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Prime Day is finally here and you know what that means... shop 'til you drop!
Prime Day, Amazon's annual sale for Prime members, lasts through tomorrow with coveted deals on well-known products and flash deals that you have to be quick to catch. There are thousands of items on sale this time around, from fashion to outdoor accessories to the latest technology. Of all the products Amazon has in store this year, here are a few things that every Austinite needs.
Since hot weather is finally here (and here to stay for the next several months), you might want to start investing in your mosquito protection, lest you spend the entire summer covered in bites. If you plan on spending time on the porch, citronella candles are your best friend. You can stock up on 12 of them for just $15 or a heavy-duty 20-ounce candle for $7, saving you 10% and 18%, respectively. However, if you're really trying to amp up your repellent game, consider investing in a freestanding electric bug zapper to protect yourself from all types of creepy crawlies; $27 (you'll save about $7) could keep you safe across 6,000 feet so you'll never have to worry about bites again!
Fret no more about bringing your expensive speakers poolside—now is prime time to invest in a waterproof sound system so you can enjoy it all summer long, whether you're at the pool, beach or the lake. The massive AOMAIS GO Bluetooth Speaker is so water-resistant that you could bring it into the water with you and enjoy over 40 hours of music on one charge. When it is dry, the speaker system also functions as a power bank, all for $56 right now. But if you're looking for something just a bit more portable, the INSMY Portable Bluetooth Speaker is just as waterproof and boasts an affinity for bass at just $27.
Texas summers are hot, which can make it hard to sleep, especially if you've got your thermostat set high to conserve energy. If the heat makes it hard for you to sleep comfortably, you might want to upgrade your bed setup with some cooling linens. The Comfort Spaces Coolmax sheets are more than 30% off at $25 for a king-size set, with five different neutral colors to choose from. If you're really trying to keep cool, the Elegear cooling blanket is woven with yarn designed to keep you comfortable and dry all night long. The blanket is more than 30% ranging from $29-48 depending on the size.
Though it will run you close to $100, you'll be glad you got an air purifier when cedar fever hits. The AZEUS H13 True HEPA Air Purifier claims to remove 99.99% pollen, pet dander, smoke and dust for more than 1,000 square feet, giving your allergies or asthma a break from the outside world. You can grab the Azeus H13 for $141, more than $100 off the original price, or the $80 Dreamegg Air Purifier that works for up to 269 square feet.
You can't enjoy summer properly without a reliable pair of sandals, especially not if you're planning on soaking in the sun. Go the classic, comfy route with a pair of Adidas slides for only $20, or a pair of Birkenstock-esque sandals for the same price. There's also the rugged Rockport fisherman sandals for $30.
Imagine the outdoor summer movie nights you could host if only you had your own projector. DR. J Professional is offering everything you need to open your own home movie theater for Prime Day: a 1080p mini projector with USB and video game capabilities and a 100-inch screen. Just $80 (you save $20) could turn the tide on your weekend gatherings, pool parties or summertime at home with the family.
If working from home has made you realize that your setup is just not up to snuff, now is the time to get all your upgrades in. Chromebooks, Lenovo and HP devices are up to 25% off through the end of Prime Day, meaning you could land yourself a brand new touchscreen HP Chromebook for as little as $290 or a full 27-inch Acer Aspire desktop computer complete with a wireless keyboard and mouse for just $680 so you will never have to deal with your outdated setup again.
Prime Day is targeting your not-so-green thumb with smart planters, which keep your greenery alive and well, even when you don't have time to take care of them. Start small with a Chirisen self-watering planter for only $17.50 or go fancy with the ALISS Pro Hydroponic Growing System that monitors your plants' nutrient levels, featuring a grow light and oxygen circulation system that can support up to 12 pods for $55, saving you more than $70.
Whether your old headphones are starting to sound off or you just want to experience the new, sleek Apple Airpods Pro, you're in luck. You can snag any of the Airpod generations for a fraction of the new price. You can save $60 on the Airpods Pro, which will run you $190 after the discount, wireless Airpods for $150 or Airpods with a wired charging case for $120. No matter what you choose, you're getting a good deal!
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a record-setting second quarter during an earnings call broadcasted from the Giga Texas construction site in Southeast Travis County on Monday.
The electric carmaker reported more than $1 billion in quarterly net income and the production of more than 200,000 vehicles for the first time despite challenges such as a global semiconductor shortage.
