the company. Evers’ office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Foxconn’s future has also come into question as Chairman Terry Gou announced Wednesday that he’s entering the 2020 presidential race in Taiwan. Gou said he would “withdraw from daily operations” at Foxconn if he wins a primary election to represent the Kuomintang party, according to CNN.Originally published April 19, 6:50 a.m. PT.Update, 7:36 a.m.: Adds background on Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou. 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. 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img

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