House passes bill to block robocalls

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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. $59 at eBaycenter_img Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (right) and ranking member Greg Walden (left) said Wednesday that the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act by a vote of 429-3. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images The House on Wednesday passed a bipartisan bill designed to stop robocalls. The measure, called the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, passed by a vote of 429 to 3.”This comprehensive bill requires every call to be verified, allows the blocking of spam calls, and empowers @FCC to protect Americans from scammers,” tweeted Rep. Frank Pallone, a Democrat from New Jersey and chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Pallone and Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon, introduced the bill to the House of Representatives last month. If passed into law, it would require carriers to use technology to verify numbers shown on caller ID and allow the Federal Communications Commission to take action against robocallers.Americans received 47.8 billion robocalls last year, nearly half of which were from scammers, according to an FCC report released in February. Complaints about illegal robocalls have increased from 172,000 in 2015 to 232,000 in 2018, according to the report. In May, the Senate passed an anti-robocall bill called TRACED, which would improve enforcement policies and coordination between agencies policing robocalls. It would also require phone companies use a technology protocol called SHAKEN/STIR to ensure calls are authentic and allow for quicker tracing of illegal calls to find who’s responsible.Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said in a tweet that the House will work with the Senate to “conference our robocall bills and send legislation to the president.”  Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Tags See it Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 4 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Apple iPhone XS Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. 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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. 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Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 1:04 $155 at Google Express 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. 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. The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Mobile,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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See Itlast_img