"It … seems that public sentiment towards electric vehicles is at an inflection point, and at this point, I think, almost everyone agrees electric vehicles are the only way forward," Musk said.
Exterior shots taken just a while ago of Giga Texas (while @elonmusk is reportedly at the Gigafactory!) during today's earnings call!
Hope @peterdog15 got to catch the technoking in his video! #fastestinhistory #Tesla pic.twitter.com/WqeDlb5wU3
— Austin Tesla Club (@AustinTeslaClub) July 26, 2021
Despite rising consumer demand and adequate factory capacity, Tesla faces what Musk described as a "quite serious" global semiconductor shortage, which will determine the company's growth rate for the rest of the year.
With increased revenue and production, Tesla is investing in new factories, Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn said. These include Giga Texas, the $1.1 billion manufacturing plant that broke ground last summer and is slated to open later this year.
The Giga Texas factory in Southeast Travis County has rapidly increased in size since ground broke last August. (Tesla)
Musk commended the construction team for "incredible progress," transforming what was basically a vacant site into "a mostly complete large factory a year later."
I was at Giga Texas yesterday. Team is making excellent progress. Building will be almost a mile long when complete.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2021
Giga Texas will produce the highly anticipated Cybertruck, along with other models, but Musk said scaling its production will be difficult, especially given the supply chain delays caused by the pandemic. "It's going to move as fast as the slowest of its up to 10,000 unique parts," he said.
In other news, Musk said Monday's earnings call would likely be his last regular appearance, only jumping on future quarterly calls when big announcements warrant it.
Tesla Solar recently made news when it announced plans to build the nation's most sustainable residential community in Southeast Austin earlier this month. The newly built homes will feature Tesla solar roof tiles and Powerwall battery storage as well as electric vehicle charging stations.
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The city of Austin released a shortlist of seven candidates for the police chief position left vacant when Brian Manley retired in March.
City Manager Spencer Cronk hopes to announce an appointment by the end of August, which will require City Council approval.
The finalists, chosen from a field of 46 applicants, include:
- APD Interim Chief Joseph Chacon, who previously served as an assistant chief in the department for almost five years
- Anne Kirkpatrick, former police chief in Oakland, California, who was fired last year after a federal monitor criticized her handling of a fatal 2018 police shooting of a homeless man
- Dallas Police Department Assistant Chief Avery L. Moore, who is a 30-year veteran of the department
- Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Celeste Murphy, who manages the department's community services division
- Dekalb County Police Chief Mirtha V. Ramos, who previously served as division chief in the Miami-Dade Police Department
- Wichita Police Department Chief Gordon Ramsay, who is a former president of the Minnesota Police Chief's Association as well as one of the first police chiefs of a major U.S. City to call George Floyd's death a murder, as reported by the Wichita Eagle
- Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Emada E. Tingirides, who is also commanding officer of the department's newly formed Community Safety Partnership Bureau, which serves L.A.'s underserved communities
City staff will interview the finalists in the coming weeks, with several community input opportunities to come, according to a Monday press release.
The city conducted a public survey in March and hosted community input meetings in April to learn more about what residents are looking for in their next police chief, which helped shape the selection criteria for the position.
"They want to see the Chief be reform-minded and transparent and have a track record of fostering community involvement and accountability," Cronk said in the release. "The candidates selected show these characteristics in various ways."
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Days after Austin began once again recommending masks in public spaces, Austin ISD announced Monday that kindergarten through sixth-grade classes will have virtual options this fall.
The district will discuss the move in a special board meeting Monday evening starting at 5 p.m., while full details will be released Friday.
Teachers will not have to fret about the new option—no educators will have to juggle both virtual and in-person learning. Instead, certain teachers will specialize in virtual education, according to a press release.
The news comes after a recent spike in COVID cases in Travis County and across the nation. Children typically suffer fewer symptoms of COVID when contracted, but they are now catching the virus more often than their older counterparts without a vaccine available to them and as the more contagious Delta variant is quickly being spread.
While local health officials are recommending everyone wear masks, public school districts are unable to mandate masks due to an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott in May.
Parents have expressed concern about classrooms with masks unenforceable and children under the age of 12 ineligible for a vaccine. Some have even said they would look for alternative schooling if AISD did not offer a virtual option for students.
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